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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.

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