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  • Posted October 22, 2020
  • Call for Prose Submissions: Sou'wester
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Type Magazine

Sou'wester is now reading fiction and creative nonfiction for our annual print issue, forthcoming in spring 2021. We are committed to investing in and encouraging the words/stories/voices of all writers, prioritizing those belonging to marginalized communities. We want to read stories from writers belonging to the black diaspora, indigenous communities, Asian communities, Latin(x) communities, neurodivergent communities, those with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+. We seek fiction that allows us to transcend the everyday, haunts our dreams, and feels fresh. We’re looking for work that will move, stun, and awe our readers. Submission is free through Submittable.

  • Posted October 22, 2020
  • Gateway Literary Press Seeks Short Story Collections
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Book

Gateway Literary Press, a new small press, seeks submissions for its catalogue. We seek short story collections that fall somewhere in the surrealist/fabulist/magic realist tradition. Prospective writers should submit a 2 story sample with cover letter describing the rest of the collection, including a list of previous publications, particularly for stories included in the collection. No complete manuscripts at this time, please; these will be rejected unread. We read from November 1-30 and do not charge a fee. A sample authorial contract and more information can be found on our website: gatewayliterarypress.wordpress.com.

  • Posted October 22, 2020
  • Palooka Seeks Chapbooks, Prose, Poetry, Artwork, Photography
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Palooka is an international literary magazine. For a decade we've featured up-and-coming, established, and brand-new writers, artists, and photographers from all around the world. We're open to diverse forms and styles and are always seeking unique chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips. Give us your best shot! Submissions open year-round. palookamag.com

  • Posted October 21, 2020
  • Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Storm Cellar is a literary journal of safety and danger, in print and ebook formats since 2011. We seek the voices of Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQIA+, gender nonbinary, neurodivergent, fat, disabled, border-straddling, poor, and more marginalized authors. We encourage connections, in work or by creator, to the Midwest, broadly construed. Now paying. Send ambitious, surprising new art and writing through stormcellar.submittable.com; learn more at stormcellar.org.

  • Posted October 20, 2020
  • Blueline Seeks Exceptional Poetry, Prose, and Art Focused on Nature
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

BLUELINE: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submissions window open until November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to . Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at bluelineadkmagazine.org.

  • Posted October 19, 2020
  • The American Journal of Poetry Volume 10 Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Now reading for Volume Ten, our Winter/Spring 2021 issue. Please visit us to read our previous volumes filled with poems from poets the world over, from the first-published to the most acclaimed in literature. A unique voice is highly prized. Be bold, uncensored, take risks. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." We are the home of the long poem! No restrictions as to subject matter, style, or length. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager, Submittable; a submission fee is charged. theamericanjournalofpoetry.com

  • Posted October 15, 2020
  • Call for Submissions - great weather for MEDIA
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 15 2021
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Drama
  • Type Anthology

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and the experimental. Please visit our website for guidelines: www.greatweatherformedia.com/submissions.

  • Posted October 15, 2020
  • Call for Submissions - Utopia Science Fiction
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Magazine

We're looking for enthralling, upbeat stories set in futures we might want to live in. In contrast to growing dystopian stories and darker themes that seem so abundant in today's literature. We invite you instead to share in our vision of a better tomorrow. Of a future filled with wonder and hope. We publish stories that transport us to another world, a bright future, one we want to believe in, one we'll fight to see realized. The theme of our next issue is ‘underrepresented protagonists.’ www.utopiasciencefiction.com

  • Posted October 15, 2020
  • Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 15; submissions reviewed and accepted on rolling basis
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Translations
  • Type Magazine

New online publication based at Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service (CSDS) at Northeastern University in Boston. Seeking work that deepens the inward life; expresses range of religious/spiritual/humanist experiences and perspectives; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; advances dialogue across difference; and challenges structural oppression in all its forms. Seeking work for feature section on Black Lives Matter. Send unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, and translations. Especially interested in work from international and historically unrepresented communities. No fee; currently non-paying. Submit 3-5 pieces via Submittable or via email to . Questions? Contact Alexander Levering Kern, co-editor or visit pensivejournal.com.

  • Posted October 15, 2020
  • BreakBread Magazine Seeks Work From Young Creatives
  • Deadline info Extended Deadline: November 15
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Magazine

BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives between the ages of 13 and 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories, comics and visual arts (photography, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work) that explore new directions in arts and letters. Submissions are always free. Visit breakbreadproject.submittable.com/submit to send us your work. Check out our website for more information: www.breakbreadproject.org.

  • Posted October 14, 2020
  • Call for Submissions: Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics, Translations
  • Type Anthology

While the pandemic has ravaged our world, certain populations have been impacted more deeply than others. Essential Voices strives to give voice to those who have been silenced. Send us your poems, stories, recipes, or works of art that reflect upon the experience of COVID and COVID related issues in your life. This anthology will be published by West Virginia University Press. Visit us at www.essentialvoicesanthology.wordpress.com for guidelines before submitting to .

  • Posted October 14, 2020
  • Pinch Journal seeks Poetry Written in or Regarding Variety Englishes
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Genre Poetry, Translations
  • Type Magazine

The Pinch Literary Journal seeks poetry written in or regarding Variety Englishes for a featured highlight in its Spring 2021 Issue (41.1). Poems in Singlish, Konglish, Spanglish, AAVE, and other English-derived emerging linguistic forms will be considered for publication. No submission fee, accepted pieces will be awarded $150 for publication. Deadline November 15th, 2020. For inquiries, visit www.pinchjournal.com/glish or contact .

  • Posted October 13, 2020
  • Light and Dark Seeking New Short Stories for Issue 18!
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

Light and Dark is an online literary magazine seeking works of short fiction by both new and established authors. We are looking for stories that grapple boldly with the dichotomous nature of existence: the light and the dark; the pain, pleasure; the joy and sorrow. We pay $15 per story. For our complete submission guidelines, head over to either our website or our Submission Manager at Submittable. We look forward to reading your work!

  • Posted October 13, 2020
  • Awakenings Review Seeks Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, and Art
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Established in 2000, The Awakenings Review is an annual lit mag committed to publishing poetry, short story, nonfiction, photography, and art by writers, poets and artists who have a relationship with mental illness: either self, family member, or friend. Our striking hardcopy publication is one of the nation's leading journals of this genre. Creative endeavors and mental illness have long had a close association. The Awakenings Review publishes works derived from artists', writers’, and poets’ experiences with mental illness, though mental illness need not be the subject of your work. Visit www.AwakeningsProject.org for submission guidelines.

  • Posted October 08, 2020
  • CHESTNUT REVIEW (“for stubborn artists”) invites submissions year round
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

CHESTNUT REVIEW (“for stubborn artists”) invites submissions year round of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography. We offer free submissions for poetry (3 poems), flash fiction (<1000 words), and art/photography (20 images); $5 submissions for fiction/nonfiction (<5k words), or 4-6 poems. Published artists receive $100 and a copy of the annual anthology of four issues (released each summer). Notification in <30 days or submission fee refunded. We appreciate stories in every genre we publish. All issues free online which illustrates what we have liked, but we are always ready to be surprised by the new! chestnutreview.com

  • Posted October 08, 2020
  • Club Plum Seeks Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Hybrid Works & Art
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Art, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

Please send your beauties and uglies to Club Plum for Volume 2, Issue 1, dropping January 15, 2021. Send your pain. Send your fury. Send your strange. Unsure if prose poem or flash fiction? Send it our way. See www.clubplumliteraryjournal.com for guidelines.

  • Posted October 08, 2020
  • Year-round Open Submissions for Large Readership
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

Send us your zany, innovative best fiction, poetry, and CNF. We publish bimonthly, and year round. We at Bending Genres also host monthly weekend workshops and retreats. www.bendinggenres.com

  • Posted October 07, 2020
  • Oyster River Pages Special Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Art is a fundamental aspect of being human—not exclusive to any group of people, place, or privilege. However, current events have highlighted the extent to which Black voices have been silenced in numerous sectors of public life and creative fields. In this issue, we want to highlight Black artists exclusively, and be a platform for Black voices, unfiltered and unrestrained by parameters of theme. This is not a call to confess your struggles, your fight, or to defend your identity. This is a call for the art that sits within you. For the ink that bleeds your pages. www.oysterriverpages.com

  • Posted October 05, 2020
  • Leaping Clear Editorial Opening
  • Type Magazine

Leaping Clear, www.leapingclear.org, is looking for an editor to join the volunteer editorial team. We’re all practicing artists with dedicated meditative/contemplative practices and welcome someone who shares these activities. Social media experience and good communication skills are essential. For details on stipend and work specifics, please contact , with Editor, NewPages in subject line.

  • Posted October 02, 2020
  • Call for Sports-themed Poetry for a Young Adult Anthology
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

We have so many wonderful sports-themed young adult novels and short stories, but our industry is missing a collection of contemporary poetry for our student-athletes that represents their lives in this current climate. Archer Publishing seeks identity-inclusive/affirming poems for this anthology addressing contemporary sports-themed topics that are of high interest to high school students and relevant to their lives. Editor: Sarah J. Donovan, Oklahoma State University. Email submissions to . Submission deadline is November 1, 2020 with decisions made by January 1, 2021. Anticipated publication date is December 2021 or January 2022. See the website for more information about the project.

  • Posted October 01, 2020
  • Beliefs, Myths, and Narratives in Southern Culture
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 15, 2020
  • Genre Nonfiction, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Anthology

Founded in 2020, Nobody's Home: Modern Southern Folklore is an online anthology of creative nonfiction works about the prevailing beliefs, myths, and narratives that have driven Southern culture over the last fifty years, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The publication collects personal essays, memoirs, short articles, opinion pieces, and contemplative works about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the old Mason-Dixon Line since 1970.

  • Posted October 01, 2020
  • Jelly Bucket: Call for Black Lives Matter Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

For its 11th print issue, Jelly Bucket will feature a special section—guest-edited by 2009 National Book Award Finalist, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon—dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. Send us poetry, prose, or text-as-art that captures, explores, reflects, reports, ruminates upon, or dialogues with social justice as it relates to the African American experience and BLM. Work from Jelly Bucket has appeared in the Best American anthology series and is annually nominated for the Pushcart Prize anthology. Online submissions only, $2 fee: jellybucket.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted September 30, 2020
  • We Pay Contributors: Driftwood Press Submissions Open
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

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 full poetry collections, novellas, graphic novels, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, interviews, and contests. We also offer our submitters a premium option to receive an acceptance or rejection letter within one week of submission; many authors are offered editorships and interviews. To polish your fiction, note our editing services and seminars, too. www.driftwoodpress.net

  • Posted September 30, 2020
  • International Submissions Call - Inspirational Art, Flash Fiction, Photography, Short Stories
  • Deadline info Deadline: Year-round
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Launched in 2019, Auroras & Blossoms is dedicated to promoting positive, uplifting, and inspirational art; and giving artists of all levels a platform where they can showcase their work and build their publishing credits. We publish short stories, six-word stories, paintings, and drawings. We are also looking for work that tells beautiful stories and articles that are helpful to photographers at every level of their career for publication in our sister journal FPoint Collective Photography Magazine. We are interested in photography, along with articles, tips, stories, and essays relating to photography. International submissions welcome. Submission Guidelines and apply here.

  • Posted September 29, 2020
  • Girls Right the World Issue 5
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fifth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to  by  December 31, 2020. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.

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