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: 

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

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:

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: , where you may also read a sample from the current issue. For information on submissions, see:  

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: 

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 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 

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: 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 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:

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 All fiction should be addressed to Dylan Brock at Visual art for consideration should be sent directly to Ryan Daly at Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit:

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