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Submission Sunday 5.15.16

American Short Fiction Contest (Deadline June 1 - $1000)

We are excited to announce that the American Short Fiction Contest is now open for submissions. This year we are honored to have Victor LaValle as our guest judge. All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words.

Issued triannually, American Short Fiction publishes work by emerging and established voices: stories that dive into the wreck, that stretch the reader between recognition and surprise, that conjure a particular world with delicate expertise—stories that take a different way home. Stories published by American Short Fiction are anthologized in Best American Short StoriesBest American Non-Required ReadingThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere.

Lockjaw Magazine
Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)

To begin, obviously yes of course we want Your Best Work. But mostly we want Your Strange Work, Your Uncertain Work, the thing you made that made you feel differently about yourself for a while after you made it. We want ephemera. Work that feels like ruins. Not unpolished or unfinished due to a lack of effort or resolve, but work that feels like it was finished, was perfect, has since decayed. Work that is both human and alien. Sharp knives, cold water. Beauty under glass. Soft and stark and complex and pitiless, all at the same time. Easy, right? No problem.

We have a strong preference for the experimental and postmodern, though we value clarity and coherence. We like weirdness, but not exclusively for its own sake. Unless the writing is killer. Unless the image is unshakable. Unless the sound won’t get out of our heads. We’re not by any means snobs, but this project isn’t looking for straight science fiction, or romance, or fantasy, or anything that has its own special shelf in a bookstore or label in a record shop. We’re more than happy to suggest other journals that may really want your historical fiction, though.

 Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets
 (Deadline June 1 – $1000)

Boulevard's mission is to publish the finest in contemporary fiction and poetry as well as definitive essays on the arts and culture, and to publish a diversity of writers who exhibit an original sensibility. It is our conviction that creative and critical work should be presented in a variegated yet coherent ensemble—as a boulevard, which contains in one place the best a community has to offer.

The Masters Review
Short Story Award for New Writers
(Deadline July 15 – $2000)

The Short Story Award for New Writers is open from May 15 – July 15, 2016 and will award $2000 to the winner of the best piece of fiction by an emerging writer. Second and third place prizes will be $200 and $100, respectively, and all three stories will earn publication on the site and agency review by Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini by GELFMAN SCHNEIDER / ICM PARTNERS and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. in New York.

The Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines and submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

The Carolina Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)

The Carolina Quarterly publishes a variety of poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork three times a year. Approximately 1,000 copies are distributed to readers locally and to individual subscribers, public and university libraries, and bookstores in the United States and overseas. Back issues are sold throughout the year. Free online access to the full-text of our issues is available to every UNC student.

The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing established and emergent writers for 65 years. Recent issues have featured the works of Lauri Anderson, James Gordon Bennett, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Sean Bishop, Nicole Terez Dutton, Aaron Gwyn, K.A. Hays, Caitlin Horrocks, Stuart Nadler, Ben Purkert, Valerie Sayers, Ken Taylor, Matthew Volmer, G.C. Waldrep, Jerald Walker, and more. Pieces published in The Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Short Stories.

American Chordata Call for Submissions (Deadline July 15)

American Chordata is a biannual magazine of bright voices in fiction, nonfiction essay, and poetry, as well as art and photography. We are founded on the belief that a good literary magazine can celebrate sophisticated design and earnest expression on the same 5.5 by 8.5 page. We seek work that is brave, illuminating, and emotionally detailed. 

One Throne Magazine Call for Submissions

One Throne showcases the foremost in writing, which includes all genres and spans all styles. We are open to submissions of unpublished short fiction and creative nonfiction (2,500 words – 7,500 words), and poetry. One Throne does not believe in borders in literature—it’s all one kingdom. Some magazines may talk about publishing the best literary fiction, or the best science fiction, or the best Canadian or American writing, etc. To us, all those borders are totally artificial and we don't respect them whatsoever. Great writing is great writing, regardless of subject matter (in the case of genres) or where the writer comes from, or anything else. The literary world is one kingdom, one throne. Our magazine publishes the best writing from that one kingdom.

We were founded at Dawson City, Yukon in 2014. In our first year, two of our stories were named "Notable" in two Best American anthologies (Best American Essays and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy). Another story was subsequently made into the first chapter of a novel that was bought by HarperCollins India. We've published short stories by two Caine Prize finalists, another short story by a 2014 Shirley Jackson Award finalist, poetry by a Pushcart Prize winner, and poems by each of the joint-winners of the 2015 Brunel African Poetry Prize. We pride ourselves on probably being the most diverse literary magazine on the planet. Most of our issues carry writing from at least three continents, with women and minority groups equitably represented. Beauty is also important to us, and every poem or story is accompanied by its own dedicated art.

2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)

The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers, who are isolated from the literary establishment, with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. By the end of the Emerging Voices Fellowship, a writer will leave with:

• Seven months of guidance from a professional mentor and written notes on their current writing project.
• An author photo and bio.
• A logline—the small summation of the project in progress.
• A clear action plan for finishing their project.
• Writing life, and craft tips, and advice from notable authors.
• An editing guide from a professional copy editor.
• Insider knowledge of publishing from agents, publishers, and editors.
• Submission guide for literary journals, agents, residencies, and fellowships.
• Improved reading technique from a professional voice coach.
• Public reading experience for a variety of audiences.

Upcoming Deadlines

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)
The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction (Deadline May 29 – $5000)
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)
American Short Fiction Contest (Deadline June 1 - $1000)
Lockjaw Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hypertext Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
The Carolina Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Hidden River Arts Fiction & Drama Awards (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
The Los Angeles Review Call for Submissions (Theme: #fuckit – Deadline June 1)
The Iowa Review Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 

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