Friday, March 28, 2014

Call for Submissions: Flycatcher

Through writing and visual art, Flycatcher strives to explore what it means—or what it might mean—to be native to this earth and its particular places. To that end, we are interested in work that engages the themes of empathy, ecology, and belonging, or that struggles with a lack of the same.

We are currently open to submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Full guidelines--as well as the current issue, back issues, an extended mission statement, publication schedule, award nominations, and more--can be found here.

We are also on Facebook.

We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions from Community College Students: Painted Cave Literary Magazine

Painted Cave Literary Magazine is accepting submissions from community college students nationwide for its inaugural issue May 2014. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Painted Cave is the online student-run, faculty-guided literary journal of Santa Barbara City College. We publish the work of community college student writers in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Painted Cave reserves First North American Serial Rights. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Paste your submission in the body of the email to:

paintedcavesubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please indicate whether you are enrolled in a community college.

In the subject line include the genre of the submission, title(s) and your name (Fiction, “Born Too Late,” Mary Mullins)

We accept the following genres:

Flash Fiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.

Fiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.

Poetry: 3-5 poems, no more then 50 lines each.

Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.

Flash Creative Nonfiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.

Call for Poetry and Art: ADRIENNE

Call for work for ADRIENNE: a poetry journal of queer women, published by Sibling Rivalry Press.

Submit 7-10 poems (or the reasonable equivalent thereof if there are longer pieces) in one document for consideration along with a 125-ish word bio. Poems do not have to be queer-themed or include queer content. Contributors simply need to self-identify as queer women, however that term is expansive and individually defined. .

PDF or .Doc accepted

Cover art submissions are open as well. Submit here.

Call for Chapter Submissions to Nonfiction Anthology: Scarecrow Press

Scarecrow Press is seeking submissions for two anthologies: 

Creative Management of Small Public Libraries in the 21st Century 

Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press 

Editor: Carol Smallwood, public libraries consultant; Library Management Tips That Work, ed., (ALA Editions, 2011) 

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS faculty in the United States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters for a handbook on strengthening small and rural public libraries as centers of communities serving populations under 25,000. Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes; making an inviting atmosphere; successful living endowments; programming; handling patrons, volunteers, meetings; using technology; effective networking; staff evaluations; professional development; needs assessment surveys. 

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). A complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission as compensation, discount on more. 

Please e-mail titles of 2-3 topics each described in 2 sentences by April 15, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s); place SMALL and Last Name on the subject line to: 

smallwoodATtmDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

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Making Libraries Integral in the Lives of Baby Boomers

Book Publisher: Scarecrow Press

Editor: Carol Smallwood, Library Services for Multicultural Patrons to Encourage Library Use co-ed., (Scarecrow Press, 2013)

Chapters sought for an anthology by practicing public librarians and LIS faculty in the United States and Canada: creative, practical how-to chapters on strengthening and expanding services to the age group called baby boomers. Possible topics: fostering positive staff attitudes; encouraging endowments and advocacy; programming and workshops; maximizing their experience as volunteers; instruction in technology; needs assessment surveys; genealogy and oral histories; grants.

Concise, how-to chapters based on experience to help colleagues totaling 3,000-4,000 words, or two chapters that come to 3,000-4,000 words. No previously published or simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; if two chapters they are to be by the same author(s). Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word accepted submission, discount on more copies.

Please e-mail titles of 2-3 topics each described in 2 sentences by April 15, 2014 with brief biography sketch(s); place BOOMERS and Last Name on the subject line to:

smallwoodATtmDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Competition: Fairy Tale Review

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce the debut of an annual contest, beginning this year with Prose & Poetry awards.

We’re interested in poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel—mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will judge prose; Ilya Kaminsky will judge poetry. Both contests will award $1000, and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue.

Reading fee: $10.

Submit online or to:

Fairy Tale Review, c/o Kate Bernheimer
Department of English
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85721

Deadline: July 15th, 2014

Awards: $1,000 each

Eligibility & Procedure

All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For prose, please send works of up to 6,000 words. For poetry, no more than five poems and/or ten pages per entry. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript immediately upon acceptance elsewhere, and note that the reading fee is nonrefundable. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please note that you will need to pay a reading fee for each submission.

Submit to the Poetry Contest.
Submit to the Prose Contest.

Poetry and Fiction Competition: River's Edge Literary Magazine

River's Edge Literary Magazine will hold a poetry contest and fiction contest with a $1000.00 prize for each. There is no entry fee. All submissions in these two genres will automatically be entered in a contest. The deadline for the contest and fall issue is May 10th.

Please submit here. to

River's Edge is a national literary journal of the southwest edited by members of the MFA faculty at the University of Texas Pan American. We are seeking the best unpublished short fiction, poetry, scripts, art work, creative nonfiction and graphic literature. Our editors accept work in both Spanish and English and everything in-between.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Writing Competition: The Stoneslide Corrective

The Stoneslide Corrective is sponsoring a contest that seeks the best stories available. Fiction, nonfiction, or even a poem with powerful narrative drive—we welcome and will read story, in any form.

First prize is $3,000 plus publication. Second and third prize winners garner $500 and $250, respectively, and a chance at publication. The contest opens on the first day of spring and closes the first day of summer. Winners will be announced on the first day of fall. Or, if you prefer, open: March 20; close: June 21; notification: September 23.

The entry fee is $10.

Nobody but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money, was how Samuel Johnson put it. We always agreed. Now we will make a few writers into non-blockheads.

Only previously unpublished work is eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but must be indicated as such, and if the piece is accepted elsewhere you must immediately withdraw it from the competition.

There will also be four additional prizes of $100 each for:
-striking use of wit
-beguiling character
-description that makes us think we were really there
-propulsive plot line and/or scene

Full contest guidelines are available here.

General submission guidelines are available here. The Stoneslide Corrective pays $250 for work over 1,000 words, and $100 for work under 1,000 words.

Pieces appearing in The Stoneslide Corrective include:

• fiction about a boy betrayed by both his girlfriend and his father, “Stripped,” by Mark Wisniewski, author most recently of Show Up, Look Good
• fiction about a man whose obsession leads him into a trap of his own devising, "Warning Light," by James Esch
• fiction about a modern day Ancient Mariner who washes up in Manhattan, “Mona’s Coming,” by Lynn Stegner, author most recently of Because a Fire Was in My Head

The Stoneslide Corrective publishes fiction. It also publishes nonfiction with strong narrative, along with satire and humor. Fresh content appears every Monday. The Stoneslide Corrective is a division of Stoneslide Media, which also publishes Stoneslide Books.

Call for Book Reviewers of Catholic Literature: Catholic Fiction.Net

Who has a strong opinion on literature? Would you like to review a Catholic work and have your review published?

Catholic has received a tremendous amount of exposure and success over the last year. We have reached up to 18,000 views in a day and average several thousand a day. The work you do has enabled us to spread the word about Catholic Fiction.

The success has brought challenges. Simply put, we have a lot of books to be reviewed. In fact, we have over 130 books waiting to be reviewed! This is a great opportunity for those looking to break into the world of great literature. Become a part of the community.

Please visit our website for more information.

Call for Submissions: pluck!

pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is now accepting submissions for its 11th issue themed, "Legacy & Tradition." We invite poetry and prose (both scholarly and creative) that illustrates the concepts of legacy and tradition. This could include storytelling, familial traditions, recipes, music, folklore and folk art, for example. We also invite digital collage and photography which interprets our theme visually. All submissions will be considered for both print and web editions of the issue.

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

Please submit work by April 11 in one of the following categories in an attachment of .doc or .rtf format (.jpg for images) and a bio of no more than fifty words to:


POETRY: Up to five previously unpublished poems.

FICTION: Up to 1500 words.

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

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

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

Call for Themed Submissions on STUFF: Proximity

Deadline: April 30th.

Proximity is seeking your essays and other forms of true storytelling that relate to its third issue’s theme: STUFF. We’re interested in “stuff” in all its forms: The stuff we own, the stuff we consume, the stuff we give away, the stuff we can’t bear to part with, the stuff we live without. All of this stuff has a story: Where it comes from, the emotional response it evokes, the way it connects us to our past.

These are the stories we hope you’ll tease from your own life. Whether it’s a story of origin, an attempt to live with less (or more!), or the people, places, history, or other meaning that an everyday object conjures, we want to hear your story of STUFF.

Call for Presenters: 2014 Indiana Writers' Consortium

Indiana Writers’ Consortium (IWC) is pleased to announce the extension of its annual networking dinner to include an intimate, high quality, and affordable half-day writers’ conference on October 11, 2014. The conference, which will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Merrillville, Indiana, will include multiple afternoon breakout sessions and be followed by a dinner and keynote address by Barbara Shoup, author of seven novels, executive director of Indiana Writers Center, associate editor of OV Books, and an associate faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

IWC seeks proposals from individuals and groups who are at different stages in their writing careers that will represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences. Presentations may include topics such as:

· Writing and craft
· Business of publishing
· Creative writing pedagogy
· Academic and community program development
· Genre trends

Interactive individual presentation, four-to-five person panels, creative writing workshops, and round table discussions are welcome.

Submission Instructions:

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Submit: A 250-word abstract that includes the session title, description, format, and presenter names. Each presenter should include a 50-word bio and .jpg photo.

Submit to: (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please indicate “IWC Half-day Conference Proposal” in the subject line.

Questions may be directed to: Janine Harrison at:

indianawritersconsortiumATgmailDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Indiana Writers' Consortium inspires and builds a community of creative writers. We are dedicated to educating writers through speakers, seminars, and children's programs. IWC provides educational and networking opportunities for writers in all stages of their careers. We are a nonprofit organization incorporated in Indiana in 2008 and a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

The Indiana Writers' Consortium inspires and builds a community of creative writers. Like us on Facebook.

Call for Submissions: The Screech Owl

Email: editorsATthescreechowlDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Any other comments please use the contacts page on the site.

Please send all submissions, with a short bio, in the body of an email. No more than 5 poems, 2 reviews/articles of up to 2 pages each or 1 piece of prose up to 1,000 words please.

We are not adherent followers of any styles or trends, your verse can be free or structured, it doesn't matter. We look for thoughtful, intelligent verse and work.

If you have to use snail mail then please include a S.A.E. Thank you.


The Screech Owl
8 Chancel Close
Basildon, Essex SS15 5FF UK

Friday, March 21, 2014

Call for Submissions: Mojave River Review

Mojave River Review is open for submissions for vol. 2. Accepting in several categores: poetry, flash fiction, hybrid, flash non-fiction, chap/book reviews. Very open in terms of content, but we are looking for writing that shows some sensibility for the American Southwest in particular or deserts in general. However, as anyone can see from the free online issue, plenty of stories, poems, and other writing was included that is not desert or Southwest-oreinted.

In addition, we are accepting submissions for a special section on Ekphrastic writing. (I had to look that up to see what it was!) The special section will include images, so the writer must have a way to link to or send the image being described.  
Submissions are open now until June. 7 Submissions via Submittable.

Our website.

Call for Submissions from Women of Color: As/Us

As/Us is now open for submissions for our decolonial love issue, which is open to all all genders and allies. What does decolonial love mean to you? Send us work that tackles and/explores how the effects of colonization has effected us in one way or another. We accept poetry, spokenword, fiction, creative non-fiction, academic essays and more. We are a print and online journal and are always looking for exciting work that moves us.

Deadline April 15, 2014
Submit here.

Call for Halloween-themed Submissions: Conclave: A Journal of Character

Conclave: A Journal of Character is open for submissions for Issue 8, Autumn, 2014. We are particularly seeking HALLOWEEN photography, short stories, poetry, and short works of all creative forms. Death, candy, costumes, leaves, pumpkins, ghosts--whatever Halloween means to you.

Conclave is a bi-annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing. See our website to see what we believe comprises great character.

We also select six of our best works each year to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

You may read all submissions guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Sequestrum

Sequestrum is now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork.

We publish literary-quality prose (under 5,000 words) and poetry (under 35 lines) on a rolling basis. We are a paying market.

Our submission guidelines, archives, and publication philosophy can be found at our website.

When ready to submit, use our Submittable system.

Poetry Competition for Women over Forty: 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

About the 2014 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

Primary Judge: Jan Beatty, poet
Final Judge: Yona Harvey, poet


One prize in the form of $1,000; round-trip travel, lodging and a reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with judge Yona Harvey; publication in Voices from the Attic. Prize valued at $2,000.


Open to women writers over the age of 40 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently living in the U.S., who have not published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction (chapbooks excluded).

Up to two unpublished poems, of any style, per submission. Each poem must be 75 lines or fewer (not counting stanza breaks). Multiple submissions accepted.
A cover sheet with author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail, title(s) of poem(s), and a 1- paragraph bio. Author’s name, address, and any identifying information should not appear on any poem. If sending multiple submissions, please include all poem titles on a single cover sheet.
A clearly addressed, standard-letter-sized SASE for notification. If sending multiple submissions, enclose only one SASE.
$20 entry fee per each 2-poem submission (check/money order made out to Carlow University). If sending multiple submissions, send only one check for the full amount.
Simultaneous submissions accepted (please notify us ASAP if your poems are accepted elsewhere).


All entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2014. Any submission received after April 8, 2014 will not be accepted (even if it is postmarked on April 1st).


Winner will be notified by April 30, 2014. All entrants will receive a copy of Voices from the Attic.


The Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Jan Beatty, Director of Creative Writing
Carlow University
3333 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15213

Read our Dobler Award FAQs, or contact Sarah Williams-Devereux at:

sewilliams412ATcarlowDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Writers Conference Scholarships: Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference Scholarships available!
Scholarship Application Deadline Monday April 7, 2014

This summer the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, which prides itself on its intimate lakeside setting and award-winning teaching faculty, will hold week-long workshops in poetry led by Camille Dungy and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, in fiction led by Sheri Joseph, in creative non-fiction led by Rebecca Brown, and a multi-genre workshop led Judson Mitcham. We are featuring Pam Houston as our Distinguished Visiting Writer. The conference prides itself on its intimate lakeside setting and award-winning teaching faculty. Go to our website for more information.

The Conference Fee is $545 before April 1 and includes a daily workshop limited to 13 writers, daily craft talks, an editor’s talk with Patrick Thomas of Milkweed Editions, a faculty publishing panel, afternoon events, and three conference meals. An Auditor Option is also available for $125 and includes all conference amenities and events offered during the week, but does not include a workshop.

Five $300 scholarships will be awarded toward the conference fee. Scholarship awards are based on need and literary merit and intended to lower financial barriers for writers who want to practice the arts of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with award-winning authors in an intimate setting. Apply here by April 7.

Recreational activities on site include canoeing, kayaking, sailing, hiking, and the campus fitness center, or relax at the beach and picnic among the pines in Diamond Point Park. Explore scenic Lake Bemidji and visit the headwaters of the Mississippi. Stay within walking distance to the beach and all conference activities in modern and air-conditioned Linden Suites on campus for only $25 per night. WiFi and high speed Internet are standard. This is a great opportunity for writers to study their craft and come together in a supportive and enthusiastic community!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fiction Competition: American Short Fiction

We are excited to announce that the ASF Short Story Contest opened for submissions on February 26th. This year we are honored to have Amy Hempel as our guest judge. Submissions will be accepted through the end of May.

General Guidelines

- Submit your entry online between February 26, 2014 – June 1, 2014.
Online entry link.

- The 1st place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in our Fall issue. One runner-up will receive $500 and all entries will be considered for publication.

- Please submit your $20 entry fee and your work through Submittable. We no longer accept submissions by post. International submissions in English are eligible. The entry fee covers one 6,500 word fiction submission.

- All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the manuscript itself.

- You may submit multiple entries. We accept only previously unpublished work. We do allow simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us promptly of publication elsewhere. Winners will be announced in August.

Conflicts of Interest

Staff and volunteers currently affiliated with American Short Fiction are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, students, former students, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible to enter. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.

Poetry Competition: Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award 2014

Dylan Thomas International Poetry Award 2014

To celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2014, University of Wales Trinity Saint David invites you to submit a previously unpublished English language poem in response to the word ‘harmony’.

The deadline for entries is 31st March 2014. The winner will be announced during an awards ceremony in Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum in July 2014.

They will receive £2000 and their poem will be displayed in the Dylan Thomas Centre for a year.

For more information, visit our website.

Contest for High School and College Undergrads: Live Arts Contest

Greenville College will launch its first online literary journal, Scriblerus, this spring. We're hosting the Live Arts contest to kick things off. The contest accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and a host of visual media from high school students and college undergrads. The winners in each age category will be published in the first issue of Scriblerus and in the VISTA, Greenville's student-produced magazine.

You can visit the Live Arts information page on Scriblerus' website for information on how to enter.

The contest runs until March 31.

No Entry Fee.

Writing Student Scholarships: SCBWI

Each year the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.

–Full tuition to main conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions. (Award does not include travel or hotel expenses.)
–Exclusive exposure to industry professionals at the conference.
–An SCBWI Conference advisor to help navigate the jammed-packed weekend.
LA Summer Conference: An individual manuscript consultation of the first twenty pages of your manuscript with an industry professional and entrance to the Writers’ Intensive.

1. You must be at least eighteen years old to apply.
2. All full-time students enrolled in an accredited educational institution are eligible to apply.

One winner will be chosen from a graduate or doctoral program and one winner will be chosen from an undergraduate program.
Applicants are required to submit:
–Short cover letter stating why you want to attend the conference and a synopsis of your work.
–Five-page sample of a manuscript
–Copy of your student ID
–Letter of recommendation sent directly from a professor at your university.
Applications MUST BE electronically submitted as ONE PDF to:

kaylaDOTheinenATscbwiDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Letters of recommendation can be sent separately as a Word document.
Applications will be judged by a panel decided by SCBWI.
In the event that a recipient cannot attend for any reason, the grant committee should be notified as soon as possible. The scholarship may, in that event, be awarded to another applicant. The grant is not transferrable and cannot be postponed. SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.

Deadline: April 15

Friday, March 14, 2014

Call for Submissions: Stymie Magazine

Submit to Stymie Magazine here.

We are looking for quality works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, review, and essay that examine, poke, prod and otherwise deal with sport or games.

That said, our thematic niche can mean different things to different people, and we'd enjoy seeing your unique take on the topic.

For more information, visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Front Porch

Front Porch, the online literary journal of Texas State University’s MFA, invites all writers to submit works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for our Summer 2014 issue.

Front Porch is dedicated to publishing the most celebrated talents in contemporary writing published alongside exceptional new voices. Our editors seek out both innovative and traditional literature. In short, we’re looking for insightful and relevant writing that excels, regardless of form, theme, or style.

Our submissions are rolling with no deadline and submitted online through Front Porch’sonline submission manager. The guidelines and submission manager can be accessed here.

If you’re interested in the work we publish, our entire archives are available online, and issue 25, our Winter 2013 issue, was recently published.

Call for Speculative Flash Fiction: Lightning Cake

Lightning Cake is a tiny zine of illustrated speculative flash fiction. New electrifying bites posted weekly—cut yourself a slice and chomp in. Lightning Cake wants speculative stories—stories that are fantastic, strange, idiosyncratic. Science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, slipstream, weird, new weird, futuristic, surreal, mythic, fairy tales—Lightning Cake likes them all. Lightning Cake will fall for the stories that scared you to write, and will love the stories that you loved writing.

Submit previously unpublished speculative flash fiction up to 500 words.

Lightning Cake pays $5 ($0.01-$0.04/word) for accepted stories.

Upcoming reading period: April 1 - July 31, 2014.

Follow @LightningCake on Twitter for updates.

Read our guidelines here.  Our website.

Call for Submissions: Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective

Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective seeks submissions of short/flash fiction and creative nonfiction for publication in a new online journal.
No deadline. No submission fee.
More information on our website.
Submit here.

Call for Submissions: Blotterature Literary Magazine

Blotterature Literary Magazine is open for submissions through June 1, 2014.

Blotterature accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. We seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent.
Blotterature released its inaugural issue on January 25, 2014 and is ready to read your best work for the second issue due out July 25, 2014.  
Please go to our website for submission details.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Welcome to the #WritingProcess Blog Tour!

The #WritingProcess Blog Tour connects authors all over the world with the intent to share blogs and the writing life. I was tapped to contribute to the blog tour by Natalia Sarkassian, who writes fiction and nonfiction. Her short fiction has received several awards, and her nonfiction depicts an up-close and deeply personal understanding of foreign and exotic cultures. I've had the pleasure of reading portions of Natalia's novel-in-progress, Mrs. May in Egypt, a book that captures the current troubled climate in that country. Do check out Natalia's blog, Post Cards from Italy, where you'll find her photographs to be as enchanting as her writing.

I must confess that I feel a bit uncomfortable talking about myself on this blog, but since I have no other blog available, I decided to use this resource as an opportunity to introduce you to me and to some of my fellow authors. As you explore the #TheWritingProcess Blog Tour, be sure to click on the links from previous contributors. I can assure you that you are in for a real treat. All of these authors are immensely talented folks, and I'm delighted to be included in their midst.

The #WritingProcess Blog Tour asks the participants to answer four questions, so let us begin:

1) What are you working on?

For the past few months, I've been working almost exclusively on the revisions of my novel, Blood of a Stone, forthcoming from Tuscany Press in June 2014. This is a historical literary novel set in first century Palestine. The story follows the adventures of a slave who murders his master, sets out to silence those who could reveal the truth about his past, and eventually finds redemption for his crimes.

Prior to beginning the revisions of Blood of a Stone, I was finishing a draft of my second novel, The Double Sun. Set in the mid-20th century, the story is narrated from four distinct points of view and spans thirty years. The Double Sun is about a family of downwinders, people who have suffered the adverse affects of radioactive fallout from the atomic bomb tests in Nevada during the 1950s and 1960s. Many of these downwinders have been afflicted with cancer and other serious illnesses.

2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?

This is a tough question to answer because I'm not sure how it does differ. However, I can tell you what my readers and critiquers say: My writing tends toward the dark side in that I often write about unlikeable or troubled characters, people who may have good intentions but who make terrible choices. I have also been told that I have a sparse, direct voice--nothing too flowery. Much of my fiction is historical in nature or requires a fair amount of research to add verisimilitude. My first novel, for example, takes place 2000 years ago. My second novel begins in the mid-1950s and ends in the 1990s. Many of my short stories also have a historical setting. Perhaps that speaks to my passion for history and my love of research.

3) Why do you write what you do?

I've always been fascinated by difficult, unstable, or unhappy people. What makes them do the things they do? Why do we love them even when they hurt us? And there is that ever important question: What if? What if Character A does X to Character B, what will happen? Delving deep into my characters, exploring their flaws, foibles, actions, and desires, helps me better understand the human condition.

4) What is your writing process?

Diane Lefer, also a participant in the #WritingProcess Blog Tour (visit her blog, Nobody Wakes Up Pretty), once told me: "You are a careful writer." At the time, I wondered if being a careful writer was a good thing or a bad thing, but Diane, who was also my advisor at Vermont College of Fine Arts, explained to me that she wanted me to take more risks, throw away my cautious nature and see what happens. She sent me off to read Kate Braverman's Squandering the Blue, and I've never been the same since. Risk is now my middle name.

That said, I tend to be an organized writer when it comes to managing my time and my projects. I work on a regular schedule--usually in the morning--and set deadlines for myself. I begin every day filling out a planner, and the highest priority item is the writing. A few years ago, I began thinking of myself as a working writer. In other words, writing is my job. It may be a job that I love, but it's still a job that requires commitment, meeting deadlines, planning, and punctuality. I know that sounds rigid to some people, but when I used to rely on inspiration, I spent a lot of time rolling out unfinished drafts, submitting little, and publishing almost nothing. The change in my mindset has resulted in a higher level of productivity and what I believe to be higher quality writing.

My short stories are often formed around a single image or snippet of dialogue that sends me off on a quest to know more. My novels begin with the ending. I imagine a character at his final destination and begin to sort out the journey that brought him or her there. Years ago, an early mentor taught me the technique of story-boarding a novel. I still use this method for drafting a book and for the revisions because it allows me to see the big picture. In both instances, I block out the novel on a giant bulletin board where I write a one-sentence description of each major scene on an index card. Those cards are then arranged under the appropriate chapter headings on the bulletin board. This makes it easy for me to see where I need more scenes, where I have repetition, where the pace lags, etc. I've shared pictures of my story board for The Double Sun and my revision board for Blood of a Stone below.

My story/inspiration board for The Double Sun:

You'll notice that I have headings for years as well as chapters because the story spans three decades. The chapters all have titles, and the scene cards are arranged below the chapters they appear in. On the right side of the board, I've posted my inspirations for the book, including photographs of various settings in the novel.

My revision board for Blood of a Stone:

Colored index cards! Since the story is essentially mapped out and is in the process of being revamped or remapped, I've used color-coded index cards to indicate what revision stage the scene is in. Green cards are still waiting my final revisions. Yellow cards are "good to go." The chapters for this book are numbered with no titles. Earlier versions of this book had different colored cards. It may be all an illusion, but the changes in color give me a sense of progress.

Be sure to tune in next week to read the words of Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan. Jenna and I first met in a writing workshop at Vermont College of Fine Arts where I earned my MFA in Writing. I remember that particular workshop as one infused with enthusiasm and excitement. My fellow workshop participants, including Jenna, were incredibly supportive, and we spent a lot of time engaged in stimulating discussions about craft. Jenna is also involved in roller derby, something that scares  the stuffing out of me. Her bio and a link to her blog:

Jennifer (Jenna) McGuiggan is a  writer, editor, and teacher based in  southwestern Pennsylvania. Her articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Numéro Cinq Magazine, Connotation Press, Extract(s), and Mingle. She previously served as an assistant editor for the journal Hunger Mountain. In 2009, she curated and published Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories,  a collection of prose, poetry, and photography by seven women writers and artists. Jenna received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2011 and is currently working on several prose manuscripts. Visit Jenna online in The Word Cellar, where she writes about everything from navigating the writing life to venturing into the world of roller derby.

Writer's Retreat: The Writer's House at Century Farm

Write At The Farm April 13 – 15, 2014

The Writers' House at Century Farm, a creative retreat in Washington's Skagit Valley is the perfect place to create--a unique farmhouse that has been in the Skagit Valley since the dawn of the 20th century. A hundred year old barn to inspire you, acres of bucolic green fields and colorful flowers to help clear away your writer's block and give you the mental space you need.

The 2014 spring retreat session at The Writers' House at Century Farm with Jennifer Basye Sander, NYT bestselling author, former Random House senior editor, and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Published, will be held Sunday–Tuesday, April 13–15th. This is your chance to write surrounded by fields of flowers during the world-famous Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Arrive mid afternoon on Sunday to meet the other three writers and get settled in your private room. Spend the next few days in blissful creativity, working on your project, writing together with the other participants, consulting with Jennifer, enjoying home cooked meals and the free flowing wine while you discuss all manners of literary things far into the night. This is just the way you always wanted your writing life to look!

About the Write At The Farm Retreats --

After years of doing writers' retreat weekends at our house in Tahoe, I am bowing to requests to do something up at the family farm in Washington. Located in the heart of the Skagit Valley just down the road from the tulip headquarters, my great-grandfather's farm is midway between the towns of La Conner and Mt. Vernon, about an hour and a half north of Seattle. Easy to get to, and wonderful to settle into once you are there, relax and let the scenery and the history inspire you. All you have to do is be a writer for those few days, I take care of everything else. Meals, wine, and a private room with shared bathroom are included in the $395 price, and there are only four spots available. This is your chance to spend a pampered but productive and creative three days in the company of other writers and publishing folk. To reserve your spot or ask questions:

916-847-9090 or email: 

basyesanderATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Call for New Media Submissions: Quarterly West

Quarterly West is now accepting submissions that fall within or near to the un-pin-downable categoryof New Media, including but not limited to video, audio, visual/collage, and interactive multimedia pieces. Excite us. Enthrall us. Make us swoon.

For an idea of what we like to publish, please visit our latest issue.

Call for Flash Nonfiction: River Teeth's "Beautiful Things"

Glimpses, glimmers, meditations, moments, reflections, refractions, interrupted shadows, river shimmers, darkened mirrors, keyholes, kaleidoscopes, earring hoops, slabs of cracked granite, cracks where the light gets in. Beautiful things. River Teeth's new weekly column, "Beautiful Things," features very brief nonfiction that finds beauty in the every day.

Submission Guidelines:

Flash nonfiction submissions to the River Teeth weekly column, Beautiful Things, should be 250 words or less. Please submit one beautiful thing at a time, via Submittable.

Submissions will be screened by Michelle Webster-Hein and Sarah M. Wells. The series will begin in April.

riverteethATashlandDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with any questions, and visit our website to submit or for more information.

Call for Submissions: E.T.A.

E.T.A. is a literary journal run by undergraduate students seeking submissions for its debut issue. E.T.A. seeks to publish original works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, dramatic literature, aphorisms, orchestral compositions, screenplays, Viewmaster slides, comics, or truly anything you can conceive. We’re looking for works that go beyond the silver lining and interrupt the normal fluctuations of the every day. E.T.A. strives to publish works that embody the idea of movement, both physical and mental. Lead us down a path we aren’t expecting; make us want to crawl out our windows and wander by foot along a foreign highway, amble about the roads of our minds, or just make us step outside to see the stars.

Submission guidelines for writers:

No more than six submissions per person.
Fiction /Dramatic literature/screenplay
No more than 15 pages or 5000 words, double spaced with one inch margins and a readable font. (Do not feel dissuaded from submitting flash-fiction, or any other such short creative works.)
Readable font. No more than 5 poems per author.
Please submit by March 25, 2014 electronically to:

ETAJournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

or our P.O. Box:

Brandi Reissenweber, English Department
ETA Submission
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702

If you have questions or ideas for other submission formats or styles, please contact us at:

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

and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions.

See our Facebook page for more information.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Caesura Poetry Magazine

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,

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 read our submission guidelines and make a submission.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Mother Nature's Trail

Submissions are now being accepted for the chapbook anthology, “Mother Nature’s Trail.” Submit one to two nature poems, up to 30 lines each, for consideration. Poems should show the natural world in a positive  light and bring a sense of peace and calmness when read. Previously published poems are acceptable.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 30. Complimentary copies will not be given to contributors since the proceeds will be going to Wolf Creek Habitat.

Email submissions to:

stacyrsavageATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Those who do not have Internet access may submit their poems by mail to:

Mother Nature's Trail
3121 Mounds Road
Anderson, IN 46016

Expected publication is Summer 2014.

Essay Competition: Wielding Power

Essay Contest: Should Leakers of Government Wrong-Doings Be Punished?

Wielding Power is a new online magazine that's reviving the political essay, that classic mix of rigorous argument and vigorous prose.

Each issue poses 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 Leakers of Government Wrong-Doings Be Punished?' is April 6, 2014.

For more information on how to submit and to read the Official Rules, please visit our website.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Associate Publisher Wanted: The Sun

We need a full-time Associate Publisher to direct business operations, finance, and personnel at The Sun, a nonprofit, ad-free magazine in its forty-first year of publication. This position is in our editorial office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The job requires a head for business, a heart for all that The Sun represents, and experience as a compassionate, skillful manager. We offer competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and an appealing work environment. Click here for details.

If you’re not interested in this position, will you please help us spread the word? 

Short Story Competition: Bevel Summers Prize

The Bevel Summers Prize in the Short Short Story will open to stories of up to 1,000 words. Stories for the 2014 prize should be sent to:

 Bevel Summers/Shenandoah
17 Courthouse Square
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450

and must be received between March 1 and March 31.

Send through our Submittable submissions link or send two copies via mail, one with name and contact information, including e-mail address, and a duplicate with no identifying information, along with an sase for notification.

The entry fee is WAIVED THIS YEAR.

Submit up to three separate stories. The winner will receive a $1000 prize and be featured prominently on Shenandoah‘s first online issue.

Entries numbered over 200 in 2011, over 400 in 2012. The prize winner will be announced in early June of 2013 on the both the Shenandoah and Washington and Lee websites and through news releases.

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE. No friends, relatives, students or teachers of judge Nick Ripatrazone will be eligible this year.

Call for Weather Poems and Photographs: Switched-On Gutenberg

Switched-On Gutenberg, a poetry magazine online since 1995, is now accepting submissions for our 2014 issue. We are looking for poems on the theme: WEATHER

Global Warming. Tom Waits’ Emotional Weather Report. Twenty words to describe snow. Emergency Supplies. Wind Chill. Celebrity Weather. The Color of Rain. Weather in Space.

We are also soliciting photographs of the sky, particularly CLOUDS. Go outside during the day.
Take a picture of the sky. Send it to us alone, or along with your poetry.

Submissions for the next issue will be taken until May 31, 2014.
E-mail them to:

editorATswitched-ongutenbergDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Please include your name in the subject line.

See our website for more details.

Call for Submissions: Diverse Voices Quarterly

Diverse Voices Quarterly is celebrating its fifth year of publishing online. Issue Twenty is available for a download on our website (or the pieces can be read online).

Please submit online for poetry, short stories, and personal essays/creative nonfiction for our summer issue.

Artwork, especially requested, still must be sent directly to:

submissionsATdiversevoicesquarterlyDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Complete submission guidelines are available here

Call for Prose 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.).

Please visit our website to learn more about us and our submission guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Crooked/Shift

Crooked/Shift, a brand new journal, is “officially” launching March 7, 2014.

Submissions link.

Crooked/Shift is an online literary publisher dedicated to horror, humor, the absurd, and the strange. We are currently looking for flash fiction, short stories, prose poetry, and essays for inclusion in our first issue slated for July 1, 2014. We invite new and seasoned writers alike.

This is a great opportunity for first time publication!

Submissions are free, though we are not paying writers at this time. Hopefully that changes soon with your support.

Poetry Competition: 2014 Frost Farm Prize

The 2014 Frost Farm Prize
Metrical Poetry Contest Open for Entries

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for their 4th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner will walk away with $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry in the summer of 2014. This year's judge is award-winning poet and translator Rhina Espaillat.

Last year's winner was Caki Wilkinson of Sewanee, Tennessee, for her poem, "Arts and Crafts." The poem appears in the 2013 edition of The Evansville Review.

"The writing of metrical verse – the use of rhyme and/or meter – is a precise and challenging craft and we want to celebrate this art form with The Frost Farm Prize," said Robert W. Crawford, co-founder of the Hyla Brook Poets and a Frost Farm Trustee.

Submission guidelines are available here.

Complete Frost Farm Prize Guidelines:
Poems must be original, unpublished and metrical (any metrical form). No translations. There is no limit to the number of poems entered by an individual, but an entry fee of $5 U.S. per poem must accompany the submission (entry fees from outside the United States must be paid in cash or by check drawn on a U.S. bank). You are welcome to submit a poem sequence (a crown of sonnets for example) but each poem will be judged individually -- please send in an entry fee for each poem in the sequence. Make checks payable to the "Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm." Please type the author's name, address, phone number and e-mail address on the back of each entry. Entries will be submitted to the judge anonymously.

Postmarked by April 1, 2014

Send entries to:
Robert Crawford
The Frost Farm Prize
280 Candia Rd.
Chester, NH 03036

The results will be posted at our website in May 2014. Winner and honorable mentions (if any) will be notified by email or phone. Please DO NOT send an SASE for contest results.

These are the complete guidelines. For more information, visit and "like" the Hyla Brook Poets Facebook page.

Poetry and Residency Competition: The Studios of Key West

TSKW was honored to take over the prestigious literary tradition founded by the Heritage House Museum 20 years ago, and continues a long tradition of the contest, which honors Robert Frost and encourages the creation of new poetry and haiku. TSKW is accepting contest entries through our online submission portal through April 1, 2014. Winning entries will be announced and published here on May 1, 2014.

Entry Fee: $10.00

*Previously published poems may not be submitted.

1st Place – A Two Week Residency at The Studios of Key West* + $200 Cash prize
2nd Place – $100 Cash Prize
3rd Place – $50 Cash Prize
2 Honorable Mentions awarded each category

*Residencies are non-transferable and will be scheduled with the winner to fall between May 2015 and August 2015. TSKW will contact first prize winners to schedule residency dates after May 1, 2014.

Submissions link.

First Novel Award: The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize

This annual award was created in 2006 to honor the best first novel of the year and carries with it a $10,000 prize. Each shortlisted author will receive $1,000. The shortlist for the award will be announced in September 2014 and the prize will be given at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner held in December this year.

2014 Submission Guidelines

Any U.S. publisher may enter books that will be published between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. We prefer that these be submitted as finished copies, if available. Bound galleys and bound, edited manuscripts are also acceptable. There is an entry fee of $50/title. You may pay online and apply with this entry form, or you may send the entry form and fee directly to:

The Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
The Center for Fiction
17 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Small independent publishers may apply for a fee reduction; please contact us at:

saraATcenterforfictionDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .) or call 212-755-6710 for more information.

All entry forms and books must be postmarked no later than March 14, 2014. Entry forms and books may be sent separately. The Center for Fiction must receive eight copies of each book, bound galley, or bound, edited manuscript.

Publishers are urged not to hold submissions until the last possible date, but to send books, bound galleys, or bound, edited manuscripts AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. Our reading process begins immediately upon receipt.


Only first-time novelists who are American citizens or permanent residents are eligible for this award.

Only full-length first novels written in English are eligible. Novellas, collections of short stories, whether related or unrelated, and YA novels are NOT eligible.

Novels in ALL genres are welcome.

Only books published for the first time in the United States between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 are eligible.

Books previously published elsewhere are NOT eligible.

Self-published books and eBook-only editions are NOT eligible.

There is no limit on the number of books entered by each publisher, provided each submission complies with the rules as above.

In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, The Center for Fiction will decide whether a book is eligible, and its decision will be binding.

Any books entered for the Awards process by the publishers that are subsequently determined to be ineligible, will still be subject to the stated entry fee of $50 per title.

The panel also may request titles that have not been submitted by publishers. Publishers are then asked by the Center to submit these titles for consideration and the entry fee will be waived.


The selection of the shortlist and winning novel is determined through a two-tiered process. The Center’s network of booklovers, which includes writers, librarians, and staff, will act as first-tier readers. The long list recommended by these readers is then forwarded to a committee of distinguished American writers. From those recommended novels, our panel of judges chooses the shortlist and the winner. (Our judges in 2013 were Victor LaValle, Roxana Robinson, Christine Schutt, Luis Alberto Urrea, and the previous year's winner, Ben Fountain.)


Publishers of the winning and shortlisted books must agree:

A. To indicate that the book is a finalist or winner of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize by including the award medallion or approved text on future editions.

B. To inform authors of entered books that if chosen for the shortlist they must be present at the Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City and The First Novel Fête, both held in December. Travel and accommodations for each shortlisted author will not be covered by The Center for Fiction.

C. To inform authors that, if shortlisted, they must agree to participate in the Center’s related publicity, including a finalist reading (The First Novel Fête), at The Center for Fiction, just prior to the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner. The shortlisted authors agree that their readings may be used in audio and/or video formats on The Center for Fiction’s website.

D. All shortlisted writers agree to be interviewed for the Center’s website in audio and/or print formats. The shortlisted writers also agree that the interview may be used in an anthology of first novel finalist interviews.

E. The recipient of the Award must agree to allow his/her acceptance speech to be published in print, audio or video formats by The Center for Fiction on its website, and to be published in the Center newsletter and in a future anthology of first novelists’ interviews.- See more at our website.

Poetry Competition: Moon City Poetry Award

• The Moon City Poetry Award is for an original collection of poems written in English by a single author.

• Individual poems in the collection may be published in periodicals or may have appeared in a chapbook, but poems should not be previously published in full-length manuscript form.

• Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press, its editors, or its judges, past or present. Missouri State University students, alumni, and employees are ineligible.

Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages. Please include a Table of Contents and an Acknowledgements page.

• Manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable.

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

Deadline: May 1, 2014. Winners will be notified fall 2014 and the winner will be published in 2015.

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

• For questions, please visit our website or contact Moon City Poetry Editor Sara Burge at:

saraburgeATmissouristateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Poetry Competition: Zocalo Public Square

L.A.-based Ideas Exchange Zócalo Public Square is now accepting submissions for our third annual poetry prize, which is awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.

The winner will receive $500 and will be published by Zócalo on our site.

The deadline for our no-fee contest is April 1, 2014.

Send up to three poems to:

poetryprizeATzocalopublicsquareDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

More information here.

Writing Competition: Imagine This!

Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology is a collection of poems, short stories, and personal essays, along with reproductions of works displayed during ArtPrize, an international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Entry link.

The selections in Imagine This! are the culmination of an anthology competition sponsored by the Cascade Writers’ Group. The top twenty submissions (as judged by readers from the community at large) are published in the anthology; of these, the top three are awarded impressive cash prizes ($1000 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, and $250 for Third Place).

1). Submissions must be original, unpublished poems, short stories, or personal essays. Poems may be no longer than four pages, while short stories and personal essays must not exceed 1500 words. Poems can be submitted as a series of up to four poems if the poems are related by topic, theme, or structure (and are to be judged as one complete work). Poems that are distinct in topic, theme, or structure will be judged as individual entries, and must be submitted separately. You may submit your entry here
2). Authors must be 18 or older in order to submit to this competition. All entries must be written in English. You do NOT have to be from the Great Lakes region to enter this contest; it is open to national and international audiences.
3). Submissions will be accepted online from February 15 through March 31, 2014. Entries are unable to be modified after submission. If you are unable to submit your entry online, please contact to discuss alternate submission arrangements.
4). The entry fee per submission is $20.00. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit, but please note that each entry requires a separate $20.00 fee. The entry fee is nonrefundable.
5). We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions. Entries must NOT have been previously published in print or online (this includes self-publishing, blogging, Facebook posting, or posting on any other public forum).
6). Please DO NOT put your name or other identifying information on your entry; this contest is judged in blind fashion. You may include your name and contact information on your cover letter, however.
7). Names and identifying characteristics of actual people found in your work must be changed. Entries must be submitted as editable Word documents. We reserve the right to make corrections in spelling and grammar, or to make other changes necessary for publication. Verifiable sources must be provided for any factual information included in your entry. Sources should be included on a separate page as part of your submission. We cannot print works that include copyrighted materials from other sources.
8). In submitting to this competition, you agree that if you are selected, your work will be printed in Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press at Schuler Books & Music. You also agree to provide all rights for one year to Cascade Writers’ Group.
9). Entries selected for publication, and the top three award winners, will be notified by April 30, 2014. Authors with work chosen for publication in the anthology may have an opportunity to do public readings at ArtPrize venues.
10). Questions or concerns? Contact:

lisa.mcneilleyATreadwriteliveDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)