Today is the last day of January! How have your submissions goals gone so far? Want to get some submissions in before midnight? There’s still a bit of time to send work in for contests and journals with January 31 deadlines. Plus, don’t forget with February looming, some of these opportunities will be ending at the beginning of the month.
January Submission Deadlines
Barrow Street. 4×2 Project. Poetry. $3 Fee. Deadline: January 31. Restrictions: Cannot have published a chapbook or full-length poetry book.
Closes January 31! Annual literary magazine Girls Right the World accepts submissions from female-identifying writer between the ages of 14 and 21. They seek poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art. There is no fee to to submit.
Global City Review. Issue 24. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Interviews, Art. No Fee. Deadline: January 31.
Closes January 31! 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.
Qommunicate Publishing. Hashtag Queer Volume 4. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Scripts. No Fee. Deadline: January 31.
Timeworn Literary Journal. Historical Fiction. No Fee. Deadline: January 31.
Zizzle Literary. 2020 Special Edition. Fiction, Flash Fiction. $3 Fee. Pay: $100/Flash; $250/Short Stories. Deadline: January 31. Restrictions: Stories must be suitable for teens and adults.
February Submission Deadlines
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.
Sheila-Na-Gig online. Spring 2020 Issue. Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: February 1.
Sixteen Rivers Press. Full-length Manuscripts. Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: February 1. Restrictions: Northern California Writers.
Forest Avenue Press. Full-length Novels. Fiction. No Fee. Deadline: February 4.
Slag Glass City. Special Issue: Adapt This City. Nonfiction, Graphic Memoir, Video, Audio, Soundscape, Photography, Mixed Media. No Fee. Deadline: February 5.
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.
Qommunicate Publishing. Queer Theater Series. 10-Minute Plays, One-Act Plays. No Fee. Deadline: February 28.
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
Jenny Magazine. Issue 18. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art. No Fee. Deadline: March 1.
Barrow Street. Open Reading Period. Poetry. $3 fee. Deadline: March 15.
High Desert Journal. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Reviews, Interviews, Art. No Fee. Deadline: March 15.
CircleShow. Volume 21. Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: March 31.
Connecticut Literary Festival. Connecticut Literary Anthology. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: March 31. Restrictions: Open to Connecticut residents only.
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.
Qommunicate Publishing. Queer Youth: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology. Personal Memoirs. No Fee. Deadline: March 31.
Raleigh Review. Fall 2020 Issue. Fiction, Poetry. Fee. Deadline: March 31.
Online literary magazine Sky Island Journal is open to the finest poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for publication in Issue 12, due out in spring 2020. $3.99 fee. Deadline: Midnight CST March 31. Check out Issue 11 just released this year.
April Submission Deadlines
Long Shot Books. Atomic Flyswatter Volume 1. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: April 1.
The MacGuffin. Volume 36 Number 3. Formal Poetry. No Fee. Deadline: April 1.
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Anthology. Essays. No fee. Deadline: April 3. Theme: Contemporary look at silences around class and caste systems that divide us.
Qommunicate Publishing. Queer Around & Around the World Anthology. Personal Memoirs. No Fee. Deadline: April 30.
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.
Qommunicate Publishing. Geek Out! III Anthology. Genre Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Scripts, Comics, Graphic Short Stories. Visual Art. No Fee. Deadline: May 31.
June Submission Deadlines
Court Green. Issues 18 & 19. Poetry. $3 Fee. Deadline: June 1.
Rolling & Year-Round Submission Deadlines
American Journal of Poetry. Volume 9. Poetry. $5 fee.
The Awakenings Review. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Photography, Art. No Fee. Restrictions: Writers must have some personal connection to mental illness.
Bending Genres. Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction. No Fee.
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.
View all active calls for submissions at our website: www.newpages.com/classifieds/calls-for-submissions.
Want to try your hand at submitting your manuscripts to a book or writing contest? These contests are currently open to submissions and some are closing soon!
January Contest Deadlines
The Chattahoochee Review. Lamar York Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction. $18 Fee. Prize: $1,000 + publication. Deadline: January 31.
Crazyhorse. Crazyhorse Prizes. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. $20 Fee. Prize: $2,000 + publication. Deadline: January 31.
Closing January 31: 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.
Closing 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
Main Street Rag. Poetry Book Contest. Poetry. $25-27 fee. Prize: $1,2000 + book publication. Deadline: February 1.
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.
Mount Island. Lucy Terry Prince Prize for Rural Poets of Color. Poetry. $10 fee. Prize: $500 + anthology publication. Deadline: February 15.
Robert Frost Foundation. 2020 Robert Frost Poetry Contest. Poetry. $8 fee. Prize: $1,000. Deadline: February 15 (postmark).
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 fee. Prize: $250, publication, funding assistance for a reading. Deadline: March 1.
Florida Loquat Festival. Writing Contest. Poetry, Prose. No Fee. Prize: $200. Deadline: March 6. Restrictions: Work must contain loquats.
Colorado Review. 2020 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. Fiction. $15-$17 fee. Prize: $2,000 + publication. Deadline: March 14.
Fourth Genre. Steinberg Essay Contest. Nonfiction. $20 fee. Prize: $1,000 + publication. Deadline: March 15.
StoryQuarterly. Fiction Contest. Fiction. $15 fee. Prize: $1,000 + publication. Deadline: March 28.
Fiction Southeast. Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. $10 fee. Prize: $200 + publication. Deadline: March 31.
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
Killer Nashville. Claymore Award. Unpublished Novel in Mystery Genre. $40 fee. Prize: Discounted admission to 2020 conference. Deadline: April 1.
Nimrod. Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Fiction, Poetry. $20 fee. Prize: $2,000 + publication. Deadline: April 1.
Orison Books. 2020 Orison Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. $30 fee. Prize: $1,500 + book publication. Deadline: April 1.
Puerto del Sol. Prose & Poetry Contests. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. $9 fee. Prize: $500 + publication. Deadline: April 1.
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.
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