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The New Verse News Seeks Current Events Poetry

Deadline: Year-round

Since 2005, The New Verse News has covered the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors update the website every day with a poetic take on a current and specific headline. See the website for guidelines and examples. Then paste your non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to nvneditor(at)gmail.com. Write “Verse News Submission” in the subject line of your email.

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Palooka Seeks Chapbooks, Prose, Poetry, Artwork, Photography

Deadline: Year-round

Palooka is an international literary magazine. For over a decade we’ve featured new, up-and-coming, and established writers, artists, and photographers from around the world. We’re open to diverse forms and styles and are always seeking unique chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, and graphic narratives. Submissions open year-round. palookamag.com

#Ranger Magazine Seeks Experimental Writing, Art, and Poetry

Deadline: January 1, 2024

#Ranger Magazine is seeking all forms of experimental writing, art, photography, and poetry (i.e. anything completely undefinable and/or uncategorizable). We publish work no mainstream outfit will touch, and give voice to the weird, wacky, and self-indulgent. Please submit your work here: www.rangermagazine.net.

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Kings River Review Call for 2-Year College Student Submissions

Deadline: Rolling

The Kings River Review publishes artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of current 2-year community college students. Submission Deadlines: March 15 for the spring issue and October 15 for the fall issue. Submission requirements: up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography sent as .JPEG files; creative nonfiction and fiction of up to 3,000 words; and up to 5 poems. Go to kingsriverreview.com for full submission guidelines.

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Midnight Mind Magazine is Back after a 20-year Break

Deadline: December 31, 2023

We need work that explores or attempts to define or takes a unique perspective on a piece of culture. A slice of culture. A piece of us—of the human condition—of the world we live in—of the people around us—the person you are—the person you were. It can be poetry or fiction or nonfiction or drawing or a message written on the side of a firecracker. It can be dark. It can be light. It can make fun. It can make serious. But it has to explore. It has to spark thought. It has to stick. midnightmind.com

Submissions Open for Found Art, Collage Art, & Cut-Up Method Fiction & Poetry

Deadline: January 1, 2024

Jokes Review is a literary journal based in Northern California. We’re currently seeking surprising, eclectic works of fiction, poetry, and visual art, particularly works that have elements of collage, works that could be considered “found art,” or works that use the William Burroughs-style “cut-up method.” View our submission guidelines for more info. We also accept ongoing submissions of creative nonfiction and book reviews for our Substack newsletter, jokesjournal.substack.com.

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Driftwood Press In-House Contests + Additional Submission Opportunities

Deadline: January 15, 2024 (In-House Contests)

Driftwood Press is happy to share a plethora of submission opportunities for writers and artists! Our In-House Short Fiction & Poem Contests, in which every work submitted is considered for publication as winner or runner-up, is ending soon! For our yearly print anthology, we are looking for poems, short stories, comics, and visual art that will wow our readers with innovative language and strong craft. We are a paying market, and our published writers also get to take part in bespoke interviews about their work! Driftwood is also on the hunt for amazing book-length titles to grow our catalogue, so if you have a novella, poetry collection, comic collection, or graphic novel manuscript, we would love to read it! Visit us here for our Submittable page, and we encourage you to follow us on social media (@driftwoodpress) to learn about even more submission opportunities!

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table//FEAST Literary magazine seeks work for issue three!

Deadline: January 3, 2024

table//FEAST Literary Magazine is seeking the following types of work for publication in issue three (which will be a limited print run): poetry, translations in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. We are a paying lit mag. We seek literary work in previously mentioned genres. Although we have food-centric descriptors, we are not primarily interested in food themed work. Visit our website for full submission guidelines.

The Sucarnochee Review Open for Submissions

Deadline: Year-round

The Sucarnochee Review at the University of West Alabama is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. NO fee to submit and we are open to any style. Send no more than 5 poems or 25 pages of prose to [email protected]. Our next issue will come out in Spring of 2024, so now is a terrific time to submit!

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Call for Submissions – great weather for MEDIA

Deadline: January 15, 2024

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, creative nonfiction, and cross-genre for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the unpredictable and experimental. Please visit our website for guidelines. We look forward to reading your work: www.greatweatherformedia.com/submissions.

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Exploration and Recovery: Mental Illness and The Awakenings Review

Deadline: Year-round

The Awakenings Review is an award-winning literary magazine committed to publishing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and photography by writers, poets, and artists who write from experience with mental illness: either in themselves, family members, or friends. Located in the Chicago area but international in scope, our print publication is one of the nation’s leading journals of this genre. By its nature, mental illness is a troubling, distressing, and painful experience. At The Awakenings Review we love to get works of renewal and healing, a positive outcome to your suffering and distress. We are currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2024 issue. Please read our submission guidelines at www.AwakeningsProject.org.

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Open Call for Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, & Craft Essays

Deadline: January 31, 2024

Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose publishes three issues each year: two online issues (Fall and Summer) and one print issue (Spring). Allium accepts simultaneous submissions, requests a maximum page length of five pages for poetry, fifteen pages (3,750 words, double-spaced, using a 12 pt. Times Roman font) for craft essays, fiction, hybrid, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction, and does not seek previously published work. We publish diverse creative voices, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and neurodiverse communities that have been underrepresented in literature, and recognized and emerging writers. Our submission period begins November 15 and ends January 31. Visit Submittable at: allium.submittable.com/submit.

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Rejoinder Call for Submissions – The Archival is Political

Deadline: December 15, 2023

This special issue of Rejoinder addresses the power and politics of the archive as an object of fascination for feminist/queer scholars and activists. We invite interdisciplinary submissions that address the “archival turn” in feminist and queer studies. Submissions may include essays, commentary, criticism, fiction, poetry, and artwork from any discipline. Deadline: December 15, 2023. View the full call and submission information here.

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Get Lit: Writing Contests & Calls for Submissions Delivered Weekly

Deadline: Year-round

For only $5 a month, get writing contests and calls for submissions you want to know about delivered to your inbox every week. Plus, book and magazine review updates, new issues and title announcements, creative writing progam deadlines and announcements, upcoming writing conferences and events, and more. Subscribe to the NewPages Newsletter here: newpages.substack.com.

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RCC MUSE art + literary journal – poetry and prose submissions open

Deadline: December 15, 2023

MUSE is especially looking to publish work from under- or misrepresented groups, such as people of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+, present/formerly incarcerated people, and others from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. Through DEC. 15: submit one short story or CNF 1500 words max; up to three poems. Mail to RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506 or email [email protected]. If email, send as attachment with “Last Name – Genre – Title of Submission” in the subject line (e.g., Smith – Prose – “In Summer”). Please include contact information. See full submission guidelines at rcc.edu/muse.

Doubly Mad Reading Period Open Now!

Deadline: January 1, 2024

We are OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS! Send us your best poetry, fiction, and nonfiction! Check our website doublymad.org for submission details. Please send all work to our email address: [email protected]. We do not charge reading fees and try to respond within three months. Check our 2023 issue, featuring excellent poetry, fiction, and art, as well as letters by Hayden Carruth, to get a sense of what we publish.

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Decolonial Passage Seeks Prose

Decolonial Passage seeks prose for our literary magazine. We publish on a rolling basis, and currently, we are interested in publishing short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction—personal essays, memoir, flash nonfiction, braided essays, lyrical essays, etc. We publish writing from writers of all backgrounds regardless of race, origin, or gender while simultaneously centering African, African American, and Black Diaspora writing. We nominate for Best of the Net, Pushcart, and PEN/Robert J. Dau awards. Visit website for full details.

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Dark Onus Lit Seeks Submissions Year Round

Deadline:December 15, 2023

Dark Onus Lit is an experimental micro-zine. We host two submission periods each year. The first is January 1 through June 15. The second is July 1 through December 15. We publish micro-issues of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, artwork, and audio. We are seeking dark-themed challenging and engaging work from around the world. www.darkonuslit.com/submission-guidelines

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Emerald City Seeks Fiction

Emerald City seeks fiction for our upcoming issues. We are a quarterly online fiction magazine that publishes traditional short stories, flash fiction, and hybrid works. We believe fiction is a necessary part of life; captivating storytelling transports us to other worlds while allowing us to make more sense of our own. We’re less interested in what genre something is or its literary status than we are in how much it moves us. Whether traditional, experimental, or something else fun, we publish well-crafted stories that make us reevaluate ourselves and our place in the world. emeraldcitylitmag.org

Girls Right the World Issue Eight Call for Submissions

Deadline: December 30, 2023

Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting girls and young, gender-expansive writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the eighth 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 art and/or writing, in English or English translation, to [email protected] by December 30, 2023. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. girlsrighttheworld.com

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Our Doors are Open

Deadline: Year-round

The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture, the BMR strives to represent all life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. What we sing saves the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. We’ve published work from and interviews with Jericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Turkuaz, Michel Stone, Michael Flohr, Lee Herrick, Chen Chen, Michael Cudlitz, Pat Metheny, Melissa Studdard, Lyrics Born, Terry Kay, and Christopher Moore. bluemountainreview.submittable.com/submit

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Kitchen Table Quarterly is Open for Poetry, Nonfiction, and Art

Deadline: December 1, 2023

Kitchen Table Quarterly is seeking poetry, nonfiction, and visual artwork that spills secrets and wipes the dust off of tall tales passed down from generation to generation. We are looking for honesty. We are looking for an education. Tell us the truth and teach us your history. www.kitchentablequarterly.org

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Jelly Bucket Call for Neurodivergent Writers and Artists

For Issue 14, Jelly Bucket will feature a special section dedicated to neurodivergent writers. Guest edited by Nathan Spoon, we’re looking for creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, 10-minute plays, and art specifically from writers and artists who identify as neurodivergent. Submit via Submittable: General submissions ($2) thru 12/1. Special section (no fee) thru 12/15. jellybucket.submittable.com/submit

Club Plum Seeks Works for January 2024 Issue

Deadline: December 25, 2023

Send your best flash fiction, flash nonfiction, lyric essays, art, and prose poetry to Club Plum as we bring in the new year and the fifth volume of our beloved little treasure of a journal that always surprises. Send us your strange beauties and your brilliant uglies. Send us your fragile tatters and your monstrous rococo. Make us gasp with delight. Make us throw fists to the sky. Make us feel. Make us believe. Visit clubplumliteraryjournal.com/submit for guidelines.

Sunspot Lit Welcomes Art and Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Scripts, and Graphic Novels

Sunspot Lit welcomes art and fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, and graphic novels from 4 words to 49,000 words (open calls for longer categories close early each quarter). The journal accepts genre, commercial, mainstream and literary pieces. Editor’s prizes are paid for quarterly and annual editions; images used on covers are also paid. Accepted works are published in the next quarter’s (digital only) edition as well as the annual print edition. A Fast Flux option offers a speedy turnaround. Feedback (genre fiction only) is available from the journal’s staff for separate fee. Submit today!

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Fleas on the Dog Submissions Open for Issue 15

Deadline: November 30, 2023

The only thing worse than having your submission declined at FOTD is getting published somewhere else! Lots of sites publish fiction. But not like FOTD! Lots of sites publish poetry. But not like FOTD! If you’ve got it, we want to read it. If you haven’t, get it! Seeking QUALITY fiction from mainstream to experimental and QUALITY poetry, any style, up to 5 poems per sub. Please note Drama submissions are now closed. See our guidelines for details. Runs Nov. 1-30, 2023. fleasonthedog.com

Third Street Review call for submissions

Third Street Review – Submissions Now Open

Deadline: November 30, 2023

Third Street Review, a quarterly online literary journal, is open for submissions. We publish fiction and creative nonfiction of up to 1000 words, poetry, and we are also looking for art and photography. Please check out our website for complete details. We are a paying publication and seek to support creators at all stages of their careers and from varied backgrounds.  If you have something for us, we can’t wait to see it! third-street-review.org/submissions/

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Tint Journal is Seeking Non-native English Writing

Deadline: November 30, 2023

Tint Journal, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by writers who compose their work in English as their second or foreign language. Share your short stories, essays, flash, and poetry, as well as your artworks from October 11 to November 30, 2023 (CET midnight) with us to be considered for our Spring ’24 issue (#11)! Carefully review our submission guidelines at via www.tintjournal.com/submit and send your work to [email protected] (no fee). #showyourtint

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Black Lawrence Press November Open Reading Period

Deadline: November 30, 2023

Are you looking for an energetic and hard-working press to publish your book? Submit to Black Lawrence Press! During our November Open Reading Period, we are accepting submissions in the following categories: Poetry (chapbook and full-length collections), Fiction (chapbooks, full-length collections, novellas, and novels), Creative Nonfiction, Biography & Cultural Studies, Anthology Proposals, and Translation. We also heartily welcome hybrid work and collaborative manuscripts. blacklawrencepress.submittable.com/submit

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Call for Submissions – Big Wing Review Seeks Emerging Writers

Deadline: December 1, 2023

Now accepting submissions through Dec 1, 2023. Select writers will be chosen and paid to be featured in Big Wing Review’s inaugural digital + print publication. Be part of a movement of curated writers and artists. Big Wing Review is transforming the world of literary magazines by featuring poetry/prose (75%), audio, and visual art. Be part of the evolution. No fee – $25 per accepted submission. Learn more and apply at bigwingreview.com/submissions.