Saturday, June 29, 2019

Writing Competition: Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards

The eighth annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is now accepting fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the 2020 competitions.

Deadline: October 31, 2019.

First-place winners in each category will receive $1,000. Second-place winners receive $500, and third-place winners $250. All winners will be awarded scholarships to the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop in March, on the University of Arizona campus, following the Tucson Festival of Books.

The top 50 entrants will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300), the faculty for which is drawn from the Festival's presenters. Past faculty include Ann Hood, Marilyn Chin, Andre Dubus III, and Luis Alberto Urrea.

For information on the literary awards and the workshop, contact Meg Files at:

mastersATtucsonfestivalofbooksDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)


  • Submit five poems of any length, a short story or novel chapter, or a nonfiction piece or book chapter per submission.
  • Maximum length for prose is 5,000 words per submission.
  • Label each submission’s genre with the title: fiction, nonfiction, poetry.
  • $20 entry fee per submission
  • No limit to number of entries ($20 fee per entry)
  • Categories NOT accepted: stories for children or young adults, academic or how-to nonfiction.
  • Double space prose submissions.
  • Submit poems in a single document with appropriate page breaks (up to five poems per submission).
  • Submissions must be in English and unpublished at the time of submission (self-published allowed).
  • Writers must be age 18 or older.
  • The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript or the subject heading or the title of the attachment. Include name and contact information in the “Cover Letter” box only. Manuscripts with the author's name anywhere on them will be disqualified.
  • Authors retain all rights to submitted work.
  • Winning entries may be published in an anthology of winners.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2019
Winners and the top 50 will be notified by December 22, 2019.
First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category receive scholarships to the Masters Workshop, March, 2020. The top 50 finalists will be invited to attend the Masters Workshop ($300 fee).


Writing Competition: Cream City Review Summer Prizes in Fiction & Poetry

Cream City Review Summer Prizes in Fiction & Poetry

Deadline: August 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST

Cream City Review is thrilled to announce the inaugural Summer Prizes in Fiction & Poetry! The winner of each genre will win $1000, print publication, and an online feature. Runner-ups will be chosen with an award of $300, print publication, and an online feature. The final judges will be Ramona Ausubel for Fiction and Aimee Nezhukumatathil for Poetry!

Send us your best 6/1-8/1!

Each entry is $15 which includes a one-year subscription to the journal.

For full guidelines, please visit our website.

Call for Submissions: About Place Journal

About Place Journal Call for Submissions: Infinite Country

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Each issue of About Place Journal, the arts publication of the Black Earth Institute, focuses on a specific theme. From 6/1 to 8/1 we'll be accepting submissions for our Fall 2019 issue Infinite Country: Deepening Our Connection to Place, Culture and One Another. Our mission: to have art address the causes of spirit, earth, and society; to protect the earth; and to build a more just and interconnected world. We publish prose, poetry, visual art, photography, video, and music which fit the current theme. More about this issue's theme and our submission guidelines here.

Call for Submissions: Nzuri

Call For Submissions: Fiction, Essays, Photography, Art, Poetry, Digital Storytelling

Deadline: August 30, 2019

The objective of Nzuri (meaning Beautiful/Fine in Swahili) is to promote the artistic, aesthetic, creative, and scholarly work consistent with the values and ideals of Umoja community. African American and Other Writers and Artists are urged to submit their best written or artistic work for consideration.

Check out open submission opportunities for Nzuri here.

We are now accepting submissions in all categories for the Fall 2019 issue. Essays and fictional pieces should be a maximum of 4,000 words.

Writing Competition: Iron Horse PhotoFinish

Iron Horse PhotoFinish
Submissions are open for the annual IHLR PhotoFinish: Take a look at our annual photo prompt, and write a piece of flash in response. 500 words of prose or 15 lines of poetry.
For more information, to see the prompt, or to read past PhotoFinish issues, visit our website.
Submit via Submittable starting June 3, through July 12.
Fee: $5.
Winner receives $250 and is published, along with nine finalists, in our annual PhotoFinish e-issue, released in full-color at midnight on New Year's Eve.

Call for Submissions: Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts

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.

Call for Submissions to Anthology: Poetric License Press

Call for Words: (UN)SEEN (print anthology)

Poetic License Press is seeking poems about poets’ firsthand experience of feeling seen or unseen, understood or misunderstood, ignored or scrutinized. What constitutes a poem is broadly defined for this project, though we are looking for writing that fits Poetic License Press’ aesthetic of authentic, accessible and engaging. We seek to include poems from a broad range of writers, especially those whose experience is often underrepresented in literature. If you need accommodations to submit your work, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Submit up to three (3) poems formatted in 12pt. Arial font by Word doc attachment to:

seenunseenanthologyATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Poems should be no longer than three (3) pages each.

Previously published work is fine so long as writer possesses publication rights. Note prior publisher for acknowledgement.

Regarding line should read: Submission – (UN)SEEN Anthology

Cover letter should include: (1) poet’s name as they would like it to appear in anthology; (2) e-mail address; (3) street address; (4) phone number; (5) title of each poem (and prior publisher, if applicable); (6) poet bio not to exceed 75 words (do not include honors and awards because they are not relevant to selection).

Poems must NOT include identifying information such as name or address.

Submission deadline: September 1, 2019

Notification of Acceptance by January 1, 2020 by e-mail. Poets whose work is selected will receive one contributor’s copy as sole remuneration. Additional copies will be available for purchase by contributing poets at a discounted price.

Format of print publication will be determined after receipt of submissions and in editors’ sole discretion. (UN)SEEN is a working title and is subject to change in editors’ sole discretion.

Submission shall constitute: (1) representation that the submission is original work and that the poet possesses publication rights, and (2) agreement that if the work is accepted for publication, (a) Poetic License Press, and any publisher with whom it may partner, may, in their sole discretion, publish and promote the work, the poet’s name, image and voice, in any format, medium or forum, and (b) the sole remuneration is one contributor’s copy per included poet.

Fellowships: Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women


Each year one full fellowship and one partial fellowship are awarded to women interested in attending Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women.

To be considered: Please email 3 poems and two paragraphs (maximum) responding to the following questions: Why Poets on the Coast and Why Now? and How Will You Contribute to the Community of Writers? (assisting with receptions, teaching yoga, dance etc.) The Fellowship covers registration costs (and art workshop) but not accommodation.

Send your two paragraphs and three poems to:

poetsonthecoast (at) (Change (at) to @ )

Poets on the Coast from September 6-8, 2019 will be held in La Conner, Washington. For more information check out our website.

Questions? Email:

poetsonthecoast (at) (Change (at) to @ )

Submissions accepted JUNE 15 - JULY 15, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Writing Fellowships: Under the Volcano's 2020 Writing Master Classes in Mexico


Poets & fiction writers! Apply by midnight, July 15, for the chance to work with award-winning novelist Joan Silber or poet Cyrus Cassells in Tepoztlán, in the foothills of the great volcanoes, just south of Mexico City.

The Grace Paley Fellowship recognizes “a woman writer of any age whose work Grace Paley would have encouraged.”

The Sandra Cisneros Fellowship goes to a Latinx writer who shows both outstanding literary promise and leadership ability.

Join accomplished peers from around the world in one of Mexico's official pueblos mágicos. Bilingual, international, unique.

Core program: January 9-19, 2020. Optional two-week extension residency. Partial financial aid is also available to qualified applicants. Details here.

Writing Competition and Book Publication Award: The Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence


This annual prize carries a $10,000 award for an unpublished novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or essay collection. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with a new imprint at Columbus State University, DLJ Books.

Entry Fee: $25.00

Deadline: August 15, 2019 

To enter, go here.

Call for Quotes: Embracing our Differences

2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity

Submission deadline: October 8, 2019

Embracing Our Differences is seeking quotes to accompany a juried exhibit that features 50 billboard size pieces of art. These quotations provide the writers a chance to voice their thoughts, feelings and ideas reflecting our theme of “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” The combination of visual art and the written word adds a deeper dimension to the overall experience.

Please consider submitting an original quotation either online or by mail and know that you are helping to create a community that is safe and inclusive for all. In 20 words or less, share your thoughts and become part of this enlightening project. Below are several ideas to help stimulate your thoughts about “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”

- What does embracing our differences mean to you?
- What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
- Have you ever felt discrimination? What did it feel like?
- Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel?
- Have you witnessed someone being bullied? How did you feel?
- What have you done to stand up to hatred and prejudice?
- What are you looking for in a best friend?
- What would a perfect world look like?
- If possible, how would you change the world?

The writer with the quote that best embodies these ideas will be awarded $1000. 

No entry fee.

Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available here.

Liz ChicoineAdministrative Assistant
Embracing Our Differences
PO Box 2559
Sarasota, FL 34230


Writing Competition: 2019 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

The 2019 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose is now open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer.

Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will receive $250, and all entries will be considered for publication. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast. This year's final judge is Ben Marcus.

Entry Fee: $20.00

Learn more and submit here.

Call for Readers: Sundress Reading Series

Open Now: Sundress Reading Series
Deadline: 15 August 2019
Readings: October-December 2019
Location: Hexagon Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN
The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series in the heart of Knoxville, TN, just miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. An extension of Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Sundress Reading Series features nationally recognized writers in all genres from around the US while also supporting local and regional nonprofits.
We are currently curating our fall reading series schedule on October 13, November 10, and December 8, 2019. Our readings take place monthly on Sundays at 1PM at Hexagon Brewing Company.
To apply to read for the fall, send 6-8 pages of poetry or 8-15 pages of prose, a 100-word bio, CV, and preferred reading dates to:
sundresspublicationsATgmailDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Please make sure the subject line reads “Reading Series Application.”
We will make every effort possible to contact those chosen by September 1, 2019. While we are currently unable to pay our readers, authors are given a discount on future SAFTA residencies and are encouraged to sell their own books and merchandise at the event.
Find our more or to view some of our past readers and schedules, visit us here.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Call for Submissions: No Tokens

NO TOKENS Submissions are now open! We will be accepting submissions for Issue 9 until July 25th, 2019.

Subject matter is up to you. Length is up to you. These genres help us stay organized, but please feel encouraged to bend, snap, stretch, or fold them anyway you’d like. 

All submissions will be considered for publication for both our print and online issues.

Please look out for more information regarding our first ever eighteen and under Young Poets' Prize, opening in August.

Tell your friends! Send us your words and images! As always, surprise us.
No Tokens

READ guidelines here.

Post-Publication Book Award: The Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018

The Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018

Call for Submissions for Poetry Books Published in 2018

Up to 5 winners will be selected and awarded $100.00 each.

To submit either a chapbook or full length collection in English, please send book with a note stating title, date of publication and author's contact information to:

Shoshauna Shy
Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018
Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf
PO Box 5015
Madison WI 53705

Deadline: JULY 15th 2019

Winners Notified: OCTOBER 1st 2019

No fee to submit 

In an effort toward impartiality, entries from residents of Wisconsin U.S.A. are not eligible

Books declined for an award will be distributed to local Little Libraries throughout Madison, Wisconsin

Contact Shoshauna Shy at:

poetryjumpsoffATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Call for Submissions: Conclave

We are now accepting submissions for the next issue of Conclave.
The world is changing at a speed unprecedented in human history. Inevitably, some people find themselves outside the mainstream, living on the fringes, isolated by one factor or another. A world of complexity and change highlights the need to understand and write about the outliers, embracing rather than deploring the differences between us.
In this issue, we hope to publish a wide range of outliers, genre-bending work that challenges expectations, focused on originality and emphasizing the need for universal respect. The common thread should be compassion, tolerance, and empathy for the full spectrum of human experience. Whatever your sex, race, orientation, religion, country of origin—send us your work. We want to read it. Help us see what has not been seen before.
Send your submissions here.
Submission Guidelines: We are an environmentally conscious journal and only accept submissions through Submittable.
Format and Length. Poetry: Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems, in a single document, each poem on a separate page, no longer than 10 pages total.
Short Fiction: Submit 1 story, no longer than 5000 words.
Creative Nonfiction: Submit one work, no longer than 5000 words.
Unclassifiable: No longer than 2000 words. You are welcome to submit more than once, but each submission must be a separate file uploaded to Submittable. Put your name and contact information not he first page of your submission file, but not not he other pages. Give your file a name that includes the title of your submission (or one of the poems in it). Do not include your name in the file name for your submission.
We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all submissions without knowing who wrote them. Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submission. Single-space your poems; double space between stanzas. Double-space prose manuscripts.
Include a 75-word bio written in third person, providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits. Do not submit work previously published—in print or online—including work posted on personal websites or social network websites. If your work can be found searching Google, we consider it published. If you have questions, please visit our website, or email:
wbernhardtATconclaveDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Acceptance for publication conveys First North American Serial Rights, first-print publication rights, and the right to post work accepted for publication on the Conclave website. Rights revert to the author upon publication.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Call for Submissions: Timeworn Literary Journal: Historical Fiction From the Fringe

Timeworn Literary Journal: Historical Fiction from the Fringe 

Deadline: August 1, 2019

Timeworn Literary Journal is accepting submissions of unpublished historical fiction stories in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven. Historical fiction from the fringe means anything with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Quiet speculative elements strongly encouraged.

Payment of $25 upon acceptance plus contributor copy.

Writing Competition: 1455's First Teen Poetry Contest

A prize of $500 will be given to the winner of 1455’s First Teen Poetry Contest.
1455’s first Summer Literary Festival (July 18-20) will include a special Teen Poetry Reading, featuring Maia Siegel, who is co-judging the contest (along with writers on the 1455 Advisory Board). This contest is sponsored by Friends of Handley Regional Library.
The deadline is July 5.
The award will be given to a single, previously unpublished poem (of any length and style) by any writer aged 13-19. The winning author –and three finalists– will have an opportunity to read their poem during a reception ceremony at Winchester Book Gallery on July 19. (Visit our site for details on this session and the festival.) The winning poem, and a selection of other submissions, will be featured on the 1455 site.
There is no entry fee, and all submissions (two poems max, per entry) should be sent via email to:
infoAT1455litartsDOTorg (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Please provide a cover letter and short bio, but the poem itself should include no personal information.

Writing Competition: Arts & Letters

Unclassifiables Contest
Read guidelines here.

Submittable link.

Ends on July 31, 2019

Entry Fee: $8.00 USD

$500 Prize

This contest is for unclassifiable works: works that blur, bend, blend, erase, or obliterate genre and other labels.

Works of up to 5000 words considered.

This contest will be judged by Michael Martone.

Please note, we will only accept blind submissions, and your name should not appear anywhere on the submitted document. Those with names appearing in the submission will be rejected without being read.

Post-Publication Book Awards: Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Awards (for first books)

Deadline: 6/25/19
Three prizes given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, and a creative nonfiction writer to honor their first books.
The winners each receive an all-expenses-paid trip to several of the 13 GLCA colleges, each of which pays an honorarium of at least $500, to give readings, meet with students, and lead discussions and classes.
Books published in 2018 and 2019 are eligible. Faculty members of the colleges will judge. Publishers may submit four copies of one book in each category by deadline.
No entry fee.

Call for Submissions: Tahoma Literary Review

TLR is reading now through July 31 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to appear in our 2019 fall/winter issue. We pay professional rates for fiction, nonfiction, flash, and poetry.
Everything TLR publishes comes through the submission queue. We're eager to consider your work, and are committed to supporting the literary community.
Access our SoundCloud page to hear recordings of some of our contributions.
As of May 7, our critique and feedback fees have changed. We also increased what we pay writers. You can find details on our Transparency in Publishing page, which shows how we use the fees we collect.
Submit your work here.

Writing Competition: Minds on Fire Open Book Prize 2019

Minds on Fire Open Book Prize 2019 

Ends on June 30, 2019 $25.00 USD

Awarded annually and open to any poet writing in English, regardless of previous publication record, the prize seeks to represent the best contemporary writing in high quality editions of enduring value. Prospective entrants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Conduit, which champions originality, intelligence, irreverence, and humanity. All manuscripts welcome, be they first books or last books.

Because the prize is judged anonymously, the author’s name should not appear anywhere in the collection, i.e., neither on the title page nor in the body of the manuscript. If applicable, please include an acknowledgments page, listing any previous publication for the individual poems in the collection.

The winning poet will receive $1,000 and 25 author copies. The Conduit editorial board will select the winning manuscript. Current and former employees and interns of Conduit are not eligible.
Manuscript Length: 48-90 pages. Previously unpublished manuscripts only.

Submission period: April 15-June 30 2019. Enter here.

Call for Submissions from Virginia Womxn Writers: Womxn at Red Door 104: Words and Art Reading Series

Calling Virginia Womxn Writers! A Very Special Call for Submissions! A Reading Series Celebrating Virginia Women, Woman-Identifying, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, & Nonbinary-Identifying Writers  

Womxn at Red Door 104: Words and Art, a new reading series created to celebrate Virginia womxn writers, is a partnership between Creative Writing at Longwood University and Red Door 104, a unique gallery and art learning center owned and operated by the tireless and talented Audrey Sullivan, in historic downtown Farmville,Virginia.

Submissions open 1 July 2019. Submit writing samples and a 50-75 word bio via Submittable. Submissions are limited to current Virginia residents.

Join us for a great opportunity to meet new readers, to meet, celebrate, and network with other Virginia writers, to sell books and to read with other talented people in a very special place, and to experience art inspired by your words!

Complete guidelines and submission details here!

Direct questions or general correspondence to:

womxnatreddoor104ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Writing Competition: Los Angeles Review Literary Awards


Deadline: 6/30/19

Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Los Angeles Review given annually for a poem, short story, short short story, and an essay.

Submit up to 3 poems of no more than 50 lines each, a short story or essay of up to 2,500 words, or a piece of flash fiction of up to 500 words with $20 entry fee by deadline.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Call for Submissions: Parentheses Journal

Parentheses Journal seeks poetry, prose, and art (including but not limited to hybrid, collage, photography) for Issue Seven to be released in September 2019.

We welcome diverse and interdisciplinary narratives and seek work that straddles across varied paradigms, in form and content.

The deadline for submissions to Issue Seven is August 10, 2019.

We encourage you to peruse our previous issues and submission guidelines before sending your work.

We encourage submissions from historically marginalized groups, including but not limited to POC, women, non-binary, LGBTQ, and disabled folks. We nominate the works of our contributors for a host of major awards and prizes.

Inquiries may be directed to:

editorsATparenthesesjournalDOTcom  (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )


Submission guidelines.
Link to previous issues.

Call for Submissions and Writing Competition: New Limestone Review

Call for Submissions for the Gurney Norman Fiction Prize 

New Limestone Review, formerly Limestone, is seeking submissions for the Gurney Norman Summer Prize for Fiction, judged by Andrew Milward, which runs until July 15th!

$500 for 1st place
$250 for 2nd place

Publication guaranteed for the top three finalists. All submissions will be considered for publications.

Entry Fee: $12.00

We are also always seeking submissions in all genres for our monthly issues. For a sense of what we're looking for, please check out our June issue, which features creative non-fiction from Dacia Price, collage work from Amanda Hadlock, poetry from Gabrielle Varela and Robert Wood, and an interview with legendary Kentucky writer and educator, Gurney Norman. For June, our featured artist is DIZZEE B.

New Limestone Review is published by the University of Kentucky's MFA Program in Creative Writing, Department of English. We offer monthly online issues and one annual print publication. All accepted submissions will be for the web first and will be eligible for publication in the print issue. We accept submissions on a monthly basis throughout the year and hope very much to hear from you. Submit!

Call for Poetry Submissions: Silver Pinion: 1

Silver Pinion: 1, a print edition of the marvelous, is due for release Winter 2020.
Silver Pinion: 1 aims to expand dialogue and honor the power of the word.
Submissions will open June 1st, 2019 and will remain open until July 20th, 2019.
I am committed to publishing marginalized voices. You matter. Your voice is valued. I want to hear from you.
“When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.

When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.”
― Wisława Szymborska
For further information, please visit our website.

Writing Competition: Boulevard's 2019 Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers

$1,000 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning essay by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.


  • All entries must be postmarked before September 30, 2018 or submitted online by midnight CT.
  •  Entry fee is $16 for each individual essay, with no limit per author, and includes a one-year subscription. Make checks payable to Boulevard
  • Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the essay's title and "Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest," should appear on page one.
  • Manuscripts should be typed and double spaced.
  • Cover sheets are not necessary.
  • No manuscripts will be returned.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
  • We accept works up to 8,000 words.
  •  We are especially interested in nonfiction works that are researched and/or reported such as literary journalism, hybrid essays, etc.
  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at our regular rates
  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard.
No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.

The winning essay will be first announced on the website and then published in the subsequent issue of Boulevard.

Mail submissions to:

Boulevard Emerging Writers Contest
4125 Juniata St. #B
St. Louis, MO 63116

or submit online.

Call for Submissions: The Handy, Uncapped Pen

Disabled and neurodivergent writers/artists: The Handy, Uncapped Pen is open to book reviews, flash fiction, poetry, and regular guest posts. All guest posts must have something to do with writing or other arts *and* disability/neurodivergence.

Guidelines here.

Contributors are paid $3 per piece via Paypal. #TokenPayment (Reprints considered but there is no pay).

Submissions accepted year-round by email:

handyuncappedpen[at]gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )

Also, our mentor program for disabled/neurodivergent writers is open for mentee applications until the 20th (or so). Work one-on-one with a mentor for two months. The program is free! Application and eligibility is here.

Call for Submissions: Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal

Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal, based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, is accepting submissions now, until June 30. There’s no need to wait until the last minute!

What are we looking for? Previously unpublished work of good quality, on a variety of topics and in a variety of styles. We like poems about borders, including but not limited to our own border with Mexico. And not only geographical borders. We like a bit of Spanish, even a pair of poems, one in Spanish, one in English, as long as both are your own work. (Two people could submit together) We like free verse and we like forms, as long as they are done well. A poem longer than two journal pages (about 70 lines) would have to be very good indeed and shorter prose has a better chance than a piece pushing the 3,000-word limit.

We accept submissions by email or snail mail. For full guidelines and addresses, see our blog.

  • For email submissions, here are some things to remember: Send submissions as a single email attachment. Word (.doc or .docx) works best for us.
  • Include contact information in the document, as well as in the body of the email.
  • Include your name in the name of the file.
  • Put “Submission – poetry” or “Submission – prose” in the subject line of your email.

Writing Competition: Golden Walkman Magazine (Audio) Chapbook Contest

Golden Walkman Magazine (Audio)Chapbook Contest
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Judge: Jeff Mock
Prize: Determined by Submissions (usually around $200)
Entry: $10
Golden Walkman Magazine is a podcast literary magazine devoted to giving writing a voice. From now until the end of August, we will be accepting submissions of 30 pages or less regardless of genre. The winning manuscript will be published as an audiobook in 2020. Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Writing Competition: 2019 Perseroff Prize in Poetry

Breakwater Review is seeking submissions for our 2019 Peseroff Prize in Poetry!

Submission deadline: July 15.

Entry Fee: $10.00

Winning prize: $1000 and publication in Breakwater’s fall issue.

For more information, visit our website.

Writing Competition: The Moth Short Story Prize

There are still 3 weeks left to enter The Moth Short Story Prize!

Kit de Waal is our judge this year and, as ever, the prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as your story is unpublished.

1st prize €3,000; 2nd prize a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France; 3rd prize €1,000

Winning stories to be published in the autumn 2019 issue of The Moth

Previous winners include Caoilinn Hughes, Georgina Aboud, Nikki McWatters, Marc Phillips & Mandy Beaumont

The word limit is 5,000, and your story can be on any subject or theme

Entry fee of €15 per story (you can enter as many as you like)

Deadline: June 30, 2019

To enter, go here.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Call For Submissions: The Fictional Cafe

The Fictional Café Seeks Your Fresh New Creativity

Deadline: Submissions accepted year-round.

The Fictional Café is a Boston-based online zine which features fiction, poetry, fine art, photography, and podcasts. Now six years old and still free for everyone, “FC” creativity is received by over 600 Coffee Club members in 44 countries worldwide.

We Baristas at the Fictional Café are seeking new submissions, specifically in the areas of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, podcasts, and photography/fine art.

Please visit, get to know us, then consult our submissions guidelines. We can’t wait to see your work! 

Call for Submissions from Florida and Alabama Writers: The Emerald Coast Review

New, emerging, and established authors and artists living along the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama are encouraged to submit to the 20th anniversary issue of The Emerald Coast Review. Published by West Florida Literary Federation, Inc. since 1989, the biennial anthology enjoys a rich history of publishing diverse styles in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and art by regional writers and visual artists.

Nominal submission fees range from five to ten dollars and help defray the cost of publishing. Student discounts are offered. 

Artists and writers whose work is accepted receive a contributor’s copy and an opportunity to read or display their work at a book launch in early November during Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival.

Deadline is midnight June 15.

As a regional publication, the ECR only accepts submissions from authors/writers/poets residing in the following counties in Florida and Alabama: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay (Florida) and Escambia, Mobile and Baldwin (Alabama) and any member of West Florida Literary Federation.

To submit, go here.

Call for Poetry Submissions on Theme of the Cosmos: The Poeming Pigeon


From learning how to locate the Little Dipper to standing awe-struck under the Milky Way, humans have been asking: What's out there in the great beyond? Could we survive on Mars? What is dark matter? Are wormholes the secret to time travel? Our curiosity is as vast as the universe itself. Send us your best stargazing poems exploring the great beyond, string theory and black holes. Make a case for Pluto--planet or not planet? This theme is yours to take to the outer limits.

- Submission Period: April 15 - June 15, 2019

 - The Cosmos Issue of The Poeming Pigeon scheduled for release in Winter 2019/20.

- Every contributor receives a free copy of the book and opportunity to buy extras at a discount.

 - All Details, Guidelines and Submission Link can be found here.

We look forward to reading your poetry. If you have questions after reading the guidelines, contact Shawn Aveningo Sanders via:

 shawnATthepoetryboxDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)

Post-Publication Book Awards: 2019 Housatonic Book Awards

The nomination period is open for the 2019 Housatonic Book Awards, sponsored by the low-residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University in cooperation with the MFA Alumni Writer’s Cooperative (AWC).

The awards will honor one recipient in each of four areas: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for middle grades and young adults. All books published in 2018 are eligible.

Any author, publisher, editor, or literary agent may nominate a title in any of the four genres before the June 15th deadline. The recipient in each category will receive $1500, will give a public reading, and will conduct a workshop with MFA students.

Entry Fee: $25.00

The mission of the awards is to promote excellent writing,to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students, and to develop the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program scholarship fund. Recipients of the awards will appear on the WCSU campus in January and August, during the MFA program’s residency periods, according to MFA Coordinator Anthony D'Aries.

Past winners include Dick Lehr, Victoria Chang, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Leslie Jamison, and many more!

The AWC and the MFA program operate the Awards and select the winners, following the Ethical Guidelines of the Council of Literary Magazines and Publishers. The deadline for nominations is June 15, after which the AWC will select finalists. Recipients of the awards will be announced in October.

Nomination guidelines are available here.

Call for Submissions on Theme of Home: Mom Egg Review

Submissions are opening May 1, 2019 for the 18th annual print issue of Mom Egg Review/ MER, themed HOME. We publish literary work that is about mothering or motherhood; submissions for this issue should be about motherhood and this issue's theme of HOME. We publish poetry, flash and short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works (up to 850 words). We also seek mother-themed art.

Of Mothers and HOME
We seek work about motherhood in the context any of the many connotations of HOME. Some possibilities: Your childhood home, first apartment, the home you live in and create. Homelessness. Home land. Home base. Torn between homes. Also all the rooms of the home and what is done in them (kids’ room, kitchen, bedroom), the neighborhood, others’ homes, being away from home (hospital, travel), etc. Of course, as well, the earth is our home. The nature of “home”—is a home a place, a feeling, a center, a community? Can work be a home? Can a poem be a home?

Submissions ($3 fee) May 1 to August 1.
The issue will be published in April, 2020.

For more information and guidelines, and to submit, please visit our Submittable page.

We look forward to reading your work.
Mom Egg Review

Writing Fellowship: The Sally Buckiner Emerging Writers' Fellowship

Sally Buckner Emerging Writers' Fellowship
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The North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an annual Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, in honor of the late poet, editor, and educator. The Buckner Fellowship, in the amount of $500 awarded to one writer each year, supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence and commitment to a literary career.
Applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and will not have had yet the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. No specific academic background is required or preferred. Each year the program will accept applications from writers working primarily in one of four specified genres, rotated over a four-year cycle.
The 2020 Buckner Fellowship will support a fiction writer.
Fellowship recipients will use the $500 award to allay the costs associated with the business of writing: paper, printing, writing supplies, submission fees, research expenses, travel, conference registration fees, etc. In addition to the cash award, recipients will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the NCWN, as well as scholarship aid to attend the Network’s annual Fall Conference.
Applications will be accepted only through, from May 1 to June 30, annually.
Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:
* Writers must have established legal residence in North Carolina for at least one year prior to applying, and plan on residing in North Carolina through the Fellowship year.
* Writers must be between the ages of 21 and 35, as of December 31 of the year in which they apply.
* Students enrolled in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply, even if the focus of study is not directly related to writing. (If at any point during the judging process an applicant accepts an offer to study in a degree-granting program, please alert NCWN immediately to have the application pulled from consideration.)
* Fellowship recipients should “pay it forward.” Fellowship winners, in the course of their award year, are invited to help at least one other writer, in whatever fashion they see fit (mentoring, critiquing, providing a reference, etc.), carrying on Sally Buckner’s lifelong support of other writers.
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form and accompanying work sample, letter of support, and vitae by June 30.
For NCWN members, there is no cost to apply for the fellowship; for non-members, the application fee is $10. A committee appointed by NCWN will review applications, and invite finalists to interview with committee members. The Fellowship winner will be formally introduced at the Network’s Fall Conference. At the end of the award year, recipients will be required to complete a brief report on writing progress made over the past year.
The Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship seeks to support North Carolina writers as they navigate the challenges (and expenses) of the literary world, honoring and continuing Sally Buckner’s devotion to North Carolina’s literary tradition and community.
The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves writers of this state, providing education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write.
About Sally Buckner:
A native of Statesville, Sally Buckner received her bachelor’s degree from Women’s College (now UNC-Greensboro) and her doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill. With a background as a journalist, she subsequently taught every level from kindergarten through graduate school, including twenty-eight years as a faculty member at Peace College, inspiring thousands of young people to find their own unique writing voices. Buckner’s published nonfiction, fiction, and poetry can be found in numerous journals, and in1986, her collection of poetry, Strawberry Harvest, was published by St. Andrews Press. Other poetry collections include Collateral Damage (2008) and Nineteen Visions of Christmas (2011). Buckner edited two well-known anthologies of North Carolina literature: Our Words, Our Ways: Reading and Writing in North Carolina (1991) and Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry (1999). Buckner’s leadership and involvement with state groups, including the North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, North Carolina English Teachers’ Association, North Carolina Women Writers’ Conference, as well as hundreds of committees, councils, and conferences, is legendary. Buckner was the recipient of awards including The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, The Ragan-Rubin Award, the R. Hunt Parker Award, the Sam Ragan Award, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission Medal of Arts Award, the Wake County YWCA Academy of Women Arts Award, and an honorary doctorate from William Peace University.
For more information about the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and NCWN, visit our website or contact June Guralnick, Fellowship Program Coordinator, at:
juneguralnickATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Post-Publication Book Awards: The Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018

The Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018

Call for Submissions for Poetry Books Published in 2018

Up to 5 winners will be selected and awarded $100.00 each. To submit either a chapbook or full length collection in English, please send book with a note stating title, date of publication and author's contact information to:

Shoshauna Shy
Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards 2018
Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf
PO Box 5015
Madison WI 53705

Deadline: JULY 15th 2019
Winners Notified: OCTOBER 1st 2019

No fee to submit

In an effort toward impartiality, entries from residents of Wisconsin U.S.A. are not eligible

Books declined for an award will be distributed to local Little Libraries throughout Madison, Wisconsin

Questions? Contact Shoshauna Shy:

poetryjumpsoff[at]gmail[dot]com (Change [at] to @ and [dot] to . )