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Monday, September 30, 2019

RCC Muse submission guidelines

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MUSE is the annual literary journal of Riverside City College, published each spring. We publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction/memoir, art, and short interviews.


We accept unsolicited submissions between September 1 and February 15 each year. Any work received outside of this window will be discarded. All artwork is solicited in a separate process by staff.

Submission specs: Up to 3 poems, OR 1 prose piece of 1500 words or less (fiction/CNF/memoir) plus cover letter with short bio + email and SASE.

NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS, please.

Mail your work to:

MUSE Literary Journal
Riverside City College
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside CA 92506

OR Hand-deliver to:

Jo Scott-Coe, Editorial Advisor
MUSE Literary Journal
RCC Quad 13

(slip under the door!)

Blink-ink seeks True Crime flash fiction

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Bang Bang Bang! Three shots rang out and you sent us your best “True Crime” stories of approximately 50 words. Not necessarily ripped form the headlines, not necessarily noir, but definitely something stylish and against the law!

Sharp suits, space-boots. High class, diving trash. Scraping by, living high. Times gone by, right this sec, next big thing. Tell us all.

Submissions are open September 1st through October 15th, 2019.

Send submissions in the body of an email to: blinkinkinfo@gmail.com

General guidelines & information on our website www.blink-ink.org
We respond to all submissions & inquiries.


We publish 50 word fiction. We DO NOT publish poetry.

50 words doesn’t have to mean right on the button, but

it should be close. If it feels long, it is long.

When is a prose poem a poem and when is it prose?

Depends.

Depends on what it sounds like when you read it aloud.

Our issues are generally themed and have submission periods

that open and close. Watch our website and social media

pages for details. Email inquiries always welcome.

Please send submissions in the body of an email. blinkinkinfo@gmail.com

Old schoolers and Luddites are welcome to use our PO Box.

No attachments or bios please.

We don’t open attachments and don’t want bios.

Send up to four pieces at a time, simultaneous submissions

are fine, just let us know if the piece is taken by another market.

We ask for unpublished work only.

If we publish your work, please do not submit for the next issue.

Should you find the theme of the next issue to be irresistible, okay

send your submissions, but then give it a break.

We take one time use of a piece, all rights remain with the author.

We have never done an anthology, but if we did we would ask you

for permission before using your work a second time.

We are not a paying market. Not that you don’t deserve it,

we just don’t have it. All contributors receive a free copy.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Poets Reading the News challenge

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Welcome to the Poets Reading the News challenge! Every week, we share a photograph from recent news coverage and writers have six days to submit an original poem. The winning work is published in Poets Reading the News and shared with thousands of readers across our social media, newsletter and literary journal. Good luck!

On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. In her announcement, Pelosi cited "the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections."

Deadline: October 1, 2019 at 5 pm

Must submit through free Submittable account

Somos en escrito Magazine 2nd Annual Extra-Fiction Contest

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Do you think your story is too far out for any magazine to accept? Did you submit a yarn that was rejected because it was beyond fiction? Not too far out for us!

​​Calling all writers in any genre going beyond the norm, who reflect the wide range of science fiction, fantasy, horror, spec-lit, or just weird—in other words, extra-fiction.
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DEADLINE
​The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019. Winners will be announced on October 31st (Halloween).

PRIZES
​First Prize is $100 and publication in Somos en escrito Magazine.

​Second, third, and two honorary mentions will earn publication.

All winners will receive a signed book by our judge, Ernest Hogan, the father of Chicano Sci-fi in his second straight assignment as judge.

A non-finalist will be selected as a writer of promise to receive feedback and mentoring from last year’s winner, Rudy Ch. Garcia.

RULES
Writings must be by Americans of indigenous-hispanic background (Native American, Chicanan, Latina/o/x) born in the USA or from Latin America residing in the USA. Excerpts from novels in progress may also be submitted.

Manuscripts must be unpublished, in English, Spanish, or Ingléspañol. Put “Extra-Fiction Contest 2019” in the email subject line. One submission per author, 6,000 word limit. Provide author name and contact details in the email, and title of submitted piece; no identification on the manuscript.

​SUBMISSION IS FREE.

​Submit to somossubmissions@gmail.com. 12 pt Times New Roman, double spaced, indentations at .5 inch. Include bio and photograph (jpg format, min 900 dpi).

THE WRITERS’ HQ FLASH QUARTERLY COMPETITION

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ENTER THE COMP

NEXT DEADLINE 30th September 2019

The competition runs quarterly, with deadlines on 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Word limit is 500 words of prose. It’s a flash thing, y’all. Short and punchy, right in the feels, please.
There’s no theme. No restriction on genre or style. We just want your best words.

However: please note that this is a flash fiction competition. Please don’t send us poetry, scripts, essays, or stories longer than 500 words. They will all be automatically rejected. Sorry. Them’s the breaks.

Winners will be published on the Writers’ HQ site and in an annual print anthology.

FIRST PRIZE
12 months Writers’ HQ membership, 3 free retreats* (cash value £450), a massive gold star and a pat on the head

SECOND PRIZE
6 months Writers’ HQ membership and 3 free retreats* (cash value £270), a medium gold star and a pat on the back

THIRD PRIZE
3 months Writers’ HQ membership and 3 free retreats* (cash value £180), a small gold star and a kick up the bum

[*Note: we currently only run writing retreats in the UK, but if you’re not a UKer we’d be happy to switch up the retreat aspect of the prize for a critique instead]

THE RULES!

Send us up to 500 words of flash fiction (not including title)

Rolling deadlines: 31st March 2019, 30th June 2019, 30th September, 31st December (all deadlines end at midnight GMT)

Open theme/subject but anything misogynist/homophobic/racist/abusive etc is gonna get deleted superfastthankyougoodbye

This competition is for FLASH FICTION only – poems, scripts, essays and children’s book manuscripts (yes, we’ve received all of these) will be rejected, sorry

Entry is FREE (because yay inclusivity!) but if you have the means to do so you are very welcome and actively encouraged to make an optional donation to our bursary scheme to fund places on our courses and retreats for low income and minority writers.

Maximum of 3 entries per author

We’d prefer unpublished stories but posting on your personal blog is fine

Simultaneous subs are fine (just let us know if your story has been accepted elsewhere)
Judging is blind so please do not put any identifying details (your name, email etc) on your story document

Please use a boring, easy-to-read font of around 12pt size.

Submit your entry using the form down below as a doc, docx or pdf attachment. (Any questions or general chat please email to jo@writershq.co.uk but please don’t send your stories via email or they will be immediately disqualified!)

  • Do not include your name ANYWHERE on your story.
  • Use page numbers.
  • Use your story title as your file name, eg: my-amazing-story.pdf (or .doc, or .docx). This is very simple to do. Please do not ignore this instruction. And DO NOT put your name in the title (see point 1 above). Just to be clear, if your story is called Feather On A Millpond and it’s a PDF, you name your file feather-on-a-millpond.pdf. If your story is called The Blindness Of Mauve and it’s a docx, you call your file the-blindness-of-mauve.docx
  • Triple check your name isn’t anywhere in your document (are you seeing a pattern here?).
  • Send us your motherflapping story.


Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon 3

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Ends on September 30, 2019  

Writers are invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provides the 1st and 20th paragraphs, and the short story writer crafts the rest.   First prize is $3000, 2nd prize is $2000, and 3rd prize is $1000 with the winning short stories published in a short story anthology, as well as an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO. The twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their short stories included in this anthology.

ABOUT THE CONTEST 
Owl Canyon Press provides paragraphs #1 and  #20, and the writer creates the other 48 paragraphs (i.e., paragraphs 2-19 and 21-50) to complete the story.

CONTEST DETAILS
  • There’s no cost to enter
  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA, but the stories must be in English
  • 50 Paragraphs total – including the 1st and 20th provided in the submission form
  • No maximum word count, but each paragraph needs to be at least 40 words – this isn’t flash fiction so feel free to use as many words as you need to tell the story
  • Dialog is fine as long as it’s in a paragraph of at least 40 words
  • Authors retain all rights to their short stories
  • Winning authors agree to permit Owl Canyon Press to publish their stories in an Anthology
  • Winners receive up to $3000 in cash awards, publication in a short story anthology, and an invitation to give a public reading at Inkberry Books in Niwot, CO
  • Winners will be notified in December 2019
  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in disqualification



Saturday, September 28, 2019

MuseWrite call for submissions

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​Be Part of MuseWrite's Next Anthology!
for anthology about activism

10/15/19 deadline 


Contact Us: musewritecommunity@yahoo.com

We are living in transformative times. People are finding ways to make their voices heard, and some are learning they are activists, when they never thought of themselves that way before.

Something happened and made you want to get involved in transforming your organization, neighborhood, community, state, or country. You decided to speak up for something you care about. And, you did so through words, images, or actions. Maybe this is the first time you are speaking out about an issue. Maybe you are finally ready to share your experience, and begin a dialogue about the topic.

Whether you worked alone or joined a group in order to fight for change--we want to hear your story.

We seek short stories, poems, essays, or creative nonfiction that capture your journey, work, and/or goals regarding your activism.

Submissions should be no more than 2,500 words and not previously published. Email in Word document or pdf format to musewritecommunity@yahoo.com by October 15, 2019. Indicate the category (listed above) in your subject line. Include a 50-word bio describing your professional background and/or reason for writing this piece. Writers will receive a response by mid-January, 2020. The selected submissions will be published in the anthology within an anticipated mid-to-late 2020 time frame.

Contributors will receive one copy of the book along with reduced purchase rates for a limited time.

A note about the editors, marketing plans, and authors' rights:

Michelle Duster and Trina Sotira will co-edit the activism anthology. Both published writers co-edited the two-time indie award finalist Shifts: An Anthology of Women's Growth Through Change.
Similar to Shifts, contributors will be invited to read at the book launch and other events to promote the collaboration. It is possible that contributors will be asked to join the editors, when/if they make television and/or radio appearances for the book. As with the previous anthology, writers may be interviewed along with the editors. Contributors will be added to MuseWrite Press's mailing list and notified of any book readings/signings/author appearances.

An e-book will be released approximately one year after the print launch.

MuseWrite Press will retain the rights to work published in the anthology for one year. After one year, all rights are released back to the writers.

Pentimento Magazine submission guidelines

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We publish twice a year:  Summer and Winter.  The deadlines are March 15 for the Summer issue and September 15 for the Winter issue.

We accept essays, short stories, and interviews by individuals with a disability or a community member.  If you are an individual with a disability or part of the disability community as a family member, caregiver, special educator, or in any way connected to disability, we want to see your disability-related writing.

Although the majority of our published submissions are by adults, we try to include a piece or two by a child with a disability in each issue.  Even better if it’s hand-written and can be scanned and emailed or mailed.  Writing by children does not need to be Pulitzer Prize ready or have a disability-related theme.

We do not have any specific aesthetic criteria, except to say that we seek pieces of quality that demonstrate the writer’s attention to the piece.  Submissions by/on behalf of children are an exception.  We will not consider any writing that purposefully exploits or demeans.  We read each submission carefully and appreciate the care that went into writing it.

Word limit is 6,000, but we will consider a longer piece.

We are committed to publishing new writers as well as experienced ones.

Our first commitment is to unpublished works; but we will also consider works that have been published previously.  Please include the place of first publication at the bottom of the submission.  Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you keep us informed of the publication status.

Submission(s) and cover letter should be sent as attachments to your email.  We require submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx), single-spaced in 12-point font such as Times, Times New Roman, or Courier.  Please include the author’s name, address, disability, or connection to the disability community, and a brief bio.

Mailed submissions should generally be typed and double-spaced.  If you would like your mailed submission returned, please supply a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Email your writing submission to: lori@pentimentomag.org

If you prefer, mail your submission to:

Pentimento Magazine
PO Box 615
Lambertville, NJ  08530

We will try and respond within 2 – 4  months, but it may take longer.  Send an email query if you have not heard from us after four months.

Accepted submissions may be edited with approval of the author.

We will pay $25 – $250 for a published submission, and payment is determined by length and quality.  Payment for previously published work will be reduced.  A contract will be sent upon acceptance.

All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Thank you for your interest in Pentimento.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Angry Old Man submission guidelines

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Please submit to Angry Old Man.  AOM accepts visual and concrete poetry, short stories, art, photography, collage, asemic writing, blackout poetry, conceptual writing, flarf, found poetry, spam lit, flash fiction, mail art, typewriter art, computer/digital art, etc.  Please submit up to five works. Work should be attached separately via email.  AOM accepts jpegs for visual work (no greater than four megs), and .doc/.docx/.rtf for text-based work. AOM also accepts audio/ video/animation submissions. Hypertext/electronic literature/e-poetry are also accepted.

Essays/non-fiction/journalism are (heartily) accepted (especially related to contemporary art/poetry). AOM indulges the non-mainstream. If you have something to say that bucks accepted (and acceptable) dogma (especially within so-called experimental circles), and is (probably) considered unpublishable by both mainstream and “experimental” outlets, please feel free to submit.

Experimental work only. Experimental=complete & absolute flights of fancy. Again, AOM indulges the self-indulgent, so go for it. Mags often say they want “experimental,” but don’t actually mean it. AOM wants your insane stuff, emphatically so!–the stuff that won’t be published in “respectable” academic lit/poetry mags. The goal of AOM is not to promote a house style; this is probably a pipe-dream, but try we must!

Nothing previously published. No simultaneous submissions. Copyright remains with the author/artist.

Angry Old Man publishes online 4x year.

Please note: we will no longer be publishing print copies of every issue.  A “best of” anthology will appear after two (or three) issues.  The next anthology will include the best work from issues #4, #5, and #6.  It will appear in the beginning of 2019.

Please include a short bio with your submission. AOM will try to reply within a month. Submit all work electronically angryoldmanmagazineATgmail.com.

AOM is open for submissions year-round.  The closing date for issue #9 is September 30, 2019.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Heron Tree poetry submission guidelines

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Heron Tree will be open for submissions from July 15th through December 1st 2019. We will read submissions and make decisions on a rolling basis. Accepted poems will be published individually online (one poem a week beginning in January 2020) and then collected in Heron Tree volume 7, which will be available as a free downloadable ebook.

Submission information:

– Send 1-5 poems with a cover note to submit.herontree@gmail.com.

– The poems should be attached in a single doc or docx file. Please do not use headers or footers in your document.

– All submissions will be read blind, so do not include your name in the file with the poems.

– In your email cover note please include a list of your poems’ titles.

– You are welcome to submit more than once per submission period, but please do not send a new submission until you have heard from us about your first one.

– Once you send your submission, you’ll receive an automatic email reply. If you don’t receive the reply, please check your spam folder and add Heron Tree to your contacts to ensure that you receive future communications about your submission.

– Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere.

– Poems that have previously appeared online (temporarily or permanently, on your own or a third-party site) should not be submitted, nor should work that has already been published electronically or in print.

If your work is accepted by Heron Tree, you agree to grant us exclusive first publication rights and the non-exclusive right to include your work in our online archives and in the downloadable ebook. You agree that if your poem subsequently appears elsewhere you will credit Heron Tree as the original publisher.

And for the sake of complete transparency: Heron Tree does not charge a fee for submitting nor provide payment for publication.

These guidelines are subject to change.

Bending Genres Submission Guidelines

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Deadline December 31, 2019

No simultaneous submissions

We seek FICTION that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, gorgeous, breakneck speed, delightful, memorable and secretive. We like blending genres, hybrid writing, blurred lines.

Please send us one story. Please have the document (.doc or .docx) in Times New Roman 12pt.

1,000 words or less. Please include the word count on the document.

We seek CREATIVE NONFICTION that is experimental, gut-wrenching, terrifying, honest, breakneck speed, whooshing out, fabulous and secretive. We like blending genres, mixed and hybrid writing, blurred and creative lines crossed.
Please have the document (.doc or .docx) in Times New Roman 12pt.

1,500 words or less. Please include the word count on the document.

We seek POETRY that is unusual, experimental, terrifying, delightful, stultifying, rare, deep, whooshes out, magnanimous and secretive.

We enjoy blending genres, hybrid writing, blurred lines and creative bursts of stylistic fusion.

Please send up to three poems in a single document (Times New Roman, 12pt). We accept .doc or .docx files.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Stories Out of School Flash Fiction Contest

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Electric Literature has partnered with Academy for Teachers to host the 2020 “Stories Out of School” Flash Fiction Contest

Teachers have one of the most fascinating, difficult, and important jobs on the planet, and their work days are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This annual contest was created to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools. This year, the Academy for Teachers has partnered with Electric Literature to publish the winning entry.

There are a few criteria for submissions:
  • The story’s protagonist or its narrator must be a  K-12 teacher. 
  • The story must be between 6 and 749 words long.
  • Story must be previously unpublished.
  • Use 12-point Arial font and double space. Put your name, email address, phone number, and the story’s word count in the upper left corner. 
  • You must be 18 years or older to submit. Please submit only once.
  • Submissions open July 15 and the deadline to submit is October 1

The first-prize winner will receive $1,000 and the story will be published online in The Commuter, our home for brief, diverting, and innovative writing. The second-prize winner will receive $500.

MUST CREATE A FREE ACCOUNT

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The MacGuffin submission guidelines

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The MacGuffin is a triannual litmag published by Schoolcraft College. Thanks for checking us out! Here are our general submission guidelines. You can find genre specific guidelines in each form.

· We do not accept work that has been previously published in print or online.

· Use a standard, easy-to-read typeface (like Arial or Times) and font size (12pt).

· Include your name and page number in the header of each page.

· Do not include extraneous or blank pages with your submission.

· Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.

· Please allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response (sometimes longer in May-July and December-January). We thank you in advance for your patience.

Uses Submittable (free account)

Poetry

· You may submit up to five poems per submission.

· Poems should be typed and single-spaced, with one poem per page, and all poems being submitted in the same .doc file.

Fiction

 You may submit up to two pieces at a time. Please send each story as a separate .doc file.

· Stories may not exceed 5000 words. Please include a word count. The word count, as we define it, is the body text only, and does not include extraneous info such as title, author, headers, etc.

· All work should be typed and double-spaced. The page size should be set to 8.5”x11” and the page margins should be set to 1” all around.

Nonfiction

· You may submit up to two pieces at a time. Please send each story as a separate .doc file.

· Stories may not exceed 5000 words. Please include a word count. The word count, as we define it, is the body text only, and does not include extraneous info such as title, author, headers, etc.

· All work should be typed and double-spaced. The page size should be set to 8.5”x11” and the page margins should be set to 1” all around.

The Antigonish Review guidelines

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The quality of the writing is the chief criterion. We consider stories from anywhere, original or translations, but we consider it our mandate to encourage Atlantic Canadians and Canadian writers - but quality is always the chief criterion. We welcome new and young writers.
We respond to rejected submissions with suggestions when we can, particularly if we are asked to do so and particularly with new or young writers, and the closer the writer is to us geographically, Canadian, American, or other, the more trouble we take. Long stories may displace several shorter pieces, so the longer the story the higher its quality should be as there is less chance we will read it through and less chance we will respond with a critique.

Most stories that meet our minimum standard are read by at least 2 readers and all stories published are read and approved by at least 2 readers and a senior editor, therefore we may be a bit slow but we try to respond in 3 or 4 months. Some of our readers live far from Antigonish and as many as half the stories have to be shipped to them. So we ask your patience. We sometimes suggest revisions but if a writer sends back a revised version we feel no obligation to publish it; it has to compete with the new stories it arrives with. Please be patient with us. We read everything, sometimes four times, we have high quality help who get no pay and have to buy their own pencils so don't blame them if once in a while one of them snatches one of your coloured paper clips and if our comments sometimes seem cryptic, enigmatic, or even on the edge of something even worse, don't get cross at us - maybe we're tired, maybe we're grumpy, maybe we had to go out and buy a new pencil. But just the same we love to get your stuff.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Style Consistency

1. Dashes: All dashes should be "em dashes," like this — with space before and after the dash.

2. Ellipses: Use space before and after, like this ... but, generally, no ellipses are needed at the beginning and end of a direct quote (unless required to avoid misrepresentation).

3. Line indents: Consistency within each piece is always preferred.

4. Paragraph indents: Entire blocks of text may be indented for a purpose (e.g., to display a letter within a piece of fiction or a long quotation within a review). Consistency of indent size is preferred for all pieces.

5. Single or double quotation marks: The American style is for double as the first order, and then single within double. The British style is the reverse. Canadian style accommodates either preference (but tends toward the American style). For TAR, either is acceptable but within a piece "consistency" is desired (not 'mixed' quotation order).

6. Italics is preferred for book titles even if the author uses quotation marks.

7. Curly rather than straight quotation marks and apostrophes are preferred in all cases.

8. Spelling choices: Consistency with American or British within a piece, but flexibility among pieces is desired. If mixed within a piece, choose the most predominant usage (e.g., Webster, Oxford, or Canadian Oxford). If there is no obvious spelling style in a piece, use Canadian Oxford as the dictionary of reference. Canadian spelling is the preference of the TAR editorial staff.


Poetry
1. TAR is open to poetry on any subject written from any point of view and in any form. However, writers should expect their work to be considered within the full context of old and new poetry in English and other languages.

2. The amount of space TAR can devote to any one writer is usually limited to 5-6 pages at a maximum.

3. No more than 6-8 poems should be submitted at any one time. A preferable submission would be from 3-4 poems. Submitting more than 8 tends to conceal the merits of individual poems. The poet should also know, fairly clearly, what is or is not good work and send only that.
4. Poets should wait for response to a submission before submitting again.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Fiction
1. Submission should be typed, double spaced, author's last name on each page, and can range in length from 500 to 3,000 words. Any submissions longer than 3,000 words are not likely to be accepted.
2. No more than 1 story should be sent at any one time. Writers should wait for a response before submitting again.
3. The Antigonish Review prefers not to consider fiction that has been submitted elsewhere (multiple submissions).
4. Normally we do not publish sections of novels and we do not publish plays or scripts.
5. We attempt to respond within two to four months.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.

Essays and Articles
Travel sketches, personal memoirs, writing about sports, culture, history, or other essays which fall under the general rubric of creative non-fiction, are welcome. Accompanying photographs may be considered.

Serious scholarly works, interviews with Canadian literati, and the like will be considered from time to time, but those too narrow in scope or written in specialized jargon are better placed in a targeted academic, refereed, or professional journal.
Most of the essays we publish run from 1000 to 4000 words.

We do not accept submissions which have been previously published in any format.
Please submit only one essay at a time.


Poetry $5.00 per page to a maximum of $25.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print) 
Fiction $50.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print) 
Articles/Essays $50.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print)
Book Reviews $50.00 pus two copies (one digital and one print)
Cover Art $100.00 plus two copies (one digital and one print)

Monday, September 23, 2019

Reedsey Short Story Contest: Off on an Adventure

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Life is an adventure — especially when you read adventure books! Let's be honest, not many of us have gone on exciting and harrowing voyages across mighty seas. But we can when we read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Or we can go an epic journey through space just by flipping through the pages of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A commute to work, a lazy Sunday afternoon, or a spare hour before bed can all become a grand adventure with the right book.

In case you haven't already guessed, this week's writing prompts all challenge you to write about adventure! And if you need a little extra inspiration, check out our list of the 100 best adventure books — and feel free to let me know which books you think are missing!
Write a story about an adventure on the water.

Write a story about an adventure in the desert.

Write a story about an adventure in space.

Write a story about an adventure on a shipwrecked island.

Write a story about an adventure in a small town.

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

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

Submission Guidelines:

  • Go to this week's Reedsy Prompts contest page. 
  • Select the prompt you'd like to submit a story to.
  • If you haven't already, sign up for a free Reedsy Prompts account.
  • Enter your title and story, and then hit "Submit story."
  • The length should be 1,000-3,000 words.
  • The deadline to submit a short story based on any of the above prompts is the end of September 27th, at 11:59pm EST. 
  • Any other questions? Check out our Terms of Use or FAQ!


Sunday, September 22, 2019

The NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist/Ensemble grant program

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Deadline: September 25, 2019 CENTRAL STANDARD TIME

The NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist/Ensemble grant program supports the work of Latinx artists in all disciplines. For the 14th cycle, the NFA offers five grant categories for artists and ensembles who meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the NFA guidelines: Artist Grant ($10,000), Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film ($10,000), the San Antonio Artist Grant ($5,400), the Puerto Rico Artist Grant ($5,000) and the NALAC Pod Grant ($5,000)

We encourage you to read through the NFA guidelines for more information on the grant categories, eligibility and evaluation criteria prior to submitting a grant application.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

U.S. or Puerto Rico-based Latinx artists in any artistic discipline working individually or as part of an ensemble, arts collective or community-based arts and culture group are welcome to apply for the NALAC Fund for the Arts.

What does the NALAC Fund for the Arts Support?

Grant funds may be used to support any stage of the creative process, including but not limited to living wages, research, production, living expenses, documentation, evaluation, occupancy, travel, training. The number and amounts of awards are contingent on availability of funds.

Funding Period

Proposed activities must take place between January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021. Award notifications will be made in January 2020.

Support

Download the NFA guidelines for Artists/Ensembles here: https://nalac.org/grants/nalac-fund-for-the-arts/

Email the Programs Team at grants@nalac.org or call the NALAC Staff at 210.432.3982 for more information.

Submit an inquiry to the NALAC Support Desk here: https://airtable.com/shrhMk3RplrHLocGd

Cherry Tree submissions guidelines

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Cherry Tree welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and literary shade. We read manuscripts between August 1 and October 1. We only consider original, unpublished work. For accepted work, we purchase First North American serial rights.

Payment is $20 per contributor and two contributor's copies.

Submissions are only accepted via Submittable. From August 1 to October 1, 2019, we will be reading submissions for Issue 6 of Cherry Tree.

Please review the submission guidelines below before submitting online:

Please familiarize yourself with the mission statement of Cherry Tree before submitting.
Please note: current students and those who have graduated from Washington College in the past four years are not eligible to submit work to Cherry Tree.

If your work has been published in a previous issue of Cherry Tree, please wait 2 years before submitting work here again. For example, if you were published in Issue 4, please wait to submit again until we are reading work for Issue 6.

All manuscripts should be paginated, with the author’s name and contact information on the first page. Prose should be double-spaced and include a word count.

Writers may only submit once to each genre per reading period. Please wait until the next reading period before sending a new submission to a genre for which you have already submitted work, even if you have already received a response or withdrawn your work.

Please send no more than 7 poems, 7 flash prose pieces, or 25 total pages of prose. If submitting flash fiction or nonfiction, please send no more than 7 flash pieces or 25 total pages of flash (whichever comes first). Poems and flash should be uploaded as a single file.
We prefer to receive submissions in .DOC or .RTF format.

Fill in the title(s) of the work(s) you are submitting. If you are submitting a group of poems or flash pieces, they should be saved and uploaded as one file, rather than individually.
Simultaneous submissions should be clearly marked as such in the comments section and in your cover letter.

If any of the work is accepted elsewhere, please notify us by adding a note to your submission in Submittable. We will happily consider the remaining poems work in your original submission will remain under consideration.

Allow up to 3 months for a reply. If more than 3 months have passed since your submission, you may query managing editor Lindsay Lusby at llusby2@washcoll.edu.

Fill in all of your contact information. You should use the “Writer Name” field to specify a pen name, if different from your legal name.

Use the comments section to enter a cover letter, then click submit.

After clicking the submit button, you will be able to review your information and confirm. You can log in at any time to view your account and previous submissions.

Once submissions have been sent to Cherry Tree, the works are considered final. We will not be using Submittable’s submission editing feature.

Further queries may also be directed to managing editor Lindsay Lusby (llusby2@washcoll.edu).

Saturday, September 21, 2019

ALL THINGS ANNE (The Green Gables Fan Issue) at the Eastern Iowa Review

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Deadline: September 30, 2019  

FICTION: Have you always wanted to add your own bit of information about Anne or Gilbert or Mrs. Lynde or Josie Pye, to finish the story or imagine how things may have continued? Now's your chance! There's plenty of Anne fan fiction on the internet, but let's have our own slice of PEI - here and now. Send us your most creative and well-written words, L.M. Montgomery style. Set in the original time period or in our current day and age.

NONFICTION: Do you know something about Prince Edward Island or have you read extensively of the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery? Tell us about it!

POETRY: Any style about anything "Anne." Prose, rhyming, blank verse, etc. Surprise us!

Fiction - no word limit

Nonfiction - no word limit

Poetry - no line or word limit

Hamilton Stone Review seeks poetry & fiction

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The Hamilton Stone Review, an online literary magazine, publishes two issues a year, usually in April and October.  Submissions guidelines vary with genre and season and may close without notice.

Submissions that don't follow the guidelines will be rejected without reading.

Prose submissions (fiction and nonfiction) for Fall 2019 are open now and close September 30. 2019. Email your submission as a .doc file to Dorian Gossy at HSRproseDEG@gmail.com.

Poetry submissions for Fall 2019 are open now and close September 30 , 2019.   Email submissions only to Roger Mitchell at hsrpoetryroger@gmail.com with "HSR" in the subject line. Roger Mitchell says, "HSR has no esthetic or other agenda, looks for poetry that convinces by its knowledge and intensity, however they may already exist and/or come into being on the page."

No snail mail submissions, please. Don't forget to put "HSR" in your subject line.

The Lindenwood Review: a journal of literary prose submissions open

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The Lindenwood Review: a journal of literary prose

The Lindenwood Review accepts submissions of original, previously unpublished work from July 1 through October 1 via Submittable (no fee). Each year, writers may submit one piece in any of the following categories:

Fiction (short fiction or flash fiction)

Creative Nonfiction (personal essay, lyric essay, or flash nonfiction)

Prose Poems (block format)

Submissions are welcome from both emerging and established writers. We are looking for fiction with believable characters and a vivid story; creative nonfiction that is well-crafted and fiercely honest; prose poems with a distinctive atmosphere and interesting use of language; and mostly, work that moves us as readers and inspires us as writers.

We recommend that you read excerpts from our journal online and consider requesting a FREE copy of a previous issue (while supplies last) before submitting your work.

Guidelines:

  • Work may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through October 1 (no fee).
  • Submissions must be the writer’s original work and cannot be previously published in print or online.
  • Writers may submit one piece per category each year. Submissions that include multiple pieces within the same category will not be considered for publication. Categories include Fiction (short fiction or flash fiction), Creative Nonfiction (personal essay, lyric essay, or flash nonfiction), and Prose Poems (in block/paragraph format).
  • Simultaneous submissions to other journals are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately via Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere. 
  • Maximum length for each submission is 15 pages. Minimum length is one paragraph. 
  • Double-space short fiction, personal essays, and lyric essays. Single-space flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and prose poems. Use a standard font size and style.
  • Include your name and the title of your submission on the first page of your submission document. Do NOT include a cover page or an embedded header (other than page number), and do NOT include other contact info or your bio on your submission document. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • In your Submittable entry, include a brief third-person bio, your email, and your mailing address.
  • Work that is not accepted for publication will be noted as Declined in Submittable. No rejection emails will be sent, so please check Submittable for submission status. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email. All publication decisions will be made by February 1.
  • Writers accepted for publication receive two contributor copies of The Lindenwood Review.
  • Restrictions:
  • Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)
  • The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content in university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements.
  • Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
  • Do not submit multiple pieces in the same category. 
  • Do not submit poetry with stanzas/line breaks; only prose poems (in block format) may be submitted as of issue 10.
  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines.
  • The Lindenwood Review is published each spring.


Contact us with any questions at TheLindenwoodReview@lindenwood.edu

Flash Fiction Online submissions guidelines

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FLASH FICTION ONLINE IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO ALL SUBMISSION CATEGORIES!

SUBMISSIONS:
Thank you for thoroughly reading our guidelines!
These guidelines may be out of date.  For the most current guidelines, please refer to the guidelines at our Submittable page.

Click over to Submittable to submit. (http://ffo.submittable.com/submit)

WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL SUBMISSIONS. ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST GO THROUGH SUBMITTABLE.

Flash Fiction Online an open-genre publication and is currently OPEN to all submission categories.  Please no erotica, graphic sex, or egregious violence.

Flash Fiction Online accepts REPRINTS.  Please submit in the REPRINT category.  Payment is $.02 (two cents) per word.  All other guidelines apply.

Flash Fiction Online strives to publish fiction that presents the full variety of humanity in its pages. As such, we encourage submissions from writers of every stripe.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We consider flash fiction a complete story in a tiny package.  We want developed empathetic characters and discernible resolved plots.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Red Planet submission guidelines

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Red Planet is looking for work that is authentic, compelling, and relevant. We are seeking writers and visual artists who are looking for a home. Whether your adventure is just beginning, or you're looking to explore somewhere new, the red planet awaits your arrival.

Submissions are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. A new issue is published each month.

At this time we do NOT accept simultaneous submissions or works that have been previous published.

Feel free to submit monthly, however please only submit 1 piece per month.

FICTION
While Red Planet places emphasis on speculative fiction, all literary genres are accepted and encouraged.

We are able to accept:
-Flash fiction (500 word limit)
-Short fiction stories (5,000 word limit)
-Series fiction (1,500 word limit per episode)*

*Submissions of series fiction must be sent with a completed synopsis.
Novellas or chapters from longer works are not being accepted at this time.

NONFICTION
We accept nonfiction pieces that explore the imaginative and the innovative. (examples: "A Solution for Climate Change"; "My Life as a Scientist"; "Martian Theatre: a cultural comparison")

We are able to accept:
-Flash nonfiction (500 word limit)
-Short nonfiction stories (5,000 word limit)
-Essays (2,500 word limit)

POETRY

We are able to accept:
-Up to 500 words of poetry in any style (formatting is subject to change during publication)

VISUAL ARTS
Each issue of Red Planet will feature 1 selected image for its cover.

We are able to accept:
-Comics
-Illustrations & paintings
-Photographs of 3D work (such as ceramic art)
-Photography NOT featuring a human subject (still-life, landscape, abstract, etc...)


[While we encourage all genres, we do not accept works considered erotic or pornographic]


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Please ensure all submission guidelines are followed. Submissions that do not follow guidelines may not be considered.

All submissions can be emailed to redplanetmagazine@gmail.com

Subject of email should contain:

Category-fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual
Sub-category (if applicable)- flash, short story, essay, etc...
"Title of work"
Word count
Name of author/artist

Example:

TO: RedPlanetMagazine@gmail.com
SUBJECT: Fiction, Short Story, "Mars", 3,500 words, Jane Smith

Body of email should contain:

-[Optional] Short bio of author/artist (100 word max).
-[Required] Legal name and pen-name (if one is preferred).

Example:

Hello,

I am submitting my short story "Mars" for consideration.

Bio- Jane Smith lives on Earth. Her work has previously been featured in Pluto Quarterly. In her free time she enjoys exploring the cosmos.

Legal Name: Jane Smith
Pen name: Jane Doe

Thank you,​
Jane Smith

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry​
-Please ensure proper spelling & grammar (outside of reasonable artistic liberties)
-Word count limit (above) must be adhered to. Longer works will not be accepted.
-Document must be sent as a Word document attachment with the following extension: ".doc" or ".docx".
OR
-Shorter works can be submitted in body of email (please indicate this at beginning of message).

Visual Arts
-Images must be submitted as a PDF, no larger than 1 page.

*You must be 18 years old to submit to Red Planet Magazine.


COMPENSATION​

At this time Red Planet offers its contributors publishing credits and a print copy of the issue in which their work has been featured. It is our primary goal to establish paid compensation within the first year of operation.

PUBLISHING RIGHTS​

Red Planet Magazine's publishing agreement is for First North American Serial Rights (FNASR).

Catholic Poetry Journal reading period open

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Our reading period will run from Aug. 1 - Oct. 1 each year, with the annual issue planned for April of the following year.

Please read our Mission Statement while deciding upon poems to submit.

Poets are invited to submit up to 5 poems, each of which should be no more than 2 typed pages in length.  Poems must be unpublished, neither in print, nor on the web, nor self-published.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted.  However, in the meantime, should a poem be accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible by e-mailing the editor at mmiller@caldwell.edu.

To submit poems, please use the following link to Submittable:

https://presenceajournalofcatholicpoetry.submittable.com/submit

In your cover letter, please include a short biography, approximately 50-75 words in length.

Biographies should list at least the poet's most recent book titles, some titles of journals containing the poet's individual poems, any key awards or honors received.  Other information individualizing the poet is also encouraged, such as occupation, geographical location, interests.  Poets may also wish to explain briefly how their poems are informed by Catholicism, either in their inception or content or otherwise, but this request is optional and at the discretion of the poem's author.  The poems themselves should stand alone without the need of gloss.  However, we also recognize the value of such autobiographical information for many readers.  We intend to print short biographies of contributing poets in an appendix in each issue.

The remaining pages of the file should include all the poems to be submitted.  Be sure that your name and e-mail address appear at the top of EVERY page in your file.  Please submit poems in a standard font, such as Times New Roman (11-point), taking care that spacing is preserved and that you are sending your latest revised version of your poem(s).

Because of limited staff, we cannot guarantee individualized editorial responses to all poems submitted.  However, we will make every effort to notify poets of acceptance or rejection within 3-4 months after the close of the reading period.

Prize nominations:

Presence nominates for the annual Pushcart Prize and sends copies of each issue to Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, among others.

Accolades to date:

Presence 2017: James Matthew Wilson's poem, "On a Palm," was selected for Best American Poetry 2018.

Presence 2018: John F. Deane's interview with Michael P. Murphy was selected for the prose feature on Poetry Daily for the week of July 23, 2018.

Library periodical indexes:

Soon, Presence plans to send its first three issues to a variety of library indexes, so that poems, interviews, book reviews, and essays may be indexed.  [This paragraph will be updated with a list of these indexes at a later date.]

Rights information:

We ask for first serial rights and anthology rights (for any future anthology of poems from a series of publication years of the journal). We may request, at the author’s discretion, the right to publish accepted poems electronically on our Web site. All other rights revert to the author upon publication, with the expectation that Presence will be credited when poems are republished. Acknowledgments should cite in the following manner: "Poem or prose title" was originally published in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry 2017 [i.e. the appropriate year].

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Embracing our differences seeks original quotations

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Submit A Quotation
Deadline: October 8, 2019                                                                                                                     
Cash Award:   $1,000                                                                                                                     

Submit Quote Online  (recommended)

Submit Quote By Mail
Embracing Our Differences Quotations, 
P.O. Box 2559, 
Sarasota, FL 34230-2559 USA

"Sometimes when there is only silence,
yours must be the voice that is heard."
Jayda E., 6th Grade, Louise R. Johnson Middle School

A critical part of the Embracing Our Differences exhibit is the impact of personal thoughts that accompany each work of art. These quotations provide members of our community a chance to voice their thoughts, feelings and ideas reflecting our theme of “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” The combination of visual art and the written word adds a deeper dimension to the overall experience.

Please consider submitting an original quotation either online or by mail and know that you are helping to create a community that is safe and inclusive for all.

In 20 words or less, share your thoughts and become part of this enlightening project. Below are several ideas to help stimulate your thoughts about “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.”
  • What does embracing our differences mean to you?
  • What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
  • Have you ever felt discrimination? What did it feel like?
  • Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel?
  • Have you witnessed someone being bullied? How did you feel?
  • What have you done to stand up to hatred and prejudice?
  • What are you looking for in a best friend?
  • What would a perfect world look like?
  • If possible, how would you change the world?
To view past winning quotations and art, please visit our Galleries.

There is no submission fee. You may submit as many original quotations as you wish; however, you may only submit five at one time.  If you wish to submit more than five quotations, you will need to submit them separately in groups of no more than five. Feel free to EMAIL us with your questions.

Teachers may complete submissions on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students.

Judging will take place in November and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email. Due to the volume of submissions, only artists/writers with entries selected for display will be notified individually. All winning entries will be posted on our website by early January. “LIKE” us on Facebook to find out earlier.

Feel free to EMAIL us with your questions.

The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award

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Eligibility

Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.

Manuscript

The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author's name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is no reading fee; please do not send cash, checks, or money orders. Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or for the return of those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript.

Publication

Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press's standard contract.

Submission

Manuscripts should be mailed to:

Iowa Short Fiction Award
Iowa Writers' Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000

No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year on our Facebook page (link is external) and Twitter account (link is external).

Previous Winners

Potential entrants wishing to read stories by previous winners may order The Iowa Award: The Best Stories from Twenty Years and The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991-2000, both selected by Frank Conroy.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Clockhouse submission guidelines

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CLOCKHOUSE Submissions

Dare. Risk. Dream. Share. Ruminate.

Clockhouse accepts works of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic works for stage or screen. We encourage submissions from both established and emerging writers. (Current students of Goddard College are ineligible to submit to Clockhouse, but we look forward to reading your work after you graduate.)

Submit to CLOCKHOUSE

All submissions must:

  • Be original, unpublished work written by the author. 
  • Follow the industry-standard formatting guidelines appropriate for the genre as well as the applicable guidelines below:
  • Fiction: Short stories and self-contained novel excerpts in a literary style. Genre fiction will be considered only if it sustains literary merit (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Poetry: All poetry in traditional and experimental styles including prose poetry (Up to 250 lines of poetry, total. Only one poem per submission. Poets may submit up to three times per reading period.)
  • Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: All memoir and creative nonfiction in traditional and experimental literary styles. No academic or scientific essays (Up to 5,000 words)
  • Dramatic Work for Stage or Screen: Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full length play or screenplay (Up to 15 pages)
  • Include a short bio of approximately 100 words or less.
  • Include a brief artist statement: a few sentences about your work as an artist (i.e., not a “pitch” for this submission, but rather a statement about what you’re interested in writing about now, what drives your writing, or how your writing is reflecting or influencing the world at large, etc.).
  • Be submitted only through our online submission manager (see link at bottom of page). No email submissions will be accepted.
  • Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be discarded unread.


The submission period for the Volume Eight 2020 will begin on August 15, 2019 and remain open through 11:59 on December 15, 2019.

Responses to submissions

Please expect to wait up to four months for a reply. After that time, if you have not yet received a reply, please check on the status of your submission by sending an e-mail to clockhouse.editor@gmail.com. Indicate the title of your piece, the genre, and the original date of submission.

Upon acceptance

By accepting any offer of publication by Clockhouse, the author will grant the magazine first serial rights. Upon publication, rights to the work revert back to the author. The author retains all other rights to the work. Any subsequent publication will note that the work was first published in Clockhouse. Payment for publication in Clockhouse is one contributor’s copy in which the work appears. As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for awards or other recognition.

Questions?

Planning to submit and have questions about Clockhouse?  Please send them to clockhouse.editor@gmail.com.  Submissions themselves are not accepted at this address.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Furious Gazelle’s 2019 Halloween Writing Contest

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Deadline: September 21, 2019

The contest is free to enter. The first place winner will receive $50 and a book in the genre of their choosing.

Send us your Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short plays and creative non-fiction as an attachment to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com, and put “Halloween contest” in your subject line.

Each writer may submit up to five entries to the contest, totaling 5,000 words or under.

Use that however you want, for example send a 4,900 word short story and a 100 word flash piece, or send 5 poems, or 3 poems and 2 stories, the possibilities are endless.

Critique

Our critiques offer insight and constructive criticism about your entry. Constructive criticism is a great way to learn how to become a stronger writer. We will provide three lines of feedback: what we liked, what could be working better, techniques you could consider using to strengthen your story.
If you’d like constructive feedback, click here to purchase the item in the Square store (non-US: send $10 via paypal to thefuriousgazelle@gmail.com and note your receipt number in your submission e-mail).

Donation

Just want to support our contest? We’re committed to keeping our Halloween contest free to enter, but that costs money. If you can, please consider contributing with your entry. Your $5 contribution will go towards the first place prize, and our website hosting costs. If you’d like to contribute, click here to donate through our Square store (non-US: send $5 via paypal to thefuriousgazelle@gmail.com) and submit your entry as an attachment to submit@thefuriousgazelle.com.

Donating will not have any impact on your chances of winning, but it will earn our eternal gratitude, and help us to keep the Furious Gazelle online.

The Sun submission guidelines

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The Sun is a reader-supported ad-free magazine. We’ve been described in many ways: celebratory, fierce, unflinching, thoughtful, truthful, dark, darkly funny, tender. Contributors tell us that after their work reaches more than 70,000 engaged Sun readers, they often hear from old friends and new admirers.

To save your time and ours, we suggest you take a look at The Sun before submitting. We’ve provided some samples online.

Writing

Writing from The Sun has won the Pushcart Prize and been selected for the Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

We publish nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We tend to favor personal writing, but we’re also looking for provocative pieces on political and cultural issues.

We encourage submissions from writers of color.

Surprise us; we often don’t know what we’ll like until we read it.

We rarely run anything longer than seven thousand words; there’s no minimum length.

We discourage simultaneous submissions.

Writing is a solitary act, but when what you’ve written goes out to our loyal subscribers, it can feel a little less so.
What We Pay

Nonfiction
$300 to $2,000
Read a sample essay

Fiction
$300 to $2,000
Read a sample story

Poetry
$100 to $250
Read a sample poem


We purchase one-time rights. All other rights revert to the author upon publication.
Mailed Submissions
You can also send your typed, double-spaced submission (along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope) to:

Editorial Department
The Sun
107 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Your work will not be returned without sufficient postage, and we cannot respond unless a return envelope is provided.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Reedsey Weekly Writing Contest: #7: Scrumdiddlyumptious

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Did you know: September 13th is Roald Dahl's birthday — so a "gloriumptious" Roald Dahl Day to you!

Roald Dahl was a children's book author, best known for classics like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Gian Peach, and, well, the list of his beloved children's books goes on and on.

Dahl not only created whimsical worlds within his stories, he also created new diction, inventing words such as "gloriumptious" (pure marvelousness), "biffsquiggled" (being confused or puzzled), "churgle" (gurgling with laughter), and "ringbeller" (a really good dream).

This week, our prompts are all elements pulled from Roald Dahl's phizz-whizzing (splendid) books.
This week's prompts:

Write a story with a child narrator.
For Kids

Write a story that mixes everyday situations with surreal surroundings.
Fantasy and Science Fiction

Write a story where a chocolate cake plays a significant role.
General

Write a story about a person longing for family.
General

Write a story infused with dark humor.
Comedy

Stories will be visible once this contest has ended!
To enter this contest, pick a prompt and submit your story

Closes at 23:59 - Sep 20, 2019 EST

Winning stories will be featured on our website and in our weekly newsletter. For more information, please consult our terms of use.

Submissions will be approved and published within 7 days of the contest closing.

Please keep your submission between 1,000 - 3,000 words.

Any questions?
Check out our FAQ

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fiddlehead submission guidelines

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The Fiddlehead is open to good writing in English or translations into English from all over the world and in a variety of styles, including experimental genres. Our editors are always happy to see new unsolicited works in fiction, including excerpts from novels, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We also publish reviews, and occasionally other selected creative work such as excerpts from plays. Work is read on an ongoing basis; the acceptance rate is around 1-2% (we are, however, famous for our rejection notes!). Apart from our annual contest, we have no deadlines for submissions.

We particularly welcome submissions from Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ writers, and writers from other intersectional and under-represented communities. If you are comfortable identifying yourself as one or more of the above, please feel free to mention this in your cover letter.

The Fiddlehead will not read work that is ableist, misogynistic, queer-phobic, or racist.

If you are serious about submitting to The Fiddlehead, you should read an issue or two to get a sense of the journal. Consider subscribing or contact us to order sample back issues ($10-$15 plus postage).
   
The Fiddlehead is now on Submittable!
Our two Submittable submission periods are January 1 - April 30 and September 15 - November 30.

Due to overwhelming submission volume, once your work has been submitted, we cannot process substitutions or modifications.

For those who prefer snail mail and handwritten responses, we will still be accepting mailed submissions! Mailed submissions in any category are accepted all year around.

Click to access our Submittable page. If you don’t already have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to sign up for one before you submit. It is free and it only takes a few minutes.

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General Guidelines for Unsolicited Submissions
We strongly encourage online submission through the Submittable platform, but as stated above, we are still open to mailed submissions. Many of the guidelines apply to both methods.

  • No faxed or emailed submissions are accepted. Please do not send CDs, DVDs, USB drives, etc.
  • Pay is $60 CAD per published page, plus two complimentary copies of the issue with your work. Contributors may purchase additional copies of an issue at a discount.
  • The Fiddlehead buys first serials rights; copyright is retained by the author at all times, and authors are free to resell the work, though we do ask for a 90-day exclusive from our first publication of the work.
  • Writers may only submit once per calendar year per genre. (This does not include our annual contest: you may submit multiple times, so long as the work is not under consideration elsewhere. See complete contest guidelines here.) 
  • Please wait for an editorial response before submitting again. We try our best to respond in a timely matter, but due to volume of submissions, a response may take 6 months or more. Please wait 6 months before querying. 
  • We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit work that has been previously published or accepted for publication, including in anthologies, chapbooks, blogs, Facebook pages, or online journals.
  • For online submissions, please submit one file containing your creative work (.doc, .docx, .or .pdf). Log back in any time to check the status of your submission.
  • For hard copy, mailed submissions, all submissions should be typed/word-processed, spell-checked, and paginated. Please use white paper, print on one side only, and put your name on every page of your submission.
  • For online and mailed submissions, a cover letter should be included with contact information (especially your email address, if you have one), the title(s) and genre of the work(s) you are submitting, and a 50-word biographical statement. In Submittable, please copy and paste your cover letter and biographical statement in the appropriate fields. 
  • Tell us in your cover letter whether your submission is exclusive to The Fiddlehead or whether you have submitted it to other magazines simultaneously. If another magazine accepts your work for publication that you have also submitted to us, then please advise us immediately.
  • To receive a handwritten response to mailed submissions, please include a SASE (a self-addressed stamped envelope); otherwise we will simply send you an email response. If you do not include a SASE or an email address, you will not receive a response unless your submission is accepted for publication.
  • For mailed submissions, if you wish to receive your whole manuscript back, please say so in your cover letter and include a large enough self-addressed envelope with the correct postage. If the envelope is too small or there is not enough postage, your manuscript will not be returned. If you are submitting work from outside Canada, please include a valid email address for reply purposes, as we cannot use non-Canadian postage. Alternatively, you should include cash/cheque/money order (USD or CAD dollars only, please) to cover return postage.


Please send mailed submission to:

  The Fiddlehead
  Campus House
  11 Garland Ct
  University of New Brunswick
  PO Box 4400  
  Fredericton NB
  E3B 5A3
  Canada


Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

  • short fiction submission should be one story, double spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Unless a story is very, very short (under 1000 words), please send only one story per submission. Please specify at the top of the first page the number of words in the story submitted.
  • A poetry submission may be single-spaced. Please submit no more than 6 poems per submission. No more than one poem on a page. If a poem runs more than one page, please put the poem’s title in the headers of the additional page(s) and make sure the pages are numbered. The Fiddlehead prefers to accept several poems by the same author; please do not limit your submission to a single poem.
  • Creative nonfiction (CNF) is construed widely and can include personal essays, narrative non-fiction, think pieces, etc. Check out the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society’s definition here.  Submissions in this genre should be double-spaced and maximum 6,000 words. Unless a CNF work is very, very short (under 1000 words), please send only one work per submission. Accompanying images may be considered, but permissions for the images are responsibility of the author and must be arranged beforehand.
  • • Excerpts from novels and scenes from plays are occasionally accepted, but short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction are the preferred genres. Excerpts from novels should be double spaced, while play excerpts may be single spaced. Novel excerpts should be no more than 6,000 words, while play excerpts should be 10 pages max.
  • • Translations of creative work are also considered and occasionally published. With these submissions we need a copy of the text in its original language and a copy of a permissions letter from the copyright holder (usually the author or the original-language publisher).

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Storm Cellar seeks fiction & poetry

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Submission via Submittable

Storm Cellar is a nationally distributed literary arts magazine rooted in the Midwest, appearing in print and ebook editions. This is a journal of safety and danger. We want your prose, poems, chimeras, and ideas penned on envelopes in buses and train cars. The magazine aims to publish amazing work by new and established writers and artists, present a range of styles and approaches, and be as un-boring as it can. If you write one thing to be read while waiting for the all-clear to sound, send it here.

Payment: Big heart emojis forever, first of all! We now send a $10 honorarium to all contributors, beginning with issue 8.1, by PayPal/Venmo or money order. We know it’s not much, but it is a token of our esteem and, we hope, something we can build on into the future. Flash contest winners receive their cash prizes by PayPal/Venmo or money order.

FICTION

• 1 fiction up to 5,000 words. More-compact stories (not shorter) tend to do better.

We like it hot, we like it cold, we like it hard and fast, we like it slow and gentle, we like it traditional,* we like it experimental.

We like it anonymous, don't care about a title page. We like it 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced.

* Traditional: 1. not experimental; 2. ignorance, thanatos, octopodes, standing stones, sex rites, MRIs, cavaliers, Cadillacs, rude boys, buried toys, gold fever, war fever, bone fever, baby fever, submarines, pipe dreams, cigarettes & rock music, sign vs. signifier, prairie fire, smugglers, insurance, kissing cousins, "here there be monsters," border crossing, Amazons, apocalyptics, analytics, riding tigers, tiny islands, hackers, holograms, embezzlement, grafitti, hot zones, outer space…

https://stormcellar.submittable.com/submit/10370/fiction

FLASH FICTION

• Up to 4 flashes, 4,000 total words, one file.
Flash — what is this? Send us it.

https://stormcellar.submittable.com/submit/11964/flash

POETRY

Up to 5 poems, 400 lines/15 pages total.
All poems in one document, each beginning a new page.
We're open to anything. We like surprises.

We're not super in love with greeting card sentiments/prosody, nor these topics: cats, coffee, booze, birds. Of course, a poem is its own best case for its awesomeness.

https://stormcellar.submittable.com/submit/10367/poetry

Friday, September 13, 2019

Daily Science Fiction Story Submission Guidelines

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ALERT: Please don't submit stories longer than 1,500 words. Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series--three or more flash tales built around a common theme. If you are submitting a flash series, please note that it is a series in your cover letter and at the top of the submitted text in the submission box. Each story does need to stand on its own.

We do not accept reprints. Unfortunately, if you have placed a story on your website, where it is open and available to the multiple billion people who have access to the internet, that constitutes publication. We're sorry. No, we don't accept self-published works.

Please don't submit the same story to us and any other venue at the same time. Please don't send us more than one story. Don't send us another until we send you a response.

We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies. 

First publication sounds simple, but in today's fractured fiction market it is anything but. Here's what we mean by first worldwide rights: Your story will be distributed by email to our (free) subscription list, it will then be available on the website, via RSS, eventually through kindle and iphone/ipad (the "issue" consisting of all stories published during its calendar month), and as archived on the DailyScienceFiction.com website. The nonexclusive reprint rights are anticipated to apply to the omnibus volume of DSF's stories for one year. Themed anthologies are anticipated to consist of 50-100% material originally published on DailyScienceFiction.com, plus additional materials as contracted. For these anthologies, payment will be determined if and when they occur.

Not So Helpful Hints

We need short short fiction, especially flash fiction. Among our featured stories, a shorter tale will get an extra nudge on the scale when weighed against a longer one. This is both for financial reasons and because it matches the preferences of a plurality of our readership. Not fair? Perhaps. Consider yourself forewarned.

Of course, we want your stories to ooze originality, but a well-written story is a must. We are fond of character-driven fiction, though readers point out that not every story we publish fits that rubric. Our goal is to publish the best stories we can that will be interesting, worthwhile reads. Some stories, especially in the short short fiction, will succeed despite lack of plot, character, punctuation, what-have-you.

We may purchase dark fantasy, but try not to publish pure horror. We don't mind feeling the flush of arousal, but will not publish erotica. Guns a-blazing might make our day, but we don't suspect most military SF will win us over. Humor? We take it, It often works especially for short short fiction, but do keep in mind that one alien's funny bone is located near another species' sac of indifference. We're likely not your best market for longer funny tales.

We don't accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, but we promise to be as prompt as possible with our responses. Query if you haven't heard back in four weeks. Or better yet, check your story's status on this website. There is now a "check status" option on the sidebar.

PS We'd like to emphasize that guidelines aren't worth the paper they're printed on (which in this case is no paper at all). Splurge for a free email subscription, or if you can't afford free, browse the archives here on the website. Read, and get a feel for what Daily Science Fiction publishes. We always want new and different work, of course, but you can get a real tactile sense of this or any other publication only by reading it.

SUBMIT - you will need to create an account

Thursday, September 12, 2019

FishFood seeks literature on the theme of Bananas

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We are now accepting submissions for Issue 2 of our print edition.

The theme is Bananas! - Have fun with it! (Or not) It's your world - we just live in it!

FishFood Magazine only accepts original, previously unpublished work from authors.

We are accepting all types of literary works to be featured on the magazine website on an ongoing basis.

Literature
We accept micro fiction/flash fiction, poetry, essays and other interesting forms of literature.
* All stories/essays submitted must be a maximum of 2,000 words *

We accept multiple submissions (up to four).

We accept simultaneous submissions, however, please make sure to inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere so we can withdraw your submission. In the case of withdrawal, we are willing to accept another submission as a replacement. If your work has been declined, you may re-submit twice more for consideration. We will not accept another submission afterward, however you may submit again the following month.

Fictive Dream short stories submission guidelines

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We publish stories of between 500 and 2,500 words that have not previously appeared elsewhere, either in print or online (including your own blog and social media).

We like to publish authors from all over the world but submissions must be in English.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please let us know straight away if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We prefer to receive one story at a time. If your work is turned down do try us again but please leave it one month before you resubmit.

Regrettably, we can’t offer payment for the stories we publish. We do, however, offer you our abiding gratitude.

Submit your story as a Word attachment to fictivedream@gmail.com. 

No PDFs and please do not paste your story in the body of your email. We’ll aim to get back to you within a month of submission.

Present your submission in a simple typeface with double spacing, numbered pages, the title of your story and your name.

Please add a brief biography of no more than 75 words written in the third person with links that you would like to be included.

By submitting to Fictive Dream you agree to grant First Serial Rights. Copyright reverts to the author on publication. We ask that your work does not appear in another publication for three months from the date of publication in Fictive Dream. If, after this time, your work is published in subsequent publications, print or online, we ask that Fictive Dream be acknowledged.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Three Cheers and a Tiger Science Fiction / Fantasy Writing Contest

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THE 2019 CONTEST RUNS THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019.

The autumn edition of Three Cheers and a Tiger is a SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY contest. It is held annually the weekend closest to September 21.

Entries are blind-judged by Boots & Broker. The judges’ decision is final. Winners are announced October 31.

Winning stories are published in the December issue of Toasted Cheese. If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $35 Amazon gift card & second a $10 Amazon gift card. If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $50 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card & third a $10 Amazon gift card.

The September 2019 contest opens at 5PM Eastern Time, Friday, September 20, 2019 with details posted on TC’s homepage.

Send entries to: threecheers19[at]toasted-cheese.com

Your subject line must read: Three Cheers and a Tiger Contest Entry

Deadline: 5PM Eastern Time, Sunday, September 22, 2019

Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal submission guidelines

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If you would like to submit to Review Americana: A Creative Writing Journal, send an
explanatory email that includes your name and contact information to editor@americanpopularculture.com. Attach your submission to that email.

We publish a spring edition in late June/early July and a fall edition in late December/early January. Your work will be considered for the next available issue.

A note on reading times: We publish twice a year. Our reading period for spring is January through June with the spring edition decision and publication coming in late June/early July. Our reading period for fall is July through December with the fall edition decision and publication coming late December/early January.

Please conform to the following guidelines:

1) We consider poems, short fiction, short screenplays, short plays, creative nonfiction, essays about the art of creative writing, and essays about the teaching of creative writing.

2) We prefer no simultaneous submissions. If your work is under consideration elsewhere, please let us know. If it is accepted for publication elsewhere, please let us know that as well.

3) We do not consider multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard from us regarding your previous submission before you submit again. Poets may submit up to four poems. All other authors should submit only one work.

4 ) We only consider previously unpublished work.

5) We do not publish profanity, gratuitously violent, or erotic work.

6) All work submitted to any publication or contest at Americana is reviewed blindly. Please do not include your name on the submission. If you do, we will remove it before it is sent out for review.

7) American citizenship is not a requirement for submission; the only requirement is that the work hold some appeal for an American readership and bear some relationship with American culture.

8) We ask for First American Serial Rights for one month after publication. After that, rights revert back to the author.

9) We don't pay for publication, and we don't charge reading fees.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Poets & Writers Magazine submission guidelines

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Thank you for your interest in Poets & Writers Magazine, a bimonthly publication for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Before you send us your submission, please read the following.

Our Audience

Available by subscription and on newsstands of most major bookstores, Poets & Writers Magazine reaches a national audience of 100,000 readers from emerging to established literary writers. The magazine has a strong following among both students and faculty in creative writing programs across the country. In addition, many of its readers pursue creative writing as an avocation, often pairing their literary lives with other careers.


What We Publish

We recommend that you read Poets & Writers Magazine before sending us a query or an article for consideration. You may also visit our online Archive, which contains a selection of articles from past issues. Our editorial content is divided into the following four sections.

News & Trends: brief articles (500-1,200 words) that keep our readers abreast of pertinent information in the writing and publishing industries.

The Literary Life: essays (1,500-2,500 words) on the more contemplative aspects of writing, ranging from creative process to the art of reading.

The Practical Writer: advice and how-to articles (1,500-2,500 words) that offer nuts and bolts information about the business of creative writing.

Features: profiles of and interviews with (2,000-3,000 words) contemporary writers who reflect the rich diversity of current American literature. Other features include articles and essays (2,000-3,000 words), frequently grouped into special sections, that provide an in-depth look at subjects of interest to creative writers, such as writers conferences and residencies, small presses, regional writing, and the distinctions of genre.

Submission Information

All correspondence should be addressed to The Editors, Poets & Writers Magazine, 90 Broad Street, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10004 and should include an SASE with appropriate postage, or sent via e-mail to editor@pw.org.

For those articles we publish, we buy exclusive worldwide, periodical publication and syndication rights in all languages and non-exclusive reprint rights shared 50/50 thereafter. We pay when the piece is scheduled for production.

If you plan to query us with a story proposal, please include two samples of your journalistic writing.

For articles submitted on spec, manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and no more than 3,000 words in length.

E-mail queries must be fully developed and must include two samples of your journalistic writing.

It usually takes four to six weeks for us to respond to your query or manuscript.

We do not publish original fiction or poetry.

We do not publish book reviews.

We do not accept queries made over the phone.

We rarely cover genre fiction, such as mysteries, mainstream science fiction, romance novels, and children's literature, nor do we cover screenwriting and playwriting.

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