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 northamericanreview.org
Questions? 319.273.6455 nar@uni.edu

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: https://wickpoetrycenter.submittable.com/submit

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 http://thepoetsbillow.org/poetry-awards/the-atlantis-award/

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 www.waterstonereview.com

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: www.minervarising.com

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: http://3elementsreview.com/submission-guidelines.html

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: www.lhj.com/essaycontest

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 www.rowanglassworks.org .

International Journal of Literary Nonfiction

Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary

1000-5000 words

Submit via email: editor@thetruthaboutthefact.com

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: http://whitestagjournal.com/submit.html 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 rathallareview.org. 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: http://rathallareview.org/submit.html

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 www.roarmagazine.org

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: https://cutbank.submittable.com/submit

For details on submitting to our web features: http://www.cutbankonline.org/submit/web/

For more information about CutBank: http://www.cutbankonline.org/about/

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: www.ghosttownlitmag.com.

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!

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