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.

Wanted: Your controversial & radical, unhinged & bizarre

Matador ReviewThe Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, is accepting work for their third issue (Winter 2017 publication). Looking for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, translations, and creative nonfiction. Identifies as an “alternative” magazine with the purpose to to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. Deadline: November 30, 2016.

Paying journal seeks Halloween writing

the quilliadIndependent literary and arts publication The Quilliad (Toronto) seeks writing and art for their October issue. Theme: Halloween. Looking for literary science fiction, apocalyptic stories and poetry, retold/re-imagined fairy tales/folklore/myths, horror, dark or strange art, and other spooky, speculative, or macabre work. Payment: $13 honorarium, contributor copy, and free launch admission. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Witchiness and mischievery wanted for new online journal

What Fresh Witch is ThisWhat Fresh Witch Is This?, a feminist publishing platform for new writing devoted to the strange, the transgressive, and the mischievous, seeks submissions for their debut issue. Looking for fiction and creative non-fiction (4000 words max.), flash fiction (70-500 words), poetry and/or spells, and visual projects. Them: place and precarity. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Spooky writing wanted for arts magazine

art ascent coverArtAscent is seeking submissions on the theme of “spooky.” Looking for stories, poetry, and artwork that is eerie, haunting, sinister, ghostly, uneasy, frightening, uncanny, dark, hidden, unearthy, mysterious or weird. Selected pieces are published online and in print, and marketed in social media. Submission fees: $10-$45. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Looking for work from under-25ers

Second Star Magazine is looking for submissions for its second issue. Looking for fiction (up to 3000 words), short excerpts from unpublished novels, short one act plays or screenplays, and visual art/photography from writers under the age of 25. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Poetry, fiction, CNF contest with $4500 in prizes

the malahat review coverThe Malahat Review (Victoria, BC) invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. First prize in each category: $1500. Each submission must be either 3 poems; a 2500-word fiction story; or a 2500-word creative nonfiction piece. Entry fee is $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: November 1, 2016.

L.A. journal seeks submissions

lunch ticket coverBiannual journal Lunch Ticket (California) is accepting submissions for the Winter/Spring 2017 issue. Publishes fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, YA 13+, and visual art. like work that sparks conversation about social justice and community activism. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Seeking submissions that use these three words

3Elements ReviewQuarterly online magazine 3Elements Review is accepting submissions for Issue 13. The following three words must be used the submission: Thread, Glaze, and Murmur. Accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Issue will be released January 1. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Poetry & prose contest for new writers

Sequestrum Issue 9Sequestrum is open to entries for the second annual New Writer Awards. Prizes total $500. Submit prose (fiction & creative nonfiction up to 12000 words) and poetry (up to 3 poems); $200 first prize in each category. $15 entry fee. Deadline: October 15, 2016.

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 our website, and novels and novellas to publish through their press. Deadline: rolling.

Poetry & prose wanted for 24-day chapbook series

platypus pressPlatypus Press (UK) invites submissions for a special project, 2412: “Twenty-four mini-digital-chapbooks, one per day, through the first 24 days of December.” Seeking prose (1500 words max) and poetry (up to 5 poems of no more than 30 lines each). The mini-chapbooks will be available digitally and free for everyone. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

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, non-fiction and poetry from both emerging and established writers. Deadline: ongoing.

Wanted: Writing by women about home & away

understorey magazineUnderstorey Magazine seeks submissions for Issue 9: Home and Away. Send poetry, prose or spoken word on arrival and departure, acceptance and exclusion, displacement and settlement, or other topics related to home as a country, nation, community, land or state of mind. Open to Canadian writers who identify as women. Strives to publish underrepresented voices and experiences and lean toward personal stories. Small honorarium for accepted work. Deadline: December 1, 2016.

UK mag seeks writing — Ekphrastic and not

long exposure coverLong Exposure Magazine (UK) is seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction under 700 words for their fourth issue. Accepts writing on any theme or subject. Of particular interest: work in the Ekphrastic genre or that engages in some way with the visual arts. Deadline: September 30, 2016.

Looking for contributors on mental health topics (unpaid)

SickNotWeak is looking for writers in the following areas: current issues, LGTBQIA topics, Aboriginal mental health, holistic and self-care, & student mental health. Accepts freelance pieces, but are looking to expand their roster of regular writers (bi-weekly/monthly articles). Also interested in mental health video blogs and podcasts. Deadline: Ongoing. Note: Positions are currently unpaid.

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.

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.

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.

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