YA flash fiction contest: include these 8 words

Second Star Magazine, a young adult fiction journal, is open to entries for its first annual flash fiction contest. Prize: Publication on website. Submit a short story of 950 words or less, using at least five words from a list of randomly generated words (nuclear, milky, angel, battleground, contortionist, daredevil, funnel, and pharoah. Bonus points for using all eight!). Deadline: July 24, 2016.

Alternative poetry & prose wanted for Chicago quarterly

Matador ReviewThe 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.

Short fiction contest with $500 prize

Tennessee Williams Literary FestivalEntries 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.

Contest: Write a story set in a foreign location

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.

Paying journal seeks subs for next issue

Free FallFreefall (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.

Wanted: The particularities of your encounters with the world

ForageForage 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.

Wanted: distinct voices with clear sweeping visions (pays)

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.

Wanted: Writing about music, the Saudade

half mysticThe 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.

Seeking essays on mental illness

Essays on mental illness sought for a second edition of anthology Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness. Open to American residents only who live with mental illness or have direct experience as a spouse, sibling, or child of someone who does. To be published by Brindle & Glass in spring 2017. Selected writers paid $200. Submit pieces up to 4,000 words in Word doc to Lenore@Lenorerowntree.com OR Andboden@gmail.com. Deadline: July 31, 2016.

Publisher seeks literary fiction manuscripts

Moby BooksIndependent 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.

This journal doesn’t care who you are (in a good way)

Hypertronic LiteraryHypertrophic 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.”

Wanted: Work by writers who ‘like to watch the world burn’

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.

Seeking speculative writing about social justice issues, the marginalized

The SpectatorialThe University of Toronto’s speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial, is currently looking for fiction, poetry, articles, essays, graphic fiction, novel excerpts, book/movie reviews, etc. Particularly interested in topics that touch upon other cultures and marginalized groups, whether it’s discussing literature no one has heard of from another country, or addressing social justice issue in a speculative work. Articles 500-1200 words, or pitched proposals for topics of interest. Deadline: ongoing.

Contest for dialogue-only short stories

Bartleby SnopesEntries 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.

Looking for bravest moments (YA anthology)

Annick PressChildren’s publisher Annick Press (Canada) is seeking true stories of bravest moments for a YA non-fiction anthology. The format of the testimonial can be in one of many different mediums (prose, poetry, photography, illustration, etc.). Contact Robbie Patterson at robbiep@annickpress.com for full details. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

Wanted: Fiction about India & the global south

Litro MagazinePrint & digital journal Litro Magazine (UK) is accepting submissions for its October issue. Theme: India and the Global South. Accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives). Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: August 18, 2016.

Creative nonfiction contest with $1000 prize

The Malahat ReviewThe Malahat Review seeks submissions of creative nonfiction to its annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Entries can include: personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography. Looking for work that is enhanced by description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. Length: 2000-3000 words. Entry fee: $35 and $45 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 1, 2016.

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Wanted: Your wilds seen and unseen

The MackinacQuarterly 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.

Write a poem or story with these three words

3elements3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 12 (released October 1). The following three words must be incorporated into poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions: Relic, Passageway, and Kiss. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements. No reading fee. Deadline: July 31, 2016.

Wanted: Writing about your relationship with food (pays)

room magazineRoom Magazine is looking for short stories, poems, essays, and art for issue 40.1. Theme: Food. Possible angles: eating for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. Could relate to cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. No submission fee. Payment: $50+. Deadline: July 31, 2016.

Press seeks full-length works

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.

Looking for stories you’re afraid to tell

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.