Thursday, December 22, 2011

Call for Science Fiction Submissions: LQQK

LQQK Magazine is a new science fiction magazine currently looking for new writers. We are interested in stories that speculate about the future of contemporary phenomena like social networking, mobile devices, filesharing, hacking, and online lifestyles. We are also interested in far-out, surrealist, or anarchic stories in general, with or without lulz. Full submission guidelines can be found here.

Short Story Competition: Gemini Magazine

Gemini Magazine is pleased to announce its 2012 Short Story Contest featuring a grand prize of $1,000.

Absolutely no restrictions on content, style, genre or length--just send your best. Second place wins $100 and there will also be three honorable mentions. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2012 issue of Gemini.

Entry fee: $4. Deadline: March 31, 2012. Full details here.

Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry Competition: Cutbank

CutBank is proud to announce our call for submissions to our annual Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Non-Fiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry!

Submissions have already begun, but the contests run through Feb 29, 2012. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 77. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The contests' $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 77.

Please send only your best work. With all three of these awards, we are seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness. For more information, guidelines, and to apply, visit our website.

Our judges this year are the following:

Montana Prize in Fiction: Benjamin Percy
Montana Prize in Creative Non-Fiction: Eula Biss
Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry: Bhanu Kapil

Judges' bios as follows!

2012 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry

Montana Prize in Fiction Judge – Benjamin Percy

Ben teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State University and at the Low-Res MFA program at Pacific University. He has also taught as guest faculty at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and regularly lectures at conferences and universities around the country. He is the author of two novels, Red Moon (forthcoming from Grand Central / Hachette in 2012), The Wilding (Graywolf, 2010), and two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, GQ, Men's Journal, Outside, Paris Review, Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. When he isn't hunched over the keyboard, hammering out stories, Ben enjoys hiking, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and throwing back a few pints with friends and family. He lives in Ames, Iowa, with his wife and two children.

Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction Judge – Eula Biss

Eula Biss holds a BA in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her second book, Notes from No Man's Land, received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers' Award, and a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library. She teaches writing at Northwestern University and is working on a new book about myth and metaphor in medicine with the support of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Howard Foundation Fellowship. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best Creative Nonfiction and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Columbia, Ninth Letter, the North American Review, the Bellingham Review, the Seneca Review, and Harper's.

Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry Judge – Bhanu Kapil

Bhanu Kapil lives in Colorado where she teaches writing and thinking at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, as well as Goddard College’s low-residency MFA. She has written four full-length cross-genre works--The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), and Schizophrene (forthcoming, Nightboat Books).

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fiction Competition: 2012 Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction

2012 The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction
Sponsored by The Ohio State University Press and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University

This annual award is given to the manuscript collection of short fiction selected by an independent judge to be the best submitted. The winning author will receive publication under a standard book contract that includes a cash prize of $1,500 as an advance against royalties. The winner and finalists will be announced before June 30, 2012.

Eligibility Requirements
Submissions may include short stories, novellas, or a combination of both (but a single novella is not an eligible submission).
The competition is open to all writers in English.
Previously published stories or novellas may be included in the manuscript.
Current students and employees of The Ohio State University are ineligible.
Manuscripts must be between 150 and 300 typed pages (approx. 40,000 to 80,000 words).
Individual stories or novellas in the collection may not exceed 125 pages (approx. 35,000 words).
No translations unless done entirely by the author.

Submission Format
Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, on quality white 8 1/2" x 11" paper, 250-300 words per page, one side only, pages numbered consecutively.
Crisp photocopies are acceptable.
Your identity is not revealed to the judges, so your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Instead, please include the following with your submission:

a cover sheet with name, street and email address, and phone numbers
an acknowledgement page with publication history for any previously published work
a title page listing title and approx. word count
a table of contents page listing only the stories and/or novellas and page numbers

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope so we can notify you of the contest results.
Include a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.
OSU Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
Do not send your only copy. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Deadline information
Manuscripts must be postmarked in the month of January and be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $20 (U.S. dollars). Send check or money order (no cash) made payable to The Ohio State University.

Mail to:
Fiction Editor
The Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210-1002

Call for Submissions: 2012 Holiday Anthology


Imagine your favorite holiday stories. Chances are good the protagonists are a man and a woman, possibly even with children. But where are the stories that feature men together, or women together, that will also warm our hearts at this special season?

That’s where you come in. We’re collecting holiday stories for two anthologies, one featuring male protagonists/couples/families, the other featuring female protagonists/couples/families, and we’d like to hear from you!

Your story should run between 2,000 and 4,000 words, contain no erotica, and be in a winter holiday setting. The only requirement is that it be historical fiction. We’re looking for tomorrow’s classics in time for next year’s holiday season!

Pay will depend on securing a publisher and will be negotiated at that time for accepted stories. Deadline is June 15, 2012, but the earlier, the better. 

Send Word docs to Jeannette de Beauvoir.

angevine(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal

Kweli Journal, an online literary journal that celebrates the shared cultural experience of people of color, is currently seeking literature of occupation for its January 2012 social justice issue. The Occupy Movement is a national movement of men and women from all races, backgrounds, and religions with the shared goal of ending corporate greed from the wealthiest 1%. Kweli Journal invites submissions of short stories, poetry, and essays that bear witness to the day to day realities and frustrations of the 99%, poor working class and middle class folks living on the edge.

Recent issues of Kweli have featured the work of Jennine Capó Crucet and Amaud Jamaul Johnson. Upcoming issues of the journal will feature Camille Dungy, Aaron Michael Morales and Neela Vaswani.

Kweli will accept submissions for the Literature of Occupation Call from November 19, 2011 to January 7, 2012. Any submissions received after this deadline will not be considered and will be discarded.

For prose submissions, submit one (1) short story or one (1) self-contained novel excerpt or creative non-fiction piece of no more than 7,000 words in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format.

For poetry submissions, submit up to three poems totaling no more than 6 pages in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format.

Submit your work here.

Payment is upon publication.
Sincerely,Kweli Journal

Friday, December 16, 2011

Call for Submissions: Rio Grande Review

Last issue’s themed was The Apocalypse. Our purpose was to examine the meaning of the word in relation to what is happening in the world today. We received many magnificent submissions.

For the Spring 2012 issue we are extending that idea to include the aftermath that occurs after this great change. Entitled the Rebirth Issue, it will explore the rebuilding of the material, mental and literary landscape.

The DEADLINE for submissions for the Spring 2012 Rio Grande Review issue is Friday February 10th 2012.

Submission Guidelines:

Rio Grande Review is a Bilingual Journal and accepts submissions in both English and Spanish.

Only 3 submissions per person. We accept POETRY, SHORT STORIES, NONFICTION, and ORIGINAL ARTWORK.

SHORT STORIES, NONFICTION should be no longer than 4,000 words.

Please include a brief biography with your submission (1-4 sentences maximum).

We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Please attach a Word document and send to:
rgreditors(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Fiction Competition: Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

NORTH CAROLINA—The North Carolina Writers' Network is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This annual award is administered by poet Anthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. on. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. The postmark deadline is January 30, 2012.

Acclaimed author Josephine Humphreys will serve as the final judge. Humphreys is a recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for first fiction), Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth. She lives with her husband on Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

The 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30

Eligibility and Guidelines:

The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages (1" margins, 12-pt. font).

Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.

An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network. You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Entries will not be returned.

The winner is announced each April.

Send submission to:

Professor Anthony S. Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

2011 saw the highest number of submissions in the history of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Winner Kristin Fitzpatrick of Alameda, California, took home the $1,000 purse.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, go here.

Fiction Competition: Escape Into Life

Escape Into Life is excited to announce its First Annual Fiction Contest, judged by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

In addition to cash prizes, five finalists will receive works by Escape Into Life artists and have their stories nominated for at least one nationally recognized award in 2012 (Best American, Pushcart, O'Henry, Story South, or Sundress). This strikes us a great opportunity for both established and emerging author.

You'll find more information here.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Call for anthology submissions: Submitted: Women Finding and Leaving Extreme Religion

The anthology, Submitted: Women Finding and Leaving Extreme Religion (to be published by Seal Press in Spring, 2013), will chronicle the lives of women from a variety of restrictive religious backgrounds who chose a religious path only to eventually reject it or alter it in whole or in part.

We are seeking contributions from women of all faiths, as well as all ages and backgrounds. The book explores, through story, the questions of how and why women choose to get involved in rigid religion, what keeps them invested, and then how and why they leave (and what they miss---or don't---once they're gone).
Each story included should explore one of the following:
--the getting IN
--the staying IN
--the getting OUT
Themes might include food, modesty, religious meetings, holidays, work, children, clothing, secrets, converting others, prayer, or marriage/sex.

The book will be divided into three parts: Conversion, Life Inside, and Leaving.

Submissions should be 2500-3000 words in length.

For more information and to submit your work go to our website.

Call for Submissions: Pegasus

Pegasus, the literary magazine at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, invites submissions of poetry, short fiction (flash fiction welcome), creative nonfiction, artwork and photography for the upcoming spring 2012 issue. The submission deadline is February 29, 2012.

Pegasus is an award-winning regional journal that publishes writers enrolled in Georgia high schools or Georgia colleges and universities. Submissions by other writers will be ignored.

Pegasus accepts electronic submissions only. Please see our website for full submission guidelines.

Submissions not following stated guidelines will be ignored.

Call for Submissions: Switchback

Each month Switchback will provide a prompt and we want you to send us your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided by our editors will be featured on Switchback. Contest submissions can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art but must be 500 words or under. Please send us only one submission per prompt and only previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on the last day of the month.

The December prompt is: "They realized they were not alone."

For information on how to submit, please visit our website.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Writing Scholarships: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing Seminars Present 19th Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY
With Special Guest Stephen Dunn
January 13-16, 2012

Several scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 19th Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 13-16, 2012, at Seaview.

The Jan-ai Scholarship will sponsor two poets, writers or song writers between the ages of 18 - 30 who are residents of NJ, NY or PA. Deadline: December 1, 2011.

Winners may choose from workshops in poetry, including a special advanced section with Stephen Dunn, Beginning Your Novel, Children's Market, Writing and Publishing Your Fiction, Memoir, Creative Nonfiction and more.

The conference also includes talks, receptions, open mics, optional tutorials, a bookstore café, sunrise yoga and dancing at the Getaway Disco.

To learn more please visit our site.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Phantom Limb Press

PHANTOM LIMB is a new online poetry journal. We are dedicated to publishing poetry from all types of poets: new, emerging and established.

Please submit by June 1, 2012.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit our site.

phantomlimbpress(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Call for Submissions: CavanKerry Press

CavanKerry Press will be having an open submission period from January 1-31, 2012 for its Laurel Books imprint.

LAURELBOOKS are collections of poetry or prose memoirs that explore in depth poignant and critical issues associated with personally confronting serious and life-threatening physical or psychological illness. CavanKerry seeks work written from a personal perspective by the individual who has experienced the illness or by the individual personally and deeply involved with the person who suffered from the illness.

For more information go here. Click on Submissions.

Call for Submissions: The Indian River Review

The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for itsinaugural issue slated for publication in late spring 2012. The theme for this issue is "Time and Place." The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews.

All work is peer reviewed. The journal accepts only electronic submissions, no hard copies. Do not send simultaneous submissions. Please follow the requirements listed below for all submissions:

Send short fiction attachments to:

Send poetry and photography attachments to:

Send creative non-fiction attachments to:

Send critical essays and book review attachments to:
(replace (at) with @ in all sent e-mail submissions)

Text-based submissions must use 12 point font and MLA format. Short fiction, creative non-fiction, and critical essays are limited to 4,000 words. Book reviews are limited to 1,000 words. Send no more than 5 submissions for poetry or photographic pieces. Text files must be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf email attachments. Photography files must be sent as .tiff or .jpg email attachments.

In your email, make sure to include your full name, phone number, address, institutional affiliation (if you have one), and the title(s) of the work you submit.

Payment upon publication will include one copy of The Indian River Review. Accepted authors will receive a discounted rate (not including shipping charges) for additional copies.

For more information, please go here

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Poetry and Fiction Competition: REAL

REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, the literary journal at Stephen F. Austin State University, has extended the deadlines for the Larry D. Thomas Prize for Poetry and the William J. Stuckey Memorial Prize for Fiction. These are two great opportunities for young writers looking to pick up a publication. The new deadline is December 31, 2011.

The Larry D. Thomas Prize for Poetry
$500 Prize and publication
Entry fee: $10 for up to 3 poems

The William J. Stuckey Memorial Prize for Fiction
$500 Prize and publication
Entry Fee: $10 per story up to 4000 words
Entrant must attend a creative writing program (BFA, MA, MFA, Ph.D.)

December 31, 2011

All entrants receive a year's subscription.

Make checks payable to REAL, and send them to:

Andrew Brininstool, Editor
REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13007, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3007

For more information, email us: reallitmag(at) (replace (at) with @)

Call for Submissions on Widowhood: Silver Boomer Books

Silver Boomer Books seeks submissions for an anthology on the widowhood experience. We are interested in all aspects of widowhood—grief, memories, glitches, triumphs. Either prose or poetry is acceptable. You can even send a 6-word memoir if you like. Submissions will be read between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012. 

Visit our website and click on Call for Submissions for additional information.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Writing Competition: Unstuck

Unstuck Contest (No Fee)

To celebrate the upcoming release of the first issue of Unstuck, we're holding a fee-free contest with some unusual prizes. This is a micro-lit contest; we'll consider miniature stories, miniature essays, and poems.

Entry fee: $0, natch, although the contest is open only to our Twitter followers.

Last day entries will be accepted: December 31, 2011.

Theme: Lovemarks

While your submission should respond in some way to this prompt, we encourage you to be imaginative in your interpretation of the theme. (Be sure to click the hyperlink above if the term "lovemark" is unfamiliar to you.) One caveat: while we're theoretically open to anything, we would prefer that you didn't submit an ad parody.
Acceptable genres: fiction; poetry; non-fiction.

More info here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Call for Submissions: Vinyl Poetry

We are now open to unsolicited submissions through our submission manager.
Submissions for Volume 5 are open from November 1, 2011 to December 1, 2011.

Poetry: submit 4-8 unpublished poems.
Fiction: submit a handful of flash pieces or a single short story totaling not more than 15 double-spaced pages of unpublished work.
Mixed Genre: not more than 15 double-spaced pages of whatever it is.
Grocery List: you decide the boundaries - make it interesting.

Regarding bios: we don’t care about those until we have accepted pieces. At that point we will give you all the props you deserve.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, of course. Just let us know at kmasullivan [at] yesyesbooks [dot] com if a portion of your submission needs to be withdrawn due to acceptance elsewhere.

Submit your work here. Good luck!

Fiction and Poetry Competitions: Yalobusha Review

Yalobusha Review's Barry Hannah Fiction Prize and Yellowwood Poetry Prize are now open to submissions with a deadline of November 30, 2011.

This year's judges are William Gay (The Long Home, Provinces Of Night, I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down, Twilight) and Sandra Beasley (Theories Of Falling, I Was The Jukebox, Don't Kill The Birthday Girl).

Yalobusha Review is also accepting submissions of original work for its next issue, YR: 17. The deadline is November 15, 2011. We are looking for poems, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art.

Please visit the YR website for details.

Artists' Residency and Fellowship: Fine Arts Work Center

Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts

For the last forty years, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging visual artists and writers. Artists who have not had significant recognition for their work and writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. 

Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1 -May 1) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their fellowships in any way.

Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. Former visual arts Fellows include Ellen Gallagher, Jack Pierson, Lisa Yuskavage, Angela Dufresne, Geoffrey Chadsey, and Lamar Peterson. Former writing Fellows have won every major national award in writing including the National Book Award and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Former writing Fellows include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

The postmark deadline for the 2012-13 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2011.

For details, please visit our website.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Call for Submissions: damselfly press

damselfly press, an online literary journal for women, is pleased to announce our seventeenth issue.

We are seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers only. Our eighteenth issue will be available January 15, 2012. If you'd like to submit, please visit our guidelines.

Send us your submission by December 15th, 2011.

These are the e-mails per genre editor:

Fiction- jennifer(at) (replace (at) with @)

Poetry- lesley(at)

Nonfiction- nonfiction(at)

Call for Maine Fiction: Portland Magazine

Call for Maine Fiction

Maine's award-winning magazine, Portland Magazine, seeks Maine-based fiction. For consideration, send us your unpublished, original story of 600-1500 words. Visit our website to get a better feel for the magazine. Due to the number of submissions, please do not follow-up on your submission. We'll reply in 1-5 months.

Send all submissions to:

david(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail), and please include a very brief bio.

Call for Submissions: Switchback

Each month SWITCHBACK will provide a prompt and we want you to send us your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided by our editors will be featured on SWITCHBACK. 

The November prompt is: "Nobody ever knows anything for a fact."

Contest submissions can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art.
• Submissions must be 500 words or under.
• Please send us only one submission per prompt.
• Please submit only previously unpublished works.
• We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere.
• Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself.
• The deadline for submissions is the last day of the month.

Visit our website for more information.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Call for Submissions: A Handful of Dust (H.O.D.)

With its 5th Issue just published H.O.D. (A Handful Of Dust) announces it is currently accepting submissions of UNPUBLISHED writing for Issue Issue #6 (02/14/2011) and Issue #7 (06/2?/2012). H.O.D. is mainly looking for UNPUBLISHED grit-lit poetry and short-short-short fiction/prose poetry (200 words--1-2 paragraphs preferred) submitted in the body of an e-mail.

Cut off date for #6 will be January 15th or so, but all submissions will be considered for either issue. While the dates of the next issues (Valentine's Day and The First Day Of Summer) may suggest themes, H.O.D. will consider any subject and style, even poems about eating leftover chocolate hearts on your summer vacation.

H.O.D. asks that you send 3-5 UNPUBLISHED poems in the body of an e-mail:

h.o.d.submissions(at) (at) with @) no attachments. No Attachments. NO ATTACHMENTS. I make sure each poem is accurate when it goes to publish.

H.O.D. is also seeking artwork for future issues. Black & White photography preferred. Gritty subject matter a plus. PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED OKAY, just let me know who and when. Submit 3 pieces to:


Low-res .jpeg Attachments preferred. If interested, H.O.D. will request higher-res copies.

Website. E-mail: h.o.d.submissions(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Call for Submissions: Tech Support Stories

Call for Submissions
Sometimes, tech support requires more patience than what’s in the job description. For an anthology of humorous tech support stories, the editors seek quality non-fiction accounts of bizarre requests, inane questions, and pitiful pleas for help untangling technology.

Entries should be between 500 and 1500 words. The anthology will be published in e-book format, and authors may appear anonymously if so desired. Preference will be given to stories involving face-to-face tech support rather than support given over the phone.

To submit a story for consideration, email your entry as a MS Word, RTF, or Open Office document to:

usererror(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Please include your name and contact information (phone number and preferred email address) as well as a brief description of your job responsibilities (e.g. network administration for a large health insurance provider; end-user support for a major research university) in the body of the email.

Submission deadline January 31, 2012.

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Omnidawn

Omnidawn's OPEN BOOK Poetry Contest

Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies.

Accepting electronic & postal submissions August 1 - November 15, 2011.

Carl Phillips will judge.

Entry fee: $25.00

All entrants with a U.S. mailing address who pay an extra $3 to cover shipping costs will be mailed a copy of any Omnidawn book of their choice, or a copy of the winning book when it is published. A complete list of all current Omnidawn titles is available here.

For full details about all three of Omnidawn's Poetry Contests (current & future) click here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Writing Residency: 2012 Baltic Writing Residency

Accepting applications for the 2012 Baltic Writing Residency through December 15th, 2011. Applications can be sent via submishmash or through the post.

The BWR is a funded month-long, annual summer residency in Riga, Latvia for poets, playwrights, and writers of fiction working in English. 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 been finalists for the National Book Award and numbered in the New Yorker's "20 Under 40".

Joshua Cohen, last year's resident, is author of the trio of novellas, Emission, which will be published by Graywolf in 2012. He is the author of the 800-page story of the Last Jew, Witz, named one of the 10 best books of 2010 by the Village Voice. Previous winners include Salvatore Scibona, Emma Jones, and Amity Gaige.

Spouses and partners are welcome to accompany the winning writer on the residency. Details about the residency, about Riga, and about the application process can be found on the website.

Poetry Competition: Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
$1000 Prize

Judge: A.M. Juster
Deadline: November 15, 2011
Sponsored by The Formalist

Competition Rules for the 18th annual Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award:

1.Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter as many sonnets as they wish. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually. Entry fee: $3 per sonnet, checks payable to The Formalist. Entry fees from outside the U.S. must be paid in cash U.S. dollars or by a check drawn on a U.S. bank. Author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available) should be typed on the back of each entry.

2.Final Judge for the 2011 competition will be A. M. Juster. The winning poem and the poems of eleven finalists will be published in a 2012 issue of Measure.

3.Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than November 15, 2011. Enclose an SASE if you would like to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned.

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
The Formalist
320 Hunter Drive
Evansville, IN 47711

Make all checks payable to The Formalist. Entry fees from outside the U.S. must be paid in cash (U.S. dollars) or by a check drawn on a U.S. bank.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Cincinnati Review

The editors of The Cincinnati Review are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions through our online submissions manager. We accept submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. To submit your work online, please visit our website.

The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their writing careers. We read between September 1 and May 31. Submissions arriving during June, July, and August will be returned unread. Please note simultaneous submissions in cover letter. Our usual response time is one month.

Poetry: Please submit up to ten manuscript pages at a time. Poet's name and contact information should appear at the top of every poem.

Fiction: Submissions should be under forty double-spaced pages. Include name and contact information at the beginning of the work. We do not consider genre fiction.

Nonfiction: We consider essays of all type, creative nonfiction, and reviews of new books of poetry. Submissions should be under forty double-spaced pages.
We look forward to reading your work.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Call for Submissions: New Purlieu Review

New Purlieu Review, an online publication devoted to modern life, seeks poems,
stories, essays and images for its next issue, "Desire."

Deadline extended to Oct. 31st.
Submit through our submisison manager.

Questions? Contact the editor at:

newpurlieureview(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Book Contest: Sol Books

Sol Books grants one annual award for a novel and/or collection of short stories or essays. The winning entry will receive a standard royalty contract, with a $500 advance.

Finalists may also be offered a publishing contract.


* Submit at least 30,000 words of prose (fiction or nonfiction) without any identifying information appearing on the manuscript.
* Entry should be typed and double-spaced
* Entry can be of any style, form, or theme
* Portions of the entry may be previously published as long as entrant retains copyrights to the work and provides proper acknowledgements
* Entry may be simultaneously submitted; however, Sol Books must be notified if the submitted collection is accepted for publication elsewhere
* Postmark date: October 31st


* $15 Reading Fee, payable to Skywater Publishing Company
* Completed entry form
* Complete manuscript, without any contact information


Skywater Publishing\Sol Books
Prose Contest
398 Goodrich Ave
St. Paul MN 55102

Friday, October 14, 2011

Call for Submissions: Fiction International

Fiction International is the only literary journal in the United States emphasizing formal innovation and progressive politics. It features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world.

We will consider submissions of narrative, anti-narrative and indeterminate texts but only accept submissions reflecting the current issue’s theme. For the Fall 2011 issue we will accept submissions on the theme About Seeing: Addressing the Visual Arts (cinema, video, painting, photography, etc). Our 2011 reading/submission period began September 1, 2011 and ends December 15, 2011.

All submissions, including those from agents, must be made in writing, accompanied by SASE, and mailed to:

Harold Jaffe, Editor
Fiction International
San Diego State University
Dept. of English and Comp. Lit.
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6020 USA

Recent themes have been: DV8, Walls, The Artist in Wartime, Freaks, Animals, Abject/Outcast, and Sacred/Shamanic. You can review sample texts from these past issues to become familiar with Fiction International’s thematic focus. Visit our website for more information.

Poetry Competition: 2012 Colorado Review Prize for Poetry

2012 Colorado Prize for Poetry : $2,000 Honorarium & Book Publication

Manuscripts accepted now through the postmark deadline of January 14, 2012.

The final judge is Elizabeth Willis. Friends & students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.

The winning book-length collection of poems will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing in the fall of 2012.

The $25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Colorado Review (to US addresses only).

Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no longer than 100 pages.
The winner will be announced by May 2012.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry adheres to the Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

To submit by mail:
1. Include two title pages: first with manuscript title, your name, address, phone number, & e-mail address; second with manuscript title only. Your name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
2. Do not send originals: manuscripts will not be returned.
3. Please enclose an SASE for contest results & a self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of the manuscript’s safe arrival.
4. Please make checks payable to Colorado Review.

To submit online:
1. Please note that there is an additional $3 charge to submit online. Of this, $1.11 is a credit card fee, and $1.89 goes to the tireless, good people at Submishmash who designed the program, gave it to us for free, and provide support for it seemingly 24/7.
2. The manuscript title, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be in your cover letter, separate from your manuscript. Be sure your name is not anywhere in the manuscript itself.
3. Submit online here.

Questions? Please call 970.491.5449, visit our website, or send an e-mail to:

creview(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Call for Submissions of Flash Fiction: Switchback


Each month SWITCHBACK will provide a prompt and we want you to send us your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided by our editors will be featured on SWITCHBACK. 

The October prompt is: "I do, always, what I must do because I cannot undo it."

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

• Contest submissions can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art.
• Submissions must be 500 words or under.
• Please send us only one submission per prompt.
• Please submit only previously unpublished works.
• We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere.
• Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself.
• The deadline for submissions is the last day of the month.

Visit our website for more information.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scholarships: 19th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Several scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 19th Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 13-16, 2012, at the Jersey Shore.

+ The Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Getaway faculty and staff, is for a poet or writer age 31 or over. Deadline: Nov. 7, 2011.

+ The Jan-ai Scholarship will sponsor two poets, writers or song writers between the ages of 18 - 30 who are residents of NJ, NY or PA. Deadline: December 1, 2011.

Winners may choose from workshops in poetry, including a special advanced section with Stephen Dunn, Beginning Your Novel, Children's Market, Writing and Publishing Your Fiction, Memoir, Creative Nonfiction and more.

The conference also includes talks, receptions, open mics, optional tutorials, a bookstore café, sunrise yoga and dancing at the Getaway Disco.

Learn more about the Getaway here.
Questions? Email Peter Murphy at:

peter(at) (replace (at) with @)

Not your typical writers’ conference. Join us at the 19th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 13-16, 2012 at the Jersey Shore. Energize your writing with challenging and supportive workshops that focus on starting new material. Advance your craft with feedback from our award-winning faculty.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Call for Submissions: 40th Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture

The 40th annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 23-25, 2012. The conference committee invites submissions by creative writers of fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry. Submissions should be suitable for a 20-minute reading. For full consideration, submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on October 17, 2011.

Send an email to:


with two attachments in pdf, rtf, or word format. The first attachment is to contain poetry or short fiction/nonfiction selections suitable for 20-minute reading. The second attachment should contain a cover page. Submitter's name to appear on the cover page only. Creative submissions may be published or unpublished works. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Full guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Rock and Sling

Rock & Sling, a journal of witness, is considering submissions in poetry, fiction, art, and creative nonfiction for its upcoming issue.

The word “Witness” means to testify: to tell the truth. The demands of the word are bracing in its charge to the writer to understand that his and her work matters not just as expressions of experiences and responses but as an active language engaged morally as well as aesthetically. To tell the truth is an act of responsibility as well as an expression of hope. To testify is an act of responsibility as well as an expression of faith.

Recent contributors include Ray Amorosi, Barbara Crooker, Christopher Howell, Kent Leathem, Nancy Mairs, Shann Ray, Jonathan Weinert, and Kelley White.

Visit our website for more details.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Call for Submissions: Ontologica

Ontologica, a Bi-annual literary magazine of art and thought is open for submissions starting 10/1/2011 to 10/31/2011. We will be accepting submissions in Non-Fiction, Fiction, Poetry and Art.

Ontologica aims to present an eclectic mix of prose and art. Ours is a journal of differing perspectives. Readers will be just as likely to encounter the Christian as the Marxist, the relative as the absolute, the liberal as the conservative in the essays we present. We want to offer material that is illuminating, challenging, and, if need be, antagonizing. Above all it must accessible. Accessibility here doesn't just mean a lack of specialized language, but a writing style that invites the reader in. Work with a philosophical slant is preferred, but not required. What is required is contemporary relevance and, more or less, general appeal. (An essay on the difference between Transcendentalist and Romantic poetry, no matter how well written, will most likely not find a home in Ontologica). Unless you lived a sublimely amazing life, no so-called creative non-fiction or memoirs.

We will include a small amount of poetry, fiction, and visual art in every issue. There is no clear-cut definition of what we're looking for in fiction and poetry, though, like non-fiction, accessibility is a good keyword. We want fiction and poetry that moves beyond simple entertainment. In the words of Robert Bly, we want work that punches a hole in the pervading culture of denial: The health of any nation's soul depends on the capacity of adults to face the harsh facts of the time. Pieces that point to the injustices of the world and reminds us of our own mortality, rather than giving us reason to ignore them, will be greeted here. Genre pieces are okay as long as, like the work of Cormac McCarthy or Robert Heinlein, the story transcends the limitations of the genre. Pieces that treat intense subjects without linguistic finesse or subtlety will not likely appear in the magazine--bring us to the battle lines without blatant preaching, childish whining, or melodrama.

All this applies equally to visual art submissions. Above all the work must have a distinct sense of subject. No ultra-modern, Jackson Pollock slapdashery. This doesn't mean we want black-and-white photos of your lawn furniture. The art we present must engage our readers, whether through shock or awe. Ontologica wants art that fantastically suggests the possible, or horrifically portrays the actual.

Non-fiction and fiction submissions should be no more than 20 pages in length. Flash fiction is generally discouraged. Please send no more than five poems. Send all submissions as attachments. For more submission information, please see our Submissions page.

Send all submissions to:
ontologicaljournal(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Call for Submissions: Tawdry Bawdry

Tawdry Bawdry, a bi-monthly journal of all things sexual, is seeking submissions for our October 15th issue. Since this is our first Halloween, we are happy to go for the obvious: sexually adventurous ghosts, masquerade mishaps, zombies with an undead appetite for love... you get the picture.

As usual, our tastes run toward the unexpected. Send us poems and stories that wouldn't fly elsewhere because there is just a little too much honesty in them (and we don't mean the kind of honesty that would get you arrested in real life). Visit our website to read what we've published in the past to get a sense of what it is we are looking for.

Please send all submissions to:
submissions(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

We want essays, short stories, poems, flash fiction... we'll look at it all so long as it is included in the body of the e-mail (no attachments, please) and is accompanied by a brief author bio. If you would prefer to use a pseudonym, please let us know.

Thank you for submitting!

The Editors

Call for Submissions: The Common

The Common publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined: art powerful enough to reach from there to here.

Previously published authors include Rafael Campo, Ted Conover, Lauren Groff, Honor Moore, Sabina Murray, Mary Jo Salter, Jim Shepard, and Marina Tsvetaeva. Poetry submissions are closed due to a specially curated portfolio of work from South Africa in Issue 03, but will reopen in the spring. However, subscribers may continue to submit their work, in any genre, year-round.

Reading period for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and images for Issue 03 is from September 15th through December 15st. Visit our website for more information.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Writing Workshop: Beginning Fiction Writing

I will be teaching a four-hour workshop, Beginning Fiction Writing, on October 8, 2011 at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, AZ. We will discuss developing plot and conflict, creating interesting characters, writing believable dialogue, using  your setting as a character, overcoming writer's block, and more. Details below:

Beginning Fiction Writing
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011
            12:30--4:30 p.m. (with short break)
Rio Vista Recreation Center, 8866 W. Thunderbird Rd. (north of Thunderbird and west of the 101 Loop), Peoria, AZ
            Tel. Reg. 623-773-7725
            Register Online.

Fee: $35.00
Supply fee paid to instructor for resource materials: $2.00
Deadline to register: Oct. 8, 2011 (before 11:00 a.m.)

Call for Poetry Submissions: Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace seeks submissions
Call for Submissions: Volume 1, Issue 4 - Autumn

Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems via SUBMISHMASH, the online submission manager,

or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) .mp3/.wav file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration to:

rclever(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

The theme for Issue 4 is poetry inspired by a song, film, or work of art. However, as always, we are happy to consider poetry outside of this theme.

DEADLINE: November 15, 2011

Fiction Competition: Ruminate Magazine 2012 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

RUMINATE Magazine is currently accepting entries for the 2012 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. $1000 will be awarded to the winner and publication in the Spring 2012 Issue will be awarded to both the winning and runner-up stories. The winning story from the 2011 contest, selected by author Leif Enger, appears in Issue 19 of Ruminate. 2009's winning story, selected by author Bret Lott, was awarded a notable mention in the Best American Short Stories anthology.

The entry fee is $15 and includes a free copy of the Spring 2012 Issue. You may submit one short story per contest entry and it must be 7000 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person. To read the complete submission guidelines and to submit, please visit our website.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on October 15th, 2011.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Writer-in-Residence: James Merrill House

James Merrill House Writers-in-Residence for 2012

The James Merrill House in the seaside village of Stonington, CT is now accepting applications for 2012 Writers-in-Residence.

The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program preserves James Merrill's Residence in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In recognition of Merrill's own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.

It is in this spirit that the Merrill House Committee wishes writers-in-residence not only to be enriched but to enrich the community of Stonington. We ask that writers spending an extended (4-1/2 month) residency give a reading of their work during their time of residency and contribute to the literary life of Stonington Borough in some other fashion. Opportunities for readings or workshops will be available during the brief term.

In an effort to make the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program available to a greater number of qualified candidates, the Merrill House Committee has adjusted the residency periods to include one extended residency of 4-1/2 months between mid-January and the end of May and three shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks in duration during the months between Labor Day and mid-January.

The specific dates of these brief residencies will be determined according to the needs of the Merrill House Committee and the applicants. The Writer-in-Residence program includes a $5,000 stipend for an extended term. Smaller stipends will be offered for the brief residencies.

To learn more about the James Merrill House, its Writer-in-Residence Program, and to apply, please go here

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Citron Review

The Citron Review is still accepting submissions for Fall and Winter 2011 Publication.

The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing Program, listed as a top five low residency program in Poets and Writers and Atlantic Monthly.

What should you submit? The Citron Review accepts submission of Micro-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction. For word count specification, see guidelines below. Ultimately, we are looking for works that have that unmistakable magnetic pull. Stories that make us jump up from our seats or throw our head in our hands and cry, yes! Make us feel, make us think, be captivating, be moving, be infinite.

General Information: To submit to The Citron Review, send your work to:
submissions(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail), with a subject heading of "Citron Review Submission: (Genre)."

In the body of the e-mail, please include a short bio in the third person (by way of introduction--no more than a paragraph) and the text of the submission. For photography and digital arts, please attach as a standard web-readable file (.jpg preferred, but .gif, and .png, are fine as well). We have no thematic requirements for submissions, but do require all work to be of the highest quality.

For Micro-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than sixty words. You may submit up to five micro-fiction selections per quarter.

For Flash-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than one-thousand words. You may submit up to two flash-fiction selections per quarter.

For Poetry: Submissions should be no more than 30 lines. You may submit up to five poetry selections per quarter.

For Creative Non-Fiction: Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words. All genres of non-fiction (memoir, essay, articles, reviews etc.) are acceptable. You may submit up to two Non-Fiction selections per quarter.

Reading of Submissions: We read submissions quarterly. Typically, we will respond to you at the beginning of each month. However, in times of high submissions (in the case of contests and the like), our turnaround time may be a bit longer. You can expect a response in less than a month, in most cases. If you have not heard from us in six weeks, please feel free to contact us for an update.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors must notify us immediately if their work is published elsewhere.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Tapestry

The editors of Tapestry, the annual literary magazine of Delta State University, welcome poetry submissions that focus on the Mississippi Delta or small-town southern life. For the Spring, 2012 issue, submissions should be sent as Word attachment by December 3rd to:

tapestry(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). (Please include in the body of the e-mail complete contact information, including mailing address.

Payment will be one copy of the issue in which the accepted work appears.)

Tapestry, founded in 1988 by Dorothy Shawhan and Marion Barnwell, is supported by Delta State University and the Garrard Library Fund. To order Tapestry, you may write to:

Division of Languages and Literature
P.O. Box 3215, Delta State University
Cleveland, Ms 38733.

Current issues are $5.00 each and back issues may be purchased for $3.00 each. For more information phone: 662-846-4060 or E-mail whays(at)

Call for Submissions: The Jet Fuel Review

The Jet Fuel Review
Call for Submissions: Fall 2011 issue (November, 2011)
Submission deadline extended to OCTOBER 8!
The Jet Fuel Review is a new, online literary journal. It is a student-run publication of Lewis University, edited by students under advisement of the English department. Our first issue was released this spring featuring the work of students, alumni, and many nationally-published authors. We are now accepting submissions for the fall issue, to be released November 29th of this year.

We are accepting fiction (short stories, flash fiction, micro shorts), non-fiction (lyrical essays, memoirs, hybrid works, etc), poems, and artwork. Please consider submitting!

General guidelines for submissions:

Fiction: Submissions should be 3000 words or less.

Non-Fiction: May also include critical literary essays of 3000 words, reviews of chapbooks or novels of 3500 words, and personal narratives of 5000 words or less are preferred.

Poetry: Poems or prose poems of less than 100 lines. Please do not send more than 6 poems within a reading period.

Artwork: You may send up to 3 pieces of artwork within a reading period. When submitting artwork, we request that you caption the artwork with a title, if available, and the medium in which you worked. We can only literally publish virtual art, that is, art that is transferable to an online format. If you wish to submit a painting or a sculpture, you are welcome to send a photo of the piece.

Please email all submissions as attachments to:
lewislitjournal(at) (replace (at) with @)

Please use a subject line in this format: last name/genre/title.

All art submissions must be sent in .jpg or .png format for ease of viewing and posting.

All text submissions must be sent in .doc format or .rtf format; please do not send documents in .docx format.

Please include a short bio and contact information with your submissions in the body of the email. If we don’t have your contact information, we cannot publish your work! This would make us sad.

The content for The Jet Fuel Review’s fall 2011 Issue is exclusively online. Jet Fuel Review claims first publishing rights, which revert back to the author upon publication. While we allow simultaneous submissions, please do notify us as soon as possible if your work becomes unavailable as we do not publish previously published work, whether that publication occurred online or in print.

If you submit work, expect to hear back from us in October or November of this year (publication is scheduled for November). If you become concerned that we have overlooked your submission, please verify that you sent contact information.

You can see the current issue of The Jet Fuel Review here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Call for Submissions: CALYX

CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature by Women is committed to publishing the diverse voices of new and emerging women artists and authors. We will be open for submissions of poetry and prose via our online system from October 1-December 31. Submit your work online.

Please visit our complete guidelines before submitting.

The writer/artist guidelines are as follows:

-Prose (includes essays, flash fiction, short stories, etc.) should be double-spaced and not exceed 5,000 words.
-Poetry submissions are limited to 6 poems. When submitting through our online submission manager, please put all poems into the same document (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf)
-Interviews should be double-spaced and limited to 2,500 words. Please submit these in the prose category
-Book Reviews if you are interested in reviewing books, please send a resume and published samples of review writing to editor(at) After reviewing these, we will contact you about the book review list. Reviews should be double-spaced and from 500 to a maximum of 1,000 words. Reviews of chapbooks should be limited to 50-100 words. We’re always open for book reviews. Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.
-Visual Art should be submitted (1) electronically to ; (2) on a CD; or (3) 5"x7" or 8"x10" glossy photographs. Limit of 6 images and/or slides and/or photos. All art media are considered and diverse approaches are encouraged. Please include a list of all titles, media, and dimensions for each piece; a 50-word biographical statement; and a 50-word statement about your artwork with your submission along with your contact information (address, phone number, and email). Submit art separately from prose and poetry.

Online submissions (preferred):
please include a 50-word bio statement in the “comments” field. Upload your document as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt and include your name, email, and address on each page. Submit poetry and prose separately.

Click here to submit work through our online submissions manager

Postal submissions:
We will continue to accept paper submissions this year, but we prefer that you submit electronically to help us reduce waste. When sending paper submissions, include a 50-word bio statement; SASE; and please include your name, address, phone, and email on each page of your submission.

Send materials to:
CALYX Journal
PO Box B
Corvallis, OR 97339

Fiction Competition: 2011 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award, Southern Indiana Review

2011 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award Guidelines

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $1500 for a short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt submitted under the following guidelines. Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 19, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable toSouthern Indiana Review.

List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.

List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.

Be fewer than 40 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to
Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award, Southern Indiana Review
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712.

Be postmarked by October 1, 2011.

Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.

Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Call for Submissions: Catch Up

We at Catch Up have an exciting upcoming issue we think might be perfect for writing students and recent alumni. The issue will feature work from writers of a college and graduate school age. Catch Up is a new journal of literature and comics, a print journal with an online aspect.

We’re open to submissions, in general, but we’re also accepting submissions for a special online issue for emerging writers. This issue invites submissions from people between the ages of 20 and 28, who have not previously published a chapbook or full-length book. These writers do not have to be students of creative writing to submit. We will consider unpublished and previously published work (assuming the rights have reverted back to the writer). There are more details at our website.

Also, the first issue of Catch Up is out in the world. It includes work from Celan & Amichai, Donald Revell, Karen Weiser, Aime Cesaire, D.A. Powell, Amy Gerstler, Cal Bedient, Miranda Field, Paul Muldoon, Amal al-Jubouri, and many more. You can buy the journal, see extra material from contributors (video, audio, and text), and more here.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

One Story Writer's Conference & Workshop: Sirenland 2012

Applications for Sirenland 2012 are now open, from September 15 to Oct. 31, 2011.

Join writers Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, and Susan Orlean, along with One Story magazine March 35-31, 2012 for the Sirenland Writers Conference. Experience advanced fiction and memoir workshops in an intimate, supportive environment at one of the most beautiful five star luxury hotels in the world--La Sirenuse--in Positano, Italy.

Participation in this conference is limited to ensure individual attention and create a close, friendly community. Each day features an intensive, small group workshop with acclaimed writers Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, and Susan Orlean, as well as private time for writing, and excursions to nearby Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. Evenings will include talks about publishing and living the writer's life, with Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Susan Orlean, screenwriter Michael Maren, and Hanna Tinti (co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story), distinguished visiting authors, student and instructor readings, and fantastic meals overlooking the islands of Li Galli, formerly called the "Island of the Sirens."

To apply, writers must submit a brief statement of purpose (about 250 words) and a writing sample (no more than 7,000 words). All applications will be taken online. Due to limited participation, early application is encouraged. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

One Story

Fiction Competition: Crab Creek Review

Crab Creek Review's Annual Fiction Contest has now begun!


Original, previously unpublished fiction up to 3,000 words, double spaced.
Name and contact info must NOT appear on any pages of the fiction piece.
Please include a cover letter with your name, address, telephone number, email address, and the title of your story with a brief bio.

Please include a $10 entry fee (check made payable to Crab Creek Review).
Check back on our website in January 2012 for contest results.

Postmark deadline is Dec. 15, 2011

Mail submissions to:

Crab Creek Review Fiction Contest
c/o 7315 34th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98117

Do not send contest submissions via email
Winner will receive $150 and publication in Crab Creek Review.
All contest submissions will be considered for publication.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as Crab Creek Review is notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Contest Judge: TBA

Crab Creek Review is a 28-year-old non-profit literary journal printed in Seattle, Washington.
More information about Crab Creek Review can be found here.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Call for Submissions: Artichoke Haircut

Call for submissions: Artichoke Haircut

Artichoke Haircut is currently accepting submissions for its Winter 2012 issue.

We accept fiction, poetry, memoir (though very little, so make it good), and artwork.

Submissions will remain open thru Dec.19th.
Guidelines for submission to our magazine are fairly open. Send up to three poems of any length, or one prose piece not to exceed 3,000 words. We do not have style guidelines per say, but keep in mind we are a magazine with tendencies more toward newer and experimental modes of seeing. That being said, we only really have one rule of thumb: If it's good it goes in, if it is not it doesn't.

Send all submissions to:

submit(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail), making sure to include contact info in the body of the email (please no cover letters, bios will be requested upon acceptance), and the type of submission (e.g. fiction, poetry, art, nonfiction) in the subject.

You may find more information here.

Call for Submissions: Mason's Road

Mason's Road is an online literary journal sponsored by Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing. Run by the graduate students in the program, each issue focuses on a writing craft theme. Contributions are accepted in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Art, and Audio.

As a literary journal with an educational twist, Mason’s Road aims to focus each issue on a particular element of the writing craft. For our upcoming issue, we are looking for submissions that engage us in considering the opportunities and complexities of “image”— whether you’re building a two or three dimensional picture in our mind’s eye, developing an abstract metaphor, or creating your own interpretation only limited by your imagination.

The reading period for Issue #4 is August 15 – November 15, 2011.

Submissions Link.

Call for Submissions: Hinchas de Poesia


Hinchas de Poesía seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, and art for their fifth issue. We plan on publishing the fifth issue online by the end of November, 2011.

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Hinchas are Spanglish speakers, 18-45, who grew up in populous Latino exurbs (Miami, Los Angeles, D.C.) and may or may not watch soccer, but know to call it fútbol. Hinchas are the homicidal fútbol fanatics of Latin America, particularly of the Argentine variety. Hinchas are denizens of the Americas and like Jose Marti do not distinguish between North and South America.

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Our previous issues have featured work by James Cervantes, Campbell McGrath, Kristine Chalifoux, David Spicer, Luivette Resto, Tomaž Šalamun, Yaddyra Peralta, Abel Folgar, Chip Livingston, James Iredell, Nick Vagnoni, and Stephen Page.

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Please provide a cover letter telling us the title(s) of submitted work, current contact information (full name, mailing address, telephone number(s), e-mail address), and previous places where you’ve placed your work.

Please see the following link for complete instructions.

We will only be accepting submissions through the Submishmash online submission manager.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Residency: Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Our next deadline is March 1, 2012

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.

Approximately 50 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year: postmarked March 1 for the following July through December 15; postmarked September 1 for the following January through June 15.
$35 application fee.

See website for complete information, guidelines and the online application portal.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
801 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410
info(at) (replace (at) with @)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Poetry Competition: The Laureate Prize for Poetry, The National Poetry Review

Each year The Laureate Prize for Poetry will honor one new poem that TNPR believes has the greatest chance, of those entered, of standing the test of time and becoming part of an ever-evolving literary canon. (Please, remember we are talking about the future, not about trying to replicate the past.)

We prefer electronic entries! To enter online, follow these instructions carefully:

Go to Choose SEND MONEY. Choose PERSONAL. Choose OTHER.
Send $15 per group of 3 poems to:

editor(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Then email your entry with your name in the subject line and a copy of your PayPal receipt in the body of the email.

To enter, submit up to three of your best unpublished, uncommitted (not promised for first publication elsewhere) poems (10 page total maximum per group of three) (no SASEs, please; check website for winner), contact information, a brief bio, and a $15 fee for each set of up to three poems entered.

Fee: $15.00. * Postmark deadline: 9/30/11.

If you must enter by postal mail:

and send to:

The National Poetry Review, Post Office Box 2080, Aptos, California 95001-2080

The winner will receive $500 plus possible publication in The National Poetry Review.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the work is selected by TNPR for the prize or for publication, it must be withdrawn from elsewhere unless you have withdrawn it from us two weeks before our acceptance. Multiple submissions are acceptable with a reading fee for each group of three poems. Page limit per group: 10

Please note that close friends, relatives, and students of the judge or the editor are not eligible for the prize. The judge will be asked to send back to TNPR's editor any poem that s/he recognizes; should this happen, the entrant's fee will be refunded.