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 Send us unpublished fiction, not reprints, up to 3000 words.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 We accept 3-5 previously unpublished poems per submission.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

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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

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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

Submission Calls for Writers 6/13/2017

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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.

www.sundressacademyforthearts.com.

 

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.

https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/true-story

 

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.

http://wp.me/P2KTkl-1S

 

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.

www.pitheadchapel.com

 

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.

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

 

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.

https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/starting-over

 

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!

https://splitthisrock.submittable.com/submit/78897/2018-split-this-rock-poetry-festival-call-for-session-proposals

 

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.

https://kwls.submittable.com/submit

 

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.

https://themuseumofamericana.net/submissions/

 

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: http://www.kwls.org/writers_workshops/. Priority deadline is July 14.

http://www.kwls.org/awards/general-financial-assistance/

 

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) pstcc.edu no later than July 30, 2017.

http://www.pstcc.edu/ageeconference/

 

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 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 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).

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

 

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.

www.wtawpress.org/submissions

 

Submission Calls for Writers 4/18/2017

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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.

https://themuseumofamericana.net/

 

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.

http://acrossthemargin.com/submit/

 

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.

http://www.carvezine.com/submit/

 

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.

http://fourwayreview.com/submit-2/

 

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.

http://www.thetishmanreview.com/contests/tillie-olsen-short-story-award/

 

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.)

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

 

WORDPEACE

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.

https://wordpeace.submittable.com/submit

 

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) growappalachia.org.

https://growappalachia.berea.edu/pollen/

 

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.

http://WorldEnoughWriters.com

 

SLICE

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.

https://slicemagazine.org/submit/

 

RHINO

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).

http://www.rhinopoetry.org/submissions/

 

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.

http://www.cowboyjamboreemagazine.com/style–submit.html

Submission Calls for Writers 3/2/2017

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March came in with a roar.  So act like a lion and get your words out into the world. Here are 12 new opportunities for writers.  Good luck submitting!  And if these lists are helpful to you, I’d love to hear about your successes.

Poetry Magazine

Poetry Magazine is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. We consider original works written in the English language as well as translations of poetry into English. Please note that submissions are limited to four poems (1 file), and should not exceed ten pages. Poems should be submitted in a single file, with poems separated by titles or page breaks. We accept submissions year round.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/submissions

 

The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program

Now in its fifth year, the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free, entirely online summer program that seeks to pair high school writers from around the world with established writers in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The ideal mentor is organized, is knowledgeable about either contemporary poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, has experience in the classroom with creative writing (whether as a student, a teacher, or both), and anticipates being reachable for the duration of the program (late June to early August). The aim of the mentorship program is not formalized instruction, but rather an individualized, flexible, and often informal correspondence.  Apply to be a mentor today.

https://adroit.submittable.com/submit/78560/2017-adroit-journal-summer-mentorship-program-mentor-application

 

Booth

Booth was established in 2009. Our staff is comprised of MFA faculty and students in the Butler University graduate writing program. Booth publishes one new piece or author every Friday, square on our home page. We are now open to new submissions in all genres. All accepted work will appear on our website and may appear in our subsequent print issues. We will close the submission portal on March 31, 2017. Submit up to 3 poems or up to 7,500 words of fiction or creative nonfiction.

http://booth.butler.edu/submit/?mc_cid=03812313f1&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream accepts submissions of fiction (no more than 5,000 words), non-fiction, poetry (up to 5 poems in a single document), artwork and graphic narratives. Our current reading period ends March 31, 2017.

http://gulfstreamlitmag.com/submissions/

 

Jubilat

Jubilat welcomes submissions of poetry and art, as well as other forms of writing on poetry, poetics or subjects that have nothing to do with poetry. All art submissions must either be in black and white or publishable in grayscale. We do not publish short stories. The magazine’s reading period is September 1 – April 1. Submissions should include up to four poems (up to six pages), in one .doc, .rtf, or .pdf file, and individuals are encouraged to submit no more than three times a year.

http://www.jubilat.org/jubilat/about/office/submit/?mc_cid=4b269c83c5&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

minnesota review: a journal of creative and critical writing

The minnesota review seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, and scholarly critical writing. We read creative work January 1-April 1 of each year. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we must limit submissions to one short story submission (5,000 words maximum) or four flash fiction pieces (1,000 words maximum each) per reading period for fiction and/or five poems per reading period for poetry.

https://theminnesotareview.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 is January 1 – April 1 annually. Please submit all poems in one file. Include a brief bio with previous publications. http://www.nationalpoetryreview.com/

 

Whiskey Island

Whiskey Island is a nonprofit literary magazine that has been published in one form or another by the students of Cleveland State University for over 30 years. It is named for the island-turned-peninsula found at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio. Recent contributors have included: Mary Ruefle, Maggie Smith, Steve Almond, Denise Duhamel, Roxane Gay, Matt Hart, Bob Hicok, and many others. Whiskey Island seeks original poetry and fiction from now through April 15th.

http://www.whiskeyisland-magazine.com/

 

Blackbird

Blackbird is published twice a year. Our reading period is from November 15, 2016 to April 15, 2017. For poetry, send up to six poems at a time. Single-space, please; set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page. (If submitting online, put all poems into one document, as the submissions software will not allow you to submit individual poems separately.) Fiction should be double-spaced, please. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Nonfiction should be double-spaced, please. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.

http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v15n1/submissions.shtml

 

Cider Press Review

CPR editors are now reading new work. Please send up to five original poems or translations (10 page total maximum) or our online journal through May 31, 2017. CPR also welcomes reviews of poetry books of approximately 500 words. Reviews are accepted year-round.

http://ciderpressreview.com/

 

Gettysburg Review

Published quarterly, the Gettysburg Review considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, and essays, from September 1 through May 31 (postmark dates). Poetry submissions should consist of one to five poems, depending on length, formatted either single- or double-spaced. Fiction is generally in the form of short stories, although we often accept short-shorts, as well as lengthier pieces, which we have serialized on a couple of occasions. We also publish novel excerpts. To complement the poetry and fiction we publish, we look for essays on a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to literature, art, film, history, science, and contemporary thought. All we ask is that the subject be treated in a literary fashion—gracefully and in depth. No prose submission should exceed 10,000 words.

http://www.gettysburgreview.com/submissions/

 

Threepenny Review

The Threepenny Review accepts submissions through June 30, 2017.  As a rule, critical articles should be about 1200 to 2500 words, Table Talk items 1000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4000 words or less, and poetry 100 lines or less. (Exceptions are occasionally possible, but longer pieces will have a much harder time getting accepted.) We prefer to read prose submissions that are double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced or double-spaced. Critical articles that deal with books, films, theater performances, art exhibits, etc. should cite these occasions at the front of the article.  Threepenny Review does not accept simultaneous submissions.

https://www.threepennyreview.com/submissions.html

 

Submission Calls for Writers 2/25/2017

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Here are 10 new opportunities for writers working to submit to journals and magazines.  If you find any success with these lists, I’d love to hear from you.  Good luck!

Pithead Chapel Seeking Volunteer Nonfiction Readers

Would you like to be a nonfiction reader for an online literary journal? Pithead Chapel is seeking volunteer nonfiction readers to join our staff. Interested candidates should send the following information: a paragraph or two stating why you’d be a good fit with the journal, along with the approximate amount of time you can devote to the journal each week/month. Thank you for your interest!

https://pitheadchapel.com/staffreaders/

 

Poetry City, USA

Poetry City, USA is open for submissions until February 28, 2017.  Submit three previously unpublished poems in a single Word file (.doc,. dox). Do not include your name anywhere in the file.

http://www.poetrycityusa.com/

 

riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature

Since 1977, riverSedge has published the very best art and literature from the South Texas region and beyond. Past artists and authors include Larry McMurtry and Naomi Shihab Nye. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, all submissions (except reviews and interviews) will be eligible for contest prizes in three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Art. 3 prizes of $300 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. $5 submission fee for all genres (except reviews and interviews). Deadline: March 1, 2017. Each submission should be uploaded as a separate entry; in other words, one story/essay/art piece/etc. per $5 entry fee. For poetry, three poems per entry.

https://riversedge.submittable.com/submit

 

Psychopomp Magazine Accepting Previously Published Work: Breathe New Life to Your Stories

Every year, Psychopomp accepts previously published stories (not currently available online) in an effort to provide an audience for work that has only appeared in print or has disappeared online due to a publication closing its doors. These reprint publications will appear directly on our website. As with any of our submissions, please explore our issues and previous reprints to get a sense for our aesthetic. Word limit: 5,000.  Deadline: March 4, 2017.

https://psychopompmag.com/2017/02/01/submission-call-previously-published-work/

 

Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Spring 2017 issue (Vol. 12, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 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 all welcome. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. Several pieces from the journal have appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, storySouth Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.  To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor: editorATleahbrowningDOTnet. The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available online. There are no fees.

http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest

Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Manuscripts will be accepted until March 15, 2017. We prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; we will consider manuscripts comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (please do not send a single novella or a collection of novellas). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner.

http://prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=book-prize

 

$5000 Masters Review Anthology VI Featuring Roxane Gay

Submissions are open until March 31, 2017. This year stories will be selected by Roxane Gay who will choose ten winners from a shortlist of thirty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission or whose work has had a circulation below 5000 copies. Submit fiction and narrative nonfiction, 8000 word count maximum. Previously unpublished work only. Emerging writers only: cannot have a novel published at the time of submission (self-published authors and writers with published story collections are free to submit. Authors with a contract for a novel are also free to submit.)  $20 reading fee per story

https://mastersreview.com/anthology

 

The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Each year from December 1 – April 1 we accept submissions of full-length poetry (50-100 pp.) and fiction (30,000 word minimum) manuscripts for The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction. This year’s judges are Carl Phillips and David Haynes. All manuscripts will be read “blind;” do not include your name anywhere in your manuscript file, but only in your Submittable profile and cover letter. Fiction manuscripts may consist of short stories, a novel, a novella, flash/micro fiction, or any combination of forms, as long as they meet the 30,000 word minimum. Entry Fee: $30.

https://orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit

 

Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Volume 20: Appalachia: Stay or Go

We invite you to submit work by April 15, 2017, to Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Volume 20: Appalachia: Stay or Go? This theme was recommended to us by Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative writers watching their friends, neighbors and family members struggle with this question. Many writers within our community were once part of the Great Migration from Appalachia in the mid-twentieth century and have written (or may choose now to write) about their own or their family’s choice to leave the region. Others are facing similar decisions now. We at PMS&G like to take a fairly broad approach to our themes—what else might be the subject of a “stay or go” decision? (Jobs, relationships, parties, churches, social groups, schools….) Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. We do, however, have specific requirements for how to submit work.

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

 

Harvard Review

Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply. We are currently accepting manuscripts. Our reading period will close on June 1, 2017. Manuscripts must be paginated and clearly labeled with the author’s name on every page. Please submit no more than 5 poems or 7,000 words of prose.

http://harvardreview.fas.harvard.edu/?q=submit