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Submission Sunday 3.19.17

Santa Fe Writers Project Awards Program
(Deadline July 20 – $1500)

SFWP is an independent press dedicated to the craft of writing. We stand by our authors and we stand by our books, embracing new trends and ideas beyond those of the current publishing industry. Our history, and our mission, goes far beyond publishing. At the heart of SFWP, we are a resource for authors. Since 2000, we have hosted an internationally recognized Literary Awards Program

What are we looking for? All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. So we’ll take full-length manuscripts, collections short or long, and essays. We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Past winners have ranged from flash fiction to memoir to magical realism to literary fiction to essays.

Boston Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Global Dystopias – Deadline May 1)

A special call for submissions from Boston Review's fiction editor Junot Díaz: Over the last decades dystopian narratives have proliferated to the point where they seem to have become our default mode for conceptualizing the future. But dystopias are not merely fantasies of a minatory future; they offer critically important reflection upon our present. If (as Tom Moylan has argued) traditional dystopias crafted cognitive maps of the terrors of the twentieth century, what cognitive maps does our current dystopian turn provide us of our turbulent global present?

Throughout 2017, we will feature stories, essays, and interviews on the theme of global dystopias. The project will culminate in a special print issue in the fall of 2017. We are seeking essays, interviews, and fiction from writers around the globe that engage the theme of dystopia. Nonfiction, personal essay, genre fiction (SF, fantasy, horror, Afrofuturist, slipstream), and work that resides across/between genres are welcome.   

NBCUniversal is doing more and more to find aspiring filmmakers, actors, and now the media company is looking for aspiring writers. As part of the company’s 2017 Writers on the Verge program, NBCUniversal is now accepting applications for aspiring writers. Writers that are selected will be invited to join a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and preparing them for a position a TV series. “We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.”

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style.

We welcome writing in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, popular (speculative) fiction, and poetry. We also welcome visual art submissions. Our goal is to publish innovative, inclusive, and deeply resonant literature that embodies our core values of social and environmental justice, cultural awareness, and international perspectives. We especially want unique, powerful writing that takes chances and brings the reader to entirely unexpected places. With that in mind, we strongly encourage artists from underrepresented communities and cultures to submit.

December Magazine
Curt Johnson Prose Awards
 (Deadline May 1 – $1500)

We are pleased to announce Lily King (Fiction) and Roxane Gay (Nonfiction) will judge our 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. $1,500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for First Place (fiction and nonfiction); $500 and publication in our Fall/Winter 2017 issue for honorable mention (fiction and nonfiction).

december magazine was founded in Iowa City in 1958 by a group of poets, writers, and artists who declared, “We are humanists…far more concerned with people than dogmatic critical or aesthetic attitudes." december was a pioneer in the “little” magazine and small press movement, publishing cutting-edge fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art. By 1962, the founding editors had left Iowa City; one of them, Jeff Marks, took december to Chicago and turned it over to Curt Johnson, an award-winning short story writer and novelist. Johnson edited and published december for the next 46 years until his death in 2008.

Cease, Cows Call for Submissions 

You may see the title of our silly literary magazine and ask yourself, “What the [insert f-bomb] is that?” We’ll appease your burning curiosity. It’s from a novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by the excellent Gabriel García Márquez. Now you have secret knowledge. Use it wisely. Or don’t. Whatevs. It’s your life.

At Cease, Cows we want to explore the contemporary, the strange, the big questions. We want to feel cultural pulses, expose mental arteries, bathe in both the sanguine and sanguinary. We want to publish prose with fire and truth. Humans may be animals, but the power of words can allow us to revel in or transcend the physical. The best literature achieves both. Or something profound like that.

If you’re a writer, send us your best work. Hell, always write your best work, whether you send it to us or not. Life is short. We want: strange literary, magical realism, speculative, slipstream, utopian and dystopian, bizarro, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, and just plain weird fictions. So, surprise and delight us. Pretty please.

Arcadia 2017 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia is given annually for a short story, a work of nonfiction, and a group of poems. Using the online submission system, submit up to 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction and 10 pages of poetry with a $15 entry fee by April 30. 

Arcadia Press is a non-profit literary arts organization serving Oklahoma City since 2008, and publishes Oklahoma’s only independently-operated literary magazine, Arcadia. Our magazine semi-annually publishes earnest, hardscrabble fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction from both nationally-prominent and emerging writers.

While we’re best known for our titular literary magazine, we also annually publish a set of three artfully designed chapbooks—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—which represent the winners of the Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. Our newest project, Dead Bison, will launch sometime in late 2016. Dead Bison will be a compendium of online and print media that explore the history and culture of the Great Plains region through literature, art, and historical archives.

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Writers Workshops (Deadline March 28)

For 46 summers, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets and prose writers for separate weeks of workshops, individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings, and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Our aim is to assist writers in the refinement of their craft and thus, in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual support, move them closer to achieving their goals. The Community of Writers holds its summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley in the ski lodge at the foot of the ski slopes. Panels, talks, staff readings and workshops take place in these venues with a spectacular view up the mountain.

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.

Upcoming Deadlines

The Frankenstein Bicentennial Dare (Deadline March 20 – $10,000 – and July 31)
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Writers Workshops (Deadline March 28)
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)
New Delta Review Call for Submissions (Deadline April 5)
The 7th Annual Bread Loaf in Sicily Conference (Deadline April 15)
Stonecoast Review Call for Submissions (Deadline April 16)
Fellowships for Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts (July 3–7, 2017 – Deadline April 17)
DIAGRAM 2017 Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 28 – $1000 plus publication)
Arcadia 2017 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Nonfiction Prize (Deadline May 1)
December Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards (Deadline May 1 – $1500)
Boston Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Global Dystopias – Deadline May 1)
NBCUniversal 2017 Writers on the Verge Program (Deadline May 31)
Santa Fe Writers Project Awards Program (Deadline July 20 – $1500)
LitMag Call for Submissions (Deadline August 15 – $1000 for prose)
Fear No Lit Submerging Writer Fellowship (Deadline August 31)

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