May is nearly behind us and the year will be officially half over with upon the arrival of June. How have your submission goals been doing?
If you missed out on the opportunities posted to the NewPages site this week, you can dive into them all below. Don’t forget that we are still open to submissions of reviews between 125-300 words for our What Are You Reading series. Check out recent flash reviews here. View the guidelines and learn how to submit here.
Calls for Submissions
You can keep up-to-date with all open calls for submissions at the NewPages website. Have children at home? Get them writing, too! Our Young Writers Guide lists markets open to younger writers from elementary to undergraduate ages.
May Submission Deadlines
Last chance to submit fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art to online literary magazine Oyster River Pages for Issue 4. Read through their first three issues for a taste of what they like before sending your own work for consideration. They are looking for work that “stretches creative and social boundaries.” Deadline to submit is May 31; there is no fee. They also have a special section for fiction by emerging writers.
June Submission Deadlines
Washington Writers’ Publishing House. This is What America Looks Like anthology. Fiction, poetry. $5 fee. Deadline: June 1. Restrictions: Writers must be from or have close ties to DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Minerva Rising has decided that their 20th issue will be dedicated to this anniversary. They want short stories, essays, interviews, and poetry about the valiant women who won the right to vote. They’d also like work examining how women are dealing with the current political climate and the way in which women’s lives and choices impact our history. Deadline to submit is June 15.
Wordrunner eChapbooks is seeking stories for its Fall 2020 e-chapboks series. These collections will be published in August and December. Stories can be flash or longer (500-5,000 words). They would like a minimum of five stories and up to a maximum of fifteen. They will also consider novel excerpts. $6 submissions fee. They pay writers $100 and royalties. Deadline to submit work for consideration is June 30.
July Submission Deadlines
Xi Draconis Books is open to manuscript submissions to finish filling its 2020 catalog as well as for publication in 2021. They accept novels, short story and poetry collections, memoirs, essay collections, and cross-genre book-length works. They seek work that examines social justice issues of all kind. There is no fee to submit. Deadline: July 31.
October Submission Deadlines
McFarland & Co. Textbook to break isolation surrounding domestic violence. Editors: Judith Skillman, Linera Lucas. Memoir, nonfiction. No fee. Deadline: October 15. Restrictions: Survivors of verbal, emotional, and physical domestic abuse.
Rolling & Year-round Submission Deadlines
Blue Mountain Review is open to submissions year-round. They do charge a $5 fee. They seek to “preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts.” They particularly would like work showcasing a homespun feel with international appeal. You can read their past issues online for free for a taste of what they like.
Don’t forget that literary magazine Chestnut Review is open to submissions from stubborn artists year-round. They offer free submissions for up to three poems, flash fiction under 1,000 words, and up to 20 images. After that, they do charge a $5 submission fee. Published artists receive $100 and a copy of their annual anthology released in the summer. They guarantee a response in 30 days or they will return your fee.
The CHILLFILTR Review. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews. No fee. Deadline: Year-round. Paying market.
Club Plum Literary Journal. Flash fiction, prose poems, art. No fee. Deadline: Rolling.
COVID LIT. Monthly Issues. Art, poetry, prose. $3 minimum charitable donation. Deadline: Rolling.
Do you care about doing it right or better? Driftwood Press is a small press and biannual literary magazine that seeks novellas, graphic novels, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, and interviews year-round. They do charge submission fees and offer an expedited response option. They also offer writers interviews and editorships.
Mental Snapback Podcast. Mental Health Recovery Stories. Nonfiction. No fee. Deadline: Year-round.
Literary magazine Minerva Rising has announced the launch of a new online women’s magazine called The Keeping Room. They want short stories, essays, free writing, poetry, and photo essays related to Women’s Wisdom, Lessons Learned, Self-care, Bodies, Relationships, and Community. They do charge a $5 reading. Authors selected for publication will be paid $25 via PayPal.
NewPages wants to know what you are reading during this time for publication on our blog. Mini reviews of books, literary journals, single poems, or pieces of prose are welcome. No deadline to submit and no fee, either.
Palooka. Chapbooks, prose, poetry, art, photography. $3-$8 fee. Deadline: Year-round.
Vitni Review. Fall 2020 Issue. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. No fee. Deadline: Rolling.
Words & Whispers. Issue 1. Poetry, fiction. No fee. Deadline: Year-round.
Writing & Book Contests
Interested in testing your skills and luck by entering a contest? NewPages has you covered. Besides keeping up-to-date with the latest contest offerings, don’t forget to checkout our Big List of Writing & Book Contests to plan out your submissions calendar.
Do you know young writers (elementary through undergraduate age)? We now have a page dedicated to contests just for them. The majority without fees.
May Contest Deadlines
Sunday deadline! Do you like to write short shorts? Baltimore Review decided not to do a theme for their Summer 2020 Writing Contest and instead decided to focus on short forms. There are three categories to enter: flash fiction, flash creative nonfiction, and prose poetry. $5 fee. One writer in each category will be awarded $300 and be published in the summer issue. Deadline to enter is May 31.
Sunday deadline! River Styx‘s annual International Poetry Contest is accepting entries through May 31. This year’s judge is Lee Ann Roripaugh. The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to the journal while the $15 entry fee includes the prize-winner issue only. Postal and electronic submissions accepted. The winner receives $1,000 and publication.
Sunday deadline! Winston Salem Writers is accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to its annual publication Flying South. Winners in each category receive $500 and publication. All entries will also be considered for publication. There is a $25 fee. Deadline to enter is May 31.
June Contest Deadlines
Remember that June 1 is the deadline to enter poetry collections of at least 48 pages to Lynx House Press for its Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. The winner receives $2,000 and book publication. The $28 fee includes a book from their catalog.
June 1 at 5 AM EST is the deadline to submit poetry to literary magazine Raleigh Review for the 2020 Laux/Millar RR Poetry Prize. First round of judging is done by the award-winning poetry team of the journal. The final judging will be done by Joseph Millar and Dorianne Laux. Each entrant receives a free copy of the Fall 2020 issue and is considered for paid publication at the journal’s normal rates. Winner receives $500 and publication.
The University of Notre Dame has extended the deadline to its Sandeen Prize in Poetry to June 1! This contest is open to writers who have published at least one collection of poetry. They pay special attention to authors seeking to publish their second volume. $15 fee; $1,000 prize and book publication with the University of Notre Dame Press.
The 25th annual Poet Hunt contest from literary magazine The MacGuffin is currently underway! This year’s judge is Matthew Olzmann. Submit up to 5 poems per $15 entry fee. The first place winner receives $500 and publication. Deadline to enter is June 15.
Swan Scythe Press is open to poetry manuscripts between 20-32 pages for its 2020 Poetry Chapbook Contest. The entry fee is $18. Winner receives $200, publication, and 25 perfect-bound copies of the chapbook. Deadline to enter is June 15.
Conduit Books & Ephemera is open to submissions from writers who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry for its annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. Manuscripts should be between 48-90 pages. They champion poets who dance to their own tune not to be different but to be true. Judge is Bob Hicok. $25 fee. Winner receives $1,000, publication, and 30 author copies. Deadline to enter is June 30.
The North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books is co-sponsored by Winning Writers, BookBaby, and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. This is open to self-published titles in the categories of Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, and Graphic Novel & Memoir. There is a $65 fee per title. The grand prize winner receives $5,000. Top winner in each category receives $1,000. This year’s judges are Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Deadline: June 30.
July Contest Deadlines
Inverted Syntax. 2020 Sublingua Prize for Poetry. Poetry. $15 fee. Prize: $1,000 + publication. Judge: Khadijah Queen. Deadline: July 1.
Press 53 is seeking poetry collections of 60-120 pages for its 2021 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Judge will be series editor Tom Lombardo. Deadline to enter is Midnight EST on July 31. $30 reading fee. Winner receives $1,000, publication, and 50 author copies.
August Contest Deadlines
Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine is accepting entries of up to three original unpublished poems for its annual Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize. This year’s judges are Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. $15 entry fee. The winner receives $1,000 and a letterpress broadside. Second place receives $500 and third receives $250. Top five poems will be published in an issue of the journal. Deadline to submit work is August 15.
Rolling & Year-round Contest Deadlines
University of Arkansas Press. Miller Williams Poetry Prize. $28 fee. Prize: $5,000 + book publication. Deadline: Year-round (September 30 for the current year’s prize consideration.
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