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Zone 3, a literary journal 

  • Zone 3 is a biannual magazine. 
  • Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry submissions are open August 1-April 1. 
  • All contributors will receive payment for their accepted works and two print copies of the issue in which they are published.  
  • All poems, essays, and stories accepted for publication in the journal will be considered for the Zone 3 literary awards. One winner will be selected from each genre. The winners will be announced in the fall and receive a prize of $250. 
  • A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue:  At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  Click here for Fiction, Poetry, or Nonfiction.

Zone 3 Press Book Awards

Zone 3 Press offers biennial book awards that alternate between poetry and creative nonfiction. The Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award will open for submissions in 2021. The prize is $1,000 and publication. The submission period is January 1-April 1. Find information on our Creative Nonfiction Book Award here and our First Book Award in Poetry here. 

We are pleased to announce the second annual Zone 3 Press Broadside Competition. This competition is a collaboration between Zone 3 Press and the Goldsmith Press & Rare Type Collection of Austin Peay State University. The winning poem will be featured on a broadside designed by and printed on the letterpress in Austin Peay's Art & Design department.

Prize

  • $100 cash prize
  • 5 copies of the custom, limited edition letterpress broadside (You can view last year's winner here.)
  • Poem will be published in Zone 3, a literary magazine (Fall 2021) 

General

We welcome submissions from a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers.

  • One poem per submission. One submission per person. Send us your best work.
  • Submissions will be anonymous. Please do not include any contact information on your submission. 
  • Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but notify us immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Poems can be in any form but must be written in English. Translations will be accepted. 
  • Previously published work will not be accepted. 
  • Authors with books published by Zone 3 Press are not eligible. 
  • The winning poem will be published in Zone 3; all submissions will be considered for publication in the magazine. 

Reading Period & Important Dates

  • The reading period is through December 15
  • Winner will be announced in early 2021

Important Information

If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

We look forward to reading your work.

 At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  

Guidelines: 

  • For our general submission form, please use this submission link.
  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of nonfiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one essay. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw an essay, please do so in Submittable.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.


We look forward to reading your work.

At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  

Guidelines: 

  • For our general submission form, please use this submission link.   
  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of fiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one story. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. We will consider novel excerpts and flash pieces. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

Send us your best story. We look forward to reading your work.

 At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme.  

Guidelines: 

  • For our general submission form, please use this submission link.
  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of poetry in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • For poetry, please submit no more than 6 poems. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

We look forward to reading your work.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of nonfiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one essay. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw an essay, please do so in Submittable.
  • A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue: At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme. Please click this link to view the submission guidelines for our forthcoming feature issue.  
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology. 

We look forward to reading your work.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of fiction in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • During a submission period, please submit no more than one story. 
  • We seldom publish prose that is more than 5,000 words in length. We will consider novel excerpts and flash pieces. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  •  A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue: At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme. Please click this link to view the submission guidelines for our forthcoming feature issue. 
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

Send us your best story. We look forward to reading your work.

Guidelines: 

  • Zone 3 welcomes submissions of poetry in a wide variety of aesthetics from both emerging and established writers. 
  • For poetry, please submit no more than 6 poems. 
  • Our reading period is from August 1st to April 1st. We make every effort to respond to all submissions within six months of receiving them. 
  • Zone 3 accepts simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere. To withdraw, please do so in Submittable.
  • A Note on the 2021 Feature Issue: At Zone 3 Press and Zone 3 journal we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We recognize and condemn ongoing acts of violence committed against Black people, and acknowledge the significance of this violence. As editors we are invested in change, and seek to offer our literary platform to hear, heed, and uplift Black voices, as well as those of indigenous writers and all people of color. In the service of this effort, we will be dedicating recurring special issues to underrepresented voices, beginning with a special issue celebrating Black, Indigenous, and Voices of Color. The first special issue is scheduled for publication in Fall 2021. We recognize that a contribution to any themed issue creates a more specific call than our general submissions. To encourage entries to these special issues, we will waive the submission fees of any submitter whose work addresses the featured theme. Please click this link to view the submission guidelines for our forthcoming feature issue. 
  • If your work is accepted for publication, you grant Zone 3 First North American serial rights and non-exclusive reprint rights. You also grant Zone 3 the right to display the work or a portion of the work on our website, in its marketing or promotion of the work, and within Zone 3 publications. All other rights remain yours as the sole owner of the work, including the right to offer the work for subsequent publication in a literary anthology.

We look forward to reading your work.

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