10 places to submit in April

Contests and journals for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction with deadlines 30 April

Do you have a stockpile of pieces that are not quite ready for submission? Sometimes, what we need is a fast-approaching deadline to encourage us to edit and polish our drafts so we can share them with the world.

Several editors and contest organisers reached out to us for help promoting their open calls with deadlines at the end of the month (30 April 2024), and we added a few more April opportunities we thought would be of interest. For those of you who have some almost-ready pieces, we hope the approaching deadline will give you a push. If 30 April feels impossible, don’t worry, many of the journals will reopen in a few months and you can mark the annual contests in your calendar for next year.


Note: We are a creative writing school and compile these lists for the benefit of our students. We’re happy to answer questions about our courses but please don’t send us your publishing queries or submissions :). Instead, click on the green links to go to the publication’s website and look for their submissions page. For more great places to submit as well as our best tips on getting published, check out our other lists and resources.



Amsterdam Quarterly: Accepting poems (up to 2 pages), fiction (up to 3,000 words), and essays (up to 3,000 words) on the theme of VIBRATIONS. Selected pieces will be published online in their Summer 2024 issue. They’ll reopen in July for work on the theme of MIGRATION for their Autumn issue. There’s no submissions fee and they usually respond within a couple of months.

Beaver Magazine: To be considered for their spring issue, send in your flash fiction (3 pieces up to 1000 words each), poetry (3-5 poems) and flash fiction and creative nonfiction (up to 1000 words). Submissions from BIPOC and members of LGBTQIA+ community are particularly welcome. The editors try to respond within a month. They’ll reopen 15 June for their autumn issue.

Desperate Literature Prize: The deadline for this annual prize has been extended till the end of the month. Submit your original fiction of up to 2000 words for a chance to win €2000, a week’s residency at Civitella Ranieri, and consultations with an agent and editor. The entry fee is €20 for the first entry and €10 for every further entry.

Folly Prize: Organized by the New Zealand journal Folly, this annual short-story contest offers a $1000 NZD (~€560) cash prize. They encourage entries from writers around the world and are looking for accessible, well-written, fast-paced fiction.

F(r)iction Prizes: F(r)iction literary magazine is known for fresh boundary-pushing work. They’re currently accepting entries for their annual contest in the categories of poetry, flash fiction, short stories (1,001 – 7,500 words), and creative non-fiction (up to 6,500 words). The winners receive a cash prize and publication. The entry fee ranges from $10 – 15 US depending on the category and if it’s a single-entry or a three-pack.

The Letter Review: The Letter Review Prize is awarded every two months. Accepting short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and unpublished novels until April 30. Each category offers a cash prize of $1000 USD (~€920) split between 2 to 4 chosen winners. Up to 20 writers are also shortlisted.  Winning entries are published by The Letter Review online and in their Winners Anthology. There is no fee to submit.

Marathon Literary Magazine: Accepting fiction (up to 8,000 words), flash fiction (up to three pieces under 5,000 words total) Poetry (up to three poems of no more than 8 pages), and Nonfiction (up to 8,000 words) until April 30. This journal publishes online twice a year. There is no fee to submit and their response time is within 6 months.

Okay Donkey: They publish a new piece online every Friday, alternating between poetry and flash fiction. They open for admissions at the first of every month and close once they’ve hit their submissions cap. Regular submissions are free, but you can still submit via their “tip jar” option after they’ve reached their cap. Poems should be about one page and flash fiction should be under 1,200 words. Turnaround time is 2 to 3 months.

Pure Slush: Editor-in-chief Matt Potter, who was the judge for our spring reading, is looking for original fiction and essays from 150 to 1000 words (you can submit up to 3) and prose poetry from 80 to 1000 words (submit up to 5) on the theme of AGING. Selected pieces will be published in print and ebook formats as a part of Pure Slush’s Lifespan anthology series. No simultaneous submissions but Matt decides quickly, usually within a few weeks. Submission is free.

Trace Fossils Review: This new online quarterly magazine is accepting poetry (up to 132 lines), fiction (up to 4,000 words) and nonfiction (up to 4,000 words). They want work that “acts like a fist through drywall.” You should hear back within 4 months. And if you miss the deadline for their summer issue, don’t worry, they’ll be open again in June for their fall issue.

A bonus opportunity: Tint Journal, the literary magazine for writers who compose their creative texts in English as their non-native language, is looking for poems, short stories, and personal essays on the theme of BORDER/LANDS from the borders within one individual being to the borders between us and outer space – where do we meet, where do we part, and what is happening in-between? Deadline: 31 May 2024.

List compiled by Laurence Scherz

11 May 2024

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