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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Furious Gazelle’s 2019 Halloween Writing Contest

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Deadline: September 21, 2019

The contest is free to enter. The first place winner will receive $50 and a book in the genre of their choosing.

Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays and creative non-fiction as an attachment to, and put “Halloween contest” in your subject line.

Each writer may submit up to five entries to the contest, totaling 5,000 words or under.

Use that however you want, for example send a 4,900 word short story and a 100 word flash piece, or send 5 poems, or 3 poems and 2 stories, the possibilities are endless.


Our critiques offer insight and constructive criticism about your entry. Constructive criticism is a great way to learn how to become a stronger writer. We will provide three lines of feedback: what we liked, what could be working better, techniques you could consider using to strengthen your story.
If you’d like constructive feedback, click here to purchase the item in the Square store (non-US: send $10 via paypal to and note your receipt number in your submission e-mail).


Just want to support our contest? We’re committed to keeping our Halloween contest free to enter, but that costs money. If you can, please consider contributing with your entry. Your $5 contribution will go towards the first place prize, and our website hosting costs. If you’d like to contribute, click here to donate through our Square store (non-US: send $5 via paypal to and submit your entry as an attachment to

Donating will not have any impact on your chances of winning, but it will earn our eternal gratitude, and help us to keep the Furious Gazelle online.

The Sun submission guidelines

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The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. We’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. Contributors tell us that after their work reaches more than 70,000 engaged Sun readers, they often hear from old friends and new admirers.

To save your time and ours, we suggest you take a look at The Sun before submitting. We’ve provided some samples online.


Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for the Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

We publish nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues.

We encourage submissions from writers of color.

Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.

We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length.

We discourage simultaneous submissions.

Writing is a solitary act, but when what you’ve written goes out to our loyal subscribers, it can feel a little less so.
What We Pay

$300 to $2,000
Read a sample essay

$300 to $2,000
Read a sample story

$100 to $250
Read a sample poem

We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
Mailed Submissions
You can also send your typed, double-spaced submission (along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to:

Editorial Department
The Sun
107 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Your work will not be returned without sufficient postage, and we cannot respond unless a return envelope is provided.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Reedsey Weekly Writing Contest: #7: Scrumdiddlyumptious

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Did you know: September 13th is Roald Dahl's birthday — so a "gloriumptious" Roald Dahl Day to you!

Roald Dahl was a children's book author, best known for classics like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Gian Peach, and, well, the list of his beloved children's books goes on and on.

Dahl not only created whimsical worlds within his stories, he also created new diction, inventing words such as "gloriumptious" (pure marvelousness), "biffsquiggled" (being confused or puzzled), "churgle" (gurgling with laughter), and "ringbeller" (a really good dream).

This week, our prompts are all elements pulled from Roald Dahl's phizz-whizzing (splendid) books.
This week's prompts:

Write a story with a child narrator.
For Kids

Write a story that mixes everyday situations with surreal surroundings.
Fantasy and Science Fiction

Write a story where a chocolate cake plays a significant role.

Write a story about a person longing for family.

Write a story infused with dark humor.

Stories will be visible once this contest has ended!
To enter this contest, pick a prompt and submit your story

Closes at 23:59 - Sep 20, 2019 EST

Winning stories will be featured on our website and in our weekly newsletter. For more information, please consult our terms of use.

Submissions will be approved and published within 7 days of the contest closing.

Please keep your submission between 1,000 - 3,000 words.

Any questions?
Check out our FAQ

Michigan Quarterly Review submission guidelines

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Submission are open August-December and January-April.

Submissions for the Print Journal:

Regular submissions for the print journal are accepted from January 15 to April 15, and from August 1 to November 30. Average turnaround time is four to six months. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately via submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Please do not submit previously published work, including work published on  a personal website or blog. Writers are advised to inspect a back copy of the journal or our archives before submitting work.

MQR accepts mailed submissions from incarcerated individuals. Other submissions via mail, email, or fax cannot be accepted and will not be read.  If you are a writer for whom Submittable is  not accessible please email us at

Prose submissions: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified; 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum. All stories accepted for publication will be passed on to a judge as finalists for the $2000 Lawrence Prize. There is no additional fee beyond submission.

Poetry submissions: Please submit in between 3-6 poems in one document, not to exceed a total of 12 pages.

Payment is $100 for prose and $25 for poetry.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fiddlehead submission guidelines

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The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate is around 1-2% (we are, however, famous for our rejection notes!). Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.

The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, or racist.

If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead, you should read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal. Consider subscribing or contact us to order sample back issues ($10-$15 plus postage).
The Fiddlehead is now on Submittable!
Our two Submittable submission periods are January 1 - April 30 and September 15 - November 30.

Due to overwhelming submission volume, once your work has been submitted, we cannot process substitutions or modifications.

For those who prefer snail mail and handwritten responses, we will still be accepting mailed submissions! Mailed submissions in any category are accepted all year around.

Click to access our Submittable page. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to sign up for one before you submit. It is free and it only takes a few minutes.


General Guidelines for Unsolicited Submissions
We strongly encourage online submission through the Submittable platform, but as stated above, we are still open to mailed submissions. Many of the guidelines apply to both methods.

  • No faxed or emailed submissions are accepted. Please do not send CDs, DVDs, USB drives, etc.
  • Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.
  • The Fiddlehead buys first serials rights; copyright is retained by the author at all times, and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.
  • Writers may only submit once per calendar year per genre. (This does not include our annual contest: you may submit multiple times, so long as the work is not under consideration elsewhere. See complete contest guidelines here.) 
  • Please wait for an editorial response before submitting again. We try our best to respond in a timely matter, but due to volume of submissions, a response may take 6 months or more. Please wait 6 months before querying. 
  • We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit work that has been previously published or accepted for publication, including in anthologies, chapbooks, blogs, Facebook pages, or online journals.
  • For online submissions, please submit one file containing your creative work (.doc, .docx, .or .pdf). Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.
  • For hard copy, mailed submissions, all submissions should be typed/word-processed, spell-checked, and paginated. Please use white paper, print on one side only, and put your name on every page of your submission.
  • For online and mailed submissions, a cover letter should be included with contact information (especially your email address, if you have one), the title(s) and genre of the work(s) you are submitting, and a 50-word biographical statement. In Submittable, please copy and paste your cover letter and biographical statement in the appropriate fields. 
  • Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to The Fiddlehead or whether you have submitted it to other magazines simultaneously. If another magazine accepts your work for publication that you have also submitted to us, then please advise us immediately.
  • To receive a handwritten response to mailed submissions, please include a SASE (a self-addressed stamped envelope); otherwise we will simply send you an email response. If you do not include a SASE or an email address, you will not receive a response unless your submission is accepted for publication.
  • For mailed submissions, if you wish to receive your whole manuscript back, please say so in your cover letter and include a large enough self-addressed envelope with the correct postage. If the envelope is too small or there is not enough postage, your manuscript will not be returned. If you are submitting work from outside Canada, please include a valid email address for reply purposes, as we cannot use non-Canadian postage. Alternatively, you should include cash/cheque/money order (USD or CAD dollars only, please) to cover return postage.

Please send mailed submission to:

  The Fiddlehead
  Campus House
  11 Garland Ct
  University of New Brunswick
  PO Box 4400  
  Fredericton NB
  E3B 5A3

Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

  • short fiction submission should be one story, double spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Unless a story is very, very short (under 1000 words), please send only one story per submission. Please specify at the top of the first page the number of words in the story submitted.
  • A poetry submission may be single-spaced. Please submit no more than 6 poems per submission. No more than one poem on a page. If a poem runs more than one page, please put the poem’s title in the headers of the additional page(s) and make sure the pages are numbered. The Fiddlehead prefers to accept several poems by the same author; please do not limit your submission to a single poem.
  • Creative nonfiction (CNF) is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc. Check out the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society’s definition here.  Submissions in this genre should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Unless a CNF work is very, very short (under 1000 words), please send only one work per submission. Accompanying images may be considered, but permissions for the images are responsibility of the author and must be arranged beforehand.
  • • Excerpts from novels and scenes from plays are occasionally accepted, but short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction are the preferred genres. Excerpts from novels should be double spaced, while play excerpts may be single spaced. Novel excerpts should be no more than 6,000 words, while play excerpts should be 10 pages max.
  • • Translations of creative work are also considered and occasionally published. With these submissions we need a copy of the text in its original language and a copy of a permissions letter from the copyright holder (usually the author or the original-language publisher).

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

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Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen.

Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

No entry fee. But please only submit one story... your best one!

No reprints.

Entries can be from any country.

All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered.

E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .RTF attachments to:

Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.

Please include the following in the body of your email:

The title of the work
The author's name, address and telephone number
An approximate word-count
The manuscript should be a RTF attachment, in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author's name MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.

Employees of Baen Books, NSS and previous Grand Prize Winners are not eligible. Previous Second and Third place winners are eligible.

Contest opens for submissions on October 1, 2019 at 12:01am EDT. (Entries sent before that date will be deleted unread.)

Deadline - 12:01am, U.S. Pacific Time, February 1, 2020.

The ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2020.

What we want to see
Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.

What We Don’t Want to See
Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions, zombie stories, thinly veiled copies of previous winners, non-standalone novel excerpts, screenplays.

Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and best selling Baen author David Drake.

The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals, currently .07/word. The author will also receive an engraved award, free entry into the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive free entry into the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

The three winners will be announced and notified no later than March 22, 2020. The winners will be honored at the 2020 International Space Development Conference in Dallas, TX, May 28-31 2020. (We would prefer the winner attend the conference, but it is not required.)

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Storm Cellar seeks fiction & poetry

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Submission via Submittable

Storm Cellar is a nationally distributed literary arts magazine rooted in the Midwest, appearing in print and ebook editions. This is a journal of safety and danger. We want your prose, poems, chimeras, and ideas penned on envelopes in buses and train cars. The magazine aims to publish amazing work by new and established writers and artists, present a range of styles and approaches, and be as un-boring as it can. If you write one thing to be read while waiting for the all-clear to sound, send it here.

Payment: Big heart emojis forever, first of all! We now send a $10 honorarium to all contributors, beginning with issue 8.1, by PayPal/Venmo or money order. We know it’s not much, but it is a token of our esteem and, we hope, something we can build on into the future. Flash contest winners receive their cash prizes by PayPal/Venmo or money order.


• 1 fiction up to 5,000 words. More-compact stories (not shorter) tend to do better.

We like it hot, we like it cold, we like it hard and fast, we like it slow and gentle, we like it traditional,* we like it experimental.

We like it anonymous, don't care about a title page. We like it 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.

* Traditional: 1. not experimental; 2. ignorance, thanatos, octopodes, standing stones, sex rites, MRIs, cavaliers, Cadillacs, rude boys, buried toys, gold fever, war fever, bone fever, baby fever, submarines, pipe dreams, cigarettes & rock music, sign vs. signifier, prairie fire, smugglers, insurance, kissing cousins, "here there be monsters," border crossing, Amazons, apocalyptics, analytics, riding tigers, tiny islands, hackers, holograms, embezzlement, grafitti, hot zones, outer space…


• Up to 4 flashes, 4,000 total words, one file.
Flash — what is this? Send us it.


Up to 5 poems, 400 lines/15 pages total.
All poems in one document, each beginning a new page.
We're open to anything. We like surprises.

We're not super in love with greeting card sentiments/prosody, nor these topics: cats, coffee, booze, birds. Of course, a poem is its own best case for its awesomeness.

The First Line Submission Guidelines - Winter 2019

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All submissions must begin with one first line from:
Volume 16, Issue 1 to Volume 20, Issue 4.
Due date: November 1, 2019

Vol. 16, Iss. 1: Carlos discovered _______ [fill in the blank] under a pile of shoes in the back of his grandmother's closet.
Vol. 16, Iss. 2: "Please, Sylvia, give me a moment to think."
Vol. 16, Iss. 3: Fifty miles west of Bloomington lies Hillsboro, a monument to middle-class malaise.
Vol. 16, Iss. 4: We went as far as the car would take us.
Vol. 17, Iss. 1: Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.
Vol. 17, Iss. 2: Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
Vol. 17, Iss. 3: The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
Vol. 17, Iss. 4: George pressed the call button and said, "Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.
Vol. 18, Iss. 1: "Unfortunately, there is no mistake," she said, closing the file.
Vol. 18, Iss. 2: By the fifteenth month of the drought, the lake no longer held her secrets.
Vol. 18, Iss. 3: Mrs. Morrison was too busy to die.
Vol. 18, Iss. 4: In the six years I spent tracking David Addley, it never occurred to me that he didn't exist.
Vol. 19, Iss. 1: Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent.
Vol. 19, Iss. 2: The plan suddenly made sense.
Vol. 19, Iss. 3: Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn't retiring anytime soon.
Vol. 19, Iss. 4: "I'm tired of trying to see the good in people."
Vol. 20, Iss. 1: Leo massaged the back of his neck, thankful the meeting was finally over.
Vol. 20, Iss. 2: "I wanted you to be the first to know," Rowan tentatively confided in me.
Vol. 20, Iss. 3: The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air.
Vol. 20, Iss. 4: As she trudged down the alley, Cenessa saw a small _________________. [Fill in the blank.]

A few notes:

Don't just resubmit a story we've already rejected. We will know. We have every story submitted to us on file and why we rejected it.
Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that's cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.
However, if you used one of our past first lines for a story that was published in another journal or magazine, write and tell us about it.
Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won't get your story tossed from the slush pile).

Poetry: All poems must be written with the first line provided. The sentence can be broken across lines, but the punctuation cannot be altered or dropped. Poem length is up to the poet.

All Submissions: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don't mind if you want to submit multiple stories or poems for the same issue.

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure you tell us what issue you are submitting to in the email Subject Line. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line's post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage.

Notification: We don't make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue's deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue's production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You'll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Blink-ink seeks True Crime flash fiction

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Bang Bang Bang! Three shots rang out and you sent us your best “True Crime” stories of approximately 50 words. Not necessarily ripped form the headlines, not necessarily noir, but definitely something stylish and against the law!

Sharp suits, space-boots. High class, diving trash. Scraping by, living high. Times gone by, right this sec, next big thing. Tell us all.

Submissions are open September 1st through October 15th, 2019.

Send submissions in the body of an email to:

General guidelines & information on our website
We respond to all submissions & inquiries.

We publish 50 word fiction. We DO NOT publish poetry.

50 words doesn’t have to mean right on the button, but

it should be close. If it feels long, it is long.

When is a prose poem a poem and when is it prose?


Depends on what it sounds like when you read it aloud.

Our issues are generally themed and have submission periods

that open and close. Watch our website and social media

pages for details. Email inquiries always welcome.

Please send submissions in the body of an email.

Old schoolers and Luddites are welcome to use our PO Box.

No attachments or bios please.

We don’t open attachments and don’t want bios.

Send up to four pieces at a time, simultaneous submissions

are fine, just let us know if the piece is taken by another market.

We ask for unpublished work only.

If we publish your work, please do not submit for the next issue.

Should you find the theme of the next issue to be irresistible, okay

send your submissions, but then give it a break.

We take one time use of a piece, all rights remain with the author.

We have never done an anthology, but if we did we would ask you

for permission before using your work a second time.

We are not a paying market. Not that you don’t deserve it,

we just don’t have it. All contributors receive a free copy.

Daily Science Fiction Story Submission Guidelines

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ALERT: Please don't submit stories longer than 1,500 words. Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series--three or more flash tales built around a common theme. If you are submitting a flash series, please note that it is a series in your cover letter and at the top of the submitted text in the submission box. Each story does need to stand on its own.

We do not accept reprints. Unfortunately, if you have placed a story on your website, where it is open and available to the multiple billion people who have access to the internet, that constitutes publication. We're sorry. No, we don't accept self-published works.

Please don't submit the same story to us and any other venue at the same time. Please don't send us more than one story. Don't send us another until we send you a response.

We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies. 

First publication sounds simple, but in today's fractured fiction market it is anything but. Here's what we mean by first worldwide rights: Your story will be distributed by email to our (free) subscription list, it will then be available on the website, via RSS, eventually through kindle and iphone/ipad (the "issue" consisting of all stories published during its calendar month), and as archived on the website. The nonexclusive reprint rights are anticipated to apply to the omnibus volume of DSF's stories for one year. Themed anthologies are anticipated to consist of 50-100% material originally published on, plus additional materials as contracted. For these anthologies, payment will be determined if and when they occur.

Not So Helpful Hints

We need short short fiction, especially flash fiction. Among our featured stories, a shorter tale will get an extra nudge on the scale when weighed against a longer one. This is both for financial reasons and because it matches the preferences of a plurality of our readership. Not fair? Perhaps. Consider yourself forewarned.

Of course, we want your stories to ooze originality, but a well-written story is a must. We are fond of character-driven fiction, though readers point out that not every story we publish fits that rubric. Our goal is to publish the best stories we can that will be interesting, worthwhile reads. Some stories, especially in the short short fiction, will succeed despite lack of plot, character, punctuation, what-have-you.

We may purchase dark fantasy, but try not to publish pure horror. We don't mind feeling the flush of arousal, but will not publish erotica. Guns a-blazing might make our day, but we don't suspect most military SF will win us over. Humor? We take it, It often works especially for short short fiction, but do keep in mind that one alien's funny bone is located near another species' sac of indifference. We're likely not your best market for longer funny tales.

We don't accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, but we promise to be as prompt as possible with our responses. Query if you haven't heard back in four weeks. Or better yet, check your story's status on this website. There is now a "check status" option on the sidebar.

PS We'd like to emphasize that guidelines aren't worth the paper they're printed on (which in this case is no paper at all). Splurge for a free email subscription, or if you can't afford free, browse the archives here on the website. Read, and get a feel for what Daily Science Fiction publishes. We always want new and different work, of course, but you can get a real tactile sense of this or any other publication only by reading it.

SUBMIT - you will need to create an account

Thursday, September 12, 2019

FishFood seeks literature on the theme of Bananas

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We are now accepting submissions for Issue 2 of our print edition.

The theme is Bananas! - Have fun with it! (Or not) It's your world - we just live in it!

FishFood Magazine only accepts original, previously unpublished work from authors.

We are accepting all types of literary works to be featured on the magazine website on an ongoing basis.

We accept micro fiction/flash fiction, poetry, essays and other interesting forms of literature.
* All stories/essays submitted must be a maximum of 2,000 words *

We accept multiple submissions (up to four).

We accept simultaneous submissions, however, please make sure to inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere so we can withdraw your submission. In the case of withdrawal, we are willing to accept another submission as a replacement. If your work has been declined, you may re-submit twice more for consideration. We will not accept another submission afterward, however you may submit again the following month.

Fictive Dream short stories submission guidelines

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We publish stories of between 500 and 2,500 words that have not previously appeared elsewhere, either in print or online (including your own blog and social media).

We like to publish authors from all over the world but submissions must be in English.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please let us know straight away if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We prefer to receive one story at a time. If your work is turned down do try us again but please leave it one month before you resubmit.

Regrettably, we can’t offer payment for the stories we publish. We do, however, offer you our abiding gratitude.

Submit your story as a Word attachment to 

No PDFs and please do not paste your story in the body of your email. We’ll aim to get back to you within a month of submission.

Present your submission in a simple typeface with double spacing, numbered pages, the title of your story and your name.

Please add a brief biography of no more than 75 words written in the third person with links that you would like to be included.

By submitting to Fictive Dream you agree to grant First Serial Rights. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. We ask that your work does not appear in another publication for three months from the date of publication in Fictive Dream. If, after this time, your work is published in subsequent publications, print or online, we ask that Fictive Dream be acknowledged.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Three Cheers and a Tiger Science Fiction / Fantasy Writing Contest

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The autumn edition of Three Cheers and a Tiger is a SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY contest. It is held annually the weekend closest to September 21.

Entries are blind-judged by Boots & Broker. The judges’ decision is final. Winners are announced October 31.

Winning stories are published in the December issue of Toasted Cheese. If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card & second a $10 Amazon gift card. If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.

The September 2019 contest opens at 5PM Eastern Time, Friday, September 20, 2019 with details posted on TC’s homepage.

Send entries to: threecheers19[at]

Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry

Deadline: 5PM Eastern Time, Sunday, September 22, 2019

Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal submission guidelines

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If you would like to submit to Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, send an
explanatory email that includes your name and contact information to Attach your submission to that email.

We publish a spring edition in late June/early July and a fall edition in late December/early January. Your work will be considered for the next available issue.

A note on reading times: We publish twice a year. Our reading period for spring is January through June with the spring edition decision and publication coming in late June/early July. Our reading period for fall is July through December with the fall edition decision and publication coming late December/early January.

Please conform to the following guidelines:

1) We consider poems, short fiction, short screenplays, short plays, creative nonfiction, essays about the art of creative writing, and essays about the teaching of creative writing.

2) We prefer no simultaneous submissions. If your work is under consideration elsewhere, please let us know. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please let us know that as well.

3) We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard from us regarding your previous submission before you submit again. Poets may submit up to four poems. All other authors should submit only one work.

4 ) We only consider previously unpublished work.

5) We do not publish profanity, gratuitously violent, or erotic work.

6) All work submitted to any publication or contest at Americana is reviewed blindly. Please do not include your name on the submission. If you do, we will remove it before it is sent out for review.

7) American citizenship is not a requirement for submission; the only requirement is that the work hold some appeal for an American readership and bear some relationship with American culture.

8) We ask for First American Serial Rights for one month after publication. After that, rights revert back to the author.

9) We don't pay for publication, and we don't charge reading fees.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Poets & Writers Magazine submission guidelines

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Thank you for your interest in Poets & Writers Magazine, a bimonthly publication for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Before you send us your submission, please read the following.

Our Audience

Available by subscription and on newsstands of most major bookstores, Poets & Writers Magazine reaches a national audience of 100,000 readers from emerging to established literary writers. The magazine has a strong following among both students and faculty in creative writing programs across the country. In addition, many of its readers pursue creative writing as an avocation, often pairing their literary lives with other careers.

What We Publish

We recommend that you read Poets & Writers Magazine before sending us a query or an article for consideration. You may also visit our online Archive, which contains a selection of articles from past issues. Our editorial content is divided into the following four sections.

News & Trends: brief articles (500-1,200 words) that keep our readers abreast of pertinent information in the writing and publishing industries.

The Literary Life: essays (1,500-2,500 words) on the more contemplative aspects of writing, ranging from creative process to the art of reading.

The Practical Writer: advice and how-to articles (1,500-2,500 words) that offer nuts and bolts information about the business of creative writing.

Features: profiles of and interviews with (2,000-3,000 words) contemporary writers who reflect the rich diversity of current American literature. Other features include articles and essays (2,000-3,000 words), frequently grouped into special sections, that provide an in-depth look at subjects of interest to creative writers, such as writers conferences and residencies, small presses, regional writing, and the distinctions of genre.

Submission Information

All correspondence should be addressed to The Editors, Poets & Writers Magazine, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 and should include an SASE with appropriate postage, or sent via e-mail to

For those articles we publish, we buy exclusive worldwide, periodical publication and syndication rights in all languages and non-exclusive reprint rights shared 50/50 thereafter. We pay when the piece is scheduled for production.

If you plan to query us with a story proposal, please include two samples of your journalistic writing.

For articles submitted on spec, manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than 3,000 words in length.

E-mail queries must be fully developed and must include two samples of your journalistic writing.

It usually takes four to six weeks for us to respond to your query or manuscript.

We do not publish original fiction or poetry.

We do not publish book reviews.

We do not accept queries made over the phone.

We rarely cover genre fiction, such as mysteries, mainstream science fiction, romance novels, and children's literature, nor do we cover screenwriting and playwriting.

CRAFT seeks short fiction

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Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for original work. 

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

In order to serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay from the author. This author's note will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


  • CRAFT Short Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose the Flash Fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please submit only one piece until you've heard back from us
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Bitch Media Guidelines

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At Bitch, we’re always looking for pitches that speak to feminist responses to pop culture.

Our definition of pop culture is broad, encompassing cultural attitudes and myths, phenomena of the popular imagination, and social trends as well as movies, TV, magazines, books, advertising, and the like. In addition to our quarterly print magazine, we publish online content five days a week. We are looking for discussion-provoking critical essays that are well researched with evidence to back up claims, timely statistics, and connections between one’s personal experience and larger social forces. Interviews with feminist culture-makers are welcome, as are book, film, and music reviews and nuanced analyses of particularly horrifying and/or inspiring examples of pop culture.

First-person essays are great, but please read our print magazine and website to get a sense of how our contributors strike a happy balance between the personal “I” and the larger subject matter at hand. We do not publish fiction or poetry. Ever. Seriously. Nonfiction essays only, though we do not publish experimental lyric essays or anything that reads like a dissertation. Finished work and query letters are both welcome. If sending only a query, please include clips or writing samples. If you have not written for us previously and are pitching a Feature or Dispatch piece, please send either a full draft or a 300-word write up outlining your article.  

Princeton Arts Fellowship

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Princeton Arts Fellows, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching.

We will be accepting applications in Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, film makers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists -- this list is not meant to be exhaustive -- who would find it beneficial to spend two years working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Fellowships are for two 9-month academic years. An $83,000 salary for each year is included. Fellows will be in residence for academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 at Princeton, interacting with our students, faculty and staff as part of the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but Fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, our expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

Princeton Arts Fellows may not hold concurrent teaching positions at other institutions for the duration of the fellowship.

Interviews of finalists will take place on campus during January 6-7, 2020. All finalists are expected to attend the on-campus interview.

While Fellows need not reside in Princeton, they will be required to spend a significant part of the week on campus.

This Fellowship cannot be used to fund work leading to a Ph.D. or any other advanced degree. Holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

Please apply online by September 17, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. 

All applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of 500 words about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career, and contact information for three references (please do not ask recommenders to send letters; the search committee will contact relevant recommenders directly). In addition, work samples should be submitted online (i.e., a writing sample, images of your work, video links to performances, etc.).

Applicants can only apply for the Princeton Arts Fellowship twice in a life time.

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline. Statements are limited to 500 words and writing samples to 3,000 words.

Selection will be based on artistic achievement; the potential for excellent teaching; and the likelihood of significant contributions to the artistic life of the Princeton community. Appointments will be made at the rank of lecturer.

Advanced degree preferred.

To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.):

These positions are subject to the University's background check policy.

Requisition No: D-19-LCA-00006
*Required information is denoted with an asterisk.

How to Apply
The form online must be completed to submit your application for this position.

It is recommended that you read through the entire application and gather the required application materials before beginning your application. You will not be able to save or return to edit a partial application. Only complete applications will be accepted for consideration and the application form must be completed in its entirety before it can be submitted.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address that you provide in your application. In some cases, your references may be contacted using the email address that you provide for them and may be asked to provide their recommendation via a web-based form similar to the application form.

Be sure to provide the correct email addresses for you and all of your references to ensure that communications from Princeton University are properly delivered.

For more information send an email to or call 609-258-0788 .

Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon 3

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Ends on September 30, 2019  

Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the 1st and 20th paragraphs, and the short story writer crafts the rest.   First prize is $3000, 2nd prize is $2000, and 3rd prize is $1000 with the winning short stories published in a short story anthology, as well as an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO. The twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their short stories included in this anthology.

Owl Canyon Press provides paragraphs #1 and  #20, and the writer creates the other 48 paragraphs (i.e., paragraphs 2-19 and 21-50) to complete the story.

  • There’s no cost to enter
  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA, but the stories must be in English
  • 50 Paragraphs total – including the 1st and 20th provided in the submission form
  • No maximum word count, but each paragraph needs to be at least 40 words – this isn’t flash fiction so feel free to use as many words as you need to tell the story
  • Dialog is fine as long as it’s in a paragraph of at least 40 words
  • Authors retain all rights to their short stories
  • Winning authors agree to permit Owl Canyon Press to publish their stories in an Anthology
  • Winners receive up to $3000 in cash awards, publication in a short story anthology, and an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO
  • Winners will be notified in December 2019
  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in disqualification

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hamilton Stone Review seeks poetry & fiction

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The Hamilton Stone Review, an online literary magazine, publishes two issues a year, usually in April and October.  Submissions guidelines vary with genre and season and may close without notice.

Submissions that don't follow the guidelines will be rejected without reading.

Prose submissions (fiction and nonfiction) for Fall 2019 are open now and close September 30. 2019. Email your submission as a .doc file to Dorian Gossy at

Poetry submissions for Fall 2019 are open now and close September 30 , 2019.   Email submissions only to Roger Mitchell at with "HSR" in the subject line. Roger Mitchell says, "HSR has no esthetic or other agenda, looks for poetry that convinces by its knowledge and intensity, however they may already exist and/or come into being on the page."

No snail mail submissions, please. Don't forget to put "HSR" in your subject line.

Fleas on the Dog submission guidelines

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  • Deadline: September 16, 2019

We are a collective of writers/editors who publish a non profit online magazine for those who are on the avant garde and outside the box.


Fiction: We take pretty much everything. Mainstream, traditional, literary, barbaric yawps, flash, metafiction, experimental, sci/fi, speculative, fantasy, mystery, micro, nano, grunge, bad (but it better be good!), modernist, post-modernist, spamlit, kitschlit, retro, metro, outsider, novel excerpts, one or two act plays, graphic stories, even comics.  Our only criterion is quality.

Nonfiction: Kick ass op-eds, essays and articles on topical topics that are sure to p*** somebody off, memoirs, manifestos, reviews, games, nonsense and other cogent junk. Politically incorrect is welcome as long as it doesn’t devolve into invective.

Anybody whose engines burn when they write. You can have won literary awards or never published at all. Degrees don’t impress us—it’s your work that matters.



  • There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 10 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take weeks?)
  • Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.
  • Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to (or type in the link in the email address).
  •  Include the genre (fiction or non fiction) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay. Submit to only one category (fiction or nonfiction) per issue. If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Summer on the Hudson Literary Lounge

Lamprophonic is teaming with Summer on the Hudson for another summer of great programming! We will be hosting two Literary Lounge events in Riverside Park. In May and September, local authors will join us at Pier i for a sunset reading and lively discussion with Clare Smith Marash.

Wednesday, September 11
6:00 pm

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by The Washington Post, ALA Booklist, Literary Hub, Cosmopolitan, and others. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Kim was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and an MSEd from Hunter College. She is a Teach For America alum and has taught elementary school, high school, and collegiate writing. She is currently the Director of Writing Instruction for Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America and a contributing editor at Apogee Journal.

Pier I in Riverside Park South
West 70th Street Manhattan
Cost: Free

Slackjaw Humor Writing Challenge

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Deadline: September 21, 2019

$2,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights to the winners.

Slackjaw is Medium’s most-read humor publication with 90,000+ followers, and we want your funny writing! We also want to support humor writers — and aspiring humor writers — everywhere. That’s why we’re announcing our first Humor Writing Challenge.

Challenges need awesome prizes, and we’ve got $2,000 in cash prizes for the winners, plus the chance to get your work in front of our judges panel: comedy writers for The Onion, Comedy Central, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, etc.

We don’t just want any old humor. We want sharp, well-crafted writing where you follow a proven formula:

  • Generate multiple headline ideas and use only the funniest.
  • Get outside your own head by sharing your rough draft with another writer.
  • Sharpen your draft based on feedback.

These principles are practiced religiously at places like The Onion and taught in top comedy writing schools like The Second City.

In this Challenge, we’re going to have you follow a precise idea-generating and re-writing formula to craft a hilarious humor piece. And we’re going to give you the support of our Slackjaw community, so you’re sure to get the help and feedback you need.

First prize winner:
$1,000 cash prize, to be spent or squandered as you see fit.

Your winning piece will be published on Slackjaw, and promoted multiple times to our email list of 25,000+ people and all over social media and internally on Medium.

Preposterously large bragging rights.

Two runners-up will each win:

$500 cash prize, to be invested in bitcoin or spent on groceries.
Your piece will be published on Slackjaw and promoted extensively.

Honorable mentions:
Are eligible to be published in Slackjaw as paid (Medium Partner Program) pieces and will be promoted on Medium under the “Humor” topic.

Challenge dates
August 14 - August 20: Opt-in period. Join the challenge!
August 21: Challenge instructions page goes live! If you opted-in, we’ll email you the details.
August 21 - September 21: Challenge is live! Get writing. (You can still opt-in.)

To enter, do all of (1)-(4) below. When you opt-in, I’ll confirm your email, then send you exact instructions for writing and submitting your entry, starting August 21.
Create a free Medium account (if you don’t have one).
Follow Slackjaw on Medium: At the bottom of this story, next to Slackjaw’s logo, click “Follow.”
Follow Slackjaw on Twitter and Facebook.
Click here, and opt-in to the challenge with your best email. I (Alex Baia) will email you right away to confirm that you’re in. Full instructions for writing and submitting your Challenge entry will go live August 21.

Fine print
Be sure to do all of (1)-(4) above to qualify. (Note: If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, that’s okay. Please enter anyway, and just note that on your final Challenge submission.)
In order to win a cash prize, you’ll need to live in a country where Stripe is available.

Don’t forget to opt-in!

→ Click this link to opt-in now ←
I’ll email you a few updates over the course of the Challenge to keep you in the loop — plus some encouragement and tips — between August 21- September 21.

Submissions Call: Pet Stories at BarkyTech

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Sample story ideas could include: lost dog found with his GPS collar, saga of a finicky cat and his electronic feeder, dating with dogs, mystery of stolen socks solved with a pet camera, etc.

The stories need to be at least 1000 words but not more than 2000 words and include a couple pictures. The story needs to be written about a pet technology that the writer already owns (we can’t send something new).

As a startup, our pay is low at $10 for new writers, but we can offer a bit more to established writers with large blog/social followings.

Interested writers should contact our editor for more details before submitting. See here for further details. is digital magazine focused on pettech information, reviews and trends that help tech-savvy pet owners optimize their pets’ digital lives. We cover doggytech, kittytech, birdytech, bunnytech, and more. From petcare apps to pet gadgets to the latest digital pet services, Barkytech covers all the must-have pettech and pet technology.

Barkytech covers the following categories:

  • Pet gadgets such as smart pet toys
  • Digital vet/Pet health
  • Pet E-commerce
  • Pet subscription services
  • Mobile apps for pet owners
  • Pet cameras
  • Pet wearables
  • Electronic pet feeders and treat dispensers
  • Online booking for pet services

Stay up to date on all things Barkytech by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Get In Touch

If you are a writer proposing an article about pettech, please contact our Editor

As of February 2019, we are particularly interested in the following types of articles: pettech how to, personal story narratives about you and your pet using pet technology, articles from vets about their vettech experiences, photos of pets enjoying pet gadgets.

If you would like to advertise with us or sponsor custom content, please contact our sponsorship manager at Sponsor.

Barkytech is owned Allie Tech Media, LLC and is headquartered in New York City with a regional office in Los Angeles.

Friday, September 6, 2019


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NEXT DEADLINE 30th September 2019

The competition runs quarterly, with deadlines on 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Word limit is 500 words of prose. It’s a flash thing, y’all. Short and punchy, right in the feels, please.
There’s no theme. No restriction on genre or style. We just want your best words.

However: please note that this is a flash fiction competition. Please don’t send us poetry, scripts, essays, or stories longer than 500 words. They will all be automatically rejected. Sorry. Them’s the breaks.

Winners will be published on the Writers’ HQ site and in an annual print anthology.

12 months Writers’ HQ membership, 3 free retreats* (cash value £450), a massive gold star and a pat on the head

6 months Writers’ HQ membership and 3 free retreats* (cash value £270), a medium gold star and a pat on the back

3 months Writers’ HQ membership and 3 free retreats* (cash value £180), a small gold star and a kick up the bum

[*Note: we currently only run writing retreats in the UK, but if you’re not a UKer we’d be happy to switch up the retreat aspect of the prize for a critique instead]


Send us up to 500 words of flash fiction (not including title)

Rolling deadlines: 31st March 2019, 30th June 2019, 30th September, 31st December (all deadlines end at midnight GMT)

Open theme/subject but anything misogynist/homophobic/racist/abusive etc is gonna get deleted superfastthankyougoodbye

This competition is for FLASH FICTION only – poems, scripts, essays and children’s book manuscripts (yes, we’ve received all of these) will be rejected, sorry

Entry is FREE (because yay inclusivity!) but if you have the means to do so you are very welcome and actively encouraged to make an optional donation to our bursary scheme to fund places on our courses and retreats for low income and minority writers.

Maximum of 3 entries per author

We’d prefer unpublished stories but posting on your personal blog is fine

Simultaneous subs are fine (just let us know if your story has been accepted elsewhere)
Judging is blind so please do not put any identifying details (your name, email etc) on your story document

Please use a boring, easy-to-read font of around 12pt size.

Submit your entry using the form down below as a doc, docx or pdf attachment. (Any questions or general chat please email to but please don’t send your stories via email or they will be immediately disqualified!)

  • Do not include your name ANYWHERE on your story.
  • Use page numbers.
  • Use your story title as your file name, eg: my-amazing-story.pdf (or .doc, or .docx). This is very simple to do. Please do not ignore this instruction. And DO NOT put your name in the title (see point 1 above). Just to be clear, if your story is called Feather On A Millpond and it’s a PDF, you name your file feather-on-a-millpond.pdf. If your story is called The Blindness Of Mauve and it’s a docx, you call your file the-blindness-of-mauve.docx
  • Triple check your name isn’t anywhere in your document (are you seeing a pattern here?).
  • Send us your motherflapping story.

Angry Old Man submission guidelines

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Please submit to Angry Old Man.  AOM accepts visual and concrete poetry, short stories, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, computer/digital art, etc.  Please submit up to five works. Work should be attached separately via email.  AOM accepts jpegs for visual work (no greater than four megs), and .doc/.docx/.rtf for text-based work. AOM also accepts audio/ video/animation submissions. Hypertext/electronic literature/e-poetry are also accepted.

Essays/non-fiction/journalism are (heartily) accepted (especially related to contemporary art/poetry). AOM indulges the non-mainstream. If you have something to say that bucks accepted (and acceptable) dogma (especially within so-called experimental circles), and is (probably) considered unpublishable by both mainstream and “experimental” outlets, please feel free to submit.

Experimental work only. Experimental=complete & absolute flights of fancy. Again, AOM indulges the self-indulgent, so go for it. Mags often say they want “experimental,” but don’t actually mean it. AOM wants your insane stuff, emphatically so!–the stuff that won’t be published in “respectable” academic lit/poetry mags. The goal of AOM is not to promote a house style; this is probably a pipe-dream, but try we must!

Nothing previously published. No simultaneous submissions. Copyright remains with the author/artist.

Angry Old Man publishes online 4x year.

Please note: we will no longer be publishing print copies of every issue.  A “best of” anthology will appear after two (or three) issues.  The next anthology will include the best work from issues #4, #5, and #6.  It will appear in the beginning of 2019.

Please include a short bio with your submission. AOM will try to reply within a month. Submit all work electronically

AOM is open for submissions year-round.  The closing date for issue #9 is September 30, 2019.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Stories Out of School Flash Fiction Contest

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Electric Literature has partnered with Academy for Teachers to host the 2020 “Stories Out of School” Flash Fiction Contest

Teachers have one of the most fascinating, difficult, and important jobs on the planet, and their work days are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This annual contest was created to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools. This year, the Academy for Teachers has partnered with Electric Literature to publish the winning entry.

There are a few criteria for submissions:
  • The story’s protagonist or its narrator must be a  K-12 teacher. 
  • The story must be between 6 and 749 words long.
  • Story must be previously unpublished.
  • Use 12-point Arial font and double space. Put your name, email address, phone number, and the story’s word count in the upper left corner. 
  • You must be 18 years or older to submit. Please submit only once.
  • Submissions open July 15 and the deadline to submit is October 1

The first-prize winner will receive $1,000 and the story will be published online in The Commuter, our home for brief, diverting, and innovative writing. The second-prize winner will receive $500.


Bending Genres Submission Guidelines

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Deadline December 31, 2019

No simultaneous submissions

We seek FICTION that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, gorgeous, breakneck speed, delightful, memorable and secretive. We like blending genres, hybrid writing, blurred lines.

Please send us one story. Please have the document (.doc or .docx) in Times New Roman 12pt.

1,000 words or less. Please include the word count on the document.

We seek CREATIVE NONFICTION that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, honest, breakneck speed, whooshing out, fabulous and secretive. We like blending genres, mixed and hybrid writing, blurred and creative lines crossed.
Please have the document (.doc or .docx) in Times New Roman 12pt.

1,500 words or less. Please include the word count on the document.

We seek POETRY that is unusual, experimental, terrifying, delightful, stultifying, rare, deep, whooshes out, magnanimous and secretive.

We enjoy blending genres, hybrid writing, blurred lines and creative bursts of stylistic fusion.

Please send up to three poems in a single document (Times New Roman, 12pt). We accept .doc or .docx files.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Somos en escrito Magazine 2nd Annual Extra-Fiction Contest

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Do you think your story is too far out for any magazine to accept? Did you submit a yarn that was rejected because it was beyond fiction? Not too far out for us!

​​Calling all writers in any genre going beyond the norm, who reflect the wide range of science fiction, fantasy, horror, spec-lit, or just weird—in other words, extra-fiction.

​The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019. Winners will be announced on October 31st (Halloween).

​First Prize is $100 and publication in Somos en escrito Magazine.

​Second, third, and two honorary mentions will earn publication.

All winners will receive a signed book by our judge, Ernest Hogan, the father of Chicano Sci-fi in his second straight assignment as judge.

A non-finalist will be selected as a writer of promise to receive feedback and mentoring from last year’s winner, Rudy Ch. Garcia.

Writings must be by Americans of indigenous-hispanic background (Native American, Chicanan, Latina/o/x) born in the USA or from Latin America residing in the USA. Excerpts from novels in progress may also be submitted.

Manuscripts must be unpublished, in English, Spanish, or Ingléspañol. Put “Extra-Fiction Contest 2019” in the email subject line. One submission per author, 6,000 word limit. Provide author name and contact details in the email, and title of submitted piece; no identification on the manuscript.


​Submit to 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced, indentations at .5 inch. Include bio and photograph (jpg format, min 900 dpi).

Sleet Magazine seeks submissions from millennials

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Deadline: September 15, 2019

If you were born between 1981 and 1996 (or on the cusp and would like to claim Millennial status) send us your work! We want to get to know you. Send us your thoughts on the world, the present, the future, what you care about, what you love, what you hate, your favorite time of day . . .

As always, we are looking for poetry, fiction, irregulars, CNF. And as always, Sleet is about heart and love and all the wacky and beautiful forms that can take. Remember that serial killers were once cute babies!

Our Submission Policies
We will accept up to 5 poems, 3 flash, 1 short story or CNF piece, or a small handful of irregulars*.
• We aim for quick turn around time; we do our best!
• Please include page numbers in works of fiction.
• We do not accept novel excerpts.
• Send work as a single Microsoft Word (.doc,.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt) attachment.
• Include a short bio written in 3rd person.
• Please send us work only once per submission period.
• Sleet does not pay. We are all volunteers.

Simultaneous Submissions and Previously Published Works
Sleet, wholeheartedly and without reservation, encourages simultaneous submissions. If a piece appears with us first, we do ask that Sleet be credited as its primary place of publication. In addition, we will consider showing previously published work as long as it is identified as such. We do not regard work on a blog or personal website as previously published.

* I R R E G U L A R S
An irregular is a genre-crossing bit of writing — something that overflows borders or maybe never had any. It could be an impression, a vignette, a 1-line flash. A general rule of thumb: If you don't know where to send it, send it here. An irregular should not stray over 500 words. It may be comprised of a single piece or a constellation of work.

Our Address:
Please send submissions to

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Cincinnati Review guidelines

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The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. We read between September 1 and March 1, with an exception: miCRo submissions are open year-round, excluding the time during which we accept contest submissions.

The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. We read between September 1 and March 1, with an exception: miCRo submissions are open year-round, excluding the time during which we accept contest submissions. 

We accept online submissions here. (Sorry, we no longer accept submissions through regular mail, except for those who have disabilities or are incarcerated.) Our typical response time is six months, though we may take longer on occasion. Please don’t query until after a year: Our submission manager system keeps the process reliable, so if it says your piece is “received,” it is still under consideration.

Current and former students, faculty, and staff of the University of Cincinnati or their families are ineligible to submit unless they are more than two years removed from their affiliation with the university.

We cannot consider previously published works, including those posted online, but we do accept simultaneous submissions (please contact us if individual poems are accepted elsewhere; please withdraw any prose pieces taken by another journal).

Please note: If we accept a piece, we prefer to work with the essay, poem, or story as submitted to us, not with later revisions, though we may suggest changes during the copyediting process.

Payment / Terms
$25/page for prose in journal

$30/page for poetry in journal

Free digital issue for miCRo feature authors

The Cincinnati Review acquires first North American serial rights, including electronic rights; all rights revert to author upon publication.

Merdog Books submission guidelines

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Merdog Books are currently welcoming unsolicited submissions.

Being mindful of our environment we ask that you submit your work via email to

Fiction Submissions

Please send an email briefly introducing yourself and your book. The following attachments are essential (Word or PDF only):

  • A cover letter introducing yourself in a little more detail, with reference to previous publications, if applicable. Please also tell us about the writers / works that influence and inspire you.
  • A short synopsis of your proposed book.
  • Three consecutive chapters from any point in the book.
  • We look forward to receiving fiction submissions from all genres but are very excited to see works from the thriller and YA genres.


Please send an email briefly introducing yourself and your book. The following attachments are essential (Word or PDF only):

  • A cover letter outlining your professional background and / or expertise in the field of your proposal.
  • An outline (one page maximum) of your book emphasising the contribution to knowledge / public debate that it will make.
  • A full Table of Contents including chapter titles.
  • Examples of your non-fiction writing (2-3 chapters of the proposed book or 2-3 published or unpublished articles or chapters from another project).
  • We look forward to receiving non-fiction submissions from all genres but are very excited to see proposals in the fields of history, current affairs, and Irish studies.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Antigonish Review guidelines

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The quality of the writing is the chief criterion. We consider stories from anywhere, original or translations, but we consider it our mandate to encourage Atlantic Canadians and Canadian writers - but quality is always the chief criterion. We welcome new and young writers.
We respond to rejected submissions with suggestions when we can, particularly if we are asked to do so and particularly with new or young writers, and the closer the writer is to us geographically, Canadian, American, or other, the more trouble we take. Long stories may displace several shorter pieces, so the longer the story the higher its quality should be as there is less chance we will read it through and less chance we will respond with a critique.

Most stories that meet our minimum standard are read by at least 2 readers and all stories published are read and approved by at least 2 readers and a senior editor, therefore we may be a bit slow but we try to respond in 3 or 4 months. Some of our readers live far from Antigonish and as many as half the stories have to be shipped to them. So we ask your patience. We sometimes suggest revisions but if a writer sends back a revised version we feel no obligation to publish it; it has to compete with the new stories it arrives with. Please be patient with us. We read everything, sometimes four times, we have high quality help who get no pay and have to buy their own pencils so don't blame them if once in a while one of them snatches one of your coloured paper clips and if our comments sometimes seem cryptic, enigmatic, or even on the edge of something even worse, don't get cross at us - maybe we're tired, maybe we're grumpy, maybe we had to go out and buy a new pencil. But just the same we love to get your stuff.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Style Consistency

1. Dashes: All dashes should be "em dashes," like this — with space before and after the dash.

2. Ellipses: Use space before and after, like this ... but, generally, no ellipses are needed at the beginning and end of a direct quote (unless required to avoid misrepresentation).

3. Line indents: Consistency within each piece is always preferred.

4. Paragraph indents: Entire blocks of text may be indented for a purpose (e.g., to display a letter within a piece of fiction or a long quotation within a review). Consistency of indent size is preferred for all pieces.

5. Single or double quotation marks: The American style is for double as the first order, and then single within double. The British style is the reverse. Canadian style accommodates either preference (but tends toward the American style). For TAR, either is acceptable but within a piece "consistency" is desired (not 'mixed' quotation order).

6. Italics is preferred for book titles even if the author uses quotation marks.

7. Curly rather than straight quotation marks and apostrophes are preferred in all cases.

8. Spelling choices: Consistency with American or British within a piece, but flexibility among pieces is desired. If mixed within a piece, choose the most predominant usage (e.g., Webster, Oxford, or Canadian Oxford). If there is no obvious spelling style in a piece, use Canadian Oxford as the dictionary of reference. Canadian spelling is the preference of the TAR editorial staff.

1. TAR is open to poetry on any subject written from any point of view and in any form. However, writers should expect their work to be considered within the full context of old and new poetry in English and other languages.

2. The amount of space TAR can devote to any one writer is usually limited to 5-6 pages at a maximum.

3. No more than 6-8 poems should be submitted at any one time. A preferable submission would be from 3-4 poems. Submitting more than 8 tends to conceal the merits of individual poems. The poet should also know, fairly clearly, what is or is not good work and send only that.
4. Poets should wait for response to a submission before submitting again.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

1. Submission should be typed, double spaced, author's last name on each page, and can range in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Any submissions longer than 3,000 words are not likely to be accepted.
2. No more than 1 story should be sent at any one time. Writers should wait for a response before submitting again.
3. The Antigonish Review prefers not to consider fiction that has been submitted elsewhere (multiple submissions).
4. Normally we do not publish sections of novels and we do not publish plays or scripts.
5. We attempt to respond within two to four months.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Essays and Articles
Travel sketches, personal memoirs, writing about sports, culture, history, or other essays which fall under the general rubric of creative non-fiction, are welcome. Accompanying photographs may be considered.

Serious scholarly works, interviews with Canadian literati, and the like will be considered from time to time, but those too narrow in scope or written in specialized jargon are better placed in a targeted academic, refereed, or professional journal.
Most of the essays we publish run from 1000 to 4000 words.

We do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.
Please submit only one essay at a time.

Poetry $5.00 per page to a maximum of $25.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print) 
Fiction $50.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print) 
Articles/Essays $50.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print)
Book Reviews $50.00 pus two copies (one digital and one print)
Cover Art $100.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print)

Cherry Tree submissions guidelines

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Cherry Tree welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade. We read manuscripts between August 1 and October 1. We only consider original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights.

Payment is $20 per contributor and two contributor's copies.

Submissions are only accepted via Submittable. From August 1 to October 1, 2019, we will be reading submissions for Issue 6 of Cherry Tree.

Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting online:

Please familiarize yourself with the mission statement of Cherry Tree before submitting.
Please note: current students and those who have graduated from Washington College in the past four years are not eligible to submit work to Cherry Tree.

If your work has been published in a previous issue of Cherry Tree, please wait 2 years before submitting work here again. For example, if you were published in Issue 4, please wait to submit again until we are reading work for Issue 6.

All manuscripts should be paginated, with the author’s name and contact information on the first page. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count.

Writers may only submit once to each genre per reading period. Please wait until the next reading period before sending a new submission to a genre for which you have already submitted work, even if you have already received a response or withdrawn your work.

Please send no more than 7 poems, 7 flash prose pieces, or 25 total pages of prose. If submitting flash fiction or nonfiction, please send no more than 7 flash pieces or 25 total pages of flash (whichever comes first). Poems and flash should be uploaded as a single file.
We prefer to receive submissions in .DOC or .RTF format.

Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting a group of poems or flash pieces, they should be saved and uploaded as one file, rather than individually.
Simultaneous submissions should be clearly marked as such in the comments section and in your cover letter.

If any of the work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us by adding a note to your submission in Submittable. We will happily consider the remaining poems work in your original submission will remain under consideration.

Allow up to 3 months for a reply. If more than 3 months have passed since your submission, you may query managing editor Lindsay Lusby at

Fill in all of your contact information. You should use the “Writer Name” field to specify a pen name, if different from your legal name.

Use the comments section to enter a cover letter, then click submit.

After clicking the submit button, you will be able to review your information and confirm. You can log in at any time to view your account and previous submissions.

Once submissions have been sent to Cherry Tree, the works are considered final. We will not be using Submittable’s submission editing feature.

Further queries may also be directed to managing editor Lindsay Lusby (

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Reedsey Weekly Writing Contest

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Deadline September 6

$50 Prize money

Winning stories will be featured on our website and in our weekly newsletter. For more information, please consult our terms of use.

Submissions will be approved and published within 7 days of the contest closing.

Please keep your submission between 1,000 - 3,000 words.

#5: Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway's novella The Old Man and the Sea was published for the first time in Life Magazine on September 1st, 1952. The story went on to win the Pulitzer Prize the following year, turning Hemingway into a bonafide international celebrity. And remember, this story was published decades after some of his now most famous works, like A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bells Tolls. A good reminder that it's never too late to achieve literary acclaim!

To celebrate the last full-length work published during Hemingway's lifetime, this week's prompts reflect topics and themes from some of his best-known works. (No need to have read any of Hemingway's books to use these prompts, but if you're looking to get better acquainted with his works, check out this Hemingway reading guide!)
This week's prompts:

Write a story about someone who finds life meaning in an unexpected place.

Write a story about two unlikely people falling in love.

Write a story about someone who decides to confront their fears head-on.

Write a story about someone striving for a "comeback."

Write a story about someone who is tired of their day-to-day routines.



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