Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fiction Competition: 2014 Obsidian Prize in Fiction

Announcing High Desert Journal's 2014 Obsidian Prize in Fiction for writers working in or inspired by the West:  Big Sky or big city.

$500 and publication! 

Deadline: July 1, 2014

Judge: David Abrams, author of the award-winning novel, Fobbit.

5000 words or less. Entry fee: $12.00

Enter online.

Writing Competition: Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest

Tell It Strange Essay & Story Contest. 

Gotham Writers Workshop and The Writer magazine are partnering up to sponsor a writing contest inspired by the work of author Annie Proulx.  

Choose one of the Ms. Proulx's insightful quotes to respond to: 

We're all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.
The Shipping News

There's something wrong with everybody, and it's up to you to know what you can handle.
Close Range

Submit your 1,000-word story or essay to win up to $1,000 in cash prizes, a writing class, and a featured spot in both The Writer magazine and Gotham Writers' newsletter.  

Both fiction and nonfiction entries are welcome. There is a $15 per story entry fee. And the deadline is May 31st.  

First Place: $1,000 (USD); publication, along with the finalist judge's comments, in The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop offered in New York City or online by Gotham Writers Workshop ($445 value); and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine. 

Second Place: $500 (USD); publication on The Writer website (; one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, offered by Gotham Writers Workshop. 

Third Place: $250 (USD); publication on The Writer website (; and a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine; a creative writing workshop, either in New York City or online, by Gotham Writers Workshop. Gotham Writers Workshop will also publish an excerpt of this story on its website.  

Go to for details

Call for Submissions: Madcap Review

Madcap Review is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural issue.
Madcap Review was founded by alumni of the graduate writing program at Sarah Lawrence College, and is accepting submissions through May 31st. Our information may be found below. Thank you.

Madcap Review is a semiannual online journal of literature and art. As our name indicates, we embrace the impulsive, the reckless, and the lively, but we also have great respect for form and restraint. Founded in 2014 by a group of fiction writers, poets, and artists, Madcap Review is a platform for any and all forms of writing and art. We have no genre restrictions, because we believe that great writing isn’t easily categorized. The deadline for submissions is May 31st.
Visit our website for more information. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns:

madcapreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Video Game Literature: Cartidge Lit

Cartridge Lit is an online literature mag dedicated to showcasing the best lit – fiction, nonfiction, poetry – inspired by video games. We believe video games are important and vital to [pop] culture. Why shouldn’t there be a lit mag dedicated to showcasing lit + games? We don’t know why not, either, so, here we are.

Uncharted prose poems. Final Fantasy VI flash fiction. Segmented essays on transformation and mutation in games. Chrono Trigger. Donkey Kong. Minecraft.

We like it short – 2,000 words or less [micro and flash fiction/essays] – and poetic. Fictions, essays, and poetry [traditional or prose]. If you’re writing short fiction or essays, say 500 words or less, feel free to send over up to three. If you’re writing poetry, send as many as five.

Check out our submissions page for more information.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Seeking Creative Nonfiction Editor: Midway Journal

Midway Journal is seeking an editor for creative nonfiction.

We are a journal that meets in the middle: of geography, of coasts, of experience. As a middle ground, we also consider ourselves a place of border crossing, of interrogation and opening of voice.

Please send a letter of interest, including details on why you would be a good fit for Midway Journal as well as any relevant experience to:

editorsATmidwayjournalDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Visit our website to learn more about the journal and its aesthetics.

Additionally, we are open to submissions until the end of May!

Poetry Competition: Cider Press Review 2014 Editors' Prize Book Award

Cider Press Review is now accepting manuscript submissions for the 2014 Editors' Prize Book Award for a first or second book of poetry.

The annual Cider Press Review Editors Prize offers a $1,000 prize, publication, and 25 author's copies of a book length collection of poetry. Author receives a standard publishing contract. Initial print run is not less than 1,000 copies. Cider Press accepts submissions for the Editors Prize between April 1 and June 30 annually.

The winner is selected by the editors of Cider Press Review. Past winners include Susan Laughter Meyers for My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass and Laura Donnelly for Watershed.

See our submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Puff, Puff Prose and Poetry, Vol. II

Our Submission period for Vol. II is still open for submissions centering on struggle. Submission period will end July 31 or August 31 if July is too ambitious. We are looking for poetry, prose, and drama. We have received a lot of great submissions and are looking to cast our net out further.

Again we are looking for prose poetry and drama centering on struggle. We have very few guidelines, well none really just limit prose to around 5,000 words please.
Email submissions to:
puffpuffproseandpoetry[AT]gmail[DOT]com (Change [AT] to @ and [DOT] to . )
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Read Vol. I here.

Call for Essays on Mental Health: Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective Anthology

Attention, nonfiction writers! There are still three weeks left to submit your work for Lime Hawk Literary Arts Collective's debut print anthology on mental health.

We are seeking original narrative essays from a variety of perspectives that touch on issues of illness, hospitalization, medication, stigma, self-awareness, recovery, friendship, family, and hope. We are looking for well-crafted nonfiction pieces with strong and compelling narratives that are both personal and informative. Each essay should contain rich prose, dialogue, and a distinctive voice. Creative nonfiction, personal essays, literary journalism, lyric essays, memoirs, and experimental forms will all be considered for publication.

This anthology is slated to release in both print and electronic formats in late 2014. The deadline to submit is May 15, 2014.

Visit our website for additional guidelines.

Submit directly here.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Fiction Competition: Lorian Hemmingway Short Story Competition

$2,500 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. The competition has a thirty-four year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to enthusiastically supporting the efforts and talent of emerging writers of short fiction whose voices have yet to be heard. Lorian Hemingway, granddaughter of Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway, is the author of three critically acclaimed books: Walking into the River, Walk on Water, and A World Turned Over. Ms. Hemingway is the competition's final judge.

Prizes and Publication:

The first-place winner will receive $1,500 and publication of his or her winning story in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. The second - and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable mentions will also be awarded to entrants whose work demonstrates promise. Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts was founded by editor-in-chief Pamela Uschuk, winner of the 2010 American Book Award for her book Crazy Love: New Poems, and by poet William Pitt Root, Guggenheim Fellow and NEA recipient. The journal contains some of the finest contemporary fiction and poetry in print, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is both proud and grateful to be associated with such a reputable publication.

Eligibility requirements for our 2014 competition are as follows:

What to submit:

* Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. We have extended our word limit for the first time in thirty years to 3,500 words rather than 3,000. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains property of the author.

Who may submit:

* The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis.

Submission requirements:

* Submissions may be sent via regular mail or submitted online. Please visit our online submissions page for complete instructions regarding online submissions. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be accompanied by an entry fee and separate cover sheet. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, the writer must notify us if a story is accepted for publication or wins an award prior to our July announcements. No entry confirmation will be given unless requested. No SASE is required.

* The author's name should not appear on the story. Our entrants are judged anonymously. Each story must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the writer's name, complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, the title of the piece, and the word count. Manuscripts will not be returned. These requirements apply for online submissions as well.

Deadlines and Entry Fees:

* The entry fee is $15 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2014. The late entry fee is $20 for each story postmarked by May 15, 2014. We encourage you to enter by May 1 if at all possible, but please know that your story will still be accepted if you meet the later deadline. Entries postmarked after May 15, 2014 will not be accepted. Entries submitted online after May 15, 2014 will not be accepted. Writers may submit for the 2015 competition beginning May 16, 2014.

How to pay your entry fee:

* Entry fees submitted by mail with their accompanying stories may be paid -- in U.S. funds -- via a personal check, cashier's check, or money order. Please make checks payable to LHSSC or The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Entry fees for online submissions may be paid with PayPal.

Announcement of Winners and Honorable Mentions:

Winners of our 2014 competition will be announced at the end of July 2014 in Key West, Florida, and posted on our website soon afterward. Only the first-place entrant will be notified personally. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners, either via regular mail or e-mail, by January 1, 2015. All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041 or submitted online. For more information, please explore this website or e-mail:

Thank you!

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Call for Submissions on Revenge: River Styx

We just decided our next themed issue: The River Styx Guide to Revenge. We’re not sure what it will look like: Voodoo spells? High school football team benchwarmers relishing a fresh ten upon graduation? A long happy life lived down the street from a miserable ex? We figure revenge might have as many flavors as an all-you-can-eat buffet, from sweet to bittersweet to savory to empty. But we’re excited to see what we’ll get.

We will accept submissions for this issue during the month of June 2014 only. Please send any vengeance, whatever flavor, shape, or size, to:

The River Styx Guide to Revenge
River Styx
3547 Olive Street
Suite 107
St. Louis, MO 63103

Please don’t forget to address it to “The River Styx Guide to Revenge”! Every now and then we still find a submission for our American Odes issue in our regular submissions, and that issue came out last year. If you don’t tell us what it is, it can be hard to find in our usual flood of submissions
River Styx publishes one themed issue per year. In 2012, our theme was The End of the World. Our 2013 theme was American Odes.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology Dedicated to Nelson Mandela: Cherry Castle Publishing


The anthology, edited by Truth Thomas and Melanie Henderson, will explore and celebrate the life of the late anti-Apartheid freedom fighter in poetry. Submit up to five previously unpublished poems to:

songsforapassbooktorchATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

All work submitted should have some relationship to Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the Mandela family, and/or the past and present fight for racial justice in South Africa.

Payment will be in the form of one contributor's copy. Please direct questions to:

editorATcherrycastlepublishingDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The submission period for this anthology is currently open ended. Decisions for inclusion in the anthology will be made on a rolling basis.

WRITERS ALREADY CONFIRMED in the “Songs” anthology score: Maureen Alsop, Tara Betts, Derrick Weston Brown, Marla Sink Druzgal, Rasma Haidri, Delise Hampton, Mitzy Kay Jackson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Joseph Ross, Lwanda Sindaphi and many more.

Cherry Castle Publishing
where words grow mighty trees

Call for Submissions: as Others literary magazine

Call for submissions: as Others literary magazine 

We are interested in exploring the "Otherness" many of us feel in regards to a part of our identity outside the dominant culture. The name of our blog is based on Simone De Beauvoir’s description of Otherness in The Second Sex.
“The category of Other is as original as consciousness itself. The duality between Self and Other can be found in the most primitive societies, in the most ancient mythologies; the division did not always fall into the category of the division of the sexes ..No group ever defines itself as One without immediately setting up the Other opposite itself.” - Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

We are looking for submissions about:

1) Your experience as an Other, or
2) A well formulated critique of an organization/media's portrayal or treatment of an Other 

Prose: Times New Roman, 12 pt font, single-spaced, 800-2000 words
Poetry: Times New Roman, 12 pt font, single-spaced, max 50 lines
Visual Art (drawings, paintings, photos, comics): jpeg, max 1000 x 1000 pixels; comics maximum six panels
*writing accompanying images may be up to 500 words

We accept simultaneous submissions and our response time is usually 2-6 weeks. Please include a 3-4 sentence biographical statement to be published alongside your submission (if applicable, add your personal website or twitter handle so our readers can continue to follow you). Email all documents to:

submissionsATas-otherDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Poetry Competition: Blue Lynx Prize

Announcing the 2014 annual Blue Lynx Prize: $2000 plus publication for a full-length poetry collection. 
The Prize is awarded for an unpublished volume of poems by a U.S. author, which includes foreign nationals living and writing in the U.S. and U.S. citizens living abroad. Poems included may not have appeared in full-length, single-author collections. Acknowledgments pages and author names may be included, but will be removed prior to final judging.

Entries must be at least 48 pages in length. There is a $28 reading fee. Please submit by one of the following methods:

1. Submit online through Submittable.

2. Send to:

Lynx House Press
P.O. Box 940
Spokane, WA 99210

with $28 check payable to Lynx House Press and a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification.

Deadline (postmark deadline for hard copy submissions): May 15, 2014 

More information at our website

Call for Submissions: Composite Arts Magazine

Composite Arts Magazine is now accepting submissions for its Summer 2014 issue, themed Lore.

We accept fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Fiction and creative nonfiction should be under 3,000 words.
Please send no more than 5 poems or 10 total pages of poetry. The deadline for submissions is Monday May 12, 2014.
You can find the full theme statement, as well as further submission guidelines via Submittable.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Call for Submissions: Tahoma Literary Review

Tahoma Literary Review is a new, print quarterly (with digital reader options available) that is dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry and fiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process.

TLR offers professional payment by dedicating a substantial portion of our total income to support authors. Payment for fiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and cover art is $25 to $50. The amount is determined by the revenues received from submission fees, print journal sales and contributions from sources such as donors and foundations. To ensure transparency, we publish an audited quarterly revenue statement to verify the funds received for each submission period.

In return for their fees, submitters also get access to our secure Endnotes area, featuring interviews, craft articles and much more. For guidelines, payment details, and editorial philosophy, please visit us at our website.

Call for Reviews of Single Pieces: Piece Meal

Piece Meal is an internet journal that reviews single pieces of writing featured in literary magazines. There aren’t enough spaces in the writing world where one-good-thing is thought about. In Piece Meal we look at a single story, a poem or two, or some other piece of writing/media and provide an attentive review. We especially like the idea of giving writers without printed books a chance to be taken seriously.

Each review should be a minimum of 500 words. There is no maximum length.Check out previous reviews on our website for examples.

Feel free to relate any sociological, historical, psychological or scatological references you think will help your review of the work. We are also open to short work comparisons from the same magazine, as well as hearing review ideas you have in mind that do not fit the criteria above. We’re generally open-minded gents.

Besides recognizing writers without published books, Piece Meal is a great opportunity for writers to practice writing reviews and get their reviews published.

Each reviewer should be open to editorial comments.

We will do our best to respond as soon as we can. Feel free to email with questions/ queries.

To submit your literary review of a short story, poem(s), creative nonfiction or other media that can be found in or on print and online literary magazines, excluding artwork, video or film, send an email to:
piecemealreviewATgmailDOTcom (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 now open until June 15th, 2014 for the July 2014 issue.

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.

Poetry Fellowships: Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each (previously $15,000), will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 – April 30 of this year, via the online submissions system.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2014.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2014.
Applications must be made through our submissions website, according to the guidelines below.
Application materials sent via e-mail or standard mail will not be considered.


FIRST, you must assemble your application materials as a SINGLE Word document. This document must include:
An approximately 250-word introduction to your work (not to exceed one page).
Ten pages of poems, in standard font and size (Times New Roman, 12pt). You may include multiple poems on one page, but total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
Publication list. (Optional. If you choose to include it, please do so as the last page of your document.)
Name this document [LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].doc (example: Doe_John.doc).

THEN, proceed to our online submission manager where you can upload your application.

Finalists will be notified by e-mail by August 1.

Winners will be announced on September 1.

If you have any questions, contact Holly Amos at

* * *

About the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Program
Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008 the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2014, the Poetry Foundation received a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.

Writing Competition: New Letters Literary Awards

The New Letters Literary Awards online entry

$4,500 in awards for writers | Deadline: May 18, 2014.

The $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best group of three to six poems.

The $1,500 Dorothy Cappon Prize for the best Essay.

The $1,500 Alexander Cappon Prize for Fiction, for the best short story.


Upload your writing online by midnight Saturday, May 18th. Entries sent after midnight May 18th cannot be considered or refunded. Please read guidelines carefully to insure best service. For a printable version of the guidelines, click here.

Postmark by May 18, 2014.

Mail Entries to:
New Letters Awards for Writers
UMKC, University House
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Enclose with each entry:

--$15 for first entry; $10 for every entry after. Entry fee includes the cost of a one-year subscription, renewal, or gift subscription to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States. (Subscriptions mailed outside the U.S. require a $15 postal surcharge.) Make checks payable to New Letters.
--Two cover sheets: the first with complete name, address, e-mail address, phone number, category, and title(s); and the second with category and title only. Your personal information should not appear anywhere else on the entry. For sample cover sheets, click here.
--A stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt and entry number.
--A stamped, self-addressed envelope for a list of winners. This is optional. Please send only one envelope if submitting more than one entry.


--Simultaneous submissions of unpublished entries are accepted with proper notification upon acceptance elsewhere.
--All entries will be considered for publication in New Letters.
--Fiction and essay entries should not exceed 8,000 words. A single poetry entry may contain up to six poems, and those poems need not be related.
--Multiple entries are accepted with appropriate fees. Please make cover sheets for each entry of fiction, essay, or group of poems.
--Manuscripts will not be returned.
--No substitutions after submissions. No refunds will be offered for withdrawn material.
--Current students and employees of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and current volunteer members of the New Letters and BkMk Press staffs, are not eligible.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Writing Competition: Pressgang Prize 2014

Pressgang Prize

Pressgang, the small press at Butler University, is looking for the following: Novels, memoirs, or book-length collections of stories or essays.
Submissions will be accepted online along with a $25 entry fee. We're okay with simultaneous submissions, and we comply with the CLMP contest code of ethics.

Prize: $1500 + publication + a reading at Butler University

Judging: Winner will be selected by Editor and editorial board, and announced in August. All other entries will be considered for standard publication.

Deadline: 5/31/2014

Call for Poetry Submissions: Pinwheel

Pinwheel’s Online Submission Party Invitation

Welcome to the party! You are cordially invited to submit YOUR BEST WORK to the online poetry journal Pinwheel during the month of May. We want to read the poems you have labored over. Define “labored” in any personal context you want, but you better feel bad if your submission isn’t the kind of poetry you’re ready to set on a gilded altar. Read poems in our ARCHIVE to get an idea of what we prefer to publish.

What: Pinwheel Open Submissions Period

Email to submit: 
pinwheelsubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

When: May 1­ – May 31

Disclaimer: Any unsolicited submissions sent to us outside of our submission period will be discarded.

Send us up to 5 poems totaling 10 pages during the month of May. We want poems that will throw and take a goddamn punch. Rock the boat and burn the bridge, send us those poems. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you let us know immediately via the email address above. Any poems we accept will be eligible for publication in future issues of Pinwheel during 2014.

Call for Fiction Submissions to Anthology: Cozy-Noir Fiction

An Anthology of Cozy-Noir Fiction

The submission period is now open and will remain open through June 30th.

For this anthology, we're seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range, though if it's knockout material, we'll consider any length.

eBook versions for every major platform will be released with POD paperback copies available through a distributor.
Each author will receive royalty payments in an equal share between the other authors and the editor.

Submissions will be accepted through midnight (PDT) June 30th. Each story will be read by the editorial team, and all authors will receive a reply by August 15th. The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length.

We will only accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in proper manuscript format.

Submissions may be sent to:

submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Please leave "Submission-" in your subject line and add the name of your story

Call for Novel Submissions from Women of Color: Shade Mountain Press

Shade Mountain Press seeks novel manuscripts by women of color: any topic, any style (as long as it’s literary rather than genre). Please email a query letter, containing a short synopsis of the novel and your bio, including publishing credits, if any, to:

submissionsATshademountainpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

If we want to read further, we’ll request hard copy of a longer synopsis and the first ten pages or so.

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Shade Mountain Press is looking for literary fiction that’s politically engaged, that challenges the status quo and gender/class/race privilege. We look for work that’s wise, raucous, joyful, angry, alive. Both realism and its various alternatives (magic realism / fabulism / slipstream / the fantastic/ dystopianism) are welcome, as long as the work is literary rather than genre fiction.

For more information, please visit our website.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Call for Submissions: The Ofi Press Literary Magazine

The Ofi Press, a cultural ezine with a real international flavour, is looking for fiction, poetry, visual arts, and interviews for possible publication in issue 36. So far, for this issue we have work lined up from top and emerging writers from Mexico, Canada, the USA, the UK, Sierra Leone, Slovakia and Nigeria.

Visit our website

Our response time is from 2-14 days and we have around a 5% acceptance rate. We are not able to provide payment for works published on our site but we offer assistance with the promotion of books and projects via our facebook and twitter feeds for all of our collaborators.

Submissions are open year-round for our bimonthly issues but to be considered for our next edition, please submit your work by the 9th of May 2014. All submissions will be read and responded to by the editor Jack Little.

While the edition has no specific theme, issues of identity, gender, colonialism are o particular interest to the editor. The most important thing though is that we love your work, that it moves us, or even better, excites us.

For our full submission guidelines, please check here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prose and Poetry Competitions for Women: A Room of Her Own

$1000 Poetry and Prose Publication Prizes for women

A Room of Her Own Foundation (AROHO), a transformational community for women writers and artists, is seeking submissions from women writers for the $1,000 To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize (previously unpublished collection of poetry 48 to 96 pages in length) and $1000 Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize (previously unpublished, 50,000 to 150,000 words)

There is a $20 submission fee for each manuscript. Our 2014 deadline has been extended to July 31st. Winning manuscripts will be published by Red Hen Press.

Read more here on how to apply.

Please address all inquiries to:

infoATaroomofherownfoundationDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Essay Competition: Wielding Power

Essay Contest: Is Secession Legitimate?

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 'Is Secession Legitimate?' is June 1, 2014.
For more information on how to submit and to read the Official Rules, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, mixed media, visual arts, and even kitchen sinks, if they are compressed in some way. Work is published weekly, without labels, and the labels here only exist to help us determine its best readers. We also have a brand new category: triptychs!

Our response time is generally 1-3 days. Also, our acceptance rate is currently about 1% of submissions. We pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract.

We are currently open for compressed poetry, compressed prose fiction (including prose poetry), and compressed creative nonfiction. We will close submissions on June 15, 2014.

The reader for your submission is, during this round of spring submissions, the managing editor.

Please be sure to submit in the correct category; we've been receiving several fiction submissions in the creative nonfiction category. Word count alone doesn't create compression, so we ask that you also consider why this piece works for a journal obsessed with what's compressed.

For all submitters, we aren't as concerned with labels—hint fiction, prose poetry, micro fiction, flash fiction, and so on—as we are with what compression means to you. In other words, what form "compression" takes in each artist's work will be up to each individual. However, we don't publish erotica or work with strong, graphic sexual content.

In short, we want to fall in love with your work. That might happen in the way we've fallen in love with work we've previously published, or it might happen in a way we have yet to experience. Maybe reading that other work will help in knowing whether you should send your work to us, but in truth, such a thing might not be discoverable.

Submit your work here.

Call for Poetry Submissions and Poetry Chapbook Contest: Blast Furnace

Blast Furnace: Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 2

As a reminder: we accept a few kinds of submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files.

That said...please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration here.

For our fourteenth issue, we are entertaining poems with the theme(s) of origins and beginnings, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages.

Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2014

ADDITIONALLY, We are now accepting submissions for our first annual poetry chapbook contest, to be judged by Heather McNaugher!

For contest details, visit our Submittable page.

Creative Nonfiction and Short Fiction Contests: Sonoran Review

Sonora Review 2014 Nonfiction Contest Submissions Now Open

Online submissions link

DEADLINE: May 15, 2014

JUDGE: Jenny Boully, author of The Body: An Essay and not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them.

WHAT WE WANT: Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words. Hybrid projects warmly welcomed. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.
HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send an SASE to:

Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief 
(c/o Nonfiction Editorial Board) Sonora Review
Dept. of English 
University of Arizona 
Tucson, AZ 85719.

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

Sonora Review 2014 Short-Fiction Contest Submissions Now Open

Online submissions link

DEADLINE: June 1, 2014
JUDGE: Matt Bell, author of In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods.

WHAT WE WANT: Your absolute best, most imaginative fiction up to 1,000 words. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.

HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send an SASE to:

Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief 
(c/o Fiction Editorial Board) Sonora Review
Dept. of English 
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

Call for Fiction and Flash Fiction: Reading Out Loud

Reading Out Loud wants to read your story... out loud.

Ideally, we’re looking for character-driven stories with a sense of place and a strong narrative voice. Remember that these are to be performed as fully produced, dramatized audio pieces, and the aforementioned characteristics make it a little easier for us to produce. However, don't let that stop you from sending us that weird, stream-of-consciousness piece you've got. We'd like to read that, too.
Flash Fiction submissions should be up to 1000 words.
Full length short fiction submissions should be 2000 to 4000 words in length.
Please send your work in .doc format to:
 submissionsATreadingoutloudDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Indicate in the subject of your e-mail whether it is flash or full length.
Please include a brief bio in the body of your email.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
"Reading Out Loud" requires “one-time rights” to your piece. We’ll record it, put it on the podcast, and release it back into the wild.
If your work has been previously published, it is up to you to confirm you have retained the rights to republish the work.
"Reading Out Loud" is a labor of love. There is no monetary compensation for anyone involved or associated with its production.

Find our more at our website or listen to us on iTunes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Post Publication Book Awards: Housatonic Book Awards

We invite you to nominate your 2013 titles for the inaugural Housatonic Book Awards, operated by the MFA in Creative in Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University in cooperation with the MFA Alumni Writer's Cooperative (AWC). The mission of the awards is to promote excellent writing, to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students, and to develop the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing scholarship fund.

Five recipients will be honored in the areas of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Writing for Middle Grades and Young Adults, and Professional Writing. Any publisher, author, agent, or legal representative may enter a title in the appropriate award genre.

The Housatonic Book Awards are open for nominations between March 15 and June 15. This is a postmark deadline. Recipients receive $1500 and will appear at a WCSU MFA Residency in 2015.

Guidelines, the entry form, and the electronic submission portal may be found here.

The awards subscribe to the CLMP Code of Ethics.

Call for Submissions and Contests: BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal

BorderSenses Literary and Arts Journal seeks to provide a venue for emerging and established writers/artists from the U.S.-Mexico border area and beyond to share their words and images.  
We seek poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews in both Spanish and English from every corner of the world. We also cherish a diversity of visual artists. Translations can be accepted provided the original author has consented to publication rights and to reprinting.  
The open submission period for volume 20 is March 5th to June 30th, 2014.  
Submit your work here.  
We look forward to reading your work.

Call for Submissions: Mason's Road: A Literary and Arts Journal

Mason’s Road: A Literary and Arts Journal is currently accepting submissions for our ninth issue. The theme for Issue #9 is “Truth,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

All submissions will be given thorough consideration for publication. However, your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 award. For this issue, the award will go to the best entry we receive, as judged by Bill Roorbach, the award-winning author of Life Among Giants.

Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. Please look here for submission guidelines.

Call for Submissions: The Manifesto Project

The Manifesto Project is seeking short statements in which poets declare their working principles as artists, accompanied by two of the poet’s poems, works of his or her own choosing. We ask only that each poet has a book published or forthcoming from a nationally recognized press.

Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2014 to July 1, 2014. Publication of the volume by the University of Akron Press is anticipated in 2016.

Unpublished or previously published poems are welcome. No compensation can be offered for the reprinting of previously published materials.

No particular aesthetic bias will be exercised; moreover, while poets will be solicited directly to contribute, 25% of the volume’s contents will include unsolicited submissions.

We suggest a 1000 word maximum for each manifesto.

Interested in submitting? Visit our website for more info!

Call for Submissions: NonBinary Review

NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen.

Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature.

Each issue will focus on a single theme. Upcoming themes:

Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Issue #2 (September 2014): Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

We are a paying market--1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art.

For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is now reading for June, July, and August. We are looking for 12 to 20 line poems and tight, gripping fiction under 200 words. Poetry should be accessible and language-rich. We prefer free verse and prose poems but have been known to publish poetry far outside of those broad categories. Prose should grab the reader immediately and hold them by the throat until the final sentence.

At Postcard Poems and Prose we use Submittable for all submissions.

Our home gallery is here.

Our submit page is here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Editorial and Publishing Employment: The Sun

The Sun is hiring!

We're searching for an Associate Publisher to direct business operations, finance, and personnel. We also have openings for a Manuscript Editor and an Editorial Assistant. All three positions are full-time and based in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina, office. Click the job titles below for details. (No e-mails, phone calls, faxes, or surprise visits, please.)

Associate Publisher

Manuscript Editor

Editorial Assistant

Writing Retreat: Writing as a Path to Awakening at Mount Madonna

'Writing as a Path to Awakening'

Award-winning author, Pam Houston, is offering an opportunity to explore personal identity and creativity using meditation and writing. The weekend retreat at Mount Madonna will include periods of mindfulness meditation, sitting and standing meditation, writing exercises, readings, creative visualization, sharing and discussion.

The goal is to explore our innate creativity and experience deeper levels of awareness.

June 13th-15th with best-selling author Pam Houston & Spirit Rock meditation teacher Albert Flynn DeSilver.

Registration deadline: May 30, 2014

Please visit our website for more information.

See you soon,
Mount Madonna & The Owl Press

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Call for Submissions: Portuguese-American Review


The Portuguese-American Review is now accepting submissions in Portuguese and English for its first in-print volume that will appear in early December of 2014. We are looking for poems, short stories, and essays.
--Your submission must include the author’s name, address, phone number, email, and a brief bio.
--Please do not submit more than three poems (single spaced), two fiction (up to 5,000 words), and two nonfiction (up to 5,000 words) or previously published work. 
--Please tell us if your submission is being considered elsewhere, and tell us immediately if it is accepted by another publication.
--Submit via email to:
 BoavistapressDOTorgATgmailDOTcom (Change DOT to . and AT to @) 

Each author will also receive one complimentary copy, and may purchase more copies at a reduced rate.

2014 Guest Editors
Ana Catarina Teixeira (University of Georgia)
Loida Pereira Peterson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
The Portuguese-American Review is an annual literary journal that provides a space for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Portuguese-Americans and other Portuguese-speaking communities in the United States.

We are committed to publishing literature by promising writers. The Portuguese-American Review accepts work in Portuguese and English that represent a wide range of form, language and meaning. In other words, do not worry if your work is not specific to Portuguese-American issues, we just want your point of view.

Call for Prose Submissions to Anthology: Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today

We are seeking outstanding prose for the anthology Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today. Out of Many, which will showcase emerging writers for an emerging generation, is already under contract with an academic publisher and will feature a broader spectrum of voices than those typically found in prose readers for college undergraduates. 5000 words maximum; shorter is better. Minorities of all stripes are encouraged to submit. Experimentation welcomed. Humor appreciated. Writers will keep their copyright.

Send us your best, your most delightful, your most insightful, your most alive, your most beautiful…. Submit your creative non-fiction or fiction to:

OutOfMany2015ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

as an attachment and include a brief biography. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, with the author’s name and submission title on each page. Deadline for submissions is Friday July 23, 2014.

Possible multipliers or dividers may include ideology, religion, class, race, gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, culture, language, generation, color, nationality, aesthetics. This is far from an exhaustive list.
Possible subjects for Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today should be seen as a suggestion, and are of course open to interpretation. What matters most is the quality of your story: the bigness of its heart, the freedom of its language, the power of its words, and the beauty of its vision.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Call for Submissions: Marathon Literary Review

Marathon Literary Review, an online journal based out of Arcadia University's MFA program, is open for submissions until April 30. Authors and artists are invited to submit in one of the following categories:

Fiction/Flash Fiction

Details and guidelines can be found here.

Call for Submissions: Rose Red Review

Rose Red Review is now accepting submissions for its Summer 2014 issue!

Rose Red Review is published four times a year, in homage to the passing season. In fairy tales, the future is unknown, often summarized by the vague phrase “happily ever after,” but each character is influenced by his or her past, and we, like the characters, live in the moment as we read their story. Rose Red Review seeks to publish art, fiction, photography, and poetry that best reflects the magic in the every day–work that honors the past, the moment, and the uncertain future.

Read more about the publication here.

Please send your submissions here.

Please visit Rose Red Review on Facebook. On Twitter.

Call for Non-fiction and Photos: In Quire's "Picture Postcard" Project

In Quire’s “Picture Postcard” project is actively seeking non-fiction contributions. We just need a digital snapshot of a place you love, accompanied by a brief postcard-like note about that place.
Please send these to:
hlhixAThlhixDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Visit the project online
where we hope you’ll find things to enjoy, things to think about and leads to follow. Thank you.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Call for Submissions: Segue

Segue, the online literary journal of Miami University Middletown, is accepting submissions of high quality fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and cover art for its 2014 issue, to be published in August 2014.Submission deadline is April 30, 2014.

First published in 2002, Segue's dual mission is to serve as both a high quality online literary and as an educational tool for faculty, students, and writers everywhere. To that end, Segue publishes multimedia of its authors performing their work, authors’ essays about the writing process behind their work, and more. Past authors include Terese Svoboda, Denise Duhamel, Diane Glancy, Brian Kiteley, Katherine Haake, Rich Murphy, Edward Byrne, Lafayette Wattles, Ren Powell, and many more.

Visit Segue for full submission guidelines, free past issues, and other intrigues.

Call for Submissions: Puff Puff Prose & Poetry

Puff Puff Prose & Poetry is now accepting submissions for our second volume print paperback. Our goal is to publish the voices people do not usually hear. We want the strange, the abnormal, voices from the gutter that reach out and pull the reader in. 

Struggle to make it in the real world? Struggle with addiction? Have Fiction about cigarettes? Or poems about drinking? We want them all! The topic is fairly broad, but in essence if there is a story you love telling of debauchery we want to read it. 

We accept short/flash/micro fiction and nonfiction, and poetry. 

Send submissions to:
puffpuffproseandpoetry[AT]gmail[DOT]com (Change [AT] to @ and [DOT] to . )

Inquire for questions comments or complaints

Call for Digital Poetry Submissions: SEE IT! READ IT! HEAR IT!


DIGITAL POETRY is defined as poetry creatively expressed through digital manipulations of visual and/or audio renderings of text in audio, fixed image, animation/video without sound, or animation/video with sound. The goal is to explore new media literature that comes to life in digital realms beyond the simple written word and spoken recitations. Electro-acoustic text/sound music and recorded sound poetry are also forms of digital poetry.

Submissions must be received by July 1, 2014. There is no submission fee.

Poets, Composers, and Artists whose works are accepted for the BYTE Gallery digital kiosk will be showcased in the gallery for the entire fall of 2014.



1) Digital Poetry-- expressed as a stereo audio recording

2) Digital Poetry-- expressed as a still image or artwork

3) Digital Poetry-- expressed as an animation or video- without sound

4) Digital Poetry-- expressed as an animation or video- with sound



Call for Submissions: I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN

I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project's site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine.

Deadline: JUNE 1st, 2014
(Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis every three months.)


Submit anything. Really! Anything. A story (one sentence or many pages long), video, song, comic, photo essay, painting, collage, memoir, poem, riddle, infographic, et cetera. As long as it somehow incorporates the experience of being twenty-seven (explicitly or not). You can be of any age to submit. The more diverse, the better.

Send your submissions to:

twentysevenzineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Questions and ideas for the project can be found here.

More about I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN on our website.

Call for Submissions: Hyphen Magazine

Hyphen magazine, an Asian American magazine based out of San Francisco, is looking for submissions by APIA fiction writers and poets for Issue 29: Health. Deadline is May 15.
Full guidelines on our website.

"Health" can be interpreted however you like (physical, medical, spiritual, mental, emotional). While adhering to the theme is strongly preferred, it is not necessary.

One-two poems (from the same writer) and one story will be selected for publication. The issue will be published in December.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Writing Competitions: The New Guard

MACHIGONNE FICTION CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional fiction in any genre. Submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations.

Submit to both contests online.

Judged by "Letters to Wendy's" author JOE WENDEROTH.

KNIGHTVILLE POETRY CONTEST: $1,000 for an exceptional poem in any form. Three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem.

Judged by National Book Award Finalist and author of "Fast Animal" TIM SEIBLES.

THE NEW GUARD VOLUME IV contest readers are looking forward to reading your work! You can submit online via this submissions manager. The entry fee is $15. We no longer accept submissions by postal mail.

We accept .doc or similar files–no PDFs, please. We do pay strict attention to word and line count. We accept previously unpublished work only. Any size print run or online publication (including blogs and/or social networking) disqualify an entry. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, provided we're notified upon publication elsewhere. If we accept your story or poem for publication, we trust you will remove that story or poem from all other contests upon our acceptance of your work.

Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.

TNG retains standard first publication rights; all rights immediately revert to the writer upon publication. We are presently accepting contest submissions only.

Call for Interactive Fiction: Inky Path Literary Magazine

Inky Path Literary Magazine is now accepting interactive fiction pieces for its second volume.

Inky Path is seeking new and previously published works of interactive fiction, stories where readers make choices. These are traditionally choose-your-own-adventure pieces and parser-based fiction, but since it is such a new genre we're open to other experimental pieces that fall under the category.

We're seeking everything from choice-based poetry to gamebook epics, so we look forward to seeing what you have!

Inky Path's website.

Inky's Submission Guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Submit online.

Sliver of Stone's 8th issue is now available online.

We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe.

Authors featured in this issue include J. Michael Lennon, Yaddyra Peralta, and Dave Landsberger.

Check out our past contributors, such as Lynne Barrett, Kim Barnes, Joe Clifford, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Allison Joseph, Winty W. Moore, Matthew Sharpe, and many talented others. Past interviews with Edwidge Danticat, Dean Koontz, Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, and Mark Vonnegut.

We're now looking for submissions for our 9th issue!

Flash Prose Competition: Hayden's Ferry Review

HFR Flash Prose Contest!--Deadline May 15, 2014

Submit here.

We are now accepting entries for the 2014 Hayden’s Ferry Review
“500 for 500”
Flash-Prose Contest

Deadline: May 15th, 2014
Judge: Catherine Zobal Dent
Prizes: $500 and Publication
Hayden’s Ferry Review is now accepting entries for the 2014 Hayden’s Ferry ReviewFlash-Prose contest. The contest awards $500 and publication in Hayden’s Ferry Review Issue 55 to the winner. Two honorable mentions will receive $250 and publication on the Hayden’s Ferry Review blog. All entries will be considered for publication.

Contest fees:
We’re all poor writers (even more so since the AWP conference in Seattle), so this year we are giving you two contest fee options:
For $10, you will be entered into the contest and, if you are not a prize-winner, our regular submission queue.
For $20, you will be entered into the contest and our regular submission queue, but ALSO, you will receive a year-long subscription to Hayden’s Ferry Review. Subscription fees are regularly priced at $25/year.

Contest Guidelines:
Submit online via our submission manager.

All entries must be 500 words or under.
All entries must fit under the category of “prose” (including, but not limited to, fiction, nonfiction essay, memoir, prose poems, and hybrid work).

Each submission may consist of up to two (2) flash-prose entries per person. Entries should be submitted as a single document.
In your cover letter, let us know if your entry is fiction, nonfiction, neither or both!
All entries will be read blindly, so only include your name and contact information in the cover letter.
Submit your work as a single .doc, .docx., .rtf, or .pdf file.
Only previously unpublished work will be considered.

Our judge, Catherine Dent:

Catherine Dent’s first book of short stories, Unfinished Stories for Girls, will be published by Fomite Press in May 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as the Harvard Review, North American Review and PANK, and she won the Charles Johnson Award for Student Fiction while finishing her Ph.D. at Binghamton University in 2006. Current writing projects include Jubilee, a novel, and Polyester, a creative nonfiction book about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. A speaker of French and Italian, Dent is also collaborating on a translation of works by the French short story writer Cyrille Fleischman. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Call for Submissions: Lake Region Review No. 4

We Seek
Quality fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by writers in Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas, especially from those with a personal connection to this region. Your submission does not need to be grounded in this region, though we admit a fondness for seeing it represented in creative and engaging work.

New Work
Your submission must not have been previously published.
Your submission must not be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
Deadline: June 1, 2014

You may submit in more than one category.
Poems – Up to three poems, submit each poem separately.
Fiction – One story up to 3,000 words.
Nonfiction – Memoir, essay, travel – one entry up to 2,000 words.

Be sure your name is entered as you want it published.
Use 12 point font size.
Times New Roman font is preferred. No script or exotic fonts, please.
Double-space and paginate all prose manuscripts.
State word count in upper left-hand corner of the title page.
Submit each piece separately in .doc or .docx files.

Submit here.

The editorial team includes experienced writers/educators from the Board of Directors of the Lake Region Writers Network who recruit writing teachers and accomplished authors to assist in the review process.

Contributors will be notified about the final status of their submission by August 1, 2014.
For additional information, go to our website.

Writing Competition: The Bellevue Literary Review

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry
The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

$1,000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction (Judged by Chang-rae Lee)
$1,000 Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction (Judged by Anne Fadiman)
$1,000 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry (Judged by Major Jackson)

Deadline: July 1, 2014

Prose should be limited to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than three poems (max five pages). Work previously published (including on the internet) cannot be considered. Entry fee is $20 per submission. For an additional $10, you will receive a one-year subscription to the BLR.

For complete guidelines, visit our website.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions: 
infoATBLReviewDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The judges:

Chang-rae Lee is the author of the novels Native Speaker, A Gesture Life, Aloft, and The Surrendered. His newest book, On Such a Full Sea, is was published in January 2014 by Riverhead Books. Native Speaker was awarded the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and an ALA Notable Book of the Year Award. A Gesture Life won the Anisfield-Wolf Literary Award, the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, and the NAIBA Book Award for Fiction, and was cited as a Notable Book of Year by the New York Times, Esquire, Publishers Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times. Aloft was a New York Times Bestseller and Notable Book. The Surrendered won the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and was a nominated finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He has also written stories and articles for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Food & Wine, Granta, and many other publications.

Anne Fadiman is an author, essayist, editor, and teacher. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, her account of the crosscultural conflicts between a Hmong family and the American medical system, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Her best-selling essay collection Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is a book entirely about books — from purchasing them, to reading them, to handling them. Fadiman’s most recent collection is At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays, in which she discloses her passions for (among other things) staying up late, reading Coleridge, drinking coffee, and ingesting large quantities of ice cream. Her essays and articles have appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among many other publications, and she has won National Magazine Awards for both reporting and essays. Fadiman has also edited a literary quarterly, The American Scholar, and two essay anthologies. She is currently working on a book titled The Oenophile's Daughter due in Spring 2015.

Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, which was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He is the editor of Library of America's Countee Cullen: Collected Poems and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, and many other periodicals. Major Jackson has received awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and an honors from Witter Bynner. He was an arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Jackson is a core faculty member at the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the Richard A. Dennis Professor at University of Vermont. He serves as the poetry editor of the Harvard Review.