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Friday, November 15, 2019

Shooter Literary Magazine submissions guidelines

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Please submit work appropriate to the theme in Word or Pages format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the piece.

Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. Please submit only one story and/or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online.

Submissions for Issue #11 should relate to the theme Supernatural. Send us stories, essays, reported narratives, memoirs and poetry on anything to do with the occult. Psychological spookiness, eerie suspense, weird mysteries and unexplained phenomena are welcome elements, as well as the more obvious demons, angels, witches and ghosts. Religious themes are also relevant. Writing must be of a literary standard, not genre fare trading on shocks or gore. As always, the theme is open to wide interpretation.

Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in the cover letter, noting any prior publishing experience, and email work to by November 17th, 2019. Successful writers will hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline, if not before. If you do not hear from us after that time, please assume that we will not be publishing your work. Due to the volume of submissions we no longer send rejection emails.


Shooter acquires first rights for print and online/e-book publication and reserves the right to publish work that has appeared in the magazine on its website and related social media.


Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.

The Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

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Deadline: January 1, 2020  

We are now accepting submissions for the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2020 issue of Fourteen Hills. There is no submission fee. Poems not chosen for the award will be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills.

Additional Requirements:

  • Submissions only accepted via Submittable
  • Minimum 3 pages; maximum 10 pages
  • Maximum 1 poem per author
  • Students currently enrolled at San Francisco State University are ineligible
  • Work must be previously unpublished
  • Poems submitted for the award will also be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills
  • Submission file must be in .doc or .docx format (Microsoft Word or Open Office) 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Black Beacon Books seeks short story submissions

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Deadline: November 30, 2019

Black Beacon Books is open to short story submissions for our next anthology, The Black Beacon Book of Mystery until 30/11/2019

Response time: We'll aim for the end of January 2020 at the latest

Publication: Planned for December 2020

What we want: This anthology will combine the best new mysteries with classic reprints from yesteryear, so give us a masterful tale. You'll need an engaging and memorable protagonist who can hold his or her own against Sherlock Holmes and Auguste Dupin. Above all, we want a clever puzzle the reader can try to solve. Throw in clues and red herrings, make our readers work their "little grey cells", as Hercule Poirot puts it. The mystery could be a crime, but it could also be a historical or archaeological investigation, a treasure hunt, getting to the bottom of a local legend... it's up to you, but it must be a mystery the reader can delve into and try to solve before your protagonist. Think Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse, Jonathan Creek, even Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo, but be damned clever about it! Get moving! The game's afoot!

Short stories between 2,500 and 7,000 words
Novellas up to 25,000 words

1 penny (GBP) per word for original short stories
100 pounds for original novellas / flat rate
10 pounds for reprints / flat rate
All contributors will receive one print copy

Please read the full guidelines below before submitting.


Please only submit one story per publication. No simultaneous submissions for original fiction.

Languages accepted:
English and French / anglais et français
Black Beacon Books is based in France but publishes in English. As such, we accept submissions in both English and French. Any French submissions accepted will be translated into English for publication. / Black Beacon Books est une maison d'édition de langue anglaise basée en France. Nous acceptons des nouvelles écrites en français mais elles seront traduites et publiées en anglais.

What we expect from authors:
1) We strongly recommend you purchase a copy of a previous anthology to be sure you want to be part of our team. We're choosing stories for our anthology, but you're also choosing a home for your work. We want you to feel you've made the right choice.
2) Please submit quality writing and be prepared to work with the team to make your story the very best it can be.
3) If your submission is successful, we need you to help promote the anthology through word-of-mouth and online networking.

Legal disclaimer:
1) Original Fiction: Inclusion in the anthology means that you give BBB First World English rights (this means your story will appear in this anthology for the first time in English, covering both electronic and print publications). After the official release of the anthology, all rights revert to the Author, and BBB will not publish it in any other publication without your permission.
2) Reprints: We purchase Non-Exclusive Reprint rights, which means your previously published story can be sold to other publications at the same time and at any time after our anthology. Of course, it is your duty as the Author to ensure you retain the relevant rights to reprints submitted to us. You should tell us where your story was first published so we can provide appropriate credit to the original publisher within our anthology.
Details on rights can be found at Writing-World.

How to submit:
Please note that we use British English conventions. Submissions are encouraged from all over the world but be aware that the editor may wish to make changes to those containing North American usages.

For submissions in English, the editor requires:

- All grammar and punctuation to be used appropriately. This is your best friend:, and if you don't know how to use commas, visit these sites: and
In terms of comma usage, here are three simple examples of what we require:
Yesterday, I followed him home.
As soon as I hear from him, I'll let you know.
I bought an axe, rope, and a box of matches.
- Quotation marks to be single for general dialogue.

- Only one space at the end of sentences.

- Formatted indentation for paragraphs. Do not use the space bar or tab bar.

- The use of italics. Do not replace them with an underline.

Once you've finished your tale and edited it... and edited again, and asked your mum and dog to proof-read it, send it as a .doc (NO .docx) or .rtf file to blackbeaconbooks (at)
Be sure to include your contact details in your email AND in the file. In the subject of your email, write: "BBB Submission".


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The Four Quartets Prize is for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in America in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book in 2019. Three finalists will receive $1,000 each. The winner will receive an additional $20,000.

Submissions must be postmarked between October 1, and December 23, 2019.

The submission must be accompanied by this entry form.

Contact Brett Fletcher Lauer, Deputy Director, with any questions:

Fourteen pages of published poems unified by subject, form, and style is the minimum per submission. Entire books composed of a unified sequence however long are also welcome.

Only one submission per author will be considered.

Submissions will be accepted from authors, publishers, and literary agents up to December 22nd 2018. There is no submission fee.

The prize is to be presented by the T.S. Eliot Foundation in partnership with the Poetry Society of America.
The announcement of the short list will take place in Spring, 2019, followed shortly by the announcement of the winner.

The Four Quartets Prize is first and foremost a celebration of the multi-part poem, which includes entire volumes composed of a unified sequence as well as novels in verse and book-length verse narratives.

Gwendolyn Brooks's sequence A Street in Bronzeville , published as a book in 1945 as well as her The Anniad, published in book form in 1950, are also examples of eligible sequences. 77 Dream Poems (1964) and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968) by John Berryman are other examples.

The unity of shorter sequences, which are enthusiastically welcomed, should be apparent but also articulated in a paragraph describing the aims of the sequence. Such a statement should accompany each submission, book-length or shorter.

This is an inclusive rather than a limited set of criteria, so as to welcome a wide range of work.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Stormy Island seeks winter-themed poetry

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Winter-themed Poetry

All poems must adhere to the winter theme.

No previously or currently published poems will be accepted.

Authors may submit multiple poems (up to 5 per person) but no guarantee we will accept all.

Submit all poems in a single word document (PLEASE DO NOT include any names within this document as we prefer to judge our entries blindly) via email to

In the body of your email submission, include your pen name (if applicable) and the titles of all poems included in the word doc.

Deadline: November 20, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Contributing authors will receive a free eBook copy after publication and discounted author copies of the paperback.

The Helix Literary and Art Magazine seeks submissions

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Deadline: November 15, 2019


THE HELIX welcomes submissions of artwork and literature on both a national and global scale. Please review our guidelines carefully, as any piece submitted incorrectly will be rejected.

Submissions are read by our editorial team in chronological order as we make our way through the queue. The wait time for an answer will vary from a few days to one month. If you have still not received a response from a submission submitted to a previous issue, please inquire on the status of your piece.

General Guidelines

The Helix accepts simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is not accepted, but we will consider work previously shared on personal blogs/websites.

  • Prose submissions should be double spaced.
  • Poetry should be single spaced.
  • All literary submissions should be in 12pt font Times New Roman.
  • Prose submissions are currently restricted to a maximum of 3,000 words each.
  • If you are submitting multiple works for one category, please send them as one file.

The Helix editors respect the integrity of all author’s work but may make slight changes as necessary. The Helix staff reserves the right to make copy editing changes, and light line editing changes.

We follow the Chicago Manual guidelines when editing submissions.

The Helix reserves first North American serial rights. All rights revert to the author after publication. If you republish your work in a print or other journal, please credit The Helix for the first publication.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

101 Fiction seeks short stories

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The next theme is: Time travel
The deadline is: November 17th.

Submissions must be 101 words long, consisting of a one word title and one hundred word story.

Stories must use the theme for the upcoming issue.
The title must not be the issue's theme (or variation of).
We are looking for: science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal.
We are not looking for anything containing gratuitous sex or violence.

By submitting a story you are granting 101 Fiction rights to publish the story online and make the story available as part of a free downloadable edition.
The copyright and intellectual property rights remain with you.
Please do not submit anything that you do not own the rights to.

Notes on word count:
For our purposes hyphenated words count as one word. And it matters... a blue-skinned alien is not the same as a blue skinned alien.
It's best to do a manual count before submitting; automated counts are not always accurate and, after all, it's only a hundred words (and it must be exactly one hundred words).

Please send submissions within the body of your email. Attachments will not be opened. Please also include a short biography (with links to your own site, blog or twitter, if you wish).

Submit to: submissions [at] (currently open)

2019 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize

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Submission Deadline: December 1st, 2019.

The Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 2019 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize.

The Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, a cash award of $500, will be awarded to the best Brooklyn-focused non-fiction essay which is set in Brooklyn and is about Brooklyn and/or Brooklyn people/characters.

We are seeking compelling Brooklyn stories from writers with a broad range of backgrounds and ages who can render Brooklyn's rich soul and intangible qualities through the writer's actual experiences in Brooklyn.

From the collection of selected Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize submissions, five authors will be selected to read from their work and discuss their Brooklyn stories with the audience at our December 2019 event.

The exact date/time and venue will be announced later.

These stories and several other submitted stories will be published on the Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival website and made available to the public.

Entry Fee:  Free

The award is $500.

Submissions should be between 4 to 10 pages. (Up to 2500 words).

Send your Brooklyn Non-Fiction story as a Word document by email to:

Please include the story title, your name, email and phone number on your submission document.

The submitted writings will be judged by a panel of Brooklyn writers.

Runners-up will be invited to read from their writing and their entries will be included in the Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival’s Brooklyn Non-Fiction Collection of stories in an online anthology.

Monday, November 11, 2019

As Above So Below call for submissions

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  • Theme: Imprisonment / Freedom
  • What kinds of prison do we live in, or choose to live in, or try to escape from?  What is freedom and how do we use it?  What choices and freedoms do we really have?  What freedoms can be found within a prison (physical or mental)?
  • Send in poems with insight, grounded in the everyday objects of the world, the unique details of your experiences, which then touch upon the universality of the human condition.
When sending to As Above So Below, please include everything listed below:

Send 1-4 poems, no longer than 40 lines each.
Please paste all poems into the body of the email.
Deadline 15th November 12 midnight.
Times New Roman, 12 point.
Biog in the third person of no more than 75 words.
A short paragraph saying what inspired the poem(s).
Send to asabovesobelow714 [at] gmail [dot] com
I aim to get back to you within a month.
Previously published poems are accepted as long as they are credited.

Tartts Fiction Award 2019

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The winner of each contest will be announced in early May.

  1. Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 100 copies of the book.
  2. Author must not  have book of short fiction published at time of entry, though novels are okay. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection.
  3. Stories may have been previously published by magazines or in anthologies, though the author should have all rights. Magazines will be acknowledged. Include a list of publications, if so desired.
  4. Manuscripts must be typewritten, and we will ask for a computer file in Windows/Mac Word from the winning author and from the finalists for our anthology.
  5. Manuscript length: 160-275 pages.
  6. 6. Deadline for postmark: December 31 of every year.
  7. Entry fee: No entry fee this year.
  8. No manuscripts will be returned. Please send only a copy. You may include an SASE for acknowledgement of  receipt, or simply use your cancelled check to indicate such. We notify contestants of receipt as soon as the contest entry date has passed. We also notify all entrants of the winner and those picked for the anthology.
  9. Winner announced in late spring, with publication in next spring.
  10. Winner must be an American citizen; work must be in English.
  11. Style and content of manuscripts are completely open.
  12. Finalists will be considered for our regular publication schedule and for our Tartt Anthology.
  13. Send manuscripts and check to :

                                                                        Livingston Press
                                                                        The University of West Alabama
                                                                        110 North Washington Street
                                                                        Livingston, Alabama 35470

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Bronzeville Books seeking stories of Twisted Love

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The open call deadline is now November 11 due to the volume of submissions. Stories received after 11:59 PM Eastern time will not be processed.

Bronzeville is now open to submissions for an anthology called Twisted Love. Twisted Love will feature stories with unsettling and unconventional relationships. Give us stories of toxic relationships. This could be relationships between a parent and child, siblings, a person and their god(s) or lovers bound by crime or fetish. Any twisted love relationship applies. (Think Soldier and Angel from Hap and Leonard, season 1)

Please note that we are seeking substantive stories. This open call is not suited to microfiction.

Payment Policy

We pay $0.05 U.S. per word for first Worldwide English publication rights. Payment is by verified paypal account that is in the writer's legal name or check (U.S. only).

Preferred Genres

Preferred genres include crime, sci fi, fantasy, and horror.

Please note that our submission guidelines have been updated November 6, 2019. Submissions received prior to this date have been processed using our former guidelines. Most details are the same, but if your submission did not include something new that is requested here it will still be processed.

Submission Guidelines
We welcome submissions from all professionals* who are committed to their craft. We welcome submissions from diverse authors. We encourage individuals to opt to include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo that can be used with the publication when submitting.

By professionals we mean those who conduct themselves professionally. We expect writers to follow the guidelines. We do not take donated stories; we pay our writers. We expect professional communication. For example, we will not publish works by writers who harass staff.

We will not publish stories that are donated — all writers must be prepared to receive payment through one of our approved payment methods, which are Paypal or by check (U.S. residents only)

Your Document Should

Be 3,150 words or less
Be a .doc or .docx file
Use black as the text color
Use Times New Roman or Courier as the font

Conform to general formatting guidelines (this is a good guide for most of the formatting)

The first line of a paragraph should be indented half an inch from the left margin (not using a tab key or space-space-space-space-space) OR you can opt to have all lines flush left and leave a blank line between paragraphs
No underlined text
Use italics when you want text to appear in italics (but use this sparingly — italics is harder to read than regular text and visually straining for readers when used excessively)

Your Submission Should:

Be emailed to

Your Email Should:

Have a subject line that indicates the name of the submission call, the name of the story, the author’s name, the word count of the story and the genre of the story

Example: Twisted Love Submission – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ - by Author Name – 2725 words – horror

Be addressed to the editor, Sandra Ruttan

Include a bio (100 words, written in third person) and author photo*

Provide your verified Paypal address that is registered in your legal name or indicate that you are a U.S. resident who will opt for payment by check

*The reason we ask for this is to minimize processing time later. Writers have taken up to two weeks to acknowledge an acceptance. For some projects this delays website development, as well as editing and art development for the project.

Your Email Should Not:

Contain a query letter for your short story. I know it hurts to hear this, but we aren’t concerned with where you went to preschool. What matters is words on the page. No note is required at all.

Auto Reply

We use an auto reply to confirm we have received submissions

You should receive an auto reply that will remind you of the submission guidelines  to ensure that your submission will be processed

We will not process submissions that produce a ‘failure to deliver’ message when we send the auto reply (Why? It can indicate the email account is not working. We have sent more than a dozen direct emails about submissions in the past three months that have failed delivery. They continued to fail delivery after repeated attempts. The time spent processing those submissions and attempting correspondence impedes our ability to spend time on serious submissions we could potentially publish.)

Review Process

We normally review submissions in the order received

Suspected troll submissions may be eliminated before submission review begins

Submissions that do not state the word count will be deprioritized for review

Submissions with significant formatting issues that do not follow our guidelines will also be deprioritized for review

Deprioritized stories will only be reviewed if space is still available in the project when all other submissions have been reviewed

Submissions That Will Not Be Processed

Stories that exceed the word count limit of 3,150 words

Submissions of PDF, RTF or other document formats, or that include the story in the body of the email

Submissions sent via DM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform

Submissions addressed to persons other than Sandra Ruttan

Stories with colored text

Multiple Submissions

Are not permitted for this open call

Simultaneous Submissions

Are permitted for this open call

Please note that those who have submitted to an open call with different editors may also submit to Twisted Love -- ie: if you submitted to Latinx Screams you may also submit your story to Twisted Love because both projects allow simultaneous submissions and they have different editors


Are not permitted for this open call at this time

Payment Details

Detailed submission guidelines, including payment information, are available on The Bronzeville Bee's submission guidelines page. They apply to all Bronzeville short fiction submissions. Your Paypal account must be registered in your legal name in your country of residence and must be verified. Failure to provide a Paypal account that meets these requirements may result in payment delays because Paypal may refuse to transfer the money. In these cases, Bronzeville is not responsible for the delay in payment. In the event that we learn an account provided is not registered in the author's legal name in their country of residence (unless they have an accountant, agent or manager who is legally authorized to receive funds on their behalf) we reserve the right to terminate the contract.

Forbidden Content

Absolutely no adults having sex with minors, or anyone having sex with animals.

We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.

To clarify, a story touching on racism may require a racist character that makes a racist statement. These should be used sparingly, and carefully. When the narrative is peppered with racist insults the story has gone beyond establishing that a character is racist and may read as a presentation of the author’s views. Anyone who is not prepared to work with a sensitivity reader or have this content addressed in edits should not submit to us.

“While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan

J. F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction

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Deadline: November 30, 2019  

“One foot in this world and one in the next”: that’s how J.F. Powers described the Midwestern priests he wrote about in his fiction. Having one foot in another world can be awkward, and Powers’ characters are known not for their graceful mysticism, but for the humiliating and mordantly entertaining stumbles they make while trying to live their faith. We’re looking for carefully crafted short stories with vivid characters who encounter grace in everyday settings—we want to see who, in the age we live in, might have one foot in this world and one in the next.

What are the prizes?
1st place: $500
2nd place: $250
Up to 8 honorable mentions: publication in the journal and a one-year subscription

When will winners be announced?
Winners of the J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction will be announced in February 2018 and published throughout the subsequent issues that year.

Is there a reading fee?


  • Only one submission per author will be accepted.
  • Please do not submit any previously published work.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please withdraw your work immediately if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please include in your contact information, including e-mail and mailing address, in your cover letter, as well as one or two lines with your biographical information as you would like it to appear if published.
  • The word limit is 8,000 words. Longer submissions will be returned unread.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

mojo 17 submission guidelines

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Regular submissions for mojo 17 are now OPEN.

Submissions will be accepted until November 15th.

Fiction: We are interested in stories that excite us with innovation in form, structure, and language, but above all, we’re looking for stories that connect us, touch us, and revolutionize our worlds. Experimental or not, give us a quality story.   Please send a single story under 6,000 words. If you’re submitting flash fiction, include up to three stories in a single document.

Poetry: Our staff is interested in poems that blur contemporary styles with traditional modes, poems that light up with raw energy but point in a specific direction, and poems that push through leaps of image and gesture but resound with a strong emotional core. Above all, we enjoy poems that are willing to take risks while maintaining clarity of expression.   Send up to 4 poems at a time or 8 pages maximum. If you have a single long poem that exceeds 8 pages, we welcome you to submit it as an exception to the page-limit rule and as the totality of your submission for that issue. Please submit all of your poems in one document.

Nonfiction: We enjoy creative nonfiction pieces that embrace the tactics of fiction, but we don’t shy away from the innovative and experimental (in fact, we’re rather interested in what you can show us)! But keep in mind, we’re looking for engaging nonfiction stories, not journalism or academic essays.   Pieces should be under 6,000 words.

Comics: We’re interested in narrative-driven art and comics that embody any number of different styles and techniques. Show us something that uses the visual medium to push boundaries and says something important.   We are looking for anything. Political commentary. Comedy. Memoir. Or just a good story. Feel free to submit genre-bending work. Limit submissions to three short pieces totaling no more than ten pages.

Please follow all guidelines for submitting your work, as found in the information below and instructions on our submissions manager.

The Fine Print

All submissions should be made through our submissions manager. We do not accept submissions by e-mail or post at this time. Please read the guidelines in each particular genre before submitting.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing immediately.

Our goal is to have a response to you within 8-12 weeks, though regrettably it can be longer. But sometimes it is also a lot shorter! Feel free to inquire after 120 days.

All submissions will be considered for publication in our online issue. Selected works have the possibility of being published in the annual print edition of Mikrokosmos Literary Journal.

mojo pays a $15 USD flat rate per poem, nonfiction piece, fiction piece, or comic. Please note that submissions to our blog, Latest Content, is not a paying market (we’re sorry!) If a piece is selected for publication in Mikrokosmos, an additional $15 USD will be paid. We know this isn’t much, but as writers ourselves, we like to pay our contributors.

If you have any questions or comments, please email the editors at

All payment is subject to any budget alterations that occur throughout the year. We prefer to issue payment through mailed checks, but we can arrange other options if a check does not work for you. You will need to submit a completed W-9 or W-8BEN in order to receive payment.


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.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Shooter Literary Magazine Submission Guidelines

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Deadline: November 17, 2019


Please submit work appropriate to the theme in Word or Pages format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the piece. Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. Please submit only one story and/or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online.

Submissions for Issue #11 should relate to the theme Supernatural. Send us stories, essays, reported narratives, memoirs and poetry on anything to do with the occult. Psychological spookiness, eerie suspense, weird mysteries and unexplained phenomena are welcome elements, as well as the more obvious demons, angels, witches and ghosts. Religious themes are also relevant. Writing must be of a literary standard, not genre fare trading on shocks or gore. As always, the theme is open to wide interpretation.

Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in the cover letter, noting any prior publishing experience, and email work to by November 17th, 2019. Successful writers will hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline, if not before. If you do not hear from us after that time, please assume that we will not be publishing your work. Due to the volume of submissions we no longer send rejection emails.


Shooter commissions original artwork for its covers. Artists should email examples of their work or a link to their online portfolio to We take note of promising illustrators on a rolling basis but, if you have work or a style you feel is particularly relevant to an upcoming theme, please draw our attention to it. We will contact suitable artists to discuss commissioning the cover. Artwork will be used as cover illustration for the magazine, plus detail use on the inside pages and on Shooter’s social media.


Shooter acquires first rights for print and online/e-book publication and reserves the right to publish work that has appeared in the magazine on its website and related social media.


Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Better Than Starbucks 2019 Sonnet Contest

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               Winning poets receive:
               First Place $100.
               Second Place $50.
               Third Place $25.
Submissions open October 1st and close December 1st, 2019.

Winners will be announced and published on January 1st, 2020.

We will also publish up to seven honorable mention sonnets.

No entry fee and no simultaneous submissions please.

Prize payment via Paypal only.

This contest is for a metrical sonnet.
Your sonnet can be shakespearean, petrarchan, spenserian, rhymed, or slant-rhymed.
Blank verse is fine, as long as the sonnet form is clearly identifiable.
We'll consider tetrameter, hexameter, etc. as well as pentameter.
Some metrical variation is fine, but don't forget the volta!

As always, we do accept previously published work.

Please let us know where the poem was previously published.

If previously published, make sure you have the rights to it. Most publications do not keep the rights to poetry.  We do not, we retain the right to use them in anthologies or promotional material as we see fit in the future, but we do not retain any copyright to your work.

Submit up to two sonnets.
Please include your entry in the body of your email, put Sonnet Contest into the subject line of your email, and send to

Any possible loss of formatting in email transmission will be corrected if your sonnet is chosen as a winner or for publication, as you will be asked to proof before publication, but you are welcome to mention special formatting in your submission.

Please include a third person bio of 30 (max 40) words.
An introduction is welcome but not required.

You will receive an acknowledgement of your entry within 24 hours. This is the only communication you will receive unless one or both of your sonnets are selected for publication, either as winners or honorable mentions, or for subsequent publication.

Unlike general submissions to the journal, we do not respond further to contest entries unless they are selected as winners, honorable mentions, or for subsequent publication.
We look forward to reading your entries!

All entries are eligible for publication in Better Than Starbucks. By submitting your work you grant us the non-exclusive right to publish it. Copyright remains with the author/poet.

Judges are Better Than Starbucks editors.

This contest is not open to employees of Better Than Starbucks (or their family members).
The sponsor of this contest wishes to remain anonymous.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Luna Story Submission Guidelines

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Story Criteria

Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women-identified authors. We think women write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume. If you consider yourself on the woman end of the gender spectrum in any significant capacity, you’re welcome here!

Stuff we never get enough of:
  • Stories about people who are of color, disabled, queer, or marginalized in some way
  • Sci-Fi, particularly afro-future views, solarpunk views, stories about disability and mental health of the future 
  • Adult-themed stories (caveat: no erotica or heavy violence)

Stuff we want:
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Space Opera
  • New Fairy Tales (not retellings)
  • Some creepiness
  • Stories that explore the nooks and crannies of an original world
  • Big events from the everyman perspective
  • Unique settings and storytelling forms
  • Well-written stories with strong characters

Stuff we don't want:
  • Anything biased toward any religion, race or moral preference
  • Bizarro fiction
  • Poetry
  • Extreme gore or sexual content, in particular no explicit rape or sexual assault. (everything in moderation)
  • Fan Fiction (original stories only, please)
  • Bad grammar/punctuation (please proofread and watch your sentence structure!)
  • Plagiarism

A further note about sex and violence in submissions.

Science fiction has a long-standing tradition of pushing boundaries and asking difficult questions. It is meant to challenge us and ask us to look at ourselves and how we treat each other and the world around us. That said, LSQ is centered on uplift and so any story that contains explicit sexual situations or violence especially toward women will be considered more carefully than other stories and the content must be justified within the story’s arch.

Format and Details
Stories should be 500 to 7000 words in length. We may publish longer or shorter works, but the greater your story is above or below limit, the less likely we are to publish it. No poetry please.

Submit only one story per submission period. We do not accept multiple submissions.

NOTE: We are no longer accepting simultaneous submissions.

A Note on File Format
Send your submissions to us as an RTF, DOC, DOCX, or ODT attachment. All other attachments will not be read. Standard Manuscript Format required. Make your files neat and tidy and include Title and Author on the first page! Your submission must be in Standard Manuscript Format before your story will be considered.

We prefer original works, but will consider reprints. Authors should be sure they have the right to sell reprints. If your work is a reprint, include any necessary reprint information at the bottom of the work, such as "First appeared in XYZ Magazine, May 2011."

NOTE: Reprints must be at least 3 years past their initial publication date to be considered.
Luna Station Quarterly is published once a quarter, and has the following schedule:
Publication Date: Submission Dates
March 1st   September 15th – November 15th
June 1st   December 15th – February 15th
September 1st   March 15th – May 15th
December 1st   June 15th – August 15th

Response Time
Our response time varies, but we will try to reply to you by six weeks after the end of the submission period for each issue. Feel free to contact us if we do not acknowledge your submission has been received within three weeks of the end of the submission deadline. If your story is accepted, you will receive an email that includes the publication date and a short, simple contract. This must be returned before publication or your story will not be published.

Copyright remains yours at all times. We simply ask for the right to publish your story on our website, and also add it to the ebook (epub, mobi, pdf) and print versions. All stories will be archived indefinitely on our website. If you want us to remove a story from our archive or the downloadables, please write us to let us know. Anthology rights: to be determined later. If ever such a thing comes to pass, authors will be contacted to work out terms.

Luna Station Quarterly pays $5 USD for each story, payment made via Paypal. In addition, authors receive a lifetime subscription to the ebook version of the magazine. We also provide a profile page for all authors which may be used to link to a homepage, display contact information, and list other publication credits.

Final Notes
We reserve the right to change the submission process between issues. If you have any further questions regarding this process, please get in touch.

Hektoen International Writing Contest

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Hektoen International invites you to send an essay of under 1600 words on the subject of Blood. The contest honors the achievements of the Red Cross, locally, nationally, and globally.

Two prizes will be awarded: $3000 for the winner and $800 for the runner up.  

The deadline is January 15, 2020. 

We will consider essays on pioneers in hematology (such as Herrick, Minot, Murphy, Whipple, or Landsteiner), the history of venesection, barber surgeons, the use of leeches, and vampires; as well as historical aspects of blood transfusion, artificial blood, blood groups, blood preservation and blood banks, blood in surgery, blood diseases (such as pernicious anemia, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, leukemias, and hemophilia), and the history and work of the Red Cross.

Contest rules and guidelines
Submission of an article implies consent to publish in Hektoen International. If accepted for publication, an article may be published at any time regardless of the outcome of the competition. If major edits are made, proofs will be sent to the authors before publication.

Essays that are accepted for publication in the journal may also be available to readers before the winners are announced.

The contest is open to participants 18 years or older.

For multiple author articles, only one person should submit the entry and communicate with the editors.

Entries should be no longer than 1,600 words and must also include at least one image, following our article and image guidelines, including a cover page and proper formatting of both text and images. Incomplete submissions will be deemed ineligible for competition.

  • Contest submissions must be sent to by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 12pm Central Time. Submissions sent after the specified time will be deemed ineligible for competition.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors and contest judges for Hektoen International. The editors of the journal will recommend submissions and edits for publication and contest judges will read the original submission presented by the author.
  • All applicants will be notified of the winning articles, which will be published on the front page of the Winter 2019 issue of Hektoen International.
  • Participants should certify that their work is original and that they have copyright ownership and permission to use any images submitted.
  • Please send inquiries to

Article guidelines

Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and no more than 1,600 words in length. Each submission should include:

A cover page with:

  • Author(s) names, titles/degrees, professional affiliation, and location (as you would like it listed in the journal)
  • A biography no longer than 100 words
  • The author’s contact information

Article text with:

  • The title and page numbers in the document header
  • The full text of the article inTimes New Roman, size 12, and double-spaced. Please format in Chicago style ( or AMA style (
  • References for quoted and cited material formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style or AMA Manual of Style, with the endnotes in numerical order.
  • Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document by the author’s last name followed by the title (or abbreviated title).

For example, the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith, would be saved as: Smith_BigHugh.doc

Image guidelines
Please include at least one image that complements the article being submitted. Final image choice will be determined by journal staff. Rights to images must be acquired by the author prior to submission.

Images must be:

  • High quality and saved as a .JPG
  • Titled by author’s surname and short article name. For example, an image to accompany the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith would be saved as follows: Smith_Big Hugh.jpg
  • Accompanied by a caption. Provide a Word document with the following information:
  • Caption and source (including address of website where you found the image)
  • For artwork, please provide the title and date of work, the artist’s name, and the location of the artwork (museum or private collection)
  • The caption should be sent as a Word document by author last name. In the example of Dr. Smith, the illustration would be captioned as follows: Smith_Caption.doc

Patient Consent/Confidentiality
Our confidentiality policy is based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Please refer to this document if you have any questions: Authors/artists should protect the confidentiality of all persons and not reveal personal details without their consent.

Review process
The editorial board and the journal editors review contributions for appropriateness of originality, style, and content. All editors advise the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision on publication to the journal.

Authors retain the copyright to their submissions to Hektoen International. We request, however, that authors refrain from submitting their work for publication for four months after the piece has been published. Authors are requested to notify us and reference the Hektoen International website as the original publisher in subsequent publications of the article.

All submissions are presumed to be the stated author/artist’s original work. Authors are responsible for procuring the right to accompanying images.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rewilding: Poems for the Environment seeks poetry

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Split Rock Review and Flexible Press seek poetry submissions for Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (2020), an anthology that explores the current state of the natural environment.

We want to bring together a diverse spectrum of current poets writing about the environment in varied, thematic, and innovative ways. We aim to showcase a wide range of voices, especially from underrepresented communities.

All book proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, a nonprofit environmental organization based in MN.

Payment is in the form of a copy of the anthology.


  • Reading period: September 1 - December 31, 2019. (Central Time)
  • Submit 3 – 6 poems in a single Word or PDF file via Submittable. We do not accept paper or email submissions for this category. Please submit only once for consideration. 
  • There is NO submission fee. Yay! Submittable allows us 250 free submissions per month. If free submissions are closed on Submittable for this category, that means we have reached our 250 maximum; please try submitting again on the first of the next month when our allowance of 250 free submissions begins again.
  • In your cover letter, provide a third person bio (100 words or fewer). List the title of each poem and, if it was previously published, note where it appeared and when. 
  • By submitting previously published work for inclusion in the anthology, you are indicating that you have retained the rights.
  • We accept simultaneous submissions. However, please withdraw your work immediately should a piece you’ve submitted be accepted elsewhere. If you are withdrawing your entire submission, please log in to your Submittable account and click “Withdraw.” If you need to withdraw part of your submission, open it within Submittable and "Add" a note indicating the poem or poems you'd like to withdraw. We will see your note and gladly consider the available poems.
  • No manuscript edits or revisions will be considered during the reading period. 
  • If your work is selected to appear in the anthology, all rights revert back to you after publication. 
  • Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for publication. 

The 2020 edition of the Stories of the Nature Cities Prize for Flash Fiction is now accepting submissions

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The theme of this year’s stories is City in a Wild Garden. See the contest rules below.

The contest is open for submissions until 1 January 2020.

Click here to submit your story.

Rules for the 2020 Contest: City in a wild garden

Write a short story (“flash fiction”, up to 750 words), set in the present or future (near or far) and inspired by the phrase “City in a wild garden”. You do not have to literally use this phrase in your story. You may interpret liberally any of the words in the phrase: city, wild, and garden. Plot elements must include cities, nature, and people. It has to be fiction (that is, a story, not an essay)—any genre, from science fiction to magical realism—and can be about anything: climate change; food security; utopias; wild nature; a love story; … anything. At TNOC, we are very interested in imagining cities in which nature and people co-exist, cities in which the relationships between the human-made and the natural are imagined differently.

There will be, at the Judging Committee’s discretion, up to 6 money-winning stories: One 1st place story receives $2,000; two 2nd place stories receive $1,000 each; three third prize stories receive $500 each. A larger number of stories will be included in a book to be published (in late 2020 or early 2021) by Publication Studios.

The rules are simple. The work must:

(1) be 750 words or less, not including the title (i.e., “sudden fiction” or “flash fiction”);
(2) be successfully submitted to the organizers no later than 1 January 2020;
(3) be submitted via the contest’s web-based form;
(4) be set in a city (the notion of “city” may be liberally interpreted);
(5) include as significant plot elements both nature and people;
(6) be submitted in English;
(7) be an original work by the submitter, to which he or she holds the rights;
(8) be previously unpublished, not under consideration in other contests, and remain so during the duration of the contest;
(9) not be racist, sexist, homophobic, gratuitously violent, or otherwise offensive.
(10) Individual authors (under actual name or pseudonym) may submit no more than one work.
(11) Authors must be at least 16 years old as of 1 January 2020.

Don’t forget: the theme of the contest is “city in a wild garden”, but this is not a formal “rule”.
Beyond these requirements, the work may:

(1) be written by a person of any nationality or country of residence;
(2) be of any style or genre of fiction (realism, surrealism, sci-fi, magical realism, dystopic to utopic);
(3) be set in any location;
(4) be set in the future (near or far) or present.
(4) There are no limitations on the plot or action of the story, other than those mentioned here; visit to see some of the issues that motivate us. At TNOC, we are very interested in imagining cities in which nature and people co-exist, cities in which the relationships between the human-made and the natural are imagined differently.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Fleas on the Dog - new submission window open

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We are now OPEN for submissions from November 1 to December 1.

There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 10 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take weeks?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to (or type in the link in the email address).

 Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue. If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by

The Piedmont Institute of Communication, Art and Music (PICMA) Emerging Writers Contest

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The Piedmont Institute of Communication, Art and Music (PICMA) Emerging Writers Contest
Ends on December 1, 2019  

This Emerging Writers Contest is open to high school students and students currently enrolled in community college. Sponsored by The Piedmont Institute of Communication, Art and Music (PICMA), this contest highlights writers with publication, a reading, a cash prize, and a scholarship option.

The prizes will be as follows:
  • First Prize: $5,000/ year scholarship to Pfeiffer University pending acceptance and $250 cash, and a public performance during The Phoenix’s Launch Party Event in April 2020.
  • Second Prize: $3,000/ year scholarship to Pfeiffer University pending acceptance and $125 cash, and a public performance during The Phoenix’s Launch Party Event in April 2020.
  • Third Prize: $2,000/ year scholarship to Pfeiffer University pending acceptance and $75 cash, and a public performance during The Phoenix’s Launch Party Event in April 2020.

[Cash prizes double upon matriculation to Pfeiffer University]

 The judges reserve the right to withhold a prize, if they feel it necessary to do so. All decisions of the judges are final.

  • The Phoenix accepts previously unpublished work in any style, form, or genre. No more than 5000 words, double-spaced, for prose or five poems per entry. Applicants must be enrolled in high school or community college to participate.
  • All work entered will be considered for publication. 
  • Please submit your work as the title of the piece(s) specifically.
  • Blind Submissions: Out of fairness to all writers, The Phoenix requires that your name and contact information not be placed on any of the uploaded files of your submissions. 
  • Those who choose to enter their best work to the PICMA contest may also choose to submit pieces to the various other submission categories as well. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Boulevard Submission Guidelines

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There is no fee to submit by post.

Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard.

To get a feel for style, content, quality, and form of the work we publish try a sample issue or subscription.

Accepting submissions from November 1 to May 1

  • Submit online through Submittable (link below). No email submissions will be read.
  • Include author's name and contact information on all submissions.
  • We allow simultaneous submissions, but please immediately withdraw work that has been accepted elsewhere.
  • We accept multiple submissions but wait at least a month between entries.
  • Work submitted must be previously unpublished, print and online.
  • Authors retain rights to their work from the time of publication in Boulevard.
  • Please no handwritten submissions.
  • Cover letters with previous credits are not required.
  • We accept international subscriptions, for both the general submissions and the contests.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Our average response time is four months. Please do not query before then.
  • Send only complete, fully proofread work. We will not consider revisions--this is too difficult administratively for our small staff.
  • For response include a SASE.

There is a $3 fee to submit online. There is no fee to submit by post.

Prose Guidelines

  • We accept works up to 8,000 words.
  • We do not accept science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance, or children's stories.

  • Submit no more than five poems at a time.
  • We accept poems of up to 200 lines.
  • We do not accept light verse.


Prose minimum is $100, maximum is $300
Poetry minimum is $25, maximum is $250

Postal Submissions

Boulevard Magazine
4125 Juniata St. B
Saint Louis, MO  63116

Because of the high volume of submissions received, Boulevard makes no assurances and is in no way responsible for unsolicited manuscripts that are lost, damaged, or misplaced for any reason whatsoever.

The Meadow submission guidelines

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Our submission period begins September 1st and ends February 1st of each year.

We no longer accept email submissions. All submissions must be uploaded through Submittable.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and cover artwork uploaded through Submittable. 

All submissions must be accompanied by contact information (name, address, telephone and email) and a brief (less than 50 words) biography; include the title(s) of each piece submitted.

We do not accept previously published work, but we will consider simultaneous submissions and expect to be notified immediately if accepted elsewhere.

We will accept up to five poems, photos or art pieces, or one work of prose (fiction or nonfiction) from each author or artist. Prose may not exceed 6,000 words.

Your name may not appear anywhere on the pieces submitted as we read all submissions blind.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The 9th Polish International Haiku Competition 2019

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Deadline: November 30, 2019

Haiku: one (not previously published in any form, not submitted anywhere), one person can send only one haiku – multiply submissions will not be accepted

Language: English

Theme: free

Style: with kigo (seasonal reference – any), three lines, within the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, no strict syllable count

Fee: none

Jury: Colin Blundell (President of the British Haiku Society) – Final Judge,

Robert Kania (Treasurer of the PHA) and Ernest Wit (Member of the PHA) – Pre-Selectors

Coordinator: Krzysztof Kokot – (Honorary Member of the PHA)

Results: up to 31 December 2019

Prizes: diplomas and gifts for 1st (one haiku), 2nd (one haiku) and 3rd prize (one haiku), diplomas for commendations (ten haiku)

Organizer: Polish Haiku Association (PHA)

Note: Accessing the competition is tantamount to consenting to the processing of the participant’s personal data for the purposes necessary to organize and conduct the competition and with the consent of the authors of the awarded and commended haiku for publication on the internet site Expressing consent is voluntary, but necessary to participate in the competition in accordance with the Act of 10 May 2018 on the protection of personal data (Journal of Laws from 2018, item 1000) and in accordance with the Regulation of the European Parliament and Council (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC. The administrator of personal data is the Polish Haiku Association, ul. Kacza 6 m. 65, 01-013 Warsaw.

Any correspondence regarding this contest (queries, doubts etc. ) should be mailed to (replacing _at_ with @)

Online entry form

The Dartmouth Poet in Residence program at The Frost Place

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The Dartmouth Poet in Residence program at The Frost Place is a six-to-eight-week residency in poet Robert Frost’s former farmhouse, which sits on a quiet north-country lane with a spectacular view of the White Mountains, and serves as a museum and conference center. The program has existed since 1977, and has been sponsored by Dartmouth College since 2012.

The residency begins July 1 and ends August 15, and includes an award of $1,000 from The Frost Place and an award of $1,000 from Dartmouth College.

The recipient of the Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place will have an opportunity to give a series of public readings across the region, including at Dartmouth College and The Frost Place. There are no other specific obligations. We hope that the residency offers space and time for significant poetic work.

Accommodations are spartan but comfortable. The Frost Place Museum is open to the public during afternoon hours, but the resident poet has sole use of non-public rooms of the house.

Previous recipients of this residency include Mark Cox, Christopher Gilbert, Rigoberto González, Mark Halliday, Robert Hass, Major Jackson, Laura Kasischke, Cleopatra Mathis, William Matthews, Katha Pollitt, Mary Ruefle, and Luci Tapahonso.

The aim of this program is to select a poet who is at an artistic and personal crossroads, comparable to that faced by Robert Frost when he moved to Franconia in 1915, when he was not yet known to a broad public.

To be eligible, applicants must have published at least one full-length collection of poetry at the time of submission.

Submission period: October 1 through January 5.

Applications are accepted online. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November is NaNoWriMo

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Writing a novel alone can be difficult, even for seasoned writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel. Oh, and best of all, it’s free!


National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel during the thirty days of November.

Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand-new novel. You may know this mass creative explosion by the name National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo—but that's not all that NaNoWriMo is!

NaNoWriMo is a nonprofit organization that supports writing fluency and education. But it's also a social network for writers like LinkedIn is for job professionals, or DeviantArt is for artists, or Facebook is for moms whose kids accept their friend requests only to provide them with "limited profile" access. It tracks words for writers like Fitbit tracks steps for the ambulatory. It's a real-world event, during which 900+ volunteers in places like Mexico City, Seoul, and Milwaukee coordinate communal writing sessions in thousands of partnering libraries, coffee shops, and community centers like… well, like nothing else.

It's internet-famous. It's a community-powered fandom (before there was the Beyhive, or Nerdfighters, there were Wrimos). It's a start-up incubator for novels (books like Water for Elephants, Fangirl, and WOOL began as rough drafts in November!). It's a teaching tool, it's a curriculum, and its programs run year-round.

Whatever you thought NaNoWriMo was, it is more than that.

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Flash Fiction Magazine submission guidelines

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What is a story, precisely? The essential core event in all stories ever told in the history of humanity can be expressed in just three words: Conflict changes life. Therefore, the prime definition becomes: a dynamic escalation of conflict-driven events that cause meaningful change in a character’s life.

—Robert McKee

We are not interested in lyrical musings, journal entries, poetry, vignettes, or slices-of-life with no discernible plot or STORY.

NEW: We get too many sad submissions. Try to ellicit another primary emotion e.g. fear, anger, joy, disgust, surprise, trust.

What do we accept?

  • We accept fiction stories between 300–1000 words.
  • Read Flash Fiction Magazine books to see what stories we have previously paid for.
  • No previously published work. Google does not like duplicate content. Please don't publish your story anywhere else on the web, including your own website.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Let our editors know if your story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not submit excerpts from your latest novel or short stories. Flash fiction should be a complete story.
  • We do not accept poetry.
  • We do not accept children’s fiction.
  • We do not accept erotica. Adult themes including sex, violence, and even politics are fair game.
  • We don't need any more stories about the writing process. We have a huge audience of readers who are not authors. Don't alienate them.
  • We don’t want to get into rights issues, so no living public figures as characters, fan-fiction involving proprietary characters (Batman, etc.), and song lyrics. Passing references to all of these are fine.
Are there any submission fees?


We do not like reading or contest fees. We want to give every writer a chance. But we do have to pay the bills so we have a few options for those that want in-depth feedback.

Our paid options do not entitle you to publication. We consider all submissions for publication equally. We are not a “pay to publish” publication.

Free Submissions

1 Per Calendar Month.

Priority Submissions

Priority Submissions are for those that desire in-depth feedback on their story. You can read more about this option during the submission process.

$30 - Per Story. No Monthly Limit.

Flash Fiction Masters

You can reduce the cost of Priority Submissions with a monthly subscription. This option includes access to the Flash Fiction Masters writing group on Facebook and a few extra bonuses.

Learn more about Flash Fiction Masters

What do you pay?

We pay $40 (USD) for stories selected to be in Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies. We will contact you if you are selected.
We do not pay for stories published on our website.

Do I retain my rights?

You retain all rights to your work. However, we kindly ask that you not publish your story online—including your own website. This is not a “rights” issue, Google does not like duplicate content.
If your story is selected for one of our anthologies, your rights will be slightly different. If that happens, you will be emailed a formal contract to review and sign. We will not publish without your consent.

What else?

  • We edit spelling and punctuation to meet our style guidelines. Any substantial edits will be submitted to the author for approval.
  • You are allowed one submission per calendar month. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule. Submit as many as you want.
  • Please submit one work at a time.
  • Do not re-submit a declined story unless asked.
  • If we publish one of your stories, please wait two months before submitting another. Priority Submissions are exempt from this rule.

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.)

Friday, November 1, 2019

Frogpond submissions opened in November

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Michael Ketchek
125 High St
Rochester, NY 14609
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Submissions from both members and non-members of HSA are welcome.

All submissions must be original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by a print or web-based journal. While posts on Internet sites such as Facebook or Twitter are eligible, posts on blogs are not.

Submission by e-mail is preferred:
(a) in the body of the e-mail (no attachments)
(b) with subject line: Frogpond Submission
(c) with place of residence noted in the body of the e-mail
A submission by post will receive a reply only if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient U.S. postage to reach your location. Please, no handwritten submissions.
Only one submission per issue will be considered.
The Submission may include any or all of the following:
1. Up to ten (10) haiku
2. Up to three (3) haibun
3. Up to three (3) rengay or other short sequences
4. One (1) renku or other long sequence
Submission Period:

Submission periods are one month long: July for the autumn issue, November for the winter issue, and March for the spring/summer issue.

Acceptances will be sent shortly after the end of each period. Please submit only once per submission period.

Essays, Book Reviews, and Books for review can be sent at any time.

Michigan Quarterly Review submission guidelines

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Submission are open August-December and January-April.

Submissions for the Print Journal:

Regular submissions for the print journal are accepted from January 15 to April 15, and from August 1 to November 30. Average turnaround time is four to six months. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately via submittable if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Please do not submit previously published work, including work published on  a personal website or blog. Writers are advised to inspect a back copy of the journal or our archives before submitting work.

MQR accepts mailed submissions from incarcerated individuals. Other submissions via mail, email, or fax cannot be accepted and will not be read.  If you are a writer for whom Submittable is  not accessible please email us at

Prose submissions: Manuscripts should be double-spaced, right margins not justified; 1,500 words minimum, 5,000 average, 7,000 maximum. All stories accepted for publication will be passed on to a judge as finalists for the $2000 Lawrence Prize. There is no additional fee beyond submission.

Poetry submissions: Please submit in between 3-6 poems in one document, not to exceed a total of 12 pages.

Payment is $100 for prose and $25 for poetry.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

French - English Translation Prize 2020

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The submission process for the 33rd Annual Translation Prize will open on October 31, 2019 and will extend through mid-January, 2020

The French-American Foundation and Florence Gould Foundation award two annual prizes, one in fiction, and one in nonfiction.

The prizes are for outstanding English translations of prose originally written in French.
Each winning translator is the sole recipient of the $10,000 prize. It is at the Jury’s discretion to split the prize between two winning translators in a specific category.

Prize money will be bestowed at an Awards Ceremony in May-June 2019. In the event that the winning translator cannot attend the ceremony, the Foundation reserves the right to give the prize to a second choice finalist who is able to attend and promote the evening.

Translators who have won in previous years must wait at least three years to be eligible to win again in the same category.

The Translation Prize cannot be won more than three times in a lifetime by the same translator for either category.

It is at the Jury’s discretion to award an Honorary Prize, including to translators who may have won the Translation Prize three times. There is no monetary component to the Honorary Prize.

Translations for consideration for the 32nd Annual Translation Prize must have been published for the first time in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

Only book-length translations will be accepted.

All categories of fiction and non-fiction works are eligible, with the exception of poetry, technical, scientific and reference works, graphic novels, and children’s literature.

Self-published books and reprints are not eligible.

Although all eligible books must have been published in the United States, translators may be of any nationality.

Works representing a collaboration by two translators are eligible, but anthologies in which an editor has collected the work of a number of translators will not be considered.

For works selected as finalists, it is the responsibility of the submitting party to provide the French-American Foundation with an appropriate number of hard copies of the French and English versions, in a timely manner.

Submissions that fail to meet this criteria will be removed from consideration.
For more information, please contact Katie DeMallie at

Girls Right the World call for submissions

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Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young female-identified writers and artists, ages 14 through 21, to submit their work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. We believe that girls’ voices can and do transform the world for the better, and we want to help expand creative platforms for girls of all races, religions, and sexual orientations.

We currently accept poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art of any style and theme. We seek work addressing personal experiences and global issues.

We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication the rights return to you. We publish annually.

Send your best art and writing, in English or English translation, to by December 31, 2019. 

Please include a note that mentions your age and where you’re from and briefly describes the work you are submitting. *NOTE: the editorial team for issue four will begin reviewing submissions in October of 2019.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Brilliant Flash Fiction submission guidelines

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Tell us a story in 1,000 words or less.

Email it to

If we like it, we’ll publish it in the next available edition of Brilliant Flash Fiction.

Please send original, unpublished work.

We accept all fiction genres. No graphic violence or pornography, please.

Be sure to paste your story into the body of your email and also attach it as a .doc file. Do NOT send PDF files.

Please do not submit more than two stories quarterly (during a 3-month period).

At present, no payment is available. Authors will enjoy sharing their work with an appreciative audience.

Simultaneous submissions will be considered.

Authors whose submissions are accepted will retain all rights to their work after publication.

Please do not submit poetry, stories exceeding the 1,000-word limit (even by one extra word), photo-illustrations or artwork of any kind.

Priority will be given to writers whose work has not been previously published in Brilliant Flash Fiction.

Speckled Trout Review

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We are accepting submissions for the first issue of Speckled Trout Review (Fall 2019 issue), which will be published in early December.

The deadline for submissions is November 6.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or print) for its fall and spring issues. Poets can paste up to 4 poems, followed by a 50-75 word writer’s biography at the end, in the body of an e-mail to Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please share the good news when a poem finds a home elsewhere. For any questions about submissions or Speckled Trout Review, reach out to us at the above e-mail address.

For contributors whose work appears in either a fall or spring issue, we ask poets acknowledge Speckled Trout Review as the original publisher of the poem(s) in any subsequent publication thereafter. We reserve the right to archive accepted poems on the Speckled Trout Review website indefinitely and to publish work in a future anthology. Poets whose work is selected for an anthology will receive a complimentary copy and a discount for additional copies.

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