Here are eleven opportunities for writers including a scholarship offering for a writing excursion to Scotland. Good luck writing and submitting!
Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and occasional interviews by established and emerging writers. Submit up to 3 poems or up to 3000 words of fiction or nonfiction.
The Journal, a Literary Magazine (formerly The Ohio Journal)
We are interested in quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, author interviews, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Fiction and essays: All prose submissions should be double-spaced. We are happy to consider self-contained excerpts of novels and long stories and essays, but please note that historically it is unusual for us to publish stories longer than 10,000 words and essays longer than 6,000 words. Poetry: Please limit poetry submissions to 3 – 5 poems grouped in a single .doc or .pdf document. Reviews and Interviews: Reviews should double-spaced be no more than 1,200 words. We are particularly interested in reviews of new books that have been published within the last two years. Interviews should be double-spaced and between 6 – 12 pages.
Apple Valley Review
Submissions for the Spring 2019 issue (Vol. 14, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 15, 2019. We accept personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3,000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are welcome. Please send work that is original, previously unpublished, and in English. All work published in the journal is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. Several pieces from the journal have later appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, storySouth Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor: editor (AT) leahbrowning (DOT) net.
Scholarship available for August 2019 “Get Away to Write – Scotland”
Join us this summer in the vibrant university city of Dundee, Scotland to immerse yourself in a supportive week-long writing experience that will energize and inspire you. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, readings by local writers and excursions to Edinburgh, the coast and more from August 1-9, 2019. A $1,000 scholarship is being offered to a first-time participant in one of Murphy Writing’s international programs. Scholarship application deadline: March 10, 2019.
Anthology of Poems about Kissing
We will consider up to three unpublished or previously published poems on the topic of kissing for a forthcoming anthology of poems about kissing, to be published by Terrapin Books, spring/ summer 2019, edited by Diane Lockward. For previously published poems the author must be able to grant permission for Terrapin Books to republish the poems. Send us your poems about first kisses, last kisses, goodbye kisses, make-out session kisses, desired kisses, unwanted kisses, dangerous kisses, stolen kisses, romantic kisses, familial kisses, spin-the-bottle kisses, hot kisses, cold kisses, metaphorical kisses, etc. Submission Period: through March 20, 2019. No submission fee.
Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Volume 22, Appalachia (Un)Broken
Splits and seams. United/divided. Fissures and fusions. And let’s not forget that “cleave” can mean both “to cut apart” and “to bind together.” For Volume 22 we are asking for your poems, short stories, essays, flash pieces and black and white 2D art on how we—our region, our communities, our families, ourselves— are held together and how we come apart. Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. Send us your best creative work exploring Appalachia (Un)Broken. Poetry submissions: up to 5 poems in one document please, no more than 10 pages. Prose submission: One piece of up to 3,000 words, single spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented (rather than double space between.) We will consider stories, essays, one-acts and memoir. Deadline: April 15, 2019.
The Penn Review
The Penn Review is currently ranked as one of the 25 Fastest Fiction & Poetry Markets in Duotrope’s database. We strive to respond to all submissions within a week, and are currently averaging a 2-3 day response time. Our Winter Reading Period is now open. We’ll be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for our Spring Reading Period from March 10 to April 21, 2019.
Maryland Literary Review
Maryland Literary Review was created in the summer of 2018. MLR is a biannual literary magazine featuring top-tier literary fiction, poetry and nonfiction. In addition, we will feature occasional blog posts. In 2019 we hope to publish E-books, also. Maryland Literary Review is an online only publication. Submit via e-mail to Nleslie (at) Marylandliteraryreview (dot) com. There are absolutely no fees to submit and submissions are open 24/7/365 days a year. For poetry, please send no more than five poems; for short stories 1-3 stories; for nonfiction 1-3 essays. Flash fiction and flash memoir also welcome. Submissions for the fall issue end on May 15th, 2019.
Driftwood Press Contests
We’re excited to announce that our annual Adrift contests are back! For the chapbook contest, we’re welcoming Chen Chen as our guest judge! On the short fiction side, we’ve got Pulitzer-nominated Dale Ray Philips looking at the finalists. Submissions are open through May 31, 2019. Awards range from $300 to $350, plus interviews and contributor copies.
Poetry South is a national journal that considers all kinds of poetry. Though we pay particular attention to writers from the South — born, raised, or living here — all poetry within our covers has a claim to the South because it is published here. The magazine has a tradition of including poets from other regions in the US and other countries. We are looking for a great mix of styles and voices that will appeal to our audience and breathe new life into the poetry of the South. Send 1-4 unpublished poems in Word or RTF format. Our annual submission deadline is July 15, 2019.
Creative Nonfiction is open year-round. Poetry and Fiction read submissions through November 30, 2019. Micro Fiction submissions should be no more than one hundred (100) words. You may submit up to five (5) micro-fiction selections per quarter. Flash Fiction submissions should be no more than one thousand (1,000) words. You may submit up to two (2) flash-fiction selections per quarter. All types of creative nonfiction (memoir, essays, etc.) are acceptable. Submissions should be no more than one thousand (1,000) words.You may submit up to two (2) creative nonfiction selections per quarter. You may submit up to five (5) poetry selections per quarter.