Saturday, July 11, 2020

Writing Competition: The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers

The Summer Short Story Award for New Writers runs from July 1st to August 30th. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively.

All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel from Sobel Weber, Victoria Cappello from The Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison from Writers House, Sarah Fuentes from Fletcher & Company, Heather Schroder from Compass Talent, and Siohban McBride from Carnicelli Literary Management. We want you to succeed, and we want your writing to be read. It’s been our mission to support emerging writers since day one.


Winner receives $3000, publication, and agency review

Second and third place prizes ($300 / $200, publication, and agency review)

Stories under 6000 words

Previously unpublished stories only

Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed

Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a low circulation are welcome to submit.)

International English submissions allowed

$20 entry fee

Deadline: August 30, 2020

Please, no identifying information on your story

All stories are considered for publication

If requesting an editorial letter, please indicate on your cover letter if the submissions is fiction or creative nonfiction.

For more information and to enter, please visit our website.

Call for Flash Essays on Theme of "Way Seeking Mind": The Dewdrop

Ends on July 31, 2020

Some schools of Zen Buddhism like to assign 'Way Seeking Mind' talks, an opportunity for students to reflect on their lives' journeys and the various influences, people and events that have brought them to where they are today.

The Dewdrop invites writers to submit a flash essay of no more than 300 words along these same lines. The essay might reflect a longer journey or a pivotal moment in your life, and we encourage you to be as creative as you can with the draft.

You could consider the following questions in relation to your life/spiritual trajectory:

What have been the main sources of your spiritual inspiration? Which people in your life have had the strongest influence and how? Can you identify a pivotal moment that was a true game changer? Has there been a special book that rocked your world? An event that completely changed your perspective?

We are generally able to reply to submissions within 90 days. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please do let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

We cannot pay for published work at this time. Submit here.

Call for Submissions: High Desert Journal

We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. You may submit up to three poems; a maximum of 5,000 words of fiction or nonfiction; up to 3,000 words of interview, memoir, and essays, and up to 10 slides or digital images of artwork.

Submissions are only accepted via our electronic submission manager, Submittable

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2020

Writing Competition: Robots & Their Dogs by Flying Ketchup Press

Tales from Time, Space & Robot Dogs is a search for the best Sci-Fi short stories that take place in weird wild new worlds. Is your story full of surprises, twists, mysterious creatures, technological wonder, and new things we've never thought of? Then welcome home to Flying Ketchup Press.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Submit today!

Genres we are looking for: sci-fi, fiction, fantasy, hybrid, other...This is about finding great writers, not about making limitations on your creativity.

One winner of our monthly story contests will receive publication online on our website! At the end of each contest period (Generally August and January), we will select the best 10 short stories overall to be published in print!

Finalists will be featured in softcover and ebook including a page about each author – and a link to your author page on our website. The final collection for the year will be available for purchase online.

Guidelines for each Entry: Include your author bio (and any website or author page link) in the letter portion of your submission along with a 50-word summary of your story. All work must be original and submitted by the author. If your short story is selected for another publication elsewhere, please let us know by email and we will remove your entry. No name or other identifying info must be included in your submission manuscript text so that your work is read by our judges anonymously.

Rating: This book will be a selection of stories for adults. Strong Language is okay when used in context. Our books do appeal to teens which authors should keep in mind. We call it 14+

Formatting your submission: Double Spaced, 12-point font with one-inch margins, and page numbers.

How do we decide which stories we select for the contest? Short Stories will be evaluated on how they fit the theme as well as creativity, voice, & craftsmanship. We are looking for deeply developed characters who have great dialog, paired with vivid settings, in a plot with hard choices and smart action.

Length: Looking for over 1,500 words and no longer than 8,000 words per story, but we are flexible.

How many stories can I submit? You may submit one story per entry. Submit as many times as you like.

How long is your process? It takes up to a year to publish a full collection of short stories in book form to include time for authors to work with our editors, and for the process of graphic design, illustrations, book cover, and layout.

Call for Submissions: The Petigru Review

The Petigru Review is a literary magazine in the South, but we’re not stuck to any antiquated idea about what that might mean. We are especially interested in diverse and emerging voices. What we want most is good, honest work, no matter where it comes from. Please send your poems, stories, essays and novel chapters our way.

Submissions open April 1 and close July 31 in the following areas:

Short Stories (up to 5000 words; or 3 flash pieces up to 1000 words)

Novel Chapters (up to 5000 words)

Nonfiction (up to 5000 words; or 3 flash essays up to 1000 words)

Poetry (up to 3 poems per document)


We are also interested in essays on the writing life and/or critical essays to include on the TPR blog.

We can’t wait to read your work! Submit here.

The Editors, Vivian Bikulege and Ferguson Williams

Writing Competition for Unclassifiable Work: Arts & Letters

Our 5th annual Unclassifiable contest is open May 1st to July 31st.

Challenged by Diaghilev to astonish him (“Etonnez-moi!”), Cocteau responded with an “unclassifiable” ballet: music by Satie, sets and costumes by Picasso, book by himself. The year: 1910. In this age of branding and marketing, can such “unclassifiable” works survive? What is gained—or lost—when boundaries are blurred?

This contest is for unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels. Works of up to 5000 words considered. Judged by Michael Martone.

All submissions must be sent through Submittable and will be read blind, so please do not include your name or identifying material anywhere on the manuscript.

The entry fee is $10, and the winner will receive $500.

Only send us work that has not been previously published elsewhere.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology on Theme of Spirituality: Mizmor Annual Poetry Anthology

Mizmor Annual Poetry Anthology - Spirituality

Deadline: August 15, 2020

Mizmor is an annual anthology considering high-quality poetry that expresses spiritual experiences with a strong emphasis on the relationship between the modern world and ancient wisdom. We favor true experiences with striking imagery, we do not accept devotional-religious poetry.

No fee to submit. Included writers will receive one free copy.

Please visit the website for the complete guidelines.