Saturday, June 27, 2015

Call for Submissions: Masque & Spectacle

Masque & Spectacle is looking for writing, visual art & video, and sound & music for its 5th issue to be published on September 1.

Our 5th issue will not be themed. We're looking only for good work.

Send all materials and inquiries to:

masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Guidelines

--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 Guidelines

--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.

Video Guidelines

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

Sound Guidelines

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

Short Prose Competition: Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Deadline: August 31, 2015 

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Steve Almond will judge. 

The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250 and also appear in issue 28.2, due out in April 2016. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. 

The $17 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. Submit online or by mail. Complete guidelines can be found at our website.

Essay Competition on the Theme of Marriage: Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction magazine is currently seeking unpublished essays on the subject of marriage. We're looking for stories from the widest possible variety of perspectives and experiences.

The winning essay will receive $1,000, and runner up receives $500; all essays will be considered for publication in a special "Marriage" issue of the magazine in spring 2016. 

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.

There is a $20 reading fee, or $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). 

Complete guidelines on our website.

Call for Submissions: Thin Noon

Thin Noon, a new literary journal based at Brown University, is seeking submissions. Prose, poetry, and non-fiction essays accepted.
We're interested in writing that looks at the heart deeply but without decadence. We welcome big ideas, formal innovation, and curiosity.

Please send work as a double-spaced Word document to:

ThinNoonJournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with the subject line "SUBMISSIONS."

Poetry Competition: Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry

The ERNEST SANDEEN prize in poetry is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at University of Notre Dame in conjunction with The University of Notre Dame Press.


--The Sandeen Prize in Poetry is awarded to authors who have published at least one volume of poetry (except authors who are graduates of the University of Notre Dame.)
--Please include a photocopy of the copyright and the title page of your previous volume. Vanity press publications do not fulfill this requirement.
--The Sandeen Prize is open to any author, with the exception of graduates of the University of Notre Dame, who has published at least one collection of poetry, we will pay special attention to second volumes. Please include a vita and/or a biographical statement which includes your publishing history. We will be glad to see a selection of reviews of the earlier collection.
--Please submit two copies of your manuscript and inform us if the manuscript is available electronically. Mail manuscripts to:

 The Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry
356 O’Shaughnessy Hall Dept of English, 
University of Notre Dame, 
Notre Dame, IN, 46556

Include an SASE for acknowledgment of receipt of your submission. If you would like your manuscript returned, please send an SASE. Manuscripts will not otherwise be returned.  

A $15 administrative fee should accompany submissions. Make checks payable to University of Notre Dame. Every contestant will receive a one-year free subscription to the Notre Dame Review.

The volume of the Sandeen Prizes will be published in trade paperback format. The author will be offered a standard contract with the University of Notre Dame Press. There will be a $1,000 prize, a $500 award and a $500 advance against royalties from the Notre Dame Press.

The next Ernest Sandeen prize period is May 1 - Sept. 1, 2015.  

Selection of the winner is expected during the spring following the submission period. The Sandeen Prize is awarded biannually, but judged quadrennially.

We intend to invite the winner to Notre Dame at the time of publication for a prize presentation and reading.

If you have any further questions, please write to:

Director of Creative Writing, 
Sandeen Prize, 
Department of English, 
University of Notre Dame, 
Notre Dame, IN, 46556-5639

Or email:

creativewritingATndDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions Inspired by Video Games: Cartridge Lit

Cartridge Lit, a journal of literature inspired by video games, is seeking poems, stories, and essays written by who are outside of the typical white+male+cisgender+straight category for video game players, to help build an issue based around diverse voices.  

Submitters should follow our typical submission guidelines with an additional note stating that they would like to be considered for this issue. It’s important to note that submitters don’t need to qualify themselves or explain to us how they live beyond the aforementioned categories—just send us your work and state your interest.

All submitted work will also be considered for our upcoming print anthology.

Visit our website for more information.

Poetry Competition: Rattle

The 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize 

In honor of its 10th anniversary, we’re doubling down: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize now offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.  

Additional poems from the entries are frequently offered publication as well. In 2014 we published 22 poems that had been submitted to the contest from almost 3,000 entries.

With the winners judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and now a large Readers’ Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around.

Submitting via Hardcopy

U.S. entries only! Include a check or money order for $20, payable to Rattle, and send entries to:

Poetry Prize
12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604


Submit online.

The Rattle Poetry Prize is an entirely separate category from the others listed here, and because of the nature of the contest, some of the rules are different. Please read the following rules very carefully. Poems submitted to the contest cannot be considered for the theme issues—either they'll win the contest, be published in another open issue, or not at all.

1) The $20 entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle (or a one-year extension for subscribers) at our regular rate. New subscriptions will start with the next available issue (currently Summer 2015, arriving June 1st). Current subscribers will receive a one-year extension. Due to shipping costs, international entries through Submittable will receive a 0.75-year subscription (three issues) instead of the full year.
2) One $10,000 Winner and ten $200 Finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2015 issue; one $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award will then be chosen from among the Finalists by subscriber and entrant vote.
3) Open to writers, worldwide; poems must be written in English (no translations). Rattle‘s winter issue must be a potential first publication for all works submitted. No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we must be notified immediately by adding a note to your entry (under the "Activity" tab in Submittable) if any poems are accepted elsewhere.
4) The first page of your file must be a cover sheet: Include your name, address, email address, phone number, and the titles of the poems onto the first page of the file. Add the poems themselves (with titles) on subsequent pages, with each poem beginning a new page. Identifying personal information should only appear on the cover sheet, and not any pages with poems.
5) Send up to four poems per entry, in a SINGLE file with the cover sheet. Include the cover sheet as the first portion/page of the file. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and an additional $20 fee. Each additional entry will add an extra year to your subscription. Contest entry fees are non-refundable.
6) Winners will be announced on September 15, 2015, and the Readers’ Choice Award Winner will be announced February 15, 2016. Additional entries may also be offered standard publication.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Call for Submissions: Sequestrum

June 30th marks the deadline for our Summer '15 reading period.
For our summer issue, we're interested in poetry (under 35 lines) and fiction and nonfiction (under 5,000 words). Topic and theme are open, our only requirement is to send your best work - and to read a past publication or two to get an idea of what we like.
Full general guidelines here.
About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives open at pay-what-you-can rates, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
 We're proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.

Poetry Competition: 2015 Society for Humanistic Anthropology Ethnographic Poetry Competition

2015 SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

The Society for Humanistic Anthropology announces our annual poetry competition as a means to encourage scholars to use alternative literary genres to explore anthropological concerns. These concerns may be any of those associated with any of the five fields of anthropology: Archaeological, Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Applied.

There is no entry fee for this competition.

Deadline: September 15, 2015

Please email your entry (no more than three unpublished poems) as a single pdf document to:

shapoetrycompetitionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

without the author’s name (anonymized), along with a separate cover page with the following information by October 1, 2015:


The anonymous entry pdf must include an *ethnographic statement (of no more than 400 words) which connects the poem(s) submitted to anthropology which will be taken into account as the judges make their award selections.

JUDGES: Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Nomi Stone, Kuo Zhang 

Winning entries and honorable mentions will be recognized at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Denver in November 2015. Winning poems will be published in the Society’s journal, Anthropology and Humanism. The first place winner(s) will receive a certificate and award of $100. All entries will be considered for publication in the journal. Membership in AAA or institutional subscription is required to receive AnthroSource access to the journal and SHA membership is required to receive a free print issue.

Fellowship for Emerging Writer: BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed Emerging Writer Application

Submit your application here.

Please submit the following materials by Oct. 1, 2015. Applications will be considered by a committee of BuzzFeed editors and respected writers and editors from across the industry. Writers accepted into the fellowship will be notified in November; the fellowship will begin the first week of January 2016. The fellowship is a full-time position. Current and former BuzzFeed employees may not apply. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Materials:

1. Résumé or CV.

2. Five articles, essays, or blog posts you feel are representative of your best work.

3. Statement of purpose (3-5 pages in length): Please explain in detail, in separate sections.

a. If given this opportunity, what are 3-5 reported stories/personal essays you would pursue? 

b. How do these stories reflect your drive and personal mission?

c. Give 3-5 examples of cultural reporting or personal essays from contemporary writers who have had an impact on your work.

d. Why are you qualified and capable of doing work others haven’t or can’t?

f. What support do you need to take a step forward in your career? What aspects of writing and cultural reporting are you eager to learn more about?

4. Three letters of recommendation: Please have your references email their letters directly to:

 emergingwritersfellowshipATbuzzfeedDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

using the subject line “Candidate’s Last Name Reference.” Your references should attest to your standout potential, work ethic, and ability to pursue ambitious ideas and make an impact on cultural conversations.

5. The contact information (phone/email) of three references.

Writing Competition: 2015 Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

The Cincinnati Review is now accepting entries for the 2015 Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. One winning poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2016 prize issue, and winning authors will receive $1,000 each. All entries will be considered for publication in The Cincinnati Review. (And yes, we occasionally publish work that does not officially win.)  

Writers may submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of prose (consisting of a single story, essay, or linked microfictions), per entry. Previously published manuscripts, including works that have appeared online (in any form), will not be considered. There are no restrictions as to form, style, or content. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Entry fee is $20, which includes a one-year subscription to The Cincinnati Review. All entries will receive equal consideration. And every time you enter, you receive a year’s subscription . . . so if you enter three times, you are a subscriber for three years, and so on. Note: You have the option of giving any of your subscriptions as gifts to delightfully lit-hungry significant others.

Deadline: July 15, 2015 

Entrants will be notified October 1 on our website, and the winning pieces will be published in the Summer 2016 issue.

For complete contest guidelines, please visit our website.

Please upload submissions here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Call for Workshop Proposals: Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing

It’s the 15th anniversary of Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing! The 2015 festival will take place November 12-14 at Bowling Green State University. Readers include Lawrence Coates, Larissa Szporluk, and Michael Czyzniejewski.

We are now accepting proposals for festival workshops! Please download the form and return via email to: 

cloudaATbgsuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Last Year:

Our 2014 festival, featuring Sharona Muir, Anne Valente, Marcus Wicker, and Allison Joseph, broke attendance records. Over 250 people enjoyed readings, writing time, workshop conversations, and our bookfair. The post-party at Grumpy Dave’s Pub was also a great success, with snacks, the final round of Flash Fiction Battle-to-the-Death, an open mic, and, just for fun, some karaoke!

Thanks to our sponsors for helping us make this festival special: the BGSU Ethnic and Cultural Arts Program, the Creative Writing Program and Department of English, the Creative Writing Alumni Fund, the Graduate Writers Club and Prairie Margins, and our inidividual donors.

Call for Submissions of Spiritual Poety: Soul-Lit

Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry, is accepting submissions for its summer edition. (Please know that we construe the term "spiritual" very broadly!)

Submission guidelines.

Call for Session Proposals: Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016 


Workshops, Themed Readings, and Panel or Roundtable Discussions

DEADLINE: June 30, 2015 

Submit online.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: Living With HIV

I am seeking poems for an anthology about living with HIV in 2015. No restrictions as to sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or any other identity category. No restrictions in terms of HIV status: the poet can be HIV-positive or HIV-negative or not know their HIV status. As long as the poems are about living with HIV, or living with the risk of HIV, or living in proximity to HIV in the here and now of 2015. Memorials and commemorations have their place, but this anthology is not that place. This anthology is about current experience. I want to hear the voices of people living with HIV for a long time or for a short time. People who are negative and trying to stay that way via any and all methods—condoms, PrEP, abstinence, partner sorting, prayer, LOTTO, whatever. Negative partners of positive people. Men, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, any race, any age, infected via any mode of transmission—homo-sex, hetero-sex, sharing needles, transfusion, mother-to-child transmission. I WOULD LOVE TO GET POEMS FROM PEOPLE BORN WITH HIV.

DEADLINE: Rolling (send asap) through Sept. 30, 2015

WHAT TO SUBMIT: Poems. Your best. Up to 10 poems but not to exceed 10 pages

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email poems in Word doc form to: 

mbroderATmbroderDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

I’m going to publish this anthology on my new press, Indolent Books. Scheduled for early 2016—marking 35 years since the first cases of AIDS were describe in the press in 1981. I’d like to have this book ready for AWP16, Rainbow Book Fair 8, Gay Pride, etc. 

Peace, love, understanding, health, happiness, and prosperity,
Michael Broder, PhD
Founder and President, Indolent Books

Author of This Life Now, a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone's 10th issue is now available online. We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe. 

Authors featured in this issue include Paul D. Brazill, Philippe Diederich, Beverly Donofrio, K.A. Laity, and Ben Parzybok. Our bilingual section features prominent writers from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Check out our past contributors, such as Lynne Barrett, Kim Barnes, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Barbara Hamby, Allison Joseph, J. Michael Lennon, Dinty W. Moore, Matthew Sharpe, and many talented others. 

Past interviews with Janet Burroway, Edwidge Danticat, Dean Koontz, Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, José Ignacio Valenzuela, and Mark Vonnegut. 

We're now looking for submissions for our 11th issue! 

DEADLINE: July 15, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015

Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel - Call for Submissions

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.

Prose Poetry Competition: The Lindenwood Review

Prose Poetry Contest—No Entry Fee: The Lindenwood Review accepts submissions for its free Prose Poetry Contest from May 1 through August 1, 2015.  

Winner receives $50, publication in TLR Issue 6, and three contributor copies. 

No entry fee.

Please read and follow our contest submission guidelines. 

For more information about our journal, visit our website.

Call for Creative Nonfiction Submissions: Anthology: Iran Musings


Seeking creative nonfiction that addresses the experience of Iranians in the US and their connections and disconnections to Iran and its culture. Writing doesn’t have to be by Iranians only; it can include the work of spouses of Iranians, bicultural children, and those who have lived or worked in Iran and feel some connection to the people and place.

Email your submissions to the editors (Leila Emery and Katherine Whitney) at:

IranmusingsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

as a Word doc (double-spaced, 12 pt. font, no more than 15 pages).

Please direct your inquiries to the editors at the email listed above. English submissions only; no translations.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2015. We will seek out a publisher over the next year with an eye towards publishing this anthology in 2016.

Poetry Book Competition: Settlement House American Poetry Prize

SECOND ANNUAL Settlement House American Poetry Prize welcomes submission of book-length poetry manuscripts in English by first-generation Americans (“first generation” includes both immigrants and children born of immigrants to the United States). The 2014 winner was Alicia Partnoy.

$10 submission fee; standard publishing contract with cash advance. 

Submission guidelines.

Writing Competition: Green Mountains Review Book Prize

Announcing the first annual Green Mountains Review Book Prize! 

Green Mountains Review is proud to announce that the first annual GMR Book Prize is now open for submissions. Published in partnership with Publishing Genius Press, the GMR Book Prize will award two winning manuscripts a $1,000 honorarium each and publication in summer 2016. Each submitting writer will get a one year subscription to GMR.

The submission fee is $20 per entry.

Our prize judges are Sarah Manguso in Prose and Olena Kalytiak Davis in Poetry.
We welcome previously unpublished manuscripts by poets and writers at all stages of their careers. Poetry manuscripts must be at least 45 pages. Previously unpublished manuscripts of fiction, non-fiction, and hybrid genres are welcome in our prose category.
Submissions are open 4.8.15 – 12.1.15.
To submit, please visit our Submittable page.  

About the judges:

Olena Kalytiak Davis is a first-generation Ukrainian-American who was born and raised in Detroit. Educated at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College, she is the author of three books of poetry, including And Her Soul Out of Nothing (University of Wisconsin Press 1997), which received the Brittingham Prize for poetry. Davis’s honors include a Pushcart Prize and the Ronna Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. She currently works as a lawyer in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of Ongoingness: The End of a Diary. Her five other books include The Guardians, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon, and The Two Kinds of Decay, named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review and a Best Book of the Year by the Independent, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph, and Time Out Chicago. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize, and her books have been translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Spanish. Her essays have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Magazine, and her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series. She has taught writing at Columbia, Fairfield, the New School, NYU, Pratt, Princeton, and the Otis College of Art and Design. Born and raised near Boston, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fiction and Poetry Competition: The Bridport Prize UK

The Bridport Prize: UK

Entry portal.

Contest website.

Our mission

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

Over £16,000 in prize money

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £50.

In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched. The first prize is £1,000 plus a up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy. A runner-up prize of £500 is also offered.

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship of The Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.

Fiction Competition: Southern Gothic Revival Anthology Short Fiction Contest

Now Open
Southern Gothic Revival Anthology Short Fiction Contest

Twisted Road Publications is seeking stories that reveal the lives of marginalized groups and individuals by developing complex characters and realistic settings. For Twisted Road Publications, “Southern Gothic” means examining the social order of the new south, which we believe is as fragile and the realities behind it as disturbing as anything Faulkner imagined. However, since some of the best stories in the “Gothic” tradition are from outside the region, entries do not necessarily have to be set in the south.

The final judge for the competition is National Book Award finalist Dorothy Allison.

DEADLINE: All entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by July 31, 2015

Submission Guidelines
Open Submissions

Winning entries will be awarded the following:
1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
3rd place: $100
Winners, Honorable Mentions, and Editor’s Picks will be published in the anthology, (due out by September 1, 2016) and receive 2 free copies. The judges’ decisions are final.

Editor’s Picks: The editors may pick entries that did not place in the top 3 or receive honorable mention according to the final judges for additional inclusion in the anthology, upon permission of the authors of such entries. Editor’s picks will be contacted in January and will also receive a free copy of the anthology.

Notifications: Notification of winners will be via an e-mail to all contestants and the Twisted Road Publications website. Entrants will also receive an e-mail notification when the anthology is available. Entrants are not added to any “mailing lists” and we never sell or share your information.

Entry Fees: The entry fee is $16 per entry.

Copyrights: All submissions must be your own original work. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere, as this may affect our ability to publish it should it be selected as a winner. Likewise, you are responsible for notifying any other contests you may be entered in should your submission win in our contest. Submissions can be previously published, however, you must own the rights to republish in the event that your submission wins. All winning entries and honorable mentions will be published in the anthology.

Format: All entries must be in a 12-point standard serif font such as Times New Roman or similar, double-spaced with pages numbered. Electronic submissions should be sent in Microsoft Word compatible format, and the title of the document should be the title of the story. Your name must not appear anywhere on the story. You must include a cover letter with your name and full contact information, including address, phone number and e-mail address.

Word Limits
6,000 words

Online entries

Mail Entries:

Twisted Road Publications
1400 Village Square Blvd, Suite 3-234
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Call for Essays: (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, a Series for The Rumpus

Call for Work: Essays for (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, a Series for The Rumpus
All inquiries to: 
arielle.greenberg.bywaterATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
 For a new and ongoing series for the The Rumpus, a website of writing about literature and culture (including sex), I am seeking lively, entertaining, passionate, thoughtful essays of 1000-3000 words about the ways in which the kinky sexuality (of any kind) of writers (of any kind) informs our writing (in any way). In other words, this isn’t a series about writing about kink-as-content: it’s a series about how looking at the world through the lens of an alternative sexual orientation influences the modes and strategies with which we approach our creative work. For example, one might write about how their subject position as a voyeur makes the very experience of reading—and writing about reading, as a literary critic—an erotic practice. Or one might write about how slipping into subspace as a rope bottom is akin to the invisibility of the literary translation work one does. (These are actual, wonderful topics proposed by folks I’ve spoken to about this series!) I plan to write about the relationship between objectification and fetishes and the ways poets treat and toy with images and language. 
To contribute to (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, you should be a writer with an active career who self-identifies as kinky: any kind of creative writing (nonfiction, poetry, fiction, playwriting, performance, erotica, etc.) is welcome, as is any stage of career, but you should probably at least have begun publishing in journals, be seeking a degree in a related field, have some kind of public profile as a writer, etc. (I say this mostly for the sake of feeling confident in “outing” yourself via this series: these essays will not be published anonymously.)  
Please note that I am looking for any and all kinds of kink-identified writers for this series, including but not remotely limited to sadists, masochists, voyeurs, exhibitionists, bondage people, foot fetishists, latex fetishists, tops, bottoms, non-monogamists, cross-dressers, sissies, submissives, dominants, cuckolds, hot wives, masters, slaves, ponies, puppies, littles, ageplayers, swingers, people into group sex and orgies, people into rope, people into spanking, people into tickling, people into watersports, gainers, feeders, furries, leatherfolk, primals, paraphiliacs, etc.—if your sexuality is considered by the mainstream to be in any way deviant or alternative, and you see a connection between your kinky sexuality and your approach to writing, you are welcome to submit (pun intended). I am especially hoping to receive submissions from people with less common kink identities, since I don’t want the whole series to be about flogging or breathplay or whatever. (N.B. For the purposes of this series, being queer or gay or otherwise LGBTQI does not, for me, constitute kinky sexuality, though you certainly might be LGBTQI and kinky, in which case, yes! Please! Send me something!) 
On a related note, I am committed to (K)ink: Writing While Deviant being as diverse as possible, and therefore am especially eager to find queer and trans* writers, writers of color, non-academic writers, writers with disabilities, and writers from otherwise underrepresented communities. (That said, at the moment I also have a shortage of cis-gendered, hetero-oriented men, so I need you, too!) Feel free to forward this call to people you know who might be interested, and post it via your Facebook pages, blogs, writers’ communities, etc. 
The call is open and ongoing until stated otherwise. I aim to have the first essays begin rolling out in late summer/early fall. There is no payment (for me as editor or for my contributors), but think of all the potential for subversive fame and glory! 
In my fantasy, the essays published in (K)ink: Writing While Deviant will one day become a print anthology (which may also be a labor of love, since I envision publishing it with a small kink-friendly press). You should all know that I’m pretty good at making my fantasies become reality. 
I’m the series editor for this, so to submit, please send me a query or abstract with your proposed topic and any questions or thoughts at:
arielle.greenberg.bywaterATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
with the subject line “Kinky writer series” (or some such thing). I’d prefer to receive queries before receiving essays, so I can make sure we’re on the same page before you write a whole piece that won’t work for this series. 
I look forward to hearing from you!  

Call for Nonfiction Submissions to Anthology: Other Fathers, Other Rooms

Call for nonfiction submissions: Other Fathers, Other Rooms

Seeking submissions for Other Fathers, Other Rooms, an anthology of contemporary nonfiction focusing on the less-told stories of contemporary fatherhood. We’ll consider any form or style of nonfiction. We want to complicate the discussion by including a broader range of experiences and voices. 

We want to hear from anyone with anything interesting to say, but we also want to hear from divorced dads, widowed dads, single dads, parent-sharing dads, older dads, younger dads, dads of special needs children, dads raising children in a place and/or culture other than the one from their own childhoods, and especially anyone who examines fatherhood today through the lenses of class, work, race, LGBTQ identities, non-normative gender roles, and any other factor that doesn’t fit the usual narratives we tell about fatherhood. 

We want to hear from reluctant fathers, eager fathers, those who chose not to be fathers, fathers who are primary caregivers, and father figures who may or may not be biological fathers themselves. We want to hear from women. We want to keep fatherhood (and motherhood for that matter) from being only a conversation had within one overly narrow identity group.

Submit by September 1, 2015 to:

otherfathersotherroomsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Friday, June 5, 2015

Call for Nonfiction Submissions: Longridge Review

Longridge Review publishes creative nonfiction. Our emphasis is on literature that explores the mysteries of childhood experience, the wonder of adult reflection, and how the two connect over a lifespan.

We are committed to publishing narratives steeped in reverence for childhood experience and perceptions, but we seek essays that stretch beyond the clichés of childhood as simple, angelic, or easy. We want to feature writing that layers the events of the writer’s early years with a sense of wisdom or learning accumulated in adult life.

We welcome diverse creative nonfiction pieces that demonstrate perceptive and revealing moments about the human condition.

We will not consider trite, light narratives; genre nonfiction; critical analyses; inspirational or motivational advice; erotica or pornography; or any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans.

We encourage established, unpublished, or emerging writers to submit their best work to Longridge Review.

We will consider one creative nonfiction piece (up to 6,500 words) during the reading period. Please do not submit more than once during the reading period.

We accept only electronic submissions through e-mail. Submit only one double-spaced creative nonfiction piece pasted into the body of the e-mail to:

edgATlongridgeeditorsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

The title of your submission should be included with your name (e.g., Jane Doe “My Essay Title”). Include a short biography (five to seven sentences) with your submission.

We will consider simultaneous submissions as long as you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will not consider previously published materials, including online publications, personal blogs, social media sites, etc.

Longridge Review acquires first electronic and indefinite archive rights. Upon publication, all other rights revert to the author. Please credit Longridge Review as first publisher if you reprint elsewhere. Longridge Review reserves the right to reprint work at a later date if we have the opportunity to occasionally make a print anthology and want to include your work.

Longridge Review is published three times a year: November, March, and July.

The submission period is September 1 through September 30 of each year. We try our best to respond to submissions within four weeks. If you haven’t heard from us within six weeks you may inquire about your submission via:

edgATlongridgeeditorsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

but please not before.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Poetry Book Competition: The National Poetry Review Book Prize

The winner of The National Poetry Review Book Prize will receive $1000 plus publication and 15 copies of the book. All entrants will be considered for publication. 

Please note that due to the nature of this offering, there can be no refunds for any reason.

Online submission instructions are online here. 

Submit 45-80 pages of poetry with a $27 reading fee, a cover letter with your bio and your manuscript's acknowledgments (no SASEs please; manuscripts will be recycled. Check website for winners.). Please do not folder, bind, fasten, or clip your manuscript in any way. 

Postmark Deadline: August 31, 2015.

Fiction Competition: 2016 Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest

Entry form for this contest.

The 2016 Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest is underway! In its nearly three centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of American authors including Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Louis L’Amour, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Sinclair Lewis, among so many others.

Now you have the opportunity to join our illustrious lineup by entering The Saturday Evening Post’s fourth annual Great American Fiction Contest.

“This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers,” says Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them.”

The winning story will be published in the January/February 2016 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive a $500 payment. Five runners-up will each receive a $100 payment and will also have their stories published online. 

Submission Guidelines

Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length. All stories must be previously unpublished (excluding personal website and/or blog publication). No extreme profanity or graphic sex scenes. All stories must be submitted by the author and in Microsoft Word format with author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page. Entries should be character or plot-driven pieces in any genre of fiction. Think local. The Post has historically played a role in defining what it means to be an American. Your story should in some way touch upon the publication’s mission: Celebrating America — past, present, and future. 

There is a $10 entry fee, which helps defray a portion of the cost of operating the contest.  

All entries must be received electronically or postmarked by July 1, 2015. 

See more here.

Short Story Competition: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society

The 2015 BSFS Amateur Writing Contest is now open! You have until June 19th at 11:59 p.m. to submit your story.

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society holds its annual Amateur Writing Contest to promote the creation of quality genre literature in the state of Maryland. Anything that falls into the "speculative fiction" genre--science fiction and fantasy in all their forms--is welcome. Urban fantasy, hard science fiction, dark fantasy, it all counts as long as the work has a speculative element.

Visit our website for entry instructions and formatting guidelines

Call for Submissions: Raven Chronicles

SUBMISSIONS WANTED for Raven Chronicles Vol. 22, Fall 2015 Issue:
Submission/Reading Period: April 1 – July 1, 2015 

U.S.A. Submissions: Submit all work via US mail.
International Submissions: Submit work via email attachments.
Theme: Laugh. Laugh? Laugh!

What makes you laugh? What do you think is funny or absurd? And who? People of all ages and of different cultures respond to humorous situations in different ways. Funhouse mirrors, madhouse laughs, slipping on a banana peel, cartoons satirizing historical, religious or political figures, inside jokes: they’re all part of it, but there’s more. Lucy Tapahanso, Navajo poet, suggests the idea of “Laughter as Welcome, Acceptance, Recognition, Shared Delight." All of it "good medicine.” Laughter transcends race, class, gender, culture, political party. Millions of Americans tune in to watch America's Funniest Home Videos: why? Trickster jokes, Jewish standup comics, Irish storytellers, slapstick comedy (physical) vs. satire (requiring an understanding of social meaning and context). Know any Raven jokes? What’s so funny? Tell me about it….

Wanted: poems, essays, fiction/non-fiction; and cartoons, caricatura política (political cartoons), b/w artwork on this theme. Stories, memories, desires, family legends, half-buried truths, images, your rants and raves, your good experiences and bad, the worst and the best and, above all, send us your dreams, if they’re funny!

Submission Deadlines/Reading Period: April 1 through July 1, 2015 (postmarked) 

Publication: Fall, 2015
Editors: Poetry: Carolyne Wright;
Fiction: Matt Briggs;
Nonfiction: Allison Green
Raven jokes: Tiffany Midge 

Submission guidelines. 

--Poetry: Send a maximum of 3 poems. Focus is on content that melds with form — whether traditional or experimental.
--Creative Nonfiction, Essays, and Fiction: Submit up to 4,000 words, double-spaced, 12 point type. Experimental work is always of interest. We accept short stories or novel excerpts that can stand alone.
--Art: Cartoons, Black & White drawings, photos, illustrations, etchings. We are always looking for illustrators for stories, poems. We are fond of well-drawn Ravens and other Corvids! 

Submissions: e-mail artwork as a jpeg or pdf attachment. If we choose your artwork, we will contact you about how to submit accepted work. Email to: 

editorsATravenchroniclesDOTorg  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Regular Features: In each issue we print work related to the following themes/context:
Spoken Word; Poetics (essays or interviews); Memorials/Odes to Persons, Places & Things; Mapping the Terrain/Cultural Geography (translations); Food & Culture; The Northwest/Nature Writing.


--SEND A COVER LETTER with 1) contact information, 2) titles of work you are sending, and 3) a BRIEF bio (one paragraph-no resumes).
--Include Page Numbers and Author's name on all pages submitted.
--Send a SASE, Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope, with your work. All work submitted must include a SASE (or we cannot return your work or reply to your submissions).
--Addressed To: On the outside of your envelope include the appropriate editor you are sending work to: Poetry Editor, Fiction Editor, or Nonfiction Editor.
Mail all work to: 

Raven Chronicles, 
15528 12th Avenue NE
Shoreline, WA 98155

International Submissions: We accept e-mail submissions ONLY from writers living outside the U.S.A. E-mail work attached as RTF or MS Word.doc or PDF. Do not embed work in e-mail message. Please use the following text in your subject line: Int'l Submission, ________ Editor.
ONLY SUBMIT one batch of poems or one prose piece for each print issue/theme. If you are submitting poetry and prose, please mail to us in separate envelopes addressed to appropriate editor.

Previously published work: we sometimes publish previously published work; inquire about it. Simultaneous submissions are NOT accepted. This is a change in our policy.
Submissions received outside of the reading period/deadlinewill be returned unread.
We will return/reply to all submissions within 2 months of July 1, 2015 deadline.


All contributors receive two copies of the magazine (only one if you live outside the USA). We sometimes pay a small payment (generally in the $10-$40 range). We try to pay contributors, but this isn't always possible. Payment will be sent after the magazine has been distributed. We buy first rights as well as the rights to use your name and the accepted work, with your agreement, on our website, and in subsequent anthologies, but all rights revert to you upon publication. We ask that Raven Chroniclesbe acknowledged in any subsequent publication of your work accepted. but all rights remain with you.

The Raven Chronicles publishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia, and other regions. We promote art, literature and the spoken word for an audience that is hip, literate, funny, informed, and lives in a society that has a multicultural sensibility. We publish fiction, talk art/spoken word, poetry, essays, reflective articles, reviews, interviews and contemporary art. We look for work that reflects the author's experiences, perceptions and insights. We publish work by emerging and veteran writers.

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Five Oaks Press

Submissions are now being accepted for Five Oaks Press' "Our Wish For Blue" poetry chapbook contest, 16-25 pages, due 7/31/15. We read blind (meaning, we don't want to know your name during our selection process), so please remove all identifiers from your manuscripts and titles.  
For our spring chapbook contest, we chose one winner (Jia Oak Baker's Well Enough to Travel, forthcoming) and 2 honorable mentions for publication. Five Oaks Press produces perfect-bound chapbooks and offers reading opportunities for our authors, such as hosting book launches for authors within driving distance, and also organizing off-site events at the AWP conference.  
There is no special theme for the contest; we've named each of our contests with a phrase from a Robert Frost poem that roughly corresponds to the season in which the contest is being held. $12 fee to enter a contest, but we offer a free "open reading" period in the fall.  
Please see our submission portal for more details, or email: 
editorATfive-oaks-pressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Poetry Submissions: Word Soup

Word Soup End Hunger: Call for Submissions for our October 2015 Issue  
We want to end hunger one poem at a time.  
To submit, make a six-dollar or more donation to the food bank of your choice. After you make your donation, email us three to five of your best poems on this issue's theme of "paying it forward." Send us your poems in which you share the story of either paying it forward yourself or being the recipient of paying it forward. Love is in the air. Let's hear your stories!  
Submission period closes September 1, 2015.  
For detailed submission guidelines, go here.