Deadline approaching for these submission calls

These calls and contests are closing soon:

  • WILDNESS is looking for writing that evokes the unknown. (Deadline: December 4)
  • Fiftiness is looking for personal and positive stories about being a woman over 50. (Deadline: December 15)
  • Cat on a Leash Review seeks vulnerable and humorous short and flash fiction for their second issue. (Deadline: December 15)
  • Creative Nonfiction invites essays that illustrate and explore the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion. $10,000 prize. (Deadline: December 12)

New journal wants your unanswered plurals

Parentheses Journal, a new collaborative venture in the quest for sharing art, seeks art for the sake of art for their inaugural issue. Looking for unanswered plurals in the form of poetry, fiction, and artwork. Welcomes work from across coasts and climes. Send up to 5 pieces in any one genre. Also holding a call for Editor-in-Spirit who understands and wishes to be part of the aesthetic for the cause (send in an expository email). Send to Website coming soon. Deadline: January 15, 2017.

Wanted: Plays & poetry for a new Long Island festival

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

Seeking work from first generation college writers

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.

Channel your inner Frankenstein for a chance at $10,000

creative nonfictionWhat’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.

Know some secrets about Calgary? Untold stories wanted

Seeking submissions on the theme of “Calgary untold.” What don’t we know about Calgary? The wrong side of the tracks, the dark spaces, the secret places, hide aways, and revelations. What is the other side of Calgary? The outsides? The wilderness within city limits, the boundaries, doorways, passages, etc. What is “off script” about Calgary? Looking for poetry, prose poetry, or poetic essay. Send to Editors: Micheline Maylor, Bruce Hunter, and Joan Shillington (Frontenac House Press). Deadline: Deadline: May 31, 2017.

$3500 prize for essay on ‘adaptation’

creative nonfictionCreative 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: January 9, 2017.

$500 + pub prize for fiction by a LGBTTQI writer

plenitudemagazinePlenitude invites entries for the Cornucopia Literary Prize for fiction, awarded to the best work of previously unpublished fiction by a LGBTTQI writer. Open to writers of any nationality. Prize: $500 plus publication in Plenitude magazine. Length: 3000 words max. All submissions considered for publication. Judge: Hiromi Goto. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

New L.A. mag wants your riot material

riot materialRiot Material, a new online cultural and literary magazine, is currently seeking submissions for reviews, interviews, short fiction, and profiles of interesting personalities and scenes. “Let your literary heart, which is adverse to formula, lead.” They are a Los Angeles-based magazine, but global in vision and looking to highlight the best of the written word from around the world. Deadline: ongoing.

Online journal seeks poetry (pays)

Foundry reads poetry submissions year-round. Publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. They are committed to inclusivity and welcome submissions from marginalized voices. Send 3-5 poems. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Pays $10 per poem. Deadline: Ongoing.

$10,000 first prize for essay on science and religion

creative nonfictionCreative Nonfiction (US) and Issues in Science and Technology are seeking original narratives for The Dialogue between Science and Religion. Looking for essays that illustrate and explore the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion — the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another. First prize: $10,000; runner-up: $5,000. Fee: $20-$25. Deadline: December 12, 2016.

New journal seeks experimental poetry & prose

Online literary journal Cicatrix (US) seeks submissions for their debut issue. Looking for poetry (2-5 poems), fiction (3500 words max.), and flash fiction. Leans toward the experimental: “lyric should be more polyphonic than monophonic.” Deadline: December 31, 2016.

New online journal pays for book reviews & essays

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.

Paying queer mag wants your subtle, brash & unrelenting

Plenitude coverPlenitude 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, nonfiction and poetry from both emerging and established writers. Deadline: ongoing.

Wanted: Your gut punch fiction

blue skirt productionsBlue 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 their website, and novels and novellas to publish through their press. Deadline: rolling.

Seeking poetry that feeds the soul

Poetry Breakfast seeks submissions for their daily poem. Seeking poems and poetry-related creative nonfiction (letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, etc.). Submit 3-10 poems or creative nonfiction (150-1000 words). Deadline: ongoing.

Looking for the short and fashionably nihilistic (pays)

blackrabbitBlack Rabbit, an independent online literary and artistic magazine focusing on very short pieces, seeks submissions for its first edition. Looking for interesting and exciting fiction (900 words max.), nonfiction (250 words max.), and audio clips. Editors are partial to fashionable amounts of nihilism, originality, and experimentation. Payment: $25 USD. Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Wanted: Unrestricted journalism

Lemon Antifreeze seeks journalism with little real world restrictions — whether news, opinions, interviews, reviews, random oddities, or any other comically satirical disinformation that actually makes sense. Length: 250 words. Deadline: ongoing.

Seeking stories for women over 50

Fiftiness publishes stories for and by women over fifty. Currently seeking personal stories that skew positive in these categories: fitness, friendship, love & sex, finances, work (first or second careers), and celebrating yourself (unique birthday celebrations, special events, solo trips, first time adventures). Not a paying market. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Experimental lit mag seeks poetry & prose

bad nudesBad Nudes, an online literary magazine based in Montreal, seeks submissions of prose and poetry for its sophomore issue. Stylistically, the magazine gravitates toward the experimental. Open to writers from anywhere in the world. Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Looking for Slavic-inspired poetry & prose

nightingales songNewly-founded journal Project Nightingale seeks to publish submissions by people of a Slavic diaspora and/or touching upon Slavic themes/topics. Also looking for editors. Currently accepting fiction (5000 words max.), poetry (max. 5), nonfiction — essays, reviews, articles, etc. (3000 words max.). Deadline: ongoing.