Sunday, November 27, 2016

Call for Submissions: Pithead Chapel

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

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

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

2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers

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

There is no entry fee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Submissions: The Skinny Poetry Journal

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

Creative Nonfiction Competition: The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

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

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

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

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

Two book prizes: Short Fiction and Poetry

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

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

Submission deadline: January 15, 2017

Entry Fee: $25.00

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

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

For details, visit our website.

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

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

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

Writing Competition: 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories.

Reading Fee: $30

Award: $1,000 cash advance, quarter-page color ad with author photo in Poets & Writers magazine announcing our winner, publication of winning short story collection.

Enter: Submit online with Submittable or by mail from September 1–December 31, 2016. Press 53 publisher and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2017; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2017.

Complete details at our website

Previous winners:

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

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

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

Writing Competition: The Everett Southwest Literary Award

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

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

See website for full contest details.

or contact Dr. Cnstance Squires at:

csquires1ATucoDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Send submissions to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submit to:

olderqueervoicesATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Writing Competitions: Creative Nonfiction Magazine

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thank you!
Hannah Lynn
Editorial Assistant

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

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

Poetry Chapbook Competition: The Fifth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition

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

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

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

Call for Essays about Music: At Length

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

Send work to music editor Danny Caine:  

musicATatlengthmagDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Music, Writing, Art and Photography. Our website. 

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Fiction Competition: Beloit Fiction Journal

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Deadline: December 10, 2016

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

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

or submit electronically.

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

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

Postmark deadline Dec. 10, 2016.

Visit the Beloit Fiction Journal at our website.

Call for Submissions: Gone Lawn

Deadline: December 30, 2016

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

Please visit our website for more information. 

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

Deadline: January 1, 2017

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

Please visit our website for complete guidelines. 

Call for Submissions of Micro-Fiction: Blink-Ink

Deadline: December 14, 2016

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

Submissions open November 1 through December 14. 

For more information on how to submit, visit our website

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Call for Submissions: Eastern Iowa Review

Deadline: December 31, 2016; March 31, 2017

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

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

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

Call for Submissions: Berkeley Poetry Review

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

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

Submit at our website.


bpreditorsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Belletrist Magazine

Deadline: January 31, 2017

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

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

Visit our website for more information on how to submit.

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

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

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

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

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

Submission Guidelines:

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

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

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

Mail submission to:

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

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

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

Questions? Email Kylee at:

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

or Jaquelyn at:

daughteroftheliberatorATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Call for Submissions: GNU

Deadline: December 17, 2016

The motto of the GNU literary journal is "All Genres are Created Equal." We accept traditional literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; but we are also friendly to genre fiction, YA literature, short plays, comics, photography, and writing that defies classification. The GNU is an annual online literary journal run by the MFA students at National University.

We never charge a submission fee. Please see our submission guidelines for details.

Call for Anthology Submissions: Two Eyes Open

MacKenzie Publishing is accepting fiction submissions for its second anthology, stories for 18+, titled TWO EYES OPEN (horror, suspense, thriller, mystery, etc.).
Submission deadline: March 31, 2017, or when anthology is full.
Payment: $10 Canadian per story, paid via Paypal
Word count: 2,500 to 5,000 words
Publication date: August 1, 2017
To Submit: 
Paste info and document in the body of an email (no attachments) in this order:
-Title of story, your name, email, word count
-Bio (up to 150 words)
Put the title of your submission in the subject line.
Email stories to MacKenzie Publishing at:
TwoEyesOpenAnthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Visit our website for more info.

Call for Submissions: FLARE

Deadline: January 15, 2017 

FLARE: The Flagler Review is looking for evocative, compelling fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and artwork for its Spring 2017 edition. Want to be part of it? Submissions are now being accepted.

FLARE is the award-winning literary journal at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. We seek new, up-and-coming, and established writers and artists.

For more information, visit our website.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Errant Mythologies: pacificREVIEW

pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual is currently considering work in all genres for our next themed issue: Errant Mythologies.

Please send us your work via Submittable. 

Deadline: February 14, 2017

Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us upon acceptance elsewhere.

General and genre specific guidelines are available at our Submittable page.

Call for Submissions: Marathon Literary Review

Marathon Literary Review is accepting submissions until 11/30. We accept art, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

For guidelines and to submit, visit our website

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Call for Submissions: Milk Journal

Milk Journal is now reviewing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for our third issue!

Poetry: Please send 3 - 5 pieces in one single document.
Fiction: Please send pieces of up to 5000 words in .doc or .docx format.
Non-fiction: Please send pieces of up to 5000 words in .doc or .docx format.

Submissions will remain open until November 30th, 2016. Please send us your most gut-wrenching, your strangest, and your most enthralling work - we are open to all types of form and content. Our guidelines are available at our website, where you may also familiarize yourself with our previous issues.

Writing Fellowships in Poetry and Nonfiction: Colgate University

Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of nonfiction and poetry who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2017 to early May 2018) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellows will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $40,500 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided.

Complete applications (deadline February 1, 2017) consist of a cover letter; resume; three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the candidate's abilities as a teacher; and a maximum of 30 double-spaced manuscript pages of prose or 20 single-spaced pages of poetry. The writing sample may be a completed work or an excerpt from something larger. Complete applications must be submitted through our portal.

Colgate is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the University's education mission.

Call for Mico-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. ​

Call for Submissions: five80split

The five80split is looking to publish new and innovative works of visual/digital art, conceptual art and design, photography, poetry, long and short form fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, novel/graphic novel excerpts, comics, interviews, scripts, transcripts, translations, etc. Please see each category for specific guidelines.

No preference is given to any specific style or genre; we only seek original works of quality. There will be no specific theme for this issue.

Have something in mind but aren't quite sure if it's what we're "looking for"...? Great! Send it our way and maybe we'll publish it.

One entry from each category will also receive a cash prize in addition to being featured in the print edition.

To be considered for publication in issue 19 of the five80split's annual print edition, please read through the following submission guidelines carefully. Thank you!

Submit your work here. We look forward to reading your submission(s)!

A note regarding First American Serial Rights:
"Upon publication, the five80split takes First American Serial Rights to the piece. This means that five80split is the first one to publish the work, and we can use it in our print and online magazine. However, once the journal is out, the rights revert back to the artist. That is, they are able to publish it in an anthology, or another site (if they allow it) so long as they credit five80split."

Chapbook Competition: Palooka Press


The press was founded to offer a publishing opportunity for writers seeking a home for shorter manuscripts.


We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren't looking for a particular aesthetic. We're willing to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we're flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka.


*Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover)
*$200 honorarium
*20 free copies of the book
*A bio and photo featured on our website
*Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion

DEADLINE: May 15, 2017


All submissions are read "blind" to ensure pure contest ethics. The contest judge is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. Jonathan has published essays, stories, poetry, and plays in The Sun, Missouri Review, Threepenny Review, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Greensboro Review, Shenandoah, Brevity, River Teeth, and Fourth Genre, among others.


*Amount: Multiple submissions are permitted.
*Page count: 35-50 pages, roughly, but we're open to more or less.
*Formatting: No author information on the manuscript.
*Bio section: Please identify if the manuscript is fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid.
*Simultaneous submissions: Encouraged. Please withdraw your manuscript if accepted elsewhere.
*It's OK if some of the work has been previously published; proper citations will be made.



For questions, please e-mail the editor at:

palooka[at]protonmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )

Writing Competition: Causeway Literary

Causeway Literary is searching for captivating fiction (Deadline: Nov. 25, 2016) and creative nonfiction (Deadline: Dec. 25, 2016) entries for our current contest. We're the digital component to Dogwood, the Literary Magazine for Fairfield University. Our winners are promoted for three months before a new winner is chosen, and the writers get several great perks during their time as the reigning champ, including a primo spot on our website.

Place to submit, as well as submission guidelines, can be found here. No entry fee.

Otherwise, we can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and, of course, at our website. 

Thank you!

Call for Submissions: Arts and Letters

Dear Reader,

Do you know what we love about fall? Settling in with a warm beverage to read some of your tantalizing prose and poetry! Our reading period is open for fiction, flash, creative nonfiction, and poetry all season until the end of January. Send us your best, polished work online. 

Not sure if your writing will be a good match? Browse our website for featured work pulled from recent issues, or pick up an issue through the Arts & Letters Exchange. We don’t limit ourselves to only reading traditional narratives and forms—if you write experimental prose or poetry, we might have a place for your work too. You won’t know until you try us!

Looking forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions: Your Impossible Voice

Your Impossible Voice publishes brash and velvety new work from around the world. We’re looking for quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and more. We like urgency, innovation, intelligence, and risk. We’re interested in what language can do and in challenging our own preconceptions. Send us work that frustrates our ideas of beauty and illuminates surreal new intersections. Ignite our understanding of form. We are drawn to sharp juxtapositions, secret codes, and mysterious circumstances.

Past contributors include: Arisa White, Jessica Hagedorn, Gillian Conoley, Lewis Buzbee, Arielle Greenberg, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Ascher/Straus, Chris Campanioni, Steve Davenport, Daniel Borzutzky, John R. Keene, R. Zamora Linmark, Yuri Herrera, and more.

For submission guidelines please visit us online.

Call for Submissions by Women: Fiftiness

Call For Submissions- Life After 50- More Thankful on Thanksgiving?

In addition to our continual call for submission about women 50 and over, for November we are looking for Thanksgiving stories by and about women over fifty.

Submissions can range from(and certainly not limited to): 

- how being 50 and over has made you more Thankful.
- favorite recipes that you have grown to appreciate - in which you are invited to share!
- how the holidays have changed after empty nesting.
- how the holidays have changed for you through the years in general.
- and anything else that might involve 50 yrs. (and older women) and Thanksgiving!

Thank you and we look forward to reading your submissions.

Check out our website and please see our submissions guidelines here.

Please submit your work here under the how we celebrate ourselves category.

We want 300 words (and photos, if possible).

Call for Submissions: Cahoodaloodaling

Issue #22 – Of Distance and Discord guest edited by Sade Andria Zabala
For our winter 2017 issue, cahoodaloodaling welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid, visual and audio arts about what isolates you from other people. Give us burned bridges, diaspora, visa stamps, i-miss-yous, anxiety meds, awkward frustrations, and ugly-crying loneliness.
Tell us what your distance is made of. We want to see the spaces that don’t exist to the naked eye, and the spaces that do. Come those with long distance: expats, nomads, overseas workers; come those who experience distance through societal constructs, through privilege and disadvantage; come armed with people made for leaving—everyone is welcome. So think “Distance in Translation”; think “The Art of Separation”; think “Distance up Close.”
The distance between people have untold stories often left to hang open. In this issue, we want you to close the gap.
Submissions due 12/17/16. Issue live 1/31/17.