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It’s a whole new year, and it’s time to share your thoughts, writing, explorations and general fabulosity with the world. Whether you’re a first time writer or a seasoned pro, we’ve got a ton of different publications, themes, and formats that are accepting new work. What’s the worst that could happen?

Call for Submissions: Deathmatch Deadline Extended until January 10th!

Okay, this is it, last chance, seriously — Broken Pencil’s notorious arena for short story glory is accepting entries until January 10th. After that, it’s fast-paced voting from Broken Pencil’s readership while you and your piece are on the hotseat. Want in? Check out

Call for Submissions: The New Inquiry Prisons Issue

The New Inquiry, one of the left’s favourite and most controversial rags, is looking for submissions for a February and March double issue on prisons — specifically for essays, letters, poems, conversations, interviews, forums, and texts. Priority to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated writers. Check out the post!

Call for Submissions: (b)OINK Zine

This new zine seeks “in-your-face fiction, poems, and creative nonfiction that are experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, stultifying, breakneck speed, sex-driven, whooshing out, secretive, extinctive, newly-formed words. Think Ice Capades on Acid, think Mommy Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus, etc.”

If that’s not tempting then I can’t help you. Check out their submissions page.

Call for Entries: Del Sol First Novel Contest

D.C. based Del Sol Press is looking for exceptional novels of a variety of genres for their First Novel contest. The winner gets $1,500 and publication in Fall 2017. Unfortunately it’s only open to folks who live in the US. If that’s you, send in those manuscripts.

Call for Submissions: these pills don’t come in my skin tone

These pills is looking for poetry and artwork on the topic of mental health (both wellness and illness) as experienced by racialized people, or providing care and support around these issues in POC communities. Must be a resident of Canada. Check out the submissions posting.

Call for Submissions: Gendertrash Café

This collective of gender transgressive writers, authors, bloggers and poets are seeking writing and scholarship by the gender divergent. From essays to stories to short poetry, their call for submissions page lays it all out.

Call for Submissions: Undertow Tanka Review

Send submission of up to 10 haiku or tanka to this specialized journal. Paintings are also welcome – surreal works encouraged. Check out the post!

Call for Submissions: TL:DR Magazine

TL;DR magazine is back for the new year and ready to publish your short, avant garde work. Lists, transcipts, memees, thesis statements, things you’d read on the train, found literature… All that fun stuff! Check out the website here for more details:

Call for Submissions: Jellyfish Review Kill People Issue

Kill people! Kill them now! With writing, of course. The rules are simple: someone has to be killed before, during, or afer the time the story takes place. 1000 words or less, no natural deaths. Get into it. 

Call for Submissions: Werewolves Versus: Space

Werewolves Versus is a twice yearly zine that mashes up werewolves with whatever. The fourth issue – outer space!! Submissions accepted through January 27th. Sweet right?

Call for Illustrators: We Testify

Comics for Choice is partnering with We Testify, a group of women, trans and nonbinary folks who tell their own abortion stories to fight back against the continuing attacks on abortion care. These are powerful stories, and they are seeking illustrators and comic artists to help! Money raised by the project will go to National Network of Abortion Funds. More info here. 

Call for Artists: RUDE Collective Queer Desire

The RUDE Collective is looking for video, installation and performance work for their second event in Toronto. The theme? Queer love and desire! Let’s think about decolonized love, love as community, being single, non-monogamy, non-eurocentric conceptualizations of queerness, all that good stuff. Send in your proposal to by January 16th. Toronto-based artists a plus. Check out the facebook event for more info!  

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