Monday, June 30, 2014

Call for Submissions: Prime Number Magazine

Submissions are now open!

Prime Number Magazine has just completed its 4th full year of publication! Every quarter we post short stories, essays, suites of poems, reviews, and interviews. In between, monthly, we post single poems, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction. And, annually, we publish a print edition with some of our favorites plus contest winners. 

Please submit! We want to see your work. Our editors are looking for work in all genres. 

See our most recent issue here. 

And check out the submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions on "Skin": The Chattahoochee Review

Submission deadline: September 1, 2014

The Chattahoochee Review seeks submissions for its Fall/Winter 2014 double issue with a special focus on “Skin.” Literal and figurative explorations of the theme welcome. We’re particularly interested in sophisticated treatments, whether of sexuality, race, health, species, food, anatomy, or surfaces. 

Please note the call for submissions in a cover letter and follow the general guidelines on our website. Our special-focus issues fill quickly; we encourage submissions by August 1 but will read until September 1 or until the issue fills

Please visit our website for more details.

Short-short Fiction Competition: Crazyhorse

The Crazy-shorts! Contest
Online submission deadline: July 31, 2014

Submissions manager opens July 1!

From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website.

1st place will win $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered by our editors for publication, and the $15 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

Call for Submissions: Grist: The Journal for Writers

Grist: The Journal for Writers is now reading for Issue 8! We seek quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as essays devoted to discussions of craft. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches.  
We welcome submissions from writers in every stage of their career and are especially interested in considering work from emerging writers. More than 90% of the content of our most recent issues has come from our general (unsolicited) submissions. We love discovering new voices. 
Grist is currently published once a year, in the spring. Each issue also includes an Online Companion in which we feature some of the best work we’ve received during our reading period. 
Deadline for submissions is September 15. 
Please visit our website for submissions guidelines and to learn more about us! Back issues are also available for $6. 

We look forward to reading your work!! --
Grist: The Journal for Writers
English Department
University of Tennessee

Call for Submissions: Masque & Spectacle

Masque & Spectacle is a new online literary journal taking submissions for its first issue slated for September 1. We publish all forms of creative writing, including drama, literary journalism, and essays, as well as visual art, photography (especially performance photography), video, and sound art. 

Please send all submissions and inquiries to:

masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions from Native American and Indigenous Poets: Toe Good Poetry

Toe Good Poetry seeks submissions from Native American and other Indigenous poets for its 4th Annual Indian Summer Issues. If interested, please submit 10-12 poems for our consideration.  

Deadline is August 15, 2014.  

Submissions link. 

The September 3rd, 9th, 15th, 21st, and 27th issues of Toe Good Poetry are dedicated to publishing only Native poetic voices.

Poets defining themselves as a Native American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian Native, First Nations, Maori, etc, may submit their poems via our handy dandy and official submissions link.

Please submit 3-6 poems for our consideration. Please send a further 10-14 pages of your poetry for review purposes. Lastly, send a bio that includes your tribal lineage. Please see our General Submission guidelines for a complete understanding as to why we ask for a total of 13-20 poems.

Submission period is open between May 15th and August 15th. Any submission received outside of this period will be rejected without review.

Call for Submissions: Sequestrum Summer '14

We are currently reading for Sequestrum: Summer '14. To browse our archives, subscribe (for free), and find our complete guidelines, visit our website.

For our summer issue, we're interested in poetry (under 35 lines) and fiction and nonfiction (under 5,000 words). Topic and theme are open, our only requirement is to send your best work - and to read a past publication or two to get an idea of what we like.

We're also actively seeking visual artists to feature. See our "submissions" page for details.

About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.

We're proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.

Writing Competition: Blotterature

Blotterature Literary Magazine's 50 Words for $50 Contest

Submit a piece of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poem with no more than 50 words. Blotterature will judge all entries submitted in a given day and post one winner daily on our Facebook page. The author with the most likes, shares, and positive comments within 24 hours of the daily posting wins the $50 at the end of the month. Please follow the guidelines below.

Submit no more than 50 words of Fiction, CNF, or Poetry
Only one submission per month
No previously published work
You must “like” Blotterature’s Facebook page before we will consider your entry
Must have a PayPal account set up in order to collect $50 cash prize
Daily voting takes place at 9 PM (CST) every evening. If you submit after 9 PM, your submission will be considered for the next day.
Blotterature reserves the right to not accept any submissions for any given day.

Further submission information here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Vacation Break

Dear Readers and Subscribers:

I will be on vacation for the next week with limited Internet access. It's unlikely I'll be able to add any new writing opportunities until near the end of the month. Until then, please feel free to peruse the site for posts you may find useful.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Writing Residency: Stone Court Writer-In-Residence

Stone Court Writer-In-Residence

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The Stone Court Writer-In-Residence has a number of aspects. First, it is designed to provide emerging writers the freedom, time and material support to concentrate on their creative work. Second, it is focused on bringing to the Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts young writers who represent diverse American voices, particularly those from other regions of the United States. Finally, it is structured to permit the writer to contribute to the community by leading a creative writing “master class” at a local independent high school and offering at least one community reading of his/her work.

The program offers two 8-12 week residencies, one beginning in September and one beginning in February. The specific length of each residency will be determined in consultation with each Resident.

The residency includes a small one bedroom apartment in Stockbridge, Mass. The apartment is on the second floor (walkup) of a quiet colonial building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stockbridge, Mass. is in western Massachusetts approximately two hours west of Boston and two and one-half hours north of New York City. It is the home of a number of museums including the Norman Rockwell Museum and Chesterwood. Nearby are a number of cultural institutions including The Mount, Tanglewood, and Jacobs Pillow.

The resident will receive a stipend in addition to lodging and utilities. Residents are responsible for their own transportation and meals. The stipend will be $250 per week for the length of the residency.

The principal responsibility of each Resident will be to spend time further developing his/her creative work. In addition, each Resident will be asked to lead 2 one hour creative writing master classes each week at the Great Barrington Waldorf High School (located within short walking distance of the residence in Stockbridge). The Great Barrington Waldorf High School provides an education for adolescents that seeks truth, develops imagination, nurtures growth, fosters responsibility, and honors inner freedom in an atmosphere of academic excellence, artistic fulfillment, openness, and mutual respect. More information about the school can be found on this website.

The tentative schedule for this class is 12:30 to 1:30 on each Wednesday and Friday. But, the final schedule is subject to discussion with each Resident. The specific course focus will be based on the Resident’s background and interests.

Candidate Information:
Over time, the program hopes to attract young writers from a variety of regions of the U.S. For the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 residency, preference will be given to those writers bringing a distinctive Southern voice to their work. The program is open to those who are pursuing or have completed a graduate degree in creative writing or who have completed an undergraduate creative writing degree in the last five years.

Applications will be considered as received until a candidate is selected. The final cutoff date for applicants is July 25, 2014. Submit all material to:

stonecourtwriterATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Included should be:
A writing sample of a chapter of a novel or work in progress, or a short story;
A one page artist statement describing your goals for your writing and for the residency;
A resume, including contact details;
Two professional references, including contact details.

Contact Information:
Stone Court Writer-In-Residence Program
PO Box 129
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Poetry Competition: Cider Press Review Editors' Prize

The deadline is approaching for the Cider Press Review 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 until June 30.

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 at our website.

Call for Submissions: Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal

Deadline Approaching

Submissions for Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal annual issue #19 are due by June 30 (postmark date). Send to:

Sin Fronteras Journal
c/o DAAC
PO Box 1721
Las Cruces, NM 88004

Full guidelines are on our website. We use mostly poetry but we always include some prose. And you do not need to limit your subject matter to New Mexico. Other borders count too.

Ellen Young and Michelle Holland, editors

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Poetry Competition: 2014 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is now accepting entries for the 2014 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest.

This year’s Contest, the seventh annual, celebrates the memory of Maria Faust, who was a lover of poetry and a passionate supporter of the arts and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. The Sonnet Contest itself has attracted international entrants, and Contest activities this year may include an opening event that features a discussion and sharing of sonnet forms. A closing award ceremony, which includes the reading of prize-winning sonnets and recognition of winning poets will conclude this year’s contest.

The free reception Award Ceremony will be the closing GRSF Front Porch Event on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Miller Auditorium of Stark Hall at Winona State University. Mark your calendar for readings of the sonnets by members of the GRSF company and the opportunity to meet some of the poets.

Cash prizes, totaling $1,200, will be awarded in a number of categories, including:
Best Overall
Best Yourth (17 & Under)
Laureate’s Choices
Local Area (Winona & adjacent counties): Adult and Youth

Sonnets may be written in Shakespearean, Petrarchan, Spenserian or Non-Traditional form, and the contest is open to anyone interested in participating. Previously published and unpublished sonnets are welcomed.

The Contest entry fee is $5.00 for up to 3 sonnets. Enclose the entry fee check made out to: Ted Haaland, with a memo of “Maria W. Faust Fund.” Entries must be post-marked, First-Class mail, no later than July 1st, addressed to:

GRSF Maria W. Faust Sonnet contest
c/o Emilio DeGrazia
211 West Wabasha Street
Winona, MN 55987

Submissions will not be returned. Do not include your name on the sonnet submissions. Please include a separate information sheet with your name, address, email, phone number, Names of Sonnets, Age (if entering Local Area/17 and under), and how you heard about the Sonnet Contest.

Winners will be announced by August 2nd online.

Anthology of Winning Sonnets

The anthology of winning sonnets from the first five years of the GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, This Melody Weaves In And Out is still available.

Copies of the book are available through the GRSF merchandise booth and at select locations in Winona for $10 each.

Writing Competition: The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

The Puritan, Toronto's most active and dynamic quarterly, is trying to get the word out: our third annual literary contest, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, is now accepting submissions. 

This year’s contest features $3000 in cash prizes, publication, and prize packs of books worth over $700 from such celebrated presses as Goose Lane Editions, Cormorant Books, Dancing Cat Books, Coteau Books, Coach House Books, ECW Press, House of Anansi Books, Brick Books, Book Thug, Freehand Books, Pedlar Press, Porcupine's Quill, Mansfield Press.

We are particularly excited to pass along that this year’s winning entries will be chosen by celebrated Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsie Gartner.

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: Sep. 30, 2014

The Puritan: Frontiers of New English
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information, please visit our website.
Questions? Email us:
puritanmagazineATgmailDotcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Short Prose Submissions: Brandt Street Press

Brandt Street Press is now accepting story submissions for the next anthology in our Dammit Series: "Dammit, I Love You."

We seek stories that reveal a lesson learned from love. The story must be true and not published somewhere else.

It should amaze and inspire. And, more than anything else, it should be entertaining. 

Deadline: October 15.
For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website and click on the "Want to be a Dammit Author?" link.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: Longish Poems

Anthology Call for longish poems between 3-6 pages or 100-200 lines

Warning, Poems may be longer than they appear: an anthology of Longish Poems is looking for poems between 3 to 6 pages or 100 to 200 lines on any theme or subject.
Please submit 1 longish poem or a series of strongly linked poems (not linked merely by theme) to the editors at:

longishpoemsATgmailDOTcom (Change At to @ and DOT to . )

between now and September 15. Include a brief 150 words or less bio and attach poems in Word or RTF. We will consider previously published poems so long as you acknowledge it was previously published in the cover letter and let us know if the anthology can obtain reprint rights for free or low cost. Obviously, rare exceptions may be made. If you are submitting a previously published poem, you may submit a second longish poem that is unpublished. At this time, we do not have a press.

Editors: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum and M. E. Silverman, foreword by T. R. Hummer.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Call for Submissions on Big Love, Small Towns: The Four Quarters Magazine

Theme : Big Love, Small Towns
Deadline: 10th July, 2014
Guest Editor for the Issue : Jugal Mody

The Four Quarters Magazine

For the dramatically inclined, love is everything that the Corinthians quote from the Bible says it is. For the cynically inclined, love is measured in patterns of behaviour. For the scientific mind, there might be a solution in the colourful images of the brain as captured by an MRI machine.

Love, not just like the one about how a boy meets girl and that changes the world. But love like the one that keeps our faith in humanity and ourselves alive. (Have you heard of the National Lovers Party?) Love like the one that makes two complete strangers show kindness towards each other. (Have you heard of two strangers on a train bonding over cigarettes sneaked, and taking care of each other’s baggage and lives?) Love like the one that keeps friendships alive, and families together through the good times and bad, through sacrifices and betrayals. (Have you had a loved one, who basically has or had lost his or her shit?) Love like the one that not everyone understands, that not everyone finds it in them to be tolerant towards. (We know far too many of these already.) Love like the one which becomes a punishable offence. Love like the one which is unrequited, unfulfilled and the one which is requited and sated. Love like the one which matures with time and space, or does not and is defined by that very void. (Relationships that begin or end in long distances, or the happy or criminal aftermath of these distances.) Love that is so big that it makes you feel small. Love so blind that it can’t even be called love. Or love that might just be simulated by consumption of inappropriate quantities of chocolate.

How different are all these loves? Or are they the same? Do the language and dynamics of these loves change depending on the geography and culture of the people who indulge in them? As seen, felt, believed in and experienced by someone who belongs to an urban area in India, which is not a metropolitan city. Say a Lucknow, an Indore, a Mangalore, a Pune or a Thrissur — what were once just towns and are now small yet bustling cities.

In this issue of TFQ, we are looking for prose and verse that digs around looking for that love — a poem that chronicles what facts cannot capture, a translation, a review of a book which explores the intricacies of relationships, a transforming short story, or an academic essay on the need for romance.”

- Jugal Mody
Please send in your entries by the end of June, 2014. The deadline for submissions is 10th July, 2014. For submission guidelines, please refer to our submissions page.

Contact email:

For queries:

fourquartersmagazineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

For submissions:

submissionsFQM(AT)gmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The Four Quarters Magazine, A literary quarterly published from India
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Call for Submissions about Monsters: Story Magazine


Deadline: July 15, 2014

The new Story magazine is seeking work for our upcoming issue dedicated to monsters---in whatever form they might come: physical or psychological, imaginary or real, inherited or invented.

Story is a biannual magazine about the human need for story. We’re looking for stories in whatever shape and form they come: fiction, poetry, computer code, graphic design, lyric essay, comic strip, grocery list, memoir, conceptual art, and so on.

We're looking for work that addresses the theme (depicts monsters), deconstructs the theme (unpacks monster ideologies), or even expands upon the theme (adds to the monster canon).

A traditional short story? Certainly. A poem-comic? Yes please. A zoology report on scorpions? We'd love to check it out. An essay about your Nazi-sympathizing father? Send it. A mathematical theorem? Why not. A political treatise? You bet.

The theme is meant to be broad. Story + monster. In whatever form.

We are looking for high quality work that transports, mesmerizes, disturbs. Authors are paid for original material.

Submit via Submittable.

Or by regular mail, with an SASE or email for response to:

441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403

Fiction and Poetry Competition: The New Guard

Deadline: Monday, July 14, 2014

Fiction, Poetry

Entry Fees
$15 entry fee, via Submittable online

We no longer accept submissions via postal mail. Please submit previously unpublished work only.

$1,000 each, in the genres of fiction and poetry, plus publication and one contributor copy for all winners and published finalists.

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. 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.

Description: THE NEW GUARD is an independent literary review based in Maine. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on the site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time.

The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. The Writer’s Hotel is the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer’s Hotel, we work with writers to develop their writing, online and in person at our Master Class Workshops. We are writers for writers’ sake.

Here at TNG and The Writer’s Hotel, we work diligently to support writers. We will stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories and poems. We do all we can to help our fellow writers.
Give us your ire, your lore, your guarded passage.

Contact Information:

infoATnewguardreviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The New Guard
P.O. Box 866
Wells, ME 04090


Writing Competition: Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose

2014 Prose & Poetry Contest Guidelines

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce the debut of an annual contest, beginning this year with Prose & Poetry awards. We’re interested in poems, stories, and essays with a fairy-tale feel—mainstream to experimental, genre to literary, realist to fabulist. Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will judge prose; Ilya Kaminsky will judge poetry. Both contests will award $1000, and all submissions will be considered for publication in The Mauve Issue. Reading fee: $10.

Submit online or to:

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

Deadline: July 15th, 2014

Awards: $1,000 each

Eligibility & Procedure

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

Online submissions link.

Reading Fee: $10.00
Ten percent of your reading fee will be donated to Tucson Youth Poetry Slam as part of Fairy Tale Review’s interdisciplinary outreach efforts. (Fairy Tale Review has no official affiliation with Tucson Youth Poetry Slam.)

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Fairy Tale Review Annual Contest Selection Process

1st Round of Judging: Non-Blind Read by Genre Editor and Editor. Finalists (approximately 15 poems, 15 pieces of prose) will then be forwarded to the contest judges for the 2nd Round of Judging.
2nd Round of Judging: Blind Read by Contest Judges. Judges change on a yearly basis.
Conflicts of Interest: Students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with University of Arizona are ineligible for consideration or publication. Anyone with a substantial personal or professional affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category; if you have questions as to your eligibility, please contact ftreditorial (at) gmail (dot) com, and we will assess the situation together. Upon learning the Judges’ selections, the Editor will assess any potential conflict of interest before finalizing the result. We ask that past winners of our contest refrain from entering until three years after their winning entry was published.

Fairy Tale Review was established in 2005 and is an annual publication of Wayne State University Press.

About the Judges

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Tin House, the Georgia Review, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

YA and Children's Fiction Competition: Hunger Mountain's Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing

Hunger Mountain is accepting submissions of young adult and children's literature. One first place winner receives $1,000 and publication and three category winners receive $100 each and publication. The categories are: Young Adult (YA) Middle Grade (MG) Picture Book Writing for Young Children. Enter your original, unpublished piece under 10,000 words. Your entry may be a short story or a novel excerpt, but if it’s a novel excerpt it should really stand alone. 

The 2014 judge is Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan. About: Hunger Mountain is both a print and online journal of the arts publishing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The print issue comes out annually in the fall.

Entry fee: $20.00

Deadline: 7/1/14

Enter here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Call for Submissions: Grief: A Life in 5 Stages

Grief: A Life in 5 Stages is currently accepting submissions for the second volume of our print edition. We are looking for stories, artwork, photography, poetry, essays, etc focusing on any of the 5 stages of grief (anger, depression, bargaining, denial, or acceptance). It doesn't have to be focused on death (but it can be)--basically any situation/circumstance in which you experience one/all of these stages.

For artwork: We're most likely going to be printing in black and white (with a color cover), so please provide work that will translate well for this presentation. JPG/GIF files preferred. (Though if you have a piece that's better suited in color, you can submit it for consideration for exclusive use on our tumblr page.)

For writing: Please submit a Word doc and limit works to 1,500 words.

Submissions will be accepted from now until July 8th.
They can be e-mailed to:

the5stagesATgmailDOTcom(Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

At this time, Grief is unable to pay for accepted submissions; however, all contributors will receive a free copy of the print edition and will retain rights to their works.

Please share this with anyone who might be interested in contributing.

Call for Poetry and Art Submissions: Barking Sycamores

Barking Sycamores, a literary journal publishing poetry by neurodivergent writers, invites poems and artwork for Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2014. Our theme: “If Thine Eye Be Single”. Submission period: May 1 – June 30, 2014.

We invite poems and artwork related to the ideas of focus, devotion, obsession, single-mindedness, and vision. Neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, synesthesia, etc.) artists and poets are encouraged to interpret this theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art.

We support the concept of neurodiversity and reject neurological differences being pathologized. For this reason, we ask that writers and artists please consult our full submission guidelines to understand the philosophy of our publication before sending any work to us.

Poetry Book Awards: 2015 Tufts Poetry Awards

2015 Tufts Poetry Awards – Postmark deadline July 1, 2014

Claremont Graduate University is pleased to announce a call for the 2015 Tufts Poetry Awards.
THE $100,000 KINGSLEY TUFTS POETRY AWARD is given annually to honor a book of poetry by a midcareer U.S. poet. The winner spends one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University in California.

THE $10,000 KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD is given annually to honor a first book of poetry by "a poet of genuine promise."

Poets, publishers, agents, or friends may submit eight copies of a book of poetry published between September 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. There is no entry fee for either award. Entries must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2014. For complete eligibility and submission requirements, please visit our website.

Tufts Poetry Awards
Claremont Graduate University
160 East 10th Street, Claremont, CA 91711-6165
909-621-8974 –

Call for Nonfiction Performances: Story Club Magazine

Story Club Magazine is the first literary magazine for literary performance. We publish visceral nonfiction that was first performed in front of an audience.

Submission Guidelines
We accept pieces of nonfiction, 2000 words or less, that were first performed in front of an audience. We publish quarterly Issues in addition to a Story of the Week every Wednesday. We are currently reading submissions year round and all pieces will be considered for both our Issue and the Story of the Week. We aim to respond to all submissions within one month.

To submit, please email your piece as a .doc, .docx, or PDF and include your name, the title of the piece, your contact information, and the name of the show where you performed the piece to:

submissionsATstoryclubmagazineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please also include any audio/video you may have of the performance.
We are currently unable to pay for pieces that we publish. We request first serial North American and electronic rights. All other rights remain with the author.

Call for Submissions from Community College Students: Painted Cave

Painted Cave, a literary magazine is accepting submissions from community college students nationwide for its second issue November 2014. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

Paste your submission and a short bio listing your community college into the body of the email to:

paintedcavesubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

We accept the following genres:

Flash Fiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.
Fiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.
Poetry: 3-5 poems, no more then 50 lines each.
Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.
Flash Creative Nonfiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Poetry Competition: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

This is our 12th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $1,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $1,000. Total prizes: $3,000.

Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online.

Submit poems of any length by September 30. 

Fee: $16 for each entry of 1-2 poems.

Judge: Ellaraine Lockie.

See guidelines and past winners at our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Women 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 15, 11:59 p.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.

Call for Submissions: Siren

Siren is an online zine looking for artists of all genres who create new, edgy, and experimental work. We want work that pushes boundaries, that surprises in terms of structure and content, that provokes a visceral response. We want to be shocked. We want to blush. We want art that is provocative, raw and beautiful. We want art with wings, teeth, claws.

We welcome submissions from artists of all genres. This includes, but is not limited to, poets and writers of all genres, audio/visual and graphic artists, video and film makers, dancers, performance and spoken word artists, musicians, installation and fine artists, and photographers.

The submission deadline for our summer issue is June 30, 2014. To submit, send an email to:

sirenwebzineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with the type of submission and your last name in the subject line. Please include your contact information, a short bio, and your submission in the body of the email.

Our guidelines are as follows:

Poetry – 3 poems max. 
Prose – 1500 words max. 
Audio/Visual Media – 3 to 5 minutes max. 
Visual Art – 3 images max.

As an online zine, your work will be free to all who visit the site. You retain all rights to your work. For more details, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: Autumn House

The 2014 Autumn House Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Contests ​

Postmark deadline: June 30. The winner in each genre will receive book publication, a $1,000 advance against royalties, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote his or her book.

For our 2014 poetry contest, the preliminary judge is Michael Simms, and the final judge is Alicia Ostriker.
For fiction, the preliminary judge is Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Sharon Dilworth. 
For nonfiction, the preliminary judges are Michael Simms and Heather Cazad, and the final judge is Dinty W. Moore.

Congratulations to our 2013 winners:
Poetry: Danusha Laméris, The Moons of August
Fiction: Tom Noyes, Come by Here
Nonfiction: Adam Patric Miller, A Greater Monster
See our complete contest guidelines at our website.

Playwright Competition for Undergrads: Bill Hallberg Award for Creative Writing

The East Carolina University English Department has created the Bill Hallberg Award for Creative Writing, a rotating genre prize open to undergraduate writers who attend universities in NC, TN, VA, and SC. This year, the award of $500 will be given for two one-act plays or a full length play.

A staged reading of the play(s) will be performed at East Carolina University with the playwright attending (expenses paid.)

Submissions must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an instructor at the student's school.

DEADLINE: November 15, 2014. NOTIFICATION: January, 2015. PERFORMANCE: Mid March, 2015.

Send entries electronically to Robert Siegel:

siegelrATecuDOTedu (Change At to @ and DOT to . )

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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, themed “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 full guidelines before submitting.

Call for Essays: bioStories

bioStories announces its call for spring submissions. We want your creative, people-focused essays. Tell us the true stories of people who have changed lives, moved others, inspired strangers, helped form the worldview you possess. Celebrate the extraordinary within ordinary lives. Recent contributors have included Claude Clayton Smith, KJ Hannah Greenberg, Kevin Bray, Jesse Millner, and Eleanor Fitzsimons.

New work appears weekly. We accept work that meets our mission year-round on an ongoing basis. Visit our site to view submission guidelines for a clearer sense of what we publish.

Call for Submissions: Big Lucks

Big Lucks is seeking heartfelt and earnest prose and poetry for digital and print publication. No word count, no genre restrictions, no other nonsense--just break our hearts. For more information, visit our website.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Call for Submissions: the museum of americana

The museum of americana will be accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from June 1st to June 30th. We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.

Feel free to spread the word, and for more information, please see our full guidelines.

Call for Submissions on Wilderness: Proximity

Deadline: JUNE 30, 2014

For its fourth issue, Proximity is seeking new essays and multimedia that explore WILDERNESS. We’re looking for true stories that center around wilderness as a theme, stories about wild physical spaces--and stories, too, that explore mental, emotional, or spiritual terrain. Wilderness can be confined to a certain place and time, and wilderness can be boundless. Do you have a wilderness story you’d like to share? Send it in--as long as it’s an engaging work of nonfiction that’s narrative-driven and connected to the theme.

Submit here.

Submissions must be previously unpublished and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500 words maximum), or photo essay/multimedia. Multiple submissions and alternative forms of true stories are welcome and encouraged.

Call for Poetry Submissions About the Body: Parts of the Whole: Poetry of the Body

Parts of the Whole: Poetry of the Body is looking for poems about the body.

Please submit up to 4 poems in any style to the editors at:

potwanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

between now and September 15. No poem should exceed 80 lines or approximately 2 pages. Include a brief 150 words or less bio and attach poems in Word or RTF. Also, we would like to see a brief explanation of how the poet believes this work fits into our theme. We will consider previously published poems so long as you acknowledge it was previously published in the cover letter and let us know if the anthology can obtain reprint rights for free or low cost.

Call for Submissions: Printer's Devil Review

Printer's Devil Review (ISSN 2160-2948) is an independent, open access journal of literary and visual art. We provide emerging writers and artists with access to publication and inquisitive readers with new voices and visions. We sell print editions at cost, but every issue of the magazine is available for free download as a PDF (some are also available in e-book formats). We publish new writers alongside Pushcart- and Pulitzer Prize-winning ones.

We pay a lot of attention to graphic design and have a killer website that ensures your work will not only look good, but reach readers wherever they are and on any device, from desktops to phones. (Yeah, we're kind of from the future.) We nominate for Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, and Best Indie Lit New England.

We're currently seeking submissions of fiction (2,000 to 9,000 words), poetry, and nonfiction. Our reading period for Fall 2014 opened May 1, 2014 and closes September 1, 2014.

You can find full guidelines for each section and access our online submission system here.

Writing Competition for Catholic Fiction: Tuscany Prize

Please visit our website for additional information.

Guidelines for the Catholic novel (1st  Place $5K): 
--50,000 words or more 
--It captures the readers' imaginations. 
--It has a distinct beginning, middle, and end. 
--It has well-formed characters. 
--Its dialogue is authentic—and the dialogue furthers the plot (rather than being dialogue merely for speaking's sake). 
--It is moral fiction (but is not "preachy"—definitely no homiletics) that point to sustaining values.
--The story represents Catholicism in more than a limited sense (e.g., characters that simply pray or say the Rosary). Instead, it shows Catholicism in the broad sense of John Paul II and Flannery O'Connor. 
--Catholic meaning—that is, small instances of the theme(s) being explored, sprinkled throughout the story, culminating in a Catholic theme that somehow presents a Catholic message or truth that we (and maybe the protagonist) can discover or realize more fully or in a new way.
--It has "closure" of some kind—in all the ways the acclaimed John Gardner states.

For more information, please see the Tuscany Press website, the Writers Resources tab on the menu bar: Required Reading for Writers of Catholic Fiction. We strongly recommend you read Pope John Paul II's Letter to Artists and the recommended books.

Note: All submitted manuscripts, not just the prize-winner, are considered for a publishing contract.

 Guidelines for the YA Novel (1st Place $3K): 
--50,000 words or more.
--The protagonist/narrator must be young (between the ages of 12 and 17).
--Characters must be well drawn and believable. The actions and dialogue should be appropriate for the ages of the characters.
--The story must contain a Catholic perspective. Our young adult fiction must have characters or heroes that support and exemplify a Catholic worldview. (See our "novel guidelines" for an explanation of what makes Catholic fiction.) 
--The characters may not start out with a Catholic perspective, but should end with a Catholic perspective. Also, not all characters will have a Catholic perspective. Good fiction contains conflict. Young adults understand that not everyone or every action is morally good. 
--Please note that good Catholic young adult fiction might never mention Christ, the Church, or the faith. Instead, Tuscany Press YA fiction is infused with grace and a morality consistent (through characters and their actions) with Catholic teaching. 
--Tuscany Press YA fiction must be good writing for a YA audience. 
--Young adult fiction is not an excuse for poor writing. Teens don't appreciate (or tolerate) being talked down to. Don't shy away from or sanitize real life. The story must be entertaining. The story must capture readers' imaginations, engage their interest immediately and be well paced throughout the book and chapters.

Guidelines for the Short Story (1st Place $1K): 
--Greater than 1,000 words; less than 9,000 words.
--Distinct beginning, middle, and end. "Set-up", the first two paragraphs, must have tension/conflict to drive the reader forward. 
--Protagonist has development or growth in character.
--It is moral fiction (not preachy or didactic) that points to sustaining values.
--The short story represents Catholicism in the broad sense of John Paul II and Flannery O'Connor, not a limited sense (e.g., characters that simply pray or say the Rosary).
--The story's central character or protagonist and/or reader has an epiphany at the story's end.
--The story ends on Christian hope. It captures the reader's imagination.
--All submissions considered for a publishing contract, not just winners. Multiple submissions OK. Additional runner-up prizes in all categories.

Call for Nonfiction: Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction

Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies is seeking work of creative writing scholarship, interviews, and pedagogy for its inaugural issue. The purpose of Assay is to publish the best in critical scholarship of creative nonfiction, to provide a space for work that elevates the genre in an academic setting. While there is no shortage of craft pieces and craft texts, the focus of nonfiction analysis has been on the art of the genre. Critical scholarship that studies nonfiction as literature, not simply art, is lacking in our genre. Our purpose is to facilitate all facets of that conversation, to be a resource for writers, scholars, readers, and teachers of nonfiction.  

Our online format makes research materials more accessible to scholars, but it also utilizes the available technology to expand the discussion. In addition to the written expression of nonfiction criticism, Assay provides the space for both written and video interviews with writers, as well as providing for more informal discussions of reading and teaching in the genre.  

General Guidelines: We seek critical explorations of nonfiction texts, explications of nonfiction pedagogy, and conversations with nonfiction writers, teachers, and scholars.  

Article Guidelines:
Scholarly articles of 15-25 pages, not including Works Cited.
We welcome explorations of all types of nonfiction texts, from traditional to experimental, from travel writing to memoir. We also seek submissions that attend to the incredible variety of nonfiction forms.
We welcome all critical lenses, from craft analysis to ecocriticism to postcolonialism.
We seek a wide variety of authors and texts to represent the range of the genre. We particularly seek articles on women and nonfictionists of color.
We welcome submissions by undergraduate writers, but please query us first.

Conversations Guidelines:
Interviews: The subject and approach are negotiable, though we are open to video and podcast interviews as well as traditional print; the interview will aim to add something new to the nonfiction conversation; we will not accept interviews simply because of name recognition; please query us if you wish to do an interview.
Riffs: Riffs include short, informal discussions of a craft element or reaction to a work of nonfiction (book length or otherwise), whether that text is new or not. We generally do not publish book reviews, but if you would like to query us with a book review idea, please feel free to do so. We are open to the conversation. We do, however, seek to build a library of reviews of nonfiction textbooks (please see Pedagogy). Riffs should be 500-1000 words.

Pedagogy Guidelines:
We seek to facilitate conversations between teachers of nonfiction. To do this, we seek work that addresses the pedagogy of nonfiction. This may include a reading list with explanation for a nonfiction course, a Riff addressing how a particular book worked (or failed) in a course you've taught, a lesson plan with writing exercises, or other aspect of practical pedagogy, your credo or philosophy of nonfiction. These are only a few ideas; Pedagogy is a flexible forum.
We seek Pedagogy that addresses all levels of students, from first year composition to beginning and advanced creative writing undergraduates, to graduate students.
Pedagogy submissions are generally short (1000 words); we also seek scholarly articles of nonfiction pedagogy, but we will consider them under Articles guidelines.

For More Information, please visit us online or email Karen Babine at:

assayjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Sequestrum

June 1st marks the start of our reading period for Sequestrum: Summer '14. To browse our archives, subscribe (for free), and find our complete guidelines, visit our website.

For our summer issue, we're interested in poetry (under 35 lines) and fiction and nonfiction (under 5,000 words). Topic and theme are open, our only requirement is to send your best work - and to read a past publication or two to get an idea of what we like.

We're also actively seeking visual artists to feature. See our "submissions" page for details.

About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives free and open to the public, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.

We're proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.