American Short Fiction
American Short Fiction has been publishing emerging and established voices since 1991. It accepts unsolicited submissions year round and there are no fixed guidelines as to content or length. Submissions to the magazine must be original and previously unpublished. ASF considers work that has appeared online (including on blogs and Facebook) to be previously published.
Founded in 1857 by a group of writers including Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Atlantic magazine is an icon of American literary publishing. Unlike many other high-profile publications, The Atlantic accepts unsolicited submissions throughout the year. Their website states that ‘a general familiarity with what we have published in the past is the best guide to our needs and preferences.’
The Buenos Aires Review
Digital publication The Buenos Aires Review publishes work by emerging and established writers from the Americas in both Spanish and English. All prose submissions—fiction and non-fiction—must be under 5,000 words and poets are asked to send 3 to 6 poems at a time (up to 2,000 words).
FiveChapters was one of the pioneer online literary journals. It has published a new short story every week since October 2006; a new story begins every Monday, serial-style, with a new installment on each weekday. While authors published by FiveChapers have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner and many other top literary prizes, it is also known for publishing some of the best emerging voices. FiveChapters stories work best between 5000 and 10,000 words.
The Grapple Annual
Grapple Publishing is a new, small independent publisher based in Canberra, Australia. It is currently accepting submissions for the first Grapple Annual. The submission guidelines are broad and there are no word limits, though writers are asked to connect their work to one particular date in the calendar. See their website for further details.
Heavy Feather Review
Heavy Feather Review is a literary and arts quarterly dedicated to publishing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, or any hybrid thereof. Submissions are also open for Issue 3.2 – the deadline is 15 December. Each issue also features a chapbook, alternating each issue between fiction and poetry chapbooks. An entry fee does apply for the chapbook competition and the successful writer receives a $250 prize.
Based in London, Litro Magazine is focused on discovering ‘new and emerging writers, giving them a platform to be read alongside stalwarts of the literary scene.’ The have traditionally published short fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry, though recently have also ventured into interviews, columns, podcasts, reviews, and features on literature, arts and culture. Earlier this year they launched a young writers prize (for ages 13 to 18); entries are now closed and the winner will be announced in December.
Mary Journal is also another new publication from Australia. Student run and focused on publishing writing by students, Mary Journal is currently seeking creative and academic work for its fourth issue. Short stories and essays should be under 3000 words, and poetry and comics are also accepted.
McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
McSweeney’s Quarterly is the iconic namesake of the independent publishing company founded by Dave Eggers. While submissions for the Quarterly itself are closed, emerging writers may be able to get their foot in the door by submitting work for publication on the McSweeney’s website. Submissions should be an maximum of 1500 words, though work under 1000 words in preferred.
The Puffin Review
The Puffin Review exists to give a voice to new writers and journalists, with a particular focus on giving new writers their first break. It accepts submissions of fiction, poetry, book reviews and articles. There are no subject matter restrictions.
The Quotable is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for their winter issue on the theme ’Courage & Cowardice’ close on 1 November. 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.
The Southeast Review
Established in 1979 as Sundog, The Southeast Review is a national literary magazine housed in the English department at Florida State University. It is edited and managed by its graduate students and a faculty consulting editor. The mission of The Southeast Review is to present emerging writers on the same stage as well-established ones. They publish literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, book reviews and art. The Southeast Review accepts submissions for publication consideration year-round.
The Writing Disorder
The Writing Disorder is a quarterly online literary journal devoted to literature, art, and culture. The mission of the journal is to showcase new and emerging writers – particularly those in writing programs — as well as established ones. The editors are also currently accepting complete manuscripts of fiction, poetry and nonfiction for publication on the iTunes bookstore.