Friday, March 30, 2012

Call for Poets/Poetry: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Submissions for Woman Made Gallery Literary Series
Event Date: Sunday, June 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 685 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL

Theme: Consumer Culture

In tandem with the concurrent art exhibit, poems might consider consumer culture “as it relates to natural or environmental resource issues, the financial and cultural impact of consumption, body/social image.” Additional topics could include (but need not be limited to) the following:

Mass production, marketing and selling of consumer goods
Desire, status, competition, impulse, addiction
Credit & debt
Fashion & trend-setting
Big-box vs. mom-and-pop and other economies of scale
Economies dependent on waste and planned obsolescence

Selected poets must be available to read in person. Please send five poems on the theme ALONG WITH a 50 to 75 word bio* IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to:

gallery(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email) by April 21, 2012. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by May 4, 2012.

Although we can't afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books, read with other talented people and, since we've developed a partnership for the gallery with WBEZ's Chicago Amplified, to have your reading archived for future listening (a really great publicity feature).

Read more about poetry events at Woman Made Gallery here.
* if you have a performance background, please include this or any other information that might assist us in putting together for a varied program.

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone is proud to announce that its fourth issue is now available online.

We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe.

Authors featured in this issue include Dorianne Laux (poetry/interview), Elmaz Abinader (interview), M. Evelina Galang (fiction), and Paul Lisicky (nonfiction/interview).

Check out our past contributors, such as Kim Barnes, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Allison Joseph, Matthew Sharpe, Dan Wakefield, Lori Jakiela, Geoffrey Philp, Preston Allen, and many talented others. Past interviews with Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, Mark Vonnegut, Dan Wakefield, Lynne Barrett and Louis Lowy.

We're now looking for submissions for our fourth issue!

DEADLINE: July 15, 2012

Poetry Competition: Zone 3 Press

Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry

Prize: $1,000 and Publication
--One copy of your manuscript of 48-80 pages.
--Two title pages: one with name, address, e-mail address, and phone number and one with title only.
--An acknowledgments page may be included. 
--$20.00 reading fee made payable to Zone 3 Press. Reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Zone 3.
--Deadline: May 1, 2012.

Eligibility and Additional Considerations:
--Anyone who has not published a full-length collection of poems (48 pages or more) is eligible; those with chapbooks may participate.
--The final judge will be announced.
--In order to ensure the integrity of this award, current and former students and faculty of APSU are not eligible to enter. In addition, Zone 3 Press will not accept manuscripts from contestants who have previously studied with, or have a personal relationship with the announced judge. Zone 3 Press is committed to providing an ethically responsible competition; as such, the editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that display any form of ethical impropriety.
--Winner will be notified by e-mail or telephone.
--Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for confirmation of manuscript receipt.
--For contest results, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Manuscripts will not be returned.
--Questions should be addressed to Blas Falconer at:

falconerb(at) Replace (at) with @ or Susan Wallace at:

 wallacess(at) Repalce (at) with @

Send entries to:
Blas Falconer, Acquisitions Editor
Zone 3 Press
First Book Award for Poetry
Austin Peay State University
P.O. Box 4565
Clarksville, Tennessee 37044

Fiction Competition: The Bard Fiction Prize

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

2012 Bard Fiction Prize Recipient:
Benjamin Hale
The creation of the Bard Fiction Prize, presented each October, continues Bard's long-standing position as a center for creative, groundbreaking literary work by both faculty and students. From Saul Bellow, William Gaddis, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison to John Ashbery, Philip Roth, William Weaver, and Chinua Achebe, Bard's literature faculty, past and present, represents some of the most important writers of our time. The prize is intended to encourage and support young writers of fiction to pursue their creative goals and provide an opportunity to work in a fertile and intellectual environment.

Bard College invites submissions for its annual Fiction Prize for Young Writers.
To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a C.V., along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted. Applications for the 2013 prize must be received by July 15, 2012.
Contact the Bard
Fiction Prize:
Address: Bard College,
PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Phone: 845-758-7087
E-mail: bfp( (replace (at) with @)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Prose and Poetry Competition: Fugue

Fugue is proud to announce its 11th annual writing contest. This year we will be accepting submissions of poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction).

Submissions will be accepted January 1, 2012 through May 1, 2012. 

To submit your work, send an email with the subject line: "11th annual contest submission" to:

 fugue-poetry(at) or:

fugue-fiction(at) or

fugue-nonfiction(at) (replace (at) with @ when sending email)

Include your submission (3-5 poems (ten page max) or 1 essay/story (8,000-word max)) in the body of the email AND as an attachment (.docx or .doc only, please) along with a SHORT bio, and include your contest fee confirmation number (or include that number in a separate email).

 Please note that the contest entry fee is $15, which covers the cost of reading ONE submission. Contestants are welcome to submit more than once, but each submission must be accompanied by a payment of the entry fee.


Pam Houston (prose)
Rodney Jones (poetry)

 The Prize:

First place winners receive $1,000, publication and a year's subscription.
Runners-up will be considered for publication and will receive a year's subscription.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Emerging Writers Fellowship: The Writer's Center

Emerging Writers Fellowship

The Writer’s Center, metropolitan Washington, D.C.’s community gathering place for writers and readers, will be accepting submissions for the competitive Emerging Writer Fellowships for Fall 2012. We welcome submissions from writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experiences in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Emerging Writer Fellows will be featured at The Writer’s Center as part of a special celebration and reading. Selected Fellows may be invited to lead a one-day Saturday workshop at The Writer’s Center, with compensation commensurate with standard Writer’s Center provisions.

Fellows receive an honorarium to help offset their travel costs.

Fellows for Fall 2011/Spring 2012 include nonfiction writers Ellis Avery (The Last Nude) and Angela Woodward (The Human Mind); poets Traci Brimhall (Lady of the Ruins), Joanne Diaz (The Lessons), Christopher Goodrich (Nevertheless Hello), and fiction writer Ira Sukrungruang (Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy).

Emerging Writer Fellows will:

--have 1 or 2 full-length single-author books published in a single genre, and no more than 3 books published to their credit (including as editors of anthologies) in any genre. Chapbooks and pamphlets will not be calculated into an author’s total publication record and cannot be substituted for a full-length single-author book. Self-published titles or vanity press titles are not admissible and will not be considered.
--be judged in the category in which their submitted creative selection falls. In cases of cross-genre work or multiple-genre work, our staff will determine the genre of consideration.
--have published books “in hand” or be in the uncorrected proof stage of publication at the time of their submission.

To be considered, please send:

--a one-page letter of interest that includes the name of your creative selection and a short bio
--a resume or CV that details publication history and familiarity facilitating group discussions or workshops
--a creative selection from your most recent published book-length work in a Word document or RTF format:

Poetry: up to 10 pages of poems (1 poem per page).
Fiction & Nonfiction: up to 16 pages of text double-spaced with 1-inch margins.

Your creative selection does not need to be one excerpt, but can be comprised of multiple sections or excerpts up to but not exceeding the total page limit. A committee comprised of The Writer’s Center board members, workshop leaders, and members will evaluate submissions on behalf of our community of writers.

All submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 29, 2012.
Applicants are welcome to contact Zachary Fernebok, Marketing & Program Manager, with questions or for more information at 301-654-8664 or by e-mail.

Please send your submission materials to
The Writer's Center
Attn: Laura Spencer
Re: Emerging Writer Fellowship
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

Emerging Writers Getaway Contest: Whidbey Writers

The Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association Emerging Writers Getaway Contest, with a grand prize of a seven-day retreat at a fully furnished, rustic-luxury Smoky Mountain cabin in North Carolina, with daily continental breakfast ($2,000 value), plus a cash award of $300. Second and third place winners receive cash and other prizes. Submissions are welcome from February 15 through May 15, 2012.

Pulitzer Prize winner William Dietrich is the final judge. Top three finalists’ entries will be reviewed by Andrea Hurst Literary Management, for possible representation. The top twenty-five entries will each receive two critiques from members of the association. Winners will be announced on August 5, 2012. All profits from the contest will go towards creative writing student scholarships.

For official contest details, cabin photos and submissions, please go here.

Call for Submissions: Diverse Voices

Diverse Voices Quarterly is celebrating its third year of publishing online, thanks to pledges through Kickstarter! Issue Thirteen is available for a download on our newly designed website, as well as the works posted online.

Please submit online for poetry, short stories, and personal essays/creative nonfiction

Artwork, especially requested, still must be sent directly to:

submissions(at) (replace (at) with @ when sending email)

Complete submission guidelines are available here.

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles, a program that is devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice. We are pleased to announce that we are officially open for submissions for our debut issue!

Although the editors of Lunch Ticket share the MFA program's mission and values, our commitment is to publish the best literary writing, regardless of subject matter or theme. The theme of Lunch Ticket's debut issue is "Occupy"; however, we will be considering submissions of all thematic content for inclusion in the publication.

We accept simultaneous submissions. We only ask that you please contact us if your piece is published somewhere else so we might free up room for other authors. We do not accept previously published work.
Submission guidelines for all genres-fiction, creative nonfiction, or writing for young people (YA), our submission guidelines are a maximum of 5,000 words. For flash writing, contributors may submit multiple pieces not exceeding 5,000 words collectively. For poetry submissions, contributors may submit 3-5 poems. For multiple submissions, contributors may submit pieces individually or as one document at their discretion.

All manuscripts should be in 12-point typeface. Fiction and creative nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced. Please number all submission pages as well.

If you'd like to submit a short biographical blurb about yourself, please do, we'd love to know more about you, but rest assured it won't have any impact on whether or not your piece is published.
We look forward to reading your work!

To submit to Lunch Ticket, visit our website.
Follow Lunch Ticket on Facebook, to find out the most up-to-date information on Lunch ticket news, contests, special themes, open calls and events!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Call for Submissions: MARY

MARY: A Journal of New Writing is in search of new work to publish! We’re sending out a call for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for the 2012 issue.

There is no fee to submit to MARY. Writers selected for standard publication are awarded $50. Those who are chosen for our NouVeau section, which is dedicated to emerging writers who’ve not yet been published, are not paid. Please visit our website for more information and submission guidelines. When you’re ready to submit, send work

mary(at) (replace (at) with @)

The deadline for submission is April 20th, 2012.

Call for Prose and Poetry Submissions: Redactions

Redactions seeks PROSE and poetry submissions.

"Redactions: Poetry & Poetics" is now "Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose" and we now accept creative non-fiction and fiction, especially flash fiction. We still accept poems.

For full guidelines, please visit our website.

Brief guidelines:

Prose Submissions:
To submit fiction, flash fiction, or creative non-fiction to "Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose," please email us at:

 redactionsPROSE(at) (replace (at) with @)

and attach one prose piece that is 2500 words or fewer as a Word, Wordpad, PDF, or Notepad document or paste the submission in the body of the email. Please include a brief bio & your snail mail address. We accept simultaneous ­submissions, but we do not accept previously published work.

Poetry Submissions:
To submit poems to "Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose," please email us at:

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

and attach a submission of 3-5 poems into one Word, Wordpad, PDF, or Notepad document or paste the submission in the body of the email. Please include a brief bio & your snail mail address. We accept ­simultaneous submissions, but we do not accept previously published work.

Seeking Staff Contributors and Reviewers: Phantom Limb Press

PHANTOM LIMB, a new online literary journal, is seeking permanent staff reviewers to contribute to each issue. Please send a writing sample (a sample review is preferable) and a CV/resume to Evan Chen, Interviews & Reviews Editor, at:

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


Call for Submissions: Hobart 14

HOBART 14 (nonfiction, novellas, short-shorts, comics)

For our next print issue of Hobart we're considering publishing a much longer piece or two than we ever have before; and shorter pieces, too; and we'd love to see some more nonfiction. And comics!

Specifically, for shorter pieces, we like series or portfolios or collections or whatever you want to call them, of 3-7 pieces, that somehow work together. And with nonfiction, we tend to like essays that are personal in nature but their primary focus is on some exterior thing (past favorites have been "about" Magic: The Gathering, Leisure Suit Larry, luck, and boxing). We're already a little overwhelmed with submissions, but keep overwhelming us (until the end of the month)!

For more details, check out our online submission manager.
deadline: March 31, 2012

Call for Short Story Submissions: New Mirage Journal

New Mirage Journal is now open for submissions of short story. We are interested in high quality work that dares to speak of race, the human condition, the "struggle", in fresh new ways. Your story should be inspired by reality, mythology, folklore, or fairytales.

Please submit one short story of no more than 10 pages long with a short bio.of no more than 50 words. All submissions must be sent as attachments via our submissions manger.

Submissions that reach the editor via other means will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions will be considered for publication. Please wait until you receive an acceptance or rejection notice before submitting again.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Poetry and Fiction Competition: Nimrod

The 34th Nimrod Literary Awards

The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction & The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Rules
Contest Begins: January 1, 2012

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2012

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum.

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone & email. "Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Manuscripts will not be returned. Nimrod retains the right to publish any submission. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod's Web site. Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2012 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod.

Send to:

Nimrod Journal
Literary Contest--Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Environmental Writing Competition: SAGE

Submit now to SAGE's Young Environmental Writers Contest 2012!

Awards: First Prize: $500; Second Prize: $300; Third Prize: $200
One writer under 20 will receive a Special Mention.

All finalists will be published on SAGE Magazine's website and considered for our annual print publication.

Judging: SAGE Magazine staff will select finalists. Finalists will be judged by a panel including some of the country's foremost working writers and journalists, including:

Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, and Environmentalist
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, Staff Writer
Steve Hawk, Sierra Magazine, Executive Editor; Surfer Magazine, Former Editor-in-Chief
Jon Mooallem, The New York Times Magazine, Contributor
Scott Dodd,, Editor; Columbia School of Journalism, Adjunct Professor

Submission Fee: There is none! We are generously supported by a grant from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Submission Guidelines: Send us essays, short stories, memoirs, poetry, graphic novels, reporting, sky-writing, all forms of environmental writing accepted (including excerpts from longer works). Writers under 20 must include their age to be considered for special mention.

Eligibility: Open to all non-professional writers. All writing submitted to SAGE Magazine after 10/01/2011 will be automatically considered for the competition.

Fine Print: SAGE takes no rights to publication, meaning contest participants are free to submit and publish their work elsewhere. Editors will consult with winners to edit submissions for publication. SAGE reserves the right to declare a tie and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Deadline: April 20th, Midnight, Eastern Standard Time
Please send final submissions to SageMagazine(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)
Winners and Finalists Announced May 15th, 2012

What does "non-professional" mean? How does it relate to the "young writers" part of the contest announcement?

SAGE wanted to encourage young environmental writers, but had trouble setting an age limit. Plus, we figured that if there was someone out there who wanted to start an environmental writing career later in life--well, that's great too! Hence: while we assume most submissions will come from young writers, we decided to make "non-professional" the key eligibility requirement. Non-professional means that you have either not previously published for pay or that you are just starting a paid writing career. We will generally consider writers who have published a limited amount, but reserve the right to discretion on this matter.

Would you accept pieces that have been published elsewhere?

We can't consider pieces to which other publications own rights, and we're unlikely to consider a piece that has been published for pay (that would make you a professional writer--see above). However, we will generally consider pieces that have appeared in other campus publications.

Poetry Competition: Four Way Books Intro Prize

The Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry

D.A. Powell, judge

Submissions accepted January 1 - March 31

For a book-length collection of poetry written in English by a poet who has not previously published a first book of poetry.

$1000.00 plus publication and a reading in NYC.

Submit online or by mail January 1 - March 31. Include necessary entry form and submission fee of $28.00.

For guidelines and entry form, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Ontologica

Ontologica, a bi-annual literary magazine of art and thought is open for submissions starting 3/1/2012 - 4/30/2012. We will be accepting submissions in Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Art.

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

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

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

Non-fiction and fiction submissions should be no more than 25 pages in length. Flash fiction is generally discouraged. For art, send between 3 and 5 high quality JPEG or PNG files. Send all submissions as attachments. For more submission information, please see our Submissions page.

Send all submissions to ontologicajournal(at) (replace (at) with @)

For more information see our website.

Fiction Competition: So to Speak

So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2012 Fiction Contest, which will be judged by Ru Freeman. Submissions will be accepted until March 15th through our online submissions manager.

So to Speak, founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, has served as a space for feminist writing and art for nearly twenty years. So to Speak publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that live up to a high standard of language, form, and meaning. We are especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender.

Please visit our website for full submission guidelines.