Over 40 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.
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is currently accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. There are no style restrictions and McSweeney’s are keen to discover and nurture new and developing writers, but writers should be aware that the response time can be fairly lengthy.
Paper and Ink Zine
is seeking submissions for a forthcoming issue on the theme Childhood. It accepts short stories, poetry, flash fiction, memoirs and more up to 1500 words Submissions close 1 June.
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for its 17th issue on the theme Accommodation close on 1 June. They are seeking flash fiction (up to 1000 words), short fiction (up to 3000 words), and creative non-fiction (up to 3000 words), as well as poetry and art.
welcomes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for Points South and feature articles. Submissions for the Fall 2015 issue close on 1 June.
Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
is accepting submissions for its fourth annual issue. The theme is social justice. The journal accepts submissions of poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, original artwork, and/or photography related to the theme. The deadline is 1 June.
is a quarterly interactive literary journal that joins many stories around each issue’s theme. The editors invite authors to explore each theme in any way that speaks to them including rewriting a familiar story from a new point of view, mashing genres together or writing a personal essay about some aspect of the selected theme. NonBinary review is currently accepting submissions for issue six on 1001 Arabian Nights close on 1 June.
is edited by graduate students in the creative writing program at San Francisco State University. It is committed to presenting a diversity of experimental and progressive work by emerging and cross-genre writers. Submissions close 1 June.
Big Issue Australia
is currently considering submissions for its fiction issue. Previous editions have featured, among others: Christos Tsiolkas, Frank Moorhouse, Alice Pung and Cate Kennedy. Stories must be no longer than 2500 words and the writers can be based anywhere in the world. Closes 1 June.
is an online literary and arts publication that aims to engage writers and artists in an exploration of the senses, publishing photography, artwork, poetry, short stories and creative nonfiction. It sets set a theme for each issue, and encourage a multi-sensory response to each theme. Submissions for the Atlas themed issue open in June.
is a black & white print journal based in Philadelphia. It publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics and book reviews. The next reading period opens on 1 June.
Black Warrior Review
publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside up-and-coming writers. Stories and poems appearing in Black Warrior Review have been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies. Submissions reopen on 1 June.
reopens to submissions in June. Writers are asked to include a short cover letter citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
is accepting submissions for its premiere issue. The editors are seeking short, evocative fiction that detail delicate moments in time. Stories should be told in medias res and should not exceed 900 words. Vignettes should be standalone scenes from short stories, as short stories are standalone chapters from novels.
will focus on Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods as a defining and transformative feature of the city and surrounding areas. The editors are seeking pitches for stories that show change over time; that feature vivid characters; and that have something important to say to a national audience. The book will include at least ten original narratives, each focused on a different neighborhood. Writers whose pitches are accepted will receive $1000 upon publication. Closes 12 June.
Fifth Wednesday Journal
is open to submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. The journal accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays and black-and-white photography. Submissions close 15 June.
is a semiannual publication established in 1972. It is looking for the best new writing available, leaning toward the unconventional, and accepts a variety of genres: experimental, satire, literary, translations, and contemporary. The current reading period closes on 15 June.
BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal
seeks to provide a venue for emerging and established writers and artists from the U.S.-Mexico border area and beyond. They seek poetry, fiction, non-fiction and book reviews in both Spanish and English from every corner of the world. Submissions for volume 21 close on 15 June.
Puritan: Frontiers of New English
is an online, quarterly publication based in Toronto. They publish new fiction, poetry, interviews, essays and reviews. Submissions received before 25 June will be considered for the fall issue.
Virginia Quarterly Review
publishes poetry, fiction and non-fiction. While they have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, Virginia Quarterly Review also seeks and supports emerging writers and submissions from writers based anywhere in the world are welcomed. The next reading period opens on 15 June.
is now accepting submissions of book reviews and critical essays on fiction, verse and non-fiction titles. Essays should be at least 1200 words. Closes 20 June.
Bellevue Literary Review
seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to the themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. Submissions close on 30 June.
is an online quarterly journal of fiction, photography and literary criticism. It welcomes submissions for new and established writers. New issues are released quarterly and submissions are open throughout June.
Kill Your Darlings
publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns and its contributors include established literary identities as well as the newest emerging talent. Submissions are accepted throughout June.
Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest
is open to stories between 1500 and 5000 words in length. Entries should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: celebrating America, past, present, and future.The winner will receive US$500 and be published in the January/February 2015 edition of the magazine. Entries close 1 July.
is a new publication launched in 2014 by a group of young writers. Submissions of poetry, prose and art for the journal’s third issue are open until 1 July.
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
founded in 1949, was the original publisher of classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. It features short fiction, reviews and humour pieces by writers and cartoonists. Submissions reopen 1 July.
Stockholm Review of Literature
is an online publication that seeks to publish superlative literary fiction, poetry, essays and art, and undertakes to promote the writers and artists that produce it. Submissions received by 5 July will be considered for its eighth issue.
is a biannual journal containing of poetry and prose from both well-known and new writers. Each volume is themed around one short phrase/prompt that the editors find particularly compelling. How you choose to interpret the prompt is entirely up to you. Submissions are open until 19 July.
publishes short fiction, flash/micro fiction, non-fiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives), and original artwork (photographs, illustrations, paintings) based on the designated monthly theme. Works translated into English are also welcome. Submissions are close on 25 July for the September issue which carries the theme Missed Connections.
is a yearly anthology of new writing and art based in Melbourne. It aims to showcase emerging writers and artists from all over Australia, featuring poetry, short stories, non-fiction, art, photography, comics and more. This year’s theme is encounters. The word limit is 2000 words. Submissions close 27 July.
Sugar House Review
is an independent, semiannual poetry magazine based in Salt Lake City. The editors aim to publish “good poetry, no matter where or who it comes from.” They are looking for an array of styles, from narrative to abstract to form. Closes 31 July.
Stoneboat Literary Journal
is an independent biannual publication that seeks to publish quality fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, artwork, and graphic literature. It aims to showcase outstanding and diverse work from both emerging and established artists. Submissions for the Fall 2015 issue close on 1 August.
publishes twice yearly and accepts unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues and visual art submissions. Submissions for the Spring issue close on 1 August.
is seeking submissions for its Fall/Winter 2015 double issue with a special focus on Migration. Literal and figurative explorations of the theme are welcome. Submissions are open until the issue fills (or until 15 September).
is a London-based literary magazine showcasing prose from both British and international writers. Its aim is to provide an inclusive platform for emerging writers worldwide. The Wrong Quarterly accepts fiction up to 6000 words and non-fiction up to 5000 words.
publishes one story, one image and a one-song soundtrack – each by a different, underexposed artist – every Monday for a collaborative, multi-media storytelling experience. Writers may submit short fiction up to 4000 words via email and should include a short bio with any recent or upcoming publication credits and your website link.
Literature on Lockdown
is a series from The Missouri Review that showcases nonfiction pieces by people who have taught writing in prison or were formerly incarcerated and are writing. Contributions are also invited for the magazine’s Working Writers Series.
accepts unsolicited submissions of memoir excerpts (a self-contained portion of a larger, book-length work), personal essays and flash creative nonfiction or a work of creative nonfiction in an experimental format. Hippocampus Magazine prefers previously unpublished work, but will entertain submissions that have appeared elsewhere.
publishes fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, interviews, and book reviews. There is no word or page limit, though they prefer prose that is between 3 and 25 manuscript pages.
publishes stories that take place in our here and now, or something very close to it. The editors like mainstream, fantasy and science fiction, but don’t want space operas or high fantasy: ‘Think The Twilight Zone or Flowers for Algernon or Robert Sawyer’s The Terminal Experiment or the Newford stories of Charles De Lint, rather than Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series or The Lord of the Rings trilogy’. Stories do not have to be speculative but they should contain elements common to speculative fiction.
is now accepting essays, reviews, articles, and interviews. EM’s original focus was the Beats and poetry, but it has also expanded the conversation to other types of literature, film, music, and art.
is a quarterly arts journal published in print and online. The journal was conceived as an arts and literary journal specialising in artistically or educationally meritorious works of new or emerging artists and writers. Print submissions, besides poetry, should be a minimum 1500 words in length.
is an independent, monthly magazine based in North Carolina that publishes personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry and photographs. All contributors are paid (up to $1500 for fiction) but the magazine receives over 1000 submissions per month, meaning responses can take three to six months.
For writing competitions in June and July 2015, some of which also offer publication, please click here. For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.