3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 16. The elements are SCALE, PEPPERMINT, and BREACH. All three words must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
The Letter C (stories for girls by girls) is open to submissions from women writing about womanhood. Open to all forms of original written work (essays, short fiction, poems, etc.). Subject and title must begin with the letter C. “As long as it has something to do with being a girl, it has a place in our anthology.” Length: 2500 words max. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
Broken Ribbon (US) is seeking submissions for its 2017 fiction contest (annual print edition). First prize: $100 + publication. Submit fiction 7000 words max. Welcomes work that instills fear, dread, or anticipation; shows looming shadows; or leads down dark, seedy hallways. Publication date: December 2017. Entry fee: $15 (includes one copy). Deadline: November 15, 2017.
Peacock Journal (US), a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks fiction, flash, poetry, nonfiction, translations, and art from emerging and established writers and artists. Pieces may also be selected for inclusion in their print anthology. Deadline: Rolling, reads year-round.
Wishbones Magazine seeks submissions for print for Issue No. 1: Sweat (August 2017). Theme: summer. The food and culture magazine isinterested in the change of season and the resulting transformation in our interactions with food. What do you eat or drink in the summertime? What recipes do you rely on? Who do you become in the summertime? Prioritizes marginalized stories, but is open to all forms of print media, including essays, photographs, visual art, short stories, poetry, interviews and recipes. Deadline: June 16, 2017.
The Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest is open for entries. Contest judge and mentor: Judith Krause. Poem length: 60 lines max. Prizes include online mentoring sessions, publication on the contest website, and a copy of the creative writing guide, Mentor Me. No entry fee. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Alternative art and literature quarterly The Matador Review is accepting submissions for the Summer 2017 issue. Looking for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
New book imprint CARBON (US) is looking to publish 4-8 books in 2018. Open to poetry, novels, short fiction, and memoir, as well as full-length books on any subject — 1-2 slots reserved for technology/culture-related manuscripts. Encourages submissions from new and established writers. Authors receive a standard royalty-based contract, promotion in each Carbon Culture newsstand edition, review copies mailed to magazines and journals, and 15 author copies. Deadline: Open through 2017.
Understorey Magazine (Canada) seeks stories on the theme of “service.” What does it mean to serve, to be of service, to be in service? Pieces can be about service to a country, nation, faith, profession or idea; public and community service; domestic service; compulsory service; servitude; disservice etc. Prefers personal stories told through fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction. Honorarium for accepted work. Length: 1500 word max. Open to writers in Canada who identify as women or non-binary. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
Ben Bulben Books seeks submissions for a new creative non-fiction anthology inspired by the life or works of Jane Austen. Open to all types of original nonfiction, from reportage to opinion. Length: 7,000 words max. Also considering micro-essays of 100 words. All authors included in the anthology receive two free hard copies. All work must be original, factually accurate, and previously unpublished. Free entry. Deadline: June 15, 2017.
Juniper is a new online poetry journal, based in Toronto. Looking for “poetry that deepens our understanding of ourselves and the world(s) we live in.” Seeks poems that renew and fortify us, and makes us come back to ourselves. First issue launches Summer 2017. Deadline: Submissions close when editors have enough material to launch.
Experimental literary journal Infinity’s Kitchen (US) is looking for writing that results from new recipes or from existing recipes that have been compellingly redefined. Welcomes innovative fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and multimedia works. Open to anything that is literary, conceptual, and process-oriented. Deadline: Ongoing.
Platypus Press seeks fiction and nonfiction on any theme between 5,000–15,000 words for a new series of digital shorts due in 2018. Pays authors fifty percent royalties. Deadline: Ongoing.
New arts and culture online journal The Curious Element Magazine is accepting submissions for their debut issue. Looking for nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, and more. Deadline: April 14, 2017.
Rat’s Ass Review, an online poetry magazine, is reading submissions for their summer issue. Looking for poems with originality, grace, and wisdom. But also “that totally oddball, rank, sarcastic little gem that you are almost embarrassed to have written, the one you don’t want your grandmother to see, but that you are privately proud as hell to have spawned.” Deadline: April 15, 2017.
New online quarterly Cold Creek Review (Alabama) seeks submissions for their debut and subsequent issues. Accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in almost all styles. “We want your submission to leave us paralyzed and distressed. We challenge you to alarm us.” For poetry, submit 3-5 poems. For fiction and nonfiction, submit a piece no longer than 4,000 words. Deadline: None.
Cultural Kapital Magazine is a new London-based DIY literary, art, culture and thought journal for ideas on the cusp. Will be published biannually in print and weekly on the web. No boundaries or restrictions. Submit poetry, short stories and essays that “excites us and pulls us out of ourselves.” Deadline: July 1, 2017.
Wanted: poetry and creative nonfiction for an anthology about money (editors Aaron Giovannone and Naomi K. Lewi in Calgary, AB). “Literature often pretends to transcend the material conditions of life, but let’s talk cash: having it, not having it, owing it, wanting it, needing it, fear of losing it, the things we do for it, and the ways it changes us.” Submit nonfiction pieces of up to 5,000 words or up to five poems. No fiction. Previously published work and simultaneous subs are fine. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
Brickplight (US) is an online poetry journal that exists to promote the exploration of unique identities through daring poetry. Currently accepting submissions for Issue 6. Deadline: April 25, 2017.
bird, buried press is accepting chapbook submissions from Ontario writers. Open to poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flashfiction, scripts, strange hybrid texts, or invented genres. Also interested in publishing broadsides, chapoems, and small book objects. Deadline: Ongoing.
SubtleTea is a non-profit online journal seeking poetry, prose, interviews, and reviews. Deadline: open.
ZiN Daily in Istria, Croatia, publishes border-crossing work that illuminates underexplored connections between different segments of culture. Seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in English, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, French, German, and Italian. Translations are welcome. Visual art is also accepted. Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: Ongoing.
Spadina Literary Review is an online literary journal based in Toronto, Canada, with an international readership. Seeks submissions of short fiction (350-3500 words), poetry, short nonfiction (1200-3000 words), and comics. Intrigue and suspense writing is especially welcome, as is humour. Deadline: Ongoing.
Asian Cha is accepting submissions for “Writing Japan,” an edition of the journal devoted to work from and/or about Japan. Looking for work by Japanese and non-Japanese writers writing in relation to Japan, as well as work that challenges fixed ideas about Japanese identity and the Japanese experience. Interested in translations, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Deadline: May 31, 2017.
C&R Press (US) is accepting submissions of full-length manuscripts in fiction, short stories, poetry, essays, memoir, and mixed genre. Encourages female, minority, LGBT, immigrant, progressive and submerged voices. Submission fee: $25. Deadline: June 1, 2017.
Brick Books (Canada) publishes poetry books by new and established Canadian writers (citizens and landed immigrants.) Submit full manuscript. Interested in work from a broad a range of aesthetics and experiences, and encourages submissions from indigenous, racialized, and LGBTQ+ poets. Deadline: April 30, 2017.
Bywords.ca invites poetry submissions from current and former Ottawa, Ontario residents, students, and workers for their monthly online magazine. Pays $40 per published poem. Poems published between September 2016 and August 2017 are considered for the John Newlove Poetry Award. Length: 45 lines and 250 words max. Deadline: 15th of each month.
New online journal Skewed Lit seeks writing about things that are skewed, that live somewhere slightly left of reality. All prose under 1,500 words will be considered for publication. The 1,500 words could comprise one story, three, seven, etc. Formal experimentation welcome. Publishes every other week. Deadline: Rolling.
Queerlit accepts original short stories, comics, and literary or personal essays by LGBTQ+ creators. Interested in pieces by LGBTQ+ creators, about LGBTQ+ themes or characters or settings. Looks for realistic explorations of LGBTQ+ life, but also “your trans space captains, your lesbian detectives, your non-binary superheroes, your gay witches, your bisexual knights or pansexual vampire slayers or queer werewolves.” Deadline: Ongoing.
The Quill Magazine (Canada) invites entries for their debut issue (launching end of January). Accepts all forms of prose, poetry, and script from new writers only. Length: 20,000 words max — prefers work under 10,000 words. No blood, sex, violence, gore, or drug use that doesn’t directly drive the story. Deadline: Ongoing.
Beside the Point, an online and print creative writing journal published at Camosun, a community college in Victoria, BC, invites submissions for the next issue. Theme: What does “community” mean to you? Accepts prose, poetry, images (work may be reproduced in b&w) or a combination of these. Length: 2500 words max. Also publishes comics 8 pages max.). Deadline: January 28, 2017.