7 Literary Magazines Accepting Submissions in August

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This month, a number of literary magazines have cleared the submissions on their table and are now reading for the fall or the next year. All these opportunities are free to submit to, and some pay.

Uncanny Magazine

A magazine that publishes speculative fiction that is intricately woven, delivered in prose that is lush, and arouses emotion in the reader. They also publish poetry. From August 4 to September 1, they will be reading for short stories.

Submit a story of between 750—6000 words. Payment is $.10 per word.

To submit, visit here.


Previous contributors include the AKO Caine Prize winner Makena Onjerika, author of Ogadinma Ukamaka Olisakwe, and the poet Hussain Ahmed. Until October 1, they are accepting poetry and translations.

They want poems that “sing,” that “mean something,” that “love language,” that “have the stink of the world on them.”

Visit here to find out more.


Lolwe is accepting poetry, essays, short fiction, and photography until August 31 from Black (African, Caribbean, Diaspora) artists. They want work “that is bold, different, and blurs or pushes boundaries: play with form and language, ignore genre classifications, send in your fears and joys, your doubts and faiths, your curiosities and silences.”

They pay. Visit here to submit.

Washington Square Review

Published by the students and faculty of the New York University creative writing program, their contributors include I.S. Jones, Logan February, and Kwame Dawes.

They are open until October 15. Submit poems, short stories, creative nonfiction pieces, translations: here. They send two beautiful contributor copies.

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Their deadline is September 8. They want poetry, nonfiction, fiction. Work that is ambiguous is welcome, but “utter meaninglessness” is not. Mystery, not obscurity, is appreciated.

Wale Ayinla, Wendy Thompson Taiwo, and Chelsea Dingman have appeared in the magazine. Submit here.

The Capilano Review

They want poems and short stories that reflect on the theme of “Ritual.” Following the pandemic, which habits have you lost, which new ones have you found? “How have apprehension and ease reinforced what you believe to be a sacred act? Have you become more (or less) in tune with your body and its surroundings?”

Submit a packet of poems or a prose piece that does not exceed six pages. Payment is $50.

Submit here.

Harbor Review

They publish poetry and art together—the artwork accompanies the poem, or a suite of poems, creating a conversation between both forms—in an online magazine that is beautiful to behold.

They pay $10 per poem. The Nigerian artist and poet Martins Deep and the poet Olalade Akinlabi Ige are contributors.

Submit 1-3 poems attached as a PDF or word document to harborreviewmagazine@gmail.com, with “Poetry Submission” in the subject line.

Ernest Ogunyemi
Ernest O. Ògúnyẹmí is a staff writer at Open Country Mag. His works have recently appeared/are forthcoming in AGNI, Joyland, No Tokens, Olongo Africa, The Dark, Fiyah, Agbowó, Southern Humanities Review, Minnesota Review, McNeese Review, Down River Road, and West Trade Review. He is the curator of The Fire That Is Dreamed of: The Young African Poets Anthology.

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