Monday, December 26, 2016

Short Story Competition Plus Agency Review: Masters Review Winter Short Story Award

$2000 Masters Review Winter Short Story Award + Agency Review

Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.

Please see our website for more information on how to submit.

Full details include:

- Winner receives $2000, review by the agencies above, and publication
- Second and third place prizes ($200, $100, and publication, and agency review)

- Stories under 7000 words
- Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
- Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small
circulation are welcome to submit.)
- International submissions allowed
- $20 entry fee
- Deadline: January 15, 2017

- Please no identifying information on your story
- All stories are considered for publication

Writing Competition: Crazyhorse

From January 1 to January 31, CRAZYHORSE will accept entries for our Prizes in Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction.

Ada Limon will judge Poetry, Justin Torres will judge Fiction, & Robin Hemley will judge Nonfiction. Submit fiction and nonfiction manuscripts of up to 25 pages or 1-3 poems via Submittable.

Winners in each genre receive $2,000 & publication.

The $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse.

For more information, visit our website.

Essay Competition: The Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize

The Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize for the best original and unpublished essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, on any subject.

Awards: £20,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000.  

Entry fee: £20.

Deadline: January 9, 2017.

Entry guidelines and more information here.

Call for Papers: Kent Haruf Literary Celebration

Kent Haruf Literary Celebration

September 22-24, 2017

Salida SteamPlant Event Center

Salida, CO 8120

American novelist Kent Haruf (1943-2014) set his six novels in the fictional town of Holt in eastern Colorado. The novels, The Tie That Binds (1984), Where You Once Belonged (1990), Plainsong (1999), Eventide (2005), Benediction (2014), and Our Souls At Night (2015) have received numerous awards and prizes, and Kent Haruf received the Dos Passos Prize for Literature in 2009 and the Wallace Stegner Award in 2012. Countless reviewers and readers have praised Kent’s works, and now it’s time for the next step.

In September 2017, Salida, Colorado will host the first Kent Haruf Literary Celebration. Chris Outcalt, Kent’s biographer, and Sue Hodson, the Curator of Kent Haruf Literary Manuscripts at The Huntington Library, will be speaking at the literary celebration; in addition, the KHLC Planning Committee invites you to begin the literary discussion of his works.

Call for Papers

Session 1: The Haruf World: A Writer’s Evolving Vision—Beginning, Middle, End (The Tie That Binds/ Plainsong/ Our Souls At Night)

Session 2: Community/ Family/ Womens’ Relationships in Small Town Spaces (Plainsong/ Eventide/ Benediction)

Session 3: Kent Haruf: A Writer’s Craft—grounded in the Geography and Culture of Colorado

We envision 10-minute presentations designed to stimulate audience discussion.

Please email 250-word proposals of individual papers to:

lmarvelAThastingsDOTedu (Laura Marvel Wunderlich, KHLC sessions chair) by March 15, 2017.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified by April 15, 2017.

You will need to submit your final paper by August 15, 2017.

Papers (8-10 pages) will serve as the basis for your 10-minute presentation.

Selected papers will be published following the Literary Celebration.

Call for Submissions to Anthology about Conversion Therapy: Jane's Boy Press


Vice President Elect of the United States Mike Pence has been a proponent of conversion therapy (AKA reparative therapy), though such "therapy" has been ruled unsuccessful and potentially damaging by the APA: “Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.” Jane’s Boy Press seeks poetry and nonfiction submissions for an anthology to share the stories of LGBTIQ people who have experienced or been closely affected by conversion therapy. The anthology, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017, will be edited by Dustin Brookshire and Beth Gylys.

Submit up to two previously unpublished poems (max of two pages per poem) or one essay of no more than 5000 words via email to:

standagainstconversionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

All submissions should be received by 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Contributors should identify as someone who has experienced conversion therapy or been closely affected by it. Poems / essays must explore the effects of conversion therapy. Payment will be in the form of a contributor’s copy.

Direct questions to:

standagainstconversionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Read more about conversion therapy here:

Dustin Brookshire is the author of To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012), a chapbook that explores taboo truths that are too-often unspoken and which chronicles a journey from victim to survivor. Dustin is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in Assaracus, Whiskey Island, OCHO, Oranges & Sardines, SubtleTea, Ouroboros, and Qarrtsiluni as well as the anthologies The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014) and Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses (Lethe Press, 2012).

Beth Gylys A professor of English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University, Beth has published three award-winning books of poetry, Sky Blue Enough to Drink, (Grayson Books, 2015), Spot in the Dark (Ohio State UP, 2004) and Bodies that Hum (Silverfish Review Press, 1999) and two chapbooks Matchbook (La Vita Poetica Press, 2007) and Balloon Heart (Wind Press, 1998). Awarded fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, La Muse and La Centre D'art i Natura de Farrera, she has work published or forthcoming in many anthologies and journals including Rattle, Barrow Street, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares.

Founded in 2014, Jane's Boy Press is dedicated to publishing the best of new, emerging, and established poets. We seek to do this through a series of full-length collections as well as chapbooks. We understand the importance of the chapbook in helping new writers make an impression on a reading market, so we apply the same focus to our chapbook releases that we do to our full-length collections.

Writing Competition: Hourglass Literary Magazine

At the confluence of the West and the East, Hourglass Literary Magazine proudly announces its second international writing competition for: Best Short Story, Best Poem, Best Essay.
  • No theme or genre boundaries. 
  • +5000 in total prizes.
  • Entry fee: $15 (except for Best Poem category where up to three submissions are accepted for the same price).
  •  Deadline: April 30, 2017
Official website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Foundry

Foundry reads poetry submissions year-round. Please submit 3-5 original, previously unpublished poems through Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but we ask that you notify us as soon as a poem is accepted elsewhere. We pay $10 per poem.

Foundry publishes a range of styles and forms, from short lyric poems to prose poems and longer narratives. We are committed to inclusivity and warmly welcome submissions from marginalized voices.

To learn more, please visit our website.

We look forward to reading your work!

Writing Competition: The Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction


Entry link.

  • Two prizes of $1,000.00 each and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the annual Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction, which honor the founder and former editor of The Chattahoochee Review.
  • Send stories and essays of up to 6,000 words, double-spaced.
  • Entries must be submitted via Submittable (under the appropriate contest category) between November 1 and January 31. Early submissions are encouraged. We no longer accept paper submissions. All entries will be considered for publication.
  • Submissions are judged anonymously. Please include a cover letter in the appropriate Submittable entry field with the entry’s title and entrant’s name, address, and phone number. Remove identifying information from the file attachment. We would appreciate a note letting us know how you heard about the contest in the cover letter.
  • Simultaneous submissions are permissible, though we ask to be notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere:
 tcrATgsuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
  • An entry fee of $18 (nonrefundable) includes a one-year subscription to The Chattahoochee Review beginning with the Spring issue.
  • No theoretical, scholarly, or critical essays will be considered, but all other approaches and topics are welcome. Only unpublished essays and stories will be considered. While manuscripts will not be returned, authors may include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript.
  • Winners will be announced on our blog in the winter and published in the Spring issue
  • The editors support the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics. Editors will select ten finalists in each category, and judges will select one winner each. Students, former students, close associates and friends of the judges must refrain from entering. Faculty of GSU, former students of the editors, and close friends or associates of the editors must also refrain from submitting.

Call for Poetry and Prose Chapbook Submissions: Hermeneutic Chaos Press

Hermeneutic Chaos is Now Open to Chapbook Submissions

Deadline: January 31, 2017

Hermeneutic Chaos Press is now open to poetry and prose chapbook submissions for its 2017 line, and our reading period will continue until January 31. We are primarily looking for work that moves us through surprising use of language and imagery, and helps us to visit aesthetic realms that are unique and powerful.

There is no fee to submit. 

To read the guidelines and/or to submit, please visit our website.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Some personal news...

I'm pleased to share that my short story, "Sweet, Dirty Love," will be appearing in the upcoming anthology, Debris & Detritus: The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok. Here is a preview of the beautiful cover:

You can pre-order your copy here.

Call for Submissions: Peacock Journal

 Peacock Journal a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks original submissions of Fiction, Flash, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Translations, Art and Photography from emerging and established writers and artists. We want to see your most beautiful work.
Submissions are read year round. Please see the website for guideline details. Submit work using the online submission form.

Call for Submissions: As/Us

As/Us is now OPEN for submissions for our next issue!

DEADLINE for Issue 6 is January 9, 2017

We exist in a country where we must constantly remind those in power of our humanity. We stand against continued colonial violence and hold our heads high in prayer and love for our communities and culture. Many places around the world are being threatened by greed, but we stand strong in our resilience. Our next issue will be dedicated to the protectors, defenders, and warriors. This is a global call for songs of survival, stories of sacred spaces, poems of protection, essays of experiences in taking a stand, and art honoring the earth from Standing Rock to Oak Flat to Mauna Kea, and every other place being threatened. We see you. Share your heartwork here.

Submissions open to Indigenous writers, writers of color and allies. 

Submission will be accepted by Submittable.

Learn more about the issue here.

Call for Submissions: Border Crossing

Border Crossing’s reading period for volume 7 is open until February 1, 2017. 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 to read our latest issue online.

We only accept unpublished work for which writers can grant us first North American serial rights. 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.

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.

To submit, please visit our online submissions form for guidelines.

Post-Publication Book Award: 2017 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose

The 2017 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2017 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection) and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of single-author titles published in 2016, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000.00 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

The dates for the 2017 festival will be October 25-27, 2017. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $20.00 entry fee made out to "SIUC - Dept. of English." Entrants wishing to submit entry fees electronically should e-mail a request to:

grassrootsmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and they will be sent a link to pay by PayPal or credit card.

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2016 - February 2, 2017. Materials postmarked after February 2 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2017. All entrants will be notified of the results by e-mail in June 2017. Please include an e-mail adress with your entry or entries.
The three awards are open to single-author titles published in 2016 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2017 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 25-27, 2017) to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Send all materials to:

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

(please indicate "Poetry," "Fiction," or "Nonfiction" on envelope)

For further information, e-mail:

grassrootsmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or call 618-453-6833.

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Rattle

Entry portal. 

About the Rattle Chapbook Prize

We’ve always loved chapbooks for their brevity and intensity. At a few dozen pages, a great chapbook is the perfect reading experience for the 21st century—not too long, not too short: They’re Goldilocks of the poetry world. So we wanted to do for chapbooks what we’ve done for poems with the Rattle Poetry Prize—provide a fair, fun, and friendly way to make the most of what they offer. The idea for this project came from our conversation with Jan Heller Levi, where she described how the Walt Whitman Award launched her career: “It was wonderful, but it was also a bad introduction to the world of poetry publishing. [Fox laughs] As if every publisher is going to send out 5,000 copies and your book will be everywhere.” Every publisher can’t do that—but Rattle can.

While most chapbook contests offer maybe $500 and 25 copies of your chapbook, we’re going to give one poet something special. Every year, the winner will receive:
500 copies.
Distribution to Rattle’s 7,000+ subscribers.

In a world where a bestselling full-length poetry book means 1,000 copies sold, the winner will reach an audience seven times as large on the first day alone—an audience that includes hundreds of other literary magazines, presses, and well-known poets. This will be a chapbook to launch a career.

And maybe the best part is this: Every Rattle subscriber will receive a copy of the winning chapbook without the subscription costing them an extra dime. Subscriptions rates aren’t going to be rising, but, beginning in 2016, subscribers—including everyone who enters this contest—will receive at least one award-winning chapbook each year as a bonus.

We can only promise to publish one each year, but in 2016 we published four chapbooks, with a trio of selections shipped to 2,500 subscribers each with the winter issue.

Entry Fee: $20.00

January 15, 2017

Call for Submissions: The Cossack Review

Deadline: Rolling

TCR is now open for submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and works in translation. We seek thoughtful, surprising writing, and have published meaningful work from both well-known and emerging writers since 2012. As always, we especially seek submissions from women, people of color, and new and diverse writers. Send us something exciting.

See our website for submission guidelines and to read past issues.

Call for Fiction Submissions to Anthology: This Side of the Divide

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Baobab Press and the University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing are partnering to publish This Side of the Divide, an anthology of short fiction exploring the United States West. This exciting project speaks to the West’s newness, vastness, sense of territoriality and transience, spanning from untouched wilderness to hyper-urban settings.

Selected writers receive a complimentary copy and $100. 

Writers retain the rights to their pieces, which should be 3,000-5,000 words, and must be sent for review no later than March 31, 2017. 

Please send your story and brief cover letter to:

divideATbaobabpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Visit our website for more details.

Artists' Residency: Taleamor Park

Website for more information.

Artist Residency Opportunities at Taleamor Park near Chicago and Lake Michigan

Located on a scenic farm near Chicago and Lake Michigan, Taleamor Park hosts two-week and longer residencies for writers and other artists seeking quiet time and ample space.
Co-directors Clifford and Lisa Lee Peterson seek to create a loving, esthetic, and respectful atmosphere and environment that balances the need for creative solitude with a desire for community.

Residents share a spacious 1854 Italianate brick farmhouse with two bathrooms, two kitchens, two common rooms, four private air-conditioned bedrooms, a library, a writing nook, and a paper studio.
Vintage outbuildings offer several private studio spaces that are suitable for writing and photography, drawing and painting, large-scale work and installations, performances and video projections.
Outdoors, expansive fields of grain are divided by verdant walking trails that lead to woods and ponds and scenic vistas, At night, it is dark, so there are stars.

There is a simple online application form due six weeks before the start of the proposed residency, but later applications are considered whenever space remains. However, applications for assistantships for any 2017 date are due February 14, 2017.

Tiered fees are reasonable, and assistantships waive all fees except for a $100 non-refundable deposit. There is no application fee.

The 2017 season runs from April through October, but flexibly scheduled, reduced-fee, off-season residencies are available November through April. Off-season applications are welcome anytime, preferably by January 14, 2017.

And please do feel free to contact us at:

infoATtaleamorparkDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

in case of questions or suggestions.

Clifford and Lisa Lee Peterson
Taleamor Park

Call for Submissions: Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Glass: A Journal of Poetry is open for submissions of poems, reviews, and interviews. Glass does not charge reading fees and I usually respond within two months. (You can get an expedited, 3 day response by ordering/pre-ordering a title from the Glass Chapbook Series, though).

Recent and forthcoming contributors include Shara McCallum, Khaty Xiong, Katie Manning, Anna Meister, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Amorak Huey, Jose Angel Araguz, and many more. We also nominate for all major awards.

Glass accepts submissions from all writers but we are always especially interested in considering work from under represented voices.

Complete guidelines can be found here.

Anthony Frame
editor, Glass: A Journal of Poetry

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Call for Podcast Submissions: Second Hand Stories

Deadline: Rolling

Second Hand Stories is a podcast that features short works of fiction, submitted and written by you, to be read aloud on our show. Listen to our episodes here to get a sense of what we're looking for.

We will accept any genre of fiction (no poetry) and our word limit is flexible (preferably between 1,500 and 6,000 words). Please practice reading your story aloud to ensure it flows as well verbally as it does on the page. Thanks for submitting!

Call for Poetry Submissions: Heron Tree

Heron Tree, a poetry journal online is open for submissions through June 1, 2017. We read and make decisions on a rolling basis, so the sooner you send, the sooner your work will be read!

Accepted poems will be published on the site and collected in a free, downloadable ebook.

Submission guidelines are available here, and you can read a little about what we're drawn to at our website.

Call for Submissions: Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing

Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is accepting submissions for their Spring 2017 issue. Past contributors have included William Logan, Sonja Livingston, Ian Duhig, Ada Limón, Randall Mann, Marion Roach Smith, D.A. Powell, and others.

 Compose publishes poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, artwork, interviews and articles/essays on the craft of writing. Submission guidelines are available here.

Essay Competition: The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis

The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis announces an essay contest, in conjunction with our upcoming 2017 Jung in the Heartland conference, on the theme of Memories, Dreams, Sensualities.
Both contest and conference offer an opportunity to join in community through the sharing of how Jungian ideas unfold in our lived experience. We are looking for personal essays that add something unique to the conversation. We would love to read about a significant dream, memory, or sensual experience that led you down an interesting path.
Winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at our conference in October 2017.
1st prize: $1000
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $250
Submission deadline: May 1, 2017
$10.00 entry fee
Full details are at our website.

Call for Submissions: Belletrist Magazine

“Grace to be born and live as variously as possible.”—Frank O’Hara

Give us something to notice.

Belletrist Magazine is seeking submissions for our Spring 2017 print issue. Send your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics, art, and photography. Belletrist Magazines publishes out of Bellevue College. We also accept submissions for our website to be considered as featured online content; these submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published year-round.

Submit through our website.

Note: In particular, we are looking for personal essays and creative nonfiction!

Call for Submissions: Split Lip Press

Split Lip Press is now reading for their 2018 catalog.
We are currently looking for:
--short fiction collections
--poetry collections
--essay collections
--experimental memoirs
--hybrid works
To get an idea of what we love, please check out our most recent offerings, as well as Split Lip Magazine. 
We publish one chapbook and 2-3 full-length books a year: competition is steep.
We work closely with our authors on all elements of their book, from design to promotion. We are engaged in the literary community, and as writers ourselves, we know how important it is to have a book that you love that is supported by a press that loves you.
We'd love you to be part of the Split Lip family.
Please allow 3 months for replies to manuscript submissions.
Simultaneous submissions are obviously welcome--just let us know if another publisher snags you first.

Thank you for considering Split Lip Press as the home for your book.

Submittable link.
P.S. The $10 reading fee is to cover our costs and for promotion for our press and books (via Submittable, advertising, etc.), and we think of it like a donation. As literary people ourselves, we also sometimes have to pay these fees, but we do it to support our fellow struggling (for now) presses. But we don't want a fee to keep us from finding the best work out there. If you can't afford the fee, send a query letter and up to 3 sample chapters/poems to:  
editorATsplitlipmagazineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) -- Amanda Miska
Editor-in-Chief, Split Lip Magazine
Publisher, Split Lip Press

Writing Competitions: Salem College Center for Women Writers

Salem College Center for Women Writers
Submittable link.

Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5000 words
Judge: Jacinda Townsend

Rita Dove Poetry Award for 1 poem (please send 3 poems/submission)
Judge: Blas Falconer

Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction, including lyric essay, memoir, & literary journalism, up to 5000 words
Judge: Elissa Washuta

The winner in each genre will receive $1000. An honorable mention in each genre (judge’s discretion) will receive $150.

  • Competitions are open to anyone writing in English, except current Salem Academy & College employees & students.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • Author’s name and address must appear on a cover page only. If your name appears on your submission, it will be immediately disqualified. This is incredibly important in our CNF category: please carefully proofread your piece to ensure that your name does not appear in your submission.
  • Submit: a cover page with your name, address, telephone, email, genre, word count (for prose), and the title(s) of the work(s), and $15 contest fee.
  • You may enter the contest as often as you’d like, in as many categories as you’d like. Each submission requires the $15 contest fee, and should be submitted as a separate entry. In other words, do not send two or more entries in one envelope or as one document.
  • Submissions close 15 January 2016 via snail mail & 31 January 2016 via Submittable.
  • Winners announced: 31 May 2016.
Submit via Snail Mail
For snail mail submissions, submit: a cover page, 3 (three) copies of your typed entry (poems, cnf, or fiction), check or money order made out to Salem College w/memo line: 2015 ILA. Send a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope), and a SASP (Self-Addressed Stamped Postcard), if you’d like notification of winners and confirmation of submission received.

Send to:

Center for Women Writers
c/o ILA 2015
601 S. Church St
Salem College
Winston Salem, NC 27101

Writing Competition: River Styx 2017 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

River Styx 2017 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest

  • $1500 First Prize 
  • Judged by the editors of River Styx
  • 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.
  • Entry fee: $10 or $20. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription (2 issues). $10 entry fee includes a copy of the issue in which the winning stories will appear.
  • Include name and address on the cover letter only.
  • All stories will be considered for publication.
  • Previously published stories, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.
  • Though submissions are anonymous, judges will remove from consideration any entries they recognize as having been written by writers with whom they have worked or studied.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and honorable mentions will be published in the spring issue.
  • Contest results will be announced in April 2017.
Enter by mail or online via Submittable. To enter by mail, include an S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results and a check payable to River Styx Magazine. Entries must be received by December 31st, 2016.

Mail entries to:

River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest
3139A South Grand Boulevard, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63118

Writing Competition: Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.
Eligibility and Guidelines
  • The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
  • Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript - short story or self-contained novel excerpt - not to exceed 3,000 words, double-spaced, single-sided pages (1" margins, 12-pt. Times New Roman font).
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers.
  • The entry fee is per submission. You may submit multiple entries.
  • You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • The winner is announced each April.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • To submit online, go here. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members).
  • To submit by regular mail: 
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Great Smokies Writing Program
Attn: Nancy Williams
One University Hts.
UNC Asheville, NC 28804

Questions? Please contact Nancy Williams at:
nwilliamATuncaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
or 828-250-2353.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Call for Chapbooks and Full-Length Books: C&R Press

C&R Press Presents its Winter Soup Bowl Chapbook + New York Reading Series! 

Each summer C&R Press will publish 1-3 perfect bound chapbooks of poetry, short stories or other types of literary work. Soup Bowl Chapbooks are between 20-45 pages of material not including front matter. Winners will receive ten copies of the book and a hosted reading in Brooklyn, NYC. Entries are open from November 1 to the spring equinox, 2017 each year.

We are looking for work that is developed and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors to submit their best work.


Open reading period for full length manuscripts is ongoing until June. Send us your novels, poetry, short story collections, creative non-fiction, memoir, experimental and hybrid work.

C&R publishes 16 books across all genres each year.

Call for Book-Length Literary Fiction: 7.13 Books

7.13 Books Seeking Book-Length Literary Fiction

7.13 Books is open for submissions and looking for types of novels that for whatever reason, the Big Five have become less interested in publishing. This submission season, we're looking for literary comedies, because we love comedies and rarely see them in bookstores anymore. If your work draws from influences like Martin Amis, Kingsley Amis, Saul Bellow, Evelyn Waugh, P.G. Wodehouse, Eudora Welty, Meg Wolitzer, or Zoe Heller, we would very much like to hear from you. We won’t limit what we publish to literary comedies, however. If there is a serious literary book of deserving quality, we will happily publish it.

If you feel any of the following: 
  • locked out of the publishing world, despite being an active member of the literary community
  • lacking the connections or the pedigree to get published traditionally
  • deserving of a larger audience
  • frustrated with the elitism of Big Five publishing and the radio silence of small presses
  • like you’ve put in way more than “the 10,000 hours” required to master your craft
Follow @713books on Twitter and submit here.

Call for Submissions on Military Theme: Collateral Literary Magazine

Collateral Literary Magazine Seeking Submissions on Military Theme

Deadline: Rolling

The University of Washington, Tacoma is proud to announce the release of the inaugural issue of Collateral Literary Journal. Collateral showcases high quality creative writing and art that explores the impact of the military and military service on the lives of people beyond the active service person. We invite you to read our recently released first issue, get a sense for the kind of work we publish, and please consider submitting your work. We are interested in seeing work in all genres, and we're particularly interested in art submissions as well.

Please visit our website for complete guidelines and to get a feel for our aesthetic.

Writing Competition: Mississippi Review Prize 2017

The contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next summer's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. The contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi.
Fiction entries should be 1,000-8,000 words and poetry entries should be 3-5 poems totaling 10 pages or less. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Paper entry fee is $15 per entry, payable by check or money order to "Mississippi Review". Online submission entry fee is $16, payable through SUBMITTABLE.
Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. No manuscripts will be returned. Previously published work is ineligible. The contest opens August 1 and the deadline is January 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in early March, and publication is scheduled for June of 2017.
Entries should have "MR Prize," author name, address, phone, e-mail and title of work on page one.
Send paper entries to:
Mississippi Review Prize 2017
118 College Drive #5144
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001
Enter online at SUBMITTABLE.
These are the complete guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at:
msreviewATusmDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Poetry Book Competition: The Emily Dickinson First Book Award

The Emily Dickinson First Book Award is designed to recognize an American poet of at least 40 years of age who has yet to publish a first collection of poetry.
The Poetry Foundation seeks one book-length poetry manuscript to be published as the winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. The competition is open to any American citizen forty years of age or over who has not previously published a book-length volume of poetry. In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript by Graywolf Press, the winner will receive a prize of $10,000.
Submission Guidelines
Contestants must be 40 years of age or older by February 27, 2017. The contest is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with valid tax identification or Social Security numbers. There is no charge to submit for this contest.
Only online submissions will be considered and must be made through this link.
All poems must be original. Translations are not accepted. The manuscript must be between 48 pages and 80 pages. Manuscripts must be paginated. Begin paginating the manuscript with the first poem; each new poem must start a new page. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: pdf, docx, or doc.
A brief biography citing any previous chapbook, anthology, or magazine publications should accompany the manuscript. Publishing credits should include title of poem, where published, and when. Writers who have had chapbooks of poetry printed in editions of 300 copies or more are ineligible. A manuscript previously submitted to the Emily Dickinson contest may not be reentered unless it was selected as a finalist.
Submissions are limited to one manuscript per person. All submissions will remain the property of the author. The winner must grant exclusive first publication rights to the Poetry Foundation and its publication partner.
Online submissions will open January 23, 2017 and close February 27, 2017. The winner will be notified by April 30, 2017 and publicly announced at the Pegasus Awards ceremony in June, 2017. The winner will be required to verify age and citizenship or resident status, as well as provide tax identification information before the award can be made.
This is an occasional contest that is not held annually.

Call for Poetry Submissions: 8-West Press

Call for Submissions: 8-West Press:

We aim to devote space to the voices of a diverse selection of writers in the work we feature, particularly people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, and women.

We are a poetry press seeking both general submissions for our poem of the day/ poem of the week to be published online, as well as themed submissions for our print Issue #1. We accept poetry that employs any aesthetic or form.

For more information please visit our website us or our Submittable page.

Post-publication Book Award: 2017 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award

Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Fiction

Kansas Fiction writers with book-length works published in the past three years (2014/15/16) are eligible to win the $1,000 2017 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Fiction. The annual award, rotating between poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, is sponsored by the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Washburn University of Topeka. This year’s fiction judge is Grant Tracey, Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. Tracey teaches film and creative writing and has been the fiction editor of the North American Review for over fifteen years. 

Deadline for submission is December 31, 2016.

For complete guidelines, please visit our website.

Eric McHenry Poet Laureate of Kansas, 2015-2017
Associate Professor of English
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621


eric.mchenryATwashburnDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.) that move.

Please visit our website to learn more about us and our submission guidelines.

Writing Competitions for Young Writers: 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers

2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers

The University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program's 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words by a high school student and another for a short story of up to 2000 words by an undergraduate student.

There is no entry fee.

The University of Oklahoma's Professional Writing Program offers bachelor's and master's degrees focused on creative writing for publication, including fantasy, horror, mystery, suspense, romance, and other popular fiction genres, as well as screenwriting and commercial nonfiction. The program focuses on building a writing career by learning the business of publishing while studying creative writing under award-winning, best-selling professors with long and successful publication histories. For more information see our website.

Entrants will retain all rights to their entries. Entries must include a header with the student's name, school, and email address. They should use a 12-point font and be formatted with one-inch margins and page numbers.

To submit, email the story as a Microsoft Word attachment to:

Harris.PrizeATouDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Students currently enrolled in a U.S. high school, grades 9-12, should use this header:
Harris Prize for High School Students

Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a U.S. college or university should use this header: Harris Prize for Undergraduate Students

Entries must be received by March 1, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced in May 2017.

Mary Anna Evans, Assistant Professor
Professional Writing
Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Oklahoma

Call for Submissions: The Skinny Poetry Journal

The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) seeks new poetry. Poems submitted can embrace any theme, however, we are particularly interested in submissions that paint a picture of racism in America--the unresolved legacy of slavery--in the interest of healing our nation of that cancerous social affliction.
TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form (and edited by a rotating team of poets). A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.
The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka.
To submit your work for publishing consideration, email it to:
theskinnypoetryjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.
NOTE: TSPJ is now opening up our journal to advertising. To learn more about our rates, feel free to email us at
tspjadsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
To see examples of this new poetry form, go to our website.

Creative Nonfiction Competition: The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively.
This contest is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.
The final judge is Garrard Conley, author of the memoir Boy Erased (Riverhead, 2016), featured in Buzzfeed, Travel + Leisure, the LA Times, and many other publications as a must-read book. Megan Daum of The New York Times calls Boy Erased a story written "through the lens...of compassion," and Publisher's Weekly, in a starred review, calls it an "exceptionally well-written memoir."
 Here are the complete guidelines:

-The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
-The postmark deadline is January 15.
-The entry fee is $10 for North Carolina Writers' Network members, $12 for nonmembers.
-Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
1. Send two printed copies through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
2. Submit an electronic copy online and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
-Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
-Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed in a 12-point standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) and double-spaced.
-Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
-An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
-You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
-Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in March.
-If submitting by postal mail, send submission to:

North Carolina Writers' Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Writing Competitions: John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction

Two book prizes: Short Fiction and Poetry

$1,000 and Book Publication from BkMk Press for each winner­

The annual John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and the G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction are awarded to the best collections of poetry and short fiction in English by a living author.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2017

Entry Fee: $25.00

Recent BkMk titles have won or placed in the PEN/Faulkner, PEN Hemingway, Ernest J. Gaines Award, Chautauqua Prize, Poets Prize, Writers League of Texas, Balcones Fiction, John Gardner Fiction, Devil’s Kitchen, ForeWord, IPPY, Eric Hoffer, Late Night Library, Maine Literary Award, and other competitions.
Founded in 1971, BkMk Press has been a part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City since 1983. BkMk concentrates on publishing collections of poetry, short fiction and creative essays. Publishing roughly six titles a year, the press has more than 140 titles in print.

BkMk Press
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5101 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

For details, visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects brings back into light the skeletons hidden in our cultural closets. The free online journal welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture: sculptures and paintings in the back rooms of museums or in hidden corners of public spaces; murals forgotten in plain view; lost photographic archives and restored films; newly discovered letters or manuscripts; knickknacks in attics; oddities and curiosities in misbegotten sideshows; forgotten stories that remind us of pasts that we cannot afford to forget.

Poor Yorick invites submissions in any and every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium. Poor Yorick evaluates submissions exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable.

Writing Competition: 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2017 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 color 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, 2016. Press 53 publisher and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2017; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2017.

Complete details at our website

Previous winners:

The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox of Denver, CO (2014)

The Universal Physics of Escape by Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, PA (2015)

Jimtown Road by Dennis McFadden of Ballston Spa, NY (2016)

Writing Competition: The Everett Southwest Literary Award

$5,000 Novel Contest Underway: The Everett Southwest Literary Award is accepting unpublished novel manuscripts of 150+ pages between now and December 15th, 2016.
5,000 dollars will be awarded to the winner.

Authors must live in or be writing about Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas. Manuscripts should have author name appearing only on a separate title page, along with a $15.00 submission fee and SASE for notification of contest results.

See website for full contest details.

or contact Dr. Cnstance Squires at:

csquires1ATucoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Send submissions to:

The Everett Southwest Literary Prize, c/o English Department, 
University of Central Oklahoma, 
100 N. University Drive 
Edmond, OK 73034

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival

Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival—A call for submissions in response to the harder times that have come back around. Co-edited by Sarah Einstein and Sandra Gail Lambert.

Do you remember surreptitiously flipping through your library's card catalog to search out who you were and finding only references to "the male homosexual" or "sexuality, aberrant" and no listings at all for gender? Did you strain to hear when your parents lowered their voices to talk about "those" women who lived together in a house at the end of the block? Do you remember the closet? Do remember the Johns Committee? How about the Reagan era when access to women's, to all people's, healthcare was curtailed, people with disabilities lost access to key services, and the AIDS crisis emerged?

Those of us who survived these years can help recreate the edifices of care and activism that we once constructed for ourselves and then perhaps abandoned because they were no longer needed. It's time to reach back and get them. Our experience, the successes we had, the mistakes we made, the voices of those who were left out, and the ways we thrived can be added to the already formidable power of younger generations of queer folk as we gather together in resistance.

Co-editors Sarah Einstein and Sandra Gail Lambert are looking for creative nonfiction and poetry for an online anthology to launch shortly after President Trump is sworn into office. Tell us your stories of not only what you survived, but especially the particular mechanisms of how you found your "people" and the ways you supported and celebrated each other.

Submission Details:
  • Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival
  • Co-edited by Sarah Einstein and Sandra Gail Lambert
  • An online anthology scheduled for release in early spring.
  • Creative nonfiction and poetry. No upper or lower word limits. Previously published pieces accepted but the author must own the rights
Deadline: As soon as possible. January 10th at the latest. Possible AWP reading.

Submit to:

olderqueervoicesATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Writing Competitions: Creative Nonfiction Magazine

The Dialogue between Science and Religion 
$10,000 first-place prize and $5,000 runner-up prize
Up to five $500 honorable mentions

December 12, 2016 submission deadline
All pieces considered for Fall 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue

Science and religion have long been portrayed as two forces in opposition to one another, but are these forces hopelessly and inevitably opposed, or is there room the mend differences? As part of a larger effort to facilitate dialogue between these two ways of knowing the world, Creative Nonfiction and Issues in Science and Technology are seeking original narratives illustrating and exploring the relationships, tensions, and harmonies between science and religion—the ways these two forces productively challenge each other as well as the ways in which they can work together and strengthen one another.

$3,500 first-place prize
January 9, 2017 submission deadline
All pieces considered for Summer 2017 Creative Nonfiction magazine issue

Whether a scientific perspective that illuminates ideas about sustainable human adaptation and climate change, or more personal accounts of major life transitions, stories of adaptation are a huge part of our current global consciousness. We're looking for original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientists, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees, students, travelers, and other citizens. 


Dangerous Creations: Real life Frankenstein stories 
$10,000 first-place prize
March 20, 2017
 submission deadline
All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of Creative Nonfiction Magazine issue.
In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine is daring writers (as Mary Shelley was dared in Geneva) to write original and groundbreaking nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. We’re looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity.

Thank you!
Hannah Lynn
Editorial Assistant

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone 
Sliver of Stone's 13th issue is now available online. Issue 13 EXTRAS will be available on November 15, 2016.
We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe.
Authors featured in the current issue include Ed Kurtz and Julie Marie Wade. Artwork by Carlos Franco-Ruiz and Jayne Marek. Authors featured in the EXTRAS include crime fiction and comic book writer Alex Segura and poet Parker Phillips.
Check out our past contributors, such as Lynne Barrett, Kim Barnes, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Barbara Hamby, Allison Joseph, J. Michael Lennon, Dinty W. Moore, Matthew Sharpe, and many talented others. Past interviews with Paul D. Brazill, Janet Burroway, Edwidge Danticat, Beverly Donofrio, Dean Koontz, K.A. Laity, Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, José Ignacio Valenzuela, and Mark Vonnegut.
We're now looking for submissions for our 14th issue!
DEADLINE: January 15, 2017

Poetry Chapbook Competition: The Fifth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition

The Frost Place invites submissions to the Fifth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition. 
In summer 2017, the winner’s chapbook will be published by Bull City Press, and the winner will receive 10 complimentary copies (from a print run of 300), and a $250.00 stipend. The winner will also receive a full fellowship to attend the five-and-a-half-day Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place in August 2017, including room and board (a cash value of approximately $1,550.00), and will give a featured reading from the chapbook at the Seminar. In addition, the chapbook fellow will have the option to spend one week living and writing in The Frost Place House-Museum in September 2017, at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place.
This year's final judge is Diane Seuss.
Entries must be submitted between October 1, 2016 and January 5, 2017. 
All entries must be submitted to our online submissions manager, accompanied by a $28.00 fee.

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 14! The new elements are Echo, Husk, and Quell. All three words must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements.
Our content is almost always 100% unsolicited, and we nominate for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and other awards. We have published new and well-known writers and artists from around the world, and we do not charge a reading fee for regular submissions. Expedited and feedback options are also available.
Deadline: January 31. Issue will be released April 1.
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We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Essays about Music: At Length

At Length is looking for music essays of at least 5,000 words. Personal stories are welcome, as are diverse voices, lyric/cross-genre essays, and writing about music not often covered in the music press. No reviews or think pieces, please.

Send work to music editor Danny Caine:  

musicATatlengthmagDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We’re open for submissions until January 31, and our response time is typically around 2 months.

Music, Writing, Art and Photography. Our website. 

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Fiction Competition: Beloit Fiction Journal

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Deadline: December 10, 2016

$2,000 and publication will be awarded to the top unpublished story on any theme. This year's judge is Dean Baokpoulos, author of Summerlong. Send entries to:

Chris Fink, Editor
Beloit Fiction Journal
Beloit College, 700 College St.
Beloit, WI 53511 

or submit electronically.

A reading fee of $20 must accompany each entry. Checks should be made payable to Beloit Fiction Journal. One story per entry/multiple entries OK. 

Maximum 7,000 words. All entrants will be considered for publication. The award may be split at the judge’s discretion.

Postmark deadline Dec. 10, 2016.

Visit the Beloit Fiction Journal at our website.

Call for Submissions: Gone Lawn

Deadline: December 30, 2016

Gone Lawn is now reading submissions for #23. We are especially looking for stories, prose, and prose poetry of a surrealist, fantastic, or similar predisposition, but are open to anything with imagination and sincerity: from the surreal to the slightly peculiar to more uncertain and digressive works. We love the occasional odd notion. We’re also very interested in alternative media submissions.

Please visit our website for more information. 

Call for Submissions on the Theme of Family: Bellevue Literary Review

Deadline: January 1, 2017

In Fall 2017, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue that explores the concept of family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. We are now accepting submissions of poetry (3 poems max), fiction, and nonfiction (5,000 words max for prose). 

Please visit our website for complete guidelines. 

Call for Submissions of Micro-Fiction: Blink-Ink

Deadline: December 14, 2016

Space . . . to boldly go etc. When this issue comes out the Winter Solstice will have passed and all will be made anew. A new year, a new regime, and a fresh new start. We feel an expansive, adventurous, futuristic theme would be in order. To paraphrase PKD, “Stories that could only take place in space”. Your story should be about space, outer space, the cosmos, or the ever elusive partner of space . . . time. Please send your best prose fiction of 50 words or less that touches upon our theme. No poetry, no bios please.

Submissions open November 1 through December 14. 

For more information on how to submit, visit our website

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Call for Submissions: Eastern Iowa Review

Deadline: December 31, 2016; March 31, 2017

Issue 3: Eastern Iowa Review seeks exceptional lyric essays, 500-10,000 words, but will consider hybrid & experimental nonfiction. We'll also publish the single best piece of literary fiction (no horror or erotica) that we receive. One longform essay will be selected for a $250 prize. 

Issue 4: Our special Ten Debut Authors Only issue. We'd like to publish ten exceptional new authors with less than two publication credits. Any genre (no horror or erotica), any writing style. $100 grand prize. Art & photography needed for this issue. No reading fees. Small honorarium or contributor copies.

Family-friendly, smart writing please. Visit our website for more details.

Call for Submissions: Berkeley Poetry Review

Deadline: January 15, 2017
Is your work attempting to start a dialogue? To enter into a conversation? Berkeley Poetry Review is currently accepting submissions for its 47th issue! While we accept great poetry of any kind, we are particularly interested in work that challenges dominant discourses surrounding race, gender, sexuality, disability, and poetic form itself.

The journal aims to provide a diverse and inclusive space for marginalized folks to share their voices. Translations, reviews, and artwork are also welcome. No entry fee.

Submit at our website.


bpreditorsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Belletrist Magazine

Deadline: January 31, 2017

“Grace to be born and live as variously as possible.”—Frank O’Hara

Belletrist Magazine is seeking submissions for our Spring 2017 print issue. Send your poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, art, and photography. Give us something to notice. Belletrist Magazines publishes out of Bellevue College. We also accept submissions for our website to be considered as featured online content; these submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and published year-round.

Visit our website for more information on how to submit.

Call for Submissions to Anthology: A Tiny Death: Stories of Transformation and Identity through Name Changes

A Tiny Death: Stories of Transformation and Identity through Name Changes

Topic: Writers Kylee Cushman and Jaquelyn Rieke seek creative nonfiction essays and poems for A Tiny Death: Stories of Transformation and Identity through Name Changes, an anthology that will reflect upon the experience of changing one’s name (such as changing a last name to marry, changing one’s name to accommodate gender identity, changing a given name to better suit personality, as a rite of passage, or for spiritual purposes).

Overview: We’re looking for original nonfiction essays or poems about the reasons for and decision to change one’s first and/or last name, as well as the process of implementing the change. Changing one’s given name in Western culture is often viewed as unusual; thus, a choice to change a name is often met with resistance, disapproval, and even ridicule. At the same time, it is accepted practice for a woman who marries to change her last name to her husband’s surname, which can create a shift in her sense of identity. Sometimes those who marry invent a new married surname to circumvent the impact of this tradition, or the man might take the woman’s name, thus encountering his own identity issues within our patriarchal construct. In the LGBTQ community, name changes are increasingly common to fully inhabit one’s gender or sexual identity. And sometimes those who immigrate to the U.S. change their names to more easily assimilate. And what if one’s name has simply never fit? We are interested in sharing the stories of those who have pioneered a name change for themselves. We hope to open up dialogue about names and identity in America.

Originality & Copyright: Only original previously unpublished work will be accepted.

Submission Guidelines:

Deadline: Submissions received by January 15, 2016 will receive preferential review. Submissions after this deadline may be considered, depending upon how many submissions we receive by the deadline.

Submit your creative nonfiction story or poems via snail mail as per instructions below:
* Please use Cambria or Times New Roman 12-point font and one-inch margins.
* On the first page, please include a centered title at the top, and include your full name and email address also centered on the line just below the title.
* If submission is more than one page, please include page numbers on your document, with your name next to the page number in the header.
* Please limit poetry length to 6 single-spaced pages (and shorter is just fine!). A collection of a few poems totaling no more than 6 pages is acceptable as well.
* Please limit creative nonfiction story length to 16 double-spaced pages (and shorter is just fine!).
* Multiple submissions (for example, a story and a poem) are acceptable, within reason.

How to submit:
To simplify the process and spend less time hunched over a computer screen, we will collect initial submissions for reading and selection as hard copies via the old fashioned postal service. So please print out your submission and include it in an envelope with a check for the $20 submission fee. Please make checks out to Kyle Lee Cushman (My legal/former name--I have not yet legally changed it over to Kylee).

Mail submission to:

Kylee Cushman
Attn: A Tiny Death
3869 Hollister Hill Road
Marshfield, VT 05658

If your piece is chosen, we will notify you by email no later than May 15, 2016. At this point we will request electronic submissions from all chosen contributors. Instructions will be relayed upon acceptance.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the book when it is published. Authors may be invited to a celebratory reading (location and date TBA) following publication.

Questions? Email Kylee at:

word.artisan.vtATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or Jaquelyn at:

daughteroftheliberatorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Kylee Cushman has an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a long-time writer and educator. Jaquelyn Rieke is an entrepreneur, activist, and poet.