Thursday, January 15, 2015

Calls for Submissions – January 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

GTK Journal reading period

Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, Cleveland-based journal editing by Krystal Sierra. Their reading period is open right now until Feb. 15 for Issue 3. Watch for details on an upcoming special women's issue for the summer.

New Journal Seeks Nonfiction

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.

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.

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.

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)
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 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

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.


Poetry Book Prize from New American Press

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. Extended deadline: January 31st, 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.

Glimmer Train Short Fiction

1st place $1,500 and publication in Issue 96. Deadline: 1/31. Open to all! Any story—up to 3,000 words—that has not previously been accepted for print publication is welcome.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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!


Drunken Boat Seeking Production Editor and Managing Editor

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 its volunteer staff. Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be responsible with an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. If you’re interested, please send a CV and a cover letter to Managing Editor Erica Mena at

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