Sunday, November 30, 2014

Call for Essays on Becoming a Teacher: In Fact Books

Becoming a Teacher 

Deadline: March 9, 2015 

For a new anthology, In Fact Books is seeking true stories exploring and reflecting on the process of becoming a teacher. 

Education is a hotly-contested subject, but too often the voices of teachers themselves are left out of the discussion. This fall, approximately 3.5 million full-time teachers headed into classrooms in the United States. What motivates them to enter, and to stay in, this demanding profession, and how are their daily lives affected by ongoing changes in the education system? "Becoming a Teacher" will present readers with the world of education from the perspective of elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.

We're looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences--in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. 

We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; writing should be evocative, vivid, and dramatic. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything we publish goes through a rigorous fact-checking process; editors may ask for sources and citations.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple submissions are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail

Postmark deadline March 9, 2015
Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email address for response to: 

In Fact Books
c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Attn: Becoming a Teacher
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST March 9, 2015
To submit online, go here.

Call for Submissions: Switchback

Submissions link.

Switchback is now accepting submissions for our upcoming issue, current from now until January 31. Send us your best previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. We're looking for daring work, literature that electrifies with language strong enough to sweep us away. There's no submission fee, so what are you waiting for? Send us your work now! 

Please send us only one piece of fiction at a time and only previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself. (Word Limit 7500) 

Please send us only one piece of nonfiction at a time and only previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself. (Word Limit 7500) 

Please send us no more than three poems per submission period. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself. 

Switchback is a publication of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program of the University of San Francisco. 

For more information visit our website.

Call for Poets: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Call for Poetry: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series
Theme: DOCUMENTATION: For The Record
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Place: 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

We are seeking work that addresses all aspects of the theme:

A document provides evidence, or serves as an official record that something happened or simply exists. We are looking for Poems as Documentation or Documentary. Poems in the form of documents: How-to manuals, FAQs. transcripts of imagined interviews, policy documents, inventories, legal or constitutional documents, etc. Poems about the transciber or documentarist are also of interest. Let’s see what you can come up with.

Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme ALONG WITH a 50 to 75 word bio, IN THE BODY OF AN E-MAIL to: 

galleryATwomanmadeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by December 22, 12:01 a.m.. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision by January 20. Although we can't afford to pay readers, this is a great opportunity to sell books and read with other talented people in a very special environment.

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

Selected poets MUST be available to read in person. 

Read more about poetry events at Woman Made Gallery here.

Call for Flash Fiction: "Baby Shoes" Anthology

Thank you for wanting to be a part of the “Baby Shoes” anthology. We’re excited about this and hope you will be too.

Top – Level Concept

There aren’t enough flash fiction anthologies in the world, and those that are tend to focus on a specific genre. We want a little bit of everything, from a little bit of everybody.

For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Used. Will feature 100 pieces of flash fiction from 100 different authors. All genres are open. No holds barred in terms of content or language (within reason – you’ll get rejected for child porn or needless hate speech, for example).

We’re funding the project via Kickstarter to make sure we can hire top editors, get awesome cover art and pay all of our contributors.

What we want from you

#1: A piece of awesome fiction less than 1,000 words long. We want it by the 5th of December sent as a .doc file you’ve already spellchecked and gone over for typos.

#2: Your help making the Kickstarter campaign go viral. You don’t have to contribute, but if each contributor gets two friends to back the book we’ll be well over our goals.

#3: Your help promoting the anthology once it’s released. You’ll probably do this anyway since you’ll be jazzed about being in print, but we’ll help you do it well.

What you get from us:

#1: You get paid up front, assuming the Kickstarter succeeds.
Authors already professionally published get to choose between (a) $10 and an electronic contributor’s copy and (b) $5 and a print contributor’s copy.
Authors for whom this will be the first professional publication choose between (a) $5 and an electronic contributor’s copy and (b) a print contributor’s copy.

You’ll see some mention of other arrangements for our “anchor” authors – rock stars like Joe R. Lansdale, Larry Brooks and Linda Needham who have graciously agreed to be involved. Don’t let that hurt your feelings. You and I aren’t at that level…yet.

#2: You receive some royalties.
Half of the profits from the anthology go to the publisher. Half of the remainder goes to the anchor authors. The remaining quarter gets split between the other contributors.
Fair warning: There are 100 authors involved and we don’t expect to sell millions of copies. Your cut of the profits will not amount to a whole lot more than bragging rights and a few bucks in your PayPal account. Don’t buy a new car on credit just because you got into the anthology, okay?

That’s the basics. We plan to launch the Kickstarter in early November and receive the submissions in late November/early December. If all goes well, we’ll print in time for Christmas.

If you’re as excited as we are about this, just shoot me a line at:

brickcommajasonATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and we’ll get you started.

Jason Brick, editor

Friday, November 21, 2014

Call for Submissions: Tiferet

Tiferet is currently accepting new submissions. You are invited to submit a short story, an essay or interview, poems, or an original piece of art. 

Click here to read the guidelines and use our online submission process. 

Deadline is December 31st!

Fellowship for Boston-area Writers: The Writer's Room of Boston

The Writers' Room of Boston (WROB) is a nonprofit organization that has been dedicated to supporting the creation of new literature for over 25 years by providing a secure, affordable work space and an engaged community to established and emerging writers in Boston. 

Every year, The Writers’ Room of Boston supports four emerging local writers who need financial support to secure a quiet place to develop their work. Fellowship recipients receive full membership to The Writers’ Room for 12 months (February through January) at no cost. Members enjoy 24-hour access to a beautiful light-filled work space in downtown Boston and the opportunity to be part of an engaged community of serious writers.  

Awards for the Emerging Writer Fellowship Program are based upon the quality of a submitted writing sample, a project description, a CV or resume, and a statement of need. The Fellowships are open to writers working in any genre or form. Fellows must be committed to using the Room on a regular basis throughout the 12-month period.  

For more information about the WROB Emerging Writer Fellowship Program, or to learn how you can become a member, please visit our website

Applications for Fellowships are due on December 31, 2014. Applications for regular membership are open all year.

The Writers' Room of Boston
111 State Street, Fifth Floor
Boston, MA 02109

Fiction Competition: Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press  


All entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2014. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine.

Entry fee is $15 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard. 

We accept works up to 8,000 words. Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the story's title and "Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest," should appear on page one. Cover sheets are not necessary. Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced. 

Contest entries can be submitted electronically or by mail. 

Electronic submissions 

Postal Submissions:
Send manuscript(s) and SAS post card for acknowledgement of receipt to: 

Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest
PMB 325
6614 Clayton Road
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

No manuscripts will be returned. 

Due to the number of submissions, we cannot respond to each writer individually. Each author will receive an acknowledgement of receipt but will need to check the website for notification of the winner. 

The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the Spring or Fall 2015 issue of Boulevard

Call for Submissions: pacificReview: Vivarium

pacificREVIEW 2015: Vivarium


Submission Period: October 1st 2014 – February 28th 2015

A vivarium (Latin for "place of life") is an area for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, a microcosm with controls for environmental conditions.

We, as human beings, create vivariums for both ourselves and other species. In these environments of our own design (zoos, shopping malls, universities, cathedrals, etc.), we breathe simulation, observe phenomena both natural and unnatural, speak in symbols, and cypher our dreams. We are inhabitants of our creations, thriving in the flux between the abstract and the absolute. The newest issue of the pacificREVIEW seeks dynamic work that speaks to this theme and interrogates the ever-blurring line between "real" and "unreal" settings.

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

Submissions remain open for an anthology of historical crime and mystery fiction

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. Links to formatting guides are available here.

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.

Andrew MacRae
Darkhouse Books
Now available "The Anthology of Cozy-Noir"!

Fellowship for Emerging Female Writer: The Mary Wood Fellowship

Announcing the Mary Wood Fellowship at the Rose O'Neill Literary House!

The Mary Wood Fellowship at Washington College is awarded in even-numbered to an emerging female writer—in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction—who has published one book.

The Fellowship enables female creative writing students at Washington College to work with and learn from successful female writers like Laura van den Berg, Hannah Tinti, and Irina Reyn, who spend several days on campus.

The Mary Wood Fellow spends approximately three days at Washington College, during which she holds individual conferences with select female undergraduate creative writers. The Fellow also gives a public reading and a craft talk. The Fellowship includes a $1500 stipend, overnight accommodations, and travel. 

Eastern Shore author Mary Wood, whose support makes the fellowship possible, is a ’68 graduate of the College and a former member of its Board of Visitors and Governors.

Applicants should send a cover letter (outlining qualifications and reasons for interest in position) as well as a copy of their book to Assistant Director Lindsay Lusby:

The Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, Maryland 21620

For the Spring 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 1, 2015.

To learn more about the Rose O'Neill Literary House and Washington College, please visit our website.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Interview with Webucator: Staying Motivated

In honor of National Novel Writing Month, the folks at Webucator have asked me to respond to a few questions about writing. Although I don't participate in NaNoWriMo (November is a terrible month for me to try squeeze in extra writing time!), I thought it would be fun to answer their questions. You can read the interview below:

What were your goals when you started writing? I can't remember not writing. From the time I was old enough to read, I wrote vignettes, observations about life, snippets of overheard dialogue that intrigued me, and short stories. I wrote plays with parts for all of my stuffed animals. In the beginning, I think my primary desire was to give voice to the ideas that captured my imagination. As I grew older, my goals shifted to writing something important that people would read and remember. In high school, I became aware that words matter, that a good writer could sway opinions and touch people's emotions.

What are your goals now? My goals really changed when I became a young adult. As an undergraduate, I was an English major, and the work I read inspired me to think about writing short stories. I began submitting my work for publication in my early twenties, where I encountered a lot of rejection. But I did publish two pieces early on, an op-ed piece and a short story, and that motivated me to keep going. Later, I started work on a novel, which generated some interest from a publisher, but I never finished the book, and the project was dropped. After that, I concentrated on writing shorter pieces and have since published over 50 short stories, essays, and poems. My goals now are more evolved and complex. My debut novel, Blood of a Stone, is forthcoming from Tuscany Press in January 2015. Downloads of an Advanced Reading Copy of my novel are currently available to registered members of NetGalley for review. For years, my primary goal was to publish a novel. Now I'm working on a new novel, as well as a collection of short stories. I'm also actively pursuing awards and fellowships. 

What pays the bills now? My writing has never paid the bills, but my income from writing has continued to grow and is a nice supplement to our household income. Alas, art is not highly valued in today's society, so few authors actually earn a living income from their writing. I'm fortunate to have a supportive partner who has paid the bulk of our bills while I pursued my passion. In addition to my writing, I also work part-time as a creative writing instructor and as a freelance editor. 

Assuming writing doesn't pay the bills, what motivates you to keep writing? It's really about the writing, isn't it? Fame and fortune can be fleeting, but the joy of creating something imaginative and wonderful can carry you forever. I write because I love what I do. I love making the words dance on the page. I love creating interesting characters with complicated lives. My readers motivate me, too. Just last week, I received a lovely email from someone who had read my flash memoir, "My Mother's Hands," in Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie. I walked on a cloud for days. It's truly humbling to discover that your stories have touched someone and made a difference.

And optionally, what advice would you give young authors hoping to make a career out of writing? Read. Read everything in the genre you like to write and read outside of your genre. Read the classics. Read National Book Award winners, the stories in Best American Short Stories, or the essays in Best American Essays. Immerse yourself in good writing and good literature. You will learn much via osmosis. And write, write, write. Keep a journal. Write short stories, essays, poems, novels. Experiment with form and craft. Study the writers you admire and take notes: How does this one write dialogue that sounds so natural? How does that writer use metaphor and description to bring the setting to life? If you have a passion for writing, nothing will stop you from continuing to write. If you want to make a career out of writing, you need to apply the theory of P's: Practice. Persistence. Patience. Professionalism. The career will follow.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book News for Blood of a Stone!

I rarely post anything about myself here, but I wanted to share this news with you. My debut novel, Blood of a Stone, is slated for release from Tuscany Press Jan. 15, 2015! To celebrate the release, my publisher has made ARCs available on NetGalley for reviews. You must be a registered member of NetGalley to download a copy. The link.
And here is a photo of the book cover! Isn't it pretty??

Call for Submissions: Thin Air Magazine

Thin Air Magazine is reading submissions from now until Dec 15 for our Spring 2015 issue and our Web Features.

Founded in 1994, Thin Air is a nonprofit operating at an altitude of 6,910 ft, on the mountain of Flagstaff, Arizona, a popular stop along Route 66. The magazine is managed and edited entirely by Northern Arizona University graduate students on a volunteer basis, with faculty support from Nicole Walker. 

Thin Air is published in print once a year and on the web on an ongoing basis. We seek work that represent the forefront of contemporary American prose and poetry, work that tear up our hearts, and work that matter. We care about sharp aesthetics, cultural relevance, artistic cohesion, and are especially excited about writings that bend rules and surprise readers while sneakily winking at tradition. 
We are supportive of emerging writers and diverse voices, and aim to represent a wide range of talent in every issue we publish. We encourage submissions from writers of non-dominant, traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

Call for Poetry and Art about Animals: The National Museum of Animals & Society

The National Museum of Animals & Society seeks submissions of poetry and visual art for an upcoming exhibition on animals in poetry. This first of a kind exhibit will focus on poems, and the visual presentation of poems, that represent animal subjects and animals’ subjectivities, and that explore human-animal relations and the human-animal bond. Poets and visual artists are encouraged to participate.

Submissions link.

The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2015.

Call for Submissions: The Great American Lit Mag

Deadline: December 31, 2014

The Great American Lit Mag is seeking bold work for its second issue! We publish quarterly. Our current reading period runs through the end of December.  

For more information about our magazine, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: The Cumberland River Review

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The Cumberland River Review reads during the traditional academic year, September through April, and aims to maintain a regular response time of three months. We read and encourage simultaneous submissions and acquire First North American Serial Rights and the right to maintain an archive copy of accepted work online. (All other rights revert to our authors upon publication.) 

We nominate work for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and other anthologies and prizes. As always, our hope is to feature work of moral consequence.

 To submit and for more information, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Tiferet

Tiferet is currently accepting new writing submissions! 

We look for high-quality creative work that expresses spiritual experiences and/or promotes tolerance. Our mission is to help raise individual and global consciousness, and we publish writing from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions. 

We seek and publish the following types of work:  

Fiction: We interpret the word "spiritual" broadly. First, we seek well-written stories, pure and simple, that engage us in some small pocket of humanity.  

Nonfiction: We like to publish essays and interviews that shed light on personal experiences of grappling with the invisible...or different aspects of spiritual traditions.  

Poetry: We look for the highest quality poems that display mastery of content and craft. Technical proficiency is extremely important, along with clear expression of various aspects of the human spirit.  

Art and Photography: We seek original art and photography which in some way captures the spiritual or contemplative in a visual representation. 

For complete submission guidelines or to submit your work, please visit our website.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31st, 2014.  

Thank you for being a part of the global Tiferet community. We look forward to reading all submissions!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Call for Poetry Submissions: Heron Tree

Heron Tree's current reading period closes December 1. Any submissions received outside this period will not be read. 

More information, including archives of previously published poems, can be found on our website.
Submit 2 – 5 poems with a cover letter via email to:
submit.herontreeATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach poems in a single doc, docx, or rtf file. All submissions will be read blind; please do not include your name on the poems themselves, but provide a list of titles in your cover letter. Please do not use headers or footers in your file.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere. Work previously published online, electronically, or in print should not be submitted. Heron Tree does not publish translations, fiction, essays, or artwork at this time.

Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. We are not currently able to provide contributing authors with a gratis copy of the volume, but we plan to make it available to them at minimal cost. Purchase of the print volume is not required for publication.

Call for Submissions: Printer's Devil Review

Call for Submissions: Printer's Devil Review

“Gorgeous…Beautifully put together…the kind of journal where good writers who go on to be great get their start.” These are just a few of the compliments paid Printer’s Devil Review in a review recently published on the journal review site The Review Review.

PDR is currently seeking submissions of fiction (2,000 to 9,000 words), poetry, and nonfiction. Our reading period for Spring 2015 opened October 1, 2014 and closes January 1, 2015.

Printer's Devil Review (ISSN 2160-2948) is an independent, open access journal of literary and visual art. We publish new writers alongside Pushcart- and Pulitzer Prize-winning ones.

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

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

You can keep up with us by subscribing to our newsletter.

Writing Competition for Fiction, Poetry, and Cross-Genre Manuscripts: Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes

Contest for Fiction, Poetry, and Cross-Genre Manuscripts

The deadline for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes is 30 November 2014. 

This year two manuscripts will be chosen, rather than one. In addition to publication, each author will receive $1000 ($500 cash, $500 book-tour expenses) plus 25 copies.

Books will be published in Spring 2016, in time for AWP Los Angeles. Submission fees are sliding scale, $20-30, and each entrant is eligible to receive a free TS book from our catalogue in return for an SASE. 

Individual works in manuscript submissions are also automatically considered for publication in Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal.

Founded in 2002 as an online magazine, Tarpaulin Sky Press began publishing books in 2006, focusing on cross-genre / trans-genre / hybrid forms as well as innovative poetry and prose. Although known for their staunch refusal to fit neatly into genre conventions, Tarpaulin Sky Press titles are nonetheless reviewed positively in a wide variety of popular venues, including After Ellen, Huffington Post, The Nation, NPR Books, Publishers Weekly, Time Out New York, and VICE, as well as in small-press venues such as American Book Review, Bloomsbury Review, Bookslut, HTML Giant, Hyperallergic, Iowa Review, Review of Contemporary Fiction, The Rumpus, and TriQuarterly. 

Please see the 2015 Book Prizes guidelines page for full details.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Writer Award: Glimmer Train

New Writer Award: 1st place $1,500 & publication in Issue 96.  

Deadline: 11/30.  

This category is open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. (Seven of the last eight 1st place 
New Writer winners have been those authors' first print publications.) 
Second- and 3rd-place winners receive $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for 
publication, $700. Winners and finalists will be announced in the February 1 bulletin, and 
contacted directly the previous week.
Most submissions run 1,500 - 6,000 words, but can be as long as 12,000. 
Reading fee is $15 per story.  
Please, no more than three submissions per category. Writing Guidelines 

Award for Black College Writers: Hurston-Wright Foundation

Hurston-Wright Foundation College Awards


Open to Black college writers. At the time of submission applicants must be enrolled full or part time as undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited U.S. college or university. Open to both poets and fiction writers, submitted work must be previously unpublished.  

A winner and two honorable mentions are chosen in the categories of poetry and fiction.

Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 and honorable mentions receive $250. Winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the end of April 2015 and will be honored at the Legacy Award Ceremony in October 2015.

Entry Fee: $20.00

Submit here.

Summer Poetry Residency Contest: University of Arizona Poetry Center

2015 Summer Residency Contest

Entry Fee: $15.00 USD  

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 by midnight, MST

Judge: Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. 

GUIDELINES (Please read):

Writers at any stage of their careers may apply; emerging writers are welcome. This is a blind submission process.Friends, students, or family members of the judge are not eligible to apply. Current University of Arizona faculty, staff, students, and Tucson residents are not eligible to receive the residency. Due to financial limitations, this award is only open to U.S. residents. 

Paper submissions will not be accepted. Please make sure that the poems you submit are exactly as you want them to appear. Revisions will not be accepted while poems are under review. The Poetry Center will contact finalists to receive their CV/Resumes, as well as the contact information for three professional/personal references, before selecting a winner.

Entry link.


Work sample. No more than 10 pages of poetry. Please make sure your name and/or contact information is not included on the work sample or in the title of your submission.

We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.

Call for Flash Fiction and Art: Fine Linen Magazine

Fine Linen Magazine seeks tight, gripping flash fiction for publication in their winter issue.  

Fine Linen is a quarterly print journal that publishes fiction and art. We pay professional rates for accepted stories and art. Information and guidelines are available here.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Call for Themed Submissions on Nature or Nuture: The Quotable

Issue: 16, Theme: Nature or Nurture

Submissions open October 1, 2014 – December 1, 2014 

General Guidelines

We seek:
flash fiction (under 1,000 words) - 1 submission per reading period
short fiction (under 3,000 words) - 1 submission per reading period
creative nonfiction (under 3,000 words) - 1 submission per reading period
poetry - 1 submission of up to 3 poems per reading period
We are currently closed for art submissions 

We accept only original unpublished work. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

Please submit only DOUBLE SPACED (except poetry) documents using 12 pt. Times New Roman (or similarly readable font).

To ensure fairness, The Quotable has a blind submissions process. Remove all identifying information - name, email address, etc. - from your manuscripts. We will decline any manuscript that contains the author's information.

Contact us with questions.

Submittable submissions link.

Essay Competition: Center for Alcohol Policy

Center for Alcoholic Policy Essay Contest 

The contest topic is: As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s. 

Format and Content 

For this essay contest, a wide range of essay formats are eligible and encouraged. These can be formal law review article submissions or nonacademic essays. Any form of citations is acceptable as long as one form is consistent throughout the essay. 

The essay should be submitted double spaced with at least 12-point font in Times New Roman format and should not exceed 25 pages in length, exclusive of endnotes. Submissions that have been published previously or accepted for publication may be considered only if the author has secured consent from the other journal for the Center for Alcohol Policy to post the winning publication on its website with an appropriate note about the other publication. All entries become the property of the Center for Alcohol Policy. 


Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amount of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. The award will be provided when essay contest winners are announced. The winning essays will be posted indefinitely to the Center for Alcohol Policy website and attempts to further highlight these winning entries will be undertaken. 


Essay submissions and the required Essay Contest Entry Form must be received by November 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m. EST. Essays postmarked/emailed after this deadline will not be considered. Entries may be emailed to:

essayATcenterforalcoholpolicyDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or mailed as a hard copy to: 

Center for Alcohol Policy 
Attn: Essay Contest 
1101 King St, Suite 600-A 
Alexandria, VA 22314

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Strange Encounters

Wordrunner e-Chapbooks' Annual Online Anthology: Strange Encounters

Poetry, fiction and memoir will be considered for the winter 2015 e-chapbook anthology. The theme for this anthology is "strange encounters." We want to read about any kind of unusual encounter and its impact, be it serious or humorous or both. We are not interested in horror, fantasy or sci fi, unless it transcends the genre. 

Submit up to three poems or a short story, personal narrative, novel or memoir excerpt (to 5,000 words). Send us your best. Work should not have been previously published.  

No fee for submissions. Authors are paid.

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2014

See our website for guidelines and submission link.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Blast Furnace

Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 4 


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

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

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

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

DEADLINE: December 15, 2014, at 11:59 PM EST

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, and deadline for this issue is November 10.

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

Call for Submissions: Sugar Mule

Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 48, 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:
With over 40 issues and extras like on-line books and anthology-sized special issues,Sugar Mule is a long-standing online literary magazine. 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.

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, Painted Bride Quarterly, 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

Poetry Book Competition: Orison Poetry Prize

Orison Books announces The Orison Poetry Prize, judged by C. Dale Young. 
A $1,500 prize and publication in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats will be awarded to the winner.  
Submit a manuscript of 60-100 pages to Orison Books between November 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015 along with a $25 entry fee. Orison Books is a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. 
Complete details on our submission page.