Thursday, December 31, 2015


May all of your writing and publishing dreams come true in the coming year!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Call for Submissions on Theme of "Gold": Fire Tetrahedron: Journal of Poetry & Art

Fire Tetrahedron: Journal of Poetry & Art is now accepting poetry, translations, artwork, and photography submissions for our Fall 2016 issue, a special issue focused on the theme of "gold."

Think about gold's history both as a metal and as a cultural object for people around the world. Humans have manipulated and forged it for millennia. At its heart, gold typifies the focus of Fire Tetrahedron: nature & culture twisting, shaping, & changing each other. Keep in mind, too, that creative license is encouraged, as with any theme. Even tenuous connections to “gold” may fit well in this issue. 

Submission guidelines. 

Check out our FB page.

Find us on Twitter: @FireTetrahedron

The submission deadline for the Fall 2016 issue is March 1st, 2016. Contributors receive one print or electronic copy of the issue in which their work appears.

We are excited to read and view your work!

Poetry Competition: Basil Bunting Poetry Award

Basil Bunting Poetry Award

Closing date: 15th Jan 2016. 

Prizes: £1,000, £750, £250. 

Entry fee: £6 per poem, £10 for two, £5 for each subsequent entry. 

Poems up to 40 lines.


ncenlaATnclDOTacDOTuk (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


Competition rules:


Each poem submitted must be no more than 40 lines long. The title is not included in the line count, nor are any blank spaces to indicate stanza or section breaks.

All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document.

Entries can be on any subject and written in any style or form.

Entrants may enter up to ten poems, subject to payment of the appropriate entry fee.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition, but entry fees will not be refunded.

The deadline for entries is 12:00 Midnight (GMT) Monday 7th March 2016. Any entries arriving after this time will not be considered.


The Prize is open to all writers internationally.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that all work is your own.

Poems must be previously unpublished. Poems must not be currently entered for judgement in any other poetry competitions, nor have won or been placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner-up, etc.) in any other competiton.

Entries submitted posthumously or on behalf of another person will not be eligible.


The fee for entering one poem is £7; for entering two poems is £10; the fee then increases by £5 per poem up to ten poems (£50), which is the maximum allowed number of entries per poet.

The appropriate entry fee to be paid via the NCLA webstore or cheque.

Entry format

Entries must be written in English.

Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of each poem, or at the beginning of the document.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. For postal entries, please include your name and contact details (ideally including an email address) on a separate covering letter.

Online entries should be a separate file for each poem entered, to be submitted online once the entry fee is paid.

The file type of online entries must be either a .doc, .docx, .rft, .pdf or .txt file.

Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but NCLA may seek persmission to publish winning and shortlisted entries online.

Judging & results

Prizewinners will be invited to an award ceremony at Newcastle Poetry Festival on 6th May 2015.

The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

Call for Humorous Stories and Essays: The Liz McMullen Show Publications

Publisher: The Liz McMullen Show Publications
Selections Editor: Liz McMullen

Deadline: January 31, 2016 

Publication: Summer of 2016 

Payment: $50 plus two paperback copies, and an eBook 

Rights: The Liz McMullen Show Publications requires the right to publish the original story in the above-mentioned anthology, in print, digital and audible forms, exclusively for one year after publication (exceptions made for “year’s best” anthologies) and non-exclusively thereafter. The author retains copyright.

I’m looking for essays and short stories that will make readers bust out laughing. The kind you shouldn’t read next to a sleeping partner or slumbering pet. No need to scare them awake with a bark of laughter or a case of the giggles. And yes folks, grown women get the giggles too.

Subject matter/brand of humor is up to the author: political, current events, situational comedy, dry humor, humor in the every day etc.

• Previously unpublished work only
• LGBT* and allies are welcome to submit to this anthology
• Preferred Length:
• Essays: 2,000 to 4,000 Words
• Short Stories: 3,000 to 4,000 Words
• 12 pt. Times New Roman, double spaced
• Indent for paragraphs
• No spaces between paragraphs
• Poorly formatted/edited submissions will not be accepted
• Submit your stories in .doc or .docx here to:

thelizmcmullenshowATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

• Multiple submissions okay, simultaneous submissions not okay
• No erotica. You may include limited romantic content, but only if it’s necessary for the plot of your story.
• Indicate your name and the name of the piece in both the subject heading of your email and in the word document you are submitting.
• If you are using a pen name, please provide both your pen name and your legal name in your submission.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands

Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands edited by Teresa Mei Chuc and Seven Dhar

Submit 1 to 3 poems on nuclear impact in the world. Poems may be previously published with first publication acknowledgement. Each poem should not exceed two pages. Email poems as a .rtf or .doc attachment to:

shabdapressATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Do not include your name in the file. Email a separate cover letter as a .rtf or .doc attachment; include your name, contact information (email, telephone number), titles of poems and a brief bio. Poems will be judged blindly. Write "Nuclear Impact Anthology Poetry Submission" in the subject line.

Submit cover art for the anthology as a .jpeg file to:

shabdapressATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Payment: One copy of the anthology. 

Author rights: Author retains copyright of poem(s).

Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands will be printed in perfect-bound print format. Thank you for participating in this project!

Deadline: February 14, 2016

Call for Submissions: Bracken Magazine

Bracken Magazine is a new semi-pro market for lyrical fiction and poetry, inspired by the wood and what lies in its shadows. We accept most styles of poetry, although we are somewhat biased toward the lyrical over the narrative. We accept most fiction genres, although we're biased toward magic realism. Send us your in-between-genre pieces, your heart's tears, your midnight illusions. We'll take good care of them.

Payment is 0.02/word for fiction up to 2500 words; $15/poem under 100 lines

Submission guidelines.

Call for Submissions from Undergraduate Students: Sink Hollow

Sink Hollow, the national undergraduate literary journal at Utah State University, is seeking provocative, resonant, polished pieces of undergraduate work for its debut issue to be published in spring 2016. We accept all original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. All students currently enrolled as undergraduates at two- and four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit!

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Please visit our website for more information. Submit your work here.

Call for Anthology Submissions: Extra Mojo #2

Black women's poetry and flash memoir/social commentary wanted for the Hidden Charm Press print anthology "Extra MoJo! #2".

DEADLINE: February 15, 2016. 

Read our complete guidelines here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Writing Competition: The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Ohio State University MFA Program in Creative Writing is seeking submissions of book-length collections of short prose for The Non/Fiction Collection Prize.

The prize carries a cash award of $1500 and publication by The Ohio State University Press. Manuscripts of 150-350 pages consisting of collected short stories, essays, or a combination of the two can be submitted along with a $25 entry fee between December 14, 2015 and February 14, 2016 via our online submission manager. All entrants receive a year’s subscription to The Journal.

For complete guidelines, see our website.

Essay Competition for High School and College Students: 2015 Generation Faith Essay Contest

Calling all student writers!
Entry link.

America Media is proud to announce the 2015 Generation Faith Essay Contest.

America Media is seeking submissions from young writers for the first-ever Generation Faith Essay Contest. We want to hear from high school and college students interested in reflecting on the joys and challenges that come with living out (or struggling with) one's faith in the midst of real life. All entries should be true personal essays, between 800 and 1,200 words. The essays should feature strong narratives and real-life examples from the writer’s experience as a young person in the church today. Writers should think creatively and broadly about their faith experience.

The winning entry will be awarded $1000 and will be published in America. Additional entries may be chosen for publication in America. The judging panel will consist of the editors of America and The Jesuit Post.

To be eligible, you must be enrolled as a full-time high school or college student at the time of the contest deadline. Your submission must be previously unpublished (including on personal websites) and must be original work.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on January 10.

Call for Poetry Submissions: the Texas Poetry Calendar

The 2017 Texas Poetry Calendar is open until January 17th, 2015.

Poets do not have to live in Texas to be considered.

Full guidelines are available at our website.

Submissions are accepted online through Submittable.

Call for Submissions: Driftwood Press

John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in literary criticism, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, and interviews.We're partial towards prose poetry and stream of consciousness prose, but open to all literary genres and styles. 

Please submit on our website.

Also stay updated on our Facebook page.

Poetry Collection Competition: 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry

2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry : $2,000 Honorarium & Book Publication

Book-length poetry manuscripts accepted now through the postmark deadline of January 14, 2016.

The final judge is Tyrone Williams. Friends & students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.

The winning book-length collection of poems will be published by the Center for Literary Publishing in the fall of 2016.

The $25 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Colorado Review (print sub to US addresses only; digital sub for non-US addresses).

Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been previously published, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no longer than 100 pages.

The winner will be announced by May 2016.

The Colorado Prize for Poetry adheres to the Contest Code of Ethics, as adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

To submit by mail:
1. Include two title pages: first with manuscript title, your name, address, phone number, & e-mail address; second with manuscript title only. Your name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Please do not include publication acknowledgments; they will not be forwarded to judges.
2. Do not send originals: manuscripts will not be returned.
3. Please enclose an SASE for contest results & a self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of the manuscript’s safe arrival.
4. Please make checks payable to Colorado Review.
5. Mail manuscripts to Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

To submit online:
1. Please note that there is an additional $3 charge to submit online. Of this, $1.11 is a credit card fee, and the remaining $1.89 goes to the tireless, good people at Submittable.
2. The manuscript title, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be in your cover letter, separate from your manuscript. Be sure your name is not anywhere in the manuscript itself. Do not include publication acknowledgments.
3. Submit here.

Questions? Please call 970.491.5449, visit our website, or send an e-mail to:

creviewATcolostateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Fiction Competition: The Nelligan Prize

Colorado Review is now accepting submissions for the 2014 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction; the postmark deadline is Saturday March 14, 2016. This year’s final judge is Gish Jen. The prize is given annually for the best short story.

General guidelines:

1. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2014 issue of Colorado Review.
2. This year’s final judge is Gish Jen; friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.
3. Entry fee is $15 per story ($17 to submit online); there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
4. Stories must be previously unpublished.
5. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages.
6. Deadline is the postmark of March 14, 2016.
7. Winner will be announced by July 2016.

8. All submissions will be considered for publication.

To submit online:

For an additional $2, you may submit online. The $2 goes entirely to Submittable: 79 cents is a credit card fee, and the remaining $1.11 goes to the good people at Submittable who created and maintain the software.

Submit online.

To submit via regular mail:

1. Include two title sheets: on the first, print your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and the story title; on the second, print only the story title. Your name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
2. Enclose a check for $15 for each story. Checks should be made out to Colorado Review.
3. You may submit multiple stories in the same envelope, and a single check can be made out for the total.
4. Provide SASE for contest results.
5. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose extra postage for return of manuscript.
6. Entries must be clearly addressed to:

Nelligan Prize – Colorado Review
9105 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105

Questions? Email: 

creviewATcolostateDOTedu  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Call for Submissions: Alebrijes Literary Journal

Alebrijes is seeking work that simmers just above the subconscious. We take our name from the Mexican folk-art of colorful, intricately carved figures that live, eat, and breed on the open plains of the imagination. We publish pieces that open the horizons of Existence, that cross the nocturnal borders of our souls. Give us something that bores a black-hole into our minds and pulls at our every thought.

We enjoy experimentation, surreal elements, the shattering of narrative structure, the cracks within your photographic lens. Not only do we publish pieces in English, we are friendly to works in Spanish. Give us one or the other, or a mixture of both. Send us works that carve out new territories, that dismantle metaphysics, give us that chorus of voices that reside only within you.

FICTION: We are attracted to pieces challenge us as readers, yet are absent of any pretentious leanings. Though the story and structure may be opaque, the characters should be engaging and there must be some type of underlying mechanics working beneath the narrative.

NON-FICTION: The essays we wish to publish are lyrical in nature. Please do not send us dense, academic research. We prefer work that toes the line between literature and philosophy. We enjoy Continental and Latin-American philosophy. We also have a fondness for aesthetics and critical theory.

POETRY: Form and structure is not a an issue. We enjoy the imagery and juxtaposition. We read Andre Breton alongside Shakespeare’s sonnets. Our appetite has room for Sandra Cisneros alongside Fernando Pessoa. You get the idea.

For further information visit our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Pittsburgh Poetry Review

The Pittsburgh Poetry Review's submission period for Issue Two will run from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016. 
Please submit 3-5 unpublished poems via Submittable. 
Simultaneous submissions okay. 
We especially welcome submissions from writers in Pittsburgh and the region, as well as from across the country, although a poem about Pittsburgh doesn’t necessarily have an edge. Our only aesthetic is quality. 
Pittsburgh Poetry Review welcomes work by those often underrepresented in literary journals and other publishing ventures, including women and gender non-conformists, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA community.

Short Story Competition: 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize

The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize has opened for entries. Here are some details of the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize:
The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers throughout the
Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by
Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). 
The entry fee is £8 (about $12.00 USD)per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2016.
1st £1000 (about $1,500 USD)
2nd £700 (about $1,000 USD)
3rd £400 (about $600 USD)
17 further prizes of £100 (about $150 USD)
will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9.
The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2016 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched. All prizes will be sent to writers unable to attend the awards ceremony.
The judging panel will be chaired by celebrated writer Tania Hershman. Tania is joined on the panel by
acclaimed writer Niven Govinden, owner of award winning ,London independent bookshop, Simon Key,
and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.
Full details and rules at our website.
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Call for Submissions from Women: Minerva Rising Literary Journal

Minerva Rising Literary Journal is seeking short stories, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, original prints, graphic arts and photographs for our upcoming issue.

Our next theme is... Sisterhood.

“We're connected, as women. It's like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there's trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we're just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don't help each other, who will?” --Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

Send us your best. Your polished poems, your lovely lyrics, your fables and figmentations, your epics and experiments, your flash fiction and flashes of brilliance. Creative non-fiction, yes! Short-shorts, absolutely! Song lyrics? Why not? And visual art! Photography, too! If you’re a woman and you made it and it’s creative and it’s really, really, REALLY good, we want it. 

Deadline: February 1, 2016 

We pay writers $50 for fiction or nonfiction prose and $35 for poetry that we select for publication.

Please visit our website for submission guidelines.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Non-Fiction Competition: Flyway

Submission portal.

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

Submit one (1) work of creative nonfiction, five thousand words maximum. Submission must be author’s own work and must be previously unpublished. Winning and runner-up selections will be announced late January and will be published in Flyway thereafter. Alison Hawthorne Deming is serving as the contest judge.

Your cover letter should contain your name and contact information.
Your name should NOT appear anywhere else on the submission.
Submission Deadline: Saturday, January 2, 2016

Winner receives $500 and publication in Flyway
Runner-up also receives publication in Flyway

Reading Fee: $12 ($15 for submission + back issue)
*if you would like to submit AND receive a print back issue by mail, please submit your essay in the "back issue" submission portal*

Call for Poetry Reviews and Criticism: Mantis

Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, & Translation is soliciting poetry reviews and criticism for immediate publication. We publish ~2000 word reviews of contemporary poetry in English or in translation, and other critical pieces treating issues in contemporary poetry and poetics. These include surveys of trends in contemporary poetry, interviews, theoretically oriented reflections, etc. You can submit your piece directly or a short abstract.

Specific questions can be addressed to our Reviews Editor, Armen Davoudian at:

armendATstanfordDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions from Students in Grades 7-12: 95th and King Literary Magazine

Hosted by
Department of English, Foreign Languages, Interdisciplinary Studies

95th & King is a literary magazine devoted to publishing the original work of young writers grades 7-12. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and literary essays. Students are encouraged to submit original work in one or more category.

SPRING 2016 Call for Submissions
Theme: I’m So Chicago

In this issue of 95th & King, entitled, I’m so Chicago, we invite submissions that focus on what it means to be a Chicagoan and/or what Chicago represents to you. We encourage young writers to explore the city from all perspectives. In addition to poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, and literary essays, we invite visual submissions that capture the heartbeat of the city.

We hope that young writers will use this opportunity to [re]name the City of Big Shoulders and explore the weight that it carries. In March of 1914, Carl Sandberg described Chicago as:

HOG Butcher for the World, Tool Maker,
Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads
and the Nation's Freight Handler; Stormy,
husky, brawling, City of the Big Shoulders

Kanye West uses metaphor to describe his relationship with Chicago in the lyrics of Homecoming where he likens Chicago to a girlfriend that he often thinks about when he is away. Specifically, West uses the pronoun she when describing his relationship. In the following line, West uses metaphor to describe the heavy Chicago winds that are known for its razor sharp impact. West states,
"...come from out of town I like to show her off. They like to act tough, she like to tow’em off. And make ‘em straighten up their hat cause she know they soft…." 

Submission Guidelines

Poetry submissions: 1 to 2 poems
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction submissions: 1250 words maximum
Literary essay submissions: 500 words maximum

All work should be submitted electronically as an MSWord document to:

95andkingATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please include a cover page with author’s first and last name, school name and address, grade, home address, telephone number, and email. Email notification will be sent at the beginning of March, 2016 to the author.

Submission Deadline: February 5, 2016
Publication Date: April, 2016

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Five Oaks Press

Five Oaks Press is running its winter chapbook contest "Say Elves," which doesn't imply any particular theme, just an acknowledgement of the season and a phrase from a Frost poem we like. For this contest, we are soliciting chapbooks from 16-25 pages, due 1/2/16. We read blind (meaning, we don't want to know your name during our selection process), so please remove all identifiers from your manuscripts and file titles.

For our spring chapbook contest, we chose one winner and 2 honorable mentions for publication. Five Oaks Press produces perfect-bound chapbooks (with ISBNs, available for sale on Amazon and elsewhere) and offers reading opportunities for our authors, such as hosting book launches for authors within driving distance, and also organizing off-site events at the AWP conference. We nominate for Pushcart Prizes and any other awards we can find for our authors.

$12 fee to enter the contest. (We offer a free "open reading" period in late summer/early fall.)

Please go to our submission portal for submission details, our website for more info, or email us with any questions:

editorATfive-oaks-pressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Fiction Competition: 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize


Postmark deadline: January 30, 2016. Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

The final judge is Ron Rash, author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, as well as four other prizewinning novels, four collections of poems, and six collections of stories.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
  • Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript - short story or self-contained novel excerpt - not to exceed 3,000 words, double-spaced, single-sided pages (1" margins, 12-pt. Times New Roman font).
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers.
  • The entry fee is per submission. You may submit multiple entries.
  • You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • The winner is announced each April.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • To submit online, go here. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members).
To submit by regular mail:

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Great Smokies Writing Program
Attn: Nancy Williams
One University Hts.
UNC Asheville, NC 28804

Questions? Please contact Nancy Williams at nwilliamATuncaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

More information at our website.

Call for Submissions: A Quiet Courage

A Quiet Courage is an online literary journal that considers and publishes microfiction and poetry that is 100 words or less in length.
We seek your absolute best writing.
No deadlines, submissions rolling. No submission fees.
We are a non-paying market.
We consider writing in Spanish too, with exact English translations.
Submit your absolute best, most polished work.
We have a special affinity for Holocaust-related writing, but we consider writing about all kinds of subjects and topics.
A Quiet Courage welcomes submissions from diverse writers, including (but of course not limited to) LGBTQIA writers, writers with disabilities, writers of color, and traditionally marginalized and/or underrepresented writers.
For more information and for exact submission guidelines, please visit our website. 
We look forward to considering your writing.

Writing Competition: The 2016 Orison Prizes in Poetry and Fiction

The 2016 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Orison Books is now accepting book-length submissions for the 2016 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction! This year's judges are Hadara Bar-Nadav (poetry) and Peter Orner (fiction).

The winner in each genre receives $1,500 and publication.

Entry fee: $25.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

Complete details here.

Call for Submissions: Sugared Water

Sugared Water seeks image-dense works dealing closely with identity, self, and the journey. Though our current reading period has no set theme, we regularly enjoy poems and short essay or fiction with a little folklore involved. 

Full guidelines here.

3-5 poems at a time considered. Up to 4,000 words in prose (micro & flash essay & fiction very much wanted). Art, illustrated/visual essay, sequential art, & comics also considered. November 1, 2015 - January 1, 2016.

Our issues are handbound in editions of 100 to 150 (hand-printed covers)—this is both a lit mag & collectible art object. Print only (for now).

 If we could candy words, we’d eat them to bellyaches every afternoon. We carry journals and collect chapbooks like Smaug ripping through a gold-sequin disco. If we’re lucky enough to leave something behind that enriches the dialogue of writerly types around the world, so much the better. Send us your stuff—we’ll only hoard it for a little while.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Call for Submissions: Kalyna Review

Kalyna Review- a celebration of language and translation
Call for submissions for Spring 2016 issue

How do we know what we know? It seems like an absurd, abstract question. At its most basic we know because we sense the world, feel the creep of warm sunlight at dawn, hear the gradually accumulating chorus of birds. Yet our perceptions are filtered through the sleek, estranging mesh of language, of ideas. There is our native language and the translated literature that we read.

Kalyna Review is looking for articles and creative work that explores how language creates the personal universe we each inhabit. We are also interested in marginalised and minority European languages, the languages of peoples who throughout most or all of their history had no state. We are seeking:

--articles of 1000 words exploring issues relating to translated literature.
--Poems of up to 100 lines which creatively use language to reinvent the world
--Flash fiction of 100-150 words

The review began as a poetry journal but aims to expand its scope and to act as a bridge between cultures.

No more than 3-5 poems per submission, but we have no objection to further submissions, even if we do not accept your initial submission.

Ideally, for online publications, we would like no more than the equivalent of 5, A4 size pages per piece. However, we are considering a future anthology of longer pieces. If you have any longer pieces of work you would like us to consider for this, please include these in your email.

We welcome work from anywhere in the world. We would particularly like to see work from languages not usually translated into English. For written work, please submit the work in the original language and English.

Our experience has taught us that, due to the differences in language, the translation of your work may not be a 'like for like' translation. We would prefer to see poems that are interesting and well written English versions, rather than slavishly following the original.

Please send any photography/artwork via JPEG. If accepted, we will contact you to supply a high resolution digital format if necessary.

General Guidelines
Email submissions only. Please include written work in the body of your email. Please also include a covering letter with a short biog. and, if you would like, a photograph - photographs are not compulsory.

We aim to let you know within one month of receipt or as soon as possible thereafter.

Send to: 

editorATkalynareviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline for submissions - 1st February 2016

Call for Poetry Submissions: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Call for Poetry: Woman Made Gallery Literary Series
Theme: Law and Disorder
Date: Sunday, February 7, 2015 / 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

In science or nature, laws are principles that govern natural phenomenon. They imply an order to things. Except for the uncertainty principle and the law of entropy, which suggest that disorder is natural or inevitable.

Human laws are created by those in power to govern, control, regulate, or impose order. Disorder arises when laws are broken or challenged.

And then there are those designated to enforce order. Where those who break the law are brought to “justice.”

But one needn’t look far to find instances in which the enforcers break the law, instances of injustice imposed by those in power.

We are looking for poetry that interrogates law and disorder wherever it can be found.

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

poetryATwomanmadeDOTorg (Replace AT with @ and DOT with .)

by January 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm.. We will make every effort to inform those chosen of our decision within a week.

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 Submissions: Bone Bouquet

Bone Bouquet seeks to publish the best new writing by female-identified poets, from artists both established and emerging. We are especially interested in work that breaks with tradition, creating new forms by dwelling in thought rather than seeking epiphany.

Submit online.

We accept submission of poetry, poetry reviews, and poetics statements--see each category for details. We only accept submissions via Submittable; emailed submissions will be deleted unread.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as we are notified when work is accepted elsewhere. Please make a note of withdrawals using Submittable's "add a note to this submission" function. It is difficult to track emails about this matter; please do not email about withdrawals.

Bone Bouquet only accepts previously unpublished work; we request first electronic rights, and would like to archive your work on the site. Please note that your work first appeared in Bone Bouquet if it is reprinted elsewhere on the web or in print.

Submissions are OPEN for reviews, poetics statements and poetry! Through January 9, 2016, we are charging a $3 fee for poetry submissions. Other categories remain free. On January 10, 2016 no-fee poetry submissions will re-open.

Questions can be directed to:

bonebouquetATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Stymie Magazine

Stymie Magazine is re-launching in early 2016 and is currently seeking submissions of fiction and nonfiction related to the highly subjective theme of sports and games. Examples of writing that might fit into our literary niche include BALDUR’S GATE II by Matt Bell, ENTER YOUR INITIALS by Brian Oliu, “Birds in the House” by Kevin Wilson, many of the essays of David Foster Wallace, “The Swimmer” by John Cheever, the sort of work published by THE SOUTHERN REVIEW and HOBART in their semi-regular baseball issues, etc.
In short, we’re interested on great writing with a focus on sports and games as defined by you the writer.
To submit, please visit our submissions page here.

Fellowship for Boston Area Emerging Writers: The Writers' Room of Boston, Inc.

Fellowship Opportunity for Boston Area Emerging Writers

The Writers’ Room of Boston, Inc. (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 awards fellowships to four emerging writers living in the Boston area who lack sufficient funds to secure a quiet place to develop their work. Fellowship recipients receive full membership to The Writers’ Room for 12 months (March through February) at no cost. Fellows receive a reduced rate for membership for another 12 months following the fellowship period. All fellows and members enjoy 24-hour access to a T-accessible light-filled work space in the Financial District of downtown Boston and the opportunity to be part of an encouraging community of serious writers.

Awards for the Emerging Writers Fellowship Program are based on 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, to writing a minimum of 6 blog posts for our website, and to assisting with WROB readings and events.

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

Applications for Fellowships are due on January 15, 2016. Applications for regular membership are open all year. --

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

Call for Published Books/Chapbooks by Female Authors: The Wardrobe at Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications is pleased to announce the continuing Wardrobe project. As a part of Sundress’s ongoing commitment to female and female-identified authors, Sundress Publications is accepting submissions for a new feature called The Wardrobe.
Each month, Sundress receives a large amount of submissions from female authors to become The Wardrobe author of the month. Sundress presents a list of all participating authors and presses, and once a week, their editors promote a single author, reprinting a selection of work from her published collection.
Thus, if you are the author of a book you would like to be part of The Wardrobe, please forward an electronic copy of the book (PDFs preferred), author bio, photo of the cover, and a link to the publisher’s website to:
wardrobeATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
In addition, we request that one print copy be mailed to:
Sundress Academy for the Arts
ATTN: The Wardrobe
195 Tobby Hollow Lane
Knoxville, TN 37931
All submissions, regardless of whether they are selected for our “Best Dressed” feature, will be linked in a monthly roundup. Submissions to The Wardrobe will remain eligible for “Best Dressed” selection for one year. Hard copies will become a permanent part of the Sundress Academy for the Arts library and be made available for review by our editors and/or affiliate journals.
For the complete details and rules, please see the Sundress website. 
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Sundress at:
wardrobeATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call For Submissions: Wunderkammer-themed Anthology

Wunderkammer-themed Anthology Seeks Submissions 

Call for Submissions: Curious Specimens
January 1st – April 1st

Sundress Publications is seeking submissions for Curious Specimens, a Wunderkammer-themed e-anthology.

We want your Wonder Room’s creepiest inhabitants—think the Mütter Museum, reanimated Fiji Mermaids, and all creatures caught between life and death.

While we’d love to see your poetry and flash fiction, we also welcome ephemera. Send us excerpts from taxidermy pamphlets, specimen lists, and medical notes.

May your most unsettling work find a home with us: bottled, hand-labeled, and doused in formaldehyde.

Please submit no more than 3-5 poems or 2 flash fiction pieces as an attachment to

anthologyATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with the subject line Curious Specimens_LAST NAME. Include a brief cover letter and bio.

Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please let know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Expect to be notified by late summer if one of your pieces has been chosen for inclusion.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Call for Submissions and Flash Fiction Contest: The Indianola Review

The Indianola Review is reading Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction for our March issue. We're a very writer-friendly journal, and our Duotrope numbers reflect our commitment to speedy response times (11-day average). We send out personal replies when we can, pay our contributors (token for now, but we're working on it), nominate for Pushcarts and other major awards, and publish in handsomely-formatted print editions. We typically receive literary fiction, but we LOVE well-wrought genre fiction of all types and will consider it "literary" if it's great—snobs be damned.

Our flash fiction contest, guest judged by David James Possiant, is a great chance at $1,000, as well, especially considering our relatively small contest submissions pool, to date. 

Like us on Facebook or Twitter (@IndianolaReview) and enter your username as your Promo Code for $5 off your entry. 

Check us out at our website or submit here.

Call for Submissions: Shadowgraph Magazine

SHADOWGRAPH MAGAZINE is accepting submissions for the next Online Quarterly and the next Print Journal.

We are looking for literary fiction, essays of any kind, poetry, image portfolios, & reviews.

Please send us your best work. We always submit work to the Pushcart Prizes and Best American Poetry and Fiction.

Submission guidelines are here.


Call for Submissions: The Cossack Review

The Cossack Review, an independent literary magazine of meaningful new writing, is open to submissions for our upcoming print and web issues. We are reading in the following categories:

Poetry (up to 5 poems)
Fiction (short stories to novelettes)
Creative nonfiction (up to 10,000 words)

We are especially seeking work from new and diverse voices. To get a sense of what the editors are looking for, please read our online issues, sample content from our print issues, or order an issue.

Refer to the category-specific guidelines on our Submittable page.

*Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Poetry Competition: 2016 Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition

The 2016 Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition from Jewish Currents magazine is now accepting submissions of poetry on the theme of "Urge."

Submit up to three poems related to the theme (no more than two pages each). The first prize is $1,000. Two second prizes are given of $180 each.

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

These winning poems will be published in the Spring, 2016 issue. Thirty-six poems chosen as finalists will be published in our annual poetry anthology.

The submission fee is $18, which gains entrants a one-year subscription to Jewish Currents.

Visit our website for more details.

Call for Nonfiction: Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies

Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies
We’re just coming down from the high of our fall issue and we’re already reading excellent work for our Spring 2016 issue, which will go live on March 1, 2016. We have some special things in store for our spring and we hope you’ll join us.
The first is that we’re concentrating on Diversity in Nonfiction in our spring issue. We’ll feature a Spotlight on the subject, but we also are looking for general submissions that represent the full diversity of writers and ideas in nonfiction, whether that is race, gender, ethnicity, class, neurodiversity, ecodiversity, or any other distinction you can think of. We’re looking for underrepresented writers and texts, new readings and interpretations. We’re looking for submissions that address diverse populations, especially in terms of educational institutions (community colleges, etc.).
We will still read and accept general submissions to Articles, Conversations, and Pedagogy, though we’re specifically looking for work in this vein. Pass the word to colleagues and students! Can’t wait to see what you send us! If you have questions, please feel free to email us.
Submission Guidelines.
Last Year’s Spotlight.

Writing Competition: Sequestrum's 2016 Editor's Reprint Award

Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our second 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.
Minimum one runner-up prize including publication and payment.
Finalists listed on the site.

$15 entry fee.
Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter. 

Deadline: April 30, 2016 

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.

About Sequestrum:
We average 1,200+ readers a month, keep our archives open at pay-what-you-can subscriptions, 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, Glimmer Train, PANK, 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 visit our website and see why.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Call for Poetry Submissions: Really System

Really System, the journal of poetry and extensible poetics, will publish its ninth issue in Winter 2016. 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 three are open until December 1, 2015. 

More information at our website

Submission Guidelines.

Writing Competition: Tartts Fiction Award

1. Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 100 copies of the book.
2. Author must not  have book of short fiction published at time of entry, though novels are okay. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection.
3. Stories may have been previously published by magazines or in anthologies, though the author should have all rights. Magazines will be acknowledged. Include a list of publications, if so desired.
4. Manuscripts must be typewritten, and we will ask for a computer file in Windows/Mac Word from the winning author and from the finalists for our anthology.
5. Manuscript length: 160-275 pages.
6. Deadline for postmark: December 31 of every year.
7. Entry fee: twenty dollars. Our apology for the fee, but handling makes it necessary.
8. No manuscripts will be returned. Please send only a copy. You may include an SASE for acknowledgement of  receipt, or simply use your cancelled check to indicate such. We notify contestants of receipt as soon as the contest entry date has passed. We also notify all entrants of the winner and those picked for the anthology.
9. Winner announced in late spring, with publication in next spring.
10. Winner must be an American citizen; work must be in English.
11. Style and content of manuscripts are completely open.
12. Finalists will be considered for our regular publication schedule and for our Tartt Anthology.
13. Send manuscripts and check to :
Livingston Press
The University of West Alabama
Station 22
Livingston, Alabama 35470

Poetry Competition: The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize

The Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize is awarded annually by Writers & Books for an outstanding unpublished book-length collection of poetry. The poet will receive an honorarium of $1000, publication of the collection (in paperback, in the fall following the award, with Big Pencil Press), and a one-week fellowship at the Gell Center of the Finger Lakes. This year, the final judge will be Timothy Liu.

Eligibility: Open to poets who are citizens or legal residents of the United States, are at least 18 years of age, and are not employees or relatives of employees of Writers & Books, Inc.

Manuscripts must be postmarked September 1, to December 31, 2015. Any manuscripts mailed outside of that period cannot be accepted.
• Manuscripts cannot be accepted by email.
• Submit a book-length manuscript of poems (no illustrations), 50 to 100 pages in length.
• Download the entry form, fill it out, and attach it to your manuscript. To receive an entry form by mail, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Writers & Books at the address below.
• Manuscripts must be the author’s own original work. No translations, please.
Include an entry fee of $25 (non-refundable) by check or money order payable to Writers & Books. If you send more than one manuscript, each must be accompanied by a separate entry form and a separate check.
• As work will be judged anonymously, each manuscript must include two cover pages. The first must have the book’s title, author’s name, and all the author’s contact information. The second must have the book title only, with no author’s name and no contact information. Do not include a bio note, or any other feature that might include the author’s real name or pen name.
• Format: Use regular white 8 ½ X 11” paper, black ink, with font of 11- or 12- points. One poem per page. Absolutely no handwritten manuscripts will be accepted.
• You must notify Writers & Books immediately by phone or by mail if your manuscript wins another competition, or is accepted for publication elsewhere.
• Poems in your manuscript may have been published in magazines, journals, on line, in anthologies, or in a chapbook. But the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a single book. Previously self-published books are not eligible.
• Winner will be notified not later than April 30, 2016.
• Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you want to be assured that the manuscript has been received.
• Include a self-addressed, stamped No. 10 business envelope if you want to receive contest winner notification.
• Once a book has been sent, do not send changes or new pages for insertion. If your manuscript wins, you will have a chance to make changes before publication.
• Manuscripts will not be returned; do not send postage stamps or mailer for the return of a manuscript.
• The foregoing information is the complete listed guidelines. Do not call Writers & Books for further information.

Send manuscript, check, and entry form to:

Gell Prize
Writers & Books
740 University Ave.,
Rochester, NY 14607 


Entry form

Assistant Editor Position: MIEL Books

Assistant editor vacancy, MIEL 

MIEL, a micropress based in Belgium, is looking for an assistant editor for 2016. Particulars are available here, but in brief: responsibilities include editing, limited admin, and the possibility of design (an anticipated 6-8 hours per month); compensation is a €200 honorarium, books, training, and support.

Writers of color, LGBTQ writers, and women writers are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants may be based anywhere in the world as long as they have a reliable internet connection.

Deadline November 30.

Poetry Competition: Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015

1st Prize €10,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000.

The prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. It is for a single unpublished poem. This year's judge is former US poet laureate Billy Collins. The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016.

Entry fee: €12.

Closing date: 31 December 2015

 Details at our website.

Writing Competition: The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize

Bauhan Publishing introduces a new prize! The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize.

Deadline: January 15, 2016

The Monadnock Essay Collection Prize will be awarded for a book-length collection of nonfiction essays. These essays can take any form: personal essays, memoir in essay form, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel, historical account etc., as long as they have not been previously published as a collection.

The winner will receive $1,000, publication, 100 copies of the published book along with distribution with our fall titles.

Our judge will be Alice B. Fogel, the current New Hampshire Poet Laureate and award-winning author, poet, and teacher. Submission guidelines are available on our website or submit your manuscript through Submittable.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Call for Submissions: Icarus Down Review

Icarus Down Review, a fledgling, monthly, online publication founded October 2015, is opening a call for submissions for its debut publication, due late January 2016. 
Submissions close December 26, 2015.
Icarus Down Review came from a love of novel length fiction that didn’t have a place in the world of literary magazines, outside of book publication. Though our primary focus is novel length fiction - published over the course of several issues - we are also interested in many other areas of literature, including memoir and personal essays, flash fiction, novellas, short stories, and poetry. 
If you’re writing, we’re reading. We want the work you’re proudest of, that you will advocate for with everything you have. Do not be afraid of rejection or failure, because there are worse things. After all - Icarus caressed the sun and sailed the sea, and though he fell, would you call him a failure? 
Be proud. Aim higher. 
Learn more at our website. All submissions facts and guidelines are available there!

Poetry Competition: Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry welcomes submissions now through December 1st!  

The book prize is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, OR whose parents are African.

The winner receives USD $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press. No entry fee is required. 

Manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. The African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board will judge. A winner will be announced in January.

For more information, please visit our website or our Submittable page.

Or contact the Book Prize Coordinator at:

psbookprizeATunlDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions from Writers in the Upper Midwest: Portage

Portage publishes literary writing, art, music, film, and cultural commentary from the upper Midwest. The goals of Portage are to:
  • promote conversation about the diversity offered by the region
  • foster growth within the upper Midwestern creative communities
  • connect upper Midwestern writers and artists to each other and the larger literary and artistic worlds
  • explore what it means to live and create in the upper Midwest
Portage is currently accepting submissions for its second annual issue. Our submission window is from September 1st to December 1st. Submissions received outside this window will not be read. We accept only previously unpublished work. Each page of the submission should include all contact info: name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.

For more information, check out our website.

All submissions should be sent to:

portagemagazineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with your name and genre in the subject line (Genre: Last Name, First Name). Please include a brief (50 words or less) third-person bio in the body of your email and if you have a blog or webpage, link to that as well. Responses will be sent out via email. Unfortunately, we do not have the means to pay contributors at this time.

Fiction Prize and Writer in Residence: Bard Fiction Prize

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester, without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient gives at least one public lecture and meets informally with students.

To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a C.V., along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted. 

Applications for the 2017 prize must be received by June 15, 2016.

For information about the Bard Fiction Prize, call 845-758-7087, send an e-mail to:

bfpATbardDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

or visit our website. Applicants may also request information by writing to:

Bard Fiction Prize
Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Writing Competition: Dana Awards

Dana Awards
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Entry Fee: $15-$25
E-mail address:
danaawardsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Breaking News! The Dana Awards now has a publishing option with Blue Mary Books. To give more writers a chance at our publishing option, we've extended our deadline to November 30.
Now in our 20th year, we offer three prizes of $1,000 each (Novel, Short Fiction, and Poetry awards) for a novel or novel-in-progress, a short story, or a group of poems. Submit five poems of no more than 100 lines each with a $15 entry fee, a short story of up to 10,000 words with a $15 entry fee, or the first 40 pages of a novel with a $25 entry fee by November 30.
Send an SASE, e-mail, or visit the website for crucial guidelines. We look forward to your work.

Poetry Competition: Memorious Art Song Contest

Memorious Seeking Submissions for Art Song Contest
Entry link. 

The Editors of Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction are pleased to announce our fourth art song contest. Guest Composer Elizabeth A. Kelly will select one poet's work to set in an original composition, and the winning poem/s and a recording of Kelly's work will be published online in an issue of Memorious. (Finalists will also be considered for publication in Memorious.)

To enter the contest, please submit a poem sequence or set of poems to our Submittable page. Because we want to remain open to a variety of works, we do not have restrictions for the number of lines or sections, but please visit our website to get a sense of the average length of the three previous winning works in Issue 14, Issue 17, and Issue 20. You can also learn more about the tradition of art song from this introduction by our former art song contest producer Eric Malmquist.

Please note that we are not looking for song lyrics. The tradition of art song is one in which poems are set in musical compositions. Please send us poems only.

The poem/s must be previously unpublished, and we ask that you do not simultaneously submit this work. (Why? Because if the composer falls in love with your poem, we don't want to have to take the opportunity of working with it away from her!) We will do our best to notify you as quickly as possible if you have been eliminated from the contest. We will accept only one entry per poet. There is no charge for entering the contest.

We will accept submissions through December 1st.

Thank you for your interest in our mission to bring poets and composers together! We look forward to reading your work.

Guest Composer/Judge: Elizabeth A. Kelly is an American/British composer currently based in the United Kingdom. Her works have been performed at major venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK and the Gaudeamus Festival in the Netherlands. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nottingham.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fiction Competition: Boulevard

BOULEVARD is accepting submissions for the 2015 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers.

$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.

Submissions due by 12/31 midnight CT.

Visit our website for more information.

Fiction and Poetry Competitions: James Knudsen Fiction Prize and Kay Murphy Poetry Prize

The James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry are currently open. We invite submissions between now and our December 31st deadline. Prize for each contest is $1,000 along with possible publication in Bayou Magazine. Judging for us this year are David James Poissant for Fiction, and D.A. Powell for Poetry.

James Knudsen Prize for Fiction
  • Judged by David James Poissant
  • WINNER: $1000, publication and a year subscription
  • FINALISTS: will be named on our website
  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished works of fiction, no longer than 7,500 words.
  • Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
  • You may enter more than one story, but each submission must arrive in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
  • We accept novel excerpts only if the submission stands alone as a complete short story.
  • Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on any part of the submission. Any story with identifying material will be disqualified.
  • All current and former Bayou staff, as well as current or former students of either judge, are ineligible to submit. 

Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry
  • Judged by D.A. Powell
  • WINNER $1000, publication and a year subscription
  • FINALISTS: will be named on our website
  • Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry.
  • Reading fee: $20 (includes a copy of contest issue)
  • You may enter up to three poems per entry.
  • You may enter multiple submissions, but each submission must be in a separate envelope or online submission with its own cover sheet and entry fee.
  • On the cover sheet, please include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your submission. DO NOT include your name on the pages of the manuscript. Any submission with identifying material will be disqualified.
  • All current and former Bayou staff, as well as current or former students of either judge, are ineligible to submit.
We highly encourage all submissions be made online through our submissions manager. 

To submit via snail mail, follow the above submission guidelines and mail with $20 check or money order made out to UNO Foundation.

Mail to:

Bayou Magazine c/o
(James Knudsen Prize for Fiction or Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry)
Department of English University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Bayou Magazine adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.

Note: UNO students and alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years are not eligible for publication in Bayou Magazine. We encourage the UNO affiliated to check out our sister magazine, Ellipsis.