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Publication Opportunities for Writers: May and June 2015

Publication Opportunities for Writers: May and June 2015

Over 50 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

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.

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.

Southampton Review
is dedicated to “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.

Pilcrow & Dagger
is accepting submissions for its July 2015 issue. The theme is A Mid Summer’s Night Dream and pieces may be up to 5000 words.

Griffith Review
is seeking submissions for issue 51: Fixing the System. This edition will examine the political process in Australia and consider what needs to be done to revive the lucky country. Proposals should be submitted via email by 1 May, with the deadline for completed essays being 1 September.

is an international journal dedicated to literary translation. Submissions are currently open a special feature on multilingual writing. The editors are looking for original poetry and prose incorporating more than one language. Submissions are also welcomed on a rolling basis for essays about relatively unknown authors writing in a language other than English who deserves more attention from the English-speaking world.

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.

Penny Dreadful
is accepting submissions for its sixth issue It welcomes stories (up to 2 of up to 3000 words each) and poetry (6 of any length). Closes 10 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.

Fairy Tale Review
is accepting submissions for its twelfth annual issue (The Ochre Issue). Writers are invited to send their best fairy-tale work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist. The reading period will remain open until the issue is full; the editors predict closing it sometime in the northern hemisphere’s late spring or early summer.

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.

If and Only If
started as an idea in Fall of 2014. Yenn saw a need for a literary journal devoted to body image issues and eating disorders; “a place where writers could share their essays, stories and poems without feeling judged or afraid”. Submissions for the summer issue are open until 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.

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.

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.

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. Stories must be between 3,000 and 8,000 words and can be in any style on any subject. Closes 31 May,

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 a literary magazine of poetry and short fiction. It describes itself as a highly ambitious magazine that “has built a reputation for brilliant, formal writing that pays close and sustained attention to the imagination and the possibilities of language.” Submissions for the fifth issue close on 31 May.

The Lane of Unusual Traders
is a world building project. The editors are seeking 13 new stories to help bring the world of Midlfell to life. Flash fiction submissions close on 1 May and short story submissions close on 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.

A Quiet Courage
is a journal of microfiction and poetry. It consider submissions of 100 words or less and new writing is published on a continuous basis.

The Quotable
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions for its 17th issue on the theme ’Accomodation’ 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.

Bayou Magazine
is based at the University of New Orleans. They publish fiction and non-fiction up to 7500 words, as well as poetry. The current reading period closes on 1 June.

Oxford American
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.

NonBinary Review
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.

reopens to submissions on 1 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.

Fourteen Hills
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 31 May.

District Lines
is an anthology intended to capture a sense of people and place in Washington, D.C.and the surrounding metropolitan areas. The editors are  accepting submissions  of poems, essays, short stories, coherent musings and ramblings, scribbles, comics that capture a sense of people or place in D.C.and the surrounding metropolitan neighborhoods. Closes 31 May.

Gigantic Sequins
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.

Vignette Review
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.

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.

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.

Chattahoochee Review
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).

Prague Review
is a newly relaunched online journal that aims to publish work from every country on this planet. Short stories and novel excerpts up to 5000 words will be considered.

is a 96-page quarterly literary and art magazine, composed entirely from unsolicited, previously unpublished poetry and short fiction submissions.Stories may be up to 5000 words and poetry submissions can consist of up to five pieces.

OFI Press Magazine
is an international poetry and fiction publication based in Mexico City. It seeks to publish high quality work from writers of all nationalities, with a particular interest in submissions from young Latin American and Mexican writers.

Printers Row Journal
is a product of the Chicago Tribune. Every week a new fiction story between 5000 and 8000 words is delivered with the journal. Story submissions are judged on a rolling schedule.

Shady Doors
is an online bi-monthly journal of short science fiction, fantasy and horror stories (although other genres will be considered). All submissions should be under 1000 words.

White Review
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 a literary magazine about fashion.  Literary investigations of how we represent ourselves through our appearances are sought the magazine’s print issue and website.

The Sun
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.

Snapping Twig
is an online space dedicated to art, creative expression, and the writing of the authors and artist’s showcased within. It published poetry, short fiction, flash, rambles, letters, spoken-word, prose, excerpts, poetic-rants, tributes, creative non-fiction, articles as well as photography, film shorts, and other art media. It is open to all genres, forms. subjects, themes and styles from both emerging and established writers / artists.

Massachusetts Review
is seeking fiction and nonfiction pieces between 7000 and 20,000 words for its Working Titles series. The series aims to showcase prose written for the digital page, which may incorporate unique visual, aural, or interactive elements. Formally innovative pieces of this sort are highly desired, though the editors welcome more traditional long prose as well.

Speculative Fiction
is an edited collection that celebrates the best in online Science Fiction and Fantasy nonfiction. Nominations are accepted for works published by anyone online in 2015 and ideally should be between 800 and 1500 words.

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

Soho Press
is an independent book publisher based in Manhattan’s Union Square. Founded in 1986, it publishes 90 books a year across its Soho Press, Soho Crime and Soho Teen lists. Soho Press is currently accepting unsolicited submissions for its literary imprint only. Interested authors should send three chapters (or fifty pages) and a cover letter to the attention of the acquisitions editor.

For writing competitions in May and June 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. 20 April 2015 / 2:41 am

    Looks like Green Mountain Review closed for submissions on April 1, unless this is a specific call and I missed the details on their site: “Our open reading period is September 1, 2014 through April 1, 2015.”

  2. 28 April 2015 / 9:17 am

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for including A Quiet Courage here, I really appreciate it. Thank you very much for your time and efforts helping writers.

    Clara Ray Rusinek Klein,

    Editor in Chief,
    A Quiet Courage

  3. 2 May 2015 / 3:58 am

    What a great list! I want to add that the Packingtown Review, and online journal based in Chicago, is always accepting submissions. We publish art and writing, especially writing in translation and between languages. We publish prose, poetry, artwork, and audio and video work, and seek to give a platform to artists doing work that troubles the imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

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