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Posted April 17, 2014


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Driftwood Press Open for Submissions

Online submission deadline: June 1, 2014

Driftwood Press, a quarterly literary magazine, wants to pay for your work! John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in literary criticism, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, and interviews. We also interview our accepted artists.


Big Muddy Literary Journal Seeks Submissions

Big Muddy literary journal seeks new poetry, fiction, articles, photos (reproduced in b&w; high contrast is preferred) for its upcoming issue. Any topic, any style. Send unpublished work, cover letter, and SASE to Susan Swartwout, Big Muddy, One University Plaza, MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.


The Cape Rock Seeks Submissions

The Cape Rock is one of the oldest ongoing journals in the nation: 50 years strong! We publish established and emerging poets. Send 3–5 previously unpublished poems, any style, with cover letter and SASE to Susan Swartwout, The Cape Rock, One University Plaza MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.


DIALOGIST is seeking original and previously unpublished work.

Online submission deadline: Rolling

DIALOGIST, a quarterly journal of poetry and art, is seeking original and previously unpublished poetry, as well as art/photography/illustration. We are a new online publication dedicated to diversity through discourse—i.e. we ask our writers to be clear, be dynamic, and start a conversation. Submissions are free.


FishFood & LavaJuice Magazine is Seeking Submissions!

Submissions accepted year-round.

We are seeking all types of visual arts as well as media arts, including audio, short films, documentaries, clips, songs and music videos for the magazine website. This call is on a rolling basis. Please visit for more information on how to submit your work. Thanks for your submissions!


Flyover Country Review call for submissions

Submission deadline: Rolling

Flyover Country Review, an online magazine of Midwestern literature, seeks submissions of short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art, and photography for publication online and consideration for our upcoming first print issue. Visit us at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @flyoverreview. Submissions can be emailed to as per our submissions guidelines:


Hawaii Pacific Review is open for submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

Hawaii Pacific Review seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The online literary journal of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region, but is interested in great writing from any region and on any subject. Submissions are accepted all year long, though responses may take longer during summer months. More details can be found at Submissions are accepted exclusively through our online submissions manager:


Marathon Literary Review - Extended Deadline

Online submission deadline: May 15, 2014

Marathon Literary Review, an online journal based out of Arcadia University's MFA program, is open for submissions until May 15 (extended deadline). Authors and artists are invited to submit in one of the following categories: Fiction/Flash Fiction, Multimedia/Photography/Art, Nonfiction, Poetry. Details can be found here:


Neon Literary Magazine Seeks Submissions

Submission deadline: Rolling

Neon seeks literary and slipstream short-form writing. We err towards the dark, and like to experiment with language and form. We have a particular taste for the apocalyptic. Neon is based in the UK, and is published online and in print every quarter. We publish writers from anywhere in the world, and everything we publish is available for free online. Please read the guidelines page ( and then send work in the body of an email for consideration.


The New Verse News seeks submissions

The New Verse News covers the news with poems on issues large and small (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors seek to post each day a genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story. See the website at for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems The New Verse News publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to OR Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.


NonBinary Review Open for Submissions!

Submission deadline: Rolling

NonBinary Review wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We're currently open for submissions for our first two issues: Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales; Issue #2 (September 2014): Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page. We also pay our authors & artists—1 cent/word for prose or hybrid, $10 flat fee per poem, $25 flat fee for art.


S/tick seeks fabulous feminist art and creative writing

Submission deadline: Rolling

Work with a feminist consciousness that challenges the status quo and says things that are difficult to say may be hard to find a home for, but it's exactly what S/tick is looking for. S/tick provides a place for women and feminists to share their grief, anger, and joy. Please send us your bright and touching art, poetry, and prose with a biting feminist bent. Preference will be given to women and artists in Canada, though if neither of these red dresses fits you, simply ensure you redress something of interest to women!


Stoneboat Literary Journal Call for Submissions

Online/Postmark submission deadline: August 1, 2014

Stoneboat Literary Journal seeks submissions for its fall issue and is reading through August 1st. We publish high quality poetry, fiction, nonfiction, b&w art, photo essays, and graphic literature. Electronic submissions are preferred, but we do accept hard copy submissions as well. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. See our guidelines for more information:


Submit to Meat for Tea: The Valley Review

Submission deadline: May 17, 2014

This edgy, award-winning, publication seeks recipes, essays, short and flash fiction, cartoons, photos, illustrations, and other art for the Rose Hip issue. Themes are never to be taken literally but rather to serve as inspiration.


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Conjunctions now reading for Speaking Volumes (November 2014)

Postmark submission deadline: July 31, 2014

Now reading for Conjunctions:63, Speaking Volumes (Fall 2014). This issue will include writing about writing itself and about the books that are home to the written word. A library of ideas about language and the book in all their forms, it will collect poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on historic, secret, ghostwritten, pseudonymous, banned, and forged books—and on literature in every guise. Submissions via regular mail, through July: 21 E. 10th St. #3E, New York, NY 10003. In order to receive a reply, you must include a self-addressed envelope stamped with sufficient postage for our response. No simultaneous submissions.


Dialogual Call for submissions

Email/Online submission deadline: Rolling

Dialogual publishes quality dialogue-only prose only in online form. Any genre, as long as it is intelligible. Except erotica. However, we do not take anything that has been accepted before, or that has appeared on blogs or similar sites. In other words, we want fresh material. And you can send both fiction and nonfiction.


Divergent Voices is open for submissions!

Online submission deadline: May 25, 2014

Divergent Voices publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photo essays from writers who experiment with the English language, who infuse their writing with their native tongue and make us feel that their traditions are our own; they introduce us to foreign cultures and speak for a variety of ethnicities that are often underrepresented in the world of contemporary literature. We also seek original works of photography and art. We are a quarterly online publication whose first issue will appear this June.


The Manifesto Project anthology seeks manifestos, poems

Online submission deadline: July 1, 2014

The Manifesto Project is seeking short statements in which poets declare their working principles as artists, accompanied by two of the poet’s own poems. We ask only that each poet has a book published or forthcoming from a nationally recognized press. Submissions are accepted from April 1 - July 1, 2014. Publication of the volume by the University of Akron Press is anticipated in 2016. No particular aesthetic bias will be exercised; moreover, while poets will be solicited directly to contribute, 25% of the volume’s contents will include unsolicited submissions. Interested in submitting? Visit for more information.


NANO Fiction Now Taking General Submissions

NANO Fiction is currently accepting previously unpublished works of fiction 300 words or fewer for publication in our upcoming spring and fall issues. We are looking for work that experiments with form while still balancing narrative. We are interested in stories we haven’t read before, stories we think we are tired of reading—but are told in such in a new way that we gain fresh insights, writing remain attentive to language and lyricism without abandoning story, and work that surprise us—but not by using a trick ending. We also are looking for writing that takes unexpected perspectives on commonly-seen stories. For complete guidelines, please visit our website at


Scapegoat Review looking for Submissions

Scapegoat Review is a quarterly journal looking for work for its next issue. Poetry, flash fiction and flash nonfiction are welcome. We strive for work that is rare and exceptional. Both established and unpublished poets welcome. Work we like—Paul Celan, Simone Meunch, Osip Mandelstam, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wilsawa Symborksa; work that captures our brain and heart. Check for guidelines.


Split Rock Review Call for Submissions!

Online submission deadline: Rolling

Split Rock Review is accepting submissions in poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and graphic narratives/comics from emerging and established authors. We are particularly interested in nature writing, ecology/environment, experimental, prose poems, and free verse. Please visit our submission guidelines and previous issues at


Sundog Lit's (Letters from) the Road Theme Issue

Online submission deadline: July 1, 2014

Sundog Lit's 2nd theme issue, (Letters from) the Road, is edited by Jill Talbot. The issue is now open for submissions and will run until July 1st. We are looking for creative nonfiction and other works that blend genre, that bend and experiment, and speak of the road. We want 2,000 words or less of your essays—segmented, flash, hybrid—and your genre-busting words. Special section: send us your photography and artwork from the road.


Workers Write! Call for Submissions

Email/Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014

Issue eleven of Workers Write! will be Tales from the Coliseum and will contain stories and poems from workers in the sports industry. We're looking for fiction from sportscasters, scouts, referees and umpires, agents, front office employees, vendors, groundskeepers, trainers, and even athletes—as long as the tale is about the "job" of sports. Submit your stories via e-mail to:, or send a hard copy to: Workers Write!, P.O. Box 250382, Plano, TX 75025-0382. Word count: 500 to 5,000 words. Payment: Between $5 and $50 (depending on length and rights requested). We will consider previously published material.


Willard & Maple Call for Submissions

Email/Online/Postmark deadline: April 20, 2014

Willard & Maple will be taking submissions up to April 20. Please submit your finest poetry, your pleasing prose, and vivacious visual art. Visit our submission page for more information.


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Call for Spring Essay Submissions

Submission deadline: Rolling

bioStories announces its call for spring submissions. We want your creative, people-focused essays. Tell us the true stories of people who have changed lives, moved others, inspired strangers, helped form the worldview you possess. Celebrate the extraordinary within ordinary lives. Recent contributors have included Claude Clayton Smith, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Kevin Bray, Jesse Millner, and Eleanor Fitzsimons. New work appears weekly. We accept work that meets our mission year-round on an ongoing basis. Visit our site to view submission guidelines for a clearer sense of what we publish:


Call for Submissions - Sukoon

Email submissions accepted year-round.

Sukoon magazine is seeking submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art for its upcoming summer issue in August/September 2014. Sukoon is an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity of the Arab world, be it through the artist/writer, or the art itself. Artists and writers need not be Arab, nor of Arab origin, but art and writing must, in some way, relate to the Arab world. If artist or writer is of Arab origin, the writing need not strictly relate to the Arab world. For submission guidelines visit


Call for submissions: Weave Magazine

Online submission deadline: May 31, 2014

Weave Magazine is open for submissions through the end of May. We are a print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, accepting the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire. Currently, we are seeking more submissions for these genres: Nonfiction (less than 3,000 words), Drama (less than 4,000 words), Reviews (500-800 words), Comics/Illustrations/Visual Essays/Stories/Poems (Black and white only). Please share your work with us at


Dirty Chai seeks submissions for Spring 2014 Issue

Submission deadline: May 5, 2014

Dirty Chai seeks work from poets, writers & artists for the Spring 2014 issue due out at the end of May. Previous issues have included a theme, but this issue will be a free for all! Send us your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art & photography. We publish writers & artists in all walks of their career. Send us something we've never seen before. Submission accepted via our submission manager: or head to to check out our previous issues to get an idea of what we love.


Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir for Audio/Web released literary magazine

The Flexible Persona is an interactive literary magazine that publishes fiction and nonfiction online in both audio and text format. We are seeking fiction that is engaging, character-driven, and focused on relationships. We like nonfiction that explores how people find a sane, happy life in a basically insane world. Stories of how outsiders sustain themselves, the struggle to maintain individuality in a conformist world, and explorations of unique communities appeal to us. Submissions are free for authors who agree to record their own story. A charge applies to read authors who wish TFP staff to record their story.


Gambling the Aisle Invites Submissions

Gambling the Aisle invites the submission of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and indefinable things for our next issue. We are attracted to the experimental and the strange, but more importantly we’re attracted to thoughtful, well-crafted work. We accept simultaneous submissions and encourage work from writers/artists of all backgrounds. For submission guidelines and to submit visit To view our latest issue visit


Lunch Ticket Literary Magazine - Call for Submissions

Reading period ends April 28, 2014.

Lunch Ticket is currently accepting submissions for our next issue. We are looking for poetry, fiction, writing for young people, creative nonfiction, visual art, and translated material. Send us your best. For guidelines and submission manager, see our website at


Midway Journal: Call for Submissions

Online submission deadline: May 31, 2014

Midway Journal accepts aesthetically ambitious work that complicates and challenges traditional literary boundaries and genres. We are as interested in word choice and style as we are in voice and form. We strongly encourage writers to read a few issues of the journal before submitting. Please visit our submissions page for complete guidelines (


The Milo Review

Submissions accepted year-round.

An online and print quarterly, publishes short fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, essays, and narrative nonfiction. We welcome your submissions in standard format. Please forward work in DOC or RTF format to associate editor, Susan Matthews: Visit for additional information and for full submission guidelines.


Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine

Submission deadline: Rolling

Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine shares stories of human experience from around the world, because we believe global storytelling can serve to broaden horizons (pun intended). We publish nonfiction, fiction, poetry, photostories, and microjourneys on the broad theme of travel, journeying, place, or personal transformation. We like unique voices and risk-taking, and make it a policy to work with experienced writers as well as those just starting out. Visit for more information.


Shout Out UK seeking general submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

Online global politics magazine, Shout Out UK, is expanding its creative side and seeking submissions of poetry, spoken word, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We are seeking works which are of a political nature or that make comment in some other way. Unfortunately we are unable to pay our contributors at this time but we offer a diverse and growing global audience. Full details to be found at


Submit to the inaugural issue of Madcap Review!

Submission deadline: May 31, 2014

Madcap Review is a semiannual journal of literature and art. As our name indicates, we embrace the impulsive, the reckless, and the lively, but we also have great respect for form and restraint. Founded in 2014 by a group of fiction writers, poets, and artists, Madcap Review is a platform for any and all forms of writing and art. We have no genre restrictions, because we believe that great writing isn’t easily categorized. Submissions for the inaugural issue are open through May 31st. We look forward to seeing your work.


Sundress Publications is taking submissions for The Wardrobe.

The Wardrobe is for women writers only. “Women” includes cisgender, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and female-identified individuals. All work must be published/forthcoming in a book/chapbook. No individual publications. We accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and multi-genre. We prefer works published within the past year. Submissions: Send a PDF to AND mail (1) print copy to Sundress Academy for the Arts, ATTN: The Wardrobe, 195 Tobby Hollow Lane, Knoxville TN 37931. Submissions imply permission to reprint work on this website. Print submissions are added to the Sundress Academy library.


Vine Leaves Literary Journal: Call for Issue #11 vignette submissions

Online submission deadline: May 31, 2014

A vignette is a snapshot in words that focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. We accept prose, poetry, script, and artwork/photography for the cover and/or interior of the issue. All vignettes accepted for publication online will be considered for The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014 print anthology. All accepted authors/artists will also have any books they have published advertised on our website and considered for review on our blog. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit:


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Minerva Rising Call for Submissions - Issue 6: Food

“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.” —M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition

Minerva Rising is an independent literary journal celebrating the creativity and wisdom in every woman. We are looking for thought-provoking fiction, nonfiction, photography, poetry and essays by women writers and artists for Issue 6 whose theme is Food. Please visit us at for more information on our current theme and submission guidelines. We do charge a fee to submit.


100 Word Story Call for Submissions

Submit 100-word stories, no more or no less to Tell a story, write a prose poem, pen a slice of your memoir, or try your hand at an essay. You get 100 words, which is both the pain and the pleasure here. It’s short, you tell yourself. You would write 100 words at a bus stop, on your lunch break, in your sleep. But with 100 words you must tell the whole story in its entirety, so it holds together like a perfect little dollhouse. Issues are published bimonthly. There is no deadline for submissions.


Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar

Online submissions accepted year-round.

Storm Cellar seeks exceptional fiction, flash, nonfiction, poetry, and art for issue 4.1. We're on the lookout for sharp, innovative takes on new and classic themes, for inventive form and language. What surprised you when you wrote it? Or think high summer '14, excite us with the hot, the muggy, the stormy, the aftermathic. This is a journal of safety and danger, in every possible connotation. Women and Midwesterners especially welcome. More detail:


CNF, Fiction, and Poetry Wanted for Blue Earth Review

Submissions accepted year-round.

Blue Earth Review is seeking submissions! We’re looking for poetry, CNF, and fiction, in any style. There are no strict guidelines regarding form or content. We are looking to be surprised by brave, weird, and/or personal work. This issue will be curated from a mixture of open and solicited submissions, and will include work by both emerging and established authors. We read year-round, and still have space for our spring issue. We're also interested in various kinds of artwork.


Gris-Gris Literary Journal Call for Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

Gris-Gris invites submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for the upcoming Spring/Summer Issue. For details, see our submission guidelines here:


Guest Editors; Poetry, Micro Essay Submissions
Wanted for Dead Flowers

Submission deadline: Year-round

Bohemian Pupil Press seeks intelligent readers who are indifferent to poetry—who are outside the poetry world, that is—to accept the rewarding creative challenge of guest editing Dead Flowers: A Poetry Rag, a hopefully not too heady "experiment" exploring a perception that supposes there are no careerists in the underground. There is no pay involved; rather, by introducing a voice from outside the poetry world, guest editors will be partaking in the interesting task of influencing a new perception of the curating of poetry. Poetry and Micro-Essay submissions are always open. Visit (Dead Flowers tab).


Jersey Devil Press seeks submissions for Legendary Creatures Issue

Deadline: June 1, 2014

In order to be considered, your submission must feature a legendary creature, such as a mythical beast or a figure from cryptozoology. Dinosaurs and other animals confined to past geological eras are also fair game, because the only place they currently exist as living beings is in our collective imagination. We will consider flash fiction and short stories of up to 5000 words and poetry submissions of up to 100 lines. Simultaneous submissions are fine. No reprints. To submit, visit our website:


Slipstream Seeks Poetry for Themed Issue

Online/Postmark submission deadline: June 1, 2014

Slipstream will read for a theme issue on RUST, DUST, and LUST. A poem could include any combination of the subjects or only one. Be creative with your interpretations. Deadline: June 1, 2014. Submit poetry only. Visit our web site for more details at:


WORK Literary Magazine seeks submissions

Online submissions accepted year-round.

WORK Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of all genres related to the theme of work. In addition to thematic literary writing, we seek inter-office memos, chat, and conversations; pink slips; interviews; photocopy & office supply art; resumes and cover letters (please redact confidential information). WORK thrills to receive in-depth interviews with individuals who have interesting occupations (e.g. bird caller, hazardous waste remover, or chicken sexer). Visit our website to submit:


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Kindred Magazine Call for Submissions, Summer 2014

Submission deadline: May 2, 2014

Kindred is a quarterly fine arts lit mag that features work by fresh voices with a passion and talent for story. We want to publish work that is consistent with the way we feel life should be: connected, natural, simple. We accept previously unpublished works. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. We seek creative nonfiction, short fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and photographs for our Summer 2014 issue, Memory, and upcoming issues. Submission guidelines can be found here:


Temenos Journal Extended Deadline:
Spring 2014 Balancing Act Edition

Submission deadline: April 17, 2014

Temenos Journal is reopening the call for its Spring 2014 print and online edition. Join the excellent contributors of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork already selected for publication in "A Balancing Act," expressing a struggle to escape the uneasy balance of a forced stasis and the impulse that causes us to toss ourselves away from the center or, perhaps, to hold tightly onto our mooring to avoid crashing down. The new deadline for submissions is April 17, 2014. For more information, please visit our website at and send submissions via our submissions management system at ($6 submission fee).


3Elements Review Call for Submissions (due June 1)

Online submission deadline: June 1, 2014

3Elements Review is looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and art submissions for our fourth issue, due June 1. For each issue, we require that all three of the current elements be in the piece of writing. The current elements are carnival, residue, and maudlin. Our submission guidelines can be viewed here: Our journal features award-winning fiction writers, poets, and artists, as well as emerging writers.


Arts Quarterly Seeks Submissions about the Arts

Submissions accepted year-round.

Still Point Arts Quarterly seeks both writing and art submissions for this beautifully-designed publication about artistic inspiration, imagination, and expression. Fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are especially desirable at this time. Submission guidelines and contents of previous issues are available at


Call for submissions—Ikleftiko

Online submission deadline: May 1, 2014

We want poetry that is authentic—authenticity sweetens the soul. We want the work that you can't stop thinking about—work that has forced you into an intellectual toil and has that aesthetic that can induce reverie. All guidelines are stipulated on the submissions sections of the website. Please visit for more details!


Call for Submissions—The Boiler

Online submission deadline: May 16, 2014

The Boiler is accepting submissions in poetry, short stories, and short memoir/essays (prose under 3,500 words) for its summer 2014 issue. Submissions close May 16, 2014. We look forward to reading your work. For submission guidelines visit The Boiler is an online quarterly started in 2011 by a group of MFA students from Sarah Lawrence College. Recently published writers include: Julie Marie Wade, Rigoberto González, Liz Robbins, Dennis Henrichson, Suzanne Parker, Mary Quade, and others.


Call for Submissions Poetry or Short Prose—The Voices Project

Submission deadline: Year-round

The Voices Project, an online literary venue for women to promote social change, is taking submissions of poetry or prose. Women and girls of any age or education level are encouraged to submit. We take submissions year round and accept poetry no longer than 2 typed double-spaced pages. Prose, no longer than 250 words. Please include a short bio (200 words or less) with your submission. Anonymous submissions and multiple submissions welcome, no more than 5. Submit through our website: OR email us at More detailed submission guidelines can be downloaded on the "Submit" page of our site.


Call for Submissions: Radar Poetry Issue 2

Online submission deadline: May 30, 2014

Radar Poetry is excited to announce that we are now reading submissions for our second issue! We publish work from both established and emerging poets. For a sense of our aesthetic, we encourage you to browse Issue 1: To submit, send 3-5 poems in a single document through our submissions manager. Include a cover letter and a brief bio in the comments box. We welcome simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. We respond within 30 days, and usually much sooner than that. To submit, go to We look forward to reading your work!


Call for Submissions: Star 82 Review

Submission deadline: Year-round

Star 82 Review is an art and literary online and print magazine looking for your best original unpublished work and lyrical language featuring the displaced person and the lovely oddness of everyday life. We’re looking for 6-1000 words and photos or images you’ve created that tell a story. Combinations of art and writing (erasure texts, tiny stories with photo, etc.) are also welcome. See the guidelines at:


damselfly press seeks submissions by women writers

Email/Online submissions accepted year-round

damselfly press seeks to promote exceptional writing by women. We welcome work from female writers of all experiences. If you’d like to submit, please first visit our guidelines section before emailing your submission.


The Drunken Odyssey Needs Personal Essays on Beloved Books

The Drunken Odyssey, an amazing writing podcast, needs personal essays for its “Book that Changed my Life” segments. Send pitches for essay ideas to For approved pitches, essays should be between 500 and 800 words. The format is to discuss what was going on in your life when you encountered the book, what about the book affected you so much, and close retrospectively with your life now, after having had the book become a part of you. Accepted essays will be read by the authors (when possible) and paired with music. For examples, check out the podcast at


ELJ Publications - Calls for All Series

Submission deadline: Rolling

A writer’s manuscript is ultimately their heart. It should be treated with respect, and the author should have some control over the process. It’s their book. It’s their words. Every page should be treated with respect, held high, preserved for each and everyone that picks it up. Please join ELJ Publications, where writers are never just a manuscript. Your baby is our baby. ELJ Publications currently has calls for submission for general queries of any project your heart can dream and five different series that focus on flash fiction, poetry, collaboration, memoir, creative nonfiction, long short stories...a little bit of everything for everyone. Check us out today!


Lowestoft Chronicle: Call for Submissions

Email submission deadline: May 15, 2014

Lowestoft Chronicle is currently open for submissions of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction for the next issue (#18). Please visit our website for guidelines and to get a taste of the magazine.


Petrichor Review Now Accepting Submissions on a Rolling Basis

Submission Deadline: February 1 - July 31; September 1 - December 31

Petrichor Review is now monthly, and accepting submissions on a rolling basis (from Feb. 1st to July 31st, and from Sept. 1st to Dec. 31st). We currently accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and artwork. Show us something we’ve seen a million times, make it unrecognizable; hijack our attention. We feast on well-rounded characters, devour sensorial details, and drink deeply from flowing narratives. Thrill us with your linguistic dexterity and gymnastics. Send your best work, proof-read and single-spaced. And please read the magazine & guidelines before you submit!


Pithead Chapel Seeks Gutsy Narratives

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words, and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, hybrid, etc.). Please visit us at to learn more about our submission guidelines.


The Riding Light Review is open for submission.

Email/Online submission deadline: June 30, 2014

The Riding Light Review is a quarterly literary journal that publishes innovative short fiction. Our focus is an eclectic one. The Riding Light Review seeks well-crafted, original, and previously unpublished works of fiction for our inaugural issue. We seek fiction that challenges our concepts and worldview. Our magazine aims for an eclectic flavor, with works that mirror, literally and metaphorically, the world at large. We want memorable characters and stories that move us. We welcome all fiction. Please visit for more details.


Seeking Spring & Summer Submissions

Digital Americana magazine publishes classic and modern Americana in all forms: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and spoken word. Seeking stories from 400-5000+ words in length. Our issues are available seasonally in print, and in our custom iPad and iPhone Newsstand apps. For more information about submission guidelines, please visit:


Stone Voices Seeks Submissions about Art and Spirit

Stone Voices seeks both writing and art submissions for this beautifully-designed publication about connecting art with spirit. Fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are especially desirable at this time. Submission guidelines and contents of previous issues are available at


South85 Journal Seeking Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Submissions

South85 Journal is a semi-annual online literary journal run by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program. We are seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from new, emerging, and well-established writers. While all quality manuscripts that follow the submission guidelines are considered, we are especially interested in work that demonstrates a strong voice and/or a sense of place. For more information, please visit our submission guidelines:


Submit fiction and creative nonfiction to Burrow Press Review

Burrow Press Review features one new work of fiction or creative nonfiction on its homepage each week. We publish a wide range of established and emerging writers. Send us your best literary fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Flash fiction and experimental pieces are also welcome. 5,000 words max.


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Armchair/Shotgun is now accepting submissions

Online submission deadline: May 1, 2014

Armchair/Shotgun was founded by writers in January 2009, in the midst of one of the largest unemployment crises in American history since the 1930s. At Armchair/Shotgun, we do not care about your bio. We read all submissions anonymously, and conceal even an author’s name until a piece has been selected for publication. We feel that good writing does not know one MFA program from another. It does not know a PhD from a high school dropout. Good writing knows only story. Armchair/Shotgun accepts poetry and fiction submissions for publication on real honest-to-goodness paper. For more information please visit:


Barnstorm Call for Submissions

Barnstorm is an online literary journal sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. Currently, we are seeking submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Please send us your best work and learn more about our submission guidelines via our website:


Call for Submissions - drafthorse

Email submission deadline: April 30, 2014

drafthorse—the journal of work and no work—is accepting submissions now through April 30 for our Summer 2014 issue. We seek fiction, nonfiction and poetry where work, occupation, labor—or lack of the same—is in some way intrinsic to a narrative’s potential for epiphany. The editors of drafthorse are interested in work, or absence of work, as an avenue to explore how people manifest and transcend their nature as physical and spiritual beings. We especially seek work from women and minorities. Please read our most recent issue online at Complete submission guidelines available at


From the Depths Summer 2014: The Object of Our Desire

Online submission deadline: May 25, 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of From the Depths will feature works whose stories revolve around the ordinary objects of our lives. From the possessions we hold most dear to the seemingly trivial items we pick up and discard along our journey, these are the objects and artifacts that shape our stories. We seek a range of works from the sublime to the quirky, the nostalgic to the profound, the familiar to the distinctive and haunting. Think lost, stolen or found objects, unidentified objects, objects of our affection or even objects of our imaginations. Visit HWP for details:


Gravel Is Looking for Your Absolute Best Writing and Art

Online submission deadline: Year-round

We are accepting submissions of comics, graphics, art, photography, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We want work that will shake us up a bit. Work that will make us question our personal beliefs. Work that three days later will make us laugh once again. Submit here:


Josephine Quarterly Wants Your Good Work

Online submissions accepted year-round.

Josephine Quarterly is accepting poems on a rolling basis. Founded and edited by Komal Mathew and Jenny Sadre-Orafai, the online literary journal is interested in work from both established and new voices. Please submit up to five poems of any length via Submittable. Acceptable file formats for poetry submissions include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. We will only consider one submission at a time. Our response time is 7-10 weeks. We look forward to reading your work.


MOSS, a new journal of the Northwest, Call for Submissions

Email submission deadline: May 15, 2014

MOSS, a new journal of Northwest literature, is now accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions for its first issue, to be published this summer. Submissions are limited to current residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia and those with a substantial connection to the region. MOSS pays $125 for each accepted piece. There is no fee to submit. Please e-mail submissions (attached to your message as a Microsoft Word document) to mosslit[at]gmail[dot]com. More information at


Neon Literary Magazine Seeks Chapbook Proposals

Submissions accepted year-round.

Neon is seeking proposals for short chapbooks and pamphlets to be published over the next few years. Neon chapbooks will be booklets of up to forty pages in length, each containing the work of a single author or poet. Pamphlets will be much shorter booklets, containing just a few poems or a short piece of prose by a single author. They will be distributed for free along with chapbooks and issues of Neon. To find out more, or to propose a chapbook or pamphlet, please fill in the webform at


Online Mini-Fiction Collection: Wordrunner e-Chapbooks

Online submission deadline: May 21, 2014

Submit your manuscript for our June 2014 Fiction e-chapbook by May 21. No fee to submit. Payment: $65. Stories may be flash or longer, from 750 up to 4,000 words each, totaling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 18,000 words for the collection. We would like at least five stories, but no more than 20 (if flash fiction). We will also consider novel excerpts. No genre fiction, please, unless a story is good enough to transcend genre. See for detailed guidelines, link and our 2014 submission and publication schedule.


Posit, a journal of literature and art

Online submissions accepted year-round.

Posit publishes finely crafted contemporary poetry, very short fiction, hybrid literary forms, and visual art. We are looking for innovation, aesthetic vision, and accomplished craftsmanship. Our tastes are non-sectarian, with an interest in the experimental. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


Posted March 6, 2014
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Call For Submissions - The Casserole

Submissions accepted year-round.

The Casserole is an art + lit magazine based out of Toronto. We are looking for fresh, edgy writing for online publication and our Spring Quarterly Issue. Our magazine aims to publish work focused on identity and individual human experiences. We publish fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, poetry, art, rants, tweets, personal essays and interviews. Multiple submissions accepted. See for more information.


Crossed Out Magazine Seeks Short Stories

Online submission deadline: Rolling

Crossed Out Magazine seeks fiction short stories for publication in online quarterly issues. We prefer fresh, concise, socially aware, carefully written, and character driven stories from new, emerging, and established writers. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis. See for specific guidelines.


Call for Submissions: The Cumberland River Review

Submission deadline: April 30, 2014

The Cumberland River Review is a quarterly online journal of new poetry, fiction, essays, and art, welcoming submissions from both national and international writers and artists at any point in their careers. Each issue of The Cumberland River Review features ten poems and one story or essay, all chosen on the basis of their excellence. While we read with no particular theme or issue-length arc in mind, we’re always happy when one develops. Our goal, always, is to feature work of moral consequence—work that transports us.
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Dark Matter Journal Issue #5 is now open for submissions

Submission deadline: April 15, 2014

Dark Matter publishes literary speculative poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, essays, and musings. We are interested in all things speculative in literature. We are not interested in anything dogmatic or mystical. Use natural metaphor to explore meaning and challenge traditional wisdom. We especially want to encourage new writers, particularly those who may not have training in writing but want to express creative explorations. Selected work will first appear on the Dark Matter blog. The best pieces will then be compiled into the next issue of Dark Matter online journal. Visit for more information. seeks prose, poetry and visual submissions.

Submissions accepted year-round.

Empty Sink Publishing, an online magazine, is calling for quality prose, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual media submissions that stretch the mind, defy convention, and offer a new perspective on life. We are currently a non-paying publication, but hope to change that soon. We have an open submissions policy and publish a new issue during the first week of each month. Our sixth issue will be available the first week in April. Please read past issues prior to submitting in order to make sure your work fits with our general themes. To submit: Read our full submission guidelines here:


The Healing Muse Submission Period Open!

Email/Postmark deadline: May 1, 2014

The annual journal of literary and visual art that is published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities is looking for artists and writers for our 2014 fall publication. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing. Submission period: September 1, 2013 through May 1, 2014. Original and unpublished works only. Detailed guidelines can be found at:


Howl is Now Accepting Submissions!

Submission deadline: None

Howl, edited by Deltona High School students, is currently seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art for our brand new online literary magazine. Please feel free to send up to five poems or art and no more than one piece of prose at a time. Our focus is an eclectic variety of work from the United States and abroad, enthusiastically welcoming international submissions. Howl is welcoming work of any theme with the focus on quality, uniqueness, and tugging on our pathos. We're looking forward to reading your great writing and sharing it with the world. Visit us at


Livid Squid is Accepting Submissions for its Spring Issue!

Submission deadline: Rolling

We favor work that reveals something about the human condition—work that is not afraid to sink into the dark places of the human experience in order to reveal a great truth, emotion, or epiphany about life. We are most interested in the postmodern and sublime, but we encourage writers of all tastes and genres to submit their most polished work.


Prairie Schooner is now open for submissions!

Postmark/Online submission deadline: May 1, 2014

Looking for a home for a terrific short story, poem, essay, or book review? Send your work to Prairie Schooner, an international literary quarterly based out of the University of Nebraska. Prairie Schooner, now in its 87th year of continuous publication, delivers the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers. Accepting submissions during the months of September through April only. To learn how to submit electronically or by hard mail, visit


Snail Mail Review now accepting Poetry and Short Fiction

Email/Postmark submission deadline: June 30, 2014

We accept simultaneous submissions, but we do not accept previously published work. Poetry: 3-5 poems, 35 lines each. Short Fiction: 1-7pgs (max. 1500 words). Mail Submissions to: Snail Mail Review, C/O Christine Chesko, 1694 Augusta Pointe Dr., Ripon, CA 95366. Include: S.A.S.E (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) and cover Letter with a brief bio. Or e-mail submissions to: Please visit for detailed information regarding submission guidelines.


Posted February 27, 2014
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Anthology Seeking Submissions from Queer and Trans* People of Color

Email/Online submission deadline: April 30, 2014

Seeking writing and visual art by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Trans*, Two-Spirit and other gender and sexuality non-conforming People of Color (QTPOC), that address various aspects of QTPOC experience, including but not limited to writing that illuminates histories and the present, in regards to racism, sexism, homoantagonism, transantagonism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, imperialism, orientalism, social movements, community healing, social justice, imagination and possibility, freedom. Please see website for full details:


Ashland Creek Press seeks submissions about environment & animal protection

Online submission deadline: Year-Round

Ashland Creek Press is currently accepting submissions of book-length fiction and nonfiction on the themes of the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife—above all, we’re looking for exceptional, well-written, engaging stories. We are open to many genres (young adult, mystery, literary fiction) as long as the stories are relevant to the themes listed above. Submissions MUST be made online using the service Submittable. Visit for complete details.


Big River Poetry Review wants poetry submissions!

Email submissions accepted year-round.

Big River Poetry Review is an independent print and online poetry journal in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We read submissions year-round, and publish new poems online as they are accepted, compiling them in a yearly print edition. Please read our guidelines before submitting, which are found at


bioStories Call for Winter Submissions

Submission deadline: Rolling

bioStories announces its call for winter submissions. We want your creative, people-focused essays. Tell us the true stories of people who have changed lives, moved others, inspired strangers, helped form the worldview you possess. Celebrate the extraordinary within ordinary lives. Recent contributors have included Claude Clayton Smith, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Kevin Bray, Jesse Millner, and Lisa Lebduska. New work appears weekly. We accept work that meets our mission year round on an ongoing basis. Visit our site to view submission guidelines for a clearer sense of what we publish:


Brickplight Seeks Submissions for Issue 3

Submission deadline: April 25, 2014

Brickplight exists to promote the exploration of unique identities through daring poetry. We will be accepting submissions for Issue 3 from March 1st, 2014 through April 25th, 2014. Please visit our site for submission guidelines:


Booth is now accepting submissions for Resurrection Tales

Booth: A Journal is now accepting submissions for Resurrection Tales: New Life for Old Characters. Anything in the public domain is fair game to be remixed, twisted, fanfic-ed. The basic idea here is to revisit characters we all know and call them back to action. One last labor for Hercules? Cool. A mash-up of the tale of Jonah and Moby Dick? Send it our way. A hard-boiled noir about the murder of the Wicked Witch? We want to read it for this forthcoming series on Booth. Forms: It should work on paper or a screen. Other than that, no restrictions. Prose, poetry, infographics, origami templates, whatever. Submit online at


Gemini Magazine has no rules

Gemini Magazine has no rules. Send your very best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction or anything else you think might capture our interest. We read work year-round:


Hangar 18: New Magazine Seeks Diverse Writing Styles

Hangar 18 is the sliding open of a door to marvelous, hidden, seeking literary voices. A new nonprofit magazine that will be printed annually with some content appearing online throughout the year. We're seeking original voices, sharp prose, vibrant dialogue, hard-hitting poetry, unique story lines, and the best imagery your creative mind has to offer. Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, plays all desired.


Rattle Seeks Poets of Faith

Email/Postmark submission deadline: April 15, 2014

Our Fall 2014 issue will be dedicated to Poets of Faith. The poems may be any style or length, but must be written by someone for whom a specific religious faith is a central aspect of their writing or their lives. Please explain how this applies to you in a cover letter. Send up to six poems, which may or may not directly relate to faith. This is a self-selecting theme; we won’t be vetting anyone’s religious credentials, but each contributor will be labeled as a Poet of Faith and will have to explain that faith in the contributor notes.


Weather & Acts of Nature Theme Issue Seeking Submissions

Submission deadline: April 30, 2014

From storms and sprinkles to earthquakes and extreme heat, Mother Nature can pack a punch or paint a pretty picture. We’re seeking creative nonfiction pieces in which the weather or even a natural disaster played a significant or supporting role for our July 2014 theme issue. Deadline April 30. Limit 3,500. More details at:


Posted February 20, 2014
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Former or current expat fiction, nonfiction, and poetry

Email/Online submission deadline: Rolling

The Pavilion publishes the literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry of current or former expats bi-annually online. Works themselves do not have to portray expat experiences. We currently nominate for Pushcart and Best of the Net. Check out our submission guidelines:


Hawaii Pacific Review is open for submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

Hawaii Pacific Review seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The online literary journal of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region, but is interested in great writing from any region and on any subject. Submissions are accepted all year long, though responses may take longer during summer months. More details can be found at Submissions are accepted exclusively through our online submissions manager:


Hot Metal Bridge Seeks Submissions

Online submission deadline: April 15, 2014

Hot Metal Bridge, the online literary magazine created by M.F.A. students at the University of Pittsburgh, is seeking submissions for its spring issue. All submissions are due by Tuesday, April 15th, and in addition to well-crafted poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, we are now open to art and digital media submissions as well. We privilege no particular aesthetic or school of thought; we simply seek the most accomplished, surprising work in contemporary literature. To read complete submissions guidelines and check out our past issues, please visit Submit work through our online submissions manager:


Mermaids in the Basement: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry

Sundress Publications is seeking original poems of mermaid poetry. This project is interested in poems that push the mermaid figure into a new light. Submissions should not simply retell her classic story but establish new facets in which to read this fantastical siren. Poems need not mention mermaids directly but must suggest a mermaid theme. This project is not interested in genre, fantasy, or overtly-campy writing. Please consider if your work would fit. Send 3-5 poems in a word document. Previously published work will be considered. If you send previously published work, let us know. Include a brief bio. Send poems to:


The New Verse News seeks submissions

The New Verse News covers the news with poems on issues large and small (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors seek to post each day a genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story. See the website at for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems The New Verse News publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to OR Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.


Storyacious seeks creative, original, literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry

Submission deadline: Rolling

Storyacious is an online literary, arts and culture magazine that publishes 6 days a week. We welcome literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry with unusual, eclectic themes, stylistic and unique perspectives and demonstrating a command of the chosen form. We’re also very keen on multi-cultural narratives from various parts of the world (in English). We prefer unpublished works and exclusive publishing rights. All submissions will receive responses within 3-5 business days. Please review our submission guidelines and examples here:


Valley Voices: A Literary Review seeks submissions for two issues

Valley Voices: A Literary Review seeks submissions for two issues to be published in 2014. Critical essays, poetry, fiction, or nonfiction on the Mississippi landscape, Mississippi Delta history, literature, art, music, civil rights movement, and folklore studies are always welcome. No more than five poems, typed and single-spaced, for each submission. Critical essays, fiction, or nonfiction of around 5,000 words must be typed and double-spaced. Please mail your work to The Editor, Valley Voices, MVSU 7242, 14000 Highway 82 W., Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400.


Weber—The Contemporary West seeks essay, nonfiction, and fiction submissions

Weber—The Contemporary West, Weber State University’s semiannual literary journal, seeks submissions for upcoming issues. We spotlight personal narrative, commentary, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that speaks to the environment and culture of the American West and beyond. For our upcoming issues, we are particularly interested in reviewing fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly/research essays of up to 4,000 words. If submitting a scholarly/research essay, please submit the essay with a works cited/references page, which will not be included in your overall word count. All submissions are blind. For more questions, please visit our website:


Posted February 13, 2014
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Sassafras Literary Magazine seeking submissions

Email/Online submission deadline: Year-round

Sassafras Literary Magazine is seeking submissions, welcoming poetry, prose, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and artworks. This online lit mag is looking for intense, clear, original and minimalistic writing. Complex and advanced styles and concepts also welcome. The magazine is looking to represent new voices, and promote new writing. Every issue is composed by mostly unknown (less known) writers. Sassafras is welcoming unpublished writers. If your writing is dense, unexpected, peculiar, soft-spoken, or sharp and hard to forget, submit! No reading fee. Please see the submission guidelines at:



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