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Submission Sunday 9.6.15

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The Missouri Review 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry (Deadline October 1 – $5000)

The Missouri Review, founded in 1978, is one of the most highly-regarded literary magazines in the United States and for the past thirty-four years we’ve upheld a reputation for finding and publishing the very best writers first. We are based at the University of Missouri and publish four issues each year. Each issue contains approximately five new stories, three new poetry features, and two essays, all of which is selected from unsolicited submissions sent from writers throughout the world. The Missouri Review maintains an “open submission” policy and read year round, sifting through approximately 12,000 submissions each year.  New, emerging, and mid-career writers whose work has been published in The Missouri Review have been anthologized over 100 times in Best American Short StoriesBest American EssaysBest American Travel WritingBest American PoetryThe O. Henry Prize Anthology, and The Pushcart Prize.

One Story Call for Submissions (Deadline May 31)

One Story is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail, or on their digital devices. This story will be an amazing read.

One Story publishes one story at a time, and we only publish an author once, so readers always get a new voice. For each story, we post a personal introduction from the editor on our website, as well as a Q&A with the author explaining their process, and invite comments on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter, so readers can share their thoughts. Each issue of One Story is artfully designed, lightweight, easy to carry, and ready to entertain on buses, in bed, in subways, in cars, in the park, in the bath, in the waiting rooms of doctors, on the couch in the afternoon or on line at the supermarket. There is always time to read One Story.

Solstice Literary Magazine Call for Submissions

Solstice publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction and photography. We experiment. We publish fine work, of course, from published established writers to emerging writers, whether formal or informal, traditional or experimental. We also publish underserved writers, or writers on the margins. We publish writers of diverse nationalities, races and religions, and also writers from diverse cultures within our culture.

We welcome experimental or traditional pieces of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and also photography. Nonfiction for us includes the essay as well as memoir. We also consider excerpts from novels or nonfiction books, especially if the piece can stand alone.

Controversial topics are fine with us. We would be most pleased to publish your piece. But we do have high standards. All pieces will go to readers, then to the appropriate editor, then to the editorial board. No one editor’s taste will determine which piece is accepted but rather a consensus will be reached.

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus residency in Italy)

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project.  This annual competition sponsors the publication of a poetry collection by a woman who has yet to publish a full-length poetry book. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

In addition, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy.

St. Petersburg Review Call for Submissions (Deadline January 1)

St. Petersburg Review is an annual independent international review of contemporary literature that seeks to support global connections and affinities through publishing quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from writers of all countries.

We request that unsolicited submissions be submitted separately by genre and follow the following guidelines: poetry (up to 4 poems); fiction (7,500 words or less); essays or creative nonfiction (7,500 words or less); and plays (30 pages or less).

Tin House Call for Submissions (Theme: Sex, Again? – Deadline February 28)

Fall, 2016: Theme: Sex, Again? Didn’t we just go there? Well, actually it has been twelve years since Tin House’s had sex, or an issue with sex, that is, a sex issue. I think you get what we’re after. Tin House is now reading for Sex, Again? Please, none of the usual fare. We’re tired of it as well. Sworn it off? Fine by us. Keep our relationship fresh after all these many years of reading awkward sex scenes. Surprise us, discomfort us, and make us remember that we’re not pandas.

The James Franco Review Call for Submissions  

This project is about visibility of underrepresented artists and narratives. Not JF. We have a desire for diverse literature and are questioning literary journals and the publishing industry. What happens when work is considered blindly? What happens when editors are asked to question where their tastes came from?

It seems to us at The James Franco Review, that more needs to be done than just make a commitment to diversity. We need to reimagine literary spaces. The whole publishing system needs to be queered. So a queer living in Seattle took that on and a roving cast of editors help run with it.

We want the story, poem, or essay you wrote that you believe in the most, or that hasn’t found the right home. We aren’t looking for work that imitates James Franco’s work or satirizes—writers need not be so cruel. Think of this as the open door where who you are, where you studied, and where you’ve been published doesn’t matter. If the guest editor likes your piece, they’ll take it, and if they don’t like it, remember that it’s subjective and keep writing.

Best American Experimental Writing
Call for Submissions
(Deadline November 1)

The Best American Experimental Writing anthology ("BAX" for short) 2016 is the third volume of the critically acclaimed annual literary anthology compiling the best experimental writing in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. This year's volume, with guest editors Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, will be currated using both content chosen by the series editors, guest editors, and content submitted through our submission process.

Wesleyan University Press has an editorial program that focuses on poetry, music, dance, science fiction studies, film-TV, and Connecticut history and culture. Publishing in its current form since 1957, Wesleyan University Press has published an internationally renowned poetry series, collecting five Pulitzer Prizes, a Bollingen, and two National Book Awards in that one series alone. The mission of Wesleyan University Press is to develop and maintain a sound and vigorous publishing program that serves the academic ends and intellectual life of the University. 


Upcoming Deadlines

Gigantic Sequins 2015 Summer Contest Series: Flash Fiction & Poetry (Deadline September 10)
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)
StoryQuarterly 2015 Fiction Prize (Deadline October 15 – $1000)
Guernica/PEN Flash Series Call for Submissions (Deadline October 15)
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 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry (Deadline October 31 – $1000 plus residency in Italy)

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