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  • Posted January 21, 2015
  • Referential Magazine Wants You to Get Connected
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.

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 January 19, 2015
  • The Examined Life Journal now accepting submissions.
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 20, 2015

The Examined Life, a literary journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, now in its 5th year of publication, is currently accepting submissions for our spring 2015 issue. We’re seeking works related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions. 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 January 23, 2015
  • Unbound Octavo Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 3, 2015

Unbound Octavo is a collaborative publication—each issue features “interlocking” stories created by authors who may never actually “meet”. We’re reading stories which interlock into the current story published on the website. Every six weeks, a new story posts online & we’ll open submissions for stories related to it. UO’s word limit is 1K for interlocking stories. To read the current story which is open for submissions of interlocking stories, visit www.unboundoctavo.com. To submit a story (up to 1000 words) to Unbound Octavo, visit: nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/35982. Unbound Octavo is a paying market, $25 flat fee per piece of art or flash fiction!

  • Posted January 23, 2015
  • Transference seeks submissions of translated poetry & accompanying commentary
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 28, 2015

Transference, published both online and in print by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University, invites submissions of translated poetry and accompanying commentary on the art and process of translation. We publish translations from the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, and Japanese. Read our 2014 issue and submit up to four poems with commentary at scholarworks.wmich.edu/transference/. The submission period for our 2015 issue closes on February 28. Contacts: David Kutzko and Molly Lynde-Recchia, Editors, at .

  • Posted January 23, 2015
  • Battery Pack Seeks Submissions Of Micro Fiction
  • Deadline info Deadline: April 15, 2015

Battery Pack II will be a tiny anthology of short stories, made from a single folded sheet of paper. Take a look at the first volume of Battery Pack to get an idea of the format. The finished article will be given away for free with the Summer issue of Neon. I'm seeking short stories containing no more than seventy-five words. If the story contains paragraph breaks it may be necessary to reduce that wordcount. I prefer stories where there’s a clear narrative. For further terms and a submission form, please see the website. neonmagazine.co.uk/?page_id=3492

  • Posted January 23, 2015
  • Cactus Heart seeks submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling

Cactus Heart seeks new and original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, & art for upcoming e- and print issues. We want spiny writing & art—sharp, relentless, coursing with energy & able to thrive in the harshest of places, all while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior. Send us your prickly little hearts; make us swoon. More info: cactusheartpress.com/about. Full guidelines: cactusheartpress.submittable.com. Questions:

  • Posted January 23, 2015
  • Setting Forth—on a Literary Itinerary: Calling Oregon Writers
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.

Setting Forth is a new online literary magazine in Eugene, OR. We publish fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry by writers in Oregon. We look for smart, creative and enjoyable writing that brings out the best in us. To submit your previously published or unpublished work to us, please follow our submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work. We charge nothing, and we promise you a response within three weeks.

  • Posted January 22, 2015
  • North American Review Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference
  • Deadline info Submission deadline: February 22, 2015

Share your work with us this summer! The North American Review, the longest-lived literary magazine in the United States, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting submissions to its Bicentennial Creative Writing & Literature Conference, to be held on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, June 11-13, 2015. Deadline for submission has been extended to February 22, 2015. Critical and Creative Writing papers, panels, and roundtable proposals are welcome. Questions can be directed to the conference director Jeremy Schraffenberger at schraffj [at] uni [dot] edu. northamericanreview.submittable.com/submit

  • Posted January 22, 2015
  • Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 15, 2015

Apple Valley Review is reading submissions of poetry, personal essays, and short fiction for the Spring 2015 issue (Vol. 10, No. 1). All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor's prize, and several pieces from the journal have later appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, and storySouth Million Writers Award. The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available online:  www.applevalleyreview.com.

Lowestoft Chronicle, an online literary magazine published quarterly, is seeking well-crafted, original, and previously unpublished works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the next two upcoming issues (March and June). We are looking for short fiction from 1,000 to 3,000 words, flash fiction up to 1,000 words, creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words, and poetry of any length. Preference is given to humorous submissions with an emphasis on travel. For guidelines, sample work, and additional information, please visit our website at www.lowestoftchronicle.com.

  • Posted January 21, 2015
  • Compose Journal—Call for Submissions, Spring 2015
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 15, 2015

Compose Journal is now reading for our Spring 2015 issue. We welcome poetry, short fiction, nonfiction and artwork; excerpts from traditionally published collections; and proposals for feature-length interviews and articles on the craft of writing. Notable contributors have included William Logan, Ada Limón, Randall Mann, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Josh Hanagarne, Rebecca Rosenblum, Barbara Abercombie and others. composejournal.com

  • Posted January 21, 2015
  • HerStories Voices seeking personal essays
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling

The HerStories Project, a publisher and community of women writers, is accepting submissions for its new personal essay column, HerStories Voices. Essays should be about moments of personal change. Upon acceptance, writers will be paid $40. Please see guidelines: www.herstoriesproject.com/herstories-voices/

  • Posted January 21, 2015
  • Star 82 Review Call for Submissions

Star 82 Review is looking for your best original unpublished work and lyrical language and a combination of humanity, humility, and humor. We’re interested in under 1000 words of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and narrative photos or images you’ve created. Combinations of art and writing (erasure texts, tiny stories with photo, etc.) are also welcome. For our mid-June issue, consider interpretations of: seeds, targets, and circles (optional themes). Deadline: May 1 for this issue. star82review.com/submissions.html

  • Posted January 20, 2015
  • Williwaw Anthology is Open for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 1, 2015

Williwaw: An Anthology of the Marvellous is currently accepting submissions in both flash fiction and short story. We are a UK-based anthology of magical realism, fabulism, and slipstream—labels aside, we are looking for well-written stories which exist in the space between the real and the strange. We accept only email submissions. For more information, please visit: www.williwawanthology.wordpress.com

  • Posted January 20, 2015
  • The Gateway Review's Inaugural Issue: Submissions Wanted!
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 15, 2015

The Gateway Review: A Journal of Magical Realism seeks innovative magic realist fiction of up to 4,000 words for our inaugural issue. Think of the great classics: Borges, Marquez, Kafka; think of the new: Ramona Ausubel, Aimee Bender, Salman Rushdie. Think of anything in between. From January 15 to March 15, we'll accept submissions from established as well as new writers. Simultaneous subs are okay by us. Please see our guidelines on our site for how to submit your work: gatewayreview.wordpress.com.

  • Posted January 20, 2015
  • damselfly press seeks submissions by women writers
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.

damselfly press seeks to promote exceptional writing by women. We welcome work from female writers of all experiences. If you’d like to submit, please first visit our guidelines section before emailing your submission. damselflypress.net/submissions/

  • Posted January 20, 2015
  • S/tick seeks fabulous feminist art and creative writing
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling

Work with a feminist consciousness that challenges the status quo and says things that are difficult to say may be hard to find a home for, but it's exactly what S/tick is looking for. S/tick provides a place for women and feminists to share their grief, anger, and joy. Please visit our site and review the submission guidelines, then send us your bright and touching art, poetry, and prose with a biting feminist bent! Preference may be given to women and artists in Canada. s-tick.tumblr.com

  • Posted January 20, 2015
  • Twisted Vine is Open for Submissions!
  • Deadline info Deadline: April 15, 2015

Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal is currently accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art for its spring 2015 issue. Produced by graduate students in the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Western New Mexico University, issues are published biannually online each semester. Please visit twistedvineliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit for more information. We look forward to reading your work.

  • Posted January 19, 2015
  • Spring Issue Submissions Open for Hamilton Stone Review
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 15, 2015

The Hamilton Stone Review, an online literary magazine, publishes two issues a year, in March and October. The submissions period for the March 2015 issue is 1-15-15 through 2-15-15. Nonfiction submissions should be emailed only to Reamy Jansen at with "HSR" in the subject line. Poetry submissions should be emailed only to Roger Mitchell at with "HSR" in the subject line. Fiction submissions should be emailed only (12 pages or fewer double-spaced) to Lynda Schor at . Fiction submissions must have " HSR" in the subject line. No snail mail submissions, please. www.hamiltonstone.org

  • Posted January 19, 2015
  • Empty Sink Publishing is Looking for Quality Art & Prose
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.

Empty Sink Publishing, an online magazine, is calling for quality prose, fiction, nonfiction, and visual media submissions that stretch the mind, defy convention, and offer a new perspective on life. We are not accepting submissions of poetry or simultaneous submissions at this time. We have an open submissions policy and publish a new issue during the first week of every other month. Our eleventh issue will be available the first week in February. Please read past issues prior to submitting in order to make sure your work fits with our general themes. To submit: Read our full submission guidelines here: emptysinkpublishing.com/submissions/.

  • Posted January 19, 2015
  • Open Submissions: Hypertrophic Literary Summer 2015 Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 31, 2015

With our prose, poetry, and artwork, we look for pieces that make us feel something: joy, nausea, shock, desperation – whatever. We don’t care what your piece is actually about as long as YOU do. Our goal is to make reading not only a psychological experience, but a physical one too. Submit up to 3 stories (10,000 words max) or 10 poems (5,000 words max) to . Previously published material accepted. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Visit www.hypertrophicpress.com for full submission guidelines.

  • Posted January 16, 2015
  • Howl is Accepting Submissions!
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.

Howl, edited by Deltona High School students, is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art for our online literary magazine. Please feel free to send up to five poems or art and no more than one piece of prose at a time. Our focus is an eclectic variety of work from the United States and abroad, enthusiastically welcoming international submissions. Howl is welcoming work of any theme with the focus on quality, uniqueness, and tugging on our pathos. We're looking forward to reading your great writing and sharing it with the world. Visit us at DeltonaHowl.com.

  • Posted January 16, 2015
  • bioStories wants your nonfiction submissions
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.

bioStories is looking for fresh, shiny new nonfiction for a new year. We accept regular submissions year-round that are in keeping with our dedicated mission of publishing the finest essays that "share the extraordinary in ordinary lives." We regularly publish award-winning writers and those publishing for the first time side by side. Share your exceptionally written true stories. Currently seeking "people-centered" cover art as well. Full details and guidelines at www.biostories.com.

  • Posted January 16, 2015
  • Hermeneutic Chaos seeks submissions for its March issue!
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling

Hermeneutic Chaos is currently seeking submissions of poetry, prose, and hybrid narrative for its March issue. We particularly encourage work that defies the normative notions of a genre and explores the undefined and vivid spaces between the interstices of words and meanings. We look forward to writing that is raw, authentic, and vulnerable, and uses unique imagery to weave its contours. In order to submit, please visit www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/submit.html.

  • Posted January 16, 2015
  • Poecology: Call for Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling

Poecology is currently seeking submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for Issue 5 (released August 2015). Poecology is an online literary journal that publishes contemporary writing about place, ecology, and the environment. Marginalized perspectives and international writers are welcome. For submission guidelines, please visit www.poecology.org.

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