30 October 2012

opportunities for writers 10/30

a-z presses
This week’s Opportunities for Writers post is special … We’ve almost reached the end of the October Submit-O-Rama, which makes this the last “A to Z” series post of the challenge! To celebrate, and to give some of us a final “push” toward the finish line, we’ll be covering both three L-presses seeking your writing and a complete A-Z list of journals still open for submissions! Enjoy!

Start prepping your pencils for these great opportunities for writers
(Image: "pencils" by Borbas Krisztian)

Lovely 'L's


About: Limestone is the journal of the University of Kentucky’s English Graduate program. The journal “showcases original and imaginative writing and art by residents of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky and from across the nation.” While the “tastes” of the journal vary, the editors note that they “enjoy honest characters, sparky language, and stories that explore the complexities of being alive.” 

Submission Process: Poets should submit 5 or fewer poems typed and single-spaced; prose submissions are limited to no more than 30 typed, double-spaced pages. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notification. Learn more about Limestone’s submission guidelines and access their online submission manager here.

Reading Period: Rolling; at this point, however, submissions will be considered for the 2013 issue (noted only so that potential submitters are aware that there may be a bit of a wait for a response)

Website: Learn more about Limestone by visiting them online at limestonejournal.com

little red leaves

About: The first thing that jumped out at me about Little Red Leaves was the title … If you’re a writer who loves to submit based on the title of the journal alone, maybe you will be as intrigued as I was. Little Red Leaves is “a collectively edited online journal of poetry.” It is published biannually. It is unique in that it publishes both typewritten and handwritten formats of poems.

Submission Process: Poets should submit either four poems or 8 pages (whichever comes first). Though they do not accept essays, “essays that border on poetry will be considered.” Poets should include personal contact information in the cover letter of their submission only. Submit work in either handwritten or typed format via Little Red Leaves' Submittable submissions manager. If accepted, the poet will be asked to submit the other format before publication. Read more on Little Red Leaves' submission guidelines, and access the Submittable manager, here.

Reading Period: There is no specific reading period listed (in general, this means you can assume it is rolling, but you may want to inquire the editors!)

Website: Visit Little Red Leaves online at www.littleredleaves.com

lunch ticket

About: Lunch Ticket is the journal of the Antioch University of Lost Angeles’ MFA community. A biannual journal, Lunch Ticket is dedicated to publishing “the best literary writing, regardless of subject matter or theme.”

Submission Process: While they do not accept previously published work, Lunch Ticket is open to simultaneous submissions. Writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and writing for young people should submit work up to 5,000 words in .doc or .docx format. Flash fiction and nonfiction writers may submit multiple pieces, but they must not exceed 5,000 words collectively; pieces may be submitted individually or as one document. Poets should send 3-5 poems in .doc or .docx format; poems may also be submitted individually or as one document. All submissions, including poetry, should include numbered pages and be typed in 12-point. For full submission guidelines, and to access Lunch Ticket’s Submittable page (the link is located at the top right corner of the page), visit the Submission Guidelines page.

Reading Period: The deadline for submissions is Thursday, November 1, 2012 … so hurry and get your work ready! (The good news is that this deadline is for the Winter issue, which means you should hear back relatively quickly)

Website: To learn more about Lunch Ticket and view a sampling from the current issue, visit Lunch Ticket online at lunchticket.org

A-Z Press Extravaganza!

What follows is a list of journals for every letter of the alphabet that are open to submissions right now! End the Submit-O-Rama strong and consider submitting to one, or all, of these presses!


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  1. The Night Outside says they only accept June 1-August 1. So, for those needing two more journals, skip this one for now.

    1. That was for the first issue; for the Winter issue they are accepting from September 1-November 1!

    2. Correction: September 15-November 1. They also have two other reading periods (the next one starts December 15th)!

  2. This list rocks, Khara. Happy to have already submitted to a few of these. And since a new (somewhat weird and misguided) goal of mine is to get published in journals beginning with every letter of the alphabet, this list will help me cover some spots that get the inevitable rejections. ;)

    It's been a crazy, fun month. THANK YOU!


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