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Submission Sunday 8.16.15

Creative Nonfiction
Call for Submissions
 (Theme: Marriage – Deadline August 31 – $1000)

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about MARRIAGE. Whether you've celebrated your 50th anniversary or 5th marriage; eloped to Vegas or fought for (or against) marriage equality in DC; just filed your divorce papers or proposed to your high school sweetheart, we’re looking for well-crafted essays that truthfully portray what married life is all about.

Send us your true stories of arranged marriages or shotgun weddings; walking down the aisle or running from the altar; mail-order brides or stay-at-home dads. We’re looking for a variety of perspectives—from fiancés to florists; ministers to marriage counselors; divorce attorneys to wedding planners.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing (Deadline December 31 – $10,000)

The ethos of America is defined by its immigrants. Their stories have always been an essential component of the nation’s cultural consciousness, from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Jhumpa Lahiri, from Jacob Riis to Maxine Hong Kingston. In novels, short stories, memoirs, and works of journalism, immigrants have shown us what resilience and family devotion we’re capable of, and have expanded our sense of what it means to be American. In these times of intense xenophobia, it is more important than ever that these stories reach the broadest possible audience.

With that in mind, we are proud to announce the first Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. We are looking for extraordinary unpublished submissions from emerging writers of sharp, culture-straddling writing that addresses American identity in a global age. Each year, a distinguished panel of judges will select a winning manuscript to be published by Restless Books. We can’t wait to read what the new voices of America have to say, and to share it with the world. 

Qu Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)

Qu is a literary journal, published by the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. The Qu editorial staff is comprised of current students.

We publish fiction, poetry, essays and script excerpts of outstanding quality. Payment upon publication is $100 per prose piece and $50 per poem. Prose submissions (fiction, essays, script excerpts) should be a maximum of 8000 words. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems.

The Account: A Jour­nal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought Call for Submissions

The Account: A Jour­nal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought orig­i­nated late one evening in the Logan Square neigh­bor­hood of Chicago. We were inter­ested in the con­ver­sa­tions that could arise when an account was paired with cre­ative work. We imag­ined a jour­nal where writ­ers could offer such accounts beside their poems and prose, and where artists could offer the same pair­ing of work and aes­thetic statement.

account =  his­tory, sketch, marker, repos­i­tory of influences

An account of a spe­cific work traces its arc—through texts and world—while giv­ing voice to the artist’s approach. The literary/art market’s tidal wave can tend to engulf the maker’s account of the work. We believe that an account can restore the rela­tion­ship between artist and aesthetic. The Account: A Jour­nal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought encour­ages writ­ers to sub­mit work of any aes­thetic. 

The Collagist Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)

The Collagist is a monthly journal published on the 15th of each month since August 2009. Each issue contains short fiction, poetry, essays, book reviews, and one or more excerpts from novels forthcoming from (mostly) independent presses. By publishing online, The Collagist seeks to provide access to powerful, progressive literature by both new and established writers to an ever-expanding audience. 

Slippery Elm Poetry and Prose Awards (Deadline September 1)

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Slippery Elm are given annually for a poem and a short story or essay. 

Slippery Elm is a journal committed to promoting the best fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art being created today. The journal provides educational experiences for students in editing and publishing, and represents The University of Findlay as a supporter of the arts.

Its name is taken from ulmus rubra, the unassuming but versatile hardwood that flourishes in Northwestern Ohio. Founded in 2013, Slippery Elm is published by The University of Findlay and distributed nationwide and internationally.

We are a collective of curated writings and writers focused on the themes of participant observation, personal ethnography, and humans in our unique environs. We love the fundamental business of being humanesque. Issues of identity, culture, belonging or lack, vulnerability, collectivism, the body, ritual–anthropological subjects from a generalist’s view, or, cultural moments from a messy, personal perspective. Tightly snuggled with visuals for each feature, we publish in collected issues and individual articles: ethnography & essays, experiential narratives, fiction & poetry, visuals, conceptual work, and genre-bending, from voices in the literary field, the humanities, and the sciences. We embrace a broad subject matter, in the name of ‘what it is to be / feel / resemble — or not — that which is human.’ We are, each of us, anthropoids.

We’re looking to populate a whole issue around the concept of folk. As noun, adjective, form of address, family or extended connection, we want to see coalitions and communities (or also, as ever, their absence, which is its own kind of social structure), familiarity or distance, citizenship or heritage, quirk or superstition, quaint souvenirs or what is inherited from the life. We want the details of people and tradition, we want settings to inhabit and voices to listen to at night, and we want to see what folk, and its evocations and interpretations, can catalogue and sustain.

Jentel Artist Residency Program
(Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)

The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Here artists and writers experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the agricultural and historical integrity of the land. 


Upcoming Deadlines

The New Guard Contests in Fiction and Poetry (Deadline August 20 – $1500)
Cine Arts Dance Theatre's THE READ (Deadline August 23)
Qu Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
The Collagist Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
DRYLAND Call for Submissions (Issue #2 – Deadline August 31)
Serving House Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award (Deadline August 31 – $3000)
The Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Program (Lenox, MA – Deadline August 31)
Crossed Genres Call for Submissions (Theme: Pronouns & Genders – Deadline August 31)
Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Marriage) – Deadline August 31 – $1000
Weasel Press Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
Gulf Coast 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose and 2015 Prize for Translation (Deadline August 31 – $1000)
The 2015 NANO Prize (Deadline September 1 – $1000)

Black Warrior Review Call for Submissions (Deadline September 1)
Slippery Elm Poetry and Prose Awards (Deadline September 1)
Drunken Boat Call for Submissions (Deadline September 1)
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Poetry Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
The Payton James Freeman Essay Prize (Deadline September 1 – $500 plus publication and travel to Drake)
Orlo Bear Deluxe Doug Fir Fiction Contest (Deadline September 2 – $1000 plus residency)
Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards (Deadline September 4 – $2000 or $6000)
The MacDowell Colony Spring Residencies (Deadline September 15)
Jentel Artist Residency Program (Banner, WY – Deadline September 15)
Grist: The Journal for Writers Call for Submissions (Deadline September 15)
Joni Mitchell: An Edited Collection Call for Proposals (Deadline September 30)
The Banff Centre Crime Writing Residency (Alberta, Canada – Deadline September 30)

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