Entries are open for Arc’s 2017 Poem of the Year Contest. First prize: $5000. Length: 100 lines max.Shortlist of 10 to 12 poems will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Shortlisted poems receive paid publication. Open to international entrants. Entry fee: $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: February 1, 2017.
In/Words Magazine and Press (Carleton University) seek submissions for Issue 16.3. Theme: Digital Love. Looking for your awkward meetings, horror stories, and happy endings. Submit poetry (up to 5) and fiction (1500 words max). Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Brick Books (Canada) publishes poetry books by new and established Canadian writers (citizens and landed immigrants.) Submit full manuscript. Interested in work from a broad a range of aesthetics and experiences, and encourages submissions from indigenous, racialized, and LGBTQ+ poets. Deadline: April 30, 2017.
Bywords.ca invites poetry submissions from current and former Ottawa, Ontario residents, students, and workers for their monthly online magazine. Pays $40 per published poem. Poems published between September 2016 and August 2017 are considered for the John Newlove Poetry Award. Length: 45 lines and 250 words max. Deadline: 15th of each month.
PANK will begin publishing full length books in 2017. Looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Send them “something that screams.” Reading fee: $25. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
Small, independent press, The Lost Sparrow (US), is accepting submissions of new, original, and unpublished works. Looking for poetry and prose that “breathe life back into the world.” Submit poetry (under 50 lines preferred) and short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, essays, thoughts, and dreams (3500 words max.). Deadline: January 31, 2017.
ArtAscent invites submissions for their next digital/print publication. Theme: Bliss. Accepts fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2017.
The Quill Magazine (Canada) invites entries for their debut issue (launching end of January). Accepts all forms of prose, poetry, and script from new writers only. Length: 20,000 words max — prefers work under 10,000 words. No blood, sex, violence, gore, or drug use that doesn’t directly drive the story. Deadline: Ongoing.
Beside the Point, an online and print creative writing journal published at Camosun, a community college in Victoria, BC, invites submissions for the next issue. Theme: What does “community” mean to you? Accepts prose, poetry, images (work may be reproduced in b&w) or a combination of these. Length: 2500 words max. Also publishes comics 8 pages max.). Deadline: January 28, 2017.
Entries are invited for the Don’t Talk To Me About Love Poetry Contest. First prize: $1000. Looking for poetry that explores love in any of its myriad expressions: romantic, platonic, parental, and more. Entry fee: $20 (for 1-3 poems). Deadline: February 14, 2017.
Synaeresis: arts + poetry (Canada) invites submissions for their debut issue. Looking for poetry (1 to 3 poems) and flash fiction (1 to 2 stories). Open to international writers. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Lunch Ticket’s publication Amuse-Bouche: Spotlight is looking for creative nonfiction, fiction, flash prose, poetry, literary translation & multilingual text, and YA (13+). Deadline: January 31, 2017.
The Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1000 each. Submit a single poem or cycle of poems 10-20 pages long. Entry fee: $40 US. Deadline: February 1, 2017.
Print literary journal Grain is accepting submissions for upcoming issue. Open to poetry (individual poems, sequences, or suites) and fiction and literary nonfiction (3500 words max). Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus three copies of the issue. Submission window open until May 31, 2017.
Online literature and art quarterly The Matador Review (Chicago, Illinois) seeks submissions for the Spring 2017 issue. Invites poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Promotes “alternative work.” Deadline: February 28, 2017.
Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing seeks poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and photography/art for their Spring 2017 issue. Publishes work by established and emerging writers. Deadline: January 31, 2017.
Popshot (UK) seeks short fiction and poetry submissions for its forthcoming 17th issue. Theme: ‘Future.’ Looking for poems of up to 25 lines and short stories of up to 3,000 words. Deadline: January 26, 2017.
The East End Fringe Festival, is a new theater and poetry festival on the east end of Long Island, NY, are looking for new plays and poetry for Summer 2017. “Dedicated to connecting adventurous emerging and established artists with appreciative audiences to foster the growth of creative arts on Long Island.” Plays: 6 characters, up to 90 minutes. Poetry: 2 poems/pages. Deadline: March 16, 2017
Writers who identify as “first-generation college,” as well as those who support the first-generation community, are encouraged to submit to First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience. This is a peer-reviewed journal of creative writing, visual and recorded art, and scholarly work from the first-generation college community. Accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, spoken word, drama, literary analysis, research, and multimedia works. Deadline: March 15, 2016.
Seeking submissions on the theme of “Calgary untold.” What don’t we know about Calgary? The wrong side of the tracks, the dark spaces, the secret places, hide aways, and revelations. What is the other side of Calgary? The outsides? The wilderness within city limits, the boundaries, doorways, passages, etc. What is “off script” about Calgary? Looking for poetry, prose poetry, or poetic essay. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Editors: Micheline Maylor, Bruce Hunter, and Joan Shillington (Frontenac House Press). Deadline: Deadline: May 31, 2017.