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Call for Submissions
When the publishing world revs up,
don't fall behind.
Narrative is looking for 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
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.
Read works by previous winners
For guidelines, see
Seeking literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction
Reading period is August 15-December 1. Send all correspondence
Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor
Front Range Review, FRCC
4616 S. Shields
FT. Collins, CO 80526.
Significant Letters: Messages from the Sidelines of the Transgender
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
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:
http://www.kwelijournal.org for details.
Payment is upon publication.
The Ledge 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition
PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the
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.
SEND ENTRIES TO:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
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
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
OPTIONS ARE CONTEST ENTRIES, WHICH MUST BE
SENT VIA POSTAL MAIL (see below).
Please access our
online submissions system at www.baltimorereview.org/submissions.
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
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 www.mythiumlitmag.com for
full submission guidelines
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FOURTEENTH ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT
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
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,
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.
12TH ANNUAL NEW CRITERION
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'
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
See August Edition of Writers Wanted