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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Grain Magazine seeks new work

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Deadline: May 15, 2020

Our current submission period is from September 15th, 2019 to May 15th, 2020.

Published four times per year, Grain Magazine is an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.

Before submitting your work to Grain, we recommend you read a recent issue of the magazine. The latest issue of Grain is available to order by clicking the current issue cover image on the right of this page.

Please adhere to the following guidelines and do not submit more than twice in one submission period (third and subsequent submissions will neither be read nor returned). If you have work currently under consideration by Grain, please do not submit again until you have received a response to that submission. Grain has an eight-month submissions period which runs from September 15th to May 15th. Manuscripts received outside of this window will be automatically rejected.

Types of Work We Consider
Send typed, unpublished material only (we consider work published online to be previously published). If work is submitted simultaneously, please let us know as soon as possible if it is accepted elsewhere. Please only submit work in one genre at one time.

Poetry: Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages.

Fiction: To a maximum of 3,500 words.

Literary Nonfiction: To a maximum of 3,500 words.

For fiction and nonfiction submissions, PLEASE PROVIDE A WORD COUNT.

Other writing: Queries for submissions of work in other forms (i.e. short plays, comics, etc.) are welcome. You may submit such queries through Submittable or by mail.

Visual work: Mainly by invitation, though queries are welcome.

Contributor Payments
All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears. Visual work published inside the magazine (in black and white) and on the cover (in colour) is paid at the same page rate as text contributions to a maximum of $500.

Grain purchases first Canadian serial rights and digital rights. Copyright remains with the writer or artist.

Sending Work
Before submitting, please ensure that your work adheres to the following:

Submissions must follow industry formatting standards: typed in readable font (ideally 12 point, Times Roman), double-spaced for prose, free of typos, printed on one side only. No staples. Pieces of more than one page must be numbered.

Please include a cover letter with all contact information, title(s) and genre of work you are submitting, and a total page and word count. A brief bio is highly recommended.

You may submit your work through the mail or online through Submittable. We do not accept emailed submissions.

Mailed submissions can only be returned if you include a SASE of appropriate size for your writing with sufficient Canadian/International/US postage included. Or, if you'd like to save on postage and paper, we will reply by email if you provide an email address for that purpose only. Submissions that do not include one of these reply methods will not be read nor returned.

Response time is typically within six months.

To Send Work Through Submittable:
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Send Mailed Submissions To:
Editor, Grain Magazine, PO Box 3986, Regina, SK, S4P 3R9, Canada

Submission Tips
If you are submitting work from outside Canada, please include a valid email address for reply purposes, as we cannot use non-Canadian postage.
Please do not send your submission via email. We accept submissions only through the mail and through Submittable. To be considered for publication or to receive a response, you must include either a SASE or an email address.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Vitni Review seeks work

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The Vitni Review is published twice a year: in April and September. We are currently open to submissions in English, but hope to accommodate multiple languages in the future. We do not currently have the ability to accept translations.

Poetry: Please send us up to five poems (at no more than ten pages) in a single document in .docx or .pdf format. Please ensure each poem begins on a new page. Poems should be single-spaced unless the poet’s intended format requires otherwise. We appreciate poems of shocking and exhilarating language, but we also hope to receive poems that teach us the value of experience and expand our view of what it means to be an emotional self-aware being on Planet Earth. All forms are welcome.

Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction: We seek original, unpublished flash fiction, short stories, and nonfiction pieces up to 6,500 words. We intend to publish prose that exhibits a strong command of the language, but which are most distinct for their characters, plots, emotional/intellectual content, design, and visceral effect. We seek the daring and the risky, the stories which force us to question the world around us, to doubt what we once trusted implicitly. They should be sharp, but we appreciate everything from the humorous to the devastating.

Book Reviews: the Vitni Review is currently open to submissions of book reviews on forthcoming books, or books published within the last two years. Please ensure the subject line of your submission is "Book Review Submission."

All submissions should be sent to For all creative writing submissions, please ensure the subject line of your email reads "[insert genre] Submission", as well as to include a brief cover letter in the body of your email with a short (up to 50 words) bio.

We strive to respond to each submission within thirty days, but due to the number of submissions, our editorial team may take up to ninety days to respond to your submission. Please refrain from submitting in one genre more than once per reading period. If one of your pieces is accepted elsewhere or if you need to withdraw your submission, please contact the editors at as soon as possible, and ensure the subject of your email is "Withdrawal."

If the Vitni Review publishes your writing, the editors reserve the right to republish it in future print anthologies and/or as promotional broadsides. Authors retain rights to their work—if the work is republished in a future collection or anthology, please indicate that it originally appeared in the Vitni Review. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer monetary payment for work at this time.

**We are especially dedicated to publishing the work of writers from/within historically under- or misrepresented groups (e. g. writers of color, writers along the LGBTQ+ spectrum, disabled writers, womxn writers and/or nonbinary/gender-nonconforming writers)**

Thank you for trusting us with your work!

The Helix seeks work

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

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

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

General Guidelines

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

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

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

We follow the Chicago Manual guidelines when editing submissions.

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


Sunday, April 26, 2020


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Deadline: April 30, 2020

Shakespeare’s sonnets, 154 in all, demonstrate his mastery of the English language in a way that some of us might appreciate, if not fully understand, and perhaps even want to imitate.

With this in mind, the Southern Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the Tallahassee Democrat, will hold its SIXTH ANNUAL SONNET CONTEST in 2020.

The contest will run March 5th through April 30th providing an opportunity for folks to write like the Bard!

There will be three categories: COLLEGE/ADULT, HIGH SCHOOL, and  MIDDLE SCHOOL.

Prizes are valued over $1,000!

Winners will be announced online in May by our special mystery guest!

So, what precisely is a sonnet? Shakespeare wrote 14 line sonnets that follow a specific rhythmic pattern of iambic pentameter and an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme.

Shakespeare wrote sonnets about love, loss, and beauty, but our sonnet contest writers wrote about most ANY subject of their choosing…and had some great fun!

Sonnets can be submitted to Category (Middle, High School or Adult) AND contact information must be included with your submission.

If you have any questions, please feel free to check our FAQs page or reach us at!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

20,000 Leagues Remembered

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

Hard Sells:

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

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

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

Sex. See above about marketing to a wider audience.

Edition and Rights:

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

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

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

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

What We Don’t Want:

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


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

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

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

Transference seeks poetry in translation

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

We are now accepting submissions for our 2020 special issue on vision/seeing, for which we will consider a broader range of work. In addition to translated poems, we will also consider poems inspired by poetry originally written in the languages referenced above, along with commentary. We will also consider essays on the translation of poetry. 

Submissions relating to the theme of vision/seeing are especially welcome. Submissions may be uploaded to this site or sent directly to the editors at 

For general guidelines, see here.

Anyone may submit translations of poetry and accompanying commentary to be considered for publication in Transferenceprovided he or she is the translator. Please note that we do not accept self-translations. Translators whose first language is not English should work closely with a native speaker of English.

Submissions cannot have been previously published in either print or on the internet, nor be forthcoming. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please let us know immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions must include a brief cover letter, your translation and the original poem with the source information in MLA format, and a commentary on your translation process. Please include a short bio in your cover letter. You may submit up to four poems at one time. Please note that your name should appear only on your cover letter, not on the pages containing your submission.

If you have questions about the submission procedure or terms for Transference, please contact the editors.

Transference is published by faculty in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Focusing exclusively on poetic translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, and Japanese into English. We feature translations and accompanying commentaries on the art and process of translating poetry. To purchase a print copy of the journal ($10), please contact us.

Christian Science Monitor Home Forum submissions

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Have an upbeat personal essay between 400 and 800 words on everyday life, like travel, parenting, home, family, gardening, neighborhood, or community?

Submit to The CS Monitor’s Home Forum. Send your completed essays to

Squawkback submission guidelines

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No deadline given

Send any materials that you wish to have considered for publication in (the) Squawk Back—as attachments in .doc (but preferably not .docx because we use the horrible Apache OpenOffice suite which doesn't like it) or .rtf or .txt or .odt format—but under no circumstances as .wps files or PDFs and preferably not pasted in the body of an email—to.....

We read year round. All first-time submitters will hear back from us within three weeks. Those previously published in Squawk Back will wait a bit longer, as their submissions do, unfortunately, go to the bottom of a pile, owing to that we try very hard to feature new contributors in every issue.

We primarily publish fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We do not publish plays or screenplays, but we may consider monologues. We will consider excerpts from unpublished novels, poetry collections &c, but please do not submit entire books.

No individual prose submission should exceed ten-thousand words in length. For submitters of poems, we'd prefer it if you kept it under ten pieces per submission. Multiple-poem submissions go in one document or are pasted into the body of one email.

Upon acceptance for publication, submitted pieces which appear in their entirety on personal blogs or other websites either Must Be Removed from those pages or replaced with excerpts and/or links to their new home in Squawk Back.

Upon submitting your work, you hereby grant (the) Squawk Back a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify and display your content for any purpose, including without limitation promoting and redistributing part or all of the site. Works submitted to Squawk Back, whether officially or unofficially copyrighted, will remain the full intellectual property of their authors. We are far less interested in exploiting emergent literary voices than providing them with a louder box with which to squawk.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts seeks work

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Deadline: May 15, 2020
The Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA announces the launch of a global annual literary and arts journal, edited by students and staff. 

We welcome submissions of original poetry, short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, meditations, visual art, short film, and music. Contributors from all spiritual, religious, and philosophical worldviews are welcome, both students and long-term established writers and artists.

Submit work that relates to spiritual topics very broadly defined, with a special interest in work that deepens the inward life, envisions and enacts a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world, and advances understanding and dialogue across difference.

 Submissions by global/international contributors, women, people of color, and historically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. 

Submit up to 5 poems, pieces of prose, or works of visual art, music, or film. The submission deadline is May 15, 2020, and there is no submission fee. 

Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are permitted, contingent on prompt notification if accepted elsewhere. 

Send documents in 12 point Times New Roman with a brief (3-5 line) contributor’s bio in third person to

We look forward to receiving your work.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Petrichor magazine seeks poetry

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May 1, 2020

Poetry: Send a single attached doc or docx file of no more than three poems, unpublished elsewhere.

Visual Poetry: No more than five separate PNG files, or a single PDF.

Video Poetics: gif? mov? Why not.

Poetics Essays: Send only one, about 1250 words long. We’re looking for concise. Essays may include visuals.

Bios: Should be 2-3 sentences, third person. Kudos if you have multiple collections; we’ll mention the most recent ones.

Send Stuff To: petrichorpoems at gmail dot com. We do not require a cover letter, but we’re always interested to learn how you found out about us. Wait six months after acceptance to submit again, and one month if declined.

A digital archive of text & image, petrichor publishes your reverse villanelles, collage clips, double/triple haibun, asemic cryptolectics, semiotic pictographs, or just something new. Old school remixes for the digital age will not go unspun. GIFpoetics & code tomes welcome, too. We welcome underrepresented voices and unheard approaches to poetics and the melding of text & image. If you aren’t seeing you out there, send yourself here.

Brush Talks a Journal of China seeks submissions

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Submissions on rolling basis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Voices Project seeks poetry

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

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

Submission Guidelines: The Voices Project

Poetry and Prose

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

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

How to Submit
Submit through our website:

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

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

Editor’s Guidance Prior to Publication

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

Required Information

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

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

Additional Information:

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

Monday, April 20, 2020

Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition

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Deadline: 27 April 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Quince Magazine seeks submissions

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Deadline: April 20, 2020 11:59 PM

QUINCE magazine is accepting submissions for Issue One on the theme of LOVE in the following categories: poetry, fiction, visual arts/photography, life writing, screen/stage shorts. Please read the submissions guidelines for details.

Poetry - submit up to five poems

Fiction - 3500 word upper limit

Visual Art/Photography - up to five images (photo essays welcome)

Life Writing - 3500 word upper limit.

Screen/Stage Shorts - 10 pages/minutes, scenes/extracts from a full length work are acceptable but should work on their own.

Email with the category of work in all caps followed by the title of your piece in the subject of the email eg. LIFE WRITING - One Summer at Sea. Please include a short bio (under 50 words) in the body of your email. The work should be attached in word format (.doc).
  • Please do not submit work in PDF format. 
  • Please do adhere to the word/page count limits. 
  • Only submit original, unpublished work. 
  • The theme is open to interpretation and experimental approaches are encouraged. 
  • The magazine's decisions are final.

The deadline for submissions for Issue One is 11.59pm, Monday 20th April 2020.

This magazine aims to be inclusive and current. Writers and artists from marginalised, underrepresented and diverse backgrounds as well as unpublished and emerging writers are all encouraged to submit.

Reedsy Prompt: Close to Home

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Deadline: April 24, 2020, 11:59 PM EST
A few weeks ago, our 'Staying Inside'-themed contest received quite a big response from the Reedsy Prompts community. Because this is clearly a relatable theme for so many these days, we've decided to run a second edition of prompts that all revolve around being at home.

But that's not the only popular writing activity we're bringing back: today, we're hosting another LIVE Write-In on YouTube at 3pm Eastern Time! Once again, our hosts Shaelin and Jenn will guide you through a series of 20-minute writing sprints. During the breaks, you can share your progress and ask our hosts any questions you may have.

To join, tune in to our YouTube channel at 3pm EST. We hope to see you there!
  • Write a story about someone who finds a magical portal in their home.
  • Write a story about someone who is working from home and constantly getting distracted by their pet.
  • Write a story about two neighbors talking from their yards, windows, balconies, etc.
  • Write a story about someone learning how to play an instrument.
  • Write a story about someone posting a video on social media that goes viral.
Short Story Contest — $50 Reward
Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on April 24th.

Tiger Moth seeks work for July 2020 issue

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

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

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

Submission Guidelines

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

Publication Rights

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

Reading Fee and Payment

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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Utopia Science Fiction Submission Guidelines

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We welcome solicited and unsolicited submissions for Fiction, Poetry, and Non-Fiction. Details below.

​**We are especially in need of Science and non-fiction Articles for our Science Corner. Articles can be on any subject in any style, but must be accessible to a non-academic audience**​

Fiction Guidelines

We're looking for enthralling stories set in a future we want to believe in, one we would fight to make a reality.

We're looking for
  • Captivating world-building
  • Character-rich, diverse settings
  • Well-written engaging plots that steer away from common tropes
  • Tension, conflict that leaps out of the page and grabs us
  • A good ending.
  • Hard science fiction, stories based in explained, well researched science
We're open to

Inventive narrative structures, unusual, but readable writing styles
Non hard science fiction as long as it includes incredible world-building or captivating characters.
Longer stories for serialization


100-6,000 words is preferred. We can consider something longer, if the writing is good, but please, no submitting the next Odyssey, we don't publish novels!


We currently pay $15 for a story upon publication.

Submissions must be in PDF or Docx form and in proper Manuscript Format. If you're curious about what that means. Please see example here. Please allow 7 weeks for a response. If you have not received a response feel free to contact us with the word "Query" in the subject line.

Poetry Guidelines

We will publish science-fiction based poetry. There's no style or content we're looking for in particular.

Please submit up to five short poems or one long poem.


A short poem is one page or less in size 12 Garamond font with 1.5 spacing.

A long poem is anything longer. No limits to length of a long poem.


$2 for each accepted short poem
$10 for each accepted long poem upon publication

Non-Fiction Guidelines

We're Looking for
  • Articles on new discoveries
  • Articles on new or developing technologies
  • Science fact sheets or trivia articles
  • Teach us how to calculate Schwarzschild Radius, tell us about Hubble's Constant or quantum chemistry
  • Teach us about strange creatures from Thor's Hero Shrew to Deinococcus radiodurans


6,000 words or less


$16 for a non-fiction piece upon publication.

Any more questions you can contact us via our Contact Page.

Awakenings Review submission guidelines

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

Editorial Policy

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Submission Guidelines

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

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

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

Format for Submissions

Please adhere to the following guidelines:


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

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

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

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

Mental Health History

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

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

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

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

erbacce-prize for poetry 2020

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

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


Entry is FREE to everyone. World-Wide.

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

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

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

The Prizes

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

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

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

A word to the wise

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 13, 2020

The climate crisis and you: a new poetry challenge

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Deadline: April 26, 2020 Midnight
How does it feel to be surrounded by dire climate news and extreme weather? With our friends at the Freud Museum London, we’re asking young poets everywhere what impact the climate emergency has had on them.

The challenge: write a poem reflecting your feelings about the climate emergency.

This challenge is for writers aged up to 25 based anywhere in the world. The deadline is midnight, Sunday 26 April 2020. You can send a poem written down, or a recording as a video or as an audio file. If you are sending a written version of your poem, please type it into the body of your email. If you are sending a video or audio file, please attach it to the email (making sure it’s no bigger than 4MB or it won’t come through) or send us a link to where we can see/hear it.

Remember, for this challenge, the judges are looking for poems that explore how the climate crisis is affecting you, rather than general protest poems about the climate.

Send your poem(s) to with the subject line ‘Freud climate challenge’, along with your name, date of birth/age, gender, the county (or, if you’re not from the UK, the country) you live in, and how you found out about this challenge (e.g. YPN email/Twitter/Instagram/through a teacher/through a friend etc.). This data is used for statistical purposes and help us reach as wide an audience as possible. These anonymised statistics will be shared with our partner, the Freud Museum London.

If you are aged 12 or younger on Sunday 29 April 2020, you will need to ask a parent/guardian to complete this permission form; otherwise, unfortunately we cannot consider your entry due to data protection laws.

We welcome entries from schools and youth groups. Use this class entry form to enter students from your class or group.

The Poetry Society offices are currently closed and staff are working from home. Please do not post entries during this time. If you are having trouble submitting, please email

If you would like us to add you to the Young Poets Network mailing list, include ‘add me to the mailing list’ in the subject line of the email. If you would like us to confirm that we’ve received your entry, include ‘confirm receipt’ in the subject line. You may refuse to provide information about yourself.

You might also want to enter this poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, with a chance to win some amazing prizes and further development opportunities. We can do that for you. If you are aged 11-17 on 31 July 2020 and would like us to automatically enter your poem into the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, please write in the subject line ‘Enter me into Foyle’ and provide us with your date of birth, school name (if applicable) and home address (so we can send you a Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award anthology next year) in the body of the email. Please note: published work is not eligible for entry into the Foyle Award, so winners and commended YPN challenge poems will not be entered into the Foyle Award.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

HYBRID Ink submission guidelines

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HYBRID Ink is keenly interested in creative non-fiction diving deep into the world we live in. We are particularly focused on the publication and advancement of LGBTQIA+ writing.

Short form (essay collections) — Open
Essay and letter collections may be considered, as well, and in that case, please specify the unifying theme of the collection, provide a brief synopsis of each piece, and the licensing status of each essay or letter.

Content restrictions

HYBRID has no restrictions on topics for creative non-fiction. Here are some of the things we love to see:

  • LGBTQIA+ non-fiction
  • Examinations on social interactions
  • Deep-dives into a topic the author loves
  • Eclectic fields of interest tied together by a story
  • Or a single field of interest tied together by eclectic stories
  • Non-fiction on a topic that the author has first-hand experience with

Please don’t let this stop you, but here are some things we’re wary of:

  • Lists of facts
  • Lists of events
  • Bulleted lists
  • Lists of lists
  • Lists of lists of lists
  • Self-help books
  • Screeds, diatribes, and invective

We will not accept the following for feasibility, liability, or academic reasons:

academic papers
HYBRID Ink will not, under any circumstances, publish content that portrays any of the following without justification or in a positive light:

  • Racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or other forms of discrimination
  • Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18
  • Rape, torture, dubious consent, or forced seduction
  • Gratuitous violence, gore, or death

For more information, please see here, and remember that we're all governed by our code of conduct.
If you have any doubts about your content and these lists, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Submitting to HYBRID

Please submit via email to

Include your name and what you are submitting for in the subject line in the format [Submission type] Submission name (for X) by Author. For example, Jace Doe is submitting their story "Something Awesome," to the Great Stories anthology, they would use the subject line [Story] Something Awesome (for Great Stories) by Jace Doe.

Alternately, for longer work queries, if Anna Doe is submitting a query for her novel Holy Crap, Birds!, she would use the subject line [Query] Holy Crap, Birds! by Anna Doe.

Please submit the entire short work, or the first 10,000 words or so (about twenty pages) for longer work queries. If your work is longer than 10,000 words, please also submit a synopsis. We will accept the following formats: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Open Document Format/LibreOffice/Calligra Words (.odt), Markdown, TeX of various flavors. We can also accept Google Docs, but would prefer a standalone file.

If you are submitting to a call for submissions, please be sure to note the following in your submission email:

  • Whether or not you are submitting simultaneously to other markets
  • Whether or not your submission has already been published elsewhere
  • Whether or not you are submitting multiple submissions to the call

We appreciate you following these guidelines, as they help all of us keep submissions organized! If you are submitting to an anthology and do not follow the email subject line guidelines, you will confuse our poor editors, those wily beasts, and we will have to coax them out of catatonia once more.

For published pieces we take non-exclusive print and electronic publishing rights. Bear in mind that most publications will not publish pieces that have been published in print, e-book, 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. That is, while we accept reprints, that is hardly universal. It is up to you, the author, to decide if publishing your work in print and/or e-book formats is really what you want to do.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Revolution seeks creative non-fiction, poetry, etc.

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No deadline given

The Revolution (Relaunch) is interested in literary/historical criticism, literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and poetry. If you’re inspired to produce creative, timely, first-person, social justice-oriented writing about the current state of affairs regarding women and reproductive rights, indigenous rights and land rights, the LatinX community and the border, immigrant and migrant rights, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, and disability rights, then we’d love the opportunity to read your work. 
  • In order to ensure diversity of voice in every issue, and due to the restrictions of the format in which we publish, all prose submissions should be under 750 words. 
  • Submit no more than one piece of prose (under 750 words) in any genre
  • Submit no more than three poems (3 pages total)
  • Submit up to 3 pieces of visual art
  • Please identify the genre of your submission in the subject line
  • Please accompany your submission with a bio of no more than 100 words

Send your submissions to We publish on the first of each month, and we read submissions year-round.

First North American rights belong to The Revolution (Relaunch). All rights revert back to the author upon publication.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Fleas on the Dog currently seeking submissions

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

ONLINE PUBLISHING GUIDELINES We are currently open for submissions from March 1 to April  30. There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 10 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take weeks?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to (or type in the link in the email address).

 Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue.

If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by

Rattle seeks poems about service workers

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Deadline: April 16, 2020

Our Fall 2020 issue will feature a tribute to service workers. This is a field broadly interpreted, but for our purposes we're defining service workers as those who are employed in direct service to customers, typically for the purposes of convenience or leisure. This may include those in the hotel, lodging, food service, tourism, or customer service industries, as well as many others. Poems may be written on any subject, in any length, but the poet must currently be, or have been, employed as a service worker for a significant period of time (years, not months). Please include a brief note about your background in the service industry and what effect it's had on your poetry (if any). 

Feel free to submit up to four previously unpublished poems (or four pages of very short poems), but these must be sent as a single submission in ONE document, or pasted into the single field provided. Do not submit more work to this category until we've replied. 

Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry and translations of poetry.

Submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. Despite their growing prevalence in the literary community, we do not believe in submission fees and never will.

Rattle does not accept work that has been previously published, in print or online (we do NOT consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or social media as publication with respect to this rule).

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just add a note through Submittable, or, if you submitted in hard copy, email to let us know. We don’t publish anything without your signature, anyway; if another journal beats us to the punch, congratulations!

Contributors in print receive $200/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $100/poem.

All free submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $2,000 prize judged by the editors.

Quick Options:
Submittable / Postal

We like poems of any length. Send up to four poems at a time. We’re looking for poems that move us, that might make us laugh or cry, or teach us something new. We like both free verse and traditional forms—we try to publish a representative mix of what we receive. We read a lot of poems, and only those that are unique, insightful, and musical stand out—regardless of style. Since our issues include about 70 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. So while most magazines suggest reading their back issues to get a sense of what they like to publish, we’d suggest reading to get a sense of what we’re having trouble finding—if you notice a style or subject matter that we don’t seem to be publishing, send us that!

Rattle publishes about 300 poems each year, and almost all of them come from unsolicited submissions. Your submissions keep us going, and we always appreciate them.

Our tributes are usually half-issues but sometimes comprise an entire issue. Each tribute gathers poems from a specific ethnic, vocational, stylistic, or social group. We’re currently seeking submissions of Postcard Poems for our Summer 2020 issue. The poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written on and be accompanied by a related postcard. The issue itself will include both the poems as written on the postcards and the postcards themselves, so we need to know who created both the postcard artwork and the poem. Homemade postcards, artists you know, or public domain/Creative Commons licensed art is extremely preferred, but we’ll do our best to work with what we want to publish. Our goal is to support and encourage the act of writing poems on postcards and sharing them in this personal and intimate way. For an idea of how postcard poetry works, read our essay by Paul Nelson about his annual August Postcard Poetry Festival. If using submittable, please be sure to select the Postcard Poems category. The deadline for this issue is January 15th, 2020.

For more information on future tributes, keep an eye on our call for submissions page.

Poets Respond
At least every Sunday we publish one poem online that has been written about a current event that took place the previous week. This is an effort to show how poets react and interact to the world in real time, and to enter into the broader public discourse. To help us stay organized, we request that these poems only be sent to us through the Submittable portal. The deadline for submissions each week is midnight Friday. Payment is $100.

Ekphrastic Challenge
Every month we post a work of visual art for poets to use as inspiration. Poets have one month to write an ekphrastic poem based on that image. The artist and Rattle’s editor then each choose their favorite submission to publish. For more information, and to see the current image and previous winners, visit the Ekphrastic Challenge page.

Required Information
Please include this information with each submission:

Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Email address

If submitting electronically, use the appropriate fields when you upload your file on Submittable, but avoid including your name or contact information anywhere within the file itself. If submitting by mail, only include your name and contact information in the cover letter, not above the poems. We ignore the poet’s name while reading submissions to be as fair as possible, and this makes it easier.

In addition, please send a short contributor note for the author. Your note should tell us who you are and why you love poetry. Our notes section is something that makes issues of Rattle unique, and many say it’s as fun to read as the poetry itself. Contributor notes should be in the first person, and follow the format of this sample:

Erik Campbell: “One afternoon in the summer of 1994 I was driving to work and I heard Garrison Keillor read Stephen Dunn’s poem ‘Tenderness’ on The Writer’s Almanac. After he finished the poem I pulled my car over and sat for some time. I had to. That is why I write poems. I want to make somebody else late for work.” (email address, web address, or Twitter handle goes here at the end if you’d like it included)

Notes in this form are only needed upon acceptance—it doesn’t have to be included with each submission, though we would enjoy it.

Please keep in mind that submitting to Rattle implies an interest in the magazine, and anyone who submits will be added to our mailing list to receive occasional updates on new issues, events, and calls for submissions. We never buy, sell, trade, or share your information with anyone. View our Privacy Policy for more information. You may opt out of our mailing list at any time, in writing or with an email to:

Payment for print publication (from us to you in exchange for your work) is $200 and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine, including the issue in which your work appears. Contributors also may pre-order additional copies of their issue at our cost to produce. Payment for online-only work is $100.

Rights & Rules
All rights revert to the authors upon publication. To get technical, we require First Rights, meaning we want to be the first publisher to present the poems to the public. This means that we won’t consider poems that have been published in books, magazines, or newspapers, in print or online. We will, however, consider poems that have only been self-published to blogs, message boards, or social media accounts.

Though authors do retain all rights to their work, we post everything we publish on the back-issues section of the website after print publication, and so require Non-Exclusive Electronic Rights.

Response Time
Response times vary greatly, depending on volume and where we are in the production schedule, and can take anywhere from one to six months, and sometimes longer. Please do not query; we reply to every submission. You can check the status of electronic submissions any time by logging in to your account at

Please note that it is not possible to revise a poem while it’s being considered. If we decide we’d like to publish any of them, you will have an opportunity to revise author galleys at that time. Please proof-read your work carefully before you submit—but only for the sake of your own sanity. Typos happen; we don’t frivolously discard poems because of them.

Option #1: Submittable (preferred)
Submittable is so convenient for everyone, and the vast majority of submissions have been coming this way, so we’d much prefer if you submit online using this system, which allows you to track the submission and ensures that your poems will never get lost in the mail. If you are able to submit electronically, please use Submittable’s online submission manager:


Option #2: Postal
If you need to send your poems the old fashioned way, include the required information and either a self-addressed, stamped envelope and/or an email address so that we can reply. We much prefer to receive submissions online, but not everyone has internet access (for example, those writing from prison), so this remains an option. Please use Submittable if at all possible. Also note that we will only return poems if the necessary amount of postage has been added to your envelope. For foreign submissions, please do not send International Reply Coupons.

Send the submission directly to our office:

12411 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2020

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Inspired by the incredible international response to our climate fiction contests in 2016 and 2018, we are proud to announce our third contest in 2020—a momentous year for climate action, and an unprecedented opportunity to reimagine how humans will live on this planet in the future.

Work will be selected and judged by Claire Vaye Watkins, a Guggenheim Fellow, winner of The Story Prize, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and author of Gold Fame Citrus, a climate fiction novel that was named a best book of 2015 by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and NPR. Claire will join an interdisciplinary group of judges with expertise in climate science, sustainability, creative writing, and environmental literature.

All genres are welcome. The author of the winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $100 prizes. The winning story and finalists will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University.

The Provocation

The beating drum of the climate crisis is a constant reminder that our planet is a closed, limited system, and that we’re currently living far beyond its boundaries. We are looking for short stories that help us imagine how humans can live within Earth’s planetary boundaries—at the individual level, yes, but more importantly at the level of organizations, communities, and societies, and at the level of a global human civilization.

What would our world look like if we actually respected and lived within planetary boundaries? How would we organize our homes, communities, cities, and nations? How would we live with and relate to each other at the global level? How might politics, culture, relationships, and identities—all of the messiness of human lives—change in a world where we’re grappling seriously with the climate crisis, and perhaps even trying to restore some of the damage we’ve already done to the planet and its ecosystems? What kinds of obstacles, conflicts, and transformations will arise during these humongous shifts? How can we ensure that a sustainable or even climate-positive future is also a just and equitable one?

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit up to one (1) work of short fiction with a maximum length of 5,000 words. 
  • Your submission must be under 5,000 words.
  • Your submission must contain no identifying information (including your name) anywhere within the document. 
  • Submissions that exceed 5,000 words or contain any identifying information about the author will be disqualified.
  • Submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in print or online. 
  • While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate. 
  • The deadline for the submission is April 15, 2020 by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7). Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places of origin, or ages.

To read Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction, Volume II, which collects the grand prize winner and finalists from our 2018 contest, visit

To learn more about the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, visit If you have questions, email us at icf AT asu DOT edu.

Support for the 2020 Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest is provided by Ingka Group, the largest retailer and a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating nearly 380 IKEA stores in 30 countries. Learn more about Ingka Group and its commitment to sustainability at Ingka Group and its representatives will not be involved in the judging process, the decision-making around the winners of the contest, or the editorial process for the Everything Change book.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Balloon Lit. Journal seeks work for young readers

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But please kindly note that we only read and respond to submissions that follow our guidelines.

Many parts of the world have shut down under the threats of COVID-19, schools are suspended, gatherings are discouraged. In this difficult period of time, BALLOONS Lit. Journal is seeking poetry, short stories and artwork that brings warmth to our young readers. Works may praise the medical officers, mourn for the deceased, encourage the infected, cheer up the children staying home, show support to educators, reflect love and humanity or anything that bring out positive energy, the energy everybody needs now.


BALLOONS Lit. Journal reads general submissions ALL YEAR ROUND.
But please kindly note that we only read and respond to submissions that follow our guidelines.

We are primarily looking for quality materials for school-aged readers from around 12 years onwards. Having said that, we won't be too excited seeing conventional materials for children. Rather than writing anything specifically for BLJ's readers, you should consider if we could find in your submission, however complex and philosophical, the elements that could enlighten and amaze the young minds. Read our Issues to see what sort of work move us!

We invite poetry and fiction submissions by email. All works must be original, previously unpublished and written in English. But if you also have fantastic art and/or photographic work that we think suit the journal, we will certainly let them in too. We love pleasant surprises - if you have anything which we have never imagined before, send it in!

​Your submission should include a cover letter with your brief bio note (be concise, precise and unique!). If the author is a school child, we'd love to know his/her age too. Please also note the following submission instructions for the different categories:

Poetry: 3-5 pieces. Any style that you find appropriate (feel free to surprise us!). Submit them in a single WORD doc as attachment.

Fiction: 1 piece. No more than 2000 words. Proofread, Font 12, common Font Types. Submit it in a WORD doc as attachment.

Artwork: 3-5 pieces. We take the common file types like JPG and GIF (Good resolution please!).

You may of course send in more than one category of work. But please do not send in materials of the same category again before you receive our final decision of your initial submission.

Simultaneous submission is certainly encouraged. But again, if your work is accepted elsewhere, while we'll congratulate you, please kindly withdraw your submission or piece(s) by contacting us as soon as possible.

How to Submit

All submissions to BLJ must be emailed to:

Response Time

We'll endeavour to process every submission as quickly as possible. If your submission is of great quality and relevance and arrives at the right time, we may be able to send you an acceptance within hours. Otherwise, as any other journals, it may take months.  We will try our best to give you a reply within THREE MONTHS. Do drop us a line should we fail to come up with a decision by the end of that period.

We apologize that we are unable to give individual feedback to authors whose work we do not take. But we love your participation and value your trust all the same. Keep your good work coming!

Tip Jar Submission

If you are so kind to make a donation to BLJ, please mention it in your submission that you have done so. We will then give you a more speedy (within a week) and personal reply. But of course, it goes without saying that making a donation or not does not affect our publication decision.

Your donation will surely help BLJ grow and help us continue to produce print copies for complimentary and educational purposes. We sincerely thank you for your kind support!


BLJ is independent and non-profit-making, thus we do not make monetary payment to contributors. We do, however, put our hearts into perfecting every issue, presenting every piece of work in the best possible way, and acknowledging contributors with their bio notes included.

Each contributor receives one print copy by post. But BLJ remains a free online magazine and thus print copies are NOT FOR SALE.


By submitting your work to BLJ, you are acknowledging BLJ's right to publish your accepted piece(s) in the specified issue of our journal (in both electronic and, if any in the future, print versions). BLJ reserves the right to edit the accepted pieces and the bio notes of the contributors. After publication, all rights revert to the contributors. It is the author/artist's responsibility to ensure that the submitted work is free from copyright violations. BLJ is not liable for any actions/consequences caused by questionable submitted materials in terms of copyrights.

Want More Submission Tips?

Do check out Duotrope and Six Questions For... for BLJ's submission advice if you seriously want to contribute to our journal.

For any other inquiries, please use our Contact Form on our Contact Page.

Speckled Trout Review seeks poetry for Spring 2020 issue

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

*We will begin reading submissions on February 1 for the second issue of Speckled Trout Review (Spring 2020), which will be published in early May. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or print) for its Spring 2020 issue.

Poets can paste up to 3 poems, followed by a 50-75 word writer’s biography at the end, in the body of an e-mail to

Please note: attachments will go unread. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please share the good news when a poem finds a home elsewhere. For any questions about submissions or Speckled Trout Review, reach out to us at the above e-mail address.

For contributors whose work appears in either a fall or spring issue, we ask poets acknowledge Speckled Trout Review as the original publisher of the poem(s) in any subsequent publication thereafter. We reserve the right to archive accepted poems on the Speckled Trout Review website indefinitely and to publish work in a future anthology.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Reedsy Prompts: Dear Diary

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

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

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

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

The Other Stories seeks horror short stories

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

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

Upcoming themes:

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

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

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The 2020 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing in Fiction

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Deadline: May 1, 2020


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

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


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

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


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


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

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