Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Creative Nonfiction Competition: Memoirs Ink

Memoirs Ink contest entry form.

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 1, 2012 (late deadline of August 15 requires
extra $5 fee).

More information here.

Call for Submissions: The Ilanot Review

The Ilanot Review, an Israeli journal for creative writing in English, is open to poetry, fiction and non-fiction submissions. We welcome original work and works in translation.

Cover art submissions are also welcome.

Issue theme: Foreign Bodies

Submission deadline: October 30, 2012

Click here for our complete submission guidelines.

And click here to read our current issue.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Writing Competition: Dogwood


Online submissions manager.

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $15; all submissions will be considered for publication in the 12th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Submissions accepted online between August 1 and October 15, 2012. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions. We look forward to receiving your work!

Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2013 and published in the 2013 issue of Dogwood.

FICTION: Roxane Gay‘s work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, NOON, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Oxford American, The Rumpus, and many others. She is a columnist for Salon, edits various publications, teaches, and lives in the Midwest.

POETRY: Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin, 2009) which was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series, and The Big Smoke (Penguin, forthcoming in 2013). He is the recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, and Poetry among other journals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University.

NONFICTION: Adriana Páramo is a cultural anthropologist and author of My Mother’s Funeral and Looking for Esperanza, winner of the 2011 Social Justice and Equality Award. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Consequence Magazine, So to Speak, Carolina Quarterly Review, The Los Angeles Review, and others. She has worked for Voice of Witness, a book series focusing on contemporary social injustice.

Fiction and Nonfiction Submission Guidelines

Submit fiction or nonfiction up to 25 pages using the online submission manager.
Please title your submission with the title of your piece.
Please double space and use 12-point font.
Include a brief bio and contact information in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
Previously published work is not eligible.

Poetry Submission Guidelines

Submit one, two, or three poems (max ten pages)
Please include all poems in one document.
Please double space and use 12-point font.
In the submission manager, please include the titles of all poems in your submission title (rather than “Three Poems”).
Include a brief bio and contact information in the cover letter field on the submission manager, but no name should appear on the mss.
Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere.
Previously published work is not eligible.

Deadline: October 15, 2012
Work not meeting the above guidelines will not be considered for publication. All contest entries meeting these requirements will be considered for publication in Spring 2013 Issue of Dogwood along with selected non-contest submissions.

If you choose not to send to the contest, please email a copy of your work following the above guidelines to:


Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are ineligible for publication. All work is considered anonymously. Contest entries will be given priority for publication. For more information, please email:


Essay Competition: Real Simple

The Fifth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

Find out how to enter Real Simple’s yearly contest.

If you could change one decision that you made in the past, what would it be? No, you can't go back in time, but here's the next best thing. Think of a decision that you regret—anything from a ridiculous choice of prom date to a serious lapse in judgment—and tell us what the mistake taught you about yourself.

Enter Real Simple's fifth annual Life Lessons Essay Contest and you could:

Have your essay published in Real Simple
Receive a prize of $3,000
Win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors

To enter, send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word document) to:

 lifelessons(at)realsimple.com (replace (at) with @).

Contest begins at 12:01 a.m. EST on May 12, 2012, and runs through 11:50 p.m. EST on September 13, 2012. All submitted essays must be nonfiction. Open to legal residents of the United States age 19 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.)

Call for Editors (unpaid): The Museum of Americana

The museum of americana, an online literary review scheduled to launch its debut issue in the next few months, would like to add editors in prose, poetry, and artwork/photography. These would be unpaid positions. The ideal candidates would have strong backgrounds in their genres and a love of all things related to Americana.

Those interested in potentially joining the museum of americana should visit our website to get a clear idea of our vision and then send a note of interest and a summary of qualifications to:

justinhamm2002(at)yahoo.com (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

Call for Submissions: Open to Interpretation

Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers' submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image. 

Announcing Fading Light 

The photographers sent us their images of shadows, absence of light, twilight, darkness, losing light, and transformation. Now it's your turn to use the images to inspire your words. Your poems and stories may include the literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.  

Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale - all genres are acceptable.

Book Title: Open to interpretation
Theme: Fading Light
Judge: Jacqueline Kolosov, 
Submission Fee: $20 for 3 images, $10 additional

Deadline for submission: November 13, 1012
Results Announced: February 7, 2013
Results Posted Online: February 10, 2013

Awards:  $500 Judge's Selection Award
For full details go here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fiction Competition: The Doug Fir Fiction Award

Bear Deluxe Magazine Presents:
The Doug Fir Fiction Award
Every Story Begins Somewhere

Grand Prize:
$1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology*, national publication and recognition

Finalists: Recognition and publication consideration

September 4, 2012 (postmark)**

Award Judge (2012-13): Brian Doyle (Mink River, Bin Laden’s Bald Spot, Grace Notes, Best American Essays)

Entry Fee:

Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology

The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished
short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

For complete guidelines.

*Authors must meet complete residency requirements.
**Online submissions, payments and sample issue requests are accepted at www.orlo.org

About the judge: Brian Doyle’s essays have appeared in The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, Commonwealth, Georgia Review, and Harper’s, among other periodicals. His essays have also been reprinted in the Best American Essays anthologies of 1998 and 1999, in Best Spiritual Writing 1999, 2001, and 2002, and in the anthologies Thoughts of Home (1995), Family (1997), In Brief (1998), Resurrecting Grace (2001). He also reviews books for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian and Preservation magazine; is a columnist for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia; and is the recipient of The American Scholar’s Best Essay Award in 2000, for an essay on Plutarch.

Past judges: Katherine Dunn, Jon Raymond, Rivka Galchen, Jim Lynch, Gina Ochsner

Submission Guidelines
The Doug Fir Fiction Award welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

If you are not familiar The Bear Deluxe, a sample copy of issue #32 (in which the 2010-11 winner appears) is available through mail for $5 at the address below. Issue #29 (including the 2008 award winner and one finalist) and issue #26 (including the 2007 winner and two finalists) are available for $5 each as well. When requesting sample copies, indicate your preferred issues.

Simultaneous submissions are not permitted. Multiple submissions are allowed but must be mailed separately with separate entry fees. Upon acceptance, Orlo and The Bear Deluxe Magazine assume first-time publishing rights and Web-publishing rights for the period of one year following print publication.

About the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology Residency Program
The Sitka Center offers workshops, residencies and community events, while maintaining a facility appropriate to its needs in harmony with its inspirational coastal environment near Cascade Head and the Salmon River estuary. Along with the $1,000 cash prize, award organizers are partnering with the Sitka Center to offer a writer’s residency of up to 10 weeks to the winning author. Due to Sitka's residency program structure, you must be able to participate in the whole residency time period of 3 1/2 months. There are two residency periods per year: October to mid January and January to late May. Unfortunately, if you cannot participate in the entire residency time, you will need to forfeit this award. For more details on residency benefits and requirements, visit our site.

Deadline, Mailing Address, Online Submissions
Entries must be postmarked by September 4, 2012. Mail your entry to:

Doug Fir Fiction Award/Bear Deluxe Magazine
810 SE Belmont, Studio 5
Portland, OR 97214. 

Online submissions and payments can be made here. (please indicate "Doug Fir submission 2012-13" in the notes with your payment).

Entry Requirements
An entry fee of $15. Make check or money order in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to Orlo/The Bear Deluxe Magazine. All entrants receive a copy of the issue in which the winner appears. All entry fees are nonrefundable. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results.

Manuscript Format Guidelines
Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please submit two title pages: one with the story title, author’s name, address, telephone number and email address; and one with just the story title.


- Your submitted story must be an original work of which you are the sole author.

- Submitted stories must be unpublished in both print and Web formats.

-Your story must be submitted in accordance with the eligibility requirements, format guidelines, entry requirements, deadline, and terms, or it will be disqualified.

- This competition is open to all writers in English, regardless of nationality.

-The Bear Deluxe Magazine reserves the right to edit the winning story for length and clarity upon consultation with the author.

- Entry fees or manuscripts will not be returned.

-Participating writers will receive an email notification upon receipt of their submission. If access to email is not possible, include an additional SASE for notification.

- Participating writers will be notified no later than January 30, 2013, of the award results.

-Writers currently involved with Orlo or The Bear Deluxe Magazine are not eligible for the award. To avoid a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest, friends and current or former students of the award judge are not eligible for the award.

- The competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

- No phone calls or emails please.

- The decision of the judge is final.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Call for Fiction Submissions: Saxifrage Press

It's the Summer of Fiction at Saxifrage Press!

We're featuring one fiction writer for August and September. Please send one short piece no more than 3000 words for consideration. Stories must be previously unpublished. Please review our submission guidelines here.

The deadline for inclusion is as follows:
August Featured Fiction Writer: July 25th, 2012
September Featured Fiction Writer: August 25th, 2012

Please send your submission in a single file to:
saxifragefiction(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

Include a cover letter in the body of the email with a brief bio and contact information. If considered for publication, we will request a headshot to accompany the feature.

Call for Submissions: damselfly press

damselfly press, an online literary journal for women, is pleased to announce our twentieth issue dedicated to female MFA graduates and students.

We are seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers only. The twenty-first issue of damselfly press will be available October 15th, 2012. If you’d like to submit, please first visit our guidelines section,

and send us your submission by September 15th, 2012.
These are the e-mails per genre editor:

Fiction- jennifer(at)damselflypress.net (replace (at) with @)

Poetry- lesley(at)damselflypress.net

Nonfiction- nonfiction(at)damselflypress.net

Call for Submissions: Toad

Toad, a quarterly journal of exciting art, is currently reading submissions for Issue 2:3. We want your prose, your poetry, your visual art, your multimedia projects. We want them 365 days a year. You can check out Issue 2:2, featuring work by Joseph Salvatore, Wendy Rawlings, Andrea Cohen, Matt Mauch, Nathan McClain, John Popielaski and more at www.toadthejournal.com

Please send a PDF or Word document to:

 toadthejournal(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending email).

If your work stretches the boundaries of those formats, send us a link, a bio, a sample--something that makes us excited to see more of your work.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Call for Graphic Narratives: Drake University Emerging Writer Award

The Drake University Writers & Critics Series is accepting submissions for its fourth annual Drake University Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University’s English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries, and the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. The author is also invited to judge the graphic narrative year-end awards of Periphery, Drake’s student literary journal, compensated with a small additional honorarium.

Each year, the award rotates among genres (short fiction in 2010, literary nonfiction in 2011, and poetry in 2012). We are currently accepting submissions for an award to go to an author/illustrator who has published a first book-length graphic narrative and who shows promise as an emerging writer/artist. Drake University will host a gallery exhibition of the winner’s work and will invite the winner to speak at Drake during April 2013.

Submit Electronically:
An electronic copy of the book (pdf preferred) should be submitted by the author or publisher here.

The cover letter should include a brief biography, contact information for the author, and a statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length graphic narrative publication. Each submission requires a $15.00 entry fee. Entries must be received by August 31, 2012. Materials received after August 31 will not be considered. Drake University English Department will take reasonable measures to control the pdf so that it will only be viewed by judges for judging purposes. Artists concerned about security may add a watermark to the pages indicating that the pdf is “for Drake University Emerging Writer Judging Purposes Only."

Alternatively you may Submit by Mail:
Entries may be submitted by the author or the publisher, and must include a copy of the book; a cover letter that includes a brief biography, contact information for the author, and a statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length graphic narrative publication; a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of the award winner/award results; and a $15.00 entry fee payable to "Drake University." Entries must be postmarked by August 31, 2012. Materials postmarked after August 31 will not be considered. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Drake University English Department.

If submitting by mail, send all materials to:

Drake University Emerging Writer Award
c/o Jennifer Perrine and Amy Letter
Writers and Critics Series
English Department, Howard Hall
Drake University
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

The winner will be notified by January 31, 2013. All entrants will be notified of the results in February 2013. This year, the award is open to first book-length graphic narratives only. Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the talk and exhibition at Drake University in April 2013 to receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1) authors who have published more than one book-length graphic narrative; 2) authors who will be residing outside of North America in April 2013; 3) current students and employees of Drake University.

Submissions by collaborators are welcome, however if collaborators win, the honoraria will be divided between/among them.

For questions about the award or the series, please e-mail:

or amy.letter(at)drake.edu (replace (at) with @)

Call for Fiction: New Rivers Press

New Rivers Press is pleased to announce that it will begin publishing popular fiction titles with literary value. For The New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series competition, the press is seeking manuscripts from new and emerging authors in the genres of Action-adventure, Crime, Detective, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Western, and Inspirational, and all sub-genres within and across those categories. Manuscripts will be accepted electronically through Submittable (formerly Submishmash) until Sept. 1.

There is a $20 reading fee. Each author selected for publication will receive a $250 honorarium and a standard electronic book contract. All books will be distributed internationally in e-book formats.

About New Rivers Press
Since 1981, New Rivers Press has held distinguished annual competitions to find new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two books of creative writing with a commercial, university, or national small press.) The mission of New Rivers Press at Minnesota State University Moorhead is to publish and promote enduring contemporary literature and to create academic learning opportunities. New Rivers Press acquires, publishes, and markets high quality, imaginative work from emerging and established writers. Founded in New York in 1968 by C.W. “Bill” Truesdale, the not-for-profit press has now published over 330 books.

Suzzanne Kelley
Managing Editor
New Rivers Press
c/o Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Ave. S.
Moorhead, MN 56563

nrp(at)mnstate.edu (replace (at) with @)

Call for Poetry Submissions: Women Write Resistance

WOMEN WRITE RESISTANCE: POETS RESIST GENDER VIOLENCE (Blue Light Press, 2013), a new anthology of American poets, seeks poetry submissions to round out the collection. The poets in this anthology intervene in the ways violence against women is perceived in American culture by deploying techniques to challenge those narratives and make alternatives visible. See description below. More information here.

There are two ways to submit:
Submit 1-3 unpublished poems in the body of the email or as a doc to:
 womenwriteresistance(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). This is the preferred submission.

Or: Submit 1-3 previously published poems in the body of the email or as a doc to:
 womenwriteresistance(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). For this submission, please also include the following: 1) the title of your poem; 2) the name of the book, journal, or anthology where it originally appeared; 3) the name of the press or journal who published it; 4) the year or issue it was published. Please double check to make sure that you as the author retain the rights to this poem(s) or that it can be reprinted at no cost other than acknowledgement to the original source.

Please also include in your submission a bio (50-100 words) and a mailing address. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2012.

Contributors include Kristin Abraham, Lana Hetchman Ayers, Wendy Barker, Ellen Bass, Grace Bauer, Kimberly L. Becker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Shevaun Brannigan, Kristy Bowen, Joy Castro, Allison Hedge Coke, Sandi Day, Jehanne Dubrow, Rain C. Goméz, Judy Grahn, Nicole Hospital-Medina, Judy Juanita, Julie Kane, Susan Kelly-Dewitt, Paula Kolek, Alexis Krasilovsky, Lisa Lewis, Lyn Lifshin, Frannie Lindsay, Ellaraine Lockie, Alison Luterman, Marie-Elizabeth Mali, Leslie Adrienne Miller, Deborah A. Miranda, Linda McCarriston, Dawn McGuire, Sara Luise Newman, Cati Porter, Laura Van Prooyen, Natanya Ann Pulley, Carol Quinn, Lucinda Roy, Hilda Raz, Carly Sachs, Marjorie Saiser, Maureen Seaton, Kathleen Tyler, Davi Walders, Tana Jean Welch, Judy Wells, Rosemary Winslow, Karenne Wood, Andrena Zawinski, and many, many others.

WOMEN WRITE RESISTANCE: POETS RESIST GENDER VIOLENCE (Blue Light Press, 2013) views poetry as a transformative art. By deploying techniques to challenge narratives about violence against women and making alternatives to that violence visible, the American poets in WOMEN WRITE RESISTANCE intervene in the ways gender violence is perceived in American culture. A poem from a victim’s perspective, for example, might use explicit imagery but also show the emotional consequences often obscured when newspapers, video games, films, and television programs depict violence in superficial or sexualized ways. A poet might also critique dominant narratives, such as calling into question the perception that certain women deserved to be raped.

The introduction, which draws on the work of Tami Spry, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, and Chela Sandoval, frames the intellectual work behind the building of the anthology by describing how poets break silence, disrupt narratives, and use strategic anger to fight for change. Poetry of resistance distinguishes itself by a persuasive rhetoric that asks readers to act. The anthology’s stance believes poetry can compel action using both rhetoric and poetic techniques to motivate readers. In their deployment of these techniques, poets of resistance claim the power to name and talk about gender violence in and on their own terms. Indeed, these poets fight for change by revising justice and framing poetry as action.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Poetry Competition: Texas Review Press Breakthrough Poetry Prize

Full-length poetry manuscripts are now being considered for The Texas Review Press Breakthrough Poetry Prize: Georgia. The TRP Breakthrough Prize is designed to find and champion emerging poets in every state of the American South. This year, we seek book-length manuscripts of 50-80 pages from residents of Georgia who have not published a full-length collection of poems. Please include a cover letter with your submission, as well as two title pages—one with your contact information, including e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number—and the other with the title only. Include an acknowledgments page for previous publications. Paul Ruffin to judge.

There is no reading fee. The Breakthrough Poetry Prize entails publication of the winning manuscript, national distribution via the Texas A&M University Press Consortium, plus twenty-five free copies furnished to author upon publication.

All submissions must be sent as e-mail attachments to:

 trp.ga.poetry.prize(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @) )

in one of the following formats: MS Word 1997-2003 (.doc), MS Word 2007/2010 (.docx); Rich Text Format (.rtf); or Portable Digital Format (.pdf). Please include a short (75-100 word) bio as a separate attachment in one of the above formats.

Any questions should be directed to:

trp.ga.poetry.prize(at)gmail.com (replace (at) with @ in sending email) .

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2012. Texas Review Press looks forward to considering your work.

Call for Submissions: Hinchas de Poesia

Hinchas de Poesia

Hinchas de Poesía is currently soliciting submissions for issue#7. The deadline for submitting work is July 25th; we foreseepublishing issue #7 by August of 2012.

Hinchas is an online digital codex dedicated to contemporary Pan-American writing. Hinchas are Spanglish speakers,18-45, who grew up in populous Latino exurbs (Miami, Los Angeles, D.C.) and may or may not watch soccer, but know to call it fútbol. Hinchas are the homicidal fútbol fanatics of Latin America, particularly of the Argentine variety.

A short list of writers published between our digital pages include: Tomaz Salamun, Campbell McGrath, Melinda Palacios, Yaddyra Peralta, Louis Bourgeois, Luivette Resto-Ometeotl, Guillermo Castro, Stephen Page, Nick Vagnoni, David Spicer, Chip Livingston, James Cervantes, Kristine Chalifoux, Bojan Louis, Shana Wolstein, Flavia Cosma,and M.G.Stephens.

Our reading period for our fall issue will run from Monday, May 21st, 2012 until Monday, July 25th 2012. Multiple submissions are permitted, but please do inform us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Poetry: Please submit up to three previously unpublished pieces. Please include your name, contact information, and the titles for your poems. All questions regarding poetry and poetry submissions should be directed to:


Prose: Typically, we request that fiction submissions not exceed three thousand words. For issue #7, we request that submissions of micro-fiction not exceed one thousand words. Please include your name, contact information and the title of your piece(s). All questions regarding fiction andfiction submissions should be directed to:


Translations: Please submit up to three previously unpublished translations alongside the work in the source language. Please include your name, contact information, and the titles for your translations; in addition,submit the name of the writer you have translated, their publisher information,and the original titles you have chosen to translate. All questions regarding translations and translation submissions should be directed to:


 Artwork: Please send art as a .jpeg image 2400 pixels wide (high res.) at a 72 dpi.To ensure compatability, please only attach images as .jpegs; please ensure that attachments are no larger than 24 MBs; if you are sending multiple images that exceed this capacity, send images separately. All questions regarding art and art submissions should be directed to:


 Book Reviews: We request that reviews not exceed one thousand words, and that the subject, title, publisher, and year of publication appear clearly delineated. All questions regarding reviews and submissions of reviews should be addressed to the respective editors
All submissions are handled through our Submittable account, or through our website under the “Submissions” tab. We look forward to reading your best work; if you have any questions, please contact us at:


 YagoCura, Publisher
JimHeavily, Poetry Editor
J.David Gonzalez, Prose Editor
JenniferTherieau, Art Editor

Short Fiction Competition: Jerry Jazz Musician

Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Contest

"The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike."
- Ralph Ellison

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of approximately one - five thousand words. The winner will be announced via a special mailing of our Jerry Jazz Musician newsletter. Publishers, artists, musicians and interested readers are among those who subscribe to the newsletter. Additionally, the work will be published on the home page of Jerry Jazz Musician and featured there for at least four weeks.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theatre, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Your writing should appeal to a reader with these characteristics.

Contest details
A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story. In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author's acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form. No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

Submission deadline for the next contest is September 30, 2012. Publishing date will be on or about November 1, 2012.

Please submit your story by September 30, 2012 via Word or Adobe attachment to:

 jm(at)jerryjazz.com (Change (at) to @) ).

Be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include "Short Fiction Contest Submission" in the subject heading of the email.

Short Fiction Competition: Zoetrope: All-Story

The sixteenth annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest is open. Enter here.

2012 National Magazine Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Karen Russell will award the top prizes.
First prize is $1,000; second prize $500; and third prize $250.

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

Entries must be complete by October 1, 2012. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2013 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2013 issue.

Complete contest guidelines are available at the website. Please read them before submitting.

Please e-mail us at contests@all-story.com with further questions. We look forward to reading your work.
The editors at Zoetrope: All-Story
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Fellowship: Hodder Fellows, Princeton

Hodder Fellows

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to writers and other artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2013-2014 academic year. Hodder Fellows may be writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, performance artists, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinarily intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of our applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. Fellowships cannot fund work leading to the Ph.D. You need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Label each item on-line and/or mailed with your name and genre (ex: writer/fiction, writer/playwright, visual artist, etc.)

Submit on-line. Submit a resume, a sample of recent work 3,000 word writing sample, and a project proposal of 500 to 750 words.
Submit via mail (if applicable):
a DVD of ten minutes of performance; 20 visual images.

Programs Office/Hodder Fellowship
Princeton University
Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ, 08544

Deadline: November 1, 2012

10-month Stipend: $68,000

Writing Competition: Alligator Juniper

Alligator Juniper National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

$15 Entry Fee
*** $1,000 First Place Prize ***

Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2012

Our annual contest awards $1000 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists in each genre will be recognized as such, published, and paid in copies. Cost of entry: $15, checks or money orders payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2013 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in late spring 2013. There is no theme for this issue; work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest, you agree to allow us to select your work for publication, as a finalist. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, including emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately, should your work be selected elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions accepted August 15 through October 1, 2012 (postmark deadline).
Include a brief cover letter; please let us know if yours is a simultaneous submission.
Include SASE for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.
Include a $15 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30-page limit), or up to five poems. Additional categories require additional fee.
Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.
Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
Double-sided submissions are encouraged. No email submissions.

Send to:
Alligator Juniper, Prescott College
220 Grove Avenue
Prescott, AZ 86301

Note: We usually inform in January.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Call for Submissions: H.O. D.

With its 7th Issue just published H.O.D. (A Handful Of Dust) announces it is currently accepting submissions of UNPUBLISHED writing for Issue Issue #8 (10/31/2012) and Issue #9 (02/14/2012). H.O.D. is mainly looking for UNPUBLISHED grit-lit poetry and short-short-short fiction/prose poetry (200 words--1-2 paragraphs preferred) submitted in the body of an e-mail.

Cut off date for #8 will be October 10th or so, but all submissions will be considered for either issue. While the dates of the next issues (Halloween and Valentine's Day) may suggest themes, H.O.D. will consider any subject and style, even poems about the first time you kissed a gal named Goldie on a pile of melting fun-size snickers as the constant doorbell and whines of spoiled children provided the soundtrack to your apocalyptic bliss.

H.O.D. asks that you send 3-5 UNPUBLISHED poems in the body of an e-mail to:

 h.o.d.submissions(at)gmail.com. no attachments.

No Attachments. NO ATTACHMENTS. They will go unread. I make sure each poem is accurate when it goes to publish.

H.O.D. is also seeking artwork for future issues. Black & White photography preferred. Gritty subject matter a plus. PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED OKAY, just let me know who and when. Submit 3 pieces to:


Low-res .jpeg Attachments preferred. If interested, H.O.D. will request higher-res copies.

No written attachments. They will go unread. (It's why computer geeks gave us the gospels of Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C, and Ctrl-V (Preferably In That Order).)

Call for Submissions: The Citron Review

The Citron Review is now accepting submissions for our Fall 2012 Issue. The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing Program, listed as a top five low residency program in Poets and Writers and Atlantic Monthly.

What should you submit? The Citron Review accepts submission of Micro-Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction. We are looking for works that have that unmistakable magnetic pull. Stories that make us jump up from our seats or throw our head in our hands and cry, yes! Make us feel, make us think, be captivating, be moving, be infinite.

General Information: To submit to The Citron Review, please use our submissions manager.

You can also see full guidelines on our website.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors must notify us immediately if their work is published elsewhere.