Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Notebook by the Grassroots Women Project

THE NOTEBOOK is published biannually by the Grassroots Women Project. We seek work by female or male writers, photographers & digital visual artists with rural or small town roots. We are interested in progressive thinking—past, present or visionary—that explores a spectrum of authentic experiences for women and girls in rural areas and small towns in any of the world’s cultures. Issues of THE NOTEBOOK comprise regular columns and other single-issue features, plus themed sections. We encourage international submissions written in English.

Theme: For the Spring 2014 issue, the themed section focuses on HOME. All genres of writing or digital imagery will be considered as long as home related to the experience of rural or small town women or girls is illuminated in the work, either directly or indirectly. You are free to define, interpret or conceptualize home in any way you see fit.

How to submit your work: Submit by email only to:

TheNotebookATGrassrootsWomenProjectDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

We seek original work—no previously published or simultaneously submitted material.

WRITERS: Send your manuscript (11 pt., single-spaced, standard fonts) as a Word .doc or .docx file only. Writing may be of any literary, journalistic or scholarly genre, including non-traditional forms. We charge no reading fee.

We accept submissions of the following lengths:
Prose (fiction or nonfiction) - limit 2,000 words per writer.
Poetry/Lyrics - limit 3 pieces per writer.

PHOTOGRAPHERS & VISUAL ARTISTS: Send digital still images only, .jpg file format, 300 dpi. Images will be reproduced in THE NOTEBOOK in black and white. Submission is limited to 5 images per artist. We charge no submission fee.

How to identify yourself: Include all contact information (name, phone, snail mail, and e-mail address) ON EACH PIECE you submit. Provide a 60-word (max) bio. Include the place-name that defines your (or your subject’s) rural or small town roots, past or present. [Small towns are under 25,000 in population and not located within a larger metropolitan area.]

Timeline: Spring 2014 (Issue #2) submissions close January 31, 2014. Notification in March. Publication in April.

Compensation: Contributors whose work is accepted are paid with one copy of the journal. (We're new. We hope to pay better as we grow.)

Restrictions: No overtly sentimental or superficially confessional material. No explicit porn. No unredemptive stereotypes.

Rights: If you submit work to The Notebook, you are guaranteeing (1) that you own/control all rights to the work submitted and (2) that you agree that your published submission (or excerpts) may also be posted on the evolving website (or a website dedicated specifically to The Notebook, if one is later developed) and may be used in promotion & marketing materials for the project. Writers, photographers and visual artists retain copyright for their work; however, if any piece we accept is later published elsewhere, it should at that time indicate that the work was "previously published by the Grassroots Women Project in The Notebook, a journal about women and girls with rural and small town roots."

Apart from the open submissions period, editors reserve the right to commission and/or to solicit existing work from writers and artists as featured work in The Notebook.

Non-themed elements: Any writer or photographer who has an idea to pitch for a regular feature, a column or a non-themed single-issue piece (i.e.: interview or photo essay) may query us about your idea by submitting a 300-word synopsis of your concept to:

TheNotebookATGrassrootsWomenProjectDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Guest Editor for issue #2 of THE NOTEBOOK is Megan Culhane Galbraith, a writer who lives on a farm in rural New York. Megan's writing appeared in issue #1.

The Grassroots Women Project has been supported in part by generous grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, by women-owned or women-operated enterprises and organizations, and by individuals who have underwritten specific portions of the GWP’s outreach projects.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Call for Submissions: Nimrod International Journal

Call for Submissions:
Reimagined: Bridging This World and Others

We are writers because stories have meant something to us. They have shaped the way that we view the world and ourselves. We return to our favorite stories over and over again, rereading and remembering them throughout many phases of our lives. As we remember them, we are already reimagining them—changing them, making them our own.

For our Spring/Summer 2014 issue, Reimagined: Bridging This World and Others, Nimrod International Journal is looking for poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that play with the idea of reimagining. Ideas of what to send might include:

Retold and reimagined versions of fairy tales, myths, or historical events
Poems and stories that play with point of view or persona, getting into the heads of literary or historical figures in new and inventive ways
Personal or family histories, told with a twist or not, since our own histories are our most immediate stories
Ekphrastic poetry and prose (work based on paintings or other art work)
Poems that experiment with form, playing with sonnets, sestinas, haiku, etc., or prose and stories that experiment with structural elements such as narrative distance, point of view, etc. that provide new ways of presenting the scenes, characters, dialogue and discourse
Surprise us! Send something that plays with reimagining in a way that we haven’t even thought of!

Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Reimagined Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Writers living outside the U.S. may email their submissions to:

NimrodATutulsaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to.)

with the work pasted into the body of an email, but writers living inside the U.S. must mail their submissions. Fiction should be double spaced with 1” margins on all sides, typed, one side of plain white paper only. Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only.

Postmark Deadline: January 10th, 2014

Publication Date: April 2014 

Visit our website for more information.

Send manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Questions? Email:

NimrodATutulsaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

or call (918) 631-3080.

Call for Submissions: IDK Magazine

New online journal IDK Magazine is open to e-mail submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and art through February 1st! MFA students and emerging writers, this is the journal for you—we’re currently looking especially for submissions of creative nonfiction.

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.

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

IDKmagazineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Las Vegas-themed Submissions: Carnival

Carnival is an online literary magazine featuring poetry, flash fiction, and artwork. We are currently reading for a themed-issue, due to launch in Summer 2014. The theme for the next issue is "Magic tricks, Gambling, and Las Vegas"...

Please visit our website for complete submission guidelines.

Poetry Competition: Gemini Magazine

The deadline for Gemini Magazine's fourth annual Poetry Open competition is January 2. The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100; four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2013 issue of Gemini.

No restrictions on subject, length or type of poetry. Rhyme, free verse, sestina, sonnet....doesn't matter what it's called as long as it moves us. Entries must be unpublished.

All writers are welcome.

Entry fee: $5 per batch of up to three poems. Full details here.

Thank you.

Call for Submissions: Dead, Mad, or a Poet

Call for submissions for re-launch of Dead, Mad, or a Poet. Fiction, poetry and articles for a Pagan literary magazine. Submit by January 15. Guidelines here.

Our focus is on fiction, poetry and art by a certain subset of modern Pagans, but we will happily accept work from other folks, Pagan or no, if it suits our sensibilities and aesthetic. We do not publish oathbound material, nor do we support the proliferation of fake “traditional” material which actually has a known or knowable source. We may publish liturgical poetry presented to us by the original author, but we do not publish spells or rituals unless they have independent literary merit.

We print previously unpublished work, except by arrangement. Previous publication includes the Internet, so if you have posted your work in your personal blog or other fora, please remove it before you submit it to us.

Poetry: Image-rich, sensuous, and strange. It should sound like the fairies would like it. Send 3-5 poems per submission.

Fiction: Fiction by or about Pagans, re-tellings of myth or fairy tales, original work in a mythic or fairy tale style, or anything that wouldn’t look out of place with them at a party.

Art: Digital formats, please. More specific information forthcoming.

Non-fiction: Craft (as in writing) essays, Craft (as in witch) essays, folklore, mythology, history relevant to our other interests, or any combination of the above. We welcome solid scholarly work with cries of glee, but personal musings are also perfectly acceptable.

Poetry may be any length; fiction should be less than 10,000 words. Microfictions are delightful. Send as an attachment (.doc, .rtf, or .odt file) to an e-mail with the genre, your name, and the title(s) of your work in the subject heading to:

submissionsATdeadmadorpoetDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

You may submit as many times or in as many genres as you like, but please wait until you receive a response before sending your next submission. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Call for Submissions: Drunken Boat

Tom Hazuka (editor of Flash Fiction Funny and co-editor of Sudden Flash Youth and the original Flash Fiction anthology) is soliciting humorous short stories, essays, poems, and audiovisual performances for the spring issue of Drunken Boat magazine. Maximum length of 750 words. If a recorded performance, it also has to hew to the word limit. Send previously unpublished (or published in a small circulation print journal) literary work in a Microsoft Word attachment or send links to audio/video to:

tomATtomhazukaDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Writers will be notified when work is accepted; rejection letters will not be sent.

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is expanding their publication schedule.
On January 1, 2014 we will begin publishing a new feature every other day.
Fifteen features per month and the occasional short story and contest means will need to publish 200 new features in 2014.
We are pleased to be able to offer these additional opportunities for authors and artists.

With that in mind we are once again calling for submissions of poetry and flash.
Our guidelines may be found here.

If you don’t have the time to read our guidelines - we probably won’t find time to read your manuscript. J Cheers from Dave and the staff.

Call for Submissions: THE BOILER

THE BOILER is accepting submissions in poetry, short stories, and short memoir/essays (prose under 3,500 words) for its spring 2014 issue. Submissions close February 20, 2014. We look forward to reading your work.

For submission guidelines visit our website.


The Boiler was started online in 2011 by a group of MFA students from Sarah Lawrence College. Now publishing quarterly, we've featuredemerging writers and established writers such as Paul Liscicky, David Hollander, Bruce Bond, Thomas Lux, Daniel Chacon, Raena Shirali, Robin Richardson, Cinthia Ritchie, Kelli Allen, Emma Bolden, Cynthia Cruz, Joseph Millar and others.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Call for Submissions: The First Day

The First Day is now accepting submissions within the following genres:

Personal essays about individual, spiritual journeys
Thought-provoking articles about issues and culture in a non-academic style
Engaging reviews of new movies, music, television, and books
Short fiction (7,000 words or less), flash fiction, and poetry
Original artwork and photography
Interviews with inspiring artists and people making a difference

The theme for our winter issue is water; deadline by the end of December. Submissions can range from stories of birth, baptism, flow, emotion, nature, health, healing, or any other topic you think may be appropriate.

We print four times a year and also consider submissions for our website.


editorATfirstdaypressDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with submissions or queries. Submissions may be in the text of the email or in an attached Word document (docx., doc., pdf, rtf.). Please include a brief bio in your email.

Call for Submissions: Booth: A Journal

Booth: A Journal is now accepting submissions for Resurrection Tales: New Life for Old Characters.

Anything in the public domain is fair game to be remixed, twisted, fanfic-ed. The basic idea here is to revisit characters we all know and call them back to action. One last labor for Hercules? Cool. A mash-up of the tale of Jonah and Moby Dick? Send it our way. A hard-boiled noir about the murder of the Wicked Witch? We want to read it for this forthcoming series on Booth.

Length: No restrictions

Forms: It should work on paper or a screen. Other than that, no restrictions. Prose, poetry, infographics, origami templates, whatever.

Submit online.

Writing Competition: Love on the Road Toophilia Writing Contest

Enter the LOTR Topophilia writing contest by Dec. 24 to win €60, €25, or €15 and have your story performed at #touristwalkDublin.

There's no entry fee. Just send us 400-500 words (fiction or nonfiction) focused on love for a place -- any place in the world -- to:
topohilia13ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

The winners will be chosen by our panel of judges: Irish writer Ruth Gilligan, Liberties Press publisher Seán O'Keeffe, the Tourist Walk team, and the Love on the Road 2013 team.

The winning stories will be published online and performed at the MART gallery in Dublin's Rathmines neighborhood on the evening of 3 January, 2014 as part of #touristwalkDublin, an event organized by Tourist Walk, a cross-discipline art project that seeks to explore and celebrate the unique character of location through live music.

The three winners can attend #touristwalkDublin and do live readings of their winning submissions, email audio recordings of their submissions to be played at #touristwalkDublin, or ask one of us to read their submissions for them at the big event.

The authors of the winning stories will get: First Prize: €60 and a signed Tourist Walk poster; Second Prize: €25 and a copy of the just-released anthology of stories about love and travel, Love on the Road 2013; Third Prize: €15.

For details, visit our website. For more information on #touristwalkDublin, go here. For more information on Love on the Road 2013, visit this site. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at:

topohilia13ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Book Awards for Poetry and Prose: The 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

The 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS.

SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry and one book of prose (novel, short fiction, or literary nonfiction) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2013, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2014 festival will be October 22-24, 2014. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the two winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $20.00 entry fee made out to SIUC - Dept. of English.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2013 - February 1, 2014. Materials postmarked after February 1 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2014. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2014.

The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2013 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2014 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 22-24, 2014) to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2013 - February 1, 2014
(please do not send materials early or late).
Send all materials to:

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Book Award for Fiction or Literary/Narrative Nonfiction: The Chautauqua Prize

Entry form.

Chautauqua Institution, the pre-eminent expression of lifelong learning in the United States, is pleased to invite 2014 submissions for The Chautauqua Prize, a distinguished national literary prize for a work of fiction or literary/narrative nonfiction.

Awarded annually since 2012, The Chautauqua Prize draws upon Chautauqua's considerable literary legacy to celebrate a book that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. The author receives $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua Institution in western New York.

Eligible books for the 2014 prize will have been published in English in the United States during 2013. Nominations will be accepted beginning Sept. 9, 2013, from publishers, agents, authors, and readers. The deadline for nomination is December 31, 2013. Longlist finalists will be notified in February 2014, at which time authors will be asked to select their summer visit time to Chautauqua should they be awarded the prize. Shortlist finalists and the winner will be notified in April and May 2014. Chautauqua Institution will celebrate the winner in the summer of 2014, at a time selected by the winner and Chautauqua Institution.

Chautauqua’s commitment to the literary arts is immersed in its rich history. In addition to the 135-year-old Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, Chautauqua’s literary arts programming includes summer-long interaction of published and aspiring writers at the Chautauqua Writers’ Center, the intensive workshops of the nationally recognized Chautauqua Writers’ Festival, and lectures by prominent authors on the craft and art of writing.

The Chautauqua Prize is awarded through a two-tiered judging process that includes Chautauquans who are writers, publishers, critics, editors, librarians, booksellers, and literature and creative writing educators. Each nominated book is evaluated by three reviewers, with the final selection made by a three-member, independent, anonymous jury.

- See more at our website.

Seeking Prose on Poetry: Great Twin Cities Poetry Read

Seeking PROSE ON POETRY. Doesn't matter what form the prose takes (review, interview, essay, missive, etc.). Doesn't really matter how long it is (although it can be too long, I can't conceive of it being too short). I would like you to submit said prose on poetry to me for possible inclusion in POETRY CITY, USA, VOL. 4, an anthology of poems read at the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read (GTCPR) plus various prose on poetry (thus the call).

The GTCPR is an annual reading, held in April, at which 30 or so poets all read a single poem each. A year after the reading, the anthology comes out. That means that the GTCPR held on April 26, 2014, with be the fifth anniversary reading. That night will also be the night POETRY CITY, USA, VOL. 4 launches. Any prose on poetry that you submit, if accepted, will go in it.

I need to receive anything you want me to consider by Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Send pieces to:

mauchmauch [at] gmail [dot] com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )

Monday, December 9, 2013

Call for Submissions: CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop invites writers of all stripes (Poets! Fictioneers! Memoirists! Journalists! Essayists! Dramatists! Genre-benders!) to submit to CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing. Writers are invited to submit their personal aesthetic philosophies and manifestos for the anthology, writing exercises and prompts that have helped to kick-start their imagination, and short essays on the art of writing, reading, and being creative. Please send us a brief (7 pages max) submission in one of the following categories:

I. Credos:

Writing manifestos, rules to live by, artist creeds, hand-written notes to self, aphorisms earned, and personal philosophies on what makes good writing work and why. If you have ever typed or scrawled out a manifesto, we would like to see it. Feel free to send us manifestos for creative writing that you have drawn up for yourself or for your writing group. We accept typed written credos, hand-written lists, and even collages that demonstrate your aesthetic philosophy.

II. Writing Exercises:

We would like you to send us writing exercises, prompts, or any practices that have helped energize and motivate your creative writing practice. Is there a daily ritual you do to kickstart your imagination? Are there writing exercises and prompts that you keep on going back to or to use in class with your students? We are interested in your favorite writing exercises. Please send us original writing exercises or prompts, or please write to us about how your favorite published writing exercises work.

III. Essays on Writing Advice:

We are looking for essays that describe the writing process, essays on creative arts communities, salon culture, and advice on creative writing. What has helped you sustain and catalyze your writing career? What has inspired you, from reading the works of your favorite authors, experimenting with new forms, finding communities of writers, experience with social media and writing, etc.? We welcome any essays on creative writing between 5-7 pages.
Please also include: A brief biography of 200 words or less.

SUBMISSIONS PERIOD: October 15, 2013 - January 15, 2014

Submit here.

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Call for Poetry About Work: Floating Bridge Review

Call for Poems: Floating Bridge Review

Help Wanted: The Poetry of Work
Work – or the lack of it – shapes our personalities, our days, and our health. It defines our status. Floating Bridge Review #7 seeks poems concerned with the interplay of labor and identity: first jobs, lay-offs, job hunting, unemployment, hard labor, happy hour, housework, sex work, volunteer work, retirement.

Submission guidelines:

E-mail up to three previously unpublished poems as a single Microsoft Word document or single PDF file. Put FBR7 SUBMISSION in the subject line of your e-mail and be sure to include your mailing address.
Send to:

floatingbridgepressATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to.) No cover letter needed, but please include a brief bio.

Deadline: March 31, 2014.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately if the work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Floating Bridge Review is published by Floating Bridge Press. The guest editor for Floating Bridge Review #7 is Elizabeth Austen, author of “Every Dress a Decision” (Blue Begonia Press).

Call for Themed Submissions on the Novel, 1984: Tidal Basin Review

Tidal Basin Review invites submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art for the next issue, "2084." This call is related to George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984. Not only do we ask you to reflect upon modern-day “Big Brother” in America; we also invite work that speculates on what our surveilled existence will be like in the U.S. 100 years after 1984.

Tidal Basin Review will accept submissions for this call from December 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014. Any submissions received after this deadline will not be considered and will be discarded. The response times vary. The standard response time is 2 (two) months.

Tidal Basin Review considers work in English, which has not been previously published. Tidal Basin Press, Inc. acquires North American Serial Rights, First Electronic Rights, and Electronic Archival Rights. Publication rights revert back to the author upon publication of work in an issue of Tidal Basin Review.

We accept simultaneous submissions, however, please notify us immediately upon acceptance of your work elsewhere via the Submission Manager.

For poetry submissions, submit 1-3 poems totaling no more than 5 pages in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format.

For prose submissions, submit one (1) short story or one (1) stand alone novel chapter or creative non-fiction piece of no more than 2,500 words in one single file in doc., rtf, or .docx format.

For visual art, please submit an original, unpublished art sample of no more than 5 (five) images (any single image may not exceed 4 MB) in .jpeg format only. Please be prepared to provide a digital version (300 dpi) via email in the case your artwork is selected.

You may include biographical information in the “Comments” section.

Call for Poetry Readings: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Call for Poetry: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series
Theme: Balance vs. Imbalance in a Changing World
Reading: Sunday, February 2, 2014 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Submission Deadline: December 22, 2014

Woman Made Gallery’s first art exhibit of the year is Equilibrium: Art for a Changing World. The exhibit seeks to explore the tensions, demands and challenges inherent in living in a rapidly changing world: from environment, population, politics to social and cultural trends.

The poetry reading in conjunction with this exhibit, will also explore Balance and Imbalance in the context of change. Do you take the idea of “maintaining equilibrium” to suggest achieving healthy balance OR maintaining the status quo? What might change look like? Writers are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly.

Selections will be made with an eye to assembling a program that represents a diversity of poets, styles, and approaches to the theme.

Selected poets MUST be available to read in person. Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme ALONG WITH a 50 to 75 word bio, IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to:

galleryATwomanmadeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

by December 22, 11:59 p.m. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by December 30. Although we can't afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books and read with other talented people in a very special environment.

For more information, visit our website.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fiction Competition: 2014 Bristol Short Story Prize

2014 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers, UK and non-UK based, over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post.

Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). 

The entry fee is £8 (about $13 USD) per story.

The closing date for entries is April 30th 2014.

1st £1000 (about $1,600 USD) plus £150 Waterstone’s gift card
2nd £700 (about $1,100 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
3rd £400 (about $640 USD) plus £100 Waterstone’s gift card
17 further prizes of £100 (about $160 USD)
will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 7.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched. Prizes will be sent to any writer unable to attend the awards ceremony.

Judging panel :
Sara Davies (writer, former Radio 4 producer) Rowan Lawton (literary agent at Furniss Lawton), Sanjida O’Connell (writer and TV presenter) and Nikesh Shukla (author, performer and journalist)

Full details and rules at our website.

Call for Submissions: Bellows American Review

Bellows American Review is currently seeking submissions. We publish on a rolling basis year-round. At this time we are accepting fiction submissions only. Our one guideline is this: it’s got to be good.

We are also open to book reviews and critical essays. To inquire please submit a query letter through our online submission manager.

To submit or learn more please visit us at our website.

Fiction Competition: Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction

The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is accepting submissions for our Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Eckleburg is a print and online literary and arts journal housed in Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Our aesthetic is eclectic—anything from literary mainstream to experimental. We’re in love with fusion forms such as magical realist, surrealist, meta-realist, and anything with an offbeat spin!

We are accepting stories of 8000 words or less. Stories must be submitted online and in manuscript form. Multimedia submissions (visual that includes text) are welcome. No film or audio.

Entry fee is $10. Award-winning manuscripts will receive $1000 and publication in The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review. Finalists and Honorable Mentions will be listed with titles and author names. Eckleburg’s online content receives 4,000 monthly visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity for emerging writers to break into the literary scene.

This year, the contest will be judged by Cris Mazza. Mazza’s first novel, How to Leave a Country, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction. Her fiction has been reviewed numerous times in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review, among many others.

Deadline for submissions is New Year’s Eve 2013, midnight.

Entry instructions at our website.

Call for Submissions and Poetry Competition: I-70 Review

The I-70 Review, a hard copy publication, is now accepting submissions of poetry, and short fiction or nonfiction until January 31, 2014 for its 2014 issue. Please check our website, and we hope that you will send us a submission. We hope you'll also consider entering the Gary Gildner Poetry Contest.

Pass the word around. Invite others to submit. Deadline is Jan 31, 2014. Send submissions to:

i70reviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

In addition, I-70 Review announces the annual Gary Gildner Poetry Award. $500 plus publication. $15 reading fee includes publication consideration. Submit up to three poems, no more than 40 lines each, and check payable to I-70 Review.

Deadline: January 31. Include name and address on cover letter only. Must include SASE for response. Send 3 copies of each poem to:

Gary Gildner Poetry Award
I-70 Review
913 Joseph Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66049

Short Story Competition: Arcadia

Arcadia has just opened submissions for the 2014 Arcadia Short Story Contest. Submissions are open until February 15. A winner will be announced on March 1. The entry fee is $15.

The contest winner receives $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8, which will be released on March 15, 2014.

More details about the contest and a sample of last year's winner can be found here.

Call for Submissions: Still: The Journal

Still: The Journal is accepting submissions of FICTION, POETRY and CREATIVE NONFICTION for 2014 during our annual reading period, December 1-31, 2013, through our online submissions manager.

Our emphasis is on the literature of the Southern Appalachian region, and we are committed to publishing excellent writing that does not rely on clichés and stereotypes. We want to feature writing that exemplifies the Mountain South or that is written by an author with a connection to the region.

We encourage established, unpublished, or emerging writers to submit their best work to Still.

We appreciate writing grounded in craft as well as experience. We are moved by lyrical writing that is compelling, distinctive, accessible, and finely written. As a purely editorial decision, we will not consider trite, light verse, genre fiction, critical analyses, inspirational or motivational advice, erotica or pornography, or any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans. We cannot accept unsolicited interviews, photography or book reviews at this time.

We will consider one fiction or creative nonfiction piece up to 6,500 words or up to five poems during the reading period. Please do not submit more than once in each genre during the reading period.

We accept only electronic submissions through our online submissions manager, Submittable. Submit only one double-spaced fiction, one double-spaced creative nonfiction piece, or up to five poems as a WORD document, PDF file, or in Rich Text Format. Poetry submissions should be sent as one attachment.

The title of your submission should include your name and genre, (e.g. Jane Doe Poetry). Include a five-seven sentence biography in the "Identifying Information" category on the Submittable form.

We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published materials, including online publications, personal blogs, social media sites, etc.

Still acquires first electronic and indefinite archive rights. Upon publication, all other rights revert to the author. Please credit Still: The Journal as first publisher if you reprint elsewhere; we like seeing our name in print, too. Still reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if we have the opportunity to occasionally make a print anthology and want to include your work.

Still is published three times a year: February, June and October.

The submission period is December 1 through December 31 of each year. We will only read submissions received during this reading period. We try our best to respond to submissions within 2-4 months. If you haven't heard from us within four months you may inquire about your submission via Submittable, but please not before.

Call for Book Submissions: 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award



The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Prizes awarded by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. (See submission guidelines below, in Writer’s Market, or by visiting E-books also accepted.

A single registration qualifies you for:
* $2,000 grand prize (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books
* Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best covers
* Winner of the First Horizon Award for debut authors
* Winner and First Runner-Up in your selected category
* Honorable Mentions for your selected category
* Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books
* Legacy categories for any book older than two years (fiction and nonfiction)
* Award coverage in the US Review of Books and on the Hoffer Award website
* Gold Seal Certificates
* Worldwide Exposure Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. (There is a category for every book.)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (entry deadline January 21st, 2014):
Awards are open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.) One grand prize will be awarded for the entire contest. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by category and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.

For each entry, submit the book, entry form, and $50 fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to:

Hopewell Publications, LLC
PO Box 11
Titusville, NJ 08560

Be certain to specify award category and press type. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. In May, all entrants will be notified of winners. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21, 2014.

ENTRY FORM on our website. (submit one entry form per book). Click on the “Nominate” link.

AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):
* ART: titles involving the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, performing arts, design, photography, coffee table books, and poetry.
* POETRY: Titles with poetry or highly stylized prose.
* GENERAL FICTION: non-genre specific fiction, including literary, short story collections, and mainstream.
 * COMMERCIAL FICTION: genre specific fiction, including mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, religion, romance, and horror.
* CHILDREN: titles for young children, including stories and picture books.
* YOUNG ADULT: titles aimed at the juvenile and teen markets.
* CULTURE: titles demonstrating the human or world experience, including multicultural, essay, women’s issues, sexuality, gay, lesbian, memoir, aging, travel, sports, true crime, and current events.
* MEMOIR: titles capturing specific personal experience.
* BUSINESS: titles with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, computer, and Internet.
* REFERENCE: titles from traditional and emerging reference areas, including history, psychology, biography, science, philosophy, education, sports, recreation, training, travel, and how-to. * HOME: titles with practical application to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, animals, and pets.
* HEALTH: titles promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex.
* SELF-HELP: titles involving traditional and emerging self-help subjects.
* SPIRITUAL: titles involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical. * LEGACY FICTION: all fiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* LEGACY NONFICTION: all nonfiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* E-BOOK FICTION: any fiction titles published in e-book format.
* E-BOOK NONFICTION: any nonfiction titles published in e-book format.

INDIVIDUAL PRESS AWARDS (select only one): In addition to the above category awards, books will be singled out for additional awards in the micro press, small press, academic press, as well as self-published arenas. Please check one of the following types on the application.
* SELF-PUBLISHED – title financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size).
* MICRO PRESS – title from a press producing 24 books or less per year.
* SMALL PRESS – title from a press producing 25 books or more per year.
* ACADEMIC PRESS – title from a press with an academic or library affiliation.

ADDITIONAL AWARD DISTINCTIONS: All registered titles will automatically be considered for the following:
* MONTAIGNE MEDAL – most thought provoking book(s).
* DA VINCI EYE – books with superior cover art.
* FIRST HORIZON AWARD ¬– superior books by debut authors.

If you don’t see your category or cannot determine your press designation, please e-mail us with a description and our staff will guide you. A great book will supersede any category designation. QUESTIONS: Visit our website.


infoAThofferawardDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Fax: (609) 964-1718

The Eric Hoffer Awards
PO Box 11
Titusville, NJ 08560

Please be patient, we receive many inquiries this time of year. We will help you.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Call for Submissions: The Compassion Project

The Compassion Project is a call for images of artworks depicting compassion, be they photographs, or photos of paintings, collages, mixed media, drawings, or sculptures. Poetry, short personal essays and short stories are also welcome. Selections from this collection of work will be displayed in the blog and used in readings and presentations to stir the consciousness of others, to cultivate the seeds of the light in each of us. Should a critical mass of work be achieved, selections will be compiled in an anthology.

All entries should include:

• a word document containing an imbedded image (jpg with maximum size of 2000 x 2000 pixels and minimum of 500 x 500 pixels) of the artwork along with a statement (300 words or less) on why the image included represents compassion or a poem, short essay, or short story on compassion

• name, address and email included in the heading.

• Poetry must be 30 lines or less, single-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font.

• Prose must be 1500 words or less, double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font.

• If an image is accepted for the anthology, the artist must be able to send it with high resolution.

Images, essays and stories should be sent between December 1, 2013 and May 1, 2014 to Laurette Folk at:

lfolkATnorthshoreDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

all poetry should be sent to Jennifer Jean at:

thisruachATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

(subject heading should read: "The Compassion Project POETRY submission").

For more information please visit our website.

Fiction Competition: The 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

The 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is now open.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. Facilitated by Anthony S. Abbott, professor emeritus of English at Davidson College, the competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.

Marianne Gingher is the final judge. Her novel, Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit, was made into an NBC "Movie-of-the-Week" in 1992, starring Tom Wopat and Jean Smart. She directed the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1997-2002.

Here are the complete guidelines:
Contest opens December 1; deadline is January 30, 2014.
The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages (1" margins, 12-pt. font)
Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers.
You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Entries will not be returned.
The winner is announced each April.

To submit online, go here. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 for non-members).

For more information, visit our website.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Call for Poetry Submissions on WATER: Commons Magazine


Commons Magazine is now accepting submissions to our poetry column, UNCOMMON/WORD, through December 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Commons Magazinereviews work twice yearly, often on a theme or specific subject. The current theme is “water,” one of our most essential commons. We invite you to learn about our work in the Great Lakes region and participate in our I AM WATER project as you prepare your submission. You can also learn more about On the Commons, and the commons movement, here. Six poets will be selected and featured in the magazine during each submission round. See our full submission guidelines, and please note there is a limit of THREE (3) poems per person, per submission round. Email work to:

poetrysubmissionsATonthecommonsDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Pays $50 honorarium for Poet of the Month.

Call for Submissions on the Theme of WATER: Motes Books

Motes Books is now accepting submissions for Volume 4 of the Motif Anthology Series. Volume 4 will center on the theme of WATER. Denton Loving will serve as volume editor. Prose (fiction or nonfiction) submissions should be 3000 words or less. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems. WATER must be referenced or illuminated in the works, directly or indirectly, in significant and artful ways. Submit your manuscript in a word file (.doc or .docx) to:

MOTIFATMotesBooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Please include “MOTIF—4” in the subject line.

Please read the official call at our website.

Memoir Competition: Creative Nonfiction

Deadline: May 31, 2014

Submit online.

Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir.

We’re looking stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it.
Submissions 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.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for Runner-up.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction—US submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal). All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Memoir” issue.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:
By regular mail Postmark deadline May 31, 2014
Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email for response to:

Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Memoir
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online submission link.

Open Reading Period for Chapbooks: Imipolex Press

Imipolex Press is a chapbook press dedicated to the promotion and preservation of heteronymic literature.

From December 1 2013 through January 1 2014, Imipolex Press will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts. 

All submissions should be of chapbook length: assuming use of a 12 pt. font, no more than 25 single-spaced pages of poetry, and no more than 35 double-spaced pages of prose.

All submissions will be read blind. Please note: If you are not willing to publish your work heteronymically (i.e., under an invented authorial identity), we recommend that you please consider submitting your work elsewhere.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically.

Complete guidelines and a link to the online submission form are available at the Imipolex Press website.

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

imipolex [dot] press [at] gmail [dot] com (Change [dot] to . and [at] to @ )

Call for Essays about Mental Health: In Fact Books

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Online submissions link.

For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books seeks essays by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges—as patients, mental health professionals, or both.

We want well-written, true narratives about the enigmatic, creative, frustrating, and triumphant moments of the recovery process and the therapeutic journey. Scientific information should be balanced by the writer’s unique perspective, and the stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning.
Essays must be evocative, vivid, and dramatic. 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: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple entries are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:
By regular mail Postmark deadline March 1, 2014

Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email for response to:

In Fact Books
c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Attn: Mental Health
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST March 1, 2014
To submit online, go here.
(Note: There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online.)

Call for Submissions: Caesura 2014

Cæsura 2014
Call for Submissions: (dis)Ability

Disability is a condition, physical, mental, etc., that limits a being's ability to function. Infirmité, in French, or behinderung in German, one or another is often defined by some infirmity or hindrance. Oedipus was club-footed, Tiresias was a blind seer, and every Achilles has his heel. We tend to focus on what ails us, albeit infinitesimal, for we are constantly in competition for resources. When you ask anyone today about disability, they are quick to bring up Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder, sometimes dyslexia, almost always wheelchair accessibility, and so on in an infinite variety of degrees and definitions. This issue of Caesura is interested in, but not limited to, these and other interpretations of the topic (dis)Ability.

In addition to poetry, we are interested in art and photography. Specific instructions for submission are below.Cæsura is asking for your poetry and art-work for its 2014 edition on the theme of disability/ability/impairment/.... From the artfully real to the painfully imagined, it is time to give voice and form to those visible and often invisible conditions related to ability. The editors of Cæsura invite you to submit 1-3 poems addressing our theme. Submissions should not exceed 4-pages in total. All styles are welcome.

Deadline for submissions: January 1, 2014
February 1, 2014 for members of Poetry Center San Jose

Notification of the status of your submission will be sent by March 2014.
Provide the following contact information with your submission: name, address, phone number, and email address. We take first-print publication rights. Previously published work (in print or online) will not be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions on the condition that you notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. We reserve the right to post work accepted for publication on our website. Send your work in an email attachment in Word .doc format or pasted as plain text into the body of an email message to:

caesuraATpcsjDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

If your work requires the preservation of a particular visual format or contains special characters, also send a formatted PDF file, or send a hard copy to:

Poetry Center San José
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112

If you would like hard copy material returned to you, include a SASE.

Visual Art:
Submit photographs and graphic art in .jpg or .pdf format (if your work is accepted, we may request a .tif or high resolution .jpg file) to:

caesuraATpcsjDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)