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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:So Glad They Told Me: Women on Getting Real About Motherhood. Online Form
Theme:Transistion to motherhood
Type:Creative nonfiction (3,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:So Glad They Told Me: Women on Getting Real About Motherhood

Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:Meerkat Press. Email Address
Theme:Inventions
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Meerkat Press


Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:Poecology. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (8 pages MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (2,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Poecology

Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:Psychopomp Magazine. Online Form
Type:Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Psychopomp Magazine

Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:Switched-on Gutenberg. Email Address
Theme:Excuses
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Switched-On Gutenberg


Deadline:5/31/2015
Submit to:The Golden Key. Email Address
Theme:Hidden Things
Type:Poetry (100 lines MAX) and fiction (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Golden Key

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:6/1/2015
Submit to:Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Online Form
Theme:Social Justice
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (1,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Deadline:6/1/2015
Submit to:Stories of Music. Online Form
Theme:Music
Type:Poetry (10 poems MAX, 100 lines MAX each) and creative nonfiction (9,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Stories of Music

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:6/10/2015
Submit to:Liminoid Magazine. Email Address
Theme:We're looking for fiction that's on the cusp: neither here nor there, unbound by convention or genre expectations.
Type:Fiction (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Liminoid Magazine

Deadline:6/15/2015
Submit to:Hey, Who's In My House? Stepkids Speak Out. Email Address
Theme:Must be from the POV of a stepchild.
Type:Creative nonfiction (500 to 1,500 words)
Publisher:See website
URL:Hey, Who's In My House? Stepkids Speak Out

Deadline:6/19/2015
Submit to:Barking Sycamores. Email Address
Theme:Pop Culture
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and fiction (1,000 words MAX). MUST BE a neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writer.
Publisher:See website
URL:Barking Sycamores

Deadline:6/20/2015
Submit to:Cahoodaloodaling. Online Form
Theme:Grit
Type:Poetry and prose (3 pieces MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Cahoodaloodaling

Deadline:6/30/2015
Submit to:Blast Furnace. Online Form
Theme:Writing prompts
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Blast Furnace

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:7/1/2015
Submit to:Caesura. Email Address
Theme:Fusion
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Caesura

Deadline:7/15/2015
Submit to:Sliver of Stone. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), and prose (3,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Sliver of Stone

Deadline:7/20/2015
Submit to:The Cossack Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems), fiction (20,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (10,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Cossack Review

Deadline:8/1/2015
Submit to:Helen: A Literary Magazine. Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Founding Editor. Online Form
Theme:Animal
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:8/1/2015
Submit to:Stoneboat Literary Journal, PO Box 1254, Sheboygan, WI 53082-1254. Or send online. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (5,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Stoneboat Literary Journal

Deadline:8/2/2015
Submit to:Adanna. Email Address
Theme:Women and Spirituality
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX) and prose (2,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Adanna

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: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:8/31/2015
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:9/15/2015
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: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: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: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: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: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

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: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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