As many of you know, there’s a brick of time each year that stretches from the middle of May to the start of September. Non-writers call this time “summer.” Writers (and especially short fiction writers) often call this time Where the hell am I supposed to submit my writing now?
So many journals and magazines (especially the Old & Big Timers) stop accepting submissions during these summer months, leaving writers with hot work fewer options and a lot of dreams for autumn. Well, I’m excited to tell you that there are more opportunities out there than you may realize. Here are just a few to consider…
P.S. Please, in your excitement to submit new work, don’t forget to also give these magazines/journals a good long read as well—and, hell, maybe even a few dollars for a full subscription 😀
Speculative Fiction Opportunities
Shimmer is a terrific publication for a variety of reasons. Not only do they put out consistently interesting, good writing for the reader in all of us, but they also treat their writers with real respect, striving to respond to all submissions within two weeks. Definitely give them a read! (and then maybe another!)
What Shimmer is looking for:
Unusual and beautifully-written speculative fiction stories with full plots and strong characters. The best way to understand what we are looking for is to read an issue of the magazine. We’re most drawn to contemporary fantasy, and seek out stories with a strong emotional core. We like unusual stories with a fluid and distinctive voice, with specific and original images. Send us your odd, unclassifiable stories.
Betwixt is a similarly great speculative lit magazine, working to get back to their authors also within a two week time span while providing readers with terrific out-there material.
What Betwixt is looking for:
Betwixt publishes speculative fiction of all sorts—fantasy, science fiction, speculative horror, slipstream, weird fiction, steam/diesel/cyber/etc.punk, you name it. We particularly like stories that smash genre boundaries to smithereens, but we also love fresh takes on established genres and in-depth explorations of ultraspecific niches. Experiments in form and style are welcomed enthusiastically—but a straightforward narrative with tight, crisp language is just as beautiful. When it comes down to it, we want stories that will amaze us, astound us, provoke our thoughts, and boggle our minds.
Alright, full disclosure, I serve as a reader for Strange Horizons, but—I’ve gotta say—they really are simply terrific, and the writing they publish is consistently fantastic (in every sense of the word).
What Strange Horizons is looking for:
(Bam! Dig it!)
Also, check out their page on stories they see too often.
“Literary” Fiction Opportunities
A classic that doesn’t let you down as a reader or writer! They’re open for submissions year-round, baby!
What American Short Fiction is looking for:
Issued triannually, American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home.
The Chattahoochee Review is another that reads year-round, but the deadline (September 15th) for their current call for submissions around the theme of Migration is coming up fast. Don’t miss out!
What The Chattahoochee Review is looking for:
TCR seeks submissions for its Fall/Winter 2015 double issue with a special focus on Migration. Literal and figurative translations of the theme welcome. Not only flight, but also movement; not only movement, but also kinetics; not only kinetics, but also conflict; not only conflict, but also arrival; not only arrival, but also immersion. Dare to be topical, but also sincere. Microbiology, Animalia, suburbia, electronica, strata—relocate, dislocate, elocute.
Creative NonFiction Opportunities
CutBank is quite simply cool. Definitely give them a read.
What CutBank is looking for:
In addition to submissions for the biannual print edition of CutBank, we’re also accepting a variety of submissions for CutBankOnline. We also hold several contests each year, where winners earn cash prizes and publication in CutBank or stand-alone chapbooks.
Word Riot is great for all kinds of writing, creative nonfiction included!
What Word Riot is looking for:
Happy Reading & Writing!