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Oct182014

Submission Sunday 10.19.14



DUM DUM Zine
Call for Submissions
(Issue #5 – Deadline November 17)

Issue No. 5, “POST & Present,” will be a postcard book featuring the artwork of Christine Nguyen, completed by your submission! Our first postcard issue will be a mixture of text and image, exploring the ideas of communication and intimacy. We’ve seen ways technology can bridge the very gap in which it’s created. We can now send our pulse to one another via the Apple watch. We can send short videos and soundbytes over our phones and computers.


To force ourselves to communicate within restraints imposed by society, and to make communication meaningful, we ask you to keep submissions at 100 words or less (enough to fit on a postcard). In today’s tech and image ridden world how can language adapt; how can story-telling convey emotion and experience in a limited space? In 100 words or less think of the transitory nature of language, the way it’s transmitted through time and space, and the impressions it leaves. 100 WORDS OR LESS!


Narratively
Call for Pitches (Various themes and deadlines beginning October 22 through November 15)

Narratively is devoted to original and untold human stories. We are always interested in adding new voices to the mix and we accept both pitches for story ideas and completed submissions. We regularly publish written stories, short documentary films, audio pieces, photo essays, comics journalism and other types of multimedia. We are open to whatever medium best suits your story, but please only pitch stories in the medium in which you have experience working. We publish stories from all over the world and are interested in all relevant pitches, regardless of location.

Upcoming themes: Toy Stories (Pitches due October 22); Insiders (Pitches Due November 1); Outsiders (Pitches Due November 1); Memory (Pitches Due November 15); Shoes (Pitches Due November 15)

The best pitches include a brief description of your own storytelling experience plus a few examples of your work, along with a few paragraphs outlining your story, including the narrative arc and description of who your main subjects are. In keeping with our commitment to “untold” stories, before pitching an idea please do some background research into how widely your topic has been covered by other publications and let us know what will be new or unique about your approach.


3Elements Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)

3Elements Review was founded to spark imagination, to provide a unique creative challenge, and at the very least, to allow writers and artists a bit of fun with our three element prompts.

We aim to distinguish ourselves from the typical literary journal through our unique approach to the creative process. Each issue begins with the posting of three elements, which are currently, Wring, Respite, Smudge, and ends with a journal filled with the imaginative ways in which each writer and artist transformed those elements. We provide both emerging and established writers and artists a platform to share their unique voices and visions with the world.


Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)

Tahoma Literary Review is a quarterly journal published in both print and e-reader formats. We are based in the Pacific Northwest, but we are international in scope. We at Tahoma Literary Review  are committed to producing a literary journal from the professional writer’s perspective; we feel that writers deserve compensation for the weeks or months it takes to compose a publishable poem or story. A major goal of Tahoma Literary Review is to show that writers and publishers can support each other not only artistically, but also financially.

We believe in a collaborative publication model. Literary journals that pay their contributors are rare; most journals offer only exposure, a somewhat questionable concept in a landscape that is crowded with writers, but sadly limited by lack of recognition in mainstream culture. A substantial number of journals now hold contests, with entry fees typically in the $15 to $30 range–usually with one winner, and maybe a few finalist prizes–instead of paying all contributors. Our model attempts to find a middle ground that is more equitable.

TLR will offer both professional payment and exposure to our contributors by using a substantial portion of our total income to support our authors. Payment for fiction and nonfiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and flash is $25 to $50. The amount is determined by the revenues received from submission fees, print journal sales and contributions from sources such as donors and foundations. To ensure transparency and fairness, we will publish an audited quarterly revenue statement to verify the funds received for the submission period.


The Yes Please by Amy Poehler Writing Contest
(Deadline October 21)

In Yes Please, Amy explains how she goes through life saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way. It's opened her up to opportunities and given her chances. But what if you’re a teen girl with limited access to resources and role models, and very few opportunities come across your path? Girls Write Now, New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for high school girls, and Amy’s Smart Girls, makes sure those opportunities are there for girls to say Yes! to. 

What was the moment that your life changed because of saying yes? What was your Yes! moment? Share your story and you could win! The Contest is open to all legal residents of the United States and Canada, 13 years of age and older as of October 8, 2014.



The Fiddlehead
's 24th Annual Contest
 (Deadline December 1 – $2000)

The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English from all over the world, looking always for freshness and surprise. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction and poetry.

Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate is around 1-2%. Response time is typically from three to nine months. Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

The winning entries will be published in the spring 2015 issue of The Fiddlehead (no. 263) and on our website. The winning authors will be paid for publication in addition to their prizes!



The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices
 (Deadline January 5)

Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read.

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices is the first program of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive workshop immersion in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction or poetry. An unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community, LLF’s Writers Retreat is open to emerging LGBTQ writers of any age and from any country.

To insure the quality of Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat, applicants will be screened. Space is limited to approximately 9-12 students per workshop. Some publication history is desirable but not required. Ability to pay fees will in no way be part of the selection process.


Split Lip Magazine Call for Submissions, Global Humor Anthology, and Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 30 – $200)

Split Lip is an online journal driven to help literature mingle with pop culture. Though rooted in literary matters, we incorporate other media such as music, fine art and film in order to deliver a full review of today's relevant media. Split Lip borrows the publication models of Paste and Playboy, two magazines with a primary niche that's encompassed by additional content relative to that niche. Paste focuses on music, but they also offer book reviews, film reviews and pop culture journalism. Playboy, of course, focuses on men's interests (tits & ass), but over the years has offered works of fiction by writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver and Margaret Atwood. Split Lip believes one media can trigger an interest in another, and though we won't resort to nude photos to draw a crowd, we hope to see music fans take a moment to read a poem or two, we hope to see a fiction reader check out our featured short film, we hope, ultimately, that literature will find its way back into commercial entertainment. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines

Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
San Diego City Beat 2014 Fiction 101 Super-Short-Story Contest (Deadline October 20)
The Yes Please by Amy Poehler Writing Contest (Deadline October 21)
Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)
The Center for Fiction/Audible, Inc. 2014 Christopher Doheny Award (Deadline October 30 – $10,000)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
The Island Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Black Balloon Publishing 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $5000)
Indiana Review 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus conference scholarship)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award (Deadline November 1 – $5,000)
Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
The Matter International Reporting Fellowship (Deadline November 1 – $10,000)
Reed Magazine Literary Awards (Deadline November 1 – $500-$1333)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)
The Rattling Wall Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Alice James Poetry Award (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)
The Atlas Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)
Chautauqua Call for Submissions & Editors Prizes (Theme: Privacy & Secrets – Deadline November 15 – $500)
Narratively Call for Pitches (Various themes and deadlines beginning October 22 through November 15)
DUM DUM Zine Call for Submissions (Issue #5 – Deadline November 17)
Jenny Speculative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 21 – $175)
Wesleyan University Press Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Deadline November 21)
Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)
London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)
Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Split Lip Magazine Call for Submissions, Global Humor Anthology, and Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 30 – $200) 
Sunday
Oct122014

Submission Sunday 10.12.14



Alice James Poetry Award (Deadline November 1 – $2000)

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Inaugural Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award) postmarked through November 1, 2014. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. Entrants must reside in the United States. The winner receives $2000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice.


Lunch Ticket
Call for Submissions
(Deadline October 31)

Lunch Ticket is a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles, a program that is devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice.

Although the editors of Lunch Ticket share the MFA program’s mission and values, our commitment is to publish the best literary writing, regardless of subject matter or theme.

We will be reading submissions for the upcoming Winter/Spring 2015 issue from August 1st to October 31st. We are soliciting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people, translations, and visual art.  


Reed Magazine Literary Awards (Deadline November 1 – $500-$1333)

Published annually, San José State University's Reed Magazine features fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art, as well as interviews and profiles on notable Bay Area authors. Reed is a proud sponsor of the John Steinbeck Award for fiction, the Edwin Markham Prize for poetry, the Gabriele Rico Challenge for creative nonfiction, and the Leslie Jacoby Honor for art. Previous issues have included work by Joyce Carol Oates, James D. Houston, and Jacob M. Appel. First published as The Normal Pennant in 1898, Reed is the oldest literary journal west of the Mississippi River.

Contest submissions for the John Steinbeck Award (fiction), the Gabriele Rico Challenge (creative nonfiction), the Edwin Markham Prize (poetry), and the Leslie Jacoby Honor (Art), should follow the same guidelines for their respective genres as normal submissions. 



The Island Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31) 

The Island Review is an online magazine dedicated to great writing and visual art that comes from, is inspired by, celebrates or seeks to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors. Launched in February 2013, the editors hope to provide an online home for islanders and island lovers everywhere.

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of non-fiction, photography and visual art from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness. We’re looking for work that stands out from the crowd: work that is original, daring, witty, wise, radical, intelligent, illuminating or just plain excellent. If you think you fit into any (or all) of those categories, we want to hear from you.


Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards (Deadline October 18 – $1000)

The third annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards Writing Competition is now under way! Entries are being accepted in three categories: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Winners will be honored at the 2015 Tucson Festival of Books March 14-15. Submissions to the Literary Awards competition will be accepted now through October 15, 2014.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place entries will receive $500, and third-place finishers receiving $250. All nine prize-winners will receive scholarships to the 2015 TFOB Masters Workshop March 16-17 at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. 

Only the 50 semifinalists in the contest will be invited to take part in the workshop. The workshop is an invitation-only conference with a tuition fee of $300. Instruction will be provided by five authors featured at the 2015 Festival of Books. Past faculty members have included Rae Armantrout, Ann Hood, Larry Watson, Thomas Cobb, Kevin Canty, Gina Frangello, Rigoberto Gonzalez and Peter Turchi. The 2015 faculty will be announced later this year.


Harper's Magazine Call for Submissions

Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index. With its emphasis on fine writing and original thought Harper’s provides readers with a unique perspective on politics, society, the environment, and culture. The essays, fiction, and reporting in the magazine’s pages come from promising new voices, as well as some of the most distinguished names in American letters, among them Annie Dillard, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jonathan Franzen, Mary Gaitskill, David Foster Wallace, and Tom Wolfe.

Writers wishing to submit nonfiction to Harper’s Magazine are invited to send queries to the address below, accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The magazine will neither consider nor return unsolicited nonfiction manuscripts. Harper’s will consider unsolicited fiction. Unsolicited poetry will not be considered or returned. Ideas for the Readings section are welcomed at readings@harpers.org


Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship (Deadline October 15 – $54,000)

The American poet Amy Lowell died in 1925. Her will established an annual scholarship to support travel abroad for gifted American-born poets. The scholarship is administered by the Trustees under her will at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts.

Any poet of American birth who is able to spend one year outside the continent of North America. There is no age requirement, and there is no requirement that applicants be enrolled in a university or other education program. While many recent winners have been published poets, there is no requirement that applicants have previously published their work.


Redivider Call for Submissions

Redivider is a journal of new literature and art produced by the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College in Boston. Formerly the Beacon Street Review, Redivider underwent a change of name and redesign in late 2003 to debut with a special double issue at the AWP Conference in Chicago in Spring 2004.

Since its debut, Redivider has published original work by such established authors as George Singleton, Billy Collins, Sherman Alexie, Robert Olen Butler, Bob Hicok, Steve Almond, Claudia Emerson, and Paul Muldoon, as well as interviews with Shelley Jackson, Kelly Link, Antonya Nelson, Richard Russo, Jan Beatty, Denise Duhamel, and Marion Winik, among others. Writing from the journal has been anthologized in the Best American series and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Redivider seeks submissions of previously unpublished fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We accept submissions year round. We do not subscribe to a particular aesthetic—though we like to think of ourselves as quirky and edgy—the QUALITY of the work is our main consideration.



Upcoming Deadlines

Welcome Table Press 2014 Essaying the Body Electric Essay Contest (Deadline October 14)
Red Hen Press/Los Angeles Review Wild Light Poetry Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Shooter Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Pulling the Trigger – Deadline October 15)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
The 2015 A Public Space (APS) Emerging Writer Fellowships (Deadline October 15)
Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
San Diego City Beat 2014 Fiction 101 Super-Short-Story Contest (Deadline October 20)
Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)
The Center for Fiction/Audible, Inc. 2014 Christopher Doheny Award (Deadline October 30 – $10,000)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
The Island Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Black Balloon Publishing 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $5000)
Indiana Review 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus conference scholarship)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award (Deadline November 1 – $5,000)
Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
The Matter International Reporting Fellowship (Deadline November 1 – $10,000)
Reed Magazine Literary Awards (Deadline November 1 – $500-$1333)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)
The Rattling Wall Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Alice James Poetry Award (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)
The Atlas Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)
Chautauqua Call for Submissions & Editors Prizes (Theme: Privacy & Secrets – Deadline November 15 – $500)
Jenny Speculative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 21 – $175)
Wesleyan University Press Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Deadline November 21)
Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)
London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)
Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Sunday
Oct052014

Submission Sunday 10.5.14


Black Balloon Publishing will accept submissions for the 2014 annual Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize between October 1st and October 31st, 2014. The winning author receives $5,000 and a Black Balloon book deal. There is no reading fee.

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was a man who defied convention at every turn. A one-eyed, one-armed lunatic genius who never gave up, he began his military career fully intact, but eventually lost his right eye (Corsica, 1793) and his right arm (the Canary Islands, 1797) in battle. He refused to wear an eye patch over the wound, and used it to deliberately ignore a direct order from a superior officer during the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801—thus coining the phrase “turning a blind eye.”

When egomaniac and noted short stack Napoleon attempted to use our beloved balloons for evil during the 1798 Battle of Aboukir with a “military balloon corps,” Nelson immediately destroyed the approaching objects, putting a permanent stop to the short-lived European militarization of these symbols of wonder. Our hero. Like Horatio Nelson, we believe in relentless creativity and perseverance against all odds. Are you the next literary Nelson we're looking for?


Welcome Table Press 2014 Essaying the Body Electric Essay Contest (Deadline October 14)

Welcome Table Press, an independent nonprofit run entirely by volunteers, is pleased to announce its first essay contest, ESSAYING THE BODY ELECTRIC. (Please note that all fees are contributions to a 501(c)(3), and thus are tax-deductible.)
 
The winning submissions will be selected by judge Robert Atwan, series editor of BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS. The winning submissions will be published as part of a new online series from Welcome Table Press, ESSAYING THE BODY ELECTRIC, and, eventually, in a print anthology featuring the prize-winning essays. We will award prizes accordingly:
  • $250 for the first-place winner
  • $125 for the second-place winner
  • $75 for the third-place winner
  • $25 for two honorable mentions
Nonfiction work only: your submission should be about the body, human or nonhuman.


Bartleby Snopes
 "Everything October" Issue
 (Throughout October)

October will be the first ever themed issue at Bartleby Snopes. We want your Fall, October, Walpurgisnacht, and Halloween stories. $5 per accepted piece. Bartleby Snopes is an online literary magazine with several goals in mind. We want to publish the best new fiction we can find. We want to give the many writers out there an opportunity to publish their best work. We want to inspire you to create great works of fiction.

We currently publish two stories per week and end each month with a Story of the Month contest. We also publish our favorite stories in a semi-annual magazine format available as a free pdf download every January and July. Bartleby Snopes takes its name from two wonderful characters in American Literature. Our inspiration and love for short fiction comes from Herman Melville'sBartleby, The Scrivener and William Faulkner's "Barn Burning."

(Full disclosure: Artwork for the issue was provided by WordCraft consultant Chris Daley.)


San Diego CityBeat
2014 Fiction 101 Super-Short-Story Contest
(Deadline October 20)

It's time for CityBeat’s eighth-annual Fiction 101 super-short-story contest, our unique way to celebrate excellence in economical creative writing. Here’s the deal: You have 101 words to craft a compellingly humorous, sad, tragic, scary, heart-warming, silly or abstract story. All we ask is that you keep it under 102 words and that it be fiction (poems, diatribes, how-to manuals and ransom notes will be disqualified). The rest is up to your imagination. But please send us only your best TWO stories.

Our panel of judges will select three winners, and we’ll print all the really good ones in an upcoming issue. We will disqualify all entries of 102 words or more. Hyphenated words in compound modifiers, such as “low-rent district” count as two words, not one. The exception is when one of the hyphenated words cannot stand alone as a real word. The story title does not count in the word total. Some helpful hints: We’ll count “You will not make a monkey out of me” as nine words, but “You won’t make a monkey out of me” is only eight. Also, “Thirty-one” is two words; “31” is only one. The deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 27, at 5 p.m.


Chautauqua Call for Submissions & Editors Prizes (Theme: Privacy & Secrets – Deadline November 15 – $500)

Chautauqua publishes writing that expresses the values of the Chautauqua Institution, broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance—and when, where, and how those values and questions intersect. The Chautauqua philosophy has always been that everyday life should integrate leisure, education, fine arts, and spirituality. Educational pursuit and artistic enrichment should not be confined to separate spaces or designated hours. Spirituality is not defined and shared only within sacred walls or books of prayer. The Chautauqua way of life encompasses all of the ways we enrich our lives: learning on vacation, leisure in work, and passion for art and life in all activities. In the pages of Chautauqua, readers will find a season between covers.

We will resume reading for Issue 12, “Privacy and Secrets” in mid-August.  We are looking not just for illicit activity or betrayals, but also for an examination of ways that we cultivate and protect our private lives and innermost selves. The intersection between the public and private spheres is fertile ground for narratives that define us and shape who we become, from the secrets we tell ourselves to the stories we tell our children, to national issues surrounding the right to privacy. The Chautauqua Editors Prizes recognize the writing we feel best captures both the issue’s theme and the spirit of the Chautauqua Institution. The first place winner will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Prizes of $500/$250/$100 are awarded. ALL submissions are considered. 


Devil's Lake 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction (Deadline October 7 – $100)

Devil's Lake is published twice annually at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Devil’s Lake is now accepting online entries for its first annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. The new extended deadline is October 7th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. The winners will be announced in October 2014, and will receive $100 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $10. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake. The 2014 judge will be Danielle Evans. Best of luck! We look forward to reading your work.


Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)

Published twice annually by Michigan State University Press, Fourth Genre is a literary journal that explores the boundaries of contemporary and creative nonfiction. 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.


The Center for Fiction/Audible, Inc. 2014 Christopher Doheny Award (Deadline October 30 – $10,000)

The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for The Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate high literary standards while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With support from Audible, Inc., the award includes a $10,000 prize and publication and promotion of the book in print and audio editions. Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines
Red Hen Press/Los Angeles Review Wild Light Poetry Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Shooter Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Pulling the Trigger – Deadline October 15)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
The 2015 A Public Space (APS) Emerging Writer Fellowships (Deadline October 15)
Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
San Diego City Beat 2014 Fiction 101 Super-Short-Story Contest (Deadline October 20)
Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)
The Center for Fiction/Audible, Inc. 2014 Christopher Doheny Award (Deadline October 30 – $10,000)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Black Balloon Publishing 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $5000)
Indiana Review 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus conference scholarship)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award (Deadline November 1 – $5,000)
Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
The Matter International Reporting Fellowship (Deadline November 1 – $10,000)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)
The Rattling Wall Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)
The Atlas Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)
Chautauqua Call for Submissions & Editors Prizes (Theme: Privacy & Secrets – Deadline November 15 – $500)
Jenny Speculative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 21 – $175)
Wesleyan University Press Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Deadline November 21)
Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)
London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)
Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Sunday
Sep282014

Submission Sunday 9.28.14



Indiana Review 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus conference scholarship)

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000, publication in Indiana Review, and a scholarship to attend the 75th Annual Indiana University Writers' Conference, an additional $600 value.


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.


Wesleyan University Press Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Deadline November 21)

The Best American Experimental Writing anthology ("BAX" for short) is an annual anthology of approximately 200 pages. Best American Experimental Writing 2015 will be published by Wesleyan University Press in fall 2015. 

The guest editor chooses 60% of the content; the series editors, 20% of the content; and at least 20% of the content is chosen from submissions received via the submission process described below. We say "at least 20%" because some of the writing chosen by the guest editor and series editors may include submissions we receive via the submission process described below.

This is a two-month open reading period for all writers, with no limitations on the amount or type of writing a writer has published previously. Only online submissions are accepted; entries must be received via our Wesleyan online Submittable web page between September 1, 2014 and November 1, 2014.


The Rattling Wall Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)

The Rattling Wall is a literary journal based in Los Angeles, CA. The journal accepts sophisticated short fiction, travel essays, and poetry for print.


The Atlas Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)

The Atlas Review is a new, independent literary magazine, comprising poetry, short stories, essays and visual art. In the closely-knit community of writers, we sometimes forget there is a world beyond our immediate geography. As a result, we see the same names in the same journals at the same readings; the same aesthetic values; the same birds, horses, and irony. It isn’t bad for writers to belong to zeitgeist, given the very definition of community, but art ventures demand new rigor, new eyes to peer into that vast darkness we fear and to which we are constantly enamored. We should all touch the bottom of Hart Crane’s cruel sea or carve like mad into Kafka’s icy terrain. “Curiosity is the cure of boredom,” Dorothy Parker has said. “There is no cure of curiosity.”

The Atlas Review is concerned with merit and untapped talent from all reaches. While we will solicit a few writers for each issue, the true strength of our issues will be, in equal parts, the unsolicited submissions we receive. Through our anonymous submission system, we want to have the opportunity to reject work from a well-known New York writer for an astounding piece from a woman in Onamia, Minnesota. The print magazine, designed by our incredible graphic artist and published biannually, will be an artifact of the beauty, labor, and collaboration within each individual issue.


Jenny Speculative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 21 – $175)

Youngstown State University’s Student Literary Arts Association is proud to invite you to submit work to our new online literary magazine: Jenny. Allow us a moment to explain the title of our venture.

Like many struggling postindustrial cities across the country, Youngstown, Ohio is a place defined by images of ruin and rust, and there are few images more striking than that of the Jeannette Blast Furnace. “Jenny,” as plant workers called her and as Bruce Springsteen referred to her in his 1995 song “Youngstown,” was one of two furnaces located at Youngstown Sheet and Tube. It was a place where things were made, shaped, created.

Jenny will be holding its first contest for our 2015 issue. We ask that contestants send their best speculative fiction to be judged by a panel of our editors and Christopher Barzak, author of One for Sorrow. All submissions must fall under the speculative fiction umbrella in some way. Submissions must be 5000 words or less. We here at the Jenny are looking for a broad range of your best polished work. 


Noble / Gas Qtrly Call for Submissions

This journal is a parental figure in many respects: it is supportive; it allows you to invite friends to supper; it does its very best to spare you a few dollars, even when money’s tight. It will not, however, tolerate inattention. Bear in mind the following guidelines.

Noble / Gas Qtrly accepts original, unpublished works of literature and visual art that explore artifice and discovery—and any interstice that might divide those two—revel in juxtapositions of the high- and lowbrow, and is conscious of its place, its time, and its place in time.


Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle Call for Submissions and Writing Contest (Deadline December 1 – $500)

Approximately 1 in 7 women suffer from postpartum depression after having a baby. Many more may experience depression during pregnancy, postpartum anxiety, OCD, and other mood disorders. Postpartum depression is in fact the most common pregnancy-related complication, more widespread than gestational diabetes, preterm labor, or pre-eclampsia. Yet confusion and misinformation about postpartum depression and anxiety — from their symptoms to timelines to prevalence to treatment — are still widespread. Myths surrounding mothers’ mental health challenges can have devastating effects on women’s well-being as well as their identities as mothers, too often leading to shame and inadequate treatment. Although postpartum and antepartum depression and anxiety are temporary when treated, untreated mood disorders can lead to long-term consequences for both a mother and her child. A mother can feel very alone, ashamed, and hopeless. And keep silent.

Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggles will be a unique anthology with the goal of breaking that silence. With this collection of essays, we will try to dispel these myths and focus on the diversity of women’s experiences, through the voices of mothers themselves.


Red Hen Press/Los Angeles Review Wild Light Poetry Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review are pleased to announce the second annual Wild Light contest. A prize of $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review are given annually for an exceptional poem. Brendan Constantine is the final judge.

The Los Angeles Review, 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 the editors listed above, and we thank you for being part of The Los Angeles Review.


Upcoming Deadlines

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
 (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Junoesq Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #2 – Deadline September 30)
The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency (Austerlitz, NY – Deadline October 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)
Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1500)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, WY – Deadline October 1)
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline October 1 – $10,000)
Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Missouri Review 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)
Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)
Red Hen Press/Los Angeles Review Wild Light Poetry Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Shooter Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Pulling the Trigger – Deadline October 15)
The Rattling Wall Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)
The Atlas Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
The 2015 A Public Space (APS) Emerging Writer Fellowships (Deadline October 15)
Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Indiana Review 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus conference scholarship)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award (Deadline November 1 – $5,000)
Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
The Matter International Reporting Fellowship (Deadline November 1 – $10,000)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)
Jenny Speculative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 21 – $175)
Wesleyan University Press Best American Experimental Writing 2015 (Deadline November 21)
Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)
London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)
Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30) 
Sunday
Sep212014

Submission Sunday 9.21.14


Unique among writing programs, Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. There are no curricular requirements other than workshop attendance and writing. The program offers no degree.

In awarding fellowships, we consider the quality of the candidate’s creative work, potential for growth and ability to contribute to and profit from our writing workshops. The Stanford Creative Writing Program’s students are diverse in style and experience, with talent and seriousness the true common denominators.

To be a Stegner Fellow:

  • we do not require any degrees or tests for admission
  • no school of writing is favored over any other
  • chronological age is not a consideration

Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000 per year. In addition, fellows’ tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program. The Stegner Fellowship is a full-time academic commitment, and is not intended to be pursued concurrently with another degree program. Fellows must live close enough to Stanford to be able to attend workshops, readings, and events.


Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)

The Notre Dame Review is an independent, non-commercial magazine of contemporary American and international fiction, poetry, criticism and art. Our goal is to present a panoramic view of contemporary art and literature—no one style is advocated over another. We are especially interested in work that takes on big issues by making the invisible seen, that gives voice to the voiceless—work that gives message form through aesthetic experience.

In addition to showcasing celebrated authors like Nobel laureates Seamus Heaney and Czeslaw Milosz, the Notre Dame Review introduces readers to authors they may have never encountered before, but who are doing innovative and important work. Excellence is our sole criteria for selection, although we are especially interested in fiction and poetry that take on big issues. 


Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award (Deadline November 1 – $5,000)

The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize given to an American poet. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy. In addition, the Academy of American Poets purchases copies of the winning book for distribution to thousands of its members. The winner also receives a trip to New York City to attend the American Poets Prizes ceremony.  

The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets.


How do I know if my story is worth telling? Ask yourself: Is this something that is either a) taboo yet relatable that no one has ever articulated as well as you can, b) an experience SO crazy and foreign that people will feel compelled to share it, or c) a really big idea from the vantage point of the only person who could have had that perspective. We’re particularly interested in stories by women, non-white, and LGBT writers, as well as previously unpublished writers.

We’re looking for pitches on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

Sex and dating/relationships
Debt/money
Disease, especially the experience of being sick and invisible illnesses
Mental illness
Parenting and parents (including the experience of parents aging)
Drugs and addiction
Race
Work

We’re interested in serious subjects, but not necessarily serious takes: If you have an idea for a humorous approach to any of the above (or anything else), go for it. There’s also no strict word count, but pieces tend to be in the 800 to 1,200-word range, and we pay. We are also open to stories in other formats, such as graphic essays, photo essays, and audio pieces.


The 2015 A Public Space (APS) Emerging Writer Fellowships (Deadline October 15)

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for ​the 2015 Emerging Writer ​F​ellowships. 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)​. 

Please note that applicants from all across the world are encouraged to apply for these fellowships, and that the residency in our offices is an optional element. We are only able to consider submissions in English.

Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Amy Leach, Michael Thomas, and Jesmyn Ward were all emerging writers (and in some cases unpublished) 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.​ 


McSweeney's Internet Tendency 2014 Column Contest (Deadline September 22)

For the 6th consecutive year, it’s column contest time. Please read the following guidelines and then go get writing!

We are looking for material that is engaging and interesting, in a “we know it when we see it” way. It would probably be a mistake to look at our current columns and try to replicate them. We love those columns, but they came about by authors simply following their own paths. Engage the subject matter you’re interested in, in the way you find most compelling. Our site is primarily known for printing funny things, but columns need not be comic in nature. They don’t even need to be writing, as we have begun to feature more graphic-based material.


Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced by creative writing and web design students at Arizona State University. Founded by Patricia Colleen Murphy in 2008, the mission of the journal is to promote contemporary art and literature by providing a free, easy-to-navigate, high quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. We publish two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry. 


Superstition Review
 is published twice yearly. We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. We only accept submissions during our two reading periods in fall (September and October) and spring (January and February). 


The Matter International Reporting Fellowship (Deadline November 1 – $10,000)

We’re interested in stories that matter — stories that, as we state in our mission statement, “start or end conversations, that have meaning and impact, that change minds.” Matter will fund one such story this fall in our first annual International Reporting Fellowship.

We will award one $10,000 grant to a writer or team of journalists so that he or she may investigate and report a narrative feature on an issue of global importance—or local stories of global interest. We’re open to a broad range of topics and interests, though we’re looking for stories that are provocative, timely, and idea-driven. It’s our mission to take big swings at big issues, and this story should reflect that.

We know that the best stories come from great reporting — and reporting isn’t cheap. That’s why we’re willing to cover travel expenses up to $5,000 on top of the $10,000 grant. We also know that it isn’t always easy for new writers to land that first big reporting assignment—so our goal for this fellowship is to work with writers who have not yet been published in major national magazines.



Upcoming Deadlines

McSweeney's Internet Tendency 2014 Column Contest (Deadline September 22)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)
Ace Hotel in Palm Springs TinyLetter Residency (Deadline September 26)
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Junoesq Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #2 – Deadline September 30)
The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency (Austerlitz, NY – Deadline October 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)
Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1500)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, WY – Deadline October 1)
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline October 1 – $10,000)
Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Missouri Review 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)
Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)
Shooter Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Pulling the Trigger – Deadline October 15)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
The 2015 A Public Space (APS) Emerging Writer Fellowships (Deadline October 15)
Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award (Deadline November 1 – $5,000)
Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
The Matter International Reporting Fellowship (Deadline November 1 – $10,000)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)
Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)
London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)
Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30) 

Sunday
Sep142014

Submission Sunday 9.14.14

Our consultants can help you edit your drafts, prepare your submissions, and find places to submit! Contact us for customized submission assistance. 


Ace Hotel in Palm Springs TinyLetter Residency (Deadline September 26)

Five writers will spend ten days at Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, California from November 30 to December 9, 2014. During the residency, each writer will work on a project of their own choosing, free from the distractions of everyday life.

TinyLetter will cover the writers’ room and board, plus travel to and from Palm Springs. Writers will gather for dinner together on the first and last nights, with the remaining time open for working alone (or in groups, if a collaborative mood strikes).

This residency is for writers who have a specific project to work on. Fiction writers, journalists, poets, essayists—all are welcome to apply. Just tell us a little about yourself and let us know what you’d like to work on during your time in Palm Springs.


[PANK] Call for Submissions (Theme: Queer Issue – Deadline September 15)   

Founded in 2006, the nonprofit literary arts collective [PANK] – PANK Magazine & Tiny Hardcore Press – fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. To the end of the road, up country, a far shore, to the edges of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, a place inhabited by contradiction, quirk and startling anomaly, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born. [PANK], no soft pink hands allowed. 

 We are excited to announce the opening of submissions for [PANK’s] fifth annual queer issue. This year's issue will be guest-edited by Rafe Posey. Queer is something we are, but it’s also something we do. We queer space in a variety of ways. Those of us who write use our words to test and demolish the boundaries set against us, queering literature as we go. We bear witness, educate, and entertain. Often we are peculiar and even dangerous. Queer writers reclaim language with purpose. What I’m looking for is writing that refuses to assimilate, from writers of all genres, genders, and orientations, that illuminates that purpose. We’re here, and we’re queer. Let’s not let them get used to us.


Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)

Story is a double-sided, biannual magazine devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative. The editors are not only interested in short fiction, but instead innovative, human stories in any shape or form and from as diverse a population as possible—mathematics, narrative poetry, musical notation, graphic design, you name it. We are also very much interested in research, essays, and interviews about how stories work to define and complicate our world. Each issue focuses on a single theme (e.g. Monsters, Technology, etc.), and the two-sided nature of the publication functions to multiply the thematic reach of each offering. We are now accepting submissions for our forthcoming issue about immigration and emigration, human or otherwise.


Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)

The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation’s fourth ‘Museum of Words’ international flash fiction contest is now accepting entries. The competition is for very short fiction pieces of up to a maximum of 100 words. The winner will receive a prize of $20,000, with three runners-up each receiving $2000.

This contest is open to writers from all countries and entries are accepted in four languages: English, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew. The slogan for the 2014 contest is  ‘Mandela: Words and Concord’ but there are no subject or genre restrictions. All stories entered must be original and unpublished.

With such a generous prize on offer, the contest is extremely competitive. The last Museum of Words contest attracted 22,571 entries from writers in 119 countries. The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation is based in Spain and is a private, not-for-profit foundation. The foundation’s aim is to encourage dialogue between different cultures, ideas, religions and sensibilities. 


Shooter Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Pulling the Trigger – Deadline October 15)

Shooter launches December 2014 with the goal of supporting emerging writers of literary fiction, creative non-fiction, narrative journalism and poetry. Though based in the UK, Shooter publishes work in English by writers anywhere in the world. Initially, the magazine will publish biannually, in December and June, with plans to grow once the publication becomes established.

One of Shooter’s founding principles is to compensate writers and artists for their work. Far too many magazines and literary journals pay their contributors nothing. Financial acknowledgement sends a message that high-quality creative work is valued; even a small amount of money provides significant encouragement for emerging writers and artists. The future cultural landscape depends upon nurturing talent and connecting exciting new writers to readers. Shooter aims to make that connection.

Submissions for Issue #1 should relate to the theme Pulling the Trigger. The theme can be interpreted literally (hunting, gun accidents, crime, war) or metaphorically (launching into action, decisive moments, difficult decisions, the connection between creativity and violence). Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in the cover letter, noting any prior publishing experience, and email submissions to submissions.shooterlitmag @ gmail.com by October 15, 2014. 


Entries should fit the topic of the Crab Orchard Review Summer/Fall 2015 special 20th Anniversary issue, “20 Years: Writing About 1995-2015,” focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences, observations, and/or cultural and historical events that cover any of the ways our world and ourselves have changed due to the advancements, setbacks, tragedies, and triumphs of the last twenty years.

One winner in each genre category—Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction—will be selected by the editors of Crab Orchard Review to be published in the issue and receive a $2,000.00 award. The editors are looking for the work in each genre that best embodies the topic of the special issue. 


Iron Horse Literary Review
Call for Submissions
(Theme: The Bedroom Issue – Deadline September 19)

In 1999, Texas Tech University founded Iron Horse Literary Reviewin order to bring the literary arts to West Texas, which did not, at the time, have a national print venue for creative writing. We wanted an inexpensive way to bring America’s most respected poets, storytellers, and essayists to serious readers living in the remote panhandle. And that’s what we did. Our early contributors included Kim Barnes, Frederick Busch, Robert Olen Butler, Li-Young Lee, Barry Lopez, Lee Martin, Bobby Ann Mason, Stanley Plumly, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Russell Sanders, Ruth Stone, Leslie Ullman, David Wagoner, and many others.

We're asking serious writers to take an artistic look at love, intimacy, the complications of sex; we want stories, poems, essays that are well written and, because they are, really can be a turn-on. No cliches. No flowery language. No shock value. Just writing that captures those private moments and uses them to narrate the power of human experience.


Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, seeks proposals from writers living in Los Angeles County for the Writer’s Residency Program at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Writer’s Residency Program offers writers a large, private office in the historic Marion Davies Guest House for six weeks to complete a work-in-progress.

In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of artists in all disciplines, the Division has established a Writer’s Residency program at the Beach House. The Residency begins Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and concludes Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for a total of six weeks. The Residency offers an oceanfront office to work in on the upper floor of the restored Guest House of the former Marion Davies estate. The office is generally available every day from 8:30am-10pm.

The City seeks to provide opportunities to writers who need a place to write and are also interested in sharing aspects of their work for the public’s benefit. This program is best for writers who will be able to use the residency period to finish or make significant progress on a particular work, and are able to blog, hold weekly office hours (11am-2pm on selected days) and monthly critiques, readings, workshops or conversations with the public. If the applicant wishes to suggest other public activities in lieu of those mentioned, their proposals are welcome. Please note that, according to program guidelines, the writer’s public events should be aimed at an adult, rather than a youth audience. As an acknowledgement of the public benefit of the resident to the community, an honorarium of $1500 is offered.  

 

Upcoming Deadlines

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline September 15)
[PANK] Call for Submissions (Theme: Queer Issue – Deadline September 15)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Residency Fellowships (Deadline September 15)
Iron Horse Literary Review Call for Submissions (Theme: The Bedroom Issue – Deadline September 19)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)
Ace Hotel in Palm Springs TinyLetter Residency (Deadline September 26)
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Junoesq Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #2 – Deadline September 30)
The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency (Austerlitz, NY – Deadline October 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)
Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1500)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, WY – Deadline October 1)
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline October 1 – $10,000)
Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Missouri Review 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)
Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)
Shooter Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Pulling the Trigger – Deadline October 15)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Migration – Deadline November 15)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 23)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Crab Orchard Review Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)
Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline November 23 – $20,000)
London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)

Sunday
Sep072014

Submission Sunday 9.7.14

Our consultants can help you edit your drafts, prepare your submissions, and find places to submit! Contact us for customized submission assistance. 


The Missouri Review 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)

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.

The Missouri Review sponsors the annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize Contest in fiction, poetry, and essay, with a winner and three finalists named in each category. Length restrictions are 25 pages for fiction and essay, 10 pages for poetry. Winners will be published in the following spring issue plus each will receive a cash prize: $5,000 each for fiction, poetry, and essay. Postmark deadline is October 1. A $20 fee per submission includes a one-year subscription


The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency (Austerlitz, NY – Deadline October 1)

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month or two-week residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Residents artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at our pastoral campus. The Millay Colony is in Austerlitz, New York—approximately 2 1/2 hours north of New York City and 2 1/2 hours west of Boston, Massachusetts. 

The Colony sits on a seven-acre campus bordered by Edna St. Vincent Millay's former house and gardens and the beautiful Harvey Mountain State Forest. Resident artists enjoy walks through trails and meadows fragrant with wild thyme, flowers and blueberries. There is wonderful hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, bird-watching and blueberry-picking on our property and throughout the nearby State Forest. A short drive will bring you to the Catamount Ski resort and numerous parks and swimming holes.


StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)

Founded in 1975, StoryQuarterly has been publishing emerging and established writers for over 30 years. Originally an independent quarterly based in Illinois, its contributors’ work has been selected for inclusion in the annual collections The Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses, and The Best American Non-Required Reading. 

Our Fourth Annual Fiction Contest is judged by Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Niagara Falls All Over Again, The Giant’s House, and Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry. The contest runs from August 1st, 2014 through October 31, 2014. The winner and the two runners-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 48.


The Bohemyth Call for Submissions (23rd of each month)

The Bohemyth is an online literary journal publishing Short Fiction + Poetry + Photography + Essays on a monthly basis. Each new issue is published on the 7th of the month. To be considered for publication your submission must arrive between the 1st – 23rd of the previous month. We will respond to your submission at the end of the month in which you submit. Occasionally we will give feedback to unsuccessful submitters. 

We want contemporary, literary short stories and flash fiction. We want ideas that affect, engage, move, and entertain. We want writing that is beautiful, poetic, thought-provoking, original, and inspiring. We want images that linger in our minds. We want to be seduced and savaged. We want sentences that ping. We want contemporary poetry that communicates. We want the passionate, the personal, and the particular. We want lines we cannot forget. We want poems that don’t know they’re poems. We want to be surprised. We want personal essays. We want specific questions that spiral out into universal answers, and vice versa. We want to see your mind at work. We are more interested in seeing how you are saying it than what you are saying. We want your definition of beauty. We want clean images. We want to see something we may never forget. 


Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, WY – Deadline October 1)

The Ucross Foundation Residency Program offers the gift of time and space to competitively selected individuals working in all artistic disciplines.  The Foundation strives to provide a respectful, comfortable and productive environment, freeing artists from the pressures and distractions of daily life.  As painter Carol Schwennesen commented, "There has been no other art experience that has been as wide and deep and solid as the experience of being at Ucross."

The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.  Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks.  At any one time, there are up to nine individuals in residence, a mix of visual artists, writers and composers.  In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters.  

Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends.  Lunches are delivered to individual studio doors; group dinners take place at 6 p.m.  Towels and all linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms.  There is cell phone service on the property and several wireless internet connection sites are available for resident use. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming. There is no charge for a residency. 


Junoesq Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #2 – Deadline September 30)

Junoesq Literary Journal is a quarterly online women’s literary journal featuring the best poetry, fiction and non-fiction writing celebrating female experience and expression. Published in Asia, it is a dedicated space for diverse and unique voices intersecting literature, culture and art in all forms, from the literary to feminist, experimental to autobiographical, anthropological to confessional, academic to the domestic.

 Junoesq is now open for #Issue 2 submissions for poetry, fiction (short stories or flash fiction), non-fiction (creative non-fiction, personal and academic essays, memoir pieces, travelogues and philosophical musings) from women writers writing about any topic that is thought provoking, moving, sensuous or humorous. We don’t mind erotic if it isn’t pornographic; or controversial if it doesn’t involve anything gruesome happening to children.

We prefer unpublished work but are open to published work that has had a small circulation and is ready to be appreciated by a wider audience if there is no conflict regarding copyright issues. All writers published in Junoesq will retain copyright for their work. At present, Junoesq will not be able to pay contributors.


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

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. 

Guest Judge: Ben Fountain
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250 

We accept all genres of literary fiction. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; 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.


Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)

Since its founding in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. We welcome published writers and translators of every type of literature. International, cultural and creative exchange is a foundation of our mission, and a wide distribution of national background is an important part of our selection process.

Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals.


Upcoming Deadlines

Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards (Deadline September 8 – $6000)
Killer Reads (HarperCollins UK) Open Reading Period (Deadline September 14)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline September 15)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Residency Fellowships (Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Junoesq Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #2 – Deadline September 30)
The Millay Colony for the Arts Residency (Austerlitz, NY – Deadline October 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)
Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1500)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, WY – Deadline October 1)
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline October 1 – $10,000)
Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Missouri Review 24th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)
Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Writers Omi at Ledig House Residency (Ghent, NY – Deadline October 20)
StoryQuarterly Fourth Annual Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
The Briar Cliff Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)
Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)

Sunday
Aug242014

Submission Sunday 8.24.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.


Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards (Deadline September 8 – $6000)

Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco bay area.

There will be multiple winners for each award. Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.

The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply. We seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting. We're also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.


Word Riot Call for Submissions

Word Riot publishes the forceful voices of up-and-coming writers and poets. We like edgy. We like challenging. We like unique voices. Word Riot first opened shop in March 2002 as the literary section of a now defunct on-line music magazine, Communication Breakdown. Each month we provide readers with book reviews, author interviews, and, most importantly, writing from some of the best and brightest making waves on the literary scene.

Short story submissions should be no less than 1000 words and no greater than 6500. Flash fiction is a piece of fiction under 1000 words. We will accept submissions of novel excerpts up to 6500 words in length. Please include a brief synopsis of your novel and a general overview of its theme. We will take into consideration the limitations imposed by submitting an excerpt best understood in the context of a novel. The stretching form category includes experimental and unique writing that we feel exists beyond the usual categories of fiction, poetry, and essay. Submissions should be no longer than 6500 words in length. We’re interested in reading both full-length personal essays (1000 to 6500 words) and very short nonfiction pieces (650 words or less). Whatever the length or the subject matter, preference will be given to compelling stories strong in lyricism, wit, compassion, or daring.

We are interested in book reviews of literary and experimental fiction and poetry. Our primary interest is in books from small, independent and university presses but we will accept reviews of books from large publishing houses. Similarly, we are primarily interested in interviews with authors and poets who publish with small, independent and university presses but we will accept interviews of authors and poets who are published by large houses.


The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline October 1 – $10,000)

The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence honors Louisiana’s revered storyteller, Ernest J. Gaines, and serves to inspire and recognize rising African-American fiction writers of excellence at a national level. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its eighth year and has become nationally recognized in its role of enhancing visibility of emerging black fiction writers while also expanding the audience for this literature. The annual award of a $10,000 cash prize is given in the hope that this will help the winner focus on his/her art of writing.

Eligible entries are read by a panel of judges, themselves renowned contributors to the literary world. They are Thomas Beller, Anthony Grooms, Elizabeth Nunez, Francine Prose, and Patricia Towers. The Baton Rouge Area Foundation sponsors the winner’s travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to receive the prize at a ceremony attended by Ernest Gaines. The author reads an excerpt from the selected work of fiction and Mr. Gaines offers commentary on writing and on the author. A reception follows. The evening is free and open to the public and attracts a very diverse audience.

The literary award winner also participates in educational activities at selected area schools and after-school programs in keeping with the Gaines Award interest in emphasizing the role of literature and arts in education. Through small creative writing workshops with the winning author, students are encouraged to pursue reading, delve into their own creativity, and to consider becoming an author.


Redheaded Stepchild Magazine Call for Submissions

Malaika King Albrecht, Deborah Blakely, and Eric Helms are the poetry editors at Redheaded Stepchild Magazine. We know that a lot of kickass poetry gets rejected, and we thought it would be fun to publish only previously rejected poems. We like rejects. That being said, receiving a rejection note from us doesn't say anything about the quality of the poem(s). If it doesn't work out here, submit elsewhere.


Cobalt Review 2014 Writing Prizes (Deadline August 31 – $200–$500)

2014 Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize – $500 

This is Cobalt's third annual poetry writing prize and with the addition of our new poetry editor we've decided to rename the prize to honor the first Latin American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1945. Chilean Poet Gabriela Mistral is known worldwide for her humanitarian work and her poetry. She was an educator, a diplomat, and a poet. Her poetry explores themes of love and loss, pleasure and pain, dream and truth--the wide range of the human spirit and emotion. She came from modest beginnings, born in a small town in 1889 near the Chilean Andes Mountains, raised by a single mother. Mistral was self-taught. Being denied admittance to pursue a degree she persevered and earned a teaching certificate. After teaching for many years in Chile, she went on to an appointment as a diplomat for the Chilean government, and taught at various universities in the United States. It is with her spirit of determination in mind that we inaugurate this prize in her name. 

2014 Frank McCourt Creative Nonfiction Prize – $200

Frank McCourt, Irish-American memoirist and educator, won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his tragicomic book about childhood plight in an impoverished Ireland, Angela’s Ashes. His style: witty, illuminating and emotionally devastating. Cobalt has always favored memoirs and essays that reveal character, which makes McCourt an ideal inspiration for this Creative Nonfiction Prize. 

2014 Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize – $200

Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most ambitious African-American writers of the 1920s through the 1950s. Widely recognized for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, which the New York Times said "is about Negroes... but really it is about every one, or at least every one who isn't so civilized that he has lost the capacity for glory." Hurston's unique voice, which often incorporated southern folklore, made her a direct influence for other African American writers, including Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison. It is in the spirit of Ms. Hurston's pioneering voice and variety of styles and topics that we dedicate this contest in her name.


Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (Deadline September 30 – $1000)

  • All styles and themes
  • Submission period: April 15-September 30
  • Total prizes: $3,000
  • Accepts published and unpublished work
  • Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

Winning Writers finds and creates quality resources for poets and writers. It was founded by Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen in 2001. We are located in Western Massachusetts. Winning Writers is proud to be one of "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2013) and a recipient of the Truly Useful Site Award (Preditors & Editors, March 2006). We sponsor four annual contests: the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee), the Sports Fiction & Essay Contest, the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest and the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.  


Curbed Call for Pitches

Attention, writers and photographers. Curbed now publishes longform and narrative stories from freelance writers and photographers, and we're seeking additional contributors. We're looking for stories that dig deep on the topics closest to our heart—particularly architecture, design, and real estate—while also maintaining Curbed's voice. Interested in pitching? Read on!

Types of feature stories can include: reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories.

Have an idea for a type of story not listed above? Try us anyway. (But no listicles, how-to pieces, or trend stories, please.) And yes, we pay. Competitively.


London Book Festival Call for Submissions (Deadline November 25 – $1500)

Via Galley Cat: The 2014 London Book Festival is currently looking for entries for its annual awards, which highlight the best in international publishing.

The festival considers titles in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian. Titles can be self-published or traditionally published. Categories include: non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, poetry, art/photography, young adult, how-to, wild card (anything goes!), business, science fiction, history, romance, spiritual/religous and biography/autobiography/memoir. Works must have been published after January 1, 2011.

The judges will judge the works based on storytelling and its potential to have an international impact. The winner will earn $1500 in prize money, as well as a flight to London to attend the ceremony in January 2015. submissions will be open through November 25, 2014.



Upcoming Deadlines

Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Cobalt Review 2014 Writing Prizes (Deadline August 31 – $200–$500)
Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500)
Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture Call for Chapters (Abstract Deadline September 1)
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose 2015 Contest (Deadline September 5 – $1000)
The Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature (Deadline September 7)
Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards (Deadline September 8 – $6000)
Killer Reads (HarperCollins UK) Open Reading Period (Deadline September 14)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline September 15)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Residency Fellowships (Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)
Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1500)
The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence (Deadline October 1 – $10,000)
Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)
Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Aug172014

Submission Sunday 8.17.14

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information.


The Pinch Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline March 15)

The Pinch is a journal of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art committed to presenting its readers with exciting works from both new and established writers. Founded in 1980, The Pinch is one of the longest-running literary journals in the country.

Published by the MFA program at The University of Memphis and distributed nationwide, The Pinch has published the work of many fine contemporary writers including Bobbie Ann Mason, Lee Sharkey, Dinty W. Moore, Floyd Skloot, Ander Monson, and many others. Recent works from The Pinch have been anthologized in The Best American Non-required Reading.

Send us the best you've got, the riskiest, the most personal, the most empathetic, the most challenging, the most beautiful. 


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Residency Fellowships (Deadline September 15)

Serenity. Light. Space. Privacy. The ability to work uninterrupted for hours, days, weeks in a quiet studio cradled in 400 acres of rolling Blue Ridge farmland. These are just a few of the reasons why more than 400 of the world's foremost writers, composers, and visual artists come to VCCA each year. Every residency includes a comfortable, private bedroom, three meals a day, and a private studio.

Among our Fellows are recipients of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy in Rome, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, as well as winners of National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and MacArthur genius awards. In the past 41 years, more than 4,000 writers, artists and composers have benefited from residencies at VCCA, making it, in the words of one of our Fellows, "one of the most important sources of art in the world." 


Fiction Collective 2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1500)

The FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest is open to any U.S. writer in English who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a novel of any length. There is no length requirement. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published or self-published novels and collections are not eligible. 

Selection criteria will be consistent with FC2's stated mission to publish "fiction considered by America's largest publishers too challenging, innovative, or heterodox for the commercial milieu," including works of "high quality and exceptional ambition whose styles, subject matter, or forms push the limits of American publishing and reshape our literary culture."


Under the Sun
Call for Submissions
(Deadline January 2)

Under the Sun is an online national literary journal exclusively dedicated to the publication of creative non-fiction. We feature writers from all over the globe and offer the best, affordable, really fine writing available.

We don't have a lot of guidelines, just that we are interested in creative non-fiction only (no academic articles or review essays) and that we seek, of course, excellence. Very short pieces (e.g., 2-3 pages), unless they are so tightly written that they squeak, don't stand as good of a chance with us as longer ones. 


Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1)

Heavy Feather Review is a literary and arts quarterly with ambitions to become a full-fledged press in Baby Eat Books. The idea ignited on April 15, 2011, between Jason Teal and Nathan Floom, during their undergraduate educations at Bowling Green State University. In the three years since, HFR has published six issues via eBook and print. We have worked with writers and artists such as Lucy Corin, Kristina Marie Darling, Roxane Gay, Noah Eli Gordon, francine j. harris, Andy Kehoe, Stefan Kiesbye, Robert Lopez, F. Daniel Rzciznek, Amber Sparks, and hundreds more. We nominate for many national anthologies and a story from HFR will appear in the third installment of the &NOW Awards Anthology, edited by Megan Milks, in 2015. HFR is dedicated to publishing the finest in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, comics, or any hybrid thereof. 


Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (and Reviews) Call for Submissions (Deadline May 15)

Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (& Reviews) is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Past contributors include winners of the Nobel, Ruth Lilly, Pulitzer, Bollingen, Prix de la Liberté, and Neustadt Prizes, recipients of Guggenheim, Whiting, National Book Critics Circle and National Book Awards, and many writers seeing their work in print for the first time. The Pleiades Book Review (PBR) comprises half of each issue of Pleiades and features both essay reviews and shorter reviews of primarily small-press books.


Southeast Missouri State University Press Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel (Deadline November 1 – $2000)

Submissions must be previously unpublished novels, novellas, or collections of closely linked short stories. Winner of the contest will be notified by July 15. Winner and finalists will be announced on the website later in July.

Southeast Missouri State University Press, founded in 2001, serves both as a first-rate publisher in our underpublished region and as a working laboratory for students interested in learning the art and skills of literary publishing. Recognition won by our books include the John H. Reid Short Fiction Award, the Creative Spirits Platinum Award for General Fiction, the James Jones First Novel Award, the Langum Award for Historical Fiction, the Missouri Governor's Book Award, the United We Read selection, and the Kniffen Book Award for best U.S./Canada cultural geography.


Bodega Magazine Call for Submissions

Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month featuring poetry, prose, and quarterly interviews by established and emerging writers. We’re here to give you a handful of essential pieces you can digest in one sitting.

We read submissions all year. Send us your poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. We accept simultaneous submissions and will always reach out before publishing your work, so there's no need to notify us if you're accepted elsewhere (congrats!).


Upcoming Deadlines

Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500)
Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture Call for Chapters (Abstract Deadline September 1)
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose 2015 Contest (Deadline September 5 – $1000)
The Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature (Deadline September 7)
Killer Reads (HarperCollins UK) Open Reading Period (Deadline September 14)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline September 15)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) Residency Fellowships (Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)
Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)
Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1500)
Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)
Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)
River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Aug102014

Submission Sunday 8.10.14

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information.

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose 2015 Contest (Deadline September 5 – $1000)

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will begin accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2014-2015 issue and contest on July 1, with a deadline of Sept. 5. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, with two additional entries receiving $250 each.

We want to like your writing, plain and simple. We find ourselves drawn to writing rich in detail, peopled with characters that move like living things, taking place in rooms and towns that smell and taste as real as the places we might have been. We like writing that evokes emotion and response, that makes something in us shiver and say, “I’ve been there,” even if that “there” is a lonely Wednesday on the Moon.

We have published experimental and fragmented nonfiction, poetry without line breaks, and stories that tended to comment on themselves. We have published form poetry and formal short stories. We are open to what you do with words and sentences as long as they feel like your own. We want to hear the authority in your voice, even if you’re asking questions you don’t know the answers to.


The Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature (Deadline September 7)

The Firecrackers seek to celebrate and promote great literary works from independent literary publishers and self-published authors. We’re looking for language that smolders, crackles or explodes on the page. We’re looking for voices we’ve never heard and will never forget. The Firecrackers will spotlight books that make a permanent contribution to our literary culture and introduce them to readers far and wide. The Firecracker Indie Book Awards are foremost literary awards. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: 
  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction (i.e. memoir, essay, hybrid non-fiction forms)
  • Poetry
  • Graphic Novel
  • Young Adult
Firecrackers will also be awarded in three magazine/periodical categories:
  • Poetry (for poetry-focused magazines)
  • Best Debut (for magazines publishing first issue in 2014) 
  • General Excellence (open to all literary periodicals)

All submissions must have a publication date within the calendar year 2014. All independent publishers and self-published authors of literary writing are eligible for the Firecracker Award, regardless of CLMP-membership status. 


Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline September 15)

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers residencies for artists on a historic working ranch in Wyoming. Imbued with the spirit of the American West, the ranch sits at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges just outside the town of Saratoga. From countless miles of trails to hike, bike, snowshoe or cross-country ski, our unique destination offers endless ways to enjoy this spectacular country. A diversity of wildlife call the ranch home, including antelope, deer, elk, moose, fox, badger, and marmots.

The artist camp features eight working studios in historic, restored ranch buildings and eight individual residences with private bath, closet, and separate workspace. Kitchen, library, family room and laundry facility are shared. All meals are provided, which includes a self-prepared breakfast, bagged lunches and family-style dinners.


Little Fiction and Big Truths Call for Submissions 

Little Fiction publishes short story singles in digital format. We also publish nonfiction under our Big Truths label. We release at least two stories every month, and they're all free to download for your iPad, iPhone, or eReader. We also rock an annual compilation of short stories in list form, acceptably called Listearture. Yep. That's us.


The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)

Now accepting entries from publishers, agents and authors. The Award - an international prize for a single short story - recognises the finest writers, with previous winners including Junot Diaz, Kevin Barry, Anthony Doerr and C K Stead. Worth £30,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each of the five runners-up, prizes will be announced in April 2015.

Entry is open to authors from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. Stories must be previously unpublished, or first published after 1 January 2014. All entries must be 6,000 words or under and entirely original.

Launched in 2009 by Lord Matthew Evans, chairman of EFG Private Bank and Cathy Galvin from The Sunday Times, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK. Worth £30,000 to the winner, and £1,000 to each of the shortlisted authors, the annual award aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story, and has attracted entries from some of the world's finest writers.


Fiddleblack Call for Submissions

Fiddleblack accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction. The submissions we receive without solicitation are considered for our digital journal only. 

Fiddleblack’s specific mission is the search for a modern literary aesthetic: a glass through which glimpses of self and place are passed. We’re interested in publishing creative writing that imagines the land with resonance, as more than an agrarian surface. This we call “antipastoralism.” In that same micro-genre, we’re interested in work that considers sprawl and suburbia in some transgressive fashion, realizing finite space and how we’re emotionally bound to the land, and work that examines the ontology of a rural or varyingly rural region.

Further, we have an interest in speculative work that pursues the bond between horror and philosophical thought. These very real bonds may be built from vivid dissections of the reasons we’re sometimes inconsolably afraid, or they may be glimpses of absences and gaps in the fixed ends we hope exist to bind us. We refer to this sub-genre as “concept horror.” And of course, work that melds these focuses is always desirable.


Killer Reads (HarperCollins UK) Open Reading Period (Deadline September 14)

HarperCollins UK is launching a new digital-first crime and thriller list, which will begin publication with the best finds from an open submission held this summer.

Killer Reads, which takes its name from HC's existing crime community site, will invite unagented submissions from 29th August to 14th September, in all crime genres from police procedurals to high-concept thrillers. Sarah Hodgson, deputy publishing director, said the open submissions would be a good way to tap into undiscovered writing.

From August 29th to September 14th, the editors invite aspiring writers to send in unagented submissions. The organizers will only accept complete manuscripts (containing 70,000 words or more) that are written in English. The imprint will look to put out around one or two new titles each month.


Squalorly Short Short Story Contest (Deadline October 7 – $50)

It's simple, really. Write a story. Make sure it's good. Oh, and make sure it's 250 words, or less. Then, win 50 bucks and a t-shirt and get published on the website and in the anthology. And a pair of baby shoes. The kind that have never been worn. Well, not really, but you know what we mean. 

At Squalorly, we do not seek scholarly analyses or angst-driven diary entries; nor do we wish to be entertained by martians, demons, ghosts, or fairy godmothers. Those stories have a place, but it’s not here. We believe in solid writing. Period. So, suspend our disbelief and ground us in reality. Move, amaze, horrify, and educate us about the complex world in which we live. Bare your soul and bleed on the page.

Literature from the other side is more than a clever tagline; rather, it is the foundation upon which this little rag was assembled. We publish storytellers. Whether they are MFAs or ditch diggers is of little concern, so long as the words seem to have clawed their way onto the page, defying the will of the author, with little regard for sleep, safety or comfort. The words that we love have a mind of their own. They exist out of necessity and apologize for nothing. They are both careful and reckless and leave us screaming for more. 

We're accepting submissions now until October 7th. Plenty of time to go crazy counting words. Oh, and you'll get to judge the next Short Short Story Contest. Official. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines

Los Angeles Times Call for Opinionated Poetry (Deadline August 11)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
The Texas Observer 2014 Short Story Contest (Deadline August 11 – $1000)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Caitlin Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Travelling Alone (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500)
Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture Call for Chapters (Abstract Deadline September 1)
Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose 2015 Contest (Deadline September 5 – $1000)
The Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature (Deadline September 7)
Killer Reads (HarperCollins UK) Open Reading Period (Deadline September 14)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline September 15)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)
The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (Deadline September 26 – £30,000)

Sunday
Aug032014

Submission Sunday 8.3.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.

We’re excited to share a glimpse of The California Sunday Magazine—the next media project from the lab of Pop-Up Magazine, the live magazine. The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine will work together to produce unforgettable reported storytelling from the West Coast, for your nights and weekends. 

We'd love to hear your story ideas. We're not hiring staff writers or contributing writers yet. But we look forward to working with a wide network of independent, freelance writers. Our rates for reported features will be competitive with national print magazines. And you'll work with exceptional editors. Send a note to 
writers@californiasunday.com to receive our Contributor Guide, as well as very occasional emails that will let you know if we're developing a special issue or looking for stories on a particular theme. 


Atticus Review
 is a weekly online journal that publishes stories, poems, electric literature, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive whimsy. If you’re a writer who tests limits, especially if you write with a rocket-fueled pen, we want to read your best stuff. Please send it our way. In addition to our role as editors for Atticus Review, we also are writers who are bad submitters. We get intimidated; We fear rejection. So please know that your work will be shown respect, and reviewed with eyes that have stared at submit buttons for too long before nervous fingers finally clicked. We know what a gift it is for you to give us—for free!— something you spent hours honing, tweaking, editing, getting just right. 

If you’re interested in having your work considered for publication, go to the submissions page of Atticus Books on Submishmash. If you’re the gregarious, ambitious type and have an idea for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly column, e-mail Dan Cafaro, the publisher, at danc@atticusbooks.net. The worst that can happen is he’ll never receive your submission because gremlins ate it, and you’ll think he ignored you. Fortunately for you, our staff, on the whole, doesn’t believe in public castration or humiliation, so you’re safe in that department. In theory, anyway.


Waxwing
 is a literary journal promoting the tremendous cultural diversity of contemporary American literature, alongside international voices in translation. It is the editors’ belief that American literature is thriving, both in terms of aesthetics and cultural inclusiveness. Waxwing believes that American voices are, at their cores, both multicultural and multinational, and so the editors’ mission is to include American writers from all cultural identities — in terms of race, ethnicity, indigenous tribe, gender, class, sexuality, age, education, ability, language, religion, and region — alongside international voices, published bilingually. Waxwing aims to broadcast as widely as possible, in each and every issue, singular voices — and to hear these voices together, in all their harmony and dissonance.

Waxwing
 is published in October, February, and June of each year. The journal publishes poetry, short fiction, literary essays, interviews, reviews, art, and music, as well as international literature in translation. Waxwing currently accepts submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative essays; all other content is solicited.

The Southeast Review
, established in 1979 as Sundog, is a national literary magazine housed in the English department at Florida State University and is edited and managed by its graduate students and a faculty consulting editor. The mission of The Southeast Review is to present emerging writers on the same stage as well-established ones. In each semi-annual issue, we publish literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, book reviews and art. With nearly sixty members on our editorial staff who come from throughout the country and the world, we strive to publish work that is representative of our diverse interests and aesthetics, and we celebrate the eclectic mix this produces.

For three quarters of a century, VQR’s primary mission has been to sustain and strengthen Jefferson’s bulwark, long describing itself as “A National Journal of Literature and Discussion.” And for good reason. From its inception in prohibition, through depression and war, in prosperity and peace, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been a haven—and home—for the best essayists, fiction writers, and poets, seeking contributors from every section of the United States and abroad. It has not limited itself to any special field. No topic has been alien: literary, public affairs, the arts, history, the economy. If it could be approached through essay or discussion, poetry or prose, VQR has covered it.

VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers. For poetry, we pay $200 per poem; for poems longer than 50 lines, the payment is higher. For prose, we generally pay approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. For investigative reporting, we pay at a higher rate, sometimes including pre-approved travel expenses.


Scratch
is a digital magazine about the relationship between writing, money, and life. In each quarterly issue, you’ll find in-depth interviews, reportage, resources, and personal stories. Scratch is for writers of all genres and trades, and for anyone interested in where the written word goes from here.

At Scratch, we believe in transparency. We aren’t interested in bitterness or entitlement; we prefer pragmatism, curiosity, and empathy. It’s also helpful to have a sense of humor about this stuff.


Beloit Fiction Journal Call for Submssions (Deadline December 1)

The Beloit Fiction Journal publishes the best in contemporary short fiction. Traditional and experimental narratives find a home in our pages. We publish new writers alongside established writers. Our fiction-only format allows us to consider very long as well as very short stories. We occasionally publish excerpts.

Work first appearing in BFJ has been reprinted in award-winning collections, including the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, the Flannery O’Connor and the Milkweed Fiction Prize collections and has received the Iowa Short Fiction award. BFJ has published work by A. Manette Ansay, Rick Bass, Mark Brazaitis, Lan Samantha Chang, Gary Fincke, Robin Hemley, Karl Iagnemma, Dennis Lehane, Cris Mazza, John McNally, Maura Stanton, Ron Wallace, Gordon Weaver and Mark Wisniewski.


Paper Darts Call for Submissions

Paper Darts is a literary and arts magazine that’s been fuelled by volunteers and imaginary money since 2009. We publish uncommon work by new voices and pair it with custom illustration that you just can’t get anywhere else. When we’re feeling restless, we partner with fellow underdogs on creative endeavors that don’t fit on our [web]pages: short story collections, readings, vinyl records, pop-up shops, art museum choose-your-own adventures—that kind of thing. If you believe in good reading and brain candy of the low- and highbrow variety, you’re in the right place.

Send us your fiction, poetry, essays, art, music, nonfiction, flash fiction, or comics. We want to see and celebrate what you got. We take submissions on a rolling basis for our online magazine, which publishes almost daily, as well as our print magazine.

 



Upcoming Deadlines

Gival Press Short Story Award (Deadline August 8 – $1000)
Los Angeles Times Call for Opinionated Poetry (Deadline August 11)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
The Texas Observer 2014 Short Story Contest (Deadline August 11 – $1000)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Caitlin Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Travelling Alone (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500)
Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture Call for Chapters (Abstract Deadline September 1)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)

Sunday
Jul272014

Submission Sunday 7.27.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.


Two Words For
Call for Submissions

Two Words For is an online creative literary and arts publication devoted to fresh, original writing on those who came before. We publish work inspired by sources of inspiration - names in ever-current pastness that force us to create in the shadow of their unforgettable presence.

Two Words For got its start on a train between Utrecht and Amsterdam. A conversation about authors from the past. It became a reality on a computer screen. A conversation about tools from the new media. And it's on these tools that it's designed and developed in Los Angeles and edited in Paris, Amsterdam, and New York.

We ask authors and artists to name the figures that inspired them. But to overcome those names and make something new.


[PANK]
Call for Submissions

Founded in 2006, the nonprofit literary arts collective [PANK] – PANK Magazine & Tiny Hardcore Press – fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. To the end of the road, up country, a far shore, to the edges of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, a place inhabited by contradiction, quirk and startling anomaly, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born. [PANK], no soft pink hands allowed.

We are open to free magazine submissions in February, March, September, October, and November, unless otherwise noted; “Tip Jar” submissions to the magazine are open year-round. As we now pay all magazine contributors, both online and in print, we encourage you to please consider using our Tip Jar submission category. FYI, all Tip Jar proceeds go to supporting author payments. But please, if you do not wish to use the tip jar, don’t; there are an entire five months out of the year where you don’t have to. And believe it or not, free and tip jar submissions are treated exactly the same during the reading and selection process; we don’t distinguish. So there.


theNewerYork
Call for Submissions

We publish experimental short-fiction in print & online. We pair every story with a piece of art. Not highbrow, not lowbrow; we're no-brow. We do not publish poetry or novels. We're excited about the future of books, reading, and writing. Our submissions are 100% blind and open year-round.

Literature has been confined to poetry and short-stories for thousands of years, and novels have been around for less than 400 years. We want narratives that challenge this triumvirate. 
There are literary gems everywhere, from the disclaimer on a box of crackers to the instructions on your algebra test. In one high-school girl’s blog, buried in thousands of pages of gossip and conjecture, are those three lines that could move you. . . . so theNewerYork is an experiment.

We aim to be experimental, without being obtuse. We want your literary absurdities, your artifacts of stories. We enjoy short but challenging pieces (FIVE PAGES OR LESS); subjects ranging from deeply philosophical to romantic to completely dufus. Short-forms do not offer enough room to bore the reader, this allows the writer to be ridiculous or overly intense. We hope to build a community of writers and artists while amassing an encyclopedia of work that will encourage and promote experimentation with our lovely language.


Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects 
Call for Submissions

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets.  The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium.  In addition to open submissions, the journal’s editorial staff will occasionally identify a particular historical object, collection, exhibit, etc., and call for submissions inspired by the selected artifact or collection.


Salt Hill Journal Call for Submissions

Salt Hill is a literary journal publishing outstanding new fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and art. Previous contributors have included Denise Duhamel, Edie Fake, Mary Gaitskill, Terrance Hayes, H.L. Hix, Etgar Keret, Phil LaMarche, Dorianne Laux, Patrick Lawler, Maurice Manning, Eugene Marten, K. Silem Mohammad, Patricia Smith, Lynne Tillman, Joe Wenderoth among many others. Now over 15 years old, the magazine is published by writers affiliated with the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. Salt Hill is funded in part by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate Student Organization of Syracuse University.

Salt Hill publishes poetry, prose, translations, reviews, essays, interviews, and artwork. We read submissions for the magazine between August 1 and April 1 of each year and for the Philip Booth Poetry Prize between May 15 and August 1.



Beetroot Journal
Call for Submissions

Beetroot Journal is a bi-annual journal that is an expansion of LitBridge, a resource website for writers. Our team includes writers, poets, essayists, engineers, and scientists who write, read and publish literary work. We believe in the power of literature to change ourselves and others.

We do not publish a specific aesthetic, style or theme. Fiction (short and long), poetry and nonfiction are welcome. There is no required word count. Photos and artwork for issue designs are welcome. Emerging and established writers are encouraged to submit. We publish work that moves us in some manner.


Red Fez Call for Submissions

Red Fez is an artist-run organization determined to publish and promote creative, meaningful and accessible artistic pursuits and collaborations. Our mission is to provide opportunities for writers, artists and musicians to create, promote, publish and profit (in kind, in cash, in notoriety, in backrubs - hey artists will take whatever they can get these days!) from their work; and for readers, art enthusiasts and music fans to discover, connect and support art and artists meaningful and entertaining to them. We believe in accessible art and an accessible artistic community. Red Fez is a melting pot of people interested in creating, sharing and discovering writing, music, art and more.

We obey no genre and take anything from limericks to fantasy to genres yet invented. Our key desires are originality, accessibility and quality. We like work with a point, something to say or some sort of inner majic that gives greater meaning to the pretty words and thrilling plots. That said, we're not really sure what we're looking for until we've seen it, so give us a try.


Tell Us a Story Call for Submissions

Tell Us a Story publishes stories that are true and happened to the author. We publish new writers and seasoned writers, amateurs and professionals, sad stories and happy stories, dead cat stories and best friend stories.

Everyone has a good story: it’s the story you tell when you first meet people or maybe only after you’ve known them a long time. It’s the story you tell when the evening gets quiet, or when everyone’s been drinking, or when there’s a fire and comfortable chairs around. It’s the kind of story that passes the time. Your close friends probably know this story by heart. But that’s because it’s a good story.

We publish one new true story every single Wednesday. Tell us a story.


And a bonus call for opinionated poetry from the LA Times... (Deadline August 11)

Last year, when we asked readers to submit opinion poetry, we were overwhelmed. More than 1,500 poets answered the call, many with multiple entries. The poems we received dealt with every issue of the day, including the war on terror, the economy, the nanny state, student debt and the inability of so many politicians to keep their pants zipped. After reading more than 5,000 poems, we were exhausted. But we were so happy with the end result that we've decided to do it all over again.

So, now's your chance. Are you frustrated with how the president is doing his job? Irked at the Supreme Court's recent spate of rulings? Keen on the new pope? Furious at City Hall? Put it in a poem.

On Sunday, Aug. 31, The Times' Opinion section will run a page of opinionated poetry, and we're inviting submissions. So pick up your pen and register your opinion in the form of a haiku or a sonnet or a limerick. We'll welcome whatever the muse inspires, whether it's rhyming doggerel or blank verse — but this time we'll only read one poem per entrant.

There aren't strict rules, and this isn't a contest. The Opinion editors will select what we consider to be the best poems to showcase. Any subject appropriate for an Op-Ed is fair game for your Op-Poetry — politics, culture, international relations, you name it. But this is the Opinion section, so make sure you're expressing an opinion about something that's happening in the world. Humor is welcome; foul or offensive language is not. And brevity will be greatly appreciated. 



Upcoming Deadlines

Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Scotland Writing Residency (Deadline July 31)
Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline July 31 – $1500)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
A Room of Her Own Foundation Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)
StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1 – $1000 CAD)
Gival Press Short Story Award (Deadline August 8 – $1000)
Los Angeles Times Call for Opinionated Poetry (Deadline August 11)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
The Texas Observer 2014 Short Story Contest (Deadline August 11 – $1000)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Caitlin Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Travelling Alone (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500)
Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture Call for Chapters (Abstract Deadline September 1)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)

Sunday
Jul202014

Submission Sunday 7.20.14

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information.


Hayden's Ferry Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Chaos – Deadline October 1)

Chaos has many meanings. The ancient Greeks saw Chaos as the dark abyss from which life sprung. Mathematicians use Chaos theory to explain how small decisions can give rise to unexpectedly grave consequences. For parents, Chaos is their child’s bedroom, their busy work schedule. Most of us spend our lives trying to ward off Chaos and keep order. But what happens when we no longer avoid Chaos, and instead embrace it? In Issue 56, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the unordered, the frenzied, the messy, and the “dark, wasteful, wild.” 

Send us your stories, essays, poems, translations, and art that explore the meaning of Chaos. Maybe you have an essay disrupts the conventions of form, or a story that unravels the turmoil in a character’s life. With Chaos comes its antithesis: order, direction, calm. Capture the chaotic in ways we’ve never imagined. The deadline for this call is October 1st.


The Belleville Park Pages Call for Submissions 

The Pages will always be tangible, affordable and fresh. The Belleville Park Pages is a literary publication produced in Paris and London printing the work of contemporary writers. It is released every two weeks and costs €2/£2. Each issue is hand-folded, hand-stamped and hand-packaged with help of other artists in the Paris community.

We met on May 24th, 2013 and discussed how literature for the current reader needed a shake up. We hope to support the writing and reading communities as they develop in the modern world by connecting the printed word with digital media. Stay in touch to see what we do with the Pages.



Boston Review
Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
(Deadline October 1 – $1500)

Judge: Ruth Ozeki
Prize: $1,500

The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2015 issue of Boston Review. Runners up may also be published. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished.

A flourishing democracy depends on engaged public discussion of ideas that matter. Boston Review—independent and nonprofit—creates that discussion in print and on the Web, on tablets and in books, and at public events, with a range that extends from politics and economics to ethical and religious thought, from philosophy and science to the imaginative exploration of human experience in great fiction and poetry.


Monkeybicycle Call for Submissions

Monkeybicycle is an online literary journal which is updated almost daily. It is also a print journal, publishing one issue per year. Founded in 2002 in Seattle, WA, Monkeybicycle has continued to publish the absolute highest quality in a wide range of literary categories. Twice, works we’ve published were selected for inclusion in the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies. In 2007, Monkeybicycle became an imprint of Dzanc Books, a bold and flourishing small press in Ann Arbor, MI.

We love all kinds of things. Whatever you feel like sending to us, we'll gladly look it over, regardless of the subject matter. 


Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript. FANNY HOWE will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by the deadline, Monday, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 (submissions open that day until midnight PST). All entrants will receive one copy of a Les Figues title of their choosing (refer to dropdown menu in submissions form for available titles). To browse Les Figues books, see www.lesfigues.com/books.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified. Beginning in 2013, Les Figues editors select an additional manuscript to be published by the press as the NOS Les Figues Editors’ Selection. Please note: The winning manuscript will be published in a design and format reflective of its content. 

Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary organization and award-winning, independent publisher of poetry, prose, visual art, conceptual writing, and translation. Based in Los Angeles, our mission is to create aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists. Les Figues Press publishes five to seven books a year and favors projects which push the boundaries of genre, form, and general acceptability. We also curate and host literary events, including readings, conversations, performances, and art salons. Les Figues Press embraces a feminist criticality and editorial vision. We are interested in work that is aware of itself as a textual body within a history and culture marked (like physical bodies) by constructs of gender, race, class, and sexuality.


Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)

Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print journal, based in Philadelphia with outposts throughout the U.S., such as in Chicago, NYC, and San Francisco. Known for quality writing and visual art as well as unique design and aesthetic, we publish one summer and one winter issue. 

Our editors enjoy publishing writers and artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, and we love to publish writers and artists who are established as well as those just beginning to lend their voice to the larger exosting literary and arts communities.  Our all-volunteer staff helps Gigantic Sequins in cultivating a space for writing and art that reaches beyond purely the literary arts and into other parts of our neighborhoods.  We love what we do. You will too.


The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions

The Los Angeles Review, 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. 


The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development.  Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. 

Jentel Artist Residency Program lies in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views over scoria topped hills to the majestic Big Horn Mountains. The fertile valley grows abundant hay and alfalfa for cattle. Few houses or signs of human existence dot the two mile stretch of Piney Creek that flows through the property. Many reservoirs provide oases for cattle, wildlife, and humans. The seven separate structures which form the residency village architecturally reflect the landscape and agricultural setting. Log faced cabins on the old Collins' ranch serve as office, reception, conference area and writer studios, while a pole barn houses the visual artists studios. The sweeping lines of the Residency echo the surrounding mountains and hills and provide dynamic spaces and living quarters for the residents.



Upcoming Deadlines

Paste Magazine Summer-Themed Writing Contest (Deadline July 23)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Scotland Writing Residency (Deadline July 31)
Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline July 31 – $1500)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
A Room of Her Own Foundation Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)
StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1 – $1000 CAD)
Gival Press Short Story Award (Deadline August 8 – $1000)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
The Texas Observer 2014 Short Story Contest (Deadline August 11 – $1000)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Caitlin Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Travelling Alone (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Sunday
Jul132014

Submission Sunday 7.13.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.


The Texas Observer
2014 Short Story Contest
(Deadline August 11 – $1000)

The 2014 Texas Observer Short Story Contest is now open for submissions. The winner receives a check for $1,000 and publication in the magazine and online. This year’s guest judge is Elizabeth McCracken, author of the recent story collection Thunderstruck  (Random House) and Fiction Chair at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers.

What does Elizabeth look for in a short story? “I'll steal a line from the great William Boyd,” she tells us, “who once wrote, ‘The great modern short stories possess a quality of mystery and beguiling resonance about them—a complexity of afterthought—that cannot be pinned down or analysed.’ That's what I want in any short story, that complexity of afterthought: when I finish a short story I want to feel as though my brain has been struck like a gong.”

The Texas Observer
 writes about issues ignored in the mainstream press. Our goal is to cover stories crucial to the public interest and to provoke dialogue that promotes democratic participation and open government, in pursuit of a vision of Texas where education, justice and material progress are available to all.



Paste Magazine
Summer-Themed Writing Contest
(Deadline July 23)

Don’t you just love summer? From lounging in the sunshine with a captivating read to buying lemonade from boisterous kids in your neighborhood, summer is a time to pause and relish life’s simple pleasures. We’re so excited about the season at Paste, in fact, that we’ve teamed up with our pals at Biographile to launch a writing contest with the theme “That Summer!”

Think back on a summer that was pivotal in your life, one that remains memorable for being transformative in some way, big or small. Perhaps it was your first summer job, where you were humbled as you entered the working world? Or a vacation with family or friends in which time slowed? Maybe it was a lesson on love, one learned through heartbreak or a kindled relationship?

Whatever your story, we want to read it! Email your non-fiction tale to frannie@pastemagazine.com by July 23rd to enter the contest. A team of editors from both Paste and Biographile will judge the entries, and the winner will be announced on July 30th. In addition to having their story published on Paste and Biographile on July 31st, the winner will receive their choice of an Out of Print t-shirt and a bundle of books curated by Biographile.


Day One Call for Submissions

With so many things competing for your attention in this increasingly digital world, it can be tough to figure out what to read next—especially if you are looking for fresh voices and new perspectives. That’s why we created Day One, a weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction from debut writers, English translations of stories from around the world, and poetry. Day One showcases just one writer and poet each week, with issues delivered directly to Kindles or Kindle reading apps. Each issue of Day One includes a letter from the editor, as well as occasional bonus content such as playlists, illustrations, or brief interviews with the authors.

In addition to fresh voices, Day One offers unique visuals—we commission the cover art for each issue from emerging artists and illustrators—and each week subscribers can learn more about the artist as well as the genesis of the cover. Day One is looking for original short fiction from debut and emerging writers (who have never before published a full-length novel or story collection) up to 20,000 words and poetry from emerging poets. We offer competitive payment terms and there is no fee to submit. To submit, please email the story or poem as a word document, along with a brief description and author bio, to dayone-submissions@amazon.com.


Caitlin Press is currently seeking submissions by women for the upcoming anthology on travelling alone. Submissions must be non-fiction, and may range from approximately 1000 to 6000 words.

This anthology explores not only the broad range of experiences of women travelling alone but the concept of aloneness. From the thrill of independence to the threat or tragic reality of violence, to reflective essays on one’s role in the world and more, we are interested in submissions from women of diverse backgrounds. We are interested in the humorous, the tragic, the poignant–but submissions should dig deep, going beyond the typical travel narratives found in adventure magazines.

Caitlin Press was established in 1977 by Carolyn Zonailo as a feminist literary press. In the 1980s, Caitlin Press expanded its mandate to that of a BC literary press.


PRISM REVIEW Call for Submissions 

Since 2008, PRISM REVIEW has annually published contemporary poetry and fiction from both national and international authors, choosing the best twenty or so pieces from the thousand-plus submissions we read each year. We also sponsor prizes in fiction and poetry judged by highly respected contemporary writers. Unlike many journals, our staff (save for a faculty advisor/editor) is entirely made up of undergraduate creative writing students here at the University of La Verne — please be impressed by their hard work and excellent taste in literature. Alongside literary works, PRISM REVIEW also publishes interviews and reviews with emerging contemporary authors.


 The 2014 Collagist Prose Chapbook Contest (Deadline July 15 – $250 plus 25 copies)

The Collagist is pleased to announce its 2014 Prose Chapbook Contest, now open for entries. The contest will select a single winner for publication, as well as three finalists. Entries will be accepted in all prose genres, including short stories, flash fiction, novellas, and non-fiction, as well as any combination thereof. Manuscripts should be between 35 and 75 pages in length.

The Collagist is a monthly journal published on the 15th of each month since August 2009. Each issue contains short fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and one or more excerpts from novels forthcoming from (mostly) independent presses. By publishing online, The Collagist seeks to provide access to powerful, progressive literature by both new and established writers to an ever-expanding audience.


We are a flash fiction magazine run by writers and teachers of the form. We love flash fiction more than feels sane, and we intend to publish pieces which move us in some inexplicable way. We want to see mighty little worlds in your stories. We want your work to wake us up so we don’t need that fifth cup of coffee.

We are open for submissions now for Issue #2. Submit one flash fiction at a time, 750 word limit. We will not consider pieces which have been previously published in literary journals.  We will not consider material of an explicitly violent or sexual nature. We are not religious fanatics, we just don’t like it. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged.


Gival Press Short Story Award
(Deadline August 8 – $1000)

The Gival Press Short Story Award deadline is August 8th. Prize is $1,000.00 for best original short story, not part of a novel, in English. 

Gival Press, LLC, an award-winning independent literary publishing house located in Arlington, Virginia, publishes fiction, non-fiction (essays / educational texts), and poetry. To promote writing, Gival Press sponsors four annual contests for fiction and poetry. Our publications are in English, French, and Spanish. 

We publish the work of authors (poets / writers) from many walks of life who demonstrate quality and whose work has a message, be it philosophical or social.

 

Upcoming Deadlines

The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Bard Fiction Prize (Deadline July 15 – $30,000 plus semester appointment)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
 The 2014 Collagist Prose Chapbook Contest (Deadline July 15 – $250 plus 25 copies)
Paste Magazine Summer-Themed Writing Contest (Deadline July 23)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Scotland Writing Residency (Deadline July 31)
Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline July 31 – $1500)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
A Room of Her Own Foundation Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)
StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1 – $1000 CAD)
Gival Press Short Story Award (Deadline August 8 – $1000)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
The Texas Observer 2014 Short Story Contest (Deadline August 11 – $1000)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Caitlin Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Travelling Alone (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Sunday
Jul062014

Submission Sunday 7.6.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.


Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)

Tell us your tale — a first crush, an old flame, a treasured friend or family member, a passion for a special place… 

Starting June 1, 2014, email your story of 2,500 to 3,000 words and you'll be entered for a chance to win $2,000 and possible publication in a future issue of Good Housekeeping or on goodhousekeeping.com.


Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)

Now in its thirty-seventh 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, visual art, interviews, and reviews. 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 the O. Henry Awards, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, and Best New American Voices. In addition, Indiana Review is recognized as one of the top 50 fiction markets by Writer’s Digest and in 1996 was selected as the first place winner of the American Literary Magazine Award.

The winner of our contest will receive $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. Each piece should be no longer than 500 words, beyond that there are no genre or form restrictions!


Anthropoid Call for Submissions: Inaugural Issue 

The Anthropoid Collective is calling for fiction, poetry, essays and ethnography, and literary/visual outliers, to be submitted toward inclusion in our inaugural issue! We welcome new and established voices, so submit your best work! We cannot wait to read it. 

We are a collective of curated writings and writers focused on the themes of participant observation, personal ethnography, and humans in our unique environs. We love the fundamental business of being humanesque. Issues of identity, culture, belonging or lack, vulnerability, collectivism, the body, ritual–anthropological subjects from a generalist’s view, or, cultural moments from a messy, personal perspective. Tightly snuggled with visuals for each feature, we publish in collected issues and individual articles: ethnography & essays, experiential narratives, fiction & poetry, visuals, conceptual work, and genre-bending, from voices in the literary field, the humanities, and the sciences.


Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline July 31 – $1500)

Open to all writers, this category welcomes stories that have not appeared in any print publication. Maximum length: 3,000 words.

Glimmer Train has been discovering, publishing, and paying emerging writers since 1990. A handsome physical triannual (no advertising, ever), each issue presents a literary feast of short fiction!


A Room of Her Own Foundation Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $1000)

The $1,000 To the Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes are awarded annually to one woman’s  unpublished poetry collection and one woman’s “everything but poetry” manuscript (respectively). Winners of both prizes receive $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press as well as  promotional efforts and coverage of some related travel expenses.

Founded in 2000, A Room of Her Own (AROHO) is the preeminent nonprofit organization working on behalf of women writers today.  AROHO’s mission is to inspire, fund, and champion works of art and literature by women. AROHO has channeled more than 1,000,000 publicly gifted dollars into new awards, fellowships, and life-changing opportunities for women and has inspired thousands of books and works of art by women.

While advancing Virginia Woolf’s belief that “women need money and a room of their own if they are to write,” AROHO also works to cultivate an environment of collective fellowship in which creative women bravely unearth, articulate, and contribute transformational literature and art.


The Fiction Desk Call for Submissions

The Fiction Desk publishes an anthology series dedicated to new short fiction, with volumes published in January, May, and September. We're always looking for new short stories for the Fiction Desk anthologies, and most of the stories we publish are unsolicited submissions. Stories can be from 2,000 to 11,000 words, and should be submitted through our online form.

We began life in 2007 as a short-lived book blog called The Serial Comma, which was relaunched in 2008 as The Fiction Desk, combining editing services with coverage of new books. In 2010, The Fiction Desk stopped offering editing services in order to concentrate on publishing. The blog continues to offer coverage of news and new titles from across the book trade, as well as projects from The Fiction Desk. The Fiction Desk Ltd is a company registered in the UK.


Bombay Gin Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)

Started in 1974, Bombay Gin is the literary journal of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics—co-founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman—at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Edited by department faculty, students and staff, Bombay Gin publishes innovative poetry, prose and hybrid texts as well as art, translations and interviews. Emerging from the “Outrider” or left-hand lineage, which operates outside the cultural mainstream, Bombay Gin honors a heritage of powerful scholarship and counter-poetics through the publication of work that challenges the boundaries of language, form, and genre.

Cities are constantly becoming the city they will someday be, perpetually re-imagined; the city shakes with sunlight each morning, unfinished. What is it that shakes the boundaries, the borderlands, the lines and angles of your city? Is it a constant hum of robots or insects; does your city sleep? Does it mutate? Where are you now? Are the architectural or bodily structures of your city reverberating with the histories and reveries of your durational / temporal / phenomenological existence? How has the mode of the music shifted around you? Do the lights flicker, or blur?

Send us your field notes, your guides, your manuals. Send us your resonant flashes that hold what trembles, what revolts. Send us a map of what vibrates. What reverberates. What reforms. Send us your artwork, book reviews, prose, poetry, cross-genre, and cross-disciplinary investigations. We are ready to shake as you shake.


The Scotland Writing Residency (Deadline July 31)

The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during summer or fall, in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. It enjoys uninterrupted views southwards over the Moray Firth and providing open access to the beaches, hills, burns, lochs and the beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches. It is a perfect base for hill and coastal walks, scenic drives and touring the Northern Highlands.

A short drive will take you to Loch Brora with its superb Pictic sites or up the more rugged Glen Loth to the lookout point on the shoulder of Beinn Dhorain. The area abounds with an interesting array of wildlife including Arctic Terns, Herons, Cormorants, and Otters on the River Brora. Deer abound on the surrounding hills and can be seen near Loch Brora.

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage based on a completed application. The residency does not come with a cash prize. Applications for the SWR are chosen by a peer-review committee. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following as ONE PDF or Word document by 
July 31st, and the winner will be notified between August and September:

 

Upcoming Deadlines

Firewords Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline July 11)
Apocalyptic Media in the Millennium: We Dare Not Go Back!—Call for Collection Proposals (Deadline July 12)
The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Bard Fiction Prize (Deadline July 15 – $30,000 plus semester appointment)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Scotland Writing Residency (Deadline July 31)
Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline July 31 – $1500)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
A Room of Her Own Foundation Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)
StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1– $1000 CAD)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Sunday
Jun292014

Submission Sunday 6.29.14

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.


The Austin Review Call for Submissions

In the parched sprawling landscape of Texas, the imaginative population and natural springs of Austin have made it an oasis in an unlikely state. The Austin Review offers similar respite for the weary literary traveler, wandering the wilds of a seemingly endless landscape of words.

Only publishing nine stories per issue, we have a commitment to quality over quantity. At once progressive and rooted in the current literary culture, The Austin Review's selection of fiction, flash non-fiction, and analysis is a resource for good reading and critical inquiry. The Austin Review invites curiosity, community, and good taste. 


Radiotonic Call for Submissions

RN’s Creative Audio Unit has created two new programs, Radiotonic and Soundproof, to create and broadcast work across a wide spectrum of creative audio with exciting online and cross-platform possibilities. The programs welcome collaborations with radiomakers, writers, artists, performers and musicians, in creating audio work across genres, media and forms. Radiotonic and Soundproof explore storytelling and deep listening through a mix of commissioned work and in-house production, curated works from partners around the world, and occasional samplings from the ABC Archive. 

Works can be any duration and take the form of a series or a one-off program. Please consider what format best suits your story and what length best speaks to the ideas. Your program does not have to fill the whole hour. In fact we encourage pieces that span a range of durations. Please also offer some thoughts about potential online elements of your story/program. Our website can host a variety of multi-media content, so think about photographs, audio-visual slideshows, links to other websites and documents such as stories or essays that will complement the radio piece, etc. If you project has larger cross-platform possibilities, we’d like to hear them.


American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)

The 12th Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest is now open! We look forward to reading your work. The winner and ten finalists will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, CAA, The Gersh Agency, Exile Entertainment, ICM, Oasis Media, UTA, The Radmin Company, Prolific Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, and Dontanville/Frattaroli.

Their scripts will be considered for film option and development by leading production companies, including: American Zoetrope, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Entertainment, Paramount Classics, Lionsgate, Icon Pictures, Lleju Productions and Films, Second and 10th, Working Title, Dimension Films, Frelaine, Michael London Productions, Hope for Film, Kulture Machine, Number 9 Films, Folo Films, Next Films, Pretty Pictures, Roserock Films, Benderspink, Astrakan Films, Industry Entertainment, Category 5 Entertainment, Nine Yards Entertainment, Anonymous Content, Jim Wedaa Productions, Robert Evans Company, Fortis Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Agape Media International, FX, and Ziskin Productions.

The contest's aim is to seek out and encourage compelling film narratives, and to introduce the next generation of great screenwriters to today's leading production companies and agencies.


Circus Road Screenplay Contest (Deadline July 1 – $5000)

The team at Circus Road has over twenty years experience in Hollywood.  We have been active in all aspects of filmmaking, from the initial idea to the theatrical release. Circus Road has produced 17 feature films, and has worked with Fox, Sony, Universal, Lionsgate, Magnolia, IFC, Oscilloscope, Phase 4, Drafthouse, Image, Anchor Bay, HBO, Showtime, Starz, Lifetime and Syfy.

We will do all we can to see that the winner makes it to the screen. When you are an undiscovered screenwriter, getting in the door is more difficult than writing your screenplay.  The Circus Road Screenplay Contest wants to bust open that door.  Circus Road has decided to utilize their years of experience in Hollywood producing and distributing movies to find an undiscovered screenplay that deserves to make it to the screen.


Bard Fiction Prize (Deadline July 15 – $30,000 plus semester appointment)

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to an emerging, published writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

The creation of the Bard Fiction Prize, presented each October, continues Bard’s long-standing position as a center for creative, groundbreaking literary work by both faculty and students. From Saul Bellow, William Gaddis, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison to John Ashbery, Philip Roth, William Weaver, and Chinua Achebe, Bard’s literature faculty, past and present, represents some of the most important writers of our time. The prize is intended to encourage and support young writers of fiction to pursue their creative goals and provide an opportunity to work in a fertile and intellectual environment. 


Cleaver Magazine Call for Submissions

Cleaver Magazine shares “cutting-edge” artwork and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. We were founded in January 2013 and are currently preparing our sixth full-length issue. We publish poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose (500 words or less), visual art, and reviews of poetry books and other small press publications. We publish quarterly, in March, June, September, and December. In each issue we present several emerging writers and at least one emerging visual artist alongside established writers and artists. We see ourselves as facilitators and stewards of the literary and artistic work that we publish.

About our name: “cleave” is a Janus word, also known as an “auto-antonym”, meaning both itself and its opposite. To “cleave” is both to stick tight and to fall away. A cleaver is the most broad-edged and brutally efficient kitchen knife, designed to be swung like a hammer for the most effective channel of force. “Cleave” also means to come together with strong attachment. Our editors have deep ties to the Philadelphia community. We are an international magazine, but maintain a commitment to publish about ⅓ Philadelphia-based writers in each issue.


StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)

Founded in 1975, StoryQuarterly has been publishing emerging and established writers for over 30 years. Originally an independent quarterly based in Illinois, its contributors’ work has been selected for inclusion in the annual collections The Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses, and The Best American Non-Required Reading. Among the acclaimed writers who have written for the journal are Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle, Lydia Davis, Mark Doty, Jhumpa Lahiri, Elizabeth McCracken and Joyce Carol Oates.

Our First Annual Essay Contest is judged by Maggie Nelson, author of Bluets, The Art of Cruelty, and The Argonauts (forthcoming Graywolf Press, 2015). The winner will receive $1000, the first runner-up $500, and the third $250. All three winners will be published in StoryQuarterly 48. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.


Apocalyptic Media in the Millennium: We Dare Not Go Back!—Call for Collection Proposals (Deadline July 12)

The apocalypse has often been the narrative and thematic subject of millennial media. We invite essays for a collection that explores the topics/themes/ideas in and socio-cultural implications of apocalyptic media in the millennium (2000-2015). Within this context, the term apocalypse can be interpreted in the broadest sense. We seek essays that critically engage every stage of the apocalypse from initial threat through aftermath and reconstruction. We intend to focus primarily on TV series and theatrical films. Tentatively, the book will include sections about apocalyptic subjects related to The Infected, Natural Disaster, Unnatural Disaster, and Alien Invasion. We anticipate that this collection will include 16-20 essays, and as a working guide, the essays should be 3500-4500 words. Essays must adhere to the most current MLA format.

Submission Guidelines: Please send a 500-word proposal in Word, followed by a short bibliography showing the paper's scholarly and theoretical context. Please also include a short professional description of yourself. We are particularly interested in essays that include analyses of two or more films or single TV series, with special consideration given to television series and other forms of new media. At this stage of the project, no further essays will be accepted on The Walking Dead, Godzilla (2014), Fido, The World’s End, This is the End, Sleepy Hollow (TV), Supernatural (TV), Children of Men, Cloverfield, and Pacific Rim.

 

Upcoming Deadlines

Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize (Deadline June 30 – $1500)
Red Hen Press Short Story Award (Deadline June 30 – $1000)
Burnside Review Chapbook Contest (Deadline June 30 – $200)
Black Lawrence Press Open Reading Period (Deadline June 30)
University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize (Deadline June 30)
The Moth Magazine International Short Story Prize (Deadline June 30 – €3000)
Barbara Deming Memorial Fund: Nonfiction & Poetry (Deadline June 30 – $500–$1,500)
Circus Road Screenplay Contest (Deadline July 1 – $5000)
Bellevue Literary Review 2015 Literary Prizes (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP 2014 (Deadline July 1 – Trip to POP Montreal)
Firewords Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline July 11)
Apocalyptic Media in the Millennium: We Dare Not Go Back!—Call for Collection Proposals (Deadline July 12)
The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Bard Fiction Prize (Deadline July 15 – $30,000 plus semester appointment)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)
StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1– $1000 CAD)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Sunday
Jun222014

Submission Sunday 6.22.14

 

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. 
Click here for more information.

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $15,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press under its standard contract. The winner will be announced in December or January. The award is open to writers who have published a novel, a book-length collection of fiction, or a minimum of three short stories or novellas in commercial magazines or literary journals of national distribution.


The University of Pittsburgh Press is a scholarly publisher with distinguished books in several academic areas and in poetry and short fiction, as well as books about Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania for general readers, scholars, and students. The Press was founded in 1936 with funding from the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, the Buhl Foundation, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Our mission is to "extend the reach and reputation of the University through the publication of scholarly, artistic, and educational books that advance learning and knowledge and through the publication of regional books that contribute to an understanding of and are of special benefit to western Pennsylvania and the Upper Ohio Valley region."


Storychord Call for Submissions 

Every other Monday, Storychord features one story + one image + a one-song soundtrack -- each by a different, underexposed artist -- for a collaborative, multi-media storytelling experience. All issues are thoughtfully curated by Sarah Lynn Knowles. 

Writers may submit short fiction (4,000 words maximum) either in the body of an email or as an .rtf attachment to storychord@yahoo.com. Be sure to send a short bio, including any recent or upcoming publication credits and your website link. Photographers & other visual artists may submit links to images/portfolios (no attachments, please) to storychord@yahoo.com. Be sure to send a short bio, including any recent or upcoming gallery/publication credits and your website link. Bands/labels may submit songs (1-2 songs per artist) via Storychord's Soundcloud dropbox. Be sure to include a short bio specifying the artist's location, label (if unsigned, say so), album title/release date, and website.


Travel by the Books: A Literary Travel Journal Call for Submissions

Published semiannually by four literary fanatics, Travel by the Books first saw the light of day in 2009. The site combines our love of great reading and writing with a travel slant: give us a reason to salivate over the setting of a book, a destination frequented by a famous author or poet, a tour focusing on characters or the author of a book, or short fiction based on a book or character inabiting a setting. We want to share your insights, see the world a little differently, and inspire others to read the stuff you love.


Barbara Deming Memorial Fund: Nonfiction & Poetry (Deadline June 30 – $500–$1,500)


Barbara Deming (1917-1984) was a feminist, lesbian, poet, writer and nonviolent activist in the civil rights, anti-war and women’s movements. She founded the Money for Women Fund in 1975 to give financial and moral support to creative women. The Fund makes awards ($500-1,500) twice a year to individual feminist women in the arts whose work focuses upon women.

Money for Women is the oldest ongoing feminist granting agency. After Barbara’s Deming’s death in 1984, we became a memorial fund. While other grant sources have come and gone, our fund is in its third decade. We are still feminist and still willing to take risks. The fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts (writers, and visual artists). The Fund relies on a volunteer Board and judges to collaborate in making awards.


Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)

Black Warrior Review is named after the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, river, and journal derive their names from the sixteenth-century Indian chief Tuscaloosa, whose name comes from two words of Creek or Choctaw origin—tusca (warrior) and lusa (black).

Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, Black Warrior Review  publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside up-and-coming writers. Stories and poems appearing in Black Warrior Review have been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, New Stories from the South, and other anthologies. Each issue features a chapbook from a nationally known poet.

This year we are honored to have  Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang (Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Non fiction) as our guest judges. Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 41.2, our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. One runner-up from each genre will receive $100 and finalists will receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication.


Firewords was set up by a small group of creatives, frustrated by writing magazines that concentrated on substance over style, or vice versa. Firewords Quarterly aims to have an abundance of both; powerful writing enhanced by bold design—leaving pretension behind.

We believe there should be a better platform for exciting new writers to have their voice heard and remembered. We also think a literary journal should be easy to pick up and dip in and out of; a rich, immersive experience that takes you to another world. This is why, for a long time now, our dream has been to create this magazine.

Issue 2 will be arriving in Summer 2014 and, topically, 'Summer' will also be its theme. However, we would recommend not taking the theme too literally. It is more about the feelings the season represents, and the connotations associated with the word, than the word itself. Remember, it is not mandatory for all the writing to fit in with this theme - it is just a loose framework to give the issue an identity.

A quarterly literary journal that publishes new works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and art. We also feature interviews and reviews. 
The Writing Disorder is published four times a year: new issues are posted in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.


We seek work of the highest quality, but do not have specific guidelines for style or subject matter. Check our website before submitting for any announcements. Although we look for short stories and poetry, we also publish personal essays and memoirs. Novel excerpts are acceptable, if self-contained. Reviews, nonfiction pieces, humor, comic art, and criticism are also welcome. And we love experimental work. For poetry, please submit five to eight poems. Also, let us know what type of work you are submitting. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whether a piece is fiction or nonfiction. Thank you for submitting your work. We appreciate it!


Lee & Low/Tu Books New Vision Award
(Deadline October 31 – $1000)


Tu Books, the fantasy, science fiction, and mystery imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS, award-winning publisher of children’s books, is pleased to announce the first annual NEW VISIONS AWARD. The NEW VISIONS AWARD will be given for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including our basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500. 

The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published. Manuscripts will be accepted now through October 31, 2014. An Honor Award winner will also receive a cash prize of $500.


Upcoming Deadlines


Civil Coping Mechanisms Mainline Competition (June 23 – June 29)
Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize (Deadline June 30 – $1500)
Red Hen Press Short Story Award (Deadline June 30 – $1000)
Burnside Review Chapbook Contest (Deadline June 30 – $200)
Black Lawrence Press Open Reading Period (Deadline June 30)
University of Pittsburgh Press Drue Heinz Literature Prize (Deadline June 30)
The Moth Magazine International Short Story Prize (Deadline June 30 – €3000)
Barbara Deming Memorial Fund: Nonfiction & Poetry (Deadline June 30 – $500–$1,500)
Bellevue Literary Review 2015 Literary Prizes (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP 2014 (Deadline July 1 – Trip to POP Montreal)
Firewords Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline July 11)
The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1– $1000 CAD)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Sunday
Jun152014

Submission Sunday 6.15.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information.
 


The Missouri Review
 maintains an “open submission” policy and read year round, sifting through approximately 12,000 submissions each year.  New, emerging, and mid-career writers whose work has been published in The Missouri Review have been anthologized over 100 times in Best American Short Stories,Best American EssaysBest American Travel WritingBest American PoetryThe O. Henry Prize Anthology, and The Pushcart Prize. We are also pleased to be the first to have published the fiction of many emerging writers, including Katie Chase, Nathan Hogan, Jennie Lin, Susan Ford, and Elisabeth Fairchild.

One of the best offers we have is our Submit and Subscribe: submit your unpublished work to us and get a one-year subscription to the digital version of The Missouri Review for just $20, which is over fifteen percent lower than the print subscription. It’s a great opportunity to not only send your work to us but also to get a fantastic deal on four issues of our magazine. You can Submit and Subscribe here and, if you’re still not convinced, you can check out a sample of the digital issue. I hope you’ll find that this is a great way to experience the best new literature there is to offer. Thanks so much for supporting our magazine! We’re looking forward to reading your work!


3:AM Magazine Call for Submissions

I’m extremely honored to be joining 3:AM as a contributing editor. To me, 3:AM has always published cutting-edge work—especially with regard to nonfiction, criticism, reviews, interviews, and those pieces that blur all preexisting lines—and it’s in that same vein that I would love to read work to consider for publication here.

In particular, I am very much interested in nonfiction that falls (roughly) into the following categories:

          —Literature in translation, especially fiction
          —Literary and cultural theory/criticism
          —Poetics; ars poetica; linguistics
          —Interviews with authors and translators
          —Film, especially European cinema past and present
          —Gender and sexuality studies; feminist and queer theories
          —Psychoanalytic and trauma theory and the humanities

Pieces that experiment with the essay form—and even call “form” itself into question—are strongly encouraged, as are more traditional pieces. I am especially eager to consider pieces that are interdisciplinary in scope, as well as those that shed light on writers, art works, artists, etc. that are considered “marginal” or non-canonical.

Please feel free to be in touch with any questions, pitches, or ideas—however tentative.

Cheers,
K. Thomas Kahn


Marginalia Review of Books Call for Proposals

The Marginalia Review of Books is an international, open access review of literature and culture in the nexus of history, theology, and religion. MRB examines, critiques, and illuminates the traditions, institutions, discourses, and practices of religions and their believers. We aim to connect the academic and public worlds by providing an intellectually rich and broadly accessible conversation. We publish every other Tuesday, with some special features appearing at other times.

Marginalia is a Los Angeles Review of Books Channel. LARB Channels are a community of wholly independent, vanguard online magazines specializing in literary criticism, politics, science, the arts and culture, supported by the Los Angeles Review of Books. MRB commissions contributions but the editors are equally interested in hearing from you about those pieces that demand to be written. The editors welcome proposals for book reviews, essays, interviews, and op-eds, but you should first read our notes for contributors before contacting us. 


Civil Coping Mechanisms Mainline Competition (June 23 – June 29)

If you're lost, and it's okay if you are, we're here to help. If you're here because you want to be, we think you are awesome. Amazing. Evidence that there's still a lot of good left in the world. But if you are lost, take a look at our Catalogue. See it? A continuously expanding selection of innovative literature and poetry. The kind of stuff that stays with you. Take a look. Find yourself. No regrets here. We're all coping.

We’re looking for work so conceptually or aesthetically innovative it simply can’t be published anywhere else, fully embracing the surreal, the avant-garde, the postmodern. Work in alternative genres is encouraged. We want literary objects infused with otherness: So new, so different, that they renovate our notion of what literature can be. We accept unsolicited submissions.

During the months of February, June, and September, CCM hosts a week-long competition called Mainline. The contest consists of a rapid review and selection of submitted manuscripts with daily reports delivered across social media. Mainline is not a replacement of standard submissions; rather, it acts as a second, sometimes more immediate, means of submitting to our press.


Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)

Each year Blue Mesa Review holds a writing contest in Fiction and Poetry. The 2014 judges are Roxane Gay for Fiction and Carmen Giménez Smith for Poetry. Submit your very best work online through our submissions manager. First place winners receive a cash prize and publication in Blue Mesa Review and second place will also receive publication. We look forward to reading your work!


Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)

Founded in 1998 by Rebecca WolffFence is a biannual journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism that has a mission to redefine the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques. It is Fence‘s mission to encourage writing that might otherwise have difficulty being recognized because it doesn’t answer to either the mainstream or to recognizable modes of experimentation. Fence is long-term committed to publishing from the outside and the inside of established communities of writing, seeking always to interrogate, collaborate with, and bedevil other systems that bring new writing to light.


The New Inquiry Call for Submissions

The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas.

We welcome short- and long-form pieces from anyone who wants to write. We look for well-written, original posts on ideas, books, art, culture, and more. These posts may contain a fully-formed idea or merely the seed of one; they may be full essays or only a paragraph. We do not accept fiction or poetry.


Red Hen Press Short Story Award (Deadline June 30 – $1000)

Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.

Established in 2001, in celebration of the new century and a new tradition of literature, this award is for an original short story with a maximum of 25 pages. Submission is open to all writers and themes. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded story by Red Hen Press in The Los Angeles Review. Entry fee is $20 for two stories, 25 page limit per story. Please include your name on the cover sheet only. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by June 30.



Upcoming Deadlines


Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship (Deadline June 15)
DimeStories Call for Submissions (Deadline June 15)
Salamander Magazine Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
New American Press 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
PULP Literature Magpie Poetry Contest (Deadline June 15 – $500)
Southern Poetry Review Guy Owen Award (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
M Literary Residency: Shanghai, China or Bangalore, India (Deadline June 20)
Write-a-House Residency (Deadline June 21)
Civil Coping Mechanisms Mainline Competition (June 23 – June 29)
Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize (Deadline June 30 – $1500)
Red Hen Press Short Story Award (Deadline June 30 – $1000)
Burnside Review Chapbook Contest (Deadline June 30 – $200)
Black Lawrence Press Open Reading Period (Deadline June 30)
The Moth Magazine International Short Story Prize (Deadline June 30 – €3000)
Bellevue Literary Review 2015 Literary Prizes (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP 2014 (Deadline July 1 – Trip to POP Montreal)
The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Jun082014

Submission Sunday 6.8.14

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information. 


Black Lawrence Press Open Reading Period (Deadline June 30)

Black Lawrence Press is an independent publisher of contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We also publish the occasional translation from the German and the French. Founded in 2004, Black Lawrence became an imprint of Dzanc Books in 2008. In January 2014, we spread our wings and became an independent company in the state of New York. Our books are distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various brick and mortar retailers. We also make our titles available through our website and at various conferences and book fairs. Through our annual contests and open reading periods, we seek innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go.

Through our annual contests and open reading periods, we seek innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go. During our June and November open reading periods, we accept fee-free submissions in the following categories: novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German and the French), and creative nonfiction. 


Write-a-House Residency (Call for Women/Nonfiction Applicants – Deadline June 21)

Write A House, a different kind of writer’s residency program. The Detroit writers and urban activists who founded the organization in 2012 did so with one goal: use vocational training to renovate vacant homes and then give these homes to writers.

The homes are in emerging, active, and diverse neighborhoods. It won’t be Beverly Hills, but maybe that’s okay.We believe writers are out there – perhaps in Cleveland, Denmark, Brooklyn, or maybe out just past Eight Mile, who are interested in becoming a part of Detroit today. Or maybe they just want a home.  We would like to invite them to move in. Even if you already live in Detroit, feel encouraged to apply. We don’t know of another movement like this, but then Detroit is a unique place. Our idea supports literary arts, vocational education, neighborhood stabilization, and the creation of more vibrant cities. Good, right?


Nat. Brut
Call for Submissions
(First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)

Nat. Brut 
is an online multimedia art and literary magazine. SALE! is Nat. Brut's first ever print supplement! We're compiling a newsprint publication similar to the coupon supplements you find in your Sunday newspaper. It will be composed entirely of fake advertisements; i.e. vintage ads, newspaper classifieds, coupons, local business phonebook ads, etc. In designing this supplement, we're looking to adhere to a relatively unified aesthetic. As such, fully realized, well-designed ads are certainly welcome, but we encourage writers and artists to submit concepts, product ideas, spot art, and copy that we may design and lay out advertisements for. 


Sport Literate
2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest
(Deadline August 31 – $500)

Sport Literate is a literary journal focusing on “honest reflections on life’s leisurely diversions.” A subsidiary of Pint Size Publications, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, Sport Literate was established in 1995 on the 12th floor of Columbia College in Chicago. The first issue was a modest affair, printed at a local copy shop and stapled down the middle. But the idea of considering sport stories as something deeper than journalism, of illuminating the common experience of life beyond the daily grind and elevating it to something literary and thought-provoking, had staying power.

Sport Literate has grown up to be a perfect-bound magazine published yearly and supported by 18 consecutive grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Our issues and authors have garnered awards and recognition in anthologies such as The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Essays. We are proud to be perhaps the nation’s lone literary magazine examining sports and leisure primarily through the lens of creative nonfiction.

Since its humble genesis, Sport Literate has sought to publish the best writing about how people pass their free time. We read elements of story in all sport; we are less interested in the final score than in figuring out why we play in the first place. Through memories, dialogue recast, and real-life characters rendered as accurately as possible on the page, our poets and writers tell true tales artistically. Our definition of sport is broad, literary excellence is our only criterion, and our loyalties lie with a story unforgettably told.


New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)

As science and technology have turned yesterday’s wild speculations into today’s mundane realities, the genre of science fiction has grown from a pop cultural escape to a bellwether force. Science fiction propels not only our literary imaginations but also our lived lives to logical, inspiring, and sometimes horrifying destinations. As well, the genre is no longer limited to “fiction”—essays, poetry, hybrid texts, and image/text pieces are all fair game.

New Orleans Review is now accepting work for a special science fiction issue that will be published in spring 2015. We are looking for science or speculative fiction in any genre, including short stories, flash fiction, image/text collisions, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Prose submissions should be no longer than 7,500 words. Poetry submissions should be no more than 5 pages (if you are working in long-form or series, you may send up to 15 pages of poetry). No previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are okay.


The Feminist Wire First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline October 1 – $200)

Submissions are now open for The Feminist Wire’s First Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Evie Shockley. The winner will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $200. The 1st runner up will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $100. All submissions will be judged anonymously and considered for publication.

Before submitting, please familiarize yourself with the mission and vision of The Feminist Wire. It may be helpful to look over our previous poetry publications. While you will certainly notice a range of styles, influences, themes, and voices, we believe you will find that the work we are interested in creates space for feminist, radically inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist ways of thinking, loving, living, and creating in this world. Sometimes we find that in narrative, other times we find that in lyric, and sometimes we find that in experimental forms (to name just a few). We do not have an allegiance to any particular poetic school or movement – we simply want to read your best work!


PULP Literature Magpie Poetry Contest (Deadline June 15 – $500)

In my experience writers are the most supportive and collaborative people on earth. But contests serve a purpose. Not only do they help fund fledgling magazines like ours, and put money into the pockets of deserving authors, they help groom good writers.  What author can resist the inner excitement that comes from the challenge of capturing a prize?  What poet doesn’t both thrill to and loathe the sharp focus that comes from the dual pressure of dreaded deadline and hope of glory?  Such is the deepest desire of all writers:  to be seen fully, their souls naked on a page, and crowned with a laurel wreath.  To be noticed, to be known, is to be validated.

Winning is good. But truth be told, no one else can give a writer that internal validation. I’ve received awards before, and they felt awkward things in my hands. I wanted to hide myself rather than be on a stage. Other people’s compliments and praise never live up to expectations, never satisfy that inner longing we all have to be truly heard. No matter how many prizes we win, I’m not sure that the yearning ever leaves us. I’m not sure I want it to, or else I might stop writing with the same intensity.

Winning a contest is an important feather to tuck in your cap in an occupation that has no promotions, performance bonuses, or yearly raises.  And a cash prize of $500 is nothing to sneeze at either! So please do enter our Magpie poetry contest. (Deadline is June 15th, limited to 500 entries.) Our editors will be reading your poem, gently and with reverence, and we will appreciate the coins you are tossing into our cap.  We are brothers and sisters together, dreaming of the laurel wreaths that hide our fears.


Talking Writing 2014 Prizes for Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice (Deadline October 1 – $250)

Talking Writing is a nonprofit magazine that supports writers and literature online by encouraging discussion of the writing process.

The Talking Writing Prize is an annual contest that celebrates the diversity online of original, personally driven writing. In this year's Flash Nonfiction category, we're looking for very short, very powerful nonfiction work on any theme—be it creative nonfiction, an essay, or a tiny memoir. The key here is "flash."

The word limit—a maximum of 500 words—is mandatory for this categoryInclude only the story title (not your name or affiliation) on the first page and in the page headers. Submissions will be judged by Dinty W. Moore and Emily Toth.

 

Upcoming Deadlines


Prada Journal
 Second Edition Contest
 (Deadline June 10 – €5,000)
Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship (Deadline June 15)
DimeStories Call for Submissions (Deadline June 15)
Salamander Magazine Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
New American Press 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
PULP Literature Magpie Poetry Contest (Deadline June 15 – $500)
Southern Poetry Review Guy Owen Award (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
M Literary Residency: Shanghai, China or Bangalore, India (Deadline June 20)
Write-a-House Residency (Deadline June 21)
Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize (Deadline June 30 – $1500)
Burnside Review Chapbook Contest (Deadline June 30 – $200)
Black Lawrence Press Open Reading Period (Deadline June 30)
The Moth Magazine International Short Story Prize (Deadline June 30 – €3000)
Bellevue Literary Review 2015 Literary Prizes (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP 2014 (Deadline July 1 – Trip to POP Montreal)
The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)

Sunday
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Submission Sunday 6.1.14


Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program STARTING TODAY, with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information.


Salamander Magazine Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1500)

Salamander, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit literary organization that publishes a biannual magazine of poetry, fiction, memoir, and works in translation. It was founded by Jennifer Barber in 1992 with the aim of publishing a generation of writers reaching artistic maturity and deserving of a wider audience alongside new work by established writers. In addition to the magazine, Salamander, Inc. sponsors events and readings in the Boston area and in New York. Salamander became affiliated with Suffolk University in the fall of 2005. Its annual fiction contest began in 2010.


Cactus Heart Call for Submissions

Cactus Heart is a quarterly e-magazine, published as a full-color PDF. We also produce two print versions each year, separately from the e-issues. For both electronic and print issues, we acquire first-time publication rights until the journal is published; after publication, rights revert to the author/artist. Payment for publication is a free copy of the issue in which your work appears.

Cactus Heart seeks new and original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, & art/photography. Send us work that is sharp, relentless, coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, all while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior. Make us swoon.


Southern Poetry Review Guy Owen Award (Deadline June 15 – $1000)

SPR is the second oldest poetry journal in the region, with its origins in Florida and subsequent moves to North Carolina and now Georgia. Continuing the tradition of editorial openness and response to writers that began with Guy Owen in 1958, SPR publishes poems from all over the country as well as from abroad and maintains a worldwide readership. Past issues feature work from Chana Bloch, Billy Collins, Alice Friman, David Hernandez, Andrew Hudgins, Maxine Kumin, Heather McHugh, Sue William Silverman, R. T. Smith, Eric Trethewey, and Cecilia Woloch.

SPR reads submissions year-round and annually sponsors The Guy Owen Prize Contest. The result is a semi-annual literary publication showcasing poems by leading poets as well as those writers we think will become leading poets. We look forward to hearing from you and reading your work. Be sure to check out our news section below for noteworthy updates about our authors, upcoming contests, and awards. And please take some time to browse our archives and enjoy our rich trove of previously published poets.  


Gold Man Review
Call for Submissions

Gold Man Review, an annual literary magazine located in Salem, Oregon, is aimed at serving our community of authors and artists. Thanks to enormous support, Gold Man Review has had the privilege of publishing some of the best writers in Oregon and, as of 2014; we accept submissions from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

The purpose behind Gold Man Review is to provide a platform for writers and artists while promoting, encouraging, and supporting creativity. Our mission statement of "Creativity Becomes Community" was inspired by our belief that artists are vital to the community and that there is an ongoing need to further education in the arts. Being teachers, students, entrepreneurs, thinkers, philosophers, poets, and writers ourselves, we are and will continue to be staunch advocates for artists. We pride ourselves in the fact that Gold Man Review is the product of that advocacy turned into action.

First and foremost, we are looking for outstanding and exceptional work. We are not looking for particular themes; however, we are looking for the unusual and random. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us see the extraordinary. Make us see the beautiful. That’s it. Fairly simple.


Image Call for Submissions

Image speaks with equal force and relevance to the secular culture and to the church. By finding fresh ways for the imagination to embody religious truth and religious experience,Image challenges believers and nonbelievers alike. Through a commitment to artistic excellence and religious truth, Image has taken its place on the "public square" and is poised to make a lasting impact on the future of our national culture.

Image do es not have a formal set of guidelines. We do welcome unsolicited subm issions, however, and consider all submissions carefully. We ask th ose who wis h to submit writingwhether fiction, essay, interview, memoir or poetryto read the journal and get an idea for the type and range of material we publish. In general, we have a 6,000-word maximum.


New American Press 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1000)

We are an independent non-profit literary publisher. We like poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, and some things that defy categorization. But ultimately we want what any reader wants: to be dazzled, engrossed, and amazed. We publish between three and five full-length books each year. 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. 


Winner receives a publication contract, including 25 complimentary copies, promotional support, and a crisp check for $1,000. The submission period is February 1, 2014 - midnight on June 15, 2014. 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.



The Briar Cliff Review
Call for Submissions
(Deadline November 1)


Founded in 1989, The Briar Cliff Review is an eclectic literary and art magazine.  Its full-size format and elegantly simple design provide an aesthetically pleasing venue for the work of contributors. 
The editors are committed to nurturing writers and artists and fostering the best of both emerging and established writers and artists. Our writers have won the Pushcart Prize and have been featured in The Best American Poetry/Short Stories/Essays and Mystery Writers series.

We invite your contributions. We are looking for quality poetry, fiction, humor/satire, Siouxland history, thoughtful nonfiction, book reviews and art: drawings, paintings, photos, sculptures woodcuts, computer graphics and other camera-ready artwork.


Nowhere Spring Travel Writing Contest (Deadline June 15 – $1000)

Nowhere is a journal of literary travel writing—which to us means narrative with a strong sense of place, character or time. We’ve run stories about the longest sea voyage in history, living on a farm in Tuscany and kidnappings in Libya. We don’t publish reviews of spas or shopping centers or “Top 10 Vacation Getaways.” The magazine is published digitally so we can distribute globally, across borders and cultures, instantaneously.

Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Outside Magazine Executive Editor Sam Moulton for the first Nowhere Spring Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices with a powerful sense of place in their writing. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which at the top of each manuscript. Entries should be 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...

 

Upcoming Deadlines

American Short Fiction Short Story Contest (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Electric Literarture Recommended Reading Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Southern Indiana Review Thomas A. Wilhelmus Editors' Award (Deadline June 1 – $1500)
Mid-American Review 2014 Fineline Competition for Prose Poems, Short Shorts and Anything In Between (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Headlands Center for the Arts Residency Program (Deadline June 6)
Prada Journal Second Edition Contest (Deadline June 10 – €5,000)
Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowship (Deadline June 15)
DimeStories Call for Submissions (Deadline June 15)
Salamander Magazine Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
New American Press 2014 Fiction Prize (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
Southern Poetry Review Guy Owen Award (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
M Literary Residency: Shanghai, China or Bangalore, India (Deadline June 20)
Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize (Deadline June 30 – $1500)
Burnside Review Chapbook Contest (Deadline June 30 – $200)
The Moth Magazine International Short Story Prize (Deadline June 30 – €3000)
Bellevue Literary Review 2015 Literary Prizes (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
POP Montreal/Matrix Magazine Lit POP 2014 (Deadline July 1 – Trip to POP Montreal)
The New Guard Literary Review Machigonne Fiction Contest and Knightville Poetry Contest (Deadline July 14 ­– $1000)
Rattle 2014 Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $5000)
Heavy Feather Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Vacancies – Deadline July 15)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)