Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings

Call for Panelists and Readers: Writers in Common Writers Conference

Writers In Common
Writers In Common, an all-ages writers event, seeks participants to give readings and panel presentations for its summer 2018 conference at Southern Illinois University Carbondale!
Where: on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois. Carbondale is one hundred miles southeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and is easily accessed from the Chicago metropolitan area via Amtrak.
When: June 23, 2018
We seek the following:
  • emerging poets and prose writers for our Emerging Writers panel (writers who have published no more than one book or chapbook)
  • panelists for presentations on creative writing pedagogy (submit 100-word abstract of presentation topic)
In addition, Writers In Common will include:
  • Critique workshops will be available in poetry and prose
  • Free generative workshops for high school students
  • Panel on publishing poetry and fiction
  • Youth Poetry Slam with Prizes
  • Banquet with Keynote Speaker 

To submit for the Emerging Writers panel:  
send a group of three poems or a prose selection of 1000 words or fewer
To be considered for a spot in a critique workshop
submit a writing sample (3 poems or a 3 page prose sample)
Registration fees to attend the Writers In Common Conference:
Free for writers ages 14-18
$50 for high school teachers
$60 for Emerging Writer and Pedagogy panelists
$70 for all other attendees
Deadline for submitting to Writers In Common: February 1, 2018.
To submit to the conference is free. Registration costs will only occur after conference acceptance. Acceptances will be sent in March, 2018. 
For questions and submissions contact:
Allison Joseph, Director
aljosephATsiuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Seshat

Call for Submissions

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Seshat is looking to release its second issue this spring. We are accepting poetry, fiction (up to 7000 words), creative non-fiction (up to 7000 words), art, and photography. No submission fee. All published pieces will be considered for Best of the Net nominations.

We are mostly looking for young writers who are homeschooled or have been homeschooled in the past.

However, all ages (13+) are encouraged to submit to this journal. Visit our website for more details.

Call for Submissions: The CDC Poetry Project

Call for Submissions: The CDC Poetry Project 

The CDC Poetry Project seeks poems that use all seven of the words that have been forbidden in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documents for 2018.

Sarah Freligh and Amy Lemmon started this project on December 16, 2017, in response to the news reported in the Washington Post on December 15 that the CDC has been banned from using 7 words (“vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based").

One new poem per day will be published on the site starting January 1, 2018. Full Submission guidelines are available on the website.

Call for Submissions, SPANK the CARP


We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, and poetry, including shape poetry.

If your work is thought-provoking, sophisticated, yet not pretentious or obscure, we’re interested. For submission guidelines and more information, go here.

Writing Competition: The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30
The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.
Eligibility and Guidelines 
* The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
* Deadline: January 30, 2018
* Submit two copies (if submitting by mail) of an unpublished fiction manuscript - short story or self-contained novel excerpt - not to exceed 3,000 words, double-spaced, single-sided pages (1" margins, 12-pt. Times New Roman font).
* 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: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers.
* The entry fee is per submission. You may submit multiple entries.
* You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
* Entries will not be returned.
* The winner is announced each April.
* Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
* To submit online, go here. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members). (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
* To submit by regular mail:

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Great Smokies Writing Program
Attn: Nancy Williams
One University Hts.
UNC Asheville, NC 28804

Questions? Please contact Nancy Williams at
nwilliamATuncaDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
or 828-250-2353.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Chromatography: HARTS & Minds

HARTS & Minds is seeking submissions of original, creative work for our next issue: Chromatography.

We are open to interpretations of chromatography for creative work, including:  

• Colour symbolism
• The materiality of colour - pigments, paints, textiles
• Colour history
• The significance of colour in different cultures
• The effect of colour science and optics on the humanities
• Synaesthesia, or hearing/tasting/smelling colour
• Black and white or the ‘absence of colour’
• Language and naming colour
• Gendered, queer or so called ‘perverse’ colours
• Colour and the emotions and the senses
• Architectural colour and the environment
• Colour theory
• Natural vs. synthetic or unnatural colour
• Colour in Advertising and Media
• The psychology of colour

Submissions are open to poetry ( 3 short poems or 1 long poem) , short stories, creative essays and book reviews (up to 4,000 words).

All submissions are accepted through e-mail at

editorsATharts-mindsDOTcoDOTuk (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

until 16th February 2016.

Full guidelines and submission call can be found on our website.

Follow us on Twitter @HartsMinds to stay up to date with our Journal!

Call for Submissions: Alcyone

Alcyone, a speculative fiction and poetry magazine edited by SIUC alumna and novelist Mandi Jourdan, is seeking submissions!

We enjoy anything speculative; we love fantasy and science-fiction in all their forms from space opera to post-apocalyptic YA and the paranormal.

Fiction 10,000 words or less (We accept short stories, novelettes, flash fiction, and novel excerpts, as long as they make a fair amount of sense being read as standalone pieces. Query at

alcyonesubmissionsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

for anything longer than 10,000 words. We will also consider novels, novellas, chapbooks, and other full-length works through Bloostone Press, the publishing house that runs Alcyone. Query for guidelines on those submissions.)

Poetry 100 lines or less (In a single poem or in multiple poems as long as they fall at or below this threshold.)

Alcyone’s first issue is in progress, and it will feature authors including Gregory Kimbrell, Phillip Frey, Joseph Felser, Dan Fields, Lana Grey, and many more. We’re still seeking more poetry and fiction for the first issue!
Here are the submission guidelines.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Call for Submissions: the museum of americana

the museum of americana is open to submissions of prose and poetry from until December 31st. We seek work that engages with or repurposes the complex cultural history of America.

Please read our guidelines here for more information on how and what to submit.

We look forward to reading your work!

Writing Competition: William Matthews Poetry Prize

Asheville Poetry Review is currently reading for the annual William Matthews Poetry Prize

First Prize: $1,000, publication in Asheville Poetry Review, and a featured reading in Asheville
Second Prize: $250, publication, and a featured reading in Asheville
Third Prize: Publication and a featured reading in Asheville

Final Judge for 2018: Alfred Corn
Postmark/Online Entry Deadline: January 15, 2018

Send 3 poems, any style, any theme, any length, with a $20 entry fee.

The final judging process will be “blind” (all identifying information will be removed from the poems).

All submissions will be considered for publication.

We prefer online submissions through Submittable.

Postal submissions are also accepted (make checks payable to Asheville Poetry Review):

William Matthews Poetry Prize
c/o Asheville Poetry Review
PO Box 7086
Asheville, NC 28802

Call for Submissions: Brevity Podcast One-Minute Memoir

One-Minute Memoir

We’re trying something new.

The Brevity Podcast is seeking submissions for our One-Minute Memoir episode. We’re looking for ultra-flash nonfiction of 100-150 words (on paper) and up to one minute (recording time). Accepted pieces will be broadcast in our February episode and receive a $25 honorarium.

Deadline for submission is January 6, 2018.

You may submit in one of two ways:

1) Text only. Submit a .doc. We will record accepted pieces in the Brevity studio.

2) Audio file. Submit an MP3 or WAV of your own recording PLUS a .doc with the text. Read our blog post about recording your own work for basic sound guidelines. We will master accepted pieces.

Recordings should be a maximum of 60 seconds.

Please start your recording with your name and the title of your piece; this doesn’t count as part of the 60 seconds.

Brevity publishes well-known and emerging writers working in the extremely brief (750 words or less) essay form. We have featured work from two Pulitzer prize finalists, many NEA fellows, Pushcart winners, Best American authors, and writers from India, Egypt, Ireland, Spain, Malaysia, Qatar, and Japan. We have also featured numerous previously-unpublished authors, and take a special joy in helping to launch a new literary career. Over the past year Brevity has averaged 10,000 unique visitors per month. The Brevity Podcast launched in 2016, and has featured interviews with Andre Dubus III, Dani Shapiro, Rick Moody, and other nonfiction notables.

Please use our Submittable link, choosing the category One-Minute Memoir.

We can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Call for Graphic Narrative Submissions: Moon City Review

Moon City Review is for the first time seeking graphic narrative submissions to be considered for its forthcoming issue, as well as all its future editions. Guidelines are as follows:

Graphic Narrative

Moon City Review welcomes submissions of short-form, literary graphic narrative (fiction, nonfiction, poetry).

Please keep submissions to eight pages maximum.
Black-and-white submissions only.
Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of acceptance elsewhere.

Please address any questions or other correspondence to Graphic Narrative Editor Jennifer Murvin:

jmurvinATmissouristateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Submissions can be sent to MCR's Submittable portal.

Writing Competition: Wells College Press Poetry Chapbook Contest

Wells College Press invites submissions to its annual poetry chapbook contest. The deadline for the 2018 competition is January 10, 2018. The winner will be announced in February 2018. 
The author of the chosen manuscript will receive 15 copies of the letterpress-printed, hand-sewn chapbook. The author will also be invited to read from their new chapbook at Wells College in the fall of 2018. The poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium + room and board for the reading. 
We print editions of 150 signed and numbered copies. We craft every aspect of our chapbooks individually and obsessively: Prior chapbooks have included type and ornament cast in metal at the Bixler Letterfoundry in Skaneatles as well as wood engravings specifically commissioned for those projects. Our books also feature hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. The winning chapbook will continue this tradition of craftsmanship. 
For detailed guidelines, go here.

Call for Submissions: Parentheses Journal

Parentheses Jounal seeks poetry, prose and art (including but not limited to hybrid, collage, photography) for Issue Three to be released in March 2018. The deadline for Issue Three is February 01, 2018.

We encourage you to peruse our previous issues and submission guidelines before sending your work. We encourage submissions from historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to POC, women, non-binary people, LGBTQ and the differently abled. Inquiries may be directed to:

editorsATparenthesesjournalDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Submission guidelines.
Link to previous issues.

Call for Submissions: 2018 Wordrunner e-Chapbooks Anthology

Fiction, memoir and poetry will be considered for the winter 2018 Wordrunner e-Chapbooks anthology (published online). The theme is “rites of passage.” We want emotionally complex work about any kind of passage through life, time or space, be it serious or humorous or both. We are not interested in horror or fantasy, unless it transcends the genre.

Submit up to three poems or a short story, personal narrative, novel or memoir excerpt (750 to 6,000 words).

Deadline: January 31, 2018. Work should not have been previously published.

Submission fees: $2/poetry, $3/prose. Authors are paid ($5 to $25).

Guidelines/submittable link.

Thank you,
Jo-Anne Rosen

Call for Submissions: riverSedge

Since 1977, riverSedge has published the very best art and literature from the South Texas region and beyond. Past artists and authors include Barry Deutsch, Eleanor L. Bennett, Larry McMurtry, Rolando Hinojosa, Angela de Hoyos, Alurista, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lee Blessing, and Sandra Cisneros.

For our 2018 Submissions Period, all submissions (except reviews and interviews) are eligible for contest prizes in three categories: Poetry, Prose, and Art. Here are the full guidelines:

· Deadline: March 1, 2018.
· $5 submission fee for all genres (except reviews and interviews)
· 3 prizes of $200 will be awarded in poetry, prose, and art. All entries are eligible for contest prizes. Dramatic scripts and graphic literature will be judged as prose.

· Multiple submissions are welcome in all genres However, each submission should be uploaded as a separate entry. In other words, one story/essay/art piece/comic/script per $5 entry fee. For poetry, three poems per entry. For specific guidelines, visit the link to our Submittable page below.
· Previously unpublished work only. Self-published work (in print and/or on the web) is not eligible.
· Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If your work is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw your submission as soon as possible.
· Submissions in, between, and/or beyond English and Spanish are welcome.
· Current staff, faculty, and students affiliated with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or South Texas College are not eligible to submit original work to riverSedge.

For complete guidelines and to submit your work, go here

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Readings and Book Launch

If you are in Albuquerque, NM next week, I hope you can join me for the readings and book launch of the 2017 bosque Press Fiction Awards. I will be reading an excerpt from my short story, "Pink Clouds," which received honorable mention in the competition.

Date: Dec. 7, 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Bookworks Albuquerque
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW Ste H, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Hope to see you there!

Writing Competition: Lightning Key Review

Lightning Key Review in conjunction with Green Rabbit Press is seeking submissions for an inaugural chapbook prize for creative nonfiction, in memory of the magazine’s co-founder, Kurt Wilt. Harrison Scott Key, author of the Thurber Prize winning memoir, The World’s Largest Man, will judge the contest.

The winner will receive a $500 prize along with 50 copies of the chapbook and a free entry to the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, May 19, 2018, where Harrison Scott Key will be the keynote reader.

Entries must be creative nonfiction essays or memoir, 30-50 pages in length, either as one long essay or a series of essays. Previously published work in magazine and journals is fine. There is a $10 entry fee. One submission per person. Former students and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

All entries will be due by January 1, 2018. Announcements will be made in late winter, early spring of 2018.

For questions, please visit the website.

Writing Competition: Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment

Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment invites you to send us your notes from the field. All forms of nonfiction writing are accepted—personal essays, research nonfiction, lyric writing, postcards, montage & mosaic, epistolary essays, reportage, memoir, etc.

Where are You Writing From?

Virtual Worlds
Built Environments
Parks & Recreation
Exile & Flight
Urban Gardening
Walking Tours
Room with a View
Hiking & Camping
City Landscapes
Nesting & Birding

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Award: $500, plus publication in Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment
Genre: Nonfiction, up to 5,000 words

All submissions considered for publication.

To Submit, go here.

Reading Fee: $12/entry

About Flyway.

Based out of Iowa State University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment is an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that explores the many complicated facets of the word environment – whether rural, urban, or suburban; whether built or wild – and all its social and political implications.

We are interested in work that explores the intersection of human experience and the environment, broadly interpreted: work that focuses on ecology, science and the environmental imagination, certainly, but also work that focuses on place, on natural and built environments, and on the ways that people interact with their environments. We are looking for work that surprises, moves, haunts, or affects the reader in some significant way.

Publishing Internships: Oyster River Pages

Oyster River Pages (ORP) is currently looking for four interns for their next issue (due August 2018), one for each genre (poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, visual art). Potential interns should apply to only one of the genres and be well versed in that area. Applicants should be able to devote approximately ten hours per month to ORP work from January–September 2018. In exchange, interns will receive ten hours of editorial guidance and mentoring over the course of those months.

More importantly, ORP is looking for interns who align themselves with the values and creative expressions that the journal embodies. ORP seeks to promote underrepresented voices in publication, believing that fostering diversity is the key to a more productive and compassionate society. We see artistic expression as holding potential in liminal spaces so that individuals and groups can speak and be listened to and understood in new ways.

For more information, please go here.

Applications are due here by December 15, 2017.

Call for Submissions: K'in

K'in: A New Journal Celebrating The Diversity of Voices Under Our One Sun
Now Reading for Our Inaugural Issue!

Seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for our inaugural issue, set to go live May 1, 2018.

About K'in

K'in is the part of the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar system which corresponds to one day. It is the smallest unit of Maya time to be counted, and a common translation of the word means "one passage under the sun," and it is this translation that moves us, as editors, as readers, and as writers ourselves, the recognition of how, all over the planet, the stories, the poetry, the moment-to-moment memoirs, of what it means to be human are being written every day.

We are determined to do what we can to celebrate the breathtaking range of beauty and diversity to be found each day, under that one sun. Our goal is to create a publication that makes a place for that range, for those diverse experiences, particularly making space for marginalized and underrepresented voices.

We are, all of us, so much more alike than we are different. We are, each of us, glorious, as glorious as that sun. And every voice matters.

Submission Details:

We will publish two issues a year—May 1 and November 1—reading periods from November 1-March 31 and June 1-September 30.

No previously published work. Simultaneous okay. Submissions are accepted only through Green Submissions. Please include a brief cover letter and bio of not more than 50 words.

As much as we would love to be able to pay our contributors, unfortunately we are not able to do so. This is a labor of love for all of us, and we will do our best to honor and promote your work.

Visit K'in.

Detailed Submission Guidelines here.

Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.

Call for Submissions: Beecher's Magazine

Beecher’s magazine, published annually in Lawrence, Kansas, and run by the students of the graduate program in English at the University of Kansas, seeks the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Beecher’s accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions from September 1st to February 14th.

Submit here.

Find more information here.

Call for Submissions: Memoir Magazine

Submission Call: Memoir Magazine has begun accepting submissions this week through Submittable. We seek your most raw emotionally intense and intimate essays, work you hesitate to send elsewhere, but that you know deep down is the realest deal of all. We want to share your story, know what it's like to be you--to wear your shoes, and be grateful for it. Memoir Magazine invites writers & visual artists (and authors with current books to promote, as well as social activists and survivors of all kinds) to have their work published in Memoir. Reprints are accepted. The web is a huge place and some work is worth printing twice. New and emerging writers, writers of color, LGBT and other marginalized voices and given thoughtful consideration.

We Accept Unsolicited Submissions of:
  • Flash Memoir: up to 500 words
  • Memoir, Personal Essay, Creative Nonfiction, Excerpts: up to 3,000 words on any subject or theme.
  • Reviews and Interviews: up to 2,000 words.
  • Craft Essays: up to 3000 words
  • Visual Art: fine art, illustrations, comics, photography, graphic storytelling and visual narratives
Visit our website for more information and to submit.

Click here to submit:

Writing Competition: Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition 

Submissions accepted: November 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018

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. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.

Final Judge: Benjamin Rachlin.

Eligibility and 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, 2018
* The entry fee is $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.

* Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
- 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.
- 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 mail, send submission to:

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

Benjamin Rachlin grew up in New Hampshire. He studied English at Bowdoin College, where he won the Sinkinson Prize, and writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he won Schwartz and Brauer fellowships. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Virginia Quarterly Review, TIME, Pacific Standard, Orion, LitHub, and Five Dials. His first book, Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption, is available now from Little, Brown & Company.

The 2018 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is administered by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Creative Writing, a community of passionate, dedicated writers who believe that the creation of art is a pursuit valuable to self and culture. Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. 

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit our website.

Chapbook Competition: The Frost Place

The Frost Place invites submissions to the Sixth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition. 

In summer 2018, 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 2018, 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 2018, at a time agreed upon by the fellow and The Frost Place. 

This year's final judge is Sandra Lim. Entries must be submitted between October 1, 2017 and January 5, 2018. 

All entries must be submitted to our online submissions manager, accompanied by a $28.00 fee. For eligibility and submissions information, please go here. see

Call for Submissions: Conclave: A Journal of Character

Conclave has recently announced the theme for its next issue: Justifying the Margins.
We live in a world filled with change, and some are only beginning to understand the need to respect others, all others, regardless of the differences between us. Equality and respect should come hand-in-hand. In the literary world, we embrace work that doesn't conform to expectations, conventions, or old-school definitions.
In this issue, we hope to publish a wide range of voices, genre-bending work that challenges expectations, focused on originality and emphasizing the need for universal respect. The common thread should be innovation and an embrace of the full spectrum of human experience. Whatever your sex, race, orientation, religion, country of origin—send us your work. We want to read it. Help us see what has not been seen before.
Send your submissions here

Writing Competition: C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize

The C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize includes $10,000 and book publication. The prize is named in honor of C. Michael Curtis, who has served as an editor of The Atlantic since 1963 and as fiction editor since 1982. Curtis has discovered or edited some of the finest short story writers of the modern era, including Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Anne Beattie. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, including Contemporary New England Stories, God: Stories, and Faith: Stories. Curtis moved to Spartanburg, S.C. in 2006 and has taught as a professor at both Wofford and Converse Colleges, in addition to serving on the editorial board of Hub City Press.
The first winning book will be published in Spring 2019. This prize is made possible by an anonymous contribution from a South Carolina donor.
The new prize is open to emerging writers in thirteen Southern states. Submitters must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or West Virginia, and must have no previously published books.
A $25 submission fee will accompany each submission. Submission information can be found here. Manuscripts will be taken through online submission only. All manuscripts will be read anonymously by paid screeners. This contest is guided by the CLMP Code of Ethics.
Submission Guidelines:
You are eligible if you:
• Have not published or self-published a book in print or digital form (including novel, short stories, novellas, poetry, or any kind of nonfiction) or have a book forthcoming before April 1, 2019.
• Must currently reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or West Virginia, and have resided there for a minimum of 24 consecutive months. (Residency will be verified before prize winner is announced.)
• Are not affiliated with Hub City Press or Hub City Writers Project as a staff member or volunteer or as previously published Hub City author. Close friends, relatives, students or former students of the final judge are not eligible.
• The contest opens August 1, 2017 and closes Jan. 1, 2018 at noon EST. We will announce the winner in May 2018.
• The manuscript must be between 140 and 220 pages and include no fewer than six stories.
• No more than three stories can have been published elsewhere.
• No story should be over 15,000 words in length. There is no minimum word count. Some shorter stores are anticipated, but bear in mind that this is not a flash fiction or micro fiction contest and that stories of a more traditional length of 1,500 to 8,000 words are expected to make up the bulk of the story collection.
• Do not include a bio or acknowledgements page with your manuscript since all manuscripts must be read anonymously by our readers, editors, and judge. Manuscripts should include one title page with the manuscript’s title only. Manuscripts that do not adhere to this guideline will be eliminated.
• Simultaneous submissions of the the same manuscript to other publishers or contests are acceptable but please notify us by email:
 submitAThubcityDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
• While translations and manuscripts in languages other than English are not accepted, manuscripts that occasionally use words from other languages are perfectly fine.
• No revisions of submitted manuscripts will be allowed during the contest.
I have never published a book before. Am I eligible?
Yes! The C. Michael Curtis Prize is meant for emerging writers who either have never published a book. Authors with one or more published books, regardless of genre, are not eligible.
I was born in / grew up in / attended school in one of the 11 states listed, but have since moved away. Am I eligible?
Unfortunately, no. The contest is open only to writers currently living in the Southern states listed in the guidelines. If you don't currently live in one of those states you are ineligible for the prize. You must currently live in one of the listed Southern states and have lived there for 24 consecutive months.
I have lived in two of the listed states (for example: North and South Carolina) in the last 24 months. Am I eligible?
Yes! As long as you've lived in the South, moving between states is fine.
If your question isn't addressed above, please email:
kateAThubcityDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
Inaugural Judge
Lee K. Abbott's short stories and reviews have appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic, the Georgia Review, the New York Times Book Review, the Southern Review, and Epoch. His fiction has been often reprinted in The Best American Short Stories and The Prize Stories: The O'Henry Awards. His latest collection of stories, All Things, All at Once: New & Selected Stories, was published by Norton in June 2006. He is professor emeritus of English at Ohio State University.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Writing Competition: Wilt Chapbook Prize for Creative Nonfiction

Lightning Key Review in conjunction with Green Rabbit Press is seeking submissions for an inaugural chapbook prize for creative nonfiction, in memory of the magazine’s co-founder, Kurt Wilt. Harrison Scott Key, author of the Thurber Prize winning memoir, The World’s Largest Man, will judge the contest.

The winner will receive a $500 prize along with 50 copies of the chapbook and a free entry to the Sandhill Writers Retreat at Saint Leo University, May 19, 2018, where Harrison Scott Key will be the keynote reader.

Entries must be creative nonfiction essays or memoir, 30-50 pages in length, either as one long essay or a series of essays. Previously published work in magazine and journals is fine. There is a $10 entry fee. One submission per person. Former students and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

All entries will be due by January 1, 2018. Announcements will be made in late winter, early spring of 2018.

For questions, please visit the website.

Call for Submissions: Sand Hills Magazine

Submit Your Work for Our First National Issue!

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Sand Hills, Augusta University's premiere little magazine, has been committed to publishing the highest quality of creative writing and visual artwork since 1973. Formerly an AU student-only publication, Sand Hills now seeks the best work created by all U.S. residents. All submissions are read blind.

A $200 prize will be awarded in the following genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art. Submit your work here.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Gyroscope Review

Winter Submissions Open at Gyroscope Review

Submission for the Winter 2018 Issue of Gyroscope Review are open through December 15, 2017. We accept contemporary poetry in a wide variety of formats. For our winter issue, we are particularly interested in wintery themes, the idea of "underground", and current events.

Poets may submit up to four poems in any one reading period. Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting. All submissions must come through our Submittable link.

Visit our website for further information.

Gyroscope Review: fine poetry to turn your world around is edited by Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson. It is published quarterly in digital and print formats.

Writing Competition: Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers

Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers Submissions Period Now Open

Undergraduate or graduate fiction writers and poets currently enrolled full-time are invited to submit work to the Hurston/Wright Foundation for the annual competition for Black college writers. We are accepting submissions in the categories of fiction and poetry from October 1, 2017 until January 31, 2018.

For 26 years, the foundation has worked to identify and support emerging writers. Many of the recipients of the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers have become celebrated novelists and poets.

For submission guidelines and procedures, go here.

Writing Competition: Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

$1,500 advance plus publication, awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories

Reading Fee $30

Enter September 1–December 31, 2017
Press 53 Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Kevin Morgan Watson will judge

Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2018
Complete details here.

Previous winners:
Wendy J. Fox of Denver, Colorado
Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Dennis McFadden of Ballston Spa, New York
Stephanie Carpenter of Hancock, Michigan

Call for Submissions: Belletrist Magazine

Belletrist Magazine Looking for Unforgettable Poetry and Prose 

John Updike wrote in the forward to the Best American Short Stories of the Century, "I tried not to select stories because they illustrated a theme or portion of the national experience but because they struck me as lively, beautiful, believable, and, in the human news they brought, important."

Belletrist Magazine is looking for submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art for our print and online issues. The editors want writing that is sincere, engaging, real, honest and true. In Updike's words, we want to see the human news on the page.

We kindly ask you to submit your best work in just one genre. Multiple submissions, and submissions by the same author to multiple categories, are politely declined without review. Thank you for understanding the time and energy it takes to give your work our best attention and consideration. We will respond as soon as we are able to fully consider your work. 

For our print issue, we accept prose submissions up to 7,000 words. Deadline for print issue: 12/31/2017. For our online content, we ask that you submit no more than 1,500 words.

We will accept up to 5 poems at a time.

Please submit through our Submittable page.

Call for Submissions:Weatherbeaten

Call for Submissions:

Weatherbeaten is now accepting #poetry, #shortfiction, #creativenonfiction, and #art for its Presidents’ Day (Winter/Spring 2018) issue. @WxBTN is a #nofee (and no pay) #writing #market.

Our reading period is open until December 31st, 2017.

Guidelines for submissions can be found here

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Call for Submissions: 2018 True Holiday Stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul is currently calling for submissions for their 2018 collection of holiday stories.  They exclusively publish true stories, with a uniquely emotional component that connects with the reader. Poetry is also welcome.

Submission Guidelines:

People love reading about the winter holidays – from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Day. We want to hear about your traditions and how they came to be. We want to hear about your holiday memories and the rituals that create the foundation of your life. We love to hear about the funny things too: the ugly holiday sweaters, the gingerbread house that kept falling down, the re-gifting embarrassments and the fruit cake disasters. Please be sure your stories are “Santa safe” so we don’t spoil the magic for any precocious young readers."

Pay: $200 per story or $100 per devotional plus contributor copies. Authors retain copyright to their work.

Length: Up to 1200 words for prose. Poetry is open line count.

Deadline: Jan. 10, 2018

Submit your work here

Call for Fiction: Five Willows Literary Review

Five Willows Literary Review, an online journal based in Seattle, WA, is open for fiction submissions. First established in 2013 by poet and ABA winner Koon Woon, Five Willows is again open for submissions. We are looking for original voices, untold tales, and tasty stories. Send us your work, up to 3000 words. For longer pieces, please send a query.

Send submissions to:

fivewillowslitreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline for the Winter 2018 edition is 12/31/17.

We look forward to reading your material.

Scholarships for Poetry Classes and Workshops: The University of Arizona Poetry Center

Announcing Spring 2018 Classes & Workshops and Scholarship Opportunities

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 season of classes and workshops, an exciting mix of generative poetry studios, lively workshops, and rigorous writing seminars in both poetry and prose. Registration opens for all of our classes on December 13, 2017 at 9:00am.

We're also thrilled to be able to continue to offer four need-based full scholarships for the spring. The Campau/Inman scholarships program covers the full tuition cost of a course offered in the Classes & Workshops program.

The scholarships are valued anywhere from $60 (for a single-session craft class) to $196 (for a six-week workshop), according to recipient interest. Application is simple, and any community member is eligible to apply for a scholarship if they can attest to personal financial need. Selection is by lottery.

Applications open November 15th, and the deadline is set for December 6, so please spread the word to working writers for whom tuition would otherwise be a prohibitive financial strain.

Writing Fellowships: Fine Arts Work Center

Fellowships: Fine Arts Work Center

Deadline: December 1, 2017 

Our Fellows have gone on to win every major national writing award, including the National Book Award, eight Pulitzer Prizes, and dozens of Guggenheim Fellowships.

Since 1968, FAWC writing Fellowships have provided poets and fiction writers with the time, space, and support needed to work on their first books. In the past five years alone, recent Fellows have gone on to receive Stegner Fellowships, the Rome Prize, Whiting Foundation awards, the Rona Jaffe Award, and numerous publication contracts.

Next year, ten emerging writers* (five poets and five fiction writers) will join them.

To Apply:

Submit 15 pages of poetry or 35 pages of fiction, along with a CV, optional personal statement, and $50 application fee. Application available here.

For more information, see, or contact Sophia Starmack, Fellowship Writing Coordinator, at:

sstarmackATfawcDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

*FAWC defines "emerging writers" as those who have not yet published a full-length creative work in any genre. See website for complete guidelines.

Call for Craft Essays on Poetry for Anthology: Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets

Call for Submissions - New Anthology of Essays from Black Lawrence Press

Far Villages: Welcome Essays for New & Beginner Poets

Poetry manuals, at their most essential, are aimed at demystifying aspects of poetry (especially for beginner poets) in order to make poets’ journeys easier and less daunting. Such manuals are also reminders that poetry itself is a discipline with a landscape and a history.

With this anthology, we aim to build on the long body of work in this tradition by bringing a number of established and emerging poets together in a single volume to welcome new and beginner poets to the art. Multiple voices, we believe, are essential to the poet’s journey.

Call for Submissions:
  • Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays.
  • Poets in the United States and abroad are encouraged to submit essays aimed at welcoming new and beginner poets to the discipline of poetry.
  • Contributors are encouraged to provide anecdotes and advice, instructions and suggestions, fun exercises and crazy ideas, or individual failures and encouraging words, in order to better prepare new poets for the long journey through poetry.
Essays should be between 700-5000 words on any of the following broad themes (other themes will be considered):
1. First Words
2. Poetry Workshop
3. The Poet’s Journey
4. Family & Work
5. The Poet in the World
Essays can be creative or academic. However, they have to be accessible since they are also for a general audience.

Previously published essays are welcome. Contributors will receive a copy of the anthology as payment.

Abayomi Animashaun, will serve as editor. Please contact him at:

abayo.animashaunATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

with questions.

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable.

Deadline for Submission is November 30, 2017.

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Shhhh...Murder!

Call for Submissions: Shhhh… Murder!

 Scheduled for release in late spring of next year and timed for summer reading, this anthology will feature cozy to cozy-noir stories featuring libraries and librarians. Extra points will be shamelessly awarded to writers with personal ties to libraries.

The submission period for this anthology runs from November 1st to February 28th, upon the last stroke of midnight, Pacific Standard Time.

We are looking for stories from 2500 to 5000 words, but will consider stories outside that range, at our discretion. Contributors will share equally fifty percent of the royalties received. We expect between fifteen and twenty stories to be accepted and are aiming at a volume length of around eighty-five thousand words, and around two-hundred and thirty pages—all dependent, obviously, upon the length of the material chosen.

We will accept work previously published, provided it was not published after May of 2017, and that you hold the rights. Simultaneous submissions are fine, with the usual proviso that we should be notified should the work be accepted elsewhere, so that we may withdraw it from consideration.

Submissions and questions may be sent to:

submissionsATdarkhousebooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Competition: Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story, Beloit Fiction Journal

Deadline: December 10, 2017

The Beloit Fiction Journal invites submissions for the Hamlin Garland Award for the Short story.

A prize of $2000 will be awarded to the top unpublished story. 

$20 reading fee.

Rebecca Makkai will judge.

Submission information can be found on our website.

Flash Fiction Competition: Prime Number Magazine

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication)

Low entry fee, nice prize, plus publication

Prime Number Magazine has established a new monthly flash fiction competition open to writers at all levels throughout the world who write in English.

Reading fee: $7

First Prize: $251 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine with author photo, bio, and winning story on a page of one’s own.

We’re looking for excellent fiction of 751 words or less.
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

Guidelines at Submittable.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Letters from Dad

Father/daughter anthology seeking submissions

Letters From Dad

Was there a time in your life when your father wrote you a letter that shaped your life? Maybe you discarded it in the moment, shoved it in a drawer, but think back to it frequently? Or perhaps you are a father and the writer of such letters. If so, we want to hear from you.

A father’s relationship with his daughter is one of the most influential relationships in her life. The anthology Letters From Dad will be unique in featuring both the father’s letter and daughter’s story. It will be a celebration of fathers and fatherhood and will feature the richly varied voices of fathers and daughters in various stages of life. We are targeting influential women in politics, industry, film, and media as well as emerging and established writers.

Please submit the original letter, the daughter’s reflection on it and how it and her relationship with her father has influenced her life.

The anthology will be published in June 2018, in time for Father’s Day.

No minimum word count, but please keep your reflections to 2500 words. Submit your piece and the re-typed letter in the body of your email and as an attached Word document to: 

corbinATcorbinlewarsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Deadline is December 15th. If your piece is selected a contract and further details and instructions will be emailed to you. Thank you.

Call for Submissions: Red Coyote

The Vermillion Literary Project, the literary and creative writing all-volunteer student organization at the University of South Dakota, has experienced some challenges with our annual literary journal over the past two academic years, as we transitioned to Submittable, changed the name of our publication to Red Coyote (formerly the VLP Magazine), and experienced staffing issues.

We are finally getting the journal up and running again. If you have submitted in the past two academic years and didn't hear back from us, we humbly apologize, and we ask you to consider resubmitting work still available, or submitting new work. If you've never submitted to Red Coyote before, please consider submitting now.

Our deadline for submissions is December 31.

Thanks for your patience, and we look forward to reading your work! For submissions link and guidelines, please visit our submissions page.

Call for Submissions to the Musuem Exhibit Prompt Contest: Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects

Museum Exhibit Prompt Contest

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects is seeking submissions inspired by a virtual exhibit belonging to one of its museum partners, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in southeastern Connecticut.

The contest submission can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or audio/visual. It must be inspired by the exhibit.

Entry is free and all submissions are judged by Poor Yorick and museum staff. Up to five winning submissions will be published on our site.

Submissions are open until Dec. 31, 2017. Please put "Mission Mishoon" in your submission title field.

Poor Yorick is produced by the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. The journal accepts other submissions year-round with no reading fee inspired by any rediscovered object or historical artifact, whether it is personal or in the news.

Our current prompt is visible on this page.

Enter here.

Post-Publication Book Awards: Balcones Prizes

Austin Community College recognizes an outstanding book of fiction and of poetry each year with an award of $1,500.

Books may be nominated by author or publisher; publication date between Jan. 1-Dec. 31 2017; nominations accepted Sept. 1, 2017 and Jan. 31, 2018.

Send three copies. To nominate a book, go here.

Entry Fee: $30.00

For more information, visit our website. Or, email us at:

balconesATaustinccDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Call for Submissions: Parentheses Journal

Parentheses Journal, a collaborative venture in the quest for sharing art, operates on the quintessence of art for the sake of art.

We are a bi-annual publication, currently open for submissions for Issue 03. Give us your dailies, the mundane still life, tales spurned out of your clay, restless thoughts, unanswered plurals – we welcome poetry, fiction, art, and photography from across coasts and climes.

Check out our previous issues to get an idea of what we like.

Be sure to read the guidelines for submissions here.

Simultaneous submissions welcome.

Submissions from POC and other marginalized groups are encouraged.

DEADLINE: 01 Feb 2018

We look forward to reading your material.

Call for Readers & Screeners for International Writers Residency

Call for Readers & Screeners for International Writers Residency

The Baltic Writing Residency has expanded, and we are looking for both poetry readers, and fiction readers 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:


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 50-200 word writer’s bio.
4. 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,
Michael Estes & Adam Day 


Call for Nonfiction Submissions: The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review

The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review welcomes unsolicited nonfiction submissions! We are open to a variety of subjects: science, medicine, nature, interviews, literary journalism, essays, experimental nonfiction, etc.

We're interested in hearing from a multitude of voices on multitude of subjects. Share your humor, intellect, and critical and moving thoughts about the world and humanity (or something else) with Eckleburg.

Submit to us here.

Call for Submissions: Razor Literary Magazine

Razor Literary Magazine seeks submissions for its Spring 2018 issue

Razor is an online multimedia literary magazine featuring literature and art, and exploring the creative process. We publish fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, slam poetry, comix, artwork, photography, you name it.

With each piece featured in the magazine, we also publish the backstory of the work’s creation in our innovative Before the Razor craft essay series.

Learn more at our website.

Submit your work here.

Call for Submissions: Left Hooks

Left Hooks, the successor to Knockout Literary Magazine, is now open to poetry, fiction, nonfiction. We're especially interested in essays, journalistic nonfiction, prose poetry, poetry in translation (with the originals alongside), and humor. We pay, albeit only (bad) beer money.
We also fundraise/pay our writers by auctioning off neat signed books/first editions (whatever we find at estate sales/online, etc.)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Writing Fellowship: Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing

The Department of English at Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O'Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of nonfiction and fiction 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 2018 to early May 2019) 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, 2018) 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. The writing sample may be a completed work or an excerpt from something larger.

Complete applications must be submitted through our portal.

Colgate is a highly selective liberal arts university of 2900 students situated in central New York state. Colgate faculty are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Further information about the English department can be found here.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Online App. Form.

Call for Submissions: Rascal

Issue 1 of Rascal is live, featuring work by Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, Clayton Eshleman and more. We're now reading for issue 2, scheduled for release on the winter solstice.

No fee to submit, pays $20 per acceptance for poetry/art, $0.02 per word for essays.

All contributions are automatically considered for annual editor's choice prizes and various prize nominations.

See full guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Spank the Carp


We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, and poetry, including shape poetry.

If your work is thought-provoking, sophisticated, yet not pretentious or obscure, we’re interested.

For submission guidelines and more information visit our website.

Fiction Competition: Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award 2018

Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award 2018

$500 and publication

Final Judge: Anne Valente

*Accepting submissions between October 15th - January 31st*
The Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award recognizes outstanding pieces of fiction that push the boundaries of genre and/or form. Surprise us! Show us something we’ve never seen before.

Guidelines: Up to 6,000 words of previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please do not include any identifying information on your manuscript or include a cover letter.

Entry fee is $10.

Results will be posted by April. *Those closely affiliated with the editors and this year’s final judge, Anne Valente, are ineligible to submit.

More Info and Submission Portal here.

Call for Submissions: The Visible Poetry Project

The Visible Poetry Project partners thirty filmmakers with thirty poets to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems.

The Visible Poetry Project will match filmmakers and poets, provide experienced production assistance to the creative teams, and guarantee an audience for the selected works.

Every day during National Poetry Month, VPP premieres a new short film based on a poem. Last year, contributors included Neil Gaiman and Tato Laviera.

The Visible Poetry Project is now open for submissions form poets and filmmakers for the 2018 season.

Details and last year’s short films are here.

VPP especially seeks submissions from underrepresented artists.

Writing Competition: 2017 Fourth River Folio Prize for Prose

2017 Fourth River Folio Prize for Prose

Deadline: December 15th, 2017

Genre: Prose
Judge: Ira Sukrungruang

Entry fee: $15

The winning entry will be published as a 20-25-page feature in our fall, 2018 online issue. The author will also receive a cash prize of $500, and a subscription to The Fourth River’s print edition.

Please submit approximately 20-25, double-spaced pages of fiction or nonfiction prose in one file (.doc or .docx or .rtf only. No .pdf please). Submissions that are far below 20 pages will not be considered.

You may submit one long piece or several short pieces.

As always, we invite work that engages and interrogates our notions of nature and place and helps us see the world around us in a new way. The writer's name and contact information should appear on each page of the manuscript. We do not read blind. Please also provide a short bio in the appropriate field on Submittable. All pages should be numbered.

We are looking for adherence to our vision of nature and place via strong voices and impeccable craft, regardless of the style.

We accept electronic submissions only through Submittable. Emailed submissions and mailed submissions will not be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted as long as they are withdrawn promptly in the event of publication elsewhere. Multiple submissions are accepted but each must include a separate contest fee. No translations. For all our submissions, themed or otherwise, we welcome especially work by writers who are part of marginalized groups: immigrant and indigenous writers; writers of color; women, non-binary, LGBQA and trans writers; writers with disabilities both visible and invisible. No racist, misogynistic, homophobic or otherwise gratuitously hateful work will be considered. Send us your best work!

All work must be original and previously unpublished. This includes any work that has appeared in print or online in any form including personal websites. We claim first North American Serial rights, so rights revert to the author after the initial publication period. We ask that you credit The Fourth River in any subsequent publications.

Submissions will be screened by a panel of editors and up to ten finalists will be sent to the judge.

The contest is open to all writers in English except those affiliated in any way with Chatham University, The Fourth River, or current or former students and colleagues of the judge.

Submissions accepted until December 15th, 2017. Winners will be announced by email and listed on our website by May 15th, 2018.

The Folio Contest will rotate genres each year between poetry and prose.

SUBMIT here.