Thursday, August 21, 2014

Call for Submissions - August 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter.  We've been busy with our 2014 Summer Residency program, but now we're back in action! Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 

Red Wolf Journal seeking poetry on theme "celebration and ritual"

Red Wolf Journal is an online international poetry journal that is published quarterly. They are inviting emerging and established poets to submit their work for publication in the Fall 2014 issue, which has the general theme of "celebration and ritual." Feel free to follow this theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Our intention is to spread poetry as far as it can travel. Please join us on the journey. Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2014.  More information and a link to our submission guidelines can be found here:

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives

Tahoma Literary Review, a professional pay journal, is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6000 words.  We're also open to flash submissions (up to 2,000 words). We are dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process. Guidelines are available at

Barking Sycamores accepting poetry short fiction and art

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art for our unthemed Issue 3, Fall/Winter 2014, which will publish October 1 – December 31, 2014. Works on nearly any subject will be considered, as well as essays on neurodivergence and the creation of literary works. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested writers consult our submission guidelines ( before sending any work to us.  Submission period: July 1 – September 15, 2014.

Gulf Coast Journal Contests in Short Prose and Translation

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. For more details:

Gulf Coast is also accepting entries for the inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize. In 2014, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. For more information:

Deadline for both contests is August 31, 2014.

Fogged Clarity Chicago Arts Review accepting submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Winter 2014 edition. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit:

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference October 31 - November 1, 2014

You’ve just finished your first publishable work and you’re wondering where to turn next. Come to the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (directed by our own Heather Gemmen Wilson)—a two-day event at Anderson University (Indiana) that focuses on helping writers get published. You’ll be able to attend seminars on how to write proposals, why and how to work with agents, and other useful information. Most importantly, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your work to editors and agents. Additionally, all conferees may enter the IFWC writing contest for cash prizes, which is judged by publishing professionals.

Mslexia Memoir Competition

We're looking for memoirs written by previously unpublished women memoirists. Submissions need to be the first 5,000 words of a full-length memoir, written in prose, and narrate actual events in your life. Deadline is September 22.  For complete details:

2014 American Literary Review Awards Open for Submissions

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2015 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.  Deadline is October 1, 2014.  There is a $15 reading fee per entry (poetry entry is one to three poems).

Off the Grid Press Award for Poets over 60

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. For details, call (617.629.2541), e-mail, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

Portland Review Seeking Fall Submissions

Portland Review is now open for a new batch of submissions. Our submission period for our upcoming Fall 2014 issue spans from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. We are looking for well-crafted fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and blends of these to publish in our print issue and on the web. All submissions must be sent through Submittable ( ). General and genre specific guidelines can be found on our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.  You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here for submission guidelines.

Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, this contest awards one winner with a $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.  Deadline is September 30, 2014. Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at:

Videos from 2014 Summer Residency

If you missed your chance to be on campus for the MFA summer residency, you can still experience a small bit of Ashland by watching videos from this year's residency. Here are links to the videos that are available from this summer (not all sessions were recorded):

Kristen Iversen 

  • Reading (July 20, 2014)
  • Craft Seminar: "The Art of Weaving Memoir and Journalism" (July 21, 2014) 

Rosanna Warren

Angie Estes, Leila Philip, and Joe Mackall

Stephen Haven

  • Poetry Craft Seminar "Contrapuntal Movements in the Personal Poem: Lowell & Levis" (July 23, 2014)

Steven Harvey and Robert Root

Judith Kitchen

Kate Hopper and Thomas Larson

Thomas Larson

  • Craft Seminar "Reaching Across the Aisle: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Cross-Genre’?" (July 25, 2014)

Deborah Fleming, Steven Harvey, and Norman MacAfee 

Anna Knutson Memorial and Alumni Reading

Sarah Freligh

  • Craft Seminar "I, You, He, She. . . : In My Point of View" (July 28, 2014)

David St. John

Jill Christman, Robert Root, and Kathryn Winograd

Sarah M. Wells

  • Craft Seminar "Getting Connected: Literary Citizenship" (July 30, 2014)

Stephen Haven, Mark Irwin, and Tom Montgomery Fate

For more videos from past summer residencies, visit the MFA website. Faculty video archives are listed with each faculty member bio.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Call for Submissions - June 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. Prizes of $1,000 each are offered in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Deadline: July 1, 2014

Prose should be limited to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than three poems (max five pages). Work previously published (including on the internet) cannot be considered.

For complete guidelines: 

The Frank Martin Review accepting Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry and Blogs

The Frank Martin Review – a new, semi-annual, independent literary journal based out of Columbia, South Carolina – is currently accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for their print edition.

For detailed submission guidelines, please visit

Contributing and guest bloggers are also being considered including interviews, book reviews, and essays on just about anything related to writing and today’s literary dialogue. For more details visit our blog page:

The Examined Life Journal Call for Submissions

The Examined Life Journal is accepting new submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry until September 1, 2014. The journal is seeking works related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions. Submissions are sent electronically, and there is no fee to submit. For more information about the journal, see: , where you may also read a sample from the current issue. For information on submissions, see:  

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.

Deadline is August 1, 2014 (postmark date). Entries can be sent by regular mail or email.

Full contest details, including past winners and a recent interview with this year's judge, Priscila Uppal, can be found online: 

Gigantic Sequins summer contest and call for submissions

Please help spread the word about the Gigantic Sequins 3rd annual summer contest series in poetry and flash fiction, judged respectively by Dawn Lundy Martin and May Jonhson. GS is accepting submissions only through our Submittable account and more information can be found there and on our official site's contest page.

We'll accept contest submissions until July 15.

We are also open for general submissions until August15. 

New contest for mid-career poets

Leslie McGrath will serve as Series Editor for our new contest, The Tenth Gate, named after Jane Hirshfield's marvelous essay collection, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Entrants must have two or more poetry collections previously published by a literary press. $1000 prize, standard contract, promotion. Deadline: July 15. Contact with questions. 

International Short Story Competition

Kingston Writing School (London) Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition.

Submissions accepted from May 1 to June 20, 2014.

Entry fee 10 pounds per story

5,000 word maximum

First prize is 3,000 pounds, with two runners-up prizes of 500 each.

The winner will have the opportunity to have his/her work considered for publication by Kingston University Press. Shortlisted and winning stories will be published in a Winners Anthology.

For more information 

Plougshares call for long stories and essays

Ploughshares literary magazine is accepting submissions for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website

Afterimage Writing and Photography Project

Submit writing to “Inklight,” a meeting place of creative writing and photography published on the web site of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism published at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. For this unique project, photographers submit original work, which is selected to be posted on the Afterimage web site. Writers then submit original creative writing inspired by one of the images on the web site (engaging in the process of ekphrasis). New “Inklight” features will be posted on our web site regularly and archived indefinitely.

The selection of photographs on the web site is augmented often and we accept writing on an ongoing basis. For the current selection of photographs, please visit: Submit ONE piece of writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 750 words or 25 short lines as a Word document email attachment to with “Inklight Writing” in the subject line, and include in your email the title and name of the artist of the work you are responding to. No critical responses, please.

Our project’s web page, and examples of previous works can be found here:

Fogged Clarity Call for Submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Autumn 2014 and Winter 2014 editions. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Please address all poetry, non-fiction and music submissions to Benjamin Evans at All fiction should be addressed to Dylan Brock at Visual art for consideration should be sent directly to Ryan Daly at Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Call for Submissions - May 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions.

The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry
( is inviting submissions for June 2014 issue.

1. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio-data.

2. The research papers/essays should be not less than 3000 words.

Mason's Road

Mason’s Road: A Literary and Arts Journal is currently accepting submissions for our ninth issue. The theme for Issue #9 is “Truth,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

All submissions will be given thorough consideration for publication. However, your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 award. For this issue, the award will go to the best entry we receive, as judged by Bill Roorbach, the award-winning author of Life Among Giants.

Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. Please look here for submission guidelines.

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry 
Deadline: May 15, 2014

$2000 plus publication for the winning manuscript. Details at

Winning Writers Contest
Deadline May 31: Our Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

The top story and top essay will each earn $1,000 and featuring on our home page. Ten honorable mentions will receive $100 each. All 12 winners will be published on our website.

Submit any work of prose on a theme related to sports, up to 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished submissions are welcome. The entry fee is $16. Submit as many entries as you like.

Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Ellen LaFleche. Read the past winning entries in our archives.

Submit online here.

TQ4 Prose Contest Now Open!
Deadline: May 27, 2014

Final Judge: EJ Levy
First Prize: $1,000

Please send us one, single, solitary piece of prose: any style or sensibility, 15 pages or less. Truly, we mean it: one piece of flash/micro/sudden fiction, one creative non-fiction piece or essay, one short story, one peculiar hybrid: we want it all, we want one at a time (your best), and we want 15 pages or less (if your best is a 100 word flash, that's what you should send).

You can read all about the final judge, EJ Levy, here.
For complete guidelines, please click here.


Also for Tupelo Quarterly 4, we'd like to read your stories of teaching and learning moments in which the teacher is as implicated as the student, and there are some real stakes in the lessons. These may happen in or out of a classroom, formally or informally.

Creative nonfiction of any style is welcome: one paragraph or page, a few pages, up to ten - give us your art of transformational moments in education.

Send via Open Submissions in Submittable. We look forward to hearing your stories.

Tinderbox Poetry Journal Call for Submissions

The new literary magazine Tinderbox Poetry Journal is now open for submissions! We're looking for all forms of poetry--be it formal to experimental, free verse to hybrid voices, lyric and narrative, language and visual, and all else. We are also interested in critical pieces--in this, we mean essays or on craft, poetic issues, interviews, conversations, the like.

Tinderbox launches on June 21 and its first issues will include work by DA Powell, Ed Skoog, Amy Gerstler, Rachel Richardson, Farrah Field, Leslie Harrison, Jennifer Firestone, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Ray Gonzalez, among others.

Submissions accepted here:

Barking Sycamores Call for Submissions
Barking Sycamores invites poems and artwork for Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2014. Our theme: “If Thine Eye Be Single”.We invite poems and artwork related to the ideas of focus, devotion, obsession, single-mindedness, and vision. Neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, synesthesia) artists and poets are encouraged to interpret this theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. Please consult submission guidelines( before sending any work to us. Submission period: May 1 – June 30, 2014.

Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The Prairie Schooner literary journal is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the first annual Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, awarded to collections published in 2013 by an African poet. The nomination period ends July 1. We appreciate your forwarding this e-mail to anyone in your organization wishing to nominate someone for African Poetry prize.

Winners of the Glenna Luschei African Poetry Prize will receive $5,000 and recognition at a ceremony in a major US city. There is no fee to nominate a collection. To be eligible for the prize, the collection must be:

  • Submitted before July 1, 2014.
  • A book of original poetry, in English, published during 2013, written by any African national, African resident, or poet of African parentage with roots from any country, living anywhere in the world.
  • A standard edition of 48 pages or more in length.
  • Original poetry, or poetry in translation.
  • Published by a recognized press; self-published books are not eligible.
To nominate a collection for the Glenna Luschei African Poetry prize, please mail the attached nomination form, along with four (4) copies of the collection, to the address printed on the form. Full guidelines are available on the prize website at

This prize is made possible through the African Poetry Book Fund and the generosity of Glenna Luschei.

Literature Today Call for Submissions
Literature Today, a new literary Journal, is inviting poems and short stories for its first issue.

Theme of our current issue is 'Man and Nature'. You can send us poems and short stories on :

1. Beauty of nature.
2. Destruction of nature by Man.
3. Natural hazards and Man.
4. Conflicts between Man and Nature.
5. Any other themes relating to nature.

Submission Deadline: July 10, 2014

Submission Guidelines:
1. Send not more than 4 poems.
2. Send not more thank 2 short stories.
3. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously
unpublished (both print and online), and not under consideration for
publication elsewhere.
4.Send all submissions to
5. Please send a cover letter and a short Bio-data with your submission.

Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest 

We are now accepting submissions for our annual Prairie Schooner Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest. Have an essay you've been working on? You have until August 1st to send it our way!

This year's contest will be judged by Judith Ortiz Cofer, author of Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, a hybrid work that combines essay, poetry, and personal remembrance, as well as many other books, including 2011's If I Could Fly.

The contest is open to all types of creative nonfiction essays. To submit, there is an entry fee of $18, which includes a subscription to Prairie Schooner. The author of the winning essay will receive a $250 prize and publication in our Spring 2015 issue. Submissions can be made through Submittable.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.

Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from thousands of entries for publication. Last year, Poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for winners and finalists - a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally; a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners; £500 prize money for each category winner and editorial coverage on the Aesthetica Blog.

Visit for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is 31 August 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Looking for literary inspiration? CLICK HERE to pick up a copy of last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

Gertrude Press Call for Submissions

Gertrude Press is a non-profit literary and arts organization promoting queer and allied authors and artists. Gertrude publishes two journals per year and two chapbooks—one for fiction and one for poetry. Since Gertrude first came out in 1999, more than 220 LGBTQA authors/artists have seen their work featured in its pages. 

We welcome submissions for the journal from new and established writers and artists on a year-round basis. Submitters and their works need not be queer in nature to be considered for publication—we welcome writers and artists from all backgrounds!

Visit and submit your work today!

Profane Call for Submissions

Profane is seeking submissions! We're looking for poetry, CNF, and fiction. There are no strict guidelines regarding form or content. We're looking to be surprised by brave, weird, and/or personal work. This issue will be curated from a mix of open and solicited submissions, and will include work by both emerging and established authors.

We are currently accepting artwork, as well.

To get a better sense of what we're about and what we're looking for, you can visit our website at and our submissions manager at

You can also follow us on Twitter (
and like us on Facebook (

Poor Yorick Call for Submissions

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture. We accept every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium.

For our fall 2014 online inaugural issue, we are still seeking short fiction and nonfiction work. Please review our submissions guidelines and submit your work at:

Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions

Tahoma Literary Review is a new, print quarterly (with digital reader options available) that is dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry and fiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process.

TLR offers professional payment by dedicating a substantial portion of our total income to support authors. Payment for fiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and cover art is $25 to $50. The amount is determined by the revenues received from submission fees, print journal sales and contributions from sources such as donors and foundations. To ensure transparency, we publish an audited quarterly revenue statement to verify the funds received for each submission period.

In return for their fees, submitters also get access to our secure Endnotes area, featuring interviews, craft articles and much more. For guidelines, payment details, and editorial philosophy, please visit us at

Monday, May 5, 2014

Angie Estes Selected as an NEH Summer Scholar

Angie Estes, MFA poetry faculty member, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Angie Estes will participate in a (seminar or institute) entitled “Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction." The four-week program will be held at the University of York, York, England and directed by Dr. Sarah Blick (Kenyon College) and Dr. Laura Gelfand (Utah State University).

The 16 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $3300 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Topics for the 30 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: literature, the arts, and cinema since independence; American Maritime People; America's East Central Europeans: migration and memory; arts, architecture, and devotional interaction in England, 1200–1600; black aesthetics and African diasporic culture; bridging national borders in North America; Dante’s Divine Comedy: poetry, philosophy, and the city of Florence; Daoist literature and history; George Herbert and Emily Dickinson; Jewish Buenos Aires; the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires: citizenship, belonging and difference; mapping nature across the Americas; the meanings of property; medieval political philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian; Mississippi in the national civil rights narrative; the Mongols, Eurasia, and global history; mortality: facing death in ancient Greece; performing Dickens: Oliver Twist and Great Expectations on page, stage, and screen; pictorial histories and myths: “graphic novels” of the Mixtecs and Aztecs; problems in the study of religion; reconsidering Flannery O'Connor; reform and renewal in medieval Rome; representations of the “other”: Jews in medieval England; Socrates; Tudor books and readers: 1485–1603; the federal government and the American West; the visual culture of the American Civil War; westward expansion and the Constitution in the early American republic; World War I and the arts; World War I in the Middle East.

The approximately 437 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 113,925 American students the following year.


Angie Estes, poet and independent scholar, also teaches poetry writing at Ashland University and lectures nationally on the relationship between poetry, the visual arts, and medieval and Renaissance culture. During the NEH Summer Seminar at York, England, “Arts, Architecture, and Devotional Interaction in England, 1200-1600,” she will be working on her sixth book of poetry, which focuses on the poem as an interactive site of meditation and performative pilgrimage.