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From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, badinage and literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it published the work of writers like A.A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. In 1979, Bill Buford transformed Granta from a student publication to the literary quarterly it remains today. Granta Books came ten years later, quickly becoming one of the most independent-minded and prestigious literary publishers in the UK.

Granta’s Best of Young issues, released decade by decade, introduce the most important voices of each generation – in Britain, America, Brazil and Spain – and have been defining the contours of the literary landscape since 1983. As the Observer writes: ‘In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.’

Sweet Flash Essay Contest
(Deadline June 25 – $500)

Too often in the mainstream media, the label “nonfiction” implies that the facts are more important than the art. But at Sweet we think creative nonfiction must be held to the same standards as the other literary genres. In short, it must taste good, not merely be good for us.

Sweet is thrilled to announce its first annual Flash Essay Contest. Broadly speaking, we appreciate a close attention to language and a quirky sense of humor, and you can always read published essays in previous Sweet issues on our website. We look forward to reading your work!

New England Review
Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

By publishing new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that is both challenging and inviting, New England Review encourages artistic exchange and thought-provoking innovation, providing publishing opportunities for writers at all stages in their careers. NER is published by Middlebury College, and as a nonprofit organization we rely on subscriptions and charitable donations to support our mission.

The selection of writings in each issue presents a broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including traditional and experimental fiction, long and short poems, translations, criticism, letters from abroad, reviews in arts and literature, and rediscoveries. New England Review exists in a place apart from mass culture, where speed and information overload are the norm. At NER, serious writing is given serious attention, from the painstaking selection process through careful editing and publication, where finally the writer’s words meet up with a curious and dedicated readership.

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition (Deadline May 5 – $1000)

Writer’s Digest hosts the 86th Annual Writing Competition. This competition spotlights writing in many genres including short fiction, poetry, script writing and nonfiction pieces. This is your chance to win $5,000 in cash, a feature article about you in the December 2017 issue, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 86th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen. The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.

The Collagist
 published its first issue in August 2009 under the editorship of founding editor Matt Bell. New issues are published once every two months on the 15th. Each issue features original fiction, poetry, and essays, most of which come from unsolicited submissions. Work first published in The Collagist has been featured in the Pushcart Prize anthology, Best New PoetsBest of the NetBest Small Fictions, the Wigleaf top 50, and by Longform and other publications. The Collagist is proud to be an imprint of Dzanc Books.

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
(Deadline May 15 – $1500)

Now in its 17th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. The contest opens each year April 1 - May 15 and prizewinners are published in the following fall issue in October.

The American Journal of Poetry
publishes superlative poetry from beginners to the most renowned poets in the world. We are an online biannual journal of poetry. Our hallmark is “Strong Rx Medicine” ®  Risk taking and a distinctive voice is highly prized.  There are absolutely no restrictions with regard to style, length or subject matter. Send your best. We read year round. We are a writer-friendly review. We do not employ readers or screeners. Each and every submission is read by our Editor-in-Chief, Robert Nazarene and our Senior Editor, James Wilson. Unique to the literary world, you may rely on a response within 15 business days from receipt of your submission.

Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat (Deadline May 1)

Jack Jones Literary Arts is hosting its first annual writing retreat at SMU-in-Taos in Taos, New Mexico. This two-week retreat will be held October 12- 26, 2017, and is open exclusively to women of color. National Book Award finalist, Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House, is joining us as our Writer-in-Residence for week one, and Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow and NEA award winner, Angel Nafis, author of BlackGirl Mansion, will join us as Writer-in-Residence for week two.

As part of the retreat experience, Jack Jones is featuring daily one hour Skype master classes with agents, editors and acclaimed women in publishing to promote networking, learning and engagement. These sessions are totally optional for retreat participants. The retreat rate is $1050.00 for the two weeks and includes individual writing suites with private bedroom, communal baths, writing area, library, computer center, wifi, air conditioning, and all meals are provided. We are pleased to offer eleven fully-funded scholarship opportunities, travel stipends and admissions fee reimbursements. 

Longreads is currently accepting pitches for original work. We pay competitive rates. Blog posts go beyond curation to engage with longform essays and journalism published online. The idea here is to either take an item or discussion in the news—or a recently published piece of longform journalism that is being discussed online—and thread together a post that may lead the reader to other great longreads they may not have known about. Reading lists are a simple way to do this, but we’re more interested in posts that do this with a strong voice. This could also involve an annotation or argument that walks the reader through an essay or long feature. 

Personal essays have been the heart of Longreads for the past several years, and they are thoughtfully written and engaging, often dealing with topics in the news from a personal angle or a historic one. This is the place you can be a bit experimental with your writing or research, ideas-based essays are particularly welcome here. These are generally between 2,000-3,000 words, but could be longer. Ideas for long-form features take a considerable amount of time and research to develop. These stories can involve multiple reporting trips, sources, and in-depth research. Although they don’t necessarily need to deal with current events, they should have an excellent sense of story and purpose and be able to hold a reader’s attention with a compelling premise. Features are generally between 3,000 and 6,000 words, but can be longer or broken up into a series depending on length and subject matter.

Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat (Deadline May 1)
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)
Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition (Deadline May 5 – $1000)
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest (Deadline May 15 – $1500)
Granta Magazine Call for Nonfiction Submissions (Deadline May 24)
The Lifted Brow & non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)
New England Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
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)
Sweet Flash Essay Contest (Deadline June 25 – $500)
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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