Submission Calls for Writers 9/7/2017


Here are 12 opportunities for writers, many from journals who have just opened reading periods at the beginning of this month.  My friend April Darcy told me that at the beginning of the season journals read to find treasures, and at the end they read to reject. So now is the time to submit!


There are no limits on word count for prose—we like narratives and essays of all sizes, so long as the colors fit. If it’s a short story, send us one piece at a time—please wait to hear from us before sending another. If you’re working with the short short form, please send three to five selections in the same submission. Submit a maximum of five poems. We read year-round.


Ponder Review

Ponder Review is a publication of the Low-Res MFA program in creative writing at Mississippi for Women. Ponder Review is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, and visual art through September 15, 2017. We want your best writing on any topic! No theme this time. We have a $2 submission fee and are a non-paying market. Contributors whose work is chosen for publication will receive a complementary copy of the issue in which their work appears.



Subtropics seeks to publish the best literary fiction, essays, and poetry being written today, both by established and emerging authors. We will consider works of fiction of any length, from short shorts to novellas and self-contained novel excerpts. We give the same latitude to essays. Submit one story, one essay, or up to four poems in one document. Please include your contact information, including your email address, on the document. We will be reading submissions from September 1st through September 30th, 2017.


Tin House Winter Workshops Scholarship

These workshops combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. The program consists of morning workshops, one-on-one meetings with faculty, afternoon craft discussions, and generative exercises. Awarding one full scholarship for 2018 Winter Workshop sessions. As a result of a private donation, we will also be awarding two partial scholarships this year (not tied to any genre). A full scholarship includes both tuition and housing + a $75 food stipend. Scholarship submissions must be received by October 17, 2017, General Submissions must be received by November 22, 2017.


Washington Square Review

We accept submissions from August 1 through October 15. Poetry submissions should not exceed ten pages/five poems. Fiction submissions should not exceed twenty pages. Please submit one story per submission.


Long Story, Short

The Long Story, Short is a literary journal for short stories only. Please do NOT send chapters from novels, novellas, or other work that is not a short story in form. Stories for children are not in the scope of this journal. Translations are accepted. Genre fiction will only be considered should it have very strong literary merit. Stories should be over 4000 words long, although a few hundred words less is welcome. There is no upper word limit, so long as the author considers the work a short story. A maximum of two stories at a time will be considered. Deadline: October 31, 2017.


The Vestal Review

Vestal Review is the oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction. It has been published continuously since March 2000. Vestal Review now publishes its print issues twice a year in a perfect-bound edition. Some of the content is available on the Web. Vestal Review is a magazine for flash (short-shorts) fiction.   We realize that there are different definitions of what a flash story is and all of them have merit. In our definition, a flash story is no longer than 500 words and it has a plot. Our current reading period is from August through November. Send no more than two submissions per author in a reading period.


One Story

One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone. Our current reading period closes November 14, 2017.



Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to their times. Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We are currently reading from September 1 to November 15, 2017, for our non-themed Summer and Winter online issues.  You may submit up to five poems or three pieces of flash fiction (under 1,000) as a single submission. Limit prose submissions to 8,000 words maximum.


Sou’wester Literary Journal

Sou’wester is now accepting submissions for its 2018 annual print issue. Please limit your poetry submission to a maximum of five poems at a time. Please limit your submission of prose to one piece at a time. We will consider a suite of two or three flash pieces. Submissions are open until February 1, 2018.


New South Journal

Submissions are open from September 1 to March 30. New South seeks to publish high-quality work, regardless of genre, form, or regional ties. We want what’s new, what’s fresh, and what’s different — whether it comes from the southern United States, the south of India, or the north, east or west of anywhere. Submit one story up to 9,000 words in length, or up to five short-shorts under 1,000 words each. Submit up to five poems per document. Submit creative nonfiction or lyric essay up to 9,000 words in length.



Begun in 1990 by the faculty in the Department of English at University of Idaho, Fugue has continuously published poetry, plays, fiction, essays, visual-text hybrids, and interviews from established and emerging writers biannually. Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction submissions are accepted September 1 through May 1.


My CutBank Interview with Keith Lesmeister

Thanks to Barry Maxwell and CutBank Literary Magazine for allowing me to interview my friend Keith Lesmeister about his new collection of stories, We Could’ve Been Happy Here (published by Midwest Gothic Press). Lesmeister lives and works in rural northeast Iowa, and all 12 of these stories explore the contemporary Midwest in some way. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.

DL: I wanted to ask you about the stories all being set in Iowa, which is your home state. The idea of the Mid-West is apparent in a lot of your work, especially in regards to how you create a sense of place to inform and impact your characters. Do you find it easy or difficult to write about this region that you call home?

KL: Very difficult because I’m from here, which means I take a lot for granted. I’ve had to readjust how I interpret my surroundings, thinking of myself like a tourist when I drive around, trying to take it all in. And despite the stereotypes, several parts of Iowa are quite beautiful. That’s been a big surprise for me as I’ve written this collection—how much I truly love the landscape around here.

It’s funny for this to come as a surprise to Lesmeister because when you’re reading his work, it’s pretty obvious how much to loves the place he’s writing about.

There’s also more in the interview about his love of basketball, and there’s some talk about how difficult it can be to herd cattle. Please read the entire piece at CutBank Online

Lesmeister’s fiction and nonfiction have been widely published, and We Could’ve Been Happy Here has received praise from writers such as Benjamin Percy and David Gates. Bret Anthony Johnston said, “These are brutal stories—brutally good, brutally urgent, brutally hopeful.”

Most importantly, be sure to buy the book.  You won’t be sorry.

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Joanne Proulx’s We All Love the Beautiful Girls

I met Canadian author Joanne Proulx about five years ago.  When we met, she had already published a wonderful novel called Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet, which I fell in love with quickly and deeply and for real.  It’s a beautiful book.  And it’s being made into a major motion film starring Juliette Lewis, Cameron Monaghan, Grayson Gabriel and Alexander MacNicoll.  It’s scheduled for release in 2018, and I can’t wait to watch.

Now Proulx has written another novel, We All Love the Beautiful Girls. I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy of the novel, and it’s so good that it hurts—heartbreaking and full of hope all at the same time.

Joanne Proulx book cover

Robert Wiersema reviewed the book for The Toronto Star, and he gave this synopsis of how the book starts:

Proulx spends the book’s first few pages offering glimpses into what seem nearly blessed lives. Mia and Michael are happily married, with a certain level of financial freedom: Michael is partner in a property management company and Mia, having left a job in banking, is now trying to build a career as a photographer. They might not be able to afford a spontaneous weekend in Whistler, but they own their own home and make do with skiing vacations closer to home in the company of their friends Helen and Peter — Michael’s partner — and their daughter Frankie. Their son, Finn, 17, is a good student, popular, who receives secret nocturnal visits from Jess, the beautiful girl next door, who years before was his babysitter.

Their idyllic lives are shattered, however, with the events of one night in late February. Early that evening, Mia and Michael are informed that not only has Peter been embezzling from the company, he has actually written Michael out of the partnership, stealing the firm out from under him. Later that night, intoxicated and fleeing a debauched house party, Finn passes out in the snow, and loses his right hand to the cold.

While this sounds like it might be the set-up for a standard triumph-against-adversity narrative, a fall-and-rise story, Proulx has something considerably stronger, and subtler, in store. The shifting fortunes of the Slate family put each character through their own individual struggles, pushing them to the breaking point, and beyond.   (Read all of Wiersema’s review here.)

“The book is also about anger and its consequences, both sexual and physical,” says Peter Robb in Ottawa’s artsfile. Robb also reports:

When she was young, Joanne Proulx had a brush with danger. A young man threw her over his shoulder at a party and headed upstairs. It was funny to start and then it wasn’t funny at all. Proulx avoided being sexually assaulted because, she said, she’s a fighter, but many, many women aren’t so fortunate.

The Ottawa writer has taken her own life experiences and those of many others, and built a book, a complex, thoughtful and provocative second novel called We All Love the Beautiful Girls that probes deeply into the lives and relationships of privileged people and those that they hold in their sway.

Proulx says this novel was written in part because she saw a terrifying rise in violence against women all over the world.  “It was always there but the conversation seemed to be moving more to the centre,” she told Robb.  And although this novel is not overtly political, it’s definitely a novel of our current political ad social atmosphere, where anyone who has power will use it regardless of the consequences.  Despite that truth, We All Love the Beautiful Girls is a pleasure to read.  Buy it today.

Recommended Reading 8/4/2017

If you’re looking for something worthwhile to read this weekend, look no further.

Lorraine Comanor’s essay, “The Carnevale Masks,” is online at The Raven’s Perch:

LA Times - X PressAgatha French interviewed the publishers of the new L.A. press X Artists’ Books, and yeah, one of them happens to be Keanu Reeves:

Emily Mohn-Slate’s essay, “The Colossal”—about Iris van Herpen, Girls Write Museum and the way art and poetry makes our worlds larger—is in At Length’s art section:

Jennifer Stewart Miller has two great poems in The Green Mountains Review  Here’s a small taste from her poem, “Thirsty Birds:”

You don’t have to believe,
to think there’s something about

the flicker’s up-stretched profile
that’s like a shaft of sunlight

piercing an old church.

Barrett Warner reviewed Keith Lesmeister’s book, We Could’ve Been Happy Here, for Atticus Review:  Barrett also has new poems online at Verse Wrights:, including one called “Rainbow Pig.”  Here’s a few lines from “All the Latest Talk in Paradise Concerning Butterflies:”

This we know: butterflies need milkweed–
their only food—and its poison, their only defense,
and we are pitchfork lonely for connection,
the piercing tines make five holes in our lungs.

Fiction lovers won’t want to miss Tiffany Williams’ new short story, “Murmuration,” in Appalachian Heritage:

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the new issue of The Tishman Review

Submission Calls for Writers 8/3/2017


While some journals are closing their summer reading periods, others are just opening this month. Either way, it’s a great time to send out your work.  Here are a dozen opportunities for writers.  Actually, here’s a baker’s dozen.  Please feel free to share with other writers.  And if you find this list helpful, please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you.


n+1 is a print and digital magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times a year. We also post new online-only work several times each week and publish books expanding on the interests of the magazine. We welcome submissions from all writers. New fiction, essays, criticism, and translation may be submitted. We currently do not accept poetry, art, illustration, or interview submissions. We place a strong emphasis on publishing work by and about living authors.


Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing

Compose Journal is seeking literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, features, and artwork. We read submissions year-round. Fiction and creative non-fiction submissions should not exceed 4500 words. Submit up to six previously unpublished poems, all in one document. We publish work by established and emerging writers, and past contributors have included William Logan, Ada Limón, Robert Vivian, Marion Roach Smith and Ian Duhig.


Second Hand Stories

Second Hand Stories is an up-and-coming podcast where we plan to read short works of fiction submitted by our listener community. Our goals are twofold: we would like to give new and under-published writers an opportunity for their works to be heard, and we would like to bring fiction back to its original form as an oral tradition in an affordable alternative to audiobook services. We’re looking for any genre of fiction (no poetry) and our word limit is flexible (preferably between 2,000 and 6,000 words).



Ruminate is reading general magazine submissions through August 14, 2017. We accept pieces that are 5,500 words or less. General magazine submissions are always free—there is no entry fee. We currently pay $15/400 words for prose. Ruminate firmly believes in paying our contributors, and we are working hard to increase the amount we pay them.


The Brighthorse Book Prizes

The Brighthorse Book Prize is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction, and poetry collections. Three prizes will be given in 2017. Authors writing in English—regardless of nationality, residence, or publication history—may submit to the competition. Winning manuscripts will be published by Brighthorse Books. In addition to the $1,000 prize and publication in each category, the winning writers will split net profits on book sales 50/50 (most commercial publishers give the writer only 10% of net). The editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition in addition to the prize winners. Submissions are accepted through August 16, 2017. Winners will be announced on October 1, 2017. And the winning manuscripts will be published in December 2017.


Tinderbox Editions

Tinderbox Editions is currently accepting nonfiction and hybrid manuscripts. Tinderbox Editions is a small, non-profit publisher located in Minnesota. We seek to publish literary prose and poetry and expand books beyond the neat category. Tinderbox is in its second year as a publisher and in addition to the collection of personal essays we’ve published this year (As If Seen at an Angle by Kevin O’Rourke), we are also adding to our line up a poet’s novel by Laynie Browne, a collection of prose poems by Charles Jensen, a lyric essay anthology, and a collection of essays by Carley Moore (among many beautiful books of poetry). Tinderbox will read prose and hybrid manuscripts through the end of August.



Qu is a literary journal, published by the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. The Qu editorial staff is comprised of current students. We publish fiction, poetry, essays and script excerpts of outstanding quality. Prose submissions (fiction, essays, script excerpts) should be a maximum of 8000 words. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems. Payment upon publication is $100 per prose piece and $50 per poem. Deadline is August 31st, 2017.


Anomaly (formerly Drunken Boat)

Anomaly is the new (as of May 2017) incarnation of the now-defunct Drunken Boat, founded in 1999, maintaining continuous publication without interruption, with a focus on especially innovative and experimental literature and arts. General submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and translation are open through September 1, 2017. Submit one story or essay at a time of no more than 5000 words. Submit up to five poems in a single document.  We try to respond within two months.


Consequence 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry

Consequence Magazine seeks submissions for the 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry. $250 Honorarium and Publication. FICTION JUDGE: Siobhan Fallon. POETRY JUDGE: Danielle Legros Georges. The contests are open to women and those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war.  The $10 contest entry fee is non-refundable. SUBMIT: July 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017.


Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is a community-based publication focused on writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region, but all excellent work originating in the United States will be considered. The submission period for the next issue of Little Patuxent Review will close on October 24th, 2017. The issue is unthemed. You may submit one fiction piece of no more than 5,000 words, one nonfiction piece of no more than 3,500 words, or a maximum of three poems of up to 100 lines each.


Cream City Review

We devote ourselves to publishing memorable and energetic fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork which represent a broad range of creators with diverse, unique backgrounds. Both beginning and well-known writers are welcome. We are currently reading for our Fall/Winter Issue from now through November 1, 2017. For Fiction and Nonfiction, send fewer than twenty pages. We are interested in dynamic, well-crafted nonfiction, including creative journalism, personal essays, travelogues, flash, and polemics. We seek book reviews of any ccr-published genre and relevant author interviews. Please submit no more than five poems at a time


Bat City Review

BCR is published annually. We accept and read submissions from Aug 1 to May 1, with responses sent primarily in late autumn. We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (personal essays, memoir, commentary) that experiments with language, form, and unconventional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. Send us writing that plays, that strikes out, that enjoys itself, that makes its own rules.


Exit 7

Exit 7 accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from August 1—May 1 of each year. We ask that your fiction and nonfiction submissions not exceed 5,000 words. Please send 3—6 poems.

Recommended Non-fiction Reading 7/24/2017

I don’t know if it’s something in the air or the water, but I’ve read some really wonderful nonfiction pieces lately, and I wanted to share them.

After the birth of her children, Emily Mohn-Slate had trouble finding her way back to herself.  Check out her essay at Racked .

If I told you, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” you might think I was speaking about Elizabeth Warren, but I’m actually talking about Megan Culhane Galbraith.  She writes about how divine rules were meant to be broken for The Coachella Review

I love to read book reviews and interviews, especially when they are smart and insightful.  K.L. Brown interviewed Brad Listi over at Entropy

And Cassie Pruyn reviewed Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s second book, There Should Be Flowers, for Blackbird:

Cassie Pruyn has her own book of poetry, Lena, that was recently released by Texas Tech University Press.  If you don’t own it yet, you really should buy it immediately. I’ll be sharing more about this beautiful collection soon, but as a teaser, check out this mention at Rosemary and Reading Glasses

Lena cover



Submission Calls for Writers 7/19/2017


Here are a dozen new opportunities for writers ranging from editorial positions to residency offerings, from contest to annual reading periods.  Please feel free to share with other writers. Happy submitting!

Drizzle Review seeks Contributing Editor

We are looking to hire dedicated staff members who are committed to our mission to showcase books from diverse authors and points of view. Contributing editors will primarily focus on writing reviews, crafting essays, and conducting interviews with artists and writers. As an editor you would be responsible for writing a minimum of four reviews, essays, or interviews per year — at least half of these assignments will be book reviews. Though experience writing reviews is preferred, we’re willing to work with budding writers and reviewers with a passion for our mission who bring a unique perspective to the table. This is an unpaid, remote position. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay our editors and contributors, though you will often receive free review copies of titles you choose to feature.



Yemassee is the biannual print literary journal of the University of South Carolina run by a rotating staff of graduate students in the MFA program. We read creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Submissions are accepted year round. We do not favor any particular aesthetic or school of writing. Quality is our only concern. We consider three to five poems at a time, combined into a single document, with no more than one poem per page. We consider fiction and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced and paginated. For fiction, we’re open to a wide range of styles and aesthetics, both traditional and innovative. For nonfiction, we are interested in traditional memoir, lyric essays, hybrid work and many other nonfictional forms. We do not publish academic essays. If you’re sending in shorter works (less than 1,000 words), feel free to send along 3-5 pieces in a single document.


Virginia Quarterly Review

This is the month to send in your work to the Virginia Quarterly Review, because it’s the only time of year that they accept unsolicited submissions! They’re looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and they’re willing to pay over $1000 for accepted content. Poetry: All types and length. Short Fiction: Length is from 2,000–8,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy). Nonfiction: Length is 3,500–9,000 words. We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self. Entry Fee: FREE. Deadline: July 31, 2017.



Pleiades is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Our open reading period for the summer issue is only during the month of July. Poetry submissions should contain 4-6 poems. There is no page minimum for poetry or prose.


Gulf Stream Magazine Poetry and Fiction Contest

Gulf Stream Magazine is accepting submissions of poetry and fiction for its Summer Writing Contest throughout the month of July. The winner in each genre will be awarded $250. The 2017 contest judges are Jennine Capó Crucet (fiction) and Denise Duhamel (poetry). The winning story and poem from the 2017 contest will be published in a special summer issue of Gulf Stream Magazine and each winner will receive $250. Five finalists will be announced in fiction and ten poems in the poetry category. All finalists will be eligible for publication. Being a finalist does not guarantee publication. Entry fee for the contest is $7. For fiction, submit under 5,000 words. For poetry, submit 1-5 pages. Contest closes on 8/1/2017.


Scotland Residency for Writers

The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for the week-long residency in Brora, Scotland, a village located on the coast, north of Inverness. The deadline is August 15, 2016. The application fee is $22. Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply. Recent finalists and winners range from those who have yet to conceive of their first manuscripts, to writers who have held Guggenheim Fellowships, the UK’s Forward Poetry Prize, and Whiting Writers’ Awards, as well as finalists for the National Book Award and numbered in the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Previous winners include Salvatore Scibona, Graham Foust, Joshua Weil, Catherine Wagner, Joshua Cohen, Viccy Adams, Emma Jones, Amity Gaige, and Kyle McCord, and others. The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The residency does not come with a cash prize. The writer resides in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. Spouses, partners, children are welcome to accompany the winning writer on the residency. Details about the residency, about Brora, and about the application process can be found at


Shame: An Anthology

Edited by Charlie Bondhus. Shaming is both a cultural practice and a form of abuse. It’s used by parents, teachers, government, police, social media, healthcare professionals, and countless other entities to punish and to ensure compliance with dominant values. Women, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA folks, and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to shaming and its long-term effects, not least of which are anxiety and depression.   In this anthology, we hope to challenge the multifaceted culture of shame and the layers of silence surrounding it. We are soliciting poems, stories, and essays that critically confront shame, its causes, and its far-reaching effects. We’re interested in work that addresses shame on the individual level, the systemic level, or both. We want the personal and the theoretical, the visceral and the thought-provoking. We want to know how shame affects the individual but we also want to know how the culture of shame informs and enables imperialism, environmental devastation, mass incarceration, poverty, Trump.  Athough personal narratives—in verse or prose—are certainly welcome, please do not send work whose sole or primary purpose is self-healing. Writing is a powerful therapeutic tool, but we want work that considers audiences beyond the writer.  At the other extreme, while we are interested in analytical essays, we do not want academic writing. Send up to 5 poems totaling not more than 10 pages. Poems should be single-spaced. OR, send Fiction and Essays: 1-2 pieces totaling not more than 20 pages. Prose should be double-spaced. Query for work that exceeds these limits. Simultaneous submissions and previously published are fine. Email as an attachment to shameanthology at gmail dot com.  ​Deadline: August 31, 2017.


The Fourth River: DISPLACEMENT

Climate refugees. Environmental migrants. Diasporic communities. Subduction zones and fault lines. Shifting matter. Bodies in incarceration, internment and detainment. The Fourth River’s15th print issue, due out in Spring 2018, will explore notions of displacement. What does it mean to move or be moved from a physical, spiritual or emotional place or position? What are the natural, social and scientific forces that act upon bodies, spaces and communities?  For this special themed issue, we are seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art that highlights the experience of displacement: the causes, processes and effects of leaving, escaping or being forced from natural and/or human-made worlds.

We are interested in a broad definition of this term. Send us your best work! Submissions will be open from July 1-September 1st.


Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Fall 2017 issue (Vol. 12, No. 2) of the Apple Valley Review are open through September 15, 2017. We accept unpublished 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. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. 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: editorATleahbrowningDOTnet. There are no fees.


Consequence 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry

Consequence Magazine seeks submissions for the 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry. $250 Honorarium and Publication. FICTION JUDGE: Siobhan Fallon. POETRY JUDGE: Danielle Legros Georges. The contests are open to women and those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war.  The $10 contest entry fee is non-refundable. SUBMIT: July 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017.


The Coe Review

The Coe Review seeks the best poetry from both published and unpublished authors from June 1 to October 25. Submissions may either be e-mailed or sent via snail mail. Please include “Poetry Submission” in your subject line if submitting electronically. Please submit each piece in an individual document. Poetry submissions may consist of up to three (3) poems.


Night Sky Poetry Anthology

Submissions are now being accepted for “Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky.” Submit up to three poems with a line limit of 32 lines each. The poems do not have to be entirely about the night sky, but the more the poems relate to the stars, constellations or the moon, the better the chance for publication. Previously published poems are acceptable. The proceeds from the book will go to the Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University, which offers free programs to the public and school groups. Complimentary copies will not be given to contributors since the proceeds will be going to the planetarium, but copies will be available for purchase at a very reasonable price. To submit, email submissions to: nightskypoemsATyahooDOTcom. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017, and publication will be by Spring 2018.

Submission Calls for Writers 6/13/2017


Here are 13 opportunities for writers ranging from open reading periods to conference calls to writing workshop scholarship opportunities.  Please feel free to share these with your writing friends.  And if you find these lists helpful, please let me know.

Sundress Reading Series Call for Readers

The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, just miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. An extension of Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Sundress Reading Series features nationally recognized writers in all genres from around the US while also supporting local and regional nonprofits. We are currently curating our fall reading series schedule. Our readings take place monthly on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the nonprofit restaurant and bar, Bar Marley. To apply to read for the fall, please send 6-8 pages of poetry or 8-15 pages of prose, a 100-word bio, and CV to erinATsundresspublicationsDOTcom in the body of an email. We will make every effort possible to contact those chosen by July 31, 2017. While we are currently unable to pay our readers, authors are given a discount on future SAFTA residencies and are encouraged to sell their own books and merchandise at the event.


True Story

True Story is a new home for longform nonfiction narratives. Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction magazine, each pocket-size issue of True Story showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. From issue to issue, this new mini-magazine features the widest possible variety of voices and styles and subjects. Offering a vivid report from real life, each issue of True Story is a small immersion in a larger-than-life story or experience that makes us think differently about what it means to be human.  Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style.* Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.


Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine –

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is adding short fiction as a regular feature.  We are currently accepting fiction submissions up to 1,000 words.  Beginning June 21st we will publish one story every week in addition to our short poetry and art.


Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. While many magazines and journals close during the spring and summer, we’re open year-round. We only accept one flash story per submission, and please make sure the word count is 1,000 words or less. We only accept one short story per submission, and please make sure the word count doesn’t exceed 4,000 words. We’re interested in personal, memoir, lyric, flash (short-shorts), and experimental essays; we aren’t interested in critical essays. Please make sure the word count doesn’t exceed 4,000 words. We only accept prose poem submissions (1-3 prose poems on a single Word document); no traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, limericks, elegies, etc.). If you send us a traditional, lineated poem, we will reject it.


HeartWood Literary Magazine

Heartwood Literary Magazine is open year-round for submissions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. We are interested in writing that pushes into, dares to reveal its own truth, that takes emotional risks, that gets to the heart of the matter. Fiction submissions may include short stories, flash fiction, or novel excerpts if the excerpt can stand alone. You may submit more than one piece of flash fiction, as long as the total word count does not exceed 3000 words. We’re open to a wide range of nonfiction, with the exception of academic articles, or that which would be considered more traditionally journalistic. Personal essay, memoir, lyric, literary journalism, or some blurring in between, are all acceptable. Poets should submit no more than 3-5 single-spaced poems at a time. Include all poems in a single document for upload. Lyric, narrative, experimental, prose poems—we’re open to all variations of the poetic voice.


Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks true stories of starting over

Deadline for submissions: June 19, 2017.  We’re looking for true stories about starting over. Tell us about a time when you or someone else took a do-over, snuck a mulligan, or hit the reset button, whether by choice or not. We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme. All essays submitted will be considered for publication. This is a paying market.


Split This Rock

Send your ideas for workshops, panel/roundtable discussions, and readings at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018! The Call for Session Proposals is OPEN until June 30, 2017. The festival celebrates Split This Rock’s 10th anniversary – amazing, right?! Given the current climate in our country, we’re particularly interested in proposals that help us combat despair (or ride through it), learn from one another across generations, celebrate cultures targeted by hate, figure out what it means to live in this time, and equip us all as creative and effective citizens and activists. We look forward to reading your submissions!


Key West Literary Seminar – Three Emerging Writer Awards

The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress).  Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program*, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. Runners-up for each award will also be offered financial assistance packages. *Winners will be able to attend the Workshop of their choice, even if it is currently full. Poets and writers of any age who live in the United States and have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. If you have published a book with a small press that has a print run of 500 or so copies, you are still eligible. We reserve the right to make final decisions regarding eligibility. We will accept only one Emerging Writer Award application per person. Applications must be received by June 30, 2017.


museum of americana

The museum of americana is open to submissions of prose and poetry from until July 5, 2017. We seek work that engages with or repurposes the complex cultural history of America. All submissions should contain a brief cover letter in the email. Poetry and prose submissions should be pasted into the text of the email. No attachments, please. We will read one longer prose piece (up to 3,000 words) or three to five poems or flashes per submission.


Key West Literary Seminar Scholarships

Key West Literary Seminar offers Workshop Financial Assistance scholarships to writers who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program. We hope to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Scholarship recipients will receive partial or full fee waivers to our Writers’ Workshop Program (up to $550). Financial assistance to offset lodging costs is also available. See available writers’ workshops here: Priority deadline is July 14.


James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts – Call for Papers

The James Agee Conference is announcing its official call for papers for its second annual conference, to be held October 6-7, 2017 at the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. The gathering will feature writing workshops with several notable writers from the region. Paper submissions should be of conference length and treat any aspect of Appalachian culture, to include writing, film, art, photography, music, or linguistics. Both affiliated and independent scholars are encouraged to apply. There is no cost for attendance or participation. Please send all proposals to Charles Dodd White at cdwhite2 (AT) no later than July 30, 2017.


The Adroit Journal

The Adroit Journal is open to free submissions through August 15th! We’re ready for your best work—pass it along via our online submission manager, and we’ll get back to you soon. Since inception, the journal has been listed for extended periods among’s 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past year. Send us your prose (up to 3 pieces at a time, 3,000 words maximum) and poetry (up to 8 poems at a time, no length limits).


WTAW Press Seeks Full-Length Books of Prose

WTAWPress seeks full-length books of prose (novels, memoirs, CNF, collections of stories or essays, etc.) for 2018 publication. The open reading period begins June 15 and extends to Sept. 15, 2017. Additionally, the WTAW Press Features Chapbook Series will publish chapbooks of selected book excerpts in time for the 2018 AWP Conference for signings and readings. We welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. We privilege no one aesthetic over another. Send your best literary fiction and non-fiction.


Submission Calls for Writers 4/18/2017


Here are 12 new opportunities for writers with deadlines ranging from this month through the end of the year.  Please feel free to share these posts.  If you have any luck finding publication with these lists, I’d love to hear about it.  Good luck sending your work out!

museum of americana seeks volunteer layout editor

the museum of americana, a growing online literary review with an established audience, seeks a layout editor to format our three annual issues as well as a small amount of between-issues content. Like all our editor positions, this would be a volunteer position. Responsibilities would include corresponding with other editors, assisting with proofreading, and designing the issues three times a year. The right person would need a strong knowledge of WordPress. There would be additional opportunities to write and assist in our reading series, but a desire to be involved in these capacities is not necessary. If you’re interested in helping us try to connect writers and artists with the audience they deserve, email themuseumofamericanaATgmailDOTcom.


Across the Margin

Across the Margin strives to publish only the best in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Even though we frequently feature writers with previous credits, we are also very much interested in less experienced or unpublished writers who exhibit exceptional potential. We cannot guarantee your piece will see the light of day, but we promise it will be given its due respect – never will a submission be set aside unread. Never. Fiction or nonfiction submissions over 5,000 words that we’re interested in publishing may be published in serial form. Please send 2 or more (max = 5) of your best poems for our consideration. Throw in a brief bio and publication history and remember, we have no aesthetic allegiance or ideological bent.


Carve Magazine

Carve has been publishing honest fiction online and hosting the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest since 2000. We accept short story, poetry, and nonfiction submissions year-round and from anywhere in the world. Send us your best work.


Four Way Review

FWR accepts poetry and fiction from both established and emerging authors. We look for work that demonstrates fine attention to craft while retaining a powerful and compelling voice.  We want writing that showcases the imagination’s unique ability to refine the raw materials of human experience. Unsolicited submissions are considered year round. Submit 3-5 poems or up to 6,000 words of fiction in a single document.


The Tishman Review’s Tillie Olsen Short Story Award

The Tillie Olsen Short Story Award hopes to read your best story under 5K words between February 25 and April 30, 2017. The winner receives $500 and publication. All entries considered for publication. Submissions accepted via Submittable. All judging done blind. Entrants receive a one-year ebook subscription to The Tishman Review. Entry fee: $15. Final Judge: Linda LeGarde Grover. Grover is the author of the award-winning short story collection The Dance Boots and the novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass. She is a professor of American Indian Studies at University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.


Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is the literary journal from the MFA community at Antioch University Los Angeles.  Our current reading period ends on April 30, 2017. We accept submissions of Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, & Visual Art. Please submit up to THREE poems in a single document. Only pieces between 750 and 5000 words will be considered for Fiction. (If under 750, please submit to our Flash category.)



WORDPEACE is a semi-annual online journal of literary response to world events.

We are looking for poems, stories, CNF essays, reviews and interviews that reflect or are in conversation with world events. We want work which asks for positive change, critiques the status quo, is forward thinking, and takes a stand in the face of corruption and greed, brutality, xenophobia, homophobia, prejudice, genocide and oligarchy.  Submit by April 30, 2017. Contact the editors at wordpeace.editorsATgmailDOTcom for questions.


Pollen: An Online Literary Journal from Grow Appalachia

Pollen is an online literary magazine capturing the heart of our program through poetry, fiction, and photography. The deadline for submissions for the third edition of Pollen is Monday, May 1, 2017. Please submit a short biography with your entries. We will NOT review submissions without artist’s biographies. Because of time constraints, we are launching a slightly abridged version and only publishing the following pieces into the final edition:   8 pieces of poetry, 8 pieces of photography, 3 pieces of creative fiction or nonfiction. Please send ALL submissions to pollen (AT)


Beer, Wine, & Spirits Poetry Anthology

Submit Poems to the World Enough Writers Beer, Wine, & Spirits Poetry Anthology. Do you have poems in which beer, wine, or spirits play a role? If so, this anthology is for you! World Enough Writers (the anthology imprint of Concrete Wolf) seeks poems for its Beer, Wine, & Spirits Anthology edited by James Bertolino to be published Winter 2018. Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2017. Open to any style, form, or line length. Submit first poem free, or 2 or more poems for $5. Previously published poems ok, if the poet owns reprint rights. Please provide publication acknowledgements. No bio necessary. We are now accepting email or postal mail submissions.



Slice magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We’re not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems). Our reading period is currently open and runs from April 1 – June 1, 2017. All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 22, which will be released Spring 2018. The theme for that issue is “Borders.” The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words.



RHINO is open for general submissions from April 1 – August 31. We accept one submission per each reading period. All submissions are considered for our Editor’s Prize. Our diverse group of editors looks for the very best in contemporary writing, and we have created a dynamic process of soliciting and reading new work by local, national, and international writers. We read for previously unpublished poems, translations, and flash-fiction. We welcome all styles of poems, and look for work which is well-crafted, reflects passion, originality, engagement with contemporary culture, and a love affair with language. Our basic editorial principle, however, is unwavering—we’re looking to publish the best work we can find. We consider (up to 5 pages total) –  Poetry ( 3-5 poems), Translations of poetry ( 3-5 poems), Flash fiction (500 words or less).


Cowboy Jamboree Magazine

CJM is seeking Fiction and Non-Fiction Grit Lit, Rural and Revisionist Western Stories:  We need your best Harry Crews homage for our Fall 2017 issue “All We Need of Hell.”  Crews is one of our favorite authors, and we’ll take any interpretation you have of grit lit that is “Crewsesque.”  We picked All We Need of Hell for the theme because we are at the 30th anniversary of its 1987 publication, but feel free to work in your favorite Crews stuff (Feast of Snakes is our favorite if we just had to pick).   We’ll have special articles, vintage pieces and Crews relevant interviews.  Give us stories to put in this Celebration of The Knockout Artist that is Harry Crews.  We dig short stories, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, vignettes/prose poetry, photography, and illustration.  As always we like our stuff gritty and rough-edged in some way.  See our website for past issues, submission guidelines, authors we dig, and style preferences. Deadline: 9/1/2017.–submit.html

Submission Calls for Writers 3/26/2017


Here are 12 new opportunities for writers with deadlines ranging from this week through the end of the year.  Good luck sending your work out.

American Short Fiction

American Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek, short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. Unsolicited submissions are accepted year-round. There are no set guidelines as to content or length. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction also publishes stories (under 2000 words) online. As the name indicates, American Short Fiction does not publish poetry, plays, nonfiction, reviews, etc.


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. Submissions should be typed, double-spaced and single sided with 12 pt. Times New Roman type, and should not exceed 30 pages in length.



Foundry reads poetry submissions year-round. Please submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but we ask that you notify us as soon as a poem is accepted elsewhere. We pay $10 per poem. Foundry publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices.



Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry, translations, and (rarely) essays. General submissions are accepted year-round.  Make only one submission of up to four poems in ONE document. Do not include your name or contact info in the file. Since our issues include about 50 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. The Fall 2017 issue will be dedicated to poets of the Rust Belt (Deadline: April 15th). We continue to accept general submissions outside these themes.


Blue Mesa Review

Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (3-5 poems), and Visual Art. We have a rotating editorial board, so each issue is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narrative with a fine eye for craft. GENERAL READING PERIOD: September 30 – March 31.


Memorious: A Journal of New Verse & Fiction

Memorious is calling for submissions of short stories and flash fiction for our summer issue. The deadline for consideration is April 1st. Memorious been publishing online for thirteen years, and work from our magazine has been reprinted in The New York Times Magazine, Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net. Please send 4-6 poems. Please send one story or no more than three short shorts. (We are sorry to say that we do not publish creative nonfiction.) There are no length restrictions.


South 85 Journal

South 85 Journal accepts submissions for its Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry through April 30, 2017.  We accept artwork and blog submissions year-round.  Reviews are written on assignment only, and we accept applications for reviewers year-round.  Fiction submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words.  Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words. You may submit up to 5 poems and up to 10 pages.


The Madison Review

Submissions will be accepted for this reading period through May 1, 2017. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be typed, double-spaced, with standard 1″ margins and size 12 Times New Roman font. We consider short stories with a maximum of 30 pages. We consider up to 5 poems with a combined 15 page maximum.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us of publication elsewhere. Submissions should include a cover-letter complete with contact information and the name(s) of your story or poem(s).



We read submissions of poetry, short fiction, and literary essays through May 1, 2017; translations of poetry and literary prose are read year-round. Each issue features approximately thirteen poets, six prose writers, and six authors in translation. Poets should send one to five poems, and prose writers one story, essay, novella, or novel chapter (or up to three short-short stories or micro-essays).


Talking Writing

Our Fall 2017 nonfiction issue will take on the need for truth in all that we say, write, and do. We’re looking for a mix of different features highlighting constructive communication across political and cultural divides: 1) How to Talk to Each Other: personal essays, advice, listicles, even visual memes that address our national failure to communicate. Word count: 800 to 1,200.  2) Observing the World: short first-person reports on the world around us. Whether it’s a verbal snapshot of a neighborhood, an event, a specific cultural site, or the natural world, we invite writers to record, accurately convey, and interpret what they observe. Word count: 200 to 800.  3) Talking to the Enemy: open letters to a famous person (alive or dead), a neighbor, a colleague, or anybody with whom you strongly disagree. The goal is to figure out better ways to explain differences of opinion—no ranting, please. Word count: 500 to 1,200. Feel free to query us first about the subject/format of your feature. Submission deadline: June 5, 2017.



Magazine seeks submissions for special Tenth Anniversary Issue dedicated to work by women and those identifying as women. We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations on the culture and consequences of war. We’re pleased to announce we compensate writers for their work in our print publication. Poetry: $25 per page. Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations $15 per page ($250 maximum). Reading period: March 1- September 30.


Hayden’s Ferry Review: Issue 62, “The Long Issue”

At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella, and poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages. We will accept your novellas, poems, and translations until December 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems).