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June 2022 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The June 2022 edition of "Writing Life Essentials" is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions 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, nailing your lemonade recipe. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

Fiction Prize | Salamander

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Salamander is given annually for a short story. Jamie Quatro will judge. Submit a story of up to 30 pages with a $15 entry fee between May 1 and June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize | American Short Fiction

Fee: $20; Award: $2,500; Deadline: June 1st

A prize of $2,500 and publication in American Short Fiction is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of 2,000 to 6,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the prize issue, by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Emerging Poets Contest | Boulevard

Fee: $16; Award: $1,000; Deadline: June 1st

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Boulevard is given annually for a group of poems by a poet who has not published a poetry collection with a nationally distributed press. The editors will judge. Submit three poems of any length with a $16 entry fee, which includes a subscription to Boulevard, by June 1. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Annual Literary Contest | Solstice

Fee: $18; Award: $500 - $1,000; Deadline: June 1st

Winners as well as finalists will be published in our Summer Awards Issue due out in August. All winners and finalists will be cited in future advertisements and announcements. Judges: Jabari Asim, Alysia Abbott, Josh Neufeld, and Tomás Q. Morín. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Annual Writing Competition | Writer’s Digest

Fee: $20; Award: $5,000; Deadline: June 6th

A prize of $5,000, an interview in Writer’s Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Annual Conference held in New York City during July is given annually for a work in categories including poetry, short story, and essay. Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Writer’s Digest website are also given for a rhyming poem, a non-rhyming poem, a short story, a genre short story, and a personal essay. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of up to 40 lines, a story of no more than 4,000 words, or an essay of up to 2,000 words by June 6. The entry fee for poetry is $20 ($15 for each additional poem) before May 6 and $25 thereafter ($20 for each additional poem); the entry fee for prose is $30 ($25 for each additional entry) before May 6 and $35 thereafter ($30 for each addition entry). Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Poetry Chapbook Contest | Omnidawn Publishing

Fee: $18; Award: $1,000; Deadline: June 13th

A prize of $1,000, publication by Omnidawn Publishing, and 100 author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. Ruth Ellen Kocher will judge. Submit a manuscript of 20 to 40 pages with an $18 entry fee by June 13. For an additional $2, entrants will receive one chapbook of their choice from the Omnidawn catalog. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

New American Fiction Prize | New American Press

Fee: $25; Award: $1,500; Deadline: June 15th

A prize of $1,500, publication by New American Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a book of fiction. Weike Wang will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a story collection, a novella or collection of novellas, hybrid work, or a novel of at least 100 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Library of Poetry Award | Bitter Oleander Press

Fee: $28; Award: $1,500; Deadline: June 15th

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Bitter Oleander Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $28 entry fee between May 1 and June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Akron Poetry Prize | University of Akron Press

Fee: $25; Award: $1,500; Deadline: June 15th

A prize of $1,500 and publication by University of Akron Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Adrian Matejka will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Bard Fiction Prize | Bard College

Fee: $0; Award: $30,000; Deadline: June 15th

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Submit three copies of a published book of fiction, a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Prizes in Books | Pulitzer Prizes

Fee: $75; Award: $15,000; Deadline: June 15th

Five prizes of $15,000 each are given annually for books of poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, U.S. history, and biography or autobiography (including memoir) first published in the United States during the current year. In the poetry, fiction, general nonfiction, and biography categories, eligible authors must be U.S. citizens. Using only the online submission system, submit a book published between January 1 and June 14 with a $75 entry fee by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Prize for Literature | Towson University

Fee: $0; Award: $1,000; Deadline: June 15th

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by a current resident of Maryland who has lived in the state for at least three years. Books published within the past three years or scheduled for publication in 2022 are eligible. Publishers, institutions, or individuals may submit three copies of a book or manuscript by June 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

2022 VOICES OF LINCOLN POETRY CONTEST

Fee: $0; Award: Publication in commemorative chapbook; Deadline: July 21st

Poets wanted. The 18th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest begins in April, National Poetry Month. The contest theme is “People Are . . .  Everything.” Both adult and young poets are encouraged to enter. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction | Willow Springs Books

Fee: $28; Award: $2,000; Deadline: June 24th

A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages with a $27.50 entry fee by June 24. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

New Writers Awards | Great Lakes Colleges Association

Fee: $0; Award: $500; Deadline: June 25th

Three prizes are given annually for first books by a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer. The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of at least $500, to give readings, meet with students, and lead discussions and classes. Books published in 2021 and 2022 are eligible. Faculty members of the colleges will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of one book in each category postmarked by June 25. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Book Prize | Barrow Street Press

Fee: $25; Award: $1,500; Deadline: June 30th

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Tina Chang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee ($28 for electronic submissions) by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Prize in Flash Fiction | Lascaux Review

Fee: $15; Award: $1,000; Deadline: June 30th

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Lascaux Review online and in print is given annually for a work of flash fiction. Previously published stories are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to three stories of no more than 1,000 words each with a $15 entry fee by June 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award | Hidden River Arts

Fee: $17; Award: $1,000; Deadline: June 30th

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a short story or a novel excerpt. Using only the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction (and a synopsis if submitting a novel excerpt) with a $17 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Drue Heinz Literature Prize | University of Pittsburgh Press

Fee: $0; Award: $15,000; Deadline: June 30th

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. Writers who have published at least one previous book of fiction or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in nationally distributed magazines or literary journals are eligible. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 150 to 300 pages between May 1 and June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

International Short Story Prize | The Moth

Fee: $17; Award: $3,423; Deadline: June 30th

A prize of €3,000 (approximately $3,423) is given annually for a short story. A prize of a weeklong retreat at Circle of Misse in Missé, France, with a €250 (approximately $285) travel stipend, and a prize of €1,000 (approximately $1,141) are also given. The winners will be published in the Moth. Sarah Hall will judge. Submit a story of up to 4,000 words with a €15 (approximately $17) entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Poetry London Prize | Poetry London

Fee: $11; Award: $6,762; Deadline: June 30th

A first-place prize of £5,000 (approximately $6,762), a second-place prize of £2,000 (approximately $2,705), and a third-place prize of £1,000 (approximately $1,353) will be given annually for a poem. The winners will also receive publication in the Autumn issue of Poetry London and an invitation to read at the issue’s launch, held at the Southbank Centre in London. Romalyn Ante will judge. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of up to 80 lines with an £8 entry fee (approximately $11), or £4 (approximately $5) for Poetry London subscribers, by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition | Finishing Line Press

Fee: $15; Award: $1,500; Deadline: June 30th

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Finishing Line Press is given annually for a poetry chapbook by a writer who identifies as a woman and has not yet published a full-length collection. Leah Huete de Maines will judge. Submit a manuscript of 16 to 40 pages with a $15 entry fee by June 30. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

North Street Book Prize | Winning Writers

Fee: $70; Award: $8,000; Deadline: June 30th

A grand prize of $8,000 and seven additional prizes of $1,000 each are given annually for self-published books of poetry, fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s literature, graphic narrative, and art books. Each of the winners will also receive publication of an excerpt on the Winning Writers website; a marketing consultation with author and publishing consultant Carolyn Howard-Johnson; $300 in credit at BookBaby, a distributor for self-published authors; and free advertising in the Winning Writers e-mail newsletter. Ellen LaFleche and Jendi Reiter will judge. Submit a book of up to 200,000 words with a $70 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Griffin Poetry Prize | Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry

Fee: $0; Award: $51,123; Deadline: June 30th

Two prizes of $65,000 Canadian (approximately $51,123) each are given annually for poetry collections by a Canadian poet or translator and by an international poet or translator published during the previous year. Finalists receive $10,000 Canadian (approximately $7,865) each for their participation in the shortlisted authors event to be held in Toronto. Adam Dickinson, Valzhyna Mort, and Claudia Rankine will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of a book of at least 48 pages published between January 1 and June 30 by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

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

A prize of $1,000 and publication on the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation website is given annually for a single poem that explores “positive visions of peace and the human spirit.” Submit up to three poems of no more than 30 lines each with a $15 entry fee by July 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards | Claremont Graduate University

Fee: $0; Award: $100,000; Deadline: July 1st

The $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner will spend one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California. The $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award is given annually to honor a first book of poetry by “a poet of genuine promise.” Poets, publishers, or agents may submit eight copies of a poetry collection published between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, with a list of previously published work by July 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize | Conduit Books & Ephemera

Fee: $25; Award: $1,500; Deadline: July 5th

A prize of $1,500, publication by Conduit Books & Ephemera, and 30 author copies is given annually for a debut poetry collection. Bob Hicok will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 90 pages with a $25 entry fee by July 5. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Fellowships, Grants & More

 

Maine Artist Fellowship | Maine Arts Commission

Fee: $0; Award: $5,000; Deadline: July 16th

A fellowship of up to $5,000 is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, a creative nonfiction writer, or a writer working in a genre beyond these categories who has lived in the state of Maine for at least one year. The fellow is expected to reside in the state for the year of the fellowship. Writers enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. Using only the online submission system, submit up to five poems of any length or no more than 20 pages of prose, an artist statement, and a résumé by June 16. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Diverse Writers Grant | Speculative Literature Foundation

Fee: $0; Award: $500; Deadline: July 31st

The Diverse Writers grant is intended to support speculative fiction writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups — such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, etc. — whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing and publishing process. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Diverse Worlds Grant | Speculative Literature Foundation

Fee: $0; Award: $500; Deadline: July 31st

The $500 Diverse Worlds grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Work Experience

 

Multiple Positions | Mass Poetry

Boston, MA

Mass Poetry is seeking a Poetry Coalition Programs Fellow, a Development Intern, and a Marketing Intern. The fellow will play a key role in coordinating WordPlay, a new teen spoken word program offered at the Center for Creative Writing (CCW) in Boston’s Seaport, where Mass Poetry serves as an arts-partner-in-residence. They will provide additional administrative support on key events and programs such as the 2023 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. The Development Intern's responsibilities include donor outreach, P.R. support, tutoring and assisting with workshops, and planning events like Mass Poetry's Evening of Inspired Leaders. The Marketing Intern's responsibilities include maintaining our website, posting content updates, posting to social media, composing bi-weekly newsletters, and conducting interviews with poets. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Chief Program Officer & Managing Director, Black Leadership Institute | Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Flexible—Boston, MA Preferred

The Chief Program Officer will be a seasoned, entrepreneurial, results-driven nonprofit leader who will create and drive people-centered and equity-centered strategies to scale INP’s programs nationally, while centering INP’s vision and values in daily operations and management of current programs. They're also seeking a new Managing Director of the Black Leadership Institute. The BLI program seeks to connect, inspire, and uplift Black leaders in the social sector and actively contribute to the building of Black power, influence, and wealth. Candidates do not need to be based in New England but occasional travel is required. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Freelance Book Editor | Reedsy

We are seeking talented editors to join our fast-growing community of the industry's top publishing professionals. Reedsy's vetted group of freelancers have worked on a range of widely acclaimed novels such as The Hunger Games, Originals (Adam grant), and His Dark Materials (Phillip Pullman) series. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Credit and Collections Representative | Hachette

Boston, MA

The Credit and Collections Representative will be responsible for 1,000+ active accounts and will oversee timely and effective collection and credit risk management of Accounts Receivable. The Representative will be managing the credit and collections process for assigned domestic customers, performing credit risk analysis to ensure timely delivery and release of customer orders, providing timely and accurate reporting for daily, weekly, and month end cash forecasting and collection results, initiating and maintaining interactions with internal HBG departments to ensure timely resolution. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Executive Publishing Assistant | Beacon Press

Boston, MA

To provide administrative and editorial support to the Director of Beacon Press. The ideal candidate is someone who hopes to build or continue a career as an executive administrator in the publishing industry. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Volunteer Reviews & Interviews Editor & Volunteer Instagram Manager | Longleaf Review

Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Multiple Positions | Candlewick Press

Boston, MA

Candlewick Press is seeking a Promotional Materials Production Coordinator, Controller, and Accounts Payable Specialist. They’re also seeking a design intern, editorial intern, graphic production intern, marketing intern, production and manufacturing intern, publishing technologies intern, and sales intern. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Development Coordinator for Operations & Events | GrubStreet

Boston, MA

The Development Coordinator for Operations & Events is responsible for critical tasks, including processing donations, coordinating gift acknowledgements, and supporting event planning for donors and members. This is a full-time permanent position, with occasional evening work required for donor events. This position is based out of our fast-paced and friendly Boston office, with options to work remotely a few days per week. This position reports to the Senior Manager for Leadership Giving and works closely with the entire development team as well as the finance and marketing teams. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Editorial Assistant | Macmillan

Boston, MA

The English team at Macmillan Learning is seeking an Editorial Assistant to join our team!   The Editorial Assistant will provide administrative and editorial support to several Humanities editors who develop print and digital content for the college classroom in the disciplines of English composition and Literature.  The assistant will help editors with project planning, market research, editorial development, manuscript preparation, and various administrative tasks while gaining exposure to the editorial function within educational publishing. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Program Director (English) | Macmillan

Boston, MA, New York, NY, Austin, TX, or Hamilton, NJ

Macmillan Learning is seeking a Program Director to lead the premier Bedford/St. Martin’s English list and team by transforming how we deliver compelling educational content to our customers. The Program Director leads the strategic and financial planning for the list, including determining potential new models, channels, or partnerships needed to enable digital pedagogy. This role will maintain and build on the list’s reputation for high-quality content and close alignment with best practices in the discipline. The ideal candidate embraces experimentation, challenges assumptions within traditional business models, can execute a test-and-learn approach to product development, and is energized by cross-functional collaboration with colleagues in Product, Marketing, and Sales. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

 

Submissions

 

Submissions to Troublemaker Firestarter

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 1st

Troublemaker Firestarter is a biannual poetry chapbook specializing in LGBT+ and feminist topics. Our mission is to excite poetry lovers. We welcome the uncomfortable and controversial. New, bold, and proud poets should find their home here. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions by Disabled and/or D/deaf artists to The Massachusetts Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 1st

The Massachusetts Review seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid work for a forthcoming issue spotlighting work by disabled and/or D/deaf artists. As guest editors—Khairani Barokka and Cyree Jarelle Johnson —we would love to solicit work from writers and poets who identify as D/deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, and/or neurodiverse. This special issue is part of an effort to increase Massachusetts Review’s publication of artists from our communities going forward. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Half-Light Press

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 1st

Half-Light Press is interested in publishing work that explores the margins between genres. Between reality and speculation, the modern world and fantasy, and all the possibilities of imagination, and intersections. Send us speculative fiction, magical realism, experimental and hybrid work. Think John Louis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marques, Paul Auster, and Haruki Murakami. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Growlery Blog

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 1st

The Growlery, Run Amok Books’ new blog about writers and writing, is seeking essays in the 500-1000 word range. What exactly are we looking for? Well, like our publisher, we tend toward the obscure and the strange, the irreverent and the profane. We love experimental forms and diverse voices. Above all, we love stories. We believe the story is better than the truth. Or maybe the story is the truth. And we pay! Contributors will receive 3-5 cents per word. We are looking for submissions for the following regular features: View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Olit

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 1st

We aim to focus primarily on publishing marginalized voices. LGBTQIA+ is a big plus with us. BIPOC voices will always be uplifted here. Disabled? Incarcerated? Low income? Other marginalized voices? Please send us your work. If you do not consider yourself marginalized, your submission is still welcome at Olit if it meets our other criteria. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Common

Fee: $3; Deadline: June 1st

The Common is a print and digital literary journal published biannually, in the fall and spring. Inspired by the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, the Common seeks to deepen our individual and collective sense of place through bold, engaging literature and art. Issues of the Common include short stories, essays, poems, and images that embody a strong sense of place. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Superpresent

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 15th

We are seeking poetry, short stories, essays, experimental art, video, sound art, all forms of visual art as well as asemic writing and textual arts of all kinds. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Frayed Edge Press

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 19th

​We seek interesting, well-written works that are a bit “on the fringe.” We welcome experimental works, and those that wrestle with contemporary societal issues, “big” ideas, and/or represent marginalized voices and progressive viewpoints. We support diverse books and are particularly interested in, but not limited to, works expressing the viewpoints of women, people of color, ethnic and religious minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Markaz Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 20th

We are living in maddening times in which mental illness (MI) is on the rise, in part due to the solitude and the stress of Covid-19, but also because of other global crises. With particular emphasis on the Middle East, the Maghreb and diaspora, The Markaz Review will publish an issue devoted to madness—clinical, literary, existential, apocalyptic—on July 15, 2022. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to New Note Poetry

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 30th

New Note Poetry Magazine is the official magazine of New Note Poetry. We believe poetry is the jazz of the written word, so we are open to all types of poetry except for rhyme/meter and epic poems. We embrace the wild, untamed, absurd, and visceral. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Rust and Moth

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 30th

Rust and Moth is a literary journal committed to imaginative and engaging poetry. Since 2008, we have dedicated ourselves to discovering new writers and presenting their work alongside evocative graphic design. We believe in the vitality of electronic publication and strive to make our social media loud and relevant. We also believe in the tactile appeal of quality print editions. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Rust and Moth

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 30th

Rust and Moth is a literary journal committed to imaginative and engaging poetry. Since 2008, we have dedicated ourselves to discovering new writers and presenting their work alongside evocative graphic design. We believe in the vitality of electronic publication and strive to make our social media loud and relevant. We also believe in the tactile appeal of quality print editions. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Lost Pilots

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 30th

Send us up to five poems per reading period, of any length, in one file. We want each issue to feature a diversity of poets in terms of both identity and style. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Hudson Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 30th

Submit up to seven original, unpublished poems to The Hudson Review by mail. No submission fee. June 30 is our postmark deadline. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Capsule Stories

Fee: $0; Deadline: June 30th

Capsule Stories’s Autumn 2022 Edition theme is Falling Leaves. We’re looking for stories, poems, and essays that explore a season of change in life. Write about falling, leaving, and letting go. Write about leaving home for the first time, or falling out of love, or learning to let go of something you once thought would last forever. Send us melancholy but hopeful pieces about leaves floating from tree to ground. Write about the colors covering the trees. Write about crunching leaves underneath your feet. We are especially interested in crisp pieces that take place in autumn and evoke the feeling of the season. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Kin + Dignity® Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: July 1st

KIN + DIGNITY®, the magazine for Black lives in Southern small towns, is seeking unpublished writing pieces and photography for our September 2022 publication theme: “Black Cowboys, Cowgirls, and the Southern Black Rodeo Experience.” View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Black Annis Books

Fee: $0; Deadline: July 2nd

Black Annis Books is open to submissions. We are interested in feminist horror, and horror that is socially conscious. We want your best work that uses elements of horror to explore social and emotional issues in beautiful, terrifying, metaphorical ways. Think Us, It Follows, and Midsommar. Think a modern "Yellow Wallpaper." Think the dark fairy tales of Angela Carter. Make us think, and make us shudder. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Cold Mountain Review

Fee: Yes; Deadline: July 31st

Multi-genre and multi-perspective; local, regional, and international; featuring the established, the neglected, and the emerging: Cold Mountain Review aims to recapture strands of its founding vision as well as to offer new and innovating ideas about place, sustainability, writing, and art. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Grist

Fee: $4; Deadline: August 15th

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established writers. It publishes craft essays and interviews as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to ZYZZYVA

Fee: $0; Deadline: September 1st

ZYZZYVA is a San Francisco literary journal publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art by the best writers, poets, translators, and artists working on the West Coast—and beyond. Since the magazine’s inception over thirty years ago, each issue offers the thrill of discovering new voices, and the satisfaction of reading new works by award-winning and established authors. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Consequence

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 15th

Consequence addresses the human consequences and realities of war and geopolitical violence through literature and art, offering intellectual and emotional access to the experiences of combatants, victims, and witnesses. We provide the public with works and voices from around the world to promote a clearer and more nuanced understanding of what’s at stake in choosing to wage war or engage in conflict. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 15th

Obsidian supports—through publication and critical inquiry—the contemporary poetry, fiction, drama/performance, visual and media art of Africans globally. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to River Styx

Fee: Yes; Deadline: November 30th

As a multicultural magazine of poetry, prose and art, River Styx publishes works of both new and established artists significant for their originality, energy and deft of craft. The high quality of its form and content have made it a leader among literary magazines for more than 40 years. We publish poetry, short fiction, essays, drawings, and photographs. If your work is the best that it can be and you deem it fits with the established style and content of our magazine, please send it to River Styx. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Midwest Review

Fee: Yes; Deadline: December 1st

We look for well-crafted, thoughtful, and thought-provoking writing and visual art that examines, interprets, and redefines the full spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest. The Midwest is the region of the north central United States that includes the Great Lakes area and the upper Mississippi River valley (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Midwest is comprised of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri). Of course, the Midwest is also a state of mind. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The PoArtMo Anthology

Fee: $12; Deadline: December 31st

PoArtMo stands for “Positive Actions Rally Thoughts & Momentum,” a concept based on the following tenets: 1. Family-friendliness & clean language – 2. Positivity and upliftment – 3. Inclusivity and respect for all. Short stories, flash fiction, essays, drawings, paintings, photography, and digital art. No poetry. Especially interested in reading submissions from people who work on positive projects and concepts. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Adroit Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: April 1st, 2023

The Adroit Journal is looking for work that’s bizarre, authentic, subtle, outrageous, indefinable, raw, paradoxical. 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 Solstice Literary Magazine

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

Solstice Literary Magazine welcomes experimental or traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, graphic lit, and also photography. 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: [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 Massachusetts Review

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

“We seek a balance between established writers and promising new ones. We're interested in material of variety and vitality relevant to the intellectual and aesthetic questions of our time. We aspire to have a broad appeal; our commitment, in part regional, is not provincial.” View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Meat For Tea

Fee: $4.50; Deadline: Rolling

Meat For Tea is a non-academic affiliated magazine committed to recognizing and featuring the work of the artists, writers, and musicians living in western Massachusetts and beyond. Writing submissions should be works of poetry and short prose no longer than 1500 words in length, 8000 words for short fiction and essays, 1200 words for flash and microfiction. 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 Hare’s Paw

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

Hare's Paw Literary Journal is limitless - representing the ability to walk between our own stillness and the world around us, identifying what matters and what intrigues us, regardless of societal demands. Hare's Paw publishes authentic, strange, soulful, and even joyful work that allows all voices to be heard. If you've ever had a hard time placing your work, consider Hare's Paw Literary Journal your home. 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 BreakBread Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives under the age of 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories and visual arts—fine art, photography, comics, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work that explores new directions in arts and letters.   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 Frontier Poetry

Fee: $0; Award: $50 per poem, up to $150; Deadline: Rolling

Submissions for Frontier Poetry’s New Voices poetry category are open year round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. 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.

 

Submissions to Boston Poetry Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Boston Poetry Magazine accepts submissions year-round. They accept both previously published material and simultaneous submissions. View complete submission guidelines here.

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