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Narrative is looking for short stories, short


 shorts, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, one-act plays, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction.

The one criterion is excellence.

Prior winners and finalists in Narrative contests have gone on to win other contests and to be published in prize collections, including the Pushcart Prize, Best New Stories from the South, an Atlantic prize, and others. View some recent awards won by our writers.

Contest Deadline: November 30.

All entries will be considered for publication.

  • $3,250 First Prize
  • $1,500 Second Prize
  • $750 Third Prize
  • Ten finalists receive $100 each.
  • See the Contest Guidelines.

    Read works by previous winners here.





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    Seeking literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction

    Reading period is August 15-December 1. Send all correspondence to:

    Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor

    Front Range Review, FRCC

    4616 S. Shields

    FT. Collins, CO 80526.


    Significant Letters: Messages from the Sidelines of the Transgender Community

    This is an anthology written by and for the loved ones and significant others of adult transgender people. The focus of this anthology is the true, personal stories and experiences of those who are in close relationships with transgender and gender transitioning people.  We are accepting letters, stories, poetry, and black-and-white art, photography, and comic strips.  For submission guidelines, contributor benefits, and contact info, visit

    Deadline: December 31, 2011





    Blueline, A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems and stories relating to the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on the shaping influence of nature.


    Also seeking essays that interpret the literature and/or contemporary culture of the Adirondack region or surrounding areas, including New York State, New England, or eastern Canada. The editors especially welcome ecocritical essays or non-fictional short memoirs based in the region’s literature. Submission period is September through November 30. Decisions in mid-February. Payment in copies. Submissions must not have been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are considered as long as they announced as such. Send manuscripts to The Editor, Blueline, 125 Morey Hall, Department of English and Communication, SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, NY 13676. Blueline welcomes electronic submissions, either in the body of an e-mail message or in Word or html formatted files. Mail to:


    The Iowa Review


    Only welcomes unsolicited submissions during September, October, and November. Pays: $25/first page and $15/each additional page, "whether of poetry or prose."



    Call for Fiction


    Valparaiso Fiction Review (VFR) is now accepting submissions of original short fiction for the Spring 2012 issue, scheduled for
    publication in May. The editors of VFR seek unpublished work from new, emerging, and established writers of fiction.

    Authors are encouraged to visit VFR and follow the guidelines for submission:



    Call for Submissions: Kweli Journal

    Finally a smart and well curated literary space for writers of color that encourages experimentation. A place to commune. A place to read new contemporary voices that deserve our attention. Bravo!
    Angie Cruz, author of Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee, a finalist for the Impac Dublin Award in 2007.

    Kweli has featured the prose of Jeffery Renard Allen, Angie Cruz, Victor LaValle and Nelly Rosario, . . . the poetry of Santee Frazier, Lorna Goodison and John Murillo, . . . and photo essays by Thomas Sayers Ellis, Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Emily Raboteau.

    Upcoming issues will feature Jennine Capo Crucet, Camille Dungy, Amaud Johnson and Aaron Michael Morales.

    Add your voice. Share your visions. Join us.

    Deadline: September 16, 2011

    Submit your work to:


    Visit for details.

    Payment is upon publication.


    The Ledge 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition

    Details: htttp://

    PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the published chapbook.

    SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.

    ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2011.

    NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

    PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in April 2011.

    POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2011.


    The Ledge 2010 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
    40 Maple Ave.,
    Bellport, NY 11713

    Pebble Lake Review Open for Submissions




    Pebble Lake Review is interested in poetry, fiction, and book reviews/interviews of high quality and serious intent. We regularly print work by both well-known and emerging writers. We recommend potential contributors read the magazine before submitting.

    How to Submit: Please note that our submission deadline has changed. PLR will only accept submissions September 1 to February 1 each year. We will also only accept submissions via email. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    All submission must include a cover letter listing name, address, email, and brief bio. Work must be sent in an attached Word or RTF file or pasted into the body of the email. We will accept simultaneous submissions (if noted), no previously published material, no multiple submissions. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be returned unread. Response time is typically 3-4 months.

    Poetry: Send a maximum of 5 poems care of Amanda Auchter, Editor, following the general guidelines above. Send poems to, either as a Word or RTF attachment or pasted into the body of the email. All poems should appear in one attachment. Please do not send: greeting card verse, amateur/children’s poetry, or erotica.

    Fiction/Nonfiction: Submissions will only be accepted via emailed query/solicitation. Send queries to, as Word or RTF attachment only.

    Interviews/Reviews: Query before sending interviews. We review books/chapbooks of poetry and short story collections. Please send one copy (no manuscripts) to address below. Include SASE, cover letter, and optional press kit. Materials are not returned. If submitting a review, send complete manuscript (500-750 words), and cover letter listing publication credits, to Note that not all books/chapbooks are selected for review.

    Payment/Terms: Acquires one-time online rights. Rights revert to author upon publication. We request that Pebble Lake Review be cited upon all subsequent publications, including book/anthology publication.

    CAVANKERRY press


    Seeks short poetry and prose for the Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep You Company, Volume II, a collection of narrative/lyrical pieces designed to help reduce the stress experienced by those waiting for medical care. Focus should be positive and center on life's gifts or humor and needn't be related to health or the medical experience. Submit up to 5 pieces, none longer than 1-2 pages (double spaced for prose). Refer to the current edition (, click LaurelBooks, click WRR) for sample themes. Work should be unpublished or if already published, writers whose work is selected will be asked to secure permissions for its use. E-mail submissions only by October 15 to and include WRR in subject line.


    Contests: So To Speak, Feminist Journal


    Winners in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are awarded $500, 2 complementary issues, and publication in the journal. The three finalists are also featured in the journal. All contest entrants receive a free issue! Use the online submission manager.


    Deadline: October 15, 2011


    ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities


    International literary magazine exploring illness,  the body, healing, and the culture of medicine accepting submissions.. Fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and art-work are preferred.

    The Baltimore Review


    Publishes poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction from around the nation and the world. Traditional and experimental forms are welcome.

    Length for prose: 6,000 words maximum. For poetry: Submit between 1-4 poems. No previously published work. Payment is in copies.

    We also accept art and photography submissions with a Baltimore theme. Send copies only, as well as a cover letter telling us about yourself and your work.

    Submissions are read year-round. Our editorial staff is composed of volunteers, so please allow up to 6 months for a response. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

    IMPORTANT: We accept regular submissions for publication via our online submissions system ONLY. Please do not send regular submissions via postal mail , as they will be returned unread.


    Please access our online submissions system at 

    We sponsor three annual writing competitions:

    Creative Nonfiction Competition (January 1st - April 1st)
    Poetry Competition (April 1st - July 1st)
    Short Fiction Competition (August 1st - December 1st)

    See our contests page for information about our current contest. Contest entries are accepted through postal mail only. No email contest entries will be accepted.

    We look forward to the opportunity to review your work. Please read through a sample issue of the journal to get a sense of the kind of work we publish.



    MYTHIUM: A Journal Of Contemporary Literature Celebrating Writers Of Color And The Cultural Voice


    Seeking  poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction submissions for spring 2010 issue

    See for full submission guidelines


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    Guest Judge: Andrew Sean Greer
    First prize: $1,000
    Second prize: $500
    Third prize: $250
    The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
    The deadline is October 1, 2010. Results will be announced at the website December 15, 2010, and in the Spring 2011 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2011 issue.
    Complete Contest Guidelines:
    We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.
    We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
    Entries must be complete by 11:59 P.M. PDT on October 1, 2010


    The 2010 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contest 


    Fiction Prize: $1,000 & Publication 

    Poetry Prize : $1,000 & Publication



    1. Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three (3) previously unpublished poems with a $15 reading fee payable to Third Coast.  Please send each entry separately and clearly mark whether it is a poetry or fiction entry. 

    Send entries and reading fee to:

    Third Coast 2010 Fiction or Poetry Contest

    Department of English

    Western Michigan University

    Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331


    2. Each $15 entry fee entitles entrant to a 1-year subscription to Third Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for subscription.

    3. All manuscripts should be typed (fiction entries should be double-spaced), and accompanied by a cover letter with the author's name, contact information (address, telephone, and email address), and entry title(s). Please include entry title(s) and page numbers on all manuscript pages.  The author’s name and  identifying information should only appear on the cover letter; identifying information must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

    4. Simultaneous submissions are permitted; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately. If a poem or story is chosen as a finalist, Third Coast requires that it be withdrawn from any other publication considerations until the winner is selected. If the poem or story is scheduled to be published elsewhere before September 2010, please do not submit it.

    5. Winners will be announced in February 2011  All contest entries will be considered for regular inclusion in Third Coast.

    6. Writers associated with the judges or Third Coast are not eligible to submit work to the contest.

    7. No money will be refunded. Submissions will not be returned; send SASE for results only.



    New Criterion Poetry Prize for a book-length manuscript of poems that pay close attention to form.Winner receives $3,000 and winning manuscript will be published by St. Augustine's Press. Judges = Roger Kimball, David Mason and David Yezzi. Entry fee = $25 by certified
    check or money order. Entry fee must accompany each entry. No personal checks. Winners announced Feb. 2012. Manuscripts not returned. Entries
    must be postmarked by Sept. 30th.
    Mail manuscripts to:
    The New Criterion Poetry Prize
    900 Broadway, Suite 602
    New York, NY 10003
    Deadline: postmark deadline Sept. 30, 2011


    Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize


    Now in its 21th year, the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize awards over $15,000 annually in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction.  But that's not all: winners are featured in the spring issue of The Missouri Review and flown to Columbia (MO!) for a gala reading and reception.  Three runners-up in each category receive cash prizes and are considered for publication.

    Deadline: Oct. 1, 2011

    The Missouri Review holds two annual contests, the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry, and the recently instituted Audio Competition.

    Call for Submissions

    Conte, an online journal of narrative writing, announces an open call for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  We welcome submissions from emerging writers as well as established voices. Direct queries to Deadlines, submission guidelines, and past issues available at

                                          Briar Cliff Review


    Seeks quality poetry, fiction, humor/satire, Siouxland history, thoughtful nonfiction, book reviews and art: line drawings, photos (clear b&w), woodcuts, computer graphics and other camera-ready b&w art work. Past issues have included contributors such as Pushcart Prize winner Josip Novakovich, New Yorker’s Bill Franzen, Carol Bly, Jenna Blum, James Doyle, Patrick Hicks, Michael Carey, Diane Glancy, Gaylord Brewer, Connie Wanek, Vivian Shipley, Sandra Adelmund, Diane Frank, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Margaret J. Hoehn, and Mary Crow.

    Manuscripts submission period should open up this month.


    Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment

    “Notes from the Field” Contest


    Do questions of environment play a role in your writing?
    Have you discovered hidden or submerged evidence of the natural world in
    cityscapes and urban landscapes?  
    Do you find yourself writing short stories and personal essays that have
    a focus on place, landscape, and the environmental imagination?   This may be your market.




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