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Submission Sunday 1.13.19

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Barrelhouse Books 2019 Call for Nonfiction Submissions (Deadline February 1)

It’s that time again, writers! Barrelhouse Books is looking for its next manuscript to publish. This go-round, we’re on the hunt for innovative nonfiction: book-length projects that experiment in some way with form, or take an unusual vector through their subject matter. 

We’re probably not interested in your straight-ahead memoir about the time you ate, prayed, and loved your way across the globe. Not because that book isn’t great! It’s just not going to be for us. Innovative could apply to subject matter, or form, or both. Like, maybe you wrote letters to God every day for a year. Or you did a deep dive researching a movie you watched a hundred times as a kid. Or you’re Maggie Nelson, and you wrote a book called Bluets, but we’re living in an alternate universe where Bluets wasn’t published yet and you want Barrelhouse Books to publish it.

We realize that’s a little vague, so what we’re asking for, rather than a full manuscript, is a brief note telling us about your project (via the form below) and a brief sample. If it seems like our kind of thing, we’ll get back to you and ask to see the whole manuscript. 

Kundiman Retreat Call for Applications
(Deadline January 15)

Kundiman is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat (June 19-23, 2019) in partnership with Fordham University. During each Retreat, six nationally renowned Asian American poets and fiction writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations for 36 fellows. Readings, writing circles, and informal social gatherings are also scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American writers. This five-day Retreat takes place from Wednesday to Sunday. Master Classes will not exceed six students.

The Iowa Review Awards (Deadline January 31 – $1500)

Founded in 1970 and edited by faculty, students, and staff from the renowned writing and literature programs at the University of Iowa, The Iowa Review takes advantage of this rich environment for literary collaboration to create a worldwide conversation among those who read and write contemporary literature.

We publish a wide range of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, translations, photography, and work in emerging forms by both established and emerging writers. Work from our pages has been consistently selected to appear in the anthologies Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories.

Each January since 2003, The Iowa Review has invited submissions to The Iowa Review Awards, a writing contest in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Winners receive $1,500; first runners-up receive $750. We accept submissions to the Iowa Review Awards during the month of January. Judges for the 2019 Awards are Kiki Petrosino (poetry), Rebecca Makkai (fiction), and Roxane Gay (nonfiction).

The Suburban Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Luck – Deadline February 6)

The Suburban Review is a literary collective that worships creativity. We publish a quarterly digital journal of short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art. We’re based in Narrm Melbourne but we’re interested in publishing the work of writers from all over Australia and the world. We praise creativity, adore the tongue-in-cheek, and love having our hearts broken again and again.

The start of the year is an auspicious time—of new beginnings, of changes, turns, of potential. But when will your luck change? We thought about skipping TSR #13… but decided to try our luck instead. Bring us stories of massive moments, near misses, one-in-a-million chances. If it’s your first time submitting, well, you’ve got beginner’s luck on your side and this issue is for you! Rub a rabbit’s foot and get writing. GOOD LUCK!

Crazyhorse Prizes (Deadline January 31 – $2000)

Founded by the poet Tom McGrath in Los Angeles in 1960, Crazyhorse continues to be one of the finest, most influential literary journals published today. Past contributors include such renowned authors as John Updike, Raymond Carver, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Ha Jin, John Gardner, W. P. Kinsella, Richard Wilbur, James Wright, Carolyn Forché, Charles Simic, Charles Wright, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, James Tate and Franz Wright. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alike appear regularly in its pages, right alongside Guggenheim fellows, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipients, and writers whose work appears in the O. Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Best American anthologies.

From January 1st to January 31st, submit short stories and essays of up to 25 pages or a set of 1-3 poems. Winners in each genre will receive $2,000 and publication.

Kit Reed Travel Fund for Women-Identifying and Non-Binary Writers of Color

In 2019, WWS will offer two $340 grants to women-identifying and non-binary writers of color seeking professional or artistic advancement by attending a writing conference, festival, workshop, or residency. We at Women Who Submit understand the financial demands attending these artist opportunities can create for an individual writer, and we hope this grant can help offset hardships making more opportunities available to women and nonbinary writers of color from our community.

Kit Reed was a prolific novelist and short story writer, who cut her teeth in male-dominated newsrooms. A writing professor at Wesleyan University, she encouraged her students and kept personal connection with them long after they left. According to novelist and former student, Alexander Chee, “Her willingness to accept a call was an openness to another kind of connection and conversation with us, one that, for many of us, would go on for the rest of the time we knew her.” Kit Reed was a good friend and writers’ advocate who not only encouraged her marginalized students, colleagues, and writer friends to apply for advancement, but would find ways to help them behind the scenes wherever she could. This fund was made possible by a donation from her family in honor of her work as a writer, feminist, professor, and mentor. 

Call for Submissions

Palooka is an international nonprofit literary magazine of unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, graphic narratives, and comic strips. We've featured writers, artists, and photographers from United States, Canada, Australia, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Israel, Finland, Italy, and Austria. We have eclectic tastes and are open to many voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narratives, comic strips, artwork, and photography.

Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize (Deadline January 31)

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication.

Black Lawrence Press is an independent publisher of contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We also publish the occasional translation from German. Founded in 2004 by Colleen Ryor, Black Lawrence became an imprint of Dzanc Books in 2008. In January 2014, we spread our wings and became an independent company in the state of New York. Our books are distributed nationally through Small Press Distribution to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various brick and mortar retailers. We also make our titles available through our website and at various conferences and book fairs. Through our annual contests and open reading periods, we seek innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go.


Upcoming Deadlines

Kundiman Retreat Call for Applications (Deadline January 15)
The Arctic Circle Artist & Scientist Residency (Deadline January 15)
Light Bringer Project The Roswell Award and The Tomorrow Prize 2019 (Deadline January 28 & February 18)
Crazyhorse Prizes (Deadline January 31 – $2000)
The Iowa Review Awards (Deadline January 31 – $1500)
Black Lawrence Press Big Moose Prize (Deadline January 31)
The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (Deadline February 1 – $1000)
Barrelhouse Books 2019 Call for Nonfiction Submissions (Deadline February 1)
The Suburban Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Luck – Deadline February 6)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Memoir - Deadline February 25 – $2500)
Clarion Workshop Call for Applications (Deadline March 1)
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
Pembroke Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Waxwing Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Dorothy Call for Manuscript Submissions (Deadline May 1)

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