Saturday, January 28, 2023

Call for Submissions: F(r)iction Series

Submission Guidelines

F(r)iction Series

For our print magazine, we accept short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—regardless of genre, style, or origin. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for and the ethos behind what we do, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions and this CLMP Member Spotlight article. And please note that we strongly encourage you to check out a past issue of F(r)iction, available in our shop.

Please also be sure to also check out our formatting guidelines.

GuidelinesCategories accepted:
● Short fiction: 1,001 – 7,500 words
● Creative nonfiction: up to 6,500 words
● Flash fiction: 1,000 words or less
● Poetry: three pages or less per poem, up to five poems per submission

Other notes:
● All genres are welcome, but especially those that celebrate the weird, take risks with form and content, and are driven by a strong, unique voice.
● All work must be previously unpublished. This means if your work has appeared in any print or online source (this includes personal blogs, websites, and social media pages), we cannot accept it.
● Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately by choosing “withdraw” in Submittable if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.
● Submit as many pieces as you’d like.
● Poetry Submissions: Please note that our poetry submissions are currently closed to give us a chance to catch up on submissions. We will be reopening this category as soon as possible.

Reading Period: Submissions are accepted year-round.

Price$2.50 per submission

Payment$10 per final printed page and two free contributor’s copies

Please note, this submission portal is exclusively for journal submissions. Pieces submitted here will only be considered for inclusion in F(r)iction and not for our seasonal contests. Refunds cannot be given for incorrect submissions. Information about how to submit to our contests can be found here, and also below. Thanks for your interest!

Submit your work here.

Call for Submissions: carte blanche


At carte blanche we believe there is more than one way to tell a story. Our mandate is to provide a venue for narrative of all forms from fiction and nonfiction, to poetry and photo essays. carte blanche is published three times a year: in the winter, spring/summer, and fall.

Submissions for issue 45 will be accepted from January 10th to March 10th 2023. All successful submissions will receive an honorarium of 75 CAD along with publication in the magazine.

We accept original, previously unpublished submissions through our online submission form ONLY. If you have problems using our submission form, please send us an e-mail at:

Visit our past issues to get a sense of the work we publish.

Simultaneous submissions: We accept simultaneous submissions. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are sending your piece elsewhere and withdraw your submission via Submittable if it is accepted somewhere else.

Unpublished submissions: We do not accept submissions that have been previously published, including on personal websites and social media.

Rights: We ask for first world serial rights and the right to archive your work on the website. Copyright reverts to the author upon publication. In the case of translated pieces, you must already have received permissions from the original publisher to translate the piece prior to submitting your translation to us.

Payment: carte blanche pays a modest honorarium per submission.
We hope to increase the amount in the future.

What to send

Comics - We’re looking for comics that have a story to tell, that explore the boundaries of narrative within the comics form. We’re open to all styles, subjects, shapes, and sizes, but keep in mind that your comic will be displayed on the web using our image gallery.Please submit your files at web resolution (72dpi) in one file (PDF or ZIP) with an artist’s biography of 75 words or less, and any relevant links.All files should be named with their proper titles as you would like them to be displayed on the site. Note: If your piece is selected, you may be asked to submit print-ready files for a print-on-demand copy of your issue.

Fiction - We welcome fiction in any form. Word limit: 3500 words.

Photography - Tell a story in 12 photos or fewer. Together, your photos should create a narrative – whether abstract or concrete.Send a ZIP or PDF file with your work pasted in and include a statement, captions, and any other relevant text.If your work is selected for publication, we will contact you for a high-res version of the photo essay. A low-res version is adequate for submitting.

Poetry - As of 2021, we have instated a submission cap. Please submit early — we will not accept late submissions by email.We welcome poems in any form. Limit: Maximum 3 poems per person per submission round.

Translations - We accept English translations of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction written originally in French. If possible, please include the original work on which the translation is based. If we like your piece and choose to publish it, you will be required to provide proof of permission from the copyright holder of the original work to translate and publish the translation. Obtaining permission can take time, so please do so before you submit!

Creative Nonfiction - We consider nonfiction narratives including memoir, personal essay, and literary journalism. Creative nonfiction submissions should be factual. Any changes to names to protect privacy should be indicated in an author’s note. Maximum 3500 words.

We are currently closed for blog submissions.

More information and submission portal on our website 

Call for Submissions: The Ex-Puritan

The Ex-Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world.

Our current publication rates (as of Fall 2022) stand as:
  • $200 PER ESSAY
  • $100 PER REVIEW

Check back with the magazine regularly; The Ex-Puritan is working ever assiduously to increase these figures.

Please note that we can ONLY issue payments using etransfer, PayPal or a cheque in the mail. We also pay in CAD. If you cannot accept payment via etransfer, PayPal or cheque from a Canadian bank, we cannot accept your submission.

Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of six categories: fiction, essays, poetry, interviews, reviews, and experimental/hybrid work.

To submit to the experimental/hybrid section of the magazine, please email our section editors at: 

All other submissions must go through our Submittable. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). 

All submissions received by March 25 will be considered for the spring issue, published in May. Those received by June 25 are considered for the summer issue in August. Those received by September 25 are considered for the fall issue, published in November. Those received by December 25 are considered for the winter issue, out in February. All submissions will receive a decision within four months of the submission date.

If you haven’t heard back from us in four months or for any other query not answered here, get in touch with us at: 

Please note that we CANNOT accept email submissions. They will be discarded.We are open to simultaneous submissions for all regular submission categories, but no simultaneous submissions are permitted for the Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence.

If your work is accepted elsewhere, please contact us immediately at: 

to withdraw the piece.

Submit your work here.

Writing Competition for Iowa Writers: Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award


Poets and fiction writers who are residents of Iowa are eligible to apply if they:Have never published a book, or;
Have published no more than one full-length book in the genre in which they are applying, and;
Reside in Iowa presently and for at least two years prior to the date they submit their manuscripts.

Writers may apply in poetry and/or fiction (only one manuscript per category).

Writers may not be previous winners of contests sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc.

Finalists will be asked to submit verification of publications and residency.

Employees of Poets & Writers, Inc. are not eligible.


One poet and one fiction writer from Iowa will be selected as winners. Winners will be announced on our website in Summer 2023. Each will receive:A $500 honorarium;

An all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in Fall 2023 to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and other writers. Winners will give a public reading, hosted by Poets & Writers.

One-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.

Note: While we hope to offer an in-person experience in 2023, we will only do so if it is deemed safe to travel and meet in person.


Poetry manuscripts should not exceed ten pages, single or double-spaced (minimum of 7 pages).

Fiction manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages and must be double-spaced. Fiction manuscripts may include stories and/or excerpts from novels.

Published work may be included; however, no reprints from books or magazines are acceptable. Published work must be retyped to conform with the rest of manuscript and should not be identified as published work.

All work must be original and written in English; translations are not eligible. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter.

Full guidelines and submission portal here.

Call for Writers' Conference Proposals: Write on the Sound Writers' Conference


Write on the Sound Writers' Conference is currently accepting proposals for the 2023 conference, scheduled for Oct 6-7-8 in Edmonds, WA, with a special live online presentation of a select group of sessions on Sat Sept. 30 or Fri Oct 6 (online day to be determined in the spring 2023).

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission endeavors to create an inclusive conference program that represents a broad range of genres and publishing options. Please feel free to share this opportunity with others in your network.

Proposals are accepted through March 15, 2023. If you have questions, we are happy to help. Please call our office (425-771-0228), or email Laurie Rose, conference coordinator, at:

About the WOTS ConferenceEstablished in 1985 by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, Write on the Sound is a small, high quality, affordable three-day conference focused on the craft of writing. In 2023, the conference will offer both online and in-person presentations. 

  • The conference offers in-depth workshops and a variety of sessions and panel discussions for all writing levels and interests. Workshops are 3-hours and regular sessions are 75- or 90-min. Online presentations are 60-min.
  • In-person conference registration is limited to approximately 250 attendees.
  • Session capacity ranges from 20 to 80 attendees for both in-person and online presentations.
  • Special conference features include manuscript critique appointments, a writing contest for registrants, a pop-up bookshop hosted by Edmonds Bookshop (featuring presenters' publications, exclusively), a keynote address, Saturday book-signing reception, community sponsored Open Mic event, and the opportunity to network with attendees and other presenters.
  • WOTS does not feature a trade show hall, or appointment/pitch opportunity with agents or publishers.

HonorariumThe 90-minute session presenter honorarium is $195. The 75-min sessions are $162. Three-hour workshop honorarium start at $400. All inclusive.
Travel stipend for an in-person presentation is available for those coming from more than 50 miles from Edmonds (rate calculated on actual distance), and for those arriving by WA State Ferry. Discounted hotel rooms (based on availability).

The Need-to-Know before submitting your proposal(s):

The goal of the selection committee is to create a well-rounded conference program that offers a variety of sessions for all experience levels on the craft of writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry, as well as information on specialty topics, genres, publishing industry, the business of writing, writer's life, and current trends.

The WOTS attendee is an enthusiastic student who wants to learn the craft of writing, obtain tips, and gain insight from writing/publishing industry professionals to help further develop their writing skills and publishing industry knowledge.

Eligible applicants must have proven practical knowledge and experience in their proposed topic(s). 

Primary consideration is given to those with proven in-person conference session instruction, classroom or workshop teaching experience, and online conference or distance learning instruction.
Proposals with a focus on writing exercises will not be given primary consideration.

Contract Terms

If booked as an online presentation, presenters are required to have dedicated access to a computer, microphone, audio speaker, webcam, high-speed internet and the Zoom platform application. 

Additionally, presenters are expected to be reasonably familiar with the function of an online format, with proven ability to manage their own presentation. WOTS will provide a volunteer for each session to assist with management of attendees and other functions. Training is not provided. 

In-person event: 

Travel stipend is available for those coming from over 50 miles from Edmonds WA. Washington State Ferry stipend is also available for residents of the Kitsap Peninsula and San Juan Islands. Discount hotel room at the Edmonds Harbor Inn available on a first come/first served basis (presenters make their own reservations). Transportation to/from the conference location is not available.

All contracted presenters are invited as our guest to attend any of the Saturday or Sunday sessions (online and in-person), including the Keynote address.

Only presenters’ and speakers’ publications are sold at the pop-up/online bookshop.

Application instructions:

  • Please review all information above before submitting your proposal.
  •  Complete the form.
  •  No more than 3 proposals, please. You may provide a list of additional session topics.

Your session proposal(s) must include the following:

  • A 50-word summary of your presentation that clearly states the skill level of the attendee (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) and the value of the content of your session.
  • Three key “take away” points specifically stating how attendees can apply session information to their writing projects.
  • Session format (panel discussion; lecture; interactive; media presentation, such as a PowerPoint; writing exercise, etc.)
  • A detailed description of your proposed session(s). Maximum one page per description.
  • Your resume, including previous teaching experience and/or conference presentations (Limit to 2-3 pages. Please, do not submit a complete CV).
  • A 100-word biography with a list of your publication credentials.
  • If you are new to WOTS: Three professional teaching, conference and/or publication references. Contact information only. Do not submit letters of recommendation.
To apply, fill out the form here.

Call for Submissions to Anthology on Long-haul COVID: Long Hauler Publishing

Submissions Open: January 31, 2023 - March 31, 2023

Long Hauler Publishing is pleased to announce an open call for short stories, commentary, letters, essays or poetry addressing the lived experience of COVID long-haulers. The goal of the Long COVID anthology is to harness support for American COVID long-haulers while furthering a wider understanding of Long COVID’s ongoing effects. This opportunity is NOT restricted to professional or published writers! The anthology is by and for long-haulers and serves as a historical document. We are a small press that welcomes marginalized and underrepresented voices.

The editing team is especially interested in the following themes:

  • Daily Reality
  • Community & Family
  • Employment/Unemployment
  • Support
  • Emotions
  • Isolation
  • Routine
  • Symptoms
  • Mental Health
Submission Guidelines: Short stories, commentary, letters, and essays should be 800 – 1500 words and poems up to two pages. One submission per person. Work should use a 12-point font, be original and unpublished and written in English. Contributors must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2023

Selected works will be published in the 2023 anthology.

Include a brief bio of up to fifty words describing who you are, if/when you were diagnosed with COVID, and a link to any previously published writing. Note: You do not have to be a published writer as this book will reflect the real and true lived experiences of COVID long-haulers. If your piece is accepted, you will be notified by email. All contributors will receive an honorarium and an electronic copy of the published book. There will be a fabulous online book launch party open to all. 
More information and submission link here.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Call for Chapbook Submissions: Green Linden Press

Screenshot of Green Linden Press' Chapbooks published in 2022 and 2023

Green Linden Press is delighted to welcome submissions of poetry chapbook manuscripts to be considered for publication in its Chapbook Series. Our mission is simple: to foster excellent poetry. Poets are encouraged to read our online journal, Under a Warm Green Linden, and the titles in our catalog to become familiar with work that excites us.
  • Send an unpublished manuscript from 12–40 pages (either pdf, doc, docx, odt, rtf, or txt).
  • Include a brief biographical statement.
  • Include an acknowledgments page indicating poems that have been previously published.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
  • Multiple submissions are permissible.
  • Co-authored manuscripts are welcome.
  • Manuscripts in translation are welcome.
  • There are two reading fee options: $15 to have your manuscript considered; $23 to have your manuscript considered and to have a chapbook or broadside of your choosing mailed to you (not available to international submitters; and some broadsides are excluded).
  • Notification will be made on or before summer solstice. Chapbook publication will be in the fall or winter.
  • Should your manuscript be selected, you will receive 25 copies, and your book will be promoted online and at book festivals.
  • This is not a contest. Manuscripts will not be read blind. Publication decisions will be made by Christopher Nelson, the editor of Green Linden Press.
  • Green Linden Press intends to publish one or more manuscripts from this reading period; however, we reserve the right to publish no manuscripts if we feel that none fit with our aesthetic.
  • A portion of the proceeds from this open-reading period will support reforestation efforts.
  • Submitters to Green Linden Press agree to receive updates about future publications and submission opportunities. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Questions or comments: contact Christopher Nelson: greenlindenpress at gmail dot com
  • Deadline: March 20, 2023. Notification of our selection(s) will be made on or before June 21, 2023.
Submit your work here.