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The Mark Literary Review
The Mark Literary Review was founded in 2018 by Jessica Purgett. We are open for submissions until March 15. 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. 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 have current openings for readers, bloggers, and graphic designers. Visit our Open Positions page to learn more. Email Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org with submissions or questions. Visit our submission guidelines page here.
Marías at Sampaguitas
Marías at Sampaguitas is open for submissions during the months of March, May, July, September and October. They are looking for writing to match their slogan, "pagsulat sa mga bulaklak," which means, "when writing on flowers." Flowers are gentle and fragile, yet convey certain emotions and messages, depending on its species. They want your coded words, your cries for attention.
They want the soft and untouched, the broken and crumbling; they want voices to share their pain, so we may heal together. They want tender love stories and wrenching heartbreak; they want to be moved to tears. Click here for their website.
“Because That’s Where Your Heart Is” (Sans. Press Anthology)
Sans. Press is open until March 28 for short stories up to 4,000 words. For their new collection, they are looking for stories that respond to the prompt "Because That’s Where Your Heart Is," and to the artwork selected for the cover. They want stories about what makes heart beats faster; stories can be about romantic love, but also about friendship, dogs, cats, or a profound unexplained passion for paragliding. What they care about is the passion! They pay a €10 flat rate for accepted stories. Click here for their website.
Tether's End Magazine
Submissions for Tether's End Magazine's next issue (Issue 2) are open from March 1 onwards (closing date TBA, but provisionally May 1.) They accept prose, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and photography. This upcoming issue is themed. The theme is "Folklore." Click here for their website.
The Writers' Den Magazine
The Writers' Den Magazine is open for submissions for their "Locked" issue until March 15. They also have an unthemed issue open until March 20.
For the locked issue they want you to showcase your darkest desires, your lusts. Refer to their submission guidelines to see how to submit.
The Writers' Den Magazine runs a podcast and is currently seeking guests. Any successful entry into the journal gets the opportunity to be on the podcast. Click here for their website.
Heartburn Review is open for submissions until Feb. 28. They will reopen later in the year between June 1 and Aug. 31. They are accepting poetry (up to five poems in one submission) and hybrid/prose submissions (must be <250 words). Click here for their website.
Aside from accepting submissions for their regular issues, they also run a bimonthly "Poet of the Month" program that they hope more people will get to know and submit to. This is a paid opportunity open to anyone. More details can be found here.
Sundamaged is a place for new voices about traveling, celebrating the wonder of nature and cultural discovery, but also acknowledging the negative sides of travel. Traveling can be a day trip, it can be a long journey on foot that has no fixed end point, or it can be a destructive force. They are currently open for articles, essays, creative nonfiction, fiction and prose poetry. Click here for their website.
Zenith is currently accepting works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art until March 13. They want submissions related to their "Transcending the Self" theme. Click here for their website.
patchwork lit mag
patchwork lit mag is looking for honest narratives, stories that defy genre, escapes into handcrafted worlds, and words found between the seams. They are accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, drama, and experimental pieces until March 12. Click here for their website.
The Lincoln Review
The Lincoln Review is open for flash fiction (up to 2,000 words), poetry (max. four poems), creative nonfiction and essays (up to 2,000 words), art, and photography (portfolio of up to six pieces), and comics (up to seven pages). Submit until April 1. Find their website here.
Hinterland is open year round for any and all genres of creative nonfiction, from 250-5000 words in length. They pay a flat fee of £25 for flash-nonfiction and £100 for all other pieces. They are a quarterly print magazine, but can only pay their writers thanks to the support of their customers and subscribers, so if you're interested in supporting what they do make sure you pick up a copy! Click here for their website.
Walled City Literary Review
Walled City Literary Review is a quarterly magazine containing poetry, prose, and hybrids. They want work that makes them feel something, and writing that is thoughtful-provoking and powerful. They are open for submissions until March 15. Click here for their website.
Journal of Erato
Journal of Erato's editor says, "If you make it, we'll look at it! This can include absolutely anything from horror stories to love poems." They are always open for submissions. Find their website here.
Night Sky Press
Night Sky Press is a magazine accepting speculative fiction flash stories, short stories, and the occasional poem set, in some way, within their provided framework. They are especially looking for unique perspectives from disabled, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC writers. Find their website here. They are a paying market. Submit until April 30.
Up the Staircase Quarterly
Up the Staircase Quarterly is accepting submissions of poetry, visual art, and reviews until March 15. Click here for their website.
the winnow magazine
the winnow magazine opened for their first ever digital chapbook (poetry, prose, or a combo of the two) on Feb. 1, and submissions will close on March 31. You can sumbit poetry, prose, or a combo of the two. Click here for their website.
So to Speak Journal
So to Speak Journal is open until April 10. They are looking for work that matches their intersectional feminist viewpoint. In particular, they aim to platform Own Voices work by intersectional creators in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art. They recommend checking out a recent issue on their website to get a feel for what they've published as of late.
Flash Frog is open year-round for submissions of flash fiction under 1,000 words. Each story published on their site is accompanied by an original piece of artwork created specifically for that story. Click here for their website.
Hexagon SF Magazine
Hexagon SF Magazine is open for submissions year-round. They take speculative fiction prose, poetry, and graphic stories from new and emerging international authors. They are a paying market. Click here for their website.
TunaFish Journal has a different theme for their submissions every month. They take poetry, creative nonfiction (1,500 words), and visual art. Click here for their website.
The Aurora Journal
The Aurora Journal is open for submissions until April 1. They look for poetry and prose that is surreal, ethereal, mystical, and explores the dangerous limits of surrealism. If you have a piece resembling anything from a fever dream, nonsensical yet profound musings, to love letters addressed to no one, send them in. Click here for their website.
Cypress Press is open year round. They accept poetry and flash fiction/nonfiction from emerging and established writers around the world. Click here for their website.
Exeter Publishing is open until April 4. They are looking for flash fiction submissions for their first chapbook with the theme of "Unspoken." For more details, visit their chapbook submissions page here.
Hyades Magazine is open until April 15. They accept poetry and short fiction (<1000 words). They like storytelling that doesn’t fear itself or its place in the audience’s mind. Click here for their website.
Auroras & Blossoms
Auroras & Blossoms' current call for submissions is for their yearly PoArtMo Anthology, which runs until Dec. 31. PoArtMo stands for Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves. It was created by Auroras & Blossoms as an invitation to artists to create positive art every June (Positive Art Month) and throughout the year (Positive Art Moves). Now, in its second year, the PoArtMo Anthology celebrates the most inspirational and positive art created in 2021. They accept poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays, six-word stories, photography, drawings, and paintings. Positive / Inspirational / Family-friendly art only. No politics, no swear words, no erotica. Fee: $4 per piece. If your work is selected, you can opt to receive ongoing royalties, a PDF copy, and get interviewed. New this year: A second anthology featuring works dedicated to 13-16 year-old artists. Click here for their website. They ask that artists interested in submitting spend the time to read their submission guidelines carefully.
Capsule Stories has two deadlines for upcoming submissions. They are open for their "Starry Nights" edition until March 15. They are looking for poems, stories, and essays that feel like summer.
They are open for their second "isolation" edition until May 1.
"Capsule Stories Second Isolation Edition will capture our stories and feelings during the yearlong coronavirus pandemic and the isolating social measures that come with it. We recognize that in uncertain times, writers often turn to the written word to work through their feelings, to document all the changes in their lives, to be angry with the world, to heal. We want to provide writers with a place to express those feelings, and we want to give readers a collection of writing that helps them feel less alone in this isolating and lonely time."
Capsule Stories is always open for blog post submissions, as well. All writers are welcome to submit, especially writers of color, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities, and all writers from marginalized backgrounds. Click here for their website.
Juven is accepting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, prose, art, and photography until March 31. They are only accepting work of writers that are 25 years old or younger. Their issues are themed; the first call's theme is Re/Untold. Juven is the partner magazine for The Young Writers Initiative.
"Overall, we are looking for work that tries to change us, whether it be our perspective, our hearts, or souls. We want work that makes us eager to experience it, work that excites us and has something fresh to bring. We do not accept any hateful or bigoted work." You can find their current website here but they will soon be moving to juvenpress.com.
Floresta is a magazine open to women writers only. They are taking submissions for their "lockdown" theme until Feb. 28. They want submissions that explore nature in relations to the broader lockdown theme. Send them photography, photo series, photo diaries, video, film, collage, paintings, and/or renders.
From their website:
Based and founded in Manchester, UK. Established in late 2020 by a Woman of Colour who wanted to create a space to showcase the variety and depth of perspectives, projects, work and art being done by women centred on and around the environment.
Floresta is focused on showcasing the encapsulating work by women, amplifying their voices and exploring the multitude of mediums through which they are creating and designing.
The Alchemy Spoon
The Alchemy Spoon is open for submissions to their "Spell" theme until Feb. 28.
From their website:
The Alchemy Spoon is a platform for poetry without prejudice especially of race, gender or age. We are particularly interested to invite poems from new phase poets. These are poets who have come late to poetry, often following retirement, or a life-change.
Wordpeace is an online journal dedicated to peace and social justice. They are open for poetry, short fiction, nonfiction essays, and artwork. Visit their website here.
Naugatuck River Review
Naugatuck River Review (NRR) is open until March 15. There is no fee to submit. NRR is print journal of narrative poetry in its 13th year of publication. Click here to be redirected to their website.
The Centifictionist is always open for submissions although there are rolling deadlines to be considered for inclusion in upcoming issues. The deadline to be considered for Issue 3 is March 1. The Centifictionist considers and publishes microfiction that is 100 words or less. Visit their website here. You can also find their Submittable page here.
opia is open for submissions until Feb. 28. They take prose, poetry, visual art (photography, traditional art, digital art, etc.) They are only open to writers and artists from marginalized and underrepresented communities and backgrounds.
They paid their first issue contributors and are hoping to pay for the second issue as well, but that will depend on the success of their print run, so they can't currently guarantee that. Click here for their website.
Blue Marble Review
Blue Marble Review has rolling submissions for fiction, personal essays, poetry, art, photography, flash, and book reviews. They are a paying market and only accept submissions from people aged 13 to 22. There is no submission fee. Click here for their website.
Northern Otter Press
Northern Otter Press is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art until Feb. 28.
Contributors receive a copy of the volume their work is published in. Click here for their website.
Literary Impulse has rolling submissions for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a paying market for their summer edition. Click here for their website.
Blank Spaces is always open for submissions, but free submissions are for the months of March, June, September, and December. Canadian authors can send them creative nonfiction, flash, and poetry. Contributors receive a complimentary one year digital subscription. Click here for their website.
Interstellar Literary Review
Interstellar Literary Review is open for submissions until March 15. They are searching for powerful prose that travels light-years and polished poems that take them through galaxies!
From their website:
As a team of writers ourselves, Interstellar has always known the need for any form of feedback on our works. We understand how breaking in to the literary magazine world holds as many trials as it does rewards, and the journey into this world comes from a want that all writers, beginner or veteran, know: we want our words to be seen, and we want them to be acknowledged.
Thus, regardless of age or experience, Interstellar wants to let you know that you are seen, and we’ve held your words, weighty, in our hands. Whether we become a home for your piece or not, we always provide free feedback for every submission: we want to help you polish your work, no matter if it’s for us for publication, or simply for you and your journey with said piece. Whether we’re the final planet you land on or the space station along the way, we want to spot you, and we want to cheer you on.
Poetic Geng shares a poetry prompt every Sunday. Their Twitter handle is @poeticgeng.
Georgia Southern's High School Writing Contest
Georgia Southern's High School Writing Contest is open for submissions until March 1. They are accepting submissions in creative writing (up to 1000 Words of fiction or poetry), rhetoric & composition, linguistics, and professional & technical writing (500 words each, see flyer for writing prompts) Winners and runners up will be published in print and invited to give a reading at an online awards ceremony in April.
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!
Free State Review
Free State Review is open until May 1 for poetry, fiction, nonfiction and one minute plays. Click here for their website. They pay $50 for web features.
Southword: New International Writing
Southword: New International Writing is open for poetry submissions until Feb. 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.
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.
SHE: Seen.Heard.Engaged. (an anthology)
SHE: Seen.Heard.Engaged. (an anthology) is open until Feb. 28. They are looking for poems, essays, creative nonfiction, artwork from female-identifying youth 8-18 on the theme of being a girl in America today. Click here for their website.
Hencroft Hub is open for submissions of short and flash fiction and poetry. They are currently accepting for their theme, fungus until Feb. 28. Vi