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Updated Weekly: 2021 Submission and Freelance Writing Opportunities

Here’s a full list of submission and freelancing opportunities we’ve shared in 2021, updated weekly. Bookmark this list to stay up to date on new postings!

Posted December 17, 2021

The Drift: 

Submissions close December 31.

Some Scripts: accepting honest scripts for either the stage, screen, radio, Zoom, webcomics, ect. and essays or reflections regarding the changing landscape of theatre, film, and entertainment/media during the outbreak of Covid-19

Bayou Magazine:Submissions close January 1.

Variety Packopen for submissions of both genre (mystery, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, etc) and literary work!” Submissions close January 15.

Submissions close January 21.


Posted December 10, 2021


non-professional and non-traditional writers as well as professional writers.

The Nonprofit Quarterly: seeking articles and pitches covering one or more of our four justice areas—economic, racial, climate, and health justice—as well as leadership, management, and philanthropy.

Quarter After Eight: SSubmissions close December 15.

Midwest Review

Midwest ReviewSubmissions close December 31.


Posted December 3, 2021

Poetry Internationalou may enter up to three poems. Submissions close December 15.

The Timberline Review:Submissions close December 15.

MeridianSubmissions close December 15.

GrantaSubmissions close December 18.

FracturedSubmissions close December 19.

Submissions close December 30.


Posted November 19, 2021

accepting pitches on a rolling basis of personal essays and opinion pieces about chronic illness, disability, and health.

@runnersworld love stories about running for reasons other than fitness.

The Masters Review:Novel Excerpt Contest! Your excerpt can come from any point in your completed or in-progress novels, but a synopsis should not be required for understanding the excerpt. Submissions close November 30.

Red Rock Review:accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions close November 30.

The Tiny Journal: that retell old stories in a new way Submissions close December 1.



The RumpusFunny Women

seeking fantasy stories up to 6,000 words long. Originals and reprints are both accepted. Submissions close November 30.

Speak Up, Sound Offaccepting submissions from youth and adult writers on the subject of Community Care in a number of genres. Submissions close December 1.

Driftwood Press:fiction between 1,000-5,000 words for the Driftwood PressSubmissions close January 15.

Quseeking fiction, poetry, essays, and script excerpts. Submissions close January 15.

Posted October 29, 2021

looking for tech freelancers

seeking submissions for its next issue, ASSETS. Submissions close November 20.

Submissions close November 30.

seeks experimental fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Submissions close December 31.

looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Submissions close on March 1, 2022 or after 500 submissions have been received.


“incarcerated writers, formerly incarcerated, directly impacted people, and people who have experience covering issues related to incarceration through a justice and equity lens.” DM Morgan Godvin.

Priority will be given to BIPOC.

Stylist Magazine: #Diwali. Send pitches to here

looking for writings and art on the theme of work. Send unpublished work between now and October 31.

North American Review: accepting submissions for the James Hearst Poetry Prize and the Kurt Vonnegut Speculative Fiction Prize until November 1.

Raising Mothers: open forfrom Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx/ine, and other marginalized communities of color globally.


Posted October 15, 2021

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: accepting submissions for the 2022 CBC Short Story Prize from Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Submissions close October 31.

he 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize from any citizen of a Commonwealth country who is aged 18 and over. Submissions close November 1.

Submissions close November 1.

That Which Remains:Submissions close November 1.

seeking pitches for original reporting focusing on internet rights, tech policy, telecom policy, and tech companies. Send pitches to


Posted October 8, 2021

women of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities.

submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, and more. Submissions close October 15.

:reported journalism, personal and critical essays, interviews, creative archives, aesthetic products, and book reviews on the theme of Cynicism. Submissions close October 15.

: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash from North Carolinian, South Carolinian, Georgian, Tennessean, and Virginian writers for its annual Writers/South Awards.

Posted October 1, 2021

seeking new freelance writers interested in using the power of their perspectives to foster connection, inclusion, and expression.”

about the idea of chosen family w/r/t climate change.” Sent pitches to

seeking manuscript submissions for three prizes with awards for a poetry book, a novel, or short story collection, and a creative nonfiction or memoir book.

The Southampton Review: Submissions close October 15.

The Minnesota Review: seekingSubmissions close October 15.


that deal with intimacy for its upcoming chapbook.

200 word-ish blurbs about a recommended restaurant or dish at a restaurant with a photo.

seeking pitches for its #Jurisprudence

accepting personal essay pitches (with drafts if possible) about the holidays and moving, as well as flash fiction pitches under 1 thousand words.

Posted September 17, 2021

Submissions close September 27.

Submissions close October 1.

on “how a science or health-related issue is affecting marginalized communities.” Applications are due by October 1.

: accepting pitches of stories that “help journalists navigate the industry” for its newsletter.

looking for freelancers to “take complicated health topics and present them in an understandable, approachable, and SEO-friendly way (not a news position).”


Posted September 10, 2021

Submissions close September 30.

Submissions close October 10.

Submissions close October 31.

Chatelaine: looking for new lifestyle, style, home & food writers. Send pitches

Posted September 3, 2021

The Objective: soliciting pitches on how science journalism ignores the communities it should be helping and how science journalists from historically marginalized backgrounds were failed by editors and institutions. Submissions close September 10.

Parthian Books: seeking novels and creative non-fiction (memoirs, biography, critical essays). Submissions close September 19.

: students age ten to eighteen are invited to submit a short story for WBF’s inaugural writing competition. Submissions close September 30.

Nashville Reviewopen to submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, translation, art, and comics. Submissions close September 30.

:books by poets who have previously published full-length collections of poetry for their Pitt Poetry Series. Submissions close September 30.

what it’s like to be Black, Out & Queer from lesbians who are/were part of Black Greek Life AND those who are trying to enter into it.” Pitches close September 7.

personal essay pitches on the intersection of beauty & class.

Posted August 27, 2021


SMITCH + Co: an independent femme-led zine accepting pitches for its fall launch on the theme of media and adolescence.

offering a First-Book Scholarship to an emerging writer currently submitting their first-book manuscript in either prose or poetry. Submissions are due by September 1, 2021.

: seeking  short fiction, short nonfiction, poetry, and photography/digital art. Submissions are due by September 10, 2021.

: looking for essays  on a variety of parenting-related themes. Motherwell is also seeking stories for two new series: “Women and Work” and “Siblings” by September 17, 2021.

: seeking pitches through the end of August for “short pieces from queer people about how it feels to be alive right now.”

looking for pitches from indigenous writers related to the TV show Reservation Dogs.  Pitches should be submitted ASAP.


fall essay reading period runs September 1 through October 11.

accepting submissions of poetry, flash, and longer works of fiction and nonfiction for its winter issue. The submission period ends September 30.

The Dillydown Review: accepting submissions for the 2021 Dillydown International Fiction Prize! The submission period ends October 31.

seeks to amalgamate the languages of music and prose and is looking for short stories, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction on the theme of travel and migration. The submission period ends November 21.

: seeking pitches for  800-1,200 word political pieces.

:  essays by working writers with takes about “~The Writing Life~.”


Posted August 6, 2021

Capsule Stories



University of New Orleans Press

Plants & Poetry Journal


Posted July 23, 2021

Cadastrallooking for creative works celebrating and/or discussing cultures.

seeking 500-2000 word personal essays on the subject “How has your identity as a woman affected your career, jobs and/or your relationship with money?” Submissions end September 15.

and experimental works writers 18 and youngerSubmissions are due by August 20.

Split Rock Review: seeking poetry chapbook manuscripts that explore place, environment, and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Submissions are due by August 31.

Jesse GravesSubmissions are due by September 1.

Paulina Jayne Isaac is long-form pieces.

Posted July 16, 2021

Dedalus Press

Fodor’s Travelaccepting pitches for travel story ideas. Send pitches to

Taylyn Washington-Harmon

Longridge Review

Reservoir Road Literary Review


Posted July 9, 2021

currently seeking pitches on the subject of sexual health for their “modern millennial’s guide to sex.” Pitches are due by July 12.

Let’s Stab Caesar: seeking pitchesubmissions are due by the end of July.

West Trade Review looking for original and unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, by both new and established writers/artists. The reading period ends August 1.

Dead Skunk: currently seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, and hybrid works to publish in its first issue. The reading period ends August 15.

Keeping It Under Wraps: seeing submissions of personal stories or essays about experiences, views and ideas of parenthood, the choice to be, or not to be parents. The reading period ends September 1.

looking for pitches of personal essays from immigrants returning to their homeland for the first time since the pandemic began.


Posted July 2, 2021

:seeking writing and visual art with themes of myth, folklore, history, ecology, cryptozoology, and the paranormal. Submissions are open through July 15.

V Press LCRunning With Water. Submissions are open through July 15.


Posted June 25, 2021

looking for stories, poems, and essays that explore the ways food can bring us together during the winter holidays. Submissions are due by August 31. 

Catapult: looking for fiction, nonfiction, and art comic pitches. Send pitches to Regina Lim at regina.saeha[at]gmail.

Concrete Wolf: accepting poetry submissions for its cephalopod-themed anthology. Submissions are open through June 30.

Pacifica Literary Review: looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art & design. “Sonnets and memes will receive equal consideration.” 


Posted June 11, 2021


The Kenyon Review

 mater mea: “Black motherhood site looking for personal essays and reported features. Especially interested in hearing from queer parents.” Email press [at] matermea [dot] com.

The Detroit Metro Times: seeking pitches about Detroit’s Arab community in the form of a written feature or reported essay.  Pitches are due by July 1.

Narratively: looking for narrative non-fiction (including first-person stories) and photo essays. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Posted June 4, 2021

Rewire: looking for pitches from early-career journalists for reported features, profiles, Q&As, vignettes and photo essays for Rewire’s content areas: Living, Work, Money, Health, Love and Our Future. 

Parents Magazine: seeking pitches on the [monetary] costs of fostering & adoption. Send hed and dek with your pitch to aedelman at meredith dot com. 

InStyle: looking for pitches on the upcoming Olympics!

Philadelphia Stories: Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction! Accepting submissions for this annual national short fiction contest until June 15.

The Poetry London Prize: an internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem.  Submissions are due June 26! 

Megara Publishing:  seeking supernatural short stories with a historical setting (pre-mid-20th century). Submissions are due July 11. 

Posted May 28, 2021

Five South: submissions for  are due June 14. Submissions for the Five South Short Fiction Prize are due June 28.

The Key West Literary Seminar: accepting applications for its annual Emerging Writer Awards including awards for novels-in-progress, short stories, and poetry. Applications are due by June 30. 

Slate: seeking history-related pitches.


Posted May 21, 2021

pitches from ambitious narrative journalists who are ready to spend months researching and developing a story.

looking for writing and artwork that has been “created with abandon.” Submissions are due by May 31, 2021.

Autumn House Press2021 Full-Length Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Contest! Submit your previously unpublished, full-length fiction, nonfiction and poetry manuscripts by June 15, 2021.

Posted May 14, 2021


Gossamer: Gossamer’soriginal deadline was May 7th). You can email your pitch to

Submissions close May 15.

The Moth Short Story Prize. Submissions close on June 30.


Posted May 7, 2021

Awakeseeking submissions of poems, essays, flash fiction, and art for Issue 3: Black Resiliency. Submissions close on May 31, 2021.

Digital Spy: the Digital Spy editor is seeking pitches with first-person narratives about films or shows available on NOW TV with characters that resonate with your LGBTQ+ identity. Submissions close on May 12, 2021.

National Geographic: the National Geographic Travel editor is seeking pitches for a Juneteenth + Travel story. You can submit your pitch to starlight.williams@natgeo.comSubmissions close May 14, 2021.


Scalawag Magazine: Scalawag editor is looking for reported stories connecting the legacy and lasting role of race.

Tint Journalcurrently seeking short stories, essays, flash fiction, poetry and artwork for its Fall 2021 issue. Submissions close May 31, 2021.


Posted April 30, 2021

The Atherton Review: currently reading poetry, rhetoric, and fiction submissions for Volume 105. Submissions end on May 15, 2021.



Crab Creek Review


Posted April 23, 2021

AAWW: seeking pitches about diversity work from Black or Asian American writers. Submissions are open through May 7, 2021.

Cosmopolitan: the Sex & Relationships Editor is currently seeking pitches on sex stories. You can submit your pitch to


The Verge: the Entertainment editor is seeking pitches for stories about games, TV, film, and comics. You can submit your pitch to

Posted April 16, 2021

Autostraddle: curating a trans fiction series, which will feature short stories by six trans writers over six months. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Bronzewood Books: seeking short stories for its Gaslamp Fantasy Anthology. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: seeking story submissions for an upcoming book based on the theme Counting Your Blessings.” Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

The Massachusetts Review: essays, short fiction, hybrid, poetry, and translation. Submissions are open through April 30, 2021.

Parachute Magazine: accepting pitches from journalists and photographers based in or near a US news desert. Open for pitches as of April 16, 2021.

YES! Magazine: accepting pitches on What is enough?” through April 30, 2021


Posted April 5, 2021

Colorado Review: short fiction, personal essays with contemporary themes, poetry of any style. Year-round submissions.

Nicole Dieker’s blog: guest posts on creativity and the creative practice. Open for pitches as of April 5, 2021.