Calling all Post-Religious Females!

The anthology, Submitted: Women Finding and Leaving Extreme Religion (to be published by Seal Press in Spring, 2013), will chronicle the lives of women from a variety of restrictive religious backgrounds who chose a religious path only to eventually reject it or alter it in whole or in part.
We are seeking contributions from women of all faiths, as well as all ages and backgrounds. The book explores, through story, the questions of how and why women choose to get involved in rigid religion, what keeps them invested, and then how and why they leave (and what they miss—or don’t—once they’re gone).
Each story included should explore one of the following:
• the getting IN
• the staying IN
• the getting OUT
Themes might include food, modesty, religious meetings, holidays, work, children, clothing, secrets, converting others, prayer, or marriage/sex.
The book will be divided into three parts: Conversion, Life Inside, and Leaving.
Submissions should be 2500-3000 words in length.
For more information and to submit your work go to


Open Submissions Call

For all interested in submitting work:

The editors of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing founded in 2005, announce an open submissions call for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our sixteenth issue, slated for publication in Winter 2011-2012. Recent contributors include Norman Dubie, Erika Meitner, Bruce Weigl, Robert Wrigley, Jim Daniels, E. Ethelbert Miller, William Hathaway, and Roger Weingarten, among others.

Visit for specific submission guidelines and past issues. We accept simultaneous submissions through Submishmash, and strive to respond within three months. We look forward to reading your work!


Submissions Opportunity: Poets

Hey all: for anybody interested in submitting work, but without means of finding places to submit, every so often you can check here for submission opportunities. This particular one concerns poets, or those who take some pleasure in writing poetry reviews. This information was received through the CWROPPS email group. You can join for free at any point.

Cellpoems, a text-message based poetry journal, is looking for submissions of short poems and poem reviews. Past contributors include Sherman Alexie, Charles Simic, Kimiko Hahn, Matthea Harvey, and Matthew Rohrer.


Poems and reviews must be less than 140 characters in length (including spaces). We accept simultaneous submissions, but do not consider previously published work. Please see our website for additional information:

or submit to us at: