Here are 10 submission opportunities for writers. If you’re writing and think that your work is ready to send out into the world, I truly believe these are some outlets that you should consider. Good luck!
Key West Literary Seminars Scholarships
KWLS is accepting applications for its teacher and librarian scholarships, emerging writer awards, and workshop financial aid program. Submit your application by July 12, 2019.
New Limestone Review / Gurney Norman Fiction Prize
New Limestone Review, formerly Limestone, is seeking submissions for the Gurney Norman Summer Prize for Fiction, judged by Andrew Milward, which opens today and runs until July 15th! Prizes are $500 for 1st place & $250 for 2nd place. Publication guaranteed for the top three finalists. All submissions will be considered for publications. We are also always seeking submissions in all genres for our monthly issues. New Limestone Review is published by the University of Kentucky’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, Department of English. We offer monthly online issues and one annual print publication. All accepted submissions will be for the web first and will be eligible for publication in the print issue.
Sugar House Review
We want to publish good poetry, no matter where or who it comes from. We’re looking for an array of styles, from narrative to abstract to form. Fast-track submissions and regular submissions are open until July 31, 2019.
We welcome all styles of poems, and look for work which is well-crafted, reflects passion, originality, engagement with contemporary culture, and a love affair with language. We consider 3 to 5 poems in one submission. Deadline: July 31, 2019.
Virginia Quarterly Review
Submissions open through July 31, 2019. Submit poetry of all types and length, short fiction between 2,000–8,000 words, and nonfiction between 3,500–9,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy). We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. We publish few author interviews or memoirs. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self. Submissions are limited to one prose piece and four poems per reading period. For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, we usually pay $1,000. For short fiction, we generally pay $1,000 and above. For other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism, we generally pay $1,000 and above, at approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. https://www.vqronline.org/about-vqr/submissions
Gold Line Press Chapbook Competitions
This year’s chapbook judges are Bhanu Kapil (nonfiction), Diana Khoi Nguyen (poetry), and Myriam Gurba (fiction). Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. Manuscripts must be 20-30 pages in length for poetry entries, and 7,500-15,000 words for fiction and nonfiction entries (not including the title page and table of contents). The $20 entry fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook in your genre. Deadline: August 1, 2019.
The Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence
This annual prize carries a $10,000 award for an unpublished novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or essay collection. The winner will be offered a publishing contract with a new imprint at Columbus State University, DLJ Books. Deadline: August 15, 2019.
Sundress Reading Series (Knoxville, TN) Looking for Readers for Fall
The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series in the heart of Knoxville, TN, just miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. An extension of Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Sundress Reading Series features nationally recognized writers in all genres from around the US while also supporting local and regional nonprofits. We are currently curating our fall reading series schedule on October 13, November 10, and December 8, 2019. Our readings take place monthly on Sundays at 1PM at Hexagon Brewing Company. To apply to read for the fall, send 6-8 pages of poetry or 8-15 pages of prose, a 100-word bio, CV, and preferred reading dates to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure the subject line reads “Reading Series Application.” Application deadline: August 15, 2019.
The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe. We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. We invite poets to send up to five poems per submission. Include all works in a single attachment. There are no restrictions on form or length. We welcome short stories, novel excerpts, and experimental forms. Both literary and genre works are invited. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. Deadline: October 20, 2019.
Bat City Review
BCR is published annually. Submissions for issue 16 (Spring ’20) of Bat City Review will be accepted through November 1, 2019, with responses typically sent within two months of receiving a submission. We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction (personal essays, memoir, commentary) that experiments with language, form, and unconventional subject matter, as well as more traditional work. Send us writing that plays, that strikes out, that enjoys itself, that makes its own rules. http://www.batcityreview.la.utexas.edu/guidelines.php