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Submission Sunday 9.22.19

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Dzanc Books Annual Book Contests (Deadline September 30)

Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to promote literary readership and advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings offered across the country. Dzanc Books solicits submissions through three annual contests:

  • the Prize for Fiction, which recognizes novels (40,000 words and up) that are daring, original, and innovative, and offers a $5,000 advance and publication;
  • the Short Story Collection, which seeks well-crafted and powerful book-length collections and offers a $2,500 advance and publication;
  • and a final contest which changes from year to year. This year, we will offer a Novella Prize, seeking sharp and creative short works between 18,000 and 40,000 words in length. The Novella Prize offers a $1,500 advance and publication.

Our contests open March 1 and close September 30. The winner of each contest, along with a short list of finalists, will be announced on November 15.

"Experiences of Disability" Issue Call for Submissions

Brevity is excited to announce an upcoming special issue, “Experiences of Disability,” to be published in September 2020 and featuring anchor author Esmé Weijun Wang. The submission period will begin on October 1, 2019.

We invite brief nonfiction submissions that consider all aspects of illness and disability: what it is, what it means, how our understanding of disability is changing. We want essays that explore how disability is learned during childhood, lived over the entire course of a life, and how our changing understanding of disability shapes the way we experience ourselves and others. We are looking for flash essays (750 words or fewer) that explore the lived experience of illness and disability, as well as encounters with ableism, and that show readers a new way to understand the familiar or give voice to underrepresented experiences.

The “Experiences of Disability” issue will be guest edited by Keah Brown, Sonya Huber, and Sarah Fawn Montgomery. Our anchor author, Esmé Weijun Wang, is a novelist and essayist. She is the author of the New York Times-bestselling essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias (2019), for which she won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Her debut novel, The Border of Paradise, was called a Best Book of 2016 by NPR. She was named by Granta as one of the “Best of Young American Novelists” in 2017 and won the Whiting Award in 2018.

Witness 2020 Literary Awards (Deadline October 1 – $500)

Witness seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography that is innovative in its approach, broad-ranging in its concerns, and that dazzles us with its unique perspective. We often enjoy material that ventures into international terrain.

Witness blends the features of a literary and an issue-oriented magazine to highlight the role of the modern writer as witness to their times. Launched in Detroit in 1987, the magazine is best known for showcasing work that defines its historical moment; special issues have focused on political oppression, religion, the natural world, crime, aging, civil rights, love, ethnic America, and exile. In 2007, Witness moved to the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The magazine now publishes one special print issue and one general online issue each year and increasingly seeks out work that contextualizes the American experience by highlighting issues of global concern.

Palooka Call for Submissions

We're open to many voices, forms, and styles. Please send your best unpublished chapbooks, fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, and graphic narratives.

Palooka is an international literary magazine of unique fiction, poetry, nonfiction, artwork, photography, and graphic narratives. We've featured writers, artists, and photographers from United States, Canada, Australia, India, United Kingdom, China, Pakistan, Spain, France, Ireland, South Korea, Israel, Finland, Italy, and Austria. The magazine was founded on the idea of giving a fair chance at publication to writers, artists, and photographers, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or who they know. We read blind, don't solicit work or publish friends/associates, and only publish work that comes to us from the infamous "slush pile." We strive to create fun and unique covers and offer eclectic works that interest a wide variety of readers.

Luna Station Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)

The on-going mission of Luna Station Quarterly is to display the vast and varied talents of women-identified speculative fiction writers. This idea was conceived by founding editor, Jennifer Lyn Parsons, after spending time in the trenches of the Star Wars fan fiction community and being exposed to the particular and unique writing styles of the women and girls who posted there. Later departing from the community to write original fiction, Jennifer became aware of the apparent lack of support for the short story format within the literary community, and the particular lack of exposure of new women writers in general within speculative fiction.

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We think women write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!

The Cave Canem 2019 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize (Deadline September 30 – $500)

Launched in 2015, the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by Black poets. Winner receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2020, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency in early April at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami and a feature reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Final Judge: Danez Smith.

Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. A 501-c-3 non-profit literary service organization with administrative and programming headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, Cave Canem has grown from a gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty, high-achieving national fellowship of over 400 and a workshop community of 900. Our operating budget has increased from $20,000 in 1996 to $450,000 in 2015, with significant grant awards from such funders as Lannan Foundation, Whiting Foundation, New York Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Little Fiction
2020 Flash Issue Call for Submissions
(Deadline November 30)

Flash is back. On the heels of our first flash issue in quite some time, we’re setting out to do it all again. We’re looking for your short, not so sweet, stories for our 2020 Flash issue. Open to stories that are 1,000 words or less. We’ll choose a dozen or so stories to appear in the issue, scheduled for publication early 2020.

Little Fiction was launched as a labour of love by Troy Palmer in October 2011. It started kinda slowly, but when things started moving, they really started moving. The best proof of that was when the amazingly talented and insanely hard-working writer, Amanda Leduc, said to him “Hey, you should publish non-fiction stuff. And I can be your non-fiction editor!” The answer was, of course, YES. And the result was BIG TRUTHS. We publish our stories and essays on the first Wednesday of every month (#WriterWednesday for your Twitter folk).

A Hotel Room of One's Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program
(Dayton, OH – Deadline September 24)

The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program is the only one of its kind: a writing residency specifically for emerging humor writers. Located adjacent to the University of Dayton — alma mater of legendary humorist Erma Bombeck — the Humorist-in-Residence Program gives two emerging comedy writers the opportunity to step away from their regular routines to live and procrastinate work as full-time writers. Where? At the University of Dayton Marriott, of course.

That’s the idea behind “A Hotel Room of One’s Own” — private, uninterrupted time for two writers to dive into their comedy projects without restrictions or responsibilities. It’s the luxury of time, and an experience that can change a career. Plus room service!

Upcoming Deadlines

A Hotel Room of One's Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program (Dayton, OH – Deadline September 24)
Dzanc Books Annual Book Contests (Deadline September 30)
Salt Hill Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline September 30)

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry (Deadline September 30 – $2000)
The Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
The Cave Canem 2019 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize (Deadline September 30 – $500)
Witness 2020 Literary Awards (Deadline October 1 – $500)
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)
The Calvino Prize (Deadline October 14 – $2000)
Epiphany Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline October 14)
Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship (Deadline October 15 – $60,500)
Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House (Menerbes, France – Deadline October 15)
Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
Guesthouse Googie Goer Prize for Speculative Prose (Deadline October 31 – TBD)
Luna Station Quarterly Call for Submissions (Deadline November 15)
Michigan Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water – Deadline December 1)
Coffin Bell: A Journal of Dark Literature Call for Submissions (Theme: "Philia/Phobia" – Deadline December 31)

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