Looking for writing that begins with ‘C’

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 2017 Fiction Contest

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 is looking for beauty

peacock journalPeacock 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.

New print journal seeks writing on food & summer

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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.

New press seeks manuscripts (fiction and non)

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.

Seeking stories from women about ‘service’ (pays)

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.

The Jane Austen Project – Call for submissions

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.

New Toronto-based journal seeks poems

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.

Seeking experimental work that emerges from recipes

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.

Wanted: Your sarcastic, shameful, oddball poetry

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.

Distressing, paralyzing poetry & prose wanted

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.

UK journal wants you to excite them

​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.

Seeking poetry & nonfiction about money

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.

Wanted: Your daring poetry

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.

Poetry & prose (multiple languages) wanted for Croatian journal

Zin DailyZiN 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.

Seeking writing about & from Japan

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.

Press seeks full-length poetry & prose manuscripts

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.

Seeking poetry book manuscripts from Canadians

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.

Seeking writing with an Ottawa connection

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.

Wanted: Slightly-left-of-reality prose

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.

Wanted: IRL queer stories, but also trans space captains, gay witches

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.

New writers wanted for new journal

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.

BC journal seeks poetry, prose & comics

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.