Although these are strange and worrisome times, I hope that this list of opportunities for writers might be helpful to some of you. Stay safe and healthy, and good luck sending your work out into the world.
Closing the Distance: New Spaces for Community
Bomb Magazine has created an excellent list of publications currently accepting pitches and remote job opportunities. If you’re looking for writing gigs that can be accomplished while self-isolating, this is the place to start.
PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund Grants
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, grants of between $500 and $1,000 will be awarded in support of writers demonstrating an inability to meet an acute financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund is intended to assist fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that a small, one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation.
Currently open only for works of nonfiction. We have no formal word limits or stylistic constraints but look for work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. We are looking for nonfiction that tells a story that no one has heard before, or tells us an old story in a way we never expected to read it. We are just as interested in great writing as we are in great stories.
Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers. We welcome general submissions year-round. We are proud to offer free submission, with the exception of the summer months. We seek fiction and nonfiction submissions up to 8,000 words. We ask that poets send no more than five poems
There are no limits on word count for prose—we like narratives and essays of all sizes, so long as the colors fit. (However, it’s unlikely we’d be able to publish, say, War and Peace, Part Deux.) If it’s a short story, send us one piece at a time—please wait to hear from us before sending another. If you’re working with the short short form, please send three to five selections in the same submission. Submit a maximum of five poems.
Southern Poetry Review
Southern Poetry Review welcomes previously unpublished poetry submissions from all writers. We read year-round and respond within three months. Please note that submissions are limited to five poems (1 file), and should not exceed ten pages.
New World Writing
We are reading new submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Response time varies but is reasonably quick, all things considered. New World Writing posts new material upon acceptance.
Ascent publishes stories, poems, photographs and essays. Ascent opens for submissions on the first of April and will read through the end of May.
Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful queer work, in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work. We want the pieces that challenged you as a writer, what you poured yourself into and risked the most to make. But we also want your tenderest, gentlest work, what you hold closest to your heart. Send us 3 to 5 poems, up to 7500 words of prose (up to three flash fiction pieces), or up to 20 pages of cross-genre work, text-image hybrids, or drama. Deadline for our Fall issue: May 1, 2020.
We welcome short stories and self-standing novel excerpts of any length, creative nonfiction pieces of any length, up to 6 poems totaling no more than 10 pages, and up to 3 flash fiction stories per submission. Flash, micro, and hybrid work—if it’s brief (<1,000 words) and cutting edge, fiction or nonfiction, we’re publishing it. Deadline: May 14, 2020.
We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. We are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless. We welcome submissions from established and emerging writers alike. For poetry, please send between three and five poems per submission. For fiction and creative nonfiction, please send no more than thirty pages per submission; any excerpts from a longer project must work as self-contained essays or stories. We are additionally interested in publishing translations: translators should have permission from the copyright holder and a copy of the work in the original language. We pay contributors $100 for prose of six typeset pages and under, $200 for prose of over six typeset pages, and $20 per poem. Deadline: May 15, 2020.
Cow Creek Chapbook Prize
The Cow Creek Chapbook Prize is a poetry chapbook contest brought to you by Pittsburg State University and Emerald City. We’re open to all styles and subjects. As long as the poems challenge and capture the imagination, we want to see them. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 25 author copies. The chapbook will be published as a perfect bound book and sold both online and in limited bookstores. Submit 15-30 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by May 15, 2020.