Today is the last day of July…again it doesn’t seem possible, does it? Don’t let the end-of-summer doldrums creep up on you and hinder your submission goals! To help, browse through these new and featured opportunities and don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter if you haven’t already to get an early peek at ads before they are posted to our site.
Calls for Submissions
July Submission Deadlines
Deadline: July 31, 2020! The Daphne Review is hosting an online mentorship program for talented high school student writers and established writers/teachers acting as their mentors. We’re currently taking applications for both types (students and qualified mentors) until July 31st! To apply, submit a resume and brief cover letter to email@example.com. Start Date: August 3-28. Format: online. Classes: flash fiction, poetry. Pay for mentors: $50 per hour for skype or $200; $25 per hour for email or $100; total: $300 via paypal. www.thedaphnereview.org
Deadline: July 31, 2020! Penny Fiction 2020 will showcase exceptionally short stories told in exactly 20 words—no more, no less. There is no fee to submit. Penny Fiction is a regular feature of literary magazine From the Depths. Details: www.hauntedwaterspress.com.
August Submission Deadlines
Sleet Magazine. Winter 2020 Issue. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cross-genre. No fee. Deadline: August 15. Theme: Work should address any topic of national and/or global interest and be written during the pandemic.
Fleas on the Dog. Issue 7. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, screenplays, cross-genre, reviews. No fee. Deadline: August 30.
Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in Tin Can Literary Review—our debut fiction anthology celebrating the works of new, emerging, and seasoned authors. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. Selected works to be paid $250 per published story. Also seeking works of fiction, poetry, and flash for paid print publication in the 18th issue of From the Depths and in consideration for 2020 HWP Awards. Deadline: August 31, 2020. Details: www.hauntedwaterspress.com.
Superstition Review. Issue 26. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, art. No fee. Submit August 1-31. Theme: Inclusion.
September Submission Deadlines
Parhelion Literary Magazine. Fall 2020 Issue. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. $3 fee. Deadline: September 30.
Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal dedicated to publishing the finest poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices. We provide over 70,000 readers in 145 countries with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally. We publish quarterly, and our average response time is 9 days. Every submission receives a prompt, respectful, and individualized response detailing what we appreciated. Enjoy our previous issues, and submit for Issue 14 before midnight (CST) on September 30th at www.skyislandjournal.com.
October Submission Deadlines
Raleigh Review. Spring 2021 Issue. Poetry, flash fiction. $3 fee. Deadline: Midnight on October 31.
December Submission Deadlines
Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fifth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 31, 2020. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.
February Submission Deadlines
NYQ Books is seeking submissions for an anthology to be titled Without a Doubt: poems illuminating faith. Submissions will remain open until February 2, 2021, but may close early should the anthology fill. We are seeking poems that explore faith rather than tell. We seek poems that demonstrate a new and fresh understanding of faith. Poems that rise above religion and redefine spirituality. Poets from any spiritual tradition are welcome. Nontheists and Freethinkers are encouraged to submit. Historically marginalized voices are especially welcome. We are not looking for poems that proselytize. Please see our webpage for complete guidelines.
Rolling & Year-round Submission Deadlines
The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture the BMR strives to represent life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. Songs save the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. Our editors read year-round with an eye out for work with homespun and international appeal. We’ve published work with Jericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Nahko, Michel Stone, Genesis Greykid, Cassandra King, Melissa Studdard, and A.E. Stallings. www.southerncollectiveexperience.com/submission-guidelines/
CHESTNUT REVIEW (“for stubborn artists”) invites submissions year round of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography. We offer free submissions for poetry (3 poems), flash fiction (<1000 words), and art/photography (20 images); $5 submissions for fiction/nonfiction (<5k words), or 4-6 poems. Published artists receive $100 and a copy of the annual anthology of four issues (released each summer). Notification in <30 days or submission fee refunded. We appreciate stories in every genre we publish. All issues free online which illustrates what we have liked, but we are always ready to be surprised by the new! chestnutreview.com
The CHILLFILTR Review. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, reviews. No fee. Deadline: Year-round. Payment: $20/1,000 words.
Grand Little Things. Formal Poetry. No fee. Deadline: Rolling.
level:deepsouth is an online anthology created in 2020 with the goal of documenting Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s by collecting works of creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoirs, and reviews) about our lives back then and since then. Submissions guidelines can be found on the website: leveldeepsouth.com.
Poetica Magazine. Poetry Edition. Poetry. No fee. Deadline: Open until filled.
Storm Cellar, a journal of safety and danger, seeks amazing, adventurous new writing, art, and photography. Indigenous, Black, POC, gender nonconforming, women, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, fat, poor, and border-straddling authors encouraged. Midwest connections a plus. Specific, strong, and strange voices welcome: surprise us! Full guidelines at stormcellar.org/submit and submission manager at stormcellar.submittable.com.
Writing & Book Contests
You can view all current contest ads in our online Classifieds, plus don’t forget to check out our Big List of Contests to finish filling out your submissions calendar for the rest of the year. If you have a young writer, we do curate a list of contests for them as well, the majority without fees.
July Contest Deadlines
Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest: From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu. First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse. For more information, visit: crazyhorse.cofc.edu/crazyshorts.
Deadline: Midnight EST, July 31, 2020! The Press 53 2021 Award for Poetry: $1,000 and 50 copies awarded to an outstanding, unpublished 60-120 page collection of poems. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Press 53 will publish the winning manuscript as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection under a standard publishing contract; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.Winner and finalists announced on or before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Complete information at www.press53.com/award-for-poetry/.
August Contest Deadlines
Deadline: Midnight (EST), August 1, 2020! Time to spill the family secrets. Submit your funny sister (or soul sister) story by midnight (EST) Aug. 1, for Nickie’s Prize for Humor Writing sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop. $300 cash prizes for up to 20 winners. Winning essays will be published online, with the possibility of being included in a future anthology. In the spirit of Erma Bombeck, the tone can be humorous, absurd, offbeat, quirky, or fun in a smart way. All previously unpublished essays no longer than 1,000 words will be considered. Submission fee: $25. Details: humorwriters.org/nickies-prize/.
Nimrod. 2020 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. Fiction, poetry. $12 fee. Prize: $500 and publication per genre. Extended deadline: August 15.
Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize 2020: Judged by Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third. Top five published in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: August 15. For complete guidelines, see redwheelbarrow.submittable.com.
Deadline: August 20, 2020. The Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize pays $1000 and publication in The Ocotillo Review. Reading fee $20. Send three poems up to 65 lines each. Chip Dameron will judge. The Chester B Himes Memorial Fiction Prize pays $1000 and publication in The Ocotillo review. Reading fee $20. Send one story of 1,000 to 4,200 words. Charlotte Gullick will judge. All entrants receive The Ocotillo Review with winner’s story and poem. Half of all revenue generated is donated to the research and treatment of Breast Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. We welcome diverse voices. More info at www.kallistogaiapress.org (a 501(c)(3) literary nonprofit).
Tinderbox Poetry Journal. 2020 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. Poetry. $15 fee (or $20 with feedback). Prize: $750/$500 and publication. Deadline: August 31.
September Contest Deadlines
The Coniston Prize from Radar Poetry recognizes an exceptional group of poems by a woman writing in English. This year’s judge is Ada Limón. The winner will receive $1,500 and publication. Up to 10 finalists will also be awarded publication in the contest issue. Coniston Prize entries will be accepted through Submittable until the deadline of September 1, 2020. The reading fee is $20. Visit www.radarpoetry.com/contest to review the guidelines and read the work of past winners.