The Round Up Zine is currently looking for shorts, poems and art for their fall edition. Prefers work that is edgy, dark and transgressive, gritty, or off-the-beaten-path. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
Novelty Magazine seeks submissions for their 5th issue, “Got to stay.” It has been 35 years since the Clash wondered if they should stay or they should go, but the question is still pertinent: whether as an order, permission, or act of defiance, go to stay means an option between a blind leap for change and finding your ground. Seeking pieces about movement, idleness, wandering and getting lost. to apply. Deadline: August 4, 2016.
The annual International 3-Day Novel Contest runs from September 3-5, 2016. Self-described as “a thrill, a grind, a 72-hour kick in the pants and an awesome creative experience.” First prize: publication; second prize: $500. Entry fee: $50. Register by September 2, 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.
The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, is accepting work for their second issue (Fall 2016 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: August 31, 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.
The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, seeks submissions for their second issue (Fall 2016). Publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Self-described as an “alternative” magazine that promotes work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Popshot Magazine (UK) seeks short fiction and poetry submissions for its sixteenth issue. Theme: “Hope.” Looking for poems of up to 25 lines and short stories of up to 2,500 words. Deadline: July 24, 2016.
Entries are invited for the annual Saints & Sinners Short Fiction Contest. Theme: LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” First prize: $500. Top stories published in an anthology (book release party/reading at 14th annual Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival March 22-26, 2017). Length: 4000-7000 words. Open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: October 3, 2016.
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 invites submissions for their inaugural Short Story Contest. Submit short stories 2000-8000 words that are set in a “foreign location.” This setting cannot be within the continent where you currently live, and must be integral to the story. First place: $150+; 2nd place $50+. $3 will be added to both prizes for every initial entry beyond 20. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: August 28, 2016.
Freefall (AB) is accepting open submissions for the next issue. Poetry, short story & novel excerpts, nonfiction, writing related or general audience topics, creative nonfiction, plays, and postcard stories. Pays $10 page for fiction and $25 per poem. Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Forage Poetry (UK/US) is looking for intelligent, honest poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and reviews from poets and writers who focus on the particularities of their encounters with the world. Looks for writing “that is accessible, and that reaches into that space between our heads and our hearts to open a door to something we had almost missed.” Current theme: the Poetry of Tragedy. Off-theme work also welcome. Deadline: July 20, 2016.
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 Half Mystic seeks submissions for Issue II: Saudade. “Saudade embodies the drifting photograph – the ache so tender-willing – the shards of bitter-soft yearning just before the fall.” Open to pieces of up to 3000 words, as well as music submissions. Deadline: ongoing, until sufficient submissions received.
Independent ebook publisher Moby Books (Canada) is looking for novels, novellas, and short story collections by emerging and established authors. Authors can submit full length manuscripts or partial queries for consideration. Payment and contract based on a print publishing model. Deadline: ongoing.
Hypertrophic Literary (AL) is open to submissions for upcoming issues. Looking for pieces that evoke a physical reaction, make readers feel something: joy, nausea, shock, desperation. Open to submissions of poetry, fiction, excerpts, and nonfiction. Hypertrophic accepts work in all genres and “[doesn’t] care who you are, if you’ve been published before, if it’s your first book or seventy-fourth.”
SlashnBurn is “an anti-art arts journal seeking to publish and bring attention to work outside the conveyor belt work coming out of most workshop-based MFA programs.” Currently accepting submissions in fiction, flash fiction, comics, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, reviews, and blended-genre. No hard genre work. High-concept is fine, but grounded in real human conflict and action. Deadline: Rolling.
Entries are open for the Bartleby Snopes 8th annual Dialogue Only Contest. First prize: $300 minimum (higher if 50+ entries received). Compose a short story entirely of dialogue — no narration — that delivers a powerful and engaging story. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $10 for unlimited entries. Deadline: September 15, 2016.
PRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up). Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.
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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Quarterly online magazine The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks 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.
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.
The Chaos is a new journal of personal narrative, publishing true stories of personal growth, lessons learned, life-changing events, and milestones from emerging and established writers. From the editor: “We’re looking for the stories you are afraid to tell, but know you must” — unique perspectives on familiar experiences, writing that ventures into the mind of the writer or the scene of the story. Deadline: Rolling.
WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.
Black Napkin Press is currently seeking submissions of art and poetry for their inaugural digital publication and future issues. From the editor: “We want your weird, we want your provocative, we want the poems that you need in the world. We like poetry that forces a reader to feel, poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.” Deadline: Rolling.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest. Open to humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing from international writers. Prizes in two categories, free (£50) and paid (£100 – with £5 entry fee). Deadline: August 31, 2016.
University of Regina Press and poet Sue Goyette are asking poets to submit to a collection that addresses the issue of sexual assault, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, rape culture and the ongoing quest for justice. Open to international submissions. Pieces can be sent by mail (University of Regina Press, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: September 15, 2016.
New quarterly Flytrap Uprising is accepting submissions for their second issue. Looking for noir–noir fiction, noir poetry, and articles about noir topics. Editor’s note: Noir is more than detective stories. Seeking “your dark, your discouraged, your hopeless, but also your light at the end of the tunnel.” Deadline: August 31, 2016.