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Submission Sunday 8.12.12

22nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Essay, and Poetry

The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and for the past thirty-four years we’ve upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. Writers whose work first appeared in The Missouri Review continue to win major prizes, including the National Book Award, the Yale Younger Poets Award, MacArthur Foundation “Genius” awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. Each prize is $5,000.

the museum of americana

the museum of americana accepts submissions of original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book/chapbook reviews, writer interviews, photography, and art. We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. Give us love poetry that mixes language cribbed from The Federalist Papers with language cribbed from WWII propaganda posters.  We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider.  We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.

Sins & Needles

Tattoos have been in existence for centuries, from the indigenous people of Japan to tribal people of Polynesia, Philippines, and Borneo. They are markers of time, rites of passage, symbols, remembrances, and sometimes, stupid decisions made on drunken nights. They are everywhere—under the white sleeve of a co-worker, sneakily peeking out of a shirt collar, up and down muscled legs and arms of athletes.  There has been a proliferation of reality shows centered in tattoo parlors. What once was a subculture has now emerged as mainstream. Yet, in the literary landscape, there has been a conspicuous absence of writing about tattoos. The editors of the tentatively titled anthology, Sins & Needles—Ira Sukrungruang and Jim Miller—are looking for personal nonfiction narratives about the meaning behind the tattoo.

The Fourth Annual Bartleby Snopes Writing Contest: Dialogue Only

Compose a short story entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Your entry must be under 2000 words. Your entry does not have to follow standard rules for writing dialogue. Your entry cannot use any narration (this includes tag lines such as he said, she said, etc.). These are the only rules. Manipulate them however you see fit. 

The Chattahoochee Review

The Chattahoochee Review is seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for a special focus issue on Irish Literature to be published in late 2012. TCR welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, flash fiction, drama, and nonfiction—work reflective of a complex and contemporary Ireland—with preference given to poetry that makes careful use of voice and theme, fiction with an imaginative focus on character, and nonfiction that transcends the strictly personal. Both established and new voices encouraged. 

Northwind: A Quarterly Review Fall 2012 Story Contest 

We want the best that you've got. We want crazy beautiful characters, unforced and unsentimental prose, unexpected plots, great opening lines, and edgy dialogue. But mostly we want great, honest stories that move us and leave us shaken through the sheer force of narrative will. Surprise us.

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