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Vela Second Nonfiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1000)

We’re excited to announce Vela’s Second Nonfiction Contest, which will be judged by Claire Vaye Watkins. Contest opens September 15, 2016 and closes November 1. Winner will receive $1000 and publication.

We’re looking for creative nonfiction, written by women, with a strong voice, a compelling narrative, and/or a powerful driving question. We’re interested in a wide range of essays, including literary journalism, personal essays, memoir, and experimental essays. We are not a “women’s magazine,” and are not looking for work that is written solely for a female audience.

Fugue Literary Journal
Call for Submissions

Begun in 1990 by the faculty in the Department of English at University of Idaho, Fugue has continuously published poetry, plays, fiction, essays, and interviews from established and emerging writers biannually. We take pride in the work we print, writers we publish, and the presentation of each and every issue. Working in collaboration with local and national artists, our covers display some of the finest art from photography and digital art to ink drawings and oil paintings. We believe that each issue is a print and digital artifact of the deepest engagement with our culture, and we make it our personal goal that the writing we select and presentation of each issue reflect the reverence we have for art and letters.

To honor the respect we have for our contributors and in spite of financial challenges, Fugue pays for the work we publish. In addition to a copy of the journal in which their work appears, contributors are also compensated for every piece we accept. Fugue is managed and edited by graduate students in the English and Creative Writing Programs at University of Idaho in Northern Idaho, one of the nation's most beautiful regions covered with wilderness areas, mountains, rivers, and lakes.

Tin House Call for Submissions (Deadline September 30)

Starting in 2016, we will accept unsolicited submissions twice a year: in September and March. As always, our summer and winter issues are not themed. We consider each submission for all upcoming issues regardless of theme. If you wish to be considered for a particular theme, please make a note in your cover letter.

Tin House is currently accepting unsolicited submissions for our next THREE issues:

Spring 2017: Rehab. Pub date March 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.
Summer 2017: Open, non-themed. Pub date June 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.
Fall 2017: Theme: True CrimePub date September 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Lost & Found essays champion books that have been overlooked or culturally neglected, with the hope of bringing them new attention and readership. Featured books need to be at least 10 years old, and preferably about the work of a lesser-known author rather than the lesser-known work of someone famous. We particularly look for pieces where the Lost & Found author has a story to tell about how or why they came to love the book. We are happy to see pitches or finished drafts; it's always a good idea to pitch first.

Sarabande Books Open Essay Reading Period (Deadline September 30)

Sarabande Books publishes essay collections between 150-250 pages in length. We accept essay manuscripts for consideration each September. Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. First titles appeared in 1996, and the press currently has more than 220 titles under contract or in print, many of them prize-winning. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all.

The 2016 American Literary Review Awards (Deadline October 1 – $1000)

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2017 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. The American Literary Review has been published since 1990 through the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at the University of North Texas. Since the journal's inception, we have made it a point to publish excellent poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by writers at all stages in their careers.

We publish the best fiction that comes our way, but we prefer stories that are well-crafted and which reveal the nuances and complexities of characters and situations that surprise us with their unerring truths. The poetry we search out should challenge the reader's imagination through fresh language, precise imagery, formal artistry, and it should demonstrate an attention to the craft and tradition of poetry. We tend to prefer poems that are pleasing to the ear as well as the imagination. We welcome nonfiction submissions in personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and experimental nonfiction.  

New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme: The African Literary Hustle – Deadline December 31)

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

The Sun Magazine
Call for Submissions
(now accepting submissions online!)

Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for the Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories anthologies. We publish nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it. We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length.

The Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000)

The Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize. The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced. 

Our contest judge is Alexander Chee, author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.


Upcoming Deadlines

Tin House Call for Submissions (Deadline September 30)
Columbia Journal Call for Submissions (Deadline September 30)
Siena Art Institute Summer Residency (Deadline September 30)
Sarabande Books Open Essay Reading Period (Deadline September 30)
University of Massachusetts Press Juniper Prizes for Fiction and Poetry (Deadline September 30 – $1000)
Ucross Foundation Residency Program (Deadline October 1)
Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship Program (Deadline October 1)
Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
The 2016 American Literary Review Awards (Deadline October 1 – $1000)
Southern Indiana Review Mary C. Mohr Award (Deadline October 3 – $2000)
apt Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
The Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Stonecoast Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 16)
Bare Fiction Prize 2016 (Deadline October 31 – £500)
Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)
cream city review Call for Submissions (Deadline November 1)
Vela Second Nonfiction Contest (Deadline November 1 – $1000)
The Indianola Review Call for Submissions (Deadline December 15)
New Orleans Review Call for Submissions (Theme: The African Literary Hustle – Deadline December 31)

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