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No Time Like the Present: Submissions and Open Calls Happening Now!

Hello my lovely poets!

I was sitting outside today on the hammock in my backyard and I got to thinking: what am I doing to support poets and writers during these tough times? Below you will find 5 publications that are looking for poetry right now! And I've also compiled a short list of other great places where opportunities can be found.

Happy submitting!

1. Storm Cellar - Rolling Submissions

Storm Cellar, a journal of safety and danger since 2011, seeks fresh writing and artwork for their summer 2020 issue. BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women and nonbinary, poor, neurodivergent, border-straddling and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to submit! Storm Cellar is looking for "secrets, treasures, evidence, evocations, and surprises". More details and submission form here.

2. Speckled Trout Review - Deadline: April 16, 2020

Speckled Trout Review is an independent literary magazine that likes good storytelling in poems in which every word counts. Appalachian poets are welcome here, in addition to many other subjects and styles from poets spanning the globe. In their short time, Speckled Trout Review has published a former poet laureate, Pushcart Prize nominees, Best of the Net recipients, contributors whose work has landed in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, POETRY, Tar River Poetry, ThreePenny Review, and numerous anthologies. Specific submission guidelines can be found at

3. Transference - Deadline: April 30, 2020

Transference is accepting works translated from - or inspired by - poetry originally written in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Classical Greek, with accompanying commentary. Submissions related to the theme of vision/seeing welcome, as are original essays on the translation of poetry. Transference is peer-edited in a blind submission process, and published by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. More details and submission guidelines here.

4. The Revolution (Relaunch) - Rolling Submissions

Founded in July of 2019, The Revolution (Relaunch) is a creative resurgence of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 1868 publication, The Revolution, which was the official newspaper of the National Women’s Suffrage Association. They publish a range of styles: memoir, poetry, cultural criticism, interviews and profiles featuring activists and grassroots organizations. The Revolution (Relaunch) aims to promote feminism in the broadest sense, and looks for "creative activism" that gives a voice to marginalized communities and/or corrupts authority. Submit one piece of prose under 750 words, three poems, or 5 images to

5. Oyster River Pages - Deadline: May 31, 2020

Oyster River Pages is a literary and artistic collective seeking submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts that stretch creative and social boundaries. They believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity. Because of this, Oyster River Pages seeks to feature artists whose voices have been historically de-centered and marginalized. Please see for submission details.

Here are some other websites to check out for submissions and open calls:


Poets & Writers Classifieds

Poetry Flash

Medium (They usually post a good roundup of opportunities monthly!)


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