Sunday, November 27, 2016

Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.) that move.

Please visit our website to learn more about us and our submission guidelines.

Writing Competitions for Young Writers: 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers

2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers

The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program's 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student.

There is no entry fee.

The University of Oklahoma's Professional Writing Program offers bachelor's and master's degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories. For more information see our website.

Entrants will retain all rights to their entries. Entries must include a header with the student's name, school, and email address. They should use a 12-point font and be formatted with one-inch margins and page numbers.

To submit, email the story as a Microsoft Word attachment to:

Harris.PrizeATouDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, grades 9-12, should use this header:
Harris Prize for High School Students

Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university should use this header: Harris Prize for Undergraduate Students

Entries must be received by March 1, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced in May 2017.

Mary Anna Evans, Assistant Professor
Professional Writing
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Oklahoma

Call for Submissions: The Skinny Poetry Journal


The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) seeks new poetry. Poems submitted can embrace any theme, however, we are particularly interested in submissions that paint a picture of racism in America--the unresolved legacy of slavery--in the interest of healing our nation of that cancerous social affliction.
 
TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form (and edited by a rotating team of poets). A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.
The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka.
 
To submit your work for publishing consideration, email it to:
 
theskinnypoetryjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
 
with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.
 
NOTE: TSPJ is now opening up our journal to advertising. To learn more about our rates, feel free to email us at
 
tspjadsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
 
To see examples of this new poetry form, go to our website.

Creative Nonfiction Competition: The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition


The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively.
 
This contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.
 
The final judge is Garrard Conley, author of the memoir Boy Erased (Riverhead, 2016), featured in Buzzfeed, Travel + Leisure, the LA Times, and many other publications as a must-read book. Megan Daum of The New York Times calls Boy Erased a story written "through the lens...of compassion," and Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, calls it an "exceptionally well-written memoir."
 
 Here are the complete guidelines:

-The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
-The postmark deadline is January 15.
-The entry fee is $10 for North Carolina Writers' Network members, $12 for nonmembers.
-Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
1. Send two printed copies through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
2. Submit an electronic copy online and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
-Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
-Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed in a 12-point standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) and double-spaced.
-Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
-An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
-You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
-Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in March.
-If submitting by postal mail, send submission to:

North Carolina Writers' Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Writing Competitions: John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction

Two book prizes: Short Fiction and Poetry

$1,000 and Book Publication from BkMk Press for each winner­

The annual John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction are awarded to the best collections of poetry and short fiction in English by a living author.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2017

Entry Fee: $25.00

Recent BkMk titles have won or placed in the PEN/Faulkner, PEN Hemingway, Ernest J. Gaines Award, Chautauqua Prize, Poets Prize, Writers League of Texas, Balcones Fiction, John Gardner Fiction, Devil’s Kitchen, ForeWord, IPPY, Eric Hoffer, Late Night Library, Maine Literary Award, and other competitions.
Founded in 1971, BkMk Press has been a part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City since 1983. BkMk concentrates on publishing collections of poetry, short fiction and creative essays. Publishing roughly six titles a year, the press has more than 140 titles in print.


BkMk Press
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

For details, visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets. The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium. Poor Yorick evaluates submissions exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable.

Writing Competition: 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories.

Reading Fee: $30

Award: $1,000 cash advance, quarter-page color ad with author photo in Poets & Writers magazine announcing our winner, publication of winning short story collection.

Enter: Submit online with Submittable or by mail from September 1–December 31, 2016. Press 53 publisher and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2017; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2017.

Complete details at our website

Previous winners:

The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox of Denver, CO (2014)

The Universal Physics of Escape by Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, PA (2015)

Jimtown Road by Dennis McFadden of Ballston Spa, NY (2016)