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Anthropoid Call for Submissions (Theme: The Future – Deadline June 15)


It’s not meant to be an easy task. Whatever you take in your rucksack, carry a watchful eye and sharp gaze, and maybe also joy, humor, retribution (and maybe also a towel). Our visions of future often are imbued with the cultural weight of our past, so we’re looking for poems, stories, essays & ethnographies, and other pieces which crackle into vivid image, which paint a star-map whose demands seem so real that we readers feel for a moment as though we are living it. Reinvent the form of our typical “future / scifi / apocalyptic” genres (toward “lit fic” if you will), show us a future imagined in times past, or speak of futures which will never be or which seem inevitable, or, time-travel, or brave a new world, or black mirror all the glitches in the human machine, or put on your space-helmet and show us the alien spaces of our own backyard, even in the present, even in the past, if it shows us some sign of what’s next, or some vision in the surface of the water.

The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline May 31 – $2000)

“Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional.”

Our love of flash fiction runs deep. And throughout our six years of reading work by emerging writers we’ve seen some incredible pieces of small and powerful fiction, but we’ve never hosted a call for flash. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Send us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words. $2000, publication on the Masters Review site, and recognition in Poets & Writers Magazine.

Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)

Catapult is an innovative publisher that celebrates extraordinary storytelling. We promote American and international fiction and narrative nonfiction that is insightful, stirring, and surprising by way of unique voices—whether emerging or established—that honor the craft of writing. “We must contribute to both contemporary literary culture and the pleasure and knowledge of a diverse and serious readership,” says Editor in Chief Pat Strachan. “As Rebecca Mead wrote in The New Yorker, ‘There are pleasures to be had from books beyond being lightly entertained.’”

The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)

The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction aims to unearth new, audacious, authentic and/or inauthentic voices from both Australia and the world. This prize seeks work that is unlike any other. We want to hear from writers we’ve never read before, and we want writers we already know and love to challenge themselves to create work unlike any they’ve previously produced.

Submissions to this prize need to be able to be published on the printed page. We applaud the current focus and fascination with boundary-pushing non-fiction that is published online, but we still believe there’s scope to further experiment on the page, using facts, maybe-facts, words from life, journals, journalism, collage, theory, photography, illustration, tricks, arguments, etc. The essay, as the end of experience, is a malleable form, and we want to celebrate that with this prize.

What is ‘experimental non-fiction’? Like all non-fiction writing it is steeped in facts, real events and real people, with the aim of communicating information, argument, and truth. It differs from traditional non-fiction in that it tries to convey its meaning using unorthodox form, or style, or voice, or point-of-view, or etc. The best pieces of experimental non-fiction are those in which any unorthodox element deepens the meaning and authenticity of the subject matter.

The Coachella Review Call for Submissions 

The Coachella Review is the literary arts journal of the University of California Riverside–Palm Desert Graduate Center and the MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts. 

The Coachella Review is now accepting submissions for our June 2017 issue. We accept original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. 

University of Georgia Press Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (Deadline May 31 – $1000)

More than fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts. Winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood.

The Rumpus Call for Submissions

At The Rumpus, we’re focused on publishing good writing. Good writing and good ideas are not always the same thing. A topic for an essay might sound horrendous but if a writer is in love with the idea enough she’ll often render something beautiful. We try to maintain high standards even though we don’t have any money and can’t pay much. Accepted contributors maintain all copyrights to the work we publish.

We’re interested in seeing finished essays that intersect culture. We realize it’s a lot to ask for people to write something without knowing if it will be published. On the other hand, if you aren’t driven by the story so much that you have to write it then it’s probably not a good fit for The Rumpus.

Transom Story Workshop (Scholarship Deadline June 2)

The Transom Story Workshop is a nine week, residential program of full-time training for beginning producers. It’s held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. We offer Workshops in spring (end of March – May) and fall (end of September – November)

Transom channels new work, voices, and ideas into public media through the Internet and workshops. Our goal is to be useful and inspiring. Transom is a performance space, an open editorial session, an audition stage, a library, and a hangout. Our purpose is to pass the baton of mission and good practice in public media through tools, philosophy, and technique.

Story Workshop alums are earning livings as independent producers; some have gone on to start their own podcasts; others are station-based at stations from Key West to Alaska. Our graduates work at This American Life, Radiolab, Invisibilia, and The Moth Radio Hour among other shows. Some use their audio skills at non-profits and NGOs. We even have award winning alums—Best New Artist and Best Documentary: Bronze at Third Coast International Audio Festival and winners of WNYC's Podcast Accelerator. We could go on boasting on our alums but we'll stop there for now.


Upcoming Deadlines

Stonecoast Review Call for Submissions (Deadline April 16)
Fellowships for Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts (July 3–7, 2017 – Deadline April 17)
Northridge Review Call for Submissions (Deadline April 19)
DIAGRAM 2017 Chapbook Contest (Deadline April 28 – $1000 plus publication)
Arcadia 2017 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Catapult Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)
The Tishman Review Tillie Olsen Short Story Award (Deadline April 30 – $500)
Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Nonfiction Prize (Deadline May 1)
The Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop (Deadline May 1)
Electric Literature Call for Essay Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Borders – Deadline May 1)
December Magazine Curt Johnson Prose Awards (Deadline May 1 – $1500)
Boston Review Call for Submissions (Theme: Global Dystopias – Deadline May 1)
Unnamed Press Call for Anthology Submissions ("What Future" – Deadline May 1)
The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)
NBCUniversal 2017 Writers on the Verge Program (Deadline May 31)
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline May 31 – $2000)
Terrapin Press Call for Anthology Submissions ("Donut Poems" – Deadline May 31)
University of Georgia Press Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (Deadline May 31 – $1000)
The American Short Fiction Contest (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Transom Story Workshop (Scholarship Deadline June 2)
Anthropoid Call for Submissions (Theme: The Future – Deadline June 15)
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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