Saturday, November 30, 2019

Call for Submissions on Theme of Act/Break: Exposition Review

Exposition Review is excited to announce the theme for our fifth annual issue: Act/Break.

Submissions will be open from September 15–December 15, 2019. We accept work in all forms: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts for stage & screen, experimental narratives, visual art, and comics. Volume V also includes a huge milestone: payment for all contributors.

Read more about the theme and how to submit:


Act is action. Movement, process, the firing gun for life. It can remind us of courage, the power to ignite change, or it can represent performance. An act can pinpoint where characters are on their journey. Are we in Act I or the bottom of Act II—the inciting incident, or the “all is lost” moment? Act requires a start.


Break is disruption. It’s a division, but not always a loss. It can be an object crushed or a new day forming. Characters can break free from adversity or break apart because of it. Break requires a stop.


When creating a short story, poem, play, or even journal issue, we set about meticulously putting pieces together to create a body from many parts: the beginning, the end, and the spaces in between. We build, splinter, and reconnect. We pause to consider what’s worth keeping and when change should happen.

That exploration is what we want to read. We want writers and artists that choose their beginnings, middles, and ends with purpose. We want characters who are authentic—who start and stop and question themselves. We want hybrid forms that challenge the way we experience work. Most importantly—we want you, writers and artists—your perspective, your experiences for Vol. V: “Act/Break”. Interpret this theme in any direction you find inspiring.

All accepted work will receive $35.00 USD as payment. We are proud to officially be paying writers and artists for both our Flash 405 contests and Annual Issue. (Special thanks to our donors for helping us make this a reality for years to come.)

We look forward to reading your submissions!

Detailed submission guidelines and Submittable link.

Call for Submissions on Theme of "Reading the Body": Bellevue Literary Review

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special issue—“Reading the Body”—focused on anatomy and its metaphors. Fiction, nonfiction (5,000 words max). Poetry (3 poems max).

Deadline: January 1, 2020.

Info here.

Writing Competition: Prose & Graphic Narrative Chapbook Contest

Prose & Graphic Narrative Chapbook Contest

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Annual $1,000 prize and publication by The Florida Review for chapbook of fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative (flash collections or long-form).

Submit up to 45 pages with $25 entry fee by December 31, 2019.

Final judge: Lynne Nugent. All entries considered for publication. See website for guidelines. Submit your work here.

Writing Competition: Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize

Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize: $800 Plus Travel Stipend

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Judge: 2018 Texas Poet Laureate Carol Coffee Reposa. Kallisto Gaia Press seeks submissions for our first annual Contemporary Poetry Chapbook Prize.

Winner receives $800 & publication by Kallisto Gaia Press, up to $300 travel stipend to Austin, TX for the release event, and 20 author copies. Submit 28-48 pages of contemporary poetry.

The $20 entry fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook.

Submit through December 31.

For complete guidelines please go here.

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Coffee House Press

Coffee House Anthology: Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 3, 2020

We invite submissions for an essay anthology that takes a contemporary look at silences around class and caste systems that divide us, to be co-edited by a collective of award-winning incarcerated writers and published by Coffee House Press. The pieces should tell the stories of the unseen and the unspoken, and articulate lines of our division. We encourage submissions from all walks of life and across the gender spectrum.

Submit to:

wheredoibelonganthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We are accepting essays, 2,500 - 7,500 words.

Submissions open until April 3, 2020.

All accepted contributions will be paid.

Writing Competitions: The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

The Crazyhorse Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry

Deadline: January 31, 2020

From January 1st to January 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for prizes in fiction, nonfiction, & poetry.

Winners receive $2,000 and publication.

The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription; all manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. For more information and to see our judges, go here.

Writing Competition: New Issues Poetry Prize for Debut Collection of Poems

New Issues Poetry Prize for Debut Collection of Poems

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Prize: $2,000. Judge: Traci Brimhall.

Reading fee: $25, payable to New Issues. Open to any writer who has not published a full-length collection (40+ pages) of poetry.

Submit a 40-100-page manuscript online. Online submissions: include identifying info in the cover page section, not the manuscript.

Hard copy submissions: include a cover page with contact info and title. Finalists will be notified in May, and a winner will be selected in June. Mail to:

New Issues Poetry Prize
New Issues Poetry & Prose
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5463