Online literary journal and small press Pictures and Portraits (Toronto) seeks experimental prose and character studies from Canadian writers. Accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Length: 2500 words or less. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Small independent journal The Quilliad (Toronto) seeks flash fiction, short stories, poetry, comics, photography, and art from Canadian writers and artists. Looking for literary science fiction and horror; magic realism; fairy tales, folk tales, myths, and legends; monsters, death, magic, and fear. Submit 1-5 pieces. Deadline: October 20, 2015. Payment: $12 honorarium plus copy. 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.
PRISM international is accepting submissions for their 2016 Poetry Contest, judged by Kayla Czaga. First prize: $1500 + publication. More prizes available. Maximum of three poems per entry. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 20, 2016. Guidelines.
Tethered By Letters is accepting submissions for the TBL Fall Literary Contest. Categories: Short story (1000-7500 words; $500 prize); flash fiction (55, 250, or 500 words; $150 prize); and poetry ($150 prize). Looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. Winners published in F(r)iction. Entry fees: $7-$15. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.
Another New Calligraphy publishes limited-edition, handmade books in Chicago. Seeks work that balances originality and sincerity, and writing that “exists within its own space, rather than making concessions to genre or attempts at mass accessibility.” Prefers shorter written material (poetry and short-form nonfiction writing). Deadline: Open.
Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review welcome entries for the third annual Wild Light contest. First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Submit up to three poems, 200 lines each. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Entry fee: $25. Guidelines.
Biennial journal JONAHmagazine (Canada) seeks submissions for its next issue: poetry, prose, true stories, lies, memoir. Likes: “Journeys, in space, in time, in the heart, or in the mind. Beginnings, endings, triumph and loss, odysseys of the soul. Fish stories, BIG fish stories. Stories that come from the soul, or steal it.” Length: 2500 words max; up to 3 poems. Welcomes international submissions. Deadline: October 15, 2015. Guidelines.
The Sunflower Collective is looking for poems, prose, artwork and photographs submissions. Seeks work that celebrates the personal and the political in art. Looking for poetry (up to 5), prose (fiction, nonfiction, memoir and experimental; 2000-3000 words). Deadline: December 31, 2015. Guidelines.
Lunch Ticket (published by MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles) is accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, YA fiction and nonfiction, short and flash fiction, translation and multi-lingual texts, and art for its Summer/Fall 2015 issue. Deadline: October 31, 2015. Guidelines.
The James Franco Review seeks submissions for its next issue. Theme: Pushing boundaries (sexuality, gender identity, nationality, race, class, politics, literary form.) Not looking for work that imitates or satirizes James Franco’s work. Poetry: 3-5 poems. Prose: 8000 words max. Deadline: September 30, 2015. Guidelines.
Room Magazine seeks submissions for issue 39.3, “Canadian Gothic.” From grim realism to the supernatural, writers are invited to explore manifestations of the gothic genre in Canadian literature and art. Seeking fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art. Submission fee. Payment: $50-$120 upon publication. Deadline: January 31, 2016. Guidelines.
Teenage Wasteland Review seeks submissions from teenagers ages 13 to 19 Issue #2. Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions will also be considered for the Muriel Avellaneda Prize for Young Writers. Poetry: 3 poems max; prose: 5000 words max. Deadline: November 30, 2015. Guidelines.
Devil’s Lake Journal (University of Wisconsin, Madison) is accepting submissions for their annual Driftless Prize in Poetry. Prize: $1000 + publication in the Spring 2016 issue. Entry fee: $15. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake. Submit two poems (5 pages max.) or one story (4500 words max.). Deadline: October 15, 2015. Guidelines.