Thursday, September 27, 2012

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Standing Rock Cultural Arts

Standing Rock Cultural Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural arts and education organization in Kent, Ohio is holding its third annual SRCA POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION.

Information and Submission link.

Entry Fee: $9 per manuscript (via Submishmash) to defray expenses and support poetry programming.



Submissions accepted July 1-October 31, 2012. Electronic as well as mailed entries are accepted; electronic preferred. Guest judges will be Lynne Albert, John Dorsey , and Allen Hines. Editor Tina Puckett may judge in the finalist round. Entries are blind and the guest judges will be blind judging entries. The editor will see entries only if there is an issue with a submission at the time of receipt.

Please read all guidelines and rights prior to sending submission! Inquiries (without attachments) may be sent to:

 SRCAChapbook(AT) (replace (AT) with @).

Writing Competition: Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose has published an award-winning print journal since 2000 through Fairfield University. We welcome 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 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.

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 this 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 with 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 with 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.

Updated: If you choose not to send to the contest, please also use the submission manager but select "Non-Contest" and follow the guidelines above. We are asking for a $3 fee to support the work of the journal for non-contest submissions. For more information, please email:

 shuber(at) (replace (at) with @). Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are ineligible for publication. All work considered anonymously.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Paid Internship: Slate

Slate is offering a paid internship for a highly energetic, self-starting individual who has a nose for news, sharp and quick writing skills, and a passion for social media. This is a jack-of-all-trades position for a tech-savvy person comfortable doing everything from coming up with viral story ideas to contributing to our newsblog, The Slatest, to running social media feeds. Great editorial judgment and ability to write clean, fast, and clear copy are a must.

This is a six-month-long position starting ASAP reporting to Slate's innovations editor. Please email a very brief cover letter of 300 words or less and a one-page resume to:

 slatestjob(at) (Replace (at) with @ )

You must be able to work out of our NYC office. Deadline is Sunday, Oct. 7.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Poetry and Fiction Competition: Mississippi Review


We award $1000 each in fiction and poetry for winning submissions. Our annual contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of the University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be short stories of 8,000 words or less; poetry entries should be three poems totaling 10 pages or less. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Fee is $15 per entry, payable to Mississippi Review. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue (for $10 additional get a one year subscription to the magazine). No manuscripts will be returned. Results will be posted on our website. Please do not send a SASE. Previously published work is ineligible.

Deadline is November 1, 2012. Winners will be announced March 2013. Publication is scheduled for June 2013. Please put "MRPRIZE 2013," name, address, phone, e-mail address, and title on page one of each manuscript. Please do not include a cover page. These are complete guidelines.

Questions? E-mail:

msreview(at) (replace (at) with @)

Send entries to MR Prize at the address below.

2013 Mississippi Review Prize
118 College Drive # 5144
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

Call for Submissions: The Helix

The Helix, Central Connecticut State University's acclaimed literary journal, is looking for new work for its Fall 2012 issue. Please submit any poems, prose or artwork via the Submissions Manager at their redesigned website.

Check out the archive of back issues reaching back into the 1970's and connect with the Helix at AWP in Boston 2013.

Deadline to receive work is November 1, 2012

Call for Submissions: Inch

Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction. We believe that good things come in small packages, so we focus our eight pages on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or fewer. Don't send us a few good lines or paragraphs--send us complete poems and stories that bite, resonate, or sleep with giants. We've published work by acclaimed authors, such as Betty Adcock, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Daniel Wallace, but we are equally committed to publishing the work of emerging authors.

Nonfiction: Our Fall 2012 issue will be dedicated to short memoir. Submit by November 1, 2012. Our theory is, if life is too short, as most agree it is, you shouldn't need more than 700 words. Include a cover letter. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please note in your cover letter if your story is submitted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Pays three copies.

We prefer electronic submissions. Submit your work online, and you will be able to log in and check the status of your submission at any time.

Call for Submissions: Spry Literary Journal

Spry Literary Journal is currently looking for submissions for its inaugural issue, which will be published in December 2012. We envision Spry as a literary journal that features undiscovered and established writers' concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just-plain-vulnerable writing. We see this as a place for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure - for people whose words and rhythms are spry.

We accept all short forms of writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and we also challenge you to write sparsely (under 750 words) through our Flash category. Submissions requested in all genres, and simultaneous submissions welcome. We have a strict blind submissions policy, and only accept writing through our submissions manager.

Please visit our submissions manager for guidelines and to submit your work to us. We are receptive to any questions via email at:

 editors(at) (replace (at) with @) )

and will respond as quickly as possible.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Third Sunday Blog Carnival

Third Sunday Blog Carnival is an interesting blog that posts links to blogs by and for writers. This blog, Jeanne's Writing Desk, is one of the featured links this month, but you will also find links to writers' personal blogs, to articles on the craft and business of writing, and to useful writing tips. There are 27 blogs featured today. Check it out!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Writing Competition: The Boiler Journal

The Boiler Journal invites you to put yourself and the audience under pressure and submit to our FIRST ANNUAL 500 FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE! This year’s genre will be Fiction.

Write a good piece in 500 words or less. and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back, knowing you did something worthwhile and get paid for your sweet effort. We have published flash fiction from Jillian Grant Lavoie, T Kira Madden, Marina Rubin, Caru Cadoc, Justine Haus and others.

1st place will receive $1000 prize.
2nd place will win $500.

Finalist will be considered for publication in future issues of The Boiler. Entry fee is $10.

Deadline is February 15!

Visit our website for more details.

Poetry Competition: Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award for 2012

Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award for 2012

Submission Guidelines
Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $1500 for poetry submitted under the following guidelines.
Download Printable Guidelines for online submissions.

Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 20, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review.

List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title(s) of poems submitted on a cover page.

List only the title of poem(s) on each page thereafter.

Consist of no more than four poems (with an additional limit of ten total pages in 12-point font, no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to:

Southern Indiana Review, Mary C. Mohr Award
University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN, 47712

Be postmarked by October 1, 2012.

Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.

Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.

Call for Undergraduate Writing and Art Submissions: Albion Review

Subject: Call for Undergraduate Writing and Art Submissions to Albion Review, $200 in Prizes.

The Albion Review is currently seeking undergraduate submissions for the 2012-2013 edition of our nationally-recognized literary magazine. Only undergraduate student submissions will be accepted. Staff is looking for submissions of fiction and poetry, as well as art.

$200 prizes will be awarded for fiction, poetry and art.
Check out our website for submission forms and further instructions.

Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2012

Call for Submissions: Barely South Review

Barely South Review is looking for literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that moves us. We keep an eye out for works that reinterpret and energize perspectives on or notions of space and borders—be they rigid,
precarious, liminal, transcendent, transgressive, provocative, or porous.

Our Fall reading period runs from September 1st until November 30th. For more details, please visit our website.

About BSR: The students and faculty of Old Dominion University’s MFA program in Creative Writing form a lively and supportive community of writers in beautiful southeastern Virginia. The Tidewater region’s story is shaped by its history and its diversity—by its dynamic fusion of old and new. There is great complexity in any form or creative assertion of “here,” and it is in this spirit that BSR embraces the opportunity to feature works from emerging as well as established writers. We are interested in great writing in its myriad forms. We seek to present many voices, especially those that defy easy regional, thematic, and stylistic categorization.

Any questions can be directed to:

 odu.creative.writing(at) (replace (at) with @)

Call for Submissions: Rio Grande Review

Call for submissions RGR. Fall 2012.

The RIO GRANDE REVIEW (RGR), the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso’s literary magazine, invites all writers to submit works of fiction, non-fiction, criticism, comic, poetry and artwork for our 40th issue, which will come out this Fall 2012. We welcome any style or theme.

This edition of the magazine will also have a special section dedicated to works of visual literature and performance and criticism of these genres. Submissions must be in a format, either text or image, reproducible in a print journal. Each work submitted for this section may be used both for the RGR website and/or for the print version of the magazine. By submitting work to the Rio Grande Review the author gives authorization for the use of his work in both mediums.

The deadline for submission is October 31st 2012. Texts can be in English and/or Spanish. We are also accepting submissions in indigenous languages if they are translated into Spanish or English.

Please email your submissions to:

 rgreditors(at) (replace (at) with @)

along with a short biographical note.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Call for Nonfiction Submissions: The Places We've Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35

The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is looking for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism.

From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show exactly where on the map our wide peer group has gone so far, and the distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines us. The book, which is an anthology of literary nonfiction, aims to draw readers through its vivid and transportive stories, told by the most adventurous and insightful of our group’s literary and raconteur peers. Examples of the types of stories we’re looking to include, are:

- A Chicago native’s true story of four days spent stuck on a boat on the Amazon River, after the annual folkloric festival in Parintins
- An American school teacher’s reportage from Cameroon, of a day spent dodging machete blades and hiding from the angry mob that overtook her campus after a controversial election
- A Japanese New Yorker’s tale of one year spent tending bar at her aunt’s Tokyo nightclub and learning about the private lives and secrets of her mother’s extended family
- An asthmatic hedge fund analyst’s strident portrayal of his month-long trek through Central Asia from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp

The book will be released in January 2013, available in eBook and paperback.

SUBMISSION is open through October 15, 2012. In addition to personal experience, the narrative should portray a strong sense of place. Creative nonfiction is the name of the game. There’s no set form, but memoir, literary journalism, essay, profile, ethnography, and interview (among other forms) are all welcome.

GUIDELINES: Submissions must be typed and sent as a Word document. Please include your full name, city and state, phone number, email address, and a biography no longer than two short paragraphs. Previously published work will not be considered. Please, no simultaneous submissions. No minimum word count; maximum 5,000 words. No fabricated narratives or pen names. Compensation varies.

Please allow four weeks for a response. Submissions will not be published without the writer’s consent. Feel free to check back with us if after four weeks you haven’t received a response.

stories(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email).

Poetry Fellowship: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, VA seeks distinguished poets for the 2013 Wachtmeister Award.

The award includes a fully-funded residency for up to 30 days, travel costs up to $750, and an honorarium of $1,000. Open only to poets who have never had a residency at the VCCA, have worked professionaly for at least 15 years, and have demonstrated achievements in their field, including a minimum of two full-length poetry collections.

Deadline: Sept. 20, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Writing Competition: The Missouri Review Editor's Prize

There’s one month left to submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize Competition--for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.

While the contest has a postmark deadline of October 1st of this year, we encourage early submissions. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2013.

Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. 

You can find more information about the contest through our website.

Interested in reading a past Jeffrey E. Smith Editor's Prize winner? Check out the essays "Big Jim," "Letters to David," and "My Thai Girlfriends" on textBOX, the Missouri Review's free online anthology.

Thanks very much for your help in making this year’s contest a success. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Best regards,

Claire McQuerry
Contest Editor

The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Call for Submissions: Referential Magazine

Call for Submissions: Referential Magazine

Referential Magazine is open year round for "referred" submissions but we are also now currently open for a new feature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art).

The featured reading period will run from 9-1-12 until 9-30-12. Please submit under the Featured Category of Submittable for features and General for referrals.

Our guidelines and links to submit are available here.

If you have additional questions please email us at:

(replace (at) with @)

-Thanks, Editors Referential Magazine

Call for Poetry Submissions: Tapestry

The editors of Tapestry, the annual literary magazine of Delta State University, welcome poetry submissions that focus on the Mississippi Delta or small-town southern life. For the Spring, 2013 issue, submissions should be sent as Word attachment by December 3, 2012 to:

tapestry(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending email)

(Please include in the body of the e-mail complete contact information, including mailing address. Payment will be one copy of the issue in which the accepted work appears.)

Tapestry, founded in 1988 by Dorothy Shawhan and Marion Barnwell, is supported by Delta State University and the Garrard Library Fund. To order Tapestry, you may write to:

Division of Languages and Literature
P.O. Box 3215
Delta State University
Cleveland, Ms 38733

Current issues are $5.00 each and back issues may be purchased for $3.00 each. For more information phone: 662-846-4060 or E-mail:

 whays(at) (replace (at) with @)

Poetry Competition: Anderbo

7th Year! 2012 Anderbo Poetry Prize

Deadline Dec 15, 2012; Judge: Sidney Wade

2012 Anderbo Poetry Prize
For up to six unpublished poems
Winner receives:
$500 cash
Publication on

Contest Judge: Sidney Wade
Sidney Wade’s sixth collection of poems, Straits & Narrows, will be published by Persea Books in February 2013. She has served as President of AWP and Secretary/Treasurer of ALTA and has taught workshops in Poetry and Translation at the University of Florida’s MFA@FLA program since 1993. She is the poetry editor of Subtropics.

2012 Contest Assistant: Charity Burns
Charity Burns has served as the poetry editor of Anderbo since 2007. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida and now lives, writes, and teaches in New York City. Her poems have been published in such literary journals as Madison Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and West Branch.

Deadline December 15th

–Each poem should be typed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper with the poet’s name in the upper-right corner of every page
–Include a cover page with name, contact information and the titles of the poems submitted
–Limit six poems per poet
–Poet must not have been previously published on
–Mail submissions to:

 Anderbo Poetry Prize
270 Lafayette Street, Suite 705
New York, NY 10012

Postmark Deadline: December 15th, 2012
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable toRRofihe