Saturday, August 31, 2013

Call for Submissions: Watershed Review

Watershed Review has a fall (August 1st through September 30th) and spring (January 15th through March 31st) submission period . We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. One poem or prose excerpt will be chosen from each issue to be made into a broadside print by the Quoin Letterpress Collective.

No previously published works are accepted.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please alert Watershed Review to a piece's potential publication elsewhere.

Watershed Review acquires one-time rights. All rights subsequently revert to author.

Please submit via our Submittable page.

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Submission deadline: September 15, 2013

Apple Valley Review is currently reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for the Fall 2013 issue (Vol. 8, No. 2). All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit anything particularly violent or explicit. Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor's prize.

To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories pasted into the body of an e-mail message to our editor at:

editor(at)leahbrowning(dot)net (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available at our website.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Call for Previously Published Work: Redux

Redux Open to Submissions September 10 -- October 15

Redux, the online journal of previously published work, is accepting submissions of fiction/poetry/essays during its annual open reading period: September 10 to October 15. We’re looking for literary work of high quality that has been previously published in a print journal but that is not available elsewhere on the internet.  Our mission is to bring deserving work to a new, online audience.  Preference will be given to older pieces (i.e. published before 2010).

No novel excerpts, poems that appear in chapbooks, or pieces published in anthologies…even if these books are presently out-of-print.

Please read our guidelines for important submission information. If your work is accepted, you will also be asked to write a short “story behind the piece” essay a la the Best American series.

Authors we’ve published in our first two years include Margot Livesey, Sandra Beasley, Robin Black, R.T. Smith, Michelle Boisseau, Kelle Groom, Erica Dawson, Walter Cummins, and C.M. Mayo.

We look forward to seeing your work!


Submission guidelines

reduxljATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Managing Editor and Call for Submissions: Blue Lyra Review

Submissions and job notice:

Blue Lyra Review's December 2013 issue will be dedicated to nonfiction. We¹re looking for work that doesn¹t shy away from how hard life can be but that also explores courage, resilience, and life¹s beauty. Please show up on the page with a unique voice, passion, and a personal stake in a meaningful, discernible conflict. Life is contradictory ‹ a place where unnecessary ugliness and cruelty exist alongside meaning, strength, and beauty. We¹re looking for writers who wrestle with this complexity and take us along their journey to a new understanding (or at least some good questions). No saccharin stories or unearned happy endings, please.

We¹re open to all topics but have a special interest in nature- or Jewish-oriented work. We take creative nonfiction, personal essays, memoir, or humor of 500 to 4,000 words. (The longer the essay, the tighter the focus needs to be on story and theme.) Our most compelling essays are nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, Best American Essays, Best American Science and Nature Writing, and similar honors.

Deadline is October 18. Please submit via our Submittable link.

We are also interested in the other genres of poetry, fiction, translation, and art for next year. Plus we are starting book reviews. If interested in reviewing a book for any genre, please contact us privately through Facebook. The book must fit with our mission statement and goals.

Blue Lyra Review invites applications for the position of Managing Editor. Primary responsibilities include making sure writers receive and send their contracts, bio and so forth, getting revisions in on time from contributors, and being a back up reader via Submittable, and maintaining the database via Excel. Candidates must have a minimum of a BA, preferably MFA in nonfiction, poetry or fiction. A combination and interest in multiple genres is highly desirable! It would be even more ideal if you have experience in literary publishing, including navigating through CreateSpace or Lulu or something similar. Attention to detail, creativity, self-initiative, and a passion for literature are critical to success in this position. This is a position that could be done from anywhere as all our editors are spread across the USA.

Please send application letter, resume or CV to BluelyrareviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
Matthew E. Silverman, poetry and art editor, publisher
Adrienne Ross Scanlan, nonfiction editor
Nancy Naomi Carlson, translations editor
B. Kari Moore, fiction editor
Lenore Weiss, copy editor
Laura Hong, web editor

Call for Submissions: Silly Tree Anthologies

Silly Tree Anthologies is excited to announce our third Call for Submissions. Submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2013.
The theme for our next anthology (to be published in January, 2014) is: “As one year closes and another begins, you realize that some things need to be left in the past for the next year to truly be new.”

Affix your thinking caps, latch onto your keyboard, and type away!  Any story fitting within our Submission Guidelines and adhering to the above theme is eligible.

Please submit sooner than later. We can’t wait to read your stories. Acceptances/rejections will be sent out in November.

Check out Silly Tree Anthologies’ Blog for submission guidelines.

R.I.P. Seamus Heaney

 R.I.P. Seamus Heaney. One of Ireland's finest poets. If you haven't heard his translation of Beowulf, it's masterful. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Call for Submissions: Pebble Lake Review

Pebble Lake Review, now in its 10th year, will be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction beginning Sept. 1 (through March 1, annually).

The editors are particularly seeking more short fiction and prose poetry, but are enthusiastic about others styles/genres as well. Examples of past contributors include Alex Lemon, Noelle Kocot, Dorianne Laux, David Kirby, Danielle Pafunda, Franz Wright, Oliver de la Paz, Rachel Contreni Flynn, D.A. Powell, Kim Addonizio, and Amy Newman.

Guidelines available at our website.

Call for Submissions: The Nassau Review

The Nassau Review's open submission period is about to begin.
Online submissions link.

Submit your work between September 1 and December 20. ALL literary work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest.

The THEME for the submission period of 2013-2014 is The Art of Science. Biology, geology, chemistry, physics, and so many other realms of reasoning and discovery constantly overlap with the world of art and writing. Please submit works inspired by your interaction with and observation of science. Please do not submit works written for the sole purpose of catharsis, works that are overly-sentimental, or scientific papers or studies. Rather, submit creative works that delve into the scientific mind in some way.

Visit our website for all submission guidelines and to submit through our online system.

We welcome submissions of many genres, preferring work that is innovative, captivating, well-crafted, and unique, work that crosses boundaries of genres and tradition. You may be serious. You may be humorous. You may be somewhere in between. We are looking simply for quality. New writers and seasoned writers are both welcome. All work must be in English.

Call for Poetry and Prose Submissions: Sou'wester Magazine

Sou'wester magazine is now reading for its Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 issues.

All submitters who have not yet published a book are eligible for the Robbins Prize, which will be awarded to one poet and one prose writer whose work was published in the current volume. The award will include a cash prize of $100. The awardees will be selected by the editors.

For details, please see our submission guidelines or visit our website.

Editing Position (Unpaid): The Backwaters Press

The Backwaters Press is a nonprofit publishing company in Omaha, Nebraska with a proud 16-year history of publication and a national reputation. We need an editor and jack-of-all-trades interested in working with an active Board of Directors to continue the Backwaters tradition. We are searching for an enthusiastic, energetic literature lover to become managing editor of an amazing, award winning literary press in Omaha, Nebraska. We will consider a partnership of two editors heading up the press.

Note: this is an unpaid position, with a non-profit entity.

Visit our website for more information.

Send your CV/resume to:

thebackwaterspressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
by October 1, 2013.

Caregiver Story Contest: Shield HealthCare

Shield HealthCare Announces 13th Annual Caregiver Story Contest

Submission link.

Shield HealthCare, a leading provider of medical supplies for care at home, is pleased to announce its 13th annual story contest on "What Makes Caregiving Rewarding?" The story contest honors the challenging role of family caregivers and health care professionals. It also provides an encouraging forum to share expressions of love and appreciation for their dedicated role.

Shield HealthCare respects and understands the responsibility of caregivers, since a large portion of its customers are family caregivers in the home, caring for loved ones with chronic medical needs. Whether caring for a special needs child or an aging parent with a degenerative disease, caregivers devote themselves to the labor of love in order to meet the daily health and emotional needs of the person in their care.

Shield HealthCare's annual caregiver story contest is a positive way to recognize and reward this role, often undervalued as a demanding occupation. In celebration of National Family Caregiver's Month, the contest runs from September 3, 2013 through November 30, 2013. Sandra Mitchell, KCAL 9/CBS 2 News Anchor is this year's celebrity contest judge.

Last year's grand prize winners included two mothers of special needs children and a daughter caring for her elderly mother with Alzheimer's.

Winner, Mysti K., caregiver for her daughter with Angelman Syndrome wrote:
"Being a caregiver and mother of a child with special needs is truly special. They are people that no matter how bad your day is, how stressed out things can get or what chaos they have created can turn your frown upside down. Their unconditional love and joy to be with you and to see you, the smiles on their faces, their big slobbery hugs and kisses, their ability to see life through rose colored glasses and their ability to make you laugh in any circumstance is what really makes them special. Chloe has shown me what is important to focus on in life; not to sweat the small stuff and to enjoy each moment for what it is. This is the privilege of being a caregiver."

The top three story winners of Shield HealthCare's "What Makes Caregiving Rewarding?" story contest will receive a $500 American Express Gift Card and a 1-year subscription to Today's Caregiver Magazine. The five runners-up will also be awarded the magazine subscription and a $150 American Express Gift Card. All contest entries must be one page, emailed to:

caringATshieldhealthcareDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .),

submitted via online entry form or

mailed and postmarked by November 30, 2013.

Full contest details and official rules are available on Shield HealthCare's website.

About Shield HealthCare
Since 1957, Shield HealthCare has held an industry leader position focused on meeting the disposable medical supply needs of families and caregivers at home, while delivering exceptional customer satisfaction. Shield HealthCare provides high quality medical products including incontinence supplies, enteral nutrition, ostomy, urological and wound care supplies. Shield HealthCare was recently reaccredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program's (CHAP) Board of Review signifying its commitment as a leader in providing superior products and services to the home healthcare market. Shield HealthCare operates ten sales locations, serving California, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Washington.


Gina Flores, Marketing Communications and Programs Specialist
27911 Franklin Parkwa
Valencia, CA 91355


Book Prizes for Poetry and Fiction: Juniper Prize

Juniper Prize for Poetry

In 1975 University of Massachusetts Press established the Juniper Prize for Poetry, an annual award for a selected manuscript of poems to be published by UMass Press. The award is named in honor of the poet Robert Francis (1901-1987), who for many years made his home at Fort Juniper in Amherst. The winning poet now receives a prize of $1,500. All submissions are judged anonymously by a panel of distinguished poets.

Juniper Prize for Fiction

In 2004, in collaboration with UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, UMass Press established the Juniper Prize for Fiction to honor and publish outstanding works of literary fiction. The prize is judged each year by a distinguished writer of fiction and carries a cash award of $1,500 upon publication.

complete entry guidelines and submission portal here.

Deadline: 9/30/13

Friday, August 23, 2013

Call for Flash Fiction and Art by Kids: SmokeLong Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly is excited to announce a new series called Fridge Flash—flash fiction written and illustrated by kids. We are continuously struck by the wonderful spirit and imagination of children’s art and writing, and wanted to celebrate that by pulling those creations off the refrigerator and publishing them here.

Submissions are now open for this category.

Stories, art or a combination of such must have been conceived of and written by someone under the age of 12. However, we would ask that an adult over the age of 18 please submit this work to us with permission to publish it online.

If the piece is a story, whenever possible we would like to see a photograph of the writing itself (scrawls, misspellings, colors and all). Where necessary, the parent or guardian can also provide a “translation” for us!

Please send all attachments as .jpg files.

Please include a short bio and photo of the child (if you prefer us not to use the child’s full name or photo, that’s fine, too—just let us know).

Stories we select will be published on SmokeLong Quarterly‘s blog.
Submit here.

Short Fiction Competition: The 2014 Moon City Short Fiction Award

The 2014 Moon City Short Fiction Award

The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written in English by a single or collaborative author.
Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form.
Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella.
Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press or its editors, past or present.
While Moon City Press does publish many Ozark authors and Ozark-inspired works, this competition is for ALL writers. This is an international competition, therefore, we are not seeking work with any particular bias or theme.

Manuscripts should fall between 35,000 and 65,000 words.

Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable.
A $25 entry fee is due via Submittable at the time of submission; entry fees are nonrefundable.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, though manuscripts should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Deadline: October 1, 2013. Winners will be notified in early 2014 and the winner will be published in the fall of 2014.

First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Three additional finalists will be named and considered for publication.
For questions, please contact Moon City Editor Michael Czyzniejewski at:

mczyzniejewskiATmissouristateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Fiction Competition: 2013 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award

2013 Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award Guidelines

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $2000 for a short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt submitted under the following guidelines. Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 21, 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). 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 of submission on a cover page.

List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.

Be fewer than 40 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to:

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

Be postmarked or uploaded by October 1, 2013. Digital entries can be uploaded here.

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.

Novel Competition: The Drake Emerging Writer Contest for Published First Novel

UPDATE to this contest: The $15 fee has been WAIVED for this year -- checks already sent will not be deposited. More submissions are highly desired!

The Drake Emerging Writer Contest is now accepting submissions for the 2014 prize for a published First Novel.


The Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series at Drake University is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual Drake University Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University's English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries, and the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Each year, the award rotates among genres (short fiction, novel, literary nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative). We are currently accepting submissions of published first novels for consideration for the Drake University Emerging Writer Reading, which will be held during the second week of April 2014. Entries may be submitted by the author or the publisher, and must include a copy of the book; a cover letter that includes a brief biography, contact information for the author, and a statement affirming that this is his/her first book-length fiction publication; a self-addressed stamped envelope; the $15.00 entry fee has been waived for this year -- checks already sent will not be deposited. Entries must be postmarked by September 16, 2013. Materials postmarked after September 16 will not be considered. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Drake University English Department.

The winner will be notified by February 15, 2014. All entrants will be notified of the results by February 28, 2014.

This year, the award is open to single-author first novels only. Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in April 2014 to receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1) authors who have published more than one novel through independent, university, or commercial publishers; 2) entries from vanity presses and self-published books; 3) current students and employees of Drake University.

Send all materials to:

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

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

amy.letterATdrakeDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: Your Impossible Voice

Your Impossible Voice is now accepting submissions for its second and third issue due out this winter and and in the spring. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more. We don't charge any reading fees and do pay our contributors.

Contributors to our first issue included: Arisa White, Jessica Hagedorn, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Stacey Levine, Gillian Conoley, Christopher Hennessy and more.

For prose we're looking for quality works. We are interested in writing from around the world. We would like to receive transmissions from outer space, as well as from deep underground. We are not bored and prefer not to be. We like urgency, innovation, intelligence, risk. We’re interested in what language can do and in challenging our own preconceptions. We love lucid dreams, blurred boundaries, formal play, and stories we’ve never heard. We love the voices of deluded philosophers, hallucinating prisoners, cold-blooded rationalists and insane children. We love realism in the sense that everything is real. We have fairly open minds. Surprise us. Make us think or make us feel or make our brains explode. We are waiting.

For poetry we are looking for work that is devious and feisty. Send us work that frustrates our ideas of beauty and illuminates surreal new intersections. Ignite our understanding of form. We are drawn to sharp juxtapositions, secret codes and mysterious circumstances. Show us what lives in your peripheral vision; invite us in to your hidden rooms. Hand us the skeleton key and the magnifying glass – we’re ready to follow.

Visit our website for more information.

Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction.

We're currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words, and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.) that move. Please visit our website to learn more about us and our submission guidelines.

Poetry Competition for College Undergrads: The Lyric College Poetry Contest

The Lyric College Poetry Contest

Directed toward undergraduate enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university

$500 First Prize
$100 Second Prize

Poems must be original and unpublished, 39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferably with regular scansion and rhyme. Please send up to 6 poems per student.

Winners will be announced and published in the Winter issue of The Lyric.

Entries may be sent by email to:

tanyacimATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

or by postal service to:

The Lyric College Contest
c/o Tanya Cimonetti
1393 Spear Street
South Burlington, VT 05403

Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by December 1, 2013. The following information must appear on each poem:
Student's name and complete address
College's name and complete address
Contestants should retain copies of all poems.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Short Story Award for New Writers: Glimmer Train

Short Story Award for New Writers

Deadline August 31, 2013

Open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. 1st place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced November 1. Word count generally ranges 1500-5000, though up to 12,000 words is fine.

Reading Fee: $15.00 per story

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online.

Call for Manuscripts: Willow Books


Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts through midnight September 2, 2013. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the Humanities (up to 250 pages) are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, APA, etc.).

This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no "street lit" or erotica, please.

Submission Process:

If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please upload a .pdf file to Submittable.

Fiction Competition: First Annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction

New Delta Review is proud to announce our first annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction, a contest judged by the talented Pia Z. Ehrhardt, author of FAMOUS FATHERS & OTHER STORIES and published in New Sudden Fiction, among other places.

NDR is looking for short fiction (1500 words or less) that stuns, a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole. The winner will receive a $500 prize and be published in the winter edition of New Delta Review.

Deadline for entry is October 4, 2013. All submissions require a $10 entry fee and must be sent to NDR through submittable.

New Delta Review is a literary journal published graduate students in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. For more information, and to take a look at what we've published in the past, visit our online journal.

Fiction Competition: 17th Annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest


Guest Judge: David Means
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

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

Important Dates:
Entries must be complete by October 1, 2013, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2014 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2014 issue.

Complete Guidelines:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or fewer; and accompanied by a $20 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible. Please omit all personal information from the manuscript itself (ie, name, address, e-mail address, phone number), as all stories are read blindly.
We welcome multiple entries ($20/story), simultaneous submissions, and entrants from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

Please e-mail us at contestsATall-storyDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

Contest entry portal.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Poetry and Prose Book Competition: Third Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest

Third Annual Les Figues Press NOS Book Contest (NOS = not otherwise specified)

Submit here.

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Les Figues Press will be given for the winning poetry or prose manuscript.

AIMEE BENDER* will judge.
Submit a manuscript of 64-250 pages with a $25.00 entry fee by the deadline, Sunday, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 (submissions open that day until midnight PST). Electronic submissions only.
All entrants will receive one copy of a Les Figues title of their choosing (anthologies not included). To browse Les Figues books, see our website.

Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, prose poems, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified.

Please note: The winning manuscript will be published in a design and format reflective of its content.
Multiple submissions allowed (with a separate fee for each submission). Simultaneous submissions allowed, but please notify us if full manuscript is accepted elsewhere. The winning manuscript must be an unpublished work (published excerpts ok).

The winning manuscript will be announced in December 2013, with a fall 2014 publication date.
*Manuscripts by current and past students or close acquaintances of Aimee Bender will not be considered.

Les Figues follows the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.


Submit a 64-250 page unpublished manuscript through our electronic submissions manager.

Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced; poetry manuscripts can be single-, double-, or alternatively-spaced. Include manuscript title on each page; pages should be numbered. Files should be uploaded as a MS Word document or PDF. Do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript; all submissions will be judged anonymously.

Include a $25.00 submission fee.

Call for True Narratives about Babies: Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans

For an upcoming anthology tentatively entitled, Oh, Baby: True Stories About Tiny Humans, In Fact Books is seeking new essays about all things related to babies.

We want well-written, true narratives about the art and science/wonder and struggle of birth, babyhood, and childrearing. Whether it's about adopting them or making them, raising them or 'sitting them, loving them or fearing them, if you've got a story about tiny humans at the outset of life, we want to read it.
Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

Guidelines: Pieces must be unpublished, double-spaced, and 4,500 words maximum (please note word count on the manuscript itself). Multiple entries are welcome as are entries from outside the U.S.; simultaneous submissions are okay, but we ask to be kept informed of the status of your manuscript. Please do not send queries; we consider only completed works.

There is a $3 convenience fee per submission to submit online.

Writing Competition for YA Novels: Elephant Rock Books

New Teen Imprint Looking for a Great Story to Lead the Way
Please review the guidelines carefully.

We're after quality stories with heart, guts, and a clear voice. We're especially interested in the quirky and the hopeful and the real. We are not particularly interested in genre fiction and prefer stand-alone novels, unless you've got the next Hunger Games. We seek writers who believe in the transformative power of a great story, so show us what you've got.

Prize: Winner will receive a $1,000 lump-sum prize as part of their book deal with our new imprint Elephant Rock Books YA.

Contest Judges:
Becky Quiroga Curtis, Children's Book Buyer, Books & Books
Louise Brueggemann, Children's Services Supervisor, Naperville Public Library
Emil Ostrovski, author of The Paradox of Vertical Flight

Submission Period: July 1 to Sept. 15.
Reading Fee:$20

Submit the Following via Submittable.

•Cover letter including a brief novel summary, your bio/credits, capacity/ideas/availability to promote the book
•First 50 pages of your manuscript, and brief chapter-by-chapter synopsis

General Terms and Conditions:
•This is a two-tiered process: initial entries are no longer than 50-pages. If we love what we read, we'll request a printed copy of the entire manuscript. The novel must be received within one week of our request.
•Only completed English-language manuscripts are eligible.
Must be a work of unpublished fiction with a minimum word count of 50,000 words.
•Contest is open to all authors over the age of 18.

•Notifications by November 1. Due to the volume of interest we won't comment on rejected manuscripts.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Writing Competition: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments 4th Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments is a triannual journal of place-based literature, publishing online since 1998. We are pleased to announce our 4th Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, judged by Teague Bohlen, Kathryn Miles, and John Daniel, respectively.

The entry fee is $10 with a prize of $250 for the winner in each genre, plus publication. All submissions are considered for publication.

The contest theme is Elemental, to match our 34th issue, which launches on October 15, 2013. Though the contest and issue have a theme, we have a very liberal interpretation of the theme and encourage you first and foremost to submit your best work.

The contest submission period ends September 1, 2013. Winners will be announced on or before October 1, 2013.

You may submit up to three entries (at $10/entry) in any or all genres:

Submit 3-5 poems, or one long poem (5+ pages), per entry. Combine all poems into a single document. For poetry, we are seeking not just the best poem, but the best set of 3-5 poems or the best long poem, with the hopes of awarding our prizes to poetry sets rather than individual, shorter poems, when possible. No maximum lines per poem. Poems must contain only the poem title(s) and poem(s) without the author name or contact information.

Submit one story, up to 6,000 words total, per entry. Stories must contain only the story title and story itself without the author name or contact information.

Submit one essay or article, up to 6,000 words total, per entry. Essays must contain only the essay title and essay itself without the author name or contact information. We will consider all nonfiction, but are most interested in creative nonfiction, including personal essays, lyric essays, memoir, and other literary forms.

View full guidelines and submit and pay online here before September 1.

Call for Submissions about Diversity in the West: Manifest West Anthology

Diversity in the West

The Western Press of Western State Colorado University invites submissions to the 2014 edition of Manifest West, the literary anthology of the university’s Master of Fine Arts degree program in creative writing. This year we're calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme of DIVERSITY IN THE WEST.

Submissions should deal with the interaction and/or collision of various elements that make up the area of the country known as The West. Please visit our submissions page for submission details, including deadlines.

Submissions accepted from Aug. 19, 2013 through Feb. 21, 2014.

Call for Submissions: Middle Gray Magazine

Middle Gray Magazine, a quarterly online publication featuring emerging artists, is looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as artwork and music submissions.

Detailed information and submissions guidelines can be found on our website.

There you can also see our first issue, which showcases outstanding work from an array of young, talented artists.

We are particularly interested in work with a social or political theme, but we consider all kinds of writing as long as they are literary in nature. If you have a story, a few poems, or a personal essay that you think will be a good fit, send it our way!

Call for Submissions: drafthorse literary journal

The Summer 2013 issue of drafthorse literary journal has been released and is available to view here.

We are now seeking writing to consider for our Winter 2014 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, affects 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.

Submission deadline for the Winter 2014 issue is October 31, 2013.

Follow drafthorse on facebook to keep up with our latest news.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Call for Poetry Submissions: burntdistrict

burntdistrict is a print journal produced by the editors of Spark Wheel Press. We are open for submissions year-round.

Visit our website to submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems through our online submission manager. Hard copy and e-mailed submissions will not be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere. Include complete contact information on every page of your submission. A cover letter is appreciated but not required. We have no restrictions as to form and content.

Call for Submissions: Wild Age Press

"We, as a society, take a lot of pills these days. The result of this is all these little (and big) brown pill bottles left over. Wild Age Press has decided to fill them with your words, and then distribute them. Do you have a story that’s a “prescription” to something? Stifling nostalgia? Sexism? Road rage? Irritating bubbly happiness? Indifference to global warming? We’'d love to read it.

What to send: Prose, poetry, comics/graphic stories, or any mix thereof.
Please include a cover letter that includes the thing your story/poem/comic is a prescription to.
How much to send: 3 pages max — shorter is better.
When to send it: By midnight (EST) September 1, 2013.
Where to send it:

submissionsATwildagepressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Put your last name and the title of your submission in the subject field, please. Email attachment (any normal file format) is fine, so is copy/pasting the text into the body of the email.

Why to submit: You get to say you had the first ISBN on a pill bottle, $15, 2 free copies, and mad street cred.

Remember, if you don’t follow these simple guidelines, your submission will be deleted unread. End. of. Story. If we don't get any submissions we love, we won’t publish anything, because that would be unfair to both us and you. We doubt that will happen, though. We think we’re going to get some awesome stuff, and we’re excited to read it.

Questions? Email us at:

editorATwildagepressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Kelly Thomas
Wild Age Press

Poetry Book Competition: Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize 2013

$2000 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press


Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2013

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize).”

Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card here.

Mail Entries to:
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, Department of English
Mail Stop PB 98, 5245 N. Backer Ave.
California State University Fresno
Fresno, California 93740-8001

For more details visit our website

or email:

conniehATcsufresnoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Sponsored by: MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is now open for submissions! The reading period starts September 1st.

The Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA program's biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its next issue. Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, YA Fiction and Art/Image submissions all welcome. Lunch Ticket welcomes all quality work, regardless of theme. Visit Lunch Ticket's website for submission guidelines.

Call for Submissions: pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture

10th Issue Call for Submissions:
pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is now accepting submissions for its 10th issue themed, "The Lost Ones." In the wake of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, the editors wish to dedicate this issue to his memory as well as grieve for other instances of loved ones being lost to senseless violence. We invite prose that thoughtfully and candidly examines the causes and consequences of violent acts charged with discrimination. We invite poetry that celebrates/mourns the lives of lost loved ones individually or collectively. We invite digital collage and photography which interprets our theme visually. All submissions will be considered for both print and web editions of the issue.

General Call for Submissions:
pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is looking for voices of color from the thirteen states touched by the Appalachian Mountains (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and work with a strong sense of place that addresses the writer’s unique experience in this physical and spiritual diaspora. We ask that potential contributors please read at least one issue of our journal before submitting their work so they can get a feel for the material we accept. Normal response time can range from 6-12 weeks.

Please submit work by September 1 in one of the following categories in an attachment of .doc or .rtf format (.jpg for images) and a bio of no more than fifty words to:

pluckjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

POETRY: Up to five previously unpublished poems.

FICTION: Up to 1500 words.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Up to five attached photos at 300 dpi or better. Dropbox links accepted.

ESSAYS: Creative non-fiction or academic essay of up to 1500 words

Multiple submissions accepted. Please advise if your submission is accepted elsewhere.


You are what you Art.

Bianca Spriggs

Managing Editor
pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Lyric Essay Competition: The Lindenwood Review

The Lindenwood Review is accepting submissions for its Lyric Essay Contest through August 30, 2013.

No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication, and three contributor copies of TLR issue 4.

Email your essay as a Word doc to:

TheLindenwoodReviewATlindenwoodDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

and type "Lyric Essay Contest" in the subject line.

More details here.

Call for Short Fiction: Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet

Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet

In the 21st Century, knowledge of the world around us grows increasingly important, and fiction set in other countries has become extremely popular. Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet (Edited by Clifford Garstang, to be published by Press 53 in Fall 2014) is an anthology (and potential series) of short fiction (short stories of any length, short shorts, and flash) set around the globe, including the United States.

The anthology will consist of 20-25 fictions, with no more than one story set in any one country. Included stories will be a mix of previously published and new work. Each contributor will be entitled to a contributor copy and author discounts on additional copies.

Rights and Terms: Author verifies that the story submitted is original and is not prohibited from publication by Press 53 by any previous publishing agreement. If accepted, the story shall remain in print with Press 53 until the anthology is out-of-print. Author will grant Press 53 non-exclusive world-wide publishing rights in exchange for one copy of the completed anthology. Additional copies may be purchased at a discount for as long as the anthology is in print.

Format: Please use 12-pt Time New Roman or similar font, double-spaced. Stories may be any length. Please note on the cover letter your name, contact information, word count, and in what country your story takes place.

Simultaneous Submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately once your story is accepted elsewhere. We plan to notify everyone no later than March 31, 2014. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2014.

Submit here.

Questions should be addressed to the editor, Clifford Garstang, at:

 cliff.garstangATgmailDOTcomChange AT to @ and DOT to .)

Poetry Book Competition: OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry

The OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry submission season opens on Sept 1, 2013!

Each year, The Journal selects one full-length manuscript of poetry for publication by The Ohio State University Press. In addition to publication under a standard book contract, the winning author receives the Charles B. Wheeler prize of $2500.

Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be electronically submitted during the month of September.

Your name or other identification should appear only on a separate cover page. All manuscripts will be read anonymously.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified in the acknowledgements page.

A nonrefundable handling fee of $28.00 will be charged for each entry. Entrants will receive a one-year subscription to The Journal.

The winning entry, screened by the editorial staff of The Journal and chosen by The Ohio State University Press's Poetry Editor, Kathy Fagan, will be announced the following January.

Submit via Submittable starting September 1st.

Call for Poetry Submissions on Current Events: The New Verse News

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to:

 nvneditorATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)


 nvneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Pinwheel

Call for Poetry Submissions: Pinwheel (Sept 1-30)

The first three issues of Pinwheel, an online poetry journal, were comprised only of solicited poetry. We want to change that.


Yeah, yeah, we want "your best work," who doesn't. We don't want to read what you wrote last night or that thing you just started working on. We want something you have labored over. Define "labored" in any personal context you want, but you better feel bad if your submission isn't the kind of poetry you're ready to set on a gilded altar.

We want to know you have had a fight with these poems. Maybe you had to sleep on the couch a few times or even got kicked out of the house for a few nights. Your suffering should be poured into these poems.

With that said, we DON'T want your sentimental love poems; we DO want poems that hint at the sentiment of love. We DON'T want your nostalgia; we DO want your commentary on the innate sadness and loneliness and enthusiasm of being alive, you dig?

Send us no more than 5 poems totaling 10 pages during September. Poems that will throw a punch and take a goddamn punch. Rock the boat and burn the bridge, send us those poems.

What: Pinwheel 4

Where: pinwheelsubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

When: September 1-30

Disclaimer: Any unsolicited submissions sent to us before or after September will be enthusiastically discarded.

Call for Submissions: The Citron Review

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

We seek submissions of resonant beauty in the form of micro-fiction, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, digital art and photography. We are reading for our Fall and Winter 2013 Issues, but we accept submissions on a rolling basis.

Send electronic submissions only via our submissions manager.

We encourage you to review our full guidelines on our website at The Citron Review. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors notify us immdiately if their work is accepted elsewhere.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Call for Submissions: Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Winter 2014 SCIENCE issue, guest edited by Lalita Noronha. Featured interviews will include Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist John C. Mather and poet/biologist Myra Sklarew. With our SCIENCE issue, we challenge you to write with your most exacting eye, your most dogged pursuit of truth, and, of course, your utmost imagination. After all, it takes sensitivity and clarity to observe as Thomas Huxley did, “Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing.”

You may submit one fiction piece of up to 5000 words, one nonfiction piece of up to 3500 words, or a maximum of three poems.

Full submission guidelines are here.
Reading period: August 1 to November 1, 2013.

Call for Fiction Submissions: A Strange Object

A STRANGE OBJECT, a brand-new indie press based in Austin, is currently seeking short stories and novel excerpts for publication in its online magazine, COVERED WITH FUR.

COVERED WITH FUR publishes original fiction, accompanied by artifacts of the creative process, in a regular series called "Material Fiction." Dedicated to publishing fiction and the story of its creation, "Material Fiction" is a space to explore writing as process and publishing as material practice.

- We love: stories that take risks and take us places; writing that moves us and language that rattles us; fiction that is big-hearted and wild, elegant and innovative.

- We seek: writers who are eager to collaborate with us to tell the story of their creative process. This means being willing to share with us--and with readers--artifacts of your writing process. Such artifacts might include: drafts, outlines, or notes; written commentary on the piece’s evolution; visual or textual evidence of “aha!” moments; inspirational objects, quotes, images, et cetera.

- We believe: writing is hard work, y’all. We pay authors $250 per accepted story or excerpt.


- Submissions are open from August 1 to August 31, 2013. 
- Submissions must be under 5,000 words. Short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts are both welcome. 
- Submissions must be fiction.
- Work must be previously unpublished. We consider work that has appeared online in any form (including on personal blogs and the like) to be published.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
- Please submit via our submission manager. Electronic submissions only.

Visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Pentimento Magazine

Pentimento Magazine--a new print literary magazine for the disabled community--is seeking submissions for our second issue.

We accept submissions by a disabled individual or someone who is part of the community, such as family members, educators, therapists, etc. Submissions by members of the disabled community must have a disability-related theme.

Submission categories include: Art, Essay, Fiction, Interview, Poetry, and Photography. In addition, we accept submissions on a designated topic for each issue. The topic for the December issue is "Short Cuts."

We accept submissions via email and snail mail.

Please visit our website for further information.

If you'd like to receive a free copy of the first issue, send a request to:

loriATpentimentoDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

3Elements Review

The goal is to write a story or poem that includes all three of the given words. Each quarter, we´ll post three new elements. We hope 3Elements helps your creativity as much as it has helped ours!

Artists and photographers: as lovers of all kinds of art, we are looking for images that represent and embrace one (or all three) of the elements.

Current elements: procession, tandem bicycle, ache. Due October 10, 2013.

Stories must stay under 3,500 words. Poems must not exceed two pages.

To submit your work or for more information, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: Teresa A. White Literary Award "Buck-a-Word" Contest

Teresa A. White Literary Award "Buck-a-Word" Contest. Entry fee is $15, but a one year subscription is included. Winners will receive $500, radio broadcast on our NPR hub station, and print publication.

Our deadline is August 31st. Judging is blind. All submissions are considered for publication. People can submit here on submittable

or by snail mail to:

Teresa A. White Contest
1500 North 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702 (Checks payable to Quiddity)

Call for Guest Blog Submissions: Ostrich Review

Ostrich Review is looking for guest blog content. If you are already familiar with Ostrich Review's Fifty Word Fridays and Tuesday Grab Bags, then you know how fun they are to read! How would you like to try your hand at some TGB and FWF fun?

Head on over to our submissions page for more information about submitting a TGB or FWF of your own.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Manila Envelope

The Manila Envelope is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and visual art work to include in our upcoming Fall Issue by the end of September.

Please submit via our online submission form. There is a $3.00 submission fee.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your work.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley Review will be reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for the Fall 2013 issue (Vol. 8, No. 2) until Sunday, September 15, 2013.

All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit strict genre fiction or anything particularly violent or explicit.

Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor's prize.

To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories pasted into the body of an e-mail message to our editor at:

editorATleahbrowningDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Writing Competition: Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

Dogwood contest opens Aug 1: $1000 grand prize

Entry link.

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose is open for 2014 contest and non-contest submissions as of August 1. A prize of $1000 goes to one winning entry, and you have until October 15 to send us your brilliance.

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. 

Entry fee is $15; all submissions considered for publication in the lucky 13th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the "Non-Contest" tab with the $3 processing fee. Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2014 and published in the 2014 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal.

Submissions accepted online between August 1 and October 15, 2013. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions.

FICTION: Sandy Rodriguez Barron holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida International University. She is the author of The Heiress of Water, which won first place for debut fiction at the 2007 International Latino Book Awards and was a Borders Original Voices selection. Her second novel, Stay with Me, was a finalist in the fiction category for the 2011 Connecticut Book Award. Sandra is the grateful recipient of support from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. She was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in El Salvador. She currently lives in Milford, Connecticut and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Western Connecticut State University.

POETRY: Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, four poetry collections— Milk and Filth, Goodbye, Flicker, The City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. Formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.

NONFICTION: Heather Kirn Lanier is the author of Teaching in the Terrordome: Two Years in West Baltimore with Teach For America and The Story You Tell Yourself, winner of the Wick Poetry Open Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared in dozens of places, including Salon, The Sun, and The Threepenny Review. She lives in Bennington, Vermont.

 Some important stuff:
·      Our contest is completely anonymous, so if you enter and your name is on the file, we have to bounce it. We understand that might be annoying, but those are our rules. So please double-check your file before pressing the “submit” button.
·      Current and former employees and students of Fairfield University are not eligible, as are current and former students of the editor.
·      We ask that you look at the names of the judges. If you have a strong relationship with one of the judges, we ask that you not submit work in that genre.
·      More on why we like the anonymous contest.
What did we pick for our winners and others to publish last year? You should read a copy to find out! If you’re planning to submit, you can get a copy of last year’s Dogwood as an electronic publication via LitRagger. We also have excerpts and past submissions on our site. You can also read a bit more vagueness about our editorial sense. If you submitted to last year’s contest, you should have received an email with an invitation to receive a free electronic copy of the issue. If you missed that, or if you change your mind and want to check it out now, please email the editor at dogwoodliterary (at) and we’ll send you one.
Please sign up for our periodic newsletter for information about future contests and announcement of the winners!

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 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 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, 2013

For All Submissions
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 2014 Issue of Dogwood along with selected non-contest submissions. Contest entries will be given priority for publication.

Work can also be mailed to:

Dogwood, Dept. of English
1073 N. Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824

We ask that the submission itself be anonymous with a cover letter that mentions your name and the name of the piece for later identification.

For more information, please see our website or email:

shuberATfairfieldDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: At Length

At Length is reading submissions throughout the month of August. To learn more about us, please visit our website.

We’re interested in poems and sequences that are at least 7 single-spaced pages long. Please send a Word document or PDF to:

 poetryATatlengthmagDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but be  sure to mention it in the body of the email, and if parts of the work have already appeared in other venues, please note that as well and  provide all relevant details. We will attempt to respond to all submissions within two months, and we ask that you only submit one poem or sequence at a time.

We’re looking for fiction and non-fiction of at least 7,500 words in length. We welcome novellas, novel excerpts, memoirs, narratives, essays, and long short stories. No academic papers, please. Simultaneous submissions are fine; previously published pieces, not so much. Please send your work in a Word or .pdf file to:

 proseATatlengthmagDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

along with a short biographical note. We’ll do our best to respond within four months.

Call for Submissions: IDK Magazine

New online journal IDK Magazine will open to e-mail submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and art starting on August 5th.

 IDK Magazine flirts with the unknown. We love Millennials and the people who write about them. We believe in writing our way out of the cultural wasteland; disobeying social norms; satirizing pop culture; sugar-coating the past through the practice of nostalgia; embracing, celebrating, and rejecting Internet culture; placing a bullhorn in front of the mouth of tomorrow; and empowering the collective body of future humanity. (Eat your vegetables, kids.)

We love electric prose and poems that make the hairs on our arms stand pin-straight. Nothing’s better, in our book, than a sentence that can crack our skull open like an egg or a line that forces us to remember its internal rhyme weeks later. We hope you’ll fiddle with form. We hope you’ll hug your strangeness. Play with dissonance; play with assonance. Interrogate dead leaders. Become notorious.

Since IDK’s mission revolves around the Millennial generation, we primarily seek to publish emerging writers born between the years of 1980 and 1995. We don’t want to be ageists, though, so if you fall outside those brackets but are writing about the life and times of Generation Y, send us your work. We wouldn’t want to exclude any powerful voices as we do our part to curate a portion of the world’s best writing.

For more information, visit IDK’s website at or email the editors at:

IDKmagazineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
Dakota Garilli
Nonfiction Editor
IDK Magazine