Saturday, May 31, 2014

Employment Opportunities: 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

Call for Submissions: Ploughshares

Mark your calendar! Ploughshares submissions will reopen this Sunday, June 1! We'll be accepting submissions for Ploughshares literary magazine and for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. Starting Sunday, you can submit all those poems, essays, and stories that you've been working on and saving up since January. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website.

Remember, if you have a subscription to Ploughshares, you can submit online free of charge. Visit our website to subscribe.

The Ploughshares Staff

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.

Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store,

Upcoming themes:

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

Issue #3 (December 2014): L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz

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

Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only.

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

Poetry Competition: Arts & Letters Prime Poetry Prize


Arts & Letters is currently accepting submissions to the PRIME Poetry Prize.
Winner receives $401 and publication in Arts & Letters.
Online submissions only: entry fee of $6.
Alice Friman is the final judge.

Deadline: July 31st, 2014.

For more information and guidelines visit our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Words Beats & Life: Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture

Words Beats & Life: Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, a peer reviewed journal of hip-hop studies is seeking poetry for itsBrazil Themed issue to be published winter 2014.

Since the early 90s, Brazilian hip-hop has had a significant musical presence in the country, especially in cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, where in the favelas colorful graffiti decorates every spare surface and hip-hop beats dominate the soundscape. Like the first artists out of New York City, hip-hop in Brazil was born out of 1980s favela street parties, where DJs played the latest American funk and soul records to largely Afro-Brazilian crowds and young people began rapping as a way to express the economic and social problems of their neighborhoods.

We are seeking poetry submissions that respond in any way to the topics of Brazilian hip-hop, hip-hop in an international context, or Brazil more generally.

Submissions are welcome in Spanish, English, Portuguese or any hybrid in between. Please submit 3-5 poems by 7/15/2014 to editor Melissa Castillo-Garsow, American Studies & African American Studies, Yale University:

melissaDOTcastillo-garsowATyaleDOTedu (Change DOT to . and AT to @ )

For more information about the journal visit our website.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Call for Submissions to Anthology Inspired by The Great Gatsby: The Silver Birch Press

April 10, 2015 will mark the 90th anniversary of the publication of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — a book that many people believe is the best novel of all time. To celebrate the occasion, we are planning ahead — and getting started with our latest anthology: The Silver Birch Press The Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry, prose, art, collage, photography, and other work that celebrates this remarkable novel.

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by The Great Gatsby. 

Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on The Great Gatsby)
Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
Essays (up to 1,500 words)
Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
Short plays or screenplays (approximately 5 typed pages)
Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)

TYPES OF VISUAL MATERIAL (send jpg files of approximately 1MB):

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 1, 2014 

RELEASE DATE: April 2015 

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email written entries as MSWord attachments and visual entries as a jpg attachments to:

silverATsilverbirchpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

along with your name, mailing address, email address, and one-paragraph bio. (If submitting an erasure poem, provide the edition and publication date.)

PAYMENT: All participants will receive a copy of the Silver Birch Press Great Gatsby Anthology.

Call for Submissions: Mom Egg Review

Mom Egg Review seeks submissions of work in all genres for its 13th issue, plus a special themed poetry folio, “Compassionate Action”.

Mom Egg Review, a print literary journal featuring poetry, creative prose, short fiction, and visual art, seeks your fine work for its thirteenth annual issue. The issue is un-themed, but will also contain a special poetry folio to be curated by Jennifer Jean, “Compassionate Action”. We publish work by mother writers or by anyone about mothers or motherhood.

There is no fee to submit. Submissions will be open from June 1 to September 1, 2014. Please read our full guidelines here before submitting.

Poetry Competition: Tenth Gate Prize from The Word Works

Tenth Gate Prize from The Word Works

The Word Works will be accepting full length manuscripts of poetry between June 1 and July 15 for the first annual Tenth Gate prize. This new imprint, run by series editor Leslie McGrath, supports the work of poets writing in English who have at least two previously published full length collections from literary presses. There is a $25 entry fee and a $1000 prize. The Tenth Gate, named in honor of Jane Hirshfield, recognizes the wisdom and dedication of mid- and late-career poets.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit our website.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Artist and Writing Fellowships: Vermont Studio Center

Many Fellowships for Writers Available at Vermont Studio Center--June 15th Deadline

At our June 15th, 2014 deadline, the Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce a number of fellowship awards open to writers, including:

*25 VSC Fellowships--open to ALL!

*2 Sustainable Arts Foundation fellowships for parents of children under 18

*2 Creative Access Fellowships for artists & writers who are blind or have low vision

*1 Alces Foundation Environmental Writing Fellowship

*1 Henry David Thoreau Fellowship

*1 Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship

For a complete list of fellowships and eligibility requirements, visit our website.

Apply online.

Call for Poetry Submissions: At Length

At Length will consider submissions of poetry from June 15-July 15 this summer. (Guidelines are below.) We are not considering submissions in any other categories during this time.

We’re interested in poems and sequences that are at least 7 single-spaced pages long. Please send a Word document or PDF to:

poetry(at)atlengthmag(dot)com (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but be sure to mention it in the body of the email, and if parts of the work have already appeared in other venues, please note that as well and provide all relevant details. We will attempt to respond to all submissions within two months, and we ask that you only submit one poem or sequence at a time. Poems submitted outside of the June 15-July 15 window will not be considered.

Call for Submissions: Tahoma Literary Review

Tahoma Literary Review - Deadline for submissions is May 31.

TLR is a quarterly journal of fiction and poetry that pays professional rates to contributors. The journal is published in both print and e-reader formats. The deadline for submissions to our first issue is May 31.

We are committed to producing a literary journal from the professional writer’s perspective; we believe that writers deserve compensation for the weeks or months it takes to compose a publishable poem or story. A major goal of Tahoma Literary Review is to show that writers and publishers can support each other not only artistically, but also financially.

TLR offers both professional payment and exposure to our contributors by using a substantial portion of our total income to support authors. To ensure transparency and fairness, we will publish an audited quarterly revenue statement to verify the funds received for the submission period. In return for their fees, submitters also get access to our secure Endnotes area, featuring interviews, craft articles, readings and more.

For guidelines, payment details, and editorial philosophy, please visit our website.

Travel Fellowships for Translators: American Literary Translators Association

The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) offers four to six $1000 travel fellowships to emerging translators to travel to the annual ALTA conference. 

The conference is November 12-15, 2014 in Milwaukee, WI.

Applications are open until July 1. Details on our website.

Poetry Competition: 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award
$4000 and publication for a first book of poems
final judge:

Online submission link.

Below are the guidelines for the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, which will be open for entries on May 15, 2014 and close on July 8, 2014 (online submissions deadline):
A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published; for the purposes of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, a manuscript which was in whole or in part submitted as a thesis or dissertation as a requirement for the completion of a degree is considered unpublished and is eligible). Current or former students, colleagues, and close friends of the final judge, and current and former students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors who have published a book with Southern Illinois University Press or have a book under contract with Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible. For questions about judging, please visit our website.

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $2500 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

SUBMISSION PERIOD / DEADLINE: All entries must submitted online between May 15, 2014 and the end of July 8, 2014 (online entries will be accepted until 11:59:59 PM (PDT) on July 8, 2014). Please do not make revisions once your work is submitted; the winner will be given an opportunity to work with the series editor before the manuscript is delivered to SIU Press.

ENTRY FEE: $28.00 per entry (online submissions only through Submittable). Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author. All entrants will receive a year's subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, beginning with the 2015 Winter/Spring CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

PAGE LENGTH: Manuscripts are recommended to be a minimum of 50 pages to a recommended maximum of 75 pages of original poetry.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS: All entries should be made online through Submittable. The entry fee for each entry is $28.00. Payment for submissions must be made online.

Please submit your file in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .pdf, .odt, or .wpf. 12-point font, Times New Roman or Times preferred. Manuscripts should be single-spaced. Include a Table of Contents. No more than one poem should appear on a page.

Submit a single title page with only the manuscript title in your file.

The author's name should appear nowhere in your file or in the file name. Your Submittable profile will include your name, address, phone, and e-mail so it should not appear in either your file name or your manuscript.

In the place of the cover letter or biographical note in the submission process, an acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies can be submitted as your cover letter in Submittable. THIS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE MANUSCRIPT FILE.

Please name your file the manuscript title. If your manuscript title is long, name your file the first four words.

All entrants will be notified of the results via e-mail by October 1, 2014.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for manuscripts withdrawn by the author.

Entrants are not to contact the final judge under any circumstances; all questions should be directed to Jon Tribble, Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.


jtribbleATsiuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Poets: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Theme: Boxes
Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014/ 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Place: 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

We are seeking work that addresses the theme from any or all ways you can imagine, i.e. Container and contained, categories, black box, Cornell boxes, boxed in, outside the box, gifts and deliveries, Inclusion & Exclusion.

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

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

 galleryATwomanmadeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by June 9, 12:01 a.m.. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by June 30. Although we can't afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books and read with other talented people in a very special environment.

Read more about poetry events at Woman Made Gallery here.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Nonfiction Book Competition: Graywolf Press

Graywolf Nonfiction Book Contest

Ends on 5/31/2014

A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. Brigid Hughes, founding editor of A Public Space, will serve as the judge.

The 2014 prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking.

Required materials: All required materials should be included as the initial pages of your manuscript file. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Please submit the following items:
• A one-page cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement and brief (2-4 sentence) description of the project. Please include any previous publications in the biographical statement.
• A two to ten-page overview of the project, including a description of what is already complete and what work remains to be finished.
A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript.

Submit here.

Short Fiction Competition: Fourth Annual BOA Short Fiction Prize


Contest Judge: BOA Publisher Peter Conners

Initiated in 2007, BOA's American Reader Series has published more than 20 short story collections. These collections feature voices more concerned with the artfulness of their writing than the twists and turns of plot. In 2014, the fourth BOA Short Fiction Prize will be awarded to a collection of short stories. As with our poetry, the first criterion for publishing any book will be its artistic excellence.

Download the Entry Form (PDF)


* Book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in the American Reader Series in Spring 2016

* $1,000 Honorarium


* Entrants must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States .

* Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.

* Translations, novels, and novellas are not eligible.

* Individual stories from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks of 32 pages or less, or self-published books of 46 pages or less, but must be submitted in manuscript form.

* Employees, volunteers, and board members of BOA Editions, Ltd., or their partners, spouses, or immediate families, are not eligible.


Send one copy of the manuscript, our entry form, and the $25 entry fee, to BOA Editions, Ltd., between April 1 and May 31, 2014, to the address listed below. Make check or money orders payable to BOA Editions. Do not pay by cash or credit card.


* Minimum of 90 pages; maximum of 200 pages
* At least 11pt. font. and double-spaced

* Name, address, telephone number, and email address must appear on the title or cover page of the manuscript.

* Do not send artwork or photographs.

* Typed or word-processed on standard white paper, on one side of the page only

* Paginated consecutively with a table of contents

* Bound with a spring clip

* Attach publication acknowledgments, if any.

* Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.

* Do not send by FedEx or UPS.

* Electronic and fax submissions will not be accepted.

* Neither late nor early manuscripts will be accepted.

* Contestants may submit the manuscript elsewhere simultaneously, but must notify BOA Editions immediately if a manuscript is accepted by another publisher.

* Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. The winner will be given the opportunity to revise before publication.

* Contestants may submit more than one manuscript, but a separate entry fee and entry form must accompany each manuscript.


* Send manuscript in a plain or padded envelope. No boxes, please.

* For notification of competition results, include a business-size SASE.

* Keep a copy of your manuscript, as manuscripts will not be returned.

* We advise that you send your manuscript by first class or priority mail.


* The winner will be announced by September 1, 2014.

* The Honorarium will be awarded in two parts: one part upon receiving a signed contract, the second part upon publication.

* The winning manuscript will be published in Spring 2016, in an original paperback edition and an e-book edition of the American Reader Series.

* The winner will retain full copyright of his or her work.

* The paper from all manuscripts will be recycled after the winner is announced.

* In the unlikely event that a suitable manuscript cannot be found, BOA Editions reserves the right not to award a prize.

* BOA Editions assumes no responsibility for loss of manuscripts.

Send manuscripts, postmarked between April 1 and May 31, 2014, with entry fee, to:
BOA Editions, Ltd.
PO Box 30971
Rochester , NY 14603


Poetry Book Prize: Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry

Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry 

Reading Period: February 1 – May 31, 2014

No manuscripts postmarked after May 31th, 2014 will be considered.

Reading fee: $20.00

Notification in June for Spring 2015 publication by Briery Creek Press.
Winner receives 50 books, a reading, and $1000.00.
All entries receive a copy of the winning book.

Send between 48 and 60 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, no smaller than 12-point font, Arial, Courier, or Times. Do not include Table of Contents in page count. Entries will be judged blind, so include cover letter with manuscript title, poet’s name, and all contact information. Cover sheet on manuscript should include TITLE ONLY. Do NOT include Dedication, Acknowledgments or Credits page. Poet’s name should NOT appear anywhere in the manuscript. Number all manuscript pages. Entries should include a #10 SASE for winner notification. Send disposable manuscripts only; no manuscripts will be returned.

No restriction on content or style; we’re simply looking for excellent poetry.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable for the contest, although we ask that poets please contact us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not returned upon such withdrawal. Current students and employees of Longwood University and authors published by The Dos Passos Review as well as any individual with a personal relationship (e.g. former students) with the judge are not eligible for this competition.

Make checks payable to:  

DPR/BRIERY CREEK, Department of English, Longwood University

Mail to:

Department of English
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909

We adhere to the ethical guidelines set forth by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

Political Essay Competition: Wielding Power Publishing

Essay Contest: Is it Wrong to Boycott a Business because of an Executive's Personal Political Views?

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 it Wrong to Boycott a Business because of an Executive's Personal Political Views?' is July 6, 2014.

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

Call for Poetry Submissions: Pinwheel

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 and check out this interview to get an idea of what we prefer to publish.  

What: Pinwheel Open Submissions Period  

Email submissions to:

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.
—The Editors

Call for Cozy-Noir Fiction: Dark House Books

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

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Call for Submissions: Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal

Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal is open to publishing previously unpublished poetry and fiction by new,emerging, and established authors. We are happy to embrace all experimental genres, but we are slightly more biased towards literature whose deepest emotions,when given the opportunity to inhabit with ours, creates a strange yet familiar sensation of déjà vu. Works where imagination and a strong imagery guide reality to examine the creative chaos beyond its straitjacket cliff.

There are no deadlines to meet, since we accept submissions throughout the year. The guidelines aren’t too complex, and therefore, we would request you to adhere to them in order to engage in a fruitful aesthetic interaction with the journal.

General Guidelines:
  • All the submissions must be sent to: hermeneuticchaosjournal[at]gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )
  • The subject line must mention the following- Poetry/Prose Submission-Name of the author.
  • Include a cover letter and a short, third-person bio which tells the readers about the writer.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions.However, we request you to inform us promptly in case your submissions find acceptance elsewhere.
  • We also accept multiple submissions. However, please submit your poetry and fiction as separate emails.
  • Poetry/Fiction previously published in a personal blog can also be submitted for consideration after a slight noticeable modification of the original. In such cases, please include the blog link along with the submission(s).
  • We may also sometimes reprint pieces which possess the power to establish a strong aesthetic and emotive bonding with the readers, but do acknowledge the place where it was first published so that we can include the same.
  • We do not accept erotic, political and polemical musings.

Specific instructions for each literary structure are provided below.

  • Poetry in both prose and verse are welcome.
  • Brevity should be the code of conduct. No long poems.
  • The poems should have a strong sensory appeal with an enthusiastic linguistic freedom. We want poems where words contemplate the interpretations of instincts and deeper strokes of human dilemma.
  • Please send no more than 5 poems attached as a word document.
  • Milton was one of the first poets to understand the beauty of blank verse while composing Paradise Lost. We want your creative outputs to experience the same liberation as well.

  • We look for works that describe the journey of the emotions, and not the incidents which engender it. The inspiration comes from Virginia Woolf,Sylvia Plath and Margaret Atwood.
  • Each fiction should not exceed 500 words.
  • Please send no more than 2 fiction pieces attached as a word document.
As writers ourselves, we understand the anxiety and anticipation that haunt the writers as soon as they submit their works for consideration to a journal, and hence, we do our best to respond to the submissions within 1-3 days. However, we ask you not to query until a week has passed. All rights revert to the author upon publication. If your work is reprinted elsewhere in future, we request you to acknowledge its first publication here. Please note that we are currently a non-paying market.

Please submit the responses at The Submission Grinder and Duotrope.
We look forward to reading your literary masterpieces.

Call for Creative Nonfiction and Fiction: Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today

Call for Writers: Anthology of Creative Nonfiction and Fiction  
We are seeking great stories for the anthology, Out of Many: Multiplicity and Divisions in America Today. Out of Many will showcase emerging writers for an emerging generation. The anthology is already under contract with an academic publisher and will feature a broader spectrum of voices than those typically found in prose readers. 5000 words maximum. Minorities of all stripes are encouraged to submit.
Send us your most delightful, insightful, and alive. Experimentation welcomed. Submit your creative nonfiction or fiction to:
OutOfMany2015ATgmailDOTcom (change AT to @ and DOT to . )
as an attachment. Include a brief biography within your email. 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 list is far from exhaustive, and could be seen as merely suggestive. What matters most is the power of your story: the bigness of its heart, the freedom of its language, and the beauty of its vision.

Writing Competition: New Rivers Press American Short Story Award 2014

American Fiction Short Story Award 2014   

New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in American Fiction Volume 14: The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre. $1,750 in prizes for short fiction ($1000 1st Place, $500 2nd, $250 3rd). Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies. Publication date is set for October 2015. Finalist judge is New York Times Bestseller and Pulitzer prizewinning author, Elizabeth Strout. Maximum 10,000 words per story
Reading Fee of $16 for each online submission from February 1 to June 15, 2014 at Submittable website.
For more information about New Rivers Press, go here.

About our American Fiction anthologies: After an 11-year pause, New Rivers Press revived its American Fiction anthology series with American Fiction, Volume 11: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, an anthology of stories selected through a national competition. We published Volume 11 in 2010, Volume 12 in 2012, and Volume 13 will be released in October of 2014. The series was originally carried by Birch Lane Press/Carol Publishing Group. Past judges have included Ray Carver, Wallace Stegner, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Louise Erdrich, Clint McCown, Josip Novakovich, and Michael White.

Call for Fiction Submissions: Valparaiso Fiction Review

Submissions wanted for Winter 2014 issue of Valparaiso Fiction Review

We are now reading for the upcoming issue! Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished fiction and should range from 1,000 to 9,000 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but the author should notify VFR immediately if a submitted piece is accepted elsewhere. Only stories submitted through VFR "Submissions" page will be considered.
There is no deadline. Submissions are considered on a rolling basis. 
All information and full previous issues are available at our website.

Jonathan Bull & Edward Byrne, Editors

Call for Submissions: Star 82 Review

Call for Flash Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Poetry: Star 82 Review

Star 82 Review is an art and lit online and print magazine looking for your best original unpublished work and lyrical language featuring the displaced person and the humorous oddness of everyday life. We’re looking for up to 1000 words as well as photos or images you’ve created that tell a story. Combinations of art and writing (erasure texts, tiny stories with photo, etc.) are most welcome.

See the guidelines on our submissions page.

Email questions to Alisa Golden at: 

editorATstar82reviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Poetry Submissions: Hartskill Review

Hartskill Review seeks new and challenging poetry for its August issue. No submission fee; pays one contributor copy.
Submittable link.

Submission details on Hartskill Review website.

Submit 1-3 poems at a time.
Gather your submission into one file.
Poems should be single spaced on the page.
Submit rich, complex, and ambitious poems that reward repeated readings.
Submit poems that mean something to you and stand a chance of meaning something to others.
Simultaneous submissions are okay (notify if accepted elsewhere).
Please include a short biographical note about yourself.
Responds in 1-4 weeks.

Joshua Hjalmer Lind
Hartskill Review

Crime Novel Competition: Whidbey Writers Workshop NFA Alumni Association

Do you have a crime novel waiting to be discovered? The Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA's Alumni Association has your chance to be discovered! Turn in your synopsis by May 23rd, 2014 for consideration. Details below and at our website.

New York Times Bestseller Robert Dugoni will read and vet the finalists and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and agent Laurie McLean of Foreword Literary will review the winning entry for possible representation.

How to Enter
- Submit via Submittable

. . . (a) a synopsis of up to 500 words;
. . . (b) an extract of the FIRST 5,000 words (or fewer) of your completed CRIME
. . . . . . . FICTION manuscript; and
. . . (c) the non-refundable entry fee of $25.00.
Format Requirements
- The entire entry must be written in English, in 12-point Times New Roman
. . . . . . .or Times, and be double-spaced
- Must have 1” margins
- Your manuscript pages must be numbered
Your name must NOT appear anywhere on the synopsis or the manuscript. You will be disqualified if your name appears anywhere in the synopsis or manuscript.
Attach your synopsis as the last page(s) of your submission.
- Synopsis must not be longer than 500 words.

The novel must be crime fiction: thriller, suspense, mystery. No true crime. Maximum length is 5,000 words. The entry must be the first 5,000 (or fewer) words of your novel.
If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide an electronic copy of your completed manuscript (minimum 55,000 words, maximum 100,000 words). Failure to provide the completed manuscript within three days after the request will result in disqualification.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Call for Poetry on Current Events: The New Verse News

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to:

nveditorATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


nvneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Call for Submissions: Sugared Water Magazine

Sugared Water is seeking submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, and prose for its third and fourth issues (the second’s just been released). SW is a limited edition, handbound lit mag featuring a hand pulled print as cover. 
(For previous issues and to submit, please see our website.) Reading now through July 1, 2014.

If we could candy words, we’d eat them to bellyaches every afternoon. We carry journals and collect chapbooks like Smaug ripping through a gold-sequin disco. If we’re lucky enough to leave something behind that enriches the dialogue of writerly types around the world, so much the better. Send us your stuff—we’ll only hoard it for a little while.
- up to 5 poems
- up to 4,500 words of fiction (we adore flash and micro forms too!)
- up to 4,500 words of creative nonfiction
- up to 5 pages of comics, art, & sequential art

We look for the juxtaposition of sweet and dark, funny and serious, odd and beautiful. We consider literary works and works of some genre, with a particular interest in small elements of mysticism and magic and wonder. Talking goldfish, hurricane gardens, and mad science have appeared within our pages, but so have lost lovers, drowning surfers, and prose poems about the fine art of engine repair. Show us what you've got!

We read via Submittable, and do our best to reply in under 6 weeks, but may take as long as 12 weeks. We pay in one contrib. copy and request FNASR.

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 here for submission details.

Poetry Competition: Boulevard Literary Magazine

$1,000 and publication in Boulevard awarded for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press. The poems may be a sequence or unrelated. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.

Send typed manuscript(s) and SASP for acknowledgment of receipt. No manuscripts will be returned.

Entry fee is $15 per group of three poems, and $15 for each additional group of three poems. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard (one per author).

Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the titles of the three poems, should appear on page one of your first poem. All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates. Enter online or by mail.

For more information, visit our website.

Sports Fiction and Essay Competition: Winning

SPORTS FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST - 3rd year. $1,000 top prize in each category. $3,000 in total prizes. 

Submit stories and essays on sports-related themes. Each work may have up to 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work are welcome. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. 

Fee is $16 per entry. Submit online by May 31. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Guidelines and online submission at our website.

Writing Competition: Baltimore Review

Baltimore Review Winter Contest - Theme: "How To" Online submission deadline: May 31, 2014
The theme for the Baltimore Review’s summer contest is “How To.” Why? Because writers are unabashedly inquisitive and can instruct readers in such eloquent ways.

Instruct our readers in how to do anything—anything at all—in the course of your poem, fiction, or creative nonfiction, and you’re eligible.

3,000-word limit for prose, 1-3 poems per entry. $10 entry fee. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. 

All entries considered for publication. 

Deadline is May 31, 2014. Final judge: Michael Downs.
Hit blue Submit button on Submit page, then the Contest link to enter. Also considering non-theme (non-contest) submissions. Visit our website.

Writing Competition and Anthology: Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors Annual Contest and Anthology

All Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families are eligible to submit for Volume 3, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

Deadline: June 1, 2014 (postmarked)

No fee. Judges, TBA

5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each:


Short Fiction



Interview with a Warrior

Theme: Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation's history.

Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology
1. Anthology-only entry: mail your previously unpublished work with self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification to:

Warriors Anthology
Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

2. Contest and Anthology entry: email previously unpublished work to:

upressATsemoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


· $250 first prize and publication in each category; all entries also considered for anthology.

· Entries must be sent electronically as Microsoft Word docs (or .docx).

· Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title).

· Put your name and contact info on 1st page and nowhere else on the manuscript.

· Writers may win in any category no more than twice, but may always submit their work for consideration in the anthology.

For both mailed and electronic submissions:

· Limit one submission in each category per person.

· Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

· Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit. Interviews are with military or veterans.

· Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).

· Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.

· Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission.

· Winners & contributors will be notified by Nov. 1, 2014

· Questions: contact the University Press at:

 upressATsemoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Short Story Competition: The 2014 Alice Munro Short Story Competition

The Alice Munro Short Story Competition

Entries must be typed using standard fonts such as Times Roman, Helvetica or Arial, size 11 or 12, double spaced on plain white paper.

Story pages must contain a page number and either the title of your story or one word from the title of your story as a header or footer. Please do not use your name.
i.e. My Story about Dragons … "Dragons … 1"

Entries must not exceed 5000 words.

Stories must be written in English.
Mail one typed copy with registration to:

Alice Munro Writers & Readers Festival
c/o Box 90
Wingham, Ontario N0G 2W0
Email one copy to:

AliceMunroFestivalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Receipt of short stories will be confirmed by email.

Deadline for postmarks of mailed copy or receipt of emailed copy: August 1, 2014

Registration fee:
. Teen Category: $10 per Story
. Adult Category: $25 per Story

. Clip a copy of the EntryForm to front of each story. Payment online by PayPal or via cheque (payment and mailing information on the attached entry form)

Winning entries will receive cash prizes as follows:

Adult Category Teen Category (13-19 years)
1st ~ $500.00 1st ~ $500.00
2nd ~ $300.00 2nd ~ $300.00
3rd ~ $200.00 3rd ~ $200.00
4th ~ $75.00 4th ~ $75.00
5th ~ $ 50.00 5th ~ $ 50.00
Promotions/Public Relations:
Portions of the winning stories may be read during the gala event on Saturday, September 27. Winners agree to interviews with local news media and video-taped interviews with photographer designated by the Festival committee for use on websites and other digital or social media.

Property Rights:
Winning stories may be published in print or online.

Portions of the story may be used in promoting future Festivals.

Pre-published stories are ineligible. Commercially published writers are not eligible to enter this contest. The writer may have their story published after the Festival at their discretion.

Entries will not be returned.

Finalists will be notified by September 1, 2014. Winners names will be published on the website after the announcement at the Gala on September 27, 2014.
Karen Stewart, Chair, Steering Committee

Call for Submissions: Toad the Journal

Toad is currently seeking work for issue 4:2!

Please send your best poems and flash fiction pieces (1,000 words or less) to:

toadthejournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Make sure your submission adheres to our submission guidelines, which can be found here.

Call for Fiction and Poetry Submissions: Devilfish Review

Devilfish Review is looking for fiction and poetry for our next issue. We specialize in science fiction and fantasy, with the occasional foray into horror.

We offer token payment of five dollars for flash fiction and poetry, and ten dollars for fiction in exchange for first publication rights.

Visit our website to learn more about us. Submit here.

Submissions representing those who are marginalized in mainstream fiction are especially encouraged, as we do not get nearly enough of them.

Call for Submissions: Profane

Profane is seeking submissions! We're looking for poetry, CNF, and fiction. There are no strict guidelines regarding form or content. We're looking to be surprised by brave, weird, and/or personal work. This issue will be curated from a mix of open and solicited submissions, and will include work by both emerging and established authors.

We are currently accepting artwork, as well.

You can visit our website and submit here.

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Call for Poetry and Art Submissions: Lummox 3

Lummox 3, the annual Poetry Anthology published by Lummox Press is looking for submissions of poetry and artwork.

Reading period is May 1 to Aug. 1 and the themes are DESIRE or ROAD KILL.

Please visit our website for further details.