Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Call for Submissions - April 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.


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
Contest judged by Kazim Ali

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest

Very Short Fiction. 1st: $1,500, and publication in Issue 94. Deadline: 4/30.
Winners and finalists will be announced in theJuly 1 bulletin, and contacted directly the previous week. Second- and 3rd-places win, respectively, $500 and $300, or, if published, $700.
Any story—up to 3,000 words—that has not previously been accepted for print publication is welcome!
Please no more than three submissions per contest. As always, simultaneous submissions are okay; please just notify us immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
Writing Guidelines

Nimrod Literary Awards

Submit to the Nimrod Literary Awards. The Awards offer first prizes of $2,000 and publication and second prizes of $1,000 and publication, along with a trip to Tulsa to receive the Awards and take part in our annual writing conference. The postmark deadline for this year’s Awards is April 30th, 2014.

Contest Rules

The 36th Nimrod Literary Awards:
The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction &
The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

Founded by Ruth G. Hardman

FIRST PLACE: $2,000 and publication
SECOND PLACE: $1,000 and publication

Contest Begins: January 1, 2014

Postmark Deadline: April 30, 2014

Poetry: 3-10 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems).

Fiction: 7,500 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel)

No previously published works or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Author's name must not appear on the manuscript. Include a cover sheet containing major title and subtitles, author's name, full address, phone & email. "Contest Entry" should be clearly indicated on both the outer envelope and the cover sheet. Manuscripts should be stapled, if possible; if not, please bind with a heavy clip. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include SASE for results only. If no SASE is sent, no contest results will be sent; however, the results will be posted on Nimrod’s Web site. Submitters must be living in the US by October of 2014 to enter the contest. Winners will also be brought to Tulsa for the Awards Ceremony in October. All finalists will be considered for publication.

Entry/Subscription Fee: $20 includes both entry fee & a one-year subscription (two issues). Each entry must each be accompanied by a $20 fee. Make checks payable to Nimrod.

Send to:

Nimrod Journal
Literary Contest--Fiction or Poetry
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Tupelo Press First/Second Book Award

We're excited to announce that Jeffrey Harrison will be the final judge for the 2014 First / Second Book Award, and that the award has a new name: The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry.

The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad. Translations are not eligible for this prize, nor are previously self-published books. Poets submitting work for consideration may be authors having published only one previous collection or writers without prior book publications. Previous winners include Mary Molinary, Jennifer Militello, and Ye Chun. Submissions are open now and will close April 30th.

Please click here for full guidelines.

Fugue Contest

Fugue is extending the deadline for submissions to our Annual Prose and Poetry Contest until May 1, 2014. As always, all submissions are considered for publication. First prize remains $1,000 and publication for both our poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) winners. www.fuguejournal.org

Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

Are you putting the finishing touches on an essay? Polishing a poem or story? We want to read your work! Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest is open until 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 www.pshares.org/EmergingAward.

Mason's Road: Call for Submissions & Literary Prize

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.

Red Wolf Journal

Red Wolf Journal invites writers to submit poems for its Summer 2014 Issue, which will publish in early June 2014. The issue theme is: "The River: Within Us and Without Us". Deadline for submissions is May 18, 2014. Please seehttp://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/summer-2014-issue-2/ for our full theme statement and http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/ for submission guidelines.

Black Warrior Review Contest

Black Warrior Review's tenth-annual contest is now open, and we’re honored to have Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang(Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction) as our guest judges.

Winners in each genre receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BWR 41.2, our Spring/Summer 2015 issue. Three runners-up will be awarded $100 in addition to publication. Each entry is $20 and comes with a one-year subscription to BWR.Finalists receive notation in that issue and are considered for publication.

Click here for full rules and guidelines.

White Stag Call for Submissions

White Stag Journal is looking for submissions in Poetry and Prose/Flash Fiction for Issue Two and we were hoping you could help us spread the word!

White Stag is a biannual journal containing unparalleled poetry and prose 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.

Issue Two's theme is "Beyond The Taboo", where we will explore cultural and societal taboos and tap into those "otherworldly" traditions, rituals, and lifestyles that may be deemed unacceptable or strange to American culture.
Submit now!

Small Po[r]tions Call for Submissions

Our literary journal, Small Po[r]tions, aims to publish work that minimizes, blurs, or exaggerates distinctions between genres and hopes 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. You can review Issue 1's online content for free at smallportionsjournal.com/category/issue-1/.

We will send each contributor a print copy of Small Po[r]tions. We are accepting submissions for our second issue, set to be released in late May or early June. Please submit up to 1000 words or one multimedia work to smallportionsjournal@gmail.com.

For additional information, visit our website smallportionsjournal.com, or find us on Twitter (twitter.com/smallpo_tions) or on Facebook (facebook.com/smallportionsjournal). Direct questions to smallportionsjournal@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2015 Residency in Paris, France

In June 2015, the Ashland University MFA Program will offer a summer residency in Paris, France!

Write in the City of Light
June 13-27, 2015

You will embark on a two-week residency abroad, exploring the beautiful city of Paris through the eyes of a writer. Paris holds one of the greatest collections of cultural resources in the world, and its monuments, museums, parks, cafes, and shops will be our classroom. Students will participate in intensive workshops, discussions, readings, and in the literary and cultural life of the city as we begin to understand why Gertrude Stein said, “America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.”

The tour will include workshops with faculty mentors as well as craft seminars and evening readings with writers living in Paris.

Who May Participate in the Trip?
  • Students currently enrolled in the Ashland University MFA Program can participate in ENG 502: MFA in Paris as a substitute for the on-campus ENG 502 summer residency.
  • Students currently enrolled in the Ashland University MFA Program who have already taken ENG 502 may choose to take the course a second time during the Paris residency.
  • Students currently enrolled in other MFA programs.
  • Qualified undergraduate students.
  • Ashland University MFA graduates OR graduates of other MFA programs.
  • Non-degree-seeking writers.
Spouses and community members may join the group minus MFA program tuition.
Tour Led by MFA Faculty Members Angie Estes and Thomas Larson
Angie Estes (rectangle)
Thomas Larson (rectangle)
Complete information and cost of trip is available on the Ashland University website.

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