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Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest (Deadline March 20 – $1000)

We invite you to experience Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, a journal devoted to publishing notable, innovative work in nonfiction. Given the genre’s flexibility and expansiveness, we welcome a variety of works ranging from personal essays and memoirs to literary journalism and personal criticism. The editors invite works that are lyrical, self-interrogative, meditative, and reflective, as well as expository, analytical, exploratory, or whimsical. In short, we encourage submissions across the full spectrum of the genre. The journal encourages a writer-to-reader conversation, one that explores the markers and boundaries of literary/creative nonfiction.

The 2018 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize judge will be Robin Hemley! He is an award winning writer, founder of NonfictioNOW, former director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and current director of the Writing Program and Writers’ Centre at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. His books include Do-Over! and Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness.

Call for Submissions (Deadline May 30)

Kweli’s mission is to nurture emerging writers of color and create opportunities for their voices to be recognized and valued. By creating a community and programming based on artistic excellence and rigor, Kweli empowers writers to share stories that engage and impact our communities. Our vision is for a world where the narratives being told reflect the truth of our histories and the possibilities for our future.

Launched in December 2009, Kweli is the first online journal of its kind to celebrate community and cultural kinships. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean. Kweli welcomes submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. We currently publish two online issues and one print issue each year.

1888 Plaza Literary Prize (Deadline April 30)

The Plaza Literary Prize is a national novella competition. We believe a great story is never defined by its length and welcome all genres and themes with compelling characters and evocative moments. We’re looking for our generation’s Hemingway, Oates, or Steinbeck. The City of Orange, California was incorporated on April 6, 1888. The center of the town became known as the Plaza, which has become a symbol of the community and a catalyst for storytelling. 1888 publishes contemporary novellas through The Plaza Literary Prize, an annual anthology of international short stories titled The Cost of Paper, and community essays supporting our Why We Write project.

A Public Space Call for Submissions (Deadline April 15)

A Public Space is an independent nonprofit publisher of an award-winning literary and arts magazine and APS Books. Since 2006, it has been our mission to seek out overlooked and unclassifiable work, and to publish writing from beyond established confines. A Public Space welcomes submissions to the magazine from September 15–April 15.

A Public Space has partnered with Graywolf Press to publish books by contributors to the magazine, including: Karate Chop (2015), So Much for That Winter (2016), and Mirror, Shoulder, Signal (2018) by Dorthe Nors; Cities I’ve Never Lived In (2016) by Sara Majka; The Complete Ballet (2017) by John Haskell; and A Lucky Man (2018) by Jamel Brinkley. A Public Space offers three fellowships annually to fiction and nonfiction writers who have not yet published a book-length work. Fellows are selected through an open application each fall.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $2000)

Ploughshares welcomes unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction during our regular reading period, which runs from June 1 to January 15. The literary journal is published four times a year: mixed issues of poetry and prose in the Spring and Winter, a prose issue in the summer, and a longform prose issue in the Fall, with two of the four issues per year guest-edited by a different writer of prominence.

The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000. The 2018 contest judges are Carmen Maria Machado (Fiction), Roxane Gay (Nonfiction), and Roger Reeves (Poetry). The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2018 contest will be published in the Winter 2018-19 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $2,000 and two copies of the issue in which their work appears. The winners will also receive a conversation with our partnering literary agency, Aragi, Inc. regarding their work and writing careers.

Sonora Review 2018 Contest (Theme: The Future – Deadline March 15 – $1000)

Each year, three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are awarded to a short story, an essay, and a poem or group of poems. We’d like to announce our judges for our 2018 contest, whose theme is The Future.

Fiction Judge: Charles Yu
Nonfiction Judge: Rubén Martínez
Poetry Judge: Harmony Holiday

Sonora Review is run entirely by graduate students in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. Sonora Review accepts submissions in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. We only accept unpublished work. Typical response time is three to six months. Please submit only once every six months.

Salamander Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline April 28)

Salamander is a literary organization that publishes a biannual magazine of poetry, fiction, memoir, and works in translation. It was founded by Jennifer Barber in 1992 with the aim of publishing a generation of writers reaching artistic maturity and deserving of a wider audience alongside new work by established writers. In addition to the magazine, Salamander sponsors events and readings in the Boston area and in New York. Salamander came to Suffolk University in the fall of 2005 and receives ongoing support from the University. Housed in and published from Suffolk's English Department at 73 Tremont Street in Boston, it is distributed nationally. Its annual fiction contest, judged by prominent short story writers and novelists, began in 2010.

Les Figues Press 2018 NOS Book Contest (Deadline March 20 – $1000)

Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary organization and award-winning, independent publisher of poetry, prose, visual art, conceptual writing, and translation. We are an imprint of LARB Books. Based in Los Angeles, our mission is to create aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists. Les Figues Press publishes five to seven books a year and favors projects which push the boundaries of genre, form, and general acceptability. We also curate and host literary events, including readings, conversations, performances, and art salons.

Les Figues Press embraces a feminist criticality and editorial vision. We are interested in work that is aware of itself as a textual body within a history and culture marked (like physical bodies) by constructs of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning manuscript. 2018 judge Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, House of Envy of All the World and Unrest. She is Program Director at The Poetry Project (at St. Mark’s Church) and, in Spring 2018, she will be visiting associate professor of creative writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Sonora Review
2018 Contest (Theme: The Future – Deadline March 15 – $1000)
The Southampton Review
Frank McCourt Memoir Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
The Missouri Review 11th Annual Miller Audio Prize (Deadline March 15 – $1000)
Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest (Deadline March 20 – $1000)
Les Figues Press 2018 NOS Book Contest
(Deadline March 20 – $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)
A Public Space Call for Submissions (Deadline April 15)
Salamander Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline April 28)
Tin House Summer Workshop (July 8-15, 2018 – Deadline April 29)
1888 Plaza Literary Prize
(Deadline April 30)
Bayou Magazine Call for Submissions
 (Deadline May 1)
The Normal School Nonfiction Series
from Outpost19 Call for Submissions
(Deadline May 1)
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $2000)
Kweli Call for Submissions (Deadline May 30)
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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