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Submission Sunday 12.11.16

We will be on break for a little while, but we'll return in 2017 with more submission inspiration! Happy holidays!

The Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. 
Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.

SAND Call for Submissions (Deadline January 15)

SAND is an international literary journal based in Berlin that publishes two print issues per year. Our contributors come from all over the world and include established and emerging writers, poets, artists, and translators. We look for work that is fresh, well written, accessible, and diverse, as we take pride in producing a beautiful journal that can be enjoyed by a wide, multi-lingual audience.  We’re particularly interested in writing from perspectives that are generally underserved in literature, including work by women, people of color, people from the LGBTQ community, and people from the wider international writing community.
We’re always excited about new submissions, so don't be shy; send us your best work.

Bellevue Literary Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Family – Deadline January 1)

In Fall 2017, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the concept of family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. Family can be defined in many ways, depending on the perspective. From a literary standpoint, it might be considered as the unbalanced and unruly interplay of nature and nurture that gives rise to unique character and voice. This is why most protagonists in literature—and most of us, in the “nonfiction” of our lives—are defined within complex family structures. Illness can rattle the struts of a family unit, often irrevocably. Most families, of course, do not break completely apart because of illness, but there is no doubt that illness in one member can have profound, often permanent, effects on the nature of the family structure. By turning a creative lens to these dynamics, we hope to produce a collection of works that paints a picture—however complicated—of the frustrations, hopes, and connections that define a family.

The Great American Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

The Great American Literary Magazine is a national literary magazine based out of Southern California's Inland Empire. We publish four online issues per year and read submissions on a rolling basis.

In an area this diverse, we are looking for writing that defines what it really means to live and to write in this place so riddled with contradictions and misunderstandings. We are looking for writing that is controversial, unique, and every day—no matter how devastating this may be.  

Nashville Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31)

Nashville Review was founded with two guiding principles: that our venue would be inclusive of all forms of storytelling, and that it would be both free and available online to anyone who wished to enjoy it. NR seeks to feature art not traditionally recognized as literature—comics, film, music, visual art, creative nonfiction, dance, oral storytelling and other performance arts—alongside the more traditional forms of fiction and poetry. We publish three issues annually: on the 1st of April, August, and December.

 Nashville Review seeks to publish the best work we can get our hands on, period. From expansive to minimalist, narrative to lyric, epiphanic to subtle—if it’s a moving work of art, we want it. We hope to provide a venue for both distinguished and emerging artists. Most importantly, thank you for giving us a chance to read your work. We appreciate it.

Atticus Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Life in the Age of Trump)

When Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for The Underground Railroad, just a week after the shock of the 2016 Presidential Election, he encouraged others to "make art, and fight the power."

Many writers have found themselves in a fog of sadness, despair, and anger. It can be difficult to sit at a desk and get back to the act of writing in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. But now is when the transformative power of poetry, art, and storytelling is needed more than ever.

We at Atticus Review believe in the power of the written word. We believe in creating during a time of destruction. We believe in resistance and radical hope. And we believe in providing a venue for voices to be heard. This is why we are putting out a call for nonfiction that responds to “Life in the Age of Trump.”
We are interested in reading personal reflections and stories on the election of this populist demagogue, a man who has made and continues to make racist and sexist remarks, to the office of US President. Has the election made you see your country, your community, your friends and family differently? Do you plan to respond to this situation in your own life? If so, how? We would also be interested in researched historical pieces that might shed light on this current moment in time for the United States.

Columbia Journal Winter Contest (Deadline December 12 – $500)

Columbia Journal was founded in 1977 by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing program. Since then, our student production and editorial staff has been publishing the very best in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Today, Columbia Journal publishes both in print and online, and represents the meeting of these two wings. The annual print edition, published in Spring, is a combination of solicited work and the very best of the submissions we’ve received, including the winners of our annual contest, all furnished in a beautifully crafted edition. Online, you’ll find work that is in flux, pieces on the cusp of change, that are changing, that aim to change us. We showcase poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translations, art, film, and music — work that is broadening the horizons of art, straining against the limits, and ultimately unveiling human experience in new and profound ways.

We are accepting submissions for our 2016 Winter Contest from October 3rd at 12AM EST until December 12th at 12PM EST. The winners in each category—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—will receive cash prizes of $500 and have their winning works published in the print edition of the journal, which comes out in the spring. Judges: Roxane Gay, Eula Biss, and Mary Ruefle.

North American Review
Call for Submissions
(Theme: Gas Station Pulp – Deadline January 1)

The North American Review is the oldest literary magazine in America (founded in 1815) and one of the most respected. We like stories that start quickly and have a strong narrative arc. Poems that are passionate about subject, language, and image are welcome, whether they are traditional or experimental, whether in formal or free verse (closed or open form). Nonfiction should combine art and fact with the finest writing. 

From the editor, "I suspect that there are many writers of literary fiction who read mystery/hardboiled novels and have a work of such savage art in them. We seek to create a venue for that market. Our plan is to have a reading period of thirty days in December. We’ll ask for the first two chapters or up to fifty pages of your crime noir. I like shorter novels (60,000–75,000 words). If we like what we read, we’ll ask for the rest of your book. And from all of our finalists we will select one crime novel to publish the following year. Depending on the level of interest, we plan to publish a crime noir a year under the Gas Station Pulp banner.

Upcoming Deadlines

Columbia Journal
 Winter Contest
 (Deadline December 12 – $500)
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)
Bellevue Literary Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Family – Deadline January 1)
North American Review 
Call for Submissions
 (Theme: Gas Station Pulp – Deadline January 1)
SAND Call for Submissions (Deadline January 15)
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline January 15 – $2000)
Nashville Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 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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