We’re nine days into the new year, and I already feel behind on my goals! I hope you’re off to a better start. Here are 10 new submission opportunities that I hope will help with your submission goals. Good luck!
Valparaiso Fiction Review
Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished fiction. Submissions should range from 1,000 to 9,000 words with possible exceptions. Please no novels, poetry, or children’s fiction unless otherwise noted. Excerpts from novels are acceptable only if selected piece operates as a stand-alone story. There is no submission deadline. Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.
Cagibi’s 2020 Macaron Prize is now open for entries. We are accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and cartoon submissions until midnight January 20, 2020. There is a $20 entry fee. In Fiction, submit one story per entry, maximum 4,000 words. In Poetry, one entry is up to three poems. In Nonfiction, one entry is a personal narrative essay, maximum 4,000 words. In Cartoon: one entry is one cartoon or a series. The 2020 Macaron Prize judges are Andre Dubus III in Fiction, Jill Bialosky in Nonfiction / Memoir, Nick Flynn in Poetry, Emily Flake in Cartoon. Winners of the Macaron Prize will receive $1000 and publication in Cagibi’s 2020 print issue. Winners will be invited to read their work at a public Reading and Issue Launch Celebration in NYC in the fall. Finalists will also be published in the print issue. All entries will also be considered for publication in Cagibi’s quarterly online issues.
Qwerty is currently seeking ECOLOGY-THEMED SUBMISSIONS for our SPRING ISSUE now thru January 31, 2020. For this special issue, Qwerty invites decolonial, innovative approaches to and encounters with the environment—its physical, social, and linguistic spaces. Send previously unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words in length. You may submit up to 6 pages of poetry.
For its Spring 2020 issue, Arts & Letters seeks fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Send 4-6 poems per submission, fiction manuscripts up to 25 pages, 1-3 pieces of flash fiction up to 1,000 words each, and creative nonfiction manuscripts up to 25 pages. Deadline for our regular reading period is January 31, 2020.
Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices
The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. The cost of the Retreat, which includes room and meals, is $1725. Travel expenses are not included. Ability to pay is in no way part of the decision-making process and robust scholarships are available. Applicants of the Retreat submit prose, poetry or theatrical manuscript pages that are evaluated for craft, creativity and originality. For Fiction, Nonfiction, or Young Adult Fiction, submit up to 25 pages maximum. For Playwriting, submit up to 10 to 20 page excerpt/2,500 words from a full-length work, short play or piece of theatre. For Poetry, submit 10 pages maximum. Deadline is February 2, 2020.
Fiction International will accept submissions in response to the theme of Algorithm through February 4, 2020. Fiction, non-fiction, and indeterminate prose texts of up to 5,500 words as well as visuals which address the theme of “Algorithm” are welcome.
We look for writing that pushes on our expectations of narrative and fulfills its own ambitious charge. Unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry are welcomed through February 15, 2020. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages.
Tiferet invites poetry submissions to be submitted for consideration in the journal until February 29, 2020. All submissions will be considered for the upcoming Spring 2020 issue. Tiferet: Promoting Peace through Literature and Art is a nonreligious journal that seeks to find the truth of the human experience through art. We particularly encourage submissions from marginalized and underrepresented groups within the literary community.
Posit is interested in finely crafted, innovative literary and visual art. Submit 1-3 pieces of prose, including fiction and hybrids, but no nonfiction please. 1000 words or less each. However, if you are submitting very short pieces, please send us at least three to choose from. Please include a minimum of five and a maximum of six poems for us to consider. Deadline: April 15, 2020.
For those of you who live in the continental United States, it’s about to get seriously cold. It’s never fun to be stuck inside, but you might as well put your time to good use. Here are a dozen opportunities for writers ready to send their work out. Good luck!
The Indianapolis Review is a quarterly publication featuring poetry and art. We work to promote artists and writers from our region, but we also showcase work from around the country and the world. We don’t limit ourselves to one particular school or style of poetry; we simply want poetry that moves, surprises, sings and makes us think. You may submit up to 5 poems at a time in a single attached file. Please do not exceed 10 pages total.
We seek well-crafted writing that takes risks. We publish work in and between all genres: poetry, fiction, essays, and plays–we appreciate work in experimental and traditional modes. We accept prose submissions of less than 6,000 words (24 double-spaced pages) and poetry submissions under 10 pages. We publish scripts in the 10-minute format (10 pages). We only accept work that has not been previously published elsewhere, electronically or in print. We read year-round.
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. There is no minimum required page count, but submissions should not exceed 30 pages in length.
New fiction, essays, criticism, and translation are open for consideration. We publish a limited number of pieces in the magazine, which comes out three times yearly, and a larger array of work in our online-only section. Please note that we currently do not accept poetry, art, illustration, or interview submissions and that we place a strong emphasis on publishing work by and about living authors.
Shepherd University Anthology of Appalachian Writers
For consideration and inclusion in Volume XII, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and essay submissions should relate in some respect to the work of Crystal Wilkinson and her coming of age stories, themes about African Americans in America, mental health issues, Black Lives Matter, Affrilachians, the working classes in Appalachia, the environment, and accompanying racial and social issues including the Opioid Crisis. Deadline is Nov 15, 2019.
Split Lip Review is a literary journal of voice-driven writing with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print yearly. We accept fiction between 1,000 and 5,000 words, flash fiction under 1,000 words, and memoir up to 2,000 words. We accept only one (yes, just one) poem at a time. Please do not send us more than one poem. Send your best poem, but only one. We mean it. Deadline: November 30, 2019.
General Submissions: Accepted from January 1st to November 30, 2019. Fiction: 7,500 words maximum. Vigorous writing; characters that are well developed; dialogue that is realistic without being banal. Poetry: 3-10 pages. Poetry open to all styles and subjects. We seek poems that go beyond one word or image, honor the impulse to reveal a truth about, or persuasive version of, the inner and outer worlds. There is a $3 submission fee.
We publish writing we love, whether from established writers or new voices. On the fiction side we tend towards the slipstream end of things, and encourage submission of works in translation. Short stories of up to approximately 3,000 words will be considered. We will consider up to three previously unpublished poems. Deadline: December 31, 2019.
In summer 2020, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in August 2020, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,500.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. In addition, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2020. Deadline January 5, 2020.
We love found pieces, eco-poetics, works about displacement, and stories of how your body fits (or how it doesn’t) into the world. Imagism and hybrid genres, including experimental and visual works, lyric essays, and prose poems are all welcome. Please send 3–5 poems per submission with no more than 10 pages in total. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in 4,000 words or less. We also encourage flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Finally, we are especially drawn to nonfiction pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words. LandLocked is open for submissions from September 16 to April 1, 2020.
The Delmarva Review is a literary journal publishing original short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short book reviews. For fiction, our preference is literary writing. We seek evocative storytelling with well-developed characters who take hold of our emotions and stir our imaginations. Memorability is the ultimate reward. The same will be true for the personal essay. Poetry – up to 6 poems, no more than 50 lines each; Short fiction – up to 5,000 words; Flash fiction – up to 1,500 words; Creative nonfiction – up to 3,000 words. The submission period for Volume 12 of Delmarva Review will be open from November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. For poetry, please send no fewer than three and no more than five poems per submission. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories. The submissions period will be from November 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020.
After taking September off, I’m finally back with a quick list of a dozen opportunities for writers. But really, this short list is the tip of the iceberg considering how many excellent journals have opened their reading periods this fall. Good luck sending your work out.
Subtropics seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from established and emerging authors. We ask that you submit only one story, essay, or group of poems (please send no more than four poems in any one batch) at a time, and wait until you have heard from us before sending another.
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 Fall 2019 Issue 7.1, which will be published in December, and we’d love to consider your work. For poetry, submit up to five poems. For fiction and nonfiction, submit one longer piece or up to three flash pieces. Submissions will remain open until October 20, 2019.
Galileo Press is having a 3-week open reading splash to add to its 2020-21 catalogue. Submit a full-length collection of poems, essays, stories, novella, novel, or hybrid (with exception to 4-colour art / text hybrids). There is also a separate chapbook call. Unlike our late Spring reading period, manuscripts should be buttoned up and ready to sail. We are seeking: vivid imagery and the balance of abstract to concrete imagery, the capacity to surprise, an elastic syntax, pace, and music, thematic cohesiveness and the emotional range and maturity, deft handling of highly charged emotion, use of wit, humor, and self-implication, choice and use of extended metaphor, skillfully juxtaposing the micro and the macro, and more. Please include a brief artist statement (pull back the curtain with one or two tugs). $500 upon signed contract. Standard royalties. Submit between October 3 and October 24, 2019. Please note an important change to our guidelines: an “appealing, confident voice” is no longer needed.
Anti-Heroin Chic will publish a special winter issue about Loss and Grief, edited by Erica Anderson-Senter. Please send 3 to 5 poems or up to two pieces of CNF (preferably no more than 20 pages) to Erica at antiheroinchicpoetry (at) gmail (dot) com. Poems can be pasted into the body of the email or sent attached in a word document. Send up to two pieces (preferably no more than 20 pages) of micro or long form fiction to James Diaz at jamesjdiaz68 (at) gmail (dot) com. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Reprints are also okay. Submissions close on October 30, 2019.
Inscape, Washburn University’s literary magazine in its 48th year of publication, seeks high-quality creative nonfiction, visual art, poetry, and fiction for its 2020 issue. Submissions of creative nonfiction and visual art are especially encouraged. The best submissions in each genre will receive a $100 Editors’ Choice Award and be nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Submission deadline: October 31, 2019.
The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize is a prestigious national poetry prize for adult writers. The Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. This year’s final judge is Cornelius Easy. Submission deadline: October 31, 2019.
Submissions are now open for the fourth annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st prize $400, 2nd prize $50, and 3rd prize $50. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2020 issue of Pithead Chapel. The 2019 guest judge is Leesa Cross-Smith. The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words. There is a $10 entry fee per story. Submit by October 31, 2019.
Southern Humanities Review is currently open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, online fiction features, and book review pitches. SHR seeks submissions from writers in all stages of their careers, especially work from historically underrepresented voices. Fiction and nonfiction manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words, double-spaced. Only one piece should be submitted by the same author in a given submission period. Online fiction feature submissions should be no longer than 4,000 words. Book Review pitches should be no more than 300 words. Poets may send up to three poems per submission. Book Review pitch submissions and online fiction feature submissions are free. Submissions for all genres will be open until November 1, 2019.
Bateau Press is accepting manuscripts for the annual Boom Poetry Chapbook Contest. Winning chapbook is a handmade, hand-sewn, letter pressed work of art. Winner gets $250 plus 25 copies. Print run of 400 chaps. $14 entry fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook (or any chap in our catalogue) sent to you via USPS. Submission deadline is November 1, 2019.
Submissions for the Fall 2019 issue of Unearthed, the literary magazine at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), are open until November 1, 2019. Unearthed publishes work that responds to immediacy and place, and that occupies the changes inherent in speaking to, with, and for the environment. Submissions to Unearthed are free.
The 2020 San Miguel Writer’s Conference Writing Contest is open for submissions. Submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and Spanish short story for a chance to attend the 15th annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference free in San Miguelde Allende, Mexico, free of charge. Four writers will be awarded the entire five day “Full Conference Package” (Feb 12-16th 2020) as well as have their housing provided during the conference, and a chance to pitch to a literary agent. Submission Deadline: November 4, 2019 (Midnight CDT).
This forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate. We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers. We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history. We welcome a range of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, translations, and pieces that don’t fit into a neat category. MQR is also open for general submissions in poetry, essay, fiction, translations, reviews, and interviews until December 15, 2019.
Fiction and NonFiction Editorial Positions at Orison Books (Volunteer Positions)
Orison Books is seeking fiction and nonfiction editors. Orison Books is a non-profit literary press focused on exceptional literature that engages the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. We are a labor of love, so the editorial positions are on a volunteer basis. If you have experience as a fiction or nonfiction author and/or editor and are interested in this opportunity, please write Luke Hankins at editor (AT) orisonbooks (DOT) com. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and the differently abled are encouraged to apply. www.orisonbooks.com
Sundress Seeking Development Director (Volunteer Position)
An extension of Sundress Publications, the Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is an artists’ residency on a 45-acre farm in Knoxville, Tennessee, that offers residencies to writers in all genres including literary, nonfiction, journalism, and academic. With two residency rooms and a dry cabin on site, we offer a rotating space for nationally recognized and emerging artists in multiple disciplines. SAFTA also hosts weekend workshops, a reading series, and yearly retreats. This position will run for one year from your start date with a chance to be renewed the following year. The development director’s responsibilities includes working with a team of interns and other directors to research grant opportunities, draft potential grants, coordinate between SAFTA department heads, work with our budget office, and lead a team of two to four people to write, edit, and submit national, regional, and local grants. To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position to Erin Elizabeth Smith at erin (AT) sundresspublications (DOT) com by August 15, 2019.
Send us your poems about writs and wills. About medical charts and shift logs, foreclosures and permits. About being identified, misidentified, lost. About identity theft, deportation, detention. About being documented. About not being safe even with the right documents. We are “permitted” by the right paperwork, or so we imagine. Identity theft, fraud, a bad marriage, and a host of other mishaps can complicate the link between our “identity” and our “papers.” Sometimes no amount of paperwork “permits” a life, as when a black man is shot by police before he can reach into his wallet, or Latinx immigrants are jailed or deported because new administration changes the “rules.” To be published by Main Street Rag. Submissions close August 31, 2019.
the museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, music, photography, and art. We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod. August is an open reading month, so have a look at our guidelines, and send us your best by month’s end—and don’t forget, we’ll be reading submissions of humor, too.
Change Seven, an online literary journal, seeks submissions for an official relaunch in Fall 2019. The editors seek poetry, prose, artwork, photography, multimedia, and book reviews from both new and established talents. We most enjoy writing that comes from experience, is well-crafted, lyrical, distinctive, and accessible. Give us something that in some way resonates with us deeply like only the human heart in conflict with itself knows how to do. Open submission period through August 31, 2019.https://changesevenmag.com/submissions/
We’re looking for short personal essays or first-person features that grapple with transitions of all kinds: from one stage of life to the next; across artistic genres; in work and daily life; in belief; in the natural world, cities, or neighborhoods. We’ll consider a mix of visual art and text on this theme as well, but no political diatribes, life hacks, or lyrical experiments. Feel free to query us first about the subject for your essay or feature. Word count: 500 to 1,500. Deadline: Sept 9, 2019.
The MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for residencies between Feb 1 – May 31, 2020. The colony provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees aside from a nonrefundable processing fee of $30 (U.S.) which is required with each application. Include a 10-page writing sample completed within the past two years, related as closely as possible to the proposed project. Upload a PDF file of a one-page Executive Summary of your C.V. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible to apply. Doctoral candidates who have finished all coursework may apply. Artists are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the Colony. We are pleased to offer stipends to artists in all artistic disciplines so that they may take advantage of a residency at the Colony. Funding is also available to help reimburse artists for costs associated with travel, including shipping of materials. Financial aid forms are available upon acceptance and aid is awarded based on need. Deadline: Sept 15, 2019.
Salt Hill is now accepting fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions. We are interested in work that shines, work that represents a broad spectrum of experience, and work that makes us feel in new and exciting ways. Please submit no more than five poems at a time, and no more than thirty pages of prose. Send us your most honest work. We will consider all nonfiction, but are most interested in creative nonfiction, including personal essays, lyric essays, memoir, literary journalism, and other literary forms. Deadline: Sept 30, 2019.
Located on the beautiful waterfront campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, this writers’ conference features professional writers at the top of their form spending quality time with motivated and talented participants seeking an intimate, unhurried climate for learning…in paradise.
2020 workshops will be led by Gregory Pardlo, Michael Koryta, Laura Lippman, Stewart O’Nan, Andre Dubus III, John Dufresne, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Ann Hood, Les Standiford and Sterling Watson. Dozens of fellowships and scholarships are available. Apply by November 1, 2019.
The 11th Annual Mildred Haun Conference invites papers that consider, but are not limited to, the following broad areas of interest: Conference theme: “Of Jack Tales and Sleeping Birds: Youth, Literacy and Appalachia;” Mildred Haun’s The Hawk’s Done Gone and other stories; scholarship related to any of the following: classic and contemporary Appalachian literature, including poetry, the novel, short fiction, nonfiction and film; multiculturalism in Appalachia; personal and cultural stories associated with Appalachia; treatment of stereotypes in Appalachian literature and popular culture; creative writing and publication; art or music projects/presentation. Submit abstracts (not exceeding 350 words) along with a brief third-person bio (not exceeding 150 words) before November 1, 2019.
Here are 10 submission opportunities for writers. If you’re writing and think that your work is ready to send out into the world, I truly believe these are some outlets that you should consider. Good luck!
Key West Literary Seminars Scholarships
KWLS is accepting applications for its teacher and librarian scholarships, emerging writer awards, and workshop financial aid program. Submit your application by July 12, 2019.
New Limestone Review / Gurney Norman Fiction Prize
New Limestone Review, formerly Limestone, is seeking submissions for the Gurney Norman Summer Prize for Fiction, judged by Andrew Milward, which opens today and runs until July 15th! Prizes are $500 for 1st place & $250 for 2nd place. Publication guaranteed for the top three finalists. All submissions will be considered for publications. We are also always seeking submissions in all genres for our monthly issues. New Limestone Review is published by the University of Kentucky’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, Department of English. We offer monthly online issues and one annual print publication. All accepted submissions will be for the web first and will be eligible for publication in the print issue.
We want to publish good poetry, no matter where or who it comes from. We’re looking for an array of styles, from narrative to abstract to form. Fast-track submissions and regular submissions are open until July 31, 2019.
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. We consider 3 to 5 poems in one submission. Deadline: July 31, 2019.
Submissions open through July 31, 2019. Submit poetry of all types and length, short fiction between 2,000–8,000 words, and nonfiction between 3,500–9,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy). We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. We publish few author interviews or memoirs. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self. Submissions are limited to one prose piece and four poems per reading period. For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, we usually pay $1,000. For short fiction, we generally pay $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, we generally pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. https://www.vqronline.org/about-vqr/submissions
Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions
This year’s chapbook judges are Bhanu Kapil (nonfiction), Diana Khoi Nguyen (poetry), and Myriam Gurba (fiction). Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction and nonfiction entries (not including the title page and table of contents). The $20 entry fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook in your genre. Deadline: August 1, 2019.
The Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence
This annual prize carries a $10,000 award for an unpublished novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or essay collection. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with a new imprint at Columbus State University, DLJ Books. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
Sundress Reading Series (Knoxville, TN) Looking for Readers for Fall
The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series in the heart of Knoxville, TN, 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 on October 13, November 10, and December 8, 2019. Our readings take place monthly on Sundays at 1PM at Hexagon Brewing Company. To apply to read for the fall, send 6-8 pages of poetry or 8-15 pages of prose, a 100-word bio, CV, and preferred reading dates to email@example.com. Please make sure the subject line reads “Reading Series Application.” Application deadline: August 15, 2019.
The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. We invite poets to send up to five poems per submission. Include all works in a single attachment. There are no restrictions on form or length. We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. Deadline: October 20, 2019.
BCR is published annually. Submissions for issue 16 (Spring ’20) of Bat City Review will be accepted through November 1, 2019, with responses typically sent within two months of receiving a submission. We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (personal essays, memoir, commentary) that experiments with language, form, and unconventional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. Send us writing that plays, that strikes out, that enjoys itself, that makes its own rules. http://www.batcityreview.la.utexas.edu/guidelines.php
For as long as I’ve been writing and submitting work, there’s always been the idea that summer is a dead period, and there’s no use in sending out work. It seems like that couldn’t be less true. Here are a dozen calls and opportunities for writers, and I hope you’ll take advantage of them and get your words out there. Good luck!
for Baltic Writing Residency
The Baltic Writing Residency, an international residency program for writers, with locations in the UK, Sweden, and the U.S, seeks an Assistant Director. In consultation with the Director, the Assistant Director will help oversee operations including the planning of readings, securing of lodgings, updating social media posts, sending out announcements, responding to general emails, communications with readers/screeners, as well as with judges, and universities, as well as offering input on applications, website, and general workings of BWR (we welcome innovation and change!). The position is volunteer, and the number of hours per week worked by the Assistant Director depends on the residency application cycle. The hours are not enormous, but the work substantive and important. In turn, the Assistant Director will have immense control over when they work, and will work entirely from where they reside, by accessing the BWR email and online submission manager, etc. In turn, the readers/screeners will receive comprehensive exposure to the workings and business of writing residencies in a friendly, congenial atmosphere, leaving with job experience, a deepened literary education, and an excellent reference for his or her resume. Qualifications: Applicants for this position should have experience working with a literary organization (residency, literary journal, writing program, etc.). Any graphic design experience is highly appreciated, but not necessary. If interested please email: balticresidency (at) gmail (dot) com.
Cobalt Review/Cobalt Press is seeking a new fiction editor to help us reimagine how we publish our literary journal this summer. The position is unpaid/volunteer, but will have full autonomy over content selected and published. A new website and a new publishing schedule are in development, and the fiction editor would determine their own time commitment. If you are interested in joining this scrappy team of misfits, shoot an email to Publisher/Chief Baseball Officer Andrew Keating: ak (at) cobaltreview (dot) com.
Seeks Submissions on “Power”
Deadline: June 10, 2019. Creative Nonfiction is looking for new work about power. For this issue, we are seeking true stories that explore the dynamics within groups and systems, however big or small—for example, family units, schools, sports, churches, and government. Share your stories about power lunches, power grabs, power suits, powerlifting, people power (and/or power to the people), or willpower. Above all, we are seeking vivid narratives, sourced from true events, that demonstrate strong storytelling, voice, and grasp of detail. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.
Prairie Ronde Invites
Applications for Artists Residencies
The Prairie Ronde Residency is looking for individuals who are highly independent, engaged and curious. We do not limit our residency to any specific medium but, rather, are looking for people who can creatively interact with the space we have to offer and the community of historic Vicksburg, Michigan. Through the program, visual artists, writers, and musicians will receive a $2,000 stipend, a $500 travel grant, and the private use of a car for a residency of between four and seven weeks. Residencies will occur October 1, 2019, through December 15, 2019. Application deadline: June 15, 2019.
Orison Books invites submissions of poems on the subject of the Biblical character Eve for a forthcoming anthology, to be edited by Luke Hankins and Nomi Stone. Send up to 4 poems in Word or RTF format for consideration to editor (at) orisonbooks (dot) com, along with a biographical note of 50 words or less. Use “Eve Anthology” as the subject line. Poems may be new or previously published; if previously published, please include information about where they originally appeared. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology and a discount on any additional copies. Deadline: July 1, 2019.
Sundress Publications announces an open submission call for The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry, an anthology that centers the storied, yet perpetually mystifying connection that dogs and humans share with a new focus: the historical and contemporary relationships between poets and dogs. Reaching beyond a generic celebration of the “dog-owner bond,” The Familiar Wild: On Dogs and Poetry will also interrogate and focus it: why (and how) do dogs appear in poets’ poems, and what does it mean to have a dog beside a poet at their writing desk? Why might poets in particular be drawn to dog companionship? This collection will examine both the routine and the unexpected lives we’ve built with our dogs, exploring wildness and domestication, boundaries and freedom, rescue, and grief through poetry centered on the complicated, expansive dog-poet connection. This call takes particular interest in voices and histories not usually centered in this conversation, particularly those that consider the role of the dog-poet bond in relation to disability, queerness, race, gender, age, and more. Interested poets should submit a cover letter, 3-5 poems, and an optional short (max.. 500 words) essay that considers their personal relationship to the anthology’s subject matter. We intend to include these essays alongside chosen poems for each author. Please feel free to interpret the themes of the anthology widely: however best fits you, your work, and your relationship to dogs. We want to be surprised! That said, poems must engage with dogs or dog companionship/ownership in some way (we’re not looking for poems not about dogs). The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019. To submit, attach your manuscript as a single DOCX or PDF file to thefamiliarwild (AT) gmail (DOT) com. If the poems have been previously published elsewhere and/or simultaneously submitted, please indicate this in your cover letter. We will happily consider previously published poems so long as the poet retains the rights to reprint them. The poets Ruth Awad and Rachel Mennies will serve as co-editors for this anthology.
Charlotte Mew Contest
Headmistress Press announces our 5th annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Winner receives $300 plus 20 copies of the winning book. All entries will be considered for publication. Contest closes on July 4, 2019. There is a sliding scale reading fee, with fee waived upon request. Our judge for this year is Robin Becker.
We are open to submissions through July 6, 2019. We are looking for writing and art that catches us by surprise. We accept previously unpublished short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and many forms of visual art. We’re particularly interested in work by women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and people from marginalized locations. Aside from submissions for our print journal, we are always looking for guest website posts that relate to literature, art, and Berlin.
Poetry South is reading for issue 11. Send 1-4 poems by July 15, 2019. Published by the low-residency MFA program at Mississippi University for Women, Poetry South is an international journal, open to a diverse range of poets from all backgrounds, nationalities, and styles. Back issues are available to read on our website. There is no fee to submit; payment in copies.
Please send at least three (3) poems and up to four (4) poems, with each new poem beginning on a fresh page. We prefer the concrete over the abstract. We are open to the possibilities an author may present and are not expecting a particular kind of story. With that in mind, please submit your very best work, the work you are most proud of, the work that best represents your voice in the world. Micro-fiction: up to 300 words. You may include up to 3 pieces of micro-fiction in one submission. Flash fiction: up to 1,000 words. Short Story: up to 6,000 words. We are also looking for personal essays, memoir, lyric essays and literary journalism up to 5,000 words. Submit by July 15, 2019.
The Collagist will consider short fictions of up to 8000 words, though much of the work we publish is considerably shorter. Our tastes are idiosyncratic, but a look at work we’ve published recently may help. If sending very short fiction (less than 1000 words), you may submit up to three such very short fictions as a single file. We’ll also consider submissions of up to 6 poems and no more than 8 pages. We enjoy reading a broad range of styles, from formal to free to experimental, and are looking to publish work that feels urgent and finely tuned. Essays and nonfiction of up to 8000 words are also accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine; multiple submissions are not. Submit by July 31, 2019.
Gay is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. Laura June Topolsky is the Deputy Editor and Kaitlyn Adams serves as Managing Editor. We will be publishing work weekly, covering a wide variety of topics. We will also assemble ambitious, compelling quarterly themed issues. We are now accepting submissions, on a rolling basis, and look forward to hearing from new and established writers who possess original voices. The PITCH DEADLINE for the second quarterly issue: August 17th: Pain. What hurts you? How do you deal with hurt and suffering? How have you hurt others or yourself? How do you negotiate the suffering of others?
Here’s a new batch of 13 writing opportunities, just in time for the end of the semester and beginning of summer. Good luck with your writing and submitting!
Tinderbox Poetry Journal is open for submissions until May 15. Tinderbox has been the original home of poems appearing in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and Bettering American Poetry anthologies. We are a paying market that offers contributors $15, regardless of how many poems are selected. We offer fee-free submissions year-round, but to offset the costs of running our journal (and to continue offering no mandatory fees), we recommend Tip Jar ($3) and Requesting Feedback options ($5) for folks with the means to make a donation. Please send no more than four poems (six pages). We aim to respond within three months or sooner.
Inch is now a quarterly journal focused on the miracles of compression. Each “issue” is a micro-chapbook featuring the work of a single author. We are currently reading submissions through May 15, 2019. Inch loves to see collections of short-short fiction. Submit your collection of a minimum of three stories. Similarly, submit your collection of a minimum of three essays. Though we no longer have a line limit for poetry, we’re still looking for poems that celebrate compression. Submit your collection with no more than one poem per single-spaced page. Collections should be between 8-14 pages in length. Include a title page with your contact information, a table of contents, an acknowledgements page (if needed), and an “about the author” page, none of which will count toward those 8-14 pages. Up to 75% of the pieces in your collection may be previously published, but we do require that at least 25% of the pieces in the collection be unpublished at the time of acceptance.
Nashville Review will accept submissions during the month of May. 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.
Mary Jo Bang will judge this year’s Oversound Chapbook Prize. The winner will receive $1000 and 25 copies. There is an $18 fee to enter. All entrants will receive a subscription to Oversound. Send your submission by May 31, 2019. Manuscripts must be between 15 and 30 pages. For a manuscript outside this range, please contact us prior to sending.
A writing practice requires us to slow down, reflect, attend. HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan’s MFA Program seek to honor this practice with an annual broadside series and contest. Partnering with West Virginia letterpress company Base Camp Printing, we print the winning entry (poetry or flash prose) on a limited-edition letterpress broadside featuring an original image inspired by the text. The annual broadside serves as artifact companion to the fall issue of the digital magazine. Both the handmade and the electronic HeartWood venues aim to showcase work that gets to the heart of the matter. Savannah Sipple will judge this year’s contest. Submit by June 1, 2019.
We believe poetry is contrary by nature and we look especially for plurality of meaning, for dual reverberation of beauty and concern. Contrary’s poetry in particular often mimics the effects of fiction or commentary. We ask our fiction writers to imagine their readers navigating a story with one finger poised over a mouse button. We have published long stories on the belief that they succeed, but we feel more comfortable with the concise. We favor fiction that is contrary in any number of ways, but our fiction typically defies traditional story form. “Commentary” is our word for the stuff that others define negatively as non-fiction, nominally as essay, or naively as truth. We favor commentary that delivers a message less through exposition than through artistry. The commentary we select is often lyrical, narrative, or poetic. Deadline: June 1, 2019.
Submissions received through June 25, 2019, are considered for the summer issue, published in late early Aug. With fiction, feel encouraged to push boundaries. We have diverse tastes; try us out. Length is up to you, but a story over 10,000 words will only be considered if it is of exceptional quality (and nothing over 12,000 words, please). Only send one story at a time, unless you are writing flash fiction (or stories under 500 words), in which case you can send up to three. We’re also looking for poems of any length (including sequences and long poems). You may also send up to four poems at a time. We are no longer accepting essays through our regular submission process, but we encourage interested writers to pitch us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pitches should be no more than 500 words, and contain a clear, succinct description of the proposed piece and a rationale for why it would be a good fit for The Puritan.
The award is open to writers who have published a novel or a book-length collection of fiction with a reputable book publisher, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in magazines or journals of national distribution. The award is open to writers in English, whether or not they are citizens of the United States. Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories; two or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 130 double-spaced typed pages); or a combination of one or more novellas and short stories. Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
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. At present The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
The BLR seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to our themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. We seek character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document. Deadline: June 30, 2019.
Announcing the inaugural Orison Chapbook Prize! Orison Books announces The 2019 Orison Chapbook Prize, judged by founder and editor Luke Hankins. Submissions are open to all genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid). The winner receives $300 & publication by Orison Books. Manuscript length should be between 20 and 45 pages. Entry fee: $12. Deadline: July 1, 2019.
The Writer’s Block Prize in Fiction will accept submissions through August 1, 2019. Award-winning novelist Garth Greenwell will judge. Winner will receive $500 and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program. Winner also will be invited to read the winning story at the 2019 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY. Submit up to 3 stories, 4,000 words maximum. There is a $12 submission fee.
For apt’s (howapt.com) tenth print issue, we are seeking to publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and comics that address climate change, the defining challenge of our lifetime. It is, of course, not the only major, systemic issue we face and, for many, it is not the most important in day-to-day lives marked by injustice and inequality in a system that privileges the few. But it is an issue that touches nearly everyone and that permeates our systems, exacerbates inequality, and sharpens injustice. We encourage all types of work, but please proceed with these facts in mind: climate change is real, it’s caused by humans, there’s still time to fight it. On that note, we’re excited to read your words and hear your ideas on the topic. Keeping in line with our usual wish list, the following issues aren’t meant to be exhaustive, but to provide potential areas we’d love to see addressed: Environmental, economic, and intergenerational justice; Community-based responses to climate change; Physical and mental health impacts of climate change; Biodiversity, species, and ecosystem conservation; Environmental policy and programs; Intersectional views (e.g. indigenous communities, re: contested lands and their stewardship; the vulnerability and strength of racialized and classed neighborhoods; the challenges faced by disabled people and those with mobility constraints). As always, we seek longer work for our print issues in order to publish and promote narratives that engage deeply with a subject and take time to explore it fully. For this issue, we will also read shorter work (5,000 words minimum for prose, 1,000 words/100 lines/7 pages minimum for poetry) that falls within our theme. If you have work that comes close to these constraints but doesn’t quite meet them, submit it and we’ll figure out the rest. Payment: authors included in the issue will receive a $50 payment and a copy of the issue. Deadline: Aug 31, 2019.
I didn’t make specific resolutions this year, but I do have goals for 2019. Mostly, I hope to just keep writing and submitting. I hope you will do the same. Here are ten opportunities for writers. Check them out, and have a happy new year!
One, the online literary journal of Jacar Press,
One reads submissions of poems continually. There is no deadline. To submit, send one poem in the body of an email to <onejacarATgmailDOTcom.> In a few short years, poems first published in One have won a Best of the Net, received an Honorable Mention, been reprinted in the New York Times. We publish the best works by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, as well as newcomers and established poets from Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.
Back of the Envelope seeks writing of any length which relates to, or draws on, science and the natural world. Sharing its wonder or its horrors, relating the untold stories of discovery, or toying with everyday curiosities, we’re interested in hearing from those inside and outside the scientific community.
We welcome fiction submissions for our Summer 2019 issue. We are eager to feature a writer whose fiction has not yet been published in a major print publication. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. Deadline January 15. $5 submission fee.
The Longleaf Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and creative nonfiction who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, lectures, readings, and social events. Fellows benefit from a special reading, direct work with faculty, and other specific duties that allow them access to our faculty and visiting writers. Fellowship applicants must have at least one book published in the last six years and should be actively publishing work in established literary magazines and/or have other awards of merit. This fellowship covers full tuition (all events, readings, workshops, etc. are covered for fellow) for the conference as well as superb lodging near one of the most beautiful beaches in Seaside, Florida, during the Longleaf Writers Conference from May 11-19, 2019. Past Fellows include Brandon Courtney, Rachel Weaver, Eugene Garcia-Cross, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Stacey Balkin, Karin Lin-Greenberg, Erika Krouse, Sandra Gail Lambert, Blake Sanz, many more! DEADLINE: January 10, 2019.
LandLocked Magazine is a reinvention of Beecher’s Magazine. We love found pieces, eco-poetics, works about displacement, and stories of how your body fits (or how it doesn’t) into the world. Imagism and hybrid genres, including experimental and visual works, lyric essays, and prose poems are all welcome. Please send 3–5 poems per submission with no more than 10 pages in total. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in 4,000 words or less. We also encourage flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Finally, we are especially drawn to nonfiction pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words. Submit by February 01, 2019.
10th Annual Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest
Spirit First is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. 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. Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will not be included in this meditation poetry event. Enter up to three submissions. Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Be sure to include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2019. There is NO FEE to submit.
The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. Please submit up to five poems, which should total no more than ten manuscript pages, at a time. Fiction submissions should be no more than forty double-spaced pages. We’re interested mostly in pieces of nonfiction less than twenty double-spaced pages, though you can try us for longer pieces if you think they’ll knock our socks off. We read until March 1, 2019, with an exception: miCRo submissions are open year-round. https://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission_guidelines/
Arkana Call for Submissions: The Micro Issue
For our Micro Issue, Arkana invites you to magnify the microscopic. Once called “little magazines,” literary journals have long been interested in cultivating small-scale communities and promoting the work of authors and editors toiling on their art outside of national markets. For Arkana’s Micro Issue, we’re commemorating this heritage while seeking work that packs a punch in pint-sized form. From nanotechnology, the singularity at the center of a black hole, microbiology, and microbursts to microbreweries, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” Hershey’s miniatures, Little Rock, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, we want work that celebrates its smallness, amplifies the tiniest voices with the most to say, and challenges society’s perceptions of the marginal, modest, and miniscule. Send us up to 500 words of fiction or creative nonfiction, 10 lines of poetry, 4 panels of illustrated narrative, or 5 minute scripts for the stage or screen. In addition to publication in the Micro Issue, each piece will be considered for $50.00 Editor’s Choice Awards in each genre. The deadline for Issue 6 is March 31, 2019.
Send up to six poems at a time. Single-space, please. For fiction, double-space, please. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Double-space nonfiction also. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered. Send one prose piece or two to six poems at a time, and please submit genres separately. Blackbird does not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere. Current reading period ends April 15, 2019.
Quarter After Eight is devoted to the exploration of innovative writing. We accept submissions in any genre from new and established writers through April 15, 2019. You may submit up to four poems at one time. Submit one essay or up to three flash prose pieces. You may submit one story or up to three flash prose pieces at one time.
After several month of hiatus, here are ten journals and presses currently accepting submissions or looking for volunteers. Several of these fine presses and journals have just opened submissions at the beginning of November. A few of these have very small windows when you can submit your work, so don’t miss it! Good luck sending out your writing.
Flash Fiction Magazine Needs Volunteers
Flash Fiction Magazine is looking for social writers. Specifically, we are looking for engaging people to interact with our audience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Duties include replying to comments as yourself (we want to be authentic and transparent), finding interesting resources / articles / pictures that our audience may enjoy, and finding new authors interested in flash fiction. You must be a social and engaging person, and you must be technically savvy and familiar with one or more of the social media channels mentioned above. If you are interested, email [shannon AT 101words.org] with your qualifications and why you are interested in this position.
Free State Review is seeking fresh strange music, affluent language, and brave new thought in poetry, prose, and video projects. Prose should be 500-4,000 words; poetry can be any length or style. Poetry submissions can include 3-5 poems in a single document. Strange is not always better; simple and clear are not always memorable. Try to split the difference between the abstract and the concrete.
Monologging is always interested in new voices. This fall & winter, short stories no longer than 4,000 words will be considered alongside poetry, (5 pages maximum,). Writers and poets are invited to craft and submit works that ponder our City vs. Rural theme, offering new perspectives. The contrast between city and rural lifestyles has perhaps never been so stark, raising new social, economic, and political questions concerning how we coexist. To what extent are humans challenging, if not altering their primal nature by flocking to urban centers? Likewise, do we limit our horizons when we choose a pastoral existence? Are the boundaries of these two distinct landscapes still relatively fluid? Or are the suburbs an increasingly rigid bulwark sorting city slicker from country bumpkin? Monologging seeks a window into both perspectives, and to highlight the essential human transience that prompts our lifelong wandering between such distinct landscapes. Vivid imagery and writing depicting the aesthetics and breadth of experiences that individuals acquire when living in either environment will illuminate our Spring ’19 issue. Worthy pieces will receive editorial feedback. Selected works will be included in our Spring ’19 edition of the magazine.
The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize
The Tishman Review is looking for the best poem that captures Millay’s love of not only the lyrical, but the brave and honest spirit her poetry holds. Send up to five poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of five poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and an additional $15 fee. Entries will be welcome through November 15th, 2018. Winner and accepted for publication entries will be announced by April 30th, 2019 and published in the spring issue of The Tishman Review.
Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Please limit your prose submission to one story or essay at a time. Stories and essays should be no more than 4,500 words, but we prefer pieces closer to 3,500 words. Please submit no more than three poems. Switchback regularly publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on our web site. Deadline: November 30, 2018.
Establishing in 1964, the HC literary journal is published five times annually by the students and faculty of Hollins University. The Hollins Critic reads poetry until December 1 each year. The Hollins Critic reviews and interprets the works of contemporary writers and poets. Both emerging and published poets may submit up to five poems. Restrict poetry to one page in length. Payment: $25/poem, plus five contributor’s copies. HC not accept unsolicited essays, and HC does not publish fiction.
FOLIO is a nationally recognized literary journal affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors. For Volume 34, FOLIO is particularly looking for work responding in some way to the themes found within the World Tree—branches and roots, ancestry and rebirth, fate and knowledge, wilderness and civilization. Send us your stories, essays, poems, and art about trees and the natural world. Submit fiction up to 5,000 words, nonfiction up to 4,500 words, or up to 5 poems. Deadline: Dec 21, 2018.
Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed at the University of Denver. Unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry are welcomed from now through February 15, 2019. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages.
The Delmarva Review is a literary journal publishing original short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short book reviews. For fiction, our preference is literary writing. We seek evocative storytelling with well-developed characters who take hold of our emotions and stir our imaginations. Memorability is the ultimate reward. The same will be true for the personal essay. Poetry – up to 6 poems, no more than 50 lines each; Short fiction – up to 5,000 words; Flash fiction – up to 1,500 words; Creative nonfiction – up to 3,000 words. The submission period for Volume 12 of Delmarva Review will be open from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, for publication in October 2019. Editors read all submissions. All selections will be made by May 2019. http://www.delmarvareview.com/submission.html
Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. Submissions are customarily read every fall, winter, and spring. The next 2018-2019 submissions period will be from November 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019. We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.
Here are a devil’s dozen new opportunities for writers. Good luck getting your work out to these journals and the world. Special thanks to Raina K. Puels, editor at Redivider, for reaching out to solicit YOUR work.
Redivider made a big announcement this week that they are switching to an all-digital platform. Issue 15.2 (Spring 2018) will be the final print issue. Issue 16.1 (Autumn 2018) will be the very first digital issue. Editor Raina K. Puels asked me to help spread the word that Redivider will remain “a journal dedicated to supporting a diversity of voices. In this political climate, we think it’s especially important to represent the unique intersections of gender, class, race, and sexuality in our poems, essays, stories, and graphic art.” Redivider is currently looking for fiction submissions up to 8,000 words, nonfiction submissions up to 6,000 words, and up to five poems per submission. Submit today!
Pithead Chapel is an independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 2012. We publish gutsy fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry online every month and a couple of printed chapbooks every year. Pithead Chapel electronically publishes art, literary fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry monthly. At present, we only accept submissions under 4,000 words. All submissions that follow our guidelines below will be considered for an upcoming issue.
Tuck Magazine is an online, globally focused and socially conscious journal for the discerning reader, where vital commentary and the arts merge. We are looking for new writers with something fresh, interesting and important to say. This can be political, opinion, human rights based or anything you feel is important that needs to be heard. For further information, contact Managing Editor Michael Organ at email@example.com. We are also looking for writers who can regularly contribute pieces based on music, film, art, photography, reviews, interviews; in fact anything interesting. Short Stories / Flash Fiction: 800-2400 words, Stories must be engaging and original, we are particularly interested in work that challenges the reader to see another perspective. We also have a sense of humour at Tuck, therefore satire is something we love to see. Our goal at Tuck is to entertain and enlighten with a good story written by emerging writers. Send two poems per submission. We also accept book reviews.
Dialogist is an online platform for diversity through discourse. Be clear. Be dynamic. Start a conversation. And send us your best. We accept poetry and art/photography/illustration. Submit up to five poems of any length. Include all submissions within a single Word document, with a poem per page. Submissions should be paginated—to include an identifying header (name and email address), and be in 12 point Times New Roman.
The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. We publish two issues a year, in June and December. There are no deadlines. We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. We invite poets to send up to five poems per submission. Include all works in a single attachment. There are no restrictions on form or length. We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words.
HeartWood, an online literary magazine in association with West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA program, publishes twice yearly, in April and October. We accept submissions year round through Submittable, and welcome previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from both established and emerging writers. We do love Appalachian voices, but we enthusiastically encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit. Fiction submissions may include short stories, flash fiction, or novel excerpts. You may submit more than one piece of flash fiction as long as the total word count does not exceed 3000 words. We’re open to a wide range of nonfiction, with the exception of academic articles, or that which would be considered more traditionally journalistic. Personal essay, memoir, lyric, literary journalism, or some blurring in between, are all acceptable. Poets should submit no more than 3-5 single-spaced poems at a time. Include all poems in a single document for upload.
The Shanghai Literary Review is an English language magazine of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translation, book review, and art, run by an editorial team between New York, London, & Shanghai. Our magazine sells in stores in London, New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. All pieces are eventually posted on our website as well. The deadline for our summer 2018 issue (Issue 3) is February 15, 2018. There is no fee for submitting work to TSLR. We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We’ll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. We publish: Fiction – less than 5,000 words; Poetry – 2 poems submission limit per person; Non-Fiction & Essay – less than 5,000 words; Flash Fiction or Nonfiction – less than 500 words.
Applications are now open for our Fellowships for Emerging Writers, which cover full tuition for a Master Workshop in poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and screen/playwriting at our 13th annual Lit Fest. A two-week celebration of the literary arts, Lit Fest features seminars, parties, workshops, salons, and agent consultations at our historic mansion in Denver. Our faculty includes Lydia Millet, Sheila Heti, Terrance Hayes, CAConrad, Charles D’Ambrosio, Min Jin Lee, Emily Rapp Black, Jenny Offill, Leslie Jamison, Maggie Shipstead, Daniel Goldfarb, Robin Black, Alexandre Philippe, Steve Almond, and others. Applications are due March 15, 2018. There is a $30 application fee.
For our creative nonfiction issue. Tell us your true stories, bring us your belles lettres! Announcing the first ever creative nonfiction issue. Creative nonfiction is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc. Submissions in this genre should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Deadline: March 31, 2018.
Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University (AU), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. We are currently reading from now through April 30, 2018. Submit up to three poems. We accept fiction from 751 up to 5,000 words and CNF under 750 words. If your fiction is 750 words and under, please submit it to the Flash Prose category.
Any and all subject matter is welcome, although we gravitate toward Local Color (especially stories set in Floyd, the New River Valley, or a specific rural setting) and the Southern Gothic. Short stories, essays, & novel excerpts should not exceed 8,000 words. Submit up to 5 poems. The deadline for Floyd County Moonshine’s special anniversary issue is April 30, 2018. Prior contributors are also encouraged to submit once again. Interviews should not exceed 3,000 words.
We’re dedicated to publishing and displaying the work of the freshest voices alongside established artists, poets and writers. Submissions for the journal’s website are open from through May 2018. Prose pieces should be 5,000 words or less, and poetry submissions can be 5 printed pages.