WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.
Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine (NC), which explores the wide spectrum of the senior citizen’s life, seeks pieces for the next issue. Open to poetry, short fiction, creative essay, memoir and book reviews from anyone, anywhere. Welcomes any topic, and in any voice or style. Main criteria: the work needs to be good: it should engage the reader/viewer, enrich our experience. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Black Napkin Press is currently seeking submissions of art and poetry for their inaugural digital publication and future issues. From the editor: “We want your weird, we want your provocative, we want the poems that you need in the world. We like poetry that forces a reader to feel, poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.” Deadline: Rolling.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest. Open to humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing from international writers. Prizes in two categories, free (£50) and paid (£100 – with £5 entry fee). Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Submissions are open for the debut issue of November Bees, a quarterly online art and literature journal. Currently seeking previously unpublished nonfiction and fiction (including blurred genre hybrid) under 1,000 words, plus poetry and visual art. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
University of Regina Press and poet Sue Goyette are asking poets to submit to a collection that addresses the issue of sexual assault, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, rape culture and the ongoing quest for justice. Open to international submissions. Pieces can be sent by mail (University of Regina Press, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: September 15, 2016.
New quarterly Flytrap Uprising is accepting submissions for their second issue. Looking for noir–noir fiction, noir poetry, and articles about noir topics. Editor’s note: Noir is more than detective stories. Seeking “your dark, your discouraged, your hopeless, but also your light at the end of the tunnel.” Deadline: August 31, 2016.
The Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group invites entries from adults and youth for the 2016 Write on the Lake Contest. First prize: $100. Categories: Poetry (3 pages or 1500 words max), fiction (2500 words max.), and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) Entry fees: Adult – $20 and youth (under 18 years) – $10. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Entries are invited for the 2016 Arizona Mystery Writers Annual Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest. Entry fee: $15. First prize: $200. Submit mystery, suspense, or thriller stories, 2500 words max. Contest is open to all. Contact email@example.com with questions. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Chrysalis (Canada) is creating a gardening zine, “Kill Your Lawn”, with the first print edition set to be released in late May. Seeking creative writing (of any kind), how-tos, and art about gardening, permaculture, self-sufficiency, and homesteading. Also accepting submissions on an ongoing basis for both print and online content. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: May 16, 2016.
immix Magazine (US), a new online journal focused on social justice matters, seeks essays, personal narratives and political cartoons for their first issue. Length: 5000 words max. Topics must be related to social justice or other social matters. Encourages pieces on gender/sexuality, health, politics, and the environment. After first issue, rolling deadline.
Entries are invited for the Fool For Poetry International Chapbook Competition. (Ireland) First prize: €1000, chapbook publication, and 50 free copies. Winning poets also offered a reading at the 2017 Cork International Poetry Festival (includes three nights’ accommodation). At least one of the prizewinners guaranteed to be a debutante publication. Entry fee: €25. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
New monthly journal Indestructible seeks works of speculative fiction featuring LGTB+ characters. Length: 500-20000 words. Payment: $5 Amazon gift card. Deadline: Rolling.
Caitlin Press is seeking submissions by Canadian women, including queer and trans-women, for an anthology on Canada’s immigrants (migrants, refugees or others who identify with the immigrant label). Looking for deeper topics such as dealing with the sense of loneliness, alienation and disconnection from one’s old home, reconciling different cultural values, or coping with surprises (enjoyable, shocking or unpleasant) of one’s new life in Canada. Submit nonfiction 1000-4000 words. Submissions of the children of immigrants telling their parents’ stories will also be considered. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
The Paris Poets Society (US) is accepting entries for its group poetry and photography exhibition/book, What Brings You Here? The exhibition/book will explore the personal experiences and memories of those living in or visiting Northeast Texas and their artistic journeys — what brings them to the place they now find themselves. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
Lost Documents, a literary journal from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, seeks prose submissions for their 3rd and 4th issues. Submit flash fiction and short stories to email@example.com.
Dying Dahlia Review seeks flash fiction and poetry by women writers. Submit up to 5 poems or 3 flash fiction stories (1000 words max.). No racist, homophobic, pornographic or violent writing accepted. Deadline: rolling.
Bauhan Publishing invites entries for the sixth annual May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, awarded to a book-length collection of poetry (50-80 pages). Prize: $1,000, publication, and 100 copies of the published book along with distribution through the University Press of New England (UPNE). Entry fee: $25. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
The Elora Writers Festival invites entries for the 2016 EWF Short Story Contest. First prizes: Adult = $200, Teen = $200, Youth (14-under) = $150. Entry fee: $15 for writers age 20+. Adult category open to Canadian residents; teen/youth entrants must be residents of Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton or Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions. Deadline: April 6, 2016.
Flash fiction podcast No Extra Words seeks stories 2,000 words max, with a preference for stories under 1,000 words. Accepts reprints and loves emerging writers. No reading fees or deadlines.
Swept is a magazine based in Toronto that promotes and investigates arts and culture with an emphasis on Canadian content. Currently looking for short stories, poetry, photos, and journalistic stories/articles/op-eds. Presently unpaid; goal to start paying contributors by September 2016. Deadline: ongoing.
The Minola Review welcomes arts and letters from all female-identifying writers. Interested in work that is fearless and unsympathetic and goes where others are uncomfortable or afraid to go. Open to submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews. Deadline: rolling.
New online Tumblr-based zine Violet Rising is accepting nature-inspired submissions. Publishes poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, art, and mixed media. Deadline: Rolling.
The Banister (Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association) is holding their 31st annual poetry contest. First prize: $300. Open to residents of Ontario, Canada. Entry fee: $15 for 3 poems. Deadline: May 31, 2016.
Online journal Praise Writers is relaunching and looking for submissions. Poems, stories, articles, devotionals and testimonies must mention “Jesus,” “God,” or “Holy Spirit.” Deadline: June 1, 2016.
New online lit mag Dulcet Quarterly seeks submissions. Looking for poetry and short fiction (3,000 words max). Kind of writing they like: “Isabel Allende mixed with Edgar Allen Poe.” Encourages submissions from POC & LGBT+ communities.
Print and online journal Dumas de Demain, The French Literary Magazine is accepting submissions for their Autumn 2016 issue. Accepts French poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, art, photography and spoken word from writers under 25. Encourages all styles and genre of French writing. Deadline: Rolling.
Scrivener Creative Review is open for submissions for their annual print journal. Looking for prose, poetry, art/photography, and reviews. Submit prose and book reviews (2500 words max.) and up to six poems. Deadline: March 7, 2016.
New online literary journal Walk Through The Fire is accepting submissions of poetry and short fiction from young and emerging writers. Looking for work that moves and surprises. Submit one story/essay (2000 words max.) or 5 poems. Not a fan of swearing. Deadline: rolling.