Friday, September 12, 2014

Calls for Submissions - September 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. 

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. Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2014.
Submission guidelines are at http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/fall-2014-issue-3/.

The Puritan's annual literary contest for poetry and fiction

The deadline to enter poetry and fiction submissions to The Puritan's annual literary contest, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is September 30. This year’s contest features $2000 in cash prizes, publication, and prize pack of books valued at over $750 each! This year’s winning entries will be chosen by celebrated Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsie Gartner.
http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

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.
http://www.faithandwriting.com

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 http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

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: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html

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. 
http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest.html


Missouri Review prizes in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction

The Missouri Review’s 24th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.  This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers. October 1, 2014 deadline.
http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize for Women

The 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry is open for submission until October 31, 2014. This contest is open to American women who have yet to publish a full-length book. The winner receives publication with Persea, $1,000.00, and the option of an expenses paid six-week residency in Italy.
www.perseabooks.com

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

Mason's Road is now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

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. Please look here for submission guidelines.


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: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

Essaying the Body Electric New Essay Contest

Welcome Table Press is pleased to announce its first essay contest, Essaying the Body Electric. The winning submissions will be selected by judge Robert Atwan, series editor of Best American Essays. Five cash prizes will be awarded. The winning submissions will be published as part of a new online series and eventually, in a print anthology. October 1 deadline.
Complete guidelines at https://welcometablepress.submittable.com/submit.

So to Speak Contests and Journal Submissions

So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art is now open for submissions. Additionally, our nonfiction contest judged by Jennifer Percy and our poetry contest are open for submissions. So to Speak welcomes both new and established writers of all genders, writing about all topics. We are looking for strong, artistic work that is asks questions, inspires, takes risks, and promotes reflection.  Submissions will be accepted until October 15. Check out our guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/submit/

Tiferet Journal submission open now through December

Tiferet Journal is now accepting submissions in poetry, prose, and art.  They look for high-quality creative work that expresses spiritual experiences and/or promotes tolerance.
http://tiferetjournal.com/submit/

Arizona State University's Canyon Voices Open for Submissions

Canyon Voices is looking for writers and artists to submit to the Fall 2014 edition! We are in need of your blooming talent. The deadline for submission is October 21, 2014. Please consider sharing your pieces with us. We look forward to hearing from you all! 
canyonvoices.asu.edu/submission

Black River Chapbook Competition

The Fall 2014 Black River Chapbook Competition is now open to submissions of poetry and short fiction through October 31, 2014. Full guidelines

3Elements Literary Review Reveals Winter Themes and Annual Contests

3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element. 

You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper).  Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1.  See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details. 
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Regular Submissions

Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.  
Submissions details.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ashland MFA Recognized in BAE Notables List

Congratulations are in order for MFA nonfiction faculty members whose essays have been recognized as Notable Essays in the 2014 Best American Essays anthology.

Sarah M. Wells, the MFA program administrative director and current nonfiction MFA student, also appears in the notables list for her Brevity essay, "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation."

Congratulations!


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: http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/fall-2014-issue-3/

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 http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

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 (http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/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: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthleme-prize/.

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: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/prize-in-translation/.

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: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

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.
http://www.faithandwriting.com

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: https://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/ncomp_active.php.

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). 
http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest.html


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 offthegridepress@gmail.com, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
offthegridpress@gmail.com

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 ( http://portlandreview.submittable.com ). 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: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html








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: http://www.BLReview.org/submissions/BLRPrizes 

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 http://www.frankmartinreview.com/submissions.html.

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: http://www.frankmartinreview.com/blogs.html.


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: http://theexaminedlifejournal.com/ , where you may also read a sample from the current issue. For information on submissions, see:http://theexaminedlifejournal.com/submit/  

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: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html 


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 editor@wordworksbooks.org 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 http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/writing/competitions/ 


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: vsw.org/afterimage/inklight/gallery/. 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 afterimage.inklight@gmail.com 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: vsw.org/afterimage/inklight/


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 submissions@foggedclarity.com. All fiction should be addressed to Dylan Brock at submissions@foggedclarity.com. Visual art for consideration should be sent directly to Ryan Daly at RyanDaly@foggedclarity.com. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/