Submissions Roundup: April

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Rattle

Rattle‘s mission is simple: to promote the practice of poetry. They do this in various formats, online and quarterly in print. Rattle firmly believes that poetry lost its way in the twentieth century, becoming so esoteric that most people turned to novels, movies, or music if they wanted something that could make them feel (which I fully agree with, but that’s besides the point). They look for poems that “rattle” inside of a person for years, making them think, making them laugh, or making them cry.

What you need to know:

  • Submissions open year-round.
  • Does not accept work that has been previously published.
  • Contributors receive $50 and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Accept submissions via Submittable, email, and post.
One Story

One Story is a literary magazine that publishes, you guessed it, one story every three to four weeks, which subscribers can receive in print or on their digital devices. They focus on emerging writers early on in their careers, and they only publish an author once, so that their readers are constantly hearing new voices. Its sister magazine, One Teen Story, publishes stories for YA readers. They seek literary fiction, with stories that are strong enough to stand on their own and impact readers.

What you need to know:

  • Only accept stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words.
  • Does not accept work that has been previously published.
  • Accept submissions from September 1st to May 31st.
  • Contributors receive $250 and twenty-five copies of the publication.
  • Accept submissions via their online Submissions Manager
Brevity

Brevity is an online literary magazine that features short nonfiction essays from well-known and emerging writers, some of which you may have heard of, like Sherman Alexie.

What you need to know:

  • Only accept essays of 750 words or less.
  • Will consider work that has been previously published.
  • Submissions open year-round.
  • There is an entry fee of $3.
  • Contributors are paid a $45 honorarium.
  • Accept submissions via submittable.
Sixfold

Sixfold is a unique journal in that the pieces included in every issue are voted on by the very writers who submit. Writers can vote for and comment on several manuscripts. In this respect, the journal not only serves as a way to get published, but as a way to get your piece workshopped by other writers. Their journals can be read in print or on a digital device, and they accept short stories and poems. While all pieces are considered for publication, only the top three from each genre will be selected for a cash prize.

What you need to know:

  • Only accept short stories of 5,000 words or less of no more than twenty pages.
  • Only accept one to five poems of no more than ten pages.
  • Does not accept work that has been previously published.
  • Accept submissions until April 23rd.
  • There is an entry fee of $3.
  • First prize is $1000; second prize is $200; and third prize is $100.
  • Accept submissions online by creating a Sixfold account.
The Ledge Poetry & Fiction Magazine

The Ledge publishes writing of all kinds in their annual publication. Due to a backlog, they are not currently accepting regular submissions. However, submissions are currently being accepted for their annual poetry contest, which has no restrictions on form or content. Contest entries are also considered for publication in the magazine.

What you need to know:

  • Does not accept work that has been previously published.
  • Accept submissions until April 30th.
  • There is an entry fee of $15 for the first three poems. $4 for each additional poem.
  • First prize is $1000; second prize is $250; and third prize is $100.
  • Accept submissions via post.
Whitecorner Press

Whitecorner Press gives out writing scholarships and awards; they also serve as a writing resource. The press is currently accepting submissions to the E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award. Writers who enter the contest and attend a university are automatically entered into the running for the P.L. Titus Scholarship as well.

What you need to know:

  • Only accept short stories of 3,000 words or less.
  • Does not accept work that has been previously published.
  • Accept submissions until April 30th.
  • There is an entry fee of $15. $10 for each additional story.
  • First prize is $1100. Editor’s choice is $100.
  • Accept submissions via post.
Laundry

Laundry is a literary magazine that focuses on fashion. They are interested in lipstick, underwear, curly hair, straight hair, tattoos, high heels, wedding rings—why it is that we wear what we wear and how we present ourselves to the world. The magazine is currently looking for submissions for their website and for the next print issue; they seek both fiction and nonfiction.

What you need to know:

  • Only accept stories of 7,000 words or less.
  • Accept submissions via email.
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About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.
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