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.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ashland University MFA at AWP

Ashland MFA faculty members, alumni, and students are represented on a dozen panels at the AWP Conference in Minneapolis, April 8--11, 2015.

Below is a list of conference sessions involving our Ashland writing community. Know of a book signing, reading or other event that we’ve missed? Please let us know so we can add it to the list:

We’ll be at Booth #308, so stop by and say hello.  See you in Minneapolis!

Wednesday, April 8 

Accents Publishing 
To kick off AWP, join poets Brandel France de Bravo, Sarah Freligh, Lynnell Edwards, Lori A. May, and Bianca Spriggs at Subtext as they read from their Accents Publishing books.   
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: 165 Western Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Also, stop by Sycamore Review's space (1523) to pick up a postcard with Sarah's winning flash story.

Thursday, April 9 

R112. More than a Family Affair: Using Family History in Creative Nonfiction.
Thursday, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Room 205 A&B, Level 2.
Jeremy Jones, Bonnie Rough, James McKean, June Melby
We all have those oft-repeated stories of larger-than-life uncles and of the courtship of great-grandparents and of closeted skeletons in the old homeplace. But how do we take these passed-around stories and move them beyond family reunions? How do we determine what is the stuff of literary nonfiction and what is best relegated to family history? Panelists whose books come from presses large and small discuss effective techniques for collecting and crafting—and publishing—family lore.

R106. AWP Program Directors Plenary Assembly.
Thursday, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
All AWP program directors should attend and represent their programs. The executive director of AWP will report on AWP’s new projects and on important statistics and academic trends that pertain to creative writing programs and to writers who teach. A discussion with the AWP board’s regional representative will follow. The plenary assembly will be followed by regional breakout sessions

R134. AWP Program Directors’ Midwest Council. 
Thursday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Jill Christman, AWP board member and chair of the Professional Standards Committee and the Midwest Council, will present during this assembly.
If you are a program director or co-director of an AWP member creative writing program in the following regions you should attend this session: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario, and Wisconsin. This breakout session will begin immediately upon the conclusion of the Program Directors Plenary Assembly, so we recommend that you attend the Plenary Assembly first. Your regional representative on the AWP board of trustees will conduct this meeting. 

R176. The Book Problem: Innovative Programs for Writers of Long Projects.
Thursday 12-1:15 p.m.
Room 211 A&B, Level 2.
Andrea Dupree, Chris Castellani, Erika Krouse, Michelle Hoover, William Haywood Henderson
Typically, writers of book-length projects receive workshop feedback on chapters from instructors and peers, a process that works for some, but traps others in a cycle of endlessly revising small sections, never getting the full draft. Two innovative programs, Grub Street's Novel Incubator and Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Book Project, have developed ways of supporting authors in getting their full works drafted and refined. Lessons learned and processes to be replicated will be forthcoming.

R188. “Fashioning a Text”: Discovering Form and Shape in Literary Nonfiction
Thursday 12-1:15 p.m.
Room L100 H&I, Lower Level
Michael Steinberg,  Elyssa East,  Pat Madden,  Michael Downs,  Robert Root
Structure in nonfiction is often regarded as tandem or secondary to other concerns (voice, content, subject matter). Five writer/teachers--essayists, memoirists, and journalists maintain that “fashioning a text,” that is, discovering a work's shape, is central to the drafting process. Citing theirs and others' work, panelists will discuss the essential connection between their material and the forms they choose. In addition, they will explain when and how they decided what those forms would be.

R201. A Tribute to Charles Baxter.
Thursday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Room 200 B&C, Level 2.
Matthew Pitt, Michael Byers, Valerie Laken, Porter Shreve, Joan Silber
This panel celebrates Charles Baxter's prolific, multifaceted, enduring career. For over three decades, Baxter has produced signal achievements in short fiction, novels, poetry, and provocative criticism and craft essays, challenging the stale and shopworn in modern letters. He has also cemented a reputation as an esteemed and beloved mentor. This assemblage of peers, colleagues, and former students will offer testaments to Baxter's tremendous contributions and influence on and off-page.

R252. Mr. Capote's Nonfiction Novel: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective of In Cold Blood.
Thursday, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Room L100 F&G, Lower Level.
Kelly Grey Carlisle, Ned Stuckey-French, Joe Mackall, Bob Cowser, Dinah Lenney
2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the serial publication of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, a seminal work in the genre we now recognize as creative nonfiction. Writers, editors, and critics assess the book's legacy, as well as the aesthetic and moral issues it raises. How did nonfiction writing change as a result of the book? In what ways does the book continue to influence contemporary writers? How has the experience of reading it changed since its first publication?

New Rivers Press Book Launch & Readings
Leila Phillip will be one of many New Rivers Press readers at this event. 
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Kieran's Irish Pub, Poet's Corner, 85 6th Street N., Minneapolis

BOOK SIGNINGSteve Harvey at Ovenbird Books Table
Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Steve Harvey will be at the Ovenbird Books Table (#1450) to sign copies of his new memoir "The Book of Knowledge and Wonder." Stop by and say hello!

Friday, April 10

F123. Eye on the (Book) Prize: Submitting Short Story Collections to Contests.
Friday, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level.
Steven LaFond, E.J. Levy, Nathan Poole, Kate Milliken, Alden Jones
Contests have become an essential avenue for short story writers aiming to publish a book. With hundreds of people vying for the prize, what can you do to make your story collection stand out? Recent winners of the New American Fiction Prize, Flannery O'Connor Award, Iowa Short Fiction Award, and McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction discuss their approach to writing, revising, and compiling a winning submission and suggest what you can do to prepare your manuscript before sending it to the judges.

F139. Boston Review 40th Anniversary Poetry Reading.
Friday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Room 101 D&E, Level 1.
Rickey Laurentiis, Carmen Giménez Smith, Robyn Schiff, John Koethe, Susan Wheeler
Gathering five outstanding poets whose work has appeared in Boston Review's pages in the course of its forty-year history, this reading features performances of poetic work that draw on diverse aesthetics and influences. A celebration of the rigor and range of Boston Review's contributors, the event showcases the eclectic vitality of contemporary poetry. Poetry editors Timothy Donnelly and BK Fischer will make brief opening remarks, and copies of the current issue will be offered to all who attend.

F156. University of Minnesota Press 90th Anniversary.
Friday, 10:30 -11:45 a.m.
Room M100 F&G, Mezzanine Level.
Sarah Stonich, Kate Hopper, Karen Babine, Erik Anderson
Founded in 1925, the University of Minnesota Press is among the most distinctive American university presses, with an international reputation for publishing boundary-breaking work. Since its inception, the Press has also maintained a commitment to publishing important books on the people, culture, history, and natural environment of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Please join this group of regionally-based fiction and nonfiction writers in celebration of the Press's ninety years of publishing.

F228. Bravery and Bearing Witness: The Power of Vulnerability in Nonfiction.
Friday, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Room L100 J, Lower Level.
Sarah Wells, Bonnie Rough, Kate Hopper, Marilyn Bousquin, Brenda Miller
Reader response to scenarios where a writer has made herself vulnerable on the page often manifests itself as "Wow, you're brave!" The writer, however, may not feel anything close to brave. Is it bravery we're feeling when we tell our stories? Do we need courage to bear witness? Is it enough to share a personal story, or is there more at stake in the writing process? Panelists will speak to the power of vulnerability and necessity of craft in writing to transform the self and the culture.

Ashland Poetry Press Book Signings
Friday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
 (Booth #308)
Laura Van Prooyen, author of Our House Was on Fire, 2-3 p.m.
J. David Cummings, author of 2013 Snyder Prize winner Tancho, 3-4 p.m.
Richard Jackson author of Out of Place and Resonance, 4-5 p.m.

HEAT 2015, A reading to benefit VIDA (Women in Literary Arts award)
This event goes from 11:30 - 6 p.m. ($5 donation) 
Kate Hopper will be reading in the 3 p.m. slot
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, Rm M101BC

F292. But I Need My Day Job: Creating a Kick-Ass Writing Education in Your Own Community.
Friday, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Room L100 H&I, Lower Level.
Carrie Mesrobian, Jennifer Dodgson, William Haywood Henderson, Erika Krouse, Beth Nelson
Not everyone can pursue a writing degree or feels finished with their education once they have one. This panel brings students and teachers from the Loft Literary Center and Lighthouse Writers together to discuss models of writing education in community-based centers. Many writing careers have blossomed from such centers, into book deals, national awards, and more. Panelists will talk about how the programs work, how they can be replicated, and how efforts like these can help people make writing a lasting part of their lives.

Saturday, April 11

S123. Latina/o Poets as Publishers: A CantoMundo Roundtable.
Saturday, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Room M100 B&C, Mezzanine Level.
Deborah Paredez, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Juan Morales, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Casandra Lopez
How are Latina/o poets occupying and transforming the roles of publishers and editors today? This panel convenes CantoMundo founders and fellows to discuss their work as publishers of small presses, editors of literary magazines and blogs, and founders of new media platforms. Our roundtable conversation explores the particular challenges, visions, and contributions of Latina/o publishers and editors.

S174. Oracles and Appetites: Three Decades of the FIELD Poetry Prize.
Saturday, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Room 101 J, Level 1.
David Young, Mark Neely, Angie Estes, Jon Loomis, Mary Ann Samyn
For almost half a century, FIELD and Oberlin College Press have been publishing some of the most influential voices in contemporary poetry. In 1997 they began awarding the FIELD Poetry Prize to superlative books by both new and established authors. This reading by prizewinners from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s will showcase the aesthetic diversity of this influential series. David Young, a founding editor at the press, will moderate and discuss the selection process.

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