Friday, July 31, 2015

Historical Fiction Competition: Inkitt's "Reclaim Time"

Inkitt's latest historical fiction writing contest "Reclaim Time" is now open for submissions!

Inkitt is a free writing platform that aims to help writers achieve their fullest potential. On July 24th the site launched a new historical fiction writing contest:

Reclaim Time

Submit your best original historical fiction stories of any length. And, as always, there is no entry fee. The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

Contest guidelines

Authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest. Submissions close on Aug 24th, but voting will continue for an additional week

Original stories of any length are accepted. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.

All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a rapidly growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction.

Submit your stories here.

You can also read historical fiction for inspiration in Inkitt's historical section.

Call for Submissions: Palaver

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline. We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia.
Visit our website to peruse our past issues and to submit your work!

Email us at:

adminATpalaverjournalDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with any questions. Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions to Anthology About Suicide Loss: By One's Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss

Suicide Loss Anthology

Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Seeking honest, well-crafted poems, fiction and creative non-fiction on suicide loss from those who have experienced it directly for By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss. Through this anthology, editors Gayle Brandeis and Ruth Nolan wish to take this complicated form of grief out of the shadows.

Please send up to 6 poems and/or up to 3,000 words of prose to:

suicidelossanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

along with a short biographical statement that includes how your own life has been touched by suicide loss.

Previously published work okay as long as you hold or can obtain reprint rights. Deadline: November 21, 2015, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

Call for Submissions and Writing Competition: Slippery Elm

We are open for submissions for our 2015 print issue!

Prizes of $1,000 will be awarded for one poem and one work of prose (story or essay). All entries will be considered for publication in Slippery Elm’s 2015 issue. Renee Nicholson will judge in poetry, and Brendan Kiely will judge in prose. Submit up to three poems or 5,000 words of prose via Submittable by September 1.

No charge for general submissions, but the $15 contest entry fee buys you a copy of our 2015 issue, along with eligibility for the $1000 prize.

Entry information here.

Fiction Competition: Calvino Prize

CALVINO PRIZE: Eleventh Annual Italo Calvino Prize. Sponsored by the University of Louisville. Final judge for 2015: Michael McLaughlin, Agnelli-Serena Professor, Magdalen Fellow, Oxford University, Calvino scholar/translator. 

First prize, $1,500 plus publication in The Salt Hill Journal. Second Prize, $300. 

For a short story, short story collection, novel or novella in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino.

First place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. 

Fee: $25

Deadline: October, 15. 

Submission details:

Enter at submittable link.

Call for Fairie Stories for Anthology: Wee Folk and Wise

A fantasy anthology to be edited by Deby Fredericks, for Sky Warrior Books.
Fairies. Big fairies and little fairies. Ugly fairies and pretty fairies. Wise fairies and silly fairies. Sweet fairies and scary fairies. Tell us your story about fairies, 2000-6500 words.

What we want:
1) Stories must feature fairies in a primary role. Fairies don't have to be the POV, however.
2) Fairies can be any of the traditional mythical fey-folk: pixies, sprites, elves, brownies, leprechauns, etc. International fairies are welcome.
3) Our audience may include young readers, so be prudent about mature content.
4) Original stories preferred over re-tellings of traditional tales. Reprints considered, but tell us from where and when, and make sure you own the reprint rights.

What we don't want:
1) Fairies don't have to be "good," but we aren't interested in outright monsters such as demons, werewolves, witches, dragons, vampires or ghosts.
2) Technology or stage magic/fakery. There must be a true supernatural element in the story.
3) LGBT fairies or Little People, again unless there is a true supernatural element.
4) Copyrighted characters and settings such as Disney, D&D, WoW or Middle Earth. Remember, your work must be original.

How to Submit:
1) Use e-mail:

 anthologiesATskywarriorbooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and send your story as an attachment in .rtf. Editor cannot read .docx files. If you send us a virus, we'll never look at your work again!
2) The subject line of your e-mail should read Wee Folk: "Story Title."
3) Use standard manuscript format: 1" margins, double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or similar. Use italics or bold rather than underlining.
4) Place contact information, including your e-mail, on the first page of the manuscript.

Author pay is a share of royalties split among all the contributors. 

The reading period will open on April 15, 2015 and close on October 15, 2015. Publication is scheduled for 2016.

Call for Mystery Stories Featuring Cats: Nine Deadly Lives: Anthology of Feline Felonies


Theme: Cats and Mystery

Length: 6,000 to 8,000 words 

Deadline: August 15, 2015

Cats...charming, lovable creatures or deadly, razor-clawed predators? This mixture of the sweet and the dangerous is one of the things that makes cats endlessly fascinating and appealing.

If you have a cozy mystery story featuring one or more of our feline friends, Fire Star Press wants to hear from you. Nine Deadly Lives, an anthology of cozy cat mysteries, is now open for submissions. Stories should be 6000 to 8000 words, with no graphic violence, sex, or language. Deadline is August 1.

Submissions must be emailed as an attached Word document to Livia Reasoner at:

liviaATflashDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please put NINE DEADLY LIVES SUBMISSION in the subject line. We look forward to reading your submissions!