Thursday, October 30, 2014

Call for Poetry Submissions: Really System

Really System, the journal of poetry and extensible poetics, will publish its fifth issue in February 2015. We are looking for vibrant poems inflected by our shared technocultural moment and the ways it envelops us, fascinates us, dances with us, ignores us, and fails us. Submissions for issue five are open until January 1, 2015.  

More information on our website.

Submission Guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Tammy

Tammy is reading for its fifth print issue for only four more weeks. Aimed at the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters, Tammy seeks writing in all genres and forms of visual art that lend themselves to the printed page.

Submit September 1 - December 1 for the spring 2015 issue and March 1 - May 1 for the fall issue

Online submissions manager 

Submissions in multiple genres and simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If your submission(s) is accepted elsewhere, please let us know via Submittable. 

For queries outside of these guidelines, please email:

thetjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions to Anthology: My Brush with Death

Deadline--January 31, 2015
Rain Drop Press, is reading for its first anthology, Life is a Journey. . . not a destination: Topic: My Brush with Death. Rain Drop Press  strives to share stories of those who survived a harrowing experience and are willing to leave their story as a legacy of their emotional journey.
My Brush with Death stories are inspirational, true stories about ordinary people facing extraordinary experiences; stories that will open the heart and rekindle the spirit. They are personal and filled with emotion and drama. For some who have had a personal brush with death, reading this anthology will be a moment of reflection and realization of their own mortality. For others, it will be a realization of how fragile life can be.
Read the complete guidelines here.
No Entry Fee

Call for Submissions: Duende

Duende welcomes submissions of prose, poetry, hybrid writing, and visual art. We are especially interested in collaborations between two or more writers, or between writers and visual artists. We accept submissions from writers working in English, or translating into English, from anywhere in the world.

Duende tastes good on the tongue and caresses the ear. Duende seeks authenticity & soulfulness, earthiness & expressiveness, a chill up the spine. It encompasses darkness and intensity; elicits sorrow and joy; wrests a response from the body.

If your poetry is rough-cut diamonds, slightly off-kilter; if your fiction will make us feel more human and less alone; if you enjoy exploration of new forms at the edges of the literary universe; if you can bring us elegant translations of literature from far corners of the globe; if your nonfiction is wild and honest; if your visual art is raw and earnest…show us. We want to see it.

Duende aspires to represent the true beauty and diversity of the U.S. literary ecosystem. A majority of the work we publish will be from writers and artists who are queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and / or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. Please send us your work!

Submissions are open through November 15th.  

Visit our website for detailed guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Cooper Street

Cooper Street, an online publication sponsored by the Rutgers University Camden MFA program’s student organization, is still looking for more fiction and poetry for our second issue, slated for a January release. Priority deadline for full consideration for the issue is Nov. 15.  

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.

Comic Fiction Competition: The Robert Reeves Prize in Comic Fiction

The Robert Reeves $1,000 Prize in Comic Fiction, judged by distinguished author and editor, Daniel Menaker

Submit your short comedic fiction (no more than 5,000 words) to The Southampton Review’s first annual Robert Reeves Comic Fiction Contest! We won’t even try to tell you what we’re looking for. The comic impulse is so widely and variously expressed in fiction that it resists definition. But if your comic muse has led you to a story that you consider a match, throw caution to the wind and send it to us.

Entry fee is $15 per submission. Winners will be notified on or before January 15, 2015, and will be honored at the Manhattan launch of TSR: The Southampton Review’s Spring 2015 issue.

Submission Period: September 1st through October 31st. Submit here.

1st Place: $1000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of TSR: The Southampton Review. Finalist stories will be considered for publication in TSR Online.

Notably irreverent contest judge Daniel Menaker has been the fiction editor at The New Yorker, and Executive Editor in Chief of Random House. He is the author, most recently, of the memoir My Mistake.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Post-book Publication Awards: 2015 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS,SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2015 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards.  

One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of single-author titles published in 2014, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000.00 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.   

The dates for the 2015 festival will be October 21-23, 2015. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners. 

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $20.00 entry fee made out to "SIUC - Dept. of English." Entrants wishing to submit entry fees electronically should e-mail a request to:

grassrootsmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and they will be sent a link to pay by PayPal or credit card.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2014 - February 2, 2015. Materials postmarked after February 1 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2015. All entrants will be notified of the results by e-mail in June 2015.

The three awards are open to single-author titles published in 2014 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2015 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 21-23, 2015) to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Call for Submissions: Beecher's Magazine

Beecher’s Magazine Is Now Open for Submissions

Submission deadline: February 14, 2015

Beecher’s Magazine, an annual print journal produced by graduate students at the University of Kansas, seeks inimitable poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and B&W art for its fifth anniversary issue. For guidelines and to submit your work, visit our Submittable page.

Poetry Book Competition: Waywiser Press

The Waywiser Press is now accepting first and second book manuscripts for the tenth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry prize. The winning manuscript will be honored with £1750 or $3000, publication by Waywiser in both the UK and USA, and a reading with the judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Past judges include Richard Wilbur, Mary Jo Salter, Charles Simic, and Heather McHugh.

For submission details, visit our website

The deadline is December 1, 2014.

Call for Submissions: Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk Seeks Original Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Art for its Winter Issue!

Our Submittable Link.
We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions: Mud Season Review

MUD SEASON REVIEW is a community-led literary journal based in Vermont.

We invite strong, deeply human work in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art for upcoming issues, and seek to celebrate the writers and artists behind the work. 

For guidelines, visit our website.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Writing Class: Writing for the Web, West Side (NYC) YMCA Writer's Voice

We have a wonderful new Writing Class at the West Side YMCA’s Writer’s Voice program.

These days almost everyone’s first destination for reading is the web, but there is a boundless amount of content competing for eyeballs. Whether you’re trying to entertain, make a point, or just update the world on your life, capturing the attention of readers can be a challenge. With a focus on the short essay form, this class will help you develop skills to create concise, informative and compelling writing to send out into the digital world. Maximum enrollment is 15 students. No pre-registration requirement. Open to writers of all levels.

· Stephanie Lehmann

· Thursdays 6:45 – 8:45 PM

· SESSION 6 | 8 weeks, starts October 30

· Fees: $210 Member $350 Non-Member 

Please visit our website for more information about this course and other courses that we offer.

Amanda Selwyn | Director of Community Arts 

West Side YMCA 
5 West 63rd St., New York, NY 10023 
P 212-912-2635
(Change AT to @ and DOT to .) 

To learn about Communty Arts programs and classes, please visit our website.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Call for Submissions of Experimental Writing: Best American Experimental Writing 2015

Best American Experimental Writing 2015, to be published by Wesleyan University Press next fall, is now accepting unsolicited submissions. Fully 20% of the 2015 anthology will comprise unsolicited works selected blind by the series co-editors, Jesse Damiani and Seth Abramson, and this year's guest editor, Douglas Kearney. 

Interested poets and writers can read the guidelines and access Wesleyan's Submittable page here

The deadline for submissions is November 1st. We look forward to reading your work!

Jesse Damiani
Seth Abramson
Series Co-Editors, Best American Experimental Writing

Call for Submissions from California Community College English Instructors: Inside English

Inside English is accepting submissions from writers teaching at a California community college for its spring 2015 issue. Deadline is January 15 and theme is teaching.

Inside English is the pedagogical publication of the English Council of California Two-Year Colleges and 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:
 couringATsbccDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Also include a fifty-word biography including the California community college(s) where you teach.

In the subject line include the genre of the submission, title(s) and your name (Flash Fiction, “Restless Nights,” Marilyn Morgan)

We accept the following genres:

Flash Fiction: 1-2 pieces, a total of 1000 words.

Poetry: 1-2 poems, no more then 50 lines each.

Flash Creative Nonfiction: 1-2 pieces, a total of 1000 words.

Dr. Chella Courington, Creative Editor
Santa Barbara City College

Poetry Competition: ARTlines2, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Writers are invited to submit original poems inspired by five works of art linked to this website and on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).

Entry guidelines.

This competition accepts poems in two separate age categories: adult (age 20+) and teens (age 13-19). The deadline for entries is midnight November 30, 2014.

Five independent judges – Robert Pinsky, David M. Parsons, Patricia Smith, Mary Szybist, and Roberto Tejada – will each select a winner and 7 seven finalists for one of the artworks, totaling five adult winners and thirty-five adult finalists. Writers In The Schools/WITS will judge our free teen competition and select five teen winners.

Please read the Guidelines and other information on this site before submitting your poems. All teens should read the Teen page for separate guidelines.

On April 23, 2015, in celebration of National Poetry Month, a free public program at the Museum will feature ARTlines2 winners in both age categories, as well as comments about each work of art by an art historian.

Poems by all Winners and Finalist will be published with the accompanying artworks in an ekphrastic poetry anthology for ARTlines2 

EKPHRASTIC POETRY may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet´s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories about a work of art.
ARTlines2 is a national competition organized by Public Poetry in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH).

Eligibility: Adults (20+) and teens (13-19).
Deadline: November 30, 2014

Call for Submissions: The Lindenwood Review

The Lindenwood Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essay for issue 5 through December 15, 2014. We are also accepting submissions for our free flash fiction contest through November 15.  

While current LU MFA students are not eligible, alumni are welcome to submit. 

Please visit our website for full submission guidelines and to read excerpts from previous issues.

Call for Submissions: Prime Number Magazine

Prime Number Magazine is open for submissions! We're especially looking for excellent creative nonfiction (under 5000 words) and short essays (under 1000 words) in addition to short stories (under 5000 words), flash fiction (under 750 words), and poetry. (Book reviews and interviews, too, but query the Books editor first.) In all categories, we're looking for distinctive work. 

Full Submission Guidelines here

And check out our latest issue, #61.

Call for Historical Crime and Mystery Fiction Submissions for Anthology: Darkhouse Books

Darkhouse Books seeks stories for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction. For the purpose of this anthology we are defining historical fiction as, those works set more than a few decades prior to the present and written by someone without direct experience in the setting and events of the story. But should a truly superb story happen to stray from the above strictures and cross our threshold, we would happily consider it.

The submission period is now open and will remain open through 11:59pm (PST), December 31st, 2014.

We are seeking stories in the 2500 to 7500 word range, though if it’s knockout material, we’ll consider any length.

The anthology will contain between twelve and twenty stories, depending on the overall length. Authors will share equally fifty percent of royalties received.

We accept MS Word .doc and .docx files. Submissions must be in standard manuscript format. Previously published work will be considered, provided the author has the power to grant us the right to publish in ebook, audio, and print versions, and that it has not been available elsewhere more recently than January 1st, 2014.

Submissions may be sent to:

submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Now available "The Anthology of Cozy-Noir"!

Writing Competition: Sequestrum's Editor's Reprint Award

Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our first annual Editor's Reprint Award! For complete guidelines, visit our website.

Contest Guidelines:

Open to reprints of fiction and nonfiction in any original format (electronic or print).

One $200 prize plus publication.
One runner-up prize including publication and payment (just above our usual rates). Finalists listed on the site.

$15 entry fee.
Tentative close date of April 30th
. (See site for details)

Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
Length and subject are open.
Submit via our online submission system.
Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
Multiple submissions allowed.

No identifying information should be on your manuscript.

Not previously published? No worries! We're always accepting general submissions. Send them here.

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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Call for Submissions: Loose Change Magazine

Call For Submissions: Loose Change Magazine 

Submissions portal.  

Loose Change, a journal of new writing from the WonderRoot Center for Arts and Social Change in Atlanta, is relaunching in January with the sexy-smart, mesmerizing work of Eric Baus, Pam Brown, Laura Carter, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas A. Martin, Miranda Mellis, Deborah Poe, and Kate Schapira, among others, and is still accepting submissions. 

We are interested in work that comes out of various traditions to move them forward, break them apart, reinvent or explode them. We want familiar modes made new and strange forms that renew us. Please review our submission guidelines before sending your previously unpublished work. We only accept electronic submissions through our submissions manager. In addition to our regular issue, we are also accepting submissions for a special portfolio, “Sexted Up—Wording In—Gen(d)re Qweery,” to be included inside the issue, and we will be happy to consider writing and art submitted to this category for our non-themed main section and vice versa. We look forward to receiving your work.

Loose Change on the Wor(l)d! Submit your challenging and ambitious best by November 15.

Call for Chapbook Prose Submissions: Slash Pine Press

Each academic year, Slash Pine Press publishes two chapbooks in limited runs of 125 copies. This year, the press will publish one in the Fall of 2014 and one in the Spring of 2015.

The reading period is now open for our Spring chapbook. We are in search of prose manuscripts of any prose genre, no longer than 25 pages and made up of at least five separate pieces. 

DEADLINE: October 31, 2014.  

To submit, go here.


We’re interested in seeing manuscripts of prose in all genres: fiction, non-fiction, and prose poetry. Manuscripts should be entirely prose, and should be made up of at least five interconnected or separate pieces. We are not considering, for example, submissions of one to four stories or essays. We are more interested in flash fiction or non-fiction, a larger work made up of smaller parts, or work that is conscious of how it uses white space and the page.

Simultaneous submissions are OK, but no multiple submissions will be accepted.

Please include your name and full contact information only in the “cover letter” section of the submission page. Authors may also list acknowledgments on the manuscript if desired.

All manuscripts receive a blind reading. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript or in the title of file (on Submittable blind readers can still see the name of the file). Those manuscripts that include the author's name will be disqualified.

Manuscripts should be between 15-25 pages not counting cover page, acknowledgment page, or contents page (if included).

Collaborations are OK, but only by two authors.

The accepted manuscript will be determined by the editors and interns of Slash Pine Press. Decisions will be announced early 2015.

The $5 reading fee will go to printing and administrative fees. The author of the accepted manuscript will receive 15 copies as well as the option to buy additional copies at a reduced cost.

Faculty, students, and graduates of the University of Alabama are not eligible for publication.

As always, Slash Pine books are carefully designed and hand bound. To see examples of the books Slash Pine has published in the past, go to

Call for Submissions: Lockjaw Magazine

Lockjaw Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its first issue! YES! 

Submissions email:

submissionsATlockjawmagazineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 


We're a biannual, online-only journal publishing literary ephemera, visual art, music, and video. Obviously we want your best work, it hardly needs to be said (but we'll say it, just to put you at ease.) Beyond that: we don’t care about genre. There are lots of places to get Poetry and Fiction and while we’ll almost certainly publish some, we’re more interested in your unclassifiables, your orphans. This isn’t to say we’re averse to stanzas or stories (we’re not), but if you’re sending us a formal sonnet about your dog because that’s what poetry is supposed to look like, we will probably acknowledge that your dog seems awesome and politely leave it at that. We’re interested in the words and the sounds and the images, not so much conventional interpretations of genre.

Hopping off the soapbox: submissions are open through November 30; please visit our website for detailed guidelines and other stuff. Or throw caution to the wind and send your stuff to:

submissions(at)lockjawmagazine(dot)com (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )

But yeah, read the guidelines first. They're kind of funny.

Lockjaw Loves You,

Call for Submissions: A Common Thread

A Common Thread, an online literary journal run by undergraduate students at Valparaiso University (Indiana) is currently seeking submissions for its 2nd issue on the theme of "scars." 

Genres include poetry, fiction/ flash fiction, artwork/photography/comics, drama/screenplay, and creative nonfiction/flash creative nonfiction. 

Please see our website for more information and guidelines. Submissions deadline is December 1.

 Submissions portal.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Call for Undergraduate Submissions: Runestone

The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University will shortly launch Runestone, a national online literary annual, compiled and edited by our BFA students. We plan to feature the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry we can get our hands on, all of it written by — we hope — your students.

Runestone’s editorial process will take place each spring in our upper-level undergraduate course, Introduction to Literary Publishing: Runestone. The class is a collaborative effort among its faculty-editor; two assistant editors, both graduate students in our MFA program; and its undergraduate student editorial board. We will provide an intense level of mentorship, and invaluable hands-on experience of the publishing process, for our students and yours.

We are committed to excellence. We take seriously our role in creating the next generation of editors and publishing talented undergraduate students for what may be the first time. We believe we can create a digital journal that maintains or exceeds the standards of print. We believe that an online journal can be made physically beautiful. We will archive all issues online so that our authors and our editors can point to work they are proud of in the future.

Submissions are open at this link from October 15 to December 15.

Writing Competition: 2014 Dana Awards

19th ANNUAL DANA AWARDS. Deadline October 31.
$1,000 awards each in NOVEL (first 40 pages only), SHORT FICTION, and POETRY.
For crucial guidelines, visit our website or e-mail:
 danawardsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or send SASE to:
Dana Awards
200 Fosseway Drive, 
Greensboro, NC 27455.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Call for Submissions: The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review

The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is now open for unsolicited submissions in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book club, and our new humor column: Classifieds for Pathetic People. Also, don't forget our Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction (2015 winner Andrew McLinden) and our upcoming courses at The Eckleburg Workshops.

Submit your work to us today. We look forward to reading your words.

Call for Submissions on Travel or Place: cahoodaloodaling

The online journal, cahoodaloodaling, is seeking writing and art submissions with the common theme of travel or place for its January 2015 issue, Travelogue. Issue #15 – Travelogue 

We are seeking submissions inspired by unique destinations, travel, international adventures, or simply the comforts of home. Send in your best works of “place” by the end of the year. Remember, we are open for all styles and forms of visual and audio art, poetry, literature, as well as essays, non-fiction, screenplays, collaborations and even letters home. Make us stand up and take notice. 

Submissions due 12/31/14. Guest editor April Michelle Bratten of Up The Staircase Quarterly. Issue live 1/31/15. 

Check out previous issues here.

Please review our submission guidelines here.

Writer's Conference Scholarships: Winter Prose & Poetry Getaway

Four scholarships are being offered for first-time participants of the 22nd Annual WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 16-19, 2015 in the Atlantic City area. Recipients may choose from workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and more, including special advanced sessions with Stephen Dunn and Kim Addonizio. In addition, the conference also offers open mics, tutorials, talks, sunrise yoga, dancing at the Getaway Disco and writerly camaraderie.

We have two different categories of scholarships available:
+ The Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Getaway faculty and staff, will offer places to two poets or writers age 31 and over. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2014.
+ The Jan-ai Scholarship will sponsor two poets or writers between the ages of 18 - 30. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014.

Escape the distractions of your busy life. Advance your craft and energize your writing at the Winter Getaway. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Learn more at our website.

The Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway is presented by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Murphy Writing.

Poetry and Prose Competition: New Rivers Press Many Voices Prize for Prose and Poetry

New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Prize for Prose and Poetry

New Rivers Press is now taking submissions for our Many Voices Project Prize for PROSE and POETRY. Deadline November 1, 2014. Each winner (one for prose, one for poetry) will win $1000, a standard book contract, national distribution, and complimentary copies. This year's finalist judges are Naomi Shihab Nye for poetry and Alan Davis for prose. Recent judges include John Dufresne, Leif Enger, Richard Hoffman, Tim Seibles, Debra Marquart, and Elizabeth Searle. 

The Many Voices Project is our distinguished annual competition (since 1981) to find new and emerging writers. (An emerging writer has not published more than two books of creative writing with a commercial, university, or national small press.)  

The submission period for the 2014 MVP competition, a search for book-length unpublished manuscripts by new or emerging writers, is Sept. 15 - Nov. 1, 2014. The prize is open to anyone writing in English. There is a $25 entry fee. The winning titles will be published in fall 2016 by New Rivers Press. 

Online submissions are being accepted now at our submissions portal.

To send your manuscript by regular mail, please visit our website for guidelines.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Call for Poems about Monsters: Snakeskin

Jessy Randall will guest-edit the February 2015 issue of the long-lived online poetry magazine Snakeskin:

snakeskin DOTorgDOTuk (Change DOT to . ) 

This year, the theme will be monsters. As always, the theme is open to interpretation, but the more monstery your poems, the better.

Send up to 6 poems to:

jessyrandallATyahooDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

No attachments, please. Simultaneous submissions are fine. The deadline is December 1. Expect a response by December 15.

Call for Submissions: New Delta Review

New Delta Review is currently seeking submissions in all genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art). We are especially interested in submissions by writers and artists who are underrepresented in literary publications in terms of race, gender, and sexual identity.

NDR is a literary journal produced by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University. Since 1984, NDR has published the work of emerging and established writers. Each issue includes original fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews, interviews, and artwork. In our 30 years of publication, authors of international renown–National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith, Puschcart Prize-winning Stacey Richter, and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins, to name a few–have shared our pages with tomorrow’s literary stars. Our contributors are regularly included in anthologies such as Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, and Best American Poetry.

To learn more about NDR, please visit our website.
New Delta Review publishes poems that show distinct artistry (“a poem within each line”) and usually find a way to subvert form (e.g. prose poems reinventing the form of prose poetry). We are looking for work that represents a diversity of experiences through craft and content and demonstrates an awareness of current conversations about poetics. We want to understand what kind of writer you are; include several poems (five max) so that we get a sense of the scope of your art. Please read New Delta Review, particularly our current issue, since our aesthetics shift from year to year.
To submit, please go here.
We publish fiction in wildly different styles and modes. It’s easy to say, “Please read our journal to get a sense of our aesthetic,” so we will! Please read our journal to get a sense of our aesthetic; current and back issues are available for free, right here, on the internet. After you’ve read, please send us fiction that is emotionally engaging. We also appreciate your (carefully considered) risks with language, content, and form.
While we often publish longer pieces, we prefer our stories to come in at around 3,000 words. We also have a special interest in flash fiction, and brief series of flash pieces.

For more information about the Ryan R. Gibbs Award in Short Fiction judged by Roxane Gay (deadline: October 11, 2014), please visit here.

For general submissions, please visit here.
At New Delta Review, we are looking for experimental essays that explore personal experience though hybrid forms and engage the reader on an emotional and intellectual level. We enjoy work that celebrates the complexity of the nonfiction genre by pairing compelling content with innovative structure. We want to see you, the writer, exploring ­­­­­­ and questioning through your work, so that we may experience the journey alongside you. In this genre, questions are as valuable as answers—show us your vulnerability.
To submit, please visit here.
We will consider artwork in any medium, from traditional (painting, drawing, photography, images of installation/sculpture) to new media (video, animation, and hypertext). Please consider our online format, and the possibilities of art on the web, when submitting your work.
For more information about the Ryan R. Gibbs Award in Photography judged by Jesse Morgan Barnett (deadline: October 15, 2014), please visit here.

For general submissions, please visit here.

Call for Poems about Food and Eating: Richer Resources

Richer Resources, based in Arlington, VA, seeks poems about food and eating for an anthology to be published in 2015. Send up to 3 original poems. Simultaneous and previously published OK. Include full contact info and a brief bio in the body of an email to:

poetryeditorATRicherResourcesPublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Attach poems in Word or Rich Text. Replies in 2 months. Contributors receive one copy. Deadline: Nov. 1. Sally Zakariya, poetry editor.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Call for Submissions and Writing Competition: Crab Orchard Review

A Call for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW 

To submit to the Special Issue Feature Award, go here. (contest):


Special Issue: 20 Years: Writing About 1995-2015

To celebrate twenty years of publication, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is seeking submissions for our Summer/Fall 2015 issue focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences, observations, and/or cultural and historical events of the following topic: "20 Years: Writing About 1995-2015." We are open to work that covers any of the ways our world and ourselves have changed due to the advancements, setbacks, tragedies, and triumphs of the last twenty years.

All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English. Please inquire before submitting any translations. For general information about submissions, click the following link for our regular submission guidelines and subscription and single copy orders.

The submission period by postal mail for this issue is October 1 through November 10, 2014. (There will be an earlier date, August 15, for online submissions to our Special Issue Feature Awards, and these submissions close at the end of the day on November 1, 2014. All submissions for the Special Issue Feature Awards are also considered for publication in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue). We will be reading submissions throughout and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by the end of January 2015. Writers whose work is selected will receive $25 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) and two copies of the issue. Mail submissions to:

The 20 Years issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States of America

Call for Poetry Submissions: The New Verse News

Online Journal Seeks Current Events Poetry

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

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

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

nvneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

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

Fiction Competition: 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short fiction.

Reading Fee: $30

Award: Publication of winning short story collection, $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special reading and book signing party at Press 53 headquarters Winston-Salem, North Carolina, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Prime Number Magazine Gathering of Writers, and ten copies of the book. 

Enter: September 1–December 31, 2014; finalists announced March 1, 2015; winner announced on May 3, 2015 (National Press 53 Day). Complete details at our website.

Poetry Residency: 2015 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place

2015 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place 

$25.00 USD Application Fee
The Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire, invites applications for a six- to eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost's former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and which serves as a museum and conference center.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the Poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium. There are no other specific obligations.

Accommodations are spartan but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, but the resident poet will have sole use of non-public rooms of the house.

Previous recipients of this residency include Katha Pollitt, Robert Hass, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke. The aim of this program has been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one full-length collection of poetry at the time of submission.

Application guidelines: Applications must be submitted by midnight December 31, 2014. Poets can apply directly or be nominated by someone else.

Poetry Competition: The Morton Marr Poetry Prize

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize

Entry fee: $5.00 per poem paid online.

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize is an endowment by Marilyn Klepak of Dallas in honor of her father, whose love of poetry has encouraged her to pass this love on to others. The first prize is $1,000 and the second place prize is $500. Both prizes earn publication in Southwest Review pages.

Contest is open to writers who have not yet published a first book of poetry. Contestants may submit no more than six, previously unpublished poems in a "traditional" form (e.g. sonnet, sestina, villanelle, rhymed stanzas, blank verse, etc.). Poems should be printed blank with name and address information only on a cover sheet or letter. Entry fee of $5.00 per poem must accompany submission. Postmarked deadline for entry is September 30, 2015. Poems will not be returned. Winners will be notified in December. All entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning poems appear. Entries sent by mail with a check or money order should be addressed to: 

The Morton Marr Poetry Prize
Southwest Review
P.O. Box 750374
Dallas, TX 75275-0374

Email entry to:

swrATsmuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with "Marr Poetry Prize" in the subject line. Preferred format is a Word Document attached to the email, but can accept most basic file types.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Call for Submissions: Helen: A Literary Magazine

Helen: A Literary Magazine is now accepting submissions for our next issue.
We are seeking:
*short literary fiction between 1,500-5,000 words
*flash fiction between 50-1,500 words
*poems (12 pages MAX)
*creative nonfiction between 1,500-5,000 words.
Please send us work that honors our theme: "MUSIC."  
For more information on guidelines, please visit here.

To submit your work, please use our Submittable page.
We pay $2 for poems, $5 for flash fiction, and $10 for all short fiction and creative nonfiction.

Sonnet Competition: Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award


Final Judge: R.S. Gwynn
Deadline: November 15, 2014

Sponsored by:
The Formalist and Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry

Competition Rules for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award:

1. Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter up to twelve sonnets. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually. Entry fee: $3 per sonnet, checks payable to Measure Press. Entry fees from outside the U.S. must be paid in cash — U.S. dollars — or by a check drawn on a U.S. bank. Author's name, address, e-mail address, and phone number should be typed on the BACK of each entry.
2. Final Judge for the 2014 competition will be R.S. Gwynn. The winning poem and eleven finalists will be published in a 2015 issue of Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry
3. Entries must be sent to the address listed below and postmarked no later than November 15, 2014. Enclose a SASE if you would like to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned.

All submissions should be sent to:

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
Creative Writing Department
University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722

Click here to see a list of previous winners and judges.

Please note: these are the complete guidelines.

Call for Political Poetry for Anthology: Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications Seeking Political Poetry for Anthology 

In September 2014, NPR writer and critic Juan Vidal wrote an essay whose titular question, “Where Have All the Poets Gone?” provided a platform for various musings regarding the political state of contemporary American poetics. According to Vidal, “For centuries, poets were the mouthpieces railing loudly against injustice. They gave voice to the hardships and evils facing people everywhere... What has happened?” He further suggested that poets writing today have failed to create work that carries the same “weight” as the poems written by their literary forefathers.  

Should American poets still be trying to write "Howl"? Are Neruda, Kerouac, Baraka, and the rest of the Beat Generation the only viable prototypes for political literary expression in American culture? How does the influx of identities, voices, and life experiences that are now expressed in mainstream American letters potentially create and communicate new political vision(s) -- vision that may sound or appear different from Ginsberg's poetic/political tour de force, but is no less necessary, compelling, challenging, or iconoclastic? What do we even mean when we talk about the weight of a political work? How is that weight both carried and expressed by poetry today?  

To address these questions, Sundress Publications is now accepting poetry submissions for a new anthology on the politics of identity, to showcase the substantial amount of political writing that is being done today. This print anthology, edited by Fox Frazier-Foley and Erin Elizabeth Smith, will include multimedia features: we are open to submissions in audio/visual media (e.g., video files of ASL poetry, audio files of spoken word poetry, etc).  

This anthology is looking for submissions that contemplate ideas about race, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, educational background, different life experiences, etc. and how our identities shape and complicate how we see ourselves in the world.  

To submit, please send 3-5 poems and a bio (no longer than 75 words) to:

anthologyATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Previously published work will be considered. If you send previously published work, please note where it first appeared.  

Submissions for this project are rolling.
Deadline: December 31, 2014, at 12:00 midnight PST.

Call for Submissions: The Jet Fuel Review

The Jet Fuel Review is now accepting submissions for our 8th issue. We are an online journal welcoming submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. No previously published works are accepted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. 

The Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014. 

Fiction: 3,000 words or less
Nonfiction: 3,000 worlds or less
Poetry: 3-5 poems
Art: up to 5 pieces

More information concerning the submission process can be found at our website.

Call for Submissions: Red Earth Review

Red Earth Review Call for Submissions 

Submissions Link  

Red Earth Review, a literary magazine published by the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University, is now accepting submissions for our third edition. Much like the MFA program at Oklahoma City University that shares its name and home, Red Earth Review is genuine, grounded, and fearless. Send us poetry or prose firm in foundation, steadfast in soul and in craft. Submission guidelines below. We look forward to reading your work.

We accept fiction, both literary and genre, creative nonfiction, poetry, and encourage new and emerging writers to submit. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2014 or 300 submissions, whichever comes first. The target release date is July 2015. Submit one to five previously unpublished poems or one short story (fewer than 7,500 words) or one essay (fewer than 7500 words).

If our Submittable page says "No Active Categories," before November 1, then we have reached 300 submissions. Red Earth Review has chosen to limit the number of submissions in order to assure that we can give submissions the readings they deserve. Submissions that do not follow guidelines on the Submittable page will not be read.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission using your Submittable account.

Payment is in copies. After first publication, all rights revert to the author/artist.​

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book-length Fiction Competition: 2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize

2014 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, Black Balloon's annual award of $5000 and a book deal for an outstanding fiction manuscript.  

We are accepting submissions October 1st - 31st, 2014, and we are hoping you and your department colleagues will share news of this prize with your faculty, students, alumni, and social media communities. There's no reading fee to submit, and any previously unpublished, original, and completed fiction manuscript over 50,000 words in length is eligible. There isn't another prize like this awarded by an independent publisher, and we are proud to help talented writers find their readership!

Next month, Black Balloon will publish Fat Man and Little Boy, the novel by Mike Meginnis that won the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. The book has already received great early buzz, with The Sisters Brothers author Patrick deWitt calling the novel “beguiling, strange, and strangely lovely,” Publishers Weekly proclaiming it "imaginative...both surprising and incisive," and the Brooklyn Book Festival naming Meginnis one of "the year's most impressive debut novelists." 

Details at our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions by Women: The Wide Shore

The Wide Shore, A Global Women's Poetry Journal, is opening submissions for its next issue from October 1-November 15, 2014. We seek strong poems and translations of poems by women.

Our mission: The Wide Shore is a global literary journal dedicated to connecting women's voices. We are committed to publishing poetry that reveals and unearths that which has been hidden, masked, buried, or unexpressed. We invite newly translated works by women whose voices have yet to reach wider shores. As Gwendolyn Brooks wrote, we are each other's/ harvest:/ we are each other's/ business:/ we are each other's/ magnitude and bond. 

For submission guidelines and to submit now, go here.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Hartskill Review

Hartskill Review is looking for challenging, evocative, and insightful long poems for its December issue. In this context, a "long poem" is considered anything between 4 and 12 manuscript pages. No submission fee; pays one contributor copy.

Submittable link.

And, as always, regular length poems are welcome. Please consider submitting to Hartskill Review!

Submission details on Hartskill Review website.

Submit 1-3 poems at a time.
Gather your submission into one file.
Poems should be single spaced on the page.
Submit rich, complex, and ambitious poems that reward repeated readings.
Submit poems that mean something to you and stand a chance of meaning something to others.
Simultaneous submissions are okay (notify if accepted elsewhere).
Please include a short biographical note about yourself.
Write "comments welcome" if you wouldn't be averse to receiving comments from the editor.

Responds in 1-4 weeks.

Fiction Competition: Story Quarterly

StoryQuarterly is accepting submissions for our Fourth Annual Fiction Contest through October 31. The winner will receive $1000, the first runner-up $500, and the third $250. All three winners will be published in StoryQuarterly 48 (January 2015).

 Entry fee: $15.00

The contest will be judged by Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck and Other Stories, An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, Niagara Falls All Over Again, The Giant's House, and Here's Your Hat What's Your Hurry. 

Please visit our website for full guidelines and to submit your work.

Writing Competition: The Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize

The Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize, sponsored the Great Plains Writers’ Conference at South Dakota State University, is given annually to a writer of the Great Plains region who has not yet published a book, but whose work and career shows exceptional promise. The winner will receive a $1000 honorarium and a featured reading at the conference in Brookings, SD in March, 2015, as well as land travel and lodging.

Submissions open October 1, 2014. Postmark deadline December 1, 2014. All genres open; include a maximum of 15 pages of poetry or hybrid-genre work, or a maximum of 20 pages of fiction, nonfiction, drama, or screenplay. Work submitted may be previously published, but must be stripped of all information identifying the author or the venue. Judging will be blind. Entry fee $15. 

The Great Plains region is broadly defined as reaching from western Minnesota to eastern Montana and from the Canadian border to central Oklahoma. We consider writers to be “of” this region if they have resided here more than three years or have a demonstrable historical link to the region (e.g., you grew up here and moved away). Please state your relationship to the region in your cover letter.

For full guidelines visit our website.

Submit electronically here.