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Deadline:4/15/2015
Submit to:Chautauqua. Online Form
Theme:Americana
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (7,000 words MAX).
Publisher:See website
URL:Chautauqua

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:4/20/2015
Submit to:MAKE Magazine. Submission Link
Theme:Archive: Historical contexts/how we document our lives and our culture in a digital age/translation between language and artistic mediums.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction, and creative nonfiction (8,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:MAKE Magazine


Deadline:4/30/2015
Submit to:2River. Email Address
Theme:N/A
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:2River

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:4/30/2015
Submit to:South85. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (10,000 words MAX), and nonfiction (8,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:South85

Deadline:5/1/2015
Submit to:A David Dunaway Book. Email Address
Theme:The challenges of wearing glasses (and contact lenses), the author gratefully requests anecdotes, letters, jokes, and other memorabilia. This is not an anthology, but if your writing is quoted, you would of course be acknowledged.
Publisher:See website
URL:A David Dunaway Book

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: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

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:Gingko Tree Review. Email Address
Theme:The Body
Type:Poetry (6 poems MAX) and prose (6,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Gingko Tree Review

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:5/15/2015
Submit to:If and Only If. Online Form
Theme:Body Image
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX) and prose (6,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:If and Only If

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

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:5/30/2015
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: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: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:6/30/2015
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:8/1/2015
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:8/31/2015
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: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:Beyond Science Fiction Digital Magazine. Online Form
Theme:Beyond Science Fiction is for science fiction and fantasy stories or any sub-genre. No erotica.
Type:Fiction (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Beyond Science Fiction Digital Magazine

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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