Monday, September 30, 2013

Writing Competition: 2013 Wabash Prizes in Nonfiction and Poetry

Calling all writers: the $1,000 Wabash Prizes in nonfiction and poetry are now open to submissions through October 15 and 31, respectively.

A $15 entry fee covers one essay up to 7,500 words or three poems, with additional entries available for $5.

The nonfiction prize will be judged this year by Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, while award-winning poet C.D. Wright will serve as poetry judge. For full guidelines, see our website. We look forward to reading your work!

The full text of the winning poem from the 2012 Wabash Prize, "What I Mean When I Say Elijah-Man," by Geffrey Davis, is available online.

Call for Submissions: Poor Yorick

Poor Yorick is now accepting submissions for its online launch scheduled for the fall of 2014. We welcome entries in any and every literary genre, and from any visual or audio medium, including, but not limited to, poems, stories, essays, profiles, digital video shorts, photoessays, scholarly articles, songs, short plays, and innovative writing and productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

In addition to unsolicited submissions, the journal’s editorial staff will occasionally identify a particular historical object, collection, exhibit, etc., and call for submissions inspired by the selected artifact. In addition, Poor Yorick works in conjunction with museums both locally and nationally to identify and encourage innovative works focusing on lesser-known and overlooked objects and images.

Please see our website for more information and submission guidelines. There is no submission fee.

Call for Submissions: Gulf Stream Magazine

Gulf Stream Magazine is now open and accepting works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry through our website until November first.

Gulf Stream Magazine is supported by the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Gulf Stream has been publishing emerging and established writers of exceptional fiction, nonfiction and poetry since 1989. We also publish interviews and first-book reviews.

Past contributors include Sherman Alexie, Steve Almond, Jan Beatty, Richard Blanco, Lee Martin, Robert Wrigley, Dennis Lehane, Liz Robbins, Stuart Dybek, David Kirby, Ann Hood, Ha Jin, B.H. Fairchild, Naomi Shihab Nye, F. Daniel Rzicznek, and Connie May Fowler. We offer a great opportunity to share your work with a wide audience alongside fantastic writers.

Call for Nonfiction: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction

International Journal of Literary Nonfiction

Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary
1000-5000 words
Literary nonfiction

narrative poetry
Black & white art and photography

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2013

Submit via email:

editorATthetruthaboutthefactDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Published by Loyola Marymount University
Our website.

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.

Writing Competition: 100-word Stories about Love and Travel

Submit a 100-word story about love and travel and you could have it published online and win a free copy of the forthcoming book Love on the Road 2013

Love on the Road 2013 is an anthology of 12 stories about love and travel from a dozen different writers, some very accomplished, others just starting out. It's scheduled for publication in early December.  

In the lead-up to publication of the book, we're running a tumblr featuring photos and 100-word stories about love and travel. We'll take submissions until November 30 and then declare three winners and send them (for free) paperback copies of Love on the Road 2013. There's more information at our website.

Call for Submissions: White Stag Journal

White Stag is a biannual journal containing unparalleled poetry and flash fiction from well-known and new writers. We offer the literary community a uniquely distinct taste for dark comedy, phantasmagoric imagery, complete dishonesty, and love poems to die for (and yes, pun is intended and strongly encouraged). White Stag strives to publish only the deepest emotion, the rawest of images, and the most unique language and syntax.

Please go here for submission prompt and guidelines.

White Stag strongly encourages bringing forth the imagination in a way that is memorable to our readers and inspires the imaginations of others to flourish.

Call for Submissions: Fugue Literary Journal

Fugue Literary Journal, a magazine run by English and Creative Writing graduate students at the University of Idaho, Moscow is now currently open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions.

Fugue has just celebrated our 25th anniversary last year, and we continue to publish quality writing from new and established writers.

For full submission guidelines and to browse last year’s magazine, please visit our website.

Fiction Competition: J.F. Powers Fiction Prize

“One foot in this world and one in the next”: that’s how J.F. Powers described the Midwestern priests he wrote about in his fiction. Having one foot in another world can be awkward, and Powers’ characters are known not for their graceful mysticism, but for the humiliating and mordantly entertaining stumbles they make while trying to live their faith. We’re looking for carefully crafted short stories with vivid characters who encounter grace in everyday settings—we want to see who, in the age we live in, might have one foot in this world and one in the next.

The judges will be Eve Tushnet, Andrew McNabb, and Matthew Lickona, and the winner will receive $500. There is no entrance fee.

The winning story will be announced in February, 2014 and published in Dappled Things, along with nine honorable mentions. Please submit your short story (no more than one, no previously published work) to our website by November 29.

Submit here.

Call for Submissions: Rappahannock Review

The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia has recently launched a nonprofit literary journal called Rappahannock Review.

We are currently looking for Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction for our inaugural issue, which will be published online in December 2013. We welcome work on a variety of topics, experiences, and views. For Fiction and Nonfiction, writers may submit one piece of 9,000 words or less, or up to three pieces of flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. For Poetry, writers may submit up to 5 pieces.

Send submissions here.

The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2013.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Poetry Competition: Gemini Magazine

Gemini Magazine is pleased to announce its fourth annual Poetry Open competition featuring a grand prize of $1,000.

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.

Second place wins $100; four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2013 issue of Gemini.

All writers are welcome.

Entry fee: $5 per batch of up to three poems. Deadline: January 2, 2014.

Read the full details at our website.

Thank you.

Call for Fiction: Tide Lock Prize

Waxing Press announces its inaugural contest for works of fiction, the Tide Lock Prize. We are seeking new work in the form of a novel, novella or collection of short stories. A single prizewinner will be selected and awarded with publication in both print and digital editions. There is a modest $5 entry fee.

Submissions are due February 1st, 2014.

For more information and guidelines, please visit our website or our submissions page.

We are also on Facebook and on Twitter.

About the press:
Based out of Cincinnati, OH, Waxing Press is an independent small book publisher. We prize, above all else, literary excellence and work that pushes the bounds of what fiction does, what fiction can do and what fiction should do. Writing that is deeply intellectual. Work with big ideas, and navigates risk and experimentation with a masterful hand.

All other inquiries can be directed to us at:
info[AT]waxingpress(DOT)com (Change [AT] to @ and [DOT] to .)

Call for Essays: 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: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple entries are welcome as are entries from outside the United States.

Complete submission guidelines are available at our website.

Deadline: October 14, 2013.

Call for Submissions: The Drop Knowledge Project

The Drop Knowledge Project has launched TWO youth-driven publishing initiatives: an edited book and an open-source journal. See below.

"Narratives of a Broken System:
Critical Perspectives on Miseducation in New York City Public Schools"

Call for submission to a participatory publishing project about New York City public schools.The editors invite past and present students, teachers, parents, and others to submit contributions about their individual experiences in the school system for inclusion in an edited anthology. We seek social justice perspectives that offer reflection, critique, critical response and creative visioning. Contributions could be personal narratives, research, creative writing, poetry, short stories, visual art or other work that offers insight on experiences in NYC public schools.

For more information and to submit, please visit our website.
Deadline: December 1, 2013

FREE WeRDS: open source journal of social justice and cultural studies

FREE WeRDS is committed to the free access and exchange of ideas. We publish papers and artifacts from K-12 students, post-secondary thinkers and public intellectuals.
Volume 1/Number 1: "Critical Futures" -- Submission deadline: November 15, 2013

To submit, please visit our website.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Call for Submissions: Redactions

Call for Submissions to Celebrate 100 Years of BLAST

July 2, 2014, will be the 100th anniversary of BLAST, that “great MAGENTA cover’d opusculus” of the Vorticists.Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose will celebrate the 100th anniversary in Redactions issue 18, due out in time for the 100th birthday of BLAST. We are looking for people to participate in this celebration.

Redactions is asking for Vorticist poems, stories, short essays (500-1000 words or fewer) about BLAST, Vorticism, a specific Vorticist, or how BLAST or Vorticism affected you, etc. If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email a piece of writing as an attachment to:

redactionspoetryATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

between September 15, 2013, and January 15, 2014. Be sure “BLAST” appears in the subject line.

We are also looking for non-themed poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction submissions. Send poetry submissions, essays on poetry, and poetry book reviews to:

redactionsPOETRYATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Send prose submissions to:

redactionsPROSEATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

See complete guidelines here.

For more information about Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, visit our website.

Please share with your Vorticist friends.

Call for Submissions: The Sierra Nevada Review

The Sierra Nevada Review's editors are now reading poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction submissions.

Please use our online submission manager.

Full guidelines can be found here.

The Sierra Nevada Review, Sierra Nevada College's annual literary journal, is a collaboration between faculty, BFA and MFA students.

Call for Submissions: Reunion: The Dallas Review

Reunion: The Dallas Review is now accepting submissions. Sponsored by the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, Reunion features poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual arts, translations, and drama. We are seeking fresh, well-crafted, professional quality work from across the nation and abroad to be featured in our large format, full color annual publication. Our current deadline is Sunday, Dec. 15.

General guidelines: We only consider electronic submissions. Please send work to the email below with a cover letter including a short bio. We accept simultaneous submissions with notification, but please only submit once during our reading period.

Genre Guidelines:

Fiction: one story, 5,000 words maximum

Poetry: 3-5 poems. Longer poems will be considered, but shorter poems
are desirable. Please submit poems as one document.

Creative Nonfiction: 5,000 words maximum

Translation: 3,000 words max, can be an actual translation and/or a
scholarly essay on translation. Please obtain all necessary
permissions prior to submitting your piece.

Drama: one play or screenplay, 5,000 words maximum

Academic essays and articles: 4,000 words maximum, History,
Literature, Foreign Languages, Philosophy

Please submit electronically here.

For more information please visit our website or write to reunion:

editorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Fiction and Poetry: Silly Tree Anthologies

Silly Tree Anthologies is excited to announce our third Call for Submissions. Submissions will be accepted until October 31, 2013. AND – we now accept poetry.  We will accept up to three poems for consideration, along with one short story.
The theme for this 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 or poem 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 and poems. Acceptances/rejections will be sent out in November.
Check out Silly Tree Anthologies’ Blog for submission guidelines.

Call for Nonfiction: New Delta Review

New Delta Review is seeking to increase the presence of the nonfiction genre in its literary magazine. We are interested in personal essays that either elevate the form or challenge it through experimentation. We accept both online and print submissions (6,000 word limit)
To be considered for our Winter 2013 edition, please send work by October 22, 2013

For more information, visit our website.
New Delta Review is a literary journal produced by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. Since 1984, NDR has published the work of emerging and established writers. Each issue includes original fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, and artwork.  During our more than 25 years in publication, authors of international renown–National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith, Puschcart Prize-winning Stacey Richter, and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, to name a few–have shared our pages with tomorrow’s literary stars. Our contributors are regularly included in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and Best American Poetry.

Call for Submissions: Zymbol

Email/Online deadline: year-round

Zymbol is now welcoming online submissions of art and writing for our S/S 2014 issue. Themes for this issue: Exploration of radicalism, deviancy and surrealism. Outsider thinking and artistic expression.

Visual art submissions/questions, email the Editors directly at:

editorATzymbolmagDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Call for Submissions: Puff Puff Prose & Poetry

Puff Puff Prose & Poetry is now accepting submissions for our inaugural print paperback. Our goal is to publish the voices people do not usually hear. We want the strange, the abnormal, voices from the gutter that high powered CEO’s have never heard.
Struggle to make it in the real world? Struggle with addiction? Have Fiction about cigarettes? Or poems about drinking? We want them all! The topic is fairly broad, but in essence if there is a story you love telling of debauchery we want to read it.
We accept short/flash/micro fiction and nonfiction, poetry, black and white photos.
Send submissions to:

puffpuffproseandpoetryATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Flash Fiction: The Telegram Review

The Telegram Review is opening up to the public and calling for any flash fiction 400-800 words.  Go ahead and send us a draft of your flash fiction to:
telegramreviewAToutlookDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
We are accepting as many pieces as possible as we plot our direction to be a household name in flash fiction publication. Our drive is to host a site that can work as a network for flash fiction publication and criticism that connects writers directly to their readers.  

For more information on our terms please visit our website.

We look forward to reading your work and having it on our website.


The Telegram Review Staff


Call for Submissions: Twelve Winters Press

Twelve Winters Press is accepting submissions for an anthology of poetry, prose poetry, and flash fiction (1,000 words maximum) inspired by the theme of "extinguished and extinct." Certainly contributors will want to think in terms of animals that have become or are fast becoming extinct, but also plants, insects, even bacteria and viruses.

Feel free to think of extinguished and extinct in more abstract terms as well: disappeared ecosystems; eras; political, social, cultural, artistic movements; perhaps even extinguished emotions on the personal level. As long as you're thinking extinguished and/or extinct, we want to take a look at it.

Contributors may submit up to five total pieces (poem, prose poem, and/or flash fiction). Submit online.

Contributors will be paid in two copies of the anthology, which is planned for a 2014 release. After confirmation of acceptance, contributors will receive page galleys for approval. We look forward to reading your work.

John McCarthy
Assistant Editor, Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program
Benedictine University at Springfield
1500 North 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Call for Submissions: The Golden Key

The Golden Key is a bi-annual journal of speculative and literary writing, inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale of the same name. We seek realist work sensitive to the magical and strange. The fantastical. Slipstream. Fabulist. Gothic. Weird tales. Work that unlocks. Work that restocks. We love writers who see familiar things in unexpected ways, and writers who revel in playing with language.

We are currently accepting unpublished fiction and poetry submissions for Issue #3 Things Unseen.

Bring out your work that invokes the cloak of night, ghosts, and hidden motivations. Poltergeists, microbes, tooth fairies all welcome here. Introduce us to characters who are often heard of, but never heard from. We want presences shaped by their outlines and negative space.

Present us with your best card trick, or a story or poem that quietly slips under our skin. Bring us to life with the scent of a stewing tomato, the barest tickle on the backs of our necks, or a strange strain of music that floats off the page.

We want work that is spectral, smoky, suggested. Work that has us weaving after it through the brume. Give us your intangibles, your stories and poems that can’t be grasped too tightly. Peel back the veil.

Deadline: The Things Unseen issue ends October 1, 2013.

Please see our website for further detail on submissions. For journal updates, follow us on Twitter @GoldenKeyLit or Facebook. We do our best to keep our response times to about 4-6 weeks

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Call for Submissions: Red Earth Review

Red Earth Review, a literary magazine published by the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University, is now accepting submissions for our second edition. Much like the MFA program at Oklahoma City University that shares its name and home, Red Earth Review is genuine, grounded, and fearless. Send us poetry or prose firm in foundation, steadfast in soul and in craft. Submission guidelines below. We look forward to reading your work.

We accept fiction, both literary and genre, creative nonfiction, poetry, and encourage new and emerging writers to submit. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2013 and the target release date is July 2014. Submit one to five previously unpublished poems or one short story (fewer than 7,500 words) or one essay (fewer than 7500 words).

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission using your Submittable account.

Payment is in copies. After first publication, all rights revert to the author/artist.

Submit to Red Earth Review using our Submittable page.

Any submissions that do not follow guidelines (found on the Submittable page) or that are sent by email will be deleted without consideration.

NOTE: Current students who wish to submit to RER may do so; student submissions are judged by an outside reader who will be announced after publication of the journal. Students should submit using the Submittable page.

The inaugural issue of Red Earth Review is available in for purchase in print and free as a pdf at our website.

Call for Submissions: The Lindenwood Review

The Lindenwood Review is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essays for Issue 4 through December 15, 2013. 

Email your submission as a Word doc to: 

TheLindenwoodReviewATlindenwoodDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)  

Indicate the genre in the subject line and include a brief bio.  

Please read the full submission guidelines here

Call for Submissions: The Potomac Review

The Potomac Review's submission period is now open.  Please use the online submission system on our website or on our blogPlease give us 6 months to respond before querying.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.

Click on the links to the Potomac Review and its blog. Both have links to the online submission.

Call for Submissions: Another Chicago Magazine

Another Chicago Magazine publishes work by both new and established writers. Our reading period is currently open.

Please go here to submit Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Art, Audio/Video (for publication on the ACM website), and Ephemera.

We look forward to reading your work!

Another Chicago Magazine

Call for Submissions: Sonora Review

Sonora Review Submissions are Now Open
Submissions link. 

Sonora Review accepts submissions in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction from September 1 through May 1. We only accept unpublished work. Typical response time is three to six months. Please submit only once every six months. Contributors receive two copies of the issue upon publication. 

Let us know if you are simultaneously submitting. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask that you withdraw promptly on Submittable. Poets may withdraw individual poems by leaving a message on the submission manager stating the title of the poem(s) to be withdrawn. 

There is a $3 fee for each submission. Sonora Review is run entirely by graduate-student volunteers in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. Your payment goes directly towards production of the journal and technology fees. 

Sonora Review’s editorial board and designers get swapped out every two issues. The effect of this ever-evolving nucleus of staffers is a shelf full of motley journal spines, each boasting its own aesthetic. Our hope is that our contributors are as disparate as our taste-testers. If you didn’t get published in 1996, try again; the grumpy alum are long gone.
We do not accept unsolicited book reviews or interviews. We aim to publish work by both established and emerging writers. 

We encourage you to read Sonora Review before submitting, and to visit our contest page for information about our annual contest.
PROSE (Fiction / Non-Fiction) should be typed, double-spaced, and include page numbers. We are unable to read prose submissions that exceed 10,000 words. Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography.
POETRY (Up to 5 poems per submission) should be typed and submitted in one document, with the titles separated by commas in the “Submission Title” field. You may abbreviate the titles if they do not fit. Include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, and email in the header, and a brief biography. 

For online submissions: 
Sonora Review accepts online submissions through submittable. 

For mailed submissions: 

Send complete manuscript with SASE to:
Sonora Review
Department of English
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Poetry Competition: 2013 Wabash Prize for Poetry

The 2013 Wabash Prize for Poetry is now open! Sycamore Review is accepting previously unpublished poems for consideration in the annual contest. This year's prizewinning piece will be selected by acclaimed poet C.D. Wright, and will be awarded a $1,000 prize and publication in Sycamore Review.

Submissions are due October 31 and are accepted via the online submission manager only. Entry fee is $15 for up to three poems and $5 for each additional poem. Entrants receive a one-year subscription to Sycamore Review.

All entries are considered for publication.

Submit here.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Short Story Collection Competition: Georgetown Review

Short Story Collection Contest

Ends on 9/30/2013

1. Entry fee: $25.
2. Prize: $1500 and publication of the manuscript.
3. Deadline: September 30, 2013.
4. If sending a hard copy, please make check or money order for the entry fee payable to Georgetown College, and mail the manuscript to:

Georgetown Review Press,
Short Story Collection Contest,
400 East College St., Box 227,
Georgetown, KY 40324

5. If submitting electronically, our online submissions manager is available here.
6. Submissions can include any of the following:
a) An unpublished manuscript of short stories.
b) One or more novellas (a novella may comprise a maximum of 120 double-spaced pages).
c) A combination of one or more novellas and short stories.
d) Novellas are only accepted as part of a larger collection.
7. Manuscripts must be between 150 and 300 typed pages. Manuscript pages must be numbered.
8. Please include a cover letter that includes the manuscript’s title and the author’s mailing address, email address, and telephone number.
9. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication, please notify Georgetown Review Press.
10. Writers may submit more than one manuscript at a time as long as one manuscript or a portion of it does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript. The $25 entry fee must be paid for each manuscript submitted.
11. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format makes it ineligible. However, it is fine if individual stories have been published electronically or in magazines or chapbooks.

Poetry Competition: Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013

Poetica Magazine Presents:

The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards - 2013

The Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards for Poems on the Jewish experience were established by Nedda Fratkin, Marvin Rosenberg and Violet Ginsburg in memory of their mother, Anna Rosenberg, née Davidson in 1987.

The 2013 annual poetry competition is sponsored by Poetica Magazine, Contemporary Jewish Writing.

Jewish Experience (irrespective of author's ethnicity or religious affiliation)

Submission Deadline:
Postmarked by November 15, 2013

No Entry fee
Supported by a grant from the Rosenberg Family

Total prize money of $3,000.00 will be distributed between 1-3 places and honorable mentions

Submit 1-2, one page poems , single/double spacing.
Submit in quadruplicate hard copy (*no email submissions).
Contact information should appear on the cover page only.
Also, in the cover page, please list the title poem/s.
Please do not submit previously published poems.
All entries will be recycled - not returned.
Winning poems will be E-published.
*No special delivery/signature.
Notification by email.

April 2014 during Poetry Month

Please submit to:

Poetica Magazine/ADRAward
P.O. Box 11014
Norfolk, VA 23517

Writing Competition: American Literary Review


Contest Guidelines
American Literary Review announces its 2013 contests: Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2014 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.

Please submit your work using our online Submission Manager. We do not accept submissions via snail mail or email.

Contest entries must be submitted between June 1 and October 1, 2013.

There is a $15.00 reading fee. Multiple entries are acceptable, but each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee. Entries without a reading fee will not be read or considered.

Please do not put any identifying information in the file itself; include the author’s name, title(s), address, e-mail address, and phone number in the boxes provided on Submittable.

Short Fiction: One work of fiction per entry ($15), limit 8,000 words per work.

Creative Nonfiction: One work per entry fee ($15), limit 6,500 words per work.

Poetry: Entry fee covers up to three poems (i.e. one to three poems would require an entry fee of $15; four to six poems would be $30, and so on).

Fiction Competition: Story Quarterly

Story Quarterly is currently accepting submissions to our Third Annual Fiction Contest. The winning story will receive $1000, the first runner-up will receive $300, and the second $200, including publication in StoryQuarterly46/47. The contest entry fee is $18.

This year's contest judge is fiction and nonfiction writer Jess Walter. Walter is the author of six novels and, most recently, the short story collection We Live in Water: Stories (2013).

Deadline for submissions is October 31st, 2013. Winners will be announced by February 1, 2014 and notified by email.

To submit, visit our website.

Literary Fellowship: Kenyon Review

In 2012, The Kenyon Review welcomed the first of its KR Fellows. This initiative was inspired by the great tradition of Kenyon Review literary fellowships awarded in the 1950s to writers such as Flannery O’Connor and W.S. Merwin in their formative years. These fellowships represent a significant fulfillment of one aspect of our continuing mission: to recognize, publish, and support extraordinary authors in the early stages of their careers. We believe that after two years, these KR Fellows will be more mature and sophisticated writers, teachers, and editors. As a result, they will be extremely attractive candidates for academic positions as well as for significant publishing opportunities.

General Information

This two-year post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Fellows will receive a $32,500 stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to:
  • Undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors.
  • Teach one semester-long class per year in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs.
  • Spend approximately 15 hours per week in non-teaching semesters assisting in creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Reviewand KROnline.
  • Participate in The Kenyon Review Summer Programs.
  • Participate in the cultural life of Kenyon College by regularly attending readings, lectures, presentations, and other campus activities.


Eligible candidates must meet the following requirements:
  • An MFA or PhD in creative writing, English literature, or comparative literature completed before October 1, 2013 but no earlier than January 1, 2008.
  • Teaching experience in creative writing and/or literature at the undergraduate level.

Application Details

Applications will be accepted electronically beginning September 1 and ending October 1, 2013, and should include the following:
  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • An 8-10 page writing sample
  • An unofficial transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should directly address the applicant’s teaching ability
All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by October 1st, 2013 for full consideration. There is no application fee.


  • September 1st – October 1st, 2013 • Application Period
  • November, 2013 • Applicants notified about first round decisions
  • December, 2013 • Online interviews with semi-finalists
  • January, 2014 • Kenyon College campus visit for finalists
  • February, 2014 • Final decisions
  • August 15th, 2014 • Fellowship begins

Contact Information

For questions or more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page
Or contact:
Tory Weber
Associate Director of Programs and Fellowships
The Kenyon Review
Finn House
Gambier, OH 43022

Creative Nonfiction Competition: 2013 Wabash Prize

The 2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction is now open! Sycamore Review is accepting previously unpublished essays and nonfiction works of 7,500 words or fewer for consideration in the second annual contest. This year's prizewinning piece will be selected by acclaimed author Cheryl Strayed, and will be awarded a $1,000 prize and publication in Sycamore Review.

Submissions are due October 15 and are accepted via the online submission manager only. Entry fee is $15 and $5 for each additional story. Entrants receive a one-year subscription to Sycamore Review. 

All entries are considered for publication.
For more information and to submit your work, please visit our website

Call for Poetry Submissions: Really System

Really System, a new journal of poetry and extensible poetics, will publish its first issue in January 2014.

We seek new, interesting writing that exhibits a keen awareness of the forms, patterns, and channels through which we find ourselves connected with other people, other things, other worlds. We are looking for vibrant poems inflected by our shared technocultural moment and the ways it envelops us, fascinates us, dances with us, ignores us, and fails us. We are open to poems of any length or form.

More information our magazine here.
Read our submission guidelines here.
Submissions for issue one are open until December 1, 2013.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Short Fiction Competition: Press 53

Press 53 is proud to announce the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, to be awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. This contest is open to any writer, regardless of his or her publication history, provided the manuscript is written in English and the author lives in the United States.

The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction includes:

   --Publication by Press 53 of winning short story collection
   --$1000 cash advance
   --Round-trip airline tickets to Press 53 headquarters for a reading/book launch party at the Community Arts Café in downtown Winston-Salem, NC, on Friday, October 17, 2014
   --Attendance as our special guest to the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Submission period: September 1 – December 31, 2013. 

Reading Fee: $30
Visit our website. Submit here

Poetry Book Award: The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

Patricia Bibby was a beginning poet whose poems expressed her love of life while living with cancer. Her kindness, humor, and optimism inspired the love of many new friends in the poetry community. She died in 2004, at 43, without having been published. In naming the First Book Award after Patricia Bibby, Tebot Bach honors the aspirations and spirit of all beginning poets.
For complete guidelines go to our website.

Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication

 Deadline:  October 31, 2013

Writing and Artist Residency: Starry Night

Applications are being accepted for the Residency Program at Starry Night for October and November of 2013 as well as early 2014

The Artist In Residence program at Starry Night provides writers, visual artists, and researchers with the opportunity to live and work within a small, creative community.  Located downtown in the historic hot springs district of Truth or Consequences, a small rural New Mexico town, Starry Night is a place where artists, writers and researchers can find quiet solitude and focus on their work. Open year round, residencies are a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 3 months.  
The residency includes private, fully furnished apartments with private bathroom and kitchen, and shared studio space. Recent graduates, matriculated students, and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.  Credit for residency may be available.  For more information visit our website

Eligibility: Emerging and established visual artists, artist teams, writers, and researchers engaged in the creation of new work.

Submit your application here.

Application fee: none

Residency fees: The cost to participants is $300 per week or $1100 per month.  Participants may apply to bring their partner, spouse, or creative partner as well for an additional $175 per week.

Financial Aid: Based on merit and documented need, there is limited financial aid available. Financial aid requests cannot exceed more than 50% of residency fees.

Starry Night is dedicated to creating programs that support and nurture artists and their careers.

Call for Fiction and Poetry Submissions from Undergraduate and Graduate Students: Ninth Letter

Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction and poetry from students currently enrolled in a creative writing program for a special online edition to be published at in Winter 2012-13. Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to send work. Submissions will be open from September 1 to November 1.
Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a complimentary 2-year subscription to Ninth Letter and will be able to submit to our upcoming 2013 writing contest for free! (The entry fee of $17 will be waived.)

Submit your poetry and short stories for this special feature here.

 Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our general submissions at will not be considered for the feature. 
You may submit up to three poems, or short fiction of up to 2000 words; please also include a cover letter telling us which writing program you are attending. Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. Please do not send multiple submissions or previously published work.
Current University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign undergraduate or graduate students in any English Department program are ineligible to submit to Ninth Letter.

Call for Mythic Fiction and Poetry: Fickle Muses

Fickle Muses, an online journal of mythic poetry and fiction, wants your work! We are particularly interested in poetry at this time.

Submissions are considered year-round and are open to all mythic traditions. Simultaneous and previously published submissions will be considered. Please send no more than one submission per genre per year unless requested.

Also, please only send written works clearly related to mythology (fairy tales are acceptable).  

Read our complete guidelines here. Submit your work here.

Call for "New-Old" Works: Revolution House

Online journal Revolution House is currently seeking previously published work from defunct markets for a special section in the December issue. Between now and December 1, 2013, we will consider prose and poetry from markets that have disappeared from the world.

You must retain the rights to your work.
Your work may not be currently archived online.
You must indicate (in your cover letter) where the work was previously published.

Remember, Revolution House reads blind, so please do not put your name in the body or title of your submission. Include identifying information in the cover letter only.  Please send 3-5 poems or prose pieces up to 7,500 words, and indicate in your cover letter where the work was previously published.

Please note we are still open for regular submissions! The reprints will be a special feature in the issue -- we will still feature new and exciting content.

Please see submission guidelines here.

And visit our back issues here.

We look forward to reading your new-old works!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Writing Competition for Young Adult and Middle Grade Books: Tennessee Mountain Writers

Tennessee Mountain Writers announces the Excalibur Award for a first-time novelist of a full-length juvenile (for middle school level readers) or young adult novel manuscript of publishable quality. The winner will receive a $500 cash award to be presented at the 2015 Tennessee Mountain Writers Conference. Writers are asked to submit the first forty pages and a complete one- to two-page synopsis of the novel; semi-finalists will then be asked to submit their entire novels. 

We are accepting submissions through June 1, 2014, from only writers who have not previously published or self-published a novel. TMW reserves the right to not award the prize and to seek new manuscripts in 2015 if the professional judges deem that none of the submitted manuscripts are of publishable quality. View our complete guidelines.

Writing Residency: 2014 Artsmith Interdisciplinary Artist Residency for Writers/Artists/Naturalists/Scholars

The 2014 Artsmith Interdisciplinary Artist Residency application period is now open!

Residency Dates: January 3-10, 2014
Application Deadline: October 15, 2013
Results Announced: November 30, 2013
Application Fee: $35

Each year Artsmith grants up to five, one-week Residency Fellowships to artists, scholars, naturalists, and writers to have focused time to create new works. The 2014 residency will take place January 3-10 at the Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast in Washington State's San Juan Islands. As guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House, Fellows receive private rooms and baths, and access to the inn's amenities, including wireless internet and garden hot tub. Due to health department restrictions, we cannot give access to the kitchen; however, a small refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle, dishes, glasses, and flatware are available. For 2014, Artsmith will provide dinners for five of the seven nights. All other meals, travel, and incidentals are the responsibility of the fellows. Applicants, please plan to dine out the first and last nights as you estimate your costs if awarded a residency.

Artsmith Fellows are selected by our Peer Review Panel comprised of artists, writers, naturalists, and scholars. Previous fellows are asked to wait two years after their last residency to reapply.

Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios, much as we wish we did. As a result, the residency is best-suited for artists who do not require use of a studio, for example, those sketching, painting plein-aire, or doing projects such as textile arts that are non-toxic and do not require significant space. If in doubt, please email Jill McCabe Johnson at:

     info (at) orcasartsmith (dot) org (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

Please note that your $35 application fee can be applied toward registration for the 2014 Writer Island retreat with Martha Silano and Tina Schumann, January 31 to February 2, 2014.

For more information and application guidelines, please visit our website.

Poetry 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 Creative Writing Submissions: Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture

The Annual Louisville Conference on Literature & Culture since 1900 will be held at the University of Louisville, February 20-22, 2014. The conference committee invites submissions by creative writers of fiction, nonfiction, and/or poetry. Submissions should be suitable for a 20-minute reading. For full consideration, submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
    Creative submissions
    Send an email to:
    submissions(at)thelouisvilleconference(dot)com Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

    with two attachments in pdf, rtf, or word format. 
    The first attachment is to contain poetry or short fiction/nonfiction selections suitable for 20-minute reading. The second attachment should contain a cover page. Submitter's name to appear on the cover page only. 
    Creative submissions may be published or unpublished works. Manuscripts cannot be returned. 

    Full guidelines here.

Call for Creative Nonfiction and Poetry Submissions: Fourth River

Fall 2014 Themed Issue: WOMEN AND NATURE

Submit here.

In honor of the 35th year since the publication of Susan Griffin's eco-feminist classic Woman and Nature: the Roaring Inside Her, The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature. We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction, written by women, inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns. Although we will accept lined poems and traditional essays, we are most interested in seeing prose poetry or lyric essays.

In the words of Adrienne Rich, who reviewed Griffin's book, we are looking for any work that "demands of us activity, not passivity; which enlarges our sense of female presence in the world; . . . which uses language and sensual imagery to impart a new vision of reality, from a woman-centered location; . . . which expands our sense of the connections among us in the bonds of history; . . . which drives us wild, that is, helps us break out from tameness and repetition into new trajectories of our own." — Adrienne Rich, New Woman's Times Feminist Review.

Submission period is May 15-Dec 15. All submissions should come through our Submittable page. We will also be accepting material for a general issue so please make sure that you identify your submission as for the "Women and Nature" issue.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Call for Submissions: Blotterature

Blotterature is a small press online lit journal, started by a few Region Rats who want to see good literature reach a larger audience. Our mission is to merge “the academic” with “the underground,” as there is value in both sides of the spectrum. This means, we strive to publish well-crafted pieces without all the pretension, just as we don’t shock just to shock unless there is something universal in the subtext.

Blotterature accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. We want the nontraditional mixed with careful attention to craft and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental while knowing exactly what you’re doing. Thought-out. Thrilling. However, while we enjoy the taboo, we will not accept sexist, racist, homophobic, or other discriminatory material unless it is to provide commentary or provoke thought on issues. Be smart about it. Don’t be an asshole without reason.
How to Submit
We accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you notify us via email right away if your piece has been accepted elsewhere; you must withdraw your entire submission, but may resubmit a new piece/s if it is still during the reading period; only one submission per reading period otherwise. Submissions sent outside of the reading period will still be considered.
All submissions must be sent to:

blotteratureATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

In the subject of the email, write the genre to which you are submitting, followed by the title of your story. If you are submitting to an off-season issue, please include “off-season” in the subject of the email, as well. Send pieces as an attachment, but your cover letter may be in the body of the email. Cover letters should say something about yourself. Anecdotes and random facts about your life woo us more than credentials. Make us like you. Or, tell us why we should hate you. Whatever you do, just don’t be a robot with us.

We also have off-season issues which will be posted directly on the site. These will be smaller issues that revolve around a particular theme (to clarify: normal issues arenot themed!). We will begin these issues in spring 2014. You may simultaneously submit to both the regular and the off-season issues; just be sure to distinguish which is which in the subject of your email and in your cover letter.

Reading Periods
winter issue: August 1 – November 1.
summer issue: February 1 – May 1.
fall off-season issue: August 1 – September 1.
spring off-season issue: February 1 – May 1.
Please see below for specific requirements for each genre.
Short stories, flash fiction. No chapters from novels.

4,000 words or less for short stories
1,000 words or less for themed issue
500 words or less for flash fiction
1 story per submission
1-3 flash fiction pieces per submission, all in one file
Most file formats accepted

Memoir, articles, essays, micro-essays, etc. No unsolicited interviews or reviews.

4,000 words or less
1,000 words or less for themed issue
500 words or less for micro-essays
1 pieces per submission
1-3 micro-essays per submission, all in one file
Most file formats accepted

All poetry.

3-5 poems per submission, all in one file
Most file formats accepted

Comics, drawings, photography, photographs of 3D art, etc. No sound, video, or .gifs.

3-5 pieces per submission; do not have to be in the same file
.jpeg at 72 dpi

Blotterature claims First North American Rights. All rights revert to the writer after publication, but we then ask that we are acknowledge upon future publication of the same piece/s.

Call for Submissions: Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets. The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium. In addition to open submissions, the journal’s editorial staff will occasionally identify a particular historical object, collection, exhibit, etc., and call for submissions inspired by the selected artifact or collection.