Calls for Submissions: Seven journals that want your fiction or poetry this summer

call for submissions for fiction and poetryIt’s not too late to achieve a writing goal or two this summer.  Take a look at this list of journals that have issued calls for submissions and want your writing fiction, poetry, and essays right now.  We never list writing contests or any kind of submission call that charges a reading or entry fee.  If one of these journals charges a submission or reading fee, please let us know in the comments.

Compose Journal

Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is now accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and artwork for their Fall 2013 issue.  You can read their Spring 2013 issue at

Submission guidelines can be found here:

Cease, Cows Literary Journal

Cease, Cows Literary Journal is now open for prose poetry submissions.  We’re looking for language and image and energy that move us, whether the force is subtle and sly or muscular and fierce.  We know it when we read it.  It resonates, haunting even after hours or days of reading other poems. Could be from hungry lyricism, could be a desperate grip or fist in the eye. We crave poems that seduce or stalk or trick us deeper into a secret world.  Cease, Cows publishes prose poetry and flash fiction on a rolling basis. If you compose prose poems, we want to read them!” Guidelines can be found here: Submissions are sent here:

Sundress Publications: Mermaids in the  Basement Anthology

Mermaids in the Basement is an anthology seeking original poems of mermaid poetry. This project is interested in poems that push the mermaid myth and figure into a new light. Submissions should not simply retell the mermaid and her classic story but establish new facets in which to read, question, admire, interrogate, and fear this fantastical siren. Poems need not mention mermaids directly but must suggest, at the very least, a mermaid theme.  This project is not interested in genre, fantasy, or overtly-campy writing, so please consider if your work would fit the aims of this anthology.

Please send 3-5 poems in a word document. Previously published work will be considered. If you send previously published work please let us know. Please include a brief bio. Send poems to:
For more information, visit us at

Submission deadline: November 1, 2013

The Labletter

The Labletter is currently accepting poetry, fiction, and essay submissions for its 2014 edition. For more information, please visit

Union Station Magazine

We are delighted to announce our first ever guest editor for the Prose component of Issue nO.9., Stacia L. Brown.

Stacia L. Brown is a mother, a writer and a college writing instructor. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Salon, and PostBourgie. Her writing has also been featured in the anthologies It’s All Love: Black Writers on Soul Mates, Family, and Friends, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering, and the Academy, as well as at The Daily Beast, The Root, The Grio, and Racialicious.  Her short story, “Shhh,” was featured here at Union Station Magazine and subsequently nominated for the 2011 Dzanc Best of the Web anthology.

Submission Guidelines:
Deadline:  Hurry!  The reading period for Issue nO.9 will close on July 20th, 2013.

At Length

At Length’s next open reading period will begin August 1, 2013, and run through the end of the month. Details for the submission process appear below. Please note that we will not respond to any submissions received before August 1 or after August 31. To learn more about At Length, please visit

POETRY:  We’re interested in poems and sequences that are at least 7 single-spaced pages long. Please send a Word document or PDF to Simultaneous submissions are fine, but be sure to mention it in the body of the email, and if parts of the work have already appeared in other venues, please note that as well and provide all relevant details. We will attempt to respond to all submissions within two months, and we ask that you only submit one poem or sequence at a time.

PROSE:  We’re looking for fiction and non-fiction of at least 7,500 words in length. We welcome novellas, novel excerpts, memoirs, narratives, essays, and long short stories. No academic papers, please. Simultaneous submissions are fine; previously published pieces, not so much. Please send your work in a Word or .pdf file to
prose(at), along with a short biographical note. We’ll do our best to respond within two months.

Stems Journal

Now open! Stems Journal is now accepting submission for their debut issue.   Stems is looking for writing and visual art inspired and challenged by science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. The submission deadline for our first
issue is August 31st. Please visit their website,, or email them at editors at stemsjournal dot com for more information.

Know any more places to submit to this summer?  Feel free to post it in our comments.

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