Monthly online journal Pithead Chapel (US) seeks gutsy narratives (literary fiction and nonfiction). Length: 4000 words max. Particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.). Reads year-round. Guidelines.
Collaborative publisher Elephantine Publishing (US) is accepting manuscript submissions for the following genres: YA and NA paranormal urban fantasy, and contemporary. Likes commercial women’s fiction, ecolit, sci-fi, romance, erotica, and particularly, coming of age stories. Query first, following guidelines.
Ricky’s Back Yard is an online magazine with four print specials per year. Open to graphic short stories and verbal text entries, flash fiction to longer short stories (12k words). Looking for work that says “Jesus, that gave me a nightmare.” Prefers writing that is strong, punk, dark, humorous, and just strange enough to be true. Theme: Cult. Deadline: May 4, 2015.
Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.
Stories of LGBTTQI battering wanted for anthology Never Say I Didn’t Bring You Flowers. Looking for works of creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, cross-genre work and fiction. Send 3-5 poems; 1000-5000 words max. prose. Deadline: February 1, 2015. Guidelines.
The Flexible Persona is a biweekly literary journal that publishes fiction in audio and print format. Publishes engaging, character-driven fiction. Like stories of how characters sustain themselves in the context of relationships and communities. Length: 1200-6600 words. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is reading for their Spring 2015 issue. Welcomes poetry, short fiction, nonfiction and artwork, excerpts from traditionally published collections, and proposals for feature-length interviews and articles on the craft of writing. Deadline: February 15, 2015. Guidelines.
Understorey Magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, audio/video and art about motherhood. Publishes work by writers who self-identify as women and live in or have a close connection to Nova Scotia. Understorey aims for diversity of experience, perspective and style. Pay: $25-50 for accepted work. Deadline: January 15, 2015.
Kingston University Creative Writing MA blog Words, Pauses, Noises is looking for submissions of short fiction (up to 1,500 words), poetry (up to three poems), flash fiction, non-fiction, interviews with prominent literary figures, book reviews, and original artwork. New work is published every Sunday. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines.
The Dream Quest One.com invites international entries for their Poetry & Writing Contest. Accepting poems (30 lines max.) and short stories (5 pages max.) on any subject or theme. First prize poetry: $250US; first prize short fiction: $500US. Entry fees: $5US (poetry) and $10US (fiction). Deadline: December 31, 2014.