10 Publication Opportunities for Young Writers

Writers like Françoise Sagan, Sonya Hartnett and S.E. Hinton demonstrate that youth doesn’t have to be a barrier to literary success. Here is a list of 10 magazines, journals and websites that are committed to publishing young writers and that champion the work of those just starting out.
If you have never submitted your work for publication before, 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.

Cadaverine Magazine
believes in showcasing contemporary, innovative and original new writing from the next generation of literary talent. It welcomes submissions of literary fiction, poetry and reviews by writers under the age of 30. Cadaverine Magazine is based in the UK but welcomes international submissions. Cadaverine’s editors may suggest changes or ask you to resubmit an edited draft to help you develop your work. They ask that writers only submit work if they are willing to participate in this editorial process.

Rookie
is an American online magazine created by fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson in 2011, then aged just 15, with Jane Pratt (founding editor of Sassy) and Ira Glass (This American Life) among its many high-profile supporters. The site has monthly themed content, with updates three times every weekday, and once a day on weekends, and every school year the editors compile the best from the site into a printed yearbook  There are no restrictions on the age of contributors and all written pieces should be at least 800 words long (except poems). Rookie’s April 2015 theme is ‘Both Sides Now’.

Claremont Review
is based in British Columbia and publishes young artists, aged 13 to 19 from anywhere in the English-speaking world. It accepts poetry, short stories, short plays, graphic art, photography, and interviews twice a year in the spring/summer and fall/winter. The Claremont Review’s website includes a resources section with tips and examples of the types of work it publishes.

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 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. 

Granta
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.

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Publication Opportunities for Writers in March and April 2015

Over 70 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

Dark River Review
is a national undergraduate literary magazine sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature at Alabama State University. It is accepting submissions for its Spring 2015 issue. Currently enrolled undergraduate students are invited to submit poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, academic essays, and visual art. Closes 1 March.

Fjords
is an arts and literary review for the 21st century reader. It features new art and literature alongside translations and reviews. Fjords is open to general submissions as well for a special Women’s Edition edited by Joanna Demkiewicz and Kaylen Ralph. The deadline for the later is 1 March.

Puerto del Sol
now in its 47th year of publication, is the journal of the English Department at New Mexico State University. It welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translations, artwork and criticism, as well as any interesting combinations thereof. Puerto del Sol’s reading period closes on 1 March.

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 close 1 March.

Quotable
is a quarterly print and online publication. Submissions are now open for its 17th issue on the theme ’Atmosphere’. The editors 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. Closes 1 March.

Paper and Ink Zine
is seeking submissions for a forthcoming issue on the theme ‘Shitty Jobs’. It accepts short stories, poetry, flash fiction, memoirs and more up to 1500 words Submissions close 1 March.

Glass Mountain
is seeking previously unpublished fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry from undergraduates at any college or university. Submissions for the Spring 2015 Issue close on 6 March.

Glastonbury Festival
is seeking poets, wordsmiths, lyricists, spoken word artists, raconteurs, story tellers, stand-up poets and slam champs to perform on its poetry stage. Applications close 6 March.

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 8 March will be considered for its seventh issue. View Post

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Publication Opportunities for Writers: February and March 2015

Over 60 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

Londonist
is seeking stories by children and stories for children. Submissions should be strongly linked to London (either set in London or heavily inspired by the city) and can have any theme (like sci-fi or historical) or none at all. There are no strict guidelines on story length; entries might be only a few sentences or could be as long as 1500 words.

CutBank
is a literary magazine founded in 1973 by the creative writing program at the University of Montana. It publishes two issues per year featuring  fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction by established writers and new voices alike. Submissions close on 1 February.

Overland
is seeking fiction from new and emerging writers for a special online edition to be curated by Khalid Warsame. For this special edition, ‘new and emerging’ describes a writer who has not yet published a book of stories or novel with commercial distribution. Closes 1 February.

Bellevue Literary Review
is seeking submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue on war and military experience. Submission close on 1 February.

Berkeley Poetry Review
is accepting submissions for its 45th issue. The editors have a particular interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, ecology, and poetic form itself. The deadline is 1 February.

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 open on 1 February.

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. Submissions reopen on 1 February.

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 reopen on 1 February. View Post

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Publication Opportunities for Writers in January and February 2015

Over 50 publication opportunities for both established and emerging writers.

Please check the relevant websites for all terms and conditions. 

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 current reading period is open until 1 January.

Apogee
is a literary journal specialising in literature and art that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and hyphenated identities. Submissions for Issue 5 close on 1 January.

Firewords Quarterly
is a new independent literary magazine with a strong emphasis on design, as well as substance. Launched in Spring 2014, Firewords aims to be a publication where exciting new writers can have their voices heard and remembered. Submissions for Issue 4 are open until 9 January.

Slice Magazine
welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The editors are looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share. Submissions are open throughout January and February.

Blank Fiction Magazine
an independent literary magazine publishing intelligent and thought-provoking genre fiction. It is currently seeking submissions of literary fiction up to 10,000 words. Closes 10 January.

Litro Magazine
is seeking submissions for its February 2015 print issue with the theme ‘Diaries’. It accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction and non-fiction. Submissions close 11 January.

Lifted Brow
is accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction for its soon to be relaunched print edition; closes 11 January. Entries are also being accepted for its inaugural experimental non-fiction prize.
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