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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

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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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