Friday, May 25, 2018

Writing Competition: 2018 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

First Book Award  

$2,500 and publication for the winning collection of poems
final judge: Vandana Khanna


Below are the guidelines for the 2018 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 11, 2018 and close on July 15, 2018 (online submissions deadline):

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen, permanent resident,or person who has DACA/TPS status are eligible* who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible; a writer who has published a self-published manuscript over 48 pages which is available for purchase outside of thesis and dissertation services is considered ineligible). *Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors who have published a book with Southern Illinois University Press or have a book under contract with Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.)

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must submitted online between May 11, 2018 and the end of July 15, 2018 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on July 15, 2018). Submittable does now have an editing option so if there is a problem with your manuscript you do not need to withdraw it or submit it again to fix it; just request that we open the manuscript for editing and you can make the needed corrections. Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $20.00 per entry (online submissions only through Submittable). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry (12 pt. type preferred). No more than one poem should appear on a page.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be made online through Submittable. The entry fee for each entry is $20.00. Payment for submissions must be made online.
Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.


Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file.

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone, and e-mail so it should not appear in either your file name or your manuscript.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE.

Please name your file the manuscript title. If your manuscript title is long, name your file the first four words.

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2018.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Disobedient Futures to Anthology: The Cambridge Writers' Workshop

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed-genre work, plays, and screenplays on the topic of “Disobedient Futures” for our new speculative literature anthology. Writers are encouraged to imagine what the future cultures of America and the world might look like, and submit their work on the following topics:

  • Disobedient Women: How might women, feminists, and/or non-binary individuals disobey and reconfigure our understandings of power and femininity and masculinity in the future?
  • Disobedient Tribes: What if Americans found a way to subvert racial categories and challenge tribalism and cultures of fear? How might tribes disobey the rules of the game and create new types of community identities and cultural bridges?
  • Disobedient Class: Could Americans in the future overcome systems of class oppression and capitalist gluttony? How might individuals in the future subvert class hierarchies?
  • Disobedient Futures: Tell us what the future cultures of America and the world have in store. How might the emerging generations of today and tomorrow reconfigure today’s value systems, challenge today’s modes of violence, oppression, and power, and create new visions of society? Give us your best speculative writing which explores the possibilities and disruptions of disobedient futures.
Writers are welcome to submit utopian, dystopian, parallel history, futuristic, alternative reality, speculative essay, and even purely speculative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and theatre. Optimistic and pessimistic tales of the future are welcome in equal measure, but gratuitous violence and discrimination are not. 

Poetry submissions should be 3-5 pages in length. Prose submissions can be 10-20 pages in length. Excerpts from longer works with synopses are welcome. Visual art related to these categories of Disobedient Futures is also welcome. Submit your retelling of the future today!
Submit your work here


Submission Fee: $5.00

Deadline: February 14, 2019





Writing Competition: The May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Deadline: June 30, 2018

The May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is awarded annually for a book-length poetry collection. The prize includes $1,000, publication, 100 author copies, and distribution. Poet David Blair will judge, we do not pre-screen manuscripts.

Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages with a $25 entry fee by June 30.

Please visit our website for complete guidelines and how to submit.

Writing Competition: 2018 JuxtaProse Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: June 18, 2018

The 2018 JuxtaProse Nonfiction Prize is now accepting submissions. The winner will receive $1,000 and up to three honorable mentions will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Entry Fee: $15.00

JuxtaProse welcomes established and emerging writers alike, and our magazine regularly features Pulitzer Prize winners, Poet Laureates, and other distinguished writers side-by-side previously unpublished voices. 

Call for Submissions on Theme of Home: borrowed solace

Deadline: June 30, 2018

borrowed solace is a literary journal on our third edition. Submissions are back open! Our theme for the fall 2018 journal is "Home." Where is home? What makes a home? How does a home contain so many emotions and can keep them as secrets or unleash them? What is home to you? We would like to know these answers, and we can't wait to see what you will answer with!

We accept: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, art, and photography.

Submissions will close June 30th, 2018. Check out our submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Parhelion Literary Magazine

Deadline: Rolling

Parhelion Literary Magazine seeks fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography submissions by new and known authors for our quarterly issues. This new publication strives to be literary at heart while remaining accessible and entertaining to a wide audience at the same time. We are looking for strong, fresh voices, compelling characters, and thought-provoking story telling. 

Call for Submissions on Theme of Community: Feels Blind Literary

Deadline: July 1, 2018
Feels Blind Literary, a magazine merging creative writing with activism and a punk aesthetic, is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and art from emerging and established writers and artists who identify as women for our inaugural issue. The theme for this issue is community. Communities and the people in them thrive when we are better connected and we are interested in work that touches on the importance of community, space/place, and connection. Work that isn't specific to our theme also will be considered. 


The deadline for submissions is July 1st. Visit our website to learn more about us.