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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.


Submission Sunday 9.9.12

The Greensboro Review Robert Watson Literary Prizes

Formerly The Greensboro Review Literary Awards, the contest was renamed in 2006 to honor poet and novelist Robert Watson who served as one of the first faculty advisers when the student-founded journal was started in 1969. Yearly Postmark Deadline of September 15. Winners of the Fiction and Poetry Prizes will each receive a $1000 cash award and publication in The Greensboro Review.

Ninth Letter “Study Questions for the Essay at Hand: A Speculative Essay” Contest

Ninth Letter is proud to sponsor our first online essay contest with the publication of Robin Hemley’s essay, “Study Questions for the Essay at Hand: A Speculative Essay.” Hemley’s essay seems to be going through an identity crisis, asserting and contradicting itself in an attempt to understand its own existence, as it throws eighteen questions out to a silent world. Plaintive, aggressive, wistful, quizzical and coy, this essay needs your help, needs its questions answered. So, here’s Ninth Letter’s proposal, gentle reader. Respond to the eighteen questions of Hemley’s essay–interrogate it, argue with it, hold its hand, whisper to it, whatever you wish. Deadlne October 15.

Dorland Mountain Arts Colony Residencies

If you are an aspiring, emerging or professional artist, music composer, writer, poet, academic, photographer, artisan or craftsmen.... we encourage you to apply for a one- to 12-week residency at Dorland. Age 21 and up are encouraged to apply no matter where you are in your career. This could be the working retreat that you need to move you to the next level in your career, relax and build your portfolio, paint, write, compose, record, or just spend some valuable and creative time surrounded by nature with no distractions, while working on your project or craft.

The New York Times Learning Network Essay Contest (Ages 13-25)

Are you following the presidential race? How well do you think the two candidates have spoken to young voters so far? If people 13-17 years old could vote, how do you think President Obama and Mitt Romney would change their campaigns? What issues do you think teenagers would want them to highlight? How do you think the two political parties would, or should, attempt to appeal to young people in general?

This is a special Student Opinion question: As always, we invite anyone 13-25, from the United States or around the world, to write in, but answering this question by 5 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 21 also enters you into a contest. The winners — those whose posts that we find most interesting, articulate and thoughtful — will be eligible to be featured here and elsewhere on NYTimes.com. 

Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest

In 1997, Francis Ford Coppola launched Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly magazine devoted to the best new short fiction and one-act plays. It has received every major story award, including the National Magazine Award for Fiction, while publishing today's most promising and significant writers: The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Deadline October 1.

Brevity Call for Submissions

Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. We have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, numerous NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, and Japan. We have also featured many previously unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month. Authors are paid a $45 honorarium for work selected.

New Media Writing Prize 2012

Ths international prize, now in its third year, showcases exciting and creative stories and poetry integrating a variety of digital media. The prize highlights inspiring work, raises awareness, and provokes discussion about new media writing, the future of the 'written' word, and storytelling. Entries can include work in the form of short story, novel, documentary or poetry using words, images, film and/or animation with audience interaction. Deadline October 5.

The Normal School: A Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

The Normal School is a bi-annual journal featuring nonfiction, fiction, poetry, criticism and culinary adventure journalism. We are nestled happily into the California State University at Fresno like a comfy spore in a benign and mighty lung. We dig quirky, boundary-challenging, energetic prose and poetry with innovations in content, form, and focus, which isn't actually as high-falutin' as it sounds. We're just sort of the lit mag equivalent of the kid who always has bottle caps, cat's eye marbles, dead animal skulls, little blue men and other treasures in his pockets. Manuscripts are read from September 1 to December 1 and from January 15 to April 15

International Symposium of Hispanic Literature and Writers' Round Tables (March 2013—Dominguez Hills, CA)

California State University Dominguez Hills is pleased to announce that on March 6th, 7th and 8th it will host the XXXVIII International Symposium of Hispanic Literature in conjunction with Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico. At this symposium we will honor the work of the prestigious Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, who will also deliver the Keynote address. Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day! We are asking for your cooperation by submitting a proposal to be presented at the symposium.

*Suggested topic: Mexican Writer Elena Poniatowska or any other female Hispanic writer, although any paper on Hispanic Literature is welcome. Abstract submission due by January 20.

Red Hen Press Poetry Award

Established in 2003, the Red Hen Press Poetry Award is for an unpublished poem. Awarded poem is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge is Cynthia Hogue.

Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in the Los Angeles Review published by Red Hen Press. Entry fee $20 for up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each. Name on cover sheet only. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by September 30.


Submission Sunday 9.2.12

The Standard/Paris Review Dog Days of Summer Writing Competition

In these final weeks of summer, when the days are long, the sun is fat, and idleness blooms in the withering heat, we propose a challenge, something to do with those hot, restless hours. Write us a short story, no more than a 1,000 words inspired by these Dog Days, these days of affairs (think Gatsby’s blue gardens), of tragic love (think Romeo & Juliet), of erotic nights (Think Atonement), of hot hotels (think E.B. White’s This is New York), of … back to school commercials (think JC Penny). As Plath put it, “…the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” We – that is The Standard, our friends at Warby Parker, who know a thing about summer reading, The Paris Review, PEN, and author Hettie Jones – want you to capture this last hurrah of heat for a chance to win prizes.

Caketrain Chapbook Competition

The 2012 Caketrain Chapbook Competition is now open to entries in the fiction genre. This competition is open to English language fiction manuscripts (both novellas and collections of shorter works are acceptable). While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Deadline October 1.

Arcadia Magazine Call for Submissions

Arcadia is not that literary journal that pumps out the same magazine issue after issue.  We do not ascribe to a certain aesthetic, nor do we expect that you do.  We want you, our readers, to be awed, to be surprised, but, most of all, to fall in love with the work found in our pages and at our website. Here at Arcadia, we have become increasingly aware of the limitations other journals pin on themselves.  They only want a certain word count, a certain brushstroke, a certain aesthetic.  We want to put an end to that.  We want to see your very best work.  Novella, short story, poem, painting, photograph, stand-up comedy routine, album, short film, mockumentary, epic poem about the Dukes of Hazzard, we don't care.  We want to see it, read it, hear it, and love it.  If it kicks ass, we will find a way to publish it.

Hippocampus Magazine Remember in November Contest

Hippocampus Magazine is an exclusively online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. Each monthly issue features memoir excerpts, personal essays, reviews, interviews and craft articles. Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $400 in cash prizes this November—and raising awareness for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in the second Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. We’re seeking personal essays and memoir excerpts to be considered for this special issue.

Dogwood (A Journal of Poetry and Prose) Fall Contest

We just launched the Fall 2012 contest, with results to be announced in Spring 2013 and to appear in Vol. 12 of Dogwood. This year we have increased our contest Grand Prize to $1000, and we are now accepting entries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry via our online submission system run through Submittable. We have a fantastic roster of judges, too: Adrian Matejka, Roxane Gay, and Adriana Paramo. Be sure to enter before the deadline of October 15!

Stealing Time: A Literary Magazine for Parents

All of our issues are themed; we will endeavor to announce the themes with considerable advance notice. For each issue we accept fiction, memoir, essay and poetry, as well as book reviews. We generally do not accept news; but if you have something you'd like us to consider, we're open to brief but intense queries. All content must be parenting-related, although we draw this connection quite loosely. If you are working toward the goal of parenting, or looking back on a life of parenting you feel you've left behind; if you are a step-parent or a surrogate or an adopted child thinking about your future parenting life; if you are the partner of a parent with a tenuous relationship to parenting, yourself; all these are valid. Naturally we are eager to see parenting essays from traditional monogamous heterosexual families as well as gay parents, blended families, and other less conventional parents.

Harvard Bookstore New England Essay Contest

We at Harvard Book Store hail from regions far and wide, but we share a special place in our hearts for our current stomping ground, New England. Home to baseball mania and lobster cookouts, bitter winters and peaceful beaches, picturesque towns and bustling cities, our history-laden corner of the country has long inspired writers to put pen to paper.

Conveniently, Harvard Book Store is holding an essay contest for short essays set in or about New England. They must be no more than 1,500 words. We will begin accepting submissions on Monday, August 13, and the final deadline is Friday, September 21. After selecting the best of the best, we will print them in a book, using our own in-store print-on-demand machine, Paige M. Gutenborg! All essays must be original and previously unpublished. The contributors we select to be included in the as-yet-untitled collection will receive a copy of the book and an invitation to read their work at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday, October 31. 

Monkeybicycle Call for Submissions

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

Quiddity: International Literary Journal & Public Radio Program Call for Submissions

Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series.  Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station.

The print journal, published semi-annually, features exemplary prose, poetry, and artwork from emerging and established writers and artists around the world. International submissions are encouraged. The public-radio program and the visiting writer and artist series feature select authors and artists. Contributors to the print journal are invited to contribute to the audio journal and may have their work featured on the public-radio program.


Submission Sunday 8.26.12

Used Furniture Review

We accept works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We also accept book reviews, art and proposals from both writers and musicians. We are now in the process of looking for columnists, and we would love to hear your ideas. Below are a few specifics. We’re completely open to your creativity. Whether you want to write a column that considers music, food, books, a particular activity you enjoy — all is fair game. Be distinct. Be beguiling. That being said, feel free to be creative in style — columns don’t necessarily need to be written. For example, you could record a video of yourself (e.g. vlog format) or record yourself talking (e.g. podcast format), etc.

Western Press Books Manifest West Anthology

Western Press Books is now accepting poems, stories, and creative nonfiction for the next anthology in our series, Manifest West. This year we're calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme of the contemporary cowboy (or cowpoke, if one wishes to use the gender-neutral term). This includes but is not limited to the following cowboy/cowpoke variations, breeds, and assorted stereotypes:

  • the modern day working cowboy
  • the rodeo cowboy
  • the urban cowboy
  • the weekend warrior cowboy
  • the arena riding cowboy
  • the investing-in-ranchland cowboy
  • the wheeler-and-dealer-at-every-auction-sale cowboy
  • the country music star cowboy
  • the I-played-cowboys-and-Indians-as-a-kid cowboy

In addition to focusing on the cowpoke in all her/his glory, remember that our anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor, so that element should be present in your submission.

The Frost Place

The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six- to eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost's former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place  will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the Poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium. There are no other specific obligations.

The Fifth Christina Conference on Gender Studies (University of Helsinki - May 2013)

The Fifth Christina Conference of Gender Studies focuses on the role of concepts in feminist thought. Concepts are crucial in all research, and also often deeply political, as feminist scholarship creates and circulates conceptual innovations which transform social realities transnationally.  

Concepts such as ”gender” and ”queer” have already showed their transformational power. A plethora of others contest realitites, but are also prone to creating conficts and politics of its own within feminist thought: just consider ”equality,” ”sexual difference,” ”representation,”  ”sex work,” ”transgender,” ”social construction,” ”materiality,” ”affect,”  ”masculinity,” ”body,” ”performativity,” or ”intersectionality.” The choice of concepts in research is always a political choice, and it also takes part in the politics of concepts within feminist scholarship.

Dzanc Books Fifth Annual Short Story Collection Competition

Shortly after opening our doors in 2006, Dzanc Books was hailed as “the future of publishing” in a December 2007 Publishers Weekly article. A fully invested publishing house with distribution through Consortium, Dzanc Books is committed to not only publishing great works, but promoting our authors through print and online media, via author tours, and an exploration of audio/visual media. Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books. The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2015, and will receive a $1000 advance. The contest deadline is December 31, 2012.

The Good Men Project: Best. Meal. Ever.

What is the best meal you have ever eaten?

What time of year did you eat this meal? Who made it? Was it your favorite food, or something you’d never tried before? Tell us a story of the most delicious, most remarkable, most hard-won, most appreciated, or simply the best meal you have ever had. Submissions are due to Justin Cascio by email, justin@goodmenproject.com, Saturday, September 8.

carte blanche

We are now open for submissions for the fall issue of carte blanche. The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2012.

The theme of the issue is CONFLICT. We want to hear your war stories from neighbourhood spats and sibling rivalries to life-threatening situations. Tell us about the conflicts - big and small - you've experienced that have changed your life.

So It Goes: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut

We are proud to announce that we are now opened to submissions for our first anthology – SO IT GOES: A TRIBUTE TO KURT VONNEGUT. We want humorous and satirical tales that would do Mr. Vonnegut proud. If you are unsure of what we mean, please refer to any of his works. He was a man who pushed his imagination off a cliff and followed it for the whole drop; a man who was able to write the most cynical material, yet make you die of laughter at the same time. We do not just want humor stories: we want Kurt Vonnegut stories. Any fan of his work will know exactly what we mean.

This anthology is a tribute to one of the best satirists of our time. Let’s do him justice.


Ploughshares Literary Borough #13: Los Angeles

Our consultant Chris Daley wrote the LA installment for Ploughshares' Literary Borough series.

"The writers and readers of Los Angeles know we are blessed to have a thriving independent bookstore industry, some of the most active and accomplished writers and publications in the U.S., and dozens of literary events every night of the week. The literary community is the perfect size—big enough to afford the opportunity to constantly meet new writers and small enough to feel the kind of network support you’d find in a much smaller city."


Submission Sunday 8.19.12

Reassembled Typewriter by Jeremy Mayer

California Writers Exchange Award

The California Writers Exchange contest introduces emerging writers from California to the New York literary community and provides them a network for professional advancement. Every third year, writers in California are invited to submit manuscripts. Judges review the entries and select a winning poet and fiction writer. Winners are flown to New York City for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to meet with literary agents, editors, publishers, and writers, and to give a public reading.

Black Clock Call for Submissions

Singular, idiosyncratic and a little mysterious, Black Clock is one of America’s leading literary journals.  Since its inception in 2004, the publication has featured work (by Don DeLillo, Richard Powers, Joanna Scott, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, Lynne Tillman, Samuel R. Delany, Joseph McElroy, Aimee Bender, Brian Evenson, Geoff Nicholson, Shelley Jackson, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, David Foster Wallace, William T. Vollmann and many others) that has gone on to be anthologized in best-of-the-year collections, nominated for O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes, and win National Book Awards. Black Clock is also regarded as among the country’s most beautifully designed magazines.  Edited by Steve Erickson, it’s published semi-annually by the California Institute of the Arts in association with the MFA Writing Program.

Les Figues Press Second Annual NOS Book Contest

Les Figues Press creates aesthetic conversations between Writers/Artists and readers, especially those interested in innovative/experimental/avant-garde work. The Press intends in the most premeditated fashion to champion the trinity of BeautyBelief, and BawdryWe are now accepting submissions for the Second Annual Les Figues NOS Book Contest. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript. Sina Queyras will judge. Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by September 15th, 2012. 

Colorado Review Call for Submissions

Launched in 1956 (with the first issue featuring work by Langston Hughes, William Carlos Williams, E. E. Cummings, Henry Miller, Bertolt Brecht, and Mark van Doren), Colorado Review is a national literary journal featuring contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and book reviews. Published three times a year, CR has a circulation of approximately 1,100, is carried by university and public libraries across the country, and is distributed by Ingram Periodicals and Kent News to chain and independent bookstores and newsstands nationally. Colorado Review is committed to the publication of contemporary creative writing. We are equally interested in work by both new and established writers. CR does not publish genre fiction, nor do we subscribe to a particular literary philosophy or school of poetry or fiction.

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs Call for Submissions

Charles Clay DoyleWolfgang Mieder, and Fred R. Shapiro have now compiled The Dictionary of Modern Proverbsthe first proverb dictionary to be based on electronic research from full-text databases. With more than 1,400 entries, this exhaustive collection of post-1900 proverbs, explains their origins, and in some cases, definitively challenges popular uses and legends of “who-said-what-first.” And if not the true origin itself, the first known appearances of popular phrases like “Sex sells” and “Wake up and smell the coffee” are sure to surprise; or even not as popular, but sure to make you think:  “A conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.


Submission Sunday 8.12.12

22nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Essay, and Poetry

The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and for the past thirty-four years we’ve upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. Writers whose work first appeared in The Missouri Review continue to win major prizes, including the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Award, MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Each prize is $5,000.

the museum of americana

the museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, photography, and art. We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters.  We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider.  We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.

Sins & Needles

Tattoos have been in existence for centuries, from the indigenous people of Japan to tribal people of Polynesia, Philippines, and Borneo. They are markers of time, rites of passage, symbols, remembrances, and sometimes, stupid decisions made on drunken nights. They are everywhere—under the white sleeve of a co-worker, sneakily peeking out of a shirt collar, up and down muscled legs and arms of athletes.  There has been a proliferation of reality shows centered in tattoo parlors. What once was a subculture has now emerged as mainstream. Yet, in the literary landscape, there has been a conspicuous absence of writing about tattoos. The editors of the tentatively titled anthology, Sins & Needles—Ira Sukrungruang and Jim Miller—are looking for personal nonfiction narratives about the meaning behind the tattoo.

The Fourth Annual Bartleby Snopes Writing Contest: Dialogue Only

Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. Manipulate them however you see fit. 

The Chattahoochee Review

The Chattahoochee Review is seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for a special focus issue on Irish Literature to be published in late 2012. TCR welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, drama, and nonfiction—work reflective of a complex and contemporary Ireland—with preference given to poetry that makes careful use of voice and theme, fiction with an imaginative focus on character, and nonfiction that transcends the strictly personal. Both established and new voices encouraged. 

Northwind: A Quarterly Review Fall 2012 Story Contest 

We want the best that you've got. We want crazy beautiful characters, unforced and unsentimental prose, unexpected plots, great opening lines, and edgy dialogue. But mostly we want great, honest stories that move us and leave us shaken through the sheer force of narrative will. Surprise us.


Submission Sunday 8.5.12

PEN Center USA 2013 Annual Literary Awards

PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in 1982, is a unique, regional competition that recognizes literary excellence in eleven categories: fictioncreative nonfictionresearch nonfictionpoetrychildren’s literaturegraphic literaturetranslationjournalismdramateleplay, and screenplay. PEN Center USA accepts submissions of work produced or published in the current calendar year by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in the eleven categories are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics and editors. 

The Good Men Project Theme Issue: Men's Stories of Cancer

For an upcoming theme on The Good Life, we are soliciting submissions by and about men who have been affected by cancer. First-person stories and feature articles on men and cancer are both welcome. If you have a story or a pitch for an article, email Justin Cascio at justin@goodmenproject.com by the August 18 deadline for consideration.

The Paris Literary Prize

The Paris Literary Prize is an international novella competition for unpublished writers. Any topic is welcome. When the de Groot foundation came to us with the idea for the Paris Literary Prize in 2010, we immediately said yes. Shakespeare and Company has a long-standing tradition of opening its doors to aspiring writers and in keeping with that philosophy, the 10,000€ Paris Literary Prize is open to writers from around the world who have not yet published a book.

LitReactor Flash Fiction Smackdown: August Edition

We give you something. It could be a picture or an idea or a sentence. You write a flash fiction piece, using the thing we gave you as inspiration. Put your entry in the comments section. One winner will be picked, and awarded a prize. 

The Los Angeles Review

We at The Los Angeles Review are delighted to announce that our thirteenth issue will be dedicated to Dana Gioia. Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia holds a BA and an MBA from Stanford and Harvard, respectively, and has published several collections of poetry. His Interrogations at Noon won the 2002 American Book Award, and his critical volume Can Poetry Matter?, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, is credited with helping revive the role of poetry in American culture. As Chairman of the NEA, Gioia garnered rare, bi-partisan congressional support for the mission of the Arts Endowment, leading Business Week Magazine to call him “The Man Who Saved the NEA.”

Andrea Brown Literary Agency (Children's & YA Authors)

The Andrea Brown Literary Agency was founded in August 1981 and has offices in the San Francisco Bay area, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Our agency works to bring to light the voices and perspectives of new writers as well as to nurture and develop the careers of experienced authors. Our goal, whether seeking to secure a publishing contract for a first book or a fiftieth book, is to make sure that clients are not only published, but published well.  

Memoir Journal Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry

Through its twice yearly publication, Memoir, Memoir Journal publishes the best works of personal prose, poetry and narrative-driven imagery chosen from new and emerging memoirists like you, from around the world. Prizes for Memoir in prose or poetry, graphic memoir and narrative photography are awarded to the most outstanding submissions drawn from each period. Each prizewinner will receive three complimentary copies of the publication and their work will be featured on the Memoir Journal website.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Writing Contests

Finding fresh literary talent is at the heart of the Festival’s mission. Our one-act play, fiction and poetry contests have nurtured writers at the start of their careers–and helped them move on to further publications, book deals, and in one case, a Pulitzer Prize. 


Meet Megan

WordCraft is excited to be celebrating our one month anniversary this week. Your support has helped make our first month a success. Thanks! We thought we'd highlight some of our consultants over the next few weeks, so you can get to know them a little better. First up, meet Megan!


Is Kickstarter A Viable Tool For Writers?

LitReactor: "It's like a public endowment for the arts. It democratizes the process; the people choose what they want to hear or see or read. Sounds cool, right?"


Gorgeous Photographs of People Reading Around the World

Flavorwire: "Spanning the globe from Canada to Kashmir and augmented with choice quotes about the joy of reading from a few famous names, including McCurry himself, the series is a phenomenal ode to the universality and wonder of literature in any language."


Previously Unpublished F. Scott Fitzgerald Story in New Yorker

As mentioned in the Los Angeles Times: "'Thank You For the Light' is a tiny, short story about Mrs. Hanson, 'a pretty, somewhat faded woman of forty, who sold corsets and girdles.' When she's transferred to a new territory, her smoking habit is frowned upon, and all she wants is to have a cigarette."

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