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Submission Sunday 8.25.19

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The Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction
(Deadline September 30 – $1000)

Creative nonfiction may include memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalism—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered. Creative nonfiction should be written in a nonacademic style. Pieces may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The Lascaux Prize Anthology Vol 7.

The Lascaux Review seeks fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction of literary quality. Lascaux has published work by Philip Appleman, Hélène Cardona, Joseph Fasano, Tony Hoagland, Lee Martin, Maggie Smith, Robley Wilson, and many other poets and writers. Annual contests are conducted in poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and short fiction.

Michigan Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water – Deadline December 1)

“Thousands have lived without love; not one without water.” In the spirit of W.H. Auden’s words, this forthcoming special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review will explore urgent, complex, and revelatory writing on water from around the world. “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water” will explore the paradoxes of water, how at once it gives life and takes it; how it divides us along cruel lines of inequality even as it binds us. Water connects us, and our planet, to our origins and to an indivisible fate.

We are seeking work that addresses any aspect of water: from the contested oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac to water shut-offs in Cape Town; from flooding in the Midwest to water scarcity in India and the Sahel; from the role of water in regional and global conflict and migration to the way that storm surges and shifting coastlines are forcing us to rethink the shapes of urban centers.

We are looking for pieces that consider water through the lens of history and of contemporary geopolitics, and are excited to receive submissions that consider water through mythology, religion, and art history. We welcome a range of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, translations, and pieces that don’t fit into a neat category.

Zoetrope: All-Story
Short Fiction Competition
(Deadline October 1 – $1000)

Guest Judge: Tommy Orange, winner of the 2019 PEN/Hemingway Award and finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for There There, and an honorable mention in the 2013 Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Competition.

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Aragi, Inc.; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; Janklow & Nesbit Associates; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Results will be announced at the website December 16 and in the Winter 2019/2020 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Winter 2019/2020 issue.

Breakwater Review
Call for Submissions

Breakwater Review was founded in 2009 and is run by students of the University of Massachusetts Boston MFA program. We currently publish digitally three times a year.

A breakwater is a barrier of rocks or concrete, built out into a body of water to protect a coast or harbor from extreme weather and hazardous conditions. In a world that oftentimes feels shattered and broken, we seek to publish both established and (more importantly) new voices from diverse backgrounds. Words that unite us against the storm—challenging our own perceptions of reality in fresh and interesting ways.

The First Annual Orca Cover Letter Contest (Deadline August 31 – $200)

We at Orca pride ourselves on being a bit different. That applies to our first contest too. Instead of a traditional short story or flash contest, we’re holding our first Orca Cover Letter Contest through August. Send us entries of up to 300 words that make us laugh, or cry, or just want to read the imaginary story it introduces.

Orca is about fiction. Short stories and flash. We are a literary journal and we believe in the literary style of writing. We are open to any topic, as long as it’s written in a literary style. We are open to all writers, without prejudice or preference. We seek work that is high concept: imaginative, thoughtful, even speculative, open to possibilities. Give us deep, diverse characters. Blend genres. Connect seemingly disparate ideas. Keep it entertaining, but make us think. 

Inlandia: A Literary Journey
Call for Submissions
(Deadline August 31)

We are primarily seeking stories, poems, novel excerpts, memoir, images, etc., by writers and artists whose work is in some way grounded in the Inland Southern California region; works that will give readers around the globe a sense of the region and its people.

To give a clearer picture of where this region is located, it is in the southeastern corner of California and encompasses all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties from the heights of San Gorgonio Mountain to the lows of Death Valley, from the wineries of Temecula to the shuttered citrus packing houses of Riverside, and all points in-between.

Above all else we want fresh, compelling writing. Inlandia: A Literary Journey is the official online literary journal of the Inlandia Institute. Founded in 2010, Inlandia: A Literary Journey is published annually.

Electric Literature 2020 "Stories Out of School" Flash Fiction Contest
(Deadline October 1)

Electric Literature has partnered with Academy for Teachers to host the 2020 “Stories Out of School” Flash Fiction Contest.

Teachers have one of the most fascinating, difficult, and important jobs on the planet, and their work days are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This annual contest was created to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools. This year, the Academy for Teachers has partnered with Electric Literature to publish the winning entry. 

The first-prize winner will receive $1,000 and the story will be published online in The Commuter, our home for brief, diverting, and innovative writing. The second-prize winner will receive $500. Susan Choi will judge this year’s contest. She’s the author of five novels: My Education, A Person of Interest, The Foreign Student, American Woman, and, most recently, Trust Exercise. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award.

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Program
(Amherst, VA – Deadline September 15)

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), one of the leading artists communities in the world with locations in Amherst, Virginia, and Auvillar, France, hosts more than 400 visual artists, writers, and composers each year. The artists who come to VCCA, whether emerging or established, are selected by peer review on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields. In residence, VCCA artist-Fellows are provided with an individual studio, a private bedroom and three prepared meals a day so they can focus exclusively on their work. While uninterrupted time is assured and participation in community events or public engagement is voluntary, the dynamic interaction among the 25 Fellows in residence together, as they share work, discuss process, and enjoy each other’s company, is an important component of the creative space of VCCA. With a tradition of hospitality and welcome, VCCA schedules a diverse cohort of artists across disciplines.

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We encourage writers, visual artists, and composers of all backgrounds to apply for residency. VCCA believes in nondiscrimination and equal opportunity with regard to race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability, or veteran status. We are committed to a residency experience that encompasses the widest possible selection of people and perspectives.


Upcoming Deadlines

Spilled Milk Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
Inlandia: A Literary Journey
Call for Submissions
(Deadline August 31)
The First Annual Orca Cover Letter Contest (Deadline August 31 – $200)
[PANK] 2019 Big Book Contest (Deadline September 1 – $1000)
Black Warrior Review 2019 Contest (Deadline September 1 – $800-$1500)
The Asian American Literary Review Call for Submissions (Deadline September 1)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Ucross, WY – Deadline for Spring 2020 – September 1)
The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought Call for Submissions (Deadline September 1)
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts Call for Submissions (Deadline September 15)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Program (Amherst, VA – Deadline September 15)
The Princeton University Hodder Fellowship (Deadline September 17 – $83,000)
Salt Hill Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline September 30)

The Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Competition (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors Award (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
Electric Literature 2020 "Stories Out of School" Flash Fiction Contest
(Deadline October 1)
Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship (Deadline October 15 – $60,500)
Michigan Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water – Deadline December 1)

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