January officially ends next week. That just doesn’t seem possible, does it? Several states have been hit pretty hard weather-wise, so it’s a great time to grab a mug of coffee, cocoa, or tea and dive into your writing and submission goals.
Looking to find a literary journal or a press that’s currently accepting general submissions? Keep reading!
January Submission Deadlines
Annual literary magazine Girls Right the World closes to submissions from female-identifying writer between the ages of 14 and 21 on January 31. They seek poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art. There is no fee to to submit.
Haunted Waters Press is seeking stories of exactly 20 words for Penny Fiction, a regular feature of literary magazine From the Depths. There is no fee to submit. Deadline is January 31.
February Submission Deadlines
Nonprofit poetry collective Sixteen Rivers Press closes to book-length manuscripts on February 1. Selected authors must reside in Northern California and must be able to make a three-year commitment to the collective. There is no reading fee.
About Place Journal, published by the Black Earth Institute, is open to submissions of prose, poetry, visual art, photography, video, and music which fit the theme of “Practices of Hope” through February 15. There is no fee to submit.
New American Press. New Stories from the Midwest 2020. Fiction. $3 fee. Deadline: February 1. Restrictions: Stories must have been previously published in 2018 or 2019.
Join Wordrunner eChapbooks‘ 10-year publishing history by submitting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir for their Spring 2020 anthology. Deadline is February 29. They do charge a $3 fee and are also a paying market.
March Submission Deadlines
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. The deadline is March 31. Guest editors for this special issue are Tacey Atsitty, Laura Furlan, and Toni Jensen.
May Submission Deadlines
Oyster River Pages, a literary and artistic collective, is currently open to submissions through May 31. They particularly seek work by those whose voices have been historically de-centered and marginalized. They want fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art that stretch creative and social boundaries. No fee. They also have an Emerging Voices section for fiction by writers with two or less publication credits to their name.
Rolling & Year-Round Submission Deadlines
The Blue Mountain Review launched in 2015 with the idea that we are all “south of somewhere” and the goal to preserve and promote lives told well. They are open to submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, screenplays, cross-genre works, comics, reviews, interviews, translations, photography, and art year-round. They especially want work with homespun and international appeal.
Club Plum Literary Journal. Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry, Art (NO photography). No Fee.
Driftwood Press is a biannual literary magazine as well as a book and chapbook publisher. They accept submissions for the journal year-round and are particularly looking for full-length poetry collections, graphic novels, and novellas for book publication. They do charge a submission fee and offer an expedited response option. Contributors are often offered editorships and interviews.
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 for these publications.
Palooka. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Graphic Narratives, Comic Strips, Art, Photography. Fee: $3 (fiction, nonfiction, & poetry); $8 (chapbooks).
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
The Chattahoochee Review. Lamar York Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction. $18 Fee. Prize: $1,000 + publication. Deadline: January 31.
Only one week remains to enter The Ghost Story‘s 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 fee; $500 cash prize plus publication awarded to the winner. Deadline to enter is January 31.
Also ending on January 31 is literary magazine Into the Void‘s Poetry Prize. The winner receives $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
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. The fellow does not receive college credit. Travel and lodging are paid for, plus an additional $1,000 is awarded to cover any additional expenses. $20 fee. Application deadline: February 15.
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. This is open to un-agented writers only.
Cloudbank. Issue 14 Writing Contest. Poetry, Flash Fiction. $15 Fee. Prize: $200 + publication. Deadline: February 29.
March Contest Deadlines
Backbone Press. Chapbook Competition. Poetry. $15. Prize: $250, publication, funding assistance for a reading. Deadline: March 1.
The Southern Poetry Collective, home of The Blue Mountain Review, is accepting submissions from women for its Women of Resilience Poetry Chapbook Contest. Manuscript should focus on struggles and finding the light. Author Melissa Studdard is this year’s judge. Winner receives $200 and chapbook publication. $25 fee. Deadline to enter is March 31.
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 three flash pieces. A no-fee option is available. Deadline is April 30. $500 in prizes awarded.
You can see more contests currently accepting submissions 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.