Submission Calls for Writers 8/29/2016


Graywolf Press

During the month of August, 2016, Graywolf invites poets and translators of poetry—established, emerging, or somewhere in between—to submit their manuscripts to us. This reading period is not a contest, nor a guarantee of publication. Works must be poetry, but we welcome work that exists in the boundaries of what we think poetry is or could be. Our mission is to champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that diverse voices can be heard in a crowded marketplace. For all of August, we will be reading with an eye for poetry that helps us do just that. Manuscripts must be at least 50 pages long and include a cover letter and a short biographical statement with all relevant publishing history. There is no entry fee. We will close submissions at 11:59 p.m. central time, August 31, 2016.


Amethyst Arsenic

Amethyst Arsenic is open to all forms of poetry and art. Within this broad scope, we have a preference for well-crafted imagery that brings a fresh use of language and perception. We also lean towards vignettes, moments, stories and meditations on people, objects, and scenes; the intimate whether confessional or persona, versus broad commentary. Guest editors for the upcoming issue are Staci R. Schoenfeld and M. Brett Gaffney. Payment is $5 per accepted poem and artwork. The featured artist will receive $25.  Please submit 3 to 5 poems. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, August 31, 2016.


Fifth Wednesday Journal

Fifth Wednesday Journal is an independent literary print magazine published twice yearly by Fifth Wednesday Books. Submissions for the Spring 2017 Issue 20 opened on August 15, 2016. We accept electronic submissions in the categories of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and black-and-white photography. FWJ publishes short stories, excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, book excerpts, and essays, as long as the excerpt stands on its own as a literary work. We do not publish children’s literature, flash fiction, science fiction, horror, pornography, or nonliterary works. There are no set limits on length of a work, but manuscripts of less than 1,000 or more than 12,000 words are less likely to make it into the journal. Please limit your submission of poetry to one set of up to five poems.


Pittsburgh Poetry Review

The Pittsburgh Poetry Review is now open to general submissions through August 31, 2016. We will be reading for Issues Four (11/1/16) and Five (3/1/17). Please submit no less than 3 and no more than 5 poems in a single .doc or .docx file. We prefer shorter (1 to 2 pages) poems, but we will consider any length with a query first. In addition, we are very interested in series of poems and linked poems. We are willing to publish several pieces from single poets. Collaborative work is welcome too.


Windmill: The Hofstra University Journal of Literature & Art

The new national literary journal housed at Hofstra University is now accepting submissions for both their first digital issue (Sept.) and their inaugural print issue (Spring 2017). The digital issue’s September theme is change. We want your best stories on the theme of change, from corporeal to speculative, from human nature to the leaves of the trees around us. Though we will consider pieces of any length, we prefer submissions of fiction or creative nonfiction in the range of 1500-2500 words. Submit by Sept 25, 2016.


Pembroke Magazine: Submit for Free in September

To celebrate the start of another new school year, we’re waiving submission fees for the month of September. Send us your best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for the chance at publication in Volume 49 of Pembroke Magazine—set to debut at AWP 2017.


Phoebe Journal of Literature and Art

Phoebe publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We produce a print issue in fall/winter and an online issue in spring/summer. We ask for no more than one poetry submission of 3-5 poems, one fiction submission of up to 4,000 words, or one nonfiction submission of up to 4,000 words. Submissions are open for Issue 46.1 until October 17th!


The Larry Brown Short Story Award

Pithead Chapel is pleased to announce the first annual Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winning author will receive a prize of $250 along with publication in the January 2017 issue of Pithead Chapel. The 2016 Guest Judge is Kyle Minor.  The contest is open from August 15 to October 31, 2016. The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words. There’s a $10 entry fee.



Sou’wester is published by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Please limit your poetry submission to a maximum of five poems at a time. Please limit your submission of prose to one piece at a time. We will consider a suite of two or three flash pieces. Please note that Sou’wester has gone to a once-a-year printing schedule.  Submissions are now open. We anticipate reading until early 2017.



We read submissions of poetry, short fiction, and literary essays from August 1 to May 1; translations of poetry and literary prose are read year-round. Each issue features approximately thirteen poets, six prose writers, and six authors in translation. Poets should send one to five poems, and prose writers one story, essay, novella, or novel chapter (or up to three short-short stories or micro-essays).

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