Saturday, February 25, 2017

Call for Submissions from College-aged Writers: Angles

ANGLES is seeking poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by college-aged writers with distinct perspectives on ourselves and our world. As a web-based literary magazine edited by students at St. John Fisher College, ANGLES prioritizes new voices and takes pride in being among a writer's first publications.

We especially want writing that cares about language and pays close attention to it, uses form and structure purposefully, and isn’t afraid to take risks. We value traditions but are keen on challenging them.

The deadline for our current reading period is 4/1.

Think you have something for us? Visit our website for more about who we are and what we publish, or go straight to Submittable and send us your work.

Call for Submissions: Two Hawks Quarterly

Submittable link.


NOTE: Although, we accept poetry, at this time we are particularly interested in fiction, flash fiction and creative non-fiction with strong, lyrical voices.

Two Hawks Quarterly is a digital literary journal brought to you by writers in the BA in Liberal Studies Creative Writing Concentration at Antioch University Los Angeles. Two Hawks is dedicated to sparking debate and discussion by exposing the world to the most daring, lyrical, and edgy poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and experimental writing available.

Fiction and Flash Fiction
Creative Nonfiction

Two Hawks Quarterly is looking for exquisitely crafted work that will astonish, surprise, and delight us. THQ accepts simultaneous submissions but please inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work received is reviewed by at least three editors, and often read aloud in a group setting. We strive to respond to every submission within three months or less.

Please send no more than one piece of fiction or creative nonfiction of 5,000 words maximum length at a time, or two pieces of flash fiction. We discourage novel excerpts unless they stand alone and work as short stories.

We’re interested in all forms of creative nonfiction: memoir, essays, and hybrid forms, but not straight reportage or editorializing rants.

Include a brief cover note with your submission that includes a mini-bio, list of prior publications, and contact information. We tend to read cover notes after we’ve read your work so as not to be swayed by them.

All correspondence with THQ goes through our online submissions system Once we accept your work, we will ask you to send a more detailed biography and photo through the system.

Submissions are ongoing.

Nonfiction Fellowship: The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship

The Oxford American Literary Project announces The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship. Designed to support the writing of a debut book of creative nonfiction, the fellowship offers the winner a $10,000 living stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship with the Oxford American toward a nine-month residency in the thriving creative community of Central Arkansas. Award-winning writers and OA contributors Brian Blanchfield, Bronwen Dickey, and Ada Limón will judge.

All writers who have not yet published a book of creative nonfiction are eligible. Submissions are now open and the deadline is midnight EST, March 30, 2017.

Complete applications will include blind copies of the following: a 300-500 word book proposal, a 300-500 word statement of interest in magazine editorial work, a creative nonfiction writing sample of no more than 12,000 words excerpted from the proposed project, and a curriculum vitae. The award will be announced the first week of May 2017.

For more on eligibility, guidelines, FAQ, and the submission portal, visit our website.

Writing Competition: 2017 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction

2017 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction
(Prime Number Magazine is a Press 53 publication)

Submittable link.

Deadline: April 15, 2017

Award: $1,000 plus publication in each category

Fee: $15.

Poetry judged by Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive, winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry, and Short Fiction judged by David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories.

Call for Submissions: Wildness

Submissions accepted year-round.
WILDNESS is an online literary journal that seeks to promote contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that evokes the unknown. Founded in 2015, each thoughtfully compiled issue strives to unearth the works of both established and up-and-coming writers.

Go here for submission guidelines.

Call for Writing from Young Female-Identified Writers: Girls Right the World

Deadline: April 1, 2017
Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young (14-21), female-identified writers to submit their work for consideration for the first issue. We believe that girls’ voices can and do transform the world for the better. We currently seek poetry, prose, short stories, and lyric essays of any style and theme. Girls Right the World asks for first North American serial rights. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the authors. We publish annually.

Send your best writing, in English or English translation, to:

girlsrighttheworldATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by April 1, 2017. Our website for more info.

Call for Fiction Submissions to Anthology on Exploring the United States West: Baobab Press

Baobab Press Seeks Short Fiction Exploring the United States West

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Baobab Press and the University of Nevada, Reno MFA Program in Creative Writing are partnering to publish This Side of the Divide, an anthology of short fiction exploring the United States West. Selected writers receive a complimentary copy and $100. Writers retain the rights to their pieces, which should be 3,000-5,000 words.

Please send your story as a Word doc (include your name and email in the document) to:

divideATbaobabpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

 Visit our website for more details.

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

Finalists are also considered for publication.

2015 Orison 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 finalist Jordan Rice, whose collection CONSTELLARIUM was also published, was named a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The 2016 poetry and fiction prize winners--GHOST CHILD OF THE ATALANTA BLOOM, a poetry collection by Rebecca Aronson, and MISS PORTLAND, a novel by David Ebenbach--will both be featured in an upcoming issue of FOREWORD REVIEWS.

Find complete submission guidelines here.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Spring 2017 issue (Vol. 12, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 15, 2017. 

We accept unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3,000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are all welcome.

All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor's prize. The 2016 recipient was Colin Pope for his essay "Hard Pine," which appeared in the Spring 2016 issue. Several pieces from the journal have also appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, storySouth Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions.

To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor. editorATleahbrowningDOTnet

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are available online. There are no fees.

Call for Previously Published Stories: Psychopomp Magazine

Psychopomp Magazine Accepting Previously Published Work: Breathe New Life to Your Stories

Every year, Psychopomp accepts previously published stories (not currently available online) in an effort to provide an audience for work that has only appeared in print or has disappeared online due to a publication closing its doors. These reprint publications will appear directly on our website. As with any of our submissions, please explore our issues and previous reprints to get a sense for our aesthetic. Word limit: 5,000.

See our site for more details.

Deadline: March 4th

Audio Competition: The Missouri Review

The Missouri Review is excited to announce that our 2017 10th Annual Miller Audio Prize is underway! We now accept entries both via mail and online. Prizes will be awarded for high-quality recordings of poets and writers reading their work and for audio documentaries on any subject.

Winners in each of four categories---audio documentary, humor, poetry and prose---receive $1,000. Winning entries and runners-up will be featured on our podcast. All entrants receive a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review.

We are also excited to once again offer pay-by-donation entry fees! Now you decide what you will pay to enter the competition. (Previously, entry to the Audio Contest cost $20). All contributions go directly towards supporting the continued production of The Missouri Review, its awards, and related programs.

Deadline: March 15th, 2017
For full details, please see our website.

We hope to have the chance to listen to your work!

Writing Competition: Pinch Literary Awards

Have a short story of 5000 words or fewer? A set of poems or a work of nonfiction? Then it's your chance to submit to the annual Pinch Literary Awards contest.

All entries must be submitted by March 15th, and all entrants will receive a free digital issue of The Pinch. This issue comes will all of the great fiction, nonfiction, and poetry The Pinch prides itself in publishing, as well as surprise new content.

Our judges--esteemed fiction author Caitlin Horrocks, revered poet Amorak Huey, and nonfiction expert Jill Talbot--are excited to see your submissions.

Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in The Pinch. For more information, click here. Send us your work today!

Marisa Manuel, Marketing Manager
The Pinch

Writing Competition: Autumn House Press Contests

Deadline: June 30, 2017

The annual Autumn House Press Contests award publication of full-length manuscripts in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction. Each winner also receives $2,500 ($1,000 advance against royalties and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book). 

The submission period opens January 1, 2017 and the postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2017.

The judges for the 2017 full-length contests are: Alberto Ríos (poetry), Amina Gautier (fiction), and Alison Hawthorne Deming (nonfiction). For more info, go here.

Call for Articles: The Artist Unleashed

Deadline: Rolling

Earn $0.015 per word to be published on our blog, The Artist Unleashed. We want articles based on your personal experience as a writer or artist to help fellow creatives. Articles for this website must be about an aspect of writing and/or art and must also inspire and/or motivate, encourage discussion, offer advice or argue an opinion, and be rich with informative/engaging content.

We will tweet and Facebook your post to get it as much exposure as possible. Unique views on a single post have reached 1500+ within 24 hours.

Please visit our website for guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Gris-Gris

Submissions accepted year-round.

Gris-Gris, an online journal from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, has published works by Pulitzer Prize winners and Pushcart nominees. We invite submissions of literary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from emerging and established writers. We are open to all styles and subjects.

Send three to five poems, one story of no more than 7,000 words, or up to three pieces of flash fiction of no more than 500 words each.

For full submission guidelines, visit our website.

Call for MG Fiction Submissions: Cricket

Deadline: March 27, 2017
Cricket (for ages 9-14) seeks contemporary middle-grade fiction of 1,200 to 1,800 words. Strong submissions will feature a protagonist who is actively engaged in the challenge and adventure of being a kid—taking on new responsibilities, discovering hidden talents, overcoming fears, or meeting new and surprising people. The tone may be lighthearted or serious—exploring with friends or facing problems at home or school.

Stories should have an authentic voice, revealing character primarily through action and dialogue, and reach a satisfying resolution. Stories set within city environments, or in non-American settings, and featuring characters from underrepresented groups are especially welcome.

Submit your work here.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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.

For more information, go here.

To submit.

For questions, email our Book Prize Coordinator at:

psbookprizeATunlDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Competition for College Students: 2017 Scythe Prize

Rusty Scythe Publishing seeks previously unpublished short stories and essays to be included in a printed collection, The 2017 Scythe Prize.

The goal of the collection is to celebrate new voices in a rare, printed book that includes both fiction and creative non-fiction from current undergraduate and graduate college students.

Submissions are invited from college students around the world. Last year’s edition saw submissions from 25 countries on 5 continents. There are no formal, genre-specific, or stylistic restrictions. There is no word limit. English is required.

Submissions are collected between February 1 and April 1, 2017 and should be submitted via email as Word or PDF files to the series editor, Eric Forrest, at:

eforrest95ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

With your attachment, please include your full name and the name of your school.

The top story AND essay will receive a $200 prize. Other selected submissions (45 were selected for print in 2016) will be included in the printed book, due late 2017.

Contact Eric Forrest, Editor, at the email address above and visit our website for more information.

Call for Submissions: Opossum Literary Journal

Opossum Literary Journal Seeks Submissions

Submit here.

Opossum, a journal that seeks to explore the intersection between literature and music, is now currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis. We publish three times a year online and once a year in print. We accept fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essays and interviews and we are a paying market. Opossum is especially hungry for poetry right now!

You can find us here.

Please browse the website and check out our Manifesto which will give you a good idea of what Opossum is looking for. You will also find a link to our Submittable page where you may send us anything from Primus to Prince, Mozart to Mos Def.

Opossum only accepts submissions via Submittable. No email submissions will be read.

We look forward to reading your work.

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 15! The new elements are Yard Sale, Temple, and Visitation. All three terms 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: April 30. Issue will be released July 1.
More information here.
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We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions: Art Reflecting on Trump

Submissions Wanted, Art Reflecting on Trump.

Please visit our website for more details.

Contact: Eve Lyons at:

dubrowsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and Dot to . )


Like all of us, wrestling with the 2016 election results and its aftermath, the fears I have for this country and the planet having grown deeper. As a result I found myself working on the image above. As it came together saw it as a piece ultimately of compassion despite how I question how on earth this person and his administration could have ever been chosen.

*Is this win simply about backlash? Are there that many people upset that we have had an African American President for eight years? Are they that ticked off about women having a say about their own bodies? Do they really believe gays and lesbians are “less than” and have no right to marriage? Have all of us minorities just gotten way too “uppity”?

Are there really two millions voters/citizens who thought it was cool to have “burn the witch” signs for Hillary Clinton; have the President throw twitter-tantrums and on-air diatribes; let alone be given kudos by the KKK? Is this how they were raised to believe adults should express themselves? Are we just a Facebook/Tabloid Nation where having the White House and Unites States Government as a reality TV show is the best we have to offer our children?

I also see the “art postcard" I’ve posted as a spiritual piece, one which takes to task the cruelty and hate-mongering of certain "religious right" factions, whether they be Christian or those who say "It is our way or the highway" and resort to murder/terrorism.

There are scores of Christian, religious, or just plain spiritual people, who don't necessarily see themselves connected to any one faith, but just believe and try to do good. These people just don't necessarily have the money and time and ego to be spouting off via various forms of media.

Some have actually taken vows of poverty, actually go out and work with the poor and suffering. Some do such work for those in need in their own congregations and communities. Some do it as "lone wolves" simply trying to be kind and decent, refraining from bullying or cattiness, and certainly not encouraging it.

I hope that it is these voices and these spirits who will come to the forefront and be heard not just during the next four years, but for the generations to come... for all life on this our one and only Earth.

I actually did an internet search of "International LGBT-friendly religious organizations", and was happy that scores popped up. With my usual "who the heck do I think I am" internal emotional landscape I decided to write to and share the image with you (and them) solidarity for what is good about humanity, and as a sort of cyber space billboard...

Safe passage with moments of lightness to all…


Poetry Competition: Spank the Carp

I’m pleased to announce the 3rd Annual SPANK the CARP Poetry contest.

Previous years were somewhat restrictive so this year any type of poetry will be accepted with a theme of “Up Jumped Spring”. There is no entry fee.

For full details visit the Contest Page.

Deadline: May 1, 2017 

Ken, Editor

Call for Submissions: Italian Americana Magazine

Call for submissions—Italian Americana magazine

We are now reading poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir and short stories for our Summer 2017 issue. Deadline: April 1.

For detailed information, please visit our website.

Italian Americana, a twice-yearly print journal founded over 35 years ago to promote Italian American scholarship and literature, is calling for work for its next issue under new editor Carla A. Simonini and poetry editor Maria Terrone. The most recent issues have included work by Anne Marie Macari, Gerry La Femina, and Peter Covino. We are looking for fresh poetry on any topic by writers of Italian heritage on one or both sides of their family. Please mention the connection in your cover letter or bio. We have no special preference for poems on Italian-related subjects. Excellence of the work is the only criterion.

Please send up to five unpublished poems in a single Word file, Times New Roman, 11 point font. One-page poems are preferable, although two-page poems will be considered. Your name, address, email address and phone number should appear on every page of the file. Begin the document with a short cover letter, including a bio of no more than 65 words.

Please email the Word doc to the editor at:

 italianamericanaATysuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

“Poetry/Your Last Name” should appear in the subject line.

Creative non-fiction, memoir and short stories up to 4,000 words are also welcome and should be emailed to the editor with bio, cover letter, etc. Please consult the website for details.

Poetry Competition: The Cowles Open Poetry Book Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press is accepting submissions for The Cowles Open Poetry Book Prize.
Deadline: April 1.
A prize of $2,000 & 30 copies, publication, and distribution by Southeast Missouri State University Press is given annually for a full-length poetry manuscript.
Submit a hardcopy manuscript of 48 – 100 pages, any style or theme, with a $25 entry fee by April 1.
Send to:
Cowles Prize
Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Call for Submissions to Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing: Black Lawrence Press

Submissions link. 

Deadline: March 31, 2017 

Black Lawrence Press Introduces
A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing

Editors: Simone Muench + Dean Rader
Assistant Editors: Sally Ashton + Jackie K. White

Forthcoming in Summer 2018!

This innovative and inclusive anthology of recent collaborative writing will include poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like "genre" and "author.” We are looking for collaborative writing that involves more than one living writer as the primary authors. We invite works that feature identifiable alternating perspectives as well as pieces that are co-authored or group authored, making it impossible to tell which of the named authors actually "wrote" or "created" the text. Although we see the potential for future anthologies that would be “collaborations” between the person writing the story or poem and a writer or artist no longer living, like an ekphrastic poem, a cento, an erasure, or an invented interview (a la Borges), this particular anthology will focus on collaborations between living writers only.

General Guidelines for Submissions

We ask that you include the names and contact information for all of the authors who collaborated on the work you are submitting.

Poems: Please submit 3 to 6 poems that are less than 100 lines each.
Fiction: Please submit a single fiction piece of up to 3000 words.
Creative nonfiction: Please submit a single creative nonfiction piece of up to 3000 words.
Hybrids: Please submit a single hybrid piece of up to 3000 words.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that we are immediately notified of publication elsewhere. We will only accept multiple submissions by an author if they are submitting with a different collaborator.

Collaborative work may have been previously published in literary magazines, anthologies, and/or book collections. We ask for world serial rights for any work selected, but not first serial rights.

For this particular anthology, we aren’t currently considering translations.

You can expect to hear by late Summer 2017 (though it could be much sooner than that).

Chapbook Competition: Sundress Publications

Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fourth annual chapbook contest. Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of February 1st to April 15th, 2017.  
We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty-six (12-26) pages in length, with a page break between individual pieces. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. A unifying element is encouraged but not required. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.
The entry fee is $10 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title from our store. 
The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online for free. Runners-up will also be considered for publication.
This year’s judge will be Darren C. Demaree. Darren C. Demaree lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children. He is the author of six poetry collections and the recipient of nine Pushcart Prize nominations. Currently, he is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry.
All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgments for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not appear in any part of the manuscript. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering. We are dedicated to a fair judging process that emphasizes the quality of the writing, not the résumé of author.
Simultaneous submission to other presses is acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in Summer 2017.
Send your manuscripts as a DOC or PDF to:
contestATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
along with a receipt number or screenshot for your payment.
More information a our website.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Call for Poetry Submissions: Gyroscope Review

Gyroscope Review, a quarterly digital contemporary poetry journal founded in 2014 by editors Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson, has two open calls for submissions, both for the April 2017 second anniversary issue.

We are accepting submissions to our regular category here.

We are also accepting themed submissions ("Planting Ourselves") here.

Both categories will be open until March 15, 2017. Full guidelines are available at both links. There is no fee for submission.

Poets are encouraged to visit the Gyroscope Review website for further information.

Poetry and Nonfiction Book Competitions: Cleveland State University Poetry Center

CSU Poetry Center 2017 Poetry & Nonfiction Book Competitions

From January 1st - March 31st the Cleveland State University Poetry Center will accept submissions for our First Book Poetry Competition (Judge: Suzanne Buffam), our Open Book Poetry Competition (Judges: Rebecca Gayle Howell, Lo Kwa Mei-en, & Lee Upton), and our Essay Collection Competition (Judge: Renee Gladman).

Winners receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalties contract.

Go here for guidelines and more information.

Call for Submissions from Undergraduate Students: 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: Hunter/Gatherer

Hunter/Gatherer is an online magazine focused on wilderness-centered conservation.

We are currently taking submissions of wilderness-centered or anti-industrial nonfiction (essays and book reviews), fiction, and poetry for our second issue.

Go here for specific guidelines.

Call for Submissions: Golden Walkman Magazine

Deadline: Feb 28, 2017
Song: "Heavy Pi" by Michael Coolen
Direct Link to Song.
Golden Walkman Magazine is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and hybrid in response to the song "Heavy Pi" by Michael Coolen until February 28th as part of our Dialogue Submissions. Listen to the song, feel inspired, and write something new. Coolen will choose his favorite(s) to be published in a future issue. We look forward to reading your interpretation!
All the best,
David Walker, editor
Golden Walkman Magazine

Call for Submissions to Anthology: On Writing in a Dark Time

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: “On Writing in a Dark Time”
Are these dark times? Are our politics and culture in some way uniquely or especially perverse, dangerous, anti-democratic? Or is this just the usual rub and hubbub of history?
How should we -- as citizens, as humans, as writers – respond to such times? What language, what beauty, what rage can help? What is the quality of light?
Wild Writers Seminars (Portland, Oregon) invites your submission of a nonfiction personal essay or poem.
Essays: 1200 word limit.
Poems: 50 line limit (counting the blanks between stanzas as "lines" also, but not counting title), up to three poems.
Submissions that exceed these limits will not be considered.
Essays and poems chosen by the editors will be included in a book-length collection to be published by Kelson Books later this year. We will contact you by the end of April if yours is chosen. Payment will be in the form of five copies of the published book.  
Deadline: midnight Saturday Feb. 25, 2017.
Submit to:
KelsonBooksWritingInADarkTimeATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Electronic submissions only. Please send by copying your essay or poem INTO THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, and ALSO as a BLIND ATTACHMENT in .doc or .docx format. “Blind” means that your name should not appear on the attached document at all, please. Use the title of your piece (or an abbreviated title) as your filename.

Writing Competition: Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest

First Prize for the eighth annual Gemini Magazine Short Story Contest is $1,000 while the entry fee is just $5. Second prize is $100 and there will also be three honorable mentions ($25 each).

We have no restrictions on subject, style or length, and all entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance. Previous winning stories have involved topics as diverse as: 

- a Siamese twin who fears her twin sister is plotting to kill her 

- a movie star sex goddess in an almost completely asexual society 

- a young Belfast boy who joins the IRA after his sister is killed by British soldiers 

- a prostitute traumatized by the suicide of a girl in her rooming house

Deadline: March 31, 2017. Enter by email or snail mail.

All five finalists will be published online in the June 2017 issue of Gemini.

Read all previous winners and finalists, and enter here.

Nonfiction and Fiction Competition: The Journal Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Journal’s Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or mixed-genre prose. The prize (which in previous iterations was known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction) carries a cash award of $1,500 and publication with Mad River Books, the trade imprint The Ohio State University Press, under its standard contract. The 2017 Non/Fiction Collection Prize will be guest judged by Michael Kardos.

Submission Guidelines:
  • The award is open to writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, whether or not they have previously published a book.
  • Eligible submissions include an unpublished manuscript of short stories or essays; two or more novellas or novella-length essays; a combination of one or more novellas/novella-length essays and short stories/essays; a combination of stories and essays. Novellas or novella-length nonfiction must be part of a larger collection. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 350 typed double-spaced pages, 12-point font. Prior publication of your manuscript as a whole in any format (including electronic or self-published) makes it ineligible. Individual stories or essays that have been previously published may be included in the manuscript. Each submission must include a list of acknowledgments of previously published work (title and magazine/journal/anthology) included in the manuscript.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee.
  • All manuscripts will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. All identifying information will be submitted through the online submission manager only.
  • Manuscripts may also be under consideration by other publishers, but if a manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, the submission should be promptly withdrawn from consideration.
  • Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as one manuscript or a portion thereof does not duplicate material submitted in another manuscript and a separate entry fee is paid.

Please visit our website or contact:

prizeATthejournalmagDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

for any inquiries.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Margins: Ninth Letter

Ninth Letter will be accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special online edition to be published in Summer 2017. Submissions will be open from January 20 to April 1. 

The theme for this issue is Margins. Physical spaces have margins, as does the social world. In fact, anything that can be contained or has limits might have margins of some kind. This issue will feature work that evokes margins or the marginal.

Submit your work for this special feature here.

Submissions sent via snail mail or submitted through our general submissions will not be considered for this issue.

You may submit up to three poems, or one piece of short prose (fiction or nonfiction) of up to 3500 words; please also include a cover letter that briefly explains how you see your work connecting to the theme. Note: work submitted without this information may be withdrawn. Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf.

Please do not send multiple submissions or previously published work.

Authors whose work is selected for this special feature will receive a complimentary 2-­year subscription to Ninth Letter.