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Submission Sunday 10.6.19

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The 2020 SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers
(Deadline October 15)

The winner of the 2020 SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers will be considered a virtual "writer in residence" at SmokeLong for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2020). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $1000.00, to be paid as follows: $200.00 on announcement of the winner, and $200.00 upon publication of a story in each of the four issues in 2020.

Fellows will also participate in online writing workshops, workshopping three flash stories each quarter, with the goal of creating a robust flash portfolio by the end of the year. The Fellow will also get an inside look at the editing process, reading and voting on submissions and acting as a guest editor for one week during their residency. We are seeking a writer who is eager to work on his or her craft and excited about the idea of working with a journal and being an active participant in our little editorial family.

Writers who do not have a published chapbook or book-length work in any genre (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply. We particularly encourage marginalized and diverse voices, such as writers of color, writers from the LBGTQ community and writers with disabilities.

Public Books Call for Pitches

Public Books unites the best of the university with the openness of the internet. The digital magazine was founded in 2012 by Sharon Marcus, a literature professor, and Caitlin Zaloom, an anthropologist. Their mission was simple: to publish writing that is erudite without being esoteric and brings scholarly depth to discussions of contemporary art, ideas, and politics. We publish one essay or interview a day, five times a week. Our editorial staff welcomes pitches from professional and freelance writers, journalists, scholars, and artists.

Public Books began with these precepts: that experts who devote their lives to mastering their subjects need to be heard. That it is desirable for academics to speak to a broader audience, and exciting for readers outside of the academy to debate what scholars have to say. Most importantly, that boundaries between disciplines and ways of knowing deserve to be bridged—and that barriers between the academy and the public deserve to be broken. At Public Books, academics join with other public scholars, critics, and activists to make the life of the mind a public good.

LitMag Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)

LitMag is a print journal of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, a home for award-winning, emerging and unknown writers. We seek work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds and large hearts. Print: Upon acceptance, we pay $1,000 for fiction or nonfiction; $250 for a poem, a group of short poems, or (the rare) short short. LitMag Online: Upon acceptance, we pay $250. See also the LitMag Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction.

The 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry
(Deadline January 14 – $2000)

The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $2,000 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing. Manuscripts will be accepted between October 1, 2019, and the postmark deadline of January 14, 2020. The winner will be announced by May 2020. The final judge is Kiki Petrosino.

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. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”

Arts & Letters Call for Submissions
(Deadline January 31)

Arts & Letters is a national literary journal at Georgia College, operating out of the MFA program in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts & Letters attracts young, fresh voices as well as well established writers. Our editors seek work that doesn’t try too hard to grab our attention, but rather guides it toward the human voice and its perpetual struggle into language. We’re open to both formal and experimental fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; we’re also open to work that defies classification. Above all, we look for work in which we can feel writers surprising themselves.

Nobrow Short Story Competition
(Theme: "The Censor" – Deadline December 9 – £2000)

Nobrow is well-known for our visual publishing and our dedication to designing and producing beautiful books. This is something we are extremely proud of. At the heart of all we do is storytelling. We believe this is the foundation on which our publishing is built – we love all forms of storytelling, be it visual, lyrical or literary. It is all aimed at transporting a reader to another place and time and keeping them there; transfixed.

That is why we are delighted to announce we are running the Nobrow Short Story Competition for writers! Up to twelve winning entries will be published in our short story anthology, and this beautifully illustrated book will celebrate the best short fiction and non-fiction writing.

Our theme is "The Censor." You can interpret this in any way you wish–it could represent censoring of the past, present and future; the self; the state; or the effects of censorship on everyday life. As a provocation we hope our theme can provide a rich vein of storytelling inspiration for anyone wishing to take part in the competition. We are looking for inclusive, surprising, ingenious and diverse responses that capture our minds and hold us until every word is devoured.

45th Parallel Call for Submissions
(Deadline December 22)

45th Parallel is a literary magazine affiliated with Oregon State University’s School of Writing, Literature, and Film in Corvallis. The magazine is managed and edited by MA and MFA student volunteers. 45th Parallel seeks work by established and emerging voices in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, and comics with an eye toward promoting diverse voices and talents within each genre.

Our publication is named after the 45th Parallel, which is located halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. We thought the name suited our magazine, which also indulges in in-betweenness—the convergence of seemingly disparate content, forms, genres, and styles. We believe great art tends to reject strictly defined categories.

The 2020 San Miguel Writer's Conference Writing Contest (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Deadline November 4)

Submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and Spanish short story for a chance to attend the 15th annual San Miguel Writers' Conference free of charge. Four writers will be awarded the entire five day “Full Conference Package” (Feb 12-16, 2020) as well as have their housing provided during the conference, and a chance to pitch to a literary agent.

As the largest and most prestigious cross-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, each February the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

In addition to the 750 participants in craft and commerce workshops and 12 master classes, another 10,000+ seats are filled during the Conference at eight main stage ballroom events (keynote presentations, expert panels and seminars) with tickets available to the public. It is an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, networking, community building, and cultural celebration.


Upcoming Deadlines

The Calvino Prize (Deadline October 14 – $2000)
Epiphany Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline October 14)
Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship (Deadline October 15 – $60,500)
The 2020 SmokeLong Flash Fellowship for Emerging Writers (Deadline October 15)
Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House (Menerbes, France – Deadline October 15)
Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Guesthouse Googie Goer Prize for Speculative Prose (Deadline October 31 – TBD)
The 2020 San Miguel Writer's Conference Writing Contest (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Deadline November 4)
Luna Station Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)
LitMag Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)

Michigan Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water – Deadline December 1)
Nobrow Short Story Competition
(Theme: "The Censor" – Deadline December 9 – £2000)
45th Parallel Call for Submissions (Deadline December 22)
Coffin Bell: A Journal of Dark Literature Call for Submissions (Theme: "Philia/Phobia" – Deadline December 31)
The 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry (Deadline January 14 – $2000)
Arts & Letters Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31)

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