Rather than listing out current calls for submissions – of which there are thousands, yes thousands! – I figured it would be really useful to provide a list of aggregate resources – websites, newsletters, social media outlets and more – that maintain up-to-date open calls for submissions. This way, you’ll always have a single hub to refer back to for all your submissions: right here, on Aspiring Author.
It might seem like opportunities to get published are hard to come by, but this certainly isn’t the case in my experience. From literary magazines, small presses, and foundations, to themed submissions, grants, and paying markets, there’s always somewhere looking to publish your work. You just have to find the right place to submit, and keep on top of all those deadlines. I recommend compiling a master submission spreadsheet for this, so that you can track all your submissions in one place.
It should go without saying that I strongly encourage you to submit to places that accept simultaneous submissions. Exclusive submissions stink. Anywhere that asks for an exclusive submission and expects you to wait around for six months twiddling your thumbs while they judge your work is deluded. Spread your net far and wide, but with a tailored approach.
What are they looking for?
Calls for submission might be looking to publish any and all of the following:
- Creative non-fiction or essays
- Book-length manuscripts
- Chapbook-length manuscripts
- Themed submissions
- Hybrid or cross-genre submissions
- Age-specific submissions
- Entry to writing conferences, workshops, or MFA programs.
Curated list of calls for submissions
Here’s our curated list of the best places to find calls for submissions. This list is not exhaustive; merely, the places we think you’ll find the most leads. We’ve listed alphabetically for ease. If you see any missing, please let us know.