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Electric Literature 280-Character Fiction Contest (Deadline October 16)

By now you’ve heard the news that the favorite social-media platform of trolls everywhere (President included) will soon afford its cabal of miscreants twice the space to rant, rave, and make typos. Yes, Twitter is undercutting everyone’s favorite excuse for backing out of an argument—“sorry, can’t do this in 140 characters”—by doubling maximum tweet length to 280. To that, we offer a resounding WHY PLEASE NO. But we also can’t help but wonder: What will this mean for the blue-checked literati? What will the fiction writers of the world do with the extra space?

It’s fun to experiment, but let’s be honest, do we really want our stories carved up into sentences of arbitrary length? The answer is yes! We are Oulipian sycophants who need rules to create! In that spirit, we’re hosting a 280-character fiction contest. And we’re asking you to be inspired by doublewide tweets not only in form, but in content: the story must be about something getting magically, randomly, inexplicably, or mysteriously bigger, longer, or just… more. Think Mary Poppins’ bag, that dream where you find another room in your apartment, House of Leaves, the story of Hanukkah, the feast of Cana, or clown cars. Feel free to steal any of these.

Call for Column Pitches
(Deadline October 31)

Catapult is accepting pitches for columns. We encourage you to check out a few of our previously published columns to get a feel for the type of work we’d like to see from our regular contributors. We pay for all pieces that are published.

Catapult publishes books of the highest literary caliber, offers writing classes taught by acclaimed emerging and established writers, produces an award-winning daily online magazine of narrative nonfiction and fiction, and hosts an open online platform where writers can showcase their own writing, find resources, and get inspired. The essays and stories published in Catapult have been selected for The Best American Essays, shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing, and featured on “Best of” lists at Longreads, Longform, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous other publications.

Altadena Poetry Review
Call for Submissions
(Deadline October 22)

Poets chosen for the review will be invited to read their work at the publication party held on Sunday, April 29 at the Altadena Main Library. The Altadena Library District is an independent special district that was formed in December 1926 under the provision of Sections 19600-19734 of the California Education Code. It encompasses the approximate 8 square miles of Altadena, which is an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.

The purpose of forming the special library district was to permit residents of unincorporated towns and villages to create for themselves an independent, locally controlled library district supported by property taxes and governed by a locally elected Board of Library Trustees responsive directly to the service needs of the community. The District contracted with the County of Los Angeles for library services until 1955, when it became independent, providing its own building, collection, personnel, and services for the District.

Atticus Review Fall Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline October 22 – $250)

Atticus Review
is a weekly online journal that publishes stories, poems, flash prose, creative nonfiction, mixed media, book reviews, and other genre-busting words of wisdom and interactive literary whimsy. 

Atticus Review
 is happy to announce our first annual Flash Fiction Contest judged by Carmen Maria Machado. You can submit up to three flash fiction pieces up to 1000 words each in length for consideration. The submission fee is $9.

CRAFT is an online literary journal which explores the art of fiction. Our focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. We are interested in fiction that shines because of its exploration of craft. On our website, we feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; exercises; craft book summaries; and much more. CRAFT is an arm of The Masters Review, a publication that focuses on new and emerging writers. We wanted to be able to work with all writers, established as well as emerging, and we also wanted to use craft as a focal point and a lens through which to present fiction.

Each published work of fiction includes an author’s note which discusses the craft in their story. We are most excited about this feature as it gives each writer the opportunity to present an inside look at their work. In some cases, authors speak about the origin of a story. Others write about a specific element, such as point-of-view or the use of time. In every case, we have been inspired to reread the story after reading the author’s note, and we hope that you will want to do the same!

Fiction will be published on Fridays. Throughout the week, we will publish other content that considers and explores the elements of craft in fiction. We pay our authors a flat rate of $100 for flash fiction and $0.10/word up to $200 for original short fiction. We accept high quality book reviews, interviews, and critical pieces on craft to publish on our site. 

NPR Story Lab Call for Program Pitches 

You probably already know that NPR programs reach millions of people every day. We’ve been doing that since 1971. Today, NPR is at the forefront of the podcasting boom and we’re on the lookout for great new projects. Big ideas, personalities, expressions of joy and curiosity are all encouraged.

We’re looking for ideas that present new voices, explore innovative approaches, and bring attention to stories that preserve our histories, shape our futures and give us a better understanding of our communities and ourselves.  We want projects that will appeal to younger and more diverse audiences, that reflect NPR’s high standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression, and that are sometimes just plain fun.

Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine produced by creative writing and web design students at Arizona State University. Founded by Patricia Colleen Murphy in 2008, the mission of the journal is to promote contemporary art and literature by providing a free, easy-to-navigate, high quality online publication that features work by established and emerging artists and authors from all over the world. We publish two issues a year with art, fiction, interviews, nonfiction and poetry. 

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award (Deadline October 31 – $3000 + PLAYA Residency)

Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. Award is $3000, publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press, and a four-week PLAYA Residency.

Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. We seek a community of readers and writers who are actively engaged in the essential human practice known as literature.


Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Electric Literature 280-Character Fiction Contest (Deadline October 16)
Altadena Poetry Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 22)
Atticus Review Fall Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline October 22 – $250)
Hotel Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Catapult Call for Column Pitches (Deadline October 31)
Kore Press Memoir Award (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Superstition Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
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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