Calls For Submissions


A list of creative writing anthologies and calls for submissions. Each anthology or literary journal (print or online) might have a particular theme. See third-party websites or send any queries to the editors as needed. Advertisers are not affiliated with Writer's Relief. 

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Deadline:4/30/2014
Submit to:Boulevard Magazine, 6614 Clayton Road, Box 325, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Or send online. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and nonfiction (8,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Boulevard Magazine

Deadline:4/30/2014
Submit to:Reveries & Rage. Editors: Tanisha Payton, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, and Mauro Sifuentes. See website for details. Send via email attachment. Email Address
Theme:Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Trans*, Two-Spirit and other gender and sexuality non-conforming People of Color (QTPOC), that address various aspects of QTPOC experience.
Type:Poetry (up to 3 poems, 1-2 pages each), fiction (5,000 words MAX), micro-fiction (100-300 words), flash fiction (1,000 words MAX), creative nonfiction (5,000 words MAX), and also seeking visual art.
Publisher:See website
URL:Reveries & Rage

Deadline:4/30/2014
Submit to:The Carolina Quarterly. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction (7,500 words MAX), and nonfiction (7,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Carolina Quarterly

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Deadline:5/1/2014
Submit to:American Literary Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (8,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (6,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:American Literary Review

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

Deadline:5/1/2014
Submit to:Diverse Voices Quarterly. Artwork/photographs may be submitted as well. See guidelines on website. Online Form
Theme:Submissions welcome from everyone: every age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and religious background.
Type:Poetry (5 poems), short stories, and personal essays (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Diverse Voices Quarterly

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Deadline:5/1/2014
Submit to:Drunken Boat. 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:Drunken Boat

Deadline:5/1/2014
Submit to:Fugue. Online Form
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction and nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:Fugue

Deadline:5/1/2014
Submit to:Readers Write, The Sun, 107 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Theme:Right and Wrong
Type:Essays
Publisher:The Sun
URL:Readers Write


Deadline:5/1/2014
Submit to:The First Line. Send via attachment. Email Address
Theme:Every story starts the same. This first line: "Please, Sylvia, give me a moment to think."
Type:Short stories (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The First Line

Deadline:5/2/2014
Submit to:Kindred. Online Form
Theme:Memory
Type:Fiction and poetry (10 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Kindred

Deadline:5/15/2014
Submit to:The Boiler. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (3,500 words MAX), and nonfiction (3,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Boiler


Deadline:5/20/2014
Submit to:Rose Red Review. Larissa Nash, Editor. Online Form
Theme:Loves magical realism and pieces that possess a fairy tale element. The editor particularly enjoys the broad theme of death and rebirth.
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), short stories, and creative nonfiction (7,500 words MAX). Artwork/photography also welcomed.
Publisher:See website
URL:Rose Red Review

Deadline:5/31/2014
Submit to:Creative Nonfiction, Attn: Pushing the Boundaries, 5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. $20 fee for submission. Online Form
Theme:Memoir
Type:Essays (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Creative Nonfiction

Deadline:5/31/2014
Submit to:Harvard Review. Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138. Submission Link
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction and nonfiction (7,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Harvard Review

Deadline:5/31/2014
Submit to:New England Review, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX), fiction (20,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (20,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:New England Review

Deadline:5/31/2014
Submit to:The Madison Review. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX, 15 pages MAX) and fiction (30 pages MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:The Madison Review

Deadline:6/1/2014
Submit to:Appalachia, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA 02108. Email Address
Theme:Only work about: hiking; trekking; rock climbing; canoeing and kayaking; nature; mountain history and lore; and conservation.
Type:Poetry
Publisher:See website
URL:Appalachia

Deadline:6/1/2014
Submit to:Jersey Devil Press Legendary Creatures Issue. Online Form
Theme:Submission must feature a legendary creature, such as mythical beasts or dinosaurs
Type:Poetry (100 lines MAX), short stories (5,000 words MAX), and flash fiction (1,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Jersey Devil Press

Deadline:6/1/2014
Submit to:Slipstream, Dept. W-1, Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Or send online. Submission Link
Theme:Rust, Dust & Lust
Type:Poetry
Publisher:See website
URL:Slipstream

Deadline:6/1/2014
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:6/15/2014
Submit to:Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Online Form
Theme:Only work from and about Asia.
Type:Poetry (4 poems MAX, 60 lines MAX per poem), short stories, and essays (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Cha: An Asian Literary Journal

Deadline:10/14/2014
Submit to:5x5. Online Form
Theme:Nostalgia.
Type:Poetry (5 poems, less than a page for each), flash fiction/nonfiction (500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:5x5

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: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:Eclectica. Online Form
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (20,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (20,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Eclectica

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: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: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

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!