Monday, August 21, 2017

Call for Submissions: Italian Americana

We are now reading poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir and short stories for our Winter 2018 issue.

Deadline: October 15. 

For detailed information, please visit our website.

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

Please send up to five unpublished poems in a single Word file, Times New Roman, 11 point font.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

italianamericanaATysuDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

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

Creative non-fiction, memoir and short stories up to 4,000 words are also welcome. Please consult the website for details.

Writing Competitions: Mighty River Short Story Prize and Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest


Mighty River Short Story Prize
 
Deadline: October 1, annually
 
Reading Fee: $20
 
Award: $1000 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. 
 
Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.
 
For more information, go here.
 
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Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
 
Deadline: October 1, annually.
 
Reading Fee: $15
 
Award: $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.
 
Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.
 
For more information, go here.

Call for Book-length Submissions: WTAW Press

WTAW Press seeks full-length books of prose (novels, memoirs, CNF, collections of stories or essays, etc.) for 2018 publication. The open reading period closes Sept. 15, 2017. Additionally, the WTAW Press Features Chapbook Series will publish chapbooks of selected book excerpts in time for the 2018 AWP Conference for signings and readings. We welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. We privilege no one aesthetic over another. Send your best literary fiction and non-fiction.

Learn more about us here. 

Guidelines here.

WTAW Press
An Independent Publisher of Literary Books
Why There Are Words
A Literary Reading Series

PO Box 2825

Santa Rosa, CA 95405
(415) 798-7067

Call for Poetry Submissions: The New Verse News

THE NEW VERSE NEWS covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world.

The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best? A genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event.

See the website for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems THE NEW VERSE NEWS publishes. Then paste your non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to:

nvneditor(at)gmail(dot)com Change (at) to @ and (dot) to . )

Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Call for Nominations from Editors of Literary Periodicals: The Orison Anthology

Editors of literary periodicals (print or digital) may nominate work in a single genre or in multiple genres to be considered for inclusion in the 2018 volume of Orison Books' annual publication, The Orison Anthology, which reprints the finest spiritually engaged writing from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. The work must have appeared, or be slated to appear, in the periodical during the 2017 calendar year.

Work selected for inclusion will appear alongside the winners of The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry, judged this year by Justin Torres, Scott Russell Sanders, and Nickole Brown.

Past and upcoming contributors to The Orison Anthology include Ann Carson, Vandana Khanna, Jane Hirshfield, Carl Phillips, Christian Wiman, Alison Gopnik, Zeina Hashem Beck, Matthew Olzmann, Kaveh Akbar, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kimberly Johnson, Li-Young Lee, and many others.

Nomination deadline: September 15, 2017.

There is no fee to nominate work for The Orison Anthology.

For complete guidelines, go here.

Call for Submissions: The Other Journal



The Other Journal is accepting submissions for its next issue with the theme health / care. The Other Journal describes itself this way: The Other Journal is a twice-yearly print and digital journal that aims to create space for Christian interdisciplinary reflection, exploration, and expression at the intersection of theology and culture. Attempting to remain a step or two more popular than the typical scholarly journal and a step or two more scholarly than the typical popular magazine, our goal is to provide our readers with provocative, challenging and insightful Christian commentary on current social issues, political events, cultural trends, and pop phenomena.
 
Deadline Sept. 30.
 
Read the full call here.

Call for Submissions: Day One

Day One is a digital weekly literary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from debut writers. Each issue showcases one writer and poet and includes an introduction from the editor, an interview with the authors, and occasional bonus content. Each issue also features cover art commissioned from emerging artists and illustrators.

Day One has been proud to feature a diverse array of writers from all backgrounds, including emerging fiction writers such as Brittany Bennett, Lincoln Michel, Lauren Acampora, and Juliana Wang, and breakout poets like Nate Marshall, Ocean Vuong, and Nicole Sealey.

To submit, follow the guidelines below and send your work in one Word doc. to Hafizah Geter, Editor, at:

dayone-submissionsATamazonDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We offer competitive payment terms and there is no fee to submit. 

Poetry:
-Poets should submit 4-6 previously unpublished poems with an author bio
-We accept poetry from writers who have yet to publish a full-length book (poets with chapbook publications and self-published books are eligible to submit)
-We’re looking for your best work: poetry that’s lyrically engaging, thoughtful and relatable


Fiction:
-We accept fiction submissions from 3,000 – 20,000 words from writers who have yet to publish a novel or short story collection
-Please send contact information, a brief description, and an author bio along with your story
-We’re looking for character-driving literary fiction that merges sharp, fresh writing with an engaging narrative



Hafizah Geter
Editor
Little A & Day One

Writing Competition: Prime Number Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST
(A Monthly Competition) 


Deadline: Last day of each month.

Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication)

Low entry fee, nice prize, plus publication.


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

Reading fee: $7 

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

We’re looking for excellent fiction of 751 words or less.

Guidelines at Submittable.

Writing Competition: 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry

CONSEQUENCE Magazine seeks submissions for the 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry.

$250 Honorarium and Publication.

FICTION JUDGE: Siobhan Fallon.
POETRY JUDGE: Danielle Legros Georges.


The contests are open to women and those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war.

The $10 contest entry fee is non-refundable.

SUBMIT here, July 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Writing and Teaching Fellowship: The Kenyon Review

The Kenyon Review offers an extraordinary opportunity to writers who have embarked on promising careers: a two-year fellowship devoted to creative and professional development within Kenyon’s vibrant literary community. This two-year postgraduate position is intended for creative writers who have already completed the MFA or PhD degree and are seeking time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. 

The fellowship begins in August 2018. Applications will be accepted from August 15 through September 15, 2017.

Call for Submissions: Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry


Call for submissions -- Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry
Our submission period runs from Aug. 1 - Oct. 1 for our second annual issue (April 2018).

Presence, an international journal planned for annual print publication each spring, is an independent journal affiliated with the Department of English, Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ, and edited by Mary Ann B. Miller, editor of the anthology, St. Peter's B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria, 2014). Our new associate editor is Lois Roma-Deeley. Advisory Board members are Susanne Paola Antonetta, William Baer, Paul Contino, Dana Gioia, Paul Mariani, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, and Judith Valente. We publish poems on the basis of their artistic excellence, rather than on the basis of the author's professed creed or because the subject matter is explicitly Catholic. The poems in this journal convey God’s presence in any number of ways—by exploring the intersection of matter and spirit, by depicting the struggle between belief and doubt, by questioning the faith, being surprised by it, taking joy in it, even finding humor in it. We encourage contributors to refer to our mission statement when selecting poems for submission.

Please send up to five unpublished poems, no more than two pages in length, in a single Word file, Times New Roman font (12-point). There is no fee for submission. 
 
Be sure that your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address appear at the top of every page of the file. The first page of the file should be a short cover letter in which you clearly state your intention to be published in the journal and provide a brief bio, as outlined on our website. 
 
Please attach the file to an email to the editor at:
 
mmillerATcaldwellDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
 
with the following subject line: "Submit poems to Presence." Each contributor will receive one complimentary copy of the issue. No monetary payment is possible at this time.
Our mission statement and further submission guidelines may be found on our website

Call for Submissions: Zingara Poetry Review

Zingara Poetry Review seeks submissions of previously unpublished poems (on-line or in print) of 40 lines or fewer for 2017/2018 picks. New, emerging, and established poets are encouraged to submit and all submissions will be given careful consideration.

Please keep the following in mind when submitting your best poems to:

ZingarapoetATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

  • Reading period for Zingara Poetry Picks for the last quarter of 2017 (October-December) and the first quarter of 2018 (January-March) is OPEN until August 31, 2017.
  • There are no fees to submit.
  • The title of your poem(s) should appear in the email subject line. Poems should be attached as unprotected word documents and mailed to:
  zingarapoetATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
  • The body of the email can include a brief cover letter and a professional biography of 50 words or fewer written in the third person.
  • Attach a word document with no more than three poems of 40 or fewer lines
  • Only one submission at a time (please wait to hear back before submitting more poems).
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let Zingra Poet know immediately if submitted wor k is accepted elsewhere.
  • Published poets receive bragging rights and the chance to share their work with a diverse and ever-growing audience.
  • Poets who are published on Zingara Poetry Pick should wait 12 months before submitting again.
  • Submissions which do not follow these guidelines will be disregarded.
  • If accepted work is later published elsewhere, please acknowledge that the piece first appeared on Zingara Poetry Review.

Writing Competition: Consequence Magazine



CONSEQUENCE Magazine seeks submissions for the 2017 Women Writing War Award in Poetry. $250 Honorarium and Publication. JUDGE: Danielle Legros Georges. The contest is open to women and those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war. 
 
The $10 contest entry fee is non-refundable.
 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 1, 2017. Submit your work here.

CONSEQUENCE Magazine seeks submissions for the 2017 Women Writing War Award in Fiction. $250 Honorarium and Publication. JUDGE: Siobhan Fallon. The contest is open to women and those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war. 
 
The $10 contest entry fee is non-refundable.
 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: October 1, 2017. Submit your fiction here.

Call for Submissions from Homeschooled Writers: Seshat

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Seshat is looking to release its inaugural issue this fall. We are accepting poetry, fiction (up to 7500 words), and non-fiction (up to 7500 words). No submission fee. We are mostly looking for young writers who are homeschooled or have been homeschooled in the past. However, all ages (13+) are encouraged to submit to this journal.

Visit our website for more details.

Thanks in advance for your consideration!

Sincerely,
Maribel C. Pagan
Founder of Seshat Literary Magazine

Call for Submissions: Grist

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts is open for submissions!

Grist's reading period for craft essays, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our print and online issues is open until September 15, and we pay all the writers we publish.

For an idea of what our journal is like, read some of our online issues or the sample pieces from our most recent print issue. 

To submit, see our guidelines here.

Webinar: Creating Captivating Characters



Jeanne Lyet-Gassman   Please join me for my webinar, "Creating Captivating Characters," hosted by Author Learning Center! The session will be presented live twice, once on August 23, 2017, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT and once on September 13, 2017, 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT.

Strong stories need a plot, a setting, and most importantly, engaging characters. Agents and editors will tell you that all stories are character-driven. However, if your characters are stereotypes, one-dimensional, or predictable, the reader will soon lose interest. Readers are engaged with characters who are relatable, flawed, and unique. But how do you accomplish that in fiction? In this webinar, we will look at the tricks you can use to create strong, memorable characters that are supported by a fascinating cast. We will address a number of different character crafting techniques, including: defining your characters' formative years, understanding body language and the use of physical space, how opposites create tension and interest, using dialogue to illustrate emotions and need, and how to make troubled characters likable. In addition to the presentation, there will be resource handouts available for download.

To sign up for the August 23 session, go here

To sign up for the September 13 webinar, go here.

Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Call for Submissions on Theme of Protest: WSQ

Call for submissions to WSQ: prose and poetry on theme of Protest

WSQ, published by the Feminist Press at the City University of New York, seeks short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for its special issue on the theme of Protest. Prose should be no longer than 4,000 words. Flash fiction welcome.

Prose: send as attachment to to WSQ's fiction/nonfiction editor, Rosalie Morales Kearns, at:

WSQCreativeProseATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

In your email, please include the word count and indicate whether the submission is fiction or nonfiction.

Poetry: send in body of email to poetry editor Patricia Smith at:


WSQpoetryATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


Submission deadline: September 15, 2017. The issue will be published in Fall of 2018.

The call for papers is here.

Writing Competition and Calls for Submission to Anthology: Locked Horn Press 2017: Read Water


LHP Poetry Prize 2017: Read Water
 
Prize: $250 + 2 contributor copies
 
Reading fee: $10
 
Deadline: September 30, 2017
(all submissions 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 Poetry Prize 2017 Guidelines:
 
Pieces entered for the 2017 Publication Contest should be in conversation with the LHP 2017 theme "Read Water." 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 by adding a note to your submission or emailing us at:
 
lockedhornpressATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Fellowships and Scholarships: 2018 Eckerd College Writer's Conference: Writers in Paradise

Announcing Fellowships and Scholarships for the 2018 Eckerd College Writer's Conference: Writers in Paradise

Writers in Paradise 2018 is now accepting submissions for workshops in fiction, nonfiction and poetry with Andre Dubus III, Stewart O'Nan, Ann Hood, Laura Lippman, Les Standiford, Major Jackson, Sterling Watson, Laura McCaffrey and Lan Samantha Chang (for a special 3-day short fiction workshop).

We offer more than 30 different fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis, including alumni of the conference, current and recent MFAs, and AWP members. 2018 guest lecturers will include: Ana Menendez (Keynote), Russell Banks (Closing), Tim Dorsey, Cathie Pelletier, Peter Meinke, Helen Pruitt Wallace and Michael Ruhlman.

Located on the coast of the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, Writers in Paradise offers an intimate eight-day experience of workshop classes, roundtables, panel discussions, Q&As, readings, book signings, and receptions with our award-winning faculty and guest speakers. The conference will take place January 13-20, 2018. 

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

Application period will close on November 15th.

Call for Submissions: The Shanghai Literary Review

The Shanghai Literary Review is an English language magazine of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art, run by an editorial team between New York & Shanghai. 

The deadline for our winter 2017 issue is September 3, 2017.

Submissions may be made via our online submission manager.

There is no fee for submitting work to TSLR.

We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We'll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. Selected works will be published online and/or in print and be automatically entered into our annual end-of-year contest where cash prizes will be awarded in each genre.

We publish:
Fiction - less than 5,000 words
Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person
Non-Fiction & Essay - less than 5,000 words
Flash Fiction or Nonfiction - less than 500 words
Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.
Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction from Asia, or vice versa, along with the original text
Book Review - pitch book review ideas to us, on fiction or nonfiction from or about Asia


Thank you for your consideration.

Juli Min, Editor in Chief

Call for Submissions: Millwork

Millwork is now accepting poetry and short fiction submissions!! 

Millwork is a new online literary magazine, centered in Wisconsin, seeking submissions of poetry and short fiction for 2017/2018.

Millwork publishes original poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction prose in English. There is no reading fee.

Please, send us only your unpublished work. We do not accept previously published pieces. New, emerging, and established poets are encouraged to submit.

For further submission details or to check out Millwork's inaugural issue, please visit our website.

Book Award for Books on Issues Related to Social Justice: Etchings Press

Etchings Press, a student-run publisher at University of Indianapolis, welcomes recently published books on issues related to social justice. Students are employing a broad interpretation of this criteria in their reading and judging and are especially interested in reading books with a focus on urban life, environmentalism, and historical movements. Two $500 prizes will be awarded, and the winners will be invited to campus in Spring 2018 to participate as a speaker in the Kellogg Writers Series. Graduate and undergraduate students will read the submitted books and choose the two winners, which will be announced in December 2017.
 
The postmark deadline for submission is Sept. 1, 2017.
 
Please send one copy of your book and a reading fee of $20 (payable to University of Indianapolis) to:
 
UIndy English Department
c/o Etchings Press
1400 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227


Please include a cover letter that shares your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email address). We also welcome short bios.

For more information, please visit our website

Writing Competition: Philip Levine Prize for Poetry 2017


PHILIP LEVINE PRIZE FOR POETRY 2017
 
$2000 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press
 
Final Judge: C. G. Hanzlicek
 
POSTMARK DEADLINE: 9/30/2017
 
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere.
 
Entry fee: $25 by mail or $28 online through Submittable.
 
Visit website for full submission details and guidelines.
 
Entry link. 
 
Mail Entries to:
 
Philip Levine Prize for Poetry
Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98
5245 N. Backer Ave. 
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, California 93740-8001

Phone: 559.278.1569 
Email:
 
conniehATmailDOTfresnostateDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
 
Sponsored by: MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press

Book Award: Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Award

Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Award

Just over two months left to submit!

The Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas is pleased to announce the Third Annual Philip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award and to congratulate Jennifer Steil, whose novel The Ambassador's Wife, won last year's award.

Genre Unlimited-NOT limited to Arkansas books or writers. 


$500, trophy, and Travel Expenses as Featured Author at the Arkatext Literary Festival, Spring 2018

Entry Fee: $25.00

The mission of this award is to honor the contributions of Philip H. McMath to the Arkansas literary community, and to promote stellar books by emerging writers.

This award is open for nominations between June 15 and October 15 (postmark deadline).

For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review


3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 17. The new elements are Blueprint, Fisherman, and Delusion. All three terms must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography must represent at least one element.
 
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 is October 31. Issue will be released January 1. 
 
More information.
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We look forward to reading your work!

Call for Submissions on Theme of Resistance: LUMINA Journal

LUMINA Journal, established in 2000, is the official literary journal of the M.F.A. Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Anyone is welcome to submit.

We are accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and multimedia submissions until November 5th.

Our theme for this year is Resistance. Submission guidelines can be found here.


Victoria Johnson
Editor-in-Chief
LUMINA Vol. XVII

Writing Competition: concis

Through SEPTEMBER 3, concīs is accepting submissions of poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose creations for its 2nd annual, no-fee, *Pith of Prose and Poem Contest*.

Up to ten winners receive cash award + highlighted publication in concīs:

- First Prize: $250 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions)
- Second Prize: $150 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions).
- Third Prize: $100 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions).
- Editor’s Choice(s): $25 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions).

No fee.

Complete guidelines and link to submission form.

Questions? Send email to:

editorATconcisDOTio (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

***ABOUT concīs***

concīs is an online and e-pub journal devoted to brevity: the succinct, pithy, condensed, laconic, crisp, compressed and compendious. It’s simple in approach and simple in design…but not simple-minded. Genre—if you believe in such labels—is unimportant: poems, prose poems, flash fictions, micro-essays, reviews in miniature, sudden fictions, haiku, tanka, American Sentences, insights, epigrams, the unclassifiable…they’re all good.

Read our currently featured work (changes every few days), the Stream of past work, and our Seasonal anthologies.

More about concīs, publication schedule and non-contest submissions here.