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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Willawaw Journal submission window is open

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August 1-September 1

The current prompt is from Poet Laureate Joanne Townsend, “Somewhere near Odessa, 1900.” The editor invites you to explore your departure(s) to points unknown, whether as an immigrant, asylum seeker, climate refugee, or perhaps a college student or “empty-nester.” We are a planet of moving populations, now more than ever. Please share your story. (General Submissions are always welcome.)

How to Submit?

Poetry and Art Submission Guidelines

Please send up to five poems (previously unpublished)  or up to three images of original artwork (Convert to modest resolution jpeg before you send.) Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please notify us immediately if your work is accepted somewhere else.  For prose poetry, please limit to 500 words or less.

To submit, please email your poems or images to this address:  submissions@willawawjournal.com:

POETS should include up to five poems in the body of the email.

ARTISTS should attach their images to the email, include materials and dimensions, and a brief artist’s statement (optional).


  • Include your name in the subject line
  • Indicate if you want to use initials or a different name to credit your poem or artwork.
  • Include a short bio. (25-75 words) with no more than one link to other work. It would please the editor if you placed yourself on the world map (state, region, country, etc.). If you send more than 75 words or more than one link, the editor may refuse the submission or will take the material into her own hands–beware!

The journal is free to all and there are no reading fees! Unfortunately, there is no payment to contributors at this time.

EMERGE—SURFACE—BE: 2019-20 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM FOR EMERGING POETS

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APPLICATION DEADLINE ​— ​Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 11:59PM 

Selected 2019-20 Fellows will be notified by mid-October 2019

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

Emerge–Surface–Be ​is a natural extension of The Poetry Project’s program offerings. It formalizes the distinct yet unspoken pedagogical aspect of The Poetry Project’s programs while providing a unique opportunity to support, develop, and present emerging NYC ​based poets of promise.
Poet Mentors​ hattie gossett​,​ Fred Moten​, and ​Trace Peterson​ will each select an emerging poet to work with. Over the course of nine months, Fellows will be given the opportunity to work one-on-one with their Mentor to develop their craft; explore publication and performance opportunities; and reflect on the professional and community-based dimensions of a writing life. Ideal Fellows will have a project they are working on or want to embark upon, and feel that they would benefit from guidance and support. ​Each Fellow will receive an award of $3,000. In adherence with US tax requirements, ESB Fellows will be issued an IRS 1099 Form.

In addition to working with their Mentors, Fellows will have access to all Poetry Project events (free workshops, free readings, free publications) and be included in the Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading. Fellows will also read within The Poetry Project’s Monday or Friday Night Reading Series as a culminating event with introductions made by their Mentors. Fellows will be invited to attend gatherings with Poetry Project staff and other 2019-20 Fellows and Mentors. Poetry Project staff and Mentors will also work with each Fellow to find other unique opportunities for deepening, sharing, and connecting their poetry to specific goals the Fellows might have.

The most important criteria will be the demonstration of potential, as well as unique vision and voice, in the applicant’s work sample. While applicants who have achieved some measure of local, regional, or national professional recognition will have these merits taken into account, we equally welcome -- and encourage -- applications from individuals who may have not yet had highly visible or public opportunities to share their work.

Our definition of “emerging” ranges from writers who are just beginning to share their work publicly; to writers who have local and perhaps regional recognition; and up to writers who are approaching national exposure, though not yet national recognition. ​As a top limit, an emerging writer has published no more than one full-length perfect bound book and no more than three chapbooks (not including self-published work in chapbook form)​.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

New York City resident at the time of application and have lived in NYC at least one year prior to the application deadline;

● Eighteen years of age and older;

Individuals enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree-​granting writing programs are not eligible. ​However, individuals who enroll in degree-​granting writing programs or take classes after the time of application submission are eligible for Fellowships providing they maintain an active, professional practice of creating and presenting work to the public.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

● Project description, including project goals and long-term artistic goals;
● Work Sample:
- Seven to ten (7​-10) page sample of project manuscript ​OR - Seven to ten (7​-10) pages of prior work;
● Creative resume ​and​ bio;
● Optional video clip or mp3 of applicant reading

 The Poetry Project embraces diversity in the broadest sense of the word. This principle is reflected in the choice of mentor poets and will be reflected in the selection of Fellows.
Please email ​esbfellowship@poetryproject.org​ with questions.

Healing Words Poetry Competition

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Have you experienced mental health problems, or are you a family member or friend of someone who has? We’re inviting you to enter our poetry competition, Healing Words, which is back for its second year. Actress Joanna Scanlan, and jazz musician Gill Manly, are amongst the six judges for the competition. You can meet all our judges here, and watch Joanna and Gill’s video introductions to Healing Words.

Creativity and mental health

Creativity is known to help people express themselves during the darkest days of their mental illness and throughout their recovery. It helps support self-understanding of mental health conditions.

We want to celebrate the recovery journey by sharing this creativity with a wider audience to help improve understanding, tolerance and respect of mental health problems.

Entry categories
There are five different categories you can enter:

  • Darkest days: poems from before the dawn of hope
  • Good days and bad days: poems from the road to recovery
  • Being well: poems about more peaceful times
  • Illustrated poem: poems with illustration
  • Spoken word poem: poems spoken 

Presenting your poem
You can write, record or film your poem (we know some people prefer to record the spoken word or film their entry instead of writing it down). Your poem should be a maximum of 25 lines and only one entry per person.

How to enter
You can choose which of these ways to enter is easiest for you.

Upload your poem on our website

Email your poem to poetry@advocacyproject.org.uk, together with an entry form (or type the entry form details into the email)

Post your poem plus entry form to The Advocacy Project, 73 St Charles Square, London W10 6EJ

Give your poem to staff who work for The Advocacy Project; they will ask you to fill in an entry form

Use WhatsApp to send your poem to 07984 353961, together with an entry form (or type the entry form details into the message)

We will keep the names of everyone who enters hidden from the judges until the award ceremony.

The closing date is Sunday 8 September 2019, 5pm. Please read our competition guidelines before sending your entry.

Exhibition week and awards
We’re holding an exhibition in central London celebrating all the entries on 1-3 October 2019. This coincides with National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October. There will be a number of workshops and events you can attend over the three days. There will also be an awards ceremony for winners on 1 October.



Donation
If you’d like to make a donation to support this event please contact Saboohi Bukhari, Head of Business Development, saboohi@advocacyproject.org.uk.

For more information
If you’d like more information on the competition, please contact Jo Kay on 020 8969 3000.


Competition Guidelines

You can only enter one poem

Your poem must be shorter than. 25 lines (excluding the title)/. If your poem is longer than 25 lines, we can't include it in the competition.

Your name should only be on the entry form, not the poem itself - se we can keep all the names hidden from the judges until the awards ceremony.

You can use any format you like - haiku, sonnet, blank verse - any way you'd like to write it.

Once you've sent your poem to us, you can't make changes to it.

Your poem must be entirely your own work and not have been published before.

Your poem must be relevant to the competition theme 'Healing Words'.

The competition judges will read all the entries.

Once the judges have chosen the winners, that is their final decision. The organizers and judges won't disscuss their decisions with entrants.

The competition organizers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judges opinion, such an action is justified.

The entrant agrees to indemnify the judges, organisers and the other parties against any litigation the tmay arise if entered works do not have the necessary permission to be published.

No poem can win more than one prize.

All entries are accepted in good faith.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Black Orchid Novella Award—Celebrating the Novella Format

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An important part of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe's opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award.

The initial announcement in 2006 was greeted with enthusiasm by the mystery community. Jane Cleland, long-term Wolfe Pack member, is the chair of the event. "At every mystery conference and event I attend, people are excited about the opportunity to write a novella—and they're excited about the great prize—$1,000 from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine—plus, of course, publication in the magazine!"

Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine editor, Linda Landrigan, explains, "We're delighted to be associated with the Wolfe Pack. And we're thrilled to participate in this award." (Read the original announcement to the media!)

Heed the words of Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, "We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose."

Please note that if no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.

Entries must be 15,000 to 20,000 words in length, and submitted by the deadline.

Entries must be postmarked by May 31 of the submission year.

The winner will be announced at The Wolfe Pack's Annual Black Orchid Banquet in New York City, the first Saturday of December.

The Black Orchid Novella Award is a blind contest. In order to be considered, your manuscript must follow the standards set out below exactly. Your manuscript must:

Be typed and printed in Times Roman, 12 pt., double spaced, single side only, with 1 inch margins.

All pages must be numbered.

Be a copy—please keep the original—manuscripts will not be returned

Contain two cover sheets:
Top cover sheet should list your name, address, phone number, novella title, word count, and number of pages

The bottom cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript, the word count, and the number of pages.

Include a header on every page containing the title and page number only. Do not put your name or contact information on the manuscript except on one of the two cover sheets as described above.
Clip the pages together. Do not bind them. Do not put them in a binder of any kind.
If you'd like, you're welcome to include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. The postcard will be mailed to you to indicate our receipt of your novella.
Submissions should be sent to:
Jane K. Cleland, Chair
BONA
P.O. 3233
New York, NY 10163-3233

Contest Entry Qualifications

  • Each entry must be an original unpublished work of fiction that conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series.
  • The mystery should be "traditional" in flavor.
  • The crime must be solved using the deductive abilities of the sleuth. No coincidences.
  • The killer must be known to the victim. No random psycho shootings.
  • The characters (male or female) must have an engaging relationship.
  • There needs to be some wit.
  • The timing could be retro or current.
  • There should be no explicit sex or violence.
  • The detective could be a professional or amateur.
  • The setting could be NYC or Boston or wherever.
  • We're not looking for anything derivative of the Nero Wolfe character, milieu, etc.

Contest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can you tell me more about the distinction between a Novella and a Short Story?

A.  Heed the words of Linda Landrigan, editor-in-chief of AHMM. She says, "We need to stress that a novella is not a padded short story. A novella needs to be as tight and fast-paced as a short story or a novel. Authors need to ensure that the story they want to tell is properly sized for whatever format they choose."

Q. Do you require a submission cover letter with synopsis to enter the Black Orchid contest?

A: No, but you must include two cover sheets:

Top cover sheet should list your name, address, phone number, novella title, word count, and number of pages.
The bottom cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript, the word count, and the number of pages.

Q. I would like to know if The Wolfe Pack's Black Orchid Novella Award is an international contest.

A: Yes, international submissions are welcome -- so long as they're in English.

Q.  Electronic submission?

A.  No electronic submissions will be accepted, I'm afraid. Please follow the submission instructions posted on this site.

Q. In the rules, the phrase, "conforms to the tradition of the Nero Wolfe series" would be in regards to mood and general plot structure, correct?  The rest of the rules seem to indicate you don't want anything that is too derivative of Mr. Stout's work, or takes place in the (for lack of a better phrase) "Nero Wolfe universe."

A. You are correct. You can't use the characters or the universe.  But as long as the "feel" is such that it honors the tradition (and the meaning of that term is, of course, likely to vary by individual), you can write anything you want. Note that the detective doesn't have to be a man or a private detective; etc.

Q. I am unclear regarding ownership of submissions. Does any story I submit remain my property?

A.  The winner would be required to sign a standard AHMM contract...  I don't know exactly which rights that assigns to them, but I believe they would retain the right to publish an anthology (for which the author would  receive additional compensation). As I said, the contract is the magazine's standard one -- in other words, the fact that this is an award cosponsored by the Wolfe Pack is irrelevant to that fact.

Q: How are the contest winner and entrants notified? Are there finalists? How is the winner announced?

A: If a winner is selected, that person hear from us by the end of October, which is prior to the annual Black Orchid Banquet (the first Saturday in December); we hope he or she is able to attend. No finalists are named. A press release is issued the day after the banquet to all relevant media outlets.

Q. Can a writer submit his entry via e-mail as opposed to snail mail?

A.  Submissions must be made by snail mail to the address below with all procedures followed (see top right column on this page):

Jane K. Cleland
P.O. Box 3233
New York, NY 10163-3233

Please note that if no acceptable candidates are received, AHMM and The Wolfe Pack reserve the right to declare no winner in any given year.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Briarpatch Magazine Pitch Information

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Submit queries to: [pitch AT briarpatchmagazine.com]

Briarpatch Magazine publishes writing and artwork on a wide range of topics, including current events, grassroots activism, electoral politics, economic justice, ecology, labour, food security, gender equity, indigenous struggles, international solidarity, and other issues of political importance.

We welcome pitches from unpublished writers, seasoned freelancers, front-line activists, and anyone else with a story to tell and a desire to tell it compellingly. We ask that you research your topic thoroughly, back up your expressed opinions with verifiable facts and persuasive arguments, interview a range of relevant sources as the topic requires, and hold on to relevant documentation for fact-checking purposes. Briarpatch seeks to explore complex issues in everyday language — please write for a progressive, non-specialist audience that may not necessarily share your assumptions or opinions. Include a short (one- or two-sentence) biography at the end of your article.

We’ve compiled a guide to pitching Briarpatch. Please take a look at what we look for before you submit a query.

Unsolicited submissions are welcome, but we encourage you to first send us a pitch. Your pitch should outline what ground your contribution will cover and demonstrate your writing style and tone. Please include your contact information, an estimated word count, a list of recent publications (if applicable), and a short writing sample.

Send your pitches/submissions to pitch AT briarpatchmagazine.com. Pitch early, Pitch often; we’ll try to get back to you within a week or two following the query deadline for the issue you wish to write for.

We aim to reply to every pitch – including those we reject. However, because of time constraints, this isn’t always possible. If you don’t hear back from us within three weeks following the query deadline that you submitted a pitch for, please assume that we won’t be accepting your pitch. Feel free to pitch us again, however!

If your work is accepted for publication, you can expect to participate in an intensive, collaborative editing process until consensus is reached between yourself and the editor on a final draft. On average, be prepared to take your submission through two or three rewrites over the course of a month.

Our standard rates of pay are as follows:

$100 – Profiles, short essays, reviews, blog posts, and parting shots (generally <1500 words)
$200 – Feature stories, photo essays (generally 1500-2500 words)
$300 – Research-based articles and investigative reportage with extensive primary research (generally 2500-3000 words)

Editorial schedule

Jan./Feb. 2020: Unthemed — Query deadline: September 1, 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Nan Shepherd Prize

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Applications are open to previously unpublished writers based in the UK and Ireland, who consider themselves underrepresented in nature writing, whether through ethnicity, disability, class, sex, gender, sexuality or any other circumstances. This means that entrants must not have published full-length books of fiction or non-fiction (including children’s books) with a trade publisher. However:

  • Entrants who have published books of poetry are eligible to enter.
  • Entrants who have published short pieces of writing (fiction or non-fiction) in magazines, books or journals, including poetry, essays, journalism or short stories, are eligible to enter.
  • Self-published authors are eligible to enter.
  • Writers who have previously held book contracts are eligible to enter.

From 24 June 2019, entrants will be invited to submit the following:

A one-page synopsis of their book, followed by outlines of every chapter. The book need not be completed before submission, but the idea being proposed should be narrative non-fiction and deal with nature in some form.

A sample chapter or chapters totalling no more than 10,000 words.

A biographical note, including information on why you feel underrepresented in nature writing, and any relevant information such as previously published short works or poetry, agent details, social media accounts, literary prizes won or nominated for, etc. This should be no longer than 500 words and should be pasted in the body of the email.


Submissions are open from 24 June 2019 to 10 September 2019. The shortlist will be announced in October. If you do not hear from us by 31 October 2019, unfortunately you have not been shortlisted. The winner will be chosen by the judging panel and announced in November 2019.

How to enter:

In the email subject, entrants should include their name and the title of their submission.
In the body of the email, entrants should provide their full name, address and contact phone number as well as the biographical note referenced above, and the total number of pages they have submitted.
The submission should be typed and saved in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format; all documents must be submitted at the same time and attached to a single email. The chapters of the manuscript must be supplied in one document. All documents should include page numbers.
The attachments should be clearly individually marked as ‘synopsis and outline’ and ‘sample chapters’. Each document should be marked in the file name with the author’s name and the title of the work and this information should also be marked on every page of each document.
Please send your entry to submissions@nanshepherdprize.com. If you are unable to submit as per the above guidelines, please email contact@nanshepherdprize.com or call us on 0131 557 5111 to arrange an alternative method which works better for you.

Follow @NanPrize on Twitter or sign up to the Canongate newsletter to be the first to hear more.

Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. Full Terms and Conditions are available here. For all enquiries, please email contact@nanshepherdprize.com.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

12th Annual Transitions Abroad Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest

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Please read the following editorial guidelines carefully, as well as past contest-winning articles to see what interests and motivates our well-educated audience.

Professionals and freelancers are encouraged to write non-fiction inspirational and practical articles that describe their experience living, moving, and working abroad. Often your experience is extended and transformed by activities in the host country, so living, working, studying, and traveling abroad are often inextricable — and we are interested in exploring all such organic interconnections.

Making the move to live abroad is for many the ultimate transition — often the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance. For many, living abroad is decision about where you wish to enjoy a year or more in one or more locations overseas, spend the rest of your life, and even retire. We are seeking practical and inspiring mini-guides that also provide in-depth descriptions of your experience moving, living, and working abroad (including any form of work such as teaching English, internships, volunteering, short-term jobs, etc.). When applicable, please also include resources, a discussion, and revealing anecdotes about your social interactions with locals, food and markets, culture, housing, immigration and visas, personal and family life abroad, and other issues of note, etc.

Apart from practical considerations, what were the most important physical, psychological, and social adjustments necessary to integrate into the local communities? Feel free to include anecdotes about locals who may have aided in your adjustment to the physical conditions and social rituals of the host community, as well as the role of expats in providing information and support.

Given the ever-changing nature of the global economy, more people are moving abroad to find or explore various forms of work in addition to seeking spiritual fulfillment, so stories that also describe how you work to support yourself while living abroad are of great interest to our us and our audience. We start with our editorial supposition that most people "work to live" and do not "live to work" except when there is a perfect marriage, such as writers who make their living and travel as part of a lifelong dream, others who are doing exactly what they always wished to do where they wish to do it, or those who have chosen to retire to a location where they have decided they feel most at home.

We welcome a well-crafted essay or ideally a mini-guide. Boxouts with references to the most important websites, publications, and other practical resources that have aided you in the cultural adjustment process or enhanced your life abroad are strongly encouraged to help others who may find themselves in similar situations or even similar locations. High-definition photos also are very important to make your submission stand out in this visual medium and age.

We seek your perspective, in which the host country remains the primary focus, such that the color and taste of the people and land remain solidly in the foreground. Our preference is for essays or mini-guides about your adaptation to the culture and people in whose country you have chosen to make your home. Try to write with the discipline of an engaged journalist using your observations to provide an in-depth feature or mini-guide. Assume an educated and empathetic audience.

Browse the Living Abroad section of our site for some examples of the types of articles we are seeking, as well as reading past winners of the contest, and see our writers' guidelines for a sense of our editorial preferences.

TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the winners' entries and will provide links to the authors' website or blog, and a head-shot, if so desired, as part of your bio.

Please contact expatriatewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com should you have any questions. We except one entry per participant.

Sharing your participation or interest in the contest via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or your other preferred social networking sites would be very much appreciated.

Contest Prizes
Cash prizes are as follows:

$500 cash prize for the first place winner
$150 for the second place winner
$100 for the third place winner
$50 for all finalists

Who is Eligible
The Contest is open to professional and freelance writers from any location around the globe.

How to Enter

Submit an original and unpublished essay or mini-guide of between 1,200 and 4,000 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. (Quality is obviously more important than quantity when it comes to word usage, though some subjects require elaboration should you aim to create a "mini-guide.") Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings, as the descriptions and perceptions of the author should imply the personal impact. Supporting photos as attachments, or ideally links to shared "cloud" locations, are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission. Please read the writers’ guidelines for TransitionsAbroad.com, the entries of previous winners, as well as sample articles on this site for a sense of our editorial focus and preference.

To enter the 2019 Contest, attach your essay in Word format. Another option is to point to a shared "cloud" location for the document. Please include your full name and your bio (including head-shot, should you so desire) you wish to display in the body of the email and on the document. Please type "2019 Expatriate Writing Essay Entry" in the subject description of the email and send the email to expatriatewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com.

The 2019 Contest begins September 15, 2018, and all entries must be received by September 15, 2019. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication.

Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:

  • Sensitive to the people and culture being described
  • Engage and inspire the reader
  • Provide practical information others can use
  • Follow the thematic guidelines
  • Enhance with rich photographic and/or video illustrations


Winners will be chosen and notified by email by the close of September 30, 2019 (Pacific Standard Time).

Contest Terms
There is no entry fee required for submissions.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible email or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.
Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft.
Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners — along with any other runners-up accepted for publication — will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. either by Paypal (best and quickest method of payment) or by check, as preferred by the author.
All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Jack Grapes Poetry Prize 2019

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Cultural Weekly’s 7th Annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is now open. This contest is FREE to enter.

This is the submission link: https://www.culturalweekly.com/submissions/

3 WINNERS will receive $250 each, plus publication. 6 FINALISTS will receive $75 each, plus publication.

The Rules

You may submit up to 2, previously unpublished poems Submissions must be made at this link: https://www.culturalweekly.com/submissions/. If it has appeared in any book, magazine or edited website, then it is published.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.

All submissions must be made through our submission portal. We will publish the submission link on June 27th. THIS CONTEST IS FREE TO ENTER. You may submit only once. Choose your best work!

You must follow the formatting rules. Submissions that do not follow these rules may not be considered.

Submissions must be in .doc or .docx format. (No “pages,” “txt” “pdf” or other formats).
Your submissions must all be in a single document. In other words, if you submit 2 poems, they should both be in 1 document, not in 2 separate documents.

Make the name of the file the title of your first poem.

Pages must be numbered.

No unusual spacing or fonts. 12 point, Times New Roman preferred.

The judges will read all submissions blind. List the titles of your poems on the cover page.

Remember: your name, address, phone number and email address must appear on the cover page only! All other pages of your submission must contain NO identifying information.

No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2019, Midnight, Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.

By entering this contest you guarantee that the work you are submitting is your own original poetry, that it has never been published electronically or in print, and that it has not been submitted nor accepted for publication elsewhere.

Cultural Weekly’s poetry editor will contact all those who submitted with the results soon after the contest ends. Your patience is appreciated. The decision of the judges is final.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

WomenArts Quarterly Journal Submission Guidelines for Poetry and Essays

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WAQ provides readers with contemporary examples of the work of women creators, and therefore, seeks submissions by women only. We do not wish to publish work that exclusively addresses the experience or concept of womanhood. Furthermore, it is not necessary for the subject matter of work submitted to pertain to womanhood at all. The best way to find out what we do like is to pick up a copy of WAQ here: www.vivacepress.com/waq.

Please read the genre-specific guidelines listed below before submitting.

***We are currently closed to fiction submissions while we read through backlog. Check in again soon!***


POETRY

Please note: poetry submissions of multiple poems must be uploaded as one file.

- We do not accept previously published work. This includes self-publication and work that appears online.

- Please submit no more than six poems at a time.

- Submissions should include the author's contact information on every page, be clearly titled, 12pt font, and be paginated if longer than one page.

- Your cover letter should include your name, address, phone number, and email. Indicate in which genre your submission belongs and the title(s) of your work. Bios are not necessary but welcomed.

- We allow simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately in the event of an acceptance elsewhere.

- Please allow 3-6 months for a response. If you have not received a response from us after 6 months, you may inquire by email about the status of your submission.

- Do not submit more than six poems at a time. You may submit again after you have received a response regarding work already under consideration.

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will be declined without review



ESSAYS

- We do not accept previously published work. This includes self-publication and work that appears online.

- Please submit no more than 5,000 words.

- Submissions should include the author's contact information on every page, be clearly titled, 12pt font, and be paginated if longer than one page.

- Please double-space fiction and essay manuscripts.

- Your cover letter should include your name, address, phone number, and email. Indicate in which genre your submission belongs and the title(s) of your work. Bios are not necessary but welcomed.

- We allow simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately in the event of an acceptance elsewhere.

- Please allow 3-6 months for a response. If you have not received a response from us after 6 months, you may inquire by email about the status of your submission.

- Do not submit more than one piece at a time. You may submit again after you have received a response regarding work already under consideration.

Submissions that do not follow the above guidelines will be declined without review.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Coming up at The Poets House in NYC

Join Red Hen Press for an evening of sensual, sharp, unapologetic poetry from three influential women poets: Erica Jong, Kim Dower, and Francesca Bell. Witness and experience the empowerment found in their words and their verses as this trio take on the topics you think about but never talk about aloud.

September 14 at 4PM.

This event is made possible through Poets House’s Literary Partners program. Poets House is an ADA accessible facility.

Tool for writers: The Submission Grinder

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The Submission Grinder is a submission tracker and market database for writers of fiction and poetry (non-fiction writers, we would love to hear what you need!). Use our extensive and powerful search engine to find a home for your work. We hope the site is useful as it is, but we are also still actively developing new features.

We believe the value of our product lies in its availability and as such The Grinder is and always will be free to all users for all features.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

3am Magazine submission guidelines

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All writers should contact a relevant editor according to the subject fields listed on our contacts page — one query per piece per editor, please!

Criticism and non-fiction

Reviews, essays, articles, pitches and queries can be sent to a relevant editor (recommended) or to submissions@3ammagazine.com.

Fiction
Fiction submissions are closed.

Poetry
Note: Poetry submissions are open only for the Duos and Poem Brut series. No other submissions will be read.

Duos: collaborative poems written / made by two poets. There is no criteria for the poems or process.

Please send a single bio and single photo for both authors.

Poem Brut: poems exploring handwriting, abstraction, illustration, asemic and pansemic writing, visual poetry and material process, colour, scribbling, scrawlings, crossings out, ink, forgotten notes, found text, interaction between paper and pen, and pencil, geometric poems, inarticulate poems, minimalism, collage, toilet wall writing. No works produced on a computer.

Review copies

Note: Please contact the editor before sending any books, magazines, CDs or DVDs for review consideration. Owing to an already high volume, unsolicited books sent for review will not be acknowledged and correspondence will not be entered into.
Please note, we do not pay for contributions.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Strange Horizons Poetry Submission Guidelines

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We're looking for high-quality literary, SF/F, speculative, and slipstream poetry.

We're looking for modern, exciting poems that explore the possible and impossible: stories about human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, past and future, the here-and-now and otherwhere-and-elsewhen. We want poems from imaginative and unconventional writers; we want voices from diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

We want poems that understand "literary" doesn't equal "boring," poems that know how to write strange without being senseless, and poems that balance inventiveness with traditional structures. We like mischievous poems, pensive poems, and everything in between.

We don't see enough innovative science fiction or formal poetry. We are also open to confessional and hypertext poetry. However, poems must substantiate their forms; a weak concept in rhyme is still a weak concept. Sonnet plus spaceship is not enough.

To give you an idea, here are some of our current and long-term favorite poets:

A.E. Housman, Albert Goldbarth, Alexander Pope, Amal El-Mohtar, Anna Akhmatova, Anna Margolin, Bogi Takács, Bryan Thao Worra, C.P. Cavafy, Carl Phillips, Catullus, Charles Baudelaire, David Kirby, dg okpik, Dominik Parisien, Dylan Thomas, Edward Lear, Frank O'Hara, Frederick Seidel, Gawain/Pearl-Poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, H.D., Halee Kirkwood, Iain Sinclair, Inua Ellams, James Tate, Jean Toomer, Jennifer L. Knox, Joy Harjo, Jo Walton, Kay Ryan, Laura Da', Liliana Ursu, Lisel Mueller, Li-Young Lee, Louise Glück, Marie de France, Margaret Atwood, Michele Bannister, Nayyirah Waheed, Ogden Nash, Ovid, Patience Agbabi, Phyllis Gotlieb, Qwo-Li Driskill, Rae Armantrout, Rainer Maria Rilke, Richard Siken, Rika Lesser, Robin Robertson, Rose Lemberg, Rudyard Kipling, Sappho, Seamus Heaney, Sean O'Brien, Sharon Olds, Shweta Narayan, Sofia Samatar, T.S. Eliot, Tanaya Winder, Tapiwa Mugabe, U.A. Fanthorpe, Ursula K. Le Guin, W.B. Yeats, Warsan Shire, William Carlos Williams, and Yrsa Daley-Ward.

This is by no means a complete list. For more, you can read nearly every poem Strange Horizons has published since 2000 in our archives. We publish very short poems, very long poems, illustrated poems, and even prose poems. Above all, we publish poems we love.

Pay Rate
Our pay rate for new poetry is $40 (U.S.) per poem, regardless of length or complexity.

We buy first-printing world exclusive rights for six months. After that period, you are free to republish the poem elsewhere. We hope (but don't require) that you'll allow us to post the poem in our archives indefinitely. You have the right to remove your poem from the archives at any point after six months. Please contact the Editors-in-Chief on management [at] strangehorizons [dot] com if you would like your work to be removed.

How to Submit

Please use our Moksha submissions system to send us your poems.

Please send us no more than 6 poems at a time (all in one file is fine).

No simultaneous submissions, please. We adhere strictly to this rule.

Also, we do not accept unsolicited reprints. This includes poems previously published on personal websites or message boards. If a search engine can find it, so can we.

Strange Horizons responds to poetry submissions within 4 months.  If you haven't heard from us once the 4-month mark passes, please send a query.

The Poetry Department staff operate on a rotation system; depending on when you submit, you may be read by a different editor each time.  In order to determine to whom you should be addressing your submission(s), please refer to the following schedule:

January - April 2019: A.J. Odasso (they/them/theirs)

May - August 2019: Romie Stott (no pronoun preference; conventionally she/her/hers)

September - December 2019: A.J. Odasso

January - April 2020: Romie Stott

How to Query
If you don't hear from us within 4 months, please sign into Moksha and click on the My Submissions tab, where you will see a link called Get Status; from there, you will enter your email address and submission ID.  If Moksha gives you any difficulty, please query using the old submissions listserv address (poetry [at] strangehorizons [dot] com), but do not send submissions there.  We only respond to submissions sent via Moksha.

Please ignore the queue number that Moksha has automatically assigned to you; it has absolutely no bearing on when you will hear from us within the allotted 4-month period.  As a rule, we reject faster than we accept, so if you get a quick rejection from us, please know that you can try again as long as you have no more than 6 poems in with us at a time!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Poetry London submission guidelines

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Poetry London is a leading international magazine, where new names share pages with acclaimed contemporary poets. We also publish a wide range of poetry in translation.

The magazine is published in February, May and September. We receive a vast amount of submissions, so reading can take up to three months, and if your work is shortlisted, maybe even longer. You might find it helpful to read the magazine first, to see if your work is suitable.

We appreciate subscriptions, as we depend on these to survive, though if you don’t subscribe it won’t affect your chances!

Please ensure that you pay the correct postage when submitting poems and books for review. As a small charitable organisation, we don’t have the resources to pay for any additional costs incurred and won’t be able to collect any post where incorrect postage has been paid. Thank you!

Poetry London aims to publish the best, most exciting poetry being written now, and we are always interested in work by unpublished poets, as well as celebrated ones.

Submissions are read by Martha Sprackland, Poetry Editor.

Both postal and electronic submissions are welcome and are all carefully read.

For postal submissions, please send a maximum of six poems to:

Martha Sprackland
Poetry London
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London
SE14 6NW
UK

Always include a stamped addressed envelope for our reply.

We will reply by email if you are sending your work from abroad. In these circumstances you may submit your poems by post and request an email response in your cover letter. Unfortunately we cannot return manuscripts from outside the UK.

Online submissions via Submittable https://poetrylondon.submittable.com/submit

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Cincinnati Review miCRo

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miCRo

For our weekly online flash feature, please submit up to three pieces in a single file. For fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid works, each piece should be 500 words maximum.

For poetry, submit poems 32 lines or less. Please include your name and contact information in the document. You may withdraw individual pieces from a batch of submissions by contacting us at editors [at] cincinnatireview [dot] com or using the contact form on this website.

PLEASE NOTE: We accept miCRo submissions that meet these guidelines year-round, except during the time when we’re accepting contest submissions.

Payment / Terms
  • $25/page for prose in journal
  • $30/page for poetry in journal
  • Free digital issue for miCRo feature authors 
The Cincinnati Review acquires first North American serial rights, including electronic rights; all rights revert to author upon publication.

Tidbits (very) short story contest

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Deadline August 31, 2019

How It Works
Format
Stories must be limited to one page, or 500 words, whichever is longer.
Use standard manuscript format: Times New Roman 12 point, double spaced.

Note

  • All writing must be original. We acquire one time electronic publication rights which revert back to writers upon publication.
  • A response as to whether the submission has been accepted for the Anthology can be expected as soon as the 50 selections are completed.
  • Some feedback on every submission will be provided. This might be limited to just a few comments, which we’d hope would be insightful.
  • New writers are welcomed. All submissions are judged solely by the writing itself.

Evaluation Of Entries

Entries will be evaluated by a Committee of published writers, professors and scholars. Suzy Woltmann serves as the Representative of the Committee.
Suzy Woltmann is a writer and instructor of literature and writing at University of California, San Diego.
Entrants are judged anonymously.

Incentives

$300
To the winner

$150
To second place

$50
To third place

Additional honorable mentions will be given as merited. Credits to contributors will be provided in the publication - to include short bios to be later obtained from the authors.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Camera Obscura Journal submission guidelines

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"Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities [or words] required to explain anything." This statement is attributed to William of Ockham in the fourteenth century, and in saying what he did, he had already said too much. Guidelines should be no exception, but they almost always are.

Some writing and photographic art that appears in the print journal will also be published on the website after it appears in print.

  • A $1000 featured writer award will be given to the writer of a story selected for publication in each issue as determined by the editors. There is no fee for this award. All stories are eligible.
  • Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears and as much exposure as we can tastefully give them.
  • All others will be thanked profusely for submitting and wished well.

Please note: Some work, if not selected, will be made into paper airplanes or erotic origami (reserved for only the best work.)

We consider unpublished pieces only.
All rights revert back to the author upon publication.
If your work is later republished, we request you note its initial publication in Camera Obscura

Journal of Literature & Photography.

Your perception of reality is your truth, so whether you interpret it or render it completely, be sure to check the alleyways and the spaces between the cushions in your sofa.

250 to 8,000 words. Think of these as guidelines. They are not concrete. Camera Obscura Journal will also consider an exceptional novella (12K to 30K words). Select Novella as submission type and please include a short description along with your cover.

Bridge the Gap - Please study the gallery. $50 to the best story that takes the reader on an unexpected journey from the first image to the next. Published online in the bridge the gap gallery.

We have no desire to lug wheelbarrows full of pulp to the recycling bin, neither are we in the business of constructing "green" buildings using paper bricks fashioned from properly formatted manuscript pages. All submissions are therefore handled electronically through our submission system.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as the piece is immediately withdrawn using the aforementioned turbo-2010, fuel-injected submission system.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Short story / Flash Fiction for Orca

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Fiction: Short Story or Flash for No Fee
Ends on August 31, 2019

Orca accepts submissions of short fiction.

We are open to any topic, as long as it’s written in a literary  style. We are open to all writers, without prejudice or preference. The  language of a story is very important to us—we like it to be intelligent  and erudite. We prefer work that is high concept: imaginative,  thoughtful, even speculative, open to possibilities. Give us deep,  diverse characters. Blend genres. Connect seemingly disparate ideas.  Keep it entertaining, but make us think.

Originality will help your submission. If your story regards a topic that’s been published a lot (grandpa’s dementia comes to mind), it’s  probably not for us.

We love flash, and short stories, and not-so-short stories, and we accept submissions up to 8000 words. We don’t mark down based on length. An 8000-word story has the same chance at publication as a 500-word flash fiction. For anything longer, you’re welcome to query.

We abhor polemics, or anything that even hints at a polemic. Fiction is an exploration, not a screed. Fiction asks questions (the right questions, as Chekhov said), and is not about providing a single or simple answer. In good fiction, answers are complex and often ambiguous. Good fiction allows readers to discern their own truth.

Orca is fee free for the first 100 submissions each month. After that, Submittable charges us, so we have to charge. If we make a little profit from that, we’ll return it to our published writers and photographers as a stipend.

For our full guidelines, including preferred specs, response times, and more, please visit https://orcalit.com/guidelines/.

Please note: This is our no-fee submission portal. We can accept 100 no-fee submissions per month. We ask those who can afford to do so to consider submitting through the fee-based portal, so that others for whom a fee is a financial hardship can submit for free.

By submitting here you will not receive our response until after the submission period closes. If you use the pay option you will receive our response in one month or less.

Unpublished fiction only: Up to 3 flash fictions of less than 1000 words each in one document, or 1 short story up to 8000 words. Please use a readable serif font in 12 points. Double space. Indent paragraphs. Minimum one inch margins. Author name and email, and a word count on the top of the first page. Start the story about halfway down the first page, with the title and byline centered above it. Title and page numbers on subsequent pages in the header. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.

16 years after enjoying a high school literary education rich in poetry, I am a literature teacher who barely teaches it. So far this year, my 12th grade literature students have read nearly 200,000 words for my class. Poems have accounted for no more than 100.

This is a shame—not just because poetry is important to teach, but also because poetry is important for the teaching of writing and reading.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Vulpine submission guidelines

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Thank you for thinking of Vulpine for your submission.

We currently accept all manner of books, including those that straddle genres. Primarily your work is most likely to be accepted if it is doing something different, or something exceptionally well.

We enjoy reading fiction and personal non-fiction alike, as long as it shares those same characteristics of innovation or creativity which we pride ourselves on. Why not check out our current books to get an idea of things we have published recently.

Monday, August 12, 2019

3Elements Review seeks Effigy, Sleepwalk, Wane.

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The three elements for the current submission period are: Effigy, Sleepwalk, Wane.

Due August 31, 2019, for our fall issue, no. 24.

What does 3Elements enjoy reading?
We appreciate good writing in any genre. We especially like edgy writing that offers insight into darkness. We prefer character-driven stories as opposed to plot-driven ones. We relish a piece with a great deal of heart and more than a little bit of Truth (note the capital “T”). We want to read a story that makes us feel edified or philosophical or amused or creeped out or angry or melancholy or inspired or, best yet, all of these things together.

We find stories that include gratuitous violence distasteful. Sexism, racism, or other forms of intolerance are intolerable to us. That said, you can certainly reveal a character through his/her prejudices; just don’t use a story to perpetuate negative stereotypes or ignorance. The world is already bursting with both.

Using the elements
3Elements Literary Review  is a themed literary journal, and all THREE elements (the specific words, Effigy, Sleepwalk, Wane—art & photography excluded) given for the submission period must be included in your story or poem for your work to be considered for publication. NO EXCEPTIONS WHATSOEVER.

Your story or poem doesn’t have to be about the three elements or even revolve around them; simply use your imagination to create whatever you want. You can use any form of the words/elements for the given submission period. For example, if the elements are: Flash, Whimsy, and Seizure; we would accept the usage of Flashed, Whimsical, and Seizures.

Artwork and photography
If you decide to submit any artwork and/or photography, we only require that you represent one element, but creating something that represents all three elements will really impress us.

How to submit your work
We will only accept previously unpublished (including digital/online content) work submitted to us through Submittable. You can easily submit material to us from our Submit page. Any work that is sent to us as an attachment, or in the body of an email, through our ‘Contact’ page, or any other way outside of Submittable will automatically be declined.

Length
There is no minimum word count, but please keep your fiction and nonfiction submissions under 3,500 words. Poetry must be under two typed pages.

Bio
If you’re accepted for publication in 3Elements Literary Review, we, as well as the readers of our publication will naturally want to know a little more about you, as well as your writing background, so providing us with a bio is very helpful!

Submission fee
Submitting material to 3Elements Literary Review is absolutely free.

Usage rights
Please refer here to understand our usage rights.

Submission period category limits
We will only accept the following number of submissions per submission category: Fiction and nonfiction is capped at no more than two submissions per submission period. Poetry is limited to three submissions per submission period, art and photography is also limited to three submissions per submission period.

Multiple submissions
We do not accept multiple submissions within the same document/file. Each submission (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography) must be submitted individually.

Simultaneous submissions
Simultaneous submissions are completely fine with us. Our only requirement is that you notify us as soon as you can if you intend to publish your piece with another publication.

Feedback
We regrettably cannot give individual feedback on submissions.

Payment
Unfortunately, there is no pay at this time.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Brush Talks a Journal of China seeks submissions

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We are now seeking submissions for our summer/fall 2019 issue. (No fee.)

Brush Talks publishes two issues per year, in winter/spring and summer/fall. All issues are free, available to download on our website, brushtalks.com. We accept unsolicited submissions on a rolling basis.

Because we realize that you probably don’t have the luxury of waiting around for months at a time while magazines and journals consider your work one by one, we DO accept simultaneous submissions. (We’ve been there.) We simply ask that you inform us as soon as you decide your piece is no longer available for our consideration. There is no reading fee, but, unfortunately, neither are we able to pay contributors at this time.

If we publish your work, you agree to grant Brush Talks first serial rights. All rights will revert to you, the author, upon publication. (While submissions of writing should not have been previously published elsewhere, we will consider photos that have been; just inform us of this at the time of submission so we can credit the original publication if we choose to use them).
Thank you in advance for any submissions you send. We consider it a privilege to be able to read your work, and we will try to be in touch with each author on a timely basis.

Submission Process: Only electronic submissions are accepted, via the following e-mail address:
submissions [at] brushtalks [dot] com

All work submitted should be sent as attachments to your e-mail. Written work can be in DOC, DOCX, ODF, RTF, or PDF format. In your e-mail, please briefly describe your piece and tell us which category you would like it to be considered for (see below). If your piece doesn’t fit a particular category, make one up and convince us why it’s important to be included.

CATEGORIES
  • General Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Be creative. We’re open to most anything.
  • Travel Essays – Up to 5,000 words. Should be focused on a theme of sorts. In other words, we’re not looking for pieces that merely read as: “First I did this, and then I did that. We went here and then there.” (Although chronology may be part of the structure, it should not be the main focus.) Instead, give us a sense of place and its significance – in general or just to you.
  • Profiles – Up to 8,000 words. Profile a person or a place, from today or the past.
  • Memoir – Up to 8,000 words. Tell us your story related to China. Should relate events of at least a decade ago (or else we’d categorize it under “General Essays”).
  • Narrative Nonfiction – Up to 10,000 words. Tell us a story about an event in China. We realize that this may overlap a bit with “Profiles” but the major aspect of a piece in this category is that it centers around a defined event. The focus is the event (though strong characters and locations can play a role), written about in a compelling, even suspenseful, manner.
  • Photographs – If you have photographs to submit with your writing for one of the above categories, please state this in your e-mail and include a contact sheet of thumbnails, but do not send the full files until asked to do so. If you have a collection of photographs on a theme or topic that you would like to submit, please query with a brief explanation of your project and a contact sheet (again, we ask that you not send large image files until asked to do so).
  • Poems – Submit up to five poems at a time, none longer than about 500 words. Please limit submissions to two per year (one active submission per issue). Also please note: We are a journal of China, so all submissions, including poetry, must have some connection to China. (We have been getting a lot of poetry, in particular, on various other topics, and we regret that we cannot reply to such submissions.)
As we would like to support long-form nonfiction, all word counts are approximate. Some pieces simply need more “breathing room” so why quibble over arbitrary numbers? If you have work that does not fall within the stated limits, please query. If it’s what we’re looking for, we will publish it (perhaps in serial form, as one option).

Authors should refer to The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.) to resolve questions of style and usage. 

Remaining questions about the above can be sent to the following e-mail address:
editor [at] brushtalks [dot] com

Friday, August 9, 2019

Lascaux Review submission guidelines

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The Lascaux Review accepts fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction of literary quality. Book excerpts are welcome.

Writing of literary quality venerates the language and speaks to the human condition. We make no effort to define these terms—we know it when we see it. The definition doesn’t exclude genre fiction: a story about love between two shape-shifting police detectives can take place on Titan as long as it venerates the language and speaks to the human condition.

Poetry should be formatted conventionally, without inline gaps or other structural elements that can’t be detected by an audience during a public reading. We understand there is call for experiments in form and content, but they’re not for us.

Creative nonfiction may include memoirs, chronicles, personal essays, humorous perspectives, literary journalism—anything the author has witnessed, experienced, learned, or discovered. Creative nonfiction should be written in a nonacademic style.

Submit as many as five poems at a time; patch them into one document. Prose pieces may be any length, but efficient writing is favored. There is no submission fee. Wait until you have heard back from one submission before sending another. We consider previously published material and we assume all submissions are simultaneous. Please indicate you’ve read the submission guidelines in the space labeled “Anything Else?” Artists wishing to show us their work should email a link to their online gallery to lascauxreview at gmail dot com.

Submissions are read year round. Accepted pieces are published on a rolling basis. Because editors are dispersed geographically the review is unable to accept submissions via postal mail. If our reply is “waitlisted” by an email filtering service it will not reach you. Please make sure Submittable is on your safe list. If the general submission portal fails to appear when you visit Submittable it’s because the maximum number of submissions have been received for the month. The portal will reopen on the first of the next month.


SUBMISSION FORM

This category is for work intended for the online journal (not for a contest). If you have any problems write to lascauxreview at gmail dot com. There is no submission fee, but for a $3 donation you may download the five Lascaux Prize Anthologies to date.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Utopia seeks science fiction

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Deadline: August 31, 2019

We accept any short story science fiction piece set in a future that might inspire us. Things don't need to be perfect! We still like drama, but optimism in at least some regard is necessary.We're not too picky, what we really want is to be surprised. So send in your best piece and we'll consider it. Wow us with your characters, your settings, your story. Hard science fiction is always a bonus. We welcome solicited and unsolicited submissions.

Submissions must be in PDF or Docx and in proper Manuscript Format. If you're curious about what that means. Please see example here. Please allow 5 weeks for a response. If you have not received a response feel free to contact us with the word "Query" in the subject line.

For Short Stories
We accept Stories anywhere from 100 words to 6,000 words. We'll occasionally consider something longer if the writing is really good, or breaking up a longer piece into serials if the entirety is finished. But please, no submitting the next Odyssey. We don't publish novels!

We will currently pay $15 for a story upon publication.

For Poetry
We will publish science-fiction based poetry. Please submit up to five short poems or one long poem. We will pay $2 for each accepted short poem or $10 for each accepted long poem upon publication

Non-Fiction
Have an article you'd like to write about a new discovery? A new technology that might revolutionize our lives. Have a piece on fun science facts? We'd love to hear it. We're interested in a wide range of scientific fields.

We will pay $15 for a non-fiction piece upon publication. Please keep non-fiction articles under 5,000 words.

FAQs without the questions.
We buy First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights with limited archival rights.

Simultaneous submissions are a fact of life. But please tell us immediately if your story is accepted elsewhere.

If a story is rejected. Do not resubmit it. Unless it has gone through such drastic editing that it no longer resembles the first submission in any way, shape, or form. Then send it on over!

Multiple submissions are not appreciated. Please only one submission at a time and please wait at least two months between submitting one story and another one.

We will not accept translated or reprinted old stories. No exceptions. We do not accept Fan Fictions. Even incredibly good ones, sorry.

Any more questions you can contact us via our Contact Page.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Nzuri seeks submissions

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Deadline: August 31, 2019

The objective of Nzuri (meaning Beautiful/ Fine in Swahili) is to promote artistic, creative and scholarly work consistent with the values and ideals of Umoja community. African American and other writers and artists are urged to submit their best written or artistic work for consideration. Nzuri publishes artwork, essays, interviews, fiction, poetry, photography, and digital storytelling.

Submission Guidelines

Nzuri publishes conventional short stories, poems, essays, and nonfictional pieces, as well as stories told through digital technologies.

We seek all types of digital or interactive literature and compositions, such as short film or audio from new and established literary voices. Essays and fictional pieces should be a maximum of 8,000 words.  If you are sending digital content, we prefer that you send links to the media.  For submission files, we accept files in .doc,.docx, .pdf, .ppf, .txt, and for visual art images: .jpeg, tiff, and png.  We do not accept mailed submissions. Our publication cycle is three online issues per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

We invite you to include a cover letter with a short bio and summary of the work on the Submittable form. Please omit any identifying information on the work itself, as the submissions are read blind.  You can expect to hear back from us within six weeks. Nzuri is unable to financially compensate contributing writers and artists.  The value in publishing with Nzuri is having your work showcased on the site.

Nzuri reserves the right to remove any content on the site or redesign and update any portion of the site’s presentation.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

Identity
Unity
Culture
the Power of Community
Mind, Body, Spirit
Compassion
Transformation
College Student Success
Social Justice
African Traditions and Rituals that Strengthen Community
Experiences about the African and African American Diasporas
Essays and fictional pieces should be a maximum of 8,000 words. 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

NEON A Literary Magazine submission guidelines

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Neon publishes around forty writers and artists each year – almost all from unsolicited submissions. If you’ve got something that you think might fit the magazine, please read the guidelines below to find out how to get it published in our pages.

Before Sending Work for Publication…
Before sending work for publication, the best possible thing you can do to increase your chances of success is to read the magazine! We’ve made this as easy as possible to do: the print edition costs less than a sandwich and a coffee (and ships to anywhere in the world) and you can set your own price for the instant-download digital edition.

Download Now

Not only will reading the magazine give you the clearest possible idea of Neon‘s aesthetic, but by subscribing, purchasing a copy or donating you’ll be supporting one of the UK’s longest-running independent literary magazines, and keeping Neon ad-free and prolific.

If that’s not enough to persuade you to sign up, anyone who supports the magazine in any of these ways will receive expedited responses to any submissions, complete with editorial feedback. If that’s something you’d value, please consider supporting the magazine before making your submission.

What We’re Looking For
There is no set word limit, but if sending short pieces (poems, flash fiction) we’d prefer to see several at once rather than just one. We prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative, but are open to reading anything and like to be surprised.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please feel free to send it anyway.

Themes
Alternate issues of the magazine are themed. The next themed issue is now full, and so we are presently looking for unthemed submissions. The theme of the next themed issue will be available here in due course.

Terms
Reprints and simultaneous submissions are more than welcome. On acceptance Neon takes one-time, non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive a contributor copy and a small royalty payment.

How to Submit
Include a covering letter and a 50-word biography in the body of the email. The subject line should include the word “Submission”. The editor is Krishan Coupland, and the assistant editor is AL Bradshaw. Send work by email to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk.

Please query if you have received no response after six months (expedited submissions can generally expect a response within six weeks).

If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.

Feedback
If you are a subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation or purchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. You’ll receive an expedited response with some personalised feedback from the editor on your work. If you would like some feedback on your work, but haven’t yet supported the magazine, here’s a quick link to donate any amount as a voluntary reading fee.

If you’re looking for more detailed, line-by-line feedback, or want to develop a story or poem you’ve written, you might wish to consider our editorial services.