Writers write to tell stories and share ideas—in person or in print. A great way to share your work is through writing contests and open calls for submissions in literary journals or anthologies. Below you will find local, regional, and national opportunities for writers of all ages and disciplines. We will update this page often, so keep checking back!



2016 National Storytelling Conference

Storytellers of all kinds, sign up for this fun and fascinating weekend of workshops, July 21-24, 2016! On Friday evening, there will be a Story Slam contest, and much more all weekend long! Held at the Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, MO. 

THE Summer Writers Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

The Washington University Summer Writers Institute is an intensive, two-week program featuring workshops in fiction, literary journalism, micro-prose, modern humor, personal narrative, and poetry, as well as reading and individual conferences with instructors. Adult writers of all levels of experience work together with published authors and exceptional teachers in a supportive, non-competitive format that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.



Kansas City Voices: submission period now closed.

There is no “type” of work Kansas City Voices is looking for, and while they would love for you to read through their previous issues, it is not an indicator of what kind of work they actively seek. If your work is accepted in Kansas City Voices, you will be asked to attend and participate in our annual Preview Party — an annual event to celebrate and connect contributors with other artists, writers, donors and friends. 

Touchstone Literary Magazine: Submission period now closed.

Like its namesake, Touchstone Magazine selects the "gold" in literary work by graduate and undergraduate students. Touchstone is Kansas State University's student-edited literary arts magazine, published annually each Spring. They accept poems, short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction essays, and artwork. Only contributions from university students will be considered for publication.

Beecher's Magazine: Submission period now closed.

Beecher’s magazine, published annually in Lawrence, Kansas, and run by the students of the graduate program in English at the University of Kansas, seeks the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Beecher’s accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions from September 1st to February 14th. 

Midwestern Gothic: Submissions will open again in August 2016.

Midwestern Gothic is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived here. Midwestern Gothic aims to collect the very best in Midwestern writing in a way that has never been done before, cataloging the oeuvre of an often-overlooked region of the United States ripe with its own mythologies and tall tales. Writers can submit in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 




Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce their third annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose. Poetry will be judged by local poet Traci Brimhall (professor at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS). The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000 and publication in The Translucent Issue, which will be released in 2017. All non-winning submissions will be considered for publication as well. 

Glimmer Train StoriesSUBMISSION PERIOD NOW open!

One of the most well-known names in literary publications, Glimmer Train Stories offers a variety of categories for submission throughout the year. Payment and cash prizes offered, two Standard Submission periods a year with little to no submission fee. 

Kaaterskill Baskin Literary JournalSUBMISSION PERIODs year-round.

The Kaaterskill Baskin Literary Journal is looking to publish short and flash fiction, poetry, word art, and artwork that can be considered “strange and beautiful.” KBLJ is committed to publishing works by a diverse population of artists, and encourage submissions from underrepresented groups and marginalized populations. We especially would like to feature the work of women, people of color, disabled and neurodivergent writers and artists, and queer, trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, and two spirit people.

Tinderbox Poetry Journal: SUBMISSION PERIOD NOW OPEN!

Tinderbox Poetry Journal is looking for fascinating poetry of all kinds. Now featuring four "fee-free" months a year, they operate on donations to bring quality poetry and lyric verse into the world.

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund: Poetry/nonfiction deadline june 30th, 2016

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund offers grants of up to $1,500 to individual feminist writers and visual artists. 

Roll of Thunder Diverse Books Contest: Submission deadline June 21, 2016

Penguin Books for Young Readers, in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, is launching a momentous new publishing contest. Writers of color are encouraged to submit their unpublished manuscripts of diverse children's books in the 8-14 age range for consideration, with a chance at a publishing contract and a $35,000 advance. 


The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth, a magazine of poems and stories and art for grown-ups. It is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11, though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and, like The Moth ‒ is jam-packed full of new artworks and 'wordworks'. The Caterpillar is delighted to receive submissions from writers and artists anywhere in the world!

Youth-specific OPPORTUNITIES


Canvas Teen Literary Journal

Canvas is a literary journal for teens, by teens! They are seeking writers ages 13-18 to submit fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, plays, nonfiction, new media , and/or cross-genre. 

Amazing Kids! Online Magazine

Do you love writing, art, photography or videography, and are between the ages of 5 to 18? Would you like to be published in the Amazing Kids! Online Magazine? Read the guidelines, then submit your writing and art; it might just be published in an upcoming issue!

Bazoof! Magazine

B! does it's best to publish every youth submission received into the magazine within the described age range (7-14 years). If space isn't available in the issue that will come out next, then you'll be informed when. Sometimes it may suit a theme coming up, so decisions can be based on that. We'll try not to keep you waiting too long! B! treats all submissions equally.