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Calls for Submissions – February 2018

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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!

CONTESTS

The Furious Flower Poetry Center is seeking submissions for its first annual Furious Flower Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winner and an honorable mention entrant will receive $500. Both poets will be invited to James Madison University for a public reading in April and their winning submissions, as well as those from a selection of finalists, will be published in Illinois State University’s Obsidian journal. The prize is open to poets who have published no more than one collection of poetry (excluding self-published collections and chapbooks). Visit our website for complete guidelines and access to the submission portal.

Deadline: February 11, 2018

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The Texas Poetry Calendar 2019 seeks submissions of short poems about the culture(s), geography or iconography of Texas, broadly defined. We pay contributors for the work we publish. See this site for guidelines.

Deadline: February 20, 2018

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The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books’ annual poetry competition for a first or second full-length collection of poems by a woman. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Our definition of “woman” includes all women, including transgender and all other female-identified individuals. Visit the site for details.

Deadline: March 1, 2018

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Iron Horse Literary Review is accepting submissions for the annual IHLR chapbook competition--this year, a brief collection of poetry. Entries must be between 28 and 36 manuscript pages. While individual poems in the chapbook may have been published elsewhere, the chapbook as a whole must be previously unpublished. The $18 entry fee includes a one year's subscription to IHLR. The winner receives 1,000 and 15 free copies. We'll announce finalists in late spring; the winner in early summer. For specifics regarding submissions, visit our webpage.

Deadline: March 26, 2018

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The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in PoetryFiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). To submit, please visit our online submission manager.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

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ANTHOLOGIES

antiBODY, an online poetry anthology, seeks submissions of poems about the human body and the use of, connection to, and/or necessity for medical apparatuses in all their forms. Previously published poems are eligible if the writer maintains rights to the work. Submit 1–4 poems of any form or length and a short bio to antibodypoetry (at) gmail (dot) com (inquiries welcome).

Deadline: February 28, 2018

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Shhhh… Murder! is an anthology scheduled for release in late spring and timed for summer reading. This anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. Extra points will be shamelessly awarded to writers with personal ties to libraries. We are looking for stories from 2500 to 5000 words, but will consider stories outside that range, at our discretion. Contributors will share equally fifty percent of the royalties received. We expect between fifteen and twenty stories to be accepted and are aiming at a volume length of around eighty-five thousand words, and around two-hundred and thirty pages—all dependent, obviously, upon the length of the material chosen. We will accept work previously published, provided it was not published after May of 2017, and that you hold the rights. Simultaneous submissions are fine, with the usual proviso that we should be notified should the work be accepted elsewhere, so that we may withdraw it from consideration. Submissions and questions may be sent to submissions (at) darkhousebooks (dot) com.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

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TallGrass Writers Guild Anthology seeks poetry, short fiction and essays. Prizes: $1,000—$500 each for poetry and prose.  Theme is: 'THE STARS’; Especially interested in poetry.  Can be about the constellations; rites and rituals associated with stars; iconic symbols on flags; astronomy; astrology; celestial navigation; having stars in your eyes; ‘seeing stars’ from injuries; celebrities; the Oscars and Golden Globe Awards; film festivals; MVPs; Cooperstown; Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame; and more. We interpret themes broadly. Planned publication date: early fall 2018. Check out complete guidelines for details.

Deadline: March 31, 2018

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FEBRUARY DEADLINES

Seshat is looking to release its second issue this spring. We are accepting poetry, fiction (up to 7000 words), creative non-fiction (up to 7000 words), art, and photography. No submission fee. All published pieces will be considered for Best of the Net nominations. We are mostly looking for young writers who are homeschooled or have been homeschooled in the past. However, all ages (13+) are encouraged to submit to this journal. Visit the site for more details.

Deadline: February 15, 2018

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Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks true stories and poetry. We are looking for stories that contain a great piece of advice that you were given or advice that you gave to someone else. Whether the advice is about a little thing that improve your everyday life or major epiphanies that can change a life completely, we want to hear about them and how they made a difference. Payment: $200. Click here for details.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

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Cowboy Jamboree Spring 2017's Issue theme comes from one of our favorite opening lines in the history of literature: "My Dog Died." The guy who wrote that is one of our favorite authors and if you got stuff like his, we'd like to see it, but any grit lit writing that circles around that theme is what we want. We've featured bestsellers, hall of famers, and book award winners alongside emerging writers in our rag. We dig short stories, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, vignettes/prose poetry, photography, and illustration. As always we like our stuff gritty and rough-edged in some way. See our website for past issues, submission guidelines, authors we dig, and style preferences.

Deadline: February 28, 2018 (or earlier if we meet our acceptance for volume)

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Ninth Letter seeks poetry and essays. Ninth Letter is published semi-annually at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. Please read the complete guidelines in the category to which you are submitting work. Payment: $25 per page. Details here.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

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MARCH DEADLINES

Angles is seeking poetry, fiction, essays, visual art, & photography from college-aged writers & artists. We especially want work that cares about language and pays close attention to it, uses form and structure purposefully, and isn’t afraid to take risks. We value traditions but are keen on challenging them. Send us your work on our Submittable site.

Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Eye to the Telescope explores the theme of “Time.” The editor seeks poems about time travel, time machines, time lords, history-hopping, alternate timelines, clocks, white rabbits, the quotidian, and odes to years past and future. Send poems that cover a single life in a few lines, broad interpretations of the theme such as characters who have little time or eternity to live, or quantum theory and continuums. Any genre or form, writers of all backgrounds encouraged to submit. Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication. You can find our full guidelines here.

Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Gyroscope Review, a quarterly journal of contemporary poetry, seeks contemporary poetry submissions in two categories for its Spring 2018 - Third Anniversary Issue. Our general category guidelines are available here. Our special themed category, in honor of our third anniversary, is seeking poetry linked to the theme of "threes." Those guidelines are available here.

Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Ponder Review is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, and visual art for Volume 2, Issue 1. We want your best writing on any topic! We have a low $2 submission fee and are a non-paying market. Contributors receive one copy of the issue in which their work appears, and everyone who submits receives discounted single-copy and subscription rates. Submit here.

Deadline: March 15, 2018

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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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The American Journal of Poetry is now reading for Volume Five. Please visit us to read Volume Three (dedicated to the memories of Mary Louise Arlen and Marjorie Joan Wilson): 300+ poems by 160+ poets from the world over, from beginners to the most renowned. A unique voice is prized. Be bold and uncensored. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." Long poems welcome. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager Submittable. There is a small reading fee.

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Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine seeks essays, stories, and poems that capture the essence and immediacy of the beast. Animal is a subject-specific litmag, however loosely we define “animal.” In some form, we want a literal beast as a central character or motif. Render on the page what is both alien and familiar about an animal, animals, or being “animal.” Our submission guidelines are available 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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Balloons Literary Journal (BLJ) is looking for extraordinary poetry, short stories, and artwork for our young audience (12+). BLJ publishes twice a year and we are open to all themes and generations of writers and artists. Every issue is downloadable for free as a PDF and contributors get a print copy as payment. Please visit the site for details.

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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. Submission guidelines available here.

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Carbon Culture Review is a journal at the intersection of new literature, art, technology and contemporary culture. They are seeking well crafted poetry, short stories, memoir and reviews. We are open to all types of work on any subject matter, but are also actively seeking submissions on technology, culture and art and also fiction related to those themes written by or for or about women and mothers and or family. Submission guidelines are available here

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Carbon will begin publishing books from our in early 2018. They are looking for poetry, novels, short fiction, memoir and experimental full length books on any subject, in any genre. Submission guidelines available here.

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Cecile's Writers Magazine is a digital publication focused on intercultural writers.  Writers with a mixed heritage or who have lived abroad or write in English as a second language are all welcome.  Whether previously unpublished or veterans, we work closely with writers.  We accept previously unpublished flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, novel excerpts, personal essays, plays and poetry.  Please see our guidelines on submitting.

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The Cossack Review is open for submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and works in translation. We seek thoughtful, surprising writing, and have published meaningful work from both well-known and emerging writers since 2012. As always, we especially seek submissions from women, people of color, and new and diverse writers. Submission guidelines available here.

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C&R Press is open for submissions and are accepting compelling literary work about all aspects of life which includes fiction and memoirs about women and families. They are accepting submissions for novels, essay collections, short story collects, memoirs, cross-genre, and experimental manuscripts. Submission information is available here. 

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Dying Dahlia Review is an online literary journal seeking poetry, flash fiction and art by women writers and women artists. We are looking for work that is brief, but powerful. To get a better idea of what we are looking for, check out our archive section on our website at Dying Dahlia Review. Submit up to 5 poems or 3 flash fiction stories. For more information on how to submit, click here. 

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Edify Fiction seeks submissions for our new online magazine Edify Fiction.  This magazine's focus is positive/uplifting work.  We accept short stories, flash fiction, poetry, photography, and digital art. Guidelines available 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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The Forge Literary Magazine seeks fiction and nonfiction submissions. While we prefer work below 3,000 words, we will consider work of rare quality up to 5,000 words. Since we are a diverse, international group of writers, our tastes and styles are wide-ranging. Submissions are read anonymously year-round. We publish one prose piece per week selected by a rotating cast of editors. Our selection is competitive, so send us your best! There is no fee to submit, and we pay all contributors. Visit our website for better insight into who we are and what we publish.

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FunnyInFiveHundred dares you to fit as many laughs into 500 words as possible. We are seeking funny stories in under 500 words (are you a closet Mark Twain?), and humorous monologues in under 500 words (like a stand-up routine). Submissions are accepted year-round. Visit the submissions page to submit your work.

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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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Gazing Grain Press is an inclusive feminist press, and we are currently seeking submissions of reviews or micro-reviews of new chapbooks (poetry, prose, or hybrid) for publication on our blog. More details can be found here.

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Helen: A Literary Magazine is looking for flash fiction that opens us up in unexpected ways, poems that enrich us, artwork and photography that challenge and dazzle us, and essays that pour us into your world. We pay token to semi-professional. For more information, visit the submissions page.

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HerStories Project is looking for the kind of writing that moves us, amazes us, and makes us wish that we had written it ourselves. As always, we to highlight the best of women's voices and show the uniqueness and commonalities of women's experiences, We are continuing with our monthly themes - October's is fear and November's is gratitude. Please visit our site for submissions guidelines.

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Hip Mama seeks personal essays or articles related to mothering. Visit our site for submission details.
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In Flux is looking for artists and writers to submit that exhibit facets of everyday moments, thoughts, and dreams. Contributing artists and writers must be of high school or college age. Because it is a relatively new magazine, submissions will be confirmed within 24 hours and the staff is easily contactable. This is a good opportunity to creators to get feedback on their work as well as get exposure. More details on submission requirements are on our website.

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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. More information here.

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Mamalode 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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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." Specific submission guidelines can be found 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 is a publication that tells all sides of the parenting story. It 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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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. Submission guidelines available here.

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Mystery Weekly, a short story mystery magazine, seeks short mysteries (1,000-10,000 words). 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. Click here to read guidelines and submit.

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New Reader Magazine, a young online literary, arts, and culture journal, seeks contributions to the first issue of our quarterly, slated for March 2018, and for the journal’s website. Visit the submissions page for details.

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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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Peacock Journal a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks original submissions of Fiction, Art, Photography, Translations, Non-Fiction and Poetry from emerging and established writers and artists. We want to see your most beautiful work, however you define the term. Submissions are read year round. For more details please visit our Guidelines page, and for our aesthetic preferences, please read our About page. Submit work here.

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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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Poor Yorick, A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets.  The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in dusty corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

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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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Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities a student-run journal published by the Ringling College of Art and Design, seeks unpublished creative work for its inaugural issue. We welcome new, emerging, and established writers to submit fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, graphic texts, or other text-based work in English or in translation. We want to see your best work, regardless of style, form, subject matter, or genre. We’re especially interested in literary oddities–language-based creations that push boundaries, challenge expectations, and defy easy categorization. Submission details 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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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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Succor Press is launching a literary journal called Succor, and fiction submissions are open for the inaugural issue. There's no theme or particular focus beyond well-crafted writing. Submissions are free and payment in copies. For submission specifics, please click here.

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The Sunlight Press is an online digital literary journal for new and established voices and is open to submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, book reviews and photography. For submission specifics, please click  here.

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Under the Gum Tree is a quarterly literary arts magazine that seeks creative nonfiction submissions year-round. Details available here.

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Vela publishes nonfiction written by women. They are particularly interested in narrative nonfiction, essays with a research and/or reporting component, and literary journalism with a unique, compelling voice. For more detailed information, please see their submission guidelines.

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Waxwing is reading submissions of poetry, short fiction, and literary essays until May 1; translations of poetry and literary prose are read year-round. Poets should send one to five poems, and prose writers one story, essay, novella, or novel chapter (or up to three short-short stories or micro-essays). Submission details here.

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wildness is an online literary and arts journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers and artists. Please check out our guidelines: readwildness.com/submit

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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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The Woven Tale Press welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, flash fiction and the experimental. We also consider literary works accompanied by original art images. For more information, our submission guidelines are available here.

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400 and Falling Press seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, visual art, creative non-fiction and criticism for the first issue of its Journal of the Arts and Literature. Submission guidelines available here. 

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ZiN Daily is the living document and online creative laboratory of ZVONA i NARI in Istria, Croatia, where literature happens every day. ZiN Daily is specifically looking for boundary- and border-crossing work that illuminates underexplored connections as we build a common platform for mutual solidarity and exchange. We seek visual arts, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in English, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, French, German, and Italian. Translations are strongly encouraged. Submission guidelines are available here. 

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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