Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for Submissions: Barking Sycamores

A journal for neurodivergent literature and its craft-- 
Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. 
We seek poetry, short fiction, and art for Issue 4, Winter/Spring 2015. Theme: “The Doors of Perception”. Pieces about doors, perception, and vision are welcome as well as ekphrastic work based on the works of William Blake, Aldous Huxley, or the American rock band The Doors. However, in the end, artists may submit poetry, short fiction, and visual art that interpret the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. We also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. 
The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested writers consult our submission guidelines before sending any work to us.  
Submission period: October 1 – November 30, 2014.

Call for Nonfiction: Passing Through Publications

We are seeking nonfiction submissions about "the road less traveled," however interpreted, for an inaugural issue which will go live in late 2014.

Your piece should be anything related to travel, travelers, wanderlust…a homage to a city or a town… a piece featuring a home, whether attached to the ground or carried on your back… places out of the way and unexpected, the road less traveled but perhaps more loved, and definitely more intriguing.

Submissions should range between 250-1000 words, with a preference for 500 words. Art and photo submissions also welcome. 

Please embed and attach your submissions to emails directly sent to Jessica, the Editor:

jericahahnAThotmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Poetry Competition: Philadelphia Stories

Philadelphia Stories Presents:

Judge for 2015 is Jeffrey Ethan Lee

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Open to all poets residing in the U.S.

$12 reading fee includes a year's subscription to Philadelphia Stories (4 issues) 

Philadelphia Stories hosts the annual “Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize” to celebrate poets of all backgrounds, experience, and styles. Thanks to the generous support of Sandy’s family, we are proud to offer the following contest prizes:

The first-place winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award for an individual poem, an invitation to an awards event in Philadelphia and publication in the Spring issue.
● Three runners up will receive $100 cash awards for individual poems as well as publication in our Spring issue.
● The winning poet and runners up are invited to submit chapbooks to be considered for publication by PS Books.
● All submitted poems may be selected by the editors for publication in our Spring issue.

Visit for more information and to submit!

Non-fiction Competition: Flyway: Journal of Writing

Notes from the Field is a non-fiction contest celebrating vivid writing about experience—whether abroad, at home, in your line of work, or in any other unexpected environment. Surprise us!

This year ecologist and author Cristina Eisenberg will be our guest judge. (An essay of hers is forthcoming in our October 15, 2014, publication cycle, so be sure to check it out.)

Submit online by midnight on November 10.

Submissions link.

Reading fee:
$12 (submission only) or $15 (submission + back issue)

Winner: $500 + a copy of the 2012 Flyway Anthology + publication in Flyway
Runner Up: $50 + publication in Flyway.

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for its Summer/Fall 2014 issue from the following genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Poetry, Writing for Young People, Visual Art, Translation / Multi-lingual texts & Creative Nonfiction. 

Translated submissions: include original work with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; please indicate this in your cover letter. The responsibility for clearing rights, permissions for translated works, & the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. 

For any of the genre guidelines and submission manager (Please follow submission guidelines CAREFULLY), visit our website.

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Call for Submissions: Glassworks

Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program, invites writers to submit work to be considered for publication.

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2014.

More information about the magazine, sample issues, and our submission manager can be found at our website.

Submissions link.

Call for Submissions: Sun and Sandstone

Sun & Sandstone, a national literary journal of undergraduate writing published annually by Rocky Mountain College, is now accepting submissions for its 2015 issue. Publishable genres include poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and one act plays.

For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Deadline: February 28, 2015

Call for Submissions: Cooper Street Journal

Cooper Street, an online publication sponsored by the Rutgers University Camden MFA program’s student organization, is looking for fiction and poetry for our second issue, slated for a January release. All interested writers are welcome. Please send work as word documents (.doc or .docx) via email to:

ru.cooperstreetATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

using the following format for the Subject: “Last name – Genre.” We’re interested in stories and poems about cities, particularly those set in the Northeast. But we’ll consider all subjects if the work is interesting and strong. If you have creative non-fiction, we ask that you please save it for an upcoming issue.

Additional guidelines

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

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

Submitters may view our May 2014 issue at our website.

Call for Submissions: Psychopomp Magazine

Psychopomp Magazine, a journal devoted to genre-bending and experimental prose, is now open for free submissions.
Please read an issue or two to get a sense of what we're looking for. Surprise us. Ferry us away from the familiar. We like fiction and art. Please visit our website for more information.

Call for Fiction and Memoir: Blue Heron Book Works

Blue Heron Book Works, an e-pub company, is looking for outstanding memoirs--unusual personal tales well told, or awesomely well told ordinary stories to publish as ebook, with an eye to print-on-demand later. 
We would also like to work with fiction writers who have ideas for series fiction of any sort.  All costs are born by BHBW. 
Check out our website to see what we like.  And query us at:
infoATblueheronbookworksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Call for Submissions: Fine Linen

Fine Linen is receiving fiction and art submissions for their quarterly print journal.

We pay professional scale for accepted flash fiction and small-format art. We have an open twelve-month reading window.

Currently, we are reading for inclusion in our winter issue.

See our guidelines and submission links tabbed to our home page.

Fine Linen is the print journal imprint of Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine.

Short Story Competition: InkTears


Now open for entries.
Deadline: 30 November 2014
Type: Short story (UK + International)

Winner: £1,000
Runner-up: £100
4 x Highly Commended £25

All prizewinners will have their story published to the InkTears Readers and their Bio published on the InkTears website. Full results will be announced by 30 March 2015.

Fee: £6.00.

Length:1000-3500 words, any theme and open to age 18+.

NB: stories may have been previously published or unpublished – see website Rules 2 and 3 on our website for full details and how to enter.

College Student Writer Scholarships: SCBWI Summer and Winter Conferences

Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.

This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! We are now accepting applications for the 2015 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, February 6-8.


–Full tuition to main conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions. (Award does not include travel or hotel expenses.)

–Exclusive exposure to industry professionals at the conference.

–An SCBWI Conference advisor to help navigate the jammed-packed weekend.


NY Conference: Admission to the Writers’ Plot Intensive or Writers' Roundtables event.

Deadline: December 8, 2014


1. You must be at least eighteen years old to apply.

2. All full-time students enrolled in an accredited educational institution are eligible to apply.


One winner will be chosen from a graduate or doctoral program and one winner will be chosen from an undergraduate program.

Applicants are required to submit:

–Short cover letter stating why you want to attend the conference and a synopsis of your work.

–Five-page sample of a manuscript

–Copy of your student ID

–Letter of recommendation sent directly from a professor at your university.

Applications MUST BE electronically submitted as ONE PDF to:

kaylaDOTheinenATscbwiDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Letters of recommendation can be sent separately as a Word document.

Applications will be judged by a panel decided by SCBWI.

In the event that a recipient cannot attend for any reason, the grant committee should be notified as soon as possible. The scholarship may, in that event, be awarded to another applicant. The grant is not transferrable and cannot be postponed. SCBWI reserves the right not to award the scholarship in any given year.

Questions? Contact the Grant Coordinator, Kayla Heinen

Middle Grade Novel Fellowship: Eldin Memorial Fellowship

Eldin Memorial Fellowship

Christine Elizabeth Eldin (1966-2012) was an aspiring middle grade author. Her passion for learning, and for sharing her knowledge with young people, inspired her to earn a master's degree in education and dedicate her life to writing young adult literature. She co-founded "Book Roast," an online book promotion site that spotlighted the recent releases of dozens of authors. She also maintained a popular blog and actively supported her community of fellow writers. She was a loving mother, sister, and daughter, and a dear friend to many.

Chris left this world too soon when her life took a tragic turn. Her gentle soul, creative spirit, and generous heart will forever be remembered by the many people whose lives she touched and inspired. *

The Christine Eldin Memorial Fellowship ("Eldin Fellowship") has two purposes:
1. Honor the memory of Chris Eldin.
2. Provide recognition and financial assistance to an unpublished middle grade fiction writer whose work-in-progress reveals potential for a successful writing career.

The Lascaux Review will host an annual contest to choose a "best" middle grade novel work-in-progress, along with a short list of finalists, among entries submitted. The contest will be conducted initially in 2014 (for award of the 2015 fellowship) and scheduled annually thereafter. A middle grade novel is understood to mean a work of fiction, typically a chapter book, for readers between the ages of eight and twelve.

Any unpublished middle grade manuscript, in whole or part, for which no publication contract exists at the time of submission, is eligible. Only English language submissions will be considered.

Contestants cannot be previously published in middle grade book-length fiction. Other types of previous publications are allowed. Previously self-published works are allowed. Contestants may be of any nationality and reside anywhere.

Judging takes place in two stages. In the first stage contestants submit the first 5000 words of their manuscripts, along with a synopsis. The synopsis may be of any length not exceeding 2000 words, and it should describe the entire story, including how it ends. Contestants submit digital files (doc, docx, pdf, rtf, etc.) via Submittable. The entry fee is $10. Readers selected by the Eldin Fellowship committee will choose the finalists.

In the second stage, a judge selected by the Eldin Fellowship committee selects a winner.

The first year's fellowship is $1000 and a trophy. The first year's judge is Louise Hawes.

Deadline for submissions is 31 December.
For more information contact:

lascauxreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

To submit to the contest, click on the following link.

To contribute to a fundraiser presently underway, visit Indiegogo.

Poetry Competition: Gemini Magazine

Gemini Magazine is now accepting entries for its fifth annual Poetry Open competition.

Details at our website.

The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2015 issue of Gemini.

The entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. 

Email and postmark deadline: January 2, 2015.

We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length. Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.

2015 Summer Poetry Residency: Poetry Center, University of Arizona

2015 Summer Residency Contest

Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Residency Program has offered writers an opportunity to develop their work. Beginning in Summer 2014, the Poetry Center will award one residency each summer for one poet to spend two weeks in Tucson, Arizona developing his/her work. The residency includes a $500 stipend and a two week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31.

Deadline: December 15, 2015

Writing Competition for Anthology: Stories of Resilience

Family Shelter Service Writing Contest: "Stories of Resilience"

Wheaton, IL -- Family Shelter Service recently published a new book entitled Hope Grows Here, a compilation of stories and artwork by survivors of domestic abuse, available online through Amazon and CreateSpace.

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the greater community is invited to add their voices to this exploration through the "Stories of Resilience" contest. Submissions are being sought that reflect the broad impact of abuse — through stories, personal essays or poems. Submissions will be considered for Volume II of Hope Grows Here.

Bestselling author Adriana Trigiani, whose best-known books include The Shoemaker's Wife and Big Stone Gap, will judge the contest submissions.

The "Stories of Resilience" contest will offer a first prize of $500 and two second prizes of $100. Entries will be accepted through October 20th, 2014 and winners will be announced at an event on November 6th, 2014. For submissions and contest details, please visit our website.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Call for Submissions: 2016 Writer's Market and 2016 Poet's Market


Until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 20, 2014, I'll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2016 Writer's Market. Sometime in the end of October, I'll start making assignments. If you're interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on.

What I Like
So, what do I prefer? The best way to figure that out is to read a recent edition or two of Writer's Market. (Order the 2015 Writer's Market here). Anyone familiar with the book will know that I'm looking for articles that will help freelancers find more success from a business perspective.

Previous articles have tackled queries, book proposals, taxes, record keeping, business management, and more. If you're an experienced source and can interview other sources, that is ideal. However, I'm unlikely to assign featured interviews with writers (as I tend to tackle those myself).

I'm also not interested in articles on the craft of writing. While I think those pieces are extremely valuable, they're just not a good fit for Writer's Market. If you're in doubt, go ahead and pitch it. Read the full guidelines to learn how.


Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 15, 2014, I'll be accepting pitches for articles and original poems in the 2016 Poet's Market. Sometime in the end of October, I'll start making assignments. If you're interested in pitching an article idea or three-or submitting original poems, read on.

What I Like
As with Writer's Market, the best way to figure out why I like is to read a recent edition or two of Poet's Market. (Order the 2015 Poet's Market here). Anyone familiar with the book will know that I'm looking for articles that will help poets find more success, including articles on business, promotion, and the craft of poetry-which is one major difference between the two books.

Here's another major difference: I'm seeking previously unpublished poems! Yes, I want article pitches, but I also want poems. I will choose between 10 and 20 to publish.

So get together your article ideas, dust off your previously unpublished poems, and start submitting. But first, read the full guidelines to learn how.

Writing Competition: Center for Women Writers International Literary Awards

The Center for Women Writers is excited about the opportunity to discover and encourage writers through our International Literary Awards. Our 2014 winners were Brandel France de Bravo (Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award), Joseph Bathanti (Rita Dove Poetry Award), and Bushra Rehman (Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award).  
For the 2015 contest, the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words will be judged by award-winning author Kris Saknussemm, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction (including personal essay and memoir) up to 5,000 words will be judged by our 2014 winner, Brandel France de Bravo, and the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style (3 poems per entry) will be judged by National Poetry Series winner, Lee Ann Roripaugh.  
The awards are open to any person who writes in English, excluding current Salem employees and students. The Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is 15 November 2014; and the postmarked deadline for our online submissions (via Submittable) will be 31 December 2014. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000, and an Honorable Mention in each category will receive $150
The contest entry fee is $15. Announcements will be made on our website on 1 May 2015.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by email:
cwwATsalemDOTedu Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 
You can also visit our website.

Call for Submissions and Chapbook Competition: Mohave River Review

Our fall 2014 issue features our very first chapbook contest! Our illustrious chapbook finalist judges panel includes Susan Tepper, Matthew Burnside, Allie Marini Batts, and Michael Dwayne Smith. You can read the judges' bios (and our previous issues) on our fall masthead.

MRR will publish four small chaps (20-25 pages each) within the fall issue of MRR; categories are poetry, flash fiction, hybrid, and flash non-fiction. Our issues are typically 220+ pages, so the plan is to publish four winning chaps within the issue, along with 100+ pages of general submissions, art, and interviews. Fun!

All entries will be read by MRR staff, and final determination of contest winning submissions will be made by our panel of judges: Allie Marini Batts, Matthew Burnside, Susan Tepper, and Michael Dwayne Smith. The chapbook guidelines and contest entry fee for each genre are on the Submissions page. 

Entry Fee: $5.00 per category

Contest entries close 10/1.

Here's the info about the general submissions:

In February, June, and October we publish poetry, fiction, non-fiction, hybrid works, chap/book reviews, plus articles or interviews relevant to arts and letters in the southwestern USofA. Please reference below the specific parameters for each category (max length, etcetera). And remember: if you wish to submit quality creative work that doesn't fit guidelines, we're always open to conversation about innovative goodness; please do contact us at:

mojaveriverpressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We're genuinely eclectic, open to all styles and topics, but are especially interested in poets, writers, and works related to southwest/desert culture(s). Read issues of Mojave River Review and dig for yourself. They're online and free. Works deemed by MRR as hateful and/or mean-spirited (misogynistic, racist, etc.) will be rejected without further consideration.

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Previously published work is not.

Here's the submissions website.

Call for Submissions: Watershed Review

Watershed Review has a fall (August 1st through September 30th) and spring (January 15th through March 15th) submission period . We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art.

One poem or prose excerpt will be chosen from each issue to be made into a broadside print by the Quoin Letterpress Collective.

No previously published works are accepted.
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please alert Watershed Review to a piece's potential publication elsewhere.

Watershed Review acquires one-time rights. All rights subsequently revert to author.

Submit here.

Poetry Competition: Everett Southwest Literary Award

Poetry Contest: $5,000 Everett Southwest Literary Award
The fifth bi-annual Everett Southwest Literary Award open October 5th, 2014 and accepts unpublished poetry manuscripts of 75+ pages through December 5th, 2014. American Book Award winner Allison Hedge Coke to judge. Poets living in or writing about Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas are eligible. The winner will be announced in spring 2015.
Please send your manuscript, with your name appearing only on a separate title page, along with a $15.00 submission fee and SASE for notification of contest results to:

The Everett Southwest Literary Prize
c/o English Department
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK 73034 

See our website for information about the award and for full contest details.

Call for Anthology Submissions: Family Blessings: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions

FAMILY BLESSINGS: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling.

All submissions for this book only should be emailed to:

submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Viva Editions is publishing Family Blessings in Spring 2016. Family Blessings consists of prayers, poems, toasts, traditions, rituals, and blessings for family gatherings. Your submissions should be inspiring, uplifting, and fitting for most faith traditions. The selections in Family Blessings will cultivate gratefulness for family life while nurturing and enriching the family bond. Each one should be universal (applicable to other families) and suitable to be read aloud at family gatherings.

Preliminary chapters include: 1) All-Occasion Toasts; 2) Graces & Mealtimes; 3) Birthdays; 4) Weddings; 5) Babies & Christenings; 6) Anniversaries; 7) Graduations; 8) Housewarmings; 9) Family Reunions; 10) Memorial Services; 11) Prayers & Blessings; 12) Holidays; 13) Appreciating Siblings; 14) Family Traditions; 15) Everyday Joys; 16) Special (misc. category to include Retirement, Bon Voyage, New Job, Move, and other family-related topics); 17) Legacies; and 18) Benedictions.

Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and within one email message. Please use "FAMILY BLESSINGS" + your last name as your subject line and suggest a chapter from the headings above for each of your submissions. If your submissions are exactly what we are seeking, you will be invited to submit more.

All submissions must be single-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info in the upper left corner. For desired spiritual tone, refer to my book, Baby Blessings, or you may request guidelines and samples as a Word document by emailing:

submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights. Submissions close: November 30, 2014.

Calll for Submissions: Weave Magazine

Weave Magazine is now open for submissions through May 31, 2015. We are a print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, accepting the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire. Currently, we are seeking more submissions for the genres listed below. More information about how to submit can be found on our submissions page.  
Deadline: May 31, 2015  
Poetry: 3-5 poems
Flash Fiction: 1-3 stories, each 1000 words or less
Fiction: 3,000 words or less
Nonfiction: 3,000 words or less
Drama: less than 4,000 words
Reviews: 500-800 words
Comics/Illustrations/Visual Essays/Stories/Poems: Black and white only
More about Weave at our website.

Call for Submissions: The Nassau Review

The Nassau Review: Call For Submissions

Please visit our website for all questions and queries regarding this call for work. 

You can also email:

 nassaureviewATnccDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

if you can't find the answer to your question, or you can tweet at us @nassaureview

Submit your work between September 1 and December 10. All literary work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest. Submission is FREE.

The THEME for the submission period of 2014-2015 is The Post-Human: Our Other Selves. With rapid advances in electronics and technology, and our willingness to accept and follow, human beings have changed in mind and body. Please submit works inspired by your observation or experience with the changing concept of what is self—or how many selves do we have—and what is human in our new realm of hyper-connectivity and convenience.

Visit our website for all submission guidelines and to submit through our online system. We do not accept work outside of our online system.

We welcome submissions of many genres, preferring work that is innovative, captivating, well-crafted, and unique, work that crosses boundaries of genres and tradition. You may be serious. You may be humorous. You may be somewhere in between. We are looking simply for quality. New writers and seasoned writers are both welcome. All work must be in English.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Call for Submissions: The Citron Review

Submissions link.

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

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


Fellowships for Artists and Writers: Vermont Studio Center

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship & Other Fellowships for Writers

34+ Fellowships Available at Vermont Studio Center's October 1st Deadline!

The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 34+ fellowships available at our October 1st, 2014 deadline, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship for emerging women writers and 25 merit-based VSC Fellowships open to ALL! 

For a complete list of fellowships and eligibility requirements, go here.

Apply online.

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For more information, please visit our website.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Call for Submissions: Sugar Mule

Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 47, guest edited by Alyse Knorr. Please send poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews, and hybrid works of all forms, themes, and subjects--we look forward to reading your work.
Please e-mail your submission of no more than 5 unpublished poems or no more than 7,000 words of unpublished prose, as one MSWord or RTF document, to:

alyse.knorr.sugarmuleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

between September 1 and December 1. NOTE: do not send submissions after this date. Art and book reviews will also be considered.  

Please include a short bio and introductory note. Friends and former students of the editor should please refrain from submitting.  

Sugar Mule does not pay for accepted work(s) at this time. You retain all rights to your work; we retain none. 

About Sugar Mule:
Sugar Mule is a long-standing online literary magazine with more than 40 issues and extras like online books and anthology-sized special issues. Sugar Mule is published about three times a year and is open to all forms of poetry and prose. Recent contributors have included Deborah Poe, Ryan Eckes, Molly Gaudry, Travis Macdonald, j/j hastain, Duane Locke, Jessica Dyer, Tyler Mills, Sheila Black, and Laura Madeline Wiseman. Visit our website for more information.

About the guest editor:
Alyse Knorr is the author of Copper Mother (Switchback Books, 2015), Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013), and the chapbook Alternates (Dancing Girl Press 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Caketrain, Drunken Boat, ZYZZYVA, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University. She is a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain Press and teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Call for Submissions: Palaver

Palaver welcomes interdisciplinary submissions of all forms for its Fall 2014 issue. Our call for submissions is open until Tuesday, October 14, 2014. If you should have any queries or need clarifications on what we're looking for, please e-mail:

combsmATpalaverjournalDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) Please see our submissions guidelines here.

What is Palaver? Palaver is the University of North Carolina Wilmington's online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies program. At Palaver, we challenge and embrace the vintage definition of “an often prolonged parley usually between persons of different levels of culture and sophistication.” A palaver encourages a dialogue of multiple perspectives. We showcase the distinct intellectual pursuits of contributors while merging those diverse academic endeavors into a forum that will give rise to a new dialogue. 

To see our Spring 2014 issue, click here. To learn more about Palaver, click here.

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Flash Fiction Competition: Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by October 1, annually.
Fee: $15 check/money order/cash, made payable to Southeast Missouri State University Press, must accompany each entry. Fee includes a copy of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears.

Award: $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions must not be previously published.

Submit a maximum of 500 words, double-spaced, with the following information on a separate cover page:
Contest title
Manuscript title
Author name
Telephone number
Email (if available)
This information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Send a SASE for notification of results. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Failure to follow these guidelines may disqualify entry.

Mail entries with $15 reading fee to: 

Southeast Missouri State University Press
Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
One University Plaza, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Poetry Competition: The Paumanok Poetry Award

The Paumanok Poetry Award Guidelines

The Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State College is pleased to announce the annual competition for The Paumanok Poetry Award.

One First Prize $1500 and expenses for a reading in our 2015 - 2016 series

Two Second Prizes $750 and expenses for a reading in our series

Interested writers should send

a cover letter
a one-paragraph bio
3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total)
the required $25 entry fee to:

Margery L. Brown
English Department, Knapp Hall
Farmingdale State College
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, New York 11735

Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion. Please note that the writer's name, address, and phone number should be clearly indicated on the cover page. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Entries from previous winners will not be considered.

Make checks payable to: Farmingdale State College, VWP.

Poems will not be returned, but writers who want to know the results of the competition by US mail should enclose a business-size SASE for results (notification by late December). Results are also published on this website.

Deadline: Postmark no later than September 15, 2014.

Please direct any questions or requests for clarification via email to Margery Brown.

Essay Competition: Sacrifice Anthology Contest

Sacrifice Anthology Contest

Sacrifice Anthology Writing Contest – No Entry Fee
Email your submissions by midnight September 30, 2014 EST. to:

contestATsacrificeanthologyDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Submissions accepted from June 15 – September 30, 2014
Winners will be announced by October 30, 2014.

1st Place: $50 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.
2nd Place: $30 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.
3rd Place: $20 and two copies of the anthology and will be included in the published anthology.

All other submissions accepted for publication in the anthology will receive one copy of the anthology. 

Theme: We seek submissions for inclusion in the upcoming inspirational essay anthology – Sacrifice – What Would You Give? Submit a personal essay about someone who sacrificed for you or for someone else, in whatever style you feel best expresses the story. Tell us what was done and how it impacted you or the person who received the benefit of the sacrifice.

Word Count: 1,000 – 2,000 word double spaced pages. Times New Roman 12pt.
If selected, your name and story will be in the book.

Open to legal residents of the United States age 18 or older at time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (Entries will not be returned.) The three winners of the contest will be selected in a blind reading process. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

The anthology essays will be collected by inspirational book and children’s book writer Eric Allen Jacobson and edited by published fiction and YA author Kelly Ann Jacobson. Original photographs by Eric Allen Jacobson

Call for Submissions: Spry Literary Journal

September 30th, deadline

Spry Literary Journal features undiscovered and established writers' concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just-plain-vulnerable writing. It's a journal for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure--for people whose words and rhythms are spry. We are currently open for submissions for our fifth issue.

We accept all short forms of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We also challenge you to write sparsely (under 750 words) and submit to our Flash category. Submissions are requested in all genres, and simultaneous submissions are welcome—though we ask that you make mention of any simultaneous submissions in your cover letter. We have a strict blind submissions policy, and only accept writing through our submissions manager. 

Our fourth issue is live at our website. Please head over to see what we've published, check out our archives and Briefs sections, and to start conversations with our authors, poets, and staff members. We’re proud to feature interviews from renowned writers such as Erica Dawson, Porochista Khakpour, and Michelle Disler.

Artists, too, are encouraged to submit unpublished pieces. We currently feature a variety of artistic works in our Briefs section. For an example of our art features, we invite you to review Ramiro Davaro-Comas’ interview and corresponding piece, entitled "9."

Please visit our submissions manager to submit your work to us.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Call for Book Reviews: The Angle Magazine

The Angle Magazine is seeking book reviews for an upcoming monthly online feature. Please keep reviews between 500 and 1500 words. We are open to everything from current bestsellers to obscure collections to classics.  

Include the review in the body of the email (attachments won't be opened), and send submissions to:

brennaATtheangleagencyDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

Thank you!

Flash Fiction Competition: The Golden Key

The Golden Key is delighted to announce our first-ever flash fiction contest, judged by Karin Tidbeck. The winner will receive $200 and publication in our 6th issue (Spring/Summer 2015). As each of our issues are themed to be inspired by an “object” that might come out of the little iron chest, the subject of the winning story will also determine the theme for Issue 6.

The deadline is September 15, and the limit is 500 words. The fee for entry is $5 for one piece, or $7 for two. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced November 1!

Judge: Karin Tidbeck is the author of the collection Jagganath, recipient of the 2013 Crawford Memorial Award. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writer’s Workshop, and her work has been published in both Swedish and English, in journals such as Unstuck, Weird Tales,, and Lightspeed.
Prize: $200 and publication in Issue 6
Deadline: September 15, 2014

Contest Details.



Call for Submissions: Sou'wester

Sou'wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual Emerging Writer Awards and receive a prize of $100. 

For details and to submit, please visit our webpage.

Call for Submissions: The Four Quarters Magazine

The Four Quarters Magazine 
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS : December, 2014.
Deadline: 20th October, 2014
Guest Editor for the Issue : Dave Besseling

More than an excellent, absurdist 2001 film set during the Bosnian War, “No Man’s Land” is an idiom overused to in utility. It was a cliché long before I was born and learned what it meant or what a cliché was.
It’s one thing to dress-up a cliché, it’s another to reclaim it. So wax your mind clean, Mr. Miyagi-clean, and what does “No Man’s Land” come to reflect?

Is it that piece of geography where two gubernatorial borders don’t quite meet, or where they overlap?
The Age of Discovery was 400 years ago. You can barely outrun googlemaps lens these days. Is No Man’s Land somewhere unfound? A tribe brandishing spears on the beach as the motorboat approaches?

How rare and valuable are then these last pockets of “undiscovery”? And what does “discovery” mean in this digital age anyway?
Is it a “No Man’s Land”, that which lies outside the current boundaries of science?
Are we talking about a lesbian commune living off the grid somewhere in the mountains?
Is this void a philosophical concept to be appropriated by some kind of post-scientology or gone cult?
Something else entirely?
You tell us. In writing. And if we like your pitch we can all have fun with all the mindgames that result.
Eat a peach,

- Dave.

The deadline for submissions is 20th October, 2014. For submission guidelines, please refer to our submissions page.

contact email:
Only queries :

fourquartersmagazineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Only submissions:

submissionsFQMATgmailDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


Call for Writers and Poets from Connecticut: Praying Mantis Salon


Wonderful opportunity for writers to read their work (10 minutes total each writer) at the second annual Praying Mantis Salon. (The Praying Mantis is the State Insect of Connecticut)  
We are looking for original narrative poetry and short-shorts on any subject in a variety of styles.   
When: November 2, 2014, 5:00 pm. Unitarian Society, mid-state 
Possible small honoraria. 
Contact with samples of work.  Email: 
PrayingmantissalonATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Painted Cave Literary Magazine is accepting submissions from community college students nationwide for its 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 in the body of the email to:

 paintedcavesubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Also include a short biography and the community college attending.
In the subject line include the genre of the submission, title(s) and your name (Fiction, “Born Too Late,” Mary Mullins)

We accept the following genres:

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

Fiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.

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

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

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

Dr. Chella Courington, Literary Adviser
Santa Barbara City College