Monday, September 17, 2012

Calls for Submissions - September 2012

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.

Sundog Lit Call for Submissions
Sundog Lit is an independent, online literary magazine and is seeking submissions for our first issue. Sundog Lit is committed to publishing dynamic, vibrant, earth-scorching literature by emerging and established writers. We publish flash fiction, short stories, creative nonfiction (personal, lyric, segmented, and hybrid essays), and poetry. Head on over to to check out our site and to read our submissions guidelines. Stay tuned for periodic prompts, weekly content, and new features.

Call for Submissions: Short Fiction, Literary Nonfiction and Poetry
Split Lip Magazine, a new online / twice-annual print literary journal is currently seeking well-crafted memoir or personal essay submissions. The magazine is scheduled to launch online this October 2012 and release its first print anthology in April 2013. To view our submission guidelines and preview our website, please visit
Standing Rock Chapbook Competition
We are calling for submissions for our third SRCA Open Poetry Chapbook Competition (to be judged by Lynne Albert, John Dorsey, Allen Hines, and potentially Tina Puckett). If you are not familiar with our organization, Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit art and educational organization located at 257 North Water Street in downtown Kent, Ohio, whose mission is to build community through the arts. We are named after the historic Standing Rock that is situated in the Cuyahoga River in Portage County, Ohio. 

Deadline: Submissions are open at Submishmash and end September 30, 2012 (postmark - September 30th).

Please visit our website at under our Literary Series link for complete Entry Guidelines and competition information.

Shark Reef: Submit Writing and Art by September 30 for Winter Issue

The various forms of love are explored in prose and poetry in SHARK REEF’s Summer 2012 edition: sexual love, one-sided love, first love, mother love, parental love and parents-to-be love – and fear, and taking a chance on love. There is also a mythical tale inspired by Australian Aboriginal culture and the usual nine superb poems which will take readers in numerous other directions – to graphology,  instinct, the importance of being watchful when seeing, cold comfort, Prague and more.

Visual art in the issue includes stunning and mysterious photographs, dreamy, ethereal encaustic paintings and surprising mixed media works that bridge the gap between drawing and painting.

As always, we are pleased with and excited about the work we are featuring in this second decade of our magazine's existence. It is testimony to the many serious writers, artists and readers -- in the United States and beyond our borders -- who continue to support us by submitting and turning to our virtual pages to feast on what others have done.

SHARK REEF produces a summer and winter issue with March 31 and September 30 submission deadlines. For more information, check submission guidelines at

Consequence Magazine Call for Submissions
CONSEQUENCE is the international, literary journal that focuses on the culture of war.  We publish annually fiction, non-fiction, poetry, reviews, visual art, and interviews that address the consequences of armed conflict.  CONSEQUENCE is an independent, non-profit magazine. 
Some of the authors we've published are: Sven Birkerts, Kevin Bowen, Martha Collins, Martha Cooley, Bill Corbett, Steven Haven, Mohammad Kazem Kazemi, Christopher Lydon, Fred Marchant, Askold Melnyczuk, Nguyen Quang Thieu,  Don North,  Carole Simmons Oles,  Mark Pawlak, Joyce Peseroff,  Lloyd Schwartz,  Peter Dale Scott, Bob Shacochis, Mario Susko,  Brian Turner, Afaa Weaver, and Bruce Weigl.

We welcome submissions now through October 1st.  For detailed guidelines please visit our website at
American Literary Review
Deadline - October 1

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2013 issue of American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. We are thrilled to announce our judges for this year: Jim Harms will be judging poetry, Hannah Tinti will be judging fiction, and Abigail Thomas will be judging nonfiction.
This year, there are two ways to submit: you can either enter through our Submittable page ( or you can enter via regular mail by sending your entry along with a check for $15 to our PO Box address. Please label your entry by genre. An example is below:
American Literary Review Short Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 311307
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-1307

For the complete contest guidelines, please visit our website at Also, be sure to find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @ALitReview, and check out our blog at Thanks for your continued support of ALR, and we look forward to reading your entries!

The Missouri Review's 22nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize
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.
All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review.
We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 1st, and winners will be announced in January of 2013.
You can find more information about the contest through our website:
Jung in the Heartland Conference Call for Submissions
Jung in the Heartland conference (Sept 2013), we are inviting submissions of essays or creative non-fiction on the theme of the conference:

Healing through the Numinous

First Place - $1000
Second Place - $500
Third Place - $250

Complete details can be found at our website:

LITERNATIONAL's 1st Annual Santa CLAWS Contest.

Contest Details: (highlights include CA$H prizes and NO ENTRY FEE)!!

Submission Guidelines:

Deadline is October 1, 2012.

The Places We've Been Anthology Call for Submissions

The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is looking for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism. Our summary line goes as such:

From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show the distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines our wide peer group, and how we've learned to engage the global community of an increasingly small world.
“This is all very intriguing,” you may by now be thinking (we hope!). “But who are you?” Operating since 2012, The Places We’ve Been, LLC, is an independent publisher, dedicated to literary portrayals of the diverse experiences of human existence.

The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is our inaugural project—and namesake. The purpose of The Places We’ve Been is to work with varied and ambitious new writers to develop and then publish, promote, and distribute unique work. Specific areas of interest are literary fiction and nonfiction, with four books set for release in 2013. In June, The Places We’ve Been was noted as a “fresh local startup” in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2012.

DOGWOOD: A Journal of Prose and Poetry ANNOUNCES ANNUAL
Online submissions manager:

Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest with a $1000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. Entry fee is $15; all submissions will be considered for publication in the 12th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Submissions accepted online between August 1 and October 15, 2012. Please use our online submission manager for your submissions. We look forward to receiving your work!

Results of the contest will be announced in Spring 2013 and published in the 2013 issue of Dogwood.

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Grub Street National Book Prize

We hope you will take a moment to consider submitting to Grub Street's $5,000 National Book Prize in Non-Fiction. The application deadline of October 15th, 2012 is approaching fast. 

Grub Street's prize is one of the few that recognizes authors who have published at least one book, and who, like you, value teaching the craft of non-fiction to aspiring writers. The winner of the prize will receive not only the $5,000 cash award, but the opportunity to attend Grub Street's 2013 Muse and the Marketplace national literary conference, where they will give a solo public reading, lead a short craft class, and be recognized among a group of 600+ fellow writers and industry professionals.

2012 non-fiction winner Wendy Call (right) with Eileen Pollack at the Muse conference
The Grub Street Book Prize is now in its 6th year, but this is the first year that the Non-Fiction Prize will include a cash award of $5,000 - an amount that signals Grub Street's commitment to high-quality works of non-fiction and the hard work it takes to create them. Previous non-fiction winners include Susan Richards Shreve, Dinty W. Moore, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto and, most recently, Wendy Call.

To be eligible for the prize, authors must reside out of New England and be publishing their non-debut books of non-fiction in 2012 or in time for the Muse and the Marketplace conference in May 2013. Full details are available on our website:

Wick Poetry Center Ohio Chapbook Competition

Poets currently residing in Ohio may enter the Open Competition. Poets currently enrolled in Ohio institutions of higher education may enter the Student Competition. In the spring two manuscripts will be selected for publication in the Wick Chapbook Series, published by the Kent State University Press. The winners will also give a reading at Kent State University. Kathleen Flenniken is the 2012 judge. Catherine Wing is the general editor of the series. 

Submission deadline is October 31, 2012.

A Room of Her Own 6th Gift of Freedom Award
The 6th $50,000 Gift of Freedom competition will determine finalists from each genre—creative nonfiction, fiction, playwrighting, & poetry. One genre finalist will be awarded the $50,000 Gift of Freedom grant. Along with a $5,000 cash prize, the three remaining finalists for the Gift of Freedom Award receive a professional mentoring session, eligibility to attend a future AROHO Retreat for Women Writers, and the honored distinction of being the finalist in their genre.
Guidelines and application available at
Open to any female resident of the U.S.
Postmark Deadline: November 1, 2012
Application Fee: $35.

The Dartmouth 2013 Poet in Residence at The Frost Place
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH. This is a six to eight week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on
a quiet rural road with spectacular views of the White Mountains.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 31, 2013, and includes a $1,000 award from The Frost Place and $1,000 from Dartmouth College. The poet will have several opportunities to give readings across the
region, including at Dartmouth College, for which the poet will receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The house, built in 1859 and owned by the Frost family from 1915 to 1920, is spartan, but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, and a portion of the house is
closed off for the resident poet.

Previous recipients of this residency, which began in 1977, include Katha Pollitt, Robert Haas, William Matthews, Cleopatra Mathis, Mark Halliday, Mary Ruefle, Mark Cox, and Laura Kasischke. Many of these poets have returned to The Frost Place to participate in the conferences held each summer. The aim of the residency program has been to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, as Frost was when he bought the place in 1915.

The primary criteria is that applicants must have published at least one book of poems. Application and guidelines can be found at Poets may apply directly or be nominated by someone else. There is a $25 fee for applications. The deadline for submission is midnight, December 31, 2012.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stephen Haven Reading in Wellfleet, MA

Stephen Haven, Director of the MFA Program, will present a reading from his most recent collection of poetry at Wellfleet Public Library in Wellfleet, Massachusetts September 19 at 7 p.m.

Recordings from 2012 Summer Residency

The Ashland University MFA Program residency craft seminars and readings were all recorded this summer.  The recordings are available on the MFA website and feature presentations by:
Bob Cowser, Jr., Jill Christman, and Joe Mackall with Jeff Muse after his defense
And all of our phenomenal faculty:

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