For those of you who live in the continental United States, it’s about to get seriously cold. It’s never fun to be stuck inside, but you might as well put your time to good use. Here are a dozen opportunities for writers ready to send their work out. Good luck!
The Indianapolis Review is a quarterly publication featuring poetry and art. We work to promote artists and writers from our region, but we also showcase work from around the country and the world. We don’t limit ourselves to one particular school or style of poetry; we simply want poetry that moves, surprises, sings and makes us think. You may submit up to 5 poems at a time in a single attached file. Please do not exceed 10 pages total.
We seek well-crafted writing that takes risks. We publish work in and between all genres: poetry, fiction, essays, and plays–we appreciate work in experimental and traditional modes. We accept prose submissions of less than 6,000 words (24 double-spaced pages) and poetry submissions under 10 pages. We publish scripts in the 10-minute format (10 pages). We only accept work that has not been previously published elsewhere, electronically or in print. We read year-round.
Berkeley Fiction Review
The Berkeley Fiction Review is a forum for short fiction, published annually. We invite submissions of previously unpublished short stories from around the country and the world. There is no minimum required page count, but submissions should not exceed 30 pages in length.
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New fiction, essays, criticism, and translation are open for consideration. We publish a limited number of pieces in the magazine, which comes out three times yearly, and a larger array of work in our online-only section. Please note that we currently do not accept poetry, art, illustration, or interview submissions and that we place a strong emphasis on publishing work by and about living authors.
Shepherd University Anthology of Appalachian Writers
For consideration and inclusion in Volume XII, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essay submissions should relate in some respect to the work of Crystal Wilkinson and her coming of age stories, themes about African Americans in America, mental health issues, Black Lives Matter, Affrilachians, the working classes in Appalachia, the environment, and accompanying racial and social issues including the Opioid Crisis. Deadline is Nov 15, 2019.
Split Lip Magazine
Split Lip Review is a literary journal of voice-driven writing with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print yearly. We accept fiction between 1,000 and 5,000 words, flash fiction under 1,000 words, and memoir up to 2,000 words. We accept only one (yes, just one) poem at a time. Please do not send us more than one poem. Send your best poem, but only one. We mean it. Deadline: November 30, 2019.
Nimrod International Journal
General Submissions: Accepted from January 1st to November 30, 2019. Fiction: 7,500 words maximum. Vigorous writing; characters that are well developed; dialogue that is realistic without being banal. Poetry: 3-10 pages. Poetry open to all styles and subjects. We seek poems that go beyond one word or image, honor the impulse to reveal a truth about, or persuasive version of, the inner and outer worlds. There is a $3 submission fee.
We publish writing we love, whether from established writers or new voices. On the fiction side we tend towards the slipstream end of things, and encourage submission of works in translation. Short stories of up to approximately 3,000 words will be considered. We will consider up to three previously unpublished poems. Deadline: December 31, 2019.
The 8th Annual Frost Place Chapbook
In summer 2020, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in August 2020, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. In addition, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2020. Deadline January 5, 2020.
Landlocked (formerly Beechers)
We love found pieces, eco-poetics, works about displacement, and stories of how your body fits (or how it doesn’t) into the world. Imagism and hybrid genres, including experimental and visual works, lyric essays, and prose poems are all welcome. Please send 3–5 poems per submission with no more than 10 pages in total. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in 4,000 words or less. We also encourage flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Finally, we are especially drawn to nonfiction pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words. LandLocked is open for submissions from September 16 to April 1, 2020.
The Delmarva Review is a literary journal publishing original short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short book reviews. For fiction, our preference is literary writing. We seek evocative storytelling with well-developed characters who take hold of our emotions and stir our imaginations. Memorability is the ultimate reward. The same will be true for the personal essay. Poetry – up to 6 poems, no more than 50 lines each; Short fiction – up to 5,000 words; Flash fiction – up to 1,500 words; Creative nonfiction – up to 3,000 words. The submission period for Volume 12 of Delmarva Review will be open from November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. For poetry, please send no fewer than three and no more than five poems per submission. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories. The submissions period will be from November 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020.