literary journal

Kill Your Darlings Opens Reading Period for Nonfiction/Fiction - Pays up to $550

Kill Your Darlings (est. 2010), a quarterly literary and culture-themed journal based in Australia, has opened a one month reading period (until the end of June 2015) to review new submissions from prose writers.

Led by Rebecca Starford, the staff invites both fiction and nonfiction, including narratives, essays, stories, interviews, reviews, and cultural commentary.

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Lihaaf (The Quilt) is a 1942 Urdu short story written by Ismat Chughtai. Published in the Urdu literary journal Adab-i-Latif, it led to much controversy, uproar and an obscenity trial due to illusions to homosexuality. Ismat had to defend herself in the Lahore Court as well for this work. She was asked to apologize which she did not and also won the case, after her lawyer pointed out that the story makes no suggestion to a sexual act, and prosecution witnesses could not point out any obscene words.

Fire 1996 Hindi film directed by Deepa Mehta and starring Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das was loosely based on the short story

You can read it in English, translated by M. Asaduddin, here

soracat asked:

I wrote half of a 2,000-words-or-so submission to a literary journal today! I'm gonna finish it up tomorrow then leave it a few days and do the edits. c: I feel productive.

That’s greeeeaaat! 

You’ve been super productive and I envy you ;u;

Best of luck! 

One Story magazine Raises Rates and Opens for Submissions - Pays $500/story

Modern literary magazine One Story has opened its annual reading period and is now accepting submissions of high-quality literary fiction from outside contributors.

Because the publication receives approx. 100 submissions weekly and the editors choose only one story per monthly issue, competition among writers is very high.

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16 Places to Pitch Short Stories

Boston Review

About: In the words of Junot Díaz, fiction editor of the Boston Review, they are “looking for fiction in which a heart struggles against itself, in which the messy unmanageable complexity of the world is revealed. Sentences that are so sharp they cut the eye.”

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions must be under 4,000 words. Previously published material will not be considered.

Reading period: September 15–June 15


About: Ploughshares strives to publish work filled with “literary excellence.” Issues also feature special guest editors such as Seamus Heaney, Rosellen Brown, and Sherman Alexie.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Entry fee: $3 for online submissions, free for current subscribers and mailed submissions

Restrictions: Send only one manuscript at a time, either by mail or submit online

Reading period: June 1–January 15

Tin House

About: Tin House endeavors to publish reputable authors and also undiscovered fiction writers and poets. Each issue has a suggested theme, except for the summer and winter issues.

Format: Print

Restrictions: 10,000-word limit. Submit only one story at a time. Only unpublished works will be considered.

Reading period: September 4–May 31


About: BOMB magazine is an independent nonprofit quarterly publication, with an online presence, that is dedicated to artists in conversation with other artists. It accepts unsolicited prose submissions for their literary supplement First Proof and weekly online Word Choice column.

Format: Print and digital

Current deadline: December 31, 2014

About: is a website for science fiction and fantasy dedicated to provoking conversations with and between its readers.

Format: Digital

Restrictions: Stories under 17,500 words. Submit only one story at a time. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works will not be considered.

Genres: Speculative fiction, poetry

One Story

About: One Story is a literary magazine that features only one story.

Format: Print and digital by subscription

Restrictions: Only stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words will be accepted. Only unpublished stories (unless was published in print outside of North America) will be considered.

Reading period: September 1–May 31

Genre: Literary fiction

Glimmer Train

About: Glimmer Train strives to publish literary short stories of the highest quality that are “emotionally significant.” The editors (who also happen to be sisters) encourage submissions from emerging writers.

Format: Print and subscription

Restrictions: Only unpublished stories will be considered

Reading period: Contingent upon submission category

Genre: Literary short stories


About: Narrative magazine seeks to publish “the finest writing talent.” It publishes both established authors and emerging writers.

Format: Digital and mobile app

Entry fee: A fee will be charged for unsolicited submissions

Restrictions: Narrative accepts manuscripts for “short short fiction” that are two to five pages in length, and between 500 and 2,000 words. The magazine also accepts short stories between 2,000 and 15,000 words.

Reading period: All year

Restrictions: Previously unpublished manuscripts are welcomed

Fantasy & Science Fiction

About: Fantasy & Science Fiction looks for stories that will appeal to science fiction and fantasy readers.

Format: Print

Restrictions: Stories up to 25,000 words in length are accepted. Simultaneous and electronic submissions are not accepted. Only one submission at a time is encouraged.

Genres: Fantasy and science fiction

Asimov’s Science Fiction

About: Asimov’s Science Fiction is a magazine geared toward science fiction stories.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions up to 7,500 words are accepted. Only previously unpublished stories are accepted. Simultaneous submissions are not encouraged.

Genre: Science fiction


About: Analog publishes stories in which some aspect of future science or technology is the key component.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Analog prefers a word count between 2,000 and 7,000.

Genre: Science fiction

Daily Science Fiction

About: Daily Science Fiction publishes original science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and more every day.

Format: Digital and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions should be 100–10,000 words. Only previously unpublished stories will be considered. Only one submission at a time is encouraged.

Genres: Science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc

Electric Literature

About: Electric Literature is a digital fiction magazine. It accepts submission for Recommended Reading, its fiction magazine that is “part salon, part digest, and part journal.”

Format: Digital

Restrictions: Submissions should be 2,000–10,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but if it is accepted elsewhere, it must be withdrawn. Only previously unpublished stories are accepted during the spring submission period.

Genre: Fiction

KGB Bar Lit Magazine

About: KGB Bar Lit Magazine accepts submissions for its weekly and monthly publications.

Format: Digital

Restrictions: Submissions should be unpublished stories or excerpts between 1,500 and 3,000 words.

Genre: Fiction

Black Warrior Review

About: Black Warrior Review was established by graduate students in the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Alabama. It publishes Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers.

Format: Print, digital, and subscription

Restrictions: Submissions must not be longer than 7,000 words. Writers may only submit once every six months. Previously published work is not considered. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but Black Warrior Review must be notified if the submission is accepted somewhere else.

Reading period: December 1–March 1 and August 1–October 1

The North American Review

About: The North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in the US and is published at the University of Northern Iowa. It is “well-known for its early discovery of young, talented fiction writers and poets.” It also publishes creative nonfiction.

Format: Print and subscription

Restrictions: No more than two short stories may be submitted at a time. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Previously published material is not accepted.

Genres: Fiction and creative nonfiction


Introducing INK BRICK No. 3


Debuts June 6 at Grand Comics Festival

60 full-color pages, perfect bound. Features a fold-out slipcover/poster with work by Marguerite Van Cook, James Romberger, Bianca Stone, and Maëlle Doliveux. Original comics poetry by:

Alyssa Berg

Catherine Bresner

Sabin Cauldron

Anthony Cudahy

Maëlle Doliveux

Glynnis Fawkes

Hayley Fiddler

Eva Jaroňová

Anna Krztoń

Aurélien Leif

Laurence and Myra Musgrove

James Romberger

Alexander Rothman

Alexey Sokolin

Bianca Stone

John Swogger

Paul K. Tunis

Marguerite Van Cook


Cover image by Maëlle Doliveux. Pages by Anna Krztoń, Laurence and Myra Musgrove, and Alyssa Berg


I have the esteemed honour of having the above photographs featured in this month’s edition of ALiteration Mag: A Stitch Untied by aliterationmag 

You can purchase your issue at those links above (all proceeds go to producing future issues) and see my mediocre photographs providing the backdrop for some of Tumblr’s best writers.

Visual Editor Wanted

Aliteration is also looking for a visual editor to be in charge of selecting the photographs for use in their issues, and because most of you guys following me do so for my photographs, I’d (totally modestly) say you have a fine eye for photography :D

Find out the details and apply.

telescopical,you’d be brilliant at something like that.

Literary Journal 'Upstreet' Seeks Poets and Prose Writers - Pays up to $250/story

Annual literary journal upstreet (lowercase), published by Ledgetop Publishing, is now seeking literary submissions for the 11th issue, to be published in July 2015 and distributed nationally through small press distributors.

Editor Vivian Dorsel invites original, unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She is open to all subjects, styles and genres.

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To encourage women writers and writers from other marginalized groups to submit to literary magazines and journals, we are starting a campaign!

The #submitto5 campaign seeks to change the landscape of literary magazines and journals. No longer can publications that are dominated by straight, cis, white males say that members of marginalized groups just need to “submit more” - because we will be.

This year, commit to submitting to 5 literary magazines & journals a year. 

Share widely, tell your friends, and let the world know that we DO write - and we know our writing deserves to be read.

Need a place to start? Check out our list of feminist magazines & journals:


Alright, so I finished designing the website of my literary journal, both print & digital, South Jersey (SJ) Review. 

Don’t worry we’re not geographically restricted and welcome submissions from outside the area.

We’re officially open for submissions for our first issue. Feel free to send your best poetry, short fiction, art and photography to

Check out the website here »

Also read our first blog post on how we got started »

Introducing INK BRICK No. 2, the second installment of our biannual journal. Featuring original work from 16 creators who turn the visual language of comics toward poetry.

48 pages of original work. 5.5" x 8.5". Full color throughout.

$9.95 at the INK BRICK store. Print edition comes with a free PDF ebook. 

Ebook alone is $5.

Full lineup:

Vidhu Aggarwal and Bishakh Som

Kimball Anderson

Alexandra Beguez

Nicolas Labarre

Mark Laliberte

Tom Motley 

Summer Pierre

Jesse Reklaw

John Robbins

Alexander Rothman

Heather Simon

Alexey Sokolin and Angel Chen

Paul K. Tunis

Chrissy Williams

Cover by Keren Katz

Looking for a place to submit your experimental and/or surreal writing/art/photography?


Desired writing includes cut-up, automatism, erasure poetry, found poetry, flash-fiction, prose poetry, etc. Desired art and photography includes collage, visual poetry, [self-]portraits, landscape, double-exposure, drawings, paintings, automatic writing visual works, manipulated found art/photography, video, audio, etc.

Send your work as an attachment to with a short explanation of why you consider your work experimental.

Issue goes live on April 29.

CrazyHorse Reopens for Submissions of Poetry and Prose - Pays $20/page

Crazyhorse (est. 1960), a semiannual literary magazine published by the Dept. of English at the College of Charleston, has recently reopened for submissions of prose and poetry until May 31, 2015. 

The editors welcome writers to submit poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in any voice, style or form. Word length for prose is 2500-8500 words. Poets can submit up to 5 poems per submission. CrazyHorse now uses Submittable instead of its own submission platform and charges a $3 reading fee.

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Winter Tangerine Review Giveaway!

To celebrate hitting one thousand followers on Tumblr, we are holding a giveaway!

Three lucky winners will receive a one year subscription to Winter Tangerine Review! Five others winners will receive a book of our choice! To enter, all you have to do is reblog this post with the name of your favorite writer or artist.

For an extra chance to win, go “Like” our Facebook page and comment your favorite poem or piece of art on the giveaway status! For an additional chance to win, go follow us on Twitter and tweet us your favorite book or collection of art!

Winners will be posted here and on Facebook on December 25th. Winners will have until December 31st to claim their prize. 

Good luck and have a happy holiday season!