Thursday, February 26, 2015

Call for Submissions about Vietnam: Masque & Spectacle

Masque & Spectacle ( ) is opening submissions for a special issue on Vietnam.

For our 4th issue (June 1, 2015), we are looking for writing and artwork about Vietnam or writing and art work by people who have a connection to Vietnam. All work must be in English. If you are interested in submitting translations, please query the editors at:

 masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Submissions for the Vietnam Issue are open until May 20, 2015.
Send all materials and inquiries to:

masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and Dot to . )

We publish all forms of creative writing, including essays, plays, and hybrid formats. Longer works, up to 10,000 words, will be read with delight; however, we’re not ready for your novella, not just yet.
Please attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file.
Include your last name in the file name and the email subject line.

Visual Art
Attach JPGs with an edge of at least 2000 px.
Please include captions with titles, materials, canvas size, names of performers, etc. in email.
Include your last name in the file name and in the email subject line. 

For initial consideration, please send a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video.
Please include your last name in the email subject line.

Please attach all MP3 files with titles and your last name in the file title.
Include your last name in the email subject line.

Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words, and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.) that move.  
Please visit our website to learn more about us and our submission guidelines.

Writing Competition: New Ohio Review Prize in Fiction and Poetry

Announcing the 2015 New Ohio Review Prize in Fiction and Poetry
Judges: Maud Casey in fiction
Robert Pinsky in poetry 

Postmark Deadline: March 10th, 2015 

Prizes: $1,500 first prize in each genre
$500 second prize in each genre 

Guidelines: Entrants may submit up to six single-spaced pages of poetry or 25 double-spaced pages of fiction. If you are submitting through our online system, we prefer Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx). Electronic submissions may be submitted via New Ohio Review's submission manager. Mail submissions must be postmarked March 10th and should be sent to: 

New Ohio Review
English Dept.
360 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

All manuscripts and correspondence regarding submissions should be accompanied by a S.A.S.E. For international submissions, please include a stamped International Reply Coupon (I.R.C.) with your S.A.S.E. or provide a valid e-mail address. Unless you specify in your cover letter that you would like your manuscript returned (and supply sufficient postage), all unused manuscripts will be recycled.​

Fiction Competition: 5th Annual Bosque Fiction Prize

ABQ Writers Co-op
5th Annual Bosque Fiction Prize 

A first prize of $1,000 and publication in bosque and a second prize of $250 and publication are given annually for a short story or novel excerpt by an author 40 and over. Lynne Sharon Schwartz will judge. 

Using the online submission system (Submittable), submit a story or novel excerpt of up to 5,000 words with a $22 entry fee during the month of March. All entries are considered for publication.

Visit the website for complete guidelines and to submit.

Lynn C. Miller and Lisa Lenard-Cook, Editors.

Call for Essays for Edited Collection: Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches

Rendezvous in the Rough: Essays from the 21st Century Dating Trenches

Online dating. Alleged dating site identities. Sexting. Second go-rounds. We’re all in this for the long haul (or even the short haul), but how do we date and (gasp) find love with all of the new obstacles of the 21st century getting in the way?

In this collection we seek witty, wry, raw, insightful, and/or (yes, always) humorous essays (be they happy-ending, painful, regretful, or even tragic) about dating in the 21st century. Above all, they need to be real. We seek personal, but not solely anecdotal, writing. We want to know the affect and effect of putting yourself out there in a technological dating pool. Essays should be literary and creative in nature, rather than expository.

Topics may include:

· Online dating sites;
· Learning about potential paramours through Google/Facebook/online dating/etc. sites;
· Getting to know someone through social media;
· Revisiting dating after divorce, and how the scene has changed;
· The post-date experience, whether offline or online; and/or
· Pitch it to us. We might like it.

Please submit an essay between 500 and 4,000 words, as well as a brief bio (including relevant publications and background) by May 30, 2015.

How to Submit:

Submit via e-mail to:

datingtrenchesATgmailDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Use this subject line: Rendezvous in the Rough — [Author First and Last Name]. Paste your essay and bio into the body of your e-mail, as well as in an attachment. Attachments are preferred in .doc or .docx format.

Additional Details:

Original essays only. No reprints.
Anticpated 2016 publication date.
Compensation by way of contributor copies.
Authors retain copyright to individual works.

Co-Editor Bios:

Danita Berg chairs the English Department at Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL, and is the founding director of the Red Earth Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Oklahoma City University. She is the co-editor of Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction, and has published creative works in journals such as Redivider, Literary Mama, Southern Women’s Review, Black Market Review, and The Houston Literary Review, among others, as well as in non-fiction anthologies such as Press Pause Moments: Essays about Life Transitions by Women Writers and Shifts: An Anthology of Women’s Growth Through Change. She is the founder and non-fiction editor for the online literary journal, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College and Ph.D. in English at the University of South Florida.

MacKenzie Jennings is an English professor at Polk State College in Winter Haven, FL. and a freelance editor. She has written articles and op-ed pieces for a number of news publications including The Macon Telegraph, Tallahassee Democrat, and Tokyo Classified. She has also optioned screenplays for several film production companies including Meridian Films and Green Moon Productions. She has a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan College and an M.S. in English Education from Florida State University.

Writing Competition for Catholic Fiction: The Tuscany Prize

Tuscany Press is putting its money where its mouth is to encourage the next generation of Catholic authors with $10,000 in cash prizes for submissions. The deadline is June 30th. 

The Tuscany Prize is made possible through the generosity of a number of donors,” said Peter Mongeau, publisher. “The Catholic community is made up of some of the best story tellers in the world and we’re hopeful the prize will draw them out to put forth a new work of fiction or even something they felt would never see the light of the day—sometimes a diamond hides in the rough.” 

The Tuscany Prize began in 2012 with a smaller monetary offering. One previous winner The Book of Jotham by Arthur Powers was a work that had collected dust for over 20 years until one day the author decided to submit the novella as an entry—the unique story about a mentally challenged disciple moved the team of reviewers and editors. Mr. Powers’ forgotten work was eventually published.

“We’ve received 300 submissions this year so far,” notes Mongeau. “But I’m sure we haven’t even scratched the surface of what’s out there—Catholics are impassioned people from all different walks of life with so many different stories…we’d love to see a thousand entries!” 

The Tuscany Prize awards three different categories: the novel with a top prize of $5,000, the young adult novel with $3,000 and the short story with $1,000. At $1,000 for a short story, the Tuscany Prize ranks among the top cash prizes for short story submissions. There are several runner-up cash prizes. Entries for novel and young adult novel are open to both unpublished and self-published works of fiction. Contest Guidelines and a submission link are online.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Poetry Book Competition: Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Established in 1999, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent.

Eligibility: All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by black writers of African descent who have not had a full-length book of poetry published by a professional press. Authors of chapbooks and self-published books with a maximum print run of 500 may apply. Simultaneous submission to other book awards should be noted: immediate notice upon winning such an award is required. Winner agrees to be present in the continental United States at her or his own expense shortly after the book is published in order to participate in promotional reading(s).

Award: Winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press in fall 2016, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading.

Deadline: Manuscripts must be submitted no later than Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Winner announced by email in October 2015.

Entry Fee: $15. Entry fees are non-refundable. 

Final Judge: Nikky Finney. (Judge reserves the right not to select a winner or honorable mentions.) More details here.

Call for Poetry Submissions on Current Events: The New Verse News

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

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

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

 nvneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Writer's Residency: Hub City Writers Project

Hub City Writers Project offers three residencies per year in a furnished, two-bedroom cottage in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Applications for summer and fall residencies are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2015.

The 10-week summer residency is June 8–August 15, 2015.
The 15-week fall residency is September 7–December 18, 2015.

Residents receive lodging, utilities, and a stipend ($150/week); they are responsible for their own transportation and meals. In addition to uninterrupted writing time, the residencies offer opportunities for service at Hub City Press and Bookshop, for presentation of workshops or readings, and for literary projects of your own in Spartanburg.

The program is open to emerging writers in the United States who have completed a degree in creative writing within the past five years or are currently pursuing a graduate degree in writing.

How to Apply
Please submit: a writing sample of 10 poems, one novel chapter, a short story, or an essay of up to 20 pages; a one-page project description that includes what you want to accomplish with your own writing and your ideas for community literary service in Spartanburg; a résumé; and the names and contact information for two references.

The application fee for summer or fall is $30. The application for both is $40. Applications are processed through Submittable and are open until April 15. Additional information and the link to submit can be found here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wellness & Writing Retreat: Mago Retreat Center

The next Wellness & Writing retreat will be five days of learning and relaxation at the Mago Retreat Center in Sedona, Arizona. This retreat is perfect for anyone writing short stories, poems, or essays, and those writers who want to start creating short sellable pieces. The majority of attendees will be writers who are also working on longer book-length projects who want to have some publishing credits out there before approaching agents and publishers. Classes will include discussions about finding your authentic message as a writer, creating short work (essays, travel, short stories, magazine articles), and how to get those short pieces of writing published. 

Space is limited. Details here.

One-Act Play Competition: The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing announces its sixth annual One-Act Playwriting Competition to showcase new works.  

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 40 minutes or less) to the center by Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality.  

The first prize winner will receive $750 and production of his or her play at the Frostburg One-Act Playwriting Festival to be held on the FSU campus in September. Second and third prize winners will receive $250 and $100, respectively, and staged readings of their works.  

For complete submission guidelines, visit the Center for Creative Writing’s website

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

Call for Submissions: Blue Lyra Review

Blue Lyra Review, a journal of diverse voices, is open to any writer so long as it is quality work. We are looking for poetry, guest edited by Jason Koo, nonfiction, guest edited by Suzanne Cope, & translations. 

Send through Submittable.

Also consider purchasing the new print issue available on the site as well.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Really System

Really System, the journal of poetry and extensible poetics, will publish its sixth issue in April 2015. We are looking for vibrant poems inflected by our shared technocultural moment and the ways it envelops us, fascinates us, dances with us, ignores us, and fails us. Submissions for issue three are open until March 15, 2015.

More information here.

Read our Submission Guidelines here.

Writing Competition: Tiferet Journal

Tiferet Journal is now accepting submissions for our 2015 Writing Contest!


Entry link

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Entry Fee: $15.00

$1500 in prizes will be awarded to best in Short Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry. This year's honored judges include Nahid Rachlin for Fiction, Aliki Barnstone for Poetry, and Danielle Ofri for Non-Fiction. Please visit our website for more information, and we look forward to reading your work!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Call for Proposals: 2015 Steel Pen Writers' Conference

The 2015 Steel Pen Writers’ Conference, hosted by the Indiana Writers’ Consortium (IWC), and slated for October 10th at the Radission Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana, will include a full-day of breakout sessions; a bookfair; a dinner with keynote speaker, Brian Furuness; an open mic; and off-site events scheduled throughout the weekend.

IWC seeks proposals from individuals and groups who are at different stages in their writing careers and will represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences. Presentations may include such topics as:

· Writing and craft
· Business of writing
· Creative writing pedagogy
· Academic and community program development/issues/innovations/changes
· Genre trends
· Agent and/or publisher panels
· Individual artist and/or arts organization funding
· Readings

Interactive individual presentations, four-to-five person panels, creative writing workshops, round table discussions, and group readings are welcome.

Submission Instructions:

Deadline: May 1, 2015

Submit: A 250-word abstract that includes the session title, description, format, and presenter names. Each presenter should include a 50-word bio and .jpg photo.

Submit to:

indianawritersconsortiumATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please indicate “2015 Steel Pen Conference Proposal” in the subject line.

Please note: Travel and accommodations are the financial responsibility of presenters. Presenters will receive a 50 percent discount on conference registration, which includes dinner.

Questions may be directed to: Janine Harrison at:

indianawritersconsortiumATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Indiana Writers' Consortium inspires and builds a community of creative writers. We are a nonprofit organization incorporated in Indiana in 2008 and a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Call for Dystopian Fiction by Writers of Color: Mills College

Achy Obejas and Jasmine Evans of Mills College invite you to submit your best work for an upcoming anthology of dystopian fiction by writers of color.

Submissions should be in 12pt font, Times New Roman or Arial, and double-spaced. Include your name, address, email address, and word count on the first page. We are currently only considering unpublished work and work that is out of print, for which we reserve the right to edit.

To submit, please email your work and a short biography to:

pocdystopianATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by February 28, 2015.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Call for Submissions Inspired by Lincoln: Quiddity International Literary Journal

Quiddity international literary journal and public-radio program are pleased to announce a call for submissions for inclusion in the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition event commemorating the 150th anniversary of the funeral and entombment of Abraham Lincoln. Quiddity is seeking submissions of original creative work (painting, sculpture, multimedia work) inspired by the life, work, and works of Lincoln.  

As a part of our “Lincoln through the Arts” Program, Quiddity will display the best creative work inspired by the quiddity of Lincoln as president, statesman, politician, and poet; by the essence of Lincoln’s life; and by his essence as crafter of language.  

Quiddity is looking for creative work that stirs the marrow in our bone-centers and is devoted also to the eloquent writing and exquisite essence of a man rough-hewn.  

Like Shakespeare, whom the sixteenth president greatly admired, Lincoln shaped language to fit his thought as opposed to forcing his thought to fit language’s conventional mold. The term quiddity, by definition, means “the real nature or essence of a thing; that which makes a thing what it is.”  

Individuals whose work is selected will have their creative work exhibited at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield, IL, as part of our “Lincoln through the Arts” event on Friday, May 1, 2015.   

Submission Deadline: February 15  

Submission Guidelines
Artwork--Up to five images and include the following info:
Complete contact information in the cover letter; bios are appreciated.
An artist statement.
A description of each piece: Title, Medium, Dimensions, and (for multimedia pieces) Duration

We look forward to receiving your work!   

Link for submissions.

Writer's Scholarship: Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island Workshop on Orcas Island

Scholarship: Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island Workshop on Orcas Island

Rejuvenate yourself and your writing with a weekend immersed in nature on beautiful Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. The weekend retreat is designed to give you and your writing a fresh perspective in stimulating surroundings but without the distractions of home. 

Artsmith's Spring 2015 Writer Island takes place the weekend of February 27 to March 1, 2015, with writer Ira Sukrungruang. Spend three days at the cusp of spring, and enjoy an infusion of new craft techniques, island charms, and the stimulating conversation of other serious writers. The workshop is open to all genres and takes place at the historic Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast. 

The Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for Spring 2015 Writer Island with Ira Sukrungruang covers the workshop fee and two nights' lodging at an island B&B. To apply, submit a $25 application fee along with a one-page writing sample and up to 100 words on why the workshop will benefit your writing practice. Total value of the scholarship, including the workshop, lodging, evening desserts and full breakfasts, is $447.
To apply for the scholarship, go here

The application fee can be applied to your registration, as long as there are still spots available when the results are announced. If you wish to register now and secure your spot, you can still apply for the scholarship as part of your registration.

Ira Sukrungruang is a Chicago born Thai-American. He is the author of the memoir Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy and the poetry collection In Thailand It Is Night. He co-edited What Are You Looking At: The First Fat Fiction Anthology and Scoot Over, Skinny: The Fat Nonfiction Anthology, both published by Harcourt Brace. What Are You Looking At? is the first book that looks at the fat experience through the lens of literature, and has received positive reviews in the Library Journal, Boston Globe, Book Magazine and other periodicals. The book was reprinted in the UK in 2005. Scoot Over, Skinny includes essays by Lori Gottlieb, Stephen Kuusisto, Pam Houston, David Sedaris, and many others. The anthology opens up the discussion about the “fat experience.” These essays represent an amalgam of voices in our country.

Workshop schedule:
· Friday night writing exercise and dessert
· Saturday writing retreat, including snacks
· Saturday night fireside gathering with dessert
· Sunday morning optional gathering and writing exercise
· Final exchange and fond farewells

The workshop is limited to 12 participants.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Hartskill Review

Hartskill Review is looking for poetry submissions for its Spring 2015 issue due out in April. While not a themed issue, the spring issue would benefit from poetry about emergence or the passage between cognitive states. Open to long poems if not dragged down by unwarranted wordiness.

General Guidelines
Submissions should meet the following criteria:
Submit 1-3 poems at a time.
Gather your submission into one file.
Poems should be single spaced on the page.
Submit rich, complex, and ambitious poems that reward repeated readings.
Submit poems that mean something to you and stand a chance of meaning something to others.
Simultaneous submissions are okay (but please send notice if accepted elsewhere).
Please include a short biographical note about yourself and your work.
Write “comments welcome” if you wouldn’t be averse to receiving comments from the editor.

Hartskill Review is a print journal.
No submission fee; pays one contributor copy.
Responds in 1-4 weeks.

More details are at the website, including sample poems.

Submission website.

Call for Submissions: NonBinary Review

Each issue of NonBinary Review is focused on a single theme:  

Issue #5 (reading period closes April 1, publication June 2015): Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow   

Issue #6 (reading period closes June 1; publication August 2015): 1001 Arabian Nights

We are a paying market--1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art.  

Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad & iPhone only, with future updates to include Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. Please download our free app to familiarize yourself with our content and unique publishing model!  

For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.

Prose (Novels) and Poetry Competitions: Fence Modern Prizes

Now through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28th, Fence is accepting submissions for both the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and the Fence Modern Poets Series.

You can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at our website.

Fence Modern Prize in Prose (Novels)

+ Electronic submissions only, please.
+ Submit a novel written in English.
+ Entry fee of $28, which includes a subscription to FENCE.

The winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose will receive $1,500 and publication by Fence Books. In 2014, Ottessa Moshfegh was awarded the prize for her novel McGlue. The 2015 FMPP, judged by Lynne Tillman, will be announced this month. More information is available here.

Fence Modern Poets Series

+ Electronic submissions only, please.
+ Open to poets of any gender and at any stage in their publishing career.
+ Submissions must be 48-80 pages, and written in English.
+ Entry fee of $28, which includes a subscription to FENCE.

The winner of the Fence Modern Poets series will receive $1,000 and publication by Fence Books. Past winners include Kevin Holden, Jennifer MacKenzie, Lee Ann Brown, James Shea, Prageeta Sharma, Joyelle McSweeney, and Paul Legault. More information available here.

Call for Submissions from High School Students: The Jet Fuel Review

The Jet Fuel Review is now accepting high school student work for possible publication. 

You should follow the guidelines which apply to all submissions and can be found at our website

Please include in your cover note your age, grade level, and high school, and also please submit your work yourself rather than through an adult or as part of a class requirement. We prefer teachers to encourage students who take themselves seriously as writers or artists to seek publication on their own. 

We also want you to know that we take you seriously, and so you should understand that the publication process is highly competitive. If we don't select your work this time, don't give up! Perseverance and revision are pretty much as important as talent. 

Above all, keep doing your art and keep sending it out into the world. 

The Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2015  

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

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fiction Competition: The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered annually for a previously unpublished short story of no more than 50 pages. The winning short story will be published in the 2015 fall/winter issue of Colorado Review; the writer receives a $2,000 honorarium.  

The Nelligan Prize was established in 2004 in memory of Liza Nelligan, a writer, editor, and friend of many in Colorado State University’s English Department, where she received her master’s degree in literature in 1992. By giving an award to the author of an outstanding short story each year, we hope to honor Nelligan’s life, her passion for writing, and her love of fiction.
Previous winners of the Nelligan Prize include Amira Pierce’s “Anything Good is a Secret,” (selected by Kent Nelson); Edward Hamlin’s “Night in Erg Chebbi,” (selected by Jim Shepard); and Matthew Shaer’s “Ghosts,” (selected by Jane Hamilton).

General Guidelines for the 2015 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction:

$2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2015 issue of Colorado Review.

This year’s final judge is Lauren Groff; friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.

Entry fee is $15 per story (add $2 for online submissions); there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Stories must be previously unpublished.

There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages.

Deadline is the postmark of March 14, 2015.

Winner will be announced by July 2015.

All submissions will be considered for publication.

You do not need to be a Colorado or US resident to enter.

To submit online:

The story title and your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be entered in the cover letter field, separate from your story. Be sure your name is not anywhere in the story itself (for example, in the header or footer).

The fee to enter online is $17 ($2 goes to the good people at Submittable; in most cases, it will be less expensive to enter online than by mail).
On or before March 14, 2015, submit here.

To submit via regular mail:

Include two cover 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.

Enclose a check for $15 for each story. Checks should be made out to Colorado Review. You may submit multiple stories in the same envelope, and the check can be made out for the total.
Provide SASE for contest results.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose extra postage for return of manuscript.
Entries must be clearly addressed to:

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

For complete guidelines, visit our website.

Call for Plays and Screenplays: JustA Theater & Production Company

JustA Theater & Production Company is a new Los Angeles-based company dedicated to fostering and employing diverse and emerging writers and actors.

We are seeking original work for our inaugural 2015 season: three staged play productions and two short films.

We would like to reach out to students in your prestigious program for play and short screenplay submissions. Our starting stipend for writers is $150.

Here are our submission guidelines:

Characters should primarily range between the ages of 15 and 30.

At least two characters must be women.

Diverse themes and characters are encouraged.

We welcome scripts of varied genres. Feel free to submit plays with elements of absurdism or magic-realism, as well as plays rooted in realism.

Staged plays should not exceed 115 pages total.

Screenplays should not exceed 15 pages.

Please submit the first 15 pages of your piece to:

infoATjustatheaterDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
For more information, visit our website.

Writing Competition: riverSedge

riverSedge is a journal of art and literature with an understanding of its place in the nation in south Texas on the border . Its name reflects our specific river edge with an openness to publish writers who use English, Tex-Mex, and Spanish and also the edges shared by all the best contemporary writing and art. 

Submit here.

General Submissions/Contest Guidelines

Deadline to Submit is 3/1/15

$5 submission fee in all genres (except book reviews)

3 prizes of $300 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. All entries are eligible for contest prizes. Dramatic scripts and graphic literature will be judged as prose.

Multiple submissions are welcome in all genres. Each submission should be submitted as a separate entry. In other words, do not send two or more entries as one document.

Previously unpublished work only. Self-published work (in print and/or on the web) is not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us of acceptance elsewhere as soon as possible.

Submissions in English, Spanish and anything in between are welcome.

Current staff, faculty, and students affiliated with UT-Pan American, UT-Brownsville, or South Texas College are not eligible to submit original work to riverSedge.

Call for Poetry Submissions: The Freeman

The Freeman accepts poetry submissions year-round to be considered for publication. Poems appear online, and some are selected to appear in the quarterly print magazine as well. Payment is $50 per accepted poem. Recently published poems can be seen here.

Submissions must be unpublished poems or translations only.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if noted as such.
Translations into English are accepted, but either the translator must have documented permission to publish the translations at the time of submission or the poems must be in the common domain per U.S. and international copyright law.
Include copies of the poems in the original language with any translation submissions.
Send up to 6 unpublished poems, up to 60 lines each (exceptions to the length restriction may be made in rare cases), in .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to the Poetry Editor at:

poetryATfeeDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Poetry Competition: Singapore Poetry

The Singapore Poetry Contest
Since its beginning in October 2013, Singapore Poetry has the goal of introducing the arts of Singapore to a general American audience. Operating out of New York City, it aims to cultivate dialogue and understanding between the two countries. To celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of political independence this year, Singapore Poetry will seek American perspectives on the island-state by holding a contest for the best poem in English about Singapore. The contest is open to anyone living in the USA who is not a Singaporean.
The poem may be about any aspect of Singapore — for instance, an OkCupid profile, an old black-and-white movie, Singapore noodles, a recurring nightmare, the orchid Vanda Miss Joaquim, a family heirloom — but it must have the word “Singapore” in it. It does not have to be celebratory in tone, but it must possess the qualities of a good poem, nicely defined by Dylan Thomas as “a contribution to reality.” For a good example, read Vijay Seshadri’s "Light Verse" from his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection 3 Sections.
Awards of USD100, 50 and 20 will go to the top three winners. The winning poems will be published on Singapore Poetry; non-winning poems will be considered for publication as well. The judge is the curator of Singapore Poetry, Jee Leong Koh. Friends and associates are welcomed to submit. Judging will be based solely on poetic merit. Singapore Poetry reserves the right not to make any or all awards, should the quality of entries not merit them.
Contest entry is free. Please submit a maximum of three poems. Only unpublished poems will be considered. Posting on weblog, Facebook and other social media does not constitute publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided you inform Singapore Poetry if your poem is accepted elsewhere. Please email your submission to:
 jeeleong.kohATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
The poem(s) must be pasted into the body of the email, together with a short cover letter giving your name, mailing address, and brief biographical note.
The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. Results will be announced in August and the winning poems published in the run-up to Singapore’s National Day on August 9.

Writing Competition and Call for Submissions: Jabberwock Review

Jabberwock Review invites submissions to:


DEADLINE: March 15, 2015

· Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review.

· Entry Fee: $15, which includes a one-year subscription.

· Go to our website for more information and to submit using Submittable.

· We are also open for regular submissions in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Send us your best work!