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Submission Sunday 5.19.19

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NBC Universal Writers on the Verge Program (Deadline May 31)

Writers on the Verge is a program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply. The program will consist of weekly evening classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including “The Blacklist,” “Marlon,” “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.”

Granta Magazine
Call for Submissions (Deadline May 28)

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.’

The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize
(Theme: The Circus – Deadline June 30)

The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize is now open for submissions! Until the closing date of June 30, 2019, we invite entries on the theme “The Circus” from both published and unpublished writers resident anywhere in the world. Up for grabs is a one-month residency in a luxury apartment in one of the world’s most creative destinations for travellers, Berlin’s Circus Hotel. From January 4th to February 3rd 2020, the winning author will have a month to write, a free four-day pass to The British Council Germany’s Literary Seminar, and access to the famously inspiring Berliner Luft!

Alongside a host of runner up prizes, a shortlist of ten writers will be published in an anthology by the independent Berlin press KLAK Verlag. Last time, our 2017 shortlist featured both unpublished writers and debut novelists, including two who went on to be longlisted for The Booker Prize in 2018. We’ve already had requests from literary agents to view our next longlist. All of which meaning that if you are an emerging writer, our competition is one you should seriously consider entering.

3Elements Literary Review Call for Submissions
(Dumbwaiter, Shore, Sigil – Deadline May 31)

3Elements Literary Review is an independent literary journal publishing digitally once every quarter. Our issue is produced in PDF format. Each issue begins with the posting of three elements (which are currently Dumbwaiter, Shore, Sigil), and ends with a journal filled with the imaginative ways in which each writer and artist transformed those elements. Our journal is uniquely designed and filled with literature that is thoughtfully crafted. We pride ourselves on publishing contributors from all around the globe. We just might be the best online literary magazine you’ve never heard of.

[PANK] 2019 Big Book Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)

We are pleased to announce the inaugural [PANK] Books Contest! One Grand Prize Winner in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Full Length Books Contest will each receive:

  • $1000 Grand Prize
  • $500 Publicity Campaign
  • Invitation to Book Launch, Signing and Reading at AWP 2020
  • Invitation to New York City Book Reading
  • 25 Author Copies
  • Will Serve as the 2020 [PANK] Books Contest Judge
  • We will also consider runners–up for publication!

Send us your innovations, your silenced voices, your open hearts, your caged birds, your truths, your beauty, your everythings. PANK fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. PANK loves you. PANK is always open for your love. We hope you’ll share your writing with PANK. Since we are not a paying venue, we understand if you cannot, but we hope you will. We’re invested in sharp, honest, beautiful writing. Strangeness is a small god.

The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought Call for Submissions
(Deadline September 1)

The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought originated late one evening in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. We were interested in the conversations that could arise when an account was paired with creative work. We imagined a journal where writers could offer such accounts beside their poems and prose, and where artists could offer the same pairing of work and aesthetic statement.

account =  history, sketch, marker, repository of influences

An account of a specific work traces its arc—through texts and world—while giving voice to the artist’s approach. The literary/art market’s tidal wave can tend to engulf the maker’s account of the work. We believe that an account can restore the relationship between artist and aesthetic. The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought encourages writers to submit work of any aesthetic. All work must be submitted with an account. Our writers have won the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
(Deadline May 31 – $3000)

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, submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers.

The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication in The Masters Review. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, as well as publication in The Masters Review. All three finalists will earn a spot in Kathy Fish’s Fast Flash© online workshop. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction.

KCRW Report LA Fellowship
(Deadline May 31)

KCRW is committed to serving and representing all communities of Southern California. We are excited to launch our new KCRW Report LA Fellowship which aims to diversify the public media newsroom by training and funding two budding journalists from historically underrepresented groups for one year.

By removing barriers that impede entry into the public media newsroom, we hope to find enthusiastic people of all backgrounds who stay up on the news, demonstrate knowledge of Southern California, have some experience (college media accepted) and are pursuing a career in media.

Here’s what we offer: This is a paid full-time, 12-month fellowship that begins in mid June 2019 and ends May 31, 2020. Benefits are included, as well as placement assistance at the end of the term. The position is based at KCRW in Santa Monica.


Upcoming Deadlines   
New Letters Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction, Patricia Cleary Miller Award for Poetry, and Robert Day Award for Fiction (Deadline May 20 – $2500)
Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest (Deadline May 22 – $2000)
Granta Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline May 28)
AGNI Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
KCRW Report LA Fellowship (Deadline May 31)
The Baltimore Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
NBC Universal Writers on the Verge Program (Deadline May 31)
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest (Deadline May 31 – $3000)
3Elements Literary Review Call for Submissions (Dumbwaiter, Shore, Sigil – Deadline May 31)
Geometry Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Contrary Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
Boulevard Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship (Deadline June 3)
Backbone Press Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize (Deadline June 15 – $500)
The Wax Paper
Call for Submissions
(Deadline June 30)
The 2019 Berlin Writing Prize
(Theme: The Circus – Deadline June 30)
The Los Angeles Review 2019 Literary Awards (Deadline June 30 – $1000)
[PANK] 2019 Big Book Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought Call for Submissions (Deadline September 1)

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