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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We consider only previously unpublished work.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

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

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
Wicked Gay Ways --- at:

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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

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

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.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Librarians Choice Writing Contest

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Deadline: May 30, 2020 midnight MST

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

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

Contest Rules:

One entry per author.

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

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 All entries must be original and unpublished.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

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

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Mother’s Always Write submission guidelines

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Mother’s Always Write is both a literary and ideas magazine for mothers (and fathers too). Published monthly online, our mission is twofold: 1) to offer parents beautiful and insightful reading that will elevate and deepen the parenting experience, and 2) to offer mother/father readers and writers a place to congregate during the sometimes isolating years (both early and late) of parenthood.

We offer essays and poetry that are intended to honor parenting as one of life’s greatest callings. We hope to rid the world of that-- I wish I had understood that when my children were youngfeeling. We love writing that portrays motherhood as it is, not as someone says it should be.

Our pieces fall into three categories: (1) Early Years: mothering the younger years (from birth to age 12), (2) Middle Years: mothering the middle school and teenage years, and (3) Adult Children: mothers facing the empty nest.

Please send your submissions through Submittable. Please mark your submission by category in the subject line (i.e. Early Years). Please also tell us in your cover letter where you heard of us.

Personal Essays: Submit entire essay (up to 2,000 words). Please cover topics of parenting children of any age (don’t forget adult children) consistent with our mission statement. We are not looking for “how to” articles but for essays about parenting issues written with literary merit and offering moving insight.

Micro Nonfiction: Submit entire essay (up to 300 words). Please cover a poignant topic or insight of parenting. Again, we are looking for literary merit and moving insight.

Poetry: Submit up to three poems about the parenting experience. We prefer non-rhyming, free verse poetry that uses unique imagery, that offers thoughtful insight into the parenting experience, and that tugs a bit at the heartstrings.

For our Blog: Submit (unpublished) post about parenting (up to 1,000 words). Posts should be essays about a particular parenting experience or insight about parenting or about being a mother writer. Posts are published more than once per month. Share your wisdom.

Please note what we don’t want: We consider parenting a calling with a built-in duty to raise children in a safe, moral and loving environment. To that end, we will not publish any piece that is violent or vulgar. We are not looking for “How-to” articles.

We pay only for essays that are published in our once per month big issue on the third Monday of the month. Essays published on any other time during the month are not paid. Please know that we are working towards the important goal of being able to pay all of our writers.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

filling Station submission guidelines

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filling Station accepts singular or simultaneous submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, critical non-fiction (about literature and occasionally about visual art), and visual art. We are always on the hunt for great writing and artwork! Please note that Submittable is nowfilling Station's only method for receiving submissions.

Before submitting to filling Station, please see our genre-specific submission instructions below. Please note that for all submissions, you must include a mailing address and short bio (25 - 75 words) with your submission. A submission lacking a mailing address and bio will be considered incomplete. For Art submissions, we also require an Artist's Statement regarding the submitted portfolio of work. Please attach your submission as both a text document and a PDF, especially if your work incorporates visual elements we shall have to replicate. This ensures that your published work looks as true to the original submitted document possible.

Genre-Specific Submission Instructions

Fiction: Submit up to 10 pages (submissions at the upper end of this length spectrum will need to be of exceptional quality to be considered) via Submittable. We are pleased to receive any of the following fiction: flash fiction, postcard fiction, short fiction, experimental fiction that diverges from the usual subgenre categories, a novel excerpt that can stand alone, or a combination of these subgenres. Please do not resubmit or send send additional submissions until you have received a response to your first submission. A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete. Due to the high volume of submissions, fiction accepts submissions onlyvia Submittable.

Poetry: Submit up to 6 pages of poetry via Submittable. If your poem is spaced in a particular way, please make sure to use spaces, never tabs, so we can accurately replicate your layout. Also be sure to upload your submission as a PDF file in addition to the text document. A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete. Due to the high volume of submissions, poetry accepts submissions only via Submittable.

Nonfiction: We encourage you to submit experimental interviews, articles, reviews, and creative nonfiction. Please note that filling Station will generally not accept reviews of non-experimental literature unless the review itself is experimental. We are looking to engage with and draw attention to literature that pushes the boundaries of genre, form, methodology, style, etc. Submit 2 pieces of any such kind via Submittable. If you have concerns about suitability, feel free to send a query to While questions or concerns may be received by email, Nonfiction accepts submissions only via Submittable. A submission lacking mailing address and bio (25 - 75 words) will be considered incomplete. If you are interested in reviewing a book for filling Station, please peruse our updated list of Books Received or elect to review a book of your choice tat you own.

Art: Please submit 5-7 lower res samples via Submittable. If interested, we will request pieces or additional work in 300 dpi or greater via Drop Box or similar, or on a disc. Art accepts initial, low res submissions only via Submittable. High resolution images must be provided upon request before we can finalize selection. A submission lacking mailing address, bio (25 - 75 words) and artist's statement will be considered incomplete.

Important Notes

Appropriateness: filling Station exists to publish innovative work; we recommend reading filling Station before you submit. Subscription information is available below. filling Station does not accept submissions that contain racist, misogynist, and/or homophobic content.

Intersectionality: filling Station works to create a safe and supportive environment for all voices. We specifically encourage submissions from creators who identify with female, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, immigrant, impoverished, survivor, or other marginalized communities. filling Station’s mandate is to publish Canadian experimental literature in all its diversity and would like to promote artists who have been historically underrepresented. We therefore ask that, should you feel comfortable doing so, you disclose your intersectional identities in a cover letter along with your submission. This information is by no means obligatory and will only be used to help us curate a diverse and intersectional magazine. If you are non-Canadian or from a dominant cultural group (white, male, wealthy, etc.), we will of course still consider your work, but please ensure your submission lines up with filling Station’s mandate. Our priority is to publish content that is both exceptional and diverse.

Replies, Rights and Publication Timing: Please allow 3-6 months for the process of reply. After your submission is reviewed by our Readers, you will receive an email to let you know whether your work has been selected for publication. If it has, filling Station acquires First North American Serial Rights. Copyright reverts to you, the author, immediately following publication in our magazine. You may simultaneously publish the piece only outside of North America. Following notification of acceptance, when our production cycle , you will receive a follow-up email to let you know in which issue your piece has been selected to appear. Note that during the design phase, we sometimes discover the need to shuffle a piece to a future issue. We will keep you informed in the event that your piece is pushed back.

Simultaneous Submissions: filling Station is willing to consider simultaneous submissions. If you are informed that any work sent to filling Station has been selected for publication elsewhere, please contact the appropriate editor with this information via email as soon as possible and CC Email addresses for editors are shown below. Likewise, if we indicate that we have accepted work for publication, please inform other magazines to whom you submitted the work that it is no longer available. We recommend that writers maintain a simple spreadsheet to keep submissions organized. As noted above, filling Station reserves First North American Serial Rights (FNASR).

Submission Fee: filling Station does not have a mandatory submission fee - money should never be a barrier to enter into our pages - but we do rely on readers and contributors to keep the magazine alive. Please consider purchasing a current issue or subscribing to filling Station as you send in work via Submittable, or you might even leave an optional donation in lieu of a reading fee if you feel called to do so. Thanks!

Compensation: Despite being a small, volunteer-run non-profit magazine, filling Station believes that all magazines should pay their contributors. In addition to a complimentary 3-Issue Subscription ($30 value) and a discount on future renewals and subscriptions, filling Station offers each of its contributors a $25 honorarium. Should a selected contributor already subscribe to the magazine, we can either extend their subscription by 3 issues, or gift it to somebody else of their choosing.

Subscriptions: Please note that 3-Issue Subscriptions are available for purchase for just $30 – please see Subscribe. You can subscribe to our print edition by snailmail or online. By supporting filling Station, you ensure its continuance, and that means more chances for writers to be published in our pages. Donations are also greatly appreciated.

One Story submission guidelines

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Deadline: May 31, 2020

Submission Periods: January 15th - May 31st | September 8th - November 14th

What kinds of stories is One Story looking for?
One Story is seeking literary fiction. Because of our format, we can only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words. They can be any style and on any subject as long as they are good. We are looking for stories that leave readers feeling satisfied and are strong enough to stand alone.

Does One Story pay?
Yes. One Story pays $500 and 25 contributors copies for First Serial North American rights. All rights will revert to the author following publication.

Does One Story accept previously published material?
No. One Story is looking for previously unpublished material. However, if a story has been published in printoutside of North America, it will be considered. Stories previously published online—on blogs, personal websites, online literary magazines, or forums—will not be accepted.

Does One Story accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please notify us immediately if your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.

What file types can I submit?
We accept PDF, RTF, and TXT files that are less than 500KB. Please include the story title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file.

Will you send me comments on my story?
No. One Story receives close to 100 submissions each week. Please understand that we do not have time to comment on individual stories.

Can I change the story I submitted with an updated draft?

Do you consider translations?
Yes. Please include the name of the original author and language, as well as the name of the translator on the first page of your submission.

How do I submit to One Story?
We have an automated system for you to send us your work. It will securely send our editors your story and email you a confirmation that it has been received. To use the automated system, you need to have a One Story account.

If you have subscribed to One Story or One Teen Story, joined our mailing list, given One Story or One Teen Storyas a gift, or submitted a story to either magazine, you already have an account. If not, the first time you submit a story your account will be automatically created.

Using this account will enable you to check the status of your submission at any time by going to our login page.

When you are ready to submit, please visit our Submission Manager.

When can I submit to One Story?
We accept submissions from January 15th to May 31st and from September 8th to November 14th.

How soon can I expect to hear about my submission?
We do our very best to respond to submissions within 3 months after they are received. If you don’t hear back from us within that time, please be patient! It is our goal to make sure that each submission gets a good read.

Can I check the status of my submission?
You can check the status of your submissions at any time by logging into your account. “Received” means that we have your story and are considering it.

Can I submit the same story to One Story and One Teen Story?No. One Story and One Teen Story are looking for different kinds of stories. For more information on submitting to One Teen Story, go here.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Reedsy Prompts: End of Story

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Deadline: May 22, 2020 11:59 PM
Reaching the end of a story is a bittersweet thing. Upon reading the final word of a particularly good piece, you’re often hit with a sort of story-hangover: the ache of wanting to stay in the world of the tale, yet knowing there’s no more story to be read.

A truly excellent ending can mitigate that pain — which is why, as a writer, it’s crucial to nail the end of your own stories! Of course, this can mean different things for different pieces. A great ending might underscore a story's theme, or it might pose more questions than it answers; it all depends on context and execution. For more info, check out our tips for crafting a memorable ending here, and then dive into our ending-themed prompts below!
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.

Writers Alliance of Gainesville Contest

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Deadline: May 31, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Bacopa Literary Review Editorial Staff:

Mary Bast: Senior Editor, Creative Nonfiction Editor

James Singer III: Associate Editor, Fiction Editor

J.N. Fishhawk: Poetry Editor

Kaye Linden: Short-Short Editor

Stephanie Seguin: Humor Editor

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

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

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Aji Magazine seeks submissions for fall

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Submit via Submittable

Are you building one, burning one, or have you found or forged one over troubled water? Maybe the one you’d always trusted suddenly collapsed like the ancient Inca rope bridge of San Luis Rey; maybe fate was to blame. The theme of Aji’s Fall 2020 issue is bridges. 

Please send graphic art, photography, poetry, short fiction, and essays on this or any other topic to be considered for publication. Once the Fall 2020 issue is filled, submissions will close until November 1, 2020.

General Submission Guidelines

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please restrict your submissions to the page limits indicated for each type of submission, or unfortunately, your submission will not be reviewed.

If your submission is selected for online publication, remember the following:
  • You will receive notification via email;
  • Aji will require a brief bio (40-60 words—please don’t send us more!) to accompany your published work. Please edit your bio carefully. You may include one link with your bio. 
  • Please send a clear headshot or a professional photo to accompany your bio. Submissions of writers and artists who fail to do this may not receive review. 
  • We consider only previously unpublished work. Work that has appeared for general reading online has been published already, and so should not be submitted. 
  • Once we accept your piece, you must withdraw it from consideration elsewhere immediately. 
  • Aji will retain first North American serial rights to all material we publish. We will gladly allow republishing—just ask!

Agni Magazine seeks submissions

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Deadline: May 31, 2020

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written.

When to submit

AGNI welcomes manuscripts between September 1st and May 31st. Submissions mailed in June, July, or August will be returned unread, provided sufficient return postage is included.

Things to know when submitting
  • Nearly everything we publish is unsolicited.
  • We encourage submissions from writers of all identities, living anywhere, published and unpublished.
  • We will not consider writing that has already been published in English, whether in a book, magazine, newspaper, or on an app, a website, a social media feed, or a publicly accessible online community.
  • We consider only work written in English or translated into English.
  • We have no word limits, though space is at a premium and length sometimes affects our decisions.
  • We do not publish genre romance, horror, mystery, or science fiction; however, we are open to writing that borrows elements from any of these.
  • We will consider excerpts if they read as if they were meant to stand alone.
  • We are interested in personal essays, think-pieces, memoir, prose poems, formal poems, blank verse, free verse, short stories, and short shorts; we do not publish academic essays or purely journalistic writing.
  • Though we rely on student interns for many things, they are not involved in considering submissions. All manuscripts are read by masthead editors.
  • Our blog features posts by writers who have appeared previously in AGNI or AGNI Online.
  • You can familiarize yourself with the magazine by ordering a recent print issue or by perusing the writing that appears here. This site includes selected pieces from our decades of print issues and everything we’ve published at AGNI Online since its inauguration in 2002.
Some requests
  • Please send only one story, one essay, or up to five poems, and please wait for our reply before sending more. As soon as we respond, you can feel free to submit again during a reading period.
  • Please use page numbers and, if you are submitting prose, double-space your document.
  • Please do not submit revisions of work we’ve already considered.
  • If you submit on paper and want us to reply by mail, please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope (SAE). If the envelope is large enough and you include sufficient postage, we will return the manuscript; otherwise, it will be recycled. If you’d like to be notified by email only, please include your email address and skip the SAE.
  • Do not email your work; we do not read or consider emailed submissions.
  • Feel free to submit the same work to other magazines simultaneously. If your entire submission is accepted elsewhere, please log in to your online account and withdraw using the link there—or, if you’ve submitted by mail, or if only a portion of your submission has been taken elsewhere, please contact us with a quick withdrawal note.
  • Do not mail your work to us in the months of June, July, or August. The online portal is also closed during those months.
  • Do not send us your only copy; we cannot accept responsibility for your manuscript.
  • Please do not contact us about your submission until four months have passed. We work hard to respond within two, but we’re not always able. After four months, please contact us right away if you have not received a reply.

WHERE to send:

If you’d rather not submit through our free online portal, please address your envelope to the Fiction Editor, Poetry Editor, or Nonfiction Editor and mail to:

AGNI Magazine
Boston University
236 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Regular post is fine. There is no advantage to sending a more expensive way.

Purchasing rights

All submissions are considered for both print and online publication.

We buy first worldwide serial rights and pay $10 per printed (or printed-out) page for accepted prose, and $20 per page for accepted poetry, up to a maximum of $150. We also give a year’s subscription to AGNI. In the case of print publication, each contributor receives two copies of the issue their work appears in, and we send up to four additional copies to friends or family.

Blog publication, which is limited to writers who have previously appeared in AGNI or AGNI Online, is unpaid.

Friday, May 15, 2020

XI DRACONIS BOOKS submission guidelines

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Book Submission Status
Our reading period for the 2021 production year is currently open. We are also looking for an additional manuscript to publish in the latter half of 2020.

Before Submitting
We encourage you to check out our Mission Statement, Podcast and Videos, and Author Interviews pages before submitting. You should also order a book from our Publications page. They’re free for everyone!

Checking out what we do will give you an excellent idea of what kind of literature we publish.

We accept book-length submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We also accept cross-genre book-length works. Please refer to our mission statement for the quality of work in which we are interested.


We accept novellas from 10,000 to 50,000 words in length. We do not accept shorter works of fiction.

We accept novels between 50,000 and 100,000 words in length. Longer works, though of interest to us, will take considerably longer to read and reply to.

Short Story Collections
We accept short story collections between 150 to 350 pages in length (as written in twelve-point, Times New Roman font, with double-spaced leading). We do not accept single stories or collections shorter than 150 pages.


Essay Collections
We accept essay collections of 150 to 350 pages in length (as written in twelve-point, Times New Roman font, with double-spaced leading). We do not accept single essays or collections shorter than 150 pages.

We accept memoirs up to 100,000 words in length.

Lyric Memoirs and Collections
We accept book-length works of nonfiction written in the lyric mode. Length may vary greatly.


Long-Form Poems
We accept long-form poems of at least sixty pages in length.

Poetry Collections
We accept poetry collections of at least fifty poems.

Submit all manuscripts in a twelve-point, legible font with double-spaced leading. (Do not double-space poetry submissions.) Send all submissions attached as a Word document to Include “book submission: title, genre” in the subject line.

For all manuscripts, please include, in the body of your email, a 250-word overview of the subject, theme, and (if applicable) plot of your submission. The overview is extremely important, so please don’t forget to include one.

Response times vary, though give us at least six months before you panic.

Cover Letters, Bios, and Query Letters
Don’t include any of these. Just send us your manuscript.

Simultaneous Submissions
We do accept simultaneous submissions. In fact, we think it’s crazy when a press doesn’t. If you’ve submitted work to us and it gets accepted elsewhere, congrats. Just send the editor an email at Include “simultaneous submission” in the subject line.

If your book is accepted, you will receive eight author copies and $100. We would like to offer more, but we can barely afford even this meager amount.

Author Rights, Terms, and Conditions
Check these out here.

We look forward to seeing your work.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Vitni Review submission guidelines

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*Please read the following guidelines thoroughly. Any submissions that do not comply with these requirements may not be read.*

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). We are also particularly interested in promoting writers from the state of Nevada.**

Thank you for trusting us with your work!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Literal Challenge seeks 30 short stories in 30 days

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Deadline: May 28, 2020

The Literal Challenge is a small social enterprise that supports a growing community of writers across media and at any stage from novice to professional. We have already worked with more than 1,000 writers across the globe.

Are you up for writing 30 short stories in 30 days?


In light of the current situation, we are offering Like The Prose on a commit-what-you-can basis, so everybody is welcome, regardless of how much (or how little) they can add to the pot. For more information on how the money is split, check out our FAQs

Monday, May 11, 2020

Reedsy prompt: Fuzzy Friends

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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 May 15th.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Oyster River Pages seeks work for the fourth annual issue

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Deadline May 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Mental Snapback Podcast submission guidelines

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No deadline given

Due to the distance of our mental health community, the podcast needs to make adjustments. Distances range from a different time zone to across the pond. This leads to difficulty coordinating times to do interviews. From this point on, Mental Snapback Podcast will be taking requests to write and will be reaching out to individuals for writing, and these writings will be read on the podcast with occasional responses to what has been written.

The below format is just a suggestion and any organizational structure for your essay is also acceptable.

Note: Mental Snapback reserves the right to produce your material electronically, including podcasts and e-books.

How to:
Begin with a short bio. No more than 100 words. 

Part 1:
Provide a description of your mental illness and the date of onset. Acute illness is as valid as chronic. If the illness is acute, speculate what was the cause (short-term and long-term).
Write about two experiences that you faced that were extreme obstacles for you.
Experience 1
Talk about the barrier. This can be reflective writing or narrative writing. Your choice!
Talk about how you overcome this barrier or how you are working to overcome it.
Experience 2
Talk about the barrier. This can be reflective writing or narrative writing. Your choice!
Talk about how you overcome this barrier or how you are working to overcome it.
Part 2:
How do you feel you have grown?
Who has helped you be successful as you recover?

Advice you would give yourself and to others!

I’ll check for any submissions to once a week on Friday! Be honest! Be vulnerable! Your story matters.

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

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 DEADLINE:  May 15, 2020

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

To submit, please e-mail

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

Art & Photography will also be accepted in submission.

ANNUAL ISSUE Information:

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

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

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


All contributors receive a complimentary copy.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

COVID LIT seeks poetry & flash fiction

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Rolling basis

Thank you for your interest in submitting to COVID LIT and for using your writing powers for good. Please read the following guidelines CAREFULLY. Any submissions not adhering to these directions will go unread.

General Info

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit only one piece at a time (see Poetry and Flash Prose guidelines for sending multiple poems) and wait until we’ve made a decision on your work before submitting new work.

We accept simultaneous submissions, though you must state this in your cover letter. If your piece is accepted elsewhere, congratulations! Don’t forget about us, though, and withdraw your submission via email using the subject “Withdraw - [submission title] - [genre] - [date of submission]”. If you want to withdraw one piece in a bundle, you may do so.

We only accept unpublished work unless said work is solicited by COVID LIT. If your work has appeared in any form on any medium—including social media—it is considered published and will not be considered.

COVID LIT holds first serial rights for the work we publish. Once the piece has been published, rights revert back to the author(s) to do with the piece as they please, though we ask that, if republished in another journal, anthology, or collection, you give us a shout-out. This project only works if writers get the word out.

Accepted work will be published on our website and will be eligible for publication in future print anthologies. If you prefer that your work not be considered for future print publication, please inform us.

As a philanthropic endeavor, we are unable to pay writers. Depending on how well this project go, we hope to one day “pay” writers in the form of donations to a nonprofit of their choosing. Also, we’re going to support and promote the heck out of you throughout your writing career.
What We’re Looking For

Send us anything about anything. We’re not picky.

While submissions need not be about COVID-19 or the current state of the world, we are currently interested in work that reflects the attitudes manifesting from contemporary worldwide circumstances. This doesn’t mean we’re looking for loads of pandemic stories (though we’re not opposed to them). Rather, we’re interested in pieces tackling the collective and individual emotions we’re feeling right now in contexts both in and outside of said circumstances. How are writers capturing and/or interpreting social distancing and self-quarantining (i.e. isolation and loneliness), illness, familial relationships, virtual connectivity, healthcare, partisan politics, leadership (or lack thereof), Instagram push-up challenges, long-distance relationships, supermarket shortages, selfishness vs. selflessness, cleanliness and germaphobia, online education, etc.? What do YOU think about when you think about COVID-19? Okay…write about that* and send it our way!

But again, we’re open to anything; our goal is simply to stay emotionally relevant.

Our aesthetic is broad, so send your realistic or your magical, your traditional or your experimental. What matters most, of course, is quality. We want to be haunted by your work. We want work that feels urgent, work that feels necessary. We want to gain perspective on some facet of the human condition. And finally, we want to reflect the diversity of the global population.

Please proofread your work. The way to our heart is paved in beautiful sentences and concrete language.

*Let’s try to avoid post-apocalyptic zombie fiction…unless you feel your take on the sub-genre adds something new, exciting, and important.

Genre Guidelines


We are interest in fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid prose of any length, though—considering the medium—the shorter the better. If you have a very lengthy piece (over 10k words), we would love to serialize work, so send it!

Flash Prose

We consider “flash” to mean prose of less than 750 words. Send up to three pieces of flash prose in one submission.


Send up to five poems. Make sure these files are single-spaced.
feature: new normal

What is your “new normal?” What do your days look like? So many people are dealing with so many different issues, whether it’s an extrovert coping with an uncomfortable amount of alone time, to those who have lost their jobs and have an unexpected fight to fight, to those grieving the loss of someone due to COVID-19. We want to share your stories in hopes of building a stronger, more empathetic community. Let’s keep these under 1500 words if possible. If your work is accepted, you may be asked for an interview., though there’s no obligation to say “yes.”

Other Genres

We are looking for visual art to accompany some of the written pieces as well as make our site as handsome as ever. If you have art/photography that deserves a good home, send it! Also, we open to graphic narratives; please send these as PDFs.
How to Submit

Save your written files as docx (except for visual art and graphic narratives). Do not send a link to your work—even to your Google Drive. Other file types and links will not be considered.

Make sure your file has your name, contact information, title(s) of piece(s), and a word count. Also, remember to number your pages.

Send your file as an attachment to Your subject line should be formatted as follows: “Submission: [Writer’s Name] - [genre: fiction/nonfiction/hybrid/flash prose/poetry/NewNormal/etc.] - [Title of Submission]”

YOU MUST ALSO ATTACH the confirmation page (either a screenshot, photo, or PDF) from your charitable donation to your chosen nonprofit.* For right now, the nonprofit MUST be a local, state, federal, or international organization helping anyone impacted by COVID-19. For a list of some organizations to consider, see our ORGANIZATIONS WE DIG. Your donation must be for at least $3, though feel free to donate as much as you can. NOTE: a higher donation will not increase your chances of getting published. Submissions received without this confirmation page will not be considered for publication. This is literally the entire point of this magazine.

The body of your email should include your cover letter. Please make sure that the cover letter contains the following:

Brief biographical statement.

The reason you donated to your chosen charity/nonprofit.

Contact info, including phone number and preferred email. Feel free to provide an address as well. If we are able to publish a print anthology, we’ll mail you one!

Acknowledgment of a simultaneous submission.

*We ask that our selected charities/nonprofits are neither places of worship nor political groups. Many non-secular and politically-motivated groups do wonderful things in their communities; however, we understand that not all tithes and political donations go toward the specific causes for which COVID LIT currently aims. We apologize if this criteria seems prejudice, as that is not our intention. We want to ensure that our efforts are helping the many victims of COVID-19, and this criteria helps us in this endeavor.

If your church or politician is doing a specific fundraiser/event geared toward these specific concerns, please send us an email at and tell us about the fundraiser/event, preferably sending us a link to the page.*

We look forward to reading your work. Good luck, and thanks for using your art to help those who need it most!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Reedsy Prompts: You've Got a Friend in Me

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Deadline: May 8, 2020 11:59 PM EST

In the spirit of community, this week's prompts are all about friendship. And here's a song to get you started.

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 'Close to Home' edition of our contest received 769 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 8th.

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

Benington Review seeks new work

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Deadline: May 15, 2020

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

In 2019-2020, we will have a shortened submissions period, and unsolicited submissions will only be accepted from November 1st, 2019 to May 15th, 2020. Submissions response times vary, though we aim to respond to most poetry submissions within two to three months and to most prose submissions within four months.

We pay contributors $100 for prose of six typeset pages and under, $200 for prose of over six typeset pages, and $20 per poem, in addition to two copies of the issue in which the piece is published and one copy of the subsequent issue.

Work must be previously unpublished in print or online, including on personal blogs. Prose submissions must be double-spaced and paginated. Please include a cover letter with your submission. We welcome simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us immediately when work has been accepted elsewhere.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions from current or recent students, faculty, or staff of Bennington College. Undergraduate and graduate alumni, as well as past employees of Bennington, are asked to wait a minimum of two years before submitting work to the magazine.

We welcome submissions from established and emerging writers alike. We ask that writers who submit to the journal possess a familiarity with contemporary literature in the genre of their work. Individual genre guidelines are listed below.

Note that we are additionally interested in publishing translations: translators should have permission from the copyright holder and should include a copy of the original work with their submission, regardless of language.

We acquire first North American serial rights for all accepted work. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please email us at

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Creative Quarantine Stories wanted by New Repertory Theatre

No deadline given

Send us your quarantine stories, and see them come to life!

New Rep is asking anyone of any age to send us your quarantine story. If selected, your story will be adapted into a script by a professional playwright, and performed/recorded by New Rep actors. The recording will then be shared on New Rep's social media posts, and in our weekly eblasts.

1. Please keep the stories somewhat brief - something that results in a video up to 10 minutes in length
2. Please limit the characters in your story to a maximum of 2 - logistically, 1-person monologues will work best.
3. We're looking for stories that are lighthearted and humorous, to combat the sadness and fear that many of us are experiencing every day.
4. Your story can be submitted by uploading a PDF or Word document to this form when prompted below. If you have any difficulty with this form, you may email it directly to
5. If you have questions, please email

Happy writing!

Saturday, May 2, 2020

This American Life submission guidelines

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If you hear about something in the news or in your community that you think might make a good documentary for us to do on the radio, drop us an email. Links to relevant articles are appreciated. If you are pitching an idea for our other show, Serial, email

If you're pitching a story you're hoping to tell on the air yourself, let us know what happened in a page or two. For some stories just a few paragraphs are fine. You don't need to be formal about it, just tell the story the way you'd tell it to someone over drinks or coffee. If you have favorite moments in the story, let us know those. Tell us anything you think will help us understand what a great story it is. If the story happened to you and showed you something about the world you hadn't realized before, or changed you (or the other people in the story) in some way, let us know that too.

Here are some real pitches we got that were effective and made it into the show. They all do a few things that helped us say yes to them. First, each of these stories is a story in the most traditional sense: there are characters in some situation, and a conflict. These pitchers are clear about who the characters are and what the conflict is. Also: each of these stories raises some bigger question or issue, some universal thing to think about. That's also pretty important, and you stand a better chance at getting on the air if you let us know what that is too.

Finally, they're brief. Some people send us massive tomes, multiple tomes. Some send us books or hour-long documentaries. We mean well, but we're a small staff and simply don't have the time to read or watch or listen to lots of lengthy material. So help us say yes to you by selecting a short, self-contained section that might make a nice radio story and send us a couple paragraphs describing that section. Maybe include the excerpt as an attachment. Assume anything over 12 pages will not be read. If you have a hard time choosing an excerpt, then spend a page or two explaining what your book or documentary is about, and telling us a few of your favorite moments. If you have some ongoing project on your website or blog that you think might be interesting on the show, don't just send us a link to your archives - paste a few choice excerpts into your pitch. Help us love you! Help us find your best, most radio-friendly material! One important thing to note: we do fact-check all our stories, including the smaller, more personal stories, so please keep that in mind when pitching.

Other dos and don'ts: Don't send in audio. If we like your pitch, we'll ask for it or send you out with professional gear to get it. If you're a writer or journalist and you want to report this story yourself, let us know that. Pitch just one thing per email, and don't deluge us with pitches. Don't send us essays. By "essays" we mean your thoughts on your kid entering school or on rudeness in movie theaters or on what the President should say to gays. (All of these things have been pitched to us.) There are other radio shows that do that kind of thing. We do stories with a plot.

Email your pitches to We will only contact you if your idea works for a forthcoming show. Know that we do definitely read and consider these emails, and that it's the most senior producers on staff who look at them, not the most junior. Every second or third episode of our show has a story we learned of through a "storypitch" email, so these emails are important to us.

Please note: we no longer accept submissions by mail.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Wild Goose seeks poetry

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Submit 3-5 previously unpublished poems in the body of your email. We do not open attachments, so please just put it in the body.

Wild Goose does not accept simultaneous submissions. Please submit no more than once per reading period. Our response time is usually less than two months, but sometimes we can take as much as six months.

Wild Goose looks for good contemporary poetry with no particular biases. We enjoy humor, strong imagery, strong lines, narrative, lyric, etc. Not fans of abstraction, cliche, form for the sake of form, shock for the sake of shock. As in any good poem, everything should be purposeful.

If accepted, a 100-word maximum comment on each poem will be requested. Choosing not to submit a comment will not alter the acceptance decision.

Author retains all rights. We wish we could pay you. We cannot pay you.

Submit your poems to wildgoosepoetryreview(at)gmail(dot)com.

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