It is hard to believe that 2019 is now behind us and we are currently at the start of a brand new year. How did your submissions goals go for 2019? Looking to improve upon them in 2020? Check out these current submission opportunities for literary magazines, presses, events, and more.
great weather for MEDIA is currently accepting submissions for its annual anthology. They focus on the fearless, the unpredictable, and the experimental. Deadline is January 15. There is no fee, but you can show your support with a tip jar option.
Girls Right the World is a literary magazine which accepts writing and art from female-identifying writers ages 14 through 21. They have extended the submission deadline for Issue 4 to January 31. There is no fee.
About Place Journal is currently open to submissions through February 15 for it’s Spring 2020 issue themed “Practices of Hope.” They seek to publish prose, poetry, visual art, photography, video, & music on this theme and which addresses the causes of spirit, earth, and society. There is no fee.
Qommunicate Publishing, a queer publisher, is accepting submissions to multiple anthologies. January 31 is the deadline to submit work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology Volume 4 while February 28 is the deadline to submit work to Queer Theater: LGBTQ+ Ten-Minute & One-Act Plays for Students & Adults/General Audiences.
Wordrunner eChapbooks is celebrating 10 years in 2020. They are currently accepting emotionally complex and compelling writing on any subject or theme for their Spring 2020 anthology. Deadline to submit is February 29. They do charge a $3 fee and are a paying market.
CircleShow is the literary magazine of Seven CirclePress: A Poetry Micropress. They are open to submissions for Volume 21 through March 31. There is no fee.
Driftwood Press is a literary magazine and small press that is open to submissions year-round. They do charge a submission fee. They are currently accepting submissions of poetry collections, graphic novels, and novellas.
Haunted Waters Press is launching a new fiction anthology titled Tin Can Literary Review. They are currently open to submissions for this as well as their literary magazine From the Depths and their special Penny Fiction section. They are a paying market for their print publications and they do charge a submission fee. Penny Fiction submissions are currently free.
Literary magazine Storm Cellar accepts work on a rolling basis. They currently seek poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, comics, reviews, translations, photography, and art for their Summer 2020 issue. There is no fee. Under-represented writers are encouraged to submit.
Zizzle Literary. 2020 Special Edition. Flash Fiction. Short Stories. $3 Fee. Deadline: January 31. Restrictions: Stories must appeal to teens as well as adults.
Global City Review. Issue 24. Theme: Setting the Record Straight. Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. No Fee. Deadline: January 31.
Connecticut Literary Festival. Connecticut Literary Anthology. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction. No Fee. Deadline: 3/31. Restrictions: Connecticut writers only.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop/Coffee House Press. Anthology. Essays. No Fee. Deadline: 4/3.
Want to try your luck at submitting to a writing or book contest? These contests are accepting submissions through January, February, March, and April.
BkMk Press is accepting poetry and short story collections through January 15 for its John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Entry fees are $25 by mail and $30 via Submittable. Winners receive$1,000 and book publication.
Sonder Press has extended the deadline of its annual Chapbook Prize to January 15. $10 fee. Both fiction and nonfiction accepted. Prizes include $300, publication, and 10 author copies.
The Ghost Story seeks supernatural flash fiction for its annual Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition. Stories need to be under 1,000 words and incorporate a supernatural theme or element. $10 fee. Winner receives $500 and publication online and in a forthcoming anthology. Deadline: January 31.
Literary magazine Into the Void is accepting poetry for its 2020 Poetry Prize through January 31. Poems must be 60 lines or less. Entry fee is $6 CAD/$4.50 USD per poem. Winner receives $500 and publication in Issue 16. Each entry includes a one-year online subscription.
Mount Island is a literary magazine that recently launched its first-ever poetry contest. The Lucy Terry Prince Prize for Rural Poets of Color honors the first known African-American poet in English literature. Poets of color that are current residents of or hailing from rural areas are eligible to submit. Fee has been reduced to $10. Deadline is February 15. Winner receives $500 and publication in 2020 print anthology Revive!
Literary magazine Storm Cellar is open to submissions for its annual FORCE MAJEURE Flash Contest. This is open to all flash pieces (under 1000 words) in any form or content. $5 fee for up to three flash pieces. $500 in prizes awarded along with publication. Deadline is April 30.
Kallisto Gaia Press. 2020 Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. $20 Fee. Prize: $800, $300 travel stipend, publication, 10 author copies. Deadline: January 20.
Crazyhorse. Crazyhorse Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. $20 Fee. Prize: $2,000 + publication. Deadline: January 31.
Main Street Rag. Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. $25 Fee (mail); $27 Fee (Submittable). Prize: $1,200, publication, 50 author copies. Deadline: February 1.
Florida Loquat Festival. One-Page Writing Contest. Poetry, Prose. No Fee. Prize: $200/$100/$50 + publication. Deadline: March 6. Restrictions: Must have loquats as subject or central theme.
Killer Nashville. Claymore Award for Unpublished Works/Silver Falchion Award for Published Works. Entry Fee. Deadline: April 1. Restrictions: Must be in mystery genres.
Orison Books. 2020 Orison Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. $30 Fee. Prize: $1,500 + book publication per genre. Deadline: April 1.
Puerto del Sol. Prose & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Cross-Genre. $9 Fee. Prize: $500 + publication. Deadline: April 1.