9 Literary Magazines with Upcoming Submission Deadlines

Written by S. Kalekar | February 16, 2017

Submissions, or certain categories of submissions, for these literary magazines close within a month.

They accept a wide variety of writing; fiction, non-fiction and poetry of various kinds. Some have themed calls, including fantasy stories on fascism and writing on Islamophobia. A few pay writers.

Here they are, arranged by deadline

The Matador Review

This is a quarterly journal for alternative writing, and welcomes writing that is unconventional or provocative. They accept fiction and creative non-fiction, flash fiction and poetry from new and established writers.

Deadline: 28 February 2017
Response time:
Up to 90 days
Word count:
Up to 10,000 words for fiction and creative non-fiction, up to 1,000 words for flash, and 1-6 poems
Pay:
None
Details
here.

Mizna – a journal of Arab American literature
They are publishing a special themed issue on Islamophobia, titled Surviving: Arabs & Muslims as Villains, Again. “How are we being affected, responding and not responding, surviving? We are looking for work that wrestles with the topic in thoughtful, personal, whimsical, humorous, critical, or other ways, skipping the speeches and lessons.” Apart from the journal, the organization promotes Arab-American culture; they run an Arab film festival and several public arts events.

Deadline: 28 February 2017
Response time:
Unspecified
Word count:
2,500 words for prose, or up to 4 poems
Pay:
An honorarium, a one-year subscription to the journal and complementary copies of the journal.
Details
here.

Waypoints – an online literature and arts journal

They are looking for fiction and poetry that that embodies a sense of place, shows what you have encountered on your journey.

Deadline: 28 February 2017
Response time: Unspecified
Word count: Up to 6,000 words for fiction, or 3-5 poems.
Pay: None, but all entries are eligible for an Editor’s Prize.
Details here.

Barrelhouse

They publish fiction, poetry, book reviews and pop-culture related non-fiction. They are currently open for novella-length non-fiction and book reviews. They keep their submission periods short.

Deadline: 1 March 2017 for non-fiction; unspecified for book reviews
Response time:
Up to three months
Word count:
750 words or less for book reviews; 18,000-35,000 words for non-fiction
Pay:
$50 for print, none for online
Details
here.

Impossible Archetype

This online journal for LGBTQ+ poetry seeks submissions for its first issue. They accept both formal and experimental work. All contributors must identify on the LGBT spectrum.

Deadline: 1 March 2017
Response time:
Within two weeks of submission window closing; quicker for early submissions
Word count:
1-4 poems; submission under 10 pages
Pay:
None
Details
here.

Werewolves Vs. Fascism
Werewolves Vs. is a twice-yearly magazine that pits werewolves against a different physical, cultural or ideological foe; this year they plan a special issue, with theme pits werewolves against forces of fascism. The issue will not portray or advocate violence among real, living people; no misogyny, misandry, homophobia, transphobia or racism. They accept comics, prose, poetry, lists, collages, and every other type of submission, provided it can fit on one or more pages. There is no limit to the number of entries published in this issue, and they accept reprints.

Deadline: 6 March 2017
Response time:
Unspecified
Word count:
Up to 10,000 words for prose
Pay:
None for this issue. All profits donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Details
here.

Apple Valley Review

They read poetry, short fiction, including fiction with genre elements, personal essays/creative nonfiction, and self-contained novel excerpts. They prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal. Works from this magazine have won awards, been anthologised and selected for various ‘Best of the….’ series. The magazine is published in spring and fall. Submissions are accepted year-round.

Deadline: 15 March for the Spring 2017 issue
Response time:
Up to two months; under two weeks whenever possible
Word count:
100-4,000 for prose; short (under two pages) non-rhyming poetry preferred
Pay:
Non-paying, but all entries eligible for an annual Editor’s Prize Details here; submission deadline updates on their Facebook page.

Hold Journal
This print journal publishes poetry, prose, essays and interviews. For their third issue, the theme is subversion. They are dedicated to publishing work by women, queers, people of colour and multi-lingual people, by people who have not been published before and work that doesn’t fit into expected categories.

Deadline: 15 March 2017
Response time:
Unspecified
Word count:
10 pages or less
Pay:
None specified
Details
here.

Poetry Northwest

They have published some of the best established and emerging poets. The print magazine is published semi-annually. They also publish new work (poetry, reviews, and essays on poetics or the intersections of poetry and civic life, arts, and sciences) on their website; all submissions will be considered for both the website and print magazine. Book reviews and essays on poetics are accepted year-round.

Deadline: 15 March 2017 for poetry; one free submission per reading period for non-subscribers, always free for subscribers
Response time:
10-12 weeks after the reading period closes, sometimes longer
Word count:
Up to five poems
Pay:
Two copies of the magazine in which the work appears, and a year’s subscription
Details
here.