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Jul242016

Submission Sunday 7.24.16


The 2016 Texas Observer Short Story Contest is now open for submissions. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and publication in print and online in The Texas Observer. This year’s guest judge is Amelia Gray, author of three story collections and a novel. 

What does Gray look for in a short story? “The best stories have something that needs to be said urgently: now, today, this very moment,” she says. “It's easy to tell when a story has gotten a little old in the writer's mind; rather than presenting a perfect statue from which you've just brushed away the last bits of dust, try unearthing something fresh.”


WILDNESS Call for Submissions 

WILDNESS is an online literary and arts journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers and artists. We publish our online edition every two months. A print anthology will be released once a year.


The Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and Prize in Translation (Deadline August 31 – $1000)

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation for an extra three weeks. In 2016, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

 The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.


Meridian Call for Submissions 

Meridian is a semiannual literary magazine produced at the University of Virginia in conjunction with the university’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, whose students serve as the magazine’s editors. Founded in 1998, Meridian has featured the works of numerous Pulitzer Prize Winners, National Book Award Winners, and established writers including Charles Wright, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Seamus Heaney, Ann Beattie, John Casey, George Garrett, Heather McHugh, Richard Bausch, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Cathy Song, and Eric Pankey. However, as a magazine edited by young writers, we value nothing more than showcasing tomorrow’s talent, often publishing a new author’s first story or poem. So don’t let the big names fool you. We welcome–and carefully read–every submission we receive.

Meridian poetry and prose has appeared in Best American PoetryBest American Short StoriesBest American Essays, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and New Stories from the South. Our stories have also been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize, and our fine authors and poets have gone on to win many awards. Meridian also features regular author interviews, book reviews, photography, and artwork. The magazine’s current print run is about 300 issues, with an additional 2,000 people receiving an ePub version of the magazine.


2016 Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)

FINAL JUDGE: AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL

Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize is now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication. The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

Now in its thirty-eighth year of publication, Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. As a biannual literary review, IR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art. IR is edited and managed by Indiana University graduate students and funded mainly by subscriptions, grants, and partial university support.

Works by contributors to IR have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and reprinted in The Pushcart Prize Anthology: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in Best American Short StoriesBest American Poetry, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Additionally, we are recognized as one of the top 15 most challenging fiction markets by Duotrope.


Thread: A Literary Publication Call for Submissions 

Thread: A Literary Publication publishes short personal essays and photographs by established and emerging writers and photographers. The pieces range in length from 100 to 1800 words for Thread,and 100 words or less for Stitch, a new section featuring flash nonfiction pieces.

Starting in September 2016, Stitch will publish one flash piece a month and in 2017, Thread will move to a two-issue-a-year publishing schedule with a Spring issue (April) and one in Fall (October). We do not publish fiction, short stories or poetry. There are no submission fees. Contributors, including myself, are offering their work for the love of the art and the joy of publication.

Thread covers a variety of themes relating to human experience across the decades; thoughtful, well-told stories from the lives of a diverse range of people.


SmokeLong Quarterly Call for Submissions 

SmokeLong Quarterly was established in 2003 by our founder Dave Clapper. We are dedicated to bringing the best flash fiction to the web on a quarterly basis, whether written by widely published authors or those new to the craft. The term “smoke-long” comes from the Chinese, who noted that reading a piece of flash takes about the same length of time as smoking a cigarette. All the work we publish is precisely that—about a smoke long.

We publish flash fiction that is 1000 words or less. Submissions are open 365 days a year. We never charge reading fees. SmokeLong stories have been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, Best of the WebBest Small Fictions, and Wigleaf Top 50. They have also been anthologized in places such as Norton’s Flash Fiction International and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Flush Fiction. When funding permits, we host a Kathy Fish Fellow and writer-in-residence for emerging writers.


Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program (Deadline July 26)

Hedgebrook (Women Authoring Change) is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.

Our selection process occurs once a year in the fall, with a late July deadline for submissions. Notifications are made by the beginning of December. Through a completely anonymous, three-round process, approximately forty writers are invited for residencies of two weeks to six weeks. Our residency season runs from February through October.

 

Upcoming Deadlines
 

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program (Deadline July 26)
2016 Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
The Texas Observer Sixth Annual Short Story Contest (Deadline August 22 – $1000)
The Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and Prize in Translation (Deadline August 31 – $1000)
The Fourth River Call for Submissions (Theme: Juvenscence – Deadine September 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
apt Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
The Indianola Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)

Sunday
Jul102016

Submission Sunday 7.10.16



Rattle
Poetry Prize
(Deadline July 15 – $10,000)


The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2015 we published 23 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 4,000 entries.

With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and a large Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most inspiring contests around. Past winners have included a retired teacher, a lawyer, and several students. It’s fair, it’s friendly, and you win a print subscription to Rattle even if you don’t win.


Squawk Back Call for Submissions 

We read year round. All first-time submitters will hear back from us within two weeks. Those previously published in Squawk Back will wait a bit longer, as their submissions do, unfortunately, go to the bottom of a pile, owing to that we try very hard to feature new contributors in every issue.

We primarily publish fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We do not publish plays or screenplays, but we may consider monologues. We will consider excerpts from unpublished novels, poetry collections &c, but please do not submit entire books.


Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)

Guest Judge: Anthony Marra, winner of the 2016 National Magazine Award for Fiction. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. It has received every major story award, including the National Magazine Award for Fiction, while publishing today's most promising and significant writers: Mary Gaitskill, David Mamet, Ha Jin, Elizabeth McCracken, Yiyun Li, Don DeLillo, Andrew Sean Greer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Woody Allen, Yoko Ogawa, David Means, Susan Straight, Charles D'Ambrosio, David Bezmozgis, Neil Jordan, and Haruki Murakami among them. 


InfectiveINk Call for Submissions 

InfectiveINk.com is the expansion and consumption of the fiction section at NaughtyGirlx.com. NGX was dedicated to humour and found that the majority of the fiction we rejected was really quite good, but did not meet our humour requirement. Turning away wonderful stories soon became tiresome, and the seed of Infection was born. We would be a repository for all sorts of fiction, all genres and styles - the idea was then warped into something that would keep us compelled long into the future.

Instead of focusing on genre or style, we inspect themes and universes. We hope to release anthologies that read like quirky experimental novels - all based on the same prompt, featuring perhaps the same characters, but with varied genres and styles.


Gigantic Sequins Fifth Annual Flash Fiction & Poetry Contests (Deadline July 15 – $100)

Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. GS was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Philadelphia, and currently lives primarily in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with outposts throughout the US in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, & more. We're known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. 

Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers. We publish two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter. Our all-volunteer staff helps cultivate a space for writing & art that reaches beyond the printed literary arts & into other parts of our neighborhoods. We aim to be the print literary arts journal on your shelf that starts a lasting conversation. You can't dog-ear the best poem in your favorite online literary journal, so support this independent literary arts venture & others like it.


Slice
 magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We're not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. The best way to get a sense of Slice's content is to read the magazine. At the core, Sliceaims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. Along with these pieces, we publish fiction and poetry that isn’t bound by the theme—we simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends. We offer all contributors ofSlice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).

Slice publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by emerging writers who haven't appeared in previous issues of the magazine. This way, we continue to pave space for brand new voices readers may not have encountered yet.


Verse 2016 Tomaž Šalamun Prize (Deadline July 15 – $1000)

The Tomaž Šalamun Prize honors the great Slovenian poet whose work and example inspired several generations of poets around the world. Because Tomaž was especially supportive of emerging poets, the Tomaž Šalamun Prize is open to poets of any age who have published no more than two full-length poetry collections. (Publishing multiple chapbooks or books in other genres is not a disqualification.) 

$1000 plus publication in Verse for a chapbook-length portfolio (20-40 pages) – Judge: Dara Wier

Previous publication is not a requirement. Translations into English are acceptable if the author is still living and has not published more than two full-length collections. Prose poetry and hybrid forms are also acceptable.


The Coachella Review Call for Submissions

Welcome to The Coachella Review—a literary arts journal nestled in the Coachella valley, but with an eye towards writers and readers around the globe. As a vibrant online multimedia magazine, TCR is free to all and aims to showcase the best of what is possible on the web, where visual and auditory arts can coexist with poetry and prose in lively ways that enrich the reader’s interaction with a magazine. Located close to Los Angeles, we also have a keen interest in screenplays and one-act plays, and a relationship with the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Basically, if you can imagine it and make it, we are probably interested in checking it out! Our only criteria is quality. Knock us over, because that’s why we’re here. The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. 



Upcoming Deadlines
Sunday
Jun122016

Submission Sunday 6.12.16


Submission Sunday is taking a summer vacation and will return on Sunday, July 10!

Hardwick Gazette
Essay Contest
(Deadline August 11 – A cornerstone of the fourth estate)

If you have the passion for writing, journalistic integrity, good business acumen, and want the opportunity to pursue the noble profession of being a newspaper publisher in the majestic hills, valleys and mountains of Vermont, this essay contest is for you. 

Grand and only prize: The Hardwick Gazette, located in Hardwick, Vermont.
Entry fee: $175
Essay guidelines: 400 words or less about the entrant’s skills and vision for owning a paid weekly newspaper in the new millennium.

For 127 years, The Hardwick Gazette has been a newspaper of record in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This rural region of New England is full of life, history, character, and citizens who are fierce defenders of democracy and never shy about sharing their opinions. First published in 1889, The Hardwick Gazette was bought by Ross Connelly and his late wife, Susan Jarzyna, in 1986. Ready for retirement, he wants to assure the newspaper lives on by holding this contest to find the new owner.


The Fourth River Call for Submissions (Theme: Juvenscence – Deadine September 1)

The Fourth River 
welcomes submissions that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity—or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.
 
The Fourth River is pleased to announce the submissions call for print Issue 14, due out Spring 2017. The issue will include a themed feature that explores what it means to be young in our environments, whether urban or rural, human-made or natural. With this feature, we hope to emphasize and celebrate the ways in which the place we begin shapes the person we become.
 
For the Juvenescence feature, we are seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork that highlights the experience of being young: of searching, discovering, and learning from, of leaving or settling into our natural and/or human-made worlds. Submission period is July 1st-September 1st. General submissions will also open at this time for prose, poetry, and artwork with a focus on nature and place.


The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize
(Deadline July 31 – $5000)

In 1970, Louise Meriwether published her novel of life in the post–Harlem Renaissance era, Daddy Was a Number Runner. Nearly fifty years later it is still considered a classic. Following Paule Marshall’s 1959 Brown Girl, BrownstonesDaddy Was a Number Runner is one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young black girl as the protagonist. The book inspired the careers of writers like Jacqueline Woodson and Bridgett M. Davis, among many others.

In order to celebrate Meriwether’s achievements and continue her legacy, the Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine to launch a contest seeking the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color.

First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press! Final judges include Tayari Jones and Ana Castillo.


Grist: The Journal for Writers Call for Submissions


A resource for the discussion and demonstration of the writer’s craft, Grist: The Journal for Writers seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established writers. We publish craft essays and interviews as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we want to see the best work you have to offer, regardless of form, style, or subject matter. We prefer writing that is accessible, and experimental work that shows an awareness of what is being subverted and why. We also value fiction and poetry that is aware of the history that has come before it. We read between June 15th and September 15th.


New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in American Fiction Volume 16: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre. $1,750 in prizes for short fiction ($1000 1st Place, $500 2nd, $250 3rd; each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies.). Publication date is set for October 2017. Finalist judge is TBA. Maximum 10,000 words per story. Reading Fee of $16 for each online submission from February 1 to June 15, 2014 at Submittable website. 

After an 11-year pause, New Rivers Press revived its American Fiction anthology series with American Fiction, Volume 11: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, an anthology of stories selected through a national competition. We published Volume 11 in 2010, Volume 12 in 2012, Volume 13 in October of 2014, and Volume 14 in 2015. Volume 13 was 
named winner of the Midwest Independent Publishers Award for Fiction Short Stories/Anthology in 2014. We are currently in production with Volume 15, which will be released in October 2016. The series was originally carried by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group. Past judges have included Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Ray Carver, Wallace Stegner, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Josip Novakovich, Michael White, Elizabeth Strout, and Steve Almond.


Calling the zany, the thought-provoking, the humorous, and the quirky—we want to read your writing! The Offbeat, a literary journal specializing in undisputedly unique works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and sequential art, is accepting submissions. We cater to the bizarre, the whimsical, and the outlandish. Show us writing that falls off the beaten path in an intriguing way!

We ask for different. We DO NOT mean unnecessarily explicit content produced purely for the purpose of being shocking. We are interested in quality. No matter where you come from or what you do, we want to hear from you!


Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Call for Submissions (Special Issue: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! – Deadline June 15)

Welcome to People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! We're looking for original, unpublished fantasy stories of up to 7500 words written by People of Colo(u)r. The stories can be set in this world with fantastical elements or they can take place in another world entirely. Please avoid timeworn cliches like the White Savior, the Magical Negro, and the Woman Who Is Only A Sex Object. Voice matters—we are looking for voices we haven't heard before, rhythms and narrative structures we don't see often enough in fantasy literature. Story matters—take us on a journey. Make sure there's a strong turning point, that the stakes are high. We look forward to reading your work! 


Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest (Deadline July 31 – $500)

Our 2nd annual Unclassifiables contest is open May 1st to July 31st. Challenged by Diaghilev to astonish him (“Etonnez-moi!”), Cocteau responded with an “unclassifiable” ballet: music by Satie, sets and costumes by Picasso, book by himself. The year: 1910. In this age of branding and marketing, can such “unclassifiable” works survive? What is gained—or lost—when boundaries are blurred?

This contest is for unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels. Works of up to 5000 words considered. Judged by Michael Martone.

Arts & Letters is a national literary journal operating out of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts & Letters attracts young, fresh voices as well as established writers, publishing the likes of R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Bret Lott, Maxine Kumin, Sonja Livingston, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby.


Upcoming Deadlines


Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships (Deadline June 15)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award 2016 (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Call for Submissions (Special Issue: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! – Deadline June 15)
2016 New American Press Fiction Prize (Deadline June 24 – $1000 plus publication contract)
Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 
Matrix Magazine / Lit POP Awards (Deadline July 1)
American Chordata Call for Submissions (Deadline July 15)
Fairy Tale Review Prose & Poetry Contest (Deadline July 15 – $1000)
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline July 15 – $2000)
Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest (Deadline July 31 – $500)
The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $5000)
2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)
Proximity Magazine Personal Essay and Narrative Journalism Prizes (Deadline August 1 – $200)
Hardwick Gazette Essay Contest (Deadline August 11 – A cornerstone of the fourth estate)
The Offbeat Flash Fiction/Prose/Creative Nonfiction Contests (Deadline August 15 – $250)

Sunday
May292016

Submission Sunday 5.29.16


The POP Montreal International Music Festival
 and Matrix Magazine have once again collaborated to bring you North America's most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor. Our 2016 judges are Sam Lipsyte (Fiction) and Brenda Shaughnessy (Poetry).

The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 21–25, 2016, a VIP pass to POP Montreal, free accommodation at a hotel, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and will participate in a presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival.


The Wax Paper
 is a broadsheet publication open to all forms of written word, image, and collected conversation. The first priority of The Wax Paper is to expand our understanding of the people we share the world with, and in doing so, expand our understanding of ourselves. Pieces will be selected on their ability to illuminate the humanity and significance of the subjects that inhabit the work.

The Wax Paper was inspired by the life of Louis “Studs” Terkel. Our name is taken after his first radio show, The Wax Museum, a groundbreaking program, emblematic of his democratic fondness of variety, in which arias were played alongside folk ballads. We look to populate The Wax Paper with pieces that share the spirit inherent in Studs’ written work.  Work that required patient observation, remained steadfast in its empathy, and displayed genuine vitality.

Studs Terkel’s voice and the voices he collected are a necessary antidote to the rising flood of overtures and platitudes gushing from advertisers, politicians, corporations, and zealots. Their whispers and broadcasts are often seductive and well-crafted. They tickle our fleeting desires and exploit our fears. The Wax Paper stands in direct opposition to their messages. We will oppose them by publishing pieces created with careful observation, empathy, and vitality.


Fairy Tale Review Prose & Poetry Contest (Deadline July 15 – $1000)

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our third annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Kelly Link will serve as our judge for prose, and Traci Brimhall will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000 and publication in The Translucent Issue, which will be released in 2017. All non-winning submissions will be considered for publication as well. 

Founded in 2005 by Kate Bernheimer, Fairy Tale Review is an annual literary journal dedicated to publishing new fairy tales and to helping raise public awareness of fairy tales as a diverse, innovative art form. Work from Fairy Tale Review has been selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories AnthologyBest New American Voices,Best American Fantasy, and listed as “Notable” in Best American Short Stories, among other honors. Fairy Tale Review is edited by MFA students enrolled in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson.


True Story Call for Submissions

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is pleased to announce that, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’re starting a new monthly magazine, set to debut this fall. Each issue of True Story will feature one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, which will be distributed in print and digitally (though not available online).

Submissions should be between 3,500 and 7,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.


2016 New American Fiction Prize (Deadline June 24 – $1000 plus publication contract)

New American Press is an independent literary publisher committed to bringing readers the best in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations from across the United States and around the world. We believe that books have the potential to offer readers new and compelling visions of being in the world, and we’re committed to bringing those visions to life with careful attention to each book’s design, production, and distribution.

We publish between three and five full-length books each year, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translated works. Annually, we award a New American Fiction Prize and a New American Poetry Prize, each for a full-length book that we publish and tell all our friends about. All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, as well as full-length collections of flash fiction and short-shorts. Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length. Final judge is GINA FRANGELLO, whose forthcoming novel, Every Kind of Wanting, will be released on Counterpoint in September 2016. 



Entropy
Call for Submissions
(Theme: On Weather) 

What does mild weather do to a person? How does weather mirror us? Who are the people who live in the tornado belt? What happens during a long, cold, snowy winter? Where do you find shelter during a torrential rain? When is the first time you saw hail? What was happening that day, that week? How is wind formed and tunneled through mountain passes? What happens when a low pressure system meets a high pressure system? What happens during an El Nino year, a blustery day, a blackout during a heat wave?


Entropy
seeks submissions for a new Sunday series, “On Weather.” We are looking for essays, prose poems, possibly even fiction in which the weather plays a role, either in the forefront or background. While we are open to any style or form, for this particular series we are leaning more toward the essay form.


Nowhere Magazine 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest (Deadline June 1 – $1000)

Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is accepting submissions for the 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine. Up to ten finalists will also be published. Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going… We look forward to reading your work!


Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships
(Deadline June 15)

The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984. Our location--situated along the banks of the Gihon River in the historic village of Johnson, Vermont--was chosen with the intention of fostering creativity through community, collaboration, and quiet reflection supported by the unspoiled beauty of the northern Green Mountains.

Over the last 30 years, VSC has grown to become the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. VSC holds three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. We also offer occasional special fellowships at other times.



Upcoming Deadlines


The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)
Posit: A Journal of Literature and Art Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)
American Short Fiction Contest (Deadline June 1 - $1000)
Lockjaw Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hypertext Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
The Carolina Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hidden River Arts Fiction & Drama Awards (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: #fuckit – Deadline June 1)
Nowhere Magazine 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
The Iowa Review Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships (Deadline June 15)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
2016 New American Fiction Prize (Deadline June 24 – $1000 plus publication contract)
Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 
Matrix Magazine / Lit POP Awards (Deadline July 1)
American Chordata Call for Submissions (Deadline July 15)
Fairy Tale Review Prose & Poetry Contest (Deadline July 15 – $1000)
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline July 15 – $2000)

Saturday
May142016

Submission Sunday 5.15.16



American Short Fiction Contest (Deadline June 1 - $1000)

We are excited to announce that the American Short Fiction Contest is now open for submissions. This year we are honored to have Victor LaValle as our guest judge. All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words.


Issued triannually, American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home. Stories published by American Short Fiction are anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Non-Required ReadingThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere.


Lockjaw Magazine
Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)

To begin, obviously yes of course we want Your Best Work. But mostly we want Your Strange Work, Your Uncertain Work, the thing you made that made you feel differently about yourself for a while after you made it. We want ephemera. Work that feels like ruins. Not unpolished or unfinished due to a lack of effort or resolve, but work that feels like it was finished, was perfect, has since decayed. Work that is both human and alien. Sharp knives, cold water. Beauty under glass. Soft and stark and complex and pitiless, all at the same time. Easy, right? No problem.

We have a strong preference for the experimental and postmodern, though we value clarity and coherence. We like weirdness, but not exclusively for its own sake. Unless the writing is killer. Unless the image is unshakable. Unless the sound won’t get out of our heads. We’re not by any means snobs, but this project isn’t looking for straight science fiction, or romance, or fantasy, or anything that has its own special shelf in a bookstore or label in a record shop. We’re more than happy to suggest other journals that may really want your historical fiction, though.
 


Boulevard
 Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets
 (Deadline June 1 – $1000)

Boulevard's mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer.


The Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers
(Deadline July 15 – $2000)


The Short Story Award for New Writers is open from May 15 – July 15, 2016 and will award $2000 to the winner of the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review by Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini by GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York.

The Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines and submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.


The Carolina Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)

The Carolina Quarterly publishes a variety of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork three times a year. Approximately 1,000 copies are distributed to readers locally and to individual subscribers, public and university libraries, and bookstores in the United States and overseas. Back issues are sold throughout the year. Free online access to the full-text of our issues is available to every UNC student.

The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing established and emergent writers for 65 years. Recent issues have featured the works of Lauri Anderson, James Gordon Bennett, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Sean Bishop, Nicole Terez Dutton, Aaron Gwyn, K.A. Hays, Caitlin Horrocks, Stuart Nadler, Ben Purkert, Valerie Sayers, Ken Taylor, Matthew Volmer, G.C. Waldrep, Jerald Walker, and more. Pieces published in The Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Short Stories.


American Chordata Call for Submissions (Deadline July 15)

American Chordata is a biannual magazine of bright voices in fiction, nonfiction essay, and poetry, as well as art and photography. We are founded on the belief that a good literary magazine can celebrate sophisticated design and earnest expression on the same 5.5 by 8.5 page. We seek work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. 


One Throne Magazine Call for Submissions

One Throne showcases the foremost in writing, which includes all genres and spans all styles. We are open to submissions of unpublished short fiction and creative nonfiction (2,500 words – 7,500 words), and poetry. One Throne does not believe in borders in literature—it’s all one kingdom. Some magazines may talk about publishing the best literary fiction, or the best science fiction, or the best Canadian or American writing, etc. To us, all those borders are totally artificial and we don't respect them whatsoever. Great writing is great writing, regardless of subject matter (in the case of genres) or where the writer comes from, or anything else. The literary world is one kingdom, one throne. Our magazine publishes the best writing from that one kingdom.

We were founded at Dawson City, Yukon in 2014. In our first year, two of our stories were named "Notable" in two Best American anthologies (Best American Essays and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy). Another story was subsequently made into the first chapter of a novel that was bought by HarperCollins India. We've published short stories by two Caine Prize finalists, another short story by a 2014 Shirley Jackson Award finalist, poetry by a Pushcart Prize winner, and poems by each of the joint-winners of the 2015 Brunel African Poetry Prize. We pride ourselves on probably being the most diverse literary magazine on the planet. Most of our issues carry writing from at least three continents, with women and minority groups equitably represented. Beauty is also important to us, and every poem or story is accompanied by its own dedicated art.


2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)

The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers, who are isolated from the literary establishment, with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. By the end of the Emerging Voices Fellowship, a writer will leave with:

• Seven months of guidance from a professional mentor and written notes on their current writing project.
• An author photo and bio.
• A logline—the small summation of the project in progress.
• A clear action plan for finishing their project.
• Writing life, and craft tips, and advice from notable authors.
• An editing guide from a professional copy editor.
• Insider knowledge of publishing from agents, publishers, and editors.
• Submission guide for literary journals, agents, residencies, and fellowships.
• Improved reading technique from a professional voice coach.
• Public reading experience for a variety of audiences.



Upcoming Deadlines


Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $1000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Joy – Deadline May 16)
Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest (Deadline May 18 – $100)
The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)
Posit: A Journal of Literature and Art Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)
American Short Fiction Contest (Deadline June 1 - $1000)
Lockjaw Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hypertext Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
The Carolina Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hidden River Arts Fiction & Drama Awards (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: #fuckit – Deadline June 1)
The Iowa Review Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 

Sunday
May012016

Submission Sunday 5.1.16



The Los Angeles Review
Call for Submissions
(Theme: #fuckit – Deadline June 1)

The Los Angeles Review, a semi-annual literary journal established in 2003, is the voice of Los Angeles, and the voice of the nation. With its multitude of cultures, Los Angeles roils at the center of the cauldron of divergent literature emerging from the West Coast. Perhaps from this place something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 21st century. 
The theme for Vol. 21 is: #fuckit. Forget thinking outside of the box, we want you to #fuckit. Screw it, break it, Tweet it, or simply walk away. This theme moves sexuality away from physicality, where words do not always represent their actions. So give us your best go, and remember, it’s not always about sex. There is more than one way to #fuckit.

december magazine was founded in Iowa City in 1958 by a group of poets, writers, and artists who declared, “We are humanists…far more concerned with people than dogmatic critical or aesthetic attitudes.” december was a pioneer in the “little” magazine and small press movement, publishing cutting-edge fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art. By 1962, the founding editors had left Iowa City; one of them, Jeff Marks, took december to Chicago and turned it over to Curt Johnson, an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Johnson edited and published december for the next 46 years until his death in 2008.

Before Johnson died, he extracted a promise from Craig Sautter, one of his friends and co-authors, to find someone to carry ondecember’s legacy. That promise led to Gianna Jacobson, a journalist-turned-fiction writer, who acquired the assets ofdecember in late 2012. She plans to carry on Johnson’s mission – publishing exceptional, thought-provoking poetry, prose, and art; championing the work of unheralded writers and artists and celebrating fresh work from seasoned voices; and promoting and advocating for december’s writers in the literary and general communities.

december has a distinguished legacy of publishing the early work of little-known writers and artists, many of whom became major literary figures, including Donald Barthelme, Marvin Bell, Stephen Berg, Rita Mae Brown, Raymond Carver, Stephen Dunn, Donald Hall, Michael Harper, Donald Justice, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, Joyce Carol Oates, Marge Piercy, William Stafford, C.K. Williams, Charles Wright, and James Wright.


TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics
 is a national and international journal of creative and critical writing. The mission is to discover, support, and publish poems and other writing and art about poetry; to provide a forum in which the poetic tradition is practiced, extended, challenged, and discussed by emerging and established voices; and to encourage wide appreciation of poetry.

TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics publishes original poems, critical and creative essays about poetry and poetics, book reviews, and interviews. T
AB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics strives to represent a wide range of poetry and poetics and publish the best of what comes across our digital transom.


Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature.

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by 
The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter. 

Barrelhouse Books is seeking its next full-length work of prose. We’re open to novels, memoirs, short story collections, essay collections, or hybrid prose forms. There are no particular style restrictions. We tend to like books that are character-driven and intelligent. Books that push boundaries. Books that challenge rather than placate their readers. Books that embrace complication. Books that make us feel things. Books with an honest, singular vision.

But it’s kind of like dating, you know? We could write up a whole list of likes and dislikes, triangulate our taste preferences, but at the end of the day there’s a certain amount of chemistry involved, a certain amount of magic. At the end of the day we want what everyone wants: to fall in love.


THE WHITE REVIEW Call for Submissions

THE WHITE REVIEW is a quarterly arts journal published in print and online. The current print issue is available to buy in bookshops and via the website, or by subscription. The website is updated with new, usually web-only content in the first week of each month.

The journal was conceived as an arts and literary journal specialising in artistically or educationally meritorious works of new or emerging artists and writers. Its aim is the promotion of the arts and literature and of advancing education in arts and literature. It takes its name and a degree of inspiration from LA REVUE BLANCHE, a Parisian magazine which ran from 1889 to 1903. 

We are open to publishing work unconstrained by form, subject or genre with the proviso that it be seriously minded and accessible to a non-specialised readership, with an emphasis on contemporary arts and literature. We are an arts and literature magazine but are interested in all the various fields of human endeavour: law, finance, architecture, music, science, sociology etc. Academic submissions are not encouraged.


Literary Orphans
Call for Submissions 

The writing on Literary Orphans is a mood more than a style. It’s the nervous glances back at your apartment when you go for a walk without your cell phone. It’s the nostalgia you have for squeaking cassette tapes and Soviet ICBMs. It’s an analog dream in a digital era. The writing on Literary Orphans is an exorcism of the mind of its contributors, and reading the work here is putting up your fists and getting confrontational with solitude–solitude in a world where neon signs are out and LCD billboards are in, a world where you can’t think for following because everyone is doing all the thinking for you.

The primary mission of Literary Orphans is to function as a collaborative writing and arts platform, designed to present original literary work of quality, illuminated by cutting-edge photography and art, to as large of an audience as possible.

Our secondary mission is to provoke and expand the minds of our audience through both textual and visual means; celebrating individualism with a belief that such exposure will instigate a flowering of personal agency and along with it, contribute to new and progressive understandings of social diversity across geographic spaces.


The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)

The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction is looking to unearth new, audacious, authentic and/or inauthentic voices from both Australia and the world.

This prize seeks work that is unlike any other. We want to hear from writers we’ve never read before, and we want writers we already know and love to challenge themselves to create work unlike any they’ve previously produced.

What is ‘experimental non-fiction’? A basic definition is that like all non-fiction it is writing based on facts, real events and real people with the aim of communicating information, truth and meaning — but that it tries to do so using unorthodox form, or style, or voice, or point-of-view, or etc. The best pieces of experimental non-fiction are those in which any unorthodox element adds to the meaning and authenticity of the subject matter.

Submissions to this prize need to be able to be read on the printed page. We applaud the current focus and fascination with boundary-pushing non-fiction that is published online, but we still believe there’s scope to further experiment on the page, using facts, maybe-facts, words from life, journals, journalism, collage, theory, photography, illustration, tricks, arguments, etc. The essay, as the end of experience, is a malleable form, and we want to celebrate that with this prize.

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Fugue Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Identity – Deadline May 1)
Assay Call for Submissions (Theme: Best American Essays – Deadline May 1)
Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Awards in Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $1000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Joy – Deadline May 16)
Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest (Deadline May 18 – $100)
The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)
Posit: A Journal of Literature and Art Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)
Hypertext Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hidden River Arts Fiction & Drama Awards (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: #fuckit – Deadline June 1)
The Iowa Review Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 

 

Sunday
Apr172016

Submission Sunday 4.17.16


Hypertext Magazine opened its virtual doors in 2010. Our editors live all over the United States – from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles and Dallas. We think of ourselves as small but scrappy as hell (but we think a lot of things that may or may not be true). Most of our editors cut their fictional teeth in the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, nurtured by dedicated professors and an innovative teaching approach – an approach that celebrates diverse voices and caters to alternative learning styles – developed by John Schultz (Story Workshop).

We’ve published writers from all over the globe and we’re currently looking for folks whose writing presents the world in new and startling ways. We want to see writers take chances, push forms. In fiction and essays, we’re looking for stories with a whole lot of life pumping through them, stories from and about all ages and types of people, stories that change the way we view the world. We’re looking for carefully crafted writing that amazes and inspires.

In addition to fiction, essays, and interviews, Hypertext is looking for serial fiction, graphic novels, and editorial cartoons. If you have ideas for any of these forms, just email us and your idea will be considered. We’ve left this pretty open-ended. That’s how Hypertext feels right now. It’s evolving. It’s not perfect. And we hope it stays that way.


PEN Center USA WeHo Writing Craft Scholarships (Deadline April 18)

PEN Center USA will award WeHo Writing Craft Scholarships, to three writers who are residents of West Hollywood. Participants must apply and will be selected based on the strength of their writing sample and their short answer responses.

The Scholarship Includes:

  • Eight-week Master Class in fiction/nonfiction
  • Three one-day PEN Center USA Craft Sessions
  • A one-on-one editing session with a professional editor
  • Participate in a culminating final reading held at Book Soup

Eligibility:

  • You must be a resident of West Hollywood
  • Over 21 years old
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Must fulfill all scholarship components

Narrative Jazz will be a branded series of Creative Nonfiction/Narrative Nonfiction books for young adults (age 13+), developed by book publisher Jess M. Brallier, with plans to publish the first of many books in Spring 2018 with a major house.

The list will be diverse, including its authors, subjects, and readers.  Narrative Jazz is currently soliciting pitches for 200-page (50-60,000 words) books of the widest range, including memoirs, history, science, contemporary issues, etc.  Imagine, for example, books such as Unbroken, Wild, Stiff, Without a Map, My Lesbian Husband, Soldier Girls, etc., written for the YA reader.


Silver Birch Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Nancy Drew (Deadline April 30)

Since her 1930 appearance in The Secret of the Old Clock, amateur sleuth Nancy Drew has inspired generations of girls — including this one — with her moxie, intelligence, determination, but most of all independence. After 86 years, Nancy Drew is as popular as ever — with avid fans around the world.

Let’s celebrate this female icon and role model with the NANCY DREW ANTHOLOGY: A Collection of Poetry, Prose, Art & Photography Featuring Everyone’s Favorite Female Sleuth. WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by Nancy Drew.


Opossum: A Literary Marsupial Call for Submissions
 

OPOSSUM is a literary magazine animated by music. We live on the internet and aspire to the printed page and pressed vinyl. SOON! Send us your stories, poems, and essays, your work pulsing with beats, haunted by melodies. We pay $250 for short stories and essays, and $100 for poems and flash fiction and non-fiction.

Why OPOSSUM? In November, 2015, after the flood waters of October had passed, as we were thinking out how to do this thing, John Edgar had a dream in his bed in San Marcos, TX, that he was representing a magazine called OPOSSUM on the book fair floor of a well known literary conference. The next day, in Portland, OR, Jon Ross opened an old cookbook at random to a recipe for Baked Opossum. Subsequently, a majestically large Opossum moved into the woods behind John Edgar’s house, and Jon Ross’s cat, Kiki, began spending her nights surveilling a ghostlike creature who’d moved in under his porch. Opossums love persimmons. The rest is history.


Queen Mob's Tea House Short Story Contest (Deadline April 25) 

Queen Mob’s Teahouse is looking for work for our first short story contest. The theme is With(out) Salvation. Write about: gods, adventure, growth, hope, lost dreams, the future, the past, redemption or despair. But don’t feel limited. Stories pushing the boundaries of narrative form are welcome; queerness is encouraged; challenge our notion of what salvation can even be.

The winner will be published in Queen Mob’s Teahouse as well as in Berfrois and receive a cash prize. Second and third prize will be publication in Queen Mob’s Teahouse. All submissions will be considered for publication in Queen Mob’s Teahouse.


The Indianola Review
Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)

We are a quarterly print journal with a mission: To produce a great product, promote well-wrought, important, and entertaining literature, and, above all, to provide an accessible, writer-friendly platform. We understand how difficult it is, as writers, to navigate the literary realm—in a world of increasingly common "submission fees," lengthy response times, and standardized declines, The Indianola Review is setting itself apart from the pack. We don't charge for standard submissions and never will, nor will we send you emails asking for money. If writers pay us for submissions, using our premium categories, we'll provide unheard of benefits—such as 48-hour response windows for poetry, and 96-hour responses for prose. We offer feedback as time allows, and offer guaranteed feedback on ALL contest submissions. We will always pay our writers, writers we discover from our submissions pool, not from our list of friends or back-room solicitations. We offer competitive compensation to our contributors, and our number-one priority as we grow is to put ourselves in a position to offer pro-paying rates. The Indianola Review exists to serve writers and provide a valuable and worthwhile literary experience.


Hidden River Arts Fiction & Drama Awards
(Deadline June 1 – $1000)

An annual prize of $1,000 from Hidden River Arts, a literary arts organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be given in the following categories: (1) to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt (2) the best unproduced full-length play.

The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award
Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified. All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel, and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work. Submissions of excerpts without a synopsis and outline will be disqualified.

The Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award
Eligible: Any previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play. (And yes, full-length musical plays are also accepted!)




Upcoming Deadlines


PEN Center USA WeHo Writing Craft Scholarships (Deadline April 18)
Narrative Jazz Call for YA Nonfiction Pitches (Deadline April 20)
Queen Mob's Tea House Short Story Contest (Deadline April 25)
Ninth Letter's 2016 Literary Awards (Deadline April 29 – $1000) 
Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Silver Birch Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Nancy Drew (Deadline April 30)
Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)
Sarabande Books 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline April 30 – $2000)
Fugue Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Identity – Deadline May 1)
Assay Call for Submissions (Theme: Best American Essays – Deadline May 1)
Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Awards in Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $1000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Joy – Deadline May 16)
Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest (Deadline May 18 – $100)
Posit: A Journal of Literature and Art Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Apr032016

Submission Sunday 4.3.16


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Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (Deadline May 1 – $1000)

Named for the late David Nathan Meyerson (1967-1998), a therapist and talented writer who died before he was able to show to the greater world the full fruits of his literary potential, the prize consists of $1,000 and publication in SWR. With the generous support of Marlene, Marti, and Morton Meyerson, the award will continue to honor David Meyerson's memory by encouraging and taking notice of other writers of great promise.

Begun in 1915 and located on the campus of Southern Methodist University,  Southwest Review is the third oldest, continuously published literary quarterly in the United States. Selections from  Southwest Review have been reprinted in volumes of The O. Henry Prize StoriesThe Pushcart PrizeThe Best American Short StoriesThe Best American EssaysThe Best American PoetryNew Stories from the South, and elsewhere.


Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions
(Theme: Joy – Deadline May 16)

Too often the moments that move us to write are bleak ones—stories of loss, hardship, or learning through painful interactions. For this issue we’re looking for well-crafted narratives that explore the brighter moments in life, those that teach and enlighten us through their beauty or humor.

Your tale of joy need not revolve around ecstatic delight or a once-in-a-lifetime moment; we are equally interested in thoughtfully-written pieces about finding pleasure in small things or unexpected places, and in works that highlight moments of joy in the midst of otherwise difficult circumstances. We also welcome less common approaches to this topic: the science of happiness, the history of some particularly joyful event, pop-cultural manifestations of bliss, and so on.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. They should approach the topic of joy sincerely—we’re not looking for a bitter or ironic take on happiness—but should at the same time avoid sentimental, uncomplicated “feel-good” stories. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.


Isthmus Call for Submissions
 

Isthmus is a print journal of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry published biannually in Seattle, Washington. Our goal is to produce a thoughtful, memorable reading experience that showcases a range of styles and perspectives. We hope to bring a little of Seattle to the world and a little of the rest of the world to Seattle.


Full Frontal's Mentorship Program (Deadline April 10) 

Our intention with this mentorship program is to open up the process to people who have traditionally been excluded from writers' rooms by unconscious or deliberate bias. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a weekly late-night comedy series hosted by Samantha Bee, formerly the longest-serving correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Full Frontal offers a unique satirical take on weekly news and explores other important stories in-depth that have been largely overlooked by more traditional media outlets.


Assay Call for Submissions (Theme: Best American Essays – Deadline May 1)

2016 is the 30th anniversary of the Best American Essays series and we can’t think of a better gift than attention paid to this institution that forms so much of who we are as a genre. Essay Daily started things off so well with their Advent project in December—and if you haven’t checked it out, you’ll want to. Best American Essays, as a literary series and foundational element of our genre, is such a rich source of conversation. As we also celebrate BAE’s anniversary and Nick’s project, we will devote a section of the magazine in both 3.1 (Fall 2016) and 3.2 (Spring 2017) to interrogating BAE as the standard-bearer of the genre, the pedagogy of teaching with it, analysis of individual pieces, and any other place creativity strikes.

We’re looking for full scholarly articles, we’re looking for informal discussions, we’re looking for pedagogical theory, lesson plans, assignments, and more. The introductions to BAE have long been considered the beginnings of nonfiction theory–where does that put us as a genre? If you’re not sure what you’re working on is something we’d be interested in, please ask us!


Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review are pleased to announce the inception of a brand new bi-annual award series. A prize of $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review will be given to four authors each issue for exceptional writing in each genre.

The Los Angeles Review, a semi-annual literary journal established in 2003, is the voice of Los Angeles, and the voice of the nation. With its multitude of cultures, Los Angeles roils at the center of the cauldron of divergent literature emerging from the West Coast. Perhaps from this place something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 21st century.


Poetry Magazine Call for Submissions

Poetry regularly presents new work by the most recognized poets, but its primary commitment is still to discover new voices. In recent years, over a third of the poets published have been new to the magazine. Annual translation issues deepen readers’ engagement with foreign-language poetry, and regular Q&A features present conversations with poets about their work. Poetry is also known for its enlivening “Comment” section, featuring book reviews, essays, notebooks, and “The View from Here” column, which highlights artists and professionals from outside the poetry world writing about their experience of poetry. 


Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Writers Workshops (July 25–August 1, 2016 – Deadline April 12)

These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences. The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscripts, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in individual conferences. Nonfiction or memoir submissions should be in a narrative form. Travel, self-help, how-to, and scholarly works will not be considered. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines


The Carson McCullers Center Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers (Columbus, GA – Deadline April 1) 
Full Frontal's Mentorship Program (Deadline April 10) 
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Writers Workshops (July 25–August 1, 2016 – Deadline April 12)
New Ohio Review Call for Submissions and 2016 Prizes (Deadline April 15)
Proximity Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Reunion – Deadline April 15)
Ninth Letter's 2016 Literary Awards (Deadline April 29 – $1000) 
Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)
Sarabande Books 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline April 30 – $2000)
Fugue Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Identity – Deadline May 1)
Assay Call for Submissions (Theme: Best American Essays – Deadline May 1)
Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Awards in Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $1000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Joy – Deadline May 16)
Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest (Deadline May 18 – $100)
Posit: A Journal of Literature and Art Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Mar202016

Submission Sunday 3.20.16

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Fiction Attic Press Call for Anthology Submissions

Seeking great stories for our forthcoming anthology, Tall Tales: Weird & Wonderful Stories From Fiction Attic Press. Sure, we like realism, but for this anthology, we are looking for stories that surprise and delight us, stories that take us somewhere completely unexpected. Think Julio Cortazar, Ursula LeGuin, Kelly Link, George Saunders…and you!

Stories should be between 1500 and 5,000 wordsThe winning story will receive $50 and publication. All stories will be considered for publication in the anthology. (We will be publishing a total of 20 stories). See also the Flash Fiction, First Novel, and Debut Story Collection contests.


Florida Review 2016 Editors' Awards (Deadline March 31 – $1000)

Welcome to The Florida Review, the literary journal published twice yearly by the University of Central Florida. Our artistic mission is to publish the best poetry and prose written by the world's most exciting emerging and established writers. 


Literary Orphans Call for Submissions 

The primary mission of Literary Orphans is to function as a collaborative writing and arts platform, designed to present original literary work of quality, illuminated by cutting-edge photography and art, to as large of an audience as possible.

Our secondary mission is to provoke and expand the minds of our audience through both textual and visual means; celebrating individualism with a belief that such exposure will instigate a flowering of personal agency and along with it, contribute to new and progressive understandings of social diversity across geographic spaces.

Literary Orphans has its roots as a short fiction and art magazine, and within that Derridean binary, fiction comes first. Yeah. If we're forced to pick sides we'd leave art on the Titanic, but we'd still love it, too; really, and we'd have horribly bad nightmares while we spent a blissful life raising fiction up to be an astronaut. 


Ninth Letter's 2016 Literary Awards (Deadline April 29 – $1000) 

Ninth Letter is pleased to announce our fourth annual Literary Awards competition! We'll be accepting entries from March 4, 2016 to April 29, 2016 for our Literary Awards in three categories: Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction. The winner selected in each category will receive a $1000 prize and publication in our Fall/Winter 2016-17 issue (vol. 13, no. 2).

Ninth Letter is a collaborative arts and literary project produced by the Graduate Creative Writing Program and School of Art & Design at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Edited and designed by faculty and students as part of the core curricula of both programs, the journal's mission is to present original literary writing of exceptional quality, illuminated by cutting-edge graphic design. Our electronic version, based here at ninthletter.com, exists as a complement to our print publication rather than as a digital replica. In addition to providing information about about our journal and our educational mission, this site also features original digital art, as well as audio and video podcasts of material related both to the print publication and to arts and humanities events in Urbana-Champaign and the surrounding region.


Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Writing Competition
(Deadline March 31 – $250)

Carrot Ranch Communications and the Congress of Rough Writers invite you to participate in a flash fiction competition where everyone wins. "Four Paws for Noah" is a fundraiser for Noah Ainslie, a nine-year-old boy with Autism who is in the process of receiving a service dog. Appa, Noah’s dog friend, will ease Noah’s transitions from subject to subject, space to space and improve his access to the joys of childhood through anxiety intervention. All submission fees directly support Noah and Appa on their journey through a better life together. You can read more about this dynamic duo on their GoFundMe page.

The first prize winner of this competition will receive $250 to grease their pockets, publication on the Carrot Ranch Communications website as well as publication in the newly launched Carrot Ranch e-newsletter. Two runners up will also be selected for publication and public praise.


Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)

Hourglass Literary Magazine is an annual and bilingual magazine which is being published in print and digital form in English as well as the languages of the region (BCMS).

The magazine’s annual contest calls for participation by authors writing in English and in the BCMS languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, and Montenegro. The contest is international in format, and there are no geographical restrictions so long as the submissions are in one of the languages specified.

We want to achieve intercultural mélange, first and foremost literary, that is: we will pose a series of questions on the pages of Hourglass Literary Magazine, such as: what are poetics and formal solutions and (pre)dominant themes of authors who write in English, that is languages ​​of the region (BCMS)?! What remained of post-modernism, textual acrobatics and semantic gymnastics (John Barth, Robert Coover, Ronald Sukenick etc.)? “Return to tradition”? How “Beat” generation echoes in works of contemporary writers? From Borges, through the novel and the emergence of the novel In Cold Blood by Truman Capote to Danilo Kis – interpolation? Where do we write from? What do we write about when we write about love?


Proximity Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Reunion – Deadline April 15)

For its 11th issue, Proximity is looking for true stories that explore the theme of REUNION, in personal essays, images, reportage, and multimedia. REUNION, n: the act of two or more people coming together after a separation; the process of being brought together again as a unified whole. 

To reunite can be an act of homecoming, reconnection, or reconciliation. We’re looking for true stories that explore reunions among people, reunions of ideas, personal reunions of belief or identity. We’re seeking a diverse collection of true stories that approach the theme of REUNION from diverse and creative perspectives, and we encourage nonfiction storytelling in a wide range of forms. Do you have a REUNION story to share? We want to read it (or see it, or take a listen).


Proximity Magazine Personal Essay and Narrative Journalism Prizes (Deadline August 1 – $200)

As we prepare for Issue 12, we are celebrating our third year of publication with the launch of Proximity’s annual contest. Out of respect (and love) for the wide spectrum of creative nonfiction, we’ve decided to split this contest in two, affording us the opportunity to recognize the best in both personal and documentary storytelling. We’re pleased to announce the following two prizes and their judges: Paul Lisicky and Bronwen Dickey.

Prize Issue Theme: INSIDE | OUT

Who is inside and who is outside? This is a question that can resonate for writers on every level: the literary, the social, the political. A respected poetry anthology grapples with an insider who controversially poses as an outsider. An American presidential election is awash in words like ‘walls,’ ‘them’, ‘us.’ Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to reach new countries by boat, by foot, by whatever means, unwanted and unsafe in both their homes and their destinations.

We’re interested in true stories that push our understanding of what it means to be INSIDE and what it means to be OUTside. Where do you feel IN and where do you feel OUT, and what does this even mean? Show us where you’re lost, you’re unknown, you’re on the outside looking in–or deep-dive into spaces in which you’re deeply known but can see the barriers that creates for others. We’re not looking for perfect pictures; we’re looking for authentic and complex portraits of personal experiences being INSIDE | OUT in America and beyond. Take us inside issues, cultures, and sub-culture; push and play with form; find unique ways into unique subjects.

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Florida Review 2016 Editors' Awards (Deadline March 31 – $1000)
The James Franco Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Writing Competition (Deadline March 31 – $250)
The Masters Review Anthology Awards for New Writers (Deadline March 31 – $500)
The Carson McCullers Center Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers (Columbus, GA – Deadline April 1) 
New Ohio Review Call for Submissions and 2016 Prizes (Deadline April 15)
Proximity Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Reunion – Deadline April 15)
Ninth Letter's 2016 Literary Awards (Deadline April 29 – $1000) 
Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)
Sarabande Books 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline April 30 – $2000)

Saturday
Mar052016

Submission Sunday 3.6.16

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The Carson McCullers Center Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers (Columbus, GA – Deadline April 1) 

Named in honor of Carson's parents, The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers was inspired by McCullers' experience at the Breadloaf Writer's Conference in Vermont and, especially, the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York. To honor the contribution of these writers' residences to McCullers' work, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to spend time in McCullers' childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to dedicate to their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities.

The Marguerite and Lamar Fellowship for Writers will be offered for the fall semester of 2016, the fellowship to begin the first of September and to end the first of December. During this period of time, the Smith/McCullers Fellow will reside in a spacious private apartment in Carson McCullers' childhood home, the Smith-McCullers House. The Fellow will be provided with a stipend of $5000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. Fellowship recipients will be required to introduce or advance their work through reading or workshop/forum presentations. The Fellow will work with the McCullers Center Director to plan a presentation near the end of the residency. 


Redivider
Beacon Street Prize
(Deadline April 30 – $1000)

Redivider is a nationally distributed journal of new art and literature produced by and representing the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston. Published twice a year, we welcome art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from new, emerging, and established artists and writers. Redivider strives to showcase the very best previously unpublished art and literature we can find; to actively engage the broader literary community, and to support and nurture that community in our pages and beyond; to welcome and serve historically underrepresented voices, including those marginalized due to class, gender, race, and sexuality; and, above all, to give good art and literature a good home.

We launched the Beacon Street Prize in 2012, in honor of our 10th anniversary, and writers and readers responded with such enthusiasm that we now hold it annually. Welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the 2016 contest will open February 15 and close April 30. The $20 entry fee includes a complementary one-year print subscription to 
Redivider, and will qualify each short story, essay, or poem $1,000 each and publication in Issue 14.1 (our Winter 2016 issue).


apt Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)

apt is a literary journal featuring challenging writing that combines the cerebral and the visceral. We published twenty-four online issues between 2005-2010. In 2011, we moved to an hybrid print/online format. We publish work online every week and a print issue every winter/spring. 

Our journal is not called apartment. Nor is it an acronym. Please don’t call it apartment magazine. Please don’t call it ay-pee-tee. We chose the name apt for its definition: 1/appropriate or suitable in the circumstances (i.e., apropos), 2/quick to learn (i.e., astute) 3/having a tendency to do something (i.e., likely to enact change). Further, we don’t capitalize the name. We won’t stand on ceremony about it if you capitalize the name, but if you’re asking for our preference, we prefer it lowercase.


Sarabande Books 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline April 30 – $2000)

Stacy D’Erasmo is judging our 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. The prize includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract. 

Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. First titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all.


New Ohio Review Call for Submissions and 2016 Prizes (Deadline April 15)

New Ohio Review is a publication of Ohio University's Creative Writing Program.

We accept literary submissions in any genre; however we do not accept unsolicited translations. We do not reprint previously published work. Our reading periods are September 15th to December 15th, and January 15th to April 15th, but we will consider work year-round from subscribers.

New Ohio Review’s contributors receive a payment of $10/page for prose and $15/page for poetry, $30 minimum, in addition to two copies of the issue and a one-year subscription.


Ploughshares
Emerging Writer's Contest
(Deadline May 15 – $1000)

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. Over the years, Ploughshares has helped launch the careers of great writers like Edward P. Jones, Sue Miller, Mona Simpson, Tim O’Brien, and many more. 

In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $1,000 and publication in the literary journal.  We consider writers “emerging” if they have not published or self-published a book.


Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 

Judge: Kiki Petrosino

Introducing our first annual single poem contest.  $2,000 for the winning poem, plus 25 original limited edition broadsides and publication in Rabbit Catastrophe Review. Finalists may also be published in RCR. Send up to three (30 line limit for each individual poem) REAL GOOD POEMS. A fee of $20 includes a one year subscription to Rabbit Catastrophe Review. It also includes you in the RabCat community. All members receive feedback on their regular, non-contest submissions to RCR.

Rabbit Catastrophe Press in dedicated to publishing writers marginalized from mainstream literary communities. If you are queer, of color, trans, differently abled, or otherwise commonly excluded, we encourage you to submit. Any optional, personal information is welcome in your cover letter and will be kept confidential. While our goal is to find and celebrate an exceptional poem, we want to make it clear that Rabbit Catastrophe is a welcoming place for all writers.


Juniper Summer Writing Institute Scholarships and Grants (Amherst, MA – Deadline March 15)

Every summer, the Juniper Institute gathers a community of writers to explore the creative process and develop new approaches to the craft of writing. Hosted by the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Juniper is a weeklong immersion in the writer’s life, June 19-26, 2016. It is time out for you and your writing, time for wild invention, and to become part of a diverse community of acclaimed and emerging writers from all walks of life.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is an inclusive literary space that welcomes adult writers from different genres at all stages of their careers. Acceptance to the Institute is based upon the strength and promise of the writing sample.

The Institute awards five work-study* scholarships of 50% tuition remission, several sponsored scholarships in the amount of $500 (each offered by one of our wonderful literary scholarship sponsors), and one full tuition scholarship sponsored by The Valley Advocate. We especially encourage applicants of diverse life experiences and backgrounds, and those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage or discrimination.



Upcoming Deadlines


The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Position (Orlando, FL – Deadline March 13)
Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Deadline March 15)
Fourth Genre 2016 Steinberg Essay Prize (Deadline March 15)
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)
The Missouri Review 9th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)
Juniper Summer Writing Institute Scholarships and Grants (Amherst, MA – Deadline March 15)
Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)
Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
The James Franco Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
The Masters Review Anthology Awards for New Writers (Deadline March 31 – $500)
The Carson McCullers Center Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers (Columbus, GA – Deadline April 1) 
New Ohio Review Call for Submissions (Deadline April 15)
Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)
Sarabande Books 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline April 30 – $2000)

Sunday
Feb212016

Submission Sunday 2.21.15

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Glimmer Train
Short Story Award for New Writers
 (Deadline February 29 – $2500)

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train Stories is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small PressesNew Stories from the MidwestThe PEN/O. Henry Prize StoriesNew Stories from the SouthBest of the WestNew Stories from the Southwest, and Best American Short Stories. This handsome triannual continues to actively champion emerging writers. Forty percent of all the stories presented in the last year were their authors' first stories accepted for print publication. We know how much goes into writing a story you care about, and it is our great pleasure to read your work. Glimmer Train tries to set the bar for treating writers with respect.


Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego (Deadline March 1)

Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim. The list of distinguished Clarion alumni includes Ed Bryant, Octavia Butler, Bob Crais, Cory Doctorow, George Alec Effinger, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Martha Soukup, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and many others.

Clarion participants are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers and who submit writing samples with an application. Some have already been published. Though most come from the United States, students from countries worldwide frequently participate. Clarion students range in age from late teens to those in mid-career, and represent a wide variety of academic and working backgrounds.


The James Franco Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)

This project is about visibility of underrepresented artists and narratives. Not JF.
We have a desire for diverse literature and are questioning literary journals and the publishing industry. What happens when work is considered blindly? What happens when editors are asked to question where their tastes came from?

It seems to us at The James Franco Review, that more needs to be done than just make a commitment to diversity. We need to reimagine literary spaces. The whole publishing system needs to be queered. So a queer living in Seattle took that on and a roving cast of editors help run with it.


Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction was established in 2004 in memory of Liza Nelligan, a writer, editor, and friend of many in Colorado State University’s English Department, where she received her master’s degree in literature in 1992. By giving an award to the author of an outstanding short story each year, we hope to honor Nelligan’s life, her passion for writing, and her love of fiction. The Nelligan Prize is offered annually. The winner receives a $2,000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review.


Little Patuxent Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)

Little Patuxent Review (LPR) is a biannual print journal with an associated blog, featuring writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The mission of LPR Enterprises, Inc. is to promote the tradition of literary and visual arts by creating a spirited magazine, website and social media presence that reflects and draws upon the creativity and diversity of the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, as well as promoting the literary and visual arts throughout community and educational venues.


Luna Luna Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Relationships & Love – Deadline March 1)

Luna Luna Magazine is a hybrid lifestyle magazine, dreamer's diary and arts journal. While we regularly publish features, essays and interviews on everything from sexuality and witchcraft to career and body positivity, we are intrinsically dedicated to featuring the literary and visual arts. Our content is divided into the light, the dark, and general lifestyle.

Here, readers can indulge in their good and bad sides, in the quiet conversations, the confessions, the uncomfortable, the indulgent and the beautiful. We aim to capture everything that makes our world so powerful: beauty, light, nuance, oddities, opulence, magic and desire.


Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest
(Deadline May 18 – $100)

We’re thrilled to announce Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by the inimitable Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. LDM SF, Ep. 4 champion). The winner will receive $1,000. The two runners-up (runner-ups?) will receive $100. (It's runners-up, by the way.) All finalists will be invited to read at LDM events near where they live. We've created this contest for two reasons:

1. Our live events average 10,000 attendees annually. We want these people leaving our around-the-globe shows with award-winning stories they're certain to read. (Everyone can spare 250 words worth of reading.)

2. LDM is in the midst of a pivot. We're hell bent on creating brilliant content beyond our live shows. This contest will serve as a fundraiser and any proceeds beyond the prize money and printing fees will go towards build LDM's new web site, and help us create digital content for all the world to see. 

The rules are simple: write a story that is no longer than 250 words. You're thinking: but my story is 263 words long! That's okay, right? Nope. It won't fit on the bookmark. 250, please! (Though if your story is perfect and it's 255, we'll see what we can do with the kerning.)


Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Deadline March 15)

As part of the residency program (May 24 – July 12, 2016), each artist is invited to live in one of fives homes that are nestled on 5 acres surrounded by the panoramic mountain views. Adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, where the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet, each home provides quiet seclusion. The region, know for its strange Joshua Trees and giant rock formations called Inselbergs, is a land of surprising variety and complexity; it is a land of extreme fragility. To the close observer, a tiny flower bud or the lizard's frantic dash reveals this desert as a place of beauty and life.

All 2016 chosen artists will receive a scholarship/stipend to be used to deter costs of participating in the program. The residency provides studio spaces and accommodations; scholarship funds can be used toward other expenses such as art materials, transportation, food, etc. Depending on available scholarship funds, 2016 scholarships will amount to between $700- $1,000 per artist.



Upcoming Deadlines


Tin House Call for Submissions (Theme: Sex, Again? – Deadline February 28)
Okey-Panky Call for Submissions (Deadline February 29)
Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline February 29 – $2500)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Four Way Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Little Patuxent Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Hunger Mountain Annual Writing Contests (Deadline March 1 – $1000)
Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego (Deadline March 1)
Luna Luna Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Relationships & Love – Deadline March 1)
The Stockholm Review of Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline March 5)
The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Position (Orlando, FL – Deadline March 13)
Colorado Review Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Deadline March 15)
Fourth Genre 2016 Steinberg Essay Prize (Deadline March 15)
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)
The Missouri Review 9th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)
Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)
Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
The James Franco Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
The Masters Review Anthology Awards for New Writers (Deadline March 31 – $500)
Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)

Sunday
Feb072016

Submission Sunday 2.7.16


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Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

In 1986 Stratis Haviaras, then Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room of the Harvard College Library, founded a quarterly periodical called Erato. The purpose of this publication was to publicize the activities of the Poetry Room and create a new forum for discussion of current literary matters and events. The first issue of Erato, which was four pages long, featured a poem by Seamus Heaney, a short piece on Louis Simpson, and a news item from Harvard University Press. Tipped into the issue were three loose-leaf pages of book reviews, including reviews of works by Joseph Brodsky, Marguerite Duras, and Richard Ford.

In the more than two decades since it was launched, Harvard Review has emerged as a major American literary journal. Contributors to the journal include such well-known figures as Arthur Miller, John Updike, Jhumpa Lahiri, J. M. Coetzee, Seamus Heaney, Gore Vidal, Sharon Olds, Yusef Komunyakaa, Andrea Barrett, and Joyce Carol Oates, as well as those making their literary debut. Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to apply; however, we can only publish a very small fraction of the material we receive. 


The Masters Review Anthology Awards for New Writers (Deadline March 31 – $500)

Every year The Masters Review opens submissions to produce our anthology, a collection of ten stories written by the best emerging authors. Our aim is showcase ten writers who we believe will continue to produce great work. The ten winning writers are nationally distributed in a printed book with their stories and essays exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country. Our third volume was awarded the Silver Medal for Best Short Story Collection through the INDIEFAB Awards in 2015, and our fourth volume published this fall. The deadline to submit to Volume V is March 31. Guest judge: Amy Hempel.


DUM DUM Zine Call for Submissions 

DUM DUM Zine publishes experimental lit and art that embraces all creative forms. When we’re not publishing our annual zine, we’re constantly searching for new multi-platform literature and art to share online.

In the past we’ve featured hybrid fiction and poetry, text message interviews, experimental music and art reviews, prank email chains, crowd-sourced community photo projects, and even serialized radio plays. We are looking for submissions that embody, even transcend, these categories, maybe even creating a hybrid of each! Show us what you’ve got! We want you to become part of our growing collective of Dummies.


The Missouri Review 9th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)

The winner of each genre (poetry, prose, documentary, humor) receives a prize of $1000 and publication of their award-winning audio piece on The Missouri Review's website and podcast. More than slick production or fancy bells and whistles, we are looking for good, exciting, and compelling writing for all four of our categories. Don’t let the technological aspect scare you—if you can operate an iPhone, you can do it!

The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and for the past thirty-four years we’ve upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year. Each issue contains approximately five new stories, three new poetry features, and two essays, all of which is selected from unsolicited submissions sent from writers throughout the world. 


Okey-Panky Call for Submissions (Deadline February 29)

Okey-PankyElectric Literature's weekly online magazine of short, darkly comic, ironic, and experimental fiction, essay, poetry, and graphic narrative—is open for submissions! The word limit is 1500, and there is no submission fee. Put it on your calendar: the mailbox fills up fast. We publish something new every Monday morning. Contributors are paid $100.


Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story, a work of nonfiction, and a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction and 10 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by April 30. The runner-up in each category will also be published. More details on the specific genres can be found on our submission page. 

An independent literary endeavor that's published eclectic art and literature from our home in Oklahoma since 2009, we seek out and put in print the best, regardless of its origin. We're members of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and and adhere to their Contest Code of Ethics. Entries from friends or family of Arcadia editors will not be considered. Our selection process consists of two rounds. Assistant editors select a number of drafts based on votes, and editors select the winner, runner-up, and eight finalists from those drafts. All stories are read at least twice, and many of those are read more. We're honored to have the chance to read so much fine work.  


Four Way Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)

Four Way Review is a biannual electronic literary journal from non-profit, independent literary publisher Four Way Books. In 2012, we celebrated the Review’s inaugural issue and the 20th anniversary of Four Way Books.

Four Way Review accepts poetry and fiction from both established and emerging authors. We look for work that demonstrates fine attention to craft while retaining a powerful and compelling voice.  We want writing that showcases the imagination’s unique ability to refine the raw materials of human experience.
 

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Awards (Deadline February 15)

The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984. Our location--situated along the banks of the Gihon River in the historic village of Johnson, Vermont--was chosen with the intention of fostering creativity through community, collaboration, and quiet reflection supported by the unspoiled beauty of the northern Green Mountains.

Over the last 30 years, VSC has grown to become the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Barrelhouse Call for Blog Submissions (Theme: The Weirdest Love of All – Deadline February 14)
Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Awards (Deadline February 15)
The Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize (Deadline February 15 – $1500)
SubTerrain Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Secrets – Deadline February 15)
Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Taboo – Deadline February 15)
Indiana Review and Indiana University Press Blue Lights Book Prize (Deadline February 15 – $2000 plus publication)
Tin House Call for Submissions (Theme: Sex, Again? – Deadline February 28)
Okey-Panky Call for Submissions (Deadline February 29)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Four Way Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Hunger Mountain Annual Writing Contests (Deadline March 1 – $1000)
The Stockholm Review of Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline March 5)
The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Position (Orlando, FL – Deadline March 13)
Fourth Genre 2016 Steinberg Essay Prize (Deadline March 15)
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)
The Missouri Review 9th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)
Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)
Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
The Masters Review Anthology Awards for New Writers (Deadline March 31 – $500)

Saturday
Jan232016

Submission Sunday 1.24.15


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Eleven Eleven: A Journal of Art & Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31)

Eleven Eleven is a biannual journal of literature and art published through the MFA Writing program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. The aim of our publication is to provide a forum for risk and experimentation and to serve as an exchange between writers and artists. Eleven Eleven was founded in 2004 by Youmna Chlala and Gayle Romasanta. 

We’ll be reading submissions for issue 21 from January 19 through January 31, or until we hit 200 submissions, whichever comes first. Eleven Eleven welcomes daring and insightful submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and literary criticism and drama. We love translations and writing from outside the US. We also love recovery projects (archival work that draws attention to writers who may have fallen off the map – query us beforehand!).


Duckbill Anthology Call for Submissions

Duckbill Anthology is a literary journal founded by people who love to read, and love to write. We exist to be a home for writers of any age, background or gender — so long as their writing makes us sit up and take notice. Currently looking for flash fiction and poetry.

Duckbill is dedicated to showcasing the best short work being written today, regardless of a contributor’s publication history. We want writing that challenges us, that makes us think, that forces us to sit up and take notice. We want brevity, style and eloquence. We want you to unashamedly write in your own voice with no regard for what may, or may not, be trendy.


Found Polaroids Call for Submissions 

Over the course of several years, Kyler has been collecting polaroid images from different places. The result is this: Found Polaroids, a collection of over 6000 images. Found on this website is a curated cross-section of the wider collection. Each image has its own story and context, all of which are as of yet unknown to us. We hope you will become, as we have, transfixed on the ‘unknowable’: who were these people, what did they do, and more importantly where did they go? Their context and therefore their meaning has been forever lost. It was with this realization in mind that the concept moved from focusing on what can be learned from found Polaroid images to how can we now interpret them. Quality writing paired with these lovely images can be moving, and helps give life back to images that might otherwise find themselves in a waste bin.

We invite you to write a short story, or a number of stories (250-350 words each) based on one of the images found on the home page. The story must be relevant to an event, or based on the life of those in the photo—a story essential to the individual’s character, a defining moment—or must explain, beyond what we can observe, is happening in the image. If an image has previously been written about, please feel free to contribute an additional story. Your story can be entirely divergent, or can be one that builds on a previous submission. In this sense, not only are the images inspiring, but the previous stories become a source for creativity.


The Stockholm Review of Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline March 5)

The Stockholm Review of Literature is an online publication with immodest ambitions. It seeks to publish superlative literary fiction, poetry, essays and art, and it undertakes to promote the writers and artists that produce it. Welcoming submissions of previously unpublished, original work, The Stockholm Review of Literature expresses a preference in the following:

  • Short Literary Fiction!
  • Poetry Suited For Lunch Time Reading!
  • De-centered And Uncanny Essays, Interviews and Book Reviews!

And mild to extreme distaste for the following:

  • Sloppiness and pomposity.
  • Adverbs.
  • Terribly inspired things.
  • Plagiarism.

Submissions received between January 2nd (17.01 GMT) – March 5th (17.00 GMT) will be considered for publications in issue 13. 


Creative Nonfiction Call for Instagram Micro Essays 

We're excited to announce that we're expanding the micro-essay contest to Instagram. Participating is simple. Follow us on Instagram (@creativenonfiction). Post an original photo. Write a CNF-worthy caption (note: IG limits captions to 2,200 characters). Add the hashtags #cnfgram and #tinytruth. And we'll do the rest.

What will we be looking for? The same thing we look for in #cnftweets and submissions to the magazine: “True stories, well told.” Find inspiration in an amazing place, an unforgettable character, a moment in time, or current events. Use a photo (note: it should be a photo that you yourself took) to tell half your story and a crafted caption to tell the rest. Every week we'll repost our favorite to our Instagram feed--and we'll share one in our newsletter monthly, and one on our website every third month.


SubTerrain Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Secrets – Deadline February 15)

Poetry, fiction, nonfiction exploring the idea of secrecy. Personal, corporate, governmental, military -- secrecy is used to cement personal relationships, to guarantee state security, to harbour knowledge. Some consider secrecy one of the main sources of human conflict. We intend to open the doors on the subTerrain confessional.

subTerrain magazine is published 3 times a year from modest offices just off of Main Street in Vancouver, BC. We strive to produce a stimulating fusion of fiction, poetry, photography and graphic illustration from uprising Canadian, U.S. & international writers and artists.


Barrelhouse Call for Blog Submissions (Theme: The Weirdest Love of All – Deadline February 14)

Remember that time your prom date picked you up in his 1970 Chevy Nova and brought you to his house to meet his mom and you posed in your baby blue taffeta and terrible perm in front of the kitchen mural that was painted to look like the Rocky Mountains only this was western Connecticut? Remember how the shutter clicked and clicked and then she squealed at you to follow her into the back room because she had an “awesome idea” and you did because you were fifteen and also slightly stunned by perm chemicals and the overhead fluorescence? And remember then how she made you take off your prom dress and put on her wedding dress to stand next to her son, your date? “Stand a little to the left, honey. Aww, put your arm around him! Give her a big squeeze! Oh, this is the happiest day of my life!”

Yeah….that wasn’t weird at all.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Barrelhouse Blog wants stories, essays and poems of real or imagined Weird Love, Bad Love, Awkward Love, Dress Up in Your Date’s Mother’s Wedding Dress Love. Make us cringe, make us squirm, make us laugh. Make us pity your poor prom date. 


The Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize (Deadline February 15 – $1500)

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two. The prize (which in previous iterations was known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction) carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press under its standard contract.

Submissions will be read from December 14, 2015 to February 14, 2016. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 350 typed double-spaced pages. Individual stories or essays that have been previously published may be included in the manuscript, but manuscripts previously published as a whole in any format (including electronic or self-published) are ineligible. Each submission must include a list of acknowledgments of previously published work (title and magazine/journal/anthology) included in the manuscript.

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Global Citizen and Ben Lovett Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31) 
The Citron Review Call for Submissions (The Queer Issue – Deadline January 31)
Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Short Story Contest (Deadline January 31 – $500)
Eleven Eleven: A Journal of Art & Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31)
The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction (Deadline January 31 – $1000)
The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (Deadline February 1 – $1000)
MIEL Call for Anthology Submissions (Theme: Softness – Deadline February 1)
Barrelhouse Call for Blog Submissions (Theme: The Weirdest Love of All – Deadline February 14)
The Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize (Deadline February 15 – $1500)
SubTerrain Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Secrets – Deadline February 15)
Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Taboo – Deadline February 15)
Indiana Review and Indiana University Press Blue Lights Book Prize (Deadline February 15 – $2000 plus publication)
Tin House Call for Submissions (Theme: Sex, Again? – Deadline February 28)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Hunger Mountain Annual Writing Contests (Deadline March 1 – $1000)
The Stockholm Review of Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline March 5)
The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Position (Orlando, FL – Deadline March 13)
Fourth Genre 2016 Steinberg Essay Prize (Deadline March 15)
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)
Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)
Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)

Sunday
Jan102016

Submission Sunday 1.10.16


Pacific Standard
 publications include a bimonthly print magazine and a daily website—PSmag.com—that tell stories about society's biggest problems, both established and emerging. By combining research that matters with ambitious narrative and investigative reporting, we reveal how people, governments, corporations, institutions, and cultural groupthink perpetuate questionable private behavior and bad public policy. We're also deeply interested in the scholars, revolutionaries, policymakers, and creatives fighting for a better and more just future.

We are a great home for writers who can tell deeply reported, gripping tales about issues in the public interest while plumbing the intellectual, theoretical, and empirical context that surrounds them. Every story we tell has a strong connection to one of our four core subject areas: economic, educational, environmental, and social justice. Our writers should want to make readers think about how society works—and about how it could be working better. All Pacific Standard and PSmag.com articles should be sophisticated and engaging, should shed light on the new or the innovative, and should wear their erudition lightly. Writers receive careful, thoughtful, collegial, and stringent editing, with the aim of making sophisticated ideas and research accessible to an educated public.


Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)

huizache is a wild acacia tree native to Mexico whose reach is South and East Texas, where it irritates landowning farmers. No matter what they do to be rid of it, the resilient, beautiful tree grows and flourishes.

Huizache seeks works that challenge ethnic, gender, or social stereotypes. Though the magazine’s focus is Latino, it is not limited to it.


Urban Farmhouse Press Call for Submissions 

Urban Farmhouse Press is an independent literary press based out of the border cities of Windsor, ON Canada and Detroit, MI USA. We see our roots stretching back through the small magazines that gave rise to the great literary tradition embodied by magazines like Poetry and John T. Frederick'sthe Midland. It is from those Midwestern roots that we build a line of books that explores the breadth of human existence in the form of beautifully crafted works that speak to the complexities of life. 

We understand great literature comes from the people and not from on high and as such enjoy writing that feels real, rooted in the land, and tells us something about this world we all share. While all literature has a place it is written from, we believe that truly great literature speaks to the all of humanity in every place. As such we publish work that captures not only the physical places we inhabit but also the unique voices and psyches that arise organically from those places.


Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)

Slice magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We're looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We're not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. The best way to get a sense of Slice's content is to read the magazine. At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging and established authors by offering a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. Along with these pieces, we publish fiction and poetry that isn’t bound by the theme—we simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends. We offer all contributors of Slice a monetary award for their work ($250 for stories and essays and $75 for poems).

Slice publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by emerging writers who haven't appeared in previous issues of the magazine. This way, we continue to pave space for brand new voices readers may not have encountered yet.


Indiana Review and Indiana University Press Blue Lights Book Prize
(Deadline February 15 – $2000 plus publication)

Indiana Review and Indiana University Press are proud to present the Blue Light Books prize, awarded on alternating years to short story and poetry collections of outstanding merit. This year, Indiana Review and Indiana University Press will be accepting submissions of story collections.

The name for the collaboration was inspired by a blue light outside of the Indiana Review offices in Ballantine Hall. The IR offices are located at the end of a long hallway, and when the office is open, this blue light is turned on. This light has come to symbolize the journal’s openness and commitment to fostering a sense of community. It is this sense of community that brings Indiana Review and IU Press together and inspires us to showcase exceptional collections of short fiction and poetry from the larger literary community.


No Extra Words Flash Fiction Podcast Call for Submissions

No Extra Words is weekly podcast of great English language short stories under 2,000 words. Stories come from all over the world. Episodes typically feature 2 to 3 stories and we try to keep each episode around 15 minutes. The podcast is completely free to listen or subscribe to. Stories are used with permission and all remain the property of their respective authors. No Extra Words welcomes different voices and would love to read submissions by any flash fiction author. Please note that at this time we are scheduling episodes 3-6 months in advance.

There are only three submission guidelines. Stories should be:

1) Your own work to which you currently own rights. Previously published stories or those currently published online are welcome as long as you currently retain the rights to have your story podcasted.

2) A work of fiction. Stories may be based on factual events but should be fictionalized.  Stories may be in any genre except erotica or fanfiction (see intellectual freedom statement below.)

3) Short! This is a flash fiction podcast, so stories should be less than 2,000 words.  Priority is given to stories less than 1,000 words. There is no minimum word count for stories.

From January 15-February 15 2016 we will be accepting poetry submissions for the first time! 


Rawboned Call for Submissions

Distilled. Succinct. Terse. Rawboned publishes nonfiction shorts, flash fiction, poetry, and hybrids up to 750 words.  The magazine is published quarterly online. Our favorite pieces are compiled in an annual print journal.

Writing short is hard. We think shorts are worth writing, and worth reading. Rawboned exists to showcase your painstakingly hewn essays, your fictionalized distillations, your boiled down poetical reductions, your cracked open essential prose–we want the marrow of your story.


The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Position (Orlando, FL – Deadline March 13)

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a welcome potluck dinner for you, and a reading of your work at the Kerouac House. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community. 



Upcoming Deadlines


CutBank 2016 Magazine Literary Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $500)
Global Citizen and Ben Lovett Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31) 
The Citron Review Call for Submissions (The Queer Issue – Deadline January 31)
Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Short Story Contest (Deadline January 31 – $500)
The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction (Deadline January 31 – $1000)
The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (Deadline February 1 – $1000)
MIEL Call for Anthology Submissions (Theme: Softness – Deadline February 1)
Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Taboo – Deadline February 15)
Indiana Review and Indiana University Press Blue Lights Book Prize (Deadline February 15 – $2000 plus publication)
Tin House Call for Submissions (Theme: Sex, Again? – Deadline February 28)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Hunger Mountain Annual Writing Contests (Deadline March 1 – $1000)
The Kerouac Project Writer-in-Residence Position (Orlando, FL – Deadline March 13)
Fourth Genre 2016 Steinberg Essay Prize (Deadline March 15)
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)
Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)
Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)
Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)

Thursday
Dec102015

Submission Sunday 12.13.15


Happy Holidays from Chris, Jen, Megan, and Sacha! See you in the new year!

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. 

Boulevard's mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer. 


Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Identity – Reading Period January 1-May 1)

The forthcoming theme for 2016 is "Identity," material about the way we tell stories about ourselves and have ourselves storied by history and society, on such topics as gender, race, sex, family, culture, and bodies.

Story 
is interested in narrative of any shape and kind we can get onto the printed page. Surprise us with traditional and experimental forms of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We love short fiction, but we love hermit-crab essays, hybrid forms, research, lists, and charts too. Issues are themed and double-sided and feature the best narratives that speak to that theme in whichever size, shape, or genre they come.The editors are not only interested in fiction and nonfiction, but also innovative, human stories in any shape or form, and from as diverse a population as possible—Korean mathematicians, Iraq war veteran narrative poetry, musical scores from young girls in Mississippi, or the narrative analytics of big data. (We are also very much interested in research, essays, and interviews about how stories work to define and complicate our world.) As poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, "The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."


Hunger Mountain Annual Writing Contests (Deadline March 1 – $1000)

Hunger Mountain
holds four annual contests: The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. 

Hunger Mountain
 is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, and literary miscellany. Our print issue comes out annually in the spring, and our online content changes on a regular basis.


Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program has provided over 2,000 artist residencies, and currently serves approximately 90 artists each year, since 1979 – all free of charge. It is the largest artist residency program in the Western United States and considered among the best in the country. Each year dozens of artists from across the United States, and around the world, travel to the open hillsides and deep redwood forests of SMIP Ranch to take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and seek refuge from the distractions of the world to concentrate on their creative projects. While in residence, the artists work in peaceful isolation within a supportive community of other artists and Program staff. They thrive on the intellectual stimulation and the collegial interaction in this intimate artist community.

Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. We seek applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international reputations. Applicants are evaluated by panels of arts professionals in each category. Those selected are offered living and studio space for a 30 day session during the season which runs from mid-April through mid-November.

Opens January 1. We invite you to experience Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, a journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. Given the genre’s flexibility and expansiveness, we welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. The editors invite works that are lyrical, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. In short, we encourage submissions across the full spectrum of the genre. The journal encourages a writer-to-reader conversation, one that explores the markers and boundaries of literary/creative nonfiction. 


Obsidian Call for Submissions (Speculating Futures:  Black Imagination & the Arts – Deadline January 15)

The editors of Obsidian invite you to participate in the journal’s celebration of four decades of excellence in the arts by submitting original unpublished work for its first double-volume issue exploring the speculative genre. Selected works will appear in Obsidian's Fall 2016 double-issue edited by Sheree Renée Thomas and Nisi Shawl (short fiction, drama, poetry), Isiah Lavender III (essays), and Krista Franklin (visual and media art and paraliterature). 
 
All artists ask, “what if?” explore the consequences of “if this continues,” and contemplate “if only;” however, practitioners of the speculative arts or Afrofuturism, an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, fabulism, horror, and unclassifiable and interstitial creative works such as slipstream, ask the same question and respond with an answer that re-imagines whole worlds and goes beyond the known universe.
 
Afrofuturism and the speculative arts may transport audiences to a planet light-years away, to alternate histories and identities, or deep inside the jewel-toned caves of a far-distant past, another consciousness. Whether extrapolating science and society to imagine futuristic technology, art, and socio-political configurations, or conjuring new forms of magic, these genres imagine what might have been or what might be, opening the door to any possibility. Obsidian seeks original works that explore and reimagine Black thought, Black art, future and past. 


Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)


The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

The 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by T.C. Boyle, author of World’s End and The Harder They Come. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.


Rivendell Writers’ Colony, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, aims to inspire and educate the imagination by offering programs, workshops, and residencies to both published authors and aspiring writers. Rivendell nurtures spiritual growth and personal wellness by providing education and experiential programs for the mind, body, and spirit, while working to preserve the natural beauty of our Tennessee mountaintop.

Our purpose is to:

  1. Bring together aspiring artists, writers, and the general public in an atmosphere of acceptance, collaboration, and creative fervor, with the ultimate goal of fostering great writing and art;
  2. Provide educational experiences and opportunities to aspiring artists, writers, and the general public that will promote imagination, creativity, spirituality, and self-realization;
  3. Relieve the financial burdens on aspiring writers and artists by providing subsidized residencies so that they may pursue their crafts;
  4. Promote literacy and to share the joys of reading and writing with others; and
  5. Share the beauty of nature and to educate the public on ways to preserve the natural environment and prudently utilize its resources.
We offer several fellowships for first-time residents to cover the cost of a two-week residency. Meals are not included. If selected for a fellowship, applicants may request a residency extending beyond the two weeks covered by the award.



Upcoming Deadlines


Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Print-Oriented Bastards Call for Submissions (Winter Issue – Deadline December 15)
Geist 12th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (Deadline December 15 – $500)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Gesture Literary Journal & Press Call for Submissions (Theme: Doubling – Deadline December 18)
Redivider Blurred Genre Contest (Deadline December 31 – $250)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
The 2016 Mississippi Review Prize (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
St. Petersburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
CutBank 2016 Magazine Literary Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $500)
Global Citizen and Ben Lovett Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31) 
The Citron Review Call for Submissions (The Queer Issue – Deadline January 31)
Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Short Story Contest (Deadline January 31 – $500)
The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction (Deadline January 31 – $1000)

Saturday
Nov282015

Submission Sunday 11.29.15

Sculpture by Courtney Brown

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Global Citizen and Ben Lovett Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31) 

Global Citizen and Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons / Communion Records) are teaming up and asking you, citizens of the world, to collaborate on our global album project, Metamorphoses. Join us in the fight towards ending extreme poverty.

You’re our co-writers and we’re inviting you to collaborate with some of the world’s most influential and talented artists. We need you to provide this movement with a voice through the submission of your personal lyrics, poems, stories, reflections and thoughts. Ben and his team will take the most poignant and powerful entries and incorporate them into original songs for our unique 12 track album. All material used will be credited to the citizen who contributed it.


Redivider Blurred Genre Contest (Deadline December 31 – $250)

Submissions for our first annual Redivider Blurred Genre Contest will open November 15 and close December 31. This contest explores the porous genre boundaries between flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry. In doing so, we aim to nurture and celebrate commonality, difference, and distinction in literature. Each category will produce one winning entry, announced in February.

Redivider is a nationally distributed journal of new art and literature produced by and representing the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston. Published twice a year, we welcome art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from new, emerging, and established artists and writers. 


The Citron Review Call for Submissions (The Queer Issue – Deadline January 31)

For our Spring Issue, 2016, The Citron Review invites LGBTQIA writers to submit work in any genre for our first-ever queer issue. The idea: To celebrate these stories and amplify these voices. At Citron, we seek to be representative of the contemporary landscape — and this includes, brothers, sisters, and siblings of all genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Everyone. 

To be considered for this issue writers must identify as LGBTQIA. There are no restrictions on content or theme, only that submissions are representative of the writer’s spirit. Normal submission guidelines apply with regard to length, etc. 

We’re new to all of this. In fact, we’re experimenting. We hope you’ll experiment with us, and we appreciate your support. And just to be clear, we welcome work from any writer, at any time during the year. We are not suspending our normal submission process during this period. Submissions will be accepted for consideration for Summer 2016 and beyond!


The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (Deadline February 1 – $1000)

We are thrilled to announce that Amelia Gray will be judging this year’s American Short(er) Fiction Contest. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication, and the second-place winner will receive $250 and publication. All entries will be considered for publication. 

Issued triannually, American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home. Stories published by American Short Fiction are anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Non-Required ReadingThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere.


Matter
Call for Personal Essay and Feature Pitches
(Curated by Ashley C. Ford – Deadline December 2)

In collaboration with Matter, I will be curating and editing a week of personal essays and reported features from emerging writers. We see this as an opportunity to share bold and novel writing from those who have been otherwise underrated or overlooked. Your submission should not be a completed essay or reported feature, but an idea for the piece you would work on in collaboration with myself and Matter. You will be compensated for your work at a competitive rate to be discussed upon acceptance of your pitch.


Geist 12th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (Deadline December 15 – $500)

How it works:

1) Send us a story and a postcard—the relationship can be as strong or as tangential as you like, so long as there is a clear connection between the story and the image.

2) If you’re not sure where to look for a postcard, you can make your own or visit Wikimedia Commons.

3) The story can be fiction or non-fiction; maximum length is 500 words.


Gesture Literary Journal & Press Call for Submissions (Theme: Doubling – Deadline December 18)

Gesture Press & Journal seeks written and visual art from new and established artists on the theme doubling. The double can be an expansion or retraction of itself. It can be a mirror and what it reflects. What shows in the reflection: The horror of duality? The provocation of Castor and Pollux? The comfortable contradiction of Piscean fish swimming away from each other?

We seek the double says or withholds. We seek the catharsis and insight. We seek the site and the boundaries of the double; of what doubles; and of what can double. Send us your work that engages the doubling/twinning/mirroring. Send us your psychodrama doubling, symmetry, separation, and configuration.

Gesture was founded in 2011 with the intention to publish work that is not boring. Published biannually, we seek written and visual submissions from new and established artists. Gesture is the home for poetry, poetics, prose, theory, reviews, interviews, images, and interaction. We want work that does not intentionally concern itself with genre. Some may call this experimental. We call it exciting. As in, not boring. We want to feel a gesture and be electrified.


C&R Press Call for Submissions

C&R Press is now accepting full length poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and hybrid manuscripts for our 2016 and 2017 catalog. We love books. Literature matters in today’s world because it lets us explore and share the best of what we think, and who we can be. Good fiction, nonfiction and poetry grow understanding and imagination, take us into new lives and show us truths we never knew. For thousands of years, books are how content has been shared. Today, C&R Press is pushing into new media, while keeping the best of what has always made books great.

So we’re looking for talented authors and poets – both new and established – whose work we help refine, support, publish and promote. And, through their works, we’re looking to grow the reading public’s love of reading, writing, crafting and dreaming. Let other people say that books are dead, that their time is past. Since 2006 we’ve been helping writers and readers prove that idea wrong – and we’re just getting started. Long live books.

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Midwestern Gothic Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
The Bloedel Reserve Residency Program (Bainbridge Island, WA – Deadline November 30)
The Baltimore Review Winter 2015 Contest (Theme: Health – Deadline November 30 – $500)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Thin Air Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Oxford American Call for Submissions (Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Ekphrasis – Deadline December 1)
Matter Call for Personal Essay and Feature Pitches (Curated by Ashley C. Ford – Deadline December 2)
Screencraft Short Story Contest (Deadline December 5 – $1000)
Westwind Fall 2015 Microwriting Contest (Deadline December 6)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Print-Oriented Bastards Call for Submissions (Winter Issue – Deadline December 15)
Geist 12th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (Deadline December 15 – $500)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Gesture Literary Journal & Press Call for Submissions (Theme: Doubling – Deadline December 18)
Redivider Blurred Genre Contest (Deadline December 31 – $250)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)
The 2016 Mississippi Review Prize (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
St. Petersburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
CutBank 2016 Magazine Literary Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $500)
Global Citizen and Ben Lovett Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31) 
The Citron Review Call for Submissions (The Queer Issue – Deadline January 31)
Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Short Story Contest (Deadline January 31 – $500)
The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction (Deadline January 31 – $1000)

Saturday
Nov142015

Submission Sunday 11.15.15



Print-Oriented Bastards
Call for Submissions
(Winter Issue – Deadline December 15)

Print-Oriented Bastards was established by Marci Calabretta and Ines Pujos in Pittsburgh, PA after being awarded the Charles C. Dawe Memorial Award from Carnegie Mellon University. The first issue was released in Fall 2011. Since then, artists and writers from all over the States and as far-reaching as Mexico and the UK have been included in the journal, from first-time publications to award-winning work. In Summer 2014, the journal switched from print-only to an online magazine. 

Print-Oriented Bastards
 is an independent press looking to publish original work from emerging writers and artists. We accept any genre, including but not limited to fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and hybrids. We release four online issues per year, and read submissions year-round. 


Midwestern Gothic
 is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived here. Midwestern Gothic aims to collect the very best in Midwestern writing in a way that has never been done before, cataloging the oeuvre of an often-overlooked region of the United States ripe with its own mythologies and tall tales.

Don’t be fooled by our name. Gothic fiction is often defined as the inclusion of deeply flawed, often “grotesque” characters in realistic (and, oftentimes unpleasant) settings/situations. At Midwestern Gothic, we take to heart the realistic aspects of Gothic fiction. Not every piece needs to be dark or twisted or full of despair, but we are looking for real life, inspired by the region, good, bad, or ugly. Ultimately, we’re striving to catalog the best of Midwestern writers, and whether it be pieces physically set in the Midwest, or work inspired by your time living here, we want it.


The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction (Deadline January 31 – $1000)

Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the annual Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, which honor the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee ReviewThe Chattahoochee Review is a literary journal sponsored by Georgia Perimeter College. Appearing regularly since 1981, we appeal to the educated general public for our readership and over the years have expanded our focus to include both international readers and writers. 

Although our roots are in the South and we publish important writers such as William Gay, George Singleton, and Natasha Trethewey, we also publish writers from other regions of the U.S. and other countries such as China, Denmark, France, and Mexico. We are committed to exploring literature in translation and to writers who transgress borders, cultural and otherwise. While the Review features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and occasional graphic work, we are also open to nontraditional forms. We value established writers but take great pride in discovering new voices. Work from The Chattahoochee Review is regularly featured in nationally published anthologies and books.


Posit publishes a stimulating, dynamic selection of the finest new poetry, prose and visual art — accomplished, sophisticated work that may be eclectic in style but is always innovative, challenging, and aesthetically broadening. We believe in de-Balkanizing the literary and visual arts scenes by providing an aesthetically beautiful showcase for carefully curated, highly innovative work that is not circumscribed by affiliation with any specific aesthetic or artistic movement. We are committed to publishing work by writers and artists of all nationalities, ages, races, gender identifications, sexual preferences, and career stages. We also believe in supporting our contributors, nominating their work for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, etc., and publicizing their triumphs via social media.

Posit publishes four issues per year of finely crafted contemporary literary and visual art. Due to the large number of excellent submissions we receive, we are currently reading for publication in mid- and late-2016. We are looking for innovation, aesthetic vision, and accomplished craftsmanship. Our tastes are non-sectarian, with an interest in the experimental.


Granta Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)

From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. Grantamagazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, badinage and literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it published the work writers like A.A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.


CutBank Magazine 2016 Literary Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $500)

CutBank sponsors a variety of contests, including the Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, as well as our annual CutBank Chapbook Contest. Please send only your best work. With all three of these awards, we're looking for work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and a willingness to push against the boundaries of form. 

We're proud of CutBank's forty years as Montana's foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge. We publish two print issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike.

We're global in scope, but with a regional bias. Over the years, we've been privileged to feature work by Wendell Berry, Louise Erdrich, Richard Hugo, Seamus Heaney, James Welch, Patricia Goedicke, James Lee Burke, Chris Offutt, Aimee Bender, Steve Almond, and a number of other writers whose work we're fond of. That's the joy, we think, of both publishing and reading a publication like CutBank: discovering and developing a fondness for new work.


Fugue Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)

Begun in 1990 by the faculty in the Department of English at University of Idaho, Fugue has continuously published poetry, plays, fiction, essays, and interviews from established and emerging writers biannually. We take pride in the work we print, writers we publish, and the presentation of each and every issue. Working in collaboration with local and national artists, our covers display some of the finest art from photography and digital art to ink drawings and oil paintings. We believe that each issue is a print and digital artifact of the deepest engagement with our culture, and we make it our personal goal that the writing we select and presentation of each issue reflect the reverence we have for art and letters.

To honor the respect we have for our contributors and in spite of financial challenges, Fugue pays for the work we publish. In addition to a copy of the journal in which their work appears, contributors are also compensated for every piece we accept. Fugue is managed and edited by graduate students in the English and Creative Writing Programs at University of Idaho in Northern Idaho, one of the nation's most beautiful regions covered with wilderness areas, mountains, rivers, and lakes.


Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition (Deadline November 16 – $3000)

We’re looking for short stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.
 


Upcoming Deadlines

ellipsis Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1) 
Best American Experimental Writing Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Twelve Winters Press Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize (Deadline November 2)
Writing Between the Vines Vineyard Retreats for Writers (Deadline November 5)
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (Deadline November 6)
Container Artist Residency (Deadline November 9)
Six Hens Call for Submissions (Deadline November 9)
Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline November 12)
The New York Times David Carr Fellowship (Deadline November 14)
Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)
The 2016 A Public Space Emerging Writers Fellowships (Deadline November 15)
Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition (Deadline November 16 – $3000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Childhood – Deadline November 16 – $1000)
Atticus Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Feast – Deadline November 27)
Midwestern Gothic Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
The Bloedel Reserve Residency Program (Bainbridge Island, WA – Deadline November 30)
The Baltimore Review Winter 2015 Contest (Theme: Health – Deadline November 30 – $500)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Thin Air Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Oxford American Call for Submissions (Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Ekphrasis – Deadline December 1)
Screencraft Short Story Contest (Deadline December 5 – $1000)
Westwind Fall 2015 Microwriting Contest (Deadline December 6)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Print-Oriented Bastards Call for Submissions (Winter Issue – Deadline December 15)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)

Saturday
Oct312015

Submission Sunday 11.1.15

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The Bloedel Reserve Residency Program (Bainbridge Island, WA – Deadline November 30)

Bloedel Reserve is pleased to announce its new residency program where selected residents stay in a well-appointed home on Bloedel grounds and are given unlimited access to the beauty of the 150-acre public garden.

These multi-week retreats will allow participants long stretches of uninterrupted time in a breath-taking environment. Researchers have found a direct correlation between time spent outdoors and individual’s creativity levels. After spending three days in the wilderness, study participants improved their scores on tests of creativity by 50 percent (study done by University of Kansas). This time for reflection and inspiration is an imperative step in the creative process, and it’s Bloedel’s hope that the time spent during the residency will allow for nature-related projects and thinking to flourish.

The final selection will be made by a jury and special attention will be given to how well the applicant aligns with the missions of the Residency Program and Bloedel Reserve, quality of portfolio/past work and their plan for local community engagement.


Atticus Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Feast – Deadline November 27)

Atticus Review is a weekly online journal that publishes short stories, poems, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, mixed media, book reviews, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive literary whimsy. Atticus Review is seeking fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for our upcoming Feast Issue. Please submit your work by Nov. 27 to be considered.

feast n. a large and elaborate meal, typically in celebration of some occasion v. to eat and drink in abundance, or lavishly

Give us harvest festivals and banquet meals. Give us Sunday family dinners and wedding celebrations. Give us quinceañeras and bar and bat mitzvahs and sweet sixteen parties. Give us picnics and barbecues. Show us the spread and the preparations. Give us the stories of the food and the place and the people. Show us the drama in and out of the kitchen, above and below the table.

Please feel free to interpret this theme loosely. We always encourage submissions from underrepresented writers.


Westwind
Fall 2015 Microwriting Contest
(Deadline December 6)

Los Angeles is a crazy collision of intersections, and Westwind, UCLA’s student-run journal of the arts, strives to capture this spirit. We seek to provide a platform for the weird and wonderful voices found all over the greater Los Angeles area in whatever form they arise. For over fifty years, Westwind has been printing poetry, prose, art, music, and everything in between. Help us attempt to define the undefinable that is Los Angeles. Anything goes.

[We], the editors of Westwind, present the following challenge: To capture the passage of time with words. What this exactly means we leave up to your interpretation. Fiction or nonfiction, prose or poetry, any and all experiments with language are welcome. We only have two simple rules: 1) The work must be a work of written language. 2) The word limit is 150 words.


Thin Air Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)

Founded in 1994, Thin Air is published in print once a year and on the web on an ongoing basis. We seek work that represents the forefront of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts. The editors also welcome flash submissions under 750 words. We care about sharp aesthetics, cultural relevance, and artistic cohesion. We are especially excited about works that bend rules and surprise readers while sneakily winking at tradition. Submissions from established and emerging writers with diverse voices are encouraged.

Thin Air is a nonprofit operating at an altitude of 6,910 ft, on the mountain of Flagstaff, Arizona, a popular stop along Route 66. The magazine is managed and edited entirely by Northern Arizona University graduate students on a volunteer basis, with faculty support from Nicole Walker.


The Baltimore Review Winter 2015 Contest (Theme: Health – Deadline November 30 – $500)

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s winter 2015 contest is "Health." Why? From the time your parents took you to the pediatrician for your DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) vaccination as a baby until your recent visit to the doctor—routine, emergency?—or even a quick self-assessment in an evening’s quiet, the care and maintenance of your body has been a concern for you and for those who care for you. Maybe you almost forget about your body at times, when all systems are functioning well. But our bodies are vulnerable. We suffer injuries and illnesses, and we want to be healed. We want them to be more than functional, too. We want to achieve some vision of perfect health: faster, stronger, and physically beautiful in a way that measures up to (often impossible) societal standards. 

And some of us are on the health care provider/researcher side: Diagnosing and treating disease, designing interventions, conducting research, addressing health disparities, providing emergency care, finding cures, providing one-on-one therapy sessions, working with populations to improve public health. Improving the quality of life one life, or many lives, at a time. As long as you incorporate the idea of health in your poem, short story, or creative nonfiction, you're good.


MIEL Call for Anthology Submissions (Theme: Softness – Deadline February 1)

In late 2017, MIEL (miel-books.com) will publish an anthology of writing on [ S O F T N E S S ], edited by Margaret Patton Chapman and Éireann Lorsung. The editors are seeking text or image-text in all forms—prose, poetry, fragments, hybrid or null forms, incomplete objects, notes—that explores, rests within, arises from, or occupies the space of the [ S O F T ]. Writers of color, queer writers, trans writers, women writers, writers with disabilities are all especially encouraged to send work.


The Los Angeles Review
 Call for Submissions
(Theme: Ekphrasis – Deadline December 1)

The Los Angeles Review, a semi-annual literary journal established in 2003, is the voice of Los Angeles, and the voice of the nation. With its multitude of cultures, Los Angeles roils at the center of the cauldron of divergent literature emerging from the West Coast. Perhaps from this place something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 21st century. We invite both published and emerging writers to submit their work to our editors, and we thank you for being part of The Los Angeles Review.
 

Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Short Story Contest (Deadline January 31 – $500)

The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories for its third annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language, and youth (18 and younger). The deadline is January 31, 2016.

The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of Little Tokyo through a creative story that takes place in Little Tokyo. The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California. Each category winner will be awarded $500 in cash with their short story being published in The Rafu Shimpo and Discover Nikkei website. A public award ceremony and dramatic readings of the winning stories are also being planned for spring 2016.

 

Upcoming Deadlines

ellipsis Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1) 
Best American Experimental Writing Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Twelve Winters Press Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize (Deadline November 2)
Writing Between the Vines Vineyard Retreats for Writers (Deadline November 5)
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (Deadline November 6)
Six Hens Call for Submissions (Deadline November 9)
Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline November 12)
The New York Times David Carr Fellowship (Deadline November 14)
Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)
The 2016 A Public Space Emerging Writers Fellowships (Deadline November 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Childhood – Deadline November 16 – $1000)
Atticus Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Feast – Deadline November 27)
The Bloedel Reserve Residency Program (Bainbridge Island, WA – Deadline November 30)
The Baltimore Review Winter 2015 Contest (Theme: Health – Deadline November 30 – $500)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Thin Air Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Oxford American Call for Submissions (Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Ekphrasis – Deadline December 1)
Screencraft Short Story Contest (Deadline December 5 – $1000)
Westwind Fall 2015 Microwriting Contest (Deadline December 6)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)

Saturday
Oct172015

Submission Sunday 10.18.15



ScreenCraft Short Story Contest
(Deadline December 5 – $1000)

Featuring judges from Random House Films, Harper’s Magazine, Tin House Magazine & an Oscar-winning writer! Our jury is looking for short stories with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. The top 10 finalists will be read by our network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Donald Hall begins his wonderful essay, “The Unsayable Said” by observing, “Poems are pleasure first, bodily pleasure, a deliciousness of the senses” and goes on to talk about how poems are “rich in the mouth” and claims that “we read with our mouths that chew on vowel and consonant.” Robert Pinsky talks about poetry as a “bodily art.” Poets take care with sound, with rhythm and repetition. They stitch together syllables like quilters stitch together scraps of cloth—to emphasize and to echo, to lull and to surprise and to create patterns often outside the edges of exact explanation.

Beautifully written prose does this, too. Syntax is everything in the hands of a skilled writer. How something is written—the way the words are put together—is, in fact, what it means. Too often in the mainstream media, the label “nonfiction” implies that the facts are more important than the art. But at Sweet we think creative nonfiction must be held to the same standards as the other literary genres. In short, it must taste good, not merely be good for us.

The editors at Sweet understand that there are good works that get overlooked, and that often our decisions are based not just on quality but also on taste. That said, Sweet publishes emerging and established writers three times a year: September, January, and May. Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction and anything in between. Sorry, fiction writers! 


Indiana Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Ghosts – Deadline October 31)

We are seeking work that addresses this theme and welcome all creative interpretations. In considering the Ghost theme, we wonder: How can we excavate disappearance and evaporation, loss in all its forms? How can what is left materialize before us or vanish silently into the dark? This issue will be full of cool fog and soft light—the living glow inside the body.

Now in its thirty-eighth year of publication, Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. As a biannual literary review, IR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art. IR is edited and managed by Indiana University graduate students and funded mainly by subscriptions, grants, and partial university support.


Cutthroat 2015 Joy Harjo Poetry Award, Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Award, & Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award (Deadline October 20 – $1250)

**First Prize in each genre: $1250 and publication.** 
**Second Prize in each genre: $250 and publication.**
**Honorable Mention: Publication.**          

2015 JUDGES 
Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo Poetry Prize                                    
Stuart Dybek, Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Prize
Nick Flynn, Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Prize

Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each), one unpublished short story or creative nonfiction piece (5000 word limit), any subject, any style.

Victims and survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse have been taught by this culture that whatever horror they have endured could have been worse. At least you weren’t touched. At least you weren’t raped. At least you weren’t killed. This world effectively silences those who have been violated by demanding their first reaction be gratitude for what did not happen.

Not That Bad is an opportunity for those whose voices were stolen from them, to reclaim and tell their stories. This anthology will explore what it is like to navigate rape culture as shaped by the identities we inhabit. Not That Bad will be co-edited Roxane Gay and Ashley C. Ford and will be published by Harper Perennial.

Contributing to this anthology is a chance to own your own narrative with all of the complexity of reality without shame or condescension. Because too many of us have lived this truth, there is no one way to tell this story. We warmly encourage submissions from people from all walks of life and across the gender spectrum.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowships. Under this project, three emerging writers will be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include:

– A mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space
– Publication in the magazine; 
– A contributor's payment of $1,000; 
– Free workspace in our Brooklyn offices (optional). 

Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Amy Leach, Michael Thomas, Nam Le, Colin Barrett, and Jesmyn Ward were all emerging writers when their work first appeared in A Public Space, and with these fellowships we hope to continue the tradition of supporting new writers whose work shows distinctive and exceptional talent. Our focus when reviewing applications will be on finding writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work and who would benefit from the time, space, and editorial attention the fellowships offer.

The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize is awarded to an unpublished book of poetry. The winner’s collection will be published by Twelve Winters Press in print and digital formats (with the possibility of an author-read audio version). The winner will also receive twenty copies of the print edition, 20% of the funds generated by the contest entries up to a maximum prize of $1,000, and an offer of the Press’s standard publishing agreement, which includes 20% royalties.

The winner and finalists will be determined by the final judge, J.D. Schraffenberger, and the winning collection will be reviewed by the North American Review. Some finalists may be offered publication via Twelve Winters as well.


Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline November 12)

Artists have had a long-standing impact on the formation, expansion and direction of our national parks. Painting the landscapes of the American West, visual artists like George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt focused attention on natural wonders in the western landscape, then unfamiliar to the eastern populace. These visual records of early artists helped to stimulate the establishment of many of our national parks.

Today, painters continue to document national park landscapes with contemporary approaches and techniques. Writers, sculptors, musicians, composers, and other performing artists also draw upon the multifaceted quality of parks for inspiration. These artists translate the national park's purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into images which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the parks many Americans may never visit. Rocky Mountain National Park's Artist-In-Residence Program continues this tradition.

The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September. No stipend is provided.



Upcoming Deadlines

Cutthroat 2015 Joy Harjo Poetry Award, Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Award, & Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award (Deadline October 20 – $1250)
January/July 2016 Studio Residencies at 1450 Ocean (Deadline October 21 – $1500)
Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Indiana Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Ghosts – Deadline October 31)
The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $2000)
The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus residency in Italy)

ellipsis Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1) 
Best American Experimental Writing Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Twelve Winters Press Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize (Deadline November 2)
Writing Between the Vines Vineyard Retreats for Writers (Deadline November 5)
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (Deadline November 6)
Six Hens Call for Submissions (Deadline November 9)
Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline November 12)
The New York Times David Carr Fellowship (Deadline November 14)
Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)
The 2016 A Public Space Emerging Writers Fellowships (Deadline November 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Childhood – Deadline November 16 – $1000)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Oxford American Call for Submissions (Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)
Screencraft Short Story Contest (Deadline December 5 – $1000)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)

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Submission Sunday 10.4.15


If you follow our Submission Sunday posts and you're in LA, you can now join a submission support group led by our consultant Chris Daley.


Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest
(Deadline November 1) 

Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative and culturally relevant prose. We are interested in publishing pieces that are too long to be easily published in journals or magazines, but too short to be considered book-length by most publishers. We are looking for prose that has something to say, essays that both demand and deserve to stand alone.

Each of 12 judges will select one digital chapbook for 2016 publication. Each judge will write an introduction to his/her selected work. Essay will release a new winning chapbook each month in 2016. 
We particularly welcome manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose, including but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts are all encouraged.


La Muse Artists and Writers Short and Sweet Retreat Contest (Labastide-Esparbairenque, France – Deadline October 7)


Our new Short and Sweet Retreat Contest: You submit art, words, or video and we’ll make it sweet for you get here. This is the contest’s inaugural year. We hope to have fun doing it for many years to come. If we like what you create (or if others retweet, like, favorite it etc.) we’ll give you a week at La Muse for only 150 Euros!

Enter by hashtaging #ShortandSweetretreat on instagram (for all you artists, photographers and filmmakers) and on twitter (for all you writers)

  • a nine-word story, poem, song
  • a nine-second drawing, painting or sculpture
  • a nine-second video

on: Why do you need a retreat?

Play before October 7th, to attend retreats from now through March 8th – for only three rooms per week so enter quickly!


Design*Sponge/Ashley Ford Call for Submissions (The 25th of each month)

Because dreams sometimes actually come true, I’m collaborating with Design*Sponge to publish (And PAY) emerging (not necessarily young) writers in a bi-weekly column with monthly themes. I’ll be accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for the column. Here are the themes for the next six months of posts. Remember the themes are to be interpreted by the writer however they wish. Some will be on the nose and others will a little less obvious. These are equally lovely. I just want good writing.


La Casa de Colores by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate – Call for Submissions (Theme: La Familia – Deadline October 15)

Hello everyone and welcome to La Casa de Colores, my Poet Laureate project. La Casa de Colores, or “the House of Colors,” is a house for all voices. In this house we will feed the hearth and heart of our communities with creativity and imagination. And we will stand together in times of struggle and joy. We are launching this project with an exciting new feature called La Familia. La Familia is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences, that will run the span of my Laureateship. By contributing to La Familia, you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond.


Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)

Realmwalker Publishing Group is now accepting applications for their Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! The contest takes a story ripped out of today’s headlines and challenges writers from all over the world to write a speculative fiction story based upon it. We look to something potentially horrific to launch this contest in this article about the discovery of “pandoraviruses” being found in the Siberian permafrost.

One lucky winner will be selected to not only have their novel published by Realmwalker Publishing Group in 2016, but they will also earn a $5000 advance for the novel, plus a three book deal worth up to an additional $5000 in advances.


Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)

A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue to Arcadia subscribers. Submit a manuscript of fifteen to thirty pages with $20.00 entry fee by November 15. 

Arcadia delivers literature, art, and music to your door four times a year through magazine issues and our eclectic, one-of-a-kind boxes. Our traditional literary magazine, Arcadia, brings poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and what slips through the cracks in the fall and spring. 


Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Taboo – Deadline February 15)

Fiction International will accept submissions for an issue on Taboo from October 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016. Fiction, non-fiction, and indeterminate prose texts of up to 5,500 words as well as visuals which address Taboo are welcome. We will consider submissions of narrative, anti-narrative and indeterminate texts but only accept submissions reflecting the theme. 

Fiction International is the only literary journal in the United States emphasizing formal innovation and social activism. Founded by Joe David Bellamy in 1973 at St. Lawrence University in New York, the journal was relocated to San Diego State University in 1983 and is edited by Harold Jaffe. Each issue revolves around a theme and features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world.


The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award has been funded to support one writer with outstanding potential to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland in April, 2016. Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 13, 2016 is eligible to apply. The winning candidate must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.* Candidates do not need to be professional writers, but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests should fit well with the faculty for the 2016 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).

The recipient will be chosen based primarily on two factors: a) The potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and b) his/her need for financial support to be able to attend. We will also evaluate based on the other questions in the application, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat. 



Upcoming Deadlines

January 2016 Writer Residency at 
Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 6 – $1500)
Welter Call for Submissions (Deadline October 7)
La Muse Artists and Writers Short and Sweet Retreat Contest (Labastide-Esparbairenque, France – Deadline October 7)
Cherry Tree Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
StoryQuarterly 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Guernica/PEN Flash Series Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
Devil's Lake Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
River Teeth Book Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000 plus publication by University of New Mexico Press)
La Casa de Colores by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate – Call for Submissions (Theme: La Familia – Deadline October 15)
January/July 2016 Studio Residencies at 1450 Ocean (Deadline October 21 – $1500)
The Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $2000)
The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus residency in Italy)

ellipsis Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1) 
Best American Experimental Writing Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Writing Between the Vines Vineyard Retreats for Writers (Deadline November 5)
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (Deadline November 6)
Six Hens Call for Submissions (Deadline November 9)
The New York Times David Carr Fellowship (Deadline November 14)
Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Childhood – Deadline November 16 – $1000)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Oxford American Call for Submissions (Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)