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January 2023 eLitPak :: Issue 86 of Kaleidoscope Available Now! Accepting Submissions Year-round

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Unexpected truths are discovered throughout this issue, in all genres. Sometimes the truth can be hard to swallow and in other cases, revelations are surprisingly sweet. Kaleidoscope magazine publishes literature and artwork that creatively explore the experience of disability. Submit your best work to us today! Visit our website and view our flyer for more information.

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December 2022 eLitPak :: Sixteen Rivers Press 2023 Call for Book-Length Poetry Manuscripts

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We invite Northern California authors to submit book-length poetry manuscripts. All manuscripts will be read blind. Sixteen Rivers values diversity. We encourage poets of color, young poets, and LGBTQ writers to submit. Sixteen Rivers Press is a shared-work collective, with a three-year commitment. PDF email submissions from November 1, 2022 to February 1, 2023. View flyer and see complete guidelines on our website.

View the full December 2022 eLtiPak Newsletter here. Subscribe to the NewPages Newsletter to get first access to these opportunities.

November 2022 eLitPak :: Undergraduate Students, Submit Your Creative Work to The Tower

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Deadline: November 30, 2022
The Tower magazine is open for submissions from undergraduate students currently enrolled in colleges and universities within the U.S. Send us your poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, and visual art! Our open-ended theme for the 2023 edition is Patchwork, which for us connotes crafting, patience, attention, salvage, repair, diversity, togetherness, endurance—and more! Show us what Patchwork means to you! View flyer and visit website for more information.

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Call :: The Common Seeks Writing from Farmworkers

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The Common, the award-winning literary journal based at Amherst College, is announcing an open call for writing submissions from the farmworker and farm laborer community—the migrant, seasonal, and often immigrant laborers who make up much of the US agricultural workforce—to be published as a special portfolio in the fall of 2023.

The Common invites work from current and former farmworkers of all ages, as well as those raised in farmworker families who experienced the stories and effects of this work through their parents or other relations. This portfolio offers space to work that voices the diversity of farmwork and farmworkers and their wide range of experiences: the physical, emotional, and financial struggles, the dangers and injustices, but also the rituals and celebrations, and the profound strength, skill, ingenuity, and resilience that are essential to this life.

This portfolio will be edited in collaboration with guest co-editor Miguel M. Morales, a Lambda Literary Fellow and an alum of VONA/Voices and of the Macondo Writers Workshop who grew up in Texas working as a migrant and seasonal farmworker.

Submissions close February 1, 2023. Payment for accepted work is $200 for prose pieces and $40 per poem.

For more information, click here.

Call :: Third Street Review Inaugural Issue

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Nonprofit Third Street Writers has announced they are launching their very own literary magazine – Third Street Review. They are currently accepting submissions for the inaugural issue. They are a paying market and welcome work from writers and artists from all cultural backgrounds and experience levels.

See the NewPages Classifieds for more information.

Inaugural Call :: ISSUED: Stories of Service

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The newly launched ISSUED: Stories of Services is accepting submissions of stories by active-duty military, veterans, and family members in the form of poetry and flash prose. Appropriately, the deadline is Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2022. Editors hope for works that express the “spectrum of experiences within military life, including gender and sexuality, BIPOC voices, physical and mental health combat, enlisting and separating, family and relationships, and reintegration into society.” The publication also welcomes visual art in any genre. ISSUED is supported by the Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement at Arizona State University. For more information and submission guidelines, visit the publication’s website.

Call :: Qua Magazine Seeks Submissions from Michiganders for Fall 2022 Issue

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Based at the University of Michigan – Flint, Qua was founded over 50 years ago. They are currently accepting submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual arts, and photography from writers and artists living in Michigan for the Fall 2022 issue. No fee to submit. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more. Last month to submit!

Call :: Plant-Human Quarterly Seeks Work for Upcoming Issues

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Online literary magazine Plant-Human Quarterly reads submissions that explore the myriad ways writers manifest their relationship to the botanical world year-round. Past contributors include Ellen Bass, Forrest Gander, Kimiko Hahn, and Arthur Sze. Learn more about their submission guidelines and accepted genres by stopping by their ad in the NewPages Classifieds.

August 2022 eLitPak :: About Place Journal is Open for Submissions

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Deadline: October 15, 2022
The fight for social justice, reproductive rights, and the environment has been ongoing and yet the moment calls for an urgent and sharp response. The artist is to illuminate darkness and make the world better. We need submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art that expresses resistance and collective democratic worldbuilding, worlds with justice as a reality. View flier or visit website to learn more.

View the full August 2022 eLitPak Newsletter. Don’t forget to subscribe today to receive the September 2022 eLitPak Newsletter straight to your inbox.

August 2022 eLitPak :: Sans. PRESS – Open Call for New Anthology!

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Sans. PRESS, a new indie publisher from Ireland, is looking for short stories for their newest anthology, INTO CHAOS. Open to all genres and writers, we want unexpected stories that show us new layers to reality! Free to submit and selected writers will be offered €150 for stories. View flier or Visit website to learn more.

View the full August 2022 eLitPak Newsletter. Don’t forget to subscribe today to receive the September 2022 eLitPak Newsletter straight to your inbox.

Call :: Woodcrest Literary Journal 2022 Open Reading Period

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Woodcrest, the literary journal of Cabrini University, announces their reading period is now open through November 1 (or until their limit is reached). They aim to publish work that surprises and challenges the human experience and encourage writers to reach their past issues before submitting. There is no fee. See their full ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

July 2022 eLitPak :: Issue 85 of Kaleidoscope Available Now! Accepting Submissions Year-round.

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In this issue you’ll find nuggets of contentment as authors share stories of disability and the connections they experience with those who travel this journey with them. A pioneer in its field, Kaleidoscope magazine publishes literature and artwork that creatively explore the experience of disability. Submit your best work to us today! Visit our website or view our flyer for more information.

If you’re not a current NewPages Newsletter subscriber, you can access the full July 2022 eLitPak here.

July 2022 eLitPak :: Divot Poetry Reading for Issues 5 & 6

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Rolling submission deadline
Divot Poetry wants to read your poems for Issues 5 and 6. We value fresh imagery and startling ways to describe the human condition. See our submission guidelines for full information. We look forward to reading your poetry; you inspire us. View flyer or visit website to learn more.

Not a NewPages Newsletter subscriber yet? View the full July 2022 eLitPak here.

June 2022 eLitPak :: Divot Wants to Read Your Poems! You Inspire Us!

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Divot Poetry is reading for Issues 5 and 6. We value fresh imagery and startling ways to describe the human condition. See our submission guidelines for full information. We look forward to reading your poetry. Rolling submission deadline. View flyer or visit website to learn more.

If you’re not subscribed to our weekly newsletter, view the full June 2022 eLitPak here.

June 2022 eLitPak :: Submit to CARVE Year-round!

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Carve accepts submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world. We pay the writers we publish ($100 for fiction; $50 for nonfiction/poetry) and have generous word count limits: up to 10,000 for fiction/nonfiction and 2,000 for poetry. We publish all three genres in print, and fiction is also published online. Submit your best work todayView flyer for more details.

If you’re not subscribed to our weekly newsletter, view the full June 2022 eLitPak here.

Call :: Creative Nonfiction Sunday Short Reads

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Creative Nonfiction magazine is accepting submissions for their Sunday Short Reads email—previously unpublished work up to 1,000 words, with a deadline of August 1. Managing Editor Hattie Fletcher offers this editorial tip: “We’re open to stories on any subject, any style, but one of the questions we ask ourselves before accepting a story is, ‘Would we feel good about emailing this out to 8,500+ readers first thing on a Sunday morning?'” There is a $3 submission fee, waived for subscribers; pays $50 on publication, and all submissions are also considered for publication in CNF magazine.

Call :: Dear Queer: Letters in Solidarity with LGBTIQ+ Youth

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Broadsided Press started Broadsided Responds to show support and solidarity in response to global crises. Dear Queer: Letters in Solidarity with LGBTIQ+ Youth seeks to “stand with the LGBTIQ+ community and all those who call them/us family.” Writers are invited to share “short works that reach out toward any – past or present, self or other – who has needed support, solace, or a sense of being seen and known . . . writing from voices who might wish to speak to their own younger selves (and, by extension, the younger selves of today).” Poems of 30 lines or less or flash prose under 300 words with the title “Letter to my __________” that provide hope, solace, pathways, and a sense of solidarity are welcome through July 4, 2022. There is a $3 VOLUNTARY entry fee, but please see the incredible work this all-volunteer organization has done over the years and support financially if you can.

Call :: Creative Nonfiction Becoming a Nurse

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Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks submissions for a special expanded anniversary edition of I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. They are looking for pandemic-era stories dramatically and vividly written by and about nurses which examine the complex and essential role nurses of all kinds have played in providing care and guidance for patients and families, as well as the ways in which the pandemic has affected both individuals and the healthcare system. Previously unpublished, narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters, and a distinctive voice, 1000-4000 words. This is a paying market. All submissions will be considered for the book and might also be considered for other CNF projects. There is no submission fee for this category. Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2022.

Call :: Black Memoirs Matter

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Committed to sharing stories that need to be told, Memoir Magazine is accepting memoir and creative nonfiction by writers of African descent – all writers of the African Diaspora, regardless of country of origin or residence – for their upcoming anthology Black Memoirs Matter. “Our goal,” the editors say, “is to chronicle the global Black Experience through memoir. At the same time, we are looking for universal truths that transcend race, like mental health, self-love, parenting, etc.” Submissions should be 500-4k words, written in the first person, with simultaneous and previously published works welcome. “We seriously encourage emerging and unpublished writers to apply.” Acceptance pays $50 honorarium and a print version of the anthology. There is a $25 fee with all entries also considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

May 2022 eLitPak :: Divot Reading Work for Summer Issues

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Divot reads on a rolling basis and is currently reading poetry for our summer issues! Please send us your best work. We would love to read up to 6 poems. Also, check out our Divot Poetry Chapbook Contest ending June 15, 2022. See our submission and contest guidelines. We can’t wait to hear from you! Visit website.

View the full May 2022 eLitPak newsletter.

Call :: Oyster River Pages Seeks De-Centered & Marginalized Writers

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This is the last month to submit work to online literary magazine Oyster River Pages for their annual issue. They seek work that stretches both creative and social boundaries and particularly seek to feature artists whose voices have been historically de-centered or marginalized. They also highlight new voices in their Emerging Voices in Poetry and Fiction. Stop by the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Call :: Kings River Review Fall 2022 Issue

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Deadline: October 15, 2022
The Kings River Review publishes artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of current 2-year community college students. Submission Deadlines: October 15 for the fall issue and April 1 for the spring issue. Submission requirements: up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography sent as .JPEG files; creative nonfiction and fiction of up to 3,000 words; and up to 5 poems. Go to kingsriverreview.com for full submission guidelines.

Call :: Oyster River Pages Seeks Submissions for Annual Issue

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Deadline: May 31, 2022
Oyster River Pages
is a literary and artistic collective seeking submissions for our annual issue that stretch creative and social boundaries. In addition to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts, we also seek to promote new voices in our Emerging Voices Poetry and Emerging Voices Fiction sections. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity, something we see as especially important during these tumultuous times. Because of this, we seek to feature artists whose voices have been historically de-centered or marginalized. Please see www.oysterriverpages.com for submission details.

Call :: LIGHT Calls for Submissions: Art, Letters, Stories, Poetry, & More

Deadline: May 1, 2022
Leaders Igniting Generational Healing and Transformation (LIGHT) is calling for submissions of art, letters, stories, poetry, and other creative works for the first issue of our biannual literary journal in public health. We invite everyone to share their lived experiences of healing and health as a way to connect with each other using the dialogue, expressions, and language that you resonate with best. The deadline to submit is by May 1, 2022. Prize money (1st: $500, 2nd: $375, 3rd: $125) will be given to the top three contestants of each category. To learn more, please visit light4ph.org.

Call :: Remember Atmosphere Press Reading Book Manuscripts in All Genres

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Deadline: Rolling
Atmosphere Press is currently seeking book manuscripts from diverse voices. There’s no submission fee, and if your manuscript is selected, we’ll be the publisher you’ve always wanted: attentive, organized, on schedule, and professional. We use a model in which the author funds the publication of the book, but retains 100% rights, royalties, and artistic autonomy. This year Atmosphere authors have received featured reviews with Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. Submit your book manuscript at atmospherepress.com.

Call :: Chicken Soup for the Soul Wants Your Story for My Wonderful, Wacky Family!

Deadline: April 30, 2022
We all have them! Those eccentric, goofy, wacky, lovable, and oh-so-fun family members—the ones we tell all the stories about. They could be a parent or grandparent, an in-law, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin. Share your true stories and poems about those family members. With love and appreciation, please. No mean-spirited stories wanted. If we publish your piece, you will be paid $200 plus 10 free copies of the book. Writing guidelines and more info at www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics.

Call :: Daily Stories of Fifty Words or Less Straight into Your Inbox

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Deadline: Rolling
If a reader signs up to 50 Give or Take, they will receive daily micro fiction of fifty words or less straight into their inbox. Despite popular opinion, the name 50 Give or Take doesn’t refer to the number of words in the story. It is a metaphor for what we, as readers and writers, give and take emotionally from the written word. Do you write flash fiction? Then submit! We publish all accepted stories in a print collection every November 6. All you have to do is submit your story, one-line bio, and vertical photo of yourself. Info here: vineleavespress.com/50-give-or-take.html.

Call :: Kings River Review Call for 2-Year College Student Submissions

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Deadline: April 1, 2022
The Kings River Review publishes artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of current 2-year community college students. Submission Deadlines: April 1 for the spring issue and October 15 for the fall issue. Submission requirements: up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography sent as .JPEG files; creative nonfiction and fiction of up to 3,000 words; and up to 5 poems. Go to kingsriverreview.com for full submission guidelines.

Call :: Chicken Soup for the Soul Wants Your Story for The Magic of Christmas!

Deadline: May 1, 2022
It may be March, but at Chicken Soup for the Soul we are still thinking about the magic of Christmas. Share your winter holiday memories and traditions with our readers, from the heartwarming to the hilarious. Everything from Thanksgiving, to Hanukkah, to Christmas, to New Year’s. Be sure the stories are “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers! If we publish your piece, you will be paid $200 plus 10 free copies of the book. Writing guidelines and more info at www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics.

Weekly Round-up of Calls & Contests :: February 26, 2022

February is officially over with after Monday. It doesn’t seem possible. Don’t let the shortest month of the year deter your writing goals! Check out all the submission opportunities featured on NewPages this past week while enjoying our new virtual duds. Don’t forget newsletter subscribers get early access to these opportunities and to our monthly eLitPak, so subscribe today if you haven’t already.

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February 2022 eLitPak :: Navigations – A Place for Peace

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Deadline: March 10, 2022
Each issue of About Place Journal, the arts publication of the Black Earth Institute, focuses on a specific theme. Until March 10, we’ll be accepting submissions for our Spring 2022 issue Navigations: A Place for Peace. Our mission: to have art address the causes of spirit, earth, and society; to protect the earth; and to build a more just and interconnected world. We publish prose, poetry, visual art, photography, video, and music which fit the current theme. Visit website.

View the full February 2022 eLitPak Newsletter here.

Weekly Round-up of Calls & Contests :: February 18, 2022

With February half over, how are your submissions goals going? Don’t let them wane. Check out the submission opportunities featured on NewPages this past week. Plus, stay tuned for the February eLitPak fliers being posted to the blog today! Don’t forget newsletter subscribers get early access to ads and eLitPaks, so subscribe today!

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Call :: Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine

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Deadline: March 18, 2022
Qua Literary and Fine Arts
Magazine is a student-run publication of the University of Michigan-Flint. Founded over 50 years ago, we are currently in the process of returning to a biannual publishing schedule. We invite submissions of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Arts, Photography, et cetera, from anyone currently living in the state of Michigan. No submission fees. For the all-digital Winter issue, all submissions must be made by March 18th, 2022 here: go.umflint.edu/quamagazinesubmission.

Call :: Chicken Soup for the Soul Wants Your Story!

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Deadline: April 15, 2022
Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for true personal, heartwarming and powerfully moving stories about extraordinary events and happenings that will make our readers say “Wow!” This book is for everyone who loves to hear about miracles, amazing coincidences, and mysterious and unexplainable things that have happened for no apparent reason. We do not intend for this book to be specifically religious—it is for everyone. If we publish your piece, you will be paid $200 plus 10 free copies of the book. Writing guidelines and more info at www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

Call :: 50 Give or Take Open to Submissions & Subscriptions

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Deadline: Rolling
If a reader signs up to 50 Give or Take, they will receive micro fiction of fifty words or less delivered daily straight into their inbox. Despite popular opinion, the name 50 Give or Take doesn’t refer to the number of words in the story. It is a metaphor for what we, as readers and writers, give and take emotionally from the written word. Do you write flash fiction? Then submit! We publish all accepted stories in a print collection every November 6. All you have to do is submit your story, one-line bio, and vertical photo of yourself. Info here: vineleavespress.com/50-give-or-take.html.

Call :: Storm Cellar Seeks Underrepresented Voices

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Deadline: Rolling
Storm Cellar
seeks new and amazing writing and art for its spring issue! We are a journal of safety and danger, in many senses, in print and e-book formats since 2011. Send secrets, codes, adventures, mad experiments, and wild things. Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, fat, border-straddling, poor, and other marginalized authors encouraged, bonus points for a Midwest connection. Now paying; limited no-fee submissions available each month. Full guidelines and F.A.Q. at stormcellar.org/submit.