Category Calls for Submissions

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

Call :: Remember Atmosphere Press Reading Book Manuscripts in All Genres

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Deadline: Rolling
Atmosphere Press is currently seeking book manuscripts from diverse voices. There’s no submission fee, and if your manuscript is selected, we’ll be the publisher you’ve always wanted: attentive, organized, on schedule, and professional. We use a model in which the author funds the publication of the book, but retains 100% rights, royalties, and artistic autonomy. This year Atmosphere authors have received featured reviews with Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. Submit your book manuscript at

Call :: Chicken Soup for the Soul Wants Your Story for My Wonderful, Wacky Family!

Deadline: April 30, 2022
We all have them! Those eccentric, goofy, wacky, lovable, and oh-so-fun family members—the ones we tell all the stories about. They could be a parent or grandparent, an in-law, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin. Share your true stories and poems about those family members. With love and appreciation, please. No mean-spirited stories wanted. If we publish your piece, you will be paid $200 plus 10 free copies of the book. Writing guidelines and more info at

Call :: Daily Stories of Fifty Words or Less Straight into Your Inbox

Screenshot of Vine Leaves Press daily micro fiction newsletter 50 Give or Take

Deadline: Rolling
If a reader signs up to 50 Give or Take, they will receive daily micro fiction of fifty words or less straight into their inbox. Despite popular opinion, the name 50 Give or Take doesn’t refer to the number of words in the story. It is a metaphor for what we, as readers and writers, give and take emotionally from the written word. Do you write flash fiction? Then submit! We publish all accepted stories in a print collection every November 6. All you have to do is submit your story, one-line bio, and vertical photo of yourself. Info here:

Call :: South 85 Journal Open Submissions 2022

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Deadline: April 15, 2022
South 85 Journal
is the semi-annual online by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program. We publish fiction, non-fiction and poetry by new, emerging, and established writers. We consider all quality work and are especially interested in pieces that demonstrate a strong voice and sense of place. We nominate for Best of the Net and Pushcart. South 85 Journal Submission Manager

Call :: Chestnut Review Invites Stubborn Artists to Submit

Deadline: Year-round
Chestnut Review, a literary magazine 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 $120. 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! Reading for the Summer 2022 issue through March 31.

Call :: Kings River Review Call for 2-Year College Student Submissions

Kings River Review logo

Deadline: April 1, 2022
The Kings River Review publishes artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of current 2-year community college students. Submission Deadlines: April 1 for the spring issue and October 15 for the fall issue. Submission requirements: up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography sent as .JPEG files; creative nonfiction and fiction of up to 3,000 words; and up to 5 poems. Go to for full submission guidelines.

Call :: Sky Island Journal: Issue 20 (Spring 2022) Call for Submissions

Sly Island Issue 19 cover

Deadline: March 31, 2022
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 100,000 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 response detailing what we appreciated. Enjoy our previous issues and submit to our stunning Issue 20 before midnight on March 31st, at

Call :: Chicken Soup for the Soul Wants Your Story for The Magic of Christmas!

Deadline: May 1, 2022
It may be March, but at Chicken Soup for the Soul we are still thinking about the magic of Christmas. Share your winter holiday memories and traditions with our readers, from the heartwarming to the hilarious. Everything from Thanksgiving, to Hanukkah, to Christmas, to New Year’s. Be sure the stories are “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for precocious readers! If we publish your piece, you will be paid $200 plus 10 free copies of the book. Writing guidelines and more info at

Weekly Round-up of Calls & Contests :: February 26, 2022

February is officially over with after Monday. It doesn’t seem possible. Don’t let the shortest month of the year deter your writing goals! Check out all the submission opportunities featured on NewPages this past week while enjoying our new virtual duds. Don’t forget newsletter subscribers get early access to these opportunities and to our monthly eLitPak, so subscribe today if you haven’t already.

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