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  • Posted October 01, 2019
  • Meat for Tea: The Valley Review Wants Your Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Comics
  • Type Magazine

Submit your work to be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Meat for Tea. Happy contributors say: “MfT is the best kept secret in the world of literary journals. It jump started my publishing life and the editor/s are responsive and produce a magazine of high quality” (Stefan Lovasik). “I am consistently surprised and astonished at the work appearing in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. The $4.50 submission fee helps an independent print journal, and indispensable element of our literary culture, survive and thrive (Michael Washburn). We invite you to also become a happy contributor. meatfortea.com/submit.htm

  • Posted October 01, 2019
  • Publishing Prominent and Promising Poets & Authors for over 75 Years
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

The Antioch Review is a small independent magazine founded in 1941 by Antioch College faculty and staff. We have an international cast of writers, readers, and supporters and high standards; selecting the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, delivering "The BEST words in the BEST order." The Review has published independent writers, exceptional poets, and brilliant thinkers throughout its 75 years and played an important role in literary history via publishing the promising alongside the prominent. Antioch Review, P.O. Box 148, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Submission information: review.antiochcollege.edu/guidelines.

  • Posted October 01, 2019
  • upstreet seeks fiction & creative nonfiction
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction
  • Type Magazine

Submissions open September 1 – March 1 annually.
We invite you to submit your fiction and creative nonfiction to upstreet, an award-winning literary journal based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We do not consider unsolicted poetry submissions at this time. Fiction and nonfiction pieces must be 5,000 words or less. Payment upon publication. Decision notifications will be made via email by mid-May. www.upstreet-mag.org

  • Posted October 01, 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 September 30, 2019
  • Galileo Press: Call for Books
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 23, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Book

Submit a full length collection of poems, essays, stories, novella, novel, or hybrid (with exception to 4-colour art/text hybrids) from October 3 to October 23. Unlike our late Spring reading period, manuscripts should be buttoned up and ready to sail. We seek vivid imagery and the balance of abstract to concrete; the capacity to surprise; an elastic syntax, pace, and music; thematic cohesiveness; emotional range and maturity; deft handling of highly charged emotion; use of wit, humor, and self-implication; choice and use of extended metaphor; skillfully juxtaposing the micro and the macro; and more. Please note an important change to our guidelines: an "appealing, confident voice" is no longer needed. Reading fee: $16. freegalileo.com

  • Posted September 30, 2019
  • Raleigh Review Submissions Open through Halloween
  • Deadline info Deadline: Halloween 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Poetry and flash fiction submissions are open through Halloween for our Spring 2020 issue. We are a paying market. $3-$4 fee for submissions. See our flier for full details. www.raleighreview.org

  • Posted September 30, 2019
  • Split Rock Review Seeks Journal & Chapbook Submissions!
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Split Rock Review seeks poetry, short creative nonfiction (up to 1,000 words), comics, graphic stories, art and photography for Issue 14 and poetry manuscripts (18-32 pages) for the Split Rock Poetry Chapbook Series! We’re interested in work that explores place, environment, and the relationship between humans and nature. Reading period: September 1 – November 30. Submissions accepted via https://splitrockreview.submittable.com/submit. For more information about us and our submission guidelines, visit: www.splitrockreview.org. We look forward to reading your work!

  • Posted September 30, 2019
  • Best Peace Fiction Anthology: Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Anthology

Best Peace Fiction (University of New Mexico Press), a biennial anthology, is looking for stories published from 2018-2019 that pertain to the subject of peace or the effects of war. Judge: Robert Olen Butler. Contributors receive $100; authors shall retain the rights to their stories and sign a contributor release form allowing their stories to appear in the anthology. To submit, send a Word attachment to with "bpf1 submission" in the subject field and include the story’s title, name of the journal in which it appears, and journal issue number.

  • Posted September 26, 2019
  • The HitchLit Review Secular Special: "Take It or Leave It"
  • Deadline info Deadline: October 31, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, Screenplay, Comics, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

The HitchLit Review seeks submissions for a themed issue (to be published in December 2019). The theme is “Paradoxes.” As a secular journal, we are seeking essays, poems, scripts, and comics that capture the essence and ambivalence of the areligious community (i.e. agnostics, atheists, humanists, apostates, etc.), their lives, loves, and experiences. Submissions may be sent as an attachment via email to . This reading period ends on October 31. To learn more about us, please visit hitchlit.org.

  • Posted September 25, 2019
  • Zizzle Literary: Seeking Diverse Voices for 2020 Special Edition
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Genre Fiction
  • Type Magazine

PAY: $100 /flash fiction; $250 /short story. Fee: $3. Do you share our mission to cultivate young literature lovers? We publish literary fiction that appeals to both teens and adults. Some of the accepted pieces will be illustrated. Length: flash 500 – 1,200 words; short story 2,000 – 4,500 words. Submission Guidelines: zizzlelit.com. Subscribe to our newsletter: zizzlelit.com/sign-up. “Well-wrought, unusual, and memorable fiction beautifully illustrated—a keepsake.”—Kirkus Review. Read the full review of Issue 3 here.

  • Posted September 24, 2019
  • Flock Seeks Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Flock (est. 2002) seeks submissions for a non-themed spring issue. Winner of a 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award, the journal opens space for boundary-pushing literature by publishing emotionally resonant work that is strange yet familiar, surprising but grounded, and softly experimental in form, language, or content. flocklit.com

  • Posted September 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 September 19, 2019
  • The Main Street Rag Needs Poets
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

We love our base and hear from them regularly, but we’d also like to see some new faces. Poetry submissions have been slow of late. That means our usual backlog of 9 months to a year is no longer the case. We respond quickly and will get those we accept into print quickly (for now). Visit our website for guidelines and Submittable link. Then send us something to knock our socks off. Guidelines and links available at www.MainStreetRag.com. Back issues and a plethora of books available at www.MainStreetRagbookstore.com.

  • Posted September 19, 2019
  • Minerva Rising Seeks Submission for Relationships, Sexuality, and Desire Themed-issue
  • Deadline info Deadline: November 30, 2019
  • Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography, Cross-genre, Reviews, Interviews
  • Type Magazine

Minerva Rising celebrates the creativity and wisdom in every woman by giving them space to tell their stories and to tell them well. We are committed to working with both established and emerging women writers to build a supportive community of women. All published pieces receive a small honorarium. There’s a $15 submission fee. Visit minervarising.com for more details on how to submit.

  • Posted September 19, 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 September 17, 2019
  • Heron Tree: Call for Submissions
  • Deadline info Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • Genre Poetry
  • Type Magazine

Heron Tree is open for submissions through December 1, 2019. We will read submissions and make decisions on a rolling basis. Accepted poems will be published individually online (one poem a week beginning in January 2020) and then collected in Heron Tree volume 7, which will be available as a free downloadable ebook. Visit our submission guidelines at herontree.com/how/.

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