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Deadline: Year-round

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About Place Journal Call for Submissions: Shaping Destiny

Deadline: August 1, 2024

Each issue of About Place Journal, the arts publication of the Black Earth Institute, focuses on a specific theme. From June 1st to August 1st, we’ll be accepting submissions for our Fall 2024 issue Shaping Destiny: Election Season, Before, During and After. 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/.

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

Deadline: July 15, 2024

Able Muse is now accepting submissions for our forthcoming issue, winter 2024/2025. 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/.

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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, art, and photography by writers and poets who write from experience with mental illness 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. We fully acknowledge that mental illness is a troubling, distressing, and painful experience. However, at The Awakenings Review we want to see works of hope, renewal, and healing, a positive message gained from your suffering and distress. We are not looking for works that are angry, alarming, vulgar, or demoralizing. We are currently accepting submissions for our Fall 2024 issue. To learn how to submit, please read our guidelines at www.AwakeningsProject.org.

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Black Lawrence Press Manuscript Consultation Services

For over a decade, the Black Lawrence Press manuscript consultation program has offered writers access to award-winning authors who are also experienced educators. Through our program, these authors receive the kind of thorough feedback and in-depth analysis that is difficult to find outside of MFA programs. We’re delighted that dozens of our alums have gone on to publish the work that they entrusted to our consultation program. If you have questions, or if your manuscript falls outside of the parameters of this month’s program, please email Diane Goettel: [email protected]. She will be happy to discuss your project and recommend potential consultants. blacklawrencepress.com/manuscriptconsultations/

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Driftwood Press Contest Deadlines Incoming

Deadline: July 15, 2024 (Adrift contests); Year-round (general submissions)

Driftwood Press is happy to share a plethora of submission opportunities for writers and artists! Our Adrift Short Fiction & Poetry Chapbook 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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antiphony: a journal & press is open for submissions of poetry, reviews, & interviews

Deadline: Year-round

We are new SF-based poetry journal and small press currently seeking submissions of poetry, reviews, and interviews. We are also looking for submissions for our “Audio Library”. Submissions are open year-round and are always free. Chapbook series to launch in 2025. antiphonypress.com

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Open Call, Fusing: Ritual, Process, Realization

Deadline: May 31, 2024

The Headlight Review, the online literary journal at Kennesaw State University, seeks multimedia pieces that reimagine the writing process. Tell us about how you do it, the messes you make, your favorite tools, or the role of collaboration or technology in your work. How do your process and today’s tools shape literary art? Essays may include hand-scrawled notebook pages, relevant photos, or be in video or audio format. All writers, ascending to established, are eligible. Length requirements: 1500 words (plus images); up to 15 minutes of video/audio. Submissions are open until May 31 with priority given to early submissions. Payment of $100 upon publication. Submit here.

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Tint Journal Seeks Non-native English Writing on border/lands

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Tint Journal, the literary magazine for English as a second language writers, is looking for the different approaches towards border/lands from the many regions and voices of our planet Earth, from the borders within one individual being to the borders between us and outer space – where do we meet, where do we part, and what is happening in-between? Submit your short stories, poems and personal essays in English as your non-native language as well as your art to our 12th issue until May 31, 2024 (midnight CEST). Please review the journal’s call for submission as well as the submission guidelines. Submissions which do not follow these guidelines cannot be considered. Thank you for your interest in Tint Journal! tintjournal.com

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Wordrunner eChapbooks Seeks Prose Collections

Deadline: July 15, 2024

Wordrunner eChapbooks will select one fiction and one nonfiction collection for our 2024 eChapbook series, to be published in August and December, respectively, online and as kindles. Maximum word count: 20,000. Prose pieces may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 5,000 words each. We’d like four to six stories or essays; if the pieces are very short or flash, a maximum of 15. We prefer emotional complexity and nuanced characters in prose collections. See www.echapbook.com/submissions.html for detailed guidelines and submission link. Authors are paid $125 plus royalties for kindles. Submission fee: $8. Deadline: July 15, 2024

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

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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.

Gold Man Review Open for Submissions

Deadline: June 23, 2024

Gold Man Review, a West Coast Journal, is currently looking for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for Issue 14. We are open to all topics and themes and love writing that pushes boundaries. If your work is on the unusual side, then we’re probably the journal for you. If you’re interested in submitting to Gold Man Review, please see our website for full submission guidelines. Please also note that we only accept submissions from writers in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, California, and Washington. www.goldmanpublishing.com

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Oyster River Pages Call for Submissions

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Oyster River Pages is a literary and artistic collective seeking submissions for our annual issue that stretch creative and social boundaries. In addition to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts, we also seek to promote new voices in our Emerging Voices Poetry and Emerging Voices Fiction sections. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity, something we see as especially important during these tumultuous times. Because of this, we seek to feature artists whose voices have been historically decentered or marginalized. Please see www.oysterriverpages.com for submission details.

Bass Clef Books Wants to Publish You!

Launched in 2022, Bass Clef Books is a small, independent press based in the heartland of Kentucky, USA. BCB’s mission is to promote contemporary works of writing that would be essential to the growth of creative language crafts from a broad aesthetic choir through a general submission platform and the George Drew Sophomore Chapbook Contest. www.bassclefbooks.org