Monday, September 16, 2019

Call for Submissions: Dove Tales, An Interantional Journal of the Arts

DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts
2019 Guidelines

Winter 2020 Issue

The Winter Issue of DoveTales, An International Online Journal of the Arts will be published on February 1st, 2020. Our guest editor is Writing for Peace Adviser Robert Kostuck. His theme is “Gardens in the Desert: Cultivating Awareness.” Reading period will open on August 1st, 2019, and close on November 1st, 2019.

In a world where mass shootings have become commonplace, where politicians and their supporters revel in violent and divisive rhetoric, where television sets and the internet spew hate-filled propaganda, awareness can seem like an oasis in the desert. How will we cultivate gardens of empathy, compassion, and common sense in these barren deserts?

Our DoveTales journal is a manifestation of the Writing for Peace mission to promote writing that explores the many aspects of peace. One of our goals is to expose young writers to a diverse collection of thoughtful works by both established and emerging writers, as well as our Writing for Peace advisers.

Writing for Peace has published six beautiful print journals. Beginning 2019, DoveTales is going online. We will publish two issues per year, February 1st and August 1st.

General Guidelines
  • We prefer previously unpublished work, but if you feel your published piece is especially relevant to our theme, and you own the rights to it, please give us all the particulars of its publishing history so we can be sure to properly credit the previous publisher.
  • Work must be submitted electronically through Submittable. Please include a 50-word third-person biography, and make sure your contact information and mailing address are current.
  • We are happy to accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Contributors maintain all rights to their work, but grant Writing for Peace the right to publish work in our online journal and a print anthology that may be published at a later date. For work that is particularly relevant that we aren’t able to publish in the smaller online journal, we may ask permission to publish the piece on our blog. Should the piece be re-published in another journal, we would be grateful for a mention.

Fiction and Nonfiction:

We consider short fiction and personal essays with a unique voice. We do not accept genre fiction. We welcome flash fiction, nonfiction, and lyric essays, as well as translations, with the author’s permission (if applicable). Though the guidelines can be flexible for extraordinary work, published short stories and essays should not exceed 20 manuscript pages. Please submit one story or essay at a time.


We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than three poems per issue.


We welcome theme-appropriate interviews with activists and writers who add a unique approach or voice to the conversation. Please send queries to with “DoveTales Query” in the subject heading.

Art and Photography:

We welcome your art and photography submissions. Please submit them in jpeg format through the link below, and include a short cover letter describing why you feel your images are suitable for the DoveTales theme.

Submission link.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Call for Submissions on Theme of "Sleep Over": VitaminZZZ

SleepyHead CENTRAL (SHC) seeks submissions on the topic, "SLEEP OVER," for its upcoming late fall issue of the literary quarterly, VitaminZZZ.

Work submitted for "SLEEP OVER" could range from kids slumber parties to sleeping in other people's beds to sleeping while traveling or, really, any extension of the theme where one finds themselves in circumstances in which they are sleeping elsewhere or with others (perhaps unexpectedly).

All perspectives welcomed: humorous, clinical, personal, spiritual, political, fantastic, familial, experimental, confessional. The voices of healthcare workers and patients are especially desired.

Writing should explore SLEEP, i.e.:
► personal experiences with diagnosed sleep disorders
(sleepwalking, sleep apnea, circadian rhythm problems, daytime sleepiness, shift work disorder, jet lag, insomnia, etc.)
► people suffering from unexplained or undiagnosed sleep problems or sleep deprivation or trouble sleeping or daytime sleepiness
► caregivers concerned about the sleep health of their patients or loved ones

HINT! We can always use more prose poems, flash fiction, personal essays, and creative nonfiction.

Topics we especially like: sleep problems related to a comorbid condition (Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental health concerns, chronic pain, obesity, etc.) or to other obligations that force one to choose between sleep and other activities (such as school, job, athletics, parenting, etc.).

SHC is looking for flash fiction or prose (under 1000 words), poetry (free verse, formal, prose poems), personal essays or creative nonfiction (under 2000 words) on sleep health, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, sleep habits, dreams… anything directly correlated with the biological process of sleep.

Deadline October 18, 2019—publication will take place in November 2019.

Only the highest quality literary writing should be submitted. This work is part of SHC’s provocative literary series devoted to a mainstream readership of people interested in sleep health, including people seeking sleep health information, people suffering from sleep problems, and caregivers concerned about the sleep problems of their charges.

If accepted, your work will appear in SHC's Issuu platform digital literary quarterly. Issuu publications are shareable, searchable, downloadable, and readable from most digital access platforms (laptops, e-readers, tablets, smartphones). They can also be printed individually on demand.

HOW TO SUBMIT: See complete writers guidelines here. You can find VitaminZZZ in Duotrope.

These are complete guidelines. If you have other questions, please send them to:

sleepyheadcentralATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with “VITAMINZZZ” in the Subject line.

Writing Competition: Young Writers Writing for Peace Competition

Young Writers Contest Opens for Submissions

September 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am - June 1, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

Writing for Peace challenges young writers (ages 13-19) to expand their empathy skills by researching an unfamiliar culture and writing from the point-of-view of a character within that new world, while exploring social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes.

The deadline for entrance is June 1st, 2020.

There is no fee for participation. 

Writers, ages 13-19, may submit in one of three categories – poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. Ages are counted from the entry date, and entrants are required to show proof of age (those images are never shared publicly).

Winners and published finalists will be asked to submit an author’s photograph and biography. We encourage you to explore the past winners’ pages on our website to see the types of information and pictures authors share.

The contest is open internationally, but all submissions must be written in English and submitted with the completed form. Both American and British English are accepted.

  • First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry categories. Announcements will be made on June 1st on the Writing for Peace Blog. Be sure to subscribe to our blog to receive email posts and updates.
  • First, second, and third place winners will receive a certificate, publication, and an invitation to participate in our 2020 Youth Summit. One Grand Prize Winner will receive $200.
  • Winners’ work, photo, bio, and a follow-up interview will be published in our August 1st, 2020, online journal, DoveTales, An International Journal of the Arts.
  • Finalists may be eligible for online publication in our Writing for Peace blog, and a chance to work with Writing for Peace editors, as well as opportunities to participate in other Writing for Peace Events, such as our Annual Youth Summit, readings, and possible mentoring opportunities.
The author will retain copyright of the literary work with the understanding that Writing for Peace may publish in DoveTales, online, and/or republish at a later date in a printed anthology.

Read complete guidelines here.

Writing Retreat: Maine Coastal Schooner Writing Retreat

Join us next summer for a 4-day Schooner writing retreat for poets and prose writers! We are restricting the guests to age 18 and up.


Our embarkation date will be August 1, 2020. Everyone must be onboard by 4 pm. We will have dinner and have an orientation onboard that night. We will also sleep aboard the schooner that night.

On August 2, we will sail away after breakfast. There will be writing lessons, handouts, and prompts on this day.

August 3, will include breakfast, lessons, handouts, prompts and writing.

August 4, breakfast, lessons, handouts, prompts and writing.

August 5, we will disembark the Schooner at approximately 11 am. That is the day we will return home.

Each afternoon there will be time for writing, enjoying the scenery, sailing, sharing and conversation after dinner. There will be a lobster cookout but we are not sure which day this will take place yet. In the evening there will be stargazing.


The schooner is US Coast Guard inspected. There are radar, Marine Radio, and GPS onboard. The captain, Doug, and his wife, Linda, are renowned maritime historians.

There are electric lights in every cabin with reading lights over the pillows. Receptacles for charging cameras, phones, laptops, etc., are available in each room. Meals will be home cooked on a wood burning stove by the cook. There are 3 modern toilets located conveniently on the deck. There is hot, fresh water for showering. There are stairs instead of ladders. There are 3 rowboats for exploring harbors, one has a sail. 

The Heritage's cabins (14 doubles, 6 with double bunks, 2 with private heads (toilets), and 2 singles) not only have standing headroom and electric lights, but sinks with hot and cold running water. Sheets and blankets are provided and passengers may refresh themselves with a hot shower in the forward deck house. Heads (toilets) are conveniently located on deck. 

Here is the internet link for the schooner so you can get information about it, see pictures, and view an overhead of the sleeping quarters to decide where you want to sleep. Here is the internet link for the schooner so you can get information about it, see pictures, and view an overhead of the sleeping quarters to decide where you want to sleep.

It is possible the cost of the Schooner will go up to $900 from $800 due to a rise in schooner costs. But this is not yet certain. Our workshop fees will stay the same: $150 for all 4 days.
Each person is responsible for getting to Rockland, Maine. If coming by plane or bus combo, there is a bus from Portland or Boston. Carol will do pickups at the bus only.

There are small additional cabin costs in the cases of a single cabin and a double cabin with a private toilet. 

A deposit of $350 is due at the time of booking (all monies will be handled through Carol). Book no later than February 1, 2020. Contact Carol when you are ready to book.
The balance is due June 20.


Until 6 weeks from sail away all money except $50 can be refunded. After that date, there will be no refund from the schooner company. BUT, if another person can take your spot the replacement person can pay Carol and she will refund your money. 

All arrangements and money transactions will take place through Carol Bachofner, who is organizing the trip and who will pay the schooner. She will also be teaching the poetry leg of the event. Carol holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the poet Laureate Emerita of Rockland, Maine. Contact Carol at:

mainepoetATmeDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Visit her website.

Carolyn Walker will be teaching the prose section. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a Krege Fellow in the Literary Arts.


One duffle bag, shorts, jeans, capris, tee shirts, sweatshirt or light jacket, rainwear, bathing suit, two pairs of tennis shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, soap, shampoo, etc., camera or phone, binoculars.

Note: You can bring wine, beer, snacks as there is a cooler on deck.

[bed linens, blankets, towels are provided]

So! We hope you will join us on what is certain to be a wonderful adventure of travel, writing, and friend-making. If you have questions, please let either Carol Bachofner at: 

mainepoetATmeDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or Carolyn Walker at:

crlynwalkerATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please share this information with any writers you know. Writers of all levels are welcome.

Fellowship: Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship

Are you an American-born poet who would like to spend a year travelling abroad? If so, then the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship might just be your perfect opportunity.
The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately US$60,000 annually to a poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.
The scholarship is open to all American-born poets, whether their work has been published or not (though recent recipients have been published poets). There are no age restrictions and poets do not need to be enrolled at university or college.
The amount of prize money is adjusted each year for inflation. In the case of there being two winners, each will receive the full amount. The award is paid in quarterly instalments, beginning before departure to allow the winner to make travel arrangements.
Applicants must complete an application form (PDF) and there is also the option of providing a brief CV. Unpublished poets should provide a sample of their work of up to 40 typed pages. Published poets can supply one printed volume plus 20 typed pages of their most recent work. Applications must be submitted via mail (email and fax are not accepted).
There is no entry fee.
The scholarship is administered by the trustees of the will of Amy Lowell at the law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. Enquiries should be directed to the Trust Administrator Gina Coletti via:
amylowellATchoateDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
or phone 617 248 4729.
The 2019/20 scholarship attracted 295 applications and the winner was Anne Pierson Wiese. Pierson Wiese is the author of Floating City, which won the 2006 Walt Whitman Award. Wiese’s is graduate of the New York University Graduate Writing Workshop and her work has been widely published including in Prairie Schooner, Atlanta Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattapallax and Hawai’i Pacific Review.
Applications for the 2020/2021 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship close on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and hard copy applications must be received by the administering law firm by this date. The successful recipient will be announced in March 2020. For full entry details visit the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship website.

Call for Submissions and Writing Competition: Raleigh Review

The inaugural Raleigh Review Flash Fiction Prize is open for submissions until October 31.

PRIZES: First Prize includes $500 USD and publication in the Spring 2020 issue. Finalists will receive our standard $15 payment along with publication and a 2-year subscription to Raleigh Review.

ENTRY FEE: $15 USD, which includes a copy of the Spring 2020 issue. The Raleigh Review Fiction Team will serve as judges.

To see full guidelines and to enter, go here.

To submit general poetry and flash fiction, visit our submission page.

Call for Submissions on Theme of the Eye: ArabLit Quarterly

ArabLit Quarterly is a literary journal -- print and e-pub -- with a focus on edge-breaking Arabic literature & art in translation. For our next issue, we are looking for eye-themed writing, which means: the eye, the evil eye, the gaze, عين, surveillance, attention, and more. Regular ALQ features include: #TranslateThis, Open Letter to a Late Author, Literary Playlist, Judge a Book By Its Cover, & Literary Maps. We are also interested in: Translated short stories between 100 and 10000 words; translated poetry; translated playtexts; translated comix; creative work that shifts between states. We are not able to accept: Fiction and poetry written originally in English.

We prefer pitches to completed works; pitches should be in by October 15, with drafts submitted by November 1, and authors available to work on edits in the month of November.

Review the guidelines here.

Submit your work here.