77 Publications with Open Submissions for Short Story & Poetry

77 Publications with Open Submissions for Short Story & Poetry

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even art submissions are open!

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I know it can be tough to find places to publish your work no matter what kind of writing you do. However, short stories and poetry can feel even more difficult to find a home for than regular book-length manuscripts.

I dug into the annals of the internet and found a treasure trove!

All links are to the submission guidelines pages for each publication or publisher.

The first list is for publications, such as magazine, journals, and reviews. The second list is book publishers who are open to short story and poetry submissions for publishing.

Some of these are looking for more than just short stories, including poetry, flash fiction, and even novellas!

Update July 2020: I have just also published a similar list for nonfiction submissions. See it here.

Publications & Magazines

  • Creative Nonfiction Magazine (all types of creative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoirs)
  • Threepenny Review (short stories and poetry)
  • CRAFT (short stories and flash fiction)
  • American Short Fiction (short stories + contests)
  • Narrative Magazine (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including stories, novels, novel excerpts, novellas, personal essays, humor, sketches, memoirs, literary biographies, commentary, reportage, and interviews)
  • Black Warrior Review (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)
  • Carve Magazine (honest fiction, poetry, nonfiction, in-depth interviews, and illustrations)
  • East of the Web (short stories)
  • Flash Fiction Online (up to 1000 words)
  • Vestal Review (they don?t read submissions in June, July, Dec, and Jan; flash fiction up to 500 words)
  • The New Yorker (short stories and poetry)
  • The Fiction Desk (short stories)
  • One Story (literary fiction 3000?8000 words)
  • Fireside Magazine (short stories, poetry, nonfiction, novellas, novels, art)
  • Aftermath Magazine (theme: the end of human civilization)
  • Sand Journal (particularly interested in work by women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and people from marginalized locations)
  • Defenestration Magazine (short stories and poetry)
  • Masters Review New Voices (short story collections)
  • The Arcanist on Medium (The Arcanist; fantasy and sci-fi flash fiction)
  • Typishly (FAST responses; short fiction and poetry)
  • Dark Magazine (horror and dark fantasy)
  • Raleigh Review (poetry, fiction, and art)
  • Split Lip Magazine (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)
  • The Stinging Fly (both Irish & int?l writers; short stories and poetry)
  • Apparition Lit (has specific submission themes)
  • PULP Literature (short fiction, novellas, poetry, comics, illustrations)
  • LampLight Magazine (dark fiction)
  • Room Magazine (short stories, poems, creative nonfiction, and art)
  • Open Pen Magazine (short stories)
  • Podcastle (fantasy fiction)
  • Entropy (many different styles)
  • The Sun Magazine (nonfiction, fiction, and poetry)
  • The Drum (short stories and poetry)
  • Recommended Reading by Electric Literature
  • Liquid Imagination (poetry and short stories)
  • Slice Magazine (short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)
  • PseudoPod (narrated on a podcast, horror and dark fiction)
  • Guernica Magazine (short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)
  • Lit Magazine (short stories and poetry)
  • Ash Tales (post-apocalyptic, apocalyptic, or dystopian)
  • Midnight Hour (dark fiction)
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Cicada Magazine (YA)
  • Clarkesworld Magazine (fantasy and sci-fi)
  • Asimov?s Science Fiction Magazine
  • Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine
  • Lascaux Review (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction)
  • The Fiction Pool (short stories, flash fiction, poetry)
  • Literally Stories (any fiction genre up to 3000 words)
  • Structo Magazine (short stories and poetry)
  • Eunoia Review (short stories and poetry)
  • VQR Magazine (short stories and poetry)
  • Short Fiction Break (short fiction of any genre)
  • SmokeLong Quarterly (fiction up to 1000 words)
  • Foundling Review (poetry and fiction up to 2000 words)
  • Every Day Fiction (fiction up to 1000 words)
  • Boulevard Review (accepts submission Oct 1-May1)
  • Levee Magazine (poems, essays, short stories)
  • Story Magazine (short stories, fiction, and nonfiction)
  • Antioch Review (short stories and poetry)
  • The First Line (for 2019 each issue will contain original works based on past first lines)

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  • Autumn House Press
  • Braddock Avenue Books (prefer serious contemporary essays)
  • Black Lawrence Press
  • Coffee House Press
  • C&R Press: https://www.crpress.org/submissions/
  • Dzanc Books (submissions through contests)
  • Flame Tree (anthology, fantasy * gothic, urban crime)
  • Graywolf Press
  • Heroes & Heartbreakers (an imprint of MacMillan)
  • Leapfrog Press
  • Persea Books
  • Red Hen Press
  • Reflex Press
  • TSS Publishing
  • Two Dollar Radio
  • Unsolicited Press

Good luck!!

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Have you ever or are you planning to submit your work to any of these places? Am I missing any great places to submit short stories or poetry? What was your experience like?

If you are interested in hiring me as a writer, editor, or book coach, check out my website and let?s talk!


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