Monday, October 29, 2012

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.

Call for Submissions: The Dallas Review

Greetings from Reunion: The Dallas Review

We are now accepting submissions. Reunion is a rising literary and fine arts journal sponsored by the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, featuring high-quality poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual arts, translation and drama.

We are seeking well-crafted quality work from across the nation and abroad to be featured in our large format, full color annual publication. Our current deadline is Dec. 15. Please visit our website to submit your work.

Call for Essays: Black Lawrence Press

Call for Submissions:

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for an anthology of essays by immigrant poets in America, celebrating their contributions to the landscape of American poetry. The title, Others Will Enter the Gates, is taken from Walt Whitman's poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry".

Immigrant poets living in the United States are invited to submit essays of between 700-5000 words for the anthology. Poets can address one of four themes in their essays:

1) Influence(s)
2) How the poet's work fits within the American poetic tradition
3) How the poet's work fits within the poetic tradition of his/her home country and
4) What it means to be a poet in America.

Essays can be creative or academic. However, essays need to be accessible since the anthology is also for a general audience.

Abayomi Animashaun, Nigerian émigré and author of The Giving of Pears, will serve as editor. Questions? You may contact him at .

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable.

Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2013.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Gulf Stream: Poets of the Gulf Coast

Jeff Newberry and Brent House, the editors of The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, are seeking poetry by poets whose lives and works have been shaped in some tangible way by the Gulf Coast region of the United States. For this anthology, we seek writers who came of age, have spent time in, or set foot in the Gulf Coast states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Each poet is asked to submit up to three poems. Unpublished work is preferable, but the editors will consider previously-published work if the poet owns the copyright. Poets are also asked to contribute a short "eco-narrative," a 200-300 word discussion of how the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast region of the United States has affected or shaped the poet's writing. This "eco-narrative" will not only firmly ground the poems in the actual regional space, but it will also provide an explicit link between the poet, the poet's writing and the landscape, showing that even in poetry that doesn't explicitly mention the Gulf Coast, the region has established/created/implied/etc. an aesthetic and imaginative anchor in a poet's writing.

Direct all questions to:

thegulfstreamanthology(at) (replace (at) with @).

Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012. The book will be published by Snake Nation Press; the tentative publication date is February 2013.

To submit work, please visit the online submission manager.

Fiction and Poetry Competition: Third Coast Magazine

Third Coast Magazine is currently accepting submissions for our 2013 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests.

Winners in each genre receive $1000 & publication. All entrants receive a one year subscription to Third Coast.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

We are very pleased to have the following judges: Antonya Nelson (Fiction) and Jane Hirshfield (Poetry).

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the new Come, Thief, After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and named a “best book of 2006” by theWashington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times), Given Sugar, Given Salt, (finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), The Lives of the Heart, and The October Palace, as well as a book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, six editions of The Best American Poetry, and many other publications. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Antonya Nelson is the author of eight books of fiction, including Female Trouble and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell. Nelson’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. Her books have been New York Times Notable Books of 1992, 1996, 1998, and 2000. The New Yorker called her one of the “twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium.” She is also a recent recipient of the Rea Award for Short Fiction and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA Grant.Guidelines: Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three previously unpublished poems.

Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three (3) previously unpublished poems and a $16 entry fee online.
Or via postal service:

Third Coast 2013 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

Prose and Poetry Residency: University of Arizona

Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program has offered poets and prose writers an opportunity to develop their work and to discover all that Tucson has to offer. Two residencies are awarded each summer—one in poetry and one in prose—to writers at any stage of their careers. The residency includes a $150 weekly stipend and a two-to-four-week stay in a private guest house, located within steps of the Center’s renowned library. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31. To enter, applicants must submit a resume or CV, a project proposal, and a work sample. For complete guidelines, visit our website.

The deadline for application is December 17th, 2012.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fiction Fellowship: South Carolina Academy of Authors


The SCAA announces its 2nd annual $1000 fellowship in fiction!

Entries may be previously unpublished short stories or excerpts from unpublished longer works. Limit 15 pages per submission, one submission per author. There are no restrictions on content, but applicants must be fulltime South Carolina residents; SCAA board members are ineligible.

Winner will be invited to SCAA induction ceremony in April, 2013. Submissions must be typed on 8.5 x 11 paper. Author's name must not appear on manuscript. Send two hard copies of story/chapter with separate cover sheet specifying author's name, contact information andsubmission title, plus $15 submission fee payable to SCAA.

DEADLINE: Entries postmarked no later than December 1, 2012

Send submissions and $15 application fee payable to SCAA to:

Jon Tuttle
Department of English
Francis Marion University
PO Box 100547
Florence SC 29502

Questions? Email:

Jtuttle(at) (replace (at) with @)

The stories of Mary Robison, this year's judge, have been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Esquire, GQ, Harvard Magazine, and complied in four collections. Her novel, Why Did I Ever, won the Los Angeles Times Book prize for Fiction, and One D.O.A., One on the Way was chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the "100 Most Notable Books of the Year" and by Oprah Winfrey for her Summer Reading list in 2009. Robison has worked also as a screenwriter and script doctor for various film makers and teaches now at the University of Florida.

Editor Position: Ecotone Literary Journal

Hire for an editor of Ecotone literary journal and Lookout, the book imprint and teaching press that published Edith Pearlman's Binocular Vision to national success last year. The person will join the crew of Ecotone and Lookout along with founding editor David Gessner, Pub Lab Assistant Director Beth Staples, and me. We're a small but growing team, and it's crucial that we hire the right person. A full description of the job is available here. Start date: July 1, 2013. There's a priority deadline of December 3.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a nationally recognized department that offers both BFA and MFA degrees, as well as a Certificate in Publishing. Each semester, the successful candidate will teach a course in literary magazine editing associated with the journal Ecotone, as well as another course in the editing/publishing curriculum.

In addition, he or she will take on the following duties for Ecotone:

* Oversee the selection of prose, poetry, and art to be published in the journal.
* Manage all aspects of production and distribution, including budget.
* Supervise the graduate student managing editor and any other interns or graduate assistants associated with the journal.
* Cooperate with the Editor in Chief in planning the overall direction of the journal.

For Lookout Books, under the supervision of the Director of The Publishing Laboratory:

* Read submissions, recommend manuscripts from the pool of writers published in Ecotone, and edit books for Lookout, an award-winning literary imprint that seeks work by emerging and historically underrepresented voices, as well as overlooked gems by established writers.
* Developmentally edit, copyedit, and proofread manuscripts.
* Maintain production schedules and troubleshoot schedule challenges.
* Supervise student editorial interns.
* Assist in creating and disseminating of marketing materials.
* Work collaboratively with the design and production teams.

UNCW is committed to maintaining a campus environment that values diversity. The university aims to achieve, within all areas of the university community, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff capable of providing for excellence in the education of its students and for the enrichment of the university community. To that end, I invite your assistance identifying candidates with specific attention to minorities and women.

If you are aware of individuals who would be a good fit, please send me their contact information so that I may encourage their application. For more information on the department and Publishing Lab, please visit, and for Lookout,

Speculative Fiction Competition: StoneThread Publishing

StoneThread Publishing Speculative Fiction Contest II

For our contests, speculative fiction is defined as any story in any genre that responds to the question "What if?" in a way that depends on science or on any fantastic elements. The genres might include science fiction (hard or sociological), fantasy, magic realism, psychological horror or suspense (no slash and gash please), ghost stories, urban fantasy, paranormal romance (no erotica please), etc. They may be based in the past, present or future.

Contest Rules

There is no reading fee or entry fee for this contest.
Entry deadline, 30 November 2012 (may be extended if we do not receive enough entries).
Previously unpublished speculative fiction only please.
1,000 to 10,000 words.
Email submission as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to:

contest(at) (replace (at) with @).

Enter as many stories as you like, one story per email.
Name and email address must appear in upper left corner of the first page of the story.
Past tense is the natural voice of narrative; please, no present tense.
We will announce the winners by email to all entrants approximately one month after the contest closes.


All winning entries and all honorable mentions will be included in an anthology to be published as an ebook by StoneThread Publishing. We reserve the right to publish the anthology in paperback as well.

First Place: $50 plus a copy of the anthology
Second through Sixth: $20 plus a copy of the anthology
Honorable Mentions: $5 plus a copy of the anthology

To get on our mailing list for releases and other contests, please visit our website and sign up.

Post-Publication Poetry Book Prize: 2013 UNT Rilke Prize

The UNT Rilke Prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.


An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year.

Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry and be U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States.
Work must be original poetry written in English.
Books may be submitted by presses or by writers themselves in the month of November and must be postmarked by November 30, 2012.
Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012 of the preceding year.
Each submission must include a copy of the book and a completed entry form.
Email a copy of the entry form to:

lisa.vining(at) (Change (at) to @)

Self-published books will not be considered.
Finalists may be asked to submit further copies.
Books will not be returned.
The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on April 9th and 10th, 2013. UNT will pay for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award. Poets who enter the prize must agree to these terms in order to accept the prize.

Results will be announced in January.


The prize will be judged by UNT's poetry faculty.

Submission Requirements

Authors or publishers will email entry form and include a copy with the book submission. Find the entry form here.

and submission should be sent to:

The UNT Rilke Prize
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311307
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Poetry Competition: The Ledge Press

The Ledge Press announces its 2012 and 19th annual poetry chapbook competition. Winner receives $1,000 and 25 copies of the chapbook published by The Ledge Press in fall of 2013. Chapbook is professionally printed with full color cover.

Submit 16-28 pages of poetry in addition to a title page with contact information. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Entry fee of $18 includes a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication by The Ledge Press. 

Postmark deadline: October 31. Send entries to:

The Ledge 2012 Chapbook Competition
40 Maple Avenue
Bellport, NY 11713

Writing Competition: Harpur Palate

Submit your best poetry and creative nonfiction to our two writing contests, the annual Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and the brand-new Harpur Palate Prize for Creative Nonfiction. All contest submissions are simultaneously considered for publication. Winners in each contest will receive a $500 prize, publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate, and two copies of the issue in which the winning piece appears.

All writers who submit to our contests, which requires a small entry fee of $15, will receive a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate. Those who have already subscribed will receive an additional year on their current subscription. What better way to start your subscription than by entering one of our contests?

Past winners have been featured and interviewed on our blog. You can also view the winning poems in our online archive. We hope to add you to the growing list of Milton Kessler Memorial Prize-winning poets. Or, just as exciting, you could be the first person in Harpur Palate history to receive the Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Contest winners are heavily highlighted in the journal. In the last few issues, we have dedicated full-color pages with contrasting text to the winning submissions, which is an exciting way to get noticed (see an example here).

For more specifics, please see our contest guidelines on our website. We accept submissions by mail or through Submittable until Thursday, November 15, so start sending in your best poems and creative nonfiction. All of us here atHarpur Palate are excited and eager to read your work. As always, thanks for being such wonderful readers of and submitters to Harpur Palate!


The Editors, Harpur Palate

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fiction Competition: 2012 William Richey Short Fiction Contest

The 2012 William Richey Short Fiction Contest

$1,000 prize. 10 finalists. $10 to play.
Contest Details

Matt Bell will serve as judge for Yemassee's 2012 William Richey Short Fiction Contest, now accepting entries. The author of the winning story will receive $1,000 and publication in Yemassee. Yemassee will also publish stories by two runners-up, along with a list of ten finalists.

Submission Details

To enter, submit one piece of unpublished fiction of up to 10,000 words. An entry fee of $10 must accompany each entry. All submissions should be double-spaced. Story title and page numbers should appear on each page, but the author's name should not appear anywhere within the entry. All entries must be submitted through submittable.

We welcome multiple story submissions; each story should be entered separately and will require its own entry fee. All entries must be submitted by the November 15th deadline. Winner and finalists will be announced on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication.

Call for Fiction: Second Voice Anthology

German-American writer Ursula Hegi, author of the excellent novel, Stones from the River, is editing an anthology of fiction by immigrant writers. Here's the official call.

Call for Submission: Second Voice Anthology

Second Voice offers three literary prizes, $1,000, $500, and $250, for fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language and culture. We are interested in short stories and novel excerpts of 7,000 words or less from established and new writers.

Submissions are free. Please submit via submittable.

The anthology is edited by bicultural writer Ursula Hegi, author of Tearing The Silence: On Being German in America and a PEN/Faulkner winner.

Poetry Competition: Crab Orchard Review

2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards
$3500 and publication for two collections of poems
final judge: Rodney Jones

Below are the guidelines for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition:

All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible for the Open Competition.)

Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts postmarked October 1 through November 17, 2012. The winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, both winners will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets' collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked or submitted online between October 1, 2012 and the end of November 17, 2012 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CDT) on November 17, 2012). (For postal submissions since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.) Please do not send revisions of either postal or online submissions; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $25.00 per entry for postal submissions; $28.00 per entry for online submissions through Submittable ($25.00 plus $3.00 online processing fee). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a year's subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2013 Summer/Fall CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 100 pages of original poetry (12 pt. type preferred). No more than one poem should appear on a page.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR POSTAL SUBMISSIONS: Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Submit two title pages for the collection. The author's name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author's name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page. A clean photocopy is recommended, bound with a spring clip or placed in a plain file folder (no paper clips or staples please). Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

All postal submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee (check or money order). Please make your check out to "Crab Orchard Series in Poetry."

Please address postal submissions to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor
Open Competition
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS: Online entries should be sent through Submittable (there is an additional $3.00 processing fee for online entries, making the entry fee for each online entry $28.00). Payment for online submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file.

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be included, but this SHOULD NOT be included in the manuscript file.

Please name your file the first eight letters of your manuscript title, with no spaces; for example, if your manuscript was titled "A Collection of Poems," your file would be titled "acollect" or "ACOLLECT" (either lower or upper case is fine). If your manuscript title has fewer than eight letters or uses numerals, use what you have. If you have a symbol or mark of punctuation as your title or as part of your title, spell out what it stands for and use the first eight letters of that; for example, if your manuscript was titled "Poems!," your file would be titled "poemsexc" for "Poems exclamation point."

All entrants submitting online through Submittable will be notified of the results via e-mail by May 1, 2013.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.


jtribble(at) (e-mail preferred)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Call for Submissions: Bellingham Review

Bellingham Review is a nonprofit literary arts magazine affiliated with Western Washington University. Our yearly print edition is published in the spring.

Our general submission period is from September 15th through December 1st.

The editors welcome submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, author interviews, and black-and-white photography. There are no limitations on form or subject matter. Prose must be under 6,000 words (Please indicate the approximate word count on prose pieces.) For submissions longer than 6,000 words, please send a query with a brief description of the work. Novel excerpts are acceptable but must be able to stand alone. The editors prefer poetry submissions of up to three poems per submission.

All electronic submissions should follow the directions available on Submittable and be titled with the name of the work. The author will receive a confirmation of the receipt of the work as well as our final decision through email. All mailed submissions should be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope for reply. Submissions from other countries should be accompanied by a sufficient number of international postal reply coupons.

Electronic submissions.

Mailed submissions should be addressed to:

Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry Editor
Bellingham Review
Mail Stop 9053
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225

Call for Submissions and Contest: Crab Orchard Review

A Call for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW


Special Issue: Prairies, Plains, Mountains, Deserts

Crab Orchard Review is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2013 issue focusing on writing exploring the people, places, history, and changes shaping the states in the U.S. that make up the "Big Middle" of prairies, plains, mountains, and deserts that shape the middle and non-Pacific Coast West of the Lower 48 (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Nevada).
All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible). Please query before submitting any interview.

The submission period for this issue is August 27 through November 3, 2012. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by the end of February 2013. Writers whose work is selected will receive $25 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) and two copies of the issue. Mail submissions to:

Prairies, Plains, Mountains, Deserts issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States of America

Address correspondence to:
Allison Joseph, Editor & Poetry Editor
Carolyn Alessio, Prose Editor
Jon Tribble, Managing Editor

COR Special Issue Feature Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction

Each Genre Winner Receives $1500.00

All entries should fit the topic of the Summer/Fall 2013 special issue, “Prairies, Plains, Mountains, Deserts,” focusing on writing exploring the people, places, history, and changes shaping the states in the U.S. that make up the “Big Middle” of prairies, plains, mountains, and deserts of the middle and non-Pacific Coast West of the Lower 48 (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Nevada).

One winner in each genre category—Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction—will be selected by the editors of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW to be published in the issue and receive a $1500.00 award. The editors are looking for the work in each genre that best embodies the topic of the special issue.
All entries will be considered for publication in the Summer/Fall 2013 special issue, “Prairies, Plains, Mountains, Deserts.” Regular CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW contributor’s payment rates ($25 (US) per magazine page. $50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not a genre winner. All editorial decisions for the issue will be made by the end of February 2013.

All COR Special Issue Feature Award entries must be submitted using CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW’s Submittable Submissions Manager. $22.50 for each entry. Each fee entitles entrant to one copy of the 2013 Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW (published in February 2013) and one copy of the 2013 Summer/Fall issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, our special issue “Prairies, Plains, Mountains, Deserts,” which will feature the genre winners. If you submit more than one entry, we will be happy to send you additional copies of each issue you are scheduled to receive, or we can mail these additional copies as gift subscriptions. Please let us know what you prefer and provide us with the necessary information.

Page Restrictions: Poetry entries can be up to 5 pages of poetry (no more than one poem per page). Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction or up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction. One poetry entry, story, or essay per $22.50 entry; a writer may enter up to three separate entries ($22.50 each).

Contest Guidelines: Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a U. S. citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry are not eligible). Simultaneous submissions are considered, but an entry is ineligible to win if accepted for publication elsewhere. The author’s name should not appear on any page.

All entries must be submitted through Submittable between September10, 2012 and the end of November 3, 2012 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (CDT) on November 3, 2012). All entrants will be notified of results by e-mail.

Call for Submissions: Conte

The editors of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing founded in 2005, announce an open submissions call for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our eighteenth issue, slated for publication in Winter 2012-2013. Recent contributors include Norman Dubie, Erika Meitner, Bruce Weigl, Robert Wrigley, Sandy Longhorn, Jim Daniels, Nin Andrews, Thorpe Moeckel, and E. Ethelbert Miller, among others.

Visit our website for specific guidelines and past issues. We accept simultaneous submissions through Submittable and strive to respond in three months or less. We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions: Manifest Review

Manifest Review, a new online literary journal associated with Northwest Mississippi would like to make an open call for submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography. From our "About" and "Submissions" pages:

Manifest Review, brought to you in association with Northwest Mississippi Community College, aspires to break the traditional paradigm established by over a century of print publication. As a culture, our increasing reliance on technology requires artists to migrate into the realm of digital media. Think of Manifest as a cultural review — a showcase — for the evolution of the artist in the 21st century as well as a visible thought experiment on the inseparable nature of digital nativity, art, and education.

While the tagline of our intrepid little-blog/mag-that-could reads “for Southern artists,” we here at Manifest Review are open to any work that subverts, delights, makes new what was old, makes us laugh, breaks our hearts, or otherwise dazzles. We want to break out of the “submission season” mold, and endeavor to bring art to the online community in as steady a fashion as possible.

For the time being, send all written submissions in .doc or .rtf formats and photography or artwork submissions as .jpeg to:

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

We hope to hear from you soon.
Dr. PJ Underwood, Editor, Manifest Review, Member CRWROPPS-B

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone is proud to announce that its 5th 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 Melissa Broder (poetry/interview), Debra Dean (fiction), Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction/interview), Joe Clifford (interview), and Natalia Ortegon Trevino (poetry/interview)

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

We're now looking for submissions for our sixth issue! Submit here.

DEADLINE: January 15, 2013

Friday, October 5, 2012

Call for Southern Gothic Fiction by Women: Phantom Manners


Editors William Wright and Michelle Wright are now considering submissions for Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women. Submissions are open to any woman writing southern gothic fiction. We invite work from gifted writers in any stage of their writing careers.

When we use the term "southern gothic," we do not refer to genre fiction, but textured literary works with southern gothic aspects, e.g. Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, Nordan, Porter, early McCarthy, William Gay, etc. We do not consider "southern gothic" a static subgenre, but an amorphous, inclusive one—, the only "rules" being that submitted fiction has to deal with the American South in some sense and that the writing be "gothic," that it orbits or involves--—whether on a small or large level—--something disruptive, transgressive, taboo, derelict, corrupt, tragic, and/or disturbing. Dark humor may also figure into the equation.

Flash fiction, short stories, or self-contained short-story-length (up to 30 pp.) excerpts from novels are welcome. Please send submissions in MS Word 1997-2003, 2007, or 2010 (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) to the editors at:


Include your name and contact information somewhere on the submission. Previously published work is acceptable as long you retain the rights; please supply the book and/or journal name if the piece has been published.

Deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2013, although early submissions are encouraged.

Questions about the collection should be directed to the editors via:

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

Thank you. We look forward to reading your work!

Flash Fiction Competition: Revolution House

Revolution House magazine invites all to submit previously unpublished short-short stories to the inaugural flash fiction contest: 750 for $7.50. Judge Randall Brown will select the top three entries of 750 words or less.

Prizes are based on entry fees collected, with a guaranteed first prize of $100 that will increase as we get more entries.

Writers may submit entries of up to 750 words for a fee of $7.50 (or two stories for $12). Please do not put your name anywhere within your entry -- no byline, no name in the header or footer -- as Revolution House processes all submissions blind.

Deadline: November 30, 2012. Winners will be announced in December. All entries will be considered for publication in Revolution House. Please see our website for full details.

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket


Antioch University Los Angeles' creative writing MFA program's biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its second issue. Our reading period is September 1st through November 1st and publication will be December 15th.

Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, YA fiction, Art/Image submissions are welcome. Lunch Ticket welcomes diverse and quality work, regardless of theme.

Visit Lunch Ticket's Website submission guidelines.

Thank you for sharing your work with Lunch Ticket.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Call for Submissions: The Blue Pen

The Blue Pen, the electronic literary magazine of the University of Alabama-Huntsville’s Charger Creative Writing group, is open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography for its debut issue in spring 2013. We welcome any style or theme.

Fiction: Please submit your work as a MS Word doc or rtf file attachment.

Poetry: Please submit up to five poems in a single MS Word doc or rtf file attachment.

Art & photography: Please submit your work in jpeg format not exceeding 2 megs in file size.

Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2012.
Payment will be an electronic copy of your work as it appears in the publication.

Please submit work to “the editors” at:

bluepenlitmag(at) (replace (at) with @).

Please include a cover letter containing a short biographical note. Thank you for your interest in our magazine.

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Call for Submissions: Redux

Redux, an online journal, is open to submissions of previously published work from October 8 through October 31.

Redux is a weekly, online journal that exclusively features work that has been previously published in journals but that is not available elsewhere on the internet or in a book. We look for stories, poems, and essays that are literary in nature. Our mission is to find wonderful published work that may feel “lost” to the writer, given the small audiences of many print journals and the ascendancy of the internet, and to breathe new life into it by posting it online in a curated journal.

If your work is accepted, you will be asked to provide a brief essay about your inspiration and/or writing process, a la the Best American series.

Please read our journal to get a feel for the sort of work we’re looking for, and check out the submission guidelines for important details about how to submit your work during our open reading periods. Please follow the guidelines.


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