Monday, December 17, 2012

Calls for Submissions - December 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, in order of deadlines, where posted.

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT: International Journal of Literary Nonfiction


Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary
1000-5000 words
Literary nonfiction narrative poetry
Black & white art and photography

Submission Deadline December 31, 2012
Submit via email:

Published by Loyola Marymount University

Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest

We are pleased to announce that the first ever Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest is open for submissions from now until January 5, 2013! The final judge will be the cataclysmic Matt Bell. Origami Zoo Press has published chapbooks by Laura van den Berg, Chad Simpson, BJ Hollars and Brian Oliu.

PRIZES: Winner receives $250, publication by Origami Zoo Press in 2013, 25 copies of the chapbook, and plenty of love and affection. One honorable mention will also be published by Origami Zoo Press in 2013,
receive 25 copies of the chapbook, and an equal amount of love and affection.

WHAT WE WANT: We want stories that surprise and thrill. We want words that come alive with longing on the page. Basically, we just want our minds blown by your writing. Send us something we haven't seen anywhere else. Send us what you think we absolutely must read.

GUIDELINES (please read thoroughly before submitting!): Submit manuscripts of 40-80 pages in
either doc, docx, pdf, or rtf format. Both novellas and collections are welcome. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with either Matt Bell or the editors of Origami Zoo Press, Rebecca King and Sam Martone. If an author is unsure if this applies to him or her, query us at
<origamizoopress(at)> (replace (at) with @ in sending email). There are two options of reading fees: a $15 submission fee for consideration, as well as guaranteed personalized feedback from the editors
if not chosen. Or, a $20 submission fee for consideration and personalized feedback, plus a copy of the winning chapbook.

Find complete guidelines at

Submit at

Omnidawn's OPEN POETRY BOOK CONTEST Deadline Extended

Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies.

Accepting electronic & postal submissions November 1, 2012 - January 15, 2013.

Cole Swensen will judge.

Entry fee: $25.00
All entrants with a U.S. mailing address who pay an extra $3 to cover shipping costs will be mailed a copy of any Omnidawn book of their choice, or a copy of the winning book when it is published.

A complete list of all current Omnidawn titles is available

For full details about all three of Omnidawn's Poetry Contests (current & future) click here:

The Malahat Review's 2013 Long Poem Prize

Description: 2013 Long Poem PrizeDeadline: February 1, 2013
Prize: two prizes of $1000 CAD
Entry fee: $35 CAD for Canadians
$40 USD for entries from the United States
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere

Enter one poem or a cycle of poems between 10 and 20 pages in length (one page = 32 lines or less).

Read interviews with the judges and find our what they're looking for in a winning long poem: Elizabeth Bachinsky, Dave Margoshes, and Lorri Neilsen Glenn.

Catch up with the winners of our 2011 Long Poem prize: Maggie Schwed andJulie Joosten.

Full contest guidelines here.

CutBank Call for Submissions

CutBank would like to announce the opening of its annual contests on December 1st for the 2013 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry.

Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2012 through March 1, 2013. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 79. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 79.

Please send your best work. With all three of these awards, we are seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and willingness to push against the boundaries of the form at hand. For more information and guidelines, please check out and to submit, please go to

The Normal Prize

The Normal School is accepting entries for the 2013 Normal Prize from 12/15/12 until 3/15/13. We can't wait to spend our winters, holed up in our caves, reading submissions. Are you Normal enough to enter? We think so. Every entrant gets a free two year subscription to The Normal School so, why not? The judges this year are Pablo Medina (Fiction), Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction), and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (poetry).

Head over to our contest guidelines page (here) fore more information.

Carry On Call for Submissions

Carry On, a new travel journal launching mid-2013, seeks contributors whose writing engages places and their pasts. The journal will feature the type of travel writing not found often enough in service-oriented glossy magazines: literary, historically informed, untimely, aware that all sites are palimpsests of meaning. We are seeking writing that describes landscapes lovingly, elucidates how the past bears upon the present, and is attentive to the influence of culture. The journeys we hope to share with our readers need not be records of actual trips, but can be inspired by books or artworks. Think of Robert Hughes on Barcelona or Rome; Wendell Berry on his Kentucky farmland; Rebecca Solnit on the “technological Wild West” of nineteenth-century California; John Brinckerhoff Jackson on the vernacular landscapes of New Mexico; Lucy Lippard on the “lure of the local”; and AndrĂ© Aciman on the Alexandria of his youth. The journal will feature essays, book reviews, interviews with writers and artists, and photography projects and portfolios.

Please send a cover letter with a brief description of your proposal, a short prose bio, and, if applicable, a Microsoft Word attachment of the text itself. All queries can be sent to

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