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Submission Sunday 7.24.16

The 2016 Texas Observer Short Story Contest is now open for submissions. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and publication in print and online in The Texas Observer. This year’s guest judge is Amelia Gray, author of three story collections and a novel. 

What does Gray look for in a short story? “The best stories have something that needs to be said urgently: now, today, this very moment,” she says. “It's easy to tell when a story has gotten a little old in the writer's mind; rather than presenting a perfect statue from which you've just brushed away the last bits of dust, try unearthing something fresh.”

WILDNESS Call for Submissions 

WILDNESS is an online literary and arts journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry and non-fiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers and artists. We publish our online edition every two months. A print anthology will be released once a year.

The Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and Prize in Translation (Deadline August 31 – $1000)

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation for an extra three weeks. In 2016, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will each receive $250. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

 The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, 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.

Meridian Call for Submissions 

Meridian is a semiannual literary magazine produced at the University of Virginia in conjunction with the university’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, whose students serve as the magazine’s editors. Founded in 1998, Meridian has featured the works of numerous Pulitzer Prize Winners, National Book Award Winners, and established writers including Charles Wright, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Seamus Heaney, Ann Beattie, John Casey, George Garrett, Heather McHugh, Richard Bausch, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Cathy Song, and Eric Pankey. However, as a magazine edited by young writers, we value nothing more than showcasing tomorrow’s talent, often publishing a new author’s first story or poem. So don’t let the big names fool you. We welcome–and carefully read–every submission we receive.

Meridian poetry and prose has appeared in Best American PoetryBest American Short StoriesBest American Essays, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and New Stories from the South. Our stories have also been short-listed for the O. Henry Prize, and our fine authors and poets have gone on to win many awards. Meridian also features regular author interviews, book reviews, photography, and artwork. The magazine’s current print run is about 300 issues, with an additional 2,000 people receiving an ePub version of the magazine.

2016 Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)


Submissions to the 2016 1/2K Prize is now OPEN until August 15th! Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication. The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

Now in its thirty-eighth year of publication, Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. As a biannual literary review, IR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art. IR is edited and managed by Indiana University graduate students and funded mainly by subscriptions, grants, and partial university support.

Works by contributors to IR have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and reprinted in The Pushcart Prize Anthology: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in Best American Short StoriesBest American Poetry, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Additionally, we are recognized as one of the top 15 most challenging fiction markets by Duotrope.

Thread: A Literary Publication Call for Submissions 

Thread: A Literary Publication publishes short personal essays and photographs by established and emerging writers and photographers. The pieces range in length from 100 to 1800 words for Thread,and 100 words or less for Stitch, a new section featuring flash nonfiction pieces.

Starting in September 2016, Stitch will publish one flash piece a month and in 2017, Thread will move to a two-issue-a-year publishing schedule with a Spring issue (April) and one in Fall (October). We do not publish fiction, short stories or poetry. There are no submission fees. Contributors, including myself, are offering their work for the love of the art and the joy of publication.

Thread covers a variety of themes relating to human experience across the decades; thoughtful, well-told stories from the lives of a diverse range of people.

SmokeLong Quarterly Call for Submissions 

SmokeLong Quarterly was established in 2003 by our founder Dave Clapper. We are dedicated to bringing the best flash fiction to the web on a quarterly basis, whether written by widely published authors or those new to the craft. The term “smoke-long” comes from the Chinese, who noted that reading a piece of flash takes about the same length of time as smoking a cigarette. All the work we publish is precisely that—about a smoke long.

We publish flash fiction that is 1000 words or less. Submissions are open 365 days a year. We never charge reading fees. SmokeLong stories have been recognized by the Pushcart Prize, Best of the WebBest Small Fictions, and Wigleaf Top 50. They have also been anthologized in places such as Norton’s Flash Fiction International and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader: Flush Fiction. When funding permits, we host a Kathy Fish Fellow and writer-in-residence for emerging writers.

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program (Deadline July 26)

Hedgebrook (Women Authoring Change) is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year.

Our selection process occurs once a year in the fall, with a late July deadline for submissions. Notifications are made by the beginning of December. Through a completely anonymous, three-round process, approximately forty writers are invited for residencies of two weeks to six weeks. Our residency season runs from February through October.


Upcoming Deadlines

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence Program (Deadline July 26)
2016 Indiana Review 1/2 K Prize (Deadline August 15 – $1000)
The Texas Observer Sixth Annual Short Story Contest (Deadline August 22 – $1000)
The Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and Prize in Translation (Deadline August 31 – $1000)
The Fourth River Call for Submissions (Theme: Juvenscence – Deadine September 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
apt Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
The Indianola Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)

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