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Deadline:8/7/2015
Submit to:PROXIMITY. Online Form
Theme:Obituary
Type:Essays (500 to 6,000 words)
Publisher:See website
URL:PROXIMITY

Deadline:8/15/2015
Submit to:About Place Journal. Online Form
Theme:Future Imagined Differently
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX) and prose (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:About Place Journal

Deadline:8/15/2015
Submit to:FLARE: The Flagler Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:FLARE: The Flagler Review


Deadline:8/15/2015
Submit to:Really System. Online Form
Theme:Technocultural moments—the ways it envelops us, fascinates us, dances with us, ignores us, and fails us
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Really System

Deadline:8/15/2015
Submit to:The Boiler. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (3,500 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (3,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Boiler

Deadline:8/15/2015
Submit to:Writers Tribe Review. Online Form
Theme:Family
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX) and prose (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Writers Tribe Review


Deadline:8/30/2015
Submit to:Brooklyn Poets Anthology. Online Form
Theme:Writers must currently reside in Brooklyn or have a significant connection to the borough
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Brooklyn Poets Anthology

Deadline:8/31/2015
Submit to:Cargo Literary. Online Form
Theme:Passage and transformation
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), and nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Cargo Literary

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:9/1/2015
Submit to:Mom Egg Review. Online Form
Theme:Change
Type:Poetry (4 poems MAX) and fiction/creative prose (850 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Mom Egg Review

Deadline:9/1/2015
Submit to:Weirderary. Email Address
Theme:Weird
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (2,976 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (2,333 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Weirderary

Deadline:9/1/2015
Submit to:Word Soup. Email Address
Theme:Paying It Forward
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Word Soup


Deadline:9/7/2015
Submit to:Zoomorphic Magazine. Send as email attachment. See submission link for specific email address. Submission Link
Theme:Animal Welfare or Endangered Species
Type:Poetry (40 lines MAX) and prose (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Zoomorphic Magazine

Deadline:9/9/2015
Submit to:Cicada Magazine. Online Form
Theme:Witches
Type:Poetry, fiction (9,000 words MAX) and nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Cicada Magazine

Deadline:9/15/2015
Submit to:After Hours. Email Address
Theme:Writers MUST live in and around Chicago.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories (1 -3 stories, each 5 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:After Hours

Deadline:9/15/2015
Submit to:Apple Valley Review. Email Address
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction (4,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Apple Valley Review

Deadline:9/20/2015
Submit to:A Mystery for Most: An Everglades Anthology. Online Form
Theme:Inspired by the Everglades
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (3,500 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (3,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Lominy Books

Deadline:9/30/2015
Submit to:All We Can Hold. Email Address
Theme:Poems by mothers, about mothers, and poems that embrace the themes of mothering
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:All We Can Hold

Deadline:10/1/2015
Submit to:Birds We Piled Loosely. Email Address
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and fiction (1,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Birds We Piled Loosely

Deadline:10/31/2015
Submit to:Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal Submission Link
Type:Hermeneutic Chaos will publish six online literary editions in a year, in the months of January, March, May, July, September & November.
Publisher:Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal
URL:Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

Deadline:10/31/2015
Submit to:The Indian River Review. Send via email attachment. See submission link for specific email addresses. Submission Link
Theme:Knowledge
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories, and essays (4,000 words)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Indian River Review

Deadline:11/30/2015
Submit to:Dos Gatos Press. Online Form
Theme:Poems written in personae associated with the Southwest region of the United States
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Dos Gatos Press

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:100 Word Story. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Fiction and creative nonfiction (100 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:100 Word Story

Deadline:12/31/2015
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:12/31/2015
Submit to:Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. Email Address
Theme:Looking for work that captures the essence and immediacy of the beast
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (5,000 words MAX), nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Blue Monday Review. Online Form
Theme:Vonnegut-inspired work
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Blue Monday Review

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Body Verses. Email Address
Theme:We are especially interested in work from the perspective of someone who has an illness, or who is willing to engage in intimate dialogue with their own body.
Type:Poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:Body Verses

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Burrow Press Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Fiction (5,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Burrow Press Review

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:Gambling the Aisle. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry, nonfiction (3,000 words MAX), and fiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Gambling the Aisle

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Gone Lawn. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry and prose
Publisher:See website
URL:Gone Lawn

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Howl. Email Address
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose
Publisher:See website
URL:Howl

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:Lowestoft Chronicle. Email Address
Theme:Preference will be given to humorous submissions with an emphasis on travel.
Type:Poetry (2 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Lowestoft Chronicle

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

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Per Contra. Email Address
Theme:N/A
Type:Fiction (4,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Per Contra

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Pithead Chapel. Online Form
Theme:Gutsy Narratives
Type:Fiction and nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Pithead Chapel

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Scapegoat Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), flash fiction (500 words MAX), and flash nonfiction (500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Scapegoat Review

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Star 82 Review. Online Form
Theme:Humanity, humility and humor.
Type:Fiction and creative nonfiction (1,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Star 82 Review

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:The Bleeding Lion. Online Form
Theme:Special focus on anatomy, cross-cultural, visual arts & diverse pieces. We especially like pieces that do not fit into conventional genres or canons, pieces with great emotional candor that haunt, grip and refuse to let us go back to the world.
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction (6,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Bleeding Lion

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Two Cities Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (3,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Two Cities Review

Deadline:12/31/2015
Submit to:Workers Write! Blue Cubicle Press, PO Box 250382, Plano, TX 75025-0382. Or send via email. Email Address
Theme:Tales from the Construction Site (fiction about laborers, carpenters, plumbers, welders, foremen, safety inspectors, individual contractors – anyone who builds or works in construction for a living)
Type:Short stories (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Workers Write!

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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