Sunday, September 25, 2016

Call for Submissions: Goldman Walkman Magazine

Golden Walkman Magazine

Golden Walkman Magazine is open for submissions in all genres: poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. All work accepted is published in podcast format in the voice of the author.

Find more information on submitting your work here.

Call for Submissions: Windmill

Windmill: Hofstra’s new literary journal, is now accepting submissions for fiction and creative nonfiction, and art and photography.

Submissions for our January 2017 issue will be accepted from August 15th to October 15th. Submissions for web will be accepted from August to May, following the academic year. 

We also are pleased to announce two contests: The Mill Prize ($500) will be awarded for a piece of fiction or creative nonfiction written by an undergraduate student. The Wind Prize ($500) will be awarded for a piece of fiction or nonfiction written by a current MFA student.

Entry fee for both competitions: $10.00

To submit or enter the contest, go here.

Short Story Competition for DC-area Teens: Gaithersburg Book Festival

Short story contest for DC-area teens

The Gaithersburg Book Festival wants high school students to express their creativity in the seventh annual short story contest. The 2017 contest marks the first time that students have the freedom to write about whatever they want, with no opening lines or artwork to serve as inspiration.

“We’ve read some pretty amazing writing by some very talented young people during the past six years,” said Jud Ashman, festival chair and Mayor of the City of Gaithersburg. “This year we are changing up the contest and look forward to seeing what students can produce when there are no limits, no constraints.”

To participate in the short story contest, students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or be in a homeschool program, for the 2016-17 school year, and must reside in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. 

Stories cannot exceed 1,000 words and must be submitted as a Word document to:

writingcontestATgaithersburgbookfestivalDOTorg  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by midnight ET on Friday, February 17, 2017.

Up to 12 stories will be selected as finalists and posted on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website prior to the Book Festival. The first-, second- and third-place winners and the fan favorite will be announced at the Festival on Saturday, May 20, 2017, and will be awarded $100, $75, $50 and $25 gift certificates, respectively, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

Complete rules and regulations can be found online.

Call for Prison-theme Submissions: Little Patuxent Review

Seeking Prison-theme submissions 

Little Patuxent Review is accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for it's Winter issue on the theme of Prison. We look forward to reading your creative interpretation of the theme!

Deadline is October 24.

See submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Sun Star Review

Sun Star Review is currently open for submissions to our Winter 2017 issue. We are seeking prose (whether fiction, nonfiction, flash, long, or simply unclassifiable), poetry, visual art, and mixed media work.

Aesthetically, we prefer nuance to flash. We look for depth and emotional resonance. And we appreciate risk taking and ambitiousness¾so long as the ambition is earnest. We love to read experimental work: work that plays with craft and genre, work that blends the real and the fantastical, work that challenges our sense of perspective. Our journal is also committed to promoting diverse voices, and we love to see points of view that aren’t well represented in the general literary scene.

We’ll be accepting no fee submissions for this issue through November 15 at our website. 

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

Call for Submissions on Theme of Anne of Green Gables: NonBinary Review

NonBinary Review is currently reading for its Anne of Green Gables issue.

Fiction/nonfiction up to 5,000 words, poetry, art. We pay 1¢ per word for fiction/nonfiction, $10 per poem, and $25 for art. 

We're looking for works that interact with the characters/locations/storyline of Anne of Green Gables - pieces that re-examine this classic and bring fresh insight or interesting new perspectives. NonBinary Review especially welcomes authors/artists of color, gender nonconformists, and writers from outside North America and Western Europe. 

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

 For more information, or to submit, go here

Post-publication Book Award for First Short Story Collection: Drake University Emerging Writing Award

Post-publication award for a first book of short stories
The Drake University Writers & Critics Series is accepting submissions for its eighth annual Drake University Emerging Writer Award. The faculty and students of Drake University’s English Department select one outstanding first book from among the entries, and the author receives an honorarium of $1000 plus travel and lodging expenses to read at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
This year, the award is open to single-author first books of short stories (collections) only. Authors must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the reading at Drake University in November 2017 to receive the award. The following are ineligible for the awards: 1) authors who have published more than one book of short stories through independent, university, or commercial publishers; 2) entries from vanity presses and self-published books; 3) current students and employees of Drake University. 
Entries must have a copyright date of 2014 or later, and may be submitted by the author or the publisher.
Submissions must include a copy of the published book; a cover letter that includes a brief biography, contact information (phone and email) for the author, and a statement affirming that this is the author’s first book-length publication of a collection of short stories.
Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2016. Materials postmarked after November 1, 2016 will not be considered. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Drake University English Department. ARCs are acceptable only if the book will be published before December 31, 2016, and a finished copy should be sent when it is available.
The winner will be notified by May 1, 2017. All entrants will be notified of the results by June 1, 2017.
Send all materials to:
Drake University Emerging Writer Award
c/o Brian Spears, Writers and Critics Series
English Department, Howard Hall
Drake University
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
For questions about the award or the series, please e-mail:
brian.spearsATdrakeDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for YA Submissions: The Crawl Space Journal

Do You Write For Young Adults? Call for Submissions

Submission portal. 

The Crawl Space Journal is now open for submissions! We are accepting poetry and short fiction (1500 words max) for their Spring 2017 issue scheduled to release on the Ides of March: March 15, 2017. We are looking for great writing, especially short forms: poems, prose, and flash fiction, within the realms of magical realism, fabulism, and fantasy. Our readers are mainly between the ages of 11 and 14.

To submit without fee:
• We only accept submissions via submittable
• Include a cover letter with a third person bio.
• We do accept simultaneous submissions, but ask that you let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.
• We do not take previously published work at this time.
• You own your work after publishing, but ask that you recognize The Crawl Space Journal in future publications.
• We are not yet a paying journal, but have plans to become one in the future.
Submissions close on October 31, 2016.

Poetry Competition: Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets
Deadline: December 1, 2015
The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. 
The winner receives USD $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press. No entry fee is required. Manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.
The African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board will judge. A winner will be announced in January.
For more information, please visit our website or contact the Book Prize Coordinator at:
psbookprizeATunlDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Writing Competition for Mystery/Romance/Suspense Short Fiction: Collaborative Writing Challenge

CWC - Collaborative Writing Challenge is delighted to announce we have opened up a unique opportunity to feature a short story as a stand alone piece in one of our upcoming novels.

Our next collaborative novel: The Map, is set to be published in December 2016, and falls under the Mystery/Romance/Suspense Genre. Short story submissions must also be fiction and in this genre.

The deadline is 30th September 2016.

Max word count is 3500.

The successful story will be published at the end of the book, with full credit and links to your persoanl/business pages. You will also recieve a paperback copy of The Map once it is released, and it will be featured on the CWC website.

Due to the short submission period, we have set the submission fee at only $5 per piece.

Please read our complete guidelines here.

Best of luck!

Call for Submissions Related to China: Brushtalks: A Journal of China

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Brush Talks is a newly established journal of creative nonfiction, photography, and poetry related to China. We are currently seeking submissions (especially nonfiction prose and photos) for our second issue, to be published in the fall of 2016.

No submission fee.

Please visit our website for more information and read the submission guidelines before submitting.

Call for Submissions: Peacock Journal

Peacock Journal a daily online literary & arts magazine highlighting beauty in all its forms, seeks original submissions of Fiction, Art, Photography, Translations, Non-Fiction and Poetry from emerging and established writers and artists. We want to see your most beautiful work, however you define the term. Submissions are read year round. Please see the website for complete guidelines.

Submit work using the online submission form at our website.

Poetry Competition for Women over 50: 2016 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize

2016 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize:

A Poetry Contest for Women Over Age 50 

DEADLINE: Nov. 30, 2016 

Judges: The editors of Two Sylvias Press--
Kelli Russell Agodon and Annette Spaulding-Convy 

Prize: $1000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press
(print book and eBook publication, plus a vintage art nouveau pendant)
Reading Fee: $20 ($35 includes copy of winning book) 

The Wilder Series Book Prize is open to women over 50 years of age (established or emerging poets) and includes a $1000 prize, publication by Two Sylvias Press, 20 copies of the winning book, and a vintage, art nouveau pendant. Women submitting manuscripts may be poets with one or more previously published chapbooks/books or poets without any prior chapbook/book publications.

All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Please read the complete guidelines below before submitting your manuscript.

Submission Requirements:
Please submit an original, unpublished full-length manuscript of poetry (no translations or previously self-published books). Individual poems may have been previously published in journals, magazines, anthologies, and chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished.

Open to: Women over the age of 50 (born on or before November 30, 1966)
Note: We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

Length: 60-100 pages of poems
(One poem per page. Note: poems can be longer than one page, we just want to make sure each poem begins on its own page and that two poems are never included on the same page.)

Manuscript should include a table of contents and an acknowledgments page for previously published poems.

Poet’s name should not appear in the manuscript.

A poet may submit more than one manuscript for consideration. Submit additional manuscript(s) in a separate email(s) and include submission fee(s).

Simultaneous submissions allowed. Please notify us at:

TwoSylviasPressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

NOTE: Our mission at Two Sylvias Press is to support poets. Your manuscript will NOT be disqualified if it was submitted incorrectly. We will not penalize you for trying and making a mistake. If we have a question or concern about your manuscript format, we will contact you and allow you to resubmit. Please know that we are on your side. Thank you for trusting us with your work.


Learn more about Two Sylvias Press here.

Call for Submissions on the Theme of Mental Health Issues: Amygdala

Amygdala is now accepting submissions for its fourth issue! We are looking for creative non-fiction, fiction, and art that elucidate the wide range of issues and emotions mental health disorders evoke from both new and seasoned writers alike. Poetry submissions will not be considered for this reading period.

We will be reading submitted work from September 8th through November 10th.

Work that contains unnecessary or gratuitous violence/sex will not be considered.

Our goal is to build a sense of community by creating a platform for people to bring mental health issues into dialogue.

Amygdala originated at the University of Illinois in Springfield in 2015.

Please see our full submission guidelines here. 

For further inquiries send an email to:

amygdalalitmagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )​

Call for Submissions: OVS Magazine

OVS Magazine is open to submissions for their Revived issue in January 2017! Each submission will be considered for the Feature in both art and poetry for the Revived Issue! We are currently reading for this issue and will be until November 16th. So get it in soon!

Send us your work for inclusion. Black and White Art, any medium as long as we can get a good high resolution photograph or scan. Poetry of any style or length...almost. We do not publish epic poems or inspirational/devotional works.

Please send your cover letter and bio along with up to six pieces through our submission system.

We look forward to reading and viewing all of your fabulous work. We do not publish previously published works, we do ask that you read some of our content first, and finally, simultaneous submissions are fine, but let us know right away.

Short Fiction Competition for Emerging Writers: Boulevard

$1,500 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning story by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.

  • All entries must be submitted online by December 31, 2016 by midnight CT.
  • Entry fee is $16 for each individual story, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription.
  • Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.
  • Cover sheets are not necessary.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
  • We accept works up to 8,000 words.
  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates.
  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
  • The winning story will be first announced on the website, traditionally during June, though occasionally earlier, and then published in the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 issue of Boulevard.
For more information, please visit our website.

Submit entries here.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Call for Submissions: Pembroke Magazine

Pembroke Magazine Back-to-School Special: Submit for Free in September

To celebrate the start of another new school year, we’re waiving submission fees for the month of September. Send us your best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for the chance at publication in Volume 49 of Pembroke Magazine—set to debut at AWP 2017.

For details, visit our website. We look forward to reading your work.

Writing Competition: Southern Indiana Review

Southern Indiana Review will award two prizes of $2000 each and publication in SIR for works of poetry and fiction (short story, novella, or stand-alone novel excerpt) written in English submitted under the following guidelines.

Each submission must:
  • Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 24, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.
  • Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review. Please do not send cash.
  • List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title of submission on a cover page. Cover pages do not count towards page limit.
  • List only the title(s) of submission on each page thereafter.
  • For poetry submissions: Consist of no more than four poems (with an additional limit of ten total pages in 12-point font, no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission.
  • For fiction submissions: Be fewer than forty typed pages (12-point font) per each individual submission.
  • Be addressed to:
Southern Indiana Review, Mary C. Mohr Award
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN, 47712. · 
  • Be postmarked or electronically uploaded by October 3, 2016.
  • Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.
  • Current and former students of Jericho Brown and Adam Johnson (excluding conference/short-term workshops) are not eligible for the (corresponding genre) Award.
  • Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.
All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subjects are eligible. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted. All rights revert to the writer upon publication. If the announced judge is unable to reach a decision, SIR editors will select the winner(s).

Call for Submissions on Theme of "State of the Union": Iron Horse Literary Review

Iron Horse Literary Review is kicking off this production year by opening our submission gates to our State of the Union Issue. We're looking for poems, stories, and essays that focus upon the potential of unity and union, the splendor of diversity, the belief in progress.

We're also considering those darker manuscripts that contemplate moments when we have failed. So our State of the Union issue will mourn when we have foundered but will look forward to tomorrow . . . because we aren't interested in going backward to "again." History repeating itself is rarely a good idea. So send us your work--literary, artistic, grounded in reality (or the surreal!), and not sermons on the obvious but rather manuscripts that deliver maverick scenes and stories and people so distinctive no one can deny them.

Submit now through Sept 23 online here.

Call for Fiction and Art: Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk, a quarterly online journal of culture, environment, and sustainability, is seeking new fiction and visual art for Issue [10], set to release this September.

Past issues addressed themes ranging from body identity to technology and alienation, mental illness, animal welfare, nostalgia, passion, and purpose.

Check out previous issues at our website, then send us your fresh new work!

No deadline to submit. No reading fees. 


Call for Submissions: Rathalla Review

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Rathalla Review seeks submissions for our Fall 2016 issue. We are looking for well-crafted fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, or art from emerging or established authors or artists.

For more information and to see our guidelines go to our Submittable page or our website.

Call for Flash Fiction: The Conium Review Online Compendium

Deadline: November 1, 2016

The Conium Review Online Compendium is open to flash fiction submissions from September 1st through November 1st.

Send up to three pieces, each under 1,000 words. We like innovative work with strange characters and inventive settings. Paragraphed stories are welcome, but we also encourage atypical forms of storytelling, such as lists, letters, receipts, and other marginalia. We're especially interested in submissions from women, writers of color, LGBTQIA authors, and writers with disabilities.

Full guidelines here.

Fiction Chapbook Competition: Omnidawn's Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize

Omnidawn's Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize

See guidelines for submission here.

Open to all writers: no expectations or limitations regarding the amount of work a writer has published.

Winner receives $1,000, publication, and 100 copies.

Reading Fee: $18.00

Accepting electronic & postal submissions August 1 - October 17, 2016. 

Bradford Morrow will judge.

Fiction Competition: 2016 Indiana Fiction Prize

2016 Fiction Prize
Final Judge: Aimee Bender
Complete guidelines for contest entry here.

Submissions to the 2016 Fiction Prize will be open from SEPTEMBER 1st to OCTOBER 31st.
Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are considered for publication.

The reading fee for one entry is $20 and includes a year subscription to the journal.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Call for Submissions: Into the Void Magazine

Deadline: September 25, 2016
Into The Void Magazine seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Issue Two. There is no theme. We want work that screams out from inside you and grabs hold of us. We want to hear what you have no choice but to tell. Unpublished and less established writers have as good a chance as any—it’s all about the writing.

There is a €1.40 submission fee but if you buy Issue One in any format, it’s free to submit.

Deadline September 25th. All details here.

Poetry Competition: 3rd Annual William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest

3rd Annual William Dickey
Memorial Broadside Contest

First Prize: $1,000, plus the publication of a limited edition of letterpress broadsides. 

Entry Fee: $10. One entry of one poem per poet (may be previously published). 

Format: Poems must be between 12-30 lines. (Stanza breaks count as lines). Include a separate cover sheet with your contact information. Do not put your name on the poem.

Deadline: We will begin receiving entries Sept.15, 2016 - Nov. 15, 2016. 

Judge: Mary Ruefle.


hit & run press
1569 Solano Ave. #379,
Berkeley, CA 94707.

Winner will be announced on our website on March 1, 2017.

Writing Competition: The Mississippi Review Prize

The 2017 Mississippi Review Prize

Entry link.

The contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and poetry. Winners and finalists will make up next summer's print issue of the national literary magazine Mississippi Review. The contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi.

Fiction entries should be 1,000-8,000 words and poetry entries should be 3-5 poems totaling 10 pages or less. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Paper entry fee is $15 per entry, payable by check or money order to "Mississippi Review". Online submission entry fee is $16, payable through SUBMITTABLE.

Each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. No manuscripts will be returned. Previously published work is ineligible. The contest opens August 1 and the deadline is January 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in early March, and publication is scheduled for June of 2017.

Entries should have "MR Prize," author name, address, phone, e-mail and title of work on page one.

Send paper entries to:

Mississippi Review Prize 2017
118 College Drive #5144
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406-0001


Enter online at SUBMITTABLE.

These are the complete guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at:

msreviewATusmDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or call at 601.266.4321.

Poetry Competition: William Stafford Prize in Poetry

William Stafford Prize in Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Rosebud Magazine is given biennially for a poem. In 2016, Lyn Lifshin and John Smelcer will judge. Several honorable mentions are awarded $100 and publication. Send up to three poems with a single $12 entry fee payable to ROSEBUD to:

John Smelcer, Poetry Editor
William Stafford Award for Poetry
19544 Sunset Trail
Kirksville, MO 63501

jesmelcerATaolDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Entries must be postmarked on or by 11/10/16

For complete guidelines and online submission options go here

Call for Submissions: Subprimal Poetry Art

Submission link.

Submissions Open

Submissions are now open for the next issue of Subprimal Poetry Art. We look for poetry, flash fiction, and art work. New this time around, we’re also looking for essays regarding the creative process. We pay our contributors.

For details, please see the submissions guidelines page - while some parts are the same, quite a bit has changed. Even if you’re familiar with this page from before, you should take another look.

Have a Call for Submissions? Are you an editor or staff member in the small / independent press community? Subprimal Poetry Art will list your call for submissions. No charge, just to help spread the word and connect with others. Go here for more info.
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Thanks everybody for your creative contributions and your support.

Poetry Competition: The Green Rose Prize

The Green Rose Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose
$2000 + publication

Entry fee: $25.00

•Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. New Issues may publish as many as three manuscripts from this competition.

Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2016. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2017 and published in the spring of 2018.

•Submit a manuscript at least 40 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title.

•On-line submissions are also welcome at our Submittable portal 

Fiction Writing Competition: StoryQuarterly Sixth Annual Fiction Prize

We are happy to announce that our Sixth Annual Fiction Prize will be judged by Alexander Chee, author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award as well as fellowships from the NEA, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR.

Please visit our website for full contest details.

The contest closes on October 15.

Entry fee: $15.00 

Award: $1000 plus publication in StoryQuarterly

Call for Submissions: Saved Objects

Join us in exploring the universal topics of loss and memory. Submit a photograph and a brief description, story or poem about an object in memoriam and help us build an enriching collective art experience.

How to Submit:

Honor your deceased loved one, family member or friend by taking a photograph of a unique or utilitarian object, memento or heirloom that once belonged to him or her, and then write a brief description, story or poem (limit 250 words) about how this object holds memories and stories related to your relationship with the deceased person.

Post your submission to the timeline on our Facebook page, Saved Objects, to Instagram with #savedobjects, or email your submission to:

savedobjectsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline to submit: September 30, 2016

Fine Print: The project collaborators will only publish photographs and text that are appropriate to the context of the project. All submissions will be considered for publication; however, the project collaborators have final oversight and editorial approval of what is posted to their Facebook, Instagram, or the Saved Project websites.

Questions? Contact project curators Jody Servon or Lorene Delany-Ullman at:

savedobjectsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )