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  • Posted September 23, 2020
  • Garfield Lake Review 2021 Submission Period Open!
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 12, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics
  • Type Magazine

The Garfield Lake Review prides itself on accepting a wide selection of fiction, poetry, and visual arts from the Olivet College community and beyond. No fee, payment in copies. This year’s Garf is looking for submissions that follow the theme of duality. Send us your unexpected endings, your highs and lows. Send us anything juxtaposed between light and darkness. Living is a thrill—show us how it is for you. Visit us at www.garfieldlakereview.com/submit.

  • Posted September 23, 2020
  • Sand Hills Literary Magazine Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 20, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics, Interviews, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

Sand Hills, in print since 1973, is opening up submissions for our very first online exclusive! We are accepting flash fiction and essays up to 1000 words, poetry up to 32 lines, photography, and, for the first time ever, short animation and comics. We are open for submissions until November 20th. sandhillslitmag.com/submit/. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Posted September 23, 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 September 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 September 21, 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 September 21, 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 September 21, 2020
  • Call for Submissions: Grand Little Things
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Grand Little Things is open for submissions! Visit us at grand-little-things.com/submission-information/ for more info! GLT is looking for formal poetry (think sonnets, villanelles, etc.) or blank/free verse that uses traditional poetic techniques. Open to never-been-published-writers and up and comers, as well as established writers. No fee required.

  • Posted September 17, 2020
  • What Are You Reading?
  • Genre Nonfiction, Reviews
  • Type Literary Site

We’re sure plenty of you are taking this social distancing downtime to do some reading, and we’d love to hear about it. Whether it’s a new issue of your favorite lit mag, the book you’ve just added to your shelf, or one piece of poetry or prose that really spoke to you, we’re looking forward to your recommendations. Send an email with a brief review (125-300 words) and a short bio (25 words max) to . Full details: newpagesblog.com/2020/03/25/what-are-you-reading/.

  • Posted September 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 September 15, 2020
  • Call for Submissions for Walloon Writers Review
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

Walloon Writers Review is an independent regional literary magazine that shares original creative writing and nature photography inspired by Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. We are accepting submissions for our upcoming Edition 6 to be published as an E-edition late 2020.

  • Posted September 15, 2020
  • BreakBread Magazine Seeks Work From Young Creatives
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 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 September 14, 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 September 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 September 10, 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 September 10, 2020
  • Rockvale Review Seeks Poetry for Issue Seven
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 30, 2020
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

We love image-driven poetry that is both bold and vulnerable. Send us 1-3 poems in a single document through Submittable. Every submission is given careful consideration and is read by multiple editors. We care about your work! We also love blending poetry with art and music. All accepted poems are paired with an original piece of art and 5 are chosen for a musical response. Please read all guidelines carefully. We read blind, so no names on the uploaded poems please. To submit, visit: rockvalereview.com/submissions/.

  • Posted September 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 September 08, 2020
  • Guidelines for Blink-Ink Issue #42, "Mercy"
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

“Mercy, mercy, mercy me. / Where did all the blue skies go? / Poison is the wind that blows…”—"Mercy, mercy, me" by Marvin Gaye
Mercy will be the theme of Blink-Ink’s December issue. We are quite serious about this one. Humor or satire will certainly be considered, but it must be relevant. Send us your best, unpublished work of approximately 50 words in the body of an email to: . Submissions are open September 1st, through Oct. 15th. No poetry, attachments, or bios please. “What we want, what we need, is civic grace and mercy.”—Senator Cory Gardner

  • Posted September 08, 2020
  • Anthology Publishers Seek Original Written Content about Madonna
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Genre Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Anthology

Are you a fan of pop-singer Madonna? We’re seeking original stories about the impact she’s had on individual lives. Submissions should be 1500-3500 words. Feel free to supplement with photos with Madonna, photos dressed like Madonna, or other related materials. We pay $25 for selected submissions. Contributing authors will receive a free copy of the published book. A portion of proceeds will go to the non-profit organization founded by Madonna “Raising Malawi”. Contributing authors will be required to sign a contract. Submissions must be in English: . Work must not have previously appeared in print. We check for and report plagiarism.

  • Posted September 08, 2020
  • Pangyrus LitMag Open for Submissions for New Education Column, Schooled
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Pangyrus is open for submissions in all areas and particularly for its new education column, Schooled. Pangyrus publishes well-crafted, thought-provoking writing and multimedia storytelling in every genre online and in two print editions per year. For Schooled, we’re looking for writing that addresses teaching and learning during COVID-19, teaching or revising curriculum that addresses the national reckoning regarding race in America, teaching students about the protests, or personal essays that reflect the unique experiences of both teachers and students. Send us op-eds, personal essays, or think pieces of 800–1,500 words. We also accept longer reported features with a maximum 5,000 words. Please submit here.

  • Posted September 04, 2020
  • Looking for Editors/Cover Artist
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 15
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Hey, I’m Alive Magazine is a literary magazine that aims to collect each and every unique experience of being alive. The experiences and stories of Black people have been consistently ignored and erased when they should be amplified and celebrated. Hey, I’m Alive Magazine is proud to accept and share the work of Black artists, and would like to provide issue 4, the Black August edition, as a space for Black creators exclusively. For this issue, we are also looking for editors and a cover artist from the Black community. Editors will be paid for their work. Submissions close September 15, reach out for more information before then!

  • Posted September 04, 2020
  • Hole In The Head Now Accepting Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Genre Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Now accepting submissions of poetry and art. The Hole in the Head Review is a vibrant new online journal of poetry and art that is already attracting an international audience and submissions from new and established poets and authors, including Richard Blanco, Kimberly Cloutier Green, Marie Harris, Michael Hettich, Marilyn A. Johnson, Maurya Kerr, Kenneth Rosen, Betsy Sholl, Charles Simic, David Weiss, and Baron Wormser, plus a host of photographers, painters, collagists, textile and tattoo artists...even lure makers. Join us at www.holeintheheadreview.com.

  • Posted September 04, 2020
  • Feminist Literary Magazine About Female Leadership Submissions Open
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

They Call Us magazine (theycallus.com), an art and literature feminist magazine devoted to using media as a way to discuss everyday gender discrimination, is currently accepting poetry, prose, art, and photography submissions for our new edition They Call Us Bossy. This edition deals with gender stereotypes of womxn in positions of power. Submit your pieces to by November 1st. All rights belong to the writers and all submissions will receive a personal response. Word count is 1200 words for prose and there is no fee. www.theycallus.com/faq-1

  • Posted September 02, 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 02, 2020
  • Cherry Tree Open Reading Period
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Cherry Tree is seeking creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for our seventh issue. We are open from August 1-October 1, 2020. We accept simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions and charge a nominal $3 reading fee which helps us pay our authors and which benefits a local youth-advocacy group. Work from our journal has been included in Best American Poetry 2016, 2017, and 2020, and 2 pieces from our recent appear in Best Microfictions 2020. We pay authors $20 and 2 copies. All accepted pieces are considered for our Literary Shade feature as well.

  • Posted September 02, 2020
  • Full Bleed Seeks Work for Fifth Issue
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics, Reviews, Interviews, Translations, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

Full Bleed, an annual journal of art and design, seeks submissions for its fifth issue, forthcoming in May 2021. We publish criticism, belle lettres, artwork, design, illustration, fiction, poetry, and graphic essays. For Issue Five, we are especially interested in submissions on the theme of adaptation. In this time of accelerating change, we invite artists, designers, and writers to reflect on the various ways that ecological, technological, and social conditions have necessitated and will necessitate reinvention, hard resets, or new modes of coping, working, living, and thinking. For more details, go to www.full-bleed.org/submit.

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