Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

We are currently putting together our March and April publication schedules at Postcard Poems and Prose. We still need a half-dozen stories to maintain our 60/40 fiction to poetry blend.

Keep them tight. Keep them gripping. Keep them under 225 words. We love it when they are submitted with art but that isn’t required. The literature component determines whether ornot a piece is accepted.

Send us your best flash pieces. Learn more at our Submit Page.

Call for General and Themed Submissions: Rappahannock Review

Rappahannock Review submissions are open until mid-February.

General Guidelines:
We do not accept previously published work, including work that has appeared online in blogs or other forums. Simultaneous submissions are fine, though if your work is accepted elsewhere, please email us immediately at:

editorATrappahannockreviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

If you are submitting poetry or flash pieces compile your work into a single document and then upload your submission. Authors who submit more than one file per genre will have their work returned

Current or former employees of the University of Mary Washington are not eligible to submit work to the Rappahannock Review. We will not consider work from current students; however, we will read work from alumni who graduated three or more years ago.

We accept poems ranging in any length and employing any aesthetic, including free verse, prose poems, and formal poetry. Authors may send up to five poems per submission. Poems may be part of a series.

NonfictionAuthors of creative nonfiction may submit a single essay with a maximum length of 9,000 words or three shorter pieces each containing no more than 1,000 words. Submissions may range from flash nonfiction to extended memoir. Experimental form is encouraged. We would like to see essays with insightful perspective and attention to craft.

Rappahannock Review is looking for original, well-written fiction. Submissions may contain one piece of up to 9,000 words or three pieces of flash, each containing 1,000 words or fewer. Pieces experimenting with form are encouraged. Although we are interested in a wide range of fiction, we will consider short, self-contained genre fiction (that is, no novel excerpts) that avoids cliché and experiments with the flexibility of its genre.

Special Theme Issue:
AppetiteRappahannock Review, a literary magazine based at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, for its summer theme issue, "Appetite."We praise a healthy appetite, but we know, too, that there are appetites for destruction fed by recipes for disaster. Appetites are desires, inclinations, dispositions, but they are also obsessions, passions, ideas that will not go away. At various times, we might hunger for love, for adventure, for sex, for approval,  for chaos. We might crave a specific taste or texture, a scent that takes us back to the arms of our first love, the sounds that transport us to being sixteen again. Appetites make us hungry while simultaneously consuming us.

For its upcoming issue, Rappahannock Review invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that consider all the manifestations of appetite. Please submit one story, one essay, or up to five poems.

We will accept submissions for this theme issue from January 13 to mid-February, 2014. Any submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

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

Writing Competition: Cutbank Magazine Prizes

CutBank Magazine Prizes

The Montana Prize in Fiction, The Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry!!!

Steve Almond: fiction
Alexandra Fuller: nonfiction
Joanna Spahr: poetry

With all three of these awards, we’re looking for work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and a willingness to push against the boundaries of form. All entries must be submitted electronically. The $17 contest entry fee includes a one-year subscription to CutBank and covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 81.

Submissions are accepted December 1 through March 15


The CutBank Chapbook Contest

The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. We’re looking for a fresh, powerful manuscript. Maybe it will overtake us quietly; gracefully defy genres; satisfyingly subvert our expectations; punch us in the mouth page in and page out. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book. All entries must be submitted electronically. Your $20 entry fee includes consideration for (and a copy of) CutBank 81 upon its release in summer 2014. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book.

Check out our latest chapbooks.

Submissions are accepted January 1 through March 31

Fiction Competition: 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction

The 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction is now open! Sycamore Review is accepting previously unpublished stories for consideration in the annual contest. This year's prizewinning piece will be selected by acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai and its author awarded a $1,000 prize and publication in Sycamore Review.

Submissions are due March 21 and are accepted via the online submission manager only. Entry fee is $15 for a previously unpublished story of 7500 words or fewer and $5 for each additional story. Entrants receive a one-year subscription to Sycamore Review.

All entries are considered for publication.

Call for Submissions from Illinois Writers: Uproot Magazine

As mentioned in our updated mission statement, we are expanding our net across the entire state of Illinois, rather than emphasizing only Central Illinois. Where we were exclusive to places like Springfield, Peoria, Bloomington, and Jacksonville, we’re also including places in Northern and Southern Illinois, such as Alton, Steeleville, Carbondale, Cairo, Du Quoin, Galesburg, and Grand Tower, along with Chicago and all of its suburbs.

For Issue 2, we are looking for stories that emphasize abandonment. Abandoned homes, abandoned buildings, abandoned people. Works that focus on either the act of abandoning a person, a place, or a thing; or, the act of discovering something or someone that has been left behind. We want to know why people leave things behind, or what happens when people find something. Is it a case of simple forgetfulness, or is abandonment intentional, is it haunting?

Send submissions to:

uprootmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

and attach a short cover letter. Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

Submission deadline is 04/30/14.

Submit a maximum of 300-5,000 words for Fiction/Nonfiction
Submit a maximum of 5 poems
Submit a maximum of 5 photos

**We do accept previously published work**

For any more information please visit our website.
For questions or concerns email:

uprootmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)


Call for Submissions: Heyday Magazine

Heyday Magazine is a quarterly digital and print magazine of: Poetry and Artwork. Featuring: Articles, Advice, Interviews, and Reviews from reputable columnists in all aspects of Art. Visit our website for archived poems, video performances and free articles.

Submissions open until March 15th, 2014 for the April 2014 issue.

Call for Submissions to: poets, artists, and writers. Send us your music, videos, artwork, photography, poetry, art that goes along with your poetry, short fiction, comics, cartoons, ideas, suggestions, SEND US ANYTHING! We want to hear from you. Even if you haven’t been previously published or showcased, this is your chance to get an honest reading, hearing or viewing of your creative expression.

Please follow our submission guidelines.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Short Story Competition: Nelson Algren Short Story Contest

Nelson Algren Short Story Contest

Ends on 2/1/2014

This contest is open to residents of the United States. All entries must be:

- Fiction
- Less than 8,000 words
- Double spaced
- Written in English

One grand prize winner will receive $3,500. Four finalists will each receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $500. Total value of all prizes: $10,000.

The contestant's name must not appear on any page of the story.

Submittable entry link.

By entering all participants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth here.

Poetry Competition: 2014 Julia Peterkin Award

The 2014 Julia Peterkin Award at Converse College

Established in 1997 by the Department of English and Creative Writing at Converse College, the Julia Peterkin Award is a national contest honoring both emerging and established poets and writers. The award is named for Converse graduate Julia Mood Peterkin who won the Pulitzer Prize for her novelScarlet Sister Mary.

Submission Guidelines for the Julia Peterkin Award

The 2014 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all poets writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.

Manuscript Format Guidelines
Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. Each entry must include no more than 10 poems or a maximum of 15 pages. In addition include a cover page with the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and titles of submission. Also include a one-page biography. Author’s name should not appear on the poems.
Entry Requirements
•An entry fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2014.
•Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.
•Winner will be contacted directly and results will be announced online at the Julia Peterkin Award Page in late spring. The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner must be willing to read in the Fall 2014 Visiting Writers Series.

Send entries to:
The Julia Peterkin Award,
Converse College
Department of English
Spartanburg, SC 29302

 For more information, contact Prof. Rick Mulkey at:

 rick.mulkeyATconverseDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: South 85 Journal

South 85 Journal, the online literary journal of the Converse College Low Residency MFA, is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Deadline for submission is April 30, 2014.

For submission guidelines go to our website.

Call for Submissions on "Ring of Fire": Cascadia Chronicle

Cascadia Chronicle seeks new poetry, creative nonfiction, articles, and photography for our debut issue on the theme of “Ring of Fire.” We are interested pieces that reflect perspectives, creative approaches, and speculation from the natural sciences, social sciences, the arts, and humanities about the Ring of Fire area, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

Cascadia Chronicle is a peer-review, multimedia, open-access journal based at Central Washington University, in close partnership with the university’s Museum of Culture and Environment and Center for Geospatial Poetry.

Submission Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014. For complete guidelines and more information, visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program, is opening for submissions on February 1 for the following categories: writing for young people, fiction, poetry and art. 

We also open for submissions February 1 for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction ($250 prize plus publication in Lunch Ticket). We publish regular issues biannually and a monthly Amuse-Bouche feature.

For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Caesura Poetry

Caesura Poetry Magazine is an electronic magazine that is primarily focused on publishing new and emerging poets. We are currently seeking poetry submissions for our second issue, due to be released Spring, 2014.

Contributors to our magazine will receive a payment of $20 per poem as well as a copy of their issue. It's free to submit. Please visit our website to view our submission guidelines and make a submission.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Call for Submissions: Eleven Eleven

Eleven Eleven is looking for writing that pops!

We welcome daring and insightful submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and literary criticism and drama. We are especially interested in fabulist, interstitial and/or experimental prose. We love translations and writing from outside the US. We also love recovery projects (archival work that draws attention to writers who may have fallen off the map – query us beforehand!).

Eleven Eleven is a biannual journal of literature and art published through the MFA Writing program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. We produce an online issue in the winter and a print issue in the summer. The aim of our publication is to provide a forum for risk and experimentation and to serve as an exchange between writers and artists. Recent work first published in Eleven Eleven has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best European Fiction, and has appeared in books that later went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, the Governor General's Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.

We’ll be reading submissions for issue 17 from January 15 through March 1, or until we hit 200 submissions, whichever comes first.

Send your bestest work here.

Poetry Competition: Emily Stauffer Poetry Prize

Emily Stauffer Poetry Prize:

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Emily Stauffer Poetry Prize with a $200 prize for the best original poem, which will be published in the 2013-2014 edition of Apogee, the college's literary journal.

Each submission is just $1. This competition is open to anyone who is not a current student of Franklin College.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2014.

Please submit electronically.

You may submit more than one poem in a single document, but please ensure that the number of submissions tallies with the submission fee.
Please address questions to:

cjenkinsonATfranklincollegeDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Writing Residency for Poets: The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

Application portal

Named for Bucknell's renowned literary alumnus and initiated in the fall of 1993, the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing offers up to four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In alternate years, the residency is awarded to poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). The residency provides lodging in Bucknell's "Poets' Cottage" and a stipend of $4,000.

We now offer two residencies each year, one each in Bucknell's fall and spring semesters. Applications for the following academic year are due in late winter each year. At that time, applicants may apply to be considered for either the fall or spring residency, or for both. The fall residency extends from late August to mid-December; the spring residency from mid-February to late May.

Recent Roth Residents who have published books subsequent to the Residence include Eduardo Corral (Slow Lightning, Yale University Press), Michelle Hoover (The Quickening, Other Press), Beth Martinelli (To Darkness, Finishing Line Press), Emily Rapp (Poster Child: A Memoir, Bloomsbury), and Rajesh Parameswaran (I Am An Executioner: Love Stories, Knopf).

In the spring semester of 2014, the Stadler Center will accept applications for the 2014-15 Philip Roth Residencies, which will be awarded to poets. 

The application deadline is February 1, 2014. For eligibility and application requirements, and to submit an application, please use the SCP Application Portal.

Writing Fellowship: Center for Fiction


This grant is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. Nine writers will be selected in 2014 and during the one-year fellowship period will receive:

A grant of $4,000
--Space and time to write in the Center’s Writers Studio, available 24/7
--The option to engage in a mentorship with a selected freelance editor
--The opportunity to meet with agents who represent new writers
--Access to our Writer’s Collection of books on the craft of writing as well as career-oriented publications such as Literary Marketplace
--A Center for Fiction membership that includes borrowing privileges for our collection of 80,000 volumes of fiction and fiction-related titles
--Free admission to all Center events for one year, including our
--Craftwork lectures series on writing
--30% discount on tuition at select writing workshops at the Center
--Two public readings as part of our annual program of events
--The opportunity to submit new work to the Center’s Literarian online magazine


Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs, and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship.
Students in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply.
This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early  stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. We define “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement.

Application Guidelines
Applications are due to:

grantsATcenterforfictionDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

by 11pm on January 31, 2014.The following items needed to be sent as separate
attachments in your application:

A one-page resume

A fiction writing sample, not to exceed 10,000 words, submitted as a double-spaced Word document or pdf. The submission must include page numbers. The writing sample may be either a novel excerpt or a complete short story (multiple stories/excerpts in one submission are acceptable as long as the total word count does not exceed 10,000).

A PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency – preferably a New York driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card. A PDF of a current bill or pay stub may also be used to show residency (feel free to ink out any  sensitive information). If you are a full-time resident of New York City, but do not have any of these items,please e-mail:

kristinATcenterforfictionDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) 

to discuss other proof of residency that may be provided.

Please note that we do not wish to receive application cover letters. Instead, in the email accompanying the above attachments, please list your mailing address and phone number. Please do not include any other information unless absolutely necessary, such as questions or comments relating to your eligibility or the submission process. All career and other professional information should be provided only in your attached one-page resume.

All applicants will be notified of the results in April 2014.

- See more here.

Fellowship Competition: Writers@Work 2014

Writers@Work 2014 Fellowship Competition

The Writers @ Work Annual Fellowship Competition is a great opportunity for emerging writers to have their work vetted by a talented panel of judges, well-known in their respective fields.

Awarded in each category:
First Prize:

Publication in Quarterly West;
Tuition for the 2014 Writers@Work conference*;
Featured reading at the conference.
Two Honorable Mentions: $250.

Any writer who has not yet published a book-length volume of original work in the genre in which they submit a manuscript;
Unpublished work only. Work appearing in online journals is considered published. Work on personal websites or blogs is considered unpublished;
Previous winners are not eligible in the genre in which they have won;
Board members are prohibited from submitting manuscripts during their tenure on the board;
Current and former students of the judges are ineligible to submit in those categories;**
You may enter multiple submissions per category and/or submissions in multiple categories. A reading fee is required for each entry.

Submission Guidelines
Your submission must have all identifying information removed. If your name appears on the submission, your entry will be disqualified;
The submissions manager keeps a record of your name, contact information, and submitted texts, which are kept blind from the readers and judges.
W@W Fellowship Competition no longer accepts paper submissions.
Reading Fee: $25 per entry

Deadline: Submissions close January 31, 2014.

Writer's Residency in Japan: Japan Creative Artist Residencies Program

The Japan Creative Artist Residencies Program awards up to five three-month residencies, each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support. Open to published U.S. poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to live in Japan and pursue creative projects.

Each residency also includes a travel grant of up to $2,000. Writers who have published a book or at least 20 poems in five or more journals or five stories or essays in two or more journals are eligible. No entry fee.

Details here.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Call for Submissions: Cooper Street

Cooper Street, a publication sponsored by the Rutgers University-Camden MFA program’s student organization, invites literary submissions for its inaugural issue to be published online later this year. The magazine seeks original, unpublished works of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction that possess a feeling of urgency. We’re interested in issues of labor, class, and city life. In truth, we’re interested in lots of things, so try us. While we’re open to writing by anyone, including international writers, we’re especially interested in reading work produced by writers living in the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, and the Northeast.

Please send submissions to:

RU(DOT)cooperstreet(AT)gmail(DOT)com (Change (DOT) to . and (AT) to @ )

by March 30 with the author’s last name and genre in the subject of the email.

Additional guidelines:

Fiction: Send either one story of no more than 5,000 words (although stories of 3,000 words or less are especially welcome) or send up to three flash fiction pieces of no more than 600 words each.

Poetry: Send three to five poems as a single attachment, one poem per page.

Nonfiction: Send one piece of no more than 5,000 words (although shorter submissions are also encouraged).

Post-publication Book Awards: 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.

Past winners of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

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

(please indicate "Poetry" or "Prose" on envelope)

For further information, e-mail:

grassrootsmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed

Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed

Edited by D. Gilson
Afterword by Ayanna Thompson

From that very first line, Shakespeare tells us “we desire increase.” First published in 1609, the 154 sonnet sequence has not only proven to be a seemingly immortal book of poetry, but also a series that changed the art form itself endlessly. Even if unbeknownst, we have never stopped revisiting the Sonnets, revising and remixing them at every turn.

Out of Sequence, a media event from Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, seeks responses to Shakespeare’s sonnets from poets, writers, and visual artists. Resulting in a 154-part publication with editorial introduction accessible both online (here) and in print (under advance contract with Parlor Press), we expect the project to be available by the end of summer 2014. We are particularly interested in responses that remix the sonnets in a contemporary context while also speaking back to the historical moment of Shakespeare’s original.

We ask that you choose a sonnet and respond to it through a poem, brief essay of no more than 500 words, or visual piece amendable to .jpg formatting. Poems do not have to be in sonnet form.

Submit your response along with a brief third-person bio to:

outofsequencesonnetsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

As we move closer to the deadline, you may want to check with us to see which sonnets have been claimed.

Will you help us create in every bad a perfect best, as fast as to our beams assemble?

Submissions are due March 1, 2014.

Sonnets Still in Need of Remixing (as of 1/13): 4, 17, 24, 25, 32, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 53, 59, 62, 63, 67, 68, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 89, 92, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 105, 107, 108, 109, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 118, 120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 127, 128, 131, 132, 133, 139, 140, 141, 144, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 154

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Essay Competition: Wielding Power

Essay Contest: Should Nations Go to War to Defend International Norms?

Wielding Power is a new online magazine covering political and social topics. We're trying to find that exceedingly rare combination of great thinking and great writing. We know it's out there; you might have it.

Each issue focuses on a single question and offers a $1000 reward for the best answer received. Entry is free and open to any resident of the U.S. or Canada (ex. Quebec), 18 and older. Each entry should be between 500 and 2000 words.

The last day to submit an answer to 'Should Nations Go to War to Defend International Norms?' is Feb 2, 2014.

Please visit our website  for more information on how to submit and to read the Official Rules.

Call for Submissions: The Citron Review

The Citron Review is now accepting submissions for our Spring and Summer 2014 Issues. The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing Program.

We seek submissions of resonant beauty in the form of micro-fiction, flash fiction, poetry, flash creative non-fiction, digital art and photography. We accept submissions on a rolling basis. We encourage you to review our full guidelines on our website at The Citron Review before submitting via our submissions manager. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors notify us immdieately if their work is accepted elsewhere.

Submittable link.
SRPR Editors' Prize Contest

First Place Prize: $1,000, publication, and introduction written by prominent outside judge

Entry Fee: $20, includes one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues).

Deadline: April 15, 2014 (postmark)

Submission: ONLINE as well postal

SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is pleased to announce the opening of our annual Editors' Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR. Please note that we are now accepting online submissions.

Recent judges include Juliana Spahr, David Baker, C.S. Giscombe and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. Judges are announced after winners are selected.

Please check our new website in August for announcement of winners. For full guidelines please visit our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: burntdistrict

burntdistrict is a print journal produced by the editors of Spark Wheel Press. We are open for submissions year-round and are currently reading for our 5th issue.

Visit our website to see sample work and submit up to 5 previously unpublished poems through our online submission manager (no fee). Hard copy and e-mailed submissions will not be considered. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately when your work is accepted elsewhere. Include complete contact information on every page of your submission. A cover  letter is appreciated but not required. We have no restrictions as to form and content.

Past contributors have included Alex Lemon, William Trowbridge, Kate
Gale, Ira Sukrungruang, Lee Ann Roripaugh, and CM Burroughs.

Call for Submissions: Middle Gray Magazine

Middle Gray Magazine, a quarterly online publicationfeaturing emerging artists, is looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for our 4th and 5th issues, scheduled for publication inApril and July of this year.

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

There you can also browse through our first few issues, which showcase outstanding work from an array of young, talented artists.

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

Middle Gray Magazine
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Novel Competition: Black Lawrence Press: The Big Moose Prize

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes will be awarded on publication. Past winners include Tracy DeBrincat, Jen Michalski, and Betsy Robinson.

Submit your novel here.

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Fiction Writing Competition: Tuscany Press

Tuscany Prize Fiction

Novel Award--$5000 plus publication
YA Novel Award--$3000 plus publication
Short Fiction Award--$1000 first place, $350 2nd place, $300 3rd place, $250 4th place, $200 5th place, Five Hon. Mentions--$100 each 

Tuscany Press asks for a $10 reading fee, not for financial reasons, but to insure that writers pause before sending in their manuscript and ask: “Does my manuscript have the presence of God and faith — subtly, symbolically or deliberately?” Thank you for your understanding.

For more information, please see the Tuscany Press website, the Writers Resources tab on the menu bar: Required Reading for Writers of Catholic Fiction.

All manuscripts will be considered for the Tuscany Prize and for publication. Last year, we offered many publishing contracts in addition to the prize winners

Categories for fiction prizes include: Novel, Young Adult Novel, and Short Story.

Opens: January 1, 2014 --- Deadline: June 30, 2014

For more information and to enter, please visit 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, hybrid, etc.) for upcoming issues. Please visit us at our website learn more about us and our submission

Call for Epistolary Submissions: Sugared Water


Sugared Water is seeking short works for a special edition of letters. We’re looking for works of creative nonfiction, micro or flash fiction, or poetry addressed to someone, be it a lover, friend, public figure, past self, the universe, or the world at large. We’re looking for the intimate and specific, letters full of evocative language, short, funny notes, or passionate remembrances. These can take the form of poems or prose poems as well as prose pieces.

Submit all pieces in one .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Prose forms should not exceed 1,000 words each (you may submit 3 at a time in the prose genres). We will consider up to 5 poems.

This call is open until April 1, 2014.

You may submit poetry and prose in separate submissions (that is to say you may submit up to 3,000 words of prose and 5 poems at a time).

Simultaneous Submissions are fine by us, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere and needs to be withdrawn. For more details, visit our website.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Call for Submissions: Devilfish Review

Devilfish Review is a quarterly online magazine focusing on, but not limited to, speculative fiction, horror, and fantasy. We are currently reading fiction and poetry submissions for our March issue, but our submission box never closes. 

Submissions can be made at Submittable. Submissions representing those who are marginalized in mainstream fiction are especially encouraged, as we do not get nearly enough of them and it makes us sad.

Call for Submissions: Arroyo Literary Review

Arroyo Literary Review is a print-based publication produced annually by students and alumni of California State University, East Bay. Each issue reflects the creative diversity found in the San Francisco Bay Area literary scene, while bringing together material from an international array of poets, writers, and artists.  
Arroyo began with an investigation: faculty and students sought to establish a magazine capturing the spirit and diverse voices of the Bay Area while attracting writers from across the country and a national readership. What they discovered, however, was a void. Bigger presses seemed to ignore the dynamics of California culture, while smaller presses had predicated themselves on niches. With the opportunity presenting itself, those same students built the school’s first literary magazine from the ground up, eventually releasing the premiere issue in Spring of 2009.  
Since then, that tradition of motivation and commitment has been passed on to each proceeding incarnation of the review. The editorial staff remains dedicated to showcasing both new and established writers from the West Coast and beyond, hoping to connect the magazine’s audience with the unique qualities that make the Bay Area literary and art scene so special.  
We are seeking fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and translation for our seventh issue. Open reading period from December 1 to May 31. No e-mail submissions. Please see our website for submission guidelines.

Poetry Competition: The Carriage House Poetry Prize

The Carriage House Poetry Series & The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission Announce The Carriage House Poetry Prize in Observance of Arbor Day 2014

First Prize – $250.00 and Publication in the Autumn 2014 Print Issue of TIFERET: Literature, Art, & The Creative Spirit
Selected Finalists Will Receive Certificates

--Entries should consist of no more than two poems—no more than 40 lines each.
--Each poem must be single-spaced on a separate sheet of paper.
--Submit 2 copies of each poem, one copy with the poet’s name, address, phone number, and email address in the upper right corner.
--Poems must be previously unpublished and must contain reference to a tree or trees (not necessarily poems about trees). Any style or form. Judges will look for poems characterized by technical proficiency, striking imagery and strong sound quality.

Entry is free. (Poems will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your files.)
Deadline: In-hand by March 1, 2014.
Winners will be notified via email by April 7, 2014.

Send entries to:
Carriage House Poetry Prize
c/o Adele Kenny & Tom Plante
Fanwood Borough Hall
75 North Martine Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023

Visit the Carriage House Series online for additional details.

Call for Submissions: Gulf Stream Magazine

Gulf Stream Magazine is now open and accepting submissions from January 1 - March 1 2013. We accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art.

We accept pieces through submittable at our website.

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, 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.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Naugatuck River Review

Naugatuck River Review, a print journal of narrative poetry, welcomes submissions for the Summer 2014 issue beginning January 1st and ending March 1st at midnight.

Submission guidelines:

This is an open (no fee) submission period and runs from January 1st through March 1st at midnight.
We accept electronic submissions only through our ONLINE SUBMISSION MANAGER.
Please go to our website to read the guidelines and to connect to the Submission Manager program.

Accepted contributors will be rewarded with a copy of the journal. We are not in a position to pay you otherwise, but hope the journal is worth much more than the cost of its paper.

During the submission period ONLY please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines through the online submission manager. Put them all in one MSWord (docx or rtf) file.
Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff.

Questions (ONLY):

naugatuckriverATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Multiple submissions are discouraged, but simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you inform us right away if your poem is accepted elsewhere. Please send work that has not been previously published.

Lori Desrosiers
Naugatuck River Review
Member CLMP

Friday, January 10, 2014

Poetry Competition: The Switchgrass Review

The Switchgrass Review (sponsored by the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation of Corpus Christi, TX), welcomes submissions from poets nationally and abroad for our first annual poetry contest honoring women's wellness and education and Women and Girl’s HIV Awareness. We seek well-crafted poetry submissions from poets of all cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities. (Please send your work!) This is a very low fee, or no fee, prize entrance. January 18th is the deadline.

$300.00 for top prize and $100.00 for three finalists. Please send up to five of your best poems that address awareness and understanding of the historical and contemporary achievements of women, especially in regard to issues of women’s health and healing. We welcome any form and subject matter related to issues of women’s health and empowerment, self-agency, and transformation. We can interpret broadly, and prefer clear, original, unsentimental writing (no greeting card verse) that uses concrete imagery and narrative to evoke profound thought and emotion.

Submit here.

Call for Submissions: Revolution House

Call for Submissions: Revolution House

The editors of Revolution House Magazine are currently reading submissions of poetry, nonfiction and graphic stories for issue 4.1, due out Spring 2013. Fiction (both flash and short story) submissions will reopen on February 10.

Peruse previous issues and submissions guidelines here.

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Revolution House doesn’t care if you have a hundred publication credits or if this is your first attempt. Send us your poems, your stories, your moments of shining truth, and we will treat them as we want our own to be treated: with respect and compassion.

Book Competition: Waxing Press, the 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 .)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Call for Submissions from Kids and Adults: Visionary Press

Visionary Press is looking for submissions for its Kids Write anthology. Submissions will be accepted by both adult authors and children and should be no more than 1,000 words and no less than 500. We are looking for stories that spark the imagination and would be entertaining for children in a wide variety of genres, from sci-fi to fantasy and even a little horror, but not too scary. Think age appropriate. We are particularly interested in stories written by children and stories co-written by parent and child.

We also will be accepting artwork for the anthology, along with your stories.

Reading period will run from February 1st through July 1st. We are looking towards a September release.

Stories that are accepted will receive payment of $5.00, along with a contributors hard copy and a digital edition of the book.

Mail submissions to:

visionarypressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with the heading, Kids Create Anthology.

Call for Submissions: TINGE Magazine

TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s online journal, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The journal is edited by the graduate students of Temple’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.

TINGE Magazine is published twice a year, in the Spring (April) and in the Fall (December). In general, our reading periods are from January 1 to March 1 for the Spring issue, and September 1 to November 1 for the Fall issue. We make every effort to respond to all submissions by, respectively, May and January.
We accept submissions only through Submittable. All submissions received by email or regular mail will be discarded. Sorry, but no exceptions. There are no fees to submit.

We do not have any specific aesthetic criteria, except to say that we seek pieces of exceptional literary quality, not genre work.

We prefer submissions in the following file formats, in order of preference: Microsoft Word (“.doc”), Rich Text Format (“.rtf”), and PDF (“.pdf”). Please add the proper file extension to the filename, which should be the title of the piece, e.g., “The Errand.doc.”

For the text, we prefer the font size to be 12 points. Cite your name and contact information on the top of the first page. Prose pieces should be double-spaced.

In the “Cover Letter or Bio” field, please write a short bio that lists previous publications and awards.

Please make only one submission to TINGE during each two-month reading period. Simultaneous submissions to other publications are permitted, but let us know immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. If you need to withdraw a submission, do so through Submittable.

We will not consider any material that has previously appeared anywhere in North America, in any form, in print or online (we acquire First North American Serial Rights). At this time, we cannot provide any honoraria for works that are selected.

We do allow submissions from people affiliated with Temple University, but cannot offer any special treatment. Note to Temple undergraduates: There is an excellent literary journal called HYPHEN published by the Department of English that features the work of Temple undergraduates. Please submit your work to HYPHEN rather than to TINGE.

If you would like email alerts when the reading period begins and when a new issue is released, sign up on our Contact page. You may unsubscribe from the list at any time. We will not distribute your email address (see our Privacy Policy).

Call for Submissions: Potomac Review

Potomac Review Guidelines:

Poetry: up to three poems/five pages at a time
Prose: up to 5,000 words (fiction/nonfiction)
Art/photographs: inquire first

Please submit your submission via our submissions link. 

Submission Deadlines: Reading period September 1st – May 1st; only one submission per genre per reading period. Potomac Review no longer accepts paper submissions by mail.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted if identified. Two complimentary copies per contributor; 40% discount for extra copies.


Please email Professor Julie Wakeman-Linn at:

PotomacReviewEditorATmontgomerycollegeDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: Isthmus

Submission guidelines:

Our reading period is year-round. We consider original, unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for our biannual print publication. Stories and essays should not exceed 8,000 words. Excerpts from novels and memoirs are considered but should be self-contained. Poetry submissions are limited to five poems per submission. Translations are considered in all genres; please include a copy of the original.

We request first serial rights. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Each contributor will receive two copies of the journal.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, however, please indicate this and let us know immediately if it has been accepted elsewhere. Submissions are online only through our submissions manager.

Call for Fiction and Nonfiction Submissions: The Flexible Persona

The Flexible Persona is an interactive literary magazine that publishes fiction and non-fiction in both audio and text format online.

What do we publish?

We are most interested in fiction that is engaging, character-driven, and focused on relationships (familial, friend, love, work, etc). We’re looking for work that carries emotional weight, shows characters changed and relationships evolved. We firmly believe this kind of work happens in all genres and we accept any genre except historical fiction.

We look for non-fiction that explores how people find a sane, happy life in a basically insane world. Stories of how outsiders sustain themselves, the struggle to maintain individuality in a conformist world, and explorations of unique communities appeal to us.

The Flexible Persona acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted with courtesy acknowledgement of TFP.

Maximum 5500 words. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please submit through submittable.com.

What Happens If My Work Is Accepted?

Each month we publish both fiction and non-fiction stories on our website and also in audio format. Here's how it works! Writers, send us your work. If we accept it, we'll give you the option of recording a high-quality audio version of yourself reading your work, or we'll produce a reading ourselves.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Call for Themed Submissions on "Underground" and "This Word Is": Paper Tape Magazine

Paper Tape is currently reading submissions for the following features:

Theme: “Underground.” The word “underground” has many meanings, and we appreciate work that explores the theme from many different angles. As long as the work addresses the theme in some way, it is not necessary for the word “underground” to appear in the work.

Genres: Flash fiction, short story, narrative nonfiction, essay, and art/photography. 

Word Count: < 2500 words. 

Deadline: February 28, 2014. Submissions accepted during this reading period will be published April-June 2014.

"This Word Is": Even single words are stories. Through sound and memory, anecdote and etymology, a single word gives insight into personal experience. A writer’s experience of a word is a keyhole through which we catch a glimpse of their their world; a word is a pocket filled with many different meanings.

Pick a single word from your world, hold it to the light, empty out its pockets, and peer through the hole it rips in the structures of your universe. Tell us what you see.

Genres: Essay, narrative nonfiction. 

Word Count: < 4000 words. 

Deadline: Rolling.
Guidelines and more information on our website.

Writing Competition: Prime Number Magazine and Press 53

Prime Number Magazine and Press 53 invite submissions for our FREE MONTHLY contest--a 53-word story based on a prompt. Winner receives a book from Press 53 and consideration for publication in Prime Number. No fee for entry.

January prompt: the last piano on the island
January judge: Myfanwy Collins

For guidelines and to enter, go here.

Visit us at http://www.press53.com and http://www.primenumbermagazine.com

Call for Submissions: Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism

Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism is seeking submissions for #4, January 1 – March 31, to be published October 1, 2014. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, poetry and prose poems readers might label as new weird, slipstream and/or fabulist/fantastic—outstanding work difficult to categorize.

We pay on publication ($5 per page, minimum $10). Short fiction up to 6500 words, poems up to120 lines. Also seeking critical essays and interviews up to 5,000 words focused on emerging and neglected fabulist/fantastic writers.

Submissions can be made on our website. There are no submission fees.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2014

Call for Submissions: The Conium Review

You may submit up to five poems, three flash fiction pieces, two short stories, or one novella. We define flash fiction as below 1,000 words and novellas as over 15,000 words. There is no line limit for poetry. Do not send additional work until you get our response to the original submission.

Upload your fiction submission as a single file.

In the "Biography Statement" field, please include a brief third-person bio. If your work is accepted for publication, your bio appears inside the published issue of The Conium Review along with your story.

Submissions must be unpublished, original work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but you must withdraw your submission immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.

To submit and for more information, visit our website

Call for Poetry Submissions: Buddhist Poetry Review

Submit 1-3 unpublished poems per reading period using the submission form. Include a short, third person biography if you would like it to accompany your work. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that you inform us if they are accepted elsewhere. We are granted first electronic publishing rights and archival rights.

The reading period for the next issue will begin on January 1st and continue through February 25th, 2014. The theme for Issue Twelve will be Dependent Co-arising. Submissions do not have to be thematic, although we hope a theme will offer some helpful inspiration and provide the issue with a discernible spirit. Issue Twelve is scheduled to be published at the beginning of March 2014.

Call for Submissions from MA, MFA, and PhD Creative Writing Students: The Masters Review

Submissions for our printed anthology are open from January 1 – March 31, 2014. Our guest judge this year is Time magazine book critic and New York Times bestselling author, Lev Grossman. Mr. Grossman, along with The Masters Review staff, are looking for the best fiction and narrative nonfiction from students currently enrolled in MA, MFA, and PhD creative writing programs. This anthology is an annual showcase of the best among emerging authors. The top ten writers selected for publication will be nationally distributed with their work exposed to top agents, editors, and authors across the country.

On April 15, 2014 a shortlist of thirty stories will be announced. Mr. Grossman will select the top ten stories for publication from that shortlist.

Only students currently enrolled in an MA, MFA, or PhD creative writing program may submit.
Up to 7000 words of fiction and narrative nonfiction will be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please inform us immediately if your work as been accepted elsewhere. Email:

contactATmastersreviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

We do accept multiple submissions, however no more than one story from each author will be published.
Submissions that do not follow instructions or exceed the word count will be deleted unread. We are extremely excited about this year’s judge and to review your submissions. In order to submit a story, submit online here.