Sunday, April 30, 2017

Call for Poetry Submissions: Heron Tree

Heron Tree, a poetry journal online, is open for submissions through June 1, 2017. We read and make decisions on a rolling basis, so the sooner you send, the sooner your work will be read!
Accepted poems will be published on the site and collected in a free, downloadable ebook.
Submission guidelines are posted here, and you can read a little about what we're drawn to here.

Writing Competition: The Autumn House Press Contests

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 postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2017.
To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. When submitting, note the following:
• All finalists will be considered for publication.
• Poetry submissions should be approximately 50-80 pages, Fiction & Nonfiction 200-300 pages.
• Contest results will be announced on our website.
• Please include with manuscript: Cover letter with all current contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address), table of contents, acknowledgments of previously published poems, and SASE.
• Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
• All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize,” "Fiction Prize," or "Nonfiction Prize," on the outside envelope.
Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
• Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:
Autumn House Press
PO Box 5486
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. Many of our past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.
For further questions:
infoATautumnhouseDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

The judges for the 2017 contest are:
Poetry: Alberto Ríos
Fiction: Amina Gautier
Nonfiction: Alison Hawthorne Deming

Call for Submissions: Milk Journal

Milk Journal is now open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual artwork! To familiarize yourself with the type of work we like, we recommend reading our past issues, available on our website.

Poetry: Send up to 5 poems in a single document.
Prose: Send a single story of up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces should not exceed 250 words.
Nonfiction: Send a single piece of up to 5,000 words.
Artwork: Any type of visual art (photography, drawing, painting, graphic design) will be considered. Please send up to 5 pieces.

All submissions should be directed to:

milkjournalofficialATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Please visit our website for further submission guidelines and information about our mission statement. Our deadline is June 30th, 2017. Please allow up two two months before inquiring regarding submission status.

Writing Competition: Howling Bird Press

Howling Bird Press invites submissions to its book prize in poetry, with a deadline of June 30.

The press welcomes innovative, original manuscripts from established and emerging authors. The competition is open to all writers in English, whether published or unpublished.

Author of the winning manuscript receives a cash award of $1,000, book publication in 2018, and distribution by Small Press Distribution. 

Manuscripts should be between 60 to 80 pages long and accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed. Please read full guidelines and submit your work here.

Call for Creative Nonfiction Submissions: The Chaos

Deadline: June 15, 2017

The Chaos is an online journal of creative nonfiction. We're seeking submissions for our summer 2017 issue from emerging and established writers. We are drawn to narrative, personal essays rooted in scene. Show, don't tell.

Send us your best work. 500-7000 words. 

Visit our website for additional guidelines and to submit.

Call for Submissions: Broken Ribbon

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Killer Nashville’s Broken Ribbon is seeking submissions to its inaugural edition. The journal will go to print in December of 2017, and will publish certain features online throughout the year. All accepted contributors receive two copies of the journal, and promotion via our outreach platforms. We accept works of any form, genre, or art style. We seek short stories and poems that are raw, honest, gritty—from any world, planet, time period, reality, or dimension. We look for works that make us pause or produce an emotion in the reader.

There is a $3 processing fee for all general submissions. 

To read the full submission guidelines, please go here.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Gyroscope Review

We invite submissions of contemporary poetry for our summer issue of Gyroscope Review. Our current reading period is open until June 15, 2017. Submissions must come through Submittable.

Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting. You may find our guidelines here.   We are also listed on Duotrope.

Gyroscope Review publishes four times per year and is now available in print as well as online. Founded in 2015, it is edited by Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson.

Call for Submissions of Creative Non-fiction: Ben Bulben Books

Jane Austen creative non-fiction anthology - call for submissions 

Ben Bulben Books has opened a call for submissions for a new creative non-fiction anthology inspired by the life or works of Jane Austen.

Entry is free and open to all.

Deadline is 15 June 2017.

All authors included in the anthology will receive two free hard copies of the book. All work must be original, factually accurate, and previously unpublished. We’re open to all types of original nonfiction, from reportage to opinion and personal essay to memoir.

The maximum word length is 7,000 words. There is no minimum. We are happy to consider micro-essays of 100 words. Multiple entries are welcome.

Submissions should be emailed to:

editorATbenbulbenbooksDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

by June 15th, 2017 together with a short biography (no more than 200 words, which may include a link to one of the author’s social media profiles and/or the author’s website). The editors’ decision is final.

Call for Submissions of Plays: Boog Poets Theater

Boog Poets Theater
Sun. Sept. 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
On Day 3 of the 11th annual Welcome to Boog City Poetry, Music, Theater, and Film Festival

Sidewalk Cafe
94 Avenue A
New York City

Open reading period for submissions of plays.

New playwrights / underrepresented voices encouraged, all welcome

Pieces should be no more than 15 minutes long (under 15 pages long).

Be sure to put title, your name, address, phone, and email address on cover sheet.

Deadline May 31, 2017.

E-mail plays (as attachments) and inquiries to Joel Allegretti, Poets Theater curator at:

poetstheaterAToutlookDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Friday, April 28, 2017

Interview with the Author Learning Center: Developing Characters

In February, I was interviewed by the Author Learning Center for their ongoing series on the craft and business of fiction. That full interview is now live on their site. You can watch a short clip here, where I discuss character development.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Sale!

The publisher who published my short story in the anthology, Debris & Detritus, is participating with #BookSweeps in a great promotion! You can purchase any of these 14 featured anthologies for $2.99!

If you enjoy speculative fiction, fantasy, or romance, this is a deal! Check it out!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Call for Submissions and Writing Competitions: Profane

Profane is currently open for submissions. Our reading period runs through July 31st.

In addition to accepting poetry, nonfiction, and fiction submissions, we're also running both a nonfiction and fiction contest this year.

The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (out now from Sarabande Books).

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: July 31, 2017

The Profane Fiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner (due out in August from Harper Perennial).

Entry Fee: $10.00

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces per submissions in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words.

For more details and guidelines about the contests, or for more info about the journal itself, check out our website.

Among other things, all of our past issues can be read on our site for free.

Patrick Chambers
Editor, Profane

Call for Long-form Submissions: Hayden's Ferry Review

Hayden’s Ferry Review Current Call: Issue 62, "The Long Issue"
At its best, long-form writing is an exacting exhibition of skill demanding sustained attention from a reader. In Issue 62, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the skill of extended writing. We invite submissions of prose which defy the bounds of the short-story, perhaps a novella, and poetry in any form which develops a scope and complexity that cannot be contained in just a few pages.
Novella in Latin means “new things” and so we invite prose in both fiction and nonfiction that longs to show us something new, to introduce us to an experience we have never had before. We invite the risk takers, and the traditionalists. We are looking for the novella we can’t stop thinking about.
Poets, we ask you to give us a poem with complexity, with scope, which is ambitious in the effort to express itself and skilled in its execution. We are looking for the poems we want to climb into and which hold us in suspension such that we do not want to emerge.
We will be accepting your novellas, poems, and translations until December 1st, 2017. Please keep prose submissions between 35 and 70 pages, double-spaced, TNR 12pt. typeface; and poetry between 5 and 50 pages (total poetry submission length not to exceed 50 pages. That 50 pages may contain 1-5 poems). Translations and international submissions should follow the same guidelines. (As we have so few available pages for this issue, we do ask for early submissions rather than delayed or last-minute submissions if at all possible.)
We accept prose (both fiction and nonfiction), poetry, translations, and visual art.
To submit, please visit our submittable page.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: The Book of 21st Century Forms

Have you written a bop? A golden shovel or a specular? A pecha kucha or a gram of &s? Invented a form of your own? Send us your best original poems in a form invented or rediscovered in the new millennium for consideration for an anthology that will collect together all of these divergent poetic forms. Email up to 3 poems along with a brief biographical note [and instructions if it's an invented form] to:

thebookof21stcenturyformsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Editors Sharon Dolin and Ravi Shankar will make all final decisions and submissions will be accepted by Sept. 30th, 2017.

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone 

Sliver of Stone's 14th issue is now available online.

We are a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe.

Authors featured in the current issue include Jan Becker, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, and Ashley Jones. Artwork by Allen Forrest and Kevin Perkins.

Check out our past contributors, such as Lynne Barrett, Kim Barnes, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, Barbara Hamby, Allison Joseph, J. Michael Lennon, Dinty W. Moore, Matthew Sharpe, and many talented others. Past interviews with Paul D. Brazill, Janet Burroway, Edwidge Danticat, Beverly Donofrio, Dean Koontz, K.A. Laity, Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, José Ignacio Valenzuela, and Mark Vonnegut.

We're now looking for submissions for our 15th issue!

DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

Call for Audio Submissions of Lullabies: Flock: A Literary Journal

Call for Audio Submissions: Lullabies 

Flock: A Literary Journal

Flock literary journal is teaming up with EAT Audio Magazine to release a digital album of lullabies. We are looking for new lullabies, experimental lullabies, spoken word, percussion, etc – any audio project with a lullaby spirit. Traditional lullabies and revisions to traditional lullabies are also welcome, so long as the submitter shows that the original is in the public domain.

Artists should submit no more than 1 lullaby. Please include a document or cover letter containing any lyrics. For non-English language lyrics, please include words in the original language as well as translated into English. We will consider audio up to 7 minutes in length, though expect most accepted pieces will fall in the 3-4 minute range. Audio should be submitted in Mp3 format, and artists should have a WAV file on hand in case the submission is accepted.
The Editors at Flock

Call for Submissions: 500 Miles Magazine

500 Miles Magazine seeking submissions for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry

500 Miles Magazine is a new publication for writers who create work a little outside the mainstream. We enjoy the funny, the experimental, and the generally well written. We are currently seeking submissions in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

We have a rolling submission process. Submissions will be reviewed by Danielle Lowery, Emily Wartella, and Kait Goodwin. No bio or cover-letter is required.

Please copy and paste your work into the body of your email to:

500milesmagazineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

If your submission is accepted we will ask for your bio. Submissions are free.

Please view our submissions guidelines here.

Writing Competition: The Baltimore Review

The Baltimore Review Summer Contest.

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer contest is “Monsters.” Monsters on the inside. Monsters on the outside. Or both. With empathy or antipathy. Legendary monsters or monsters from your imagination. Do not be afraid.

Submit your poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction to our Submittable Contest category. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. All submissions considered for publication.

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100.

Entry fee is $10. Final judge: Jane Satterfield.

Deadline: May 31, 2017.

For more information, visit our website.

Writing Competition: 2017 Backwaters Prize

Backwaters Prize

The 2017 Backwaters Prize is now open for submissions! This year's judge is Bob Hicok. The winner receives $2,500 plus book publication and 30 copies. Previous winners include Kim Garcia, Katharine Whitcomb, Zeina Hashem Beck, Susan Elbe, and Mary Jo Thompson.

The entry is $30, and the deadline is May 31st.

Read more about the press at our website.

Submit your poetry manuscript here.

Call for Poetry Submissions to Anthology: US 20

US 20 Anthology Poetry Anthology—

Submit 1-3 poems by May 15, 2017 to:

US20anthoATfoothillspublishingDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Charlie Rossiter & Michael Czarnecki (eds) are looking for poems that relate to US 20 and the regions it travels through. The work does not have to be specifically about the highway but should in some way connect with one of the following themes and be related to the vicinity of US 20 - travel, automobiles, history, natural world, businesses, communities, personal experience. Route 20 does not have to be mentioned in the work.

Maximum 34 lines each, including stanza breaks. Poems longer than 34 lines will not be considered. Poems can be previously published. By submitting you confirm that you have the rights to your poem. Please include acknowledgment of first publication. For more details/info, go here.

Happy Earth Day 2017!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Writing Competition for Undergraduate and Graduate Students Ages 18-30: Arch Street Press

Arch Street Press is pleased to present its annual prize for America’s best college writer. The Arch Street Prize is designed to stimulate interest in writing and to promote today’s extraordinary young writers. The contest is open to any undergraduate or graduate student between the ages of 18 and 30 who has not previously had a book published. Arch Street Press offers each winner a standard book contract for a future work, together with a mentoring program and $1,000 cash prize.

The manuscript must be a work of nonfiction or fiction that does not exceed 10,000 words.The contest deadline is May 31, 2017.


Include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number and the title of your manuscript.

Put your name on the cover sheet only; to ensure that every manuscript finalist is evaluated with the utmost fairness, all manuscripts are submitted to the judges without any identifying material.

Arch Street Press accepts both email (preferred):  

contactATarchstreetpressDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and postal mail submissions. Manuscripts may be mailed to:
Robert Rimm, Managing Editor
Arch Street Press
1122 County Line Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

For full contest details, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis Essay Contest

The C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis announces an essay contest, in conjunction with our upcoming 2017 Jung in the Heartland conference, on the theme of Memories, Dreams, Sensualities.
Both contest and conference offer an opportunity to join in community through the sharing of how Jungian ideas unfold in our lived experience. We are looking for personal essays that add something unique to the conversation. We would love to read about a significant dream, memory, or sensual experience that led you down an interesting path.
Winners will have the opportunity to read their essays at our conference in October 2017.
1st prize: $1000
2nd prize: $500
3rd prize: $250
Submission deadline: May 1, 2017
Entry fee: $10.00
Full details here.

Writing Competition: Noemi Press

Noemi's Annual Poetry and Prose Contest is officially open!

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication by Noemi Press are given annually for one book-length poetry collection and one book-length work of prose.

The editors will judge anonymously. The entry fee is $25, and the final date for entry is May 1.

Entry link.

Noemi Press
PO Box 3489

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

Call for Nonfiction Submissions to Anthology: How the Light Gets In

Deadline: August 1, 2017

The anthology, How the Light Gets In, is seeking nonfiction that explores the unique challenges and unexpected rewards of parenting with a mental illness. We are looking for contributors from all walks of life with varying diagnoses.

Likewise, we are looking for essays from any point on the parenting timeline—from the decision to have a child, to the sleep deprived early years, to the hormonally fueled teenage years, to helping children navigate adulthood.

Previously published work accepted. Max word count ~10,000.

For more information, please visit our website

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 Humor: FunnyInFiveHundred

Submissions accepted year-round. dares you to fit as many laughs into 500 words as possible. We are seeking funny stories in under 500 words (are you a closet Mark Twain?), and humorous monologues in under 500 words (like a stand-up routine).

Submissions are accepted year-round. Go here to submit your work.

Call for Submissions: The Capra Review

Deadline: May 31, 2017

The Capra Review is an online literary magazine of obsessions, preoccupations, and secrets. Our last four issues have included work from emerging and established writers and artists, among them a 2013 Man Booker International Award finalist and a Whiting Writers' Award winner.

Visit our site, read our issues, and send your best work to:

thecaprareviewATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We accept simultaneous submissions, but please don’t send multiple submissions for written work.

Fiction: short stories and stand-alone novel excerpts.

Nonfiction: memoirs, personal essays and narratives.

Art: Photo essays, photographic series of paintings, collages and sculptures, short films and animation.

For complete guidelines, visit our website.

Writing Competition: Sweet: A Literary Confection

Sweet: A Literary Confection is running its first annual Flash Essay Contest. The journal is in its ninth year of publication, and our previous issues have featured nonfiction authors like Brenda Miller, Dinty Moore, and Patrick Madden.

The contest closes on June 25, 2017. The winner will receive $500, publication in Sweet 10.1, and 20 copies of their essay bound into a hand-stitched chapbook.

The entry fee is $10, and submissions are accepted through our Submittable page, where you can also find more details about the contest.

We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine – Call for Submissions

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is adding short fiction as a regular feature. We are currently accepting fiction submissions up to 1,000 words. We will publish one story every week in addition to our short poetry and art.

Our new guidelines may be found here.

We send two or three author newsletters annually describing our current needs, developments, and workshop opportunities.

Interested individuals may learn more here.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Call for Submissions from Women in New York State to Anthology: Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting

Call for Submissions from Female Writers in New York State
Deadline: May 31, 2017

Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting is seeking first-person, present-tense TRUE stories giving voice to the author’s mother or grandmother born before World War II.

Submit a compelling true narrative, from your foremother’s perspective, to be published no later than December 31, 2017 in a printed anthology of approximately 15 stories. Featured authors will receive a copy of the book with the opportunity to buy additional copies at cost. They’ll also be invited to participate in a writing seminar and book launch party in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Chosen submissions will:
· tell an interesting true story in her first-person voice about a certain time in her life before she becomes a wife and/or mother (not a biographical sketch or chronology).
· showcase how she asserts herself at a time when women’s voices are often silenced.
· showcase her success against the odds and/or her frustration with unrealized dreams and aspirations.
· follow literary conventions and demonstrate an excellent command of the English language.

· Electronic submissions only.
· No previously published work.
· Verification of factual data may be requested to confirm nonfiction narrative.
· Simultaneous submissions welcome if withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
· While the author must be a resident of New York State, the foremother’s location is not limited.

Review specific guidelines here.

This project is made possible by Saratoga Arts with an Individual Artist Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Call for Submissions: NonBinary Review and Zoetic Press

NonBinary Review wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen.
Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—we love work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, and we're entranced by that which we cannot easily describe.
Each issue will focus on a single theme. Upcoming themes:
Issue #13: - Urban Legends and Rumors 
Guest Editor: Kolleen Carney (editor in chief of Drunk Monkeys)
(closes 5/1/2017)
Guest Editor: Carina Bissett (editor for Timeless Tales)
(closes 7/31/2017)
*  *  *  *
Zoetic Press is also putting together an anthology due out winter 2017. NOTE: This anthology is NOT RELATED to NonBinary Review. Its pay structure is different than NonBinary Review's.
The past few years have brought the injustices suffered by people of color into sharp relief. Not just because people of color are being victimized and killed, but because when people of color rightly bring attention to the realities of their situation, they are shouted down by white people, and their experiences erased. 
This puts people of color in a better position than anyone to write about dystopian futures, and we want to hear about those futures. Take the events of the present to their logical conclusion. Introduce a new catastrophe that makes things worse, if possible. Tell us about the superpowers we will have to develop to survive. Tell us the story of our future with yourself as the lead character.
This anthology will be open only to people of color.
Lise Quintana
Publisher, Zoetic Press

Call for Submissions from Veterans to Anthology: Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen

So Say We All, a San Diego-based 501c3 literary arts non-profit, is accepting submissions for its newest Incoming anthology, "Sex, Drugs, and Copenhagen." We are accepting submissions from veterans, veteran family members, and interpreters who served with the US armed forces, for non-fiction stories and poems related to coping mechanisms the author partook in during deployment or the reintegration in civilian life. This can include but is in no way limited to affairs, violating protocol in the name of escapism, mental health vacations, shore leave / R&R adventures, emergency sex, adopting a base cat, or any other other interesting story that came from actions taken to alleviate boredom and preserve sanity during one’s service. We’re interested in any interpretation you might take on the theme, so feel free to surprise us.

We hope in choosing this topic that we’re able to offer veteran writers a chance to consider their service through humor, absurdism, and surrealism if they find it appropriate (though all takes on the theme are welcome), and provide our readers insights into the lesser-talked about inglorious aspects of service: the tricks and tales of what people have to do to endure boredom, loneliness, heartbreak, stress, trauma, and all the other human conflicts that undermine the all-consuming need to remain "effective". Active duty writers concerned about negatively affecting their careers are welcome to submit under a pen name. We get it.

Veterans of all branches and generations, active duty service members, military family members, and interpreters are welcome to submit non-fiction works up to 7,000 words in length or less. Previously published work is welcome as long as you indicate in your cover letter where the work received its first publication. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Contributors will receive a contributor copy by mail and request to perform on our NPR radio series by the same name. 

You can learn more about our previous volume, Returning Home, read reviews, and hear stories from previous contributors here.

Submissions can be sent (no fee) via our Submittable link.
We look forward to reading your work!

- So Say We All


Justin Hudnall
Executive Director
So Say We All

Email questions to:

justinhudnallATsosayweallonlineDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

3Elements Review is still reading for Issue 15: Yard Sale, Temple, Visitation. All three elements must be used in every work of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one element. Our mission is to spark creativity!
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!

Writing Competition: The Tillie Olsen Short Story Award

The Tillie Olsen Short Story Award hopes to read your best story under 5K words between February 25–April 30, 2017. The winner receives $500 and publication. All entries considered for publication. Submissions accepted via Submittable. All judging done blind. Entrants receive a one-year ebook subscription to The Tishman Review.

Entry fee: $15 

Final Judge: Linda LeGarde Grover. Grover is the author of the award-winning short story collection The Dance Boots and novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass. She is a professor of American Indian Studies at University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.

Entry information here.

Call for Submissions: CONSEQUENCE Magazine

CONSEQUENCE Magazine seeks submissions for special Tenth Anniversary Issue dedicated to work by women and those identifying as women.

We welcome fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations on the culture and consequences of war.

We’re pleased to announce we compensate writers for their work in our print publication. Poetry: $25 per page. Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations $15 per page ($250 maximum).

Reading period: March 1- September 30.

Guidelines here.

Poetry Competition: Laux/Millar Poetry Prize

Just over 6 weeks remain to submit to the inaugural Laux/Millar Poetry Prize, named for Raleigh Review founding board members Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. 
· Entry fee: $15, which includes a copy of the Fall 2017 issue of Raleigh Review
· The Raleigh Review poetry staff will serve as preliminary judges
· The judges of the finalists will be Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar
· First Prize includes $500 and publication in the Fall 2017 issue
· Finalists will receive standard $10 payment along with publication
· Honorable Mentions will be considered for publication and standard payment
· All Finalists and Honorable Mentions will receive a 1-year subscription to Raleigh Review
The contest is open now through May 15, 2017. For more details and to submit, visit the contest page here.

Writing Competition: 2017 Sequestrum Editor's Reprint Award

Sequestrum Editor's Reprint Award FINAL MONTH
Sequestrum is accepting submissions for our third annual Editor's Reprint Award! Over $500 will be awarded to previously-published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For complete guidelines, go here.
Contest Guidelines:
Open to reprints of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in any original format (electronic or print).
Prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry will be judged separately, with one first-prize winner for each genre.
One first-prize winner in each genre will receive $200 plus publication.
Minimum one runner-up prize per genre including publication and payment.
Deadline April 30.
Finalists listed on the site.
$15 entry fee.
Include the name and email address of the original publisher in your cover letter.
Length and subject are open.
Submit via our online submission system.
Manuscripts reviewed on a rolling-basis.
Multiple submissions allowed.
No identifying information should be on your manuscript.
Not previously published? No problem! We're always accepting general submissions.
About Sequestrum:
We average 2,500+ readers a month, keep our archives open at pay-what-you-can subscriptions, are a paying market, and pair all our publications with stunning visual arts created by outside artists or our staff. Our contributors range from award-winning novelists and poets (with other works featured in publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review, many other university periodicals, and Best American Anthologies) to emerging voices and first-time writers.
We're proud of our little plot on the literary landscape and the writers and artists we share it with. Come see why.

Writing Competition: Autumn House Press

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 postmark deadline for entries is June 30, 2017. To submit online, please visit our online submission manager. When submitting, note the following:

• All finalists will be considered for publication.
• Poetry submissions should be approximately 50-80 pages, Fiction & Nonfiction 200-300 pages.
• Contest results will be announced on our website.
• Please include with manuscript: Cover letter with all current contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address), table of contents, acknowledgments of previously published poems, and SASE.
• Autumn House Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts.
• All entries must be clearly marked “Poetry Prize,” "Fiction Prize," or "Nonfiction Prize," on the outside envelope.
Thirty dollar handling fee (check or money order) must be enclosed.
Send manuscript and $30.00 fee to:
Autumn House Press
PO Box 5486
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Though we are open to all styles of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, we suggest you familiarize yourself with previous Autumn House publications before submitting. We are committed not just to publishing the prominent voices of our age, but also to publishing first books and lesser-known authors who will become the important writers of their generation. Many of our past winners have been first-book authors. We encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit; it is our goal at Autumn House to develop a rich and varied literary tradition.
For further questions, feel free to email us at:
infoATautumnhouseDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . ) 
The judges for the 2017 contest are:
Poetry: Alberto Ríos
Fiction: Amina Gautier
Nonfiction: Alison Hawthorne Deming
Alison Taverna Assistant Editor
Autumn House Press
5530 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 381-4261

Call for Submissions: The Matador Review

Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is seeking submissions for the Summer 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 May 31.

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.

Check out our submissions page for more information.

You can take a look at our Spring 2017 publication here.

Submit to: 

editors(at)matadorreview(dot)com (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )

Questions, concerns? Email:

contact(at)matadorreview(dot)com (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities

Call for Submissions
Title: Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities
Editor: Nicole Oquendo
Publisher: Sundress Publications
This anthology aims to feature the strange and wonderful intersection between work by writers and artists of hybrid identities and the hybrid work they produce. We are especially interested in work from writers and artists of color, trans, queer, neurodivergent, or disabled writers and artists, writers and artists with invisible illnesses, and anyone else who feels their identity is itself an intersection. In short, if you believe your identity is a hybrid form that influences your craft, we want to hear from you.
Since this anthology will be available exclusively online for free, contributors to this anthology cannot be paid at this time. However, submissions to this anthology are free.
Submissions are due to:
anthologyATsundresspublicationsDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
by 11:59 EST on May 15th, 2017.
Submission Guidelines
This anthology seeks hybrid or otherwise experimental prose, poetry, and other forms from writers that identify as having a hybrid identity. Shorter work is preferred unless the hybrid nature of a piece demands a higher word or page count. Submit up to one submission batch per genre.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but let us know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. While disclosure is not required, we’d also love to know more about your hybrid identity in your cover letter, including how you feel your hybrid identity influences your craft.
Fiction Send one (1) story of up to 5,000 words, or up to three 3 flash stories, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read FICTION – Your Full Name – Title of Work.
Send one (1) essay of up to 5,000 words, or up to three 3 flash essays, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read NONFICTION – Your Full Name – Title of Work.
Send up to five 5 poems attached in a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read POETRY – Your Full Name – Title of Work.

If your submission is multimodal/hybrid (possibilities include images along with text, including but not limited to comics and photo essays, work with sound components, or blends of multiple genres), send one (1) piece of up to 5,000 words, or up to three 3 flash pieces, attached in a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. The email subject line should read HYBRID – Your Full Name – Title of Work.
If your attachment may be too large to be handled via email, contact us and let us know.

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine once again seeks tight, gripping prose and poetry. Our author guidelines are tabbed to our home page. We use Submittable and all submissions need to come through that system so our first-reader staff can evaluate them as a team.

Our home page.

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes 120-200 poems and short prose pieces annually. We judge each piece on its merit rather than author biographical information.

Call for Submissions: Palaver

Palaver is UNCW’s online interdisciplinary journal housed in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program. Palaver seeks creative and academic submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline. We accept art submissions in any medium, including video, still image, and multimedia.

Visit our website to peruse our past issues and to submit your work!

Email us at:

adminATpalaverjournalDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with any questions. Please consider following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. We look forward to reading your work!

Flash Fiction Competition: District Lit

Founded in 2012, District Lit is an online journal based in DC, MD, and VA. We have some exciting opportunities for writers we would like to announce.

Spring 2017 Flash Fiction Contest
About the Contest

We are hosting an inaugural flash fiction contest. The first place flash fiction story will appear on District Lit’s website. The winner will receive $200, publication, and a copy of the judge’s book. The second and third place finalists will receive a copy of the judge's book and possible publication in District Lit.

Contest Deadlines and Fee

Submissions will be accepted March 1 – May 1, 2017. All submissions must include a $5.00 reading fee. The winner will be announced late summer 2017.

Submission Guidelines

Each submission must be 750 words or less and submitted through Submittable. Multiple entries are accepted, but each entry requires a separate reading fee. Your name should not appear anywhere on your submission. Any identifiable information will automatically disqualify your story from consideration.

Guest Judge
Santino Prinzi will judge. Prinzi is the Co-Director of National Flash Fiction Day in the UK, the Flash Fiction Editor of Firefly Magazine, a First Reader for Vestal Review, and a reviewer of flash fiction collections for Bath Flash Fiction Award. His debut flash fiction collection, Dots and other flashes of perception, is available from The Nottingham Review Press. His short stories, flash fiction, and prose poetry have been published or is forthcoming in various places, such as Great Jones Street, Litro Online, The Nottingham Review, Ink Sweat and Tears, CHEAP POP and Flash Frontier. To find out more follow him on Twitter (@tinoprinzi) or visit his website. Family, colleagues, and students of the judge are ineligible to win. 

Please submit your work here.

Call for Submissions: WORDPEACE

April 1-30, Call for Submissions for WORDPEACE, a semi-annual online journal of literary response to world events. Poetry, short fiction. personal essays and non-fiction articles welcome.

General Submission Guidelines:

We are looking for poems, stories, CNF essays, reviews and interviews that reflect or are in conversation with world events. We want work which asks for positive change, critiques the status quo, is forward thinking, and takes a stand in the face of corruption and greed, brutality, xenophobia, homophobia, prejudice, genocide and oligarchy.

Lori Desrosiers, Poetry Editor, Publisher
Lisa C. Taylor, Fiction and Non-Fiction Editor
Monica Barron, Non-Fiction Editor

Email questions to:

wordpeace.editorsATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Submission link (April 1-30, 2017)

Call for Submissions to Poetry Anthology: Fifty Over Fifty

QuillsEdge Press Announces Fifty Over Fifty Anthology

QuillsEdge Press, expanding on our mission of bringing to the page more of the vital poetry of women over fifty, is pleased to announce a new and vibrant anthology of women’s voices in poetry. We welcome submissions by new and emerging poets and especially encourage members of under-represented communities to send their work.

Entrants may submit up to six previously unpublished poems via Submittable, no more than six pages of poetry total. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. There is no set theme. Any poet who self-identifies as a woman and is at least 50 years old is eligible to submit to the anthology. Poetry translated into English is welcome, so long as the original poet is also a woman over the age of 50.

In lieu of a traditional bio, submitters are asked to include up to 75 words regarding “Why Poetry,” a personal note about the importance of poetry to you at this time in your life.

The reading period is March 22– September 22, 2017. Anticipated publication is December 2017. Submission fees vary according to income. Poets whose work is accepted will receive a contributor’s copy of the anthology as well as the ability to order additional copies at heavily discounted pricing. 

For fees and detailed submission guidelines, please visit QuillsEdge Press on Submittable.

Thank you for considering our Press; we're excited to read your work!

Ann Davenport
Executive Editor
QuillsEdge Press

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Peinate: Hair Battles Between Latina Mothers & Daughters

We are accepting unsolicited submissions in 2017 for the following anthology at:

submissionsATplumaytintaDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Péinate: Hair Battles Between Latina Mothers & Daughters


La Pluma y La Tinta, a literary organization based in NYC for writers of color, is currently seeking stories, poems, and essays that explore the arguments, insults, shade, and misunderstandings between mothers and daughters, all over hair!

The writers and poets (and the mothers in question) must identify as Latinx. All submissions must be on-theme.

Please submit only one story or essay (7,000-word limit), or up to five poems at a time, as an attachment (PDF or MS Word Document). Multiple submissions will be disregarded. We ask that you please wait until you hear back from us before submitting new work for consideration.

For the full submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Lime Hawk

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

Read past issues at our website and send us your fresh new work!

No deadlines. No fee / no pay. 

Submit via Submittable.

PS - We're now accepting chapbook submissions! Guidelines on Submittable.