Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Calls for Submissions - December 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.

Journal Submissions

pacificREVIEW "Vivarium" theme

The newest issue of the pacificREVIEW seeks dynamic pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narratives, photography, and artwork that speak to the theme of “Vivarium” and interrogate the ever-blurring line between "real" and "unreal" settings. Submission period ends February 28.

Female Writers – All Genres, All Topics

Minerva Rising Literary Journal is seeking short stories, essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, original prints, graphic arts and photographs for their upcoming issue. If you’re a woman and you made it and it’s creative and it’s really, really, REALLY good, they want it. Deadline is January 31, 2015.

Submit your CrossGenre or Experimental Writing

Small Po[r]tions is accepting submissions for Issue 4! They publish work that minimizes, blurs, or exaggerates distinctions between genres and hope 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. View work from previous issues at Print copies are available on our website as well. Please submit up to 1000 words or one multimedia work to by January 18th to be considered for publication in Issue 4.

Glimmer Train Open Call for All Fiction

Deadline is January 2. Open to all subjects, themes, and writers (50% of last year's Fiction Open winners were their authors' first published stories).

Creative Nonfiction Special Topics for Issues and Anthologies

Creative Nonfiction & In Fact Books are currently seeking work for multiple upcoming anthologies and special topic issues.

Exploring the Boundaries (section of Creative Nonfiction magazine)
What to send: Ambitious writing that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.
Deadline: January 20, 2015

Beyond Crazy: True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness (an anthology)
What to send: Original stories that address--either directly or obliquely--the trials of living with mental illness.
Deadline: February 9, 2015

Becoming a Teacher (another anthology)
What to send: Stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.
Deadline: March 9, 2015

The Weather (a special issue of Creative Nonfictionmagazine)
What's on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF
What to send: True stories--personal, historical, reported--about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever's happening where you are.
Deadline: April 13, 2015

New Literary and Creative Arts Magazine seeking submissions

FishFood Magazine is also currently seeking submissions for its second issue. We accept short fiction, creative nonfiction, micro fiction/flash fiction, all types of poetry, submissions in French, personal essays, letters and diaries.

Share Your MFA Experience

The MFA Years posts content related to creative writing programs located in the United States and internationally. 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

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). Submissions of creative writing for Issue #3 are open through Dec. 31.

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 Submissions for Print Issue

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.


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. Deadline December 31, 2014.

Win a trip to DisQuiet Portugal Conference 

Enter DisQuiet’s contest for fiction, nonfiction, poetry or short plays now until February 10, 2015. Winners receive tuition and expenses to attend the DisQuiet International Literary Program’s Lisbon event, June 28 through July 10.

Black Lawarence Press accepting Unpublished Novels for Big Moose Award

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The Big Moose Prize for an unpublished novel. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Deadline: January 31, 2015; Entry Fee: $25

Sundog Lit Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry

Submit your entries for the 1st Annual Contest Series in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry! Entries are $5 and winners in each category receive $100 + publication! Submissions close on January 1, 2015. In addition, they are still accepting submissions of chapbooks and fiction/nonfiction/poetry for our 1st print issue (Issue 8). The print issue will be on display and for sale at AWP in Minneapolis, MN!

Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry from Columbia

Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art is now accepting original work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for its 2015 Writing Competition. One winner from each genre will receive a $500 cash prize and print publication in Issue 53, due out this spring. This year’s judges will be: Fiction: DeWitt Henry; Nonfiction: Emily Bestler; Poetry: Beth Ann Fennelly Cash prizes and publication.
Enter here:

Tupelo Quarterly Seeks Excellent Prose of All Kinds

Tupelo Quarterly's Prose Open Contest is accepting entries in all styles, sensibilities and related genres - fiction, nonfiction and hybrid work. All genres to be judged on their own merits; no singular genre preferred. The sole criterion is excellence. Runners-up and finalists also to be named. Prize: The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2015 issue of Tupelo Quarterly. Entries must be received by January 1, 2015. Reading Fee: $20

Nowhere Travel Writing contest

Award-winning literary travel magazine, Nowhere, is teaming up with Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, for the first Nowhere Fall Travel Writing Contest.  They are looking for young, old, novice and veteran voices to send stories that possess a powerful sense of place. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, but please indicate which genre at the top of your manuscript. Entries should be between 800-5,000 words and must not have been previously chosen as a winner in another contest. Previously published work is accepted, but again, please indicate this. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win.

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.

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.


The Writer’s Hotel Master Class in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

Stipends and awards are available for The Writer's Hotel event this summer, June 10-16 in NYC. Deadline is March 7, 2015.

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.  Student scholarships available.

Registration Open for HippoCamp Conference for Creative Nonfiction

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 is now open!

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