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Submission Sunday 4.17.16

Hypertext Magazine opened its virtual doors in 2010. Our editors live all over the United States – from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles and Dallas. We think of ourselves as small but scrappy as hell (but we think a lot of things that may or may not be true). Most of our editors cut their fictional teeth in the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, nurtured by dedicated professors and an innovative teaching approach – an approach that celebrates diverse voices and caters to alternative learning styles – developed by John Schultz (Story Workshop).

We’ve published writers from all over the globe and we’re currently looking for folks whose writing presents the world in new and startling ways. We want to see writers take chances, push forms. In fiction and essays, we’re looking for stories with a whole lot of life pumping through them, stories from and about all ages and types of people, stories that change the way we view the world. We’re looking for carefully crafted writing that amazes and inspires.

In addition to fiction, essays, and interviews, Hypertext is looking for serial fiction, graphic novels, and editorial cartoons. If you have ideas for any of these forms, just email us and your idea will be considered. We’ve left this pretty open-ended. That’s how Hypertext feels right now. It’s evolving. It’s not perfect. And we hope it stays that way.

PEN Center USA WeHo Writing Craft Scholarships (Deadline April 18)

PEN Center USA will award WeHo Writing Craft Scholarships, to three writers who are residents of West Hollywood. Participants must apply and will be selected based on the strength of their writing sample and their short answer responses.

The Scholarship Includes:

  • Eight-week Master Class in fiction/nonfiction
  • Three one-day PEN Center USA Craft Sessions
  • A one-on-one editing session with a professional editor
  • Participate in a culminating final reading held at Book Soup


  • You must be a resident of West Hollywood
  • Over 21 years old
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Must fulfill all scholarship components

Narrative Jazz will be a branded series of Creative Nonfiction/Narrative Nonfiction books for young adults (age 13+), developed by book publisher Jess M. Brallier, with plans to publish the first of many books in Spring 2018 with a major house.

The list will be diverse, including its authors, subjects, and readers.  Narrative Jazz is currently soliciting pitches for 200-page (50-60,000 words) books of the widest range, including memoirs, history, science, contemporary issues, etc.  Imagine, for example, books such as Unbroken, Wild, Stiff, Without a Map, My Lesbian Husband, Soldier Girls, etc., written for the YA reader.

Silver Birch Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Nancy Drew (Deadline April 30)

Since her 1930 appearance in The Secret of the Old Clock, amateur sleuth Nancy Drew has inspired generations of girls — including this one — with her moxie, intelligence, determination, but most of all independence. After 86 years, Nancy Drew is as popular as ever — with avid fans around the world.

Let’s celebrate this female icon and role model with the NANCY DREW ANTHOLOGY: A Collection of Poetry, Prose, Art & Photography Featuring Everyone’s Favorite Female Sleuth. WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by Nancy Drew.

Opossum: A Literary Marsupial Call for Submissions

OPOSSUM is a literary magazine animated by music. We live on the internet and aspire to the printed page and pressed vinyl. SOON! Send us your stories, poems, and essays, your work pulsing with beats, haunted by melodies. We pay $250 for short stories and essays, and $100 for poems and flash fiction and non-fiction.

Why OPOSSUM? In November, 2015, after the flood waters of October had passed, as we were thinking out how to do this thing, John Edgar had a dream in his bed in San Marcos, TX, that he was representing a magazine called OPOSSUM on the book fair floor of a well known literary conference. The next day, in Portland, OR, Jon Ross opened an old cookbook at random to a recipe for Baked Opossum. Subsequently, a majestically large Opossum moved into the woods behind John Edgar’s house, and Jon Ross’s cat, Kiki, began spending her nights surveilling a ghostlike creature who’d moved in under his porch. Opossums love persimmons. The rest is history.

Queen Mob's Tea House Short Story Contest (Deadline April 25) 

Queen Mob’s Teahouse is looking for work for our first short story contest. The theme is With(out) Salvation. Write about: gods, adventure, growth, hope, lost dreams, the future, the past, redemption or despair. But don’t feel limited. Stories pushing the boundaries of narrative form are welcome; queerness is encouraged; challenge our notion of what salvation can even be.

The winner will be published in Queen Mob’s Teahouse as well as in Berfrois and receive a cash prize. Second and third prize will be publication in Queen Mob’s Teahouse. All submissions will be considered for publication in Queen Mob’s Teahouse.

The Indianola Review
Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)

We are a quarterly print journal with a mission: To produce a great product, promote well-wrought, important, and entertaining literature, and, above all, to provide an accessible, writer-friendly platform. We understand how difficult it is, as writers, to navigate the literary realm—in a world of increasingly common "submission fees," lengthy response times, and standardized declines, The Indianola Review is setting itself apart from the pack. We don't charge for standard submissions and never will, nor will we send you emails asking for money. If writers pay us for submissions, using our premium categories, we'll provide unheard of benefits—such as 48-hour response windows for poetry, and 96-hour responses for prose. We offer feedback as time allows, and offer guaranteed feedback on ALL contest submissions. We will always pay our writers, writers we discover from our submissions pool, not from our list of friends or back-room solicitations. We offer competitive compensation to our contributors, and our number-one priority as we grow is to put ourselves in a position to offer pro-paying rates. The Indianola Review exists to serve writers and provide a valuable and worthwhile literary experience.

Hidden River Arts Fiction & Drama Awards
(Deadline June 1 – $1000)

An annual prize of $1,000 from Hidden River Arts, a literary arts organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be given in the following categories: (1) to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt (2) the best unproduced full-length play.

The William Van Wert Memorial Fiction Award
Eligible: Any previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt of 25 pages or less. Any submission that includes more than 25 pages will be disqualified. All novel excerpts must include a synopsis and outline of the whole novel, and an explanation of where the submitted portion fits into the overall structure of the work. Submissions of excerpts without a synopsis and outline will be disqualified.

The Hidden River Arts Playwrighting Award
Eligible: Any previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play. (And yes, full-length musical plays are also accepted!)

Upcoming Deadlines

PEN Center USA WeHo Writing Craft Scholarships (Deadline April 18)
Narrative Jazz Call for YA Nonfiction Pitches (Deadline April 20)
Queen Mob's Tea House Short Story Contest (Deadline April 25)
Ninth Letter's 2016 Literary Awards (Deadline April 29 – $1000) 
Redivider Beacon Street Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Arcadia 2016 Dead Bison Editors' Prize (Deadline April 30 – $1000)
Silver Birch Press Call for Anthology Submissions: Nancy Drew (Deadline April 30)
Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature Call for Submissions (Deadline April 30)
Sarabande Books 2016 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Deadline April 30 – $2000)
Fugue Call for Submissions (Deadline May 1)
Story Call for Submissions (Theme: Identity – Deadline May 1)
Assay Call for Submissions (Theme: Best American Essays – Deadline May 1)
Southwest Review David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Awards in Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry (Deadline May 1 – $1000)
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 15 – $1000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Joy – Deadline May 16)
Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest (Deadline May 18 – $100)
Posit: A Journal of Literature and Art Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Hourglass Literary Magazine Short Story, Essay, and Poem Competition (Deadline May 31 – $1000)

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