Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Calls for Submissions - December 2016

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.

Journal Submissions


Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about Learning from Nature for an upcoming issue. The Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University will award $5,000 for the best essay and Creative Nonfiction will award $1,000 to the runner-up. All submissions will be considered for publication in the magazines fall 2016 issues. Deadline is February 1, 2016.
https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/48472

Black Cat Moon Literary Journal opens in January to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for their first quarterly issue (slated for spring 2016). Reading fees will be waived for the month of January 2016! The press is also seeking manuscripts for its Nine Lives Collection of poetry books.
http://www.blackcatmoonpress.com/submissions.html

Trigger Warning is now accepting works for its first edition. This new literary magazine will focus on works that convey what it is to overcome personal struggles and which accurately illustrate the nature of the human experience. We accept personal essays, memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and hybrid works. We read year round and publish our journal three times per year. Reading fee is $5. Accepted writers receive $25.
http://www.triggerwarninglit.com/

Small Po[r]tions is accepting submissions for Issue 6! We aim to curate cross-genre, experimental and multi/intermedia work and hope to offer a shared space for experimental creative fiction and nonfiction, lyrical fiction, poetry, and multimedia pieces. Small Po[r]tions issues have a print component with a focus on book arts and an online component featuring selections from the print issue along with media work. You can view work from our previous issues at smallportionsjournal.com/issues. Please submit up to 1000 words [up to 5 pages] or one multimedia work.
submissions@smallportionsjournal.com

Found Polaroids is looking for flash fiction to accompany their collection of “found polaroids.” While submitted stories are unpaid writing projects, the exposure that students would gain from their stories is widespread. Found Polaroids has been featured on such news outlets as BBC World Radio, The Guardian.com, Dazed Magazine, CBC Radio 'As It Happens’, MutantSpace.com, The Plaid Zebra, and many more.
http://www.foundpolaroids.com/

Barking Sycamores, a literary journal publishing work by neurodivergent creatives, seeks poetry, short fiction (1,000 words or less), creative non-fiction (8,500 words or less), and artwork on the theme of "Reconstruction" forIssue 8 (Winter/Spring 2016). Deadline: December 19, 2015. Creatives are invited to submit works which interpret the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. We especially invite works which address the following: the act of rebuilding that which has been damaged or destroyed; the end product of such acts of reconstruction; a creation of a past event or artifact based on available information; the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction in United States history; social justice; works focused on social, racial, or other types of inequality; and civil rights. We also invite works which are themselves a reconstruction of the author's own work of poetry, fiction, art, or creative non-fiction which has been destroyed or damaged -- for those types of works, we also strongly suggest the inclusion of process notes along with the submitted piece(s). Please read our submission guidelines before sending any work.
https://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Temporal Discombobulations calls for original contemporary fiction that pays homage to the Gothic with 'time' as the theme. This anthology is in conjunction with the ‘Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic’ conference at the University of Surrey from 22-24 August 2016, and we are accepting submissions for short fiction from new writers, scholars, and seasoned authors. Deadline is February 15, 2016.
https://temporaldiscombobulations.wordpress.com/

Belmont Story Review invites submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its premier issue, Winter 2016. To submit, send an email to BSRsubmissions@gmail.com with the genre of your work in the subject line and attach a Word document. In the body, please include a brief bio. www.belmontstoryreview.com.

Fiction International is accepting submissions for its annual print journal during the period October 1, 2015 - February 15, 2016. The theme this year is Taboo. Interested writers are invited to visit our submission guidelines page at: http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/submit/ Fiction International publishes an award winning annual journal that encourages formal innovation and social activism. We are located on the campus of San Diego State University, and the journal is edited by Harold Jaffe. Each issue revolves around a theme and features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world. We generally publish between 25 to 30 texts and visuals with each journal. To get an idea of what we are looking for, please visit our catalog page for sample texts: http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/catalog/

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2015 for our spring and fall 2016 print issues. They also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays in our online edition Flash Glass monthly. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis. www.rowanglassworks.org

Lumen is a project for (and by!) cis women, trans-women, and non-binary people. We are interested in poetry, fiction, personal essays, and interviews that examine how we move through the world, both as complex individuals and as members of larger communities. The conversations we are interested in are those that shed light on our stories—on our struggles, our triumphs, and all the in-betweens. New reading period will start later this month. Blogs may be submitted anytime.
https://lumen.submittable.com/submit

Southern Review is open to submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition to mail submissions, we’re excited to announce that this submission period, prose writers will be able to submit fiction and nonfiction electronically.
http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions

Graduate Student Poetry Only. We invite graduate students to submit to Claremont Graduate University's Foothill: a journal of poetry. Foothill is the first and only literary journal that exclusively publishes graduate student poetry. Sign up for an online subscription at http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9078.asp.

Contests


The Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition is open until January 4, 2016. Winners received $100 and read at the 8th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival in April. Winners and honorable mentions will be included in their annual anthology as well. Submission fee is $10 for three poems
http://www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org/index.php?id=4

Blue River, Creighton University’s new literary magazine, publishes the best writing from current and recent creative writing graduate students. Their Editor Award offers $500 for the best submission in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: March 1, 2016; $15 fee.
https://blueriver.submittable.com/submit

Columbia: A Journal for Literature and Art is accepting original work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the Issue 54 Writing Contest. One winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and publication in Issue 54, due out this spring. All entries will be considered for online publication. Entry fee is $15. The deadline is December 31, 2015.
https://columbiajournal.submittable.com/submit/47335


Permafrost’s New Alchemy Contest wants your experiments: with language, with plot, with format, with medium. “We’d love to read/see/hear your most exciting and daring projects, your collaborations, your darlings that don’t fit anywhere else, your basement-dwelling monsters revealed in all their grotesquery onto the medium of your choice.” So, go for it!! Deadline is January 15, 2016. All formats welcome.
permafrostmag.com

Redivider Blurred Genre Contest will close December 31. This new contest explores the porous genre boundaries between flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry. In doing so, we aim to nurture and celebrate commonality, difference, and distinction in literature. Each category will produce one winning entry, announced in February.
http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/contests/redivider-blurred-genre-contest/

Cosmonauts Avenue is holding their inaugural poetry contest, judged by Claudia Rankine. The winner will receive $500 and publication in an upcoming issue. Cosmonauts Avenue publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews, reviews, and correspondence by emerging and established writers in English and in translation.
http://www.cosmonautsavenue.com/

Currents announces its fourth annual Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition, this year on the theme of “Urge.” judge is the celebrated poet and critic Alicia Ostriker. First prize is 1,000, with 2 second prizes awarded as well. Thirty-six poems chosen as finalists will be published in their annual poetry anthology.The submission fee is $18, which gains entrants a one-year subscription toJewish Currents. Deadline is January 15, 2016. Poets of all ages, backgrounds, religions/non-religions, and orientations are encouraged to submit.
http://jewishcurrents.org/poetry2016-39421

QuillsEdge Press – Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50 announces their 2nd annual chapbook competition. The contest opens November 1st, 2105, judged by Mary Ann McFadden. The 2015 theme is To Inhabit– a body, a landscape, an ecosystem, a dream, a time, a nightmare, a fantasy, a place, a past, a future.
http://quillsedgepress.com/our-2nd-competition-opens-10012015/

Conferences, Workshops, and More

AWP Conference Scholarship. AWP offers three annual scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. They encourage writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction to enter. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP. Submissions accepted from December 1 through March 30. 
https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/wcc_scholarships_overview

Lambda Literary's 2016 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is now accepting applications. The Retreat will be held July 24-31, 2016 on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Faculty include Andrew Holleran (Fiction workshop), Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Young Adult Fiction workshop), Joy Ladin (Poetry workshop), Sarah Schulman (Nonfiction workshop), and Robert O’Hara (Playwriting workshop).
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/writers-retreat/application/

The Baltic Writing Residency's month-long residency in Stockholm, Sweden continues to take applicants until December 31st, 2015. The BWR provides $1,000, and a cottage in Stockholm for one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction working in English. Though, neither the writer nor their project need be connected with Sweden.
http://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit

Readers Wanted for the CLMP Firecracker Awards. MFA students are invited to participate as first round readers in the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses' Firecracker Awards. This award series focuses on indie publishers. Manuscript distribution will begin immediately and readers will have until mid-January to help create a longlist of twenty titles per category. Readers are needed for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. All readers names will be posted on the CLMP website. If you are interested in participating email Paul Legault, Director of Programs, plegault@clmp.org. Include your name and genre interest.
https://www.clmp.org/firecracker/


Something to add? Send it to mfa@ashland.edu. We're especially interested in opportunities that cater to new and emerging writers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Calls for Submissions - November 2015

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.

Journal Submissions


Small Po[r]tions is accepting submissions for Issue 6! We aim to curate cross-genre, experimental and multi/intermedia work and hope to offer a shared space for experimental creative fiction and nonfiction, lyrical fiction, poetry, and multimedia pieces. Small Po[r]tions issues have a print component with a focus on book arts and an online component featuring selections from the print issue along with media work. You can view work from our previous issues at smallportionsjournal.com/issues. Please submit up to 1000 words [up to 5 pages] or one multimedia work.
submissions@smallportionsjournal.com

The Gordion Review is a new journal by and for MFA students and is an adjunct of Texas Review Press. We are accepting poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction works by graduate students. Submissions deadline is November 30. Submit your works at TexasReviewPress.org.
https://texasreview.submittable.com/submit

Found Polaroids is looking for flash fiction to accompany their collection of “found polaroids.” While submitted stories are unpaid writing projects, the exposure that students would gain from their stories is widespread. Found Polaroids has been featured on such news outlets as BBC World Radio, The Guardian.com, Dazed Magazine, CBC Radio 'As It Happens’, MutantSpace.com, The Plaid Zebra, and many more.
http://www.foundpolaroids.com/

Temporal Discombobulations calls for original contemporary fiction that pays homage to the Gothic with 'time' as the theme. This anthology is in conjunction with the ‘Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic’ conference at the University of Surrey from 22-24 August 2016, and we are accepting submissions for short fiction from new writers, scholars, and seasoned authors. Deadline is February 15, 2016.
https://temporaldiscombobulations.wordpress.com/

Belmon Story Review invites submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its premier issue, Winter 2016. To submit, send an email to BSRsubmissions@gmail.com with the genre of your work in the subject line and attach a Word document. In the body, please include a brief bio. www.belmontstoryreview.com.

Barking Sycamores, a literary journal publishing work by neurodivergent creatives, seeks poetry, short fiction (1,000 words or less), creative non-fiction (8,500 words or less), and artwork on the theme of "Reconstruction" forIssue 8 (Winter/Spring 2016). Deadline: December 19, 2015. Creatives are invited to submit works which interpret the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. We especially invite works which address the following: the act of rebuilding that which has been damaged or destroyed; the end product of such acts of reconstruction; a creation of a past event or artifact based on available information; the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction in United States history; social justice; works focused on social, racial, or other types of inequality; and civil rights. We also invite works which are themselves a reconstruction of the author's own work of poetry, fiction, art, or creative non-fiction which has been destroyed or damaged -- for those types of works, we also strongly suggest the inclusion of process notes along with the submitted piece(s). Please read our submission guidelines before sending any work.
https://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Riprap Literary Journal is now accepting submissions for issue 38. They welcome submissions in poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art. Submissions will close on Friday, December 4th.
https://riprapliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit

Fiction International is accepting submissions for its annual print journal during the period October 1, 2015 - February 15, 2016. The theme this year is Taboo. Interested writers are invited to visit our submission guidelines page at: http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/submit/ Fiction International publishes an award winning annual journal that encourages formal innovation and social activism. We are located on the campus of San Diego State University, and the journal is edited by Harold Jaffe. Each issue revolves around a theme and features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world. We generally publish between 25 to 30 texts and visuals with each journal. To get an idea of what we are looking for, please visit our catalog page for sample texts: http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/catalog/

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2015 for our spring and fall 2016 print issues. They also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays in our online edition Flash Glass monthly. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis. www.rowanglassworks.org .

Lumen is a project for (and by!) cis women, trans-women, and non-binary people. We are interested in poetry, fiction, personal essays, and interviews that examine how we move through the world, both as complex individuals and as members of larger communities. The conversations we are interested in are those that shed light on our stories—on our struggles, our triumphs, and all the in-betweens. New reading period will start later this month. Blogs may be submitted anytime.
https://lumen.submittable.com/submit

Southern Review has reopened submissions for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition to mail submissions, we’re excited to announce that this submission period, prose writers will be able to submit fiction and nonfiction electronically.
http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions

Graduate Student Poetry Only. We invite graduate students to submit to Claremont Graduate University's Foothill: a journal of poetry. Foothill is the first and only literary journal that exclusively publishes graduate student poetry. Sign up for an online subscription at http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9078.asp.

Lunch Ticket, is "a Feast of Words and Art" published twice-yearly. The journal publishes Poetry, Fiction (and Flash), Creative Nonfiction (and Flash), Young Adult (13+), Literary Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts, and Visual Art. The reading period for the Winter/Spring Issue, published in December of each year, runs from August 1-October 31. They also host two prizes, the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction and The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Both prizes are open for submissions in February and August. Amuse-Bouche, their special features column accepts submissions during January and July.
http://lunchticket.org/

Contests


Permafrost’s New Alchemy Contest wants your experiments: with language, with plot, with format, with medium. “We’d love to read/see/hear your most exciting and daring projects, your collaborations, your darlings that don’t fit anywhere else, your basement-dwelling monsters revealed in all their grotesquery onto the medium of your choice.” So, go for it!! Deadline is January 15, 2016. All formats welcome.
permafrostmag.com

Redivider Blurred Genre Contest will open November 15 and close December 31. This new contest explores the porous genre boundaries between flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poetry. In doing so, we aim to nurture and celebrate commonality, difference, and distinction in literature. Each category will produce one winning entry, announced in February.
http://www.redividerjournal.org/submit/contests/redivider-blurred-genre-contest/

Cosmonauts Avenue is holding their inaugural poetry contest, judged by Claudia Rankine. The winner will receive $500 and publication in an upcoming issue. Cosmonauts Avenue publishes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, interviews, reviews, and correspondence by emerging and established writers in English and in translation.
http://www.cosmonautsavenue.com/

Glimmer Train New Writer Award is accepting fiction from emerging writers now until November 30. Cash prizes for winner and runners-up. Open to any unpublished writer.
https://glimmertrainpressinc.submittable.com/submit

Currents announces its fourth annual Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition, this year on the theme of “Urge.” judge is the celebrated poet and critic Alicia Ostriker. First prize is 1,000, with 2 second prizes awarded as well. Thirty-six poems chosen as finalists will be published in their annual poetry anthology.The submission fee is $18, which gains entrants a one-year subscription toJewish Currents. Deadline is January 15, 2016. Poets of all ages, backgrounds, religions/non-religions, and orientations are encouraged to submit.
http://jewishcurrents.org/poetry2016-39421

QuillsEdge Press – Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50 announces their 2nd annual chapbook competition. The contest opens November 1st, 2105, judged by Mary Ann McFadden. The 2015 theme is To Inhabit– a body, a landscape, an ecosystem, a dream, a time, a nightmare, a fantasy, a place, a past, a future.
http://quillsedgepress.com/our-2nd-competition-opens-10012015/


Blue River, Creighton University’s new literary magazine, publishes the best writing from current and recent creative writing graduate students. Their Editor Award offers $500 for the best submission in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: March 1, 2016; $15 fee.
https://blueriver.submittable.com/submit

Columbia: A Journal For Literature and Art is now accepting original work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the Issue 54 Writing Contest. One winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and publication in Issue 54, due out this spring. This year’s judges for their respective genres are Fiction: Max Apple, Nonfiction: Mark Greif, Poetry: Martin Espada.All entries will be considered for online publication. There is a $15 entry fee and the entry deadline is December 31, 2015.
https://columbiajournal.submittable.com/submit/47335

Poetry Society of America has a new year of awards underway. Each year from October to December the Poetry Society offers contests for poets at all stages of their careers, including Chapbook Fellowships for poets who have not yet published a full-length collection, a new first book contest, and an award for a poet over forty who has published no more than one book.http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/

Permafrost's 2016 Nonfiction Book Prize competition is already underway, but there's still time to throw your work into the ring! Essay collections, memoirs, travel writing, literary journalism, theye want to read it all. Accepting submissions until December 1st. Scott Russell Sanders will be judging and the winner will receive $1,000 and publication through the University of Alaska Press. Also accepting submissions for our upcoming print issue until November 30, 2015.
http://permafrostmag.com/1st-annual-book-prize-in-nonfiction/

Conferences, Residencies, and More


Lambda Literary's 2016 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is now accepting applications. The Retreat will be held July 24-31, 2016 on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Faculty include Andrew Holleran (Fiction workshop), Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Young Adult Fiction workshop), Joy Ladin (Poetry workshop), Sarah Schulman (Nonfiction workshop), and Robert O’Hara (Playwriting workshop).
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/writers-retreat/application/

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts is accepting applicants for their 2016-17 writing fellowships in poetry and fiction. Writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1 - April 30) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their Fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. The deadline for the 2016-17 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2015.
http://web.fawc.org/writers

The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for the a month-long residency in Stockholm, Sweden. The deadline is December 15th, 2015. Applications can be sent via submishmash (http://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit). The BWR provides $1,000, and a cottage in Stockholm for one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction working in English. The deadline for the BWR chapbook contest--judged by Valzhyna Mort--is February 15, 2016, the deadline for the 2 - 8 week long residency at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest is April 15, 2016; and the deadline for the Kentucky Writers Fellowship (for writers with KY connection) is May 15, 2016.
http://balticresidency.com/

24PearlStreet, the online writing program of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown is offering a 50% discount to all MFA students and alumni who register by December 1 for one of their classes.  http://web.fawc.org/24-pearl-street/discounts.

Something to add? Send it to mfa@ashland.edu. We're especially interested in opportunities that cater to new and emerging writers.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Calls for Submissions – October 2015


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.

Journal Submissions


Riprap Literary Journal is now accepting submissions for issue 38. They welcome submissions in poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and art. Submissions will close on Friday, December 4th.
https://riprapliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit

Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal is accepting submissions through November 15 for Issue 6. Send up to 10 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to submissions.gtkjournal@gmail.com. Full guidelines and past issues available at link below.
https://guidetokulchur.com/gtk-creative-journal/

Fiction International is accepting submissions for its annual print journal during the period October 1, 2015 - February 15, 2016. The theme this year is Taboo. Interested writers are invited to visit our submission guidelines page at: http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/submit/ Fiction International publishes an award winning annual journal that encourages formal innovation and social activism. We are located on the campus of San Diego State University, and the journal is edited by Harold Jaffe. Each issue revolves around a theme and features a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction, indeterminate prose, and visuals by leading writers and artists from around the world. We generally publish between 25 to 30 texts and visuals with each journal. To get an idea of what we are looking for, please visit our catalog page for sample texts: http://fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/wordpress/catalog/

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2015 for our spring and fall 2016 print issues. They also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays in our online edition Flash Glass monthly. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis. More information about our magazine, sample issues, and our submission manager can be found at www.rowanglassworks.org .

Lumen is a project for (and by!) cis women, trans-women, and non-binary people. We are interested in poetry, fiction, personal essays, and interviews that examine how we move through the world, both as complex individuals and as members of larger communities. The conversations we are interested in are those that shed light on our stories—on our struggles, our triumphs, and all the in-betweens. New reading period will start later this month. Blogs may be submitted anytime at:
https://lumen.submittable.com/submit

Southern Review has reopened submissions for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition to mail submissions, we’re excited to announce that this submission period, prose writers will be able to submit fiction and nonfiction electronically!
http://thesouthernreview.org/submissions

Graduate Student Poetry Only. We invite graduate students to submit to Claremont Graduate University's Foothill: a journal of poetry. Foothill is the first and only literary journal that exclusively publishes graduate student poetry. Sign up for an online subscription at http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9078.asp.

Lunch Ticket, is "a Feast of Words and Art" published twice-yearly. The journal publishes Poetry, Fiction (and Flash), Creative Nonfiction (and Flash), Young Adult (13+), Literary Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts, and Visual Art. The reading period for the Winter/Spring Issue, published in December of each year, runs from August 1-October 31. They also host two prizes, the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction and The Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. Both prizes are open for submissions in February and August. Amuse-Bouche, their special features column accepts submissions during January and July.
http://lunchticket.org/

Contests


Lost Roads Press' annual Brigham Award for Women Writers is accepting poetic manuscripts through October 31, 2015. Entries must be written by women (or anyone identifying as a woman) living in rural areas or away from the coasts in cities with less than a million people.
http://lostroads.org/

The 2016 Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival's Writing Contest’'s deadline has been extended! The new deadline is November 2, 2015. Entrance Fee is $20 per entry.
http://sasfest.org/#contest

Blue River Editor's Award. Blue River, Creighton University’s new literary magazine, publishes the best writing from current and recent creative writing graduate students. $500 awarded to the best submission in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: March 1, 2016; $15 fee.
https://blueriver.submittable.com/submit


The Poet’s Billow, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of poetry, is extending their deadline for the Atlantis Award to November 1st. The Atlantis Award is given to a single best poem. The winning poet receives $200 and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow website. http://thepoetsbillow.org/poetry-awards/the-atlantis-award/

The Writer's Block Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Contest, in conjunction with Blue Mesa Review offers a $500 prize, plus publication in Blue Mesa Review. There's an $11 submission fee; which, beyond the $500 prize, Blue Mesa Review is generously donating to the LLA and the Writer's Block Festival. Manuscripts are being accepted now at SUBMITTABLE through November 1, 2015.
https://writersblockaward.submittable.com/submit

Alice James Book Contest flyer and competition guidelines can be found here: Alice James Award. The postmark deadline for manuscripts is November 1, 2015. Both new and established poets are encouraged to submit to our competition.
https://alicejames.submittable.com/submit

PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize is currently accepting submissions and it recognizes a promising young writer under the age of 35 for an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue. Eligible applicants will have the chance to have their work read by distinguished writers and editors Marie Arana, Manuel Gonzales, and Johnny Temple of Akashic Books. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and be honored at our 2016 PEN Awards Ceremony next spring. Additional details on the award, including application guidelines, can be found here. Submissions close on October 26.

The Miami University Press Novella Prize is currently accepting submissions through October 15th. Submissions must be between 18,000 and 40,000 words and require a $25 dollar reading fee. The Novella Prize winner is offered $750 against royalties, a standard contract, publication, and ten copies of the book. All entrants receive a copy of the winning book. For more information and guidelines check out their website at http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/mupress/novella/.

Columbia: A Journal For Literature and Art is now accepting original work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the Issue 54 Writing Contest. One winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and publication in Issue 54, due out this spring. This year’s judges for their respective genres are Fiction: Max Apple, Nonfiction: Mark Greif, Poetry: Martin Espada.All entries will be considered for online publication. There is a $15 entry fee and the entry deadline is December 31, 2015.
https://columbiajournal.submittable.com/submit/47335

River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative is still accepting entries in their Nonfiction Literary Book Contest, judged by Andre Dubus III. Deadline is October 15, 2015.  Feel free to submit or share the guidelines below.
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/contests

Poetry Society of America has a new year of awards underway. Each year from October to December the Poetry Society offers contests for poets at all stages of their careers, including Chapbook Fellowships for poets who have not yet published a full-length collection, a new first book contest, and an award for a poet over forty who has published no more than one book.http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/

Permafrost's 2016 Nonfiction Book Prize competition is already underway, but there's still time to throw your work into the ring! Essay collections, memoirs, travel writing, literary journalism, we want to read it all. We'll be accepting submissions until December 1st, so make those final edits to your manuscript and send it our way. Scott Russell Sanders will be judging our contest and the winner will receive $1,000. If that's not enough incentive, the winner's manuscript will be published through the University of Alaska Press! Check out the contest guidelines on our website for more information.
http://permafrostmag.com/1st-annual-book-prize-in-nonfiction/

Conferences, Residencies, and More


Lambda Literary's 2016 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is now accepting applications. The Retreat will be held July 24-31, 2016 on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. Faculty include Andrew Holleran (Fiction workshop), Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Young Adult Fiction workshop), Joy Ladin (Poetry workshop), Sarah Schulman (Nonfiction workshop), and Robert O’Hara (Playwriting workshop).
http://www.lambdaliterary.org/writers-retreat/application/

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts is accepting applicants for their 2016-17 writing fellowships in poetry and fiction. Writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1 - April 30) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their Fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the excellence of their work. The deadline for the 2016-17 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2015.
http://web.fawc.org/writers

The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for the a month-long residency in Stockholm, Sweden. The deadline is December 15th, 2015. Applications can be sent via submishmash (http://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit). The BWR provides $1,000, and a cottage in Stockholm for one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction working in English.  The deadline for the BWR chapbook contest--judged by Valzhyna Mort--is February 15, 2016, the deadline for the 2 - 8 week long residency at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest is April 15, 2016; and the deadline for the Kentucky Writers Fellowship (for writers with KY connection) is May 15, 2016.
http://balticresidency.com/


Something to add? Send it to mfa@ashland.edu. We're especially interested in opportunities that cater to new and emerging writers.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Ashland Faculty and Alumni Listed on 2015 Best American Essays Notable List


Three faculty members and three alumni of the Ashland MFA program were listed among the 2015 Best American Essays’ Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2014. 
  • Joe Mackall, "Reflections of a Moderately Disturbed Grandfather" published in River Teeth, Spring 2014.
  • E.J. Levy, "Bread," published in Normal School, Spring 2014
  • Jill Christman, "The Avocado," published in Fourth Genre, Spring 2014
  • Jan Shoemaker (2014), "Tenebrae," published in Colorado Review, Summer 2014
  • Sarah Wells (2015), "Human Resources Training," published in The Pinch, Fall 2014
  • Jon Kerstetter (2011), "Learning to Breathe," published in Normal School, Fall 2014

Six essays published in RiverTeeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative were included on this year’s list of Notable Essays, including "Heart Sounds" by 2015 MFA Summer Residency Visiting Writer, Lee Martin.

The Best American Series is published annually to showcase the year’s best short fiction and nonfiction.  Selections come from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites and are selected by a series editor and a guest editor.  The nonfiction series editor is Robert Atwan and this year’s guest editor was New Yorker magazine staff writer and award-winning essayist Ariel Levy. 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Ashland MFA Videos Posted

Watch or re-watch these great craft seminars and readings from the 2015 Ashland MFA Program's Summer Residency. Visit our website for more information on the 2015 visiting writers and MFA faculty members.   

Sunday, July 19




Monday, July 20

Fiction Craft Seminar: Visiting Writer Patricia Henley 



Tuesday, July 21

Nonfiction Craft Seminar: Robert Root & Steve Harvey 



Wednesday, July 22

Cross Genre Craft Seminar: Steve Haven & Tom Larson

Visiting Writer Reading: Patricia Smith (Poetry) - Sorry - Unavailable due to legal issues

                       
Thursday, July 23




Friday, July 24

Fiction Craft Seminar: William Henderson



Saturday, July 25
Visiting Editors Panel: John Hoppenthaler, Enid Shomer, & David Giffels 


Sunday, July 26



                       
Monday, July 27



Tuesday, July 28



Wednesday, July 29

Cross-Genre Craft Seminar: Detrick Hughes and Josette Kubaszyk 
Word Choice, Tone, and Direction


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Calls for Submissions - April 2015

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.

Journal Submissions

Another List to Check Out
 The Masters Review has a nice list of April deadlines at https://mastersreview.com/literary-magazines-and-contests-with-deadlines-in-april/

Nonfiction on The Personal Aftermath of War
Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press has opened a call for stories, The Personal Aftermath of War, stories of coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The call is open to those who have served, as well as their families, spouses, relatives, friends, and anyone whose lives have been touched by these conflicts. Those selected will receive $200 + publication in a forthcoming anthology. Dario DiBattista, an instructor with the Veteran's Writing Project, will be editing the collection. Deadline is May 1, 2015.
http://hudsonwhitman.com/about/submissions-policy/

Share Some Joy with Mason’s Road
Mason’s Road seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and craft essays on the theme of “Joy.” Submission period ends May 15. Mason’s Road is sponsored and operated by the Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing. Submission fee is $5 or $10 for entry in their literary prize as well.
http://www.masonsroad.com

Foliate Oak Online Literary Mag Seeks All Genres
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is seeking submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, flash, and hybrid. Submission period ends April 24.
http://www.foliateoak.com/submit.html

The Southampton Review Needs Material for Summer Issue
The Southampton Review is now accepting submissions for consideration in our summer 2015 issue. Published twice annually by Stony Brook Southampton, we welcome MFA faculty and student submissions in poetry, fiction, memoir, the personal essay, and art. Our reading period ends on May 1, 2015.
http://thesouthamptonreview.com/

Seeking Prose on Culture, Athleticism, and Travel
Trainless Magazine is now open to fiction and nonfiction submissions. We publish well read and novice writers, and we thoroughly appreciate submissions from students. Trainless publishes creative nonfiction articles on the themes of travel, athleticism, and culture, as well as fiction on most cultural subjects.
http://www.trainlessmagazine.com/article/submit.html

Fan of “The West Wing”? Write about it!
"WALK WITH US: a Tribute Anthology to The West Wing" is seeking submissions on the theme of how the TV show has changed the lives of some of its fans. Poetry, interviews, personal essays, literary journalism, and all forms of creative nonfiction considered. Deadline May 1.
www.thewestwingchangedme.com

Barking Sycamores Summer/Fall 2015 Pop Culture Theme
Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. Issue 6 (Summer/Fall 2015) will be our Pop Culture Issue.  We seek submissions on any aspect of popular culture -- film, television, music, literature, artwork, humour, internet memes... you get the idea. Commentary on, satire of, or works inspired by pop culture are encouraged. While we are happy to consider persona pieces in which fictional characters speak, we regret that we cannot consider fan fiction for this issue. And as always, we also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. 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: April 20 – June 19, 2015.
https://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Write About Gaming
Cartridge Lit is a literary magazine celebrating the intersection of literature and video games. We are currently seeking submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We are also seeking games-inspired chapbooks to be published online. We want work that takes risks and tempts edges, that sparks and burns.
www.cartridgelit.com

Open Call for Experimental Work
Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks is a literary journal dedicated to not only publishing the best experimental, genre-bending work but also to restoring the author-editor relationship in order to develop and nurture writers. Please help us in that mission by sharing this email with your faculty, students, and alumni.
http://rivetjournal.com/guidelines/

Seeking Spry Submissions, Especially Flash Nonfiction
Spry Literary Journal features undiscovered and established writers' concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage​, and ​just​ plain ​vulnerable writing. It's a journal for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure—for people whose words and rhythms are spry. We are currently open for submissions for their sixth issue. ​ They accept all short forms of ​creative nonfiction and fiction, as well as poetry—in particular, they encourage creative nonfiction writers to submit their brief prose.
http://sprylit.submittable.com/submit

Graduate Student Poetry Only
We invite graduate students to submit to Claremont Graduate University's Foothill: a journal of poetry. Foothill is the first and only literary journal that exclusively publishes graduate student poetry. Sign up for an online subscription at http://www.cgu.edu/foothill.
http://www.cgu.edu/pages/9078.asp

Multi-Media Literary Experiment
THREAD at Yale which debuts this summer, June 7-10, 2015, is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, radio, podcasting, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet. Enrollment is limited and applicants must be 21 and older.The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.
http://thread.yale.edu/

Short Stories Sought for New Digital Magazine
IMAGINATE Magazine launches June 1, 2015. This quarterly digital magazine is geared toward both readers and writers – those who love the written word. We noticed a need for reading material of short creative pieces, so we began soliciting short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and nonfiction articles that we’ll combine into themed issues each quarter. They are currently accepting short stories for their September issue.
http://imaginatezone.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html


Contests

Contest with Feedback
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges. First prize is $200. Submit to the 10th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 21, 2015
www.writeradvice.com

Short Story Competition on theme of Treasure
Momaya Press is now accepting short story submissions for the 2015 Short Story Competition. This year's theme is Treasure and the deadline for entry is April 30, 2015.
http://momayapress.com/momaya-short-story-competition/competition-guidelines/

Poetry of the Sacred Contest
The Center for Interfaith Relations' Institute for Contemplative Practice is pleased to announce the 2015 Poetry of the Sacred Contest. Submissions will be accepted online until midnight on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winning authors receive a monetary prize and their work will be published in Parabola Magazine.
http://www.centerforinterfaithrelations.org/poetry-of-the-sacred/

Poetry and Prose Contests at The Fugue
The Fugue, a biannual print and digital journal of art and literature, announces its annual poetry and prose contests are now open. Submissions will be accepted through May 1. The winner in each category will receive $1000 and publication in Fugue's 25th anniversary issue to be released later this year. Entry fee is $15.
http://www.fuguejournal.com

Glimmer Train – Short Story New Writer Award and Very Short Fiction Contest
Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. First prize 1,500, second and third place cash prizes and publication as well. Most submissions runs 1,500-6,000 words, but as long as 12,000 words are accepted. Deadline is May 31. Very Short Fiction contest ends April 30.
http://www.glimmertrain.com/newwriters.html

The Moth International Short Story Prize
Donal Ryan judges this year's Moth Short Story Prize, with prizes of €3,000, a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including a €250 travel stipend) and €1,000. There's a word limit of 6,000, and an entry fee of €12. Closing date is June 30, 2015.  
http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=3055&page=8

Peseroff Prize for Poetry for Single Poem
Breakwater Review is proud to announce The Peseroff Prize: publication and $1,000 for a single poem. The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.  Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee from Jan. 1 to May 15. There are no restrictions on length, content, or form: “it’s all poetry.” All submissions will be considered for publication. Winners will be announced in September.
breakwaterreview.com

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize for Single Poem
The Georgia Review is excited to announce the third annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize---$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The submission period is 1 April 2015–15 May 2015, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2015 and published in the Spring 2016 issue. Poems may be submitted online or by post.
www.thegeorgiareview.com.

Telling Stories Writer’s Competition
As part of the On the Same Page Literary Festival (September 15-19 in Ashe County, NC) the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will be recognized at the On the Same Page concluding luncheon September 19. The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment to celebrating the creation of new literary work. Deadline for submissions is July 20, 2015
www.onthesamepagefestival.org


Conferences

River Teeth Creative Nonfiction Conference
Join the community of nonfiction writers in Ashland, Ohio, for a weekend of manuscript consultations, seminars, and readings, all focused on the craft of nonfiction. The conference will emphasize essay, memoir, literary journalism, and building the kind of relationships that sustain writers throughout the writing process, from early draft all the way through to book promotion. Featured speakers are Cheryl Strayed and Jerald Walker. Discount for early registration ends April 15. Full price registration is open until May 8. A limited amount of space is left.
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/conference

Registration Open for HippoCamp Conference for Creative Nonfiction
Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp, August 7-9, is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission. This three-day event will feature notable speakers, engaging sessions in three tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking, plus optional pre and post workshops in Lancaster, Pa.. Discounted early bird registration ends May 15.
http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com/about/

Sundress Academy Summer Retreats in Poetry and Fiction
Sundress Academy for the Arts is thrilled to announce our 2015 Summer Writing Retreats in Knoxville, TN. Both retreats are sold as weekend passes, and include instruction, writing supplies, food, drink, transportation to and from the airport, and all on-site amenities for $200. Camping equipment is also available for rent, and payment plans are available for interested parties. Retreats are available in fiction (May 29 – 31) and poetry (June 12 - 14).
http://www.sundresspublications.com/safta/

Elk River Four-Day Retreat
The 2015 Elk River Writer’s Workshop will be held from October 22 to October 25 at Chico Hot Springs Resort in spectacular Paradise Valley, Montana. The workshop brings together prominent writers and students for four days of seminars, workshops, lectures and readings in a small group environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with each of the faculty. If you are passionate about writing and inspired by wild landscapes, the Elk River Writer’s Workshop is for you.
elkriverwriters.org.


Other

Writing Assistants Needed at AU
Ashland University is seeking five writing assistants to serve as writing tutors to other graduate students. Graduate programs you might work with include American History and Government, Business, Education, Health and Risk Communications, Leadership Studies, Nursing & Health Science, or Criminal Justice. Pay is $20/hr, up to 10 hours total per semester. The work may be done on-line. If interested, contact Susan Blake, sblake@ashland.edu.

Why Settle for Just A Room of Your Own – You Could Get a Whole House
Write A House is a Detroit-based non-profit focused on community development and the literary arts. Write A House works with vocational programs within Detroit to purchase vacant homes and renovate them into tidy, healthy abodes. Simultaneously, we hold an admissions campaign to match a deserving writer to one of these homes — the artist is granted full ownership of the house, provided he/she plans on using it as a primary residence. Interested applicants can find more information here, and any questions can be referenced to our FAQ or else emailed to wah.application@gmail.com

Summer Editorial Assistant Internship with RHINO
RHINO poetry journal in Evanston, Ill., is seeking one or two promising young poets to serve as summer interns. Qualifications include a BA and at least one year of relevant grad school, a love of poetry and general knowledge of contemporary poems and its traditions. This is a part-time (15 hours/wk) position that comes with a stipend. Deadline is April 30, 2015.  Contact Cassy for the full details. 

Career Opportunity for Writers Wishing to Live Abroad
Kangnam Pride Institute, an elite private academy in Seoul, Korea, that caters to advanced English language learners is looking for writers with an interest in EFL curriculum design to help design and publish textbooks. Any interested applicants should send their resume and a photo to kpi.andy.baxley@gmail.com. If interested ask Cassy to send you more details.