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Submission Sunday 10.18.15

ScreenCraft Short Story Contest
(Deadline December 5 – $1000)

Featuring judges from Random House Films, Harper’s Magazine, Tin House Magazine & an Oscar-winning writer! Our jury is looking for short stories with special cinematic potential. Whether you’re writing flash fiction or a novella, we want to read your story! The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and personal introductions to literary agents, managers, producers and publishers. The top 10 finalists will be read by our network of over 40 literary and entertainment industry professionals. All rights and ownership to stories submitted to this contest remain with the author, until and unless other agreements are made.

Donald Hall begins his wonderful essay, “The Unsayable Said” by observing, “Poems are pleasure first, bodily pleasure, a deliciousness of the senses” and goes on to talk about how poems are “rich in the mouth” and claims that “we read with our mouths that chew on vowel and consonant.” Robert Pinsky talks about poetry as a “bodily art.” Poets take care with sound, with rhythm and repetition. They stitch together syllables like quilters stitch together scraps of cloth—to emphasize and to echo, to lull and to surprise and to create patterns often outside the edges of exact explanation.

Beautifully written prose does this, too. Syntax is everything in the hands of a skilled writer. How something is written—the way the words are put together—is, in fact, what it means. Too often in the mainstream media, the label “nonfiction” implies that the facts are more important than the art. But at Sweet we think creative nonfiction must be held to the same standards as the other literary genres. In short, it must taste good, not merely be good for us.

The editors at Sweet understand that there are good works that get overlooked, and that often our decisions are based not just on quality but also on taste. That said, Sweet publishes emerging and established writers three times a year: September, January, and May. Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction and anything in between. Sorry, fiction writers! 

Indiana Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Ghosts – Deadline October 31)

We are seeking work that addresses this theme and welcome all creative interpretations. In considering the Ghost theme, we wonder: How can we excavate disappearance and evaporation, loss in all its forms? How can what is left materialize before us or vanish silently into the dark? This issue will be full of cool fog and soft light—the living glow inside the body.

Now in its thirty-eighth year of publication, Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. As a biannual literary review, IR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art. IR is edited and managed by Indiana University graduate students and funded mainly by subscriptions, grants, and partial university support.

Cutthroat 2015 Joy Harjo Poetry Award, Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Award, & Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award (Deadline October 20 – $1250)

**First Prize in each genre: $1250 and publication.** 
**Second Prize in each genre: $250 and publication.**
**Honorable Mention: Publication.**          

2015 JUDGES 
Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo Poetry Prize                                    
Stuart Dybek, Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Prize
Nick Flynn, Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Prize

Submit up to three unpublished poems (100 line limit each), one unpublished short story or creative nonfiction piece (5000 word limit), any subject, any style.

Victims and survivors of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse have been taught by this culture that whatever horror they have endured could have been worse. At least you weren’t touched. At least you weren’t raped. At least you weren’t killed. This world effectively silences those who have been violated by demanding their first reaction be gratitude for what did not happen.

Not That Bad is an opportunity for those whose voices were stolen from them, to reclaim and tell their stories. This anthology will explore what it is like to navigate rape culture as shaped by the identities we inhabit. Not That Bad will be co-edited Roxane Gay and Ashley C. Ford and will be published by Harper Perennial.

Contributing to this anthology is a chance to own your own narrative with all of the complexity of reality without shame or condescension. Because too many of us have lived this truth, there is no one way to tell this story. We warmly encourage submissions from people from all walks of life and across the gender spectrum.

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for our 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowships. Under this project, three emerging writers will be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include:

– A mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space
– Publication in the magazine; 
– A contributor's payment of $1,000; 
– Free workspace in our Brooklyn offices (optional). 

Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Amy Leach, Michael Thomas, Nam Le, Colin Barrett, and Jesmyn Ward were all emerging writers when their work first appeared in A Public Space, and with these fellowships we hope to continue the tradition of supporting new writers whose work shows distinctive and exceptional talent. Our focus when reviewing applications will be on finding writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work and who would benefit from the time, space, and editorial attention the fellowships offer.

The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize is awarded to an unpublished book of poetry. The winner’s collection will be published by Twelve Winters Press in print and digital formats (with the possibility of an author-read audio version). The winner will also receive twenty copies of the print edition, 20% of the funds generated by the contest entries up to a maximum prize of $1,000, and an offer of the Press’s standard publishing agreement, which includes 20% royalties.

The winner and finalists will be determined by the final judge, J.D. Schraffenberger, and the winning collection will be reviewed by the North American Review. Some finalists may be offered publication via Twelve Winters as well.

Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline November 12)

Artists have had a long-standing impact on the formation, expansion and direction of our national parks. Painting the landscapes of the American West, visual artists like George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt focused attention on natural wonders in the western landscape, then unfamiliar to the eastern populace. These visual records of early artists helped to stimulate the establishment of many of our national parks.

Today, painters continue to document national park landscapes with contemporary approaches and techniques. Writers, sculptors, musicians, composers, and other performing artists also draw upon the multifaceted quality of parks for inspiration. These artists translate the national park's purpose, as a place of pleasure and preservation, into images which bring others enjoyment and a deeper understanding of the parks many Americans may never visit. Rocky Mountain National Park's Artist-In-Residence Program continues this tradition.

The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September. No stipend is provided.

Upcoming Deadlines

Cutthroat 2015 Joy Harjo Poetry Award, Barry Lopez Creative Nonfiction Award, & Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award (Deadline October 20 – $1250)
January/July 2016 Studio Residencies at 1450 Ocean (Deadline October 21 – $1500)
Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Indiana Review Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Ghosts – Deadline October 31)
The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $2000)
The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus residency in Italy)

ellipsis Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 1) 
Best American Experimental Writing Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Twelve Winters Press Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize (Deadline November 2)
Writing Between the Vines Vineyard Retreats for Writers (Deadline November 5)
Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award (Deadline November 6)
Six Hens Call for Submissions (Deadline November 9)
Rocky Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence Program (Deadline November 12)
The New York Times David Carr Fellowship (Deadline November 14)
Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)
The 2016 A Public Space Emerging Writers Fellowships (Deadline November 15)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Childhood – Deadline November 16 – $1000)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Oxford American Call for Submissions (Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)
Screencraft Short Story Contest (Deadline December 5 – $1000)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)

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