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Cosmonauts Avenue 2018 Nonfiction Prize (Deadline July 23 – $500)

CA is thrilled to announce that our annual Cosmonauts Avenue Non-Fiction Prize is now open for submissions! Our judge (deep breath)... Ocean Vuong! What are we looking for? We love writing that is personal, necessary, darkly funny, unfunny, candid, unique, upsetting, untold, includes in-depth research into who bit Beyoncé, and writing that is deeply good and deeply you. The winner will receive $500 and publication in Cosmonauts Avenue.

Cosmonauts Avenue is an online, monthly literary journal run by women and non-binary folks dedicated to elevating and amplifying underrepresented voices. We publish fiction, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, and more, from writers around the world, in English and in translation. Submissions are free and always will be. This is one way we hope to remain accessible to all writers, whether new or emerging or established.

Eclectica Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)

Eclectica Magazine is a quarterly electronic journal devoted to showcasing the best writing on the World Wide Web. "Literary" and "genre" work appear side-by-side in each issue, along with pieces that blur the distinctions between such categories. Pushcart Prize, National Poetry Series, and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as Nebula Award nominees, have shared issues with previously unpublished authors.

We pride ourselves on giving everyone (high schoolers, convicts, movie executives, etc.) an equal shot at publication, based solely on the quality of their work. Because we like eclecticism, we tend to favor the varied perspectives that often characterize the work of international authors, people of color, women, alternative lifestylists, and straight white men—but others who don't fit into these categories sometimes do surprise us. 

The Los Angeles Review Summer 2018 Literary Awards
(Deadline June 30 – $1000)

The Los Angeles Review, an annual print and online literary journal established in 2003, is the voice of Los Angeles, and the voice of the nation. With its multitude of cultures, Los Angeles roils at the center of the cauldron of divergent literature emerging from the West Coast. Perhaps from this place something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 21st century. We invite both published and emerging writers to submit their work to our editors, and we thank you for being part of the Los Angeles Review. Douglas Manuel will judge in poetry, Doug Lawson will judge in fiction, Ron Koertge will judge in flash fiction, and Sarah Cannon will judge in nonfiction.

Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon
(Deadline July 1 – $1000)

Gene Hayworth and Keith Waters founded Owl Canyon Press in 2011, as a forum for new voices in fiction and literature in translation. In 2016, a small group of writers was presented with an informal short story challenge—given an opening and closing paragraph, craft an original short story connecting the two.  The challenge ultimately resulted in one of the short stories evolving into the novel Dog Logic, which was published in 2017 and is currently a finalist in the Foreword Review INDIES book of the year awards and motivated the launch of the 2018 Owl Canyon Press short story hackathon. Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the first and last paragraph and the short story writer crafts the rest.

Slice Magazine Call for Submissions
(Deadline June 15 – Theme: Time)

Slice, a New York-based literary nonprofit, was launched in 2007 by book editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson and has since garnered rave reviews from some of today’s leading authors, editors, and agents. At the core, Slice aims to bridge the gap between emerging writers and the publishing world and, in the process, to spark conversations you might not otherwise hear. In each issue of our semi-annual literary magazine, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles and interviews from renowned writers and lesser known voices alike. Along with these pieces, we publish fiction and poetry that isn’t bound by the theme—we simply look for works by writers who promise to become tomorrow’s literary legends. We also explore the craft and the business of writing.

Petrichor Audio Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

Petrichor from Audible is a project to create an audio-exclusive magazine delivering literary work produced by professional narrators and delivered to average listeners through fast and easy-to-access streaming.


a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

It’s derived from a pair of chemical reactions:

  • Some plants secrete oils during dry periods, and when it rains, these oils are released into the air.
  • The second reaction that creates petrichor occurs when chemicals produced by soil-dwelling bacteria known as actinomycetes are released. These aromatic compounds combine to create the pleasant petrichor scent when rain hits the ground.

Petrichor simulates our sense of smell to change the way we perceive the environment around us. It leaves us with a lasting impression. We believe good writing is produced in a similar process by releasing the feelings we have produced for a long time. When combined with other elements, it can simulate our brains to understand and feel things in a different way. We are currently accepting unsolicited pieces in fiction only.

Hotel Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

Hotel is open for submissions for the month of May.* Established in 2016, Hotel is a magazine for new approaches to fiction, non fiction & poetry. Hotel features work from established & emerging talent. Hotel provides the space for experimental reflection on literature’s status as art & cultural mediator.

We are looking to read short fiction, non-fiction & poetry. Submitted works will be considered for the paper hotel (issues #5 & #6), the online archive & a forthcoming collaborative print project with Dostoyevsky Wannabe that will anthologise selected works published on the Hotel site over the course of its history. 

We welcome (non-academic) essayistic work; thought pieces, fragments & interviews, alongside short fiction, non-fiction & poetry. Please send up to 3 pages of poems, 3000 words of prose, excerpts from longer works, & pitches for non-fiction pieces.

Radar Poetry Call for Submissions & Coniston Prize (Deadlines June 30 & September 1 – $1000)

Radar Poetry is an electronic journal published quarterly in January, April, July, and October. We publish poems from established and emerging writers and welcome international submissions. Our taste is eclectic; we encourage submitters to read our past issues before sending work. We are interested in the interplay between poetry and visual media. Each issue features pairings of poetry and artwork, selected by the editors and contributors. 

Radar Poetry offers an annual award, the Coniston Prize, for the best group of poems submitted by a female poet writing in English. The award is $1,000 and the deadline is September 1. The winner and all finalists are published each year in the October issue of Radar.


Upcoming Deadlines

LIT Call for Submissions (Deadline May 30)
Kweli Call for Submissions (Deadline May 30)
Hotel Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
The Gettysburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Petrichor Audio Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)
Eclectica Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 1)
The Threepenny Review
Call for Submissions
(Deadline June 1)
American Short Fiction
Halifax Ranch Fiction Prize
(Deadline June 1 – $2500)
Slice Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline June 15 – Theme: Time)
The Los Angeles Review Summer 2018 Literary Awards (Deadline June 30 – $1000)
Radar Poetry Call for Submissions & Coniston Prize (Deadlines June 30 & September 1 – $1000)
Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship (Deadline July 1 – $10,000)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Let's Talk About Sex – Deadline July 16 – $1000)
Cosmonauts Avenue 2018 Nonfiction Prize (Deadline June 30 – $500)

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