Updated: Apr 27
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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.
Group Chat Review
Group Chat Review is open until June 1 for poetry and flash fiction under 1000 words. Click here for their website. They pay $25 per piece.
Herstry's free and tip jar submissions are always open. Their theme submissions are open for for specific periods of time.
The magazine does one theme per month and they publish the last week of the month. Click here for a list of their upcoming themes.
From the editor: "We take stories from women identifying persons only and they must be true and about that person in some way. We pay $20 per selected stories for our monthly theme essays. Our regular free submissions are not paying (yet)."
The Madrigal is open for submissions until May 22.
From the editor: "We have just opened poetry submissions for our first issue, "Roots," which seeks to explore the nature of origins, bonds, and growth between people and their pasts. For this first contributory issue, we want, simply enough, poetry about one's roots. Your roots are entirely your own––the sum of what has made you, the bonds which you have grown, the family you have gathered, and all the beauty, joy, and wonder you have cultivated, watered, and nourished in the vast histories and memories of your life. Tell us your stories in as little or as many words as possible, as literally or liberally as you wish––we cannot wait to read them." Click here for their website.
YAWP is open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, visual art, photography, and film/audio until June 15.
From the editor: "YAWP is dedicated to cultivating the manifold voices of a modern generation. In this spirit, we seek work that demonstrates a uniquely youthful response to the issues facing a contemporary world. To allow for a platform that more accurately reflects the needs of our readership, and that responds in real time to pressing trends and developments, we've recently made the switch over to a 'rolling' style of publication. This means both rapid response times and a constantly updating website as we strive to read and publish work as soon as we receive it." Click here for their website.
Fatal Flaw is a quarterly online magazine publishing unexpected, topical writing, art, and photography that considers the world through a cracked lens. They are open for submissions until May 7. They accept poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, photography, and visual art. The theme for their June issue is "Ritual." Click here for their website.
Lucky Jefferson is open until May 31 for their upcoming print issue, "Cookout." Send your unpublished poetry, flash fiction, and food-inspired art that describes what you would bring to their cookout. Topics for this issue may include: food, games, entertainment, libations, decorations, cutlery, etc.
Another call for submission Lucky Jefferson is excited to share is for their digital zine for Black authors, "Awake." Issue 3 "Our Power" explores Black Resiliency. Selected works in this issue will embrace and magnify the persistence, strength, and power of Black communities through text, form, and structure. Accepted authors will receive $15 for each accepted work. It's free to submit until May 31. Click here for their website.
Stellium Literary Magazine
Stellium Literary Magazine's next window closes on May 1. Stellium is a bi-monthly literary magazine centering Black queer and trans prose writers. They also accept work from other Black and QTPOC writers. Click here for their website. They pay $50 per published piece.
Moonflake Press is open until Sept. 1 for their print issue. They are looking for prose or poetry on the theme of "Escapism." Click here for their website. They pay £5 for online issues and £25 for print issues.
Pile Press is open for their Summer issue until May 8. They are looking for poetry, short fiction, art, comix, photography, collage, creative nonfiction and more with the theme of "Refuge." This magazine is a space for women, NB and GNC identifying creatives. Click here for their website.
The Rational Creature
For Volume 8, The Rational Creature asks creators to respond to a seemingly simple question: How are you? Good or bad, happy or sad, able to live in the moment or more comfortable reflecting on the past. No answer is wrong or off-limits. The magazine will accept prose, poetry, visual art, or any combination of those until April 30. Click here for their website.
Chasing Shadows is seeking poetry, personal essays, articles, reviews, photography, digital art, drawing, and painting until May 31. Click here for their website.
Scribble is open for submissions of fiction up to 2,000 words year-round. Click here for their website.
The Sunshine Review
The Sunshine Review is looking for poetry and flash fiction that mimics William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. Find full submission details here. Submissions are open until May 15.
Variety Pack is open until May 15. From the editor: "Do you have an afro-futurist novelette? An essay about Basketball and 80's Punk? A fairytale set in the heart of Appalachia? An eco-poetic epic? A 100 word story? A haiku about cherry blossoms and personal journeys? A review of Kong vs Godzilla? An interview with an up-and-coming artist in you local music scene? I think you might get the point here. Yes, we do have an aesthetic as this is the nature of all literary publications, but it's a broad atlas and one we are always looking to expand!" Click here for their website.
Impostor is open through April 30 for poetry only (prose poetry and blackout poetry included.) Their current theme is "pareidolia." Click here for their website.
Rhodora Magazine seeks poetry, short stories, travel writing, flash fiction, one-act plays, translations, essays, book reviews and movie reviews. Click here for their website. They are always open for submissions.
Cerasus Magazine is open until June 15 for poetry, prose, artwork, and photography. Click here for their website.
Skein Press seeks submissions for their Play it Forward Fellowship. The fellowship is a professional development program aimed at nurturing and amplifying the talents of writers whose voices and stories have traditionally been underrepresented in Irish literature and publishing. For further information click here. Applications close April 30.
Fish Food is open year-round for poetry, short fiction, any form of art (photography, drawings, illustrations, paintings, etc.) media (film, short docs, music vids, etc.) and audio. Click here for their website.
The Spotlong Review
The Spotlong Review is open for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. From the editor: "We seek work that challenges boundaries and fosters human connection from surprising angle. Our greatest aim is to reserve a space for all kinds of exceptional writing and art regardless of form, intent, or subject matter." Click here for their website.
Spellbinder - Quarterly Literary and Art Magazine
Spellbinder - Quarterly Literary and Art Magazine is open until May 14 for poetry (free and formal verse); fiction (flash fiction and short stories); nonfiction (essays and creative nonfiction); art (visual art and photography); and drama (screen and stage plays.)
From the editor: "We especially enjoy experimental pieces as well as anything magical or folkloric, but we accept submissions from all genres. Make sure to read the submission guidelines on our website before submitting. We can’t wait to read and see your work." Click here for their website.
Moonlight Magazine seeks poetry, art (including photography), prose, and nonfiction until April 30. The theme for the May issue is HOME. Click here for their website.
Gypsophila is open until April 30 for poetry, prose and short stories. People can also apply to be a featured artist; they are currently looking for collage artists (both digital and analog.) Click here for their website.
Par Contre Zine
Par Contre Zine is always open for photography, art, poetry, song lyrics, essays, reviews, articles, collages, and more. Click here for their website.
Heartland Society of Women Writers
Heartland Society of Women Writers is looking for short stories or poems in any genre by anyone who identifies as a woman. Submit until June 30. Click here for their website. They offer print and digital publication. Every accepted writer receives a full feature on three social media platforms in addition to their website including their work, bio, links, and interview.
Small Leaf Press
Small Leaf Press is open until May 2 for short stories for their anthology. They are also open for poetry, art, essays, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for their magazine. Click here for their website.
New Flash Fiction Review
New Flash Fiction Review is looking for flash or creative nonfiction (one story, 750 words or less.) You can submit until April 30. Click here for their website.
NECTAR is open for poetry and fiction submissions until May 31. Find their website here. They pay each writer $10 upon publication, $20 if the writer donates to the magazine.
Thanks Hun Zine
Thanks Hun Zine is open until July 31 for poetry, short fiction, and essays. Click here for their website.
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.
Sublunary Review is open until Nov. 27 for fiction, poetry, and art. They ask that you read their submission guidelines and browse their previously published work to get a sense of what kind of writing and art they are looking for. Click here for their website.
Orange Blush Zine
Orange Blush Zine is always open for art, poetry, prose, fiction, scripts, lists, comics, illustrations, photography, and collages. They are open to "experimental, out-of-the-box, punch-you-in-the-gut type work," according to the editor. The magazine is open to all genres. Click here for their website.
The New Territory
The New Territory is open for poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction piece about or by writers from the lower Midwest (Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.) They pay $25 per poem and $150 for creative nonfiction and fiction pieces. Click here for their website.
Libretto Magazine is open until April 30 for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, essay/memoir, visual art, and photography. Click here for their website.
Ice Lolly Review
Ice Lolly Review is always open for submissions, though this may change in the future. They want pieces that have a strong sense of voice and overall quality of work and language from writers aged 12-26. They are also looking for blog submissions and are accepting applications to be part of their team. Click here for their website.
Shabd Aaweg is open for poetry, literary reviews, fiction, and nonfiction prose for their summer issue. Click here for their website.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.