Friday, August 27, 2021

Contests and Markets for your short fiction, poetry, and personal essays

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Hi, Brian.

I'm wondering if you'd be interested in featuring our upcoming contest on your blog. The deadline is August 31 so it's coming quickly, but we'd love to spread the word. Details here.

Alanna Rusnak

Editor in Chief

Blank Spaces Magazine

The contest will pay 50% of entry fee proceeds to the top story as well as publication within the short story anthology (including three free copies), automatic Pushcart Prize nomination, and an offer for a manuscript critique with potential to publish a personal full-length work/collection. Entry fee: $10.


The NewQuarterly publishes short fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The New Quarterly limits the number of submissions it reads for each of its reading periods. The reading periods fun  Sept 1 – Feb 28 and March 1 – Aug 31. So if the closer you submit to the start of either reading period, the better the chance of your piece being read. 

The New Quarterly pays $275 for fiction and nonfiction; $50 for poems and postscripts.

The New Quarterly also runs three annual writing contests: The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest (deadline end of February),  The Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest (deadline end of March), and The Peter Hinchcliffe Short Fiction Award (deadline end of May). 

Full submission guidelines here.


The Archive explores the lost chapters of the past – from history’s enduring mysteries to astonishing encounters with the natural world.  

Enchanted by the abandoned whaling stations of Antarctica? Intrigued by the life and death of France’s most prolific executioner? Perhaps you’re on the hunt for a captivating read in preparation for your next adventure. It’s a curious world out there; let’s discover it together.

We welcome pitches from freelancers—let us know what stories have you sifting through the annals of history. If you unearth a moment in time in need of examination, let us know at


Slice magazine welcomes short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. “We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share – basically any work that really knocks our socks off.  At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. We simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends."

Submission period: Oct 1 – Dec 1 2021

Pays $400 for stories and essays, $150 for flash fiction, and $100 for poems. Guidelines here


Quick Brown Fox Quick Brown Fox welcomes your book reviews and your short stories, poems, and essays about reading, writing, favourite books, and libraries. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down).

Quick Brown Fox also welcomes reviews of any kind and of anything, anywhere or anybody. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. See examples of book reviews here (and scroll down); other reviews here (and scroll down).

Submit to:

Include a short bio at the end of your piece and attach a photo of yourself if you have one that’s okay.

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