Cosmos Guide to Where to Submit
For my writer friends who are just getting started submitting works to literary journals, here are my suggestions and advice based on my four years of submitting to literary magazines and being published in over 150 places so far.
My advice for anyone starting on the submission game is to get the fundamentals down first.
Blog Page and Author Email are Essential
Before you submit anything, you need to set up a blog, make a preliminary spreadsheet for tracking, set up an author email., (including an email tracking system) a cover letter template, a folder to store your writing and an offsite backup – I use one drive and an external hard drive and back up every Sunday or before taking a trip.
I use WordPress. There is a free version and a professional version, which I opted for. I pay 300 per year and it is sufficient, lots of help to get started, and when I had technical issues, they were quite helpful. Others use BlogSpot or Google blog, both have a free version as well. WordPress has good templates = I use maxwell. You will need a plugin for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and for social utilities twitter. My posts are immediately posted to twitter, LinkedIn, and tumbler. Plugs in are only available for paid subscribers.
Anchor is a great free program that takes your blog postings and turns it into podcasts and then publishes it on multiple sites.
For further details see
Tracking System is a must
You need to set up a tracking system. Duotrope can handle it all for you but I double-track it with my spreadsheet. See attached for suggested headers. I use Google docs. There are several others out there but that’s enough for now. Please feel free to let me know if you find out other useful sites.
Then put together whatever you want to submit, then look at the various market research sites I have included. and sign up for Duo trope – they will track your submission and send out a weekly market list. And finally, after submitting the update Duo trope and your spreadsheet.
Regarding the spreadsheet, I give each submission a topic so I can track my work. I have found that Microsoft word and One drive search engines are not very good so it is important to be able to track your work by topic.
The headers (columns) I use are
Status (rejected, accepted, withdrawn, re-write, the second submission? Sim okay? Deadline due)
Format copied from web page submission guidelines
Date of entry
Date of submission
Follow up due – default to three months
Duotrope entry date (update the date as needed, best to update duotrope as you submit)
SIM (note if simultaneous submission is okay or not, Yes/No )
Prior publication (note if prior publication is okay or not and what constitutes “unpublished, Yes/No, default to No if unclear Note: most sites don’t accept re-prints but usually spell out what they consider prior publication, personal blogs are usually okay as are Facebook postings for example, but ALWAYS FOLLOW THEIR GUIDELINES
Prior submission date
(Copy from duo trope)
Type of submission
(E-mail, online, submittable, duo trope, other)
Cost US$, CAD $, EURO, LB, Other)
Source of info
Geographical and other restrictions
Additional comments received
I use google docs, Excel has too many bugs in it, but any spreadsheet works fine, or access if you know how to use that. Duotrope will track things for you, but I prefer to double-track my submissions. And I also post reminders on my daily to-do list as things come in. It is also important to track your submissions and writings in your email and your folders.
I try to save all items by category as I write them as I have found that Microsoft search feature to be not useful nor is One Drive any better.
The bottom line is don’t submit until you have completed these preliminary steps.
Author web page and email essential;
If you don’t have an author web page and an author Facebook page no one will take you seriously. Same thing if you don’t have an author email. Once you start submitting you will soon be overwhelmed with emails. All the emails allow you to create more than one account. I use email@example.com for my writing and jakecaller@gmail for everything else. The most common email is a simple author or writer followed by the rest of your email handle. The good thing is that if you have more than one account you will get additional storage space. I use one drive for my back-ups but have a G drive account where I store my spreadsheets, and writing com has generous storage as well as a professional looking email address.
Social Media as well
You also need a Twitter account, a LinkedIn account, and an Instagram account, but not a Pinterest, Tumbler, TikTok, or YouTube account, but if you have them, include them.
Duotrope A must
Duotrope is a great resource. I subscribed for 50 dollars a year.
You get the weekly market lists and they also keep track of your submissions,
The grinder is good as well and tracks as well. Most literary journals use submitable to track submissions which is free to use.
The most recent Duotrope email list follows
Open Submissions on Duosuma
The Alchemy Spoon
The Alchemy Spoon Issue 7
Apple in the Dark
Best Spiritual Literature Awards (Orison Books)
Best Spiritual Literature Award – Fiction (Charges fees.) / Best Spiritual Literature Award – Nonfiction (Charges fees.) / Best Spiritual Literature Award – Poetry (Charges fees.)
Bright Flash Literary Review
Flash and Short Fiction, Memoir, Rolling Submissions, No Theme
Flash Fiction (Charges fees.) / Poetry (Charges fees.)
Children’s Books for ages 7-10 (CafeLit)
Children’s Picture Books for writer / illustrator teams (CafeLit)
Children’s Picture Books
Children’s Picture Books for writers (CafeLit)
Children’s Picture Books – writers
The Decadent Review
Aesthetics and Abstraction / Criticism and Reviews / Meta on Meta
Poetry / Prose – Fiction / Prose – Non-Fiction
Diet Milk Magazine
The Dirty Spoon Radio Hour & Journal
Season 5 – Full Manuscripts / Season 5 – Pitches
Dream of Shadows
Website and Anthology
Dream Pop Journal (Dream Pop Press)
Poetry / Reviews / Speculative Diary / Visual Art (Non-Poetry) / Visual Poetry & Erasure
Ember Chasm Review
Fiction & Nonfiction – Print and Online Issues (Charges fees.) / Poetry – Print and Online Issues (Charges fees.) / Visual Art (Charges fees.)
Embryo Concepts Zine and Collective
Issue #6: Splendor
Emergent Reader Books for Children (CafeLit)
Emergent reader texs and texts upt to 20,000 words for children
Featured Poets (osamasetorbest.com)
Feisty Women – Fiction (CafeLit)
Feisty Women Fiction
Feisty Women Non- Fiction (CafeLit)
Feisty Women Non-Ficition
Flash Fiction Collections (CafeLit)
Flash Fiction Collections Open Call
Manuscript Submissions Now Open
Free Radicals Quarterly (Free Radicals Magazine (Quarterly))
Rolling Submissions for Free Radicals Quarterly
Grand Little Things
HauntedMTL – Anthology
Women’s Charity Anthology
The Headlight Review
Hidden Villains Anthology Series (Inkd Publishing)
Hidden Villains: Arise
Horror Reviewers Needed! (HauntedMTL)
Horror Reviewers Needed!
KAIROS Literary Magazine
2022 Chapbook Contest (Charges fees.) / 2022 KAIROS Editors’ Prizes in Fiction and Poetry (Charges fees.) / CREATIVE NON-FICTION (Charges fees.) / FLASH FICTION (<1000 words) (Charges fees.) / OPINION/EDITORIAL & CRITICAL ESSAYS (Charges fees.) / POETRY (Charges fees.) / SHORT FICTION (>1000 words) (Charges fees.)
Limit Experience Journal (Limit Experience Media)
Sexual Transitions (Charges fees.) / Travel & Sexuality (Charges fees.)
Litbop: Art and Literature in the Groove
Issue 2 Art/Photography/Cartoons / Issue 2 Poetry / Issue 2 Short Story
MacroMicroCosm (Vraeyda Literary)
Hockey Stick Galaxy Volume 8 Issue III / The Siege Perilous: A Philosopher’s Throne / Virgo Volume 8 Issue II
Maximus Magazine (Maximus Books)
The Metaworker Literary Magazine
General Call for The Metaworker / Micro Call for The Metaworker
The New York Quarterly
General Poetry Submission (Charges fees.)
The Orison Chapbook Prize (Orison Books)
Chapbook (Charges fees.)
Our Pandemic (The Writer’s Workout)
CNF: experiences and tributes
Pen & Publish
Editorial internship / Marketing internship
Please Welcome to the Stage…: A Drag Literary Anthology (House of Lobsters Literary)
Please Welcome to the Stage…
The Plentitudes – Call for Poems: Fall 2022 (Charges fees.) / The Plentitudes – Call for Short Stories & Essays (Charges fees.)
Radix Magazine Summer 2022 (Charges fees.)
Red Ogre Review
August 2022 – Poetry & Art / Short Genre Fiction Contest (Charges fees.)
The Red Telephone YA books (CafeLit)
YA Novels / YA Novels 45,000 to 105,000 words
River River Books
2022 Manuscript Open Reading Period
A Sad Girls Club Lit
Sad Girls Club $500 Summer Poetry Contest (Charges fees.)
A Sad Girls Club Literary Blog
$300 Short Story, Fiction, & Non-Fiction Contest (Charges fees.)
Single author short story collections (CafeLit)
Single author collections
Manuscript Submission (Charges fees.)
Still of Winter: An Unsettling Reads Anthology (Unsettling Reads, LLC)
Still of Winter: An Unsettling Reads Anthology
Still Point Arts Quarterly (Shanti Arts LLC)
1. Immersed in Books—Writing Submission / 2. Immersed in Books—Art Submission / 3. Cities—Writing Submission / 4. Cities—Art Submission / 5. Minimalist Wisdom—Writing Submission / 6. Minimalist Wisdom—Art Submission / 7. Fires and Floods—Writing Submission / 8. Fires and Floods—Art Submission
Sunspot Lit Rigel Contest: $250 for Fiction, NF, Poetry, Art, Graphic Novel (Sunspot Literary Journal)
Rigel 2022 (Charges fees.)
Tales (The Writer’s Workout)
Theme: The Deep
Twelve Winters Journal (Twelve Winters Press)
Twelve Winters Journal (Charges fees.)
Volney Road Review
Issue 5 (Charges fees.)
Poetry Collection / Sci-Fi/Magic Realism/Fantasy Novels
Willows Wept Review
Poetry / Prose / Visual Art
Word Poppy Press
Issue Four / Word Poppy Blog
The Writers Circle Anthology Series (Prime Press)
Campfire Stories / Theme: Purgatory
Author publisher latest list of markets
25 Magazines Accepting Creative Nonfiction
Creative nonfiction can encompass many kinds of writing including memoir, personal and literary essays, and narrative writing. It deals with a vast array of topics – memory, culture, travel, literature, food, race, illness, the environment, and much more, and can incorporate a range of forms and styles.
The magazines/outlets in this list all accept creative nonfiction. Almost all of them also publish other genres, like fiction and poetry.
Most, but not all, are open for submissions now.
Blue Earth Review
This literary journal is published by Minnesota State University, Mankato. They accept nonfiction of up to 3,000 words, fiction, and poetry. “We are interested in creative nonfiction (memoir and personal essay) with contemporary themes. No literary criticism. …. We love nonfiction that works on more than just a narrative level. Surprise us with metaphor and layers of meaning.” Details here.
They accept both pitches and submissions – for personal essays, cultural criticism, long-form interviews with interesting people, short fiction; album, book, movie and product reviews; original reporting; radical political screeds; and unexpected recipes. Only, “your piece must be at least as enjoyable as eating a morsel of mango, the most succulent of fruits.” Pay is at least $0.10 for work of 1,000-3,000 words. Details here.
They publish writing from an environmental perspective – “work that engages with the natural world. We have a particular interest in work which encourages reflection on human interaction with plant and animal life, landscape and the self.” Essays (up to 6,000 words) and essay pitches are accepted year-round – including creative nonfiction, reportage, commentary, and criticism. They also publish translations. There are submission periods for fiction and poetry, which are closed now. Pay is €50 per page for prose, up to €150. Details here.
(Also see The Willowherb Review, which publishes nature writing, very broadly interpreted, by writers of color; pay is £250 for prose; deadline 30 June 2022. There’s also the UEA/Willowherb Speculative Nature Writing Call for Essay Proposals, a mentorship/publishing opportunity, in collaboration with the University of East Anglia, for three new/emerging writers of colour on nature writing; deadline 15 July 2022.)
They want creative writing, including translations, and art about environmental justice. “the nonfiction is more creative than journalistic … the heart of what we want is your searingly personal, visceral, idiosyncratic understanding of the world and the people in it as it has been, as it is, as it will be, as it could be, as a consequence of humanity’s relationship with the earth.” See the editors’ preferences for Issue 7. Send 3-5 poems, and up to 20,000 words of prose. Pay is $0.08/word for prose and $30/page for poetry. The annual deadline is usually Earth Day (22 September 2022). Details here.
New York Times: Modern Love and Tiny Love Stories
These are nonfiction columns. For both, they especially welcome work from historically underrepresented writers, and from those outside the US.
— Modern Love: They want “honest personal essays about contemporary relationships.
We seek true stories on finding love, losing love and trying to keep love alive. We welcome essays that explore subjects such as adoption, polyamory, technology, race and friendship — anything that could reasonably fit under the heading “Modern Love.” Ideally, essays should spring from some central dilemma you have faced. It is helpful, but not essential, for the situation to reflect what is happening in the world now.” Also, “Love may be universal, but individual experiences can differ immensely and be informed by factors including race, socio-economic status, gender, disability status, nationality, sexuality, age, religion and culture.” Send essays of 1,500-1,700 words. Modern Love has two submission periods, March through June, and September through December. Writers are paid. Details here.
— Tiny Love Stories: These are also personal essays similar in theme to Modern Love, but much shorter. “What kind of love story can you share in two tweets, an Instagram caption or a Facebook post? Tell us a love story from your own life — happy or sad, capturing a moment or a lifetime — in no more than 100 words. Include a picture taken by you that complements your narrative, whether a selfie, screenshot or snapshot. We seek to publish the funniest and heart-wrenching entries we receive. We call them Tiny Love Stories. They are about as long as this paragraph. They must be true and unpublished.” Details here.
They publish creative nonfiction of up to 6,000 words, as well as fiction and poetry. All work has to be accompanied by an account. “An account of a specific work traces its arc—through texts and world—while giving voice to the artist’s approach. … We are most interested in how you are tracking the thought, influences, and choices that make up your aesthetic as it pertains to a specific work.” At the time of writing, they were reading for their Fall 2022 issue. Details here and here.
Their website says, “So Textual is a community and online platform for bookish individuals who seek a smart conversation about literature, creative practice, and a considered lifestyle. We celebrate books alongside the contemporary reader.” Among the topics they’re always looking for, are personal essays about a single book or author that changed your life. Also see a recent Twitter thread on the kind of pitches they want – “We’re always looking for evergreen essays, lists related to reading culture, city guides, and bookstore pilgrimages. We love overlooked writers, art making, meaning-making, in media res, epistolary, riposte, plot twists, besotted characters, offline considerations, literary props, mythmaking, associate thinking, fragments, synthesis as mastery, the classics, films for the literary”. Rates start at $200 for essays and $75 for lists. Details here (Twitter thread) and here (pitching guidelines).
This Canadian magazine only accepts literary nonfiction submissions, though they also publish some fiction and poetry. “Love has led Brick to publish essays of every description: on reading, the writing life, literature, art, ideas, travel, science, photography, the perfect ending, dance, sport, music, city-building, food, bathrooms, history . . . and we are always looking for new terrain. We are interested in the singular obsessions that compel you to write. We welcome humour, we welcome depth, we welcome the unclassifiable, and we welcome playfulness with the non-fiction form.” Their essays are usually 1,000-5,000 words. Their annual reading periods are September 1 to October 31, and from March 1 to April 30. Pay is CAD55-660. Details here.
They publish writing and music based on prompts; each month, they will publish a prompt (or two); for music, writers have to respond with a prose piece of 50-1,000 words in any genre, and for written prompts, musicians have to respond with a piece of music. They have two musical prompts now, and invite writers to respond to these. The deadline for this month’s prompts is 26 June 2022, and pay is CAD30. Details here and here.
Empty House Press
Their website says, “We are looking for writing that addresses the way narrative and presence adhere to place and the way they vanish. We encourage broad interpretations of what the idea or image of an empty house might evoke. This includes but is not limited to writing about home, landscape, place, memory, and of course, the atmosphere of previously inhabited spaces.” Apart from nonfiction (up to 2,000 words), they also publish fiction, poetry, and photo series. Details here.
The Iowa Review
This well-regarded literary magazine, associated with the University of Iowa and published for 50-plus years, publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and translations. There’s a fee for online submissions for non-subscribers, but postal submissions are free. For prose, length guidelines are up to 25 pages, and pay is $0.08/word. Their annual reading period is 1 September-1 November. Details here.
Good River Review
This journal is associated with Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. They publish two issues a year and feature book reviews, craft essays, and other literary news on their website. The magazine “is a home for writing that launches quickly, speaks to the universal through the particular, and is layered with meaning. We also love work that doesn’t fit neatly into genre categories. Our editors are attracted to writing that blurs boundaries, and so contributors will find their work published as prose, lyrics, or drama. In addition, we want to publish the most compelling writing for children and young adults that we can find.” Prose writers should submit one story, one longer-form essay, memoir, or immersive journalism (up to 5,000 words), or two shorter pieces. Details here.
This is a Canadian magazine of arts and culture. They publish contemporary writing, four times a year. They accept creative nonfiction (up to 3,000 words), features and reviews, poetry, fiction, and contemporary art. “For nonfiction, we’re looking for essays on the arts or on particular artists, or on aspects of culture and art as an idea or as a specific practice. We are also seeking creative non-fiction with a strong narrative drive.” Details here.
Their website says, “Scrawl Place is part visitor’s guide, part travelogue, part literary journal. It’s meant for readers who prefer Bashō to Lonely Planet.” Also, “I’m looking for submissions about “places in the places” where you live or where you’ve visited.
My only fixed criteria is that your submission be about or connected to or associated with a specific, physical place that someone could visit. … The place you write about could be a Wonder of the World, a random street corner that means something to you, or anything in between.” They accept creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and hybrid works of up to 900 words. Writers can send up to 3 pieces. Pay is $35. Details here.
They publish nonfiction – essays, reviews, articles, features, interviews, personal essays, of up to 20,000 words (see guidelines). They also publish poetry and visual art. They publish work every Friday. Details here.
The Sun Magazine
They publish personal essays, fiction, poetry, and photography. “Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome.” Pay is $300-2,000 for prose, for print. There’s also a themed Readers Write section, which publishes only nonfiction – “Feel free to submit your writing under “Name Withheld” if it allows you to be more honest.” They have a few upcoming themes for this section, including Anniversaries, due 1 July; and The Phone, due 1 August 2022. Payment for Readers Write is magazine subscription. Details here and here.
Molecule – A Tiny Lit Mag
They publish prose – fiction and creative nonfiction, poetry, plays, interviews, reviews, and visual art twice annually. All work should be 50 words or fewer (including titles and interview questions). They also want visual art of tiny things like tea bags and toothpicks, or tiny paintings. Details here.
Toxic Workplaces Anthology
They plan to publish anthologies by women writers, starting 2023. The theme of the first creative nonfiction anthology is Toxic Workplaces. Send submissions of 1,000-5,000 words. Pay is $0.02/word for original essays; there is no cash payment for reprints. The deadline is 1 December 2022. Details here.
Dream Pop Journal
They publish work every Tuesday. They welcome submissions in experimental, non-narrative forms. Apart from poetry, reviews, visual art, and visual poetry & erasure, they publish a Speculative Diary, of up to 2,500 words – “Speculative diary is a subgenre of creative non-fiction that incorporates science fiction, fantasy, and horror elements into diary writing. Diary is anything from “Dear Diary” style writing to journaling, to sketches, vignettes, fragments, scintillae, or notes. What makes diary diary for this call is work that is concerned with chronology and kairology. For this specific call, speculative can include any sort of SF/F/Horror mythos, tropes, or archetypes. Speculative will also encompass the paranormal, supernatural, mythic, dystopian, alternate histories, retrofutures, Afrofuturism, dreampunk, Ethno/Southern Gothic, and hi-tech mystery/thriller. The point is to bring genre fiction ideas and aesthetics into one’s processing of the real world and memories.” Details here.
hey want creative, thematic, and entertaining literary humor. They accept many formats, including essays and lists. Pay is $10-35 for submissions up to 1,000 words. Details here.
They want personal, memoir, lyric, flash (short-shorts), hybrid, and experimental essays, of up to 4,000 words. They also accept fiction and prose poetry. Details here.
Autofocus is a literary publisher of artful autobiographical writing. They have a literary journal, a podcast, and now, a press. For the journal, they want “personal essay, memoir, confessional poetry, curated journal/diary, curated letters/e-mail, hybrid explorations of the self, and any writing that makes art from your life.” Prose can be a single piece up to 2,000 words, or two shorter flash pieces. Details here.
(The Submittable page also has details of their craft anthology, ‘How to Write a Novel.’ “I’m looking for essays about brainstorming and drafting and experimenting and workshopping and revising and all the other different stages and elements of writing a novel… even though they probably won’t use those words.” Pay for the craft anthology essays is $50, and the deadline is 30 June 2022.)
Creative Nonfiction: True stories by (or about) nurses; and more
Creative Nonfiction regularly issues themed submission calls, and normally, these have a submission fee for non-subscribers. However, for their call on true stories by (or about) nurses, they’re not charging a fee, nor for pitches on creative nonfiction as a genre. See all the magazine’s calls here. For the nurses call, “We’re looking especially for pandemic-era stories, which examine the complex and essential role nurses of all kinds have played in providing care and guidance for patients and families, as well as the ways in which the pandemic has affected both individuals and the healthcare system.
We are looking for writers who can write dramatically and vividly about their work. Essays can be from 1,000 to 4,000 words and should be previously unpublished and written in a narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters, and a distinctive voice. … All submissions will be considered for the book and might also be considered for other CNF projects.” The deadline for this call is 27 June 2022. Details here.
(They’re also always open for pitches on writing about creative nonfiction. “We’re looking for writing about writing—smart and insightful ideas related to the art, craft, history, or philosophy of creative nonfiction.” They’re open to these kinds of stories, see guidelines for examples: then & now stories or timelines; explorations of specific subgenres, considering the work of more than one writer; arguments or research or ideas about why/how true stories matter; craft pieces, particularly related to structure, voice, or finding inspiration; pieces that explore connections between creative nonfiction and other fields/forms; in-depth interviews with prominent voices in the field; or, generally, work that engages deeply in some way with creative nonfiction as a form or practice. For upcoming issues, they are specially interested in pitches on voice in creative nonfiction, and flash nonfiction. These pieces are generally 1,000-3,000 words. Details here.)
Night Shift Radio: The Storyteller Series
Night Shift Radio podcast has The Storyteller Series and they choose two stories to publish each month. One story will be chosen for the Full Cast Audiobook treatment; that author will receive $50 for audio rights and non-exclusive print rights. A second piece will be chosen for their mid-month print only piece. The author of that piece will be offered $25. They publish fiction, nonfiction, memoir – anything that reads with tension and excitement. They have short, week-long submission windows during certain months: for 2022, they’ll read submissions during 21st to 28th of August, and of November. Please send submissions only during the reading period. Length guidelines are 7,000-10,000 words. Details here (episodes) and here (guidelines).
They are open for regular submissions until 30 June of nonfiction, reviews, fiction, and poetry. “…we are particularly interested in creative nonfiction that gazes out at the world rather than into the self. This is to say nothing against memoir, only that our publishing aesthetic leans towards the exterior in order to balance what we often see as a focus on memoir and interiority in many literary journals. Essays that perform a weave of the personal with an outward gaze are very welcome. We do not only consider externally-focused creative nonfiction, but this is our taste preference. Limit creative nonfiction submissions to 6,000 words.”
And during 1-31 July 2022, they will open submissions for a special folio, ‘Silences of War: Erasure within Conflict’. They want nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and hybrid work “that engages with the untold or silenced side of “war” in all its variations—from global to national to domestic conflict. What and who is erased by violence? What sounds do these silences make, and how can they be honored and represented? How can destruction take the form of creation and utterance? Send us your writing about historical and recent conflicts, forms of resistance and persistence, and the silences upheld by oppressive systems, structures, and individuals. We especially welcome creative work from historically marginalized perspectives.” Details here.
(There’s also Consequence Forum, which accepts work, including narrative nonfiction, on the consequences of war and geopolitical violence. Pay is $20-200, and the submission period is 15 July-15 October 2022.)
|5 Paying Literary Magazines to Submit to in June 2022|
|These magazines accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They’re a mix of literary and genre markets, and not all of them are open through the month.|
|This is a Scottish magazine with an international outlook; they publish fiction and nonfiction. “We look for short stories that stick with you, lingering in the memory long after reading, and essays that explore specific interests or issues from a new perspective. We offer a space for writers to be strange, bold and experimental, and to express their unique style however they see fit.” They also commission one guest illustrator per issue, whom they pay £500.|
|Deadline: 14 June 2022|
|Length: 800-4,000 words|
|(And Mud Season Review is open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Pay is $50, and the deadline is 30 June 2022, or until filled, for fee-free submissions.)|
|This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and poetry. They accept a limited number of fee-free submissions every month.|
|Deadline: 25 June 2022 for Summer issue; reads year-round|
|Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for nonfiction (see guidelines)|
|Pay: CAD200 per essay; CAD150 for fiction; CAD100 per interview or review; CAD25 per poem (or page, capped at CAD80)|
|This is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine seeking diverse sci-fi and fantasy fiction. They also accept reprints. They read during March, June, September, and December.|
|Deadline: 30 June 2022|
|Length: 2,000-5,000 words|
|(And Fusion Fragment will open a very short submission window in June. They want “Science fiction or SF-tinged literary fiction stories and novelettes ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 15,000 words. Although any science fiction subgenre is fair game, our tastes lean towards slipstream, cyberpunk, post-apocalypse, and anything with a little taste of the bizarre.” Pay is CAD3.5c/word, up to CAD300. Reading period is 10th to 12th June 2022. Details here.)|
|The Willowherb Review|
|This UK-based magazine only publishes nature writing by writers of color anywhere in the world (often termed BAME or BIPOC). They want nonfiction especially, but they consider fiction and poetry as well — on nature, place, and environment. “If you’re unsure if your piece fits the bill, let’s just say we believe nature writing can tackle all sorts of issues: from stories of farming to long treks, tales of migration, racism, community, and beauty. You might be writing about remote places, cities, lost landscapes, or old homes. We’re looking forward to seeing what matters most to emerging nature writers. Above all, your submission should have a great sense of place and attention to the natural world.” They do not want literary criticism.|
|Deadline: 30 June 2022|
|Length: Up to 3,000 words for prose, up to 3 poems|
|Pay: £100 for poetry and £250 for prose|
|They publish poems from writers at all stages of their careers, and especially encourage emerging poets to submit. Send up to 5 poems. (They’re also running a fee-based contest for women poets.)|
|Length: Up to 5 poems|
|Pay: $50/poem, up to $150|
|Details here. (scroll down)|
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From Anca Szilágyi:
Thanks to your posting The Fiddlehead’s calls for submissions in your newsletter, last year I sent them my essay “Boiled Boot,” about my grandmother’s childhood starvation during the Shoah and intergenerational trauma, and it is now in their spring issue. Since it’s in print only, I put a bit about the essay on my blog too. I so appreciate all that you do for the literary community!
From Allison Floyd:
I just had a (paid!) blog post accepted for “The Growlery,” Run Amok Books’ new blog about writers and writing. I became aware of this opportunity via the May edition of The Practicing Writer. It probably wouldn’t have ended up on my radar without your fantastic newsletter. Thank you!
Please share news from your writing practice that may be connected with this newsletter or our other resources. I love to celebrate such successes in this space!
3. FEATURED RESOURCE
In preparation for a couple of recent presentations, I’ve updated a list titled “Where to Read (And Publish) Writing on Jewish Themes”: bit.ly/JewishWriting
As noted in the introductory text, this resource is not limited to no-fee/paying publications, so bear that fact in mind.
4. CURRENT CONTESTS, COMPETITIONS, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
RUTH LILLY AND DOROTHY SARGENT ROSENBERG FELLOWSHIPS
LETRAS BORICUAS FELLOWSHIP
ANONYMOUS WAS A WOMAN ENVIRONMENTAL ART GRANTS
BARD FICTION PRIZE
JANE BRINKLEY SUMMER FELLOWSHIP
CHRISTOPHER HEWITT AWARD
#HIPPOCAMP22 CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
NORTON WRITER’S PRIZE
EUGENE C. PULLIAM FELLOWSHIP FOR EDITORIAL WRITING
Deadline: June 22 (noon, Irish time). Competition “for people resident on the island of Ireland” for an unpublished short story. Prize: “€250 cash plus a course of the winner’s choice in the Molly Keane Writers Retreat, Ardmore in 2023 to the value of €250.” NB: “Entries shouldn’t be currently submitted elsewhere for consideration.”
DAVE GREBER FREELANCE WRITER AWARDS
GREAT LAKES COLLEGE ASSOCIATION NEW WRITERS AWARD
BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS POETRY CONTEST
ZACHARY DOSS FRIENDS IN LETTERS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP
DRUE HEINZ LITERATURE PRIZE
BROOKLYN CARIBBEAN LITERARY FESTIVAL (BCLF) SHORT FICTION STORY CONTEST
RICHARD MARGOLIS AWARD
MARLBOROUGH LIT FEST LOVE BOOKS COMPETITION
KINGSLEY AND KATE TUFTS POETRY AWARDS
POETRY COALITION FELLOWSHIPS
REMINDER: Some opportunities listed in last month’s newsletter remain open.
5. SUBMISSION ALERTS
From quarterly zine STANCHION: “Three separate submission windows for Issue 8 will open in early June.” No theme. Pays: “$10, one complimentary copy of that issue of Stanchion, and a discount code to order extra copies.” Windows: June 1-3 for poetry; June 5-7 for “non-poetry”: June 9-11 for visual art.
Opening June 1 (and remain open for the rest of the month): BATH MAGG, “a magazine of new poetry,” for its summer issue. No simultaneous submissions. Payment: £20.
“CUTLEAF will be opening to fiction submissions on June 1. We’re limiting the call to 100 submissions for this reading period, so if you have a piece you’d like to submit, get it ready!” From the guidelines: “Cutleaf is interested in fiction of all shapes and sizes, although we are generally interested in work less than 6,000 words. Longer work must be exceptionally compelling, and we may publish longer works in installments. Short excerpts from longer works are more likely to be accepted when they stand alone as a discrete work. We will read one long piece or up to three short pieces at a time per author. We are also interested in flash fiction with a limit of 1,000 words. Cutleaf will pay from $100 to $400 for published fiction.”
THE MCNEESE REVIEW will open June 1 (and will remain so until August 31) “for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for our 2023 print issue.” Payment: “All print contributors receive one contributor copy. We are pleased to also offer a $50 honorarium to print contributors within the U.S. Contributors outside of the U.S. will receive two additional author copies instead of the honorarium.”
Vermont-based international journal MUD SEASON REVIEW will be open during June, though “we may close the reading period early by genre if volume demands.” They’re seeking “deeply human work that will teach us something about life, but also about the craft of writing or visual art, and works that are original in its approach and that in some way moves us.” Payment: “$50 for work that appears in our issues. For artists whose images are paired with writing, and for poets whose work appears in The Take: Mud Season Review, we offer payment of $15.” (Hat tip here goes to the markets newsletter from WOW! Women on Writing.)
TACO BELL QUARTERLY has announced: “TBQ6 will be open June 1st to September 5th for a winter issue. Will pay $100.”
Also opening June 1, Ontario-based THE /TEMZ/ REVIEW. They pay $20 (presumably CAD) for poetry and prose.
I’ve been alerted that in honor of Juneteenth, THE MAINE REVIEW will run a fee-free submissions window from June 13 to June 19. (Another no-fee window, honoring Pride Month, will run from June 27 to July 3.) They publish “contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including works in translation and hybrid forms.” Pay rates: “Fiction and Nonfiction writers receive a $25 honorarium per published flash (1,000 words or fewer) and a $50 honorarium for work 1,001 words or more. Poets receive a $25 honorarium per published poem.”
Until June 15, BELL PRESS welcomes submissions for several projects, including two anthologies (one on “Rituals” and the other on “Framework of the Human Body”), paying royalties and “an advance of $15 Canadian before publication.” They’re also receiving submissions for a 2023 Poetry Day Planner, for which payment is “a flat amount of $15 Canadian.”
CHANNEL, an Ireland-based litmag “born out of the climate crisis, publishing poetry and prose with an environmentalist perspective,” will close for submissions of fiction and poetry on June 15. (According to their guidelines, “essay submissions, which will be considered for online publication as well as for our next print issue, are open year-round.”) Payment: “€50 per poem and €50 per page of prose up to a total maximum fee of €150. Contributors will also receive a copy of whichever issue their work appears within.”
Another one closing on June 15: GRAIN, “an internationally acclaimed literary journal that publishes engaging, surprising, eclectic, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists.” Send poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction (query for other genres). Pays: “All contributors, regardless of genre, are paid $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears” (the payment is presumably in Canadian dollars). NB: They do have a Submittable cap.
Also closing June 15: KALEIDOSCOPED, “a new literary magazine formed by MFA students at UC San Diego,” which is currently seeking submissions on the theme of “Ghosts and Gossip.” Pays: $20. (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
FOYER, a UK-based “independent magazine celebrating and exploring untold stories from people of mixed, third culture and second-generation cultural heritage,” welcomes pitches and submissions for its first issue, on the theme of “Connect,” until June 17. Pays: £75.
THE PURITAN seeks submissions “all year round, from anywhere in the world,” but work received by June 25 will be considered for the summer issue. NB: “Please note that we can only issue payments using PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD.” Pay rates range from $25-$200. “Please note that we can only issue payments using PayPal, Canadian bank e-transfer, or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD. We can pay using Western Union [except to Nigeria] if no other option is available.”
Until June 27, CREATIVE NONFICTION/IN FACT BOOKS seeks “essays by and about nurses for an expanded anniversary edition of I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. “We’re looking especially for pandemic-era stories, which examine the complex and essential role nurses of all kinds have played in providing care and guidance for patients and families, as well as the ways in which the pandemic has affected both individuals and the healthcare system.” Payment is unspecified, but “this is a paying market. All submissions will be considered for the book and might also be considered for other CNF projects.”
Attention, Canadians! CLOUD LAKE LITERARY seeks submissions. “We currently publish fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature (ages up to and including YA).” Receives submissions year-round, but work received by June 30 will be considered for the fall issue. Payment: $50 CAD per page to a maximum of CAD 150.
The Rainbow Issue of FAIRY TALE REVIEW “will be dedicated to queer fairy tales written by queer writers” and will remain open for submissions until June 30. “While The Rainbow Issue will be dedicated to queer fairy-tale poetry and prose written by writers who self-identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, we are especially interested in submissions by writers working at the intersection of queerness, including women and nonbinary writers, BIPOC, writers with disabilities, and writers from other marginalized and underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing.” Pays: “Contributors will receive two (2) issues of The Rainbow Issue and a $50 honorarium upon publication.”
FREEZE FRAME FICTION also remains open for submissions until June 30. Submissions should be “1000 words or less, any genre, no content restrictions. We want your science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, drama, literary works, satire, bizarre fiction, or anything else you can come up with or mix. The more original, the better. The weirder, the better.” Pays: “$10 per accepted piece.”
June 30 is the deadline for pamphlet submissions at NEON BOOKS: “Neon Books publishes a selection of paper broadsides and pamphlets, which are sent out for free with print orders….We’re looking for short works, such as individual poems, small sets of very short poems, or short pieces of fiction. Hybrid works, comics, and illustrated pieces are also very welcome….We enjoy pieces that can be presented interestingly or unusually. If you can think of an interesting way of presenting your work, please do include a note describing this in your cover letter. There’s no need to format your work ready for printing.” Will consider reprints. Payment: “a one-off fee of £25 on acceptance.”
June 30 is also the deadline for submissions for NEW GOTHIC REVIEW, which seeks “previously unpublished short stories that reimagine Gothic fiction for the 21st century.” Pays: “a flat $65 for stories (paid within 30 days of acceptance).”
THREAD COUNT, too, remains open until June 30. This publication “accepts original and previously unpublished works of prose, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid text, but we prefer writing that resists such classifications. Primarily we focus on hybrid works between prose poetry and flash fiction.” Pays: $25. (Thanks to FlashFictionFlash for introducing me to this one.)
THE WILLOWHERB REVIEW, which “aims to provide a digital platform to celebrate and bolster nature writing by emerging and established writers of color,” is open for submissions until June 30 (“23.59[BST]”). “We’re looking for previously unpublished prose—non-fiction especially, but we will consider fiction and poetry—on nature, place, and environment.” Pays: “£250 for prose, £100 for poetry.”
Closing to poetry submissions July 1: Canada-based MINOLTA REVIEW, which welcomes work “from all those who identify as women and non-binary writers.” Pays: $25 per published poem presumably in Canadian dollars). Note also that they’re open to book review pitches and, beginning with their September issue, will pay $20 per published 250-500 word review. (Thanks to WOW! Women on Writing’s Markets Newsletter for the reminder about this one.)
SUBSTANTIALLY UNLIMITED, which “welcomes submissions from anyone who considers themselves disabled, or substantially limited, socially, emotionally, cognitively, or mentally,” remains open for submissions on the theme of “stigma” until July 1. Pays: “$15 per published piece via Venmo or Paypal.” (Hat tip: @Duotrope.)
Australia-based podcast PILLOW TALKING “is always looking for first-person, narrative/creative nonfiction stories of real-life bedroom conversations. This podcast wouldn’t exist without people choosing to share their intimate conversations. Whether they are thought-provoking, funny, heart-breaking, or silly this takes trust, vulnerability, and some guts, and I consider receiving each story a huge privilege and responsibility. You can submit from wherever in the world you happen to be.” Upcoming themes include “Blue” (with a June 4 deadline); “Suddenly Strangers” (June 18); and “Sanctuary” (July 2). Payment: “$25AUD, paid via PayPal or Stripe, within 1 week of the episode going to air.”
From the new journal BROKEN GLASS: “Do you write poetry? Tell stories? Conduct interesting interviews? If so, send us your work. We are starting a new digital magazine and want to hear from you! We focus on moments that embody the change that help readers experience perspective-altering inspiration, with an emphasis on the show over tell. Art, video, fiction, non-fiction, interviews, investigative reporting, fashion, design, book reviews, and more – if it fits our focus, we’d love to see your work. Submissions are free, and we offer honoraria of $50-200 for each piece selected to be published.” No deadline explicitly stated, but “submissions will be reviewed starting July 1.”
It may seem that lots of journals close for subs during the northern hemisphere’s summer, and yes—many do! But some remain open year-round. CRAFT is one. Pays: “$100 for original flash and $200 for original short fiction and creative nonfiction.” They also publish “essays on writing craft, critical literary analyses, book annotations/reviews, and interviews….All work in this section is concerned with fiction or creative nonfiction. Please do not send critical work about poetry, film, or any other genres….We pay $50 for craft and critical essays, and we pay $50 for most standard interviews and $100 for hybrid interviews (a critical essay paired with a Q&A).”
Similarly, FRACTURED LIT “is open year-round and is available to all writers. We currently feature two separate submission categories, based on the length of the work submitted: Micro Fiction, for work under 400 words; and Flash Fiction, for work 401-1,000 words.” Pays: “$50 for original micro fiction and $75 for original flash fiction.”
Reminder from THE MASTER’s REVIEW: “Our New Voices category is open year-round to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel-length with a wide distribution. Authors with short story collections are free to submit, as are writers with books published by indie presses.” Pays: “We pay New Voices authors $200 for short fiction and narrative non-fiction, and $100 for flash-length narratives (up to 1,000 words).”
Likewise, at FRONTIER POETRY “submissions for our New Voices, poetry category is open year-round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. New Voices are published online only and will feature several poems from new authors each month.” Payment: “$50 per poem, up to $150.”
THE SUN welcomes submissions of personal essays, fiction, and poetry. “Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome.” Pay rates: $300-$2,000 for essays and fiction; $100-$250 for poetry.
Another one that’s open year-round: THE WEST REVIEW, “a literary journal founded on the West Coast that seeks to promote and publish quality literature from our local, national, and international communities, which pays $10/poem and prose piece (via Paypal). NB: “We are primarily a poetry journal & only very rarely publish fiction. Before submitting, please read the prose included in prior issues to see if your work would be a good match.”
ORCA, which “publishes short stories and flash fiction, and a limited amount of nonfiction,” offers space for 100 free submissions each month. “If the fee-free submission forms do not appear, it means the 100 free submissions have been used for that month, and the free portals will reopen at the start of the next month.” They publish three issues each year: “two literary issues and one literary-speculative.” Payment: “$50 for published short stories and $25 for flash fiction.” (Thanks to Nancy Ludmerer for alerting me to the fee-free submissions policy.)
From CREATIVE NONFICTION: “We’re looking for writing about writing—smart and insightful ideas related to the art, craft, history, or philosophy of creative nonfiction.” Check the guidelines for details on what they’re looking for (and what they’re not looking for), and note that they seem especially interested right now in pitches addressing “voice in creative nonfiction” and flash nonfiction. “This is a paying market,” but pay rates aren’t specified; no deadline is specified, either.
Reminder: SHORT STORY, which aims to “revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful,” selects one story for publication each month and considers reprints. Pays: “base pay of $100 for the chosen story + 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check.”
And another reminder: Make it a habit to check the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL website, where titles in development are posted. “If this is your first time, please visit our Story Guidelines page.” Pays: $200 plus 10 free copies.
REMEMBER: Some venues listed in last month’s newsletter remain open for submissions.
6. BLOG NOTES
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Funds for Writers has a good market listing as does winning writers which also publishes a list of places to avoid submitting.
Final plug -Pensively 101 sends out daily prompts which are quite good.
Hello and welcome to my daily Three Things Challenge!
Having passed the milestone of 1000 3TCs, we start again from #1 but numbers will now begin with a prefix of M, which is the Roman numeral for 1000.
I also thought I’d introduce a theme each week, though the words can be used in a variety of contexts, so use your imagination, read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you. Your post doesn’t have to be connected to the theme though and you can use all three words, two or just one. There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre, but please remember to keep it family friendly.
Tag your responses with 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC and you can also add my logo if you wish.
Although I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.00 am UK time, pingbacks have to be approved manually so don’t worry if they don’t show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
Thank you all for your continued support and as always I look forward to reading your contributions.
I’ve chosen the theme of motorways, roads and traffic this week.
Your three words today are:
That’s it for the free advice. Hit me up if you have any concerns or wish to add to the list of useful sites.