Milk Journal (US) is accepting writing and art for its January 2017 issue. Looking for “writing that echoes in our heads and root themselves under our skin. Make us uncomfortable. Show us with words.” Accepting fiction and nonfiction (5000 words max.) and poetry (3-5 poems in a single document). Deadline: November 30, 2016.
The Golden Key has reopened to submissions after a hiatus. Theme for Issue 7: Resurrected things. Seeking stories and poems, literary and speculative, that are alive-again — revived, resuscitated, revivified. Not interested in religious allegory, either explicit or implicit. Deadline: December 31, 2016.
Bonk! is an experimental print publication looking for writing and art. Theme for next issue: LINES (open to interpretation but include comment on how the submission fits with the theme). Open to fiction, journalism, poetry, essays, reviews, musings, ideas, weirdnesses, and sounds. “Be bold.” Deadline: November 30, 2016.
Entries are invited for the 2nd annual Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize. First prize: $500, second prize $150, and third prize $50. All three published in an upcoming issue. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Demeter Press invites submissions for an anthology, When All Else Fails: Motherhood in Precarious Times. Submit poetry (to 250 words), fiction (1500-3000 words), essays and creative nonfiction (3000-5000 words) exploring the present, past and future of mothers/mothering in times of austerity and upheaval. Send abstracts and submissions to editors Dannielle Joy Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Anita Dolman (email@example.com), and Barbara Schwartz-Bechet (firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline is for non-fiction abstracts (250-500 words), poetry and fiction. Deadline: November 15, 2016 (extended).
Quarterly online poetry magazine The Mackinac (Canada) seeks work “where the stakes are always high.” Appreciates 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.
The oldest literary magazine at New York University, The Minetta Review, is open for submissions. Welcomes prose, poetry, art, thought experiments, manifestos, love letters, and even grocery lists. Deadline: November 1, 2016. Note: Nov. 1 deadline confirmed by editor; not reflected on website.
Tethered by Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction 2016 Fall Writing Contest. Three categories: short stories of any genre ranging (1000-7500 words), flash fiction (750 words max.), and poetry (up to three pages). Prizes: $1000 for fiction and $300 for poetry and flash. Winners also published in a future issue of F(r)iction. Encourages submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style. Entry fees. Deadline: November 1, 2016.
Sun Star Review is open to submissions for the Winter 2017 issue. Seeking prose (fiction, nonfiction, flash, long, or unclassifiable), poetry, and mixed media work. Prefer nuance to flash, looks for depth and emotional resonance, and appreciates risk taking and ambitiousness if the ambition is earnest. Loves work that plays with craft and genre. Deadline: November 15, 2016.
Peacock Journal, a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks submissions of fiction, translations, nonfiction, and poetry. Wants to read “your most beautiful work however you define the term.” Deadline: Rolling.
Vallum (Canada) seeks submissions for their next issue. Theme: Evolution. Evolution has been instrumental to developments in science, industry, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, posthuman and technological advances, spirituality, relationships, and even the historical progression of “mind.” How does the idea of evolving, in its many possible forms, translate into poetry? Deadline: November 20, 2016.
Columbia Journal (New York) seeks submissions for their first themed feature: The Election & Politics. Accepting poetry, essays, nonfiction, fiction, translated works, literary rants, polemics, prayers, and speeches about “whatever burns brightest in your heart when we say the words ‘election’ or ‘politics.'” Deadline: November 7, 2016.
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.
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.
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.