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 Gl├╝ck, 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:

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