Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Calls for Submissions - April 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

Another List to Check Out
 The Masters Review has a nice list of April deadlines at

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.

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 ends April 24.

The Southampton Review Needs Material for Summer Issue
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.

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.

Barking Sycamores Summer/Fall 2015 Pop Culture 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. Issue 6 (Summer/Fall 2015) will be our Pop Culture Issue.  We seek submissions on any aspect of popular culture -- film, television, music, literature, artwork, humour, internet memes... you get the idea. Commentary on, satire of, or works inspired by pop culture are encouraged. While we are happy to consider persona pieces in which fictional characters speak, we regret that we cannot consider fan fiction for this issue. And as always, we also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. 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: April 20 – June 19, 2015.

Write About Gaming
Cartridge Lit is a literary magazine celebrating the intersection of literature and video games. We are currently seeking submissions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We are also seeking games-inspired chapbooks to be published online. We want work that takes risks and tempts edges, that sparks and burns.

Open Call for Experimental Work
Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks is a literary journal dedicated to not only publishing the best experimental, genre-bending work but also to restoring the author-editor relationship in order to develop and nurture writers. Please help us in that mission by sharing this email with your faculty, students, and alumni.

Seeking Spry Submissions, Especially Flash Nonfiction
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 their sixth issue. ​ They accept all short forms of ​creative nonfiction and fiction, as well as poetry—in particular, they 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.

Short Stories Sought for New Digital Magazine
IMAGINATE Magazine launches June 1, 2015. This quarterly digital magazine is geared toward both readers and writers – those who love the written word. We noticed a need for reading material of short creative pieces, so we began soliciting short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and nonfiction articles that we’ll combine into themed issues each quarter. They are currently accepting short stories for their September issue.


Contest with Feedback
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges. First prize is $200. Submit to the 10th WriterAdvice Flash Prose Contest by April 21, 2015

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.

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.

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 Very Short Fiction 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. Very Short Fiction contest ends April 30.

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.

Peseroff Prize for Poetry for Single Poem
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.

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize for Single Poem
The Georgia Review is excited to announce the third annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize---$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The submission period is 1 April 2015–15 May 2015, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2015 and published in the Spring 2016 issue. Poems may be submitted online or by post.

Telling Stories Writer’s Competition
As part of the On the Same Page Literary Festival (September 15-19 in Ashe County, NC) the Page Crafter’s Prize recognizes writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry with cash awards. Winning writers will be recognized at the On the Same Page concluding luncheon September 19. The Page Crafter’s competition is designed to encourage and acknowledge emerging writers and to reinforce the On the Same Page Literary Festival’s commitment to celebrating the creation of new literary work. Deadline for submissions is July 20, 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. Discount for early registration ends April 15. Full price registration is open until May 8. A limited amount of space is left.

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.

Sundress Academy Summer Retreats in Poetry and Fiction
Sundress Academy for the Arts is thrilled to announce our 2015 Summer Writing Retreats in Knoxville, TN. Both retreats are sold as weekend passes, and include instruction, writing supplies, food, drink, transportation to and from the airport, and all on-site amenities for $200. Camping equipment is also available for rent, and payment plans are available for interested parties. Retreats are available in fiction (May 29 – 31) and poetry (June 12 - 14).

Elk River Four-Day Retreat
The 2015 Elk River Writer’s Workshop will be held from October 22 to October 25 at Chico Hot Springs Resort in spectacular Paradise Valley, Montana. The workshop brings together prominent writers and students for four days of seminars, workshops, lectures and readings in a small group environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with each of the faculty. If you are passionate about writing and inspired by wild landscapes, the Elk River Writer’s Workshop is for you.


Writing Assistants Needed at AU
Ashland University is seeking five writing assistants to serve as writing tutors to other graduate students. Graduate programs you might work with include American History and Government, Business, Education, Health and Risk Communications, Leadership Studies, Nursing & Health Science, or Criminal Justice. Pay is $20/hr, up to 10 hours total per semester. The work may be done on-line. If interested, contact Susan Blake,

Why Settle for Just A Room of Your Own – You Could Get a Whole House
Write A House is a Detroit-based non-profit focused on community development and the literary arts. Write A House works with vocational programs within Detroit to purchase vacant homes and renovate them into tidy, healthy abodes. Simultaneously, we hold an admissions campaign to match a deserving writer to one of these homes — the artist is granted full ownership of the house, provided he/she plans on using it as a primary residence. Interested applicants can find more information here, and any questions can be referenced to our FAQ or else emailed to

Summer Editorial Assistant Internship with RHINO
RHINO poetry journal in Evanston, Ill., is seeking one or two promising young poets to serve as summer interns. Qualifications include a BA and at least one year of relevant grad school, a love of poetry and general knowledge of contemporary poems and its traditions. This is a part-time (15 hours/wk) position that comes with a stipend. Deadline is April 30, 2015.  Contact Cassy for the full details. 

Career Opportunity for Writers Wishing to Live Abroad
Kangnam Pride Institute, an elite private academy in Seoul, Korea, that caters to advanced English language learners is looking for writers with an interest in EFL curriculum design to help design and publish textbooks. Any interested applicants should send their resume and a photo to If interested ask Cassy to send you more details.

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