While the weather may not be able to make up its mind on weather it should be snowing or raining or being spring-like or winter-like, hopefully you have made up your mind to keep your submission goals going strong for 2020. Check out the opportunities available to you.
Calls for Submissions
February Submission Deadlines
Closes February 15! There’s still time to submit poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and hybrid forms focusing on the theme of “Practices of Hope” to literary magazine About Place Journal. 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. They are a paying market. Deadline: February 29.
March Submission Deadlines
Jenny Magazine. Issue 18: Revitalizing the Small Town. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No fee. Deadline: March 1.
High Desert Journal. Spring 2020 Issue. Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, Art. No fee. Deadline: March 15.
Light and Dark. Issue 14. Fiction. $3 fee. Paying Market. Deadline: March 15.
Green Linden Press is currently open to poetry chapbook manuscripts for publication in Fall 2020. The $12 reading fee helps support their green mission of reforestation efforts. Deadline to submit is March 20. They recommend checking out the most recent issues of online literary magazine Under A Warm Green Linden for a taste of what they like.
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.
April Submission Deadlines
The MacGuffin. Vol. 36 No. 3. Formal Poetry. No fee. Deadline: April 1.
Speckled Trout Review. Spring 2020 Issue. Poetry. No fee. Deadline: April 15.
Parhelion. Summer 2020 Issue. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. $3 fee. Deadline: April 30.
May Submission Deadlines
The Helix. Spring 2020 Issue. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Photography, Art. No fee. Deadline: May 1.
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.
Rolling & Year-round Submission Deadlines
The Blue Mountain Review is open to submissions year-round. They do charge a $5 fee. Poetry, fiction, micro fiction, and essay submissions welcome. They have published the work of and interviews with ericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Nahko, Michel Stone, Genesis Greykid, Cassandra King, Melissa Studdard, and A.E. Stallings.
A literary magazine for “stubborn artists,” Chestnut Review is seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography for its Summer 2020 issue. They accept submissions year-round and offer fee-free categories. $5 fee otherwise. They promise a notification in less than 30 days or the fee is refunded.
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.
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.
Jewish Fiction .net. Fall 2020. Fiction, Translations. No fee. Deadline: Accepts submissions year-round.
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
Closes February 15! The deadline to apply to Frontier Poetry‘s Antioch-Frontier Fellowship is almost here! $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.
Closes February 16! The regular deadline has passed, but there is still a little time for un-agented writers to submit the first 5 pages of an unpublished fiction or nonfiction manuscript to the First Pages Prize. $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.
March Contest Deadlines
Literary magazine Arts & Letters is accepting entries to its annual Arts & Letters Prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. $20 fee; $1,000 prize plus publication in a future issue for the winner in each genre. All entries considered for paid 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
Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University. Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. Fiction. No fee. Deadline: April 15.
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.
Proposals due February 15! The Columbus State University Creative Writers Conference panel and proposal deadline is in one more day. The conference itself will take place October 24 in Columbus, Georgia. Readers include novelist Mat Johnson and Georgia nature writer Janisse Ray.
Willow Writers’ Retreat early bird deadline has now passed. 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.
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