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Submission Sunday 6.12.16

Submission Sunday is taking a summer vacation and will return on Sunday, July 10!

Hardwick Gazette
Essay Contest
(Deadline August 11 – A cornerstone of the fourth estate)

If you have the passion for writing, journalistic integrity, good business acumen, and want the opportunity to pursue the noble profession of being a newspaper publisher in the majestic hills, valleys and mountains of Vermont, this essay contest is for you. 

Grand and only prize: The Hardwick Gazette, located in Hardwick, Vermont.
Entry fee: $175
Essay guidelines: 400 words or less about the entrant’s skills and vision for owning a paid weekly newspaper in the new millennium.

For 127 years, The Hardwick Gazette has been a newspaper of record in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This rural region of New England is full of life, history, character, and citizens who are fierce defenders of democracy and never shy about sharing their opinions. First published in 1889, The Hardwick Gazette was bought by Ross Connelly and his late wife, Susan Jarzyna, in 1986. Ready for retirement, he wants to assure the newspaper lives on by holding this contest to find the new owner.

The Fourth River Call for Submissions (Theme: Juvenscence – Deadine September 1)

The Fourth River 
welcomes submissions that explore the relationship between humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the confluence of place, space and identity—or that reflects upon or makes use of landscape and place in new ways.
The Fourth River is pleased to announce the submissions call for print Issue 14, due out Spring 2017. The issue will include a themed feature that explores what it means to be young in our environments, whether urban or rural, human-made or natural. With this feature, we hope to emphasize and celebrate the ways in which the place we begin shapes the person we become.
For the Juvenescence feature, we are seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual artwork that highlights the experience of being young: of searching, discovering, and learning from, of leaving or settling into our natural and/or human-made worlds. Submission period is July 1st-September 1st. General submissions will also open at this time for prose, poetry, and artwork with a focus on nature and place.

The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize
(Deadline July 31 – $5000)

In 1970, Louise Meriwether published her novel of life in the post–Harlem Renaissance era, Daddy Was a Number Runner. Nearly fifty years later it is still considered a classic. Following Paule Marshall’s 1959 Brown Girl, BrownstonesDaddy Was a Number Runner is one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young black girl as the protagonist. The book inspired the careers of writers like Jacqueline Woodson and Bridgett M. Davis, among many others.

In order to celebrate Meriwether’s achievements and continue her legacy, the Feminist Press has partnered with TAYO Literary Magazine to launch a contest seeking the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color.

First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press! Final judges include Tayari Jones and Ana Castillo.

Grist: The Journal for Writers Call for Submissions

A resource for the discussion and demonstration of the writer’s craft, Grist: The Journal for Writers seeks high quality submissions from both emerging and established writers. We publish craft essays and interviews as well as fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and we want to see the best work you have to offer, regardless of form, style, or subject matter. We prefer writing that is accessible, and experimental work that shows an awareness of what is being subverted and why. We also value fiction and poetry that is aware of the history that has come before it. We read between June 15th and September 15th.

New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in American Fiction Volume 16: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre. $1,750 in prizes for short fiction ($1000 1st Place, $500 2nd, $250 3rd; each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies.). Publication date is set for October 2017. Finalist judge is TBA. Maximum 10,000 words per story. Reading Fee of $16 for each online submission from February 1 to June 15, 2014 at Submittable website. 

After an 11-year pause, New Rivers Press revived its American Fiction anthology series with American Fiction, Volume 11: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, an anthology of stories selected through a national competition. We published Volume 11 in 2010, Volume 12 in 2012, Volume 13 in October of 2014, and Volume 14 in 2015. Volume 13 was 
named winner of the Midwest Independent Publishers Award for Fiction Short Stories/Anthology in 2014. We are currently in production with Volume 15, which will be released in October 2016. The series was originally carried by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group. Past judges have included Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Ray Carver, Wallace Stegner, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Josip Novakovich, Michael White, Elizabeth Strout, and Steve Almond.

Calling the zany, the thought-provoking, the humorous, and the quirky—we want to read your writing! The Offbeat, a literary journal specializing in undisputedly unique works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and sequential art, is accepting submissions. We cater to the bizarre, the whimsical, and the outlandish. Show us writing that falls off the beaten path in an intriguing way!

We ask for different. We DO NOT mean unnecessarily explicit content produced purely for the purpose of being shocking. We are interested in quality. No matter where you come from or what you do, we want to hear from you!

Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Call for Submissions (Special Issue: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! – Deadline June 15)

Welcome to People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! We're looking for original, unpublished fantasy stories of up to 7500 words written by People of Colo(u)r. The stories can be set in this world with fantastical elements or they can take place in another world entirely. Please avoid timeworn cliches like the White Savior, the Magical Negro, and the Woman Who Is Only A Sex Object. Voice matters—we are looking for voices we haven't heard before, rhythms and narrative structures we don't see often enough in fantasy literature. Story matters—take us on a journey. Make sure there's a strong turning point, that the stakes are high. We look forward to reading your work! 

Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest (Deadline July 31 – $500)

Our 2nd annual Unclassifiables contest is open May 1st to July 31st. Challenged by Diaghilev to astonish him (“Etonnez-moi!”), Cocteau responded with an “unclassifiable” ballet: music by Satie, sets and costumes by Picasso, book by himself. The year: 1910. In this age of branding and marketing, can such “unclassifiable” works survive? What is gained—or lost—when boundaries are blurred?

This contest is for unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels. Works of up to 5000 words considered. Judged by Michael Martone.

Arts & Letters is a national literary journal operating out of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. One of the premier journals of the Southeast, Arts & Letters attracts young, fresh voices as well as established writers, publishing the likes of R.T. Smith, Denise Duhamel, Donald Hall, Bret Lott, Maxine Kumin, Sonja Livingston, Dinty Moore, Bob Hicok, Xu Xi, Lia Purpura, Mark Jarman, and David Kirby.

Upcoming Deadlines

Vermont Studio Center (VSC) Fellowships (Deadline June 15)
december magazine 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award (Deadline June 15 – $1500)
New Rivers Press American Fiction Short Story Award 2016 (Deadline June 15 – $1000)
Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Call for Submissions (Special Issue: People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! – Deadline June 15)
2016 New American Press 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)
Arts & Letters Unclassifiables Contest (Deadline July 31 – $500)
The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize (Deadline July 31 – $5000)
2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)
Proximity Magazine Personal Essay and Narrative Journalism Prizes (Deadline August 1 – $200)
Hardwick Gazette Essay Contest (Deadline August 11 – A cornerstone of the fourth estate)
The Offbeat Flash Fiction/Prose/Creative Nonfiction Contests (Deadline August 15 – $250)

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