Thursday, March 15, 2012

Calls for Submissions - March 2012

The Pinch Contest Extended Deadline - March 15!

The Pinch Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry is excited to announce we have chosen to extend the deadline for submissions to 15 March 2012.

Fiction First Prize:$1500 Judged by Justin Torres
Poetry First Prize: $1000 Judged by Nicky Beer

Submit up to three poems or a story of up to 5,000 words with a $20 entry fee ($10 for each additional entry), which includes a copy of the Pinch. Please include a cover sheet with the author’s contact information. The contact information should not be included on the manuscript itself, or your manuscript will be discarded unread.

Submissions will be accepted online through until March 15.

For those who prefer submitting paper copies, please send your manuscript and entry fee postmarked before March 15 to:

Fiction Contest
The Pinch
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-6176


Poetry Contest
The Pinch
Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-6176

Our complete contest guidelines can be found at


The 2012 Gulf Coast Prizes

Today (March 15) is the last day to submit your work for the 2012 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.

Until midnight tonight, we are accepting entries. This year we are offering prize money of $1,500 for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry winners, plus $250 for two runners-up in each genre. That’s a total of $6,000 in prizes. The winners will be published in Gulf Coast 25.1, to be released in fall 2012, as well as on our website.

View our contest guidelines and send us your work!

The Oklahoma Review Submission Guidelines Spring 2012

All works must be submitted electronically to Files should be sent as email attachments in either .doc or .rtf format. If an attachment is impossible, writers may submit their work in the body of their email messages, noting specific format criteria when necessary. When sending multiple submissions (e.g. five poems), please include all the work in a single file. Indicate in the file name: your name and the title(s) in the following format (Author--Title of Piece). If you have any questions, please email Dr. Hardy Jones at Authors should provide a cover paragraph with a short biography in the body of their email. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please indicate in your cover letter if your work is under consideration elsewhere. If your work is accepted by another publication, please let us know immediately. We will neither consider nor return any submissions turned in via hard copy.

Writers may submit the following:
  • As many as three (3) pieces of fiction, not surpassing fifty (50) total pages
  • As many as three (3) pieces of nonfiction, not surpassing fifty (50) total pages 
  • As many as five (5) pieces of poetry or translations, not surpassing fifty (50) total pages
 Please submit your work by March 26, 2012.

Narrative Magazine Story Contest

Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. 

The Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication. Contest deadline is March 31, 2012.
  • $2,500 First Prize
  • $1,000 Second Prize
  • $500 Third Prize
  • Ten finalists receive $100 each.

The Coffin Factory Poetry Contest

Deadline April 1, 2012 - visit the website for more information.

Writer Advice Contest

WRITER ADVICE announces its Seventh Annual Flash Prose Contest. Mesmerize us with your best short fiction or memoir up to 750 words. Deadline: April 18. First prize: $150. Fee: $12 for processing only or $22 for detailed evaluation. Visit for complete guidelines and link to Submishmash.

Writer's Bloq

Writer's block might not be fun… but we think you'll feel differently about Writer's Bloq. Yes, we know that was cheesy, so please give us a chance to redeem ourselves.

Writer's Bloq is created for the writer by the writer. We are a community for MFA and Undergraduate writing students, professors, and alumni to share work, connect with peers, discover new writing, and uncover literary events. At the moment, there are students, alumni, and professors registered from programs including Austin, Brooklyn, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, New School, NYU, and Syracuse. Sign up, read a few pieces, upload some work, and settle into your literary home.

Because writer's bloq isn't always a bad thing. Come see for yourself:

Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition is now open for entries! The competition celebrates and champions creative writing, nurturing talent and bringing work to international attention. Aesthetica is inviting all writers and poets to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2012.

There are two categories for entry, Poetry and Short Fiction, and a selection of fantastic prizes including:
£500 prize money – Poetry winner
£500 prize money – Short Fiction winner
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
Complimentary copy of the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
A selection of books from our competition partners

For more information and to enter please visit:
Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.
Entry is £10 and allows for the entry of two works into any one category. Deadline: 31 August 2012

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