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Submission Sunday 10.1.17

Kore Press Memoir Award
(Deadline October 31 – $1000)

This competition is an annual award from Kore Press and will be open each year to a woman writer writing in English. Kore Press’ 2017 judge is Cheryl Strayed, award-winning author of four books, including her memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Last year’s Memoir Award winner was Ming Holden for Refuge, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch. The winner will receive a prize of $1000 and publication by Kore Press for a full-length memoir, or memoir-in-essays. 

Call for Submissions
(Deadline October 31)

Hotel features new work from established authors and emerging talent. Hotel aims to provide the space for experimental reflection on literature's role as "art" and cultural mediator. Hotel accommodates fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We have three reading windows for online work each year. These are in the months of January, May and October. Work sent during these months will be considered for the website. 

Hackney Literary Awards (Deadline November 30 – $250-$2500)

This prestigious writing competition recognizes excellence in poetry and fiction with prizes at the national level and for the state of Alabama. The Hackney Literary Awards, sponsored by the Cecil Hackney family of Birmingham, Alabama, was established in 1969.

The annual competition awards $5,000 in prizes for poetry and short fiction ($2,500 national and $2,500 state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250). Submissions for the 2017 Short Story and Poetry contests are due November 30, 2017. 

A body is the most genuine thing we have. A body can burst forth into a magic-realist galaxy. A body can be a source of pleasure. Pain can be a muse. Where does psychic pain end and visceral pain begin? When I say sensuality, does that connote pain or pleasure? Writing the body is writing what we know because we inhabit it. Or you might write your lover's body so you can keep it with you. If I say I am holding your hand right now can you feel it? Do you feel it with your brain or your skin? 

Our bodies can make us feel powerful or defenseless. Taking a risk to write about the body can make you feel powerful. When I wake and put my feet on the floor I feel defenseless. I would like to reclaim the word sensitive to mean risk-taker. We are gods of our own bodies. We are servants to our own bodies. Our bodies are signifiers. Our bodies are false signifiers. Our bodies are liars. Our bodies are truthtellers. If our bodies are oppressed by an outside force, we are "written over." Rogue Agent wants to retaliate. Rogue Agent wants reconciliation. Rogue Agent wants to share your stories about the poem that is the body. 

We want your skin, your liver, your viscera. We want your joy and your frustration. We want to be surprised by your elegance and stunned by your forthrightness. We want to be impressed with your craft and your commitment. We are much less impressed with grand proclamations than we are by specific vulnerability. 

Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Competition (Deadline October 9 – $1000)

Guest Judge: Maile Meloy, winner of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250 

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. We accept all genres of literary fiction. 

The Northridge Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)

The Northridge Review is a literary & arts journal of the present, produced by students in the creative writing program at California State University, Northridge. Founded in 1962 as a campus publication of student work, The Northridge Review is now open for submissions of prose, poetry, drama, art, and hybrid texts from across all disciplines that test the boundaries of form, content, and genre by exploring the current literary and cultural climate in thoughtful and challenging ways. 

Into the Black: The Economic Security Project Short Fiction Contest
(Deadline November 1 – $12,000)

The future of work has never seemed so uncertain. Automation is knocking on the door and already too many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, unable to meet their monthly expenses and unable to envision a different fate for themselves. The Economic Security Project is looking for new, bold ways to bring all Americans into a place of economic stability; out of the red and into the black. To do this, we are launching a short story contest like no other — one that uses speculative fiction as a tool to imagine a future of economic security and rewards the winner with financial stability of their own.

What might a world look like where all of our most basic needs are met? In 5,000 words or less, we want you to explore the impacts of a basic income on individual lives and on society at large. To be clear, we are not expecting you to draft economic policy, but hope to ignite debate around new economies with stories that offer nuanced critique and evidence of impact. Writers may want to address how this economic policy could shift relationships of power, or if economic liberation is even possible without first addressing racial and gender justice. Writers may consider universality (i.e., whether this benefit applies to everyone), investigate the community impact, and even give this economic idea a new name.

The most compelling story will change hearts and minds, and ultimately the life of the author; the grand prize winner will receive a basic income of $12,000 over the next year.

A Hotel Room of One's Own: 
The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program (Deadline October 5)

The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program  is the only one of its kind: a writing residency specifically for emerging humor writers. Located adjacent to the University of Dayton — alma mater of legendary humorist Erma Bombeck — the Humorist-in-Residence Program gives two emerging comedy writers the opportunity to step away from their regular routines to live and procrastinate work as full-time writers. Where? At the University of Dayton Marriott, of course.

That’s the idea behind “A Hotel Room of One’s Own” — private, uninterrupted time for two writers to dive into their comedy projects without restrictions or responsibilities. It’s the luxury of time, and an experience that can change a career. Plus room service! If you are selected as one of the 2018 Humorists-in-Residence, you will receive complimentary registration to attend the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, the only national workshop dedicated to humor writing, at the University of Dayton (April 5-7, 2018).

After the conference, you will remain at the University of Dayton Marriott to surf that wave of workshop inspiration and work on your personal comedy project for another two weeks. That’s right: two weeks of dedicated time for you to ride the elevators, stare pensively into the parking lot and swipe ham cubes from the omelet bar. (Hey, who are we to judge your process?) The program will pay your basic expenses (travel, meals, lodging) and provide a rental car, as well as some “walking-around money” (or, as Julius Caesar called it, a “per diem”). Lastly, you’ll be featured on the workshop website where you’ll share your Humorist-in-Residence experiences in a personal essay.

And that’s the package! Now, before you run around telling people you’ve applied for an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip to Dayton, Ohio (trust us on this), perhaps consider instead telling your writer friends that you’ve applied to a highly selective writing residency affiliated with a prestigious, national humor-writing workshop. Because that’s what it is.

Upcoming Deadlines

Oyez Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
Pigeon Pages Fledgling Prose Contest (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Prize (Deadline October 1 – $350)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, Wyoming – Deadline October 1)
Bridge Eight Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: "Organic" – Deadline October 1)
The Missouri Review 27th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize (Deadline October 2 – $5000)
A Hotel Room of One's Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program (Deadline October 5)
The October Stories Call for Submissions (Deadline October 6)
Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship (Deadline October 6)
Zoetrope: All Story Short Fiction Competition (Deadline October 9 – $1000)
The 2018 Public Space Fellowships (Deadline October 15)
Sequestrum 2017 New Writer Awards (Deadline October 15 – $200)
Rattle Call for Submissions (Theme: Immigrant Poets – Deadline October 15)
Hotel Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Kore Press Memoir Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Antimatter Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Indiana Review 2017 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
The Northridge Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $500)
Parks & Points Fall 2017 Essay Contest (Deadline November 1 – $250 on Southwest Airlines)
Into the Black: The Economic Security Project Short Fiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $12,000)
Rosarium Publishing Call for Anthology Submissions (TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue – Deadline November 1)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline November 14)
The Iowa Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Hackney Literary Awards (Deadline November 30 – $250-$2500)
Teachers & Writers Magazine Bechtel Prize (Deadline December 1 – $1000)
Mississippi Review Prize (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Copper Nickel Call for Submissions (Deadline March 15)
Bayou Magazine Call for Submissions
 (Deadline May 1)
The Gettysburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

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