Submission Calls for Writers 2/25/2017


Here are 10 new opportunities for writers working to submit to journals and magazines.  If you find any success with these lists, I’d love to hear from you.  Good luck!

Pithead Chapel Seeking Volunteer Nonfiction Readers

Would you like to be a nonfiction reader for an online literary journal? Pithead Chapel is seeking volunteer nonfiction readers to join our staff. Interested candidates should send the following information: a paragraph or two stating why you’d be a good fit with the journal, along with the approximate amount of time you can devote to the journal each week/month. Thank you for your interest!


Poetry City, USA

Poetry City, USA is open for submissions until February 28, 2017.  Submit three previously unpublished poems in a single Word file (.doc,. dox). Do not include your name anywhere in the file.


riverSedge: A Journal of Art and Literature

Since 1977, riverSedge has published the very best art and literature from the South Texas region and beyond. Past artists and authors include Larry McMurtry and Naomi Shihab Nye. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, all submissions (except reviews and interviews) will be eligible for contest prizes in three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Art. 3 prizes of $300 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. $5 submission fee for all genres (except reviews and interviews). Deadline: March 1, 2017. Each submission should be uploaded as a separate entry; in other words, one story/essay/art piece/etc. per $5 entry fee. For poetry, three poems per entry.


Psychopomp Magazine Accepting Previously Published Work: Breathe New Life to Your Stories

Every year, Psychopomp accepts previously published stories (not currently available online) in an effort to provide an audience for work that has only appeared in print or has disappeared online due to a publication closing its doors. These reprint publications will appear directly on our website. As with any of our submissions, please explore our issues and previous reprints to get a sense for our aesthetic. Word limit: 5,000.  Deadline: March 4, 2017.


Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Spring 2017 issue (Vol. 12, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 15, 2017.  We accept unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3,000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry.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 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. The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available online. There are no fees.


2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest

Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. Manuscripts will be accepted until March 15, 2017. We prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; we will consider manuscripts comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (please do not send a single novella or a collection of novellas). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All entries will be read anonymously. A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner.


$5000 Masters Review Anthology VI Featuring Roxane Gay

Submissions are open until March 31, 2017. This year stories will be selected by Roxane Gay who will choose ten winners from a shortlist of thirty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission or whose work has had a circulation below 5000 copies. Submit fiction and narrative nonfiction, 8000 word count maximum. Previously unpublished work only. Emerging writers only: cannot have a novel published at the time of submission (self-published authors and writers with published story collections are free to submit. Authors with a contract for a novel are also free to submit.)  $20 reading fee per story


The Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Each year from December 1 – April 1 we accept submissions of full-length poetry (50-100 pp.) and fiction (30,000 word minimum) manuscripts for The Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction. This year’s judges are Carl Phillips and David Haynes. All manuscripts will be read “blind;” do not include your name anywhere in your manuscript file, but only in your Submittable profile and cover letter. Fiction manuscripts may consist of short stories, a novel, a novella, flash/micro fiction, or any combination of forms, as long as they meet the 30,000 word minimum. Entry Fee: $30.


Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Volume 20: Appalachia: Stay or Go

We invite you to submit work by April 15, 2017, to Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Volume 20: Appalachia: Stay or Go? This theme was recommended to us by Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative writers watching their friends, neighbors and family members struggle with this question. Many writers within our community were once part of the Great Migration from Appalachia in the mid-twentieth century and have written (or may choose now to write) about their own or their family’s choice to leave the region. Others are facing similar decisions now. We at PMS&G like to take a fairly broad approach to our themes—what else might be the subject of a “stay or go” decision? (Jobs, relationships, parties, churches, social groups, schools….) Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. We do, however, have specific requirements for how to submit work.


Harvard Review

Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply. We are currently accepting manuscripts. Our reading period will close on June 1, 2017. Manuscripts must be paginated and clearly labeled with the author’s name on every page. Please submit no more than 5 poems or 7,000 words of prose.

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