Friday, June 14, 2013

Call for Submissions - June 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.

Sustainable Arts Fellowship - Vermont Studio Center
Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowships: Two awards—one 4-week and one 2-week residency fellowship—for artists and writers who are raising young children. These awards include a stipend ($2,000 for the 4-week residency and $1,000 for the 2-week residency) to cover lost income, travel, childcare, and other costs related to taking time away from the family.

Please help us spread the word about the Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowships and the 28 other awards available at our June 15th deadline, including 16 open merit-based fellowships, the new Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship, and more. Learn about all of our current fellowship opportunities at

Applications must be received by June 15th, 2013. Our partnership with SlideRoom makes applying easier than ever; visit or to get started.

Contact David Grozinsky at or 802-635-2727 with any questions.

Call for Submissions - Commons Magazine

Commons Magazine is currently accepting submissions for their new poetry column, UNCOMMON/WORD: A collection of commons-inspired poetry. Commons Magazine will review work twice yearly, often on a theme or specific subject. The current theme is “all that we share.” Six poets will be selected and featured in the magazine during each submission round. This year's submissions will be judged by our panel of Poet Advisers: Sarah Browning, Douglas Kearney, Juliet Patterson, and Crystal Ann Williams.

Submission guidelines can be found here:

Deadline for this call: June 30, 2013.

Augury Books Open Reading Period

Augury Books is very happy to announce that our 2013 open reading period begins today (May 1st: Happy May Day!) and will last until June 30th. This year we are looking for both full-length poetry manuscripts and for short story collections, and we anticipate publishing at least one new title in each genre.

Exact guidelines and the link to Submittable can be found on Augury's submissions page here:

Cincinnati Review Contest

The Cincinnati Review is now accepting entries for the 2013 Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. One poem and one prose piece (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for publication in our 2014 prize issue, and the two winners will each receive $1,000.

The entry fee of $20 includes a year-long subscription, and submissions will be accepted from June 1st to July 15th. All entries will be considered for publication. Please submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 40 pages of prose per entry. All entries should be submitted through our online submission manager here. For complete contest guidelines, please visit

2013 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize

Deadline: August 1, 2013 (email or postmarked)
Prize: $1000 CAD
Entry fee:
$35 CAD for residents of Canada
$40 USD for residents of the USA
$45 USD for entries from elsewhere

(each first entry includes a one-year subscription to The Malahat Review)

**$15 CAD for each additional entry (from anywhere)

Enter a work of creative nonfiction (personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism) between 2000 and 3000 words in length.

Read full contest guidelines on our website.

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is offered through the Baltic Writing Residency, in collaboration with Sarabande Books andBernheim Arboretum & Research Forest.

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. 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 of Bernheim 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. In turn, 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.

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 soft deadline of August 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.

The Examined Life Journal

The call for the next issue of The Examined Life Journal is open and we're accepting new submissions until 8/15/2013. If you're submitting poetry, please pay special attention to our revised poetry submission process. If you're submitting prose, hit us with your best shot. That process remains the same.

Thank you for supporting us with your writing and your subscriptions. If you haven't had a chance to pick up our newest issue, visit and order a copy or subscribe today.

Blue Mesa Review Annual Fiction and Poetry Contest

Open June 1st - August 31st

We are proud to announce our judges:
Sherman Alexie in Fiction
Michael Dickman in Poetry

Winners receive $250 each and publication in Blue Mesa Review issue 28. Finalists also receive publication.
Our contest fee is only $12. Please go to for more information and to submit up to 6,000 words of prose or a packet of 3 poems.

Black Warrior Review's Ninth-Annual Contest Now Open

All entries must be submitted by September 1, 2013.

We’re honored to have as our guest judges:

Kate Durbin (Poetry)
Brian Evenson (Fiction/Prose)
Jenny Boully (Nonfiction)

Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 40.2, our Spring/Summer 2014 issue. Finalists receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication.

Please submit your $15 entry fee at, then enter your Payment Gateway Reference number with your submission at

American Literary Review Awards

We are excited to announce that the American Literary Review 2013 Literary Awards are now open for submissions!

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2014 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit your best original fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction by October 1, 2013 to be considered. For contest guidelines and access to our online submission manager, visit our contest page at: There is a $15 reading fee. We are looking forward to reading your work!

The After Coetzee Project

The After Coetzee Project, an anthology of fiction, seeks short stories that bring forth a new kind of writing about animals, one that disengages from speciesist fictional strategies (animals as metaphors and allegories) and reimagines animals as subjects.

Please see the full call for submissions at Deadline to submit is December 1, 2013.

Straight Forward Poetry

Issue Four of Straight Forward Poetry is now available for download on LitRagger! LitRagger is a new app that allows you to purchase and read literary magazines on your iPad and iPhone; it can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.

We are taking submissions for Issue Five. If your students have poetry, reviews, essays or photography we would love to see them.

Story|Houston Call for Submissions

On behalf of Story|Houston, we would like to invite you to submit your best short story fiction and creative non-fiction for our Summer 2013 issue. There is no submission fee or cover letter required, and we award $200 per published work.

Our editorial staff is headed by William Monroe, dean of the Honors College at the University of Houston, and it is rounded out with other professors and writers in the Houston area.

To submit and for more info, please see

Ether Call for Submissions

At Ether, we are constantly on the look out for talented new writers.

We are currently running three writing competitions. All are Flash Fiction/non-Fiction and free to enter:
1. 18-25 Summer Shorts 2013
This is a downloads based competition. The story with the highest number of downloads wins.
Prize: £50 for first place and top three will receive premium-level Ether Writer Membership.

2. Journeys Flash Competition
This is a judged competition. Our panel of five judges will decide the winner.
Prize: £50 for first place and top three will receive formal reviews from each of the five judges.

3. Twisted Tales
We are hosting this competition in conjunction with Raging Aardvark Publishing.
Winning entries will be published in ebook and printed formats.

The top three in each contest will be promoted on our app. Details can be found on our blog:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ashland Poetry Workshops Date Announced

The second annual Ashland Poetry Workshops will take place November 23-24, 2013 at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  Workshops are taught by Ashland Poetry Press staff members Stephen Haven, Director, Deborah Fleming, Editor, and Sarah M. Wells, Managing Editor, along with Robin Davidson, author of Luminous Other, which will be published by Ashland Poetry Press in September 2013.

The workshop weekend is a casual opportunity to connect with other poets and writers.  The weekend is free and open to the public.  A suggested donation of $20 is welcomed at check-in.

For more information and to register, please visit

Meet the Team

We're very pleased to introduce our spring 2018 Ashland MFA Faculty. We hope you're as excited about these names as we ar...