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:

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

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 ( 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:

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:

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:

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.

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:

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).

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, or visit the website for complete guidelines.

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 ( ). 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:

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.

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