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 Seeking women’s poems and short personal essays (max. 500 words) about experiences of widowhood (de facto or de jure): Bereavement (sudden or following illness/long vigil), mourning rituals, grieving, other people’s responses, coping strategies, spiritual resources, support systems (or lack thereof), evolving social life (isolation, work, friends, dating), re-building (including but not limited to finding new love or focus). We are a published poet/editor and a scientist/professor, both widowed. Manuscript will be submitted to trade publishers. Payment: contributor’s copies. Deadline June 30. Send with SASE for reply to: The Widow’s Handbook, 1427 Commonwealth Ave. #401, Brighton, MA 02135.




A magazine about the issues of our time-how we live, what we value, what sustains us. Published six times a year, it is a forum for ideas about creating a healthy planet and healthy human communities. Orion publishes nonfiction, short stories, interviews, poetry, reviews, and imagery related to this exploration. Orion is meant as a lively, informative, and provocative dialogue, and we look for compelling writing that connects readers to important issues. We do not publish material that is academic or theoretical. Orion's feature articles and departments are open to submissions from freelance writers. From $400 to $1000 for feature-length articles. Payment is made upon acceptance. Orion purchases first North American serial rights.





Now accepting inspirational short stories and poems illustrating the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing powers animals have on us for our latest anthology. 1,500 words max. No fee to submit. Deadline: March 15.






Sees submissions:  emerging press dedicated to exploring how we tell the stories of our lives, and pushing the structure of memoir, seeks

 crafty short memoir of varied forms (journals, prose, poetry, letters, illustrations, anecdotes, photos, collage, etc.) and lengths (100 words–25 pages) for anthologies and more.

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Nelson Algren Awards


Offering awards for fiction, nonfiction.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest



Prizes of $1,000, $500, $250 will be awarded, plus four Publication Royalty Awards of $150 and three Encouragement Awards of $75 each. Winning entries will be published. Submit any type of short story, essay or other work of prose, up to 8,000 words. You may submit work that has been published or won prizes elsewhere, as long as you own the anthology and online publication rights. $10 entry fee, payable to Winning Writers. Judge: Tom Howard. Submit online or mail to:  Winning Writers Attn: Tom Howard Short Story Contest 351


Northampton, MA 01060 Postmark deadline: March 31



Sweet publishes emerging and established writers three times a

--September,January, and May. Past contributors include: Lee Martin, Tim Seibles, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Ann Panning, Aimee Nezhukamatathil, Nin Andrews, Dinty W.Moore.

Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction, graphic nonfiction and anything in between. Sorry, fiction writers! We read submissions all year.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your
work has been taken by another literary journal (we'd like to be the first to
congratulate you). Our preferred submission size is 3-5 poems. For creative
non-fiction, we prefer 2-3 short-short creative nonfiction pieces or one longer
one. Essays should not exceed 3,500 words total.

For Graphic Nonfiction: Sweet welcomes submissions of previously unpublished
nonfiction cartoons, graphic narratives and photo essays that demonstrate both
artistic and literary merit. We are interested in traditional forms and new
innovative techniques. Submissions can be in color or black and white. Please
format submission in a single .doc, as a .pdf or a .jpg series.

We accept submissions through our online submission manager. Please include a
brief cover letter and bio with your submission. Also, after sending us a portfolio of work, please wait to hear back before sending another.
If you have any questions, email:


 Narrative Winter 2011 Story Contest