We would like to share with you our list of creative writing journals and magazine currently accepting submissions. Included you will find publication names with direct links together with short descriptions.
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|Publication||Genre / Type||Description|
|Inkitt||Literary||Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.|
|Nunum||Literary||NUNUM publishes quarterly and is currently reading for its next issue. They are looking for both flash fiction and visual art and while they do charge a small submission fee, you also get paid for your work. Check them out and see if what you got going on jives with the vibes you get from them.|
|Ideomancer||Speculative Fiction||Ideomancer publishes speculative fiction and poetry that explores the edges of ideas; stories that subvert, refute and push the limits. They look for unique pieces from authors willing to explore non-traditional narratives and take chances with tone, structure and execution, balance ideas and character, emotion and ruthlessness. They are especially interested in non-traditional formats, hyperfiction, and work that explores the boundaries not just of its situation but of the internet-as-page.|
|Abyss and Apex||Speculative Fiction||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 zombies, elves, retold fairy tales, sports, westerns, vampires, and gratuitous sex and violence. Abyss and Apex have no subject/topic preference, beyond a requirement that the work have a speculative element. They are happy to read stories that don’t quite seem to fit elsewhere.|
|One Throne |
|One Throne showcases the foremost in writing, which includes all genres and spans all styles. They are open to submissions of previously unpublished short fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 7,500 words), flash (under 1,000 words), and poetry.|
|Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Works full of marrow and passion, stories that are twisted, strange, and beautiful. Creations where secret places and dreams are put on display.|
|Strange Horizons is a magazine of and about speculative fiction and related nonfiction. Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika. Work published in Strange Horizons has been shortlisted for or won Hugo, Nebula, Rhysling, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree Jr., and World Fantasy Awards.|
|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 paperback series from Wyrm Publishing.|
|Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show||Sci-Fi|
|Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show is looking for stories of any length in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Within these genres, they like to see well-developed milieus and believable, engaging characters. They also look for clear, unaffected writing. Asimov, Niven, Tolkien, Yolen, and Hobb are more likely to be our literary exemplars than James Joyce. They pay 6 cents a word.|
|Lightspeed is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories. All types of science fiction and fantasy are welcome. No subject should be considered off-limits, and they encourage writers to take chances with their fiction and push the envelope. Lightspeed does not accept simultaneous submissions or multiple submissions. You may submit one science fiction story and one fantasy story once every seven days.|
|Daily Science Fiction||Sci-Fi|
|Daily Science Fiction is a professional publication of science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more. If you'd like to submit your original stories or artwork for publication, it is the place for you.|
|Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine||Sci-Fi|
|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 up to 25,000 words in length.|
|Asimov’s Science Fiction||Sci-Fi||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 novels. Pays $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines. Asimov’s will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. They have bought some of our their best stories from people who have never sold a story before.|
|Analog Science Fiction and Fact||Sci-Fi||Stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is so integral to the plot that, if that aspect were removed, the story would collapse. Try to picture Mary Shelley's Frankenstein without the science and you'll see what I mean. No story! The science can be physical, sociological, psychological. The technology can be anything from electronic engineering to biogenetic engineering. But the stories must be strong and realistic, with believable people (who needn't be human) doing believable things–no matter how fantastic the background might be.|
|Send Wordhous your sagas of passion, your daring tales of suspense, chronicles of strange creatures from other dimensions, but keep them under 2,500 words. Wordhaus is not currently able to pay contributors for submissions. However, they do promote their weekly releases on Twitter and Facebook.|
|Pøst||Poetry||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, experimental, fragmentary, usw.), in English, in French, in Frenglish, short poems, long poems, lyrical poems or mechanical poems or lyrico-mechanical poems, urban poems, poems that taste like soil, poems that mix the old and the new.|
|Cherry Tree||Literary Journal||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 wants pieces that seem wise, that are unafraid to confront topics that matter, and that speak with urgency, that beg for an ear to listen. They want to read vividly-drawn characters who challenge and enlarge our sympathy.|
|Beneath Ceaseless Skies||Literary|
|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. It could be different in terms of zoology (non-human creatures), ecology (climate), or physical laws (the presence of magic). It could be set on Earth but an Earth different from our primary world in terms of time (the historical past) or history (alternate history). It could have a “pre-tech” level of technology, or steampunk technology, or magic as technology, or anything else that’s not advanced or modern technology. However, the setting should contain some element that is in some way fantastical.|
|McSweeney’s Quarterly||Literary||The team at McSweeney’s publishes both fiction and nonfiction. There are no rules. They are not concerned about writing degrees or past publications, so don’t be daunted if you don’t have an MFA or much in the way of previously published work.|
|Black Warrior Review||Literary||Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Black Warrior Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside up-and-coming writers|
|Granta||Literary||Granta only publishes original material, i.e. first-ever publication. They do not run pieces that have already appeared on the web or elsewhere in print. There is no set maximum length or minimum length, though most of their submissions are between 3,000-6,000 words.|
|Glimmer Train||Literary||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 the West, New Stories from the Southwest, and Best American Short Stories.|
|AGNI||Literary||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 emerging writers and “among readers around the world . . . is known for publishing important new writers early in their careers, many of them translated into English for the first time” (PEN American Center). Most of what we publish is unsolicited.|
|Tin House||Literary||Accepts unsolicited submissions September 1 2015 through February 28 2016. The summer and winter issues are not themed. Each submission is considered for all upcoming issues regardless of theme.|
|One Story||Literary||One Story is devoted to the development and support of emerging writers. They have published over 180 different authors, many at the beginning of their careers. One Story mentors writers, helping them navigate the publishing world, and promoting their books through email blasts, on our web site and social networks, in a quarterly printed insert in the magazine, and at their annual Literary Debutante Ball.|
|Crazy Horse||Literary||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 Crazyshorts!, their annual short-short fiction contest.|
|Virginia Quarterly||Literary||Poetry, short fiction, nonfiction. Virgina Quarterly has a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, but they also seek and support emerging writers.|
|Prague Review||Literary||The Prague Review publishes poetry, fiction, essays, and book reviews.|
|Zoetrope: All-Story||Literary||Zeotrope considers unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and first serial rights and a one-year film option are required.|
|Camera Obscura||Literary||$1000 award for the best work of literary fiction, as determined by the editors, that appears in each issue of the literary journal. All stories accepted for publication are eligible. A short story, novella, or exceptional piece of flash fiction all stand an equal chance for this award based on the merit of the work.|
|404 Ink||Literary||404 Ink is a new, alternative, independent publisher of a literary magazine based in the UK.|
|Willow Springs||Literary||Willow Springs pays contributors $100 per published longform prose piece, $40 for short-shorts (you may submit up to three stories each under 750 words per submission), and $20 per published poem (up to 6 can be included per submission). There is a $3 reading fee for all submissions.|
|The Sun Magazine||Literary||Sun Magazine publishes essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry. They tend to favor personal writing, but also looks for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. They are open to just about anything.|
|Boulevard||Literary||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.|
|Vestal Review||Flash Fiction||Vestal Review is the oldest magazine dedicated exclusively to flash fiction. It has been published continuously since March 2000. Vestal Review is a semi-annual perfect-bound print magazine with a Web presence, devoted to what is considered an underrepresented type of fiction: flash (or short-short) stories. A good flash, replete with a cohesive plot, rich language and enticing imagery, is perhaps the hardest type of fiction to write. A good flash is so condensed that it borderlines poetry. A good flash engages your mind not only for the short duration of its read, but for a long time after.|
|Smokelong Quarterly||Flash Fiction||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 places such as Norton’s Flash Fiction International and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Flush Fiction.
|Short Fiction Break||Flash Fiction||Short Fiction Break is an innovative online literary journal founded in May of 2014 by people who love reading and writing fiction. They recognize that your time is precious and try to keep stories shorter than 2000 words. They publish three to five stories a week|
|Flash Fiction Online||Flash Fiction||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 enjoy and select fiction in any genre.|
|Every Day Fiction||Flash Fiction||Every Day Fiction is looking for very short (flash) fiction, of up to 1000 words. There’s no such thing as too short — if you can do the job in 50 words, have at it! — but their readers prefer pieces that tell or at least hint at a complete story (some sort of action or tension rising to a moment of climax, and at least a clue toward a resolution, though it doesn’t have to be all spelled out).|
|Word Riot||Flash Fiction||Word Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. They like edgy. challenging, unique voices. Each month they provide readers with book reviews, author interviews, and, most importantly, writing from some of the best and brightest making waves on the literary scene.|
|Brevity||Flash Fiction||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 previously unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month.|
|The Matador Review||Fiction, Flash Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry||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 promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, they 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. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.|
|Uprising Review||Fiction||The goal of The Uprising Review is to promote fantastic fiction regardless of genre and to promote free speech within the creative field. They feel that uncomfortable topics need to be explored, creative minds should not be hindered by restrictions, and free speech is an important step of the creative process. Their goal is not to offend, but to promote critical thought, expression, and unheard voices. Though there are countless avenues to share short stories, many of them restrict writers with the content they can send or who the writer is themselves.|
|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. They are not interested in acquiring fiction that denigrates or perpetuates stereotypes of the above groups.|
|Sky Island Journal||Poetry, Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction||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 mission to provide our readers with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally.|
|ZiN Daily||Multiple genres||ZiN Daily is the living document and online creative laboratory of ZVONA i NARI in Istria, Croatia, where literature happens every day. ZiN Daily is specifically looking for boundary- and border-crossing work that illuminates underexplored connections as we build a common platform for mutual solidarity and exchange. We seek visual arts, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in English, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, French, German, and Italian. Translations are strongly encouraged. We look forward to hearing from you!|
|Amper & Sand Publishing||Literary, Mystery||Amber & Sand welcomes online submissions of short fiction (5,000 - 8,000 words) and novellas (under 70,000 words). They are interested in stories set in London or that have a transatlantic connection. Feminist and queer perspectives are particularly favoured.|
|The Scriblerus||Arts Journal/Visual, Fiction, Multimedia, Poetry, Music||Scriblerus is a literary arts journal that seeks to explore the human experience with honesty and authenticity. We look for work that is passionate, curious, and portrays the complexity of being human. The Scriblerus online journal is produced and supported by the Literary Production class at Greenville College.|
|Eventus Magazine||Literary Travel||Eventus is a literary travel magazine that explores the positive influences of people and place. Through a series of creative works, their global collective of adventurers write about pivotal moments, engage with inspiring individuals and seek out the unusual.|
|The Woven Tale Press||Literary Travel||The Woven Tale Press, a fine arts and literary magazine, monthly exhibits the literary, artful, and innovative. The WTP mission is to grow Web traffic to noteworthy writers, photographers, and artists, both emerging and established. Contributors are credited with interactive URLs back to their sites. By growing this Web traffic, WTP also aspires to garner the interest of galleries and literary agents who may turn to its pages seeking new talents. Their monthly magazine has featured multiple Pushcart Prize nominees, poet laureates, and internationally acclaimed artists.|
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Rose Metal Press, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.
Fast Forward Press is dedicated to publishing compressed forms of literature across the globe. Since 2007, they have published an annual anthology of flash fiction.
Telling Our Stories Press (TOSP) is an independent literary imprint with a focus on
the art of short memoir and personal narratives.
Wising Up Press is looking for short memoir. Their motto is finding the We in Them, the Us in You.
Writer’s Relief is an on-line newsletter that compiles calls for submissions to anthologies. bioStories is an on-line anthology of flash memoir and personal stories.
Poets & Writers classifieds list calls for anthology submissions plus contests, and more.
Future Tense Publishing
EChapbooks, on various themes
Freeze Frame 1000 words or less.
5x5 is a concise literary magazine, looking for fiction and non-fiction 500 words or less
100 Word Story. That’s right, 100 words.
The Boiler Journal, nothing over 2,500 words
Word Riot publishes flash fiction under 1000 words
Ruminate. A print journal that accepts flash
Vestal Review. A print journal with some on-line content. PAYS!
Stories up to 100 words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
Marco Polo takes flash and short shorts
The Journal of Compressed Creative Artsis a non-profit publisher of compressed creative arts, such as micro fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, compressed poetry & visual arts, and whatever other forms compression might take
Hippocampusasks that submissions be no more than 3,500 words in the memoir and essay category and less than 800 words for flash creative nonfiction pieces
Fringeacceptsflash fiction 1,000 words or less
The Molotov Cocktailis interested in volatile flash fiction, words not to exceed 1000 words
The Postcard Press accepts prose submissions of up to 100 words
SmokeLongpublishes flash fiction up to 1000 words. No memoir or non-fiction.
Brevitypublishes brief essays, 750 words or less
Monkeybicycle accepts one-sentence stories
Two Sentence Stories. Big stories in two-little sentences.
The Collagist considers all lengths of short fiction, from short-shorts through novella. Send one story, one novella, or a batch of one to three short-shorts
Double Room: A Journal of Prose Poetry and Flash Fiction
Flash Fiction On-line publishes stories from 500 to 1,000 words in length
Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, stories up to 360 words
Wig Leaf stories under 1000 words
Vine Leaves no more than 800 words, vignettes
Flash Fiction World
Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog=Flash Fridays
Tin House Magazine=Flash Friday
Friday Flash Dot Org
20 Minutes a Day
3:amMagazine doesn't pay, less than 2,000 words
Matter Press, a journal that publishes weekly compressions & decompressions
Flash Frontier (New Zealand, open to all world citizens)
Ardor Lit Mag, SHORT-SHORTS (up to 1000 words, up to 3 pieces)
365 Tomorrows, science fiction flash
Free Flash Fiction, stories of 200-1000 words, on various themes
Episodic flash<800 words
Ginger PigletA journal of small literary things and visual work.
Popshot Magazine from the UK
Subterranean Quarterly flash <1000 words
Meekling Press postcard series!
Tell Us a Story ditto
Flash Frontier out of New Zealand (yeah!) <250 words, themed
Ardor flash <1000 words
This Very BreathLiterary Journal of Flash Fiction and Nonfiction, check it out, a fan of this site
Dash concentrated expressions of creativity, with an emphasis on brevity
Spartan minimalist prose
Getting Something Read "if compression is the first grace of style" <700 words
*Star82 Review takes flash and postcard lit:A high-quality, compelling photo, often mysterious, beautiful, or humorous, that draws the viewer in
—Short prose or poetry that complements, but doesn’t explain or repeat what the image saysGambling the Aisle 300 words or fewer
A Quiet Courage <100 words
BIDE 10 - 400 words
Episodic <800 words
Story Shack <1000 words
Zest both micro (<250) and flash (<1000 words)
The Vignette Review/ 300 to 900 words
CAKE mag, from the UK 500 words of prose
Five Points no more than 250 words
Web Flash Fiction Prize, for women only!
Pure Slush, 500 words maximum; must somehow incorporate ‘five’.
Scrapegoat Review 500 words or less; Flash-fiction and flash non-fiction
5 x 5 500 words or less
Fewer Than 500
Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal 500 words or less
Pithead Chapel 1000 words or less
101 Fiction 100 words
Matador Review under 1,000 words