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The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award (Deadline September 30)

The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press's standard contract.

Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. 

Structo Call for Submissions (Deadline September 20)

Structo is a literary magazine. It was founded in 2008, and is based mainly in the UK, although some of our staff live in the Netherlands and the US. Twice a year we produce a print issue containing remarkable new short stories and poetry from all around the world, alongside essays and interviews with authors and others. Three months later the issue goes online, free to read by all. We publish writing we love, whether from established writers or new voices. On the fiction side we tend towards the slipstream end of things. We print poetry in translation and original verse in English.

We just opened our issue 15 submissions call. As usual we will be accepting work for five weeks, so you have until September 20th. But this call is a little different—we are asking everyone who sends in work for consideration to also show us that they have bought a literary magazine recently.

CutBank Literary Magazine Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest (Deadline September 1)

CutBank Literary Magazine is seeking interesting, compelling fiction and nonfiction prose—in 750 words or fewer. Lyric essays, prose poems, short essays, vignettes - send us your best, most dazzling short form prose. Big Sky, Small Prose will be judged by David Gates, author of A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me (2015), The Wonders of the Invisible World (1999), Preston Falls (1998)and Jernigan (1991)a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Gates also teaches at the University of Montana and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

We're proud of CutBank's forty years as Montana's foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge. We publish two print issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike.

Midwestern Gothic Lake Prize (Deadline August 31 – $500)

The Lake Prize offers annual awards for fiction and poetry that best represents the Midwest. It seeks to reward those who see the beauty of the region, whether that be quiet forests, gutted industrial wastelands, small towns or vibrant urban neighborhoods. We believe the Midwest is filled with immense literary talent, and the intent of The Lake Prize is to illuminate the best stories and writers we have to offer.

Midwestern Gothic is a quarterly print literary journal out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, dedicated to featuring work about or inspired by the Midwest, by writers who live or have lived here. Midwestern Gothic aims to collect the very best in Midwestern writing in a way that has never been done before, cataloging the oeuvre of an often-overlooked region of the United States ripe with its own mythologies and tall tales.

Don’t be fooled by our name. Gothic fiction is often defined as the inclusion of deeply flawed, often “grotesque” characters in realistic (and, oftentimes unpleasant) settings/situations. At Midwestern Gothic, we take to heart the realistic aspects of Gothic fiction. Not every piece needs to be dark or twisted or full of despair, but we are looking for real life, inspired by the region, good, bad, or ugly.

Welter Call for Submissions (Deadline October 7)

Launched in 1965, Welter has been the University of Baltimore’s student-run literary journal for 50 years, publishing works from across the country. Over the past decade, Welter has been in the hands of UB’s undergraduate students. During the fall of 2014, students enrolled in UB’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program took over production of the journal.

Gigantic Sequins 2015 Summer Contest Series: Flash Fiction & Poetry (Deadline September 10)

Gigantic Sequins is happy to be your favorite black & white print literary arts journal. We're based in Philadelphia with outposts throughout the USA, such as in Chicago, NYC, & San Francisco. We're known for the quality fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art, & comics that we print as well as our unique design & aesthetic. 

Our editors like to publish writers & artists who have their hands in various sorts of figurative creative cookie jars, as well as writers & artists at a variety of different stages in their careers in our biannual issues, one in January & one in July. Our all-volunteer staff helps cultivate a space for writing & art that reaches beyond purely the printed literary arts & into other parts of our neighborhoods. You can't dog-ear the best poem in your favorite online literary journal. We aim to be the print literary arts journal on your shelf that starts a lasting conversation. 

Sarabande Press Open Essay Reading Month (Deadline September 30)

Sarabande Books publishes essay collections between 150-250 pages in length. We accept essay manuscripts for consideration each September.

Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. First titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all.

Sarabande publishes ten to twelve books each year, including selections for the Mary McCarthy prize in fiction, the Kathryn A. Morton prize in poetry, and the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. In 2015, the McCarthy prize will be judged by Ben Marcus, and the Morton will be judged by Mary Ruefle. Sarabande authors and titles have won or been short-listed for, among many others, the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, LA Times Book Prize, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, Lambda Literary awards, Story Prize Spotlight award, and several PEN/American honors, including the PEN/Hemingway. 

The Hambidge Center Creative Residency Program
(Deadline September 15)

Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented individuals to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires individuals working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.

We pledge to offer a nurturing retreat, preserve Hambidge’s pristine natural environment, and provide public educational programming. Hambidge encourages applications from creative minds representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. Visual artists, writers, poets, scientists, ceramicists, musicians, choreographers, chefs and beyond. Apply from August 1st through September 15th for the mid-February through April residency period. 


Upcoming Deadlines

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)
Midwestern Gothic Lake Prize (Deadline August 31– $500)
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)
CutBank Literary Magazine Big Sky, Small Prose Flash Contest (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)
Gigantic Sequins 2015 Summer Contest Series: Flash Fiction & Poetry (Deadline September 10)
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)
The Hambidge Center Creative Residency Program (Deadline September 15)
Structo Call for Submissions (Deadline September 20)
Sarabande Press Open Essay Reading Month (Deadline September 30)
Joni Mitchell: An Edited Collection Call for Proposals (Deadline September 30)
The Banff Centre Crime Writing Residency (Alberta, Canada – Deadline September 30)
The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award (Deadline September 30)

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