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Submission Sunday 12.31.17

Happy new year!

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

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. Winners and runners-up are published in each December issue. We accept submissions to the Iowa Review Awards during the month of January. Judges for the 2018 Awards are Elizabeth Willis (poetry), Alexander Chee (fiction), and Kiese Laymon (nonfiction).

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.

Wanderlust Journal Call for Submissions

Wanderlust is focused on sharing travel narratives, sketches, and images by both known writers and promising new voices. Wanderlust. Nomad. Wanderer. Traveller. Adventurer. Explorer. Insatiably curious or easily bored? How would you define Wanderlust? How do you explain your need to hit the road again? Can you? As Bill Bryson said in the 2016 Best of American Travel Essays, he travels simply because it gives him pleasure.

For some it is also a need, psychological and creative. Without movement, travel, new experiences, life becomes dull. Taking an unknown road, finding the best lake to camp beside, chatting to those met along the way, this is what life is for. Wanderlust is dedicated to travelogues, trip reports, photographs and nonfiction essays taken from unique experiences on the road. In these stories there’s an open sense of adventure and innocence, one that takes a personal experience and taps into something universal. A narrative map is the result.

Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch Short Story Contest (Deadline January 9 – $400)

Welcome to the Deathmatch Short Story Contest, the world’s only and most dangerous interactive short story competition. What exactly is the Indie Writer’s Deathmatch? It’s an online battle. The top 16 stories battle it out online complete with reader voting, author trash talk and lots of comments. It’s fun and crazy and all about finding and promoting new voices!

Since 1995, we have been a mega-zine dedicated exclusively to exploring independent creative action. Published four times a year, each issue of Broken Pencil features reviews of hundreds of zines and small press books, plus comics, excerpts from the best of the underground press, interviews, original fiction and commentary on all aspects of the indie arts. From the hilarious to the perverse, Broken Pencil challenges conformity and demands attention.

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Deadline January 31 – $12,000)

A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. The prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking. 

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize seeks to acknowledge—and honor—the great traditions of literary nonfiction. Whether grounded in observation, autobiography, or research, much of the most beautiful, daring, and original writing over the past few decades can be categorized as nonfiction. Submissions to the prize might span memoir, biography, or history.

Magma Poetry Call for Submissions (Theme: Film – Deadline January 31)

Whether it’s a film you always go back to, a director you follow, a cinema that holds a particular story for you, or a poem that simply reads like a short film, Magma 71 is set out to celebrate the poetry of cinema. Take us with you to the movies. Send us your takes on Neorealism and Nouvelle Vague, Hollywood Golden Age or the cinema of today. Or perhaps you’d like to create your own film script, presented to us in the form of a poem. Send us your films noirs, your indies and your blockbusters. In short, make us believe in films that don’t exist and send us to watch the films that do. Show us the ways poetry and film are connected and explore with us whether it is even possible for contemporary poets to write without the cinema screen at the back of their mind.

We are also calling for submissions of film-poems. We are particularly interested in collaborative work between poets and filmmakers. The poems, as always, should not have been previously published, either in print or online. The chosen film-poems will be screened at Magma events, showcased on the Magma website, and the poem texts published in the magazine. We are interested in collaborations that challenge and converse with each other’s form rather than simply echo it. In other words, if there’s a moon in the poem, we probably don’t need to see it represented as a moon in the film.

Colorado Review / Center for Literary Publishing Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction was established in 2004 in memory of Liza Nelligan, a writer, editor, and friend of many in Colorado State University’s English Department, where she received her master’s degree in literature in 1992. By giving an award to the author of an outstanding short story each year, we hope to honor Nelligan’s life, her passion for writing, and her love of fiction.

The Nelligan Prize is offered annually. The winner receives a $2,000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review.

The Normal School Nonfiction Series
from Outpost19 Call for Submissions
(Deadline May 1)

The Normal School Nonfiction Series from Outpost19 will publish compelling and thought-provoking books of creative nonfiction, essay, and literary journalism. We are particularly interested in immersive and reportage based writing, socio-cultural and political criticism, pop culture analysis, and essayistic prose that artfully blends the personal and public. We are also interested in lyric essays, hybrid nonfiction, research-driven memoir, and the sort of engaging and eclectic nonfiction writing we regularly publish in our literary magazine partner, The Normal School. We also hope to publish books by diverse, historically under-represented, and/or marginalized voices.

For now, our goal is to publish one book a year and give it sustained marketing and PR attention combined with author promotion through The Normal School’s online and print platforms. This may involve interviews, excerpts, and “reader’s guides,” integrated with AWP exposure. Outpost19 will publish the selected title each year as part of its seasonal list, offering standard royalties, author book tour support, ARC mailings to reviewers, trade show exposure, advertising to the book trade, and social media outreach.

Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) of Los Angeles +LAB Artist Residency Program (Deadline January 15)

LTSC, a Community Development Corporation in Los Angeles, California, presents the +LAB Artist Residency Program, which seeks four California-based artists (including one from the Little Tokyo community) for a three-month community-based residency, this coming May 1 through July 30, 2018.

The +LAB Residency will be a supportive cohort of the selected four artists in residence who will meet regularly with the each other and the collaborating organizations to research, conceptualize and manifest projects around the overarching theme of “Community Control and Self Determination.” The cohort will meet weekly with community members, and bi-monthly to exchange ideas and information about the projects they are involved with.

Through this residency, LTSC seeks to further explore and deepen the relationship between arts and the pursuit of self-determination. To be fully immersed in Little Tokyo, participants will be embedded in local community organizations and will live at the historic Daimaru Hotel—a single room occupancy hotel that is an important piece of Little Tokyo’s legacy. Artists in this program will have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to Little Tokyo’s fight for self-determination while also spending three months deepening their own community practice. 


Upcoming Deadlines

The Cantabrigian Call for Submissions (Deadline December 31)
Storyknife Writers Retreat
(Homer, AK – Deadline December 31)
Mississippi Review
 (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Writing by Writers Wolf House Residency Program
(Minneapolis, MN – Deadline January 1)
The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program (North Adams, MA – Deadline January 8)
Broken Pencil Indie Writers Deathmatch Short Story Contest (Deadline January 9 – $400)
Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Joshua Tree, CA – Deadline January 10)
The MacDowell Colony Fellowships for Summer 2018 (Deadline January 15)
Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC) of Los Angeles +LAB Artist Residency Program (Deadline January 15)
& InterAction Initiative Inc. Privilege & Identity Abroad Narrative Writing Contest (Deadline January 15 – $250)
Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program
(Saint-Paul de Vence, France – Deadline January 15) 
The Iowa Review Awards (Deadline January 31 – $1500)
Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize (Deadline January 31 – $12,000)
The 2018 DISQUIET Prize (Lisbon, Portugal – Deadline January 31)
Magma Poetry Call for Submissions (Theme: Film – Deadline January 31)
The Chattahoochee Review
 Lamar York Prizes
 (Deadline January 31 – $1000) 
American Short(er) Fiction Prize (Deadline February 1 – $1000)
Slag Glass City
Call for Submissions (Theme: Dear City – Deadline February 15)
Santa Fe Art Institute Truth & Reconciliation Residency (Santa Fe, NM – Deadline February 15)
Creative Nonfiction
Call for Submissions (Theme: Intoxication – Deadline February 26 – $1000)
ASU Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest (Deadline February 28 – $1000)
Summer Literary Seminars Fiction & Poetry Contest (Nairobi-Lamu, Kenya and Tbilisi, Georgia – Deadline February 28)
Colorado Review / Center for Literary Publishing Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)
Copper Nickel
 Call for Submissions (Deadline March 15)
Bayou Magazine Call for Submissions
 (Deadline May 1)
The Normal School Nonfiction Series
from Outpost19 Call for Submissions
(Deadline May 1)
The Gettysburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

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