Call for Submissions

45 International lit mags seeking submissions of poetry, prose, and art (Just Updated!)

UPDATED: January 3, 2022

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

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

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

Cicada Magazine

EgoPHobia [????????]

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

INNSÆI Journal

  • LOCATION: India
  • READING PERIOD: Always Open
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • NOTES: no simultaneous submissions
  • FORMS: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, literary news
  • PAYMENT: None

The Kalahari Review

  • LOCATION: Botswana
  • READING PERIOD: Always Open
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • NOTES: no simultaneous submissions
  • FORMS: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, photography, visual art — etc. that explores modern Africa and Africans, including from the Diaspora
  • PAYMENT: None

Kyoto Journal

  • LOCATION: Kyoto
  • READING PERIOD: Always Open
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • FORMS: Asia-related articles, essays, reportage, personal observations, interviews, poetry, reviews, fiction, humor, and translation
  • PAYMENT: Free print issue
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/1393/kyoto-journal

The Literary Bohemian

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

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

The Pangolin Review

Plato’s Caves

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

Praxis Magazine

Pure Slush

QLRS: Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

Raising Mothers

  • LOCATION: Netherlands
  • READING PERIOD: Always open
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None, donation suggested
  • NOTES: femme-identifying, women, and nonbinary POC writers who parents
  • FORMS: traditional fiction, flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews, book reviews, photo essays, and comic/graphic narratives
  • PAYMENT: None
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/21067/raising-mothers

Samjoko

  • LOCATION: South Korea
  • READING PERIOD: Check site for next reading period
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • FORMS: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art
  • PAYMENT: None
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/33188/samjoko

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

The Shallow Tales Review

  • LOCATION: Nigeria
  • READING PERIODS: Always open
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • NOTES: Fast response and publication
  • FORMS: fiction, book reviews, poems, one-act plays, cultural and social essays, art photographs, and translations that touch on the sensibilities of the African
  • PAYMENT: None
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/31956/the-shallow-tales-review

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
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/16297/the-stockholm-review-of-literature

Sub-Saharan Magazine

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

Third Lane

  • LOCATION: India
  • READING PERIODS: Check site for reading periods
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • THEME: independent, bimonthly and bilingual (English and Bengali) digital magazine
  • FORMS: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, translation, reviews, comics, art/photography
  • PAYMENT: None
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/32798/third-lane-magazine

The Tiger Moth Review

  • LOCATION: Singapore
  • READING PERIOD: 
    • July issue: Submit between February and April
    • January issue: Submit between August and October
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • NOTES: only accepts submissions from writers who have learned or acquired the English language after being fluent in another language
  • FORMS: fiction, poetry, visual art
  • PAYMENT: None
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/25872/the-tiger-moth-review

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

The Wild World

The White Review

Woolgathering

  • LOCATION: Philippines
  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Always Open
  • FORMAT: online
  • SUBMISSION FEE: None
  • PAYMENT: None
  • AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME: Less than a week
  • SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
  • SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Yes
  • FORMS: Prose, poetry, and artwork
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Twitter
  • DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/33429/woolgathering-review

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  1. Trish. I’ll add Literary Bohemian and B O D Y in the Czech Republic, Stockholm Revire of Literature in Sweden and The Red Door in Denmark.

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