Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Calls for Submissions - February 2015

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

New Children’s Literary Journal Seeks Material
Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal for kids of all ages is seeking fiction, essays, and poetry for children for its debut May 2015 issue. Also accepting stories, artwork and photos by children.

Foliate Oak Online Literary Mag Seeks All Genres
Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is seeking submissions of creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, flash, and hybrid. Submission Period: August 1 -April 24.

Barking Sycamores Reading for Unthemed Spring/Summer 2015 Issue
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. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art for Issue 5, Spring/Summer 2015. Unthemed. We seek poetry, short fiction, and visual art on any subject. We also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts 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: January 20 – March 19, 2015.

Oklahoma Review at Cameron University – All Genres 
The Oklahoma Review, an online journal published by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University. The Oklahoma Review will be accepting submissions in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry until March 15. Submissions may be sent via email to Please send a cover paragraph with a short biography in the body of their email, and attach submissions in a single .doc or .rtf format. Indicate in the file name: your name and the title(s) in the following format (Author--Title of Piece). If you have any questions, please email Dr. Bayard Godsave at Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately if your work becomes unavailable.

Feminist Fiction Contest and General Submissions 
So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art is now open for submissions. Our fiction contest is also open for submissions, with a prize of $500 and publication in the journal. The entry fee is $15. Submissions should be sent electronically through Submittable and will be accepted until March 15.

New Journal Seeks Nonfiction With a Sense of Space
The Eastern Iowa Review: A Journal of Good Spaces is looking for creative nonfiction pieces of up to 3000 words or flash pieces up to 500 words. Accepting submissions through February 28.

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.

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.

Becoming a Teacher (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 (special issue of Creative Nonfiction Magazine)
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. Cash awards.
Deadline: April 13, 2015

New Literary and Creative Arts Magazine Seeks French and English Material
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.

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.


Willow Books Literature Awards
The Willow Books Literature Awards recognize literary excellence in prose and poetry by writers from culturally diverse backgrounds. A grand prize of $1,000, book contract and sponsored reading will be awarded in prose and in poetry. The submission deadline for entries is Thursday, April 30, 2015. Four Finalists will be announced on May 15, 2015. The Grand Prize winners will be announced on June 1, 2015.

Hudson Prize for Poetry or Short Story Collection
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. 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. Prizes awarded on publication.

Go Viral with Fiction International Short Short Fiction Contest 
Fiction International is accepting submissions for its Short Short Fiction Contest: Virus. Please submit 300 words exactly, which deal with viruses in some way (biological entitites, cultural memes, activist movements, etc). First prize is $500 and publication on website. Submissions must be exactly 300 words in lenth excluding title. Deadline is March 1.

RiversEdge Offers Prizes in Poetry, Prose and Art
RiversEdge Journal is awarding three prizes of $300 in poetry, prose, and art. Previously unpublished work only. Deadline is March 1

Glimmer Train – New Writer Award
Open only to emerging writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. First prize 1,500, second and third place cash prizes and publication as well. Most submissions runs 1,500-6,000 words, but as long as 12,000 words are accepted.

PEN/Fusion Emerging Nonfiction Writers Prize.
This new prize from the Literary Awards Department at PEN American Center will recognize a promising young writer under the age of 35 for an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue. Eligible applicants will have the chance to have their work read by distinguished writers John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina HenrĂ­quez. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and be honored at our 2015 PEN Awards Ceremony this summer. Submissions close on February 27.

Colorado Review Short Fiction Contest
The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered annually for a previously unpublished short story of no more than 50 pages. The winning short story will be published in the 2015 fall/winter issue of Colorado Review; the writer receives a $2,000 honorarium. Deadline is March 14, $17 entry fee.

CSU Poetry Center Contest for Poetry and Essay
Cleveland State University Poetry Center is accepting submissions now through March 31, 2015 for their 2015 Book Competitions. Cash and publication prize for First Book Poetry, Open Book Poetry. CSU has added a prize for an Essay Collection this year.

Persea Contest for Previously Published Poets
Persea Books is accepting entries for the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award through March 5th. The contest winner receives publication and $1,000.00, plus an additional $1,000 toward promotional expenses (e.g. travel to/from readings). American poets who have published at least one previous collection are eligible.

Short Story Competition with Treasure Theme
Momaya Press is now accepting short story submissions for the 2015 Short Story Competition. This year's theme is Treasure and the deadline for entry is 30 April 2015.

Annual Poetry Contest Open to All
Port Yonder Press is accepting submissions for the 2015 ZERO BONE poetry prize. Low reading fee, cash prizes for first, second, and third place. Send up to 5 unpublished poems. Open until the end of February.

Caterpillar Contest for Children’s Poetry
Caterpillar Magazine announces their inaugural Poetry Prize - a prize of €1,000 (c. $1,185) for a poem written for children by an adult. The competition is open to anyone, as long as the poem is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 (c. $14) per poem. Deadline March 31.


OUTSpoken LGBTQ+ Writers Program
Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts are now inviting submissions of poetry, prose, short plays, film, and other forms of socially conscious performance by LGBTQ+-identified writers for its upcoming OUTSpoken program scheduled for this summer in Knoxville, Tennessee. Winners receive publication in Stirring: A Literary Collection, a travel honorarium, and a staging of their work. Read more about this unique literary event.

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. Deadline for student scholarships and manuscript consultations is March 1. Discount for early registration ends April 15.

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!


Creative Writing in Spain
University of Memphis is sponsoring its summer Creative Writing in Spain Program, open to all students, graduate or undergraduate, whether currently enrolled in a program or not. Each year, the program attracts students from all over the country. Deadline for applying is March 1. Choose from a two-week and four-week session.

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