TW's Editorial Calendar

Talking Writing solicits themed work for each issue.

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Schedule of Upcoming Themes

TW's annual editorial calendar, updated every fall, appears below. Each issue has a theme, and we solicit related essays and other features on fixed deadlines. The schedule also lists our reading periods for fiction and poetry.


"Faith" © Jenny Downing; Creative Commons license

Contest 2017: Writing and Faith

How do you tackle life's Big Questions? This year's Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay will spotlight our annual holiday theme. Essay writers are welcome to explore a wide range of issues—mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism—as part of a personal meditation about soul searching through words.

Submissions closed.


"Nothing Short of Everything Will Really Do" © Cate Storymoon; Creative Commons licenseSpring 2018: Science and Society

TW's annual poetry issue will explore the impact of science on society—an increasingly high-stakes topic. Send us your techie poems, your poems about specific ecosystems, your poems about teaching science or math. Talk to us about artificial intelligence, Big Science, climate change, gender and racial inequalities in science careers. Hybrid work is fine, but no essays or stories, please.

Submissions closed.


"(Once Upon a Time...)" © David Jubert; Creative Commons licenseGeneral Fiction Reading Period:
January–February 2018

Talking Writing publishes short stories or flash fiction in some issues. For flash fiction, include no more than three stories, each no longer than 1,000 words, in one document. Length: Short stories up to 8,000 words; flash fiction up to 1,000 words.

Submissions open from January 1 to February 28, 2018.


"Silly Poetry" © ohannakatherine; Creative Commons licenseGeneral Poetry Reading Period: June 2018

In addition to the spring spotlight issue, Talking Writing publishes poetry in other issues. Featured poets generally publish more than one poem in a given issue. Submit three to five poems in one document, but no more than five pages in all.

Submissions open from June 1 to June 30, 2018.


From June through August, TW is on hiatus. We accept submissions over the summer, but our response time will be slower.


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