Saturday, August 20, 2016

Call for Submissions on Theme of "Imagining Peace": New Madrid Journal

Deadline: October 15, 2016

We are dedicating the Winter 2017 issue of New Madrid to the theme of “Imagining Peace.” As George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.” We are looking for work in all literary genres that speaks to this arduousness and that defines peace not just as the absence of war, but as something dynamic in its own right.

Possible categories of interest include: writing by peace activists and refugees, testimonies about immigration or international crises, travel writing, translations, and much more. An in-depth explanation can be found on our website.

We will be accepting submissions from August 15 through October 15, 2016.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Vietnam War Poetry has a new poetry editor, and we have just reopened for submissions. Any and all forms of poetry are welcome, but all poems submitted should be either directly or indirectly related to the Vietnam War and/or its repercussions. Previously published poems are welcome, as long as the original publication is acknowledged.

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty

You are invited to submit an essay or poem for an upcoming anthology titled Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty—target publish date: early 2017.

Women over fifty are “the invisible woman” in American culture. In a society that reveres youth – and particularly young, sexy women – women over fifty fade into the shadows. Yet, for many women at mid-life, this is a time of flowering and coming into one’s own, sexually and otherwise. Many older women love sex and crave the intimacy it provides. For every story of a harried mother who turns her husband away at night, or the older woman who long ago lost her libido, there are legions of others whose sex drives match those of men.

Women over fifty often are just coming into the most sensual/sexually pleasurable part of their lives. They’ve gone through menopause for the most part, and are free of worries about young kids or the fear of pregnancy. A Women’s Health Initiative study released in 2011 surveyed more than 27,000 U.S. women between fifty and seventy-nine years of age from 1993-98. What it found is that most women in reasonable physical and psychological health enjoyed sex after menopause. In fact, the study found that older women who were in sexual relationships for the most part wanted more sex, not less.

So, why is so little attention paid to sex and intimacy among women in later life? Other than a smattering of magazine articles and some academic books, very little has been written about women, sex and intimacy. Oh, there are plenty of how-tos: advice on vaginal dryness and pain during sex and erectile dysfunction. But there is a dearth of essays written by women about their sexual experiences after fifty.

Unmasked explores everything having to do with sex after fifty for women – the feelings, the romance, the positions, the drawbacks, the orgasms, the risks, the kinky, the sublime, the men and – as the case may be – the women.

This book is meant to bring sex after fifty for women into the open, to proclaim that it is important, it is natural and healthy and, for some women, it is absolutely necessary. Unmasked will surprise, inform, and – it is hoped – encourage all women of a certain age to (re)discover their sexuality.

Essays up to 2,500 words welcome. Send them to:

unmaskedwomen14ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Thanks, Marcia Meier and Kathleen Barry, Editors

Poetry Competition: Louisville Literary Arts Writers Block Prize in Poetry

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program.
This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections, most recently Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015).
Your name and contact info must NOT appear on the manuscript. Filling out Submittable's “cover letter” field is unnecessary. Friends and family members of the judges, and students who have studied with the judge, Kathleen Driskell, within the last three years, should not submit to this contest. Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.
Entry fee: $8.00
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

Call for Submissions: Interviewing the Caribbean

Interviewing the Caribbean (IC)—seeks poems, stories, creative non-fiction, interviews and visual art in all media that celebrate Caribbean life.

Caribbean artists at home and in the Diaspora are invited to participate.

NEXT ISSUE - A History of Violence: The Making of Caribbean Society
Caribbean societies are said to be brimming with violence, and the popular sentiment would suggest this is new for the region. While we would agree that the current wave of violence reflects nihilistic tones, we know that this violence is not new, but rather the wanton manifestation of a society that was wrought out of violence.

Submit poems, prose, artwork, interviews that address the various manifestation of violence in Caribbean society, among its people and offer alternative, suggestions, coping mechanism, etc.

Seeking work that is edgy and explores: Political, Domestic, Child, Emotional, Terrorism, Economic, Class, Education and any other manifestation of Violence.

Send work as an MS Word document or images as JPG/TIF 300 dpi resolution to:

interviewingthecaribbeanATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Works are accepted May-September 15, 2016. Please include a 5-line bio (NO MORE), and a photo of contributor (jpeg/300 resolution).

We only accept unpublished works.

Call for Submissions: Waccamaw Journal

Deadline August 31st. 

Submission link.

"We at Waccamaw welcome you to submit your stories, poems, and essays for our Fall 2016 Issue! We are interested in regular submissions, and also work that interests itself in the idea of visibility. Ocular or social. Micro or Macro. Your interpretation is what we'd love to see.

Waccamaw is published online twice a year, in the fall and spring, from The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University. Visit us at our website. We feature contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Waccamaw is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and is supported by the Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, as well as by a grant from Fred Hicks III. In the tradition of many a fine literary magazine, it is named after a river.

Our contributors have won Best of the Net and other accolades, and we love publishing beginning and emerging authors as much as seasoned writers.

Submission Guidelines
  • Waccamaw accepts unsolicited submissions of poems, stories, and essays during two submission periods annually: January 15-February 15 and August 1-31.
  • Submissions are accepted only via our online Submission Manager system. We accept files in Word, Rich Text, or Adobe formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf).
  • The editors encourage interested authors to read previous issues of Waccamaw before submitting.
  • Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay (prose submissions preferably under 7,500 words). Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Response time is approximately 2-4 months.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us if submitted work is accepted elsewhere before you receive our response. We do not consider submissions of previously published work in any form (including prior internet publication).
Waccamaw acquires only the first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication."

Post-publication Book Awards: Wordwrite Book Awards

The deadline is September 15th for the inaugural Wordwrite Book Awards celebrating works by independent and university presses, as well as author-published works. To quality, books must have been published in 2014 or 2015 and should have something to do with the themes of peace, kindness, and mindfulness.
Just a note—Lynn Houston, founder and editor-in-chief of Five Oaks Press, will be the judge for the poetry category. The majority of submissions received so far have been in the fiction and non-fiction categories.
There is a $50 fee to enter, which pays a nominal amount to each judge for his/her time in reading submissions and which also helps fund the marketing and promotional package for the finalists/winners.
Submission guidelines here