Submission Calls for Writers 8/3/2016


A lot of great journals have opened their submission periods this week, making it a great time to send your work.  Beyond the venues listed here, check out the excellent list of journals published bi-monthly (usually) by Entropy:

The Rumpus – Assistant Poetry Editor Position

The Rumpus is looking for an Assistant Poetry Editor! Gain hands-on knowledge of the editing and publishing processes by working closely with a long-time Rumpus editor, and help to grow our Poetry section. We’re seeking applicants with a love of poetry alongside some prior experience, especially working with WordPress and Submittable, and a familiarity with our content and tone. The right person will be able to commit approximately 5-10 hours a week. Please note that all Rumpus editors work on a volunteer basis.


Barcelona Review

The Barcelona Review is presently accepting submissions for previously unpublished short fiction, articles and essays. We do not accept poetry submissions. Submit one story at a time for consideration to the editor. Word length: 4,500 words max.


Smartish Pace

Print issues of Smartish Pace contain new poetry and translations of poetry. Our website contains book reviews, essays on poetry and interviews with poets. Submit no more than 6 poems. We will consider poems of any length, style and subject matter.



Gabby is a literary journal dedicated to “talky” poems, “ultra-talk” poems, “meta” poems, epistolary poems, and the like. Tell us a story. Make us feel. We aim to publish three times each year: April, August, December. Poetry submissions are always open. We are interested in reviews of “talky” books, interviews with “talky” poets, personal essays about being “talky,” and craft essays about writing “talky” poems.


Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions

This year’s chapbook judges are Viet Thanh Nguyen (fiction) and Sarah Vap (poetry). In January 2017 we will announce contest results by email, as well as on the Gold Line Press site. The winning chapbooks will be published in spring of that year. Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. We seek works of fiction that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellettes, carefully curated collections of vignettes or short short stories, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design. Excerpts of novels or short story collections will not be considered unless they form a sustained and individual project in their foreshortened form. For poets, we also recommend that manuscripts be cohesive and self-contained in the chapbook length. Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction entries (not including the title page and table of contents). All manuscripts must be received by AUGUST 31, 2016.


Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

Dogwood is an annual national literary journal produced by the faculty in the Department of English at Fairfield University. The annual reading period for Dogwood is open now through September 5, 2016. During this period, we accept contest and non-contest submissions. We only consider anonymous submissions. Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 22 pages. Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages) all in one document.


WTAW Press Opens for Full-length Prose Manuscripts

WTAW Press, an independent publisher of literary books, seeks full-length books of prose for publication in2017. Building on the tradition of our award-winning reading series, Why There Are Words, we will publish voices that need to be heard, and welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. Send your best literary fiction and non-fiction. We will do all we can to bring our books to the attention of the readers they deserve.  The current submission period runs June 15 through September 15, 2016. There is a $28 fee.


Raleigh Review

We are a national non-profit magazine of poetry, fiction, and art.  The editors are seeking poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily ‘difficult.’  Send four to five poems in ONE file. We are looking for flash fiction up to 1,200 words. We consider short fiction from 1,200 to 7,500 words. Current reading period open through October 1, 2016.


Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is the literary journal from the MFA community at Antioch University Los Angeles.  Our current reading period is open from now until October 31, 2016. We accept Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, & Visual Art. Please submit up to THREE poems in a single document. Only pieces between 750 and 5000 words will be considered for Fiction. If under 750, please submit to our Flash category.


Ibis Head Review

The Ibis Head Review is a quarterly literary webzine, dedicated to the idea that poetry is a necessary aspect of the human experience & it should be appreciated by people of all backgrounds—not just poets. The Ibis Head Review is currently open to submissions for Volume 1 / Issue 2, which will be released on December 1st, 2016. Submit by October 31st in order to be considered for the issue. Poems of all forms and styles are accepted — from sonnets to free verse to haikus. The key here is two-fold: A clear display of the intention to create a beautiful sounding poem, and an economical use of well-chosen words of powerful meaning and description. There isn’t a limit to how many poems can be sent in a single submission, however, try to limit it to your best 1-3 pieces.


Cream City Review

We devote ourselves to publishing memorable and energetic fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork which represent a broad range of creators with diverse, unique backgrounds. Both beginning and well-known writers are welcome. We are currently reading for our Fall/Winter Issue from now through November 1, 2016. For Fiction and Nonfiction, send fewer than twenty pages. We are interested in dynamic, well-crafted nonfiction, including creative journalism, personal essays, travelogues, flash, and polemics. We seek book reviews of any ccr-published genre and relevant author interviews. Please submit no more than five poems at a time


Arts & Letters

Arts & Letters is a national literary journal operating out of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts & Letters attracts young, fresh voices as well as established writers, publishing the likes of R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Bret Lott, Maxine Kumin, Sonja Livingston, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby. Our reading period is from August 1st to January 31st.  We accept unsolicited submissions of Poetry (4-6 poems); Fiction manuscripts up to 25 pages; Flash Fiction manuscripts up to 1,000 words; Creative Nonfiction manuscripts up to 25 pages.

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