Monday, October 15, 2012

Calls for Submissions - October 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.

Narrative 30 Below Contest—2012

Narrative is inviting all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, between eighteen and thirty years old, to send us their best work. We’re interested in reading your words and seeing your images. We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. We’re looking to encourage and promote the best authors and artists we can find.

Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prize winners and finalists will be announced in Narrative.

All N30B entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2013 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week.

Click here to submit your work.

Deadline is October 31, 2012.

Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest

The Family Matters (1st place wins $1,500 and publication) deadline is October 31.

Submissions typically run 1,500 - 6,000 words; stories up to 12,000 words are fine.

Stories about families of all configurations are welcome!

Writing Guidelines

The 1st-place winner will be published in Issue 90, and the author will receive 20 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-places win, respectively, $500 and $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700.

CutBank Call for Submissions and Contest Guidelines

The editorial staff of CutBank would like to formally announce that we are now open for submissions in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.

Run by graduate students out of the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program, CutBank is now celebrating its 39th year in publication.  We are open to all kinds of work from established and emerging writers alike and cannot wait to see fresh, compelling writing.

Please visit our website for more information at and please submit work at .  We have a great staff that cannot wait to read your work!

Furthermore, we are now accepting submissions for the Big Fish Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry Prize.  A prize of $200 and online publication (and consideration for the print issue) will be given for the best piece of writing under 500 words that we receive. Flash fiction, short-shorts, micro-prose, prose poems, poetic prose, just plain short stories–whatever you call your briefest prose pieces, send them our way. The contest is open until November 1 and the entry fee is $9. It will be judged by the CutBank editorial staff and the winner will be announced on December 1.

LUMINA Call for Submissions and Fiction Contest

Submissions are now open for LUMINA's 2013 Issue, and for our Fiction Contest!

LUMINA is accepting Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Art submissions for Volume XII. This year’s Fiction Contest will be judged by acclaimed essayist George Saunders. First place award is $500.

Deadline for all submissions is November 1, 2012.

Visit for submission guidelines, and to submit your work.

LUMINA, established in 2000, is the annual print publication of the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Writing Program, and has featured such authors as Rick Moody, Mark Doty, Phillip Lopate, Dorothy Alison, Stephen Dobyns, Amy Hempel, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, and Jenny Boully.

Notes From the Field: Creative Non-Fiction Contest
Featuring guest judge, travel and non-fiction writer Rolf Potts

Cash prize and publication for first and second place

Notes from the Field is a non-fiction contest celebrating writing about experience—whether that be abroad, on a familiar sidewalk, in one’s line of work, in a field of interest, or in the most unexpected of times and settings. We are open to writing about many kinds of experience, and while we are not strictly looking for essays about solely about place or with an environmental focus, as always, we look for work that keeps the tension of surroundings in mind.

Submission Deadline
Friday, November 7, 2012

Submit one (1) essay of non-fiction of up to five thousand words. Essay must be author’s own work and previously unpublished. Winning essay and runner-up will be announced December 15th, 2012, and published in Flyway.

Winner receives publication, $500, two copies of the Flyway 2012 anthology, and a Flyway hat.
Runner-up also receives publication and $50.

For more information on the contest and judge, please visit


Harpur Palate, a nationally acclaimed biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, is actively seeking quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers.  We will accept submissions for issue 12.2 through November 15th, 2012.

Previous contributors include David Lehman, Nin Andrews, Lee Upton, and Sherman Alexie.  

Harpur Palate regularly nominates contributors for the Pushcart Prize.

In addition, we are now accepting submissions for our two annual contests: the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize For Poetry, and the Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Prize.

The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate, and all pieces are considered for publication in the magazine.

Postmark Deadline: November 15

Visit our website for details on our poetry and creative nonfiction prizes and information on how to submit electronically or through the mail:

mojo Call for Submissions

mojo is the literary journal run by the graduate students at Wichita State University. It is the online counterpart of WSU's print magazine Mikrokosmos, which has a fifty year publication history. Each issue features work from emerging writers and poets, art, and interviews with writers like Pam Houston and Tim O'Brien.

We currently pay twenty-five dollars for poetry and short shorts, 50 dollars for short stories and creative nonfiction, and do not require any submission fees. Our submissions period lasts until November 15th.  Submissions should be made using the submission manager found on our website:

West Trade Review Call for Submissions
West Trade Review is currently seeking submissions of fiction and poetry for its spring 2013 issue.  We are seeking original and unpublished works of fiction and poetry (or  photography and visual artwork ) by both new and established writers (or artists). Short plays may also be considered.

Our reading period is September through December 2012.

More specific submission details can be found on our call for submissions which you will find attached to this email and our website (

Yalobusha Review Yellowwood Poetry Prize

Yalobusha Review, the literary journal of the University of Mississippi, is pleased to announce that our annual contests, the Barry Hannah Fiction Prize and the Yellowwood Poetry Prize, are open for submissions, and we're currently looking for high-quality work to pass on to our judges. This year, Nic Brown will be reading fiction entries, while Traci Brimhall will oversee poetry submissions. Winners will receive $500 and publication in our spring issue. Recent and forthcoming issues of Yalobusha Review include work from notable writers, including Catherine Wagner, Cole Swensen, Dan Beachy-Quick, Meg Pokrass, and others. Specific guidelines follow. More information, as well as the link to our online submission manager, can be found on our website: Happy submitting and good luck!

Merton Institute Poetry of the Sacred contest

The Annual Poetry of the Sacred contest is now accepting submissions. The guidelines follow:

First Prize, $500; Three Honorable Mention Prizes, $100 each.

Winning Poems will be published in The Merton Seasonal, a publication of scholarly articles about noted spiritual leader Thomas Merton and will be posted on the Merton Institute web site:

Only ONE unpublished poem type written in English may be submitted per poet.

Please limit the poem to no more than 100 lines.

Type your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of your poem on a cover page. Send (1) one copy of your titled poem with the cover page. Do not staple poem to cover page.

Submit your poem on a page with no identifying information. All identifying information should be on your cover page. Include a submission fee of $15.00 with the poem. Payment in US funds only.

Poems will  not be accepted via email. The poem must be sent via through the postal service. 

Deadline to submit poems is January 15, 2013. Poems to be received no later than the 15th of January.

Submit poem to: Merton Institute, 415 West Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, KY 40202. Include the $15 submission fee payable to The Merton Institute. Payment in US Funds only. 

No poems will be returned.

Poems will be judged on literary excellence, spiritual tenor, and human authenticity.
Winners will be announced by April 1, 2013. Please visit the Institute website for contest results.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

“Sustainability depends on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. —from

For a special “Sustainability” issue, Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future. Whether you’re on a world tour of wind farms or cranking up the a.c.; deciding it’s not worth the trouble to recycle or living off the grid; torn between driving your car, taking public transportation, or riding your bike; leasing your land to hydro-frackers or protesting against them (or, perhaps, both); or just grappling with which apples to buy (organic? local? the red ones?), we want to hear about it in an essay that is at least partly narrative—employing scenes, descriptions, etc.

Your essay can channel Henry David Thoreau or Henry Ford, Rachel Carson or (a literary) Rush Limbaugh; but all essays must tell true stories and be factually and scientifically accurate.*

Guest editor Donna Seaman will award a cash prize (amount TBA) for best essay. Selected essays will be published in Creative Nonfiction #51, and an expanded book version will be published in Spring 2014. All submissions will be considered for both the magazine issue and the book.

*A note about fact-checking: essays accepted for publication in Creative Nonfiction undergo a fairly rigorous fact-checking process. To the extent your essay draws on research and/or reportage (and ideally, it should, to some degree), CNF editors will ask you to send documentation of your sources and to help with the fact-checking process. We do not require that citations be submitted with essays, but you may find it helpful to keep a file of your essay that includes footnotes and/or a bibliography.

Guidelines: Essays must be unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words. There is a $20 reading fee (or send a reading fee of $25 to include a 4-issue subscription to Creative Nonfiction-—U.S. submitters only); multiple entries are welcome ($20/essay) as are entries from outside the United States (though due to shipping costs we cannot offer the subscription deal).

You may submit essays online or by regular mail:

By regular mail
Postmark deadline January 15, 2013
Please send manuscript, accompanied by a cover letter with complete contact information including the title of the essay and word count; SASE or email for response; and payment to:
Creative Nonfiction
Attn: Sustainability
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST January 15, 2013
To submit, please click the appropriate link:
Reading fee only ($20)
Reading fee + 4-issue subscription ($25; U.S. submitters only)

Lunch Ticket Call for Submissions

The Antioch MFA program's new online journal Lunch Ticket is looking for submissions for its second issue. Lunch Ticket is looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and writing for young people, as well as intriguing visual art. Lunch Ticket supports Antioch's mission of social justice and the MFA program's mission of supporting quality literature and art. Go to and click the submit button today!

The Pubscriber Call for Submissions

The Pubscriber is a new literary journal affiliated with Pubslush Press ( We recently published our first issue and are now continuing our open call for submissions.

Issue I of The Pubscriber is now available! Check out our very talented authors and photographers at While you’re there, check out our submission guidelines. We are currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, essays, poetry and photography submissions.

We are seeking fresh, developed, and polished talent to be featured in our upcoming issue. We look forward to reading your work.

CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action Call for Submissions

Fordham University's national literary magazine, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is now accepting submissions. Featuring creative writing, visual art, new media and video in response to current news, we seek to enable an artistic process that is rigorously engaged with the world at the present moment.  Our aim is to seek to integrate literary art publishing with social justice.  CURA contributors have won Rockefeller, Guggenheim, American Book, and National Endowment for the Arts awards.  Past issues have featured work by:  Brenda Hillman, Robert Bly, Evie Shockley, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Alicia Ostriker, Lia Purpura, Patricia Smith and Idra Novey.  We would love to see submissions from the creative writing community at Ashland University.  You can find us here.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sugar-Tooth Confession by Detrick Hughes

Sugar-Tooth Confession by Detrick Hughes

November 2012

Congratulations to Detrick Hughes, Class of 2011, whose collection of poems, Sugar-Tooth Confession is now available for pre-order from Nebo Publishing.  A release party and book signing will take place on the campus of the University of Houston (Alumni Center: Great Hall) November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Pre-order a copy from Nebo Publishing

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