Accepting Submissions 

                               for Issue 155


Contests

June 1 - November 1


General

Fiction and Poetry
June 1 - October 1

Nonfiction and Art
June 1 - November 1


FICTION

Writers may submit pieces of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Contest guidelines: Awarding one of the richest purses among literary magazines—$1,000 for the winning story—the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction recognizes exceptional works of fiction. Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches, including experimental and literary. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. The contest submission fee is $20.

POETRY

Writers may submit up to five (5) poems per submission.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format poems in 12-point font
  • submit up to five poems in a single document
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. 

Contest guidelines: With an award of $1,000 for the winning poem, the Edwin Markham Prize honors outstanding works of poetry. Our taste is eclectic and celebrates the wonderful diversity of forms, styles, and levels of diction available to the contemporary poet. The contest submission fee is $20.

NONFICTION

Writers may submit pieces of up to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Contest guidelines: The Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction recognizes outstanding works of nonfiction, awarding $1,333 to the author of the winning entry. We are looking for creative nonfiction, such as personal essays and narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work. The contest submission fee is $20.

ART

Artists may submit up to five (5) pieces of studio art, including photography, per submission.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • include available art credits: title, medium, dimensions, year
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • ensure submissions are at least 300 dpi
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 

We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Contest guidelines: The Mary Blair Award for Art honors exceptional work across various disciplines. With a prize of $1,000, this award seeks new and fresh artist perspectives to create a dialogue with our audience. Works can be stand-alone pieces or part of a larger series. The contest submission fee is $20.

EMERGING VOICES

PLEASE NOTE: This contest is for high-school students of Santa Clara County, CA, only.

Reed Magazine seeks to publish the young voices of the South Bay. Submit your original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art/photography and let your voice be heard! Scholarly works are also accepted. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please limit prose submissions to 1,000 words. 

Reed Magazine is looking to publish the young voices of the South Bay. Submit your original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or visual art/photography and let your voice be heard! Scholarly works are also accepted. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Please limit prose submissions to 1,000 words.


This contest is for high school students of Santa Clara County, CA, only.

Please be sure to:
All submissions

  • include your preferred first and given last name, and name of high school you attend when submitting
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • indicate the genre you are submitting to in your cover letter
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Fiction/Nonfiction

  • attach written pieces as a Word document
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font 
  • include word count (1,000-word limit)
  • number pages

Poetry

  • attach written pieces as a Word document
  • format pieces in 12-point font 
  • submit up to two (2) poems in a single file
  • number pages

Visual Art/Photography

  • include available art credits: title, medium, dimensions, year 
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • submit up to two (2) works 
  • ensure submissions are at least 300 dpi



Winner receives a free copy of the latest issue of Reed Magazine, as well as cash prize and publication. Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.


The Mary Blair Award for Art honors exceptional artists’ work across various media. With a prize of $1,000, this award is constantly seeking new and fresh artist perspectives to create a dialogue with our audience. Works can be stand-alone pieces or part of a larger series. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Artists may submit up to five (5) pieces per submission.  

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address with submission
  • include available art credits: title, medium, dimensions, year
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • ensure submissions are at least 300 dpi
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 


The contest submission fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with overseas addresses will receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine. The winner of the Mary Blair Award may have a portfolio of their work featured online or in the journal (as space permits). Contest pieces may be considered for the cover.

The Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction recognizes outstanding works of nonfiction, awarding $1,333 to the author of the winning entry. We are looking for creative  nonfiction, such as personal essays and narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Please limit prose submissions to 5,000 words. 

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 


The contest reading fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with overseas addresses will receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.

          
With an award of $1,000 for the winning poem, the Edwin Markham Prize honors outstanding works of poetry. Our taste is eclectic and celebrates the wonderful diversity of forms, styles, and levels of diction available to the contemporary poet. Writers may submit up to five (5) poems per submission. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

Please be sure to:  

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format poems in 12-point font
  • submit up to five poems in a single document
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date 


The contest reading fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with overseas addresses will receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine.


Awarding one of the richest purses among literary magazines—$1,000 for the winning story—the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction recognizes exceptional works of fiction.  Aesthetically, we are open to most styles and approaches, including experimental and literary. All works should be stand-alone short stories, not chapters of a longer work. Please limit prose submissions to 5,000 words.  We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.  


Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format stories in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

 

The contest reading fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with overseas addresses will receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine. 

Reed Magazine is seeking artwork that reverberates beyond the page, with imagery that lingers in our minds and challenges us to think. Open to a wide variety of media and styles. Artists may submit up to five (5) pieces of studio art, including photography, per submission.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address with submission
  • include available art credits: title, medium, dimensions, year 
  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg
  • ensure submissions are at least 300 dpi 
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

 
We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Art submissions may be considered for the cover.

          
Writers may submit pieces of up to 5,000 words.  We are looking for creative nonfiction, such as personal essays or narratives, not scholarly papers or book reviews. All works should be stand-alone essays, not chapters of a longer work.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page
  • format pieces in double-spaced 12-point font
  • include word count
  • number pages
  • provide a 50-word bio
  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date


We do not accept work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere.

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