Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Black Coffee

Darkhouse Books is seeking submissions for a new anthology, "Black Coffee."

Straight, unsweetened, noir tales of mystery and crime. 2500 – 6000 words.

When submitting, please include “Black Coffee” in the subject line. Accepting submissions from October 1st through December 31st, 2015. Planned release date March 15th, 2016. Will accept previously published stories provided author has rights and most recent publication is prior to March 15, 2015. 

The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length. Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received. More information about Darkhouse Books and upcoming calls for submission may be found at our website.

Conference Scholarships for Creative Writing Students: SCBWI

Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.

This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! We are now accepting applications for the 2016 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, February 12-14, 2016. 

–Full tuition to main conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions. (Award does not include travel or hotel expenses.)
–Exclusive exposure to industry professionals at the conference.
–An SCBWI Conference advisor to help navigate the jammed-packed weekend.
Winter New York Conference: Entrance to the Writers’ Roundtables, a roundtable-style manuscript critique of the first five hundred words of your manuscript with literary agents and editors.

Deadline: November 2, 2015

1. You must be at least eighteen years old to apply.
2. All full-time students enrolled in an accredited educational institution are eligible to apply.


One winner will be chosen from a graduate or doctoral program and one winner will be chosen from an undergraduate program.

Applicants are required to submit:
–Short cover letter stating why you want to attend the conference and a synopsis of your work.
–Five-page sample of a children's literature manuscript (picture book, early reader/chapter book, middle grade, young adult)
–Copy of your student ID
–Letter of recommendation sent directly from a professor at your university.
Applications MUST BE electronically submitted as ONE PDF to:

kayla.heinenATscbwiDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Letters of recommendation can be sent separately as a Word document.

Applications will be judged by a panel decided by SCBWI.

In the event that a recipient cannot attend for any reason, the grant committee should be notified as soon as possible. The scholarship may, in that event, be awarded to another applicant. The grant is not transferable and cannot be postponed. SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.

Questions? Contact the Grant Coordinator, Kayla Heinen
Kayla Heinen
Communications Coordinator
8271 Beverly Blvd. LA, CA 90048

Call for Submissions from Undergraduate Students: Dark River Review

Dark River Review, the national undergraduate literary magazine at Alabama State University, is accepting submissions for the Spring 2016 issue from October 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016.
Students currently enrolled as undergraduates at two- and four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, reviews of recent chapbooks and books, and visual art.
Our editorial collective has a wide aesthetic and especially desires excellent work, whether experimental or traditional or somewhere in between, especially from diverse and underrepresented voices, including but not limited to people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA communities, and the differently abled.
All work should be original and previously unpublished.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece promptly if it’s accepted elsewhere.
Submit no more than six poems, three very short stories (up to 1000 words) or one short story (1000-5000 words), three works of very short creative nonfiction (up to 1000 words) or one creative nonfiction essay (1000-5000 words), reviews of chapbooks and books published since 2014, and six works of visual art. 
Please send only your best work that has already been thoroughly proofread. Consider checking out advice for submitting to literary journals and the Dark River Review house style guide.
Poetry should be single-spaced. Prose should be double-spaced. Writing submissions must be saved in .doc, .docx, or .rtf.
Visual art submissions must be saved in .jpg or .png format at 300 dpi or better and should be publication ready.
Include a brief third-person biography of no more than fifty words (see examples on our website).
Notifications will be made on a rolling basis through March 2016 with an expected publication date in April 2016. Please do not query before March 2016.
Upon publication, Dark River Review assumes first serial rights; all rights revert back to contributors upon publication, so that authors and artists may re-publish their work elsewhere provided proper acknowledgment is given to Dark River Review.
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016. Submit your work here.

Writing Competitions: Bayou Magazine

Bayou Magazine's James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry open right now. You can submit until December 31st. Prize for each contest is 1,000 big ones, and possible publication in Bayou. Judging for us this year are David James Poissant for Fiction, and D.A. Powell for Poetry.

It’s a fine contest, a fine prize. All it needs is your very fine work!

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction
Judged by David James Poissant
WINNER: $1000, their work considered for publication and a year subscription
FINALISTS: will be named on our website

  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction, no longer than 7,500 words.
  • Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
  •  You may enter more than one story, but each submission must arrive in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
  •  We accept novel excerpts only if the submission stands alone as a complete short story. 
  • Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on any part of the submission. Any story with identifying material will be disqualified.
  • All current and former Bayou staff, as well as current or former students of either judge, are ineligible to submit.
Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry
Judged by D.A. Powell
WINNER $1000, their work considered for publication and a year subscription
FINALISTS: will be named on our website
Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry.
Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)

  • You may enter up to three poems per entry. 
  • You may enter multiple submissions, but each submission must be in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
  • On the cover sheet, please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on the pages of the manuscript. Any submission with identifying material will be disqualified.
  • All current and former Bayou staff, as well as current or former students of either judge, are ineligible to submit.
We highly encourage all submissions be made online through our submissions manager.

To submit via snail mail, follow the above submission guidelines and mail with $20 check or money order made out to UNO Foundation.

Mail to:

Bayou Magazine c/o
(James Knudsen Prize for Fiction or Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry)
Department of English University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Bayou Magazine adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

Note: UNO students and alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years are not eligible for publication in Bayou Magazine. We encourage the UNO affiliated to check out our sister magazine, Ellipsis.

Fiction Competition: Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2016 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, and publication of winning short story collection.

Enter: Submit online with Submittable or by mail from September 1–December 31, 2015. 

Press 53 founder and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced no later than May 1, 2016; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2016.

Complete details at our website.

Call for Poetry Sumissions: Muse A Journal

Muse A Journal seeks lyrical, playful, moving, linguistically-inventive, unique, experimental, moving, honest, diction-sensitive, perhaps collaborative, economical, attentive, vested, clever, touching, POETRY. 
If this describes your work in any way, we’d love to see it. Our website is currently under construction, but you may still see the general layout at  
We are using Submittable, and you can access our submissions manager. We will begin taking submissions on September 30, 2015.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Video Podcast Interview for BLOOD OF A STONE

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Kim Smith on her Writer Groupie Podcast. We talked about my novel, BLOOD OF A STONE, my historical research, and my publishing journey. You can watch the podcast video here.