Submission Calls for Writers 7/11/2016


Madison Review

The Madison Review is an independent literary arts journal published through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Published semiannually, each issue of The Madison Review contains previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and art as well as interviews with well-known writers. We consider short stories with a maximum of 30 pages. We consider up to 5 poems with a combined 15 page maximum. Submissions should include a cover-letter complete with contact information and the name(s) of your story or poem(s).


Image / Good Letters

We welcome unsolicited submissions and consider all submissions carefully. We produce two publications: Image, a quarterly journal, and Good Letters, a daily blog. All the work we publish reflects what we see as a sustained engagement with one of the western faiths—Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. That engagement can include unease, grappling, or ambivalence as well as orthodoxy; the approach can be indirect or allusive, but for a piece to be a fit for Image or Good Letters, some connection to faith must be there. Please submit no more than five poems or ten pages total. For fiction and nonfiction, we have an upper limit of approximately 6,000 words. We rarely publish stories or essays under 3,000 words.


Cincinnati Review’s “A Very Angry Baby” Anthology

Acre Books—The Cincinnati Review’s brand-new book-publishing arm—is kicking off with a signature anthology, A Very Angry Baby, consisting of fiction, poetry, and hybrid forms featuring, yes, a very angry baby (multiples also welcome). Thus far we’ve been soliciting for the volume, but if you have a piece that fits the theme, please send it our way.


Fiction Southeast “Conference Spotlight Series”

We are currently accepting submissions for our “Conference Spotlight Series.” Guidelines are fairly flexible. We simply want to know your thoughts concerning a recent writing conference you attended. Specifically, what were your favorite panels/readings? What were your favorite topics/authors? Did the conference shape/change your view of reading/publishing/writing? Would you recommend the conference to others? We are particularly interested in submissions from writers we’ve previously published, but we’re open to submissions from anyone who considers himself/herself a writer or reader


Main Street Rag

Main Street Rag Publishing Company is in need of poetry submissions for our fall issue. For the journal we accept submissions year round with no fee, but we request that you not send simultaneous submissions. We try to report in 6-8 weeks.  Please carefully read and follow our detailed guidelines.  Also seeking short stories and short creative nonfiction. or


Drunken Boat Literature & Arts Retreat in Sardinia

Join Drunken Boat for a 10-day program (October 15-25, 2016) bringing writers, translators, and artists from around the world together with Sardinian writers and artists for a generative and collaborative retreat. Faculty members are Kazim Ali, Duriel Harris & Achy Obejas.  The program will culminate in the annual celebration of Grazia Deledda, winner the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1926. Work generated during the residency will be considered for publication in a special Drunken Boat feature.  Competitive scholarships are available; deadline July 15.


Poetry South 2016

Poetry South has moved! Long-time editor John Zheng asked Mississippi University for Women to take over the magazine, starting with the 2016 issue. We will continue the magazine with a national focus, published in the South yet accepting submissions from poets everywhere. Due to the change in editors, the annual July 15 deadline has been extended. We will accept submissions for the 2016 issue of Poetry South in July and August or until the issue is filled. Email submissions to: poetrysouth01ATgmailDOTcom. Please include “Submission” in your subject line.  A brief cover letter is appreciated.


Terrapin Books / call for full-length poetry

Terrapin Books will reopen for submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts from August 1 through August 31. We are proud to be publishing books by Neil Carpathios, Lynne Knight, Jessica de Koninck, and Christine Stewart-Nunez. We look forward to reading your work.


Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Fall 2016 issue (Vol. 11, No. 2) of the Apple Valley Review are open through September 15, 2016. Please send unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are all welcome. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. Several pieces from the journal have also appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, storySouth Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor: editorATleahbrowningDOTnet


Jake Adam York Book Prize for a First or Second Poetry Collection

$25.00 submission fee. Ends on 10/16/2016.  The Jake Adam York Prize is open to poets writing in English who have published no more than one full-length poetry collection. It is a collaboration between Copper Nickel and Milkweed Editions The prize-winning poet will receive $2,000 and publication by MILKWEED EDITIONS. Screening for the prize will be facilitated by COPPER NICKEL. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to COPPER NICKEL in exchange for their reading fee. The judge for 2016 will be Ross Gay. All finalists will be asked to affirm that they are neither close friends, current colleagues, nor current or recent students (within the past three years) of Mr. Gay.


Heavy Feather Review

The deadline for HFR Volume Six consideration is October 30, 2016. HFR only accepts three to six poems. There are no guidelines otherwise for fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, comics/original art, hybrid. We are also looking for essays written on writing craft, politics, and international writers to feature online. To us, “essay” is a loose term/form, and the topics and form are open to interpretation. The final product can be a traditional essay, poem, short story, list, definition, collage, or whatever you can think up.

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