Saturday, August 27, 2011

Call for Submissions on Social Justice: The Little Patuxent Reveiw

The Little Patuxent Review Seeks Social Justice Submissions

The Little Patuxent Review invites poets, writers and visual artists of all hues and cultural corners to respond to the call for submissions on the theme of Social Justice. Tell us what it is tell it like it is. In the context of our upcoming Winter 2012 issue, we are looking for well-crafted work that explores principles of equality and justice, meditates upon and values human rights or touches on the dignity of every human being. Truth Thomas, working with Editor Laura Shovan, serves as our guest editor for the issue.

The submissions period extends from August 1 to November 1, 2011.

General Format
You may submit one piece of prose no longer than 3500 words, up to five poems or up to six images. All submissions must be identified with the genre of the submission, the submitter's name and pseudonym (if any), the word count (if applicable), and complete contact information.

Poetry and prose must be typed using a standard, legible font (i.e, the equivalent of 12-point Times New Roman) with flush-left margins and submitted as a .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or .txt electronic file.
Artwork and photography must be submitted either as .jpeg or .tif files no larger than 5mb.

For full guidelines, go here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Call for Short Stories: Paramourtal 2 Anthology

Call for Submissions: "Paramourtal 2" (paranormal romance short stories)

Cliffhanger Books is looking for new, previously unpublished short stories (approx. 6500-8000 words) for "Paramourtal 2," the second volume of our award-nominated paranormal romance series. We are eager to read truly original fiction with unique (i.e. think beyond vampires and werewolves, though they are welcome, as well), well-defined, emotionally complex characters.

Give us an innovative take on an established paranormal character type. Approach your love story from a fresh angle or motivation. Hook us in with an imaginative and perplexing plot that will keep readers engaged until the very end.

Our first book was nominated for 2010 Romance Anthology of the Year and we hope to win with this new edition.

Submissions are open to all U.S. and international writers age 18 and over. Stories must be submitted in English. While paranormal romance authors are generally female, we want story submissions from talented male writers as well.

Interested writers are invited to review our submission guidelines here.

Deadline for submissions is midnight, October 31, 2011 (Halloween!).

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Flash Fiction Competition: Compass Rose Magazine

Compass Rose Magazine is pleased to announce its inaugural contest in flash fiction. The final judge is Tim Horvath.

Horvath is the author of Circulation, published by sunnyoutside press in 2009, and stories in Conjunctions, Fiction, Alimentum, Puerto del Sol, and various other places. His debut collection, Understories, will be published by Bellevue Literary Press in early 2012. He is an associate prose editor for Camera Obscura, a contributor to the literary/cinema blog Big Other, and teaches creative writing at Chester College of New England and Grub Street, as well as through Turnstyle, an intensive program for high school students. His website is

ALL contest entries must be made via our new submission manager.

Please submit no more than three (3) pieces of no more than 1,000 words between August 1 and November 15, 2011.

The contest fee is $5.

We read our contest entries blind. Please do not put your name or your contact information on the work itself; instead enclose a cover letter with your name, titles of your work, and contact information. Entries that include your name and/or contact information will not be read and fees will not be refunded. No postal submissions, email submissions or previously published work will be accepted. Relatives, friends, students, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

The winning entry will be selected in January 2012 and published in Compass Rose Vol. XII in May 2012. A cash award of 50 percent of total entry fees will be paid to the author. A list of finalists will be published at and emailed to all entrants.

We do not accept email submissions, but are happy to answer questions that way. Contact us compass.rose(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Call for Submissions: Birmingham Arts Journal

Birmingham Arts Journal


storm-related poems, stories & art to be published in the April 2012 "Storm" issue of Birmingham Arts Journal

The editors will consider work inspired by ANY storm in ANY location (geographic, emotional or otherwise).

This is the first themed edition in our ten year history!
We need your help to make it the best it can be.


Submit WORD documents as 1) attachments or 2) within the body of the email to:

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

FICTION & NON-FICTION: up to 1,000 words. Excerpts and quotes of fewer than 1,000 words from longer works are published, too.

POETRY: All types up to 50 lines. Shorter works preferred.

ARTWORK & PHOTOGRAPHY: 300 dpi or higher digital files (.jpg or .tif) of artwork.
Submit via email or on disk.

NOTE: Please include a biography (3rd person) of 50 words or less with your submission.
Payment: one copy of the issue in which the accepted submission appears.

FOR ALL WORKS: Birmingham Arts Journal has readers young and old, from all walks of life. For this reason, works containing strong profanity, explicit sex, gratuitous violence, and overtly religious or political material will not be accepted. No simultaneous submissions, please.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Call for Submissions: Missouri Warrior Writers Project

Missouri Warrior Writers Project

Holding Each Elephant's Tail: Voices from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars 2011 Prose & Poetry Contest and Call for Submissions

Genres: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Prizes: $250 awarded as top prize in each genre

Word Limits: 5,000 words for Prose (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction); up to 3 poems (5 pages) for Poetry. Submissions exceeding these limits will be automatically disqualified. Limit one submission per person per genre.

Entry Fee: None

Deadline: December 30, 2011 Winners announced by April 1, 2012

To Submit:

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

The Missouri Writers’ Guild and Missouri Humanities Council have partnered in the Missouri Warrior Writers Project to produce an anthology of writing by veterans and active military service personnel of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars about their wartime experience. The first volume will be published by Southeast Missouri State University, with an expected release date of Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012. All branches of the military who have had multiple deployments, who have been deployed once, or who have never been deployed, are invited to participate. Family members of these warriors are also encouraged to submit.

- Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. (Save with a *.doc extension). Please combine all poems into one document and use first poem as title.

- Put your name and contact information on the first page of your submission document and nowhere else within the manuscript.

- Please include a brief (75 words or less) bio with your submission.

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

Work previously published will be considered, but new work is preferred. All entries will be considered for publication in the anthology.

Call for Submissions: Teen Writers

Call for Submissions—Young Writers

If you are a teenager currently enrolled in high school, grades 9-12, Crashtest, the new online literary magazine for high school writers, would like to hear from you!

Crashtest publishes poetry, stories and creative non-fiction in the form of personal essays, imaginative investigation, experimental interviews, or whatever else you would like to call it. We’re looking for writing that has both a perspective and a personality. We’re looking for authors who have something to say. Check us out here.

Guidelines: Crashtest only accepts email submissions. Send submissions, in the
form of a .doc or .rtf attachment only, and any queries to:

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

Poetry: 3-5 poems at a time.

Fiction: 1 piece at a time (no word or page limit)

Creative Non-Fiction: 1 piece at a time (no word or page limit)

Please go to our website for complete guidelines.

Poetry Competition: Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

2011 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

Postmark Deadline: August 31, 2011
Final Judge: David Mason
$3,000 Award

Hear ye! Hear ye! The deadline for Red Hen's annual Benjamin Saltman Award for a poetry manuscript is swiftly approaching!

Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge will be David Mason.

Award is $3,000 and publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press. Entry fee is $25.00. Name on cover sheet only, 48 page minimum. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by August 31.

Please check out our website for info on all our awards, and we wish you the best of luck!

Call for Submissions: I-70 Review

The I-70 Review is open for submissions through December, and we hope you will be interested in entering your work. Also, we hope you will encourage other fellow writers to submit as well.

We accept 3-5 poems under 40 lines and fiction or non fiction of fewer than 200 words. Contributors receive one copy of the magazine.

We also encourage you to enter the Gary Gildner Poetry contest. You will find submission guidelines at our website for both submitting poems and for entering the contest at our website.

Our latest issue will be available in September, and contributors in that issue will be reading at The Writers Place on Sept 30 at 7:00. Readers will include Walter Bargan, Kevin Rabas, Robert Stewart, William Trowbridge, Susan Whitmore, Tom Averill, Stan Banks, Judith Bader Jones, and others.

We hope to hear from you soon. Submit your work to:

i70review(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

You can paste the work into the email or attach a word document that is not an X document.

Thanks so much,
Editors of I-70 Review

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Guest Blogging

I'm pleased to announce that I was invited to be a guest blogger today at The Write Now Coach Blog. Rochelle Melander asked me to blog about submitting your work to literary magazines. It was fun to write the post for her, but I would encourage you to visit the blog and check out other posts as well. She has lots of useful information and tips for writers.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Writing Competition: Rosebud

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Prize For Imaginative Fiction -- original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror; 4000 words or less.

Awards: Grand prize: $1,000, 4 runners-up receive $100. All winning pieces published in Rosebud.

Entry fee: $10. Rosebud acquires first rights for the five winning entries.

Deadline: September 1, 2011.

Info: Acquisitions: J. Roderick Clark, editor, Jrodclark(at) (Replace (at) with @ )

Guidelines on website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: burntdistrict

burntdistrict is now accepting poetry submissions for our inaugural issue to be published Winter/Spring of 2012. We're excited to promote this issue and all of our writers with a launch at AWP in Chicago.

Visit our website to submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems through our online submission manager. Hard copy and e-mailed submissions will not be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere. Include complete contact information on every page of your submission. A cover letter is appreciated but not required.

We have no restrictions as to form and content. Contributors will receive 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Short Prose Competition: Gulf Coast


Limited to prose poetry, flash fiction and/or micro-essays of 500 words or less. $1000 awarded to the winner plus publication. Two runners-up also appear in the issue, out in April 2012. Entries accepted only through online submission manager.

For entering contest, you receive 1 year subscription to Gulf Coast. Entry costs: $17 reading fee.

Submit up to 3 pieces. Put all individual pieces into a Word, rtf, or pdf document and then upload. Choose Barthelme Prize for Short Prose when submitting. Do not put name on manuscript as the contest is judged blind. Judge is Sarah Manguso.

Submit online.

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Post MFA Fellowship: The Stadler Fellowship (poetry)

Initiated in 1998, the Stadler Fellowships offer a recent MFA, MA, or PhD graduate in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. The Stadler Fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. The Stadler Fellows assist for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, Bucknell's nationally distinguished literary journal. The Fellows also work as staff members and instructors in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June.

The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, each Fellow is provided health insurance, office space in the Stadler Center, and housing. Depending on circumstances, Fellows are either housed in a furnished apartment in the Poet's Cottage or provided with a stipend to seek housing on their own in Lewisburg.

In Fall 2011, the Stadler Center will be accepting applications for a 2012-13 Stadler Fellowship. The Fellowship will extend from August 2012 to June 2013, with the possibility of renewing for a second year. The application deadline is October 1, 2011. For eligibility and application requirements, and to submit an application, please visit the SCP Application Portal.

(Portal will open to receive applications as of September 1, 2011)

Call for Submissions: Apropos Literary Journal

 Submission guidelines for Apropos Literary Journal:

-While Apropos accepts rolling submissions, the deadline for our next issue is November 1, 2011.
-Each submission must be original. Pieces previously published will be rejected by Apropos.
-Apropos accepts simultaneous submissions. Please immediately notify the editors of Apropos if a submitted piece has been accepted elsewhere.
-With the exception of video, only electronic submissions submitted as attachments through the form below will be accepted for review by Apropos. Video submissions may be emailed to the editors at:
editors(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

Prose (Fiction and Non-Fiction):
-Must be double-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font.
-Length may not exceed 15 pages.
-Authors may submit up to 4 prose pieces for editorial review.

-Must be single-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font.
-A blank line must be used to separate stanzas.
-Poets may submit up to 5 pieces for editorial review.

Fine Arts , Crafts, Tattoos:
-Please submit digital photographs of the work in lieu of the piece itself. It is up to the creator to do justice to the art (for instance, a three dimensional sculpture may require more photographs to fully appreciate it than a photograph of a two dimensional painting or tattoo).
-If appropriate, the work may be scanned for submission.
-Up to 4 works per artist may be submitted for review.

-Digital images may be submitted as a standard image file (.jpg, .jpeg or .png).
-Manual photography must follow the guidelines for fine arts.
-Up to 4 images per photographer may be submitted for review.

Multimedia, Performance Arts:
-Pieces submitted for review must not exceed 10 minutes.
-Performance arts should be recorded and submitted as a video file.
-Up to 3 pieces per applicant may be submitted for review.
-When submitting a video by email, include your first and last name, title of your piece, a brief bio and any relevant background information about the piece in the body of the submission email.

Work must be submitted via our submission form.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Call for Submissions: SWITCHBACK

SWITCHBACK is accepting submissions for issue 15 until August 31, 2011. SWITCHBACK is an online journal publishing two issues per year featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. Additionally, SWITCHBACK publishes reviews and interviews on a monthly basis. Previous issues have featured work by such writers as David Vann, Paul A. Toth, Ben Loory, Jane Nakagawa, Aaron Shurin, and Maureen Alsop.

• We accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, critical essays, and art
• We DO NOT accept unsolicited interviews or reviews
• Only previously unpublished works
• We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere
• Visual art submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.
• Contributors to our previous two issues (thirteen and fourteen) will not be considered

The fifteenth issue will be published in Spring 2012. Visit our website for more information.

SWITCHBACK is a publication of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program of the University of San Francisco.

Call for Submissions: Toad

Toad. shamelessly small. FURIOUSLY BIG.

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Toad, a new-ish online journal of exciting art, is reading poetry, prose of the fictional and the non-fictional variety, ekphrastic work, and all kinds of writing that stretches, bends, and breaks genres. Toad is also in the market for exciting visual art.

To read our second issue, toss your crown into the pond at our artistic response forum, or review submission guidelines, go here.

{Toad's habitat is protected by conservationist, Bob Hicok, and nourished by the Creative Writing graduate students of Virginia Tech.}

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Call for Submissions: [out of nothing]

[out of nothing], an electronic publication interested in new works in image, sound, text, and the intersections between these media, is now open to submissions for its sixth issue: "in the mirror, a sleep, a spectral nothing." Please submit your textual, aural, visual, poly/ambi-medial work to us at:

shelling.peanuts(at) [replace (at) with @].

Deadline: October 31, 2011

Complete submissions guidelines are available here.

Prospective contributors would be well-advised to consult our earlier publications as a guide to the type of work we're interested in: to supplement this understanding and ideally stimulate your thinking about a new piece made particularly to address the issues that consume, or rather, are consumed by us, we offer the following potential topics:

> the vacuum
> salvage / remainders
> imaginary spaces possessed of imaginary dimensions
> darkness / lightlessness
> reduced or infinitesimal means
> the exponential
> self-abnegating symbols
> the blank
> obliteration
> the inconsequential
> refusal
> the contentless / general contentlessness
> the generic and / or undifferentiated and / or the contra-original
> adhesive agents in search of clients to bind
> none of the above or below

Electronic submissions only. Please allow 3 - 6 months response time.

Eds., [out of nothing]

Call for Poetry Submissions: Cider Press Review

Cider Press Review is accepting poetry submissions until August 31.

CPR considers only previously unpublished poetry or translations of poetry in English, and reviews of poetry books of approx. 500 words. CPR does not accept simultaneous or email submissions. Submit up to 5 poems at a time, preferably via our online submission form (available online between April 1 and August 31) or by postal mail. Cover letter is preferred with mailed submission. Include short bio (50 words maximum). SASE required for reply. Do not send unsolicited disk or e-mail submissions. Poems are circulated to an editorial board. Responds in 1-6 months.

Full guidelines and our submissions manager are available here.

Call for Submissions: Specter Literary Magazine

Specter Literary Magazine publishes poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, with innate rhythm from a multi-cultural/multi-sexual perspective, expressing "the modern experience." We want work from all writers, but particularly from members of the so-called "Generations X,Y, Z, Millennials..." et al. Tell us a story; write us a poem; show us your world.

Please take a moment to read our Issue Zero to familiarize yourself with our journal. Specter Magazine publishes monthly and currently accepts submissions for future issues. Submissions must reflect a strong command of literary craft. Prior education and/or publication experience is not a determining factor for acceptance.

Beyond reading and adhering to our submission guidelines, our advice to writers is this: don’t bother worrying about the editors’ literary tastes. Submit your best, most polished work and we will give it a fair shake.

You may submit via our online submission manager.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Poetry Competition: Consequence Prize

This year distinguished poet and translator, Martha Collins, will select the winner of the Consequence Prize in Poetry. The award recognizes exceptional work addressing the consequences of armed conflict or social injustice.
There is no entry fee.
The award for best poem includes a cash prize of $200. The winning poet and three finalists will have their work published in the Spring 2012 issue of CONSEQUENCE Magazine.

Please observe these guidelines carefully.
There is no entry fee.
The poem(s) should address the consequence of war, or social injustice.
Please submit no more than three poems of any length.
Submissions may be emailed to:
Consequence.Mag(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

or mailed to:
CONSEQUENCE, Attention Poetry Editor
P.O. Box 323
Cohasset, MA 02025-0323

If you submit multiple poems, each must begin on a separate page.
You must include your name and contact information in a cover letter only. Please do not identify yourself on the page(s) containing your poem.
In your cover letter, include a short biography of no more than 75 words.
Submissions must be received by October 1, 2011.
If you submit by regular mail, and want confirmation that your entry has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped post card. If you want mailed, original copies returned, include a SASE.

Please visit our website at on or after November 25, 2011 to see the winning poet's work, and the names of the three finalists. Due to the large number of submissions, this announcement will be the only notice of contest results. We look forward to reading your poems.

Call for Submissions: Prime Number Magazine

Prime Number Magazine is now reading for Issue 13 and beyond.

Prime Number is an online quarterly with a print annual. Please see our most recent issue here.

We especially want distinctive short fiction and essays (up to 4,000 words); poetry; short drama; cover art (reflecting the Prime Number of the forthcoming issue); and, primarily for our updates between issues, flash fiction (up to 1,000 words). We're also interested in queries about interviews and book reviews.

For detailed submission guidelines, and to submit via,
visit our site.