These Lit Mags are Open for Submissions (Week of Feb. 7, 2021)

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 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. 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 editorial interns. Tell your family and friends! Email Jessica at with submissions or questions. Visit our submission guidelines page here.

Capsule Stories

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


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

The Centifictionist is always open for submissions although there are rolling deadlines to be considered for possible 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.

Contributors receive a copy of the volume their work is published in. Click here for their website.

Literary Impulse

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

Blank Spaces are 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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.


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.

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.

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?

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 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.

Hencroft Hub

Hencroft Hub is open for submissions of short and flash fiction and poetry. They are currently accepting for their theme, fungus. Visit their website here.

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.

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 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.


Dryland is open for submissions until April 20. 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.

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: Guidelines on how to submit can be found on 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.

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 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