• Jessica Purgett

These Lit Mags are Open for Submissions (Jan. 31, 2021)

Updated: Feb 1

Thank you for checking out this list of literary magazines that are accepting submissions, provided by The Mark Literary Review. If you have interest in receiving this information in a bi-weekly newsletter, please email Jessica at themarkliteraryreview@gmail.com to sign up.


Disclaimer: We vet each magazine as best we can, but if you know of any unethical behavior by any of these magazines, please report it to us and we will take them off the list. We do not condone any magazines that promote hate or violence. Please bring any issues to The Mark's attention.


Research each publication for yourself before sending in your work. This list is just to notify the writing community of literary magazines that are open for submissions.


The Mark Literary Review

The Mark Literary Review was founded in 2018 by Jessica Purgett. We take submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Prose must be kept under 4,000 words. There is no set theme for submissions and we do not charge a submission fee. Works that are accepted will be published and archived under the "Archives" tab on our website. We publish one piece every Monday and Wednesday. Since 2018, we have published over 150 authors (many more than once.)


We also take book reviews, author interviews, or literary essays of at least 300 words. The ideal article is between 1,200 and 2,400 words. We accept simultaneous submissions, but not work that has previously been published. We will work with people seeking college credit if they would like to do an editorial or design internship. Email Jessica at themarkliteraryreview@gmail.com with submissions or questions. Visit our submission guidelines page here.


Wrongdoing Magazine

Wrongdoing Magazine is a new indie literary magazine. The magazine is open for submissions until April 15th and will reopen again July 1 to September 15. They take fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid/experimental and visual art that is dark, mystical, sensual and risk-taking. The spring theme is petals, but works do not have to address petals as long as they fit the tone of the magazine.


Their website says, "we'll take the dark, the sacrilegious, and all of that good stuff that opens mouths and wounds. If you've ever had forced from your fingers something so blatantly wrong for most markets, then pretty please, do try us out." Click here for a link to their website.


Ample Remains

Ample Remains is almost always open for submissions, except for the week preceding the third Friday of each month, in which they compile that month's issue. Their upcoming submission windows are January 15 to February 14 and February 19 to March 14. They are looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid pieces that will remain with them long after they have finished reading. Their submission guidelines are broad and they consider work from writers of all backgrounds. They especially welcome work from BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, or otherwise marginalized writers. They aim to foster a platform that elevates voices that have long been underrepresented in mainstream publishing. Click here for a link to their website.


The Augment Review

The Augment Review is open for submissions from February 1 to March 31. They accept a multitude of writing and art as long as they conform to the magazine's guidelines (listed on their submissions page here) and are created by someone between 13 and 25 years of age. Their theme for the upcoming issue is "Pierce."


According to their website, they "are a student-run literary magazine working to uplift youth voices and experiences, in addition to providing a space for constructive feedback and growth." Their inaugural issue will go live on January 31. The Augment Review provides free, detailed feedback on to all submissions that request it and follow their guidelines. Click here to visit their website.


Relief Journal

Relief Journal is open until March 1 for submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and graphic narratives.


According to their website, "For over a decade, Relief has helped shape the landscapes of faith and imagination for readers around the world. In our annual print journal, we feature fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative, and reviews by some of today’s finest literary practitioners, alongside emerging voices. We also publish new reflections on our blog each week—meditations by diverse writers pondering our contemporary moment through the rich lenses of art and faith."


EX/POST Magazine

EX/POST Magazine is open until February 15 for poetry, prose, visual art, drama/screenplay, collaborative work, and more for their issues. They are open to pitches of essays, interviews, and reviews for their blog year-round.


According to their website, the magazine is a nonprofit independent literary and arts journal founded in 2020. "We want the raw, unblinking work that will haunt us unapologetically. We want to be a home for timely, experimental, and most of all daring writing. Send us your secret radio transmissions or your experiments gone awry—we will welcome all of it."


Epoch

Epoch is open for their summer issue February 1 to March 31. They accept creative nonfiction, artwork, and music relating to their theme.


Epoch is a print publication that doesn’t charge a reading fee, pays their contributors, and enthusiastically encourages submissions from voices traditionally under-represented in publishing. Click here for their website.


Superfroot Magazine

Superfroot Magazine is open for submissions for their first issue, "Lover Boy" until March 31. You can submit up to three poems, up to three pieces of flash equaling 3,000 words, short fiction up to 5,000 words, one to five pieces of art and one to five pieces of photography. Superfroot seeks to uplift marginalized voices and writers. Click here for their website.


Stanchion

Stanchion is always open for short fiction, creative nonfiction, poems, prose poems, and flash fiction.


According to their website, "launched amid the tumultuous summer of '20, Stanchion is a quarterly zine, printed on thick, elegant uncoated paper and featuring short stories, flash fiction, poetry, evocative thoughts, drawings and black & white photography from some of the most talented artists working today."


Jeff Bogle, founder and editor-in-chief of Stanchion, has written for Fodor's, Reader's Digest, Parents Magazine, Esquire, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, PBS, and Time Out New York. Bogle also won the 2016 Iris Award for Photography and 2017 Iris Award for Philanthropy.


The Minison Project

The Minison Project is open for their March issue until February 28. They take minimal sonnets/related poetry and 14-themed art and photography. The Minison Project is a format magazine, so the poetry they accept is specific. Their main focus is the minimal sonnet (minison for short) but they also have a biannual sonnet issue where they focus on the classical sonnet form. Click here for their website.


Paracosm Literary Journal

Paracosm Literary Journal is open until March 10 for poetry, prose, and art from young creatives ages 13 to 24.


According to their website, "Paracosm Literary Journal is an online publication for young writers and artists who want to share their work with the world. Enamored with the arts, we are a youth community delving deep into creativity and searching for yours. We’re looking for the thoughts that give birth to more. The ones that flit between exhales in the minutes before midnight. Those cupped within you that beat their wings for flight. Submit and watch them soar!"


Tipping the Scales Literary and Art Journal

According to their website, "Tipping the Scales is a lesbian literary and arts journal by lesbians for lesbians." They are open until March 4 for fiction, poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography. You can read past editions of the magazine here.


FEED

FEED is open year-round (they accept submissions on a rolling basis.) You can send them brief prose (fiction and nonfiction) and poetry.


From their website:


FEED is a weekly online lit mag of short-form literature. If long-form journals are elaborate holiday meals, FEED is a quick bite with morning coffee or a light midnight snack. Each week, FEED offers its readers a simple provision of short but satisfying poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and genre-bending in-betweeners.


FEED arose from a shared desire for consistent delivery of concise writing. As devoted but busy writers, readers, and subscribers, we are frequently overwhelmed not only by the density of traditional long-form reads but also the sometimes-complicated means of accessing flash literature on the go.


Inspired by the “newsfeed” style of the media platforms that connect us, FEED is a fresh, mobile lit mag that exists in the spaces when we stop to unwind and replenish. It is our mission to satisfy these necessary, soul-filling moments with condensed, stark poetry and brief, intimate prose made available with one-click ease.


the tide rises, the tide falls

the tide rises, the tide falls is open year-round for poetry inspired by or mimicking Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls." You can find their archives here.


miniskirt magazine

miniskirt magazine is open until February 14 for poetry, prose, and visual art focusing on the theme of love and romance. They love genre mash-ups and are queer- and smut-friendly. Click here for their website.


Chaotic Merge Magazine

Chaotic Merge Magazine is open for submissions until May 31. They expect adventurous and daring work in all different forms. They especially encourage BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people to submit.


The magazine also has a podcast, "Written Chaos" during which the hosts, Bailey Peabody and Jasmine Ferrufino talk about books, plays, and movies. Find their website here.


Riverbed Review

Riverbed Review is open until March 16 for poems and stories featuring rivers.


From their website:


Bring to us strifes and poems about imaginary rivers that only you can see, or a family of ducks that live and die by the same stream, or a murder that takes place by a secluded creek...bring to us anything and everything that celebrates the wildest of brooks and gentlest of rivulets.


The Lumiere Review

The Lumiere Review is always open for submissions. The last day to submit for their fourth issue is February 28. They accept poetry, prose (fiction, nonfiction), photography, paintings, digital art, hybrid works, and all other forms of art. They also have a "submission tips" page which discusses cover letters, third-person bios, etc. Click here for their website.


Second Chance Lit


Second Chance Lit is open for previously rejected poetry and short prose under 1,000 words until March 22. The magazine was founded in 2020 by David Wasserman.


From their website:


The online literary magazine community is amazing, supportive, and have an immensely difficult task accepting and rejecting submissions. It is our hope that Second Chance will be viewed as a spot to showcase those amazing pieces that didn’t quite fit somewhere else and that other lit mags will point writers in our direction when they have an exceptional submission which doesn’t quite fit their current issue or aesthetic.


Your work was good - is good. It just wasn’t the right fit or at the right time or at the right place. Let us give it a home here, a second chance.


The Bitchin' Kitsch (The B'K)


The B’K is a quarterly art and lit, online and printed magazine prioritizing traditionally marginalized creators, but open to all. Own voices only, please.


It is free to submit to The B'K and to read their past editions on their website.


Strukturriss


Strukturriss is open all year for experimental fiction and nonfiction (especially nonfiction) with a radical bent towards anarchic or feral thought. Click here for their website.


Querencia Literary Magazine

Querencia Literary Magazine is open until February 8 for their "Bonds" issue. They accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography.


From their website:


We want to read from any and all BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and historically underrepresented communities who are willing to invite us into their lives and share the stories that they have within them. Give us anything that speaks to you—including your deepest moments of vulnerability, joy, heartache, triumph, laughter, and everything in between.

For writing (which includes poetry as well as works of fiction and nonfiction), we are most interested in pieces that have strong narrative voices, stir up our emotions, and leave us wanting more. We are also collecting submissions for photography and artwork.


Briefly Zine


Briefly Zine is open for submissions all year. They publish quarterly in March, June, September, and December. Send up to three stories (six to 600 words) or poems (16 lines or less) in the body of an email to brieflywritessubmissions@gmail.com. Click here for their website.





The Selkie

The Selkie closes to submissions TONIGHT (January 31). They accept poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions from writers and poets who are from underrepresented communities. Click here to view their website.





Dead Fern Press

Dead Fern Press is open for submissions through March. They accept poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Click here for their website.


Decolonial Passage


Decolonial Passage is open until March 31. Their first issue (to be published June 2021) will focus on Migration and Movement. Send them your essays, creative nonfiction, short stories, flash fiction, and poems that connect the decolonial project with topics such as migration, immigration, forced removal, the Middle Passage, the Great Migration, Windrush, The Wall, gentrification, etc. Writers may submit writing in more than one genre but may only submit one essay, short story, poem, piece of creative nonfiction or flash fiction. Maximum words for prose is 3,000. Click here to view their website.


ZiN Daily Literary Magazine

ZiN Daily Literary Magazine accepts prose, poetry, essays, reviews, excerpts, translations, art and photography year-round. ZiN Daily is an international literary magazine. They recognize literature and art as testaments of anguish and catalysts for progress. Send your submissions to their e-mail address: zindaily.subs1@gmail.com. Guidelines on how to submit can be found on their website.


Dryland

Dryland does not have a set end-date for their submission window. They accept poetry, fiction, memoir and are especially interested in nonfiction essays.


From their website:


Dryland is an independent print literary journal born in South Central Los Angeles in 2015. We aim to publish the best in Black and Brown (POC) poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from around the world, established, emerging, and never-before-published writers.


Contributors have gone on to start their own journals, publish debut poetry collections, win awards such as PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (Michelle Dorame) and the Voices of Our Nations Arts Fellowship (Jenise Miller). We also nominate authors for awards like the Pushcart Prize or the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Authors have also been offered representation by literary agencies after being discovered in the journal.


CP Quarterly


CP Quarterly is open until February 28. CP Quarterly (FKA Crêpe & Penn) was founded out of love for the craft and a need to fill the world with exciting literature that speaks to all kinds of people. They accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. They take simultaneous submissions and previously published work. Any combination of genres is allowed but you are only allowed to submit up to five pieces. They welcome all writers but will not take problematic or hateful work. Click here for their website.


Tint Journal

Tint Journal is open year round for their "In Conversation" section which functions like a blog. They accept interviews, profiles, essays, and reviews on ESL (English as a Second or non-native Language) authors and literature. They are open for submissions bi-annually (Spring and Fall) for short stories, poetry, flash fiction and flash nonfiction, and essays. They are a journal for ESL (English as a Second or non-native Language) writers, however they welcome all writers to submit to their "In Conversation" blog. Submissions for the actual journal (fiction, poetry, etc.) must be by ESL writers. If you have any questions please contact info@tintjournal.com. Click here for their website.


{m}aganda magazine

{m}aganda magazine's submissions are open to all for their upcoming issue {m}34: kapwa, and will close on February 28 11:59PM PST.


For their upcoming publication {m}34: kapwa, they are looking for submissions of any media, from prose to poetry to photography to artwork and music. The theme around these submissions should reflect what kapwa means to the contributor. Kapwa is a Tagalog word that their literary team described as "a recognition of shared identity, to see yourself in the other. kapwa is the notion of diminishing the margin between ‘I’ and 'we.' It’s unveiling our shared heart beats. It is determination to witness each other as our most authentic selves. It is holding each other in our past and present, so that we may build a collective future."


Their co{m}munity content (website space) accepts all types of media from videos to photography, music, art, and literature of all forms. They are open to any and all submissions, as the co{m}munity space doesn't hold a specific theme for contributors to reference. They also encourage folks who don't have works that are suitable for a publication format (ex: videos) to submit any {m}34: kapwa related works to the co{m}munity space to get their work featured there.


{m}aganda magazine is a student-run academic publication based at the University of California, Berkeley. They are a platform built on uplifting the voices and efforts of folks of all backgrounds and identities, but their focus is uplifting Pilipinx/American artists and creators. They are proud to be an organization 31 years strong, the second-longest running organization on the UC Berkeley campus, and the longest running Pilipinx-American publication in the country. Their {m}ission statement and more of the works they aim to highlight can be found on their website.


Pareidolia Literary


Pareidolia Literary will be open for their first volume until February 21. They take poetry (up to 3 per submission) short fiction (up to 2 per submission, max. 1,000 words) memoir or essay (1 per submission, max. 2,000 words) criticism or review (1 per submission, max. 2,000 words) visual art (up to 2 per submission) audio/visual media (1 per submission). They may change these according to the volume, however, so people should always check their Submissions page for the latest info.


The magazine is new, and they want to give people's writing a home. Special consideration is given to first-time authors and artists, those underrepresented in literature and the arts, BIPOC/BAME and LGBTQIA+ creators, and people with disabilities. They are taking donations to help cover hosting expenses and through that they would like to eventually fund paying their authors. More on their financial transparency, plans for donations and how to support here.


SHE: Seen.Heard.Engaged. (an anthology)

SHE: Seen.Heard.Engaged. (an anthology) is open until February 28. They are looking for poems, essays, CNF, artwork from female-identifying youth 8-18 on the theme of being a girl in America today. Click here for their website.






The Light Bulb

The Light Bulb is open for submissions all year. The Light Bulb features articles and essays on topics like how to develop your writing skills, unleashing creativity, fighting writer’s block, the importance of education and learning, and more. They are also interested in publishing original creative writing (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) that evokes a strong sense of connection with writing itself, getting ideas, teaching, and learning. The Light Bulb supports the mission of Guide to Write, an online platform for writers and students, and will consider previously published work Click here for their website.


Meet Cute Press


Meet Cute Press is open for submissions through February 7. Send them romance and rom-com short stories 1000 words or less.


From their website:


As people who write short stories for fun, inspiration, contests, or as way to connect with our readers and other writers, we realized there weren't so many places to submit romance and rom com shorts. These stories don't exactly fit the literary or sci-fi market, and many in the romance world don't focus much on shorts. Thus, we founds ourselves lost in vacuous purgatory with our irreverent, sexy stories. Romance and rom-com short fiction deserve a home, a dang good one if we might add, and we aim to be that.

Because seriously, who doesn't like reading a well-written piece about finding love in a mosh pit or in the midst of a fender bender?


Southword: New International Writing

Southword: New International Writing is open for poetry submissions until February 28 and fiction until March 31. In a submission period they like to see no more than one story or four poems per author. There is an upper limit of 5,000 words for short stories and a suggested limit of 40 lines per poem. Click here for their website. They pay €40 per poem and €250 per short story.


ARTmosterrific

ARTmosterrific is open until February 15 for their second issue. While their editors accept all works, they encourage works from undergraduates in Africa. They accept and publish fiction, flash fiction, essays, artworks, and poetry.


For fiction, they are looking looking for fresh stories captured from fresh perspectives, irrespective of theme, setting, and form. For essay and artworks, they urge you to submit writing and art pieces that explore contemporary issues that are shaping the reality around us. For poetry, they want you to send them everything that makes you sleep, keeps you awake, breaks your heart, and repairs it—everything that rusts and unrusts you. Click here for their website.


New Gothic Review


New Gothic Review is open for submissions until February 7. They are looking for gothic and weird short fiction that is bold, modern, and atmospheric. They want work that is 1,500 to 6,000 words. Click here for their website. They pay a flat $30 per story.






Free State Review

Free State Review is open from February 1 to May 1 for poetry, fiction, nonfiction and one minute plays. Click here for their website. They pay $50 for web features.


Love Letters

Love Letters is open until the end of February for art, photography, prose, flash fiction, poetry, op-ed’s and musical compositions.


From their website:


who understands love better than teenagers?

if you are a high school student who loves to write, make music, create art, or capture photos, we want to publish your work about love!

our mission at love letters magazine is to help students promote their work and receive feedback from their peers. whether you are an advanced musician or amateur photographer, we want to help you grow!


the winnow magazine

the winnow magazine is open for poetry, prose, and artwork based on their "Dreamscapes" theme until February 15. They are opening for their first ever digital chapbook (poetry, prose, or a combo of the two) on February 1, and submissions will close on March 31. Submit the following for the issue: dreamscapes-themed poetry, prose, and artwork. Submit the following for the digital chapbook series: poetry, prose, or a combo of the two. Click here for their website.

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