Chestnut Review features storytellers—not just in fiction, but in all the genres we publish. We love clarity in art, but that doesn’t necessarily mean simplicity. We work together with writers to bring their stories to the world. It could be a story in a poem, an essay, an image, but it is still a story that needs to be told. We are a paying market and we accept 250 free submissions for poetry, photography, and art each month.
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/.
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
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
The Headlight Review. Chapbook Prize in Prose Writing. Fiction. Entry Fee. [chap] 12/1
CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers for Volume Eight, 2020. Past volumes include works by Adrian Shirk, Anne Panning, Cara Hoffman, Ira Sukrungruang, Lloyd Suh, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paisley Rekdal, and talented new voices. Reading August 15 through December 15. Guidelines: www.clockhouse.net.
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.
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.
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.