January is half over with already. I swear that the older a person gets, the faster time seems to fly. Thus…never put off submitting your work today! Before you know deadlines could very well pass you by. I keep saying I will get around to submitting and then another year has gone and my writing just sits in a pile of proverbial dust.
Don’t be like me! Keep your submission goals on a role with these journals and presses currently seeking submissions.
January Submission Deadlines
If you are a younger female-identifying writer between the ages of 14 and 21 or know a writer who fits that bill, 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
About Place Journal, published by the Black Earth Institute, seeks “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 to submit.
Join Wordrunner eChapbooks‘ 10-year publishing history. They are accepting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir for their Spring 2020 anthology. Deadline to submit is February 29. They do charge a $3 fee and are also a paying market.
March Submission Deadlines
Jenny Magazine. Issue 18. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. No Fee. Theme: Revitalizing the Small Town. Deadline: March 1.
High Desert Journal. Spring 2020 Issue. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews, Interviews, Art. No Fee. Deadline: March 15.
The Massachusetts Review is accepting Native-authored poetry, fiction, essays, and art for their first special issue of the new decade. The issue will be published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Landing in December 2020. 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
The MacGuffin. Volume 36 Number 3. Formal Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: April 1.
Rolling & Year-Round Submission Deadlines
The American Journal of Poetry. Volume 9. Poetry. $3 Fee.
The Awakenings Review. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Photography. No Fee. Restrictions: Writer must have a relationship with mental illness: either self, family member, or friend.
Driftwood Press is a biannual literary magazine as well as a book and chapbook 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 the January 2020 issue for a taste of what they like.
Haunted Waters Press is a paying market for their print publications. They are currently accepting fiction for the inaugural edition of anthology Tin Can Literary Review as well as poetry and fiction for the next issue of their literary magazine From the Depths. They do charge a submission fee.
Storm Cellar, a journal of safety and danger, seeks 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.
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Want to try your hand at submitting your manuscripts to a book or writing contest? These contests are currently open to submissions.
January Contest Deadlines
Colorado Review. Colorado Prize for Poetry. Poetry. Entry Fee. Deadline: January 14 + 5 Day Grace Period.
The Ghost Story is 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. Magical realism also welcome. $10 submission; $500 cash prize plus publication awarded to the winner. Deadline to enter is January 31.
Literary magazine Into the Void‘s 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. Deadline to enter is also January 31.
February Contest Deadlines
The 2020 judge for the First Pages Prize for fiction or creative nonfiction is Sebastian Faulks. Extended deadline to enter the first 5 pages of an unpublished manuscript is February 16. If you enter by February 2, the fee is $25. After the 2nd the fee goes up to $35. $2,250 in cash awards, partial developmental editing, plus travel and accommodation to be in Paris, France for presentation events June 9–10, 2020.
Frontier Poetry has joined forces with the creative writing program at Antioch University Los Angeles for the Antioch-Frontier Fellowship. This allows one poet to experience one of the MFA program’s 10-day residencies at virtually no cost. Travel and lodging are paid for, plus an additional $1,000 is awarded to cover any additional expenses. $20 fee. Application deadline: February 15.
April Contest Deadlines
Literary magazine Storm Cellar is accepting 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. A no-fee option is available. Deadline is April 30. $500 in prizes awarded.
You can see more contests here: www.newpages.com/classifieds/writing-contests.
Want to build up your contest submission calendar for the entire year? Don’t forget to check out our Guide to Writing & Book Contests.