Saturday, March 28, 2015

Writing Competition and Call for Submissions: Hospital Drive

Hospital Drive: The Literature and Humanities Journal of the University of Virginia School of Medicine announces a Poetry and Prose Contest.

Editors will award $500 for the Best Poetry submission and $500 for the Best Prose submission exploring the theme of “Identity” within the context of health care. 

All submissions will be considered for publication in a special print issue of the magazine scheduled for February 2016. Deadline is June 15, 2015, and there is no entry fee. Please see the website for complete details and submission guidelines.

Hospital Drive also seeks general submissions year round for the online magazine, which is posted in August and February each year. Please consider submitting your best health care-related poetry, prose (fiction or nonfiction), or art. Submission guidelines are available here.

Writing Competition: Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

The deadline is April 30 to enter this year's Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. We've increased the cash prizes to $4,000 but held the fee at $16 per entry. The winning entries will be published on our website. The top winners will receive prominent exposure on our home page.
 Once again this contest will be judged by Arthur Powers, assisted by Lauren Singer. Mr. Powers is author of A Hero for the People (Press 53)—a collection of short stories set in Brazil—and The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press), which won the 2012 Tuscany Press Novella Award. He has received a Fellowship in Fiction from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, three annual awards for short fiction from the Catholic Press Association, the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award for adult fiction, and second prize in the 2008 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest for "The Bridge". He is the contemporary editor emeritus of, judge of the 2015 Dappled Things JF Powers Short Story Contest, and serves on the board of The Raleigh Review.

Key contest information:
Top prizes: Best Story, $1,500; Best Essay, $1,500
Entry fee: $16 per entry
Length limit: 6,000 words
Subject: Any
Previously published work OK? Yes

Call for Submissions on Romani Experience: Drunken Boat

Drunken Boat, international online journal of the arts, is pleased to announce a special call for art and literature focusing on the experience of those who identify as Rom, Roma, Romanichels, Sinti, and Travellers. This folio will appear in Drunken Boat's 23rd issue and will be curated by new Managing Editor T.M. De Vos. 

We are currently seeking art, poetry, and short fiction about the Romani experience, individual or collective, within the United States and globally. Of particular interest is nonfiction, whether in the form of personal and academic essays; hybrid-genre work is also welcome. Successful submissions will provide insight, subvert stereotypes, and thoroughly eschew the romanticized image of a "Gypsy other" as a container for the desires, dreams, and taboos of gadje (non-Rom) society. 

Dual-language and multilingual works are welcome, as are multimedia pieces. Submissions will be considered through May 31st via Submittable.

Call for Submissions: CavanKerry Press

CavanKerry Press’s Open Reading for Submissions will begin March 1, 2015 and run through April 30, 2015.  

We are accepting submissions for the following imprints: Emerging Voices (poetry collections by previously unpublished, early, and mid-career poets); Notable Voices (poetry collections by previously published writers of distinction who have attained a respected reputation in the United States); Memoir (prose manuscripts by previously unpublished, early, mid-career, or notable writers of distinction).

Submissions for Laurel Books (poetry or prose that explore in depth poignant and critical issues associated with confronting serious and life-threatening physical &/or psychological illness) are accepted year-round.
For more information and directions for the submission process please go to our website.

CavanKerry Press
6 Horizon Road #2901 

Fort Lee, NJ 07024 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Paperback Giveaways: Blood of a Stone

You have 2 chances to win a paperback copy of Blood of a Stone!

My publisher, Tuscany Press, is sponsoring a #Goodreads giveaway until March 25. 

And the lovely Lynn Kanter if offering a giveaway on her blog, Start with a Story. You must sign up for her newsletter, Being Bookish, to enter.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for its Winter/Spring 2015 issue from the following genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Poetry, Writing for Young People, Visual Art, Translation / Multi-lingual texts & Creative Nonfiction. Translated submissions: include original work with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; please indicate this in your cover letter. The responsibility for clearing rights, permissions for translated works, & the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. 

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

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Call for Submissions: Palaver

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline. We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia. 

Visit our website to peruse our past issues and to submit your work! 

Deadline April 1st, 2015.

Email us at:

adminATpalaverjournalDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

with any questions. 

Please make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We look forward to reading your work!

Fiction Competition: Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction

We welcome writers of all levels, and first prize includes a cash award of $2,000! Second place is $500. Third place receives $250.

The deadline is June 15th.

Stories must be previously unpublished with a maximum word count of 8,000 words.  

For more information and to enter, please visit our contest page.

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.

Poetry Competition: Motionpoems Big Bridges

America’s bridges are failing. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 25% of America’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. To inspire future engineers, we're inviting poets to dream big about bridges. We're looking for poems to inspire our nation’s designers, engineers, and architects to reimagine the future of America’s big bridges.  

We'll ask filmmakers to turn five of those poems into films. Winners will have their poems turned into films and receive $1000 each, plus air fare and accommodations to attend the premiere. Broad interpretations of the theme encouraged. Submit by April 30! 

Join us in a creative dialogue to establish the expectations, possibilities, and aspirations for the future of our Big Bridges over the Mississippi River. You might send us a poem that imagines a physical bridge of the future or one that conceptualizes the idea of “bridging” in a big way, or you might send us a poem that reinterprets bridge-crossing for a new age. Executive director of the Poetry Society of America and former New Yorker poetry editor Alice Quinn will judge this poetry contest.

Five winners will:
· receive $1,000
· see their poems turned into short films
· see those films at the Weisman Art Museum
· receive airfare/accommodations to attend the premiere in Minneapolis (date to be announced).

Submissions can only be made online via Submittable. Entry Fee: $7.00
Submit up to three poems per entry. Multiple entries are fine but will incur an additional entry fee. The poem can be of any length, but consider that a typical motionpoem runs between two and three minutes in length. Translations are not eligible, but poems published within the last five years are eligible. Use the “bio” and “cover letter” fields to tell us who you are, how you learned about this project, and why you would like to be part of it.

Entry deadline is April 30, 2015. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.

Finalists will be asked to prove that they reside in the United States at the time they are notified. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Finalist films will be made into short films via an open call for films. See additional terms and conditions for details.

To read the complete guidelines and submit.

To read the Official Terms of Entry.

For more about the Weisman Art Museum’s Big Bridges project.

To learn more about Motionpoems and watch 5 seasons of motionpoems.

Call for Reviewers: Mixed Diversity Reads Children's Book Review

Mixed Diversity Reads Children's Book Review is growing. We've just created a relationship with one of the largest publishers of children's books in the United States and we need more Readers and Reviewers!

We review children's books with protagonists who fall into all categories of underrepresented races, religions, family structures, disabilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. We need volunteers who love to read picture, chapter, MG, and YA books and write about them. We "compensate" with a free copy of the books you review. Although we have reviewers of all identities, we especially appreciate the "insider" perspective in our reviews so we strongly encourage those who are members of underrepresented populations or who teach or do library work with kids and/or teenagers from underrepresented populations to apply.

To apply, send a short bio including why you are interested in working with us and attach two samples of your non-creative prose with a word count between between 250-300 words to:

mixeddiversityreadsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

In the subject of the email write: Become a Book Reviewer.

Please visit our website and the "Reviewers Needed" Page of the site at before responding.

Call for Reviews: Zoetic Press

Zoetic Press is always looking to publish reviews—though this is the only category for which we do not pay authors, we definitely work hard to promote authors through our social media networks. Unlike our imprints NonBinary Review & Unbound Octavo, book reviews are published online. We are open to reviews of any kind--from books to literary magazines (online or in print) and even 'zines. 

To submit a review, visit our website.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Writing Competitions: Crab Orchard Review Annual Literary Contests

COR's Annual Literary Contests
The Richard Peterson Poetry Prize
The Jack Dyer Fiction Prize
The John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize
$2,000 and publication to each genre winner (finalists are offered $500 and publication)

All Entries must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE
February 21, 2015 - April 21, 2015

Entry Fee: $15.00 per entry - All entrants with a U.S. postal address receive a copy of the issue featuring COR's Annual Literary Contests winners ($14.00 value; $1.00 for Submittable service)


--One winner and at least two finalists will be chosen in each category (there is no theme for the Literary Prize entries; just send your best work). The three category winners will be published and the finalists offered publication (with a payment of $500) in the next Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. The winners and finalists will also be announced on the CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Website and in the following year's March/April POETS & WRITERS.
--The submission period for this year's prize competitions is February 21, 2015 through April 21, 2015

--Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen or permanent resident (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). The author's name should not appear on any page.
--*We have had people ask about what is eligible as unpublished work and at CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW we define "unpublished" as work that has not been published by an online or print publication and is not currently accepted for such publication; we do allow work that has been posted online by the writer (though we will ask that the work be taken down until after the time it is published in CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW) or is available online as part of a thesis or dissertation required for the completion of a degree.

--Simultaneous submissions are considered for the COR's Annual Literary Contests, but the winning entries and finalists must meet the criteria as unpublished work described here to be eligible for the awards and publication.

All entries must be submitted online between February 21, 2015 and the end of April 21, 2015 (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) on April 21, 2015). All entrants will receive notification of the results by email by June 30, 2015.
All entries will also be considered for publication in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue. Regular CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW contributor’s payment rates ($25 (US) per magazine page. $50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not a genre winner or finalist.
We hope to make all editorial decisions for the issue by the end of July 2015.
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSION: Entries may be under consideration elsewhere, but CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW must be informed immediately if a submission is accepted for publication. Entry fees will not be refunded for submissions withdrawn by the author.


Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length.
Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction.
The author's name should not appear on any page of the entry.
One COR Annual Literary Contest poetry entry, or one story entry in fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $15.00 online entry fee. You may enter in each genre up to three times if you wish; you may also enter as many genres as you wish.

We will send you a copy of the 2016 Winter/Spring issue of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW, which will include the winners of these competitions, to a U.S. postal address for your first entry and extend your subscription beyond that according to the number of entries you have. Due to the extremely high cost of International Mail and uncertainty of successful delivery, individuals entering from overseas will need to provide a United States postal address to receive a copy of the issue.

All entries must be made through our Submittable system.

Writing Residency: Silver Creek Writers Residency

Silver Creek Writers Residency- Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho


Silver Creek Writers Residency is a new program offering emerging and early-career writers the opportunity for independent and inspired work while staying in beautiful Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho, the resting place of Ernest Hemingway and haunt of Hollywood legends. Summer term residents end their four-week stay with an invitation to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Our mission is to inspire writers while giving them time to complete their works of literary significance.

Applications are accepted February 15 through April 15, 2015 for the summer term and until May 15, 2015 for the fall term. Summer term acceptances will be awarded April 30, 2015 and fall term acceptances will be awarded June 15, 2015. Applicants must have no more than two books in print, but prior publication is not a requirement. Faculty/students/alumni welcome to apply.

We will offer four residency opportunities during two terms in 2015 as follows:

Silver Creek Fellowship for Nature and Wilderness writing (nonfiction): June 19th – July 20th, 2015
Silver Creek Fellowship for Idaho Writers (open-genre, prose): June 19th – July 20th, 2015

Silver Creek Fellowship for Fiction Writing (nonfiction): Sept. 17th – Oct 16th, 2015
Silver Creek Fellowship for Idaho Writers (open-genre, prose): Sept. 17th – Oct 16th, 2015

There is no fee to attend this residency (after $35 application fee), but residents are responsible for their travel expenses and for their meals. Transportation from regional cities (e.g. Boise, Salt Lake) to Ketchum/SV may be arranged for a fee. Each fellow will live independently in a house, host home, or residence hall in the Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho area and have private use of the Silver Creek Writers’ Studio in Ketchum. Lodging spaces have kitchens or kitchenettes.

The summer term fellows will end their stay with a pass to the renowned Sun Valley Writers Conference. Fellows will be asked to offer a lecture, reading, or workshop in the community depending upon preference or interest.

Themes: The summer nature and wilderness fellowship is for a writer working on a book-length (or long form/collection) project that has the potential to impact the public discourse in either of these subject areas. Submissions are evaluated first for their literary or story-telling aspects, and second for their ability to illuminate the value of any aspect of the natural world or man’s interaction with it. We prefer evocative narrative over purely scientific explication.

The fall fiction writers fellowship is for a general fiction writer working on a book-length (or long-form/story collection) project. (Fall program change: the fall culinary fellowship has been changed to a general fiction fellowship for 2015).

Both summer and fall fellowships for Idaho writers are for Idaho residents (or students) working in any prose genre in any subject.

For submission and further details visit our website. Or email us at:

silvercreekwrATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Bill Fowler, Founder - Executive Director
Silver Creek Writers Residency, Inc.
PO Box 6609
Ketchum, ID 83340
ph (208)-726-2017
fx (208) 246-3131

Call for Poetry Submissions for Anthology: My Cruel Invention

Meerkat Press is pleased to issue a call for submissions of poems for an anthology to be called My Cruel Invention. Poems may be about real or imagined inventions, as well as real or fictional inventors. 

The anthology will be edited by Bernadette Geyer, author of The Scabbard of Her Throat and What Remains.  

Contributors will receive their choice of $5.00 or a print copy of the anthology. Submissions will be accepted via email until the deadline of May 31, 2015.  

Full details at our website.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Goodreads Giveaway of Blood of a Stone!

Don't miss this second opportunity to win a free paperback copy of Blood of a Stone! My publisher, Tuscany Press, is sponsoring a Goodreads giveaway until March 20, 2015!

Enter here!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is calling for all genres to submit for the next issue!

Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for its Winter/Spring 2015 issue from the following genres: Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Poetry, Writing for Young People, Visual Art, Translation / Multi-lingual texts, & Creative Nonfiction. Translated submissions: include original work with your translation, and a document showing that you have permission to publish the original work. Original, bilingual work may be submitted under the translation category; please indicate this in your cover letter. The responsibility for clearing rights, permissions for translated works, & the payment of any related fees, lies with the translator. 

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

Deadline: April 30, 2015

Creative Nonfiction Book Award: Zone 3 Press CNF Book Award

Zone 3 Press CNF Book Award. Prize: $1,000 + publication. 

Submit a manuscript of 150-300 pages with a $25 entry fee by April 15, 2015. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the Zone 3 website for complete guidelines. 

Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Book Award
Austin Peay State University
P.O. Box 4565
Clarksville, TN 37044. 

(931) 221-7031. Amy Wright, Acquisitions Editor.

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Call for Nonfiction Submissions About Writing: The Writer's Monthly Review Magazine



writersmonthlyreviewmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


marcies04ATyahooDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline for submissions is set for March 25th for the April edition so get those articles in. I’d like to see how-to's dealing with rejection, articles dealing with manuscript format, articles dealing with everyday life of a writer, conference and workshop news, dealing with editors … you get the picture. If anyone has market news or updates please send those to me as soon as possible.

I would also like to see inspirational articles for each issue – keep the length between 500 and 2000 words.

Please, please get those manuscripts in to us before the 25th.  

Please, please put your name, address and email on each manuscript and shortly following each article add a short bio. Manuscripts will not be read if they don't have names, etc.  

Thanks for everything. We need your subscription support so please consider subscribing today.
Marcella Simmons, Editor/Publisher

Call for Disability-related Submissions: Pentimento

Pentimento, a literary magazine for the disability community, is seeking submissions for the Summer 2015 issue.

We publish art, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and poetry. Submissions must be by an individual with a disability or a member of the disability community such as a family member, therapist, special educator, etc.

Writing submissions must be disability-related.

Please visit our website for submission guidelines, payment information, and to request a complimentary issue.

Poetry Competition: Frost Farm Prize

The April 1 deadline for the 5th Annual Frost Farm Prize is coming up!  

Winner receives $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry as a lead-in to the new Poetry at the Frost Farm: Writing in Meter & Form conference in June. And, as a special bonus, this year's winner will also be invited to attend the inaugural conference as our guest.  

Please see contest guidelines here.

Call for Young Adult Submissions about Mutiny: Cicada YA Lit/Comics Magazine

Mutiny is an inflection point, the pivot from submission to rebellion. Sailors aren't the only mutineers. School, family, career, and social norms; the rules of sports, music, or structured verse: anywhere there's an established order of things, that order can chafe. And it can crack. 

Cicada YA lit/comics magazine seeks works about (or written in) revolt. Send poetry, fic, comics, essays, satire, sea chanteys, and more on MUTINY. 

Visit our website for details. 

Deadline: April 30.

Call for Submissions: Your Impossible Voice

Your Impossible Voice is accepting submissions on a rolling basis. We publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations and more. Our tastes are eclectic. The best way to find out what we’re looking for is to read an issue. We don't charge any reading fees. 

Contributors to our first seven issues include: Arisa White, Xu Xi, Jessica Hagedorn, Colin Dodds , Gillian Conoley, Lewis Buzbee, Arielle Greenberg, Karen An-hwei Lee, Francisco García González, Aaron Shurin, Mara Naselli, Phyllis Brotherton, Daniel Coshnear, David Bajo, R. Zamora Linmark and more. 

Visit our website for more information.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Rat's Ass Review

Rat's Ass Review is back and looking for submissions!

Submissions guidelines.

Rat’s Ass Review, an online poetry journal, is currently soliciting submissions for its Spring reading period, which ends June 21, 2015. Submission guidelines and other information regarding Rat’s Ass Review are available at Rat’s Ass Review.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Goodreads Giveaway of Blood of a Stone!

My debut historical novel, Blood of a Stone, is scheduled for official release March 17, but now is your chance to win a free paperback copy! The Goodreads giveaway ends March 5!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Blood of a Stone by Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Blood of a Stone

by Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Giveaway ends March 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win