Here are 10 Christmas gifts: 10 new submission opportunities for writers. Merry Christmas, and good luck writing and submitting!
Connotation Press accepts submissions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, play writing, screenplay, interview, book review, music review, video (for spoken word or music or…), etc. Basically, we′re looking at virtually every genre or crossover genre you can create. Submit not less than three and not more than five poems per submission. Submit one fiction story of any length or chapter at a time, or 1-5 flash fiction pieces. For creative nonfiction, submit one piece of any length or segment of a piece of any length at a time.
Bridge Eight Press
Bridge Eight Press is now accepting full-length fiction manuscripts for the inaugural Bridge Eight Fiction Prize. The prize includes $1,000* and publication as our featured book for Fall 2019. We’re looking for full-length fiction manuscripts—whether that’s a novel, multiple novellas, or a tight collection of short stories. We’re not closed to any genres, but most of what we publish is literary fiction with that “other thing” lingering in the room. Quite simply, we want a book that moves our eyes and eats the cobwebs gathered in our souls. Manuscripts should be between 45,000 and 70,000 words. Submission deadline is December 21, 2018.
Ugly Duckling Presse
UDP is starting a new poetry periodical, and we’d love to consider your work. Please send* up to 5 pages of poetry with a brief (half-page) introductory letter about yourself and your work by December 31, 2018, for possible inclusion in the first issue, to be released in early 2019. We look forward to receiving submissions from all corners, and we especially encourage submissions from new writers, translators, and people living outside the US.
Split Lip Review
Split Lip Review is open for FREE submissions during the months of December. We’re a literary journal of voice-driven writing with a pop culture twist. We publish online monthly and in print yearly. We accept fiction between 1,000 and 2,500 words, flash fiction under 1,000 words, and memoir up to 2,000 words. We accept only one (yes, just one) poem at a time. Please do not send us more than one poem. Send your best poem, but only one. We mean it.
2019 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. Manuscripts should contain a collection of short stories and may include one, and only one, novella (a story that exceeds 12,500 words). Total page count should be no less than 100 pages and no more than 250 pages. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53 under a standard publishing contract, a $1,000 cash advance, and fifty copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication. There is a reading fee of $30. Deadline: December 31, 2018.
storySouth accepts unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction through January 1, 2019. Authors should limit submissions to 3-5 poems, one story, or one essay. There are no word limits on submissions. Long pieces are encouraged. Please make only one submission in a single genre per reading period. Response time is approximately 2-6 months.
The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency Program
MASS MoCA invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 1 week to 8 weeks in length. This application is for residency sessions from April 3, 2019 – October 8, 2019. The full-price residency fee is $650/week, but many participants are offered both merit- and need-based financial aid. Each resident will receive a private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, housing (private bedroom/queen bed, shared kitchen, and bath) in newly renovated apartments directly across the street from the museum, one communal meal per day and free access to the museum’s galleries. We welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines whose practice allows them to work quietly. All applicants will be considered for subsidies based on artistic merit, readiness to benefit from the residency, and financial need. For writing submissions, please attach a sample of 10 pages or less. We are currently accepting applications for our 2019 spring/summer season. The application deadline is January 7, 2019.
Sundress Publications Open for Full-Length Short Story Manuscripts
We are looking for manuscripts of 125-165 double-spaced pages of fiction; front matter does not count toward your page count. Individual stories may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Manuscripts translated from another language will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that authors notify us immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere. The reading fee is $15 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title or broadside. We will also accept nominations for entrants, provided the nominating person either pays the reading fee or makes a qualifying purchase.
We will choose one manuscript for publication in late 2019. We strive to further our commitment to diversity and seek to encounter as many unique and important voices as possible. We are actively seeking collections from writers of color, trans and nonbinary writers, writers with disabilities, and others whose voices are underrepresented in literary publishing. Selected manuscripts will be offered a standard publication contract, which includes 25 copies of the published book, as well as any additional copies at cost. All authors are welcome to submit qualifying manuscripts through January 15, 2019.
Washington Square Review
Washington Square is a nationally distributed literary journal publishing fiction and poetry by emerging and established writers. Edited and produced biannually by the students of the NYU Graduate Creative Writing Program. Manuscripts are reviewed December 15 through February 1, 2019. Recent issues include new work by: Steve Almond, John Ashbery, Lydia Davis, E.L. Doctorow, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Terrance Hayes, Etgar Keret, Colum McCann, Paul Muldoon, D. A. Powell, Charles Simic, Zadie Smith.
Belmont Story Review
Belmont Story Review invites submissions for its fourth volume. We’re looking for submissions offiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from emerging and established writers. Also, we’re open to submissions of narrative journalism in the areas of music, publishing, creativity and collaboration, as well as faith and culture. The reading period for volume four ends March 15, 2019. We award a cash honorarium of $50 for prose and $25 for poetry/flash fiction to authors who have accepted submissions. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont University is renowned for its College of Entertainment and Music Business and Social Entrepreneurship programs. It is also the only university with an undergraduate major in Publishing. Belmont Story Review is produced through the Publishing Program under the auspices of assistant professor Richard Sowienski, a 30-year publishing veteran, which included a five-year stint as managing editor of The Missouri Review.