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COLLATERAL, a journal “that explores the perspectives of those whose lives are touched indirectly by the realities of military service …. captures the ‘collateral’ impact of military service, whether it is from the perspective of the partner or chid; the parent or sibling; the friend or co-worker, the vegan, the refugee, or the protester”  This journal is affiliated with Washington State University, Tacoma and accepts submissions of prose, poetry and art year-round with occasional delays in response time due to academic schedule. Details HERE.

THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POETRY publishes twice a year and 50-100 poets are feature in each issue. There’s a $5 fee per submission and submissions may include up to six poems. Guidelines are HERE.

GFT PRESS, A Philantropic Literary And Art Press, publishes poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, interviews, and visual art. (GFT= Ground Fresh Thursday) Submission guidelines are HERE.

KILLER NASHVILLE’S BROKEN RIBBON “is an annual print literary journal for new and emerging literary and genre-themed voices and visual artists. Poems, short stories, and artwork can be any form, genre, or literary or art style. We seek short stories and poems that are raw, honest, gritty, from any world, any planet, any time period, any reality, or any dimension. We look for artwork that makes us pause. If it produces an emotion in us after we read it or see it, or you change our opinion on a hardline issue, you’re probably on the right track.”  Deadline is November 15. Submission guidelines are HERE.

THE HITCHLIT REVIEW, A Secular Literary Arts Journal will release its inaugural issue in August. The plan for this journal is to be a biannual publication. It “seeks to showcase and celebrate openly secular artists, their works, and their communities” through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cover art. Submissions for that issue are closed. Watch the site for updates.

CREATIVE TALENTS UNLEASHED publishes anthologies and offers a chance for authors to have a voice in the literary world yearly. Submissions of poetry, prose, and short stories are of interest. Details HERE.

THE BeZINE submissions for the June 2017 issues (theme: Environmental Justice/Climate Change: Farming and Access to Water) should be in by June 10th latest.  Publication date is June 15th. Poetry, essays, fiction and creative nonfiction, art and photography, music (videos), and whatever lends itself to online presentation is welcome for consideration. Please check out a few issues first and the Intro./Mission Statement and Submission Guidelines. No demographic restrictions.

TOKEN MAGAZINE, which recently launched its first issue, “is a new bi-annual literature and arts print magazine. The name comes from the experience of tokenism that underrepresented groups often face. This includes people of colour, women, LGBT+, those with disabilities, and other minority groups. TOKEN Magazine is an outlet to work against that – we want to hear and see everyone’s stories, fictional or not.” Token is now accepting submissions for its second issue. The theme is “bodies.”  The magazine publishes fiction and nonfiction, artwork an photograph, and illustrations. Apparently no poetry or academic essays at this time. Details HERE.

AFRICAN WRITING ONLINE, many literatures, one voice welcomes submissions of poetry, essays, memoir, fiction with a  preference for new, unpublished work. “Our natural constituency of writers and material are African or Diasporan (please interpret boldly) but we will publish any writer who writes into the African Condition (please interpret boldly). We are adventurous in our definition of Africana, but we will also publish good literature generally.”  Submission guidelines HERE.

BITTER OLEANDER PRESS, A literary journal publishes poetry and short imaginative fiction. Details HERE.  

THE MATADOR REVIEW: An alternative art and literature magazine is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 publication. “We 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. The call for submissions will end August 31.

“Our purpose is to promote ‘alternative work’ from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.”

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MAGNUM OPUS: A Poetry Anthology of Universal Oneness to be published by Authorpress, New Dehli, India has an open call for submissions, which will close December 31, 2018. Publication scheduled for 2019. Editor: Dr. Vivekanand Jha. Details HERE.

ARTEMISpoetry, a publication of Second Light Network of Women Poets,  Issue 19, November 2017  Editors for Issue 19 are: General & Artwork – Dilys Wood and Katherine Gallagher; Poetry – Anne Stewart. All submissions: submit paper copy initially to Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ. Please write “ARTEMISpoetry” on your envelope. (Enquiries only: e-mail Administrator Issue 19 deadline – August 31, 2017.Poems by women of any age. Poems should be typed, or if written, then very neatly. Each poem should commence on a new page, headed “Submission for ARTEMISpoetry”. Please SEND TWO COPIES.  Include your name with each poem and include your name and full contact details in your submission. Long poems are considered. Submit up to four poems to a maximum of 200 lines in all. Artwork: Black and white photographs or line art. Submit up to four pieces to Dilys as above.


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GFT PRESS, A Philanthropic Literary and Art Press has an open call for its 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest.  English language poetry manuscripts only. Deadline: July 31st. Details HERE.

THE BITTER OLEANDER PRESS CONTEST offers an award of $1000 and  publication of the winning manuscript. This contest is English and translations are not eligible. Entries “may be sent through the US Postal Service, but do not send it certified with a return-request receipt. Include a stamped self-addressed postcard for receipt notification purposes.” Online submissions will be allowed through Submittable format when the competition closes on June 15th, 2017. Details HERE.

RIGHT OUT LOUD MILESTONE POETRY COMPETITION 2017 welcomes submission from all over the world. Entry fees and cash prizes. Deadline June 31, 2017. Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT POETRY COMPETITION for Long and Short Poems by Women 2017 – Deadline Tuesday, August 15th JUDGE MYRA SCHNEIDER will read all entries. Myra Schneider’s latest and recent books are Persephone in Finsbury Park (SLP), The Door to Colour(Enitharmon); What Women Want(SLP); and the writing resource, Writing Your Self (with John Killick). Myra is a Poetry School and Second Light regular tutor. More at Myra Schneider websiteEntry fees are: £6 each per long poem and short poems are £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Enter by post (2 copies) or online. Members are entitled to one free entry into the competition. Join now to be eligible.** (see About Second Light/JoiningRules & Entry direct link to payment at poetry p f online shop. The competition results will be posted on the website by September 30th. Once winning poems (or extracts) are published in ARTEMISpoetry, they will be available to read there.


KILLER NASHVILLE  is hosting its twelfth annual writing conference, Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference on August 24-27 in Nashville. $375 admission fee. This is a “forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, and suspense.” Details HERE.

SECOND LIGHT NETWORK OF WOMEN POETS Festivals: Bookings open for AUTUMN FESTIVAL in mid-to-late August. This Festival is scheduled for November 17 & 18 this year. Bookings open for SPRING FESTIVAL in mid-to-late February 2018. This Festival is scheduled for May. Exact dates to be announced. Details HERE.


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