NewPages Guide to Calls for Submissions
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Deadline: November 5, 2023
Speckled Trout Review has chosen For the Ages as its theme for Fall 2023 (5.2) print issue. We’ve all heard the phrase, “that’s one for the ages,” which suggests a strange, extraordinary, fantastical, or confounding event, situation, or tale that astounds and leaves us amazed. Submit up to 4 poems via email. PLEASE NOTE: Attachments will go unread. Speckled Trout Review is not the platform for poems with overt political messages. Specific guidelines can be found at speckledtroutreview.com/2019/08/04/welcome-to-my-blog/.
Palooka is an international literary magazine. For over a decade we’ve featured new, up-and-coming, and established writers, artists, and photographers from around the world. We’re open to diverse forms and styles and are always seeking unique chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, and graphic narratives. Submissions open year-round. palookamag.com
Deadline: December 30, 2023
The spring 2024 issue of Valley Voices will run a special issue on The Southern Crossroads. The crossroads in the South can be real, metaphorical or cultural, leading one to find peace or tranquility, witness social or political conflicts, explore cultural diversity, or map one’s self in a Southern place. Guidelines can be found at libguides.mvsu.edu/valleyvoices. Poetry (no more than 5), creative nonfiction or critical essays (no more than 5000 words) related to the theme can be submitted to [email protected]. Cover letters are required with bios of no more than 30 words.
Deadline: October 15, 2023
The Kings River Review publishes artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of current 2-year community college students. Submission Deadlines: March 15 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.
Deadline: November 1, 2023 by 11:59 PM CST
Leaders Igniting Generational Healing and Transformation (LIGHT) is calling for submissions for the third issue of the LIGHT Magazine, an annual literary magazine in public health that connects, creates, and curates content for the public by the public. We are interested in learning how you reimagine healing and transformation with cancer through art, letters, stories, and poetry and invite you to share your experiences and stories about cancer. There is no entry fee! Prize money (1st: $500, 2nd: $375, 3rd: $125) will be given to the top three contestants of each category. The deadline is November 1, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST. Visit light4ph.org to learn more and to submit via Submittable.
Application Deadline: October 20, 2023
IvyZen offers a college admissions consulting scholarship every year to high-achieving, creative writing students who are financially disadvantaged and cannot afford private college admissions consulting. The free services are worth over $20,000 and we have an excellent track record of helping these students reach their educational dreams. We also help them with their financial aid applications (css profile). Currently, we have funding for 6 students, who are currently rising seniors and need help with their college applications. For more information or to apply, click here www.ivyzen.net/scholarship-program-ivy-league/. Or feel free to contact us at [email protected] for inquiries.
Deadline: November 30, 2023
Blueline: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submissions window is open until November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to [email protected]. Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at bluelineadkmagazine.org.
Plant-Human Quarterly reads year-round. We seek unpublished or published poetry and essays that explore the myriad ways writers manifest their relationship to the botanical world—whether through heavily researched pieces, keen observation, or more intuitive ways of knowing—that attempt to communicate across boundaries and approach a plant’s-eye-view of the world. Send no more than 5 poems or an essay of no more than 1500 words (flash essay or essay excerpt) in a single word document. Past contributors include Ellen Bass, Forrest Gander, Kimiko Hahn, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, Arthur Sze. Submission guidelines: otherwisecollective.com/phq-submissions.
The Sucarnochee Review at the University of West Alabama is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. NO fee to submit and we are open to any style. Send no more than 5 poems or 25 pages of prose to [email protected]. Our next issue will come out in Spring of 2024, so now is a terrific time to submit!
The Prologue is a journal dedicated to expressing students’ views regarding a few of the United Nations’ 17 Goals for Sustainable Development—specifically, those related to public health and the environmental crisis. We would be excited to receive work of any genre—from flash fiction to poetry to digital art. Submit now to be featured alongside youth from around the world!
Deadline: December 15, 2023
MUSE is especially looking to publish work from under- or misrepresented groups, such as people of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+, present/formerly incarcerated people, and others from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. Through DEC. 15: submit one short story or CNF 1500 words max; up to three poems. Mail to RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506 or email [email protected]. If email, send as attachment with “Last Name – Genre – Title of Submission” in the subject line (e.g., Smith – Prose – “In Summer”). Please include contact information. See full submission guidelines at rcc.edu/muse.
The Awakenings Review is an award-winning literary magazine committed to publishing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and photography by writers, poets, and artists who write from experience with mental illness: either in themselves, family members, or friends. Located in the Chicago area but international in scope, our print publication is one of the nation’s leading journals of this genre. By its nature, mental illness is a troubling, distressing, and painful experience. At The Awakenings Review we love to get works of renewal and healing, a positive outcome to your suffering and distress. We are currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2024 issue. Please read our submission guidelines at www.AwakeningsProject.org.
Deadline: November 4, 2023
Magazine1 wants to showcase work that challenges our ingrained understanding of what writing is as well as who it is that is writing. While we are not an explicitly experimental journal and are happy to receive submissions that practice traditional forms, we encourage our submitters to give us work they feel they might have a hard time placing elsewhere, and as result are happy to take work that may be deemed “experimental,” whatever that means. Submission fee is $5, and we are reading from August 4 to November 5. Find our submission guidelines at www.magazine-1.com/submit.
Dark Onus Lit is an experimental micro-zine, seeking submissions year round. We publish micro-issues of poetry, flash fiction, short stories, artwork, and audio. We are seeking challenging and engaging work from around the world. www.darkonuslit.com/submit
Emerald City seeks fiction for our upcoming issues. We are a quarterly online fiction magazine that publishes traditional short stories, flash fiction, and hybrid works. We believe fiction is a necessary part of life; captivating storytelling transports us to other worlds while allowing us to make more sense of our own. We’re less interested in what genre something is or its literary status than we are in how much it moves us. Whether traditional, experimental, or something else fun, we publish well-crafted stories that make us reevaluate ourselves and our place in the world. emeraldcitylitmag.org
Deadline: December 30, 2023
Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting girls and young, gender-expansive writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the eighth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best art and/or writing, in English or English translation, to [email protected] by December 30, 2023. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. girlsrighttheworld.com
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 all life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. What we sing saves the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. We’ve published work from and interviews with Jericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Turkuaz, Michel Stone, Michael Flohr, Lee Herrick, Chen Chen, Michael Cudlitz, Pat Metheny, Melissa Studdard, Lyrics Born, Terry Kay, and Christopher Moore. bluemountainreview.submittable.com/submit
Deadline: October 12, 2023
The Santa Clara Review publishes a wide variety of work from all over the world. Our magazine is open to all and is especially interested in writing and art from Black writers, Indigenous writers, LGBT+ writers, and writers of color. Writers—send us your best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, including flash pieces, humor, satire, short screenplays and plays, and hybrid works. Visual artists—send us art to fill the 12 pages of full-color art and photography we publish each issue. For further submission guidelines and details, please visit santaclarareview.com. We are now accepting submissions for our Fall 2023 issue. The deadline for submission is October 12, 2023.
Deadline: October 1, 2023
little somethings press publishes short writings in handmade books. In issue six, we will explore perceptions that shape our desert climate. Definitions of ‘desert’ include arid land, lifeless water, wild lands, or home for most of us in the Southwest. Send us your desert-related flash fiction, flash memoir, poetry, and art. Prose should be no more than 300 words, and poetry no more than 12 lines. Submit all writing in one .doc or .docx file. Art must be in a .jpg format. Send submissions to [email protected] by October 1st.Contributors will receive an honorarium and a contributor copy.
Deadline: October 6, 2023
The Garfield Lake Review is a literary magazine based out of The University of Olivet that accepts work from around the world. Submissions open Sept. 6-Oct. 6 for 2023. The 2023 theme for the journal is “Humanity.” We accept a variety of works, such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, or any other form of original work. Instagram: @thegarfieldlakereview, Website: garfieldlakereview.com, Facebook: Garfield Lake Review
Deadline: October 15, 2023
Family farm * Family tree *Family jewels * Family finances * Family fortune* Family feud * Family plot * Family dinner * Family resemblance * Family vacation * Family reunion * Family photos * Family traditions * Family heirlooms * Family friends * Family album * Family values * Family ties * Family practice * Family business * Family trip * Family problems * Family picnic * Family atomics * and Family dog. What else? Send us your best unpublished stories of approximately 50 words, about Family. Submissions are open September1st, 2023 through October 15th, 2023. No attachments, poetry, bios, or AI generated content please. Send submissions in the body of an email to [email protected]. www.blink-ink.org
Deadline: Rolling submissions
Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine is a student-run publication of the University of Michigan-Flint. Founded over 50 years ago, we invite submissions of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Arts, Photography, etc. from anyone living in the state of Michigan. No submission fees. For the Fall 2023 issue, all submissions must be made by November 1st here: go.umflint.edu/quamagazinesubmission.
Since 2005, The New Verse News has covered the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors update the website every day with a poetic take on a current and specific headline. See the website for guidelines and examples. Then paste your non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to nvneditor(at)gmail.com. Write “Verse News Submission” in the subject line of your email.
Deadline: October 1, 2023
Clinch — A Martial Arts Literary Magazine, is now OPEN for Issue IV submissions through October 1st! We are a paying publication that seeks to showcase surprising works, and submissions do not have to mention the martial arts—though we prefer those that do. Instead, the magazine’s pages embody the martial arts and writing through their shared virtues, those of patience, meditation, and surprise. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading your wonderful work! clinchlit.com
Deadline: November 15, 2023
Call for submissions for Convergence: Poetry on Environmental Impacts of War, an anthology edited by Anne Coray, J. C. Todd, and Teresa Mei Chuc, forthcoming from Scarlet Tanager Books in 2025. We welcome poems of stark witness, but we also welcome work that offers some glimpse of hope or redemption. Submissions period: July 15 to November 15. PLEASE REVIEW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING. All profits from the anthology will go to organizations that help refugees of war or support environmental restoration following war. convergence-anthology.weebly.com
Deadline: October 1, 2023
Cherry Tree is open to submissions for Issue 10 from August 1 to October 1! We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade. Please send no more than 5 poems, 5 flash prose pieces, or 20 total pages of prose uploaded as a single file. The $3 reading fee helps us to pay contributors ($20 per contributor, along with two contributor’s copies) and defray publication costs. 10% of these fees will be donated to Minary’s Dream Alliance. For more information about us, to read our guidelines, and to submit visit our Submittable page. We look forward to reading your work!
Deadline: October 15, 2023
Ours is a time of atomization and peripheral living. Societal pillars like education, marriage, parenthood, the nuclear family, organized religion, media and political affiliation do not mean what they did even a decade ago. Interim seeks creative nonfiction that measures individual experience against these shifting frameworks. How are our communities changing and why? How can we cope with such shifts? Which aspects of contemporary life should we resist or reinvent? Which should we seek to preserve? Most importantly: how can we reassemble? Memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, experimental/hybrid form, and literary journalism formats are welcomed. interimmagazine.submittable.com/submit.
Deadline: September 30, 2023
The online journal, Rockvale Review, seeks poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction for Issue Eleven which will be published in November 2023. Send us your best writing that contains both boldness and vulnerability. Please pay attention to guidelines. This issue is unthemed. Submission fee is $3.00. www.rockvalereview.com/submissions.