After a long hiatus, here are a dozen submission opportunities for writers to consider before the end of the year. I hope to return to regularly posting submission opportunities in 2021. If these listings are helpful to you, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share with others.
The Adirondack Review accepts submissions year-round in poetry, short stories, art, photography, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and translations from the French, German, and Russian. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
Free State Review
We are looking for poetry, fiction, personal essay, and one-minute plays. Prose should be 500-4,000 words; poetry can be any length or style. Poetry submissions can include 3-5 poems in a single document. Strange is not always better; simple and clear are not always memorable. Try to split the difference between the abstract and the concrete.
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.
Submit 4-6 original, previously unpublished poems through Submittable. All poems should be included in a single .DOC/.DOCX or PDF file with one poem per page (eight pages maximum). Enter a cover letter with a brief third-person bio in the space provided by Submittable. We do not consider translations. Submissions are free.
Submissions for our New Voices poetry category are open year round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature a number of poems from new authors each month. We also warmly invite under-represented and marginalized voices to submit. All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems.
For poetry, send 5 poems or less, no matter the length. For prose, submit up to 8,000 words. We do accept novel excerpts. We are open to reading writing in any genre, including multi-media and experimental. Send us original work; get our attention.
Mississippi Review Contest
Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Winners and finalists will make up next summer’s print issue of Mississippi Review. Fiction and nonfiction entries should be 1000-8000 words; poetry entries should be three to five poems totaling ten pages or less. Please attach as one document. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Online entry fee is $16 per entry. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. All submissions will be read anonymously. Please remove or redact any contact information from your submission. Contest deadline is January 1, 2021.
The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. We read through January 1, 2021. Please submit up to five poems, which should total no more than ten manuscript pages, at a time. Fiction submissions should be no more than forty double-spaced pages. We’re interested mostly in pieces of nonfiction less than twenty double-spaced pages, though you can try us for longer pieces if you think they’ll knock our socks off.
Rattle’s Tribute to Appalachian Poets
Our Summer 2021 issue will be dedicated to Appalachian Poets. The poems may be any subject, style, or length, but must written by poets who themselves identify with Appalachia and were born or have lived in the region for a large portion of their lives. The poems need not be about Appalachia—our goal is to honor these poets by sharing the diverse creative work that they’re producing. Deadline: January 16, 2021.
Parabola / Theme issue: “Young & Old”
Parabola welcomes original poetry, essays and translations. We look for lively, penetrating material unencumbered by jargon or academic argument. We prefer well-researched, objective, and unsentimental pieces that are grounded in one or more religious or cultural tradition; articles that focus on dreams, visions, or other very personal experiences are unlikely to be accepted. All articles must be directly related to the theme of an issue. Poetry submissions should be limited to a maximum of five (5) poems per author. Deadline: Mar 1, 2021.
We are open to a diverse range of styles, including experimental and hybrid work. We require that you send us not only your creative work, but also an account of that work. The account is an opportunity for the artist to lift the curtain and say something that might not be present on the page. We are interested in exploring the relationship between what is known (the work on the page) and what is often left unknown (the artist’s intentions behind that work). Poets: Send 3-5 poems, with your 150-500 word account. Creative nonfiction writers: Send us your essay of no more than 6,000 words. Include your 150-500 word account as the last page of the file. Fiction writers: Send us your short stories of 1,000-6,000 words. Include your 150-500 word account as the final page of the file. Deadline: Mar 1, 2021.
Green Mountain Review
Green Mountain Review is currently accepting submissions for the Black Voices issue, guest edited by Naomi Jackson and Keith Wilson. Please submit a cover letter and include up to 5 poems or up to 25 pages of prose. We publish poetry, essays, fiction, interviews, book reviews, and art. We are also always looking for work that pushes these boundaries and are open to audio and video submissions; we’re also happy to be surprised. Surprise us.