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Oxford American
Call for Submissions
(Spring Issue – Deadline December 1)

The Oxford American is a non-profit, quarterly literary magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.

The magazine was founded in 1992 in Oxford, Mississippi, by Marc Smirnoff, and for more than twenty years has featured the original work of such literary powerhouses as Charles Portis, Roy Blount Jr., Jesmyn Ward, Allan Gurganus, Kevin Brockmeier, Wendy Brenner, Karen Russell, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Wells Tower, and many others, while routinely publishing emerging writers in the region. The OA also features a wide range of fine art and photography in every issue, and has published exceptional works by Willliam Eggleston, Carroll Cloar, Thornton Dial Sr., Eudora Welty, Lara Tomlin, Wayne White, Robert Gwathmey, Birney Imes, Glennray Tutor, and many others.

Tupelo Press 2015 Dorset Poetry Prize (Deadline December 31 – $3000)

The Dorset Prize includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication.

Tupelo Press, Inc., which released its first five books in fall 2001, is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers. Tupelo Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company.

What we look for is a blend of urgency of language, imagination, distinctiveness, and craft. What we produce and how we produce it — from design to printing to paper quality — honors the writing in books which boast the uniquely sensual look and feel of a Tupelo Press book. Readers and writers alike have already come to recognize both the aesthetic appeal and unique literary merit of Tupelo publications. No other press in America approaches the production standards of Tupelo Press. Tupelo has quickly established itself as the new standard among independent literary presses.

Bartleby Snopes Call for Submissions

Bartleby Snopes is an online literary magazine with several goals in mind. We want to publish the best new fiction we can find. We want to give the many writers out there an opportunity to publish their best work. We want to inspire you to create great works of fiction.

We currently publish two stories per week and end each month with a Story of the Month contest. We also publish our favorite stories in a semi-annual magazine format available as a free pdf download every January and July. We want quality fiction that grabs us and doesn't let go. Stories we wish we had written. For examples of what we're looking for, read current and previous issues. 

For both flash and long fiction, we're looking for characters, plot, stories, etc. Keep us engaged by maintaining focus and forward momentum. Strive for Poe's prescription of a single effect and Aristotle's criterion of a rising action. Abide by your favorite description of what constitutes a story; one of ours is by Flannery O'Connor: ". . . a story is a complete dramatic action . . ." 

The Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)

Submissions to the 2015 Fiction Prize are now open! The entry fee is $20. The winner receives $1,000 and publication. All entrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to The Indiana Review. Final Judge: Laura Van Den Berg

Now in its thirty-eighth year of publication, Indiana Review is a non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. As a biannual literary review, IR considers previously unpublished fiction, poetry, essays, and art. IR is edited and managed by Indiana University graduate students and funded mainly by subscriptions, grants, and partial university support.

Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Childhood – Deadline November 16 – $1000)

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays that explore the joys and struggles, the indignities and infinite possibilities of childhood. Maybe you lived Where the Wild Things Are or during The Wonder Years; maybe you’re a parent or a pediatrician or a marketer of breakfast cereals, witnessing young people discover themselves and the world. Whatever your perspective, we’re looking for well-crafted true stories that examine kid-dom in all its messy, exhilarating, turbulent glory.

Our readers also like to learn new things: tell us something, whether it’s about child psychology or what it was like to be a youngster in another place or time. Surprise us with your approach: we love personal essays, but also profiles and histories. We want to consider not only how childhood defines us, but also what defines childhood. Submissions must be vivid and dramatic; they should feature a strong and compelling narrative and reach beyond a strictly personal or anecdotal 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.

Devil's Lake Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry (Deadline October 15 – $1000)

Devil's Lake is published twice annually at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Devil's Lake is now accepting online entries for its first annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. The deadline is October 15th, 2015, at 11:59pm CST. The winners will be announced in November 2015, and will receive $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2016 issue. Entry fee: $15. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil's Lake. The 2015 judges will be Bruce Snider (poetry) and NoViolet Bulawayo (fiction). Best of luck! We look forward to reading your work.

Cherry Tree Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)

Founded in 2014, with its debut issue released on February 15, 2015,Cherry Tree: A National Literary Journal @ Washington College is an annual literary magazine featuring poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers from across the United States. Cherry Tree appears under the imprint of the Literary House Press, the publishing arm of the Rose O’Neill Literary House, a cultural center with a 45-year history of promoting the arts.

The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $2000)

We’re so pleased to announce our Fall Fiction contest with guest judges Ann and Jeff VanderMeer! The winning story will receive $2000 and publication on the site. Second and third place stories will receive $200 and $100, publication, and all story winners will receive a letter from Jeff and Ann about their piece, and why it was chosen. 15 Finalists will be recognized online and have their stories read by the VanderMeers.

The Masters Review is an online and in print publication celebrating new and emerging writers. We are on the lookout for the best new talent with hopes of publishing stories from writers who will continue to produce great work. We offer critical essays, book reviews by debut authors, contest deadlines and submissions info, and interviews with established authors, all with the hopes of bridging the gap between new and established writers. 

Upcoming Deadlines

The 2015 NANO Prize (Deadline September 15 – $1000)
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)
The Puritan Fourth Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Hunger Mountain Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellowship (Deadline October 1 – $12,000)
The 2015 American Literary Review Awards (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Alabama 85-Goat Farm Contest Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program Spring Session (Deadline October 1)
Nineteenth Annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Angel City Review Call for Submissions (Second Issue – Deadline October 1)
Cactus Heart Call for Submissions (Theme Issue: Bodies – Deadline October 1)
LUMINA Journal Call for General Submissions and Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 –$500)
The Missouri Review 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)
January 2016 Writer Residency at Annenberg Community Beach House (Deadline October 6 – $1500)
Welter Call for Submissions (Deadline October 7)
Cherry Tree Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
StoryQuarterly 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Guernica/PEN Flash Series Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
Devil's Lake Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
River Teeth Book Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000 plus publication by University of New Mexico Press)
January/July 2016 Studio Residencies at 1450 Ocean (Deadline October 21 – $1500)
The Indiana Review 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
The Masters Review Fall Fiction Contest (Deadline October 31 – $2000)
The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus residency in Italy)

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