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2023 AUG Calls for Submission

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Below are the CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR AUGUST 2023.  The listings are Multiple Genre.  If you find a call for submissions you would like added to the list, please EMAIL ME.

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Calls for Submissions


Albert Whitman & Company publishes books that “educate and empower children.”  The Writer’s Center says: This is an independent publisher concerned with themes of “empathy, inclusion, and personal responsibility.” Albert Whitman & Company sees itself as responsible for the emotional and intellectual growth of children.


We accept manuscripts across all genres, with or without an agent, from anywhere in the world. Whether you are a new author or have been previously published, Austin Macauley Publishers™ would like to hear from you. The review process can take up to three weeks. We will contact you once a decision has been reached.  Accepting manuscriptions without literary representation.


Each month we curate a list of contests, fellowships, and other writing opportunities with approaching deadlines. Opportunities will be posted in the month prior to their deadlines, so that you have ample time to submit your work or applications.


  1. 24 Magazines that Publish Writing by Children and Teens
  2. Publishing Genius Press: Now Accepting Manuscript Queries


What it is: Baen Books has been publishing science fiction and fantasy for decades.  The Writer’s Center says: If you’re looking for a science fiction/fantasy small publisher that does it all—hardcover, paperback, and ebook—Baen is for you.


The Call for Papers website is provided by the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania as a courtesy to the academic community.  We welcome literature and humanities calls for papers.  SCROLL FOR DEADLINES


Here’s a full list of submission and freelancing opportunities we’ve shared in 2023, updated at least twice a month. Bookmark this list to stay up to date on new postings.  Updated regularly.


We are looking for stories, and poems that tell a story, from writers of all faiths. This includes writers who do not follow a particular religion. This book is by and for everyone.


Chronicle Books is an independent publisher in San Francisco. They publish books, stationery, journals, puzzles, and games.  The Writer’s Center says: Note that Chronicle Books publishes coffee table books, and books and gifts for children.   To encourage submissions from a wide range of potential authors, Chronicle Books has an open submissions policy. We accept unagented submissions of any projects suited to our list, from brilliant books to innovative gift products.  Before sending projects to us, please read the following guidelines carefully. Adult Trade Submissions – Children’s Submissions (picture books, middle grade, or young adult) – Portfolio Submissions (freelance illustrator, photographer, or other visual artist guidelines) – Freelance Writer Submissions


In 1955, two years after opening his iconic bookstore, City Lights, Lawrence Ferlinghetti launched City Lights Publishers. City Lights publishes “works of both literary merit and social responsibility.”  The Writer’s Center says: This publisher focuses on socially engaged work—work that calls out injustice and offers solutions to societal problems.  (SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE)


Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals.


A long lis of calls for submission for all genres.  Working taking a look at.  Has a quick genre sorter .  Scroll down for current and future dates.


List of Literary Agents 2023-2024 – Use our free lists of book agents in our literary agencies database for all Book Agents Near Me searches.


A large list by month of variouys resources requesting submissions.


The Writing Center’s digital literary magazine, The Orange Couch, is accepting submissions for their 4th issue. The magazine is revision-based and requires the writer to receive feedback either through a writing center appointment (we offer three modalities) or through either Writers Guild or the Latinx Writing Group (the Writing Center’s creative writing groups). Deadline is Tuesday, May 2nd, 8AM


We evaluate poetry, fiction, non-fiction, children’s fiction, biographies, degree theses. There are no thematic limits.
The minimum length of submitted works must be 40 pages (72,000 characters in total); a minimum of 25 poems should be sent for poetry. There is no limit for the maximum length.


Check out their Lastest listings page for various types of contests and Calls for Submission.  New listings added.


Golden Storyline Books are proud to collaborate with established authors and new and emerging writers. Submissions can be made by agents, publishers or authors directly. We regard ourselves as being a vehicle for creative voices to reach a wide audience. In general we prefer to specialise in publishing the genres that we are familiar with.  The publication and editorial team are always open to receiving submissions for proposed books in the following genres: Mystery/Thriller, Crime Fiction, Sci-fi/ Fantasy, Young Adult, Woman’s Fiction, Historical Fiction and Suspense/ Psychological.


Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combine a distinct voice with a distinct vision. Our editors seek out and solicit promising work from authors that they encounter in the pages of magazines, at writing conferences, and in other venues.
Not currently accepting submissions.


Love Inspired Suspense is actively seeking submissions! Check out our editors’ wishlist. If you have a contemporary inspirational romantic suspense of about 55,000 words, we invite you to submit.

Our editors are acquiring stories for a new romance line coming to Harlequin in January 24 – Afterglow Books! Aimed at a broad readership, including the under-35 romance reader, we’re looking for spicy romances grounded in relatable character journeys. Everyone deserves a love story that’s true to who they are.


Holiday House is a longtime publisher of children’s books.
The Writer’s Center says: This is a very established publisher of quality picture books, middle-grade books, and young adult fiction.


How2Conquer is a boutique indie book publisher proudly based in East Atlanta Village (the coolest neighborhood in the Southeast). We connect subject experts with the subject curious through empowering nonfiction books. We launched in 2016 with a goal of making self-help and learning fresh and engaging because readers aren’t idiots. Or dummies.  Our authors generally come to us because they are working on a book they think could help people, but publishing can be difficult to navigate. We support them throughout the publishing journey, from developing a manuscript to helping build their platform and marketing efforts.

We prefer completed manuscripts with a target range of 40,000 – 70,000 words, and we’re currently working to build our lists in the following categories:

  • Business – General (including Business Development, Business Leadership, Business Management)
  • Business – Industries (including Security, Business Resiliency, Franchise, Restaurant & Food Industry)
  • Hobbies & Home (including Crafts, Cooking, Pets & Animal Care)
  • Parenting & Relationships
  • Self-Help & Personal Growth


A number of editors and contest organisers have contacted us recently for help getting the word out to our community about their contests and calls with upcoming deadlines. We’ve added a few more we thought would be of interest. Some offer free submissions, others charge a small fee.  SCROLL DOWN FOR DATES


Joffe Books is one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of excellent commercial fiction, especially crime and mystery fiction. We are renowned for working closely with authors from across the world to create fantastic books and turning them into bestsellers.  We accept submissions from agents, previously published authors (including self-published authors) with long backlists, first-time writers with only one book under their belt, and anyone in between. We pride ourselves on the passion and dedication we pour into each and every book we publish.  Check the SUBMISSIONS menu.


Established in 1974, Kensington, America’s independent publisher, located in New York City, is the foremost independent publishing house in the United States publishing in hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market. We publish over 600 books annually in both fiction and non-fiction. Kensington has sweeping and diverse imprints, including Kensington, Zebra Books, Pinnacle Books, Lyrical Press, Dafina Books, and Citadel Press. These imprints are well-known for popular commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, African-American titles, multicultural fiction, nonfiction, as well as true crime and Westerns. Kensington continues to be the foremost American publisher of romance novels.


A list of editors seeking submissions for various genre, including fiction, poetry. essays and more.  Annual submissions in September.


SUBMISSIONS:  This is the only screenplay competition founded by a team of working Hollywood professionals with more than 1,000 produced credits and a century of collective industry experience.  Our roster of Senior Judges includes multiple Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and WGA Award Winners.

Feature Screenplay
TV Script
Short Screenplay


Typically, we post these every two months, but we’ve heard about several writing opportunities and want to give mama writers as much advance notice as possible. MER- Mom Egg Review has two open calls for submission:The print journal is open for submissions until 7/15 on the theme of Ages/Stages; more info and guidelines


Lucky Jefferson accepts submissions of unpublished poetry and flash fiction or subjects relating to the current theme or collection.


Paying markets – his June there are more than seven dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.


We are currently accepting original submissions for an anthology of words and images of Christian motherhood! Being a mom comes in many forms (adoption, fostering, etc) and phases (pregnancy through empty nests) and is interwoven with faith in infinitely varied ways. We pray this anthology reflects the Creator of that diversity and celebrates the common threads that weave the tapestry of motherhood. Accepting Visual Art, Poetry, Non-Fiction, and Fiction,


View the latest calls for submissions for writing, art, book-length and chapbook-length manuscripts, photography, and more from magazines, publishers, writing conferences and events, writing programs, etc.  Informatino added regularly.


Contests for Unpublished work.


Theater Arts: Screen Plays, OPEN CALL for Submissions,   OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters will consider fee-free submissions of screen plays as Feature Film script, Concept Video, or Series Pilot script. O:JA&L will nominate a qualified screen play for the BLUECAT awards in each category.  Submitters should include a cover letter. This cover letter should contain a HEADER for the script, a LOGLINE of up to 30 words, and a SYNOPSIS of the work (without spoilers) of up to 150 words. The cover letter should also supply a third-person professional biography of the submitter in 100 words, more or less, and a link to the submitter’s IMDb page, if available.


Submission Guidelines:
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The Journal of Travel, Place, and Nature’s DAWN issue. This bright, awakening, and challenging composition comprises a multitude of world views, places, and experiences. We explore new beginnings, transitions, dawnings, and realisations. New landscapes are explored. New places ventured. New experiences, in familiar environs, are retold. New is often seen as positive, yet change is often more complex, and we look at this too.


We welcome submissions from both new and previously published authors.  Please see our submission guidelines.


Persea is an independent, literary publishing house founded in 1975 by Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller. Persea has published hundreds of books in the genres of poetry, fiction, essays, memoir, biography, and “revived classics.” They focus “on contemporary issues expressed through individual experience.”  The Writer’s Center says: Persea Books is well-known for its poetry, but anthologies like short have garnered acclaim.


Poets & Writers Magazine is unable to check all claims made by advertisers. Readers should be aware of publishers who charge, rather than pay, an author for publication; publishers who do not pay for publication, even in copies; publishers who require a purchase before publication; and contests that charge high reading fees. The magazine recommends that you see the publication and submission guidelines before submitting a manuscript.


Submissions for Long-Winded officially opened on July 1st, 2023, 12:00 AM Pacific time. Submissions close December 31st, 2023, 11:59 PM Pacific time.  Before submitting, please take the time to review our FAQ page for full submission guidelines.  Welcome to Long-Winded (temporary title), a multimedia anthology for the verbose, loquacious, and sesquipedalian. In other words: chatty creators, this one’s for you.

We want works with titles of five words or longer. There is no strict theme for the content of your works, but if you’re looking for some inspiration for your starting point, we are especially excited by:

• musings on language
• wordplay
• visual poetry
• letters to someone, something, or a concept
• double meanings
• deconstructing a definition


Calls for Submission: Scifi, Fantasy, YA, Memoir, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction and more

Dozens of calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.
Happy submitting.”

Looking for Authors:

Calls for Submissions:  


Quirk Books is a small publisher that publishes books for adults and children in a number of genres and categories. Some of their best-selling titles include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Quirk’s books are distributed worldwide by Penguin Random House.  The Writer’s Center says: Despite being a small publisher, Quirk Books is established and well-known in the book world.


Attention, Young Adult authors.  Readict publishing is looking for new YA novel content to license for our popular Readict app. These can be books that deal primarily with “real life” scenarios (e.g. John Green), or that cross into other genres as well (e.g., Leigh Bardugo).   REQUIREMENTS: Submit either a completed manuscript (40k words+) OR the first five chapters along with an overall synopsis of the book.  Depending on the number of submissions, response time can be 1-2 weeks.
There are two ways to submit:  Email

We’re looking for more stories in the genres of *Werewolf/Shapeshifter* and *Billionaire Romance*. If you have something that fits into one (or both) of these categories, we’d love to hear from you — you can be a new writer or someone who’s completed several novels.
There are two ways to submit:
1. Email:
2. Go to & click the “Get Published” link at the top of the page.
REQUIREMENTS: Submit either the first five chapters (along with a synopsis of the book) OR a completed novel (over 40,000 words).
Please be sure to proofread your work before submitting. Depending on number of submissions, response time may be 1-2 weeks. We look forward to discovering some great new stories.

Please include the following with any submission:
Book title
Pen name (if any)
Legal name
Brief synopsis (if submitting full manuscript)
Full synopsis (if submitting sample chapters)
Number of chapters
Book word count (120,000 words or higher)
Blurb (what you’d see on the back of the book cover)
Manuscript (docx or PDF format)
There are two ways to submit:
1. Email
2. Go to and click “Get Published” on the upper left.
We look forward to seeing your work!


A comprehensive directory of the best publishers in 2023, vetted by the team at Reedsy. Showing 494 publishers.


Check this space regularly for periodic Calls for Submissions from the editors of Science Editor. Suggestions for submissions and new topics or areas of interest are always welcome at   For a description of article types of interest, please see our Information for Authors page.


Skyhorse Publishing is the fastest-growing small publisher in America, according to Publishers Weekly. They publish outdoor sports, adventure, team sports, nature, country living, politics, public health, current events, true crime, history, military history, reference, and humor. Skyhorse is distributed by Simon & Schuster in the U.S., Canada, and overseas. The Writer’s Center says: Skyhorse Publishing focuses on particular genres, so be sure to research their imprints and understand what they publish before submitting work to them.


Solstice Literary Magazine is a compilation of stories, ideas, and experiences of community members from all over. The magazine is a space that allows for people to write freely and purposefully, nurturing meaningful interaction and conversation among topics of diversity and social justice.  We value diverse voices and perspectives that examine the full spectrum of human experiences, amplify marginalized perspectives, and explore what it means to have a more compassionate and equitable society as we move into our future.  Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices, is currently open for general submissions in all categories. Our guidelines


How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post.


We publish personal essays, short stories, poems, and black-and-white photography in print and online in our monthly magazine. We’re looking for narrative writing and evocative photography from all over the world. Send us work that maps the human landscape, where the light catches on the faintest joy, where darkness sometimes threatens to overwhelm, and where ✗ never marks the spot because the truth is never so simple.


Three times per year, Tin House offers a two-day submission period for writers to submit their work. Eligible writers must not currently have an agent, and must not have previously published a book (chapbooks okay). Per our schedule below, we accept works of fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry, both originally in English and in translation (please only submit translation projects which the translator has already been granted formal permission to translate), and ask that you do not send us a project unless you have a completed draft.  In particular, we are looking to engage with work by writers from historically underrepresented communities, including—but not limited to—those who are Black, Indigenous, POC, disabled, neurodivergent, trans and LGBTQIA+, debuting after 40, and without an MFA.

  • First weekend in May (5/6–5/7, 2023): Poetry collections + Short Story collections, both of which engage with Food and/or Place
  • First weekend in September (9/2–9/3, 2023): Nonfiction Nature Writing (including Memoirs and Essay collections)
  • First weekend in January (1/6–1/7, 2024): Debut novels


To celebrate Dolly Parton’s 76th birthday, Madville Press is publishing a Dolly Parton print anthology of poetry. “Dazzle us with your Dolly expertise. Pay tribute to her music, movies, TV appearances, philanthropy, Dollywood, Dollyisms, interviews, fashion influence, religious connection, family history. We want to see how you envision


It is important that you read the complete guidelines for each contest or reading period before submitting your work. Writers submitting work for consideration may be published authors or writers without previous book publications. Submissions are accepted from anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad.  Scroll down for current dates.


The editors of Waxing & Waning want what’s on the fringe. Whatever is deep and true. The moon represents this idea: what is dark, what is brooding, what is wild, what is crescent and changing. We want to feed the beast in you, the one buried beneath layers of manners and anxiety and internet induced abyss, repetition, and relative sameness. Work submitted to Waxing & Waning should be honest and well-executed. It should scream coherently; it should bring experiences and knowledge out of us that we have not seen before. It should rip out our black hearts and put them in front of our eyes. Bring us the work everyone else is afraid of. Bring us the work you’re afraid of. Bring us the work that gets at the trueness frightening you out of the routine.

Two contests:  The Blackout Edition, and The Tennessee Tempest Edition


Submission periods for WORDPEACE, a semi-annual online journal of literary response to world events are February 10 – April 10 (this year) and October 1 – December 1. Poetry, short fiction, non-fiction essays and visual art are welcome. The journal is published twice yearly at, usually in July and February.   Closed for submissions


Workman Publishing is an independent publishing company that is part of Hachette Book Group, a big five publisher. Workman publishes cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, books on gardening, country living, humor, children’s books, gift books, fiction, and calendars. They have several imprints, including Workman Publishing, Algonquin Books, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan Books, The Experiment, Storey Publishing, Timber Press, duopress, and Familius.  The Writer’s Center says: Workman offers an unparalleled opportunity to get your manuscript in front of a major publisher that publishes many bestselling books.


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As you already know, The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible. Writing contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host writing competitions, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft. Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline, and, as always, keep writing.

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Writers Space Africa (WSA) Magazine is an international literary magazine, which features a rich diversity of writings from African writers to a global audience.  Calling African Writers


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