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2020 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)

The Emerging Voices Fellowship, run out of our Los Angeles office, is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career.

By the end of the Emerging Voices Fellowship, a writer will leave with:

  • Seven months of guidance from a professional mentor and written notes on their current writing project.
  • An author photo and bio.
  • A logline—the short summation of the project in progress.
  • A clear action plan for finishing this project.
  • Writing life, and craft tips, from notable visiting authors.
  • An editing guide from a professional copy editor.
  • Insider knowledge of publishing from agents, publishers, and editors.
  • An individualized submission guide for literary journals, agents, residencies, and fellowships.
  • Improved reading technique from a professional voice coach.
  • Public reading experience for a variety of audiences.
  • An understanding of how to be an effective workshop participant.
  • Lifetime membership in PEN America.
  • An introduction to the Los Angeles literary community.

The Emerging Voices Fellowship runs from January to July. Participants need not be published, but the fellowship is directed toward poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction with clear ideas of what they hope to accomplish through their writing.

Duende Call for Submissions (The Food Issue – Deadline July 1)

Duende is the all-online literary journal of the BFA in Writing degree-track at Goddard College. We care about you, what you write and who you are. We are looking for authenticity of voice and writing that celebrates lived experience, in all its forms. Duende is committed to having a majority of the writers and artists in our journal come from groups that are underrepresented in today’s U.S. literary ecosystem. That is to say, most of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, non-binary, of color, disabled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and /or otherwise from communities that are too often overlooked by literary gatekeepers. To borrow a phrase from the Goddard College opening ceremony, we welcome you here!

We’re looking for pieces around the theme of “FOOD,” which may include pieces centering on food as who we are, food justice, food systems, the sensuality that is eating, mental health issues around food and eating, cultural importance of food and food rituals, a love/hate relationship with food, how food triggers our good and bad habits, that which brings us together, food as desire, fête, communion/community…to name just a few ways of speaking to the theme. For this issue, we are particularly interested in those voices that often go unheard in the food and restaurant industry. To that end, we welcome submissions in both English and Spanish.

Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)

The 2019 Crazyshorts! Contest will begin accepting entries on July 1st. Submit 1-3 shorts up to 500 words. Founded by the poet Tom McGrath in Los Angeles in 1960, Crazyhorse continues to be one of the finest, most influential literary journals published today. Past contributors include such renowned authors as John Updike, Raymond Carver, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Robert Bly, Ha Jin, John Gardner, W. P. Kinsella, Richard Wilbur, James Wright, Carolyn Forché, Charles Simic, Charles Wright, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, James Tate and Franz Wright. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alike appear regularly in its pages, right alongside Guggenheim fellows, National Endowment for the Arts fellowship recipients, and writers whose work appears in the O. Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Best American anthologies.

Throughout the 1970s, other editors took the helm of the journal, among them Deb and Edith Wylder, who played a key role in the life of Crazyhorse when they brought it to Murray State University in Kentucky, and the journal (with its new, single-word name) began to publish fiction and critical essays along with poetry. Jorie Graham and James Galvin became its poetry editors, Joe Ashby Porter its fiction editor, and the journal found itself one of the most respected in the country.

Richard J. Margolis Nonfiction Writing Award
(Deadline July 1 – $5000)

The Richard J. Margolis Award is given annually to a promising new journalist or essayist whose nonfiction work combines warmth, humor and wisdom and sheds light on issues of social justice. The award honors the life of Richard J. Margolis (1929-1991), a renowned journalist, essayist and poet who gave eloquent voice to the rural poor, migrant farmworkers, Native Americans, aging adults and others whose voices are seldom heard. He also wrote several  books for children. The award combines a one-month residency at Blue Mountain Center, an acclaimed writers' and artists' colony in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, with a $5,000 prize.

Grist Call for Submissions (Deadline September 15)

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts, 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 your best work, regardless of form, style, or subject matter. We seek work of high literary quality from both emerging and established writers. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. All that matters to us is quality.

Past issues have included such writers as Dan Albergotti, Dorothy Allison, Ellen Bass, Richard Bausch, Katherine Boo, Maud Casey, May-lee Chai, Peter Ho Davies, Timothy Donnelly, Tom Franklin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joy Harjo, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Hicok, T.R. Hummer, Adam Johnson, Fady Joudah, Dorianne Laux, Dorothea Lasky, Dana Levin, Julia B. Levine, Lisa Lewis, Thomas Lynch, Khaled Mattawa, Joseph Millar, Ander Monson, Danielle Pafunda, Ron Rash, Hilda Raz, Maggie Smith, Maura Stanton, Michael Steinberg, Virgil Suárez, William Wenthe, and many others.

First Chapters Contest
(Deadline July 31 – $2000)

Awards: $2800 | agent review | manuscript critique
Judged by Naomi Huffman of MCDxFSG and FSG Originals

Excerpts of book-length fiction only—please submit the first chapter or chapters* of your unpublished novels/novellas, completed or in progress. All entrants will receive an exclusive digital compilation next winter that includes: the winning chapters, with Naomi Huffman's introductions and the winners' craft essays; excerpts from the finalist entries; notes from the readers and editors about the reading process; and more.

We explore the art of fiction with a focus on the elements of craft. We feature new and republished fiction, critical pieces on craft, interviews, book annotations, and much more. CRAFT works with all writers, established as well as emerging. We use craft as a focal point and a lens through which to present fiction. Each published work of fiction includes an author’s note which discusses the craft in the story. We love that this gives each writer the opportunity to present an inside look at their work. In some cases, authors speak about the origin of a story. Others write about a specific element, such as point-of-view or the use of time. In every case, we’ve been inspired to reread the story after reading the author’s note, and we hope you will want to do the same!

Callaloo Call for Submissions

Callaloo, the premier journal of literature, art, and culture of the African Diaspora, publishes original work by and about writers and visual artists of African descent worldwide. Recently ranked 13th in Every Writer's Resource's Top 50 Literary Magazines, Callaloo offers an engaging mixture of fiction, poetry, critical articles, interviews, drama, and visual art. Frequent annotated bibliographies, special issues dedicated to major writers and literary, social, and cultural themes, and full-color, original artwork and photography are some of the features of this highly acclaimed international showcase of arts and letters.

Bitch Media Writing Fellowships
(Deadline June 30)

The fellowships were created in order to cultivate and amplify new voices. If you are a writer who has minimal publication experience, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are passionate about one of the above subject areas but do not have a history of writing or blogging about them, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a writer still figuring out what subjects obsess you, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Bitch Media seeks to be a fresh, revitalizing voice in contemporary feminism, one that welcomes complex, intersectional arguments and refuses to ignore the contradictory and often uncomfortable realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world. We are independent, we are feminist. We believe in pop culture as a valuable, dynamic site and we do not shy away from the rich and productive tensions that arise when analyzing and critiquing it through a feminist lens.

We’re pleased to announce that the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers applications are now open! A series of three-month intensive writing fellowships, the goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media. All fellows will work under the guidance of Bitch cofounder Andi Zeisler.


Upcoming Deadlines  

Bitch Media Writing Fellowships
(Deadline June 30) 

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)
Duende Call for Submissions (The Food Issue – Deadline July 1)
Richard J. Margolis Nonfiction Writing Award (Deadline July 1 – $5000)
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)
CRAFT First Chapters Contest (Deadline July 31 – $2000)
The Collagist (Now The Rupture!) Call for Submissions
(Deadline July 31)
Crazyhorse Crazyshorts! Short-Short Fiction Contest (Deadline July 31 – $1000)
2020 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)
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)
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts Call for Submissions (Deadline September 15)

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