Monday, March 20, 2017

Call for Submissions: Lives in the Balance


Lives in the Balance is a new literary project launched by the organizers of the online Disability March.
To highlight the ways that the looming repeal of the Affordable Care Act and cuts to Medicaid will devastate those with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, we welcome submissions of essays, artwork, poetry, and photos about what your life is like, what you worry about, what you have been through to gain care and access. This series will highlight the experiences and perspectives of those people who will be directly affected by the repeal of ACA and/or cuts to Medicaid.
We know that many people have healthcare access struggles. This series is devoted to the experiences of those people who will be personally and directly affected by the repeal of ACA and/or cuts to Medicaid. Our aim is to focus on those stories in order to get them stories out into the world. For that reason, we will not focus on these accounts: stories of parents or spouses of those with disabilities; solidarity posts; those who have experience with temporarily disabilities; those who work with disabled people; those who will be affected by medical cuts but who do not deal with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities.
These can be straightforward descriptions, literary essays, reflections, or non-traditional/lyric essays. You can include poetry, images, and anything else you feel moved to include.
Guidelines:
Please send essays up to 3,000 words (a little longer is fine, and shorter is definitely fine) as a .doc or .docx attachment to:
disabilitymarchATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
We will not publish every entry we receive—we apologize in advance for needing to be selective due to the aims and nature of this project. Our intent is to not do much if any editing to these.
Please include a photo, graphic, or a picture of original artwork in .jpg format with a description of the image.
If any of these guidelines present a barrier to access to this project, please email us at:
disabilitymarchATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
to tell us how we can make changes.
Any questions? Email Sonya Huber at:
indigomissionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
We have a rolling deadline.
Thank you!
Sonya

Call for Submissions: Switched-on-Gutenberg

Switched-on Gutenberg, one of the first on-line poetry magazines, is looking for submissions for its next issue, due out in the autumn of 2017.

Issue 24 will be based on the ideas of Gaston Bachelard, from his book, The Poetics of Space. You don’t have to read Bachelard and take notes, but we are looking for poems that explore the concepts of “Space” and “Home.” We also welcome submissions of art and photography on the same theme.

Submissions will be taken until April 30, 2017. Submit up to 5 original, not previously published poems. Simultaneous submissions are OK (Please notify us as soon as any work is accepted elsewhere.) Poetry can be in Text only (TXT or RTF), in Word (DOC or DOCX) format or included in the body of an e-mail to:

editor(at)switched-ongutenberg.org (Replace (at) with@) .

Please include your last name in your filename, and on the subject line.

For complete guidelines.

Call for Submissions and Writing Competitions: Profane

Profane is a print journal that publishes poems, essays, and stories. Our reading period runs through July 31st.

In addition to being in print, all of our past issues are available on our website to read for free (you can also listen to most of the authors read their pieces, as well).

To find out more about what our journal's all about, check us out at our website.

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).

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).

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

For more details and guidelines, you can check out our contest page.

Call for Submissions: The Rush

The Rush is a literary magazine created and run by the MFA creative writing students at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles. We premiered our first issue earlier this month, and we were delighted to have received over 500 submissions during our first reading period! We look forward to keeping the momentum going.

It is free to submit and open to all who are interested. To find out more information, please visit our website.

For writing guidelines, check out our Submittable page.

Writing Competition: Hillary Gravendyk Prize

THE INLANDIA INSTITUTE announces The Hillary Gravendyk Prize, an open poetry book competition. Two winners, one entry fee: National and Regional, $1000 each.

Judges: Cindy Arrieu-King and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella.

Submit a poetry manuscript between 48 - 100 pages via Inlandia’s Submittable portal by April 30, 2017, midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Reading fee is $20. Winners announced in September with publication in 2018.

Call for Submissions: Golden Walkman Magazine

Golden Walkman Magazine is a literary magazine in the form of a podcast

We:
Seek poetry, fiction, non-fiction, craft essays, and instrumental music
Accept submissions year-round
Hold specific writing prompts based on music (Dialogue Submissions)
Publish work in the writer's own voice
Would love to hear from you!


For more information, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: 2017 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest

2017 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest

Southern Fried Karma seeks unpublished fiction for its 2017 Novel Contest. We focus on cultivating the artistic voices of the new millennium with a Southern accent. The successful manuscript will go beyond stereotypical depictions and illuminate the multiplicity of the Southern experience; past, present, or future; the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected.

Guidelines:
1. The contest is open to ALL writers except close friends or family of the judging committee or judge.
2. The contest will be adjudicated by a panel of established authors and teaching professionals selected by the publisher.
3. There is no reading or entry fee.
4. The winner will receive a $1500 advance on a book publishing contract with SFK Press.
5. All finalists are eligible for contracts as well.

6. Manuscripts should be between 60,000-90,000 words. Files should be in .pdf or .docx format (Word).
7. The manuscript must be properly formatted as follows:
· Set a 1″ margin on all sides
· 12-point type
· Times New Roman, Courier or Arial font
· Double-space the entire text
· Use a title page
· Don’t number the title page
· In the upper right corner, begin numbering with the first page of text
· Start each new chapter on its own page, one-third of the way down the page
· The chapter number and chapter title should be in all caps, separated by two hyphens
· Begin the body of the chapter four to six lines below the chapter title
· Indent fives spaces for each new paragraph
8. All manuscripts should include authors name, email address and title in the HEADER. Include your contact information on the title page
9. Manuscripts should be submitted through our online portal only, no snail mail or email attachments.
10. Include a brief letter with your manuscript that provides your name, address, contact information and the title of your novel.
11. Contest period opens on March 1st, 2017, closing at midnight on May 31, 2017.
12. The finalist will be notified by June 30th
13. The winner will be announced August 1st.


Sincerely, Kelsey Asher
Southern Fried Karma Press
"Cultivating the artistic voices of the New South"

Call for Submissions: Swamp Ape Review

Swamp Ape Review Call for Submissions.


Swamp Ape Review - a national literary journal out of the MFA at Florida Atlantic University - is seeking submissions for our 2018 online and print issues, with a special invitation to South Florida contributors for a local feature section.

Submission window:
March 1-August 1, 2017 for all general submissions
March 1-June 1, 2017 for South Florida submissions

Our work is not restricted to Florida contributors. We encourage Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Visual Art, and Swamp pieces that echo the hybrid nature of the Swamp Ape, works that subvert our expectations of both content and form and unsettle our assumptions of what is possible.

The Swamp is our fifth category for pieces that defy form to the extent that the creator might be unsure of where the piece belongs.

While we accept submissions of any length, our preferences are:

  • Up to 5 poems

  • ≤ 9,000 words for fiction and nonfiction

  • Visual art that fits our aesthetic (think murk, dark, hidden, swamp)

Our full Submission Guidelines are viewable on our website and our Submittable page.



If you have something that’s too weird for tranquil literary waters, we’re your mag; the swamp consumes all.

Why ‘Swamp Ape’?

The Swamp Ape is a legend that reflects Florida―its mythology, its weirdness―as well as the human desire to create a narrative around that which we can’t explain. Submissions to the Swamp should defy form to the extent that the piece’s creator might be unsure of where it belongs. Across all genres, we encourage pieces with a hybrid or non-traditional nature―works that subvert our expectations of both content and form and unsettle our assumptions of what is possible.

Questions? Contact:

editorATswampapereviewDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Monday, March 13, 2017

Call for Submissions: Star 82 Review


Star 82 Review is currently seeking art and writing with humanity, humility, and humor for the eighteenth issue, summer 5.2.
 
Deadline: May 1 for summer, but submissions are read year-round.
 
Particularly looking for excellent flash stories that go beyond the obvious and are between 50-750 words. Also interested in combinations of art and writing (erasure texts, microfiction with original photo, comics, etc.) and poetry (prose in particular) with inventive concrete imagery that include a little hope.
 
Follow the complete guidelines here.
 
Like us on Facebook.
 
Read the magazine.

Poetry Competition: Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

The Beloit Poetry Journal invites submissions for the first annual Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry, to be judged by Carolyn Forché.

Submissions are open March 1-April 30. A prize of $1500 will be awarded for a single poem, which will appear in the BPJ. All submissions will be considered for publication.

Entry Fee: $15.00

For detailed submission guidelines, see our website.

Writing Competition: Arts & Letters Prizes

The Arts & Letters Prize competition recently opened, and we’re excited to welcome our judges for the 19th annual competition:

Poetry: Richard Garcia

Creative Nonfiction: Sonja Livingston

Fiction: Amy Hassinger

Drama: Iona Sun

A winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000 and publication, or $500 and travel costs for the Drama Prize winner to see their play performed. The contest will only be open from February through March. All submitters will also receive a digital subscription to A&L. 

Entry Fees: $10.00 for Drama Prize; $20.00 for Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction

Prizes: $500 and travel support to see production for Drama Prize; $1000 and publication for Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction 

Guidelines can be found on our website.

Writing Competition: 2017 Tillie Olsen Short Story Award


We are pleased to announce Linda LeGarde Grover as the final judge of the 2017 Tillie Olsen Short Story Award.
Tillie Olsen was an award-winning author and passionate social activist. Olsen's family graciously allowed TTR to name this contest in her honor.

Please send your best unpublished short story under 5,000 words through Submittable between Feb. 25 and April 30, 2017.

Winner receives $500 and publication in the July issue.

The fee for entering is $15.00.

All entrants will be considered for publication and receive a one-year ebook subscription to The Tishman Review.

Contest submissions are judged blind, and manuscripts with identifying information will be automatically disqualified.

Please read our submission guidelines here.
 

Call for Submissions on Theme of Aliens: Cicada

Deadline: April 27, 2017

Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Aliens. Tell us a story of a stranger in a strange land, whether they be a three-headed visitor from the Andromeda Galaxy or just someone trying to navigate an unfamiliar place. 

Of course, feeling like an alien does not always have to do with physical location—sometimes you might feel like an alien in familiar spaces. We love works about extraterrestrials and outer space, but we also encourage authentic and diverse works about immigration, gentrification, and feelings of otherness and dissociation. 

Not welcome: cultural appropriation.

Submit your work here

Call for Essays: Longridge Review

Call for Essay Submissions: Longridge Review (up to 6,500 words)

Deadline: April 1, 2017 (Issue #7, Spring 2017)

Our emphasis is on literature that explores the mysteries of childhood experience, the wonder of adult reflection, and how the two connect over a lifespan.

We are committed to publishing narratives steeped in reverence for childhood experience and perceptions, but we seek essays that stretch beyond the clichés of childhood as simple, angelic, or easy. We want to feature writing that layers the events of the writer’s early years with a sense of wisdom or learning accumulated in adult life.

We welcome diverse creative nonfiction pieces that demonstrate perceptive and revealing moments about the human condition.

Please visit our online magazine ​for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!​

Call for Submissions from Undergrad Students: Sink Hollow

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

Deadline: April 9, 2017

Please visit us at our website and submit your work here.

Writing Competition: OUTSpoken Program

Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts are accepting submissions of poetry, prose, short plays, film, and other forms of socially conscious performance by LGBTQ+-identified writers for its upcoming OUTSpoken program. 



Poetry: Up to three (3) poems, not to exceed six (6) pages. 

Prose: Fiction and nonfiction up to 1,200 words. 


Theater: Sketches, skits, scripts, and monologues to be performed in approximately five (5) minutes or less.

Film/Performance: Link to video (YouTube, Vimeo, personal site, etc.) approximately five (5) minutes in length or less.



Winners will receive publication in Stirring: A Literary Collection and have their work performed or screened at our OUTSpoken performance in June, 2017 in Knoxville, TN. Finalists may also be offered publication.

Simultaneous submissions and previously published work will be considered, though previously published work will not appear in Stirring.



To submit, send your work along with a brief bio to:

contestATsundresspublicationsDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Please make sure to include "OUTSpoken Submission" in the title of your email. 

All winners will receive a free workshop at the Sundress Academy for the Arts. 


Work must be submitted by March 31st, 2017 to be eligible.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Writing Competition: 7th Annual Bosque Fiction Contest

The 7th annual bosque fiction contest is open for submissions from March 1-March 31, 2017. This year’s contest is for writers 40 and over (born in 1977 or earlier). First prize winner wins 1000.; second prize winner 250. All stories considered for publication in bosque issue 7. 

Our final judge this year is Jesse Lee Kercheval.

Complete guidelines for submission including submittable link here.

Lynn C. Miller, Ph.D.
Editor, bosque literary journal
"creating community in New Mexico for writers everywhere"

Writing Competition: Sweet: A Literary Confection Flash Essay Contest

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: Arkana

Arkana, a journal of marginalized voices and mysteries, is now reading for its second issue and welcomes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, translation, illustrated narrative, scriptwriting, book reviews, and artwork.

To experience our aesthetic, we encourage potential submitters to view our inaugural issue.

Arkana solicits work that reflects our mission: to seek and foster a sense of shared wonder by privileging art that asks questions, explores mystery, and works to discover and uncover the overlooked, the misunderstood, and the silent.

Arkana supports literary diversity and nominates yearly for the Pushcart Prize. As the online literary journal of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, Arkana is particularly interested in the voices of emerging writers and artists.

Submission guidelines.
Current issue.
Email questions to:  


arkanamagATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

We look forward to reading your work!

All best,
The Editors

Call for Poetry Submissions for Washington, DC Reading Series: The Joaquin Miller Summer 2017 Poetry Series

The Joaquin Miller Summer 2017 Poetry Series is accepting submissions for its Sunday readings in Rock Creek Park. Small honorarium.  

Send 5 poems, a paragraph bio, and an SASE for reply only to:  

Rosemary Winslow, Co-director
Dept. of English
Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064


Postmarked by March 31. No emails please.

Call for Flash Fiction Submissions: Helen: A Literary Magazine

Helen: A Literary Magazine is open for submissions and we’re seeking more flash fiction for publication in our web issues.

Our needs right now for flash fiction are in the categories of humor, magical realism, and historical, but we will consider all flash fiction submissions. If this is your genre, please send us your best.

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

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


No theme or genre restrictions. Work doesn’t have to be about Las Vegas or the Southwest.

Selected flash fiction pieces may receive $5 payment for publication.

Link for Main Submittable page.


Check us out at our website.

Call for Submissions: NonBinary Review and Zoetic Press

Issue #13: Snopes.com - Urban Legends and Rumors 

Issue #14: Hans Christian Andersen 

Zoetic Press is also putting together an anthology due out winter 2017:

A Phoenix First Must Burn  


“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”—Octavia Butler

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 issue will be open only to people of color. Author headshots are required for this issue, although you can specify that they not be published.

Allons-y!
Lise Quintana
Publisher, Zoetic Press

Call for Book-Length Submissions: Carbon Books

We're launching an imprint CARBON BOOKS and would like to invite you to our inaugural call for submissions. CARBON will begin publishing books from our 2017 Open Subject submissions in early 2018. We are looking for poetry, novels, short fiction, memoir, essay collections, and experimental full length books on any subject, in any genre. We encourage new and established writers to submit their manuscripts to the 2017 open reading period. Authors will receive a generous royalty based contract, promotion in each Carbon Culture newsstand edition, numerous review copies mailed to magazines and journals and receive ten or more copies of the finished book.

We will be publishing 4-6 books in our first year and look forward to reading your work!

Please visit our page for more info and to check out our Magazine which is in print twice yearly.

The Editors

Neil Tesh
Liz Harmon

Call for Poems on the Trump Resistance: The Skinny Poetry Journal

The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) seeks new poetry that documents the unprecedented unrest in the United States related to the installation of Donald Trump as president and the wake of his governance. As always, we are interested in receiving poems on all subjects, but we are particularly interested in submissions that address protests of the Trump presidency.

The Skinny Poetry Journal 

TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form (and edited by a rotating team of poets). A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged).

The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your work for publishing consideration, email it to:

theskinnypoetryjournalATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.

To see examples of this new poetry form, go to our website.

Call for Poetry Submissions: Glass: A Journal of Poetry


Announcing a special call for submissions from Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Moms Respond, a Mother's Day special issue, will be published on May 14, 2017.
 
The poems for this issue need not be about mothers or motherhood. Instead, we are asking that contributor notes be written by the poets' mothers or mother figures (poets may interpret this as widely as they wish).
 
Glass usually asks accepted poets to write a short paragraph about their poem. For this issue, after acceptance, poets may ask their mother figure to respond to the poem. 
 
Details: 
 
3-5 poems, any length or style, emailed to submissions@glass-poetry.com as doc, docx, or pdf.
 
No reading fee. Simultaneously submissions accepted (encouraged!). No previously published poems, please.
 
Deadline for submission: March 31, 2017 
 
For full details, please see our call for submissions.
 
Thanks!
 
Anthony Frame
editor, Glass: A Journal of Poetry