Monday, July 28, 2014

Flash Fiction Competition: Gemini Magazine

Knock us out in 1,000 words or less! Grand prize: $1,000. Second place: $100. Four honorable mentions: $25 each. Low entry fee of $4 ($3 for each additional entry). 

Names are removed from all entries before reading so everyone gets an equal chance. Any subject, style or genre. Simply send your best, most powerful, unpublished work by email or snail mail. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2014 issue of Gemini. Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.

Deadline: September 2, 2014 

Maximum Length: 1000 words

For more information and to enter, please visit our website.


Call for Poetry Submissions: Really System

Really System, the journal of poetry and extensible poetics, will publish its fourth issue in Fall 2014. We are looking for vibrant poems inflected by our shared technocultural moment and the ways it envelops us, fascinates us, dances with us, ignores us, and fails us.

Submission deadline is September 1, 2014. Details and submission guidelines are available at our website.

Call for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: Burrow Press Review

Submissions accepted year-round.

Burrow Press Review features one new work of fiction or creative nonfiction on its homepage each week. We publish a wide range of established and emerging writers. Send us your best literary fiction and/or creative nonfiction. Flash fiction and experimental pieces are also welcome. 5,000 words max. 

Visit our website for more information.

Call for Cover Art: The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014

Online deadline: September 12, 2014

Please send us your best work to be considered for the cover of The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2014. Make sure you have the art/photograph available in 300 dpi, and at least 2000 pixels wide. You may submit 10 pieces. Payment of accepted piece: 50€. All rights to the work will remain with you.

Go here for details.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Call for Submissions: Midnight Breakfast

To get the best idea of what we’re looking for, we encourage you to read our back issues, which are conveniently available for free on this very website. We publish one issue per month, with six pieces per issue, which means we have to be a bit selective. On a practical level, we’re looking for unpublished work in the range of 1,000-10,000 words. On a conceptual level, we want to be wowed. Nothing excites us more than a good story with emotional depth. We believe everyone has a story to tell and we want to share as many of these, from as diverse a selection of experiences, as we can.

Fiction: We’re open to loose genre, though we tend to skew more towards literary and speculative fiction. We also love a good, well-written humor piece. What we’re not looking for: fan-fiction, erotica, or anything that requires excessive world-building (as much as we love Game of Thrones in these parts, that kind of work isn’t for us).

Nonfiction: We’re looking for personal essays and/or cultural criticism with a narrative bent. We’re particularly interested in reading about people and cultures that are often underrepresented or otherwise marginalized.

Interviews: We love long form conversations between interesting people. We’re mostly intrigued by literary interviews, but if you’ve recently spoken with a musician, visual artist, activist, or any handful of folks worth spending some time with, we’d be happy to consider your piece. Please do not send any interviews more than 5,000 words. (If your interview is more than 5,000 words, feel free to send an excerpt, and we’ll let you know if we’d like to read more.)

Sadly, we’re currently not accepting poetry, or anything that requires excessive and specific formatting.

Submit Your work to:


(Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) as an attachment (either a Word Document or a PDF). Please only send one submission at a time and make sure your name, email, and any other pertinent contact info are in the document, and include the name of your piece as well as the genre (fiction, nonfiction, interview) in the subject line of your email. We’ll give it a read and get back to you as soon as we can. We’ve got a small staff, so please give us at least a month to give your submission the consideration it needs before checking in. And we accept simultaneous submissions, so please be kind and let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Good news! More than 150 generous donors made it possible for us to compensate all our writers and artists for their hard work during our first year. We’re currently able to offer $50 if we select your work for publication in Midnight Breakfast.

How do I submit my art?

We solicit artists to create original work inspired by a specific piece we’re publishing. If you would like to be considered to illustrate a piece, you may submit your art portfolio to our Managing Editor, Nevan Scott, at:

nevanATmidnightbreakfastDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Anything not answered here that you’re dying to know?

Drop us a line at:

helloATmidnightbreakfastDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Call for Submissions: Black Sun Lit

Black Sun Lit is open for submissions year-round, will read only unpublished manuscripts, takes into consideration unsolicited material and accepts multiple submissions in the limit of two pieces of prose, five poems/pieces of verse and two pieces of non-fiction. We accept simultaneous submissions in the good faith that the writer notifies us when his or her work has been accepted elsewhere. Larger manuscripts, such as full-length novels, collections of short stories, books of verse, etc., will also be considered.

Black Sun Lit does not have a limit or minimum in regards to length; however, shorter work will be considered for Vestiges, our print journal, or online publication through our website. We are also open to works of drama and enjoy debate on any artistic endeavor as it relates to our mission statement. Please allow up to three to five months for a response.

Please also be advised that we require every writer to submit a brief cover letter, which may include:
– Influences
– Genesis of the work
– Technical details
– Contact information
– Author biography (optional)
– Where previous work has appeared (optional)
– Forthcoming work to be published (optional)

To submit, please visit our Submittable page.

Call for Submissions: The Blueshift Journal

Submissions are currently open for Issue 1. The deadline is September 30, 2014. Send art, poetry, or prose to:

blueshiftsubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We accept simultaneous submissions, but retain first North American publishing rights. If your work is accepted elsewhere and you wish to withdraw your submission, please notify us on the same email thread as the work was submitted on originally.

Please read the following instructions before submitting to The Blueshift Journal.

1. Title the file containing your work as "[Catergory]_[Title]." For example, a short story by Henry Bemis called "Time Enough at Last" would be saved as "Prose_Time Enough at Last."

2. Title your email "[Category]: [Last Name of Author/Artist] [Title of Work]." The same story would be sent as "Prose: Bemis 'Time Enough at Last."

3. Include the following information in the body of the email:

​Author/Artist's Full Name:

Author/Artist's Age

Title of Work

Word Count: (if applicable

Medium: (if applicable

Author/Artist Cover Letter:

For text submissions: We ask that you not include author names anywhere within the submitted work. Please send files as .doc or .docx, and do not send more than five pieces per submission.

For artistic submissions: Please send image files as JPEGS. If you'd like to be considered for video submissions, please send us a private link to your work on a media sharing site like YouTube. Although we will still consider work that has been shared publicly, we will hold it to a higher standard. If your video is accepted, you will be required to include a link to The Blueshift Journal.