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The Southampton Review Frank McCourt Memoir Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)

Dedicated to publishing fine fiction, nonfiction, plays, screenplays, poetry, literary cartoons, photography and art, TSR opens its pages to writers from across the globe whose work is compelling. This site provides information on the publication and its staff, an archive of past issues, information on how to submit your work to TSR, as well as information on how to subscribe. TSR Online, our online companion, contains content not available in our printed editions.

Our goal in putting The Southampton Review together is to create a literary journal that readers will keep for a very long time, that they will dip into again and again, discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites.

Exposition Review Call for Submissions (Flash 405: "Greed" – Deadline March 5)

“Greed is the beginning of so many great narratives. Whether our hero is thrown into a hellish situation by another’s avarice, or if our narrator herself is delightfully (or horrifically) selfish, there are so many ways in which we can be greedy. Show me all of them, and don’t be shy.”

Our annual issue submissions are closed, but that means it’s time to kick off our first Flash 405 contest of 2018! Flash 405 is Exposition Review’s multi-genre flash competition, awarding prizes and online publication to the winners! The contest runs every other month during our “off” season (January-August), when regular submissions are closed.

Joyland Magazine
Open Border Fiction Prize
(Deadline March 9 – $1000)

Based on the idea that fiction is an international movement supported by local communities, Joyland is a literary magazine that selects stories regionally. Our editors work with authors connected to locales across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto as well as places underrepresented in cultural media. Our 10 regional verticals highlight the diversity of voices nationwide, and we are proud to have created a home where all can coexist.

Joyland Magazine is now accepting entries for its 2018 Open Border Fiction Prize, to be judged by Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye Vitamin, called a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Oprah MagazineVogueSan Francisco Chronicle, EsquireHuffington PostNylonEntertainment WeeklyBuzzfeed, Women.com, Booklist, and The Independent. This prize is open to any author writing in the English language, no matter their country of residence. One entry per author and the story must be a previously unpublished work of fiction, between 1900 and 6000 words in length. The winning entry will receive $1000 (US) and be published on Joyland. Two runner-up stories will also be published. Winners will be announced in April 2018.

Call for Submissions (Deadline April 15)

The editors of Chautauqua are seeking poems, short stories, personal essays, and flash prose pieces that feature moxie—that ineffable quality of courage, grit, determination, expertise, energy, and sheer stick-to-itiveness. We are eager to consider pieces that explore how characters and narrators handle predicaments and dilemmas, setbacks to their ambitions, and roadblocks to their desires. The outcome may be hard or disappointing, tragic or comic, satisfying or fulfilling, but our interest lies in how the characters—fictional or real-life—display resilience, perseverance, grace, and integrity. How they persist in the face of danger and defeat, how they grapple with matters of personal honor and a sense of duty or service to others, how—in William Faulkner’s words—the human spirit doesn’t just endure but prevails, and in so doing creates memorable beauty on the page.

Paper Darts Short Fiction Award (Deadline March 15 – $500)

Our Short Fiction Award Judge, Carmen Maria Machado, wrote this: “Many people live and die without ever confronting themselves in the darkness.”

Step 1: Turn off the light and confront yourself in 1,200 words or less.
Step 2: Send your words to us.

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The Rumpus Call for Submissions
(Theme: Mothering Outside the Margins – Deadline March 5)

It’s time to tell the truth and all of the experiences outside the margins. This May, The Rumpus will be exploring the theme of “Mothering outside the Margins,” and we want your real-life, in the trenches essays about everything we never talk about when we talk about mothers. What do the words “mother” and “mothering” mean to you? How do you want to push and stretch the definitions of those words? This isn’t a call for smug advice. This is a call for burn-it-all-down, hands-covered-in-shit-and-piss-and-vomit (because yes, you caught that vomit in your hands) stories that only you can tell. Abortions, miscarriages, choosing to become a mom, choosing not to become a mom, the ways you were and weren’t mothered, blended families, co-parenting, LGBTQ mothers, adoptions, and single moms—we want it all. Everything you don’t see on-screen but do see in the mirror.

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Writers Workshops
(July 8-15, 2018 – Deadline March 28)

These workshops assist serious writers by exploring the art and craft as well as the business of writing. The week offers daily morning workshops, craft lectures, panel discussions on editing and publishing, staff readings, and brief individual conferences. The morning workshops are led by staff writer-teachers, editors, or agents. There are separate morning workshops for Fiction and Narrative Nonfiction/Memoir. In addition to their workshop manuscripts, participants may have a second manuscript read by a staff member who meets with them in individual conferences. Nonfiction or memoir submissions should be in a narrative form. Travel, self-help, how-to, or scholarly works will not be considered. Tuition is $1,200, which includes six evening meals.

Tin House Summer Workshop (July 8-15, 2018 – Deadline April 29)

The Tin House Summer Workshop is a weeklong intensive of workshops, seminars, panels, and readings led by prominent contemporary writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The program combines morning workshops with afternoon seminars and career panels. Evenings are reserved for author readings, singing, and dancing.

Workshops meet for six sessions, Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm. Each workshop will have no more than twelve students and will treat two manuscripts per session. Each student will meet with their faculty instructor for a 15-minute one-on-one meeting during the week. Tin House editors and guest agents are available to meet individually with students throughout the week. For students who have completed a collection of stories or poems, a memoir, or a novel, one-on-one mentorships are available with select faculty and staff for an additional fee.

The Workshop will take place at Reed College, located on 100 acres of rolling lawns, winding lanes, and magnificent old trees in the southeast area of Portland, Oregon, just minutes from downtown and twelve miles from the airport.


Upcoming Deadlines

Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Intoxication – Deadline February 26 – $1000)
The Writers Lab Call for Entries (Deadline February 28)
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)
Territory Call for Submissions (Theme: Love – Deadline March 1)
Exposiiton Review Call for Submissions (Flash 405: "Greed" – Deadline March 5)
The Rumpus
Call for Submissions (Theme: Mothering Outside the Margins – Deadline March 5)
Joyland Magazine
  Open Border Fiction Prize (Deadline March 9 – $1000)
Gigantic Sequins
2018 Winter Contests in Flash Non-fiction & Poetry Comics
(Deadline March 10 – $100)
Colorado Review / Center for Literary Publishing Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction (Deadline March 14 – $2000)
Copper Nickel
 Call for Submissions (Deadline March 15)
Annual Writing Contest
(Deadline March 15 – $1000)
Paper Darts Short Fiction Award (Deadline March 15 – $500)
The Southampton Review
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
The Missouri Review 11th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
Submittable 2018 Eliza So Fellowship (Las Vegas, Nevada – Deadline March 25)
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Writers Workshops
(July 8-15, 2018 – Deadline March 28)
AWP Kurt Brown Prizes (Deadline March 30 – $500)
Booth: A Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Call for Submissions (Deadline April 15)
Tin House Summer Workshop (July 8-15, 2018 – Deadline April 29)
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)
The Threepenny Review
Call for Submissions
(Deadline June 1)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Let's Talk About Sex – Deadline July 16 – $1000)

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