Submission Calls for Writers 7/19/2017


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

Drizzle Review seeks Contributing Editor

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



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 We do not publish academic essays.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


Virginia Quarterly Review

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



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


Gulf Stream Magazine Poetry and Fiction Contest

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


Scotland Residency for Writers

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


Shame: An Anthology

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


The Fourth River: DISPLACEMENT

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

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


Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Fall 2017 issue (Vol. 12, No. 2) of the Apple Valley Review are open through September 15, 2017. We accept unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3,000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are welcome. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor: editorATleahbrowningDOTnet. There are no fees.


Consequence 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry

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


The Coe Review

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


Night Sky Poetry Anthology

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


Submission Calls for Writers 6/13/2017


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

Sundress Reading Series Call for Readers

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


True Story

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


Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine –

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


Pithead Chapel

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


HeartWood Literary Magazine

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


Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks true stories of starting over

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


Split This Rock

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


Key West Literary Seminar – Three Emerging Writer Awards

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


museum of americana

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


Key West Literary Seminar Scholarships

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


James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts – Call for Papers

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


The Adroit Journal

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


WTAW Press Seeks Full-Length Books of Prose

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


Submission Calls for Writers 4/18/2017


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

museum of americana seeks volunteer layout editor

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


Across the Margin

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


Carve Magazine

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


Four Way Review

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


The Tishman Review’s Tillie Olsen Short Story Award

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


Lunch Ticket

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



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

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


Pollen: An Online Literary Journal from Grow Appalachia

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


Beer, Wine, & Spirits Poetry Anthology

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



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



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


Cowboy Jamboree Magazine

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

Submission Calls for Writers 3/26/2017


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

American Short Fiction

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


Berkeley Fiction Review

The Berkeley Fiction Review is a forum for short fiction, published annually. We invite submissions of previously unpublished short stories from around the country and the world. Submissions should be typed, double-spaced and single sided with 12 pt. Times New Roman type, and should not exceed 30 pages in length.



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



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


Blue Mesa Review

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


Memorious: A Journal of New Verse & Fiction

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


South 85 Journal

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


The Madison Review

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



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


Talking Writing

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



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


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

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

Friends From the Past

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My story, “Friends From the Past,” is in the new issue of Pembroke Magazine.  The editor in chief, Jessica Pitchford, was really wonderful to work with, and it was an extra bonus to share these pages with Scott Gould, a great writer and the chair of the creative writing department at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

Jeanne Bryner’s “Breach Calf”

Years ago, when I was a student at The Hindman Settlement School’s Appalachian Writers Workshop, I met Jeanne Bryner.  We became instant friends, bonding over poems written about cows and calves, both of us having lived on or near cattle farms for much of our lives.  Jeanne is an award winning poet, fiction writer and playwright.  She was born in Appalachia and grew up near Warren, Ohio.  She has a beautiful new book (her 7th) called Both Shoes Off, published by Bottom Dog Press.  The book is filled with many wonderful poems, but here is one of my favorites from this new collection:

Breach Calf by Jeanne Bryner

The calf’s hind feet point to barn rafters.
Inside his mama, he dreams a baby brother,

how they sit the moon’s lap for a story.
Climbing down, he does a somersault, lands wrong.

And now, this farmer, his gloved arm pushes him
back and back and back, his mama strains at her plow.

Then, other rough men, special chains, metal wrapped
just below his knees, not wanting a cripple,

a calf who cannot run or play. Mama’s fresh blood,
pain’s awful hands squeeze, no breath for his whistle.

The beautiful boy asleep in clean straw,
but all in the manger are still,

save the bawling mother
washing her son, calling his name to the moon.

Submission Calls for Writers 3/2/2017


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.


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.



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


Recommended Reading 2/26/2017

If you’re looking for something good to read or listen to, here are some suggestions!

K.L. Browne wrote about the podcast A Phone Call from Paul over at Entropy

Susan Ishmael wrote a beautiful essay about religion at Parabola  Be careful reading if you’re afraid of snakes.

Kate Jayroe has a new story in Juked:

Gail Tyson has a beautiful new poem in the February issue of Art Ascent, which is a really cool journal worth exploring

There’s a wonderful interview with Barrett Warner over at Tethered By Letters:

The always funny Corina Zappia writes about 50 Shades Darker and “asinine dating choices” online at Salon

And the Best of the Net awards have been announced! Congrats to Cassie Pruyn for making the list with her poem, “Traveler’s Monologue,” originally published in Border Crossing.  And congrats to Adam Clay who’s on the list with his poem, “When the People We Know Become the People We Don’t,” originally published at Jet Fuel Review.  You can see the whole list here:


Finally, check out this story about how Danny Judge faced some pretty incredible difficulties while creating of The Indianola Review

Submission Calls for Writers 2/25/2017


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


$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


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.


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.


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.

Submission Calls for Writers 1/31/2017


I’m convinced that one of the most important ways that writers can fight back against the injustices of our current political climate is to pour our hearts into our work and then to share it with the world.  Here are 11 new opportunities for writers.  Send your words out and be heard. Good luck!

The Tishman Review Seeks Volunteer Layout Editor

The Tishman Review is seeking a layout editor. This is a volunteer position. Anyone interested can email for details. We are a quarterly journal and hope to have someone in this position for April issue. We are dedicated to providing a fun and collaborative environment for all our staff and hope to add like-minded people to our ever-growing team.


The Summerset Review

The Summerset Review is primarily an online publication. Print issues are generated periodically. Prose writers are invited to submit literary fiction and nonfiction of up to 8,000 words, and poets may submit up to five poems.



We at Waccamaw welcome you to submit your stories, poems, and essays for our Spring 2017 Issue! We are interested in regular submissions, and also work that interests itself in visibility. Ocular or social. Micro or Macro. Your interpretation is what we’d love to see. Waccamaw is published online twice a year, in the fall and spring, from The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University. We feature contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We nominate contributors for Pushcarts and PEN Awards and they have won Best of the Net and other accolades. We love publishing beginning and emerging authors as much as seasoned writers. Waccamaw accepts unsolicited submissions of poems, stories, and essays from January 15 through February 15. Send 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay (prose submissions preferably under 7,500 words).


Gigantic Sequins

Gigantic Sequins is a black & white print literary arts journal. We’re known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. We publish two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter. Submit a short story/novel excerpt (up to 3500 words) OR one essay/memoir (up to 4000 words) OR up to 3 short pieces of flash fiction/micro fiction/flash nonfiction (1000 words each) OR 3-5 previously unpublished poems. Our current reading period ends February 15, 2017.


Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference – Scholarships available!

Conference dates are June 19-25, 2017.  Scholarship Application Deadline is February 20, 2017. This summer, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, which prides itself on its award-winning teaching faculty, will offer intensive weeklong workshops. We’re offering two poetry workshops led by Elizabeth Bradfield and Janice N. Harrington. Ravi Howard will lead our fiction workshop. We’re also offering two creative non-fiction workshops—one led by Ernestine Hayes and the other led by Ander Monson. And Tracy K. Smith is our Distinguished Visiting Writer!  The conference takes place at Bemidji State University—a small university on a big lake in a small town in northern Minnesota—the perfect place to write and be in the company of others committed to learning and teaching the craft of writing. The Conference Fee is $550 before April 5 and includes a daily workshop limited to 13 participants, daily craft talks, publishing and editor Q&As, afternoon events, and five conference meals. Half hour manuscript consultations with workshop faculty are available for $45. Several $300 scholarships will be awarded toward the conference fee. Stay within walking distance to the beach and all conference activities in modern and air-conditioned Linden Suites on campus for only $28 per night (housing options begin at $21/night). and


Superstition Review

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine published by Arizona State University twice yearly in May and December. We welcome submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The deadline for submission for issue 19 is February 28, 2017.


Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

First Prize for the eighth annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest is $1,000 while the entry fee is just $5. Second prize is $100 and there will also be three honorable mentions ($25 each). We have no restrictions on subject, style or length, and all entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance. Deadline: March 31, 2017. Enter by email or snail mail. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2017 issue of Gemini.


Ninth Letter Web Edition

Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published at in Summer 2017. Submissions will be open from January 20 to April 1.

The theme for this issue is Margins. Physical spaces have margins, as does the social world. In fact, anything that can be contained or has limits might have margins of some kind. This issue will feature work that evokes margins or the marginal.  You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; please also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to the theme.


Belmont Story Review

BSR invites submissions for its second issue. We’re looking for submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers. Also, we’re open to submissions of narrative journalism in the areas of music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture. The reading period for Issue two is now through April 1, 2017. A cash honorarium of $50 for prose and $25 for poetry or flash fiction will be awarded to authors who have accepted submissions. Located in Nashville, Tenn., Belmont University is the only university with an undergraduate major in Publishing. Belmont Story Review is produced through the Publishing Program under the auspices of assistant professor Richard Sowienski, a 30-year publishing veteran, which included a five-year stint as managing editor of The Missouri Review. To submit, email with the genre of your work in the subject line and attach a Word document. In the body, please include a brief bio.


Asheville Poetry Review

Submission period is from January 15, 2017, through July 15, 2017, for regular submissions. Please send 3–6 poems of any length or style with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and biographical information.


The Writer’s Chronicle Seeks Articles on the Craft of Writing

The editors read submissions for the Writer’s Chronicle from February 1 through September 30 of each year. All craft essays must analyze an element of creative writing. Articles should not overlap with topics covered in recent issues of the Chronicle. Craft essays should contain concrete examples to illustrate the writerly advice they offer. Many of our published essays combine appreciations with a study of elements of craft. Using more than one author to illustrate your analysis is recommended. A query on a specific topic is always welcome. Craft essays run between 2,000 and 6,000 words, depending on the topic.