This page contains various calls for submissions, in no particular order, and will be updated frequently to keep it relevant. If you know of anything that might be of interest to our students, please let me know at Thanks!


  • One Person's Trash Accepting Submissions for Issue 4

We are a literary journal about homelessness that prints quarterly and features high quality work on our website. In addition, One Person's Trash is sold by the South Sound area homeless population with them keeping all profits. We are seeking submissions for Issue 4. We want your stories of street life and getting by; your poems about the folks under the overpasses and in the alleyways; your art that speaks to, by, or of the homeless. Please send us your fiction and nonfiction stories, your poems and visual art, your work of the heart on homelessness. Thank you.


  • Seeking New Short Stories for 2nd Issue!
  • Deadline: February 15, 2018

Light and Dark is now reading short fiction for its second issue. They are interested in stories under 3,000 words that deal with the dichotomous nature of existence in some way: the light and dark, the good and the bad. They pay their writers and publish stories both online and in biannual print editions of the magazine. See their website for the full submission details:


  • Gival Press Celebrates Its 20th Year in 2018—Contests and Call for Submissions

Gival Press celebrates its 20th year in 2018. Join our family of published artists, authors, and poets. Sponsored Contests: LGBTQ poem, Oscar Wilde Award, Prize $100/online publication; Short Story Award, Prize $1000/online publication; Biennial Novel Award, Prize $3000/book publication; Biennial Poetry Award, Prize $1000/book publication. Guidelines, visit: Our eJournal ArLiJo’s next reading period is January 15 to March 15, 2018. Looking for art, short fiction, and poetry. Visit:


  • 45th Parallel Magazine is Open for Submissions
  • Deadline: March 31, 2018

45th Parallel, a literary magazine run by Oregon State University’s MFA and MA students, seeks work by established and emerging voices in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms, and visual art with an eye toward promoting diverse voices and talents within (and without) each genre. We seek writing that pulses with life, blood, and guts—work whose rhythm we can set our hearts to. 45th Parallel’s submissions period runs from October - March. For more on our submissions guidelines check out our


  • Cumberland River Review: Call for Submissions
  • Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Cumberland River Review reads during the traditional academic year, September through April, and aims to maintain a regular response time of three months. We read and encourage simultaneous submissions and acquire First North American Serial Rights and the right to maintain an archive copy of accepted work online. (All other rights revert to our authors upon publication.) We nominate work for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and other anthologies and prizes. As always, our hope is to feature work of moral consequence.

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