Here are a dozen opportunities for writers ready to submit their work. Good luck sending your words out.
We look for short poems that are well-constructed, with compelling use of language and imagery, and subject matter that is appealing to a broad range of ages and interests. We like to be amused, we do not like to be offended, and we are not impressed by obscurity. Send us at least three but no more than six poems.
Cimarron Review accepts submissions year-round in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Please include a cover letter with your submission. Send 3-6 poems or one piece of fiction or nonfiction.
MAR does accept and read submissions year round. We accept fiction, poetry, translations, and nonfiction (including personal essays, essays on writing, and short reviews)—There is NO reading fee for a regular submission. MAR considers non-fiction pieces up to 6,000 words; only one fictional story per submission, or up to 5 shorts; or up to 6 poems.
A Public Space
A Public Space welcomes submissions to the magazine until April 15, 2019. Please submit only one (1) story or essay at a time; or up to five (5) poems.
The Manhattanville Review
The Manhattanville Review is an online journal of literature published by the MFA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College; accepting prose, poetry and visual art. Our archives showcase a collection of diverse voices and visions by creative minds from all walks of life. From mishaps & misfits to masterpieces, The Manhattanville Review seeks polished creative works with unique ideas, perspectives, and experimental elements. We are interested in pieces that take creative risks and contain strong writing skills. Please submit one to five poems; Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction ranging from five to ten pages. Deadline: April 26, 2019.
Jacar Press Full-Length and Chapbook Contests
Deadline – April 30, 2019. Fee: $10 for chapbook, $15 for Full-length. We will select up to two winners in each category selected by internationally esteemed writers. Past judges include Marilyn Nelson, Dorianne Laux, Helene Cardona, Rickey Laurentiis, Denise Duhamel, Jamaal May, etc. Jacar Press is a Community Active Press. We support a wide range of groups and individuals making a positive impact on their communities.
Foglifter is a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer writing today. It’s a space where queer writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions: up to 5 poems; up to 7500 words of prose; up to 20 pages of cross-genre work, text-image hybrids, and drama. The submission periods ends May 1, 2019, for the Fall Edition.
Fugue, a literary magazine produced by graduate students in the Department of English at the University of Idaho, is accepting submissions for its new genre-fluid, lyric hybrid section, images, etc. This work includes, but is not limited to, photo-poem mashups, collages, erasures, graphic novel excerpts, and other image-based work concerned with lyric hybridity that tells a story, asks a question, complicates a boundary, or tests a hypothesis in a way that uses the language of shape and color as well as (or in place of) text. We are seeking pieces that surprise us, forging new connections and blurring old ones. Please initially submit your work as a .jpg or .png file if possible. We prefer 300 dpi and 1920 x 1080 pixels, but if we select your piece(s) for publication, we can talk more about image quality then. We thank you and look forward to viewing/reading your work. The submission period for the Fall 2019 issue closes on May 1, 2019.
The 2019 Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest
Deadline: May 15, 2019. The winner of the prize will receive $2000 and publication of the free, downloadable chapbook on Frontier Poetry. Most exciting of all: the chapbook will also be distributed to tens of thousands of readers, editors, agents and magazines through our newsletter. Our guest judge this year is Jericho Brown. Manuscript should be 15-30 pages (not including front/back-matter.) Manuscripts should be on the whole unpublished, although individual poems can be previously published. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each submitted chapbook will have the $20 fee.
Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers. We welcome general submissions year-round, and we are proud to offer free submission through May 15, 2019. For Fiction & Nonfiction, we consider up to 8,000 words, and for Poetry, we consider up to 5 poems, and 10 pages.
We welcome short stories and self-standing novel excerpts of any length, creative nonfiction pieces of any length, up to 6 poems totaling no more than 10 pages, and up to 3 flash fiction stories per submission. Flash, micro, and hybrid work—if it’s brief (<1,000 words) and cutting edge, fiction or nonfiction, we’re publishing it. We read submissions through May 15, 2019.
The 9th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize
Deadline: May 31, 2019. Since its founding in 2010, the BOA Short Fiction prize has been awarded to eight of the most exciting and unique voices in American fiction. As with all BOA fiction titles, our prize-winning short story collections are more concerned with the artfulness of writing than the twists and turns of plot. It is our belief that short story writing is a valuable and underserved literary form that we are proud to support, nurture, and celebrate. All submissions will be personally read, reviewed, and considered by BOA Publisher Peter Conners, founder and sole editor of BOA’s short fiction series. Manuscripts that do not win the contest are still eligible for publication by BOA. The winner receives book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2021 and $1,000 honorarium. Submission fee: $25