Thursday, March 28, 2013

Call for Creative Nonfiction: "I Will Survive"

Call for Personal Stories of Survival, Inspired by Gloria Gaynor's Song "I Will Survive"

Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees? Did the song "I Will Survive," by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise, survive, and move forward? If so, we'd love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life (essential). We're looking for real-life stories that read like fiction— similar to the stories in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell.

The book will include 50 stories of 1,000-1,500 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor. Submit by April 30, 2013, to:

glolo2004ATmeDOTcom or susancarswellATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Short Fiction Competition: Stone Thread Publishing

StoneThreadPublishing Short Fiction Contest III

For this contest we’re seeking hard-nosed short stories. By hard-nosed, we mean we want the rough stuff: detective, mystery, thriller, psychological suspense, police procedural, etc. If it moves the reader to the edge of his chair or makes him shrink back in fear, send it. If it’s so absurd it makes us laugh,albeit nervously, send it. Can it have elements of romance or fantasy or science fiction? Sure. Anything from the hard-working gumshoe working homicide in Detroit or Chicago or New York to an interdimensional being tracking a bailjumper through time to your best female sleuth, you know, sleuthing and stuff. Please no gratuitous anything unless the use is obviously intentional, as in hyperbole. With that in mind, send us your best effort.

Contest Rules
·        There is no reading fee or entry fee for this contest.
·        Entry deadline, 30 April 2013
(may be extended if we do not receive enough entries).
·        Previously unpublished short fiction only.
·        1,000 to 10,000 words.
·        Email submission as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment to:

 contestATstonethreadpublishingDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

·        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.
·        Absolutely no present-tense narrative. (Of course, dialogue will be in present tense, as will the unspoken thoughts of characters.)


We will announce the winners by email to all entrants approximately one month after the contest closes. We will also post a list of winners on our website at

We will endeavor to correct any inadvertent errors in a submission (e.g., emailaddress missing from the manuscript) but entries that are under or over the word-count limits will not be considered for a cash


All winning entries and all honorable mentions will be included in an anthology to be published as an ebook by StoneThread Publishing.

First Place:                        $60plus one copy of the anthology in each eformat

Second Place:                    $50 plus one copy of the anthology in each eformat

Third Place:                       $40 plus one copy of the anthology in each eformat

Fourth Place:                     $30 plus one copy of theanthology in each eformat

Fifth Place:                        $20plus one copy of the anthology in each eformat

HonorableMentions:        Publication and one copy of the anthology in each eformat

These are the complete guidelines.

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Short Fiction Competition: 13th Annual Spokane Prize


All U.S. authors eligible. Postmark deadline: April 15, 2013. Send manuscript (98 page, 3 story minimum) and $25 entry fee (check or money order to "Willow Springs Editions") to:

Spokane Prize, Inland NW Center for Writers
EWU, 501 Riverpoint Dr.
Suite 425
Spokane, WA 99202

For more information and submission guidelines visit our website.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Call for Poetry Submissions: Josephine Quarterly

Josephine Quarterly   is accepting poems on a rolling basis. Our first issue was published in December. Founded and edited by Komal Mathew and Jenny Sadre-Orafai, the online literary journal is interested in work from both established and new voices.

Please submit up to five poems of any length via Submittable. Acceptable file formats for poetry submissions include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.  We will only consider one submission at a time. Our response time is 7-10 weeks.

Call for Submissions and No-Fee CNF Contest: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art  and YA writing are all encouraged, regardless of genre, so send your best! For guidelines and submission manager, please visit our website.

Lunch Ticket is honored to serve as the host for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction. Creative nonfiction authors are invited to submit an essay of up to 5,000 words on the subject of their choice. No entry fee.

Winners will receive $250, and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Each award  recipient must submit a 100-word biography, current photo, and send a brief note of thanks to the Woods’ family. The reading period for the award will be February 1 through March 30 for the issue that publishes in June, and August 1 through September 30 for the issue that publishes in December. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted. All submissions for the award will be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket. To submit, please visit our website

Monday, March 25, 2013

Internship: Tuscany Press/Catholic

Tuscany Press/Catholic are seeking a marketing/social media intern. For more information on position requirements, please email (with the subject line, "Interns"):


Writing Competition: The Baltimore Review

Call for contest submissions: The Baltimore Review

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer contest is Threes.  Three—what? That’s entirely up to you. Tercets. Three stanzas. Three characters. Three rooms. Three wishes. Three sisters. Three apples. A three fingered man. Triplets. A trio. A three on the roll of the dice. Three of swords. The rule of three. Third time's the charm.

So many possibilities. Final judge: Michael Kimball.

Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative nonfiction. One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Prizes are $300, $200, and $100.

Entry fee is $10. Deadline is May 31, 2013. Visit us here

Call for Poetry Submissions: Veils, Halos, and Shackles Anthology

For Veils, Halos and Shackles, an anthology of international poetry that will respond to the horrifying incidence of rape and other forms of violence and oppression directed at women in our time, Smita Sahay & Charles Fishman are seeking published and unpublished poems in English, or English translation, that center on any aspect of this issue.

Please send 1-3 poems (up to 10 total pages), to both editors, in a single Word attachment, along with a short bio of approximately 100 words and a paragraph or two regarding your reasons for addressing this subject in your poem(s).

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2013.

Email to:

Smita Sahay: sahaysmitaATgmailDOTcom
Charles Fishman: carolusAToptimumDOTnet
(Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Friday, March 22, 2013

Short Fiction Competition: 2013 Lorian Hemmingway Short Story Competition

Dear Writers,

We would like to offer information on the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, now in our 33rd year:

Our competition is an internationally respected short fiction contest, now in its 33rd year. We are proud to say that many of our past winners (and honorable mention recipients) have gone on to make an indelible mark in the world of literary fiction. Each was then a fresh new voice yet to be heard, and when we think of new voices in fiction, we naturally think of creative writing and the groups that encourage them. With this unique and supportive relationship in mind, we would like to share some information about entry opportunities with you and your group.

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition has had the honor of reading the early work of some very talented writers. Among them: Heidi Durrow, a first-place winner in our competition, whose novel, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, won The Bellwether Prize for Fiction and was, in 2011, on The New York Times Bestseller list; Naomi Benaron, also a past winner, won The Bellwether in 2010.Her novel Running the Rift was published by Algonquin in January, 2012. The list is quite extensive, including National Book Award nominees and NEA recipients. We take fine writing very seriously and do not go by the rule books. New and unique voices are what we seek because theirs shall become the cornerstone of literary legacy. Our 2013 winner, Amelia Skinner Saint, will have her winning story "Ship Full of Beasts" published in the next print edition of Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts.

We realize you will want to verify our credibility before making information available to your group, so please feel free to look up our listings in Writer's Market, Poets and Writers, and other literary references. 

We encourage you to visit our website for further background and listings of previous winners.

Following is information we hope will better inform you:

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-three year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition's final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second - and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

What to submit:

* Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

* The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

* Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required. 
* The author's name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer's name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

* The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2013. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2013. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2013 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2014 competition beginning May 16, 2013.

How to pay your entry fee:

* Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid -- in U.S. funds -- via a personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Winners of our 2013 competition will be announced at the end of July 2013 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by October 1, 2013. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to:

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
P.O. Box 993
Key West, FL 33041 
or submitted online. 

For more information, please explore our website or e-mail: 

shortstorykwATgmailDOTcom (Replace AT with @ and DOT with . )

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Call for Nonfiction and Art: New Stories from the Midwest

New Stories from the Midwest editors are currently seeking nonfiction pieces for publication on its website as well as photos and art for the Cover Art Contest for the next print volume.

We’re interested in previously unpublished work that celebrates the Midwestern United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Submissions for nonfiction and cover art are accepted online.

For Nonfiction
We’re open to style and length, though shorter pieces usually work better. The work has to be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, as long as you withdraw your piece.

Cover Art Contest: (extended) deadline for entries is June 1, 2013.
Because of publication delays in the last volume, New Stories from the Midwest has been allowed to extend the deadline for its second annual Midwest Cover Art Contest. For those who have already submitted, your  work is still under consideration.

We are looking for high-quality artwork in any genre (painting, photo, sculpture, digital, etc.) that represents the “essence” of the Midwest for the cover of New Stories from the Midwest 2013. The winning image  will be published on the cover of the upcoming anthology, and a brief description of the winning artwork and artist bio will be included. Last year’s winner was Jade Webber with her piece “The Bear Who Eats Hunters.” Jade received a cash payment and her art appeared on the cover of New Stories from the Midwest 2012.

How to submit
The contest is open to any professional or amateur artist who can best capture the essence of the entire Midwest in one digital image. Work must consist of previously unpublished original images taken by the entrant. Submit one image per $3 entry fee. You may submit as many images as you like. Please include a cover letter that states the title, date, size, materials used in the image, and a short bio. Feel free to provide any other information about your artwork as well. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Low-res images are required for submissions, but the contest winner must provide high-res images before accepting the award:

• If providing images from a digital camera: the winner must obtain the most original form of the image from the camera (raw format if available, .tif if not)
• The winner must provide accurate color lasers if digital color images are submitted, and prints of any slides or other transparencies
• Digital color images must be twice the width, and at least as tall, as the book trim, at 300 dpi (1200 if line art)

Winning artwork will be used in its original form to the extent possible,although some modifications may be necessary to accommodate the physical requirements of the book. These may include cropping, resizing, adjustments to color or contrast for optimal print reproduction, overprinting type, and other customizations as needed. The art will not be significantly altered, appear unnatural, or have elements added or removed. Artist must have permission from all models featured in the artwork. Most importantly, the image must reproduce well as printed cover art.

New Stories from the Midwest presents each year twenty of the best published short stories set in the Midwestern United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The goal of New Stories from the Midwest is to celebrate an American region that is often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature and demonstrate how the quality of fiction from and about the Midwest rivals that of any other region. We want the cover art to demonstrate that same quality.

Call for Submissions: Drafthorse

Drafthorse literary journal is seeking submissions for its Summer 2013 issue.  Drafthorse is a biannual online publication of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual narrative, and other media art where work, occupation, labor—or lack of the same—is in some way intrinsic to a narrative’s potential for epiphany.  We are interested in how work, or the absence of it, effects people and communities on an intimate level.  While we’re open to various interpretations, we expect the subject to be fundamental to your submission in some way.  Complete submission guidelines are available online.

We are especially looking for fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art.  Submission deadline for the Summer 2013 issue is April 30, 2013.

Seeking Interns: The Review Review

Looking for a career in the fast-paced industry of literary magazines? Come intern with us!
We need interns to handle all sorts of fun projects.

* A wealth of knowledge pertaining to the lit mag world
* Literary contacts that will help you on your creative journeys
* Insight into how to maintain and sustain an online literary magazine
* Experience with marketing and networking
* References, letters of recommendation, writing advice, career counseling, undying gratitude

* In college, in an MFA program, not in college, not in an MFA program
* Young, old, somewhere in between
* Responsible, reliable, diligent, self-motivated, resourceful, courteous
* Eager to get involved in literary stuff

* Email telling us: 1) your background, 2) your interests, 3) why you want this position.
* Three references, along with the references' relationship to you (teacher, colleague, etc.) and references' contact information

Contact Becky at:

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Poetry Chapbook Award for Native Writers: Sequoyah National Research Center

2013 Native Writers Chapbook Series Contest

The Sequoyah National Research Center is pleased to announce the return of their Poetry Chapbook Award for emerging American Indian writers. One manuscript will be published annually, and although there is no cash prize, the writer selected will receive 250 copies of their chapbook to distribute at will. The winning manuscript will also be archived in our prestigious Tribal Writers Digital Library.

Guidelines are as follows:

• The Sequoyah Chapbook Award is open to any member of a federally recognized tribe in the United States. Individual must be either enrolled as a member of that tribe or accepted by that community as a member.

• Manuscripts, which need not be Native American in theme or subject matter, should be between 20 to 36 pages of poems, bound with a clip, single-spaced, one poem per page, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgments. Previous journal or magazine publication (web or print) is encouraged with acknowledgements, but we will not reprint work that has appeared as a whole in books (self-published or otherwise).

• A cover letter is required that identifies the writer’s tribal affiliation and has all contact information, including name, complete mailing address, email, and phone number. A short bio would also be helpful.

We ask that you not submit manuscript simultaneously to other publishers or contests; winner will be notified no later than June 15, 2013.

• There is no reading fee, and manuscripts will not be read anonymously. All things being equal, we will select the work of emerging authors over established ones.

• Please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for confirmation of receipt of your manuscript.

Manuscript must be postmarked between March 15 and May 1, 2013. Anything received after that reading period will be returned unread. We do not accept email submissions. Please mail submission to:

Professor Nickole Brown, Department of English
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72204

• Questions should be emailed to Professor Brown at:

 lnbrownATualrDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
Again, please do not email poems.

Writing Competition: Ninth Letter

Ninth Letter is pleased to announce our first annual Literary Awards competition! We'll be accepting entries from March 1 to April 20 for our Literary Awards in four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Literature in Translation. The winner selected in each category will receive a $1000 prize and publication in our Fall/Winter 2013-14 issue (vol. 10, no. 2).

The fee for entering each of the four categories will be $17, and all entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Ninth Letter.

Guest judges will be Margot Livesey (fiction), G. C. Waldrep (poetry), Lia Purpura (creative nonfiction), and Alexis Levitin (literature in translation).

For complete guidelines and to enter, visit our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Minor Arcana Press

Minor Arcana Press is currently welcoming submissions of poems related to superheroes and superhero mythology for a new anthology titled Drawn to Marvel. Please send poems to:

kryptonnightsATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with the tagline Super Poems.  

Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2013.
The anthology is edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson.

Fiction and Poetry Competition: Redivider's Beacon Street Prize

Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize

Online submission deadline: April 30, 2013.

Redivider is currently accepting fiction and poetry submissions for our annual Beacon Street Prize until April 30, 2013. 1st place winners in each category will be awarded $500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue, 11.1.

We are thrilled to announce the special guest judges this year are Amy Hempel for fiction and Heather McHugh for poetry. The entry fee of $15 comes with a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal. To learn more about the contest, special guest judges, or to enter, go here.

Booklength Prose Competition: Pressgang

Pressgang, the small press affiliate of the writing program at Butler University, is looking for a book-length collection of prose (stories or essays).

Submissions will be accepted online along with a $25 entry fee. We're okay with simultaneous submissions, and we comply with the CLMP contest code of ethics.

Prize: $1200 + publication + a reading at Butler University. Judging: Winner will be selected by Editor and editorial board, and announced in August. All other entries will be considered for standard publication.

Deadline: 6/1/2013

Writing Fellowship: SmokeLong Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly is excited to announce that we are once again hosting a Kathy Fish Fellow. The 2013-14 Fellow honors Kathy Fish, a former editor here at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer herself, and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.

Applications for the fellowship will be accepted starting Friday, March 1 and the submission period will run through Sunday, March 31.
The winner of the 2013-14 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong for four quarterly issues (June 2013, September 2013, December 2013 and March 2014). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.

The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2013-14.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.
All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly are eligible to apply. Following are the guidelines for application and the terms of the award itself:

Please see application guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: H.O.D. (A Handful of Dust)

With its Ninth Issue just published today, H.O.D. (A Handful Of Dust) is once again calling for your submissions.



Are you a poet? Submit 3-5 poems (3-5, not 1-2) in the body of an e-mail addressed to:

 h.o.d.submissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
No attachments.
Any submission outside of these simple guidelines will be subject to deletion without reading.

Are you a short-short-short fiction writer? Submit your sub-250-word story in the body of an e-mail to:

 h.o.d.submissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) No attachments.

Read an issue or two to see just what length we're looking for. Any submission outside of these simple guidelines will be subject to deletion without reading.

Are you an artist? Submit your beautiful work as low-res .jpegs to:

h.o.d.submissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

We will request higher-res, if we like the work. BLACK&WHITE photography preferred. Would also like to see more art (ink and paint).

Are you still reading? AWESOME! We're looking to fill the next issue of H.O.D. Issue #10 goes live on June 21, 2013. While there is a theme, we're open to any interpretation of this very vague and open theme, especially in terms of PRE-VIOLENCE and POST-VIOLENCE. ALL GUTS WITHOUT GLORIFICATION, please.

Call for Fiction and Flash Fiction: Devilfish Review

Devilfish Review, an online quarterly magazine, is looking forsubmissions of fiction and flash fiction. We prefer speculative fiction and fantasy, but will read anything. Please take a look at our archives and About pages to see if your work will be a good fit.

Submissions are read on an ongoing basis. Previously unpublished work only, please. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Our website.

Submit your work here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Call for Submissions: As Us

We are currently OPEN for submissions.
The reading period for Issue 2 is February 1, 2013 through April 15, 2013.

Submission Guidelines
As Us accepts original and previously unpublished works by Indigenous women and women of color. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere for publication. As Us accepts poetry, spokenword, creative nonfiction, fiction, academic essays, and more. If you have some innovative work or want to send us other genres, feel free to send it. We are looking for writing that moves us in some capacity whether that be on a craft, emotional, or story level.

ALL submissions should be in 12 pt Times New Roman, typed, paginated, and should include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page.

Poetry: please send us 3-5 poems.
Fiction: No more than 7,000 words.
Creative Nonfiction: No more than 7,000 words.
Academic Essays: No more than 7,000 words.
Spokenword: please send up 1-3 pieces. You may also include an audio or video of your work as well.
Reviews: If you have a review of a book written by an Indigenous author or a woman of color whose work you feel needs to be promoted we are definitely interested.


asDOTusDOTjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) for queries.

For ONLINE issues: We also accept photo essays, web comics, dance submissions, audio poems/prose, and more! If you think you have something that fits the mission, but isn’t listed on our page here, try us anyway!

For international submissions: Please include your writing in your language along with an English translation.
Email submissions to:

asDOTusDOTjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Include name and genre in the subject line. (First Name Last Name – Poetry / Fiction / etc)
Include a brief cover letter with a short biographical statement (including your Indigenous affiliation or cultural heritage) with each submission.
Response time is typically 1-3 months.

Call for Submissions: Mason's Road Online Literary Journal

Call for submissions & cash prize: Mason's Road Online Literary Journal

We are now accepting your best fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and craft essays. Issue Seven's theme is POINT OF VIEW, and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on first, second, or third-person narration.

Our submissions period runs for through April 1, 2013. There are two ways to submit to Mason's Road.

You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication.

Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason's Road Winter Literary Award, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. For more information about how to submit or the cash prize, go here.

Sponsored by the Fairfield University MFA in Creative Writing Program, Mason's Road is an online literary journal with a focus on the lifetime learning of the writing craft. It is run by the program's graduate students and its goal is to be both educational and inspiring.

Submit today! Good luck!

Poetry Competition: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest



12th annual free contest. Eleven cash prizes totaling $2,000. Top prize $1,000.

Submit one humor poem by April 1 deadline.
No entry fee.

All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (over one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 40,000 subscribers. Final judge: Jendi  Reiter.

Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Writing Websites" (Writer's Digest, 2005-2012).

Guidelines and online submission form here.

Short Fiction Competition: E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award

Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme

First Place Award: $1,100.
Editors' Choices: $100 each.

Maximum Length: 3,000 WORDS. Stories must be unpublished.
Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Postmark Deadline, April 30)

Award winning fiction writers are the judges.
No limit on number of stories entered by any one writer.
The winning short story and editors' choices will be published on and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning stories and editors' choices on the website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)
How to Submit:

Send one (1) typed copy of the story with two (2) typed title pages. Only the title may appear on the first title page. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will used in judging. (Keep a copy. No manuscripts will be returned.)

On the second title page, list:
Title of the Story
Author's name, address, phone number
E-mail address optional
Short bio - about 4 lines

Entry Fee: $15 for a single story and $10 for each additional story.
No e-mail entries accepted.

Mail submission with check (no cash). If outside the USA, send a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to:

Koeppel Contest
P.O. Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

P.L. Titus Scholarship:

If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required.)

Writing Competition: William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

Deadline: Mon, 4/01/2013

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Entry Fees
Between $10 and $200 depending on category and manuscript length. (Note: Highest fee applies to books in excess of 225,000 words. Smaller fees apply to shorter works.)

Between $750 and $7,500 depending on category.

Accepting entries in eight categories: novel, novella, book-length narrative nonfiction, novel-in-progress, short story, essay, poetry and short story by a high school student. Only unpublished work accepted. No self-published or web-published material. See website for category details.

Contact Information:
Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
624 Pirate's Alley
New Orleans, LA 70116

faulkhouseATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Writing Competition: Ploughshares Emerging Writers

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest
Submit here.

Tue, 4/02/2013

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Entry Fees
$24, includes a year's subscription to Ploughshares. Current subscribers may submit for free.

$1,000 and publication in Winter 2013-14 issue of Ploughshares for the winner of each category.

Open to previously unpublished writers. Fiction or nonfiction under 6,000 words and between 3-5 pages of poetry accepted. Submit via online submission form.

Contact Information:
Ploughshares, Emerson College
120 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Indian River Review

The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its third issue scheduled for publication in late spring/summer 2014. The theme for this issue is “Technology,” and we plan to take a very broad view of this theme. As man moved from an oral to a literate culture, technology has affected the way we communicate and live. At one time, even the simple number 2 pencil was a technological advancement. From quills to computers, from knitting needles to the Mars Rover, technology comes in many forms, and we would like to explore this concept in our third issue.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews. Please go to this link at the journal's weblog for submission details.

Call for Anthology Submissions: Muse Write Community


Alice Walker famously argued that a"woman is not a potted plant." Whether we choose our paths or plant our own "seeds of change," women strive to fit in to the skin we are given. In our own words, writers,teachers, and speakers share their stories of finding themselves through shifts--from great to small.

We are seeking submissions for an anthology that will focus on stories about major life shifts regarding unspoken needs, social change, community, and defining self. This book will be written by and for women about change.

Submissions can be short stories,essays, plays and poems. 3,000 word maximum.

Submit to:

musewritecommunityATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

by June 1. 2013.

Call for Submissions: Ontologica

Ontologica, a Bi-annual literary magazine of art and thought is open for submissions starting 3/1/2013 - 4/30/2013. We will be accepting submissions in Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Art.

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

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

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

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

ontologicajournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

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 nineteenth issue, slated for publication in Summer 2013. Recent contributors include Norman Dubie, Bruce Bond, Andrew Hudgins, Erika Meitner, Bruce Weigl, Robert Wrigley, Sandy Longhorn, Jim Daniels, Nin Andrews, and E. Ethelbert Miller, among others.

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

Writing Competition and Anthology: TallGrass Writers Guild

Deadline Extended to April 15
TallGrass Writers Guild
Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines – ‘Music in the Air’
Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild
Deadline: 4-15-13; previously published and simultaneously submitted work OK. $1000 in cash prizes.


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Planned publication date: early fall 2013. Working title: Music in the Air. We interpret broadly, and welcome work on all forms of music plus bird song and other music from Nature. Especially interested in poetry.

$1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose). Also: 2nd, 3rd places, + Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation’s third largest literary event of its kind (depending on CTPRLF scheduling). Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members. An entry form for the 2013 Anthology/Contest must be completed and accompany each entry category. To obtain, email: outriderpressAT sbcglobalDOTnet or tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Poetry: Single spacing OK. Reading fee for each group or partial group of 1-4 poems: $16US/$12US-TWG member.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted. Each entry must have a separate reading fee of: $16 US/$12US-TWG member.


Judge: Diane Williams

Mail hard copy of completed entry form + entry fee + 3-sentence bio + double-spaced manuscript + SASE. Electronic submission: manuscript entries (all separate files) as attachments in Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (not Works) with an email titled “2013 Anthology Submission” that contains all contact info. Each file should state author’s name and email + word processing program used.
Alternatively, mail your files on flash drive or CD, specifying author’s name, e-mail address, and word processing program on label. Also include in your mailing the entry form + SASE + entry fee + hard copy of submissions as above. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for receipt confirmation.

DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than 4-15-13.


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Telephone: 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735.