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Submission Sunday 11.20.16

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Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize (Deadline November 25 – $500)

Cosmonauts Avenue is thrilled to announce that our 2nd annual Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! Our judge is the one and only Eileen Myles! PLUS this contest is adding prizes for second and third place because your submissions fill us with joy. The winner will receive $500, second place $150, and third place $50. All three will be published in an upcoming issue of Cosmonauts Avenue.

Cosmonauts Avenue is an online monthly literary magazine. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established. We are committed to providing a platform for folks who are marginalized in the literary community, including but not limited to people of color, ciswomen, trans men and women, nonbinary people, members of the LGBQA community, and differently abled people. We want to elevate underrepresented voices and include a wide range of identities and experiences. We want work that pays careful attention to craft while remaining urgent and surprising. As Beyoncé might say, we want your most flawless work. We can’t wait to read it. We believe in you.

SUBLEVEL Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Contagion – Deadline December 1)

SUBLEVEL is an online literary magazine devoted to the nexus of literature, poetics, art, criticism, philosophy, culture, and politics. SUBLEVEL inherits and reflects the dynamism of contemporary Los Angeles as a hub of literature, art, and activism, while also stretching beyond our locality. Based in the CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program, an innovative and interdisciplinary environment dedicated to the experimental impulse in writing and thinking, SUBLEVEL is a literary publication immersed in the world of art without being in service to it. We make no hard distinctions between creative and critical enterprise, but rather celebrate writing of any kind that we find stimulating, timely, or otherwise compelling. We will publish original essays, interviews, roundtables, and other features online; there will also be an annual print component. In time SUBLEVEL will expand in ways we can only begin to imagine.

ISSUE #1—CONTAGION: Contagion is most commonly associated with the spread of disease, poison, corruption, harmful practices or ideas, but its Latin root - con- (together) with + tangere (touch) - opens the term in a slightly different direction: co-touching, touching together. Thus: emotional contagion, behavioral contagion, financial contagion, sacred contagion, hysterical contagion, "contagion theory" (the hypnotic effects of crowds), contagion of ideas, contagion of identity. We are thinking about xenophobic fears re: contagion, we are thinking about contagious political sentiment, of both the brutal and hopeful variety. We are thinking about Édouard Glissant's theories of contamination and hybridity. We are thinking about proximity and intimacy. We are thinking about how contagion defies borders, about the virtual and physical aspects of "going viral," about how aesthetic, political, cultural, and spiritual ideas spread, about shared mind and body. We want to think contagion with you.

Tin House PLOTTO: THE MASTER CONTEST (Final Week! Deadline Monday, November 21)

Every Wednesday for five weeks, we post a prompt from William Wallace Cook’s classic how-to manual Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots. Simply use this prompt to write your own 500-word (or less) story. Stories must be submitted by Monday, November 21 at 5:00pm PST. Whether you’ve written a Plotto story every week or this is your first submission, we can’t wait to read what you send our way.

Weekly winners will be published on tinhouse.com, read their stories on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s State of Wonder, and receive the new paperback edition of Plotto. After this final week, Grand Prize Judge Paul Collins—NPR’s “Literary Detective”—will crown one winner the Plotto Writer-in-Residence. The Plotto Writer-in-Residence will be awarded a long weekend writer’s retreat at the Tin House studio in Portland, travel expenses paid.

Funhouse Magazine Call for Submissions 

Funhouse is a new magazine of writing, illustrations and comics based in East London. We want to make reading fun again and to bring writers and illustrators together. We’re here for those who feel like outsiders or those who feel their work is too strange for other magazines. The first issue features transformations, disappearances, castrations, punched faces, body parts and rabies. We’re interested in diseases, medical journals, paragraphs, genitalia, computer games, cities and dirty comics. 

The Rush Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)

The Rush is a literary magazine edited by the graduate students at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles. We seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life. We're delighted to be able to pay writers. The Rush reads submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art/poetics through Submittable. We respond to all submissions and aim to respond within ninety days. Please feel free to query us if, after that time, you have not received a response. No submissions depicting graphic, gratuitous sex or violence, please. 

Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions
(Theme: The Dialogue Between Science and Religion – Deadline December 12 – $10,000)

Science and religion, despite their rich, interwoven history, are too often portrayed as opposites in nearly every way. As part of a larger effort to facilitate dialogue between these two ways of knowing the world, Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technologyare seeking original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another. We welcome personal stories of scientists, religious figures, or (just as important) everyday people seeking to explore or reconcile their own spiritual and scientific beliefs.

We also welcome research-based narratives about historical moments in scientific and/or religious discovery; stories by or about contemporary scientists wrestling with the ethical quandaries their work entails; or essays by religious, legal, humanistic, or other experts who have encountered interesting and revealing instances of science-religion dialogue and harmonies. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that provide a nuanced, thoughtful consideration of the complex interplay and unexplored interdependencies and synergies between science and religion.

DIAGRAM 2017 Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 28 – $1000 plus publication)

DIAGRAM is an electronic journal of text and art. As our name indicates, we're interested in representations. In naming. In indicating. In schematics. In the labelling and taxonomy of things. In poems that masquerade as stories; in stories that disguise themselves as indices or obituaries.

The New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM chapbook contest announces our guidelines for 2017. We pick the majority of our chapbook list each year from the ranks of the chapbook contest finalists, so this is the best way to get your work read by our eager readers. What we want: Interesting, lovely unpublished work (unpublished as a whole; individual pieces may be published already of course), prose or poetry or some combination or something between genres, 18-44 manuscript pages (no more than one poem per page if you're sending poems unless they are very, very short).

Pacific Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Errant Mythologies – Deadline February 14)

Pacific Review accepts poems, fiction (short stories, flash fiction and excerpts that stand alone), memoir, creative non-fiction, essays, comics, visual art, photography, documented performance and hybrid. We are currently considering work for our next theme issue: Errant Mythologies. We hope you interpret Errant Mythologies in all the senses of each word, their combinations and beyond. We hope our theme provokes work you wish you could run into for the first time. Offer us the tensions that bind your truths to what you deny, to the lies you love, to what you find undeniable: work that asks, in large or small ways, the big questions: work that is curious about the mystery itself: the errant mythologies that move you, trouble you, call you to experience and imagine them.

We are open to narrative, lyric, experimentation and combinations thereof, to traditional genres and emerging ones such as Afro futurism, Chicanismo, indigipunk, displaced romance, YA of all gender identifications and sexual orientations, as well as, of course, mythic / anti-mythic revolution and renaissance. We love work that comments on the now and how we got here. We love work that imagines alternate pasts, presents and futures. We want to experience the pleasure of being immersed in or awakened by precision, by languor, by challenge. And, we want the struggle of choosing between pieces that make us jealous of you for being their authors. Offer us the pieces you loved making – because they brought you joy, because they brought you ache – the ones that surprised you in your shaping of them, the badass ones that don't give a fuck what you think you're supposed to think, the ones that demand you put your ethics and your favorite aesthetics on sleeve. Go on a journey to find your mythologies or send your mythologies on a wild goose chase. Then, please and thank you, send them to us!

Upcoming Deadlines

Tin House
 (Final Week! Deadline Monday, November 21)
Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize (Deadline November 25 – $500)
Arcadia Press 2016 Chapbook Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1000)
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2016-17 Fiction Contest (Deadline November 30 – $1500)
The Rush Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
Angels Flight • literary west Call for Submissions (Deadline December 1)
SUBLEVEL Call for Submissions (Issue #1: Contagion – Deadline December 1)
Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowship (Deadline December 1 – $26,000 per year)
December Magazine 2017 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize (Deadline December 1 – $1500)
The Fiddlehead 26th Annual Literary Competition (Deadline December 1 – $2000 for best story and poem)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: The Dialogue Between Science and Religion – Deadline December 12 – $10,000)
The Indianola Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Synaesthesia Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Body & Sex – Deadline December 19)
Tampa Review Danahy Fiction Prize (Deadline December 31 – $1000)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme: The African Literary Hustle – Deadline December 31)
The Cambridge University Press Nine Dots Prize (Deadline January 31 – $100,000)
Pacific Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Errant Mythologies – Deadline February 14)
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing (Deadline February 28 – $10,000)
The Iowa Review Series in Fiction (Deadline March 1) 
Booth: A Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
DIAGRAM 2017 Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 28 – $1000 plus publication)

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