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Submission Sunday 2.19.17

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Fellowships for Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts (July 3–7, 2017 – Deadline April 17)

Poets and writers from around the world have found a special home at Idyllwild Arts. For decades, it has gathered thoughtful, provoking, successful and notable guests—among them Ray Bradbury, Norman Corwin, Lucille Clifton, Sharon Olds, Maxine Kumin, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, David St. John and Natasha Trethewey. Expect to be inspired and challenged by world-class voices at the annual Writers Week. Learn from, listen to and socialize with some of the country’s premier literary artists. More than poetry, fiction and nonfiction workshops, the week will feature special guests and events. The fellowship covers tuition, meals and housing on campus. Fellowship recipients are responsible for their own transportation to and from Idyllwild, CA.

Post Road Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline March 1 – $500)

Post Road publishes twice yearly and accepts unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues, and visual art submissions. Submit to Post Road’s first-ever flash fiction contest, to be judged by writers Elizabeth Graver and Suzanne Matson. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive prizes of $500, $250, & $100, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication, and selected finalist manuscripts will be included in the prize folio in Post Road 33, due out in the fall of 2017. The contest deadline is March 1st, 2017, and the co-judges will consider previously unpublished stories up to 1000 words. 

Basalt and Storyfort's First Line Micro-Fiction Contest (Deadline March 2) 

This contest is open to all. The contest will be closing at 11:59 PM March 2!

1) Stories must begin with one of the following first lines (omit artist and song title): 

  • Tommy used to work on the docks. (Bon Jovi, "Livin' On a Prayer")
  • We know where we wanna go. (Built to Spill, "Living Zoo")
  • Ghost in the mirror, I knew your face once, but now it's unclear. (Rihanna, "Never Ending")

2) Each entry must be between 300 and 500 words in length. Strictly enforced!

3) $5 reading fee for each entry, 3 entries max.
4) Each piece submitted must be a completely resolved and compelling story (in 300-500 words).
5) All submissions are anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories.
6) All judging is anonymous. The judges' verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

First place: 5-day Treefort pass
Second place: Weekend 2-day Treefort pass
Third place: Storyfort shirt and SWAG

Prizes are non-transferable. All winning submissions will be published in the upcoming Spring 2017 issue of Basalt, CWI's literary journal. All winners are invited to read winning submissions on the final day of Storyfort. 

Epiphany Magazine
Annual Spring Contest (Deadline February 20 – $400)

Our annual writing contest is open, with four writers we revere judging four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction in Translation. If an epiphany is a moment of sudden revelation, Epiphany, the literary journal, is a crucible of those moments, expressed in fiction, memoir and poetry.  Our biannual journal regards the world from all aspects: giving voice to the talented and innovative writers of the 21st Century. We seek outstanding literary work, and connect it with a focused readership.  In its ten years of operation, Epiphany has established a reputation as a magazine that supports both emerging and established writers—from near and from afar—whose explorations of new territory may not have found validation elsewhere, wherever they fall on the spectrum from experimental to traditional.

We're very excited to offer the 1st Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to give a writer time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas' Writer's Block for the month of June 2017, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply.

Requirements: 1) You have a novel, collection of stories, or memoir in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum). 2) You are at least one of the following: a) A US immigrant (documented or undocumented), b) first-generation American, c) a resident of Montana, or d) a parent with at least one child under the age of 5. The Writer's Block is located in downtown Las Vegas and consists of a Book Shop, Las Vegas' only independent bookstore; Codex, a writers' studio dedicated to education, production, and publishing; and The Book Machine, a unique and quick book-making tool for self-publishers. There is also an artificial bird sanctuary. 

The Missouri Review
10th Annual Miller Audio Prize
(Deadline March 15 – $1000)

Missouri Review welcomes submissions to our 10th Annual Miller Audio Prize. We are always open for regular submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry at our submission manager.


Submit an original poem or collection of poems as a single audio file. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, sounds, or music.


Submit a short story or piece of creative nonfiction. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, sounds, or music.


Submit your funniest poem, story, or piece of creative nonfiction. Entries may be solely author-read or contain other voices, sounds, or music.

Audio Documentary

Submit an audio documentary on any subject. Documentaries can be presented in a variety of forms including narrative, interview, or documentary play.

HBOAccess 2017 Writing Fellowship (Application Process March 1-4, 2017)

The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is designed to give emerging, diverse writers the opportunity to develop a half-hour or hour script suitable for HBO or Cinemax. The program will select up to 8 diverse writers to take part in a series of master classes held over one week in July at the HBO campus in Santa Monica. Classes will consist of discussions with HBO executives and showrunners and will focus on the craft of writing including structure, story, and character as well as the business aspects of securing an agent and effective networking.

Winners will be paired with an HBO or Cinemax development executive who will serve as his/her mentor over the course of 10 months. Mentoring can be done remotely or in person pending whichever is logistically feasible. In addition, we will hold monthly group meetings during which projects will continue to be work-shopped.

TASTE Call for Pitches

TASTE is an online magazine for today’s home cook, reporting from the front lines of dinner. Stories we are looking for: Original recipes with colorful headnotes, reported stories between 500 and 2,000 words, concise guides for the home kitchen (baking butter, seaweed, Mexican spices), unique chef and cookbook author profiles with a home cooking angle. Photo essays with a strong point of view. Humor, personal essays, fist-shaking opinion pieces, shopping guides, and “I cooked from the book” recipe road testing is of interest, too.

We’re most interested in your well-reasoned idea. A story with a strong point of view that is backed by clear reporting and/or is supported by proven expertise. We don’t care too much about where you’ve been published, where you live, how old you are, and whether you hold an English/journalism degree, let alone went to college. But we do want to know why you are qualified to write this story. And if we don’t know you, we’d like to see some of your work. Links are great. The pitch should outline the story in detail, with specifics. For us, the excitement comes from not just colorful copy, but substance to back it up. A wise turn of phrase is not a reason to flake on details. We’d like to see both—voice and substance. If you are pitching a feature that involves recipe development, or sourcing from chefs, clips of similar work are required.


Upcoming Deadlines

Epiphany Magazine Annual Spring Contest (Deadline February 20 – $400)
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)
The Lunch Ticket Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction (Deadline February 28)
Penny Call for Submissions (Deadline March 1)
The Iowa Review Series in Fiction (Deadline March 1) 
Post Road Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline March 1 – $500)
Basalt and Storyfort's First Line Micro-Fiction Contest (Deadline March 2) 
HBOAccess 2017 Writing Fellowship (Applicaton Process March 1-4, 2017)
The Writer's Block Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship (Deadline March 15)
The Missouri Review 10th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
The Frankenstein Bicentennial Dare (Deadline March 20 – $10,000 – and July 31)
Booth: A Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
The Masters Review Anthology Volume VI (Deadline March 31 – $500)
The Lascaux Review Prize in Flash Fiction (Deadline March 31 – $1000)
Fellowships for Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts (July 3–7, 2017 – Deadline April 17)
DIAGRAM 2017 Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 28 – $1000 plus publication)
LitMag Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15 – $1000 for prose)

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