Seeking writing about the senior’s life

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.

Wanted: Poetry that leaves blood behind

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.

New art & lit journal seeks submissions

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 Currently seeking previously unpublished nonfiction and fiction (including blurred genre hybrid) under 1,000 words, plus poetry and visual art.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.

Seeking poetic responses to sexual assault

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 nickita.longman@uregina.ca. Deadline: September 15, 2016.

Wanted: Dark, discouraged, hopeless writing. Maybe optimistic.

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.

Poetry & prose contest for adults & youth

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.

Write about killing your lawn … or gardening

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 chrysaliszine@gmail.com. Deadline: May 16, 2016.

Writing on social justice wanted for debut issue

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.

€1000 prize for poetry chapbook

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.

Seeking stories of Canadian immigrants

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.

Has Northeast Texas influenced you? Poetry wanted.

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.

Short story contest with $200 prize

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.

Toronto journal seeks arts & culture pieces

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.

Seeking the fearless in women’s arts & letters

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.

$300 poetry prize for Ontario writers

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.

Christian lit mag seeks submissions

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 journal wants your Allende + Poe

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.

Looking for work that moves and surprises

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.