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2023 Submission and Freelance Writing Opportunities

Here’s a full list of submission and freelancing opportunities we’ve shared in 2023, updated twice a month. Bookmark this list to stay up to date on new postings!

Posted February 17: Publications Seeking Romance Writing

Black Fox Literary Magazine: will be accepting fiction submissions from March 1, 2023 to May 31, 2023. It is open to receiving romance submissions. 

Carina Press: seeking romance manuscripts in a number of categories including historical, contemporary, and fantasy. 

Elegant Literature: is accepting submissions from new writers in all genres, including romance, for its “Behind The Veil” contest. Submissions close February 28, 2023. 

Inkspell Publishing: looking for romance manuscripts that are between 30,000 and 75,000 words long. 

Interlude Press: seeking well-crafted original novels featuring diverse casts with lead characters from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. It is open to all genres, including romantic comedy.  

Intrepid Times: accepting submissions of first-person stories about a time you experienced romance while traveling for its “Romance on the Road Travel Writing Competition.” Submissions close March 19, 2023. 


Posted February 3

Bolts: inviting pitches from freelancers to report on critical voting rights and criminal justice stories across the US. 

horter prose pieces, hybrid formats that include text, and other experimental writing by queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming writers for its digital anthology come sail away. Submissions close February 28, 2023. 

Polygon: Nicole Clark, senior culture editor at Polygon, is seeking culture pitches on fandom, people focused, trend, streaming, + subculture stories related to video games and blockbuster film/TV.” Send pitches to

Sycamore Review: accepting submissions for its 2023 Wabash Prizes in poetry and fiction. Submissions close February 28, 2023. 


Posted January 20

Aster Lit: seeking poetry and prose on the theme of paradox. Submissions close May 15, 2023. 

Cordella Magazine: inviting poetry, short fiction, essays, memoir, creative non-fiction, and visual art that relate to “a sense of spiritual life, ecology, and community” from women-identified and nonbinary creatives. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

The Dodge: seeking storiesin eco-writing, writing about animals, and translation. 

Ghost Girls Zine: accepting poetry, short works of fiction, short works of nonfiction (including diary entries), and visual art of all mediums on the theme of grief.  Submissions close February 1, 2023. 

Lewis Latimer House Museum: accepting applications for its six-session writing workshop on memoir and autobiographical writing focusing on themes of race and immigration. All eight selected writers will receive full scholarships. Applications close  January 22, 2023. 

The Lunar Journal: inviting poetry, prose, and art submissions. 


Posted January 6

Alaska Quarterly Review: inviting submissions of short stories, short novellas, and novel excerpts in traditional and experimental styles until January 21, 2023. 

Barrelhouse: seeking manuscript submissions for full-length memoirs and essay collections until February 5, 2023. Barrelhouse is also open for book review submissions on a rolling basis. 

ooking for true stories  All accepted pieces will be published in an upcoming book anthology and are accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2023. 

Shō Poetry Journal: seeking poetry for its revival issue. Submission close March 31, 2023.

SOLRAD: accepting pitches for essays, comics criticism/reviews, and interviews with artists, comics, and those in comics-adjacent fields. 

Quartet: seeking poetry submissions by women fifty and over until February 1, 2023. They will reopen their submissions in 2023 from May 1 to June 1 and September 1 to October 1.


If  you want to see the list we compiled for 2022, you can find it here.

Do you know of a literary magazine with an upcoming submission deadline you’d like to see included on a future list? Please email our editor, Eliza, at to make a suggestion.