Saturday, January 28, 2017

Call for Poetry: Rat's Ass Review

During the first 100 days of the Trump Administration we at Rat's Ass Review are soliciting your best political poems for the new Such an Ugly Time collection.

Submission guidelines.

Don't hold back, don't pull your punches -- fire away.

Roderick Bates, Editor
Rat's Ass Review  

"There is nothing more suspect than a person in uncomplicated love with what he thinks."
-- Jia Tolentino in Poetry Magazine January 2017

Flash Fiction Competition: 2017 Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest


$500 Award, $5 entry fee

Deadline March 1, 2017.

Submit up to 2 pieces, 800 words maximum each piece.

Awarded work will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website and in forthcoming issue.

Call for Submissions: TINGE Magazine

TINGE Magazine, Temple University's online literary journal, is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The submission period for the next issue is open now until March 1, 2017.

Please go to our website for more information.

Call for Submissions: Subprimal Poetry Art

Subprimal Poetry Art – Submissions Are Open
Happy New Year! Submissions are open for our next issue, to be published in late March. We pay for poetry, flash fiction, essays, and art work.
See the website for details. We look forward to reading / viewing your work.
Victor D. Sandiego

Writing Competition: Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction & Poetry

Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction & Poetry
Deadline: March 15, 2017 

Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. However, we will not consider manuscripts that have previously been published, which includes self-publication. Writers may enter both contests. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication somewhere else. No past or present paid employee of Prairie Schooner or the University of Nebraska Press or current faculty or student at the University of Nebraska will be eligible for the prizes.

Entry Fee: $25.00

For more information, go here.

Submit here.

For questions, email our Book Prize Coordinator at:

psbookprizeATunlDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Nebo: A Literary Journal

Please consider submitting your work to Nebo: A Literary Journal, Arkansas Tech University’s literary journal. Nebo has been publishing quality work for 45 years and has published writers from all over the world.

Nebo accepts submissions year round. We’re interested in all kinds of creative work—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, comics, art, etc.

Send your submissions as an attachment to:

neboATatuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please include a brief, 3rd person author bio of no more than 100 words.

Simultaneous submissions and multiple submissions are fine. Please let us know if your work gets accepted for publication elsewhere.

We are also happy to consider reprints from print journals. Please let us know where the piece was published previously.

Submissions should include no more than 5,000 words of prose, five poems, or 20 pages of comics.

Call for Submissions: Number One

Number One takes its name from a small, unincorporated community two miles west of Gallatin, Tennessee, on the Nashville Pike (Highway 31 E). No one is certain how the community of Number One got its name, but local legend suggests it was a stopping place for travellers on the Cumberland Trail and may have been a hunting ground or rendezvous point for traders and long-hunters in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Some say the name originated as a designation for an early school system, and others claim it came from the railroad lingo of the Louisville-Nashville line, which runs parallel to the Pike.

As a journal bearing the mysterious name of a place very near the location of its own origins at Volunteer State Community College, Number One features work that examines sense of place in the broadest of ways. We publish poetry, fiction, essays, creative non-fiction, and interviews about places and the people who inhabit such places. While many of the writers appearing in these pages live in the American South, we are open to including work by writers from around the world.


Poetry: Submit up to three previously unpublished poems, no more than forty lines each.

Prose: (Fiction and Creative Non-fiction): Submit up to six pages of unpublished prose, double spaced, word count not to exceed 1300 words.

Provide a brief cover letter with your name, address, email address and the titles of the poems or prose in your submission. Please include a brief biography to be printed if your work is selected.

Email Submission: Send two copies of your work, one with your name and one without, via email attachment in a .doc, docx. or .rtf file to:

number.oneATvolstateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )  


USPS delivery: Send two copies of each work, only one of which includes your name to:

Number One
Humanities Office
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

Number One is published annually each fall. Submission Deadline for the 2017 issue is March 15th.

Poetry Competition: 13th Mudfish Poetry Prize Contest

We are also happy to announce the 13th Mudfish Poetry Prize Contest to be judged by Philip Schultz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Failure."
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Reading immediately, submit now!
First Prize: $1,200 + publication
Second and Third Prizes: Publication
All poems considered for publication
$20 for 3 poems, $3 for each additional poem with checks made out to Box Turtle Press
Submit by mail to: 
Mudfish Poetry Prize
184 Franklin St., Ground Floor
New York, NY 10013

Monday, January 23, 2017

Call for Submissions: Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk, a quarterly independent online journal of culture, environment, and sustainability, seeks new, unpublished submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its first issue of 2017.

Read past issues here and then send us your fresh new work!

No deadline to submit. No reading fees. 

Submit here.

 We look forward to reviewing your work!

Call for Artwork and Photography: The Crawl Space Journal

The Crawl Space Journal, an online journal for YA audiences, seeks visual artwork and photography within the realm of magical realism, fabulism, and fantasy.

The upcoming spring issue is set to release on the Ides of March. Some themes included, and thus open for artistic exploration are:

The convergence of nature and magic
Decay and renewal

Please send up to 5 pieces of art for consideration. Submittable link.

Deadline February 9th.

Writing Competition: 2017 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Orison Books is currently accepting submissions of book-length manuscripts for The 2017 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction

Judges: Carl Phillips (poetry) & David Haynes (fiction)
Award: The winner in each genre receives $1,500 and publication

Entry Fee: $30

Deadline: April 1, 2017 

Prize: $1500

Finalists are also considered for publication.

Past poetry prize winner J. Scott Brownlee's book, REQUIEM FOR USED IGNITION CAP, went on to win the Bob Bush Memorial Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and poetry finalist Jordan Rice, whose collection CONSTELLARIUM was also published, is currently a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Find complete submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Waypoints

The online journal, Waypoints, is open for submissions of journey-themed poetry, fiction, and art until October 1. 

Published work will be eligible for the Editor’s Choice Award of $50.

We’re looking for writing and artwork that embodies a sense of what you’ve encountered on your journey—places you've been, people you’ve met, and obstacles you’ve traversed.

Call for Review Copies: Plume

The editors of Plume, a monthly online poetry journal, are eager to receive more diverse titles for possible review in 2017, especially from poets of color and university presses. We are also eager to receive books from LGBTQ poets, international poets, poets with first books, and independent publishers.

All reviews are written by members of our staff, so no freelance queries, please.

We invite presses and authors to submit complimentary copies of poetry collections, chapbooks, verse translations, and studies on poetics—published within the past twelve months—for possible review. Books will not be returned and receipt of materials in no way indicates an intent or obligation to review. Works that fail to pique our interest will be donated to local schools and charities.

We strongly discourage the submission of self-published collections, e-books, or advance queries via email. 

Review copies may be sent to the postal address below. Magazine submissions and extraneous correspondence will be deleted unread.

Reviews Editor
P.O. Box 80
Quantico, MD 21856

Writing Competition: International Literary Awards

Creative Writing Contest: International Literary Awards

$1000 goes to winners; $150 to Honorable Mentions

$15 entry fee

Contest closes 15 February 2017

Previously unpublished materials only.


Wendy C. Ortiz, judge for Penelope Niven Prize in CNF
Meera Nair, judge for Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction
Mahogany L. Browne, judge for Rita Dove Prize in Poetry

Submit no more than 5000 words in CNF or Fiction categories and 3 poems in the poetry category.

For more information, go here.

Poetry Competition: Concrete Wolf Louis Award

Concrete Wolf Louis Award—For poets age 50 and over who have not published a full-length poetry collection.

Visit our website.

Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2017

Prize: 75 Copies of a full-length, perfect-bound book

Reading Fee: $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf

Final Judge: Joseph Green [author of What Water Does at a Time Like This]
Winner will be announced in Fall 2017 and published Spring 2018.

Let us know if you need additional info:

ConcreteWolfPressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

For copies of our previous publications, see our publications page.

Submission Guidelines
We accept both postal and email submissions.

We like a collection that feels more like a whole than a sampling of work. We have no preference as to formal or free verse.

48 to 60 pages of poetry, plus a table of contents and acknowledgements (if applicable). No bio is necessary.

Please number all your pages.
Include 2 cover sheets, one with title, author information (including email and phone), and one cover sheet just with the title.

Simultaneous and multiple submissions okay.

Notify us by email if you need to remove your book from consideration.

Postal Submissions:
Reading Fee: $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf.
SASE for results only. Manuscripts cannot be returned.
Include a 10 by 12 postage-paid envelope stamped with $4.50 postage, if you'd like a copy of the winning book.

Mail to:
Concrete Wolf
PO Box 445
Tillamook, OR 97141

Email Submissions:
Pay the $30 contest fee with PayPal to ConcreteWolfPress at (see the link on our website).
If you want a copy of the winning book, pay a separate fee of $4.50.
Email the manuscript as a Word.doc file or .rtf file to:

ConcreteWolfPressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please include PayPal receipt(s). 

*** Friends, family, colleagues, students, and present and former close associates of the judge and/or Concrete Wolf staff are not eligible to enter.

Call for Submissions: Prime Number Magazine


Now accepting submissions in Poetry and Short Fiction for Issue 109 (July 2017)

Prime Number Magazine
(a Press 53 publication)

Guest poetry editor, Joseph Mills, is reading now until March 31.
Guest short fiction editor, Jen McConnell, is reading now until March 31.

Our guest judges will select three poets and three short fiction authors for Issue 109, July 2017.

No submission fee.

All guidelines can be found by clicking on the appropriate Submittable link.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Essay Published: The Manifest Station

Pleased to share that my essay, "Good Gentlemen, Speak Up" has been published on The Manifest Station. Many thanks to Jen Pastiloff and the editors for their support!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Call for Submissions from Undergraduates: Sink Hollow

Sink Hollow, the national undergraduate literary journal at Utah State University, is seeking provocative, resonant, polished pieces of undergraduate work to be published in Spring 2017. We accept all original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. All students currently enrolled as undergraduates at two- and four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit!
Deadline: April 9, 2017

Please visit our website and submit your work here.

Call for Submissions: Helen: A Literary Magazine

Helen: A Literary Magazine is open for submissions.

We’re looking for flash fiction that opens us up in unexpected ways, poems that enrich us, artwork and photography that challenge and dazzle us, and essays that pour us into your world.

We appreciate polished work in all genres and actively seek pieces that explore themes such as hope and perseverance. Our issues include poetry, flash fiction, essays, personal narratives, art, and photography. We also feature video exclusives from our web issues as well as in our ongoing blog series Friday Night Specials.

Flash Fiction : 50-1,500 words
Poetry : 8 poems (12 page limit)
Essays & Personal Narratives : 1,500 - 4,000 words

No theme or genre restrictions. Send in your best!

We offer token to semi-professional payment.

Main Submittable page.

Check out our website.

Call for Submissions on Theme of "The Road": Slipstream


Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #37, which will be published in the fall of 2017. We seek poetry that explores the theme "the road." Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are accepting artwork and photography for the issue. Please do not submit additional work until you have received a response on the status of your current submission.

Deadline to submit is: May 1, 2017.

For submission guidelines, go here.

Fiction Competition: 2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Colorado Review is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction; the postmark deadline is March 14, 2017. This year’s final judge is Richard Bausch. The prize is given annually for the best short story.

General guidelines:

1. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Colorado Review.
2. This year’s final judge is Richard Bausch; friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.
3. Entry fee is $15 per story ($17 to submit online); there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
4. Stories must be previously unpublished.
5. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be at least 10 but less than 50 pages (12-point type, double-spaced, 1-inch margins).
6. Deadline is the postmark of March 14, 2017.
7. Winner will be announced by July 2017.
8. All submissions will be considered for publication.

To submit online:

For an additional $2, you may submit online. The $2 goes entirely to Submittable: 79 cents is a credit card fee, and the remaining $1.11 goes to the good people at Submittable who created and maintain the software.

Submit here.

To submit via regular mail:

1. Include two title sheets: on the first, provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and the story title; on the second, provide only the story title. Your name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
2. Enclose a check for $15 for each story. Checks should be made out to Colorado Review.
3. You may submit multiple stories in the same envelope, and a single check can be made out for the total.
4. Provide SASE for contest results.
5. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose extra postage for return of manuscript.
6. Entries must be clearly addressed to:

Nelligan Prize – Colorado Review
9105 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105

Questions? Email: 

creviewATcolostateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

or call 970-491-5449.

Poetry Competition: Inaugural Airlie Prize

Submissions for the Inaugural Airlie Prize are open to all poets writing in English, regardless of place of residence. A selection will be made by a team of Airlie Press editors.

The winner will be notified in the fall of 2017 and will receive a $1000 cash award. The winning collection will be published in October 2018 in an initial print run of at least 500 copies, with a custom bookmark to accompany the book.

Entry Fee: $20.00

More details here.

Poetry Competition: Zocalo Public Square

Zócalo Public Square's sixth annual poetry prize is awarded to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place.

The winner will receive $500 and will be published by Zócalo on our site.

The deadline for our no-fee contest is February 3, 2017.

Send up to three poems to:

poetryATzocalopublicsquareDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

More information here.

Writer-in-Residence Program: The Kerouac Project of Orlando

The Kerouac Project of Orlando will open the application period for their writers-in-residence program on January 1, 2017. It will close on March 12, 2017. Selected writers will be announced in late May 2017.

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies per year to writers living anywhere in the world. Each resident will live alone in the house for three months, where they may work on their writing project in uninterrupted peace.

Writers stay free at the Kerouac House and their utilities costs are covered. Each writer also receives a $1,000 food stipend for use during their residency. The writers are only required to participate in two events, a welcome potluck dinner held in their honor, and a final reading of their work at the end of their residency.

The residency slots are as follows:

Fall 2017: September, October, and November

Winter 2017–2018: December, January, and February

Spring 2018: March, April, and May

Summer 2018: June, July, and August

For more information, or to apply for the residency, please visit our website.

Artists' Residency: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Next Residency Deadline March 1, 2017

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

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

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

Two application deadlines per year. September 1 and March 1.
Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal.

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.

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

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

The Center offers a letterpress studio with a Vandercook Sp15 press and a standard proof press. The Harry Duncan Letterpress Studio also features a variety of furniture and fonts, an inventory of tools and inks, as well as a boxcar base for resident use.


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

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Call for Submissions: Rappahannock Review

Rappahannock Review is currently open for submissions to Issue 4.2, which will be published in April 2017. Please note that we reserve the right to close submissions earlier than scheduled if volume or other circumstances necessitate this.

When we are open for submissions, please follow the general guidelines below, then go here to submit your work.

General Guidelines:
We do not accept previously published work, including work that has appeared online in blogs or other forums. Simultaneous submissions are fine, though if your work is accepted elsewhere, please email us immediately at:

rappahannockreviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

If you are submitting poetry or flash pieces compile your work into a single document and then upload your submission. Authors who submit more than one file per genre will have their work returned unread.
Current or former employees of the University of Mary Washington are not eligible to submit work to the Rappahannock Review. We will not consider work from current UMW students; however, we will read work from alumni who graduated three or more years ago. If you are a previous contributor, please wait a year from publication before resubmitting work.

While we strive to respond to all work as quickly as possible, careful attention does take time. Please wait at least six months from submission before querying.

We accept poems ranging in any length and employing any aesthetic, including free verse, prose poems, and formal poetry. Authors may send up to five poems per submission. Poems may be part of a series.

Authors of creative nonfiction may submit a single essay with a maximum length of 8,000 words or three shorter pieces each containing no more than 1,000 words. Submissions may range from flash nonfiction to extended memoir. Experimental form is encouraged. We would like to see essays with insightful perspective and attention to craft.

Rappahannock Review is looking for original, well-written fiction. Submissions may contain one piece of up to 8,000 words or three pieces of flash, each containing 1,000 words or fewer. Pieces experimenting with form are encouraged.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Call for Submissions: Foliate Oak Literary Magazine

Deadline: April 5, 2017

Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is firing up for a new year. Submit your best writing and art that transforms the ordinary into fabulous mystique, breathes fire into the lifeless. Read us. Support us.

Follow our guidelines. Learn more here.

Call for Submissions for ME, AT 17 Poetry and Prose Series: Silver Birch Press

Silver Birch Press ME, AT 17 Poetry and Prose Series 

As we approach the new year, thoughts turn to the number 17 — especially as it relates to that age in our lives. Frank Sinatra sang “when I was 17…” in “It Was a Very Good Year,” Janis Ian sings about it in “At Seventeen,” Arthur Rimbaud’s poem “Novel,” explores what happens at 17, and poet Larry Levis wrote “The Poet at Seventeen.” The seventeenth year in most of our lives — the passage between childhood and adulthood — was eventful, and offers rich material for poetry and prose.

PROMPT: Tell us about when you were 17 in a poem (any reasonable length) or prose piece (300 words or fewer — this word limit also applies to prose poems). We encourage you to write about specific incidents/memories rather than offer general reflections.

WHAT: Submissions can be original or previously published poems or prose. You retain all rights to your work and give Silver Birch Press permission to publish the piece on social media. We are a nonprofit blog and offer no monetary compensation to contributors. If your piece was previously published, please tell us where/when so we can credit the original publisher.

WHEN: We’ll feature the poems and prose in the Silver Birch Press ME, AT 17 Poetry and Prose Series on our blog starting in January 2017. We’ll also feature the work on Twitter and Facebook.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email one poem or prose piece to:

SBPSUBMISSIONSATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

as an MSWord attachment — and in the same file include your name, contact info (including email address), one-paragraph author’s bio (written in third person), and any notes about your creative process or thoughts about your piece. Please put all this information in one MSWord document and title the file with your last name (and only your last name). Write “17” in subject line of email. If available, please send a photo of yourself at 17 — and provide a caption for the photo (where, when, what).


To help everyone understand our submission requirements, we’ve prepared the following checklist.

1. Send ONE MS Word document TITLED WITH YOUR LAST NAME (e.g. Smith.doc or Jones.docx).

2. In the same MS Word document, include your contact information (name, mailing address, email address).

3. In the same MS Word document, include a one-paragraph author’s bio, written in the third person. You are encouraged to include links to your books, websites, and social media accounts — we want to help promote you!

4. In the same MS Word document, include a note about your poem/prose or creative process written in the first person (this is optional — but encouraged).

5. In the same MS Word document, include a caption for your photo (including where, when and/or date taken).

6. If available, send a photo of yourself at any age as a SEPARATE jpg attachment (not in the MS Word document). Title the photo with your last name (e.g., Jones.jpg). Also send a current photo to accompany your bio.

7. Email to SBPSUBMISSIONSATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )— and put “17” in the subject line.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Writing Competition: Summer Literary Seminars' 2017 Fiction & Poetry Contest

Summer Literary Seminars' 2017 Fiction & Poetry Contest for short story or novel excerpt, or up to 3 poems per entry.

Awards: Publication plus expense-paid packages to attend programs in Tbilisi, Georgia, land of mythical Jason and the Golden Fleece, or in Kenya.

Entry fee: $17.

Deadline: February 28, 2017.

More information on our website.

Writing Competition: 2017 Disquiet Literary Prize

2017 Disquiet Literary Prize – Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction.

Awards: Full fellowship (airfare, tuition, and housing included) to the 2017 Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up receive partial financial aid.

Entry fee: $15.

Deadline: January 31, 2017.

More information at our website.

Call for Submissions: The Matador Review

The Matador Review is accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 publication! We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. The call for submissions will end on February 28. 

We call ourselves an “alternative” magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the “alternative”, The Matador Review is a home.

Submission information can be found here.

Check out our Fall 2016 publication.

Fiction Writing Competition: 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest

The 2017 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest is right around the corner! That means now is the time to polish up those manuscripts. Send us your weird, your lovely, your unclassifiable, your genre-benders, your stories that only you can tell. 

See our website for contest details! There is a $33 entry fee. 

Minimum 22,000 words 

Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted.
No identifying information of person or place anywhere in manuscript file.

Submit the whole manuscript in one PDF or Doc or Docx file, with the title of work alone as the file name.

Deadline: June 1, 2017 

Details here.

Submit entries here.

Call for Submissions: Gravel Magazine

Submissions accepted year-round.

We hope to receive more lyrical essays and more hybrid writing. Accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, flash/hybrid, fiction, poetry, artwork, and photography.

Please read our our magazine (and guidelines) before submitting.

Call for Submissions: Driftwood Press

Driftwood Press: Call for Submissions (One Week Response Option Available)

Submissions accepted year-round.

John Updike once said, "Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better." At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in literary criticism, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, and interviews.
We also offer our submitters a premium option to receive an acceptance or rejection letter within one week of submission; many authors are offered editorships and interviews. 
For more information, visit our website.

Poetry Competition: 2017 Yeats Poetry Prize

Guidelines for 2017 Yeats Poetry Prize
Deadline: February 15, 2017

Alfred Corn, Judge

The WB Yeats Society of NY poetry competition is open to members and nonmembers of any age, from any locality worldwide. Poems in English on any subject, up to 60 lines, not previously published, may be submitted. Type each poem (judged separately) on an 8.5 x 11” sheet without author’s name; attach 3x5 card with name, address, phone, e-mail.

Entry fee is $15 for first poem, $12 each additional.

Mail submissions to:

2017 Poetry Competition, WB Yeats Society of NY
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Include S.A.S.E. to receive judge’s report. List of winners posted on about March 31.

First prize $1,000, second prize $500. 

Winners and honorable mentions receive two-year memberships in the Society and are honored at April event in New York City. Authors retain rights to their poems, but grant the Society the right to publish their winning entries. These are complete guidelines; no entry form necessary. We reserve the right to hold late submissions to following year.
To submit online via Submittable

Monday, January 2, 2017

Call for Submissions: Florida English

Dear Writers,

We are very excited to announce this year’s open call for submissions to Florida English, the peer-reviewed, digital-format literary journal of the Florida College English Association.

For more information, please visit our website.

Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017.

Thank you!
Andrea Greenbaum and John David Harding
Coeditors, Florida English

Call for Submissions on Theme of "Firsts": Ponder Review

Start your New Year by being the first to submit to our new journal, Ponder Review.

You're creative. You ponder. Well, so do we!

This is our first issue and we've been pondering all of the "FIRSTS" people encounter in their lives...first job, first child, first kiss, etc. We'd like to read about your "FIRSTS." 

Our submission period for the Spring issue — FIRSTS — is December 12, 2016- March 6, 2017. 

We can't wait to hear from you. Ponder Review welcomes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short plays, flash-fiction, new media, and visual art. Electronic submissions on Submittable.

For more details and full submissions guidelines, go here.

A publication of the Low-Res MFA program in creative writing at Mississippi University for Women

Call for Proposals: C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference

Call for Proposals (deadline 3/15/17) from women (including anyone who identifies as a woman) writing in any genre in any field.

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference invites proposals for presentations at our inaugural conference to be held November 3-4, 2017 at the University of Central Arkansas.

C.D. Wright was a nationally acclaimed poet with Arkansas roots. Inspired by her legacy, our mission is to recognize, promote, and encourage a diverse range of women writers, including any writer who identifies as female. Participants will explore opportunities, challenges, and trends specific to women writers through keynote presentations, panel discussions, craft talks, a book fair, and workshops led by contemporary authors. The conference will offer writers a space to gather for inspiration, further education, support, and networking.

General Information

Sessions will be 75 minutes and may employ a variety of formats, including panel discussions, craft talks, publishing advice, readings, or workshops. Proposals may be submitted as individuals or as pre-formed panels. Individual proposals that are accepted will be grouped into panels by the conference organizers.

To submit a proposal, please use the Proposal Submission Form. 

Conference presenters and attendees must register for the full conference. There will be opportunities to apply for needs-based scholarships that cover registration costs. 

The C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference is a space to celebrate, study, and advance the work of women writing in all genres, from journalism to mass market books, academic writing, literary endeavors, and beyond. We will address the value of adding women’s voices to the collective, cultural conversations about writing and the danger of limiting or excluding these voices. While we hope our audience will draw women from all over the country, there will be a special emphasis on women from the South. Participants’ work may focus on any subject area; however, the focus of the conference is not on those fields of study but on the writing itself.

Possible topics for proposals may include the following:
  • Navigating the publishing industry as a woman
  • Identifying challenges faced by women writers, particularly in the South
  • Balancing writing with work, family, and social groups
  • Collaborating with and mentoring other women writers
  • Making space for diverse voices and perspectives
  • Historicizing women writers and movements
  • Writing about trauma
  • Developing the writer’s craft
  • Gathering sources for information and inspiration
  • Finding and appealing to a target audience
  • Finding trustworthy feedback
  • Dealing with publisher rejection
Please go here to access the Proposal Submission Form. Proposals can be submitted through the conference website, by email:

 cdwrightconferenceATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ), 

or by mail: 

C.D. Wright Women Writers Conference
University of Central Arkansas, Department of Writing
Thompson 306, 201 Donaghey Ave.
Conway, AR 72035.

Proposals will be accepted from November 3, 2016 to March 15, 2017. Presenters will be notified of acceptances in April. Registration will open in April.

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

3Elements Review is still reading 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 Submissions: Barking Sycamores

Barking Sycamores seeks poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), creative nonfiction (8,500 words or less), hybrid genre works (8,500 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists for Issue 12.

Our theme is Time Travel.
SUBMISSION PERIOD: December 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested creatives consult our submission guidelines before sending any work to us.

For more information on our theme, plus a link to our guidelines and Submittable portal.

Artists' Residency: The Mineral School

The Mineral School, a newer artists' residency near Mt. Rainier, in Washington state, is open to applications for 2017 residencies and will be taking apps through Feb. 15, 2017. We have 12 paid fellowships.

Details on our Submittable link here.

Thank you,
Jane Hodges

Fiction Competition: Literal Latte k. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards

Literal Latte k. Margaret Grossman Fiction Awards 

First Prize
Second Prize
Third Prize

Contest Guidelines
  • Send unpublished stories, 10,000 words max. All subjects and styles welcome.
  • Postmark by January 15th.
  • Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
  • If by regular “snail mail” post: include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or email address for reply.
  • Include $10 Reading Fee per story — OR —$15 Reading Fee for two stories.
  • All entries considered for publication.

All currency above given in US dollars.

We are now accepting online submissions via Submittable!

Call for Submissions: Liminal Stories

Liminal Stories is seeking poetry and fiction.

Payment is 6 cents per word for fiction and $50 / poem for poetry.
Reading period is December 15 through January 15. 

Guidelines here.

Call for Essays on Music: At Length Magazine

At Length Magazine is currently 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.
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.
Danny Caine
Music Editor
At Length Magazine

Call for Submissions: Masque & Spectacle

Masque & Spectacle is calling for submissions for its next two issues. Issue 11, slated for March 1, is a general issue. Please see the submission guidelines below on how to submit writing, visual art, video, or sound projects.

“Transcaucasia” is defined as a geopolitical region, encompassing all of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, as well as the Caucasus mountain area of southern Russia, western Turkey, and northern Iran.

Issue 12, slated for June 1, will be a special TRANSCAUCASIA issue featuring work by writers and artists living in the Transcaucasia region or work that is about or inspired by this region.

Work should be in English, though we are also interested in translations. Please see the submission guidelines below on how to submit writing, visual art, video, or sound projects.

Send all materials and queries to:

masqueandspectacleATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please see the complete submission guidelines at our website

We publish all forms of creative writing, including essays, plays, literary journalism, and hybrid formats. Longer works, up to 10,000 words, will be read with delight; however, we're not ready for your novella, not just yet.

We are interested only in unpublished work.

Please attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file.
Include your last name in the file name and the email subject line.

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

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

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