Submission Calls for Writers 3/26/2017


Here are 12 new opportunities for writers with deadlines ranging from this week through the end of the year.  Good luck sending your work out.

American Short Fiction

American Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek, short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. Unsolicited submissions are accepted year-round. There are no set guidelines as to content or length. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction also publishes stories (under 2000 words) online. As the name indicates, American Short Fiction does not publish poetry, plays, nonfiction, reviews, etc.


Berkeley Fiction Review

The Berkeley Fiction Review is a forum for short fiction, published annually. We invite submissions of previously unpublished short stories from around the country and the world. Submissions should be typed, double-spaced and single sided with 12 pt. Times New Roman type, and should not exceed 30 pages in length.



Foundry reads poetry submissions year-round. Please submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but we ask that you notify us as soon as a poem is accepted elsewhere. We pay $10 per poem. Foundry publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices.



Rattle publishes unsolicited poetry, translations, and (rarely) essays. General submissions are accepted year-round.  Make only one submission of up to four poems in ONE document. Do not include your name or contact info in the file. Since our issues include about 50 pages of poetry, one of the main things we’re looking for is diversity; we have enough room to be eclectic, and we plan on using it. The Fall 2017 issue will be dedicated to poets of the Rust Belt (Deadline: April 15th). We continue to accept general submissions outside these themes.


Blue Mesa Review

Blue Mesa Review accepts previously unpublished work in Fiction (up to 6,000 words), Nonfiction (up to 6,000 words), Poetry (3-5 poems), and Visual Art. We have a rotating editorial board, so each issue is fresh and unique. In general, we are seeking strong voices and lively, compelling narrative with a fine eye for craft. GENERAL READING PERIOD: September 30 – March 31.


Memorious: A Journal of New Verse & Fiction

Memorious is calling for submissions of short stories and flash fiction for our summer issue. The deadline for consideration is April 1st. Memorious been publishing online for thirteen years, and work from our magazine has been reprinted in The New York Times Magazine, Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net. Please send 4-6 poems. Please send one story or no more than three short shorts. (We are sorry to say that we do not publish creative nonfiction.) There are no length restrictions.


South 85 Journal

South 85 Journal accepts submissions for its Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry through April 30, 2017.  We accept artwork and blog submissions year-round.  Reviews are written on assignment only, and we accept applications for reviewers year-round.  Fiction submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words.  Non-fiction submissions should be no longer than 8,000 words. You may submit up to 5 poems and up to 10 pages.


The Madison Review

Submissions will be accepted for this reading period through May 1, 2017. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished and should be typed, double-spaced, with standard 1″ margins and size 12 Times New Roman font. We consider short stories with a maximum of 30 pages. We consider up to 5 poems with a combined 15 page maximum.  Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you notify us of publication elsewhere. Submissions should include a cover-letter complete with contact information and the name(s) of your story or poem(s).



We read submissions of poetry, short fiction, and literary essays through May 1, 2017; 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).


Talking Writing

Our Fall 2017 nonfiction issue will take on the need for truth in all that we say, write, and do. We’re looking for a mix of different features highlighting constructive communication across political and cultural divides: 1) How to Talk to Each Other: personal essays, advice, listicles, even visual memes that address our national failure to communicate. Word count: 800 to 1,200.  2) Observing the World: short first-person reports on the world around us. Whether it’s a verbal snapshot of a neighborhood, an event, a specific cultural site, or the natural world, we invite writers to record, accurately convey, and interpret what they observe. Word count: 200 to 800.  3) Talking to the Enemy: open letters to a famous person (alive or dead), a neighbor, a colleague, or anybody with whom you strongly disagree. The goal is to figure out better ways to explain differences of opinion—no ranting, please. Word count: 500 to 1,200. Feel free to query us first about the subject/format of your feature. Submission deadline: June 5, 2017.



Magazine seeks submissions for special Tenth Anniversary Issue dedicated to work by women and those identifying as women. We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations on the culture and consequences of war. We’re pleased to announce we compensate writers for their work in our print publication. Poetry: $25 per page. Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations $15 per page ($250 maximum). Reading period: March 1- September 30.


Hayden’s Ferry Review: Issue 62, “The Long Issue”

At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella, and poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages. We will accept your novellas, poems, and translations until December 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems).

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