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Submission Sunday 10.21.18

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New York Times Tiny Love Stories Call for Submissions

What kind of love story can you share in two tweets, an Instagram caption or a Facebook post? The Modern Love team wants to read yours. Tell us a love story from your own life — happy or sad, capturing a moment or a lifetime — in 100 words or fewer. Include a picture taken by you that complements your narrative, whether a selfie, screenshot or snapshot. We seek to publish the most funny and heart-wrenching entries we receive. We call them Tiny Love Stories. They are about as long as this paragraph. They must be true. Share yours today.

The Molotov Cocktail
Flash Monster Contest
(Deadline October 21 – $200)

It’s that time of year again. Time to head back to the lab and cook us up something sinister. The Flash Monster contest is the theme that started it all back in 2014, and we’re anticipating that this year’s crop of abominations against god and nature will be the most horrific yet. 

Now the theme for this one is pretty self-explanatory. But we’d also like to point out that you can go as literal or figurative with your monster as you want. We like literary approaches, but we also dig genre and pulpy takes as well.  Art house or grindhouse. Subvert the usual monster tropes or create something nobody’s ever seen before.

Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (The Absence Issue – Deadline October 31)

For Issue 54, Puerto Del Sol is seeking submissions that engage the theme of absence. Engage the fact of its ever-presence and show how it can define and concern. We are interested in negative space, blank maps, ghosts and the partial. We are interested in what cannot always be measured in a world that constantly seeks to count and quantify. Send us formal engagements of absence and accounts of exile. Send us the vanished, the unrecognizable. Answer the question, what’s missing? Show us your ghosts. We encourage established and emerging writers in all stages of their writing careers to send us their work.

The Test Site Poetry Series Inaugural Book Prize (Deadline November 1)

Interim: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics is happy to announce the inaugural season for the Test Site Poetry Series. A prize of $1,000 and publication by the University of Nevada Press will be given for a new, full length collection of poetry. All entrants to the contest will also receive a free issue of a print issue of Interim.

The Test Site Poetry Series is open to all writers, regardless of previous publication, though we don't accept manuscripts that have already been published. All submissions must be at least 48 pages. Translations are not accepted, but we will consider “New & Selected” or “Collected” manuscripts including work from previously published books. Series editor Claudia Keelan, along with series board members Sherwin Bitsui, Donald Revell, Sasha Steensen, and Ronaldo V. Wilson will choose the winning book. 

As our series title suggests, we’re looking for manuscripts that engage the perilous conditions of  life in the 21st century, as they pertain to issues of social justice and the earth. The winning book will demonstrate an ethos that considers the human condition in inclusive love and sympathy, while offering the same in consideration of the earth. Because we believe the truth is always experimental, we’ll especially appreciate books with innovative approaches. 

Lunch Ticket
Call for Submissions
(Deadline October 31)

Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University (AU), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. The editors of Lunch Ticket share AU’s mission and values. With a commitment to publishing the best literary writing and visual art, we encourage submissions from underrepresented and marginalized artists and writers.


Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline October 29 – $500)

Atticus Review is happy to announce our second annual Flash Fiction Contest judged by Mary Miller. Atticus Review is a daily online journal that publishes fiction, poems, and creative nonfiction, as well as graphic art, mixed media, music essays, and, on occasion, blog posts, interviews, and non-traditional book reviews.

The writing in Atticus Review is unashamed, unadorned, and unafraid. We want our contributors to dig deep into wounds to uncover words that touch the heart of the heartache — not to wallow, but rather to transcend despair through art and arrive at something hopeful. The stories we love are often lonely, and sometimes ugly, but we’re also deeply attracted to the bright, bold, and hope-infused.

We like hybrid, unconventional work that pushes boundaries, elevates and edifies on an intellectual level, that investigates the inscrutable essence of a thing, that avoids artifice to stand firmly in its unique voice. We are a platform, but not a pulpit. Moralizing is best kept at Sunday School. Judgement is best kept in court.

Longreads Call for Pitches & Submissions

Longreads is currently accepting pitches for original work. We pay competitive rates. Please note that we’re not accepting any fiction at this time. Blog posts / Reading lists / Short interviews: These posts go beyond curation to engage with longform essays and journalism published online. The idea here is to either take an item or discussion in the news — or a recently published piece of longform journalism that is being discussed online — and thread together a post that may lead the reader to other great longreads they may not have known about. Personal Essays and Memoir: These pieces should tell a true story. Where necessary, there can be some journalistic reporting, but generally these are personal narratives. Reported, Researched and Critical Essays: These kinds of essays have been the heart of Longreads for the past several years, and they are thoughtfully written and engaging, often dealing with topics in the news from a personal angle or a historic one. This is the place you can be a bit experimental with your writing or research, ideas-based essays are particularly welcome here. These are generally between 2,000-3,000 words, but could be longer. Features / Long-form Journalism / Investigative Projects: Long-form features take a considerable amount of time and research to develop. These stories can involve multiple reporting trips, sources, and in-depth research. Although they don’t necessarily need to deal with current events, they should have an excellent sense of story and purpose and be able to hold a reader’s attention with a compelling premise. Features are generally between 3,000 and 6,000 words, but can be longer or broken up into a series depending on length and subject matter.

Light Bringer Project The Roswell Award and The Tomorrow Prize 2019 (Deadline January 28 & February 18)

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. present two science fiction writing competitions designed to identify and nurture the up-and-coming science fiction writing talent of Los Angeles and worldwide. Science fiction is a uniquely inspiring medium that has enabled many of our great thinkers and scientists to imagine the heights and limits of human achievement, leading to important moral and ethical debate, long range planning for humanity, and scientific innovation. Writers are encouraged to explore scientific, social, technological, environmental, and philosophical themes in their writing and always, at the core, to master the art of great storytelling. Dramatic readings by celebrity guests and awards presentations for The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award 2019 will take place at LitFest Pasadena the weekend of May 18-19, 2019. Submissions open October 1, 2018.


Upcoming Deadlines 

The Molotov Cocktail Flash Monster Contest (Deadline October 21 – $200)
Call for Submissions
(Deadline October 22)
Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline October 29 – $500)
Lunch Ticket
Call for Submissions
(Deadline October 31)
South 85 Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Puerto Del Sol Call for Submissions (The Absence Issue – Deadline October 31)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
The Test Site Poetry Series Inaugural Book Prize (Deadline November 1)
[PANK] Call for Folio Submissions: Latinx and Latinidad (Deadline November 1)
One Story Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship (Deadline November 15)
New England Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
The Normal School Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Embark Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15) 
Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Black Heart Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: We’ll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?) – Deadline December 31
Light Bringer Project The Roswell Award and The Tomorrow Prize 2019 (Deadline January 28 & February 18)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Memoir - Deadline February 25 – $2500)
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Waxwing Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Dorothy Call for Manuscript Submissions (Deadline May 1)

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