Saturday, June 27, 2015

Call for Submissions: Masque & Spectacle

Masque & Spectacle is looking for writing, visual art & video, and sound & music for its 5th issue to be published on September 1.

Our 5th issue will not be themed. We're looking only for good work.

Send all materials and inquiries to:

masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Guidelines

--We publish all forms of creative writing, including essays, plays, and hybrid formats. Longer works, up to 10,000 words, will be read with delight; however, we’re not ready for your novella, not just yet. 
--Please attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file.
--Include your last name in the file name and the email subject line.

Visual Art Guidelines

--Attach JPGs with an edge of at least 2000 px.
--Please include captions with titles, materials, canvas size, names of performers, etc. in email.
--Include your last name in the file name and in the email subject line.

Video Guidelines

--For initial consideration, please send a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video.
--Please include your last name in the email subject line.

Sound Guidelines

--Please attach all MP3 files with titles and your last name in the file title.
--Include your last name in the email subject line.

Short Prose Competition: Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Deadline: August 31, 2015 

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Steve Almond will judge. 

The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250 and also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. 

The $17 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Submit online or by mail. Complete guidelines can be found at our website.

Essay Competition on the Theme of Marriage: Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction magazine is currently seeking unpublished essays on the subject of marriage. We're looking for stories from the widest possible variety of perspectives and experiences.

The winning essay will receive $1,000, and runner up receives $500; all essays will be considered for publication in a special "Marriage" issue of the magazine in spring 2016. 

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.

There is a $20 reading fee, or $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). 

Complete guidelines on our website.

Call for Submissions: Thin Noon

Thin Noon, a new literary journal based at Brown University, is seeking submissions. Prose, poetry, and non-fiction essays accepted.
We're interested in writing that looks at the heart deeply but without decadence. We welcome big ideas, formal innovation, and curiosity.

Please send work as a double-spaced Word document to:

ThinNoonJournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with the subject line "SUBMISSIONS."

Poetry Competition: Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

The ERNEST SANDEEN prize in poetry is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The University of Notre Dame Press.


--The Sandeen Prize in Poetry is awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of poetry (except authors who are graduates of the University of Notre Dame.)
--Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement.
--The Sandeen Prize is open to any author, with the exception of graduates of the University of Notre Dame, who has published at least one collection of poetry, we will pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection.
--Please submit two copies of your manuscript and inform us if the manuscript is available electronically. Mail manuscripts to:

 The Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English, 
University of Notre Dame, 
Notre Dame, IN, 46556

Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If you would like your manuscript returned, please send an SASE. Manuscripts will not otherwise be returned.  

A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to the Notre Dame Review.

The volume of the Sandeen Prizes will be published in trade paperback format. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press.

The next Ernest Sandeen prize period is May 1 - Sept. 1, 2015.  

Selection of the winner is expected during the spring following the submission period. The Sandeen Prize is awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.

We intend to invite the winner to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.

If you have any further questions, please write to:

Director of Creative Writing, 
Sandeen Prize, 
Department of English, 
University of Notre Dame, 
Notre Dame, IN, 46556-5639

Or email:

creativewritingATndDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions Inspired by Video Games: Cartridge Lit

Cartridge Lit, a journal of literature inspired by video games, is seeking poems, stories, and essays written by who are outside of the typical white+male+cisgender+straight category for video game players, to help build an issue based around diverse voices.  

Submitters should follow our typical submission guidelines with an additional note stating that they would like to be considered for this issue. It’s important to note that submitters don’t need to qualify themselves or explain to us how they live beyond the aforementioned categories—just send us your work and state your interest.

All submitted work will also be considered for our upcoming print anthology.

Visit our website for more information.

Poetry Competition: Rattle

The 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize 

In honor of its 10th anniversary, we’re doubling down: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.  

Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2014 we published 22 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 3,000 entries.

With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and now a large Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around.

Submitting via Hardcopy

U.S. entries only! Include a check or money order for $20, payable to Rattle, and send entries to:

Poetry Prize
12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604


Submit online.

The Rattle Poetry Prize is an entirely separate category from the others listed here, and because of the nature of the contest, some of the rules are different. Please read the following rules very carefully. Poems submitted to the contest cannot be considered for the theme issues—either they'll win the contest, be published in another open issue, or not at all.

1) The $20 entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle (or a one-year extension for subscribers) at our regular rate. New subscriptions will start with the next available issue (currently Summer 2015, arriving June 1st). Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension. Due to shipping costs, international entries through Submittable will receive a 0.75-year subscription (three issues) instead of the full year.
2) One $10,000 Winner and ten $200 Finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2015 issue; one $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote.
3) Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). Rattle‘s winter issue must be a potential first publication for all works submitted. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately by adding a note to your entry (under the "Activity" tab in Submittable) if any poems are accepted elsewhere.
4) The first page of your file must be a cover sheet: Include your name, address, email address, phone number, and the titles of the poems onto the first page of the file. Add the poems themselves (with titles) on subsequent pages, with each poem beginning a new page. Identifying personal information should only appear on the cover sheet, and not any pages with poems.
5) Send up to four poems per entry, in a SINGLE file with the cover sheet. Include the cover sheet as the first portion/page of the file. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and an additional $20 fee. Each additional entry will add an extra year to your subscription. Contest entry fees are non-refundable.
6) Winners will be announced on September 15, 2015, and the Readers’ Choice Award Winner will be announced February 15, 2016. Additional entries may also be offered standard publication.