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Publication Opportunities for Writers: April and May 2015

 Opportunities for Writers in April and May 2015

Over 60 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

is one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines. It publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Closes 1 April.

Irish Literary Review
is an online publication for new poetry and short fiction from Ireland and around the world.  Flash fiction should be under 500 words, fiction should be no shorter than 1500 words and no longer than 3000 words and poems should not exceed 40 lines. The current reading period closes 1 April.

Masters Review
will reopen submissions for its ‘New Voices’ series on 1 April. New Voices are published online and a number of stories from new authors are featured each month. Submissions are open to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length and writers are paid 10 cents per word up to $200.

Glass Press of the Future
is seeking submissions to publish on flash drives. The editors will consider anything that can go on a flash drive, but the project specialises in poetry, screen shots, gifs, video, and found text.

BBC Writersroom
is accepting unsolicited comedy scripts until 2 April.  Writers may be non-British-born, but must be a current resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Cordite Review and The Lifted Brow
are accepting submission of flash fiction (up to 500 words) and poetry for special issues of both publications. These issues will feature original works selected by guest editor Luke Davis, as well as re-worked, translated, covered, adapted or wholly reconsidered versions of those initial works done by a new author, artist, auteur, game designer etc. Submissions close 5 April.

is an online journal of literature and the arts and is a joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review. Submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays will be accepted until 15 April.

Jaffat El Aqlam
is an online magazine for writers mostly from the middle east. It accepts submissions of poetry, short stories, prose and visual art.

Neon Literary Magazine
is seeking stories for Battery Pack II, a tiny (smaller than palm-sized and with only eight pages) anthology of short stories, made from a single folded sheet of paper. Submissions should be under 75 words. Closes 15 April.

Pilcrow & Dagger
is accepting submissions for its May/June issue featuring the theme of Summer Vacations or Travel Stories. Pieces may be up to 5000 words. Closes 15 April.

Harpur Palate
is literary journal published bi-annually by the Department of English at Binghamton University. It publishes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from all over the world, including work by well-known authors including Sherman Alexie, Gary Fincke, Peter Sears, Alex Lemon, Maura Stanton, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. Submissions for the summer issue close on 15 April.

Litro Magazine
is seeking submissions for its June 2015 print issue with the theme ‘Detroit’. It accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction and non-fiction. Submissions close 25 April.

Stories from Peru
is looking for short stories or poems set in the Peruvian capital, Lima. Submissions will be considered for online publication and in a book. Closes 27 April.

Late Night Library
is accepting submissions for the 2015 Debut-litzer Prizes in the categories of fiction, poetry and young adult fiction. Winners will receive US $1000 and a featured appearance on Late Night Conversation. Debut books first published in North America between 1 January and 31 December 2014 are eligible to enter. Entries must be postmarked by 30 April.

Solarwyrm Press
is seeking submissions for Remang: A Ghostly Anthology, a collection of foul fiends and horrifying hauntings set in Malaysia and/or featuring Malaysian characters. Closes 30 April.

The Compass
is a new online magazine which “locates and flags up outstanding poetry”. Published three times a year, it comes out of North West England but aims to include the most striking British and international poetry, with reviews of collections by established voices and new voices to watch out for. Submissions for the inaugural issue close on 30 April.

Red Line
welcomes submissions of up to 4500 words from contributors ‘who have something interesting to say and a talent for communicating’. Shortlisted stories will be considered for publication in an end of year anthology. Nature is the theme for the upcoming issue and submissions close 30 April.

Lunch Ticket
is a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles. Submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people and visual art for its summer/fall 2015 issue close on 30 April.

Tahoma Literary Review
is a literary journal published in both print and e-reader formats. Payment for fiction and non-fiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and flash is $25 to $50. Submissions for issue 4 close on 30 April.

3Elements Review
is themed literary journal founded in 2013. Each quarter the editors post three very unique elements (usually various descriptive nouns/short phrases) that must be incorporated in all submissions. The elements for the current reading period are Miasma, Simmer, Whimsy. Closes 30 April.

Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters
considers submissions of poems, short stories, one-act plays, interviews, book reviews, parts of memoirs, personal essays, critical essays, cultural news, announcements, and other new and emerging genres. Submissions close 30 April.

New South
seeks to publish high quality work, regardless of genre, form, or regional ties. Submissions for issue 9.1, due for publication in January 2016, close on 30 April.

Despumation Journal
seeks to publish stories between 3000 and 5000 words based on specific metal (music) songs. Submissions for the third issue close on 30 April.

Ilanot Review
is a biannual journal of creative writing. Submissions of poems, stories, creative non-fiction and translations are currently being accepted for the Summer 2015 edition; the theme is ‘The Men Issue’. Closes 30 April.

NonBinary Review
is a quarterly interactive literary journal that uses the Lithomobilus platform to join many stories around each issue’s theme. Submissions are currently open for the issue 5 with the theme of Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow. Closes 30 April.

Cleaver Magazine
publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. They publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art on a quarterly basis. They also publish new book reviews. The current reading period closes on 30 April.

Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading
publishes one story a week, each chosen by today’s best authors and editors. Previously unpublished fiction ranging in length from 2,000 to 10,000 words will be considered and each contributor is paid US$300. Submissions reopen on 1 April and run until the end of the month.

The O. Henry Prize Stories
is an annual collection of the year’s twenty best stories published in American and Canadian magazines. Entries must be submitted by the magazine’s editors and should reach the series editor, Laura Furman, by 1 May. The 20 stories selected for the 2014 O. Henry Prize collection are available here.

Southampton Review 
is dedicated discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites. Some of the established writers it has published include Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Frank McCourt and David Rakoff. The current reading period closes on 1 May.

Fields Magazine
is a print publication designed to spotlight writers, musicians, poets, painters, illustrators, and creative types of all stripes, with an emphasis on the up and coming and the unsung. It is currently accepting fiction, poetry, and visual arts submissions for issue 4. There are no style, length, or genre restrictions, and you may submit more than one piece for consideration. The deadline is 1 May.

Prairie Schooner
was established in 1926. Its intention is to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. Submissions close 1 May.

Diverse Voices Quarterly
aims to be an outlet for and by everyone: every age, race, gender, sexual orientation and religious background. Submissions received by 1 May will be considered for the August/September issue.
welcomes original speculative fiction short stories and poetry. It defines ‘speculative fiction’ broadly, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history and related genres. Submissions reopen 1 May.

publishes “artful essays.” It has published work on subjects as wide-ranging as how tourists affect the gay sex trade in Thailand; Guatemalan frontier towns; Barbara Loden; and the origins of the phrase “open sesame.” Along with your completed essay, writers are asked to include a brief biographical statement. Submissions are open throughout May.

Printer’s Devil Review
is seeking thoughtful, earnest fiction. The editors like stories that ‘make the ordinary unfamiliar, that introduce us to new ways of seeing and being in the world, stories that move us without aiming for stock reactions’. The next reading period opens on 1 May.

Creative Nonfiction
is seeking new essays about the weather. According to the editors “we’re not just making idle chit-chat; the weather affects us all, and talking about the weather is a fundamental human experience. Now, as we confront our changing climate, talking about the weather may be more important than ever.” Submissions close 11 May.

Green Mountains Review
based at Johnson State College in Vermont, is a biannual, award-winning literary magazine publishing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary essays, interviews, and book reviews by both well-known writers and promising newcomers. The current reading period closes on 15 May.

Alaska Quarterly Review
is a literary journal devoted to contemporary literary art, publishing fiction, short plays, poetry, photo essays, and literary non-fiction in traditional and experimental styles. The editors encourage new and emerging writers, while continuing to publish award-winning and established writers as well. Unsolicited submissions will be accepted until 15 May.

subTerrain Magazine
is based in Vancouver and is published three times a year. Submissions for its summer/fall issue, which carries a general theme, close on 15 May.

Inkerman & Blunt
is seeking submissions to its next collection, Australian Love Letters to be edited by Bruce Pascoe. Writers are eligible to submit if they live in Australia or are an Australian citizen living overseas and letters must be under 2500 words. Closes 29 May.

One Story
is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail, or on their digital devices.Submissions are open between 1 September and 31 May. Stories must be between 3,000 and 8,000 words and can be in any style on any subject.

Tin House
is accepting submissions for its non-themed Winter issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews. Submissions close 31 May.

is proud to be known as a magazine that publishes important new writers early in their careers. AGNI considers poetry, short fiction, and essays and most of the work it publishes is unsolicited. Submissions may be accepted for publication in AGNI or (with the writer’s permission) AGNI Online. Closes 31 May.

Tiny Owl Workshop
is seeking submissions of Noveltinis; small books of 10,000 to 25,000 words (smaller than your average novella). Noveltinis may be self-contained or serialised. Submissions close 31 May.

Harvard Review 
publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply, however, it only publishes a very small fraction of the material received. Submissions close 31 May.

Gettysburg Review
is published quarterly and considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction and essays until 31 May. The editors strongly encourage all potential contributors to read several issues before submitting.

New England Review
was founded by poets Sydney Lea and Jay Parini in New Hampshire in 1978. It welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, translation and creative writing for the NER website. New submissions will be accepted until 31 May.

Buffalo Almanack
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 May.

is looking for previously unpublished flash-fiction of up to 1000 words in length. The stories may be in any genre, but must have been written in response to one of the images from their Pinterest Boards.

is a Singapore-based literary website, publishing original fiction, essays and poetry on Asian themes. Submissions are considered all year round and all work must be in English.

Cartridge Lit
is an online magazine dedicated to showcasing the best literature – fiction, nonfiction, poetry – inspired by video games.  More informal pieces for the magazine’s blog, The Airship, are also welcomed.

Hippocampus Magazine
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.

is an online literary magazine sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of New Hampshire. They accept submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Prose submissions may be up to 7000 words.

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
is a Hong Kong-based journal dedicated to publishing quality poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, and reviews written in English, as well as photography and art. It has a strong focus on Asian-themed creative work or work done by Asian writers and artists. It also publishes emerging writers around the world. Submissions are currently open for CHA’s June 2015 issue.

Penguin Australia’s Monthly Catch
occurs every month between the 1st and the 7th. During this time Penguin will accept unsolicited manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction. Submissions are only accepted electronically and interested authors should send their manuscript together with a short synopsis and biography.

Blunderbuss Magazine
is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe. Articles, essays, fiction and interviews should be less than 6000 words.

Harlequin’s Blaze
imprint is accepting submissions. Blaze is the publisher’s sexiest romance series, with titles featuring contemporary romances and true-to-life characters put in realistic situations. Manuscripts should be 55,000 words.

Zora Magazine
is a digital salon showcasing the work of women in the African diaspora. It is currently accepting submissions for creative non-fiction essays and opinion pieces.

Harper’s Magazine
is the oldest general-interest monthly in America. While it is extremely competitive, Harper’s does accept unsolicited submissions of fiction and non-fiction. Queries should only be submitted via mail.

Bodega Magazine
releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and occasional interviews by established and emerging writers. Submissions of  poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction are read year round and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

publishes fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. While most of its contributors are Canadian, it accept English-language submissions from writers around the world. The editors review every manuscript they receive, most of which are unsolicited and although they can’t publish them all, they do make an effort to provide useful feedback for authors whenever appropriate.

Chicago Review
publishes a range of contemporary poetry, fiction, and criticism. Each year typically includes two single issues and a double issue with a special feature section. The editors welcome submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, and book reviews (please query before sending nonfiction).

For writing competitions in April and May 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.

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  1. 17 March 2015 / 1:33 am

    Thank you for sharing the news about Hippocampus in this post!

  2. 18 March 2015 / 2:06 am

    Thank you for the list! Now I’m thinking of submitting my essay to AGNI 🙂

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