Submissions August 2020

One of the problems I always have, is actually finding somewhere to send my work. When I was first looking for places to publish my poems, several years ago, I manged to build up quite a resource for possible places. From zines, to physical publishers, to online mags. Not the most organised; tabs and vague bookmarks and inactive Instagram follows. Finally after more than three years I’m pretty in tune with the web of submissions (not what it sounds like). But what use is all that if I keep them all to myself? What artistic future am I creating if I wealth-hoard all these wonderful places see your work loved, and equal importantly to find new artists to adore. A shit future, that’s what kind.
So anyways, I thought I would do a monthly submissions list, for poets and writers and whoever else. For the most part it makes it easier not to miss deadlines, but also my hope is that people who read this will put other places to submit down in the comments (or send them to me, either way and the list can grow wonderfully from there (don’t worry if they are not for August). Enough pre-able, look below for places to send work in August (along with the final days of July).

Black Writers Only

Bone and Ink Press – 15th Sept – CHAPBOOKS- <30 PAGES- Published Chapbook (Free)

Bone & Ink Press is now accepting chapbook submissions for publication in 2021.​ From now until September 15, 2020, we are only accepting submissions from Black writers. After September 15, until the end of the year, we will be open for submissions from everyone.
Previously unpublished manuscripts, size 12 font, any genre or form, single spaced. No more than 30 pages
Ongoing Submissions

QTBIPOC Writers Only

Loud And Queer Zine – 2nd Aug – BLACK LIVES MATTER SPECIAL EZINE- Black trans and Queer Writers Only- Published Online (Free)

Writing, art, images, sculptures, photography, essays, anything you create is eligible! Please include 1) your name, 2) the name of your piece(s), 3) anything about yourself you would like to share with our readers, & 4) How our readers can find your work and patronize you directly. 100% of donations towards this zine will benefit The Okra Project.
“The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them. “
Email to
Deadline August 2nd 2020 at 11:59pm.

Autostraddle – Ongoing – NO THEME – Published Online +$100 (Free)

The world’s most popular lesbian website is looking for articles etc from QTBIPOC on the Black Lives Matter Movement, and all other parts of their lives. Rates start at $100 but can be negotiated depending on length, topic etc.
Email pitches to or

LGBT+ Writers Only

Mainstream – 31st July – NO THEME- <2500 words- £100 + Published in Print (Free) – 18+

Bringing in thirty authors in from the margins to occupy centre-page. Queer storytellers. Working class wordsmiths. Chroniclers of colour. Writers whose life experiences give unique perspectives on universal challenges, whose voices must be heard. And read.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but you must inform us immediately should your story be published elsewhere. There is no theme. Stories may be on any subject, in any genre but must be prose (flash fiction or short story). No poetry, essays or collections of words written the wrong way on torn paper.
Entries must not have been published or self-published in print or online. Stories must be written in English, a maximum of 2,500 words and entirely your own work.
+ Include a short statement telling us why you identify as an ‘outsider’ (up to 300 words)
+ Short biography (up to 200 words) 
12 midnight (UK time) on 31st July 2020

Womxn Writers Only

Understory Magazine– 14th August – GENDER AND TECHNOLOGY- <1500 words- Published Online + $50-$100 (Free)

Seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, spoken word, and visual art about women, gender, and technology. Part of Understorey‘s mission is to publish voices of Canadian women, particularly underrepresented voices, as such, they lean toward personal stories. Send to Writers, include your work in the body of the email.
Up to 1500 words on the topic of Gender and Technology
+ Cover letter and short personal profile
Midnight 14th August 2020

Unpaid Submissions– All Writers

Refresh Magazine– Rolling – NO THEME- <1500 words- Published Online (Free)

A magazine born on the idea that creativity is part of our fabric and is a powerful way of making sense of social injustices and the world we live in. We are interested in hearing people’s voices through their work, whether that’s through words, poems, music or art. We hope you enjoy this platform as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it. Contact us for submissions using the form to the right, or emailing us at
600-1200 words or Max 3 poems.
+Name, short pitch, realistic timeframe for delivery

Primadonna Prize – 27th July – THE MORE THINGS CHANGE- <5000 words- Literary Representaion (£8)

The Primadonna Prize is for unsigned and unrepresented new writing talent. It was established to help open up access to the publishing industry, and is judged anonymously – judges are given no information on the entrants – and without regard to grammar or spelling: a first for a literary prize. The focus is squarely on the talent of the authors.
500+ words on the theme of “the more things change”- submit here
Win representation from Cathryn Summerhayes, and a chance to read at the Primadonna festival.
Midnight on 27 July 2020.

About Place Journal – 1st August – RESISTANCE,RESILIENCE- <4000words- Published in Literary Journal (Free)

Published twice a year by the Black Earth this literary journal dedicates itself to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society.
Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each.
+Third person bio up to 150 words

Remington Review– 28th August – RESISTANCE,RESILIENCE- <2500 words- Published in Literary Journal (Free)

Remington Review wants to give your creativity a home. We seek new, original work that hasn’t been published in other literary journals. We love to feature work by upcoming writers and artists, but we read every submission we receive. We have published work by college students, freelance writers, and published authors. If you’re a writer and/or artist, send your work our way!
Poetry: Up to five pieces of work (no more than 10 pages). Fiction/creative non-fiction: One original piece of fiction no more than 2,500 words.
Send to
+Short Cover Letter
+Third person biography (leave all identifying infromation off submission)
28th August 2020

Black Sun Lit– Ongoing – NO THEME- <5000 words/5 poems- Published Online (Free)

digital vestiges is an online series of fragments and ephemera. Black Sun (generally) reads submissions for digital vestiges year-round, accepts only previously unpublished work, and allows simultaneous submissions in the good faith that the writer promptly notifies us if their work has been accepted elsewhere. 
Poetry: Up to five pieces of work (no more than 10 pages). Fiction/creative non-fiction: One original piece of fiction no more than 2,500 words.
Submit here
(NO Unsolicited Book Manuscripts)

Paid Submissions (Open to All)

Tin Can Literary Review-31st Aug- NO THEME- 500-12,000 words- Published Online + $250 (Free)

Haunted Waters Press now seeking submissions for consideration in Tin Can Literary Review—our debut fiction anthology celebrating the works of new, emerging, and seasoned authors. We seek stories told in as little as 500 words and as many as 12,000. Selected works to be paid $250 per published story. Also seeking works of fiction, poetry, and flash for paid print publication in the 18th issue of From the Depths and in consideration for 2020 HWP Awards. Penny Fiction 2020 will showcase exceptionally short stories told in exactly 20 words—no more, no less. 
Submit here
Midnight 31st August 2020

Nimrod Journal-PRIZE-15th Aug- NO THEME- 5000 words/5 pages- $500 ($3)

Since its founding in 1956 at The University of Tulsa, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry’s mission has been the discovery, development, and promotion of new writing. The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. They are open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications. (Self-published works, works with a distribution of less than 100 copies, and journalistic articles are not considered toward the count of 2 publications.)
$500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.
Ongoing (non-prize) submissions open until Novemeber 30th.
Submit here
Midnight 15th August 2020

Please add any others you think of below. Good luck!

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