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February 2, 2017

Theme of Absence: Now Seeking Speculative Fiction

Theme of Absence publishes speculative flash fiction and the occasional longer piece. All styles are welcome, including humor, as long as the story includes elements of horror, science fiction, or fantasy.  Spine tingling ghost stories are just as welcome as robots and spaceships. Theme of Absence is an online literary journal that is approachable. They…

January 26, 2017

Fairy Tale Review: Accepting Submissions

Fairy Tale Review is a yearly journal in search of new spins on old fairy tales. They opened for submissions on January 1, and they close to submissions on March the 31st 2017. Since 2005, Fairy Tale Review has sought fiction and nonfiction stories, essays, and translations. The journal is edited through the University of Arizona’s…

November 17, 2016

Mandala Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

Mandala Journal is an online, multicultural literary arts journal launched in 2009, produced by the students at the University of Georgia’s Institute for African American Studies. They publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art, as well as experimental and cross-genre work such as graphic literature. They are especially interested in literature that examines movements within…

October 31, 2016

Ten Wonderful New Literary Journals

The following is a list of 10 very new literary journals. There are many reasons to seek publication in these journals. In my experience, the benefits can be greater than publishing in a well established journal. When a literary journal is new the editors tend to be a lot more passionate. I have gotten handwritten…

September 8, 2016

Territory: Now Seeking Submissions

Territory is a new online literary project that seeks to explore and defy the conceptual boundaries of maps. Though maps appear to be objective representations of the observable world, invariably they are crafted through the subjective lens of the mapmaker. What is revealed? What is concealed? What was never seen at all? Territory hopes to…

August 24, 2016

Escape Pod: An Audio Science Fiction Magazine

Escape Pod publishes all of its stories in audio and text formats. They are a science fiction market but as they say in their submission guidelines “our mandate is fun.” They allow some flexibility to exist within the genre and they have published the occasional steampunk or superhero tale. But they are not interested in…

August 3, 2016

Clarkesworld Magazine: Accepting Science Fiction and Fantasy

Clarkesworld Magazine is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine that publishes short stories, interviews, articles and audio fiction on a monthly basis. Electronic issues are available to read online or through subscription on their website.  All original fiction is also published in paperback. They are currently accepting art, nonfiction, and…

July 21, 2016

Sweater Weather Magazine: Now Seeking Submissions

Sweater Weather Magazine is a new online magazine of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and reviews. Hailing from Upstate New York, the editors of Sweater Weather Magazine are well acquainted with the optimal conditions for becoming lost in a literary wonder: a blizzard outside, an overstuffed chair, a warm blanket, a huge sweater, and…

June 15, 2016

Garo: Now Seeking Submissions

Garo is an online magazine of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and artwork published by the Rocky Mountain Land Library. Named after a Colorado rancher who built a town around a railroad stop, Garo publishes work that helps people feel close to the land, and close to one another. They like writing that reveals something new…

May 19, 2016

Swamp Ape Review: Now Seeking Submissions

Swamp Ape Review is a brand new online journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. What’s a swamp ape? In Floridian lore, a swamp ape is a hybrid creature, existing on the margins of land and water, fact and fiction, ordinariness and obscurity. Like its namesake, Swamp Ape Review aims to reflect the unexplainable….

May 9, 2016

19 Magazines that Publish Writing for Children and Teens

Most children’s book authors and young adult authors struggle with creating a history of previous publications – a useful task when trying to find an agent or publisher for their work.  The following list of publishers are all looking for work aimed at teens and children. So, not only do you create a history of…

April 15, 2016

The Fictional Café: Now Accepting Submissions

The Fictional Café is an online magazine and forum for authors and artists, publishing new poetry, fiction, novel excerpts, podcasts, and artwork of all genres each month. Like a virtual coffee shop, The Fictional Café is a meeting place for authors and artists to read, share, and discuss great writing and artwork. Members can inspire…

April 4, 2016

11 Literary Journals Always Open To Submissions

Most literary journals are open only for a window of time each year. Sometimes it is a very long window. Sometimes it is more than one window. But it can be frustrating to visit their website and realize that they just closed to submissions. It can be particularly hard during the summer when the majority…

March 31, 2016

Asimov’s Science Fiction: Always Accepting Unpublished Fiction

Written by Eleanor Matama Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine is one of the better-paying markets there is out there, for science fiction content. This science fiction magazine predominantly favors character-oriented short stories and poetry. Asimov’s Science Fiction is very flexible as to what constitutes a short story. You can submit a short story between 1000-20,000 words…

March 8, 2016

Anomaly: Now Seeking Submissions

Anomaly is a new online journal of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art, created with the aim of publishing only the most promising up-and-coming authors. Tired of reading literary journals comprised mostly of filler, the creators of Anomaly decided to curate a carefully honed journal in which each word is thoughtfully selected. They want to promote…

February 25, 2016

Half Mystic: Now Accepting Submissions

Half Mystic is a new online journal dedicated to exploring the intersection of language and music. They are interested in all forms of writing that pertain to music and express musicality by exploring the ineffable. They like writing that grapples with paradox, grey space, the incomprehensible in-between, harmonious dissonance, and infinite finitude. In addition to…

February 11, 2016

Strangelet: Now Accepting Submissions

Exploring universal truths from the decks of starships, the mouths of dragons, and the kitchen sinks of miraculously ordinary humans, Strangelet is a unique literary universe. From the collision of literary art and entertaining genre, Strangelet emerges. Their stories are made of magical realism, fantasy, and science fiction—anything that takes us to another world or…

October 1, 2015

Cease, Cows: Now Accepting Flash Fiction Submissions

Cease, Cows is an online journal of flash fiction launched in 2013. They aim to publish honest writing that unveils the animality within humanity, and strange writing that invites us to transcend it. They like prose that beats in sync with the cultural pulse and exposes its absurdist constructs. They publish fiction in any style,…

July 29, 2015

Maudlin House

Maudlin House is an e-journal that publishes one new issue every month. They publish flash fiction, fiction, videos, art, and poems. They are not averse to publishing genre work. They are particularly interested in publishing work that explores the human condition. They try to respond to all submissions within two weeks. They accept a little…

July 23, 2015

Bartleby Snopes: Accepting Short Story Submissions

Update: This Journal is Now Closed as of December 30th 2016 Bartlby Snopes is an online literary journal that publishes two stories per week, all year long. They also publish a semi-annual print edition that includes selected stories that they have previously published online. They do not pay contributors, however they do run a contest…

July 9, 2015

After The Pause: A Publisher of Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Visual Art

After the Pause is an electronic literary journal that publishes one issue per season. They are always open to submissions. They publish each issue on the electronic magazine site Issuu. They publish poetry, flash fiction, and visual art. They plan to publish their first yearly print anthology in January 2016. If they receive a submission…

June 18, 2015

94 Creations: Now Accepting Submissions of Short Stories, Essays, and Poetry

94 Creations is a print literary journal that publishes two issues every year. They publish short stories, non-fiction, and poetry, by new and emerging authors. The work they gravitate towards is gritty and offbeat. 94 Creations is based out of  Louisville, Kentucky. They are open to submissions from June 1st till August 31st. Work submitted…

June 4, 2015

Scrutiny: Open to Submissions

Scrutiny is a new electronic literary journal that publishes fiction. All the fiction that they publish could be categorized as magic realism. They ask that you don’t submit fantasy. Magic realism is often defined by the matter-of-fact inclusion of fantastic or mythical elements They have yet to publish their first issue. However, their site is…

June 2, 2015

Three Themed Calls For Submissions

The following three magazines publish diverse work. Some are print magazines, others electronic. But all of them are reading for a themed issue and all of them close to new submissions before the end of July. Below is a brief review of each of the journals as well as information about the theme they are…

May 28, 2015

50-Word Short Stories: Now Accepting Submissions

An approachable market for writers at any stage, 50-Word Stories publishes microfiction stories of exactly 50 words. With so few words to play with, writers are challenged to make intentional choices so their stories can still have traditional beginnings, middles, and ends, in addition to plots, character development, and pace. In providing guidance for contributors,…

10 Respected Publishers of Science Fiction Short Stories

The following 10 magazines and journals focus on publishing science fiction. Some also are interested in publishing horror, fantasy, and speculative fiction, as well as poetry, but the main focus remains on Science Fiction. All of these journals are highly respected, many have been around for a long time. All of the following journals pay…

May 7, 2015

Two Anthologies Now Accepting Submissions

Anthologies are a great opportunity to get your writing into bookstores. They generally have a wider distribution than literary journals and they have a longer shelf life. Anthologies are also a great way to establish a relationship with a publisher. Below are two opportunities to get your work published in an anthology. Each of these…

April 23, 2015

Barrelhouse: Now Accepting Submissions

Update: BarrelHouse Just closed to submissions. We apologize for the inconvenience. Barrelhouse is a respected and prestigious literary journal that accepts very few of the submissions it receives. They are primarily a biannual print publication, but they also have an online edition that publishes different work as well.  They publish poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and…

April 16, 2015

Acidic Fiction: Speculative Fiction Submissions Wanted

Acidic Fiction, founded and published by Steve x Davis, is an online magazine for contemporary speculative fiction that publishes every Monday and Friday. Stories generally take place roughly 100 years in the past or 10 years in the future. Davis writes that Acidic Fiction hopes “to draw on ideas from speculative fiction to explore everyday…

April 2, 2015

5 Literary Journals that Publish Longer Fiction

Most literary journals are only intrusted in publishing short stories that are up to 3,000 words in length.  So it can be harder for someone who wrote a longer short story to place it in a good home, unless they are publishing a collection of short stories. The following literary journals are all open to…

March 11, 2015

6 Cover Letter Mistakes That Can Ruin The Chance of Publication

As the editor of a literary magazine and chapbook press, I read a lot of query letters – and I mean a lot. Last year the total number of submissions received was over two thousand, not including chapbook proposals or microfiction submissions. After reading through that many cover letters year after year, I’ve started to…

February 20, 2015

Asimov’s Science Fiction

Asimov’s Science Fiction is one of the most established and respected publishers of science fiction. They pay their writers and are currently open to submissions of fiction and poetry. Stories that Asimov’s published in the past have won 54 Hugos and 25 Nebula awards. The editors of Asimov’s have won 20 Hugo awards for Best…

February 17, 2015

One Teen Story: Now Open To Submissions

One Teen Story is a literary magazine for teens and adults who read young adult fiction. They publish 12 issues a year digitally and in print. Each issue contains only one story. They pay their authors $500 dollars and 25 contributor copies for first North American serial rights. The rights revert back to the author…

January 29, 2015

Cricket: Now Open To Submissions

Cricket is actually a publication I grew up reading. It was founded in 1973 by Marianne Carus, whose intent was to create “The New Yorker for children.” It is primary a print publication aimed at 9-14 year olds and it is published some very established and respected  authors over the years including Ursula K. Le…

January 8, 2015

One Throne: Now Accepting Submissions

One Throne is an electronic journal based out of Canada. They put out four issues every year. They publish narrative non-fiction, flash fiction, fiction, and poetry. They are open to genre work including science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, and mystery. They respond to most submissions in less than a week, but do not query unless…

December 29, 2014

The 11 Best Literary Journals in 2014

In 2014 we reviewed well over 50 literary journals. Some were just summary reviews as part of a larger list, but most were comprehensive reviews that thoroughly described submission guidelines and the journal’s preferences. As a way of celebrating 2014, the first full year of publication for Authors Publish, we have created a list of…

October 30, 2014

Edge: Open To Submissions

Edge is a literary journal published yearly by Tahoe Writers Works. Edge is a beautifully presented print journal. They try to focus writing that bites, that has some sort of edge. They are open to genre, as long as the writing is high quality and pushes the boundaries in terms of expectations. Because Edge is…

The Quotable: Open To Submissions

The Quotable is a quarterly literary journal. They publish both electronically and in print. They are currently open to submissions until the 1st of December. They publish short fiction, poetry, and creative non fiction. They focus on publishing work that is quotable. The issue they are currently reading for is themed. They are looking for…

October 16, 2014

Akashic Press: Open to Flash Fiction Submissions

Akashic Press is a Baltimore based independent publisher that has produced a number of books including the bestselling illustrated book Go the F*ck to Sleep. Akashic Press is not currently open to manuscript submissions at this time, however they publish three electronic literary supplements that contained themed flash fiction. These three electronic publications are all…

October 9, 2014

CoffeeShop Blues Journal: Open to Submissions

Coffeeshop Blues Journal is a new print literary magazine produced by Coreopsis Publications. Coreopsis Publications, was founded in 2004. The publishing company is based out of Florida and focuses on publishing novels set in that region. They are associated with several local arts organizations. The company is owned by David Stewart and Jeremy Frost. All…

September 24, 2014

The Opening Line: Accepting Submissions

              The Opening Line is an online literary journal that is open to publishing a wide range of work including novel excerpts, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and short stories. They only publish work by authors who were previously unpublished. It is very compelling to read the issues they…

July 30, 2014

Black Fox Literary Magazine: Now Accepting Submissions

              Black Fox Literary Magazine is a print and online publication of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. They publish many forms and styles of work in all genres, but they especially like to publish styles of fiction that tend to be under-represented in literary journals, such as mystery, crime, romance,…

June 26, 2014

Ten Literary Journals That Respond Within A Month

Updated February 16th, 2016 When I had first started submitting to literary journals, I found that by submitting to a number of journals that had quick response times I was able to remain motivated to continue submitting my work for publication. After all, if you submit to a journal and don’t hear anything for up…

May 29, 2014

Shotgun Honey

Shotgun Honey is an online literary journal that has very specific content. They publish only fiction that is under 700 words in length and is in the genre of crime fiction. Within that genre, they like hard-boiled and noir fiction the best. Think of authors like Hammet and Chandler. Although they will accept general crime…

April 10, 2014

The Top Five Journals That Have Re-opened to Submissions This Month

A lot of good and interesting literary journals have re-opened to submissions this April. Here are the five journals I am most excited about seeing open to submissions again.  They are not listed in any particular order. 1. Stoneboat Stoneboat is a print journal that tries to publish a mix of established and emerging writers….

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