What is a neologism? + submission call–Terrain.org, DEADLINE TODAY: May 30, 2016

I’m never disappointed when I take time to read Rob Carney’s guest blog posts on Terrain.org. There’s always something new, something to learn, something to contemplate, and a way to approach writing about all of those things. Each post is a story and/or a poem, and will give you a little insight to his writing process. You can view all his blog posts here.

Most recently, in Linguistics he writes about neologisms like “tweet” and “hashtag” and then connects it to coffee and Anne Sexton? Yes, that’s exactly what he does.

PROMPT: What modern “convenience” annoys you and what would be better instead?

"Linguistics" Old Roads, New Stories: A Blog Series by Rob Carney on Terrain.org

“Linguistics” Old Roads, New Stories: A Blog Series by Rob Carney on Terrain.org

His posts on music history cross perception, a Steely Dan cover band, Pandora, Spotify, an onslaught of other music references, and the Spokane River.

PROMPT: Write a poem about your history with music.

"Music History II" Old Roads, New Stories: A Blog Series by Rob Carney on Terrain.org

“Music History II” Old Roads, New Stories: A Blog Series by Rob Carney on Terrain.org

Terrain.org is a beautiful online “Journal of the Built + Natural Environments.” They publish a broad variety of writers and genres, including poetry, nonfiction, fiction, interviews, reviews, and blog posts. Not only is this online journal a great read, but once you’ve become familiar, consider submitting your own work. Regular submissions are open until May 30, 2016 with no fee to submit. They also run a contest year-round.

Click here for Terrain.org’s submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: May 30, 2016


FORMS:  poetry, essays, fiction, articles, artwork, videos, and other contributions

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/1142

For more info on how to submit your work to literary magazine and journals, read my Submission Tips here.

Rob Carney’s fourth book 88 Maps was just released by Lost Horse Press (distribution by University of Washington Press). Read the detailed review by Julie Marie Wade on The Rumpus here. Other books and chapbooks include Story Problems and Weather Report, from Somondoco Press. You can also read his poetry in Terrain.org: 4th Annual Contest Winner and Issue 30. And listen to a new radio interview with Rob Carney.

NO FEE Submission call for chapbooks–Hermeneutic Chaos Press, DEADLINE: June 30, 2016

Hermeneutic Chaos Press runs an open chapbook period twice per year– from May 1 – June 30, and from December 1 – January 31. They typically select around 6-7 chapbooks for publication during each reading period. There is NO READING FEE.

Their chapbooks are produced as open editions and are hand sewn. All the authors receive 10 authors copies and some chapbooks from their catalog as payment. Authors can also purchase additional author copies at cost.

I should also mention that the editors are personable and kind. They are known for sending out some of the nicest rejections in the industry.


Click here to read chapbook submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2016

PAYMENT: 10 authors copies and some chapbooks from their catalog as payment. Authors can also purchase additional author copies at cost.


FORMS: Poetry, prose, hybrid

NOTES: Chapbooks are open edition (never out of stock) and hand sewn.

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17124

You can also submit to their journal, for which submissions are always open and offers a quick response time of about ten days or less. “We look for beautifully crafted narrative mindscapes that move us with their linguistic, emotional expanse and powerful imagery,  We wish to witness the manner in which the absence finds its presence by wringing the silence. All this, however, with a certain aesthetic humility.”

Click here to read journal submission guidelines.

DEADLINE: Always open



FORMS: Poetry, fiction (3,000 words max), and artwork

NOTES: Quick response time, “we do our best to respond to the submissions within 10 days, usually much sooner.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/14483

For more no fee chapbook publishers and chapbook tips, see my list: 

NO FEE Chapbook Publishers and other Chapbook Listings

Why We Write Poetry – guest blog post by Anna DiMartino

Every poet has, at some time, experienced those woeful lulls in writing; those days or months or sometimes even years when life seems to offer little poetic inspiration. When we’re so stuck in the banal routine of daily life: driving kids to and from school, making dinner, doing dishes and laundry, the never-ending housework– it can be difficult to find poetry. In these moments, life can feel so ordinary. Sometimes, these lulls seem to have no end in sight. Then, just when you think you’ll never have anything to write about again, the upheaval comes– the poetic floodgates open.


When I was in my mid-twenties, I took a ten year sabbatical from writing. This was, by no means, an intentional sabbatical, but interestingly, this dry-spell happened to coincide with my ten year marriage to my now ex-husband. During that time, I didn’t write one poem, didn’t create one piece of artwork, didn’t really pursue creative endeavors. I fell completely and wholly into the role, as many women do, of service to my family. And while I had always wanted a family of my own, and was happy to be a mother and a wife, I felt a restlessness and emptiness that I couldn’t shake. I tried to quell it by taking up more practical and less time-intensive crafts: knitting, sewing, cake decorating; but nothing ever came close to taming that restlessness. Sometimes I wonder if I had allowed myself time to write, if I might have been able to withstand the doldrums of marriage. At the time, though, writing felt too self-indulgent; there were too many things that needed tending to, and writing was not one of them. At least I didn’t think it was. As a result, I slipped deeper and deeper into this domestic role and soon found myself plagued with an overwhelming desire to escape.

After ten years, I finally did. My marriage came to an end, and in December of 2006, I found myself alone, with two young girls (four and six years old). I was frightened and exhilarated, and that’s when the poetry came.

For the better part of the first year following my divorce, I slept very little. After I put the children to sleep, I’d paint or write long into the small hours of morning. I still had all the chores I’d had when I was married, but now writing seemed more important. The poems just flowed: in the car, in the shower, on my morning walk. I kept little moleskine notebooks everywhere, because there was so much to write. About a year after my divorce, my mother was diagnosed with cancer, and there was even more to write. And when she died four years later, I wrote more poetry than I have written in my entire life. Poetry helped me to make sense of things I could not understand: why a husband leaves, why people die, how to keep living when the woman who gave you life is gone. Poetry sees you through those difficult times, helps you regulate your emotions in a way that nothing else can; it restores order in the midst of chaos.

At 46, I’ve finally learned the importance of writing in between traumatic events. When I’m in a lull, I read more: poetry, books on craft, prose. I subscribe to publications like American Poetry Review, Poetry, and Rattle. I often refer back to Jane Hirshfield’s excellent book of essays on craft, The Ten Windows. I listen to podcasts on poetry and writing (KUSP’s Poetry Show is one of my favorites: http://blogs.kusp.org/poetryshow/) which often trigger ideas for poems. Most importantly, I allow myself to write, whether it is poetry or essay, or even fiction. I realize, now, that writing is not a luxury; it is urgent and essential.

Do you have something say about poetry? An essay on being a poet, tips for poets, or poetry you love? TrishHopkinson.com is now accepting pitches for guest blog posts. 

Contact me here if you are interested! 

042616 MAY 29 Anna DiMartino - Anna's HeadshotAnna DiMartino is a writer, artist, teacher, and mother. Her writing was recently featured on the Silver Birch Press Series: Learning to Ride, and her poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review (Spring, 2016), The Cancer Poetry Project 2; A Year in Ink, Volume 6 (San Diego Writers, Ink Anthology); Serving House Journal: Issues 8, 10 and 12, Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous Life, and is forthcoming in Lake Effect and Whale Road Review. She is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at Pacific University, and will graduate in June of 2016. Visit her website at www.annaodimartino.com.

12 international lit mags seeking English submissions of poetry, prose, and art #nofees


Why limit yourself to being published in lit mags in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K? There are many countries with English-language lit mags you can also submit your work to. For example, my poem “My Monkey Grammarian” was published in Hong Kong and even included in a review! You can read more about it here.

Thanks to Authors Publish and Aerogramme Studio for compiling the original lists I used as resources to start my research for the list below.

This list focuses on NO FEE poetry submissions, but most lit mags accept prose and art as well. Three of the listings are PAYING markets. The listings are in alphabetical order.

Updated 5/28/2016



READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines


NOTES: Cha is dedicated to publishing quality creative works from and about Asia. At this time, we can only accept work in English or translated into English.”

FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, art, “Lost Teas”: “Works from any of the above genres which have been previously published in journals/magazines that have now folded. If submitting for “Lost Teas”, please include the periodical and issue/date the work appeared. Please note that this is the only place we accept reprints.”


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/2782



READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines. Submissions are open in the month of: Nov for Feb issue. March for June issue. July for October issue.


NOTES: Crannóg‘s mission is to publish the work of Irish writers alongside the best available worldwide and to show how well such writing sits with the best available internationally.”

FORMS: poetry under 50 lines, short stories under 2,000 words

PAYMENT: Writers selected to appear in Crannóg will receive:
* A contributor’s copy and €30 per story, €20 per poem.
* An invitation to attend/read at the launch of Crannóg at The Crane Bar, Galway, Ireland.
* Four contributors will be nominated for the Forward Prize for best single poem, in memory of Michael Donaghy.
* Six contributors will be nominated for The Pushcart Prize, (poetry and fiction).

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/1298


LOCATION: East and South East Asia



NOTES: “The Takahe magazine appears three times a year and publishes short stories, poetry and art by established and emerging writers and artists as well as essays and interviews (by invitation), and book reviews in these related areas.”

FORMS: fiction, novel extracts, poetry, short creative non-fiction, photography, artwork, translations, reprints previously published online with acknowledgment


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/8807

Ilanot Review


READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines. Open June 1 for Theft themed issue.


NOTES: You can read more about them on The Review Review‘s site, including Josh Medsker‘s five star review of their Winter 2013 issue, as well as an interview with editor Janice Weizman by Stanley Trice.

FORMS: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Graphic Art


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/5835

Malahat Review


DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines.


NOTES: The Malahat Review, established in 1967, is among Canada’s leading literary journals. Published quarterly, it features contemporary Canadian and international works . . .”

FORMS: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction

PAYMENT: “The Malahat Review purchases first world serial print and digital rights and, upon acceptance, pays $50 CAD per published page plus a one-year subscription starting with the issue after the one in which the accepted work has appeared. Two copies of the issue in which the accepted work has appeared are sent to each contributor.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/355

The Moth




NOTES: “We are delighted to receive previously unpublished work from anywhere in the world. It can take some time to respond, so please do bear with us. Work will be considered for any future issue, not just the one closest to date of submission.”

FORMS: short fiction, poetry


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/8533

New Contrast

LOCATION: South Africa

DEADLINE: May 15, 2016 (but appear to take subs anytime)



NOTES: “New Contrast is devoted mainly to publishing original work by South African writers, and other activities incidental to that.”

“Our readership is primarily English or Afrikaans speaking, so we accept submissions in English and Afrikaans. We will consider submissions in other languages if they are accompanied by a translation.”

FORMS: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/8615

Poetry Kanto


READING PERIOD: “The reading period for Poetry Kanto 2016 is now open and submissions are welcome from December to June.”


NOTES: No simultaneous submissions. “We seek exciting, well-crafted contemporary poetry in English, and also encourage and publish high-quality English translations of modern and emerging Japanese poets.”

FORMS: poetry

PAYMENT: Unknown

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/2768

Poetry Salzburg

LOCATION: Salzburg, Austria



NOTES: No simultaneous submissions. Email and postal submissions. “Our intention is to publish the best available writing from a variety of writers. Due to the amount and high quality of work we receive, potential contributors are strongly encouraged to read the magazine prior to submitting their work.”

FORMS: poems, translations, interviews, essays and reviews of recent collections of poetry

PAYMENT: “All contributors are going to receive a complimentary copy of the issue that contains their work.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/4483



READING PERIOD: Submissions are open from May 1 – July 15 and from November 1 – January 15.


NOTES: “SAND is an English literary journal printed bi-annually in Berlin, featuring prose and poetry as well as translations, art, and photography. We collaborate with musicians, literary festivals, and artist cooperatives to hold regular events in the city. We seek to offer a printed space for art and literature in Berlin’s international community and beyond.”

FORMS: short stories, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction essays, photography, drawing, painting, etc.


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/5860

Sonic Boom


READING PERIODS: Feb 1 – March 1, June 1 – July 1, Oct 1 – Nov 1


NOTES: “We hope to integrate multifarious genres of literature and artwork including Japanese short-forms of poetry, experimental, avant-garde poetry and postmodern works of culture and art.”

FORMS: experimental poetry, Japanese short-forms, flash fiction, and visual art


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17197


LOCATION: Beirut/Dubai



NOTES: “Sukoon is an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity and richness of the Arab world. . . . Artists and writers need not be Arab, nor of Arab origin, but all art and writing must reflect the range and richness of the cultures of the Arab world, where Arabic is spoken—a Semitic language with over 30 different varieties of colloquial Arabic.”

FORMS: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction


DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/14386

If you know of any other international markets publishing poetry in English, please post info in the comments below so I can add them to the list.

For more submission tips, click here.

Call for submissions: MY IMAGINARY SKILL Poetry and Prose Series

I love these Silver Birch Press prompts! This one is so creative. Still a few weeks to write and submit. Send them something wonderful!

Silver Birch Press

imaginary skill logo1OVERVIEW: Most of us wish we had a  special skill  — say, we could dance like Fred Astaire, play tennis like Serena Williams, cook like Julia Child, paint like Pablo Picasso, and on and on — that usually revolves around a particular interest or passion for music, art, sports, or whatever else gives our lives joy. Well, even if you don’t possess such a skill in real life, you can imagine you’re an ace in some category — and tell us about it in our MY IMAGINARY SKILL Poetry and Prose Series.

PROMPT: Tell us about your imaginary skill in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer).

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media and in a potential print edition.


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Writers Wanted (And Artists/Photographers)! Call for Submissions

Get published by an international lit mag! Deadline is coming up quick on June 25, 2016. Accepting fiction, non-fiction and poetry for their first issue. #nofees #tokenpaying

Into The Void Magazine

Into The Void Magazine is a literary magazine based in Dublin, Ireland. We are calling for submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for Issue One. We accept all genres and styles. We are looking for stories that grab and enthral and refuse to let go. We prize heartfelt and genuine writing above perfect grammar and technique. Above all, we are looking for writing that is screaming to be read. So, write the story, essay or poem that you simply have to write; the one that keeps you awake at night and says, ‘Write me! You know you have no choice!’

Previously unpublished writers stand as good a chance of being accepted for publication as others. We will simply pick the pieces we like the most. Some work that doesn’t make it to the magazine will be accepted for publication on our website.

We’re also looking for cover art submissions.

Head over to our Submissions…

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10 NEW $$ PAYING $$ LIT MAGS Currently open for submissions


The literary magazines/journals listed below are recently established or considered to be “fledgling” on Duotrope. All offer some form of payment and are currently open to submissions. Fledging journals are a great way to cut your teeth if you’ve never been published, often have faster response times, and may be more personable to work with. Their readership is often lower than more established magazines, but if you like the overall style of the magazine, why not support it and start what may continue to be an ongoing partnership? Several lit mags promote and share work of their previous authors, feature writers they particularly like, and nominate for awards such as Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. Take a look at the list I’ve provided below, read the submission guidelines carefully, and select pieces to send that you think best fit their aesthetic.

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The 3288 Review

DEADLINE: June 30, 2016 (for next issue, always open)


NOTES: “While we accept work from anywhere, our stated editorial goal is to publish works created by authors and artists who live in or have some connection to West Michigan. Where we must make a choice, these works will be given precedence.”

FORMS: poetry, prose, photography, reviews

PAYMENT: 1-5 poems published – $25.00; 6-10 poems published – $50.00; Prose 1,000 to 2,500 words – $25.00; Prose between 2,500 and 7,500 words – $50.00; Prose 7,500  to 15,000 words – $75.00; Collections of Photography, Illustration or Artwork (up to 5 pieces) – $25.00; Collections of Photography, Illustration or Artwork (6 to 10 pieces) – $50.00

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17811


DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “Submissions of previously published work is accepted if it was previously published in print or in an online venue that is no longer available.” Offers an option for the writer payment to be donated, see below.

FORMS: “poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.”

PAYMENT: “concīs pays $12.50 per piece for publication on the web site and as part of a seasonal collection/ebook/PDF (possibly in multiple e-reading formats). Upon acceptance, authors will be given an option to donate their payments to Room to Read (a 4-star charity promoting literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Africa). Donations will be matched by concīs.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17571

Devolution Z

DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “Short fiction or poetry based on zombies or any other horror subgenre.”

FORMS: Short fiction or poetry

PAYMENT: Token to semi-pro (per Duotrope)

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17482

Duckbill Anthology

DEADLINE: Rolling deadlines


NOTES: “We accept simultaneous submissions and will consider previously published work, however preference will be given to unpublished material. Please include all publication information where applicable.”

FORMS: flash fiction and poetry

PAYMENT: “We currently pay a flat fee of $5 for any published piece”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17614

Impressment Gang 

DEADLINE: Always open


FORMS: Poetry, fiction, non-fiction (reviews are also accepted, but are not paid)

PAYMENT: “We pay our contributors the sum of $25. We are working hard to increase this drastically to what we think they deserve. But right now, it’s all we got. Contributors also receive two copies of their featured issue.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17504

The Indianola Review

DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: They offer a 48 hour fiction response for $7.50 submission fee. All other submissions are free, except for contests and tip jar submissions.

FORMS:  fiction, poetry, nonfiction, miscellaneous, artwork

PAYMENT: “For now, our rates are decidedly “token” but will grow with our readership.”

FICTION: $20.00 for stories between 2,500 and 6,000 words. $10.00 for stories under 2,500 words
POETRY: $5.00 per printed page

NONFICTION: $20.00 for work between 2,500 and 5,000 words.
$10.00 for work under 2,500 words.
MISCELLANEOUS: $5.00 per printed page

ARTWORK: $25.00 for cover art

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17483

Outlook Springs

DEADLINE: July 15, 2016


NOTES: “Outlook Springs is a magazine devoted to your PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED fiction, poetry, and non-fiction tinged with the strange.”

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: “For fiction and non-fiction, contributors will be paid $25 in addition to a contributor’s copy. Poets will be paid $10 per poem in addition to one contributor’s copy total.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17862


DEADLINE: Submissions are rolling – always free, always open.


NOTES: “All poems are of four lines or fewer.”

FORMS:  poetry, some art (non-paying)

PAYMENT: “Quatrain.Fish is a paying publisher. And for our one measly dollar (twenty-five cents a line!), we’re buying neverending nonexclusive web rights.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17191

Sub-saharan Magazine

DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “We prefer our poems dark, speculative, and humorous. Please no romantic poems, unless it’s about a date with a murderous alien on a poisonous planet where you end up dying by either throttling or sheer asphyxiation before you could write the poem.”

FORMS: short story, flash fiction, poetry, artwork

PAYMENT: “For Nigerian authors, we pay N2 per word for up to 1000 words, N2000 flat for stories above that, and N1000 for anything below 500 words.

For authors from the rest of the world, we pay 1¢ per word for up to 1000 words, $10 flat for stories above that, and $5 for any piece below 500 words.

We pay on publication via PayPal or with Amazon Gift Cards for foreign authors. For Nigerian authors, we pay via bank transfer or MTN/Airtel/Etisalat recharge vouchers.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17712

Whiteside Review

DEADLINE: Always open


NOTES: “A new publication that explores the probable, as well as the possible through speculative fiction, art, and the occasional poem as humankind colonizes the solar system. Suggested themes: colonizing planets in the solar system, evolution/devolution of humanity on other planets (physical/cultural/etymological/ideological), first contact with other species, etc.”

FORMS:  poetry, fiction, art

PAYMENT: “Payment upon publication is a flat fee of $5 USD. Payment will be made exclusively through Paypal. All rights to published work revert back to the author upon publication.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17785


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