NO FEE / PAYING Call for Submission – The Offing DEADLINE: Sept. 7, 2015

All categories are accepting submissions without fee until September 7. After which, a $3 fee via Submittable will be required, unless you choose to mail in your submission.

To read more about The Offing, their mission, and the different forms they accept, read their About page here. From their mission: “The Offing actively seeks out and supports work by and about those often marginalized in the literary conversation, including people of color, women and gender non-conformists, and members of the LGBTQIA and differently abled communities.”

Before submitting, make sure to visit their Poetry, Fiction, and Essay pages to see what types of work they publish. If you appreciate the work, please consider offering your support on their donations page. All donations are tax-deductible and you can donate any amount.

For more info on submitting, read my Submission Tips here.

Click here to read submission guidelines and submit.

DEADLINE: September 7, 2015

PAYMENT: “Upon publication, contributors will be paid a $20–$50 fee, depending on department and number/length of works published.”

FORMS:  Fiction, Poetry, Essay | Memoir, Dead Letter Office, You Are Here, Wit’s End, Micro, or Enumerate (For more info, see their About page.)


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Submit to Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines Using Selby’s List

Originally posted on Trish Hopkinson:

Sellby’s List is an international list of lit mags who are open to experimental poetry and art submissions. The extensive list is international and you can view listings for the following regions:

The lists and page are now managed by Jon Henson, a professor and writing and development manager, but were originally created by Spencer Selby in 1993. He describes his motivation for the project on the About page:

“I started Selby’s List of Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines in 1993, in response to what I felt was a serious need. The original goal was to supply reliable up-to-date info about innovative poetry magazines in the U.S. This quickly expanded, first to include all English speaking countries and then the world. Originally Selby’s List was a single sheet of letter size paper, covered with small print…

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Call for Submissions – Violence Against Women anthology, DEADLINE: Nov. 30, 2015

“Sable Books is publishing an anthology addressing the subject of violence against women. We are seeking poems on all themes related to this issue (i.e., origins, personal stories, recovery, advocacy, prevention, survival, etc.)” They are encouraging early submissions, so send them in as soon as you can!

There is a small submission fee of $5, but the proceeds from the submission fees will be donated to the Global Fund for Women. Please consider researching this charity and sending additional support if your budget allows.

*If you would like to submit and cannot afford the submission fee, please contact Melissa Hassard directly at

Click here to read the submission call and to submit.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2015 


FORMS:  Poetry

NOTES: They welcome both previously published and new work.


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Submishmash – A fun way to find submission deadlines . . .

Submishmash allows writers and other artists to view open submission calls randomly, by type (writing, art, sound, film) or by deadlines. It’s a fun and interesting way to visually wade through the many submission calls available. Built by our friends at Submittable, “Submishmash is a living catalog of all contemporary art, literature, music and film outlets and opportunities on Earth. Listings are constantly updated and accessible via an open API. You can explore, find, share and group opportunities.” You can subscribe to their weekly Submishmash newsletter here.

Not only can you sort by deadlines, but you can use the link below to isolate only poetry submission calls. Click the image for the submission call you’re interested in to unveil a summary and a link to their site.

Poetry by Deadlines search link:

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Dictionary Stories by Jez Burrows are found poetry . . .

I have always admired and enjoyed found poetry–the process of uncovering new art from existing text feels like a celebration of not only creating the work, but of the original work itself.

Jez Burrows launched a project this year entitled Dictionary Stories, where he created “[v]ery short stories composed entirely of example sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary.” This combination of found flash fiction sparked my interest immediately and held it strong with perfectly re-purposed prose, cleverly crafted in little vignettes.

One of my favorites is the story “Hunter,” which begins:

He perched on the edge of the bed, a study in confusion and misery, a study of a man devoured by awareness of his own mediocrity. The place was dreadfully untidy. Tattered notebooks filled with illegible hieroglyphics, the evolution of animal life, the mysteries of analytical psychology, victorian architecture

Of course, having worked with many found prompts in National Poetry Month projects sponsored by the Found Poetry Review, I had to take a stab at finding my own example sentences. For more found poetry prompts, check out their weekly prompts page here.

I added a little twist to the prompt and used the key words from the last stanza of Emily Dickinson’s “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” as words from which to gather example sentences. The example sentences took Dickinson’s words on an unexpected turn. I referenced the online version of Oxford Dictionaries, which includes several example sentences you can choose from. Here’s my found dictionary story… entitled “Trio.” Enjoy!


Also note, according to the Poignant Short Stories Composed Entirely of Example Sentences From the Dictionary article by Miriam Krule on Slate about Burrows’ project:

Katherine Connor Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries at Oxford University Press, told me that they don’t make up any of these sentences for the dictionary—they all come from existing work, which makes the piecing of them together to create new stories kind of poetic. The New Oxford American Dictionary uses the Oxford English Corpus, which is a collection of academic works and newspaper articles, but also some unedited content that appears on the Internet.

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NO FEE Call for Submission – ‘Appropriation John’ special edition, DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2015

You may have seen posts and commentary on the recent poem “Scowl” by Jay Sizemore published by Revolution John. The site has since gone offline, but lit mag Thank You for Swallowing is planning to publish a special edition series of response poems. Response poems should be based on “a well-known poem, the more familiar the better. Can be written by a Dead White Male, does not have to be. Use its form and structure to craft your response. We want subversion and irony. Because we actually know what irony means.”

They are also offering to reprint poems which were originally published on Revolution John.

Click here to read the submission call and to submit.

DEADLINE: September 30, 2015 


FORMS:  Poetry

NOTES: Submissions are accepted via email only.


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Paying Call for Submissions – Black Warrior Review, Deadline Sept. 1, 2015! ($2 fee)

Black Warrior Review (BRW) doesn’t charge subscribers fees for submitting, but they do charge non-subscribers a very small admin fee of $2 to submit. Per their site, “BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.”

BWR was “established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama.”

Click here for their submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2015

SUBMISSION FEE: $2 (Free for Subscribers)

NOTES: Duotrope also lists this as one of the most challenging markets in their database.

FORMS: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art

PAYMENT: BWR pays a one-year subscription and a nominal lump-sum fee for all works published.


As with all submissions, read the guidelines carefully and read what you can of their previous issues to make sure your work is a good fit. Click here for more Submission Tips.

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