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  • Posted September 03, 2015
  • The Transnational seeks political & socio-critical poetry and short essays
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay
  • Type Magazine

We want work that is often difficult to place—nothing written to satisfy the imagined capacities and desires of an audience. We are looking for ambitious and challenging creative texts which fit the concept of the Transnational—meaning that they make a constructive contribution to the political and social developments in the present. www.the-transnational.com/submit-beitrge/

  • Posted September 02, 2015
  • The Examined Life Journal Seek Submissions Until 11/2
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 2, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

We’re seeking works related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions. Pieces in our journal, now in it's 5th year, have been nominated for Pushcart prizes and enjoy a wide readership. We recommend that authors interested in submitting to The Examined Life Journal familiarize themselves with the publication by purchasing an issue or subscribing. www.theexaminedlifejournal.com

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • Pembroke Magazine Back-to-School Special: Submit for Free in September
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 30, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

To celebrate the start of a new school year and our recent move to Submittable, we’re waiving submission fees for the month of September. Send us your best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for the chance at publication in Volume 48 of Pembroke Magazine—set to debut at AWP 2016. For details, visit www.pembrokemagazine.com. We look forward to reading your work.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • Seeking Writing: Zymbol, Starring Art by Clive Barker, Dave McKean
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling (until filled)
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Zymbol Magazine, in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, seeks dynamic and contemporary writing of all forms for its 2016 issues, starring Clive Barker and Dave McKean. These issues will be our showcase at American and European literary and pop culture festivals (Comic-Con, Miami Book Fair International, Art Basel…) and the competition is fierce, so send your absolute best. Clive Barker and Dave McKean are icons of horror and fantasy, lending their prodigious talents to hybrid forms blending narrative, art, and cinema. They will be looking for work that creates a strong sense of atmosphere and interweaves reality with hallucination. zymbolmag.com

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • BLJ Wants Your Voice, Words, and Art!
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Audio
  • Type Magazine

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ) is currently calling for dramatic audio recordings of the texts in Issue 2, as well as outstanding poems, prose, and artwork for young readers for Issue 3. We want works that touch the heart of children and young adults. We want the unusual, the unfamiliar, the unforgettable. Please go to www.balloons-lit-journal.com to read our past issues and see our vision.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • The Conium Review Online Compendium Seeks Flash Fiction
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 1, 2015
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Literary Site

The Conium Review Online Compendium is open to flash fiction submissions from September 1st through October 1st. Send up to three pieces, each 1,000 words or fewer. We like innovative work with strange characters and inventive settings. Paragraphed stories are welcome, but we also like atypical forms of storytelling, such as lists, letters, receipts, and other marginalia. We're especially interested in submissions from women, writers of color, and LGBTQ authors. Full guidelines here: coniumreview.com/online-submissions/.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • We Want to See Your Work!
  • Deadline info Deadline: April 30, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

South 85 Journal, the official literary journal of the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program, is seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 issues. The reading period is September 1 through April 30. For more information, please visit south85journal.com.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • Send Us Your Unforgettable Work
  • Deadline info Online submissions accepted July-May.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Gravel is accepting submissions of comics, graphics, art, photography, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We are publishing book reviews of newly released or forthcoming books.We are also interested in author interviews. Please don't send us previously published work. We want work that will shake us up a bit. Work that will make us question our personal beliefs. Work that three days later will make us laugh once again. Submit here: gravel.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • Heron Tree Call for Poems
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 1, 2015
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Heron Tree, an online journal of poetry, will accept submissions through December 1. Visit herontree.com for our complete submission guidelines and to tour our archives. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • The Magnolia Review—Third Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 15, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Magazine

The Magnolia Review is open for all fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography submissions for our third issue. The deadline is November 15. Please visit our Submit page for more information.

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • Send Us Your Best Writing!
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 15, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

RCC MUSE seeks work by new, emerging, and established writers in all genres for our spring 2016 issue. We have published a range of voices since our recent rebirth: BZ Niditch, Tom Zoellner, Irving Gaeta, Pamela Laskin, Nichelle Scott-Williams, Zara Raab, Judy Kronenfeld, and James Brown among many others. Give us a shot! Submit prose (up to 1500 words) or 3 poems (5 pages max), standard typed format. Snail mail only—no electronic submissions. SASE for notification only. Include contact information in cover letter. Send to: RCC MUSE, Attn. Jo Scott-Coe, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside CA 92506. rccmuse.tumblr.com

  • Posted September 01, 2015
  • Prairie Schooner Submissions Now Open
  • Deadline info Deadline: May 1, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews
  • Type Magazine

Prairie Schooner aims to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. In print since 1926, our quarterly issues feature short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Read the full guidelines on our website: prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=submit. Then send us your best.

  • Posted August 31, 2015
  • RCR seeks submissions from undergraduate writers/artists
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 15, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

The Red Cedar Review is a digital, open-access undergraduate art and literary magazine published by the Michigan State University Department of English since 1963. We welcome submissions from all undergraduate writers and artists. Submit your prose, poetry, art, photography, and more here: redcedarreview.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted August 31, 2015
  • Call for Quotes: "A man is . . ."
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 1, 2015
  • Genre Nonfiction
  • Type Anthology

Men and women are invited to complete this phrase in one sentence: “A man is ... ” Entries will be considered for paid publication in Passions of a Man, an anthology of men's writings designed to show women who men are, to be published by Vineyards Press in 2016. The form for submitting your 1-sentence quote is at www.vineyardspress.com/Quotes.

  • Posted August 31, 2015
  • Glassworks Seeks Literary Submissions for 2016 Issues
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 15, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

Glassworks Magazine seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, craft essays, and art/photography for upcoming print issues. Contributor copies provided. Reading period open until December 15. Also seeking flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays for publication in "Flash Glass," our online short work feature. Read guidelines at www.rowanglassworks.org.

  • Posted August 27, 2015
  • Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Storm Cellar is a journal of safety and danger in print and online, rooted in the Midwest, with a worldly eye for poetry, prose, and visual art. Especially interested in aesthetically, formally, linguistically, and emotionally ambitious works by authors who happen to be members of under-represented groups. Full guidelines at stormcellarquarterly.com/submit or jump directly to stormcellar.submittable.com.

  • Posted August 27, 2015
  • NonBinary Review—New Themes Call For Submissions!
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 8, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Reviews
  • Type Magazine

Each issue of NonBinary Review is focused on a single theme: Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White (closes 10/1) and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War (closes 1/8/16). We’re a paying market—1 cent/word for prose, $10 flat fee per poem, $25 per piece/art. At present, the Litho app is accessible through iPad & iPhone only, with future updates to include Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. Please download our free app to familiarize yourself with our content and unique publishing model! For guidelines, visit: nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted August 27, 2015
  • Referential Magazine Wants You to Get Connected
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Referential Magazine (ReferentialMagazine.org) is an online magazine of literary connectedness. We are a community where writers give a nod of acknowledgement to other writers by referring to pieces on our site. We are a home for literary luminaries and future luminaries alike, and we look forward to reading your writing. We are now open for submissions of poems, stories, and creative nonfiction.

  • Posted August 26, 2015
  • Rhizomatic Ideas Seeks Bloggers
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Drama, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Literary Site

Rhizomatic Ideas, the official blog of Zoetic Press, is accepting blog posts, pitches for serial blog posts, and bloggers looking for a regular venue to post their work. We're open to posts on any topic related to writing, publishing, academia, and the life of a working writer (or reader.) 300-500 word range, posts bi-weekly. Rhizomatic Ideas cannot pay bloggers at this time; we offer the opportunity to build a resume & publish work regularly at a well-trafficked website. To send us a pitch, post, or just introduce yourself and see how you might fit in at Rhizomatic Ideas, contact: .

  • Posted August 25, 2015
  • cahoodaloodaling: Issue #18 – Historical (Re)Tell
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 19, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Reviews, Interviews, Translations, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

"Tell the truth but tell it slant" —Emily Dickinson. For this issue, we’re looking for retelling of the historic, tales that offer what wasn’t said but should’ve been, what wasn’t written down but likely happened, whose voices speak that didn’t speak because there wasn’t a platform for them. We want poetry, prose, nonfiction, music, art, collaborations, and hybrid. We want myths and legends retold from other voices, new perspectives, counter intuitive stances. Accurate, inaccurate, or close, we want work that explores how facts become transformed into the tales, histories, and family stories that inform how we tell our worlds. cahoodaloodaling.com

  • Posted August 25, 2015
  • All About Writing
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Nonfiction
  • Type Literary Site

South 85 Journal, the official online literary journal of the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program, is seeking guest bloggers to contribute to its weekly blog about writing. For more information, visit south85journal.com/submission-guidelines/blog-submission-guidelines/.

  • Posted August 25, 2015
  • Zoetic Press Seeks Book Reviews
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Reviews
  • Type Literary Site

Zoetic Press is always looking to publish reviews—though this is the only category for which we do not pay authors, we definitely work hard to promote authors through our social media networks. Unlike our imprints NonBinary Review and Unbound Octavo, book reviews are published online. We are open to reviews of any kind—from books to literary magazines (online or in print) and even 'zines. To submit a review, visit: nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/36181.

  • Posted August 25, 2015
  • Literary Journal Now Accepting Fiction, Poetry, and Art for January
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 31, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

3Elements Literary Review seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography for our Winter/January issue. Each quarter, three elements/words are given that must be incorporated into your story or poem. The rest of the story is completely up to you. If you choose to submit art or photography, only one element is needed. Current elements are: Mania, Tower, Exposure. For more information, and to review our submission guidelines, visit www.3elementsReview.com/winter-submissions. All work must be submitted through our website. Our latest issue, released July 1, is available to read for free on our website. Our past issues are archived as well.

  • Posted August 24, 2015
  • Have a voice you feel should be heard?
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 3, 2015
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Reviews, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Submissions to the first issue of Inklette are now officially open. Inklette is a not-for-profit literary and arts magazine that strives to be publish art that stays, moves, mingles, or creates. Give us your 'sugar-coated sardines' or the 'flock of birds perched on the cacti.' You're all we seek, and trust us, everything is wonderful, as long it's really you. For more information, you can check our website out here: www.inklettemagazine.com. All submissions can be directed to . We will wait for your art.

  • Posted August 24, 2015
  • Call for Art Submissions—Writers Tribe Review
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 15, 2015
  • Genre Art
  • Type Literary Site

Writers Tribe Review, a multi-genre online literary magazine, is seeking art submissions for the upcoming fall issue. It is free to submit to this magazine, and this artwork can be any style as long as it relates to the overall theme of the magazine which, for this issue, is family. Each artist may submit up to three pieces of art to be reviewed for publication. For more information, please visit writerstribereview.submittable.com/submit, and, if you would like to submit some artwork, please add it as an attachment and email it to .

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