Love Letters to Ourselves

I’m so fortunate to have interesting friends who are always doing creative things. Case in point is my friend Megan Galbraith. Below, you’ll see a letter Megan wrote calling for people to write love letters to ourselves. Megan has written one to herself, and if you’re game, she’ll trade with you. I’m working on my own love letter to myself right now. It’s not an easy task, but I’m glad Megan asked me to try it. I hope you will too. Check out Megan’s directions below.

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Dear Lover,

Earlier this year, in the midst of personal despair, I came across a self-care tip that seemed simple enough: write a love letter to myself. I tried it. It knocked me on my ass.

As much as I poo-poo the self-care industrial complex, writing that letter did help. It also got me thinking hard about love, wanting more of it in my life, and about ways to collectively build each other up instead of tearing each other down.

So, as part of The Dollhouse, I’m launching a collaborative project called “Love Letters to Ourselves.”

I want to revive the art of letter writing, spread the love around, and understand how other people love themselves.

Will you write one? I want to see your beautiful soul.

Here’s what to do:
1. Write a love letter to yourself in any form
2. Include your name and return address
3. Put it in an envelope, lick a stamp and . . .
4. Mail your letter to:
Lisette Ophelia Von Elsevier (see what I did there?)
P.O. Box 483
Cambridge, NY 12816
5. When I receive it, I’ll mail you my love letter to myself.
6. Voila! Pen Pals.

Send me some love!

All my love,
Megan

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Submission Calls for Writers 4/4/2018

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Here are a dozen journals and presses currently accepting submissions. Several of these fine presses and journals have just opened submissions at the beginning of April. A few of these have very small windows when you can submit your work, so don’t miss it! Good luck sending your work out.

Spork Press & Sporklet

Spork Press is accepting submissions for its online magazine, Sporklet, as well as for its 2019 catalog. Full length poetry manuscripts must be at least 48 pages and submitted as a PDF. For works of fiction over 100 pages, please send a synopsis and an excerpt that is 20-40 pages in length. It will likely take us up to two months to respond. Submissions to Sporklet: Poetry submissions should be 6-12 pages long. We like to feature several poems by each author. We are also very fond of long poems. Fiction submissions can include up to three short stories. There is no length limit for hybrid work. There are no reading fees. Simultaneous submissions welcome.

http://sporkpress.com/?page_id=3492

 

Moon City Review

Moon City Review is currently reading for the 2019 issue. We are accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic narrative, translations, and book reviews.

http://www.mooncityreview.com/

 

Concho River Review

CRR is published biannually. We welcome submissions of high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry year-round. CRR welcomes fiction on all subjects, although we tend to publish traditional stories with a strong sense of conflict, finely drawn characters, and crisp dialogue. Length of manuscripts should be 1,500–5,000 words. CRR welcomes submissions of creatively told personal narratives and innovative approaches to the essay form. We also consider thoughtful, researched articles; especially those that explore areas that are part of our southwestern landscape and heritage. We review manuscripts of all lengths, up to 6,000 words. CRR welcomes original poetry submissions from all poets, established or emerging. Length and form are open, but shorter poems (one page or less) are preferred. Please send three to five poems at a time.

http://conchoriverreview.org/submissions.html

 

Sugared Water

Sugared Water is reading submissions during the month of April. SW is an independent lit mag published & handbound in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our cover art is original and produced in limited edition. We read poetry & prose, with a particular interest in flash and micro forms, lyric and personal essays, prose poetry, free verse poetry, and individual, strong senses of voice and place. We will consider 3-5 poems or up to 4,500 words in fiction or creative nonfiction.

https://sugaredwatermagazine.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Ascent

Ascent publishes stories, poems, photographs and essays. Ascent opens for submissions on the first of April and will read submissions through the end of May.

http://www.readthebestwriting.com/

 

LIT Magazine

LIT: The journal of The New School Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program promotes innovative art and writing via print and digital publishing. Poetry submissions should be no more than 5 poems or 10 pages. We accept fiction and nonfiction. Prose submissions should be no longer than 25 pages, double-spaced, single-sided. Our current reading period ends in May 2018.

http://www.litmagazine.org/

 

Voices

Kentucky River Community Care is pleased to announce the second issue of Voices, a literary journal recognizing and presenting creative talent from the Kentucky River region and beyond. Our journal exists to give a voice to those who often go unheard, particularly those in the mental health community. KRCC staff and clients, as well as writers from throughout the region, are invited to submit their best prose, poetry, photography, and artwork by May 15, 2018.

http://krcccares.com/voices/

 

Memoir Mixtapes Volume 5

Memoir Mixtapes is a mashup of the two things we all love to talk about: ourselves and music. Volume 5 is our first un-themed issue. We are not currently accepting fiction pieces—after all, we are “Memoir” Mixtapes. We’re looking for your personal, creative non-fiction prose and poetry inspired by the music that makes you feel feelings. Submit one submission / one song per writer. The sweet spot for prose submissions is between 2–7 pages, single spaced. (If your submission runs a little shorter or longer, it’s not the end of the world.) Poetry submissions can be any length, but please bear in mind that over 5 pages is going to be a tougher sell. DEADLINE FOR VOL.5 SUBMISSIONS: MAY 16, 2018.

https://memoirmixtapes.com/submissions/

 

Terrain

Our online journal accepts only the finest poetry, essays, fiction, articles, artwork, videos, and other contributions—material that reaches deep into the earth’s fiery core, or humanity’s incalculable core, and brings forth new insights and wisdom. We are currently accepting regular submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, reviews, and videos. There is no fee (nor payment) for regular contributions. Our reading period ends May 30, 2018. Submit from two to six poems of any length in a single document. Creative nonfiction, photo, personal, and other essays need not follow any particular essay style. 6,000 words maximum for creative nonfiction. Articles may be technical or journalistic in nature. Short stories, excerpts from novels, flash fiction, radio plays, drama, and other forms of fiction are encouraged. 6,000 words maximum.

https://www.terrain.org/submit/regular-submission-guidelines/

 

Tammy, a print journal of prose and poetry

Tammy is a print publication that features writing from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters, international writing in translation, and forms of visual art that lend themselves to the printed page.  Now reading for its sixth issue. Recent contributors include Amanda Goldblatt, Lydia Davis and Matt Bell. Tammy’s current reading period runs through June 1, 2018.

https://tammy.submittable.com/submit

 

Howling Bird Press

Howling Bird Press is open for submissions of book-length fiction manuscripts from April 1 to July 31, 2018. The press welcomes innovative, original work from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English living in the U.S., whether published or unpublished. Manuscripts may be short stories, novels, novellas, etc. Word counts should be in the 40,000 to 60,000 range. File formats should be either Word .doc or .docx or PDF. Pages should be numbered, and the author’s name and address should appear on the first page. Include a cover letter in the form provided online, and list contact information and a short (100 to 200 word) bio. There is a $25 entry fee. The winner is announced in January 2019. The winner receives $1,000 and book publication in fall 2019.

Howling Bird Press books are distributed by Small Press Distribution and are available at online retailers and in bookstores nationwide.

http://www.augsburg.edu/mfa/howling-bird-press/

https://augsburghowlingbirdpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Consequence

Consequence is reading submissions until September 30, 2018. We publish short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, interviews, visual art, and reviews primarily focused on the culture of war. For fiction and non-fiction: please submit one piece of no more than 5,000 words. For poetry: please submit up to five poems of any length. Translations are acceptable if the author’s permission has been granted. Simultaneous submissions are welcome and encouraged, but if your work is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. Each submission may be accepted for publication in the print edition of CONSEQUENCE and CONSEQUENCE Online.

http://www.consequencemagazine.org/submit/

Submission Calls for Writers 3/1/2018

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Here are a dozen opportunities for writers looking for outlets for their work. Good luck submitting!

Barcelona Review

The Barcelona Review is presently accepting submissions for previously unpublished short fiction, articles and essays. We do not accept poetry submissions. Submit one story at a time for consideration to the editor. Word length: 4,500 words max.

www.barcelonareview.com

 

Action, Spectacle

The Baltic Writing Residency is sponsoring a new literary magazine called, Action, Spectacle. Action, Spectacle will publish 3 issues online each year, one of which will also appear in print. Our site will be live in the coming weeks. We aim to publish Issue #1 in August, 2018. Each issue will feature work solicited by a rotation of several guest editors including Dana Levin, Bhanu Kapil, Kimiko Hahn, Tyrone Williams, Mia You, Cindy Arrieu-King, Amy Lawless, Shane McCrae, Julia Story and others work selected from general submissions. We read general submissions year round. We publish poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, comics, interviews, essays, reviews, as well as some static graphic images. Hybrid and collaborative work, as well as translations are totally welcome and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text, whenever possible.

https://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit

 

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine once again seeks tight, gripping prose and poetry. You may submit up to three poems or one short story (1K or fewer words) but they must be as separate files. Our home page: http://wp.me/P2KTkl-3d. Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes120-200 poems and short prose pieces annually. We judge each piece on its merit rather than author biographical information.

https://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/

 

New Orleans Review

For web features, New Orleans Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Submit fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces welcome. Submit up to five pages of poems. We are looking for reviews of books (all genres) forthcoming or published in the last year. Query us if you’d like to submit or propose an interview.

http://www.neworleansreview.org/submit/

 

Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is an online literary journal of fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. We’re currently seeking submissions for future issues.

http://pitheadchapel.com

 

Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Spring 2018 issue (Vol. 13, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 15, 2018. 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 all welcome.  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.

http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

Tin House & Tin House Online

Tin House accepts submissions in the month of March. Tin House Online—a daily blog featuring previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, comics, and more. Please submit only one complete story or essay (word count dependent on category), or up to three poems at a time (five for print journal). Please do not submit the same work to Tin House Magazine and to Tin House Online.

https://tinhouse.submittable.com/submit

 

The National Poetry Review

The National Poetry Review is an annual online journal of poetry (previously a print journal published from 2003 to 2015 by our sister press, The National Poetry Review Press). Our reading period runs through April 1, 2018. Please submit all poems in one file. Include a brief bio with previous publications.

http://www.nationalpoetryreview.com/

 

Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel – Volume 21: Appalachia Acting Up

We are blessed or cursed to live in these interesting times. For Volume 21 we offer the theme of Appalachia Acting Up. Take it as and where you will: political protest, community conflict, childhood tantrums, family quarrels, life in the theater, life as drama queen, technology on the fritz, your own or your characters’ misspent youth… Surprise us! Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. Send us your best writing exploring Appalachia Acting Up. Submit up to 5 poems in one document (no more than 10 pages) or one prose piece of up to 3,000 words. Deadline: April 15, 2018.

http://www.sawconline.net/pmsg-submission-guidelines.html

 

Storyscape Journal Issue 20

Storyscape Journal’s free submission period is open through May 1, 2018, and we’d love to see your stuff! Past contributors include Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith, and Rachel Michelle Hanson. Hanson’s essay, “Education,” won Best of the Net in 2015. Our mission at Storyscape is to blur the lines between traditional genres and highlight innovative, singular writing. Instead of publishing as poetry and prose, our categories are Truth, Untruth, or We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us. Our authors decide which category they want to publish in, no questions asked.

https://storyscapejournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Paper Nautilus Poetry and Prose Chapbook Contests

We’re holding our annual chapbook contests at Paper Nautilus until May 15, 2018. Manuscripts of 16-24 pages of poetry, fiction, memoir, or mixed/hybrid genre accepted. Simultaneous and multiple submissions accepted, as are collaborative manuscripts of no more than two authors. We have two contests: the Debut Series Contest, which is open ONLY to folks without any full-length collections or chapbooks, and the Vella Contest, open to all (including authors who also qualify for entry in the Debut Series). Manuscripts may be submitted at the following:

https://papernautilus.submittable.com/submit

 

Apt

apt is a literary journal featuring challenging writing that combines the cerebral and the visceral. We read for our print issues from March 1-September 15. We read for online content all year long. We publish fiction, poetry, essays and reviews.

http://apt.aforementionedproductions.com/submission-guidelines/#.Vy-MevkrKM_

Submission Calls for Writers 2/8/2018

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Here are a devil’s dozen new opportunities for writers. Good luck getting your work out to these journals and the world. Special thanks to Raina K. Puels, editor at Redivider, for reaching out to solicit YOUR work.

Redivider

Redivider made a big announcement this week that they are switching to an all-digital platform. Issue 15.2 (Spring 2018) will be the final print issue. Issue 16.1 (Autumn 2018) will be the very first digital issue. Editor Raina K. Puels asked me to help spread the word that Redivider will remain “a journal dedicated to supporting a diversity of voices. In this political climate, we think it’s especially important to represent the unique intersections of gender, class, race, and sexuality in our poems, essays, stories, and graphic art.” Redivider is currently looking for fiction submissions up to 8,000 words, nonfiction submissions up to 6,000 words, and up to five poems per submission. Submit today!

http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/

 

Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2012. We publish gutsy fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry online every month and a couple of printed chapbooks every year. Pithead Chapel electronically publishes art, literary fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry monthly. At present, we only accept submissions under 4,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines below will be considered for an upcoming issue.

https://pitheadchapel.submittable.com/submit

 

Tuck Magazine

Tuck Magazine is an online, globally focused and socially conscious journal for the discerning reader, where vital commentary and the arts merge. We are looking for new writers with something fresh, interesting and important to say. This can be political, opinion, human rights based or anything you feel is important that needs to be heard. For further information, contact Managing Editor Michael Organ at editor@tuckmagazine.com. We are also looking for writers who can regularly contribute pieces based on music, film, art, photography, reviews, interviews; in fact anything interesting. Short Stories / Flash Fiction: 800-2400 words, Stories must be engaging and original, we are particularly interested in work that challenges the reader to see another perspective. We also have a sense of humour at Tuck, therefore satire is something we love to see. Our goal at Tuck is to entertain and enlighten with a good story written by emerging  writers. Send two poems per submission. We also accept book reviews.

http://tuckmagazine.com/write-for-us/

 

Dialogist

Dialogist is an online platform for diversity through discourse. Be clear. Be dynamic. Start a conversation. And send us your best. We accept poetry and art/photography/illustration. Submit up to five poems of any length. Include all submissions within a single Word document, with a poem per page. Submissions should be paginated—to include an identifying header (name and email address), and be in 12 point Times New Roman.

http://dialogist.org/submit/     

 

Coachella Review

The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. We publish two issues a year, in June and December. There are no deadlines. We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. We invite poets to send up to five poems per submission. Include all works in a single attachment. There are no restrictions on form or length. We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.

http://thecoachellareview.com/wordpress/submissions/

 

Heartwood

HeartWood, an online literary magazine in association with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA program, publishes twice yearly, in April and October. We accept submissions year round through Submittable, and welcome previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from both established and emerging writers. We do love Appalachian voices, but we enthusiastically encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit. Fiction submissions may include short stories, flash fiction, or novel excerpts. 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.

http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit/

 

The Shanghai Literary Review

The Shanghai Literary Review is an English language magazine of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translation, book review, and art, run by an editorial team between New York, London, & Shanghai. Our magazine sells in stores in London, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. All pieces are eventually posted on our website as well. The deadline for our summer 2018 issue (Issue 3) is February 15, 2018. There is no fee for submitting work to TSLR. We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We’ll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. We publish: Fiction – less than 5,000 words; Poetry – 2 poems submission limit per person; Non-Fiction & Essay – less than 5,000 words; Flash Fiction or Nonfiction – less than 500 words.

https://www.shanghailiterary.com/submissions/

 

Copper Nickel

Copper Nickel accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and translation folios now through March 1, 2018. Please submit four to six poems, one story, or one essay at a time.

http://copper-nickel.org/submit/

 

Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers

Applications are now open for our Fellowships for Emerging Writers, which cover full tuition for a Master Workshop in poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and screen/playwriting at our 13th annual Lit Fest. A two-week celebration of the literary arts, Lit Fest features seminars, parties, workshops, salons, and agent consultations at our historic mansion in Denver. Our faculty includes Lydia Millet, Sheila Heti, Terrance Hayes, CAConrad, Charles D’Ambrosio, Min Jin Lee, Emily Rapp Black, Jenny Offill, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Shipstead, Daniel Goldfarb, Robin Black, Alexandre Philippe, Steve Almond, and others. Applications are due March 15, 2018. There is a $30 application fee.

https://www.lighthousewriters.org/events/lit-fest

https://www.lighthousewriters.org/lit-fest-master-workshops-2018

 

Fiddlehead – Creative Nonfiction Issue

For our creative nonfiction issue. Tell us your true stories, bring us your belles lettres! Announcing the first ever creative nonfiction issue. Creative nonfiction is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc. Submissions in this genre should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Deadline: March 31, 2018.

https://thefiddlehead.ca/submit

 

Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University (AU), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. We are currently reading from now through April 30, 2018. Submit up to three poems. We accept fiction from 751 up to 5,000 words and CNF under 750 words. If your fiction is 750 words and under, please submit it to the Flash Prose category.

http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 

Floyd County Moonshine

Any and all subject matter is welcome, although we gravitate toward Local Color (especially stories set in Floyd, the New River Valley, or a specific rural setting) and the Southern Gothic. Short stories, essays, & novel excerpts should not exceed 8,000 words. Submit up to 5 poems. The deadline for Floyd County Moonshine’s special anniversary issue is April 30, 2018. Prior contributors are also encouraged to submit once again. Interviews should not exceed 3,000 words.

http://www.floydcountymoonshine.com/submissions.html

 

Columbia Journal

We’re dedicated to publishing and displaying the work of the freshest voices alongside established artists, poets and writers. Submissions for the journal’s website are open from through May 2018. Prose pieces should be 5,000 words or less, and poetry submissions can be 5 printed pages.

http://columbiajournal.org/about/

Submission Calls for Writers 1/2/2018

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If we want our work to be published this year, then most of us will have to spend some time sending out submissions.  Here are a baker’s dozen opportunities for writers to get the year started.  Good luck! And Happy 2018!

 

Necessary Fiction

Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to our Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Send us unpublished fiction, not reprints, up to 3000 words.

http://necessaryfiction.com/info

 

The Believer

The Believer, a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, is a bimonthly literature, arts, and culture magazine. In each issue, readers will find journalism and essays that are frequently very long, book reviews that are not necessarily timely, and interviews that are intimate, frank, and also very long.  The Believer will consider unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts and pitches. We review books of all types, as well as non-literary items with some interesting linguistic element. We accept 3-5 previously unpublished poems per submission.  Please do not send fiction.

http://www.believermag.com/contacts/

 

The CDC Poetry Project

The CDC Poetry Project seeks poems that use all seven of the words that have been forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018 (“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based”). Sarah Freligh and Amy Lemmon started this project in response to the news reported in the Washington Post on December 15 that the CDC has been banned from using these words. One new poem per day will be published on the site starting January 1, 2018.

https://cdcpoetry.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Lunch Ticket Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight

The Lunch Ticket Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight showcases a single writer or artist every other week, and publishes all genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, poetry, literary translation*, YA (13+), and visual art. Pieces selected for Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight are featured for two weeks and promoted through our social media networks with the same enthusiasm as our regularly published issues. After the showcase, Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight features remain on Lunch Ticket. We accept prose up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces are 750 words or less. For poetry and micro-flash (fiction or CNF under 400 words), please submit no more than THREE pieces in a single document, with each piece clearly titled. We will be open for Amuse-Bouche submissions until January 31 or when we reach 350 total submissions.

http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 

Nashville Review

The Nashville Review reads three times a year, and one of those periods is between January 1 and January 31, 2018. We welcome flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words. We welcome creative nonfiction up to 8,000 words. We’re open to anything: memoir excerpts, essays, imaginative meditations. Send us up to 3 poems per reading period.

https://as.vanderbilt.edu/nashvillereview/contact/submit

 

2018 Nelson Algren Literary Awards

Stories must be fiction and must not have been previously published. Stories must be written in English, double-spaced, and no longer than 8,000 words. Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere in the Story. Contest entry deadline is February 7, 2018. There is no entry fee.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/literary-awards/ct-algren-contest-rules-20171107-story.html

 

Midwestern Gothic

We’re looking for pieces featuring or inspired by your time in the Midwest. Our goal is to collect the very best in Midwestern writers and writing in an effort to compile a definitive resource on the region and its influences.  We’re dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who have lived here, passed through, or found themselves connected to it in some way. Please submit short fiction, creative nonfiction or essays of up to 8,000 words, or no more than three poems. Submit by February 28, 2018.

http://midwestgothic.com/submissions/

 

Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest 2018

Our 9th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest is currently underway. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished (self-published accepted). Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will NOT be included in this meditation poetry event.  You are welcome to enter up to three submissions. After three submissions, no other poems will be considered. Please submit your poems by email. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2018.

http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2018Entry.html

 

Tinge Magazine

TINGE, Temple University’s online journal, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The journal is edited by the graduate students of Temple’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. Our current reading period runs from January 1 to March 1, 2018. For fiction, submit one short story, up to 25 double-spaced pages. Novel excerpts will be considered if they can stand alone.  For nonfiction, submit one personal essay, memoir, or interview up to 25 double-spaced pages. No book reviews or criticism. Send up to three poems.

http://www.tingemagazine.org/submission-guidelines/

 

Off the Coast Poetry

Off the Coast is a biannual online journal. Our mission is to provide space for diverse and marginalized voices, particularly poets of color, disabled poets, LGBTQIA poets, woman poets, and poetry in translation. We aim to be Maine’s international poetry journal. Send 1–3 previously unpublished poems, any subject or style. We read quarterly, and our next deadline is March 15, 2018.

https://offthecoast.submittable.com/submit

 

Adroit Journal

Since inception, the Adroit Journal has been listed for extended periods among Duotrope.com’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 two years. We are currently open to submissions of poetry and prose until April 1, 2018. Submit up to 3 pieces of prose at a time, 3,000 words maximum (per piece). Send up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.

http://www.theadroitjournal.org/general-submissions/

 

Passages North

Passages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979. Send us up to three short-shorts (fiction, nonfiction, prose poems, whatever blend of that you do), all pasted into one document. We’re looking for all manner of well-written, innovative creative nonfiction including, but not limited to, lyric essays, personal essays, memoir, and literary journalism. Send us up to five poems in one document. Passages North is open for submissions for Issue 40 until April 15, 2018.

http://passagesnorth.com/submissions/

 

Southern Indiana Review

Short stories, film scripts, or short novel excerpts are accepted. Submissions should be double-spaced. Creative essays may be personal, critical, historical, nostalgic. They may be reviews, profiles, interviews, or discussions regarding social or intellectual history or ideas. Poetry may be on any subject or in any form. Please send no more than five poems. We accept manuscripts through April 30, 2018.

https://www.usi.edu/sir/submission-guidelines

Submission Calls for Writers 11/20/2017

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Here are twelve new opportunities for writers with deadlines as soon as next week and as far away as May.  I hope there’s something here for everyone.

Here’s a shout out to Marc Swan of Portland, Maine, who dropped me a very kind note recently to say that he finds these lists helpful.  Thanks for letting me know, Marc!

As always, please feel free to share with your fellow writers. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine once again seeks tight, gripping prose and poetry. Our author guidelines are tabbed to our home page. We use Submittable and all submissions need to come through that system so our first-reader staff can evaluate them as a team. Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes 120-200 poems and short prose pieces annually. We judge each piece on its merit rather than author biographical information.

https://postcardpoemsandprose.wordpress.com/submit-2/

 

Visible Poetry Project

The Visible Poetry Project (VPP) partners thirty filmmakers with thirty poets to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems. The VPP will match filmmakers and poets, provide experienced production assistance to the creative teams, and guarantee an audience for the selected works. Every day during National Poetry Month, VPP premieres a new short film based on a poem. Last year, contributors included Neil Gaiman and Tato Laviera. The VPP is now open for submissions form poets and filmmakers for the 2018 season. VPP especially seeks submissions from underrepresented artists.

https://www.visiblepoetryproject.com/

 

Oxford American

The Oxford American welcomes fiction submissions from new writers. We are eager to feature a writer in our 100th issue who has not yet published fiction in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. The 100th issue will be on newsstands starting March 2018. Our primary consideration is quality, though we would be especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though we ask that stories are immediately withdrawn from consideration following acceptance elsewhere. (There is a $2 processing fee.) Deadline is December 1st.

http://www.oxfordamerican.org/about/submission-guidelines

 

Slice Magazine

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. Our reading period is currently open through December 1, 2017. All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 23, which will be released fall 2018. The theme for that issue is “Flight.” The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words.

https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

 

Baltic Writing Residency

The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for a 3 week long residency in Stockholm, Sweden. The deadline is December 15th. Applications are accepted via submittable (http://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit). The BWR provides $1,000, and a cottage in Stockholm for one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction working in English. Though, neither the writer nor their project need be connected with Sweden.

http://balticresidency.com

 

Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets

As writers, we often learn by reading and enjoying the work of other writers. Art itself can be the artist’s best teacher. This idea was foremost in our minds in 2010, when we compiled Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press), an anthology of essays that considers the elements of poetry through practice. The essays reveal the insights poets gained while writing or reading a particular poem or set of poems. Each essay ends with a prompt that challenges readers to consider their own understanding of that poetic element. We are now preparing to launch Mentor and Muse online. Working in our new electronic format, we hope to give more poets access to the published essays, offer a wider range of topics, and have more flexibility in both the style and medium in which poets engage their subjects. Each essay submission should consider how a poem—yours and/or someone else’s—has helped you to better understand a specific poetic principle. We encourage potential contributors to begin where they are most compelled, with the poems that act as touchstones, poems that they return to again and again for inspiration, solace, and guidance. Our first deadline is December 15, 2017; however, we will continue to accept essays for future issues beyond December 15.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/mentor-and-muse-essays-from-poets-to-poets/call-for-submissions/1965001160454759/

 

Pittsburgh Poetry Review Call for Submission

The Pittsburgh Poetry Review is now open to regular and tip jar submissions through 12/15/17 for poems for PPR #7 to be published online in April 2018. Please note that the Pittsburgh Poetry Review is becoming an online journal effective with PPR #7. Also, we are pleased to announce that PPR is now a paying market, offering $25.00 for each poem we publish. Please submit 3 poems, exactly 3 poems, no more, no less, in a single .doc or .docx file. IMPORTANT! We read blind, so please do not put any identifying info in the submission document, or the file name, but only in the “Cover Letter” portion of the form.

https://pittsburghpoetryreview.submittable.com/submit

 

2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Press 53 offers a $1,000 advance plus publication, awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories.  There is a reading fee of $30. Enter before December 31, 2017. Press 53 Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2018.

www.Press53.com

 

Faultline

Faultline welcomes previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art. We read submissions through January 15, 2018. Send up to five poems.  For fiction and creative nonfiction, we consider one submission at a time, up to twenty pages.

http://faultline.sites.uci.edu/submit/

 

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University is proud to present the Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We invite submissions in all genres of short fiction. Work will be judged by renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times-bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy, 2312, and New York 2140. The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published by Arizona State University in an online anthology, which will be free to download, read, and share. Submissions must be 5,000 words or less, and must be original, previously unpublished work. There are no reading or submission fees for this contest. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.

https://climateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest.

 

A Public Space

We accept unsolicited submissions through April 15, 2018. Please submit only one (​1) story or essay at a time; or up to five (5) poems. There are no word or poem limits. Novellas and novel excerpts are always welcome.

https://apublicspacedemo.submittable.com/submit

 

Denver Quarterly

Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed at the University of Denver, currently in its 50th year of consecutive print publication. Unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry are welcomed from now until May 15, 2018. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages.

http://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/submissions/

Responding to a Reader: 10 Small but Great Journals

Thanks to Tom Tenbrunsel who recently left a comment on my blog in reference to some of the publication opportunities I have posted. Here’s what Tom wrote.

Denton – I have tried a dozen of your suggested posts sifting through their stated themes, meeting their deadlines, even paying some to no avail. I fear your suggested posts might be less for beginners as all mine did and more for esoteric publishing. Do you have any down to earth, plain talking good ole boy publishing sources for someone who is from the hills of Appalachia with a story or two and a lesson perhaps as good or bettern’ highfalutin writers?

Tom is right that I post a lot of top-tier journals in my lists.  Not all, but a lot. Top-tier journals receive a large number of submissions, often from excellent writers.  These journals are very competitive in terms of quality, but they are also very competitive in terms of quantity.  Some journals receive as many as 6,000 to 10,000 submissions for a single issue. However, every editor is eager and universally open to writers looking for their first publication.

One reason that I started making these publication lists was to encourage friends (and myself) to aim high when submitting work.  I personally wrack up a lot of rejections, but I know that it’s par for the course.  I expect it, and if you want to be a published writer, you should expect it too.

There are hundreds if not thousands of literary magazines and journals out there though.  And for every top-tier journal, there is a smaller journal who doesn’t receive as many submissions and is still excellent.  I put together a short list of 10 such journals, thanks to Tom’s prompting. Note that several of these publications are especially interested in writing about Appalachia.

I want to be clear that just because these publications are smaller does NOT mean that they will accept sub-standard work.  I personally know and have worked with the editors at most of these journals, and they are dedicated to publishing the highest quality writing. That’s why it’s important to make sure your submission is the best it can possibly be.  To get it to that place, ask yourself a few questions. Are you sharing your work with other good writers (such as in a critique group)?  Have you attended any workshops and conferences where you can study with published writers?  Are you following each journal’s submission guidelines?  And have you read the journals to be sure that your submission matches their aesthetic?

You’re only ready to submit when you’ve done all of these things.  If that’s you, then good luck!

 

Appalachian Journal

We accept manuscripts from a variety of disciplines, as long as the work focuses on the Appalachian region. Major fields of interest include anthropology, art, cultural studies, ecology, economics, education, ethnography, film, folklore, health care, history, gender studies, geography, literature, media, music, political science, sociology, and studies of sustainability. We like well-documented, well-developed articles that feature primary source research.  We also publish poetry.

https://appjournal.appstate.edu/writers-guidelines

 

Birmingham Arts Journal

The Journal is operated without profit by passionate volunteers, who believe that exceptional works by the famous, not-yet-famous, and never-to-be-famous deserve to be published side by side in a beautiful and creative setting.  We accept Fiction and Non-Fiction up to 1,000 words. Excerpts and quotes of fewer than 1,000 words from longer works are published, too. We accept all types of Poetry up to 50 lines. Shorter works are preferred.

http://www.birminghamartsjournal.com/submissions.html

 

Fiction Southeast: An Online Journal Dedicated to Short Fiction

The editors of Fiction Southeast are interested in short fiction (approximately 1500 words or less). We are also interested in interviews with authors of short fiction, articles concerning fiction craft, as well as reviews of short story collections (preferably, but not limited to, collections of flash or micro shorts).

https://fictionsoutheast.submittable.com/submit

 

Floyd County Moonshine

Floyd County Moonshine invites you to submit poetry, short stories, essays, and artwork in a digital format. We accept literary works addressing all manner of themes; however, preference is generally given to those works of a rural or Appalachian nature. A bi-annual publication, Floyd County Moonshine has been in production about five years, publishing a variety of home-grown Appalachian writers in addition to writers from across the country.

http://www.floydcountymoonshine.com/submissions.html

 

HeartWood Literary Magazine

HeartWood is an online literary magazine in association with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA program. We publish twice yearly, in April and October. Our inaugural issue will go live April 2016. We accept submissions year round and welcome previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from both established and emerging writers.  We do love Appalachian voices, but we enthusiastically encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit.

http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit/

 

Main Street Rag

Main Street Rag Publishing Company has been publishing our print magazine, The Main Street Rag, uninterrupted since 1996. Among its features are poetry, short fiction, photography, essays, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Submit Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction up to 6000 words.  Submit up to 6 pages of poetry. That can mean one long poem or as many as 6 one-page (or shorter) poems. No Simultaneous submissions.

http://03c9c48.netsolhost.com/WordPress/magazineliterary-magazine/

 

New Southerner Annual Literary Contest

We accept submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our annual literary contest. Although the contest theme is open, we are especially interested in work that relates to our mission, which is promoting self-reliance, environmental stewardship, and local economies. Winning entries, as well as finalists and semifinalists, are published in The New Southerner Literary Edition, available in print.

http://www.newsoutherner.com/contest/

 

Pikeville Review

Submit fiction and creative nonfiction up to 5000 words. All prose should be double spaced and in standard font. For poetry, send up to 5 poems. Poems may be single spaced. Open Submission period: October 1 – December 31. Notifications will be sent in late January and publication will occur in March.

http://www.upike.edu/pikevillereview

 

Souvenir Literary Journal

“A Journal to Help Remind You Of Where You’ve Been & The Places You’d Like To Go”

http://www.souvenirlit.com/submissions/

 

Town Creek Poetry

William Wright, Editor

The editors of Town Creek Poetry tend to favor poems that use the natural world in an original way, particularly in a way that elucidates deeper human issues. Our preferences lean toward the narrative and lyric. We wish for a tightly paced story, and we like poems that put something at stake. Please send up to three poems at a time.

http://www.towncreekpoetry.com/submissions.htm

Submission Calls for Writers 10/3/2017

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Here are a baker’s dozen new opportunities for writers.  A few of these journals are closing their reading periods this month.  Others have just opened and are waiting for your submissions.  Good luck!

Foundry

Foundry always open for general submissions (free). Please submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. 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.

http://www.foundryjournal.com/submit.html

 

New Madrid

We will dedicate our winter 2018 issue to the theme of “Total Eclipse.” Our hope is also to address the theme of total eclipse from metaphorical directions. We invite work inspired by social and political phenomena; for example, some have referred to both the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) and to the election of Donald J. Trump to the United States presidency as total eclipses. We also encourage work that takes on the theme from a personal direction, as in the total eclipse of a marriage or friendship. We are essentially open to any work that addresses the obscuring of the light that is fundamental to a total eclipse. Secrecy is prime territory for this issue, as is any kind of blotting out, blocking, concealing, darkening. Apocalypse is also a possible subject. And of course, we welcome contributions along our theme from amateur or professional astronomers, and from skygazers of any kind. All submissions should be of interest to the general reader. Please do not submit scholarly articles. Submissions will be accepted between August 15 and October 15.

https://newmadridjournal.org/submissions/

 

Rappahannock Review

The Rappahannock Review, an online literary journal published through the University of Mary Washington, is currently accepting submissions in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction from established and emerging writers. We’re currently reading for our general issue 5.1, which will be published in December, and we’d love to consider your work. Submissions will remain open until October 15.

https://rappahannockreview.submittable.com/submit

 

Good Works Review

The former Kentucky Review is now operating as Good Works Review.  They are currently open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, and black-and-white artwork. All profits from sales are donated to the ACLU. Our first annual issue will appear in print in December 2017. Deadline for submission is October 15.

http://goodworksreview.futurecycle.org/guidelines.html

 

Crab Orchard Review

Our first online special issue of Crab Orchard Review will focus on “Ka-ching!: The Money Issue.” Submissions are free until October 31, 2017. It is not lost upon us that this is the first special issue we won’t be paying contributors, but we hope writers will embrace this topic and explore all the ways our lives and our world are shaped by money, whether you are cashing in, cashing out, or maybe even caring and sharing a little while we all try to get by.

http://craborchardreview.siu.edu/general-call.html

 

The Larry Brown Short Story Award

The editors at Pithead Chapel are pleased to announce the second annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st place $250, 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $25. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel. The 2017 Guest Judge is Anne Valente. Submission Fee: $10 per story. Submit by October 31, 2017.

www.pitheadchapel.com

 

Kenyon Review

During the 2017 reading period, we will be accepting submissions from September 15th through November 1st, 2017. We consider short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words); poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document); plays (up to 30 pages); excerpts (up to 30 pages) from larger works; translations of poetry and short prose.

https://www.kenyonreview.org/submission/

 

South 85

South 85 Journal is currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art submissions through November 1, 2017, for our Fall / Winter 2017 issue, which will come out December 15.  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 total pages.

http://south85journal.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet

Volume III of Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet will be published by Press 53 in the Fall of 2018. Submissions are open through November 30, 2017. Everywhere Stories is an anthology series of short fiction set around the world. We will NOT repeat countries (except the US, where we will not repeat states), so be sure to review the submission guidelines to see what countries we’ve already covered. No maximum or minimum length.

https://press53.submittable.com/submit/94181/everywhere-stories-short-fiction-from-a-small-planet-volume-iii

 

Fifth Wednesday Journal

Fifth Wednesday Journal is an independent literary print magazine published twice yearly by Fifth Wednesday Books. We accept electronic submissions in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and black-and-white photography. FWJ publishes short stories, excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, book excerpts, and essays, as long as the excerpt stands on its own as a literary work. There are no set limits on length of a work, but manuscripts of less than 1,000 or more than 12,000 words are less likely to make it into the journal. Please limit your submission of poetry to one set of up to five poems. Submissions for Spring 2018 will close on December 1, 2017.

http://www.fifthwednesdayjournal.org/

 

Tammy Journal

Tammy is reading submissions for its ninth issue. Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook publisher from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. Our issues have featured writers such as Ashley M. Jones, Lydia Davis, Ottessa Moshfegh, Sarah Gerard, Ander Monson, Kamen Hilliard, and Abraham Smith. JoAnna Novak, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, and Thomas Cook are the Editors and Publishers. Please submit through December 1. We look forward to reading your work!

www.tammyjournal.com

 

Third Coast

Founded in 1995 by graduate students of the Western Michigan University English department, Third Coast is one of the nation’s premier literary magazines. Fiction, poetry, essay, and drama submissions are now OPEN from September 15th, 2017 through December 15th, 2017. Submit fiction manuscripts of up to 7,500 words (or up to 25 pages). We accept up to five pieces of flash fiction, or “short shorts,” at a time. Submit nonfiction manuscripts of up to 7,000 words. Submit poetry manuscripts of no more than three poems at a time (with a maximum of fifteen pages).

http://thirdcoastmagazine.com/submissions/

 

Salamander

Salamander, which is published biannually, features poetry, fiction, and memoirs; our open reading period for 2017-2018 is October 3–April 28. Submit no more than five poems at a time. For Fiction and Non-fiction: Submit one story or memoir at a time. We request that you only send one submission per reading period (every six months).

http://salamandermag.org/how-to-submit/

 

 

Submission Calls for Writers 9/7/2017

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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!

Juked

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.

http://www.juked.com/info/submit.asp

 

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.

http://www.ponderreview.com

 

Subtropics

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.

http://subtropics.english.ufl.edu/index.php/submissions/

 

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.

http://tinhouse.com/winter-workshops/?mc_cid=26f3e5265f&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

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.

http://www.washingtonsquarereview.com/submit/?mc_cid=26f3e5265f&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

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.

https://longstoryshort.squarespace.com/submissions/?mc_cid=26f3e5265f&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

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.

http://www.vestalreview.org/guidelines/

 

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.

https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=submit

 

Witness

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.

https://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org/submit/

 

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.

https://sw.submittable.com/submit

 

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.

https://newsouthjournal.com/submissions/

 

Fugue

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.

http://www.fuguejournal.com/

Submission Calls for Writers 7/19/2017

submissions

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.

https://www.pw.org/job_listing/contributing_editor

 

Yemassee

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.

http://www.yemasseejournal.com/p/guidelines.html

 

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.

http://www.vqronline.org/about-vqr/submissions

 

Pleiades

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.

http://www.pleiadesmag.com/submit/

 

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.

https://gulfstreamlitmag.com/contests/

https://gulfstream.submittable.com/submit

 

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 http://www.balticresidency.com.

http://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit

 

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.

https://www.charliebondhus.com/cfs-shame-an-anthology

 

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.

http://www.thefourthriver.com/index.php/submit

 

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.

http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

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.

http://www.consequencemagazine.org/contests/

 

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.

https://coereview.org/about-us/submissions/

 

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.

http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/physicsandastronomy/planetarium/celestialmusings