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Who They Are: Founded in 1996, they are a nonprofit print and online publication who look to represent Baltimore as a hub for diverse literature. They seek to showcase writers from Baltimore and beyond. Work from their online editions are available to read for free on their website.
What They Publish: Their submissions for next year’s annual print journal and all online publications are open, and they have a quote from each of their editors on their staff page concerning what they lean towards with submissions. They are looking for literary fiction no more than 5,000 words, no more than three poems, and no more than 5,000 words for creative nonfiction (they tend to accept shorter nonfiction works rather than long ones).
What They Pay: $40 flat rate
Deadline: November 30th, 2021.
Who They Are: A print publication, they have been publishing an issue every season since 2019. They “have a penchant for pretty words, an affinity to the melancholy, and an undeniably time-ful aura” and are looking for stories that explore love, identity, the self, the world, the human condition.
What They Publish: While submissions are open year-round, their spring 2022 issue deadline is coming up. The theme is “Into the Light,” they accept fiction, essays, and poetry of any length that “explore growth and new possibilities after a long, dark winter.” You can read excerpts of pieces from their previous issues on their Instagram page.
Deadline: December 1, 2021 for their spring issue
Who They Are: An independent literary journal, they’re preparing to publish their first anthology, titled Stranged Writing: A Literary Taxonomy. They are dedicated to publishing innovative, defamiliarized writing.
What They Publish: Defamiliarized is defined as “an artistic or literary technique that presents the common in unfamiliar ways; that which has been taken for granted is reenvisioned, made strange, to heighten a reader’s perception of the familiar.” They are looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and experimental work that is defamiliarized either in craft or in content, all between 6 and 3,000 words. They also accept and encourage craft essays on the art of defamiliarization.
What They Pay: $5-$40
Deadline: November 30, 2021.
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