Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Calls for Submissions - December 2014

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.

Journal Submissions


pacificREVIEW "Vivarium" theme

The newest issue of the pacificREVIEW seeks dynamic pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narratives, photography, and artwork that speak to the theme of “Vivarium” and interrogate the ever-blurring line between "real" and "unreal" settings. Submission period ends February 28.
https://sdsupacificreview.submittable.com/submit

Female Writers – All Genres, All Topics

Minerva Rising Literary Journal is seeking short stories, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, original prints, graphic arts and photographs for their upcoming issue. If you’re a woman and you made it and it’s creative and it’s really, really, REALLY good, they want it. Deadline is January 31, 2015.
http://minervarising.com/submissions/.

Submit your CrossGenre or Experimental Writing

Small Po[r]tions is accepting submissions for Issue 4! They publish work that minimizes, blurs, or exaggerates distinctions between genres and hope to offer a shared space for experimental creative fiction and nonfiction, lyrical fiction, poetry, and multimedia pieces. Small Po[r]tions issues have a print component with a focus on book arts and an online component featuring selections from the print issue along with media work. View work from previous issues at smallportionsjournal.com/issues. Print copies are available on our website as well. Please submit up to 1000 words or one multimedia work to submissions@smallportionsjournal.com by January 18th to be considered for publication in Issue 4.
smallportionsjournal.com

Glimmer Train Open Call for All Fiction

Deadline is January 2. Open to all subjects, themes, and writers (50% of last year's Fiction Open winners were their authors' first published stories).
http://www.glimmertrain.com/fictionopen.html

Creative Nonfiction Special Topics for Issues and Anthologies

Creative Nonfiction & In Fact Books are currently seeking work for multiple upcoming anthologies and special topic issues.
https://www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions#current

Exploring the Boundaries (section of Creative Nonfiction magazine)
What to send: Ambitious writing that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.
Deadline: January 20, 2015

Beyond Crazy: True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness (an anthology)
What to send: Original stories that address--either directly or obliquely--the trials of living with mental illness.
Deadline: February 9, 2015

Becoming a Teacher (another anthology)
What to send: Stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.
Deadline: March 9, 2015

The Weather (a special issue of Creative Nonfictionmagazine)
What's on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF
What to send: True stories--personal, historical, reported--about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever's happening where you are.
Deadline: April 13, 2015

New Literary and Creative Arts Magazine seeking submissions

FishFood Magazine is also currently seeking submissions for its second issue. We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, micro fiction/flash fiction, all types of poetry, submissions in French, personal essays, letters and diaries.
http://www.fishfoodmagazine.com/submit/

Share Your MFA Experience

The MFA Years posts content related to creative writing programs located in the United States and internationally. They are looking for students and alumni interested in contributing a guest post about some aspect of creative writing and graduate school and/or being interviewed about their program.
Visit their submissions page for details http://themfayears.com/submissions/

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives

A professional pay journal, Tahoma Literary Review is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6,000 words or flash submissions (up to 2,000 words). Submissions of creative writing for Issue #3 are open through Dec. 31.
http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

3Elements for Winter: Wring, Respite, Smudge

3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element. You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper). Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1. See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details.
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Submissions for Print Issue

Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.
Submissions details.


Contests


New American Press Poetry Book Prize

New American Press is currently accepting submissions for its annual poetry book prize. Winner receives $1000, 25 author's copies, and discounted rates on additional copies. Final judge: Maggie Smith, author of The Lamp of the Body and The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison. Deadline December 31, 2014.
http://newamericanpress.com/contests/current.php

Win a trip to DisQuiet Portugal Conference 

Enter DisQuiet’s contest for fiction, nonfiction, poetry or short plays now until February 10, 2015. Winners receive tuition and expenses to attend the DisQuiet International Literary Program’s Lisbon event, June 28 through July 10.
http://www.disquietinternational.org

Black Lawarence Press accepting Unpublished Novels for Big Moose Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Deadline: January 31, 2015; Entry Fee: $25
http://www.blacklawrence.com/submissions-and-contests/the-big-moose-prize/

Sundog Lit Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

Submit your entries for the 1st Annual Contest Series in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry! Entries are $5 and winners in each category receive $100 + publication! Submissions close on January 1, 2015. In addition, they are still accepting submissions of chapbooks and fiction/nonfiction/poetry for our 1st print issue (Issue 8). The print issue will be on display and for sale at AWP in Minneapolis, MN!
http://sundoglit.com/

Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry from Columbia

Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art is now accepting original work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its 2015 Writing Competition. One winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and print publication in Issue 53, due out this spring. This year’s judges will be: Fiction: DeWitt Henry; Nonfiction: Emily Bestler; Poetry: Beth Ann Fennelly Cash prizes and publication.
Enter here: www.columbiajournal.org/submit

Tupelo Quarterly Seeks Excellent Prose of All Kinds

Tupelo Quarterly's Prose Open Contest is accepting entries in all styles, sensibilities and related genres - fiction, nonfiction and hybrid work. All genres to be judged on their own merits; no singular genre preferred. The sole criterion is excellence. Runners-up and finalists also to be named. Prize: The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2015 issue of Tupelo Quarterly. Entries must be received by January 1, 2015. Reading Fee: $20
https://tupeloquarterly.submittable.com/submit

Nowhere Travel Writing contest

Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, for the first Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Contest.  They are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices to send stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win.
https://nowherepublishing.submittable.com/submit/16985

Wandering Hermit Chapbook and Online Journal Submissions

Wandering Hermit Review is now open for submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for their online journal and chapbook contest. Deadline for chapbook contest is 1/31; journal submissions close on 12/31.
https://wanderinghermitpress.submittable.com/submit

Kore Press Short Fiction Contest

The Kore Press 2015 Short Fiction Award is open for submissions. This year’s judge is Roxanne Gay, co-editor of PANK. Deadline is Valentine’s Day, sweethearts.
http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

2015 William Matthews Poetry Prize

Sponsored by the Asheville Poetry Review and judged by Garrett Hongo, this contest offers cash prizes for first and second place. Deadline is January 15, 2015.
http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/


Conferences


The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

Stipends and awards are available for The Writer's Hotel event this summer, June 10-16 in NYC. Deadline is March 7, 2015.
http://www.newguardreview.com/#tabTHEWRITERSHOTEL

River Teeth Creative Nonfiction Conference

Join the community of nonfiction writers in Ashland, Ohio, for a weekend of manuscript consultations, seminars, and readings, all focused on the craft of nonfiction. The conference will emphasize essay, memoir, literary journalism, and building the kind of relationships that sustain writers throughout the writing process, from early draft all the way through to book promotion. Featured speakers are Cheryl Strayed and Jerald Walker.  Student scholarships available.
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/conference

Registration Open for HippoCamp Conference for Creative Nonfiction

Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission. This three-day event will feature notable speakers, engaging sessions in three tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate pre- and post-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa. August 7-9. Registration is now open!
http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com/about/


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Calls for Submissions - November 2014

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. 

Contests 


Columbia Annual Writing Competition
Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art is now accepting original work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for the Issue 53 Writing Competition. Entry fee is $15 and deadline is December 1.
http://columbiajournal.org/contests-2

New American Press Poetry Book Prize
New American Press is currently accepting submissions for its annual poetry book prize. Winner receives $1000, 25 author's copies, and discounted rates on additional copies. Final judge: Maggie Smith, author of The Lamp of the Body and The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison.
http://newamericanpress.com/contests/current.php

Chapbook Contest for Women Over 50
QuillsEdge Press – Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50 announce their first chapbook competition, judged by Barbara Crooker. The 2014 theme is On the Edge – the edge of an era, a breakdown, a break up, a break-through. Share your edge, and make them feel it. QuillsEdge will be publishing the winning chapbook and an anthology of poems gleaned from submitted manuscripts. Submissions close December 31, 2014.
http://quillsedgepress.com/submit/

Glimmer Train New Writer Award for Fiction
This contest is open to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Publication and cash prizes for winner and two runners-up. Deadline is November 30.
http://www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp

Tarpaulin Sky Book Prizes
Tarpaulin Sky Books is accepting manuscripts for their book contest until November 30. Two winning authors will receive publication and a 1,000 prize. All sizes and genres welcome.
Submissions details.

Sundog Lit 1st Annual Contest Series
As part of their first print issue—Sundog Lit will publish the winners of their 1st Annual Contest Series in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry! Entries are $5 and multiple submissions are allowed. All submissions will be read blind. Winners in each genre will receive $100 + publication in our print issue. They will also publish one chapbook of either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Deadline is January 1.
https://sundoglit.submittable.com/submit

Wandering Hermit Chapbook and Online Journal Submissions
Wandering Hermit Review is now open for submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for their online journal and chapbook contest. Deadline for chapbook contest is 1/31; journal submissions close on 12/31.
https://wanderinghermitpress.submittable.com/submit

Kore Press Short Fiction Contest
The Kore Press 2015 Short Fiction Award is open for submissions. This year’s judge is Roxanne Gay, co-editor of PANK. Deadline is Valentine’s Day, sweethearts.
http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

Ekphrastic Poetry Competition sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Writers are invited to submit original poems inspired by five works of art shown on ARTlines2 web site, on the MFAH's web site and on view at the Museum. The deadline for entries is midnight November 30, 2014. A total of 45 poems by winners and finalist will be published with the accompanying artworks in an ekphrastic poetry anthology for ARTlines2. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
http://artlines2.net/guidelines/

Cooked Up a Good Poem? 
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize is accepting entries until December 31. Sponsored by Ballymaloe Cookery School and The Moth magazine, this contest offers huge prizes.
More details at themothmagazine.com

2015 William Matthews Poetry Prize
Sponsored by the Asheville Poetry Review and judged by Garrett Hongo, this contest offers cash prizes for first and second place. Deadline is January 15, 2015.
http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/

It's Award Season at PSA
Each year from October to December the Poetry Society holds a variety of contests for poets at all stages of their careers. Contests center on specific themes, age groups, and other parameters. Accepting Submissions October 1st—December 22nd.
See award descriptions at http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/


Calls for Submissions 


Share Your MFA Experience

The MFA Years posts content related to creative writing programs located in the United States and internationally. All of the content is generated by current creative writing students and alumni. They are looking for students and alumni interested in contributing a guest post about some aspect of creative writing and graduate school and/or being interviewed about their program.
Visit their submissions page for details http://themfayears.com/submissions/

Embodied Effigies Needs Flash Nonfiction for Print Issue
Embodied Effigies literary magazine is open for submissions for its fifth issue. They are doing a special print issue with a flash nonfiction theme. Deadline 11/30 for Issue 5. Features always accepted.
http://effigiesmag.com/submissions/

Afterimage Seeks Works of Ekphrasis for “Inklight”
“Inklight” is a meeting place of creative writing and photography. You can find it on the web site of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, published at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York.  For this unique project, photographers submit original work, which is selected to be posted on the Afterimage web site. Writers then submit original creative writing inspired by one of the images on the web site (engaging in the process of ekphrasis). New “Inklight” features will be posted on our web site regularly and archived indefinitely.
http://vsw.org/afterimage/inklight/gallery/

Accepting Short Stories and Poems about Relationships
Literature Today, an International Journal of contemporary literature, is inviting poems and short stories for its second issue. The theme of our January 2015 issue is 'Relationships'.
http://literaturetodayjournal.webs.com/

All Genres Welcome at Rowan University Literary Magazine
Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program is seeking nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2014.
www.rowanglassworks.org.

Thin Air Looking for Original Work, Reviews or Interviews for Print and On-line
Thin Air is an annual print publication with a web magazine. The publication is managed by the graduate students of Northern Arizona University’s MA and MFA programs. Submissions for the 21st issue of Thin Air will be accepted until December 15, 2014. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts are printed, as well as book reviews and interviews for the on-line magazine.
http://thinairmagazine.org/

Heavy Metal Inspired Fiction
Despumation is a literary journal of short fiction based on/inspired by extreme heavy metal music. Also open to poetry and non-fiction. Rolling submissions.
http://despumationpress.com/

Barking Sycamores “Doors of Perception” theme
Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. They are seeking poetry, short fiction, and art for Issue 4, Winter/Spring 2015. Theme: “The Doors of Perception.” Pieces about doors, perception, and vision are welcome as well as ekphrastic work based on the works of William Blake, Aldous Huxley, or the American rock band The Doors. However, in the end, artists may submit poetry, short fiction, and visual art that interpret the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. They also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. Submission period: October 1 – November 30, 2014.
http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives
A professional pay journal, Tahoma Literary Review is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6,000 words or flash submissions (up to 2,000 words).
Guidelines at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

3Elements for Winter: Wring, Respite, Smudge
3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element. You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper). Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1. See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details.
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Regular Submissions
Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.
Submissions details.


Conferences, Fellowships and Other Opportunities 


River Teeth Creative Nonfiction Conference
Join the community of nonfiction writers in Ashland, Ohio, for a weekend of manuscript consultations, seminars, and readings, all focused on the craft of nonfiction. The conference will emphasize essay, memoir, literary journalism, and building the kind of relationships that sustain writers throughout the writing process, from early draft all the way through to book promotion. Featured speakers are Cheryl Strayed and Jerald Walker.
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/conference

Online Writing Class Discounts for MFA Students and Alumni
To celebrate their third year of offering online writing classes, 24PearlStreet: The Fine Arts Work Center Online is offering a 50% discount on classes to all current and former MFA students. Students can study one-on-one with renowned poets and writers like Carolyn Forche, Mary Gaitskill, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Harding.
For a full list of offerings, please visit www.fawc.org/24PearlStreet.

Writing Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in 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. The deadline for the 2015-16 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2014.
Details: fawc.org/writers

The Writers Hotel 2015 Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry
The Writer's Hotel & The New Guard literary review are hosting a Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetryin Midtown Manhattan in 2015. It's free to apply. Just send in 20 pages for review. Deadline is March 7, 2015, but we expect to fill up much sooner. Early registration is strongly encouraged.
More details.

Baltic Writing Residency Opportunities in Kentucky or Latvia
The Baltic Writing Residency has extended its submission period for the 2 - 8 week long residency at Bernheim Forest (in KY) to February 1st. The residency can be spent any time of year. The deadline for applications to the month-long residency in Riga, Latvia is December 15th.
http://balticresidency.com/

Hippocamp Conference for Creative Nonfiction this August.
Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission. This three-day event will feature notable speakers, engaging sessions in three tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate pre- and post-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa. August 7-9. Registration opens December 1.
http://conference.hippocampusmagazine.com/about/


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Calls for Submissions - October 2014

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.

Contests


Atlantis Award for Poetry – great opportunity for graduate students

The Poet’s Billow, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of poetry, is extending their deadline for the Atlantis Award to November 1st.
Submission guidelines: http://thepoetsbillow.org/poetry-awards/the-atlantis-award/

Fiction Writing Contest

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's Fiction Contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. The deadline is: November 16th.  Molly Antopol, author of the acclaimed short story collection, The UnAmericans, will judge.  (Their one-act play contest deadline is November 1.)
http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/fiction-contest/

Chapbook Award for Short Fiction or Poems 

The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short fiction or poems. Entries should be between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner will receive $500 and publication. Submissions are accepted via submittable now through October 31st.
Complete submission guidelines.

Ekphrastic Poetry Competition sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. 

Writers are invited to submit original poems inspired by five works of art shown on ARTlines2 web site, on the MFAH's web site and on view at the Museum. The deadline for entries is midnight November 30, 2014. A total of 45 poems by winners and finalist will be published with the accompanying artworks in an ekphrastic poetry anthology for ARTlines2. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
http://artlines2.net/guidelines/

Alice James Books Poetry Award 

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Inaugural Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award) postmarked through November 1, 2014. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established U.S. poets. The winner receives $2,000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. http://www.alicejamesbooks.org

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Sponsored by Ballymaloe Cookery School and The Moth magazine, this contest offers huge prizes. Closing date is December 31.
More details at themothmagazine.com

2015 William Matthews Poetry Prize 

Sponsored by the Asheville Poetry Review and judged by Garrett Hongo, this contest offers cash prizes for first, second place. Deadline is January 15, 2015.
http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/

Poetry Society of America Annual Poetry Awards 

Each year from October to December the Poetry Society holds a variety of contests for poets at all stages of their careers. Contests center on specific themes, age groups, and other parameters. Accepting Submissions October 1st—December 22nd.
See award descriptions at http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award 

Briefly. Deadline 10/31. Max 3,000 words. Cash prizes.
http://www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp


Submissions


Share Your MFA Experience 

The MFA Years posts content related to creative writing programs located in the United States and internationally. All of the content is generated by current creative writing students and alumni. They are looking for students and alumni interested in contributing a guest post about some aspect of creative writing and graduate school and/or being interviewed about their program.
Visit their submissions page for details http://themfayears.com/submissions/

Embodied Effigies Needs Flash Nonfiction for Print Issue 

Embodied Effigies literary magazine is open for submissions for its fifth issue. They are doing a special print issue with a flash nonfiction theme. Deadline 11/30 for Issue 5. Features always accepted.
http://effigiesmag.com/submissions/

Fearless Writers Sought for Ghost Town MFA Journal

Ghost Town, the national literary journal of the MFA program at California State University San Bernardino, is looking for fearless and inventive fiction, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We publish two online issues per year. Deadline is November 10 for Issue 7!
http://ghosttownlitmag.com/submit/

Accepting Short Stories and Poems about Relationships 

Literature Today, an International Journal of contemporary literature, is inviting poems and short stories for its second issue. The theme of our January 2015 issue is 'Relationships'.
http://literaturetodayjournal.webs.com/


All Genres Welcome at Rowan University Literary Magazine 

Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program is seeking nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2014. 
www.rowanglassworks.org.

Thin Air Looking for Original Work, Reviews or Interviews for Print and On-line 

Thin Air is an annual print publication with a web magazine. The publication is managed by the graduate students of Northern Arizona University’s MA and MFA programs. Submissions for the 21st issue of Thin Air will be accepted until December 15, 2014. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts are printed, as well as book reviews and interviews for the on-line magazine.
http://thinairmagazine.org/

Heavy Metal Inspired Fiction 

Despumation is a literary journal of short fiction based on/inspired by extreme heavy metal music. Also open to poetry and non-fiction. Rolling submissions.
http://despumationpress.com/

Barking Sycamores “Doors of Perception” theme 

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. They are seeking poetry, short fiction, and art for Issue 4, Winter/Spring 2015. Theme: “The Doors of Perception.” Pieces about doors, perception, and vision are welcome as well as ekphrastic work based on the works of William Blake, Aldous Huxley, or the American rock band The Doors. However, in the end, artists may submit poetry, short fiction, and visual art that interpret the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. They also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. Submission period: October 1 – November 30, 2014.
http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives 

A professional pay journal, Tahoma Literary Review is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6,000 words. or flash submissions (up to 2,000 words).
Guidelines are available at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

Mason's Road is now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Submissions period ends November 15, 2014.
Submission guidelines at http://www.masonsroad.com/submission-guidelines/.

3Elements for Winter: Wring, Respite, Smudge 

3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element.  You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper). Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1. See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details.
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Regular Submissions

Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.  
Submissions details.



Other


Online Writing Class Discounts for MFA Students and Alumni 

To celebrate their third year of offering online writing classes, 24PearlStreet: The Fine Arts Work Center Online is offering a 50% discount on classes to all current and former MFA students. Students can study one-on-one with renowned poets and writers like Carolyn Forche, Mary Gaitskill, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Harding.
For a full list of offerings, please visit www.fawc.org/24PearlStreet.

Join the Crew of Drunken Boat  

Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web Award, is adding to our staff. Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. Positions available include Non-fiction Reader, Publicity and Marketing director, and AWP/Readings Coordinator.
Read more at www.drunkenboat.com.

Writing Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in 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. The deadline for the 2015-16 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2014.
Details: fawc.org/writers

Baltic Writing Residency Opportunities in Kentucky or Latvia 

The Baltic Writing Residency has extended its submission period for the 2 - 8 week long residency at Bernheim Forest (in KY) to February 1st. The residency can be spent any time of year. The deadline for applications to the month-long residency in Riga, Latvia is December 15th. 
http://balticresidency.com/

Best Poems Submissions

The Muse is seeking poetry submissions for CONTEMPORARY POETRY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF PRESENT DAY BEST POEMS (VOLUME-2)’.
For submission guidelines please visit: http://themuse.webs.com/newsandevents.htm


Friday, September 12, 2014

Calls for Submissions - September 2014

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. 

Red Wolf Journal seeking poetry on theme "celebration and ritual"

Red Wolf Journal is an online international poetry journal that is published quarterly. They are inviting emerging and established poets to submit their work for publication in the Fall 2014 issue, which has the general theme of "celebration and ritual." Feel free to follow this theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2014.
Submission guidelines are at http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/fall-2014-issue-3/.

The Puritan's annual literary contest for poetry and fiction

The deadline to enter poetry and fiction submissions to The Puritan's annual literary contest, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is September 30. This year’s contest features $2000 in cash prizes, publication, and prize pack of books valued at over $750 each! This year’s winning entries will be chosen by celebrated Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsie Gartner.
http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference October 31 - November 1, 2014

You’ve just finished your first publishable work and you’re wondering where to turn next. Come to the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (directed by our own Heather Gemmen Wilson)—a two-day event at Anderson University (Indiana) that focuses on helping writers get published. You’ll be able to attend seminars on how to write proposals, why and how to work with agents, and other useful information. Most importantly, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your work to editors and agents. Additionally, all conferees may enter the IFWC writing contest for cash prizes, which is judged by publishing professionals.
http://www.faithandwriting.com

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives

Tahoma Literary Review, a professional pay journal, is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6000 words.  We're also open to flash submissions (up to 2,000 words). We are dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process. Guidelines are available at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, this contest awards one winner with a $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.  Deadline is September 30, 2014. Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html

2014 American Literary Review Awards Open for Submissions

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2015 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.  Deadline is October 1, 2014. 
http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest.html


Missouri Review prizes in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction

The Missouri Review’s 24th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.  This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers. October 1, 2014 deadline.
http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize for Women

The 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry is open for submission until October 31, 2014. This contest is open to American women who have yet to publish a full-length book. The winner receives publication with Persea, $1,000.00, and the option of an expenses paid six-week residency in Italy.
www.perseabooks.com

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

Mason's Road is now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

Submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.  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 Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry. Please look here for submission guidelines.


Fogged Clarity Chicago Arts Review accepting submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Winter 2014 edition. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

Essaying the Body Electric New Essay Contest

Welcome Table Press is pleased to announce its first essay contest, Essaying the Body Electric. The winning submissions will be selected by judge Robert Atwan, series editor of Best American Essays. Five cash prizes will be awarded. The winning submissions will be published as part of a new online series and eventually, in a print anthology. October 1 deadline.
Complete guidelines at https://welcometablepress.submittable.com/submit.

So to Speak Contests and Journal Submissions

So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art is now open for submissions. Additionally, our nonfiction contest judged by Jennifer Percy and our poetry contest are open for submissions. So to Speak welcomes both new and established writers of all genders, writing about all topics. We are looking for strong, artistic work that is asks questions, inspires, takes risks, and promotes reflection.  Submissions will be accepted until October 15. Check out our guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/submit/

Tiferet Journal submission open now through December

Tiferet Journal is now accepting submissions in poetry, prose, and art.  They look for high-quality creative work that expresses spiritual experiences and/or promotes tolerance.
http://tiferetjournal.com/submit/

Arizona State University's Canyon Voices Open for Submissions

Canyon Voices is looking for writers and artists to submit to the Fall 2014 edition! We are in need of your blooming talent. The deadline for submission is October 21, 2014. Please consider sharing your pieces with us. We look forward to hearing from you all! 
canyonvoices.asu.edu/submission

Black River Chapbook Competition

The Fall 2014 Black River Chapbook Competition is now open to submissions of poetry and short fiction through October 31, 2014. Full guidelines

3Elements Literary Review Reveals Winter Themes and Annual Contests

3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element. 

You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper).  Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1.  See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details. 
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Regular Submissions

Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.  
Submissions details.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ashland MFA Recognized in BAE Notables List

Congratulations are in order for MFA nonfiction faculty members whose essays have been recognized as Notable Essays in the 2014 Best American Essays anthology.

Sarah M. Wells, the MFA program administrative director and current nonfiction MFA student, also appears in the notables list for her Brevity essay, "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation."

Congratulations!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Call for Submissions - August 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter.  We've been busy with our 2014 Summer Residency program, but now we're back in action! Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 

Red Wolf Journal seeking poetry on theme "celebration and ritual"

Red Wolf Journal is an online international poetry journal that is published quarterly. They are inviting emerging and established poets to submit their work for publication in the Fall 2014 issue, which has the general theme of "celebration and ritual." Feel free to follow this theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Our intention is to spread poetry as far as it can travel. Please join us on the journey. Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2014.  More information and a link to our submission guidelines can be found here: http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/fall-2014-issue-3/

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives

Tahoma Literary Review, a professional pay journal, is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6000 words.  We're also open to flash submissions (up to 2,000 words). We are dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process. Guidelines are available at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

Barking Sycamores accepting poetry short fiction and art

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art for our unthemed Issue 3, Fall/Winter 2014, which will publish October 1 – December 31, 2014. Works on nearly any subject will be considered, as well as essays on neurodivergence and the creation of literary works. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested writers consult our submission guidelines (http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/) before sending any work to us.  Submission period: July 1 – September 15, 2014.

Gulf Coast Journal Contests in Short Prose and Translation

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. For more details: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthleme-prize/.

Gulf Coast is also accepting entries for the inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize. In 2014, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. For more information: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/prize-in-translation/.

Deadline for both contests is August 31, 2014.

Fogged Clarity Chicago Arts Review accepting submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Winter 2014 edition. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference October 31 - November 1, 2014

You’ve just finished your first publishable work and you’re wondering where to turn next. Come to the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (directed by our own Heather Gemmen Wilson)—a two-day event at Anderson University (Indiana) that focuses on helping writers get published. You’ll be able to attend seminars on how to write proposals, why and how to work with agents, and other useful information. Most importantly, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your work to editors and agents. Additionally, all conferees may enter the IFWC writing contest for cash prizes, which is judged by publishing professionals.
http://www.faithandwriting.com

Mslexia Memoir Competition

We're looking for memoirs written by previously unpublished women memoirists. Submissions need to be the first 5,000 words of a full-length memoir, written in prose, and narrate actual events in your life. Deadline is September 22.  For complete details: https://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/ncomp_active.php.

2014 American Literary Review Awards Open for Submissions

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2015 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.  Deadline is October 1, 2014.  There is a $15 reading fee per entry (poetry entry is one to three poems). 
http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest.html


Off the Grid Press Award for Poets over 60

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. For details, call (617.629.2541), e-mail offthegridepress@gmail.com, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
offthegridpress@gmail.com

Portland Review Seeking Fall Submissions

Portland Review is now open for a new batch of submissions. Our submission period for our upcoming Fall 2014 issue spans from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. We are looking for well-crafted fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and blends of these to publish in our print issue and on the web. All submissions must be sent through Submittable ( http://portlandreview.submittable.com ). General and genre specific guidelines can be found on our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.  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 Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here for submission guidelines.



Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, this contest awards one winner with a $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.  Deadline is September 30, 2014. Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html








Videos from 2014 Summer Residency

If you missed your chance to be on campus for the MFA summer residency, you can still experience a small bit of Ashland by watching videos from this year's residency. Here are links to the videos that are available from this summer (not all sessions were recorded):

Kristen Iversen 

  • Reading (July 20, 2014)
  • Craft Seminar: "The Art of Weaving Memoir and Journalism" (July 21, 2014) 

Rosanna Warren

Angie Estes, Leila Philip, and Joe Mackall

Stephen Haven

  • Poetry Craft Seminar "Contrapuntal Movements in the Personal Poem: Lowell & Levis" (July 23, 2014)

Steven Harvey and Robert Root

Judith Kitchen

Kate Hopper and Thomas Larson

Thomas Larson

  • Craft Seminar "Reaching Across the Aisle: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Cross-Genre’?" (July 25, 2014)

Deborah Fleming, Steven Harvey, and Norman MacAfee 

Anna Knutson Memorial and Alumni Reading

Sarah Freligh

  • Craft Seminar "I, You, He, She. . . : In My Point of View" (July 28, 2014)

David St. John

Jill Christman, Robert Root, and Kathryn Winograd

Sarah M. Wells

  • Craft Seminar "Getting Connected: Literary Citizenship" (July 30, 2014)

Stephen Haven, Mark Irwin, and Tom Montgomery Fate

For more videos from past summer residencies, visit the MFA website. Faculty video archives are listed with each faculty member bio.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Call for Submissions - June 2014

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. 

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. Prizes of $1,000 each are offered in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Deadline: July 1, 2014
 

Prose should be limited to 5,000 words. Poetry submissions should have no more than three poems (max five pages). Work previously published (including on the internet) cannot be considered.
 

For complete guidelines: http://www.BLReview.org/submissions/BLRPrizes 

The Frank Martin Review accepting Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry and Blogs

The Frank Martin Review – a new, semi-annual, independent literary journal based out of Columbia, South Carolina – is currently accepting submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for their print edition.

For detailed submission guidelines, please visit http://www.frankmartinreview.com/submissions.html.

Contributing and guest bloggers are also being considered including interviews, book reviews, and essays on just about anything related to writing and today’s literary dialogue. For more details visit our blog page: http://www.frankmartinreview.com/blogs.html.


The Examined Life Journal Call for Submissions

The Examined Life Journal is accepting new submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry until September 1, 2014. The journal is seeking works related to health and the human condition in all its myriad definitions. Submissions are sent electronically, and there is no fee to submit. For more information about the journal, see: http://theexaminedlifejournal.com/ , where you may also read a sample from the current issue. For information on submissions, see:http://theexaminedlifejournal.com/submit/  

Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest

The Malahat Review, Canada’s premier literary magazine, invites emerging and established writers from Canada, the United States, and elsewhere to enter the 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best work that embraces, but is not limited to, the personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography, all enhanced by such elements as description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization.
 

Deadline is August 1, 2014 (postmark date). Entries can be sent by regular mail or email.

Full contest details, including past winners and a recent interview with this year's judge, Priscila Uppal, can be found online: http://www.malahatreview.ca/contests/creative_non-fiction_prize/info.html 


Gigantic Sequins summer contest and call for submissions

Please help spread the word about the Gigantic Sequins 3rd annual summer contest series in poetry and flash fiction, judged respectively by Dawn Lundy Martin and May Jonhson. GS is accepting submissions only through our Submittable account and more information can be found there and on our official site's contest page.

We'll accept contest submissions until July 15.

We are also open for general submissions until August15. 


New contest for mid-career poets

Leslie McGrath will serve as Series Editor for our new contest, The Tenth Gate, named after Jane Hirshfield's marvelous essay collection, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Entrants must have two or more poetry collections previously published by a literary press. $1000 prize, standard contract, promotion. Deadline: July 15. Contact editor@wordworksbooks.org with questions. 

International Short Story Competition

Kingston Writing School (London) Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition.

Submissions accepted from May 1 to June 20, 2014.

Entry fee 10 pounds per story

5,000 word maximum

First prize is 3,000 pounds, with two runners-up prizes of 500 each.

The winner will have the opportunity to have his/her work considered for publication by Kingston University Press. Shortlisted and winning stories will be published in a Winners Anthology.

For more information http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/writing/competitions/ 


Plougshares call for long stories and essays

Ploughshares literary magazine is accepting submissions for our Ploughshares Solos series of long stories and essays. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website

Afterimage Writing and Photography Project

Submit writing to “Inklight,” a meeting place of creative writing and photography published on the web site of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism published at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. For this unique project, photographers submit original work, which is selected to be posted on the Afterimage web site. Writers then submit original creative writing inspired by one of the images on the web site (engaging in the process of ekphrasis). New “Inklight” features will be posted on our web site regularly and archived indefinitely.

The selection of photographs on the web site is augmented often and we accept writing on an ongoing basis. For the current selection of photographs, please visit: vsw.org/afterimage/inklight/gallery/. Submit ONE piece of writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 750 words or 25 short lines as a Word document email attachment to afterimage.inklight@gmail.com with “Inklight Writing” in the subject line, and include in your email the title and name of the artist of the work you are responding to. No critical responses, please.

Our project’s web page, and examples of previous works can be found here: vsw.org/afterimage/inklight/


Fogged Clarity Call for Submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Autumn 2014 and Winter 2014 editions. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Please address all poetry, non-fiction and music submissions to Benjamin Evans at submissions@foggedclarity.com. All fiction should be addressed to Dylan Brock at submissions@foggedclarity.com. Visual art for consideration should be sent directly to Ryan Daly at RyanDaly@foggedclarity.com. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Call for Submissions - May 2014

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.

The Muse-an International Journal of Poetry
(www.themuse.webs.com) is inviting submissions for June 2014 issue.

1. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief bio-data.

2. The research papers/essays should be not less than 3000 words.

Mason's Road

Mason’s Road: A Literary and Arts Journal is currently accepting submissions for our ninth issue. The theme for Issue #9 is “Truth,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

All submissions will be given thorough consideration for publication. However, your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 award. For this issue, the award will go to the best entry we receive, as judged by Bill Roorbach, the award-winning author of Life Among Giants.

Our submissions period runs for three months: February 15 – May 15, 2014. Please look here for submission guidelines.

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry 
Deadline: May 15, 2014

$2000 plus publication for the winning manuscript. Details at www.lynxhousepress.org.

Winning Writers Contest
Deadline May 31: Our Sports Fiction & Essay Contest

The top story and top essay will each earn $1,000 and featuring on our home page. Ten honorable mentions will receive $100 each. All 12 winners will be published on our website.

Submit any work of prose on a theme related to sports, up to 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished submissions are welcome. The entry fee is $16. Submit as many entries as you like.

Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Ellen LaFleche. Read the past winning entries in our archives.

Submit online here.

TQ4 Prose Contest Now Open!
Deadline: May 27, 2014

Final Judge: EJ Levy
First Prize: $1,000

Please send us one, single, solitary piece of prose: any style or sensibility, 15 pages or less. Truly, we mean it: one piece of flash/micro/sudden fiction, one creative non-fiction piece or essay, one short story, one peculiar hybrid: we want it all, we want one at a time (your best), and we want 15 pages or less (if your best is a 100 word flash, that's what you should send).

You can read all about the final judge, EJ Levy, here.
For complete guidelines, please click here.

~

Also for Tupelo Quarterly 4, we'd like to read your stories of teaching and learning moments in which the teacher is as implicated as the student, and there are some real stakes in the lessons. These may happen in or out of a classroom, formally or informally.

Creative nonfiction of any style is welcome: one paragraph or page, a few pages, up to ten - give us your art of transformational moments in education.

Send via Open Submissions in Submittable. We look forward to hearing your stories.

Tinderbox Poetry Journal Call for Submissions

The new literary magazine Tinderbox Poetry Journal is now open for submissions! We're looking for all forms of poetry--be it formal to experimental, free verse to hybrid voices, lyric and narrative, language and visual, and all else. We are also interested in critical pieces--in this, we mean essays or on craft, poetic issues, interviews, conversations, the like.

Tinderbox launches on June 21 and its first issues will include work by DA Powell, Ed Skoog, Amy Gerstler, Rachel Richardson, Farrah Field, Leslie Harrison, Jennifer Firestone, Kelli Russell Agodon, and Ray Gonzalez, among others.

Submissions accepted here:
https://tinderboxpoetryjournal.submittable.com/submit

Barking Sycamores Call for Submissions
Barking Sycamores invites poems and artwork for Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2014. Our theme: “If Thine Eye Be Single”.We invite poems and artwork related to the ideas of focus, devotion, obsession, single-mindedness, and vision. Neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, synesthesia) artists and poets are encouraged to interpret this theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. Please consult submission guidelines(http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/) before sending any work to us. Submission period: May 1 – June 30, 2014.

Prairie Schooner Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The Prairie Schooner literary journal is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the first annual Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, awarded to collections published in 2013 by an African poet. The nomination period ends July 1. We appreciate your forwarding this e-mail to anyone in your organization wishing to nominate someone for African Poetry prize.

Winners of the Glenna Luschei African Poetry Prize will receive $5,000 and recognition at a ceremony in a major US city. There is no fee to nominate a collection. To be eligible for the prize, the collection must be:

  • Submitted before July 1, 2014.
  • A book of original poetry, in English, published during 2013, written by any African national, African resident, or poet of African parentage with roots from any country, living anywhere in the world.
  • A standard edition of 48 pages or more in length.
  • Original poetry, or poetry in translation.
  • Published by a recognized press; self-published books are not eligible.
To nominate a collection for the Glenna Luschei African Poetry prize, please mail the attached nomination form, along with four (4) copies of the collection, to the address printed on the form. Full guidelines are available on the prize website at http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=21#glenna

This prize is made possible through the African Poetry Book Fund and the generosity of Glenna Luschei.

Literature Today Call for Submissions
Literature Today, a new literary Journal, is inviting poems and short stories for its first issue.

http://literaturetodayjournal.webs.com/

Theme of our current issue is 'Man and Nature'. You can send us poems and short stories on :

1. Beauty of nature.
2. Destruction of nature by Man.
3. Natural hazards and Man.
4. Conflicts between Man and Nature.
5. Any other themes relating to nature.

Submission Deadline: July 10, 2014

Submission Guidelines:
1. Send not more than 4 poems.
2. Send not more thank 2 short stories.
3. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously
unpublished (both print and online), and not under consideration for
publication elsewhere.
4.Send all submissions to editorliteraturetoday@gmail.com
5. Please send a cover letter and a short Bio-data with your submission.

Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest 

We are now accepting submissions for our annual Prairie Schooner Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest. Have an essay you've been working on? You have until August 1st to send it our way!

This year's contest will be judged by Judith Ortiz Cofer, author of Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood, a hybrid work that combines essay, poetry, and personal remembrance, as well as many other books, including 2011's If I Could Fly.

The contest is open to all types of creative nonfiction essays. To submit, there is an entry fee of $18, which includes a subscription to Prairie Schooner. The author of the winning essay will receive a $250 prize and publication in our Spring 2015 issue. Submissions can be made through Submittable.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.

Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from thousands of entries for publication. Last year, Poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for winners and finalists - a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally; a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners; £500 prize money for each category winner and editorial coverage on the Aesthetica Blog.

Visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is 31 August 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Looking for literary inspiration? CLICK HERE to pick up a copy of last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

Gertrude Press Call for Submissions

Gertrude Press is a non-profit literary and arts organization promoting queer and allied authors and artists. Gertrude publishes two journals per year and two chapbooks—one for fiction and one for poetry. Since Gertrude first came out in 1999, more than 220 LGBTQA authors/artists have seen their work featured in its pages. 

We welcome submissions for the journal from new and established writers and artists on a year-round basis. Submitters and their works need not be queer in nature to be considered for publication—we welcome writers and artists from all backgrounds!

Visit http://gertrudepress.org and submit your work today!

Profane Call for Submissions

Profane is seeking submissions! We're looking for poetry, CNF, and fiction. There are no strict guidelines regarding form or content. We're looking to be surprised by brave, weird, and/or personal work. This issue will be curated from a mix of open and solicited submissions, and will include work by both emerging and established authors.

We are currently accepting artwork, as well.

To get a better sense of what we're about and what we're looking for, you can visit our website at http://www.profanejournal.com/ and our submissions manager at https://profane.submittable.com/submit

You can also follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/profanejournal)
and like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/profanelitjournal)

Poor Yorick Call for Submissions

Poor Yorick: A Journal of Rediscovered Objects welcomes writing and other creative productions about lost objects and images of material culture. We accept every literary genre and any electronically reproducible visual or audio medium.

For our fall 2014 online inaugural issue, we are still seeking short fiction and nonfiction work. Please review our submissions guidelines and submit your work at: www.pooryorickjournal.com.

Tahoma Literary Review Call for Submissions

Tahoma Literary Review is a new, print quarterly (with digital reader options available) that is dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry and fiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process.

TLR offers professional payment by dedicating a substantial portion of our total income to support authors. Payment for fiction ranges from a minimum of $50 to $300. Payment for poetry and cover art is $25 to $50. The amount is determined by the revenues received from submission fees, print journal sales and contributions from sources such as donors and foundations. To ensure transparency, we publish an audited quarterly revenue statement to verify the funds received for each submission period.

In return for their fees, submitters also get access to our secure Endnotes area, featuring interviews, craft articles and much more. For guidelines, payment details, and editorial philosophy, please visit us at tahomaliteraryreview.com.

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...