Monday, June 1, 2020

Call for Submissions: Black Lawrence Press

Call for Submissions

June Open Reading Period

Black Lawrence Press seeks innovative, electrifying, and thoroughly intoxicating manuscripts that ensnare themselves in our hearts and minds and won’t let go. During our June and November Open Reading Periods, we accept submissions in the following categories: novel, novella, short story collection (full-length and chapbook), poetry (full-length and chapbook), biography & cultural studies, translation (from the German), and creative nonfiction. We are now also accepting proposals for anthologies.

Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail. 

Submit your work here.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Call for Submissions on Themes of Road Trips or Dive Bars for Two Anthologies: Hippocampus


Cheaper airfare, among other factors, led to the decline of the family road trip. But Clark Griswold is our hero. His family’s zany road trip to Wally World in 1983 is indeed fiction, but this brilliant screwball comedy also might remind us of our own adventures crossing the country in a car full of people and a cooler full of snacks.

We’re looking for (true) road trip stories of up to 5,000 words for this essay collection. While Route 66 and other now desolate U.S. highways immediately come to mind when thinking of road trips, we are interested in stories from around the globe. Maybe you were the Clark of your family. Or maybe one of your parents was. Maybe your road trip was for fun and adventure, but perhaps it was a more somber destination. Maybe you were in a car, or maybe you were in an RV. Maybe you camped along the way or checked into roadside motels. We’d all entertain solo travel stories, with or without a car (maybe you hitchhiked to the other coast).

What we are most looking for are stories with strong characters and an arc that take place in a mobile setting.


I (Hippocampus publisher Donna) grew up in coal country in Northeast Pennsylvania, a place where some towns and boroughs boast playfully that they have the most drinking establishments per capita. The blue-collar region has many gems of corner and dive bars that have been open for generations. And many of them look almost the same as they did on opening day. Whenever I go back and visit and pass these places, I’m just filled with nostalgia for neighborhood gathering spots.

There’s something special about these places: maybe it’s the jar of jerky, the big canister of pickled eggs, the rack of tiny bags of potato chips behind the bar. Maybe it’s the stories you hear — or tell.

For this essay collection, we’re looking for stories that are set in or revolve around a corner bar/dive bar (or small pub or tavern). Like the ROAD collection, we’re seeking stories up to 5,000 words with strong characters and arc. We’re open to stories that explore all aspects of these establishments: we know it was not always fun and games. 


Submissions open Jan. 15, 2020, and the deadline is Jun 15, 2020. We will begin reviewing submissions in earnest after the deadline.

Contributors receive $50 honorarium and two contributor copies.

Submit your work here.

Writing Competition: Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Award

An award of $1000 plus book publication of the winning manuscript is open to anyone writing in the English language. It is not open to friends, employees or relatives of The Bitter Oleander Press.

Entry Fee: $28.00
  • Translations are not eligible for this award.
  • You may send your entry through the US Postal Service, but do not send it certified with a return-request receipt. Include a stamped self-addressed postcard for receipt notification purposes.
  • Online submissions will be allowed through our SUBMITTABLE format when the competition opens on May 1st, 2020 until it ends on June 15th, 2020
Full submission guidelines and Submittable link here.

Writing Competition: 2020 New American Fiction Prize

Winner receives a publication contract, including a $1,500 advance, 25 author's copies, and promotional support.




Entry Fee: $25.00


All full-length fiction manuscripts are welcome, including novels, novellas, collections of stories and/or novellas, novels in verse, linked collections, as well as full-length collections of flash fiction and short-shorts. Full-length fiction manuscripts tend to be at least 100 pages. There is no maximum length.


To submit, please access our convenient online submission manager, which saves paper and helps keep things organized.


This year's final judge is NICK WHITE, a Mississippi native whose books include the novel How to Survive a Summer (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2017) and the story collection Sweet and Low (Blue Rider/Penguin, 2018). Nick is an Assistant Professor of English at The Ohio State University's MFA Program in Creative Writing. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Guernica, Catapult, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Lit Hub, and elsewhere. You can also enjoy interviews with Nick at Rolling Stone, Kenyon Review, and the Maximum Fun and KR podcasts. He is currently at work on a new novel.

Call for Submissions: Wanderlust: A Travel Journal

We accept submissions all year and spread out different themes across the months. Please see our website for themed deadlines and guidelines for submission.

We're curious to hear from those who love to wander and write about their experiences. It's a compulsion, a restlessness that keeps many of us on edge and on the move.

Be specific. Be generous. Take us with you. We're interested in your journeys, the dark underbelly, the compulsions and the incredible moments of joy that split you open. Tell a story rooted in travelling. So please: Take us with you.

The focus is on connection across the world. Keep that in mind.

Call for Submissions to Anthology on Theme of Domestic Abuse: McFarland & Company

Writings on Domestic Verbal, Emotional, and Physical Abuse

Deadline: October 15, 2020

We are seeking work by survivors of domestic abuse. Creative nonfiction, memoir, flash nonfiction. Please note that at this time we are not accepting poetry.

The book will be published by McFarland & Company; contributors will receive a complimentary copy. Please send your submission in Word, with a brief cover letter and 50 word bio to Judith Skillman:

 jskillman54ATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

and Linera Lucas:

lineralucasATalumniDOTreedDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

This text is dedicated to all those who dared to break the silence.

Call for Submissions: Mental Snapback Podcast

Mental Snapback Podcast is Looking for Your Recovery Stories!

Submissions accepted year-round.

Mental Snapback Podcast is looking for your mental health recovery stories to be featured in our episodes. This podcast is for everyone and anyone who has experienced mental illness, whether it be that you have experienced acute or chronic illnesses yourself or someone you love has experienced them. We know the struggle, and we don't want to invalidate that. However, we want to hear about the other side—the recovery of your struggles—to build a foundation of hope for whoever may need it.

Currently, we only accept creative nonfiction in the form of essays. 

Acceptance of manuscripts occurs on a rolling basis, and they will be read aloud on weekly podcast episodes.