Founded in 2011, Border Crossing is a literary and arts journal published by the Lake Superior State University Creative Writing Program. Uniquely situated on the border of the United States and Canada, we're committed to publishing the best work submitted by emerging and established writers on both sides of the border and abroad. We're especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren't often heard in mainstream publications.
Fugue is a journal of new literature edited by graduate students within the University of Idaho’s English and Creative Writing Programs. Fugue publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and experiment pieces. We look for writing that incorporates new ideas, themes, and structures. Fugue awards cash prizes and publication for prose and poetry in our annual spring contest. Past judges include Mark Doty, BH Fairchild, Jo Ann Beard, Ilya Kaminsky, Patricia Hampl, and Tony Hoagland.
Poetry, nonfiction, and Experiment submissions are accepted September 1 through May 1; fiction is accepted September 1 through March 1 (Online submissions only). All material received outside of this period will be unread. Please mark your submission with the appropriate genre & submit using Submishmash. All contributors receive payment and two complimentary copies of the journal. Please send no more than five poems, two short-shorts, one story, or one essay at a time. Submissions in more than one genre should be submitted separately. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but we will not consider multiple submissions.
Bourbon Penn is a print and online magazine featuring stories of imagination and the odd.
Send us highly imaginative stories with a healthy dose of the odd. Odd characters, odd experiences, odd realities. We want character. For us, stories live and die by their characters. We’re looking for fully drawn characters who surprise us with their honesty, complexity, and contradictions. We want mysterious. We’re looking for stories that grab the reader, make them ask, “what the hell is going on?” and then deliver on the tease. We want ideas and action. We love exploring big, philosophical ideas, but we revel in suspenseful plotting. If you’re adept at blending these elements, we can't wait to read your work. We want fresh voices and exciting prose. We want to be surprised. We want to be inspired. We want to find stories that we can’t wait to publish, promote, and evangelize.
Quarterly West looks for writing that is: Exciting. Challenging. Risky. Unpredictable.
Different stomps in. Maybe it seeps in. Sometimes, and in our favorite works, different is always already there and it strikes flint and blazes. This is what we look for.
Please submit electronically; we no longer read print submissions.
Rivet publishes writing that breaks from the mainstream to surprise, challenge, and delight. Each issue brings together poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that test the boundaries of form and content--a surrealist sestina followed by a lyric essay on multiracial identity then a flash fiction set in humanity’s far future--the intersections as intriguing as the works themselves. Rivet writers explore their craft fearlessly and thoughtfully, and our editors are dedicated to providing them with a professional venue for publishing experimental work.
We are interested in: surreal, fabulist, and remix aesthetics; political and controversial topics; hybrid and multimedia things that play well online; literary takes on popular genres; reviews of books/media and interviews of people that would be of interest to our audience. We are not interested in: shock value alone; middle class ennui. Most of all, surprise us with something we’ve never seen before, that moves and reveals. We believe in the author-editor relationship, and we work with each writer to fully realize their vision. If that’s something you are as excited about as we are, then we want to read your work.
Talking Writing is a nonprofit digital magazine that publishes four issues a year, featuring stories, poetry, and journalism. Every issue of Talking Writing is devoted to a theme, such as "Distraction" or "Writing and Faith." TW's mission is to promote passionate writing and reading in the new media world—and we welcome provocative essays, serious talk about literature, and engaging personal stories.
Please read our submissions guidelines for different sections of the magazine. Writers are encouraged to query us about writing commentaries for issue themes, which can be previewed on our "TW's Editorial Calendar" page. TW also awards one or two Talking Writing Prizes annually. The submission deadline for contests is usually October 1. Check the TW site for contest details.
CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is a multi-media magazine based at Fordham University committed to integrating the arts and social justice.
BlazeVOX is a haven for undervalued writers to convene with readers worldwide, delivering the contemporary through books-in-hand and ebooks-in-a-minute. Articles of submission depend on many criteria, but overall items submitted must conform to one ethereal trait, your work must not suck. This put plainly, bad art should be punished; we will not promote it. However, all submissions will be reviewed and the author will receive feedback. We are human too. Please send your work.
Please see our online submission policy.
Crab Fat wants experimental, hybrid, awkward, queer, punk, and feminist work.
Please read the magazine and submission guidelines. Please use 12pt font and standard formatting.
Posit publishes finely crafted contemporary poetry, very short fiction, hybrid literary forms, and visual art. We consider submissions between September 1st and May 31st. We are looking for innovation, aesthetic vision, and accomplished craftsmanship. Our tastes are broad, with an interest in the experimental.
Please read our past issues before submitting!