The University of Toronto’s speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial, is currently looking for fiction, poetry, articles, essays, graphic fiction, novel excerpts, book/movie reviews, etc. Particularly interested in topics that touch upon other cultures and marginalized groups, whether it’s discussing literature no one has heard of from another country, or addressing social justice issue in a speculative work. Articles 500-1200 words, or pitched proposals for topics of interest. Deadline: ongoing.
The Cossack Review is looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and works in translation for their next print and online issues. Send 3-6 poems, one story, or one essay. Especially interested in thoughtful, diverse work.
The Malahat Review seeks submissions of creative nonfiction to its annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Entries can include: personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography. Looking for work that is enhanced by description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. Length: 2000-3000 words. Entry fee: $35 and $45 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 1, 2016.
KAPSULA is looking for pieces that speak to the concept of finality in art. More specifically, writers are asked to highlight a topic specific to the period that KAPSULA has been produced: 2013–2016. What, in the broad sense, has led us to THE END? Open to abstracts, proposals, and finished papers. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
It’s Not Personal is a new project inspired by the female dating experience. Looking for art and writing submissions that are related to the topic of dating. The final project will be a magazine or book with a likely publication date of Fall 2016. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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 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.
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.
Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. Currently seeking “gutsy narratives” up to 4,000 words. Particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.). Deadline: Rolling.
Beautiful Minds Magazine seeks young adult narratives of mental health and mental illness. Looking for personal essays, memoir, and journalism pieces, as well as art and photography. Length: 500 words minimum. OK to send excerpts of longer pieces. Deadline: Ongoing.
Online literary magazine Cargo focuses on narrative and growth through travel and exploration. Seeks creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry, book reviews, visual art, and photography. Prefers work that evokes a strong sense of character, setting, movement, and the internal journey — writing that asks us to slow down and consider our past for a moment. Deadline: Rolling.
Ekphrastic is a new online journal of art and writing, seeking poetry, flash fiction, and short essays inspired by visual art. We will consider writing about any work of art, but hope you will use the writing prompts and exercises on the site, too. Deadline: Ongoing.
Quilt of Life, a new bi-weekly blog invites submissions about mentoring, foster care, and adoption. Welcomes prose (1000–2500 words) poetry (up to five), photography, and art. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.