Saturday, August 29, 2015

Featured Author on Brain to Books Blog Tour

I am one of the featured authors today on the Brain to Books Blog Tour! Many thanks to Angela B. Chrysler for organizing this, and be sure to check out the other great authors on the tour.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Poetry Book Award: 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 Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.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 Submissions: Pembroke Magazine

Pembroke Magazine Back-to-School Special: Submit for Free in September

To celebrate the start of a new school year and our recent move to Submittable, we’re waiving submission fees for the month of September. Send us your best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for the chance at publication in Volume 48 of Pembroke Magazine—set to debut at AWP 2016. 

For details, visit our website.

We look forward to reading your work.

Call for Submissions: Sou'wester Literary Journal

Sou'wester literary journal is now reading fiction, poetry, and CNF for its Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 issues.

As you may know, Sou'wester has been publishing for over 50 years! We publish established writers and those just beginning their publication careers. Each year, one poet and one prose writer who have not (yet) published a full-length volume in their genre will be chosen by the editors to receive The Robbins Award, with a cash prize of $100.

Submissions portal.

Please check us out and consider sending us your work.

Writing Competition: Mississippi Review

The 2016 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the Summer 2016 print issue of Mississippi Review.

For more details and to submit, visit our website.
Key dates:
Contest opens: August 1, 2015
Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2016

Winners and finalists announced: March 2015
Issue publication: June 2016

Entry: $16 submission fee. Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue.
If you have questions please e-mail:

msreviewATusmDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: The Radvocate

The Radvocate is a literary arts journal, published by So Say We All, and edited by a dedicated team of volunteers under the direction of its creator and Editor-in-Chief, Matt Lewis.

Submittable link.

The Radvocate features the fiction, non-fiction, poetry and visual art of people who acknowledge the state of the world and strive to reflect it in their work, individuals who read independently, think critically, and will help us shout to those who would control us: “We are not afraid.”

We recommend works between 100-3,500 words. Artwork should be at least 300 dpi in quality, Jpegs preferred. Once submitted, we will review it and let you know if it's been accepted in a few weeks.

Submissions are read year-round, though for consideration for The Radvocate #14, please send us your work by December 15th, 2015.

Call for Creative Nonfiction Submissions to 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.

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

Poetry Competitions: Evening Street Press

EVENING STREET PRESS announces our 2015 contests:

Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize $250 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up. $15 reading fee, on-going. Check our website for more details.

Sinclair Poetry Prize $500 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up. $25 reading fee, May 1 to December 1, 2015. Go here for more details.

Nonfiction Writing Competition: University of Iowa Press

The University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program and the University of Iowa Press are pleased to announce a new annual prize for literary nonfiction. Submissions will be accepted from October 15, 2015 through December 10, 2015. The announcement of the winner will be made in spring of 2016.
Submissions must be book length (at least 40,000 words but no longer than 90,000) and can be either a collection or a long-form manuscript. Both published and previously unpublished authors will be considered, with the winner being awarded a publishing contract with the University of Iowa Press.
The contest will be screened and initially judged by the Iowa Nonfiction Program and its director, John D’Agata, as part of a publishing class taught in conjunction with the University of Iowa Press. Distinguished visiting professor Richard Preston, author of The Hot Zone, will be the final judge.
UI Press director, Jim McCoy, noted, “This is an exciting opportunity. We’ve long been committed to the publication of quality literary nonfiction through our Sightline Books series. Literary nonfiction, no matter how you try to define it, is one of the most exciting genres currently being explored by writers. It pushes new boundaries. It reinterprets how we look at a number of issues in the humanities and sciences. We can’t wait to see the variety and quality of the submissions. The fact that we also get to exchange information and engage with students during the publishing process is a bonus.”
“The exciting thing about this class and contest is that it’s going to encourage students to clarify for themselves and their peers how they interpret nonfiction, and what their criteria are for great nonfiction books,” D’Agata offered. “It’ll require them to explain clearly why they feel this manuscript is better than that manuscript. And so at a pedagogical level this will be a priceless experience, because what we’ll ultimately learn is that we’re all very different—both as readers and people—and we therefore have different criteria for what makes something good.”
The Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa is one of the most prestigious MFA programs in the country. In addition to its degree program, it hosts a highly regarded visiting author series, the Overseas Writing Workshop, and the Bedell Nonfiction Now Conference. More information about the Nonfiction Writing Program can be found at our website.
The University of Iowa Press publishes more than 40 books a year, including award-winning literary nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. The press already hosts the annual Iowa Poetry Prize and the Iowa Short Fiction Awards. More information about the press and the submission guidelines can be found here.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Call for Submissions: Mud City Journal

Mud City, an online literary journal promoting the ideals and vision of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA Program, is seeking submissions for Issue 2.

Issue 1 features work by Cedar Sigo, Wendy C. Ortiz, Cynthia Cruz, Heid Erdrich, Richard Van Camp, Lydia Conklin, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Layli Long Soldier, Ernestine Hayes, Bojan Louis, and Sydney Freeland, with a blog post by Sasha LaPointe.

While Mud City is rooted in an Indigenous centered program, we look to publish writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, styles, and aesthetics.

Mud City publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. All submissions, including solicitations, are read by a dedicated staff of IAIA MFA students and faculty advisors. The reading period for Issue 2 will close on October 31st.

Fellowship for Flash Fiction: Kathy Fish Fellowship--SmokeLong Quarterly

Kathy Fish Fellowship--SmokeLong Quarterly 
SmokeLong Quarterly is currently accepting submissions through October 15, 2015 for its 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.
The winner of the 2016 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2016). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner. 
The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2016. 
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.
All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book length work (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply.
There is no application fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. No priority will be given to applications that submit with a donation. 
Applications are open from August 15-October 15, 2015. 
The winner will be announced in late December.
For all guidelines and submission information, visit our website.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Intersections: Hyphen Magazine

Hyphen magazine, an Asian American culture magazine, is now accepting submissions for its upcoming print issue: INTERSECTIONS.
Feel free to interpret this theme broadly: we welcome stories and verses of people or creatures occupying more than one identity or one space, finding themselves at a crossroads, living contradictory lives, or wearing masks that chafe against other personas, as well as other interpretations we have yet to imagine! Surprise us.
Explicit Asian American themes not a requirement, though welcome.
For poetry, please submit no more than 5 poems in a single attached word document to: (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
For fiction, please submit no more than one story 5,000 words or less pasted in the body of the email and attached as a word document (double-spaced) to: (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 
Before submitting, please review our more detailed submission guidelines.
One short story and one poem will be chosen for the print issue. Unfortunately, we cannot pay at this time, though all contributors will receive copies of the print magazine.
DEADLINE: October 15, 2015

Poetry Competition: 2015 Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition


Awarding $1000 + Publication + 50 Books 


--Except for previous Stevens winners, open to all poets writing in English
--Original work by a single author
--Include title page (title only), table of contents, and 48 to 70 pages of poetry, counting any section title pages but not counting front matter
--May include previously published poems. The winner will be required to provide an acknowledgment page if the manuscript includes previously published poems
--No author identification anywhere in manuscript 
--No illustrations
--Pages numbered, one poem, one column per page. Poems may be continued on a second page, but do not put two poems on the same page
--Single space your manuscript. Use 12-point type in a conventional font such as Times New Roman. If you write in long lines or complex formats, be aware that the winning book will be published in a 6" x 9" format.
--Simultaneous and multiple submissions permitted. Notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere

Submissions will be accepted from SEPTEMBER 1 through midnight PT, OCTOBER 1, 2015. The Submittable online system will be accessible only during this time, and hard-copy submissions must be postmarked during this period. No early or late submissions.

The submission fee is $20 for NFSPS members, $25 for nonmembers. Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members.
For online submissions, pay at Submittable with a credit card or PayPal.
For mailed paper submissions, place your check on top of the manuscript.

--Online Submissions. We strongly encourage using the NFSPS link at Submittable, an online submissions manager.
--Using Submittable saves you and us time and money.
--Simply submit the manuscript in a single document file from your computer into the designated area.
--If you have an acknowledgements page, it will be submitted separately.
--You will be notified that your manuscript has been received.

Mailed Submissions. 

--If you are unable to make an online submission, mail your manuscript. Manuscript must be typewritten or computer generated.
--Enclose manuscript in a plain file folder and/or held by a manuscript clip; NO staples or binding.

--On the top of your manuscript, place a page with the title and your name, address, phone number, and email address, plus the name of the state poetry society where you are a member (if applicable). You will not be eligible for the reduced fee without society membership information.
--Do NOT send by certified or registered mail. Do NOT send disks. 
--Manuscripts will NOT be returned. Entrants who enclose a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, or provide an email address, will be notified of the results in January 2016.
--The winner will automatically be notified.

Mail submissions to: 

Wilda Morris, Chair
NFSPS Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition
P. O. Box 1669
Bolingbrook IL 60440

All manuscripts will be reviewed for compliance with guidelines and overall quality by the competition chair. Approximately 100 manuscripts will be sent, without identification or acknowledgments, to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous until the results are announced.

The winning manuscript will be published by the NFSPS Press, and the book will be available for sale at the NFSPS annual convention and elsewhere in June 2016.


You may address questions to the contest chair at the above address, or via email at: (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Past Judges. David Baker, Michael Dennis Browne, Michael Bugeja, Anne Marx, Sue Brannan Walker, Kenneth Brewer, David Sutherland, Donna Salli, Bruce Eastman, Ruth Berman, Peter Meinke, Lawson Inada, Patricia Fargnoli, Jeff Gundy, Carolyne Wright, Ralph Burns, Lola Haskins, Jessica Garratt, Maggie Anderson, Glenna Holloway, John Witte.

Call for Submissions: concis

concīs magazine—the first project from concīs publishing—is an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded.

Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.

Brevity is subjective. We’ve read 8-line poems that are 7-lines too long and 30-line poems that flash and fire quicker than a haiku. 25 lines of poetry/300 words of prose or less—even significantly less—feels right, but that feeling’s not a rule. We do feel safe specifying a minimum length of one character, glyph, symbol or visual.

concīs pays $10 per piece for publication on the web site and as part of a seasonal collection/ebook/PDF (possibly in multiple e-reading formats). Upon acceptance, authors will be given an option to donate their payments to Room to Read (a 4-star charity promoting literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Africa). Donations will be matched by concīs.

More about concīs, publication schedule and submissions here.

Still have questions? Let me know:  

chrisATconcisDOTio (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Wells College Press

Wells College Press invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. The deadline for the 2016 competition is November 30, 2015. The winner will be announced in January 2016.
The author of the chosen manuscript will receive 20 copies of the letterpress printed, hand-sewn chapbook. The author will also be invited to read from her or his new chapbook at Wells College in the fall of 2016. The poet will receive a $500 honorarium + room and board for the reading.
We print editions of 100 signed and numbered copies. We craft every aspect of our chapbooks individually and obsessively: Prior chapbooks have included all type and ornament cast in metal at the Bixler Letterfoundry in Skaneatles specifically for those projects. Our books also feature hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. The winning chapbook will continue this tradition of craftsmanship.
In honor of the gorgeous location of the Wells College Press, right on the shore of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the chapbook series focuses on poems with a strong sense of place. We understand place to be geographical, social, political, spiritual, etc.
Submission Guidelines:
--18-30 manuscript pages (with no more than one poem per page)
--Individual poems may have been published in periodicals, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. An acknowledgments page is optional (though it will be included in the final chapbook).
--Co-authored manuscripts and translated manuscripts are welcome.
--Close personal friends of the judges, as well as current or former students of the judges, are ineligible.
--Multiple submissions are welcome, but each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.
--Please limit your identifying information to your cover letter; the manuscript itself must be anonymous, as the judging will be blind.
How to submit:
Online via Submittable.
Or mail hard copies to:
Chapbook Contest
Wells Book Arts Center
Wells College
170 Main Street
Aurora, New York 13026.
Make checks for $20 payable to Wells College, with “WCPress entry fee” on the memo line.
Include an SASE for notification of the results.
Optional: Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt.
The final judges of the 2016 WCP Poetry Chapbook Contest are Bruce Bennett and Dan Rosenberg.
Bruce Bennett is the author of nine volumes of poetry and more than twenty-five poetry chapbooks. His New and Selected Poems, Navigating The Distances (Orchises Press), was chosen by Booklist as “One Of The Top Ten Poetry Books Of 1999.” He co-founded and served as an editor of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics and Ploughshares, and was the Poetry Editor for Stone Canoe Issue #9. In 2012 he was awarded a Pushcart Prize. In 2014 he retired from Wells College, where he taught literature and creative writing and directed the Visiting Writers Series. He is now Emeritus Professor of English.
Dan Rosenberg is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010) and Thigh’s Hollow (Omnidawn, forthcoming 2015), and he co-translated Miklavž Komelj’s Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, forthcoming 2015). His work has won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize and the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest. Rosenberg earned an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia. He teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College and co-edits Transom.
E-mail with questions: 
bookartscenterATwellsDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
More details here.

Call for Submissions of Out-of-Print Books: Doubleback Books

Doubleback Books Seeking Submissions of Out-of-Print Books for Reprint
Sundress Publications is now accepting submissions to be published through Doubleback Books. We believe that out of print should not mean out of mind. Although other publishers rescue works that have fallen into the public domain from obscurity, few reprint books from small, independent presses that have folded during the twenty-first century and (often through no fault of their own) left new, exciting books to go out of print before their time.
If you are the author of a book that has recently gone out of print because the press closed, we want to read it. If you are the former editor of a recently closed press with books you believe deserve to return to print, we want to read them. If we love them, we want to give the world another chance to love them, too.
Submission Guidelines
Authors of works that have gone out of print due to the closure of the original press may submit full-length or short books, including novels, novellas, chapbooks, short story collections, poetry collections, essay collections, and memoirs. We will read manuscripts of any literary genre: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, none of the above, some of the above, or all of the above. Editors may also submit out-of-print manuscripts their presses published before closing. To be eligible, works must have been both published and out of print by no earlier than 2000.
To submit, you may send your manuscript(s) in .PDF or .DOC format via email to:
doublebackATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Simply include a brief cover letter in the body of the email telling us a little bit about your work and yourself.
Accepted manuscripts will be turned into downloadable e-books available for free on the Sundress Publications website! Previous titles include Karyna McGlynn's Alabama Steve and Jehanne Dubrow's The Hardship Post.
Along with your manuscript, please include the name of the manuscript's original publisher, as well as the name and contact information of the publisher's former editor-in-chief, if available. Be sure to note the genre of the manuscript in your cover letter.
Find out more at our website.

Call for Submissions: Jaggery

Call for fiction/poetry/essays/reviews/art

Delighted to announce that Jaggery is open to submissions for Issue #7, until September 8th. We are a paying market. 

Jaggery offers a path of connection between South Asian diaspora writers and homeland writers; we also welcome non-South Asians with a deep and thoughtful connection to South Asian countries, who bring their own intersecting perspectives to the conversation. Our hope with Jaggery is to create a journal that offers the best writing by and about South Asians and their diaspora.

We are looking for submissions in fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and art!

Read our guidelines here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Writing Competition for Thrillers and Mysteries: Inkitt

“Cult” - Inkitt's latest Mystery / Thriller writing contest is open for submissions

 Inkitt is a free writing platform that aims to help writers achieve their fullest potential.

 "Cult"-- Submit your best original mystery and thriller stories. Have us biting our nails over stories full of adrenaline and espionage. Keep us on the edge of our seats with your best mystery and thriller stories. We want you to leave us breathless with yours tales of unmatched suspense.

 Contest guidelines

-- Authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest.
--Original stories of any length are accepted.
--Entries must be posted on the Inkitt contest page to be considered eligible.
--The contest opens on August 17th and closes on September 17th.
--The contest is completely free to enter. 

The top 10% based on reader votes get the chance to be picked by the Inkitt staff for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

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 today for the Mystery / Thriller writing contest!

You can also read thriller stories for inspiration in Inkitt's paranormal section.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Writing Competition: Crab Orchard Review 2016 Special Feature Issue

2016 Special Issue Feature Awards in Poetry, Fiction, & Literary Nonfiction

$2,000 prize in each genre

 All Entries must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE 

August 1, 2015 – October 1, 2015 

Entry Fee: $15.00 per entry 

All entrants receive the issue the winners appear in ($14.00)


--Entries should fit the topic of the Summer/Fall 2016 special issue, “Family, Enemies, Friends: The Relationships Issue.” We are open to work that covers any of the multitude of ways that our relationships shape us, whether they are positive or negative, nurturing or adversarial. Family, enemies, or friends—we want to see work about people interacting with the people in their lives.
--One winner in each genre category—Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction—will be selected by the editors of Crab Orchard Review to be published in the issue and receive a $2,000.00 award. The editors are looking for the work in each genre that best embodies the topic of the special issue. Entries must be previously unpublished*, original work written in English by a United States citizen, permanent resident, or person who has DACA/TPS status (current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are not eligible). The author's name should not appear on any page.
--All entries must be submitted online between August 1, 2015 and October 1, 2015 (entries will be accepted online until 11:59:59 PM (PST) on October 1, 2015). All entrants will receive notification of the results by email by November 30, 2015.
--All entries will also be considered for publication in the Summer/Fall 2016 special issue, “Family, Enemies, Friends: The Relationships Issue.” Regular Crab Orchard Review contributor payment rates ($25 (US) per magazine page. $50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) apply to any accepted work that is not a genre winner.
--We hope to make all editorial decisions for the issue by the end of January 2016.


--Poetry entries should consist of one poem up to five pages in length.
--Prose entry length: up to 6000 words for fiction and up to 6500 words for literary nonfiction.

--One poetry entry, one story entry in fiction, or one essay entry in literary nonfiction per $15.00 online entry fee; a writer may send up to three entries in one genre or a total of three entries if entering all competitions. --One winner in each genre category—Poetry, Fiction, and Literary Nonfiction—will be selected by the editors of Crab Orchard Review to be published in the issue and receive a $2,000.00 award. The editors are looking for the work in each genre that best embodies the topic of the special issue.

Call for Submissions of Flash Fiction and Poetry: Silver Birch Press

With apologies to George “My Sweet Lord” Harrison (RIP), Silver Birch Press announces the MY SWEET WORD call for submissions of poetry and flash fiction. For many of us, some of our most significant memories (pleasant or otherwise) involve sweets and treats — running to catch up with the Good Humor truck, baking cookies during the holidays, trick or treating, visiting the corner candy store, making a trip to Dairy Queen, learning to share our goodies, and so much more. We want to hear all about your sweet (or bittersweet) memories in a poem, prose poem, or flash fiction. Please send a photo of yourself at any age to accompany the writing.

PROMPT: Tell us your recollections about sweets in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose poem/flash fiction piece (200 words or less). For the series, you can also submit found or erasure poems based on a “sweet” recipe or article from a cookbook or magazine (please cite source).

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or flash fiction. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish on social media and in a potential print edition.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems/flash fiction during the Silver Birch Press MY SWEET WORD Poetry/Flash Fiction Series starting in September (actual dates to be determined, based on number of submissions).

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose poem/flash fiction to:

SBPSUBMISSIONSATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file include your name, contact info (including email address), one-paragraph author’s bio (written in third person), and any notes about your creative process or thoughts about your piece. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name (and only your last name). Write”Sweet” in subject line of email. Please send a photo of yourself — at any age — to accompany the poem, and provide a caption for the photo (when, where). (We’d love to see Halloween photos, ice cream eating photos, kids with cookies photos — but will accept photos sans sweets.)

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST To help everyone understand our submission requirements, we’ve prepared the following checklist.

1. Send ONE MS Word document TITLED WITH YOUR LAST NAME (e.g. Smith.doc or Jones.docx).

2. In the same MS Word document, include your contact information (name, mailing address, email address).

3. In the same MS Word document, include an author’s bio, written in the third person (e.g., Mary Anderson has been writing since age eight…”).

4. In the same MS Word document, include a note about your poem/flash fiction or creative process (this is optional).

5. In the same MS Word document, include a caption for your photo (including where, when and/or date taken).

6. Send a photo of yourself at any age as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). Title the photo with your last name (e.g.,Jones.jpg).

7. Email to:

SBPSUBMISSIONSATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

— and put SWEET in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 30, 2015

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

Phillip 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-NOT limited to Arkansas books or writers.

$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).

Entry fee: $25.00

For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Call for Nominations of Spiritual Writing from Editors: The Orison Anthology

Call for Nominations from Editors for The Orison Anthology

Editors of literary periodicals (print or digital) may nominate work in a single genre or in multiple genres to be considered for inclusion in Orison Books' annual print publication, The Orison Anthology, which will reprint the finest spiritually engaged writing from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. The work must have appeared, or be slated to appear, in the periodical during the 2015 calendar year. Work selected for inclusion will appear alongside the winners of The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry, judged this year by Kevin McIlvoy, Ann Hood, and Claire Bateman. The author of any work selected for inclusion will receive 2 complimentary copies of the anthology; the periodical where the work originally appeared will receive 1 complimentary copy.

The work may be by a single author or by multiple authors, as long as the total page count meets the requirements specified below.

By nominating work for inclusion in The Orison Anthology, you are indicating that you have acquired the permission of the author(s) to do so.

Editors may submit a scanned copy of print pages or a PDF file of the text.

Deadline: September 15, 2015.

Single genre submissions: Submit up to 6 poems (40 pp. max) or up to 2 works of prose (any genre; 60 pp. max). If the work is not easily classified, submit up to 60 pages of text. In the file, include the author’s name and biography, the name of your periodical, and the issue number(s) in which the work appeared.

Multiple genre submissions: submit up to 3 poems (20 pp. max) and a work of prose (any genre; 25 pp. max). If the work is not easily classified, submit up to 60 pages of text. In the file, include the author's name and biography, the name of your periodical, and the issue number(s) in which the work appeared.

To nominate work for inclusion in The Orison Anthology, go here.

Call for Submissions: Milk Journal

Milk Journal is a biannual journal with online and print platforms. We are now open to general submissions for our Winter 2016 issue! 

We read submissions for our winter issue between August 1st and December 31st and for our summer issue between January 1st and June 30th. We accept only one submission per submitter each reading period.

Our editors and readers are looking for various styles of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and reviews. We welcome all formats and natures of content, and value work that engages the mind and soul, is crafted deliberately, and reminds us of why we are passionate about writing.

Poetry: (up to 5 poems, no more than 12 pages total).
Fiction/flash fiction/non-fiction: (Less than 5000 words total).

Submission guidelines can be found here.

Call for Submissions: cahoodaloodaling

Call for submissions: cahoodaloodaling

Issue #18 – Historical (Re)Tell

Tell the truth but tell it slant, writes Emily Dickinson. For this issue, we’re looking for telling retelling of the historic, tales that offer what wasn’t said but should’ve been, what wasn’t written down but likely happened, whose voices speak that didn’t speak because there wasn’t a platform for them. We want poetry, prose, and nonfiction, music, art, collaborations, and hybrid. We want myths and legends retold from other voices, new perspectives, counter intuitive stances. Accurate, inaccurate, or close, we want work that explores how facts become transformed into the tales, histories, and family stories that inform how we tell our worlds.

Submissions due 9/19/15. Guest Editor Laura Madeline Wiseman. Issue live 10/31/15.

Issue #19 – Writers Create: A Winter Makers’ Fair

Writers spend a lot of time writing, and writing about writing. What are your other creative pursuits? Artists spend a lot of time writing about their work. How? This special issue of cahoodaloodaling is interested in the intersection of art and writing—writers who create in other forms, and artists who write. We want craft essays and interviews about what your art means to you as a maker or how your art impacts your writing, or the ways you find yourself writing about your art; tutorials for others to follow, to engage in your craft; photographs of your creations with brief descriptions and creation stories; stories or poems about the art of making; any combination of the above.

Submissions due 12/12/15. Guest Editor M. Mack. Issue live 1/31/16.

Felllowships/Scholarships: Eckerd College Writers' Conference: Writers in Paradise

Registration deadline: November 15, 2015
Application Fee: $25.00

January 16-23, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL

Located on the coast of the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay, the Twelfth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise offers an intimate eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings book signings, and receptions with our award winning-faculty and guest speakers.

This year’s faculty and lecturers include: Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert King, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Poet Campbell McGrath, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Dennis Lehane, Laura Lippman, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Scott Ward, Sterling Watson, and more.

We are happy to say that we offer at least 20 fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis, many specifically for current MFA students and recent MFA graduates (2010-2015) and AWP members.

All participants are given the opportunity to submit work for consideration in Sabal, a literary journal featuring writing by conference participants. The writers selected by the directors for “The Best Of” will receive two copies of Sabal, and a subscription to the next year’s Sabal.

For more information and registration, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions on Cuba: Florida Literature and Art

Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art announces special Cuba issue

Deadline: October 1, 2015

To submit, go here.

Read our submission guidelines here.

Writing Competition: Slippery Elm

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. 

For more information, email: 

slipperyelmATfindlayDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or see our guidelines in Submittable.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Finalist for Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards

I'm so pleased to announce that my debut novel, BLOOD OF A STONE (Tuscany Press), is a finalist for the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards--in the category of historical fiction! The winners will be announced Aug. 15, 2015.

This is the second honor for BLOOD OF A STONE, which received a 2015 bronze Independent Publisher Book Award in the national category of religious fiction in May.

It was a long journey to get this book published. To all of my fellow writers:  keep writing, keep submitting, keep striving. Good things can happen.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Submission deadline: September 15, 2015 for the Fall 2015 issue (Vol. 10, No. 2). 

The Apple Valley Review seeks unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 500 and 3000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry and translations are also welcome.

The Spring 2015 issue included poetry and prose by Renee Emerson, Kevin Miller, Gail Peck, Kevin McLellan, Robert Radin, and Theodore Worozbyt. Pieces from the journal have recently been chosen as selections or finalists for Best American Essays, New Poetry from the Midwest, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor's prize. The 2014 recipient was Laura Lee Beasley.

To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor:

editorATleahbrowningDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available online.

Short Fiction Competition: Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest

The nineteenth annual Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Contest is open.

Enter now!

Adam Johnson, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, will award the top prizes.

First prize is $1,000; second prize $500; and third prize $250.

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; the Wylie Agency; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

Entries must be complete by October 1, 2015. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2016 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2016 issue.

Complete contest guidelines are available at the website. Please read them before submitting.

In 2014, guest judge Ben Fountain awarded first prize to "Small Holding" by Dara Kell; and of the ten prizewinners and honorable mentions, five secured agents as a direct result of the contest.

Please e-mail us at:

contestsATall-storyDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with further questions. We look forward to reading your work.

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

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

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

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

nvneditorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Call for Submissions: Pentimento

Pentimento, a literary magazine for the disability community, is seeking submissions for our Winter 2015-2016 issue. The submission period runs from July to September 30.

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

This year is the 40 th anniversary of Public Law 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, and the theme of the issue is education. We're especially seeking submissions regarding education and disability prior to the enactment of P.L. 94-142 and the transition to the new requirements.

Please visit our website for more information and to request a free issue.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Word Soup

Word Soup is now taking poetry submissions for our next issue. Closes September 1, 2015.
For our next issue, the theme is paying it forward. So please join our published poets Marge Piercy, Adam Gottlieb, Sarah Browning, and many other exquisite poets helping end hunger. Send us your poems in which you share the story of either paying it forward yourself or being the recipient of paying it forward.
Submission information here.
Also , two gracious anonymous donors will donate the submission fee for four poets who might like to submit but who do not have the submission fee. Email us if you would like to be one of the beneficiaries of this generous poet donor:
wordsoupendhungerATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions on the Theme of Change: Conclave: A Journal of Character

Writing for Change

As this established literary journal changes hands, the theme for the next edition accordingly focuses on change as an inevitable force in our lives, ideally though not certainly a force for progress and growth. We’re looking for contributions relating to political and social change and well as changes in the human character. We’re looking for work that envisions the future, better tomorrows and bitter tomorrows, changes in love and life and the heart of humankind.

Conclave: A Journal of Character seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and photography of exceptional literary merit. The work we seek has a transcendent lasting impact on the reader and heightens the reader’s sense of the spirit that underlies our daily lives. We are looking for work that holds humanity up to a fresh light and helps reader see what they did not see before.

We seek to be broad, inclusive, and open to perspectives spanning all spectra of thought, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

We are interested in work originally written in English and work in English translation from any language. We are interested in all genres, including mixed or multiple genre works, or work that simply defies classification.

Submit your work here.

1-- We are an environmentally conscious journal and only accept submissions through Submittable.
2-- Format and Length. Poetry : Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems, in a single document, each poem on a separate page, no longer than 10 pages total. Short Fiction: Submit 1 story, no longer than 5000 words. Creative Nonfiction: Submit one essay, no longer than 5000 words. Photography: Submit 1-3 photographs, black and white only. Unclassifiable: No longer than 2000 words.
3-- You are welcome to submit more than once, but each submission must be a separate file uploaded to Submittable.
4-- Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document that holds your submission. We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all submissions without knowing who wrote them.
5-- Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submissions. Single-space your poems; double space between stanzas. Double-space prose manuscripts.
6-- Include a 60-word bio written in third person, providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits.
7-- No previously published work — print or online — including work posted on personal websites or social network websites. If your work can be found searching Google, we consider it published.
8-- If you have questions, please visit our website or email:

wbernhardtATconclavejournalDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Acceptance for publication conveys First North American Serial Rights, first-print publication rights, and the right to post work accepted for publication on the Conclave website. Rights revert to the author upon publication.

Call for Submissions: Fire Tetrahedron

FIRE TETRAHEDRON is now accepting poetry, translations, artwork, & photography submissions for its inaugural issue.
FIRE TETRAHEDRON is a new print & electronic journal dedicated to sharing & exposing those spaces where nature & culture collide. Like Prometheus, we’re fascinated by how these intrinsically adverse elements interact, grow symbiotic, or erupt in unpredictable ways. We encourage poets & artists to send us their best work that somehow satisfies our curiosity about our place in the world & our interactions with it. Set us aflame. We dare you.
We accept submissions year-round, though the deadline for Issue One is 1st September 2015. We typically respond to submissions within one to two months. Contributors receive one print or electronic copy of the issue in which their work appears.
Read the official guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Barking Sycamores

Submissions are now open for Barking Sycamores unthemed Issue 7, Fall/Winter 2015.

Deadline: September 19, 2015. We are a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists.

Submission Guidelines Here.

Barking Sycamores, a journal for neurodivergent literature and its craft