Here are a dozen new opportunities for writers ranging from editorial positions to residency offerings, from contest to annual reading periods. Please feel free to share with other writers. Happy submitting!
Drizzle Review seeks Contributing Editor
We are looking to hire dedicated staff members who are committed to our mission to showcase books from diverse authors and points of view. Contributing editors will primarily focus on writing reviews, crafting essays, and conducting interviews with artists and writers. As an editor you would be responsible for writing a minimum of four reviews, essays, or interviews per year — at least half of these assignments will be book reviews. Though experience writing reviews is preferred, we’re willing to work with budding writers and reviewers with a passion for our mission who bring a unique perspective to the table. This is an unpaid, remote position. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay our editors and contributors, though you will often receive free review copies of titles you choose to feature.
Yemassee is the biannual print literary journal of the University of South Carolina run by a rotating staff of graduate students in the MFA program. We read creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Submissions are accepted year round. We do not favor any particular aesthetic or school of writing. Quality is our only concern. We consider three to five poems at a time, combined into a single document, with no more than one poem per page. We consider fiction and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words in length, double-spaced and paginated. For fiction, we’re open to a wide range of styles and aesthetics, both traditional and innovative. For nonfiction, we are interested in traditional memoir, lyric essays, hybrid work and many other nonfictional forms. We do not publish academic essays. If you’re sending in shorter works (less than 1,000 words), feel free to send along 3-5 pieces in a single document.
Virginia Quarterly Review
This is the month to send in your work to the Virginia Quarterly Review, because it’s the only time of year that they accept unsolicited submissions! They’re looking for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and they’re willing to pay over $1000 for accepted content. Poetry: All types and length. Short Fiction: Length is from 2,000–8,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy). Nonfiction: Length is 3,500–9,000 words. We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self. Entry Fee: FREE. Deadline: July 31, 2017.
Pleiades is a literary biannual featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews by authors from around the world. Our open reading period for the summer issue is only during the month of July. Poetry submissions should contain 4-6 poems. There is no page minimum for poetry or prose.
Gulf Stream Magazine Poetry and Fiction Contest
Gulf Stream Magazine is accepting submissions of poetry and fiction for its Summer Writing Contest throughout the month of July. The winner in each genre will be awarded $250. The 2017 contest judges are Jennine Capó Crucet (fiction) and Denise Duhamel (poetry). The winning story and poem from the 2017 contest will be published in a special summer issue of Gulf Stream Magazine and each winner will receive $250. Five finalists will be announced in fiction and ten poems in the poetry category. All finalists will be eligible for publication. Being a finalist does not guarantee publication. Entry fee for the contest is $7. For fiction, submit under 5,000 words. For poetry, submit 1-5 pages. Contest closes on 8/1/2017.
Scotland Residency for Writers
The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for the week-long residency in Brora, Scotland, a village located on the coast, north of Inverness. The deadline is August 15, 2016. The application fee is $22. Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply. Recent finalists and winners range from those who have yet to conceive of their first manuscripts, to writers who have held Guggenheim Fellowships, the UK’s Forward Poetry Prize, and Whiting Writers’ Awards, as well as finalists for the National Book Award and numbered in the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” Previous winners include Salvatore Scibona, Graham Foust, Joshua Weil, Catherine Wagner, Joshua Cohen, Viccy Adams, Emma Jones, Amity Gaige, and Kyle McCord, and others. The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The residency does not come with a cash prize. The writer resides in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. Spouses, partners, children are welcome to accompany the winning writer on the residency. Details about the residency, about Brora, and about the application process can be found at http://www.balticresidency.com.
Shame: An Anthology
Edited by Charlie Bondhus. Shaming is both a cultural practice and a form of abuse. It’s used by parents, teachers, government, police, social media, healthcare professionals, and countless other entities to punish and to ensure compliance with dominant values. Women, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA folks, and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to shaming and its long-term effects, not least of which are anxiety and depression. In this anthology, we hope to challenge the multifaceted culture of shame and the layers of silence surrounding it. We are soliciting poems, stories, and essays that critically confront shame, its causes, and its far-reaching effects. We’re interested in work that addresses shame on the individual level, the systemic level, or both. We want the personal and the theoretical, the visceral and the thought-provoking. We want to know how shame affects the individual but we also want to know how the culture of shame informs and enables imperialism, environmental devastation, mass incarceration, poverty, Trump. Athough personal narratives—in verse or prose—are certainly welcome, please do not send work whose sole or primary purpose is self-healing. Writing is a powerful therapeutic tool, but we want work that considers audiences beyond the writer. At the other extreme, while we are interested in analytical essays, we do not want academic writing. Send up to 5 poems totaling not more than 10 pages. Poems should be single-spaced. OR, send Fiction and Essays: 1-2 pieces totaling not more than 20 pages. Prose should be double-spaced. Query for work that exceeds these limits. Simultaneous submissions and previously published are fine. Email as an attachment to shameanthology at gmail dot com. Deadline: August 31, 2017.
The Fourth River: DISPLACEMENT
Climate refugees. Environmental migrants. Diasporic communities. Subduction zones and fault lines. Shifting matter. Bodies in incarceration, internment and detainment. The Fourth River’s15th print issue, due out in Spring 2018, will explore notions of displacement. What does it mean to move or be moved from a physical, spiritual or emotional place or position? What are the natural, social and scientific forces that act upon bodies, spaces and communities? For this special themed issue, we are seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art that highlights the experience of displacement: the causes, processes and effects of leaving, escaping or being forced from natural and/or human-made worlds.
We are interested in a broad definition of this term. Send us your best work! Submissions will be open from July 1-September 1st.
Apple Valley Review
Submissions for the Fall 2017 issue (Vol. 12, No. 2) of the Apple Valley Review are open through September 15, 2017. We accept unpublished personal essays and short fiction (preferably between 100 and 3,000 words, though the word count is flexible) and poetry. Prose poetry, translations, flash fiction, and writing with genre elements (such as fabulism/magical realism) are welcome. All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, all pasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor: editorATleahbrowningDOTnet. There are no fees.
Consequence 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry
Consequence Magazine seeks submissions for the 2017 Women Writing War Awards in Fiction and Poetry. $250 Honorarium and Publication. FICTION JUDGE: Siobhan Fallon. POETRY JUDGE: Danielle Legros Georges. The contests are open to women and those identifying as women. Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war. The $10 contest entry fee is non-refundable. SUBMIT: July 1, 2017 – October 1, 2017.
The Coe Review
The Coe Review seeks the best poetry from both published and unpublished authors from June 1 to October 25. Submissions may either be e-mailed or sent via snail mail. Please include “Poetry Submission” in your subject line if submitting electronically. Please submit each piece in an individual document. Poetry submissions may consist of up to three (3) poems.
Night Sky Poetry Anthology
Submissions are now being accepted for “Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky.” Submit up to three poems with a line limit of 32 lines each. The poems do not have to be entirely about the night sky, but the more the poems relate to the stars, constellations or the moon, the better the chance for publication. Previously published poems are acceptable. The proceeds from the book will go to the Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University, which offers free programs to the public and school groups. Complimentary copies will not be given to contributors since the proceeds will be going to the planetarium, but copies will be available for purchase at a very reasonable price. To submit, email submissions to: nightskypoemsATyahooDOTcom. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017, and publication will be by Spring 2018.