Quarterly online poetry magazine The Mackinac (Canada) seeks work “where the stakes are always high.” Appreciates poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems. Deadline: Ongoing.
The oldest literary magazine at New York University, The Minetta Review, is open for submissions. Welcomes prose, poetry, art, thought experiments, manifestos, love letters, and even grocery lists. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Note: Nov. 1 deadline confirmed by editor; not reflected on website.
Cave Art Press (US) is accepting nonfiction book-proposal submissions in the following categories: first-account military history, memoir, adventure travel, nature and nautical, and general nonfiction. Deadline: Open call.
Practical Politicking (US) is looking for creative nonfiction and nonfiction articles on politics. Everyone has opinions on political matters; they’re interested in the “who, what, where, and why” you have those opinions. “How-to” articles on political activism are also welcome. Theme: “All politics are local and personal.” Submissions of 500-700 words should be sent to email@example.com.
Deadline: Rolling deadlines Fridays @ 5pm EST.
Tethered by Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction 2016 Fall Writing Contest. Three categories: short stories of any genre ranging (1000-7500 words), flash fiction (750 words max.), and poetry (up to three pages). Prizes: $1000 for fiction and $300 for poetry and flash. Winners also published in a future issue of F(r)iction. Encourages submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style. Entry fees. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Sun Star Review is open to submissions for the Winter 2017 issue. Seeking prose (fiction, nonfiction, flash, long, or unclassifiable), poetry, and mixed media work. Prefer nuance to flash, looks for depth and emotional resonance, and appreciates risk taking and ambitiousness if the ambition is earnest. Loves work that plays with craft and genre. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Entries are open for The Fiddlehead’s 26th annual literary contest. Two categories: poetry and short fiction. Prizes for category: $2000 for winner, $250 for 2 honourable mentions (+ publication payment). Winning entries published in The Fiddlehead 271 (Spring 2017). No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works. Entry fees: $30-$36 (includes one-year subscription). Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Peacock Journal, a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks submissions of fiction, translations, nonfiction, and poetry. Wants to read “your most beautiful work however you define the term.” Deadline: Rolling.
Vallum (Canada) seeks submissions for their next issue. Theme: Evolution. Evolution has been instrumental to developments in science, industry, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, posthuman and technological advances, spirituality, relationships, and even the historical progression of “mind.” How does the idea of evolving, in its many possible forms, translate into poetry? Deadline: November 20, 2016.
Columbia Journal (New York) seeks submissions for their first themed feature: The Election & Politics. Accepting poetry, essays, nonfiction, fiction, translated works, literary rants, polemics, prayers, and speeches about “whatever burns brightest in your heart when we say the words ‘election’ or ‘politics.'” Deadline: November 7, 2016.
New online literary journal Hamilton Review of Books (Canada) seeks queries and submissions for their debut and subsequent issues. Publishes book reviews (500-750 words) and essays (1500-5000 words) on literary subjects. No fees to submit. Pays an honorarium of $50 per book review and $75 per essay. Deadline: ongoing.
The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, is accepting work for their third issue (Winter 2017 publication). Looking for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, translations, and creative nonfiction. Identifies as an “alternative” magazine with the purpose to to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Cat on a Leash Review seeks submissions for their second issue. Looking for short fiction (1000-2500 words) and flash fiction (1000 words max.). Deadline: December 15, 2016.
Island Verse Story Lab invites entries for the Lily’s Pond Poetry Prize. Submit chapbook length poetry manuscripts, 22–28 pages. Winner receives $100 honorarium, publication by Island Verse Editions, and 25 author copies. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
ArtAscent is seeking submissions on the theme of “spooky.” Looking for stories, poetry, and artwork that is eerie, haunting, sinister, ghostly, uneasy, frightening, uncanny, dark, hidden, unearthy, mysterious or weird. Selected pieces are published online and in print, and marketed in social media. Submission fees: $10-$45. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Second Star Magazine is looking for submissions for its second issue. Looking for fiction (up to 3000 words), short excerpts from unpublished novels, short one act plays or screenplays, and visual art/photography from writers under the age of 25. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
The Malahat Review (Victoria, BC) invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. First prize in each category: $1500. Each submission must be either 3 poems; a 2500-word fiction story; or a 2500-word creative nonfiction piece. Entry fee is $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Biannual journal Lunch Ticket (California) is accepting submissions for the Winter/Spring 2017 issue. Publishes fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, YA 13+, and visual art. like work that sparks conversation about social justice and community activism. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Quarterly online magazine 3Elements Review is accepting submissions for Issue 13. The following three words must be used the submission: Thread, Glaze, and Murmur. Accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Issue will be released January 1. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing.
Entries are open for the Vancouver Writers Fest’s Short Story & Poetry Contest. Prizes awarded to the top two entries in poetry (500 words max.) and fiction (1500 words max.) Fiction first prize: Free tuition for an upcoming online course offered by UBC Creative Writing + $300 cash prize + publication. Poetry first prize: $500 cash prize + publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 23, 2016.
Blue Skirt Productions is looking for stories that are emotional, philosophical, and transgressive that leave the reader feeling punched in the gut. Looking for short stories (100-3,000 words) to publish on our website, and novels and novellas to publish through their press. Deadline: rolling.
Plenitude Magazine seeks writing by LGBTTQ of all ages, gender, colour, and ability. Plenitude aims to complicate expressions of queerness through the publication of diverse, sophisticated literary writing. Interested in literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry from both emerging and established writers. Deadline: ongoing.
Understorey Magazine seeks submissions for Issue 9: Home and Away. Send poetry, prose or spoken word on arrival and departure, acceptance and exclusion, displacement and settlement, or other topics related to home as a country, nation, community, land or state of mind. Open to Canadian writers who identify as women. Strives to publish underrepresented voices and experiences and lean toward personal stories. Small honorarium for accepted work. Deadline: December 1, 2016.
Long Exposure Magazine (UK) is seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction under 700 words for their fourth issue. Accepts writing on any theme or subject. Of particular interest: work in the Ekphrastic genre or that engages in some way with the visual arts. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
SickNotWeak is looking for writers in the following areas: current issues, LGTBQIA topics, Aboriginal mental health, holistic and self-care, & student mental health. Accepts freelance pieces, but are looking to expand their roster of regular writers (bi-weekly/monthly articles). Also interested in mental health video blogs and podcasts. Deadline: Ongoing. Note: Positions are currently unpaid.
PRISM Magazine (BC) invites entires for the the inaugural Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction. First prize: $1500 grand prize; $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Max. word count: 6000. Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 15, 2017.
87 Bedford is a young literary short story magazine and online curator of creative content. Seeking submissions of short fiction, micro/flash fiction, serial fiction, poetry, spoken-word, art & photography, and other amalgams of creative media. Prefers stories to have a literary bent but “that shouldn’t exclude compelling genre-y tales of passion, mystery or the speculative.” No submission fees. Pays $10 per short story, $5 for everything else. Deadline: ongoing.
The Cossack Review is looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and works in translation for their next print and online issues. Send 3-6 poems, one story, or one essay. Especially interested in thoughtful, diverse work.
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Zoetic Press seeks full-length manuscripts of fiction, short story collections, hybrid work, poetry and creative nonfiction. Less concerned about genre, subject or style, and more concerned about beauty of language, innovation of idea, and skill at execution. Length: at least 50,000 words. Deadline: Rolling.