Thursday, September 30, 2010

Call for Submissions: Devil's Lake

Devil's Lake, the new semi-annual online journal from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and comics for our second issue. We're interested in work by both new and established writers.

To be considered for our second issue, we ask that you submit your work by October 20th. (Work submitted after that will be considered for our third issue, due out in spring 2011.) We accept submissions via our online submissions manager only. Please send one prose piece (up to 7500 words) or three to five poems. We are also interested in collaborative pieces and work that would not be possible on the printed page.

We accept simultaneous submissions but require notification if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please don't submit more than twice a calendar year.

Our first issue is available at our website. You can find our submissions manager and more detailed guidelines here.
We look forward to reading your work!

- Devil's Lake Staff

Call for Submissions: Crab Orchard Review



Special Issue: New & Old ~ Re-Visions of The American South

Crab Orchard Review is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2011 issue focusing on writing exploring the people, places, history, and new directions that have shaped and are reshaping the American South.

All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible). Please query before submitting any interview.

The submission period for this issue is August 10 through November 1, 2010. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by the end of March 2011. Writers whose work is selected will receive $25 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) and two copies of the issue. Mail submissions to:

American South issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States of America

Address correspondence to: Jon Tribble, Managing Editor
Include SASE for submission return.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal

Kweli Journal has extended its call for submissions to its Fall/Winter 2010 issue. The theme is "sanctuary."

Kweli is a new online literary journal established to identify, promote and nurture emerging writers of color. We also seek to expand the audience of authors of color who already have a foothold in the industry. Our mission, as editors and publishers, is to find a broad, international audience for the artists that we publish and the work that we find engaging and uncompromising.

As a biannual publication, Kweli plans to publish Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer editions. We encourage new and emerging artists, as well as established voices, to submit their work for consideration. Kweli is particularly interested in short stories, poetry, and essays. We seek high quality literary work that is beautiful and sustaining, profound and powerful.


Please provide the following:

A cover letter telling us something about yourself. Please include current contact information (full name, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail address) and title(s) of submitted work.

Two printed copies of your unpublished work(s).

Fiction: Send one prose piece. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Prose should be double-spaced on one side.

Nonfiction: Send one prose piece. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Prose should be double-spaced on one side.

Poetry: Send up to three poems at a time. Single-space, please; set your poem as you want it to appear on the printed page.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are indicated as such. Authors must immediately notify the submissions manager if said work has been selected for publication in another periodical, either in print or online.

Fall/Winter Submission Deadline: October 21, 2010.
Mail required material to:

Kweli Journal, Inc.
P.O. Box 693
New York, New York 10021
ATTN: Nicole Vasquez
Submissions Manager

Poetry Competition: Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press
Final Judge: Brian Turner

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/10

2010 Guidelines
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.

The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “CSU Fresno Levine Prize.” Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.
or Email Connie Hales at connieh(at) (replace (at) with @)
Sponsored and administered by:
MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Fresno

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Call for Submissions: Hawk & Handsaw

Call for Submissions

Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability
"Creative Sustainability begins like this: We begin to imagine how our emotional and physical lives might defy every law of diminishing returns. Then we yearn: We grow ravenous with the desire not to consume, but to be consumed, by the human and biotic communities that support us. And finally grace: We stand in the sweetness of self-expenditure so that every other thing bursts with ecological possibility." – Amy Irving, author of Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land.

Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability is now accepting submissions for its 2011 issue. We are looking for contributions that defy convention and tackle the tougher issues that stem from life in a fragile world: work that challenges us to redefine what we know about sustainability and genre; work that provokes us, riles us, makes us laugh. Most of all, we are looking for contributions that are fresh, honest, and evocative. We accept poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories, and visual art.

Poets should submit between 1-5 poems for consideration. Writers of nonfiction and fiction may submit up to 30 double-spaced pages. Excerpts from longer monographs are acceptable, provided they stand alone as an independent work. If applicable, citations should appear in Chicago Manual of Style format. Hawk &Handsaw prints artwork in both color and black and white. Visual artists may submit up to 20 images of their work for consideration.

The reading period for this issue ends on 1 October 2010.
For more information, please visit our website or contact us at:
hawkandhandsaw(at) (replace (at) with @)

Fiction and Poetry Competition: Inkwell



Submissions for Contests must be postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2010


Up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit
Text must be typed, 12pt. font, double-spaced, one-sided
Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and word counts
No name or address anywhere on manuscripts
SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
Entry fee: $15 per story
Checks (USD ONLY) made out to Manhattanville – INKWELL



Up to 5 previously unpublished poems, 40-line limit per poem
Only typed entries will be considered; 12pt. font
Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and line counts
No name or address anywhere on manuscript(s)
SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
$10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem
Checks (USD ONLY) payable to Manhattanville – INKWELL
NOTE: Please indicate Poetry or Fiction Competition on envelope.
If submitting to both Poetry and Fiction Competitions, please use separate envelopes.

Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.
Mail to:
INKWELL - Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577

Inkwell is produced in affiliation with the Master of Arts in Writing Program at Manhattanville College. The program offers a highly flexible schedule of day and evening courses taught by distinguished authors and editors. Our Summer Writers' Week, held each June, is open to writers and aspiring writers.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Call for Submissions: Forest Publications

Forest Publications has opened Submissions for This Next One Goes Out To...

Forest Publications, UK, is publishing a book featuring short stories, poetry, biographical accounts, musical journalism, essays, photography and artwork inspired by a a particular song. Whether it was a tune that drove you to tears, then to the page; a melody that can transport you to different time and place, or a debaucherous adventure centred around a killer gig, we'd like to present your work as an homage to the relationship between literature and music.

Submissions should generally be less than 5000 words.

Send submissions to: submissions(at) (replace (at) with @)

Send photos and artwork as high-res images

Deadline: October 30, 2010

Forest Publications has long fostered a interactive relationship between music and literature. Two of our publications, The Golden Hour Book 1 and the Golden Hour Book 2 have included an accompanying cd that has featured such artists as John Crave, Le Enfant Bastard, Withered Hand, Francois & the Atlas Mountains, & Billy Liar. Each month, we produce the Golden Hour event which takes place in the Forest Cafe, Edinburgh. The Golden Hour is an event that combines literature readings, bad jokes, music, funny jokes, dancing and visual rubbish in a cabaret setting. Readers have ranged from relatively unknown, untested writers to those with international followings, and musicians have gone on to claim critical and commercial success. Forest Publications has been generously funded by the Scottish Arts Council. To learn more about The Golden Hour, go here

2011 Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes

Overview and Current Guidelines

2011 Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes
The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College sponsors the Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes, an annual book series competition for new authors of literary works in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Bakeless Prizes, named for Middlebury College supporter Katharine Bakeless Nason, were established in order to support emerging writers. Winners of the Bakeless Prizes will have their book-length manuscripts published by Graywolf Press. In addition to the publication prize each winner will be awarded a fellowship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Initial screening of manuscripts is done by qualified published writers selected by the director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in consultation with the judge and by the editors of Graywolf Press.  The final decision, however, rests solely with the judge.  Additionally, the judge reserves the right not to choose a winner in a given year if he or she feels there is not a manuscript ready for publication.
Judges for the year 2011 Prizes
Stacey D'Erasmo, fiction; Lynn Freed, creative nonfiction; Carl Phillips, poetry.

Rules of Eligibility

The Bakeless Prizes require that poetry manuscripts contain at least 50 pages of text; fiction, which includes novels and short-fiction collections, 150-450; creative nonfiction, 150-300.
The competition welcomes manuscripts from all authors, including non-US citizens, writing in English who have not yet published a book in their entry's genre. Scholarly, critical, and historical works will not be considered in the creative nonfiction category, as well as self-help books or cookbooks. Neither juvenile nor young adult fiction, nor purely genre fiction (such as romance, crime or science fiction) will be considered in the fiction or poetry categories.  Manuscripts may contain stories, poems, chapters, and essays that have already been published individually in magazines, anthologies, and periodicals, but the manuscript itself cannot have been published previously as a whole, commercially or privately. Multiple submissions of manuscripts are allowed but contestants are asked to notify the contest coordinator immediately if a manuscript has been accepted for publication elsewhere.

Winners' Obligations and Compensation

Accepting the award requires publication of the winning manuscripts by Graywolf Press.  Authors will work with Graywolf Press editors to develop the manuscripts to ensure that they are of the highest, publishable quality.  Whenever the Publisher finds a legal read to be advisable, the publication of the manuscript will be pending on the legal read.  Authors will be offered Graywolf's standard contract for Bakeless Books which includes a non-negotiable first option on the author's next work, with matching privileges if the author seeks an advance from another publisher.

Guidelines for Manuscripts

Please observe the following standards when submitting manuscripts:

  • Typed and double-spaced pages on letter-size (8 1/2 x 11) paper

  • Please do not bind manuscripts; a rubber band or binder clip is preferred

  • Poetry manuscripts may be single-spaced

  • Good-quality photocopied or letter-quality printed manuscripts are acceptable.

  • Include 2 cover pages: one containing the author's name, address, Phone number, manuscript title, and genre, the other containing only title and genre.

  • The author's name must not appear on any page of the manuscript, except for memoir.

  • Do not include an author's note or biographical information.

  • Do not include a publication acknowledgments page.

  • Revisions and additions will not be accepted once manuscripts have been received. The above guidelines will help to insure efficient handling of the manuscripts as well as the process of judging them anonymously. In the case of a manuscript not conforming with the above guidelines, the manuscript becomes ineligible for consideration and the entry fee will be returned.

    Requirements for Submission

  • Send one copy of each submission.

  • Include: a $10 processing fee for each submission, payable to Middlebury College;

  • a self-addressed postage-paid postcard for confirmation of manuscript receipt;

  • An SASE for receiving announcement of the judges' decisions (optional).

  • Manuscripts, even if accompanied by an SASE, cannot be returned.

    Dates for Submission and Notification

    Manuscript submissions accepted September 15 to November 1, 2010.
    Manuscripts received with postmarks after November 1 cannot be considered.
    Winners announced in May, 2011.

    Please send manuscripts to

    Ms. Jennifer Bates, contest coordinator
    The Bakeless Contest
    c/o Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
    Middlebury College
    Middlebury VT 05753
    E-mail: bakelessprize(at) (Replace (at) with @ )
    Phone: 802 443-2018

  • Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Residency: 2011 Baltic Writers Residency

    Applications for the 2011 Baltic Writers Residency, a funded month-long annual summer residency in Riga, Latvia for poets, playwrights, and writers of fiction working in English are now invited. Though, neither the writer nor their project need be connected with Latvia.

    Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply. Recent finalists and winners range from those who have yet to conceive of their first manuscripts, to writers who have extensive publication records, and have been finalists for the National Book Award and numbered in the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40”.

    Emma Jones, author of one volume of verse, The Striped World (Faber & Faber, 2009), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize, is this year’s resident, and we strongly encourage other young and emerging writers to apply. Previous winners include Salvatore Scibona and Amity Gaige.

    The deadline is December 15th, and we are accepting applications now. Details about the residency, about Riga, and about the application process can be found on the website.

    The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia
    PO Box 17184
    Louisville, KY 40217

    balticresidency(at) (replace (at) with @)

    Call for Submissions: Umbrella

    Call for Submissions: Umbrella: A Journal of Poetry and Kindred Prose.

    Umbrella, the "supremely re-readable electronic journal," is now accepting non-themed submissions for our fall-winter issue, online Nov 1, 2010.

    Please see the submit page for complete guidelines and specific needs and preferences.

    On an ongoing basis we also read poems written in repeating forms for our sister publication, Tilt-a-Whirl. Guidelines at the bottom of the Umbrella submit page.

    Deadline: October 15, 2010

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Call for Submissions: CALYX

    CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women will open for submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction on October 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010.

    Please send up to six poems or 2,500 words of prose, SASE, and a short bio to:

    CALYX Journal
    PO Box B
    Corvallis, OR 97339

    For 34 years CALYX Journal has been a creative forum for women’s diverse voices showcasing work from new and emerging writers and artists.
    Visit our website for full guidelines.

    Writing Competition: Alligator Juniper

    Call for submissions: Alligator Juniper’s National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, & Poetry

    $1,000 First-Place Prize * Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2010

    Alligator Juniper, which has won AWP’s prestigious National Program Directors’ Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in Content three times (2001, 2004, and 2009), is accepting submissions for its national writing contests in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

    Our annual contest awards $1,000 plus publication for the first-place winner in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies.

    Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2011 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2011. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.

    Submission Guidelines
    Submissions accepted May 1–October 1, 2010 (postmark deadline).
    Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below.
    Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.
    Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit), or up to five poems.
    Additional entries require additional fee.
    Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.
    Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
    Double-sided copies are encouraged. No email submissions.
    Send to:

    Alligator Juniper, Prescott College
    220 Grove Ave.
    Prescott, AZ 86301

    IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to recent problems with misinformed entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following statement in your signed cover letter: “My work may be considered for publication, even if it doesn’t win the contest. This signed statement constitutes permission for publication if it is selected.”

    Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue), 2001, and 2007. Send $10 to above address and request a copy from any year, 1996–2000, 2002–2006, or 2008–2010.

    Selection Process
    All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by two faculty members, both of whom are published writers, one a poet and one a prose writer. All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission. We usually inform mid to late December. The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We appreciate your patience.

    Questions? E-mail aj(at) (replace (at) with @) or visit our website.

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Call for Submissions: Palooka


    Palooka is a print journal seeking works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

    We're determined to find those writers and artists who are flying under the radar, producing great works that are going unnoticed by other publications. This is a journal for everyone, but we're really into publishing the up-and-comer, the underdog in the literary battle royale. Give us your best shot. We dare you.

    For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

    Writing Competition: Prism International

    Prism International is pleased to announce that we are ready to receive entries for our 2011 literary contests!

    Entry fees for all contests are $28, and additional entries can be added for $7 each. Every participant receives a one-year subscription to Prism International.

    The Non-Fiction Contest is first up, with a deadline of November 30th, 2010. The grand prize is $1500, and this contest is being judged by Brian Brett, a poet, novelist and non-fiction writer whose latest book, for Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, won the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize in 2009.

    The Short Fiction Contest has a deadline of January 29, 2011. The best, unpublished story will receive $2000, as well as publication payment for our fiction contest issue. Three runner-up prizes of $200 dollars are also conferred. Works of translation are eligible. This year's judge will be announced shortly. Hold on to your bifocals and lean on in.

    The Poetry Contest also has a January 29, 2011 deadline. Each entry can be up to three poems. This year's poetry judge is Vancouver poet laureate, Brad Cran. He is a contributing editor at Geist magazine, and you can read some of his work on their site.

    Contest entries must be sent to Prism through snail mail, accompanied by an entry form and cheque or receipt of credit card payment. For entry forms and the option to pay fees by credit card, please visit Prism's contest page.

    Entries can be sent to:

    Prism International
    Creative Writing Program
    The University of British Columbia
    BUCH E462-1866 Main Mall
    Vancouver, BC
    V6T 1Z1