New journals to submit to

Did you know that every time a bell rings, a new literary magazine launches somewhere in the world? No? Well, ok, maybe that isn’t strictly speaking true, but it does seem as if they’re mushrooming up everywhere you look. Hurray for that, as it gives us writers more avenues to get our work out into the world. So I thought it might be helpful to highlight a few lesser-known additions for those of you with material looking to go to good homes.

The selection below is a mixture of brand new, fairly new and new-to-me journals. As with all my lists, it’s not exhaustive – just a smorgasbord of things that have caught my eye recently.

I’ve tried to provide a bit of variety – some of the journals are American, some are UK-based and one is much closer to home (English-Irish flash fiction journal Splonk, edited by Nuala O’Connor). You’ll hopefully find something regardless of whether your work is experimental or traditional, edgy or comic. I also considered adding details of whether they pay writers or not, but let’s be honest, few can afford to.

Please do use your own judgement in sending material and check out the websites carefully to see if your work would be a good fit. Good luck!

  • Barren Magazine
  • Journal description: ‘We revel in the shadow-spaces that make up the human condition, and aim to find antitheses to that which defines us: light in darkness; beauty in ugliness; peace in disarray’
  • Where based: USA
  • What they accept: flash fiction (max 1,000 words), short stories (1,000-4,000 words), creative nonfiction (up to 4,000 words)
  • Submission window: open for subs for issue 9 (no closing date given, but I believe they just roll subs over to the next issue)
  • Frequency: monthly
  • Print or online: online
  • Brave Voices Magazine
  • Journal description: ‘focused on sharing the human experience’
  • Where based: USA
  • What they accept: up to 5 flash pieces (1,000 words or less) or 2 short stories (fewer than 10 pages preferably), creative nonfiction (up to 3 short/flash essays or 1 long-form essay) and poetry (up to 5 poems)
  • Submission window: reading subs for issue 4 until June 1, and their blog Courageous has a rolling submission policy
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Print or online: online, plus the blog which regularly posts work from contributors
  • Claw & Blossom
  • Journal description: ‘We are looking for compelling narratives and resonant moments involving characters or narrators who are wrestling with life’s impossible problems but who nonetheless seek ways to thrive. Your work must also contain elements of the natural world’
  • Where based: USA (I think)
  • What they accept: flash fiction, creative nonfiction or linked micros (max 1,000 words) and poetry (one poem per submission)
  • Submission window: rolling subs, the exception being the two-week period before each issue is released. Currently inviting subs for issue 1, theme ‘Gnaw’, to be published in June
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Print or online: online
  • Empty House Press
  • Journal description: ‘We encourage broad interpretations of what the idea or image of an empty house might evoke. This includes but is not limited to writing about home, landscape, place, memory, and of course, the atmosphere of previously inhabited spaces’
  • Where based: USA and Germany
  • What they accept: fiction and nonfiction (up to 2,000 words per prose piece, though they prefer works in the 500-1500 word range), and poetry (1-3 poems)
  • Submission window: currently accepting subs for launch issue, with no closing date given so far
  • Frequency: no information available
  • Print or online: appears to be online, but this is not specified
  • Flamingo Literary
  • Journal description: ‘We like dream-like, we like historical, we like doesn’t-quite-fit-in. We like animals. We like fairytale. We like heartfelt. We like happy. We like sad’
  • Where based: UK
  • What they accept: flash (max 500 words); short stories (max 1,000 words); articles; creative nonfiction; plays (up to 10 minutes in length); and any other experimental form you can think of
  • Submission window: currently accepting subs for issue 1, no closing date stated
  • Frequency: no info available
  • Print or online: no info available, but I’m guessing it will be online
  • Funny Pearls
  • Journal description: ‘An online journal dedicated to humour by women’
  • Where based: UK
  • What they accept: short stories of up to 4,000 words and life experience or observational humour of up to 2,000 words
  • Submission window: open for subs all year round, and there are also monthly themed sections (next deadline of April 28 is on the theme of ‘Admiration’)
  • Frequency: constantly publishing material
  • Print or online: online
  • Honey & Lime
  • Journal description: ‘Honey & Lime is a space for everything that makes us human: the love and joys, the hurt and heart-sinking failures. The forever ache of grief, the rage, the downward spirals’
  • Where based: USA
  • What they accept: fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 3 stories of max 2,000 words each, but the shorter the better), and poetry (up to 5 poems/10 pages)
  • Submission window: open February, April, June, August, October, and December. Currently accepting subs for issue 3, theme ‘The Queer Issue’
  • Frequency: bimonthly
  • Print or online: online
  • Nightingale & Sparrow
  • Journal description: online literary magazine
  • Where based: USA
  • What they accept: fiction and creative nonfiction (3-10 pages, at 12pt standard font, double-spaced) and poetry (1-3 poems of any length)
  • Submission window: currently closed, but will reopen soon for subs to issue 3, theme ‘Heat’ (to be published in August), and ‘Nevermore’ (issue 4, October)
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Print or online: both
  • Semicolon
  • Journal description: ‘a literary journal dedicated to mental health’
  • Where based: USA
  • What they accept: short stories and essays (max 5,000 words), up to 3 flash fiction/nonfiction pieces (max 1,000 words) and poetry (3-5 short poems or 1 long-form)
  • Submission window: accepting submissions for issue 2 until April 12
  • Frequency: twice a year
  • Print or online: both
  • Silk + Smoke
  • Journal description: ‘For the stories that don’t fit in’
  • Where based: Scotland
  • What they seek: odd and experimental short stories (max. 2,000 words), creative nonfiction (max 2,000 words), poetry (max 50 lines) or scripts (max 10 A4 pages)
  • Submission window: currently closed as they work on issue 1, but should reopen for subs soon
  • Frequency: not mentioned on website
  • Print or online: issue 1 will be online ebook plus weekly features on website, with plans for a print edition for subsequent issues
  • Slippage Lit
  • Journal description: ‘We hope to give a voice to all those poems, stories, essays, and everything in between, that just don’t fit in anywhere else. Our ongoing goal is to give a platform for writing in a strange style, or an antiquated genre that just isn’t published anymore, or was never published at all’
  • Where based: Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • What they accept: fiction and nonfiction in three word length categories – max 500 words, max 2,000 words or max 5,000 words
  • Submission window: currently accepting subs for issue 2
  • Frequency: three issues a year
  • Print or online: online
  • Splonk
  • Journal description: flash fiction journal. ‘We like experimental work, straight narratives, language-driven flash, historical, futuristic, post-apocalyptic, weird, quirky, ‘normal’, melancholic, and happy work’
  • Where based: Ireland
  • What they accept: unpublished flash of up to 500 words for SplonkFlash. Micro-fictions of up to 100 words for SplonkMicros. Or Irish-language flash up to 500 words for SplonkSplanc
  • Submission window: currently closed for subs as they prepare issue 1, to be published May 1
  • Frequency: no info available
  • Print or online: online
  • Turnpike Magazine
  • Journal description: ‘While all submissions will be reviewed, special consideration will be granted to pieces that explore positivity, gratitude and other uplifting themes, as well as pieces written by underrepresented voices’
  • Where based: USA
  • What they accept: fiction (max 2,000 words), creative nonfiction (max 2,000 words) and poetry (up to five poems/ 8 pages of text)
  • Submission window: rolling, but currently reading for May issue until April 30
  • Frequency: bimonthly
  • Print or online: ezine
  • Virtual Zine
  • Journal description: ‘an online literary magazine which celebrates diversity in both fiction and creative non-fiction writing’
  • Where based: UK
  • What they accept: short fiction and creative nonfiction (max 1,500 words)
  • Submission window: currently open for VVF subs; V500 subs open until April 30 for the monthly themed image (think that’s correct – I find their website a bit confusing, tbh)
  • Frequency: they aim to publish several stories each month under the VFF (Virtual Feature Fiction) category, and four V500 stories in response to a monthly theme
  • Print or online: online
  • The Wellington Street Review
  • Journal description: ‘specialising in creative responses to the past’
  • Where based: UK
  • What they accept: flash fiction (max 300 words), short stories (300-3,000 words), essays and creative nonfiction (max 3,500 words), and poetry (up to 5 poems)
  • Submission window: open until May 19 for issue 2, theme ‘Pride’
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Print or online: online

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