Sunday, July 31, 2016

Writing Competition: Black Warrior Review

Submissions Open for Black Warrior Review's Twelfth Annual Contest

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Black Warrior Review's 2016 Contest in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction awards $1,000 and publication to winners in all three genres. Runners-up receive $100 and will be considered for publication. This year we are honored to have Hoa Nguyen (P), Sofia Samatar (F), and T Clutch Fleischmann (NF) as our guest judges

The cost to enter is $20 and includes a one-year subscription.

To enter, visit our website.

Call for Visual Art and Photography on the Theme of Being Young: The Fourth River

The Fourth River is looking for visual art and photography that embraces nature and place for our upcoming issues. We are currently considering both general submissions and submissions to our theme, Juvenescence: the state of being young.

Submission page.

Please send us up to three pieces of original artwork or photography in the highest possible resolution. 

Please indicate in your cover letter if your submission is intended for one of our special themes. If no theme is indicated, we will consider your work for our upcoming print and/or online issues.

Call for Submissions: Zoetic Press

Zoetic Press is currently open for submissions for NonBinary Review, and our 2017 anthology. We accept fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art relating to the following themes:

Anne of Green Gables 

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe  

Dearly Beloved: An In Memoriam Anthology  

Details available on our submission page.

Call for Submissions: The Offbeat

Submissions accepted year-round

We’re calling the zany, the thought-provoking, the humorous, and the quirky—we want to read your writing!

We ask for difference, quality, and intrigue in your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and sequential art. For a $3 submission fee, send up to 3 poems or flash fictions, sequential art to 10 pages, or prose up to 4,000 words.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Visit for details and to submit. PS—we’re not a good place for unnecessarily explicit content.

Visit our website for more details.

Call for Submissions of Microfiction and Poetry: 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 and encourages submissions from diverse writers, including (but 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, visit our website.

Poetry Competition: Louisville Literary Arts

Louisville Literary Arts announces the third annual creative writing prize to be celebrated with a $500 prize for first place at the 2016 Writer’s Block and with publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program. This year’s contest for the best poem is now open and will be judged by Kathleen Driskell, the director of the Spalding University low-residency Master in Fine Arts program and the author of several poetry collections, most recently Next Door to the Dead: Poems (2015).
Your name and contact info must NOT appear on the manuscript. Filling out Submittable's “cover letter” field is unnecessary. Friends and family members of the judges, and students who have studied with the judge, Kathleen Driskell, within the last three years, should not submit to this contest. Co-authored works are acceptable. Submitting multiple batches is fine with entry and fee for each.
Entry fee: $8.00
Deadline: September 15, 2016
Submit through Submittable up to 3 poems, total page number not to exceed seven pages.

Flash Fiction Fellowship: SmokeLong Quarterly

SmokeLong Quarterly is accepting submissions July 15-September 15, 2016 for its 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship for new and emerging writers. The fellowship honors Kathy Fish, a former editor at SmokeLong, a fantastic writer and a continuing champion of new and emerging writers.

The winner of the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship will be considered a “writer in residence” at SmokeLong (note: position is virtual) for four quarterly issues (March, June, September, and December 2017). Each issue will include one flash by the Fellowship winner.

The winner of the Fellowship will also receive $500.00, to be paid as follows: $100.00 on announcement of the winner, and $100.00 upon publication of each of the four issues in 2017.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work with SmokeLong staff and participate in online writing workshops.
All writers previously unpublished in SmokeLong Quarterly and who do not have a published chapbook or book length work (or are not under contract for such) are eligible to apply.

There is no application fee, but a $5 donation is suggested. No priority will be given to applications that submit with a donation.

Applications are open from July 15-September 15, 2016.

The winner will be announced in late December. For all guidelines and submission information, go here.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Payson Book Festival

Many thanks to the Payson Book Festival for inviting me to participate! I had a great time! A few photos from the event:

Call for Submissions and Writing Competition: Slippery Elm

Slippery Elm’s 2016 print issue is open for submissions, and we’re looking for your work! Prizes of $1,000 will be awarded for poetry and prose in our 2016 contest, and all entries will be considered for publication. Jennifer Moore will judge in poetry, and Courtney Maum will judge in prose.

Submit up to three poems or 5,000 words of prose via Submittable by September 1. General (non-contest) entries are always free, but it’s only $15 to enter the contest, and all entrants receive a copy of our 2016 issue. 

Visit our website for past issues and online-exclusive content, and see our Submittable page for complete submission guidelines. Check us out in Facebook, too, for author bios and other updates.

Thanks, and we hope you’ll check us out and spread the word!
the Slippery Elm staff

Call for Short Story Collections: Yellow Flag Press

Deadline: August 1 

Award: Publication 

Fee: $10

Yellow Flag Press publishes one collection of short fiction per year (beginning in 2017) under the banner of The Cypress & Pine Fiction Series.
Collections of original stories by both established and emerging authors writing in English will be considered.
· Collections should be comprised of original stories and/or novellas that have not been published as a complete collection (stories published individually in journals or chapbook are fine). No novels at this time.
· Manuscripts should be between 100 and 200 pages.
· Number each page of the manuscript. Author’s last name and the collection title should appear at the top of each page.
· Include a table of contents and a page of acknowledgements if any of the stories have been previously published.
· All submissions must be through Submittable. We do not accept hard copies.
· Include a short biographical statement in the cover letter field in Submittable. We do not need a synopsis of the collection.
· Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere or if you wish to withdraw it for any reason.
· Please send only one manuscript a year.

Each submission will receive a copy of the collection selected as the first in The Cypress & Pine Fiction Series. Copies will be mailed when the book is published in the spring of 2017. For this reason be sure that your mailing address is up to date with Submittable, and please notify us if you move before books are mailed.

Submit here.

Creative Nonfiction Competition: "How We Teach"

Submittable entry portal. 

We're currently seeking submissions for our "How We Teach" issue, which will go to print in the spring of 2017. We're looking for original essays—compelling, true stories rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that give insight into what it means to teach. The editors will award $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up.

The entry fee is $20, though adding a Creative Nonfiction subscription to that fee—typically a $32 cost alone—costs only $5.

The deadline to submit is August 29, 2016.

Call for Submissions: Beyond

Beyond is the new magazine of Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Beyond is a print publication that also has a prominent and active web and social presence.

There are four columns open to submissions, all related to work. I’m looking for great stories written well. Three of the columns are writing (two brief prose, one poetry) and one is art/photography.

A Case of the Mondays
This humor column looks for the funny in the workplace. Word limit: 250.

Above and Beyond
Share what has inspired you in your work life that makes your work not just bearable but enjoyable. Word limit: 250.

Work in Verse
Beyond will publish one new work-related poem a month on the website and will include one poem in each print issue.

Share photographs of inspirational/aesthetic elements that inspire you in your workspace. Can be submitted via our submission system or using the #BeyondInSight on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

The submission system is now open! Go to our Submittable page for complete guidelines. Email us at:

beyondmagATcaseDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

if you have any questions, and visit our website to see what we're all about.

Bonus: we're a paying market!

Arts Residency: Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA)

Sundress Academy for the Arts & Lambda Literary Now Accepting Applications for Spring Artist Residencies 

Sundress Academy for the Arts (SAFTA) is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for short-term artists' residencies in creative writing, visual art, film/theater, music, and more. Each residency includes a room of one's own, access to a communal kitchen, bathroom, office, and living space, plus wireless internet. 

The length of a residency can run from one to three weeks. SAFTA is currently accepting applications for our spring residency period, which runs from January 2nd to May 7th, 2017. The deadline for spring residency applications is September 15th, 2016.

For the spring residency period, SAFTA will be pairing with Lambda Literary to offer two fellowships (one full fellowship and one 50% fellowship) for a week-long residency to LGBTQ writers of any genre. Lambda believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read. All applicants to the two fellowships must identify as LGBTQ. Partial scholarships also available to any applicant with financial need.

The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping, and nature walks. Located less than a half-hour from downtown Knoxville, an exciting and creative city of 200,000 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities.

The residency bedrooms are 130 sq. ft. with queen-size platform bed, closet, dresser, and desk. There is also a communal kitchen supplied with stove, refrigerator, and microwave plus plenty of cook- and dining-ware. The office and library have two working computers—one Mac, one PC—with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud. The library contains over 800 books with a particularly large contemporary poetry section and, thanks to the Wardrobe, many recent titles by female-identified and genderqueer writers. The facility also includes a full-size working 19th century full-size letterpress with type, woodworking tools, and a 1930's drafting table.

To apply for the Sundress Academy for the Arts residency, you will need the following:  

-Application form (including artist's statement and contact information for two references)
-CV or artist's resume (optional)
-Artist sample (see website for more details on genre specifications)
-Application fee of $25 or $15 for current students (with student email) payable online*

For more information, visit our website or find us on Facebook, under Sundress Academy for the Arts or on Twitter, @SundressPub

*Application fee will be waived for those applying for the Lambda Literary scholarship who demonstrate financial need. Please state this in your application under the financial need section.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Call for Submissions: Damfino Journal

Damfino Journal would like to read your work! We are interested in poetry, essay, and creative nonfiction, as well as odd literary bits such as poetry comics, anecdotes and so forth. We are open through September 1st, 2016.

For more information visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Fall 2016 issue (Vol. 11, No. 2) of the Apple Valley Review are open through September 15, 2016.

Please send unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are all welcome.

The Spring 2016 issue included new poetry and prose by Gayane M. Haroutyunyan, Colin Pope, Michael Chin, Carmen Firan, and Martha Clarkson.

All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor's prize. The 2015 recipient was Sue Hyon Bae. Several pieces from the journal have also appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, storySouth Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.

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

editorATleahbrowningDOTnet (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Writing Competition: Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is Open!

Deadline: August 31, 2016 

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2016 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Jim Shepard will judge

Submit online or by mail.

Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also receive $250, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. The entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast.

Short-short Fiction Competition: Crazyhorse

THE CRAZYSHORTS! CONTEST From July 1st to July 31st, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest.

Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website.

Direct submissions link.

1st place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a subscription to Crazyhorse.

Call for Submissions: Prairie Wolf Press Review

Prairie Wolf Press Review is open for submissions for our 10th issue. We are an annual online anthology, publishing the works of emerging and established literary and visual artists.

From July 1 through September 1, please submit up to three poems and/or prose of 1000 or fewer words for consideration. Visual artists should send at least three samples of their work as jpeg.

Please send your best, previously unpublished work to:

editorsATprairiewolfpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Visit our site to see what we publish. 

Writing Competition: Black Warrior Review

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW’s Twelfth-Annual Contest is open now!
Entry link.

Grand prize in each genre: $1000 and publication. Runner-up prize in each genre: $100

Cost to enter: $20 (comes with one-year subscription)

This year we are honored to have Hoa Nguyen (Poetry), Sofia Samatar (Fiction/Prose), and T Clutch Fleischmann (Nonfiction) as our guest judges. Send us your best work today; we can’t wait to read it!

Deadline: September 1, 2016.

Complete entry guidelines.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Mentorship Program: Gemini Ink Mentorship Program

Apply for the Gemini Ink Mentorship Program.
Work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author on a manuscript project. 

Attention all poets and writers of prose (both fiction and nonfiction). 

Take the next step in your writing life. Apply to the Gemini Ink 2016 Mentorship Program and be one of four writers chosen to work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author, free of charge.

Designed for individuals with busy lives, the Gemini Ink 2016 Mentorship Program offers you the flexibility to create a work environment specifically tailored to your creative needs. Over a period of six months, you will work through three drafts of your project and receive detailed, attentive feedback from your mentor, closing out your project with a public reading of your work (please note that travel is not covered by Gemini Ink).

The Mentorship Program is open to writers from Texas and from all 50 States.
Here’s what recent mentees have said about their experience with the Gemini Ink Mentorship Program:

"As a medical student with hopes of being a writer one day, my resources for developing my writing skills were often quite limited. Gemini Ink's writing mentorship program was exactly what I needed to help me start taking my work to the next level. My mentor was absolutely wonderful to work with—the review of my work gave me a degree of insight to my own voice, technique, and tendencies that I struggled to find on my own."
—Chris Yan

"The mentorship program was truly life-changing. My mentor had the uncanny ability to zero in on what the manuscript was missing and asked me to write what I had been avoiding for a long time, but what was definitely necessary for the growth of the book and also for myself personally. I have struggled with this book for 5 years, and now it is something of which I can be proud. I've begun sending it out, and it is already a semi-finalist in a nationally renowned poetry contest. Fingers crossed!"
—Danielle Sellers

Work with your mentor to:
• Establish a timeline and goals for your manuscript project.
• Exchange three (3) project packets and receive detailed feedback at regular intervals.
• Close out your project with a public reading of your work, introduced by your mentor.


Amanda Ward was born in New York City and received her MFA from the University of Montana in 1998. The following year, she published her first novel, Sleep Toward Heaven, which won the Violet Crown Book Award and was optioned for a film by Sandra Bullock. Her subsequent novels, How to be Lost, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes and The Same Sky have gained her national readership. Close Your Eyes was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011 and won the Elle Magazine Fiction Book of the Year. The Same Sky was a People Magazine Book of the Week, and the Dallas Morning News wrote: “Ward has written a novel that brilliantly attaches us to broader perspectives.” Ward is currently at work on her 6th novel.

Connie Voisine grew up in Maine, earned a BA in American studies from Yale University, an MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and a PhD from the University of Utah. Her first collection, Cathedral of the North (2001), won the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series in Poetry, and her second, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream (2008), was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. Her third book, Calle Florista, was just released from University of Chicago Press. Voisine is an associate professor of English at New Mexico State University and teaches at the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

8/15/16 Deadline to Apply
9/15/16 Mentees Accepted
Mar–April 2017 Final Celebratory Reading

$25 application fee (just to offset administrative costs) 


You will be asked to provide the following:
$25 application fee acceptable via submittable or by check (paid to Gemini Ink) and sent to: 

Att: Alexandra van de Kamp, 
Gemini Ink, 
1111 Navarro Street, 
San Antonio, TX 78212

• A single PDF or WORD file containing the following:
o Short letter of intent (max one page).
o A 10-page manuscript of your work.
o A short CV or resumé, listing two references.
o Please state which mentor you are applying to work with in this mentorship. Your application will not be complete without this information.

Further Information
Gemini Ink (210) 734-9673
Email Alexandra van de Kamp at:

avandekampATgeminiinkDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket's Amuse-Bouche “Spotlight” showcases individual writers or artists.

Submit your best Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Prose (any genre), Young Adult (13+), Literary Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts, and Visual Art (painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance, and video).

Submissions accepted in July only. Submit your work here.

Call for Submissions about Encounters with Nature: The Drowning Gull

The Drowning Gull is a literary platform dedicated to publishing what other popular literary magazines often won’t… including book reviews, novel excerpts, comic strips, and pretty much anything else out of the ordinary that you can think of. Maybe you have some fiction or narrative nonfiction that in some way strays from the norm, and you are struggling to place it.



Maybe you are the victim of a snake bite. Maybe a wild animal randomly walked up to you for a pat. Perhaps you’re a researcher who works with animals.

The issue will be NONFICTION AND ART ONLY. We want to read inspirational, funny and heartbreaking true stories. The upcoming issue features only a few pieces of nonfiction, so we need anyone reading this to spread the word! 

Visit this link for more details on how to submit.

Call for Flash Fiction: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine needs very short fiction. (225 words or less) Tight prose written in active voice that grips the reader from the opening sentence is certain to catch our attention. For more info visit us here.

Our guidelines to submit are tabbed to the home page.

Poetry Book 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 on our website.
Past winners:
2015 Rebecca Foust for Paradise Drive
2016 Richard Garcia for Porridge

Poetry Competition: 2016 Science Fiction Poetry Association Poetry Contest

2016 Science Fiction Poetry Association poetry contest:

Speculative-genre (Science fiction, fantasy, horror) poems only; deadline August 31.

$2 per poem entry fee, judged by Wisconsin poet Michael Kriesel.

3 divisions: Dwarf, Short, and Long; see our website for details.

Enter via online form or mail to:

 16contestATsfpoetryDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ),

"SFPA contest" in subject line, .rtf preferred, contact info on manuscript (will be removed before judging), Please send your PayPal entry fee to:

sfpatreasurerATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 

If no PayPal or credit card, send a check payable to SFPA to:

SFPA Treasurer
PO Box 907
Winchester CA 92596, USA.

Call for Submissions: Masque & Spectacle

MASQUE & SPECTACLE is considering work for its 9th issue. There is no theme. We publish all forms of creative writing and are particularly interested in long poems and long, short stories (up to 10,000 words). We also publish essays, literary journalism, plays, as well as visual and video art and music and sound art.

Submissions Guidelines here. 

Masque & Spectacle takes rolling submissions for its quarterly issues.

Send all materials and queries to:

masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We publish all forms of creative writing, including essays, plays, and hybrid formats. Longer works, up to 10,000 words, will be read with delight; however, we’re not ready for your novella, not just yet.
Please attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file.
Include your last name in the file name and the email subject line.

Visual Art
Attach JPGs with an edge of at least 2000 px.
Please include captions with titles, materials, canvas size, names of performers, etc. in email.
Include your last name in the file name and in the email subject line.

For initial consideration, please send a YouTube or Vimeo link to your video.
Please include your last name in the email subject line.

Music & Sound Installation
Please attach all MP3 files with titles and your last name in the file title.
Include your last name in the email subject line.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Book Festival and Talk: Payson (AZ) Book Festival

If you are in northern Arizona at the end of July, I hope you can join me for my talk, "Flying Solo: Traditional Publishing without an Agent," at the Payson, AZ Book Festival on July 23, 2016. I will also be signing copies of my award-winning novel, BLOOD OF A STONE.

Both the talk and the festival are free.

Fiction Workshop: SOMOS Workshop: Craft of Fiction with Jeanne Lyet Gassman

SOMOS Workshop: Craft of Fiction with Jeanne Lyet Gassman

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

108 Civic Plaza Drive
Taos, NM

"Fiction begins first with a good story, but that story needs to be well-told..."

Writing good fiction requires precision on both a micro and macro level. Fiction begins first with a good story, but that story needs to be well-told with the effective use of language and craft. This intensive introductory workshop will examine basic principles of fictional craft, including the analysis of plot and conflict; developing complex characters; the use of setting to establish mood and subtext; writing dialogue that functions on multiple levels; and working at the sentence level to make your prose shine. All resource materials and handouts are included with the fee, but students may want to bring a notebook or laptop to take additional notes.

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Fee: $40/person; maximum 12/minimum 6 students

Register at SOMOS:; 575-758-0081; $15 deposit a week prior to class

Jeanne Lyet Gassman is the award-winning author of the novel, BLOOD OF A STONE (Tuscany Press), which received a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award (Bronze) in the national category of religious fiction. The book was also a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and the 2015 Independent Author Book of the Year. Jeanne's work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Altarwork, Hippocampus, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Literary Mama, and Barrelhouse, among many others.

Call for Submissions: Sun Star Review

Sun Star Review is currently open for submissions to our Fall 2016 issue. We are seeking prose (whether fiction, nonfiction, flash, long, or simply unclassifiable), poetry, visual art, and mixed media work. We love depth and emotional resonance. We appreciate risk taking and ambitiousness—so long as the ambition is earnest. We love work that blends the real and the fantastical. We love experiments with craft. Our journal is also committed to promoting diverse voices and points of view that aren’t well represented in the general literary scene.

Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to reading your work!

To submit, please visit our website. us at

Call for Chapbook Submissions from Pittsburgh Poets: Stranded Oak Press

PITTSBURGH POETS: Submit chapbook-length manuscripts of poems to:
strandedoakpressATgmailDOTcom  (Change  AT to @ and DOT to . )
by AUGUST 1ST, 2016.
Stranded Oak Press is an indie publisher of poems in Pittsburgh, PA. We're looking for luminous, sonic, narrative-conscious and cohesive collections. But good poems are king.
We are a small team of working writers with professional digital marketing, copyediting, and design experience. We'll work with you to develop an artful product and we'll get the word out about your good, hard work.
Luke McDermott & Shannon Sankey
Stranded Oak Press

Call for Submissions: Forage Poetry Journal

Forage Poetry Journal is a brand new online publication currently seeking submissions. We are in search of writing and art that is accessible, and that reaches into that space between our heads and our hearts to open a door to something we had almost missed.

While our journal will focus on a monthly theme, we are not opposed to receiving off-theme work, as we may use it in a future issue. Please view our submission page for further information.

We also welcome creative non-fiction, essay, photography and original artwork for each theme.

All submissions should be sent as attachments via email, and we endeavour to respond to each one within 1-2 weeks.

Writing Competition: 2016 Proximity Personal Essay Prize

We are excited to announce the launch of the 2016 Proximity Personal Essay Prize (Judge: Paul Lisicky) and the 2016 Proximity Narrative Journalism Prize (Judge: Bronwen Dickey). Winners and runners-up will be published in our prize issue, themed INSIDE / OUT.

Guidelines & More at our website.

* ** PLEASE NOTE: Although we do not accept previously published work, we do make exceptions for BOOK EXCERPTS from books slated for publication or published no more than three years ago.

Prize Issue Theme: INSIDE | OUT
Issue Editor: Maggie Messitt

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Who is inside and who is outside? This is a question that can resonate for writers on every level: the literary, the social, the political. A respected poetry anthology grapples with an insider who controversially poses as an outsider. An American presidential election is awash in words like ‘walls,’ ‘them’, ‘us.’ Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to reach new countries by boat, by foot, by whatever means, unwanted and unsafe in both their homes and their destinations.

We’re interested in true stories that push our understanding of what it means to be INSIDE and what it means to be OUTside. Where do you feel IN and where do you feel OUT, and what does this even mean? Show us where you’re lost, you’re unknown, you’re on the outside looking in–or deep-dive into spaces in which you’re deeply known but can see the barriers that creates for others. We’re not looking for perfect pictures; we’re looking for authentic and complex portraits of personal experiences being INSIDE | OUT in America and beyond. Take us inside issues, cultures, and sub-culture; push and play with form; find unique ways into unique subjects.

And don’t forget: Proximity seeks a strong sense of place, so keep that in mind as you send us your essays, images, reportage, and multimedia around the theme INSIDE | OUT.

Maggie Messitt, Editor

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Just a Little More Time

Just a Little More Time is an anthology seeking submissions around loss. What would you do or say if you were given a bit more time with someone or something you love, or perhaps never loved, and lost. What would you share, where and how?
Of particular interest is the exploration of loss of something, not just a death of a person. Tell us about losing your identity, home, innocence, country, the earth, virginity, health, memory, your family, love, etc.
We are collecting heartfelt essays and stories between 1500 and 3000 words for our anthology, which will be published in 2017. 
Submission deadline: July 15, 2016. 
Please send submissions to:
corbinATcorbinlewarsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
For more information, go to our website.

Writing Competition: The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize

The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize
Presented by the Feminist Press and TAYO Literary Magazine
More information is available at our website

About The Prize
In 1970, Louise Meriwether published her novel of life in the post–Harlem Renaissance era, Daddy Was a Number Runner. Nearly fifty years later it is still considered a classic. In order to celebrate Meriwether’s achievements and continue her legacy, the Feminist Press and TAYO Literary Magazine are launching a contest that seeks the best debut books by women and nonbinary writers of color.

The Prize is open to
· women and nonbinary writers of color (or those who self-identify as other than white);
· residents of the fifty United States associated territories and possessions;
· individuals 18 years of age or older at time of entry;
· and writers who have not had a book published or have a book under contract at the time of submission.

The Application
Submit a complete manuscript, either fiction, including novels and short story collections, or narrative memoir, of 50,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive $5,000 and a publishing contract from the Feminist Press!

Contest entries will be accepted between June 2, 2016 and July 31, 2016.

The top submissions will be reviewed by acclaimed authors Tayari Jones and Ana Castillo, along with Feminist Press publisher and executive director Jennifer Baumgardner and TAYO Literary Magazine editor-in-chief Melissa Sipin.

The winner will be announced in February 2017 for publication in spring 2018.
More information is available at our website.