BAHR Magazine: “an online literary creative platform dedicated to amplifying the work of writers, artists, and creatives of all kinds. Based in South West Asia and North Africa, we accept submissions from around the world though we champion this region’s creators and prioritise their work. We particularly encourage those with marginalised identities to submit. We accept and publish poetry, prose (short stories and essays), and inter/anti-genre writing. We actively encourage multilingual submissions but can only accept those working with Arabic and English at the moment.” No fee. Deadline: June 1.
Bull City Press Summer 2021 Chapbook Open Reading Period: “Bull City Press is an independent small press with fifteen years of publishing experience. We select manuscripts through an open reading period. Manuscripts of poetry, fiction (particularly flash fiction), and creative nonfiction are welcome during this process.” Fee: Pay what you want. Deadline: June 15.
Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest: “Headmistress Press is proud to announce our 7th annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Our first-prize winner will be selected by Julie Marie Wade and will receive a $300 honorarium plus 20 copies of the winning book.” Fee: Sliding scale $12-20. Deadline: July 5.
Cipher Press: “Cipher Press is open for submissions from trans and gender non-conforming writers, queer writers of colour, and queer working-class writers based in the UK. We’re open to any genre and style as long as the work fits somewhere within the literary bracket and reflects some aspect of the LGBTQI+ experience.” No Fee. Deadline: May 31.
RAWIFest: “A weekend celebrating spoken word, poetry, and oral traditions in SWANA literature, and featuring new work from Arab artists and writers. In collaboration with The Boston Foundation, RAWI is excited to host RAWIFest – a weekend of free virtual programming celebrating Anglophone SWANA literature and performance art, featuring new work from poets, spoken word artists, and performance artists! Registration is free and open to the public, but donations to RAWI (suggested sliding scale $20-50) will be collected via this registration page for those who would like to help fund RAWI’s programming.”