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Monday, April 6, 2020

Writers Alliance of Gainesville Contest

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Deadline: May 31, 2020


No submission fee, cash prizes:
$300 First Prize, $100 Second Prize in each
FICTION: Send us the best fiction you can write (1000-3000 words). We care about well-written stories that make us feel or think and leave us with memories that will stick with us for years to come. No matter the subject, be it genre or literary fiction, what matters is the effect your story has on us.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: We publish true stories up to 2500 words, written beautifully, and based on the author’s experiences, perceptions, and reflections in the form of personal memoir or literary essay (for example, nature, travel, medical, spiritual, food writing).

POETRY: Let us hear your particular voice. Ground your words in the world, or the body, or both. Break genres and bend boundaries, or pour your own cosmos into, and extract alternate universes from, hoary ancestral forms.

SHORT-SHORT: Writing short is a unique skill. Short-shorts include fiction stories of 750 words or fewer with a clear story line, minimalistic tight writing and compressed story structure. There is no minimum on word count. We love 25-word hint fiction as much as 750-word stories.

HUMOR: Make us laugh in any literary form up to 1500 words intended to be humorous. This can include personal essays, satire, poetry, short fiction, grocery lists, manifestos, or modified insurance policies.

See links below:
We accept only previously unpublished work.
Submission to one genre only; if declined, you may submit again to any genre.

Include your name in the cover letter only, not in the file name or uploaded document (our genre editors read blind).

2020 Bacopa Literary Review Editorial Staff:

Mary Bast: Senior Editor, Creative Nonfiction Editor

James Singer III: Associate Editor, Fiction Editor

J.N. Fishhawk: Poetry Editor

Kaye Linden: Short-Short Editor

Stephanie Seguin: Humor Editor

Click Editors' Blog, Facebook, Twitter for examples of writing we publish.

All prize winners will also receive two copies of Bacopa Literary Review 2020. Other contributors will receive one copy each.

The Helix seeks work

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

THE HELIX welcomes submissions of artwork and literature on both a national and global scale. Please review our guidelines carefully, as any piece submitted incorrectly will be rejected.

Submissions are read by our editorial team in chronological order as we make our way through the queue. The wait time for an answer will vary from a few days to one month. If you have still not received a response from a submission submitted to a previous issue, please inquire on the status of your piece.

General Guidelines

The Helix accepts simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is not accepted, but we will consider work previously shared on personal blogs/websites.

  • Prose submissions should be double spaced.
  • Poetry should be single spaced.
  • All literary submissions should be in 12pt font Times New Roman.
  • Prose submissions are currently restricted to a maximum of 3,000 words each.
  • If you are submitting multiple works for one category, please send them as one file.

The Helix editors respect the integrity of all author’s work but may make slight changes as necessary. The Helix staff reserves the right to make copy editing changes, and light line editing changes.

We follow the Chicago Manual guidelines when editing submissions.

The Helix reserves first North American serial rights. All rights revert to the author after publication. If you republish your work in a print or other journal, please credit The Helix for the first publication.


Sunday, April 5, 2020

Reedsy Prompts: Dear Diary

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"April 4th, 1984." So begins Winston Smith's first diary entry in the George Orwell novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Of course, this dystopian tale isn't the only one to involve diary entries. Bridget Jones's Diary, Gilead, The Yellow Wallpaper, Dracula, and I Capture the Castle are among a long list of other books told at least in part through diaries or journals.

This week's writing prompts challenge you to write a short story in the epistolary format.
In the form of diary/ journal entries, write about someone who's just decided to take up journaling.
In the form of diary/ journal entries, write about someone on a long-awaited trip.
In the form of diary/ journal entries, write about someone who's just experienced a big "first."
In the form of diary/ journal entries, write about someone who's up late at night because they're having trouble sleeping.
In the form of diary/ journal entries, write a story that provides glimpses into a person's life at different ages.

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward
Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

The Other Stories seeks horror short stories

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If you think you’ve got what it takes to terrify, scar and haunt our audience of 10,000 daily listeners,
then we want your stories!

If accepted, we'll get our fantastic narration team to lend their voices, our editor will sprinkle some
magic pixie dust on the track, and you could have your story heard by thousands of listeners each week.

Upcoming themes:

(Vol 54.) Big Brother; deadline 13th April.

  • Stories must be 2,000 (10% tolerance +/-)
  • Save stories in a Word document - Times New Roman font, size 12
  • Include a 1-2 sentence log line for your story at the end of the document
  • Title your email with the following syntax: SUBMISSION | STORY TITLE | THEME | WORDCOUNT (e.g. SUBMISSION | THE MARTIAN | SPACE | 1,982). Failure to do this may result in your submission getting lost in the avalanche of spam we receive every day
  • Ensure that your name and an email address are somewhere on the document
  • Stories must fit an upcoming theme
  • By submitting your story to us, you are confirming that you are the original creator of the
  • story
  • We will consider entrants whose work has been entered and published elsewhere, however please ensure you state where and when your story has been used elsewhere on the document
  • You will be allowed to place one call-to-action for your own work at the end of the episode.
  • Be sure to include this at the end of your document, underneath the log line
  •  Payment per accepted story is 5USD to be paid on the 1st of the month following publication via Paypal. All rights remain with the author

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The 2020 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Fiction

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Deadline: May 1, 2020


The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing [hereafter referred to as “the Prize”] alternates yearly between accepting unpublished fiction and nonfiction submissions. Fiction submissions can take the form of a novel or a book-length collection of short stories. Nonfiction submissions can take the form of a memoir, a collection of essays, or a book-length work of narrative nonfiction.
Fiction manuscripts must be complete. Nonfiction submissions must consist of either a complete manuscript, or a sample of at least 25,000 words and a detailed proposal that includes a synopsis and an annotated table of contents. All submissions must be in English (translations welcome).
Candidates must be first-generation residents of their country. “First-generation” can refer either to people born in another country who relocated, or to residents of a country whose parents were born elsewhere.

Fiction candidates must not have previously published a book of fiction with a US publishing house. Nonfiction candidates must not have previously published a book of nonfiction with a US publishing house. We encourage applicants to look at the other titles Restless has published and previous contest winners to get a sense of our aesthetic.
We will accept only one submission per candidate per submission period, and submissions must be under the author’s real name, not under a pseudonym. Agented submissions are welcome.
Candidates may not submit the same manuscript for the Prize in subsequent years unless specifically invited by Restless.
Restless reserves the right to invite writers to submit for the Prize.
Restless reserves the right to consider any Prize submission for publication.
Submitted manuscripts may be simultaneously under consideration for publication by other publishing houses. Once a manuscript has been selected as the winner of the Prize, Restless will contact the author and ask that the manuscript be withdrawn from consideration elsewhere. A publishing contract between the winning author and Restless Books must be signed before the winner is announced.
* Please note that while Restless Books welcomes all submissions for the Prize, we do not accept unsolicited manuscripts for our publishing program.


The winner will receive a $10,000 advance and publication by Restless Books in print and digital editions. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance.

Candidates are asked to submit a CV and a one-page cover letter as the first pages of their manuscript. The cover letter should address the candidate’s background as a writer, experience as an immigrant, and inspiration for the submitted work. Restless will accept only electronic submissions by way of our submissions manager. The manuscript should be a PDF or Word file (.doc and .docx), and the text should be double-spaced, in twelve-point font, and with numbered pages. Fiction manuscripts must be a minimum of 45,000 words. Nonfiction samples must be at least 25,000 words. There is no fee to submit a manuscript for consideration.


Submissions for the 2020 Prize in Fiction will be accepted from October 1, 2019 until May 1, 2020.


Restless will accept open submissions in addition to soliciting nominations from authors and professionals in the field. The Restless editorial staff will review submissions and recommend a shortlist to the judges, who will select the finalists and winner.

20,000 Leagues Remembered

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

 Pole to Pole Publishing is seeking fictional short stories for its  upcoming anthology, Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered, to be published  in June 2020, on the sesquicentennial of Jules Verne’s work.

Since June 20, 1870, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea has been  hailed as a classic, translated and reprinted in numerous book versions,  transcribed for stage, movies, and TV miniseries, made into video games  and a theme park ride. The book has inspired countless submariners,  undersea explorers, and ship designers, not to mention armchair  adventurers. We can’t let this anniversary pass unnoticed, so will  launch this anthology as our tribute to the Father of Science Fiction  and his masterwork. Pole to Pole Publishing welcomes Steven R. Southard as a co-editor of this anthology.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will contain short stories that pay  tribute in some way to Jules Verne’s novel. Set your story in any time  or place; use characters from Verne’s novel or make up your own. You  need not write in Verne’s style. The mood of your story need not be  dark, as other Pole to Pole Publishing anthologies have been. Aim to  capture, in your own way, the sense of wonder and adventure for which  Jules Verne is famous. The connection between your story and Twenty  Thousand Leagues Under the Sea must be obvious and significant, and your  story must not disparage either the novel or its author.

Stories should be 3,000-5,000 words (firm).

Hard Sells:

Profane and vulgar language. Because we market to both adult and YA  readers, if you use an F-Bomb, and we accept your story, we’ll probably  ask you to change it.

First person and Present Tense. We’ve published both: when the stories  were very, very good. We want to let you know up front that we’re going  to reject this most of the time. It’s just not our preference.

Excessive Gore and/or violence. Blood and guts are fine—as long as they’re part of the story and not the story itself.

Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.

Edition and Rights:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Remembered will be published in electronic and  trade paperback in English. We are asking for exclusive, worldwide  rights to your work for both electronic and print for six months only,  and a non-exclusive right to keep your story in the anthology after  that.

Payment: Payment is 2¢ per word for original stories ($15 flat rate for reprints), paid at publication, via PayPal only.

If you do not have a PayPal account, please do not submit your work.  (Payment via Paypal will be subject to PayPal fees.)

Authors will also receive one copy of both the electronic and  paperback versions of the anthology. (Authors can buy additional books  at a discount.)

What We Don’t Want:

No rape, torture, etc. of children. No animal abuse. No stories with  characters from a copyrighted world that belongs to someone else. (Note:  both Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and The Mysterious Island  are in the public domain.) No Poetry. Only one story from each author  will be considered.


No tabs. Please format the document with a first line indent.
Curly quotes, please—no straight quotes.
No headers or footers.
Use italics, not underlines.
No boldface.
Use Times New Roman font. No fancy fonts, even for titles.

If you’re not sure if your story is suitable, don’t query; just go ahead  and submit, and let our editors decide. (Word count is firm, however.)  If your story is a reprint, please give us details of its publication  history.

Deadline: April 30, 2020, or until filled. Be aware that all of our  anthologies have filled before the deadline, so don’t wait until the  last minute to submit.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Librarians Choice Writing Contest

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Deadline: May 30, 2020 midnight MST
Prompt: Lost in the Library
No Entry Fee
Word limit: 300-750 words, excluding title
Deadline: MAY 30, 2020
Submissions: email to

$100.00 first prize
$30.00 second prize
$25.00 third prize

Contest Rules:

One entry per author.

Send your entry pasted into the body of an email and also as a .doc attachment (in the same email) to There are no specific font or formatting requirements, but please include the word “CONTEST” in the subject line of your email.

Fiction only, please. No poetry, essays, non-fiction or memoir. All entries must be original and unpublished. This means submissions that have been published anywhere else, including blogs, radio or TV broadcast, personal web pages, etc., will be disqualified.

Shortlisted stories and prizewinners will be published on our website and receive $20. Contest results will be announced in June 2020.

Authors retain all rights to submitted work. Deadline is May 30, 2020, midnight Mountain Standard Time.

The Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest

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Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged man, woman, and (very precocious) child to write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel. We're honored to receive thousands of odious entries from around the world each year.

The rules for the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest are childishly simple:
  • Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (A fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.)
  • Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged by categories, from “general” to detective, western, science fiction, romance, and so on. There will be overall winners as well as category winners.
  • The official deadline is April 15 (a date that Americans associate with painful submissions and making up bad stories). The actual deadline is June 30. Winners are typically announced in July or August depending on our panel of undistinguished judges.
  • The contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year. 
  • In keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance (and bragging rights).
  • Please inflict your entries using our form. 
  • Finally, a tip: resist the temptation to work some variation of "it was a dark and stormy night."

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Club Plum flash fiction submission guidelines

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Flash Fiction: Please send one piece of flash fiction of no more than 800 words to

Include a short bio, and do not send previously published work. Do send beautiful and heart-busting pieces. Do send words that successfully skate on the edge of realities. Please don’t send narratives containing dreams; instead, send narratives that are dreams. Arresting, non-dream narratives are swooned over as well.

Art: Please send one JPG image to The editor appreciates pen-and-ink line art, pencil drawings, watercolor, experimental, impressionistic and abstract pieces, both black-and-white and color. The editor will pass on photography.

Rights: We ask for first North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights.

Responses should be quick because the editor is ruthless and busy and utilizes every minute of her day.

Only send your best work. Proofread. Work with sloppy errors makes the editor think you don’t care or don’t know any better.

Issues are available online only.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

Yay for flash. Yay for you.

All Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families: Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 9pri

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Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

Deadline: April 17, 2020

No entry fee, 5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each:
  • Short Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Interview with a Warrior
  • Essay
  • Photography
Theme: Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history.

Writing must be by veterans, military-service personnel, or their families. Include the connection in your short bio.

Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology

1. Anthology-only entry: Submit your work via our Submittable page

2. Contest and Anthology entry: Submit your work via our Submittable page

With your submission, please include your contact information, a brief bio, mention of your military connection, and the genre of your piece(s) (essay, fiction, etc.).


· $250 first prize and publication in each category; all entries also considered for anthology.

· Entries must be submitted through our Submittable page

· Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title).

· Put your name, short bio, and contact info in the cover letter field on Submittable and nowhere else on the manuscript.

· Writers may win in any category no more than twice, but may always submit their work for consideration in the anthology.
For both mailed and electronic submissions:

· Limit one submission in each category per person.

· Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

· Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit. Interviews are with military or veterans.

· Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).

· Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.

· Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission. It must include your military connection.

· Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us via email at if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

· Winners & contributors will be notified by August 1. Results will be posted online. Due to the high volume of submissions, separate email notification of rejection will not be sent.

· Questions: contact James at the University Press at

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Scum submission guidelines

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Submissions to Scum are open the first week (from the 1st to the 7th) of every month. The rest of the month, submissions are closed.

Scum is interested in publishing feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “non-fiction” or “poetry”. Please include a short bio. Please note that we don’t accept pitches at this time. We do not accept previously published pieces. Obviously the best way to find out the kind of work we publish is to read what’s already on our site, but maybe you’ve written something great that you haven’t seen on Scum before and that’s cool as well.

Email us at Send your work as a word document (not pasted in the body of the email, please!) and make sure you include the type of submission (fiction/non-fiction/poetry) in the subject line. We try to get back to everyone as soon we can, but remember we only have a staff of four flailing, hopeless babies so please be patient and kind.

Note: We pay $60AUD per piece of writing. We pay at the beginning of each month after the publication date.

Tiger Moth seeks work for July 2020 issue

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

Submissions for Issue 4 (July 2020) are now open till May 2020.

We are looking for work that emphasises the connections between “human activity and the environment that produces it”, work that displays an “awareness of ecology and concerns over environmental disaster” (“Ecopoetics”, Poetry Foundation). We also want work that is hopeful, in spite of the ecological horrors that exist today. Send us work that is eco-conscious and critical, work that celebrates the beauty/ bounty of nature, work that is cognisant, curious and contemplative of the relationships between humanity, modernity, cultures and the environments in which we live in or imagine ourselves to inhabit.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit all work to thetigermothreview [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Title your email subject as follows: Full name_Genre_Title of work. Anything labelled otherwise will not be read.
  • Depending on your genre, please limit each submission to:
  • 3-5 unpublished poems (a non-English work & its English translation count as one poem submission)
  • 1 unpublished short fiction piece (up to 5,000 words) or
  • 3-5 unpublished photographs/ art in web format (72 ppi) + a short write-up contextualising the work [high res formats should be available on request]
  • All work submitted should be accompanied by a short author bio between 50 and 100 words, and a recent author photo in jpg.
  • Do not re-submit until you hear from us. We aim to respond within 8 weeks, usually sooner.
  • While we accept simultaneous submissions, do indicate in your email that this is a simultaneous submission, and write in to us immediately to withdraw your work once it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Works submitted should engage with the themes of nature, culture, the environment and/ or ecology.
  • While the journal was founded to encourage the publication of and provide a platform for eco-conscious work from Singapore and the region, we will respond to the reality of the submissions we receive. We are proud to say that our contributors hail from all over the world, contributing to the diversity of voices about our earth.
  • The Tiger Moth Review is committed to create a space for minority, marginalised, underrepresented voices in society. 

Publication Rights

  • The Tiger Moth Review publishes only unpublished work, unless we ourselves request for them.
  • By submitting your work, you affirm that you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work.
  • By submitting your work, you authorise The Tiger Moth Review to publish your work in both its e-journal and online platforms.
  • For republishing, please first acknowledge The Tiger Moth Review.

Reading Fee and Payment

We currently do not charge a reading fee, and our plan is to keep it this way as we believe in making art and literature submissions accessible to all. Issues will also be free for all to download and read in the spirit of community and accessibility.
At present, we are unable to pay for published work as this is a self-funded project. That said, we are committed to continue exploring ways in which contributors may receive an honorarium in future.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Voices Project seeks poetry

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The voices of our authors are the life of this project. You don't need credentials in writing to submit. If writing poetry is something that you love, we encourage you to make it known. The work of non-English speakers can be translated, thus, you may write in your native language if you prefer. Please spread the word to those you would like to see published! Before submission, please read carefully our Submission Guidelines.

All rights revert back to the author upon publication, however any work submitted to and accepted by The Voices Project will be archived on our site for the duration and may be used for later features on this site, though not beyond the capacity in which the work(s) were first accepted and appeared.

Submission Guidelines: The Voices Project

Poetry and Prose

We take submissions year-round. We prefer poems no longer than two pages. You may submit one single piece or multiple pieces, but no more than 2 at a time. We accept both free verse and traditional forms. Prose, no longer than 250 words. Please be sure to proofread your work for any typos before sending. Please include a title, or specify “Untitled.” We are looking for well-written work with creative word choices that makes us feel emotion. We strive to keep our site engaging and diverse in content. Check our site and see what we may be missing and submit something to that accord, if inclined.

What is NOT accepted:
-Work that may come across as a negative rant about a particular topic or population.
-Work with any spelling or grammatical errors. Please check your work carefully before submitting. -Anonymous submissions. Please submit a brief, thoughtful bio.

How to Submit
Submit through our website:

We always send an automatic response right away, indicating we received your submission. It may take up to one month for an answer regarding publication.

Most of the poems we publish come from unsolicited submissions. Your submissions keep us going, and we always appreciate them. Note: We no longer take anonymous submissions. Submissions without a thoughtful, brief bio will not be considered.

Editor’s Guidance Prior to Publication

If we find the message of a work really moves us, but the writing can be improved to make that message even stronger, we may ask to “workshop” (or help edit) the poem or prose. If we suggest this, it’s not meant to be negative. We find you have great potential and want to see your work published and we want to help you make the work the best it can be.

Required Information

Please place this information on each piece submitted: Name, email, how you heard of The Voices Project. In addition, send a brief contributor bio for the author in 3rd person (about 160-200 words). Please include a bio. We no longer take anonymous submissions. Your bio should tell us who you are and why you love poetry, or anything else interesting about you that the reader would want to know. You do not have to be a published author or have a reached a particular education level. Highlight your passion and aspiration for writing. Contributor bios should be in the 3rd person; please follow the format of this sample:

Ooluss Louisa Ibhaze started writing at a very early age with her friends and sisters as her proofreaders. She loves the ability to create characters and make them do what she wants. Coming from a family with many women, growing up was fun as there was always something to gossip and argue about. Her writing is greatly influenced by spirituality, passion for African culture and tradition, gender and life experiences. If given the opportunity to come back to the world as an animal, she would come back as an eagle. She holds an Msc in Medical Sociology, a second Msc in Globalization and Development and a BSc in Sociology and Anthropology. She has one published novel, a number of magazines, online publications, and a blog.

Additional Information:

If you are depressed or having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Oyster River Pages seeks work for the fourth annual issue

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Deadline May 31, 2020

Oyster River Pages publishes fine fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual art online.

Submissions for the fourth annual issue will be accepted January 1–May 31, 2020.

Please see the general guidelines below for each genre. (Work that is unfinished, unproofed, or noncompliant with the guidelines gives our editors existential angst.)

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your work is picked up elsewhere. We request first serial rights, after which all rights revert to the author or artist. We do not reprint previously published work. Please include a 60-word bio with your submission. To stay in touch with the latest happenings at ORP, subscribe to our mailing list below.

Fiction: Please submit one story up to 6,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced.

Emerging Voices Fiction: Please submit one story up to 6,000 words in .docx format. Only one story per submitter will be read and reviewed. All work should be double-spaced. Please include your full name and preferred email on the first page of the document.

Creative Non-Fiction: Please submit creative non-fiction pieces that are no longer than 2,500 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document.

Poetry: Please submit up to three poems in .docx format. Each poem should start on its own page. Otherwise, the spacing of the submission will remain as is in publication to preserve the integrity of the poem. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document.

Monday, March 30, 2020

24th Annual Parsec SF/Fantasy/Horror Short Story Contest

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

The theme for the 2020 contest is: Forging! Any interpretation of the word is acceptable, but must be integral to the story in some manner!

Contest Open: January 1st 2020 and closes April 15th 2020. There is no fee to enter, and all entrants will be notified of the results by June 15th.

Word count for all entries: No minimum, no more than 3500 words

Genre: All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, of Horror genres

How to submit

Electronic submissions will be acceptable through Submittable (Opens January 1st 2020)

Stories must be original, unpublished, and unsold to any other market. Manuscripts should be in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, and written in either Courier or Times New Roman font. Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx, and .rtf. For an example of standard manuscript format, see:

Prizes and Eligibility: The contest is open to non-professional writers (those who have not met eligibility requirements for SFWA or equivalent: sale of a novel or sale of 3 stories to a large-circulation publication (

Previous first-place winners and current contest coordinators are ineligible to enter.

The winning story will be the one that most effectively uses the contest theme as a key element. First-place receives $200 and publication in the 2019 Confluence program book ( Second-place receives $100 and third-place receives $50.

Submission to the contest implies consent for publication, but all rights revert immediately to the author upon publication. Coordinators/Readers screen the entries and the seven best submissions are then read by the judges. Decisions of the judges and coordinators are final.

A maximum of 2 submissions is allowed. Submit each one separately.

Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition

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Deadline: 27 April 2020

The Task
We invite you to write a poem about a member or members of royal families from countries around the world.

This is the theme but first and foremost we are looking for outstanding poems, literary and subject wise, we don’t need to agree with your views, but we want to feel your poem comes from the heart and adds something new to our poetic legacy.

You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?). You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as, we are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem.

Some countries have created the role of poet laureate to provide a poetic comment on current events. This often presents quite a challenge for the poet in question, so take inspiration from these two noteworthy examples:
The last lines of ‘The Younger Sister’, a poem by former poet laureate Andrew Motion after the death of Princess Margaret:

  • A daughter gone before her mother goes;
  • A younger sister heading on before;
  • A woman in possession of the fact
  • That love and duty speak two languages.

The last lines of ‘In the Land of Kings’, a poem by former Dutch poet laureate Ramsey Nasr following an attack on the royal family during the (then) Dutch Queen official birthday celebrations:

a new order naturally starts
along festively cordoned-off lanes
a last queen will see her last subjects’ remains
run over like animals’ parts

Translated by Paul Vincent. You can read the entire poem in 100 Dutch-Language Poems.

What is the Prize?
The author of the winning poem will receive £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine

The Judges
Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar, will judge this competition and read all the poems.

Who can take part?
We accept poems from authors of all nationalities and based anywhere in the world provided you comply with these guidelines:

  • Your poem must be written in English
  • Translations are not accepted
  • Poems should not exceed 50 lines
  • The poem must be the original work of the entrant
  • The poems must not have been previously awarded or published
  • You can only send in one poem per entrant
  • You must be eighteen or over
  • You can be based in any country, but your poem needs to be in English
  • You can be of any nationality, but your poem needs to be in English
  • We only accept email submissions

The good thing about this competition that you do not need to pay a fee to enter your poem. So it doesn’t cost you any money but we do look for outstanding, literary poems.

When is the closing date?
You can send in your entries from 14 October and the competition closes on 27 April 2020 at midnight GMT. In the spirit of this competition, 27 April is King’s Day in the Netherlands.

How to submit your entry
In order to enter the competition, you must email us at: We regret that we cannot process entries that do not follow the submission guidelines set out below, so please read these instructions carefully.
The poem must be attached as a single Microsoft Word, Text or PDF file
Please use your name and the title of the poem when you save your poem
Royalty must appear in the subject line of the email
The body of the email should contain your contact details
Please do not add your name or contact details to the attachment that contains the poem
Please do not add your poem to the body of the email
Good luck! We look forward to receiving and reading your poem.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Reedsy Prompt: Spring in Your Step

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Deadline: April 3, 2020 - 11:59 PM EDT
In the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring began on March 19th. The changing of seasons often brings about a renewed sense of motivation (hence "spring cleaning") and creativity. Indeed, many poems have been written about spring — such as Emily Dickinson's "A Light Exists in Spring" — and authors have long been inspired by the season:

"That is one good thing about this world... There are always sure to be more springs." — L.M. Montgomery

This week, we're also inspired by spring, and so are our prompts.
Before bed, you put your clock ahead one hour for daylight saving time. When you wake up, you realize you've gone forward a lot more than one hour.
Write a story that takes place at a spring dance.
You made a promise to yourself you'd finally do it on the first day of spring. Today was the day.
Write a story about someone who finds something interesting peeking out from a melting snowbank.
Write a story about someone walking through a park on a spring evening, told only through internal monologue.
Short Story Contest — $50 Reward
Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on April 3rd.

Any other questions? Check out our Terms of Use or FAQ!

CircleShow seeks poetry

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  • Deadline: March 31, 2020

CircleShow is currently interested in publishing the work of both known and unknown poets. Issues of CircleShow are posted online in free-to-read PDF format.

Issues are also made available for purchase on-demand as trade paperbacks. Please note that while we do not offer monetary payment for accepted work, all contributors do receive a complimentary copy of the printed issue in which their work appears.

To submit please send 1-5 poems in a single file (.doc, .docx or .pdf). Please put each poem on its own page with each title in bold. Include your name and email at the top of the first page. Title both your submission and the file name as "Poetry Submission-YourName."

We are interested in all forms of poetry.

By submitting to SCP you are agreeing to our Online Copyright Policy.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Only literary or creative nonfiction proposals will be considered. The Prize does not fund poetry or fiction proposals or children’s literature.

Emerging, mid-career or established writers in the field of literary nonfiction are encouraged to apply. The Waterston Desert Writing Prize seeks writing that offers a unique voice, an engaging style, literary sensibility, creativity and attention to detail that combine to add fresh perspectives and a meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature. All applications will be evaluated via a blind peer review process.

 Considerations in the selection process will be:
  • the writing sample’s artistic excellence and desert literacy,
  • the proposal’s strength,
  • the author biography’s ability to demonstrate a history and future of writing and desert experience.
  • Financial and other kinds of need, the body of past work, geographic location of the applicant, academic career, professional reputation, etc., are not criteria for receipt of this award.


Proposals can be submitted once each year beginning January 1 through April 1. Save your proposal in a single file  as an Adobe Acrobat PDF or as a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file. Then click  the Submit button at the bottom of this screen. Complete the form and  upload your proposal file. Click Submit and you will receive a confirmation of the submission. You must  follow this process to ensure your proposal is received and eligible for review  by the selection committee.

Further, please submit only the materials specified below.  Any extra materials included with the proposal, and not requested in these guidelines, will not be reviewed.

Step 1. Fill out the application form:

Applicant’s name, address and phone. This is the only location where your identifying information should be available.
Step 2. Upload ONE Word or Acrobat file:
(Please combine the three parts of the application into ONE document and DO NOT place your name or other identifying information on any page of the document)

1. Biographical Statement (No more than one double-spaced page in 12 point type)
Provide a narrative (not a resume or vita) summarizing your educational and professional background, writing experience, and publication history. Do NOT disclose your identity in this information. Submissions with resumes or vitae will be rejected. Please also answer these questions:        

How did you hear about the Prize?
Why are you interested in working in the desert?
How will a Waterston Desert Writing Prize award benefit your work?
Describe your desert experience(s).
Demonstrate a commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature.

2. Proposal Title and Description (No more than one double-spaced page in 12 point type)
Please note that neither the particular desert region to be visited nor the length of time to be spent there are specified by the Prize. Budget information is not required in the description. Any desert region in the world is applicable to this award.

Proposal Title
Describe your writing project
Where, in the desert, will you go to research your project?
What is your plan for field work?
Please explain specifically how the project will:

Add new perspectives and make a meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature
Advance desert literacy

 3. Writing Sample (No more than 10 double-spaced pages in 12 point type with one inch margins)

You may submit published, unpublished, or work in progress. The work must be that for which you have sole artistic ownership and responsibility.
While you are welcome to submit any nonfiction sample, the Prize only considers literary nonfiction proposals about deserts for the award. It is recommended that you submit work that is part of your intended final project or closely represents it in content and style. Samples about deserts and natural settings are more likely to be reviewed favorably. Writing samples that are in other genres such as poetry, fiction or juvenile literature will be disqualified.

Application Submission  Deadline: APRIL 1, 2020. The award will be announced in early May 2020.

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Podcastle seeks fantasy fiction

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

PodCastle is looking for quality fantasy fiction. If you’re a writer with a speculative short story that you’d like to hear narrated by one of our performers, we’d like to see it.

Submit online via our Moksha submissions portal using a format Standard Manuscript Format, except please remove addresses and legal names from the document (these are only required on the contract and can be providded later should a story be accepted). We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.

Word count: up to 6,000 words.

Occasionally, we run reprints in the novelette range (up to 17,000 words), although they are a harder sell. Query to before submitting longer works.

No multiple submissions within a submissions period. If your story is being held by us from a previous period or special call, you are free to submit another story this period. If you receive a rejection this period and submissions are still open, you can send another story as well.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; just mention it in your cover letter up front that you’ve submitted it elsewhere, and let us know if you sell it elsewhere first.

Reprints are welcome and strongly encouraged. We are happy to consider stories previously released on Patreon as reprints.

Payment and Rights

We pay $.08 per word USD for original fiction, $100 flat rate for reprints over 1,500 words, and $20 flat rate for flash fiction reprints (stories below 1,500 words).

PodCastle publishes stories in both text and audio. You indicating both are available when you submit your story. We ask for 4 months exclusivity for text and audio for original stories, and 4 months audio exclusivity for reprints. We are happy to receive previously-podcasted stories; this just means don’t re-pod the story until 4 months after publication with PodCastle.

We distribute under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Briefly, this means that the entire world has permission to distribute the audio files for free, provided they give credit for it, don’t try to make money off of it, and don’t change it in any way. Transcribing it, extracting portions from it beyond fair use, and mashing it up are all prohibited.

This license applies only to our audio performance of your work, for which we’ve contracted and paid you. It does not apply to your story itself; you retain your copyright and all rights to any other use of the story.

You can find samples of our contracts here. Note that these are for informational purposes only, and upon acceptance all the relevant information will be completed by our managing editor.

What We Want

PodCastle is looking for fantasy stories. We’re open to all the sub-genres of fantasy, from magical realism to urban fantasy to slipstream to high fantasy, and everything in between. Fantastical or non-real content should be meaningful to the story. Our word count limit is 6,000. Please note that for original stories, the closer to the limit the story is, the more difficult it is for us to buy it. Our “sweet spot” for story length is between 3,000 and 4,500 words.

We are an audio magazine. Our audience can’t skim past the boring parts. Ideally, fiction should have strong pacing, well-defined characters, engaging dialogue, clear action, and still be beautiful. Above all, we’re looking for stories that are fun to listen to. Humor is encouraged.

We hope to publish fiction reflecting the full range of settings and tropes found in fantasy fiction. We’d particularly like to see more stories set outside America, and stories that feature characters who represent a range of backgrounds and ethnicities.


Podcastle welcomes submissions from writers of all backgrounds. We are especially interested in seeing more submissions from people of backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented or excluded from traditional publishing, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, LGBTQIA and non-binary gender people, persons with disabilities, members of religious minorities, and people from outside the United States.

If you identify as part of these or other underrepresented groups, we welcome and encourage you to indicate so in your cover letter. We acknowledge the reality of unconscious bias and will make our best efforts to account for it during the editorial review process. Our goal is to publish fiction that reflects the diversity of the human experience.

How to Submit

Prepare your manuscript in something approximating Standard Manuscript Format (excepting legal names and addresses at the top of the file) and submit through our online submissions portal. We accept files formatted in .rtf, .doc, .docx, and .odt.

In your cover letter, please include your legal name, byline (if different from your legal name), mailing address, and the story’s approximate word count and publication history. If you have any previous publications, feel free to list the most recent three, but this is optional and won’t affect your story’s consideration.

Once you’ve sent us your story, you will get an automated confirmation via email. Please query if you have not received this confirmation within 24 hours.

After three months, if you haven’t received a response, feel free to query by email.


By sending us your story you understand and agree that:

You are the original creator of the work submitted to us;
You are the copyright holder of the work;
You are not prohibited by any prior agreement from the transfer of non-exclusive electronic and audio rights to the work;
All information in the contact and cover sections of your submission is accurate and truthful;
You accept sole responsibility for any false statements or encumbrances upon rights not disclosed to us.
If we buy your story we’ll send you a contract, and you’ll be bound to all of the above.


If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, send them to our staff at We’ll do our best to get back to you within a few days.

Thanks very much for your time, and we look forward to reading your fiction!


Cherae Clark and Jen R. Albert, Editors

and editorial staff



Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks poetry

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Deadline: April 3,  2020


When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come—both good and bad? Dreams are often the way we tap into our own inner wisdom. Sixth sense, gut feeling, premonitions, instinct. Whatever you call it, sometimes we have no logical reason for knowing something—but still we know it.

We want to know about your dreams. What have you learned from your dreams? Did you listen? Did any of your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in? Did some miraculous insight serve as a warning about something that was going to happen?

Please do not submit stories about realizing your dreams, as in aspirations or hopes. We are talking about dreams while you are asleep! Here are some suggested topics but we know you will be able to think and write about many more:

Dreams about finding love
Dreams that saved you or a loved one from danger/death
Dreams that helped you face your fears
Dreams that changed the direction of your life
Dreams in which you communicated with a loved one, either dead or alive
Dreams that caused epiphanies
Dreams that changed your behavior
Dreams that made you more adventurous
Dreams that contained important warnings or medical information
Dreams that gave you comfort or helped your forgive someone
Dreams that made you more optimistic/happier
Dream journaling and how-to use your dreams more effectively
Premonitions that came true or saved you from something bad
Learning to trust your inner guidance [we may do a chapter about inner guidance even if it occurs during your waking hours]
Amazing coincidences and synchronicity [again, we may do a chapter about this even if these things occurred during your waking hours]

The deadline date for story and poem submissions has been extended to April 3, 2020.

erbacce-prize for poetry 2020

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

'erbacce' it rhymes with 'apache' and is Italian for 'weed'


Entry is FREE to everyone. World-Wide.

1) Send us five pages of poetry in a single MS Word document preferably as a Rich Text Format and with type set at 12 points in TNR. Name this document with your full name please.
2) You are welcome to send previously published BUT we must also see some unpublished work.
3) In the body of the email we need your full name and snail-mail (postal) address.
4) In the 'subject' line of the email write 'erbacce-prize 2019'.
5) PLEASE do not include 'frames'.

And THAT IS IT. BUT; if you add anything else; an index, a commentary 'about you', or if you put your name and address in the MS Word document, then your submission will fail and we will not consider it. You see we judge every entry 'blind' and want nothing in the MS Word submission that can identify the author. However you MUST include a full name and address in the email itself.

Please send submissions to erbacce-press by clicking HERE to email us. You will receive a brief acknowledgement from us, if you don't, you have not followed submission guidelines.

The Prizes

The outright winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce press who will publish a perfect-bound collection of the winner's book labelled 'Winner of the erbacce-prize for poetry 2020'. We will pay all costs including the legal registering of the book and supplying copies to the major libraries and of course to the author. The book will be sold through our sales/shop pages and the poet will be paid 20% royalties (which is twice as much as Random House or Penguin)

Two runners-up will also be considered and they will win either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book under similar terms as the winner.

Four other poets will be chosen to be the 'Featured Poet' in each of the quarterly copies of our in-house journal 'erbacce' which means that one half of the journal will be devoted to interviewing them and displaying/publishing their work.

A word to the wise

We get thousands of entries because people know we are a free and high-quality poetry publishing co-operative and if you happen to win then we'll be looking for your email address in our email-address book; we hope it will be recognisable. BUT it has happened in the past that someone has won a prize but their name is not found in our address book. Why? because while we are looking for Tom Smith the name doesn't exist because the individual has used an email address which wittily calls himself 'Pluto Seminides'...

PLEASE use an email address that contains your correct name. It would be tragic and a waste of your time were you to win and we couldn't find your email address to notify you.

That's all there is to it, there is no catch, entry really is free and the prizes really are substantial; if you need to check out the quality of the books we produce then buy one at our 'Shop' using the button top-right of this page. Previous winners have gone on to be invited to read in the USA, the UK, Italy, Venice, Germany etc. The erbacce-prize for poetry is recognised world-wide as an important and  prestigious addition to any poets CV and a stepping stone to world-wide recognition.

Finally: GOOD LUCK to all of you. You may use the red link button below to email your submission and if all else fails email to alancorkish (at)

Friday, March 27, 2020

HA&L Review seeks new work about science

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Deadline: November 2020

Working Title: Science


Guest Editor: Sima Rabinowitz

Science is among the most creative of human endeavours. From ancient depictions of scientists and scientific phenomena to contemporary graphic novel formats, from Frankenstein to recent best-selling novels dealing with such themes as pharmacology and climate change, and from memoirs on scientific discovery to essays on “life in the lab,” the people and ideas of science continue to capture our imaginations. Our science themed issue of Hamilton Arts & Letters will include poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, hybrid forms, and artwork on STEM themes (Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) broadly defined.

We seek work that incorporates ideas, language, characters, main or sub-themes, images, and artwork related to STEM expansively imagined and rendered. Artwork may include a broad range of formats and images across the issue’s themes, including drawing, painting, illustration, appropriate medical imagery (for example, “brain art”), photographs, collage, among other forms.

STEM themes may be drawn from, but will not be limited to, a multitude of diverse disciplines in the natural and physical sciences, medicine, mathematics and statistics, computer science and informatics, cybernetics and artificial intelligence, and any branch of engineering. Submissions may incorporate, but are not limited to, themes and/or language related to theory, experimentation, practical application, STEM-related work, the stories of people engaged in STEM subjects or activity, STEM-related objects, instrumentation, and methods, or experimental/inventive exploration of scientific language, concepts, and images. We welcome work from writers, artists, and “sciartists” in all genres, as well as from members of the scientific community.

Co-produced or collaborative work is welcomed and encouraged. The issue will include diverse styles, approaches, themes, and forms, and, we hope, contributions from across North America and around the world. We will consider work in translation, provided the original and the translation are both provided and available for publication.

A small honorarium is offered for online publication with rights returning to creators upon launch of the magazine in the Fall of 2021.

Submissions close November 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance by February 15, 2021.

Send submissions or queries to

The MacGuffin Special Formal Poetry Issue

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Formal poetry will be featured in Volume 36, No. 3.

You may submit up to five poems per submission. Please indicate the form of each poem being submitted in parenthesis next to its title, e.g. "My Submission" (Ghazal).

No blank or free verse will be accepted for this feature.

Work will be considered until April 1, 2020.

Please send your work via email, post, or Submittable.

For All Submissions
  • We do not accept previously published work (either in print or online).
  • Use Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • List work titles in the order they appear in your cover letter.
  • Include your name and page number in the header of each page. If you are using Microsoft Word 2007 or later, you can use the "Insert" tab on the ribbon to edit the header area and insert page numbers.
  • Do not include extraneous or blank pages with your submission.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • Allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response (sometimes longer in May-July and December-January). We thank you in advance for your patience.
Postal Submissions
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or sufficient International Reply Coupons for reply only. No work will be returned.
Email Submissions
  • Submissions should be sent to
  • Submissions made in the body of an email will not be considered. Please submit work as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Links to a Google Docs (or similar) file will be rejected.
  • Please include the genre you are submitting in the subject line.
  • In the body of the email, please list the title(s) of the poem(s) or story that you are submitting.
Submittable Submissions

Additional Information
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts may be withdrawn until we send an acceptance notification to you.
  • We are not reviewing translations at this time.
  • Authors and artists receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The MacGuffin is copyrighted. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors. We appreciate acknowledgement as first place of publication.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Awakenings Review submission guidelines

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The Awakenings Review is an annual literary journal published by The Awakenings Project. The Awakenings Review publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art—all created by persons who have had a personal experience with mental illness.

Editorial Policy

A writer for The Awakenings Review (The AR) need not have a mental illness—we open submissions to family members and friends of people with mental illnesses. We do prefer that a writer have a mental illness of some type, and be willing to write about it, but that does not have to be the focus of the writings. The AR occasionally publishes special issues dedicated to specific topics, or featuring authors who live with a particular illness.

In most cases, at least two members of The AR editorial board review each submission. We strive to give a preliminary response as soon as possible.

Contributors selected for publication are not paid for their work. However, they will receive a complimentary copy of the journal in which their work is published when it becomes available, and additional copies at a discount.


Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Email submissions should be in a .doc or .docx format attached to an email sent to Include the word "submission" in the subject line.

If you are submitting more than one poem by email, they should all be grouped together into one Word file, e.g., not sent as individual files.

All manuscripts sent to us should be accompanied by a cover letter, which in part describes the writer's relationship to mental illness, either self, family member, or friend.

Manuscripts can be mailed to:
The Awakenings Review
P.O. Box 177
Wheaton, IL 60187

If mailed, you will be notified when we receive your submission.

Submission Guidelines

Material must be offered for first publication. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, if a submission is accepted by another publisher as well as by The AR, the author must notify The AR as soon as possiblre of their preferred publisher.
Individuals are encouraged to submit a body of work for review. With poetry, that means no less than three poems, or up to five pieces of poetry, or one short story (no more than 5000 words) per issue. If this limit is exceeded, the entire submission may be returned unreviewed.

Do not send The AR the original or sole copy of a submission.The AR does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged submissions.

Mailed submissions will not be returned to the creator unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope with the correct postage.

Format for Submissions

Please adhere to the following guidelines:


The maximum length for all work submitted for a given issue is 5,000 words.

Pages should be numbered, and the writer's name, address, phone, and email address should appear at the top of the first page of each piece submitted.

Authors should be aware that an individual line of poetry that exceeds 60 characters in length cannot be printed as a single line when published.

Upon acceptance for publication, authors who reach us through the mails will be asked to email a copy of their works to

Mental Health History

Authors should include a cover letter describing their experience with mental illness, either self, family member, or friend of someone who struggles with mental illness. While this information is voluntary and its absence will not preclude your work from being considered, if your work is accepted for publication you will be asked to submit a short biography where we would like you to supply this information.

Writers and artists retain the copyright to their material. By submitting work, they agree to assign to The AR one-time rights for publication.

By agreeing to allow their work to be published in The AR, writers whose work is accepted agree to allow The AR to publish a brief biography of them in the print copy of The AR, and to permit The AR to publish their names and titles of their works on The Awakenings Project web site. With the author's permission, the work itself may also be published on The Awakenings Project web site. The Awakenings Project will take measures to protect writers' names from access by Internet “web crawlers” to ensure, to the best of its ability, the writer’s privacy. Access to information published on The Awakenings Project site cannot, however, be guaranteed to be inaccessible to all web crawlers.

Palaver seeks poetry & prose

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Deadline: September 14, 2020


Palaver is extremely interested in exploring interdisciplinarity, not only in content, but also in form. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, multimedia submissions, and multimedia-text hybrids.

Prose: Please submit only one story or creative essay. Due to the volume of submissions Palaver receives, please limit your prose to thirty pages.

Poetry: You may submit up to five poems.

Multimedia: We allow up to ten file uploads of visual art/multimedia. Our Submittable account accepts jpg, tiff, gif, png, MP4, and mov files for art submissions.

No multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard back from the first submission before submitting a second time.

No self-identifying information should be present in the body of your work, due to our blind review process. The file name should only include the title of your submission. Only fill out identifying information on the form provided by Submittable. If your submission includes your name in the content and cannot be removed (e.g. the credits of a video), don't sweat it.

Palaver does not accept previously published work, be it print or online. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the submission is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately and withdraw it from Palaver. If a portion of your submission is accepted elsewhere--for example: one or more poems from a submission of multiple poems, or a portion from a longer work of  prose--please make a note on your submission.

If any part of your submission contains images or other elements for which you do not own the copyright, it is your responsibility to obtain formal permission to reproduce those works. If this pertains to your work, please note this in your cover letter.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, Palaver cannot pay for accepted submissions at this time.

Submissions to Palaver are open February 15 until September 14. We publish on an  annual basis in May. Palaver contacts submitters about their submission status within six months.

Questions can be addressed to 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

ADANNA Seeks women's stories during the Pandemic of Coronavirus outbreak

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 DEADLINE:  May 15, 2020

Adanna Literary Journal is a women focused print publication.  We are seeking essay, poetry, and creative non-fiction that speaks towards the experience of mothering in a time of crisis—caring for children, especially those with children in college returning from affected areas, those with younger children exposed to media and the anxiety of school shut-downs, as well as women who are caring for elderly relatives or those in the medical profession.

To submit, please e-mail

The subject line should read “Special Issue” to distinguish this from our annual issue.

Art & Photography will also be accepted in submission.

ANNUAL ISSUE Information:

Our next reading period for the annual issue will be Jan. 1 - May 1, 2020:

Send submissions as a single file attachment to Adanna accepts poetry, short stories, short plays, essays, book reviews and interviews (please query first on book reviews and interviews).  Adanna will also consider artwork for cover art as well as for our companion pieces to literary works (including photography, painting, etc focused on the theme of women). Adanna welcomes both National and International submissions in English.  Adanna is also interested in having available book reviewers to be assigned books.  Please submit your resume/CV if you wish to be considered and sample writing (preferably a published book review) but open to those interested in pursuing review.

  • Please submit only unpublished pieces. 
  • For poetry submissions, please send no more than 6 poems at a time.
  • Please limit prose works to a maximum of 2000 words, no more than one piece in a submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. 
  • Please notify us as soon as possible of any accepted work.
  • Submit in one file as a single document, Word or rtf. No pdf files, please.
  • Include contact information on your document and a 3-4 line bio.  
  • Please note that there is a response time of 4-8 weeks after the submission period closes
  • Adanna is a perfect bound print book


All contributors receive a complimentary copy.  

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium: Forgiveness and Retribution.

The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Rules: Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All genres permitted. A maximum of 2500 words per entry. Limited to one entry per person. Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time (including the AF Academic Writing Prize). All entries are judged anonymously and no correspondence can be entered into.

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: 15th May 2020*
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: 1st June 2020*
Winners announced: 15th June 2020*

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Brush Talks a Journal of China seeks submissions

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Submissions on rolling basis

Brush Talks publishes two issues per year, in winter/spring and summer/fall. All issues are free, available to download on our website, We accept unsolicited submissions on a rolling basis.

Because we realize that you probably don’t have the luxury of waiting around for months at a time while magazines and journals consider your work one by one, we DO accept simultaneous submissions. (We’ve been there.) We simply ask that you inform us as soon as you decide your piece is no longer available for our consideration. There is no reading fee, but, unfortunately, neither are we able to pay contributors at this time.

If we publish your work, you agree to grant Brush Talks first serial rights. All rights will revert to you, the author, upon publication. (While submissions of writing should not have been previously published elsewhere, we will consider photos that have been; just inform us of this at the time of submission so we can credit the original publication if we choose to use them).
Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. We consider it a privilege to be able to read your work, and we will try to be in touch with each author on a timely basis.

Submission Process: Only electronic submissions are accepted, via the following e-mail address:
submissions [at] brushtalks [dot] com

All work submitted should be sent as attachments to your e-mail. Written work can be in DOC, DOCX, ODF, RTF, or PDF format. In your e-mail, please briefly describe your piece and tell us which category you would like it to be considered for (see below). If your piece doesn’t fit a particular category, make one up and convince us why it’s important to be included.

  • General Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Be creative. We’re open to most anything.
  • Travel Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Should be focused on a theme of sorts. In other words, we’re not looking for pieces that merely read as: “First I did this, and then I did that. We went here and then there.” (Although chronology may be part of the structure, it should not be the main focus.) Instead, give us a sense of place and its significance – in general or just to you.
  • Profiles – Up to 8,000 words. Profile a person or a place, from today or the past.
  • Memoir – Up to 8,000 words. Tell us your story related to China. Should relate events of at least a decade ago (or else we’d categorize it under “General Essays”).
  • Narrative Nonfiction – Up to 10,000 words. Tell us a story about an event in China. We realize that this may overlap a bit with “Profiles” but the major aspect of a piece in this category is that it centers around a defined event. The focus is the event (though strong characters and locations can play a role), written about in a compelling, even suspenseful, manner.
  • Photographs – If you have photographs to submit with your writing for one of the above categories, please state this in your e-mail and include a contact sheet of thumbnails, but do not send the full files until asked to do so. If you have a collection of photographs on a theme or topic that you would like to submit, please query with a brief explanation of your project and a contact sheet (again, we ask that you not send large image files until asked to do so).
  • Poems – Submit up to five poems at a time, none longer than about 500 words. Please limit submissions to two per year (one active submission per issue). Also please note: We are a journal of China, so all submissions, including poetry, must have some connection to China. (We have been getting a lot of poetry, in particular, on various other topics, and we regret that we cannot reply to such submissions.)
As we would like to support long-form nonfiction, all word counts are approximate. Some pieces simply need more “breathing room” so why quibble over arbitrary numbers? If you have work that does not fall within the stated limits, please query. If it’s what we’re looking for, we will publish it (perhaps in serial form, as one option).

Authors should refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) to resolve questions of style and usage. 

Remaining questions about the above can be sent to the following e-mail address:
editor [at] brushtalks [dot] com

The Adroit Journal seeks poetry and prose

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

We’re ready for your best work. Pass it along via our online submission manager SUBMITTABLE.

Prose – up to 3 pieces at a time, 3,000 words maximum (per piece).
Poetry – up to 6 poems at a time, no length limits.
Art – up to 6 pieces at a time, both black/white & color accepted.

Since inception, the journal has been listed for extended periods among’s 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past two years.

We are currently OPEN to submissions. We will remain open to submissions until April 1, 2020.


We’ll keep you updated as we approach the deadline for the current reading period. Note: If you are subscribed to our mailing list, you will already receive these updates.

We consider submissions sent via Submittable. Writers with disabilities or impairments may submit via Submittable or email—these writers may submit to editors[AT]theadroitjournal[DOT]org. Otherwise, we are not open to email submissions, and are not open to submissions sent via post.

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Please submit no more than two (2) times per genre per reading period. Additional submissions will be returned unread.

When we are open to submissions, please note that we are open to simultaneous submissions (so long as you classify them as such & promptly let us know if they’re accepted elsewhere). Again, click here to access our Submittable page.

Please note that all submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter and brief third-person biography statement, and that (unless otherwise stated) we ask for First North American Rights to publish writing. Following publication, all rights revert back to the writer; we only ask that you credit The Adroit Journal as the place your work first appeared.

If you are a student in high school, college, or university, please see the guidelines for the annual Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose.

To submit, you may visit our submission manager at All inquires regarding submission should be directed to

Happy submitting!

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Absurdist seeks flash fiction

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Submit to:

The Absurdist wants your oddest, most peculiar flash fiction. Let it be farcical, let it be unsettling, let it be both. We are looking for stories that are cohesively and creatively strange — the rest is up to you.

To get a sense of what fits, check out published work from our past life.


Stories may range in length from 750 to 1,250 words, roughly.

We accept no more than two stories at a time, sent in a single email. Please wait to hear about your first submission before submitting again. Simultaneous submissions are okay, assuming we are notified promptly if a story is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished work only.

To be considered, please include the following with your submission:

Author name as you wish to see it published
Story title(s)
City, state/country of residence
Brief, two- to three-sentence author bio (in third-person)
Social media handles for promotional purposes (not required but encouraged)


We encourage writers of all identities and backgrounds to submit here. Writing is for everyone, and everyone’s weird ideas are welcome. That said, The Absurdist does not want and will not publish any work that aims to hurt or intimidate others.

Should your submission be accepted: Authors retain all rights to their work after publication, though we may repost it on the internet (with proper acknowledgement to the author), or use it to help promote The Absurdist, or reprint it in some future anthology-type thing.

Strange Horizons seeks fiction Monday 4PM - Tuesday 4PM every week

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We are open to fiction submissions between Monday 1600 UTC and Tuesday 1600 UTC (see current UTC time), every week of the year except during the month of December.

We want:
  • Speculative fiction, broadly defined.
  • Up to 10,000 words (under 5000 preferred).
  • Submitted through our Moksha submissions system—no email or postal submissions.
  • No simultaneous or multiple submissions; no re-submissions. Please wait 7 days after receiving a rejection before you submit again.
  • Please send only RTF, DOC or DOCX files and try to stick to standard manuscript format as much as possible. Along with your name and contact information in the upper left, you may also add your pronouns (optional).
  • Previously unpublished in English—we buy first English rights, including audio.
  • Special note on translations: our quarterly sister magazine Samovar specializes in translations and offers a better pay rate of 12¢/word USD split between author and translator: we encourage you to submit all translations there directly. Translations submitted to either magazine will always be considered for both magazines: first for Samovar and second for Strange Horizons. If you're sending us a translation and don't want it forwarded to Samovar, please let us know in your cover letter and we will consider it only for Strange Horizons.
We offer:
Payment of 10¢/word USD, within 60 days of contract.
If you have any questions, write to with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line.

Everything else on this page is intended to clarify, explain, or provide insight into the above guidelines. If you've submitted to us before or feel confident that your story meets our guidelines, feel free to skip the rest of this page. If you're uncertain on any point, you'll find more detailed discussion below.
What We Want and What We Don't Want

We want good speculative fiction. If your story doesn't have a speculative element, or strong speculative-fiction sensibilities, it's probably not for us.
Some particular things we love, or are interested in:
  • Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position.
  • Unusual yet readable styles and inventive structures and narratives.
  • Stories that address political issues in complex and nuanced ways, resisting oversimplification.
  • Hypertext fiction, interactive fiction, and other stories that explore and exploit the forms available to us. If you have a work of this type that you think might be a good fit for Strange Horizons, please query us to discuss how to submit it.
Things which are fine:
  • Profanity is fine. Use whatever words are appropriate for your story.
  • Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore.
  • We welcome submissions from anywhere in the world, and British spellings are fine.
  • We will consider stories which have previously appeared in another language, but have never been published in English.
  • We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.
Things we won't consider:
  • Stories above 10,000 words, including serialized novels or novellas.
  • Partial or incomplete stories. Please don't send us part of a story and ask us to request the rest of it if we're interested.
  • Unsolicited reprints of works previously published in English.
  • Stories previously submitted to Strange Horizons, even if they have been revised.
  • Multiple stories at once from the same author.
  • Submissions sent to us and another venue simultaneously.
  • Poetry or nonfiction; we're the wrong department for those.
Pay Rates and Lengths

We prefer stories under 5,000 words, but we consider stories up to 10,000 words. Note, however, that the longer the story is, the less likely we are to be interested. Our wordcount limit is not absolutely inflexible, but we can't consider stories much over the limit, not even as serials. However, we have no minimum wordcount requirement; we consider short-short stories. We determine story length by taking the word-processor wordcount and rounding up to the next highest 100 words.

We pay 10¢/word (USD), with a minimum payment of $60. SFWA officially considers us a professional market. We pay by check or PayPal, according to the author's preference.
We buy first-printing world exclusive English-language rights (including audio rights) for six (6) months. After that period, you are free to republish the story elsewhere. We hope you'll allow us to leave the story in our archives indefinitely after it's rotated off the main table of contents, but you have the right to remove your story from the archives at any time after one (1) year.
How to Submit

Check the top of this page to see if we're open to submissions, and if we're open, upload a file using our submission gateway. In order to track stories correctly, we can only consider stories submitted through that form—no email or paper mail submissions.

Your cover letter can be minimal: generally, these should be short and list just a few of your most recent or most relevant publications or workshops. If you've got life experience relevant to your story (e.g. your story takes place on a submarine, and you served on a submarine), please do mention that. Cover letters shouldn't include plot synopses or pitches. If you are still concerned, please take a look at our sample cover letters page.

If you're having trouble submitting, or have any other questions, please send an e-mail with a subject line of "QUERY: Your Question Topic" to
Response Time and Response Status

We usually respond within a few weeks, but are currently running behind and response times are slower. Apologies for the longer-than-usual wait. Please query if you're concerned your submission has gone astray, but otherwise please be patient with us while we catch up.

We send an autoresponder message in response to every submission we receive. If you haven't received an autoresponse within 24 hours after submitting, please query immediately. Missing an autoresponse usually means we have an incorrect email address for you, and won't be able to contact you when we make a decision on your fiction.
Withdrawal policy

After you submit a story, we strongly prefer you don't withdraw it. If you withdraw a story, we won't consider any version of that story in the future. However, if you do need to withdraw a story, please send an e-mail telling us that you need to withdraw, and let us know why.
How to Contact Us

To contact us for any reason, write to with the word QUERY: at the beginning of your subject line. Add a few words to the subject line to indicate what you're querying about.
Strange and Interesting Miscellany

None of this is required reading, but if you're curious about how we do things, you may find the following links interesting:

Stories we see too often: This list was made by the previous editing team, and has since been reposted and referenced by various people who've found it useful. Though there is some good advice here, we offer it as a curio rather than as a prescription.

Why we don't want authors to withdraw stories: This is a post by previous senior fiction editor, Jed Hartman. We agree with his reasoning.