Submission Calls for Writers 4/4/2019

Here are a dozen opportunities for writers ready to submit their work. Good luck sending your words out.

YourDailyPoem.com

We look for short poems that are well-constructed, with compelling use of language and imagery, and subject matter that is appealing to a broad range of ages and interests. We like to be amused, we do not like to be offended, and we are not impressed by obscurity. Send us at least three but no more than six poems.

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/page/guidelines

Cimarron Review

Cimarron Review accepts submissions year-round in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Please include a cover letter with your submission. Send 3-6 poems or one piece of fiction or nonfiction.

cimarronreview.com/submit/

Mid-American Review

MAR does accept and read submissions year round. We accept fiction, poetry, translations, and nonfiction (including personal essays, essays on writing, and short reviews)—There is NO reading fee for a regular submission. MAR considers non-fiction pieces up to 6,000 words; only one fictional story per submission, or up to 5 shorts; or up to 6 poems.

https://casit.bgsu.edu/midamericanreview/submit/

A Public Space

A Public Space welcomes submissions to the magazine until April 15, 2019. Please submit only one (​1) story or essay at a time; or up to five (5) poems.

https://apublicspacedemo.submittable.com/submit

The Manhattanville Review

The Manhattanville Review is an online journal of literature published by the MFA in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College; accepting prose, poetry and visual art. Our archives showcase a collection of diverse voices and visions by creative minds from all walks of life. From mishaps & misfits to masterpieces, The Manhattanville Review seeks polished creative works with unique ideas, perspectives, and experimental elements. We are interested in pieces that take creative risks and contain strong writing skills. Please submit one to five poems; Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction ranging from five to ten pages. Deadline: April 26, 2019.

http://www.themvillereview.com/

Jacar Press Full-Length and Chapbook Contests

Deadline – April 30, 2019. Fee: $10 for chapbook, $15 for Full-length. We will select up to two winners in each category selected by internationally esteemed writers.  Past judges include Marilyn Nelson, Dorianne Laux, Helene Cardona, Rickey Laurentiis, Denise Duhamel, Jamaal May, etc.  Jacar Press is a Community Active Press. We support a wide range of groups and individuals making a positive impact on their communities.

http://jacarpress.com/submissions/#contests

Foglifter

Foglifter is a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer writing today. It’s a space where queer writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions: up to 5 poems; up to 7500 words of prose; up to 20 pages of cross-genre work, text-image hybrids, and drama. The submission periods ends May 1, 2019, for the Fall Edition.

https://foglifterjournal.com/

Fugue

Fugue, a literary magazine produced by graduate students in the Department of English at the University of Idaho, is accepting submissions for its new genre-fluid, lyric hybrid section, images, etc. This work includes, but is not limited to, photo-poem mashups, collages, erasures, graphic novel excerpts, and other image-based work concerned with lyric hybridity that tells a story, asks a question, complicates a boundary, or tests a hypothesis in a way that uses the language of shape and color as well as (or in place of) text. We are seeking pieces that surprise us, forging new connections and blurring old ones. Please initially submit your work as a .jpg or .png file if possible. We prefer 300 dpi and 1920 x 1080 pixels, but if we select your piece(s) for publication, we can talk more about image quality then. We thank you and look forward to viewing/reading your work. The submission period for the Fall 2019 issue closes on May 1, 2019.

https://fugue.submittable.com/submit

The 2019 Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2019. The winner of the prize will receive $2000 and publication of the free, downloadable chapbook on Frontier Poetry. Most exciting of all: the chapbook will also be distributed to tens of thousands of readers, editors, agents and magazines through our newsletter. Our guest judge this year is Jericho Brown. Manuscript should be 15-30 pages (not including front/back-matter.) Manuscripts should be on the whole unpublished, although individual poems can be previously published. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if the chapbook is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but each submitted chapbook will have the $20 fee.

https://www.frontierpoetry.com/poetry-awards/

Redivider

Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers. We welcome general submissions year-round, and we are proud to offer free submission through May 15, 2019. For Fiction & Nonfiction, we consider up to 8,000 words, and for Poetry, we consider up to 5 poems, and 10 pages.

http://www.redividerjournal.com/general-submissions/

Newfound

We welcome short stories and self-standing novel excerpts of any length, creative nonfiction pieces of any length, up to 6 poems totaling no more than 10 pages, and up to 3 flash fiction stories per submission. Flash, micro, and hybrid work—if it’s brief (<1,000 words) and cutting edge, fiction or nonfiction, we’re publishing it. We read submissions through May 15, 2019.

newfound.org/submit/?mc_cid=0cacc51050&mc_eid=508eb4b613

The 9th annual BOA Short Fiction Prize

Deadline: May 31, 2019. Since its founding in 2010, the BOA Short Fiction prize has been awarded to eight of the most exciting and unique voices in American fiction. As with all BOA fiction titles, our prize-winning short story collections are more concerned with the artfulness of writing than the twists and turns of plot. It is our belief that short story writing is a valuable and underserved literary form that we are proud to support, nurture, and celebrate. All submissions will be personally read, reviewed, and considered by BOA Publisher Peter Conners, founder and sole editor of BOA’s short fiction series. Manuscripts that do not win the contest are still eligible for publication by BOA. The winner receives book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd. in spring 2021 and $1,000 honorarium. Submission fee: $25

https://www.boaeditions.org/pages/boa-short-fiction-prize

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Submission Calls for Writers 3/5/2019

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Here are eleven opportunities for writers including a scholarship offering for a writing excursion to Scotland. Good luck writing and submitting!

Bodega

Bodega releases digital issues on the first Monday of every month, featuring poetry, prose, and occasional interviews by established and emerging writers. Submit up to 3 poems or up to 3000 words of fiction or nonfiction.

http://www.bodegamag.com/about

 

The Journal, a Literary Magazine (formerly The Ohio Journal)

We are interested in quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, photo essays, author interviews, and reviews of new books of poetry and prose. We impose no restrictions on category or type of submission for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.   Fiction and essays: All prose submissions should be double-spaced. We are happy to consider self-contained excerpts of novels and long stories and essays, but please note that historically it is unusual for us to publish stories longer than 10,000 words and essays longer than 6,000 words.   Poetry: Please limit poetry submissions to 3 – 5 poems grouped in a single .doc or .pdf document.    Reviews and Interviews: Reviews should double-spaced be no more than 1,200 words. We are particularly interested in reviews of new books that have been published within the last two years. Interviews should be double-spaced and between 6 – 12 pages.

http://thejournalmag.org/submit

 

Apple Valley Review

Submissions for the Spring 2019 issue (Vol. 14, No. 1) of the Apple Valley Review are open through March 15, 2019. We accept 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. Please send work that is original, previously unpublished, and in English. All work published in the journal is automatically considered for our annual editor’s prize. Several pieces from the journal have later appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, storySouth Million Writers Award, and The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. 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: editor (AT) leahbrowning (DOT) net.

https://www.applevalleyreview.com/

 

Scholarship available for August 2019 “Get Away to Write – Scotland”

Join us this summer in the vibrant university city of Dundee, Scotland to immerse yourself in a supportive week-long writing experience that will energize and inspire you. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, readings by local writers and excursions to Edinburgh, the coast and more from August 1-9, 2019. A $1,000 scholarship is being offered to a first-time participant in one of Murphy Writing’s international programs. Scholarship application deadline: March 10, 2019.

http://murphywriting.com/scotland

 

Anthology of Poems about Kissing

We will consider up to three unpublished or previously published poems on the topic of kissing for a forthcoming anthology of poems about kissing, to be published by Terrapin Books, spring/ summer 2019, edited by Diane Lockward. For previously published poems the author must be able to grant permission for Terrapin Books to republish the poems. Send us your poems about first kisses, last kisses, goodbye kisses, make-out session kisses, desired kisses, unwanted kisses, dangerous kisses, stolen kisses, romantic kisses, familial kisses, spin-the-bottle kisses, hot kisses, cold kisses, metaphorical kisses, etc. Submission Period: through March 20, 2019. No submission fee.

https://www.terrapinbooks.com/anthology-of-kissing-poems.html

 

Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Volume 22, Appalachia (Un)Broken

Splits and seams. United/divided. Fissures and fusions. And let’s not forget that “cleave” can mean both “to cut apart” and “to bind together.” For Volume 22 we are asking for your poems, short stories, essays, flash pieces and black and white 2D art on how we—our region, our communities, our families, ourselves— are held together and how we come apart. Unpublished work is preferred, but we aren’t sticklers. Send us your best creative work exploring Appalachia (Un)Broken. Poetry submissions: up to 5 poems in one document please, no more than 10 pages. Prose submission: One piece of up to 3,000 words, single spaced, with the first line of each paragraph indented (rather than double space between.) We will consider stories, essays, one-acts and memoir. Deadline: April 15, 2019.

http://www.sawconline.net/pmsg-submission-guidelines.html

 

The Penn Review

The Penn Review is currently ranked as one of the 25 Fastest Fiction & Poetry Markets in Duotrope’s database. We strive to respond to all submissions within a week, and are currently averaging a 2-3 day response time. Our Winter Reading Period is now open.  We’ll be accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for our Spring Reading Period from March 10 to April 21, 2019.

https://www.pennreview.org/submit

 

Maryland Literary Review

Maryland Literary Review was created in the summer of 2018.  MLR is a biannual literary magazine featuring top-tier literary fiction, poetry and nonfiction.  In addition, we will feature occasional blog posts.  In 2019 we hope to publish E-books, also. Maryland Literary Review is an online only publication. Submit via e-mail to Nleslie (at) Marylandliteraryreview (dot) com.  There are absolutely no fees to submit and submissions are open 24/7/365 days a year.  For poetry, please send no more than five poems; for short stories 1-3 stories; for nonfiction 1-3 essays.  Flash fiction and flash memoir also welcome.  Submissions for the fall issue end on May 15th, 2019.

https://www.marylandliteraryreview.com/submit/

 

Driftwood Press Contests

We’re excited to announce that our annual Adrift contests are back! For the chapbook contest, we’re welcoming Chen Chen as our guest judge! On the short fiction side, we’ve got Pulitzer-nominated Dale Ray Philips looking at the finalists. Submissions are open through May 31, 2019. Awards range from $300 to $350, plus interviews and contributor copies.

https://www.driftwoodpress.net/contests?utm_source=so

 

Poetry South

Poetry South is a national journal that considers all kinds of poetry. Though we pay particular attention to writers from the South — born, raised, or living here — all poetry within our covers has a claim to the South because it is published here. The magazine has a tradition of including poets from other regions in the US and other countries. We are looking for a great mix of styles and voices that will appeal to our audience and breathe new life into the poetry of the South. Send 1-4 unpublished poems in Word or RTF format. Our annual submission deadline is July 15, 2019.

https://www.muw.edu/poetrysouth/submit

 

Citron Review

Creative Nonfiction is open year-round. Poetry and Fiction read submissions through November 30, 2019. Micro Fiction submissions should be no more than one hundred (100) words. You may submit up to five (5) micro-fiction selections per quarter. Flash Fiction submissions should be no more than one thousand (1,000) words. You may submit up to two (2) flash-fiction selections per quarter. All types of creative nonfiction (memoir, essays, etc.) are acceptable. Submissions should be no more than one thousand (1,000) words.You may submit up to two (2) creative nonfiction selections per quarter. You may submit up to five (5) poetry selections per quarter.

http://www.poetsreadingthenews.com/

3 New Poems in Delta Poetry Review

Delta Poetry Review

I’ve been excitedly waiting for the inaugural issue of Delta Poetry Review to be released, and the day is finally at hand. DPR is a new online journal edited by Dixon Hearne. They are most interested in poetry from and about the American delta region and the Deep South generally, but they’re open to all work written in English from anywhere.

Mr. Hearne and DPR were kind include to include three of my poems in this issue. “South Through Kentucky” describes driving through parts of the state where my dad grew up and where our family has extended roots. “We are Called to Invent Ourselves” was inspired from a walk in the woods near by house. And “2:00 a.m. at Three Crow Bar” is an homage to one of my best friends, set in a great Nashville bar that you should check out.

This first issue of DPR also includes work from Stephen Hundley, a poet whose work is popping up everywhere. I predict you’ll continue to see his writing a lot in the future. So get to know him now.

Delta Poetry Review is scheduled to publish their next issue in June. So now is a great time for writers to submit new work.

Submission Calls for Writers 2/5/2019

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If you’re reading this, it means you survived January’s polar vortex and are basking in some version of this month’s spring thaw. Whatever inspires you–being locked up inside when it’s cold or testing what’s likely to be false spring–I hope you’re writing. And chances are that if you’re writing, you may have something ready to submit. Here are a dozen opportunities for writers. Good luck!

 

Bread and Beauty

We’re looking for unique, well-written perspectives on life.  In general, we love blue-collar stories—people struggling with life, love, financial security, and the pursuit of functional happiness. That said, we don’t throw our noses up at anything that’s well written. We accept flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, memoir, and art for publication in our online journal. We are also seeking submissions for our featured “Mindful Musing” Monday blog post.

http://www.breadandbeauty.net/about.html

 

Pudding Magazine: The Journal of Applied Poetry

PuddingMagazine is currently reading for our summer/fall issue #68. Pudding Magazine is a small-press, literary publication with an emphasis on poetry, and occasional short fiction, essays, articles, book reviews, art, and photography. For poetry, submit up to six poems. For fiction and nonfiction, submit one piece or up to three flash pieces. We encourage new authors to submit, though we primarily publish emerging and established authors. We look forward to reading your work!

http://www.puddingmagazine.com/submissions

 

Indianapolis Review

The Indianapolis Review is a quarterly publication featuring poetry and art. We work to promote artists and writers from our region, but we also showcase work from around the country and the world. We don’t limit ourselves to one particular school or style of poetry; we simply want poetry that moves, surprises, sings and makes us think. You may submit up to 5 poems at a time in a single attached file. Please do not exceed 10 pages total.

https://theindianapolisreview.com/submit/

 

Delta Poetry Review

Submissions are accepted year-round. We prefer poetry that has both mainstream and literary appeal. Poetry should be formatted conventionally, without inline gaps or other structural elements that can’t be detected by an audience during a public reading. Submit up to three poems pasted into the body of your submission email.

http://deltapoetryreview.com/submissions.html

 

Mastodon Publishing

Mastodon Publishing is in our 2nd year and are looking for your imaginative, developed work!

We have an open call right for novels and short stories, poetry, essays and creative nonfiction. We’ve published 7 titles with a few more due out in 2019 and will be looking to publish 3-8 titles in 2020.

We offer a standard royalty-based contract, 10 author copies, 20-50 media copies, awards submissions, and attend several books conferences each year. This year we’re looking to do even more and bring on more great authors, poets, and artists! We’re looking for imaginative and well developed work in literary, upmarket, commercial and genre as well as poetry with character. Nonfiction, too, all types.

https://www.mastodonpublishing.com/submissions/

 

CAGIBI’s inaugural Macaron Prize

Cagibi is a journal of poetry & prose that has garnered praise in its first year for its quarterly online issues, publishing emerging writers side by side with our literary heroes. To celebrate, we’re excited to announce our writing contest, the 2019 Macaron Prize. Winners of the 2019 Macaron Prize will receive $1,000 and publication in Cagibi’s inaugural print issue. Finalists will also be published in the print issue. All entries will also be considered for publication in Cagibi’s quarterly online issues. Winners will be invited to read their work at a public Reading and Issue Launch Event in New York City in May. There is an $18 entry fee. Submission deadline is midnight February 15, 2019. The contest judges are Chantel Acevedo in Fiction, Major Jackson in Poetry, Sheila Kohler in Non-Fiction / Memoir.

https://cagibilit.com/cagibi-macaron-prize-2019/?fbclid=IwAR1vqC-2hmMxWRJOpd6plJ1JCX2F9Zb_ThNMU9X_cWksUBenRILwcnmO1_c

 

Valparaiso Fiction Review

Publishing since 2011, Valparaiso Fiction Review is a biannual publication of Valparaiso University and its Department of English. Valparaiso Fiction Review is seeking submissions of short stories for its upcoming 2019 issues (Summer & Winter). Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished works that range from 1,000 to 9,000 words. There is no set deadline, and submissions are considered on a rolling basis. Current and archived issues of the journal can be found online.

https://scholar.valpo.edu/vfr/guidelines.html

 

Darkhouse Books Call for Submissions: Love

Darkhouse Books seeks submissions for the third installment in its Riff literary series, What We Talk About When We Talk About It: Variations on the Theme of Love. Send us your best poetry or prose on this very broad theme. What is love, anyhow? You can love your partner, your friend, your country, your dog, cat, rat, your local library, your family, yourself. You can love money, liquor, food, wilderness, or the dive bar on the corner. What does love make people do? What will people give for it? What will they steal? Does the razor love the wrist as a baby loves the breast? Where does sex figure in all of this? Does it? This series leans toward the literary while welcoming all genres, so long as the author has paid close attention to craft. We are not looking for standard romance, but if you think your romance will win our love anyway, send it. – Send us work that stands out because of its excellence, of course, but also because of its creative take on the theme and on the craft of writing. We will accept reprints so long as the piece was published more than a year before you submit it, and you are submitting in accordance with the previous publisher’s guidelines, and ours. Maximum length is 5,000 words; there is no minimum. Format your piece in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier, double spaced, with initial 0.5” indents, and 1” margins. Send your manuscript as .doc or .docx. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN ANY OTHER FORMAT. Submit no more than five poems and/or two prose pieces. Submissions may be emailed to submissions(AT)darkhousebooks(DOT)com, and should include the word Love in the subject line. Submissions will be accepted through midnight February 28, 2019. Payment to contributors is 50% of the royalties divided equally among the authors.

http://darkhousebooks.com/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-it-submissions/

 

Watershed Review

Watershed Review takes submissions through February 28th. We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. Submit up to 4 poems or one story or essay of up to 2500 words.  One poem or prose excerpt will be chosen from each issue to be made into a broadside print through the Quoin Collective.

http://www.csuchico.edu/watershed/submit.shtml

 

Anomaly

Anomaly, an online international and intersectional journal of arts and literature, is seeking work for our 2019 Spring and Winter issues. We are looking for creative nonfiction, translations, fiction, poetry, and comics. Deadline: March 1, 2019.

www.anmly.submittable.com

 

Orange Blossom Review

We are excited to announce the open call period for submissions to Orange Blossom Review, the peer-reviewed, digital-format literary journal of the Florida College English Association. OBR publishes innovative poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. Submit short fiction and creative nonfiction up to 5,000 words. Submit up to five poems. Deadline is March 31, 2019.

https://orangeblossomreview.org/ https://twitter.com/obr_litjournal

 

Pittsburgh Poetry Journal Inaugural Issue

Pittsburgh Poetry Journal (PPJ) seeks work that clangs with grit, passion, and a multitude of voices. We want poems that celebrate or break traditions and strive for progress. We do not restrict our journal to Pittsburgh poets or poetry. All writers and themes are welcome! We want your work that speaks to the spirit of Pittsburgh from any corner of the world. Please submit no more than three (3) poems, or seven (7) pages total. Our open reading period runs through March 31, 2019.

https://pittsburghpoetryjournal.submittable.com/submit

 

 

2 New Poems in Connotation Press & One

It’s wonderful to have two new poems published this week.

“My Ghost” was published at Connotation Press. Poetry editor Julie Brooks Barbour said some really great things about the poem. I’m so grateful to Julie and all of the crew at Connotation.

It was fun, too, to be in the same issue as Rita Quillen. Be sure to check out Rita’s poems in the issue.

The following day, “Mystery of the Hereafter” was published in Issue 17 of One, the online journal from Jacar Press. I’m grateful to editor Richard Krawiec for including my work among that of many other fine poets.

“Mystery of the Hereafter” was written after visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. and seeing The Adams Memorial, a sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (see the image below).

sculpture

I’ve heard a lot of nice comments from people since these poems have been released. Thanks to all of you who take the time to read these poems.

Submission Calls for Writers 1/3/2019

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I didn’t make specific resolutions this year, but I do have goals for 2019. Mostly, I hope to just keep writing and submitting. I hope you will do the same. Here are ten opportunities for writers. Check them out, and have a happy new year!

One

One, the online literary journal of Jacar Press,

One reads submissions of poems continually. There is no deadline. To submit, send one poem in the body of an email to <onejacarATgmailDOTcom.> In a few short years, poems first published in One have won a Best of the Net, received an Honorable Mention, been reprinted in the New York Times. We publish the best works by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, as well as newcomers and established poets from Africa, Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe, the U.K. and the U.S.

http://one.jacarpress.com/submissions/

 

The Offing: Back of the Envelope

Back of the Envelope seeks writing of any length which relates to, or draws on, science and the natural world. Sharing its wonder or its horrors, relating the untold stories of discovery, or toying with everyday curiosities, we’re interested in hearing from those inside and outside the scientific community.

https://theoffingmag.submittable.com/submit

 

Oxford American

We welcome fiction submissions for our Summer 2019 issue. We are eager to feature a writer whose fiction has not yet been published in a major print publication. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. Deadline January 15.  $5 submission fee.

https://oxfordamerican.submittable.com/submit/126851/debut-fiction-in-summer-2019-issue-open-only-to-new-writers

 

Longleaf Writers Conference Fellowships

The Longleaf Writers Conference is an annual gathering of creative writers from all over the nation and features award-winning writers in poetry and fiction and creative nonfiction who will offer a full week of intensive writing workshops, one day seminars, lectures, readings, and social events.  Fellows benefit from a special reading, direct work with faculty, and other specific duties that allow them access to our faculty and visiting writers. Fellowship applicants must have at least one book published in the last six years and should be actively publishing work in established literary magazines and/or have other awards of merit. This fellowship covers full tuition (all events, readings, workshops, etc. are covered for fellow) for the conference as well as superb lodging near one of the most beautiful beaches in Seaside, Florida, during the Longleaf Writers Conference from May 11-19, 2019. Past Fellows include Brandon Courtney, Rachel Weaver, Eugene Garcia-Cross, Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Stacey Balkin, Karin Lin-Greenberg, Erika Krouse, Sandra Gail Lambert, Blake Sanz, many more! DEADLINE: January 10, 2019. 

www.longleafwritersconference.com

 

Landlocked

LandLocked Magazine is a reinvention of Beecher’s Magazine. We love found pieces, eco-poetics, works about displacement, and stories of how your body fits (or how it doesn’t) into the world. Imagism and hybrid genres, including experimental and visual works, lyric essays, and prose poems are all welcome. Please send 3–5 poems per submission with no more than 10 pages in total. We want stories of literary quality and encourage fantastic, speculative, and weird literature. Send us your most imaginative and challenging writing in 4,000 words or less. We also encourage flash fiction of 1,000 words or less. Finally, we are especially drawn to nonfiction pieces that challenge the boundaries of the genre, incorporate fictional and poetic elements, and make us question how “creative” nonfiction can be. As far as length, we prefer under 4,000 words. Submit by February 01, 2019.

https://landlockedmagazine.com/submission-guidelines/?mc_cid=85cbcdeaa3&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

10th Annual Spirit First Meditation Poetry Contest

Spirit First is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished. Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will not be included in this meditation poetry event. Enter up to three submissions. Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Be sure to include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than February 28, 2019. There is NO FEE to submit.

http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2019Entry.html

 

Cincinnati Review

The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. Please submit up to five poems, which should total no more than ten manuscript pages, at a time. Fiction submissions should be no more than forty double-spaced pages. We’re interested mostly in pieces of nonfiction less than twenty double-spaced pages, though you can try us for longer pieces if you think they’ll knock our socks off. We read until March 1, 2019, with an exception: miCRo submissions are open year-round. https://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission_guidelines/

 

Arkana Call for Submissions: The Micro Issue

For our Micro Issue, Arkana invites you to magnify the microscopic. Once called “little magazines,” literary journals have long been interested in cultivating small-scale communities and promoting the work of authors and editors toiling on their art outside of national markets. For Arkana’s Micro Issue, we’re commemorating this heritage while seeking work that packs a punch in pint-sized form. From nanotechnology, the singularity at the center of a black hole, microbiology, and microbursts to microbreweries, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” Hershey’s miniatures, Little Rock, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, we want work that celebrates its smallness, amplifies the tiniest voices with the most to say, and challenges society’s perceptions of the marginal, modest, and miniscule. Send us up to 500 words of fiction or creative nonfiction, 10 lines of poetry, 4 panels of illustrated narrative, or 5 minute scripts for the stage or screen. In addition to publication in the Micro Issue, each piece will be considered for $50.00 Editor’s Choice Awards in each genre. The deadline for Issue 6 is March 31, 2019.

https://arkanamag.org/submit/

 

Blackbird

Send up to six poems at a time. Single-space, please. For fiction, double-space, please. We primarily look for short stories, but novel excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Double-space nonfiction also. We primarily look for personal essays, but memoir excerpts are acceptable if self-contained. Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered. Send one prose piece or two to six poems at a time, and please submit genres separately. Blackbird does not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as they are indicated as such and we are immediately notified upon acceptance elsewhere. Current reading period ends April 15, 2019.

https://blackbird.vcu.edu/v15n1/submissions.shtml

 

Quarter After Eight

Quarter After Eight is devoted to the exploration of innovative writing. We accept submissions in any genre from new and established writers through April 15, 2019. You may submit up to four poems at one time. Submit one essay or up to three flash prose pieces. You may submit one story or up to three flash prose pieces at one time.

http://www.quarteraftereight.org/submit.html

My 2018 Reading List

I love to read, but I struggle constantly with my own expectations of how and what to read and specifically with how much to read. The struggle comes to a head about this time of year when I look back and make some kind of judgment about how I spent my limited time and energy. For 2018, I ended up reading 52 books, obviously, an average of one per week, although it wasn’t paced out that way at all.

Dorie and Book Shelf
Seen here, my cat Dorie picks out her next book to read.

Does it matter? Does the number of books I’ve read make me a better person? Does it make me a better writer? There’s some science to back up both possibilities. But more importantly, I enjoy reading. I love a book that captures me with its language and its characters, and yeah, a great narrative helps too.

Two of the books I loved the most this past year are Jacob Shores-Arguello’s In the Absence of Clocks and John Brandon’s Further Joy. Neither writer was familiar to me when I came across their work in magazines. Arguello’s poetry was found in The New Yorker, and I found a short story by Brandon in Oxford American. Both journal pieces blew me away. I felt so lucky to discover that each had books that were as thoroughly good as their individual publications.

Here’s the list of all 52 books I read this year. I’d love to see what you read in 2018. And I’d love to year which books were your favorites and which ones will stick with you.

1. Russell Banks – A Permanent Member of the Family
2. Virgil – Eclogues
3. Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way
4. Laura Hunter – Beloved Mother
5. Elaine Fletcher Chapman – Hunger For Salt
6. Jacob Shores-Arguello – In the Absence of Clocks
7. Michael Dowdy – Urbilly
8. Eric Shonkwiler – Moon Up, Past Full
9. William Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice
10. Marie Howe – What the Living Do
11. Robert Pinsky – At the Foundling Hospital (Feb)
12. William Shakespeare – As You Like It
13. Marie Howe – The Good Thief
14. Jacob Shores-Arguello – Paraiso
15. Madeline Ffitch – Valparaiso, Round the Horn
16. Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge – Poemcrazy
17. Todd Boss – Tough Luck: Poems
18. Walt Whitman – Song of Myself (Mar)
19. Marc Harshman – Believe What You Can
20. Rita Quillen – The Mad Farmer’s Wife
21. Linda Parsons Marion – This Shaky Earth
22. Greg Wrenn – Centaur
23. John Brandon – Further Joy
24. John Lane – Anthropocene Blues
25. Larry Thacker – Drifting in Awe
26. Rachel Danielle Peterson – A Girl’s A Gun
27. Michael Knight – The Holiday Season
28. Jia Oak Baker – Well Enough to Travel
29. James M. Gifford – Jesse Stuart, Immortal Kentuckian
30. Manuel Gonzales – The Miniature Wife
31. Sharon Kay Penman – Falls the Shadow
32. Crystal Wilkinson – The Birds of Opulence
33. James Herriot – All Things Wise and Wonderful
34. Ottessa Moshfegh – My Year of Rest and Relaxation
35. Rowling, Tiffany & Thorne – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
36. William Glasser – Choice Theory
37. James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small
38. Sylvia Lynch – Jack Lord: An Acting Life
39. Kevin Fitton – Dropping Ballast (manuscript)
40. Jane Smiley – A Thousand Acres
41. Stephen Mitchell – Gilgamesh
42. C.D. Wright – One with Others
43. Kevin Canty – Into the Great Wide Open
44. George Eliot – Silas Marner
45. Michael Kardos – The Three-Day Affair
46. Christopher Smith – Salamanders of the Silk Road
47. Grant Faulkner, Lynn Mundell, Beret Olsen – Nothing Short of 100
48. Maureen Seaton – Fisher
49. Amy D. Clark – Success in Hill Country
50. Langston Hughes – Let America Be America Again and other poems
51. Cassie Pruyn – Lena
52. Kathryn Stripling Byer – Catching Light

Submission Calls for Writers 12/6/2018

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Here are 10 Christmas gifts: 10 new submission opportunities for writers. Merry Christmas, and good luck writing and submitting!

Connotation Press

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.

https://www.connotationpress.com/submit-guidelines-a-send

 

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.

http://www.bridgeeight.com/fiction-prize/

 

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.

https://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/submissions/?fbclid=IwAR3Ud-kGAWSOFprs_fY0PSltmMP3vstKiWiNopdW8U3Ch3zyhxV0lA1rbSA

 

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.

http://www.splitlipmagazine.com/submit

 

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.

https://www.press53.com/award-for-short-fiction/

 

StorySouth

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.

http://www.storysouth.com/guidelines/

 

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.

https://www.assetsforartists.org/studios-at-mass-moca/?mc_cid=d0bea8e6a3&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

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.

http://www.sundresspublications.com/submissions.htm

 

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.

http://washingtonsquarereview.com/submit/

 

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.

https://belmontstoryreview.wixsite.com/website/submissions

Submission Calls for Writers 11/1/2018

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After several month of hiatus, here are ten journals and presses currently accepting submissions or looking for volunteers. Several of these fine presses and journals have just opened submissions at the beginning of November. A few of these have very small windows when you can submit your work, so don’t miss it! Good luck sending out your writing.

 

Flash Fiction Magazine Needs Volunteers

Flash Fiction Magazine is looking for social writers. Specifically, we are looking for engaging people to interact with our audience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Duties include replying to comments as yourself (we want to be authentic and transparent), finding interesting resources / articles / pictures that our audience may enjoy, and finding new authors interested in flash fiction. You must be a social and engaging person, and you must be technically savvy and familiar with one or more of the social media channels mentioned above. If you are interested, email [shannon AT 101words.org] with your qualifications and why you are interested in this position.

https://flashfictionmagazine.com/volunteers/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Flash+Fiction+Magazine+Weekly+for++TODAY&utm_campaign=FFM+RSS+Weekly+Campaign

 

Free State Review

Free State Review is seeking fresh strange music, affluent language, and brave new thought in poetry, prose, and video projects. Prose should be 500-4,000 words; poetry can be any length or style. Poetry submissions can include 3-5 poems in a single document. Strange is not always better; simple and clear are not always memorable. Try to split the difference between the abstract and the concrete.

https://freestatereview.com/submissions/

 

Monologging

Monologging is always interested in new voices. This fall & winter, short stories no longer than 4,000 words will be considered alongside poetry, (5 pages maximum,). Writers and poets are invited to craft and submit works that ponder our City vs. Rural theme, offering new perspectives. The contrast between city and rural lifestyles has perhaps never been so stark, raising new social, economic, and political questions concerning how we coexist. To what extent are humans challenging, if not altering their primal nature by flocking to urban centers? Likewise, do we limit our horizons when we choose a pastoral existence? Are the boundaries of these two distinct landscapes still relatively fluid? Or are the suburbs an increasingly rigid bulwark sorting city slicker from country bumpkin? Monologging seeks a window into both perspectives, and to highlight the essential human transience that prompts our lifelong wandering between such distinct landscapes. Vivid imagery and writing depicting the aesthetics and breadth of experiences that individuals acquire when living in either environment will illuminate our Spring ’19 issue. Worthy pieces will receive editorial feedback. Selected works will be included in our Spring ’19 edition of the magazine.

http://monologging.org/submit/

 

The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize

The Tishman Review is looking for the best poem that captures Millay’s love of not only the lyrical, but the brave and honest spirit her poetry holds. Send up to five poems per entry. There is no line-limit. Poems may be any length, any style, or any subject. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of five poems must be treated as a separate entry, each with its own cover sheet and an additional $15 fee. Entries will be welcome through November 15th, 2018. Winner and accepted for publication entries will be announced by April 30th, 2019 and published in the spring issue of The Tishman Review.

http://www.thetishmanreview.com/contests/

 

Switchback

Switchback is an online publication of the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco. Please limit your prose submission to one story or essay at a time. Stories and essays should be no more than 4,500 words, but we prefer pieces closer to 3,500 words. Please submit no more than three poems. Switchback regularly publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on our web site. Deadline: November 30, 2018.

http://www.swback.com/call/

 

The Hollins Critic

Establishing in 1964, the HC literary journal is published five times annually by the students and faculty of Hollins University.  The Hollins Critic reads poetry until December 1 each year. The Hollins Critic reviews and interprets the works of contemporary writers and poets. Both emerging and published poets may submit up to five poems. Restrict poetry to one page in length. Payment: $25/poem, plus five contributor’s copies. HC not accept unsolicited essays, and HC does not publish fiction.

https://www.hollins.edu/who-we-are/news-media/hollins-critic/

 

Folio

FOLIO is a nationally recognized literary journal affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences at American University in Washington, DC. Since 1984, we have published original creative work by both new and established authors. For Volume 34, FOLIO is particularly looking for work responding in some way to the themes found within the World Tree—branches and roots, ancestry and rebirth, fate and knowledge, wilderness and civilization. Send us your stories, essays, poems, and art about trees and the natural world. Submit fiction up to 5,000 words, nonfiction up to 4,500 words, or up to 5 poems.  Deadline: Dec 21, 2018.

https://foliolitjournal.submittable.com/submit?mc_cid=84b9946a5c&mc_eid=508eb4b613

 

Denver Quarterly

Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed at the University of Denver. Unsolicited manuscripts of fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and poetry are welcomed from now through February 15, 2019. Poetry submissions should be comprised of 3-5 poems; fiction and non-fiction manuscripts should generally consist of no more than 15 pages.

http://www.du.edu/denverquarterly/submissions/

 

Delmarva Review

The Delmarva Review is a literary journal publishing original short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and short book reviews. For fiction, our preference is literary writing. We seek evocative storytelling with well-developed characters who take hold of our emotions and stir our imaginations. Memorability is the ultimate reward. The same will be true for the personal essay.  Poetry – up to 6 poems, no more than 50 lines each; Short fiction – up to 5,000 words;   Flash fiction – up to 1,500 words;   Creative nonfiction – up to 3,000 words. The submission period for Volume 12 of Delmarva Review will be open from November 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019, for publication in October 2019. Editors read all submissions. All selections will be made by May 2019. http://www.delmarvareview.com/submission.html

 

Bennington Review

Bennington Review is published twice a year in print form, Summer and Winter. Submissions are customarily read every fall, winter, and spring. The next 2018-2019 submissions period will be from November 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019. We aim to stake out a distinctive space for innovative, intelligent, and moving fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, film writing, and cross-genre work. In the spirit of poet Dean Young’s dictum that poets should be “making birds, not birdcages,” we are particularly taken with writing that is simultaneously graceful and reckless.

http://www.benningtonreview.org/submit/

New Poem at Heartwood Lit Mag

Thanks to Heartwood Literary Magazine for publishing my poem, Riding Lawn Mower, in Issue 5 of their journal, just released this week. Thanks especially to Editor Danielle Kelly. Heartwood is a beautiful literary journal published in association with the Low-Residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Please take a look at the poem on the Heartwood web pages, and check out some of the other great poems, stories and essays: http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/riding-lawn-mower.

Riding Lawn Mower

After the first small-engine repairman
tells me five miles are too far for a house call
or a pick up, the second repairman tells me
I should disassemble the mower myself,
bring him the offending portion.

Lincoln said his father taught him to work
but never to like it.  My father taught me
to work on lawn mowers. Naturally,
I think about buying a new machine.

Instead, I crawl onto summer-warm grass
like my father taught me. I pull
S-pins and retaining springs, freeing
suspension arms and the anti-sway bar,
separating clutch rod from clutch lever.
I mechanic my way beyond my skill set
until the mulching deck falls limp.

A pneumatic drill unlocks frozen, broken
blades turned upside down. New ones
hex bolt on, naked edges glinting in the light.
I reverse engineer, reattach metal to metal,
secure it all with a taut pulley belt.

Such unbindings and rebindings are common.
This tractor and I will again tame briar hells
of blackberry, wild rose. We will battle stones
rising quietly in the pasture at night like ghosts.
There is no choice but to keep going,
to keep working until the final, unfixable end.