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  • Posted December 12, 2019
  • Volney Road Review Paying for Prose, Poetry, Art, and Comics
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 1, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Comics, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Volney Road Review is a literary magazine based in Youngstown, Ohio. We are currently open to submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction up to 3,500 words, art/photography, and comics for VRR volume 2, issue 2. We publish digitally and pay $10 per accepted piece. Find out more at volneyroadreview.com.

  • Posted December 12, 2019
  • Seeking New Short Stories for Issue 13!
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

Light and Dark is seeking your best short stories for our twelfth online issue! We are particularly interested in stories that deal in some way with the dichotomous nature of existence. Please send us nothing longer than 3,000 words. All stories will be published on our website: www.lightanddarkmagazine.com. The author will also receive a token payment of $15. We look forward to reading your best work: lightanddark.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted December 09, 2019
  • Submit to Parhelion Literary Magazine
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Parhelion is accepting short story, flash, creative nonfiction, and poetry submissions for the Winter 2020 issue. We're also accepting book reviews, author interviews, articles on writing, literary events, and other related topics for our ongoing Features section. Please check out our submission guidelines to submit. We look forward to reading your work, and thanks for considering us! parhelionliterary.com

  • Posted December 09, 2019
  • Ghost Bus
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

Edward Gory, Gahan Wilson, and Charles Adams are standing on a street corner when the Ghost Bus goes by. They all saw it, but each saw it differently. What did you see when it went by, or were you a passenger? Just who rides the Ghost Bus anyway, and where the heck is it going? Wait . . . is that Miyazaki’s Cat Bus coming the other way?Tell us your best story in approximately 50 words about what you saw. Submissions in the body of an email to . No attachments, poetry, or bios. Open 12/01/19 through 01/15/20. www.blink-ink.org

  • Posted December 09, 2019
  • CircleShow
  • Deadline info Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Seven CirclePress: A Poetry Micropress is currently accepting submissions for Volume 21 of our flagship publication, CircleShow. We are interested in publishing the work of both known and unknown poets. Issues of CircleShow are posted online in free-to-read PDF format. Issues are also made available for purchase on-demand as trade paperbacks. Please note that while we do not offer monetary payment for accepted work, all contributors do receive a complimentary copy of the printed issue in which their work appears. Visit us at www.sevencirclepress.com for more info.

  • Posted December 05, 2019
  • 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 December 04, 2019
  • 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 December 04, 2019
  • The Awakenings Review Seeks Poetry, Short Story, and Nonfiction
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Publishing since 2000, The Awakenings Review is an annual lit mag committed to publishing poetry, short story, and nonfiction by writers and poets 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 writing and mental illness have long had a close association. The Awakenings Review publishes works derived from writers’ and poets’ experiences with mental illness, though mental illness need not be the subject of your work. Visit www.AwakeningsProject.org for writers guidelines.

  • Posted December 04, 2019
  • Aji Call for Spring Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: February 1, 2020 (or until filled)
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

Are objects in your rearview mirror closer than they appear? The theme for Aji’s Spring 2020 issue is hindsight. Send us graphic art, photography, poetry, short fiction, and essays on those things that seem obvious only after the fact. Work on this and any other topic will be considered for publication. Once the Spring 2020 issue is filled, submissions will close until May 1, 2020. www.ajimagazine.com

  • Posted December 04, 2019
  • 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 December 03, 2019
  • Hot Dish Magazine, Grades 9-12
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 5, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Hot Dish Magazine, an online journal serving a bubbling mixture of poetry and fiction by teens (grades 9-12), wants your voice to be heard! We award cash prizes for fiction, poetry, and the Hot Dish Challenge. This year's Hot Dish Challenge is a picture challenge, where authors select one given picture to write a poem or short story about. Visit us at www.hotdishmagazine.com to see past issues and current guidelines. Submit for free by January 5, 2020, at hotdishmagazine.submittable.com/submit.

  • Posted December 02, 2019
  • Fleas on the Dog OPEN for Submissions! Dec. 1–Dec. 30
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama
  • Type Magazine

Oh NO!!! The infamous dude sextet is back! Yes, the boiz are once again itchin’ for your short fiction, plays, and nonfiction for the soon to be notorious Issue 5. QUALITY junk that’s full of spunk and drop dead funk. Writing that not only shames your imitators but your friends and family too! We want it ALL and we want it NOW! So see our Guidelines for details. And remember, if we like what you submit we’ll be all over you. If we don’t, we promise to be gentle. fleasonthedog.com

  • Posted December 02, 2019
  • Poetry Anthology Focused on the Environment
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Anthology

Flexible Press is teaming up with Split Rock Review for an anthology that explores the current state of the natural environment through poetry. All proceeds go to an environmental nonprofit. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works OK. No submission fee! Reading period: September 1 to December 31. For guidelines, visit flexiblepub.com or splitrockreview.org/submit.

  • Posted December 02, 2019
  • Sky Island Journal: Issue 11 (Winter 2020) Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Midnight (CST) on December 31, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Translations
  • Type Magazine

Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal dedicated to publishing the finest poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices. We provide over 50,000 readers in 145 countries with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally. We publish quarterly, and our average response time is 9 days. Every submission receives a prompt, respectful, and individualized response detailing what we appreciated. Enjoy our previous issues, and submit for Issue 11 before midnight (CST) on December 31st at www.skyislandjournal.com.

  • Posted December 02, 2019
  • Do You Write Stories for Teens? Zizzle Literary Calls for Submissions
  • Deadline info Extended Deadline: January 31, 2020
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

PAY: $100/flash fiction; $250/short story. Fee: $3. Zizzle’s 2020 special edition will feature literary fiction that both teens and adults will enjoy. Some of the accepted pieces will be illustrated. Subscribe to our newsletter to get free access to our audio editions. Length: flash 500 – 1,200 words; short story 2,000 – 4,500 words. Submission Guidelines: zizzlelit.com. “Well-wrought, unusual, and memorable fiction beautifully illustrated—a keepsake.” Kirkus Review

  • Posted December 02, 2019
  • Qommunicate Publishing, Queer Publisher, Current Open Calls for Submission
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Anthology

Pan's Ex² Queer Sex Poetry (Dec. 31, ‘19); Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology Vol. 4 (Jan 31); Queer Theater: LGBTQ+ Ten-Minute & One-Act Plays for Students & Adults/General Audiences (Feb 28); Queer Youth: LGBTQ+ True Stories (Mar 31); Queer Around & Around the World: LGBTQ+ True Stories (Apr. 30); Geek Out! III - Queer Pop Lit, Art & Ideas (May 31); Even More Queer Families: LGBTQ+ True Stories (Jun 30); Funny Queer: LGBTQ+ Humor (Sep 30); Queer Faith (Oct 31). Work must be at least either by or about LGBTQ+. Also seeking visual art & standalone works. Multiple/Simultaneous subs okay. More: queerpublisher.com/submissions.

  • Posted November 26, 2019
  • Call for Submissions From Girls Worldwide
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young female-identified writers and artists, ages 14 through 21, to submit their work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. We currently accept poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication the rights return to you. We publish annually. Send your best art and writing, in English or English translation, to by December 31, 2019. Please include a note that mentions your age, where you’re from, and the work you are submitting. girlsrighttheworld.com

  • Posted November 26, 2019
  • Call for Submissions - great weather for MEDIA
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-genre, Drama
  • Type Anthology

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and the experimental. Please visit our website for guidelines: www.greatweatherformedia.com/submissions/.

  • Posted November 25, 2019
  • Coffee House Anthology: Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: April 3, 2020
  • Genre Nonfiction
  • Type Anthology

We invite submissions for an essay anthology that takes a contemporary look at silences around class and caste systems that divide us, to be co-edited by a collective of award-winning incarcerated writers and published by Coffee House Press. The pieces should tell the stories of the unseen and the unspoken, and articulate lines of our division. We encourage submissions from all walks of life and across the gender spectrum. Submit to: . We are accepting essays, 2,500 - 7,500 words. Submissions open until April 3, 2020. All accepted contributions will be paid. mnprisonwriting.org

  • Posted November 22, 2019
  • The Hunger Open for Submissions until December 15th
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 15, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Video
  • Type Magazine

The Hunger publishes visceral writing. The theme of “hunger” is not confined only to food, but hungers and thirsts of all kinds: the craving for connection, the human need to be filled or emptied, the devastating desires that define our most alive moments. Hungers can be sexual, romantic, familial, individualistic, spiritual, creative, sorrowful, conflicted, humanistic, and/or existential. We are excited by the lyrical, the experimental, the strange, the uncomfortable, the vulnerable, and just plain honesty. Send us work that bleeds. We want to be devoured. www.thehungerjournal.com/submit

  • Posted November 21, 2019
  • GNU Open for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 31, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, 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/home/.

  • Posted November 20, 2019
  • The MacGuffin Seeks New Work for Vol. 36.2
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography
  • Type Magazine

The MacGuffin is now seeking new poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and fine art for Volume 36.2. As always, we’re not asking you to follow a theme, but with the warmer months moving behind us, consider saving your summer vacation stories for another issue. Instead, maybe send us a story about how you survived the blizzard of ’78 or an ode to your own Rosebud sled. We’ll consider five poems at a time and up to two works of fiction or nonfiction. Artwork must be at least 9” in height. Send work to or themacguffin.submittable.com/submit. For full submission guidelines, see schoolcraft.edu/macguffin.

  • Posted November 18, 2019
  • The American Journal of Poetry Volume 8 Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: Rolling
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Now reading for Volume Eight. 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 November 18, 2019
  • Club Plum Literary Journal Seeks Flash Fiction & Art
  • Deadline info Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Genre Fiction, Art
  • Type Magazine

Submissions open for flash fiction of no more than 800 words. Send work that skates on the edge of realities. Arresting, non-dream narratives are swooned over as well. 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 November 18, 2019
  • 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

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