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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Shanghai Literary Review submissions wanted

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Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Shanghai Literary Review accepts submissions for web and print on a rolling basis. Our deadline to submit for Issue 6 is February 1, 2020.

We only accept submissions via our online submission manager. 

There is no fee for submitting your work to TSLR.

We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We'll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. Selected works will be published in print, and with a delay, also online. We strongly urge submitters to check out our TSLR Online section on this site or view back issues of the magazine to get a sense of what we are looking for.

We publish:

Fiction - less than 5,000 words

Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person

Nonfiction & Essay - less than 5,000 words

Flash Fiction or Nonfiction - less than 500 words

Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.

Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction from any language, along with the original text

Book Review - pitch book review ideas to us, on fiction or non-fiction from or about Asia

Submission Guidelines
To submit online, please visit our online submissions manager. 

We will only publish previously unpublished pieces. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please just let us know promptly if your submission has been accepted elsewhere by logging into your Submittable account, going to your Submissions, and adding a message to us. All published authors of the print edition will be mailed a hard copy of their magazine at no cost.

Translators, please provide documentation of authorization to translate and publish from the writer whom you are translating.

If you have already contributed to a print issue of TSLR, we ask that you please wait to send in your next submission after 2 further issues have been published. We ask this only because our genre sections are small, our magazine’s periodicity infrequent, and we must be vigilant about showcasing new work as well as making sure we stay as objective as possible in our selection process.

We are an English-language magazine. All original work submissions must be in English. Sorry, we cannot print your story that’s been written in Chinese, French, Korean, Arabic...

We will not publish self-translations of original work from another language. Translations must be submitted by the separate translator of the work. We emphasize again that all translations must submit proof (written documentation) of approval from the author to translate and publish the work in English. 

National Poetry Contest for Social Workers

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Deadline: January 31st, 2020

Accepting poem submissions between October 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020.

The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest to acknowledge the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession. “Hosting the national poetry contest here in Iowa City is a natural extension of what the School of Social Work has been doing for decades," says faculty member Mercedes Bern-Klug, one of the contest's founders. "We have a 28-year track record of offering a Creative Writing Seminar for social workers--and the University of Iowa is known as "The Writing University." In Iowa City--recognized internationally as a UNESCO City of Literature--writing is the air we breathe."

Rules for submission

Only students, faculty, or alumni from United States CSWE-accredited social work programs may participate in the contest.

There is no cost to enter.

Only one submission is allowed per person.

A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.

All entries will be judged by a panel consisting of social workers, writers, and poets based on poetic technique, effectiveness, style, and creativity, as well as accessibility and suitability for public display before a general audience.

The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2020, by 11:59 pm CST.

The poem must be no more than 15 lines (the title does NOT count as one of the 15) and can be either an existing work or new.

An excerpt from a longer poem will be considered if it can stand alone.

If reprint permissions are required, please get permission prior to submitting your work.

Poems must be submitted online. No paper or email submissions will be accepted.


The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes and will be published in The New Social Worker magazine. Submissions that meet the contest criteria may be published on the University of Iowa School of Social Work website and/or social media.

First Prize: $100 and FREE tuition to attend the annual Creative Writing Seminar at the University of Iowa School of Social Work in Iowa City
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

Questions? Write to or call 319-335-3750.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Dragon Soul Press seeks work for anthologies

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Deadline – February 29th, 2020

Reign of Queens (ROQ) (Rated R)1 reign

Publication – May 2020
Word Count – 5,000-15,000
Theme – In these stories, women rule and worlds governed by men are a thing of the past. Whether righteous or downright sadistic, these authoritative female figures shape their worlds for better or worse despite the trials thrown their way.
Note: No limitation on genre, setting, etc

Manuscript Submission Email:

More submission information here.

Parsec Short Story Contest

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Deadline on February 29, 2020  

Triangulation  is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction  anthology, now in our 16th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy,  science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and  established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we  won’t forget.

Theme: Triangulation: Extinction.

Every  day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by  things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a  rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us  about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary  creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and  nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our  stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale  for the ages.

While we appreciate and value creative freedom, please note that this issue of Triangulation  has a strict theme. We don’t want to read a hundred stories about  dinosaurs and asteroids; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful  ruminations. Last year’s issue, Dark Skies, wrestled with light pollution, and similarly, this issue addresses an equally as challenging—and real—topic. Let’s do it justice.

Submission Requirements:

Submissions Open: December 1, 2019

Submissions Close: February 29, 2020

Word  Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is  3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be  rejected unread.

Genre:  We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent  blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be  considered.

We  do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous  submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period,  feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

Manuscript  Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not  testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a  manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a  story because it did not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

    .doc or .docx (MS Word)

    .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

How We Choose:

We  are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry  list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us  over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the  ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time  for dinner.

 We  aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work  for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but  isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most,  we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing:  you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out among themselves  until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are  sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

If Your Story Is Accepted:

Compensation: We will pay 3 cents per word for original fiction, via PayPal or check.   

Rights:  We purchase North American serial rights, audio and electronic rights  for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication. 

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Overcast seeks speculative fiction

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Overcast is currently open to submissions three times a year, during the months of January, April, and October. (Note we are no longer reading during July.  Our summers have just gotten too hectic.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Thank you for understanding.

What We Want

We are interested in speculative fiction, whatever that means to you, be it Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Magical Realism, Slipstream, or an as-yet-unnamed genre.  Anything that looks at the world and life from an unexpected angle.  We want the original vision of William Gibson.  The magic and beauty of Erin Morgenstern.  The uncompromising voice of Margaret Atwood.  The technical brilliance of Ted Chiang.  We want to read stories that transport us to places that we've never imagined.  We want to still be thinking about a story days after reading it.  Be original.  Be amazing.

We are based in Portland, OR, and shine a spotlight on writers hailing from, living in, or connected in some way to the Pacific Northwest, as loosely defined by the bioregion of Cascadia.  We feel there is an exceptionally strong talent pool of speculative writers in Cascadia, and we want to celebrate and promote them to a larger audience.  Roughly half the stories we publish are by PNW writers.  That said, we are not exclusive, and the other half of our stories come from authors all over the globe.  So no matter where you live, send us your stories.  If they make us laugh, cry, or turn cartwheels of astonishment, preferably all at once, we will find a place for them on The Overcast.

This is an audio format publication.  We feel that stories of around 20-30 minutes in length are the best fit for our podcast.  While we will consider submission between 1,000-5,000 words, we read at around 100 words per minute, so the sweet spot for submissions is 2,000-3,000 words.  If it comes to a choice between two stories of equal merit, we will generally choose the one that is closer to the sweet spot.

Reprints are welcome, so long as they have not been previously produced in an audio format.

What We Don't Want

Fan Fiction

Generic settings or characters we've seen a million times before (lithe elves, dour dwarves, charming vampires, etc)

Horror.  Dark, gritty fiction is fine, but straight horror really isn't our thing.

What We Pay

Our authors are the soul of our podcast. We strongly believe that creators should get paid for their work.  Period.  We would love to pay pro rates, but alas that is beyond our current financial reach.  At the moment, we pay a semi-pro rate of $0.01 per word.  Because we think it's insulting to pay less than $20 for any story, we pay a flat rate of $20 for all stories less than 2,000 words.  We hope, however, that our podcast will soon bring us fame, fortune, and success beyond our wildest dreams, as well as the ability to pay pro rates.  We'd also like a pony.  A genetically modified pony with six legs that runs 100mph and urinates a rich, tasty stout.

All payments made via Paypal.

(Our rates are directly tied to our Patreon funding goals. As we reach our goals, our rates will go up.  Simple!  If you want our authors to get paid more, please help spread the word!)

How To Submit

Please attach your story in standard manuscript format to a brief email containing the following information:  Story Title, Word Count, and what, if any, connection you have to Cascadia.  Please DO NOT include a bio or list of credits.  We do not care how many degrees, awards, or publications you have.  We want your fiction to speak for itself.  If we love your story, we will ask for a bio upon acceptance.

Send your stories to:

Please make the Subject line: "Submission: (Story Title)"

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.

If you have not heard back from us by the beginning of the submissions period following the one in which you submitted your story, please query.

For some reason, we have had numerous problems responding to submissions from AOL users.  Most of our responses get bounced back as undeliverable.  To prevent future frustration on all sides, please do not send submissions from AOL mailboxes.  Thank you.


We purchase first worldwide exclusive audio rights, as well as the right to keep the episode in which your story is produced available in our archives for as long as The Overcast remains in operation.  We do not own your story, nor do we wish to.  You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere in any other format.  

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

Submit one humor poem, up to 250 lines. First prize of $1,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value). Second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online. There is no fee to enter. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer Ledoux.

No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).

 In addition to English, your poem may contain inspired gibberish. You may submit published or unpublished work. Please omit your name from your entries. We prefer 12-point type or larger. Please avoid fancy, hard-to-read fonts.

Please submit only one poem to this contest.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Murder Park seeks short scary fiction

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Deadline: January 30, 2020

For the first time, Murder Park is open to submissions from the world at large. While we started as a small zine showcasing the work of L.A.-area authors, we have decided to expand the scope to consider work from anywhere, so long as it’s spooky! Submissions will be open through January 30, 2020, or until we have enough acceptances to fill the volume. 

What we want: Original horror or dark fantasy stories of no more than 2000 words. Sci-fi is also welcome so long as it’s scary. We don’t have a strong preference for any particular style or subgenre, but we do prefer writing that is more literary than pulp, that achieves its scares from impacts to fully realized characters as opposed to splatter, gore, or shock value.  We would rather be unsettled than grossed out. 

We will happily consider formats outside of traditional prose. Comics, email chains, tweet threads, and other methods of spooky storytelling are welcome. Don’t be afraid to surprise us. But please, no poetry. 

We are open to authors of all backgrounds and publication histories. Preference will be given to authors based in Southern California (we are an L.A. zine, after all) and to authors of underrepresented backgrounds. However, the strength of the writing and impact of the story is by far the biggest consideration.

Hard sells: Parody/horror-comedy. Zombies. Clowns. Serial killer protagonists. Stories featuring gratuitous violence and gore at the expense of plot or character arcs. Anything with an explicit or implicit message of racism, sexism, queerphobia, or other bigotries is a definite no.  

Compensation: 2 cents a word, up to 1500 words ($30 max) for prose stories, and $30 flat for comics or other visual stories. Payment will be through Venmo or PayPal.

Submission guidelines: Submit your stories in an email to Please use the format “SUBMISSION: [Story Title] by [Author Name]” for the subject line.  Include a cover letter with your author name, story title, genre, word count, and a brief topical bio (i.e., we're more interested in your greatest fear than your prior publications).  Attach your manuscript as a Word document in Shunn or a similar format, with author info and word count up top. If submitting something visual, feel free to attach an image file or Drive link or whatever works best; just don’t paste manuscripts into the body of your email. 

Please allow up to six weeks for a response before sending a follow-up.  No simultaneous, multiple, or previously published submissions, please. 

Stay spooky!

Fountain Essay Contest

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We at The Fountain believe that every voice should be heard, and that every challenge should be respected and can offer insight into our own lives.

We all face new challenges in our lives. They can be massive undertakings, such as moving across a country and beginning a new school. Or sometimes the more routine tasks, such as getting out of the bed in the morning while undergoing depression, can themselves be massive challenges.

We want to hear about your challenges and how you mentally, physically, and/or spiritually prepare for them.

How do you find strength when you feel it does not exist? And what have you learned, or are learning, from your challenges?

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2020
Contest open to all writers worldwide
Ideal word count to be between 1,500 and 2,500
Submit yours at
The winners and the essays of the previous contests can be found at The Fountain Essay Contests

Deadline for submissions:
March 1, 2020

Winners announced:
May 31, 2020

Cash prizes:
1st Place - $1,000
2nd Place - $500
3rd Place - $300
Two Honorable Mentions - $150 each

An essay that you feel your heart rests more comfortably on. The more concise an essay, the more acceptable it is. Its authenticity and uniqueness, and how elaborately you put your theme into words so that others are inspired from it.

The Fountain is not a journal. Thus, we do not expect a full scale reference list for all the information you provide. But, we encourage contributors to provide at least a reasonable number of references (not more than four or five) especially for the arguments borrowed from other sources, as it would make your work more reliable. If the kind of information you provide needs citation, please provide it; but essays with lengthy references are not preferred. Some reference and recommendations for further reading may help readers who are interested in the essay. Accuracy of data is expected in essays in which information provided needs sourcing. An essay based on personal experience does not require citation, and it is equally acceptable.

The Fountain is not a full-scale academic journal, so we expect authors to keep references to a maximum of four or five. Notes can be more. References and notes do not make a big change in word count which is advised to be between 1,500 and 2,500. A range is always necessary to be able to have an objective measure in terms of size.

In writing style, we mainly seek consistency. We prefer the Chicago Manual of Style, but if you are more familiar with another style, that is also acceptable. Some informal usage can be OK in a certain essay, but not in another. It is basically the author’s call.

As long as your theme is skillfully woven through its structure, and if it upholds The Fountain’s values and principles, yes.

We might publish submissions in The Fountain, both the print and web editions, even if the essays did not win any prize. By submitting your essay to this contest, you agree that you give permission to The Fountain to publish it in any medium.

No. One entry per person.

Offensive and devotional essays—particularly essays that emphasize superiority of a specific worldview or derogating a specific worldview—will not be considered for the Grand Prize. Essays that "propagate" a certain spiritual order, a religious denomination, a spiritual leader, or a political activist, etc. in a way that subordinates all other faiths and traditions are considered devotional and will be disqualified.

Title is missing – Do not forget to put a title. Title tells a lot about the essay and important for readers and reviewers to see what lies in the center of your message. Missing title will disqualify your submission.

The winners will be determined by our board who will decide according to the literary effectiveness of the essay in reflecting the philosophy behind the motto, richness in content, and authenticity.

All submitted essays will be evaluated using the following criteria.

Relevance to the contest theme (40 points)
Innovation & creativity (30 points)
Writing style and structure (30 points)

There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill for entry. The contest is open to all who want to share his or her ideas with us.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The MacGuffin Special Formal Poetry Issue

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Formal poetry will be featured in Volume 36, No. 3.

You may submit up to five poems per submission. Please indicate the form of each poem being submitted in parenthesis next to its title, e.g. "My Submission" (Ghazal).

No blank or free verse will be accepted for this feature.

Work will be considered until April 1, 2020.

Please send your work via email, post, or Submittable.

For All Submissions
  • We do not accept previously published work (either in print or online).
  • Use Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • List work titles in the order they appear in your cover letter.
  • Include your name and page number in the header of each page. If you are using Microsoft Word 2007 or later, you can use the "Insert" tab on the ribbon to edit the header area and insert page numbers.
  • Do not include extraneous or blank pages with your submission.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • Allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response (sometimes longer in May-July and December-January). We thank you in advance for your patience.
Postal Submissions
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or sufficient International Reply Coupons for reply only. No work will be returned.
Email Submissions
  • Submissions should be sent to
  • Submissions made in the body of an email will not be considered. Please submit work as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Links to a Google Docs (or similar) file will be rejected.
  • Please include the genre you are submitting in the subject line.
  • In the body of the email, please list the title(s) of the poem(s) or story that you are submitting.
Submittable Submissions

Additional Information
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts may be withdrawn until we send an acceptance notification to you.
  • We are not reviewing translations at this time.
  • Authors and artists receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The MacGuffin is copyrighted. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors. We appreciate acknowledgement as first place of publication.

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks short stories

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The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories for its seventh annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger). 

The deadline is January 31, 2020. 
  • The story must be original, fictional, written in either Japanese or English by the submitting author and never been published (even online).
  • The same story submitted in a previous year cannot be resubmitted.
  • The setting of the story should be in Little Tokyo – either past, present or future.
  • Submitted manuscript should be 2,500 words or less for English or 5,000 ji or less for Japanese and have a title.
  • File should be a Microsoft Word doc, docx or rtf.
  • For English-language entries, please use 12 point font, preferably Times Roman or Courier type and double space.
  • Please remove any mention of your name from your short story, including headers.
  • The short story manuscript must be submitted digitally as an e-mail attachment to (include SHORT STORY in the subject line). In the e-mail message, please include your name, phone number and age if 18 or under.
  • The submissions should include a signed agreement, which can be found on this page. The agreement can be either e-mailed or sent via post.
  • Submissions need to be e-mailed by January 31, 2020, 12 midnight PST. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Immediate family members of judges (first-round or final) are ineligible.

リトル東京歴史協会 (Little Tokyo Historical Society)は第7回Imagine Little Tokyo ショート・ストーリー・コンテストの作品を募集しています。


応募締め切りは 2020年1月31日です。




各部門の最優秀受賞者には、それぞれ500ドルが授与されます。最優秀作品は、新聞・羅府新報とウェッブサイトDiscover Nikkeiに掲載されます。


2020 Imagine Little Tokyo コンテストは、ミヤ・イワタキさんと平原直美さんが、共同委員長を務めます。イワタキさんは「最優勝作品は、演劇の脚本に採用されたり、出版された例があります。このコンテストによって日系アメリカ人の体験が記録され、次の世代に引き継がれるでしょう」と語っています。

ショート・ストーリー・コンテストの英文告知は に掲載されています。

また、リトル東京歴史協会では、このショート・ストーリー・コンテストのスポンサーと寄付をしていただける方も募集しています。個人、企業、団体いずれでも、可能です。問い合わせは へ連絡ください。

Imagine Little Tokyo ショート・ストーリー・コンテスト2020年ガイドライン(日本語テキスト)

Imagine Little Tokyo ショート・ストーリー・コンテスト202年契約書(日本語テキスト)


Tuesday, January 21, 2020


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Dear writers,

All of the satire and comedy we publish on this website comes from complete strangers such as yourselves. While we remain small and irresponsible and afflicted with mold-borne allergies, we do our best to respond to all submissions quickly and professionally. That said, there are a number of things you can do to further enhance and streamline the experience for yourselves and for your friendly McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editorial staff, which since 2007 has been by run one person out of a living room in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.

General website submissions should be sent to

Timely submissions should be sent to This inbox is for super topical pieces riffing on big news stories of the last 24-48 hours. All types of submissions (lists, open letters, monologues, etc.) are allowed. Be sure to mark the subject field in your email as “TIMELY.” Also, let us know why you feel your piece is super timely, and feel free to include a link to a reputable news site for proof. Note: Submissions sent on Friday afternoons (EST) or over the weekend will be replied to sometime the following Monday (on Tuesday after three-day weekends).

Lists submissions should be sent to

Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond submissions should be sent to (Note: We generally publish nonfiction letters that are written and signed by the submitter. Also, we are all set for letters about noisy neighbors, small animals/insects that have invaded your living space, and breaking up with inanimate objects, like Facebook and iPhones.)

Reviews of New Food submissions should be sent to Please note that we cannot pay for New Food Reviews at this time. Further explanation about this can be found below.

This is unnecessary. It all goes to the same editor anyway, so if you’re unsure which submissions email to send to, just pick one and we’ll figure out the rest later.

Submissions should be shortish. By shortish we mean an absolute maximum of 1,200 words, but in truth we veer toward pieces that are under 1,000 words, and snuggle closest to ones that are even shorter than that. Submissions of exactly 742 used to automatically appear on the site, as if by magic, but like so many good things, those days are gone.

Should be on your submission. Put it under the title of your piece. Absolutely all submissions must look like this:

My Funny Experience [story title]*
By William Williams [author’s name] [email address]
@wilywill [twitter handle, if you have one]

The email address listed should be the one you would like to appear linked to your byline should we choose to publish your submission. Same goes for your Twitter handle. If you do not want your email address or Twitter handle linked to your byline, please tell us so.

*- Please do not make a joke by titling your piece “My Funny Experience” because that joke has been told to us a thousand times before.

Should contain some indicator of what is contained in your submission. A version of the title is recommended. Under no circumstances should you include something like YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS, or INCREASE INCHES AND ENERGY TODAY, or INVITATION TO LINKEDIN in your subject line.

Are unnecessary, but not forbidden by any means. If they are longer than three and a half sentences there’s a fair chance they won’t be read. Just being honest here.

The entire document into the email message. Please don’t share Google docs or links to your private blogs. Also, very important: do not send us attachments. We are afraid of what these attachments may be carrying.

Used to be highly encouraged; now it is strictly enforced. When you receive a response about your current submission, feel free to send another one our way immediately. This rule now also includes list submissions. You used to be allowed to send up to three lists submissions at a time, but that proved to be too much list action for our weary and unfashionably attired editor to handle.

Please do not format your piece in an unusual way. Do not use colors or fun fonts. Don’t even bother describing how your piece would be best if formatted in a particular way because we probably cannot achieve this formatting on the site. We’re just not that smart.

We fear it sounds superficial to say this, but the title of your submission is important. In this age of internet articles titled, “THE 17 FUNNIEST THINGS THIS CAT DID AT BURNING MAN THAT CURED ITS ECZEMA WITH ONE WEIRD TRICK,” your humor pieces should have titles that will quickly lure readers in and have them think to themselves, This is funny and seems worthy of the five minutes of free time I have here at my cubicle/dorm room/airport gate/halftime of child’s soccer game/supermarket checkout line/therapist’s waiting room. Also, we get hundreds of submissions a week and, like we have mentioned, there’s just one editor reading them all. So, it’s only natural that this editor will be drawn to submissions with funny, eye-catching titles that cleverly reveal the premises of pieces. Thus, articles titled “A Phone Call” or “Rabbits” won’t fare well against articles with titles like “I Regret to Inform You That My Wedding to Captain Von Trapp Has Been Canceled” or “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.”

Cannot be considered. This includes content that has appeared on blogs, tumblrs, or sandwich boards. Also, please don’t send links to funny things on your blog, tumblrs, or sandwich boards. Please believe us when we tell you this: We don’t consider work that has previously appeared on your blogs, tumblrs, or sandwich boards.

We are thrilled to report that there will be payment for all accepted general, open letter, and lists submissions submitted on or after October 1, 2018. The payment will be modest, and for some perhaps even low enough to disappoint, but it will be better than the amount we used to pay for accepted work, which was nothing. Our site has never been monetized and has accrued a grand total of zero dollars from advertising revenue in its 20+ years. In 2017 we launched a Patreon campaign to help provide some sustainability without resorting to ads and paywalls, as well as to eventually create a fund to pay contributors. So, as long as our campaign’s total remains above Goal #2 (enough $ to pay contributors) we will be able to pay for the content listed above. If our campaign continues to grow, we eventually hope be able to pay for New Food Reviews and other sorts of articles, but currently we cannot.

You retain rights to your work after publication. Your published work will be housed in our internet archives in perpetuity, and we may re-post a link to your piece on social media sites from time-to-time.

Average response time is 7.39 days. Longer wait times have been known for lists, open letters, and new food submissions. The length and detail of the response will often be shorter and vaguer than you would probably like, but again, our editorial staff is small, weary, and unfashionably attired.


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Being occasionally forgetful, we think that we have responded, but we really haven’t, and we (accidentally) deleted your submission without responding.
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Rail to your friends about the callous insensitivity of free, Web-based content outlets to the needs and feelings of writers. Vow the most thorough and satisfying of revenges.
Resend your submission. It takes less time to respond to a resend than to answer a query. We really do mean to respond to every submission in a timely manner and if you haven’t heard from us within the above-mentioned time frame, it’s just an oversight.

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Jerry Jazz Short Fiction Contest

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Deadline January 31, 2020

No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story.

In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form. All other ownership rights are retained by the author. If story appears subsequently in other publications, we ask authors to note that the story was originally published on Jerry Jazz Musician.

Submission deadline for the next contest — our 53rd — is January 31, 2020. Publishing date will be on or about March 10, 2020. Ideally, stories will not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 4,000 words are considered. There are no age limitations.

Please submit your story by January 31, 2020 via Word (preferred) or PDF attachment to, and be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include “Short Fiction Contest Submission” in the subject heading of the email.

Good luck!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Reedsy prompt: Resolutions

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Deadline: January 24, 2020
Did you know that the ancient Babylonians are reported to have been the first people to make New Year's resolutions? In March, when the crops were planted, a 12-day festival known as Akitu took place. During the festival, the Babylonians made promises to their gods, and believed that if they kept to their word, they would be bestowed good favor in the coming year.

This would have been about 4,000 years ago, and while the format may be different, New Year's resolutions are still going strong!

This week's prompts all revolve around resolutions. Oh, and for that last prompt, here is a blog post listing some of the most popular self-help books to inspire you.
Write a short story about someone writing New Year's resolutions.
Write a short story about someone reflecting on their previous year's resolutions.
Write a short story about someone who refuses to write New Year's resolutions.
Write a short story about someone accomplishing one of their resolutions.
Write a short story about someone in the self-help aisle of a bookstore. What book do they pick up?

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward
Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology

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Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 will be released in June of 2020 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at and we will be happy to answer.
Theme: By and/or about LGBTQ+.
  • Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
  • Creative non-fiction & memoir.
  • Poetry.
  • Scripts (including plays and screenplays). 
For this book, we are NOT considering Erotica or work written for children.

Length (all word/page counts are loose)
  • Prose: up to 7,500 words
  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages
  • Scripts: Up to 10 pages
These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.
All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.
Multiple Submissions
Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!
Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4.
Reprints will NOT be considered.
We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).
Contributors will receive $5 per printed page.
What to Submit
Your submission
A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.

IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.
Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. 

If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.
Submissions may be emailed to us at:
or mailed to us at:
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

Submission Deadline January 31, 2020
Response Time
We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

***Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2020 for George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, and Two River Theater. Submissions for Premiere Stages will be accepted through January 23, 2020.***

Thank you for submitting your writing to Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories. This project is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Premiere Stages, and Two River Theater. Selected Caregiver Stories will be woven together as part of an original professional theatre experience about the caregiver experience. The project will culminate with three presentations of selected works read by professional actors as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival in different venues across the state.

This program is open to both professional caregivers and family caregivers. Short works of prose, poetry, and theatre will be considered. All entries must be original works and must not have previously been published. All pieces should reflect the theme of caregiving. Pieces that explore the personal healing experience will also be considered.

All writers have the opportunity to attend a workshop to further develop their piece. We anticipate that writers will attend the workshop at the same venue where they want their piece performed. If your schedule makes it so that you are unable to attend a workshop and performance at the same location, special arrangements may be made on a case by case basis.

You may submit up to three entries, but we request that you fill out a separate application form for each. Thank you for sharing your work with us!


The “AHA” Haiku/Senryu Contest (the Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards)

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

General Submission Guidelines for all Contests

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email, shortly after the deadline, and the winning poems will be published with the Judge’s commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our email newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at, with the subject heading “UHTS MEMBERSHIP”.

SPONSOR: United Haiku and Tanka Society.

COORDINATOR: Marianna Monaco, USA.

ADJUDICATION: Names of the judges will be announced concurrently with the winners.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to the public and all UHTS members, but not to UHTS Officers, Team Members, the contest coordinator, or judges.


Specific Guidelines for: The “AHA” Haiku/Senryu Contest (the Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards)

GENERAL: Please email your submissions in English in the body of an email (only) directly to, with the words “UHTS “aha” contest” in the subject header, and include your name, country, and email address.

Do “not” use the cattails Submissions guidelines for contests.

Submission Period and Deadline: January 1-January 31 of each year.

SUBMISSIONS: There is a 10 poem limit on the number of submissions. If more than 10 poems are submitted, only the first 10 poems will be entered. Entries must be the original work of the author, be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time period it takes to complete the judging. If a submitter discovers after the fact that a poem has already been published, let us know and we will pull the poem from the contest. No revisions or replacements will be accepted. This contest is not themed and is open to all age groups worldwide.

FORMATTING: If a poem is submitted in more than one language, we will be delighted. Please put the poem in English first, and then below that, put the poem in the other language. (Do not put the poems side by side). This will greatly facilitate the recording of your poems by the contest coordinator.If you have any problems sending your submissions by email, please let our contest coordinator know.

NOTIFICATION: The winners (only) will be notified. If you do not hear anything back from us by April 1, your entries are automatically free for you to submit elsewhere.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

erbacce-prize for poetry 2020

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

'erbacce' it rhymes with 'apache' and is Italian for 'weed'


Entry is FREE to everyone. World-Wide.

1) Send us five pages of poetry in a single MS Word document preferably as a Rich Text Format and with type set at 12 points in TNR. Name this document with your full name please.
2) You are welcome to send previously published BUT we must also see some unpublished work.
3) In the body of the email we need your full name and snail-mail (postal) address.
4) In the 'subject' line of the email write 'erbacce-prize 2019'.
5) PLEASE do not include 'frames'.

And THAT IS IT. BUT; if you add anything else; an index, a commentary 'about you', or if you put your name and address in the MS Word document, then your submission will fail and we will not consider it. You see we judge every entry 'blind' and want nothing in the MS Word submission that can identify the author. However you MUST include a full name and address in the email itself.

Please send submissions to erbacce-press by clicking HERE to email us. You will receive a brief acknowledgement from us, if you don't, you have not followed submission guidelines.

The Prizes

The outright winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce press who will publish a perfect-bound collection of the winner's book labelled 'Winner of the erbacce-prize for poetry 2020'. We will pay all costs including the legal registering of the book and supplying copies to the major libraries and of course to the author. The book will be sold through our sales/shop pages and the poet will be paid 20% royalties (which is twice as much as Random House or Penguin)

Two runners-up will also be considered and they will win either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book under similar terms as the winner.

Four other poets will be chosen to be the 'Featured Poet' in each of the quarterly copies of our in-house journal 'erbacce' which means that one half of the journal will be devoted to interviewing them and displaying/publishing their work.

A word to the wise

We get thousands of entries because people know we are a free and high-quality poetry publishing co-operative and if you happen to win then we'll be looking for your email address in our email-address book; we hope it will be recognisable. BUT it has happened in the past that someone has won a prize but their name is not found in our address book. Why? because while we are looking for Tom Smith the name doesn't exist because the individual has used an email address which wittily calls himself 'Pluto Seminides'...

PLEASE use an email address that contains your correct name. It would be tragic and a waste of your time were you to win and we couldn't find your email address to notify you.

That's all there is to it, there is no catch, entry really is free and the prizes really are substantial; if you need to check out the quality of the books we produce then buy one at our 'Shop' using the button top-right of this page. Previous winners have gone on to be invited to read in the USA, the UK, Italy, Venice, Germany etc. The erbacce-prize for poetry is recognised world-wide as an important and  prestigious addition to any poets CV and a stepping stone to world-wide recognition.

Finally: GOOD LUCK to all of you. You may use the red link button below to email your submission and if all else fails email to alancorkish (at)

Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition

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Deadline: 27 April 2020

The Task
We invite you to write a poem about a member or members of royal families from countries around the world.

This is the theme but first and foremost we are looking for outstanding poems, literary and subject wise, we don’t need to agree with your views, but we want to feel your poem comes from the heart and adds something new to our poetic legacy.

You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?). You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as, we are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem.

Some countries have created the role of poet laureate to provide a poetic comment on current events. This often presents quite a challenge for the poet in question, so take inspiration from these two noteworthy examples:
The last lines of ‘The Younger Sister’, a poem by former poet laureate Andrew Motion after the death of Princess Margaret:

  • A daughter gone before her mother goes;
  • A younger sister heading on before;
  • A woman in possession of the fact
  • That love and duty speak two languages.

The last lines of ‘In the Land of Kings’, a poem by former Dutch poet laureate Ramsey Nasr following an attack on the royal family during the (then) Dutch Queen official birthday celebrations:

a new order naturally starts
along festively cordoned-off lanes
a last queen will see her last subjects’ remains
run over like animals’ parts

Translated by Paul Vincent. You can read the entire poem in 100 Dutch-Language Poems.

What is the Prize?
The author of the winning poem will receive £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine

The Judges
Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar, will judge this competition and read all the poems.

Who can take part?
We accept poems from authors of all nationalities and based anywhere in the world provided you comply with these guidelines:

  • Your poem must be written in English
  • Translations are not accepted
  • Poems should not exceed 50 lines
  • The poem must be the original work of the entrant
  • The poems must not have been previously awarded or published
  • You can only send in one poem per entrant
  • You must be eighteen or over
  • You can be based in any country, but your poem needs to be in English
  • You can be of any nationality, but your poem needs to be in English
  • We only accept email submissions

The good thing about this competition that you do not need to pay a fee to enter your poem. So it doesn’t cost you any money but we do look for outstanding, literary poems.

When is the closing date?
You can send in your entries from 14 October and the competition closes on 27 April 2020 at midnight GMT. In the spirit of this competition, 27 April is King’s Day in the Netherlands.

How to submit your entry
In order to enter the competition, you must email us at: We regret that we cannot process entries that do not follow the submission guidelines set out below, so please read these instructions carefully.
The poem must be attached as a single Microsoft Word, Text or PDF file
Please use your name and the title of the poem when you save your poem
Royalty must appear in the subject line of the email
The body of the email should contain your contact details
Please do not add your name or contact details to the attachment that contains the poem
Please do not add your poem to the body of the email
Good luck! We look forward to receiving and reading your poem.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Timeworn Literary Journal seeks unpublished historical fiction

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes unpublished historical fiction submissions in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven.

We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged.

Think, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill.
Think, The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt.
Think, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.
Think, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

While we love a tasteful sex scene, no erotica. No gratuitous violence or rape.

History can vary a great deal based on the perspective it's written from. We aim to publish stories from all walks of life and encourage submissions from those in marginalized groups.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept novel excerpts, flash fiction or poetry. For Book reviews and Essays for our blog, please see Guidelines.

Guidelines (updated for 1/2020 call)

Story should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
Send via e-mail to
Include a short cover letter in the body of the e-mail.
Attach submission in .docx format.
Use Standard Manuscript Format in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced.
Subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [story title] [word count].
Simultaneous submissions ok, but let us know as soon as the story is accepted elsewhere.
One submission per person per cycle.

Stories will be published in a limited quantity of hand-bound, saddle stitch publications twice a year, available for purchase in October and April for $10. Stories will also be available on our website for all to enjoy.

Payment of $25 will be sent to authors upon acceptance + print contributor copy upon publication.

Timeworn asks for non-exclusive first serial print rights to publish in print, e-book and online formats. We also ask for archival rights for as long as is in existence. Once work is published, rights revert back to the author. We do not ask for exclusivity for any length of time.

Global City Review seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Global City Review is a biannual online and print publication. Each issue is organized around a broad theme and includes stories, poems, memoirs, interviews, essays, and artwork.

The designated theme for forthcoming Issue 24 is: Setting The Record Straight.

The open submission period for Setting The Record Straight is now open and will close on January 31, 2020.

We publish:

  • short fiction and memoir (up to 15 pages)
  • poetry (up to 5 poems; please format and submit as a single document)
  • interviews and essays (up to 15 pages)
  • artwork in various mediums
  • We accept simultaneous submission. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask you inform us immediately.
  • No multiple submissions. Please only send one submission per reading period.
  • We publish original, previously unpublished work.


  • All manuscripts must be double spaced and numbered.
  • To be included on the first page of your submission: 
  • your name;
  • contact information;
  • genre;
  • word count; and
  • one to three sentences about how the work speaks to the designated theme of the forthcoming issue.
  • We accept .doc and .docx formats.

Email your file to

Upon acceptance of submissions, GCR acquires the standard first serial publication rights. Each issue will be archived online indefinitely, but both print and online rights revert to authors upon publication.

We strive to respond to your work in a timely manner. If you have not received notification within three months of submitting, please contact us.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Florida Loquat Festival 2020

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Deadline: March 6, 2020

Florida Loquat Festival: One-page (300 Words) Submissions on Loquats
Event dates: March 21, 2020; Frances Ave Park, New Port Richey, FL

Florida Loquat Festival seeks one-page (300 word) poetry or prose submissions on loquats for reading at festival, March 21, 2020. 

Prize packages are first ($200), second ($100), third place ($50), and publication. Other small favors for presenters. All styles and forms as long as loquats are the subject or central image. Submissions open to all writers—not restricted to professionals. Writers can submit two texts. 

If making two submissions, send both in a single document. 

Include brief bio with writing experience/publications, if any, to Deadline March 6, 2020. 

Winning submissions notified upon selection.

Atomic Flyswatter submission guidelines

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Atomic Flyswatter Online
This is an informal and unpaid gig. (We're not charging you for this either). We're featuring stories, poems, and the like to this page as a way of getting your name out there--this isn't a formal Long Shot Books publication. The rights to the work shown here will still remain yours, so consider this more of a display. If something you send to us gets legit published, be cool and let us know.

Currently accepting:
- Previously unpublished submissions
- 1 nonfiction or fiction piece up to 5000 words
- 1 excerpt up to 9000 words
- 3 flashes up to 1000 words each
- 4 poems
- 2 clips with context

Deadline is rolling.

Email entries to with "Online Edition" in the subject line.

Long Shot Books Presents: Atomic Flyswatter Vol. 1
We're currently accepting poetry and short fiction for our Atomic Flyswatter anthology. Email entries to with "Print Version" in the subject line. Deadline is rolling.

Please review below guidelines before submitting:
1.) Don't plagiarize. This should be obvious enough.
2.1) For short stories, we are looking for submissions between 200-30,000 words.
2.2) For poems, there is no word count. We'd like it to be at least up into the double digits but aside from that, we're looking for quality over quantity.
3.) Please stick with only two submissions. We can't have half the book written by a single author.
4.) The submission cannot be previously published. We don't want content that legally belongs to another company.
5.) Use a reasonable font, such as Times New Roman, Courier, Arial, something readable. Also, please make the submission in English.
6.) Please submit in a file that we will be able to open in a Word or OpenOffice program.
7.) Please give us at least two weeks before following up. We will try to get through everyone's submissions ASAP but we also have lives (Don't laugh at that!) with full-time jobs and other responsibilities.

Thank you and good luck,

Long Shot Books

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

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Deadline:  May 31, 2020

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2020 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer's work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit between May 1 and 31, 2020, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
  • Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
  • Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
  • Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Postmark submissions by May 31, 2020, and mail to the address below:
The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Squawkback submission guidelines

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No deadline given

Send any materials that you wish to have considered for publication in (the) Squawk Back—as attachments in .doc (but preferably not .docx because we use the horrible Apache OpenOffice suite which doesn't like it) or .rtf or .txt or .odt format—but under no circumstances as .wps files or PDFs and preferably not pasted in the body of an email—to.....

We read year round. All first-time submitters will hear back from us within three weeks. Those previously published in Squawk Back will wait a bit longer, as their submissions do, unfortunately, go to the bottom of a pile, owing to that we try very hard to feature new contributors in every issue.

We primarily publish fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We do not publish plays or screenplays, but we may consider monologues. We will consider excerpts from unpublished novels, poetry collections &c, but please do not submit entire books.

No individual prose submission should exceed ten-thousand words in length. For submitters of poems, we'd prefer it if you kept it under ten pieces per submission. Multiple-poem submissions go in one document or are pasted into the body of one email.

Upon acceptance for publication, submitted pieces which appear in their entirety on personal blogs or other websites either Must Be Removed from those pages or replaced with excerpts and/or links to their new home in Squawk Back.

Upon submitting your work, you hereby grant (the) Squawk Back a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify and display your content for any purpose, including without limitation promoting and redistributing part or all of the site. Works submitted to Squawk Back, whether officially or unofficially copyrighted, will remain the full intellectual property of their authors. We are far less interested in exploiting emergent literary voices than providing them with a louder box with which to squawk.

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

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Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen.

Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

No entry fee. But please only submit one story... your best one!

No reprints.

Entries can be from any country.

All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered.

E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .RTF attachments to:

Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.

Please include the following in the body of your email:

The title of the work
The author's name, address and telephone number
An approximate word-count
The manuscript should be a RTF attachment, in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author's name MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.

Employees of Baen Books, NSS and previous Grand Prize Winners are not eligible. Previous Second and Third place winners are eligible.

Contest opens for submissions on October 1, 2019 at 12:01am EDT. (Entries sent before that date will be deleted unread.)

Deadline - 12:01am, U.S. Pacific Time, February 1, 2020.

The ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2020.

What we want to see
Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.

What We Don’t Want to See
Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions, zombie stories, thinly veiled copies of previous winners, non-standalone novel excerpts, screenplays.

Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and best selling Baen author David Drake.

The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals, currently .07/word. The author will also receive an engraved award, free entry into the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive free entry into the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

The three winners will be announced and notified no later than March 22, 2020. The winners will be honored at the 2020 International Space Development Conference in Dallas, TX, May 28-31 2020. (We would prefer the winner attend the conference, but it is not required.)

Monday, January 13, 2020

2020 Nelson Algren Literary Award

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Deadline: February 17, 2020

Online submission via Submittable

Submissions for the 2020 Nelson Algren Literary Award are open from Dec. 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to Feb. 17, 2020 at 1:00p.m. Central Time

The 2020 Nelson Algren Literary Awards (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Chicago Tribune Company, LLC (“Chicago Tribune”). Contest is offered only in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“Contest Area”). Void outside Contest Area and where prohibited.

The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren. The  Tribune is partnering with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to present the 2020 contest.  The contest has been annually since 1981. The award has been presented to a number of distinguished authors, including Louise Erdrich and Stuart Dybek.

There will be one grand prize winner ($3,500) and five finalists ($750).

Official Contest Rules:


• Stories must be fiction and must not have been previously published.

• Stories must be written in English, double-spaced, and no longer than 8,000 words.

• Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on or in the submitted Story, including but not limited to identification of the Story author on the pages of the submitted Story. 

• Stories must be original to entrant (not copied, adapted, or reproduced from any other source and not a collaboration with any other person).

• All characters in your Story must be entirely fictional and not based on any actual person, whether or not living.

• Stories must not infringe any trademark or trade name.

• Stories must be appropriate for publication in a commercially distributed general-audience publication.

• Stories must not violate the rights of any other person or company (including but not limited to privacy rights, rights of publicity, copyrights and trade secrets).

• Stories must not defame, libel, or slander anyone or any entity.

• Stories must not contain or describe any obscene, vulgar, offensive, profane, provocative or otherwise inappropriate content.

• Any Entry or Story that is determined by Chicago Tribune in its sole discretion at any time to violate the Submission Requirements or these Official Rules, or to otherwise be unsuitable, offensive or in poor taste, may be rejected and the accompanying Entry disqualified even if the Entry has previously been submitted for Judging (defined below). Chicago Tribune retains sole discretion as to whether any Story satisfies the Submission Requirements and its decisions are final.

Mistakes were made - 20 word fiction

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The year 2020 reminds us of the phrase: Hindsight is 20/20. So we invite you to look back on your life and tell us about something that, in hindsight, you would have done differently.

Your story may involve something tragic or trivial, serious or silly. Any kind of mistake is welcome. (These things aren’t always “mistakes,” per se, so we’re using the word broadly.)

The phrase “mistakes were made” is a devious use of the passive voice to deflect blame off the person making the statement, who is probably the maker of the mistakes. President Ulysses S. Grant used the phrase in 1876 in an address to Congress, and it’s been a classic fallback for politicians ever since.

But you too have made mistakes and we want to hear about one of them—in 20 words or fewer.

The person who most impresses us with their mistake will win a Gotham class of their choosing.

As inspiration, here are a few examples:

Tight dress pants at Prom: if only I hadn’t tried to do a split with the principal.
Mason Rowlee

A whirl of things seemed more important, so I didn’t listen that day when my daughter most needed me.
Alvin Sarnoff

At 15, I killed a thing—the bunny I’d begged for that stunk up my room. Couldn’t find the food.
Natalie Bevilacqua

The Details:

  • Submit a story about a mistake you made.
  • Entry must consist of no more than 20 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 1, 2020.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at
  • The winner will be notified by March 17, 2020.


Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wild Plum Haiku Contest

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Deadline: January 21st 2020

Theme: Free

Style: senryu is also accepted, no kigo is necessary, no strict syllables count

One haiku per person – multiple submissions will not be considered

Results: no later than April 1st 2020

Judges: Maria Tomczak & Gabriel Sawicki

Prizes: Diplomas for winners

Submissions will be accepted only by the form online.

blink-ink Ghost Bus

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Edward Gory, Gahan Wilson, and Charles Adams are standing on a street corner when the Ghost Bus goes by. They all saw it, but each saw it differently. What did you see when it went by, or were you a passenger? Just who rides the Ghost Bus anyway, and where the heck is it going? Wait… is that Miyazaki’s Cat Bus coming the other way?

Tell us your best story in approximately 50 words about what you saw.

Submissions in the body of an email to

No attachments, poetry, or bios please. Submissions through January 15th, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The 5th Annual Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Contest

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$500 for first place, $400 second, $300 third, $200 fourth and honorable mention cash awards.

January 15, 2020 deadline. Results by email to you in March 2020. Finalists will be invited to a reading near Albany NY in May 2020.

No entry fees. However, we encourage entrants to attend a reading or poetry open mic in their community that they would not normally attend.

One poem limit. Otherwise, no limitations. All ages. All countries. For poems in English.

Submission gives your consent for us to print or read your poem for our May program.

Send a poem you wrote to by Word or PDF attachment. Do not put your name on the poem. Put your name, your full mailing or residence address, your email address, and a ten-word bio in the email body or in a separate attachment.

If your poem is over two pages long and you can snail mail it, please do so to
Bob Sharkey, 19 Hunter Ave., Latham NY 12110 USA.

The Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest

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Since 1982 the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest has challenged man, woman, and (very precocious) child to write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel. We're honored to receive thousands of odious entries from around the world each year.

The rules for the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest are childishly simple:

  • Each entry must consist of a single sentence but you may submit as many entries as you wish. (A fellow once submitted over 3,000 entries.)
  • Sentences may be of any length but we strongly recommend that entries not go beyond 50 or 60 words. Entries must be “original” (as it were) and previously unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged by categories, from “general” to detective, western, science fiction, romance, and so on. There will be overall winners as well as category winners.
  • The official deadline is April 15 (a date that Americans associate with painful submissions and making up bad stories). The actual deadline is June 30. Winners are typically announced in July or August depending on our panel of undistinguished judges.
  • The contest accepts submissions every day of the livelong year. 
  • In keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance (and bragging rights).
  • Please inflict your entries using our form. 
  • Finally, a tip: resist the temptation to work some variation of "it was a dark and stormy night."

Friday, January 10, 2020

New Yorker submission guidelines

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Fiction submissions: Please send your submissions (as PDF attachments) to, or by mail to Fiction Editor, The New Yorker, 1 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10007. We read all submissions within ninety days, and will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material. We regret that, owing to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to call or e-mail unless a story is accepted for publication. If you have not heard from us within ninety days, please assume that we will not be able to publish your manuscript. Submissions sent by regular mail will not be returned, so please do not send original copies of your work.

Poetry submissions: Poetry is reviewed on a rolling basis. We accept submissions via Submittable only. Send up to six poems (in a single document) per submission, but please do not submit more than twice in twelve months. We do not consider work that has appeared elsewhere (this includes all Web sites and personal blogs). We are interested in translations of poems that have never been published in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us promptly, using your Submittable account, if a poem has been accepted elsewhere. We read all submissions and strive to respond within six months, but, due to the volume we receive, the wait may be longer.

All Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families: Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 9pri

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Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors

Deadline: April 17, 2020

No entry fee, 5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each:

  • Short Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Interview with a Warrior
  • Essay
  • Photography

Theme: Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history.

Writing must be by veterans, military-service personnel, or their families. Include the connection in your short bio.

Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology

1. Anthology-only entry: Submit your work via our Submittable page

2. Contest and Anthology entry: Submit your work via our Submittable page

With your submission, please include your contact information, a brief bio, mention of your military connection, and the genre of your piece(s) (essay, fiction, etc.).


· $250 first prize and publication in each category; all entries also considered for anthology.

· Entries must be submitted through our Submittable page

· Keep poems in one document (with 1st poem as title).

· Put your name, short bio, and contact info in the cover letter field on Submittable and nowhere else on the manuscript.

· Writers may win in any category no more than twice, but may always submit their work for consideration in the anthology.
For both mailed and electronic submissions:

· Limit one submission in each category per person.

· Poetry: up to 3 poems (5 pages maximum).

· Fiction, essay, interview: 5,000-word limit. Interviews are with military or veterans.

· Photography: up to 3 good-quality photos (will be printed in the book as b&w).

· Submissions exceeding the limits will be disqualified.

· Include a bio of 75 words or less with your submission. It must include your military connection.

· Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us via email at if your submission is accepted elsewhere.

· Winners & contributors will be notified by August 1. Results will be posted online. Due to the high volume of submissions, separate email notification of rejection will not be sent.

· Questions: contact James at the University Press at

Thursday, January 9, 2020

BYLINES success story

BYLINES reader Mark Rosati writes:
thanks to Bylines, I learned about Fleas on the Dog, and my short story Last Stand and short play Restoration are in Issue #5 online now (
Congratulations Mark! Glad if BYLINES could help.

Vassar Review submissions guidelines

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Deadline: January 26, 2020


Thank you for your interest in Vassar Review. We will be accepting submissions relating to the theme of “Protest, Prophecy, Play” from November 12, 2019 until January 26, 2020 for a May release. We aim to respond to submissions within two months of the deadline.

General Guidelines
We accept poetry, prose, text, artworks, and images. Excerpts from longer works including dramatic works, screenplays, and graphic novels will also be accepted. Artists working in forms such as video, digital narrative (e.g. hypertext), and other multimedia should feel free to submit. We accept reviews on books, exhibitions, films, etc.

We will not accept previously published works, but previously exhibited visual work is acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please contact us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

All contributors retain copyright over their individual works.

With each submission, we ask that you please include your name, contact information (mailing and email addresses), and a short cover letter. Submissions to the Arts and Digital Media sections should include the title of the piece, year created, and medium(s). Feel free to add a short description of the work if you think it is necessary.

Furthermore, please indicate the section in which you would like your work to be considered: Art, Digital Media, Prose, Poetry, or Reviews. Should you find that your work does not fit one particular section heading, do not worry. These titles are just a means of sorting.

Please send submissions in the highest quality format possible. Tiffs are strongly preferred for visual submissions; due to their large size, you can provide a link to download the files.

Submissions are limited to:

Art: 15 works
Fiction/ Literary nonfiction: 30 pages
Poetry: 6 poems, or 10 pages
Reviews: 2 works
Digital Media: up to 5 digital works by providing a single URL where the combined submission may be found and reviewed. If a work is accepted for publication, you will be asked to upload all associated files to be hosted in the digital edition.

Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories Submissions

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Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer - if it's chosen by our editors for publication in our print magazine, you'll be paid $100 unless we specify otherwise in writing. We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at For complete details, see submission guidelines below. Need inspiration? Enjoy our contest winners and our favorites from the column.

By submitting your story, you agree to the following:

Your story may be used by Reader's Digest and its licensees worldwide in all print and electronic media, now or hereafter existing, in any language, without time limitation. If published in the print edition of Reader's Digest magazine, you will be paid $100 unless we specify otherwise in writing. Your story may be edited for clarity. Following receipt of payment, you agree not to submit your story to other publications. You warrant that you are the sole owner of all the rights to the story and have the authority to grant the rights herein without restriction, that the story is your original work, and that the story does not infringe or violate any copyright, right of privacy or publicity, or any other right of any third party, or contain any matter that is libelous or otherwise in contravention of the law.

Contributions cannot be acknowledged or returned. It may also take some time for your submission to be considered; please don't inquire about the status of your submission - we'll be in touch if we select your material. Even selected items may not be published for six months or more.

We may run your item in any section of our magazine, or elsewhere. Our website Terms of Use also apply to your submission; in the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and the above terms, the latter shall govern.


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