WordCraft LA 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 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. Contact us today to get started!

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What You Should Expect from a Writing Coach

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Coaching has become one of the most popular services offered by WordCraft consultants since we launched last July. Yet we’re frequently asked what a writing coach actually does. This post will cover a few things you can expect from a WordCraft coach—or that you should expect from any writing coach.

The coach will set up a schedule that works for you. 

Some writers pursue their craft full-time, so a weekly meeting can be most productive for them. Other writers are balancing the demands of work and family and their desire to write. These writers may want a biweekly or even a monthly meeting to stay in touch with their craft but also have time for other obligations. Coaches will also take financial considerations into account when deciding how often the meetings will occur. Because our clients are located in different regions across the country, most of our coaching sessions take place over the phone. Each session lasts for an hour. We will determine a regular time that works for you. Some clients prefer evenings or weekends; a few of our clients use their lunch hour. Most of our consultants are available during mornings and afternoons as well.

The coach will help you set goals to stay on track.

Our clients pursue a number of different genres — fiction, nonfiction, business writing, screenplays, and more — so each type of project produces its own set of tasks. Whichever genre you are pursuing, we will help you determine your objective and set reasonable, measured targets. We suggest activities that bring you closer to completing tasks that move you toward your goals. Calendars will be consulted.

The coach will make your phone session as productive as possible.

Most of our hour-long meetings include discussion of craft readings, brief writing exercises, review of work that has been written since the last session, and goal setting. Each meeting will be customized based on the goals that you have set. For example, a client who wanted to publish an essay may have a session that looks like this:

12:00–12:10 — Discuss two essays read before meeting as publication models
12:10–12:30 — Discuss draft of essay that client submitted before meeting
12:30–12:40 — Plan revision strategies to complete before next meeting
12:40­–12:50 — Complete exercise in real time that strengthens a skill 
12:50–12:55 — Set tasks and goals to be completed for next meeting

Working with the coach, the client will determine the activities for each session based on the progress made or desired.

The coach will adjust your training regimen depending on the next opponent, like Burgess Meredith does for Rocky.

Our coaches have worked with all levels of writers — from elementary school students to published authors — so we have reasonable expectations for each client, but we also know how to push you toward your objective in a way that feels challenging yet achievable. For some bouts, your regular writing schedule will be perfectly fine; for others, you’ll need to train a bit more rigorously. We’ll help you figure out when to up your game.

If you’d like more information, contact us at wordcraft@wordcraftla.com and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Also, through February 12, we are offering 15% off all author services, including coaching.

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Submission Sunday 2.3.13

Want to submit your work but aren't sure what to send or where to send it? Take advantage of our sale on submission consultation services through February 12th!

Vermont Studio Center Residency Fellowships
(Deadline February 15)

The Vermont Studio Center holds three annual fellowship deadlines, with new juries and different awards each time. In 2011, VSC awarded 193 fellowships to artists and writers from the U.S. and 20 other countries. Unless otherwise noted, all of the fellowships listed below are for 4-week residencies at VSC.

The following fellowships are available at our February 15, 2013 Deadline:

  • Vermont Studio Center Fellowships Open to All
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Emergency Relief Residencies 
  • NEA Literature in Translation Fellowships 
  • VSC/Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowships
  • Zoland Poetry Fellowships 
  • Harpo Foundation Native American Fellowships 
  • James Merrill Fellowships 
  • Helen Zell Residency Fellowship 
  • The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) Fellowship 
  • Bloomsburg University Fellowship
  • David Bermant Foundation Fellowship 
  • Civil Society Institute Fellowship 
  • Kay Evans Award 
  • Charles C. Gurd Artist Residency Award for Concordia University 

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 22)

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Announcing the WordCraft February Sale!

February is the month that writing resolutions may start to waver, and we would like to help. Throughout the month of February, we’ll be having a sale on all of our services.

Any order placed this month will receive 15% off the regular price. Any service priced by project — a manuscript edit, copywriting, a critique — will have 15% deducted from the total. Any service priced by the hour — coaching, tutoring, consulting — will have 15% deducted from the hourly rate for up to ten hours. 

February 1–12       Authors

February 13–20  Students

February 21–28  Writers at Work

For the first phase of the sale — February 1–12 — the discount can be applied to all of our author services. Working with authors is a particular strength of the WordCraft collective. Our consultants have a wide range of experience: from managing projects to developmental editing, from personal coaching to group writing instruction, from research and indexing to marketing consultation. 


Sometimes a writer may have a great idea but not know exactly how to proceed. Other times, a writer knows exactly where she wants to go with a concept, but motivation and time management are standing in her way. Hiring a writing coach can remove both of these obstacles to a completed manuscript, whether it be a short essay or story or a book-length project. We will custom design a coaching program for you based on your aspirations and writing practice to help you get where you want to be. 

Manuscript Preparation

With experience at established publishing houses, newspapers, academic presses, literary journals, and graduate programs, our consultants have worked with almost every possible kind of manuscript. We can join you early on in the process (providing feedback on style and structure) or when you have completed your project (proofreading and line editing to perfect the expression of your ideas) or at any time in between. We offer a full range of manuscript preparation services, including line and developmental editing, ghostwriting, research, fact checking, indexing, and consultation on format and design.

Submission and Marketing Consultation

Even though a project may be complete, the publication process is far from over. Whether you need to determine which publications or agents would be most receptive to your work, decide whether self-publishing is the best course for you, or get assistance with publicity and self-promotion for a published work, our consultants can help you to get your work before a larger audience. 

If you are an author, contact us before February 12 to receive 15% off your project. Later in the month, we will highlight our other client categories: Students and Writers at Work.

We look forward to working with you!
Chris, Megan, Sacha, and Jennifer


Submission Sunday 1.27.13

First Annual Saranac Review Writing Contest (Deadline this Thursday, January 31)

The Saranac Review was born in 2004 out of four writers' vision to open a space for the celebration of many voices including those from Canada. Attempting to act as a source of connection, the journal publishes the work of emerging and established writers from both countries. As our mission states, "The Saranac Review is committed to dissolving boundaries of all kinds, seeking to publish a diverse array of emerging and established writers from Canada and the United States.

The Saranac Review aims to be a textual clearing in which a space is opened for cross-pollination between American and Canadian writers. In that way, we aim to be a textual river reflecting diverse voices, a literal "cluster of stars," an illumination of the Iroquois roots of our namesake, the word, Saranac. We believe in a vision of shared governance, of connection, and in the power of art.

The Saranac Review is a literary journal published by the Department of English under the auspices of SUNY Plattsburgh. The Editorial staff of the Saranac Review will review and screen the manuscripts for the judges. The screeners will select ten to 15 manuscripts in each genre for each judge’s final evaluations. The judges: Jo-Ann Mapson, Fiction; Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Poetry.


The Broken Social Scene Story Contest

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Submission Sunday 1.20.13

Joe Strummer (Images for past two weeks via Australian Typewriter Museum, Canberra)

Gothamist Call for Story Submissions

Gothamist is looking to expand and deepen our coverage of New York City, and we're paying. We want original, compelling, heartbreaking, funny, enraging, enlightening work, written clearly and with an eye towards stories that cut through the dull hum of the internet—stories that help the reader better understand New York City and the people living in it. It should not have been published anywhere else in print or online.

A well-sourced, 1,500-word indictment of governmental incompetence is just as welcome as a 500-word profile of the rat-slaying building super who listens to Van Halen while on the hunt. We want the gems buried at the bottom of Kafka-esque municipal board meetings and the life-affirming acts of kindness often obscured by the relentless crush of humanity; the joys of working for a dog-walking marijuana delivery service and the hazards of donning a Santa suit at Saks Fifth Avenue.

You should be as excited writing or pitching your story as we are reading it. The only thing we don't want (at the moment) is fiction. Pay depends on experience, quality, and length.

Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize

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Submission Sunday 1.13.13


Virginia Quarterly Review Online Theme Issue: Classic Hollywood (Deadline Tomorrow, January 14)

We are seeking posts that explore any aspect of Hollywood, LA life, film/TV, and celebrity. While we’re open to any kind of pitch, we’re specifically seeking writers who want to contribute on the following topics:

  • The first movie (or possibly a TV show) that deeply impacted your life or way of thinking, or that holds emotional weight worthy of dissection.
  • Entertainment obsessions or guilty pleasures

Length: Flexible and up to the writer
Deadline: Jan. 14, 2013
Pay: $100 per post
Pub date: If accepted, the post would run between January and March 2013.

Tomorrow Project/Arc Short Story Competition (Deadline Tomorrow, January 14)

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Submission Sunday 12.16.12

Omnidawn Open Book Poetry Contest

Omnidawn Publishing was founded by wife and husband team Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan to create books that are most closely aligned with each author's vision, and to provide an interactive and rewarding publishing experience for poets and writers. We encourage authors to participate at every point in the decision making process of book design and book production, and thus far all have taken an active part, deciding on or providing cover art and assisting in the design of the interior of the books. Omnidawn has been publishing poetry since 2001, with Fabulist and New Fabulist Fiction added in 2006.

The winner of each of the three Omnidawn poetry book competitions wins a cash prize as indicated above for each contest (Open Book $3000), publication of the book with a full color cover by Omnidawn, 100 free copies of the winning book, and extensive display advertising and publicity, including prominent display ads in American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, Rain Taxi Review of Books and other publications. Winning books have been reviewed in Library Journal, American Book Review, The Huffington Post, and other publications, and all winning books that have been published for at least one year have been adopted as texts for college classes. Deadline January 15.

NewsAction.org/Pulitzer Center Digital Storytelling Competition

This competition is open to all middle and high school students.

Your goal is to tell a great story. Focus on one person and tell how his or her story relates to a bigger global issue. Your reporting must be original, factual and true, and it should consider multiple sides of the story. It should feature at least three voices: an in-person interview with the individual affected, an expert on the topic (like a researcher, a teacher, a doctor, or a professor), and any other third voice of your choice. That third person can be you, the narrator.

Stories can be told using any combination of infographics, audio, video, photography and text. Think carefully about the media you use to tell yours to an audience of peers around the world. Articles must be no longer than 2,000 words. Video and audio stories must be no longer than 5 minutes. A photo gallery or infographic collection must contain no more than 10 captioned photographs. The best reporting will be published on NewsAction.org. The top three projects will also be featured by the Pulitzer Center, and US$200 will be donated to each winner’s charity of choice.

CommuterLit Call for Submissions

CommuterLit.com is an ezine for readers like you — smart, interested in the world and on the go. CommuterLit.com posts a new short story, novel excerpt or poem each day from Monday to Friday, specially formatted to read on a mobile device (smart phones, iPads, Blackberries). Of course, you can also access the stories and poems from the CommuterLit.com website at any time.

Our focus is on works of fiction or poetry that can be enjoyed during a 20- to 30-minute public-transit commute to work. And because we know your taste in reading material is varied and sophisticated, we plan to surprise you by selecting samples of not only literary fiction, but sci fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, thriller, romance and experimental combinations thereof. CommuterLit.com is looking for short stories, novel excerpts and poetry (one poem or a series of poems), in any genre, with a word count of 500 to 4,000.

Quarter After Eight Robert J. Demott Short Prose Contest

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.

PRIZE: $1,000 + Publication
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31st, 2012

Submit your prose-poem, short-short fiction, essay-in-brief, etc. of 500 words or fewer. Include a title page with your name, address, phone number, and the title of your submission(s). The reading fee is $15 for three pieces and includes a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal. Please make checks payable to Quarter After Eight.

ROAR Magazine Call for Submissions

ROAR Magazine exists to provide a space to showcase women’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. ROAR is committed to publishing literature by emerging and developing writers and aims to support the equality of women in the creative arts. ROAR accepts work that represents a wide spectrum of form, language and meaning.  In other words, don’t worry if your work isn’t specific to feminist issues. If you’re a gal, we just want your point of view.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of up-and-coming writers. In the spirit of the magazine’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest will recognize work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Literary work first published in Ploughshares has been cited in the Pushcart Prize volumes more frequently than any other literary journal and is regularly featured in Best American anthologies. The magazine has an international readership and is widely distributed throughout the United States.

The 2013 Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fictionnonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. We define an “emerging writer” as someone who has yet to publish a book, including chapbooks, eBooks, and self-published works, in any of the content genres: creative nonfiction, poetry, or fiction. Please log in to our online submission manager between February 1st and April 2nd to submit.

Contemporary Music and Fiction (Edited Collection) Call for Proposals

Submissions are sought for a collection of essays titled Write in Tune: Contemporary Music in Fiction, which is under contract at Bloomsbury Press (formerly Continuum). As the title suggests, the forthcoming volume focuses on post-1960s fiction that engages the themes, artists, songs, genres, or cultural import of popular music.

 Since the 1960s the confluence of music and literature has moved far beyond simple adaptation studies, with writers turning to music for cultural references, foundational metaphors, and complex intertextual structure. Indeed, the range of novels that reference contemporary music is stunning, from obvious examples such as Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, Jonathan Lethem’s Fortress of Solitude, Alan Warner’sMorvern Callar, and Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues, to more subtle intertextual negotiations in Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting, Willy Russell’s The Wrong Boy, and Don DeLillo’s Great Jones Street.

We welcome essays that offer readings of how specific authors or texts negotiate these intertwined art forms, but also encourage broader theoretical investigations that illuminate this moment in contemporary fiction. We are also interested in contributions that reflect an international perspective. Deadline January 31.

BioStories Call for Submissions

We welcome creativity and originality in the nature of your work and your approach to your subject and maintain no clearly recognizable editorial biases.  We do, however encourage you to consider that by the inherent nature of written expression, we find that a well-wrought passage that narrates a specific story or a finite moment within a life is usually far more effective at presenting something essential about that life than volumes of generalizations or summary.  Similarly, we encourage you consider the frequent value found in getting out of the way of your subjects and allowing your subjects to speak for themselves.  Indeed a carefully crafted interview with a subject might prove every bit as compelling and meaningful as a crafted narrative or exposition.  But of course we value your voice as well and ask that submitting writers honor the uniqueness and innovation of their original, natural narrative voices every bit as much as they strive to present their subjects with honesty and candor.  The smell of dishonest representation penetrates even within the cyber world.  We react to such smell with the same reprehension as we do to work that appears focused on accomplishing an agenda.  Present yourself and your subject as they are, part of the diverse, complex, and unruly citizenry of the universe, complete with warts and moles, hangovers and hangnails.  Real life is messy, filled with broken plumbing and coagulating bacon grease, unmade beds and imperfect comebacks.  Real biography recalls that sometimes you have to change the dressings on healing wounds and sometimes you have to add a little starch as you iron the shirt.  Human nature is idiosyncratic and frequently contradictory, and, quite often, when you look close enough, it is downright graceful.


Submission Sunday 12.9.12

"The Queer South" (Anthology) Call for Submissions

Sibling Rivalry Press seeks poetry and creative nonfiction submissions for The Queer South, an anthology scheduled for publication in October 2014. The anthology, edited by Douglas Ray, will be the first-ever to explore and celebrate Dixie’s queer culture in essays and poetry. Whether your roots are in the South, you spent some time there, you had an unforgettable encounter at a Mardi Gras ball in the Reagan Era, or you staged an impromptu drag show in Talladega after a NASCAR race, your submissions are welcome. This anthology will build on the shoulders of Capote, McCullers, and Williams (among others) and show that queer culture has, does, and will flourish in the red states south of the Mason-Dixon.

Submit up to four previously unpublished poems or one essay of no more than 5000 words. Sumbit only one document by June 15, 2013.

Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers

Established in 2005 to honor the memory of Ellen Meloy, the Fund provides support to writers whose work reflects the spirit and passions embodied in Ellen’s writing and her commitment to a “deep map of place.” Ellen’s own map-in-progress was of the desert country she called home. 

The Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers grants one $3,000 award in the spring of each year. Only literary or creative nonfiction proposals will be considered. No fiction or poetry proposals will be reviewed. The Fund supports writing that combines an engaging individual voice, literary sensibility, imagination and intellectual rigor to bring new perspectives and deeper meaning to the body of desert literature. All applications will be reviewed through a peer-panel process. 

Considerations in the selection process will be:

  • the writing sample’s artistic excellence and desert literacy,
  • the proposal’s strength,
  • the biography’s ability to demonstrate a history and future of writing and desert experience.

We encourage emerging, mid-career or established writers in the field of literary nonfiction to apply.

Unbest Call for Submissions

Unbest celebrates the music that impacted us (fans, writers, artists, everyone) in major and totally undoubtable ways this year. Music released whenever, by whomever, that crawled into our lives and lingered—for weeks, months, or maybe just one crucial/weird/fantastic afternoon. We love what The Millions does with their Year in Reading series, and we aim to give music fans of all stripes that same kind of celebratory, revelatory space.

We are looking for honest, funny, thoughtful stories about the music that meant something to you in the year 2012. We don’t care what genre or when it was released or in what form you encountered it so long as you loved it or hated it or felt weirdly neutral about it but somehow still managed to have a profound relationship with it anyway. We don’t believe in guilty pleasures, and you don’t need to be “a writer”—you just need something to share. Here’s what folks wrote last year. We’d love for you to join them. Deadline January 31.

The Book of Mormon (Anthology) Call for Abstracts

The official reaction of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to The Book of Mormon, the musical from Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q, consists of a single sentence: "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the The Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ." But the musical has done much more than merely attempt to entertain people for an evening: it regularly brings audiences to their feet in a wild ovation at its end, and it earned a whopping 14 Tony nominations, winning in nine of the categories it was nominated in, including "Best Musical." As the musical is now touring, we are reopening our CFP to potential submissions from the expanded tour audience in 2012-2013.

What is going on in this show? In Varieties of Religious Experience, William James states, "a book may well be a revelation in spite of errors and passions and deliberate human composition, if only it be a true record of the inner experiences of great-souled persons wrestling with the crises of their fate." Certainly the individuals in the BOM musical struggle with the crises of their fate; are any of the characters "great-souled"? What "revelations" are contained within the musical itself? We seek essays of 4,000 to 6,000 words from a variety of disciplines for a critical anthology exploring this new musical phenomenon. Please send a 500-word abstract to BOM.musical.interp@gmail.com by February 28. 

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers

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. All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2012.  

Only Interconnect Call for Submissions

Have you penned fables featuring Flickr? Tales told through texting? Pinterest prose, Reddit reading, LinkedIn lit, irony over Instagram — or flash fiction in the framework of Facebook? If so, your work may have a place in ONLY INTERCONNECT, a forthcoming print and e-Book exploring the intersection between social media and short stories.

Digital media is now an inescapable aspect of how our lives are lived, and it influences who, what, where, why and how we read — and write. Increasingly, writers not only invoke emails, iPads and even good old MySpace in our plots, but integrate interactive conventions into the actual form and structure of our work.

ONLY INTERCONNECT seeks highly creative work whose content and/or form are inspired by social media — great writing that moves beyond using digital forms as mere quirks or gimmicks. In essence, we’re looking for effective, provocative storytelling whose form and content just happens to be pretty damn innovative, too.

If you have a story that fits this bill or want to try your hand at creating one between now and April 1, 2013, we want to hear from you. We'd love to see new, previously unpublished work but we're open to giving a wider audience to reprints that are aligned with our theme.

Berkeley Poetry Review Call for Submissions

The Berkeley Poetry Review (BPR), the longstanding poetry journal affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, has published an annual issue of poetry and interviews since 1974. Poets we have published in the past include Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass, Josephine Miles, Cole Swensen, John Ashbery, August Kleinzahler, and many more. Today, we aim to continue our tradition of publishing new talent alongside poets with established reputations.

Submit no more than 5 previously unpublished poems with a cover letter (including name, contact information, and a brief bio) to our email address: bpreditors [at] gmail [dot] com. Affiliation with UC Berkeley or Berkeley, CA is not required for submission. This being said, do let us know if you are a student, community member, or have ties to the area in some way. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please contact us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. The deadline for the 43rd issue, which will be produced in spring 2013, is March 15, 2013

2013 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

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

$2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2013 issue of Colorado Review. This year’s final judge is Jim Shepard; friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. Contest opens January 1, 2013. Deadline is the postmark of March 14, 2013.


Submission Sunday 12.2.12

Tupelo Press Dorset Prize

Tupelo Press, Inc., which released its first five books in fall 2001, is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry and literary fiction by emerging and established writers. What we look for is a blend of urgency of language, imagination, distinctiveness, and craft. What we produce and how we produce it — from design to printing to paper quality — honors the writing in books which boast the uniquely sensual look and feel of a Tupelo Press book.

The Dorset Prize includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Deadline December 31.

Michael Chabon Anthology Call for Submissions

We are particularly interested in adding essays that discuss Michael Chabon's short fiction, create connections to one or more themes in American literature, and/or situate Chabon’s work within the concept of the American Experience, whatever you take that to mean in the context of your essay. Please send 250-500 word abstracts and brief CV/biography to both Bob Batchelor (rpbatche@kent.edu) and Jesse Kavadlo (jkavadlo@maryville.edu) by January 1, 2013.

Original CFP: Scholarly essays sought on the work of Michael Chabon. This collection of essays (edited by Bob Batchelor, Kent State University, and Jesse Kavadlo, Maryville University) will be the first volume in the Scarecrow Press “Contemporary American Literature” Series edited by Batchelor. Its goal is to provide scholars, faculty members, student readers, and the general reading public with creative, well-researched, and well-written analyses on the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon.

Devotion: Crafting Your Journey Inward Through Memoir (Esalen Institute, Big Sur - December 23-28)

How do we begin to know our own stories, and to tell them in a way that feels universal? How can we structure our inward journeys so that they resonate with others? In this interactive workshop, we will explore multiple aspects of writing a memoir. There is a profound difference between "journaling" and writing memoir. In journaling, we are interested in writing only for ourselves. In memoir, we are also conscious of our readers. As we craft a memoir, we want to make art out of our lives, turning confession and even confusion into clear-sighted, purposeful prose. 

In many traditions, the year's end is a time of contemplation and meaningful reflection on one's own life. This workshop—accessible to writers of absolutely all levels from the published to the beginner—encourages an inventory of the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we are compelled to share with others. There will be plenty of time for meditation, personal writing, guided exercises, and coming together as a group in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere.

Dani Shapiro, bestselling novelist and memoirist, will guide the group through exercises designed to open the channels to memory and emotion. In an intimate and supportive environment, she will provide useful, hands-on tools for beginning to shape our journeys into compelling narratives. Please note: There will be a celebratory Christmas Eve dinner in the Esalen Lodge.

CutBank 2013 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Non-fiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry

We’re proud of CutBank‘s thirty-eight 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.

Submissions for all contests are accepted December 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 79. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The contests’ $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 79.
Please send only your best work. With all three of these awards, weare seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, anoriginal perspective, and willingness to push against the boundariesof the form at hand.

Founded in spring 2012, TOSKA is a quarterly online literary magazine that strives to publish the highest quality nonfiction writing and photography. With a strict focus on nonfiction, we accept narrative nonfiction, flash nonfiction, biography, autobiography and memoir, experimental, political, historical, LGBT, journalistic works, and most other nonfiction subgenres. We will also consider art, music, book, and media reviews of exceptional quality for occasional publication.

TOSKA is looking for bold, genuine, and raw works of nonfiction that speak to the human condition, deal with a personal experience, explore an obscure topic, promote a greater awareness or understanding of a subject, or simply take the reader on an interesting journey.

I am currently seeking your "darlings," those paragraphs that have been excised from published or forthcoming works (specifically essays, stories, memoirs, or novels) for a book-length project addressing fragmentation and omission via editing in writing.  

Please send your abandoned, deleted, saved-in-another-document paragraphs to the e-mail listed on my contact page.  In addition, please provide a sentence (or two) explaining why the paragraph was eliminated.  I look forward to reading your lost paragraphs.   

Deadline:  February 1, 2013

Theme: Natural Disaster

Everyone is affected by natural disasters. Preparing for, surviving or witnessing such phenomena can cause a fundamental shift that changes, inspires or defies us. And it’s not just weather-related catastrophe we’re thinking of—people can be natural disasters too, with mental or physical illnesses wreaking havoc on themselves and others as they lose control.

We seek short stories about characters affected by a natural disaster or its aftermath, whether it’s a twister in the air or a whirlwind within their minds. Give us a unique insight into a phenomenon and how it changes us.

**In light of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters that affect us and our loved ones, we will be donating $1 of every entry to the American Red Cross. Deadline December 31.

The London Magazine
is England’s oldest literary periodical, with a history stretching back to 1732. Today – reinvigorated for a new century – the Magazine’s essence remains unchanged: it is a home for the best writing, and an indispensable feature on the British literary landscape.

We publish literary writing of the highest quality. We look for poetry and short fiction that startles and entertains us. Reviews, essays, memoir pieces and features should be erudite, lucid and incisive. We are obviously interested in writing that has a London focus, but not exclusively so, since London is a world city with international concerns.

CFP for edited collection of creative nonfiction stories of experience in the college classroom specifically focused on the growing phenomenon of college student disrespect: causes, results, proof, and solutions Tentatively titled Disruptive Disrespect in the College Classroom, this collection will be submitted to Kindle Singles at the end of January 2013. Stories/essays of 1,500 – 2,000 words in any form (creativity and imagination in form and style encouraged!) should be submitted to the editor, Amanda Morris, at amandamorrisphd@gmail.com no later than January 15, 2013. Total collection word count will not exceed 30,000, so there may be an opportunity to create a second collection (Part Two) if enough stories are submitted.

Anonymous submissions are encouraged, given the persnickety nature of academia – I will identify authors by position, region, and years of college teaching experience (ie, Mid-Atlantic Assistant Professor, 6 years). Submissions welcome from professors and students who have firsthand experience with any kind of student-created disruptive disrespect in the college classroom or environment (such as emails, office meetings, etc.).  

River Styx 2013 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest

River Styx began in the early 1970s when a group of poets and musicians began reading and jamming together in various St. Louis apartments. The first issue of River Styx Magazine, printed on a lithographic press and hand-collated, hit the streets a few years later in 1975. Both the magazine and the readings were characterized by energy, accessibility, humor, wit and a spirit of inclusiveness. That playful yet dedicated spirit survives today.

$1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer
500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription (3 issues).
Include name and address on cover letter only.
Include S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results (to be mailed out in March).
Winner published in Spring issue.
All stories will be considered for publication.

Submission Sunday 11.25.12

Typewriter cake via Amanda Patterson

Granta Call for Submissions

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.’

We welcome unsolicited submissions. Our criteria for publication are best gauged by a close reading of the magazine. We publish fiction, memoir, reportage, poetry and art. We do not publish academic essays or book reviews. We only publish original material, i.e. first-ever publication. We cannot run a piece that has already appeared on the web or elsewhere in print. We can, however, publish an original translation if the work has previously appeared in another language. We have no set maximum length or minimum length, though most of our submissions are between 3,000-6,000 words.

Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award

Alice James Books is named after the sister of the famous philosopher William James and novelist Henry James, Alice James. She lived a largely confined and isolated life. The youngest of five children, she never married and lived with her parents until their deaths. Although her four brothers were broadly educated in the US and Europe, Alice’s education was haphazard, reflecting her father’s belief   that “The very virtue of woman… disqualifies her for all didactic dignity. Learning and wisdom do not become her.” Keenly self-aware, she started a journal in 1889, as a way of recording her own understanding of herself. She entrusted it to her friend Katherine Loring, shortly before her death in 1892, of breast cancer. Loring sent copies to her brother Henry and other family members. In 1943 it was published, in incomplete form, by a niece, who called it Alice James: Her Brothers — Her Journal. Not until 1964 was the journal published in its entirety. Alice James has since become somewhat of a feminist icon, in recognition of her struggle for self-expression within the repressive Victorian notion of femininity.

Alice James Books will be accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Beatrice Hawley Award postmarked through December 1, 2012. The Beatrice Hawley Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. Entrants must reside in the United States. The winner receives $2000, book publication, distribution through Consortium, and has no cooperative membership commitment. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication.

Literal Latte Call for Submissions

For almost a decade, the print edition of Literal Latté was widely read and critically acclaimed throughout New York City, from our first issue in 1994 to our last print issue in 2003.  These days, Literal Latté is entirely online, and we bring our writers to the world.  Although we were among the first literary journals to have an online presence (in 1997!), we completely redesigned our site in 2008.  In time, we plan to include the entirety of our massive archive of top-shelf prose, poetry and art on the site. In a world where it is harder than ever for new writers to get a foot in the door of the traditional publishing world, Literal Latté remains committed to finding and nurturing great talents, both on its website and in its new anthology, in book format. 

It’s not who you know or where you’ve been…it’s what you write. 98% of what we publish comes from the so-called slush pile. We take submissions 365 days a year. We accept work for publication on a continual basis and publish within one year of acceptance. Most issues contain someone who has not been published before.

It’s not who you know or where you’ve been…it’s what you write.98% of what we publish comes from the so-called slush pile. We take submissions 365 days a year. We accept work for publication on a continual basis and publish within one year of acceptance. Most issues contain someone who has not been published before.

The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest

For an unpublished short story (Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words)

Winner Receives:
$500 cash
Announcement & Publication on anderbo.com

Deadline December 31, 2012

Barrelhouse Essay Anthology Call for Submissions

Barrelhouse is very excited to announce the launch of BARRELHOUSE BOOKS, and we want you to be a part of our first project.

Barrelhouse is NOT afraid to commission an airbrush portrait of your essay’s subjet. Just saying.

From the beginning, we’ve been bridging the gap between literature and pop culture. Over the years, we’ve published essays about Henry Rollins, Barry Bonds, The Hills, The Three Stooges, roller coasters, huffing gas, Bob Dylan’s beard, roller derby, and more.

Our first book will celebrate the great essays authors have shared with us by compiling Barrelhouse’s greatest hits. But what greatest hits album is complete without some new tracks?

So here’s your invitation: send us your best pop-culture related essays, and we’ll publish the two best submissions in the first Barrelhouse book.

The Baltic Writing Residency (Latvia) 

The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia was founded in 2008 in an effort to nurture the literary arts by offering talented individuals both a comfortable and rich cultural environment in which to immerse themselves, and a substantial amount of time in which to begin or further significant projects. Thus, each year, a single poet, playwright, or writer of fiction is offered a month-long residency at the gorgeous Hotel Bergs in historic Riga.

The residency takes place during the summer months, and is located in less than twenty miles from the Baltic Sea, in the Latvian capital of Riga. Given annually through a competition to one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction, the residency was established to encourage the further study and writing of poetry, fiction, and theatre, as well as to expose artists to Latvia, its people and its culture. Though the residency offers privacy and seclusion, residents are encouraged, if not urged, to take full advantage the vibrant city in which they will find themselves.

The residency and $1,000 are awarded based on a completed application. Applications are chosen by a peer-review committee. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following as ONE PDF or Word document by December 15th of each year.

The Mammoth Call for Proposals

The Mammoth is an online journal publishing non-fiction narrative writing.

We welcome your proposals for blog-length pieces (600-1000 words) and longer non-fiction essays (2000 words and over). In particular we like well-researched narrative journalism, but will nevertheless consider any non-fiction on its own merits.

Send us: an outline of the article you wish to write and information about where you’ve written before, with links.

Bayou Magazine James Knudsen Prize for Fiction & Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry

Edited and curated by the faculty and students of the Creative Writing Workshop, Bayou Magazine's mission is to present exceptional, original writing by both established and emerging writers. 

While we are always looking for new voices, Bayou Magazine is proud to have featured work from such writers as Marcia Aldrich, Jacob M. Appel, Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Timothy Liu, D.A. Powell, Eric Trethewey, Tom Whalen, and Christy Wise. Writing that first appeared in Bayou Magazine has been short-listed for the Pushcart Prize and named in the notable essays list in Best American Essays. 

Winners receive $500 and publication. Deadline December 31.


Submission Sunday 11.18.12

Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

People often ask why we call it Glimmer Train. We'd sat down one afternoon over pizza and beer, wondering what we might name the magazine, and we started talking about our lives as we do, and thought how crazy it was that we were embarking on such an adventure. We'd certainly never anticipated it, though in retrospect we could see that there had been glimmers of it. And, despite not knowing where, exactly, we were going or how we'd get there, we were going full steam ahead.

First place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Most entries run from 1,500 - 6,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome. Deadline November 30.

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies Call for Submissions

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies is dedicated to publishing original and innovative scholarly research across the various periods, intellectual fields, and geographical locations that comprise the changing discipline of Anglophone and comparative literary studies. 

College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies considers scholarly essays that fall within the scope of its Editorial Policy. The journal will also consider commentary or opinion pieces on issues of importance to contemporary literary scholarship, but please contact the Editor prior to submission with details of your proposed topic for specific submission guidelines.

Gigantic: A Magazine of Short Prose and Art Call for Submissions

Gigantic is a magazine of short prose, interviews, and art. Prose submissions should be under 700 words. Submissions over 700 words will either be rejected or, in certain cases, pared down. If you are submitting a series of pieces where each segment is under 700 words, that could work. Convince us. If you have multiple very short submissions (100 to 300 words) you may submit up to four at a time, but please submit them as individual pieces.

Gigantic publishes mostly fiction, but is open to nonfiction. If you have an idea for restaurant reviews written in haiku, profiles of celebrities in baseball card format or interviews with interesting people about things unrelated to their field of work, feel free to submit or query. Gigantic publishes poetry in our online issues. 

Composite Arts Magazine Call for Submissions: Theme Issue ("Interact") 

Composite is a quarterly electronic publication aiming to showcase visual and literary works from guest artists, both emerging and established, focused around an issue specific theme.  Seeking a continued communal and artistic dialogue among artists at all levels and mediums, we strive to create a space where one can view and consider works that may not be shown together traditionally. In doing so, we hope to create a collaborative exhibition space that exists somewhere between a magazine and a gallery.

Composite is heavily grounded as a collaborative extension of each of our respective art practices. Therefore, in the spirit of collaborative projects, we typically work with our contributors on an invitation basis. However, we have recently begun accepting unsolicited submissions for flash fiction literature and are always open to hearing any project proposals or other interest in working with us in the future. Deadline for fiction and nonfiction submissions November 19 (tomorrow).

A River & Sound Review: The Duckabush Prize for Poetry and The Nisqually Prize for Fiction

As impressive as it would be to say A River & Sound Review is an arts organization that grew out of one man’s vision to promote the literary arts in a rural community with an undernourished appreciation for belles lettres, that would not be completely true.  The truth is it's the product of a grad school assignment whose sole purpose was to help its founder, Jay Bates, stay awake during readings. 

Now an online journal has been added to further publish the best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and humor for the world to read. What’s next? Who knows. One thing we'll do is continue our stated mission: To showcase and support the talents of literary and musical artists from the Puget Sound region and abroad, and enrich readers with a diversity of established and emerging voices.

A River & Sound Review now holds two writing contests a year, The Duckabush Prize for Poetry and The Nisqually Prize for Fiction.  Length of manuscripts and subject requirements for each category are the same as for our regular submissions. Reading period for both contests will be open from August 1 to November 30  

Full Stop Call for Blog Contributors

Full Stop is looking for new contributors for our blog section. We’re looking for writers who would be willing to cover any of the following topics:

  • Literature and the publishing industry
  • Science, technology, and the environment
  • Popular Culture
  • Visual Art
  • Film
  • Music
  • Politics

Our writers typically write one to two short blog posts a month, each around 500 words. The writing is, unfortunately, uncompensated for now, but there are a myriad of perks, like free booze at Full Stop meet-ups (if you live in New York), personalized artwork, and, of course, experience. We’re hoping to be able to pay everyone very soon. Until then, no editor will be paid until we’re able to fairly compensate every contributor. Bloggers also receive preference towards our commissioned pieces (we pay for our essays).

We value being able to publish new writers alongside more experienced ones; it’s the constant influx of interested, committed people who keep this site pertinent and fresh. So, whether you’re a seasoned writer, or one who has never been published before, we’d love to hear from you.  

The Marie Alexander Poetry Series Anthology: Flash Sequences

We are putting together an anthology, as yet untitled, composed of what we call Flash Sequences. We hope you’ll consider sending something along. A flash sequence is an accumulation of two or more prose pieces, with each segment not to exceed 500 words. We encourage submissions of every sort; rather than try to define the form, we hope each writer will use whatever organizing principle seems best in any particular case: fiction, nonfiction, prose-poetry, whatever. We will accept submissions from January 1 until June 1, 2013.

On the surface, it makes sense to ask of a sequence that each part should be able to stand alone, as an integral object. Otherwise, the question arises, how does such a sequence differ from a short story simply broken up into parts? For the sequence to be successful, it must itself function as a poem—that is, as a piece of art surrounded by the frame of silence. And who can ask of a poem that each section stand alone? Who can say of a sonnet: the octet must stand on its own, the sestet as well? We ask only that the entire poem be a piece on its own, entire, pristine and self-reliant.

Some sequences are indeed composed of integral sections, but in some others the sections can't be isolated without each piece losing its integrity, the whole in this case being more than simply the sum of its parts. In a way, this second sort of sequence is even more complex than what at first seems the ideal, a whole composed of standalone pieces. However the pieces are organized, they create a rudimentary montage: narrative, syllogistic, or following some other scheme. We aim to include as many examples of this as possible.

How to Pitch the Los Angeles Review of Books

“We do fairly little assigning. We don’t find the books that we think should be reviewed and find the right reviewer for them. I’m much more interested in the passion of critics and letting them follow that. People come to me with fairly well worked out ideas. I talk to them (or one of my other editors) about the idea, we develop the idea and edit quite thoroughly.”

If you are looking to pitch other kinds of writing, the journal is also looking for ideas from “professional and freelance writers, journalists, columnists and authors on all topics, whether it is a book review, hard news journalism, feature articles or op-eds.” Keep your query at 500 words or less.

Here’s more from the journal: “To pitch our Editorial Board, send an email to editorial@lareviewofbooks.org. Your pitch will be forwarded to the appropriate editor. Due to the volume of pitches we receive daily, we can only respond to those we accept.”

Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology Call for Submissions

Ada is a feminist, multimodal, peer reviewed journal that examines the intersections of gender, new media, and technology. It is a publication of the Fembot Collective, and the product of countless hours of volunteer labor on the part of senior and junior scholars and graduate students around the world.

 intends to be accessible at a number of different levels. First, we want to make feminist research on gender, media, and technology available to an international audience – an audience that may have access to the internet, but not to university libraries or traditional peer-reviewed journals. Second, we want to encourage contributions that are accessible to a diverse and fundamentally interdisciplinary readership. You should thus assume that the readership is interested in your subject, but may not have specialized knowledge, so be aware of how you use jargon. You may want to “translate” or explain any specialized disciplinary terms in an endnote. Editors will be paying close attention to issues relating to audience and are open to discussion on these matters.

Fence Modern Prize in Prose

2013 = Novel
Judge = Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances
Prize = $2,500 & publication by Fence Books

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


Submission Sunday 11.11.12

Hot Metal Bridge Call for Submissions (Themed Issue): Conflict and Confluence

Hot Metal Bridge makes its home in a city where social, cultural, and geographical forces intersect—Pittsburgh today is the crossroads of the East Coast and the Midwest, the meeting point of past industry and future technology, the urban epicenter of Appalachia, and the junction of three rivers. We want to echo this notion of coming together and moving apart in Hot Metal Bridge’s fall issue, and we look forward to submissions that embody and reflect images of conflict and confluence.

We accept rolling submissions throughout the fall and spring, but all conflict/confluence submissions for the fall issue must be in by midnight on Friday, November 16th.

Writer's Digest Your Story Contest

Every other month, Writer’s Digest presents a creative challenge for fun and prizes. We’ll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you’ll submit a short story based on that prompt. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest.

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story incorporating these three words: fresh, hairand tangled.

Storm Moon Press Glam Rock Anthology (Erotic Romance)

Glam rock was arguably the most visually outrageous and flamboyant embodiment of rock and pop fusion in history. From the latter half of the sixties to the early seventies, individuals were unafraid to paint bright designs on their faces, strive for sexual androgyny, and enhance their performances with unapologetic theatrics.

In our Glam Rock anthology, we're looking for short stories that depict at least one character who is a glam rock star, be it the lead singer or part of a band. They can be male or female, but we're looking for the gender ambiguity, androgyny, and bisexuality aspects that were so indicative of this period in rock and pop. Bring on the costumes, the bright colors, and the droves of glitter-bedecked fans! We want to see your main characters lighting up the stage and weaving a tangled web in their personal lives.

If set in the historical period, we won't dissuade writers from capitalizing on the unprotected sex, drugs, and glamour that defined the times. We are not looking for RPF (real person fiction), so no pulling real rock stars from history. Feel free to take inspiration from the real thing, but this is your chance to get original and knock our platforms off! Make your rock stars the epitome of the glam rock era: Beautiful, tragic, and all things in excess.

Unexpected: Personal Accounts of Infertility and Hope (Anthology)

Anthology on Infertility is seeking non-fiction first person narratives from people who have struggled to have a baby, are currently attempting to conceive, or are living with infertility.  We are looking for emotionally provocative and honest writing about your experiences, regardless of the outcome or where you are in the journey. Length: 2000-5000 words.

Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award in Fiction or Graphic Narrative

The Florida Review is proud to announce the second annual Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award in Fiction or Graphic Narrative.

  • Judge: Lex Williford, author of the novel Macauley's Thumb, and coeditor of the Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. His work has appeared in American Literary Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.
  • Deadline: December 1, 2012
  • First Place: $1000 and chapbook publication (letter press and hand-bound by Hoopsnake Press). 

The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, The Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize, and the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize

Winners receive $2000 each and publication in Crazyhorse. This year’s judges:

Tony Earley, fiction
Lia Purpura, nonfiction
Martha Collins, poetry

All manuscripts entered must be original and previously unpublished. All entries are considered for publication in Crazyhorse. Entries are accepted online only from January 1, 2013 to January 31, 2013. Contest submissions sent by mail or e-mail, or outside of the submission period, will not be read. Winners will be announced on our website by June 1, 2013. The winning manuscripts will be awarded $2000 and will be published in Crazyhorse Number 84, Fall 2013.

Ploughshares Call for Bloggers

We are looking for a group of regular bloggers who will post on a variety of topics throughout the year. Bloggers will be required to submit at least 16 posts throughout the year (about every 3 weeks).

We are looking for fresh ideas, fresh faces, and fresh voices. Although the posts should be relevant to a literary audience, don’t feel hampered by the topics we’ve previously covered.

What you get out of it: A subscription to the print journal, and an established platform for your writing. Cash bonus based on article page views (details will be explained if you are invited to blog).

Catamaran Literary Reader Call for Submissions

Catamaran Literary Reader is a new quarterly print magazine.  The magazine features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art.  We are based in the new Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center Studios, in Santa Cruz, CA.  Our mission is to capture the vibrant creative spirit of California in writing and art from everywhere.  Among the themes we address are environmentalism, personal freedom, innovation, and artistic spirit.  We seek to present diverse national voices around themes such as these that have a special resonance with our region.


Submission Sunday 11.4.12

From The Review Review: Lit Mags Seeking Food & Drink Writing

Hey writers, are you feeling hungry? So are we! Here are some lit mags that publish writing related to food and drink.

2012 New American Poetry Prize

The submission period for the 2012 New American Poetry Prize opens October 1 and closes December 31. Winner will receive a publication contract, including 25 complimentary copies and $1,000.

Final judge this year is David Kirby, the author of more than two dozen volumes of criticism, essays, children’s literature, pedagogy, and poetry. His numerous collections of poetry include The Ha-Ha (2003), short-listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize, and The House on Boulevard Street: New and Selected Poems (2007), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Florida Book Award and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award. Kirby has also won several Pushcart Prizes, the Guy Owen Prize, the Kay Deeter Award, the James Dickey Prize, the Brittingham Prize, and the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Florida Arts Council. Since 1969 he has taught at Florida State University, where he has received several teaching awards.

Playboy College Fiction Contest

Contest is open to all college students age 18 or older. Employees of Playboy and their families, its agents and affiliates are not eligible. To enter, upload your typed, double-spaced manuscript of 25 pages or fewer in .doc, .docx or .rtf format to the Site. In the cover letter, include your name, college affiliation, e-mail address, permanent home address and phone number. All entries must be previously unpublished original works of fiction and must be received by February 15, 2013. $3000 and publication.

Identity Theory Call for Submissions

Identity Theory has been publishing original literature online since before George W. was appointed president. Our internet-only publication has earned the attention of major print media throughout the English-speaking world — not that you should trust them — and reaches thousands of influential readers every week.

In the past decade our journal has published highly regarded long-form interviews with literary authors, indie musicians, filmmakers and artists. We also have posted fiction from lit stars and minor authors and essays that have been noted and anthologized in the Best American series, among other places.

Interviews, fiction, and essays are the focus of our current publishing efforts. We also publish book and film reviews, which then sometimes appear on places such as Rotten Tomatoes and Powells Review-a-Day. On rare occasions, we accept poetry, social justice pieces and artwork.

Other Voices Querétaro Writing Program (Querétaro, Mexico—July 5-14, 2013)

Other Voices Querétaro is a vibrant, multi-faceted writing program set in Querétaro, Mexico. Focusing on both fiction and creative nonfiction, as well as on the ins and outs of contemporary publishing, the program was co-launched by Gina Frangello and Stacy Bierlein, longstanding business partners editing Other Voices magazine and Other Voices Books (now an imprint of Dzanc Books).

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

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.

The winner of the contest will receive a prize of $2,000, plus publication in Willow Springs. Deadline November 15.

Ruminate Magazine VanderMey Nonfiction Prize

Ruminate is a quarterly magazine of short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art that resonate with the complexity and truth of the Christian faith. Each issue is a themed forum for literature and art that speaks to the existence of our daily lives while nudging us toward a greater hope. Because of this, we strive to publish quality work accounting for the grappling pleas, as well as the quiet assurances of an authentic faith. Ruminate Magazine was created for every person who has paused over a good word, a real story, a perfect brushstroke— longing for the significance they point us toward. Please join us.

Ruminate is thrilled to announce our third annual Ruminate Nonfiction Prize. We invite you to enter your work. We will announce the finalist judge in the coming weeks. Deadline January 15. Winners will receive $1000 plus publication.


Submission Sunday 10.28.12

Narrative Magazine 30 Below Contest (Deadline Tuesday)

Narrative is inviting all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, between eighteen and thirty years old, to send us their best work. We’re interested in reading your words and seeing your images. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best authors and artists we can find. First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. Entries will be accepted through October 30, 2012, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Bay Laurel
 is a scrappy new online literary journal, specializing in the publication of poetry and fiction that has been rejected by other publishers in the past. In the spirit of the Salon des Refusés, our quarterly online review aims to publish the finest in overlooked writing. We're nerdy, artsy, and full of-- well, you can be the judge of that. We accept submissions of previously unpublished poetry and fiction (including short stories and excerpts of longer works) which have been rejected by other publications. Each submitted piece must have been submitted to and refused by at least one publication, whether print or online. Deadline November 30.

We are currently inviting submissions for an edited collection on millennials in films and television. 
The largest generation in America’s history, the millennials or Generation Y or the Net Generation, as they are variously called, is not easy to define, although a number of general characteristics can be drawn; these 20-something young men and women never knew a world without a vast array of technological gadgets at their disposal (internet connection, mobile phones, “apps”, etc.); they are at once the most media-saturated, and at the same time, ironic about the very possibility for authentic communication from these media. Moreover, they are the most educated generation in America yet they delay their careers; they view politics and societal norms with skepticism; they tend to marry later in life, and they are aware of the fact that the recent financial crisis and more general economic malaise of the recent past will deter them from acquiring the possessions their parents managed to afford. Downward mobility is a defining feature of this group, which again is a first in recent American history. 
The importance of these millennials, not just as a social group but as an active and sometimes unfairly criticized part of US culture makes us wonder how their representations on such diverse films as the thriller/action/adventure The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), the psychological thriller The Black Swan, the romantic comedies Friends with Benefits (2011), No Strings Attached (2011), and Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), the dramas Remember Me (2010), A Dangerous Method (2011), and TV shows such as Girls (HBO 2012-present), Two Broke Girls (CBS 2011-present), and New Girl (FOX 2011-present), choose to have millennials deal with issues such as the politics of personal development, work, gender, social class and race, among others. We believe this study is timely and long overdue since the bibliography regarding the representation of this vast age group as well as its firm delineation is scarce. In addition, we think this demographic is unique in and of themselves, both for their choices as individuals, and for the world they find themselves trying to navigate through.

People often ask why we call it Glimmer Train. We'd sat down one afternoon over pizza and beer, wondering what we might name the magazine, and we started talking about our lives as we do, and thought how crazy it was that we were embarking on such an adventure. We'd certainly never anticipated it, though in retrospect we could see that there had been glimmers of it. And, despite not knowing where, exactly, we were going or how we'd get there, we were going full steam ahead.

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It’s fine to draw heavily on real life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction. Next deadline: October 31. First place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue. 

The 2012 Boston Review Essay Contest

With all the derision cast upon flip-floppers and etch-a-sketches, it is easy to forget that changing one's mind can be a noble and decent act. Sometimes a conversion is unavoidable. It can come fast or slow, deliberately or unexpectedly. There is no formula, and that's why the story of a changed mind can be a great one.

Boston Review wants you to tell us how you came to see things differently. We are looking for personal essays of up to 3,000 words that describe experiences or encounters that forced you to recognize dissonances in your worldviews, struggle with those dissonances, and ultimately affirm new moral, intellectual, spiritual, or political commitments. Essays will be judged on the strength of the writing and critical analysis. Deadline December 1. Prize is $1500 plus publication.

Penduline Press Theme Issue: New Zealand

Penduline (pronounced PEN-djoo-lyne) is a Portland-based literary and art magazine that seeks to create a presence for emerging as well as established graphic artists and writers of sudden fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry and short stories.

 Are you awesome? Let us know if you have some amazing writing or artwork you would like featured in our magazine! We would love to hear from you. We are accepting submissions of fiction* (flash fiction, sudden fiction, short stories, and prose poetry) and artwork for Issue 7 through the deadline date of November 15th, 2012. The issue theme is New Zealand.  

The Worcester Review Theme Issue: Jazz

The Worcester Review is an annual perfect-bound literary volume drawing on national and international submissions.  Special issues focused on the lives and work of poets with strong ties to Worcester include Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, Charles Olson, Frank O'Hara, Etheridge Knight and Donald Baker. 

In addition to unsolicited literary articles, each issue of The Worcester Review includes a feature section on a person or topic with particular relevance to the Worcester area. Inspired by Cole Porter, who graduated from Worcester Academy, the 2013 feature will be Jazz-themed. We are looking for scholarly Jazz-themed creative works including essays, poetry, visual arts, and short fiction. All aspects of the musical genre will be considered. We are currently accepting submissions on an ongoing basis, separate from the reading period for fiction, poetry, artwork, and literary articles. The deadline to submit to the Cole Porter feature is December 1, 2012.

Twitter Fiction Festival

Are you an author or creative story-teller who would like to experiment with fiction on Twitter? Submit your proposal to be a part of the Twitter Fiction Festival (11/28-12/2)! We're looking for new, creative, exciting ideas that will push the bounds of how we tell stories on Twitter. All submissions are due by November 15th!


Submission Sunday 10.21.12

McSweeney's Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award

This memorial award is intended to aid a young woman writer of 32 years or younger who both embodies Amanda’s personal strengths—warmth, generosity, a passion for community—and who needs some time to finish a book in progress. The book in progress needn’t be thematically or stylistically close to Amanda’s work, but we would be lying if we said we weren’t looking to support another writer of Amanda’s outrageous lyricism and heart.

Applicants should send a work in progress, between 5,000 and 40,000 words, and a short statement of their financial situation via submishmash: amandadavis.submittable.com. You may list any and all ridiculous jobs performed to facilitate your writing. The reading group will consist of McSweeney’s editors and a handful of writers and readers close to Amanda. Deadline December 15.

Colorado Prize for Poetry

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international literary contest started in 1995. Since the contest began, over 5,000 book-length poetry manuscripts have been entered. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines, of which the Center for Literary Publishing is a longtime member: “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. Deadline January 14.

Spry Call for Submissions

Spry is a literary journal that features undiscovered and established writers’ concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just plain vulnerable writing. We see this as a place for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure – for people whose words and rhythms are spry.

Look. We want to read your work. We want to read your work if you’re an undiscovered writer, or if you’re established. We want to read your work if (and especially if) it is concise, experimental, hybrid, or flashy. If it’s modern. If it’s vintage. If it’s vulnerable. We want to read your work if it has guts. Deadline November 15. 

2012 DIAGRAM Essay Contest

DIAGRAM's yearly Essay Contest encourages submissions of essays—essays in an expansive sense, meaning essay as experiment, essay as heterogenous and sometimes strange or unruly beast. We invite your submissions of unpublished (in a serial/book or on a non-personal website—blogs etc. are okay) essays. ("Unpublished" means you must be able to assign us first serial rights, if your work is selected.)

To enter: Get us your essay entry of up to 10,000 words with a $15 reading fee by Oct 31, 2012. The prize is $1000 + publication. This contest is judged by Nicole Walker and Ander Monson. We'll shoot for publishing several of our finalists with the winner in DIAGRAM, as we have the last few years.

American Shame: Body, Culture, and the Politics of Emotion—Call for Abstracts: Edited Collection

This interdisciplinary collection builds on the premise that much can be learned about a society by examining how it transacts, deploys, and deals with “shame.” The work sets out to explore how American identity is culturally and historically bound to its distinctive emotional landscape, and in particular, to understand how public shaming practices express and fuel collective anxieties of distinction, separation, and status. Topics may include the historical influences shaping American attitudes toward the public punishment, condemnation and regulation of others; how shame displays inscribe bodily, geographical, and conceptual borders; shaming as media entertainment commodity, legal practice or public policy; its meanings in foundational cultural and religious narratives (including Puritan theology); stigmatization as political strategy or disciplinary process targeting distinct groups; shame spectacles in a post-surveillance, post 9/11 American society. Please send proposal (500 words) and CV to mendible@fgcu.edu before Nov. 1, 2012.

Fish Anthology Short Memoir Contest

Everyone must have a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too many rules. Too much adherence to fact, to structure, to convention. A memoir gives licence - to interpret, to create, to fabricate, to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Go for it! Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. Who knows, it might be published. Novelist Molly McCloskey is the judge for the 2013 Fish Short Memoir Contest. She might look at it and think that this life, this piece of writing, has something that needs to be said. Needs to be heard. Might be the start of something.

The Fish Short Memoir Contest is a chance to get your memoir published in the 2013 Fish Anthology. The Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry in July 2013. The Fish Short Memoir Contest welcomes memoirs written in English, with a maximum of 4,000 words. Publication in the Fish Anthology has been a stepping stone for many writers into successful writing careers.

HTMLGiant "25 Points" Reviews Call for Submissions

HTMLGiant started in 2008. It is a literature blog that isn’t always about literature. HTMLGiant is now accepting submissions for a new category of book review. “25 Points” will feature reviews consisting of numbered series: 25 facts and/or opinions about a single work. Tangential list items, variations of length, and other deviations are encouraged. Reviews and queries can be sent to brooks [at] htmlgiant [dot] com.

The Dzanc Novel Award for Mid-Career Writers

In an effort to further support writers in mid-career, Dzanc Books announces the launch of our Dzanc Novel Award designed to advance the publishing career of an established author. While at times it seems the publishing industry is only interested in the next big thing, we at Dzanc recognize the value of experienced writers who have gone through the process of creating and publishing two or more books. Mid-career writers are the backbone of our industry yet often these writers are overlooked and have a harder time finding a publisher than first time writers. In response, we at Dzanc have created this prize to honor those writers who have stayed the course and learned a thing or three over the years. 

There will be a winner selected, guaranteed, and this book will receive our standard publishing contract to be published both in print and as an eBook in November 2014, including a $1000 advance and promotional efforts such as arranging a book tour. Deadline January 31.


Submission Sunday 10.14.12

Tim Burton: Works, Characters, Themes—Edited Collection Call for Abstracts (Deadline Tomorrow)

Mark Salisburry writes of Tim Burton: “Burton’s characters are often outsiders, misunderstood and misperceived, misfits encumbered by some degree of duality, operating on the fringes of their own particular society, tolerated, but pretty much left to their own devices” (Burton on Burton, xviii-xix). Burton’s films have explored this theme of outsiders and many others over a wide array of genres. Scholarly essays are sought for a potential collection on the work and artistry of Tim Burton. All films and theoretical approaches welcome.

Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions—Theme Issue: Sustainability

For a special “Sustainability” issue, Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Whether you’re on a world tour of wind farms or cranking up the a.c.; deciding it’s not worth the trouble to recycle or living off the grid; torn between driving your car, taking public transportation, or riding your bike; leasing your land to hydro-frackers or protesting against them (or, perhaps, both); or just grappling with which apples to buy (organic? local? the red ones?), we want to hear about it in an essay that is at least partly narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc.

Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factually and scientifically accurate.*

The Drum Literary Magazine Writing Contest—Theme: Transgression

The Drum Literary Magazine seeks essays that focus on the theme of transgression. Law-breaking, rule-bending, category-defying: send us your work on how you broke the rules.

What happens when we step beyond the norms of expected behavior? When we move past the border between what's allowed and what's forbidden or unknown? We’re interested in short pieces of creative non-fiction that explore the experience of crossing the line. Essays may range between the highly meditative and the clearly narrative, but the best submissions will combine both, offering eloquent insights into a particular transgressive experience or event. Take a chance on a $1,000 first prize and a $500 second-place prize and audio publication in The Drum. Submit your work by October 31.

Inch Call for Submissions: Short Memoir

Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction. We believe that good things come in small packages, so we focus our eight pages on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or fewer. Don't send us a few good lines or paragraphs-- send us complete poems and stories that bite, resonate, or sleep with giants.  We've published work by acclaimed authors, such as Betty Adcock, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Daniel Wallace, but we are equally committed to publishing the work of emerging authors. 

Our Fall 2012 issue will be dedicated to short memoir. Submit by November 1, 2012. Our theory is, if life is too short, as most agree it is, you shouldn't need more than 700 words.  Include a cover letter. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please note in your cover letter if your story is submitted elsewhere.  We do not accept previously published work.  All rights revert to the author upon publication. Pays three copies.

California Prose Directory Call for Submissions: New Writing from the Golden State

Outpost19, an independent, San Francisco-based press, seeks submissions of conventional and unconventional prose narratives for a new, annual anthology focusing on the work of California writers. We are particularly interested in work showcasing some aspect of life in The Golden State. Californians living outside the state (and especially those writing about California) are encouraged to submit.

Submissions should be between 1,000 and 8,000 words and are to have previously appeared in a magazine or journal. Please include a bio and where your submission has previously appeared. If work has been accepted and is forthcoming, that's okay--just let us know. 

Fish Anthology Short Story Contest

The Fish Short Story Prize has become an established event on the literary calendar. Short story writer, Philip O'Ceallaigh, an author touched by greatness (Joseph O'Connor), will be selecting 10 stories from those entered into this competition to be published in the 2013 Fish Anthology. Previous judges of this contest, Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy and Frank McCourt are honorary patrons of the Fish Short Story Prize.

The Fish Short Short Story Prize welcomes stories written in English, with a maximum of 5,000 words. Publication in the Fish Anthology has been a stepping stone for many writers into successful writing careers.

Anthem Journal Call for Submissions—Theme Issue: Twisted (Deadline Tomorrow)

Anthem Journal is seeking submissions for its October issue, Twister: Stories of Suspense, the Supernatural, and Horror. We're interested in personal essay, memoir, poetry, and genre-bending forms. We're also looking for visual art to feature, especially drawing, painting, pen and ink. Deadline October 15.


Submission Sunday 10.7.12

Under Thirty — Call for Submissions

Under Thirty is a new and unique non-profit project that nurtures and showcases young Irish fiction at home and aboard. It provides writers access to a panel of experienced writers, literary scholars, editors, and publishers, who work entirely voluntarily to review submissions and provide feedback and encouragement to the country’s aspiring writers.

The journal is actively seeking contributions from writers of 16 to 30 years of age, who are of any nationality and resident in Ireland or are Irish writers living abroad. We are interested in short fiction (1,500 to 2,500 words), flash fiction (up to 500 words), or longer fiction pieces in episodic form (e.g. 5,000 words over two issues). Each submission fulfilling the entry guidelines is reviewed independently and anonymously by two members of the review panel, and finally by the editor prior to inclusion in the journal. Anonymous feedback is provided to the writer regardless of inclusion in the journal, and later resubmissions are welcome. We have no set topic or theme. Deadline November 7.

Revolver (Wanted #1) (Deadline TODAY)

Revolver is an arts and cultural magazine based in Minneapolis. We aim to publish writing that hits the brain like a bullet. Work that is concrete and resonant. 

Write a 200-word story that includes an emotional altercation between a caged, carnivorous animal and a heartbroken scientist. Make the type of scientist (astronomer, physicist, psychologist) important. Using Freud will disqualify you. DUE DATE: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7TH 11:59PM. Add your submission as a Facebook comment below - we'll publish our favorite as a short.

Yes, it’s true. Who better to interview the best-selling author of The House of Leaves and Only Revolutions about his forthcoming novel, The Fifty Year Sword than a beloved reader? In celebration of the release of The Fifty Year Sword on October 16, 2012, we’re hosting a contest in which one lucky winner will have the opportunity to interview Mark Z. Danielewski via Spreecast, a live social video platform. The winner will also receive a finished copy of The Fifty Year Sword.

Submit your contact information and fill out our brief questionnaire below to enter for a chance to win. Selection of the winner will be based on originality and creativity. The winner will be chosen by Mark and the Pantheon marketing team.

Defunct: A Literary Repository for the Ages — Call for Submissions

We’re looking for reviews of everything that has had its day: defunct magazines, defunct technologies, defunct theories, defunct fads, defunct foods, defunct religions, defunct civilizations, defunct super heroes and villains, defunct political parties, defunct languages, defunct etiquette and customs, defunct bands, defunct media, defunct assumptions, defunct slang and idiom, defunct holidays, defunct animals, defunct products, defunct toys, defunct celebrities, defunct predictions, defunct facts, and occasionally something we wish would become defunct. Imagine a review of the Aztecs. Or a review of the Dodo. Or a review of the Eight Track Player. For more information and to listen to exclusive interviews with the Defunct team, check out the “Talk of Iowa” podcast featuring Defunct. We seek essays in all of their forms: literary, radio, video, graphic, so on, so on. If you’ve got it, we want it.

The Rattling Wall Microfiction Contest (Deadline Tuesday)

The Rattling Wall is pleased to announce a new one-week microfiction contest (100 words or less, got it?) for fans living in the Los Angeles area. The submission cycle for the contest opens today and closes on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at midnight. Winners will be announced online on Friday, October 12, 2012.

Contest Rules:
 Your microfiction, which must include the words “rattling” and “wall,” should be e-mailed to editor Michelle Meyering here: michelle@penusa.org.
 The microfiction should appear in the body of the e-mail. Use Arial, 12 pt font. Blah, blah, you know the drill.

The Loot: Winning microfiction will be published online at therattlingwall.com and displayed at The Rattling Wall, Issue 3: Reading & Release at Hollywood Forever (6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038). Winners will also receive FREE tickets to The Rattling Wall, Issue 3: Reading & Release at Hollywood Forever on November 10, 2012. As if that weren’t enough, winners will also snag a FREE copy of The Rattling Wall, Issue 3.

Ready? Set? Go.

Dzanc Books/CNC DISQUIET International Literary Program (Lisbon, Portugal - July 1-13, 2012)

The International Literary Program is a project of Dzanc Books, 501(c)(3). The ILP’s mission is to deepen mutual understanding between writers of North American and writers around the world and to broaden the landscape of North American literature and arts outside of the borders of North America. The 2013 program is still in the early stages, but will include workshops in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, literary walks and other excursions, craft talks, and readings with North American and Portugese writers in one of the world's most compelling cities.

Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and champion those writers who don’t fit neatly into the marketing niches of for-profit presses. In addition to the ILP, Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in the schools and has begun organizing many such workshops and Writers In Residency programs. Dzanc believes great writing, community involvement and education truly makes a difference. 

Arthur Magazine Bank Heist Contest

Can planning a bank robbery really pay off? Yes, it can. The Bank Heist Contest is offering $1000 to the best bank robbery proposal. Period. No need to assemble a team or snag a getaway car. Applicants just need plan it out, draw it up, and describe it as best as possible. If it wins, they’ll be $1000 richer. And the best part: no risk of jail time.

The Bank Heist Contest is a participatory cultural endeavor designed to re-visit the romantic representation of bank robbers in relation to the current economic and social crises, including: income disparity, unemployment, housing foreclosures, federal bailouts, the LIBOR scandal, and a wealth of other egregious economic indicators. It is organized by the The Center for Tactical Magic with support from Southern Exposure, a non-profit arts organization in San Francisco. For inquiries, please email: heistcontest@tacticalmagic.org.

DUM DUM Zine—Call for Submissions: Punks & Scholars

As you know, each issue of DUM DUM changes form according to the content, and we’re boxing this one up! Hot off the heels of our 1 year anniversary, we’ve opened up submissions for DUM DUM Issue No. 3, PUNKS & SCHOLARS. (Click through for more info.)

Barrelhouse Online Call for Columnists

Barrelhouse is currently working on redesign of our online issues, and we’re looking for a few people to help out. In particular, we’re hoping to find some writers to contribute regular columns. How regular? Not super regular. More like four times a year than forty. More like a thousand words than five thousand. Smart and funny and different are all things we like, for what that’s worth, so if you think you can write a regular column that brings along some of those things, that would be cool.

If you have an idea for a semi-regular column in Barrelhouse Online, run it by us: email yobarrelhouse [at] barrelhousemag dot com and let us know what you’re thinking about, who you are, and how often you think you can do your thing. Please include the phrase “online column” in the subject line.

So yeah: if we like your idea, we’ll get back to you and ask for a sample. If we like that, then you’re in.

AndWeWereHungry is delighted to announce that Gregory Colbert, the artist and nature advocate behind “Ashes and Snow” (the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history), is sponsoring our inaugural short story contest. The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize is now open for submissions!

The Flying Elephants Short Story Prize is meant to showcase the work of outstanding short story writers who have not yet published a novel or short story collection. Four winning short story writers will share a $5000 cash prize. The online submissions deadline is Friday Nov. 30, 2012 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced in Winter 2013 and the winning short stories will be published in our inaugural issue here on this website.

Submission Sunday 9.30.12

University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prize for Fiction (Deadline Today)

Since 1976, the University of Massachusetts Press has annually awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry, publishing the winning collection of poems. Since 1990, it has also published the annual winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, in cooperation with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.  In 2004, in collaboration with the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, the Press established a third contest—the Juniper Prize for Fiction—to honor and publish outstanding works of literary fiction. The prize carries a cash award of $1,500 upon publication.

Hunger Mountain: The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize

Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, writing for stage and screen, interviews, reviews, and craft essays. Our print issue comes out annually in the fall, and our online content changes on a regular basis. The Hunger Mountain editorial offices are located at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in historical Montpelier, Vermont. 

One first place winner receives $1000 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. (All work published online is also considered for the annual print issue.) Two honorable mentions receive $100 and publication on Hunger Mountain online. Deadline December 10.

Poisoned Pencil and Carolrhoda Books Call for YA Submissions

Good news for those of you with a stellar unpublished YA manuscript sitting on your desk right now: The Poisoned Pencil and Carolrhoda Books are now accepting submissions. Opportunities abound!

Let's start with The Poisoned Pencil, the brand-new YA imprint from independent mystery publisher Poisoned Pen Press. Firstly, you have live in the U.S. or Canada and must not have published a YA mystery before. If you've got an agent, they can submit for you, but you don't need one, so feel free to skip that whole finding-the-right-one process...

Another option is to submit to Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, between October 1 and October 31. Editorial director Andrew Karre is unapologetically opinionated, so read the submission guidelines carefully so that your masterpiece doesn't end up the dreaded Land Of Deleted Emails.

Women's National Book Association 1st Annual Writing Contest

The Women’s National Book Association, established in 1917, is a vibrant national organization...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. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book.

We will be reviewing submissions for our 1st annual Writing Contest. The Women’s National Book Association is a 90+ year old venerated organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Our membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Marketers and many others involved in the world of books. After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. Deadline November 1.

Flyway 2012 Notes from the Field: Creative Nonfiction Contest

Notes from the Field is a non-fiction contest celebrating writing about experience—whether that be abroad, on a familiar sidewalk, in one’s line of work, in a field of interest, or in the most unexpected of times and settings. We are open to writing about many kinds of experience, and while we are not strictly looking for essays about solely about place or with an environmental focus, as always, we look for work that keeps the tension of surroundings in mind. Deadline November 7. 

Lit Camp Writers Conference (SF Bay Area - April 4-7, 2013)

Lit Camp is the SF Bay Area’s first juried writers conference. Lit Camp is only accepting 40 quality writers of fiction and narrative nonfiction, allowing for an amazing ratio of faculty to writers (roughly 1 to 3) over the course of the four days of the conference. It's a joint venture between two of San Francisco's most respected literary organizations – Litquake and the SF Writers Grotto – and will feature representatives from the city's top literary players: McSweeney's, The Believer, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus. Application deadline December 31.

America's Next Author Short Story Contest

Welcome to America's Next Author! You've discovered the first real social writing contest, where the winners will be chosen based on a unique combination of votes from readers and judging by industry experts. No entry fee! Grand Prize: $5000. This is not your average writing contest. In most writing contests, authors are left in the dark without ever knowing what other people entered or why they didn't win. We decided to change all that and make this writing contest a transparent and social experience.

Step forward and enter this contest if you dare to put your work in front of the world! Readers will be voting for their favorite stories and leaving feedback for authors. Are you up for it? America's Next Author is a fun and exciting new concept for those authors who aren't afraid to get serious feedback about their writing.


Submission Sunday 9.23.12

Table 4 Writers Foundation Grants

The Table 4 Writers Foundation was conceived to honor and commemorate the legendary New York restaurateur Elaine Kaufman, whose passion was nurturing creative people.  The foundation's goal is to provide financial support and mentoring to promising writers. 

What’s at Stake: Grants of $2,000 for each selected entry or a gift in kind valued at no more than $2.000.
Who’s Eligible: Writers 21 and older who are residents of New York City.
The FIAT 500 has landed on American shores, bringing with it an undeniable sense of adventure. Flavorpill is along for the ride: We're looking for a travel writer to contribute a series on "how to fake it in America" — aka the best ways for our new Italian-American BFF (or anyone) to recreate Italian grandeur right here stateside. The winning writer will score a whopping $1,500 and of course, be published on Flavorwire.
Do you have what it takes? Only the sporting need apply. Buona fortuna!
Submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction for a chance to attend the 8th annual San Miguel Writers' Conference free of charge. Three writers will be awarded the entire five day conference package (Feb 13-17th 2013) as well as have their housing paid for during the conference. Deadline November 4.
  • 64+ speakers, faculty, & agents.
  • 56 workshop options, 4 Keynote Speakers.
  • One-on-one pitch sessions with agents.
  • Individual consultations, 2 Panels, Live Play.
  • Legendary Fiesta & Fireside Carnitas Fest.
  • Gourmet dining all week.
  • Time to Write, Open Mic, Excursions.
  • Bookstore, Receptions, and More!

The Rattling Wall Call for Submissions

The Rattling Wall is a new literary journal based in Los Angeles, CA. The Rattling Wall is accepting sophisticated short fiction, travel essays, and poetry submissions for Issue 5 until November 1, 2012.

Michelle Meyering is the the founder and editor of The Rattling Wall.  She graduated from the University of Redlands in 2005 with a BA in English. She received her MFA from American University in 2008.  Michelle has worked as an adjunct professor at University of Redlands and teaches witness poetry in south central, Los Angeles.  Michelle’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals in the US. 

The Rattling Wall is generously funded by PEN Center USA and published by Narrow Books.

The Second Voice Anthology is offering three literary prizes for fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language and culture. When does language become a barrier? When does it become a bridge? What happens in the process of moving between two languages? We are interested in short stories and novel excerpts from both established writers and new writers. 
The American Reader is a monthly print and digital literary journal. It is committed to inspiring literary and critical conversation among a new generation of readers, and restoring literature to its proper place in the American cultural discourse. It seeks to be principled, but not dogmatic; discerning, but not cruel; popular, but not populist. It honors the dignity of the reading public and heralds the reemergence of a thriving and serious-minded national literary culture.
The American Reader will serve as a hardy and handy compendium of new literature and current critical and industry-related discussions. It will feature new fiction; new poetry; translated portfolios of international fiction, poetry, and drama; well-argued reviews of new literature; considered essays on all matters literary; and occasional interviews with writers, publishers, editors, and various industry professionals.
We invite proposals for our interdisciplinary book project (working title) Unity in Disparity: Cultural Connections on Heavy Metal. As fans of metal with scholarly interest, active research, and previous publications on Metal music, we see that there is a void in academically informed Metal Literature of a uniform presentation about how Metal is part of our global culture(s) rather than something in the periphery of society. We are putting together a collection of writings which address this issue and are looking for proposals which, individually and collectively, convey that Metal is, indeed, an important and meaningful part of our culture(s), rather than on its outskirts. Among the preliminary contributions, we are considering a chapter on Metal in the composition classroom and another on the relationship between Metal and national pride. Deadline November 30.
The centerpiece of each day will be a two-hour workshop, held mid-morning. Each of these workshops will be mixed-genre, fiction and memoir, and taught by Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, or Karen Russell. After the workshops, students will have time to explore the charming village of Positano, or make day trips to nearby attractions such as Pompeii and Sorrento; or simply relax, write, think, swim in the lovely pool of Le Sirenuse, or enjoy its extraordinary world-class spa. Each workshop participant will also have a private conference with Dani, Jim or Karen over the course of the conference. Evenings will be devoted to readings and discussions. One evening, Hannah Tinti , editor and founder of One Story magazine, will give a talk about publishing. Another evening, Hannah, Dani, Jim and Karen will have an open conversation about the literary life. Michael Maren (Dani’s husband), an accomplished screenwriter, will be available to talk about screenwriting, and all things Hollywood . Still another evening, there will be a guest reading by esteemed writers passing through Italy . We’ll also reprise “open mike” night, during which students will be given the opportunity to publicly read their work. The final evening, Antonio Sersale will fete us with an extraordinary farewell dinner. Deadline October 31.

Submission Sunday 9.16.12

Boston Review Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

Deadline: October 1, 2012
Judge: Nathan Englander
Prize: $1,500

The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, the summer of 2013. First runner-up will be published in a following issue, and second runner-up will be published at the Boston Review web site.

Industry Night Call for Submissions

We are an emerging online literary publication based out of Baltimore, Maryland — Charm City. We’re focused on publishing literary work from, to, and about the service and hospitality industry. This theme is a guide though, not a commandment. The journal is a place to explore, celebrate, and condemn, through literature, the themes of workservice, and hospitality. Those of us behind Industry Night are here to publish great work from both established and emerging voices. None of us are silver-spoon types; we’ve worked all sorts of gigs to get here, and will no doubt continue to do so. We are just writers and readers who love the written word, and who want to honor all the different ways that people sustain their creative lives.

HarperCollins Voyager Imprint Call for Submissions

We are delighted to announce an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join our global science fiction and fantasy imprint. 

The submission portal will be open from the 1st to the 14th of October 2012. The manuscripts will then be read and those most suited to the global Harper Voyager list will be selected jointly by editors in the USA, UK and Australia.  Accepted submissions will benefit from the full publishing process: accepted manuscripts will be edited; and the finished titles will receive online marketing and sales support in World English markets.

Voyager will be seeking an array of adult and young adult speculative fiction for digital publication, but particularly novels written in the epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, dystopia and supernatural genres. Submission guidelines and key information can be found at www.harpervoyagersubmissions.com.

River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative was co-founded in 1999 by Joe Mackall and Dan Lehman, professors at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. The journal is recognized as a national leader in publishing quality essays, memoir, and literary journalism. It also sponsors one of the most competitive literary nonfiction book contests in the nation, and in 2012, River Teeth will hold its inaugural Nonfiction Conference on the campus of Ashland University, its birthplace and residence.

River Teeth's editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. The winner will be announced in February of the prize year. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. The 2013 Contest Deadline is November 1, 2012.

ARDOR Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

ARDOR looks for original, unpublished writing.  Because we're a digital publication, it's important that the writing you submit hasn't appeared elsewhere online (even a personal blog).  If you're unsure about whether or not we'll consider your work, please query us before submitting.

At present we can't refer you to past issues for a better sense of what we're looking for, but to give you an idea of what guides our editorial decisions - we're looking for writing that turns some small gears inside the reader's heart ... writing that makes readers look at the world and at themselves in a way they couldn't without having read what you've written.  Of course original, inspired sentences (and paragraphs, and pages) are wonderful.  We enjoy humor and wit and elements of the fantastic, but if pressed to choose what is most important to us - the heft of meaningful writing is something that we hope to find and showcase in ARDOR.

Northeast Modern Language Association Panel (Boston, MA)
The Godfather: Influence and Origins (March 21-24, 2013)

This panel will explore the lasting influence of The Godfather on popular culture &, conversely, its literary and cultural influences. What effect has it had on popular notions of Italian-American ethnic identity? What impact have recent adaptations (from Winegardner novels to video games) had on the film’s legacy? Upon what traditions and cultural archetypes does it rely? Papers may treat Puzo’s novel, Coppola’s films, or other adaptations. Please send 250-word abstracts to Jeffrey Gibson at gibsonje@wesley.edu.

Playwrights Canada Press Call for One-Act Plays

Playwrights Canada Press invites submissions of English-language one-act plays to be included in a new anthology for publication in 2014. Specifically we are seeking new or previously published plays suitable for high schools. If previously published, the submission must include information on how to contact the publisher. If the play is unpublished, please indicate where reading scripts can be obtained. Translations into English will be accepted.

The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction

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

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