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  • Posted December 08, 2016
  • Baobab Press Seeks Short Fiction Exploring the United States West
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Anthology

Baobab Press and the University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing are partnering to publish This Side of the Divide, an anthology of short fiction exploring the United States West. This exciting project speaks to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings. Selected writers receive a complimentary copy and $100. Writers retain the rights to their pieces, which should be 3,000-5,000 words, and must be sent for review no later than March 31, 2017. Please send your story and brief cover letter to . Visit baobabpress.com/submissions for more details.

  • Posted December 08, 2016
  • Gris-Gris Seeks Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

Gris-Gris, an online journal from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, has published works by Pulitzer Prize winners and Pushcart nominees. We invite submissions of literary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from emerging and established writers. We are open to all styles and subjects. Send three to five poems, one story of no more than 7,000 words, or up to three pieces of flash fiction of no more than 500 words each. For full submission guidelines, visit our website: www.nicholls.edu/gris-gris/submission-policy/.

  • Posted December 07, 2016
  • Crab Fat Magazine Seeks QTPOC Writers for February Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Reviews, Interviews, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

Crab Fat Magazine is open for submissions from QTPOC (queer/trans people of color) writers/artists for our Feburary 2017 issue. Our general guidelines remain the same, the only caveats are that submitters must not be white and must identitify on the queer and/or trans spectrum. Visit www.crabfatmagazine.com for more information on how to submit.

  • Posted December 07, 2016
  • FunnyInFiveHundred.com Accepting Humor Flash Fiction and Monologues
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Literary Site

FunnyInFiveHundred.com dares you to fit as many laughs into 500 words as possible. We are seeking funny stories in under 500 words (are you a closet Mark Twain?), and humorous monologues in under 500 words (like a stand-up routine). Submissions are accepted year-round. Visit FunnyInFiveHundred.com/Submit to submit your work.

  • Posted December 06, 2016
  • Eastern Iowa Review Seeks Work for Two Distinct Issues
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2016; March 31, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

Issue 3: Eastern Iowa Review seeks exceptional lyric essays, 500-10,000 words, but will consider hybrid & experimental nonfiction. We'll also publish the single best piece of literary fiction (no horror or erotica) that we receive. One longform essay will be selected for a $250 prize. Issue 4: Our special Ten Debut Authors Only issue. We'd like to publish ten exceptional new authors with less than two publication credits. Any genre (no horror or erotica), any writing style. $100 grand prize. Art & photography needed for this issue. No reading fees. Small honorarium or contributor copies. Family-friendly, smart writing please. www.portyonderpress.com/eastern-iowa-review.html

  • Posted December 06, 2016
  • The Cossack Review: Reading Period Open to All Categories
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translations
  • Type Magazine

TCR is now open for submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and works in translation. We seek thoughtful, surprising writing, and have published meaningful work from both well-known and emerging writers since 2012. As always, we especially seek submissions from women, people of color, and new and diverse writers. Send us something exciting. See www.thecossackreview.com/submit.html for submission guidelines and to read past issues.

  • Posted December 05, 2016
  • Loud Zoo is Looking for Inspiration!
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics, Translations, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

We need it now more than ever. Please send art in any medium (video, audio, and multimedia welcome!), fiction of any genre, poetry, nonfiction, and beyond. Send pieces with people standing up for one another, standing up to injustices. We want people banding together in the face of mania and terror, holding strong and rising up against oppressors and regressions. From the hyper-real to the experimental and surreal, show us humanity. Help inspire people to take their own stands in their own communities and lives. Please see detailed guidelines at www.bedlampublishing.com/submissions.html.

  • Posted December 05, 2016
  • Submit to the Final Issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal!
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 28, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Submit your vignettes to the final celebratory issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal! It will be: a nice thick 6.69 x 9.61 inch coffee-table style book, full premium colour, printed on 70lb matte paper (up to 250 pages), have a case laminate cover, available at retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for at least five years through Vine Leaves Press. We are charging a token submission fee of $5 AUD (approx $3.80 USD) to cover the costs of production and sending out contributor copies. We dearly hope this doesn't discourage you. You can submit via Submittable: vineleavesliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted December 05, 2016
  • WILDNESS: Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

WILDNESS is an online literary journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers. For submission guidelines visit readwildness.com/submit or email .

  • Posted December 05, 2016
  • Hermeneutic Chaos is Now Open to Chapbook Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry
  • Type Chapbook

Hermeneutic Chaos Press is now open to poetry and prose chapbook submissions for its 2017 line, and our reading period will continue until January 31. We are primarily looking for work that moves us through surprising use of language and imagery, and helps us to visit aesthetic realms that are unique and powerful. There is no fee to submit. To read the guidelines and/or to submit, please visit www.hermeneuticchaospress.com/submissions.html.

  • Posted December 05, 2016
  • Wordrunner eChapbooks Seeks Fiction, Memoir, Poetry
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Poetry, fiction, and memoir will be considered for the Winter 2017 Wordrunner e-Chapbook anthology. The theme for this issue is “breaking barriers.” We want emotionally complex work about pushing boundaries, be it serious or humorous or both. We are not interested in horror, fantasy, or sci fi unless it transcends the genre. Submit up to three poems, a short story, a personal narrative, or a novel/memoir excerpt (up to 5,000 words). Deadline: January 31, 2017. Work should not have been previously published. No fee for submissions. Token payments ($5 to $25). Guidelines and submittable link at echapbook.com/submissions.html.

  • Posted December 01, 2016
  • Submissions now open for our Second Issue - 'Dwell'
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2016
  • Genre Poetry, Photography
  • Type Magazine

The theme for our spring issue is "Dwell." Where and how do we live? Don't forget the Latin word domus stood for a large compound or mansion that might house multiple families and individuals: inter-generational, engendered. Submissions are open to emerging and established poets and fine art photographers. www.light-journal.com/submit

  • Posted December 01, 2016
  • Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 30, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Storm Cellar is a literary journal of safety and danger in print and ebook editions, and placed work in this year's Pushcart anthology. We seek creative prose, poetry, and art for an issue featuring the work of women and genderqueer (broadly construed) creators. We encourage writers at the intersection of these and other under-represented groups to share their work. We also prize content/creators connected to the Midwest. Send us surprising, unbound, gripping, and innovative things. Full guidelines at stormcellarquarterly.com/submit and submission manager at stormcellar.submittable.com.

  • Posted December 01, 2016
  • Call for Submissions: BLR’s Theme Issue on Family
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 1, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

In Fall 2017, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue that explores the concept of family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. We are now accepting submissions of poetry (3 poems max), fiction, and nonfiction (5,000 words max for prose).  Please visit our website for complete guidelines. www.BLReview.org

  • Posted November 30, 2016
  • Belletrist Magazine Seeking Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Magazine

“Grace to be born and live as variously as possible.”—Frank O’Hara
Belletrist Magazine is seeking submissions for our Spring 2017 print issue. Send your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, art, and photography. Give us something to notice. Belletrist Magazines publishes out of Bellevue College. We also accept submissions for our website to be considered as featured online content; these submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published year-round. Contact for more information. belletristmagazine.com

  • Posted November 28, 2016
  • Thrice Fiction Open Call
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

Thrice Fiction announces an open call for fiction of all shapes and styles beginning on December 1st. Hit the Submittable button on our website and give it to us hard and fast. Please read the guidelines and free issues online. No coming-of-age or JohnBoy Walton stuff please. No yours isn't good enough to make an exception. No fee/no pay. www.thricefiction.com

  • Posted November 28, 2016
  • Second Hand Stories Podcast Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Audio
  • Type Literary Site

Second Hand Stories is a podcast that features short works of fiction, submitted and written by you, to be read aloud on our show. Listen to our episodes at secondhandpodcast.com/episodes to get a sense of what we're looking for. We will accept any genre of fiction (no poetry) and our word limit is flexible (preferably between 1,500 and 6,000 words). Please practice reading your story aloud to ensure it flows as well verbally as it does on the page. Thanks for submitting!

  • Posted November 28, 2016
  • Submit Your Personal Essays to The Artist Unleashed
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • 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. Unique views on a single post have reached 1500+ within 24 hours. Please visit our website for guidelines: theartistunleashed.com/write-for-us.

  • Posted November 23, 2016
  • All Genres are Created Equal at the GNU
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 15, 2016
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics
  • Type Magazine

The motto of the GNU literary journal is "All Genres are Created Equal." We accept traditional literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; but we are also friendly to genre fiction, YA literature, short plays, comics, photography, and writing that defies classification. The GNU is an annual online literary journal run by the MFA students at National University. We never charge a submission fee. Please see our submission guidelines for details. gnujournal.com/submissions/. Deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2016.

  • Posted November 22, 2016
  • Palooka's Open Year-Round
  • 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 November 21, 2016
  • Collateral Literary Magazine Seeking Submissions on Military Theme
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

The University of Washington, Tacoma is proud to announce the release of the inaugural issue of Collateral Literary Journal. Collateral showcases 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. We invite you to read our recently released first issue, get a sense for the kind of work we publish, and please consider submitting your work. We are interested in seeing work in all genres, and we're particularly interested in art submissions as well. collateraljournal.com

  • Posted November 21, 2016
  • Seeking Fiery and Fabulous Words and Art
  • Deadline info Deadline: April 5, 2017
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is firing up for a new year. Submit your best writing and art that transforms the ordinary into fabulous mystique, breathes fire into the lifeless. Read us. Support us. Follow our guidelines. foliateoakliterarymagazine.submittable.com

  • Posted November 17, 2016
  • The American Journal of Poetry Volume 2 Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Now reading for Volume Two. Please visit us at Volume One, with 70 poets (from beginners to the renowned) and over 125 poems: Stephen Dunn, Rae Armantrout, Robert Wrigley, Cecilia Woloch, Sturgill Simpson, Thylias Moss, David Wagoner, Ronald Wallace, J. Allyn Rosser, Pamela Sutton, Dick Allen, Daniel Lawless, Shara McCallum, Bob Hicok, Nin Andrews, Nance Van Winckel. A unique voice is prized. Be bold and uncensored. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." Long poems welcome. Published biannually online. Reading fee though our online submission manager Submittable. www.theamericanjournalofpoetry.com

  • Posted November 17, 2016
  • The MacGuffin is Now Accepting Work for Our Winter Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Translations
  • Type Magazine

The MacGuffin is now accepting both poetry and prose for our upcoming Winter 2017 issue. Keeping with the season, send us that harrowing ice fishing story you’ve been telling your buddies for years, featuring a quick aside to that awkward Christmahanakwanzaka gift that your mother-in-law gave you after coming back from her tour of Thailand. Maybe instead send us an ode addressed to your true love, Summer, whose warmth has gone and left you (literally) out in the cold. For full submission guidelines, head over to www.schoolcraft.edu/macguffin/ or email us at .

  • Posted November 16, 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

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