Call for Submissions

14 NO FEE international lit mags seeking English submissions of poetry, prose, and art

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!

This list focuses on no fee poetry submissions, but most lit mags accept prose and art as well. The listings are in alphabetical order.

Updated 10/19/2019


Brittle Paper

LOCATION: Nigeria

READING PERIOD: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

NOTES: Per Washington Square Review: “this wonderful African literary blog and literary journal is not affiliated with Nigeria alone—it’s representative of a wide range of African authors from many different African countries”

FORMS: “fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, book reviews, essays, literary commentaries, fun listicles, and any writing with a literary bent”

PAYMENT: unknown

Bosphorus Review of Books

LOCATION: Istanbul, Turkey

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open year-round

FORMAT: online

SUBMISSION FEE: None

PAYMENT: None

FORMS: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews

Cha

LOCATION: Hong Kong

READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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.”

PAYMENT: None

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

Crannóg

LOCATION: Ireland

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

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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

Ilanot Review

LOCATION: Israel

READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines. (re-opening in Sept. 2019)

SUBMISSION FEE: None

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

PAYMENT: None

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

Malahat Review

LOCATION: Canada

READING PERIOD: Rolling deadlines. Special issue calls.

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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

LOCATION: Ireland

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

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

PAYMENT: None

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

New Contrast

LOCATION: South Africa

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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

PAYMENT: None

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

Poetry Salzburg

LOCATION: Salzburg, Austria

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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

Sand

LOCATION: Berlin

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

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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.

PAYMENT: None

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

Sonic Boom

LOCATION: India

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

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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

PAYMENT: None

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

Sukoon

LOCATION: Beirut/Dubai

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

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

PAYMENT: None

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

takahē magazine

LOCATION: New Zealand

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

NOTES: Does not accept simultaneous submissions, except for fiction.

“Founded in 1989, takahe magazine publishes short stories, poetry and art, as well as essays, interviews, and book reviews in related areas. Many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s brightest literary talents made their first public appearance within our pages, and we remain committed to publishing the best work from emerging talents alongside that of established writers and artists.”

FORMS: art, essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews

PAYMENT:Grants from Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa enable us to make a small payment to local contributors for work published. Overseas contributors may opt for payment via PayPal, or put their fee towards a subscription. All contributors receive one free copy of the issue in which their work appears.”

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/1621/takahe-magazine

The White Review

LOCATION: United Kingdom

READING PERIOD:

“In order to address our current backlog of fiction and poetry submissions, THE WHITE REVIEW has decided to close open submissions and trial a submission window model; but we remain open year-round for nonfiction submissions and pitches.

  • General poetry submissions are open until 1st July 2019. 
  • Submissions to the White Review Poet’s Prize will open in September 2019.
  • General fiction submissions are open until 1st July 2019.”

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/6790/the-white-review


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