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McSweeney's Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award

This memorial award is intended to aid a young woman writer of 32 years or younger who both embodies Amanda’s personal strengths—warmth, generosity, a passion for community—and who needs some time to finish a book in progress. The book in progress needn’t be thematically or stylistically close to Amanda’s work, but we would be lying if we said we weren’t looking to support another writer of Amanda’s outrageous lyricism and heart.

Applicants should send a work in progress, between 5,000 and 40,000 words, and a short statement of their financial situation via submishmash: amandadavis.submittable.com. You may list any and all ridiculous jobs performed to facilitate your writing. The reading group will consist of McSweeney’s editors and a handful of writers and readers close to Amanda. Deadline December 15.

Colorado Prize for Poetry

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international literary contest started in 1995. Since the contest began, over 5,000 book-length poetry manuscripts have been entered. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry adheres to the following Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Presses and Magazines, of which the Center for Literary Publishing is a longtime member: “CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. Deadline January 14.

Spry Call for Submissions

Spry is a literary journal that features undiscovered and established writers’ concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just plain vulnerable writing. We see this as a place for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure – for people whose words and rhythms are spry.

Look. We want to read your work. We want to read your work if you’re an undiscovered writer, or if you’re established. We want to read your work if (and especially if) it is concise, experimental, hybrid, or flashy. If it’s modern. If it’s vintage. If it’s vulnerable. We want to read your work if it has guts. Deadline November 15. 

2012 DIAGRAM Essay Contest

DIAGRAM's yearly Essay Contest encourages submissions of essays—essays in an expansive sense, meaning essay as experiment, essay as heterogenous and sometimes strange or unruly beast. We invite your submissions of unpublished (in a serial/book or on a non-personal website—blogs etc. are okay) essays. ("Unpublished" means you must be able to assign us first serial rights, if your work is selected.)

To enter: Get us your essay entry of up to 10,000 words with a $15 reading fee by Oct 31, 2012. The prize is $1000 + publication. This contest is judged by Nicole Walker and Ander Monson. We'll shoot for publishing several of our finalists with the winner in DIAGRAM, as we have the last few years.

American Shame: Body, Culture, and the Politics of Emotion—Call for Abstracts: Edited Collection

This interdisciplinary collection builds on the premise that much can be learned about a society by examining how it transacts, deploys, and deals with “shame.” The work sets out to explore how American identity is culturally and historically bound to its distinctive emotional landscape, and in particular, to understand how public shaming practices express and fuel collective anxieties of distinction, separation, and status. Topics may include the historical influences shaping American attitudes toward the public punishment, condemnation and regulation of others; how shame displays inscribe bodily, geographical, and conceptual borders; shaming as media entertainment commodity, legal practice or public policy; its meanings in foundational cultural and religious narratives (including Puritan theology); stigmatization as political strategy or disciplinary process targeting distinct groups; shame spectacles in a post-surveillance, post 9/11 American society. Please send proposal (500 words) and CV to mendible@fgcu.edu before Nov. 1, 2012.

Fish Anthology Short Memoir Contest

Everyone must have a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too many rules. Too much adherence to fact, to structure, to convention. A memoir gives licence - to interpret, to create, to fabricate, to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Go for it! Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. Who knows, it might be published. Novelist Molly McCloskey is the judge for the 2013 Fish Short Memoir Contest. She might look at it and think that this life, this piece of writing, has something that needs to be said. Needs to be heard. Might be the start of something.

The Fish Short Memoir Contest is a chance to get your memoir published in the 2013 Fish Anthology. The Anthology will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry in July 2013. The Fish Short Memoir Contest welcomes memoirs written in English, with a maximum of 4,000 words. Publication in the Fish Anthology has been a stepping stone for many writers into successful writing careers.

HTMLGiant "25 Points" Reviews Call for Submissions

HTMLGiant started in 2008. It is a literature blog that isn’t always about literature. HTMLGiant is now accepting submissions for a new category of book review. “25 Points” will feature reviews consisting of numbered series: 25 facts and/or opinions about a single work. Tangential list items, variations of length, and other deviations are encouraged. Reviews and queries can be sent to brooks [at] htmlgiant [dot] com.

The Dzanc Novel Award for Mid-Career Writers

In an effort to further support writers in mid-career, Dzanc Books announces the launch of our Dzanc Novel Award designed to advance the publishing career of an established author. While at times it seems the publishing industry is only interested in the next big thing, we at Dzanc recognize the value of experienced writers who have gone through the process of creating and publishing two or more books. Mid-career writers are the backbone of our industry yet often these writers are overlooked and have a harder time finding a publisher than first time writers. In response, we at Dzanc have created this prize to honor those writers who have stayed the course and learned a thing or three over the years. 

There will be a winner selected, guaranteed, and this book will receive our standard publishing contract to be published both in print and as an eBook in November 2014, including a $1000 advance and promotional efforts such as arranging a book tour. Deadline January 31.

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Reader Comments (1)

Thank you so much for sharing about Spry's current reading period. We look forward to reading the submissions!

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

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