Entries are open for Arc’s 2017 Poem of the Year Contest. First prize: $5000. Length: 100 lines max.Shortlist of 10 to 12 poems will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Shortlisted poems receive paid publication. Open to international entrants. Entry fee: $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: February 1, 2017.
In/Words Magazine and Press (Carleton University) seek submissions for Issue 16.3. Theme: Digital Love. Looking for your awkward meetings, horror stories, and happy endings. Submit poetry (up to 5) and fiction (1500 words max). Deadline: January 31, 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.
PANK will begin publishing full length books in 2017. Looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Send them “something that screams.” Reading fee: $25. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
Small, independent press, The Lost Sparrow (US), is accepting submissions of new, original, and unpublished works. Looking for poetry and prose that “breathe life back into the world.” Submit poetry (under 50 lines preferred) and short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, essays, thoughts, and dreams (3500 words max.). Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Ruminate Magazine invites entries for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. First prize: $1500 plus publication. Open to all genres of fiction. Length: 5500 words max. Entry fee: $20 (includes copy of Ruminate) per story. Deadline: February 15, 201.
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.
ArtAscent invites submissions for their next digital/print publication. Theme: Bliss. Accepts fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
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.
Attention female-identifying writers in Nova Scotia aged 12-18. Entries are invited for the New Horizons, New Challenges: Girls Making a Difference Girls 2017 Literary Competition (sponsored by the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice at Mount Saint Vincent University). First prize: $100 plus publication in Understorey Magazine. Theme: Power – Who has it? Who needs it? What do we do to get it? Submissions must tell a story using the techniques of literary poetry or prose. Length: 1500 words max. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
New deadline. Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of “adaptation.” Looking for nonfiction narratives by and/or about professionals (scientists, designers, farmers, soldiers, teachers, others) whose work helps other humans (prisoners, refugees, students, others) adapt to a changing world. $3,500 awarded for best essay; all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: February 6, 2017.
Anathema: Spec from the Margins (Canada) is an online tri-annual magazine publishing speculative fiction by visible minorities on every range of the LGBTQIA spectrum. Open to fiction and nonfiction with a speculative element: SF/F/H, the weird, slipstream, surrealism, fabulism, and more. Pays $50. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Entries are invited for the Don’t Talk To Me About Love Poetry Contest. First prize: $1000. Looking for poetry that explores love in any of its myriad expressions: romantic, platonic, parental, and more. Entry fee: $20 (for 1-3 poems). Deadline: February 14, 2017.
Synaeresis: arts + poetry (Canada) invites submissions for their debut issue. Looking for poetry (1 to 3 poems) and flash fiction (1 to 2 stories). Open to international writers. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Hamilton Review of Books seeks essay submissions for their second issue (Spring 2017). Looking for personal essays (1500-5000 words) on literary subjects. Example: Using a particular book’s subject matter as a jumping-off point for an essay incorporating original thinking and experience. Pays $75 per essay. Deadline: January 30, 2017.
SciFan Magazine is a digital magazine that focuses on showcasing exceptional works of fiction in the science fantasy genre. Length: 2500-10000 words. Must fit within one of the ten sub-genres within science fantasy. Payment: $2 per 1000 words, up to a max. of $20 per short story. Deadline: Rolling.
Lunch Ticket’s publication Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight is looking for creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, poetry, literary translation & multilingual text, and YA (13+). Deadline: January 31, 2017.
The Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1000 each. Submit a single poem or cycle of poems 10-20 pages long. Entry fee: $40 US. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Fire & Ash Publishers (Toronto) is building their list for 2017 and 2018. Looking for novel length science fiction “with living characters and smart, fresh ideas at heart.” Nalo Hopkinson, Ann Leckie, Robert J. Sawyer, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Octavia Butler… etc. Open to taking chances. Deadline: Ongoing.
Print literary journal Grain is accepting submissions for upcoming issue. Open to poetry (individual poems, sequences, or suites) and fiction and literary nonfiction (3500 words max). Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus three copies of the issue. Submission window open until May 31, 2017.
Bayou Magazine invites entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Prize: $1000, a year’s subscription, and possible publication. Submit fiction 7500 words max. Deadline: January 1, 2017. Fee: $20 (includes a contest issue).
Online literature and art quarterly The Matador Review (Chicago, Illinois) seeks submissions for the Spring 2017 issue. Invites poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Promotes “alternative work.” Deadline: February 28, 2017.
Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing seeks poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography/art for their Spring 2017 issue. Publishes work by established and emerging writers. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Popshot (UK) seeks short fiction and poetry submissions for its forthcoming 17th issue. Theme: ‘Future.’ Looking for poems of up to 25 lines and short stories of up to 3,000 words. Deadline: January 26, 2017.
The East End Fringe Festival, is a new theater and poetry festival on the east end of Long Island, NY, are looking for new plays and poetry for Summer 2017. “Dedicated to connecting adventurous emerging and established artists with appreciative audiences to foster the growth of creative arts on Long Island.” Plays: 6 characters, up to 90 minutes. Poetry: 2 poems/pages. Deadline: March 16, 2017
Writers who identify as “first-generation college,” as well as those who support the first-generation community, are encouraged to submit to First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience. This is a peer-reviewed journal of creative writing, visual and recorded art, and scholarly work from the first-generation college community. Accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, spoken word, drama, literary analysis, research, and multimedia works. Deadline: March 15, 2016.
What’s your interpretation of monstrosity? In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. Looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature and the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology. Length: 4000 words max. Publication name: Dangerous Creations: Real Life Frankenstein Stories. $10,000 + publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 20, 2017.
Entries for the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize are open to writers worldwide. Submit previously unpublished stories on any theme or subject. Length: 4000 words max. First prize: £1,000; 19 other prizes available. Entry fee: £8. Judges: Tania Hershman, Roshi Fernando, Juliet Pickering, and Simon Key. Deadline: May 3, 2017.