Friday, March 14, 2014

Call for Submissions - March 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.

CutBank Magazine Prizes

The Montana Prize in Fiction, The Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry!!!

Steve Almond: fiction
Alexandra Fuller: nonfiction
Joanna Spahr: poetry

With all three of these awards, we’re looking for work that showcases an authentic voice, an original perspective, and a willingness to push against the boundaries of form. All entries must be submitted electronically. The $17 contest entry fee includes a one-year subscription to CutBank and covers the reading of a single submission in a single genre. One winner in each genre, as chosen by our guest judges, will receive a $500 award and publication in CutBank 81.

Submissions are accepted December 1 through March 15


The CutBank Chapbook Contest

The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. We’re looking for a fresh, powerful manuscript. Maybe it will overtake us quietly; gracefully defy genres; satisfyingly subvert our expectations; punch us in the mouth page in and page out. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book. All entries must be submitted electronically. Your $20 entry fee includes consideration for (and a copy of) CutBank 81 upon its release in summer 2014. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book.

Check out our latest chapbooks:

Submissions are accepted January 1 through March 31

Gulf Coast Prize

Gulf Coast Prizes are judged by Andrea Barrett (Fiction), John D'Agata (Nonfiction), and Rachel Zucker (Poetry)! Be sure to get your entries in before the March 15th deadline.

The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear inGulf Coast 27.1, due out in Fall 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website asOnline Exclusives. To view past winners and judges, please visit here.

The entry fee includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. Click here for how to enter.

Prairie Schooner Book Prize

This Saturday, March 15th, is the submissions deadline for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Our prize is awarded annually to one fiction manuscript and one poetry manuscript, and its winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. for more information.

Published by Alice James Books an affiliate of The University of Maine at Farmington
Deadline: March 15, 2014

This is your last chance to submit!
Click here for detailed guidelines:

And submit your manuscript here:

The Kundiman Poetry Prize is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets. Winner receives $1,000 and book publication with Alice James Books.

Alice James Books is a cooperative poetry press with a mission is to seek out and publish the best contemporary poetry by both established and beginning poets, with particular emphasis on involving poets in the publishing process.

The Cupboard's Fourth-Ever Contest

Deadline: March 31

Prize: $500 & publication
Judge: Alissa Nutting

There's still time to submit to The Cupboard's Fourth-Ever Contest. The winning author receives $500, and the manuscript will be published as an upcoming volume. We're looking for prose submissions between 4k and 10k words. In the past, we've published short stories, essays, collections of flash fiction and prose poems, and combinations thereof. Send us your best work. Reading fee is $10. Submissions are received and read anonymously, and all submissions are eligible for regular publication. Alissa Nutting will serve as final judge.

To submit, go to:

Please email with any questions.

Shark Reef Call for Submissions

SHARK REEF literary magazine is accepting submissions to its Summer 2014 edition now. Writers and visual artists are invited to go so and click on submissions to find out how. Deadline is March 31, 2014.

Questions? Write to

Four Way Books

Deadline Approaching for The 2014 Four Way Books
Intro Prize in Poetry

Click here for guidelines.

Brenda Shaughnessy, judge
January 1 - March 31, 2014
electronic or mail submissions accepted.

Bird's Thumb Call for Submissions

The submission deadline for the June 2014 issue is April 1. For submission guidelines go to:

The Poet's Billow

The Poet’s Billow, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of poetry, is extending their deadline for The Bermuda Triangle Prize from March 15th to April 1st.

This is a great opportunity for graduate students. The winners and finalists of previous awards are predominantly writers currently in MFA programs. In the past we have hosted readings at AWP to which we invite all our contributors. We also nominate winners and a few finalists for the Pushcart Prize and other post publication awards like The Best New Poets anthology.

The Bermuda Triangle Prize is given to three poems on a theme from up to three different poets.

Current Theme: Disappearance

We are open to interpretations on the theme. It is up to you how literal or abstract you would like to play on the chosen theme.

Each winning poem will receive $50, for a total cash prize of $150. The poems will be published and displayed in the Poet’s Billow Literary Art Gallery and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. If the poet qualifies, the poem will also be submitted to The Best New Poets anthology.

Submit now. We have already started reading entries and hope to announce a winner by the middle of April.

Omnidawn Chapbook Contest

Poetry Chapbook Contest

Open to all writers: no expectations or limitations regarding the amount of poetry a writer has published.

Winner receives $1,000, publication and 100 copies.

Accepting electronic & postal submissions February 1 to April 22, 2014.
click here for more info

Kazim Ali will judge.

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest

The contest is open to May 15 at 12:00 noon EST. One winner in each genre—fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—will receive $1,000 and publication. The submission fee is $24 and includes a one-year subscription to Ploughshares, so it's a win-win situation. (Psst, if you are subscribed through the Winter 2014-15 Issue, you can submit for free!)

We consider you "emerging" if you haven't published or self-published a book.

For more information, or to submit, visit

You can read winning submissions from last year on our website: We look forward to reading your work!

Mason's Road Call for Submissions

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 #9 is “Truth,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

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

Sonora Review CNF Contest

DEADLINE: May 15, 2014

JUDGE: Jenny Boully, author of The Body: An Essay and not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them.

WHAT WE WANT: Essays and nonfiction up to 6,000 words. Hybrid projects warmly welcomed. Submissions should be typed and double-spaced. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Simultaneous submissions are fine but please let us know as soon as possible if the work is accepted elsewhere; multiple submissions are also fine, although you will have to pay the contest fee again. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before submitting.

HOW TO DO IT: Submit online or send a SASE to Mike Coakley and Laura Miller, Editors-in-Chief / (c/o Nonfiction Editorial Board) /Sonora Review / Dept. of English / University of Arizona / Tucson, AZ 85719.

WINNER RECEIVES: 1,000 dollar cash prize and publication, finalists will be considered for publication in Issue 66 of Sonora Review.

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Five Quarterly eChapbook Contest

Five Quarterly, in partnership with Newark Academy, is thrilled to announce its 2nd Annual E-chapbook Contest, judged by founders Vanessa Jimenez Gabb and Crissy Van Meter and a guest staff from NA, including Jessica De Santa and twelve upper-school students. Poets and writers are invited to submit their manuscripts by May 31, 2014.

One poet and one writer will each receive: $125; publication as a full-color e-chapbook published online; an author page on our site; and an invitation to read at the 5Q anniversary celebration in New York City in July. The winning manuscripts will be chosen, produced, and published by the collective by mid-June.

The Details
  • As the turnaround will be fairly quick, we ask that winners be available to correspond with our team about final drafts in early June.
  • The entry fee is $10 per manuscript. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
  • Manuscripts must be 15-30 pages of fiction or poetry. Fiction submissions may consist of multiple stories, or one story. No novel excerpts please. Fiction submissions should be a cohesive body of work. For multiple-story fiction submissions and poetry, portions of the manuscript may have been previously published in print or on the web. All works as a whole must be original and unpublished.
  • Identifying information should not appear anywhere in the manuscript.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please withdraw your work immediately if your manuscript has been accepted elsewhere.
Submit your work here. Good luck!

Barking Sycamores Call for Submissions

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal whose primary mission is to publish poems by emerging and established writers on the autism spectrum or with related conditions. We also seek to add positively to the public discussion about autism in the form of essays on autism and poetics, with special emphasis on autism’s interplay with the creative process. We will begin publishing on April 1, 2014. For submission guidelines and more information, please visit:

3Elements Review, a themed literary journal.

I am writing to ask if you would please forward this email to your professors, graduate, and undergraduate students, as we are looking for submissions for our fourth issue, due June 1.

For each issue, we require that all three of the current elements be in the piece of writing. The current elements arecarnival, residue, and maudlin, as stated on our website. Our submission guidelines can be viewed here: 3Element's Guidelines.

Our journal features award-winning fiction writers, poets, and artists, as well as emerging writers.

Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@3elementsreview).

Something on Paper Call for Submissions

Something on Paper is an annual online poetics journal of scholarly utterance and conversation, archiving the critical work of the Jack Kerouac School as well as engaging with a broader community of writers, critics, and pedagogues. Each issue hosts cutting-edge literary/multimedia discourse and performs the liminal space between critical and creative texts. Our aim is to document the praxis of poetic exchange.

Something On Paper is looking for book reviews for recent books of poetry, prose, cross-genre, pedagogy, and critical theory. Reviews must be 750+ words in length. We are also looking for collaborative reviews which may be submitted as either audio or text.

Please query with more experimental ideas at with the subject BOOK REVIEW QUERY.

Book reviews will be published on a monthly basis on the Something On Paper website. Please submit via our online submissions manager at

Iron Gall Press Call for Submissions

We are currently open for submissions and seeking work from young/new writers. We publish fiction, flash, poetry, non-fiction, and artwork/photography three times each week. Scott Blanton, the poetry editor, and I seek work that is willing to take risks while still telling stories that delight and fascinate us. We prefer literary fiction, but are open to anything well-written or transcendent of genre.

Our site can be accessed at and our listing is available on Duotrope. Please share this among your students. We look forward to hearing from you.

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