A curated list of creative writing publications and online platforms open for submissions
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The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR) is a forum for the most exciting new writing in short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Consisting of an online platform, a printed literary magazine and a series of creative writing events and career-developing opportunities, MIR is a contemporary magazine designed to represent the quality… Find out more
One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train continues to actively champion emerging writers. The magazine is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of… Find out more
Shimmer aspires to publish excellent fiction across lines of race, income, nationality, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, geography, and culture, and therefore encourages submissions of diverse stories from diverse authors. This includes, but is not limited to: people of color, LBGTQIA, women, the impoverished, the elderly, and those with disabilities.… Find out more
Beneath Ceaseless Skies publishes “literary adventure fantasy”: stories with a secondary-world setting and some traditional or classic fantasy feel, but written with a literary approach. They want stories set in what Tolkien called a “secondary world”: some other world that is different from our own primary world in some way.… Find out more
The mission of the Awakenings is to MAKE VISIBLE the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Awakenings is home to a multi-media art gallery featuring the artistic expressions of rape and sexual abuse survivors. By showcasing stories of survival, we are helping survivors find peace while simultaneously challenging the… Find out more
Cherry Tree are writers who value and publish well-crafted short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction essays that are not afraid to make us care. They want work that braves to be, that dares to be. They encourage well-informed work where the form understands its relationship with the content. Cherry Tree… Find out more
Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. They have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, many NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. They have also featured numerous… Find out more
Mistake House was named after an architect’s attempt to create a new and original type of cottage. This eclectic and awesome journal features fiction, poetry and visual art. Fictional stories submitted should be no more than 5,000 words and should only consist of literary fiction. They won’t accept romance, fan-fiction,… Find out more
Smokelong Quarterly publishes flash fiction that is 1000 words or less. Submissions are open 365 days a year. They do not charge reading fees. SmokeLong stories have been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best Small Fictions, and Wigleaf Top 50. They have also been anthologized in… Find out more
The Woven Tale Press, the Web’s premier online literary and fine art magazine, is also a hub for writing and visual arts, bringing together notable artists and writers seeking to share their work more broadly with communities actively in quest of unique voices and compelling perspectives. Find out more
The purpose of this online journal is to seek new poetic tools to represent contemporary society, which is characterized by globalization (suppression of geographical borders, blending of languages) and plurality (fluidity in any and every form, fragmentation of identities). Pøst wants to read poems of all kinds (free verse, narrative,… Find out more
Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine are looking for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers. The SF element may be slight, but it should be present. They prefer character-oriented stories and receive a lot of fantasy fiction, but never enough science fiction or humor. They publish fiction… Find out more
Born in the southern reaches of Arizona and New Mexico, Sky Island is an independent online literary journal with an international reach. We are dedicated to discovering, curating, and publishing the finest original poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Your best writing deserves an audience, and it is our singular… Find out more
Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 1st through May 31st, with the exception of the month of January, during which they only accept entries for their annual Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, and the month of July, during which we only accept entries for… Find out more
Otis Nebula is an innovative micro press that is always looking for new voices. We publish a semi-annual digital magazine, print books, and ebooks, which are available through our website. We are open to receiving all genres and styles of work, though we gravitate towards poetry. To get a sense… Find out more
AGNI publishes poetry, short fiction, and essays. Writers whose work has appeared in the magazine include Derek Walcott, Louise Glück, David Foster Wallace, Seamus Heaney, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Olga Broumas, Tom Sleigh, Jill McCorkle, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Gail Mazur, Noam Chomsky, Ilan Stavans, and Rosanna Warren. AGNI regularly features… Find out more
Epiphany is committed to publishing literary work, wherever it may fall on the spectrum from experimental to traditional, that is realized both in its vision and its devotion to artistry. We are especially open to writers whose explorations of new territory may not yet have found validation elsewhere. Find out more
The Gravity of the Thing is an online literary magazine that accepts short stories (fiction or creative nonfiction and self contained excerpts) under 3000 words, flash fiction or nonfiction under 500 words, 3 poems with a combined word count less than 500 and up to 5, six word stories. Find out more
Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Black Warrior Review is named for the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, the river, and the magazine all derive their names from a 16th-century Native American chief Tuskaloosa… Find out more
Agenda is one of the best known and most highly respected poetry journals in the world, having been founded in 1959 by Ezra Pound and William Cookson. It is edited by Patricia McCarthy, who co-edited the magazine with William Cookson for four years until his death in January 2003. She… Find out more
Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction. Issues are published monthly and available on their website, for purchase in ebook format, and via electronic subscription. All original fiction is also published in a trade… Find out more
Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review seeks submissions year-round. They publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Their purpose is to… Find out more
Slipstream, YA, hypertext fiction, dark fantasy, science fiction puzzle stories, magical realism, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, science fantasy, urban fantasy, military science fiction, ghost stories, space opera, cyberpunk, steampunk . . . there is very little they will not look at, although they have a severe allergy to… Find out more
Every month, Flash Fiction Online is proud to publish what they think is some of the 'best darn flash fiction' (500 to 1000 words) there is. Each issue includes three original stories by both new and seasoned authors. Although many of their staff have a fondness for the speculative, they… Find out more
ZYZZYVA was founded in 1985 in San Francisco with the goal of publishing a superb literary journal shining a spotlight on West Coast poets, writers, and artists from a wide range of backgrounds, many of whom were otherwise overlooked by established publications, and providing them with a much needed platform. Find out more
An online journal created by embracing the ethos of pulp magazines, and dedicated to providing the general population with quality and accessible writing which hits like a sucker punch – writing that injects excitement and inspiration into those who are hunting for a quick literary fix. Find out more
Boulevard publishes the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While they frequently publish writers with previous credits, they are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard. Find out more
We are excited by writing that is difficult to classify—whether specifically speculative, substantially surreal, or slightly strange. We’re interested in realist pieces that verge on the dreamlike or surreal; speculative stories that are almost realist; and, on top of that, any form of literary fantasy/science fiction/speculative fiction. Find out more
Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories. Asimov’s pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500. They seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and they don’t serialize… Find out more
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