This month we’re highlighting publishing opportunities close to home. Get familiar with Amsterdam’s local literary journals! You don’t have to be local to find a home for your work in Amsterdam. Like the city itself, these journals are international.
AMS – OK, they’re actually in Colorado, but this single issue journal put out by Cipher Magazine is looking to showcase work from Amsterdam-based writers (if you’re part of our Amsterdam community, we’d say that qualifies you even if you’re living elsewhere in the Netherlands). They’re accepting fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. No word limits or other guidelines, so just use your best judgement. Deadline: April 14.
Expanded Field – Amsterdam’s newest English-language literary journal is looking for fresh talent in the areas of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, comics and ‘experiments’. In other words, they’re wide open. You can submit one prose piece or up to three poems. To get a better idea of what they’re looking for (or for sheer pleasure), check out their first issue online. Editor Rick van der Waarden is the judge for our 2018 Spring Reading. Deadline for Issue #2: April 15.
Amsterdam Quarterly – The mission of this journal is to ‘publish, promote and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the world’. Poems can’t be longer than two A4 pages and fiction no more than 3,000 words. They put out three themed issues per year online and one print yearbook edition. The only downer is no simultaneous submissions. They’re currently accepting work for their summer 2018 issue on the theme of texture. Deadline: April 30.
Versal – Amsterdam’s original international literature & art magazine has been featured on Poets & Writers and The Review Review. During their reading periods, you can generally submit up to 5 poems totalling 10 pages or up to 5 prose pieces of no more than 3,500 words in total. They love hybrid, boundary-pushing work. Translations encouraged. Currently closed to submissions but keep an eye out this autumn for their next call. Editors Megan M. Garr and Anna Arov are leading a special course on publishing for us.