Saturday, August 27, 2016

Call for Readers/Screeners: The Baltic Writing Residency

The Baltic Writing Residency has expanded, and we are looking for both a poetry reader, and a fiction reader to contribute to the application screening process for each genre, in addition to our general screeners, and also to aid in some of the logistics of residencies and chapbook publication. These are volunteer positions.

The BWR is an international residency program for writers, founded in 2008, and with locations in Sweden, Scotland and Kentucky. Residents have included National Book Award finalists, those numbered in The New Yorker’s “Fiction Writers to Watch: 20 under 40,” as well as winners of Whiting Writer’s Awards, Guggenheim Fellowships, and PEN/O. Henry Awards.

Anyone holding, or currently a candidate for, an MFA or PhD interested in the positions is invited to be in touch at:

balticresidencyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

immediately. We are looking for readers who read widely across content and style, and who have broad aesthetic interests. Our winners and finalists range from the linear/conventional, to the conceptual/experimental, to the collaborative (though we receive very little sci-fi, fantasy, crime, YA, &c.), and so we value readers who can identify quality regardless of an applicant's approach to writing.

What we’d like from the prospective readers – all in the body of an email:

1. A list of the last 5-10 books of poetry or prose, depending on the genre for which they would like to screen, which they have read most recently.
2. A list of 10-15 books of poetry or of prose (again, depending on their preference for screening) published since 1980 that they most enjoyed.
3. A basic writer’s bio including where MFA and/or PhD was earned, and a list of any chapbook or book publication, though publication is by no means a requirement for the position.
4. Very briefly (in 200-250 words, or less) what it is the reader thinks they would be looking for in screening writing samples(disregard consideration of CV, publications, rec letters, &c). Try to be as specific as possible in describing what characteristics are seen most likely to sway the reader toward finding a work compelling enough to say that it is of high quality, highly enjoyable, &c.
5. An estimate of how many hours each week that can be contributed to working with the Baltic, keeping in mind that there will be weeks where there is nothing much to do, at all, and weeks when 1-8 hours of reading might be necessary.

Warm regards,
Adam Day

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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.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Rat's Ass Review

Rat’s Ass Review accept​s​ general ​ submissions twice yearly. The fall/winter submission period will run from​August​ 1​5​th​ to October 3​1st, 201​6​ . Submit no more than 5 poems. Include a brief (not more than 150 word) bio. I will do my best to make my decisions quickly, usually​ within ​a ​week of receipt of your work. Works will not be published​ until shortly after the end of the submission period.

Additionally, throughout 2016 Rat's Ass Review i​s gathering poems on the general topic of love and all of its fallout, and is presenting them in the Love & Ensuing Madness collection at Rat's Ass Review. Poems appear every two or three weeks. We would love to read your deepest thoughts about your worst (or best) relationships.

Rat’s Ass Review accepts simultaneous submissions; however, we do ask that you notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Rat’s Ass Review does not accept material which has been published previously, either online or in print, with the exception of material which you have posted only to your own blog or Facebook page. By submitting to Rat’s Ass Review you are assuring that you hold the rights to the work, and you are granting Rat’s Ass Review the rights to publish the submitted work. After publication, rights revert to the author.

To submit your material to Rat’s Ass Review, send it as a doc or docx file (or scan your hard copy and send it) to:

ratsassreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please include your name in the title of the document, for example Robert Frost winter 2015.docx. We only accept electronic submissions.

Roderick Bates, Editor
Rat's Ass Review

Call for Submissions on Theme of Change: Windmill

Windmill: The Hofstra University Journal of Literature & Art, our new national literary journal housed at Hofstra University, is now accepting submissions for both our first digital issue (Sept.) and our inaugural print issue (Spring 2017).

The digital issue’s September theme is change. We want your best stories on the theme of change, from corporeal to speculative, from human nature to the leaves of the trees around us. Though we will consider pieces of any length, we prefer submissions of fiction or creative nonfiction in the range of 1500-2500 words.

In addition, to celebrate our inaugural Spring 2017 print issue, we are pleased to announce two contests:

The Mill Prize ($500) will be awarded for a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction (no more than 3,000 words) written by an undergraduate student enrolled during the fall 2016 semester at an accredited institution of higher education.

The Wind Prize ($500) will be awarded for a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction (no more than 3,000 words) written by a current MFA student enrolled during the fall 2016 semester at an accredited institution of higher education.

For rules, guidelines, and announcements, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@HofstraWindmill).

Writing Competitions: Kore Press

Kore Press, an all-women's press based in Tucson, has been in operation since 1993. The vision of the press has been to publish and promote innovative work by a diverse selection of women and female-identified writers, including those traditionally underrepresented in the cultural mainstream. Our mission also includes the education of youth about the power of voice and effecting change through literary activism.

Kore Press 2016 First Book Award
Judge:Robin Coste Lewis
DEADLINE Sept 30, 2016

Kore Press 2016 Short Fiction Award
Judged by: Edwidge Danticat
Aug 30, 2016 NEW DEADLINE

Call for Adventure Stories for Anthology: Adventure Story Reboot

Adventure Story Reboot

The short pitch: Reboot a classic adventure story for a forthcoming anthology from Break Away Books.

The (slightly) longer pitch: Start with any adventure story (or character from an adventure story) in the public domain. Then reboot, reinvent, re-imagine. Feel free to play with any of the tools of fan fiction, including alternate universe, alternate ending, alternate point of view, or crossover. Want some possible examples? Think: Captain Nemo's origin story; Tarzan returning to the jungle as an old man; Zorro dueling D'artagnan; Robinson Crusoe, from Friday's point of view.

Other details: No entry fee. Writers will be paid. Simultaneous submissions okay. Previously published okay. Submissions close on 4/15/2017. Questions? Email:

furunessATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

More details and submission portal here.

Call for Submissions from Community College Students: Painted Cave

Painted Cave Literary Journal is accepting submissions from community college students across the nation for its sixth issue December 2016. Though submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, the deadline for this issue is November 15.
Painted Cave is the online, student-run, faculty-guided literary journal of Santa Barbara City College. The journal has been recognized by the English Council of California for Two-Year Colleges as an outstanding literary magazine.
We publish the work of community college student writers in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Painted Cave reserves First North American Serial Rights. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
Paste your submission in the body of the email to:
paintedcavesubmissions[at] gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )
Also include a short biography and the community college attending. In the subject line include the genre of the submission, title(s) and your name (Creative Nonfiction, “Negative Space,” Jenny Ramirez)
We accept the following genres:
Flash Fiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.
Fiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.
Poetry: 3-5 poems, no more then 50 lines each.
Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece, no more than 5000 words.
Flash Creative Nonfiction: 1-3 pieces, no more than 750 words each.
Dr. Chella Courington, Literary Adviser
Santa Barbara City College

Call for Submissions: Heyday Magazine

Heyday Magazine is an annual digital and print magazine of: Poetry and Artwork. Featuring: Articles, Advice, Interviews, and Reviews from reputable columnists in all aspects of Art. Visit our website for archived poems and artwork.

Submissions open August 1st until October 31st, 2016 for the January 2017 issue.

Call for Submissions to: poets, artists, and writers. Send us your music, videos, artwork, photography, poetry, art that goes along with your poetry, short fiction, comics, cartoons, ideas, suggestions, SEND US ANYTHING! We want to hear from you. Even if you haven’t been previously published or showcased, this is your chance to get an honest reading, hearing or viewing of your creative expression.

Please read our submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Sou'wester Literary Journal

Sou'wester literary journal is now accepting submissions for its next annual print issue. We will be reading your submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction through early 2017. Sou'wester is now printed annually.

Online submissions are free through Submittable.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Call for Submissions on Theme of "Imagining Peace": New Madrid Journal

Deadline: October 15, 2016

We are dedicating the Winter 2017 issue of New Madrid to the theme of “Imagining Peace.” As George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Peace is not only better than war, but infinitely more arduous.” We are looking for work in all literary genres that speaks to this arduousness and that defines peace not just as the absence of war, but as something dynamic in its own right.

Possible categories of interest include: writing by peace activists and refugees, testimonies about immigration or international crises, travel writing, translations, and much more. An in-depth explanation can be found on our website.

We will be accepting submissions from August 15 through October 15, 2016.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Vietnam War Poetry has a new poetry editor, and we have just reopened for submissions. Any and all forms of poetry are welcome, but all poems submitted should be either directly or indirectly related to the Vietnam War and/or its repercussions. Previously published poems are welcome, as long as the original publication is acknowledged.

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty

You are invited to submit an essay or poem for an upcoming anthology titled Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty—target publish date: early 2017.

Women over fifty are “the invisible woman” in American culture. In a society that reveres youth – and particularly young, sexy women – women over fifty fade into the shadows. Yet, for many women at mid-life, this is a time of flowering and coming into one’s own, sexually and otherwise. Many older women love sex and crave the intimacy it provides. For every story of a harried mother who turns her husband away at night, or the older woman who long ago lost her libido, there are legions of others whose sex drives match those of men.

Women over fifty often are just coming into the most sensual/sexually pleasurable part of their lives. They’ve gone through menopause for the most part, and are free of worries about young kids or the fear of pregnancy. A Women’s Health Initiative study released in 2011 surveyed more than 27,000 U.S. women between fifty and seventy-nine years of age from 1993-98. What it found is that most women in reasonable physical and psychological health enjoyed sex after menopause. In fact, the study found that older women who were in sexual relationships for the most part wanted more sex, not less.

So, why is so little attention paid to sex and intimacy among women in later life? Other than a smattering of magazine articles and some academic books, very little has been written about women, sex and intimacy. Oh, there are plenty of how-tos: advice on vaginal dryness and pain during sex and erectile dysfunction. But there is a dearth of essays written by women about their sexual experiences after fifty.

Unmasked explores everything having to do with sex after fifty for women – the feelings, the romance, the positions, the drawbacks, the orgasms, the risks, the kinky, the sublime, the men and – as the case may be – the women.

This book is meant to bring sex after fifty for women into the open, to proclaim that it is important, it is natural and healthy and, for some women, it is absolutely necessary. Unmasked will surprise, inform, and – it is hoped – encourage all women of a certain age to (re)discover their sexuality.

Essays up to 2,500 words welcome. Send them to:

unmaskedwomen14ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Thanks, Marcia Meier and Kathleen Barry, Editors

Poetry Competition: Louisville Literary Arts Writers Block Prize in Poetry

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.

Call for Submissions: Interviewing the Caribbean

Interviewing the Caribbean (IC)—seeks poems, stories, creative non-fiction, interviews and visual art in all media that celebrate Caribbean life.

Caribbean artists at home and in the Diaspora are invited to participate.

NEXT ISSUE - A History of Violence: The Making of Caribbean Society
Caribbean societies are said to be brimming with violence, and the popular sentiment would suggest this is new for the region. While we would agree that the current wave of violence reflects nihilistic tones, we know that this violence is not new, but rather the wanton manifestation of a society that was wrought out of violence.

Submit poems, prose, artwork, interviews that address the various manifestation of violence in Caribbean society, among its people and offer alternative, suggestions, coping mechanism, etc.

Seeking work that is edgy and explores: Political, Domestic, Child, Emotional, Terrorism, Economic, Class, Education and any other manifestation of Violence.

Send work as an MS Word document or images as JPG/TIF 300 dpi resolution to:

interviewingthecaribbeanATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Works are accepted May-September 15, 2016. Please include a 5-line bio (NO MORE), and a photo of contributor (jpeg/300 resolution).

We only accept unpublished works.

Call for Submissions: Waccamaw Journal

Deadline August 31st. 

Submission link.

"We at Waccamaw welcome you to submit your stories, poems, and essays for our Fall 2016 Issue! We are interested in regular submissions, and also work that interests itself in the idea of visibility. Ocular or social. Micro or Macro. Your interpretation is what we'd love to see.

Waccamaw is published online twice a year, in the fall and spring, from The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University. Visit us at our website. We feature contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Waccamaw is a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and is supported by the Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University, as well as by a grant from Fred Hicks III. In the tradition of many a fine literary magazine, it is named after a river.

Our contributors have won Best of the Net and other accolades, and we love publishing beginning and emerging authors as much as seasoned writers.

Submission Guidelines
  • Waccamaw accepts unsolicited submissions of poems, stories, and essays during two submission periods annually: January 15-February 15 and August 1-31.
  • Submissions are accepted only via our online Submission Manager system. We accept files in Word, Rich Text, or Adobe formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf).
  • The editors encourage interested authors to read previous issues of Waccamaw before submitting.
  • Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay (prose submissions preferably under 7,500 words). Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Response time is approximately 2-4 months.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please inform us if submitted work is accepted elsewhere before you receive our response. We do not consider submissions of previously published work in any form (including prior internet publication).
Waccamaw acquires only the first serial publication rights of accepted work. Copyright is asserted on behalf of the author, and all reprint rights revert to the author upon publication."

Post-publication Book Awards: Wordwrite Book Awards

The deadline is September 15th for the inaugural Wordwrite Book Awards celebrating works by independent and university presses, as well as author-published works. To quality, books must have been published in 2014 or 2015 and should have something to do with the themes of peace, kindness, and mindfulness.
Just a note—Lynn Houston, founder and editor-in-chief of Five Oaks Press, will be the judge for the poetry category. The majority of submissions received so far have been in the fiction and non-fiction categories.
There is a $50 fee to enter, which pays a nominal amount to each judge for his/her time in reading submissions and which also helps fund the marketing and promotional package for the finalists/winners.
Submission guidelines here

Poetry Competition for UK Writers: Flambard Poetry Prize 2016

The Flambard Poetry Prize 2016 is now open for submissions. The prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. 1st Prize: £1000. 2nd Prize £250.

This year’s judges are Linda France and Andrew Forster. Linda France has published eight poetry collections since 1992, including The Gentleness of the Very Tall (a Poetry Book Society Recommendation), The Toast of the Kit Cat Club, and, her most recent, Reading the Flowers (Arc 2016). Andrew Forster has published two collections of poetry with Flambard Press: Fear of Thunder (2007) and Territory (2010), and, more recently, Homecoming (2014), with Smith Doorstop.

The cost of entry is £5 per group of five poems. Each poem submitted must be no more than 40 lines long. The prize is open to writers resident in the UK. The closing date for the 2016 competition is: 31st October 2016.

Full details, including terms & conditions, can be found here at our website.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

Deadline: October 31, 2016

3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 13! The elements are Thread, Glaze, and Murmur. 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. We have published new and well-known writers and artists from all over the world. Due October 31.

Issue will be released January 1.

To submit, go here.

Call for Themed True Stories: Proximity

Issue 13 - GUNS
Issue Editor: Stacy Muszynski
Submission deadline: October 15

Issue Editor: Shasta Grant
Submission deadline: January 15

Detailed submission available online.

Writer's and Artist's Fellowships and Residencies: Dickinson House

Dickinson House, an intimate residency space for writers and artists in rural East Flanders, Belgium, is reading applications for 2017 fellowships until 15 September, and for 2017 fee-paying residencies on a rolling basis. There are two fellowships for writers in 2017—one reserved for a writer who currently lives in a place with a population of fewer than 300,000 people. In addition to our fellowships, we offer grants in the form of fee reductions to writers who are highly commended by the jury.

Details about applying for the fellowships and residencies are available here. 

Due to a cancellation, there is one two-week spot open in September 2016 at a reduced rate. Please email: (Change AT to @ )

for details.

Writer's and Artist's Residencies: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, located in Nebraska City, NE offers from fifty to sixty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with private bedroom, private bathroom, their own studio space, fully equipped kitchen and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.

All residents are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration.

Two application deadlines per year. September 1 and March 1.

Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal.

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.

For more info visit our website or call 402-874-9600, email:

info{at}khncenterforthearts{dot}org (Change {at} to @ and {dot} to . )

Pat Friedli, Assistant Director
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410

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Fiction Competition: StoryQuarterly

The Sixth Annual StoryQuarterly Fiction Prize is open for entries.

The winner will receive $1000, and the winner, first runner-up and second runner-up will be published in StoryQuarterly 50.

Limit: Up to 6250 words, double-spaced.

Electronic submissions only.

Please visit our website for more information and a link to our submission upload form.

Contest closes in October.

The contest judge will also be announced on our website later this summer.

Call for Submissions to Anthology about Marine Wildlife: Zoomorphic

Zoomorphic, the online literary journal that publishes work in celebration and defence of animals, is currently inviting submissions, themed around marine wiidlife, for its first print anthology. The book, and the accompanying online issue, will be launched in December at a Zoomorphic event hosted by the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology in Brighton, UK, as part of the Do You Speak Seagull? festival.

Please follow the detailed submissions guidelines on the Zoomorphic website.

Deadline for submissions of poetry and visual art – 16th September 2016.

Deadline for submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction and science and conservation journalism – 10th October 2016.

Call for Full-length Poetry Manuscripts: Terrapin Books

Terrapin Books is now open for submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts: August 1-31, 2016.
Please check out and follow our Guidelines. 
We are proud to be publishing books by Neil Carpathios, Lynne Knight, Jessica de Koninck, and Christine Stewart-Nunez. We look forward to reading your work.
Visit Terrapin Books, a small press for poetry.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Call for Submissions from Black Women Writers: TORCH

Calling all black women writers - TORCH is accepting submissions!

Send us your poetry and prose. Send us your stories and truth. Send us your passion and grit.

We read you. We see you. We are you. We are here!

Deadline August 31.

Call for Nonfiction Submissions to Anthology: Janeland

Anthology Seeking Submissions: Janeland

Deadline: September 15, 2016

Six years have passed since the publication of Lambda Literary Award finalist Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women, a groundbreaking exploration of sexual fluidity through intimate, firsthand stories. This anthology remains a crucial resource for women who find themselves deliciously (and distressingly) floundering in the knowledge that although they have always identified as straight, they are now madly in love with another woman. It’s time to update, extend, broaden, and strengthen the conversation in the sequel. Tell us your story.

For more information, go to our website.

Post-Publication Book Award: 2nd Annual Phillip H. McMath Award

Second Annual Phillip H. McMath Award

The Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas is pleased to announce the Second Annual Philip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award and to congratulate Brittani Sonnenberg, whose novel Home Leave, won the first award.

Genre Unlimited-NOT limited to Arkansas books or writers.

$500 and Travel Expenses as Featured Author at the Arkatext Literary Festival, Spring 2017

The mission of this award is to honor the contributions of Philip H. McMath to the Arkansas literary community, and to promote stellar books by emerging writers.

This award is open for nominations between June 15 and October 15 (postmark deadline).

Entry fee: $25.00

For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Essay Competition on Theme of Memories, Dreams, Sensualities: 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

Entry fee: $10.00

Full details are at our website.

Nonfiction Competition on Theme of Borders and Boundaries: Lumina

The 2016 LUMINA Nonfiction Contest is considering work on the theme: Borders and Boundaries

Submit here.

We are looking for bold, beautiful, and new interpretations of all the ways we interface with borders and boundaries in our world: travel, immigration, maps, gender, sexuality, love, citizenship, race, the physical body, language, death, the interior vs. the exterior, atmospheric layers, psychological barriers, prisons, fences, rules and relationships, challenging the boundaries among genres, and anything else this theme conjures up.

  • Deadline: September 1, 2016
  • Please read the guidelines carefully. If you include your personal information on the document, or exceed the limit, your submission will not be considered.
  • Submission Fee: $12 
  •  Include a 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter. 
  •  Submit up to two pieces, 5,000 words maximum per piece. Please include the word count for each piece on the first page of the piece. You must submit your work in a single document, even if you are sending two separate pieces. 
  •  DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission. 
  •  Previously published works will not be considered. 
  •  We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
First Place: $750 and Publication in LUMINA, Vol. XVI
Second Place: Publication in LUMINA, Vol. XVI
Third Place: Publication in LUMINA, Vol. 7 Online Literary Journal

Learn more and submit your work online here.

Writing Competition: Blue Mesa Review

Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest: Opens June 1, 2016

Deadline August 31, 2016 

Entry portal. 

Entry fee: $12.00

Each year Blue Mesa Review holds a writing contest in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. The 2016 judges are: Ocean Vuong for Poetry, Jensen Beach for Fiction, and Debra Monroe for Nonfiction. We encourage you to submit your very best work online through our submissions manager.

First place winners receive a cash prize of $500 and publication in Blue Mesa Review and second place will also receive publication. We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions: Swamp Ape Review

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Swamp Ape Review is the new beast in South Florida’s growing body of literature. We are a national online journal (produced by the MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University) looking for original work in 5 areas: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art (graphics/photography, multimedia, or video), and swamp—our fifth category for works that defy genre.

Submissions will be accepted until September 1st for publication in winter. 

For more info and the “why” behind our name and nature, visit our website.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Call for Published (2016-2017 pub dates) Books: Virginia Festival of the Book

The 23rd annual Virginia Festival of the Book is now open for submissions!

Our shelves are empty, the online application form is published, and we are eager to read. Do you have a book published in 2016 or by mid-March 2017? The Virginia Festival of the Book is now accepting submissions for the 23rd annual Virginia Festival of the Book, March 22-26, 2017.
Guidelines and the online form can be found via How To Participate. The deadline is October 1, 2016.

Submit an Application here.

Submissions for the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book are open! Please read the information and instructions below before submitting your application.

Deadline: October 1, 2016
  • Online Applications: Only online applications are accepted. These may be submitted by authors, illustrators, or other publishing professionals.
  • Agents and Representatives: Agents and author representatives are encouraged to submit if they have the authors’ consent. Please let the authors know that their names have been submitted for consideration.
  • Publishing Date Priorities: Preference is given to books released either in hardback or paperback in 2016 and up to March 20, 2017. Books must be available for sale by March 20, 2017 in order to be considered for the 2017 Festival.
  • Book or ARC submissions: An application is not complete until we have received two copies of the book or advanced reader’s copy [ARC]. Digital ARCs cannot be accepted. If it will not be available until after the October 1 deadline, please note that in the Comments box and let us know when it will be available. Books or ARCs not available by November 1 cannot be considered. We cannot return books. Submissions not accepted for inclusion in the Festival will be donated to the local library.
  • Multiple submissions: If you wish to submit more than one title for an author, please provide details about the second title in the comments field. Please do not submit multiple forms for the same author, even if the books are in different genres and published by different publishers. Provide the necessary details in comments.
  • Series authors: Please submit the title of the newest book in a series as of March 2017.
  • Book Sales: The Festival arranges ALL book sales, working with local bookstores and booksellers; they arrange ordering books. (Upon occasion, authors will need to provide their own books, and we will notify individual authors when that is necessary.)
  • Festival Structure: Most Festival programs offer panels with two to four participants and a moderator. Festival organizers select the panelists and assign the venues. Book sales and signing immediately follow and are held in the same venue.
  • Publicity and Promotion: Participants and their books are promoted widely through the Festival website and printed materials; in regional and national media; and in blogs, podcasts, social media, and networking sites. The Festival will provide participants with a press release, Festival facts sheet, and logos.
  • Previous Years’ Applications: Previous participants must reapply each year. In order to encourage diversity of Festival offerings, preference is given to authors who did not participate in the prior year’s Festival.
  • Travel: Most authors are asked to assume some or all of the costs of participation, including travel and lodging.
  • Decisions: Application notifications will be provided by January 15, 2017.
Information Requested: You may wish to gather the following information for the online application: author’s contact information, photo, and forty-word bio; author’s website, Twitter, and Facebook links; publicist’s contact information; and whether the author is willing to do school presentations or to moderate a Festival panel.

Questions? Please contact Festival staff at:

vabookATvirginiaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Goldman Walkman Magazine

Submission Info 

Deadline - August 31, 2016

Golden Walkman Magazine released its first Dialogue Starter Issue 7/20/16.

This issue features contributor-provided music that writers will use to inspire new poetry/fiction/etc. Here's how it works:


1. Go to
2. Read the guideline for "Writing"
3. Listen to the song "Slow Temptation" by Sophie Jupillat
4. Be inspired + Write something new
5. Submit

The musical artist will choose her favorite(s) to be published in a later issue. No fee or restrictions on form/length/etc.