Friday, July 29, 2011

Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal

Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal

"Finally a smart and well curated literary space for writers of color that encourages experimentation. A place to commune. A place to read new contemporary voices that deserve our attention. Bravo!"-- Angie Cruz, author of Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist for the Impac Dublin Award in 2007.

Kweli has featured the prose of Jeffery Renard Allen, Angie Cruz, Victor LaValle and Nelly Rosario, . . . the poetry of Santee Frazier, Lorna Goodison and John Murillo, . . . and photo essays by Thomas Sayers Ellis, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Emily Raboteau.

Upcoming issues will feature Jennine Capo Crucet, Camille Dungy, Amaud Johnson and Aaron Michael Morales.

Add your voice. Share your visions. Join us.

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Our next reading period: July 16, 2011 to September 16, 2011

Submit your work to our online submission manager.

Visit our website for more details.

Payment is upon publication.

Call for Nonfiction Submissions: SunDryed Affairs

SunDryed Affairs is a new online collective of ideas, primarily by writers of color. We publish accessible nonfiction prose* of all genres, sub-genres, and non-genres, including, but not limited to: essay, memoir, satire, list, reviews, personal narrative, instructional manual, reportage, and letter. Subject matter is also open to the imagination.

There are no further guidelines for submitted work other than high-quality writing.

Please direct all inquiries to

and submissions to Kyla Marshell,

and Anthony Dean-Harris,

(Replace (at) with @ in sending all e-mails. In your email, please include a) a brief bio and b) how you learned of SunDryed Affairs. Accepted work will be edited for grammatical correctness only.

*SunDryed Affairs does NOT publish fiction, poetry, drama, scholarship, or children’s writing.

Visit our website for more information and to read our current issues. We publish new work twice monthly.

Poetry Competition: Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press 2011 Poetry Award

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press

The prize for our 2011 poetry chapbook contest is:

$10,000 and publication of the winning manuscript

Unprecedented in the history of chapbook competitions, our cash award for the winning manuscript in 2011 is $10,000. In 2012, our cash prize will revert to $1,000. If we are ever able to scrape together another $10,000, our plan is to offer that amount as a prize once again. : )

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press 2011 Poetry Award for a chapbook-length manuscript

May 1 - August 31, 2011 (postmark date)

The award is $10,000 and publication by Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press.

Please submit:

10 - 20 pages of original poetry not already published, or committed to be published, as a collection by a single author

English only, no translations

no more than one poem per page (however, a single poem may be longer than one page), typed in 12 pt. plain font

no artwork

include a table of contents

please number pages

one title page with poet's name, address, telephone number, email, and title of
manuscript and a second title page with title only

biographical page (ONLY because we are interested in you as a person)

acknowledgements page

$20 entry fee, checks made payable to Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press and drawn on a U.S. bank - if you live outside the United States, please send the entry fee in the form of a cashier's check or money order

absolutely no paper clips, spring clips, staples, plastic covers, or folders -we would rather not have to bother with these things, so don't waste yoursupplies

Do not include a SASE - winner will be announced on our website in the fall of 2011.

Manuscripts will be recycled.

Send by regular, first-class mail only:

Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press
Poetry Award
2155 Elk Creek Rd.
Stuart, Virginia 24171

***Authors may submit as many manuscripts as they like, but each must be accompanied by a check or money order for the $20 reading fee.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Call for Submissions: Heyday Magazine

Heyday Magazine is a new quarterly digital and print magazine and literary journal of: Music, Art, and Poetry.

Featuring: Articles, Advice, Interviews, and Reviews from reputable columnists in all aspects of Art. Visit our site for archives of poetry and artwork, as well as free articles from our inaugural issue.

Submissions still open until August 15th, 2011 for the September Issue #2.

Call for Submissions to: musicians, artists, and writers. Send us your music, videos, artwork, photography, poetry, art that goes along with your poetry, short fiction, comics, cartoons, ideas, suggestions, SEND US ANYTHING! We want to hear from you. Even if you haven’t been previously published or showcased, this is your chance to get an honest reading, hearing or viewing of your creative expression.

Please follow our submission guidelines here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Art and Writing Contest (collaboration): Bat City Review

Introducing the 2012 Bat City Review Art & Writing Collaboration Prize

Judge: Tomaz Salamun
Award: $1000 for the winning entry and publication in the 2012 issue of Bat City Review.

Deadline: November 1, 2011

Cost of Entry: An issue ($8) or subscription ($14)
What We're Looking For: A bold, intoxicating combination of written text with visual art that engages and expands each medium in concert with the other. Collaborative submissions (from multiple persons) are acceptable. It is necessary for the entrants to own the rights to all original work submitted. Pieces that involve other artists' writing or work are welcome, as long as said art is in the public domain or the entrant can prove reception of the artist's permission.

To submit, complete the following steps:
Step 1: Upload your submission as a .pdf to our online submission manager. Choose "Art & Writing Collaboration Contest" as the genre. We will only accept entries submitted through our submission manager.

Step 2: In lieu of a standard entrance fee, please purchase an issue or two of Bat City Review. Download, print, and complete the form below, and enclose it with your payment. Your submission will not be considered until this form has been received.

For more information, see And of course, if you do not have an art and writing collaboration, but are still interested in submitting work, Bat City Review is currently accepting standard submissions for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art.

Thank you.

Ryan Bender-Murphy
Marketing Director, Bat City Review
Department of English
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station B5000
Austin, Texas 78712

Call for Submissions: The Mom Egg

Submissions are now open for the tenth annual issue of The Mom Egg-- a themed issue on "The Body". The Mom Egg publishes work by mothers about everything and by everyone about mothers. Seeking poetry, flash fiction, creative prose and art. Full guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Printer's Devil Review

Printer's Devil Review (ISSN 2160-2948) is an independent, open access journal of literary and visual art. We provide emerging writers and artists with access to publication and inquisitive readers with new voices and visions.

We're currently seeking submissions of fiction (2,000 to 9,000 words), poetry, nonfiction, and visual art. Our reading period for Fall 2011 began May 1 and ends August 1.

You can find full guidelines for each section and access our online submission system here

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Prose and Poetry Competition: Dogwood

Submissions are invited between Aug. 1 and Oct. 15, 2011 for the literary contest sponsored by Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. Dogwood, the national annual literary magazine of Fairfield University, is resuming publication and its annual contest, now with $500 prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction and with new editor Sonya Huber. Dogwood has published poets such as Elton Glaser, Allison Joseph, Virgil Suarez, and Joshua Mehigan, and fiction writers such as Eric Gabriel Lehman, Nalini Jones, Tom Hazuka, and Gina Ochsner. Judges for the competition have included former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, NEA Chairman Dana Gioia, and Oprah book club author A. Manette Ansay. Work from Dogwood has been selected for The Pushcart Prize Anthology and has been featured on Verse Daily.

The judges for this year's contest will be Ira Sukrungruang in prose and Katherine Riegel in poetry. Katherine Riegel’s first book of poetry is Castaway (FutureCycle Press 2010). Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Crazyhorse, the Cream City Review, and She is co-founder and poetry editor for the independent online journal Sweet: A Literary Confection. She teaches at the University of South Florida and lives in Brandon. Visit her website.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, and The Sun. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida. Visit his website.

Submissions will be accepted for the annual contest between August 1 and October 15, 2011, using the online submission manager. The contest entry fee of $10 will include a free copy of Dogwood with the winning entries and finalists.

Submission Guidelines:
Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 25 pages or three poems (max ten pages) using the online submission manager. Please double space and use 12-point font.
Include a brief bio in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
If you choose not to enter the contest, please include “non-contest” in your document title in the online submission manager.
Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
Previously published work is not eligible.
Deadline: October 15, 2011
If you choose to enter the contest, please send in a $10 check per prose entry or group of three poems. Make check payable to Fairfield University, write the name of your entry and the genre on the memo line of the check, and mail to:

Sonya Huber, Editor
Dogwood, English Dept.
Fairfield University
North Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

All contest entries meeting these requirements will be considered for publication in Spring 2012 Issue of Dogwood along with selected non-contest submissions.
For more information, please go here. Or email:

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Prose Competition: The Glass Woman Prize

The Tenth Glass Woman Prize reading period is now in effect, from March 22, 2011 through September 21, 2011.

GUIDELINES FOR The tenth Glass Woman Prize:

The Tenth Glass Woman Prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction or creative non-fiction (prose) written by a woman. Length: between 50 and 5,000 words. The top prize for the tenth Glass Woman Prize award is US $500 and possible (but not obligatory) online publication; there will also be one runner up prize of $100 and one runner up prize of $50, together with possible (but not obligatory) online publication.

Subject is open, but must be of significance to women. The criterion is passion, excellence, and authenticity in the woman's writing voice. Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are OK. Authors retain all copyright is retained by the author.

There is no reading fee.

Previous winners are welcome to submit again for any subsequent prize.

Submission deadline: September 21, 2011 (receipt date). Notification date: on or before December 21, 2011.

The winners will be announced on this web page. Submissions will not be returned, rejected, or otherwise acknowledged except for the winner and results announcement on this web page. I promise that every submission will be read with respect and with commitment to the voices of women in this world.

Only one submission per person per submission period, by email, with "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in the subject line and the text pasted in the body of the email (no attachments!*) to:



- "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in subject line
- Text in body of email
- Please put your email address in the body of the email as well

I will regretfully ignore and delete submissions of anything other than specified above, for example: submissions with any kind of attachment*, more than one piece of writing in a given prize reading period, more than 5,000 words, poetry, plays, or submissions without "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in the subject line of the email.

*Please note that some fancy email stationery comes across as attachment; almost all illustrations come across as attachments; please do not use them in connection with the Glass Woman Prize.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Creative Nonfiction Competition: Memoirs Ink

Memoirs Ink Annual Creative Nonfiction Writing Contest - for personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person, other than that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. Stories can be funny or sad, serious, artsy or fragmented.

Maximum 1500 words.

Awards: $1,000, $500, $250 plus publication.

Entry fee: $15.

Deadline: August 15, 2011 (late deadline of August 31 requires extra $5 fee). For more information, please visit our website.

Poetry Competition: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's second annual Poetry Contest.

Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems. Awards: $1,000 grand prize, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 26th annual Festival (March 21-25, 2012), publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine, and a public reading on a literary panel at the 2012 Festival. The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2012 Festival, and their names will be published on the website.

Entry fee: $20 per entry.

Deadline: postmark of August 18, 2011.

More information can be found here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Call for Submissions: Jet Fuel Review

Jet Fuel Review
Call for Submissions: Fall 2011 issue (November, 2011)
Reading Period: now through the end of September
The Jet Fuel Review is a new, online literary journal. 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 this November.

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 @ in sending e-mail)

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 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 prior to October 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.

Call for Poetry and Short Prose for World Breastfeeding Week 2011 Event

Seeking poems and short pieces inspired by breastfeeding for World Breastfeeding Week 2011 event!

We want to see the Los Angeles breastfeeding landscape represented. We encourage diverse participation from all across the spectrum – nursing mothers, partners and families of nursing mothers, health professionals, lactivists, anyone who can remember and verbalize their experience being breastfed! Your experience can be past, current or future. The more voices, the more experiences, the more truths, the more stories - the better!

Written pieces should be:
– related to and ultimately positive towards breastfeeding (doesn't have to be literal or sugar-coated)
– short (performed in 3 mins)
– no crazy foul or violent language as youngsters may be present
– if you are not comfortable performing your piece, we have hosts available to read for you

Pieces to be shared at an open mic night celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Viento y Agua Coffee House
4007 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814

Event is sponsored by Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles

** We will be holding a free writing workshop prior to event (date, time TBA) open to the public - anyone who either needs help writing a piece or wants to workshop something they have.

** Contact Person:
Celine Malanum, LEC
Email: lamamaluna(at)
[replace(at) with @ when sending e-mail]
Phone: 917.345.5297

Call for Poetry Submissions: The New Verse News

 THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to:
nvneditor(at) OR
nvneditor(at) (replace (at) with @).

Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Poetry Competition: Naugatuck River Review

Naugatuck River Review’s Third Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST will be judged by Patrick Donnelly!

First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR
Second prize $250 and publication in NRR
Third prize of $100 and publication in NRR

All entrants will receive one issue of Naugatuck River Review.

Submit from July 1, 2011 – September 1, 2011
All poems will be considered for publication. Contest deadline is September 1st, 2011.
Three poems per submission.
Limited to 50 lines per poem.
Do not put your name anywhere on the file submitted. There is a place for all your information when you register with Submission Manager.
Please pay the contest fee of $20 first through PAYPAL or credit card, then go back to the submission manager.
Submission fee includes a copy of the journal.
Electronic submissions ONLY will be accepted through our Submission Manager program. Close friends and students (current or past) of Patrick Donnelly are ineligible.

Judge for 2011 Contest: Patrick Donnelly:
Patrick Donnelly is the author of THE CHARGE (Ausable Press, 2003, since 2009 part of Copper Canyon Press) and NOCTURNES OF THE BROTHEL OF RUIN, forthcoming from Four Way Books. He is a current Associate Editor of POETRY INTERNATIONAL, a Contributing Editor of TRANS-PORTAL (, and a former Associate Editor (1999 – 2009) at Four Way Books. Donnelly is Director of the Advanced Seminar, one of three summer programs at The Frost Place, a poetry conference center at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH. He has taught creative writing and public speaking at Colby College and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently an Interdisciplinary Advisor in  Poetry for the Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program. His poems have been featured on Poetry Daily in 2002 and 2003, on Verse Daily in 2003, and have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The  Yale Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Slate, as well as anthologized in the Four Way Reader #2, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present, and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great.

Lori Desrosiers
Naugatuck River Review

Call for Submissions: The Village Pariah

Call for Submissions for Spring/Summer 2011 Issue (Vol. 2, No. 1)

The Village Pariah, a bi-annual literary journal sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, is accepting submissions for its third issue. We publish poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, and other works inspired by the writings and life of Mark Twain, his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, the Mississippi River, the Midwest, and small town or rural life in America.

Our theme for this issue is: TRAVEL. In Tom Sawyer Abroad Huck said, "I have found out there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." Sound familiar? Send us  your travel memoirs and miseries in prose, fiction, poetry, or journal format. You might also find some inspiration in Twain's words from The Innocents Abroad: "Travel is fatal to bigotry, prejudice, and narrow mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad wholesome charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime."

Each issue will also include an introductory essay by an established author, poet, artist, songwriter, etc who speaks of Twain’s influence on his or her art or life. We welcome writings from established writers, as well as those who are new and unpublished.

Electronic submissions only. Please email submissions to:

thevillagepariah(at) or
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Please limit poetry to five poems and prose to 3000 words. Entries should be sent as a Word document in an email attachment. Please include name, contact information, and a short bio along with your submission. Our reading period is now open and entries will be accepted until August 1, 2011.

All proceeds from the journal go to support the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. Check out our website or visit our Facebook page for more information and updates.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Poetry Competition: ArLiJo Poetry Contest

Arlington Arts Center and Gival Press are pleased to announce the ArLiJo Poetry Contest. All poets who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC,  Maryland, Delaware, or Pennsylvania, are eligible to enter.

Poets may submit one poem, previously unpublished, in English which must not be longer than 25 lines in any style or form, any subject/topic.

The poet's name must not appear on the actual poem. A cover sheet for the poem should include:

telephone number
email address
title of poem

The poem must be submitted by email to:

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

with ArLiJo Poetry Award in the subject line, with the poem attached in a Word or Rich Text Format document.

Deadline: September 30, 2011, by midnight.

There is no entry fee.

The winning poem will be published in the online journal ArLiJo, with a short bio.

A certificate will be presented to the winner on Oct. 23, 2011 at the Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-2348) or mailed, if the person is not able to attend the Gival Press Poetry Reading, featuring John Gosslee, author of 12: Sonnets for the Zodiac, and Clifford Bernier, winner of the 2010 Gival Press Poetry Award for his manuscript titled The Silent Art.

The poetry reading will be held on Oct. 23, 2011 at 5 pm. An honorarium of $100 will be granted if the winning poet is able to attend to present his/her winning poem.

In addition, the winning poet will get feedback, be it in person, phone or email, from the two poets reading on Oct. 23.

The entries will be read and judged anonymously by Robert L. Giron, publisher of Gival Press and editor of ArLiJo, an online journal.

The winner need not be present to win.

Arlington Arts Center and Gival Press.

Call for fiction and nonfiction: The Samuel Literary Messenger

The Samuel Literary Messenger will contain short stories, essays, or excerpts from longer works, split roughly half and half between fiction and nonfiction. There'll be a small run of hand-made copies of each issue and a .pdf or ebook for sale online, priced only to recoup costs. The pieces will also be rolled out on our website one per week after publication of the physical copies. Issues won't be on any regular schedule, but instead be released based on strength of submissions and how long it takes to produce the books.

Contributors will be paid $50 per published piece and receive a physical copy of the issue in which it appears. Previously unpublished work only. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as we're notified of any being accepted elsewhere.

If you'd like to submit one or more pieces, email them to:

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

Include a short bio with an introduction/cover letter, and please state whether each piece is fiction or nonfiction.

Call for Submissions: Prairie Wolf Press Review

The editors of Prairie Wolf Press Review, a literary online journal, announce our open reading period from July 1 to Sept. 1 for our next two issues: October 26, 2011 and March 20, 2012. Prairie Wolf Press values the density of language; the impact of the wisely considered word.
Our inaugural issue can be viewed here.

All prose submissions to Prairie Wolf Press Review must be one thousand or fewer words in length and be in .doc or .docx format. Send up to three poems.

In the subject area of your email, please identify your submission as prose or poetry and include your name. Also please include a 50- word bio in your email. We will notify authors of our decision by October 1.
Mail to

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

j.d. daniels/prose
Marjorie Carlson Davis/prose
W. Michael Sinclair/poetry

Submit your best work: judge for yourself.