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Vermont Studio Center Displaced Artists Fund

Vermont Studio Center’s Displaced Artists Fund exists to assist visual artists and writers displaced due to natural disasters, climate change, or political turmoil or threat by providing residencies in a safe and supportive community of creative peers.

By providing a creative community of refuge in Vermont, these residencies restore normalcy to studio practice, ease the isolation that often accompanies displacement, and extend VSC’s founding spirit of “artists supporting artists” to those most in need. 

Artists and writers from anywhere in the world who have been directly affected by natural disaster and U.S.-based international artists displaced by political turmoil or threat may apply for Displaced Artist Fund residencies. These residencies are 4- to 6-weeks in duration.

The Matador Review Call for Submissions
(Deadline August 31)

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in January 2016, our purpose is to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage respect for online publications. In a world of print, we celebrate the digital decision.

The Matador Review strives to be a cultural conservationist for the alternative world. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative.

For us, "alternative" is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude. The Matador Review binds itself to these tenets, fostering a habitat for the unfamiliar and unsung.

New York Times
Call for "Rites of Passage" Essays

The editors of Rites of Passage, a column that will appear regularly in Styles, want to read your essays about notable life events that sparked change. A “rite of passage” can be big or small, though sometimes it’s the less obvious moments that carry even greater meaning: Making the final payment on your student loan debt and what it represented; finding a first gray hair and deciding not to pluck it; a first crush after a spouse’s death. These essays should be written as personal narratives, so please make sure to tell us how the event unfolded and what it meant to you. Send a completed essay of 1,200-1,500 words to ​rites@nytimes.com.

Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest
(Deadline December 31 – $1500)

Red Bike Press is an indie publishing house located in San Luis Obispo, California, an idyllic spot on California’s Central Coast about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Red Bike Press will release its first book titles very soon! Dates to be announced. It is our ultimate goal to unearth, publish and promote literary gems. Red Bike Press is not currently accepting book manuscript submissions.

Red Bike Press will also publish Red Bike Review, a literary magazine committed to discovery fresh voices and shining a light on underrepresented segments of the writing community. The first issue of Red Bike Review will be published in spring 2019. In furtherance of our goal to give ear to undiscovered writing talent, we proudly sponsor the Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest.  The inaugural contest which will accept submissions through December 31, 2018.

Redivider Call for Submissions

Issue 15.2 (Spring 2018) will be the final print issue. 16.1 (Autumn 2018) will be our very first digital issue. This change is sparked by the urgency we―as with much of the publishing industry―feel towards the overall accessibility and diversity of our publication. Publishing our issues online will allow the voices of our contributors to reach more readers as our web content will be free for all. Additionally, we will drop submission fees most of the year to become more accessible to contributors.

Redivider is a newly online journal of art and literature produced by and representing the graduate students in the Writing, Literature, and Publishing program at Emerson College in Boston. Published three times a year, we welcome art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from new, emerging, and established artists and writers. Each spring, we host the Beacon Street Prize (a nod to our beginnings as the Beacon Street Review), and in the fall we host the Redivider Blurred Genre Contest. Winners of these contests receive cash prizes, and their work is featured online in a subsequent issue of our journal! And if you’re wondering about the name—it’s a palindrome!

The New Guard Volume VIII
Machigonne Fiction and Knightville Poetry Contests
(Deadline September 24 – $1500)

The New Guard Volume VIII Contests in Fiction and Poetry are in full swing! We're excited to read your work! Judged by Rick Moody and Patricia Smith. The New Guard is a contest-centered, independent literary review, publishing 35+ emerging writers each year. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on this site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time.

The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. We publish all finalists and semi-finalists of our contests in our print-only journals, and we strive to feature at least forty debut writers in each issue. The Writer's Hotel and MFA in A Day make up the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer's Hotel, we host a conference in NYC each June, The Writer's Hotel NYC Writers Conference and we also work with writers to develop their writing via our online component, Private Study. We are writers for writers' sake.

Proximity Call for Submissions (Theme: Aging – Deadline August 31)

At Proximity, we’re curious about the shape-shifting nature of our proximity to one another. We’re fascinated by the things that connect us, across real and imagined boundaries, across time and place. We believe that tangible connections — the kind that root us in a specific place, time, or culture — are living wells of fresh ideas, offering new perspectives and a better understanding of the way we live our lives. We hope the stories here, however different from your own, will resonate with and enlighten you. We hope they will expand your view of the world while grounding you in your own community, that they will encourage laughter, conversation, difficult-but-important questions, and even, on occasion, a really good cry.

Proximity is looking for true stories that explore the concept of aging, either your own experience or how you are dealing with the aging of those around you — grandparents, parents, old friends, your dog, or even a beloved possession. Aging as a process. Aging as a place. Aging across cultures or belief systems. We're looking for in-depth stories that analyze and reflect upon your own feelings about aging and how your community or culture approaches it.  And don’t forget: Proximity seeks a strong sense of place, so keep that in mind as you send us your essays, images, reportage, and multimedia around the theme of AGING.

Mill House Residency (Bend, Oregon – Deadline August 15)

Writing By Writers is pleased to offer a two-week, dog-friendly, residency in Bend, Oregon, November 2-16, 2018, for up to 6 writers.  The Mill House Residency is open to fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers and poets.  Writers may apply as an individual, with a co-applicant to share a 2-bedroom cottage, or as a group of up to six.  All residents are provided with a 1 or 2-bedroom cottage.  Lodging is provided free of charge, however all residents are responsible for their own meals, transportation and personal needs while at the residency. Applications are due by August 15th and selections will be made by September 15th. Winners will be selected by Pam Houston. 


Upcoming Deadlines 

Cosmonauts Avenue 2018 Nonfiction Prize (Deadline July 23 – $500)
Sangam House 2019 Residencies (Bangalore, India – Deadline July 31)
PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship (Deadline August 1)
Prairie Schooner
Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest (Deadline August 1 – $500)
Mill House Residency (Bend, Oregon – Deadline August 15)
Chalk Hill Artist Residency (Sonoma, California – Deadline August 15)
The Matador Review
Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
Call for Submissions (Theme: Aging – Deadline August 31)
The New Guard Volume VIII
Machigonne Fiction and Knightville Poetry Contests (September 24 – $1500)
The Missouri Review
28th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.
Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)

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