Saturday, May 18, 2019

Writing Competition: Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

Spokane Prize for Short Fiction - $2000 Prize + Publication

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Willow Springs Books is now accepting submissions for the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. We offer a $2,000 prize for a previously unpublished book-length manuscript (minimum 98 pages, 3 short stories). Previous winners include: Dariel Suarez, Jaclyn Watterson, Glori Simmons, and Molly Giles.

Willow Springs Books in a self-funded, non-profit press housed in Eastern Washington University’s MFA program directed by poet Christopher Howell.

Please direct any questions to the managing editor Taylor Waring, at:


Reading fee $27.50

Deadline June 15th.

Submit here or visit our website for more information.

Writing Competition: Bellevue Literary Review

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Bellevue Literary Review’s annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind.

$1,000 Poetry Prize (Judge: DéLana R.A. Dameron), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (Judge: Sheri Fink), $1,000 Fiction Prize (Judge: Bryan Washington).

We welcome submissions from March 1–July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription).

Publishing Fellowship: Milkweed

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Milkweed Fellowship, a salaried, 1–2 year immersion program designed to offer a comprehensive experience in book publishing for individuals who may not otherwise have access or means to pursue a career in the industry.
The Milkweed Fellowship is grounded in our belief that books have the potential to change the way we see the world, and that equity is essential to a vibrant, diverse, and empowered literary ecosystem. We’re pleased to introduce this program on the heels of relaunching our internship program as a paid program earlier this year.
The Milkweed Fellowship intends to provide an alternative route to success in an industry where the prerequisite to an entry-level position is typically an unpaid internship. This learning-oriented position seeks to provide entry to those historically underrepresented among workers in book publishing—Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+ folx, and those with disabilities—so they may advance, discover, and champion transformative literature for years to come.
This position is based in our Minneapolis offices and is full time (non-exempt, 40 hours per week, for 12–24 months), beginning in September 2019. Compensation includes a salary of $30,000 per year, generous paid time off, and health and dental benefits. Applications are now open via our Submittable page, and will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 6, 2019.
For more information and how to apply, please go here.

Writing Competition: The Masters Review Flash Fiction Prize

Deadline: May 31

The Masters Review is accepting your previously unpublished stories of 1,000 words or fewer to be considered for the $3,000 Flash Fiction Prize guest judged by Kathy Fish. Second and third place will be awarded $300 and $200, respectively, and publication on The Masters Review. All three finalists earn a place in one of Kathy Fish's online Fast Flash© Workshops. We can't wait to read your work!

Kathy Fish has published five collections of short fiction, most recently Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018, from Matter Press. Her award-winning short stories, prose poems, and flash fictions have been published in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Electric Literature, Guernica, and elsewhere. Fish's "Collective Nouns for Humans in the Wild", which addresses the scourge of America's gun violence and mass shootings, will appear in an upcoming edition of The Norton Reader.

Enter here.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Clothing: Prairie Schooner

Writers are invited to submit their poetry and prose for a special portfolio centered on the theme of clothing in the winter 2019 issue of Prairie Schooner, guest edited by myself, Adrienne Christian.

What we wear (and what we don’t wear) is a highly political act. For example: 
--A lonely woman may be wearing her sexiest lingerie because a handsome man has escaped from the local prison, as is the case in Sandra Alcosser’s “Maximum Security.”
--A young black girl may be wearing a dry bathing suit because blacks aren’t allowed in the pool, such as it in Lauren K. Alleyne’s “Variations in Blue.”
--Or, a gentleman may put on his wife’s wedding dress as a Halloween costume, only to discover he likes himself in women’s clothes. He likes himself with smooth calves, teased tresses, lipstick, and mascara. So is it in Michael Waters’s “Wedding Dress.”

--You may also consider Rita Dove’s “The Bistro Six,” Richard Blanco’s “Looking for the Gulf Motel,” and Natasha Trethewey’s “Letter Home.” 
I am looking for pieces that tell tender stories and also feature fashion and clothing in some significant way. Please send up to five pages of unpublished poems or ten pages of prose, along with your contact information and a three-line, third-person bio, to me at

christian.adrienneATrocketmail.DOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 
The deadline to submit work is June 15, 2019.

I look forward to reading your work.
Most sincerely,
Adrienne Christian

Writing Competition: Orca Cover Letter Contest

Orca Cover Letter Contest
We love cover letters. The best of them are like flash fiction, expressing a story of their own, and making us excited to see the submission they introduce. In fact we like them so much we’ve decided to hold our first Orca Cover Letter Contest.
In 300 words or less, introduce yourself, and/or your submission (real or imagined). Make us laugh, make us cry, make us wish there was a story attached for us to read.
· Up to 300 words. Can be about the story submitted (real or imaginary), or about the writer, or both.
· Contest will be open May 13 through August 31.
· You may enter as many times as you like, but only one cover letter per entry.
· Entries must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but entries must be withdrawn if accepted elsewhere.
· Entry fee: $5
· First place: $200. Second place: $75. Third place: $50

· Winners will be announced in September. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in Orca’s second issue in October, 2019
· The Orca staff will judge.
Submit here.
Orca is also open for regular submissions for our second issue through August 31. We offer 100 no fee submissions each month, and the fee is $3 once that quota is filled.

Call for Submissions: Maximum Tilt Anthology

Maximum Tilt Anthology is a print journal of prose, poetry, hybrid, and graphic narrative.

Born from the Solstice Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, Maximum Tilt Anthology seeks to continue the program’s mission of diversity in every sense of the word and to celebrate the talent and creativity of the Solstice community.
Our first issue will be published in July; the first submission deadline is May 31, 2019.
Submissions are open to people outside the immediate Solstice community. We do not offer payment; all proceeds from the sale of this anthology benefit the Writers Helping Writers scholarship fund.
Submission guidelines and more information can be found here.