Small and independent magazines are the lifeblood of the literary scene, providing many emerging writers with their first chance to have their work published. Here are five new literary magazines accepting submissions this August.
Two Cities Review
Two Cities Review (USA) launched its inaugural issue in (the northern hemisphere’s) Spring 2014. Published quarterly, the editors are looking for “high-quality fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction that bridges the gap between forms, genres, or realities”. They interpret this loosely, but are especially excited by work that crosses form or genre in a new and exciting way. Submissions can be up to 3000 words and simultaneous submissions are accepted.
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Pear Drop: A Journal of Art and Literature (UK and USA) aims to tell stories that document and explore the human condition from all perspectives. It published its first issue in March 2015 and its most recent issue (#3) carried the theme ‘Untitled: A Discussion on Feminism’. Pear Drop is currently seeking flash fiction submissions of up to 500 words for its next issue with the theme ‘Law Enforcement: The Theatre of Crime & Punishment’. The deadline is 1 September.
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Headland (New Zealand) is an international literary journal of short fiction and creative non-fiction. Submissions are invited from both new and established writers and there are no subject restrictions. Submissions are accepted year round, but to be considered for Issue 4 of Headline, work should reach the editors by 28 August 2015.
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The Offing (USA) launched in March 2015 as an online channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books, with work accepted for publication also being considered for publication in LARB’s print publications. It aims to publish new writers and actively seeks out work by and about those often marginalised in the literary conversation, including people of colour, women and gender non-conformists, and members of the LGBTQ and differently abled communities.
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The Intentional (USA) released its fourth issue in June of this year. The Intentional is a print literary and culture magazine that aims to supports emerging artists and only accepts work from writers who have not yet published a novel, memoir, collection of essays, or collection of short stories. It welcomes submissions of original fiction, poetry, literary journalism, creative non-fiction and memoir. The Intentional is currently seeking non-fiction submissions for two future themed issues: The Hustle, and Oaths, Vows, and Commitments.
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If you are unsure how to go about submitting your work to a publication, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines, a practical step-by-step guide from the editors of Neon Literary Magazine.