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  • Posted January 23, 2020
  • Palooka Seeks Chapbooks, Prose, Poetry, Artwork, Photography
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Palooka is an international literary magazine. For a decade we've featured up-and-coming, established, and brand-new writers, artists, and photographers from all around the world. We're open to diverse forms and styles and are always seeking unique chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips. Give us your best shot! Submissions open year-round. palookamag.com

  • Posted January 22, 2020
  • We Want the Best Stories in All Genres
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Reviews, Interviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture the BMR strives to represent life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. Songs save the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. Our editors read year-round with an eye out for work with homespun and international appeal. We’ve published work with Jericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Nahko, Michel Stone, Genesis Greykid, Cassandra King, Melissa Studdard, and A.E. Stallings. www.southerncollectiveexperience.com/submission-guidelines/

  • Posted January 21, 2020
  • Oyster River Pages is Open for Submissions!
  • Deadline info Deadline: May 31, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Oyster River Pages is a literary and artistic collective seeking submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts that stretch creative and social boundaries. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity. Because of this, we seek to feature artists whose voices have been historically de-centered and marginalized. Additionally, our Emerging Voices section seeks new voices in fiction from those who have published fewer than two publications and who meet our submission criteria. Please see www.oysterriverpages.com for submission details.

  • Posted January 20, 2020
  • New Stories from the Midwest 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Anthology

New Stories from the Midwest will celebrate its tenth anniversary by presenting selected stories from previous volumes alongside new stories published in 2018 or 2019. Journals may submit six stories published 2018–2019 for free; writers may submit unlimited stories published 2018–2019 for $3 each. A $100 Heartland Fiction Prize will be awarded to a story of exceptional power. All contributors receive two copies and discount on more. Guest editor is Michael Martone. Deadline: February 1, 2020. www.newamericanpress.com/newmidwest.php

  • Posted January 20, 2020
  • Club Plum Literary Journal Seeks Flash Fiction, Prose Poems, & Art
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

Submissions open for flash fiction of no more than 800 words and prose poems. Send lyrical prose and fierce prose. Club Plum also seeks art: Please send one image only of pen-and-ink line art, pencil drawings, watercolor, experimental, impressionistic or abstract pieces, black-and-white or color. The editor will pass on photography. See clubplumliteraryjournal.com for details.

  • Posted January 16, 2020
  • Theme: Revitalizing the Small Town!
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

Jenny Magazine is a literary journal founded and run by students from Youngstown State University. We've decided Issue 18 will have a theme: revitalizing the small town. We are looking for pieces from those who grew up in the decaying Rust Belt to bring new life to our stories. We may be living in ghost towns, but we are still the faces of hope. www.jennymag.org

  • Posted January 16, 2020
  • About Place Journal Call for Submissions: Practices of Hope
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Interviews, Translations, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

Each issue of About Place Journal, the arts publication of the Black Earth Institute, focuses on a specific theme. From 12/1/19 to 2/15/20 we'll be accepting submissions for our Spring 2020 issue Practices of Hope. 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. More about this issue's theme and our submission guidelines: aboutplacejournal.org/submissions/.

  • Posted January 16, 2020
  • HWP Submissions: Tin Can Literary Review & From the Depths
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in Tin Can Literary Review—our upcoming fiction anthology celebrating the works of new, emerging, and seasoned authors. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. Contributors to be paid $250 per published story. Also seeking works of fiction, poetry, and flash for paid print publication in the 18th issue of From the Depths and for 2020 HWP Awards. Details: www.hauntedwaterspress.com. Visit the HWP Contributor Showcase to learn more about our published authors and poets.

  • Posted January 15, 2020
  • High Desert Journal Now Accepting Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

High Desert Journal is now accepting submissions of essays, stories, poems, and artwork for its Spring 2020 issue. Deadline to submit is March 15. We’re especially interested in work that expands and challenges the usual notions of the interior West. Since 2004, HDJ has uniquely combined the elements of the West: elegance and grit, urban and rural, arid and wet. HDJ is a publication that elicits a sense of place, honors the myths and evokes the emergent West, and portrays the joys and challenges of life in the high desert. Please submit using our submission manager www.highdesertjournal.com/submissions.

  • Posted January 15, 2020
  • Awakenings Review Seeks Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, and Art
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Established in 2000, The Awakenings Review is an annual lit mag committed to publishing poetry, short story, nonfiction, photography, and art by writers, poets and artists who have a relationship with mental illness: either self, family member, or friend. Our striking hardcopy publication is one of the nation's leading journals of this genre. Creative endeavors and mental illness have long had a close association. The Awakenings Review publishes works derived from artists', writers’, and poets’ experiences with mental illness, though mental illness need not be the subject of your work. Visit www.AwakeningsProject.org for submission guidelines.

  • Posted January 13, 2020
  • The American Journal of Poetry Volume 9 Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Now reading for Volume Nine. Please visit us to read our previous volumes filled with poems from poets the world over, from the first-published to the most acclaimed in literature. A unique voice is highly prized. Be bold, uncensored, take risks. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." We are the home of the long poem! No restrictions as to subject matter, style, or length. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager, Submittable; a submission fee is charged. theamericanjournalofpoetry.com

  • Posted January 13, 2020
  • The MacGuffin Seeks Formal Poetry!
  • Deadline info Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

The MacGuffin is featuring formal poetical works in Volume 36, No. 3! We’ll take a look at any poem in an established metrical form, but save any free or blank verse for a different issue. Send up to five poems, listing their titles and forms in an email cover letter, using “Form Issue” in the subject line. Submissions also considered via post and Submittable (themacguffin.submittable.com/submit). Please send all work by April 1, 2020. Prose is still being considered for general publication in this issue. For more information, please see our website at www.schoolcraft.edu/macguffin or send us an email at .

  • Posted January 09, 2020
  • The Massachusetts Review Calls for Native-authored Work for Special Issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art
  • Type Magazine

The editors of the Massachusetts Review, along with guest editors Tacey Atsitty, Laura Furlan, and Toni Jensen, welcome submissions for a special issue of new Native-authored work. MR’s first Native-focused issue—scheduled for publication in December 2020—coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth landing. MR is a literary journal committed to social justice and equality; our issues include poetry, fiction, artwork, and essays. See www.massreview.org to learn more about the journal. Send queries and submissions to and please name the genre (e.g., “FICTION: Title') in your subject line.

  • Posted January 08, 2020
  • Long Shot Books Presents: Atomic Flyswatter Vol. 1
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Anthology

Long Shot Books is accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our Atomic Flyswatter print anthology. There is no theme—we are open to works of any genre. Submit up to two poems or stories. Story word count is 200-30,000 words. Email entries to with "Print Version" in the subject line. Deadline April 1. www.longshotbooks.com

  • Posted January 07, 2020
  • Forest Avenue Press Call for Manuscripts
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 4, 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Book

Forest Avenue Press, distributed by Publishers Group West, is looking for two adult novels for publication in 2022. We always seek to add authors of color to our catalog as well as disabled authors, neurodivergent authors, LGBTQIA authors, and those whose stories subvert the dominant paradigm. As an independent press, we champion indie bookstores, so if your Twitter feed is full of Amazon links, we're not going to be a good fit. Forest Avenue keeps its catalog small because we believe in building strong author-publisher relationships. Submissions are open Jan. 2-Feb. 4 through Submittable only. Full guidelines: www.forestavenuepress.com/about/submissions.

  • Posted January 07, 2020
  • Call for Poetry Submissions: Court Green
  • Deadline info Deadline: June 1, 2020
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Court Green is a biannual online magazine currently seeking poetry submissions for issues 18 and 19. Court Green is a space where all kinds of poems are welcome, especially those you can't always find elsewhere. Visit courtgreen.net to read current and past issues, and for further submission information.

  • Posted January 07, 2020
  • Sheila-Na-Gig online Welcomes Submissions for Spring Poetry Issue
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice. Please submit up to THREE previously unpublished poems as one file (.doc, .docx) via the Submittable link. Include a brief bio in the cover note field. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes quarterly. Deadlines: August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1 yearly. Editors will select up to six poems yearly to nominate for the Pushcart Prize/The Best of the Net. sheilanagigblog.com

  • Posted January 07, 2020
  • Timeworn Literary Journal is Open to Submissions
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

Timeworn is now accepting unpublished historical short stories in English, between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Stories should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven. We want “historical fiction from the fringe”—stories with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. Quiet speculative elements strongly encouraged. Payment of $25 upon acceptance plus contributor copy upon publication. timewornlit.com

  • Posted January 06, 2020
  • Open For Submissions!
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 31 (4x2); March 15 (print)
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Barrow Street is now reading your submissions for our annual print journal, open to all poets, as well as for our online 4x2 Project, which features poets who have not yet published a book or chapbook. Submit to one publication or both! Poems appearing in Barrow Street have been featured in Best American Poetry for more than a dozen years. Check our submit page for guidelines for each publication. We look forward to reading your work. barrowstreet.org/press/submit/

  • Posted January 06, 2020
  • Sixteen Rivers Annual Call for Submissions for Book-Length Manuscripts
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Book

Sixteen Rivers Press, a nonprofit poetry collective, invites Northern California poets to submit book-length poetry manuscripts to the press from November 1 to February 1, 2020. There is no fee, and all styles of poetry are welcome. Typically one or two manuscripts are selected for publication. The winner/s will be announced in June 2020 and published in 2022. Authors must become members of the collective with a three-year commitment, devoting an average of eight hours per month to the work of the press. For details, please see the FAQ page at sixteenrivers.org.

  • Posted January 06, 2020
  • Slag Glass City Special Call: Adapt This City
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 5, 2020
  • Genre Nonfiction, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Audio, Video
  • Type Magazine

As rising shorelines consume cities, as displacement guts neighborhoods, as immigrant families fear deportation raids, as city dwellers fight epic battles for rent control, as desert cities burn and hurricanes blow ocean cities off their foundations, how are we adapting? Slag Glass City wants your nonfiction stories, arguments, lyrics, and reports about 21st century cities transforming, in tiny or tremendous ways. Write us a city bent on survival. Slag Glass City considers nonfiction prose, graphic memoir, video, audio, soundscape, photography, mixed media, multidisciplinary, and other forms of the essay arts. www.slagglasscity.org

  • Posted January 03, 2020
  • Calling Connecticut Writers
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Anthology

The Connecticut Literary Festival is seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for the first annual Connecticut Literary Anthology. The book will be published in conjunction with the Literary Festival in Fall 2020. Submissions open January 4 - March 31, 2020. No submission fees. CT residents only. Published authors receive a complimentary copy. Publishing partner: Central Connecticut State University English Department. Visit connecticutliteraryfestival.org for submission details and the link to the submission portal.

  • Posted January 02, 2020
  • Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Reviews, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Storm Cellar, a journal of safety and danger since 2011, seeks amazing new writing and art for its summer issue. We especially encourage women, BIPOC, lgbtqia+, poor, neurodivergent, border-straddling, and other under-represented authors. Send secrets, treasures, evidence, and evocations: surprise us! Full guidelines at stormcellarquarterly.com/submit and submission manager at stormcellar.submittable.com.

  • Posted January 02, 2020
  • Year-round Open Submissions for Large Readership
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre
  • Type Magazine

Send us your zany, innovative best fiction, poetry, and CNF. We publish bimonthly, and year round. We at Bending Genres also host monthly weekend workshops and retreats. www.bendinggenres.com

  • Posted January 02, 2020
  • Driftwood Press: Poetry Collections, Graphic Novels, & Novella Submissions Open
  • Deadline info Submissions accepted year-round.
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Interviews
  • Type Book

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 full poetry collections, novellas, graphic novels, 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. To polish your fiction, note our editing service, too. www.driftwoodpress.net

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