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The 2018 Public Space Fellowships (Deadline October 15)

We are pleased to announce that applications will open on September 15 for the 2018 Public Space Fellowships. ‚ÄčThe aim of these fellowships is to seek out and support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision. Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book are invited to apply. Three fellowships will be awarded, which will include:

  —six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine;
—a $1,000 honorarium;
—the opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers;
—the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation in New York City with A Public Space editors and contributors.

A Public Space is an independent magazine of literature and culture. It was founded in 2006.We accept unsolicited submissions from September 15–April 15, and recommend reading an issue or two before you submit your work.

Pigeon Pages Fledgling Prose Contest (Deadline October 1 – $250)

Pigeon Pages NYC, known for its Brooklyn reading series, is now expanding into a literary journal publishing prose on pigeonpagesnyc.com. To celebrate our first flight into this new venture, we are launching a prose contest to be judged by  Sarah Gerard, author of the essay collection Sunshine State and the novel Binary Star.

We seek previously unpublished prose pieces of up to 4,000 words. We will accept submissions from any genre or hybrid-genre, with lyric or experimental prose welcome. We love writing with a strong sense of narrative and invite you to tell us a true story, be in based in the real or fictional world. We believe that a story about dragons can be just as true as a piece of memoir, and are less concerned with traditional genre definitions than we are with resonant, evocative writing.

The author of the winning submission will receive $250 cash, with two runners-up receiving $50 cash each. All three winners will be published in Pigeon Pages, and all entries—winning or not—will be considered for publication.

Rattle Call for Submissions (Theme: Immigrant Poets – Deadline October 15)

Our Spring 2018 issue will be dedicated to Immigrant Poets. The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but must be written by those who no longer reside in the country of their birth. As always, the poem need not be about the topic; the goal is to explore and celebrate the range of work immigrant poets are producing. Please explain how this applies to you and how this work affects your poetry in your contributor note. 

Rattle’s mission is to promote the practice of poetry. We feel that poetry lost its way in the 20th century, to the point that mainstream readers have forgotten how moving language alone can be. As a result, most people learn to find their feelings in music, movies, and novels, while poetry languishes on its lone shelf in the bookstores, waiting only for the occasional cameo at a university workshop.

But it shouldn’t take a scholar to be moved by the written word—great literature has something to offer everyone. All our lives are compelling, full of joys and burdens and profound experiences we should be sharing—and poetry is the most intimate way to share it. When you read a poem, you become the medium; the poet speaks in your voice, paints the canvas of your inner eye.

2017 New Writer Awards
(Deadline October 15 – $200)

Our New Writer Awards will award over $500 to up-and-coming writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry will be judged separately, with a first-prize winner and a minimum of one runner-up per genre.

A sequestrum is a necrotic bone fragment, identifiable by its separation from standard skeletal structures. Despite its autonomy, these slivers retain the phosphates and marrows of their source. A sequestrum is a remnant, independent yet interconnected to its origin. And so is the writing we publish. Sequestrum is a journal of short prose and poetry. We publish concise, evocative writing that couldn’t exist in any other form, yet reminds us of the breadth and scope of longer works. Brew us in the morning to swirl with your coffee grounds, or let our bones rattle and sing their skeleton song on your daily subway ride. In the whir of modern life, we spread our splintered dreams under your feet; tread softly, for you tread on our dreams—be them home to many a toothy edge.

Creative Nonfiction Call for Submissions (Theme: Risk – Deadline November 6 – $1000)

Every decision we make, whether as individuals or as a society, involves some risk—whether physical or emotional, economic or legal, social or spiritual. Our comfort level with uncertainty defines not only our choices in any given situation, but how we live.

For a special issue of Creative Nonfiction magazine, we’re seeking true stories illustrating the ways we balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. Possible subjects could be big or small, personal or public. We’re interested in intersections between deeply personal decisions and those that affect larger communities.

  • How is risk intertwined with life decisions like entering relationships, starting or ending a pregnancy, or revealing a sexual or gender preference?
  • How do the risks associated with social interactions, whether online or in person, affect people’s behavior or speech?
  • How does risk relate to deeply held religious and/or political beliefs, especially within a pluralistic society?
  • Why do some people actively seek risk, and how does this affect their quality of life?
  • How are emerging technologies such as gene editing and artificial intelligence changing the nature of the risks we face?
  • How do we think about and approach potentially catastrophic risks such as a large asteroid colliding with the earth, nuclear war, or the possibility of artificial intelligence superseding human intelligence?

Above all, we are looking for vivid narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—with unique insights into these questions. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication.

Indiana Review
2017 Fiction Prize
(Deadline October 31 – $1000)

Now in its thirty-ninth 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.

Works by contributors to IR have been awarded the Pushcart Prize and reprinted in The Pushcart Prize Anthology: Best of the Small Presses, as well as in Best American Short StoriesBest American Poetry, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Additionally, we are recognized as one of the top 15 most challenging fiction markets by Duotrope.

The Believer
Call for Submissions

The Believer publishes essays and journalism concerning literature, arts, and culture, and we’re game for all manner of subjects. The stories we publish don’t need to be timely in the usual sense, or to have a “peg.” We’re especially interested in work that matches rigorous reportage with a distinct, original voice. (For classic references, think of Joan Didion, Hunter Thompson, and James Baldwin; for modern references, consider essays The Believer has published, including “The Empathy Exams,” by Leslie Jamison and “If He Hollers Let Him Go,” by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah.) 

We gladly consider unsolicited works and pitches, but because we are a very small organization with an even smaller editorial department, it often takes us some time to respond to our submitters. We appreciate your patience with us as we work on getting to your piece. Please note that, while we do accept unsolicited pitches, preference is given to completed work.

Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park Artist in Residence Program (Deadline September 20)

We are excited to continue our artist-in-residence program at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The Park boundaries include two legendary and sacred volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, as well as rainforests and mysterious and ever-changing active lava flows. This is a unique dramatic environment for all artistic media to flourish and to inspire new breakthroughs in process and result.

The artist in residence will be granted lodging, $2000 stipend, $600 towards a car rental and a venue for at least one Public Presentation of a workshop, lecture, concert or other public engagements, as per proposal. It is National Parks Arts Foundation’s hope that works produced during this time will characterize Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for present and future generations and offer park visitors and the general public the opportunity to see the park's heritage through the creative vision of artists.


Upcoming Deadlines

Princeton Arts Fellowship / The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University (Deadline September 19 – $80,000)
Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park Artist in Residence Program (Deadline September 20)
Miller Williams Poetry Prize (Deadline September 30 – $5000)
Tin House Call for Submissions (Theme: Candy – Deadline September 30)
Oyez Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 1)
Pigeon Pages Fledgling Prose Contest (Deadline October 1 – $250)
The Southampton Review Short Short Fiction Prize (Deadline October 1 – $350)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Clearmont, Wyoming – Deadline October 1)
Bridge Eight Literary Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: "Organic" – Deadline October 1)
The Missouri Review 27th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize (Deadline October 2 – $5000)
The October Stories Call for Submissions (Deadline October 6)
Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship (Deadline October 6)
The 2018 Public Space Fellowships (Deadline October 15)
Sequestrum 2017 New Writer Awards (Deadline October 15 – $200)
Rattle Call for Submissions (Theme: Immigrant Poets – Deadline October 15)
Antimatter Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Indiana Review 2017 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $1000)
Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 31 – $500)
Parks & Points Fall 2017 Essay Contest (Deadline November 1 – $250 on Southwest Airlines)
Rosarium Publishing Call for Anthology Submissions (TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue – Deadline November 1)
One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline November 14)
The Iowa Review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 30)
Teachers & Writers Magazine Bechtel Prize (Deadline December 1 – $1000)
Mississippi Review Prize (Deadline January 1 – $1000)
Copper Nickel Call for Submissions (Deadline March 15)
Bayou Magazine Call for Submissions
 (Deadline May 1)
The Gettysburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

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