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In the NewPages Guide to Submission Opportunities, find announcements of current and upcoming calls for submissions from literary magazines, independent and university presses, anthologies, and more.

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

Deadline: March 15, 2023

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 October 15 and ends March 15. Visit Submittable at: allium.submittable.com/submit.

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Chapbook Open-reading Period

Deadline: March 20, 2023

Green Linden Press—named by Entropy Magazine as one of the best small presses—invites you to submit poetry chapbook manuscripts during the open-reading period, now through March 20. One or more manuscripts will be selected for publication in late 2023; authors will receive 25 copies and publicity. For details see www.greenlindenpress.com/submit.

Feminist Magazine Looking for Submissions about Dating and Relationships

Deadline: February 10, 2023

In the world of phones and apps, sexism in the dating world is quite apparent. From catcalling at bars, to sending dick pics without consent, to people lying to get phone numbers, to people stalking on social media, to queer people navigating apps designed for straight couples—dating in the modern world can be trying. It is full of people who still believe they have the audacity to not call someone back, or that they can be inappropriate because of the internet. They Don’t Call Us is a place for gender minorities to talk about their struggles while dating and revel in their successes with self-love and self-care. www.theycallus.com

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Third Street Review Open for Submissions

Deadline: Rolling

The Third Street Review, a new quarterly literary journal, is open for submissions until March 24, 2023. We are looking for fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction of under 1000 words, as well as poetry, art, and photography. We are a paying market looking for under-represented and new creators. Send us your wild, weird, uncanny and unclassifiable, or more traditional work. Situated in Laguna Beach, CA, we are literally on the edge. www.thirdstreetwriters.org/submissions

Call for Long COVID Anthology Submissions!

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Currently seeking submissions from American long-haulers who would like to contribute short stories, commentary, letters, essays or poetry. This opportunity is NOT restricted to professional or published writers! The anthology is by and for long-haulers and will serve as a historical document. We welcome marginalized and underrepresented voices. The editing team is especially interested in the following themes: Daily Reality, Community & Family, Employment/Unemployment, Support, Emotions, Isolation, Routine, Symptoms, and Mental Health. Submission Guidelines: Short stories, commentary, letters, and essays should and be 800–1500 words and poems up to two pages. One submission per person. Contributors must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States. More info here: www.maryladd.com/long-covid-anthology.

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Qua Magazine Seeks Submissions for Winter 2023 Issue

Deadline: March 5, 2023

Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine is a student-run publication of the University of Michigan-Flint. Founded over 50 years ago, we invite submissions of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Arts, Photography, etc. from anyone living in the state of Michigan. No submission fees. For the Winter 2023 issue, all submissions must be made by March 5th, 2023 here: go.umflint.edu/quamagazinesubmission. (Art by Ra-Londa Southwell, published in the Qua Winter 2022 issue)

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Submit Now to Able Muse (Poetry, Fiction, Essays & More)

Able Muse is now accepting submissions for our forthcoming issue, Winter 2023/2024. Submit poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, art, and photography. Submission opens yearly January 1 and closes July 15. Read our guidelines and submit at www.ablemuse.com/submit/.

About Place Journal Call for Submissions: On Rivers

Deadline: April 15, 2023

Each issue of About Place Journal, the arts publication of the Black Earth Institute, focuses on a specific theme. From February 1st to April 15th we’ll be accepting submissions for our Spring 2023 issue On Rivers. Our mission: to have art address the causes of spirit, earth, and society; to protect the earth; and to build a more just and interconnected world. We publish prose, poetry, visual art, photography, video, and music which fit the current theme. More about this issue’s theme and our submission guidelines: aboutplacejournal.org/submissions/.

Applause Issue 33 Call for Submissions

Applause International Undergraduate Literary Journal Open For Submissions—Paying Venue

Deadline: February 14, 2023

Applause Issue 33: The (In)Evitable Ending. Evitable; adj. That admits of being avoided; avoidable. Applause is looking for the most interesting angles we can find as your work approaches its “evitable ending.” We begin knowing there’s an end, but the ending doesn’t have to be inevitable to satisfy the reader. Sometimes the end of “what actually happened” is really the poem, story, or essay’s beginning. Sometimes the piece decides the end. We’re looking for original poems, stories, essays, and visual art that showcases what happens when we avoid the avoidable. Imagine the ending. Avoid it. Send it to us. applause.submittable.com/submit

Club Plum Seeks Works for April 2023 Issue

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Club Plum publishes works from award-winning writers and artists from around the world as well as works from never-before published creators. We look for beautiful and surprising writing, strange writing from small, tortured spaces, and writing that bridges the personal and political. Send us your prose poems, your flash fiction, your flash nonfiction, your lyric essays and your dreamy art. See our guidelines at clubplumliteraryjournal.com/submit/.

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Submit to the Santa Clara Review

Deadline: February 26 at 11:59pm

The Santa Clara Review publishes a wide variety of work from all over the world. Our magazine is open to all and is especially interested in writing and art from Black writers, Indigenous writers, LGBT+ writers, and writers of color. Writers–send us your best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, including flash pieces, humor, satire, short screenplays and plays, and hybrid works. Visual artists–send us art to fill the 12 pages of full-color art and photography we publish each issue. For further submission guidelines and details, please visit santaclarareview.com.

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Superpresent is Seeking Submissions on the Theme Speculation and Spectacle

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Superpresent is an art and literary magazine that is entering its third year of publication. We publish poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays, and all forms of visual art including film and video. We are seeking compelling original work on the theme Speculation and Spectacle for our Spring 2023 issue. Please visit our website and look under Open Call for details www.superpresent.org.

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Driftwood Press — Fiction & Poetry Contests Deadlines This Month

Extended Deadline: January 31, 2023 (In-house Contests)

Driftwood Press is happy to share a plethora of submission opportunities for writers and artists! Our In-House Fiction & Poetry 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, accepted as both contest and normal submissions. 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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Consequence Reading Period Now Open

Deadline: April 15, 2023

The reading period for Consequence Volume 15.2 is now open. As always, we are after any and all literary work or visual art that deals with the human consequences and realities of war or geopolitical violence. We are especially interested in works of translation and fiction this time around. We also strongly encourage BIPOC and people from other under-represented communities to submit. Thank you. www.consequenceforum.org/submissions

Emerald City Seeks Fiction

Emerald City, an online quarterly of fiction, seeks compelling, original stories for our upcoming spring and summer issues. Fiction can be of any genre or style; as long as the stories are character-driven and hard to put down, we want to see them. Submit anything from flash fiction to stories up to 10,000 words. Beginning in 2023, our stories will also appear in print in the form of an annual anthology and multiple stand-alone stories. For more information, visit our website: www.emeraldcitylitmag.org.

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Exploration and Catharsis: 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 have a relationship with mental illness, either self, family member, or friend. Located in the Chicago area but international in scope, our hardcopy publication, published annually, is one of the nation’s leading journals of this genre. While we are most interested in works of recovery and healing, at The Awakenings Review we are not averse to providing a forum and liberating experience of all manners of work and a vehicle of insight for our readers. Refer to our submission guidelines at www.AwakeningsProject.org.

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Plant-Human Quarterly Seeks Poems and Essays for Upcoming Issues

Plant-Human Quarterly reads year-round. We seek unpublished or published poetry and essays that explore the myriad ways writers manifest their relationship to the botanical world—whether through heavily researched pieces, keen observation, or more intuitive ways of knowing—that attempt to communicate across boundaries and approach a plant’s-eye-view of the world. Send no more than 5 poems or an essay of no more than 1500 words (flash essay or essay excerpt) in a single word document. Past contributors include Ellen Bass, Forrest Gander, Kimiko Hahn, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, Arthur Sze. Submission guidelines: otherwisecollective.com/phq-submissions.

Book of Matches Seeks Submissions

Book of Matches Seeks Submissions

Deadline: April 7, 2023

In an age dominated by our worst tendencies for tribalism, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the best in humanity through the very real magic of words. Book of Matches is always interested in protest—interested in protest against the unknowing alive in human existence, in protest against the knowing, too. In essence, Book of Matches celebrates what burns in the dark, and too the assurance of how little this illuminates before going out. Send your most meaningful lies, real lives, and poetry of both that we may see a bit more clearly the stormy seas around us all. www.bookofmatcheslitmag.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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Dark Onus Lit is seeking Submissions for Inaugural Issue

Dark Onus Lit is an experimental, literary magazine which puts out micro-issues of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, audio and artwork. We are open year-round, read blindly, and do not charge reading fees. We appreciate dark-themed work. Our response time is 3 weeks. Please review our Masthead and Submission Guidelines pages for our leanings. We are looking for experimental, challenging work for our inaugural issue. Submissions open 1.1.23. www.darkonuslit.com/submit

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Atmosphere Press Reading Book Manuscripts in All Genres

Deadline: Rolling

Atmosphere Press currently seeks book manuscripts from diverse voices. There’s no submission fee, and if your manuscript is selected, we’ll be the publisher you’ve always wanted: attentive, organized, on schedule, and professional. We use a model in which the author funds the publication of the book, but retains 100% rights, royalties, and artistic autonomy. This year Atmosphere authors have received featured reviews with Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. Submit your book manuscript at atmospherepress.com.

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Fleas on the Dog Seeking a Drama Editor

Deadline: Until Filled

This is a temporary position. You would be responsible for selecting plays for publication and writing an introductory note for each one. You don’t have to be a playwright yourself but knowledge of theatre and drama is required and a broad acceptance of a variety of writing styles. No $ just infamy. Contact CHARLES at fleasonthedog.com for details.

Works Progress Calling for Fiction Submissions

Deadline: Year-round

We are a Substack publishing short fiction about anything bigger than yourself: stories about astronauts, ICU nurses, politics, protests, alternate histories, big-world calamities, juicy personal dramas and the people who experience them. Fiction with dynamic characters who do interesting things. We don’t think stories should be slogs. We do not publish quiet stories about divorce. We pay our writers, and have published work from writers such as Hannah Assadi, Juhea Kim, Robert Lopez and more. Submit via email (guidelines here) and visit our archives at worksprogress.substack.com/archive.

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Dark Onus Press seeks Unsolicited, Micro-sized Manuscripts

Dark Onus Press is an experimental, independent publishing house which produces short volumes of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and artwork. We are open year-round, read blindly, do not charge reading fees and do not charge you for your first batch of books if you publish with us. We are a micro-publisher of experimental work, publishing print books and ebooks. Our response time is two months. It is our mission to stay small and stay afloat for many years to come. We are self-funded and independent, intending to publish new and established authors and artists. Submissions open 1.1.23. Submission Guidelines: www.darkonuspress.com/submit.

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Clinch (Now a Paying Market) is Open for Submissions!

Deadline: April 1, 2023

Clinch—A Martial Arts Literary Magazine is now open for Issue 3 submissions AND is now a paying market! Clinch is now paying a $15 compensation to contributing artists upon Issue 3’s publication. So send us your work that encompasses martial arts virtues in some way (doesn’t have to be about martial arts explicitly, but it certainly can be!) to [email protected] Visit our website at clinchlit.com for more details and happy submitting!

Celebrations of Healing anthology call for submissions

Seeking Positive Stories of Sexual Intimacy after Abuse

Extended Deadline: February 28, 2023

Submit to [email protected] by February 28, 2023.
Are you a writer and survivor of sexual abuse? Since you began your recovery, have you begun to experience moments of meaningful, joyful, sexual or sensual intimacy and exploration? Celebrations of Healing would love to hear your stories of sexual awakening and/or reawakening. We want to publish them to inspire other survivors and give hope to those who are just beginning their recovery journeys. All sexualities and genders are encouraged to submit. Stories can be published under pseudonyms to protect privacy. Deadline extended to February 28, 2023. For more information, see www.celebrationsofhealing.com.

Call for Submissions from Girls Worldwide

Extended Deadline: January 31, 2023

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 seventh 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 January 31, 2023. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. girlsrighttheworld.com

Wordrunner eChapbooks seeks Fiction, Memoir/CNF, Poetry for Themed Anthology

Deadline: February 28, 2023

For our Spring 2023 anthology, we welcome fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry or prose-poems on the theme “Salvaged.” Submit your best work—a short story, personal narrative, novel or memoir excerpt (up to 5,000 words), three flash fictions (750-1000 words each), or three poems (up to one page each). Our preference is for emotional complexity. We are not interested in genre fiction unless it transcends genre. Work should not be previously published. Deadline: February 28, 2023. Publication of our 48th online chapbook will be mid-April. Submission fee: $3. Authors are paid ($10 to $25). Editor’s Choice prose piece receives $50. Complete guidelines and Submittable link at echapbook.com/submissions.html.

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Fleas On The Dog Submissions Open For Issue 13

Deadline: January 30, 2023

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Sunspot Lit Seeks Diverse Works

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Sunspot Lit is one of the few journals publishing longform works, including novella-length fiction and nonfiction, graphic novels, and epic-length poetry. For our current open call, single works of prose, including scripts and screenplays, can run from 29,001 to 49,000 words. Graphic novels can range between 51 and 100 pages. A single poem between 86 and 105 pages is also accepted. Please note that story, essay, and poetry collections are not accepted. Send in your work through Submittable or Duotrope before January 31, 2023. 

Heron Tree: Call for Found Poetry Submissions

Extended Deadline: February 15, 2023

Deadline extended to 15 February 2023! We are accepting found poems composed from sources published in or before 1927. We are interested in any and all approaches to found poetry construction and erased or remixed texts. Accepted poems will be published weekly on the Heron Tree website starting in February 2023 and will be included in a free, downloadable PDF volume available later in 2023. No fee. For detailed submission guidelines, visit us at herontree.com/how/.

Call for Submissions: Jewish Fiction .net

Jewish Fiction .net (www.jewishfiction.net), a prestigious literary journal, invites submissions for its Spring 2024 issue. We are the only English-language journal devoted exclusively to publishing Jewish fiction, and we showcase the finest contemporary Jewish-themed writing (either written in, or translated into, English) from around the world. In our first 12 years we have published over 500 stories or novel excerpts, originally written in nineteen languages and on five continents, and we have readers in 140 countries. We’ve published such eminent authors as Elie Wiesel, Savyon Liebrecht, and Aharon Appelfeld, alongside many excellent, lesser-known writers. For submission details, please visit our Submissions page at www.jewishfiction.net/index.php/contactus/submission/.

Planisphere Q Seeks Fiction for its “Worlds Collide” Issue

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Planisphere Q is seeking science fiction short stories of 2,500 to 4,000 words for its eighth issue, “Worlds Collide,” publishing in February 2023. Payment is $25 per accepted story. There is a $1 submission fee. Fee free submissions accepted January 15-18. Worlds Collide – theme is alien invasion, where an inhabited planet is being invaded by an extraterrestrial species. Science fiction stories only. www.planisphereq.com/p/guidelines.html

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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

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Kings River Review Call for 2-Year College Student Submissions

Deadline: 2023-03-15

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.

de Groot Foundation 2023 LANDO & Courage to Write Grants

Grants for Writers. Apply Now!

Deadline: February 15, 2023

If your writing explores issues and challenges of migration, immigration, or refugee experiences, you’re eligible to apply for the newly launched $7000 LANDO writer’s grants. The LANDO grants, in addition to the $7000 Courage to Write grants, are sponsored by The de Groot Foundation and are designed to encourage and support emerging writers writing in any genre. This year ten $7000 grants and up to ten Writer of Note $1500 grants will be awarded. Learn more and apply at www.degrootfoundation.org. Applications close February 15, 2023.

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Creation & Technology

Deadline: Rolling

NOMADartx Review would love to see your interpretations on the theme of “technology!” Our cross-disciplinary journal currently publishes one piece of visual art and one piece of writing (usually under 3500 words) monthly, and we like personal essays, paintings, poetry, photography, sketches, stories, and creative industry-specific articles: ideas about the artistic process, project logistics, getting your work to the world, mentorship, critiques/interviews/reviews, etc. Our current theme of technology is open to broad interpretation: ancient, every day, or futuristic tech, practical and/or philosophical approaches. We especially welcome under-represented voices. Complete guidelines are here: nomadartx.com/about-us.

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Deadline: Year-round

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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.