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January Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The January 2023 edition of "Writing Life Essentials" is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submission calls, and awards. We try to prioritize opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, brainstorming New Year’s resolutions. That’s important, too.

 

 

Contests & Awards

 

Mississippi Review Prize

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 1st

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Mississippi Review are given annually for a single poem, a short story, and an essay. Current or former University of Southern Mississippi students are ineligible. Submit three to five poems totaling up to 10 pages or a short story or essay of 1,000 to 8,000 words with a $15 entry fee ($16 for electronic submissions), which includes a copy of the prize issue, by January 1, 2023. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Prize | North Carolina Writers’ Network

Fee: $20; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 2nd

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or an essay that “seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians.” The winning entry is considered for publication in the Carolina Quarterly. Black writers who live in North Carolina are eligible. Submit a short story or essay of up to 3,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for NCWN members) by January 2, 2023. Include two copies if submitting by mail. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

2023 DISQUIET Prize

Fee: $0; Award: See Description; Deadline: January 2nd

Entries will be accepted in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through January 2, 2023. One winner in each category will be published in Granta.com (fiction), NinthLetter.com (non-fiction) or The Common (poetry). One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations,  and travel stipend to attend the tenth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon (June 25-July 7, 2023). Genre winners will receive a tuition waiver for DISQUIET 2023 in addition to publication. Winners who are unable to attend the program in Lisbon may elect to receive a $1000 cash prize in lieu of the tuition waiver. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Poetry Open | Gemini Magazine

Fee: $9; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 3rd

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Gemini Magazine is given annually for a single poem. The editors will judge. Submit up to three poems of any length with a $9 entry fee by January 3, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Writing Contest | Winter Anthology

Fee: $11; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 10th

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Winter Anthology is given annually for a group of poems, a story, a novel excerpt, or an essay. Ann Lauterbach will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 100 pages of poetry or prose with an $11 entry fee by January 10. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Translation Prize | French-American Foundation

Fee: $0; Award: $10,000; Deadline: January 13th

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for translations from French into English of a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published during the current year. A jury of translators and literary professionals will judge. Authors, translators, agents, and U.S. publishers may submit six excerpts (three from the original French and three matching selections from the English translation) from a book published in 2022 by January 13, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Desert Writers Award | Ellen Meloy Fund

Fee: $15; Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 15th

A prize of $5,000 is given annually to enable a creative nonfiction writer “whose work reflects the spirit and passions for the desert embodied in Ellen Meloy’s writing” to spend creative time in a desert environment. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of creative nonfiction, a project proposal, and a biographical statement of up to one page with a $15 entry fee by January 15, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition | North Carolina Writers’ Network

Fee: $12; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 15th

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an essay “that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians.” The winning essay will also be considered for publication in Ecotone. Writers who are legal residents of North Carolina or who are members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network are eligible. Julia Ridley Smith will judge. Submit an essay of up to 2,000 words (two copies if by postal mail) with a $12 entry fee ($10 for NCWN members) by January 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Levis Reading Prize | Virginia Commonwealth University

Fee: $0; Award: $5,000; Deadline: January 15th

A prize of $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to give a reading at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is given annually for a first or second book of poetry published during the previous year. Publishers or writers may submit three copies of a book of at least 48 pages published in 2022, one PDF copy of the book, a cover letter, and a brief author bio by January 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Poetry and Short Story Awards | Sixfold

Fee: $5; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 24th

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sixfold are given quarterly for a group of poems and a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose with a $5 entry fee by January 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition | Ghost Story

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Ghost Story website and in the 21st Century Ghost Stories anthology is given twice yearly for a work of flash fiction with a supernatural or magical realism theme. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 250 to 1,000 words with a $15 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Eliud Martínez Prize | Inlandia Institute

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Inlandia Books will be given annually for a book of fiction or creative nonfiction by a writer who identifies as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x. Only manuscripts written primarily in English will be considered. Isabel Quintero will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a novel, memoir, essays, stories, and multi-genre or hybrid fiction and nonfiction work between 150 and 300 pages with a $15 entry fee by January 31. Proposals for longer works of up to 500 pages may be submitted with an excerpt, table of contents, and a synopsis. Fee waivers are available. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Writing Prizes | swamp pink

Fee: $20; Award: $2,000; Deadline: January 31st

Three prizes of $2,000 each and publication in swamp pink are given annually for a single poem, a short story, and an essay. Matthew Olzmann will judge in poetry, Jamil Jan Kochai will judge in fiction, and Melissa Faliveno will judge in nonfiction. Works written in English and containing other languages are encouraged. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems or a story or essay of up to 25 pages with a $20 entry fee by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest | Little Tokyo Historical Society

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Rafu Shimpo and on the Discover Nikkei and Little Tokyo Historical Society websites are given annually for short stories that take place in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles and “capture the cultural spirit” of the neighborhood. One prize is given for a story written in English; the other is given for a story written in Japanese. Submit a story of up to 2,500 words via e-mail by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest | WOMR/WFMR Community Radio

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. Marge Piercy will judge. Submit up to five poems totaling no more than seven pages with a $15 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poets | Poetry Northwest

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: January 31st

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Poetry Northwest are given annually for a single poem by an Indigenous poet. The winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to read with the judge in the fall of 2023. Writers who have published no more than one full-length book and who are community-recognized members of tribal nations within the United States and its territories are eligible. The judge will be a Native poet of national prominence. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length by January 31. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Prizes in Poetry and Prose | Slippery Elm

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a single poem and a short story or essay. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems of any length or up to 5,000 words of prose with a $15 entry fee, which includes the latest issue of Slippery Elm, by February 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Claire Keyes Poetry Award | Salem State University

Fee: $10; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Soundings East is given annually for a group of poems. Naomi Shihab Nye will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit 8 to 10 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page) with a $10 entry fee ($15 for a subscription to Soundings East) by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards | Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Fee: $18; Award: $2,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is given annually for a single poem. A second prize of $1,000 and publication in Paterson Literary Review is also given. The winning poets are invited to give a reading at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Submit three copies of up to five poems of no more than two pages each with an $18 entry fee by February 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Yeats Poetry Prize | WB Yeats Society of NY

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the WB Yeats Society of NY website is given annually for a single poem. The winner also receives a two-year membership to the organization and is invited to a ceremony in New York City in the spring, as public health guidelines allow. Alan Feldman will judge. Submit a poem of up to 60 lines with a $15 entry fee ($12 for each additional poem) by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Paterson Poetry Prize | Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

Fee: $0; Award: $2,000; Deadline: February 1st

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year. The winning poet is expected to participate in an awards ceremony, give a reading, and teach a workshop at the Poetry Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Books of at least 48 pages are eligible. Publishers and authors may submit two copies of books published in 2022 by February 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Fellowships, Grants & More

 

BWOC Literary Support Program | GrubStreet

Fee: $0; Award: $125-250; Deadline: Rolling

BWOC’s Literary Support Program offers stipends for BIPOC writers to be used for submissions, contests, fellowships, retreats, writing supply expenses, and any other literary opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and will be reviewed every three weeks at the time of each submitted application. Funding is issued as a Visa or Mastercard e-gift card. Applicants must be in the US, and may reapply every six months/twice a year. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Steinbeck Fellowships in Creative Writing | San José State University

Deadline: January 3rd

Six yearlong residencies at San José State University in San José, California, which include a stipend of $15,000 each, are given annually to fiction writers and creative nonfiction writers. The fellows are required to give one public reading and may be asked to live in the Bay Area during the academic year, as public health guidelines allow. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of prose, a project proposal, a résumé or curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation (uploaded by references) by January 3, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Leon Levy Biography Fellowships

Deadline: January 4th

Four fellowships of $72,000, writing space at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, access to research facilities, and research assistance from a graduate student are given annually to nonfiction writers working on biographies. An additional fellowship, the Sloan Fellowship, is given annually to a writer working on a biography of a figure in the field of science or technology. Using only the online submission system, submit a writing sample from the biography of up to 2,500 words, a curriculum vitae or résumé, a project description, a narrative career history, and two letters of reference by January 4, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowships | Colgate University

Deadline: January 6th

Two nine-month residencies at Colgate University, including a stipend of $43,750, health benefits, and travel expenses, are given annually to poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers. The 2023–2024 fellowships will be awarded to a poet and a nonfiction writer working on their first books. Each fellow will teach one creative writing course per semester and give a public reading. Writers who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing are among those eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit 20 pages of poetry or up to 30 pages of prose, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by January 6. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program | Fellowships

Deadline: January 8th

The Studios is MASS MoCA’s artist and writers residency program situated within the museum’s factory campus and surrounded by the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Operated by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists department, the residency runs year-round and hosts up to 10 artists at a time. Artists of any nationality can apply for stays of 2 or 4 weeks. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Jack Hazard Fellowships | New Literary Project

Deadline: January 9th

Nine fellowships of $5,000 each will be given annually to high school teachers working on an ongoing fiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir project. Full-time instructors at accredited U.S. high schools teaching in the 2022–23 academic year who are contracted to return to their schools in fall 2023 are eligible. The New Literary Project selection committee and Program Director Ian S. Maloney will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a prose writing sample of up to 5,000 words, a brief bio, a curriculum vitae, contact information for the head of school, and a project description by January 9, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Translation Projects Fellowship | National Endowment for the Arts

Deadline: January 12th

Around 20 grants of up to $25,000 each are given annually to translators of poetry and prose from any language into English. Applicants must have published, alone or in collaboration, at least 20 pages of literary translation in digital or print publications, or at least one book or other volume of translation of at least 20 pages between January 1, 2008, and January 12, 2023. Using only the online submission system, submit 10 to 15 pages of translation and the original work, a project description, applicant bio, a résumé for the original author, a justification of retranslation (if applicable), a list of published translations into English, and proof of the right to translate the specified work by January 12, 2023. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Dobie Paisano Fellowships | University of Texas

Deadline: January 15th

Two four-month residencies, cosponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters, at a rural retreat west of Austin are given annually to writers who are native Texans, who have lived in Texas for at least three years, or who have published significant work with a Texas subject. The Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship is given to a writer in any stage of their career and includes a grant of $18,000. The Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship is given to a writer who has demonstrated “publishing and critical success” and includes a grant of $24,000. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 50 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction, a curriculum vitae or résumé, and a completed application form with a $20 application fee ($30 to enter both competitions) by January 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Emerging Voices Fellowship | PEN America

Deadline: January 31st

Twelve fellowships of $1,500 each and participation in a virtual five-month mentorship program, which includes one-on-one mentorship with an established writer; introductions to editors, agents, and publishers; a professional headshot; and a one-year PEN America membership are given annually to emerging poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers “from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing world.” Fellows will also participate in workshops on editing, marketing, and building a professional platform. Writers who have not yet published a book and who do not hold an advanced degree in creative writing are eligible to apply. Using only the online submission system, submit a series of personal statements, a writing sample (no more than 15 pages for prose and 10 pages for poetry), a curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least one reference with a $25 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Artist Development Grants | Vermont Arts Council

Fee: $0; Award: TBD; Deadline: January 31st

Artist Development Grants support Vermont artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills or that increase the viability of an artist's business. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work when the activity allows the grantee to accept a rare and important opportunity. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Philip Roth Residencies | Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts

Deadline: February 1st

Two four-month residencies, which include a stipend of $5,000 each, at the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University are given annually to writers in any literary genre, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid works, and graphic novels, working on a first or second book. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 20 pages of writing, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation by February 1. There is no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Frances “Frank” Rollin Fellowship | Biographers International Organization

Deadline: February 1st

Two prizes of $5,000 each will be given annually to writers “working on a biographical work about an African American figure (or figures) whose story provides a significant contribution to our understanding of the Black experience.” Biographers may be at any stage in the writing process. The winners will also receive publicity through the Biographers International Organization (BIO) website, registration to the annual BIO Conference in May, and a one-year BIO membership. Adam Henig, Tamara Payne, and Eric K. Washington will judge. Using only the online entry form, submit a project description, statement of need, author bio, and a writing sample of up to 20 pages by February 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

 

Emerging Writer Fellowship | GrubStreet

Deadline: March 13th

The Emerging Writer Fellowship aims to develop new, exciting voices by providing three writers per year tuition-free access to GrubStreet’s classes and Muse & the Marketplace conference series. Over the course of one year, each Emerging Writer Fellow will attend a combination of seminars and multi-week courses of their choosing, along with a wide selection of Muse & The Marketplace programming, in order to enhance their understanding of craft and the publishing industry. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

YAWP Summer Writing Fellowship | GrubStreet

Deadline: March 20th

GrubStreet's Teen Summer Writing Fellowship immerses high school students in the writer's life of creative craft and publishing. During three weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors and meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and more. In the spirit of writers' residencies for adults, all teens will receive a stipend for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Work Experience

 

Administrative Assistant | Fine Arts Work Center

Provincetown, MA

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown seeks an on-site, part-time administrative assistant to tend to office administration and operations, provide clerical assistance for the Administrative Director and Executive Director, and support special projects as assigned. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Program Coordinator | GrubStreet

Boston, MA

GrubStreet is seeking a Program Coordinator to work with our Core Programs team on ensuring the smooth delivery of hundreds of creative writing classes per year. The Program Coordinator will report to the Program Manager to build our schedule of 300+ short classes per year, help students navigate our offerings and register for classes and events, run the technical side of our virtual classes, and welcome students into our space for in-person classes and events. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Marketing and Communications Manager | Words Without Borders

Remote

Words Without Borders seeks a marketing and communications manager to increase the visibility of our work and drive engagement across our programs. The ideal candidate will be an organized self-starter able to think strategically about how to grow the audience for international writing. This position reports to the executive director, oversees a part-time social media editor, and works closely with our editorial and education program staff. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Deputy Editor | The Yale Review

New Haven, CT

Reporting to the Editor in Chief of The Yale Review, the Deputy Editor will work in partnership with the Editor in Chief to edit and develop The Yale Review's new digital identify, on our website, as a podcast, and via social media. The Deputy Editor is a partner in long-term and short-term planning for both The Yale Review's content and its goals of expanding its operations and re-inventing itself as a top-tier national literary publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Barista | GrubStreet

Boston, MA

Fabulist Cafe is looking for an enthusiastic Barista to join our team as we launch this exciting new establishment. Fabulist will offer a quality espresso program, simple delicious food, beer and wine. The cafe will serve the community of booklovers and writers affiliated with the center as well as the general public. The Barista will focus on engaging with our customers. They will ensure our guests receive a welcoming experience with a high level of quality and service. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Education Program Coordinator | Words Without Borders

Remote

Words Without Borders seeks a responsible and highly organized program coordinator to support the growth of WWB Campus, an award-winning educational resource built around contemporary international literature. This new position will report to WWB’s education editor and curriculum designer, communicate frequently with educators and school districts, and collaborate with the organization’s communications, development, and editorial teams. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Finance Manager | GrubStreet

Boston, MA

We are looking for an experienced bookkeeper or accountant to join our diverse team as the Finance Manager. This role will be responsible for the management of the financial and budgeting functions in our organization, including the day-to-day work of financial operations, monthly financial reporting, budget creation and monitoring, and yearly audit prep. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Administrative and Development Assistant | Words Without Borders

Remote

Words Without Borders seeks an administrative and development assistant to support the executive director in the management of the organization’s operations and fiscal growth. The ideal candidate will be a highly organized, systems-oriented self-starter able to prioritize a wide range of tasks. Reporting to the executive director and working closely with the development coordinator, the assistant will play a crucial role in strengthening Words Without Borders’ administrative capacity at a time of programmatic growth. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Full-Time Faculty Position in Literature/Literary Translation at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont

Bennington College invites applications for a full-time faculty position in literature, with a focus on Translation and Translation Theory. This position will begin in the fall of 2023, and the successful candidate will teach courses in translation and translation theory as well as creative writing and comparative and global literature. Applicants should be active literary translators with at least one book publication in literary translation into English and dedicated to student-centered teaching. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions to 45th Parallel

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 1st

45th Parallel is an online Oregon-based literary magazine produced by graduate students at Oregon State University. We accept original, previously unpublished submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and comics. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Apricity Press

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 1st

Apricity Press is an annual online publication of poetry, prose, short fiction, visual art, and dance works. Embodying the obsolete word it was named after, Apricity aims to manifest the feeling of the warmth of the sun in the winter in all that it publishes. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Bennington Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 9th

We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Orion’s Beau

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 10th

Before submitting to us please keep in mind that we are devoted to LGBTQ+ fantasy. Your work should strongly reflect that. We are interested in work that elevates dreams and fairy tales in the gay community and its supporters. We’re looking for original works of magic and fantasy. Even in darkness, hope can exist. We want to be transported to new worlds or fascinating new versions of our own! When considering submitting to us please ensure the work meets the above criteria. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Ploughshares

Fee: $3; Deadline: January 15th

Ploughshares has published quality literature since 1971. Our award-winning literary journal is published four times a year; our lively literary blog publishes new writing daily. Since 1989, we have been based at Emerson College in downtown Boston. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Beaver Magazine’s Chapbook Anthology

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 15th

Submit here to have your poetry considered for our 2023 chapbook anthology, "Bodies: A Preservation of Land and Self." Feel free to interpret this theme as loosely or as literally as you'd like. We want to read it all! View complete submission guidelines here.

 

 

Submissions to Tell-All Boston

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 18th

Want to share the stage with The Best American Essays 2022 editor Alexander Chee and contributor Aube Rey Lescure? Submit your love story to be considered for inclusion in our February 15th, 2023 Tell-All Boston reading event! We are looking for nonfiction pieces – essays or memoir writing – (in 1,000 words or less) about love, in any form: romantic love, familial love, fraternal love, self-love, love of nature, love of country, love of animals, love of food, or even, your love of writing. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Copper Nickel

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 15th - March 1st

Copper Nickel accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, essays, and translation folios from September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1.Please submit four to six poems, one story, or one essay at a time, and please wait at least six months between submissions. For prose we do not have any length restrictions—but longer-than-normal pieces have to earn their space. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Parabola

Fee: $0; Deadline: March 1st

Parabola is a quarterly journal devoted to the exploration of the quest for meaning as it is expressed in the world’s myths, symbols, and religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the relationship between this store of wisdom and our modern life. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Contrary

Fee: $0; Deadline: March 1st

Contrary® was founded in 2003 at the University of Chicago by students and alumni of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. It was quickly embraced and has been abundantly nourished by graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. It now operates independently and without a thought of profit on the South Side of Chicago and publishes writers from throughout the world. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Cordite Poetry Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: March 5th

Submission to Issue 109: NO THEME 12 with poetry guest-edited by Nadia Rhook and Caitlin Maling will close at 11.59pm Melbourne time on Sunday, 5 March 2023. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Rusted Radishes

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 1st - March 15th

Rusted Radishes’ 11th issue calls for works of literature and visual art on the theme of Labor & Idleness. How do the concepts of labor and idleness mirror, face, oppose, or complement one another? How do we imagine labor in a world that has recently seen a seismic shift in people’s engagement with it, but also what of the idle, the time outside of labor, and its fraternal twin concept of the idyllic? View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to New Ohio Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: January 15th - April 15th

We accept literary submissions in any genre. We do not reprint previously published work, book reviews, or unsolicited translations. Our submission periods are September 15th to December 15th, and January 15th to April 15th. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Bayou Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: May 1st

Founded in 2002, Bayou Magazine is a biannual, international literary magazine published by The University of New Orleans. We publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and the winner of the annual Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Contest. Our mission is to publish exceptional, exciting work by both established and emerging writers. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to AGNI

Fee: $0; Deadline: May 31st

We look for writing that catches experience before the crusts of habit form—poetry and prose that resist ideas about what a certain kind of writing “should do.” We seek out writers who tell their truths in their own words and convince us as we read that we’ve found something no one else could have written. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Barnstorm

Fee: $0; Deadline: May 31st

Barnstorm publishes only previously unpublished work in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. While we welcome submissions in multiple genres, please wait to hear from us before submitting twice in the same genre. We also accept visual art which accompanies each written piece published. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Poetry London

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Poetry London aims to publish the best, most exciting poetry being written now, and we are always interested in work by unpublished poets, as well as celebrated ones. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Coffin Bell

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Coffin Bell is a quarterly online journal of dark literature. Submissions now open–seeking poetry, flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction, essay, and short criticism that explore dark themes. We publish two themed and two unthemed issues per year, and a print annual anthology of highlights. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Bodega

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and occasional interviews by established and emerging writers. We’re here to give you a handful of essential pieces you can digest in one sitting. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Decadent Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The Decadent Review is seeking spectacularly written texts of any length on the subject of Dmitri Shostakovich and his music. They’re looking for: Criticism (cultural, literary), reviews (recordings, books, poetry, art), essays (aesthetics, linguistics, meta, history), musical ekphrasis of compositions (poetic, euphonious, discordant). They value: Erudition, cynicism, sarcasm, classicism, brutality, humor, and existential despair. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to World Wildlife Love Letter

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

World Wildlife Magazine invites submissions of short, uplifting personal essays about nature’s impact on a writer. Length: 100-300 words. Pay: $1.25/word for accepted pieces. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Boston Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The Boston Review welcomes nonfiction and book review submissions on a wide range of subjects, from politics, philosophy, and economics to science, law, gender, sexuality, and race. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Incessant Pipe

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The WebSalh0n for Poetry and Poetry related writing and media. Accepting poetry, essays, reviews, and audio recordings.Send submissions w/short bio to: sub[email protected] View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Lily Poetry Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Lily Poetry Review is currently accepting general submissions of poetry, art and flash fiction for the review, chapbook and full-length poetry books. Please go to the Submittable for full details. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

The Los Angeles Review is open for submissions year-round. All submissions will be considered for LAR Online and for the new best-of print edition to be released yearly in the Spring. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Share Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Contributors can submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry or visual artwork that portrays experiences from their lives, or activities and happenings in the world around them. We encourage you to share your work in any form as long as each mode represents a topical theme relatable to life, human nature, human condition, human concerns, human growth and achievements, etc. Whatever your story is, you are welcome to share it with us. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Capsule Stories

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Capsule Stories is a print literary magazine published once every season. Our first issue was published on March 1, 2019, and we accept submissions year-round. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Rollick Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Rollick’s mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality content that inspires real engagement. We will consider any pitch that expresses unique and original thought. You can send in short stories, essays, poetry, memoirs, confessionals, experimental fiction, and anything else in between. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Puritan

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world. Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of four categories: fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The 365 Collection | Lucky Jefferson

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of poetry year-round into its 365 Collection, a 100% digital collection of poetry and other literature. Upon acceptance, submissions will be included on our website and social media account(s). View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Embark Literary Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Embark accepts submissions from all over the world and have no geographical constraints. However, all submissions must be written in English (or translated into English from another language, in which case both the author and the translator must be credited). They do NOT accept submissions of memoirs or other nonfiction works. Only the openings of novels (works of fiction 50,000 words or longer) will be considered. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Voyage YA

Fee: $0; Award: $200 per accepted story; Deadline: Rolling

Voyage YA simply aims to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read their archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to their general categories. New work is published weekly. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to So to Speak Blog

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The So to Speak Blog is unique in that it opens itself up to multiple forms of storytelling. Hybrid works, reviews, interviews, and visual art are welcomed submissions. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Sun 

Fee: $0; Award: $100-$2,000; Deadline: Rolling

The Sun publishes personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. They encourage submissions from writers of color. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Boston Accent Lit

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Submissions to Boston Accent Lit are always open on a rolling basis. They accept works in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Issues are published six times per year online. View complete submission guidelines here.

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