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2015 Writers' Resolution Virtual Boot Camp

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp last year, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week program beginning January 1, with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. From generating ideas to building an author platform, we’ll help you make significant progress on a writing project and start the year off right! For only $90, you will receive inspiration and motivation in the form of weekly e-mails with craft tips, writing prompts, excerpts from classic and contemporary writers, and links to other resources. Start 2015 with a renewed commitment to your writing! We’ll make sure you have something to show for it.

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The new year is right around the corner! Start it off right with the WordCraft LA Writers' Resolution Virtual Boot Camp. Click through for more information.


Iceland Writers Retreat (Reykjavík, April 2015 – Deadline January 25)

We’ve partnered with conference organizers Iceland Travel to offer one person a free delegate spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat in April 2015. The winner will receive the full retreat package, including a free hotel stay, tours, most meals, and all workshops for the duration of the event, from 8 to 12 April.*

We know you’re all great writers, so show us what you’ve got. Write a short story or essay, no more than 500 words, using the image of Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Center as your inspiration. The author of the winning entry will receive one delegate spot at the Iceland Writers Retreat 2015, including accommodation (if based outside of the Reykjavík Capital Area) and all other items listed on the registration page.


Virginia Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Food in Our Time – Deadline December 21)

Our spring issue will feature a portfolio of essays, reporting, and photography that examines the influence of food on various cultures and institutions. Through the topic of food (from production to consumption), VQR will examine aspirations as well as fears, be they cultural or political—or both. Topics we are exploring include:

Food and literature
Food and language
Food and technology
Farming practices and the environment
Culinary aesthetics and design

We welcome unsolicited, original ideas that address food from new perspectives. We will consider pitches and completed projects in essays, illustration, photography, fiction, and reporting.


New York Times Poetry Contest About Race (Deadline December 18)

From Nicholas Kristof: Do you fancy yourself a poet? Then post a poem about race below as a comment, and I’ll pick the best ones and run them either in my column or in a new blog post.

I did this years ago, with a poetry contest about the Iraq war, and I found many of the poems very moving. Race likewise seems one of those topics that calls for the kind of soul-searching that poetry is well suited for. I’d also invite school or college classes to participate as an assignment; if I choose one of yours, I’ll give your school a shout-out.

Any kind of poem is fine, from haiku to epic, but it’s always easier to quote from shorter poems. Feel free to also say something about yourself and why you wrote the poem in your comment. I’ll give you a week to post entries, so the deadline is Dec. 18.


Spolia Call for Submissions (Theme: Nemesis – Deadline December 31)

The last time we had an open call for submission to Spolia, we received work only from men. Don't get us wrong—we love men. I know we publish disproportionately, more women than men, so maybe you have a hard time believing us when we say that, but it's true. Some of my best friends are men. But having 100% men, that's just too many men.

So we are opening up submissions for our next issue of Spolia, "Nemesis." And let's do this like a group sex party. If you are a man and you'd like to submit something, you also have to bring us a submission by a woman. A piece by a woman that you translated, a piece by a woman who is probably better than you but usually unconcerned with publishing her genius, a co-signed email by a woman friend or romantic partner or daughter or lady off the street—all work as double submissions.

Which is to say, also: Women, we would like you to submit work to us. Ladies get in free. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Something that relates to the theme of Nemesis. (And I know you women out there know a thing or two about nemeses, so get to it.) By the end of the year.


Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) WC&C Scholarship Competition (Deadline March 30)

AWP offers three annual scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. We encourage writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction to enter. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.

This contest aims to spread the word about the incredible work being done at local writing centers, conferences, festivals, retreats, and residencies. We hope you will take the time to visit our directory and explore them all. There's an excellent chance you will find one that meets in your local area that can help you connect with a community of writers and friends.


Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest (Deadline January 2 – $2500)

A prize of $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories is given twice yearly for a short story. A $1,000 second-place prize is also given. The editors will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a story of 2,000 to 20,000 words with a $20 entry fee during the month of December. Open to all subjects, all themes, and all writers.


the museum of americana Call for Submissions (Music Issue – Deadline January 15)

the museum of americana is happy to announce that we are open to submissions for our Spring issue, which will be a special music-themed issue. We seek fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography, and of course songs, that explore and/or repurposes the cultural history of America’s music, especially jazz, country, blues, rock n’ roll. 

the museum of americana is an online literary review dedicated to fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photography, and artwork that revives or repurposes the old, the dying, the forgotten, or the almost entirely unknown aspects of Americana. It is published purely out of fascination with the big, weird, wildly contradictory collage that is our nation’s cultural history.

We live in an era when it is fashionable to express either apathy or outright disdain for all things American. the museum of americana was founded on two core beliefs. The first is that there is much to love and celebrate in historical American culture. The second is that, while certainly not all aspects of Americana ought to be praised or celebrated, there is still great value in holding even that which is embarrassing or difficult up to the light to see what it is made of — and what could possibly be made of it.


The 2015 NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship Program (Deadline January 31)

This grant is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. Nine writers will be selected in 2015 and during the one-year fellowship period will receive:

  • A grant of $4,000
  • The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
  • The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
  • A Center for Fiction membership 
  • Free admission to all Center events for one year, including our Craftwork lectures series on writing
  • 30% discount on tuition at select writing workshops at The Center
  • Two public readings as part of our annual program of events

Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs, and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship. Students in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply. This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. We define “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement. 

 

Upcoming Deadlines

The Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline December 15 – $300)
The 2015 Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop (Deadline December 17)
New York Times Poetry Contest About Race (Deadline December 18)
Virginia Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Food in Our Time – Deadline December 21)
Fiction Attic Press Call for Submissions (Anthology: Tall Tales – Deadline December 30)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
Apogee Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #5 – Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
Spoila Call for Submissions (Theme: Nemesis – Deadline December 31)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
3Elements Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
Nowhere Fall 2014 Travel Writing Contest (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1 – Suggested)
Under the Sun Call for Submissions (Deadline January 2)
Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest (Deadline January 2 – $2500)
The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices (Deadline January 5)
The Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship (Cassis, France – Deadline January 13)
The 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $250–$1000)
FOLIO 2015 Fiction Contest (Deadline January 15 – $1000)
Women's National Book Association 2014 Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)
The Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship (Bogliasco, Italy – Deadline January 15)
the museum of americana Call for Submissions (Music Issue – Deadline January 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Exploring the Boundaries – Deadline January 20)
Iceland Writers Retreat (Reykjavík, April 2015 – Deadline January 25)
AROHO’s Orlando Prizes (Deadline January 31 – $1000)
The 2015 NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship Program (Deadline January 31)
CutBank Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline February 1)
The Anderson Center at Tower View Residency Program (Red Wing, MN – Deadline February 1)
The DISQUIET International Literary Program SLS Contest (Lisbon, Portugal – Deadline February 10)
Beecher's Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline February 14)
Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Fluids – Deadline February 15)
The Big Brick Review 2015 Essay Contest (Deadline February 17 – $300)
pacificREVIEW Call for Submissions (Theme: Vivarium – Deadline February 28)

Sunday
Dec072014

Submission Sunday 12.7.14


Martha's Vineyard Writer's Residency and Room Six Scholarship (Rolling admissions)

The Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency was established in 2007 with a simple mission: to give writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and plays a place in which to create or complete new works.

Residencies will be held April 1st-May 15th, 2015 and September 16th-October 31st, 2015. Writers may choose to stay two to six weeks. Each resident is given a private room with a bath in an historic inn in Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Nine writers at a time are invited to form an intimate community of peers.The colorful gardens, covered porch and ample common rooms provide several venues in which to work, gather, contemplate or simply relax.

The cost of the residency is $300.00 per week and is due upon acceptance. Noepe Center now offers a scholarship to attend the Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency. The Room Six Scholarship supports one writer, in any genre, whose work is of exceptional quality but whose financial situation is such that they would not otherwise be able to attend the residency for two weeks. This scholarship, created by an MVWR alumni who wanted to reward others with an opportunity to work at Noepe Center, covers transportation to and from Martha’s Vineayard (up to $1,500), residency fee, and a stipend for food and living expenses for two weeks. 


Beecher's Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline February 14)

In 1856, Henry Ward Beecher, a prominent abolitionist, publicly stated that when it came to Kansas slaveholders, there was more moral power in a Sharps rifle than there was in the Bible. Following his speech, the Sharps rifle quickly became known as a “Beecher’s Bible.” Rifles being shipped to fellow abolitionists in Kansas were shipped in containers marked as “Books” or “Beecher’s Bibles” in order to sneak them past pro-slavery fighters and to keep from raising any suspicion in the federal and state authorities, who prohibited the shipping of arms to the area. Hundreds of Beecher’s Bibles were brought to the region in the fight to make Kansas a free state.

Beecher’s magazine, published annually in Lawrence, Kansas, and run by the students of the graduate program in English at the University of Kansas, seeks the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. The best way to familiarize yourself with our aesthetic is to read one of our past issuesBeecher’saccepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions from September 1st to February 14th.


AROHO’s Orlando Prizes (Deadline January 31 – $1000)

Our answer to the rigors of the Gift of Freedom grant, AROHO’s Orlando Prizes celebrate Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from conventional constraints.  AROHO’s multi-genre competition is an invitation and opportunity for women writers to bring their shorter works to publication via a brief online application process.  We accept multiple submissions, and are on the lookout for diverse topics and styles. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome; please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Judged by writers and publishers from Judith Freeman and Kim Barnes to poets Dana Levin and Cynthia Hogue, winning submissions in all four genres receive a $1,000 prize and are published in The Los Angeles Review. 


FOLIO
2015 Fiction Contest (Deadline January 15 – $1000)

Folio is a nationally recognized literary journal sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors. 

We are eager to read your individual take on Conflict, which is the theme of FOLIO's 2015 issue as well as this contest. We want contemporary fiction that speaks to the theme of 'Conflict', and how the operation of that theme at the macro level (Climate Change, Racial Injustice, Abductions, Armed Conflicts, Surveillance, Consumption, Global Warming, Violence Against Women) interacts with characters, scenes, and events at the intimate, micro level.

Our judge for this year's fiction contest is Lydia Millet. If you aren't familiar with her work yet, please do yourself a favor and let your eyeballs linger on this excerpt from George Bush, Dark Prince of Love. Or check out this bit from How the Dead Dream, the first of Millet's trilogy. Also, Go here to listen to a recorded excerpt of Millet reading from Pills and Starshipsas part of Arizona Public Media's "Sound Fiction" series.


FORTH Call for Submissions 

Curated in Los Angeles, FORTH publishes art and literature that resonates with an evolving need for interactive media. Throughout history, the one element that has made us uniquely human is the ability to make art. This fascinating element of the human condition includes the capacity to think creatively, to produce ideas and images that help us figure out what our thoughts and feelings really mean, and to share them with the world at the click of a button. So here, in these strange digital pages, we explore, expose, and celebrate this forward-moving, always-evolving creative energy that makes us human. We focus on exploring not just the art, but the artists who always have, and always will, drive humanity forth. In the end, we hope to be an additional, tiny vehicle for the engine of creativity. To growl and move forward. What we are looking for: Simple, effective writing about ideas that mean something to you.


The Big Brick Review 2015 Essay Contest (Deadline February 17 – $300)

The Big Brick Review is an online publication devoted to support of the narrative non-fiction genre by serving as a venue for established writers and a springboard for emerging writers. Founded in 2014 by Gregory Gerard, the journal features personal accounts that build on the narrative of our lives, finding new insight to old struggles...old insight to new struggles...and all shades-of-gray in between. 

For 2015, the contest theme is loosely based on the concept of 'building,' which authors can interpret as creatively as they choose (it's a noun! it's a verb!). Essays must be narrative non-fiction (that is, they must explore a truth of a human experience as interpreted/experienced by the author) and will be judged on overall strength of writing, compelling content/theme, and interesting style/voice.




Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency (Nebraska City, NE – Deadline March 1)

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is an ideal setting for working artists looking for a respite to concentrate on their work. Although originally built in 1969 as a luxury communal home for three prominent couples, the KHN Center has become a renowned artist residency program located in southeastern Nebraska.

Since 2001, the residency has hosted more than 50 working artists each year which include a combination of visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Each has found privacy in which to create along with ample opportunities to interact with fellow artists in a friendly community located in the rolling bluff country of eastern Nebraska. The KHN Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks.

 




The DISQUIET International Literary Program SLS Contest
(Lisbon, Portugal – Deadline February 10)


The DISQUIET International Literary Program is a two-week program that brings writers from North America and from around the world together with Portuguese writers in the heart of Lisbon for intensive workshops in the art and craft of writing.

The program is premised on several beliefs: That the conversations and exchange of ideas that result from meeting writers from around the world pushes one’s own work beyond the boundaries of the self. That all writers need a community to support and sustain them. That stepping out of the routine of one’s daily life and into a vibrant, rich, and new cultural space unsettles the imagination, loosens a writer’s reflexes… To those ends: Come be DISQUIET-ed with us!

In addition to prizes sponsored by Guernica,  Fence MagazineNinth Letter, and the esteemed Graywolf Press, winners of this year’s contest will be offered tuition, airfare, and accommodations to attend DISQUIET in 2015. Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, they will win a full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2015 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. 



U
pcoming Deadlines

The Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline December 15 – $300)
The 2015 Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop (Deadline December 17)
Fiction Attic Press Call for Submissions (Anthology: Tall Tales – Deadline December 30)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
Apogee Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #5 – Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
3Elements Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
Nowhere Fall 2014 Travel Writing Contest (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1 – Suggested)
Under the Sun Call for Submissions (Deadline January 2)
The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices (Deadline January 5)
The Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship (Cassis, France – Deadline January 13)
The 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $250–$1000)
FOLIO 2015 Fiction Contest (Deadline January 15 – $1000)
Women's National Book Association 2014 Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)
The Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship (Bogliasco, Italy – Deadline January 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Exploring the Boundaries – Deadline January 20)
AROHO’s Orlando Prizes (Deadline January 31 – $1000)
CutBank Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline February 1)
The Anderson Center at Tower View Residency Program (Red Wing, MN – Deadline February 1)
The DISQUIET International Literary Program SLS Contest (Lisbon, Portugal – Deadline February 10)
Beecher's Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline February 14)
Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Fluids – Deadline February 15)
The Big Brick Review 2015 Essay Contest (Deadline February 17 – $300)
pacificREVIEW Call for Submissions (Theme: Vivarium – Deadline February 28)

Sunday
Dec072014

WordCraft LA 2015 Writers' Resolution Virtual Boot Camp

"I loved it! Thanks so much for offering this service and for making it affordable!"
– Boot Camper, 2014

Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Virtual Boot Camp last year, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week program beginning January 1, with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. From generating ideas to building an author platform, we’ll help you make significant progress on a writing project to start the new year off right!

For only $90, you will receive inspiration and motivation in the form of weekly e-mails with craft tips, writing prompts, excerpts from classic and contemporary writers, and links to other resources. As one former camper said, "Until taking this course, I had no idea how much 'stuff' writers put into their craft." 

For stricter deadlines and more accountability, we also offer a Personal Trainer Option. For $150, each week for three months you will be expected to send a set amount of writing to Chris, Jen, Megan, or Sacha (your choice). Your counselor will acknowledge receipt, or if you don't meet your deadline, remind you of it gently but firmly. Then at the end of the camp, you can send 2,500 words to your counselor and receive a 300-word critique. Please email us at wordcraft@wordcraftla.com if you are interested in the Personal Trainer Option.

Our WordCraft consultants represent decades of teaching, writing, and editing experience. You'll find multi-genre book and journal editors, two PhDs in English, an Oxford-educated tutor, lecturers in the English department at UCLA and the humanities division at Caltech, a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, and a former editor to Hunter S. Thompson. 

Our clients’ work has been published in The Iowa ReviewBOMB, Slice MagazineThe Missouri Review, The Rattling WallSouthern Indiana ReviewSalonThe Sunday Times (London), and by Etruscan Press and Bloomsbury Academic, to name just a few. We bring a wide variety of perspectives, academic training, and knowledge to the table, and we have a lot to say about words that work.


Start 2015 with a renewed commitment to your writing! We’ll make sure you have something to show for it.


WordCraft LA 2015 Writers' Resolution Virtual Boot Camp 

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Apogee Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #5 – Deadline December 31)

Apogee is a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. We currently produce a biannual issue featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color.

The word “apogee” denotes the point in an object’s orbit that is farthest from the center. Our mission combines literary aesthetic with political activism. We believe that by elevating underrepresented literary voices we can effect real change: change in readers’ attitudes, change in writers’ positions in literature, and broader change in society.

Apogee Journal’s dual purpose is to showcase writers from the periphery and to provide a platform for all writers to thoughtfully engage with issues of race, class, and identity. We are proudly accepting submissions for the fifth issue–to appear in print and online–from November 1st to December 31st 2014. Our goal is to publish exciting work that sits at some distance from the mainstream and to provide a forum where unheard issues and voices can rise to the fore. 


Small Print Magazine Call for Submissions

Small Print Magazine, a resource and showcase for writers, features contemporary short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry thoughtfully presented alongside beautiful photography and artwork from new and established artists. You’ll also find engaging interviews with authors and other industry professionals, craft book reviews, as well as articles on writing, writing tools, and more.


Ash & Bones Call for Submissions (Inaugural Issue – Deadline December 1)

The writers and editors of Ash & Bones collaborated their talents and multi-dimensional interests to offer a stage presence to artists of all genres, and people of all experiences and backgrounds. Currently, we are accepting submissions on a broad topic: life story/memoir musings. After our inauguration period, we will begin featuring more exclusive artwork on a seasonal basis. We look forward to admiring the products of creative life.

Ash & Bones is dedicated to publishing art brewing just below the surface of our social masks. We seek work that confesses shameful or embarrassing events and situations, pieces that most of us would shudder to read or view, though we secretly relate. Also, we want to learn something new, some situation of experience that might be foreign to our memories and perspectives. We publish both dramatic and humorous art, and we warmly welcome submissions by people that do not consider themselves artistically inclined.

Everyone has a story to tell, and we want you to come out of your hiding places, tell us what you know about living. All voices of experience are legitimate. All stories are worthy.


CutBank Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline February 1)

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

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


PINBALL Call for Submissions

PINBALL is a new nonprofit venue for short fiction, art, essays, and interviews. Emphasizing the diverse, forward-thinking, and constantly evolving literary landscape, PINBALL aims to promote work that’s both high caliber and accessible—work that speaks not only to other writers and artists, but to the wider community of readers. 

In search of that wider community, PINBALL seeks to include genre and literary fiction, as well as non-fiction essays and comics, into the literary conversation, allowing for permeability and mutation of prose into new territories.


Overland Call for Submissions

Overland, the most radical of Australia’s long-standing literary and cultural magazines, celebrates its 60th year in 2014. Overland’s mission is to foster new, original and progressive work exploring the relationship between politics and culture, especially literature, and to bring that work to as many people as possible.

Overland values:

  • the wide dissemination of new, challenging and progressive ideas about politics and culture, showcasing Australia to the world and the world to Australia;
  • participation in political and cultural debates and controversies, with an interventionist rather than passive orientation;
  • aesthetic excellence, encouraging contributors to achieve their best;
  • democratisation of politics and culture, providing room for diverse and marginal voices alongside the established and the authoritative;
  • social justice, in the broadest sense of that term, applied to both the cultural and political spheres.

Overland publishes a quarterly print journal of essays, fiction, poetry and reviews, and an online magazine of cultural commentary, updated most days, as well as irregular online-only editions of fiction and poetry. It holds events, discussions and debates in writers’ festivals and similar forums throughout Australia. It hosts a number of major literary competitions, with an orientation to emerging writers.


Radar Poetry Call for Submissions (Deadline June 30)

Radar Poetry is an electronic journal published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. We publish poems from established and emerging writers and welcome international submissions. 

We are interested in the interplay between poetry and visual media. Each issue features pairings of poetry and artwork, selected by the editors and contributors. 

Radar Poetry offers an annual award, the Coniston Prize, for the best group of poems submitted by a female poet writing in English. The award is $1,000. The winner and all finalists are published in the October issue of Radar. We welcome unsolicited submissions of poems during our reading period of October 1 through June 30.  


Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Exploring the Boundaries – Deadline January 20)

Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking experimental nonfiction for the "Exploring the Boundaries" section ("experimental," "boundaries" ... yes, we know these can be loaded terms). We're looking for writing that is ambitious, pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules. As always, we have only one absolute rule: nonfiction must be based in fact. Please not that this is NOT a call for an entire "Exploring the Boundaries" issue of the magazine; accepted pieces will be published one per issue, starting with the Fall 2015 issue (CNF #57).

Creative Nonfiction is the voice of the genre. Every issue is packed with new, long-form essays that blend style with substance; writing that pushes the traditional boundaries of the genre; notes on craft; micro-essays; conversations with writers and editors; insights and commentary from CNF editor Lee Gutkind; and more. Simply put, CNF demonstrates the depth and versatility of the genre it has helped define for almost 20 years. 


The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)

The Los Angeles Review, established in 2003, is the voice of Los 
Angeles, and the voice of the nation. 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 seek essay, memoir, and commentary 
told as compelling, focused, sustained narrative in a distinctive 
voice, rich with detail. Send 1,000-4,000 words or delight us with 
flash nonfiction that cat-burgles our expectations. In fiction we’re looking for hard-to-put-down shorties under 500 words and lengthier 
shorts up to 4000 words—lively, vivid, excellent literary fiction. Or submit 3-5 poems that will surprise us, wow us, and make us wish we’d written them ourselves. We’re open to form, free verse, prose poems, and experimental styles. Our only criterion is quality. 


Blunderbuss Magazine
Call for Submissions

We are Blunderbuss Magazine, a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics, an ordnance of fire and improvisation. What ties together these essays, stories, poems, photographs, comics, and other bits of aesthetic shrapnel is a common attitude of visceral humanism. We aim for earnest noise. We want to splash in the mud of lived experience, to battle for a radical empathy, and to provide a megaphone to howling assertions of human subjectivity. 

Blunderbuss Magazine welcomes unsolicited submissions. We are genre-flexible, so send us your short stories, poems, essays, reviews, satires, hypertexts, love letters, shopping lists, clean-living manifestos, macaroni art, dadaist cut-ups, portraits of our editors fashioned from used gluesticks & human hair, or whatever else it is that you do.


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

Fiction International will accept submissions for an issue on Fluids from October 1, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Fiction, non-fiction, and indeterminate prose texts of up to 5,500 words as well as visuals which address Fluids are welcome. 

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


The Manifest Station Call for Submissions 

Think you’re a fit? We urge you to check out the blog to get the “voice” of the site. We are happy to be have unique and varying voices and writers and posts, however, some things are a better fit than others. We don’t care if you are a published author or an 8th grader. We want personal essays that share what it means to be human. Jen Pastiloff’s workshops, in fact, are called The Manifestation Workshop: On Being Human. We want to think and feel.

We want to be moved. We want Oh Wow. Oh Wow kind of posts. We want the I have to put down my cup of coffee (or wine) and give this my full attention kind of stuff. We are looking for fantastic writing. Period. We don’t care if you are a well known author or a computer programmer who secretly writes at night. Gut wrenching, honest and brave writing. That’s what we want. We are not looking for self-help. Although, inadvertently it may end up being that. The pieces do NOT have to be about yoga in any way shape or form.


Fiction Attic Press Call for Submissions (Anthology: Tall Tales – Deadline December 30)

Fiction Attic Press is seeking submissions for our upcoming anthology, Tall Tales: Weird and Wonderful Stories From Fiction Attic Press.

If your story is strange and tantalizing, thought-provoking and mesmerizing, we’d love to read it! Think Julio Cortazar, Ursula LeGuin, Kelly Link, George Saunders, Ray Bradbury, Count Olaf…and you! We’re open to magical realism, fantasy, science fiction–anything that is tremendously well-written and deeply engaging, and strange.


The Standard Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

Welcome to The Standard Literary Magazine. We hope that you will enjoy reading the variety of work that we publish - because every piece has been carefully selected to meet the highest level of literary excellence. Whether you've come here for poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, or compelling essays that tackle some of the most important socioeconomic issues of our time, we are confident that our website offers something for everyone. 

The Standard welcomes unsolicited poetry and flash fiction, year round, but is not accepting simultaneous submissions at this time  unless the author has also entered in one of our contests (contest rules will apply). We believe contributors should be paid for their work. Contributors receive $20 per contribution.  


pacificREVIEW Call for Submissions (Theme: Vivarium – Deadline February 28)

pacificREVIEW is sn annual review of prose, poetry, and artwork, published in affiliation with San Diego State University. A vivarium (Latin for “place of life”) is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, a microcosm with controls for environmental conditions.

We, as human beings, create vivariums for both ourselves and other species. In these environments of our own design (zoos, shopping malls, universities, cathedrals, etc.), we breathe simulation, observe phenomena both natural and unnatural, speak in symbols, and cypher our dreams. We are inhabitants of our creations, thriving in the flux between the abstract and the absolute.

The newest issue of the pacificREVIEW seeks dynamic pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narratives, photography, and artwork that speak to this theme and interrogate the ever-blurring line between “real” and “unreal” settings.


Willow Springs Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

Willow Springs publishes the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with some of the most notable authors in contemporary literature, including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, and Robert Bly. Founded in 1977 and published twice yearly,Willow Springs features two interviews per issue, as well as arresting essays, fiction, and poetry by a diverse variety of writers—from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. An indispensable resource for writers and readers, Willow Springs engages its audience in an ongoing discussion of art, ideas, and what it means to be human.

In our 30 years of publication, Willow Springs has looked for and published fresh and established voices in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including those of Tobias Wolff, Jorge Luis Borges, Yusef Komunyakaa, Louis Jenkins, Denise Levertov, James Grabill, WS Merwin, William Stafford, Charles Bukowski, Chris Offutt, Robert Olmstead, Michael Martone, Robert Hass, Michael Heffernan, Tomaž Šalamun, Bret Lott, Sam Hamill, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alice Derry, Paulann Peterson, Osip Mandelstam, Patricia Henley, Thomas Reiter, Bill Tremblay, Tom Crawford, Mark Halliday, D. Nurkse, Elizabeth Murawski, and hundreds of others from around the world.

 

Upcoming Deadlines
Notre Dame Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Barrelhouse Call for Poetry Manuscripts (Deadline November 30)
Quarter After Eight 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)
The Baltimore Review Winter Contest: "Work" (Deadline November 30 – $500)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Motionpoems’ “Arrivals & Departures at St Paul’s Union Depot” Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Split Lip Magazine Call for Submissions, Global Humor Anthology, and Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 30 – $200)

Beloit Fiction Journal Call for Submssions (Deadline December 1)
Bellingham Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Clockhouse Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Ash & Bones Call for Submissions (Inaugural Issue – Deadline December 1)
Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Deadline December 1)
Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle Call for Submissions and Writing Contest (Deadline December 1 – $500)
The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest (Deadline December 1 – $2000)
The Southern Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency (Deadline December 1)
The Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline December 15 – $300)
The 2015 Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop (Deadline December 17)
Fiction Attic Press Call for Submissions (Anthology: Tall Tales – Deadline December 30)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
Apogee Journal Call for Submissions (Issue #5 – Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
3Elements Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
Nowhere Fall 2014 Travel Writing Contest (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1 – Suggested)
Under the Sun Call for Submissions (Deadline January 2)
The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices (Deadline January 5)
The Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship (Cassis, France – Deadline January 13)
The 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $250–$1000)
Women's National Book Association 2014 Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)
The Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship (Bogliasco, Italy – Deadline January 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Exploring the Boundaries – Deadline January 20)

Sunday
Nov232014

Submission Sunday 11.23.14


Thanks for reading Submission Sunday every week! If you are published by a venue that you discovered here, we'd love to hear about it: wordcraft@wordcraftla.com.

These workshops combine the rugged beauty of the Oregon Coast with a weekend immersed in all things literary. It is led by editors from Tin House magazine and Tin House Books and their guests, prominent writers of fiction and nonfiction. The program consists of morning workshops and afternoon craft seminars. Evenings are reserved for literary and career discussions and revelry.

Workshops meet for three sessions—Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Each workshop will have no more than six students and will treat two manuscripts per session. You may only enroll in one workshop.


Barrelhouse Call for Poetry Manuscripts (Deadline November 30)

Barrelhouse is looking for our next poetry book! Maybe our next poetry books! First books, second books, whatever books, we’re open to your submissions. Barrelhouse is an independent non-profit literary organization. Barrelhouse bridges the gap between serious art and pop culture. Barrelhouse is a biannual print journal featuring fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays about music, art, and the detritus of popular culture. Barrelhouse is a web site that regularly posts new short fiction, nonfiction, interviews, and random stuff. Barrelhouse is produced by writers for readers who are looking for quality writing with an edge and a sense of humor. Stories originally published in Barrelhouse have been featured in the Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the Million Writer’s Award.


Clockhouse Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)

Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate.

How do we understand our place in the world, our responsibility to it, and our responsibility to each other? 
Clockhouse is an eclectic conversation about the work-in-progress of life—a soul arousal, a testing ground, a new community, a call for change. Join in.

Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers.


The Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline December 15 – $300)

The winning flash fiction piece will be published on The Conium Review Online Compenium site.  The story will also be made into a broadside or micro-chap that will be given away for free to attendees of next year's AWP conference.  The winning author receives $300 and a copy of the judge's latest book. This year’s contest judge is Ashley Farmer. Ashley is the author of The Women (Civil Coping Mechanisms, forthcoming in 2016), Beside Myself (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2014), and Farm Town (Rust Belt Bindery, 2012). She's also the Co-Managing Editor of Juked

The Conium Review publishes innovative writing. We lean toward unconventional plots, bizarre settings, and experimental language. Make it weird. We are especially interested in work from women, LGBTQ authors, and writers of color. We work with Submission Bombers and other groups to encourage submissions from marginalized writers. We find that these writers often tell the kinds of stories that “mainstream” writers cannot or do not. Along with the journal, we occasionally publish or promote special projects, including chapbooks, readings, and writing workshops. We donate a portion of every print-run to charity bookstores and nonprofits including Open Books, Better World Books, and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.


The Butter Call for Submissions 

The Butter is the slick sister site to The Toast. Please submit UNPUBLISHED work only which includes no work that has been published on your blog. Yes, we pay all contributors, though admittedly, we cannot pay writers as much as they deserve. 

There are no guidelines beyond what you will find at the submission manager. I no longer have patience for guidelines mostly because writers ignore them anyway. There is no need to ask me about my preferences or length requirements. Use common sense and send me writing I can’t live without. If your submission is “time sensitive,” The Butter probably isn’t the right home for your work. There are countless publications that already do that sort of thing very well. I even write for some of them.

We’re going to trust the writers we publish. We’re going to trust their words. We’re going to trust our taste. We’re going to trust you. We’re going to respect your time and intelligence. 


Women's National Book Association 2014 Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)

WNBA is a vibrant national organization. There are chapters with individual Active Members in nine cities, individual Network Members across the country, numerous corporate Sustaining Members, and chapter Honorary Members in the world of books and beyond. WNBA is a broad-based non-profit organization with some 800 members across the country, three distinguished national awards, and a history of lively events in chapter cities and elsewhere. This year, the WNBA Writing Contest will feature three categories of writing:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Poetry

We are seeking your best work for our national writing contest. Winning entries will be published in a special issue of The Bookwoman–the national newsletter of the WNBA. First place winners receive $250 cash prize. Second, third and honorable mentions will be published with the first place winners in the contest edition of The Bookwoman. Open to all writers 18 or older writing in English.


LitroNY Call for Fiction Submissions (New Online Fiction Editor Jim Ruland)

We welcome our new Online Fiction Editor Jim Ruland to LitroNY Online. Jim explains what he’s looking for, in terms of submissions for Fiction pieces for the LitroNY Fiction Slot.

The very best kind of writing doesn’t provide an experience – it is an experience – no different from an unexpected journey, or an incredible meal. And when it’s time to part, I’m sorry to do so but now I can take the spark with me. When it comes down to it, I’m a pleasure seeker. I want to be captivated. Beguiled. Bamboozled. Taken hostage.

There is pleasure in laughter, pleasure in every kind of emotion when the artist is like a pickpocket. Give me an artist who is willing to ask him or herself a hundred bothersome questions rather than one who can execute a perfect sentence before coffee.

I admire work that collides forms, hybridizes genres and is generally difficult to define. I don’t need to know the names of the leaves in the teapot to enjoy the brew. I like lines that resonate like a bullet off bell in a church tower, passages that resonate with the roar of a lion that is finally tired of rotting away in the zoo.

I want to forget everything I think I know. Take me someplace I can’t get to on my own.


The Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship (Bogliasco, Italy – Deadline January 15)

The Bogliasco Foundation supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy’s most vibrant, historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create and disseminate significant new work.

Approximately 50 fellowships—or residencies—are awarded to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts). Although the Fellowship is not a cash prize, Fellows are provided with living quarters, separate private studios and full board for a month at the Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy. 

Located in the fishing village of Bogliasco near Genoa, in a region of extraordinary beauty whose landscape has stimulated creative expression for centuries, the Bogliasco Foundation offers one-month residencies to individuals who can demonstrate notable achievement in the Arts and Humanities: those disciplines that seek to understand our place in the world, shaping and defining what it means to be human.

 

Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Barrelhouse Call for Poetry Manuscripts (Deadline November 30)
Quarter After Eight 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)
The Baltimore Review Winter Contest: "Work" (Deadline November 30 – $500)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Motionpoems’ “Arrivals & Departures at St Paul’s Union Depot” Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Split Lip Magazine Call for Submissions, Global Humor Anthology, and Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 30 – $200)

Beloit Fiction Journal Call for Submssions (Deadline December 1)
Bellingham Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Clockhouse Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Deadline December 1)
Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle Call for Submissions and Writing Contest (Deadline December 1 – $500)
The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest (Deadline December 1 – $2000)
The Southern Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency (Deadline December 1)
The Conium Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline December 15 – $300)
The 2015 Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop (Deadline December 17)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
3Elements Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
Nowhere Fall 2014 Travel Writing Contest (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1 – Suggested)
Under the Sun Call for Submissions (Deadline January 2)
The Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices (Deadline January 5)
The Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship (Cassis, France – Deadline January 13)
The 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $250–$1000)
Women's National Book Association 2014 Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)
The Bogliasco Foundation Residency Fellowship (Bogliasco, Italy – Deadline January 15)

Sunday
Nov162014

Submission Sunday 11.16.14



Granta 
Call for Submissions
 (Deadline April 1)

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it had a long and distinguished history, publishing the early work of many writers who later became well known, including A. A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Since 1979, the year of its rebirth, Granta has published many of the world’s finest writers tackling some of the world’s most important subjects, from intimate human experiences to the large public and political events that have shaped our lives.

Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story, both in fiction and non-fiction, and the story’s supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real. As the Observer wrote of Granta: ‘In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.’ Our criteria for publication are best gauged by a close reading of the magazine. We publish fiction, memoir, reportage, poetry and art.


The 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes
 (Deadline January 15 – $250–$1000)

We’re excited to announce that submissions for our 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes with $1750 in awards are now open!

  • The 2015 William Richey Short Fiction Contest will be judged by author Aimee Bender (The Color Master, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt). $20 to enter, $1000 + publication to the winner.
  • The 2015 Pocataligo Poetry Contest will be judged by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney (Head Off & Split). $10 to enter, $500 + publication to the winner.
  • The 2015 Inaugural Non-Fiction Contest will be judged by author Paul Bogard (The End of Night). $5 to enter, $250 + publication to the winner. 

We’ve made a few changes this year — we have added a non-fiction contest and all three of our contests (the William Richey Short Fiction Contest, the Pocataligo Poetry Contest, and the Inaugural Non-Fiction Contest) are open right now until January 15, 2015. All submissions will be considered for publication in the magazine. Additionally, entrants have the option of signing up for a one-year subscription at the amazingly low price of $2!

 


The METRIC is
 an online literary publishing project. We aim to promote literary interestingness on the web at a grassroots level. METRIC’s origins are sprung from smaller e-zines. Having emancipated ourselves from these roots, we now dream of a magazine which allows for the critical freedom of anonymity, whilst maintaining the satisfaction of individual authorship. We endorse no one identity.

We are friends of places that promote freedom of information, in that we believe that there is a need for nodes of literary catalysis on the web.  We share stories before we share names and histories, trying to escape their boundaries with narrative.  Here, information flows freely, and intelligence can ensue. Where else is thinking born, if not in free space? Where else can literature thrive, if not outside of the economy of attention that dominates our shared culture these days?

The METRIC editors understand themselves as moderators, plucking strands of clouds – and organising them, so that readers can read asreaders, not as part of a mob. We are one of many projects, and yet, like any other good project, we have a unique footprint which we try to create in our editions of new online literature. The METRIC is run by an anonymous collective of editors from all over the world.


Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1 – Suggested)

Assay publishes the best in critical scholarship of creative nonfiction to stimulate conversation concerning this genre. Assay examines, analyzes, and tests the ideas central to literary nonfiction, its texts and authors, and its pedagogy. Assay's purpose is to facilitate all facets of this discussion.

While there is no shortage of craft pieces and craft texts, the focus of nonfiction analysis has been on the art of the genre. Critical scholarship that studies nonfiction as literature, not simply art, is lacking in our genre. Our purpose is to facilitate all facets of that conversation, to be a resource for writers, scholars, readers, and teachers of nonfiction.  

Our online format makes research materials more accessible to scholars, but it also utilizes the available technology to expand the discussion. In addition to the written expression of nonfiction criticism, Assay provides the space for both written and video interviews with writers, as well as providing for more informal discussions of reading and teaching in the genre.


Motionpoems’ “Arrivals & Departures at St Paul’s Union Depot” Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)

Motionpoems and public artist Todd Boss present “Arrivals & Departures at St Paul’s Union Depot,” a colossal 3D poetry film installation that magically transforms the facade of one of St Paul’s most impressive landmark buildings.

Beginning in 2014, to celebrate Union Depot’s renaissance as a rail hub with an act of place-making designed to reclaim the space in the hearts and minds of all who experience it, we selected a handful of original poems by Minnesotans (theme: “Arrivals & Departures”) from a statewide call for poems, then commissioned Minnesota film teams to turn four finalist poems into short films built to fit digitally mapped 3D templates of the building.

Motionpoems then projected those films onto the screen-filled facade of the Depot, looping continuously, with accompanying audio from lawn-area speakers. The spectacle drew 3,500 people during the Saint Paul Art Crawl. MinnPost called it “crazy awesome.”


The Awl was started in 2009, at least four internets ago. The Awl has editors, but it runs on pitches. So please: Pitch. Pitch thoughtful reported pieces and incisive essays and deep cultural criticism and odd character studies and deep dives on off topics and poems and jokes and profiles and weird, unexpected content fragments and things that you think are too strange to publish. Pitch them all. We will work with you on difficult pieces. We don’t care about word count. We pay. Not much, but as much as we can, and as much (and often more?) than many much richer publishing and internet concerns. We are currently looking for submissions in the categories of:

Architecture; urbanism (but not the dull, aggravating kind); interesting pieces or works of criticism about movies, books, television, or music that are not simply reviews or recaps or RED HOT TAKES; observed non-fiction; offbeat works about fashion and style; stories about places and cities and towns that aren’t New York (and also that are) and the people living in them that would work wonderfully in an alt-weekly;  labor and capital and activism(!); videogames because why not; food and drink; history, personal or otherwise; crime; gender and race and sex (just not from white men); THE MEDIA and writing too; science, death, your breakup, spacetime and/or faith, dogs, bears, whatever.

(This list should not be construed as definitive or restrictive, but merely a list of things we know we are interested in; there are so many things that we have no idea we have interest in—until you pitch them. The Awl runs on pitches, so please, do pitch anything, as long as it’s interesting.)


Literature for Life Call for Submissions

Literature for Life is a program of the Light Bringer Project, a Pasadena based nonprofit that builds community through the power of the arts and education. We unite writers, artists, and educators to ignite young minds with a love of reading, writing, and the visual arts. We consider ourselves to be a new kind of beast: part online literary journal, part educator’s resource center, and part community salon. Our goal is to connect LA’s youth with an open source text filled with contemporary works by local writers and artists while simultaneously sharing LA’s rich literary offerings with the world.

Our site will feature two issues a year, containing a collection of fiction and nonfiction, poetry, short stories, articles, essays, and artwork created for us by writers and artists primarily from the Los Angeles region. Texts and images are paired with tailor­made lesson plans, designed to help teachers introduce locally produced writing and artwork into their classrooms so that students may better see themselves and their communities represented in their curriculum. Filling the gap left by expensive, monolithic, and often outdated textbooks, our literature and artwork are selected to resonate with L.A.­–based youth and celebrate the full diversity of Los Angeles, its culture, and its people.


Bellingham Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)

At home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Bellingham Review publishes literature of palpable quality, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography, in one Fall Online Edition and one Spring Print Edition, along with rolling content on our BH Review Blog. Established in 1977, Bellingham Review has earned a reputation for publishing established and emerging writers who successfully employ innovative form and content. Our contributors often go on to publish their own books and collections. Their work has recently appeared in Harper’s, Utne Reader, and Pushcart Prize Anthology.

We are looking for “literature of palpable quality: poems, stories, and essays so beguiling they invite us to come closer, look deeper.” Our general submission period runs from September 15th through December 1st. We look forward to reading your best work!



Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Quarter After Eight 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)
The Baltimore Review Winter Contest: "Work" (Deadline November 30 – $500)
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Motionpoems’ “Arrivals & Departures at St Paul’s Union Depot” Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Split Lip Magazine Call for Submissions, Global Humor Anthology, and Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 30 – $200)

Beloit Fiction Journal Call for Submssions (Deadline December 1)
Bellingham Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Deadline December 1)
Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle Call for Submissions and Writing Contest (Deadline December 1 – $500)
The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest (Deadline December 1 – $2000)
The Southern Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency (Deadline December 1)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Nov092014

Submission Sunday 11.9.14


The Antioch Review, founded in 1941, is one of the oldest, continuously publishing literary magazines in America. We publish fiction, essays, and poetry from both emerging as well as established authors. Authors published in our pages are consistently included in Best American anthologies and Pushcart prizes. We continue to serve our readers and our authors and to encourage others to publish the “best words in the best order.”

Because of a backlog of material, new unsolicited Fiction submissions to the Antioch Review will be closed until at least March 2015.   The submission period for Poetry and Essays will continue as follows:

Poetry: September 1 through April 30
Essays: September 1 through May 31

The best answer we can give on inquiries relating to what kind of material the ANTIOCH REVIEW uses is, “read the magazine.”  Look through a few representative issues for an idea of subjects, treatment, lengths of articles, and stories we have used; it will be far more rewarding than any theories we might try to formulate.


Wag's Revue Winter Contest (Deadline February 28 – $1000)

Founded in early 2009, Wag’s Revue is an online-only literary quarterly of poetry, essays, fiction, and interviews with waggish luminaries of our day. We have been lauded by such publications as the Village Voice and Poets & Writers, and have been lucky to publish hundreds of great works by talented established and emerging writers.

We hold two contests annually, the Winter Contest from December 1 through the end of February and the Summer Contest, from June 1 to August 31. The contests are open to all three genres and are judged by the editors. For each, first prize is $1000 and guaranteed publication in the magazine, second prize is $500 and third $100. All pieces are considered for publication. There is a $20 reading fee per contest submission, plus Submittable's fee. 


Passages North Call for Submissions

Passages North, the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979. Passages North accepts submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, and short-shorts, as well as spoken-word poetry for the website and brief essays about the writing life for our online Writers on Writing series.


Memorious Call for Submissions 

Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction is a biannual online literary journal founded in 2004 by Brian Green, Rebecca Morgan Frank, and Robert Arnold. Work from Memorious has been selected for publication in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net. Mission: To publish the best work by emerging and established poets, fiction writers, visual artists and composers.
We are currently open for fiction submissions: please see the specific guidelines listed under "Prose." We look forward to reading your fiction. (We are sorry to say that we do not publish creative nonfiction.)  Please send one story or no more than three short shorts in a word or .rtf document. There are no length restrictions. 

The Center for Women Writers at Salem College is a student-centered and women-focused organization that has strong ties to the Winston Salem and North Carolina communities. Annette Allen established the Center for Women Writers in 1996, with a vision of a home for women writers. Metta Sáma, Director of Creative Writing & Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, currently directs the CWW, with the support of student interns, and continues Allen’s vision of encouraging and supporting the creative and professional work of women writers.

The Collapsar is a bi-monthly magazine of new writing. We’re here because we’re selfish—we want to personally locate the stuff we want to read, to cut out the middle man. We're open to short short stories and long short stories. If you compel us to keep reading—well, we'll keep reading. It's that simple. However, a word to the wise: the longer your story is, the harder it will be to place it here. WE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO REGULAR FICTION & POETRY SUBMISSIONS. However, you're welcome to submit non-fiction and photography through the regular venues.

The Collapsar especially welcomes work that has a strong sense of place: we want to read your stories about Oklahoma during tornado season, blazing cold winter nights in northern Idaho, the streets of Seattle on its eighteenth rainy day in a row. We want the mugginess of the bayou. But also, we want work that has no place at all, believing that place is not simply interchangeable with “setting.” Place is vision. Your story could take place in a spaceship. Or inside of somebody’s left shoe. And above all, great writing gives us new vision.

We want to set the experimental and the traditional side by side, to have a generous aesthetic. We want to bridge the gap between the fertile but oft insular sidecars of “alt-lit” and everybody else. We want great writing from women, men, straight people, GLBTQ people, black people, white people, red people, yellow people, and, if they exist, almost certainly, we want work from purple people. If you are purple, please get in touch with us. We want your boozy writing and your sober writing. We want your atheism. We want your theism. Grandeloquence and minutia. We believe that most comedy is sad. And that most sadness is at least a little funny. We like to laugh.


Cosmonauts Avenue Call for Submissions 

Cosmonauts Avenue publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, interviews, reviews, and correspondence. We publish writing by emerging and established writers in English and in translation. We are staffed by the same people who put on the Summer Literary Seminars, and while we love to travel, our magazine exists to facilitate creative exchange between writing communities in the most accessible location in the world: the internet. 

We're located in the lovely and ethereal city of Montreal, but our namesake, Cosmonauts Avenue, is a long residential thoroughfare on the southwestern outskirts of St Petersburg (nee Leningrad). Laid out in the early-1960s, it was one of the initial "micro-districts" of state-owned co-op apartments which started springing up in large Soviet cities around the time, on then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's initiative. The great majority of St. Petersburg's citizens (as well as Muscovites, or the denizens of any large Russian city) live in similar residential locations radiating from the core of the city center in ever-widening concentric circles. Take a walk with us along Cosmonauts Avenue (because if you're walking alone, it's boring as hell, and in winter, also very cold). 


The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship (Deadline January 1 – $5000)

The American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship was created in 2013 to nurture and sustain a heritage as old as the Library itself – deepening French-American understanding. 

The Visiting Fellowship offer writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer while participating actively in the life of the American Library. The project may be a book (fiction or non-fiction), long-form journalism, film or music.

The Fellowship award, a stipend of $5,000 is intended to cover travel and housing costs for the Visiting Fellow. He or she will be expected to present the work-in-progress to the public in a weekday evening talk at the Library, and to conduct one or two workshops for Library members on a subject of common interest. The fellowship is open to all English-speakers, regardless of nationality. 



Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Quarter After Eight 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)
The Baltimore Review Winter Contest: "Work" (Deadline November 30 – $500)
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)

Beloit Fiction Journal Call for Submssions (Deadline December 1)
Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Deadline December 1)
Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle Call for Submissions and Writing Contest (Deadline December 1 – $500)
The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest (Deadline December 1 – $2000)
The Southern Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency (Deadline December 1)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Nov022014

Submission Sunday 11.2.14



The Southern Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)

The Southern Review is one of the nation’s premiere literary journals. Hailed by Time as "superior to any other journal in the English language," we have made literary history since our founding in 1935. We publish a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the country’s—and the world’s—most respected contemporary writers.

Established at Louisiana State University, The Southern Review immediately became a literary tastemaker. The launch of The Southern Review came about "On a bright Sunday afternoon in late February, 1935," when Louisiana State University’s president drove his black Cadillac to Robert Penn Warren’s house in Baton Rouge to invite him, his wife, and their friend Albert Erskine on a drive to discuss creating a magazine of "distinctive character and quality." Cleanth Brooks and Charles W. Pipkin were consulted; both joined the editorial staff. The Southern Review’s first series ran 1935 to 1942 before closing due to the war. In 1965, the journal was revived under the editorship of Lewis P. Simpson and Donald E. Stanford, who launched the second series to great acclaim. LSU Press became The Southern Review’s publisher in 2011, allowing the journal to undertake new initiatives, such as reaching readers through a digital version in addition to the print quarterly.


Sundog Lit Photogene Contest (Ongoing)

Sundog Lit publishes writing that scorches the earth. Sundog Lit is all about what emerges from the ruins, not what idles in the calm before the storm. Sundog Lit is blood, rusty gears, the sweat of toil, working-class, revolutionary, everyday. Sundog Lit is literature that rages. 

Photogene is an ongoing contest that provides writers with an original piece of artwork or photography to use as a writing prompt. For each round, we will select one work of art/photography to post to our site and burn into the retinas of writers everywhere, who will then write and submit poetry, fiction, and nonfiction inspired by this piece.


The Camargo Foundation Residency Fellowship (Cassis, France – Deadline January 13)

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts.  It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect.  The Foundation encourages the visionary work of scholars, artists, and thought leaders in the arts and humanities. The Camargo Foundation's core Fellowship program provides time and space to scholars and artists to reflect and create. The next available Fellowship program will be in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. 

During the residency program, fellows meet at least once a week for project discussions. The Foundation also offers to introduce fellows to local professionals in their fields and organizes events such as concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, guest speakers, and day excursions. The cultural life in the Aix-Marseille area is rich in theatre, art exhibits, lectures, ballet, music, and cinema.


Quarter After Eight 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)

Quarter After Eight is an annual literary journal devoted to the exploration of innovative writing in all its forms. QAE is committed to publishing fiction, poetry, prose poetry, sudden fiction, creative and critical nonfiction, interviews, reviews, interactive pieces, digital work, letters, memoirs, translations, dramas, and less defined forms of prose from new and established writers. 

From Brevity: "Quarter After Eight, a hip and timely literary magazine out of Ohio University, is looking for flash fiction and nonfiction, and offering a generous holiday shopping fund to the happy winner of the 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest. This year’s prize is a whopping $1,008.15  (Get it? $1000 plus an extra 8:15?)

The QAE editors invite you to submit up to three pieces of prose with a $15 entry fee by November 30. A subscription comes with each fee.  Brevity Editor Dinty W. Moore will be the judge. They also welcome general submissions."


Pennsylvania State University (Altoona) One-Semester Resident Teaching Fellowship (Deadline April 1)

Pennsylvania State University‘s Altoona Campus English Program is taking applications for a one-semester teaching residency in fiction and creative nonfiction. The program is targeted at early career writers, preferably without a published book. The residency is designed to offer an emerging writer substantial time to write and offers a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2015 semester (24 August to 18 December). 

The resident writer will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses and work informally with English major students. The hiring committee is looking for a writer with publications of fiction and creative nonfiction in literary magazines. The successful candidate typically lives in the Altoona area during the residency; benefits and housing are not included. A Master’s degree in Creative Writing or English is required; an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing is preferred. Teaching experience is also preferred. Review of applications will begin on April 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.



High Desert Journal
Call for Submissions

High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. High Desert Journal is looking for quality work that illuminates the landscape of the interior West, the people and the relationships between the two. We accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West. 


We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. High Desert Journal is looking for quality work that illuminates the landscape of the interior West, the people and the relationships between the two. We accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West. We publish biannually (in November and May) and review submissions year round.


Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)

Between midnight on November 30, 2014 and 11:59:59 pm GMT on Sunday December 31, 2014, poets may submit to Berfrois, using its online submission manager, a single, original, poem in English which is not a translation, but may be in any mode or form, up to 300 lines. By midnight on January 9, 2014, Berfrois will have read all the submissions and selected poems by 10 finalists for a short list. These 10 poems will be published on Berfrois during the first few weeks of January 2014. Berfrois may suggest that the writers of the short-listed poems make changes to these poems before posting.

The writers of the ten short-listed poems will be given one week, until midnight on January 16, 2014, to submit 4 more poems each. In the last two weeks of January, Berfrois will read each of the short-listed 5 poem portfolios and select a Poetry Prize Winner. Berfrois will announce the Poetry Prize Winner of the on February 1, 2015. The winning poet will be awarded a prize. The winning portfolio of five poems will be published on Berfrois with an introduction by Daniel Bosch.


The Anderson Center at Tower View Residency Program (Red Wing, MN – Deadline February 1)

As a fully accredited member of the Alliance of Artists Communities and RES ARTIS: International Association of Residential Art Centres, the Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professional artists, writers, and scholars annually screens and selects all applicants.

This program is the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. Since the Center opened in 1995, more than 700 artists, writers, and scholars from over 45 states and 40 foreign countries have participated in the program. The Center also engages in artist exchange programs with the city of Salzburg, Austria, and with Red Wing's Sister City, Quzhou, China. The Center participates in annual scholarship programs with the University of Minnesota, Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, and the Institute for Latino Studies of the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to working on a clearly defined project, resident-fellows are asked to make a substantive contribution to the community. Each year Center residents visit schools, senior centers, civic organizations, adult and juvenile detention centers, and other arts institutions in Red Wing and its nearby rural communities, with over 2300 people, from primary school children to senior citizens, benefiting from these community presentations, workshops, and classes.


Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Quarter After Eight 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)
The Baltimore Review Winter Contest: "Work" (Deadline November 30 – $500)
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)

Beloit Fiction Journal Call for Submssions (Deadline December 1)
Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Deadline December 1)
Mothering Through the Darkness: Stories of Postpartum Struggle Call for Submissions and Writing Contest (Deadline December 1 – $500)
The Fiddlehead's 24th Annual Contest (Deadline December 1 – $2000)
The Southern Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency (Deadline December 1)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Berfrois 2014 Poetry Contest (Deadline December 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
The Lascaux Review 2014 Short Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Science Fiction – Deadline December 31)
The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline December 31 – $1000)

Sunday
Oct262014

Submission Sunday 10.26.14



The Lascaux Review
2014 Short Fiction Prize
(Deadline December 31 – $1000)

The Lascaux Review provides a showcase for emerging and established writers and artists. Lascaux (rhymes with “Bordeaux”) seeks stories, poems, essays, book excerpts, and works of art that share a message and have a broad appeal.

The 2014 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction contest is presently open for submissions. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2015 Lascaux Prize Anthology. Two copies of the anthology will be supplied to every writer appearing in it. Entry fee is $10. Authors may enter more than once. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. All genres and styles are welcome.


The Baltimore Review
 Winter Contest: "Work"
(Deadline November 30 – $500)

The mission of The Baltimore Review is to showcase Baltimore as a literary hub of diverse writing and promote the work of emerging and established writers. The Baltimore Review was founded by Barbara Westwood Diehl in 1996 as a literary journal publishing short stories and poems, with a mission to showcase the best writing from the Baltimore area, from across the U.S., and beyond. Our mission remains just that. However, in our online format, we can now bring that fine writing to the world's attention, more frequently, and at less cost. We can also explore new ways to bring the world of writers and writing to the reader's attention. In 2012, The Baltimore Review begins its new life as a quarterly, online literary journal. This doesn't mean that we've fallen out of love with the printed book. Work accepted for online publication will also be collected for annual print issues.

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s winter contest is "Work." Why? Whether you wake up each morning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to begin your day’s work—your profession, your raison d'etre. Or whether you live for the weekend. Whether you’re desperately seeking a new one. Or counting the hours until your retirement. Work consumes much of our lives. It’s how many of us define ourselves. It’s what many of us do to survive. The theme is also one more great excuse to do some research and learn how others live. Writers like to do that. Right? As long as you incorporate the idea of work in your poem, short story, or creative nonfiction, you're good.


The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency (Deadline December 1)

The Bellagio Residency program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a stimulating array of disciplines and geographies. The Bellagio Center community generates new knowledge to solve some of the most complex issues facing our world and creates art that inspires reflection and understanding on global and social issues. 

Residencies are two to four weeks long. We are interested in applicants whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. We also welcome applications for projects that will contribute to the Foundation's mission of promoting the well-being of humankind or in some way will connect with the Rockefeller Foundation’s issue areas. We strive to select a diverse cohort to ensure that interdisciplinary and international connections remain an integral part of the Bellagio experience. The Center welcomes collaborative residencies for two to four people working on the same project.


Boulevard Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)

Boulevard has been called "one of the half-dozen best literary journals" by Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman in The Philadelphia Inquirer. We strive to publish the finest in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. $1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.


Nowhere
Fall 2014 Travel Writing Contest
 (Deadline January 1 – $1000)


After the terrific success of our Spring Writing Contest, we are doing it again! This time, award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, for the first Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Contest. (Yes, we like the seasons.)

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

Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going... We look forward to reading your work.


The Transnational Clash: Essays on “the Only Band that Matters” will be a cross-disciplinary collection of scholarly essays dedicated to the work of The Clash, and as such the first of its kind. It will bring together research by literary critics, sociologists, popular music specialists, musicologists, historians and cultural and area studies specialists in order to explore the transnational aspects of the band’s music, lyrics and global cultural impact. The recent conference in Belfast – A Riot of Our Own: a Symposium on The Clash – strongly suggests a high level of contemporary academic interest in the band’s work. The proposed collection will therefore make a timely and significant contribution to Clash studies, to punk studies and to popular music studies more widely.

In writing about the music of The Clash, contributors will also be exploring the clash of political views, the highly productive clash of critical traditions (for example a broadly European tradition of Marxist cultural studies and a broadly American tradition of liberal humanist criticism), and the clash of different disciplinary approaches. From such clashes, it is hoped and assumed, new approaches and ideas will emerge, characterised by inclusivity, hybridity and the eclecticism enthusiastically embraced by The Clash as artists.



New Orleans Review
/The Walker Percy Center for Writing & Publishing 2014 Prize in Short Fiction
 (Deadline December 31 – $1000)

We are looking for well-crafted, dynamic writing that demonstrates attention to the language, writing that engages, surprises, and moves us. We subscribe to the belief that in order to truly write well, one must master the basics: grammar and syntax, punctuation, diction, the sentence, the paragraph. Beyond that, we are looking for writing that has something honest to say about human experience, writing that, in the spirit of Walker Percy, is onto something. 


Bluestem has been published since 1966 and is produced by the English Department at Eastern Illinois University. We are pleased to announce our new Nonfiction Editor, Daiva Markelis, professor of English at Eastern Illinois University. Her short stories and creative nonfiction have been published in the New Ohio ReviewCream City Review, Other Voices,OyezPankCrab Orchard Review, The American Literary Review, and Fourth River, among others. Her memoir, White Field, Black Sheep: A Lithuanian-American Life, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2010.


Bluestem
submissions open September 1st. Bluestem welcomes submissions across the full range of creative nonfiction: memoir, personal essay, profile, travel writing, etc. We value the thought-provoking, the entertaining, the lyrical, and the finely crafted. We look forward to reading your best work. 



Upcoming Deadlines

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)
The Baltimore Review Winter Contest: "Work" (Deadline November 30 – $500)
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) 
Saturday
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)

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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)