There's a lot of people who want to read your work.
It's one thing to write. You can sit at your desk for hours and churn out thousands of pages of content, but being a writer is about more than just putting down words. It's about sharing those words with others, communicating your experiences and ideas with the world. I've been doing research for my coaching clients about places to submit your work, and I wanted to share some of these opportunities with all of you!
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is a journal committed to publishing a diversity of voices and writing styles. They're currently running a contest accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The deadline is September 5th.
Red Mountain Press conducts an annual poetry contest, accepting an unpublished manuscript by a poet 21 years and older. The collection may contain work that has been published previously, as long as you have full publication rights. The deadline is September 15th.
The Sustainable Arts Foundation seeks to fund writers and artists who are raising children. Offering awards from $2000 to $6000, the way family influences your work is very relevant to this organization. The deadline is September 4th.
Creative Nonfiction is a magazine dedicated the art and craft of the nonfiction as worthy of academic study and literary excellence. One of the foremost publications of the genre, they are currently accepting submissions for a genre contest about "Childhood." The deadline is November 16th.
Front Range Review accepts "fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers." Based in Larimer, Colorado, the journal spans the gamut of themes and topographies. Their open submission period runs from August 15th to December 1st.
Lambey Press is committed to publishing queer women of color. Accepting manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and essay/prose of at least 48 pages, there is no submission fee. Also under their umbrella is Her Saturn Return, a zine series featuring real stories on life and transition during this tumultuous time.
Oyez Review, the literary journal of Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago, has a unique blend of style and substance in it's publication. Accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions, it's blog is also an interesting and accessible resource for those interested in the craft and opinion on contemporary writing. Their open submission period runs from August 1st to October 1st.
For more great publishing opportunities, I cannot recommend enough the classifieds section of Poets & Writers magazine. A sound investment for anyone serious about writing, a subscription makes a great gift for yourself or others.