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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:7/25/2014
Submit to:Popshot Magazine. Email Address
Theme:Time
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX, 25 lines MAX per poem) and short fiction (3,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Popshot Magazine

Deadline:7/31/2014
Submit to:Paper Tape. Submission Link
Theme:Hauntings
Type:Fiction and nonfiction (2,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Paper Tape

Deadline:8/1/2014
Submit to:Stoneboat Literary Journal. Signe Jorgenson, c/o General Studies Division, Lakeland College, PO Box 359, Sheboygan, WI 53082. 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:8/1/2014
Submit to:The Chattahoochee Review. Online Form
Theme:Skin. Be sure to mention the theme in your cover letter.
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX), fiction (6,000 words MAX), and nonfiction
Publisher:See website
URL:The Chattahoochee Review

Deadline:8/1/2014
Submit to:Whisperings. Email Address
Theme:Would enjoy considering cowboy poetry and prose poetry.
Type:Poetry
Publisher:See website
URL:Mountain Tales Press

Deadline:8/31/2014
Submit to:Helen: A Literary Magazine. Jocelyn Paige Kelly, Founding Editor. Online Form
Theme:Strong Female Lead. Favors Las Vegas- and Southern Nevadan-based work.
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:9/1/2014
Submit to:Kudzu Review. Online Form
Theme:Show us the “new-nature” with your place, post-colonial, post-gender, and activist writing. Give us new takes on what “natural” even means.
Type:Poetry (5 poems, 10 pages MAX), short stories, and nonfiction (3,500 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Kudzu Review

Deadline:9/1/2014
Submit to:Mom Egg Review. Online Form
Theme:Must have some aspect of mothering or motherhood as a central element
Type:Poetry (4 poems MAX) and fiction/creative prose (850 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Mom Egg Review

Deadline:9/1/2014
Submit to:Printer’s Devil Review. Online Form
Type:Poetry (5 poems MAX, 5 pages MAX), fiction and nonfiction (2,000 to 9,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Printer’s Devil Review


Deadline:9/1/2014
Submit to:West Marin Review, Post Office Box 1302, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956. Or send online. Online Form
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), fiction and nonfiction (4,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:West Marin Review

Deadline:9/15/2014
Submit to:Grist: The Journal for Writers. 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:Grist: The Journal for Writers

Deadline:9/15/2014
Submit to:Modular Narrative Fiction and Poetry Anthology. Email Address
Theme:Work that utilizes modular form. We define modular narrative as any structure that relies on units of information, scene, exposition, or action in lieu of traditional linear movement.
Type:Poetry (3 poems MAX), short stories (1 story MAX), flash fiction (3 stories MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:http://bluelyrareview.com/anthology-calls/


Deadline:9/15/2014
Submit to:Parts of the Whole: Poetry of the Body. Email Address
Theme: Poems about the body.
Type:Poetry (4 poems MAX, 80 lines MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Parts of the Whole: Poetry of the Body

Deadline:9/15/2014
Submit to:Warning, Poems may be Longer than They Appear: an Anthology of Longish Poem. Email Address
Type:Poetry (1 poem MAX, 200 lines MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Warning, Poems may be Longer than They Appear: an Anthology of Longish Poem

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:10/31/2014
Submit to:Crab Fat Literary Magazine. 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 (5,000 words MAX)
Publisher:See website
URL:Crab Fat Literary Magazine

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:12/15/2014
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: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: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: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: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: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

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

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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