Saturday, November 18, 2017

Call for Submissions: 2018 True Holiday Stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul is currently calling for submissions for their 2018 collection of holiday stories.  They exclusively publish true stories, with a uniquely emotional component that connects with the reader. Poetry is also welcome.

Submission Guidelines:

People love reading about the winter holidays – from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. We want to hear about your traditions and how they came to be. We want to hear about your holiday memories and the rituals that create the foundation of your life. We love to hear about the funny things too: the ugly holiday sweaters, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, the re-gifting embarrassments and the fruit cake disasters. Please be sure your stories are “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for any precocious young readers."

Pay: $200 per story or $100 per devotional plus contributor copies. Authors retain copyright to their work.

Length: Up to 1200 words for prose. Poetry is open line count.

Deadline: Jan. 10, 2018

Submit your work here

Call for Fiction: Five Willows Literary Review

Five Willows Literary Review, an online journal based in Seattle, WA, is open for fiction submissions. First established in 2013 by poet and ABA winner Koon Woon, Five Willows is again open for submissions. We are looking for original voices, untold tales, and tasty stories. Send us your work, up to 3000 words. For longer pieces, please send a query.

Send submissions to:

fivewillowslitreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline for the Winter 2018 edition is 12/31/17.

We look forward to reading your material.

Scholarships for Poetry Classes and Workshops: The University of Arizona Poetry Center

Announcing Spring 2018 Classes & Workshops and Scholarship Opportunities

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 season of classes and workshops, an exciting mix of generative poetry studios, lively workshops, and rigorous writing seminars in both poetry and prose. Registration opens for all of our classes on December 13, 2017 at 9:00am.

We're also thrilled to be able to continue to offer four need-based full scholarships for the spring. The Campau/Inman scholarships program covers the full tuition cost of a course offered in the Classes & Workshops program.

The scholarships are valued anywhere from $60 (for a single-session craft class) to $196 (for a six-week workshop), according to recipient interest. Application is simple, and any community member is eligible to apply for a scholarship if they can attest to personal financial need. Selection is by lottery.

Applications open November 15th, and the deadline is set for December 6, so please spread the word to working writers for whom tuition would otherwise be a prohibitive financial strain.

Writing Fellowships: Fine Arts Work Center

Fellowships: Fine Arts Work Center

Deadline: December 1, 2017 

Our Fellows have gone on to win every major national writing award, including the National Book Award, eight Pulitzer Prizes, and dozens of Guggenheim Fellowships.

Since 1968, FAWC writing Fellowships have provided poets and fiction writers with the time, space, and support needed to work on their first books. In the past five years alone, recent Fellows have gone on to receive Stegner Fellowships, the Rome Prize, Whiting Foundation awards, the Rona Jaffe Award, and numerous publication contracts.

Next year, ten emerging writers* (five poets and five fiction writers) will join them.

To Apply:

Submit 15 pages of poetry or 35 pages of fiction, along with a CV, optional personal statement, and $50 application fee. Application available here.

For more information, see, or contact Sophia Starmack, Fellowship Writing Coordinator, at:

sstarmackATfawcDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

*FAWC defines "emerging writers" as those who have not yet published a full-length creative work in any genre. See website for complete guidelines.

Call for Craft Essays on Poetry for Anthology: Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets

Call for Submissions - New Anthology of Essays from Black Lawrence Press

Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets

Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry (especially for beginner poets) in order to make poets’ journeys easier and less daunting. Such manuals are also reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history.

With this anthology, we aim to build on the long body of work in this tradition by bringing a number of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets to the art. Multiple voices, we believe, are essential to the poet’s journey.

Call for Submissions:
  • Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays.
  • Poets in the United States and abroad are encouraged to submit essays aimed at welcoming new and beginner poets to the discipline of poetry.
  • Contributors are encouraged to provide anecdotes and advice, instructions and suggestions, fun exercises and crazy ideas, or individual failures and encouraging words, in order to better prepare new poets for the long journey through poetry.
Essays should be between 700-5000 words on any of the following broad themes (other themes will be considered):
1. First Words
2. Poetry Workshop
3. The Poet’s Journey
4. Family & Work
5. The Poet in the World
Essays can be creative or academic. However, they have to be accessible since they are also for a general audience.

Previously published essays are welcome. Contributors will receive a copy of the anthology as payment.

Abayomi Animashaun, will serve as editor. Please contact him at:

abayo.animashaunATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with questions.

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable.

Deadline for Submission is November 30, 2017.

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Shhhh...Murder!

Call for Submissions: Shhhh… Murder!

 Scheduled for release in late spring of next year and timed for summer reading, this anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. Extra points will be shamelessly awarded to writers with personal ties to libraries.

The submission period for this anthology runs from November 1st to February 28th, upon the last stroke of midnight, Pacific Standard Time.

We are looking for stories from 2500 to 5000 words, but will consider stories outside that range, at our discretion. Contributors will share equally fifty percent of the royalties received. We expect between fifteen and twenty stories to be accepted and are aiming at a volume length of around eighty-five thousand words, and around two-hundred and thirty pages—all dependent, obviously, upon the length of the material chosen.

We will accept work previously published, provided it was not published after May of 2017, and that you hold the rights. Simultaneous submissions are fine, with the usual proviso that we should be notified should the work be accepted elsewhere, so that we may withdraw it from consideration.

Submissions and questions may be sent to:

submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Competition: Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story, Beloit Fiction Journal

Deadline: December 10, 2017

The Beloit Fiction Journal invites submissions for the Hamlin Garland Award for the Short story.

A prize of $2000 will be awarded to the top unpublished story. 

$20 reading fee.

Rebecca Makkai will judge.

Submission information can be found on our website.