The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, is accepting work for their third issue (Winter 2017 publication). Looking for poetry, fiction, flash fiction, translations, and creative nonfiction. Identifies as an “alternative” magazine with the purpose to to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Island Verse Story Lab invites entries for the Lily’s Pond Poetry Prize. Submit chapbook length poetry manuscripts, 22–28 pages. Winner receives $100 honorarium, publication by Island Verse Editions, and 25 author copies. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Independent literary and arts publication The Quilliad (Toronto) seeks writing and art for their October issue. Theme: Halloween. Looking for literary science fiction, apocalyptic stories and poetry, retold/re-imagined fairy tales/folklore/myths, horror, dark or strange art, and other spooky, speculative, or macabre work. Payment: $13 honorarium, contributor copy, and free launch admission. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
What Fresh Witch Is This?, a feminist publishing platform for new writing devoted to the strange, the transgressive, and the mischievous, seeks submissions for their debut issue. Looking for fiction and creative non-fiction (4000 words max.), flash fiction (70-500 words), poetry and/or spells, and visual projects. Them: place and precarity. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
ArtAscent is seeking submissions on the theme of “spooky.” Looking for stories, poetry, and artwork that is eerie, haunting, sinister, ghostly, uneasy, frightening, uncanny, dark, hidden, unearthy, mysterious or weird. Selected pieces are published online and in print, and marketed in social media. Submission fees: $10-$45. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
The Malahat Review (Victoria, BC) invites entries for its annual Open Season Awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. First prize in each category: $1500. Each submission must be either 3 poems; a 2500-word fiction story; or a 2500-word creative nonfiction piece. Entry fee is $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Biannual journal Lunch Ticket (California) is accepting submissions for the Winter/Spring 2017 issue. Publishes fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, YA 13+, and visual art. like work that sparks conversation about social justice and community activism. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Quarterly online magazine 3Elements Review is accepting submissions for Issue 13. The following three words must be used the submission: Thread, Glaze, and Murmur. Accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Issue will be released January 1. Deadline: October 31, 2016.
Entries are open for the Vancouver Writers Fest’s Short Story & Poetry Contest. Prizes awarded to the top two entries in poetry (500 words max.) and fiction (1500 words max.) Fiction first prize: Free tuition for an upcoming online course offered by UBC Creative Writing + $300 cash prize + publication. Poetry first prize: $500 cash prize + publication. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 23, 2016.
Sequestrum is open to entries for the second annual New Writer Awards. Prizes total $500. Submit prose (fiction & creative nonfiction up to 12000 words) and poetry (up to 3 poems); $200 first prize in each category. $15 entry fee. Deadline: October 15, 2016.
The Round Up Zine is currently looking for shorts, poems and art for their fall edition. Prefers work that is edgy, dark and transgressive, gritty, or off-the-beaten-path. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
Platypus Press (UK) invites submissions for a special project, 2412: “Twenty-four mini-digital-chapbooks, one per day, through the first 24 days of December.” Seeking prose (1500 words max) and poetry (up to 5 poems of no more than 30 lines each). The mini-chapbooks will be available digitally and free for everyone. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
Long Exposure Magazine (UK) is seeking submissions of poetry and flash fiction under 700 words for their fourth issue. Accepts writing on any theme or subject. Of particular interest: work in the Ekphrastic genre or that engages in some way with the visual arts. Deadline: September 30, 2016.
87 Bedford is a young literary short story magazine and online curator of creative content. Seeking submissions of short fiction, micro/flash fiction, serial fiction, poetry, spoken-word, art & photography, and other amalgams of creative media. Prefers stories to have a literary bent but “that shouldn’t exclude compelling genre-y tales of passion, mystery or the speculative.” No submission fees. Pays $10 per short story, $5 for everything else. Deadline: ongoing.
Hypertrophic Literary (AL) is open to submissions for upcoming issues. Looking for pieces that evoke a physical reaction, make readers feel something: joy, nausea, shock, desperation. Open to submissions of poetry, fiction, excerpts, and nonfiction. Hypertrophic accepts work in all genres and “[doesn’t] care who you are, if you’ve been published before, if it’s your first book or seventy-fourth.”
PRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up). Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.
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.
Quarterly online magazine The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems. Deadline: Ongoing.
Zoetic Press seeks full-length manuscripts of fiction, short story collections, hybrid work, poetry and creative nonfiction. Less concerned about genre, subject or style, and more concerned about beauty of language, innovation of idea, and skill at execution. Length: at least 50,000 words. Deadline: Rolling.
WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.