Seven magazines open for spring submissions

Where to submit poetry, fiction and essays with no submission fee

These magazines don’t require a submission fee and have reasonable response times. All are open now and quite a few accept submissions year-round. As always, read their guidelines carefully and take a look at previous issues to make sure your story, essay or poems are a good fit.


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.


Berlin Lit is a Berlin-based, English-language poetry journal founded in 2022. They publish quarterly online. Send in up to 5 poems. They pay €20 per poem and aim to respond within 6 to 8 weeks after the closing date of the submission period. The deadline for their next issue is 10 April 2024.


The Argyle, founded in 2023, is an online, bi-monthly publication that “brings you the best poetry, fiction, CNF, essays, art, and more from across the globe”. Send them your short fiction, CNF, and essays – up to 3 pieces (approximately 3,000 words each); or submit up to 6 poems. You can also send in work for their (Micro)Chap Series – collections by a single author of 12-15 poems, 4 to 5 short stories (between 1,000 and 3,000 words each), 4 to 5 essays (between 750 and 3,000 words each), or hybrid genres. (Micro)Chaps are a temporary publication – they vanish from their site after one month. They’re open to general submissions and submissions for their themed issue of work inspired by their ultimate B-52s playlist until 15 April 2024. They generally respond within a couple of months.


Kelp Journal offers two opportunities for publication: digital journal and bi-weekly blog. They publish digital issues twice a year—once in the summer (open for submissions 15 February – 15 May) and once in the winter (open for submissions 1 August – 1 November). You can submit fiction and non-fiction under 6,000 words or 3-5 poems. A sense of place is important to them and they prefer work on coastal, global travel, adventure, nature, ecological, and conservationist themes. For their bi-weekly blog the Wave, they are looking for poetry, micro, flash, and short prose works (fiction or non) with oceanic, conservationist, and surf-forward themes. The editors aim to make a decision within 6 months and often respond much sooner.


Big Windows Review posts a new poem or short prose piece online every Tuesday and Friday. Each quarter, they publish those poems and prose pieces in a digital issue. They nominate for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net. Send 1-5 poems and/or 1-2 pieces of short prose (no more than 500 words per prose piece) and expect a response within 3 months. 


Five on the Fifth is so-called because they publish 5 short pieces online every month on the fifth. The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words, and they accept general fiction, non-fiction, horror, science fiction/fantasy, and flash fiction.  The editors aim to make a decision within 1 month and usually succeed. 


One Art: A Journal of Poetry publishes poems online daily and accepts submissions year-round. They prefer “concise free verse” but will consider “formal poems that read in the manner of free verse”. You may be familiar with the title of the journal, which is the same as one of Elizabeth Bishop’s most beloved villanelles. Send them 1-5 poems (10 pages max), and they typically respond within 5 days.


Spark and Stone is a new bi-annual online literary magazine. You can send in your poems (up to 3) and flash fiction (max 1000 words), and they welcome genres such as science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery, as well as literary fiction. They’re currently reading for their summer 2024 issue. The editors try to decide within 2 months but sometimes take a little longer.






21 March 2024

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