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Submission Sunday 3.24.19

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Jack Jones Literary Arts: The Retreat (Santa Fe, NM – Deadline March 31)

Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its third annual writing retreat at Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 26-November 8, 2019, and is open exclusively to women of color writers and nonbinary writers of color. Dr. Eve L. Ewing joins us as our 2019 Writer-in-Residence.

As part of the retreat experience, Jack Jones is featuring daily Skype master classes with agents, editors and acclaimed women and nonbinary people in publishing to promote networking, learning and engagement. These sessions are mandatory for retreat participants. Housing includes individual writing suites with private bedroom, private baths, writing areas, wifi, and all meals are provided.

Professional and emerging women writers of color and nonbinary writers of color at work on book projects are eligible for residencies. Women and nonbinary people with and without MFAs are eligible, and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a degree program are eligible to apply for a fellowship.

Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)

Launched in 1986, Redivider is a literary journal produced by the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in the vibrant literary hub of Boston. Published digitally in the Autumn and Spring, we welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic narrative submissions from emerging and established writers. And if you’re wondering about the name—it’s a palindrome!

Recently, Redivider shifted to a digital platform. This change is sparked by the urgency we―as with much of the publishing industry―feel towards the overall accessibility and diversity of our publication. Publishing our issues online will allow the voices of our contributors to reach more readers as our web content will be free for all. Additionally, we will drop submission fees most of the year to become more accessible to contributors.

Launched in 2012, the Beacon Street Prize is judged by expert judges and honors excellence and innovation. Welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, the contest will open March 1 and close April 30th. The $10 entry fee will qualify each short story, essay, or group of poems for $1,000 each and publication in our autumn issue! This year’s prizes will be selected by Ocean Vuong for Poetry, SJ Sindu for Fiction, and Alex Marzano-Lesnevich for Nonfiction.

Off Assignment Call for Submissions

We have a hunch: that the best travel stories haven’t been told. That the most compelling world journeys don’t make it into print. That the way a writer digresses from a plan or pitch is precisely what warrants telling. Helmed by a collective of global writers, Off Assignment is a call for travel journalists, essayists with a sense of place, reporters with swollen notebooks, poets who wander, food writers with street cart taste—to go rogue. To write about what stuck and what haunts and what mattered most to their lives. We’re not here to guide vacations. We don’t cover spas or centennials. We care about voice and place and story. We want the writer back on the page—sweating, tripping, and telling a tale.

There is no Off Assignment "house style," just a taste for offbeat places, and a keen interest in "what surrounds the story," as journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski put it: "the atmosphere of the street, the feeling of the people, the gossip of the town, the smell; the thousand, thousand elements of reality that are part of the event you read about in 600 words in your morning paper."

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing
(Deadline March 31 – $10,000)

The ethos of the modern world  is defined by immigrants. Their stories have always been an essential component of our cultural consciousness, from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Isabel Allende, from Milan Kundera  to Maxine Hong Kingston. In novels, short stories, memoirs, and works of journalism, immigrants have shown us what resilience and dedication we’re capable of, and have expanded our sense of what it means to be global citizens. In these times of intense xenophobia, it is more important than ever that these boundary-crossing stories reach the broadest possible audience.

With that in mind, we are proud to present The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. We are looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses identity in a global age. Each year, a distinguished panel of judges will select a winning manuscript to be published by Restless Books. We can’t wait to read and share what the new voices of the world have to say.

Black Warrior Review
Boyfriend Village Call for Submissions
(Issue #3: Fox Boyfriend – Deadline March 31)

Black Warrior Review is pleased to announce that we’ll be reading submissions for our third online edition, Boyfriend Village. Submissions open March 1st and close March 31st. Boyfriend Village wants work that hungers and howls, that settles into bed soft and full of fire. It follows that our theme for this edition is Fox Boyfriend, loosely inspired by fox lore and origin stories. As always, this is up to interpretation, but BWR is interested in fairytale and myth, the visceral, the body, songs of survival, sensuality—work that interrogates and resists. We’re looking for poems, stories, and essays that defy form and expectation, that unspool worlds, inviting and dark. We’re also particularly interested in housing work that incorporates multimedia and visual elements: comics, graphic essays, video poems. We want things that transcend boundaries and dismantle binaries. Send us your foxy. Send us your spindly, your sprawling. Send us your boyfriends.

[Inspired by the former editor of Black Warrior Review, Zach Doss, who passed away in 2018.] All anyone can do is try to take what we have of Zach and thread it through our lives, carrying him forward in this way. Black Warrior Review, where we each served as editor, will name its new online edition Boyfriend Village, after Zach’s story, The Village with All of the Boyfriends. Zach writes, “The Village with All of the Boyfriends is where all of your boyfriends wind up eventually. You built this Village for them and they can’t leave and neither can you. You are not allowed inside, but you wait in the desert at the edge of town.”

Mentor and Muse Call for Submissions: Essays from Poets to Poets

As writers, we all come to the page differently, asking our own questions, seeking and scribbling down our own answers, and, of course, writing from our own experiences. Still, we share many of the same tendencies. We all learn by reading and enjoying the work of other writers. The idea is Art itself can be the artist’s best teacher. This was foremost in our minds in 2010, when we compiled our collection, Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press), an anthology of essays that investigates the elements of poetry through practice. The book unveils the insights poets gained while writing or reading a particular poem or set of poems. Each essay closes with a prompt that challenges readers to reconsider their own understanding of that principle.

With much excitement, we are now launching Mentor and Muse online. Working in our new electronic format, we hope to give more poets access to the already published essays, offer a wider range of topics, and acquire greater flexibility in both the style and medium in which poets engage their subjects. Each piece will again typically consist of three components—the essay, the prompt, and the poem(s) under consideration within the essay.

Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)

Tahoma Literary Review is published three times a year in both print and e-reader formats. We produce this literary journal with the aim of contributing to and sustaining a healthy literary ecosystem: We pay for all of the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in our pages. Every member of our staff is paid. A major goal of Tahoma Literary Review is to show that writers and publishers can support each other not only artistically, but also financially.

We are committed to fairness in the editorial process. We don’t solicit work for our pages; everything we print comes from the open submission queue. Finally, we take contributor exposure seriously. Once you’ve been in our pages we publicize you and your work on social media as often as we can. We nominate published work for major literary awards and many smaller prizes. We also give contributors the option of blogging for us, and of recording audio of their published work for our SoundCloud feature.

Work published in our journal has been selected for Best American Poetry, Best Small Fictions, Best Gay Fiction, honorably mentioned in Best American Essays, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize by the Pushcart’s editorial staff. Many of the stories and poems we have published are included in anthologies and collections.

La Napoule Art Foundation Group Residency
(Mandelieu-La Napoule, France – Deadline March 31)

La Napoule Art Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage artists to engage in cultural interchange and the creation of art that impacts the world for the common good. LNAF welcomes those engaged in a wide spectrum of artistic practice and varied backgrounds. The Group Residency from October 21 to Novmber 12, 2019 is open to individual artists—all disciplines and nationalities. All successful applicants receive accommodation, studio space, a $1,000 stipend, breakfast every morning, plus most evening meals.

The Chateau de LaNapoule is located in the historic seaside town of Mandelieu-La Napoule on the French Riviera. Situated on a spectacular site overlooking the sea, the building dates to the 14th Century and is recognized as a Monument Historique for its incredible restoration and architectural details. The former home of early 20th Century American sculptor, Henry Clews and his architect wife, Marie, it is now a museum housing Clews’ atelier and work, an impressive collection of 19th Century Clews’ Staffordshire Pottery, and additional galleries for hosting exhibits. The six acres of magnificent gardens surrounding the property have been honored as a Jardin Remarquable. Set within this walled compound is the sunny Belle Epoque Villa Marguerite. This mansion, located just across the gardens from the beaches, was the former home of the Austrian Princess of Pless. The Chateau, the walled gardens, and the historic village are inspirational settings for artists of all disciplines. The climate and the incredible light of this region have attracted artists for centuries.


Upcoming Deadlines   

Crannóg Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Pembroke Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline March 31)
Jack Jones Literary Arts: The Retreat (Santa Fe, NM – Deadline March 31)
Memoir Mixtapes Call for Submissions (Vol. 9: Family – Deadline March 31)
Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing (Deadline March 31 – $10,000)
La Napoule Art Foundation Group Residency (Mandelieu-La Napoule, France – Deadline March 31)
Black Warrior Review Boyfriend Village Call for Submissions (Issue #3: Fox Boyfriend – Deadline March 31)
Chautauqua Call for Submissions (Deadline April 1)
Polis Books Call for Pitches: Both Sides—An Anthology of Border Noir (Deadline April 1)
MacDowell Colony Fellowships (Peterborough, NH – Deadline April 15)

Esalen Writer's Camp Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline April 15)
The Frost Place Latinx and Gregory Pardlo Scholarships (Franconia, NH – Deadline April 15)
DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 26 – $1000)
CRAFT Short Fiction Prize (Deadline April 30 – $2000)
Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Blood Orange Review Inaugural Literary Contest (Deadline April 30 – $500)
Waxwing Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Dorothy Call for Manuscript Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Catapult/Soft Skull Tiny Nightmares Call for Anthology Submissions (Deadline May 1 – $100)
The Wax Paper
Call for Submissions
(Deadline June 30)

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