22 Places to Submit Your Fiction & Poetry

Now, some of these places have rejected me more than I can count, but that’s part of the game, chickadees. Am I really getting on this horse again? You betcha. I’m taking it bigger than it ever was before: it’s gonna get BROUGHT, bitch!

If you have red-hot poetry or short stories that need homes, here’s the list you need.

Did I leave anyone out? Let me know in the comments.

The list (not in any particular order)


Dancing Girl Press

The Diagram

Corium Magazine

Green Mountains Review

Booth: A Journal

Split Lip Magazine

Jellyfish Highway

Lockjaw Magazine

Alternating Current Press

Gigantic Sequins

The Pinch

Cartridge Lit


The Boiler

No Tokens

Spry Literary Journal

Nano Fiction



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Smokelong Quarterly

Bridge Eight Literary Magazine


Happy News: A Poetry Publication!

Happy to announce that In Hindsight I Wish I’d Gone For A Storm Swim in Lake Michigan has been published by Blood Lotus, with commentary by co-editor Quinn Fairfeldt. You can read it in its entirety here.

The rain in America is hot,
and large,
and foreign.
We swam up through it,
creatures bred in wetter climes, slamming
the door to the room on the fourth floor of a hotel
in which we would live the latter part of our holiday
on a street I cannot name, in Chicago.

Connection Edit Writing Zine – #1

The cover’s been designed for Connection Edit #1, and YES it looks like it was done by a three year old but I love it!

The man in the drawing is supposed to be the late, great Alan Turing by the way…I can see a resemblance but it’s possibly just me:

The late great Alan Turing. Also, back  Enigmatic Patterns: The Life and Death of Alan Turing on Kickstarter.
The late great Alan Turing. Also, back Enigmatic Patterns: The Life and Death of Alan Turing on Kickstarter.

Connection Edit is my own little version of NaNoWriMo. I’ll post bits and pieces from it up here every so often.


There’s a few reasons why I’m putting my writing into a zine rather than a pretty, self-published collection.

  1. I like the informal quality of zine-making. It doesn’t have to look good or be edited and finished. I like mistakes
  2. I don’t really know how I feel about self publishing
  3. I don’t have to finish the stories I’m putting into this zine; they can be fragments and it’ll still be okay
  4. Maybe someone out there will like to read it
  5. At least I’m still writing.

And in case you’re not sure about what a zine is:

Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text (an example being the hardcore punk zine Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single topic obsession, or sexual content far enough outside of the mainstream to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines. – Wikipedia

Two poems about what dogs think (probably)

Let sleeping dogs lie

I’m really excited to have found this because I was just wondering yesterday if our dogs think. Thanks to the two-time American Poet Laurete, Billy Collins, I’ve gained some more ideas about what dogs might think.

Maybe they’re meditating? Maybe they’re pretending they’re walking on grass? Maybe they’re just wishing you’d stop typing already or stop staring at that damn screen that sometimes has barking dogs on it and just go outside with them.*

Having thought about it for a while, I started talking about it (I never stop talking or wondering about stuff. This has led to questions throughout my life as to whether I’m on drugs. I’m not.). The conversation with my boyfriend about it went something like this –

Me: Do you think dogs think about stuff when they’re not smelling?

Him: Yeah probably.

Me: Like what…the meat they had that time and how it was great?

Him: Places they’ve been maybe.

Me: Maybe they don’t think at all. Maybe they’re like men; when they’re not doing something, they just don’t think much about anything.

14591364761_239cd53540_oWe have a dog called Feniq. We adopted him three months ago and he’s made great improvements in the relaxation department.

He came with his name but his passport says he used to be called Rambo. He’s nothing at all like a Rambo; maybe that’s part of the reason he was dumped at the dog shelter all stressed out and nervous and unable to deal with old men, people in wheelchairs, people with beards, women with shopping bags, or other dogs. He also freaks out when you hold something like a broom and for a while was afraid of bin trucks. Poor Feniq.

I’ve been watching him lying on the floor beside me as I type this, his eyes open but not looking at anything particularly interesting. Every so often he’ll look up at me and wag his tail two or three times. Come on, he seems to be saying. Come on.

Maybe he’s communing with the great dog collective consciousness that’s hanging around the earth or something.

Either way, I think he’d appreciate a walk right now. I’m gonna go take care of that, and you can stay here and listen to two poems by Billy Collins.

If you have any ideas or insights as to what dogs might think – are you a dog? – then don’t keep them to yourself (i.e. comment).

* Our dog is afraid of David Cronenberg movies. During Scanners he was looking behind the tv, restless and whining and then barking. We can no longer watch Cronenberg movies. I wonder if he’d be scared of Cosmopolis


Writing & Chapbook Contests for June

This is by no means an exhaustive list. For more writing opportunities this June, Google any variation of the words ‘writing competition’.

Without further ado:

Cape Open Submissions

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination. Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress. For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through http://www.capegraphicnovels.co.uk. Submissions should be emailed as attachments to capesubmissions@randomhouse.co.uk. Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission. Regrettably, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond in every instance, but all entries will be read. Submissions received after 30 June will not be considered.

Salamander 2014 Fiction Prize – Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh

Submit: May 15 through June 15, 2014. The Salamander Fiction Prize invites writers to submit one fiction story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Contest reading fee includes a one-year subscription. Prizes: First-place winner receives $1,500 and publication in Salamander magazine. Final Judge: Jennifer Haigh is the prize-winning author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. www.salamandermag.org

Drunken Boat Poetry Book Contest

Drunken Boat is accepting submissions of poetry, hybrid poetry, and poetry in translation for our inaugural book contest, judged by Forrest Gander. Deadline: June 25. Prize: $500, publication, 20 copies, and a launch at AWP. Manuscripts should be between 30 and 120 pages. Details: drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit.

Literary Juice Flash Fiction Contest

Literary Juice is hosting its second flash fiction contest, for stories 500 words or fewer. First prize winner will receive $200 (USD), plus publication of winning story on our website; runner-up will receive $50 (USD), plus publication online. Submission deadline: June 30, 2014. Visit the website for submission guidelines: www.literaryjuice.com

The Moth International Short Story Prize.

There is a 6,000 word limit. The entry fee is €9 per story and you can enter as many stories as you like. This year’s competition will be judged by Mike McCormack, a recipient of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature whose debut short story collection was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award and was described in the Irish Times as ‘the greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended’. Closing date: June 30th.

Dzanc Non-Fiction Prize

The winning manuscript will be selected by AUG 30, 2014 and the title will be published in the Fall of 2015. It will go through our full editing process and the author will receive a $1500 advance.. Ends on 6/30/2014. Read more here.

The Uppercut Chapbook Awards.

For poetry, flash fiction and hybrid forms. Read more here.

2nd Annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, 2014.

Please submit no more than three unpublished poems, no more than five pages in length. All entries must be submitted or postmarked April 1st- June 15th, 2014. The selected winner will receive $250.00 and publication on our website along with honorable mentions. This year’s final judge will be Nikki Giovanni. Find out more here.