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Updated Weekly: 2021 Submission and Freelance Writing Opportunities

Here’s a full list of submission and freelancing opportunities we’ve shared in 2021, updated weekly. Bookmark this list to stay up to date on new postings!

Posted June 11, 2021

The Kenyon Review: accepting submissions for the Developmental Editing Fellowship for Emerging Writers. Submissions close July 15.

 mater mea: "Black motherhood site looking for personal essays and reported features. Especially interested in hearing from queer parents." Email press [at] matermea [dot] com.

The Detroit Metro Times: seeking pitches about Detroit’s Arab community in the form of a written feature or reported essay.  Pitches are due by July 1.

Conduit seeking submissions from poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length poetry book for the Marystina Santiesteven First Book Prize. Submissions close on July 5.

Narratively: looking for narrative non-fiction (including first-person stories) and photo essays. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Posted June 4, 2021

Rewire: looking for pitches from early-career journalists for reported features, profiles, Q&As, vignettes and photo essays for Rewire’s content areas: Living, Work, Money, Health, Love and Our Future. 

Parents Magazine: seeking pitches on the [monetary] costs of fostering & adoption. Send hed and dek with your pitch to aedelman at meredith dot com. 

InStyle: looking for pitches on the upcoming Olympics!

Philadelphia Stories: Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction! Accepting submissions for this annual national short fiction contest until June 15.

The Poetry London Prize: an internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem.  Submissions are due June 26! 

Megara Publishing:  seeking supernatural short stories with a historical setting (pre-mid-20th century). Submissions are due July 11. 

Posted May 28, 2021

Five South: submissions for  are due June 14. Submissions for the Five South Short Fiction Prize are due June 28.

The Key West Literary Seminar: accepting applications for its annual Emerging Writer Awards including awards for novels-in-progress, short stories, and poetry. Applications are due by June 30. 

Slate: seeking history-related pitches.


Posted May 21, 2021

pitches from ambitious narrative journalists who are ready to spend months researching and developing a story.

looking for writing and artwork that has been "created with abandon." Submissions are due by May 31, 2021.

Autumn House Press2021 Full-Length Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Contest! Submit your previously unpublished, full-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry manuscripts by June 15, 2021.

Posted May 14, 2021


Gossamer: Gossamer'soriginal deadline was May 7th). You can email your pitch to [email protected].

Submissions close May 15.

The Moth Short Story Prize. Submissions close on June 30.


Posted May 7, 2021

Awakeseeking submissions of poems, essays, flash fiction, and art for Issue 3: Black Resiliency. Submissions close on May 31, 2021.

Digital Spy: the Digital Spy editor is seeking pitches with first-person narratives about films or shows available on NOW TV with characters that resonate with your LGBTQ+ identity. Submissions close on May 12, 2021.

National Geographic: the National Geographic Travel editor is seeking pitches for a Juneteenth + Travel story. You can submit your pitch to [email protected]Submissions close May 14, 2021.


Scalawag Magazine: Scalawag editor is looking for reported stories connecting the legacy and lasting role of race.

Tint Journalcurrently seeking short stories, essays, flash fiction, poetry and artwork for its Fall 2021 issue. Submissions close May 31, 2021.


Posted April 30, 2021

The Atherton Review: currently reading poetry, rhetoric, and fiction submissions for Volume 105. Submissions end on May 15, 2021.


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Crab Creek Review


Posted April 23, 2021

AAWW: seeking pitches about diversity work from Black or Asian American writers. Submissions are open through May 7, 2021.

Cosmopolitan: the Sex & Relationships Editor is currently seeking pitches on sex stories. You can submit your pitch to [email protected].


The Verge: the Entertainment editor is seeking pitches for stories about games, TV, film, and comics. You can submit your pitch to [email protected].

Posted April 16, 2021

Autostraddle: curating a trans fiction series, which will feature short stories by six trans writers over six months. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Bronzewood Books: seeking short stories for its Gaslamp Fantasy Anthology. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: seeking story submissions for an upcoming book based on the theme Counting Your Blessings.” Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

The Massachusetts Review: essays, short fiction, hybrid, poetry, and translation. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Parachute Magazine: accepting pitches from journalists and photographers based in or near a US news desert. Open for pitches as of April 16, 2021.

YES! Magazine: accepting pitches on What is enough?” through April 30, 2021


Posted April 5, 2021

Colorado Review: short fiction, personal essays with contemporary themes, poetry of any style. Year-round submissions.

Nicole Dieker's blog: guest posts on creativity and the creative practice. Open for pitches as of April 5, 2021.

Stella Cabot Wilson is Catapult's Writing Programs Coordinator and an Associate Editor for Don't Write Alone and Catapult. She grew up in Colorado and Wyoming and has lived in Birmingham, Alabama, and New York City. You can find her on Twitter @ssrosecw .