Thursday, November 14, 2013

Call for Submissions - November 2013

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.

Poetry International Call for Submissions

Poetry International is now accepting submissions for its annual C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize. The purpose of the C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize is to honor a great poet of the 20th century by publishing the best possible poem we can find on an annual basis. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in an upcoming issue of Poetry International. All finalists will be considered for publication as well. The editorial staff of Poetry International will judge.

There is a $15 entry fee for up to three poems; you may include additional poems for a $3 reading fee per poem. Make checks payable to Poetry International or use our donate button on our website to pay your entry fee.

The deadline is Nov. 18th 2013.

Please mail your submissions to:
C.P. Cavafy Award 

Poetry International 

Dept. of English and Comparative Literature 

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-6020

Please see contest guidelines:

For more information visit the Poetry International Website:

Five [Quarterly] Call for Submissions

Submit your poems by November 30 - guidelines here:

Barely South Review Call for Submissions

Barely South Review is open for submissions for our Spring 2014 Issue until November 30, and we encourage submissions from students and faculty in your program. We accept submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. More information can be found on our website (, or at our submission manager (


Writing Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Since 1968, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging writers. 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. Former writing Fellows - nearly all of whom came here before the publication of their first books - have won every major national award in writing including the National Book Award and seven Pulitzer Prizes. Former writing Fellows include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Cunningham, and Yusef Komunyakaa.

The deadline for the 2014-15 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2013. Poets may apply online HERE, and Fiction writers may apply online HERE.

Alternatively, students may download a print application HERE and mail it to the Fine Arts Work Center; it must be postmarked on or by December 1, 2013

Submit to The Southern Review!
Our reading period is open. We invite you to send your fiction, nonfiction, and poetry manuscripts to The Southern Review for consideration. We will be accepting prose manuscripts until December 1 and poetry until February 1. Please visit our submissions page for details.

Learn more about The Southern Review and the kinds of work we publish by subscribing today. For a special 25% MFA discount, use the code MFA25 when you subscribe. Our autumn issue, featuring new work by Chris Bachelder, David Wojahn, and the public-space artist MOMO, is available now.

About The Southern Review
The Southern Review is one of the nation's premiere literary journals. Hailed by Time as "superior to any other journal in the English language," we have made literary history since our founding in 1935. We publish a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the country's-and the world's-most respected contemporary writers.

Waywiser Press Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Deadline is December 1st. The prize is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous collection, and rewards the winner with a purse of $3,000, publication on both sides of the Atlantic, and a reading with the judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

Bird's Thumb Call for Submissions

As an editor of Bird's Thumb, I would like to invite faculty and students in your creative writing program to submit their work to our new online literary journal devoted to new and emerging writers. Our inaugural issue will be live on February 1, 2014; our submission deadline is December 1st. Bird's Thumb is listed on Duotrope. We will be exhibiting at AWP 2014 in Seattle and at the 2014 Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago. We were recently featured on Chicago Literati.  Visit for more information.

THE END IS NIGH: A Researched Prose Contest from the Carolina Quarterly

STEP 1: Excavate bunker in backyard. Prep doomsday go-bag. Sharpen quills.
STEP 2: Survive apocalypse, literal, metaphorical, figurative or otherwise. Take copious notes.
STEP 3: Write it up. Send it in.
STEP 4: Win cash money, big-time celebrity writer validation, publication in the Carolina Quarterly and titillating sexual favors from adoring fans.*

Send us your dispatches about anxious endings, anticipated apocalypses, doomsday prepping, or getting right with God and family before it all comes crashing down. Or tell us about the aftermath of a less-than-total cataclysm. How do you move on after you literally (or figuratively) bet it all on END.

Pieces should incorporate travel experience, archival research, ethnographic observation, interviews, technical vocabulary from specialized professions, schematics for future technologies, or otherwise explore the vast, undocumented wilderness that lies beyond contemporary fiction and nonfiction’s manicured, clearly demarcated backyards.

Contest ends at midnight EST, December 31, 2013. No more than 5000 words per submission. Author name and contact information should appear on the cover letter, but nowhere else on the submission.

The grand prize winner will receive $1000. Three runners-up will receive $150 each. All winners will be published in an upcoming issue and featured in our online edition.

Contest entry fee is $15, or $25 with a one-year subscription to the Quarterly (Just a buck more than the regular price!).

To submit, go here:

Or mail your entry, fee, and a SASE to THE END IS NIGH, Carolina Quarterly, 510 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

Contest Judge: Jim Shepard

Soundings Review Call for Submissions

Soundings Review is the literary journal of the MFA program at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington. The magazine welcomes submissions of high quality writing in any area (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s/young adult). We are open to different styles and voices, but are passionate about accessibility and depth. We seek articles that create a connection with a reader on the first reading and spur increase understanding and pleasure after further readings. (Our only taboo: hate literature, which includes pornography, gratuitous violence, and all the “isms” that stereotype or disrespect others).

We also offer two semi-annual contests, the Founders’ Circle Contest for published writers, and the First Publication Contest for writers whose work has not appeared in a national publication. Winners receive publication and $300 (Founders’ Circle) or $100 (First Publication). Entry fees are $10.

Deadlines for submissions and contest entries are January 1 and May 1. Soundings Review is published twice a year. For more information, please see our submission guidelines at

Call for Submissions:
Reimagined: Bridging This World and Others

We are writers because stories have meant something to us. They have shaped the way that we view the world and ourselves. We return to our favorite stories over and over again, rereading and remembering them throughout many phases of our lives. As we remember them, we are already reimagining them—changing them, making them our own.

For our Spring/Summer 2014 issue, Reimagined: Bridging This World and Others, Nimrod International Journal is looking for poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that play with the idea of reimagining. Ideas of what to send might include:

  • Retold and reimagined versions of fairy tales, myths, or historical events
  • Poems and stories that play with point of view or persona, getting into the heads of literary or historical figures in new and inventive ways
  • Personal or family histories, told with a twist or not, since our own histories are our most immediate stories
  • Ekphrastic poetry and prose (work based on paintings or other art work)
  • Poems that experiment with form, playing with sonnets, sestinas, haiku, etc., or prose and stories that experiment with structural elements such as narrative distance, point of view, etc. that provide new ways of presenting the scenes, characters, dialogue and discourse
  • Surprise us! Send something that plays with reimagining in a way that we haven’t even thought of!
Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages. All work must be previously unpublished. Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Reimagined Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Writers living outside the U.S. may email their submissions with the work pasted into the body of an email, but writers living inside the U.S. must mail their submissions. Fiction should be double spaced with 1” margins on all sides, typed on one side of plain white paper only. Poetry should be typed on one side of plain white paper only.

Postmark Deadline: January 10th, 2014. Manuscripts accepted beginning Nov. 1st, 2013.

Publication Date: April 2014

Send manuscripts to:

Nimrod Journal
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

If you have questions about the theme, please email or call 918-631-3080. I hope to see your submission soon!

Faultline Call for Submissions

Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters at UC Irvine is accepting submissions for its spring 2013 issue. Faultlinewelcomes previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art. Submissions close February 15, 2014. We look forward to reading your work.

Poetry: up to five poems.
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: up to twenty pages.
Translation: up to five poems and up to twenty pages for fiction and nonfiction translations. Please include the original author’s name.
Art: up to five 8 x 10 color or black and white prints (slides may be necessary if work is accepted for publication).

Please mail all submissions to the address below and indicate on the envelope if your submission is for the fiction or poetry editor. All submissions should include a cover letter with the author’s name, mailing address, email address, and titles of work submitted along with an SASE. Please indicate in the cover letter if it is a simultaneous submission, and contact the editors at to withdraw the manuscript upon acceptance elsewhere. Manuscripts will not be returned.

University of California, Irvine   
Department of English  
435 Humanities Instructional Building   
University of California, Irvine      
Irvine, CA 92697-2650

Green Briar Review Call for Submissions

We are reading general submissions for our Fall 2013 issue, and we encourage both contest and general submissions from students and faculty in your program. We accept submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. More information can be found on our website (, or at our submission manager (

Hold: Call for Submissions

HOLD is a journal founded by co-editors, Cheena Marie Lo and Marcus Lund. Based out of Oakland, CA, HOLD's first print issue is slated to launch in the fall/winter of 2014. We are now accepting submissions for the first issue.

The theme for this first issue is MAGIC. MAGIC? The strange, the everyday, the deep sea, outer space, witches, spells, the moon, sunsets, the unknown, science, mysteries, getting out of bed in the morning. Send us poems, stories, essays, interviews, visual art, telegrams, candygrams, photographs, sculptures, anything that speaks to the magical.

Send all submissions as attachment (.doc, .docx, .pdf, and .rtf [.jpg for visual art, please]) with a cover letter to In the subject line include the category that best describes your submission and title of your piece (eg. FICTION: the hour of the star). There are no word limits per se, but really, most work should be under 4,000 words. You can send us up to five poems. Make sure all of the poems are in one document and make sure that document is under ten pages.

Poetry Anthology Call for Submissions

We are seeking honest, thoughtful, well-written poetry for upcoming poetry anthology ‘CONTEMPORARY POETRY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF BEST PRESENT DAY POEMS’. For more details visit:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Call for Submissions - October 2013

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 Lumina Volume XIII (2014) Nonfiction Contest will be judged by Cheryl Strayed.

Submit via our online submission manager

Deadline: October 15, 2013
Please read the guidelines carefully. If you include your personal information on the document, or exceed the word limit, your submission will no be considered.

Submission Fee: $12
Include a 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter.
Submit one piece up to 5,000 words.
Double space and number pages.
DO NOT INCLUDE your name or any personal information in the body of your submission.
Previously published works will not be considered.
We do accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

First Place: $500, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIII
Second Place: $250, considered for publication in LUMINA Vol. XIII
Third Place: $100, considered for publication in LUMINA Vol. XIII

Mason's Road Call for Submissions

Mason’s Road is looking for submissions for our latest issue? As our submissions period runs for nine weeks: August 26th-October 20th, 2013 and is coming to a close, we just wanted to reiterate the opportunity. We seek to publish the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, craft essays, audio, and visual art.

There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Winter Literary Award, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here for submission guidelines.

The theme for our next issue is “Transformations,” and we are seeking unique and playful takes on the topic.Please look at our submissions page to read more about this theme, which is rich with creative possibilities. Our aim is to publish the very best pieces we come across, and we are open to broad interpretations and approaches.

Six-Fold Contests

Enter by October 24 to vote the Winter issues

$6 to enter | $1000, $200, $100 prize for top short stories and poems
Completely writer-voted journal
All writers’ equally weighted votes decide winners and everything published


North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize

First Prize: $1000 Judge: Mary Swander
Deadline: October 31, 2013
Enter online at
Questions? 319.273.6455

Wick Chapbook Contest for Ohio Poets

The Chapbook Competition for Ohio Poets is open to all current residents of Ohio, including students enrolled in an Ohio college or university. Two manuscripts will be selected for publication in the Wick Chapbook Series, published by Kent State University Press, and regarded for its excellence since 1992. In addition to publication, the winners are also invited to give a reading at Kent State University.

Past winners include Thomas Sayers Ellis, Hugh Martin, Philip Metres, Diane Gilliam, Karen Kovacik, and F. Daniel Rzicznek.

Peter Campion is the 2013 judge. Catherine Wing is the general editor of the series. The winners will be announced in January 2014.


The Wick Poetry Center accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee ($15) exclusively through our submissions manager, Submittable. We do not accept postal or email submissions.

Poets may only enter a manuscript in one category: OPEN or STUDENT, and only students currently enrolled in an Ohio college or university may enter the student competition. Manuscripts must include 16 to 30 pages of poetry, with no more than one poem per page. The poet’s name and any other identifying information must NOT be included anywhere on the manuscript. The poet’s name, address, email, telephone number, title of manuscript, and school (if applicable) should only appear in the cover note section on Submittable. Current students, interns, fellows or staff of the Wick Poetry Center, or any entrants with whom the judge has had a personal or professional relationship, are not eligible to enter the competition.

Manuscripts must be submitted online between August 31 and October 31, 2013. No late entries will be considered.

Submit manuscripts here:

The Poet's Billow Atlantis Award

The Poet's Billow is pleased to announce that we have extended our deadline for the Atlantis Award from October 1st toNovember 1st. The winner of The Atlantis Award, given for a best poem, receives $100, publication, and the opportunity to be interviewed on The Poet's Billow web site. The winning poem will also be nominated for any other award for which it qualifies, including a Pushcart Prize.

Details can be found at

Notes from the Field Creative Nonfiction Contest

Featuring guest judge Rick Bass, environmentalist & author or editor of over 25 books

Cash Prize & Publication for 1st & 2nd Place

Submissions Due: November 10

Flyway: Notes from the Field is a creative nonfiction contest that celebrates writing about experience. Whether those experiences are abroad, at home, in your line of work, or in any other unexpected environment, we love writing that keeps the tension of surroundings in mind. To enter the Notes from the Field Creative Nonfiction contest, submit one essay of creative nonfiction (maximum 5,000 words). The essay must be your own work and previously unpublished. The winning essay and runner-up will be announced December 15, 2013. The winner will receive publication in Flyway, $500, and two copies of the Flyway 2012 anthology (featuring fiction by Rick Bass). The runner-up also receives publication in Flyway and $50.

Chautauqua Call for Submissions

Chautauqua seeks unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction through November 15, 2013. The theme for the 2014 issue of Chautauqua is “Wonders of the World.” What captures your sense of wonder? What asks you to pause, study, and reflect?

The journal is released once per year and feels more like an anthology. Each issue has four sections: Life of the Spirit, Life in Art, Life Lessons, and Life at Leisure.

At this time we are especially seeking submissions for Life at Leisure. As with each, this concept is broadly construed: think epiphany following an afternoon nap, a solo hike in the woods, or an incident on a fast-moving train.

We are also pleased to announce our new Editors' Prize. All online submissions are considered for the cash prize of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. This is a great opportunity for writers to make a little money for their hard work!

Please visit our Chautauqua Submittable portal for all of our guidelines and details.

Water~Stone Review


Water~Stone Review announces the 2014 Judith Kitchen Prize in Creative Nonfiction in honor of Judith Kitchen, distinguished author and long-time friend of the review, whose nonfiction titles include Distance and Direction(Coffeehouse) and Only the Dance (U. of South Carolina). Kitchen is the editor of three, well-known collections of short essays: In Short, In Brief, and Short Takes (W.W. Norton) and reviewed creative nonfiction in Water~Stone Review, vol. 2-12.

All submissions should be original, unpublished work.

Submissions accepted October 1-December 1, 2013.

Literary nonfiction submissions only. Excerpts from larger works must be able to stand on their own. Mailed manuscripts must be typed or printed in proper format on white paper, in English, one side only. Cover letters should be brief and indicate that this is a contest submission. The author’s name, address, phone, and email should not appear on the manuscript. Please send three copies and a SASE for result notification, if mailing your submission. Only one submission per person. Maximum length: 8,000 words.

An entry fee of $20 (check made payable to Water~Stone Review) must accompany your manuscript. Entry fee includes a one-year subscription.

Submit online at

Minerva Rising is sponsoring its first ever chapbook contest!

We will publish two chapbooks, one in prose and one in poetry. We're asking for submissions that speak creatively, powerfully, thoughtfully and maybe even uniquely to our theme "Daring to be the Woman I Am."
For prose we will consider a collection of short stories or a long short story (up to 45 pages) and for poetry we are asking for a collection of poems (12 - 15 pages ).

Submissions will be accepted from October 1, 2013 through December 1, 2013. Publication is planned for March 2014 to coincide with Women's History Month.

Submission fee: $20

Prize: $250 each and 10 copies of the book.

The Judge: Rosemary Daniell, author of Secrets Of The Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women Lives

Visit our website for more information:

3Elements Review 

Call for submissions for our second issue, due December 1.

For each issue, we require that all three of the current elements be in the piece of writing. The current elements are helix, cower, and hammock. 

View submission guidelines here:

We are an online journal with e-book versions forthcoming on iTunes, Kindle, and Nook.

Ladies' Home Journal personal essay contest

This year's theme is "The Best Decision I Ever Made," and we're calling for genuine, original essays to be entered between now and December 6, 2013. The winner of our contest will receive $3,000 and the chance to have his/her essay published in Ladies' Home Journal (we reach 10 million women each month!), and work with one of our senior editors on it. In fact, every story is read by an editorial staffer as we judge the entries, and we've published entries that didn't win the contest as well (and paid the writers, of course).

All info about the contest, including instructions for entry can be found here:

Glassworks Call for Submissions

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, 2013.

More information about our magazine, sample issues, and our submission manager can be found at .

International Journal of Literary Nonfiction

Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary

1000-5000 words

Submit via email:

Literary nonfiction narrative poetry
Black & white art and photography
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2013

Published by Loyola Marymount University

The Fat City Review Call for Submissions

The Fat City Review exhibits work from the established to the emerging and unrecognized. We recoil from imposing limits or censorship on our content, feeling that it is insincere to classify the breadth of the human experience under narrowly defined parameters. Following this philosophy, we welcome diverse styles, visions, and forms, using excellence as our sole guideline. Welcome to our city.
Look. Send us your images. From classical modes such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, prints and collage, to nontraditional methods such as graffiti, tattoos, environmental art, digital design and graphic art. Or show us something cool we’ve never seen before. If it can be Looked at, submit here.
Read. Send us your text. From poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and plays, to journalism, essays, reviews and memoir. If it can be Read, submit here.
Listen. Send us your audio. From music to spoken-word performance. If it can be Listened to, submit here.

Watch. Send us your video. From short films, parodies and music videos, to documentaries, performances and animation. If it can be Watched, submit here.All submissions are accepted through: Submittable. For more information about Copyright, Usage and Publishing Procedure, please visit our submit page here.

White Stag Journal

White Stag Journal is looking for submissions in Poetry and Prose/Flash Fiction for Issue I and we were hoping you could help us spread the word to your faculty and students!

White Stag is a biannual journal containing unparalleled poetry and flash fiction from well-known and new writers. We offer the literary community a uniquely distinct taste for dark comedy, phantasmagoric imagery, complete dishonesty, and love poems to die for (and yes, pun is intended and strongly encouraged). White Stag strives to publish only the deepest emotion, the rawest of images, and the most unique language and syntax.
Please go to: for submission prompt and guidelines.

Rathalla Review

Rathalla Review, which is run and staffed by students in the Rosemont College MFA and Publishing programs, is looking for submissions for our Fall online issue. We publish first-time and veteran writers who offer quality craft, unique characters and images, and especially those who get their love of writing on the page. Please visit us at Rathalla Review publishes twice per year online and compiles an annual print issue of the best work of the online publications.

Fiction: We accept short stories or novel excerpts in varying lengths up to 7,500 words. We look for fiction that features sharp writing, carefully crafted plots, and compelling characters. Novel excerpts should be able to stand alone as a complete work.

Creative Non-fiction: We accept essays or book excerpts in varying lengths up to 7,500 words. We look for nonfiction that features sharp writing and careful craft. Book excerpts should be able to stand alone as a complete work.

Poetry: Up to three poems may be submitted simultaneously. Please indicate the titles in the title field. Give the titles and line counts for all poems in the appropriate fields of the submission form.

Art: Photography or original artwork that stands on its own. We publish one feature artist per issue. Submit a portfolio of up to ten to twelve pieces for our art editor to select from. Typically four to six may be selected for print.

We do accept simultaneous submissions, but we do not accept previously published work. Our readers perform blind reviews, so please do not include the Author Name on any work.

Complete submission guidelines are here:

ROAR Magazine Call for Submissions

ROAR Magazine is now accepting submissions for our 2014 Spring issue, which will include an interview with National Book Award Nominee and Boise, Idaho's Poet Laureate for 2013, Diane Raptosh.

ROAR Magazine is a print literary journal dedicated to providing a space to showcase women’s fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

We accept work that represents a wide spectrum of form, language and meaning. In other words, don’t worry if your work isn’t specific to feminist issues. If you’re a gal, we just want your point of view...

For detailed guidelines, please visit our website at

Imitation and Allusion 

Imitation & Allusion is a prompt-based literary magazine looking for emerging poets and short story writers for our inaugural issue. The magazine is published twice a year and currently is offered only online. In addition to the biannual magazine, we have a weekly blog and a spontaneously updated spoken word series.

For each issue, we select a poet and fiction writer pair (here’s our first selection) that we think offers some interesting comparisons and contrasts. We encourage submitting writers and poets to use the two examples as a starting point for their original works. Contributors might imitate the writers we have chosen--in style or content--or allude to their lives and experiences, or perhaps they can find an unexpected way to relate the two writers. We hope to be pleasantly surprised by the results, but we’re ready for confusion, also.

Please read our submission guidelines and review our submission page before you send in your work. After that, we look forward to reading your pieces.

At I&A we are also trying to build an online writing community as we provide a place for developing writers to practice their craft, so we encourage readers/viewers to stop by to offer their opinions.

Questions or comments? Let us know.

CutBank Call for Submissions

CutBank magazine is now open for submissions! Please consider submitting to our print journal until February 15, and to our new web features at any time.

We welcome original, unpublished work from established and upcoming writers alike. We're looking first and foremost for excellent writing. We love to read, and are always excited to find a piece that startles us, engaging us emotionally and challenging us intellectually. 

For the print version of CutBank, we accept poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Please only submit online; paper submissions will be recycled. Submit unpublished, original work, and include a cover letter with a brief biography.

We’re always happy to accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you withdraw your work immediately via Submittable. We encourage you to read CutBank before submitting. Sample issues are available for $8, one-year subscriptions for $15.

To submit to our print journal:

For details on submitting to our web features:

For more information about CutBank:

CURA Magazine 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, 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, Patricia Smith and Idra Novey. We would love to see submissions from the creative writing community at Ashland University. You can find us here.

We seek to promote a movement of creative response guided by meaningful action-- to celebrate active citizenship where a republic of writers, filmmakers, visual and digital artists converge. What Martín Espada has written about the social responsibility of the “Republic of Poetry” we believe applies to a Republic of all the Arts. It is “a place where creativity meets community, where the imagination serves humanity. [It] is a republic of justice because the practice of justice is the highest form of human expression.”

Canyon Voices online literary magazine

Now seeking new and established voices for the fall 2013 issue.
Fiction. Poetry. Creative Non-Fiction. Plays & Scripts. Art. Music.

Please circulate to all your creative circles.

Click Here to Submit!

Ghost Town Call for Submissions

Ghost Town, the national literary magazine of the MFA program at Cal State University San Bernardino, is looking for fearless and inventive fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. We’re also interested in translations, letters, cryptic found writings, illustrations, and other oddments.

We publish two online issues per year, in Winter and Summer, which will be combined and printed as one super print issue in June. Our reading period is from September to mid-April.

Contributors to Ghost Town include: Yusef Komunyakaa, Billy Collins, William Stafford, Peter Orner, Noelle Kocot, Brendan Constantine, Bob Hicok, Nate Pritts, Matt Hart and Arda Collins.

For a better idea of our editorial outlook, check out the fourth issue:

Sonora Review for the Mind and the Body. Submissions Now Open!

Body: desire, disorder, identity, injury, transfiguration, amputation, phantom limb syndrome, invasion, abduction, disease, food, excrement, anatomy, healing, disability, autopsy, necrophilia, dopplegangers, cyborgs, twins, tattoos, evolution, decay, death, sex...

Mind: cognition, perception, mis-perception, illusion, emotion, memory, language, neurosis, consciousness, subconsciousness, psychosis, dreams, the afterlife, phantasmagoria, philosophy, brain injury, psychotics, neuroscience, animal intelligence, artificial intelligence, telekinesis...

Our upcoming double-issue will feature explorations of the Mind & Body. We invite you to submit work that connects, separates, interrogates, unpacks, packs up, misinterprets and examines in every which way the body, the mind and their intersections. Read through the guidelines and visit our submissions page to send us your best!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

AU Ranked in Poets & Writers MFA Index

The annual MFA issue of Poets & Writers is out, and Ashland University's MFA program is listed among the 26 low-residency programs featured.

Of the 47 low-residency MFA programs currently available in the United States (Association of Writers and Writing Programs), AU ranks second in job placement, fourth in fellowship placement, and 11th in selectivity.  While the program did not place in a six-year popularity survey, it placed 19th in the popularity survey for 2011.

We'll take post-graduate successes over applicant popularity any day.

The 26 programs that Poets & Writers chose to feature "are those that either placed in the first 25 in a popularity survey taken over six years by a total of 302 applicants to low-residency programs or appear in the first 25 in at least two of the following three categories: selectivity (how selective they are in accepting applicants), fellowship placement (which had the most graduates receive any of forty-two creative writing fellowships over the past decade), and job placement (which had the most graduates hired as full-time creative writing faculty at the college level over the last five years), adjusted for program size."

Ashland University's low-residency program is in its sixth year, recently completing its seventh annual residency.  Its unique two-genre program focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction. Summer residencies often explore the unique relationship between these two genres.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Stephen Haven, MFA Director, Awarded Djerassi Residency

Dr. Stephen Haven, professor of English and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Ashland University, has been awarded a residency in poetry for the fall of 2014 by the Djerassi Foundation, the largest artist residency program in the Western United States and considered among the best in the country.
Haven is one of 80 artists selected for the 2014 season from more than 800 applicants, and will spend his residency in the company of 12 other American and international artists at the foundation’s 580-acre ranch located in Woodside, Calif., one hour south of San Francisco.
"I was very pleased to receive the offer from the Djerassi Foundation. I am looking forward to the uninterrupted time for work, and to the company of other creative people,” Haven said.
“One of the great things about the Djerassi residency is that the foundation provides meals, so fellows don't have to worry about the distractions of daily life, such as cooking and shopping,” Haven said. “I have been to other arts retreats before, but never to one on the West Coast. Also, the September/October dates were perfect, as I work a spring-summer academic year at AU and am largely free for a good part of the fall.”
Now in its 34th year, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program has provided more than 2,000 artist residencies, and currently serves approximately 90 artists each year – all free of charge. Each year, dozens of artists from across the United States and around the world travel to the ranch through this residency to “take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings and seek refuge from the distractions of the world to concentrate on their creative projects.”
While in residence, the artists have the opportunity to work in peaceful isolation within a supportive community of other artists and program staff, and can thrive on the intellectual stimulation and the collegial interaction in this intimate artist community.
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Call for Submissions - September 2013

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.

$2000 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press

Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2013

Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize).”

Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at :

Mail Entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno, Fresno, California 93740-8001

For more details visit:
or email

Standing Rock Chapbook Competition

We are calling for submissions for our fourth annual SRCA Open Poetry Chapbook Competition (to be judged by Melissa Barrett and Robert Miltner). 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. We received our 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit status in 2000 and we co-produce regular poetry readings at Last Exit Books in Kent hosted by local poet, Maj Ragain. Our Rock in the River Literary Series launched in 2011 and winners include Jeff Fearnside, Kelly Fordon, and Rick Marlatt.

Deadline: Submissions are open at Submittable and end September 30, 2013 (postmark - September 30th). The winner receives 25 copies and $50. All entrants receive a copy of the winning title.

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

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Deadline

The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce the following fellowship opportunities for writers:

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship One fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC. This award includes a stipend of $1,250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency.

NEA Literature in Translation Fellowship One award for an outstanding literary translator, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cave Canem Foundation Fellowship One award for an African American poet who is a current or former Cave Canem fellow.

These are just a few of the 31 fellowships available at our October 1st deadline--other awards include 16 open merit-based fellowships, 3 awards for visual artists touched by cancer, and more. Learn about all of our current fellowship opportunities at

Applications are due by October 1st, 2013. Apply at or

Kenyon Review Fellowships

Kenyon Review is now accepting applications through October 1st for a two-year writing fellowship program in Gambier, Ohio with teaching and editorial opportunities. Stipend of $32,500 per year, plus benefits.  Visit for more information.

Embodied Effigies

Co-edited by Catherine Roberts (current MFA student), Embodied Effegies is now accepting submissions for issue #4.  Visit for more information.

The Muse

'The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry ISSN 2249 –2178 ' calls
for submission for December 2013 issue: (

Submission guidelines
1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished (both print and online, not even published on blogs,literary or discussion forums or social networking sites), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio data. A cover letter would be nice but is not mandatory.

3. The research papers should be not less than 3000 words. References should be prepared strictly following MLA Style sheet (7th edition).

4. E-mail your poems, essays and research papers to . Response time varies from 2 to 12 weeks.

5. With poem/ research paper the poet/author is requested to submit a statement of originality of work.

6. You can also send your latest poetry book for review. Before sending it drop an email to




We are now accepting submissions in fiction and poetry for our fourth issue, scheduled for publication this December. Our submission deadline is October 1st, but all submissions received after this date will be considered for our Spring 2014 issue. Follow the link to Floodwall to view our submission guidelines. We look forward to reading your work.

Floodwall Magazine is an international journal of literary fiction and poetry that works to serve both the writers it publishes and the literary community of the University of North Dakota. We seek to accomplish this by accepting and publishing the very best in writing, featuring contemporary writers in a twice-yearly online publication. Floodwall is edited and produced by graduate students of the University of North Dakota Department Of English.

Alice James Books Contests

Alice James Books Kinereth Gensler and Beatrice Hawley Awards. The postmark deadlines for the manuscripts are October 1, 2013 and December 1, 2013, respectively.

We encourage both new and established poets to submit to our competitions. 

Bernheim Forest Writing Residency

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is offered through the Baltic Writing Residency, at Bernheim Arboretum& Research Forest, and is located in a beautiful, 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. It is important to note that the writer has an immense amount of say as to when they occupy the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year of being awarded the residency. Also, residents are welcome to bring their partners and/or their dogs.

The writer receives a $500 honorarium, and resides, for at least 4 weeks, and up to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin, on the grounds ofBernheim offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on Bernheim's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers, but will begin no earlier than late summer 2013.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of connecting the people with nature. To that end, Bernheim staff will be available to meet with writers to share their area of expertise and to provide insight and knowledge about the forest and arboretum. Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing at Bernheim for the 4- to 12-week period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR and Bernheim, during their stay.

Applications must be made only by those living outside of Kentucky, and by those writing in English (translations are not admissible). Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing. The application fee is $16.00.

For the Bernheim Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable, with a deadline of October 1st, 2013 (which may be extended).
* A 200 - 300 word statement of purpose that discusses how the writers work has OR, once at Bernheim, will reflect (on) the natural world, keeping in mind that neither this statement of purpose, nor the writer's work need be traditional or conventional in its relationship to the natural world, but may be experimental, conceptual, unconventional, etc., indeed we encourage the widest array possible of relations to the natural world.
* 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of fiction or CNF
* A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
* Contact Information for two references.

Mason's Road

Mason’s Road is looking for submissions for our latest issue. Our submissions period runs for nine weeks: August 26th-October 20th, 2013. We seek to publish the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, craft essays, audio, and visual art.

There are two ways to submit to Mason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Winter Literary Award, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here for submission guidelines.

Poetry Nook Magazine

We are pleased to announce that submissions are open for the October issue of Poetry Nook Magazine, a monthly journal of poetry and art. To learn more about it and see the submission guidelines, please take a look at Submissions will be open through the end of the month; beginning October 1, submissions will begin for the November issue. There are two $100 prizes, one each for best poem and best art submission. This will be announced one month after publication, based on reader feedback and the editors’ judgment. There are no fees to submit your work.

We have also recently come out with a new poetry anthology, The dVerse Anthology: Voices of Contemporary World Poetry, which contains poems from over ninety contemporary poets from around the world. Below is a link to an electronic review book for your convenience; if you would like to write a review or send a blurb, it would be much appreciated.

The San Miguel Writers' Conference and Literary Festival

The San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival is looking for three writers to join us February 12-17, 2014 in Mexico. Submit your poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to our writing contest before November 04, 2013 for a chance to attend the ninth annual writers’ conference free of charge as well as have your lodging paid for during your stay.

Submissions can be made through Submittable at:

For more information about the writing contest go here:

More information about the San Miguel Writers’ Conference can be found at:

Thin Air

Thin Air is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and we have taken great strides to expand our magazine’s outreach for submissions and generate a wider presence for our 20th volume. For full submission guidelines and to see excerpts from last year’s magazine, please visit our website at Submission deadline: December 1, 2013.

The Southern Review
Submit to The Southern Review!
Our reading period is now open. Visit our submissions page for details.

Learn more about The Southern Review and the kinds of work we publish by subscribing today. For a special 25% MFA discount, use the code MFA25 when you subscribe.

The Southern Review is one of the nation's premiere literary journals. Hailed by Time as "superior to any other journal in the English language," we have made literary history since our founding in 1935. We publish a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by the country's-and the world's-most respected contemporary writers.

Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Contest

Now in our 13th year, Quercus Review Press, housed in the English Department at Modesto Junior College, CA is proud to offer $1000 to our winner, generous royalties, and 15 author copies. Our books are widely distributed through Amazon, and we vow never to let a poet's book go out of print.

More info can be found at

The Fat City Review

The Fat City Review is an online magazine that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art. The Review searches for creators, from the established and published, to the emerging and unrecognized. We are open to sundry styles, visions, and genres, so send us your work and help us populate this city, which is as much yours as it is ours.

All submissions are accepted through: Submittable.

Fiction and Nonfiction
Please submit only one piece at a time, maximum 7,000 words. Unless your submission’s style requires otherwise, if possible, please submit your piece in 12 point, Times New Roman, double-spaced font. This just makes our job easier. You will not be rejected for failing to format your submission this way, it would just be nice if you did.

Please submit no more than five poems. There is no length limit for poetry, but do not expect an Iliad-size piece to be accepted in whole. We strongly recommend that if you attach your poetry you put all five poems into one document to save us the headache of juggling five separate files.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

2014 Visiting Writers

The Ashland University MFA Program announces its roster of visiting writers for the 2014 summer residency:

Kristen IversenJudith Kitchen
Kristen IversenJudith Kitchen
David St. JohnRosanna Warren
David St. JohnRosanna Warren

Visit our website for information about each of these visiting writers.  The 2014 summer residency will take place July 19-August 2, 2014.

For information on how to apply to the Ashland University MFA Program, click here.

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