Calls for Submissions

Calls for submissions from literary magazines, independent publishers, literary events, and more.

Call :: Dear Queer: Letters in Solidarity with LGBTIQ+ Youth

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Broadsided Press started Broadsided Responds to show support and solidarity in response to global crises. Dear Queer: Letters in Solidarity with LGBTIQ+ Youth seeks to “stand with the LGBTIQ+ community and all those who call them/us family.” Writers are invited to share “short works that reach out toward any – past or present, self or other – who has needed support, solace, or a sense of being seen and known . . . writing from voices who might wish to speak to their own younger selves (and, by extension, the younger selves of today).” Poems of 30 lines or less or flash prose under 300 words with the title “Letter to my __________” that provide hope, solace, pathways, and a sense of solidarity are welcome through July 4, 2022. There is a $3 VOLUNTARY entry fee, but please see the incredible work this all-volunteer organization has done over the years and support financially if you can.

Call :: Creative Nonfiction Becoming a Nurse

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Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks submissions for a special expanded anniversary edition of I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. They are looking for pandemic-era stories dramatically and vividly written by and about nurses which examine the complex and essential role nurses of all kinds have played in providing care and guidance for patients and families, as well as the ways in which the pandemic has affected both individuals and the healthcare system. Previously unpublished, narrative form, with scenes, description, vivid characters, and a distinctive voice, 1000-4000 words. This is a paying market. All submissions will be considered for the book and might also be considered for other CNF projects. There is no submission fee for this category. Deadline: Monday, June 27, 2022.

Call :: June 30 Deadline to Submit to Chestnut Review Autumn 2022 Issue

While they are open year-round, June 30 is the deadline to submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography for consideration for the Autumn 2022 issue of online literary magazine Chestnut Review. Free submissions available for shorter works; $5 fee for longer works. They do pay $120! See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.

Call :: Black Memoirs Matter

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Committed to sharing stories that need to be told, Memoir Magazine is accepting memoir and creative nonfiction by writers of African descent – all writers of the African Diaspora, regardless of country of origin or residence – for their upcoming anthology Black Memoirs Matter. “Our goal,” the editors say, “is to chronicle the global Black Experience through memoir. At the same time, we are looking for universal truths that transcend race, like mental health, self-love, parenting, etc.” Submissions should be 500-4k words, written in the first person, with simultaneous and previously published works welcome. “We seriously encourage emerging and unpublished writers to apply.” Acceptance pays $50 honorarium and a print version of the anthology. There is a $25 fee with all entries also considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

May 2022 eLitPak :: Divot Reading Work for Summer Issues

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Divot reads on a rolling basis and is currently reading poetry for our summer issues! Please send us your best work. We would love to read up to 6 poems. Also, check out our Divot Poetry Chapbook Contest ending June 15, 2022. See our submission and contest guidelines. We can’t wait to hear from you! Visit website.

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Call :: June 30 Deadline to Submit to Chestnut Review’s Autumn 2022 Issue

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Online and print literary magazine Chestnut Review is open to submissions year-round. June 30 is the cutoff date to submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography for publication consideration in their Autumn 2022 issue. They guarantee a notification within 30 days or your submission fee is refunded. They also pay accepted writers and artists $120. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more.