Submission Calls for Writers 8/18/2016


Below are 12 submission opportunities, some with upcoming deadlines and many from journals just opening their reading periods this month.  Good luck submitting your work. Follow Denton Loving on


Yemassee publishes fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction biannually in March and September. We consider fiction and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced and paginated. For fiction, we’re open to a wide range of styles and aesthetics, both traditional and innovative. For nonfiction, we are interested in traditional memoir, lyric essays, hybrid work and many other nonfictional forms. We do not publish academic essays. If you’re sending in shorter works (less than 1,000 words), feel free to send along 3-5 pieces in a single document.  When it comes to poetry, we want to create a gathering of voices we can’t stop listening to. We want a poem to leap somewhere strange and take us along. We consider three to five poems at a time


Five Chapters

FiveChapters, one of the pioneer online literary journals, has published a new short story every week since October 2006. A new story begins every Monday, serial-style, with a new installment on each weekday. FiveChapters stories work best between 5000 and 10,000 words.


Black Warrior Review

Black Warrior Review reads general fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from June 1 – September 1, 2016. We ask that prose works are no longer than 7000 words. We also accept flash fiction (under 1,000 words); please include no more than three flash pieces in a single submission. Please send up to five poems, with a maximum submission length of 10 pages.



concīs is an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good. Through SEPTEMBER 15, 2016, concīs is accepting submissions of poetry, flash fiction, prose poems, visual poetry and micro-nonfiction for its no-fee, *2016 Pith of Prose and Poem Contest*. Three winners receive cash award + publication on custom print postcards and online publication in concīs.


New Southerner Literary Contest

We accept submissions of previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for our annual literary contest during the months of August and September. Although the contest theme is open, we are especially interested in work that relates to our mission, which is promoting self-sufficiency, environmental stewardship, and local economies. We are also interested in works by writers with a Southern connection, and works written with a Southern slant or that focus on Southern issues, people, and places. Winning entries, as well as finalists and semifinalists, are published in The New Southerner Literary Edition, available online and in print. Contest fee: $10 per entry. One entry is one piece of prose up to 5,000 words or one poem up to 100 lines; Postmark deadline: September 30. This year’s final judges are Mary Ann Taylor Hall, Mary Popham, and Bobbi Buchanan.


New Madrid

We are dedicating the Winter 2017 issue of New Madrid to the theme of “Imagining Peace.” As George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.” We are looking for work in all literary genres that speaks to this arduousness and that defines peace not just as the absence of war, but as something dynamic in its own right. Possible categories of interest include: writing by peace activists and refugees, testimonies about immigration or international crises, travel writing, translations, and much more. An in-depth explanation can be found on our website. We will be accepting submissions from August 15 through October 15, 2016.



Mangrove is the undergraduate literary journal at the University of Miami, publishing the best undergraduate fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, & design in the country. Fiction and Nonfiction submissions should be no more than 20 pages. Mangrove considers nonfiction essays, memoirs, book reviews and criticism, interviews, and travel writing for publication. We also welcome original translations provided you have permission from the author. Book reviews should be no more than 500 words. We will read up to 5 poems per submission period.  Our current reading period ends Jan 13, 2017.


FIELD: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics

FIELD is published twice yearly, in spring and fall. We accept submissions August through April and usually reply within six weeks, though occasionally we may take longer. Please keep in mind that FIELD is one of the most selective small poetry journals in the country. FIELD accepts poetry only. Submit 2-6 poems at a time.


West Branch

West Branch welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We read unsolicited manuscripts between August 1st and April 1st. Please send no more than six poems or thirty pages of prose. Poems should be saved and uploaded as a single file. Book reviews are typically arranged by assignment, and we publish only poetry reviews. If you are interested in writing reviews, please query with a sample.


Natural Bridge

The editors invite submissions of poetry, fiction, personal essays, and translations year-round.  Poetry submissions should be limited to one manuscript of up to six poems at one time. Prose submissions should be limited to one story or essay at a time. Our current reading period opened August 1st and will remain open through April 30, 2017.


Colorado Review

We consider short fiction and personal essays with contemporary themes (no genre fiction or literary criticism). There is no specific word or page count; generally, however, Colorado Review prefers short stories and essays that are somewhere between 15 and 25 manuscript pages. Please submit one story or essay at a time. We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than five poems at a time. Fiction & poetry manuscripts are read from August 1 to April 30; nonfiction manuscripts, however, are read year-round.


Exit 7

Exit 7 accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from August 1—May 1 of each year. We ask that your fiction and nonfiction submissions not exceed 5,000 words. Please send 3—6 poems.

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