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 (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 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.
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.
Platypus Press seeks fiction and nonfiction on any theme between 5,000–15,000 words for a new series of digital shorts due in 2018. Pays authors fifty percent royalties. Deadline: Ongoing.
New arts and culture online journal The Curious Element Magazine is accepting submissions for their debut issue. Looking for nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays, and more. Deadline: April 14, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
bird, buried press is accepting chapbook submissions from Ontario writers. Open to poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flashfiction, scripts, strange hybrid texts, or invented genres. Also interested in publishing broadsides, chapoems, and small book objects. Deadline: Ongoing.
ZiN 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.
Spadina Literary Review is an online literary journal based in Toronto, Canada, with an international readership. Seeks submissions of short fiction (350-3500 words), poetry, short nonfiction (1200-3000 words), and comics. Intrigue and suspense writing is especially welcome, as is humour. Deadline: Ongoing.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Monthly online literary magazine The Woven Tale Press welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, flash fiction and the experimental. Also considers literary works accompanied by original art images. Deadline: Ongoing.
Quarter Castle Publishing is accepting submission for completed, tradition fantasy manuscripts from residents of Nova Scotia. Length: 75,000-120,000 words. Deadline: Ongoing.
Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
Tailwinds Press, a young New York City-based independent press specializing in literary fiction by new and emerging writers, seeks submissions for 2016. Publishes “intelligent work that is compelling, accessible, and relevant to the spirit of our time.” Manuscript length: 40,000 words or more. Deadline: Rolling.