Here are twelve new opportunities for writers with deadlines as soon as next week and as far away as May. I hope there’s something here for everyone.
Here’s a shout out to Marc Swan of Portland, Maine, who dropped me a very kind note recently to say that he finds these lists helpful. Thanks for letting me know, Marc!
As always, please feel free to share with your fellow writers. Happy Thanksgiving!
Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine
Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine once again seeks tight, gripping prose and poetry. Our author guidelines are tabbed to our home page. We use Submittable and all submissions need to come through that system so our first-reader staff can evaluate them as a team. Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes 120-200 poems and short prose pieces annually. We judge each piece on its merit rather than author biographical information.
Visible Poetry Project
The Visible Poetry Project (VPP) partners thirty filmmakers with thirty poets to create visual interpretations of original and classic poems. The VPP will match filmmakers and poets, provide experienced production assistance to the creative teams, and guarantee an audience for the selected works. Every day during National Poetry Month, VPP premieres a new short film based on a poem. Last year, contributors included Neil Gaiman and Tato Laviera. The VPP is now open for submissions form poets and filmmakers for the 2018 season. VPP especially seeks submissions from underrepresented artists.
The Oxford American welcomes fiction submissions from new writers. We are eager to feature a writer in our 100th issue who has not yet published fiction in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. The 100th issue will be on newsstands starting March 2018. Our primary consideration is quality, though we would be especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though we ask that stories are immediately withdrawn from consideration following acceptance elsewhere. (There is a $2 processing fee.) Deadline is December 1st.
SLICE magazine welcomes submissions for short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We’re not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. Our reading period is currently open through December 1, 2017. All submissions during that time will be considered for Issue 23, which will be released fall 2018. The theme for that issue is “Flight.” The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words.
Baltic Writing Residency
The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for a 3 week long residency in Stockholm, Sweden. The deadline is December 15th. Applications are accepted via submittable (http://balticwritingresidency.submittable.com/submit). The BWR provides $1,000, and a cottage in Stockholm for one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction working in English. Though, neither the writer nor their project need be connected with Sweden.
Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets
As writers, we often learn by reading and enjoying the work of other writers. Art itself can be the artist’s best teacher. This idea was foremost in our minds in 2010, when we compiled Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (Southern Illinois University Press), an anthology of essays that considers the elements of poetry through practice. The essays reveal the insights poets gained while writing or reading a particular poem or set of poems. Each essay ends with a prompt that challenges readers to consider their own understanding of that poetic element. We are now preparing to launch Mentor and Muse online. Working in our new electronic format, we hope to give more poets access to the published essays, offer a wider range of topics, and have more flexibility in both the style and medium in which poets engage their subjects. Each essay submission should consider how a poem—yours and/or someone else’s—has helped you to better understand a specific poetic principle. We encourage potential contributors to begin where they are most compelled, with the poems that act as touchstones, poems that they return to again and again for inspiration, solace, and guidance. Our first deadline is December 15, 2017; however, we will continue to accept essays for future issues beyond December 15.
Pittsburgh Poetry Review Call for Submission
The Pittsburgh Poetry Review is now open to regular and tip jar submissions through 12/15/17 for poems for PPR #7 to be published online in April 2018. Please note that the Pittsburgh Poetry Review is becoming an online journal effective with PPR #7. Also, we are pleased to announce that PPR is now a paying market, offering $25.00 for each poem we publish. Please submit 3 poems, exactly 3 poems, no more, no less, in a single .doc or .docx file. IMPORTANT! We read blind, so please do not put any identifying info in the submission document, or the file name, but only in the “Cover Letter” portion of the form.
2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Press 53 offers a $1,000 advance plus publication, awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. There is a reading fee of $30. Enter before December 31, 2017. Press 53 Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2018.
Faultline welcomes previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, translations, and art. We read submissions through January 15, 2018. Send up to five poems. For fiction and creative nonfiction, we consider one submission at a time, up to twenty pages.
Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest
The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University is proud to present the Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We invite submissions in all genres of short fiction. Work will be judged by renowned science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson, New York Times-bestselling author of the Mars Trilogy, 2312, and New York 2140. The winning story will receive a $1,000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published by Arizona State University in an online anthology, which will be free to download, read, and share. Submissions must be 5,000 words or less, and must be original, previously unpublished work. There are no reading or submission fees for this contest. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.
A Public Space
We accept unsolicited submissions through April 15, 2018. Please submit only one (1) story or essay at a time; or up to five (5) poems. There are no word or poem limits. Novellas and novel excerpts are always welcome.
Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed at the University of Denver, currently in its 50th year of consecutive print publication. Unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry are welcomed from now until May 15, 2018. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages.