Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Poetry Competition: Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize

Entry Fee: $15.00 USD

Ends on 5/15/2015 

The Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize honors the late Stanley Kunitz’s dedication to mentoring poets. The winning poem will appear on the feature page of the September/October issue of The American Poetry Review, and the poet will receive a prize of $1,000. All entrants will receive a copy of the magazine. Poets may submit one to three poems per entry (totaling no more than three pages) with a $15 entry fee by May 15, 2015. No limit on number of entries per poet. The editors of The American Poetry Review will judge submissions anonymously, in compliance with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses’ Code of Ethics.

1. Poets must be under 40 years of age.
2. All entries must be previously unpublished poems.
3. Multiple entries are acceptable; however each entry must be accompanied by a reading fee.
4. Entry fee covers up to three poems, totaling no more than three pages.
5. Contest entries must be received before May 15, 2015.
6. Contest results will be announced by July 1, 2015.

Call for Submissions: Up the Staircase Quarterly

Up the Staircase Quarterly seeks submissions: Prairie Mountain regional issue

Deadline: July 1, 2015 

North Dakota based journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, is looking for poets, artists, and reviewers currently living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, and Wyoming for this summer's regional issue, Prairie Mountain. 

Submissions can be of any topic. Check special issue guidelines for more information.

Writing Competition on Theme of (Dis)placement: Terrain

Terrain's 6th Annual Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry, Judged by Luis Alberto Urrea, Scott Russell Sanders, and Pattiann Rogers 

Contest Theme: (Dis)placement 

Submissions are now open for our annual contest, offering a prize of $500 to the winner of each genre: fiction (stories up to 6,000 words), nonfiction (essays or articles up to 6,000 words), and poetry (a set of three to five poems or one long poem). Entry fee is $15 per submission, and the deadline is September 1, 2015, for publication in November. Regular submissions are accepted until June 1, and then we are only accepting contest submissions over the summer.

This year, our esteemed judges are:
Luis Alberto Urrea | Fiction
Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of 16 books, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Queen of the Dead, and The Tijuana Book of the Dead.

Scott Russell Sanders | Nonfiction
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including Divine Animal: A Novel and Earth Works: Selected Essays.

Pattiann Rogers | Poetry
Pattiann Rogers has published 12 books of poetry, including Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems and most recently Holy Heathen Rhapsody.

We consider all entries for publication.
View the full contest submission guidelines and previous winners here.

Writing Competition: Bellevue Literary Review

BLR Prizes

Entry Fees: $20.00 USD, $30.00 US
Ends on 7/1/2015

BLR Prize Guidelines:
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry ~ Judged by Ada Limón
Goldenberg Prize for Fiction ~ Judged by Paul Harding
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction ~ Judged by Mark Vonnegut

The BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body.

First prize is $1,000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2016 issue of BLR.
Honorable mention winners will receive $250 and publication in the Spring 2016 issue of BLR.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Max word count is 5,000, but most of our published work tends to be in the 2,000-4,000 range. (Additional information is below)
Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

Do not put your name on the manuscript document.

Work previously published in print or electronically will not be considered. For the BLR, “published work” means published in print in North America, or published on the Internet in electronic journals, e-zines, academic websites, and other “public” or “official” websites. Works posted on personal blogs or websites will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We ask that authors be honest about web postings. (If a work is discovered to have been posted or published elsewhere—and not openly acknowledged by the author in advance—we will remove it from consideration.)

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We regret that there can be no refunds or substitutions for withdrawn work.

All contest entries will also be considered for regular publication.

Students/friends/colleagues/relations of a judge are not permitted to enter submissions to that judge's genre.

BLR acquires first-time North American rights, and the right to reprint in anthologies. After publication, all other rights revert to the author and the work may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.

The Bellevue Literary Review seeks character-driven fiction with original voices and strong settings. We do not publish genre fiction (romance, sci-fi, horror). Our word max is 5,000, though most of our published stories tend to be in the range of 2,000-4,000 words. We have only occasionally published flash fiction. While we are always interested in creative explorations in style, we do lean toward classic short stories.

Creative Nonfiction:
We are looking for essays that reach beyond the standard ‘illness narrative’ to develop a topic in an engaging and original manner. Incorporate anecdotes that feel alive, and dazzle us with thoughtful and creative analysis that allows these anecdotes to serve a larger purpose. Please, no academic discourses or works with footnotes. Maximum 5,000 words.

Poetry submissions should have no more than 3 poems. Please include all poems in one document.

We encourage you to read BLR before you submit. Samples from each issue are available in our online archive .

Poetry Book Competition: The Unicorn Press First Book Contest

The Unicorn Press First Book Contest 

From 1 January to 31 May, Unicorn Press will accept submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts by authors who have not previously published a book of poetry. The winner will receive $250 and the winning manuscript will be published by Unicorn Press. We will announce our decision on 1 December. If you wish to submit a manuscript, please proceed under the following guidelines.

» Please submit 56-72 pages of poetry previously uncollected in book form. (For the purpose of this contest, we consider publications with more 32 poems printed in a run of over 1000 copies to be previous publication in book form.) Only one poem should appear per page.

» Manuscripts may contain previously published poetry. If applicable, please include an acknowledgements page detailing previous publications.

Please include a cover letter containing your contact information, including an email address. Send your manuscript with an SASE we may use to send our response. In the event the manuscript is declined, we will send notice by email if no SASE has been supplied. We will return manuscripts for which an SASE of sufficient size to enclose the work is included in the submission. If you would like to know when your manuscript has arrived, please include a self-addressed postcard with your submission, and we will drop it in the mail upon receipt of your materials.

» Please send submissions by mail only. Manuscripts must be postmarked between 1 January and 31 May, inclusive. Please address your submission as follows:

1310 Glenwood Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27403


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Call for Submissions: Lumen

Lumen is a new magazine for (and by!) women-identified folks. We are building our first issue now, and are looking for poetry, fiction, memoir, art, and interviews. Submit your work here.

The deadline for our first issue will be May 17, as we are expecting to launch mid-June.

Thank you for reading, and we hope to hear from you soon!


Writing Competition: 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Entry period is now open for the 2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards.

This year’s judges are Joyce Carol Oates (fiction) and Albert Goldbarth (nonfiction).  

1st Prize: $1,500 and publication
Honorable Mention: $500 and publication

Entry Fee: $20.00
All finalists listed in Fall/Winter 2015 Awards issue

Submit one story or one essay per entry between April 1 and June 15, 2015. Each entry should not exceed 8,000 words. Name and address on cover letter only. 

Submit online here

Or by mail:

2015 Curt Johnson Prose Awards
PO Box 16130
St. Louis, MO 63105

Poetry Competition: Boulevard Emerging Poetry Competition 2015

Poetry Contest for Emerging Poets 2015

Entry Fee: $15.00 USD
Ends on 6/1/2015

Entry Portal.

$1,000 and publication in Boulevard awarded for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press.

The poems may be a sequence or unrelated. All entries must be submitted by June 1, 2015. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible. Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine. No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest. No manuscripts will be returned.

Entry fee is $15 per group of three poems, and $15 for each additional group of three poems. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Boulevard.

Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the titles of the three poems, should appear on page one of the first poem.

The winning poems will be published in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue of Boulevard. All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.

For complete guidelines, visit our website.

Writing Competition: New American Fiction Prize 2015


Entry Fee: $22.50 USD
Ends on 6/15/2015

The submission period for the 2015 New American Fiction Prize is now open. Entry portal.

The submission deadline is June 15, 2015.

Winner receives a $1000 award, book publication, and 25 complimentary copies. All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including novels; novellas; novels in verse; and collections of stories and/or novellas and/or short-shorts or flash fiction, including linked collections that may be read as novels.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged, but please contact us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Final judge this year is LARRY WATSON, author of the novels Let Him Go; Montana 1948; American Boy; In a Dark Time;White Crosses; Laura; Orchard; and Sundown, Yellow Moon. His other books include a story collection called Justice and a chapbook of poetry called Leaving Dakota. He has published short stories and poems in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, North American Review, Mississippi Review, and other journals and magazines. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and other periodicals. Watson taught writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for twenty-five years before joining the faculty at Marquette University in 2003 as a Visiting Professor.

To submit, please upload your manuscript (approx. 100-500 pages) to Submittable as a Microsoft Word file and pay the $22.50 reading fee.

We read manuscripts blind, so please include your contact information (name, manuscript title, address, telephone number, email address) in the cover letter field at Submittable, but exclude any identifying information from the manuscript itself

Short Fiction Competition: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction 2015

Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction 2015 Competition

Entry Fee: $30.00 USD
Ends on 5/31/2015

Entry portal.

Dates for submission: Manuscripts may be submitted between 9:00 a.m. on April 1 and 5:00 p.m. on May 31. Winners will be announced by the end of August.

Contest queries can be directed to:

pressATugaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

The press will not accept phone calls regarding the Flannery O'Connor Award. If you encounter any technical difficulties while using the submissions manager, don't hesitate to contact our submission manager support: and/or phone: 1-406-480-6274. The $30 entry fee can be paid online via credit card or PayPal

Selection process: Each of four contest judges reads approximately one-fourth of the manuscripts submitted to the competition, with a fifth judge available if needed based on the total number of submissions. Judges select seven to ten finalists each; the pool of finalist manuscripts is read by series editor Nancy Zafris, who makes the final selection of two winning manuscripts and a runner-up. 

Authors of winning manuscripts receive a cash award of $1,000, and their collections are subsequently published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract. Winners have ten days to accept the award and ten days to sign the contract once it is received. More information about the series editor and this year's judges can be found here.

Eligibility: The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished. Previous winners of this award are not eligible to win again. Writers must be residents of North America. 

Manuscript Guidelines

--Manuscripts should be double-spaced and 40,000-75,000 words in length.
--The award recognizes outstanding collections of short fiction. Collections may include long stories or novellas (est. length of a novella is 50-150 pages). However, novels or single novellas will not be considered.
--Please be sure manuscript pages are numbered.
--Please include a table of contents.
--Please use a standard, easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman in twelve-point size.
--Stories included in the submission may have appeared previously in magazines or anthologies but may not have been previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work.
--Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition for consideration as long as no material is duplicated between submissions. Each submission will require a separate entry fee.
--Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please withdraw your manuscript if it is accepted by another publisher and should no longer be considered for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award competition. Withdrawal can be completed via the submissions manager website. Entry fees are not refundable.

Blind review: The intent of this contest is that manuscripts will be considered on the merits of the fiction and that judges will not be aware of the names or publication records of the authors.

Please do not include your name on the pages of the manuscript—only in the form boxes of the electronic submission manager. The first page of the manuscript should include the title of the collection only.

Please do not include a list of acknowledgments crediting where stories have been published.

Judges who recognize work will recuse themselves, and the submission will be reassigned to a different judge.

Confirmation of receipt and notification: You should receive an e-mail confirmation immediately after submission. An announcement of winners and finalists will be sent to all entrants via e-mail by the end of August.

Statement of Integrity: The University of Georgia is thoroughly committed to academic integrity in all of its endeavors, and the University of Georgia Press adheres to all University of Georgia policies and procedures. To help ensure the integrity of the competition, manuscripts are judged through a blind review process. Judges in the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction competition are instructed to avoid conflicts of interest of all kinds.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Call for Submissions: BorderSenses Literary & Arts Journal

BorderSenses Literary & Arts Journal is an annual print publication that provides a venue for emerging and established writers/artists from the U.S.-Mexico border area and beyond to share their words and images.
We seek poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews in both Spanish and English from every corner of the world. We also highlight a diversity of visual artists. Translations can be accepted, provided that the original author has consented to publication rights and reprinting.
We're especially looking for quality fiction and book reviews this year.
Submit here. Submissions close May 15!

Call for Submissions: No Tokens Journal

No Tokens will be accepting submissions for Issue 4 (Fall/Winter 2015) from April 8th through May 15th, 2015. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. We cannot accept previously published work. 

Please include your name and contact information on the first page of your submission. If you have already been published in No Tokens, kindly wait one submission period before submitting again. No Tokens acquires first publication rights and rights revert to author upon publication. 

When reprinted we kindly ask that you mention No Tokens as being the first to publish the work. Payment will be two contributor’s copies.

Subject matter is up to you. Length is up to you. These genres help us stay organized, but please feel encouraged to bend, snap, stretch, or fold them anyway you’d like. Surprise us.
We look forward to it. Submit here.

Poetry Competition: The Georgia Review Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Georgia Review is excited to announce the third annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize---$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. 

The submission period is 1 April 2015–15 May 2015, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2015 and published in the Spring 2016 issue. Poems may be submitted online or by post.

For more information, visit our website.

We hope you'll send us your work, and tell others about the prize. We're looking forward to reading your poems! 

Many thanks,
Jenny Gropp
Managing Editor
The Georgia Review

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes 180 poetry and very short fiction features annually. Every feature is married with art by our staff and carries an expanded author bio with pictures and links to their work and websites. 
We are currently calling for submissions. 
Authors need to read our guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Suburban Diaspora

Suburban Diaspora , an independent online literary journal, is accepting submissions for its first issue, due out in July. We’re interested in placeless writing: prose and poetry without strong ties to place or setting.

We do not have word or line limits, and we will consider one story, up to three flash fiction pieces (up to 1000 words), three to five poems, or one long poem (over fifty lines). We’re interested in work from emerging and established writers. We also accept simultaneous submissions.

Suburban Diaspora was created as a happy counterpoint to the many regional journals and presses that exist. Our home is proudly in the digital space, and our allegiances lie with digital natives, literary nomads, and the creative miscellany. If you’re interested in submitting, see our submissions page on Submittable, or look for us on Facebook or Twitter.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Gyroscope Review

Submissions are now being accepted for the Summer issue of Gyroscope Review.

Gyroscope Review publishes fine contemporary poetry in a variety of forms and themes including fantasy, science fiction and horror. We welcome both new and established writers.

Gyroscope Review is published quarterly. No fee to submit. Check out our first issue online.

Please visit our submissions page for guidelines.

Call for Writers from Queens, NY: Literary Geographies: A Celebration of Queens Writers

Call for Queens, NY Writers! 

We're looking for a few Queens writers for a reading at Socrates Sculpture Park this summer. The event will be called “Literary Geographies: A Celebration of Queens Writers” and will be held on the afternoon/evening of July 11, 2015. We're seeking submissions from Queens-based writers who represent the diversity of Queens, to read their fiction or nonfiction about place, be it Queens or elsewhere. We'll even give you a small stipend for reading!

To submit, please include a short paragraph or two about your area of Queens and how you contribute to the diverse population of the borough and a 5-8 page writing sample, double-spaced, to:

litgeographiesATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The writing sample should be whatever you plan on reading aloud (fiction or nonfiction) and should also have a focus on place. You must be available on July 11th and able to travel to the sculpture park, located in Long Island City (easily accessible using the N/Q subway!)

We'll be reading until we fill the available slots so submit early!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Writing Competitions: 2015 Knut House Press Prizes

2015 KNUT HOUSE POETRY PRIZE (book prize):  
A prize of $1000 and publication by KNUT HOUSE PRESS awarded to an unpublished poetry collection that captures the "(k)nuthouse" spirit. Submit a manuscript (50 to 100 pages) with a $15 entry fee via SUBMITTABLE by May 17, 2015 (at 23:59 CST). 
DEADLINE: 05/17/2015


A prize of $1000 and publication by KNUT HOUSE MAGAZINE awarded to an unpublished short story that dramatizes the experience of "insanity" authentically. Submit a manuscript (less than 8,000 words) with a $10 entry fee via SUBMITTABLE by May 17, 2015 (at 23:59 CST). 
DEADLINE: 05/17/2015


2015 KNUT HOUSE NOVEL PRIZE (book prize): 

A prize of $1500 and publication by KNUT HOUSE PRESS awarded to an unpublished novel that captures the "(k)nuthouse" spirit authentically. Submit an unpublished manuscript (of at least 44,444 words) with a $20 entry fee via SUBMITTABLE by October 31, 2015 (at 23:59 UT). 
DEADLINE: 10/31/2015


A prize of $1,000 and publication by KNUT HOUSE MAGAZINE awarded to an unpublished short story (less than 8000 words) or work of poetry (circa 10 pages) that captures the experience of music and/or mathematics authentically. Submissions are welcome to exhibit elements of prose and poetry simultaneously. Submit a manuscript with a $15 entry fee via SUBMITTABLE by October 31, 2015 (at 23:59 CST). 
DEADLINE: 10/31/2015

Call for Submissions: Uproot

Uproot is a literary journal whose main interest lies in place–more specifically, moving from place to place. We want to read and share literature that is complex, work that challenges notions of genre, work that pulls you up by the roots and plants you somewhere else, somewhere unexpected. Uproot is a journal about moving in the loosest sense, be it moving from a big city to a small town, switching schools, getting a new job, starting somewhere fresh or returning somewhere stale, etc. 

We’re interested in topics concerning the geological and emotional estrangement, displacement, alienation, longing, as well as that sense of discovery and exploration and all of the other contradictory feelings associated with moving to a new/old location. A clear and strong development of setting and character is, to say the least, our most primary concern when selecting any piece of work. 

General Submission guidelines:
Poetry 3-5 poems
● Prose 3,000 words maximum

● Please submit work as either .doc/.docx file or PDF file as attachments.
● We do not accept work that has been copied and pasted into the body of an email.
● We are a tri-quarterly journal with rolling submissions, so we accept work at all times of the year, though depending on when you submit we may or may not be reading your story for the present issue.
● Please submit a brief 60 word bio written in the 3rd person
● Please send only original, unpublished work
● If your work has been published elsewhere please let us know so we can retract your submission
Our current submission window for our next issue is 3/13/15-5/14/15

Please send submissions to:

uprootmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Thanks for reading!

Prose and Poetry Competition: Fairy Tale Review

Fairy Tale Review is thrilled to announce our second annual contest, with awards for poetry and prose—Brian Evenson will serve as our judge for prose, and Joyelle McSweeney will judge poetry. The selected winners of the prose and poetry contests will each receive $1,000, and all submissions will also be considered for publication in The Ochre Issue, which will be released in 2016. Submit online or via post to:

Fairy Tale Review c/o Kate Bernheimer
Department of English
University of Arizona
Tucson AZ 85721

Reading period
April 1, 2015 to July 15th, 2015  

Fee: $10  

$1,000 each, for prose and poetry

Eligibility & Procedure
All submissions must be original and previously unpublished. For prose, please send works of up to 6,000 words. For poetry, no more than five poems and/or ten pages per entry. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your manuscript immediately upon acceptance elsewhere, and note that the reading fee is nonrefundable. Multiple submissions are acceptable, but please note that you will need to pay a reading fee for each submission.

Those who submit to general submissions are welcome to submit to the contests as well. Also, contributors to our most recent issues are welcome to submit to the contest, despite our request to not submit to the general submissions.

Submit online.

For full guidelines, visit our website.

Fairy Tale Review

Poetry Competition: Zocalo's Public Square's Fourth Annual Poetry Prize

Zócalo Public Square's Fourth Annual Poetry Prize 

L.A.-based Ideas Exchange Zócalo Public Square is now accepting submissions for our fourth annual poetry prize, which is awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.
The winner will receive $500 and will be published by Zócalo on our site.

The deadline for our no-fee contest is April 30, 2015.

Send up to three poems to:

poetryprizeATzocalopublicsquareDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
More information here.

Call for Anthology Submissions on Collateral Damage: Pirene's Fountain

Calling all poets, flash fiction writers, and illustrators

A benefit project from Pirene’s Fountain

Collateral Damage 

Now more than ever we must collectively work toward a better future for our earth and its children. As current custodians of this world, we need to assume some degree of responsibility, and bequeath our planet in a good condition to our new generation. Alone our reach is weak, but together we can harness the strength to speak up for those not allowed a voice.

Please join us in all ways possible to spread the word, to sell the books and raise funds for children with basic survival needs, for programs that help protect and educate children, and organizations that foster child advocacy. Turning away is not an option. 

There are many ways in which you can participate. You can send in your work, you can write press releases, blurbs for promotion, you can speak to possible sponsors of various programs, approach corporations, arrange readings, encourage others to buy the book. Spread the word and support this work so the future of our world will have a chance. 

Themes to be covered by this anthology:
Children caught in the crossfire of war and political strife, adult ambition and greed. Children who are victims of abuse, neglect, hunger, lack of clean water. Children who have succumbed to disease, mental illness and hopelessness. Children who are orphans, children who are institutionalized and in jails. Children denied education and protection. Children who have been traumatized by rape, incest, school shootings, etc. Disadvantaged and exploited children: child labor, slavery, human trafficking, terrorism, prostitution & pornography.

Collateral Damage, A Pirene’s Fountain Anthology

Submission Information—opens September 1, 2015

Please send written work to:

pfanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

in a word attachment, and B&W illustrations in high res jpg file with minimum 300dpi. Images must be clear, clean and crisp. 

We will respond in 2 weeks with acknowledgement of receipt. If the piece does not work for the anthology, or if it fits perfectly, we will respond within 1-2 months. If we want to consider the work further, we will write and ask permission to hold on to it for a longer period. While previously published work will be considered, simultaneous submissions will not. 

1. Since this is a benefit book, contributors copies will be NOT be sent out. Contributors may purchase the book directly from GLP at a deep discount.
2. Your work will demand a place in the book if it belongs there; credentials and awards will matter less than the work you submit.
3. We are looking for high quality, impactful, beautifully crafted, layered and lyrical language. We want it all—power, color, emotion.
4. Send your submissions to Ami at pfanthologyATgmailDOTcom
5. Please type “CD,” first & last name in subject line
6. If you wish, you may send a short cover note. A bio is not required at the time of the submission. We will request a bio if your work is selected because you may want to update it prior to galley preparation. By its very nature this book will be highly selective. If your submission is not accepted the first time, you may send out another submission for consideration.
7. Please join/”like” the Collateral Damage Anthology page to get the best and most current information and updates!

Since we may get too many pieces on a particular topic, or too few, we will announce what we need and which “topics” have been filled on the Collateral Damage Anthology page.

I am not looking to make profits through this project. I will gladly give my time, attention, and energy to this project and will not touch a cent myself. However, I do have to pay my production staff, the printers, retail discounts, and our distributing networks. The rest we will donate to UNICEF, and also to “100 Thousand Poets for Change.”

To make any kind of significant impact, we will need to sell a LOT of books, and you can all help to spread the word not only within our literary and academic circles but beyond. We need to promote this cause anywhere and everywhere possible: schools, universities, book stores, child advocacy organizations, hospitals, libraries, coffee houses, eateries, retail stores, corporations, malls, etc.

Please make a commitment to participate and get involved in one way or another. We can make this happen together. Let us help the children of our world~ Thank you all!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Guest Post on "Practice. Polish. Persist"

Want to know what it takes to get published? Check out my guest blog post on Jordan Rosenfeld's blog, "Practice. Polish. Persist," on the importance of persistence. And thank you, Jordan, for inviting me to participate in the conversation!

Pushing Through the Doubts

As an author and a creative writing teacher, I tell my students a writer needs to follow the three P’s for success: Practice, Professionalism, and Persistence. Practice is easy. You write, and you write some more...

Friday, April 3, 2015

Call for Submissions with South Asian Connection: Jaggery

The online literary journal Jaggery seeks submissions of fiction (short fiction or novel excerpts), poetry, artwork, essays and reviews. Submissions will remain open throughout the month of April. 

The current issue and more about our open call can be found at our website. Payment is $25.00 for prose, poetry, and art.

Designed to promote conversation between homeland and diasporic communities around the globe, Jaggery’s fifth issue included work by Mira Jacob, Sandip Roy, Jibanananda Das, Sabrina Ghaus, Shloka Shankar, Khairani Barokka, Susheela Menon, Celeste Regal, Samina Farooq, Dinusha Jayawardane and an interview with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. Editor-in-chief Mary Anne Mohanraj says the name Jaggery was inspired by the unrefined dark brown sugar used as sweetener throughout South Asia.

“Jaggery reflects not only modern South Asia, but also its colonial history. We aim to provide a literary and artistic experience that is dark, complex, intense — and provocative.”

Fiction Competition: An Ocean of Possibility

The Writer is sponsoring a competition on the theme of: "An Ocean of Possibility"
Entry link.

Words offer us an ocean of possibility for storytelling. The ebb and flow, calm and storm, comfort and threat. How can you use the ocean as an important element in a story? What role can it play in your narrative? How can your characters reflect the currents of the ocean, or how can the ocean affect the choices they make? Is the ocean a dangerous element, or an avenue to freedom? What will happen, who will be instrumental and what takes place because of the ocean in your story?

Drawing from the strength, whimsicality and mystery of the ocean, we challenge you to treat readers to an original story this summer. Submit a 1,000-word fictional short story using one of these ocean-themed quotes for inspiration: 

  • "Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away." -Sarah Kay
  • "Doesn’t it seem to you,” asked Madame Bovary, “that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?" -Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
  • "The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace." –Kate Chopin, The Awakening
1st place: $1,000 and publication in the August issue of The Writer.

2nd place: $500 and publication on The Writer’s website 3rd place: $250 and publication on The Writer’s website


The submission deadline is midnight eastern time on April 30, 2015.
The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees).

You may submit additional entries on the same transaction for an additional $15 per submission (up to 5 per transaction).
$1,000 and publication in the August 2015 issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on Third place winner will receive $250 and publication on
A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a staff editor of The Writer, who will narrow down the pool of finalists. Those entries will then be read for our full editorial panel, who will select a winner. 

Close friends and colleagues (current & former) of the The Writer staff and Madavor Media are not eligible to compete.
All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries.
All submissions must be previously unpublished.
You may enter simultaneously submitted work.
Winners will be announced in the August 2015 issue of The Writer.
Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

One month left for Lunch Ticket’s reading period! April 30, 2015 is the deadline

We are accepting submissions for our 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).

 Submit your work here.

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

nvneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Call for Submissions: Cahoodaloodaling

Issue #17 – Grit by the Glass

Denis Johnson says to write naked, write in blood & write from exile. For this issue, we’re looking for Grit Lit writing that does just that. We want pieces that kick you in the gut & leave your mouth bloody. We’re looking for poetry & prose that can stop a dog fight while drinking homemade whiskey. We’d love stories, essays & poems that can find their way around the darkest hollers & the seediest city blocks. We want words that know their way around shotguns & fights, black eyes & regret. Words that get at the worst decisions people have ever made & their bare knuckle consequences. In the end, we want pieces that will shake you to your core because they are unafraid of broaching a difficult topic & they do it with aplomb.
See submission guidelines. 
Submissions due 6/20/15. Guest Editor Sam Slaughter. Issue live 7/31/15.

Fiction Competition: Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award

Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award 

The University of Georgia Press is proud to be the publisher of the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award series. More than fifty short fiction collections have appeared in the series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre.

Winners are selected through an annual competition. Past winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction include such widely read authors as Ha Jin, Antonya Nelson, Rita Ciresi, and Mary Hood. For news and updates about the competition and past winners, visit the Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award on Facebook. 

Edited by Nancy Zafris, the contest is open for submissions from April 1 to May 31 each year.

Entry portal.