Monday, March 16, 2015

Calls for Submissions – March 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 Literary Journal with Deadline Quickly Approaching
Cahaba River Literary Journal debuts this April. They are looking for essays, fiction, poetry, photography, and artwork. Deadline is March 20. Stories should be 2500 words or less, poetry not more than 25 lines (submit 3 poems at a time). Submissions should be emailed to
Cahaba River Literary Journal

The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine
Seeking articles dealing with the everyday life of a writer: dealing with rejection, manuscript format, editors, conference and workshop news, etc. (500-2000 words). Deadline is March 25. Subscriptions to this magazine include a free critique of any story, article or 10 pages of poetry

Call for Nonfiction on The Personal Aftermath of War
Hudson Whitman/Excelsior College Press has opened a call for stories, The Personal Aftermath of War, stories of coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The call is open to those who have served, as well as their families, spouses, relatives, friends, and anyone whose lives have been touched by these conflicts. Those selected will receive $200 + publication in a forthcoming anthology. Dario DiBattista, an instructor with the Veteran's Writing Project, will be editing the collection. Deadline is May 1, 2015.

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.

Share Some Joy with Mason’s Road 
Mason’s Road seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and craft essays on the theme of “Joy.” Submission period ends May 15. Mason’s Road is sponsored and operated by the Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing. Submission fee is $5 or $10 for entry in their literary prize as well.

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.

Creative Nonfiction Looking for Good Weather Stories (on good or bad weather)
Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking work a special issue on weather. 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

The Southampton Review Needs Material for Summer Issue
TSR: The Southampton Review is now accepting submissions for consideration in our summer 2015 issue. Published twice annually by Stony Brook Southampton, we welcome MFA faculty and student submissions in poetry, fiction, memoir, the personal essay, and art. Our reading period ends on May 1, 2015.

Seeking Prose on Culture, Athleticism, and Travel
Trainless Magazine is now open to fiction and nonfiction submissions. We publish well read and novice writers, and we thoroughly appreciate submissions from students. Trainless publishes creative nonfiction articles on the themes of travel, athleticism, and culture, as well as fiction on most cultural subjects.
Chautaqua Americana Theme
The editors of Chautauqua are seeking short stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces that address significant public and private experience through the lens of Americana. Engage the essence of what the idea of America means. Submissions close on April 15.
Fan of “The West Wing”? Write about it!
"WALK WITH US: a Tribute Anthology to The West Wing" is seeking submissions on the theme of how the TV show has changed the lives of some of its fans. Poetry, interviews, personal essays, literary journalism, and all forms of creative nonfiction considered. Deadline May 1.

Help Populate the Ghost Town with submissions
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. The deadline for Issue 8 is April 15, 2015; so send us your work now, and please come visit us at the Ghost Town / CSUSB table at AWP, in Minnesota! 
Seeking Spry Submissions in all Genres
Spry Literary Journal features undiscovered and established writers' concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage​, and ​just​ plain ​vulnerable writing. It's a journal for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure—for people whose words and rhythms are spry. We are currently open for submissions for our sixth​ issue. ​ We accept all short forms of ​creative nonfiction and fiction, as well as poetry—in particular, we encourage creative nonfiction writers to submit their brief prose.

Graduate Student Poetry Only
We invite graduate students to submit to Claremont Graduate University's Foothill: a journal of poetry. Foothill is the first and only literary journal that exclusively publishes graduate student poetry. Sign up for an online subscription at

Multi-Media Literary Experiment
THREAD at Yale which debuts this summer, June 7-10, 2015, is a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, radio, podcasting, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet. Enrollment is limited and applicants must be 21 and older.The deadline to apply is May 1, 2015.


Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize Deadline Extended 
We think of creative nonfiction as flexible, fluid, and expansive, and so we’re looking for essays—lyrical, graphic, familiar, humorous, personal, environmental, travel—that are exploratory, innovative, self-interrogative, meditative, short, work that knocks our socks off. The winning author receives: $1,000 and publication in an upcoming issue. $20 per entry, up to 6,000 words. Reading period has been extended to March 31.

Black Lawrence Press Prizes for Poetry and Fiction
The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories 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. Deadline is March 31. The Spring Black River Chapbook Competition will open soon. Submissions period runs from April 1 – May 31. Open to all poetry and fiction submissions.

Poetry and Prose Contests at The Fugue
The Fugue, a biannual print and digital journal of art and literature, announces its annual poetry and prose contests are now open. Submissions will be accepted through May 1. The winner in each category will receive $1000 and publication in Fugue's 25th anniversary issue to be released later this year. Entry fee is $15.

Glimmer Train – Short Story New Writer Award and Family Matters Contest
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. Deadline is May 31. Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest ends on March 31.

The Moth International Short Story Prize
Donal Ryan judges this year's Moth Short Story Prize, with prizes of €3,000, a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France (including a €250 travel stipend) and €1,000. There's a word limit of 6,000, and an entry fee of €12. Closing date is June 30, 2015.

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.

Short Story Competition on theme of Treasure
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 April 30, 2015.

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.

Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize
Saturnalia Books is now accepting submissions for their 2015 Poetry Prize, judged by Mary Reufle. Manuscripts should be 48 pages in length. Deadline is April 1.

Agha Shahid Ali Poetry prize
“The world is full of paper. Write to me.” - Agha Shahid Ali, “Stationery”
Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by The University of Utah Press and The University of Utah Department of English. Deadline is March 31. Manuscript submission fee of $25.

Poetry of the Sacred Contest
The Center for Interfaith Relations' Institute for Contemplative Practice is pleased to announce the 2015 Poetry of the Sacred Contest. Submissions will be accepted online until midnight on Friday, May 1, 2015. Winning authors receive a monetary prize and their work will be published in Parabola Magazine.

Peseroff Prize for Poetry

Breakwater Review is proud to announce The Peseroff Prize: publication and $1,000 for a single poem. The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014. Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee from Jan. 1 to May 15. There are no restrictions on length, content, or form: “it’s all poetry.” All submissions will be considered for publication. Winners will be announced in September.


OUTSpoken LGBTQ-writers program for Literary Arts
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. Open to submissions until March 31. Read more about this unique literary event…

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. Discount for early registration ends April 15. Full price registration is open until May 8.

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, August 7-9, 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, plus optional pre and post workshops in Lancaster, Pa.. Discounted early bird registration ends May 15.

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