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Calls for Submissions – August 2019

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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

Fiction

The Fiction department at Literary Mama seeks fiction under 5,000 words about all aspects of motherhood. We look for pieces with strong narrative structure, great characters, interesting settings, beautiful language, and complicated themes. See our submissions guidelines. For additional information, check out this blog post for tips on what we look for.

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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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Where Are They Now

Do you have a story to tell about how Literary Mama played a role in the development of your writing career? If so, please share it with us in under 500 words at LMblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com. As we look back on fifteen years of publishing mother writers, we'd love to revisit your past work and feature your recent successes in a new blog series, “Where Are They Now.”

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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:

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.

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

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

The Earnest J. Gaines Award— judged by Anthony Grooms, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers is now open to submissions from emerging African-American fiction writers. The annual $15,000 cash prize is to support the writer and help them focus on their craft. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: August 15, 2019

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The Indiana Review 2019 1/2 K prize is open! Send up to 3 pieces of any genre, 500 words or less. The winner will receive a $1000 prize and publication. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: August 15, 2019

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New Visions Writing Award is accepting submissions for writers of color or Native/Indigenous writers. Fictional genre and graphic novels for children ages 8 to 12 or young adults ages 12 to 18 will be considered. "Manuscripts should address the needs of children and teens of color and Native nations by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to LGBTQ+ topics or disabilities may also be included." Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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New Voices Writing Award is accepting submissions for writers of color or Native/Indigenous writers. Fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for children ages 5 to 12 will be considered. "Manuscripts should address the needs of children of color and Native nations by providing stories with which they can identify and relate, and which promote a greater understanding of one another. Themes relating to non-traditional family structures, gender identity, or disabilities may also be included." Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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Black Lawrence Press  is open to your submissions for their annual St. Lawrence Book Award. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, book publication, and 10 copies of the book. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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Ex Ophidia Press is seeking submissions for a book of poetry to be published in early 2020. Their Fourth Annual Poetry Prize winner will receive $1000 and 15 author copies of the book. Nine finalists will also be selected. See the full guidelines here.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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Diode Editions 2019 Full Length Book Contest is now open to poets. There is potential for more than one winner. Winner(s) will have their book published, $500, 20 author copies of their book, and more. For full guidelines, click here.

Deadline: August 31, 2019

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The Woven Tail Press is accepting short fiction submissions for their annual writing contest, judged by author Ann Beattie. Submissions open August 15, 2018. First prize: a week-long retreat in the Hamptons, NY. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: October 15, 2019

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Into the Void Magazine is currently holding their Into the Void Fiction Prize. First, second, and third prize winners receive between $100 and $1000 and publication. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline: November 1, 2019

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ANTHOLOGIES

Lonely Crypt Media is accepting poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art related to the current political moment. Of particular interest are works which celebrate resistance. Payment is $25 upon acceptance, plus 1% of sales in the first month. Read the full guidelines.

Deadline: August 15, 2019

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Woodhall Press seeks anthology submissions for Flash Nonfiction Food, a collection of short nonfiction about food that will be published in 2020. Read the full guidelines.

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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Tidbits seeks one-page micro-fiction submissions of up to 500 words for their inaugural edition. The theme is "wishes", and three submissions will win between $50 and $300. Read the full guidelines.

Deadline: August 30, 2019

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AUGUST DEADLINES

Gay Mag is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. Currently they are accepting pitches for their second quarterly issue, focusing on the theme of pain. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline August 17, 2019

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Fireside Fiction is currently holding a submissions period for the upcoming issue of Fireside Quarterly. Fireside offers royalties on sales of all books. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline August 30, 2019

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Westerly seeks short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. Payment varies from $100 to $200, based on genre. Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline August 31, 2019

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apt is seeking to publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and comics that address climate change for their tenth print issue. Selections will receive a $50 payment and a copy of the issue. Read full guidelines.

Deadline August 31, 2019

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SEPTEMBER DEADLINES

Tiferet Journal is currently accepting submissions for a special issue entitled “Borders". "In this issue, we will focus on breaking down walls and crossing borders of culture, faith, gender, and spiritual beliefs to promote understanding, compassion and cross-cultural connections." Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline September 1, 2019

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Sky Island Journal's Issue 10 (Fall 2019) call for submissions is now open. They are seeking original poetry, flash fiction (under 1,000 words), and creative nonfiction (under 1,000 words). Click here for full guidelines.

Deadline September 30, 2019

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Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for stories and poems with a focus on laughter to be published in one of their many books in production. Read more here.

Deadline: September 30, 2019

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OCTOBER DEADLINES

Inverted Syntax  is now open to general submissions for their October online and January print editions. Read more here.

Deadline: October 1, 2019

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Cherry Tree seeks poetry, fiction, or nonfiction for inclusion in the Literary Shade feature section of their upcoming print issue. "We’re especially interested in poems, short stories, or essays that throw shade at the institutions that have whitewashed our literature and history..." Read more here.

Deadline: October 1, 2019

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ROLLING SUBMISSIONS

After the Art seeks personal review essays that explore the ways reading can enrich the experience of looking at art. Each essay must be about the relationship between a piece of art and a written text. Find detail guidelines here. 

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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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Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice is seeking nonfiction centered on personal spiritual journeys,braiding of different faith practices, insight into wisdom texts, and more. We currently accept reprints. Submission details 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 Coachella Review is open for submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, plays or short scenes. Please see submission guidelines here. 

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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 is 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 Fiction Desk is seeking submissions of 1000-20,000-word short stories for their anthology series. Pay is £20 per thousand words, and will be considered for the Writers Award of £100. Read the full guidelines here.

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Flash Fiction Magazine seeks unpublished fiction stories between 300–1000 words. Free and priority submissions are available. Click here for full guidelines.

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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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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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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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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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Mindful Littles, a mindfulness and service-learning resource for families of young children (ages 4 to 11), is open to submissions of first-person essays about the successes and challenges around mindful parenting. Tell us a relatable, authentic story about the way mindfulness influences your relationship with your child, your partner and yourself. We accept both original and previously published work. Inquire here for more information.

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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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Pretty Owl Poetry is looking for new and exciting poetry, visual art, and flash fiction. Part of the Sundress Publications family, the seasonal online journal features established and fresh voices alike. Pour out your old wounds and bumbling indecisions. We want jilted couch cushions, germaphobic handrails, and body-shy thermostats. Send 3-5 poems or no more than 3 flash pieces (1,000 max/each). No submission fee. Submission details can be found 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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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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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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Typishly is an online digital literary journal for emerging and established voices and is open to submissions of poetry and short stores. Details available 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. 


The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editor is Rudri Patel; read her bio here.


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