These Literary Magazines are Open for Submissions (Week of May 9, 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.
Capsule Stories' Autumn 2021 edition theme is "Dancing with Ghosts." They are looking for stories, poems, and essays that feel autumn-y and grapple with home, history, and identity.
From the editor: "Tell us about walking through a city that has stood for a millennium and wondering at the layers of civilization that lie beneath your feet. Tell us about uncovering family secrets. Send us writing about making space for the unknown and unknowable. Send us writing about making peace with your past and facing the future without fear. We are especially interested in pieces that take place in autumn and evoke the feeling of the season. (Note: Please do not send horror stories.)"
Submissions for Capsule Stories Autumn 2021 Edition close May 31 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Click here for their website.
Fruit is open until June 13 for writing by queer people of color. Click here for their website.
Floresta is open for poetry submissions until May 21 and design submissions until June 14. Designers should register their interest via the form by May 21. The theme is "Journey." From the editor: "mapping, documenting, remembering. We would especially like to hear from and amplify the voices of those with lived experiences as refugees, asylum seekers, diaspora, and those who have experienced homelessness and displacement." This is open to women and nonbinary people only.
Remington Review is open to submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art until June 14. Click here for their website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Poetic Geng shares a poetry prompt on Twitter every Sunday. Their Twitter handle is @poeticgeng.
Auroras & Blossoms
Auroras & Blossoms has a few contests that are open for submissions.
The PoArtMo Anthology (Volume 2) celebrates the most positive / inspirational art created in 2019-2021. People ages 17 or older may send six word stories, essays, flash fiction, short stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and poetry. There is a $6 submission fee per piece or $15 for three pieces. Successful applicants get ongoing royalties and a complimentary PDF copy of the anthology. The deadline to submit is Dec. 31. Click here for more information.
The PoArtMo Anthology: 13-16 Year-Old Artists Edition celebrates the most positive / inspirational art created by young artists in 2020-2021. People ages 13-16 may send six word stories, essays, flash fiction, short stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and poetry. Entrants must be 16 by deadline. There is no submission fee, one piece per artist only. The deadline to submit is Dec. 31. Click here for more information.
Written in a Flash Anthology: A Collection of Positive Stories is a new project that seeks to highlight the most inspirational / positive short stories and flash fiction pieces created in 2019-2021. Genres accepted: thriller, mystery, fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, young adult, humor, and nonfiction. People ages 17 and older can submit. There is a $6 submission fee per piece or $15 for three pieces. Successful applicants get ongoing royalties and a complimentary PDF copy of anthology. The deadline to submit is Dec. 31. Click here for more information.
Literary Impulse has rolling submissions for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are a paying market for their summer edition. 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.
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.
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.
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. They are open to submissions year-round.
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.
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.
Fahmidan Journal is open for general submissions (unthemed) until June 15. Click here for their website.
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 mag's style!" They are open for submissions year-round. Click here for their website.
Sledgehammer Lit is a new magazine currently open for submissions. They are looking for unpublished poetry and flash (three poems max / 1000 word limit). There is no theme. Click here for their website.
The Liminal Review
The Liminal Review is looking for short prose, poetry, nonfiction and illustrations from emerging and underrepresented voices until May 31. Click here for their website.
Paddler Press - Canoe Lake Memories
Paddler Press - Canoe Lake Memories is open for poetry and art inspired by, and related to, the life and death of famed Canadian painter and paddler, Tom Thomson. Click here for their website. Contributors will receive a copy of the final printed publication.
eucalyptus & rose
eucalyptus & rose is a new magazine currently open for heartwarming and thoughtful poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction. Click here for their website.