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Submission Sunday 1.22.17

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Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest (Deadline January 31)

Welcome to the 2017 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! Accepting submissions now through January 31st! The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1,200 words or fewer. Lee K. Abbott, award-winning author of Love is the Crooked ThingLiving After MidnightWet Places at Noon, and, most recently, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2017 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio. 

Summer Literary Seminars / Fence Magazine 2017 Literary Contest (Deadline February 28)

Summer Literary Seminars, in connection with its upcoming programs in Georgia (July 9th-22nd, 2017) and Kenya (December 2017), and in conjunction with our partner, Fence Magazine, is excited to announce its 2017 literary contest.

The first-place winners in poetry and fiction will have the choice of attending, with all expense paid, one of our innovative 2017 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, and will have their work published in Fence Magazine. Each prize includes airfare, tuition, and housing. Second-place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice; third-place winners will receive a 50 percent tuition discount. A number of fellowships additionally will be offered to contest participants based on the quality of their submissions.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions (Deadline February 28)

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in January of 2016, TMR began as a small team of three. Our purpose: to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In a world of print, we celebrate the digital decision.

The Matador Review strives to be a cultural conservationist for the alternative world. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, "alternative" is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude. The Matador Review binds itself to these tenets, fostering a habitat for the unfamiliar and unsung.

Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline February 15)

Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. GS was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Philadelphia, and currently lives primarily in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, with outposts throughout the US in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, & more. We're known for the quality fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art, & comics we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers. We publish two issues each year, one in the summer and one in the winter. Our all-volunteer staff helps cultivate a space for writing & art that reaches beyond the printed literary arts & into other parts of our neighborhoods. We aim to be the print literary arts journal on your shelf that starts a lasting conversation. 

Ladybox Books Zine Trio Anthology (Deadline February 14)

Looking for stories about:

1.) bands your exes ruined for you 

2.) songs ruined by experiences or people (Like how we all think of that dude getting his ear cut off when we hear Stuck In The Middle With You, but with your own story.)

3.) the loss of your virginity. 

Each topic will be compiled into its own zine/chapbook bursting with all the best stories. This is a Ladybox Books project, so women, LGBTQIA, gender non-binary and POC authors will have priority, but good stories will not be turned away based on whether or not you belong to these groups. There are no tales too short, if it’s basically a tweet, that’s okay. There are obviously some stories that are too long. It’s a zine. Don’t get crazy. 

Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize (Deadline January 31 – €1,000)

Everyone must have a memoir. Go for it! Write a piece of your life, send it to Fish. This contest is a opportunity to have your memoir published. The judge, novelist and memoir writer Horatio Clare, will select 10 short memoirs to be published in the 2017 Fish Anthology which will be launched during the West Cork Literary Festival, July ’17. Publication in the annual Fish Anthology (Fish Books) has, for many authors, been a stepping-stone to a successful writing career.

Random Sample Call for Submissions

A random sample is a statistical tool, a method by which elements of a population can be selected and closely examined, an unbiased process that allows a subset to represent the larger community.

This is Random Sample’s measure of success, although we care more about the qualitative than the quantitative. We seek to survey the most promising artistic and literary fields in order to find unique voices of the global nation, the individuals who observe, who feel, who encounter, who think, and, most importantly, who create. The sort of people who have either stumbled on or carefully collected data about human life and society and can report back to the rest of us in a meaningful and emotive way.

Our primary aim as an online literary journal is accessibility and experimentalism: we want work that yields truth, in its many forms, and speaks on behalf of the experience of the body politic. We want the random, the real, the raw, the honest. Overall, we want work that is decidedly and unabashedly human.

National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellowship (Deadline January 27)

The National Book Critics Circle serves more than 700 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing personnel, and student members. The National Book Critics Circle awards are given each March and honor the best literature published in the United States. The National Book Critics Circle is launching the NBCC Emerging Critics Fellowship, which aspires to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics. The NBCC can offer passionate critics looking for more experience valuable training and guidance. The NBCC will also help Fellows identify new reviewing opportunities as some outlets shrink and others develop. Members of the NBCC adhere to a Code of Ethics which will be shared with the first class of Emerging Critics.


Upcoming Deadlines

National Book Critics Ciricle Emerging Critics Fellowship (Deadline January 27)
Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest (Deadline January 31)
Nashville Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 31)
Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize (Deadline January 31 – €1,000)
The Cambridge University Press Nine Dots Prize (Deadline January 31 – $100,000)
The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry (Deadline January 31 – $2000)
Geist 13th Annual Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest (Deadline February 1 – $500)
Conjunctions:68 Call for Submissions (Inside Out: Architectures of Experience – Deadline February 1)
Ladybox Books Zine Trio Anthology (Deadline February 14)
Pacific Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Errant Mythologies – Deadline February 14)
Gigantic Sequins Call for Submissions (Deadline February 15)
Portland Review Call for Submissions (Deadline February 28)
The Matador Review Call for Submissions (Deadline February 28)
The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing (Deadline February 28 – $10,000)
Summer Literary Seminars / Fence Magazine 2017 Literary Contest (Deadline February 28)
Penny Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
The Iowa Review Series in Fiction (Deadline March 1) 
The Frankenstein Bicentennial Dare (Deadline March 20 – $10,000 – and July 31)
Booth: A Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
DIAGRAM 2017 Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 28 – $1000 plus publication)

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