Hampton Roads Writers - Where Characters Connect
Next Zoom Social hour, AKA the Quarantini, is Friday, February from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

If you would like the zoom link, please email Rita.

Traveling Pen Series of Writers Workshops for 2022

HRW is working on an exciting slate of 2.5-hour writer workshops for 2022. We anticipate that the first one will occur on February 19. When the teachers and topics have been finalized, we will publish a list of the workshops on our online calendar.

Creative Writing in a Nutshell: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started as a Writer

Presented by Frank Milligan

March 19 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT

This class will give those new to creative writing or considering beginning creative writing, a brief overview of getting started and establishing a solid foundation whether focused on writing short stories, novels, memoirs, or other creative nonfiction. It ranges from thinking like a writer to basic writing techniques of plot, characterization, scene, setting, dialogue, point of view, pace, and so on, as well as how to edit the work and get it published commercially or by self-publishing. Those who’ve been writing for a while will find the class a useful review of the basics all storytellers need to know to be successful.
Presenter Bio
Frank Milligan, holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in business and public administration, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. A retired federal agent, law enforcement senior executive, and a former counterintelligence agent, he teaches creative writing at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the College of William and Mary, and has taught at Northern Virginia Community College, the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, and various other venues and writers’ conferences. His traditionally published book, Time to Write: Discovering the Writer Within After 50, 2007, Quill Driver Books, won a National Mature Media silver award. His short fiction and nonfiction have won local, state, and regional awards. He is a past president of the Chesapeake Bay Writers, and a member of the International Thriller Writers.

Our 2.5 hour workshops cost $20 for current HRW members and $30 for nonmembers.

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Welcome new members!

Christine Born

Shirley O'Bryan Smith


to the following HRW Members:

Ken Poyner

Heather Barrett

Two of her poems "Hushing Hour" and "Avalanche Path" were published in the Winter 2021 issue of Superpresent Magazine.

Miko Marsh

Published A Holiday with Finesse under the name of Obelia Akanke. For more about author and speaker Miko Marsh, follow her on Amazon, Facebook and Instagram.

Marilyn Barton

Her latest short story, "Caught in the Middle", was published in Pulse--voices from the heart of medicine.

Pamela Denyes

Her poem, “SUFFER FOR THE WORDS”, was published in Vallum Magazine

Dr. C. Thomas Somma

His book, Midori and the 1000 Stitch Belt, was honored as a Notable 100 Book in the 2021 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. As part of being a Top 100 Notable, his book is featured in a special section of the magazine including a brief description of the book.

Leigh Anne Lagoe

One of her stories will be published in CHROMOPHOBIA as part of ROOSTERREPUBLICPRESS.COM's latest anthology

Newsletter Editor--Dr. Rita Budrionis. If you'd like to write an article in your area of expertise or have an announcement you'd like to share, please email her.

Author Spotlight

Peter Stipe brings a collection of talents to writing. Nurtured in early days in elementary schools in Virginia, he spent his later educational and career years in Boston and the New England area. With a degree from Boston University and a Masters from Tufts, he became a high school teacher, then a teacher of another kind in Human Resources and Training for a varied list of businesses.
A competitive long-distance runner, Peter competed and placed in the top fifty in the Boston Marathon and participated in the 1972 US Olympic Trials.
Replacement knees have slowed him down a little, but he still travels. He has explored all fifty states and most of the Canadian Provinces. Native American sites are a favorite. His collection of Native art comes from authentic sources.
Peter’s first book of short stories, Finding Our Way, was published in 2015. The stories blend his interests and locales visited with engaging characters. His first full length novel followed. The Art of Love uses Providence, Rhode Island and its two well-known schools – Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University - to create the tensions and the power of the love story.
A search of his own family myths led to the writing of his third book, Remember Me. Lots of surprises there! His grandfather’s garden is the setting for a coming-of-age novel, The Fairy Garden. This adult fairy tale is set in Williamsburg, Virginia. His fifth novel, Bennett Falls, will be published this spring.
Peter and his wife live in Williamsburg where he is President of the Board for the Williamsburg Book Festival (celebrated on the first Saturday of October, if you are interested!). He markets his photographs and books at the Yorktown Farmers Market (beginning in April) with his publisher, Blue Fortune Publishing. His photographs are also available at On the Hill Gallery in Yorktown. Stop by and check out both venues!
Contact Mr. Stipe at PeterGStipe.com

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Join The Muse Writers Center for an amazing slate of online creative writing classes, workshops, and seminars that begin in February and run through May. Featuring introductory classes as well as advanced workshops in Poetry, Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting, Comics/Graphic Novels, Songwriting, as well as many great classes for Young Writers and Teens... plus they have a great series of all-new craft, creativity, research, and professional development seminars. Tuition help is always available to those who need it. Learn more at https://the-muse.org/classes-at-a-glance/

If you are a current member of HRW and would like to be featured in an upcoming Author Spotlight interview, drop us a line.

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Nectar. Genre: Fiction, poetry. “We especially encourage BIPOC and QT poets to submit — your work will take priority in our consideration. However, we welcome all work however you identify.” Payment: $10. Deadline: January 7, 2022.

Fantasy Magazine. Genre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word for original short stories and flash fiction. $40 per poem. Deadline: January 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on January 1.

Scum. Genre: Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD. Deadline: January 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on January 1. (AUSTRALIAN)

Cossmass Infinities. Restrictions: Open to Black, Asian, Latin, LGBTQ+ and other under-represented authors. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: January 7, 2022.

Diet Milk: Gothic. Genre: Gothic fiction, poetry, and art (drawings, paintings, comics, collages). Payment: $0.01/word for fiction (minimum $40); $15/poem; $50/art piece. Deadline: January 8, 2022.

Berkley is a division of Random House. Genre: Full-length romance, women’s fiction, mystery, suspense and thrillers, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 9, 2022.

Flame Tree Press: Compelling Science Fiction. Genre: Science fiction short stories, 2000–4000 words. Payment: 8 cents/word, 6 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: January 9, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Flame Tree Press: Christmas Gothic Short Stories. Genre: Gothic horror on theme of Christmas, 2000–4000 words. Payment: 8 cents/word, 6 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: January 9, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Elevator Stories. Genre: Unpublished, original stories of fiction, CNF, memoir, personal essay, or a hybrid of any. 1 piece over 1,000 words, but a max of 2,000 words, or 2 with under 1,000 words each. Audio format. See themes. Payment: $20. Deadline: January 9, 2022.

Faces. Genre: Nonfiction, activities for children 9–14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 10, 2022. Queries only. See themes.

Mslexia. Restrictions: Open to women. Genre: Fiction poetry, nonfiction. Payment: £25. Deadline: January 10, 2022. (UK)

The Creative Pandemic. Restrictions: Open to those who self-identify as part of the LGBT+ community. Genre: Short Stories (max 2,000 words), Poetry, and Blog-style brain dumps.on theme of Chosen Family. Payment: £10. Deadline: January 10, 2022.

SAND is a Berlin publication that “looks for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways — work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth.” Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, art, poetry, translations. Payment: Professional rates. Deadline: January 10, 2022. (Or until filled) (GERMAN)

Cosmic Horror Monthly. Genre: Cosmic horror, Lovecraftian, Weird, and dark science fiction stories, original and reprints. Art accepted as well. Payment: 3 cents per word for original fiction. 5k words = $150; 1 cent per word for reprints. Deadline: January 14, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The Cellar Door: Forbidden Magic. Genre: Horror/dark fantasy stories featuring forbidden or taboo magic. Must include some form of spell casting or alchemy. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Great Weather for MEDIA: Annual Print Anthology. Genres: Poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction. “Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental but we do not have a set theme for our anthologies.” Payment: $10. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Paper Lanterns. Genre: Fiction and poetry for young adults. Payment. €50 for poetry or flash fiction and €75 for short stories. If you are under 16, you will receive a book voucher. Deadline: January 15, 2022. (EUROPEAN)

Arc Manor Books: The Reinvented Detective Anthology. Genre: Updated crime fiction. “As we move forward into the age of information, what happens to our ideas of detection and crime? How do you handle it when your smart car blackmails you or you need to murder the downloaded personality of your enemy? What acts to enforce society’s norms and catch those violating them in the future?” Payment: $0.08/word. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Adi Magazine: Political Fictions. Genre: Short fiction. “We’re looking for short stories that examine lives impacted by policy and politics. We’re not interested in the drearily righteous; we want stories that unearth new worlds, that plumb interior lives alongside external conflicts, that satirize and fantasize, that disturb, beguile, challenge, surprise, ignite.” Payment: For full-length stories, 2,500 words or more, payment is $500. For flash fiction, under 1,000 words, payment is $200. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Shenandoah. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $100 per poem. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Counting Your Blessings. Genre: True stories and poems. “Please share your stories about handling challenges in your life, finding the silver linings, and counting your blessings, whether the challenges you are facing are COVID-19 related or other kinds. Stories can be serious or funny, but definitely should be inspirational and heartwarming. Attitude adjustments, finding contentment and gratitude, a new way of handling your daily life, and other great ideas to inspire readers to find their own paths to happiness and to remember to count their blessings every day are what we are looking for.” Payment: $200. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Muse Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children on theme of Skepticism. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Cobblestone. Genre: Fiction, poetry and nonfiction articles of historical accuracy and lively, original approaches to the themes for children from ages 9–14. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 15, 2022. See themes. Queries only.

Qu. Genre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem or visual art. Contributors will also receive one copy of magazine. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Ploughshares: Look2 Essays. Genre: Essays about underappreciated or overlooked writers. Payment: $45/page, up to $450. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Room Magazine. Restrictions: Room publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art by folks of marginalized genders, including but not limited to women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit and nonbinary people. Theme: Audacity. Genre: Original short stories, poems, creative non-fiction, or art. Payment: $50 (CAD) Deadline: January 15, 2022. (CANADIAN)

Women Artists Datebook. Restrictions: Open to women. Genre: Poems and art. Theme: Peace and Justice. Payment: $200 for art, $70 for poetry. Deadline: January 15, 2022.

Jaggery is a DesiLit arts and literature journal, connects South Asian diasporic writers and homeland writers. “We also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. (By South Asia we mean Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.)” Genre: Art, Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Reviews. Payment: $100 for fiction, $25 for nonfiction/poetry/art/reviews. Deadline: January 17, 2022.

Planet Scumm Genre: Hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi, speculative fiction, weird fiction, and slipstream. Payment: $0.04/word. Deadline: January 17, 2022.

Solstice 2022. Genre: Winter-themed short literary works. Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 20, 2022.

Off Topic Publishing: Wayward and Upward. Genre: Poetry and fiction. “A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to fill in the words.” No simultaneous submissions. Payment: $50 — $100 CAD upon publication. Deadline: January 20, 2022. Or until filled.

Puncher and Wattmann. Genre: Full-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, life writing, poetry anthologies and critical non-fiction. Payment: Royalties (?) January 20, 2022.

Flash Fiction Online. Genre: Speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction. Payment: $80. Deadline: January 21, 2022.

MQR Mixtape. Genre: short stories, essays, and poetry, and a variety of other work that isn’t standard fare in most literary journals. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 21, 2022.

Blood Rites Horror: Terror in the Trench. Genre: Stories “on the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean. Feel free to interpret this theme as you wish; we’ll consider stories about the unknown, about strange, leviathan creatures.” Payment: $10. Deadline: January 28, 2022.

Cricket: Ask Magazine. Genre: Nonfiction articles for children 7–10 years old who are curious about science and the world they live in. Theme: Facing Fear. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 30, 2022. Pitches only.

Devil’s Party Press: Solstice. Genre: Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. PROSE limit 5,000 words. THEME for all pieces: Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths. Payment: $25/ 1 short prose piece or up to 3 poems and one print copy of the book. Deadline: January 30, 2022.

Off Topic Publishing. Genre: Short stories and poems. “A multimedia project inspired by the electrosymphonic album “Wayward & Upward” by Spinoza Gambit. The music already exists. Your job is to come up with stories and poems that resonate.” Payment: $100 CAD. Deadline: January 30, 2022. (CANADIAN)

Otoroshi Journal. Genre: Horrorku, horror tanka, and horror haibun, art. Payment: Poetry, $1. Art, $10. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Welkin. Genre: Magical realist, fabulist, fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, metafictional, slipstream, fantastic, weird, surrealist, and experimental genres. Payment: 1cent/word. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

khōréō. Restrictions: Open to writers who identify as an immigrant or member of a diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms. “This includes, but is not limited to, first- and second-generation immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, persons who identify with one or more diaspora communities, persons who have been displaced or whose heritage has been erased due to colonialism/imperialism, transnational/transracial adoptees, and anyone whose heritage and history includes ‘here and elsewhere’. We especially encourage BIPOC creators who identify as the above to submit their work.” Genre: stories, essays, and art: fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and any genre in between or around it, as long as there’s a speculative element. See themes. Payment: 0.08/word for fiction, $100 for nonfiction, and $40–300 for art. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Mudroom. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and essays in translation. Payment: $15. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Circumference. Genre: New translations of poetry, essays, long-form writing, and drama. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Glass. Genre: Poetry. Payment: $10. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Everlast. Genre: Romance. “Romance can be difficult on its own, even before adding the complications of time travel to the equation. These couples find themselves from separate timelines in history, but cross paths due to unforeseen circumstances.” Word Count — 5,000–20,000. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: January 31, 2022. (Deadline extended)

Event. Genre: Fiction, poetry, non-fiction and book reviews. Payment: $40/page for poetry and $35/page for prose, up to a maximum of $500. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

The Overcast. (Podcast) Genre: Speculative fiction: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Magical Realism, Slipstream, or an as-yet-unnamed genre. No horror. The sweet spot for submissions is 2,000–3,000 words. Payment: $0.01 per word, but not less than $20 for any story. Flat rate of $20 for all stories under 2,000 words. Deadline: January 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Nonbinary Review: Shared Worlds. Genre: Poetry, fiction, essays, and art around the theme of Shared Worlds. Payment: 1 cent per word for prose, and a flat fee of $10 for poetry. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Summer of Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anthology. Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy in the range of 1500–7500 words. Payment: $0.005/word up to 7500 words. Minimum of $15. Reprints paid at full rate. Deadline: January 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The Rumpus. Genre: Fiction and poetry. “We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power.” Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Hydra Publications: Ghosts of the Old Gods. Genre: Epic fantasy/sword and sorcery. Length: 6,000–10,000 words. Payment: $35. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

A Public Space. Genre: Fiction, essays, poetry, as well as graphic and hybrid work. Payment: Honorarium. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Luminescent Machinations: Queer Tales of Monumental Invention. Genre: Speculative stories focusing on queerness in the darker side of science-fiction, fantasy and horror: mechs, mecha and cybernetics as both extensions and perversions of humanity. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Horror That Represents You. Restrictions: Open to marginalized authors. Genre: Horror, 1000 to 7000 words. Payment: 11 cents/word. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Midnight & Indigo. Restrictions: Open to black women. Genre: Fiction, personal essays. Payment: $50 for essays, and $50-$75 for fiction. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Deep in the Woods Anthology. Genre: Horror and dark fiction. All stories must take place in the woods/forest. Payment: $25. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Nashville Review. Genre: Fiction, poetry, art, and nonfiction. Payment: $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork. Translators receive $25 per poem & $100 for prose selections. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Split Lip Magazine. Genre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Deadline: January 31, 2022. Note: Submit early in January to avoid submission fees.

34 Orchard. Genre: Fiction, poetry. “We like dark, intense pieces that speak to a deeper truth. We’re not genre-specific; we just like scary, disturbing, unsettling, and sad.” Payment: $50. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Sci Phi Journal. Genre: Hard sci-fi. See topics. Payment: 3 (Euro) cents per word for original fiction and 1 (Euro) cent per word for translations of fiction into English. Deadline: January 31st, 2022. (EUROPEAN)

Raven Canticle Press. Genre: Speculative fiction in the following genres: Fantasy, Horror, Espionage/Thriller, Science Fiction. Up to 80,000 words, minimum of 15,000 words (novellas). Payment: Advance and royalties. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

Belmont Story Review. Genre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Payment: $50 for prose, $25 for poetry. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

The Margins. Genre: Original and translated poetry and short prose works by Asian and Asian diasporic writers that center stories, images, and sensations related to the transformative influence of wine. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: January 31st, 2022.

The Other Stories (Audio). Genre: Horror on theme of Metamorphosis. Payment: 15 GBT. Deadline: February 1, 2022. (PAYMENT IN GAME BET CURRENCY--CRYPTO)

Please See Me. Genre: Poetry, creative nonfiction/essays, fiction/short stories/flash fiction, and digital media (photography, drawings, podcasts, and short films) on theme of Women’s Health. “We are especially looking for content that connects us, make us feel something, or helps us see illness, wellness, health, or the healthcare environment differently.” Payment: Not specified. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Last Girls Club. Genre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems — see themes. Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD and copy of magazine; Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD; Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a PDF of the magazine. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Temz Review. Genres: Prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) up to 10,000 words long. Payment: $20. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Wishing Well. Genre: Poetry, fiction, art on theme: Wishes. “We want stories about wishes granted. Whether they played out the way the wisher wanted is up to you.” Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Magic Portals. Genre: Poetry, fiction, art on theme: Magic Portals. “We want stories about magic portals that open up to other places, other worlds, other times, or just other.” Payment: Royalties. Deadline: February 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

CatsCast. Genre: Speculative stories about cats. Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Century. Genre: First-person narratives (under 1,000 words) on theme of Eye. Payment: $100. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The Southampton Review. Genre: Poetry, prose, art. Payment: Prose: $100+, Poetry: $75 per poem. Illustration: $100 per page. Art Portfolios: $200 for up to 12 images. Deadline: February 1, 2022. Submit early in the month to avoid fees.

Samhain Sorceries. Genre: Sword-and-sorcery stories where Samhain/Halloween is relevant to the plot. Payment: One cent per word, plus one copy of the paperback edition. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

The First Line. Genres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.) Payment: $25.00 — $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 — $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

50 Give or Take

Deadline: Rolling
50 Give or Take daily delivers micro-fiction of fifty words or less straight into your inbox. Please subscribe (it’s free!) to get an idea of what is published, before submitting your work. All accepted 50 Give or Take pieces will be published in a print collection at the end of every year, starting in 2021. All you have to do is submit your: 50-word story, one-line bio, website or social media URL, and a vertical photo of yourself to 50giveortake@vinesleavespress.com.

BreakBread Magazine

Seeks Young Creatives 13-25

Deadline: Rolling
BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives between the ages of 13 and 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories, comics, and visual arts (photography, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work) that explore new directions in arts and letters. Submissions are always free. Visit breakbreadproject.submittable.com/submit to send us your work. Check out our website for more information.

The Blue Mountain Review

Deadline: Year-round
The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture, the BMR strives to represent all life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. What we sing saves the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. bluemountainreview.submittable.com/submit

Awakenings Review
Now accepting Seeks Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction submissions for our Fall 2022 issue, The Awakenings Review is an annual lit mag committed to publishing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and photography by writers, poets, and artists who have a relationship with mental illness: either self, family member, or friend. Our striking hardcopy publication is one of the nation's leading journals of this genre. Creative endeavors and mental illness have had a close association. The Awakenings Review publishes works derived from writers’ and poets’ experiences with mental illness, though mental illness need not be the subject of your work. Visit for submission guidelines.

Angel Rust Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 & 4

Deadline: Rolling
Angel Rust is a new, queer-led online magazine looking to publish exciting, challenging, and edgy work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with a particular interest in transgressive or experimental short stories, strong-hearted essays or critiques, and radical poems in any form from writers with unique perspectives and an unshakable fearlessness. No submission fees. New issues go up every month.

The New Verse News

Deadline: Year-round
Theme: Current Events
Since 2005, The New Verse News has covered the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors update the website every day with a poetic take on a current and specific headline. See the website for guidelines and examples. Then paste your non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to nvneditor(at)gmail.com. Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Storm Cellar

Deadline: rolling
Storm Cellar, a print-and-ebook journal of safety and danger since 2011, seeks amazing new work for volume 10! Send emotionally, aesthetically, technically, and linguistically ambitious writing, photos, and art. They're especially listening for Indigenous, Black, POC, LGBTQIA+, enby, fat, disabled, neuroatypical, poor, border-straddling, and other marginalized voices. Their roots are in the American Midwest. Full guidelines at stormcellar.org/submit and submission portal at stormcellar.submittable.com.

Hole In The Head Review

Hole In The Head Review—a quarterly journal of art, photography, & poetry—was founded in 2020. Hole in The Head Review is published four times a year—Groundhog Day, May Day, the editor’s birthday in August, and the day after Halloween.

Literary Mama

Literary Mama features writing by both established and emerging writers about the complexities of motherhood. We believe in a wide-ranging understanding of motherhood as experienced through multiple lenses and bodies. We seek top-notch fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from self-identified mothers. We also publish book reviews, profiles of mother writers and artists, guest blog posts, and original photography to complement our content.

They are especially looking to hear from traditionally underrepresented writers such as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and from other diverse backgrounds.

Literary Mama seeks:
  • Submissions by anyone who identifies as a mother, including those hoping to conceive and those who have lost a child. We also occasionally publish work by fathers.
  • Writing rooted in and inspired by the experience of motherhood in all its variations.
  • Fresh perspectives, superior craft, and vivid imagery.
  • Revelation so stark that it hurts. Pathos can reveal, but so can humor and joy.
Please note:
  • They are open for submission year round.
  • Standard response time is three months.
  • Please indicate in your cover letter if this is a simultaneous submission. If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
  • They accept only previously unpublished work.
  • Electronic submissions only. Please send submissions to the appropriate departmental editors after reading department-specific guidelines (see below). Include a brief cover letter and bio.
  • Authors and photographers retain rights. Please credit us if your work is republished, and please be sure to let us know so we can celebrate your achievements!
  • Literary Mama is not currently a paying market. They are all volunteers: editors, writers, visual artists, and editorial assistants. With the publication of each issue, we make a concerted effort to promote the work of their contributors via Facebook, Twitter, and their newsletter.

* Please let us know if you receive publication success via any of these calls.

Thanks for reading. See you soon!

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