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1. Paying Irish journal open to submissions

Southword Journal Online (published twice yearly by The Munster Literature Centre) seeks poems and prose (in English and Irish) for their summer issue. Deadline: March 15, 2016. Payment for accepted pieces: €30/poem and/or €120/story.

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2. University journal seeks poetry & prose

Sulphur, Laurentian University’s literary journal, is seeking submissions for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in English and/or in French. Open to emerging and established writers and artists around the world. Submit to eas@laurentian.ca Deadline: February 15, 2016

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3. Your literary wildness wanted

Online and print UK journal WILDNESS wants work that evokes the unknown. Seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their third issue (April 2016). Length: 2500 words or 80 lines max. Deadline: March 4, 2016.

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4. Prom: awesome or shitty? Stories and poems wanted

Tumblr site PROM zine seeks poetry, nonfiction, and short stories about prom — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Length: 500 words max. Planning for spring publishing date. All accepted submissions receive a hard copy of the zine. Deadline: March 6, 2016.

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5. Seeking stories on Women and Justice in Canada

Understorey Magazine seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and spoken word for special issue on women and justice (Women and Justice in Canada). Welcomes diversity of voice, experience and perspective. Length: 1500 words or 5 poems. Open to Canadians (including residents) who self-identify as women. Honorarium available for accepted pieces. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

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6. Four $1000 awards in poetry & prose contest

The Los Angeles Review welcomes entries for four new awards: Flash fiction (500 words max.), poetry, creative nonfiction (1500 words max.), and short fiction (1500 words max.) Winners receive $1000 prize and publication in LAR. Entry fee is $20. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

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7. Short story contest with £1000 first prize

The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers worldwide. First prize: £1000; 19 additional prizes available. Theme and subject open. Length: 4000 words max. Entry fee: £8 per story. Shortlisted writers published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9. Deadline: April 30, 2016.

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8. Looking for writing that gets ‘under the skin’

UK quarterly online magazine Novelty seeks submissions for Issue 3. Theme: “Under the skin” — literally (skin as the natural limit of being human) and figuratively (obsession or irritation). Accepts essays, articles, columns, fiction, and art. Deadline: February 8, 2016.

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9. Seeking work with observation, empathy, vitality

The Wax Paper, a literary and arts journal printed as a newsprint broadsheet, is accepting submissions of all forms of written word, image, and collected conversation. Advice to writers: Read the publication’s manifesto. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

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10. Write about eating for a lit + photo installation

The Norton Center invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for EAT: A Literature and Photography Installation Event. Pieces can be about eating in all configurations: literal, figurative, experimental, dark, nostalgic, satirical, etc. Selected works exhibited alongside a photographic interpretation of each piece by Kentucky photographer, Sarah Jane Sanders. Deadline: February 5, 2016.

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11. Seeking writing about ‘The Road’

The Turnip Truck(s) is interested in the dialectics of the human and its environment(s). Seeking submissions for their second issue and first contest, The Road. Interested in essays, poems, and stories. Welcomes work that addresses anything from a traditional hero’s journey to learning to traverse a foreign land; embraces a new perspective; or navigates the Internet super highway. Reading fee: $3. entry fee: $12. Deadline: March 1, 2016.

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12. University journal seeks poetry & prose

Soliloquies Anthology, Concordia University’s undergraduate literary journal, is accepting writing in the following genres: Poetry (max. 5 pages), fiction (max. 3500 words), and creative nonfiction (max. 3500 words). Open to emerging and established writers around the world. Deadline: February 5, 2016.

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13. Wanted: Writing with an At Can connection

Galleon is looking for fiction and poetry for issue V. Publishes work by Atlantic Canadians or related to the region, but there is room for submissions “from away.” Fiction: 5000 words max. Poetry: 100 lines max. Payment: One copy. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

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14. Gripping short fiction wanted for new podcast

New podcast No Resemblance (Canada) is looking for stories of lives lived and paths taken that in no way bear any resemblance to everyday life. Seeks authors who want to hear their pieces read aloud in some combination of audiobook and podcast form. Short fiction (max 4,000 words) should be gripping and adventurous, with a taut plotline and compelling, active characters. Any genres welcome. Open to international subs. Deadline: April 30, 2016.

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15. Call for texts: What being ‘animal’ means

KAPSULA Magazine (Canada) is looking for texts on what it means to be animal, and how the question of the animal resonates in visual art, new media and installation, film, literature, or other creative genres. Open to abstracts, finished texts and project proposals. Deadline: March 4, 2016.

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16. Wanted: Writing about growing young

Effervescent Magazine invites submissions for Issue 1. Theme: Juvenescence — “works that illustrate youth, that brim with the ephemeral magic of discovery, of new experiences.” Open to prose, poetry, and random creative thoughts. Deadline: March 25, 2016.

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17. Seeking poetry & prose from young writers

The Paragon Journal are looking for submissions from young authors for their second online literary magazine. Open to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and plays. Deadline: March 18, 2016.

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18. Writing wanted for bi-monthly spotlight feature

Literary magazine Lunch Ticket (Antioch University) is accepting submissions for Amuse-Bouche, an every-other-Monday feature on a single writer. Submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. Deadline: January 31, 2016.

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19. UK annual seeks writing on feminism

Femmeuary! (UK) is seeking submissions of short fiction, poetry and opinion pieces on the loose theme of feminism. Length: 3000 words max or six poems. Deadline: February 1, 2016.

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20. Wanted: Stories about the 1917 Halifax Explosion

Quarter Castle Publishing is looking for short stories set in 1917 Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a short story collection to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. Payment: $40 per accepted story. Deadline: March 31, 2017.

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21. Journal seeks uplifting ‘keep calm’ pieces

Quarterly litmag Halcyon Days is accepting for stories, poems, and articles. Looking for peaceful and “keep calm” themes. Deadline: March 10, 2016.

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22. Journal seeks thought-provoking ‘betweens’

Multi-genre, interdisciplinary journal Barzakh (University at Albany, SUNY) is looking for fiction, poetry, and criticism “that pushes against complacent taxonomies and finds itself well off the beaten path.” Submit 5 poems or up to 25 pages of prose. Deadline: March 7, 2016.

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23. Wanted: Writing with and without nudity

Momma Tried is accepting submissions of non-fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry for their third issue. Works containing nudity or sexual themes are welcome, but not a requirement. Deadline: May 30, 2016.

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24. Short fiction contest with $250 prize

Entries are invited for the Fabula Press Nivalis Short Story Contest 2016. First prize: US$250. All long-listed entries (top 10-15) published in an anthology; non-prize winning published entries paid US$50 each. Theme: None. Genre: Open to literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and horror. Length: 1500-7000 words. Entry fee: US$10. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

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25. Fantasy novels from Nova Scotia wanted

Quarter Castle Publishing is accepting submission for completed, tradition fantasy manuscripts from residents of Nova Scotia. Length: 75,000-120,000 words. Deadline: Ongoing.

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