Online journal The Turnip Truck(s) seeks creative and critical submissions concerned with the dialectics of the human and its environment(s). Submit one essay/story or five poems. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
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. Guidelines.
The Los Angeles Review invites submissions for Vol. 20. Theme: Ekphrasis. Publishes fiction (“hard-to-put-down shorts”) under 1000 words as well as sequences of such shorts and/or stand-alone lengthier stories up to 4,000 words; nonfiction (1000-4000 words); flash nonfiction (“that cat-burgles expectations”), poetry and book reviews. Reading fee: $3. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.
Shit Girls Like is a new zine celebrating girls and women. Seeking poetry, personal essays and fiction are all accepted. Write about your friends, your lovers, your mothers and sisters. Write about yourselves. Write about what sucks and write about what you adore. Art also accepted. All submissions must be able to fit on one A5 page. Deadline: September 30, 2015. Send submissions and short bio with Shit Girls Like in your email subject to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines.
Bad Movies, a new magazine dedicated to personal stories about pop culture, seeks submissions for its next issue. Theme: Cult. Length: 500 words minimum, a max of something readable in one sitting. Publishes personal essays, fiction, memoir, poetry, and art. Submissions from women, LGBTQ people, and people of color entered into a $60 writing contest. Deadline: September 30, 2015. Guidelines.
Online monthly magazine KAPSULA (Toronto) seeks submissions for its next issue. Theme: Good Measure. Welcomes all genres of cultural analysis, including academic essays and book chapters, but places special emphasis on exploratory art writing and alternative formats such as fictocriticism, interviews, journaling, photo essays, short stories, annotations, data analysis, and video projects. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.
The Puritan: Frontiers of New English (online quarterly) seeks poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, and reviews for Issue 31: Fall 2015. Boundary-pushing encouraged; however, there is room for any work that is original, intelligent, and engaging. Payment: $15-$100. Deadline: September 25, 2015. Guidelines.
Bi-annual online lit journal Bear Review seeks submissions for their third issue. Looking for poems, non-fiction and micro prose (500 words max.) by emerging and established writers. “Psyched to read poems and micro pieces from any aesthetic in any variant of the English language, so long as the work keeps the fire stoked.” Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines. Also running a contest ($10 entry fee, $100 + copies prize) with August 31 deadline.
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about marriage. Essays must be vivid and dramatic, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. First prize: $1,000. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Marriage” issue of the magazine to be published in spring 2016. Reading fee: $20-$25. Deadline: August 31, 2015. Guidelines.
The Malahat Review (BC) is accepting entries for the 2015 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. First prize: $1000 and publication. Length: 2000-3000 words. Likes the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, biography. Entry fee: $35-45 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 1, 2015. Guidelines.
Stained Pages Press is looking for long-form writing about Canadian food, to be published online as part of a weekly feature. Looking for fiction, essays, fully-researched articles and personal essays about food — either by a Canadian or featuring Canadian food items. Payment: 50% of all profits from donations to the site (PayPal tipjar & Patreon) during the week that your work is featured. Guidelines.
In Fact Books (US) seeks original stories that address — either directly or obliquely — the trials of living with mental illness for an upcoming anthology tentatively titled Beyond Crazy: True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: February, 9, 2015. Guidelines.
Online journal Wild Quarterly seeks work that intersects with culture. Encourages new, emerging, and established writers. Length: 2000 words max. Accepts fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, stand-alone novel excerpts, poetry (up to 3), memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction. Also interested in art and photography, plus reviews and interviews. Deadline: Open submissions.
Caitlin Press (BC) is currently seeking submissions by Canadian women for the upcoming anthology on travelling alone. Submissions must be non-fiction, 1000-6000 words. Looking for work that explores not only the broad range of experiences of women travelling alone but the concept of aloneness — from the thrill of independence to the threat or tragic reality of violence, to one’s role in the world. Interested in the humorous, the tragic, the poignant, but submissions must go beyond the typical travel narratives found in adventure magazines. Deadline: August 15, 2014.
Online U.S. magazine The Round Up Writer’s Zine is looking for fresh, emerging writers looking for a place to share their work with like-minded people. Interested in short stories, nonfiction, poetry, quirky essays, and personal musings. Prefers submissions that are transgressive, dark and gritty. Snarky or sarcastic, edgy and/or possibly offensive are welcome. Deadline: September 30, 2014.
- Guidelines: roundupzine.com/submit