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Deadline:3/7/2015
Submit to:34th Parallel Magazine. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction (1 per genre MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:34th Parallel Magazine

Deadline:3/9/2015
Submit to:In Fact Books, c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation, Attn: Becoming a Teacher; 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202; Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Or pay $3 and send online. Online Form
Theme:True stories exploring and reflecting on the process of becoming a teacher.
Type:Essays (4,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Becoming a Teacher

Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Eye to the Telescope. Email Address
Theme:Speculative poetry (see the definition below) about music and song, musical forms or in which music plays an integral role
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Eye to the Telescope


Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Loose Change. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 to 7 pages), creative nonfiction, and fiction (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Loose Change

Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:North Dakota Quarterly, Kate Sweney, Managing Editor, Art and Science Issue, Merrifield Hall Room 110, 276 Centennial Hall, Stop 7209, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7209.
Theme:Art and Science
Type:Poetry, fiction and nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:North Dakota Quarterly

Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Poplorish. Email Address
Theme:Fairy Tales
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction (25,000 words MAX), and non-fiction (10,000 words MAX). MUST BE from Pacific Northwest.
Publisher:See website
URL:Poplorish


Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Really System. Online Form
Type:Poetry and prose (5 pieces MAX, 10 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Really System

Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Sasee, Attn: Editor, PO Box 1389, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, 843-626-6452 (fax). Or email. Email Address
Theme:Mother Knows Best
Type:Non-fiction (1,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Sasee Magazine

Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:The Axe Factory. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), nonfiction, and fiction (5,000 words MAX). Reads year-round.
Publisher:See website
URL:The Axe Factory


Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Whitefish Review. Online Form
Theme:Mythic Beasts & Monsters
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), short stories (5,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Whitefish Review

Deadline:3/15/2015
Submit to:Zimbell House Publishing. Email Address
Theme:Goddesses
Type:Fiction (25,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Garden of the Goddesses

Deadline:3/20/2015
Submit to:Blast Furnace. Online Form
Theme:Mistakes
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Blast Furnace


Deadline:3/31/2015
Submit to:Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, 150 Pleasant St., #306, Easthampton, MA 01027
Theme:Humanity’s relationship with the Earth
Type:Poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet

Deadline:3/31/2015
Submit to:The London Magazine. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), short stories (4,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (2,000 words MAX) (Reads year-round)
Publisher:See website
URL:The London Magazine

Deadline:4/1/2015
Submit to:Hayden's Ferry Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), short stories, and essays
Publisher:See website
URL:Hayden's Ferry Review

Deadline:4/15/2015
Submit to:Ecotone, Department of Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5938. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories and essays (2,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Ecotone

Deadline:4/15/2015
Submit to:Rattle. Online Form
Theme:Scientists
Type:Poetry (4 MAX), essays
Publisher:See website
URL:Rattle

Deadline:4/15/2015
Submit to:Twisted Vines Literary Arts Journal. Online Form
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal

Deadline:4/15/2015
Submit to:Western Humanities Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), nonfiction, and fiction (7,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Western Humanities Review

Deadline:4/30/2015
Submit to:Lunch Ticket. Online Form
Type:Fiction and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX), flash fiction (5 pieces, 500 to 1,000 words MAX EACH), and poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Lunch Ticket

Deadline:4/30/2015
Submit to:Papercuts. Email Address
Theme:Fables and Folklore
Type:Articles and essays (1,500 words MAX), fiction and non-fiction (3,500 words MAX), and poetry.
Publisher:See website
URL:Papercuts

Deadline:5/1/2015
Submit to:Bluestem. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), non-fiction, and fiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Bluestem

Deadline:5/1/2015
Submit to:FIELD. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 Poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:FIELD

Deadline:5/1/2015
Submit to:Niche. Online Form
Type:Poetry (2 poems MAX), nonfiction, and fiction (9,000 words MAX). Reads year-round.
Publisher:See website
URL:Niche

Deadline:5/1/2015
Submit to:Sonora Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Sonora Review

Deadline:5/1/2015
Submit to:The Texas Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:The Texas Review

Deadline:5/15/2015
Submit to:Fairy Tale Review. Online Form
Theme:Send your best fairy-tale work along the spectrum of mainstream to experimental, fabulist to realist.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (8,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Fairy Tale Review

Deadline:5/20/2015
Submit to:Masque and Spectacle. Email Address
Theme:Vietnam
Type:Prose (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Masque and Spectacle

Deadline:5/30/2015
Submit to:Literary Mama. See different email address on guidelines page below.
Theme:Mother's Day Month
Type:Poetry (4 poems MAX), short stories (5,000 words MAX), and essays (7,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Literary Mama

Deadline:5/30/2015
Submit to:Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches. Email Address
Theme:In this collection we seek witty, wry, raw, insightful, and/or (yes, always) humorous essays (be they happy-ending, painful, regretful, or even tragic) about dating in the 21st century.
Type:Creative nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches

Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:The Literary Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories, and creative nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:The Literary Review

Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:Willow Springs. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:Willow Springs

Deadline:6/9/2015
Submit to:Chicago Quarterly Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), non-fiction, and fiction (5,000 words MAX). Reads year-round.
Publisher:See website
URL:Chicago Quarterly Review

Deadline:6/30/2015
Submit to:Poydras Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (7,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Poydras Review

Deadline:6/30/2015
Submit to:Radar Poetry. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Radar Poetry

Deadline:8/31/2015
Submit to:Saranac Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (7,000 words MAX). Reads year-round.
Publisher:See website
URL:Saranac Review

Deadline:12/1/2015
Submit to:Drafthorse Journal. Email Address
Theme:We are interested in how work, or the absence of it, affects people and communities on an intimate level.
Type:Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Drafthouse Journal

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Crab Fat Literary Magazine. FYI: They have rolling deadlines. Email Address
Theme:Southern elements and themes. Also, LGBTQ writers are encouraged.
Type:Poetry (1 page MAX), flash fiction (300 words MAX), and short stories (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Crab Fat Literary Magazine

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Damaged Goods. Email Address
Theme:Queer and trans* writing
Type:Poetry (20 to 50 pages) and flash fiction (500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Damaged Goods

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Josephine Quarterly. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Josephine Quarterly

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Ostrich Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and fiction (30 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Ostrich Review

A free list of calls for submissions to upcoming anthologies, special-themed journals, or other literary markets with upcoming deadlines--compiled and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. An anthology is a collection of short fiction (like short stories or flash fiction), short nonfiction (personal essays, reflections, and memoir), or poetry (free verse, rhyme, etc.). Most often, the selections in anthologies are joined by a common theme (such as motherhood, surviving cancer, or any other topic). Editors will often put out a call for submissions for their anthology. Sometimes the editor will already have a publisher lined up. Other times, the editor may wait to select works of creative writing for the anthology, then begin pitching a publisher. If you submit to an anthology that already has a publisher, you will have the security of knowing that your work will likely be published. If you submit to an anthology that does not have a publisher, you have less of a guarantee of publication. Some anthologies are scrapped before they are submitted to agents and editors, but some go on to do very well and sell many copies. Weigh your options before you submit. And never sign a publishing contract that will waive your rights unless you’re certain of publication. Consult a lawyer about contracts. We hope you enjoy our calls for submissions list for upcoming creative writing anthologies and literary journals. Please feel free to share this list with your writer friends. These editors are waiting to receive your work!

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