Tethered by Letters is offering $1600 in first prizes in their F(r)iction Spring Literary Competition. Winners also considered for publication. Three categories: short stories of any genre, flash fiction, and poetry. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1, 2016.
The Matador Review, an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, seeks submissions for their second issue (Fall 2016). Publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. Self-described as an “alternative” magazine that promotes work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Popshot Magazine (UK) seeks short fiction and poetry submissions for its sixteenth issue. Theme: “Hope.” Looking for poems of up to 25 lines and short stories of up to 2,500 words. Deadline: July 24, 2016.
Freefall (AB) is accepting open submissions for the next issue. Poetry, short story & novel excerpts, nonfiction, writing related or general audience topics, creative nonfiction, plays, and postcard stories. Pays $10 page for fiction and $25 per poem. Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Forage Poetry (UK/US) is looking for intelligent, honest poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and reviews from poets and writers who focus on the particularities of their encounters with the world. Looks for writing “that is accessible, and that reaches into that space between our heads and our hearts to open a door to something we had almost missed.” Current theme: the Poetry of Tragedy. Off-theme work also welcome. Deadline: July 20, 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.”
The University of Toronto’s speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial, is currently looking for fiction, poetry, articles, essays, graphic fiction, novel excerpts, book/movie reviews, etc. Particularly interested in topics that touch upon other cultures and marginalized groups, whether it’s discussing literature no one has heard of from another country, or addressing social justice issue in a speculative work. Articles 500-1200 words, or pitched proposals for topics of interest. Deadline: ongoing.
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.
Children’s publisher Annick Press (Canada) is seeking true stories of bravest moments for a YA non-fiction anthology. The format of the testimonial can be in one of many different mediums (prose, poetry, photography, illustration, etc.). Contact Robbie Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org for full details. Deadline: June 30, 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.
3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 12 (released October 1). The following three words must be incorporated into poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions: Relic, Passageway, and Kiss. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements. No reading fee. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Room Magazine is looking for short stories, poems, essays, and art for issue 40.1. Theme: Food. Possible angles: eating for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. Could relate to cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. No submission fee. Payment: $50+. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
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.
Online journal Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is accepting submissions of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, features, and artwork for the Fall 2016 issue. Deadline: August 15, 2016.
WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.
Black Napkin Press is currently seeking submissions of art and poetry for their inaugural digital publication and future issues. From the editor: “We want your weird, we want your provocative, we want the poems that you need in the world. We like poetry that forces a reader to feel, poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.” Deadline: Rolling.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
University of Regina Press and poet Sue Goyette are asking poets to submit to a collection that addresses the issue of sexual assault, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, rape culture and the ongoing quest for justice. Open to international submissions. Pieces can be sent by mail (University of Regina Press, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2) or emailed to email@example.com. Deadline: September 15, 2016.