Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Calls for Submissions - October 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.


Atlantis Award for Poetry – great opportunity for graduate students

The Poet’s Billow, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of poetry, is extending their deadline for the Atlantis Award to November 1st.
Submission guidelines:

Fiction Writing Contest

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's Fiction Contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. The deadline is: November 16th.  Molly Antopol, author of the acclaimed short story collection, The UnAmericans, will judge.  (Their one-act play contest deadline is November 1.)

Chapbook Award for Short Fiction or Poems 

The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short fiction or poems. Entries should be between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner will receive $500 and publication. Submissions are accepted via submittable now through October 31st.
Complete submission guidelines.

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.

Alice James Books Poetry Award 

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Inaugural Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award) postmarked through November 1, 2014. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established U.S. poets. The winner receives $2,000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice.

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Sponsored by Ballymaloe Cookery School and The Moth magazine, this contest offers huge prizes. Closing date is December 31.
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, second place. Deadline is January 15, 2015.

Poetry Society of America Annual Poetry Awards 

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

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award 

Briefly. Deadline 10/31. Max 3,000 words. Cash prizes.


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.

Fearless Writers Sought for Ghost Town MFA Journal

Ghost Town, the national literary journal of the MFA program at California State University San Bernardino, is looking for fearless and inventive fiction, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We publish two online issues per year. Deadline is November 10 for Issue 7!

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 are available at

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

Mason's Road is now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Submissions period ends November 15, 2014.
Submission 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.


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

Join the Crew of Drunken Boat  

Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web Award, is adding to our staff. Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. Positions available include Non-fiction Reader, Publicity and Marketing director, and AWP/Readings Coordinator.

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.

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.

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