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Submission Sunday 12.2.18

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Clarion Workshop Call for Applications (Deadline March 1)

Clarion is an intensive six-week summer program focused on fundamentals particular to the writing of science fiction and fantasy short stories. It is considered a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Instructors are among the most respected writers and editors working in the field today. Over one third of our graduates have been published and many have gone on to critical acclaim. The list of distinguished Clarion alumni includes Ed Bryant, Octavia Butler, Bob Crais, Cory Doctorow, George Alec Effinger, Nalo Hopkinson, James Patrick Kelly, Vonda McIntyre, Kim Stanley Robinson, Martha Soukup, Kelly Link, Bruce Sterling, and many others.

Clarion participants are selected from applicants who have the potential for highly successful writing careers and who submit writing samples with an application. Some have already been published. Though most come from the United States, students from countries worldwide frequently participate. Clarion students range in age from late teens to those in mid-career, and represent a wide variety of academic and working backgrounds.

A different professional writer or editor conducts the workshop during each of the first four weeks. The last two weeks are run by a two-writer anchor team. Faculty Director Shelley Streeby meets with students throughout the six weeks of the program. Workshoppers are housed in college apartments, and classes are held in seminar facilities. The resident writers live nearby and are continuously available to students. Mornings are devoted to critiquing manuscripts in a workshop setting. Afternoons, evenings, and weekends are devoted to individual writing, conferences with the current writer-in-residence, social activities, and the completion of class assignments.

Call for Nonfiction Submissions
(Deadline December 16)

Barrelhouse is a non-profit literary organization consisting of pop culture obsessed oddballs who like to hang out in the corner. We started in 2004 as a literary magazine that sought to bridge the gap between high-brow literary tastes and the mid-brow appreciation of daily joys like good music, bad television and a decent hot dog. Barrelhouse is a fever dream populated by a passionate squad of volunteers who do a lot of things: we’re a print and online literary magazine, a small press bringing good books and chapbooks into the world, an organizer of cool literary events, and curators of this lovely website.

Please submit no more than one essay at a time. Also, note that Barrelhouse is interested only in essays that deal, in one way or another, with pop culture, though pop culture here is defined in a fairly broad way. No specific length restrictions, though we tend to select pieces shorter than 10k words. Send me something that you love a whole lot but you think nobody else will love. Get weird with it. We are eager to publish work by writers whose voices are typically underrepresented due to race, gender, sexuality, or disability. 

The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (Deadline February 1 – $1000)

American Short Fiction has published, and continues to seek, short fiction by some of the finest writers working in contemporary literature, whether they are established or new or lesser-known authors. In addition to its triannual print magazine, American Short Fiction also publishes stories (under 2000 words) online.

We are thrilled to announce that the Danielle Dutton, author of three remarkable books and editor of Dorothy, a publishing project, will judge this year’s American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication, and the second-place winner will receive $250 and publication. Previous winners of the Short(er) Fiction Prize have gone on to be anthologized in places such as The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. All entries will be considered for publication.

Glimmer Train Call for Submissions (Theme: Family Matters – Deadline January 2 – $2500)

We are looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction. Sticking too tightly to "fact" can limit the larger truth that fiction is able to reveal. Give your story the leeway it needs in order to find its own life. And, if your story is closely related to your actual experience, it is wise to change details that would allow the real-life people to say, Hey, that's me!

So many stories we've read since we started. A person might think they'd begin to seem all the same, but they don't. Without fail, the stories we read each month move, surprise, and change us. We are grateful to the writers for this gift, and to you, dear readers, for completing the circle, for opening yourself to their generous offerings. We two sisters read every story ourselves, and we pay writers over $50,000 a year (almost 3/4 of that to emerging writers). We will be accepting stories for print publication for the next 6 months. We are eager to read yours!

Third Coast Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)

Founded in 1995 by graduate students of the Western Michigan University English department, Third Coast is one of the nation’s premier literary magazines—and one of only a handful of nationally distributed literary magazines to regularly include four genres; Third Coast consistently publishes excellent and often award-winning fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama.

In the past several years, stories published in Third Coast have gone on to appear in the O. Henry Award Series, the Pushcart Prize anthologies, and Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Poetry first featured in the journal has been selected for Best New Poets and the Pushcart Prize Series.

LitMag 2019 Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction
(Deadline December 15 – $3500)

LitMag is a print journal of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, a home for award-winning, emerging and unknown writers. We seek work that moves and amazes us. We are drawn to big minds and large hearts. The annual print journal is a beautiful object. Hold LitMag in your hands and feel and smell its pages. Or download the digital version wherever you are.

The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Agency review by Sobel Weber Associates. The winning short stories and finalists will be announced publicly on our Web site and social media as well as by email to all contestants in March of 2019.

Burningwood Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline December 5)

Burningword Literary Journal is a quarterly international publication of poetry, short fiction, short nonfiction, and photography. Burningword has been published continuously since June 2000. Burningword accepts quarterly submissions for publication. This journal conducts blind reviews, which means that the identities and details of the submitter are concealed throughout the review process.

Redivider 2018 Blurred Genre Contest (Deadline December 9 – $500)

This contest explores porous genre boundaries and honors work that doesn't quite fit into a conventional submittable category. For you this means we accept anything that bends genre and sloughs off convention--from flash fiction/nonfiction to prose poetry to labeled diagrams and beyond!

Redivider is a newly online journal of art and literature produced by and representing the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston. Published three times a year, we welcome art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from new, emerging, and established artists and writers.  

Redivider strives to showcase the very best previously unpublished art and literature we can find; to actively engage the broader literary community, and to support and nurture that community in our pages and beyond; to welcome and serve historically underrepresented voices, including those marginalized due to class, gender, race, and sexuality; and, above all, to give good art and literature a good home.


Upcoming Deadlines

Burningwood Literary Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline December 5)
Redivider 2018 Blurred Genre Contest (Deadline December 9 – $500)

Beloit Fiction Journal
Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story
(Deadline December 10 – $2000)

Embark Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Third Coast
Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
Winter 2018 Literary Contests (Deadline December 15 – $300-$1000)
2019 Virginia Woolf Award for Short Fiction (Deadline December 15 – $3500)
Call for Nonfiction Submissions (Deadline December 16)
Call for Submissions (Deadline December 17)
Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers (Deadline December 31 – $1500)
Black Heart Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: We’ll Always Have Paris (Or Will We?) – Deadline December 31)
Glimmer Train Call for Submissions (Theme: Family Matters – Deadline January 2 – $2500)
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Deadline January 10)
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)
The American Short(er) Fiction Contest (Deadline February 1 – $1000)
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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