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!
that deal with intimacy for its upcoming chapbook.
200 word-ish blurbs about a recommended restaurant or dish at a restaurant with a photo.
seeking pitches for its #Jurisprudence
accepting personal essay pitches (with drafts if possible) about the holidays and moving, as well as flash fiction pitches under 1 thousand words.
Submissions close September 27.
Submissions close October 1.
on "how a science or health-related issue is affecting marginalized communities." Applications are due by October 1.
: accepting pitches of stories that "help journalists navigate the industry" for its newsletter.
looking for freelancers to "take complicated health topics and present them in an understandable, approachable, and SEO-friendly way (not a news position).”
Submissions close September 30.
Submissions close October 10.
Submissions close October 31.
The Objective: soliciting pitches on how science journalism ignores the communities it should be helping and how science journalists from historically marginalized backgrounds were failed by editors and institutions. Submissions close September 10.
Parthian Books: seeking novels and creative non-fiction (memoirs, biography, critical essays). Submissions close September 19.
: students age ten to eighteen are invited to submit a short story for WBF’s inaugural writing competition. Submissions close September 30.
Nashville Review: open to submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translation, art, and comics. Submissions close September 30.
:books by poets who have previously published full-length collections of poetry for their Pitt Poetry Series. Submissions close September 30.
what it’s like to be Black, Out & Queer from lesbians who are/were part of Black Greek Life AND those who are trying to enter into it.” Pitches close September 7.
personal essay pitches on the intersection of beauty & class.
SMITCH + Co: an independent femme-led zine accepting pitches for its fall launch on the theme of media and adolescence.
: offering a First-Book Scholarship to an emerging writer currently submitting their first-book manuscript in either prose or poetry. Submissions are due by September 1, 2021.
: seeking short fiction, short nonfiction, poetry, and photography/digital art. Submissions are due by September 10, 2021.
: looking for essays on a variety of parenting-related themes. Motherwell is also seeking stories for two new series: “Women and Work” and “Siblings” by September 17, 2021.
: seeking pitches through the end of August for "short pieces from queer people about how it feels to be alive right now."
: looking for pitches from indigenous writers related to the TV show Reservation Dogs. Pitches should be submitted ASAP.
: fall essay reading period runs September 1 through October 11.
: accepting submissions of poetry, flash, and longer works of fiction and nonfiction for its winter issue. The submission period ends September 30.
The Dillydown Review: accepting submissions for the 2021 Dillydown International Fiction Prize! The submission period ends October 31.
: seeks to amalgamate the languages of music and prose and is looking for short stories, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction on the theme of travel and migration. The submission period ends November 21.
: seeking pitches for 800-1,200 word political pieces.
: essays by working writers with takes about "~The Writing Life~."
Cadastral: looking for creative works celebrating and/or discussing cultures.
: seeking 500-2000 word personal essays on the subject “How has your identity as a woman affected your career, jobs and/or your relationship with money?” Submissions end September 15.
: and experimental works writers 18 and youngerSubmissions are due by August 20.
Split Rock Review: seeking poetry chapbook manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Submissions are due by August 31.
: Jesse GravesSubmissions are due by September 1.
Paulina Jayne Isaac is long-form pieces.
currently seeking pitches on the subject of sexual health for their "modern millennial's guide to sex." Pitches are due by July 12.
Let’s Stab Caesar: seeking pitchesubmissions are due by the end of July.
West Trade Review looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, by both new and established writers/artists. The reading period ends August 1.
Dead Skunk: currently seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, and hybrid works to publish in its first issue. The reading period ends August 15.
Keeping It Under Wraps: seeing submissions of personal stories or essays about experiences, views and ideas of parenthood, the choice to be, or not to be parents. The reading period ends September 1.
looking for pitches of personal essays from immigrants returning to their homeland for the first time since the pandemic began.
:seeking writing and visual art with themes of myth, folklore, history, ecology, cryptozoology, and the paranormal. Submissions are open through July 15.
looking for stories, poems, and essays that explore the ways food can bring us together during the winter holidays. Submissions are due by August 31.
Catapult: looking for fiction, nonfiction, and art comic pitches. Send pitches to Regina Lim at regina.saeha[at]gmail.
Concrete Wolf: accepting poetry submissions for its cephalopod-themed anthology. Submissions are open through June 30.
Pacifica Literary Review: looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art & design. "Sonnets and memes will receive equal consideration."
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.
Narratively: looking for narrative non-fiction (including first-person stories) and photo essays. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
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.
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.
pitches from ambitious narrative journalists who are ready to spend months researching and developing a story.
Autumn House Press: 2021 Full-Length Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Contest! Submit your previously unpublished, full-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry manuscripts by June 15, 2021.
Submissions close May 15.
The Moth Short Story Prize. Submissions close on June 30.
Awake: seeking 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.
Scalawag Magazine: Scalawag editor is looking for reported stories connecting the legacy and lasting role of race.
Tint Journal: currently seeking short stories, essays, flash fiction, poetry and artwork for its Fall 2021 issue. Submissions close May 31, 2021.
The Atherton Review: currently reading poetry, rhetoric, and fiction submissions for Volume 105. Submissions end on May 15, 2021.
AAWW: seeking pitches about diversity work from Black or Asian American writers. Submissions are open through May 7, 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
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.
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