Friday, July 31, 2015

Historical Fiction Competition: Inkitt's "Reclaim Time"

Inkitt's latest historical fiction writing contest "Reclaim Time" is now open for submissions!

Inkitt is a free writing platform that aims to help writers achieve their fullest potential. On July 24th the site launched a new historical fiction writing contest:

Reclaim Time

Submit your best original historical fiction stories of any length. And, as always, there is no entry fee. The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

Contest guidelines

Authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest. Submissions close on Aug 24th, but voting will continue for an additional week

Original stories of any length are accepted. Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.

All entrants will have the chance to show their work to a rapidly growing community of authors and readers hungry for high-quality fiction.

Submit your stories here.

You can also read historical fiction for inspiration in Inkitt's historical section.

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!

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!

Call for Submissions to Anthology About Suicide Loss: By One's Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss

Suicide Loss Anthology

Have you lost a loved one to suicide? Seeking honest, well-crafted poems, fiction and creative non-fiction on suicide loss from those who have experienced it directly for By One’s Own Hand: Writing About Suicide Loss. Through this anthology, editors Gayle Brandeis and Ruth Nolan wish to take this complicated form of grief out of the shadows.

Please send up to 6 poems and/or up to 3,000 words of prose to:

suicidelossanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

along with a short biographical statement that includes how your own life has been touched by suicide loss.

Previously published work okay as long as you hold or can obtain reprint rights. Deadline: November 21, 2015, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

Call for Submissions and Writing Competition: Slippery Elm

We are open for submissions for our 2015 print issue!

Prizes of $1,000 will be awarded for one poem and one work of prose (story or essay). All entries will be considered for publication in Slippery Elm’s 2015 issue. Renee Nicholson will judge in poetry, and Brendan Kiely will judge in prose. Submit up to three poems or 5,000 words of prose via Submittable by September 1.

No charge for general submissions, but the $15 contest entry fee buys you a copy of our 2015 issue, along with eligibility for the $1000 prize.

Entry information here.

Fiction Competition: Calvino Prize

CALVINO PRIZE: Eleventh Annual Italo Calvino Prize. Sponsored by the University of Louisville. Final judge for 2015: Michael McLaughlin, Agnelli-Serena Professor, Magdalen Fellow, Oxford University, Calvino scholar/translator. 

First prize, $1,500 plus publication in The Salt Hill Journal. Second Prize, $300. 

For a short story, short story collection, novel or novella in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino.

First place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. 

Fee: $25

Deadline: October, 15. 

Submission details:

Enter at submittable link.

Call for Fairie Stories for Anthology: Wee Folk and Wise

A fantasy anthology to be edited by Deby Fredericks, for Sky Warrior Books.
Fairies. Big fairies and little fairies. Ugly fairies and pretty fairies. Wise fairies and silly fairies. Sweet fairies and scary fairies. Tell us your story about fairies, 2000-6500 words.

What we want:
1) Stories must feature fairies in a primary role. Fairies don't have to be the POV, however.
2) Fairies can be any of the traditional mythical fey-folk: pixies, sprites, elves, brownies, leprechauns, etc. International fairies are welcome.
3) Our audience may include young readers, so be prudent about mature content.
4) Original stories preferred over re-tellings of traditional tales. Reprints considered, but tell us from where and when, and make sure you own the reprint rights.

What we don't want:
1) Fairies don't have to be "good," but we aren't interested in outright monsters such as demons, werewolves, witches, dragons, vampires or ghosts.
2) Technology or stage magic/fakery. There must be a true supernatural element in the story.
3) LGBT fairies or Little People, again unless there is a true supernatural element.
4) Copyrighted characters and settings such as Disney, D&D, WoW or Middle Earth. Remember, your work must be original.

How to Submit:
1) Use e-mail:

 anthologiesATskywarriorbooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and send your story as an attachment in .rtf. Editor cannot read .docx files. If you send us a virus, we'll never look at your work again!
2) The subject line of your e-mail should read Wee Folk: "Story Title."
3) Use standard manuscript format: 1" margins, double spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or similar. Use italics or bold rather than underlining.
4) Place contact information, including your e-mail, on the first page of the manuscript.

Author pay is a share of royalties split among all the contributors. 

The reading period will open on April 15, 2015 and close on October 15, 2015. Publication is scheduled for 2016.

Call for Mystery Stories Featuring Cats: Nine Deadly Lives: Anthology of Feline Felonies


Theme: Cats and Mystery

Length: 6,000 to 8,000 words 

Deadline: August 15, 2015

Cats...charming, lovable creatures or deadly, razor-clawed predators? This mixture of the sweet and the dangerous is one of the things that makes cats endlessly fascinating and appealing.

If you have a cozy mystery story featuring one or more of our feline friends, Fire Star Press wants to hear from you. Nine Deadly Lives, an anthology of cozy cat mysteries, is now open for submissions. Stories should be 6000 to 8000 words, with no graphic violence, sex, or language. Deadline is August 1.

Submissions must be emailed as an attached Word document to Livia Reasoner at:

liviaATflashDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please put NINE DEADLY LIVES SUBMISSION in the subject line. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Call for Submissions: The Akron Anthology


You are invited to share your Akron story by submitting it to Belt Magazine’s 6th city-based collection of essays, The Akron Anthology, to be published in 2016.

We welcome emerging and established writers, artists, and photographers – people with diverse experiences of the city, unique voices, and original points of view that are grounded in a sense of place.

We are not looking for uniformly positive stories about Akron, nor are we looking for uniformly negative ones. We are looking for the truth.


--A collection of essays and works of art about the past, present, and future of Akron
--This collection is being published by Belt Publishing, a publisher of independent journalism about the Rust Belt and city-based books, featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and other national media.
--Here is what we are looking for:
Nonfiction essays (both long-form and brief)*
Photography (must be in grayscale)
Artwork (must be in grayscale)
*Work running 1000-4000 words is preferred, but longer or shorter pieces will be accepted. Please do not submit works of fiction.


--Akron was the fastest growing city in the United States between 1910 and 1920, tripling in size and growing from a population of 69,000 to 208,000.
--Its period of rapid growth coincided with the expansion of the rubber and tire industry, which, in turn, corresponded with that of the automobile industry.
--Since the mid-1970s, we have seen heavy industry leave our city, and have lost 31% of our population, declining from a peak of 290,000 residents in 1960, to 199,000 residents today.
--The loss of jobs, residents, and some of our prosperity and identity has been a difficult transition for the city and its people. But we are a resilient bunch, and we are fortunate to have many assets to build upon.


--Despite the technological advances of the modern world, such as the fact that I could show up in Tokyo 24 hours from now, or that I could send a text message to a friend in Australia in less time than it will take you to read this sentence, we human beings still exist in time and space.
--As such, history and geography will continue to exert a powerful influence on our lives. This is true whether we realize it or not, and no matter how much we might have hated studying them as subjects in high school.
--Our community. My neighborhood. Our history. It is not a linguistic accident that we use these possessive pronouns when we describe place, and space, and time.
--The geographic and historic attributes of the places that we live and love, continue to resonate with us on a deeply personal level; regardless of whether we are completely conscious of them, they shape us as we go about our daily lives.
--In every culture, you have an “origin myth” – a story that you tell yourself (that may or may not be entirely true) about where you have been, where you are, and where you are going.
--In Akron (the city that I live in, and love) our origin myth goes like this:
--We were a world-renowned city, the global center of the rubber and tire industry for roughly the first three-quarters of the 20th century; we struggled mightily in the 1970s and 1980s; we began a comeback in the 1990s; and we have been on an upward trajectory ever since, outpacing most of our Rust Belt peers (minus the road bump of the 2008 recession).
--There is a lot of truth to this myth, but like any unifying narrative, it glosses over some details that might get in the way.
--In this collection, we want delve into these details, and hear the stories that Akron’s people have to tell about its past, present, and future.
--We are especially interested in capturing the spirit of the people that live here today, how they exorcise the ghosts that haunt this place, and how they are building something new out of the rubble of the past.
--We want the truth about this community – both the good and the bad.
--We want to hear from those who stay here for the sheer love of this place, who stay here because they recognize that love is a choice, an act of the will, a verb.
--Loving this place means being able to face it with both eyes wide open: to simultaneously abide the considerable hope of its promise, the wondrous delight of its many charms, and the ugly depth of its despair.
--This is a place that is full of promise, and opportunity. This is a place that almost always pleasantly surprises unsuspecting outsiders.
--This is a place that is often its own worst enemy. This is a place that is full of intractable problems, shambling toward the abyss of despair.
--This place is not a multiple choice question. It’s a full-on, old school, blue-book essay. You’ll need more than a number-two pencil to pass this test.
--This is the place that was the fastest growing city in America, and this is the place that has been losing population for fifty years straight.
--This is the place that was the Rubber Capital of the World, and this is the place that contains a mother-lode of abandoned factories.
--This is the place with some of the most opulent and stable neighborhoods of any city in the Rust Belt, and this is the place with thousands of vacant houses, and with no concrete plan to rebuild them.
--This is the place where many people left, where many others stayed, and where others chose to come.
--Many of those who live here today, do it because we love it, and because we still give a damn.
--This is our city, and nothing will ever take that away from us.


Submissions must include the author or artist’s full contact information (name, e-mail address, phone number, address, and 3-4 sentence biography).
You may submit multiple pieces.
Previously published pieces are acceptable, but the writer must include the original publication information with the submission, and have the rights to the piece.
We will work with writers and artists on pieces that show promise. Accepted submissions will be edited in coordination with the author.
About 20-30 submissions will be featured in the finished book.

Currently, there is no payment for contributors. Contributors may be paid if funds to underwrite the publication can be secured. Contributors will be celebrated and promoted with the book’s release, tentatively scheduled for June 1, 2016

 E-mail your complete submission to:

akronanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 


Deadline: Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Jason Segedy, E-mail: 

akronanthologyATgmailDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) (please send submissions to this address, as well as any questions about the project)

Call for Submissions to Poetry Anthology: Brooklyn Poets Anthology

In partnership with Brooklyn Poets, Brooklyn Arts Press is proud to announce a call for submissions to our Brooklyn Poets Anthology. We hope to celebrate our borough’s diverse and spirited poetry community with an exciting new book featuring work from an array of talent.

Submission deadline is August 30, 2015.

Submit your work here.

Submit 3-5 poems (10 pgs max), published or unpublished
You must currently reside in Brooklyn or have a significant connection to the borough (i.e. you were born & raised here or lived here a decade or longer)

Include a cover letter containing name, address, phone, email, bio, publication info for submissions, and the neighborhood of Brooklyn where you reside (or did reside)
Confirm that you own the rights for all previously published work

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Narrative Poetry Competition: Naugatuck River Review


Naugatuck River Review’s Seventh Annual NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST is being judged by Patricia Fargnoli.

Finalists, Semi-Finalists and Winners will be notified and posted here by the end of November 2015

First prize is $1000 and publication in NRR
Second prize $250 and publication in NRR
Third prize of $100 and publication in NRR

Judge for this year’s Contest is Patricia Fargnoli: Patricia Fargnoli, the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009, is the author of six collections of poetry. Her newest book is Winter, Hobblebush Books, 2013. Her other three full-length books Then, Something, Duties of the Spirit and Necessary Light each were award winning (The Sheila Mooton Award, The ForeWord Magazine Silver Award for Poetry, The May Swenson Award and The NH Literary Award for Outstanding Poetry. In addition she has published three chapbooks: Small Songs of Pain; Lives of Others, and Greatest Hits.


--We accept ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY on our website. The contest fee of $20 (per 3 poem submission) will be accepted.
--Unpaid submissions will be disqualified. Emailed submissions and mailed submissions will not be considered.
--Please submit no more than 3 unpublished NARRATIVE poems of no more than 50 lines per poem in ONE MSWord file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only, no .pdf please)r. Please remove your name from your file, as the poetry is read blind by our editorial staff and contest judge. .
--All poems will be considered for publication. Winners (3) will receive prize money and all finalists and semi-finalists will be rewarded with a copy of the journal.

Multiple and simultaneous submissions are discouraged, since this is a contest. We claim first North American publication rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period, just please give us credit. We will only consider work that has not been previously published.

Call for Essays and Creative Nonfiction: Bloodletters Literary Magazine

Bloodletters Literary Magazine is a space for writers who have suffered physical, mental, or emotional trauma. We’re currently seeking personal essays and nonfiction narratives from veterans, addicts, and survivors of abuse/assault. Show us how you’ve survived, and help others to learn to breathe again.

Submissions should be previously unpublished, well-written narratives of up to 5,000 words. Please send submissions to:

bloodletterslitmag[at]gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )

Call for Lyric Essays and Poetry: Tinderbox Editions

Prose / Hybrid / Lyric Essay open reading period for Tinderbox Editions

Due to an enlightening conversation in a private Facebook group, I've decided to open up submissions to my press, Tinderbox Editions​ with a donation or fee-free option. I understand why some presses use the fee, but I do also understand how the fee is detrimental to submitting for some.

This summer, until August 31, I will be reading for our prose side of the press: personal essays, lyric essays, prose poem collections, and hybrid collections. In winter, I will have the same model (donation or fee-free) for poetry collections. 

Submit your work here.

I'm looking forward to reading your work!

--Molly Sutton Kiefer

Writing Competition for Previously Published Spiritual Writing: Orison Books

Orison Books will award $500 and publication in The Orison Anthology , a new annual collection of the best spiritually engaged writing that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year, for single works in three genres: fiction, non-fiction, & poetry. (The unpublished work selected for The Orison Anthology Awards will be featured alongside the reprinted material.) 
Entry Fee: $15 ($30 if you would like a copy of the anthology)
Submission Deadline: August 1, 2015
2015 Judges: Kevin McIlvoy (fiction), Ann Hood (non-fiction), Claire Bateman (poetry)
All manuscripts will be read “blind”; do not include any identifying information in your file, but only in your cover letter. Original English work only; no translations. Finalists will be selected by the editorial staff at Orison Books, and a winner will be selected in each genre by different prominent writers acting as contest judges each year. Current or former students of the judge in the genre in which they are submitting, or anyone with a close personal relationship with that judge, are not eligible to submit. In the event that a judge does not select a winner in their genre from among the finalists, the Editor will select a winner. The editors also reserve the right to select no finalists, in which case all entry fees will be refunded to contest entrants. 
Submit up to 3 poems (10 pp. max), 1 story (up to 8,000 words), or 1 work of non-fiction (up to 8,000 words). You may submit in multiple genres and/or submit multiple entries in each genre, provided you pay an entry fee and upload separate files for each entry.
 Full details and submission guidelines here.

Poetry and Short Fiction Competition: The 2015 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 is now open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include £500 and publication in an anthology of new writing, giving emerging and established writers the chance to showcase their work to a wider, international audience.

Prizes include:

£500 Poetry winner
£500 Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
One year subscription to Granta
Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual

There are two categories for entry: Short Fiction (maximum length 2,000 words each) and Poetry (maximum length 40 lines each).

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2015.

To enter, visit our website.

Call for Submissions of Previously Published (Print Only) Work: Redux

Redux, the online journal of previously published work, is accepting submissions of fiction/poetry/essays during an open reading period: July 5 to July 31. We’re looking for literary work of high quality that has been previously published in a print journal but that is not available elsewhere on the internet. Our mission is to bring deserving work to a new, online audience. Preference will be given to older pieces (i.e. published before 2012).

No novel excerpts, poems that appear in chapbooks, or pieces published in anthologies…even if these books are presently out-of-print.

Please read our guidelines for important submission information. If your work is accepted, you will also be asked to write a short “story behind the piece” essay a la the Best American series. Pieces must be available in a Microsoft Word file.

Authors we’ve published include Margot Livesey, Sandra Beasley, Robin Black, R.T. Smith, Michelle Boisseau, Kelle Groom, Erica Dawson, Catherine Chung, Walter Cummins, Lee Martin, Dave Housley, and Terese Svoboda.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Questions: reduxljATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Essay Competition on Theme of Marriage: Creative Nonfiction

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about MARRIAGE.

Whether you've celebrated your 50th anniversary or 5th marriage; eloped to Vegas or fought for (or against) marriage equality in DC; just filed your divorce papers or proposed to your high school sweetheart, we’re looking for well-crafted essays that truthfully portray what married life is all about.

Send us your true stories of arranged marriages or shotgun weddings; walking down the aisle or running from the altar; mail-order brides or stay-at-home dads. We’re looking for a variety of perspectives—from fiancés to florists; ministers to marriage counselors; divorce attorneys to wedding planners.

Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate.

A note about fact-checking: Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and it should, at least to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1,000 for Best Essay and $500 for runner-up. All essays will be considered for publication in a special “Marriage” issue of the magazine.

Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee, or $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction (US addresses only). If you're already a subscriber, you may use this option to extend your current subscription or give your new subscription as a gift. Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal). All proceeds will go to prize pools and printing costs.

Complete submission guidelines are available here.

Deadline: August 31, 2015.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Call for Proposals for Books of Regional History: The History Press

The History press is looking for historians, folklorists, and writers who are interested in publishing accessible books of regionally-focused history on a variety of topics (everything from war history to food history). We are a traditional, full-service press that focuses exclusively on publishing works of local and regional interest, and we are dedicated to preserving and telling local stories that are too often overlooked. I am specifically searching for interested parties in New England, New York, and New Jersey. However, The History Press is a national press and we would welcome proposals from any region of the United States. 

I invite you to browse our website. Look through our online catalog and author proposal form to get a better sense for our range and process.

Although we do not publish literary titles, we would love to work with literary authors who are also interested in writing about regional history (basically, I am sending this post here because I am guessing there are some history buffs on this list who are also really great writers – which is the combo I am seeking).

Stevie Edwards

Commissioning Editor l The History Press

Email: (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Poetry Competition: The 2015 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award

The 2015 X.J. Kennedy Parody Award 

$500 Prize 

Final Judge: Tony Barnstone

Deadline: September 1, 2015

1. Submissions must be original, unpublished parodies of famous poems of any length and subject matter.
2. Parodies must be metrical (accentual-syllabic or accentual), though the original poems may be free verse.
3. Author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and name of poem being parodied should be typed on each entry.
4. Final judge for the 2015 contest will be Tony Barnstone. The winning poem and several runners-up will be published in a 2015 issue of Measure.
5. Send up to three poems in one envelope (or in one MS Word file via our electronic submission system). Entry fee: $10 per three poems, checks payable to Measure Press, or you may pay electronically via PayPal. Writers may enter as many times as they’d like, but each group of three poems must be accompanied by a $10 fee.
6. Mailed Entries must be sent to the address below:

Measure Parody Award Department of Creative Writing
1800 Lincoln Avenue
Evansville, IN 47722

and postmarked no later than September 1, 2015. Enclose an SASE if you would like to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned.

Poetry Book Competition: Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize 2015

$2000 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press
Final Judge: C.G. Hanzlicek 
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.
Entry fee: $25 by mail or $28 online through Submittable. 
Visit website for full submission details and guidelines.
Mail Entries to:
Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English
Mail Stop PB 98 
5245 N. Backer Ave. 
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California 93740-8001
Phone: 559.278.1569
conniehATcsufresnoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Sponsored by: MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press

Call for Ghost Story Submissions: SEZ Publishing

We are looking for great Ghost Stories fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and photography.

Please consider the following guidelines before sending your work:

Poetry: 1-3 poems; typed. Please include your name on each poem.

Fiction/ Creative non-fiction/ Essays: 500-3500 words; typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. Please submit all written work as pdf file.

Photos: 3-5 black and white .jpg images no larger than 8 x 10 with a minimum 300 dpi resolution.

Deadline for all submissions is AUGUST 25, 2015. 

SEZ Publishing

Submit to:

sezpublishing[at]hotmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )

Poetry Competition: Split This Rock

2016 Split This Rock Poetry Contest, Judged by Rigoberto González

Entry Fee: $20.00 USD

Ends on 11/1/2015

Benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016
April 14-17, 2016

$1,000 in prizes awarded for poems of provocation & witness!

Prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on our website and within The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. All prize winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016.

Deadline: November 1, 2015 

Themes: Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, economics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons.

Ethics: Split This Rock subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics.

Accessibility: If Submittable is not accessible to you, please contact us at:

 infoATsplitthisrockDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

for instructions on how to email your submission to us. It is important that we know about your situation before receiving your mailed or emailed entry. Please allow sufficient time for your submission to be received.

About the Judge: Rigoberto González is author of four books of poetry, most recently Unpeopled Eden, which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. His ten books of prose include bilingual children's books, young adult novels, and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He edited Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing and Alurista's new Xicano Duende: A Select Anthology. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and many other accolades, he is professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. In 2015, he received The Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Publishing Triangle.

Submission guidelines:

Submissions need to be received by 11:59pm on November 1, 2015, Eastern Standard Time. We encourage you to submit before the November 1 deadline so that if you encounter problems we can assist you.

Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, no more than 1 poem per page, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock (see above).

What we mean by “unpublished”: We accept only poems that have not yet been included in a publication with an ISBN number or online via a juried journal or website. If your poem is selected and it is posted on social media, we ask that you take it down prior to our publishing contest results.

We read blind. Please do not put your name or contact information on the document you upload to Submittable or within its title or your poems will be in jeopardy of being disqualified.

Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us immediately if the poem is accepted elsewhere.

Close friends, relatives, students, and former students of the judge are excluded from the contest. Likewise, the current Board of Directors, staff, teaching artists, and DC Slam Team of Split This Rock are excluded, as are members of their immediate families.

Mailed and Emailed Submissions: Except for special circumstances we are aware of in advance, we do not accept mailed submissions. If you have a circumstance that makes it difficult for you to utilize Submittable, please contact us for instructions on how to email your submission. It is important that we know about your situation before receiving your mailed or emailed entry. Please allow sufficient time for your submission to be received.

Late entries will not be accepted.

Once decisions have been made, you will receive an email notifying you of the selected poems. We do not send hard copy notifications or accept self addressed stamped envelopes. Please monitor Split This Rock’s website and Facebook page for updates on the contest if for some reason you have trouble receiving emails.

For more information: 202-787-5210

Writing Competition: Surrey International Writers Conference

Surrey International Writers Conference

Our 23rd annual writing contest is open!

Got a story to tell? You've come to the WRITE place! Our guidelines have changed this year, so please be sure to check our 2015 Writing Contest Rules and Guidelines page. And sharpen your pencils -- the deadline this year to submit your fiction is midnight on Friday, September 18th.

Entry Fee: $15.00

First Prize: $1000

The contest is judged by bestselling authors Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte. Will you be a winner? Enter and find out!

Got a question? Like to purchase a back issue of our Anthology? Email Contest Coordinator kc dyer:

contestATsiwcDOTca (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

And now it's time to start working on your entries for the 2015 Writing Contest. This Day We Write!

Artist and Writing Residency: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Our next deadline for applications is September 1, 2015. The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.

Approximately 60 residencies are awarded per year. Two deadlines each year, March 1 for the following July through December; or September 1 for the following January through June.  

$35 application fee.

See website for complete information, guidelines and the online application portal.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
801 3rd Corso
Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410

Email questions to: 

infoATKHNCenterfortheArtsDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Call for Submissions of Micro-Fiction and Poetry: A Quiet Courage

A Quiet Courage is an online literary journal specializing in tiny words with resonance and impact. We publish compelling, poignant, memorable, and well-written microfiction and poetry that is 100 words or less. We have a special affinity for Holocaust-related writing, but that doesn't mean that we only want Holocaust-related writing. Appropriate excellent-quality writing will be considered regardless of its subject or topic.
Submit your absolute best work.
We accept submissions in Spanish too (with their exact English translations).

For more information and for exact submission guidelines, go here.
We are a non-paying market. We don't charge any submission fees and we never will. We have fast response times and pieces are published at the time of acceptance.
We look forward to considering your best work.

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Writing Competition: Black Warrior Review

BWR’s eleventh-annual contest will open on April 1, 2015.

Entry link.

This year we are honored to have Heather Christle (Poetry), Alissa Nutting (Fiction/Prose), and Mary Roach (Nonfiction) as our guest judges.

Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 42.2, our Spring/Summer 2016 issue. One runner-up from each genre will receive $100 and finalists will receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication.

Please submit your $20 entry fee and your work via our Submittable portal by September 1. Each entry comes with a one-year subscription to BWR. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems.

You may submit multiple entries. We accept only previously unpublished work. We do allow simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us promptly of publication elsewhere. Winners will be announced in October.

Conflicts of Interest: Similar to our regular editorial policy, students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with University of Alabama are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, anyone with affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter in that category. We ask that previous winners wait three years after their winning entry is published before entering again.

Black Warrior Review adheres to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics. Email any questions to:

blackwarriorreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline: September 1, 2015

Non-Fiction Contest: Arcadia


Submission Period: MAY 15 - AUG 15
Beginning 2015, we're happy to announce our first ever nonfiction contest.

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Arcadia is given annually for a work of nonfiction. Submit an essay, memoir, or other piece of creative nonfiction of less than 8,000 words with a $15.00 entry fee between May 15 and August 15. All entries will be considered for publication in Arcadia, and all finalists will receive a copy of the spring issue. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September.

We're looking for the best in literary nonfiction, which we believe can take a variety of forms, including essays, memoir, lists, letters, as well as forms we haven’t thought of yet. We are simply looking for precise writing that tells something true.

Submit here.

Call for Submissions: Fire Tetrahedron: Journal of Poetry & Art

FIRE TETRAHEDRON: JOURNAL OF POETRY & ART is now accepting poetry, art, and photography submissions for its inaugural issue.
About Fire Tetrahedron: 
Fire Tetrahedron is a print and electronic journal focused on the experience of combustion, especially as it occurs between nature and culture. Like Prometheus, we are fascinated by how these intrinsically adverse elements interact, grow symbiotic, or erupt in unpredictable ways. Fire Tetrahedron strives to provide readers with poetry, photography, and artwork that challenges their assumptions and experiences with the natural and/or the human-made, and hopefully leads to deeper questions about who we are and how we relate with the world.
Submission Guidelines:

The submission deadline for the Spring 2016 issue is September 1st, 2015. Any submissions received after this date will automatically carry over to our next reading period.
Only previously unpublished work will be considered. We do accept simultaneous submissions, provided you inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
We try to respond to all submissions within one to two months. (We’ve been to known to respond as soon as three days, too.
Poetry Submissions:
Please email:
firetetrahedronjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 
and attach your submission of 3-5 poems, no more than 10 pages, in ONE Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file. Please do not paste your poems in the body of the email. The subject line of your email should be “Poetry Submission- [Last Name]”. We are excited to read poems of all lengths, provided they do not exceed 10 pages.

Translations are encouraged, too. Please include the original, source poem in the attachment. Contributors are responsible for securing signed permission from the proper rights-holder for the translation and reprinting of the original text before submitting to Fire Tetrahedron.

Art Submissions:
Please email:
firetetrahedronjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
and attach your submission of 3-4 photographs or works of art as low-resolution TIFF or PNG. If your work is accepted, we will ask for a higher resolution image. The subject line of your email should be “Art Submission- [Last Name]”. 
We reserve First North American Serial Rights upon acceptance, and all rights revert back to the author/artist after publication. Contributors receive one print or electronic copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Book Award: Philip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award

Attention Authors, Agents, Publishers . . .  

The Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas is pleased to announce the Philip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award  

Genre Unlimited  

$500 and Travel Expenses as Featured Author at the Arkatext Literary Festival, Spring 2016  

The mission of this award is to honor the contributions of Philip H. McMath to the Arkansas literary community, and to promote stellar books by emerging writers.  

This award is open for nominations between June 15 and October 15 (postmark deadline). 

For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: Blue Mesa Review

Each year Blue Mesa Review holds a writing contest in Fiction and Poetry. This year we are pleased to announce that we've added a Nonfiction category! The 2015 judges are Antonya Nelson for Fiction, Julie Carr for Poetry, and Wendy C. Ortiz for Nonfiction. We encourage you to submit your very best work online through our submissions manager. First place winners receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Blue Mesa Review and second place will also receive publication. We look forward to reading your work!

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2015

Entry Fee: $12.00 

Submission portal.

Grants for Speculative Writers: The Speculative Literature Foundation

The Speculative Literature Foundation (est. 2004) has established two new grant programs, the Diverse Writers Grant and the Diverse Worlds Grant, to support and develop speculative fiction stories which are expressive in diversity.

The Diverse Writers Grant will support emerging writers from impoverished or marginalized communities; this includes authors of color, LGBT writers, writers with disabilities, women writers, etc. The $500 will help the writer work on his or her writing project with less distractions or challenges due to their repressed social status.

The Diverse Worlds Grant will award $500 to a writer whose current in-progress work represents diversity, no matter the writer's ethnicity or social status.

Deadline: July 31, 2015

Writers can enter both grants and their projects can cover other subjects, not just on identity topics. The main criteria is writing that portrays complex characters, intricate societal landscapes, and solid literary style.

The judges want to hear from writers working on book manuscripts, story collections, or novellas.

To enter, writers will need to submit an application, a project description, a sample of fiction, and a bio.

View guidelines/entry procedure here.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Flash Prose Competition: Barthelme Prize

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 here.

Flash Fiction Competition: NANO Prize

The seventh-annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $1,000 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, opened on April 1, and will be judged by Amber Sparks! All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in mid-September.

Rules and Guidelines: 

--All entries must be unpublished and 300 words or fewer. While there will be only one winner of the contest, all submitted pieces will be considered for publication.
--The entry fee is $20 for up to three shorts. Please paste all three works into the submission manager as one submission. You may enter as many times as you like. Each separate entry requires its own entry fee of $20. 

--Entry fees are nonrefundable. Please withdraw your submission immediately if taken elsewhere.
--The entrant’s name should not appear anywhere in the body of the submission.
--Friends and family of the editors are not eligible to submit.

Go here to submit.

Deadline: September 1, 2015.

Call for Stories of Regret and General Misbehavior: I've Done Bad Things

Call For Confessions!

I’ve Done Bad Things is a small independent zine out of Greensboro, NC looking for anonymous writers willing to share some of their past regrets and misbehaviors. The first issue has been a great success and something we are proud of. It exists only in a physical form, and can be ordered online. We do hope to expand into a few bookstores soon.

Right now our greatest challenge is gathering stories. By visiting our website, you can submit a story 100% anonymously. We don’t want to know who you are. Trust me, it’s better that way. So far stories have varied from humorous to downright depressing and we love it. We just need more stories!

Also, on the website, you can order the first issue for 10 bucks just scroll all the way down.

Thanks so much,
Pete & Jon

Nonfiction Competition: Arcadia Nonfiction Contest

A prize of $1,000 and publication in the spring issue of Arcadia is given annually for a work of nonfiction. 

Submit an essay, memoir, or other piece of creative nonfiction of less than 8,000 words with a $15.00 entry fee between May 15 and August 15. 

All entries will be considered for publication in Arcadia, and all finalists will receive a copy of the spring issue. The editors will judge and a winner will be announced in September.

We're looking for the best in literary nonfiction, which we believe can take a variety of forms, including essays, memoir, lists, letters, as well as forms we haven’t thought of yet. We are simply looking for precise writing that tells something true.

Submit here.

Poetry Book Competition: Powder Horn Prize

Sage Hill Press is now accepting manuscripts for the next Powder Horn Prize, a first book award.

Our final judge will be Nance Van Winckel, author of six poetry collections and three short story collections, and Ever Yrs, a novel in the form of a scrapbook/photo album.

To be eligible, writers should not have previously published a full-length poetry collection (though chapbook publications are fine).  

Manuscripts should be at least 45 pages in length, 1.15- or 1.5-spaced. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Sage Hill Press follows CLMP submission and contest ethics guidelines. If you are a current or former student of Nance Van Winckel, please do not submit to the contest.

Entry deadline is August 31, 2015. 

Entry fee is $20, and includes a copy of a past prize-winner. In your cover letter, please indicate which title you'd like, The Eyes the Window by Marci Rae Johnson, or Kill February by Jeffrey Tucker (to be published and shipped fall/winter 2015) and include your mailing address.

All manuscripts should be submitted via Submittable

Call for Submissions About the Future: About Place Journal

Submissions for the next issue of About Place Journal are open. Essays, short fiction, poetry, visual art, musical compositions are all welcome. The issue will be on the theme of "The Future Imagined Differently." It is an opportunity and responsibility to contribute hope and vision to get us through the morass and suffering of the present and to allow contributors to creatively push for ideas of the future that go beyond the current dystopias. Patricia Spears Jones is the editor of this issue. 

Submissions end August 15.  

Read the guidelines and the full call here.

Call for Submissions to Anthology about The Everglades: A Mystery for Most: The Everglades Anthology

Call for Submissions: A Mystery for Most: An Everglades Anthology Edited by Houston Cypress and Hector Duarte Jr. 

The Everglades—not exactly land, not exactly water—covering most of the territory south of Lake Okeechobee, remain a mystery for most: a place of promise or despair, hope or fear. A place in which a burgeoning American empire extended its will on another people in the name of natural resources and the conquest of land. 

We seek poems, stories, essays, and photographs that bridge the gap between the known and the imagined, the past and the present, remembering and forgetting, personal and public history. Tell us about pirate ships and dugout canoes on lonely water paths; about swamps, lagoons, and creeks. About the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes, missionaries, universality, medicine men, faith and God. Tell us about YOUR Everglades. We are looking for your best Everglades-inspired fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and photography. 

Please use our Submittable link.

Please consider the following guidelines before sending your work: 

--Poetry: 1-3 poems; typed. Please include your name on each poem. 
--Fiction/ Creative non-fiction/ Essays: 1500-3500 words; typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. 
--Please submit all written work as .doc, .docx, or .rtf files. 
--Photos: 3-5 black and white .jpg images no larger than 8 x 10 with a minimum 300 dpi resolution.

DEADLINE for all submissions is September 20, 2015. 

Direct questions to:

lominybooksATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Call for Submissions on the Theme of Shame: Origins Journal

Origins Journal is currently accepting submissions for our themed Fall 2015 issue exploring the origins of shame. The deadline for this themed issue is August 1, 2015, and will be available in the fall both in print via our partner Politics & Prose or as a digital download. We also accept rolling general submissions in all categories throughout the year. With some exceptions, general submissions are considered for Origins Online. As is the case with any literary magazine, familiarity with our journal will give you a sense of what we like.
We consider submissions in the following categories:
Fiction: Origins publishes high quality fiction characterized by interest in language, development of distinctive settings, and the perturbation of unique characters.
Nonfiction: We look for distinctive topical essays and creative nonfiction of any kind. Please keep in mind that topical essays should be written for a general audience (We are not interested in academic pieces).
Flash Fiction: Fiction under 600 words for our biweekly online column, The Free Radical, which will launch this summer.
Poetry: All verse formats and subjects are considered. Originality and precision of language are important to us. Please submit no more than three poems.
Translation: We consider translations of poetry and short fiction. Along with the English translation, please also submit a brief biography of the author along with the poem/story in its language of origin.
We do not charge a submission fee, though you have the option of paying $5.00 for an expedited response to any submission, $10.00 for detailed feedback on your prose submission, or $3.00 because you are an extremely generous and dedicated patron of the arts. We do accept simultaneous submissions.
This is NOT a comprehensive list of our guidelines - please read our entire submission page for full details prior to submitting.

Call for Poetry Manuscripts: Augury Books

Augury Books is currently looking for full-length poetry manuscripts, full-length short story collections, and full-length essay collections. The reading period will end on July 31st at midnight.  

Augury Books is an independent press based in New York City. Committed to publishing innovative work from emerging and established writers, Augury Books seeks to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public. Our authors have received awards such as the O. Henry prize for short fiction and the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, have been nominated for the CLMP Firecracker Award, and have been featured on the Poetry Society of America’s website. The editorial board is dedicated to fairness and quality of work. Augury Books is a proud member of CLMP, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.

Selected manuscripts will receive standard author contract (payment and copies). Further details can be found on our Submittable page.

Call for Nonfiction Submissions on Theme of Obituary: Proximity

PROXIMITY Issue 8 theme: Obituary
Issue Editor: Maggie Messitt
Deadline: August 7, 2015

For its eighth issue, Proximity is looking for new essays, images, and multimedia pieces on the theme of OBITUARY. 
We’re interested in true stories that pen memory (dare I say ‘memorialize'), eulogize, or craft an elegy. Ultimately, these are all ways of capturing the past—a person, place, or thing that is no longer with us. We’re not looking for perfect pictures, rather authentic and complex portraits of past life whether that be in a building no longer standing (or decaying before our eyes), an object long lost, an individual missing or passed, a time or place that no longer exists. We’re looking for you to push and play with form, to find unique ways into unique subjects. And, not to forget, as a publication seeking a strong sense of place, we ask that you keep this in mind as you craft your alternative obituaries. Ask yourself, how does this person/place/thing convey the character of place as much as your subject of choice?
Submission portal.
General Guidelines:
Submissions must be previously unpublished and submitted to Proximity for publication in one of the following categories: long-form (6,000 words maximum), mid-range (2,000 words maximum), flash (500 words maximum), or photo essay/multimedia. Multiple submissions and alternative forms of true stories are welcome and encouraged. ** 
See the Proximity website for frequently asked questions. 
Direct any issue specific questions to:
maggieATproximitymagazineDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Spoon Knife Anthology

NeuroQueer Books from Autonomous Press seeks work for its upcoming Spoon Knife Anthology.
NQ Books "focuses on neurodivergence and disability as they intersect and interact with queer issues."

Themes for this anthology include: compliance, defiance, resistance, consent.

Deadline: September 8, 2015.

Submit online.

Call for Submissions: The Cossack Review

Call for Submissions: The Cossack Review, Issue 5  
TCR will be open for submissions for our 5th issue, and for our next web issue, throughout the summer. We are reading in the following categories: 
Poetry (up to 5 poems)
Fiction (short stories to novelettes)
Nonfiction (up to 10,000 words)
To get a sense of what the editors are looking for, please read our online issues, sample content from our print issues, or just order an issue. Refer to the category-specific guidelines on our Submittable page.  
*Simultaneous submissions are welcome, provided that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Writing Competition: Emerging Writer Awards from Sequestrum

As of May 1, Sequestrum is accepting submissions for the 2015 Emerging Writer Awards, where over $500 will be awarded to up-and-coming talents in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For complete details visit our website.

Contest Guidelines: 

Open only to writers who have not yet published a book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. 

Prose and poetry will be judged separately, with one first-prize winner for each genre. 

One first-prize winner in each genre will receive $200 plus publication in our Spring ’16 issue. 

Runners-up in each genre will be awarded publication and receive payment at our usual rates (plus a little extra). 

Contest doors close November 15, 2015*. 

We give every submission the time and consideration it deserves, so end-dates are tentative and can close early depending on submission volume. The short and long: It’s best to submit sooner rather than later.
Winners announced in January. Publication in our Spring ’16 Issue.

We're always accepting general submissions, too. 

About Sequestrum:
We average 1,000+ readers a month, keep our archives open at pay-what-you-can subscriptions, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, PANK, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.

We're proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.