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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Thrush poetry journal submission guidelines

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THRUSH – a journal of poetry that will appear 6 times a year. ( January, March, May, July, September and November)

We believe in showcasing the best work we receive. We will present a select number of poems per edition.

Submissions are now open. We read submissions on a rolling basis. We are not a paying market.

Submit previously unpublished work only. If you are sending us work that appears on your website, blog, or a self-publishing site, please remove it prior to submitting to us. Send us no more than three poems, pasted in the body of an email, preceded by a cover letter. If your poem requires special formatting, you may then, and please only then, also include an attachment.

Please indicate “POETRY SUBMISSION” on your subject line. Submissions without "Poetry Submission" in the subject line will be deleted unread.

Include a bio (all bios are subject to editing). Also include a URL to your blog or website, if applicable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but not preferred. If your work is accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately.

We aim to respond to all submissions within 10 days of receipt (usually less). We will not respond (accept or decline) with a form letter and we will comment on poems whenever possible.

Please wait a minimum of six months between submissions.

If your work is accepted at THRUSH, you agree to grant us First North American Serial Rights, all archival rights, plus the rights to reprint in any future anthologies. Upon publication all rights revert back to the author. You agree that if your poem/s subsequently appears elsewhere (in print or online), you will give due credit to THRUSH.

Our taste is eclectic. We want poems that move us, a strong sense of imagery, emotion, with interesting and surprising use of language, words that resonate. We want fresh. We want voice.

Established and new poets are encouraged to submit. Experimental poetry is fine, randomness is fine also. However, we do not want experimental and random just for the sake of calling it such. No long poems. We prefer a poem that will fit on one page. We are not interested in inspirational poetry or philosophical musings.

Submissions that ignore these guidelines (or parts of these guidelines) will likely be declined immediately.

We nominate for most major prizes. See our Awards page.

Our guidelines are subject to change. We suggest reviewing them prior to submitting.

Submissions and other correspondence should be sent to:

Molecule seeks very short work

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

Molecule accepts submissions of poetry, prose (fiction & non-fiction) plays, reviews and interviews in 50 words or less (including titles and interview questions). Visual artwork of tiny things like tea bags and toothpicks, or tiny paintings, also wanted: no skyscrapers please!

We have a strict word count. Don’t try and trick us we have tiny minds. All submissions should be previously unpublished work.

How should I send my work?

Send submissions in the body of the email or as an attachment to along with a 3rd person bio of no more than 24 words (including name). Please send no more than 5 pieces.

24 words or less for a whole bio, seems random, where did you come up with that?

There are 24 atoms in a molecule of caffeine. What more do you want from us?

When are you open for submissions and when will I hear back?

We are open for submissions for our Fall 2020 Issue June 1 to July 15. Replies will be sent by August 15.

If your work is accepted we ask for first rights (to publish in our online issue) and non-exclusive electronic rights (so we can leave it up on our website). All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Fellowship Program

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 in partnership with  

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Fellowship Program is a yearlong, intensive, no-cost training program that will bring fellows to New York City to learn in-depth investigative reporting techniques from some of the most accomplished journalists in the field.
Eligibility requirements:
  • Must have three years of professional news reporting experience.
  • The program is open to all print, broadcast, online and multimedia journalists.
  • Must be able to participate in 4-6 weeklong trainings in New York City.
  • Freelancers can apply, but they must have a news organization willing to write a supportive statement and publish their work.
What a participant’s news organization agrees to do if their employee is selected:
  • Provide support and guidance to the participant as they take part in the program and develop a project.
  • Publish the project.
  • Allow participants to continue to earn their salaries while taking part in the six weeklong trainings in NYC without incurring vacation penalties. The trainings will be scattered throughout the year.
The application process is forthcoming – subscribe to our newsletter for alerts.


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The Were-Traveler - People of Color Destroy Lovecraft

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

​Lovecraft wrote some hella scary monsters, on that most horror scholars agree, but he was terribly racist. I would like to see for this issue, POC characters that turn Lovecraft's racism and monsters on his/their heads. My preference for this issue is to have the majority of stories written by writers of color, if not all. Queer writers of color are especially encouraged to submit.
  • Flash/shorts (750-1500 words. No more, no less) for $10 per piece original, previously unpublished. Microfics (350-749 words) will pay at a $5 per story rate for original, previously unpublished stories. 
  • Reprints will be accepted on this one. BUT will pay at a $5 rate for flash/shorts (750-1500 words) and $3 for microfics (350-749 words). You must identify your story as a reprint on the cover page of the manuscript and provide the market and date (mo/yr) where it was last published. 
  • Please follow instructions on the Guidelines page and include your name, PayPal email, and word count (total, not approximate) on the first page of your story document.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Binge-Watching Cure seeks stories

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Deadline July 1, 2020

Submissions for The Binge-Watching Cure III, Science Fiction Edition, will open January 20th and close July 1st. Please reference our Science Fiction page for more information on deadline and desired themes. Below are our general submission preferences.

Please email us your story at in DOC, DOCX, RTF, or PDF format, double spaced with human being-readable margins, and in a sensible font such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier. Don’t put your story in the body of the email.

Include the exact word count, along with your contact information at the top of the manuscript. (Click here for a good guide to how to format your story.)

Our FAQ has more information on what kind of stories we’re looking for and what kind of stories are not a match for The Binge-Watching Cure.

Please include a brief bio in your cover letter, as well as your contact information in both the manuscript and cover letter. Briefly summarize the plot or provide a synopsis of your story and let us know what genre or subgenre, if any, your story is. If your story has been published elsewhere, let us know where and when. (Previously published stories are perfectly okay, but stories that are currently online are not okay.) Content is more important than format, so don’t sweat things like line breaks.

Please submit only one story at a time and read our FAQ about multiple submissions.

Use “Last name – SF – word length category” as the subject line of your email.

If you have a query about your submission, please use our contact page. If you write to us at the submissions address we might not see your message for a long while.

We are looking for stories within 15 percent of the following word counts, and within 20 percent for stories 10,000 words and longer. If a number has been crossed out, that story length has been filled.
2,500 – Filled (TBA)
15,000 – Groomers by Andrew Thompson

Be sure to include the following in your cover letter. We can’t consider your story without:

1. A short synopsis or summary– a sentence to a paragraph is fine. It’s okay to include spoilers in your synopsis.

2. What genres or sub-genres your story fits into.

3. Your bio. If you have a website, Twitter handle, Facebook page or other internet presence, include that, too.

4. If your story has been previously published, let us know where and when.

Split Rock Review submissions open

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

We're accepting submissions of poetry, short creative nonfiction, short fiction, comics, graphic stories, hybrids, visual poetry, photography, and art that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world.


We only accept submissions via Submittable. Any submissions sent via email will be unread.
We know times are tough, especially for writers and artists. Because of the financial strain caused by Covid-19, we're offering 300 FREE submissions during the month of May. 

If we reach our 300 limit for the month, you may submit using the TIP JAR or EXPEDITED option, or try to submit again on the first of the next month. We will offer a limited number of free submissions during June as well.

Please submit only once per reading period. That means if you send us a fiction submission, you can’t also submit poetry; if you send us comics, you can't also submit photography; if you send us art, you can't also submit creative nonfiction. Etc.

We do not accept works of translation or previously published work for our journal issues (this includes personal blogs, social media posts, and websites).

We accept collaborative works, but please provide the names of all the collaborators.
No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period. 

We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a comment indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.

For previous SRR contributors, please wait at least one year from the publication of your piece before submitting to us again. You know we love your work, but we want to give other writers and artists an opportunity to be published and showcased in SRR.

If your work is accepted, you agree to give Split Rock Review First Electronic Rights and Archival Rights. You may republish your work without fee, but we ask that Split Rock Review is acknowledged as its place of initial publication. 

Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors; however, we do our best to promote our writers/artists and their work.

Submit 1 to 6 poems. Include all poems in one submission file.
We prefer Word doc or docx files.
Poems should be single-spaced, or how they should appear on the page.
Start each poem on a new page.
Poems should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.

Submit 1 to 3 pieces of creative nonfiction. Include all pieces in one submission file.
We prefer Word doc or docx files.
Start each piece on a new page.
Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

SHORT FICTION < 1,000 words
Submit 1 to 3 pieces of fiction. Include all fiction pieces in one submission file.
We prefer Word doc or docx files.
Start each piece on a new page.
Double-space your manuscript, or how it should appear on the page.
Pieces should explore place, environment, or the relationship between humans and the natural world.
Each piece should not exceed 1,000 words in length.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Women of the Woods seeks eerie tales

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

Women of the Woods is an upcoming collection about the lore, myths, and legends of women who dwell in the forest. Historically, it's the witches, artists, and outcasts who make the dark forest their home. Whether you retell a piece of folklore or create something altogether new, Fabled Collective would love to see your story.

We are looking for spooky, eerie, gothic tales that leave out the gore and focus more on a feeling of dread and foreboding. We're interested in stories with rich, haunting settings. Think dark fantasy or quiet horror. Give us complex characters, ghosts, witches, magical realism, and more!

Submission Guidelines:
  • Stories between 2,000-8,000 words.
  • Please format all submissions TNR 12pt, double spaced, with page numbers. Word documents preferred.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please let us know immediately if you've accepted publication elsewhere.
  • No previously published stories.
  • Only one submission per author.
Please Include:

A short bio.
Links to your social media and website.

One cent per word to be paid upon acceptance.
2,000 words = $20
5,000 words = $50
8,000 words = $80

Fabled Collective is free to publish your work in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, but the author retains rights to sell, publish, and distribute their work in the future if desired.

All work must be original. Fabled is free to grammatically edit all works.

Send to:
Please send your work to

Willowherb Review seeks submissions from writers of color

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DEADLINE: 30 June, 2020 at 23.59 (CET).

We’re looking for previously unpublished prose by writers of colour—non-fiction especially, but we will consider fiction and poetry—on nature, place, and environment. If you're unsure if your piece fits the bill, let's just say we believe nature writing can tackle all sorts of issues: from stories of farming to long treks, tales of migration, racism, community, and beauty. You might be writing about remote places, cities, lost landscapes, or old homes. We're looking forward to seeing what matters most to emerging nature writers. Above all, your submission should have a great sense of place and attention to the natural world. 

Have a look at our previous issues to get a sense of what we’re looking for. 

Submissions must be finished work.

At this moment, we aren’t looking for reviews or literary criticism, but please check back in the future.

Who are you?

We’re looking for English-language submissions by BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) writers, writers of colour, and Indigenous writers (BIPOC). You can be located anywhere in the world, but the main language of the submission should be English.

If you're unsure of what we mean by writer of colour, have a look here. The term ‘people of colour’ is used to describe any group/person that is not white, often sharing a common experience of racism. Indigenous can be taken to include Native American, First Nations, Inuit, and Aboriginal identities, among others.

Length and Format:

Prose submissions can be up to 3000 words in length. Poets can submit up to three poems in total, but we may only publish one.

Files should be in .doc or .docx format, with the filename as follows: YourNameTitleOfSubmission.doc

Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt. double spaced, no headers or footers in formatting please. Poems do not need to be double spaced.

If published, your submission’s copyright will remain with you. The edited text will be licensed for use on The Willowherb Review’s website. You’ll be free to re-publish your work in future with credit to The Willowherb for first publication. The submissions we select will be paid according to our small budget: €150 for prose, €50 for poetry. You’ll need to be able to issue an invoice and be paid via bank transfer or PayPal.

*Please note that data collected in the submissions process will be held on file until the selection process is completed, after which point it will be deleted. If your submission is chosen, we’ll keep hold of your information for invoicing and tax purposes.*

Carte Blanche submission guidelines

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays.
carte blanche is published three times a year: in the winter, spring/summer, and fall.
We are currently open for comics, photography, poetry, and translation submissions. We accept original, previously unpublished submissions through our online submission form ONLY. If you have problems using our submission form, please send us an email.


Submissions for Issue 39 – Spring/Summer 2020 are open from 18 May to 1 July 2020. Get ready to send us your Poetry, Translations, Photography, and Comics.

Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are sending your piece elsewhere and withdraw your submission via Submittable if it is accepted somewhere else.

Unpublished submissions: We do not accept submissions that have been previously published, including on personal websites and social media.

Rights: We ask for first world serial rights and the right to archive your work on the website. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. In the case of translated pieces, you must already have received permissions from the original publisher to translate the piece prior to submitting your translation to us.

Payment: carte blanche pays a modest honorarium per submission. We hope to increase the amount in the future.


Our theme for Issue 39 is Anxiety.

Prior to COVID-19, worldwide climate anxiety was already on the rise, as well as anxiety relating to politics, mental health, poverty; this list could go on and on. With this new global pandemic affecting our daily lives, we are now living in a period of even greater anxiety than before. As artists in this precarious time, how does the concept of “anxiety” affect and resonate with you?

What to send


Size limit: 20 pages

We’re looking for comics that have a story to tell, that explore the boundaries of narrative within the comics form. We’re open to all styles, subjects, shapes, and sizes, but keep in mind that your comic will be displayed on the web using our image gallery. See our previously published comics to get an idea of how the gallery looks.

Please submit your files at web resolution (72dpi) with an artist’s biography of 75 words or less, and any relevant links. All files should be named with their proper titles as you would like them to be displayed on the site. Note: If your piece is selected, you may be asked to submit print-ready files for a print-on-demand copy of your issue.


Tell a story in 12 photos or fewer. Together, your photos should create a narrative – whether abstract or concrete – and have something to say.

Send a Word or PDF doc with your work pasted in it and include a statement, captions, and any other relevant text. If your work is selected for publication, we will contact you for a high-res version of the photo essay. Final submissions must be in JPG or PNG format.


From odes and haikus to free verse and sonnets, we welcome poems in any form.

Limit: 3 poems per person per submission round.


We accept English translations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written originally in French. If possible, please include the original work on which the translation is based. If we like your piece and choose to publish it, you will be required to provide proof of permission from the copyright holder of the original work to translate and publish the translation. Obtaining permission can take time, so please do so before you submit!

What not to send

Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

We are currently closed for Fiction and CNF submissions.

If you submitted something to these sections during a previous call for submissions and your submission is still listed as “In-Progress” by Submittable, your piece may still be considered for Issue 39. We look forward to welcoming new Fiction and CNF submissions in the fall!

Pitches: à la carte blog

We are currently closed for “à la carte blog” blog submissions.

When we reopen, we will be especially interested in pitches for the à la carte blog from marginalized writers. BIPOC, LGTBQA2S, disabled (visible & invisible), under-represented religions, and others will be encouraged to submit.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Short Fiction Submission, Issue 181, Prime Number Magazine

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Deadline: June 30, 2020 Midnight EDT

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

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

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

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

Reading Fee: None

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Six Guns Straight From Hell western horror anthology seeks work

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

Six Guns Straight From Hell was a western horror anthology first published by Science Fiction Trails in 2010. A second volume came out in 2014. We’re going to bring a third volume in late 2020. The project is being edited by David B. Riley and J. A. Campbell. We are looking for original western horror. Look at the title. Scare us or shoot somebody. Better yet, do some of both. We’re not requiring gunplay, but it would help. The preference will be for active stories. Any type of horror is okay, including dark fantasy, although we’re not fans of excessive sex or gore. Have some sense of danger or peril. Unlikely heroes or villains are especially wanted. Above all else, give us a flavor of the Wild West along with whatever supernatural elements you bring to the table.

Stories should take place in the western United States between 1850 and 1900. This can include western Canada and northern Mexico. Preferred length is 1k to 5k words, although we will accept stories to 8k words.

We tend to see too many sheriff stories. There were plenty of other people out west, including merchants, photographers, reporters, ranchers, Indians, miners, soldiers, telegraph operators, saloon keepers and prostitutes. We encourage stories involving these folks. If you do feel the need for a lawman, make that person interesting—not simply a walking badge.

Over the years, we’ve noticed some common mistakes a lot of writers make. We thought we’d mention a few of them. Ships. The names of ships are italicized. Yep, they are. A lot of folks don’t seem to realize this. Short stories: Titles of short stories are not underlined. They should be put in quotation marks. Names of plays and books should be italicized, not put in quotes. Few western towns were policed by sheriffs. Incorporated towns in most states are responsible for their own law enforcement and the officials in the western states are usually called town marshals for smaller towns. Larger cities used the term police, even in the 1800s. (Some eastern states use terms like constable). United States marshals, even back in the 1800s, are primarily responsible for arresting and transporting federal fugitives, or transporting federal prisoners. They do not deal in routine criminal matters. The Army has its own law enforcement people. They are under the command of an official at a fort or base called a provost marshal. Five card draw poker was not commonly played in the 1800's, though it probably did exist. Stud poker and faro (which is played against a dealer) were the dominant card games. Bourbon is a specific type of whisky that comes only from Kentucky. While a lot of distilled whiskies and such existed in the west, Bourbon was very rare outside major towns like San Francisco or Denver

If you are writing using a pen name you should disclose who you are on the manuscript–who you really are, as well as the pen name. Misrepresenting yourself as somebody else may be interpreted as fraud. Payment will be royalties against a $25 advance plus two print copies of the book. All terms by written contract. We are seeking original stories and are not interested in reprints for this project. The book will be published in both print and ebook formats.

Submit as an attached file. We prefer RTF or WordPerfect formats. We will accept Word. Please include a word count. Email: 
Before you submit, look over your submission. Have you included full contact info on the first page of the manuscript? That means name, address, email & phone #. Does your manuscript have a word count? If using an attached file, is the file name similar to the story name? At the end of your story, did you include the words “The End” or something similar so the editor is certain he has the entire story? If you want italic use italic. If you want bold face use boldface, do not underline. Underlining to get italic goes back to the days when writers used typewriters and compositors actually set type. Those days are mostly over and it’s an antiquated habit. We prefer Times New Roman in 12 point type.

We still see too many writers who think their computer is a typewriter. Use the features like autoindent and page numbering and stop using the tab button to indent paragraphs. This practice is not only antiquated, but makes reformatting and editing difficult. Also, avoid embedding unusual formats or fonts. There is no need to make your manuscript look cute. Simple, plain files. Deadline for this project is –June 30, 2020. Email the editor, David B. Riley, at the above address if you have any questions.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cast of Wonders seeks submissions from young authors for Banned Books Week

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Deadline: June 30, 2020 7PM EDT


Our theme for 2020 is Lifelines: books that help us get through periods of isolation

"Books" can be any one-way form of communication: a box of letters, a podcast, skywriting - anything the recipient can't easily reply to. "Isolation can be either physical or social: an astronaught alone in a spaceship a person I na place where no one speaks their language; someone in prison.

The stories don't necessarily need to have a happy ending, but they do need to end on a hopeful note. And of course they should follow all the standard Cast of Wonders guidelines.

We are not accepting simultaneous or multiple submissions for Banned Books Week 2020: please submit only one story to this call and please don't submit stories here and to another venue at the same time. (It's okay to have one story submitted here and a different story submitted to a different Cast of wonders call at the same time, though).

Threepenny Review seeks poetry, stories, articles

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

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

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


Writers' Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Downstate Story Guidelines

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Downstate Story is published every fall and beginning in 2012, only on the Web. Each issue contains 10 original short stories. We accept a variety of genres so that every reader who looks at Downstate Story will find something fascinating.
  • The deadline is always June 30.
  • Meanwhile we also promote Downstate Story, as well as the reading of fiction in general. We hold readings, and our writers have read and been interviewed on radio and TV.
  • As a not-for-profit venture, our goal is to break even financially through sales, so that Downstate Story can support itself and need not depend on subsidies, grants or advertising - though we're flexible, and not ruling these out entirely. People can help by mentioning Downstate Story and similar publications to friends, encouraging libraries to order copies, or buying the back issues of the print copies for themselves or friends. It costs $10, postpaid in the USA, and makes a good gift. Add $2 more for non-USA postage. You can reach an order blank at the end of this page. Or click on the Website with the 2012 edition and make a donation through Democracy Engine. 
  • We encourage potential contributors to buy a copy to support the magazine, and to become familiar with it. Read it for free on the Web.
  • Story guidelines, in general: short fiction or narrative written to the standards of fiction, under 2000 words, never published before. Shorter is better. We prefer some connection with Illinois or the Midwest. All contributors are paid $50 on acceptance for their work. We only buy first rights, including Internet publication. Anyone can submit work.
  • Send your work through the mail. No email submissions, please, as we circulate the manuscripts to our readers. Enclose an SASE for a response. In this age of cheap copies we do NOT return manuscripts. We do NOT accept e-mail manuscripts, but we REQUIRE correspondance via e-mail for the speed and cost savings. If you plan to send us a manuscript, be sure you have access to e-mail. All manuscripts should have a valid e-mail address, as well as a valid phone number on the manuscript itself!
  • We notify all authors of our decisions in late fall. Don't call us -- we will notify you!
  • Send manuscripts to:Downstate Story1825 E. Maple Ridge Dr.
    Peoria, IL 61614Questions? Email

And Lately, The Sun seeks new work

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please submit completed, polished work.

What we’re not looking for:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to submit:

Submissions are accepted via email at .

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

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

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

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

We regret that we cannot give personal feedback on submissions.

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Absurdist is seeking flash fiction

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
The Absurdist is looking for flash fiction as peculiar as it is engaging. Stories may be humorous, unsettling, hallucinatory or thoughtful, or just a little off-center. We really just want something weird.

Check out other stories to get a sense of what fits, and review the guidelines below.


Stories may range in length from 750 to 1,250 words, roughly.

We accept one or two stories at a time, sent in a single email (in .doc, .docx, or google doc files, or pasted in the body—no PDFs). Please wait to hear about your first submission before submitting again. Simultaneous submissions are okay, assuming we are notified promptly if a story is accepted elsewhere. Previously unpublished work only.

To be considered, include the following with your submission:
  • Author name as you wish to see it published
  • Story title(s)
  • City, state/country of residence
  • Brief, two- to three-sentence author bio in third-person (to be published with your story)
  • Social media handles for promotional purposes (not required but encouraged)

Allow us a few weeks to review your submission. If you have not heard back after a month, feel free to inquire.

Currently accepting submissions through Tuesday, June 30th.


( or send submission to absurdistmag [at] gmail [dot] com )

little somethings press seeks flash fiction & flash memoir

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Deadline: June 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Ruminate seeks new work

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Deadline: July 2, 2020

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

General magazine submissions are always free.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to reading your work!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Autostraddle seeks submissions centering on Black lives

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No deadline

Autostraddle is an accepting and supportive environment for queer trans women. "Autostraddle is currently only accepting submissions that center the fight for Black lives and Black futures, and the end of white supremacy. We are also looking for on-the-ground reporting of current protests and community action." Payment falls within the $40-$100 range. 

Read their submission guidelines.

Autostraddle is only accepting submissions that center the fight for Black lives and Black futures, and the end of white supremacy. We are also looking for on-the-ground reporting of current protests and community action.

If you’re unable to use the form below, email and/or with your pitch and your rates, and be sure to have PITCH in the subject line.

Friday, June 19, 2020


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Deadline: June 30, 2020 Midnight EDT



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

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

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

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

Reading Fee: None

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

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Richard J. Margolis Award

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

Application Guidelines

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

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

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

A brief biographical note; and

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

Nonfiction samples only (no fiction or poetry);

30 pages maximum; and

At least one sample being non-memoir material.

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

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

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

Guidelines for Award Recipients

Recipients of the Margolis Award are asked to:

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Taco Bell Quarterly seeks work for the next issue

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Deadline: July 1, 2020

Now Open for Volume 3 Through July 1st.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 15, 2020

Reedsy Prompts: Write It Down

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Deadline: June 19, 2020 11:59 PM

Whether you've been composing stories for years, have a number of published books under your belt, or are just getting started on your craft, if you're here to write — you're a writer.

Like our community, our prompts this week are all about writers at different stages. Maybe you'll pick the one that most relates to you at this time, one that provides a retrospective into previous legs of your writing journey, or one that looks ahead to future goals. In any case, we're looking forward to reading your words, writers.

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.

Under the Volcano Fellowship

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Deadline: July 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

All fellowship awards were announced on august 15.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Toasted Cheese - A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest

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Deadline: June 21, 2020

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

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

The theme must play an integral role in the story.

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

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

Deadline for entries: June 21, 2020.

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

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

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

Questions? Ask here or on Twitter @toasted_cheese.

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

Muskeg Press seeks prose

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

In 1348, the Black Plague hit Florence, Italy, and it would kill tens of thousands of the city's residents by the time the pandemic was over in 1351. Among those who lived in Florence at the time was Giovanni Boccacio, who would become famous for writing The Decameron. A collection of 100 short stories, The Decameron's main narrative tells the tale of seven young women and three young men who escape the plague by travelling to a countryside villa. There, they each tell one story each night for ten nights. The title "Decameron" combines the Greek words for "ten" and "day."

The stories themselves were not about the plague. The 10 characters wanted to escape its horrors mentally as well as figuratively. They told stories of love, of lust, greed, of the fickleness of fortune, of the power of the human will. These stories would inspire the likes of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Moliere, to name a few.

We're now living through a similar moment in time, as we each do our part in fighting the global COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. At Muskeg Press, we look back and admire the attitude of Boccacio, who, in the midst of a terrible pestilence, wrote a great work of art that survives to the present day.

With that in mind, we are putting out a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for any author out there who would like to spend this time in self-isolation to write a story for a forthcoming publication of Muskeg Press. We'll select 10 stories from all the submissions, and publish them in a book around Christmastime of 2020. If your story is chosen for the book, we'll pay you $350.

Please note that our preference is to receive stories that have nothing to do with this strain of the coronavirus. Instead of a personal history of how you dealt with being isolated from your community, we would prefer stories of a more distracting nature, similar to those 10 storytellers in The Decameron.

If you're up for this challenge, we salute you! The details for submission are below. We look forward to reading your manuscripts! And remember, the only limit is your imagination.

The Muskeg Press coronavirus story collection
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Length: Up to 5,000 words

To submit, send a Word document or a PDF to

We will read all submissions, but we will only select 10 for submission. We will let you know whether or not your story has been selected.

Thank you, and stay safe.

Apple Valley Review submission guidelines

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No deadline given

The Apple Valley Review is an online literary journal.  It is published twice each year, once in spring and once in fall.  Each issue features a collection of beautifully crafted poetry, short fiction, and essays.

We welcome submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays.
—Submissions are accepted year-round.
—We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal.  In other
words, please send us work that is both accessible and finely written.
—All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English.
Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.
—Prose submissions may range from approximately 100 to 4,000 words.
Shorter pieces stand a better chance of being published, but we are not strict
about word counts and will read and consider slightly longer work.      
—Novel excerpts must be self-contained.
—Preference is given to short (under two pages), non-rhyming poetry.
—This is not currently a paying market.  However, all work published in
the Apple Valley Review during a given calendar year will be considered
for the annual Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize.  From 2006 to 2019,
the prize was $100 and a gift of a book of poetry, fiction, or essays.

We are very picky here.  Please do not send us
—true genre fiction (though literary pieces with genre elements are welcome);
—work that is scholarly or critical, inspirational, or intended for children;
—erotica or work containing explicit language; or
—anything that is particularly violent or disturbing.

Please note that these are purely editorial preferences.  Work that is not a fit here may be perfect for another market.    

Send submissions via e-mail to Leah Browning, Editor.
—Send up to three prose pieces or up to six poems at a time.
—Include the word “fiction,” “poetry,” or “essay” in your subject line.
—Type or paste your submission into the body of a single e-mail message.
(Please disregard any difficulties with font or formatting that arise after
pasting the text.)  We will not open any unsolicited attachments.
—Include a cover letter with your name, mailing address, e-mail address,
and a short biography.

Please expect to wait up to two months for a reply.  Occasionally with e-mail, there are technical difficulties.  We cannot be responsible for delay or loss of submissions.

To submit, or to check on the status of your submission after two months have passed, please send a message to our editor at editor(at)

If your work is accepted for publication, we may ask you to send it to us as a Word attachment.  This is more likely with prose than with poetry.

By submitting your work to the Apple Valley Review, you grant us first serial
rights and the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of
time.  As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for
awards or recognition.  You retain all other rights.  

Once the issue featuring your work has been published, you are free to republish your work as you wish, online and/or in print.  Any subsequent publication should note that your work was first published in the Apple Valley Review.

You are also welcome to create a link to the Apple Valley Review
( from your personal website.

Friday, June 12, 2020

If I Die Before I Wake seeks new work

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Deadline: June 30, 2020
All submissions will be reviewed after the submission deadline and chosen stories will be published in IF I DIE BEFORE I WAKE- TALES OF DEADLY WOMEN AND RETRIBUTION - The Better Off Dead Series Volume 3, which will be released in the fall of 2020

Submissions must be between 5,000 and 10,000 words

Title, submitter's name, pen name (if different), word count and email address must be centered at the top of your submission

Submissions must be 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced with special first-line indentation of 0.5"

Submissions must be in .Docx format with 1" margins all around

Submissions should be clean and edited

Submissions must have a strong female Main Character who will do whatever it takes to protect/avenge those she loves and must be written in the horror genre

Submissions cannot contain graphic sexual or rape scenes

Submissions must not have been published elsewhere before in any medium

The number of stories published will depend on word count of the chosen stories, but will be no less than ten stories and no more than twenty

Authors may submit as many stories as they want for review, however, there will be a limit of one published story per author

The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2020

Authors will be notified by July 31st, 2020 if their story was selected

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Underground Writers Association seeks submissions

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

We want your poems, art, fiction

The Underground Writers Association seeks submissions for Essential, an anthology torn from the core of UWA’s mission — sharing creative works is essential.

Submitted works should be inspired by one or more of the themes: isolation, disruption, abandon, and what is essential. It is up to the author to define and make the argument for what is essential in times like these.

All are welcome to submit; emerging writers are encouraged.

The reading period for Essential will remain open at least through June 2020, though early submission is encouraged as acceptances will be rolling until the anthology is full.

We are reviewing submissions from authors and artists of:

Up to 10 works of poetry in a single document
Up to two pages of micro fiction (250 words or less) in a single document
Up to 3 images of visual art (photography, drawings, paintings, mixed media, etc.) in a single document.

Each type of submission should be its own document, so you should be sending at most, three files.

Word documents are ok for poetry and fiction, but PDFs for all submitted files are preferred.

Submit your work in an email to

with a submission statement and proof of purchase if submitting for expedited response.

What is a submission statement? Just a little bit about who you are and what you're sending, nothing too formal or serious to worry about. It would be super awesome if you include a note of where you found out about us / this anthology (Facebook, Twitter, Newpages, word of mouth, etc.) but there's no penalty if you don't. It just helps to know where we should focus our efforts and can better connect with you!

We will let you know right away that your submission has been received.

Please allow up to 4 months for a decision from our editors before requesting a status update. While we aim to respond much faster, due to the state of the world, things like this can be unpredictable and out of our hands.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are acceptable, but, please be mindful of the following: If your submission is accepted elsewhere, that publication may not allow dual publication, and we would ask you please contact us as soon as possible if you need to withdraw your work from us.

If you are submitting previously published work, please indicate in your submission statement where and when the work has appeared. If your work has been previously published, it is up to you to check with the previous publisher that it is no longer under their FNASR. We will request confirmation if we accept a work that is previously published and reserve the right to withdraw an acceptance at any point.

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will likely not be considered for publication.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Trampset submission guidelines

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Rolling basis

We are looking for short fiction (short stories, flash fiction, excerpts from longer works), nonfiction (personal essays, micro-memoirs, culture and criticism, reviews), and poetry (we’re not a good home for shape poetry). We have no style or length requirements, but shorter pieces tend to get more love. We welcome diverse voices, including writers working outside academia. We welcome simultaneous submissions. We welcome all tramps. Let’s be friends. Or maybe just acquaintances.

Submissions should be uploaded at our Submittable page here:

trampset Submission Manager

trampset Submission Manager Powered By Submittable - Accept and Curate Digital Content

Read the categories carefully. We have a small “Tip Jar” fee for many submissions but have a free option for economically disadvantaged writers, which is limited to 50 submissions a month. Most writers are poor, so we expect and encourage many of you to use this free category. If it has reached its limit for the month, wait for the following month for it to re-open or use one of the paid categories if you so choose. We also have a “Quick Response” option for writers wanting to hear back sooner; it costs a bit more. What we make from tips and the expedited response option goes to pay for Submittable (it’s expensive!), site expenses, and our writers and editors. All work should be uploaded in a single Word document.

Regular response times vary, but we try to respond within 1–3 months, if not sooner. We publish accepted pieces on a rolling basis and inform the writer when their piece will run. If your work is accepted for publication, you retain all rights. We just ask you give us the right to publish it first on our website (we consider previously published material from time to time) and the right to keep it in our archives. Also, please credit trampset if the work is republished elsewhere. We pay $25 per accepted piece (must have PayPal) when funds are available. Each year we nominate select pieces for Sundress Publications’ Best of the Net Anthology as well as for other contests like Best Small Fictions. Nominees will be notified and listed on our site.

Questions, concerns? Email us:

BYLINES statement of solidarity

BYLINES believes that black lives matter. Black people were dehumanized in 1619 then struggled against all odds after Emancipation to achieve the American Dream only to have their prosperous communities destroyed by a resentful white majority: the Tulsa massacre happened 99 years ago on June 1, but there were many other violent attacks on black communities that have gone under-reported and unrecognized. And extreme force used by American police departments against black people is not new: it is part of America's shameful tradition.

But now that so many Americans of all ethnicities have recognized how bad things still are, there is reason to hope. We can do better, and we will do better.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Christopher Hewitt Awards 2020

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Deadline:  June 10, 2020

A&U Magazine is currently accepting entries for the eighth annual Christopher Hewitt Award. 

Named in honor of A&U’s first literary editor, the award showcases outstanding responses to the AIDS pandemic and the realities of individuals living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction.

Prize: $75
Entry fee: None
Submission deadline: June 10, 2020
Judges: Winners will be selected by the following judges, by category.
Poetry: Noah Stetzer
Fiction: Raymond Luczak
Creative Nonfiction: Jay Vithalani
Drama: Bruce Ward

Publication: Winners and named runners-up will be published in upcoming issues of A&U.

How to Submit: Email Word (.doc or .docx files) of your work to Managing Editor Chael Needle by clicking here

Please indicate in the subject line that your submission is for the Christopher Hewitt Award; include your name and genre in the subject line as well. Your name or any other personal identifying information should not appear on your manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, but please submit each separately.

Guidelines: All submissions must be HIV/AIDS-related and previously unpublished. All styles are welcomed. Writers may submit more than one work.

Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 1,200 words or fewer, double-spaced. Reasonable exceptions will be considered.

Drama may be an excerpt from a longer work or a ten-minute play (1,400-1,600 words, no more than ten pages, Dramatists Guild format). For drama excerpts, include, on a separate page, a synopsis and a full cast of characters.

We reserve the right to excerpt longer pieces for print, in consultation with the author; works in their entirety will be printed on the web.
Rights: We secure first North American serial rights and electronic archival rights (posting on the Web and in digital issues).

If any genre lacks a clear winner, fewer than four awards may be given. All entries will be considered for publication.

Friday, June 5, 2020

midnight & indigo seeking work by Black women writers

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Deadline: June 28, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chestnut Review seeks poetry and flash fiction

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Deadline: June 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Allegory Magazine seeking work for next issue

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The maximum length for non-fiction is 2000 words.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

We ONLY accept submissions as attachments!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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