Online and print UK journal WILDNESS wants work that evokes the unknown. Seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their third issue (April 2016). Length: 2500 words or 80 lines max. Deadline: March 4, 2016.
Tumblr site PROM zine seeks poetry, nonfiction, and short stories about prom — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Length: 500 words max. Planning for spring publishing date. All accepted submissions receive a hard copy of the zine. Deadline: March 6, 2016.
The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers worldwide. First prize: £1000; 19 additional prizes available. Theme and subject open. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: £8 per story. Shortlisted writers published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
UK quarterly online magazine Novelty seeks submissions for Issue 3. Theme: “Under the skin” — literally (skin as the natural limit of being human) and figuratively (obsession or irritation). Accepts essays, articles, columns, fiction, and art. Deadline: February 8, 2016.
Galleon is looking for fiction and poetry for issue V. Publishes work by Atlantic Canadians or related to the region, but there is room for submissions “from away.” Fiction: 5000 words max. Poetry: 100 lines max. Payment: One copy. Deadline: May 1, 2016.
New podcast No Resemblance (Canada) is looking for stories of lives lived and paths taken that in no way bear any resemblance to everyday life. Seeks authors who want to hear their pieces read aloud in some combination of audiobook and podcast form. Short fiction (max 4,000 words) should be gripping and adventurous, with a taut plotline and compelling, active characters. Any genres welcome. Open to international subs. Deadline: April 30, 2016.
Effervescent Magazine invites submissions for Issue 1. Theme: Juvenescence — “works that illustrate youth, that brim with the ephemeral magic of discovery, of new experiences.” Open to prose, poetry, and random creative thoughts. Deadline: March 25, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016. First prize: US$250. All long-listed entries (top 10-15) published in an anthology; non-prize winning published entries paid US$50 each. Theme: None. Genre: Open to literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. Length: 1500-7000 words. Entry fee: US$10. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
Quarterly litmag Halcyon Days is accepting for stories, poems, and articles. Looking for peaceful and “keep calm” themes. Deadline: March 10, 2016.
Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.
Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. Currently seeking “gutsy narratives” up to 4,000 words. Particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.). Deadline: Rolling.
Exile Publishing seeks stories about climate change for The Goethe Glass: An Anthology of Fiction about Climate Change (Canada). Topic: climate change and its consequences. Open to literary fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, etc. Length: 2000-7000 words. Stories previously published in a magazine or journal OK. Payment: $0.05/word and contributor’s copy. Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Kaaterskill Basin Literary Journal (US) is accepting writing for Issue 1.2 (Spring 2016). Open to flash fiction (250-1000 words), short fiction (1001-5000 words) and poetry. Theme: Winged things (angels, owls, dragons, butterflies, ravens, mosquitoes, faeries, fireflies, pterodactyls, phoenixes, flying monkeys). Aesthetic is “strange and beautiful.” Likes quirky or dark literary fiction, magical realism or realism edged with myth and folklore, light sci-fi and fantasy, and weird tales.
The Freshwater Review (US), an annual journal of literature and art, is accepting submissions. $250 each awarded to best poem and prose piece. No entry fee. Deadline: February 15, 2016.
Don’t Talk To Me About Love invites entries for their first literary contest. First prize: $1000 plus manuscript review. Open to fiction and nonfiction (2000 words max.) and poetry (75 lines max.). Looking for exploration on what love means to you, whether romantic, platonic, parental, or otherwise. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: February 14, 2016.
Passages is an annual poetry and short fiction competition hosted by Carleton University. This year’s theme: “Encounters with Technology.” Age categories: under 18 and 18+. Canadian and international entries welcome. Entry fee: $10. First and second-place winners featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2016 by In/Words Magazine and Press; also cash and books. Deadline: February 19, 2016.
Tethered By Letters invites entries for the F(r)iction Winter Writing Contests. Three categories: short story (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction (up to 750 words), and poetry (max of three pages per poem). Encourages work that takes risks in theme, content, or aesthetic. Their motto: Publish Weird. Winners published in F(r)iction, (trianually-printed). All finalists will receive free professional editing on their submission and will be considered for later publication. Prizes of US$1000 – short story, US$300 – flash fiction, US$300 (USD) – poetry. Entry fees: $10-18. Deadline: March 31, 2016.
TYPEFACE Magazine is a new monthly literary journal that aims to be eclectic, accessible, and fun to read. Seeking short fiction (10,000 words words max), poetry, and artwork. Advice for writers: No erotica or senseless or gratuitous violence; beyond that, no boundaries. Deadline: Ongoing.
Visages Magazine invites submissions of flash fiction and nonfiction, short stories (up to 5,000 words) and poetry. Seeks work that admires the less seen aspects of the world we live in. No reading/submission fees. Deadline: Ongoing.