5 places to submit in August

Need a little extra motivation to keep you writing through the summer? Or maybe you’re using the summer to find a home for your finished poems, stories and essays. In either case, this month’s list is for you. Below are 5 great journals and contests looking for submissions in August.

For more great places to submit as well as our best tips on getting published, check out our other lists and resources.

Note: We are a creative writing school and compile these lists for the benefit of our students. Please don’t send us your publishing queries or submissions :). Click on the green links to go to the publication’s website and look for their submissions page.


Parhelion – Is an online publication where the American South meets the world. They are currently accepting fiction submissions for their Halloween edition. Stories can be up to 12 pages, flash fiction should be 1,000 words or less. The fee is $3.00 per submission. Deadline for the Halloween edition is August 31st.

Pure Slush – This Australian-based journal publishes regular, themed anthologies. Currently, they are at work on their Lifespan series – 12 volumes covering the human lifespan starting with Birth and ending with Death. They are now accepting work for volume 4: Love. They’re looking for essays and flash fiction between 150 and 1000 words and poetry between 80 and 1000 words that somehow address the theme of love. Deadline for this issue is August 31st.

Paperbag – This annual online literary arts journal is interested in “presenting larger bodies of poetry, visual art, sound, collaboration, and experiment from established and emerging writers and artists throughout the world.” They allow submissions of unpublished poetry, visual art, music/sound, and hybrid work. Check their submissions guidelines for the media you wish to submit. Submissions are free and are accepted until September 22nd.

RHINOS Founder’s Prize – The Poetry Forum/RHINO Poetry is a non-profit literary organization, primarily devoted to the publication of RHINO Poetry, an annual high-quality print journal. This year’s Founder’s Prize will be judge by Luisa A. Igloria, the author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts. The fee is $15 per submission of up to 5 poems. You can send in your work from August 1st-September 30th.

The Tiger Moth Review – This Singapore-based biannual takes poetry, short fiction, and photography/art submissions. They are looking for art and  literature that engages with nature, culture, the environment and ecology. Submitted work does not have to be in English – they will publish in the piece’s original language plus a translated copy if selected. You can submit up to 3 poems, and fiction up to 5,000 words. Submissions for the next edition are accepted August through October.

2 August 2021

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