Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Call for True Crime Stories: Creative Nonfiction

postmark deadline: September 30, 2011
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about true crime--detailed reports of premeditation, follow-through and aftermath, whether gleaned from police blotters or the news, passed down as small-town legend or family lore, or committed in cold blood.

We want true stories of petty theft, identity theft, embezzlement, or first-degree murder; of jaywalking, selling (or maybe buying) drugs, or assault; of crimes and punishments and unsolved mysteries. Think "The Devil in the White City" (Larson), "In Cold Blood" (Capote) and "Iphigenia in Forest Hills" (Malcolm); or "Half a Life" (Strauss), "Lucky" (Sebold) and "The Night of the Gun" (Carr). If it's against the law and someone--maybe even you!--did it anyway, we want to know all about it.

We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Essays can be serious, humorous or somewhere in between. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay.
Submission guidelines: essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, postmarked by September 30, 2011, and clearly marked "True Crime" on both the essay and the outside of the envelope. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue CNF subscription--U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the U.S. (though due to shipping costs, the subscription deal is not valid). Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay, word count, SASE and payment to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: True Crime
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

For more information, please visit our website.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Call for Submissions: Pluck

PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is looking for voices of color from the thirteen states touched by the Appalachian Region (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York,  North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and work with a strong sense of place that addresses the writer's unique experience in this brook of the African Diaspora.

Please submit work in one of the following categories in an attachment of .doc or .rtf format (.jpg for images) and a bio of no more than fifty words to:

pluckjournal(at)gmail.com (Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.)

POETRY: Up to five previously unpublished poems.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Up to five attached photos at 300 dpi or better.
ESSAYS: Creative non-fiction or academic essay of up to 1500 words

Multiple submissions accepted. Please advise if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Submissions accepted until August 29, 2011.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Novel Competition: Anderbo Novel Contest

Anderbo Novel Contest

ANDERBO SEEKS NOVELIST (by September 21st, 2011) for its 2nd Biannual No-Fee Novel Contest

The Mercer Street Books Fiction Prize

Anderbo.com wishes to post up to the first 36 manuscript pages of an unpublished novel on its website by December 21st, 2011 for at least the following six months. We will look at the FIRST 36 PAGES (up to 9,000 words) of your e-manuscript submitted to:

editors(at)anderbo.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail) and decide within 60 days of its arrival if we want to see more.


THERE IS NO READING FEE and all literary rights will remain with the author.
This contest is not open to anyone previously published on anderbo.com at any time.

This Anderbo No-Fee Novel Contest will be judged by the anderbo.com editorial staff; Anderbo guarantees to choose and use one manuscript-excerpt. There will be an honorarium of $500 paid by the sponsor of this contest, Mercer Street Books & Records, to the winning author upon publication on Anderbo.

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

Just two months left in our Summer Reading Period! The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is accepting prose fiction and creative nonfiction submissions at this time. Our reading period ends on August 15, 2011. We publish (very) tiny, compressed prose creations of 600 words or less.  

We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.
Submit here.

The readers for your submission include Rosemont College MFA in Creative Writing degree candidates and alums. For stories that move on as a result of the voting and comments of "first readers," a second round of consideration and conversation ensues. The absolute final decision is made by the managing editor.

For fiction & creative nonfiction prose (and we think of the prose poem as such), we have a word-count limit: 600. Please let us know whether you are submitting fiction or creative nonfiction. Word count alone doesn't create compression, so we ask that you also consider why this piece works for a journal obsessed with what's compressed.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Here are things that matter:

1. Please include a statement about compression as it relates to your submission as part of cover letter. Please include a brief bio, also.

2. Please no more than one submission per reading period.

3. Simultaneous submissions are fine with us, but please let us know if the submission has been accepted elsewhere. Failure to do will result in some facsimile of your face being put on the Matter dart board. And no one wants that.

4. Please format prose to be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, in a Microsoft Word document. Poetry can be single-spaced.

Poetry Book Competition: Crab Orchard Review 2011 First Book Award

2011 First Book Award
$2500 and publication
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

final judge: Lee Ann Roripaugh

Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press are pleased to announce the selection of the 2010 First Book Award competition. Our final judge, Jake Adam York, selected Claire McQuerry's LACEMAKERS as the winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. LACEMAKERS will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in December 2011.

Below are the guidelines for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on MAY 15, 2011:

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts POSTMARKED MAY 15, 2011 through JULY 1, 2011. (Since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.) Manuscripts should be 50-75 pages of original poetry, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published). (**Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.)

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Dot-matrix printing that is not letter-quality is not acceptable. A clean photocopy is recommended. Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts. All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Please make your check out to "Crab Orchard Series in Poetry." All entrants will receive a year's subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2011 Winter/Spring CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

Submit two title pages for the collection. The author's name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author's name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page.

Please address entries to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
(First Book Award)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Call for Submissions: anthology of social and political poems

American Society: What Poets See (anthology)

Edited by Robert S. King and David Chorlton

Call for Submissions

FutureCycle Press is planning a new anthology of social and political poems entitled American Society: What Poets See. We are now open for submissions. The anthology will appear both online and in print form. So if your work is accepted, it will appear on our website within two weeks and stay there indefinitely. When the printed version is published (date depends on when we fill the book), you will receive a contributor's copy and a deep discount on ordering additional copies.

What We Are Looking For

What do we mean by social and political poetry? Anything except preachiness and diatribe. You know the rule: "Show, don't tell." We want highly crafted poetry, not a soapbox of prose shaped like poetry. We do not require a political stance for or against any school of thought. You may take any position you like as long as the poem is not overtly didactic. Some social poems may not present an obvious political posture, so please send what you think is appropriate.

We are interested in creating greater social and political awareness and a better understanding of what makes the American society tick, or not tick in some cases. America has fallen on hard times, so show us why; show us what to do and not to do. Show us with history, with prognostication or prophecy (science fiction ok), with idealism or common sense, with pessimism or with great hope for the future. Nostalgia is also welcome as it portrays a way of life gone by that we should remember and cherish. Primarily, however, impress us with excellent poetry.

Although we do not include the word "Politics" in the book title, we consider "Society" to encompass all. We do wish to restrict the subject landscape to the USA, however, unless you have a poem meaningful to all societies.

How to Submit

We consider previously published work as long as you own the rights and the poems are not currently published elsewhere online. Please indicate in your submission where and when a poem was published. There are no restrictions on length or style. We discourage but allow simultaneous submissions.

We strongly prefer that you submit your work via our online submission system. We will also consider snail-mail submissions if you send the poems on CD and include your complete contact information (Name, Address, Phone, Email). Send up to eight poems in a single file, or submit each poem individually. Acceptable file formats include .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, or .txt. Please include a brief bio written in the third person.

To submit online, go here.

To submit via snail-mail, send your poems on a CD to the following address:

Robert S. King, Director
FutureCycle Press
313 Pan Will Road
Mineral Bluff, GA 30559

Do not send hard copy. We must have an electronic version of your manuscript in one of the file formats listed above.

We look forward to reading your work. Good luck!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Call for Submissions: 751

Call for Submissions

We are now reading submissions for the fifth issue of 751 magazine, to be published this fall. 751 is an online magazine for poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, & reviews. Published twice a year, each issue features work by both well-known & emerging writers. We are especially interested in work that is grounded in place & offers new methods of interacting with our surroundings. We are interested in work that goes places we've never been, that pushes out against boundaries & constraints. We are interested in work that wants nothing more than to abandon the footpaths.

Read the first four issues and review submission guidelines.

Deadline for submission is September 1st.

Call for Submissions: Inlandia

Inlandia: A Literary Journey, the online literary journal for the Inlandia Institute, is currently reading submissions.

We are primarily seeking stories, poems, novel excerpts, memoir, images, etc., by writers and artists whose work is in some way grounded in the Inland Empire, works that will give readers around the globe a sense of the region and its people.

To give a clearer picture of where this region is located, it is in the southeastern corner of California and encompasses all of Riverside and San Bernardino counties from the heights of San Gorgonio Mountain to the lows of Death Valley, from the wineries of Temecula to the shuttered citrus packing houses of Riverside, and all points in-between.

Above all else, we want fresh, compelling writing.

Please visit our website for complete guidelines and to review our current issue, which includes works by Shin Yu Pai, Rebecca K. O'Connor, Stephanie Barbe Hammer, Louise Mathias, and many more.

The Editors
Cati Porter, Maureen Alsop, Gayle Brandeis, Ruth Nolan and Jo Scott-Coe

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Call for Submissions: Trust and Treachery Anthology

The Trust & Treachery anthology, is now open for submissions.
Check out the details here.

Payment: $20.00 per accepted story. $5.00 per accepted poem.

Length: 1000-5000 words for fiction. No more than 3 poems per submission.

Submission Period: June 15-Dec. 15, 2011

“We are pleased to announce Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power, Intrigue, and Violence. Power struggles, politics, posturing: whether it’s parliament, the royal family, a coven, or your homeowner’s association, power breeds distrust, intrigue, and violence…
We want your awesomest stories!”

Fiction Competition: Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast is happy to announce that the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now open for entries!

No matter what you call it--flash fiction, prose poems, micro-essays--send us your work of 500 words or fewer. The winner will receive $1,000 and will be published in the issue of Gulf Coast due out in Spring 2012, along with the two runners-up.

Last year we were happy to publish three excellent pieces of short prose by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram (2010's winner), Benjamin Glass, and Robert Thomas. These three pieces, along with an introduction by last year's judge Joe Bonomo, are available on our website.

Entries are due August 31, 2011 and each entrant will receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. We're asking that all entries this year come to us via our easy-to-use online submission manager.

This year's judge will be poet, essayist, and story writer Sarah Manguso.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Call for Submissions: Inertia Magazine

Inertia Magazine: Submission period for issue 11 ends June 30.

Inertia Magazine, an electronic literary journal published in New York, is seeking submissions until June 30 for our next issue (#11) to appear Fall 2011. We consider poetry, short fiction and critical prose as well as personal essays, art, and music. For poetry, please submit no more than five poems. No more than one work of fiction/prose or non-fiction may be submitted at one time. Submit art in JPEG (up to 500k) and music in MP3 format. Although our ultimate goal is to publish the best possible materials, we hope to seek out, discover and encourage new and diverse talent.

To get a feel for us, please take a look at our latest and archived

Our submission guidelines and form are found here. We look forward to reading your work. Deadline for Issue 11 submissions is June 30.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Creative Nonfiction Contest: Torrey House Press

Torrey House Press (THP) seeks literary nonfiction from writers with a passion for the environment, issues, people, history, and cultures of the Colorado Plateau and the West.

Fall 2011: Creative Nonfiction Competition (2000-10,000 words)
First Prize: $1000

Deadline: September 30, 2011 (extended)

Contest submissions must be original and not previously published. Please, no stories written for children for contest entries. Double-space your submissions and use a 12-point font, with numbered pages that include the title of the piece as a header. Do not put your name and contact information in the document containing your entry. There will be a place to enter your name and contact information separately.

The entry fee is $25 per submission and is non-refundable. You are welcome to enter more than one piece; each will be considered a separate submission and must be accompanied by the $25 fee.

Please use the Submission Manager on our webpage to pay and submit.

Contact us at mail(at)torreyhouse.com if you have problems submitting.  (Replace (at) with @.)

Call for Submissions: Mixed Fruit

Mixed Fruit magazine is now accepting submissions for its next issue. We're looking for fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, literary translations, and visual art.

Please see our website for submission guidelines, and check out our latest issue to see what kind of work we're looking for.

Call for novel submissions: Ochre Press

Ochre Press is currently accepting query submissions for novel-length literary fiction manuscripts.

We are seeking fresh new writers of literary fiction whose writing speaks to the human experience (We welcome many interpretations here).We look for well crafted, practiced writing that is artful and precise which shows a studied intent.

Please visit our website for submission details.

Thank you for submitting and we look forward to reading your work.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Fiction Contest: Story Quarterly

Fiction Contest: Story Quarterly

Open to short stories, flash fiction, and novel excerpts of 8,000 words or less.
Grand Prize of $1000 and publication in StoryQuarterly 45
First Runner-up $300 and publication in SQ Online
Second Runner-up $200 and publication in SQ Online

Submission period:
June 1 to September 1, 2011
$15 contest fee includes subscription to StoryQuarterly 45, to be published in the Fall, 2011.

For contest details & online submission visit our website.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

High School Poetry Scholarship Award: Inkwell Journal


Open to all current HS seniors in NY, NJ and CT

1st Place Award $1000! Also 2nd and 3rd Place awards and publication in Inkwell
This year, Inkwell, Manhattanville College's award winning literary journal celebrates its 15th Anniversary. In celebration, Manhattanville is launching its first Inkwell Journal High School Poetry Scholarship, open to HS seniors throughout the tri-state area.

Applicants for the poetry scholarship must be current seniors in high schools in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.

Award categories include
1st ($1,000)
2nd ($500)
3rd ($350)
and publication in the Inkwell Journal.

Inkwell editors will select the winning poems.

The HS Poetry Scholarship reading period is May 9th through June 30, 2011.
For more information, call (914) 323-7239.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Current HS Seniors from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut may submit one compelling poem on any topic. Please send ONLY ONE poem.

The poem must be:
--previously unpublished
--70 lines or less.

Please mark High School Poetry Scholarship on the outside of the envelope.

All submissions must include a cover letter with: • name,
--phone number,
--title of piece,
--line count
--and a No. 10 self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification only.

Do not include personal information anywhere on the manuscript. Inkwell can assume no liability for entries lost in the mail or damaged. No manuscripts will be returned. Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Mail all submissions to:

Inkwell - Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street, Box 1379
Purchase, NY 10577

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Poetry Book Contest for age 60+: Off the Grid Press

Off the Grid Press announces its first annual manuscript contest for poets over sixty -- final judge, Carl Dennis. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. Here are the guidelines:
1. Submissions deadline: Aug. 31, 2011. The competition is open only to poets over 60 years of age.

2. Manuscript must be typed, paginated, and 50-70 pages in length (single spaced). We accept do not accept double sided manuscripts.

3. Individual poems from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, or chapbooks of less than 25 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. No multi-authored collections, please.

4. Manuscripts must have a table of contents and include a list of acknowledgments for poems previously published. Your name, address, phone number, and email should appear on the title page of your manuscript. MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED. Please do not send us your only copy.

5. No illustrations, photographs or images should be included.

6. Send one copy of your manuscript submission with two copies of the title page. On the second title page print only the book's title, no name or contact information. Use only binder clips. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies.

7. For notification of winner, include a business-sized SASE. If you wish acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped addressed postcard. Winners will be announced in August 2011.

8. Entry fee for the Off The Grid Press Competition is $25. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Off The Grid Press.

9. Manuscripts should be submitted by mail. Mail entries to:

Off The Grid Press
24 Quincy St.
Somerville, MA 02143

10. If, in our judgment, no submission is worthy of publication, the press reserves the right to publish no book and return the entry fees.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Call for Submissions: Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders #16

SIN FRONTERAS Submission Deadline is June 30, 2011.

Submit 4-5 poems or 1-2 short stories, essays, works of creative non-fiction (no longer than 10 pages), or a very short play to:

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders #16
c/o DAAC
P.O. Box 1721
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Manuscripts must be typed, with writer's name and address on each work submitted. Although we publish primarily Southwestern writers, we do not necessarily prefer or require regional subject matter. Include a cover letter with very brief (2-3 sentences) biographical and publication information, your email address, and your phone number. Payment is one copy of the annual journal, which is perfect bound. Manuscripts will be recycled, not returned. A self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard must be included for notification. If you work is accepted, you will be asked to submit your final version electronically via email attachment.