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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Third Point Press Submissions wanted for issue 14

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July 1 – August 14 (issue 14 published September 25)


  • Read our past issues to see what we like.
  • Please do not submit the same piece to multiple categories.
  • Please review your piece carefully before submitting – every time we receive a submission that is withdrawn for resubmittal, it counts towards our overall per-month submittal count. If you notice a small mistake, let us know. Otherwise, please do not attempt to resubmit.
  • We pay $10/contributor via PayPal.
  • If we publish your work, wait one calendar year before submitting again.
  • If we decline your work, please wait until the next submission period to submit again (don’t submit within the same issue’s reading period)
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, just keep us in the loop. Withdraw your work (congrats!) or leave us a comment in Submittable.
  • Previously published work cannot be considered (this include blogs, Facebook, Wattpad, etc).
  • We retain first serial rights on work we accept and then all rights revert to the author. If the work is reprinted, we ask that Third Point Press be acknowledged as the place of initial publication.


If you use the expedited reading option in Submittable for poetry or fiction, we’ll put your work at the very top of our reading pile. You won’t get anything more than that (no preferential treatment, no instant acceptance). Think of it as a way of patting us on the back while satisfying that urge to avoid waiting in line.


You can also choose the feedback option when submitting. This simply ensures that we will provide our thoughts explaining what we liked, didn’t like, and thought could be improved on in your work.


Send a short story up to 3,500 words or up to 3 flash pieces (each of which should not exceed 1,000 words).

Do not send an excerpt of longer works unless it can absolutely stand on its own.
Submit all of your work in a single file, use clear page breaks between pieces, and clearly identify each title in the title area of Submittable (Title A/Title B/Title C).

Please use a standard font and double space your submission.

What to Submit:
It’s pretty easy to tell you how to format your submissions. What’s tough is trying to convey what we want to see, what makes us say, “this!” We love character-driven stories that possess a strong sense of language, no matter the genre. In considering what makes a story a good fit for us, we look to Roxane Gay and Kelly Link, who’ve both mentioned how a writer’s obsessions not only generate strong story ideas, but are also the source of a writer’s distinct voice. We want to hear yours.


Send up to 5 poems in a standard font.
Submit all of your poems in a single file
Make sure to check your work for errors. This is even more important with poetry. We want your work to look exactly like you mean it to look.

The Writers' Cafe Magazine seeks submissions

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“We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”
Patrick Rothfuss, The name of the wind.

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine is open for submissions to poetry (up to 5 previously unpublished) and prose (Word count limit 1000), that adhere to the theme “Masks”. Please include a third person short bio. Send to Marie Lightman at by August 18th, for online publication on October 31st.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Æther & Ichor submission guidelines

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During ODD-NUMBERED MONTHS (i.e. January, March, May, July, September, November) we are OPEN.

During EVEN-NUMBERED MONTHS (i.e. February, April, June, August, October, December) we are CLOSED.

We’re now receiving more submissions than ever before! This has meant that even though we’ve got a bigger staff of lovely volunteer readers than ever, we’re still labouring under a backlog of submissions. Our current leadtime on getting feedback to people is still at least 1 month – feel free to query your submission after this point! – but we are actively trying to lower this time.

Please also note that we’ve changed our SUBMISSIONS EMAIL to aetherandichor (at) outlook (dot) com! We’ve been having some problems with submissions going into the spam folder and then getting deleted without us knowing (sorry if this has happened to your submission! If you query and we find out this is the case, we’ll invite you to resubmit even if we’re in a “closed” month)

Our mission is to publish inspiring and imaginative fantasy stories. We are particularly interested in character-driven works with consistent, inventive worldbuilding. Æther & Ichor publishes a wide range of styles from urban fantasy to twisted fairy tales to swashbuckling adventures. We tend towards darker, slicker, more challenging works with a bit of grit, but if you aren’t sure you’ve got what we’re looking for, send it over and we’ll take a look!

To submit to Æther & Ichor, please send your story (between 100 and 3,000 words) in .doc or .docx format to aetherandichor (at) outlook (dot) com, with word count, a short author bio in the body of the email, and links to any social media channels you want us to link to from our site should we decide to publish you. If your story is over 1,000 words please include a summary of less than 50 words in the body of the email when you submit. We encourage simultaneous submissions, just let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else. We do accept reprints, so long as the rights to the story belong to you, but please let us know if and where your work was published previously, and where. At the moment we are only able to look at one story per author at a time. If you’ve got more than one thing you’d like to send us, please wait until we’ve given you a decision on your first submission before sending another.

We accept short fantasy works between 100 and 3,000 words. This includes flash fiction, but we are looking for work that is structured rather than abstract; it should not just be a collection of motifs. At this time we are not accepting poetry.

What we cannot accept:
-fan fiction or work involving copyrighted material
-sex, violence, and profanity which is written for shock value alone
-bigotry and slurs that do not contribute to the plot
-political or religious diatribes
-your work can be inspired by your personal philosophy but we are not interested in reading your manifesto
-in addition, as many of the stories we publish contain violence and adult language, we do not currently accept children’s fiction

At Æther & Ichor, we respond to every author who submits. If your story is shelf-ready, we are excited to be the ones to publish it. If it has a great soul but needs a little polishing, we are happy to help you iron out the details. If your work simply doesn’t meet our standards, we will tell you exactly where your piece was lacking or deviated from what was solicited.

We currently pay our authors at a rate of £5 (or equivalent currency) per 1,000 words, at a minimum of £5. We hope to increase this as time goes on but we’re not a money-making enterprise, so we’ll have to see where this goes!

If we accept your story, we ask only the right to publish your work as part of one of our quarterly issues, and promote your work on our site. After publication your work will be stored and promoted as part of our backlist, but it can be removed at your request. All other rights remain with the author.

Sunday, July 28, 2019


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The seventeenth annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for the winning book-length manuscript by a poet residing in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WVA, NC and District of Columbia) will consist of $500, two cases of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Beer*, manuscript publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 copies of the book (in lieu of royalties).

The rules are: Manuscripts must be received by midnight, August 15, 2019.  

Manuscripts received after the closing date will not be considered.  Eligible poets must reside in the above listed states and be twenty-one years of age by the date of the award. *

 The manuscript is to be submitted electronically in one MS Word document attachment.

Send to Prize coordinator Linda Blaskey at

Snail mail submissions will not be accepted.

Two title pages are to be included with each submission: the first with the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, phone numbers and e-mail address; the second with just the manuscript title.   No manuscript is to have any author-identifying information other than the one title page and will be rejected if it does. Judging is blind and double-tiered. The manuscript must be book-length (between 48 and 78 pages of original work – no translations) and no more than roughly thirty lines to a page, including the poem’s title and two line-spaces between the title and the body of the poem.  A poem may be more than one page. One submission per entrant.

There is no entry fee.

This year’s final judge will be Joseph Millar.

The award will be presented to the winner on Saturday evening, December 14, 2019 at the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware.  The winner must agree to attend this event and to read from their winning book at a reception honoring the winner.  The prize will be officially awarded by Sam Calagione, Founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Distillery, or by another company official.
The author of the winning manuscript also agrees to provide, within ten days of notification, a color head-shot photograph, with photographer’s credit, for the back cover and a dedication page for the interior of the book. Also, an acknowledgement page of poems previously published, and in which publications and/or websites they appeared will need to be provided. The winner agrees to travel to Delaware at the winner’s expense for awarding of the prize.   Dogfish Head will provide the winner two nights lodging at the Dogfish Inn in the beach resort town of Lewes, Delaware.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales retains the right to use any of the winning work in promotional materials.

Co-workers of Dogfish Head and their families are ineligible to enter.  Previous winners of the prize are ineligible to enter.

For questions and more information contact Linda Blaskey, Prize coordinator, at
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About Place submissions wanted

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Infinite Country: Deepening Our Connection to Place, Culture and One Another
Editor: Austin Smith
Assistant Editors: Taylor Brorby & Brenna Cussen Anglada

Open for submissions on June 1, 2019
All submissions are due by August 1, 2019

About Place Journal is published twice a year, on May 1 and October 1. A new Call for Submissions is posted twice a year.

Work can include:

  • Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.
  • Essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.
  • Audio/Visual artwork: up to 5 photos, paintings, prints or other forms of art. Acceptable file types include jpg & tiff for art/photography, mp3 for audio and mp4 & mov for video.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a bio in doc, docx, txt or rtf format. Bios should not exceed 150 words. Please include your website and twitter handle, if desired.

By submitting, you guarantee you hold the rights to the work, and you grant About Place Journal the rights to publish the submitted work. After publication, rights revert to the author. Original, previously unpublished work only. All pieces must be submitted through Submittable.

Infinite Country: Deepening Our Connection to Place, Culture and One Another

Friday, July 26, 2019

Poetica Magazine seeks work for 2019 Mizmor Poetry Anthology

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Deadline: August 15, 2019  

We Publish Only Poetry. Please read the following guidelines carefully and in their entirety.

Disregarding our guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified.


We consider original-unpublished works by writers from all parts of the world. We are interested in spiritually engaged poems from a broad range of perspectives. We like accessible works that find fresh meaning in old traditions that recognize the challenges of our generation. We evaluate works on several levels, including its skillful use of craft; its ability to hold interest; and layers of meaning.


--Please submit ONE poem in a single submission.

--We review unlimited number of submissions by a single writer and reply to all within a month. Only two poems per writer will be included in this edition. *If you haven't heard from us, please send us a follow-up email to: Please do not include any contact information with the works, only with the cover letter (optional).  Our objective is for poets and writers to be widely read, not to monopolize your work.

--We respect pen names... but please submit under your choice of name.

--We prefer Time New Roman font #11 RTF/DOC files.

--We favor ONE-PAGE poems up to 40 lines.

--No simultaneous submissions. Only unpublished works will be considered (unpublished for us means it has not previously appeared in its entirety online or in print, including blogs and social media).

--2019 Mizmor Anthology claims First North American Serial Rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication. We kindly ask that if the work is reprinted in a full collection or anthology it is credited as first appearing in Mizmor Anthology.

--At this time, we are unable to offer payments to contributors, aside from our ravenous gratitude (but we hope to change this soon!).

This is edition and will be released November 2019.

*Please check your SPAM folder for important messages.

Thank you!
The Editors

Thursday, July 25, 2019

2River accepting poetry for next issue

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Deadline July 31, 2019

2River is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue of The 2River View. Submit no more than five poems. Include all five poems in one document.

Include a bio of 50 words or less that will be used in the online version of the issue, as well as in the MAKE THE MAG press-ready file that you will be able to download, print, fold, and stitch into as many copies as you wish.

In addition, upon acceptance, we will ask you to submit a recording of you reading your poems.

2River does not charge a reading or submission fee. Our reasons for doing so are stated eloquently here at the The Atlantic. Nor does 2River solicit funds, apply for grants, etc. Consequently, 2River is unable to pay authors for poems accepted.

Please include all poems in a single file, and submit no more than once during any reading period.

If accepted, 2River will claim First Electronic Rights and First North American Rights, meaning that publication here at 2River must be the first publication to feature the work online and/or in print.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

At The Atlantic: Should Literary Journals Charge Writers Just to Read Their Work?

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It’s fall, the time of year when literary journals open their doors for new submissions. Around the country, writers are polishing poems, short stories, and essays in hopes of getting published in those small-but-competitive journals devoted to good writing. Though I’ve published short stories in the past, I’m not submitting any this year, and if things continue the way they have been, I may stop writing them altogether. The reason, in a nutshell, is reading fees—also called submission or service fees—which many literary journals now charge writers who want to be considered for publication. Writers pay a fee that usually ranges from $2 to $5—but sometimes goes as high as $25—and in return, the journal will either (most likely) reject or accept their submission and publish it. Even in the lucky case that a piece is published, most journals don’t pay writers for their work, making it a net loss either way.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Cutthroat seeks contemporary Chicanx writing

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We reopening our call for submissions of poetry, short stories and essays for an anthology of Contemporary Chicanx Writing.

Deadline August 1, 2019

For this anthology we are looking for Chicanx writers, from the rasquache to the refined.  We want writing that goes deep into the culture and reveals our heritage in new ways. We want experiences, from blue collar gigs to going into higher education and pursuing PhDs.  We want work that challenges.  That is irreverent.  That is both defiant and inventive.  That is well-crafted.  That is puro Chicanx.  Send your best writing.  Do not send more than one submission per genre unless asked specifically by an editor to do so.

Submissions via Submittable

Monday, July 15, 2019

The First Line - Fall 2019 submissions

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The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination--to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.

All submissions must begin with one first line from
Volume 11, Issue 1 to Volume 15, Issue 4:

Vol. 11, Iss. 1: Herman Sligo was a bit actor who played Uncle Emil in three episodes of the popular television series The Five Sisters.
Vol. 11, Iss. 2: For two weeks now, I've been trying to figure out if people are laughing with me or at me.
Vol. 11, Iss. 3: "My life is a sham."
Vol. 11, Iss. 4: Waiting for change always seems to take longer than you would expect.
Vol. 12, Iss. 1: Working for God is never easy.
Vol. 12, Iss. 2: Paul and Miriam Kaufman met the old-fashioned way.
Vol. 12, Iss. 3: Three thousand habitable planets in the known universe, and I'm stuck on the only one without ___________. [Fill in the blank.]
Vol. 12, Iss. 4: Until I stumbled across an article about him in the paper, I never realized how much Walter Dodge and I are alike.
Vol. 13, Iss. 1: Sam was a loyal employee.
Vol. 13, Iss. 2: "We need to talk."
Vol. 13, Iss. 3: Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train.
Vol. 13, Iss. 4: It had been a long year.
Vol. 14, Iss. 1: "There are a few things you need to know before we start."
Vol. 14, Iss. 2: Rachel's first trip to England didn't go as planned.
Vol. 14, Iss. 3: A light snow was falling as Charlie Reardon left the diner and made his way down Madison Street.
Vol. 14, Iss. 4: Sometimes, when it's quiet, I can remember what my life was like before moving to Cedar Springs.
Vol. 15, Iss. 1: On a perfect spring morning with flat seas and clear blue skies, Captain Eli P. Cooke made a terrible mistake.
Vol. 15, Iss. 2: I started collecting secrets when I was just six years old.
Vol. 15, Iss. 3: There must have been thousands standing in the rain that day.
Vol. 15, Iss. 4: I came of age in a time of no heroes.

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.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Welcome to BYLINES

BYLINES was begun in July 2019 to provide authors of literary works (poetry, short stories, essays etc.) with no-fee opportunities.

BYLINES is the sister site of NYCPlaywrights which provides no-fee opportunities for authors of stage plays.

If you have any questions, literary opportunities to offer, etc. please contact us at