Saturday, May 21, 2016

Writing Competition on the Theme of "Decisions": Hospital Drive

Hospital Drive is awarding three prizes of $500 in our annual contest, this year on the theme "Decisions."

We welcome submissions of poetry, prose, and visual arts nationwide from heathcare providers, patients, and the general public.

Deadline is August 15.

Entry Fee: $5.00

Please visit our website for details.

Call for Submissions: Driftwood Press

John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in literary criticism, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, and interviews.

We're partial towards prose poetry and stream of consciousness prose, but open to all literary genres and styles.

Please submit on our website.

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Two of Cups Press

Two of Cups is excited to read for its annual chapbook contest between April 15th and June 15th. One winning manuscript will be chosen by 2015 winner, Raegen Pietrucha. Winner will be announced August 1st, the author receiving 25 copies of his/her book. Two finalists (chosen by our editor) will receive 10 copies of his/her book. A list of honorable mentions will receive recognition on our website.

Style & theme are open.

Please adhere to the following guidelines. We look forward to reading your work. Best of luck!

  • Reading period open from April 15th - June 15th (2016)
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted and encouraged but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. We will be the first to congratulate you!
  • 15-25 pages of poetry (or thereabouts, just try to keep it close)
  • Table of contents & acknowledgments (if needed)
  • 12 pt Times New Roman (or similar font)
  • We will not be reading blind this year so no need to stress over identifying info
  • If you would like a copy of one of our chaps (please see more info below) be sure to include a US mailing address on your title page/cover sheet.

Complete guidelines at our website.

Call for Submissions about the South: On the Veranda Literary Journal

On the Veranda Literary Journal is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry pieces about the South. Interpret this as you will, but just know that a piece about how great Ann Arbor is by someone from Chicago will not pass muster. Now a piece by someone from Kentucky talking about their transition to the cold Michigan winters? That’s something we want to read!
Check us out at our website.
We are committed to ensuring that at least half of our content is by female-identified writers, and we also aim to include LGBTQ+ writers as well as writers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Most importantly: send us your best work! Send us whatever you think will make us laugh out loud, shed a few tears, or will make us feel like maybe the world isn’t such a bad place after all. Send us something that we’ll still be talking about hours later when we are rocking back and forth on our veranda, sipping a sweating glass of iced tea.
We accept works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Poets may send up to three poems and prose must be between 400 – 2,000 words. Please include a cover letter and a brief bio with your submission. Presently we can only accept Microsoft Word doc (or docx) attachments.
We accept submissions year-round and hope to respond to writers within 1 – 2 months. We will respond to all submissions electronically. Accepted works will be published on a monthly basis.
Please email all submissions to:
ontheverandaliteraryjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Post-Publication Poetry Book Award: 2017 Tufts Poetry Awards

Claremont Graduate University is pleased to announce a call for the 2017 Tufts Poetry Awards.

The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award offers $100,000 for a book of poetry published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. 

The Kate Tufts Discovery Award offers $10,000 for a first book of poetry published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Entries must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2016, and may be submitted by poets, publishers, agents, or friends.

There is no entry fee. For complete eligibility and submission requirements, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Mom Egg Review

Mom Egg Review seeks poetry, fiction, and creative prose for the 15th annual print issue. We publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. This is an unthemed issue.

The submissions period is May 15, 2016 to August 15, 2016. We will respond by January 1, 2017.

Please see full guidelines here.

Marjorie Tesser, Editor in Chief

Writing Competition for Grad Students: Blue River

Good news from the team at Blue River: we have extended the Blue River Editors’ Prize deadline until August 22, 2016. The submissions we have read so far are exhilarating, and we want more.

Graduate students, continue sending us your very best work! The $500 awards in poetry, fiction and nonfiction are still up for grabs, with winners to be announced in September. Submission fee remains $15. Submit and be a part of a new literary journal that’s dedicated to you, the grad student writer.

You can find our Submittable page here.

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Blue River is a non-profit literary journal produced by Creighton University’s MFA program. We seek to build a new tradition: to foster and celebrate contemporary graduate-level creative writers by publishing their fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. In that spirit, we provide our own MFA students with experience in literary editing and production as a preparation for work in the publishing industry.

Erin Pulsipher
Managing Editor