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Submission Sunday 6.10.18

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The Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline June 15)

The Literary Review (TLR) publishes the best new fiction, poetry, and prose from a broad community of international writers and translators, both emerging and established, whose commonality is literary quality and urgency of voice and artistic conviction. It is this genuine community of readers, writers, and publishers that distinguishes us. Our editorial standard is to read with an open, discerning mind, and to publish carefully and vigorously. We connect our writers to readers. TLR has been published since 1957 by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Quarterly West 2018 Chapbook Contest (Deadline July 1 – $500)

Quarterly West is now accepting entries for the 2018 Chapbook Contest! We anticipate publishing 3-4 excellent chapbook manuscripts, to be availabile at AWP 2019, in Portland. Quarterly West is the online literary journal run and staffed by PhD creative writing  students at the University of Utah. We have been in business since 1976.

The contest winner will receive a cash prize of $500, publication, custom cover-design, and 20 author copies. A runner-up, as selected by the judge, will receive publication, custom cover-design, and 20 author copies. The editors will also select 1-2 accomplished manuscripts to receive publication, custom cover-design, and 20 author copies. As with last year, we’ve decided to stay away from genre classifications. That’s for you to decide. Send us poetry, short-fiction, non-fiction, or any combination or hybridization therein.

X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

XR-A-Y Literary Magazine’s vision is to publish cutting-edge, smart, uncomfortable, entertaining, unforgettable prose that shines brighter than the skeleton in your body. We want prose that sees through skin and reveals something deeper. We work hard to give our readers the best authors on the planet. We want prose only. No poetry, please. Please keep fiction under 2,000 words.

Atticus Review Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest
(Deadline June 17 – $275)

Atticus Review is happy to announce our first annual Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Sarah Gerard. You may submit one piece of Flash CNF of up to 1000 words for consideration. Atticus Review is a daily online journal that publishes fiction, poems, and creative nonfiction, as well as graphic art, mixed media, music essays, and, on occasion, blog posts, interviews, and non-traditional book reviews.

The writing in Atticus Review is unashamed, unadorned, and unafraid. We want our contributors to dig deep into wounds to uncover words that touch the heart of the heartache — not to wallow, but rather to transcend despair through art and arrive at something hopeful. The stories we love are often lonely, and sometimes ugly, but we’re also deeply attracted to the bright, bold, and hope-infused.

We like hybrid, unconventional work that pushes boundaries, elevates and edifies on an intellectual level, that investigates the inscrutable essence of a thing, that avoids artifice to stand firmly in its unique voice. We are a platform, but not a pulpit. Moralizing is best kept at Sunday School. Judgement is best kept in court.

Sweet First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline June 15 – $500)

Sweet is thrilled to announce its first annual Poetry Contest. Generally, we appreciate accessible poems that build towards a powerful ending, and you can always read published poems in previous Sweet issues on our website. We look forward to reading your work!

Sweet is about candy, cake, ice cream, chocolate—a cornucopia of desserts. There’s a reason “sweet” has come to mean “awesome” in slang. It comes back to the mouth, to pleasure. We don’t believe pleasure has to be light, as our issues show. But we also don’t want readers to go away thinking, “That was really hearty” or “What a healthy collection!” We want you to think, “Mmmm, sweeeeet.” We want you to find something here that you need, something perhaps not as practical as a potato, but just as vital.

The Literary Hatchet Call for Submissions

The Literary Hatchet is a journal devoted to provocative fiction, poetry and prose. We are interested in well-written but digestible works in any genre (except erotica). We will consider previously published material but prefer original works. We accept short fiction, flash fiction, first-person narratives, speculative fiction, short stories, poetry, photography, art, cartoons, and illustrations. We’re interested in new angles on old ideas, or topics that don’t get covered frequently. We like to showcase articles that don’t just sum up some issue but make us think and make us want to read further. The above is not exhaustive. If you don’t have an immediate idea for a piece, but you’d really like to write for us, let us know and be prepared to show us work you’ve done. We can always think of subjects!

Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G. Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)

Listening to Biggie is listening to the streets. There is something gritty and powerful in his bars, something real and dripping the kind of authenticity that makes songs and stories stand out and claim a corner of your brain. Listening to Biggie is hearing how things are done in the streets, and anybody with at least a day of street experience knows that the man understood what he was talking about. From Brooklyn to San Juan, I’ve heard his impact in music, and none told is as clear as he did. Violent, real, and raw; those are the qualities of Biggie’s music that we’d like to capture in story form. That’s right, we’re talking crime, horror, and bizarro, but with a Biggie flavor. Published by Clash Books and edited by Gabino Iglesias. Get to writing, mufuckas. Gimme the loot!

NPR and the John Alexander Project Above the Fray Fellowship (Deadline July 1)

The Above the Fray Fellowship is an international reporting fellowship created in memory of John Alexander, an extraordinary young journalist who died of sudden heart failure while on assignment in Chongqing, China, in 2007. This Fellowship is a collaboration between NPR and the John Alexander Project.

The Above the Fray Fellowship is designed to give a promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories internationally. The ideal candidate will be selected based on a proposal to report from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The Fellow will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR. The fellowship is targeted for journalists early in their careers. Those with at least three but no more than five years of experience are eligible to apply.


Upcoming Deadlines 

The Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline June 15)
Sweet First Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline June 15 – $500)
Slice Magazine
Call for Submissions
(Deadline June 15 – Theme: Time)
Atticus Review Flash Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline June 17 – $275)
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)
Quarterly West 2018 Chapbook Contest (Deadline July 1 – $500)
Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon (Deadline July 1 – $1000)
PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship (Deadline July 1 – $10,000)
NPR and the John Alexander Project Above the Fray Fellowship (Deadline July 1)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Let's Talk About Sex – Deadline July 16 – $1000)
Cosmonauts Avenue 2018 Nonfiction Prize (Deadline July 23 – $500)
Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.
Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)

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