The first full week of February is officially over. Time sure flies…along with the snow. Spend some time this weekend going over your deadline calendars and get a little writing in to keep your 2020 submission goals going strong.
Calls for Submissions
February Submission Deadlines
There’s still time to submit work focusing on the theme of “Practices of Hope” to literary magazine About Place Journal. Deadline to submit is February 15. There is no fee!
Just a reminder that Wordrunner eChapbooks is open to submissions for its 10th anniversary issue until the end of the month. They charge a $3 fee. They want your best works of fiction, personal narratives, novels, memoirs, and poetry. Deadline: February 29.
March Submission Deadlines
Anomaly. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Comics, Translations, Audio, Video, Art. $3 Fee. Deadline: March 1.
Apple Valley Review. Vol. 15 No. 1. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-Genre, Translations. No fee. Deadline: March 15.
Connecticut Literary Festival. Connecticut Literary Anthology. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No fee. Deadline: March 31. Restrictions: Connecticut residents only.
Massachusetts Review wants native-authored work in response to the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth Landing. Fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork welcome. Deadline to submit is March 31. There is no submission fee.
Independent, international, free-access literary magazine Sky Island Journal is accepting submissions of poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for its Spring 2020 issue. Deadline to submit is Midnight (CST) on March 31. They do charge a $3.99 fee.
S/tick. “Angry/Mad” Issue. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Drama, Cross-genre, Comics, Photography, Art. No fee. Deadline: March 31.
May Submission Deadlines
Literary and artistic collective Oyster River Pages is open to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. They especially wish to feature writers and artists whose voices have been historically de-centered and marginalized. Deadline is May 31. There is no fee to submit. They also have a special section devoted to fiction from Emerging Writers.
The Tiger Moth Review. Issue 4. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Translations, Photography, Art. No Fee. Deadline: May. Themes: nature, culture, the environment, ecology.
June Submission Deadlines
Court Green. Issues 18 & 19. Poetry. $3 fee. Deadline: June 1.
August Submission Deadlines
Don’t forget that Haunted Waters Press is still accepting work for the inaugural edition of their new fiction anthology Tin Can Literary Review. They also would like fiction and poetry for their literary magazine From the Depths. They do charge a submission fee and are a paying market. Deadline: August 31.
Rolling & Year-round Submission Deadlines
Bending Genres. Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction. No fee. Deadline: year-round.
The Blue Mountain Review is open to submissions year-round. They do charge a $5 fee. Poetry, fiction, micro fiction, and essay submissions welcome.
Journal and small press, Driftwood Press, is open to submissions of short works for its journal and full-length manuscripts for its publishing arm year-round. They do charge a fee.
Literary magazine Storm Cellar accepts submissions on a rolling basis and currently seeks work for its Summer issue. They especially would love to hear from women, BIPOC, lgbtqia+, poor, neurodivergent, border-straddling, and other under-represented authors.
As always, check out the full slate of open calls at the NewPages website.
Writing & Book Contests
February Contest Deadlines
The deadline to apply to Frontier Poetry‘s Antioch-Frontier Fellowship is February 15! $20 fee to apply. Winning poet will get to select their choice of residency dates. $1,000 + travel expenses & accommodation awarded to winner. Poet will enjoy a 10-day residency with students and faculty of the low-res MFA from Antioch University LA.
The regular deadline has passed, but there is still time for un-agented writers to submit the first 5 pages of an unpublished fiction or nonfiction manuscript to the First Pages Prize. Extended deadline is February 16. $35 fee. $2,250 in cash awards, partial developmental editing, plus travel and accommodation to be in Paris, France for presentation events June 9–10, 2020.
Center for Women Writers. 2020 International Literary Awards. Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction. $15 fee. Prize: $1,000/category. Deadline: February 29.
March Contest Deadlines
StoryQuarterly. Nonfiction Prize. Nonfiction. $15 fee. Prize: $1,000 and publication in Issue 53. Deadline: March 28.
Fiction Southeast. Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize. Fiction. $10 fee. Prize: $200 and publication. Deadline: March 31.
The Southern Collective Experience, publishers of The Blue Mountain Review, are seeking poetry manuscripts from women for their Women of Resilience Poetry Chapbook Contest. Deadline to enter is March 31. $200 + publication awarded to winner.
April Contest Deadlines
Orison Books. 2020 Orison Prizes. Fiction, Poetry. $30 fee. Prize: $1,500 and book publication. Deadline: April 1.
Besides seeking work for its Summer 2020 issue, Storm Cellar wants all things flash for its FORCE MAJEURE Flash Contest. $500 in prizes awarded. $5 fee for one flash piece or $12 to submit three. Deadline to enter is April 30. They do offer a no-fee option.
If you are a parent or teacher of young writers, don’t forget to check out our Young Writers Guide. This guide is full of publications that accept work from young writers (elementary through undergraduate) as well as writing contest (mostly all with no fee).
Application & Registration Deadlines
Not a contest or call for submissions per se, but deadlines of note for upcoming writing programs and other writing events.
Willow Writers’ Retreat early bird deadline is just around the corner (February 10). The final deadline is February 24. The retreat will be facilitated by the award-winning writer Susan Isaak Lolis and takes place March 27-30 in Americus, Georgia.
Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop. Event dates: July 5-24. Location: Los Angeles, CA. Scholarship Deadline: March 16. Application Deadline: March 30.
Odyssey Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Writers. Event dates: June 1 – July 10. Location: Manchester, NH. Application Deadline: April 1.
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