Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Call for Submissions on Borders and Boundaries: Subprimal Poetry Art

Subprimal Poetry Art seeks works of poetry, flash fiction and art for our Winter 2015 issue with the theme of Borders and Boundaries. For this issue, we’re looking for you to explore the physical limits between people, cities, and countries as well as the emotional and spiritual limits between eras, ideas, and identities. A border can be as ephemeral as a line drawn in the sand, or as enduring as twenty years of unanswered phone calls.

For most work, we create a custom musical composition to augment the author’s audio reading.

For more info, please see our website.

Deadline: October 16, 2015

Call for Submissions from Undergrad Students: 30 North

30 North is currently seeking submissions for our journal of undergraduate art and writing. We are looking for work by college students in all genres, including short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, photography, and art.
Please submit here. 
For more information, visit our blog.

Call for Submissions: Blinders Literary Journal

Have you ever, as a new writer, felt intimidated by the contributor bios you read in the back of your favorite magazines? Have you ever, as a well-established writer, wondered how well your manuscripts would fare if they were separated from your name and list of previous publications?

We here at Blinders Literary Journal hope that we have found a solution for writers and poets, new and advanced. We never want to see your cover letter, only your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork.

Blinders Journal is taking submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art for its fourth issue until November 15, 2015.

Please visit our website to view our latest issue or our submission guidelines.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Call for Submissions: Bellows American Review

Bellows American Review Call for Submissions 

Bellows American Review is currently seeking submissions. We publish on a rolling basis year-round. At this time we are accepting fiction submissions only. Our one guideline is this: it’s got to be good.

We are also open to book reviews and critical essays. To inquire please submit a query letter through our online submission manager.

To submit or learn more please visit us at our website.

Short Fiction Competition: Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction

New Delta Review is now accepting submissions for our third annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. For this contest, we seek 1500 words or less that stun. We look for a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole.

1. You and the boy will cook the catch each evening; she took off for good and with her went all the recipes. He’s yours now. You can do this. Start simple. Broil a couple of pieces of fresh perch. Show him how to make tartar sauce by combining mayonnaise and relish. Heap it onto the fish all the way to the edges. Pair it with your favorite bitter ale. Remember to give him milk with his meal and make him finish it. Compliment him on the fish he caught, but for God’s sake, don’t overdo it.
—from the 2014 Award Winner selected by Roxanne Gay: Jennifer Genest’s “Ways To Prepare White Perch.”

Judge: Ander Monson

Prize: $400 and publication in the Winter Issue of NDR. All entries will be considered for publication and eligible for our annual Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250.

Deadline: October 1, 2015; Winners announced by mid-November

Entry Fee: $10

About our contest: Ryan R. Gibbs (1981-2012) was a gifted editor for New Delta Review, an incredible writer of fiction and screenplays, a talented photographer, and, above all, a dear friend. New Delta Review is honored to host this annual award in his honor, made possible by a generous endowment from his parents.

Additional Submission Guidelines:

*All entries must be previously unpublished.
*One submission per entrant, although you may submit more than one entry if you pay a new entry fee.
*All work must be submitted through Submittable.
*Submissions will first be read by the staff of New Delta Review, and finalists will be passed on for judging.
*Family, friends, and students of the judge are ineligible for participation in the contest and will be disqualified. In addition, students currently enrolled at Louisiana State University are ineligible for participation in this contest.

About the Judge: Ander Monson is the author of books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, most recently Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf, 2015). A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in criticism and the New York Public Library Young Lions award in fiction, he runs several literary projects, including the magazine DIAGRAM, the New Michigan Press, and Essay Daily.

Laura Theobald
Chief Editor, NDR

Call for Submissions: Catfish Creek

Catfish Creek, the national undergraduate literary journal published by Loras College, is now reading for our sixth edition, to be released in spring of 2016.

Submission Guidelines:
Any student currently registered in an undergraduate program is eligible to submit. If we accept your work, we will ask for proof of your current enrollment. All submissions should be sent electronically, as MS-Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF attachments, to:

 Catfish.CreekATlorasDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please specify the genre of your submission (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) in the Subject line of your message.
Ex: Fiction submission—“Story Title”

All submissions should use standard margins and readable 12-point font (Courier, Times, etc.). Prose (fiction or nonfiction) should be double-spaced, with pages numbered. Also, please provide your name, college affiliation, home and e-mail address on the first page of your submission. This will allow us to contact you with a response. And because we want to know who you are, please include a brief cover letter and short bio in the body of the e-mail.

We are now reading for our sixth issue, due out spring 2016. Our reading period is September 1-Dec. 10. Any manuscripts received outside of that time will be deleted unread.

As a general rule we place no restrictions on style or subject matter. While we do not consider straight genre pieces (SF, fantasy, horror, etc.) we will consider literary-quality writing that crosses genre lines. We are also not looking for work that depicts excessive violence, though exceptions might be made if the work exhibits literary merit.

Catfish Creek will happily read simultaneous submissions, provided that you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Response time varies depending on the number of submissions, but we will do our best to respond to you within 3-4 months. Feel free to query the editor at:

Catfish.CreekATlorasDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

if you have not received a reply after six months. Also, please do not send a new submission until we have responded to the first.

Payment for accepted works is two copies of the issue. Catfish Creek buys first North American serial rights. Should you re-publish the piece at a later date, we ask that you acknowledge that we published it first.

Poetry: No style or length restrictions, though we don’t have room for book-length poems. Submit up to three poems at a time, as separate attachments.

Nonfiction: Submit literary nonfiction: memoir, reflective essays, New Journalism-style writing, nature writing. Please submit one essay at a time (unless they are very short, in which case send up to three). Maximum length: 4000 words.

Fiction: We’re interested in literary fiction of any style: realistic or experimental, flash fiction, short-shorts, and full-length short stories. Please send one full-length story or up to three flash fiction pieces at a time. Maximum length: 4000 words. 

If you’d like to purchase an issue, copies are only $5 (which includes mailing costs). Order forms may be downloaded through our website.

Call for Submissions: Border Crossing

Border Crossing is open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from September 15, 2015 – February 1, 2016.

We’re especially interested in writing that crosses boundaries in genre or geography, and voices that aren’t often heard in mainstream publications. The best way to see what we mean by this is The best way to see what we mean by this is to order a copy from our print archives or read our latest issue online

All of our submissions go through a rigorous editorial board process. We consider ourselves a “teaching journal,” in that one of our main goals is to give LSSU English and creative writing students editing and publishing opportunities prior to graduation. Every year, student interns read alongside faculty editors as part of the full editorial board and publish reviews of contributors’ books.

We only accept submissions via Submittable during our official reading period. Submissions emailed, mailed, or sent outside of our reading period will not be read. Please follow the guidelines for each genre. Please note that we do not accept multiple submissions in a single genre during our reading periods, unless you are specifically invited to resubmit by the editors. For writers who have been previously published in Border Crossing, please wait one year after publication before submitting again. Also please note that the editors may make minor copy edits to your work upon acceptance.

Please do not include your name, address, and phone number on your submission file, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. Only include that information on your cover letter, pasted into the cover letter area, along with an email address you regularly check, and a brief biography of about fifty words. We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For poems, please add a note to your submission in Submittable indicating which part of your submission was accepted elsewhere.

Response time is roughly 4-6 months. At this time, we are not able to offer payment to all authors. However, with volume 5, our first online issue, we began featuring selected authors. Every year, after all of the work in each genre has been accepted, one author is chosen from those accepted in each genre for a paid feature. Featured authors receive prominent placement in the online journal, a published interview with the editors, and a $100 honorarium. One artist from Michigan or Ontario is also featured each year and receives the same benefits. 


No longer than 5000 words, with title and page number on each page after the first. If you have a longer piece which you think may be right for us, please send a query to:

 bordercrossingATlssuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. We are interested in traditional short stories as well as flash fiction, graphic stories, self-contained novel excerpts, and experimental forms. For graphic fiction, please submit one-shots (or self-contained graphic novel excerpts) 1-10 pages in length as a .PDF or .TIF. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For flash, please include a note in Submittable indicating which piece has been accepted. Please note that you may only submit one file per reading period; multiple submissions will not be considered. We may take up to six months to respond.


No longer than 5000 words, with title and page number on each page after the first. If you have a longer piece which you think may interest us, please send a query to:

bordercrossingATlssuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. We are interested in personal essays, memoir excerpts (when self-contained), flash creative nonfiction, and works of creative nonfiction in experimental forms (including graphic nonfiction). For graphic nonfiction, please submit one-shots (or self-contained graphic memoir excerpts) 1-10 pages in length as a .PDF or .TIF. 

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. For flash, please include a note in Submittable indicating which piece has been accepted. Please note that you may only submit one file per reading period; multiple submissions will not be considered. We may take up to six months to respond.


We are interested in traditional forms, as well as prose poetry and experimental work. For experimental work, please upload the file in .PDF or .TIF format. Please submit 3-5 poems in one file; do not submit poems separately. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the work itself, as our editorial board reads submissions blind. Please note that you may only submit one file per reading period; multiple submissions will not be considered. We may take up to six months to respond.

We do accept simultaneous submissions; however, please return to the submission manager and include a note letting us know immediately when poems are accepted elsewhere.

Submit your work online.

Poetry Competition: Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry

Deadline: December 1, 2015 

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.

The winner receives USD $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press. No entry fee is required. 

Manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. The African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board will judge. A winner will be announced in January.

For more information, please visit our website or contact the Book Prize Coordinator at:

psbookprizeATunlDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Fiction Competition: StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize

The Fifth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize closes on October 31.

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 49. Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

Our judge is Mat Johnson, author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain.

Submissions are electronic only. Please go here to submit.

Call for Submissions to Anthology on [S O F T N E S S ]: MIEL Books

2017 anthology on [ S O F T N E S S ]

Margaret Chapman and Éireann Lorsung are editing an anthology that will orbit around/develop the concept of [ S O F T N E S S ] as an aesthetic, ethics, politics, pedagogy, strategy.... We would love to read your work. 

Read the full guidelines and description of call for work here.

Reading will close February 1, 2016.  MIEL will publish the anthology in late 2017.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Call for Submissions: Nebo

Call for Submissions: Nebo

Going strong since 1971, Nebo, the literary journal of Arkansas Tech University, is looking for your best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics.

Previously a print-only journal, we're expanding our online footprint with a new website showcasing monthly narrative and verse features.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions are welcome.

Find out more here.

Writing Residency: 2015 Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim Forest

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Sarabande Writing Residency at Bernheim Forest.

Application link.

The Sarabande Writing Residency offers an annual residency of two to six weeks to a poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, an idyllic 14,000-acre nature preserve near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 travel stipend and a two- to six-week stay in a private, fully equipped cottage on the Bernheim grounds. Residents offer one public reading or discussion during their tenure and may devote the rest of their time to writing in Bernheim's extensive forest, gardens and arboretum.

The application period for the 2016 residency is August 1 to September 30, 2015. Finalists will be contacted for individual interviews, and the writer in residence will be named in late 2015. At that time, the awardee will work with a Bernheim representative to schedule his or her residency at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

You will be asked to include the following:

--Cover letter describing how a residency at Bernheim Forest will contribute to your work
--Résumé or CV
--Writing sample of 20 poems, a single short story, or a single essay

Call for Submissions: weirderary

weirderary is extending our due date to 10/1 for comics, flash fiction, flash non-fiction, art, and hybrid pieces. Send us your weirdest stuff.
We want to be surprised. We appreciate humor, but also feel free to go dark. Just do it in a form or from a perspective we don’t see very often. Cross genre lines and experiment with form. Send us the work you don’t know how to define.
Find more detailed submission information here.

Spiritual Nonfiction Competition: Ruminate

Editor's Note: After many requests from the Ruminate community, we are excited to announce our new Spiritual Nonfiction Prize. What we mean by "spiritual nonfiction" is, as author Phillip Zaleski put it, "prose that deals with the bedrock of human existence--why we are here, where we are going and how we can comport ourselves with dignity along the way." We welcome submissions that engage all world religions and all forms of expression of spirituality, faith, and doubt. We look forward to reading your work!

Enter this contest here.

We strongly recommend ordering a past copy of Ruminate to better understand the type of work we are looking for. You can order a nonfiction bundle of print issues featuring our nonfiction prize winners from past years. PDF versions of the magazine are available for $5 each. Issue 35, Issue 32, Issue 28, and Issue 24 all feature our nonfiction prize winners from past years.

--The submission deadline for the prize is midnight October 15th, 2015.
--The entry fee is $15 (includes a free copy of Ruminate, which will include the winning piece).
--You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 5500 words or less. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.
--$500 and publication in the magazine will be awarded to the winner.
--An anonymous reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of Ruminate readers, who will select 10 nonfiction finalists. Those 10 finalists will then be read for our final judge, who will select a winner.

--Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge are not eligible to compete, nor are close friends of the Ruminate staff or Ruminate blog contributors.
--All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries.
--All submissions must be previously unpublished.
--You may enter simultaneously submitted work, however, please withdraw your work via submittable immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
--You may submit any type of spiritual nonfiction--personal essay, short memoir, literary journalism, etc.
--The winning piece will be published in the Summer Issue 2016.
--We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in late November 2016.
--Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.

Writing Competition: Sequestrum's 2015 New Writer Awards

New Writer Awards Deadline: Oct. 15 *one month remains*

Sequestrum is accepting submissions for the 2015 New Writer Awards, in which hundreds in cash will be awarded to up-and-coming voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For complete details visit our website and select your genre.

 General Details:

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 in each genre. 

One first-prize winner in each genre (one fiction/nonfiction, one poetry) 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). Over $500 in total prizes. 

Winners and runners-up will appear in the Spring '16 Issue of Sequestrum. 

We're always accepting subscriber submissions too . Use the quarterly coupon code "WriteLit" to receive a 50% discount on your first subscription cycle, and brush up on what we publish. Go here to subscribe.

 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.

Flash Fiction Competition: The Southhampton Review

The Southampton Review is pleased to announce our Short, Short Fiction Contest! We’re looking for captivating stories of 350 words or less.

TSR is the literary journal of SUNY Stony Brook's Creative Writing MFA program.

Enter contest here. 

All winners will be published in the Winter/Spring 2016 Issue, due out in January. The contest submission period is from 9/15/15 - 10/15/15 at midnight.

Fiction Competition: Mary C. Mohr Fiction Award for 2015

Mary C. Mohr Fiction Award for 2015

Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $2000 for short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt submitted under the following guidelines. ZZ Packer will judge.

Each submission must:

• Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 23, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review.

· List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page.

· List only the title of submission on each page thereafter.

Be fewer than 40 typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.

• Be addressed to:

Southern Indiana Review, Mary C. Mohr Award
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN, 47712

Be postmarked or electronically uploaded by October 1, 2015. Digital entries can be uploaded here.

• Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.

• Current and former students of ZZ Packer (excluding conference/short-term workshops) are not eligible for the Award.

· Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

All contest submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.

Call for Submissions: Arts & Letters

The Arts & Letters submission period is open now, and we will be reading through January 31. In addition to our new flash fiction category, we are also looking for your best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We would love to read your work!

You can find our submission guidelines online.

Watch for news and updates on Facebook and Twitter (@artslettersGC), and visit our website.

Thank you,
The Editors

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Call for Submissions: BULL

BULL is currently seeking submissions for an upcoming print issue, as well as for online publication. We are dedicated to examining and discussing modern masculinity: what works, what doesn’t, what needs to change and what needs to go.
We seek fiction and essays that engage the conversation from every angle: stories of exemplary masculinity, cautionary tales, accounts from every possible perspective and persuasion.
At this time, we are particularly interested in work from women and LGBTQIA writers but will accept submissions from anyone with a story to tell.
Please submit here.

Conference Scholarship Competition: 11th Annual San Miguel Writers' Conference

Submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, or fiction for a chance to attend the 11th annual San Miguel Writers' Conference free of charge. Three writers will be awarded a “Full Conference Package” (Feb 10-14, 2016) as well as have their housing paid for during the conference.

Submission Deadline: November 2, 2015.

Eligibility, Contestants: The contest is open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published or self-published a book that has sold over 1,000 copies in the genre of application. Faculty and administrators of the San Miguel Writers' Conference are not eligible to submit to the writing contest. Previous winners of the writing contest cannot submit and win a second time.

Eligibility, Work: Work submitted must be unpublished. Work may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere, but if it is published or accepted prior to the judging, it will be disqualified from the competition.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $30 must be paid for each submission.

Submission Format: The submission and payment process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts can be accepted.

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres. However, each application must be complete with entry fee. Each submission must be uploaded separately.

Submission Limits and Format: Prose submissions should not exceed 5,000 words and must be double spaced. Prose submissions may be excerpts from longer works or a complete story or stories, so long as the length limit is adhered to. Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The author's name must not appear anywhere in the work, including in headers or footers. Submissions must be in the form of a .doc .docx .odt or .pdf.

Acknowledgments: Each applicant may follow the progress of his or her entry on the Submittable site. Each applicant will be emailed the results of the contest, around the beginning of December, 2015.

Publication: The San Miguel Writers’ Conference reserves the right to publish winning entries on their website. Winners will be expected to forward a short bio and head-shot to the San Miguel Writers’ Conference.

The Award: “Full Conference Package” fee waivers, including housing, will be granted to one writer in each of the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Transportation to San Miguel de Allende is not provided. The conference attendance portion of the prize is valid only for the specific year of the contest and may not be transferred or exchanged.

For more information and to submit go to our website.

Call for Submissions: Sleet Magazine

Sleet Magazine, an online literary journal, seeks fiction, poetry and irregulars for our Late Late Fall edition. Please see site for guidelines.

Please send submissions to:

editorATsleetmagazineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: The Collapsar

The Collapsar is relaunching!

Submittable link.

THE COLLAPSAR is reopening! Beginning in the late fall of 2015 we will begin publishing daily, featuring poetry, essays, fiction, and pop-culture related content every week.

THE COLLAPSAR seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction from writers at any stage of their careers. Past contributors have included Wendy C. Ortiz, Jill Talbot, Leesa Cross-Smith, Robert Kloss, Tobias Carroll, and others. There is no fee for submission.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. People of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and women are especially encouraged to send work.

 To view previous issues and submission guidelines, visit our website.

Poetry Competition: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

You've got just over three weeks to enter our 13th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Ellaraine Lockie returns as judge. We will award $4,000 in prizes and publish the winners on our website. 

Submit entries by September 30.
$1,500 Tom Howard Prize for a poem in any style or genre
$1,500 Margaret Reid Prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
10 Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any category)

• Entries may be published or unpublished
• You may submit any number of entries
Fee: $10 per poem
• Each poem may have up to 250 lines

Submit entries at:

winningwritersDOTcom/tompoetry (Change DOT to . )

Online entries accepted online here.

Poetry Competition for College Students: The Lyric College Poetry Contest

The Lyric College Poetry Contest

Directed toward undergraduate enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university

$500 First Prize
$100 Second Prize

Poems must be original and unpublished, 39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferably with regular scansion and rhyme. We welcome up to three poems per student.

Winners will be announced and published in the Winter issue of The Lyric.

Entries may be sent by email to:

tanyacimATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or by post to:

The Lyric College Contest
c/o Tanya Cimonetti
1393 Spear Street
South Burlington, VT 05403

All entries must be submitted between September 1 and December 1, 2015. The following information must appear on each poem:

Student's name and complete address
College's name and complete address

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fiction Competition: Lumina

Fiction Contest Judge: Roxane Gay

Enter here.

Deadline: October 1, 2015
Please read the guidelines carefully. If you include your personal information on the document, or exceed the line limit, your submission will no be considered.

Submission Fee: $12
Include a 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter.
Submit up to two pieces, 5,000 words maximum per piece. You must submit your work in a single document, even if you are sending several stories.
DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.
Previously published works will not be considered.
We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


First Place: $500, publication in LUMINA Vol. XV

Second Place: $250, publication in LUMINA Online Literary Journal

Third Place: $100, publication in LUMINA Online Literary Journal

Call for Submissions: Poets Look at Paintings

Call for Submissions: Poets Look at Paintings
Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015
Event Date: November 18, 2015

This November, the Poetry Center of Chicago will host a revival of Poets Look at Paintings, its first-ever live event which occurred in the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1974.

This event will revive the original concept: based in ekphrasis, poets perform original poems rooted in visual art in some way, whether that be in response to a piece, in narration, in action, in reflection, etc.

We are opening a call for submissions to create our line-up of poets for this event.

Guidelines: In a doc, docx, or PDF file attachment, send up to three, theme-appropriate poems rooted in visual art, to:

danielleATpoetrycenterDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with the subject line “Poets Look at Paintings.” Title your attachment “LAST NAME_PLAP” 

Previously published work is acceptable for submission. It is helpful, also, to note the work of art your poem has been influenced by. 

Please do not send work in the body of an email. In submitting you are verifying that you are also available to read your work on the evening of November 18, which begins at 6pm at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Writing Competition: Surrey International Writers' Conference Writing Contest

2015 SiWC Writing Contest Rules and Guidelines
Welcome to the 23rd Annual Writing Contest!

The Surrey International Writers' Conference Writing Contest is open to all writers. Young writers are welcome to enter, but must be aware that their work will be judged blind, among submissions made by adult writers. Surrey International Writers' Conference paid staff, board members, and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

All submissions must contain original material, and may not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or have been a winner in another contest prior to the deadline. Please note our internet policy: If a work has been excerpted anywhere on the internet it is still eligible as an entry, but if it has been published or posted in its entirety on a blog or any other internet site, it is not eligible for our contest, as we retain right of first publication as a part of our mandate.

This year, we are accepting entries for our SIWC Storyteller's Award: fictional short stories of 2,500 — 5,000 words. 

Standard manuscript format — double-spaced, typed, one side only on white 8-1/ 2 x 11" paper (letter-sized), each page to include title and page number only. No staples, please.
Blind submissions — the author's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript except cover page.
Hard copy submissions will be accepted by surface mail.

Send your entry to:

SiWC Writing Contest
Suite # 544
151 - 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

Include a cover page listing the writer's name, address, email address, phone number, entry title, and word length [excluding title]. All information is held in strict confidence, and will be destroyed after the contest winners are announced. Manuscripts are not returned. Also include entry fee of $15 per submission. Please make cheques payable to SiWC, and please do not send cash through the mail.

Entries are also accepted by email. Please follow the submission guidelines as noted above and copy your cover page and your submission into the body of your email. Send your email to:

contestATsiwcDOTca (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Attachments will be deleted, unread. The contest coordinator will print and format your submission (including a cover page) as per above instructions for consideration by the judges. Submit your entry fee via our PayPal button on the site [available April 1, 2015], or send your cheque or money order for $15 per submission to: 

SiWC Writing Contest
Suite # 544
151 - 10090 152nd Street
Surrey, BC V3R 8X8

Emailed entries will not be considered until the entry fee is received.
In addition to hard copy, all entrants must be able to submit their work by email if requested. (This enables us to forward short-listed work to the final judges.) Short-listed writers will be notified in early October.

No entries will be returned. If you would like receipt of your entry acknowledged, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard. All email entries are acknowledged by return email.
Judges are best-selling writers Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte.
Please note, there are TWO options for submission of entries. There is NO drop-off point available for hard copies.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: All entries must be postmarked or emailed by midnight, Friday, September 18, 2015. No late entries will be considered. 

The judges and conference/contest organizers cannot comment on individual entries. 

Entry fees: $15 per submission. You may enter as many pieces as you like, but each entry must be accompanied by the $15 fee. 

Please Note: You can now submit your entry fee online via Credit card, debit card or your Paypal account. Just enter the name of the author of the piece you are submitting, and click the Paypal button in the right sidebar of this page. Paypal will process your payment and send you a receipt by email. Make sure you enter the author's name so we can match the payment to the work submitted. Please note that PayPal payments must be submitted individually, one per entry. Remember to push the button only once for each entry, or you may be charged twice. Refunds are not available. 

Winners will be informed in early October, 2015. Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony at the conference. Winners will be listed here on the in the week after the conference.

Prizes for this year's Storyteller's Award: 1st Place $1,000; and up to two Honourable Mention(s) $150 each. 

In some cases, prizes may not be awarded exactly as noted, according to the discretion of the judges. All winning entries will be published on the front page of our website, immediately following the announcement of the winners.

Submission implies the author is granting first right of publication to the SiWC, as winners will be published on our site. Rights then revert to the author. Entering the contest also grants the SIWC the right to publish the entrant's name on the SIWC website, should the entrant be short-listed for, or win, a SIWC writing contest prize.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Call for Submissions: Red Earth Review

Red Earth Review, a literary magazine published by the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University, is now accepting submissions for our fourth edition. Much like the MFA program at Oklahoma City University that shares its name and home, Red Earth Review is genuine, grounded, and fearless. Send us poetry or prose firm in foundation, steadfast in soul and in craft. Submission guidelines below. We look forward to reading your work.

We accept fiction, both literary and genre, creative nonfiction, poetry, and encourage new and emerging writers to submit. The submission opens September 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2015 or 300 submissions, whichever comes first. The target release date is July 2016. Submit one to five previously unpublished poems or one short story (fewer than 7,500 words) or one essay (fewer than 7,500 words). 

If our Submittable page reads 'No Active Categories,' before November 1, then we have reached 300 submissions, and will not be reopening for submissions until Fall 2016. Red Earth Review has chosen to limit the number of submissions in order to assure that we can give submissions the readings they deserve. Submissions that do not follow guidelines on the Submittable page will not be read.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission using your Submittable account.

Payment is one contributor’s copy of Red Earth Review. After first publication, all rights revert to the author/artist.

Submit at Red Earth Review Submittable page.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Call for Submissions: South 85 Journal

South 85 Journal Call For Submissions 


Page for submissions


South 85 Journal, the official literary journal of the Converse College Low-Residency MFA Program, is seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 issues. The reading period is September 1 through April 30.


For submission guidelines, go here.

Call for Submissions: the Cossack Review

Call for Submissions: The Cossack Review 
Submit here.
TCR will remain open for submissions for our upcoming print and web issues throughout September. We are reading in the following categories: 
Poetry (up to 5 poems)
Fiction (short stories to novelettes)
Nonfiction (up to 10,000 words)
We are especially seeking work from new and diverse voices. 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.

Call for Submissions: Calypso Editions

Calypso Editions, a cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective, publishes four books each year. In order to maintain our successful track record of discovering exciting new works, we’ll be holding two open submission periods, one for English-language authors (September) and another for work translated into English (May), each year.

While we choose not to charge a reading fee, we hope that you will purchase a book from us or from another small press.You can also donate money to Calypso Editions—and every dollar helps. Calypso is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, and all donations are tax-deductible.

September Open Submission period:

Please submit your manuscript of English-language poetry (between 45-75 pages) or prose (short-stories/novellas/novels, up to 52,000 words) as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file during the month of September. Include a biographical note that mentions your previous publications.

Response time:

You will hear from us within three to five months.

We believe that literature is essential to building an international community of readers and writers. Thank you so much for your interest and support of our publishing program.

Click here to submit.

Call for Submissions: The Tishman Review

The Tishman Review is on the lookout for your best words, you best expression, your best version of whatever's on your mind. Send us poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art for our quarterly magazine. We ask for a small submission fee so we can pay all of our contributors.

Check out guidelines, previous issues, book reviews, craft essays, and other cool stuff at our website.

Scholarships: 2016 SCBWI Winter Conference

Each year the SCBWI sponsors two student writer scholarships to the Summer and Winter Conferences for full-time university students in an English or Creative Writing program.

This is an invaluable opportunity for young writers! We are now accepting applications for the 2016 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York, February 12-14, 2016.

–Full tuition to main conference events including keynotes and breakout sessions. (Award does not include travel or hotel expenses.)
–Exclusive exposure to industry professionals at the conference.
–An SCBWI Conference advisor to help navigate the jammed-packed weekend.
NY Conference: Admission to the Writers’ Plot Intensive or Writers' Roundtables event.

Deadline: December 8, 2015

1. You must be at least eighteen years old to apply.
2. All full-time students enrolled in an accredited educational institution are eligible to apply.

Writing Competition: 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories.
Reading Fee: $30
Award: $1,000 cash advance, quarter-page ad with author photo in Poets & Writers Magazine announcing our winner, publication of winning short story collection.
Enter: Submit online with Submittable or by mail from September 1–December 31, 2015. Press 53 founder and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced no later than May 1, 2016; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2016.
Complete details at our website.

Call for Submissions: Rappahannock Review

Rappahannock Review is currently open for submissions for issue 3.1, which will be published in December 2015. Guidelines are below, though please check out the journal's current and past issues at our website.

Please send all submissions via submittable.

We'll be accepting submissions until early October.

General Guidelines:

We do not accept previously published work, including work that has appeared online in blogs or other forums. Simultaneous submissions are fine, though if your work is accepted elsewhere, please email us immediately at

editorATrappahannockreviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

If you are submitting poetry or flash pieces compile your work into a single document and then upload your submission. Authors who submit more than one file per genre will have their work returned unread.

Current or former employees of the University of Mary Washington are not eligible to submit work to the Rappahannock Review. We will not consider work from current UMW students; however, we will read work from alumni who graduated three or more years ago. If you are a previous contributor, please wait a year from publication before resubmitting work.


Rappahannock Review is looking for original, well written fiction.

Submissions may contain one piece up to 8,000 words or three pieces of flash, each containing 1,000 words or fewer. Pieces experimenting with form are encouraged.

Although we are interested in a wide range of fiction, we will consider short, self-contained genre fiction (that is, no novel excerpts) that avoids cliché and experiments with the flexibility of its genre.


Authors of creative nonfiction may submit a single essay with a maximum length of 8,000 words or three shorter pieces each containing no more than 1,000 words. Submissions can range from flash nonfiction to extended memoir. Experimental form is encouraged.

We would like to see essays with insightful perspective and attention to craft.


We accept poems ranging in any length and employing any aesthetic, including free verse, prose poems, and formal poetry. Authors may send up to five poems per submission. Poems may be part of a series.