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Submission Sunday 10.4.15


If you follow our Submission Sunday posts and you're in LA, you can now join a submission support group led by our consultant Chris Daley.


Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest
(Deadline November 1) 

Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative and culturally relevant prose. We are interested in publishing pieces that are too long to be easily published in journals or magazines, but too short to be considered book-length by most publishers. We are looking for prose that has something to say, essays that both demand and deserve to stand alone.

Each of 12 judges will select one digital chapbook for 2016 publication. Each judge will write an introduction to his/her selected work. Essay will release a new winning chapbook each month in 2016. 
We particularly welcome manuscripts that extend or challenge the formal possibilities of prose, including but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship and philosophy. Simultaneous submissions, multiple submissions, collaborative manuscripts, digital and hybridized text/art manuscripts are all encouraged.


La Muse Artists and Writers Short and Sweet Retreat Contest (Labastide-Esparbairenque, France – Deadline October 7)


Our new Short and Sweet Retreat Contest: You submit art, words, or video and we’ll make it sweet for you get here. This is the contest’s inaugural year. We hope to have fun doing it for many years to come. If we like what you create (or if others retweet, like, favorite it etc.) we’ll give you a week at La Muse for only 150 Euros!

Enter by hashtaging #ShortandSweetretreat on instagram (for all you artists, photographers and filmmakers) and on twitter (for all you writers)

  • a nine-word story, poem, song
  • a nine-second drawing, painting or sculpture
  • a nine-second video

on: Why do you need a retreat?

Play before October 7th, to attend retreats from now through March 8th – for only three rooms per week so enter quickly!


Design*Sponge/Ashley Ford Call for Submissions (The 25th of each month)

Because dreams sometimes actually come true, I’m collaborating with Design*Sponge to publish (And PAY) emerging (not necessarily young) writers in a bi-weekly column with monthly themes. I’ll be accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for the column. Here are the themes for the next six months of posts. Remember the themes are to be interpreted by the writer however they wish. Some will be on the nose and others will a little less obvious. These are equally lovely. I just want good writing.


La Casa de Colores by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate – Call for Submissions (Theme: La Familia – Deadline October 15)

Hello everyone and welcome to La Casa de Colores, my Poet Laureate project. La Casa de Colores, or “the House of Colors,” is a house for all voices. In this house we will feed the hearth and heart of our communities with creativity and imagination. And we will stand together in times of struggle and joy. We are launching this project with an exciting new feature called La Familia. La Familia is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences, that will run the span of my Laureateship. By contributing to La Familia, you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond.


Realmwalker Publishing Group Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! (Deadline March 15 – $5000 advance for the novel plus a three book deal)

Realmwalker Publishing Group is now accepting applications for their Inaugural “Write This Speculative Fiction Novel” Contest! The contest takes a story ripped out of today’s headlines and challenges writers from all over the world to write a speculative fiction story based upon it. We look to something potentially horrific to launch this contest in this article about the discovery of “pandoraviruses” being found in the Siberian permafrost.

One lucky winner will be selected to not only have their novel published by Realmwalker Publishing Group in 2016, but they will also earn a $5000 advance for the novel, plus a three book deal worth up to an additional $5000 in advances.


Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 15)

A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a poetry chapbook. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue to Arcadia subscribers. Submit a manuscript of fifteen to thirty pages with $20.00 entry fee by November 15. 

Arcadia delivers literature, art, and music to your door four times a year through magazine issues and our eclectic, one-of-a-kind boxes. Our traditional literary magazine, Arcadia, brings poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and what slips through the cracks in the fall and spring. 


Fiction International Call for Submissions (Theme: Taboo – Deadline February 15)

Fiction International will accept submissions for an issue on Taboo from October 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016. Fiction, non-fiction, and indeterminate prose texts of up to 5,500 words as well as visuals which address Taboo are welcome. We will consider submissions of narrative, anti-narrative and indeterminate texts but only accept submissions reflecting the theme. 

Fiction International is the only literary journal in the United States emphasizing formal innovation and social activism. Founded by Joe David Bellamy in 1973 at St. Lawrence University in New York, the journal was relocated to San Diego State University in 1983 and is edited by Harold Jaffe. Each issue revolves around a theme and features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world.


The Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award has been funded to support one writer with outstanding potential to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland in April, 2016. Anyone who is aged 18 or over on April 13, 2016 is eligible to apply. The winning candidate must demonstrate that s/he does not have the financial means to attend the conference without this award.* Candidates do not need to be professional writers, but should be serious about the craft and interested in developing their skills and contacts. Their writing interests should fit well with the faculty for the 2016 retreat (i.e. literary fiction, non-fiction, memoir).

The recipient will be chosen based primarily on two factors: a) The potential s/he demonstrates (or has demonstrated) as a writer and b) his/her need for financial support to be able to attend. We will also evaluate based on the other questions in the application, so make sure to tell us about yourself and why you think you’d be the perfect match for the Iceland Writers Retreat. 



Upcoming Deadlines

January 2016 Writer Residency at 
Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 6 – $1500)
Welter Call for Submissions (Deadline October 7)
La Muse Artists and Writers Short and Sweet Retreat Contest (Labastide-Esparbairenque, France – Deadline October 7)
Cherry Tree Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
StoryQuarterly 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Guernica/PEN Flash Series Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
Devil's Lake Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
River Teeth Book Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000 plus publication by University of New Mexico Press)
La Casa de Colores by Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate – Call for Submissions (Theme: La Familia – Deadline October 15)
January/July 2016 Studio Residencies at 1450 Ocean (Deadline October 21 – $1500)
The Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
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)
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)
The New York Times David Carr Fellowship (Deadline November 14)
Arcadia Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest (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)
Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)

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