It is the end of the first full week of January in 2020, writers. How are your submission goals coming? Want to start filling your calendar with upcoming deadlines? These magazines, presses, events, and more are all currently accepting work!
January Submission Deadlines
There is now only 5 days left to submit poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction to publisher great weather for MEDIA for their annual anthology. Deadline is January 15 and they do not charge a fee. If you’d like to support their endeavors, they do offer a tip jar submission option.
Barrow Street. 4×2 Project. Poetry. $3 Fee. Deadline: January 31. Restrictions: Cannot have published a full-length book or chapbook.
Timeworn Literary Journal. Historical Fiction. No Fee. Deadline: January 31.
If you are a younger female-identifying writer between the ages of 14 and 21, don’t forget annual literary magazine Girls Right the World is open to submissions through January 31. They are on the lookout for poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art. There is no fee to to submit.
February Submission Deadlines
Sheila-Na-Gig online. Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: February 1.
Forest Avenue Press. Full-length Novels. No Fee. Deadline: February 4.
Slag Glass City. Adapt This City Issue. Nonfiction Prose, Graphic Memoir, Video, Audio, Soundscape, Photography, Mixed Media, Essay Arts. No Fee. Deadline: February 5.
Literary magazine About Place Journal‘s mission is “to have art address the causes of spirit, earth, and society; to protect the earth; and to build a more just and interconnected world.” They seek prose, poetry, visual art, photography, video, and music which fits the theme of “Practices of Hope.” Deadline is February 15. There is no fee.
Did you know that Wordrunner eChapbooks has been in existence now for 10 years? Be a part of their legacy by submitting your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir to their Spring 2020 anthology. Deadline to submit is February 29. They do charge a $3 fee and are a paying market.
March Submission Deadlines
Barrow Street. 2020 Issue. Poetry. $3 fee. Deadline: March 15.
Don’t forget poetry micropress Seven CirclePress is accepting the works of both known and unknown poets for publication in Volume 21 of their flagship literary magazine CircleShow. Deadline to submit is March 31. There is no fee.
The Massachusetts Review is accepting poetry, fiction, essays, and art for a special issue of native-authored work to be released in December 2020 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Landing. There is no fee to submit. The deadline is March 31. Guest editors for this special issue are Tacey Atsitty, Laura Furlan, and Toni Jensen.
April Submission Deadlines
Long Shot Books. Atomic Flyswatter Volume 1. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: April 1.
June Submission Deadlines
Court Green. Issue 18 & Issue 19. Poetry. $3 Fee. Deadline: June 1.
Rolling & Year-Round Submission Deadlines
Driftwood Press is both a literary magazine and book publisher. They accept submissions for the journal year-round and they are especially looking for full-length poetry collections, graphic novels, and novellas for book publication. They do charge a fee. Check out there latest issue released just this month for a taste of what they like.
Haunted Waters Press is launching a new fiction anthology titled Tin Can Literary Review. They also seeks submissions for their literary magazine From the Depths as well as their special Penny Fiction section. There is a fee to submit to the new anthology and the lit mag, but Penny Fiction submissions are currently free. They are a paying market for print publications.
Storm Cellar is a journal of safety and danger that is seeking amazing new writing and art for its Summer 2020 issue. Work from under-represented voices, LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, border-straddling, etc., is especially desired. They wish to be surprised by your best poetry, fiction, nonfiction, cross-genre, comics, reviews, translations, photography, and art. There is no submission fee.
Want to try your hand at submitting your manuscripts to a book or writing contest? Check out these contests that are currently open to submissions.
January Contest Deadlines
Time is almost up to submit short story collections or poetry collections to BkMk Press. The deadline for their annual John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction is January 15. Entry fee is $25 for postal mail submissions or $30 for Submittable submissions. Winner in each genre receives $1,000 and book publication.
January 15 is also the extended deadline to submit fiction and nonfiction chapbook-length manuscripts to Sonder Press for their third annual chapbook competition. They desire works crafted with care, precision, and a penchant for language. $10 entry fee. Prize includes publication, $300, and 10 author copies.
Kallisto Gaia Press. Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize. Poetry. $20 Fee. Extended Deadline: January 20.
If you like to write spooky stories, The Ghost Story is currently accepting entries to its Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition. Stories should be 1,000 words or less and must incorporate a supernatural theme or element. $10 submission; $500 cash prize plus publication awarded to the winner. Deadline to enter is January 31.
Literary magazine Into the Void also has a contest which closes to submissions on January 31. Their Poetry Prize awards $500 CAD plus publication in Issue 16. Each entrant receives a one-year online subscription. Fee is $4.50 USD/$6 CAD per poem.
February Contest Deadlines
Robert Frost Foundation. Robert Frost Poetry Contest. Poetry. $8 fee/poem. Deadline: February 15.
March Contest Deadlines
Fiction Southeast. Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. $10 Fee. Deadline: March 31.
April Contest Deadlines
Literary magazine Storm Cellar accepts all forms of flash for its annual FORCE MAJEURE Flash Contest. Pieces must be under 1,000 words and can contain creative nonfiction, fiction, marks, or images in any combination. $5 fee for one flash piece or $12 fee for up to three flash pieces. Deadline is April 30. $500 in prizes awarded.