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.

Seeking work that chases omens and change

noveltyNovelty. (UK) seeks submissions for their 6th issue. Theme: Chasing Chimeras. “Whether you’re fighting a personal or public monster, are mutating into your next configuration, or are building a brighter ideal ahead we want to hear from you.” Open to poetry, essay, fiction, flash fiction, mixed media and other forms of writing of art. Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Wanted: Writing to ‘Haunt us. Move us. Punch us in the face.’

Milk Journal coverMilk Journal (US) is accepting writing and art for its January 2017 issue. Looking for “writing that echoes in our heads and root themselves under our skin. Make us uncomfortable. Show us with words.” Accepting fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.) and poetry (3-5 poems in a single document). Deadline: November 30, 2016.

Looking for personal stories about media & identity

bad movies coverBad Movies is a print and digital magazine featuring personal stories and essays about pop culture. Theme for the next issue: “identity.” Looking for essays that examine the ways media interacts with and affects various aspects of our identities. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Wanted: Horrible and hopeful resurrections

The Golden KeThe Golden Key has reopened to submissions after a hiatus. Theme for Issue 7: Resurrected things. Seeking stories and poems, literary and speculative, that are alive-again — revived, resuscitated, revivified. Not interested in religious allegory, either explicit or implicit. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Looking for ‘lines” that are bold, experimental

Bonk!Bonk! is an experimental print publication looking for writing and art. Theme for next issue: LINES (open to interpretation but include comment on how the submission fits with the theme). Open to fiction, journalism, poetry, essays, reviews, musings, ideas, weirdnesses, and sounds. “Be bold.” Deadline: November 30, 2016.

Wanted: Full-length plays about faith

Fire Exit Theatre invites entries for their new play competition Scripts on Fire. The theatre aims to create conversations around faith: what you believe and don’t believe about God and death and life and all that happens in between. Open to full-length plays written by residents of Canada. Deadline: December 31, 2016.

Lit and art intersections wanted for chapbook series

Antenna::Room 220 is soliciting proposals for their chapbook series. Selected projects receive a $300 stipend (to be split among the authors/artists/collaborators) and free copies. Theme: the investigation of the intersections and collaborative possibilities between literature and art (defined and interpreted broadly). Submissions can be either fully fleshed out, in process, or in the incubation stage. Open to content of any kind; however preference given to publications that interpret ideas through the lens of New Orleans. Deadline: November 30, 2016.

Wanted: Writing about mothering in austere times

Demeter Press invites submissions for an anthology, When All Else Fails: Motherhood in Precarious Times. Submit poetry (to 250 words), fiction (1500-3000 words), essays and creative nonfiction (3000-5000 words) exploring the present, past and future of mothers/mothering in times of austerity and upheaval. Send abstracts and submissions to editors Dannielle Joy Davis (djdavis@slu.edu), Anita Dolman (dolmanideas@gmail.com), and Barbara Schwartz-Bechet (bschwartz@salus.edu). Deadline is for non-fiction abstracts (250-500 words), poetry and fiction. Deadline: November 15, 2016 (extended).

Wanted: Your ‘wilds seen and unseen’

The MackinacQuarterly online poetry magazine The Mackinac (Canada) seeks work “where the stakes are always high.” Appreciates 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.

U.S. press accepting book proposals

Cave Art Press (US) is accepting nonfiction book-proposal submissions in the following categories: first-account military history, memoir, adventure travel, nature and nautical, and general nonfiction. Deadline: Open call.

Looking for political nonfiction

Practical Politicking (US) is looking for creative nonfiction and nonfiction articles on politics. Everyone has opinions on political matters; they’re interested in the “who, what, where, and why” you have those opinions. “How-to” articles on political activism are also welcome. Theme: “All politics are local and personal.” Submissions of 500-700 words should be sent to submissions@practicalpoliticking.com.
Deadline: Rolling deadlines Fridays @ 5pm EST.

Poetry & fiction contest with $1600 in prizes

tetheredbylettersTethered by Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction 2016 Fall Writing Contest. Three categories: short stories of any genre ranging (1000-7500 words), flash fiction (750 words max.), and poetry (up to three pages). Prizes: $1000 for fiction and $300 for poetry and flash. Winners also published in a future issue of F(r)iction. Encourages submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style. Entry fees. Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Looking for writing with nuance over flash

sunstarreviewSun Star Review is open to submissions for the Winter 2017 issue. Seeking prose (fiction, nonfiction, flash, long, or unclassifiable), poetry, and mixed media work. Prefer nuance to flash, looks for depth and emotional resonance, and appreciates risk taking and ambitiousness if the ambition is earnest. Loves work that plays with craft and genre. Deadline: November 15, 2016.

Poetry & prose contest with $2000 prize

The FiddleheadEntries are open for The Fiddlehead’s 26th annual literary contest. Two categories: poetry and short fiction. Prizes for category: $2000 for winner, $250 for 2 honourable mentions (+ publication payment). Winning entries published in The Fiddlehead 271 (Spring 2017). No simultaneous submissions and no previously published works. Entry fees: $30-$36 (includes one-year subscription). Deadline: December 1, 2016.

Beautiful work wanted for daily literary mag

Peacock JournalPeacock Journal, a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks submissions of fiction, translations, nonfiction, and poetry. Wants to read “your most beautiful work however you define the term.” Deadline: Rolling.

Seeking poetry about evolution

vallumVallum (Canada) seeks submissions for their next issue. Theme: Evolution. Evolution has been instrumental to developments in science, industry, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, posthuman and technological advances, spirituality, relationships, and even the historical progression of “mind.” How does the idea of evolving, in its many possible forms, translate into poetry? Deadline: November 20, 2016.

Seeking poetry, rants, fiction about the U.S. election

Columbia Journal (New York) seeks submissions for their first themed feature: The Election & Politics. Accepting poetry, essays, nonfiction, fiction, translated works, literary rants, polemics, prayers, and speeches about “whatever burns brightest in your heart when we say the words ‘election’ or ‘politics.'” Deadline: November 7, 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.

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.

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.