Saturday, June 25, 2016

Writing Competition: Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Contest

Bartleby Snopes 8th Annual Dialogue Only Contest begins on June 1, 2016. All initial submissions up to 2,000 words must be received by September 15, 2016 Winners will be announced by October 19, 2016.
Compose a short story entirely of dialogue with no narration or tag lines for one $10 fee. No editors or judges receive any portion of the entry fees. Our contest runs with a rolling rejection process. We will always keep our five favorite stories. Contestants will be notified immediately if their story falls out of the top five and have the opportunity to resubmit.
A minimum of $500 will be awarded, with at least $300 going to the grand prize winner. Our five finalists will also appear in Issue 15 of the magazine. For every entry over 50, an additional $5 will be added to the total prize money. Last year we awarded $1,900 with a $1,161 grand prize. 
We welcome Kathy Fish & Rebecca McDowell as the 2016 judges. No previously published work or simultaneous submissions permitted. All rights revert back to the author after publication.
Go to our website for more information, previous years’ winning stories & to submit.

Writing Competition: 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Writing Contests

We are excited to announce that the 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's Writing Contests are now open for submissions!


  • For our Fiction Contest the deadline is November 30, 2016. Entry Fee is $25 
  • Grand Prize: $1,500
  • Domestic airfare (up to $500) and French Quarter accommodations to attend the Festival
  • VIP All-Access Festival pass for the next Festival ($500 value) 
  • Public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival
 Judge: Dorothy Allison, Lambda Literary Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of acclaimed novel, Cavedweller.

  • For our Poetry Contest the deadline is November 15, 2016. Entry Fee is $15.
  • Grand Prize: $1,000
  • VIP All-Access Pass ($500 value) for the Festival 
  • Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine
  • Public reading at the next Festival
Judge: Peter Cooley, Louisiana Poet Laureate and author of nine poetry collections including his latest, Night Bus to the Afterlife.


  • Grand Prize: $1,500 
  • Professional Staged Reading at the next Festival
  • A VIP All-Access Festival pass ($500 value) 
  • Publication in Bayou Magazine

Judge: University of New Orleans’ Creative Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts.

Top nine finalists for all contests will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival (March 22-26, 2017), and their names will be published on the Festival's website. For more information and full guidelines, see our submission page.

In addition, the Saints and Sinners Festival, an LGBT literary festival held in conjunction with TWF, has a Fiction contest. This year, the judge is Michael Thomas Ford. Prizes include $500 for the winner, two $100 finalist awards, publication, and a public reading. The deadline is October 3, 2016. Full guidelines available here.

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Boaat Chapbook Prize

Now open for submissions through July 15, 2016
GUEST JUDGE: Richard Siken
Richard Siken is an American poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Richard is the author of the collection Crush (Yale University Press, 2005), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2004, and War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon Press, 2015).
  • poets writing in the English language are eligible 
  • poets are not eligible to submit a manuscript if they know the judge or the BOAAT Chapbook Editors personally
  • chapbook manuscripts should be 15 to 30 pages of poetry, submitted in .docx or PDF formats only
  • poems previously published in journals are acceptable—be sure to include an acknowledgements page if appropriate
  • please include a title page, table of contents, but do not include your name anywhere within the manuscript
  • the author's biography is collected separately in the Submittable cover letter
  • simultaneous submissions are permissible, but submitters are asked to notify BOAAT Press immediately if a manuscript is picked up for publication elsewhere
  • manuscript revisions are not permitted during the submission period
  • submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each
READING PROCESS: Every single entry is read blind by our team of editors. They will select twenty-five of the best chapbook manuscripts to send our judge. You can download past winning chapbooks for free here.
  • a $1,000 honorarium
  • 25 printed chapbooks out of a first print-run of 250 (with ISBN)
  • 5 handmade chapbooks out of a limited edition printing of 50 
  • publication slated for Spring/Summer 2017
FINALISTS: We usually choose between 1 - 4 finalists. Each finalist will receive a $50 honorarium and their chapbooks will be added to our website's PDF chapbook catalog.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Announcements for the winning manuscript and finalists will be made in October 2016.
DESIGN: The winner's chapbook cover is made by the hands of BOAAT. We hand-make paper using a blender, cotton linters, construction paper, shredded money & rope, banana peels, seaweed, wildflowers, & (sometimes) seashells. Our book designs have been recognized as some of the most unique works of art from a small press.

Call for Submissions: Ploughshares

Our regular reading period is now open! We’re accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. The reading period will remain open until January 15, 2017. For guidelines and to access our submission manager, visit our website.

2015 marked the launch of our brand-new submission manager, just six short months after the launch of our brand-new website. We're happy to report that we've incorporated the great feedback we received over the past year into the system, making the submission process as streamlined as possible.

Remember, if you have a subscription to Ploughshares, you can submit online free of charge. Go here to subscribe.

Have something ready now? Submit today!

Writing Competition: The Cincinnati Review

The Cincinnati Review is now accepting entries for the 2016 Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. One poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2017 prize issue, and the two winners will each receive $1,000.

The entry fee of $20 includes a year-long subscription, and submissions will be accepted from June 1st to July 15th. All entries will be considered for publication.

Please submit up to 8 pages of poetry or one story/essay of up to 40 pages per entry.

All entries should be submitted through our online submission manager. For complete contest guidelines, please visit our website.

Flash Fiction Competition: Gemini Magazine

The deadline for Gemini Magazine’s Eighth Annual Flash Fiction Contest is August 31.

The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions each win $25. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2016 issue of Gemini.

Send us a complete story in 1,000 words or less. Aside from the word limit, there are no rules in this contest. We are open to any style, subject or genre.

Writers' names are removed from entries before reading, so each entry gets an equal chance. Both new and established writers have won our fiction contests.

Entry fee: $5 ($4 for each additional entry). Full details here.

To get an idea of what we like, check out any of the dozens of previous winners/finalists from our Flash Fiction and Short Story Contests at the above link.

Call for Submissions: Star 82 Review Fall Issue

Star 82 Review is in its fourth year featuring humanity, humility, and humor. We tend toward subtle, slightly gentle, slightly edgy works. Looking for flash stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction under 1000 words, poetry 2-50 lines, and photos or images you’ve created that tell a story. Combinations of art and writing (erasure texts, microfiction with photo, comics, etc.) are highly desired.

Currently seeking work for our Fall issue, 4.3. The theme is coalescing around people who are there in plain sight, yet are plainly overlooked. They may be homeless. They may be in service jobs. They may be outside of your play group. Stay clean, stay empathetic, stay meaningful, stay hopeful, or quietly humorous.

Deadline: August 1 for Fall. Submissions accepted year-round.

See the guidelines here.

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Alisa Golden
Editor, Star 82 Review