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  • Posted May 26, 2016
  • The Quiet Circle: Introspective Essays, Subtle poems, Gently Unreal Fiction
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

For its inaugural issue, The Quiet Circle seeks writing that journeys inward and cares about the human condition while avoiding flashiness or shock value. We seek fiction in non-realist categories (surreal, fabulist, speculative, and others) but we avoid harshness and spectacle in favor of depth. We desire sincerity and humanity in essays. We seek poems that maintain grace and gentleness even in revolution. thequietcirclemag.wix.com/home#!submit/cee5

  • Posted May 25, 2016
  • Call for Submissions: Poetry, Fction, Nonfiction, Visual Art, Swamp
  • Deadline info Deadline: September 1, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Reviews, Translations, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

Swamp Ape Review is the new beast in South Florida’s growing body of literature. We are a national online journal (produced by the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University) looking for original work in 5 areas: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art (graphics/photography, multimedia, or video), and swamp—our fifth category for works that defy genre. Submissions will be accepted until September 1st for publication in winter. For more info and the "why" behind our name and nature, visit www.swampapereview.com.

  • Posted May 24, 2016
  • Collateral Literary Journal—New Military Themed Magazine
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Collateral is a new online literary journal affiliated with the University of Washington, Tacoma. We showcase high quality creative writing and art that explores the impact of the military and military service on the lives of people beyond the active service person. These voices sometimes go unheard, and this journal captures the “collateral” impact of military service, whether it is from the perspective of the partner or child; parent or sibling; friend or co-worker; veteran, refugee, or protester. Our editorial vision is to be as inclusive as possible and ideologically diverse. We encourage submissions from professional and emerging writers. collateraljournal.com

  • Posted May 23, 2016
  • Palooka's Open
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine. We've published writers, artists, and photographers from the United States, Canada, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Israel, Finland, and Austria. Always seeking unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narratives, comic strips, artwork, and photography. Give us a shot! We promise not to hit back. Submissions open year-round. $2.50 submission fee. www.palookamag.com

  • Posted May 19, 2016
  • Call for Submissions: Duality and Doppelgangers
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 20, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Split it, reflect it, flip it, multiply it—Cicada YA lit/comics magazine is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, and humor dealing in doubles, division, dyads, and dichotomies. Send us your terrible twosomes: distorted mirrors, shape-shifters, uncanny similarities, life-stealing doppelgangers. What might you find in a reflection? A perfect copy? Sometimes you might only understand a thing by looking at what it is not. Duality might mean pitting two opposite but equal forces against one another—and not just good/evil or light/dark! cricketmag.submittable.com/submit/17820

  • Posted May 18, 2016
  • Spectator & Spooks Seeks Ghost Stories!
  • Deadline info Deadline: July 1, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Type Magazine

Spectator & Spooks is a new literary magazine looking to publish short stories and essays on ghosts and themes of otherness. We are especially looking for women, LGBQT, and POC writers to submit their tales. Our issue will be printed on All Hallow's Eve. Contributors will receive one printed copy. spectatorlitmag.com

  • Posted May 17, 2016
  • Driftwood Press: Call for Submissions (One Week Response Option Available)
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in literary criticism, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, and interviews. We also offer our submitters a premium option to receive an acceptance or rejection letter within one week of submission; many authors are offered editorships and interviews. www.driftwoodpress.net

  • Posted May 16, 2016
  • The Conium Review Seeks Themed Submissions about "Dis/appearances"
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

The Conium Review Online Compendium seeks flash fiction in response to the theme "Dis/appearances" from June 1st through June 15th. You may interpret the "Dis/appearances" theme broadly, but your story should include some variety of unexpected arrival or departure. This theme will be guest edited by Matt Tompkins, author of Studies in Hybrid Morphology and Souvenirs and Other Stories. If your piece is accepted, it will be published on our website, and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of Souvenirs. Send unpublished work under 1,000 words. No reading fee. Full guidelines here: coniumreview.com/themes/disappearances/

  • Posted May 16, 2016
  • KYSO Flash Calls for Your Best Short-Shorts
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Online journal KYSO Flash (Knock-Your-Socks-Off Art and Literature) seeks to publish memorable literature and visual arts. Short forms (fiction, “faction,” poetry, and hybrids) up to 1,000 words each, including title. Please submit original, unpublished works only. Works accepted for publication will appear in Issue 6 online and may be considered for our annual print anthology. Payment: One complimentary copy per contributor. Reading Period: 15 April through 15 June 2016. Admin fee: $5 (USD) for up to five pieces. (No limit on total number of submissions, but each submission of 1-5 pieces must include an additional five-dollar payment.) Guidelines: www.kysoflash.com/Submissions.aspx

  • Posted May 16, 2016
  • The MacGuffin Wants to Know What You're Doing This Summer
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Translations
  • Type Magazine

The MacGuffin is currently looking for work to include in our upcoming Fall 2016 issue. Tell us about your summer vacation or that time your lemonade stand got hit by a texting driver. Or maybe stick with a more perennial Fall theme and send a lyric poem about scoring the winning touchdown at Homecoming, or a heartfelt ode to that girl who played flute in the marching band and never called you back (not to get too personal…). We accept all work via email and post. For full submission guidelines, head over to www.schoolcraft.edu/macguffin/ or email us at .

  • Posted May 16, 2016
  • Send Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Translation to TCR
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations
  • Type Magazine

The Cossack Review is now reading submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and works in translation for our next print and online issues. Send 3-6 poems, one story, or one essay. We are an independent magazine especially interested in thoughtful, diverse work. We respond within 60 days. See more at www.thecossackreview.com/submit.html.

  • Posted May 16, 2016
  • Del Sol Review Call for Speculative Short Fiction
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

Del Sol Review is currently looking for quality speculative short fiction in all its forms (sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, slipstream, etc) for publication. Submissions must be formatted in a standard manner and from 500 to 6000 words in length. We also accept excerpts from novels-in-progress up to 6000 words. We're looking for sharp narrative, strong hooks, and unpredictable storyline progression—and a great first line! Submission guidelines at delsolreview.webdelsol.com/sff.htm.

  • Posted May 12, 2016
  • The Shell Game: Writers Borrow Readymade Forms
  • Deadline info Extended Deadline: August 1, 2016
  • Genre Nonfiction, Cross-genre
  • Type Anthology

Anthology of “hermit crab” essays to be published by University of Nebraska Press seeks brand new work. Hybrids in the truest sense, "hermit crab" essays borrow their structures from ordinary, extra-literary sources (a recipe, a police report, a pack of cards, an obituary…) to use as a framework for a lyric meditation on the chosen subject. Payment: $100 plus 2 copies. Submission fee: none. Visit theshellgameanthology.blogspot.com for more information.

  • Posted May 12, 2016
  • Join Epiphany's Thriving Community of Writers and Readers!
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 1, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Reviews, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

“Everything in the world was in precarious balance, pure risk, and those who didn’t agree to take the risk wasted away in a corner, without getting to know life.”—Elena Ferrante, Epiphany contributor since 2007. Submit now. Join our thriving community of writers and readers. Submit here: epiphanyzine.com/submit.

  • Posted May 12, 2016
  • Call for Submissions - Milk Journal, Summer 2016
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 30, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Milk Journal is seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, for its second issue, set to be released in the Summer of 2016. We’re looking for work which illuminates underrepresented perspectives, makes us swoon, and pulls us in to a fevered relationship with your words. We will now also be welcoming submissions of artwork. For more information, please view our submission guidelines and our mission statement at: www.milkjournal.net.

  • Posted May 12, 2016
  • Write About Your Personal Experience as a Writer or Artist.
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Nonfiction
  • Type Literary Site

Earn $0.015 per word to be published on our blog, The Artist Unleashed. We want articles based on your personal experience as a writer or artist to help fellow creatives. Articles for this website must be about an aspect of writing and/or art and must also inspire and/or motivate, encourage discussion, offer advice or argue an opinion, and be rich with informative/engaging content. We will tweet and Facebook your post to get it as much exposure as possible. Views on a single post have reached 1500+ within 24 hours. Please visit our website for submission guidelines: www.theartistunleashed.com.

  • Posted May 11, 2016
  • Vine Leaves Literary Journal Now Open for Issue #18 Vignettes
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Vine Leaves Literary Journal is now open for Issue #18 vignette submissions. A vignette is a snapshot in words that focuses on one element, mood, character, setting, or object. We accept prose, poetry, script, and artwork/photography for the cover and/or interior of the issue. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit: vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/submission-guidelines.

  • Posted May 11, 2016
  • Able Muse Open to Submissions - Poetry/Fiction/Nonfiction/Art
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Reviews, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Able Muse is now accepting submissions for our forthcoming, summer 2016 issue. Submit poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, art, and photography. (Although Able Muse reads and accepts submissions year-round, be sure to submit by March 10, 2016, to be considered for next issue.) Read our guidelines and submit at www.ablemuse.com.

  • Posted May 10, 2016
  • Urban Farmhouse Press Seeks Book-length Manuscripts
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 1, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry
  • Type Book

Urban Farmhouse Press currently seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and science fiction. We are an independent small press located in the Windsor, Ontario-Detroit, Michigan area. We are looking for writing that crosses borders and talks about the people and places it comes from. Series include Crossroads Poetry Series, Kilgore Trout Science Fiction Series, and Contemporary short fiction and novels. Submissions welcome from US, Canada, UK, and Australia. More details at: www.urbanfarmhousepress.com/submissions.html.

  • Posted May 10, 2016
  • Four Ties Lit Review is Open of Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 24, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

We're looking for well-crafted, intelligent, and entertaining submissions of Graphic Art, Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction to publish in July. Issue 5 Volume 1 will look to reveal a creative conversation around the idea of "work." Homework for Algebra class, piles of damp smelly laundry, 60 hours a week hawking smartphones, or even just relaxing after hours, work is a force in all our lives, and we want to hear what you have to say about it. Regardless of theme, we'll publish the best "work" submitted from each genre. We welcome all submissions. www.fourtieslitreview.com

  • Posted May 09, 2016
  • Transference Invites Submissions of Translated Poetry
  • Deadline info Deadline: May 31, 2016
  • Genre Poetry, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Submission period extended until May 31! Transference invites submissions of poetry translated into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, Old French, German, classical Greek, Latin, or Japanese. Please also submit a commentary on the art and process of your translation, addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices. No self-translations, please. Contact information, earlier issues, and submission guidelines at scholarworks.wmich.edu/transference. Transference is published by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

  • Posted May 09, 2016
  • The Forge Literary Magazine: Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Type Magazine

The Forge Literary Magazine, a new online lit mag, seeks fiction and nonfiction submissions. While we have no formal word limit, work below 3,000 words is preferred. Send us your best! Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Submissions are read anonymously year-round. We publish one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. There is no fee to submit, and we pay all contributors. Visit our website for better insight into who we are and what we publish: www.forgelitmag.com.

  • Posted May 09, 2016
  • Glass: A Journal of Poetry Wants to Read Your Poems
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Glass: A Journal of Poetry, the online poetry journal of Glass Poetry Press, is back and accepting submissions. We'll be publishing a single poem every Wednesday, starting in July. We never charge reading fees and we read year-round (except in March when we read chapbook submissions). Past contributors have included Rane Arroyo, Saeed Jones, Lisa Fay Coutley, Marcus Jackson, Jee Leong Koh, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, among many many others. Past work has been included in Sundress Publications' Best of the Net and on the Verse Daily web feature. Submission guidelines: www.glass-poetry.com/journal/submit.html.

  • Posted May 09, 2016
  • Crab Fat Seeks Convinced Atheist Writers for Special Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 15, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Crab Fat Magazine is accepting submissions from convinced atheist writers for a second special issue to be released in July 2016. We seek to curate a collection of thoughtful prose and poetry by people who DO NOT believe in any god(s) and show that atheism goes beyond political, social, and racial barriers. We’re open to a wide variety of work, from “coming out” as an atheist, to the impact atheism has on both personal and professional sides of life, and everything in-between. However, to be clear, we’re not seeking tirades attacking religion with sweeping generalizations. www.crabfatmagazine.com

  • Posted May 09, 2016
  • 3Elements Review Seeks Submissions for Issue 12 (Relic, Passageway, Kiss)
  • Deadline info Deadline: July 31, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 12! The elements are Relic, Passageway, and Kiss. All three words must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements. We have published new and well-known writers from all over the world. Due July 31. Issue will be released October 1. 3elementsreview.com/submit

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