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Submission Sunday 6.16.19

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The Feminist Press Louise Meriwether First Book Prize (Deadline June 28)

The prize was founded in 2016 to honor author Louise Meriwether by publishing a debut work by a woman or nonbinary author of color, between 30,000 and 80,000 words. The prize is granted to a manuscript that follows in the tradition of Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner, one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young Black girl as the protagonist. Meriwether’s groundbreaking text inspired the careers of writers like Jacqueline Woodson and Bridgett M. Davis, among many others. The prize continues this legacy of telling much-needed stories that shift culture and inspire new writers.

One winner will be awarded a $5,000 advance (half at the time of the initial award and half upon publication) and a contract to publish their book with the Feminist Press in print and digital editions in spring 2021. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance on their manuscript. The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction by women of color and nonbinary writers of color. We do not accept poetry, plays, or academic texts.

The Gulf Coast 2019 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (Deadline August 15 – $1000)

The 2019 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now open to flash fiction, prose poems, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. This year's Barthelme Prize will be judged by Ben Marcus. 

Begun by Donald Barthelme and Phillip Lopate, Gulf Coast is a nationally distributed journal housed within the University of Houston's English Department, home to one of the US's top ranked creative writing programs. The journal has since moved beyond the student body of the University of Houston and into the larger world. Our readership of the print journal currently exceeds 3,000, with more and more coming to our ever-expanding website. The print journal comes out each April and October.

Contra Viento Call for Submissions

Contra Viento is a journal for art and literature that seeks to understand rangelands in all their varied forms. Rangelands are the tundra and the steppe, the prairie and the plains, the shrubland, the savanna, and the desert. These places are defined by their scale: rangelands are vast. And they are defined by what they often lack: water, people, and popular resources. Rangelands exist where humans have yet to build, where forests have receded and crops do not encroach. According to most estimates, they encompass between one-third and one-half of the ice-free land on earth.

Historically, these are sites of biblical importance, of wars, migrations, escapes, and reinventions. In the United States, rangelands are home to both the West and Mythic West, to manifest destiny and mirage. These places are home to the working cowboy and the cowboy of Hollywood, as well as the Basque, the Vaquero, the Native American, and others. Despite the challenges imposed by such massive and marginal spaces, humans on rangelands have survived in distinctive fashion. For many of today’s inhabitants, the herding of livestock remains a fundamental practice for creating meaning and ensuring livelihood. 

Contra Viento invites writers and artists to submit work that investigates these themes and imagines them anew. Contra Viento publishes work by and for a wide-ranging audience. We are especially interested in submissions from writers and artists historically underrepresented on rangelands, and in projects with specific focus on grazing cultures. We encourage submissions that examine the boundaries between space and place, between land and landscape, between past and future, between somewhere and nowhere, between human and animal, between human and human.

Black Warrior Review 2019 Contest (Deadline September 1 – $800-$1500)

Poetry Judge: Tommy Pico
Fiction Judge: Rivers Solomon
Nonfiction Judge: Selah Saterstrom
Flash Judge: Vi Khi Nao

Winners in Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry genre receive $1500 and publication in BWR 46.2, our Winter/ Spring 2019 issue. Two runner-ups in each genre receive monetary compensation and acknowledgment in that issue. We may consider any submission for general publication. The winner in Flash receives $800 and publication in BWR 46.2, our Winter/Spring 2019 issue. Two runner-ups receive monetary compensation and online publication. We may consider any submission for general publication.

Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative WritingBlack Warrior Review is named for the river that borders the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The city, the river, and the magazine all derive their names from a sixteenth-century Native American chief Tuskaloosa (also spelled “Tushkalusa”), whose name comes from two words of Creek or Choctaw origin—tasca, meaning “warriors,” and lusa, meaning “black.” In 1540, Chief Tuskaloosa battled the Spanish explorer de Soto at Mabila, a fortified Native American settlement approximately one hundred miles north of present-day Mobile. Chief Tuskaloosa is thought to have been among those who perished. BWR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year.

Spilled Milk Magazine Call for Submissions
(Deadline August 31)

Spilled Milk Magazine is an online literary magazine for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and all things in-between. We are eager to publish work that surprises us—that disregards boundaries and borders. Spilled Milk strives to be a home from unheard voices.

The work that we like pushes the boundaries of our expectations and takes us into a mental place that we have never imagined, yet feel as though it were written specifically for us. We’ve noticed in our brief time of running this magazine that many authors don’t push their work as far as they could. In that, they have the beginnings or inklings of something very adventurous and innovative but then shield away from the precipice. We encourage writers submitting to us to hang out in those weird rooms they’re drawn to and keep digging.

PayPal/Merriam-Webster Haiku That Can Pay You (Deadline June 18 – $1000)

First place: $1,000
Second place: $500
Third place: $250

You booked the big family trip. Congrats!
Got concert tickets for you and your friends. Great!
Now comes the hard part: dealing with all that cash (or worse, a check).
Luckily, big expenses don't have to be a hassle. 
Share your funniest story or best idea about splitting a big expense in a haiku and you could win $1,000*!

Call for Submissions

Hobart was founded in 2001 by Aaron Burch. Initially, Hobart was a web journal, coedited by Mike McGowan. In 2002, Aaron expanded Hobart to include an annual print issue in addition to the website. In 2005, Elizabeth Ellen came on as a coeditor of the print journal. Web editors over the years have included Matt Bell, Jensen Beach, Elle Nash, Jac Jemc, Caleb Curtiss, Andrea Kneeland, Ben Gross, Brandi Wells, Matthew Simmons, and Elizabeth Ellen, among others. Stories and essays from the website and print journal have frequently appeared in such compilations as O’Henry, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories, with Roxane Gay’s story “North Country” and Mike Meginnis’s story “Navigators” both from Hobart 12 featured in BASS in 2012.

Over the last fifteen years, Hobart has been a home for up and coming writers (and for some a first publication!) such as Stephany Aulenback, Lauren Groff, Blake Butler, Stephen Elliott, Mary Miller, Claire Vaye Watkins, Amelia Gray, Lindsay Hunter, Tao Lin, Maile Chapman, Matt Bell, Jac Jemc, Jeff Parker, Brian Allen Carr, Tod Goldberg, Paul Crenshaw, Melinda Moutzakis, and Lydia Conklin. In 2006, Elizabeth Ellen founded the book division, Short Flight / Long Drive Books, which has published books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by Michelle Orange, Mary Miller, Adam Novy, Karl Taro Greenfeld, Jess Stoner, Chelsea Martin, Mira Gonzalez, Tao Lin, Uzodinma Okehi, Elizabeth Ellen and Chloe Caldwell. In 2018, SF/LD will publish a poetry collection by Jason Phoebe Rusch.

Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency
(Santa Monica, CA – Deadline July 18)

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs seeks applications from writers of fiction, poetry, and plays who reside in Los Angeles County for an Artist Residency at the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. In celebration of Marion Davies’ support of artists, and to further the work of local artists, the City of Santa Monica has established a residency program at the Beach House that rotates between various artistic disciplines. The Writer Residency Program offers writers a private office at the Beach House for nine weeks to complete a work-in-progress. Two terms are available, with one resident chosen for each term.

The City provides this opportunity to writers who need a place to write and are interested in sharing aspects of their work for the public’s benefit. This program is best suited to writers who will be able to use the residency period to either finish or make significant progress on a particular work. As an acknowledgement of the public benefit of the resident to the community, an honorarium of $1,500 is paid in monthly installments to each resident.


Upcoming Deadlines  

PayPal/Merriam-Webster Haiku That Can Pay You (Deadline June 18 – $1000)
The Feminist Press Louise Meriwether First Book Prize (Deadline June 28)

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)
Rattle Poetry Prize (Deadline July 15 – $10,000)
Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards (Deadline July 15 – $1500)
Annenberg Community Beach House Artist Residency (Santa Monica, CA – Deadline July 18)
The Collagist (Now The Rupture! ) Call for Submissions
(Deadline July 31)
The Gulf Coast 2019 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
Spilled Milk Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
[PANK] 2019 Big Book Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Black Warrior Review 2019 Contest (Deadline September 1 – $800-$1500)
The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought Call for Submissions (Deadline September 1)

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