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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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


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!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Antioch Review submission guidelines

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The best answer: Read some issues of The Antioch Review. Within these pages you will find information that can help you to develop ideas for subjects and an understanding about treatment, lengths of articles, and the stories we have used. Perusing prior issues of The Antioch Review will be far more rewarding for you than any theories we might postulate.  This said, the following may also be helpful:

Nonfiction essays: Our audience is made up of educated citizens, often professional people, who are interested in matters beyond their fields of special activity.  With few exceptions, our subjects cover most of the range of social science and humanities.  Our approach tries to steer a middle course between scholars speaking exclusively to other scholars in their field and workaday journalists appealing to a broad popular audience; both these approaches have their own journals and audiences.  We try for the interpretive essay on a topic of current importance, drawing on scholarly materials for its substance and appealing to the intellectual and social concerns of our readers.  We are also interested in reviving the moribund art of literary journalism.

Fiction: We seldom publish more than three short stories in each issue. New writers as well as the previously published authors are welcome. It is the story that counts, a story worthy of the serious attention of the intelligent reader, a story that is compelling, written with distinction. Only rarely do we publish translations of well-known or new foreign writers. A chapter of a novel is welcome only if it can be read complete in itself as a short story.

Poetry: Like fiction, we get far more poetry than we can possibly accept, and the competition is keen. Here, where form and content are so inseparable and reaction is so personal, it is difficult to state requirements or limitations.  Studying recent issues of The Antioch Review should be helpful. No “light” or inspirational verse. Any poetry received without a self addressed stamped envelope will be discarded if rejected and no notice will be sent. No need to enclose a post card for the purpose of acknowledging receipt of a submission. Do not mix poetry and prose in the same envelope. Please submit three to six poems at one time.

Reviews: We do not publish unsolicited book reviews and very seldom do we publish essays on literary problems or the canons of significant contemporary writers. The editors and their associates regularly prepare a section of short book evaluations, selectively treating recent publications.


Since The Antioch Review is expensive to produce and operates on a precarious financial margin, free sample copies are not provided.  If copies are not available at your local newsstand or library, please feel free to browse our archive and choose the issue(s) you would like to read or give as gifts to friends and family.


At this time, we do not accept electronic submissions.


No, The Antioch Review does not accept previously published materials, hence, please do not submit materials that have been published in other publications.


While we discourage simultaneous submission, if you are also submitting a piece of writing that you are sending us to other publications, indicate this in your cover letter. If another publication accepts your submission, immediately let us know via emailing


Our literary standards are high. We do not have the staff to engage in major editorial rewriting except on rare occasions when the content justifies the effort.

Length:  We have no rigid expectations of length, preferring the content and treatment to determine size.  Rarely do we use articles or stories over 5,000 words—and 8,000 at the outside limit.

Style and more: Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced on one side of white, 8.5 x 11 paper. Please spare the editors the task of reading dirty Xerox copies or pages with excessive inter-linear corrections and revisions.


We encourage you to include a cover letter that tells us the type of piece you are submitting (fiction, non-fiction, poem, etc.) as well as provides a short bio about you. Please be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address in your cover letter.

While our interns and staff do what we can to ensure that all pages submitted by you remain together and in the order you submitted them, things do happen. As a result, we encourage you to include the following on every page:

page numbers  and tell us how many pages are in the piece (Example: Page X of Y)
the title of your piece
your name
your email address
your phone number


Manuscripts: We prefer manuscripts to be mailed flat, fastened by paper clip only, and one at a time, except for poetry.

Envelope: Address your submission to FICTION EDITOR or NONFICTION EDITOR or POETRY EDITOR, as appropriate, as this will help us to more efficiently process your submission. Note the type of submission on the envelope you use to transmit your material(s):

Do not mix prose and poetry in the same envelope.

Self-addressed, stamped envelope: A self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) is required. We do not read domestic submissions that do not include a SASE. International submissions must include either an SASE or an International Reply Coupon (IRC). If an IRC is unavailable, an email response can be requested.  Note: Email responses are an option for solely international submissions.

Mailing Address: Submissions should be sent to: The Antioch Review, P. O. Box 148, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, again with the appropriate information noted on the envelope (see above “Envelope” criteria).


As noted above, at this time, we do not accept electronic submissions.

Nonfiction Essays: Submissions postmarked with a date between September 1 through May 31 are accepted.  We do not accept essay submissions postmarked with a date between June 1 and August 31. Submissions received during this period will be returned unread (if SASE enclosed) or discarded.
Fiction: Submissions postmarked with a date between September 1 through May 31 are accepted. We do not accept fiction submissions postmarked with a date between June 1 and August 31. Submissions received during this period will be returned unread (if SASE enclosed) or discarded.
Poetry: Submissions postmarked with a date between September 1 through April 30 are accepted. We do not accept poetry submissions postmarked with a date between May 1 and September 1. Submissions received during this period will be returned unread (if SASE enclosed) or discarded.


​Contract:  Authors must be of legal age to enter into contracts.

Fee: There is no submission fee.

Processing Time: We try to report on manuscripts as quickly as possible. The process can sometimes take months.  Your patience during this time is appreciated. We acknowledge receipt of a manuscript only if it is accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope for that purpose. Please do not email inquiries or call asking for the status of your manuscript or poetry.

Payment: Payment is upon printed publication at the rate of $20.00 per printed page (about 425 words) plus 2 copies of the issue.  Authors may buy additional copies at an authors’ discount off the cover price.

Rejections: While material read by The Antioch Review is seriously considered, we cannot comment on each rejection.

Questions? Please email


The Antioch Review has been publishing prominent and promising poets and authors for over 75 years!  (See 75th Year Part I and 75th Year Part 2). Supporters of the Antioch Review are a diverse group of readers, writers, and lovers of literature who, through generous donations, help keep the Review publishing the best words in the best order:  The finest fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in print today.

The Antioch Review is an asset of Antioch College and is supported in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Bedlam Publishing seeks submissions

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We are currently open for submissions exclusively from women and non-binary folks through October 20th, then general submissions will open for the remainder of the month.

Submissions from all over the planet are encouraged! We are looking for more visual art, audio, and multimedia, more socially conscious work of any discipline. Tell us a story we've never heard. Introduce us to new characters, experiences, ideas, hidden cultures and histories. Rattle the chains of patriarchy, bigotry, corporatocracy, classism, and other social disease.

Please note, we are not presently accepting poetry.

We love work that blends and reimagines genres. We're not into gratuitous rape or violence. We appreciate the grotesque, but only if it transcends shock value and enhances the work. Shock as a device and shock as a catalyst for social change are very different, and we are not interested in the former.

We encourage simultaneous submissions. Submit far and wide! We only ask that you please notify us in the event that the submitted work is accepted elsewhere.

Once your piece is submitted, do not send revisions unless they are requested by the editors. If your work is not polished, revise until it is, then submit! Pulling your piece, editing it, and resubmitting will not bypass this guideline.

Artists always maintain all rights on any and all work submitted to and published by Bedlam Publishing, though we do ask for first digital publishing rights (no prior/current publication, in print or online—blogs included). However, we love to feature first English translations! After publication, all rights are exclusively maintained by the artist.

Unfortunately, we cannot pay our contributors. Stick with us and get published. We'll do everything we can to promote and support you, and hopefully provide paid work in the future!

We are interested in all mediums. We accept all file types as long as written works somewhat resemble standard manuscript format. Send visual art at highest possible resolution. Direct all submissions to:

submissions AT bedlampublishing DOT com

You will receive confirmation of receipt as soon as your submission is delivered. If you do not, please contact us, as your message may be lodged in the spam folder. We read every submission carefully, completely, and repeatedly. This tends to delay response time, but if you do not receive an acceptance or a rejection within 3 months, feel free to ask us why we're taking so long.

If you have general questions or concerns about the submission process, our editor Josh wrote a handy guide for The LetterWorks, which you can read here!

Please direct specific questions or comments to the email address above, or contact us on Twitter or Facebook!

Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!
-Your pals at Bedlam Publishing

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Reedsy prompt: Peanuts

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Deadline: October 11

$50 Prize money

On October 2, 1950, the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz made its debut in nine American newspapers. Bringing beloved characters like Charlie Brown and Snoopy into our lives, Peanuts is one of the most popular comic strips ever published. In fact, with 17,897 strips published during its lifetime, it's been credited as "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being."

To celebrate Charlie Brown and his gang, this week's writing prompts are all inspired by characters from the comic. Can you guess who?

This week's prompts:

  • Write a story about a character who remains resilient even when things feel like they're constantly going wrong.
  • Write a story about a character who is trying to create art but is constantly interrupted.
  • Write a story about someone who is unexpectedly wise.
  • Write a story about someone who believes they are an extremely good judge of character.
  • Write a story about two friends who have a knack for understanding each other better than anyone else.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The 2020 A Public Space Fellowships

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We are pleased to announce that applications will open on September 15 for the 2020 A Public Space Fellowships. ​The aim of these fellowships is to seek out and support writers who embrace risk in their work and their own singular vision.

Writers who have not yet contracted to publish a book are invited to apply.

Three fellowships will be awarded, which will include:

—six months of editorial support from A Public Space editors to prepare a piece for publication in the magazine;
—a $1,000 honorarium;
—the opportunity to meet with members of the publishing community, including agents, editors, and published writers;
—the opportunity to participate in a public reading and conversation in New York City with A Public Space editors and contributors.

Eligibility: ​Only writers who have not yet published or been contracted to write a book-length work are eligible. International applicants are encouraged to apply, but we are only able to consider submissions in English. There is no residency requirement for the Fellowships. Only one submission per person is allowed. Please do not submit a piece you have previously submitted to A Public Space, either through the Fellowship category or the General Submissions category. A Public Space reserves the right to invite submissions.

Timeline: Submittable will be open for Fellowship submissions from September 15 – October 15 only. Submissions for the Fellowships close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on October 15, 2019. Successful applicants will be informed no later than February 15, 2020. The fellowship period will be March 1, 2020 – September 1, 2020.

Procedure: Only electronic submissions will be considered. Applications must be submitted through the Fellowship category in Submittable. (The category will not be available until September 15.) There is no application fee. Please submit the following:

— A cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement; one paragraph that is a favorite of yours from a book you've read, be it recently or long ago; and a brief statement telling us why this particular passage is meaningful to you. Please also note in your cover letter if you are a resident of one of New York City's five boroughs.
— One previously unpublished prose piece. There is no word-count requirement. If selected, the piece submitted is the piece that will be published in the magazine.
—We accept simultaneous submissions, but please note that if your piece is accepted elsewhere, you will be required to withdraw your entire application; replacement pieces will not be accepted once the deadline has passed.

Note that we only accept PDF or Word files (.doc and .docx). The cover letter and manuscript should be submitted as separate files. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned unread.

CRAFT seeks short fiction

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Submissions for CRAFT Short Fiction are open year round and offer payment of $200 for original work. 

We are thrilled to be able to pay for published stories, and will be highly selective in our choices.

In order to serve our aim of exploring the art of fiction, each piece will include an editor’s introduction as well as a craft essay from the author. This author's note will be requested upon acceptance.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com

  • CRAFT Short Fiction submissions are open to all writers
  • International submissions are allowed
  • Fiction only
  • Please submit work in English only
  • 6,000 word count maximum (for stories of fewer than 1,000 words, please choose the Flash Fiction category)
  • We review literary fiction, but are open to a variety of genres and styles—our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft
  • We do consider reprints, however we are unable to pay for these stories
  • We allow simultaneous submissions—writers please notify us and withdraw your piece if your work is picked up elsewhere
  • We no longer allow multiple submissions—please submit only one piece until you've heard back from us
  • Please, please, double-space your submission and use Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • Please send your story as a Word doc
  • Please include a brief cover letter with your publication history (if applicable)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

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This award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war. It recognizes the service of American veterans and military personnel and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction. Donated by William Young Boyd II.

An annual award consisting of $5,000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


  • Novel must have been published during the year prior to the award.
  • Incidents of war can constitute the main plot of the story or merely provide the setting.
  • Young adult and adult novels only.

Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction

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These are our guidelines for submitting information on a prospective book project. Please include as much of the following information as you can:

  • Title
  • Overview (1–2 pages) and explanation of the scope, focus, and purpose of the book.
  • Significant or unique features (e.g., new subject area, distinguished contributors, unique form). Provide information that will help us answer the question, “Why would this book be a valuable contribution to the genre of literary nonfiction?” Please tell us what other books or resources are available on your topic, or on closely related topics, and how your proposed book differs from these.
  • At least two sample chapters; complete manuscripts are very welcome.
  • If you are proposing a book of unusual size or format, please describe and tell us why you think it's necessary to the project.
  • Describe any photographs, illustrations, charts, etc., that will be part of the book.
  • Estimated length. (We're looking for manuscripts that range from 40,000 to 100,000 words.)
  • Tentative schedule for completion of draft.
  • A copy of your current résumé or CV.
Please also provide the following information, so we can understand how better to market your work:
  • The book’s target audience and relevant demographics. Who needs this book? Readers interested in a topic? A certain sub-genre of nonfiction? Other writers? Students? If students, in which kinds of classes, at what level?
  • The book’s selling points: What might motivate someone to purchase the book? What will readers gain, so to speak?
  • Positioning your book in the market: What books on the same subject are currently in print? How is your book different from them?
  • If you are unsure about whether your project fits the editorial program of the Press, please feel free to send a brief initial query to Mr. Griswold at

Please allow us one month to consider your proposal before you make any followup inquiries. We make every effort to respond as quickly and humanely as possible. Thank you.


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