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. 


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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