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Dzanc Books Prizes: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Short Story Collection (Deadline September 30)

The Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction recognizes daring, original, and innovative novels. A $5,000 advance  and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books will be awarded to the  winner. Finalists will be compiled in-house and passed along for  evaluation to this year’s judges:John Domini (Movieola! and The Sea-God’s Herb), Emily Geminder (Dead Girls), and Alice Hatcher, author of The Wonder That Was Ours, which was chosen as the winner of last year’s Prize for Fiction.

The Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize celebrates imaginative and inventive writing in book-length collections. Past winners include Kirstin Allio (Clothed, Female Figure), Anne Valente (By Light We Knew Our Names), Jen Grow (My Life as a Mermaid), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants, coming October 2018). The winning submission

The Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize is awarded annually for the most innovative and inspiring book-length work of nonfiction--including but not limited to memoir, essays, polemical writing, historical writing, and biography.will be awarded a $2,500 advance and publication in Fall 2019 by Dzanc Books.

Magazine Call for Submissions
(Fee-free until August 15)

Psychopomp Magazine is a quarterly, online publication that exists to showcase stories and art that challenge genre and form conventions with particular attention to work that deals with conceptions of passages, rites of passage, transitions, juxtapositions, and the betwixt and between. We also run an annual fiction contest.

Psychopomp (Greek – psuchopompos – “Guide of Souls”): n. Creatures, angels, spirits, or deities who are responsible for escorting the dead to the afterlife. Their role is to provide safe passage. In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator btw. the conscious and unconscious realms.

The Psychopomp Magazine staff is committed to publishing original fiction that dares to redefine traditional storytelling and genre borders. While we like stories that treat the concepts of passages, transitions, and the state of being betwixt and between, we are open to all work regardless of theme. We are generally not looking for traditional realist fiction or pure hard genre. With that said, we are certainly open to publishing more traditional literary work or more hard genre (no fan fiction) so long as it’s really, really good. The best way to get a feel for what we publish is to read our issues. In addition to publishing fiction, we are also dedicated to showcasing art that echoes our themes.

Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions
(Deadline August 15 – $500 + 10 copies)

Gold Line Press and Ricochet Editions are small presses run by students and alumni of the University of Southern California’s PhD Program in Creative Writing. This year’s chapbook judges are Eve Ewing and Hanif Abdurraqib (nonfiction), Tongo Eisen-Martin (poetry), and Dodie Bellamy (fiction). Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction and nonfiction entries. We seek works of prose that are purposefully planned as chapbooks: novellettes, carefully curated collections of vignettes, short stories, essays, or other projects that take the chapbook format as an instrumental element of their design.

Fiction Advocate AFTERWORDS... Call for Pitches

…AFTERWORDS are uncommon books that blend personal essay and literary criticism. In the tradition of Rebecca Mead on Middlemarch, and Geoff Dyer on DH Lawrence, each volume features an acclaimed writer interrogating a book they adore to create a distinctive new work of art.

Fiction Advocate is an independent publisher based in San Francisco, CA. Our mission is to discover and promote new approaches to storytelling. We use fiction, criticism, and hybrid forms to destabilize literary conventions and introduce people to alternative ways of being real. Our founders have worked for Little, Brown and Company, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, and the Barack Obama administration. Our award-winning books have been recognized by
The New Yorker, Bookforum, and NPR. Contributors to our web site have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award, among other honors.

Black Warrior Review 2018 Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500/$1000)

Nonfiction Judge: Kate Zambreno

Fiction Judge: Laura van den Berg

Poetry Judge: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Flash Judge: Jennifer S. Cheng

Black Warrior Review is named for the river that borders the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Established in 1974 by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative WritingBWR is the oldest continuously-run literary journal produced by graduate students in the United States.

BWR publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, and art twice a year. Contributors include Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners alongside emerging writers. Work appearing in BWR has been reprinted in the Pushcart Prize series, Best American Short StoriesBest American PoetryNew Stories from the South, and other anthologies.

Electric Literature Recommended Reading Commuter Call for Submissions (Deadline August 8)

The Recommended Reading Commuter is our new home for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. It publishes weekly on Monday morning, and has already showcased the likes of Noy Holland, Lulu Miller, Daniel Mallory Ortberg, Shelly Oria and Nelly Reifler, and more. For this submissions period, submit up to 3 flash fiction prose pieces, either standalone or connected. The total word count should not exceed 1,500 words.

Electric Literature is a nonprofit dedicated to making literature more exciting, relevant, and inclusive. We are committed to publishing work that is intelligent and unpretentious, to elevating new voices, and to examining how literature and storytelling can help illuminate social justice issues. Our writers and readers are engaged with current events as well as arts and culture.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards
(Deadline August 31 – $5000)

Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply. We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Given the intense demand for these awards (we typically receive over 3,000 applications), and the fact that the awards are based on demonstrated excellence in your discipline, we don’t recommend that artists or writers who are beginning their creative careers apply to this program.

This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers. Additionally, we will name ten award finalists. Our awards offer unrestricted cash, and recipients can use the funds as they see fit. Our program is an award program that rewards excellence in a creative field (note that this is different from a grant program, in which the application is focused on a proposal for new work). Our selection process is focused almost entirely on the strength of the submitted portfolio.

Narratively Call for Personal Essays

Narratively publishes a wide range of short memoir/personal essays, and we’ve recently divided them up into four categories. I’m sharing those four categories in the hope of giving writers a clearer idea of what we’re looking for, and maybe sparking some new ideas.

SECRET LIVES: These stories focus on obscure or unusual jobs or pursuits, taking readers behind the scenes of these experiences, showing them what it’s like to live another life. Most importantly, they tell a story and show the shared humanity in even the oddest of jobs.

THE DEFINING MOMENT: These stories are similar to Secret Lives pieces, but they zero in on one key moment that defines how the writer thinks about their job or their unique situation. Think of these as having all of the elements of the Secret Lives stories listed above, but distilled into the one moment that you would use to describe your experience. These are usually moments of change, or dramatic incidents that cause the writer to reevaluate their relationship to the job or role they’re writing about.

IDENTITY: These are stories about events in your life that shift your perception of what it means to be you. They’re about how your identity (or identities) (such as race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.) informs the way you move through the world, and intersects with your everyday experiences. They’re stories about “what it’s like to be you,” but illustrated through gripping narrative and active scenes (that part is important! We don’t publish meditations/topical essays — there has to be a narrative).

FAMILY MYSTERIES: These stories a cross between memoir and investigative journalism, stories where writers set out to uncover and untangle a family secret.


Upcoming Deadlines 

Electric Literature Recommended Reading Commuter Call for Submissions (Deadline August 8)
Mill House Residency
(Bend, Oregon – Deadline August 15)
Chalk Hill Artist Residency (Sonoma, California – Deadline August 15)
Psychopomp Magazine
Call for Submissions (Fee-free until August 15)
Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions (Deadline August 15 – $500 + 10 copies)
The Matador Review
Call for Submissions (Deadline August 31)
Sustainable Arts Foundation Awards (Deadline August 31 – $5000)
Call for Submissions (Theme: Aging – Deadline August 31)
Black Warrior Review
2018 Contest (Deadline September 1 – $500/$1000)
The New Guard Volume VIII
Machigonne Fiction and Knightville Poetry Contests (September 24 – $1500)
Dzanc Books Prizes: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Short Story Collection (Deadline September 30)
The Missouri Review
28th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
Gimme the Loot: Stories Inspired by The Notorious B.I.G.
Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
Red Bike Review Short Fiction Contest (Deadline December 31 – $1500)

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