Sunday, May 29, 2016

Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction Magazine welcomes submissions of quality flash fiction stories, ranging from 300 to 1000 words. FFM happily publishes a variety of sub-genres (literary, sci-fi, speculative, etc) and generally prefers grounded stories that unfold before the readers eyes with strong sensory description. While FFM currently does not offer monetary compensation, authors retain all rights to their work.

Go here to submit your work. FFM offers an accelerated submission response time, usually within a week, and tends to publish accepted stories two months out.

Call for Book-Length Submissions of Poetry, Fiction, and Science Fiction: Urban Farmhouse Press

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Urban Farmhouse Press currently seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and science fiction. We are an independent small press located in the Windsor, Ontario-Detroit, Michigan area. We are looking for writing that crosses borders and talks about the people and places it comes from. Series include Crossroads Poetry Series, Kilgore Trout Science Fiction Series, and Contemporary short fiction and novels.

Submissions welcome from US, Canada, UK, and Australia.

More details at our website.

Call for Creative Nonfiction: Fiftiness

Call for Submissions: Fiftiness
Looking for stories written by and for women about life in their fifties - Fiftiness is a new multimedia website launching late summer, 2016 that will disrupt the status quo and reboot out-dated notions of what it means to be a woman in her fifties.
More information & Submission Guidelines at our website.

Poetry Competition: Miller Williams Poetry Prize

$5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize 

Annual deadline: September 30
Submission portal.

Entry Fee: $28.00

Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize in the following summer. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30th. The series and prize are named for and operated to honor the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams. The series is edited by Billy Collins.

For more information visit our website.

Youth Essay Competition: The Goi Peace Foundation

2016 International Essay Contest for Young People Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation

Entry portal.


Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation, Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc. Supported by FELISSIMO CORPORATION.

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

"Education to Build a Better Future for All"
We live in a world with many complex problems, both local and global. What kind of education and learning would help us address these challenges and create a sustainable world and a better life for all? Describe your concrete ideas for an ideal education.

1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 15, 2016) in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14)
b) Youth (ages 15 - 25)

2. Essays must be 700 words or less in English, French, Spanish or German, or 1600 characters or less in Japanese, excluding essay title. Essays may be typed or printed.
3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) address (5) phone number (6) e-mail (7) nationality (8) age as of June 15, 2016 (9) gender (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group.
Please enclose a list of participants' names, ages and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
* Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.
* Please note that the organizer is unable to confirm receipt of essays or answer individual inquiries concerning contest results.
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or online.
* IMPORTANT: To send your essay online, you must go to the online registration page and follow the required steps.
5. Essays must be original and unpublished. Plagiarized entries will be rejected.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizer.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by June 15, 2016 (23:59 your local time)..

AWARD: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$880 as of February 2016) ... 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$440 as of February 2016) ... 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift ... 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift ... 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for November 2016 and will receive the Minister of Education Award. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizer.)
* Additional awards (Recognition for Effort, Best School Award, School Incentive Award) will be given if applicable.
* All prize winners will be announced by the end of October 2016 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site. Certificates and gifts will be mailed to the winners in December 2016.


International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan

OR send online.

* For inquiries, please contact:

essayATgoipeaceDOTorDOTjp (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Competition on Theme of Final Word: Central Coast (CA) Writers Contest

The Central Coast (CA) Writers Contest call for entries ends July 15, 2016. Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting must depict the theme of The Final Word.

Prizes up to $1,000. Entries will be judged by an array of best-selling and award-winning authors, editors, and publishers.

Entry fee: $15.00-$20.00 (depending on genre)

Online submission portal. 

For further details, submission guidelines, contest rules, judges profiles and to submit your entry electronically please visit our website.

Essay Competition for College Students: First Things

First Things is excited to announce the second annual Student Essay Contest for young thinkers and scholars. Those currently enrolled in a college, graduate program, or seminary—including students graduating this May—are invited to participate.

Our website.

We’re asking for 2000- to 2500-word responses to one of three statements:

1. Richard Lewontin, a Harvard geneticist: “The problem is to get [people] to reject irrational and supernatural explanations of the world, the demons that exist only in their imaginations, and to accept a social and intellectual apparatus, Science, as the only begetter of truth.”
2. John Henry Newman: “Many a man will live and die upon a dogma: no man will be a martyr for a conclusion.”
3. Charles PĆ©guy: “Toute commence en mystique et finit en politique.”

All entries—original, unpublished work—must be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to:

essaycontestATfirstthingsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Essays are due on June 15.

Everyone who participates, winner or no, will receive three free digital issues of First Things.

The first-place and second-place essays will be published on our website. We’ll print the names of the two winners in our magazine. The victors will receive monetary rewards—$750 for first place, $250 for second place. 

Editors will be reviewing all submissions and selecting the winning essays. A decision will be announced on July 25. 


R. R. Reno
Editor, First Things

Call for Submissions to Anthology on California Ecosystems: Scarlet Tanager Books

Call for submissions for an anthology of poems on California ecosystems to be published by Scarlet Tanager Books in the fall of 2017:

We are looking for poems that accurately describe California species, habitats, and geography, but also have historical, emotional, spiritual, political, aesthetic, or philosophical content: i.e., we want poems that go beyond simple description of place. The anthology will include poems on the coast and ocean, redwood forests, deserts, rivers, oak woodlands, grasslands, valley, chaparral, foothills, and mountains. Poems on urban environments welcome too! The aim is to celebrate California’s landscapes and also to document destruction and change.

Send 3 to 5 poems (no more than 10 pages total) in a single Word file, along with a bio of 150 words or less to:

infoATscarlettanagerDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Subject line: “Submission: Your name.” All forms and styles of poetry are welcome, as long as they focus on California. Poems submitted should be no longer than 100 lines. You do not need to live in California to submit. Simultaneous submissions okay. Previously published poems okay if you hold the rights. If you have submitted to this anthology in the past, we still have your work. You do not need to send it again. Payment is one copy of the anthology.

Editors: Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan

Deadline: Sept. 16, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Writing Competition on the Theme of "Decisions": Hospital Drive

Hospital Drive is awarding three prizes of $500 in our annual contest, this year on the theme "Decisions."

We welcome submissions of poetry, prose, and visual arts nationwide from heathcare providers, patients, and the general public.

Deadline is August 15.

Entry Fee: $5.00

Please visit our website for details.

Call for Submissions: Driftwood Press

John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in literary criticism, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, and interviews.

We're partial towards prose poetry and stream of consciousness prose, but open to all literary genres and styles.

Please submit on our website.

Poetry Chapbook Competition: Two of Cups Press

Two of Cups is excited to read for its annual chapbook contest between April 15th and June 15th. One winning manuscript will be chosen by 2015 winner, Raegen Pietrucha. Winner will be announced August 1st, the author receiving 25 copies of his/her book. Two finalists (chosen by our editor) will receive 10 copies of his/her book. A list of honorable mentions will receive recognition on our website.

Style & theme are open.

Please adhere to the following guidelines. We look forward to reading your work. Best of luck!

  • Reading period open from April 15th - June 15th (2016)
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted and encouraged but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. We will be the first to congratulate you!
  • 15-25 pages of poetry (or thereabouts, just try to keep it close)
  • Table of contents & acknowledgments (if needed)
  • 12 pt Times New Roman (or similar font)
  • We will not be reading blind this year so no need to stress over identifying info
  • If you would like a copy of one of our chaps (please see more info below) be sure to include a US mailing address on your title page/cover sheet.

Complete guidelines at our website.

Call for Submissions about the South: On the Veranda Literary Journal

On the Veranda Literary Journal is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry pieces about the South. Interpret this as you will, but just know that a piece about how great Ann Arbor is by someone from Chicago will not pass muster. Now a piece by someone from Kentucky talking about their transition to the cold Michigan winters? That’s something we want to read!
Check us out at our website.
We are committed to ensuring that at least half of our content is by female-identified writers, and we also aim to include LGBTQ+ writers as well as writers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Most importantly: send us your best work! Send us whatever you think will make us laugh out loud, shed a few tears, or will make us feel like maybe the world isn’t such a bad place after all. Send us something that we’ll still be talking about hours later when we are rocking back and forth on our veranda, sipping a sweating glass of iced tea.
We accept works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Poets may send up to three poems and prose must be between 400 – 2,000 words. Please include a cover letter and a brief bio with your submission. Presently we can only accept Microsoft Word doc (or docx) attachments.
We accept submissions year-round and hope to respond to writers within 1 – 2 months. We will respond to all submissions electronically. Accepted works will be published on a monthly basis.
Please email all submissions to:
ontheverandaliteraryjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Post-Publication Poetry Book Award: 2017 Tufts Poetry Awards

Claremont Graduate University is pleased to announce a call for the 2017 Tufts Poetry Awards.

The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award offers $100,000 for a book of poetry published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. 

The Kate Tufts Discovery Award offers $10,000 for a first book of poetry published between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Entries must be postmarked on or before July 1, 2016, and may be submitted by poets, publishers, agents, or friends.

There is no entry fee. For complete eligibility and submission requirements, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Mom Egg Review

Mom Egg Review seeks poetry, fiction, and creative prose for the 15th annual print issue. We publish work by writers who are mothers or by others about motherhood. This is an unthemed issue.

The submissions period is May 15, 2016 to August 15, 2016. We will respond by January 1, 2017.

Please see full guidelines here.

Marjorie Tesser, Editor in Chief

Writing Competition for Grad Students: Blue River

Good news from the team at Blue River: we have extended the Blue River Editors’ Prize deadline until August 22, 2016. The submissions we have read so far are exhilarating, and we want more.

Graduate students, continue sending us your very best work! The $500 awards in poetry, fiction and nonfiction are still up for grabs, with winners to be announced in September. Submission fee remains $15. Submit and be a part of a new literary journal that’s dedicated to you, the grad student writer.

You can find our Submittable page here.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @bluerivermag.

Blue River is a non-profit literary journal produced by Creighton University’s MFA program. We seek to build a new tradition: to foster and celebrate contemporary graduate-level creative writers by publishing their fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. In that spirit, we provide our own MFA students with experience in literary editing and production as a preparation for work in the publishing industry.

Erin Pulsipher
Managing Editor

Nonfiction Competition: Profane

Entry portal.

The prize is $1,000 and a blurb from the contest judge. It is $10 to enter, and you may submit 2 pieces in each entry, as long as they don't exceed 7,500 words cumulatively. The prize is open to submissions between April 1 and August 1. Finalists will be announced and considered for publication.

There is no theme. Send us your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts and take up residence there. Tell us something filthy and unflinching; bellow something unapologetic in our face. Share something troubling at the dinner table. Send us your cat on the windowsill or some roadkill for dinner. We want it all.

Please keep your name off the document itself (aside from any references within the creative text), and keep your cover letter on Submittable and not within the document.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately (or withdraw) if it is accepted elsewhere. No need to withdraw if there are multiple pieces in the document, please just let us know which is unavailable. There are no refunds for withdrawals or edits. ​​

Monday, May 16, 2016

Call for Submissions: Tahoma Literary Review

Tahoma Literary Review opens May 7 for submissions to its Winter 2016 issue. We are now paying $50 for poetry, and minimum $100 for fiction. We are an award-winning journal of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. We believe in diversity, transparency, accountability, and supporting writers with professional compensation and exposure.

For guidelines and editorial philosophy please visit our website.

Seeking Podcasting Intern: Sundress Academy for the Arts

In March 2014, The Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) launched its first podcast, The SAFTAcast. What makes The SAFTAcast unique is that it does not focus on a guest’s creative work. Instead, the emphasis is on the creators themselves, not their creations. The show is not about promotion or craft, but rather getting to know the people who write, edit, and/or publish stuff on a personal level. The position will run from July to December 2016 with a chance to be renewed for spring/summer 2017.
The intern’s responsibilities will include writing and sending press releases, helping to run social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, etc.), networking with other blogs and podcasts, and reviewing back episodes for future projects. The intern may also assist with creating SAFTAcast audio tracks, writing copy, and promoting other Sundress projects and SAFTA events.
Qualifications include:
-Strong written communication skills 
-Familiarity with social media and online promotion
-A passion for contemporary literature
Knowledge of contemporary podcasting and audio production/editing a plus, but not required.
Applicants are welcome to telecommunicate and therefore are not restricted to living in the South Florida area (where The SAFTAcast is located).
While this is an unpaid internship, all interns will gain real-world experience in working with, and designing promotional materials for, a nationally recognized press while creating a portfolio of work for future employment opportunities. Interns will also be able to attend workshops at the Sundress Academy for the Arts at cost.
To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position to the show host, Scott “C” Fynboe, at:
saftacastATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Applications are taken on a rolling basis.
For more information, visit our website.

Poetry Competition for Emerging Poets: Boulevard

$1,000 and publication in Boulevard awarded for the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a nationally distributed press.

  • All entries must be submitted online by midnight CT June 1, 2016.
  • Entry fee is $15 per group of three poems and $15 for each additional group. Fee includes a one-year subscription.
  • Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the titles of the three poems, should appear on the first page.
  • Cover sheets are not necessary.
  • No manuscripts will be returned.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
  • The poems may be a sequence or unrelated.
  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.
  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
The winning poems will be first announced on the website and then published in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue of Boulevard.
For complete guidelines, visit our website. :

Call for Submissions: Anthology of Work from Low-Rez MFA Grads

Are you a graduate from a low-residency MFA program in the US or abroad? This anthology will collected together stories, poems and essays about your experience in this type of environment.
Serious and humorous pieces will be accepted, as well as pedagogical pieces about what you might have learned and how the experience changed your life.
Please send prose pieces up to 5000 words or 3-5 poems Seb:
sebtremorATyandexDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Please indicate on the cover page of the submission from where and when you graduated, your address and contact, and keep the rest of the manuscript anonymous.

Writing Competition: The Orison Anthology Awards

Orison Books is now accepting entries of unpublished single works in three genres (fiction, non-fiction, & poetry) for consideration for The Orison Anthology Awards. The winner in each genre will receive a $500 cash prize as well as publication in The Orison Anthology, an annual collection of the best spiritually engaged writing that appeared in periodicals in the preceding year. (The unpublished work selected for The Orison Anthology Awards will be featured alongside the reprinted material.)

Submit up to 3 poems (10 pp. max), 1 story (up to 8,000 words), or 1 work of non-fiction (up to 8,000 words). You may submit in multiple genres and/or submit multiple entries in each genre, provided you pay an entry fee and upload separate files for each entry.

Entry Fee: $15 ($30 if you would like a copy of the anthology)

Submission Period: May 1 – August 1, 2016

2016 Judges: Ravi Howard (fiction), Catherine Reid (non-fiction), Philip Metres (poetry)

Submission link.

Writing Competition: Tiferet

We will be accepting submissions for the 2016 TIFERET Writing Contest from January 1, 2016 – June 1, 2016.

$1,500 will be awarded in prizes
  • $500 for the best poetry submission
  • $500 for the best short story (fiction)
  • $500 for the best essay or interview (non-fiction)
  • One prize winner and two honorable mentions will be awarded in each category.
Please read our normal submission guidelines for help in determining what kind of writing we seek.

A $15 fee is required for each entry. Entries are defined as follows:

Poetry: You may submit up to six poems. (Poems should be submitted in one document with each poem on a separate page and each page/poem titled.)

Fiction: You may submit a story up to 20 pages.

Essay/Interview: You may submit an essay or an interview up to 20 pages.

All submissions must be made electronically. Submit and enter here. Specify the genre and pay your appropriate entry fee for each entry. Winners will be announced Fall of 2016.

Call for Submissions: Mud City Journal

Mud City, an online literary journal promoting the ideals and vision of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA Program, is seeking submissions for Issue 3.
Featured writers for Issues 1 and 2 include Cedar Sigo, Wendy C. Ortiz, Cynthia Cruz, Heid Erdrich, Richard Van Camp, Lydia Conklin, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Layli Long Soldier, Ernestine Hayes, Chiwan Choi, Deborah Miranda, and Eddie Chuculate.
While Mud City is rooted in an Indigenous centered program, we look to publish writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, styles, and aesthetics.
Mud City publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. The reading period for Issue 3 will close on July 23rd.
Visit our website.
Submit your work here.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Pittsburgh Poetry Review

Pittsburgh Poetry Review’s open reading period is now closed. Our next regular open reading period will begin August 1, 2016. Starting on May 5, we will be open for our “Power of Five” Tip Jar submissions. For $5, you may submit up to 5 poems at any time before the open reading period, and receive an expedited response within 5 days, with at least 50 words of constructive feedback from our editors. Our same submission guidelines will still apply.

For more details, visit our guidelines here

Monday, May 9, 2016

Artist's Residency: Artsmith

Artsmith's annual artist residency on Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands is open for applications until May 31, 2016. Up to five writers, artists, naturalists, and scholars will be selected by Artsmith's peer review panel to spend a week in residence. 
Selected fellows enjoy a week's lodging, a welcome reception, and five dinners. Residents are responsible for travel, supplies, and other meals, and do not pay for accommodations or the provided dinners. 
The residency will take place January 2-9, 2017. Application fee is $35 US.
Please note that Artsmith does not have individual studios, but selected fellows will have individual bedrooms with private bathrooms. 
To learn more about the residency, go here. 
To apply, go to our Submittable page. 
Questions? Email executive director Jill McCabe Johnson at: 
info(at) (Change (at) to @ )

Call for Submissions: Blue Lyra Press

Blue Lyra Press is looking for a series of prose poems or flash fiction to publish as part of a book. Instead of a chapbook by one author, we are looking to have one book with 3-4 authors. We are looking for authors who are diverse or who are writing about a diverse subject matter. 

Please send up to 20 pages and a bio in doc or rtf to:

bluelyrareviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The subject of the email should have your name and title of the series/collection.

This is open until we find the authors for such a project. Payment will be in books.Check out Vol 1 & 2 here.

Also, Blue Lyra Review, a journal of diverse voices, is looking for essays, translations, book reviews, art, poetry (rotating guest editor), and for both short stories and flash fiction. We publish 3 online issues and one print.

Send fiction and flash to:

bluelyrareviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

All other submissions go through Submittable. More info found here.

Call for Microfiction and Poetry Submissions: A Quiet Courage

A Quiet Courage is an online literary journal that considers and publishes microfiction and poetry that is 100 words or less in length. 

We were recently named among the twelve best literary journals of 2015 by Authors Publish Magazine, just over eight months after our founding. 

We seek your absolute best writing.

No deadlines, submissions rolling. No submission fees.

We are a non-paying market.

We consider writing in Spanish too, with exact English translations.

Submit your absolute best, most polished work. 

We have a special affinity for Holocaust-related writing, but we consider writing about all kinds of subjects and topics. 

A Quiet Courage welcomes submissions from diverse writers, including (but of course not limited to) LGBTQIA writers, writers with disabilities, writers of color, and traditionally marginalized and/or underrepresented writers.

For more information and for exact submission guidelines.

Call for Submissions: weirderary

weirderary is now open to submissions for issue three! Send us your weirdest stuff, whether in content or form. We want the unusual. We want to be surprised. We appreciate humor, but that doesn’t only mean light-hearted and goofy. Feel free to go dark. Get serious, just do it in a form or from a perspective we don’t see very often. Cross genre lines and experiment. Send us the work you don’t know how to define.

We're open to submissions until June 1st. Please submit at our new Submittable page.

Call for Poetry Submissions about the White Mountains (New England region): Museum of the White Mountains

Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains is seeking poems by writers from (or connected to) New Hampshire and the New England region, for whom the White Mountains have played a role or been a source in their work, for the upcoming show, “Inspired by Place: Poetry and Printmaking and the White Mountains Today.”

This exhibit will display poems alongside prints to explore and respond to the White Mountains as a place. Details are still being finalized, but selected poems may be paired with artworks for visual display and/or included in printed material associated with the show.

We are especially (but not exclusively) interested in shorter poems (14-24 lines) as they tend to afford more flexibility with respect to visual presentation of the text.

There may also be a reading at the Museum during the October 24 - December 16 exhibition.

Previously published poems welcome if the author retains copyright. Interested poets should submit 1-3 poems, a brief biographical statement and contact information, all in one document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf), to Liz Ahl at:

eahlATplymouthDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016.

To learn more about the Museum of the White Mountains, please visit our website

Call for Submissions: Lockjaw Magazine

Lockjaw Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its FOURTH issue! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT (this isn’t a theme or anything; we’re just so delighted about it).

We're a biannual online journal publishing literary ephemera, visual art, music, and video. We like your strange, your uncertain, your prophetic and visionary. We have a preference for shorter work, though we read everything we get. As for writing, we're primarily interested in poetry and prose (sorry, nonfiction). As for everything else, we haven’t seen it yet, so we couldn’t possibly say. 

Submissions are open through June 1. Please visit our website for detailed guidelines and to check out our previous issues to see if we're on each others' level. Or throw caution to the wind and send your stuff to:

submissions(at)lockjawmagazine(dot)com (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )

But yeah, read the guidelines first. Not only is it the right thing to do, they're kind of funny (we also do things a little differently than lots of journals, and we don't want you to be surprised).

Lockjaw Loves You And Would Like To Hear From You Soon.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: Queer Nature

The editors of a forthcoming anthology, Queer Nature, seek poetry submissions from LGBTQIA writers on the subject of nature, place, ecology, flora, fauna, and the body.

We welcome all forms, styles and approaches to these subjects, even work that takes an anti-nature approach, and we are open to how poets interpret the idea of "queer nature."

If you wish to submit, please send 3-5 poems (or one longer piece) along with a short bio as a Word (.docx or .doc) attachment to:

qnpoetryATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with "Queer Nature" in the subject line, by May 30, 2016.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Call for Submissions: Golden Walkman Magazine

Golden Walkman Magazine is open for submissions of all kinds. Issues are published solely as podcasts every month, most often in the voice of the artist him or herself. We're seeking great original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

We're also opening our Dialogue Submissions in July where writers will have a chance to respond to an original piece of contributor music. The artist who composed the music will choose his/her favorite responses which we will publish in a special issue.

For more info and submission guidelines, visit our website.

Call for Fiction Submissions: Reading Out Loud, Short Fiction Podcast

Reading Out Loud, Short Fiction Podcast, Now Accepting Submissions for Season 4

We’re looking for character-driven stories with a sense of place and a strong narrative voice.
The stories that work best with our platform are often those with a unique narrator: either a first person narration from a well-defined and compelling character, or a third person narrator with a unique perspective. For example, please listen to these samples:

"It's Always about the Monkey" by Lance Carbunkle

"Hills Like Times New Roman" by Myke Johns

The selections above are representative of the kind of work we look for, but please note that we are always on the searching for new voices that provide a different point of view. We are excited to read any piece from any writer with any perspective, any background, any walk of life, as long as the story provides the groundwork for an effective and immersive listener experience. Remember that your submission will be produced as a dramatized audio piece -- voice and movement are everything. They should be well-paced and vibrant.

But more important than anything, our podcast is about spreading the joy of short literature. If you had fun writing your work, our professional actors will have fun performing it, and our audience will have fun listening to it.

To be considered for Season 4, we will need your submission on or before June 30th.


Flash Fiction submissions should be up to 1000 words.
Full length short fiction submissions should be 2000 to 4000 words in length.

Please include a brief bio (up to 100 words). If you have anything in particular you’d like promoted please let us know.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send us the piece that you feel best meets our guidelines.

"Reading Out Loud" requires one-time rights to your piece. We’ll record it, put it on the podcast, and release it back into the wild. We reserve the right to edit the piece during the production process. If your work has been previously published, it is up to you to confirm you have retained the rights to republish the work.

"Reading Out Loud" is a labor of love. There is no monetary compensation for anyone involved in or associated with its production. Any submission fees help cover costs associated with administration and production.

For more information or to submit your work, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Zoetic Press

Zoetic Press is Open for Submissions

  • Currently reading: full length manuscripts (novels especially welcome, also story collections)
  • NonBinary Review issues: Sherlock Holmes A Study in Scarlet, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables
  • Unbound Octavo: UNTHEMED fiction up to 5,000 words
  • book reviews & blog posts
  • associate editor: specifically looking for dedicated fiction readers 
Please check our Submittable page for guidelines & payment scales where applicable.


We are eager to see fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, flash work, hybrid work, and all types of art!

Call for Submissions: The Indianoloa Review

The Indianola Review is now open for submissions! We’re looking for fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The Indianola Review is a quarterly print journal, and we’re proud to pay our contributors for their work. We do not charge for standard submissions, and we have no specific aesthetic demands.

Although we tend to publish literary fiction, we’re open to any genre. We just want to read your best work, period. Check out our website for guidelines and payment rates.

Genres: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Cover Artwork.

Deadline: December 15th, 2016 



Poetry Collection Competition: 2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry

2017 Press 53 Award for Poetry for an outstanding unpublished collection of poems

$1,000 advance plus a 1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine

Reading fee $30

Judged by Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor

Open: April 1–July 31.

Winner and finalists announced by November 1.

Winning collection published April 2017

Complete details here.