Sunday, February 27, 2011

Call for Submissions: PALABRA

Call for Submissions
PALABRA invites Chicano & Latino writers to submit fresh, engaged work that stretches beyond the boundaries of conventional form, content and context. We accept fiction, flash fiction, poetry, novel excerpts, cross-genre/hybrid work and short plays. Some pay.

Submission period:
September 1 to May 31. Specific guidelines are available on the website.

Queries: info(at)

Submit via USPS only to:

A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art
P. O. Box 86146
Los Angeles, CA 90086-0146

Fiction Competition: American Short(er) Fiction Prize

The quarterly literary journal American Short Fiction invites you to enter the Short(er) Fiction Prize, our new contest for stories under 1,000 words. First prize receives $500 and publication; second prize receives
$250 and publication. 

The closing date is May 1, all submissions can bemade online, and the entry fee is $15 for up to three shorts. You can find our complete guidelines here.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Call for Submissions: OVS Magazine

OVS MAGAZINE Open for Submissions of poetry and black & white art.

Please submit to us at: ovsmag(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

Please note that we only accept one submission per author/ artist during our reading period. Simultaneous submissions are welcome with immediate notification of acceptance elsewhere. No previously published work, please. Reading Period for the Summer Issue 2011: January 31st 2011 - May 31st 2011.

Art Submissions:
All art submissions must have ART SUBMISSION: (ART SUBMISSION: YOUR NAME HERE) in the subject line or they will not be opened. Please send no more than 2 images. We are currently only accepting Black & White images. Email to:

ovsmag(at) (replace (at) with @).

Please send art as a jpeg attachment. If we need a higher resolution image for final publication, we will contact you.

A cover letter with contact information and bio in the third person is required, and should be pasted into your email message and addressed to the editors. Please list your attachment's name in the body of your
cover letter.

Poetry Submissions:
All poetry submissions must have POETRY SUBMISSION: (POETRY SUBMISSION: YOUR NAME HERE) in the subject line or they will not be opened. Please send 3-6 poems (max of 10pgs) Email to:

ovsmag(at) (replace (at) with @).

Please send poetry in a single attachment formatted for MS Word or .rtf. Name attachment with your last name and POETRY (EXAMPLE: SmithPoetry.doc). A cover letter with contact information and bio in the third person is required, and should be pasted into your email message and addressed to the editors.

OVS Magazine will hold the First North American Electronic Serial Rights for the piece for the issue in which the piece is printed. At the end of the month, rights revert back to the author, though OVS Magazine reserves the rights to archive the piece. If the piece is chosen to appear in a later print edition, the author will be contacted for OVS Magazine to reserve First North American Print Serial Rights. OVS Magazine cannot offer payment for accepted submissions to the magazine. Each contributor will receive a free PDF copy of the journal.

Production Manager: Quiddity


~Manage the production of Quiddity’s international literary journal (print and electronic components) and website, upholding all quality, calendar, and budgetary expectations; manage and advance the distribution of Quiddity’s international literary journal and public-radio program through traditional and emerging venues
~Part-time (24 hours per week) with the potential for teaching courses—which would include an additional stipend at the qualifying adjunct pay rate—in the Writing and Publishing and Communication Arts degree programs

~Oversee the submission systems (electronic and traditional) and acquisition processes for the print journal and reading series, including the coordination of query and galley correspondence as well as reading series proposals and writing and book/video trailer contests
~Coordinate and execute all editing and production schedules for the print journal and website; coordinate the production schedule for the public-radio program; support editorial board through production processes
~Advance Quiddity’s subscriber base, listener base, readership, and distribution using established and emerging resources
~Supervise and mentor student interns and cultivate Quiddity’s internship program
~Perform the layout for the journal’s interior print pages and its electronic format(s), design covers and promotional materials, manage web design, and expand web content
~With the approval of both the division chair and the supervisor, may teach courses in the Writing and Publishing and Communication Arts degree programs for an additional stipend at the qualifying adjunct pay

~MA, MFA, or MSc in Creative Writing, English, Communications, or related field
~At least one year of experience with a print publication or journal of national distribution
~At least two semesters’ teaching experience at the university level with potential to supervise internships and teach the following courses in the Writing and Publishing Program:
Editing for Publications
Layout and Design for Publications
Writing Colloquium—Person in Community
Research Writing
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Literary Analysis
Modern Literature

~Must be graphic-design savvy and be well versed in user-friendly, multimedia web development
~Proficiency in web design software and CSS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Audition (or similar software) Outlook, Excel, Access, File Transfer Protocol
~Exceptional reading, writing, and proofing skills
~Outstanding professional communication skills
~Established track-record of organizational management and follow-through
~Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
~Ability to work outside of regular business hours when necessary
~Ability to work as part of a collaborative team

~Supervise and mentor undergraduate student interns enrolled in Quiddity’s internship program

Twenty (20) hours per week performed in-office, on-campus, and be scheduled during regular business hours to correspond with schedules of student interns and fellow editorial board (faculty/staff) members; four (4) hours per week may be performed off-site.

Send the following items to the address below.
~A letter of application: in your letter of application, summarize any relevant experience.
~A detailed résumé or CV
~Copies of transcripts: unofficial copies of transcripts are fine at this point. If you are chosen for an interview, official copies will be required.

Attn: Joanna Beth Tweedy, Editor and Host, Quiddity
Benedictine University at Springfield
1500 North Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702

Please, no phone inquiries at this time. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email. Learn more about Quiddity here.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Prose Competition: The Cupboard

Announcing The Cupboard's First-Ever Contest

Reading Feb 1 - March 31

Entry fee: $10.00
Prize: $500 & publication
Judge: Michael Martone

The Cupboard is holding its first-ever contest. The winning author will receive $500 and the manuscript will be published as an upcoming volume. We're looking for prose submissions between 4k and 10k words.
In the past, we've published short stories, essays, collections of flash fiction and prose poems, and combinations thereof. Send us your best work. Submissions are received and read anonymously, and all
submissions are eligible for regular publication. Michael Martone will serve as final judge.

To submit, go here.

Please email cupboard(at) with any questions.
Replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail.

The Cupboard is published four times a year. Each volume features a body of work by a single author, except when it doesn't (see current volume). Previous authors include Jesse Ball, Mathias Svalina, Amanda
Goldblatt, Joshua Cohen, and Caia Hagel. More information can be found at:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Call for Submissions: Cats with Thumbs

'Cats with Thumbs' is a Literary Scratching Post and Blogzine. As we gear up for our second issue due out in March, we are seeking fiction submissions of a literary bent, 1,000-2,000 words in length. We are also seeking poetry submissions, 2-5 poems per submission. The Call for Submissions is for both the impending issue and issues down the road.

Our guidelines and submission procedures (we use SubMishMash) are
available at the 'Cats with Thumbs' website.

Poetry Competition: Bellday Poetry Prize

Elaine Equi has published 11 books of poetry including her most recent work Ripple Effect: New and Selected poems (2007) and Voice-Over (1999( which won the San Francisco State Poetry Award. Her work is widely anthologized and appears in Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology and in The Best American Poetry (1989, 1995, 2002). She lives in New York with her husband and teaches creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts programs at City College of New York and The New School.

- Submit manuscript of 60-90 pages of original poetry in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the Internet.
- Manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in manuscript. Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound with spring clip.
- Include a table of contents page, but no acknowledgments.
- Enclose SASE for announcement of the winner.
- Manuscripts cannot be returned. Complete rules.
- Check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to Bellday Books.
- Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all fees will be refunded.

Contest mailing address:
Bellday Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 3687
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Questions may be directed to office(at) (replace (at) with @)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poetry and Fiction Competition: 2011 New South Writing Contest

The 2011 New South Writing Contest deadline is March 4th, 2011. This year's judges are Karen E. Bender (prose) and Rodney Jones (poetry).

About the judges:

Karen E. Bender is the author of Like Normal People, a novel, and is co-editor of the anthology Choice: True Stories of Birth, Contraception, Infertility, Adoption, Single Parenthood and Abortion. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review,Story and other magazines, and has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery Stories. She has received grants from the NEA and the Rona Jaffe Foundation and is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.

Rodney Jones is the author of eight books of poetry: Salvation Blues: 100 Poems, 1985–2005 (2006), Kingdom of the Instant: Poems (2004), Elegy for the Southern Drawl (1999), Things That Happen Once (1996), Apocalyptic Narrative (1993), and Transparent Gestures (1989), all from Houghton Mifflin, as well as The Unborn (Atlantic Monthly, 1985) and The Story They Told Us of Light (Alabama, 1980). He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Peter IB Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a Southeast Booksellers Association Award, a Harper Lee Award, and the 1989 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Poetry Prize Prose Prize
First Place: $1000 First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250 Second Place: $250

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked or submitted electronically to
TellItSlant by March 4, 2011.

Reading Fee: $15.00

To Submit by Post Mail

Each post mail entry must include the following:
● A check or money order (NO CASH) made payable to Georgia State University for fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a copy of the Summer 2011 issue, which will contain the winning entries.
● A cover letter with a 3-to 4-line bio, title(s) of the work submitted, and your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

● Address poetry submissions to the Poetry Editor.
● Poems must be typed.
● Submit up to three (3) poems per $15 Reading Fee.
● All poems must have name, address, phone, and e-mail appearing on each page.

● Address fiction submissions to the Fiction Editor.
● Manuscripts must be typed.
● Include name, address, phone, email, & word count on the first page of the manuscript only.
● Non-fiction is welcomed and encourage
● Submit one (1) short story per $15 Reading Fee
● Please limit your submission to 9,000 words

Send work to the following address:

New South/ Writing Contest
Campus Box 1894
Georgia State University
MSC 8R0322 Unit 8
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3083

To Submit Online

New South will also accept online submissions for this year’s contest. Please visit our page on Tell It Slant to submit. Please be sure to select the appropriate genre for your submission.

Each online entry must include the following:
● A reading fee of fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a copy of the Summer 2011 issue, which will contain the winning entries.
● The submitter’s contact info, including a mailing address so that we may send a copy of the Summer 2011 issue.

● Submit up to three (3) poems per document.

● Non-fiction is welcomed and encouraged
● Submit one (1) short story per $15 Reading Fee.
● Please limit your submissions to 9,000 words

While we take the greatest care in handling your entries, we assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Only unpublished work considered. Simultaneous submissions considered with notification. All
rights revert to author after publication. Current students, staff, and faculty at Georgia State University are not eligible.

New South holds no subject biases. The staff will select the best work regardless of style or genre. The final round of judging will be anonymous (the names will be removed from the manuscripts before the final judges see them).

For questions ONLY (no submissions, please):
new_south(at) (replace (at) with @)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Call for Submissions: SpringGun

SpringGun is seeking poetry, flash fiction, digital art, electronic literature, book reviews, essays, and interviews for our fourth issue. The fourth issue reading period ends March 1, 2011. Past issues of our journal can be found here.

Our complete guidelines are posted here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Southern Poetry Anthology



Editors William Wright, Jesse Graves, and Paul Ruffin now seek submissions for the sixth in our series of The Southern Poetry Anthology, featuring Tennessee poets. The anthology will be published by Texas Review Press in late 2012.

If you are a Tennessee native, or if you have lived in Tennessee for more than one year, please feel free to send up to five poems for consideration. This anthology is not limited to those who have published before; we invite first-time submitters as well as those who have had full-length works of poetry published with national presses. The only rules: Poems must be original and of high quality.

We consider formal poems and free verse. Poems about Tennessee are not necessarily championed over other motifs and themes, as we wish for the "sense of place" to manifest in different ways, with different voices.

Please note that the success of this anthology depends a great deal on word of mouth. Notify your poetry students, poetry-writing friends, and gifted nemeses of this opportunity.


Please submit your poems electronically to Series Editor, William Wright, at vercimber(at) and Jesse Graves, Volume Co-editor at gravesj(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). Please type "Tennessee Poetry Submission" as your subject heading, then include your first and last names in parentheses. For example: Tennessee Poetry Submission (William Wright). Unfortunately, snail-mail submissions are not an option given the nature of our editing process.

Please include a short cover letter within the text of the e-mail, as well as the names of the poems submitted. Submit a maximum of five poems, and ensure that the poems are sent in .rtf (Rich Text Format), .doc (Word 1997-2003), or .docx (Word 2007 or 2010) format. Please include all submitted poems in only one attachment (this is important).All submissions should include a recent bio (up to 150 words) after the poems, on a separate page. Please italicize names of publications.

We welcome both new and previously published work. However, if poems have been previously published, submitters must hold rights to them and provide full publication data (journal and/or book publisher, title of
book/journal if applicable, date of publication). Finally, please make sure that each submission includes a preferred e-mail address and street mailing address within the text of the e-mail and on at least one page of the attached submission.

If you'd like to learn more about the anthology, please visit our website.

Thank you for your attention. We look forward to reading your work.

Poetry Competition: C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize


Poetry International is pleased to announce its first annual C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize. The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize is judged collectively by the editorial staff of Poetry International. Each year, we will honor Cavafy by selecting one stunning, original poem. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in an upcoming issue of Poetry International. All finalists will be considered for publication.

DEADLINE: FEB. 15, 2011

––Include a $15 entry fee for up to three poems. You may include additional poems for a $3 reading fee per poem. Please make checks out to “Poetry International.”
––Poems translated from other languages are not eligible, unless you wrote both the original poem and the translation.
––We will announce the winner on our website and blog in the spring of 2011, so no SASE is necessary.
––For complete guidelines please refer to our website.

While we hope to be able to accept online submissions in the future, currently we can only accept submissions through snail mail. Please mail your submissions to:

C.P. Cavafy Award 

Poetry International 

Dept. of English and Comparative Literature 

San Diego State University 

5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-6020

Do you have a question about one of our contests? Are you interested in learning more about Poetry International? Email us at poetry(dot)international(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Poetry International
Department of English and Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive MC 6020
San Diego, California 92182-6020

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Essay Contest: Fourth Genre

Michael Steinberg Essay Prize Submission Guidelines

About the Award
Fourth Genre will seek the best creative nonfiction essay/memoir for its sixth annual Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Authors of previously unpublished manuscripts are encouraged to enter.

The winning author receives $1,000, and the winning entry will be published in an upcoming issue of Fourth Genre. Runner-up entry will be considered for publication.



Reading period: January 5–February 28. Submissions must be postmarked
on or before February 28.

Reading fee: $15 (U.S.) per entry
Make checks payable to “Michigan State University Press”
Multiple submissions accepted; include $15 entry fee for each individual submission
Include in cover letter (one page limit): name, address, phone number, email address, title of piece, and approximate word count
No names should appear anywhere on the manuscript
Word limit - 6,000 (Longer submissions will not be read)
Winners will be announced on our website  All manuscripts recycled.

Current Michigan State University students, faculty, and staff are not eligible to enter the Michael Steinberg Essay Prize contest. Electronic submissions will not be considered

For manuscript receipt confirmation, include a self-addressed stamped postcard
Contest status queries will not be accepted
Winner and runner-up (if applicable) announced at the end of April

Send submissions to:
Fourth Genre Editors’ Prize
201 Morrill Hall
Department of English
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036

Fiction Competition: The Ledge Magazine

2011 Fiction Awards Competition

PRIZES: First prize: $1,000 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.
Second prize: $250 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.
Third prize: $100 and publication in The Ledge Magazine.

ENTRY FEE: $12 for the first story; $6 for each additional story. $20 subscription (two issues) to The Ledge gains free entry for the first story.

ALL STORIES must be previously unpublished and not exceed 7,500 words.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must be notified if your story is accepted elsewhere for publication.

PLEASE include your name, mailing address and email address on each story. Please also enclose a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: February 28, 2011.


The Ledge 2011 Fiction Awards Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport, NY 11713

Short Story Competition: Bevel Summers Prize for Short Short Story

The Bevel Summers Prize for the Short Short Story

No fee.
The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story is open to all authors of stories of up to 1,000 words. Stories should be sent to:

Bevel Summers/Shenandoah,
Mattingly House, 2 Lee Ave.
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450

Stories must be received by March 31.

Send two copies, one with name and contact information, including e-mail address, and a duplicate with no identifying information, along with an sase for notification. The winner will receive a $250 prize and be featured prominently on Shenandoah's first online issue. There is no entry fee for the 2011 contest. A judge has not yet been selected.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Call for Submissions: Redheaded Stepchild

The Redheaded Stepchild only accepts poems that have been rejected by other magazines. We publish biannually, and we accept submissions in the months of August and February only. We do not accept previously published work. We do, however, accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted somewhere else. We are open to a wide variety of poetry and hold no allegiance to any particular style or school. If your poem is currently displayed online on your blog or website or wherever, please do not send it to us before taking it down, at least temporarily.

Submit 3-5 poems that have been rejected elsewhere with the names of the magazines that rejected the poems. We do not want multiple submissions, so please wait for a response to your first submission
before you submit again. As is standard after publication, rights revert back to the author, but we request that you credit Redheaded Stepchild in subsequent republications.

We do not accept email attachments; therefore, in the body of your email, please include the following:

· a brief bio

· 3-5 poems

· the publication(s) that rejected the poems

Send your submission to: redheadedstepchildmag(at)
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)