Call for Submissions: The Matador Review

The Matador Review is currently accepting work for our second issue, the Fall 2016 publication. The call for submissions will end on August 31, 2016. We will begin accepting submissions for our Winter 2017 publication the following day.

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and visual art. We publish four issues annually: the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter issues.
We call ourselves an “alternative” magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional; we want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the “alternative”, The Matador Review is a home.

Submission information can be found at:

Call for Submissions: Free!

escarp, a Twitter-based review, seeks brief brilliance. Send us poems and prose compressed to <140 characters. Push your idea as far as it will go while pruning all but the essentials. Give us a glimpse of the larger story. Follow us on Twitter; we’ll follow you back. Then submit by DM. See our website for full guidelines and to read past publications:

Qu: a literary magazine is produced by the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte ( and payment upon publication is $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem.

It seeks fiction, poetry, essays, and script excerpts from new voices as well as established writers. Its issues have included work by Keija Parssinen and Jon Pineda, and Grant Gerald Miller’s short story, featured in Issue 1, was selected by Robert Olen Butler to be included in The Best Small Fictions of 2015.

It wants writing that is provocative and original and accepts submissions from May 15th through August 31st. There is no submission fee.
Just a Little More Time is an anthology seeking submissions around loss. What would you do or say if you were given a bit more time with someone or something you love, or perhaps never loved, and lost. What would you share, where and how? Of particular interest is the exploration of loss of something, not just a death of a person. Tell us about losing your identity, home, innocence, country, the earth, virginity, health, memory, your family, love, etc. We are collecting heartfelt essays and stories between 1500 and 3000 words for our anthology, which will be published in 2017.  Submission deadline:  July 15, 2016. Please send submissions tocorbinATcorbinlewarsDOTcom. For more information view

New England Poetry Club Contests OPEN until JUNE 30!


New England Poetry Club has always recognized the outstanding work of poets with its annual awards and contests. Some awards, such as The Golden Rose and the May Sarton Award, are given in recognition of career excellence, while others are run as contests. The link to submit entries online can be found in the guidelines tab.
For more information and to submit entries:

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Iron Horse Lit Review Call for Submissions

debc74_bba30495c6e242ad82baa7187a680591 Iron Horse Literary Review is now accepting submissions for our next Open Issue, 18.6. We’re seeking poetry that transforms the ordinary into amazing insight, stories that reveal the writer’s control over language and narrative, and essays that honor personal experiences by conveying them in such detail that the personal blossoms into the universal.
Learn more about our guidelines and preferences at, then send 3-5 poems or up to 5,500 words of prose. Generally, we pay $50 per poem, $100 per long prose piece, and $40 per flash prose.
The gates open for this one on March 9, 2016, and close on April 10th. Please send us your best!

The Emerging Writer’s Contest

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is currently accepting submissions until May 15, 2016 at noon EST. Submit via our online submission manager. You must be logged in to access this page. Log in at

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. Read past winners of the contest here.


The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2016 contest will be published in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1,000.


You are eligible if you:

Have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works).

Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2017.

Are not affiliated with Ploughshares or Emerson College as a contributing author, volunteer screener, blogger, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.

Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2017 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).


The contest opens March 1, 2016 at noon EST and closes May 15, 2016 at noon EST. 

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words

Poetry: 3-5 pages

Submit one entry per year via our online submission manager.

No entries via email or mail will be considered for the contest.

Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished in any form.

For poetry, we will be reading both for the strongest individual poem and the general level of work, and may choose to publish one, some, or all of the winner’s submitted poems.

Cover letters are not necessary. All identifying information will be removed from submissions. 

Entry Fee

Entry to the contest requires a $24 fee, which is waived if the submitter is a current subscriber. The fee is:

Payable by Visa or MasterCard through the online submission system.

Includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2016 issue and ending with the Winter 2016-17 issue).

Current subscribers—through the Winter 2016-17 issue—may submit for free.*

*If you are a current subscriber, you will still be prompted to checkout, but you will not be required to enter your credit card information and will not be charged. 

Beecher’s 2016 Contest Open for Submissions!Deadline: April 15, 2016

Beecher’s 2016 Contest Open for Submissions!Deadline: April 15, 2016

Beecher’s is excited to announce our 2016 contests, judged by CA Conrad (poetry), Karen Russell (fiction), and Lacy M. Johnson (nonfiction). The first place winners will receive $200 and publication. Runners-up may also be considered for publication. Poets may include up to 3 poems per submission. Prose submissions must be 4,000 words or less. Please do not put your name anywhere on the manuscript. All submissions will be read blind. The entry fee is $12 per submission. All entrants will receive a copy of Beecher’s 6. The contest runs from February 15th through April 15th, 2016. To

Free Submissionto Barely South Review

Barely South Review, Old Dominion University’s literary journal, is open for regular free submissions, as well as our annual 2016 Norton Girault Prize in Fiction ($500!), judged by our very own John McManus. The entry fee is only $10. The winning story will be published in our Fall 2016 Issue. One runner up will receive publication as well. The deadline for regular submissions is April 1, 2016. The Deadline for Norton Girault Contest Submissions is April 15, 2016.
Please visit our submissions page and (scroll down) for more information on the contest. 
We would greatly appreciate it if you could pass along this message to anyone who might be interested in submitting! 
Thank you and best regards,
Caleb True

Managing Editor



Writer Advice’s Flash Memoir Contest

Writer Advice’s Flash Memoir Contest–Deadline March 1st 12$ fee
Writer Advice,, wants to read your best Flash Memoir. Entice us with a moment that changed your life. Let us root for your character. Do it in 750 words or less. Deadline: March 1. 

Details and Submittable link in the mocha-colored box at;

While you are there check out the 4 contests we are running this year. 

Questions? Contact Lgood67334 AT comcast DOT net. 

Southeast Review Call for Submissions

The Southeast Review welcomes submissions to its 2016 contests in three categories:   

Narrative Nonfiction Contest, judged by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

Gearhart Poetry Contest, judged by Virgil Suárez

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest, judged by Robert Olen Butler 


One winner will be chosen in each category and awarded $500. All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of The Southeast Review.
The deadline for mailed and electronic submissions (with $16 contest fee) is March 15, 2016.


Details on how to submit can be found here:

Heron Tree Call for Poetry

Heron Tree will be open for submissions from January 1 through June 1, 2016. Any submissions received outside this window will not be read.Before submitting, please browse the archives and read about what we’re drawn to.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere. Heron Tree is committed to being a means by which poems that have not yet been available online or in print become publicly available. To that end, work that has previously appeared online (temporarily or permanently, on your own or a third-party site) should not be submitted, nor should work that has already been published electronically or in print. Heron Tree does not publish translations, fiction, essays, or artwork at this time.

Submit 2 – 5 poems with a cover letter via email to submit.herontreeATgmailDOTcom. Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach poems in a single doc or docx file. All submissions will be read blind; please do not include your name on the poems themselves, but provide a list of titles in your cover letter. Please do not use headers or footers in your file.