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Submission Sunday 12.13.15

Happy Holidays from Chris, Jen, Megan, and Sacha! See you in the new year!

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. 

Boulevard's mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer. 

Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Identity – Reading Period January 1-May 1)

The forthcoming theme for 2016 is "Identity," material about the way we tell stories about ourselves and have ourselves storied by history and society, on such topics as gender, race, sex, family, culture, and bodies.

is interested in narrative of any shape and kind we can get onto the printed page. Surprise us with traditional and experimental forms of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We love short fiction, but we love hermit-crab essays, hybrid forms, research, lists, and charts too. Issues are themed and double-sided and feature the best narratives that speak to that theme in whichever size, shape, or genre they come.The editors are not only interested in fiction and nonfiction, but also innovative, human stories in any shape or form, and from as diverse a population as possible—Korean mathematicians, Iraq war veteran narrative poetry, musical scores from young girls in Mississippi, or the narrative analytics of big data. (We are also very much interested in research, essays, and interviews about how stories work to define and complicate our world.) As poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote, "The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."

Hunger Mountain Annual Writing Contests (Deadline March 1 – $1000)

Hunger Mountain
holds four annual contests: The Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize, The Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, and The Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. 

Hunger Mountain
 is both a print and online journal of the arts. We publish fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, young adult and children’s writing, and literary miscellany. Our print issue comes out annually in the spring, and our online content changes on a regular basis.

Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA – Deadline March 15)

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program has provided over 2,000 artist residencies, and currently serves approximately 90 artists each year, since 1979 – all free of charge. It is the largest artist residency program in the Western United States and considered among the best in the country. Each year dozens of artists from across the United States, and around the world, travel to the open hillsides and deep redwood forests of SMIP Ranch to take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and seek refuge from the distractions of the world to concentrate on their creative projects. While in residence, the artists work in peaceful isolation within a supportive community of other artists and Program staff. They thrive on the intellectual stimulation and the collegial interaction in this intimate artist community.

Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. We seek applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international reputations. Applicants are evaluated by panels of arts professionals in each category. Those selected are offered living and studio space for a 30 day session during the season which runs from mid-April through mid-November.

Opens January 1. We invite you to experience Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, a journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. Given the genre’s flexibility and expansiveness, we welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. The editors invite works that are lyrical, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. In short, we encourage submissions across the full spectrum of the genre. The journal encourages a writer-to-reader conversation, one that explores the markers and boundaries of literary/creative nonfiction. 

Obsidian Call for Submissions (Speculating Futures:  Black Imagination & the Arts – Deadline January 15)

The editors of Obsidian invite you to participate in the journal’s celebration of four decades of excellence in the arts by submitting original unpublished work for its first double-volume issue exploring the speculative genre. Selected works will appear in Obsidian's Fall 2016 double-issue edited by Sheree Renée Thomas and Nisi Shawl (short fiction, drama, poetry), Isiah Lavender III (essays), and Krista Franklin (visual and media art and paraliterature). 
All artists ask, “what if?” explore the consequences of “if this continues,” and contemplate “if only;” however, practitioners of the speculative arts or Afrofuturism, an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, fabulism, horror, and unclassifiable and interstitial creative works such as slipstream, ask the same question and respond with an answer that re-imagines whole worlds and goes beyond the known universe.
Afrofuturism and the speculative arts may transport audiences to a planet light-years away, to alternate histories and identities, or deep inside the jewel-toned caves of a far-distant past, another consciousness. Whether extrapolating science and society to imagine futuristic technology, art, and socio-political configurations, or conjuring new forms of magic, these genres imagine what might have been or what might be, opening the door to any possibility. Obsidian seeks original works that explore and reimagine Black thought, Black art, future and past. 

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000 and more)

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally.

The 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by T.C. Boyle, author of World’s End and The Harder They Come. The winning work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.

Rivendell Writers’ Colony, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, aims to inspire and educate the imagination by offering programs, workshops, and residencies to both published authors and aspiring writers. Rivendell nurtures spiritual growth and personal wellness by providing education and experiential programs for the mind, body, and spirit, while working to preserve the natural beauty of our Tennessee mountaintop.

Our purpose is to:

  1. Bring together aspiring artists, writers, and the general public in an atmosphere of acceptance, collaboration, and creative fervor, with the ultimate goal of fostering great writing and art;
  2. Provide educational experiences and opportunities to aspiring artists, writers, and the general public that will promote imagination, creativity, spirituality, and self-realization;
  3. Relieve the financial burdens on aspiring writers and artists by providing subsidized residencies so that they may pursue their crafts;
  4. Promote literacy and to share the joys of reading and writing with others; and
  5. Share the beauty of nature and to educate the public on ways to preserve the natural environment and prudently utilize its resources.
We offer several fellowships for first-time residents to cover the cost of a two-week residency. Meals are not included. If selected for a fellowship, applicants may request a residency extending beyond the two weeks covered by the award.

Upcoming Deadlines

Kenyon Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Print-Oriented Bastards Call for Submissions (Winter Issue – Deadline December 15)
Geist 12th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (Deadline December 15 – $500)
Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Gesture Literary Journal & Press Call for Submissions (Theme: Doubling – Deadline December 18)
Redivider Blurred Genre Contest (Deadline December 31 – $250)
Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
The 2016 Mississippi Review Prize (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
St. Petersburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)
CutBank 2016 Magazine Literary Prizes (Deadline January 15 – $500)
Global Citizen and Ben Lovett Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31) 
The Citron Review Call for Submissions (The Queer Issue – Deadline January 31)
Little Tokyo Historical Society 2016 Short Story Contest (Deadline January 31 – $500)
The Chattahoochee Review Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction (Deadline January 31 – $1000)

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