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Submission Sunday 5.29.16

The POP Montreal International Music Festival
 and Matrix Magazine have once again collaborated to bring you North America's most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor. Our 2016 judges are Sam Lipsyte (Fiction) and Brenda Shaughnessy (Poetry).

The winners, one from each category, will receive a round-trip ticket to POP Montreal from September 21–25, 2016, a VIP pass to POP Montreal, free accommodation at a hotel, fall publication in Matrix Magazine with full honorarium, and will participate in a presentation at a special Matrix Lit POP event during the festival.

The Wax Paper
 is a broadsheet publication open to all forms of written word, image, and collected conversation. The first priority of The Wax Paper is to expand our understanding of the people we share the world with, and in doing so, expand our understanding of ourselves. Pieces will be selected on their ability to illuminate the humanity and significance of the subjects that inhabit the work.

The Wax Paper was inspired by the life of Louis “Studs” Terkel. Our name is taken after his first radio show, The Wax Museum, a groundbreaking program, emblematic of his democratic fondness of variety, in which arias were played alongside folk ballads. We look to populate The Wax Paper with pieces that share the spirit inherent in Studs’ written work.  Work that required patient observation, remained steadfast in its empathy, and displayed genuine vitality.

Studs Terkel’s voice and the voices he collected are a necessary antidote to the rising flood of overtures and platitudes gushing from advertisers, politicians, corporations, and zealots. Their whispers and broadcasts are often seductive and well-crafted. They tickle our fleeting desires and exploit our fears. The Wax Paper stands in direct opposition to their messages. We will oppose them by publishing pieces created with careful observation, empathy, and vitality.

Fairy Tale Review Prose & Poetry Contest (Deadline July 15 – $1000)

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our third annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Kelly Link will serve as our judge for prose, and Traci Brimhall will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000 and publication in The Translucent Issue, which will be released in 2017. All non-winning submissions will be considered for publication as well. 

Founded in 2005 by Kate Bernheimer, Fairy Tale Review is an annual literary journal dedicated to publishing new fairy tales and to helping raise public awareness of fairy tales as a diverse, innovative art form. Work from Fairy Tale Review has been selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories AnthologyBest New American Voices,Best American Fantasy, and listed as “Notable” in Best American Short Stories, among other honors. Fairy Tale Review is edited by MFA students enrolled in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

True Story Call for Submissions

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is pleased to announce that, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we’re starting a new monthly magazine, set to debut this fall. Each issue of True Story will feature one exceptional work of creative nonfiction, which will be distributed in print and digitally (though not available online).

Submissions should be between 3,500 and 7,000 words long, on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.

2016 New American Fiction Prize (Deadline June 24 – $1000 plus publication contract)

New American Press is an independent literary publisher committed to bringing readers the best in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations from across the United States and around the world. We believe that books have the potential to offer readers new and compelling visions of being in the world, and we’re committed to bringing those visions to life with careful attention to each book’s design, production, and distribution.

We publish between three and five full-length books each year, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and translated works. Annually, we award a New American Fiction Prize and a New American Poetry Prize, each for a full-length book that we publish and tell all our friends about. All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, as well as full-length collections of flash fiction and short-shorts. Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length. Final judge is GINA FRANGELLO, whose forthcoming novel, Every Kind of Wanting, will be released on Counterpoint in September 2016. 

Call for Submissions
(Theme: On Weather) 

What does mild weather do to a person? How does weather mirror us? Who are the people who live in the tornado belt? What happens during a long, cold, snowy winter? Where do you find shelter during a torrential rain? When is the first time you saw hail? What was happening that day, that week? How is wind formed and tunneled through mountain passes? What happens when a low pressure system meets a high pressure system? What happens during an El Nino year, a blustery day, a blackout during a heat wave?

seeks submissions for a new Sunday series, “On Weather.” We are looking for essays, prose poems, possibly even fiction in which the weather plays a role, either in the forefront or background. While we are open to any style or form, for this particular series we are leaning more toward the essay form.

Nowhere Magazine 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest (Deadline June 1 – $1000)

Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is accepting submissions for the 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest. We are looking for young, old, novice and veteran writers to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction, nonfiction or essay, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win…

The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Nowhere Magazine. Up to ten finalists will also be published. Brush off your manuscripts or write something new and send it to the only literary travel magazine going… We look forward to reading your work!

Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships
(Deadline June 15)

The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984. Our location--situated along the banks of the Gihon River in the historic village of Johnson, Vermont--was chosen with the intention of fostering creativity through community, collaboration, and quiet reflection supported by the unspoiled beauty of the northern Green Mountains.

Over the last 30 years, VSC has grown to become the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the United States. Our mission is to provide studio residencies in an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. VSC holds three annual fellowship deadlines: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. We also offer occasional special fellowships at other times.

Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Nowhere Magazine 2016 Spring Travel Writing Contest (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
The Iowa Review Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans (Deadline June 1 – $1000)
Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships (Deadline June 15)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
2016 New American Fiction Prize (Deadline June 24 – $1000 plus publication contract)
Rabbit Catastophe Press Real Good Poem Prize (Deadline June 30 – $2000) 
Matrix Magazine / Lit POP Awards (Deadline July 1)
American Chordata Call for Submissions (Deadline July 15)
Fairy Tale Review Prose & Poetry Contest (Deadline July 15 – $1000)
The Masters Review Short Story Award for New Writers (Deadline July 15 – $2000)

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