Call for Submissions

39 International lit mags seeking submissions of poetry, prose, and art

UPDATED: May 15, 2021

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.


Agony Opera

LOCATION: India

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

NOTES: No simultaneous submissions.

FORMS: fiction, flash fiction, poetry, hybrid

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/26930/agony-opera

Amsterdam Quarterly

LOCATION: Netherlands

READING PERIODS:

Spring 2021: 1 to 31 January; Theme: Pandemic
Summer 2021: 1 to 30 April; Theme: The Classics
Autumn 2021: 1 to 31 July; Theme: The Future

SUBMISSION FEE: None

NOTES: No simultaneous submissions.

FORMS: poetry, articles, fiction, essays, other prose, artwork, photography

PAYMENT: two copies

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/13190/amsterdam-quarterly

BALLOONS Lit. Journal

LOCATION: Hong Kong

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, artwork

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/16328/balloons-lit-journal

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

Cicada Magazine

LOCATION: Hong Kong

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/32454/cicada

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

Expanded Field

LOCATION: Netherlands

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, experiments

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/24121/expanded-field

Going Down Swinging

LOCATION: Australia

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, prose, comics

PAYMENT:

  • Prose under 500 words $60
  • Prose over 500 words $170
  • Poem $100
  • Comic (less than 5 frames) $180
  • Comic (longer than 5 frames/demonstrative of extensive effort) $220

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/758/going-down-swinging

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

The Literary Bohemian

LOCATION: Czech Republic

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: Poetry, Postcard Prose (<350 words), Visual Poetry / Prose

PAYMENT: None

Lolwe

LOCATION: Kenya

SUBMISSION FEE: None

SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHIC: They publish work by Black (African, Caribbean, Diaspora) artists.

FORMS: fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry

PAYMENT: None

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

Mediterranean Poetry

LOCATION: Sweden

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

REPRINTS: Okay

THEME: poetry/prose inspired i some way or the other by the Mediterranean world

FORMS: poetry and short prose

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/14230/mediterranean-poetry

Moko Magazine

LOCATION: Virgin Islands

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

THEME: Caribbean heritage or experience

FORMS: fiction, poetry, visual arts, and nonfiction essays

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/20624/moko-magazine

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

The Ofi Press Magazine

LOCATION: Mexico City

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

NOTES: No simultaneous submissions.

FORMS: poems, short stories, translations

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/5423/ofi-press-magazine

NGY Review

LOCATION: Japan

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: stories, essays, poetry, art, photography

PAYMENT: Token payment of around ¥1 per word for short stories and essays, and around ¥1000 per poem

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/24554/ngy-review

The Pangolin Review

LOCATION: Mauritius

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/23240/the-pangolin-review

Plato’s Caves

LOCATION: India

READING PERIOD: Always Open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, reviews and articles on society, culture and politics

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/26991/platos-caves-online

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

Pratik

LOCATION: Nepal

READING PERIOD: Year-round

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews and translations

PAYMENT: None

Pure Slush

LOCATION: Australia

READING PERIOD: Check site for specific calls

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, fiction, nonfiction

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/7860/pure-slush

QLRS: Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

LOCATION: Singapore

READING PERIOD: Rolling

SUBMISSION FEE: None

NOTES: no simultaneous submissions

FORMS: poetry or short stories

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/3500/qlrs-quarterly-literary-review-singapore

Red Door Magazine

LOCATION: Denmark

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: emphasis on visual art + poetry and prose segments

PAYMENT: None

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

Savant-Garde

LOCATION: Canada

READING PERIOD: Check site for current dates

SUBMISSION FEE: NONE

FORMS: poetry and fiction

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE:  https://duotrope.com/listing/24890/savant-garde-literary-magazine

SOFTBLOW

LOCATION: Singapore

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

NOTES: Fast response and publication

FORMS: poetry

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/2191/softblow

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

The Stockholm Review of Literature

LOCATION: Sweden

READING PERIODS: Submissions received between July 20 to September 13, 2020, will be considered for publication in Issue 33. Issue 33 will go live on the 27th of September, 2020. 

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: short fiction, poetry, essays

PAYMENT: None

Sub-Saharan Magazine

LOCATION: Nigeria

READING PERIODS: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

THEME: African cultures

FORMS: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/17712/sub-saharan-magazine

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

Takahe 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

Tint Journal

LOCATION: Austria

READING PERIOD: Check site for submission calls

SUBMISSION FEE: None

NOTES: only accepts submissions from writers who have learned or acquired the English language after being fluent in another language

FORMS: art, short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, flash nonfiction and poetry

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/29723/tint-journal

Two Thirds North

LOCATION: Sweden

READING PERIOD: Always open

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, short stories, essays, author features, and art

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/6397/two-thirds-north

The Wild World

LOCATION: Germany

READING PERIOD: Check site for open reading periods and themes

SUBMISSION FEE: None

FORMS: poetry, flash fiction

PAYMENT: None

DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/21973/the-wild-word

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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