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Calls for Submissions – September 2018

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Each month Literary Mama shares a list of current calls for submissions. Good luck sending your work out into the world!

LITERARY MAMA OPPORTUNITIES

Profiles

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. A sample of what the editors are looking for can be found in this post.

See our Submissions page for guidelines.

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Literary Reflections

The Literary Reflections department at Literary Mama seeks essays by mother writers, both established and emerging, focused on the creative process. We're looking for first-person reflections, with an intellectual as well as personal focus, which explore some aspect of reading or writing as a mother. Please send submissions of 1500-3500 words to LMreflections (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email (no attachments), along with a brief cover letter. See submissions guidelines for further information, and check out our recent blog post to get a feel for what we publish.

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After Page One

We are currently seeking guest posts for our After Page One series: 300- to 500-word guest posts that motivate, inspire, and encourage other mama writers about getting started, returning to a writing project, integrating writing with motherhood, reading, or having a positive attitude. Send submissions to LMblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com in the text of an email, and include the words "After Page One" in the subject line. Visit our submissions page and take a look at our recent Tips from the Editors blog for helpful guidelines.

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Photography

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. Please note these two excellent examples of the types of photos we seek:

Photo by Jennifer DeVille Catalano. See more of Jennifer's work at her website Someplace Serendipitous.

Photo by Anne Hurlbut. See more of Anne's work at annostudios.com

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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Reviews

The Reviews department seeks 1000 word reviews about poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction (memoir) books that address motherhood as a primary theme/subject; we also consider longer essay reviews that feature a round-up of a particular genre such as chapbooks or anthologies. We are open to both veteran and novice reviewers. Writers are welcome to pitch books they may want to review or submit reviews they have completed with Literary Mama in mind as a potential forum. We also invite reviewers to introduce themselves with relevant biographical information and clips/samples.

We exclusively publish positive reviews; although our reviews often feature critique, we favor heralding good work rather than spending time and space on work that does not merit our attention. To get a sense of our style, please read through several back issues.  Please send queries to LMreviews (at) literarymama (dot) com.

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CONTESTS

2nd Annual Sunshot Awards seeks manuscripts and collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Full publication, 100 author copies, and large cash prizes. Winners nominated for National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prize, and other prestigious awards. Click here for guidelines and details.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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The Short Story Project is seeking short stories (maximum of 2500 words) for their contest. Submission open August 1, 2018. For further details, please see these guidelines. 

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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The Sunlight Press is now accepting submissions for their 2018 Flash Fiction Contest. They are seeking flash (under 1000 words).  One winner will receive a $100.00 award, which is in addition to payment received from The Sunlight Press when the piece is published. Information can be found here.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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Woven Tale Press Poetry Competition is seeking poetry for their contest.  Submissions open July 15, 2018. For more information click here.  

Deadline: October 1, 2018

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The American Literary Review's Annual Writing Awards are open for submissions, accepting nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. $1,000 will be awarded to each winner. Click here for submission details.

Deadline: October 1, 2018

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The 2018 New Writers Awards offer $500+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), plus runners-up. See full guidelines here. 

Deadline: October 30, 2018

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The Family Narrative Project invites entries to our personal essay contest on the topic of family, where "family" is defined “broadly”. $500 prize for winning essay. See the guidelines here

Deadline: October 31, 2018

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Creative Nonfiction is looking for stories that illuminate the great variety of ways in which games have affected the lives of diverse individuals and communities—offering opportunities to fail forward within a safe context, play with possible selves and futures, collaborate with people from different backgrounds, develop professional or other skills, become protagonists in simulated worlds, or collaborate with others on solutions to real-world problems. Stories must be previously unpublished and under 4000 words. For additional guidelines, click here. 

Deadline: November 19, 2018

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JuxtaProse Magazine is now accepting submissions for their 2018 Fiction and Poetry contests. There is a $1,000 Grand Prize in each category and up to six honorable mentions will receive $100. All entries will be considered for publication. JuxtaProse welcomes established and emerging writers alike and our magazine regularly features Pulitzer Prize winners and other distinguished writers side-by-side previously unpublished voices. Information can be found here.

Deadline: November 30, 2018 

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Litmag's Virginia Woolf Award for short fiction. First prize: $3,500 plus publication in Litmag; second prize: $1,000; 5 finalists: $100 each. All entered short stories will be considered for publication. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Deadline: December 31, 2018

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ANTHOLOGIES

The Boom Project is accepting fiction, poetry, memoir, essays and interview profiles for its upcoming anthology portraying the Baby Boom generation. Writers must have been born between 1946 and 1964 and have lived or live now in the Ohio River Valley, which includes cities and towns between Pittsburgh, PA and Cairo, IL. Click here for more information about submission requirements.

Deadline: September 15, 2018

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Voices of Tomorrow Anthology - MiFi Writers, Division by Zero, is seeking short story submissions from authors ages 13-18 for its newest anthology series, Voices of Tomorrow. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words and fall into the speculative fiction genre: science fiction, fantasy, horror, steam punk, or just simply weird. We’re pretty flexible! We’d like to see stories with kids and young adults as the main characters. Stories where the heroes and heroines are challenged and solve the problems themselves. No adults coming in and saving the day! Stories filled with magic, fantastic worlds or creatures. Special powers are welcome! This is not the time for ordinary anything. Authors chosen for publication will be paid $20 plus an electronic copy of the book. Names will be listed on our website when the book is released (December 2018). Submission guidelines can be found here.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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Gabriel’s Horn is accepting submissions of poetry for an annual anthology. We are looking for poetry that is: written in traditional form, positive, uplifting, and inspirational, in particular with a focus on faith and family. $3 submission fee for up to 5 poems. Poets are paid $10 per published poem. Our theme for 2019 is JOY. We are looking for moments of joy, thoughts on joy, images or stories or moments that bring joy, learning to find or regain joy. Click here for more details. 

Deadline: March 15, 2019

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SEPTEMBER DEADLINES

Event seeks fiction with “compelling characters, plots that surprise us, narratives that move us, stories that have something new to say.” See guidelines here.

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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Sky Island Journal is dedicated to discovering the finest poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Currently reading for Issue 6. Submission guidelines are available here. 

Deadline: September 30, 2018

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OCTOBER DEADLINES

Cherry Tree is seeking short stories, creative nonfiction essays, and poems for their upcoming issue. Please visit these submission guidelines. 

Deadline: October 1, 2018

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Maryland Literary Review is now open for submissions for our premiere issue. Please send your best poems, short stories, and essays. For more details, click here. 

Deadline: October 31, 2018

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NOVEMBER DEADLINES

Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is now accepting submissions for their open reading period. Reading period begins August 30. Detailed submission guidelines available here. 

Deadline: November 30, 2018

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DECEMBER DEADLINES

Clockhouse seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2019 volume. Past volumes include works by Samiya Bashir, Lucas de Lima, Paisley Rekdal, Ira Sukrungruang among other terrific new voices. See guidelines here.

Deadline: December 1, 2018

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Glassworks Magazine seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, craft essays and art/photography for the upcoming print issue. Contributor copies provided. Click here for guidelines.

Deadline: December 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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Glassworks Magazine seeks flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays for publication in Flash Glass, our online feature. In glassworking, "flashed glass" is a specific technique by which color is not simply added, but is created by layering, opening almost unlimited possibilities of variation. The glass allows light to shine through but prevents inquisitive eyes from invading people's privacy. Send us your written work that does the same! All work published online in Flash Glass is included in a print anthology at the end of the year. Submit up to three shorts under 500 word. Find submission guidelines 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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Mastodon Publishing is a new endeavor interested in books, from instructionals teaching a hobby, fiction or poetry, history or memoir, to comics, cookbooks, and art books. We love ideas and imaginative minds, creative minds, and technical minds: anyone with good thoughts and good writing. We want to bring as diverse and uncensored a catalog to life as we can, through print and digital, from short books to large books, technical to creative. See guidelines 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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Narratively seeks original and untold human stories, delivered in the most appropriate format for each piece, from writing to short documentary films, photo essays, audio stories, and comics journalism. They accept both pitches for story ideas and completed submissions. Visit the submissions page here.

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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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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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[PANK] — PANK Magazine and PANK Books, Pankmagazine.com, the Little Book and Big Book series, fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. To the end of the road, up country, a far shore, the edge of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born, a place inhabited by contradictions, a place of quirk and startling anomaly, and no soft pink hands allowed. Find submission info here.

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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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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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Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal; they are dedicated to discovering the finest original poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. They publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices. Submit 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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Voice Of Eve is seeking women's poetry submissions. Their hope is to build a community of women who can be empowered by sharing and reading each other's work. Visit the submissions page here. 

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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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West Texas Literary Review is a print and online literary journal that seeks fiction, poetry, nonfiction and photography. They value work that is thoughtful, deliberate, authentic. The guidelines are 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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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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