Monday, March 20, 2017

Call for Submissions: Lives in the Balance

Lives in the Balance is a new literary project launched by the organizers of the online Disability March.
To highlight the ways that the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid will devastate those with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, we welcome submissions of essays, artwork, poetry, and photos about what your life is like, what you worry about, what you have been through to gain care and access. This series will highlight the experiences and perspectives of those people who will be directly affected by the repeal of ACA and/or cuts to Medicaid.
We know that many people have healthcare access struggles. This series is devoted to the experiences of those people who will be personally and directly affected by the repeal of ACA and/or cuts to Medicaid. Our aim is to focus on those stories in order to get them stories out into the world. For that reason, we will not focus on these accounts: stories of parents or spouses of those with disabilities; solidarity posts; those who have experience with temporarily disabilities; those who work with disabled people; those who will be affected by medical cuts but who do not deal with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities.
These can be straightforward descriptions, literary essays, reflections, or non-traditional/lyric essays. You can include poetry, images, and anything else you feel moved to include.
Please send essays up to 3,000 words (a little longer is fine, and shorter is definitely fine) as a .doc or .docx attachment to:
disabilitymarchATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
We will not publish every entry we receive—we apologize in advance for needing to be selective due to the aims and nature of this project. Our intent is to not do much if any editing to these.
Please include a photo, graphic, or a picture of original artwork in .jpg format with a description of the image.
If any of these guidelines present a barrier to access to this project, please email us at:
disabilitymarchATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
to tell us how we can make changes.
Any questions? Email Sonya Huber at:
indigomissionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
We have a rolling deadline.
Thank you!

Call for Submissions: Switched-on-Gutenberg

Switched-on Gutenberg, one of the first on-line poetry magazines, is looking for submissions for its next issue, due out in the autumn of 2017.

Issue 24 will be based on the ideas of Gaston Bachelard, from his book, The Poetics of Space. You don’t have to read Bachelard and take notes, but we are looking for poems that explore the concepts of “Space” and “Home.” We also welcome submissions of art and photography on the same theme.

Submissions will be taken until April 30, 2017. Submit up to 5 original, not previously published poems. Simultaneous submissions are OK (Please notify us as soon as any work is accepted elsewhere.) Poetry can be in Text only (TXT or RTF), in Word (DOC or DOCX) format or included in the body of an e-mail to:

editor(at) (Replace (at) with@) .

Please include your last name in your filename, and on the subject line.

For complete guidelines.

Call for Submissions and Writing Competitions: Profane

Profane is a print journal that publishes poems, essays, and stories. Our reading period runs through July 31st.

In addition to being in print, all of our past issues are available on our website to read for free (you can also listen to most of the authors read their pieces, as well).

To find out more about what our journal's all about, check us out at our website.

We're also running both a nonfiction and fiction contest this year.

The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (out now from Sarabande Books).

The Profane Fiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner (due out in August from Harper Perennial).

Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words.

For more details and guidelines, you can check out our contest page.

Call for Submissions: The Rush

The Rush is a literary magazine created and run by the MFA creative writing students at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. We premiered our first issue earlier this month, and we were delighted to have received over 500 submissions during our first reading period! We look forward to keeping the momentum going.

It is free to submit and open to all who are interested. To find out more information, please visit our website.

For writing guidelines, check out our Submittable page.

Writing Competition: Hillary Gravendyk Prize

THE INLANDIA INSTITUTE announces The Hillary Gravendyk Prize, an open poetry book competition. Two winners, one entry fee: National and Regional, $1000 each.

Judges: Cindy Arrieu-King and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella.

Submit a poetry manuscript between 48 - 100 pages via Inlandia’s Submittable portal by April 30, 2017, midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Reading fee is $20. Winners announced in September with publication in 2018.

Call for Submissions: Golden Walkman Magazine

Golden Walkman Magazine is a literary magazine in the form of a podcast

Seek poetry, fiction, non-fiction, craft essays, and instrumental music
Accept submissions year-round
Hold specific writing prompts based on music (Dialogue Submissions)
Publish work in the writer's own voice
Would love to hear from you!

For more information, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: 2017 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest

2017 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest

Southern Fried Karma seeks unpublished fiction for its 2017 Novel Contest. We focus on cultivating the artistic voices of the new millennium with a Southern accent. The successful manuscript will go beyond stereotypical depictions and illuminate the multiplicity of the Southern experience; past, present, or future; the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected.

1. The contest is open to ALL writers except close friends or family of the judging committee or judge.
2. The contest will be adjudicated by a panel of established authors and teaching professionals selected by the publisher.
3. There is no reading or entry fee.
4. The winner will receive a $1500 advance on a book publishing contract with SFK Press.
5. All finalists are eligible for contracts as well.

6. Manuscripts should be between 60,000-90,000 words. Files should be in .pdf or .docx format (Word).
7. The manuscript must be properly formatted as follows:
· Set a 1″ margin on all sides
· 12-point type
· Times New Roman, Courier or Arial font
· Double-space the entire text
· Use a title page
· Don’t number the title page
· In the upper right corner, begin numbering with the first page of text
· Start each new chapter on its own page, one-third of the way down the page
· The chapter number and chapter title should be in all caps, separated by two hyphens
· Begin the body of the chapter four to six lines below the chapter title
· Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph
8. All manuscripts should include authors name, email address and title in the HEADER. Include your contact information on the title page
9. Manuscripts should be submitted through our online portal only, no snail mail or email attachments.
10. Include a brief letter with your manuscript that provides your name, address, contact information and the title of your novel.
11. Contest period opens on March 1st, 2017, closing at midnight on May 31, 2017.
12. The finalist will be notified by June 30th
13. The winner will be announced August 1st.

Sincerely, Kelsey Asher
Southern Fried Karma Press
"Cultivating the artistic voices of the New South"