Monday, November 23, 2015

Call for Poetry Submissions: Really System

Really System, the journal of poetry and extensible poetics, will publish its ninth issue in Winter 2016. We are looking for vibrant poems inflected by our shared technocultural moment and the ways it envelops us, fascinates us, dances with us, ignores us, and fails us. Submissions for issue three are open until December 1, 2015. 

More information at our website

Submission Guidelines.

Writing Competition: Tartts Fiction Award

1. Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 100 copies of the book.
2. Author must not  have book of short fiction published at time of entry, though novels are okay. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection.
3. Stories may have been previously published by magazines or in anthologies, though the author should have all rights. Magazines will be acknowledged. Include a list of publications, if so desired.
4. Manuscripts must be typewritten, and we will ask for a computer file in Windows/Mac Word from the winning author and from the finalists for our anthology.
5. Manuscript length: 160-275 pages.
6. Deadline for postmark: December 31 of every year.
7. Entry fee: twenty dollars. Our apology for the fee, but handling makes it necessary.
8. No manuscripts will be returned. Please send only a copy. You may include an SASE for acknowledgement of  receipt, or simply use your cancelled check to indicate such. We notify contestants of receipt as soon as the contest entry date has passed. We also notify all entrants of the winner and those picked for the anthology.
9. Winner announced in late spring, with publication in next spring.
10. Winner must be an American citizen; work must be in English.
11. Style and content of manuscripts are completely open.
12. Finalists will be considered for our regular publication schedule and for our Tartt Anthology.
13. Send manuscripts and check to :
Livingston Press
The University of West Alabama
Station 22
Livingston, Alabama 35470

Poetry Competition: The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize

The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize is awarded annually by Writers & Books for an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The poet will receive an honorarium of $1000, publication of the collection (in paperback, in the fall following the award, with Big Pencil Press), and a one-week fellowship at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes. This year, the final judge will be Timothy Liu.

Eligibility: Open to poets who are citizens or legal residents of the United States, are at least 18 years of age, and are not employees or relatives of employees of Writers & Books, Inc.

Manuscripts must be postmarked September 1, to December 31, 2015. Any manuscripts mailed outside of that period cannot be accepted.
• Manuscripts cannot be accepted by email.
• Submit a book-length manuscript of poems (no illustrations), 50 to 100 pages in length.
• Download the entry form, fill it out, and attach it to your manuscript. To receive an entry form by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Writers & Books at the address below.
• Manuscripts must be the author’s own original work. No translations, please.
Include an entry fee of $25 (non-refundable) by check or money order payable to Writers & Books. If you send more than one manuscript, each must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a separate check.
• As work will be judged anonymously, each manuscript must include two cover pages. The first must have the book’s title, author’s name, and all the author’s contact information. The second must have the book title only, with no author’s name and no contact information. Do not include a bio note, or any other feature that might include the author’s real name or pen name.
• Format: Use regular white 8 ½ X 11” paper, black ink, with font of 11- or 12- points. One poem per page. Absolutely no handwritten manuscripts will be accepted.
• You must notify Writers & Books immediately by phone or by mail if your manuscript wins another competition, or is accepted for publication elsewhere.
• Poems in your manuscript may have been published in magazines, journals, on line, in anthologies, or in a chapbook. But the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a single book. Previously self-published books are not eligible.
• Winner will be notified not later than April 30, 2016.
• Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you want to be assured that the manuscript has been received.
• Include a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 business envelope if you want to receive contest winner notification.
• Once a book has been sent, do not send changes or new pages for insertion. If your manuscript wins, you will have a chance to make changes before publication.
• Manuscripts will not be returned; do not send postage stamps or mailer for the return of a manuscript.
• The foregoing information is the complete listed guidelines. Do not call Writers & Books for further information.

Send manuscript, check, and entry form to:

Gell Prize
Writers & Books
740 University Ave.,
Rochester, NY 14607 


Entry form

Assistant Editor Position: MIEL Books

Assistant editor vacancy, MIEL 

MIEL, a micropress based in Belgium, is looking for an assistant editor for 2016. Particulars are available here, but in brief: responsibilities include editing, limited admin, and the possibility of design (an anticipated 6-8 hours per month); compensation is a €200 honorarium, books, training, and support.

Writers of color, LGBTQ writers, and women writers are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants may be based anywhere in the world as long as they have a reliable internet connection.

Deadline November 30.

Poetry Competition: Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015

1st Prize €10,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000.

The prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. It is for a single unpublished poem. This year's judge is former US poet laureate Billy Collins. The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016.

Entry fee: €12.

Closing date: 31 December 2015

 Details at our website.

Writing Competition: The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize

Bauhan Publishing introduces a new prize! The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.

Deadline: January 15, 2016

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize will be awarded for a book-length collection of nonfiction essays. These essays can take any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account etc., as long as they have not been previously published as a collection.

The winner will receive $1,000, publication, 100 copies of the published book along with distribution with our fall titles.

Our judge will be Alice B. Fogel, the current New Hampshire Poet Laureate and award-winning author, poet, and teacher. Submission guidelines are available on our website or submit your manuscript through Submittable.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Call for Submissions: Icarus Down Review

Icarus Down Review, a fledgling, monthly, online publication founded October 2015, is opening a call for submissions for its debut publication, due late January 2016. 
Submissions close December 26, 2015.
Icarus Down Review came from a love of novel length fiction that didn’t have a place in the world of literary magazines, outside of book publication. Though our primary focus is novel length fiction - published over the course of several issues - we are also interested in many other areas of literature, including memoir and personal essays, flash fiction, novellas, short stories, and poetry. 
If you’re writing, we’re reading. We want the work you’re proudest of, that you will advocate for with everything you have. Do not be afraid of rejection or failure, because there are worse things. After all - Icarus caressed the sun and sailed the sea, and though he fell, would you call him a failure? 
Be proud. Aim higher. 
Learn more at our website. All submissions facts and guidelines are available there!