Submission Calls for Writers 8/10/2016


Printers Row

Every week, a new fiction story is released in the Printers Row app, a product of the Chicago Tribune. We are always looking for story submissions, which will be judged on a rolling schedule. Each story must be double-spaced, written in English, not previously published, and between 5,000-8,000 words.


Second Hand Stories

Second Hand Stories is an up-and-coming podcast where we plan to read short works of fiction submitted by our listener community. Our goals are twofold: we would like to give new and under-published writers an opportunity for their works to be heard, and we would like to bring fiction back to its original form as an oral tradition in an affordable alternative to audiobook services. We’re looking for any genre of fiction (no poetry) and our word limit is flexible (preferably between 2,000 and 6,000 words).


Wisconsin Review

Wisconsin Review publishes both new and established authors of outstanding poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We publish biannually in the spring and fall. Please limit yourself to 3-5 poems per submission. Any style will be considered, although we seek exceptional use of imagery and awareness of form. Please limit yourself to 15 pages of fiction and nonfiction, double-spaced with a 12-point font. Regarding fiction, standard or experimental styles will be considered, although we look for outstanding characterization and unique themes. We accept creative non-fiction and general interest non-fiction only.


Split Rock Review

The reading period for our Fall 2016 issue and Poetry Chapbook Contest is August 1st-August 31st. Please send three to five poems in one Word document file (with a max of seven pages total per submission). Creative non-fiction and fiction should be double-spaced and no longer than 2500 words in length. You may submit one to three stories in one Word document file. Submit once per reading period.  We accept book reviews of poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and literary criticism from small, regional, university, and avant-garde presses. We prefer writers to review books that have been published in the past year.



Waccamaw accepts unsolicited submissions of poems, stories, and essays through August 31, 2016.  Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay (prose submissions preferably under 7,500 words). Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Waccamaw is published online twice a year, in the fall and spring, from The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University.


Chattahoochee Review “Off the Record”

Disappearing remarks. Invisible people. Music that isn’t there. Intuition. Gut. Unclaimed, unofficial, uncategorized. A record respects the broadest possible audience. Off the record, your audience awaits. What you don’t want to write. We want to read. Note the call in a cover letter. Deadline: September 15 or until the issue fills. Submit one story or up to three short-shorts (500-1,000 words each). TCR publishes excellent poetry of all types, including informal personal narratives, prose poems, and formal poems. Submit one essay or up to three shorter essays (500-1,000 words each).



Lumina is the literary magazine of the graduate writing program of Sarah Lawrence College. We accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art submissions from everyone regardless of age, nationality, or school affiliation. For General Submissions, poets may submit up to three poems (60 lines maximum per poem), and prose writers may submit up to two pieces (5,000 words maximum per piece).  Submissions for Vol. XVI and Lumina Online Vol. 7 must be received by September 15, 2016.



Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Please limit your prose submission to one story or essay at a time and make sure your work clocks in at or under 7500 words. Please submit no more than three poems. Switchback regularly publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on our Web site. Deadline: November 02, 2016.


Beloit Fiction Journal

Our reading period is from August 1st to December 1st. We are open to literary fiction on any subject or theme. Stories may be from one to sixty pages in length, though longer pieces will have a more difficult time finding acceptance than shorter ones. We are always interested in new writers as well as established writers. Please send us one story at a time.


Washington Square Review

Washington Square is a nationally distributed literary journal publishing fiction and poetry by emerging and established writers. Edited and produced biannually by the students of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program.  Manuscripts are reviewed from August 1st through December 15th. Recent issues include new work by: Steve Almond, John Ashbery, Lydia Davis, E.L. Doctorow, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Terrance Hayes, Etgar Keret, Colum McCann, Paul Muldoon, D. A. Powell, Charles Simic, Zadie Smith, Amy Hempel. Send up to 5 poems or up to 20 pages of fiction


Ashland Creek Press nonfiction anthology: Writing for Animals

From Franz Kafka’s Report to the Academy to Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are Completely Beside Ourselves, animals have played a central role in literature. Increasingly, writers are playing a central role in advancing awareness of animal issues through the written word. And yet little has been written about the process of writing about animals—from crafting point of view to voice. Writers who hope to raise awareness face many questions and choices in their work, from how to educate without being didactic to how to develop animals as characters for an audience that still views them as ingredients. We hope to address these issues and more with a new collection of articles, by writers and for writers—but most of all, for the animals. We seek articles from authors and educators about the process of writing about animals in literature. Our focus is on including a mix of instructional and inspirational articles to help readers not only improve their work but be inspired to keep at it. Articles may be previously published and should not exceed 10,000 words. The deadline is January 3, 2017. Accepted submissions will receive a stipend of $100 plus a copy of the finished book upon publication.

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