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Calls for Submissions — July 2016

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On the first Wednesday of each month, Literary Mama shares a list of current calls for submissions. Good luck sending your work out into the world!

Photo by Dina Relles

Photo by Dina Relles

LITERARY MAMA OPPORTUNITIES

The Profiles department seeks "profiles of writers who are mothers, or writers who write about motherhood (who may or may not be mothers themselves), or writers who have something to say to mothers." Submissions should range from 750 to 2,500 words and may be interview (Q&A) or narrative format. More information can be found here.

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The Columns department seeks columns contracted for 11 installments (1,000-1,600 words) that are published either monthly or bimonthly.

This blog post from our senior columns editor provides details about the three essential ingredients to a successful column pitch: hook, roadmap, samples. You can review our current and retired columns to make sure your idea is one that covers new ground in new ways. Most of all, we want a story that is uniquely yours–one that you can't wait to tell, and that we can't wait to read.

Please send queries and submissions to LMcolumns (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email. Include the word "Submission" in the subject line, and allow one to three weeks for a response.

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The Literary Reflections department seeks writing by mother writers, both established and emerging, focused on the creative process or on parenting as it relates to literature. We're looking for first-person reflections with both intellectual and emotional resonance. You may choose to write about your reading, writing, or professional life. Submissions should range from 1,500-3,500 words, and more information can be found here.

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Literary Mama seeks photography submissions to pair with the posts on our site. We are looking for photos that offer unique perspectives on motherhood, and we like photos that are artful, versus those that appear staged, and that encourage us to reflect.

If you would like to feature your evocative, creative photography on Literary Mama, you can review complete submission guidelines here and send .jpg images to: LMphotos (at) literarymama (dot) com. We always give photo credits and provide a link back to the photographer's website.

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CONTESTS

The Gigantic Sequins fifth annual contests in poetry & flash fiction are open for submissions. Prizes: $100, publication of the winning piece in issue 8.1, and Factory Hollow Press gifts. Judges: Lucas de Lima (poetry); Annie Liontas (fiction). Winners and finalists will be announced in September 2016. For more information about the judging process and submission guidelines, click here.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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Mash Stories has announced the keywords for its latest flash fiction competition: "pizza," "selfie," and "corruption." $100 for the winning story, max. 500 words. Submit here.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers is open for submissions of fiction up to 6,000 words. $2,000 awarded for the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review. $20 to enter.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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The F(r)iction Spring Literary Competition is open for submissions in three categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Entry fees apply. Prize information and other submission details here.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers' Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. $20 entry fee. More details here.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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The A3 Review seeks stories of up to 150 words on the theme "Attics & Basements" for its July contest. $5 entry fee. Details here.

Deadline: July 23, 2016

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Crazyhorse's Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest is open to submissions of 1-3 shorts (up to 500 words each). $1,000 and publication for first prize; three runners up announced. $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription. More details here.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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Narrative's Spring 2016 Story Contest is open to submissions of short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction (under 15,000 words). First Prize is $2,500, Second is $1,000, Third is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries considered for publication and eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize and for acceptance as a Story of the Week. $24 submission fee.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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The Mother's Milk Books Pamphlet Prize is intended for debut poets as well as more experienced poets who may, or may not, have had full collections published beforehand. Submit a pamphlet of poetry and prose in keeping with the remit of Mother's Milk Books, i.e. mindful parenting, empowering of mothers, fathers and children, breastfeeding, gentle discipline, family/sibling relationships, familial love, home etc. Judge: Angela Topping. Detailed submission guidelines here.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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Prairie Schooner's annual summer nonfiction contest is open to all types of creative nonfiction essays up to 5,000 words. The entry fee of $20 includes a copy of the Spring 2017 issue of Prairie Schooner, in which the winning essay will appear. Guest judge, Kiese Laymon, will name a winner and finalist. The winner will receive $250 and publication. Submission details are here.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

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Proximity announced The Narrative Journalism Prize (Judge: Bronwen Dickey) and Personal Essay Prize (Judge: Paul Lisicky). Prize Issue Theme: INSIDE | OUT. Issue Editor: Maggie Messitt. "We're interested in true stories that push our understanding of what it means to be INSIDE and what it means to be OUTside. Where do you feel IN and where do you feel OUT, and what does this even mean? Show us where you're lost, you're unknown, you're on the outside looking in–or deep-dive into spaces in which you're deeply known but can see the barriers that creates for others." $5 entry fee; winner receives $200. For more detailed submission guidelines, please click here.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

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The Profane Nonfiction Prize will be judged by Dinty W. Moore. The prize is $1,000 and a blurb from the contest judge. $10 entry fee, and you may submit 2 pieces in each entry, as long as they don't exceed 7,500 words cumulatively. "There is no theme. Send us your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts and take up residence there. Tell us something filthy and unflinching; bellow something unapologetic in our face." Click here for more information and the link to submit.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

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Blue Earth Review's annual flash fiction contest is now taking submissions. Submit up to two flash fiction pieces of no more than 750 words each. $5 fee. Winner will receive $500 (1st place), $250 (2nd place), and $100 (3rd place) plus publication in an upcoming issue of Blue Earth Review.

Deadline: August 12, 2016

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2016 Tinderbox Poetry Journal contest is open to submissions of three poems / pieces (five pages max) per entry. No limitations in form or content; they are interested in everything from traditional forms to free verse to lyric essay to flash fiction. $500 for the winner; $250 for runner-up. $12 entry fee. More details here.

Deadline: August 21, 2016

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The 2016 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open for submissions of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of up to 500 words. $1,000 and publication for the winner, $250 and publication for two honorable mentions. Judge: Jim Shepard. $18 entry fee.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

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Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest is open for submissions of humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing. Details here.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

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Black Warrior Review's Twelfth Annual Contest is open to submissions of fiction/nonfiction (up to 7,000 words) and poetry (up to three poems). $1,000 and publication awarded in each category. $20 entry fee. They may consider any submission for general publication. Judges: Sofia Samatar (fiction), T Clutch Fleischmann (creative nonfiction), Hoa Nguyen (poetry). More details here.

Deadline: September 1, 2016

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Still: The Journal's 2016 Writing Contests are open for submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Prose up to 6,500 words, poems should not exceed 80 lines. "Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the many layers and complexities of the region or that is written by an author with a connection to the region." $200 each and publication for first place in each category. All other contest entries will be considered for possible publication. Judges: Amy Greene (fiction), Ellen Hagan (poetry), Sonja Livingston (creative nonfiction). $10 entry fee. More details here.

Deadline: September 6, 2016

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Hippocampus' Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction is open for submissions. Previously unpublished memoir excerpts and personal essays of up to 4,000 words are eligible. $1,000 grand prize, plus complimentary registration to HippoCamp 2017; $150 runner-up; three $25 honorable mentions. $12 entry fee. For more details, click here. To submit, click here.

Deadline: September 23, 2016

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Bath Flash Fiction Award is an international rolling flash fiction competition (300 word limit). Each award runs for 4 months. Judging takes place quickly with a top prize of £1000, £300 second, and £100 third. At the close of each competition, the next competition begins. All entrants considered for publication in forthcoming Bath Flash Fiction Award Anthology, due out the end of 2016. Submission details here.

Deadline: October 16, 2016

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ANTHOLOGIES

Life in 10 Minutes, an online magazine publishing flash nonfiction and poetry, is creating its first anthology. Submit creative nonfiction pieces (100-600 words) written in 10-minute bursts. "Do not edit the life out of your writing. Let it rip. Tell it like it is. Speak to us. Invoke a feeling. Tell the truth. Tell your truth. Dig deep and then dig deeper. Start in the present moment and wind your way backwards through time." Details and guidelines for submitting here.

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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The Shell Game is an anthology to be published by University of Nebraska Press featuring essays in which writers borrow readymade forms. "Within the recent explosion of creative nonfiction, a curious new sub-genre is quietly emerging. Hybrids in the truest sense, 'hermit crab' essays borrow their structures from ordinary, extra-literary sources (a recipe, a police report, a pack of cards, an obituary…) to use as a framework for a lyric meditation on the chosen subject." Editor: Kim Adrian. Payment: $100, two copies of anthology, plus $100 coupon to UNP Books. Send previously unpublished manuscripts (750-8,000 words) via Submittable.

Deadline: August 1, 2016 (EXTENDED)

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Mother's Milk Books, publisher of work that empowers parents and normalizes breastfeeding, is looking for short stories and flash fiction (500-5,000 words) for a collection called The Forgotten and the Fantastical (the third in an annual anthology of fairy tales, sci-fi, and fantastical stories).

Submissions are free, but you need to purchase a copy of one of the previous collections to enter. Please click here for more information.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

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Little Fiction's ROADS LESS TRAVELLED will be a fiction and nonfiction anthology of stories that often go untold. But that we all need to hear.

"The road can be any kind of journey — a life experience that details a metaphorical path, or a fictional story about a road trip. Or vice versa. We want to know about the paths that are unique to your life (your struggles / your joys) or the lives of your diverse characters."

Submissions should be somewhere between 1,500 – 2,500 words, previously unpublished, and can be sent to anthology@littlefiction.com. For more detailed information, click here.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

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The "Hysterical" anthology seeks to rewrite medical histories and make history at the same time. The ultimate goal: strip the medical establishment of sexist labels like "hysterical" so women can get the care they really need. With that goal in mind, "Hysterical" will publish nonfiction on themes such as painful conditions connected to childhood, times when someone in the medical profession dismissed your pain as psychosomatic, detrimental effects of pain medication, etc. For more specific guidelines and theme descriptions, please see here. Submissions of under 3,000 words can be sent as either a Word attachment, or through Google Docs, to hystericalanthology@gmail.com.

Deadline: September 1, 2016

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JULY DEADLINES

KiCam Projects is accepting submissions for nonfiction books that tell stories of survival and recovery from illness, addiction, tragedy or other challenges that will inspire and empower audiences. KiCam's mission is to change the world one great story at a time. In additional to a traditional compensation model, KiCam invites its authors and collaborators to select a nonprofit organization that will benefit from a portion of the proceeds of their books and projects. Submissions should include a cover letter, one-paragraph summary, author/artist biography, synopsis and table of contents. Please send to submissions@kicamprojects.com.

Deadline: July 29, 2016 (for fall 2017 releases)

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Midwestern Gothic's Flash Fiction Series is taking place this month. They will supply a compelling image from their photography archive and invite writers to respond by writing short fiction inspired by the photo of up to 500 words. Each image will stay up for one week—the top three entries that they feel best represent the photo in question will be published on the Midwestern Gothic website. Two more prompts remain. Check the site for them on July 8 and July 22. More details here.

Deadlines: July 16 / July 30, 2016

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Split Lip Magazine is open to FREE fiction, poetry, and memoir submissions during the month of July. For genre-specific guidelines and links to submit, please see here.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 12! The elements are Relic, Passageway, and Kiss. All three words must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements.

They have published new and well-known writers and artists from all over the world, and more than 90% of their content is unsolicited. Issue 12 will be released October 1. To submit, please click here.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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Third Point Press is open to submissions of art/fiction/poetry. "We want you to send us the stuff you know is good. We want to see the not-quite-genre and not-quite-literary. We like experiments and minimalism and conceptual writing. We like magical realism and absurdism and underrepresented perspectives." $10 payment per contributor. Submission guidelines are here; submit here.

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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AUGUST DEADLINES

The New Territory, a magazine that aims to help Midwest-based writers and photographers publish their best stories and dream projects, seeks journalism pitches, literature submissions, and photography/art. For details, click here.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

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Mom Egg Review is seeking the best work (poetry, fiction, prose) by mothers who are writers and by others about mothering and motherhood. Full guidelines here.

Deadline: August 15, 2016

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Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks original essays (up to 4,000 words) about teaching—whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop. "Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach." $1,000 for best essay, $500 for runner-up, all essays considered for publication in its spring 2017 issue. $20 reading fee (waived for current subscribers). More info here.

Deadline: August 29, 2016

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Tahoma Literary Review is open to submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash for their eighth reading period. Details here.

Deadline: August 31, 2016

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SEPTEMBER DEADLINES

The Fourth River seeks submissions (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork) for print Issue 14, Juvenescence, a themed feature that explores what it means to be young in our environments, whether urban or rural, human-made or natural. With this feature, we hope to emphasize and celebrate the ways in which the place we begin shapes the person we become. Payment is two copies of the journal. Detailed submission info here.

Deadline: September 1, 2016

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Jenny Magazine has announced a special theme issue dedicated to women writers and artists. For specific information on how to submit drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, please visit their Submittable page.

Deadline: September 10, 2016

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New South is open to micro prose submissions (up to 500 words) for publication online. Details here.

Deadline: September 30, 2016

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OCTOBER DEADLINES

NANO Fiction seeks flash fiction submissions (max 300 words) particularly on the topics of milestones and transitions for Issue 10.1. "What happens when you reach a significant milestone? What challenges and joys await people or systems undergoing a kind of transition? What surprises emerge as things reach an anniversary or come to an end? How have different characters commemorated anniversaries or accomplishments, and how have those commemorations unfolded in unexpected ways? What happens after the big milestone? We're thinking about cyclical events, rites of passage, death, rebirth, return. Send us your work on transitions, on endings, on anniversaries or apocalypse. Regardless of subject matter, we are looking for work that experiments with form while still balancing narrative." You can submit here.

Deadline: October 1, 2016

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The Timberline Review welcomes new work from established and emerging writers. Short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry — tell us about life! Tell us a story! Prose submissions should aim for under 5,000 words; up to five poems per submission. $5 submission fee for non-members. Each published contributor will receive a payment of $25 and one copy of the journal. Click here for more detailed guidelines and the link to submit.

Deadline: October 15, 2016

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DECEMBER DEADLINES

The Indianola Review is open to submissions of fiction (up to 7,500 words), nonfiction (up to 7,500 words), and poetry (3-5 pieces). Paying market. For detailed submission information, please click here.

Deadline: December 15, 2016

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ROLLING SUBMISSIONS

Akashic Books (of Go the F*ck to Sleep fame) seeks submissions for their Terrible Twosdays series. "Are you a parent going through the Terrible Twos? Did you live through them and survive? Terrible Twosdays is a place to commiserate over the unending shenanigans of your Darling Children (as the online parenting communities say)." Stories must not exceed 750 words. E-mail your submission to info@akashicbooks.com. More details here.

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Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies is open to submissions in all disciplines. Assay "publishes the best peer-reviewed critical scholarship of creative nonfiction to provide a space for work that elevates the genre in an academic setting." For more information on what they are looking for and how to submit, please click here.

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BoomerLitMag, a quarterly online literary magazine mostly by or about Boomers, is seeking previously unpublished stories, poems, and essays for its fourth (spring 2016) issue. Short stories particularly welcome.

Simultaneous submissions, if marked as such, accepted. Three to seven pages of poetry and up to 25 pages of prose. All subjects welcome. You don't have to be a Boomer to publish here. When sending material, please type "poetry" or "prose" in the subject line. Email to submissions@boomerlitmag.com.

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Break the Parenting Mold seeks submissions of syndicated or original posts. This is an online community dedicated to strength in community, lifting up parents of children with special needs and offering support by sharing individual stories. Lists (at least 400 words) or essays (at least 600 words) welcome.

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The Chaos is a new journal of personal narrative that seeks creative nonfiction essays (250-2,500 words) from emerging and established writers for its inaugural issue. They're committed to supporting storytellers with strong voices and unique perspectives on the chaos that is life. Email submissions to thechaosjournal [at] gmail [dot] com, and see their website for more information.

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Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is reading for its Fall issue. They publish work by both emerging and established writers and accept fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, articles on the craft of writing—both practical and inspirational, interviews with established writers, literary agents, editors, etc., excerpts from traditionally published works, photography and artwork. Detailed submission guidelines can be found here.

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The Establishment "is looking to unearth overlooked stories, produce original reporting, and provide a platform for voices that have been marginalized by the mainstream media. And yes, we want your humor, wit, and good old-fashioned satire, too. We publish originally reported features, interviews, long-form journalism, personal essays, and multimedia of all shapes, sizes, and creeds." All contributors paid. Details on how to pitch can be found here.

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The Fem, a literary journal that publishes feminist, diverse, and inclusive creative works, is now open to feminist poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions. For detailed submission guidelines, please click here.

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Front Porch is now accepting flash fiction, short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction. "Please submit only one piece of fiction and nonfiction at a time (up to or around 5,500 words), and no more than five poems at a time as DOC or RTF files only. Make sure your name and the page number appear on each page of the document." For more information and the link to submit, please click here.

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Glass Poetry Press is interested in poetry submissions that enact the artistic and creative precision of glass. "We are not bound by any specific aesthetic; our only mission is to publish collections of high quality writing. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and 'light' verse are less likely to inspire us. We like poems that show a careful understanding of language, music, passion and creativity." To submit, click here.

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Gravel is "interested in fiction and creative nonfiction anywhere from 25 to 3,000 words in length, poetry (no more than 3 poems per submission, and you can submit all of them at the same time on Submittable), photo essays, artwork, comics, video, hybrid—look, we've got eclectic tastes here." Detailed guidelines and the link to submit can be found here.

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KERNPUNKT Press is currently reading manuscripts of literary fiction, art & architecture, science fiction, historical fiction, and children's books. For more information and the link to submit, please click here.

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Lady Literary Magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, essays on writing, and poetry from female writers of all ages. Fiction and creative nonfiction: up to 5,000 words; essays: up to 3,000 words; no word limit for poetry. As a literary magazine, they are seeking complex, multi-layered work. No genre fiction or simultaneous submissions. All pieces can be sent to submissions@ladyliterarymag.com. More information here.

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Mamalode announced a July theme of "Explore." This online magazine pays for publications. Submissions are ongoing, including topical pieces not related to the theme. You can submit here.

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Maximum Middle Age, a new online pop culture magazine for women of a certain age, is open for submissions in various categories ("Hardcore Feminist," "The Domestic Arts," "Back in the Day," "Beauty Industrial Complex," "Family Ties," and Dr. Feelgood"). For more information on each category and submission details, click here.

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MidAmerican Fiction & Photography is seeking short fiction of no more than 8,000 words. All genres except erotica. Either the story must take place in the American Midwest or the author must be from the Midwest. Email the story as an attachment to MAFP@comcast.net, along with a bio. They strive to respond within two weeks. Detailed submission guidelines are here.

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Minola accepts poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and visual art exclusively from those who identify as women. They are "interested in the fearless and unsympathetic, featuring only work that goes where others are uncomfortable or afraid to go, collecting raw yet well-crafted work to create a space that is honest about the otherwise under-represented female experience." Email submissions and cover letter to minolareview@gmail.com. Specific submission guidelines can be found here.

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Moonglasses Magazine is a new, student-run literary journal seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash, and other eclectic work like "Between the Couch Cushions" and "Things We Wrote When We Had Acne." "We're interested in weird, experimental writing that contains absurd and irreverent humor, meta-fictional elements, and works that subvert/push the boundaries of typical fiction, nonfiction, or poetry." For more specific submission guidelines, click here.

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Mothers Always Write, an online literary magazine for mothers by mother writers, is seeking submissions of poetry (up to 3 poems) and essays (up to 2,000 words) about the parenting experience. Tell us your beautiful story about motherhood. Please see their writer's guidelines for specific requirements and suggested monthly themes at the site.

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Motherwell, a new publication that tells all sides of the parenting story, is open to submissions of personal essays (up to 1,200 words), opinion pieces (1,200 words), dialogues (1,000 words), and dilemmas (800 words). Original submissions only. Paying market. Co-founders: Randi Olin and Lauren Apfel. For genre-specific submission guidelines, please visit their Submittable page.

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Multiples Illuminated, a site for parents of multiples, is open to submissions on an ongoing basis. They are looking for parents of twins, triplets or more to share their story, advice and/or tips. Types of essays may include stories and/or advice on raising multiples at all ages, from birth to teens and adulthood, infertility and trying to conceive, experiences in the NICU, breastfeeding, and even birthday party ideas. They accept syndicated posts as well as those not previously published. For original posts, submit a pitch first. Email all submissions to multiplesilluminated@gmail.com. Click here for more detailed submission information.

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MUTHA Magazine, exploring real-life motherhood from every angle, at every stage, seeks personal essays (~1,500 words), comics / graphic narratives / photo essays, and select interview pitches. MUTHA is a labor-of-love for all involved and does not pay at this time; ongoing open submissions; no reading fees; may take 3-4 weeks to respond to submissions (sometimes faster!). Editor: Meg Lemke c/o muthamagazine@gmail.com.

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Mystery Weekly, a short story mystery magazine, seeks short mysteries (up to 8,000 words). Published in both weekly and monthly editions, Mystery Weekly Magazine presents crime and mystery short stories by some of the world's best established and emerging mystery writers that run the gamut from cozy to hardboiled fiction. They hope to build and nurture an online community of mystery enthusiasts and create a new market for talented crime fiction writers. Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. Click here to read their guidelines and submit your story.

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One for One Thousand is a virtual literary journal that pairs photography and prose. Prose: Submit 1,000-word stories or narrative essays inspired by a photo. Photography: Submit photographs that inspire an opening into a potential world. Seeking submissions in both categories; they will include hyperlinks to the photographer's or writer's chosen site. They also provide a unique workshop and editing process that involves all of their editors with live commentary. More information on how to submit here.

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Outsider Poetry, a literary review for those who create with mental illness, are self-trained, or create art and poetry that challenges cultural and academic norms, is accepting submissions at all times and is open to poets of all experience levels. Submit work via email to either Olivia Suchs at oliviasuchs@gmail.com or Thomas Vaultonburg at vaultonburg@gmail.com. Editors will respond to submissions promptly.

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Pithead Chapel, an online journal of gutsy narratives, seeks essays (personal, memoir, lyric, experimental, etc.) under 4,000 words. For detailed submission guidelines and to submit, please see here.

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A Quiet Courage is an online literary journal that publishes microfiction and poetry 100 words or less (titles not included). "We seek your absolute best writing. No deadlines, submissions rolling. No submission fees. We are a non-paying market. We consider writing in Spanish too, with exact English translations. We have a special affinity for Holocaust-related writing, but we consider writing about all kinds of subjects and topics." For more information and specific submission guidelines, please click here.

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Raising Mothers seeks well-written, original first-person essays (1,000-2,000 words max) about anything and everything related to motherhood. All are welcome, but an effort is made to highlight the voices of multiracial/multi-cultural families and mothers of color. Essays should have a literary quality: strong, engaging work without it being at all academic. Excerpts of larger works and poetry (up to 3 poems) also accepted. At this time, they are specifically looking for pieces on step-parenting, raising a child with special needs, and adopting children of color. Submission details can be found here.

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SmokeLong's Global Flash Series is now open to stories 600 words or fewer in French, Spanish, Danish, and German. Submit here.

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Storm Cellar, a national literary arts magazine with a special emphasis on the Midwest, is open to submissions of unpublished, amazing writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash) and images. They'd love to see more art, photos, diagrams, graphic narratives. For more detailed information, please visit their Submittable page.

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Storychord is now seeking visual art, short fiction, and songs for publication. Every other Monday, Storychord.com features one story + one image + a one-song soundtrack—each by a different, underexposed artist—for a collaborative, multi-media storytelling experience. For detailed submission information, click here.

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Tell Us a Story publishes stories (less than 2,000 words) that are true and happened to the author. One new story every Wednesday, occasionally with original art. Also interested in very short stories (flash [non]fiction), experimental stories, poems, or plays as long as they are true. You can find submission details here.

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The Time Gap aims to promote intergenerational dialogue and understanding through the sharing of user submitted essays and stories. May's theme will be "When I was 20..." focusing on events that happened to someone when they were 20, essays capturing what it is currently like to be 20, or young people discussing their hopes and goals for when they are 20. Interviews of children welcome.

No pay (yet). Writers retain all rights. Submit a photo of the subject, if possible, for use on the site. Send all essay/interview submissions (preferably under 2,000 words) to thetimegap@gmail.com. Blog to launch May 1.

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Tethered by Letters launched Dually Noted, an online group writing project. New and established writers from around the world come together to create one ongoing story through weekly installments. Those interested in adding the next section of the story should submit their 500-word addition before the next Friday night deadline. The editor will publish the best submission at the beginning of each week. For submission specifics and formatting information, please click here, and submit here.

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True Story is a new monthly magazine put out by Creative Nonfiction, set to debut this fall. Each issue will feature one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, distributed in print and digitally. They seek previously unpublished works of narrative nonfiction between 3,500 and 7,000 words on any subject, in any style. Writer will receive $300 upon publication and 10 free copies of the issue. Guidelines can be found here; submit here.

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Under the Gum Tree is a quarterly literary arts magazine that seeks creative nonfiction submissions year-round. For details, see here.

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Vela has launched a new column on motherhood, Milestones, curated by Sarah Menkedick. The column "wants to encourage more women to explore the depths and possibilities of this fundamental subject, exploring motherhood as milestone; as consciousness; as daily routine; as radical or gradual shift; as feminist awakening; as voyage; as challenge; as corporeal and spiritual and intellectual condition." Milestones will publish essays between 1,000 and 3,000 words, as well as occasional interviews and reviews. Please see Vela's submission guidelines for more information.

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WhiskeyPaper is now open to submissions. "We accept short stories. Flash fiction. A collection of short-shorts. It's all good as long as it doesn't exceed 1000 words." Detailed submission information here.

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Willow Springs is open to nonfiction submissions all year. Contributors paid $100 per published long-form prose piece, $40 for short prose. $3 reading fee for all submissions. More info here.

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YARN, an award-winning YA literary journal, is open for submissions for the Spring-Summer 2016 edition. YARN welcomes submissions of short stories, essays, and poetry written for a YA audience. Please read some of the journal, and their submission guidelines, before sending.

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Youshare is seeking true, personal stories about life-shaping events or experiences – in the form of written essays, audio and video essays, and photo essays – from storytellers of all skill levels. Around 1,000 words recommended for print submissions; a 2-minute minimum is recommended for audio and video essays; a 5-photo minimum is recommended for photo essays. Please click here to learn more and submit.

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If you have information on calls for submissions not listed here that you think Literary Mama readers would appreciate, please e-mail us at lmblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. 


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