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Thursday, October 31, 2019

French - English Translation Prize 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only book-length translations will be accepted.

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

Self-published books and reprints are not eligible.

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

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

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

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

Girls Right the World call for submissions

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Brilliant Flash Fiction submission guidelines

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

Email it to

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

Please send original, unpublished work.

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

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

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

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

Simultaneous submissions will be considered.

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

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

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

Speckled Trout Review

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

The deadline for submissions is November 6.

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

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

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

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

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

Please submit only one poem to this contest.


The Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities

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$5,000 Biennial Book Publication Prize, Presented by the University of Utah Press

The Wallace Stegner Prize will be awarded to the best monograph submitted to the Press in the broad field of environmental humanities. To compete for this award, manuscripts must emphasize interdisciplinary investigations of the natural and human environments and their fundamental interconnectedness, research in primary and secondary sources, and high quality writing in the tradition of Wallace Stegner.

Preference will be given to projects that discuss issues related to the American West. We welcome book-length manuscripts that emphasize narrative form and draw on the humanities, as well as the particular methods and perspectives of history, geography, natural history, environmental science, creative nonfiction, or related disciplines to consider environmental subjects, broadly defined. These criteria reflect the legacy of Wallace Stegner as a student of the American West, as a spokesman for the environment, and as a teacher of creative writing. The winner of the Wallace Stegner Prize will receive a $5,000 award and a publication contract with the University of Utah Press.

  • Manuscripts must be in English and double-spaced in a 12-point font and should include contemplated figures. Photocopies of figures are acceptable for initial consideration.
  • Manuscript length is limited to a maximum of 170,000 words.
  • Manuscripts must be postmarked by December 30, 2019. Early submissions are encouraged. If you desire proof of delivery, send the manuscript using a delivery confirmation service.
  • Manuscripts that do not win the Wallace Stegner Prize will also be considered for book publication.
  • Works simultaneously submitted to other publishers or contests will not be considered.
  • Portions of submitted manuscripts may have appeared previously in journals or anthologies, but previously published monographs will not be considered.
  • The competition is open to all authors except current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Utah as well as current and former employees of The University of Utah Press.
  • All submissions should include a cover letter indicating that this is a submission for the Wallace Stegner Prize, the complete manuscript including all illustrations and supplementary materials, and a c.v. or resumé. 

The winning manuscript will be announced by The University of Utah Press in September 2020.
Please send all submissions to:

The University of Utah Press
c/o The Wallace Stegner Prize
J. Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East, Suite 5400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-0860

Monday, October 28, 2019

Press 53 Immersion Poetry Series

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Welcome to the second open call for the Press 53 Immersion Poetry Series. We are looking for authors with full-length poetry manuscripts containing immersive content on unique aspects of their lives or specific areas of expertise. Subject matter should be unfamiliar to most readers, informative, and engaging.

Manuscripts should be cohesive without being repetitive, enlightening and educational but not hermetically sealed. Most of all, manuscripts must be relatable. They must encompass the individual circumstance as well as an immensity that readers can connect with regardless of their own conditions. The specificity of the content must also at times be universal, accessible. Think of documentaries that, for better or worse, you can’t help but project yourself into; better yet, ones that reframe your own immediate perspective. 

The Immersion Series is a home for passions, obsessions, exhaustive exploration of the lesser known. Where lives your expertise? What is your lens for the compelling? What can readers glean from a collection based on the construction of a piano, the miles of a marathon, growing heirloom tomatoes, life as a first responder, the workings of the circulatory system, an acute aspect of recovery, or whatever else may be the subject of your authority?

In a single document, please submit a cover letter summarizing your subject matter and unique perspective along with 8-10 pages of poetry as a sample for consideration. We will request full manuscripts, at least in the neighborhood of 55-60 pages, for the most promising samples. 

While there is no reading fee, we ask you to please consider if your collection meets the specifics of our call. Submissions close October 31, 2019.

Pan’s Ex² Queer Sex Poetry seeks new work

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Like its predecessor, Pan’s Ex² Queer Sex Poetry will be published in print & ebook (compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable formats.)

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Pan’s Ex²: Queer Sex Poetry If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at and we will be happy to answer.

LGBTQ+ Erotic Poetry.


Length (all word/page counts are loose.)

Poetry: Up to 5 pages

All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.


If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions

Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.

Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at to withdraw it from consideration for Pan’s Ex: Queer Sex Poetry.

Reprints will NOT be considered.

We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.

NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.

We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).

Contributors will receive, as a humble token of our appreciation, $5 per printed page.

What to Submit

  • Your submission
  • A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
  • At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.

IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.

Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.

Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at:
or mailed to us at:
PO Box 798
Becket, MA 01223
DEADLINE: December 31, 2019

Response Time

We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you do not receive a response from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

For an idea of what we’re looking for, check out our inaugural volume in this series, Pan’s Ex: Queer Sex Poetry. Of course, we always welcome fresh voices and perspectives!

Editorial Feedback

Want editorial feedback on your submission? Our Senior Editor Sage Kalmus now offers honest, constructive & respectful editorial feedback on submissions. Learn more here about how to request editorial feedback.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

On the Premises Mini-Contest

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In case you don’t read our newsletter, GOOD worldbuilding is the insertion of explanatory information into a story that helps readers understand something they might not already be familiar with. When done well, the worldbuilding implies this information via context without slowing the story down. When done at a mediocre level, the story quickly explains something, then continues. When done badly, worldbuilding interrupts the story and manages to completely waste the reader’s time by giving information the reader already knows or has no reason to care about.


For this mini-contest, we want you to give us an excerpt from some fake longer story that you’ll never actually write. The excerpt needs to be at least 30 words long, but no more than 75 words long. The excerpt needs to give us an example of bad “worldbuilding”. In other words, the excerpt needs to explain something to readers that readers already know or can easily guess. You’ll get bonus points if the bad worldbuilding goes completely against the tone and pacing of the rest of the excerpt.

Also, we’re giving you more space than usual this time–up to 75 words–but be careful not to use ALL that space for the bad worldbuilding. Remember to put in something for the bad worldbuilding to interrupt and ruin.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Friday, November 1, 2019.

Length: Minimum of 30 words, maximum of 75 words.

Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Example: “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each word that is hyphenated counts separately. (Example: “It was a don’t-get-in-my-way day.”)

Prizes: $25 for first place, $15 for second, $10 for third. Honorable mentions get published but make no money.

One entry per author. There is no fee for entering this contest.

To submit an entry, click the button below and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one.

Submit Your Entry Here

By the way, please don’t give your mini-contest entry a title. We never publish titles for mini-contest entries, just the entries themselves.

If you have questions, ask us at

HitchLit Review

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The HitchLit Review (ISSN pending) is a biannual literary-arts journal that seeks to showcase and celebrate openly secular artists, their works, and their communities.

Founded in 2017, HitchLit derives its name from two sources. First, The Oxford English Dictionary defines “hitch” as a verb, meaning “to move [something] into a different position with a jerk.” For many secularists, this is a fitting description for how they parted ways with former ideologies.

Second, and perhaps most notably, our name is a nod to the memory of one of the world’s greatest defenders of reason–Christopher Hitchens. His writings, lectures, and debates have inspired countless free thinkers around the world to step out of the wings and speak out against injustice in all its forms. While Hitch was an antitheist, well known for his ferocity on the debate stage, it is equally vital to remind ourselves that–at his center–Hitch was a humanist. When meeting one of his young fans before his death in 2011, his parting words for her were “remember the love bit, also.”

In an effort to reduce waiting times, the editorial staff of The HitchLit Review will only review submissions submitted during the following reading periods:

 January 1 – March 31
 August 1 – October 31

Due to the increasing volume of our submissions, if you would like your work to be considered by our editors, please be sure that your submissions adhere to the following guidelines:

General Guidelines:

All work must be submitted electronically, via email with a subject line indicating that this is a submission, its genre classification. An example subject line would read:

Submission Poetry
Submission Fiction
Submission Nonfiction
Submission Visual Art

All work must be attached as a single file (.doc / .docx / .rtf preferred). Art submissions should be attached as a JPEG file. Filenames should include the last name of the author and the genre of the work under consideration.


When submitting, please identify the title of the work(s) included in your submission and include a brief author bio (approximately 50 words).

HitchLit will not consider previously published work, but simultaneous submissions are acceptable, provided that the author informs us in the event that submitted work is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Prose Submissions (Fiction / Nonfiction)

We consider prose (up to 3,000 words). All work should be double spaced, with 1″ margins, and must be typed in a common 12 pt. font (Times New Roman, Garamond, Calibri, etc.). Authors may submit one short piece of short prose (1,000 – 3,000 words in length), or up to two flash pieces (under 1,000 words each). Please only submit once per reading period and wait for a decision before submitting again.

Poetry Submissions

Poets may submit up to three poems (maximum of 5 pages) per reading period. All works should be included in a single document (.doc / .docx / .rtf files preferred). Please submit only once per reading period and wait for a decision before submitting again.

Cover Art Submissions

Artists interested in providing us with cover art, please submit two high quality images of your work as a .jpeg file.

Art submissions should be accompanied by a brief artist bio (up to 50 words) and be labeled as “Cover Art Submission” in the subject line of the email.


Should HitchLit accept your work, we acquire first publication and archival rights, though all other rights revert back to the author upon publication. Due to our status as a fee-free, non-profit organization, we regret that we are not a paying market at this time.

Send your electronic submissions via email to:

Saturday, October 26, 2019

National Punctuation Day contest

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since NPD was founded, and still people don’t know how to use punctuation properly. Facebook and other social-media platforms are not helping.

Nevertheless, on we plod.

THE CONTEST: What punctuation error annoys you the most?

THE RULES: Find an online meme that illustrates the one punctuation error that sets you off, that makes you scream, that gets you into correction mode. E-mail that meme to NPD headquarters along with no more than 250 of your most clever, brilliant, dazzling words to make your case why this particular punctuation error not only drives you nuts, but also has occasionally transformed you into the punctuation police

Mine is the incorrectly used apostrophe. When are people going to learn that IT’S NOT POSSESSIVE! Arrgh! This drives me CRAZY!

The deadline for entries is October 31. 

Winners will receive the usual assortment of branded National Punctuation Day gifts including a commemorative pen, ruler, question mark-shaped stress toy, and bookmarks. And, possibly something else if the entry is impossibly clever, brilliant, and dazzling.


1. Send your submission to

2. In the e-mail subject header write: NPD ESSAY CONTEST.

3. Include your name, address, and phone number. Include your school and grade if you’re a student.

BYLINES SURVEY - what kind of writer are you?

The question: What kind of work do you create. Survey takers could choose more than one.
  • Fiction: 26% 
  • Non-Fiction: 11%
  • Poetry: 16%
  • Plays: 42%
  • Other: 5%
Plays got the most votes with 42% - probably a result of NYCPlaywrights being a sister site of Bylines. 

Thanks to everybody who participated in the BYLINES writer survey!

Top 10 Reasons Writers Aren’t Writing

By Vonnie York

  1. Cannot interpret genius plot points from last night’s scribble and are stewing in petulant rage because it was seriously the best idea ever. The biggliest and the bestiest.
  2. All of the good ideas are taken.
  3. Children, day job, spousal obligations, etc. have sucked the will to live, let alone write, out of author by 5 p.m.

Capulet Mag seeks work from women aged 15 - 29

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Deadlines - Volume V is November 15.

Currently, Capulet Mag is only open to submissions from women between the ages of 15 – 29. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply. We accept the following types of submissions:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Art

We are open to all genres, mediums, and styles.


  • To be considered, you must fit the submission profile above.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
  • Please do not resubmit work until you receive a response.
  • You can expect to hear a response within a few weeks of the deadline.
  • Only submit completed work. We may request minor revisions, but your work should be polished prior to submission.
  • Please read the specific guidelines for your work below before proceeding.

Fiction + Nonfiction

  • Maximum word count of 5,000 words.
  • Use a generic, 12pt font double-spaced.
  • Do not submit a plain text document. Please use a Word or PDF file.


  • There is no maximum word count for poetry, but please keep it reasonable.
  • If submitting more than one poem, please compile them into a single document.
  • Do not submit a plain text document. Please use a Word or PDF file.

All submissions

Please include a cover letter with your work. We want to know more about you and your submission.
Include the submission type in your email subject line (ie: “Fiction: Title”).
Include page numbers for written work.

Please submit your work to

Submissions received after the deadline will be considered for the following edition. Capulet Mag is released digitally twice a year for Fall and Spring Editions. Dates are not final and are subject to change depending on the volume of submissions.

Publication Format & Authors Rights
Capulet Mag is a digital and print publication which releases two editions per year. There is no monetary compensation for publication in Capulet Mag at this time, but accepted artists and writers will receive a physical print copy at no cost.

There is no fee required to submit your work, and all digital editions are available for free on our website. Capulet Mag acquires first electronic rights and non-exclusive permission to retain the piece in our online archives. Reprint rights and all other applicable rights revert to the author six months after publication.

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

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Calling all short story writers: Are you a short story writer interested in gaining more exposure and a bigger audience for your creative work? Would an extra $1,000.00 USD in your pocket be a great thing right now?

If so, our ServiceScape Short Story Award is the perfect way to achieve both. For this award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, 5,000 words or fewer, to be considered. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month. Rules and exclusions apply.

Terms and Conditions

In order to qualify as a contest participant, a person must successfully submit the application form below and must be at least 18 years of age. ServiceScape is not responsible for any situation that constitutes an application form submission failure, including technical malfunctions experienced by the form submitter or by ServiceScape. ServiceScape employees and/or their immediate family and household members are not eligible to be contest participants. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

Contest participants will be entered only once.

Contest participants' application form submissions must be written in English.

The contest starts on December 1, 2018 EST and ends on November 30, 2019 EST.


Contest participants will be judged on their quality of writing. All decisions are final. Non-winning entries will be discarded after the winner has been chosen and the contest participants will retain all the rights to their submitted work.

The potential winner will be notified via email in December 2019. The potential winner must send a headshot photograph within 10 days of the prize notification. The potential winner must also sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release, and a publicity release (where legal) within 10 days of the prize notification. If the potential winner does not deliver these required items within the specified time period or if the potential winner cannot be contacted for any reason, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate potential winner will be selected. If all required items are delivered within 10 days of the prize notification, the potential winner will be considered the winner of the contest.
The winner of the contest will be awarded $1,000.00 USD, payable by check and mailed within 4 weeks. The prize is non-transferable and any tax requirements are the sole responsibility of the winner. The winner's name, headshot photograph, and writing will be featured within the ServiceScape blog soon thereafter.

ServiceScape Incorporated reserves the right to modify or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

Friday, October 25, 2019


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Submission period open from August 1, 2019 - November 30, 2019

An annual award of $10,000 recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year. The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.

UNT Rilke Prize Recipients:

  • Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry
  • Work must be original poetry written in English
  • Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2018 - October 31, 2019
  • Books may be submitted by presses or by writers themselves and must be postmarked by November 30, 2019
  • Each submission must include 3 copies of the book and a completed entry form
  • Chapbooks are not considered previous publications
  • Self-published books will not be considered
  • Finalists may be asked to submit further copies
  • Books will not be returned
  • The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and in the DFW metroplex on April 1-2, 2020. UNT will pay for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award. Poets who enter the prize must agree to these terms in order to accept the prize.


The prize will be judged by UNT's poetry faculty.

Submission Requirements

Authors or publishers will mail completed entry form with three copies of the book submission to address below.

Click here to download and complete the entry form.

Mail entry form and submission to:

UNT Rilke Prize
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311307
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Ornithopter Press seeks poetry

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Ornithopter Press will consider submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts received between September 23 and November 7, 2019.

If you haven’t already done so, please investigate the work of the poets presented on this website. Information about Ornithopter Press can be found online and through social media, etc.  An independent publisher of poetry offering exceptional counterpoints to the literary mainstream . . . yes, that remains true.

​Are you excited by experimentation and diversity? Do you have a manuscript that’s moved beyond the draft stage and feels complete? If so, I’d love to read it. Please refer to the following guidelines in preparing your submission. There is no fee. Interest in an open call can be hard to predict—I’ll try to respond to submissions within three months, although response times could be longer.

Submission Guidelines

- Ornithopter Press accepts manuscript submissions in PDF form only.
- Suggested manuscript length: 75 pages or longer.

- Please do not submit illustrated works.

- Submit no more than one manuscript during this reading period.

- While individual poems (or other text passages) will ideally have been published in journals, anthologies, chapbooks, etc., the manuscript itself must be a new and unpublished work.

- Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know right away if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

- Send your submission to:

- Write “Submission from (insert your name)” in the subject line.

- Please do not include any material in the body of the email other than a note to say who you are and whether yours is a simultaneous submission.

- Attach one file (PDF only) to your email that includes:
A cover letter with a brief bio and a description of your manuscript
Your name and contact information
The complete manuscript
An acknowledgements page that lists individual publication credits

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Steinbeck Fellowship Residency

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Application deadline is January 2, 2020.

The Steinbeck Fellowship is a one-year residency at San José State University which includes a stipend of $15,000. Up to six Fellows are chosen every year. Fellows are expected to give one public reading from their work and must reside in the Bay Area during the academic year. Submit a project proposal, résumé/CV, writing sample (up to 25 pages), and the email addresses of three references. The application system will prompt your references to upload their letters of recommendation by January 31.

There is no entry fee.

The fellowship is named in honor of author John Steinbeck and is guided by his lifetime of work in literature, the media, and environmental activism. Currently, SJSU offers one-year fellowships in Steinbeck scholarship and in creative writing, including fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. Applications in poetry will not be accepted. In awarding fellowships, the selection committee considers the quality of the candidate's proposal and any factors that would lead to expectations of future publication and other achievement. The creative writing fellowship does not require that there be any direct connection between Steinbeck's works and that of the applicant. Applicants may not be enrolled in an academic degree program during the fellowship period.

Application deadline is January 2. Awards are announced in April.

Questions? Contact Nicholas P. Taylor, Director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies, at


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

BCALA Literary Awards

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The final submission date to each juror is December 31, 2019.

The Literary Awards Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) is now accepting submissions for the annual BCALA Literary Awards. The Committee will present four prizes of $500.00 each for adult books written by African American authors: a First Novelist Award, a Fiction Award, a Nonfiction Award, and a Poetry Award. The First Novelist Award is given to recognize an outstanding work by a first time African American fiction writer. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration. Additionally, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing citation is provided to an author and/or publishing company for unique books that offer a positive depiction of African Americans.

First presented at the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors. Recipients of these awards offer outstanding depictions of the cultural, historical or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Books from small, large and specialty publishers are welcome for review consideration. Titles forwarded for review must be published in 2019. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible.Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Please send one copy of each title submitted to each member of the Literary Awards Committee. A Committee roster with their addresses can be found at

Supply all available information regarding the submission, including promotional material, author biography and available news articles and reviews.

BCALA Literary Awards Criteria

BCALA presents four (4) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.

The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences and reference).

The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first time fiction writer.

The Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation recognizes the author and/or the publishing company (for their support and publication of) special and unique books that recognize the outstanding achievements and positive depiction of contributions of the people and legacy of the Black Diaspora.

The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Additionally, honor books may be selected in each category.

Purpose: To encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African Americans.


1. Must portray some aspect of the African American experience past, present or future.

2. All authors, editors and contributors must be African American(s) born in the United States.

3. Must be published in the United States in the year preceding presentation of the award.

4. Must be an original work.

The final submission date to each juror is December 31, 2019. Decisions will be made during the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA in January 2020. The awards will be presented in Chicago, ILduring ALA’s Annual Conference in June 2020. Publishers and winning authors will be advised of the Literary Award Committee’s decision in advance of the annual conference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

(757) 727-5185 or email:


Gladys Smiley Bell, Chair

BCALA Literary Awards Committee

Monday, October 21, 2019

Reedsy prompt: armchair detective

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Deadline: October 25, 2019

Submissions via Submittable

Prize: $50

Winning stories will be featured on our website and in our weekly newsletter.
Submissions will be approved and published within 7 days of the contest closing.

In much of the world, fall is in full swing. Leaves are a vibrant kaleidoscope of oranges, reds, and yellows. A chill is settling in. Days are shorter, and pumpkin spice is, well, everywhere. In other words, it's the kind of weather that simply begs for you to cozy up with a good read. And what kind of book could be cozier than a cozy mystery?

For those of us who enjoy getting spooked, but not terrified, in the lead-up to Halloween, the cozy mystery is a great genre. It provides suspense and mystery, but not horror. The crimes are depicted lightly, and typically take place in idyllic towns where things always ended up working out.

This week, our prompts are inspired by the cozy mystery genre. But that doesn't mean your story needs to involve a mystery! The great thing about fiction is how hallmarks of one genre can weave their way into stories of all kinds.
This week's prompts:

  • Write a story that takes place in a small town where news travels fast.
  • Write a story about a character with a sidekick.
  • Write a story featuring a protagonist with a knack for getting to the bottom of things.
  • Write a story that involves a mystery — it doesn't need to be crime-related, it should just include something that remains unexplained until the end.
  • Write a story that features an ensemble cast of characters.

The Cincinnati Review guidelines

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The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. We read between September 1 and March 1, with an exception: miCRo submissions are open year-round, excluding the time during which we accept contest submissions.

The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions from writers at any point in their careers. We read between September 1 and March 1, with an exception: miCRo submissions are open year-round, excluding the time during which we accept contest submissions. 

We accept online submissions here. (Sorry, we no longer accept submissions through regular mail, except for those who have disabilities or are incarcerated.) Our typical response time is six months, though we may take longer on occasion. Please don’t query until after a year: Our submission manager system keeps the process reliable, so if it says your piece is “received,” it is still under consideration.

Current and former students, faculty, and staff of the University of Cincinnati or their families are ineligible to submit unless they are more than two years removed from their affiliation with the university.

We cannot consider previously published works, including those posted online, but we do accept simultaneous submissions (please contact us if individual poems are accepted elsewhere; please withdraw any prose pieces taken by another journal).

Please note: If we accept a piece, we prefer to work with the essay, poem, or story as submitted to us, not with later revisions, though we may suggest changes during the copyediting process.

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.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The First Line Submission Guidelines - Winter 2019

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All submissions must begin with one first line from:
Volume 16, Issue 1 to Volume 20, Issue 4.
Due date: November 1, 2019

Vol. 16, Iss. 1: Carlos discovered _______ [fill in the blank] under a pile of shoes in the back of his grandmother's closet.
Vol. 16, Iss. 2: "Please, Sylvia, give me a moment to think."
Vol. 16, Iss. 3: Fifty miles west of Bloomington lies Hillsboro, a monument to middle-class malaise.
Vol. 16, Iss. 4: We went as far as the car would take us.
Vol. 17, Iss. 1: Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.
Vol. 17, Iss. 2: Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
Vol. 17, Iss. 3: The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
Vol. 17, Iss. 4: George pressed the call button and said, "Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.
Vol. 18, Iss. 1: "Unfortunately, there is no mistake," she said, closing the file.
Vol. 18, Iss. 2: By the fifteenth month of the drought, the lake no longer held her secrets.
Vol. 18, Iss. 3: Mrs. Morrison was too busy to die.
Vol. 18, Iss. 4: In the six years I spent tracking David Addley, it never occurred to me that he didn't exist.
Vol. 19, Iss. 1: Eddie tended to drift into whatever jobs were available that would pay the rent.
Vol. 19, Iss. 2: The plan suddenly made sense.
Vol. 19, Iss. 3: Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn't retiring anytime soon.
Vol. 19, Iss. 4: "I'm tired of trying to see the good in people."
Vol. 20, Iss. 1: Leo massaged the back of his neck, thankful the meeting was finally over.
Vol. 20, Iss. 2: "I wanted you to be the first to know," Rowan tentatively confided in me.
Vol. 20, Iss. 3: The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air.
Vol. 20, Iss. 4: As she trudged down the alley, Cenessa saw a small _________________. [Fill in the blank.]

A few notes:

Don't just resubmit a story we've already rejected. We will know. We have every story submitted to us on file and why we rejected it.
Also, we understand that writers may add our first line to a story they are currently working on or have already completed, and that's cool. But please do not add our first line to a previously published story and submit it to us. We do not accept previously published stories, even if they have been repurposed for our first lines.
However, if you used one of our past first lines for a story that was published in another journal or magazine, write and tell us about it.
Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count won't get your story tossed from the slush pile).

Poetry: All poems must be written with the first line provided. The sentence can be broken across lines, but the punctuation cannot be altered or dropped. Poem length is up to the poet.

All Submissions: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run.

Multiple Submissions: We don't mind if you want to submit multiple stories or poems for the same issue.

Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Please do not send pdf versions of your story or links to Google docs. Make sure you tell us what issue you are submitting to in the email Subject Line. Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line's post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage.

Notification: We don't make decisions about stories until after each issue closes. We typically send notices out within three to four weeks after the issue's deadline to everyone who submitted a story. You can also check the home page of the Web site as we will indicate each issue's production status there.

Payment: We pay on publication: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction (all U.S. dollars). We also send you a copy of the issue in which your piece appears. You'll receive your money and issue at the same time.

Note to our international writers: Postage cost for sending author copies overseas is becoming outrageous, so we are reducing international author payment by the amount it would cost to send one author copy overseas. However, if you would like to receive an electronic version of the issue (PDF) instead of a hard copy, author payment will not change.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Chicken Soup for the Soul submission guidelines

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The deadline date for story and poems submissions is December 15, 2019.

If we publish your story, you will be paid $200 one month after publication of the book and you will receive ten free copies of the book your story or poem appears in. You will also become part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and will be entitled to buy cases of your books from us at half price. You will also receive our monthly newsletter that is sent exclusively to our published writers, with advance notice of new books, contests to win Chicken Soup for the Soul merchandise, and writing tips.

We have many Chicken Soup for the Soul books in development and we frequently add new titles. If you have a great story or poem you want to submit but it doesn’t fit with any of the topics below, please save it and check this page again in the future to see if we have added a topic that’s a better match.

If you have a story or poem that you think fits two of the topics below, you may submit it to both. Then let us know in the Comments section that you’ve done so. Also, you may submit more than one piece for each book.

We are always looking for new talent. So whether you are a regular contributor or new to our family, please share your story or poem with us. If this is your first time, please visit our Story Guidelines page, which will answer many of your questions about subject matter, length, and style.

Select Your Topic


9th Annual Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize

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Winner receives $350 prize money, publication by Northwestern University Press in Fall 2020, 15 copies of the book, and a featured reading at The Poetry Foundation.


Judging will be conducted by a panel of senior minority poets and scholars assembled by the Northwestern University Poetry and Poetics Colloquium.


Poets of color who have not previously published a book-length volume of poetry. 

Simultaneous submissions to other contests should be noted. Immediate notification upon winning another award is required. Winner must be available for a reading in Chicago in January of 2021.


Manuscripts must be submitted by December 31, 2019. The winner will be announced on March 15, 2020.


  • Complete submission form [see below] to be included with manuscript packet.
  • Email a PDF of one manuscript with a submission form attached separately. One manuscript per poet.
  • Author’s name should appear on the first page of the manuscript.
  • Manuscript must be typed single-sided with a minimum font size of 11 and 25-35 pages in length.
  • Manuscript must include a table of contents and list of acknowledgments of previously published poems.
  • Do not include illustrations or images of any kind.
  • Manuscripts not adhering to submission guidelines will be discarded without notice to sender.
  • Post-submission revisions or corrections are not permitted.
  • Email to:

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

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Deadline: 1 November 2019

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. 

Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish. If the winning story is in translation, the translator receives additional prize money. The competition is free to enter. Please read the rules below before entering, and then submit your story via this form.

For any entry or eligibility queries not covered below, please email for clarification before submitting an entry.

1. About the Prize

a. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is an annual award for unpublished short fiction administered and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

b. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is run by Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation.

c. The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. (See Section 5 for countries in each region).

d. The international judging panel comprises one judge from each of the five regions. Please note that while the entries will be judged regionally, all judges will read and deliberate on entries from all regions.

e. There will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money.

f. The final selection will be judged by an international judging panel; experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the longlist.

2. Eligibility

a. Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country – please see Section 5 for the list of Commonwealth countries – or stateless persons currently residing in a Commonwealth country. The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship status before winners are selected. Entries from citizens of non-Commonwealth countries are not eligible.

b. For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship (of two Commonwealth countries), the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.

c. There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing that they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

d. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1 November 2019.

e. All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Commonwealth Foundation which will exercise its judgement, in consultation with the prize chair, in ruling on questions of eligibility. The ruling of the chair on questions of eligibility is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.

f. Entries from previous overall winners of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible. Entries from previous regional winners are eligible.

g. Entries from current members of staff at the Commonwealth Foundation are not eligible.

h. Entries must be unpublished and remain unpublished in any language until 1 May 2020.

3. Entry rules

a. Entries, including those in translation, must be made by the original author.

b. Entries will only be accepted via the online entry form.

c. The deadline for receipt of entries is 1 November 2019 (11.59pm in any time zone).

d. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

e. The story must be the entrant’s own work.

f. The story must be original work and should not have been published anywhere, in full or in part, in any language, before 1 May 2020. Published work is taken to mean published in any printed, publicly accessible form, e.g. anthology, magazine, newspaper. It is also taken to mean published online, with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites.

g. Entries previously submitted to the Commonwealth Short Story Prize are not eligible.

h. Entries should be submitted in English, with the following exceptions: entries from Commonwealth citizens who write in Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish and who do not have an English translation of their
story, may submit their stories in the original language. English translations of short stories written in other languages are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided that the translator is also a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

i. Simultaneous submissions are eligible as long as the entrant informs the Commonwealth Writers immediately should the story be accepted for publication elsewhere or be selected for a prize.

j. Entries must be 2,000 words minimum, 5,000 words maximum (not including title).

k. Entries should be uploaded in a PDF document. Please save your document as a PDF and use the title of the story as the file name. Please note that the story must not be saved as ‘Commonwealth Story’, ‘Short Story’ or any other generic title. If it is not possible to save the entry as a PDF document, it may be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document, with the file name in the same format as above. The first page should include the name of the story and the number of words.

l. The author’s details should be included on the entry form. They must not be given anywhere on the uploaded document. All entries are judged anonymously.

m. Where applicable, the translator’s details should be included on the entry form.

n. All entries should be submitted in Arial 12-point font and double line spacing. All pages should be numbered and include a header with the title of the story.

o. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme.

p. The story should be adult fiction and must not have been written for children alone.

q. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that the prize organisers may publicise the fact that a story has been entered or shortlisted for the Prize.

r. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. Commonwealth Writers will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories (the overall winning story and the four regional winning stories) in an anthology and for promotional purposes.

s. The overall and regional winners will be expected to take part in publicity activities including social media where possible.

t. The overall and regional winners will be expected to undertake a mutually acceptable programme of regional outreach activities to develop and promote Commonwealth Writers.

4. Contact details

For any questions about eligibility or rules, please contact

5. Prize regions

Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, eSwatini, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. Overseas Territories: Saint Helena, Tristan Da Cunha, Ascension Island.

Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka.

Canada and Europe: Canada, Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom. Overseas Territories: Gibraltar, Falkland Islands.

Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. Overseas Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Pacific: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. Overseas Territories: Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The annual Autumn Moon Haiku Contest 2019

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Please submit one autumn-themed haiku  by email with the subject line: Autumn Moon Haiku Contest 2019, to

No attachments allowed (submit in the body of the email please).

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

A Public Space submission guidelines

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A Public Space welcomes submissions to the magazine from October 15–April 15. Work may be mailed to the Dean Street address above or submitted online through our Submittable page, where guidelines are also available. We are not currently accepting submissions for A Public Space Books. 

Please sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on submission periods. 

A Public Space welcomes submissions of fiction, essay, poetry, as well as multigenre work. 

Guidelines for Submitting Work

Please submit only one (​1) story or essay at a time; or up to five (5) poems. Additional submissions will be returned unread. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but if your piece is accepted elsewhere we ask that you please withdraw it from our system. Novellas and novel excerpts are always welcome. Translations are welcome, but it is the translator's responsibility to secure rights to the work before it is submitted. Reading an issue or two of the magazine before submitting is strongly recommended. 

Please note we cannot accept revisions to pieces once they've been submitted.

We will make every effort to respond to your submissions within four months, though at times it may be longer. If it has been ​more than four months and you have not yet received a response, we will be happy to reply to a query regarding the status of your submission.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2020

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Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award 2020 Application

The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 PST. Late applications will not be accepted. We will announce the recipients on 2 December, 2019 via our newsletter, our website and on social media.

Before completing this form, please review the applicant qualifications, general tips for applying, and further information about this award on Incomplete and incorrectly completed applications will not be reviewed. Only successful applicants will be contacted directly via email.

Because our workshops focus on prose, please do not included poetry writing samples. If your submission is a translation, please note this in the description and identify the original language. The maximum length permitted for EACH writing sample is 1000 words.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Defenestrationism 7th Annual Flash Suite Contest

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Winner: 75$
Runner-Up: 60$

Deadline: October 19th, 2019

What is a Flash Suite, you may ask.

Our team defines, albeit loosely, a flash suite as follows,

“A series of at least three flash fiction works that correlate, and build to something greater.  Recurring characters, extended motifs, harmonious subject matters, and/or sustained narrative are such correlations– but we encourage innovation and new ideas.”

Go crazy with it, kids, flash your faces off.

And here are some examples from our site: more FLASH SUITES

How we Judge
Expect harsh words of criticism if guidelines are not followed.
Otherwise, we’re all lovey-dovey.


-Grammar is no list of rules, no series of hoops.  Punctuation is an art form, remember that– punctuate like there’s no tomorrow.
-Defenestration is suggested, but not required.  This need not be literal.
–Edit, comrades, edit till there is no editing left to be done.  We ask you go through at least TEN read-through edits before submitting.
-Incomplete sentences must serve an obvious purpose, toward narrative or character development, dialogue, theme or style.
-Word limit of 1,000 for each individual piece of flash.  The entire suite combines each 1,000-or-less word piece into a longer work– which may be any reasonable length.
-Titles: we find titles frequently distinguish the best Flash Suites, especially with more abstract works.  We highly recommend individual titles for each piece of flash, and a general title for the total work.
-Please, please, no Zombie fiction.  We do not encourage work whose central theme is the braindead.  All other Sci-Fi, Fantasy and stories of Dis-reality– provided it is imaginative and different– will be considered.
-Flash fiction in suites, not a short story.  Our team makes this distinction.  Short stories may be submitted to the Defenestrationism !Short Story Contest! in the summer.
-A single piece of the suite may have been published before, otherwise, no previously published material.
-Seriously, you should edit more. Here are our Editing Tips

MUST– email Subject: FLASH SUITE Contest
— that’s

Include a PHONE NUMBER, in case our emails end up in your spam.
In no way will this number be distributed or published.

PDFs not preferred– difficult to transcribe to our site.

Feel free to complement us on our concrete and exact guidelines.  Most of the worst writing we’ve had the displeasure of reading comes from editors trying to explain and individualize their tastes for a publication.

We adhere closely to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
Do not submit if you have or have had any affiliation with any Judges.

We require only Electronic Rights, including Electronic Archival Rights.  Author maintains all Future Rights.  This works for us, and for you, and for the future of internet publications.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hoxie Gorge Review submission guidelines

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Deadline: October 15, 2019

Hoxie Gorge Review is committed to publishing innovative poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by both emerging and established contemporary writers. We aim to provide a platform for writing that is urgent and engaging, regardless of theme or style. To that end, we seek work that compels us, that challenges us, that breaks us open. Our only requirement is quality. Send us your best.

*How to Submit: We are currently accepting unsolicited short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. We especially welcome marginalized voices and authors from underrepresented communities to submit.

Simultaneous submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are welcome and encouraged. If your submission is no longer available for publication, please use our online submission portal to withdraw it as soon as possible. If you need to withdraw a single poem, please add a note to your submission and email us at

Simultaneous review submissions will not be accepted.

Previously published work, in print or online, will not be considered.

For poetry, please submit 3-5 poems in a single document. Each poem should start on a new page. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or essay at a time. While we prefer shorter pieces, we are happy to read quality work of any length. For reviews, please submit one review of no more than 1,000 words.

Please include a cover letter with your contact information and a brief third person bio in the “Comments” section.

Contributors retain all rights but are asked to acknowledge Hoxie Gorge Review as first publisher if works appear in books, anthologies, or future publications.

While we aim to respond to your work in a timely manner, please allow up to 3 months for response.


Submit one story. While we prefer shorter works (4,000 words or less), we're happy to read quality work of any length.

Non Fiction

Submit one essay (personal essay, memoir, creative nonfiction). While we prefer shorter works (4,000 words or less), we're happy to read quality work of any length.


Submit 3-5 poems in a single file (Word or PDF)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Society of Classical Poets submission guidelines

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These submission guidelines apply to both the website, which acts as an online journal, and our annual Society of Classical Poets Journal, which uses works selected from the website. By appearing on the Society’s website, your poem also has the opportunity of being linked to by the major news aggregator Whatfinger.

Some type of meter, such as iambic pentameter, is required. To learn how to write poetry with meter, see a brief beginner’s guide on common iambic meter here or a more elaborate beginner’s guide to many kinds of meter here.

We do not normally offer feedback (unless you are a Member of the Society and request it or you are very persistent). General feedback is listed here. For a detailed guide on writing poetry see the Society of Classical Poets’ How to Write Classical Poetry.

We accept submissions on any theme you may choose; however, we recommend these themes:

(1) The negative effects of communism and socialism on the West: Communism, including its first phase (socialism), is an ideology based on destroying harmony among social classes and eliminating traditional beliefs and moral values. It has led to over 100 million deaths—more than the first and second World Wars combined. Despite this, the ideology continues to manipulate America, Europe, and the West in general, and its crimes have still not yet been fully exposed or understood. We encourage poetry that exposes it in any of its forms.

(2) Human rights in China: In a globalized world where many products are “Made in China,” the human rights violations there are essentially in our own backyard. Particularly heinous is the persecution of the peaceful meditation practice Falun Gong, including the forced removal and sale of practitioners’ organs. Also included on the long list of offended parties are democracy advocates, human rights lawyers, bloggers, Tibetan Buddhists, Catholics, Christians, and many others. We encourage poetry that exposes the abuses of human rights in communist China.

(3) The beauty of classical arts: Classical arts, found in the realms of literature, fine art, architecture, music, dance, and so on, cherish a clear sense of beauty and the mastery of traditional techniques. At their best, they inspire us with their lofty ideals, strengthen the basic moral foundations of society, and, of course, delightfully entertain us. Yet, today, classical arts are often neglected and treated as boring or out of style. We seek poetry that celebrates the beauty and power of classical arts. “Classical” here is in the broad sense and refers to arts or methods from the Romantic period or earlier, or approximately pre-1870.

(4) Beauty in a general sense. Love poems are accepted.

(5) Humor & riddles: Clean humor only please.

(6) Essays & Translations: Essays or analyses on poetry and translations of poetry from the Romantic era or earlier.

Email your submission to, in the email body and/or in a Word file is fine.


-You do not have to be a Society member to submit.
-Do not submit more than five poems in a single month.
-You will receive an email indication about the acceptance or polite rejection of your poetry within a fortnight or two.
-Currently, there is no payment for submissions.
-If, once you grant the Society permission to publish your poetry, you wish to rescind that permission, you may email a rescind request to However, the Society may or may not grant the rescind request.
-The Society may shorten submitted poet bios for any reason.
-By submitting your poetry or prose to the Society of Classical Poets or posting anywhere on this website, you are giving the Society permission to publish your poetry on the website, potentially in the annual print journal or other Society publications. You, however, retain rights to your poetry.
-By sending in a submission your email address will be automatically enrolled to receive the Society’s email newsletter. You can choose to unsubscribe after receiving your first newsletter.

Blueline seeks work about the Adirondacks

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Blueline seeks poems, stories and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature's shaping influence. We also welcome creative nonfiction that interprets the literature or culture of the region, including northern New York, New England and Eastern Canada.

Blueline always publishes both new and established writers. You'll catch our attention if your writing is vigorous, interesting and polished. We're not interested in effusive descriptions of scenery. We are looking for realistic approaches to the environment: the literature we publish expresses imagination, reflection, and insight about the natural world.

The submission period is July through November. Decisions are made mid-February. Payment is made in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such: notify the editors immediately if a simultaneous submission is placed elsewhere. No previously published works.

Send manuscripts to:
120 Morey Hall, SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam, NY 13676

Electronic submissions are encouraged as Word *.docx attachments sent via email. When emailing attachments, please identify the genre of the work in the subject line. Send them and any questions to

Friday, October 11, 2019

Jokes Review submission guidelines

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UPDATE: We are currently ONLY accepting submissions for 1) anything related, however loosely, to the theme of space-travel, and 2) submissions to our book series.

Jokes Review accepts online submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, miscellaneous prose, poetry, and art. We're open to experimental works, humorous works, and scraps of writing that may or may not be classified as jokes. If you've written an ironic existential rant or an inspired manifesto, we want to read it. We're also interested in traditional prose with a strong voice and high energy. Shorter works are best, but we'll consider anything up to 3,500 words.

To get a better idea of what we're looking for, check out our ABOUT page.

All submissions to Jokes Review must be original and previously unpublished.

Send submissions to:

The subject for your email should include the type of work you're submitting (e.g. FICTION or POETRY).

  • Your submission should include contact info and a short third-person bio.
  • Include your submission either in the body of the email or as an attachment.
  • Simultaneous submission are welcome, but let us know if the work is picked up elsewhere.

Follow the instructions above for submitting to Jokes Review.
To be considered for our Fair-Minded Fraud and Forgery book series, the work should be at least 12,000 words. The content should explore a specific theme in art, literature, or philosophy that you are personally connected to or unusually inspired by. The work should be a mixture of fact, fiction, and autobiography.

If you're curious but confused, if you would like sample topics to consider, or if you're interested in collaborating with us to bring your vision to life, don't hesistate to reach out!


By submitting your work to Jokes Review, you indicate your consent for us to publish your work in our  journal. Jokes Review acquires first North American serial rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author.

Submitting to Jokes Review is always free, as we believe it should be. But if you'd like to show your support for our journal, consider purchasing a hard copy of one of our issues (they look great in print!). Also, tell your friends about Jokes Review, share our stories, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Awakenings Review submission guidelines

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The Awakenings Review is an annual literary journal published by The Awakenings Project. The Awakenings Review publishes original poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, essays, photographs, excerpts from larger works, and black-and-white cover art—all created by persons who have had a personal experience with mental illness.

Editorial Policy

A writer for The Awakenings Review (The AR) need not have a mental illness—we open submissions to family members and friends of people with mental illnesses. We do prefer that a writer have a mental illness of some type, and be willing to write about it, but that does not have to be the focus of the writings. The AR occasionally publishes special issues dedicated to specific topics, or featuring authors who live with a particular illness.

In most cases, at least two members of The AR editorial board review each submission. We strive to give a preliminary response as soon as possible.

Contributors selected for publication are not paid for their work. However, they will receive a complimentary copy of the journal in which their work is published when it becomes available, and additional copies at a discount.


Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Email submissions should be in a .doc or .docx format attached to an email sent to Include the word "submission" in the subject line.

If you are submitting more than one poem by email, they should all be grouped together into one Word file, e.g., not sent as individual files.

All manuscripts sent to us should be accompanied by a cover letter, which in part describes the writer's relationship to mental illness, either self, family member, or friend.

Manuscripts can be mailed to:
The Awakenings Review
P.O. Box 177
Wheaton, IL 60187

If mailed, you will be notified when we receive your submission.

Submission Guidelines

Material must be offered for first publication. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. However, if a submission is accepted by another publisher as well as by The AR, the author must notify The AR as soon as possiblre of their preferred publisher.
Individuals are encouraged to submit a body of work for review. With poetry, that means no less than three poems, or up to five pieces of poetry, or one short story (no more than 5000 words) per issue. If this limit is exceeded, the entire submission may be returned unreviewed.

Do not send The AR the original or sole copy of a submission.The AR does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged submissions.

Mailed submissions will not be returned to the creator unless accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope with the correct postage.

Format for Submissions

Please adhere to the following guidelines:


The maximum length for all work submitted for a given issue is 5,000 words.

Pages should be numbered, and the writer's name, address, phone, and email address should appear at the top of the first page of each piece submitted.

Authors should be aware that an individual line of poetry that exceeds 60 characters in length cannot be printed as a single line when published.

Upon acceptance for publication, authors who reach us through the mails will be asked to email a copy of their works to

Mental Health History

Authors should include a cover letter describing their experience with mental illness, either self, family member, or friend of someone who struggles with mental illness. While this information is voluntary and its absence will not preclude your work from being considered, if your work is accepted for publication you will be asked to submit a short biography where we would like you to supply this information.

Writers and artists retain the copyright to their material. By submitting work, they agree to assign to The AR one-time rights for publication.

By agreeing to allow their work to be published in The AR, writers whose work is accepted agree to allow The AR to publish a brief biography of them in the print copy of The AR, and to permit The AR to publish their names and titles of their works on The Awakenings Project web site. With the author's permission, the work itself may also be published on The Awakenings Project web site. The Awakenings Project will take measures to protect writers' names from access by Internet “web crawlers” to ensure, to the best of its ability, the writer’s privacy. Access to information published on The Awakenings Project site cannot, however, be guaranteed to be inaccessible to all web crawlers.

Storm Cellar submission guidelines

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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.


Translations: We may print translations of very short works; translators are responsible for obtaining reprint rights as well as English-language rights, as we want to print the original side-by-side with your translation.

Creative Nonfiction:

Reviews: We will read reviews of pretty much anything(s) — and we mean anything(s) — if they are funny, or are (secretly?) essays.
Essays: We like lyric(-al) and narrative(-ish) essays, and wilder forms too. (See “The ‘F-Word’” in Gulf Coast 25.1.) We don’t think essays must be “personal”; we’re not opposed to items like this. On the other hand, footnoted academic studies and lit crit are right out.
Experimental and genre-bending works: Cool beans! (When mixing fiction with non-, mention that in a cover letter.)

What is creative nonfiction?

(1) What it says on the tin: please craft your work; please do not D’Agata your facts. (2) Narrative wants story-coherence, but we have a thing for formal play, collage effects, lists, hermit crabs, and other nonlinear methods. (3) Eula Biss, Sarah Manguso, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Audrey Petty, Zadie Smith; Monica Berlin, Judith Butler, Edwidge Danticat, Stephanie Dickinson, Joan Didion, Roxane Gay, Stephen J. Gould, José Angel Araguz, B.J. Hollars, Pico Iyer, Ben Langston, Amy Leach, Michael Martone, Ander Monson, Daniel Nester, Susan Orlean, George Orwell, Natania Rosenfeld, Sheryl St. Germain, Nicole Walker, David Foster Wallace, Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Flash: We’d love to find out what this is when you submit it.


(1) Stories that matter, stories you would make time to read even if you didn’t write them, even if Game of Thrones is on, even if you’re in the truck on the way to the hospital to deliver your second baby. (2) Something unique, something weird (whatever that means); narratives that tap deep human experience, or absolutely refuse universalization. (3) A great idea demands great execution, exposition is not action, stories need plot, the reader can think for herself. We prefer you cut to the chase and sink our battleship with beautiful sentences. We write too, and want to die a little of jealousy over your short pants stories.

Yes to stories with genre or fantastic elements — that is, even more fantastic than “magic realism.” We’ve published fables and a story with a dragon in it. We are not interested in merely genre work. Think Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question,” Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box,” N.K. Jemisin, and Kelly Link. (We agree that “literary” names a genre, but you know what we mean.)

(1) Read a past issue. (2) We want to see invention. We get tired of pocket-size epiphanies and diary entries. Send us what surprised you when you wrote it. Something larger than itself. We want you to save our lives and blow our minds and eat us alive and keep us up at night, except without clichés. (3) Any form; we care about prosody, but we think rhyme and meter are hard. Narrative, lyric, post-whatever, partyknife — it’s all good. (Even anti-affect “conceptual poetry.”) We lurv, e.g., Cummings, C.D. Wright, Tranströmer, Bishop, Claudia Rankine, D.A. Powell, Jericho Brown, Jane Hirschfield, and Rae Armantrout. Recently, Sawako Nakayasu, Lo Kwa Mei-en, and Saeed Jones have blasted our socks off.
Art and Images: What have you got? We have standards, but no filters. Please remember: the print magazine is half-letter size, and the interior prints in black and white.

Stylistic fit: We don’t put a lot of stock in consistency for consistency’s sake, yet we have developed some tendencies over the years. You can order back issues from us (downloads are cheap). You’ll find samples, and some things to avoid, in our archive.

Submittable Submission Form

Send art/photos/images/graphic narrative anytime — any medium & style: upload up to 20 pages here, or email a gallery link. [See what we’ve printed.]

We’re actively seeking under-represented voices — especially people of color with a Midwest connection. We’d like to hear from more authors who are indigenous, gender-nonconforming, living off-grid, disabled, lgbq+, neuroatypical, border-straddling, poor, of trans* experience, algorithms, or women writing beyond patriarchy. (We are not particularly interested in the performance of suffering.)

We have been thinking about — global warming, Antifa + Black Bloc slashfic, rupture vs. rapture, Frankfurt’s type of bulls–t, Unhhhh, “weird fiction,” the boundaries of “Indian Country,” research poetry, Chicago public housing, Tangerine, N.K. Jemisin, The Obscene Bird of Night, giant burning heaps of cell phones in Guiyu, Link Wray’s ideal sound, Deep Dream, gardening under late capitalism, Her Body and Other Parties.

Incarcerated authors may mail submissions to 1901 St. Anthony Ave. St. Paul MN 55104. Include SASE or postcard for response.


Contact: correspondence to stormcellar { d o t } editor { a t } gmail; unsolicited submissions to the online submission manager.

Subscriptions: via Submittable (accepts PayPal & cards): print &/or ebook (US). Single issues here. Subscribers may always submit for free by email (within the guidelines below).

Physical artists & photographers: Hook it up! Or email thumbs. Pics of sculpture & performance are cool too.

The Midwest connection: We’re from here. Given two pieces of equal worthiness, one connected (however tenuously) to the Midwest & one not, choose the one with the connection. The area includes at least Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Winnipeg. We’re trying to be inclusive, not create a regional competitor to Southern Writing or Bed-Stuy Writing or whatever.

Submission size and number: Submit no more than four times per year, one submission at a time. Writing must be unpublished and not posted online; art may have been posted online by you, sold as prints, or covered journalistically, but not otherwise published/used commercially.

1 nonfiction or fiction up to 5000 words
4 flashes up to 1000 words each
5 poems up to 400 lines / 15 pages total
art/images/graphics: up to 20 pp.
hybrid works up to 15 pp.; pick a home genre & include some kind of explanation

Double-space prose.
Begin each poem or flash on a new page.
Cover letters are optional; keep them short and to the point, and include a bio of 50 words or fewer. We generally omit nomination/runner-up/finalist credits. Say something about where you’re from/at.
Evidence that you’ve read an issue or at least browsed the archive is always appreciated.
Contributors: please wait one year past publication before submitting again.

Further genre info below (mainly about what we think we want).

Simultaneous submissions: Yes, please. But if you don’t notify us upon acceptance elsewhere we will put a darck majyk hex on you. To withdraw part of a submission, add a note under the Activity tab within Submittable.

Fees: None for the first few hundred submissions each month, after which paid submissions are always open. Subscribers may always submit for free by emailing the editors, subject to the length guidelines above.

Reading period: Year-round. We will respond within 12 weeks, often more quickly. After three months, feel free to ask what’s up.

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.

Copyright stuff: When an author or artist agrees to our offer of publication of a work, Storm Cellar thereby acquires worldwide first serial rights and limited, perpetual, nonexclusive, online rights. Submitters represent to us that they hold transferrable copyright for submitted works, and that those works meets our criteria above regarding previous publication status. We don’t use a formal contract, but rather make a “handshake agreement” regarding your work. Here are the terms:

Serial rights: until we publish your accepted work in our print and electronic editions, no one else may publish or republish it anywhere. We will publish both editions of each issue at the same time. We will construe this agreement to exclude, for works of art, rights over pre-existing re-publication agreements, and, for writing, to exclude agreements to publish as part of an omnibus of your work.
Online rights: we may include your accepted work in a message, or put it on our website as a freely readable/downloadable archive/feature/sample/promo/news-post/etc., whole or in part, now or in the future. We will construe this to allow use of images in such “messages” as social media avatars, profile header photos, or call-for-submissions posters. We will do our best to embed attribution in image exif data for art, and attribute written works visibly.
Serial rights revert to the author immediately upon publication, or when 18 months have passed, whichever is soonest.

We do not hold copyright for future anthologies/best-ofs, but we do consider ebook editions to be continuously “in print.”

Contributors kindly will acknowledge Storm Cellar as first publisher in all subsequent republication. Contributors grant us permission to send their accepted works to republication venues (such as Poetry Daily, Electric Literature, Best American …, etc.), and to awards (O. Henry, Pushcart, etc.).

Our privacy policy: (a) We won’t sell or give out your contact or personal information, in general. (b) But all communications are subject to publication. So don’t be a jerk.

Publication schedule: About every 5 months at the moment. We try not to accept work more than 12 months ahead; most acceptances go in the next-published issue.

“Constructive criticism”: We have a tiny, volunteer staff and many submissions. We simply will not respond to every submission with comment, let alone critique.

Do you tell everyone to submit again? Nope. If we tell you this, we mean it.

I don’t computer, can I mail stuff? Only if it’s bearer bonds.

Where have press/folks talked to/about you? Read reviews of SC 4.3, SC 4.1, SC 3.1 (superpowers), SC 2.2 (includes an interview), and SC 2.1. A Duotrope self-interview with the editors is here. The Managing Editor bluffed his way through “Six Questions For…” here. If you subscribe to the Sapling newsletter, we’re interviewed in #355. Another brief interview appears below the call here.

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