Saturday, July 29, 2017

Writing Competition for Women: Hysteria 2017

Hysteria Writing Competition Guidelines

  • Stories can be up to 2,000 words in length on any subject relevant to women except erotica and horror.
  • Flash fiction can be up to 250 words in length on any subject relevant to women except erotica and horror.
  • Poetry is up to 20 lines in length on any subject relevant to women except erotica and horror
  • Entries must include the title and the story. Please do not include any other details in your story file.
  • Place your order through the shop and make a note of your order number.
  • Save your file with the order number as the file name.
  • You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to our online submission form, please use this form to send us your entry.
  • Please save your story in one of the following formats only: DOC, DOCX, RTF, TXT. DO NOT submit entries in any other format as these will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be unpublished and must not be under consideration in any other competition.
  • Entries must the author’s unique work and must not be a translation, or interpretation, of any other author’s work.
  • The competition is open to any female author.
  • Entries should be submitted in English only.
  • Please do not include any personal details in the main body of your entry.

The entry fee for each entry is £5 for short stories and £3 for flash fiction and poetry. You may make multiple submissions but each entry must have a separate payment and use a different order number for the file name.

Please place an order for your entry through the Hysteria UK Online Store. This will create an order number and capture your personal details so we can attach them to your entry.

Save your file with the order number as the file name. Then use our online submission form to submit your entry.

All payments must be made through the Hysterectomy Association website and will be charged in Pounds Sterling.

You may pay by credit/debit card via PayPal.

Entries can be made up to 11.59pm on 31st August. Entries made after this time will not be considered and any monies paid will be refunded.

Confirmation of receipt of both payment and entry will be automatically generated by our internal systems, please keep copies for your records.

We cannot accept any alterations to stories once they have been submitted to the competition.

The winners will be notified by email in October 2017 and announced on the Hysteria website and mailing list in November 2017. No discussion will be entered into and we will not be able to provide feedback on entries.

Publication of the anthology Hysteria 6 will be in December 2017. Copyright of all entries remains with the author, but the author agrees to give the Hysterectomy Association non-exclusive worldwide rights to publish the winning stories in the anthology, on the Hysterectomy Association and Hysteria UK websites and in any related materials for the purposes of marketing and PR of both organisations.

Winning authors will be required to submit one professional photograph and undertake an interview which will be published on the Hysteria UK Website.

Copies of Hysteria 6 can be purchased through the website from December 2017.

Call for Submissions: cahoodaloodaling

cahoodaloodaling submission calls: Solitude's Spectrum & Queer Spaces 

Submit here.

Issue #24 – Solitude’s Spectrum
Guest Editor James H. Duncan 

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” —Hemingway

Solitude—whether alone on the road in a car, train, motel room, or a forest trail, or even secluded and tucked away in your home, whether it’s a welcomed moment of peacefulness or a lonely state of despair—times of solitude shape us, recharge us, and break us down to our essence. Sometimes we choose to step away from the world. Sometimes the world breaks us and casts us aside. In those moments alone, if we make the choice to continue and create, true artists are born. We cross a border we cannot uncross and heal through our words, finding ourselves—and sometimes finding new selves in the process. As Hemingway said, sometimes we’re strong in those broken places, and sometimes we’re not. Sometimes that jagged broken part affects us forever afterward.

This fall issue we are interested in capturing both the positive, reaffirming pieces about solitude along with those that reveal pain, heartbreak, and introspection. We seek to investigate those breaking point moments, those halting discoveries, those empowered decisions that compel us to walk away from the world and to let the silt settle in the pool of water in our soul. Whether you enjoy locking yourself away or you had to in order to save yourself from hell, we want to hear how these moments lead to creative revelations and re-energized focus, or how they still haunt you to this day.

Submissions due 9/9/17. Issue live 10/31/17.

Issue #25 – Queer Spaces
Guest Editor Alesha Dawson

The queer identity is multitudinous and multifaceted. Despite the strong sense of unity we share, wherever it is that we go, being queer in one place is going to be different than being queer in another—often times, vastly so. As such, the individual delivers to the world an identity that is comprised simultaneously of sexual and geographic orientation. We as a community embody what it means to be African and transsexual, Alabamian and bisexual, Russian and lesbian, Californian and asexual, Iranian and gay.

Whichever letter of the queer alphabet you ascribe to, that identity is worth expressing in a manner that does not separate you from the culture that you belong to, but rather reveals the complicated relationship between exterior and interior place. The world needs to know us as we really are, not as we are stereotypically perceived to be. In this issue, we invite works that deliver a sense of the relationship that exists between queer person and place.

The topics of your work do not have to be queer in theme, but we do ask that you as a contributor belong to the queer community. Also, if you would rather be published anonymously, please specify and we will be happy to keep your name private.

Submissions due 12/9/17. Issue live 1/31/18.

Call for Submissions: DECASP.COM

Call for Submissions at DECASP.COM    
Let your literary hair down. As a matter of fact cut it off. We're looking for absurd humor.
Flash, Limericks, One-liners, Character Sketches, Cartoons, you name it!
See submissions guidelines on our site.
How To Submit
Email to:
editor (at) (Change (at) to @ )
Subject: SUBMISSION - (what it is, from above)
1) Attach files, images, paste it in, whatever is easiest.
2) Your contact info and any other brief comments about your submission.

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is adding short fiction as a regular feature. We are currently accepting fiction submissions up to 1,000 words.

Beginning June 21st 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.

Writing Competition: Hospital Drive

Entry link.

Hospital Drive, the literature, arts, and humanities magazine of the University of Virginia's School of Medicine, is accepting poetry, prose, and visual art for a writing contest on the theme of Leaving.

Submissions should relate in some way to the theme in the context of healthcare (wellness, illness, caregiving, etc.). Prizes of $500 in each of the categories will be awarded.

Entry Fee: $5.00

Deadline is August 15, 2017. Winning entries and selected finalists will be published in the Fall online edition of Hospital Drive. Learn more at the Hospital Drive website.

Flash Fiction Competition: Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

The deadline for the ninth annual Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest is August 31, 2017.

The grand prize is $1,000. There are five additional cash prizes. All six finalists will be published online in the October 2017 issue of Gemini.

There is a 1,000-word limit in the competition. Aside from the word limit, there are no rules. We are open to any writing style, subject or genre. 

Writers' names are removed from entries before reading, so every entry gets an equal chance. Both new and established writers have won our fiction contests. 

Entry fee: $5 ($4 for each additional entry). Full details and all previous winners here.

Call for Submissions: Valparaiso Fiction Review

Valparaiso Fiction Review, a semi-annual journal of short fiction is now considering submissions for the winter 2017 issue. All previous issues can be read here. 
Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished fiction, and they should range from 1,000 to 9,000 words with possible exceptions. 
Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.

Writing Competition: Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose

Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose will begin accepting entries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2016-2017 issue and contest on July 1, with a deadline of Sept. 5. Winners in the three genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction will be chosen by the judges listed below; a grand prize winner will then be chosen from among those three. The grand prize winner will receive $1000, and the remaining two genre winners will receive $250 each. All finalists for the prize, chosen in a blind review process, will be offered publication in Dogwood 16, to be published in late spring 2017.

The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250.

Entry fee is $10; all submissions considered for publication in the 16th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Non-contest entries will also be considered; please submit under the “Non-Contest” tab with the $3 processing fee.

Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2017 and published in the 2016 issue of Dogwood. All entrants receive an electronic PDF of the journal. Because September 5 is Labor Day and a postal holiday, manuscripts mailed with a postmark of September 6 will be accepted, or you may use our online submission manager for your submissions by September 5

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Writing Competition: Black Warrior Review

Black Warrior Review 2017 Contest: $1,000 Prize & Publication

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Announcing Black Warrior Review's 2017 Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Grand prize in each genre: $1,000 and publication. Runner-up prize in each genre: $100 and publication online.

Cost to enter: $20 (includes a one-year subscription).

Judges: Rachel McKibbens (poetry), Nicola Griffith (fiction), and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (nonfiction).

Guidelines for the contest here.

Call for Submissions: Killer Nashville's Broken Ribbon

Broken Ribbon Seeks Short Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Art

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.

Writing Competition: Tucson Festival of Books

Call for entries: Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards & Masters Workshop

Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry entries are now being accepted for the sixth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards writing competition and Masters Workshop.

First-place winners in each category receive $1,000, second-place winners $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners earn scholarships to the March 12-13 Masters Workshop on the University of Arizona campus. The top 50 entrants are invited to attend the workshop ($300), which past participants have described as “transformative” and its faculty as “absolutely top-notch.”

The first five years’ winners will be published in Coyotes: Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, forthcoming in 2018. Pre-orders:

mastersATtucsonfestivalofbooksDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Each year’s winners will then be published.

Judges and workshop faculty for the program have included Chitra Divakaruni, Kevin Canty, Ray Gonzalez, Marilyn Nelson, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Joyce Maynard.

Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. 

Entry Fee: $20.00

For more information and to submit an entry, go to our website. For questions, contact:

mastersATtucsonfestivalofbooksDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Tucson Festival of Books  
615 N Park, Room 101
Tucson Arizona 85721

Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 2018
University of Arizona Campus
where words and imagination come to life

Poetry Competition: Locked Horn Press Read Water Anthology

LHP 2017 Read Water Publication Prize!

Prize: $250 + 2 contributor copies

Reading fee: $10

Deadline: September 30, 2017 (all work considered for publication)

Locked Horn Press is welcoming poems for our next anthology, Read Water: poems written in relation to bodies of water, or histories of water, or myths or fantasies or memories of water.

We want to read poems in which water implicates, evaporates, melts, carries, precipitates. Water that has been and is exploited. And protected. Water as witness, water as catalyst, as carrier, as distance, as adjoiner, as resistance, storyteller, poet, violence, love. Because, of course—and with gratitude to those who carry this most—water is life.

LHP 2017 Read Water Publication Prize Guidelines:

Pieces entered for the 2017 Publication Contest should be in conversation with the LHP 2017 theme. Please send up to 3 unpublished poems in a single file via our submittable, accessible through our website. Translations are welcome as long as neither the original or translation has been previously published, and the translator has permission to publish both the original and translation. If one or more of these poems is accepted for publication prior to hearing back from us, please notify us at:

lockedhornpressATgmailDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: The Writing Life Series at Hippocampus Magazine

My name is Rae Pagliarulo and I'm the new editor of The Writing Life series over at Hippocampus Magazine. Hippocampus works to publish the best creative nonfiction, and is proud to feature both established and emerging writers. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to curate this featured column, and to give new voices a chance to shine.

The Writing Life focuses on writers' reflections at the intersection of - you guessed it - writing and life. Writing can mean anything from freelancing, teaching, learning, publishing, workshopping, you name it. And life? Well, that's everything else - the families we care for, the identities we work to develop (sometimes in harsh conditions), the jobs we love or hate (or love to hate), the challenges we adapt to, the emotional trauma we work through, the communities we cling to or run from in order to find ourselves.

Through monthly columns over the next year, I want to bring new voices to the forefront, and I want to encourage all writers, especially those who identify as women, LGBTQ+, writers of color, or disabled to submit pitches or pieces. I want to give our readers the chance to learn about all kinds of writing lives, especially those who might traditionally be underrepresented in the literary magazine landscape.

Subjects can run the gamut: pieces on craft, conferences, politics, personal practice, literary citizenship, inspiring books or writers, and reflections on process are all welcome. Ideas that don't fit into anything I've described here? Just pitch or ask. Pieces should be around 1,000 words. You can reach me at:

 rpnonfictionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Rae Pagliarulo

Call for Submissions: Your Impossible Voice

Your Impossible Voice publishes new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, translations, and more. We like urgency, innovation, intelligence, and risk. We’re interested in what language can do and in challenging our own preconceptions. Send us work that frustrates our ideas of beauty and illuminates surreal new intersections. Ignite our understanding of form. We are drawn to sharp juxtapositions, secret codes, and mysterious circumstances.

Past contributors include: Arisa White, Matthew Roberson, Gillian Conoley, Peter H.Z. Hsu, Nina Schuyler, Arielle Greenberg, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Ascher/Straus, Chris Campanioni, Steve Davenport, Daniel Borzutzky, John R. Keene, R. Zamora Linmark, Yuri Herrera, and more.

For submission guidelines please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel

Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel has issued a variety of calls for submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction.

Panorama emphasizes writing and photography which is created with a deep intelligence, reconnecting us to the world.

Summer Issue: Panorama announces limited open submissions for our summer issue, which has the theme of ‘Seen.’ We are interested in not only what is seen, but what is unseen, as well as ways of seeing/being seen: to observe/be observed, to reflect/be reflected on, to discern, to witness. All work accepted will have a solid grasp of the theme.

Fall Issue: Panorama announces open submissions for our fall issue, which has the theme of ‘Lost.’ We are not necessarily exclusively interested in traditional definitions of what lost is, as in physically lost, although works around that theme are most welcome. We especially seek pieces about that which has vanished, departed, died, been forgotten, gone extinct–as well as that which has been found.

Lost/Queries: for the first time, Panorama is opening several sections to queries. Original ideas for works must be queried to the assigned editors only, and only one can be pitched, unless it is declined, in which case, you can query another one to a different section. We allow one piece only per writer per issue: this includes queries and regular open submissions. Queries are accepted based on story and detail as well as the final piece meeting Panorama guidelines and quality. Queries close as sections are assigned. We are unable to pay for works, and general rights and submission guidelines apply. If you have idea, and want to make sure it suits Panorama, we provide the following sections to send your request to. We do not publish previously published works for queried sections. For more on queries and guidelines, visit our FAQ’s page.

Submissions open June 26, 2017 and will remain open until enough submissions are received, by section.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Webinar: Secrets of Getting Published: Nonfiction

Jeanne Lyet-Gassman  Please join me and the Author Learning Center for a live webinar on July 18, 2017 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT:

Secrets of Getting Published: Part 2: Nonfiction

You love to do research and have great ideas for nonfiction articles, but how do you get them traditionally published? You have written personal essays about your life. Is there a market for stories like these? What about a nonfiction book where you have expertise? Do you need an agent? Your life experience is fascinating and unusual, and you've written a memoir. How do you find a traditional publisher for your memoir? This webinar will address the many paths to traditional publication for nonfiction, including short articles, essays, nonfiction books, and memoirs, and what you need to know to get your work traditionally published.

To sign up, go here.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jeanne Lyet Gassman's debut novel Blood of a Stone (Tuscany Press) received a Bronze 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award in the national category of religious fiction. Her short work has been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize. Additional awards include fellowships from Ragdale and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Jeanne's writing has appeared in The Manifest Station, Queen Mob's Tea House, Hippocampus Magazine, Literary Mama, Barrelhouse, and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, among many others. Her short story, "Sweet Dirty Love," was recently published in the anthology, Debris & Detritus: The Lesser Greek Gods Running Amok. Visit Jeanne at her website:

Writing Competition: The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest

The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest

Keeping his dream alive.

Jacob enjoyed writing Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy short stories. His homework always took precedence, but whenever he had free time, he wrote. He had plans for a series of Urban Fantasy books featuring a werewolf protagonist. Just as the scholarship is keeping Jacob's dream alive, his passion will live on through this contest.

Prompt/Theme: First responder or military. Use of the prompt will be scored.

§ The contest opens July 1, 2017 and closes October 31, 2017.

§ Submit your best Flash Fiction story, between 200 and 750 words, in any genre. The title is not included in your word count. MS Word will be used to verify the word count and it must be written in English.

§ The winner will receive $100, second place $50, and third place will win $20, along with other prizes. Plus, your entry fee will help support the Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship.

§ Anyone in the US can enter.

§ Ten finalists will be notified no later than November 20, 2017. The winners will be announced on or before December 5, 2017. The three winning stories will be published here by December 15. The remaining seven finalists' names and story titles will also be listed. Winners will be paid by money order. More prizes will be added later, including gift cards and autographed books.

The contest will close when 150 eligible entries are received. The link to Paypal will be removed when we have reached the limit.

Go here to submit your entry.

Please read the rules before sending your story. 




2016 Winners

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Whispers in the Dark

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Whispers in the Dark 

Short Stories appropriate for general audiences
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller (not horror)

Theme: Whispers
Each story in the upcoming anthology will include a whisper, whispers or whispering.

Poetry: 1-3 poems; typed.

Fiction/Non-fiction: 500-7,500 words; typed, double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman. Please submit all written work as WORD DOC file. Please let us know that you are submitting and give permission for SEZ to publish your work in our anthology. Authors receive copy.

Due on or before August 15, 2017

Submit to:

sezpublishingAThotmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
More Information here.

Call for Submissions: Survivor's Review

The Survivor’s Review is a not-for-profit online journal encouraging the creative expression of cancer survivors and caregivers. Our goal is to publish stories, essays, and poems that are powerful, poignant, and unflinchingly honest.
Each issue features 12-15 works (generally 100 to 1,000 word length) contributed by survivors and caregivers – along with an inspiring column by a guest contributor with expertise in the field of writing and healing.
Learn more about us at our website.
If you have written a piece that has the potential to touch another's soul, please consider submitting your work to us. Our guidelines and submission procedure can be accessed here.
Work submitted by August 4, 2017 will be considered for publication in our upcoming issue.

Call for Submissions: Blood Tree Literature

Blood Tree Literature is an up-and-coming online literary journal based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are currently looking for lyrical and resonant works of flash fiction, poetry, experimental and hybrids that take linguistic risks to push the boundaries of conventional language and genres. We welcome both published and emerging writers.

Please send submissions to:

bloodtreelitATyahooDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

to be considered for publication. All submissions must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word or PDF document. Please include a cover page stating your name, a brief bio, and your contact information.

More details:

  • Submissions are rolling.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • Multiple submissions are accepted. Please include all pieces in a single document.
  • If two or more of your pieces are accepted, we ask that we may publish them intermittently and within the span of two months (at maximum) starting from the time that the first piece was published.

Feel free to email bloodtreelitATyahooDOTcom if you have any questions.

Scholarships: Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference

The Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference is now accepting applications for two scholarships for their inaugural conference this November 2-5, 2017. The Sag Harbor Conference is the only small and focused nonfiction writing conference in the US.

Located in Sag Harbor, the heart of the East end of Long Island, the conference features award-winning authors, editors, agents and marketing experts for a three day intensive focused on both the craft and the business of writing essays, biography, memoir, true crime and narrative nonfiction. Faculty includes Patrica McCormick, Roger Rosenblatt, Donna Kaz, Matt Pasca, Terri Muuss, Sandra Yin, Roohi Choudhry, Alex Hess, Michelle Blankenship and Judson Merrill.

The Sag Harbor Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference accepts just 16 writers and our student/faculty ratio is 3 to 1. Two scholarships of $250 will be awarded.

Applications are accepted only through July 28, 2017.

For more information and to apply, visit our website.

Fellowship: The Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University

The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2018-2019 academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, or other kinds of artists or humanists who have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts"; they are selected more "for promise than for performance." Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work.

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An $81,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Applications must be submitted by September 19, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST online. The application form.

Composers, Performing Artists, and Visual Artists: Submit a resume, a project proposal of 500 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc.

Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images organized into a single PDF file and submit as part of their online application. Composers may send 1-2 scores as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application and/or supply a link to a website.

Writers: Submit a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 to 750 words.

We cannot confirm receipt of applications nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline.

Limits on the statement size (500 words) and sample size (3,000 words) are strict. To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.), go here.

Writing Competition: Louisville Literary Arts Fourth Annual Writer's Block Award in Creative NonFiction

Louisville Literary Arts is pleased to announce submissions are now being accepted for the the Fourth Annual Writer's Block Award in Creative Non-Fiction. The contest will be judged by novelist and writer Roy Hoffman, author of the two nonfiction books: Back Home, with a focus on the diverse cultures of the Gulf Coast, and Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations, will judge

Submissions will be accepted through August 15, 2017 at this link.

One first place winner will receive $500, an opportunity to read at the 2017 Writer’s Block Festival in Louisville, KY on October 21, and publication in The Louisville Review, the literary magazine of Spalding University’s nationally distinguished low residency MFA in Writing program. 

Please submit an original piece of creative nonfiction, such as personal or lyric essay, personal narrative, memoir, or any other form that involves a creative treatment of a nonfiction subject.

Entries must be 4,000 words or less.

Your name and contact information must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.

Filling out Submittable's “cover letter” field is unnecessary.

Friends, family, and students (within the past three years) of the judge, Roy Hoffman, should not submit to this contest.

Submitting multiple works is fine with a separate entry and fee for each.

Entries must be previously unpublished to be considered.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted; please withdraw your work through Submittable if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Entry Fee: $12.00

Call for Submissions: 500 Miles Magazine

500 Miles Magazine is open for submissions for our fall issue! We are looking for submissions in art, fiction, flash-fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Please click the link to read our submission guidelines and look at previous issues!

We love writing that makes us laugh. We want our bellies to hurt. But sometimes we want our imaginations to wander. We love fantasy, getting lost in worlds beyond our own created by others. Write with a young adult slant? Love it! Enjoy creating experimental pieces or exploring wacky characters? So do we! Send us your weird, your funny, your happy, your fantasy, we will love and cherish them all.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your submission has been picked up by another publication before you hear a decision from us. We will do our best to get back to you in 2-4 months after you send your submission. But please be patient, we do also have school and jobs.

We accept year-round submissions, and hope to publish a quarterly magazine.

If you have any works posted on a blog of yours or somewhere else on the internet where they are not technically part of a publication, we ask that you please remove them from the internet before submitting them to our magazine, and keep them down until you have heard our decision.

We retain North American publishing rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication. If you’re published in our magazine, and go on to re-publish your piece at a later date, please acknowledge an original publication in our magazine.

When sending a submission please email us at:

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

In the subject line please put your first and last name, and the categories your submission are in. Ex. Suzie Heartings, fiction and limbo submission. Please paste your submission directly into your email.

Submission Guidelines

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Writing Competition for First-time Authors: UNO Press Lab

The UNO PRESS LAB is accepting previously unpublished submissions of book-length fiction. The winning author will receive a $1000 dollar advance and a contract to publish with UNO Press. The selected manuscript will be promoted by The Publishing Laboratory at the University of New Orleans, an institute that seeks to bring innovative publicity and broad distribution to first-time authors.

We read submissions from April 5th to August 15th. Abram Shalom Himelstein is the editor-in-chief at UNO Press.

Entry Fee: $18.00

Submit here.

Call for Submissions: joINT Literary Magazine

joINT. Literary Magazine seeks to elevate work from the margins of Afro-diasporic experience including, but not limited to: those perspectives that engage the complexities of ability, gender identity & sex, race, class, and religion, among others. We are particularly interested in work from emerging writers and the work of Black women, women-centered BW, and woman-identified persons of African descent.

We're currently seeking work in the following categories for publication in fall/winter 2017: POETRY, SPOKEN WORD, and ESSAY.

Guidelines for each category are as follows:

Poetry: 3-5 poems, .doc/.docx files, only.
Essay/Fiction: 5000 words, max., .doc/.docx files, only.
Flash fiction: 1000 words max., .doc/.docx files, only.
Visual Art: 3 JPEG files, max.
Audio/Video files: MP3/MP4, only.

Selected work will be compensated. We pay via PayPal and Square. 

We accept submissions via email to:

jointliterarymagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

In the subject line of your submission, note the genre of your work and your last name (Example: Poetry/Jones). Work should be sent as email attachments in the appropriate formats.

The artist bio should be sent as a separate attachment, limited to 100 words, not including links to the contributor's personal site and/or projects.

We accept submissions on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage simultaneous submissions. Please let us know, immediately, if your work is accepted elsewhere, so that we can withdraw it from consideration.

Writing Competition for Writer with meaningful Pittsburgh Connection: Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize



Deadline October 23, 2017.

The Writing Pittsburgh Book Prize will recognize one book focusing on a subject of regional and national significance, by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection.

The author of the winning manuscript will receive a $10,000 honorarium; publication of their book by CNF’s independent book imprint, In Fact Books (IFB); national distribution; and a marketing and publicity campaign. The winning author will work with CNF/IFB’s editorial staff to refine and polish the manuscript. Publication will occur between one year and 15 months from the announcement of the prize.

Writing Competition: 2017 Orison Anthology Awards

The 2017 Orison Anthology Awards are open for submissions through August 1st! Winners in poetry, fiction, & nonfiction each receive $500 & publication in The Orison Anthology, an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives.
Past & upcoming contributors to The Orison Anthology include Ann Carson, Carl Phillips, Jane Hirshfield, Justin Torres, Vandana Khanna, Alison Gopnik, Zeina Hashem Beck, Kaveh Akbar, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Christian Wiman, Li-Young Lee, & many others.
2017 Judges: Nickole Brown (poetry), Justin Torres (fiction), & Scott Russell Sanders (nonfiction)
Deadline: August 1
Entry fee: $15
Enter here.

Poetry Competition: 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize

2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize
Entry portal. 
Ends on August 22, 2017 
Entry fee: $12.00 USD
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize contest. There are no limitations in form or content; we are interested in everything from traditional forms to free verse to lyric essay to flash fiction. 
One winner will receive $500 and one runner-up will receive $250.
Submit up to three poems / pieces (five pages maximum) per entry. You are more than welcome to enter the contest more than once provided you pay the fee of $12 for each entry.
Please put all poems in one document, as only one document is permitted per entry. 
Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but know that if your poem(s) or piece(s) are accepted elsewhere, we cannot refund your contest entry. We also cannot accept revisions on poems; you are welcome to withdraw the whole submission and resubmit. If you need to withdraw a poem due to acceptance at another publication, please leave a note in Submittable. Please only use the "Withdraw" feature if you need to withdraw the whole of your submission. 
Please only submit original work that has not appeared in any form, online or in print. 
Please make certain all identifying material is removed from the manuscript.
All work submitted to this contest will be considered for publication in the Winter Solstice issue, which will be published on December 21. 
This year's judge will be Sun Yung Shin 
Please send us your best work! We look forward to reading it!

Call for Chapbook Submissions: C&R Press

C&R Press has just opened submissions for our 2017 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Series! We’re open from the Solstice to the Equinox (June 21 to September 20) and would love to see your best short collection of Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Hybrid, Essay, and or Memoir.

We read everything cover to cover and want to see your best and even risk-taking work. C&R will select 1-3 chapbooks for publication which include a $100 honorarium, 10 author copies, and a signature C&R Impromptu Reading Party in Brooklyn, NYC where chapbook authors will headline along with other C&R authors for their friends and family, C&R supporters and many editors and writing colleagues. We also invite our chapbook authors to read at AWP and prominently feature our chaps at the BK Book Fest, Miami Book Fest, and AWP.

To submit, visit our website and Submittable page.

(A secret for submitters: we offer *discounts* on published chapbooks and full lengths via our Submittable portal!)

We look forward to seeing your work over the next few months and to having an impromptu drink with you at our next spontaneous reading.

Warmly Yours,
C&R Editors and Staff

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Prairie Wolf Press Review

Prairie Wolf Press Review is open for submissions for our 11th issue. We are an annual online anthology, publishing the works of emerging and established writers. We also feature one visual artist per issue.
From July 1 through September 1, please submit up to three poems and/or a prose piece of 1000 or fewer words. Visual artists should send at least three samples of their work as jpeg. Please send your best, previously unpublished work to:
editorsATprairiewolfpressDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
And visit our website to see what we publish. 
We will make our decisions once our reading period has ended and will contact those writers we wish to include by the end of September.

Call for Submissions: Muse / A Journal

Muse /A Journal is now open for submissions of poetry and lyric essays! Please share with friends. We’re taking submission until July 31 for online issue /FIVE.

Muse /A Journal (myoo-zay) seeks to curate a museum-esque experience by pairing the best in lyric essays, poetry, and experimental cross-genre verse with visual art. We seek to publish meaningful work that expands our understanding of life, the natural world, and human nature.

Submit here.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Displacement: The Fourth River

Call for submissions--The Fourth River/DISPLACEMENT 

Submissions open July 1-September 1 

For all our submissions, themed or otherwise, we welcome especially work by writers who are part of marginalized groups: immigrant and indigenous writers; writers of color; women, non-binary, LGBQA and trans writers; writers with disabilities both visible and invisible. Send us your best work!

Climate refugees. Environmental migrants. Diasporic communities. Subduction zones and fault lines. Shifting matter. Unconscious substitutions of the (ir)rational mind. Bodies in incarceration, internment and detainment.
The Fourth River’s 15th print issue, due out in Spring, 2018, will explore notions of displacement.

What does it mean to move or be moved from a physical, spiritual or emotional place or position? What are the natural, social and scientific forces that act upon bodies, spaces and communities?

For this special themed issue, we are seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art that highlights the experience of displacement: the causes, processes and effects of leaving, escaping or being forced from natural and/or human-made worlds. We are interested in a broad definition of this term.

We are also open for general nature/place submissions. Submit your work here.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Writing Competition: The SFWP Writers Contest



Deadline July 20, 2017. 

All fiction and creative nonfiction will be eligible despite genre, form, subject, or length. We take full-length manuscripts, works-in-progress, collections short or long, and essays. We don’t care about what the big presses believe to be “marketable,” we want to see excellence in writing, no matter the form it takes. Past winners have ranged from flash fiction to memoir to magical realism to literary fiction to cultural essays. The length of your entry is not an issue. There’s no minimum or maximum. 

The grand prize is $1,500, and two runner-ups will receive $1,000 each. Authors retain all rights to their work. Winners will be offered a competitive book contract for full-market, frontlist release. There’s no obligation to sign this contract. All unpublished work is eligible.

Writing Competition: BIOM Narrative Medicine Essay Contest



The Bureau of International Osteopathic Medicine (BIOM) at the American Osteopathic Association is proud to announce its inaugural narrative medicine essay competition. Narrative medicine is a form of creative nonfiction that reflects on the lived experience of illness, healing, and clinical care.

BIOM invites submissions of narrative medicine essays focused on global health or an international experience of healthcare.

BIOM will award $750 for the first-prize winner, $500 for second prize, and a single award of $1500 grand prize across all competition plus public presentation at the annual BIOM International Seminar in Philadelphia, PA, in October 2017. 

This competition is only open to students and recent graduates (medical residents) of American colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Deadline September 5, 2017.

Writing Competition: Louise Meriwether First Book Prize



The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize is open to women of color and nonbinary writers of color who are residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions; 18 years of age or older at time of entry; and who have not had a book published or have a book under contract at the time of submission.

First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction or nonfiction, of 30,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive a $5,000 advance and publication by the Feminist Press. Deadline July 31, 2017.

Call for Submissions: Redemption Stories: Chicken Soup


Redemption stories can be amazing. What starts out as a negative force can be turned positive and can change the world of ordinary people. There are countless stories of redemption and we want to hear yours. How did you use the negative in your life to move onto a more positive path? What did you do to make up for the wrongs in your past? We are looking for true stories of redemption that will inspire us, restore us, heal us, and make a positive difference to lead a better, more rewarding life because of the example they set.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is August 31, 2017.

Pays $200 and ten copies of the book for up to 1,200 words.

Chapbook Competition: Black Napkin Press

Once per year Black Napkin Press will run the Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems 20-35 pages in length from June 1st to August 31st. The winning manuscript will be chosen by contest judge Siaara Freeman from a small selection of finalists. The winning manuscript will be published as a perfect bound chapbook, and the author will receive a $200 prize, and twenty copies of the book. Additionally, all finalists will be considered for publication through Black Napkin Press.

Entry Fee: $5.00

Submit here.

We are looking for powerful, cohesive, and provocative manuscripts. While we have a range of different editorial tastes, we are interested in poetry which is exacting in its use of language, bold in the way it speaks, and gentle in the way each poem holds the reader’s breath. We have always said, We like poetry that carries an ache (even a joyful one), poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.

Black Napkin Press is committed to diverse publishing, and as such, we are particularly interested in the work of people of color, queer or trans people, disabled people, women/femmes/nonbinary people, neurodivergent people, immigrants, undocumented people, trauma survivors, indigenous people, and other people of marginalized identities.

All submissions will be read blind by our panel of editors as well as our final guest judge Siaara Freeman. All manuscripts should include a title page (including only the title of the manuscript), a table of contents, and an acknowledgments page. Do not include your name anywhere in the manuscript, this will result in your submission being immediately rejected.

Please include a brief third-person bio in your cover note on Submittable. This will be made accessible to the editorial panel after the winning manuscript has been selected.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please notify us by withdrawing your manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are also permitted, however each submission will require an additional fee. Collaborative collections are welcome. We are not accepting works in translation at this time.

Manuscripts must be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 20-35 pages in length, not including front matter. Individual poems may be previously published, but not the collection as a whole.

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Lez Talk II: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction

Resolute Publishing and BLF Press are excited to receive submissions for Lez Talk II: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction, a collection that amplifies the diversity of Black lesbian experiences.

We operate under the assumption that “lesbian” is not a dirty word and seek submissions from Black women who identify as lesbian and write about lesbian experiences. We welcome submissions from emerging and experienced writers. (All submissions must be uploaded via Resolute’s Submittable account.)

We seek stories that:
  • cross a range of fictional genres (e.g., romance, speculative, mystery, humor, horror, coming-of-age)
  • merge the themes of Black and lesbian; affirm the interconnectedness of race+gender+sexual orientation; express how Black America/America experiences our race+gender+sexual orientation
  • explore new subjects and aspects of our experiences
  • showcase the uniqueness and beauty of Black lesbian love/lives
  • push the boundaries of storytelling in a wonderfully written way.

The Editors

Lez Talk II is a partnership between Lauren Cherelle, manager of Resolute Publishing, and BLF Press publisher S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen. Stephanie and Lauren co-edited Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Fiction (2016) and Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (2017). They also co-host Lez Talk Books Radio, a podcast featuring Black lesbian writers (@LezWriters). Lez Talk II is their third literary collaboration.

Lauren’s most recent f/f novel, The Dawn of Nia, was released in 2016. Her short stories have been featured in two collections. Twitter handle @LaurenCre8s
S. Andrea Allen is the author of A Failure to Communicate (BLF Press 2017), a collection of short fiction, and is currently working on a second short story collection and her first novel. Twitter handle @S_Andrea_Allen


We will only accept previously unpublished work (print or digital). Your short stories should range from 2,000 to 5,000 words. Two entries per person are welcome, although only one may be selected for publication. Submit Microsoft Word or rich text files (.rtf) with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Each submission should be a single document. Name the document as your first and last name and title of your story (e.g., “Janesha Doe Title” or “Janesha_Doe_Title”). Your bio is required (200 word maximum). A high-res, professional photo is optional. Submit online here. 


Authors will receive one payment of $25.00 USD upon publication and one printed copy of the anthology. Authors may purchase print copies of the anthology at cost.

The publisher (Resolute Publishing) requests exclusive rights to the print and electronic/digital editions of submissions until 5/31/19. After this date, contributors retain all rights to the publication of their work. Contributors are asked to sign a one-page publishing agreement. Visit the following site to view the agreement.


Submissions are due by July 31, 2017. The editors will acknowledge the receipt of all submissions. Contributors whose work is selected for publication will be notified on 9/30/17. The anthology will be published and available on 4/10/18. Contributors will receive updates about the progress of the publication. Payments will be disbursed by 5/6/18.

Writing Competition: Arts & Letters 3rd Annual Unclassifiables Contest

Send us your weird and wonderful literary gems!
Our third annual Unclassifiables contest is in full swing, and we're loving the genre-obliterating work we're seeing so far! The contest is judged by Michael Martone, author of Memoranda, Four for a Quarter: Fictions, and other collections. Submit works of up to 5,000 words by July 31st. 
You can also find examples of what we're looking for from past winners and finalists on our website and in our most recent Issue 34. 
Entry Fee: $8.00
Prize: $500