Writing opportunities

Are you lo-oking for writing opportunities? Then this list will definitely be a helpful place to start. We’ve searched the web and found some great opportunities. We update the list frequently, so feel free to check in often to see if we have added any new opportunities you might be interested in considering.

In order to make this list as easy to use as possible, these writing opportunities are divided into continuous opportunities and opportunities with a deadline. Opportunities are further divided into free and fee-based opportunities. While all opportunities are not contests and therefore do not offer a “prize,” we consider the opportunity to be published as a prize in itself.

Please understand that while we try to look into every opportunity, we are human and can make mistakes. We apologize in advance for any possible mistakes you may find in this list. We have compiled this as a helpful resource for writers. We are not associated with these opportunities, nor do we receive any kind of payment for listing them here. If you would like for us to remove your writing opportunity from the list, please contact us to do so. We mean no harm and claim no credit for these opportunities. We just want to support writers and spread the word about great opportunities that writers may enjoy.

 

Continuous FREE Writing Opportunities

New Verse News
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication on a website updated every 1-2 days
Opportunity: Send a genuinely poetic take on a current and specific news story or event.
Website: http://www.newversenews.com/

 

Lime Hawk Journal
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Looking for fiction (5,000 words max), nonfiction (5,000 words max), poetry (up to 5 poems)
Website: https://limehawk.submittable.com/submit

 

Yalobusha Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accept 3-5 poems or 1 short story (up to 5000 words) or 3 flash fiction (less than 100 words per piece).
Website: https://yalobushareview.submittable.com/submit

 

Sweet: A literary confection
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accept only poetry and nonfiction. Writers may submit 3-5 poems or 1-3 essays (word total not to exceed 1500 words).
Website: http://www.sweetlit.com/guidelines.php

 

McSweeney’s
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Varies per piece per issue
Opportunity: Accepting on a rolling basis: fiction and nonfiction; no previously published works
Website: http://www.mcsweeneys.net/pages/guidelines-for-quarterly-submissions

 

Printers Row
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Must be a legal United States citizen, 18 and over
Opportunity: Accepting on a rolling basis: fiction; no previously published works
Website: https://printersrow.submittable.com/submit

 

WIPs: Works (of Fiction) in Progress
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Seeking works of fiction that are part of a greater book project. In most cases that means a novel excerpt, or a short story headed for a collection, but WIPs is open to any piece that fits the bill. Pieces should be 1500-7500 in length.
Website: https://wipsjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Pulp Literature
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $0.035/word-$0.07/word depending on piece length with shorter paying more per word
Opportunity: Seeking any genre fiction up to 75 pages long. No non-fiction, memoirs, or children’s stories.
Website: http://pulpliterature.com/submissions/submission-guidelines/

 

Beautiful Things
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Seeking flash nonfiction 250 words or less about beautiful things.
Website: https://riverteeth.submittable.com/submit/27921

 

New York Times Modern Love Column
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting unpublished deeply personal essays 1500-1700 words that deal with relationships, marriage, dating, and parenthood.
Website: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/fashion/howtosubmit_modernlove.html?_r=4&

 

Empty Mirror
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Memoirs, biographical pieces, essays, poetry and interviews on literature, poetry, art/photography, the Beat Generation, rock/blues/folk/jazz, films and filmmakers, counterculture/1960s, writing and publishing advice, book collecting, and others.
Website: http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/submissions

 

Apple Valley Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting poetry, short fiction (100-4000 words), and essays (100-4000 words). Novel excerpts must be self-contained.
Website: http://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

Josephine Quarterly
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit up to 5 poems of any length. Only one set of submissions at a time.
Website: https://josephinequarterly.submittable.com/submit

 

Gyroscope Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting poetry in multiple genres. Submit up to 5 poems. See website for detailed guidelines.
Website: http://www.gyroscopereview.com/guidelines/

 

Pithead Chapel
(Although they generally take submissions continuously, please check their website first as they do close submissions from time to time.)
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accept flash fiction (1000 words or less), short fiction (4000 words or less), and nonfiction (personal essays. Memoirs, lyric, flash and experimental–not critical essays).
Website: http://pitheadchapel.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Mothers Always Write
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Pieces must be on parenting. See website for full explanation of what categories the piece should fall into and the tone/purpose that the pieces must encompass.
Opportunity: Accepting submissions in poetry (up to 3) and personal essays on parenting (micro up to 300 words, essays up to 2000 words). Other opportunities for blog articles are noted on website as well.
Website: https://mothersalwayswrite.submittable.com/submit

 

Literary Mama
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: This is a magazine for mothers about motherhood. There are very detailed efforts to help writers see if their piece is the right fit for this magazine. Please go through the website for details.
Opportunity: Accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and more. There are many opportunities on this site for mothers and other writers.
Website: http://www.literarymama.com/submissions

 

The Cossack Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting submissions in poetry (up to 5), fiction (up to 20,000 words), and nonfiction (up to 10,000 words).
Website: https://thecossack.submittable.com/submit

 

The Masters Review New Voices
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $0.10/word up to $200
Special Requirements: Open to new and emerging writers only (no novel-length published work forthcoming at the time of submission).
Opportunity: Accepting fiction and narrative nonfiction pieces under 5000 words.
Website: https://themastersreview.submittable.com/submit/26106

 

The East Bay Review
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit up to 3 poems or one piece of prose up to 25 pages long.
Website: http://theeastbayreview.com/submit/

 

Heartwood 
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art.
Website: http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/submit/

 

Extracts
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting poetry, short stories, and book excerpts.
Website: https://extracts.submittable.com/submit

 

Bracken
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: $0.02/word for fiction; $15 per poem
Opportunity: Submit lyrical fiction and poetry, inspired by the wood and what lies in its shadows.
Website: http://www.brackenmagazine.com/submit

 

Orsum Magazine
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Writers can submit flash fiction (250 words max.), short stories (2,000 words max, poetry (40 lines max.), book reviews (send an example of 500 words max.), creative non-fiction (2,000 words max.), and features (send literature-based article pitches).
Website: http://www.orsummag.com/contact.html

Time of Singing
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication + 1 copy
Opportunity: Submit poetry that talks about God and our relationship with Him and each other—as well as general inspirational and nature poems—up to 60 lines long.
Website: http://www.timeofsinging.com/guidelines.html

 

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: Pieces must somehow involve a crime
Opportunity: Submit stories of detection of the classic kind, police procedurals, private eye tales, suspense, courtroom dramas, stories of espionage, and so on up to 12000 words long.
Website: https://www.themysteryplace.com/ahmm/guidelines/

 

Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts and Letters
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting essays and short fiction up to 20 pages, poetry (up to 5), or photography /art.
Website: http://www.sfc.edu/page.cfm?p=4002

 

Suburban Diaspora
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit 1 short story or novella, or up to three flash fiction pieces no longer than 100 words.
Website: https://suburbandiaspora.com

Pretty Owl Poetry
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit 3-5 poems or 1-3 pieces of fiction under 2,000 words.
Website: https://prettyowlpoetry.submittable.com/submit

 

Shift: A Journal of Literary Oddities
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit prose up to 4000 words, poetry up to 75 lines, and reviews under 500 words, or oddities of any  size or scope.
Website: http://www.shiftringling.com/

 

Masque & Spectacle
Entry Fee: FREE
Prize: Pubication
Opportunity: Submit creative writing, such as essays, plays, literary journalism, and hybrid formats, up to 10,000 words.
Website: https://masqueandspectacle.com/submission-guidelines/

 

Rascal
Fee: FREE
Prize: $20/poem; $0.02/word essays
Opportuity: Submit 1-7 poems or 1 essay up to 10000 words.
Website: https://rascal.submittable.com/submit

 

Blue River Review
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting yearround submissions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Website: http://blueriverreview.org/

 

Continuous Fee-Based Writing Opportunities

Illuminations
Entry Fee: $2.20
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Now accepting no more than 6 poems at a time.
Website: https://illuminations.submittable.com/submit/32972

 

Narrative
Entry Fee: It states that there is a nominal reading fee, but we could not find the cost exactly,
Prize: Some accepted pieces receive no payment, others vary from $50-$1000 depending on the piece. Submissions are also eligible for $4000 narrative Prize.
Opportunity: This site takes a wide variety of pieces on a rolling basis. Accepting short short stories, manuscripts 2000-15000 words long, novellas, serialization of book-length works, poetry, one-act plays, audio, and more. Please see the website for complete details.
Website: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/360

 

Hippocampus Magazine
Entry Fee: $3
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting memoir excerpts (up to 4000 words), personal essays (up to 4000 words), and flash creative nonfiction (less than 800 words).
Website: http://www.hippocampusmagazine.com/submissions/

 

Tishman Review
Entry Fee: $3-40
Prize: Up to $75
Opportunity: Seeking poetry, art, cartoons, photography, illustrations, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, book reviews, and more.
Website: https://thetishmanreview.submittable.com/submit

 

CSPS Monthly Poetry Contests
Entry Fee: $3 per poem with $6 minimum (non-members)
Prize: Depends on pool; if pool is over $100, $50 (1st), $10 (2nd), $5 (3rd)
Special Requirements: Theme varies by month, so please check website for monthly theme.
Opportunity: Submit as many poems as you would like. Must be less than 160 lines (4 pages) long.
Website: http://www.californiastatepoetrysociety.org/our-contests

 

Quiddity
Entry Fee: $3
Prize: One copy of journal in which work appears
Opportunity: Submit up to 5 unpublished poems or 1 piece of prose (less than 5000 words).
Website: https://quiddity.submittable.com/submit

 

KY Story Chapbooks
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: Publication and three copies
Special Requirements: Stories from the South and Appalachia. See site for states from which submissions will be accepted.
Opportunity: Submit poetry chapbooks no less than 24 pages long.
Website: https://kystory.submittable.com/submit/47288

 

October FREE Writing Opportunities

Stonecoast Review
Deadline: 10-29
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication/Contributor copy
Opportunity: Accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, dramatic works, and visual arts.
Website: https://stonecoastreview-litmag.submittable.com/submit

 

Christmas and Holiday Collection 2018
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: FREE
Prize: $200/10 copies
Opportunity: Submit your nonfiction poem that tells a story or nonfiction story of 1200 words or less on the the holidays from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.
Website: http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics

 

Inscape
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit up to 5 poems or 1 piece of ficiton or nonfiction up to 3500 words long. Also taking art.
Website: http://washburn.edu/inscape/submit.html

 

Lunch Ticket
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportuity: Taking submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash prose, literary translation, and visual arts.
Website: http://lunchticket.org/about/submission-guidelines/

 

3Elements
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Special Requirements: 3 elements of Delusion, Blueprint, Fisherman
Opportuity: Submit fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and artwork that includes the three elements required.
Website: http://3elementsreview.com/submit

 

 

October FEE-BASED Writing Opportunities

The Larry Brown Short Story Award
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: $10
Prize: $250
Opportunity: Submit short story less than 4000 words.
Website: https://pitheadchapel.submittable.com/submit/63647/the-larry-brown-short-story-award

 

RHINO Poetry Founders’ Prize
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: $15
Prize: $500
Opportunity: Submit 3-5 unpublished poems no longer than 5 pages total.
Website: http://rhinopoetry.org/contests/founders-prize/

 

Raliegh Review
Deadline: 10-31
Fee: $3
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting submissions in poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction.
Website: https://raleighreview.submittable.com/submit

November FREE Writing Opportunities

Dirty Paws
Deadline: 11-15
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit no more than 4 poems.
Website: https://dirtypawspoetry.com/submit/

 

November FEE-BASED Writing Opportunities

2017 Coal Hill Review Poetry Chapbook Contest
Deadline: 11-1
Fee: $20
Prize: $1000
Opportunity: Submit poetry manuscript 12-20 pages long.
Website: https://autumnhousepress.submittable.com/submit/91571/2017-coal-hill-review-poetry-chapbook-contest

 

Creative Nonfiction – Risk
Deadline: 11-6
Fee: $20 nonsubscribers
Prize: $1000
Special Theme: Risk
Opportunity: Submit essays on how we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain less than 4000 words long.
Website: http://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/risk

 

Nimrod International Journal –  “Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts”
Deadline: 11-6
Fee: $3
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore or demonstrate the idea that the arts are a gathering place for diverse and unique perspectives and that it is through this uniqueness that we find the universal.
Website: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

Tennessee Williams Festival Very Short Fiction Contest
Deadline: 11-8
Fee: $10
Prize: $500
Opportunity: Writers who have not published a work of fiction submit one story up to 1000 words long.
Website: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit/83014/twf-very-short-fiction-contest

 

 

Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Contest
Deadine: 11-15
Fee: $15
Prize: $1000
Opportunity: Emerging writers submit 2-4 unpublished poems.
Website: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit/42271/twf-poetry-contest

 

 

Scribes Valley Short Story Contest
Deadline: 11-30
Fee: $7
Prize: Publication&/or monetary prize for top 3 (undisclosed)
Opportunity: Submit a fiction short story up to 5000 words in length.
Website: http://www.scribesvalley.com/guidelines.html

 

 

Two Sylvia Press 2017 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize
Deadline: 11-30
Fee: $20
Prize: $1000
Special Requirements: Women over 50
Opportunity: Women over 50 submit an original, unpublished poetry manuscript 60-100 pages long.
Website: http://www.twosylviaspress.com/wilder-series-poetry-book-prize.html

 

Sundress Publications Broadside Contest
Deadline: 11-30
Fee: $10
Prize: $200 & 20 copies
Opportunity: Submit 3 poems no longer than 35 lines each.
Website: https://squareup.com/market/sundress-publications/item/broadside-contest-fee

 

Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest
Deadline: 11-30
Fee: $25
Prize: $1500
Opportunity: Writers with no published work of fiction submit one short fiction piece up to 7000 words.
Website: https://tennesseewilliamsfestival.submittable.com/submit/42265/twf-fiction-contest

 

Concrete Wolf 2017 Chapbook Contest
Deadline: 11-30
Fee: $20
Prize: 100 copies
Opportunity: Submit 24-28 pages of poetry.
Website: http://concretewolf.com/current/contest.htm

 

December FREE Writing Opportunities

These Fragile Lilacs Poetry Journal 
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit up to 5 poems.
Website: http://www.thesefragilelilacspoetry.com/regular-submissions

 

Glassworks Magazine
Deadline: 12-15
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Website: https://glassworksmagazine.submittable.com/submit

 

Gyroscope Review
Deadline: 12-15
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit up to 4 poems.
Website: https://gyroscopereview.submittable.com/submit

 

 

Hartskill Review Poetry Submissions
Deadline: 12-31
Fee: FREE
Prize: One contributor copy
Opportunity: Submit up to 3 poems.
Website: https://hartskillreview.submittable.com/submit

 

 

December FEE-Based Writing Opportunities

Urban Farmhouse Press – Novella
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: $15
Prize: $300, publication, royalties
Opportunity: Submit novella manuscript 65-145 pages long.
Website:  https://urbanfarmpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Urban Farmhouse Press – Short Story Collection
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: $15
Prize: $300, publication, royalties
Opportunity: Submit short story collection minimum of 150 pages long.
Website:  https://urbanfarmpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Urban Farmhouse Press – Novels
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: $15
Prize: $400, publication, royalties
Opportunity: Submit novel minimum of 150 pages long.
Website:  https://urbanfarmpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Kilgore Trout Literary Science Fiction Submissions
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: $15
Prize: $400, publication, royalties
Opportunity: Submit science fiction manuscript (min. 45 pages for novella and min. 145 for novel).
Website:  https://urbanfarmpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Crossroads Poetry Series Manuscript Submissions
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: $15
Prize: $250, publication, royalties
Opportunity: Submit poetry manuscripts (min. 50 pages).
Website:  https://urbanfarmpress.submittable.com/submit

 

Nimrod International Journal
Deadline: 12-1
Fee: $3 (nonsubscribers)
Prize: 2 copies
Opportunity: Submit unpublished prose up to 7500 words or 3-10 pages of unpublished poetry.
Website: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

WyoPoets 2018 Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest 
Deadline: 12-15
Fee: $3 + $1/poem
Prize: $100 (1st); $50 (2nd); $30 (3rd); $20 (4th)
Opportunity: Submit poems (published or unpublished) up to 40 lines long.
Website: http://www.wyopoets.org/contests.html

 

The Moth Poetry Prize 2017
Deadline: 12-31
Fee: €12
Prize: €10,000
Opportunity: Submit a single unpublished poem.
Website: http://themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=8010&page=14

 

Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize
Deadline: 12-31
Fee; $20
Prize: $500
Opportunity: Submit a short story collection 120-200 pages long.
Website: https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/submit

 

January 2018 FREE Writing Opportunities

Sliver of Stone
Deadline: 1-15
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works.
Website: https://sliverofstone.submittable.com/submit

 

 

January 2018 FEE-BASED Writing Opportunities

2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: 1-1
Fee: $30
Prize: $1500
Opportunity: Submit unpublished short story collection manuscript 100-250 pages in length.
Website: https://press53.submittable.com/submit/93332/2018-press-53-award-for-short-fiction

 

The Frost Place 2018 Chapbook Competition
Deadline: 1-5
Fee: $28
Prize: $250, publication, 10 copies
Opportunity: Submit poetry manuscript 20-25 pages long.
Website: http://frostplace.org/chapbook-competition/

 

Blue Light Press Book Award
Deadline: 1-30
Fee: $20
Prize: Publication with royalties
Special Requirements: Snail Mail
Opportunity: Submit manuscript of 50 to 80 pages of poetry or flash fiction.
Website: http://www.bluelightpress.com/contestsFull.php

 

Fish Publishing Short Memior Prize
Deadline: 1-31
Fee: €16
Prize: €1,000
Opportunity: Submit short memior up to 4000 words long.
Website: http://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/short-memoir-contest/

 

Lookin’ for Love in All the Wrong Places Short Story Writing Contest 
Deadline: 1-31
Fee: $8
Prize: $75
Opportunity: Submit 1000-1200 word story where the overarching theme  is lookin’ for love and all the wrong places.
Website: https://twosisterswriting.submittable.com/submit/93805/lookin-for-love-in-all-the-wrong-places-short-story-writing-contest-january-2018

 

Psychotherapy Session Short Story Contest
Deadline: 1-31
Fee: $8
Prize: $75
Opportunity: Write a short story (1000-1200 words) that takes place entirely within one or many psychotherapy session(s).
Website: https://twosisterswriting.submittable.com/submit/93804/psychotherapy-session-short-story-contest-january-2018

 

 

February 2018 FREE Writing Opportunities

Sou’wester
Deadline: 2-1
Fee: FREE
Prize: Publication
Opportunity: Submit up to 5 poems or 1 piece of fiction or nonfiction.
Website: https://sw.submittable.com/submit

 

February 2018 FEE-BASED Writing Opportunities

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“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:3 KJV)

NOTICE: We are not affiliated with these writing opportunities or the websites that sponsor them. We can therefore not assure you as to whether or not they are reliable and trustworthy. The information here is not always total and complete. We try to include enough information for you to decide whether or not you would like to pursue the opportunity more. While we have made every effort to visit the websites listed on this page, check links, and read briefly into the events, there is no way for us to guarantee that the information here is always accurate since we have no control over the links, contests, or people who organize them. Please visit the websites and read all information regarding the event before you make the decision as to whether or not the opportunity is one you are interested in pursuing.