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Friday, June 5, 2020

midnight & indigo seeking work by Black women writers

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Deadline: June 28, 2020

midnight & indigo is a new literary platform dedicated to publishing short fiction and narrative essays by Black women writers.

Our digital platform, features a diverse array of voices that connect readers to content featuring strong female lead characters or a Black female POV; across the spectrum of experience - a new story is featured every week.

We also publish 2-3 multi-author literary journals each year (print/ebook and/or audiobook) and 1 long-form anthology collection (2021).

Whether you’ve already been published or are just starting out, we want to hear from you!

As a Black woman-owned start-up, we're so excited that you chose us as a potential medium for your voice.

Calls for Journal Submissions for Short Stories and Personal Essays are held 4x per year.
The next deadline is June 28th for our Speculative fiction/Horror issue and August 2nd forstandard submissions.

Book Reviews focused on works by Black women authors are accepted year-round.
Special editions: Speculative/Horror (October 2020) and Anthology (2021)
We do NOT accept poetry or manuscripts. Please do not submit them, as they will not be reviewed.

To increase your chances of being published, please review our current content; to gain insight regarding the types of stories that resonate with our readers and Editorial team. Check out our online publication: HERE and our print issues: HERE.

NOTE: Due to volume, please allow 2-3 months to receive a decision from our team. Thanks for your consideration!

As a true start-up with an all-volunteer staff, thanks so much for your support as we get up-and-running!

Chestnut Review seeks poetry and flash fiction

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

CHESTNUT REVIEW appears four times per year online and once per year in print in our annual anthology. We are always interested in work that speaks to the season, even if it is in unusual and contradictory ways, but that is in no way a requirement. We are an open journal that accepts any artistic work which interests us. We do not judge based on the reputation, origin, or experience of the author, nor do we solicit submissions: 100% of our selected work comes from the open calls below. We accept work year round, but with an eye towards the following periods for each issue. Please submit seasonal-themed pieces in the appropriate period.
  • Jan 1-March 31: reading for Summer Issue (July release) 
  • April 1-June 30: reading for Autumn Issue (October release)
  • July 1-Sept 30: reading for Winter Issue (January release) 
  • Oct 1-Dec 31: reading for Spring Issue (April release)

Guidelines (Quick Version)
Types of Work: poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, visual media (art/photography).

Language: English. We welcome written works that engage culture through languages other than English if the majority of the piece is in English. We do not publish translations in any form.
All those who submit work must be at least 18 years of age.

FREE submissions: 3 poems, 1-4 pieces of flash fiction, 20 pieces of visual art/photography. Our limit on Submittable is 500 free submissions/month.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged; no multiple submissions until response received on initial submission.

Rights: First North American Serial and First Anthology. CHESTNUT REVIEW reserves the right to archive the issue in perpetuity online, and to make the anthology available in perpetuity as well.

Notification: within 30 days or we refund your submission fee.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ruminate seeks new work

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Deadline: July 2, 2020
Ruminate is a contemplative literary arts magazine committed to slowing down, paying attention, and encountering heart-awakening storytelling and art so that we can live more fully awake to ourselves and our world. We are particularly excited about sharing stories, poems, and art from voices that aren't often heard.

General magazine submissions are always free. 

We currently pay $20/page for poetry (with a maximum of $80 per poem), $20/400 words for prose, and $20/image for visual art. Ruminate firmly believes in paying our contributors, and we are working hard to increase the amount we pay them. 

We only accept submissions that are previously unpublished (a piece that has had a circulation of 500 or greater, in print or online, is considered previously published). 

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please notify us right away if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

If you agree to allow Ruminate to publish your work, we will receive first serial rights and all rights revert back to you.

We only accept online submissions, as our readers are spread across the country. Any submissions made by postal mail or email will not be considered.

To help keep our queue moving, please submit no more than once every six months and wait 3-4 months before inquiring about the status of your submission. 

Before submitting, we strongly recommend ordering a copy of the magazine in order to better understand the type of work we publish and to tailor your submission accordingly.

If you need to make a correction to a submission, such as removing your contact info or withdrawing a poem from a batch of poems submitted, please use the "Allow Edit Requests"function in Submittable. 

If you have any trouble using this online system, please email

We look forward to reading your work!

little somethings press seeks flash fiction & flash memoir

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Deadline: June 12, 2020

Little somethings press is open for submissions for issue three. We want work that breathes even as the world falters.

Send your flash memoir and fiction of up to 300 words, your poetry of up to 12 lines, and your visual art to by June 15th.

Up to three pieces per submission are welcome. Please send prose and poetry in .doc format and visual art in JPEG and PDF formats.

Contributors will receive compensation through a contributor copy. All rights revert back to the author/contributor upon publication.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

And Lately, The Sun seeks new work

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

Bushland is burning. The Arctic may soon be ice-free in the summer. Oceans are swelling with the run-off, heaving with endocrine disruptors and plastics, and where corals once thrived there is bleaching and dying. The knock-on effects have barely begun.

Climate change is here. Now what are we going to do about it?

Do we help the environment change as fast as the climate? Release chemical mutagens into the ecosystem to drive natural selection at a hundred miles an hour so we can see what survives on the other side?

Is it time to reinvent our social, political, and economic systems from the top down – or the bottom up? Our current lifestyles could become as alien to the next generation as the Aztec civilisation now is to us. In a world of guerrilla-style eco warriors, or digitised barter economies, or robot socialism, or ageographical nation states, what are the threads we’ll we weave forward?

Could it be that a more gradual transformation of our destructive policies is the way to safety, taking each set of problems one box at a time? Our future could look much like our present, but with supercharged carbon sequestration, genetically modified bacteria safely breaking down plastics, and next-generation smart phones. How does it start? What drives it onward?

Or do we need to move backwards? Our answers may not lie in the new, but in the old. Perhaps our best future is a radical rebuilding of history, and all we need to decide on is whose.

And Lately, The Sun explores such ideas in a short story anthology slated for publication in November 2020. We are currently calling for submissions until midnight (GMT) on the 30th of June, 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Word count: 2000-8000 words per story. Stories with word counts falling outside these limits will be considered, if exceptionally crafted.

Stories should be for readers of the English language. We are flexible in our use of English and invite a broad range of vernaculars. Be considerate of your audience but stay true to your world.

We encourage a diversity of authors, characters, and settings. We want to hear from and about all cultures, locations, genders, orientations and abilities.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are accepted, but let us know immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere. We accept previously unpublished works only (please do not submit material which has been published on personal websites).
What we’re looking for:

We want to see stories which thoughtfully investigate potential futures under our changing climate.

Give us substantial characters, vivid worlds, shiny (and not-so-shiny) wonders. Let us see not only new technology, but how society works with it – how we think, how we relate, how we live under its influence. Show us how we’ll obtain or produce our material needs. How we’re born, how we’ll grow, what will ail us, how we’ll die.

Show us how we’ll play and work. Who we are, and who we could be.

Please submit completed, polished work.

What we’re not looking for:

Stories designed to alarm people into taking notice of climate change. Your story must explore functional solutions, and not simply highlight problems. Show us a future with future in it.

Violence, sex, or gore, if present, must be integral to the story, and must not be the main point of the story.

Pitches are not accepted. Unedited work, or work littered with errors of spelling, punctuation, or grammar will not be accepted.

Stories should not rely on footnotes or glossaries. To a reasonable degree, please guide your reader by using context and structure. For everything else there’s search engines.

We are not looking for essays. Please send us fiction only.
Formatting guidelines:

Standard manuscript format. Please remove all author information from the manuscript, including headers and footers.
Payment and rights:

We pay AUD$80 per accepted story as our standard rate. One story will receive an “editor’s pick” payment of AUD$500. All authors will receive a contributor copy of the e-book. This buys us first world electronic rights, including HTML, PDF, and plain text formats, and non-exclusive anthology rights. Payment is made within 30 days of publication via PayPal.

Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, eBook, or on the web, so for all intents and purposes after your work is published by us it can only be marketed as a reprint. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work according to the conditions offered is what you want to do.

The collection will be published in eco-friendly e-book format.

How to submit:

Submissions are accepted via email at .

Please send your story as an email attachment. Make sure all author information is removed from the attachment. Attachments may be in .txt or .doc format.

The subject of the email should contain the title of your story and your name. The body of the email should contain your name and contact details, plus any relevant information about yourself, your previous publications, or experience or qualifications relating to the story. See also our privacy policy.

You will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received.

Open for submissions until midnight (GMT) on 30th of June, 2020. Responses will be sent within one calendar month from the submission deadline.

We regret that we cannot give personal feedback on submissions.

Threepenny Review seeks poetry, stories, articles

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

We consider submissions in two ways: through the mail and via our online submissions system. Whichever method you plan to use, please read through our writers' guidelines first. Except for items 2 and 3, all the guidelines apply equally to both methods of submission, and you will not be given this crucial information again on the online submissions page.

So please read completely through the guidelines below before you click here to access our online submissions system.


Writers' Guidelines

1. At present The Threepenny Review is paying $400 per story or article, $200 per poem or Table Talk piece. This payment buys first serial rights in our print and digital editions, and the copyright then reverts to the author immediately upon publication.

2. All mailed manuscripts must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for our reply. Submissions should be mailed to:

The Editors
The Threepenny Review
PO Box 9131
Berkeley, CA 94709

3. All online submissions must consist of a single document in Word format (.doc or .docx). If you are submitting prose, the document should consist of a single article or a single story. If you are submitting poetry, please group your poems into one document containing no more than five poems, because the online system will not accept more than a single document from each person. Please include your name and address somewhere on the document as well as in our submission form.

4. We do not print material that has previously been published elsewhere, and we emphatically do not consider simultaneous submissions. We do our best to offer a quick turnaround time, so please allow us the privilege of sole consideration during that relatively brief period; writers who do not honor this request will not be published in the magazine.

5. Response time for submissions can range from two days to two months. Please do not submit more than a single story or article, or more than five poems, until you have heard back from us about your previous submission. If you have not heard from us within a couple of months, you should assume that either your communication or ours has gone astray.

6. We strongly recommend that you stay within our length limits. As a rule, critical articles should be about 1200 to 2500 words, Table Talk items 1000 words or less, stories and memoirs 4000 words or less, and poetry 100 lines or less. (Exceptions are occasionally possible, but longer pieces will have a much harder time getting accepted.) We prefer to read prose submissions that are double-spaced; poetry can be single-spaced or double-spaced.

7. Critical articles that deal with books, films, theater performances, art exhibits, etc. should cite these occasions at the front of the article, using the following format:

Theater Piece
by Playwright's Name,
directed by Director's Name.
Theater, City,
Season 20__.

Art Exhibition Title,
Gallery or Museum, City,
Start Date–End Date.

Book Title
by Author's Name.
Publisher, Year Published,
Price (cloth) (paper).

Remember that The Threepenny Review is quarterly and national (and in some respects international); therefore each "review" should actually be an essay, broader than the specific event it covers and of interest to people who cannot see the event.

8. Writers will be consulted on all significant editing done on their articles, and will have the opportunity to proofread galleys for typographical errors.

9. It is recommended that those submitting work for the first time to The Threepenny Review take a look at a sample copy beforehand. (Print copies are available from the publisher for $12.00; digital copies can be downloaded instantly for $7.00.)

10. We do not read submissions during the second half of the year (July through December), so please do not submit work then. Any material sent to us during that period will be discarded unread.

11. Emailed submissions will be discarded unread. The only two ways to submit work to us are through the mail and via our online system.

The Threepenny Review P.O. Box 9131 Berkeley, California 94709
Telephone: (510) 849-4545

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Allegory Magazine seeking work for next issue

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
Publication Date: November 1, 2020


We're looking for good, solid fiction. We specialize in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. We will consider other genres, such as humor or general interest, provided that the work possesses an original, "quirky" slant.

Here are some basic do's and don'ts.

DO give us strong characters and good plotting. DO put clever, but logical twists on the end of your tales. DO experiment with new ideas and unusual writing styles, but without falling into traps of contrivance and cliché.

DON'T submit any stories based on movies, television or any printed media not your own. DON'T submit reprints without including the name of the publication in which the work first appeared, along with the date of publication. DON'T send more than one story in the same submission.

There is no minimum or maximum length for fiction. But bear in mind that short-shorts (less than 500 words) and flash fiction (less than 100 words) are usually hard sells for us, as are stories longer than 5000 words. We'll consider them, but they will have to be exceptional.

We pay a flat rate of $15 (U.S. dollars) for each story.

Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author's wishes.

We publish one or two articles an issue. The subject matter MUST involve the art or business of writing. Research, editing, characterization, narrative style, query letters, cover letters, dealing with editors, agents or publishers - virtually any topic that concerns writing is fair game.

The maximum length for non-fiction is 2000 words.

We pay a $15 (U.S. dollars) flat rate.

Payment is made upon publication, either by PayPal or personal check, based on the author's wishes.

All submissions should be sent by e-mail (no letters or telephone calls please) to Below are some formatting rules to help us process your submission more quickly.


Email is accepted in both text and HTML formats. When submitting, please put this in the subject line:

Submission: (Title) - (First and Last name)

Include the following in the body of the email and in the attached submission:

Your name
Name to use on the story (byline), if different
Your preferred email address
Your mailing address
The story's title
The story's word count

You may also include a cover letter in the body of the email. We get a lot of strange stuff in cover letters, so if you're unsure of what goes in them (and especially what doesn't) please refer to these cover letter tips:

How to write a cover letter | What not to put in a cover letter by Jed Hartman

We ONLY accept submissions as attachments!

All stories submitted as an attachment must follow standard manuscript formatting. We will no longer read any story not properly formatted. (And we much prefer Courier New to Times New Roman) For explanations and tips on what SMF is and how to do it with word processing programs, please see this article.

Please send your submission as an attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or Rich Test Format (.rtf) only. Other formats, such as Works, WordPerfect, Open Office, etc., have proven difficult to open.

Please note that we no longer accept "inline" submssions; that is, submissions with the stories pasted directly into the body of the email.

We publish biannually, on the first of May and November. The order in which stories and articles appear on the site is solely arbitrary and should not be construed in any other way. All works that are accepted for publication remain on the site for the full six months. With the publication of the subsequent issue, all rights to the works previously displayed revert to the author. We buy First World Rights and World Reprint Rights. Bylines are most certainly given.

Most submissions are reviewed within 6 weeks. If the story shows merit, we will respond with a "maybe" letter, explaining that the submission is in the running for a spot in the next issue. At the end of the submission cycle, which is always two months before the next issue comes out, all "maybe" submission are re-reviewed, and the top eight selected for publication. At that time, all accepted authors receive contracts to sign. Since these contracts and, later, the payment checks, go out by snail mail, it is VERY important that all submissions include a snail mail address.

We don't "buy ahead". By that, we mean that ALLEGORY purchases only the stories it needs for the current issue, rather than stocking up for the next and the next. This means that every author who received an acceptance from us will see their work on this site with the next new issue, provided he or she reads, signs, and returns to us an unchanged contract.

Simultaneous submissions are "OK", provided that you let us know at the time of submission that other editors are reviewing this work.

Palaver seeks poetry & prose

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Deadline: September 14, 2020


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

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

Poetry: You may submit up to five poems.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Questions can be addressed to 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Reedsy Prompts - Just the Beginning

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Deadline: June 5, 2020 11:59 PM
Two weeks ago, our theme was story endings. This week, we're circling back to the starting line and focusing on story beginnings.

From Zora Neale Hurston's "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." To Jane Austen's "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." And George Orwell's "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Memorable lines stick with us because they're what propel us into the world of the story in the first place.

Write a story that starts with two characters saying goodbye.
Write a story that starts with a life-changing event.
Write a story that starts with someone returning from a trip.
Write a story that starts with a character revealing something unusual about themselves.
Write a story that starts by establishing its setting in a different time period — without explicitly stating what that period is.

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

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

The 'End of Story' edition of our contest received a record-smashing 1,066 submissions! Thank you to all who submitted! You can read all of the entries here.
Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on June 5th.

p.s. – Are you interested in coming behind the scenes of the Reedsy Prompts contest as a judge? Head here for more information!

Short Fiction Submission, Issue 181, Prime Number Magazine

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Deadline: June 30, 2020 Midnight EDT

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions of short fiction to be published in Issue 181, on October 1, 2020.

Guest Short Fiction Editor: Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, author of A Small Thing to Want

Submission period: April 1 – June 30, 2020 midnight Eastern time

Reporting Time: Writers will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than one month prior to publication date. Submissions will open every quarter with a new guest editor. Writers are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods. Please limit your submissions to one story per submission period.

Reading Fee: None

Submit one unpublished story of up to 5,300 words (please include word count), double spaced, numbered pages, written in English in a standard 12-pt. font (Times, Garamond, etc). Please limit your submission to one story per submission period.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper right corner of your submission. Only unpublished works will be considered. 

Eligibility: Submissions are open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English.

Rights: Prime Number Magazine will be granted First Serial Rights, including the right to permanently archive the accepted work. After the work is published, all rights revert to the author.
Payment: Writers living in the United States will receive a free copy of the guest judge's book from Press 53. Writers living outside the United States receive no compensation other than publication.
Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, at

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Poetry Magazine submission guidelines

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We look forward to reading your work - and hope you’ll look forward to reading each new monthly issue of POETRY magazine by becoming a subscriber.

Send only one submission at a time. Wait until you receive our decision before uploading anything else. Multiple submissions will be archived unread, and will receive no response.
Put all poems into one document. (Don't submit poems separately.)
Use the Add File button to find the work on your computer you want to submit. Select the file and click the Open button. Your file will appear in the "file" field.
Click Submit and you're done! You'll receive an email confirming that we received your submission. You can check the status of your submission by logging into your Submittable account.

Again, please send only ONE submission, and wait until you receive a decision before uploading any more.
Our response time can be up to 8 months. We appreciate your patience, and wish we could respond more rapidly, or with personal feedback - but we have a small staff and read over 150,000 poems per year. In addition, our office is closed because of the COVID-19 crisis, so staff are working remotely.
To make sure you receive our responses, set your spam filter to allow emails from

We consider only previously unpublished work. Writing that has appeared online for any reason is considered to have been previously published and should not be submitted.
POETRY magazine is open to simultaneous submissions, but let us know immediately if work you submitted is accepted elsewhere: add a note to your submission specifying the work that is no longer available.

If you have trouble using this site, click the "Help" link at the bottom of this page or email

First Line Literary Journal submissions

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Deadline (Fall issue): August 1, 2020

We love that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we've notified you as to our decision (usually three to four weeks after the deadline). When the entire premise of the publication revolves around one sentence, we don't want it to look as if we stole that sentence from another writer. If you have questions, feel free to drop us a line.

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.

One more thing while I've got you here: Writers compete against one another for magazine space, so, technically, every literary magazine is running a contest. There are, however, literary magazines that run traditional contests, where they charge entry fees and rank the winners. We do not - nor will we ever - charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.

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). The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line's Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work.

All Stories: 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 for the same issue. However, it is unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in the same issue.

Four-Part Stories: If you think you are up to the challenge, you can write a four-part story that uses the spring, summer, fall, and winter sentences. However, all the parts must be submitted at once (a single e-mail or snail mail) before the February 1st deadline. (If selected, each part will be published in its respective 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 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. Here is the submission schedule for 2020:

Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.
Due date: February 1, 2020

The door was locked.
Due date: May 1, 2020

The Simmons public library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.
Due date: August 1, 2020

Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.
Due date: November 1, 2020

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 website 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.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

My Writing Journey Competition

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Deadline: May 31, 2020

This writing competition is free to enter and open to writers from around the world.

Write and submit a 600-word piece on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received.

We’ll publish the best piece in our newsletter and on our blog – plus the winner receives $200 (R2 000 or £100).

 Read the competition rules far below.

  • Send your story to
  • Only e-mail submissions are accepted, with stories attached as Word Documents.
  • Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: My Writing Journey Competition.
  • Each story must have a unique title. Do not use the theme as your title.
  • Use a font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 or more. Use 1.5 or double spacing between lines. We prefer a clear break (i.e. open line) between paragraphs, rather than indenting.

Feels Blind Literary seeks work by women

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Feels Blind Literary welcomes submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from new and emerging writers and artists who identify as women.

Submissions for Issue #5 are open until June 1, 2020 and should be sent to Please put in the subject line the category to which you are submitting and include a short bio written in the third person. Please be certain your name does not appear anywhere on your submission document, however.

While we are adamant about not charging a submission fee, as we feel this creates a barrier in terms of who can submit and how often, we encourage submitters to donate what they can using the donate tab. We hope to work toward being able to pay our contributors.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but immediately withdraw you work if it is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must be previously unpublished, original works.

We will do our best to respond to each submission within 60 days. If 60 days has passed, please send us an inquiry at We will try our best to respond much sooner.

  • Short Fiction: Send one story up to 7000 words.
  • Flash Fiction: Send one story up to 1000 words. 
  • Creative Non-Fiction: Send one personal essay or memoir up to 5000 words.
  • Plays: Send one one-act play up to 20 pages.
  • Poetry: Send 3-5 poems. If spoken word, send 1-3 recordings.
  • Art & Music: We are open to all mediums and genres. For art work, submissions must be adaptable to accommodate the space, so send us your work in a minimum of 300 ppi. 

While we won't know exactly what we like until we see it, we do like honest, accessible work. Things that are overly abstract or don't make readers feel something don't do it for us. We want you to make us laugh and/or cry. We want you to challenge us as readers. We want your work to pass the Bechdel Test. We will not tell you which writers we worship, though we will tell you we don't worship Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, or John Updike.


Rights revert to the author upon publication. All work published in our online issues will be considered for an annual print anthology. While we cannot pay contributors at this time, we hope this changes in the future.

Little Star, Journal of Prose and Poetry

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Rolling basis

While we try to respond promptly to submissions, writers are advised that if they do not hear from us in six months their work can be considered out of active consideration. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please notify us immediately if work submitted to Little Star has been accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published work, which includes work published on line. Work submitted by mail will be returned only if postage is provided.

Send submissions to:
Little Star
107 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

Friday, May 29, 2020

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists

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Deadline: August 1, 2020
The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists is offered annually to an author of children’s or young adult fiction for a novel-in-progress. Previously called the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the award was developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete their novel. The author of the winning manuscript, selected blindly by judges unaware of nominees’ names, will receive an award of $5,000.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020. 

Who Is Eligible:
The candidate is a writer of children's or young adult fiction.
Candidates must have published one or more novels for children or young adults that have been warmly received by literary critics, but have not generated significant sales.
The writer’s previously published book(s) must be published by a U.S. trade publisher. Self-published works are ineligible.
The submitted work must be a novel-in-progress.
Judges will be looking for candidates whose work has not yet attracted a broad readership.
Please note: At this time, graphic novels and picture books are not eligible for the fellowship.

How to Apply or Nominate:
Writers may apply themselves or nominate a fellow writer. To apply, please submit the following materials:

Cover letter: A 1-2 page letter including a brief (1-3 sentence) summary of the project, a description of how the candidate meets the criteria for the fellowship, and a list of the candidate's published novel(s) for children and/or young adults.
One professional review: Copies of or links to 1-3 reviews of the candidate's novel(s) from professional publications.
Letter of recommendation: A 1-2 page letter of support from an editor or fellow writer.
Project outline: A brief (2-4 page) outline of the novel-in-progress being submitted. The candidate's name should not appear anywhere on the outline to ensure anonymity, as only the outline, letter of utility, and manuscript will be given to the judges for consideration.
Letter of Utility: A brief description (1-2 pages) of how the funds will be used to complete the project. What will the candidate be able to accomplish with this funding that they could not do otherwise? Book sales, earnings, or other relevant information may be included here. The candidate’s name should not appear anywhere on the letter of utility to ensure anonymity, as only the outline, letter of utility, and manuscript will be given to the judges for consideration.
Manuscript sample: 50–75 pages of the text. The candidate's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript sample, in order to ensure anonymity for the judging process. The outline and manuscript sample (and only the outline and manuscript sample) will be given to the judges for consideration. Please note that graphic novels and picture books are not eligible for this fellowship.
Please upload the Project Outline, Letter of Utility, and Manuscript sample as one anonymous PDF file. Please upload the Cover Letter, Professional Review(s), and Letter of Recommendation as a separate PDF file.

Lily Poetry Review seeks flash fiction

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We are always open for flash fiction submissions. We are currently reading for our fifth issue. Please submit your tiny beautiful stories for us to read. You may include up to three pieces. Please limit the word count for each piece to 1000 words.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted somewhere else for publication.

Please do not submit the chapter of a novel or an excerpt from a larger work.

Use an easy-to-read font and double space the document. Please include the word count with the title of your story.

Thank you for trusting us with your work!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Under the Volcano Fellowship

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Our full fellowships are different from financial aid. They recognize emerging and established writers of exceptional talent. All fellowships cover tuition for the 10-day core program, the two-week extension residency, 24 nights accommodation and RT transportation from a single point of origin to Tepoztlán.

Recipients will be asked to provide written proof of their availability to remain in Tepoztlán for the full period, including the extension residency, and are expected to work on their creative project, not outside commitments. Family members are not permitted.

Requirements: the online application, a recent c.v., a cover letter describing your reasons for applying, a 25-page sample of your writing and two letters of recommendation from people who know your character and work. Letters and all other supporting material must be uploaded from the application; we will not read items sent separately or after the deadlne.

Please read the descriptions below to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria before you apply.
deadline: july 15 for UTV 2020.

All fellowship awards were announced on august 15.

Taco Bell Quarterly seeks work for the next issue

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

Now Open for Volume 3 Through July 1st.

Is this a joke?
No! This a real literary magazine for you to submit your literary Taco Bell writing. Like The Paris Review. Granta. Ploughshares. Taco Bell Quarterly.

It still sounds like you’re joking, but okay. What are the guidelines?
Taco Bell Quarterly is currently looking for literary/creative essays, short stories, fiction/prose, poems, multimedia, your stupid status updates, whatever, that explore any and all elements of Taco Bell. An elegy for the discontinued menu items? Fine. An experimental essay about marine biology and the XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito? Awesome. Review the new Beefy Fritos Burrito and how it reminds you of the time your grandma died? We want it. Something that introduces us to inventive form, dynamic language, and strong voice. Or not. We’re not judgey and pretentious. We’re Taco Bell Quarterly.

Are you affiliated, sponsored by, connected to, or BFF with Taco Bell?
No. We can’t even get extra sauce packets when we roll through the drive-thru, the employees act like that shit is unicorn blood.

Is this going to be quarterly?
We don’t like rules and deadlines, but maybe!

What’s the word count guideline?
Write what it takes to tell your story. But seriously, people’s attention spans are like 500-1500 words. If you send us a Taco Bell novella, we might say no in a very gentle manner.

When are you open for submissions?
Submissions for Volume 3 will be announced in the spring. Want to send something now? Go for it. We don’t like rules, we like creativity. Our review period will be in the early summer.

Where do I submit?, slide into my DMs, hustle yo shit to get it in front of us. But really, email.

Where/when will this be published?
TBQ is published digitally via this website.

Are you a paying market?
We’re busted and broke-ass. So until we get rich, we seek to create a positive encouraging artistic community of literary Taco Bell writers. Taco Bell Quarterly makes zero profits in this venture. We need a heiress, an endowment, or an independently wealthy weirdo to fund us. If you would like to support the Taco Bell arts, please contact us. TBQ will use 100% of funds to pay Taco Bell writers and artists.

This next guideline contains a really random Puff Daddy reference.
We have a vision of unleashing unruly, Tolkien-esque tomes, like a Puff Daddy and the Family three disc set. Let’s drop mad volumes, intense, scary, 750-page chalupa bombs of beautiful-ass energy and love about Taco Bell. Generations of readers will read it in book clubs or on the toilet.

How many people really submit to TBQ? Am I going to be the only one?
This Shit Is Your Dream Journal. Being a member of the #TBQFam is a must-have notch on every writer’s CV. Agents scan for it. Your mother keeps asking when you’re going to settle down, get married, and get published in Taco Bell Quarterly.

What else do I need to know?
Taco Bell Quarterly will be granted one time rights to publish your piece electronically. We are going to promote the hell out of you and tell the world how awesome you are for creating art. When you make it into the #TBQFam, it’s ride or die for life.

Can I win the Pushcart?
We will be nominating the best of the best for Pushcarts, sending in our nominees with packets of Fire sauce. Symbolic because our writers are fire. Dare to dream of the day you might be a Taco Bell Quarterly-nominated writer/artist for the Pushcart Prize. They don’t know what’s about to hit them over there at the fancy Pushcart desks.

Who are you?
I’m a writer with big ideas. I’m M.M. Carrigan, Editor Grande Supreme of Taco Bell Quarterly. I want to inspire people to break rules, scare the world, and collectively process our Taco Bell feelings. What if the longing, the hunger, the white hot center of all our pain — was Taco Bell? I’m on Twitter @thesurfingpizza.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Richard J. Margolis Award

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

The Richard J. Margolis Award is given annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose nonfiction work combines warmth, humor and wisdom and sheds light on issues of social justice.

The award honors the life of Richard J. Margolis (1929-1991), a renowned journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the rural poor, migrant farmworkers, Native Americans, aging adults and others whose voices are seldom heard. He also wrote several books for children.

The award combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center, an acclaimed writers' and artists' colony in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, with a $5,000 prize.
The winner of the annual Richard J. Margolis Award is announced in November, with the Blue Mountain Lake residency taking place in the following summer or fall.

Applications are accepted year-round but must be received by July 1 for consideration for the current-year award. Applications received after this date will be considered for the award in the following year.

Application Guidelines

Submit the following materials either as separate documents or combined into one or more documents as specified below:

A cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the award

A project description of your current and anticipated work and what you will work on during your Blue Mountain residency;

A brief biographical note; and

Two to three samples of your work, published or unpublished, meeting the following criteria:

Nonfiction samples only (no fiction or poetry);

30 pages maximum; and

At least one sample being non-memoir material.

All materials may be emailed as PDF files (preferred!) to Please name all files starting with your last name (e.g., Smith-cover letter+description.pdf, Smith-writing sample.pdf, etc.).

If submitting paper materials, mail them to the address below. Please note that we cannot return samples.

Richard J. Margolis Award
c/o Margolis & Bloom
100 William Street
Suite 220
Wellesley, MA 02481

Guidelines for Award Recipients

Recipients of the Margolis Award are asked to:

Note in their biography statement(s) both online and in print, as well as in any book acknowledgements, that they are a recipient of the Margolis Award;

Include a link to this website ( in all online biographies; and

Notify the Margolis Award Committee of any honors, publications and career milestones received/achieved after receiving the award so the bio statement on this website can be updated. This can be done by emailing, by using the contact form on this website or by sending postal mail to the address below.

HA&L Review seeks new work about science

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Deadline: November 2020

Working Title: Science


Guest Editor: Sima Rabinowitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send submissions or queries to

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Toasted Cheese - A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest

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Deadline: June 21, 2020
Read the General Contest Rules first.
AMT is a summer-themed narrative writing contest open to non-genre1 fiction and creative nonfiction.

The theme of the 2020 A Midsummer Tale writing contest is: Quarantine. One definition of quarantine is “a state of enforced isolation.” This year, your midsummer tale must be about being quarantined—or isolated—during the hot summer months. The reason for the quarantine is up to you—a pandemic is not required.

The theme must play an integral role in the story.

Identify your story as fiction or creative nonfiction. For CNF entries, please indicate whether names have been changed.

Length: 1,000 words minimum; 5,000 words maximum.

Deadline for entries: June 21, 2020.

Send entries to with the subject line: A Midsummer Tale Contest Entry

Entries are blind-judged by Beaver. Decisions are final. Winners are announced July 31.

Winning stories are published in the September 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.

Questions? Ask here or on Twitter @toasted_cheese.

1“Non-genre fiction” means literary or mainstream fiction. No science fiction, fantasy, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, western or other genre fiction, please.


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Deadline: June 30, 2020 Midnight EDT


Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication) is now open for submissions for poetry to be published in Issue 181, on October 1, 2020.

Guest Poetry Editor: Felicia Mitchell, author of Waltzing with Horses.

Submission period: April 1 – June 30, 2020 midnight Eastern time.

Reporting Time: Poets will receive an acceptance or rejection no later than one month prior to publication date. Submissions will open every quarter with a new guest editor. Poets are encouraged to submit again during the open submission periods. Please limit your submissions to one poem per submission period.

Reading Fee: None

Submit one unpublished poem, no more than three pages, written in English in a standard font (Times, Garamond, etc) in whatever style you wish to see the poem presented to readers. Please limit your submission to one poem per submission period. Guest editors have been instructed to read only the first poem if more than one poem is submitted. Note: Since we allow for simultaneous submissions, our one-poem submission rule eliminates confusion if a poem in a multi-poem submission is accepted elsewhere. This saves us a lot of time and grief. We hope you understand.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but please withdraw work immediately through Submittable if accepted elsewhere. You will find the "Withdraw" button in the upper right corner of your submission. Only unpublished works will be considered.
Eligibility: Submissions are open to writers anywhere in the world who write in English.
Rights: Prime Number Magazine will be granted First Serial Rights, including the right to permanently archive the accepted poem. After the work is published, all rights revert back to the author.

Payment: Writers living in the United States will receive a free poetry book from Press 53, selected by our guest editor. Writers living outside the United States receive no compensation other than publication.
Questions/Comments should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief, at

Monday, May 25, 2020

Reedsy seeks short stories

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Deadline:  May 29, 2020

Kidding Around

Want a quick way to lift your spirits? Revisit the books you loved as a child.

This week, we got a chance to do exactly that while writing a blog post on 100 Classic Children's Books, and we quickly found our minds swirling with imagined places and whimsical characters.

While our prompts this week are inspired by those same children's books, whether you write a children's story or not is up to you. Pick up your pen and let your imagination do the rest!
Write a story about transformation.
Write a story about the relationship between a parent and a child that spans several years.
Write a story about someone who discovers a mysterious object in their home.
Write a story about an average day turned upside down by an unexpected visitor.
Write a story about an unlikely friendship.
Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! 

In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

Congratulations to the latest winner, Jack Basson! Their short story, "A Cat of Ganymede," is based on the prompt: Write about an animal species that doesn't exist in real life — an alien, new discovery, imaginary creature — it's up to your interpretation!

The 'Fuzzy Friends (or Foes?)' edition of our contest received 701 submissions! Thank you to all who submitted! You can read all of the entries here.
Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on May 29th.

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

Wicked Gay Ways seeks submissions

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Deadline: June 15, 2020
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Submissions open: May 1st - June 15th…It’s free to submit - please check the website to give you an idea of what we look to publish before submitting.

Wicked Gay Ways was created in response to the recent censoring of positive sexual content within the social media community. We believe that body positivity and sexual freedom is a right that should not be controlled by authoritarian governments.

Our theme for this upcoming issue think: Post apocalyptic queer erotica in any genre.

Any submissions not within the theme will be set aside for a possible future issue.

Covid-19 has transformed our lives. The Pandemic severed us from touch. We crave physical connections yet are limited in possibilities.

In this call, we ask artists of all genres to explore erotica which centers on sexual exploration during this time of alienation and distance; think science fiction inspired stories. Distance sex, solo sex, viral lovers, sex with non-humans, super humans, sex so good it will kill you, other worldly bondage, fantasy! Will an AI be our next swipe on Tinder? Push the boundaries of what it means to be human and to crave the physical, sexual and erotic connections we are currently denied.

Submit your work to:

Flash erotic fiction: writers can submit up to five stories 150 words or less. We are looking for and value strong, well-written, classic, erotic literature that makes us swoon. Flash fiction pieces should be in ONE document. Each story should start on a new page. Submit as a Word document only. No PDFs. Formatting should be in 12-point Times New Roman, Double- spaced. Please include a short bio. No multiple submissions.

Short fiction: We welcome short fiction, 1,500 words or less. We are open to the possibility of longer pieces but these require an inquiry letting us know the total length of the piece as there may be space limitations. Submit as a Word document only. No PDFs. Formatting should be in 12-point Times New Roman, Double- spaced. Please include a short bio. No multiple submissions.

Non Fiction: We accept non fiction, essay and memoir, limited to 2,000 words or less. Submit as a Word document only. No PDFs. Formatting should be in 12-point Times New Roman, Double- spaced. Please include a short bio. No multiple submissions.

Poetry: Please submit up to five poems. Each poem should be submitted separately in a word perfect file no PDFs. Submit as a Word document only. No PDFs. Formatting should be in 12-point Times New Roman, Double- spaced. Please include a short bio. No multiple submissions.

Visual Art: We are also accepting photography, painting drawing and video art. Video art should be limited to 3 minutes max, please upload links to VIMEO, or similar digital platforms and if password protected please submit access code. For paintings, illustrations, drawings, digital media and photography. You may submit up to 5 pieces of work in high-resolution digital files in jpeg format. No multiple submissions, please.

In your cover letter please include your preferred name, preferred pronouns, third-person short bio, the preferred title(s) of your piece(s), and the medium you used i.e., for photography, (analog or digital) for painting or drawing please specify the medium and for all visual work the dimensions, as well as the date of the work. Submit your work to

Wicked Gay Ways is an online art and literary journal seeking to create connections across the many dimensions of queer sexual desire as embodied in art and the creative process.Wicked Gay Ways publishes work from both new, emerging and established artists.

We offer thoughtful and provocative dialogue through a wide-range of work presented.  We begin our work from the acknowledgment that there already exists an impressive and diverse body of erotic and sexually relevant work in art, performance, dance, music, film and literature in both the Western and Eastern cannon.We desire through Wicked Gay Ways to expand on the understanding of the work that has come before us, while presenting the creation and evolution of newer work and how this work addresses and is in turn shaped by the evolving influence and role that sexuality and desire continues to play in our individual and artistic lives. Welcome to the labyrinth.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

borrowed solace seeks submissions

Deadline: July 31, 2020
borrowed solace is open to submissions several times a year depending on our current needs. Submissions will be considered for the next issue after their submission date unless otherwise noted.

We publish one themed issue and one unthemed issue per year. Our themes are generally vague and can be interpreted many ways, but still, submissions received leading up to the publication of a themed issue must in some way fit with the theme. If you have questions about a theme or specific issue, please contact us by filling out the information on the “Contact” page above.

We prefer stories that do not include excessive violence or erotica. If you wish to include such things in your story, it needs to have a purpose – prove to us that it is significant to the story or characters and it won’t be a problem.

We do not accept reprints. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere. To do this, log into our submissions manager and click on “Withdraw a Submission.” If you submitted multiple pieces and wish to withdraw only a certain piece, contact us by filling out the information on the “Contact” page above.

At this time, we are unable to monetarily pay our contributors. If your submission is chosen for publication in borrowed solace, you will be paid in contributor copies of the journal, and our undying gratitude for allowing us to be a platform for sharing your work!

Please ensure that your submission meets the following requirements before submission and read the requirements in their entirety:


For more details on what we look for in fiction, read The 411: Fiction on the blog!

We are looking for fiction that artfully tells a story and reveals truths about humanity. Make us think – but not about how your story is full of typos, mismatched information, or clumsy characters. We want something unique and refreshing that makes it hard to stop reading!

Please submit only one piece of full-length prose or three pieces of flash fiction at a time. The maximum amount of pages we are able to consider is 15. Unfortunately, we do not have space in each edition to accept stories any longer. Standard manuscript formatting applies (see here for more information on what we expect).

Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page. Please also submit as a word document with your name and the genre as the document name (ex: Jane Smith Fiction).

We are open to submissions regardless of genre, but good genre stories will transcend categorization. Make us fall in love with your characters and plot, and everything else will fall into place.


For more details on what we look for in poetry, read The 411: Poetry on the blog!

We are looking for artful and thought-provoking poetry that makes us fall in love with language all over again. We are not partial to form, but prefer our poems to look like poems – no prose poems, please. We know this makes us old fashioned but we’re okay with that – we’re the grandmother of the poetry world. We are happy to consider prose poetry if it is submitted as either flash fiction or nonfiction.

Poets can submit up to four poems per submission (if your poems are extraordinarily long, please be mindful of that and only submit one or two poems.) Please ensure that each poem is complete and each one begins on a new page.

Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page. Please also submit as a word document with your name and the genre as the document name (ex: Jane Smith Poetry).

Creative Nonfiction

For more details on what we look for in nonfiction, read The 411: Nonfiction on the blog!

We are looking for creative nonfiction that tells a true story in a unique and creative way. Make us want to keep reading! We are open to most types of creative nonfiction – memoir, flash nonfiction, literary journalism, etc. Experimentation is welcome.

Please submit only one piece of full-length prose or three pieces of flash nonfiction at a time. The maximum amount of pages we are able to consider is 30. Unfortunately, we do not have space in each edition to accept stories any longer. Standard manuscript formatting applies (see here for more information on what we expect).

Please use Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman font and include your contact information, name, and the word count of the story somewhere on the first page. Please also submit as a word document with your name and the genre as the document name (ex: Jane Smith Nonfiction).
To submit to borrowed solace, visit our submissions manager. Here you can create an account with Green Submissions or log in if you have already created an account. After logging in, click “Make a New Submission.” Once you have started a new submission, please follow the instructions below. If these instructions are not followed, it makes our job much more difficult and distracts us from giving our full attention to your work, so please follow these instructions:

1. Select your submission type.

2. Enter the name of your submission.

3. In the text box titled “Enter your plain-text submission here,” please enter a brief cover letter.

4. Attach your story as a Word or PDF document.

5. Submit a brief (no more than 5 sentences, please) third person biography that we can include in borrowed solace should you be published.

6. Once you have completed all fields as described above, click submit!

Please Note: You will not receive an email notification after submitting. If the submissions manager says you have successfully submitted, though, then you are good to go! To check if your piece has been successfully submitted, you can click on “Check Your Submission Status” after logging into Green Submissions. If your piece has been submitted, it will be listed there.

Please click the Green Submissions icon below to get started. Thanks, and we look forward to reading your work!

Orca seeks work for literary-speculative issue

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Deadline: June 1, 2020

Please note: This is our no-fee submission portal. We can accept 100 no-fee submissions per month. We ask those who can afford to do so to consider submitting through the fee-based portal, so that others for whom a fee is a financial hardship can submit for free.

Orca's Literary Speculative issue is published in July. Full guidelines here.

By submitting here you will not receive our response until after the submission period closes. If you use the pay option you will receive our response in one month or less.

Unpublished fiction only: Up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document, or 1 short story up to 8000 words. Please use a readable serif font in 12 points. Double space. Indent paragraphs. Minimum one inch margins. Author name and email, and a word count on the top of the first page. Start the story about halfway down the first page, with the title and byline centered above it. Title and page numbers on subsequent pages in the header.

Payment for publication in Orca is $25, plus one contributor’s copy. We are working to increase the monetary amount. We pay only via PayPal or Zelle, so you have to have an account. We cannot send checks (since our bank account didn’t come with any). If you don’t have a PayPal or Zelle account we can send you extra copies of the journal.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Windfall seeks poetry

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Deadline (for fall issue): August 1, 2020
Windfall is looking for poems of place, specifically places in the Pacific Northwest (defined as a broad bioregion extending from the North Slope of Alaska to the Bay Area of California, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast). Place can be named or unnamed, but if unnamed, then location should be clearly implied or suggested by observed detail. The poet does not have to be living in the Pacific Northwest, but the poem does.

Place, whether background or foreground, should be essential to the meaning of the poem. Place should be vital in the development of the poem, or the speaker’s perspective, or the texture of image and detail. Simply attaching a place name to a generic poem of place will not do. Windfall favors poetry of observed detail that is informed and accurate, even when it is conflicted about what constitutes informed and accurate detail. Place to us is not a general metaphor (“where you are at”), but first of all, actual. As Ezra Pound once said, “The natural object is always the adequate symbol.”

Windfall regards the term “place” as inclusive of both urban and natural locales, peopled or unpeopled. If many of the poems we publish reflect more of nature than the city, this reflects the poetry we receive, rather than any bias of our own. Most places have been affected in many ways by human presence, and poems can reflect this. Within the broad parameters described above, we tend to let the poems submitted teach us what place is or may mean in poetry.

Since we look for informed and accurate detail, it follows that we favor poetry based on imagery derived from sensory observation of surfaces, which, as one writer said, is the only way we have to come to know the depths. While language as the medium of poetry is an important consideration, Windfall favors poetry that is about something other than itself or its language. A poetry of place is another way of expressing love of the world and of being in the world, perhaps the fundamental motive and experience of art.

Windfall also favors poetry that occurs in lines and stanzas, mainly because they tend to be more interesting. Lines and stanzas generate energy and opportunities for parallelism and complexity that may often be missing in columns of lines and prose poems. “Lines and stanzas” does not here mean “meter and rhyme.” We have nothing against meter and rhyme, and have in fact published several sonnets. Rather, we advocate a different dispensation, as old as orality, wherein poetry was organized by the content of its themes, figures, imagery, and perspective, rather than by formalized rhythm and sound (with which, as Robert Bringhurst says, poets began to “farm” language in neat rows). We have published the occasional column of lines and the occasional prose poem, when these reflect place well, which is our first consideration. But lines and stanzas mean the poet is inviting us to use our inferential powers, to be active readers, and this is what we look for.

More about poetry of place can be found in the Afterwords written by the editors for every issue. These short essays attempt to indicate past traditions, further readings, and a variety of perspectives on what might constitute poetry of place. They are not prescriptive of any approach, but are meant to suggest and inspire the writing of poems. All Afterwords may be downloaded from the Windfall web site: <>.

Windfall accepts only work that has not been previously published. If a poem has appeared in another periodical or book, then it has already found readers, and we would rather provide opportunity for new work to be read. Though you may have already published a poem of place that would be perfect for Windfall, keep in mind Jack Spicer’s admonition: “There are always plenty of poems.” Place, fully conceived, is an inexhaustible source.

Submissions of up to five short poems (not exceeding fifty lines each) may be submitted online by sending them as a single MS Word attachment to Poems should be separated by an inserted page break (not a series of returns), and name, postal address, and e-mail address should appear on every page.

Submissions sent by US Mail should include a self-addressed return envelope with first-class postage and an e-mail address. As with e-mail submissions, poems should be separated by an inserted page break, and name, postal address, and e-mail address should appear on every page. Send hard-copy submissions to Editors, Windfall Press, PO Box 19751, Portland, OR 97280.

Deadline for submissions to the fall issue: August 1.
Submission period for the fall issue: May, June, July
Deadline for submissions to the spring issue: February 1
Submission period for the spring issue: November, December, January

It’s best to send poems close to the deadline for the particular issue of Windfall you are submitting for since we make no editorial decisions until after the deadline. Better the poems should stay with you for further revision till close to the deadline, for, as Paul Valery said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”

Payment in copies only.

Questions? Write to <>.

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

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Deadline:  May 31, 2020

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2020 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer's work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit between May 1 and 31, 2020, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
  • Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
  • Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
  • Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Postmark submissions by May 31, 2020, and mail to the address below:
The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Bodega submission guidelines

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No deadline

Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month featuring poetry, prose, and occasional interviews by established and emerging writers. We’re here to give you a handful of essential pieces you can digest in one sitting.

We're currently seeking poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Simultaneous submissions are always ok, and if you have a piece accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Please let us know by adding a note to your submission in Submittable.

50-Word Stories wanted

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If you’d like to have a 50-word story that you wrote featured on, first make sure that you understand exactly what a 50-word story is, and then read the submission requirements below closely.

Submissions System
Each month, submissions will be open between days 1 and 15 of that month. Any stories received on days 16 to 31 of a month will be deleted, but can be resubmitted the following month. You may only submit one story per month.

From the stories received in those 15 days, the best stories will be selected to be published that same month. Only enough stories will be selected to publish two stories per weekday.

There is no payment associated with stories. However, each month a “Story of the Month” is selected, and receives a prize of $10 Canadian.

Stories that were not selected will not be published, will not roll over into the following month, and cannot be resubmitted in following months. Authors will be notified whether their story has been selected or not once all stories from the month’s submissions have been reviewed.

How to Submit
Please email your submission to Paste the story into the body of the email. Please include a title, your name, and a brief third-person bio. Feel free to include a link to your website!

If you are submitting a story related to a specific date or holiday, please include that information in the Subject line of your submission.

You can also send your story in using the form at the bottom of this page.

Tips and Guides
Looking for help with writing microfiction? Check out Bob Thurber’s Anatomy of a Microfiction page.

Terms and Conditions
Please keep the content of your submissions appropriate for all ages. Avoid crude language and needless violence or sexual content. Any intense or mature themes should be justifiable and provide artistic benefit for the audience.

In submitting your story, you are granting the non-exclusive rights to share the story on this website. You are free to do whatever you want with stories you have sent in; claims no ownership of your writing.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, as are reprints. If your story has appeared somewhere else, including your own blog or writing site, please include that information with your submission.

Due to a large volume of submissions, please limit yourself to submitting one story per month.

Stories published on become available through a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Once You’ve Submitted
Note that it may take a few weeks before you hear back on your submission. Please don’t send a follow-up email on your submission until at least one month after you sent it.

Report your submissions to DuoTrope here!

Submission Form
You can submit a story using the form ONLINE. Be sure to include the title and text of the story and a brief third-person bio. NOTE: Make sure you enter your correct email address, or I will not be able to respond to your submission!