Calls for Submissions
Nebo: A Literary Journal is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, comics, art, etc. Nebo: A Literary Journal is Arkansas Tech University's literary journal and has been publishing quality work for forty-five years, publishing writers from all over the world. Please include a brief, third person author bio of no more than 100 words. Submissions should include no more than 5,000 words of prose, five poems, or twenty pages of comics. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine. Please notify if work gets accepted for publication elsewhere. Nebo is also happy to accept reprints from print journals (let them know where the piece was published previously) Submissions must be sent as an attachment to email@example.com.
Orison Books is open to submissions in the following categories: nonfiction, poetry in translation, and anthology proposals. All types of nonfiction work are considered, including essays, memoir, literary criticism, etc. Minimum word count for fiction and nonfiction is 30,000. Submissions from both agents and authors are accepted. Send a complete manuscript and include an author biography in the cover letter when submitting online. For poetry in translation, minimum length is sixty pages in English. The translator must have permission to publish the translations, or the original work must be in the public domain per U.S. and international copyright law. For anthology proposal submissions, single or multiple-genre anthology proposals are accepted. Send one-page description of the anthology, biographical information for the editor(s), and upload thirty pages of sample content. All submissions must be sent through Submittable. For more guidelines and to submit, please visit (orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit)
Valparaiso Fiction Review, an semi-annual journal of short fiction, is now considering submissions for their Summer 2017 issue (Volume 6, Issue 2). Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished fiction, and they should range from 1,000 to 9,000 words with possible exceptions. Use a twelve-point font, double-space, and .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats. Include name and email on the first page of each submission. No novels can be submitted. Excerpts from novels are acceptable only if selected piece operates as a stand-alone story. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but the author should notify VFR immediately should a submitted piece be accepted elsewhere. For any additional questions, contact one of the editors, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete guidelines and submissions link, please visit (scholar.valpo.edu/vfr/guidelines.html)
Sinkhole Magazine is seeking submissions for micro fiction & nonfiction (1,000 words or fewer), as well as thoughtful essays about politics, economics, culture, and society. For detailed submission guidelines, check out (www.sinkholemag.com)
Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry, is accepting submissions for its spring submissions. Previously published work, the rights to which are owned by the poet, are welcomed. Work that seeks to proselytize or to promote a particular spirituality or approach over another won't be considered. Four poems per submissions are accepted. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Submit poems along with a short bio (four lines, max) of the poet as a Word document in twelve-point, Times New Roman font. Include name, email, and bio in the attachment with poems. Submit work to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Feature poets by invitation only. For more information, please visit (www.soul-lit.com/guidelines.html)
Epic Protest Poems is open to submissions for "Epic Protest Poems: The Trump Years." They are curating this epic poem as their first project. They invite all poets to write one line, of no more than twenty-five words to be considered for inclusion. The concept is to gather lines of poetry that will become an epic poem as one line is added for every day that Trump is in office. Deadline: January 31, 2021. For more information, please visit (ovsmagazine.submittable.com/submit/bc743f99-2f89-491e-bf46-80e6c1a33f65/the-epic-presidential-poem-the-trump-years-everyday-lines)
Opossum, a journal that seeks to explore the intersection between literature and music, is now accepting submissions on a rolling basis. Opossum publishes three times a year online and once a year in print. Submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essays and interviews are accepted. Opossum only accepts submissions via Submittable. No email submissions will be read. Flash fiction/nonfiction: under 1,000 words in length. Submit an accompanying artist's statement explaining how your work engages the world of music. Poetry: Poems can be of any length, as long as they're animated by music. Submit an accompanying artist's statement explaining your work relationship to music. Nonfiction and Fiction: up to 9,000 words in length and submit accompanying artist's statement explaining how your work engages the world of music. For more information, visit (opossumlit.com/submissions) To submit, visit (opossumaliterarymarsupial.submittable.com/submit)
Tiny Text is a Twitter journal that publishes compelling concision in the form of Twitter-length fiction and memoir on all topics. Follow us on Twitter (@Tiny_Text) and email all submissions/inquiries to email@example.com. Send up to three stories or micro-memoirs and include Twitter handle. We only publish prose of 140 characters or less (and spaces count). Serial stories, as long as all sections are Twitter-length and can stand alone while also building a larger plot, are accepted. Please allow four weeks before sending more work or inquiring.
30 North is currently seeking submissions for their journal of undergraduate art and writing. 30 North is looking for work by college students in all genres, including short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and art. Please submit at (northcentralreview.submittable.com) For more information, visit (30northblog.wordpress.com)
Helen: A Literary Magazine is open for submissions: Poetry (four poems with a twelve-page limit), Flash Fiction (50-1,000), Short Stories (1,500-4,000), Essays & Personal Narratives (1,500-4,000), art, and photography. Helen also features video exclusives from our print issues as well as an ongoing blog series called Friday Night Specials. No theme or genre restrictions. Helen offers token payment. To submit, please visit (helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit)
The New Verse News seeks current event poetry. 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 at (a target="_blank" href="http://www.newversenews.com/">www.newversenews.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.
Moonglasses Magazine seeks submissions. Founded in 2015, Moonglasses Magazine is a monthly online publication devoted to providing a unique home for literary humor. Accepting submissions for our first issue in several categories: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and two specialty categories: "Between the Couch Cushions," which features writing that doesn't fit in traditional categories, and "Things We Wrote When We Had Acne," which accepts middle and high school writing so bad it's funny. For our complete submission guidelines, please visit (www.moonlightglassesmag.com/submission-guidelines). There are no submission fees. Moonglasses Magazine accepts work on a rolling basis via email.
Creative Nonfiction Magazine is seeking submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of ADAPTION, original essays illuminating the ways in which the need to keep up with a rapidly-changing world drives the work of scientist, designers, thinkers, innovators, farmers, soldiers, medical professionals, teachers, and others and affects the lives of prisoners, patients, refugees students, travelers, and other citizens. $3,500 will be awarded for the best essay, and all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate (everything published goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations). There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a four-issue (one year) subscription to Creative Nonfiction Magazine (US addresses only) Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay, becoming a subscriber is recommended) as entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs, $25 subscription rate is not offered internationally) Submissions by mail acceptable. Postmark deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017. Mail essay plus a cover letter and reading fee to address that can be found when visiting the link below. Deadline to submit online: 11:59 Eastern Time, Monday, February 6, 2017. To submit online, (creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/67788/adaptation). Complete submission guidelines are available at, (creativenonfiction.org/submissions/adaption)
Center for Women Writers is accepting submissions for their International Literary Awards in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. There is a $1,000 award in each category and a $150 award in each category for an Honorable Mention, at the judge's discretion. Competition is open to anyone writing in English, except current Salem Academy and College employees and students. Submissions must be previously unpublished. Fiction submissions are up to 5,000 words and creative nonfiction submissions are up to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions must be three poems and each poem must appear on a separate page. No single poem can be more than 100 lines. Submissions received between January 1, 2017 and February 15, 2017 pay the regular contest fee of $15. Judges in each category are: Wendy C. Ortiz for Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction, Mahogany L. Browne for Rita Dove Award in Poetry, and Meera Nair for Reynolds Price Award in Fiction. Deadline to submit is February 15, 2017. For more guidelines and to submit, please visit (center4womenwriters.submittable.com/submit)
Epiphany Magazine presents the Spring Writing Contest in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The fiction judge will be Rebecca Curtis, author of Twenty Grand and Other Tales of Love & Money. The nonfiction judge will be New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Harrison. The poetry judge will be Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri. The contest is open to all writers. The first place winner will receive $400 along with publication in Epiphany Magazine and five contributor copies. The runner up will receive $100 along with publication and five contributor copies. The entry deadline is: February 20, 2017. Entry fee is $15. No postal submissions. Submit online at (epiphanymagazine.submittable.com/submit)
Causeway Lit, the online component of Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose run by graduate students of the Fairfield University MFA program, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. For fiction and nonfiction, submit up to twenty-two pages using Submittable. Title the submission with the title of the piece. Double space and use twelve-point font. For poetry, one to three poems (maximum ten pages) are allowed. Include all poems in one document. Use single space and twelve-point font. Include the titles of all poems, a brief bio with contact information. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if Causeway Lit is notified of acceptance elsewhere. Previously published work is not eligible. Deadline: February 25, 2017. For more information and to submit, please visit (causewaylit.submittable.com/submit)
Pegasus seeks submissions. Pegasus is a regional journal that publishes only high school and undergraduate students currently enrolled in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, or South Carolina high schools, colleges, and universities as well as alumni, faculty, and staff of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Accepting submissions for: high school prose (fiction/nonfiction), high school poetry, high school art, high school photography, college prose (fiction/nonfiction), college poetry, college art, college photography, and ABAC faculty/staff/alumni submissions. Cover letter with contact information (address, phone) required for all submissions and should be included in the appropriate box on the submissions page. Cover letters should include a short three to five sentence biographical statement (in third person). For complete guidelines and to submit online, please visit (pegasus.submittable.com/submit)Submissions close February 28, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
Waypoints is now accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and art for the journal's third issue. For poetry submissions, send three to five previously unpublished poems (that includes personal blogs or other online publications). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. For fiction submissions, send up to 6,000 words of unpublished fiction. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Published work is eligible for the Editor's Choice award of $50. For art submissions, send three to five images of your work using the form found on the link. Submit high resolution images of: painting (works on canvas), printmaking, photography, or illustration (charcoal, pencil, or ink). No digital entries will be accepted (photography aside). Deadline: February 28, 2017. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (waypointsmag.com/submit)
The Matador Review is accepting submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and poetry for the fourth issue, the Spring 2017 publication. The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly. All work must be sent electronically to email@example.com with "Submission: Name, Title" in the subject line (for example, "Submission: Jane Smith, 5 Poems"). Works should be attached to the email as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Submissions should be typed with twelve point Times New Roman type. Add a cover letter into the body of the email that includes your first and last name, email address, the title of your work(s), and a brief bio (100 words or less). Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, however, notify if work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are welcomed as well, but please submit only once per genre per issue. For fiction and creative nonfiction, work must be under 10,000 words. Only submit one piece per submission. For flash fiction that is under 1,000 words, you may submit up to three pieces. Include all pieces within one document. For poetry, submit one to six poems within one document. Deadline: February 28, 2017. For more information, please visit (www.matadorreview.com/submissions)
Summer Literary Seminars, in connection with its upcoming programs in Georgia (July 9th-22nd, 2017) and Kenya (December 2017), and in conjunction with their partner, Fence Magazine, announces the SLS 2017 literary contest. SLS is accepting submissions of fiction and poetry for the contest. First place winners in poetry and fiction will have the choice of attending, with all expense paid, one of SLS's innovative 2017 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, and will have their work published in Fence Magazine. Each prize includes airfare, tuition, and housing. Second place winners will receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice; third place winners will receive a fifty percent tuition discount. A number of fellowships will be offered to contest participants based on the quality of their submissions. Submit up to three poems of ten pages or a story or novel excerpt of up to twenty-five pages (double-spaced). Multiple entries are permitted, provided each is accompanied by a separate reading fee. Submitted work must be unpublished (unless it has been published on a personal website or social networks). Submit through Submittable. Entry fee is $17. Deadline: February 28, 2017. For more information, please visit (sumlitsem.org/contests). To submit, visit (sumlitsem.submittable.com/submit/71881/sls-fiction-poetry-contest-2017)
&Now Books presents the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize. &Now Books invites applications for a prose writer under forty years old, with no major book publication, to spend three weeks in residence at Lake Forest College during the spring 2018 term. The winner will also receive $10,000, and book publication (pending approval by the editors) by &NOW Books, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. The residency will correlate with the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, which will feature the Plonsker Prize winner. The contest will be judged by Carmen Giménez Smith. Only the first 200 submissions will be considered. Send in one file without your name, contact information, or other identifying marks. Include a one-page statement of plans for completion along with a thirty-page excerpt of a prose manuscript in progress. Entry deadline: March 1, 2017. Your cover letter, pasted into the text box, should include the basic details about yourself: education, employment, significant publications, etc. These may be in narrative form. Submit online at (andnowbooks.submittable.com/submit/51060). If you have further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon Poetry Association presents its "Spring 2017 Poetry Contest." The winners will all be published in Oregon Poetry Association's annual anthology Verseweavers. There are seven categories: Poet's Choice, limit eighty lines, any subject, any form, judged by Ellen Bass; Members Only, six to twelve lines, any subject, any form, judged by Barbara La Morticella; Open Form, limit forty lines, judged by Mike Maggio; Traditional Form, Literary Ballad, judged by Barbara Drake; New Poets, any form, any subject, limit thirty lines, judged by Sheila Black; Oregon/Pacific Northwest, limit forty lines, what turns you on about writing about our region, judged by Charles Goodrich; and Themed: Narrative, limit forty lines, tell a story, true or imagined, judged by Robert Hill Long. First place for the Poet's Choice Award will receive $100, second place will win $50, and third place will win $30 dollars. For the rest of the prizes, first place will receive $50, second place will win $30, and third place will win $20. Entry deadline: March 1, 2017. Entry fee: $7 flat rate for members of OPA and $15 for nonmembers. To submit online please visit (opa.submittable.com/submit). To send submissions via mail, submit two copies of each poem, one with your name and contact information and one without. On both copies, indicate category and your poem's line count in the upper-right corner. Please submit your unfolded poems in a nine-by-twelve envelope. Mail your entries by March 1, 2017 (postmark) to OPA, Contest Entries, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293. For more information and guidelines, please visit, (oregonpoets.org/spring-contest-opens)
TINGE Magazine, Temple University's online literary journal, is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. TINGE prefers submissions in the following file formats, in order of preference: Microsoft Word (".doc"), Rich Text Format (".rtf"), and PDF (".pdf"). Please add the proper file extension to the file name, which should be the title of the piece, e.g, "The Errand.doc" Cite your name and contact information on the top of the first page. Prose pieces should be double-spaced. In the "Cover Letter or Bio' field, please write a short bio that lists previous publications and awards. Make only one submission to TINGE during each two-month reading period. Simultaneous submissions to other publications are permitted, but let TINGE know immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Entry deadline: March 1, 2017. There is no submissions fee. Online Submissions only. To send work, please visit (tingemagazine.submittable.com/submit). For more information, please visit (tingemagazine.org)
Parks & Points & Poetry is open for poetry submissions that reflect upon nature, outdoor exploration, and accompanying moments of adventurousness or self-reflection. Submit one to five poems, the name of the location (park, public land, or designated outdoor space) that inspired the poem or poems, and a short bio to email@example.com. Deadline: March 1, 2017. Relevant photographs that might accompany poems can be included. For more information, please visit (www.parksandpoints.com/poetry)
Subprimal Poetry Art is looking for poetry and flash fiction that is crafted, urgent, lyrical, compelling, mythical, concerned with spiritual revelation, uses rhythmic sensual, vivid imagery and deals with fundamental truth. For poetry and flash submissions, submit up to three prose/ prose poetry pieces, around 350-750 words a piece, or three to five poems, or a combination. Put everything in a single document. Start each piece on a separate page. Maximum five pages (not including an optional cover letter.) Put name and email address in document. For art submissions, submit three or four images in JPEG or PNG format. A Word or PDF document with a cover letter, artist statement, and any descriptions can be included. For essay submissions, maximum 2,000 words and can be about writing or another creative process such as painting. Online submissions only. Deadline: March 2, 2017. For the complete guideline and link to submit, please visit (subprimal.com/submission-guidelines)
Origami Poems Project is now accepting poems for the 2017 Origami Poems Kindness Contest. Origami Poems Projects have been publishing free micro-chaps of poetry since 2009. Submit up to two original and unpublished poems that suggest and/or convey the concept of kindness. Simultaneous submissions are okay but notify if accepted elsewhere. There is no submission fee. Winning poems (First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mentions) will receive a copy of our 'Best of Kindness' anthology. Deadline: Sunday, March 5, 2017. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (origamipoemsproject.submittable.com/submit)
Ponder Review is accepting submissions of fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, new media, and art for their spring issue FIRSTS. Ponder Review is a new magazine of the low res MFA in Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. They are looking for submissions that tell about the entrant's first, whether it is first job, first child, first kiss, etc. Deadline: March 6, 2017. Format of submissions: Times Roman, twelve point. All prose should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced. Ponder Review will not accept previously published material or multiple submissions per issue. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but contact Ponder Review if work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (ponderreview.submittable.com/submit).
Colorado Review presents the 2017 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. The prize is given annually for the best short story. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Colorado Review. This year's final judge is Richard Bausch. Friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni. Entry fee: $17 to submit online; there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Stories must be previously unpublished. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under fifty pages. Postmark deadline: March 14, 2017. The winner will be announced by July 2017. All submissions will be considered for publication. Submit at (nelliganprize.submittable.com). For more information, please visit (coloradoreview.colostate.edu)
Selected Shorts presents the 2017 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Writing Contest for short fiction. The winner will be selected by Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies. The winner of the contest will receive a $1,000 prize, a free ten-week course with the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York City, and will have their story read as a part of the nation-wide radio show Selected Shorts at New York's Symphony Space in May 2017. The story will be recorded for possible broadcast as part of the public radio series and published on (www.electricliterature.com). Open to writers of all ages. Submissions must be unpublished work. Stories may be on any theme and must be no more than 750 words, and must have a title. Entry fee is $25 per story sent in. Selected Shorts will not accept mail submissions. Stories received in the mail will be returned unread with your uncashed check. The submission deadline is March 15, 2016. The winner will be announced on selectedshorts.org in April 2017. Please visit (www.selectedshorts.org/extras/writing-contest-2) to submit your work.
Gyroscope Review calls for submissions for its spring issue, due out April 1, 2017. Gyroscope Review is open to all genres of contemporary poetry including science-fiction, fantasy and horror. Be subtle, not preachy. Please don't send love poems at this time. Emerging and established poets welcome. Send no more than four poems. Entry deadline: March 15, 2017. No entry fee. For more information, please visit, (www.gyroscopereview.com/home/guidelines).
Prairie Schooner presents its "2017 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest" The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Prairie Schooner prefers that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least fifty pages long. Novels are not considered; manuscripts comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (please do not send a single novella or a collection of novellas). Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. Manuscripts that have been previously published, which includes self-publication, are not considered. Prairie Schooner accepts electronic submissions as well as hard copy submissions. A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner. For hard copy submissions, author's name should not appear on the manuscript. Include two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript, and the other listing the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. An acknowledgements page listing the publication history of individual stories or poems may be included, if desired. No application forms are necessary. Address for hard copy submissions: Prairie Schooner, 110 Andrews Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0334. Deadline: March 15, 2017. For further guidelines and the link to submit electronically, (prairieschoonerbookprizeseries.submittable.com/submit). For more information, please visit (prairieschooner.unl.edu/book-prize?q=submit).
Number One: A Literary Journal is accepting submissions of poetry and prose for their 2017 issue. Number One is a journal that publishes poetry, fiction, essays, creative nonfiction, and interviews about places and the people who inhabit such places. Many writers that have written on the topic live in the American South, but Number One is open to including work by writers from around the world. For poetry, submit up to three previously unpublished poems, no more than forty lines each. For prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), submit up to six pages of unpublished prose, double spaced, and word count not to exceed 1,300 words. Provide a brief cover letter with name, address, email address, and the titles of poems or prose in the submission. Include a brief biography to be printed if work is selected. For email submission, send two copies of work, one with name and one without, via email attachment in a ".doc", "docx", or ".rtf" file to firstname.lastname@example.org. For mail submissions, send two copies of each work, only one of which includes your name to: Number One, Humanities Office, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066. Number One is published annually each fall. Submission deadline: March 15.
Creative Nonfiction Magazine is daring writers to write original and groundbreaking stories in the spirit of Frankenstein—but nonfiction. That is to say, Creative Nonfiction Magazine is looking for true stories that explore humans' efforts to control and redirect nature, the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology, and contemporary interpretations of monstrosity. Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Creative Nonfiction editors and a judge (to be announced) will award $10,000 and publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication for runners-up. All essays will be considered for publication in the winter 2018 issue of the magazine. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. Essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a rigorous fact-checking process. There is a $20 reading fee, waived for current subscribers. You can also submit and become a subscriber, extend your subscription, or give a gift subscription by submitting $25 to include a four-issue (one year) subscription to the magazine (US addresses only) Multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay, becoming a subscriber is recommended) as entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs, $25 subscription rate is not offered internationally) Submissions by mail acceptable. Postmark deadline: March 20, 2017. Deadline to submit online: 11:59 Eastern Time, March 20, 2017. For complete submission guidelines, visit (creativenonfiction.org/submissions/dangerous-creations-real-life-frankenstein-stories) To submit, please visit (creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/59244/dangerous-creations-real-life-frankenstein-stories)
Bethlehem Writers Roundtable is now accepting submissions of short fiction or memoir (2,000 words or fewer) of paranormal stories for their 2017 Short Story Award. The first place winner story will receive a $200 cash award and publication of the winning story in either the Bethlehem Writers Group's upcoming anthology of paranormal stories, Untethered: Sweet, Funny, and Strange Tales of the Paranormal, or as a featured story in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. Publication anticipated in 2018. Second and third place winners will receive a cash award ($100 and $50 respectively) and publication in Bethlehem Writers Roundtable. This year's guest judge is New York Times best-selling author Carrie Vaughn. Entries must be no more than 2,000 words. All entries must be previously unpublished, and adhere to the Terms and Conditions found in the link. Only online submissions are accepted. There is a fee of $10 per story. Submission deadline: 11:59 EST on March 31, 2017. All payments must be received through PayPal no later than 11:59 EST on April 1, 2017. For the complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwritersroundtable/short-story-contest)
Concrete Wolf is accepting submissions for their 2017 Concrete Wolf Louis Poetry Book Award. The poetry book award is for poets age fifty and over who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection. The winner will receive seventy-five copies of a full-length, perfect-bound book. Postal and email submissions are accepted. The winner will be announced in the fall of 2017 and published in the spring of 2018. Submissions must be forty-eight to sixty pages of poetry, plus a table of contents and acknowledgements (if applicable). Number the pages. Include two cover sheets, one with title, author information (including email and phone), and one cover sheet just with the title. Simultaneous and multiple submissions okay. There is a reading fee of $30, checks payable to Concrete Wolf. Postmark deadline: March 31, 2017. For postal submissions, SASE for results only. Include a ten-by-twelve postage-paid envelope stamped with $4.50 postage. Mail to: Concrete Wolf, P.O. Box 445, Tillamook, OR 97141. For email submissions, pay the $30 fee with PayPal. Email the manuscript as a Word.doc file or .rtf file to ConcreteWolfPress@gmail.com. Please include PayPal receipt. For more information and the paypal links to pay if submitting online, please visit (www.concretewolf.com/current/LouisAward.htm).
Tall Grass Writers Guild and Outrider Press is seeking submissions in poetry and prose for its Literary Anthology Contest. Prizes included $500 cash prize for poetry and $500 for prose, previous published material and simultaneous submissions are okay, just indicate it on entry form. The non-refundable entry fee is $18, reduced to $14 each for TWG members for each category. Judges to be announced. For poetry, each group and/or partial group of one to four poems (thirty-two line maximum w/spaces). Title of each poem will need to be entered and please provide a separate file for each poem. Include name and email address on each page. For prose fiction and nonfiction: 2,500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works are okay. Include author's name and email on title page. Deadline: March 31, 2017. For the complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (tallgrasswritersguild.submittable.com/submit).
Fairy Tale Review is accepting submissions of prose, poetry, artwork, and translations for the Charcoal Issue, to be published in early 2018. Fairy Tale Review is a literary journal dedicated to publishing new, inclusive, and innovative fairy-tale prose and poetry. For the Charcoal Issue, Fairy Tale Review is interested in fairy tales that challenge the current political climate, fairy tales that resist outdated norms or binaries, fairy tales that reconfigure the faults of older stories, and fairy tales that expose abuses of power. Submissions must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Only one submission per genre. For prose (fiction and nonfiction) submissions, submissions must be up to 8,000 words of a single prose piece, or up to three flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in twelve point font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. For poetry submissions, submit up to five poems, totaling no more than ten pages. For artwork submissions, submit up to ten pieces of any original artwork, illustrated text, and graphic work (comics, black-line drawings, etc.) Artwork must be in high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) to be considered. For translation submissions, work should be translated to English. Provide proof of permission to translate and/or indicate public domain material. Submit up to 8,000 words of a single prose piece or up to three linked flash pieces of prose each under 1,000 words, or three to five poems, totaling no more than ten pages. For prose, manuscripts should be double-spaced, paginated, and in twelve point font unless the form of the piece dictates otherwise. For poetry, format can be dictated by the work in question. Deadline to submit: March 31, 2017. For more information and to submit, please visit (fairytalereview.submittable.com/submit).
American Media is accepting submissions of poetry for the Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. American Media is the leading provider of news and analysis for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. Each entrant must submit only one unpublished poem on any topic. The poem should be thirty lines or fewer and not under consideration elsewhere. Poems will not be returned. Poems should be sent in via Submittable, or postal mail. Include contact information. Poems must be postmarked or sent in via Submittable between January 1 and March 31, 2017. The winning poem will be published in the print edition of America and receive a cash prize of $1,000. For postal submissions: Foley Poetry Contest, 106 W. 56th Street, New York, NY 10019. Questions can be directed to the Poetry Editor, Br. Joseph Hoover, S.J. at email@example.com. For complete guidelines and to submit through submittable, please visit (americanmedia.submittable.com/submit).
Belmont Story Review is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its second issue. They are looking for submissions from emerging and established writers, and are also open to submissions of narrative journalism in the areas of music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture. All submissions must be previously unpublished in either print or electronic form, but Belmont Story Review is only accepting submissions electronically. All submissions may be made through BSRsubmissions@gmail.com. Submit one story or portfolio of up to twelve poems per email. A cash honorarium of $50 for prose and $25 for poetry or flash fiction will be awarded to authors who have been accepted. Deadline: April 1, 2017. For complete guidelines, please visit (belmontstoryreview.com/submit).
Killer Nashville is accepting submissions of manuscripts for the 9th Annual Claymore Award. The contest is limited to only the first fifty pages of unpublished English-language manuscripts containing elements of thriller, mystery, crime, or suspense NOT currently under contract. Submissions can include action, adventure, alternate history, fantasy, horror, mystery, sci-fi, speculative, suspense, thriller, and western manuscripts, and any of their derivatives (Self-published manuscripts are considered already published and are not eligible.) Entry fee: $40. There is an additional $100 if entrant wants submission to be critiqued by industry peers. Authors are welcomed to submit new drafts of altered entries up until the deadline of April 1, 2017. Authors may submit more than one entry. Charge will be assessed for each entry. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (killernashville.com/claymore).
Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the Sixth Annual Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry. The winner receives $1,000, publication in Evansville Review and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2017 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm. The reading opens the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, which is devoted to metrical poetry. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend the conference. This year's judge is Deborah Warren. Entry deadline: April 1, 2017. Entry fee: $6 per poem. For more information and guidelines, please visit (www.frostfarmpoetry.org/prize).
Barely South Review presents the 2017 Norton Girault Prize in Fiction judged by Karen Salyer McElmurray. The winner receives $500 and publication in Barely South's fall 2017 Issue. One runner up will receive publication. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2017. The entry fee is $10. Online submissions only. Submit your work at (barelysouth.submittable.com/submit/10158). Please visit (barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/submission-guidelines) for more information on the contest.
Sink Hollow, the national undergraduate literary journal at Utah State University, is seeking polished pieces of undergraduate work for its debut issue to be published in the spring of 2017. Accepting 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. Entry deadline: April 1, 2017. No submission fee. Submit your work at (sinkhollow.submittable.com/submit). Please visit (www.sinkhollow.org) for more informaiton.
Rusty Scythe Publishing is seeking previously unpublished short stories and essays to be included in a printed collection to be called The 2017 Scythe Prize. The goal of the collection is to celebrate new voices in a book that includes both fiction and creative nonfiction from current undergraduate and graduate students. There are no formal, genre-specific, or stylistic restrictions. There is no word limit. English is required. Submissions should be sent via email as Word or PDF files to the series editor, Eric Forrest, firstname.lastname@example.org. With your attachment, please include full name and name of school. Top story and essay will receive a $200 prize. Other selected submissions will be included in the printed book, due late 2017. For more information, please visit (scytheprize.wordpress.com).
Orison Books is accepting submissions of book-length manuscripts for the 2017 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction. This year's judges are poet Carl Phillips and fiction writer David Haynes. The winner in each genre receives $1,500 and publication. Entry fee is $30. Deadline to submit online: April 1, 2017. Finalists are also considered for publication. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (orisonbooks.submittable.com).
Press 53 is now accepting submissions for their 2017 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction. First prize is $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication). A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine. Final judge for the poetry category is Rebecca Foust, author of Paradise Drive and winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry, and the final judge for the short fiction category is David Jauss, author of Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories. Submissions are one unpublished poem or story. The poem should be no more than three pages in length (no word count needed) with numbered pages and spaced according to the poet's intended style. The short story should be 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in twelve-point type with numbered pages. Writers may enter either or both categories. Multiple entries require separate reading fees. Reading fee: $15 per entry and is nonrefundable. Competition is open to any writer anywhere in the world whose entry is unpublished and written in English. Entries will only be accepted through Submittable. Deadline: April 15, 2017. For the complete guidelines, please visit (www.primenumbermagazine.com/Awards_2017.html). To submit, visit (press53.submittable.com/submit).
Tahoma Literary Review is open for submissions to its tenth issue. Submissions of short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and creative nonfiction flash are being accepted. Accepted work is paid professional rates. Feedback options are available for fiction and nonfiction submissions. Deadline: April 20, 2017. For full information and guidelines, please visit (tahomaliteraryreview.com). To submit, please visit (tahomaliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit).
Rat's Ass Review is now accepting submissions of poetry for their collection, Such an Ugly Time. Such an Ugly Time is starting now and will run through the first 100 days of the Trump administration (ending April 30, 2017). It is looking for poems that reflect the varied views and thoughts and reactions of poets across the world. It is also asking for unpublished work and is additionally asking for the right to publish your poem(s) in an anthology. Submit no more than five poems. Include a brief (no more than 150 word) bio. Submit poems to email@example.com. For more information, please visit (ratassreview.net/?page_id=81).
Gunpowder Press announces the third annual Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, awarded to an original full-length manuscript of poems. The prize honors Barry Spacks, an influential poet and teacher. Winner will receive $500 and publication by Gunpowder Press with fifty author copies. Gunpowder Press is honored that Jane Hirshfield has agreed to be final judge for this award. Original manuscripts of 48-100 pages. Entry deadline: April 30, 2017 via Submittable. Entry fee: $25 (includes a copy of the winning manuscript). More details at (www.gunpowderpress.com).
Trio House Press presents two awards, the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. Each award winner receives $1,000 and twenty copies of his or her book. Additionally, each winner must serve as a collective member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication in order to assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print. Entry deadline: April 30, 2017. Entry fee: $25 per manuscript for all award-reading periods. Manuscripts accepted online only. To submit, visit the Trio House Press website at (www.triohousepress.org).
Hourglass Literary Magazine presents its second international writing competition for Best Short Story, Best Poem, and Best Essay. This competition is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin). The winning entry in each category will receive $1,000 as prize money, apart from a symbolic artifact (clepsydra), digital stamp and diploma, and a printed copy of the Hourglass Literary Magazine No. 2. Works can be sent in .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt and .pdf format, with font size not exceeding twelve point. Contest is anonymous and will be blind judged. Documents should only contain the name and text of the story, poem(s), essay. Personal details should be included in the Cover letter of the submission too. Online submissions only through Submittable. Deadline: April 30, 2017). For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (hourglass.submittable.com/submit). Official website: (hourglassonline.org).
The Great River Shakespeare Festival is accepting entries for the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. Over $2000 in prizes are offered, with a $5 entry fee for up to three sonnets. No fee for entrants in the seventeen and under category. Submissions should be made through the online process, with payment option by PayPal or check. Deadline: June 1, 2017. If this process presents a hardship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions for entering by mail. For the entry form, please visit (sonnetcontest.org/sonnet-contest/entry-form)
Leapfrog Press is accepting submissions of literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction for The 2017 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Books that have been self-published will be considered "unpublished" if fewer than about 200 copies were printed. Online submissions through Submittable accepted only. Use the title as it appears on the manuscript as the file name when submitting online. Be sure there is no identifying information anywhere in the file (author name or address), including on the title page and in page headers. There is a reading fee of $33. If you prefer to pay the reading fee by physical check, please contact through email at email@example.com. First prize is a publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards. Deadline: June 1, 2017. For more information, please visit (www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm). To submit, visit (leapfrogpress.submittable.com/submit).
Creative Nonfiction Magazine is seeking true stories for an upcoming issue about the theme, STARTING OVER. The theme, STARTING OVER, is about a time when you or someone else took a do-over, "snuck a mulligan," or hit the reset button, whether by choice or not. Personal stories as well as profiles are welcomed. Above all, Creative Nonfiction is looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. All essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Everything published goes through a rigorous fact-checking process, and editors may ask for sources and citations. Submissions by mail accepted. Postmark deadline: Monday, June 19, 2017. Deadline to submit online: 11:59 Eastern Time on Monday, June 19, 2017. There is a $3 convenience fee for online submissions. Subscriber's fees are waived. Complete submission guidelines and details available at: (www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions/starting-over)
Milk Journal is now open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual artwork. To familiarize yourself with the journal, read Milk Journal's first issue, now available on their website. Poetry: Send up to five poems in a single document. Prose: Send a single story of up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces should not exceed 250 words. Nonfiction: Send a single piece of up to 5,000 words. NEW! Any type of visual art (photography, drawing, painting, graphic design) will now be considered. Please send up to five pieces. Entry deadline is June 30, 2017. No entry fee. Please visit (www.milkjournal.net) for further submission guidelines and information.
Mudfish is accepting submissions for its thirteenth Mudfish Poetry Prize Contest. Mudfish is a journal of art and poetry (and some fiction) with featured work from the best established and emerging artists and poets. The thirteenth Mudfish Poetry Prize Contest is to be judged by Philip Schultz, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Failure. First prize is $1,200 and publication. Second and third prizes are publication. All poems considered for publication. $20 for three poems, $3 for each additional poem with checks made out to Box Turtle Press. Submit by mail to: 184 Franklin Street, Ground Floor. New York, NY 10013. Deadline: July 15, 2017. For more information, please visit (www.mudfish.org)