Following the success of our Writers’ Resolution Boot Camp in January, we’re now offering an expanded 13-week online summer program with separate tracks for fiction and memoir writers. Click here for more information.
Two Words For is an online creative literary and arts publication devoted to fresh, original writing on those who came before. We publish work inspired by sources of inspiration - names in ever-current pastness that force us to create in the shadow of their unforgettable presence.
Two Words For got its start on a train between Utrecht and Amsterdam. A conversation about authors from the past. It became a reality on a computer screen. A conversation about tools from the new media. And it's on these tools that it's designed and developed in Los Angeles and edited in Paris, Amsterdam, and New York.
We ask authors and artists to name the figures that inspired them. But to overcome those names and make something new.
Founded in 2006, the nonprofit literary arts collective [PANK] – PANK Magazine & Tiny Hardcore Press – fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. To the end of the road, up country, a far shore, to the edges of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, a place inhabited by contradiction, quirk and startling anomaly, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born. [PANK], no soft pink hands allowed.
We are open to free magazine submissions in February, March, September, October, and November, unless otherwise noted; “Tip Jar” submissions to the magazine are open year-round. As we now pay all magazine contributors, both online and in print, we encourage you to please consider using our Tip Jar submission category. FYI, all Tip Jar proceeds go to supporting author payments. But please, if you do not wish to use the tip jar, don’t; there are an entire five months out of the year where you don’t have to. And believe it or not, free and tip jar submissions are treated exactly the same during the reading and selection process; we don’t distinguish. So there.
We publish experimental short-fiction in print & online. We pair every story with a piece of art. Not highbrow, not lowbrow; we're no-brow. We do not publish poetry or novels. We're excited about the future of books, reading, and writing. Our submissions are 100% blind and open year-round.
Literature has been confined to poetry and short-stories for thousands of years, and novels have been around for less than 400 years. We want narratives that challenge this triumvirate. There are literary gems everywhere, from the disclaimer on a box of crackers to the instructions on your algebra test. In one high-school girl’s blog, buried in thousands of pages of gossip and conjecture, are those three lines that could move you. . . . so theNewerYork is an experiment.
We aim to be experimental, without being obtuse. We want your literary absurdities, your artifacts of stories. We enjoy short but challenging pieces (FIVE PAGES OR LESS); subjects ranging from deeply philosophical to romantic to completely dufus. Short-forms do not offer enough room to bore the reader, this allows the writer to be ridiculous or overly intense. We hope to build a community of writers and artists while amassing an encyclopedia of work that will encourage and promote experimentation with our lovely language.
Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets. The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.
Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium. In addition to open submissions, the journal’s editorial staff will occasionally identify a particular historical object, collection, exhibit, etc., and call for submissions inspired by the selected artifact or collection.
Salt Hill is a literary journal publishing outstanding new fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and art. Previous contributors have included Denise Duhamel, Edie Fake, Mary Gaitskill, Terrance Hayes, H.L. Hix, Etgar Keret, Phil LaMarche, Dorianne Laux, Patrick Lawler, Maurice Manning, Eugene Marten, K. Silem Mohammad, Patricia Smith, Lynne Tillman, Joe Wenderoth among many others. Now over 15 years old, the magazine is published by writers affiliated with the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. Salt Hill is funded in part by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Graduate Student Organization of Syracuse University.
Salt Hill publishes poetry, prose, translations, reviews, essays, interviews, and artwork. We read submissions for the magazine between August 1 and April 1 of each year and for the Philip Booth Poetry Prize between May 15 and August 1.
Beetroot Journal is a bi-annual journal that is an expansion of LitBridge, a resource website for writers. Our team includes writers, poets, essayists, engineers, and scientists who write, read and publish literary work. We believe in the power of literature to change ourselves and others.
We do not publish a specific aesthetic, style or theme. Fiction (short and long), poetry and nonfiction are welcome. There is no required word count. Photos and artwork for issue designs are welcome. Emerging and established writers are encouraged to submit. We publish work that moves us in some manner.
Red Fez is an artist-run organization determined to publish and promote creative, meaningful and accessible artistic pursuits and collaborations. Our mission is to provide opportunities for writers, artists and musicians to create, promote, publish and profit (in kind, in cash, in notoriety, in backrubs - hey artists will take whatever they can get these days!) from their work; and for readers, art enthusiasts and music fans to discover, connect and support art and artists meaningful and entertaining to them. We believe in accessible art and an accessible artistic community. Red Fez is a melting pot of people interested in creating, sharing and discovering writing, music, art and more.
We obey no genre and take anything from limericks to fantasy to genres yet invented. Our key desires are originality, accessibility and quality. We like work with a point, something to say or some sort of inner majic that gives greater meaning to the pretty words and thrilling plots. That said, we're not really sure what we're looking for until we've seen it, so give us a try.
Tell Us a Story publishes stories that are true and happened to the author. We publish new writers and seasoned writers, amateurs and professionals, sad stories and happy stories, dead cat stories and best friend stories.
Everyone has a good story: it’s the story you tell when you first meet people or maybe only after you’ve known them a long time. It’s the story you tell when the evening gets quiet, or when everyone’s been drinking, or when there’s a fire and comfortable chairs around. It’s the kind of story that passes the time. Your close friends probably know this story by heart. But that’s because it’s a good story.
We publish one new true story every single Wednesday. Tell us a story.
And a bonus call for opinionated poetry from the LA Times... (Deadline August 11)
Last year, when we asked readers to submit opinion poetry, we were overwhelmed. More than 1,500 poets answered the call, many with multiple entries. The poems we received dealt with every issue of the day, including the war on terror, the economy, the nanny state, student debt and the inability of so many politicians to keep their pants zipped. After reading more than 5,000 poems, we were exhausted. But we were so happy with the end result that we've decided to do it all over again.
So, now's your chance. Are you frustrated with how the president is doing his job? Irked at the Supreme Court's recent spate of rulings? Keen on the new pope? Furious at City Hall? Put it in a poem.
On Sunday, Aug. 31, The Times' Opinion section will run a page of opinionated poetry, and we're inviting submissions. So pick up your pen and register your opinion in the form of a haiku or a sonnet or a limerick. We'll welcome whatever the muse inspires, whether it's rhyming doggerel or blank verse — but this time we'll only read one poem per entrant.
There aren't strict rules, and this isn't a contest. The Opinion editors will select what we consider to be the best poems to showcase. Any subject appropriate for an Op-Ed is fair game for your Op-Poetry — politics, culture, international relations, you name it. But this is the Opinion section, so make sure you're expressing an opinion about something that's happening in the world. Humor is welcome; foul or offensive language is not. And brevity will be greatly appreciated.
Nat. Brut Call for Submissions (First Print Supplement: SALE! – Deadline July 28)
Fence Call for Submissions (Deadline July 31)
Willapa Bay Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline July 31)
The Scotland Writing Residency (Deadline July 31)
Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award (Deadline July 31 – $1500)
The Los Angeles Review/AROHO Orlando Prizes (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Conjunctions:63 Call for Submissions: Speaking Volumes (Deadline July 31)
A Room of Her Own Foundation Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
The Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 1)
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest (Early Deadline August 1 – $5000)
StoryQuarterly First Annual Essay Contest (Deadline August 1 – $1000)
The Chattahoochee Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Skin – Deadline August 1)
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize (Deadline August 1 – $1000 CAD)
Gival Press Short Story Award (Deadline August 8 – $1000)
Los Angeles Times Call for Opinionated Poetry (Deadline August 11)
PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 11)
The Texas Observer 2014 Short Story Contest (Deadline August 11 – $1000)
Indiana Review 2014 Half-K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
The Bombay Gin Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15)
Caitlin Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Travelling Alone (Deadline August 15)
Arcadia Magazine 2014 Fiction and Poetry Chapbook Contests (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award (Deadline August 31 – £500)
Sport Literate 2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest (Deadline August 31 – $500)
Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500)
Black Warrior Review Tenth Annual Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Good Housekeeping "All About Love" Writing Contest (Deadline September 1 – $2000)
Evil Women and Mean Girls: Critical Examinations of the Fairer Sex’s Nasty Side in History, Literature, and Popular Culture Call for Chapters (Abstract Deadline September 1)
Fourth Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
The Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Waiting – Deadline September 22 – $1000)