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Submission Sunday 9.8.19

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The Calvino Prize (Deadline October 14 – $2000)

The Calvino Prize is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. They will be awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. Please note that these prizes are meant to encourage experimental writing, in the mode of Calvino, and are not meant to encourage merely imitative work.

The first place entry will be published in Miracle Monocle journal at the University of Louisville. Further, the winner will be invited to read the winning entry, all expenses paid (within the continental US), at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900 held at the University of Louisville every February. The 10 finalists will be posted on the website.

Hippocampus Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Lost – Deadline September 15)

Hippocampus Magazine is excited to announce this year’s theme issue. Between now and Sept. 15, 2019, we’re accepting pieces up to 4,000 that connect to the theme: LOST. We're an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. We also have a books division and bring our mission to life with an annual writing conference.

Do you have a story about a time you were literally lost — maybe on a winding back road, in a sprawling city, or inside a cavernous building? Or maybe you were metaphorically lost, unsure of your life’s direction, until that one moment or one person changed everything. Your LOST story could: recap the time you were lost in love (now Air Supply is stuck in our heads); reflect on what happened with a physical object of sentimental (or monetary) value went missing; detail a time you didn’t come out on top in a game, competition, or race.

Harvard Review Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)

In 1986 poet and novelist Stratis Haviaras, then Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room in Harvard’s Lamont Library, founded a quarterly periodical called Erato. Its purpose was to publicize the activities of the Poetry Room and create a new forum for discussion of current literary matters and events. The first issue of Erato, which was just four pages long, featured a poem by Seamus Heaney, a short piece on Louis Simpson, and a news item from Harvard University Press. Tipped into the issue were three loose-leaf pages of book reviews, including reviews of works by Joseph Brodsky, Marguerite Duras, and Richard Ford.

Within three years the book review section had grown to over thirty pages and the publication was renamed Harvard Book Review. In 1992 Haviaras launched Harvard Review, a perfect-bound journal of some 200 pages, published semi-annually and incorporating the old Harvard Book ReviewThe journal provided a forum for criticism along with new poetry and short fiction. In 2000 Haviaras retired from Harvard and Christina Thompson was appointed editor; responsibility for the review shifted from Lamont to Houghton Library at this time.

Contributors to Harvard Review have included such literary giants as Seamus Heaney, Sonia Sanchez, and David Foster Wallace. Pulitzer Prize-winners Jhumpa Lahiri and Paul Harding both made their literary debuts in the journal, alongside such writers as Andrea Barrett, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, David Mamet,  Tracy K. Smith, Claire Messud, Robert Pinsky, Nam Le, and Lily King. Writing from Harvard Review is regularly selected for Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Science and Nature Writing, Best American Travel Writing, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best New Poets, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. 

Googie Goer Prize for Speculative Prose
(Deadline October 31 – TBD)

Googie: Post-modern architecture influenced by jets, robots, The Space and The Atomic Age. These buildings capture the motions of atoms, orbitals, and parabolas in glass, neon, and steel and aimed to replicate future speculation in real time. 

Guesthouse is pleased to announce The Googie Goer Prize for Speculative Prose, designed to honor the best speculative fiction today and harness the community-building power of competition in the arts. One piece of prose will be selected by our judge as the winner and published in Guesthouse issue five in 2020. We hope to model a new formula for our prose contest by borrowing what we see working among our peers and predecessors but also testing the waters of a transparency-based approach. We will divvy up the contest proceeds into four pots.

Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions (Deadline October 31)

Lunch Ticket is the online literary and art journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University (AU), a program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social, economic, and environmental justice. The editors of Lunch Ticket share AU’s mission and values. With a commitment to publishing the best literary writing and visual art, we encourage submissions from underrepresented and marginalized artists and writers.

Epiphany Magazine Call for Submissions (Deadline October 14)

Epiphany, a semiannual literary magazine, was established in 2001. We feature fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic literature, and visual art. Our contributors have included emerging writers alongside iconic literary voices such as Elena Ferrante, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, Derek Walcott, and Man Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen. Our ethos locates in the celebration of epiphanic work that reveals the capacious potential of literature. Epiphany is committed to publishing literary work, wherever it may fall on the spectrum from experimental to traditional, that is realized both in its vision and its devotion to artistry. We are especially open to writers whose explorations of new territory may not yet have found validation elsewhere.

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry (Deadline September 30 – $2000)

The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry is an annual book contest sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at California State University, Fresno. This contest -- open to any poet writing in English (except current or former students or faculty of Fresno State) -- offers a $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press, a Florida-based press that has been publishing poetry for more than 45 years.

The contest is named for the late poet Philip Levine, who served as the final judge in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2013. Levine taught at Fresno State for many years and is one of the most highly honored and widely read American poets. He published 16 books of poems, as well as several volumes of translations and two collections of essays. His list of honors included two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, the American Book Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Distinguished Poetic Achievement, the Wallace Stevens Award and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Levine served as United States poet laureate from 2011-2012.

Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House (Menerbes, France – Deadline October 15)

Located in the village of Ménerbes, in one of the most beautiful regions of southern France, this 18th-century town house was purchased in 1944 by Pablo Picasso for Dora Maar, the artist and Surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Maar (1907–1997) owned the house until her death, after which a resident of both Houston and Ménerbes bought and renovated the house to transform it into a retreat for writers, scholars, and artists.

In 2006, the MFAH was asked to direct this project, now called the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House. Amenities include four private bedrooms, each with a private bath; three studies for writers and scholars; a studio for artists; and a piano. Residents share the kitchen, library, living, and dining rooms, and two garden areas. The village of Ménerbes holds the official classification as one of “the prettiest villages of France.” Nostradamus claimed that Ménerbes, which sits on a narrow spine of a hilltop, looked like a ship in an ocean of vineyards. For its small size of about 1,200 residents, the village offers a surprisingly lively slate of cultural activities, restaurants, shops, galleries, hotels, and cafés.


Upcoming Deadlines

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts Call for Submissions (Deadline September 15)
Hippocampus Magazine Call for Submissions (Theme: Lost – Deadline September 15)
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Program (Amherst, VA – Deadline September 15)
The Princeton University Hodder Fellowship (Deadline September 17 – $83,000)
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)
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)
Michigan Quarterly Review Call for Submissions (Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water – Deadline December 1)

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