Life as a Shorty

Many thanks to Keith Lesmeister for featuring my story, “How the Mammoth’s Blood Flows” on this blog, “Life as a Shorty.”  There’s a short interview there also where Keith asked some questions about the story and my writing process.  “Life as a Shorty” is a great forum that Keith publishes online everyweek to talk about short fiction.  I hope you’ll follow his blog to be part of the discussion.

Submission Calls for Writers 1/17/2017


Here are 11 opportunities for writers to get their work out into world.  Good luck submitting in the new year!

Harvard Advocate

The Harvard Advocate accepts submissions of poems, fiction, essays, and art of any form or length created by members of the Harvard community, as well as outside contributors at our discretion. All submissions are considered anonymously. All submissions should be original work that has not been previously published.


Concho River Review

CRR is published biannually. We welcome submissions of high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry year-round. CRR welcomes fiction on all subjects, although we tend to publish traditional stories with a strong sense of conflict, finely drawn characters, and crisp dialogue. Length of manuscripts should be 1,500–5,000 words. CRR welcomes submissions of creatively told personal narratives and innovative approaches to the essay form. We also consider thoughtful, researched articles; especially those that explore areas that are part of our southwestern landscape and heritage. We reveiw manuscripts of all lengths, up to 6,000 words. CRR welcomes original poetry submissions from all poets, established or emerging. Length and form are open, but shorter poems (one page or less) are preferred. Please send three to five poems at a time.


Lime Hawk

Lime Hawk, a quarterly independent online journal of culture, environment, and sustainability, seeks new, unpublished submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its first issue of 2017. Read past issues at then send us your fresh new work! No deadline to submit. No reading fees.


Porkbelly Press Seeks Chapbooks

Porkbelly Press is an independent press based in Cincinnati. We’re a queer-friendly, feminist press open to all, and we encourage works from poets & writers all along the identity spectrum. All of our titles are bound by hand. We’re currently reading chapbook manuscripts: 12-28 pages in manuscript format. Our catalog is carefully curated. We’re looking for 3 chapbooks for 2017. Our queue is fee-free until it overflows. We read via Submittable. Brief guidelines: – poetry or prose poems – collections of flash or micro fiction – creative nonfiction such as lyric essays & flash essays – graphic narratives, sequential artwork (in black & white) – combinations of the above (linked by theme, image, voice, etc.). Submit no more than 1 chapbook in each genre until you receive a reply. No more than 3 manuscript submissions for a given reading period. Simultaneous submissions considered. or


At Length Magazine

At Length is currently looking for music essays of at least 5,000 words. Personal stories are welcome, as are diverse voices, lyric/cross-genre essays, and writing about music not often covered in the music press. No reviews, please. Send work to music editor Danny Caine: music [at] We’re open for submissions until January 31, and our response time is typically around 2 months.


Arts & Letters

Our New Year’s resolution is to read more of your great work—help us out by submitting to Arts & Letters while you still can! Arts & Letters is a national literary journal operating out of the MFA program at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia. Our reading period closes January 31st.  We Accept Unsolicited Submissions of: Poetry (4-6 poems); Fiction manuscripts up to 25 pages; Flash Fiction manuscripts up to 1,000 words; Creative Nonfiction manuscripts up to 25 pages.


Windmill, the Hofstra Journal of Literature and Art

Windmill is already to get rollin’ for 2017! Our inaugural issue is packed with pieces from Mark Brazaitis, Yardenne Greenspan, Taylor Larsen, Alix Ohlin, Bridget Potter, and a Q&A with Phillip Lopate. We are accepting submissions for our Spring 2017 print issue on the theme of identity.  For our print issue, we are accepting fiction and nonfiction pieces between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Pieces with higher word count, up to 10,000 words, will be accepted but judged at a higher standard. Submissions for the print issue are open until March 1, 2017.  Our February online issue is also all about identity. Who we are, how we relate to the world, is tied up in our identity… gender, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation.  This month, we explore the difficulties, drama and delight of identity politics – how we clash and how we come together. We are accepting both creative nonfiction and fiction pieces of 1,500 to 2,500 words. Submissions for the online issue are open until February 6th.


Jack Kerouac House Residency

The Kerouac Project of Orlando is set to open for 2017-2018 writer-in-residency applications through March 12, 2017. The Kerouac Project provides four residencies per year to writers living anywhere in the world. Each resident will live alone in the house for three months, where they may work on their writing project in uninterrupted peace. Writers stay free at the Kerouac House and their utilities costs are covered. Each writer also receives a $1,000 food stipend for use during their residency. The writers are only required to participate in two events, a welcome potluck dinner held in their honor, and a final reading of their work at the end of their residency.


Prime Number Magazine

Now accepting submissions in Poetry and Short Fiction for Issue 109 (July 2017). Guest poetry editor, Joseph Mills, is reading now until March 31. Guest short fiction editor, Jen McConnell, is reading now until March 31. Our guest judges will select three poets and three short fiction authors for Issue 109, July 2017. No submission fee.


The National Poetry Review

The National Poetry Review seeks submissions through April 1, 2017, of previously unpublished poems for its second online issue.


Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

We take great pride in reading every word and giving each manuscript its due attention. We consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic. We’re willing to give anything a fair chance. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Manuscripts should be roughly 35-50 pages, but we’re flexible. The $10 entry fee comes with an electronic issue of Palooka. THE WINNER RECEIVES Publication by Palooka Press (a perfect-bound book with a glossy color cover), $200 honorarium, 20 free copies of the book, bio and photo featured on our website. Winning Chapbook will be sent out for review and promotion. DEADLINE: May 15, 2017. All submissions are read “blind” to ensure pure contest ethics. The contest judge is Jonathan Starke, the founding editor of Palooka. For questions, e-mail the editor at palooka [at]

Recommended Reading 1/16/2017

I just finished reading Lincoln Michel‘s collection, Upright Beasts.  One of my favorite stories is “Things Left Outside,” which also appears online at Weird Fiction Review


An essay of Walter Robinson’s that was originally published in The Sun has now been picked up by Reader’s Digest, and you can read the whole piece here: (Check out Walter’s new website for more of his work:

Corina Zappia has a new piece, My Sandwich Is Going to Eat Me, at The Stranger:

Kate Jayroe has an essay online at JMWW:

Keith Lesmeister interviewed Susan Pagani on his blog (Life as a Shorty) about her story, The Fledgling, in The Rappahannock Review:

Finally, I was excited to read Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s thoughts about the English poet Stevie Smith in this review:! I didn’t know much about Smith’s poetry before reading this piece, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz continues to be so smart.  I admire her more all of the time.

Alison Stine’s “Ohio Violence” and “On Poverty”

Recently my friend William Kelley Woolfitt sent me an essay he thought I should see: Alison Stine’s “On Poverty” at The Kenyon Review.  This essay was a response to an essay by Claire Vaye Watkins’ called “On Pandering.”  Watkins’ essay received a lot of attention in literary circles, and there were many responses.  But Alison Stine’s response is the best I have seen, and I wish more people would read it.

Earlier this week, I railed about J. D. Vance’s ignorant and stumbling assessment of Appalachia, the Rust Belt and the wider world in his poorly named memoir Hillbilly Elegy. One of my chief complaints about the book is that Vance addresses shockingly little about class structures and dynamics.  Stine says infinitely more in her short essay than Vance says in his entire book.


When I asked William to tell me more about Stine, he recommended her poetry collection, Ohio Violence, which I read this week and which I highly recommend. Ohio Violence was the 2008 winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, and she’s written three books since it.  Stine’s website links to a number of individual poems and essays, but here is one from Ohio Violence that I especially like.  This poem, “When I Taught Mary to Eat Avacado,” is also found at Verse Daily.  I hope you’ll enjoy her work as much as I do.


When I Taught Mary to Eat Avacado

                      She didn’t understand.

You couldn’t cut straight through with the big knife
because of the pit, or heart, or stone.

                      We gave it many names,

and when it was revealed, bone-shade,
heavy-bottomed, she wanted to keep it.

                      She washed it, and the skin

dried and crackled, lost shards. I taught her to salt
the pebbled rim, and dig with the tip

                      of a spoon, which is like a knife.

The flesh curl surprises, but it’s a taste you’ll miss.
When she stole the story I told then,

                      how the Aztecs locked up virgins

during the avocado harvest, how this was repeated
to others in her own language,

                      I knew we were bound to take

what we could from each other and go.
I didn’t tell her what the name

                      for avocado meant, its connection

to the male body, which she wanted no part of,
which I am now a part of.

                      Perhaps that is the end

of the story, his flesh in my mouth. Perhaps
the women were not locked up,

                      but went, willing.



Recommended Reading 1/4/2017

As the new year is starting, I wanted to share some of the great stories, poems and essays that I’ve been reading lately.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

Darnell Arnoult’s essay, When I Started to Cry, is online at Blackbird:

Becky Bond, who is always hilarious, writes about the anxiety that comes with filling out forms:

Agatha French, the new staff writer in books at the Los Angeles Times, recently interviewed Stephanie Danler about her bestseller, Sweetbitter:  She also interviewed Jill Soloway and Eileen Myles about creativity, “queer art,” and the end of their relationship:

Megan Galbraith’s wonderful essay, Learning to Mother Myself, was published in The Manifest Station:

Keith Lesmeister’s forthcoming collection, We Could Have Been Happy Here, is included in Memorious’s list of most anticipated books of 2017:

Linda Michel-Cassidy interviewed Gonzalo Torne for The Rumpus:

Shawna Kay Rodenberg has written an important article about education, coal and poverty in Eastern Kentucky for Salon:

Susan Pagani’s story, The Fledgling, is in the new issue of The Rappahannock Review:

Cassie Pruyn wrote a brilliant essay for VIDA that you should read and share:

Corina Zappia is a frequent contributor to The Stranger’s Food & Drink section. Recently, she wrote “Mackerel, You Sexy Bastard: In Defense of Sardines, Herring, and other Maligned Fishy Fish,” and “Washington Is Getting so Cheesy,”





My 2016 Reading List


In regards to reading, I had two goals this year.  Actually, I’m going to refer to them as one goal and one hope.

The goal was to read one Shakespeare play each month.  The few I had read before this year were school assignments, which I mostly wasn’t prepared to read and didn’t get much out of.  I got a bit behind during the fall semester, but I managed to catch up just this week in order to complete my goal.

My hope was to read 100 books this year.  Why 100?  I don’t know.  It’s a fairly arbitrary number, but it’s nice and round, and I thought this was the year that I could do it.  Unfortunately, I’m a bit short, clocking in at only 91 books read this year (full list below).  I admit that almost half of those books were poetry books, which means that many were a bit short.  Still, 91 is a respectable number, or so I’m telling myself.

Here’s the full list.  FYI, a few of these books are unpublished manuscripts.  You won’t find them for purchase yet, but I hope you’ll find them one day soon.

  1. Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace
  2. Diane Cook – Man V. Nature
  3. Steven Pressfield – The War of Art
  4. David Daniel – Seven-Star Bird
  5. Charles Dodd White & Larry Smith – Appalachia Now
  6. William Trent Pancoast – Valley Real Estate
  7. William Shakespeare – Othello
  8. William Kelley Woolfitt – Beauty Strip
  9. William Kelley Woolfitt – Charles of the Desert
  10. Richie Hofmann – Second Empire
  11. Jill McCorkle – Creatures of Habit
  12. Junot Diaz – The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  13. Michael Ondaatje – Divisadero
  14. William Shakespeare – The First Part of Henry VI
  15. Jeremy Jones – Bearwallow
  16. Elijah Burrell – The Skin of the River
  17. William Shakespeare – The Second Part of Henry VI
  18. Wesley Browne – Slice
  19. Pauletta Hansel – The Lives We Live in Houses
  20. Alex Taylor – The Name of the Nearest River
  21. Major Jackson – Holding Company
  22. Kyle McCord – You Are Indeed an Elk, But This is Not the Forest You Were Born to Graze
  23. Jodi Lynn Anderson – Tiger Lily
  24. Brent Martin – Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend
  25. William Shakespeare – The Third Part of Henry VI
  26. Robert Zubrin – The Case for Mars
  27. Rose McLarney – The Always Broken Plates of Mountains
  28. Rose McLarney – Its Day Being Gone
  29. Lee Smith – Cakewalk
  30. Amy Willoughby-Burle – Out Across the Nowhere
  31. Darnell Arnoult – Galaxie Wagon
  32. William Shakespeare – Richard III
  33. Pasture Art – Marlin Barton
  34. Barrett Warner – Why is it so hard to kill You?
  35. New Stories from the South 2008 – ZZ Packer
  36. A Fox Appears – Jennifer Stewart-Miller
  37. Larry Brown – Joe (June)
  38. Bob Shachohis – The Woman Who Lost Her Soul
  39. Geoff Dyer – Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It
  40. Theodore Wheeler – Bad Faith
  41. Joanne Proulx – We All Love the Beautiful Girls
  42. William Shakespeare – The Tempest
  43. Ross Gay – Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
  44. Jim Elledge – Tapping My Arm for a Vein
  45. William Shakespeare – Two Gentleman of Verona
  46. Keith Stewart – Bernadette Peters Hates Me
  47. Cassie Pruyn – Lena
  48. Nathan Hill – The Nix
  49. Erica Anderson-Senter – Seven Days Now
  50. J.K. Daniels – Wedding Pulls
  51. Sue Weaver Dunlap – Knead
  52. Lauren K. Alleyne – Difficult Fruit
  53. Major Jackson – Hoops
  54. Brandon Courtney – Rooms for Rent in the Burning City
  55. Henry Real Bird – Horse Tacks
  56. Jen Leija – Good Bones
  57. William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  58. Lyrae Van Clief-Stafanon – Open Interval
  59. Ron Houchin – Death and the River
  60. David Armand – My Mother’s House
  61. William Shakespeare – The Merry Wives of Windsor
  62. Thomas Rain Crowe – Radiogenesis
  63. Dorianne Laux – The Book of Men
  64. Mark Eisner – The Essential Neruda – Selected Poems
  65. Richard Hague – Possible Debris
  66. Nathalie Handal – Poet in Andalucia
  67. Saeed Jones – Prelude to Bruise
  68. Joseph Bathanti – Anson County
  69. Jim Minick – Burning Heaven
  70. Jim Harrison – Letters to Yesenin
  71. Tim Peeler – Fresh Horses
  72. Mark Wagenaar – Body Distances
  73. Richard Hague – Alive in Hard Country
  74. Connie Jordan Green – Darwin’s Breath
  75. Grace Paley – Later the Same Day
  76. William Shakespeare – Measure for Measure
  77. TJ Jarrett – Zion
  78. Carrie Mullins – Night Garden
  79. William Shakespeare – Comedy of Errors
  80. William Shakespeare – Love’s Labour’s Lost
  81. -91. (11 poetry manuscripts I read for a contest)

I’d love to know what you read this year.  If you don’t want to include your full list, what were your favorite books of 2016?

Submission Calls for Writers 12/22/2016


Jellyfish Review

Jellyfish Review is accepting flash fiction submissions, so if you can flip us handle over teapot then we want to hear from you. There are no hard-and-fast rules about what does and doesn’t work, but the following certainly go down well. In the past we said we liked beautiful things with stings, but maybe now it’s possible for us to refine that. We like fun, we like sad, we like ugly, we like beautiful. But above all else, we like stories that feel insightful. Please send your submissions to Feel free to include a short bio or covering letter with your submission. We probably won’t open attachments, so make sure your piece is pasted into the body of the email. Maximum word length: 1000 words. And by the way, simsubs are ok, previously pubbed pieces are not, we don’t take poetry, but do take prose written by poets.


Grace Writers Anthology for Inspirational Writing

Grace Writers of Grace Lutheran Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is putting together an anthology to be published in spring 2017. Submit by midnight, December 31, 2016. Please use a readable 11/12-point font such as Times New Roman or Arial and submit up to three poems or one essay or piece of short fiction. Any subject matter will be considered but the working title is “In God’s Hand.” While there is no theme, entries should be inspirational but need not be religious. You will be notified if your piece is selected and will need to provide a photo and a short bio before publication. The anthology committee reserves the right to do minor edits, if needed. In addition: 1) Poems should not exceed 50 lines each; Limit three poems per person (poems need not be related)    2) Non-fiction should not exceed 1,000 words (article or essay)     3) Short fiction should not exceed 1,500 words (any genre) (short story or part of a novel).      All selected contributors will receive one copy of the book and be able to buy additional copies at a discounted retail price. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to further the advancement of literary arts in our community through applied-for scholarships to area events. There are no fees. Please submit all entries by email to: For more information, contact Anthology Chairperson, Pat Hope, at the same address.



Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through December 31, 2016. We ask that submissions of fiction and nonfiction be between 2,500 and 8,500 words in length. For poetry, please submit a set of 3-5 poems.


Fogged Clarity Inauguration Day Poetry Contest

As we brace for an inept and obdurate authoritarian regime to assume control of our country, Fogged Clarity is holding an inauguration day poetry contest. Fogged Clarity invites the submission of original, previously unpublished inauguration day poems of any length or form to submissions (at) foggedclarity (dot) com. Three poems will be selected to appear in our Inauguration issue, which will be published on January 20th, 2017. The author of the winning poem will receive $100 and publication, with two runners-up being selected to receive $25 and publication. The deadline for contest submissions is Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


Bellevue Literary Review

In Fall 2017, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the concept of family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. Family can be defined in many ways, depending on the perspective. From a literary standpoint, it might be considered as the unbalanced and unruly interplay of nature and nurture that gives rise to unique character and voice. This is why most protagonists in literature—and most of us, in the “nonfiction” of our lives—are defined within complex family structures. Illness can rattle the struts of a family unit, often irrevocably. Most families, of course, do not break completely apart because of illness, but there is no doubt that illness in one member can have profound, often permanent, effects on the nature of the family structure. By turning a creative lens to these dynamics, we hope to produce a collection of works that paints a picture—however complicated—of the frustrations, hopes, and connections that define a family.  Deadline: January 1, 2017.


Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award (no fee)

Fourteen Hills is pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue of Fourteen Hills. There is no submission fee. Poems not chosen for the award will be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills. Submission deadline: January 15, 2017. Maximum 1 poem per author; Minimum 3 pages; maximum 10 pages. Students currently enrolled at San Francisco State University are ineligible. Poems submitted for the award will also be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills


The Arctic Circle Residency

In 2017, The Arctic Circle program embarks on two 18-day high Arctic expeditions aboard an ice-class expedition sailing vessel. The Arctic Circle accepts applications from international working contemporary artists of all disciplines, architects, innovators, scientists and educators alike. Please download The Arctic Circle 2017 Application Guidelines (PDF). Or email us at to receive the application guidelines PDF by email. The application submission deadline for The Arctic Circle 2017 program is January 15, 2017.


Masters Review Winter Short Story Award + Agency Review

Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.  Stories should be under 7000 words. Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. Emerging writers only (we are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.) $20 entry fee.  Deadline: January 15, 2017.  Please no identifying information on your story.  All stories are considered for publication.


Disquiet 2017 Literary Prize & Luso/Lusa-American Fellowship program

Disquiet is currently accepting contest submissions for The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre. The top winners in each genre will be published: the fiction winner in Guernica, the nonfiction winner in, and the poetry winner in The Common. The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2017. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid. Deadline: JANUARY 31, 2017.


Updated Appalachian Anthology of Nature Writing

Deadline: March 31, 2017. Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian nature writing, tentatively titled Appalachian Nature. While there are locale-specific nature writing anthologies, this will be the first to focus on the entire Appalachian region. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and one-act plays are welcomed and demographics traditionally underrepresented in Appalachian literature are encouraged to submit. While all contributions should engage with the Appalachian environment specifically, possible topics or themes include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: Travel narratives; Bucolic nature; Disability and the environment; Animal studies; Mountaintop removal; Water quality; Fracking; Biodiversity; Fossil fuel and alternative energy industries; Environmental disasters (either natural or manmade); Plant life/ Plant studies; Natural history; Air quality; Activism; The Anthropocene; Posthumanism; “Sense of Place”; Post-nature; Appalachian ecologies; The idea of wilderness. All submissions must be original work and previously unpublished with a maximum of 6,000 words per work. While proposals are acceptable, the final work must be completed no later than March 31, 2017. Documents should be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format and emailed to The book is already under contract with a university press.

Submission Calls for Writers 12/13/2016


Split Lip Press

Split Lip Press is now reading for their 2018 catalog. We are currently looking for short fiction collections, poetry collections, essay collections, experimental memoirs, hybrid works, novellas, novels. To get an idea of what we love, please check out our most recent offerings, as well as Split Lip Magazine. We publish one chapbook and 2-3 full-length books a year: competition is steep. We work closely with our authors on all elements of their book, from design to promotion. We are engaged in the literary community, and as writers ourselves, we know how important it is to have a book that you love that is supported by a press that loves you. Simultaneous submissions are obviously welcome–just let us know if another publisher snags you first. Thank you for considering Split Lip Press as the home for your book.


Southeast Review

The Southeast Review is currently accepting poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book review submissions. We seek quality writing from a range of traditions and styles, with an emphasis on work that pushes boundaries and uses its craft to evoke emotion while making the strange seem familiar and the familiar, strange. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.


Broken Tooth Press and Hollow literary journal

BTP is a Boston-based publishing house. We are a rag-tag team of friends who believe that literature and art need more space to breathe. Founded as a series of readings in the summer of 2014 under the name Tree House Poetry, BTP has humble beginnings. Back then we focused on bringing you poetry that made you feel at home. Home is often a challenging or upsetting place. Home can also be familiar, a comfort, a place to walk around nude. We work to create a home in the pages of Hollow for everyone. Hollow is published quarterly. Now accepting submissions on a rolling basis. All accepted submissions will be published in both e-book and print.


Glass: A Journal of Poetry Seeks Poems, Reviews, and Interviews

Glass: A Journal of Poetry is open for submissions of poems, reviews, and interviews. Glass does not charge reading fees and usually responds within two months. (You can get an expedited, 3 day response by ordering/pre-ordering a title from the Glass Chapbook Series, though). Recent and forthcoming contributors include Shara McCallum, Khaty Xiong, Katie Manning, Anna Meister, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Amorak Huey, Jose Angel Araguz, and many more. We also nominate for all major awards. Glass accepts submissions from all writers but we are always especially interested in considering work from under represented voices.


Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, etc.) that move.



A prize of $1,000 and twenty-five author copies is given annually for a chapbook of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The chapbook will also be published by Arcadia and distributed to our subscribers as the winter issue. Submit a manuscript of 15 to 40 pages with a $20.00 entry fee by December 15, 2016 (extended deadline). All poems, stories, and essays submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia.


Crab Orchard Review (Weather Reports: All About the Weather)

Until December 21, 2016, we will be open to non-contest submissions on this special issue topic. Work submitted should fit the topic of “Weather Reports: All About the Weather.” We are open to work that covers any of the many possibilities in how we think about and experience the weather through science, history, popular culture, art, and our own lives.  All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English. Please limit submissions to one longer fiction or literary nonfiction piece (six pages or more) or two shorter prose pieces; poets should limit submissions to six poems and no more than ten pages of work overall. Writers whose work is selected will receive $25 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose) and two copies of the issue. This will be the final time for submissions to a print edition of CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.


museum of americana

the museum of americana will accept submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography through December 31st.  We seek work that showcases and/or repurposes historical American culture. This is, of course, an enormous and diverse tub of spare parts, and we want to see if you can turn them into a hot rod for us. Give us fiction that dramatizes weird old folk songs or steals their characters. We want medicine shows and riverboats, Doo-Wop and Duke Snider. We want aspects of Americana we may not have even heard of yet.


8-West Press

We aim to devote space to the voices of a diverse selection of writers in the work we feature, particularly people of color, members of the LGBTQIA community, and women. We are a poetry press seeking both general submissions for our poem of the day/ poem of the week to be published online, as well as themed submissions for our print Issue #1. Poetry Submissions for Issue 1 close on January 15, 2017. We accept poetry that employs any aesthetic or form.


Bottom Dog Press: New Anthology on Diversity in the South

The Unbroken Circle: Diversity Stories of the South will be edited by Larry Smith and Julia Watts. From the mountains and hollows of Appalachia to the skyscrapers of Atlanta to the red dirt of the Deep South, Southerners are as diverse as the terrain of the region they call home. Bottom Dog Press is seeking fiction and creative nonfiction for the forthcoming anthology The Unbroken Circle: Diversity Stories of the South. Send us your stories depicting pieces from the quilt of diversity that makes up the South: work that explores ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and religion/spirituality throughout the region. Length: 1,000 – 3,000 words. Deadline Extended: January. 31, 2017. Payment: 2 copies, $25 and 40% discount on the book. Submit e-mail as a Word attachment to or


Salem College International Literary Awards

Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5000 words (Judge: Jacinda Townsend); Rita Dove Poetry Award for 1 poem (please send 3 poems/submission) (Judge: Blas Falconer); Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction, including lyric essay, memoir, & literary journalism, up to 5000 words (Judge: Elissa Washuta). The winner in each genre will receive $1000. An honorable mention in each genre (judge’s discretion) will receive $150. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Author’s name and address must appear on a cover page only. If your name appears on your submission, it will be immediately disqualified. Submit: a cover page with your name, address, telephone, email, genre, word count (for prose), and the title(s) of the work(s), and $15 contest fee. You may enter the contest as often as you’d like, in as many categories as you’d like. Each submission requires the $15 contest fee and should be submitted as a separate entry. In other words, do not send two or more entries in one envelope or as one document. Submissions close January 15, 2016, via snail mail & 31 January 2016 via Submittable.


Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize

The winner of Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize will receive $2,000, and an honorable mention will receive $1,000. The poets will be featured during their public reading at James Madison University on April 17, 2017. (Accommodations and a $500 honorarium will also be provided.) The prize is open to poets who have published no more than one collection of poetry (excluding self-published collections and chapbooks). Submissions should include a group of 3–5 unpublished poems, not to exceed 6 pages. To facilitate blind judging, manuscripts must not include the poet’s name or other identifying or contact information anywhere on the manuscript. Simultaneous submissions will NOT be accepted. All submissions must be made electronically by February 16, 2017. Please note that only PDFs will be accepted. By submitting an application, poets agree to read at the Brooks Centennial Celebration on April 17, 2017. If the winner or honorable mention is unable to attend, s/he will forfeit the prize and another poet will be named. Non-refundable submission fee: $20.

Recommended Reading 12/12/2016

I know most of us are thinking about how quickly Christmas is coming, but sometimes it’s good to take some time for ourselves by sinking into something good to read.  Here are some recommendations for your reading or listening pleasure.

Libby Flores was the guest on a recent episode of THE HOW THE WHY podcast:

Kate Jayroe has a new poem up at Ink Node: Kate was also recently interviewed at NANO Fiction in anticipation of the fact that they will soon publish her story, “Jeep.”

Cassie Pruyn has some beautiful new poems online at The Common and at Liminal Stories

Barrett Warner is featured on a recent edition of The Speakeasy: Barrett’s book Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? was reviewed over at The Loch Raven Review:  And because I know from personal experience that it’s impossible to get enough of Barrett, you’ll want to check out this video of Barrett reading at Why There Are Words:

Finally, congrats to Megan Culhane Galbraith and Shawna Kay Rodenberg.  Both were included in Entropy‘s year-end list “Best of 2016: Best Online Articles and Essays.” Galbraith’s essay, “Sin Will Find You Out,” was originally published in Catapult. Shawna Kay Rodenberg’s “How Evangelical Women Found a False Savior in Trump,” was originally published in The Village Voice. Check out the whole list here: