WRITING COMPETITIONS AND SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES

A comprehensive list of writing competitions and other opportunities in the UK and worldwide

Writers’ HQ will now only be accepting listings from organisations offering accessible submission opportunities for low-income writers. If you run a literary journal or writing competition and would like to be listed on this page, please read our rules on accessible submission fees here.

 

May
Sanctuary
Deadline:
20th May 2022
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking stories for a covid memorial as part of the Sanctuary project: https://www.artichoke.uk.com/project/sanctuary/
Spectrum
Deadline:
21st May 2022
Line Limit:
100 lines
Prizes:
1st: £200 / 2nd: £100
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: "Identity"
Science Me a Story
Deadline:
24th May 2022
Word limit:
400 - 1,700 words
Line Limit:
170 - 1,000 words
Prizes:
1st: £200 / 2nd: £150 / 3rd: £100
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking submissions of scientific stories for children by writers aged over 18, in English or Spanish
Time Travellers Contest
Deadline:
25th May 2022
Prizes:
1st: €2,000 / 2nd: €750 / 3rd: €250
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: Time travel
Welsh Poetry Competition
Deadline:
29th May 2022
Line Limit:
50 lines
Prizes:
1st: £500 / 2nd: £250 / 3rd: £100
Submission fees:
£6
Herstories Project
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
750 - 1,200 words
Payment:
$50
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking personal essays about love, marriage, divorce, dating, and being single at midlife
Frogmore Poetry Prize
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Line Limit:
40 lines
Prizes:
250 guineas
Submission fees:
£4 per poem
Frome Short Story Competition
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
1,000 - 2,200 words
Prizes:
1st: £400 / 2nd: £200 / 3rd: £100
Submission fees:
£8
Michael Terence Publishing
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
3,000 words
Prizes:
1st: £1,000 / 2nd: £500 / 3rd: £250 / 5x runners-up: £50
Submission fees:
£5 until 28/2 / £7 thereafter
Arena Fantasy Magazine: 2k Flash
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
2,000 words
Prizes:
£20
Submission fees:
£10
Notes:
Theme: A Cave of Discoveries
Arena Fantasy Magazine: The 300
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
300 words
Prizes:
Annual subscription
Submission fees:
£1.50
Notes:
Seeking medieval/fantasy flash fiction
Arena Fantasy Magazine Free Competition
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
3,500 words
Prizes:
Annual subscription
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: Deathbed Confessions
Jewish Book Week Emerging Writers Programme
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
1,200 word writing sample
Line Limit:
3 poems
Prizes:
10x bursaries of up to £1,500, mentorship, peer-support and a programme of writing seminars
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to all UK writers over the age of 18 and with less than 3 years' publishing experience. Seeking fiction, nonfiction, journalism and poetry
Contemporary Verse 2
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
1,000 words
Line Limit:
6 pages
Payment:
$30 - $150
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry and essays about poetry
Dark Void Magazine
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
3,000 - 4,000 words
Payment:
$0.05 per word
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Stories must not take place on Earth
Outsideleft Short Story Competition
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
1,000 words
Prizes:
1st: £100 + trophy
Notes:
Theme: Concrete
One Story
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
3,000 - 8,000 words
Payment:
$500
Submission fees:
FREE
Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline:
31st May 2022
Word limit:
250 - 750 words
Prizes:
1st: $400 / 2nd: $300 / 3rd: $200 / 7 Runners Up: $25 Amazon Gift Cards / 10 x $20 Amazon Gift Card
Submission fees:
$10
June
Super Present Magazine
Deadline:
1st June 2022
Word limit:
500 - 2,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: Signs & symbols
Write By the Sea Literary Festival Writing Competition
Deadline:
3rd June 2022
Word limit:
3,000 words
Line Limit:
40 lines
Prizes:
1st: €1,000 / Category winners x2: €500
Submission fees:
€10 per entry, or 3 entries for €25
Bath Flash Fiction Award
Deadline:
5th June 2022
Word limit:
300 words
Prizes:
1st: £1,000 / 2nd: £300 / 3rd: £100 / 2x runners-up: £30
Submission fees:
£9 / £7.50 until 29th March
Drabblextravaganza
Deadline:
5th June 2022
Word limit:
100 words (exactly)
Prizes:
10x $250
Submission fees:
$8 / email for fee waiver
Black Ink New Writing Competition
Deadline:
6th June 2022
Word limit:
2,000 words
Prizes:
2x £500
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to writers from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora
Aurora Prize for Writing
Deadline:
13th June 2022
Word limit:
Not specified
Prizes:
1st: £500, feedback from agent/editor, membership to SoA / 2nd: £150 / 3rd: Writing course
Submission fees:
£9
Aurora Prize for Writing
Deadline:
13th June 2022
Word limit:
2,000 words
Line Limit:
60 lines
Prizes:
1st: £500 cash + feedback from a literary agent and membership to Society of Authors / 2nd: £150 / 3rd: Writing course
Submission fees:
£9
Goi Peace Foundation Essay Contest for Young People
Deadline:
15th June 2022
Word limit:
700 words
Prizes:
1st: 100,000 Yen / 2nd: 50,000 Yen
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to under-25s. Theme: My Values
The Bureau Dispatch
Deadline:
17th June 2022
Word limit:
500 - 1,500 words
Payment:
$50
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: epistolary stories and/or found things
The FAB Prize
Deadline:
17th June 2022
Word limit:
5,000 words
Prizes:
1st: £1,000, place on Faber Academy course, mentoring / 2nd: £500
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking childrens literature by unpublished writers from a Black, Asian or non-white minority ethnic background
Leicester Writes Short Story Competition
Deadline:
20th June 2022
Word limit:
3,500 words
Prizes:
1st: £175 / 2nd: £75 / 3rd: £50
Submission fees:
£5
t'Art Mag
Deadline:
24th June 2022
Word limit:
2,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: The Self
Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
Deadline:
29th June 2022
Word limit:
30 - 60 minute script
Prizes:
1st: $2,500
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to non-American scriptwriters
The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
10,000 word short story or novel opening
Prizes:
£2500 to support the completion of their work and funding towards a year’s membership of both the Society of Authors (SoA) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and smaller financial awards to shortlisted candidates.
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking submissions from crime writers from the north east of England
Poetry London Prize
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Line Limit:
80 lines
Prizes:
1st: £5,000 / 2nd: £2,000 / 3rd: £1,000
Submission fees:
£8 / subscribers £4 / FREE for low-income poets
The Fiction Desk
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
1,000 - 10,000 words
Payment:
£25 per 1,000 words
Submission fees:
£4
Notes:
Seeking stories about films and cinemas
The Fiction Desk
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
1,000 - 10,000 words
Payment:
£25 per 1,000 words
Submission fees:
£4
Notes:
Seeking short stories on any theme
Pure Slush
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
150 - 1,000 words
Line Limit:
80 - 1,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: Marriage
Blackwater Press Short Story Contest
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
Minimum 1,000 words
Prizes:
1st: $150 / 2nd: $50
Submission fees:
$5
Notes:
Theme: "ink"
Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
One sentence
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking opening sentences for the worst of all possible novels
Aleph Writing Prize
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
10,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Deadline:
30th June 2022
Word limit:
3,000 words
Prizes:
1st: £1000 for the winner of each category / 15 x shortlisted: mentoring opportunities
Submission fees:
£10 / £6 subsidised available on application
Notes:
Open to writers who have not yet had a full-length book traditionally published
July
Alien Literary Magazine
Deadline:
2nd July 2022
Word limit:
5,000 words
Payment:
$20
Submission fees:
FREE
WI4C Leicester
Deadline:
10th July 2022
Word limit:
1,000 - 5,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: "Getting away with it"
Literary Taxidermy
Deadline:
11th July 2022
Word limit:
2,000 words
Prizes:
1st: $500
Submission fees:
$10 / email for waiver
Notes:
See website for guidelines
Mom Egg Review
Deadline:
15th July 2022
Word limit:
1,000 words
Line Limit:
4 poems
Submission fees:
$3
Able Muse
Deadline:
15th July 2022
Word limit:
5,000 words
Line Limit:
40 lines
Submission fees:
FREE
Writers & Artists Working Class Writers' Prize
Deadline:
18th July 2022
Word limit:
2,000 word opening of a full-length work in progress
Prizes:
£200, mentorship and development
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to working class writers
Writers & Artists Working Class Writers Prize
Deadline:
18th July 2022
Word limit:
2,000 opening of an unpublished work-in-progress
Prizes:
£200, mentoring, membership to Society of Authors
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to working class writers
Valley Voices
Deadline:
30th July 2022
Word limit:
5,000 words
Line Limit:
5 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: "Where are you from?"
August
Hysteria Writing Competition
Deadline:
31st August 2022
Word limit:
1,000 words / 250 words
Line Limit:
12 lines
Prizes:
1st: £300
Submission fees:
£3
Notes:
Theme: Peace
Ovacome Writing Competition
Deadline:
31st August 2022
Word limit:
1,500 words
Prizes:
1st: £250 / Runner-up: £50 Waterstones voucher
Submission fees:
£5
Notes:
Theme: Perspective
September
Interim Magazine
Deadline:
2nd September 2022
Word limit:
7,500 words
Line Limit:
3-6 poems
Submission fees:
$3
Notes:
Seeking poetry and essays
The Face Project
Deadline:
4th September 2022
Word limit:
1,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short stories and poems inspired by weekly art prompts - see website for prompts
Creative Writing Ink Short Story Writing Competition
Deadline:
30th September 2022
Word limit:
3,000 words
Prizes:
1st: £1,000 / 2x runners-up: £200
Submission fees:
£9
Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition
Deadline:
30th September 2022
Word limit:
4,000 words
Prizes:
Adults: 1st: £100 / 2nd: £75 / 3rd: £50 Children: £50 voucher
Submission fees:
Adults: £3 for one story / £5 for two stories. Children: FREE
Notes:
Seeking ghost stories
October
Bedford Writing Competition
Deadline:
31st October 2022
Word limit:
3,000 words
Line Limit:
40 lines
Prizes:
1st: £1000 / 2nd: £200 / 3rd: £100 / Cygnature Short Story Prize (under 25): £100
Submission fees:
£7.50 / Students £5
April 2023
Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition
Deadline:
1st April 2023
Line Limit:
250 lines
Prizes:
1st: $2,000 / 2nd: $500 / 10x Runners-up: $100
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking humorous poetry in English
Rolling
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Lucky Jefferson
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Line Limit:
3 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
A Velvet Giant
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
10 pages
Payment:
$20
Submission fees:
FREE
Aquila Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Payment:
Paid - unspecified
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short stories for ten year olds - email submissions@aquila.co.uk
Solarpunk Magazine Micro Fiction Contest
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
250 words
Prizes:
$25
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
See website for themes - open 1 week per month
The Girl You Need
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking personal stories on the subject of self-esteem, in the form of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or personal essay
Voice Club Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
350 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
See website for themes
Better Than Starbucks
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Line Limit:
50 lines
Payment:
$20
Submission fees:
FREE
Travesties
Deadline:
Rolling
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking submissions from LGBTQ writers and artists
Stylist Short Stories
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Payment:
£200
Submission fees:
FREE
Free Flash Fiction
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Hooting Owl
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 - 2,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Dragon Soul Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Themed anthology calls - see website for details
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,200 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Various themed submission calls - see website for details
Commuter Lit
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
4,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short stories, memoir, novel excerpts and poetry
The Arcanist
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Payment:
$0.10 per word
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking sci-fi, fantasy and horror
TTA Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
10,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking sci, fantasy and horror
Bourbon Penn
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,500 - 7,000 words
Payment:
$0.03 per word
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking odd fiction
Giganotosaurus
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 - 25,000 words
Payment:
$100
Submission fees:
FREE
Lammergeier
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Line Limit:
5 poems
Payment:
$25
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open for submissions in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November
The Dalloway
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
7,000 words
Line Limit:
30 lines
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking fiction, flash fiction and poetry
Crow Toes Quarterly
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,000 words
Line Limit:
1-5 poems
Payment:
$20 - $50
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking "playfully dark" literature for children aged 8-13 for quarterly themed issues - see website for themes
Smoke Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Line Limit:
6 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Bellevue Literary Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Line Limit:
3 poems
Submission fees:
$5
Notes:
Seeking fiction, nonfiction and poetry on the themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body
CASEVAC
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 words
Payment:
4 winners become judges for next round, with a $100 payment
Submission fees:
$4
Notes:
See website for themes
Pidgeonholes
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Line Limit:
50 lines
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Submissions open 1st-10th of each month
Sinister Wisdom
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Line Limit:
5 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking writing by lesbians
Okay Donkey Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,500 words
Line Limit:
1 page
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Submissions open 1st-15th of every month
The Anansi Archive
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 words / 3,000 words
Prizes:
Poetry and Flash fiction: 1st: £20 / Runner-up: £10 / Short stories: 1st: £50 / Runner-up: £20
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Quarterly competition seeking poetry, flash fiction and short stories with an open theme
Globe Soup 7-Day Writing Challenges
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,000 words
Prizes:
£500
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Check website for themes
Driftwood Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Payment:
$150 - $500
Submission fees:
$3.99
Notes:
Various calls for submission from short fiction to chapbooks to nonfiction proposals
The Chamber Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
7,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking dark fiction and poetry
Shooter Flash
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Prizes:
£50
Submission fees:
£3.50
Aayo Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,000 words
Line Limit:
3 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking fiction, poetry and nonfiction
Cutleaf
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
6,000 words
Payment:
$50 - $750
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking fiction, poetry and essays
Friends Journal
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,200 - 2,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking articles and poetry for a Quaker audience - see website for themes
Heron's Nest
Deadline:
Rolling
Line Limit:
3 lines (haiku)
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking submissions of 5-15 haikus
Blue Earth Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry
Dark Horse Comics
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
6 pages plus synopsis
Payment:
Publishing contract
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking submissions from writer-artists and writer and artist teams
Fusilli Flash Fiction Competition
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
200 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open until 50 entries have been received. Submission must include a 'twist'
Flash 500
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 words
Prizes:
1st: £300 / 2nd: £200 / 3rd: £100
Submission fees:
£5 for one story / £8 for two
Every Day Fiction
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Payment:
$3
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
See website for themes
Tipping the Scales
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Fiction: 2,000 words / Nonfiction: 1,000 words
Line Limit:
1-3 poems
Submission fees:
FREE / Donations
Notes:
Seeking submissions from lesbian women only
Crow Toes Quarterly
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,000 words
Payment:
$25 - $50
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking "playfully dark", intelligent, humorous, descriptive literature written for children ages 8 - 13. Check website for themes
Interstellar Flight Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Various calls for submission from short fiction to chapbooks to nonfiction proposals
Claren Books
Deadline:
Rolling
Payment:
$1,000 advance plus 50% net royalties
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking book manuscripts
We Disturb
Deadline:
Rolling
Submission fees:
Seeking disturbing stories
Potluck Zine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 - 800 words
Payment:
Royalties
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking writing, recipes and poetry. Check website for current theme.
Smoke Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Line Limit:
Six poems
Payment:
Contributor copy
Submission fees:
FREE
Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,500 - 3,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE / Tip jar
Notes:
All Quarterly issues for 2021 are special issue only. If you submit between October 24, 2020 and August 1, 2021, your submission will NOT be reviewed until October 15, 2021
Brilliant Flash Fiction
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Payment:
$20
Submission fees:
FREE
Palm-Sized Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 words
Payment:
Paid
Submission fees:
$2
Bridport Prize Bursaries for Under-Represented Writers
Deadline:
Rolling
Payment:
Free entry to the Bridport Prize
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Deadline: 12th of each month
TYPE!
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
John Byrne Award
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
15,000
Prizes:
£500
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to anyone over 16 who is living or studying in Scotland
Greatist: What's in your Freezer? series
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
600 words
Payment:
$250
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking pitches about the interesting contents of your freezer
The Pomegranate
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
4,000 words
Payment:
£30
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction
Obsessed with Pipework
Deadline:
Rolling
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry
Yours Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,200 words
Payment:
£25 - £125 depending on length
Submission fees:
Free
Wyldblood Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Flash: 300 – 1,000 words / Novels: 40,000 – 120,000 words
Payment:
short fiction: 1p per word / Novels: royalty only
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking speculative and literary fiction
The White Pube Writers Grant
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Prizes:
£500
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to working-class writers based in the UK
Wild Wolf Publishing
Deadline:
Rolling
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Requirements: Synopsis plus first 3 chapters
Seeking book-length submissions of thriller, horror and sci-fi
Wigleaf
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Submissions open in the final week of August, September, October, November, January, February, March and April. Deadline: Last day of each month.
Vela Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
80,000+ words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking science fiction, technothrillers and fantasy
Tuna Fish Journal
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
30 lines / 5,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
New theme each calendar month. Visit https://www.tunafishjournal.com/schedule for schedule
The Treason Show
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Payment:
Share of box office
Notes:
Seeking parody songs, one-liners and topical sketche
Trampset
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Payment:
$25 per accepted piece
Submission fees:
3 (50 free entries available per month for economically disadvantaged writers)
Notes:
Shorter pieces tend to get more love
Storyhouse
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
10,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Themed rolling contests - see website for details
Stinger Stories
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
300 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: scifi / fantasy / experimental
Stepaway Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking writing which leads the reader through the streets of a chosen city
Stand Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
4-6 poems / Fiction: 3,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Does not accept simultaneous submissions
Split Lip Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Submit one piece only
Payment:
$50
Submission fees:
February, April, June, October, December: Tip Jar / January, March, May, August, September, November: FREE Notes: Free submissions are available to Black writers for the rest of the year
The Spectator
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
150 WORDS
Payment:
£25
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Weekly themed writing competition – see website for latest theme. Deadline: Wednesdays at midday
Sonder
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3-5 pages of poetry or prose
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to submissions from writers who have been published fewer than 5 times
Softblow
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
4-6 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Smokelong Quarterly
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Payment:
$50
Submission fees:
FREE
Shirley Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Sand Hills Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words / 3 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking submissions from writers currently residing in the US only
Ruminate Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1500 words
Payment:
 $20/page for poetry (with a maximum of $80 per poem), $20/400 words for prose
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Various submission windows for each genre – please see website for full details
The Rambling
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 – 1,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking work relating to the eighteenth century
Poetica Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Looking for poetry and prose centred on the Jewish experience. Interested in personal stories – not historical or political views
Post Quarantine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Theme: Letters to open when all this is over
Poetry Ireland Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
6 poems or 10 pages
Payment:
€40
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Submissions from women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds are actively encouraged
Poetically Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Poetry: 2 pages / prose: 2,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Up to 3 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Pocketfire
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1-3 poems
Submission fees:
Video: $5 / print: $3 / online: $2 (all reimbursed on acceptance)
Notes:
Seeking submissions of poetry for video performance, print and online publication
Pithead Chapel
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
4,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short fiction, nonfiction and prose poetry
Pidgeonholes
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words / 5 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Deadline: 1st – 10th of each month
Painkiller Project
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,500 words / 1-2 actors
Prizes:
£150 plus production
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking audio plays written after 20th March 2020. Deadline: 1st – 4th of each month
The Other Stories Podcast
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short themed horror for professional narration and broadcast – see website for themes and deadlines
One Hand Clapping
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Please submit writing as a Word document
Nightmares and Phantasms Podcast
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 – 6,000 words
Payment:
$5
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
One story per submission and one submission per month
New Walk Editions
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
12 – 20 pages
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry pamphlets
Neon Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
6 poems / Prose: 5,000 words / Chapbook proposals
Payment:
Prose: 1p per word / Poetry: 10p per line (minimum payment £10)
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Alternate themed issues – see website for details
National Geographic
Deadline:
Rolling
Payment:
Paid
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Pitch required
Mutha Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking nonfiction on all aspects of parenthood
Motherwell
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,200 words
Payment:
Paid
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking personal essays on a variety of parenting topics
Motherly
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking personal, first-person insights about motherhood
Microverses
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Poetry: 8 lines / Narrative pieces: 280 characters or fewer
Payment:
Poetry: $1/line / Other: $2.80/piece
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Experimental and interactive forms welcome
The Missouri Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Prose: 2,000-9,000 words / Poetry: 8-20 pages
Submission fees:
$4
Lumiere Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,000 words / 2 pages of poetry
Submission fees:
FREE
Litro Online
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Varies
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Various open calls for flash, short stories and essays – see website for details
Lavender Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3-6 poems
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to submissions of work by, about and for lesbians
Kissing Dynamite Poetry
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
One poem
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Deadline: 1st – 10th of each month
Inkcap
Deadline:
Rolling
Payment:
£100-£400
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Pitch Required
Seeking pitches for journalism on the subject of nature, ecology and conservation in the UK
i-D
Deadline:
Rolling
Payment:
Paid
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Pitch required
HOOT Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
150 words
Submission fees:
$2
Notes:
Seeking fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and book reviews
Hip Mama Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking articles on the subject of alternative parenting
Hindsight 2020
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking personal stories of 2020
Grand Little Things
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking formal poetry only
Go Havok
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 Words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short fiction in the following genres: mystery, science fiction, comedy, thriller, fantasy. Check website for monthly themed calls
The Good Literary Agency
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking book-length submissions in any genre from writers who are part of groups under-represented in mainstream publishing
Gasher Journal
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
poems or 500-3,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Frontier Poetry
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5 poems or 10 pages
Payment:
$50 per poem (up to $150)
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Open to new and emerging poets only (no more than one full-length published work)
The Forge
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Payment:
$75
Submission fees:
FREE
Fictive Dream
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
500 - 2,500 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking short stories
The Fiction Desk
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1,000 – 20,000 words
Payment:
£20 per 1,000 words
Submission fees:
£4 / free when you buy an anthology
Fairlight Books
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
Novel: 50,000+ / Novella: 25,000 – 50,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Accepting submissions of literary fiction only. Please send no more than 10,000 words
Driftwood Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Payment:
Novellas: $400 plus royalties / Short stories: $100 / Poetry: $15 / Poetry collections: $500 plus royalties / Visual arts, comics and graphic novels: varies
Submission fees:
Fiction: £3.99 / Poetry: $2.99 / Novella: $20 / Poetry collection: $20 / Visual arts, comics and graphic novels: free
The Rail
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
7,500 words / 90 lines
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry, fiction and nonfiction
The Decolonial Passage
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
See https://thedecolonialpassage.net/mission/ for guidelines on theme
Daily Science Fiction
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
1500 words
Payment:
$0.08 per word
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Especially seeking flash sci-fi
Creative Nonfiction
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
4,000 words
Payment:
$125 + $10 per printed page
Submission fees:
$3
Notes:
Seeking all types of creative nonfiction
The Common Tongue Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
600 – 6,000 words
Payment:
$0.03/word
Notes:
Seeking submissions of dark fantasy
CHILLFILTR
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
3,000 words
Payment:
 $20/1,000 words (up to $60)
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Looking for poetry, memoirs, short stories and personal essays
Carve Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
None
Payment:
$50-$100
Submission fees:
FREE
Bust
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
250 – 2,500 words (see website for full details)
Submission fees:
FREE
Brevity Magazine
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
750 words
Payment:
$45
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking extremely brief essays
Book of Matches
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
2,1000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction and translation
Blue Moose Books
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
end the first three chapters of a novel, plus synopsis
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking novels from unpublished writers. No children’s, YA or poetry
Blue Marble Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
poems / Prose: 1,500 words
Payment:
$25 per piece
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking poetry, fiction, non-fiction, essays, opinion pieces, travel writing, photography and art
Awakenings Review
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking work from writers who have had a personal experience with mental illness
Asymptote Journal
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
5,000 words
Submission fees:
FREE
101 Words
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
 101 words (exactly)
Payment:
$10
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Does not accept poetry, children’s fiction or erotica
Murderous Ink Press
Deadline:
Rolling
Word limit:
10,000 words
Payment:
1,000-5,000 words: £10 / 6,000-10,000 words: £20
Submission fees:
FREE
Notes:
Seeking crime fiction