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Submission Sunday 9.2.12

The Standard/Paris Review Dog Days of Summer Writing Competition

In these final weeks of summer, when the days are long, the sun is fat, and idleness blooms in the withering heat, we propose a challenge, something to do with those hot, restless hours. Write us a short story, no more than a 1,000 words inspired by these Dog Days, these days of affairs (think Gatsby’s blue gardens), of tragic love (think Romeo & Juliet), of erotic nights (Think Atonement), of hot hotels (think E.B. White’s This is New York), of … back to school commercials (think JC Penny). As Plath put it, “…the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” We – that is The Standard, our friends at Warby Parker, who know a thing about summer reading, The Paris Review, PEN, and author Hettie Jones – want you to capture this last hurrah of heat for a chance to win prizes.

Caketrain Chapbook Competition

The 2012 Caketrain Chapbook Competition is now open to entries in the fiction genre. This competition is open to English language fiction manuscripts (both novellas and collections of shorter works are acceptable). While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Deadline October 1.

Arcadia Magazine Call for Submissions

Arcadia is not that literary journal that pumps out the same magazine issue after issue.  We do not ascribe to a certain aesthetic, nor do we expect that you do.  We want you, our readers, to be awed, to be surprised, but, most of all, to fall in love with the work found in our pages and at our website. Here at Arcadia, we have become increasingly aware of the limitations other journals pin on themselves.  They only want a certain word count, a certain brushstroke, a certain aesthetic.  We want to put an end to that.  We want to see your very best work.  Novella, short story, poem, painting, photograph, stand-up comedy routine, album, short film, mockumentary, epic poem about the Dukes of Hazzard, we don't care.  We want to see it, read it, hear it, and love it.  If it kicks ass, we will find a way to publish it.

Hippocampus Magazine Remember in November Contest

Hippocampus Magazine is an exclusively online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. Each monthly issue features memoir excerpts, personal essays, reviews, interviews and craft articles. Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $400 in cash prizes this November—and raising awareness for National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in the second Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. We’re seeking personal essays and memoir excerpts to be considered for this special issue.

Dogwood (A Journal of Poetry and Prose) Fall Contest

We just launched the Fall 2012 contest, with results to be announced in Spring 2013 and to appear in Vol. 12 of Dogwood. This year we have increased our contest Grand Prize to $1000, and we are now accepting entries in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry via our online submission system run through Submittable. We have a fantastic roster of judges, too: Adrian Matejka, Roxane Gay, and Adriana Paramo. Be sure to enter before the deadline of October 15!

Stealing Time: A Literary Magazine for Parents

All of our issues are themed; we will endeavor to announce the themes with considerable advance notice. For each issue we accept fiction, memoir, essay and poetry, as well as book reviews. We generally do not accept news; but if you have something you'd like us to consider, we're open to brief but intense queries. All content must be parenting-related, although we draw this connection quite loosely. If you are working toward the goal of parenting, or looking back on a life of parenting you feel you've left behind; if you are a step-parent or a surrogate or an adopted child thinking about your future parenting life; if you are the partner of a parent with a tenuous relationship to parenting, yourself; all these are valid. Naturally we are eager to see parenting essays from traditional monogamous heterosexual families as well as gay parents, blended families, and other less conventional parents.

Harvard Bookstore New England Essay Contest

We at Harvard Book Store hail from regions far and wide, but we share a special place in our hearts for our current stomping ground, New England. Home to baseball mania and lobster cookouts, bitter winters and peaceful beaches, picturesque towns and bustling cities, our history-laden corner of the country has long inspired writers to put pen to paper.

Conveniently, Harvard Book Store is holding an essay contest for short essays set in or about New England. They must be no more than 1,500 words. We will begin accepting submissions on Monday, August 13, and the final deadline is Friday, September 21. After selecting the best of the best, we will print them in a book, using our own in-store print-on-demand machine, Paige M. Gutenborg! All essays must be original and previously unpublished. The contributors we select to be included in the as-yet-untitled collection will receive a copy of the book and an invitation to read their work at Harvard Book Store on Wednesday, October 31. 

Monkeybicycle Call for Submissions

Monkeybicycle is an online literary journal which is updated on Mondays and Fridays. It is also a print journal, publishing two issues per year. Subscription information is available here. Founded in 2002 in Seattle, WA, Monkeybicycle has continued to publish the absolute highest quality in a wide range of literary categories. Twice, works we’ve published were selected for inclusion in the Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies. In 2007, Monkeybicycle became an imprint of Dzanc Books, a bold and flourishing small press in Ann Arbor, MI.

Quiddity: International Literary Journal & Public Radio Program Call for Submissions

Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series.  Each is produced by Benedictine University in partnership with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station.

The print journal, published semi-annually, features exemplary prose, poetry, and artwork from emerging and established writers and artists around the world. International submissions are encouraged. The public-radio program and the visiting writer and artist series feature select authors and artists. Contributors to the print journal are invited to contribute to the audio journal and may have their work featured on the public-radio program.

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