These Lit Mags are Open for Submissions (Week of March 7, 2021)
Updated: Mar 7, 2021
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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 are open for submissions until March 14. 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.
Stanchion is open until March 14 for original, never-before-published short story writing (<2500 words), flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, prose poems, stray thoughts, short screenplays, monologues, experimental work, interviews with inanimate objects, comics, black & white photography (portrait-oriented images are preferred), black & white drawings, black & white collage art, and other evocative images of mixed media artwork (also in black and white). Stanchion is a paying market. Click here for their website.
The Hungry Ghost Project
The Hungry Ghost Project is open until May 1 for flash fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art on the topics of food, hauntings, memory and consumption. Click here for their website. They send their contributors £5 and a print copy of the issue. All their profits are donated to Big Issue North.
Neuro Logical Literary Magazine
Neuro Logical Literary Magazine says, "We want the poems that poets don't think will fit in elsewhere. That they would never submit or that they think doesn't fit with a specific mags style!" They are open for submissions year-round. Click here for their website.
Fahmidan Journal is open until March 30 for poetry, prose, and opinion pieces for their fifth issue, "Spring: When Mother Nature Wakes Up." Click here for their website.
K'in Literary Journal
K'in Literary Journal is open for poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and they have a section for writers aged 13-18. They accept flash fiction and prose poetry within those sections, too. Click here for their website.
192 Magazine is open for poetry submissions until March 31. You can find more information on their website.
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 you 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 "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.
Aside from accepting submissions for their regular issues, Heartburn Review also runs 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.
Wordpeace is an online journal dedicated to peace and social justice. They are open for poetry, short fiction, nonfiction essays, and artwork until April 1. 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 Centifictionist considers and publishes microfiction that is 100 words or less. Visit their website here. You can also find their Submittable page here.
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.
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.
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 fiction submissions until March 31. In a submission period they like to see no more than one story per author. There is an upper limit of 5,000 words for short stories. Click here for their website. They pay €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.
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 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 email@example.com. Click here for 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidelines on how to submit can be found on 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.
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 email@example.com. 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 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.
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 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.
Wrongdoing Magazine is a new indie literary magazine. The magazine is open for submissions until April 15 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 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. 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 until 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 went live on Jan. 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.
Epoch is open for their summer issue until 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 is open for submissions for their first issue, "Lover Boy" until March 31. You can submit 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.
Note: Superfroot was open for poetry submissions as well, but according to their Twitter feed, they have reached their cap. They are still open for flash, short fiction, and photography.
The Minison Project
The Minison Project has rolling submissions. 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!"
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.