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Deadline:11/30/2014
Submit to:Dreams and Visions Anthology. Mary Blowers, Editor. Subject: Anthology. Email Address
Theme:Dreams and visions. NO adult language or themes.
Type:Essays, short stories, articles (10 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Dreams and Visions Anthology

Deadline:11/30/2014
Submit to:Fur to Skin: Ladies First. Send via email. Email Address
Theme:Fur to Skin: Ladies First. Only lesbian erotica. MUST BE animal-based characters and writing.
Type:Stories (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:Rabbit Valley
URL:Fur to Skin: Ladies First

Deadline:11/30/2014
Submit to:The Ilanot Review. Online Form
Theme:Migrations
Type:Poetry (4 poems MAX), short stories (5,000 words MAX), and essays (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Ilanot Review


Deadline:12/1/2014
Submit to:Clockhouse. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 pages MAX), fiction (5,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Clockhouse

Deadline:12/1/2014
Submit to:Kartika Review. Online Form
Theme:Asian Pacific Islander American themes and/or characters
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), short stories, and creative nonfiction essays (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Kartika Review

Deadline:12/1/2014
Submit to:The Common. Online Form
Theme:Wants stories and essays that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language.
Type:Prose (fiction and nonfiction) (10,000 words MAX) and essays for The Common Online (2,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Common


Deadline:12/10/2014
Submit to:The Nassau Review. Online Form
Theme:The Post-Human: Our Other Selves
Type:Poetry (3 poems, 50 lines MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Nassau Review

Deadline:12/15/2014
Submit to:The Fourth River. Online Form
Theme:Women and nature. Must identify your submission is for their special call in your cover letter.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), and creative nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Fourth River

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:American Poetry Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories, and essays
Publisher:See website
URL:American Poetry Review


Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:American Short Fiction. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Fiction
Publisher:See website
URL:American Short Fiction

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Another Chicago Magazine. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 pages MAX), fiction (7,500 words MAX), and nonfiction (25 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Another Chicago Magazine

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Arcadia Magazine. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories, and essays (25 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Arcadia Magazine


Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:BLACKBERRY: a magazine. Online Form
Theme:Only features black women writers.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (4,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:BLACKBERRY: a magazine.

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Burnside Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), short stories (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Burnside Review

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Carve Magazine, PO Box 701510, Dallas, TX 75370. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Fiction (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Carve Magazine

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Fjords Review, 2932 B Langhorne Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction (3 pieces MAX), and nonfiction (3 pieces MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Fjords Review

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Flyleaf. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Fiction (2,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Flyleaf

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Gambling the Aisle. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry, fiction (3,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Gambling the Aisle

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Illuminations. Simon Lewis, Editor. Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001. Or send via online form. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Illuminations

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Pembroke Magazine. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (7,500 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (7,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Pembroke Magazine

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Poydras Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (7,500 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (7,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Poydras Review

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Prime Number. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), short stories (5,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Prime Number

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Profane. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (7,500 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (7,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Profane

Deadline:12/31/2014
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:12/31/2014
Submit to:Sequestrum. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (4 poems, 35 lines MAX), fiction (5,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Sequestrum

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187 . Online Form
Theme:Writers or subject must have connection to or have a mental illness
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Awakenings Review

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:The Dead Mule. Online Form
Theme:Only writers and work with connections to the south.
Type:Fiction (3,567 words MAX), nonfiction (5,324 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Dead Mule

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:The East Bay Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction (25 pages MAX), and nonfiction (25 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The East Bay Review

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:The Wayne Literary Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Wayne Literary Review

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Tiferet. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Tiferet

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Tweed's. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (3 pieces MAX), and nonfiction (3 pieces MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Tweed's

Deadline:12/31/2014
Submit to:Workers Write! Blue Cubicle Press, PO Box 250382, Plano, TX 75025-0382. Or send via email. Email Address
Theme:Tales from the Coliseum
Type:Short stories (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Workers Write!

Deadline:1/1/2015
Submit to:Bitch. Choose "Magazine: Submissions" from the Category drop-down. Online Form
Theme:Blue. MUST BE a feminist response to pop culture.
Type:Essays (2,000 to 4,000 words)
Publisher:See website
URL:Bitch Magazine

Deadline:1/1/2015
Submit to:New Delta Review. Department of English, 15 Allen Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5001, Attn: (specify genre or type of submission.) Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (8,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (6,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:New Delta Review

Deadline:1/1/2015
Submit to:Unsplendid. Send via online form. Online Form
Theme:Form poetry
Type:Form poetry (5 poems MAX) or prose (500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Unsplendid

Deadline:1/20/2015
Submit to:Creative Nonfiction. Online Form
Theme:Exploring the Boundaries
Type:Experimental nonfiction (4,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Creative Nonfiction

Deadline:1/31/2015
Submit to:Rain Drop Press Anthology: Life is a Journey...not the destination. Email Address
Theme:My Brush with Death
Type:Creative nonfiction (1,000 to 2,000 words)
Publisher:See website
URL:Rain Drop Press

Deadline:2/1/2015
Submit to:Berkeley Poetry Review. Online Form
Theme:While we accept great poetry of any kind, we are particularly interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, ecology, and poetic form itself.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Berkeley Poetry Review

Deadline:2/1/2015
Submit to:Helen: A Literary Magazine. Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Founding Editor. Online Form
Theme:Music
Type:Poetry (12 pages MAX), fiction (50 - 5,000 words), and creative nonfiction (1,500 - 5,000 words)
Publisher:See website
URL:Helen: A Literary Magazine

Deadline:2/7/2015
Submit to:Mandala Journal. Online Form
Theme:Echoes. MUST BE topics on diversity/multicultural issues.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Mandala Journal

Deadline:2/9/2015
Submit to:In Fact Books, c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation, Attn: Stigma; 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202; Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Or pay $3 and send online. Online Form
Theme:We want well-written, true narratives about the enigmatic, creative, frustrating, and triumphant moments of the recovery process and the therapeutic journey.
Type:Essays (4,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Beyond Crazy

Deadline:2/10/2015
Submit to:Love Me, Love My Belly. Send via online form. Online Form
Theme:Dedicated to the acceptance of self and imperfection as beauty. It’s about the space between us, our differences, our scars, our wobbly bits, and our power as it relates to the bodies we live in.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX, 65 lines per poem), short stories (5,000 words MAX), and creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Love Me, Love My Belly

Deadline:2/15/2015
Submit to:Whole Terrain. Email Address
Theme:Trust
Type:Poetry (3 pages MAX), Prose (2,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Whole Terrain

Deadline:3/1/2015
Submit to:Green Mountains Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (25 pages MAX), and creative nonfiction/essays (25 pages MAX).
Publisher:See website
URL:Green Mountains Review

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

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

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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