Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October/November Calls for Submission

The Ashland MFA Program receives many calls for submissions and contest deadlines to share with its students and alumni. 

Journal Submissions

The Woven Tale Press welcomes unsolicited submissions. Since their mission is to grow traffic to noteworthy artists and writers on the World Wide Web, they want to be able to link back your work; you must have a blog or website address. 

Indicia, an art, poetry, and fiction publication is open for submissions for its second issue. They are drawn to the experimental, the understated, the othered & outcast, the childlike, and the bizarre. The deadline is October 31, 2016.  

Rabbit Catastrophe Review is now open for submissions and publishes original poetry, prose, and art. They are dedicated to publishing writers marginalized from mainstream literary communities. The journal is reading for issue #12, due out in July 2017. The deadline is December 1, 2016. For guidelines, visit: http://rabbitcatastrophepress.com/rabbit-catastrophe-review/

The Rush is a new literary magazine created and run by the MFA creative writing students at Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles, and they are reading for its first publication. They’re looking for high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life. They are accepting submissions October 1 through December 1, 2016. Send submissions and see guidelines here: https://therushmag.submittable.com/submit

Upstart literary journal tiny poetry: macropoetics seeks submissions for its second issue. While small, its journal is unique and edgy and has already featured luminary American writers. They are looking for space-based poetry that focuses on the relationship between self and nature, self and items (such as household items, books, etc) and self and other (love, friendship, relationship). They want to curate ten total poems for each issue, twenty-five image poems (macros) and five poems surrounding animals, specifically cats. Send all submissions with an author bio to to macropoetics@gmail.com.

Platypus Press Wildness
wants work that evokes the unknown. Platypus Press publishes its online edition every two months. A print anthology will be released once a year. Rolling submissions. No minimum length for poetry and prose, but please keep stories under 2,500 words and each poem under 80 lines. They currently only accept unpublished works; this includes website and personal blogs.

Palaver was recently named one of Flavorwire’s hybrid magazines to follow. They are asking for Creative or Academic Submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline and have accessible language. The written academic work should be typed, double spaced, and follow MLA guidelines. Due to the volume of submissions Palaver receives, they ask that the academic pieces run no longer than twenty-five pages, and they do not accept previously published work--be it print or online.

Eternal Remedy is an online journal dedicated to creative writing surrounding the topics of existentialism, love, psychology, philosophy, religion and the human condition in general. In its third year of operation, the journal is looking to expand its writing selections.

Front Porch Journal, the online literary journal of Texas State University’s MFA program, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The journal publishes three times a year, highlighting emerging and established writers, reviews, and interviews. They are looking for new stories, essays, poems, flash, artwork, and graphic narratives.

Trigger Warning is now accepting submissions for its first edition. This new literary magazine will focus on works that convey what it is to overcome personal struggles and which accurately illustrate the nature of the human experience. They accept personal essays, memoir, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and hybrid works. They read year round and publish their journal three times per year. Reading fee is $5. Accepted writers receive $25.

Small Po[r]tions is accepting submissions for Issue 6! They aim to curate cross-genre, experimental and multi/intermedia work and hope to offer a shared space for experimental creative fiction and nonfiction, lyrical fiction, poetry, and multimedia pieces. Small Po[r]tionsissues have a print component with a focus on book arts and an online component featuring selections from the print issue along with media work. Please submit up to 1000 words [up to 5 pages] or one multimedia work.

Submit writing to "Inklight," a meeting place of creative writing and photography published on the website of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. For this unique project, photographers submit original work, which is selected to be posted on the Afterimage web site. Writers then submit original creative writing inspired by one of the images on the web site. New Inklight features will be posted on their web site regularly and archived indefinitely. For the current selection of photographs, please visit: vsw.org/afterimage/inklight/gallery/. Submit ONE piece of writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 750 words or 25 short lines as a Word document email attachment toafterimage.inklight@gmail.com with “Inklight Writing” in the subject line, and include in your email the title and name of the artist of the work you are responding to. No critical responses, please.

Golden Walkman Magazine, a literary magazine for your ears, is accepting submissions. Send your best poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and craft essays. Work can be sent to submit@goldwalkmag.com. For guidelines, visit: http://goldwalkmag.com/submit/

Found Polaroids is looking for flash fiction to accompany their collection of “found polaroids.” While submitted stories are unpaid writing projects, the exposure that students would gain from their stories is widespread. Found Polaroids has been featured on such news outlets as BBC World Radio, The Guardian.com, Dazed Magazine, CBC Radio 'As It Happens,’ MutantSpace.com, The Plaid Zebra, and many more.

Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays in our online edition Flash Glass monthly. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis. www.rowanglassworks.org

Foothill: a journal of poetry invites graduate students to submit up to six unpublished, English-language-based poems composed in any poetic genre or form. They accept simultaneous submissions, and they read them year round. As compensation for publication, authors receive one free copy of the print journal. Foothill is published by Claremont Graduate University.


Cosmonauts Avenue is thrilled to announce that their 2nd annual Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! CA’s judge is the one and only Eileen Myles! The winner will receive $500, second place $150, and third place $50. All three will be published in an upcoming issue of Cosmonauts Avenue. The deadline is November 15, 2016. 

Narrative invites all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send them their best work. Their 30 Below Contest looks for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. First prize is $1,500, second prize is $750, third prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. The deadline is November 9, 2016.

The Poet’s Billow, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of poetry, is extending their deadline for the Atlantis Award to November 1, 2016. The award is given to a single best poem. The winning poet receives $200 and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow web site. The winning poem will be published and displayed in The Poet’s Billow Literary Art Gallery. Up to five finalists will be considered for publication. 

Glimmer Train
announces its short story award for new writers. Most entries run from 1,000 to 5,000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome. Dead line is October 31, 2016. The 1st-place winner will be published in Glimmer Train, will receive 10 copies of that issue, and receive $2,500. Second- and 3rd-place win $500/$300, respectively, or, if accepted for publication, $700. http://www.glimmertrain.com/pages/guidelines/short_story_award_for_new_writers_guidelines.php

Profane's Nonfiction Prize will be judged by Brevity editor and author Dinty W. Moore. The winner will receive $1,000 and a blurb from the contest judge, and finalists will be announced and considered for publication. There is no theme. Send your best flash, essays, journalism, or narratives that will spoon out some space in our guts and take up residence there.

The River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Contest is accepting book-length manuscripts through October 31. Final judge is Andre' Dubus III. Winner receives $1,000 and publication through University of New Mexico Press. Since our final judge is not an AU employee, alumni are welcome to submit.  

Conferences, Workshops, and More

The 2017 Ashland MFA Summer Residency in Paris will be June 17-July 1 and will be led by Ashland faculty members Angie Estes and Tom Larson. Open to current students, alumni, or other qualified writers. Deadline to apply and deposit is November 1. 

The 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's Writing Contests are now open for submissions! The top nine finalists for all contests will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to the Festival (March 22-26, 2017), and their names will be published on the Festival's website. Deadline for the one-act play contest is November 1, 2016; deadline for the poetry contest is November 15, 2016; and the deadline for the fiction contest is November 30, 2016.

Something to add? Send it to mfa@ashland.edu. We're especially interested in opportunities that cater to new and emerging writers.

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