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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reedsy Prompt: Auld Lang Syne

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Win $50 in our short story competition
This week's theme: Auld Lang Syne

Closes at 23:59 - Jan 03, 2020 EST

  • Write a short story about someone who does not spend December 31st celebrating New Year's Eve.
  • Write a short story in which the last line is the countdown to midnight on New Year's Eve.
  • Two strangers meet at a New Year's Eve party. They spend the party together, and then never see each other again.
  • Write a short story about someone with unconventional New Year's traditions.
  • Write a short story about a person who goes to bed on New Year's Eve and wakes up in 1920.
  • You are a bartender working a night shift when a group of people come in on a holiday pub crawl.
  • Write a short story about an inn-keeper wondering whether this will be their last holiday season in business.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Nick Kristof Win-A-Trip Contest 2020

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We're pleased to invite undergraduate and graduate university students to apply for The New York Times 2020 Win-a-Trip contest. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof has been holding the contest since 2006, and the winner will join him on a reporting trip to a country or region facing development challenges.

Co-hosted with the Center for Global Development, the aim of the prize is to generate interest in neglected global issues, and the winner will also have the opportunity to write for The New York Times.

Writers of color, women, LGBTQ+ students, conservatives, liberals, artists, athletes, veterans—we want to hear from all of you!

To apply, please fill out the short application form and answer the essay question online.

In no more than 700 words, explain why we should pick you for Win-a-Trip. Tell us about yourself and what you would bring to the reporting and to readers.

You may also suggest where we should go and what you would like to write about for the NYT, and/or discuss your aspirations and what you would like to be doing in 10 years.

Our goal is to get a better understanding of you, your accomplishments, and your writing ability.

The contest submission period ends at 11:59 ET on January 7, 2020. The winner will be chosen by Nick Kristof and Times staff, and will be notified via email or phone sometime in February or March.

Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

Center Field of Gravity’s Inaugural Gravity Award

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It is with great excitement that we here at Center Field of Gravity are announcing the first annual Gravity Award, which we hope to grow, with the help of all our submitters and visitors, to encompass multiple categories in future years.

1) There will be no submission fee; yes, it is free. The author of the winning story will be awarded $200.

2) We will be accepting previously unpublished science-fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories or long-form poems up to but not exceeding 17,000 words. This is a strict limit. Any story over the maximum by even a single word will be subject to immediate disqualification.

3) Please limit submissions to one per person. Also, all submissions should be anonymously submitted. Any characterizing marks, names, or forms of identification will warrant immediate disqualification. Your submission should be submitted in reasonable typeface and size; we’re not picky, but please use discretion.

4) All submissions will be judged by the Center Field of Gravity staff and five finalists will be chosen from among them to be published on the website. After the winning story is chosen, the runners-up will each receive $25 as a consolation prize.

5) Submissions are open as of this posting and will close on December 31st. Finalists will be announced in early Spring.

6) We request internet rights only for the five finalists. Print, television, movie, and audio rights will all be maintained by the author.

7) Submissions should be sent to We will gladly accept simultaneous submissions, but please alert us if the work is accepted elsewhere prior to the publishing of our results.

We hope to expand this contest in future years, so we greatly appreciate any and all submissions and visitors. Thank you for reading, and we look forward to reading your work!

Saturday, December 28, 2019

‘THE GIFT’ Short Story Competition 2019 OUEN PRESS 2019

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First prize £300
2 x Runners up £100 each  

Deadline for entries: 31st December 2019


1. The deadline date for entries will be Midnight (UK time) on 31st December 2019.

2. Entries to be submitted to:

3. The short story must be a work of fiction involving a 'Gift' of any type (a present, a capability) at any time (past, present day, future) or in any place (this world or another) within its theme.  For the purposes of this competition, the term 'Gift' will be viewed by the judges in the widest possible sense related to both setting and context. They will focus on well-written compelling storylines, thoughtful plots and engaging characters.

4. Ouen Press reserves the right to change the rules without notice where it is considered necessary. Any changes made will be posted on the Ouen Press website and any entrant objecting to any change made will have the right to withdraw from the competition prior to judging.


5. Entrants must be over the age of 18 at the closing date for entries.

6. Authors may be of any nationality living in any country.

7. Only one entry per author.

8.No entries may be submitted posthumously.

9.Submissions must be original, completely the author’s own work and must not have been published in any format previously. The submitted short story must not have been awarded any prizes or commendations. No third party shall have been granted any licence or other rights to the submitted short story.

10. No person associated with Ouen Press or the judges either professionally or personally shall be entitled to submit entries.

11. If for any reason the submission should not be eligible for the competition, or becomes ineligible following submission the author should notify Ouen Press immediately.

Entry Format

12. The length of the submission should be no less than 4000 words and no more than 10000 words excluding the title and word count.

13. Submissions must be written in English.

14. Submission must be made by EMAIL ONLY.  Any other format will not be admitted to the competition nor will they be acknowledged or returned.

15. All entry information, including the short story submitted, should be included in the MAIN BODY of the email. Attachments WILL NOT BE OPENED and therefore will be void. There is no restriction on font, line spacing or layout.

16. Entry emails should contain:

o   short story submission, including title and word count

o   author name

o   author telephone contact number

o   author contact postal address

o   previously published works of the author [ including published by a publisher, self-published, published on any website ]

o   any previous prizes awarded to the author

o   current employment of the author

17. The Email submission should include in the subject line of the email:

o   Short story title

o   Author name


18. There is no charge for entry. Only one entry is permitted per author.

Receipt of entry

19.  All entry submissions will be acknowledged by email. No other form of communication will be undertaken before the final results are communicated.

20. Entries will not be returned (so entrants are advised to keep a copy) and no corrections or changes will be permitted once the short story has been submitted.


21.There will be one Winner who will receive £300 and two Runners-up who will each receive £100. There will also be a selection of ‘Highly Commended’ entries. The Winner, Runners-up and Highly Commended entries may be published in a compilation following the announcement of the results of the competition.

22. The shortlist of authors and titles will be published on  on 31st April 2020.

23. Notification of the winning title, the runners-up titles and the highly commended titles will be confirmed to the individual authors and then published on prior to the intended publication date later in the year.  No other submissions will be listed.

24.     Where the title THE GIFT Short Story compilation is stated Ouen Press reserves the right use this as a ‘working title’ for the intended publication and amend or change this ‘working title’ such that the actual publication may be published under a different title(s).

25.     Authors of entries selected for publication will make themselves available for reasonable marketing programmes, including interviews, and provide a publicity photograph of themselves.

26.     Each shortlisted author will receive Two (2) paperback copies of the intended publication, free of charge.


27.     Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author.

28.    a. It is the intention of the organisers that the winning entry, the runners-up and the highly commended stories will be published by Ouen Press in a compilation of short stories. Ouen Press or its associates will have the unrestricted right to publish competition entries in any format at any time and in any language, and/or use any part or the whole in any relevant promotional material.

       b. By submitting an entry, authors of all winning, runners-up and highly commended stories agree to ensure that in the event any winning, runners-up or highly commended entries are published, including in any anthology publications, it will carry approved Ouen Press Short Story Competition credits, if requested to do so and provided all materials bearing such approved credits, logos or trademarks are pre-approved by Ouen Press Administration.

29.     Ouen Press will have the right to edit, make corrections and set submitted entry in ‘house style’ for the purpose of publication or marketing.

30.     Ouen Press will have the exclusive and unrestricted license to develop all rights in any format including film, TV and/or radio digital, audio and/or any format or platform not yet known in the submitted competition entry Ouen Press may consider appropriate for a period of five (5) years from the date of the winning entry being announced and the author of the story shall be entitled to fifty percent (50%) of the net profit achieved by Ouen Press from any such film TV and/or radio and/or other venture related to the submitted competition entry.


31.     Judging will be fair and without bias.

32.     The judges decision will be final and no criticism or advice will be provided.

33.    The judges will be Paula Comley, Principal - Ouen Press, Michael Connor, Author and Travel Writer and another judge (TBA). Ouen Press reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice.

Before entering the competition please ensure you have read and understood the rules. Submitting an entry will imply you have read and understood and are prepared to abide by the rules.  Failure to comply with the rules may result in disqualification.

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.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Blue Mountain Arts Thirty-fifth Biannual Poetry Card Contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2019
1st prize: $350 * 2nd prize: $200 * 3rd prize: $100

In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on our website

Please read the following, then scroll down to submit your poem.

Poetry Contest Guidelines:

  • Poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming, although we find that non-rhyming poetry reads better.
  • We suggest that you write about real emotions and feelings and that you have some special person or occasion in mind as you write.
  • Poems are judged on the basis of originality and uniqueness.
  • English-language entries only, please.
  • Enter as often as you like!

Poetry Contest Rules

All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author. The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the Web (in electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a winner or finalist. Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date. Contest is open to everyone except employees of Blue Mountain Arts and their families. Void where prohibited.

How to Submit
Simply complete the contest form below, or if you prefer, you may send your submission via snail mail* to:
Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest,
P.O. Box 1007, Dept. E,
Boulder, CO 80306.

Poetry Contest Submission Form

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Rejected Manuscripts submission guidelines

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We are looking for short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, and poetry. No submissions in any category may be more than 1500 words.

In order to qualify for consideration, your manuscript must have been rejected by at least one publication, or have failed to win a prize in a literary competition. You may feel free to revise your work before submitting it to us, but the general idea should be the same as the one that was rejected.

We will not publish every submission we receive, butwe aim to publish as many as possible. We are looking for pieces with some quality that makes them, for better or for worse, stand out from the crowd.

All submissions must be the original work of the submitter, and must be previously unpublished, in print or online, by a third party. If you have self-published the story, or posted it on your personal blog or website, we will happily consider it, but please let us know where else it has

By submitting your story, you are granting Rejected Manuscripts electronic rights in perpetuity and first printing rights, should your


We give rejected manuscripts a new lease on life story be selected for one of our print anthologies. Authors retain copyright of their work. You are also granting Rejected Manuscripts the right to edit your work slightly for spelling, punctuation, and style.

Please send manuscripts to

NOTE: We respond to every submission. If you have not heard back from us in 48 hours, please try again, and/or check your junk mail.

Be sure to include your full name, a list of publications that have rejected your story, and a copy of the manuscript attached as a word file. If you have a website or blog, please feel free to send along the URL and we will link to it from our website. Also, please send a short bio of two or three sentences which we may print in the anthology, should your story be selected.

We encourage you to vote for your own story and to promote it to friends and fans. However, it is against the spirit of the competition to indiscriminately vote down competitors’ stories.

Reasons we might reject a manuscript

  • Derivative
  • Not interesting
  • Would require severe editing to make it comprehensible
  • Too long
  • Copyright infringement
  • Defamation
  • Violates hate crime statutes

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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:

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis poetry submission guidelines

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Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis is a website dedicated to the serious art of writing humorous poetry. A new poem will be published here roughly once a week, or more/less frequently depending on the number and quality of submissions received.

The site is named in honour of Wendy Cope, one of the few poets who has successfully managed to sneak humour into the heart of the literary establishment. The original idea was to take the title of her poem and collection Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis by making it more relevant for the next generation by renaming it Making Cocoa for Martin Amis. But then it was felt that it would be truer to the spirit of the site if it became a bit less subservient and a bit more clumsy.

here are, of course, no rules for poetry, but here are a few submission guidelines:

  1. Send up to three poems at a time to .Either put the poems in the body of the e-mail or attach them as JPEGs or PDFs if the shape is important. E-mails with other attachments will be discarded, unread.
  2. In the body of the e-mail, please give your name as you would like it to appear on the site, along with a short (50 word or less) third-person biography, which may include links to your website or Twitter feed.
  3. Please do not infringe anyone else’s copyright. Your work must be entirely your own. If you are a plagiarist, the editor will hunt you down and kill you. Slowly and painfully.
  4. You may send us work that has been published elsewhere, as long as you still retain the copyright and tell us where it has been previously published.
  5. The subject matter is completely open, although it should make the editor laugh at least once. Nothing is off limits, although we reserve the right to give you funny looks. Contextually-appropriate bad language is permitted.
  6. The editor will aim to respond within one month. Please don’t send it anywhere else in the meantime as this causes all sorts of problems with scheduling if we accept something that turns out to be on longer available. If you do not hear back from us within three months, do give us a nudge in case your piece has fallen down the back of the sofa.
  7. Please do not ask for payment. This site is being run purely for the love of it. If at some point in the future, the traffic to this site becomes so immense that we can take advertising, we may reconsider this, but don’t count on it.
  8. No correspondence may be entered into. If the editor says no, the editor means no and is under no obligation to say why.
  9. Please wait at least a month before resubmitting, whether successful or unsuccessful. Unless the editor specifically invites you otherwise.
  10. You’re allowed to use rhyme. But if you do, the rhyme must be there for a reason. Make the rhyme unexpected. And make the lines scan. Or, if they don’t, make them not scan for a reason.
  11. You’re allowed not to use rhyme. But do make sure you’re not just taking a paragraph of prose and breaking it up into random lines. The key to the humour of a piece is often in its shape.
  12. Here are the names of a few poets who have made the editor laugh: Pam Ayres, Brian Bilston, John Cooper Clarke, Wendy Cope, Carole Ann Duffy, John Hegley, Roger McGough, Spike Milligan and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Tartts Fiction Award 2019

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

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

Monday, December 23, 2019

Creative Writing Life Monthly Competition

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Deadline: December 31st

Overall Best Entry: £20.00
Selected Runners-Up also published

Winners are announced on: 5th, monthly

There is no entry fee

One entry, per category, per month

Competition Rules

  1. Categories accepted: Short Story, Flash Fiction & Poetry
  2. Entries must sent via the online Entry Form
  3. All entries must be typed in English, be the original work of the Writer, and must not have been published before the date of submission
  4. Place no identifying marks on the story file
  5. Entries received after the closing date will be entered into the next competition
  6. Remember to keep a copy of your entry
  7. The judges’ view is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. The winning stories will be published in the CWL Magazine
  9. Copyright remains with the writer
  10. In contributing to Creative Writing Life you agree to grant the Creative Writing Life website a perpetual, non-exclusive right and licence to publish your contribution on the website as well as to publish and distribute your contribution, at our sole discretion, as part of any compilation work that Creative Writing Life may choose to produce in any format.

2020 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

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Sponsored by Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America (MWA)

1. The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Novel (in any genre), as defined by the guidelines below, (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel. Employees, and members of their immediate families living in the same household, of Minotaur Books or Mystery Writers of America (or a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of either of them) are not eligible to enter. Only one manuscript entry (the “Manuscript”) is permitted per writer. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry.

If you have questions or need further clarification after reading the following rules and guidelines, you may contact us at

2. To enter, you must complete an online entry form and upload an electronic file of your Manuscript. The entry form will allow you to upload one electronic file. Only electronic submissions, uploaded through the online entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail your manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.

To be considered for the 2020 competition, all submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 3, 2020.

a) Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word documents or PDFs. All manuscripts must be double-spaced, with pages numbered consecutively from beginning to end. All manuscripts must be saved as “Manuscript Title_Entrant Name.”

b) Each entrant should keep a copy of the Manuscript for his or her own protection.

c) Because of the great volume of submissions we receive and the fact that our judges are volunteers with full-time responsibilities elsewhere, it is important that you submit your Manuscript as early as possible. Submissions will get a more careful reading if the judge does not have to contend with a flood of last-minute entries.

The entry form is available HERE. 

3. Entrants must have a valid e-mail address. In case of dispute as to identity of an entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address provided to Minotaur Books. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as a natural person who is assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) responsible for assigning e-mail addresses or the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, website, Internet, or ISP unavailability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one’s ability to enter this Competition, including any injury or damage to any computer relating to or resulting from downloading any materials in this Competition.

4. All Manuscripts submitted: a) must be original works of book length (no less than approximately 65,000 words) written in the English language; b) must be written solely by the entrant, who may not be the author of any previously Published Novel; c) must not violate any right of any third party or be libelous, and d) must generally follow the Guidelines below.


a. Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story.

b. WHAT CONSTITUTES A PUBLISHED NOVEL: For the purpose of this Competition, a “Published Novel” means a work of fiction of at least 60,000 words in length that has been published or distributed, in part or whole, in paper or electronic format or in any other medium, excluding, however, self-published works. This does not include a chapter excerpt on an author’s website, subject to the conditions that: (i) the excerpt is the only text that exists for public viewing; (ii) the excerpt is not for sale to the public, and (iii) the number of words in the excerpt does not exceed 10% of the total number of words in the work as a whole. (The decision of the Competition’s judges as to whether or not an entrant or a Manuscript qualifies will be final.)

5. Nominees will be selected by judges chosen by MWA, with the assistance of the editorial staff of Minotaur Books, and the winner will be chosen by Minotaur Books editors on the basis of the originality, creativity and writing skill of the submission. The decision of the editors as to the winner of the Competition will be final. Minotaur Books reserves the right to cancel or modify the competition if, in the sole opinion of the editors, an insufficient number of qualified Manuscripts are received.

6. An attempt will be made to notify the Competition winner, if any, by telephone or U.S. mail no later than March 31, 2020. If the winner cannot be contacted, an alternate winner may be selected.

7. If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning Manuscript. After execution of the standard form author’s agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. On the condition that the selected winner accepts and executes the publishing contract proposed by Minotaur Books, the winner will then be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2020. THE WINNER WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY OTHER PRIZE AND WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY PART OF THE ADVANCE UNTIL THE STANDARD FORM AUTHOR’S AGREEMENT HAS BEEN EXECUTED BY BOTH PARTIES. Those terms of the offer not specified in the printed text of the Minotaur Books standard form author’s agreement will be determined by Minotaur Books at its sole discretion. The entrant may request reasonable changes in the offered terms, but Minotaur Books shall not be obligated to agree to any such changes. Minotaur Books may, but will not be required to, consider for publication Manuscripts submitted by other entrants.

8. No critical evaluation or commentary will be offered by the judges or the editorial staff of Minotaur Books unless, in the sole opinion of the editorial staff, evaluation or commentary is appropriate in the case of a Manuscript being considered for publication.

9. General: No cash substitution, transfers or assignments of prize allowed. All expenses, including taxes, relating to the winner’s publishing contract, are the sole responsibility of the winner. By accepting a prize, the winner releases Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America, and the parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers and agents of each of them from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense, including without limitation property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participation in this Competition or the acceptance of the publishing contract. If, for any reason, (including unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of Minotaur Books which corrupts or affects the administration, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition), the Competition is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Minotaur Books and Mystery Writers of America shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition.

Good luck!

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Reedsy weekly writing prompts: That Holiday Feeling

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$50 Prize money

Requires free Reedsy sign-up

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

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

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

  • You live in a neighborhood where lots of people go out of town for the holidays. But lately, this has been resulting in an increased number of break-ins.
  • Just before Christmas, a long-lost relative you've never heard of enters your life.
  • Write a short story about a work Christmas party that goes... awry.
  • Write a short story about an inn-keeper wondering whether this will be their last holiday season in business.
  • You are a bartender working a night shift when a group of people come in on a holiday pub crawl.
  • Holiday


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

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

The submission must be accompanied by this entry form.

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

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

Only one submission per author will be considered.

Submissions will be accepted from authors, publishers, and literary agents up to December 23nd 2018. There is no submission fee.

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

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

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

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

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

SIA’s Santa Western Short Story Contest

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It’s a very well kept secret that before Santa and Mrs. Claus took up residence in the North Pole and started spying on children all across the globe they first met in a dusty old saloon way back during the Gold Rush. However, the details about this very first meeting and subsequent partnership are sketchy at best.

So let’s hear your version! Put on your thinking cowboy hats and put pen to paper, then send us your submissions using the following guidelines:

The conditions for your submission are simple.

Use the form to submit your entry OR email us at Please indicate “SIA’s Santa Western Short Story Contest” in the Headline. Entries must include your name and a title, as well as a word count.

Entries must be received by 11:59PM on December 31st, 2019.

You may submit as many entries as you wish. Double or triple your chances!

Your story cannot be shorter than 1500 words and cannot be longer than 4000 words. Any stories not fitting these length requirements will be disqualified.

Excessive elements of gore, sexuality & violence will cause your story to be disqualified. Aim for a PG-13 rating for your story’s content.

Any stories promoting racism, sexism, misogyny or violence against marginalized groups will be disqualified. 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Deep Wild accepting submissions

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Beginning on October 1, the editors of Deep Wild Journal: Writing from the Backcountry will be accepting submissions for Volume 2, to be published in June 2020. We are seeking work that conjures the experiences, observations, and insights of backcountry journeys. By “backcountry,” we mean away from paved roads, preferably more than a day’s journey by foot, skis, snowshoes, kayak, canoe, horse, or any other non-motorized means of conveyance. Work that does not fall within this backcountry spectrum, however excellent it might be, is not a good fit for us.

We are open to a wide spectrum of carefully-crafted work, from the personal to the political (however you construe that word). We invite you to send up to three poems or one or more prose pieces (creative nonfiction or fiction), double-spaced, up to about 3,000 words total. We will consider longer prose pieces of exceptional merit. We are also looking for artwork for the cover and interior pages. (See specific Art Guidelines.)

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the work published in our Summer 2019 issue. Visit to subscribe, or to read selections published on our blog. To request a student discount, please contact us at

Previously published work is welcome, so long as the rights are yours. Please identify as such in your cover letter, and be prepared to provide proof of permission. If your work is selected, we ask for the right to publish it in our print journal and also possibly on-line. You retain all rights to your work.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know at once, via Submittable, if your work is accepted elsewhere and is no longer available.

Submission Window: October 1 through December 31 for poetry; October 1 through January 31 for prose and artwork.  

Our Submittable platform currently allows us to accept up to one hundred submissions per calendar month and no more. The earlier you can send us your work in any given month, the better your chances that it will be received. If you miss us one month, catch us at the start of the next! Please do not send manuscripts via email or US mail.

Response time: We will strive to respond to all submissions within four months after our submissions window closes (and often much sooner). If you do not hear from us after that time, feel free to query us.

Payment: Contributors will receive one copy of the journal in which their work appears, and a 40% discount on additional copies.


Please submit only once in any open-reading period. To be clear, this means you may submit work in one of the three categories: Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction. If your work is declined, please wait until our next reading cycle before submitting again.

Please submit all poems/essays/stories together in one document on a single submission form. All the work you submit must be contained in a single computer file. Artwork may be submitted in multiple files, so long as it is on a single submission form.

Submissions cannot be revised after you press <send>. Do not withdraw and resubmit a different version; if you do so, your work will be returned unread. Be assured that a few typos or minor errors will not affect our decision.

Do not include any contact information in the file that you submit. Your name and contact info will be included in the Submittable fields. This will make it easier for us to read fairly.

If you were a contributor to Volume 1 of Deep Wild, you are welcome to submit work for Volume 2, but in a different genre from the one you were published in.

Formatting guidelines: Please double-space prose and single-space poetry. Please indicate paragraph breaks by indenting, not by skipping a line (although an extra space to indicate section breaks is fine). Please put only one space after periods at the ends of sentences.

AND FINALLY: Submissions to Deep Wild are free; we do not believe in charging writers simply to have their work read. Rather, Deep Wild subsists solely on donations and subscriptions. If you believe in our unique mission to provide a home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, and if you have the means to do so, please visit our subscribe/support page, where you can either subscribe to the journal or make a donation of any amount. Thank you.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Slag Glass City seeks essays

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As rising shorelines consume cities, as displacement guts neighborhoods, as immigrant families fear deportation raids, as city dwellers fight epic battles for rent control and public school teachers strike, as desert cities burn and hurricanes blow ocean cities off their foundations, how are we adapting? Can the contemporary metropolis adjust to cataclysmic change—the urgent and the everyday, the systemic and the intimate? When we do adapt, who benefits, who pays, and how is the city implicated? Can the old city adapt into the city we need now, without leaving anyone behind? Here in the Slag Glass City we want to see stories, arguments, lyrics, and reports about 21st century cities transforming, in tiny or tremendous ways. Write us a city bent on survival.

The essay(s) our 2020 editorial board select will be published in the online journal and considered for our miniature print editions. Slag Glass City considers nonfiction prose, graphic memoir, video, audio, soundscape, photography, mixed media, or any other form of the essay arts. The prose cannot be previously published, including on author blogs or social media, but visual art may appear on artist web sites. We are unable to pay contributors, but artists retain all rights, we promote widely, and all work published stays “in-print” online.


The Dartmouth Poet in Residence program at The Frost Place

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submission period: October 1 through January 5.

Applications are accepted online. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Luna Story Submission Guidelines

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Story Criteria

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

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

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

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

A further note about sex and violence in submissions.

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

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

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

NOTE: We are no longer accepting simultaneous submissions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Rewilding: Poems for the Environment seeks poetry

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2020 Northern New England Review Raven Prize in Creative Nonfiction

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Ends on January 1, 2020  

There’s nothing common about common ravens. They play tricks and outsmart humans. They hide in plain sight, inventing new escape routes. From Poe to Norse mythology, the raven has ignited the imagination. It is in this spirit of wily agility, magic within the mundane, and killer insight that Franklin Pierce University hosts the inaugural Northern New England Review Raven Prize in Creative Nonfiction, celebrating true stories imaginatively told. Judge: TBA. The first-place author will receive a $500 award for one outstanding original work of creative nonfiction. The wining story will be published in Northern New England Review Issue 40: Almanac.

Contest Submission Guidelines:
1. Submission deadline: January 1, 2020.
2. We will only consider work previously unpublished in print or online.
3. There is no fee for contest submission.
4. Simultaneous submissions are also accepted; however, we must be notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
5. Writers currently residing in the United States are eligible. Writers should have a meaningful connection to Maine, Vermont, or New Hampshire.
6. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable only.
7. We will accept work up to 2,500 words (maximum).
8. All submissions should use a 12 pt font and standard typeface (not Comic Sans or Impact, etc.).
9. In the cover letter please include your 60-word approx bio and your association to Northern New England. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the actual entry file.
10. The work should honor the spirit of the raven in that it is a true story that is surprisingly and imaginatively told.
11. You may only enter one work per reading period.
12. All entrants will be notified by the end of March 2020.


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, December 16, 2019

Toasted Cheese Dead of Winter Horror Fiction Writing Contest

  • Stories submitted to the 19th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2019) will use the theme: FAMILY TREE. Your entry must follow guidelines linked below.
  • Have you shaken the branches on your family tree and found a character you’d like to fictionalize? Have you taken a DNA test from a popular website and thought about how it could go wrong? With the growing focus on our roots and branches, we hope you’re inspired by this theme.
    • Your entry will not only use the theme but will also use it in a central way, not as a peripheral or “dropped in” detail. Examples of ways to use the theme might be a discovered family Bible has missing information, a man claiming to be an uncle appears out of nowhere, or a visit to the local cemetery reveals the headstone of a twin.
    • Please give your story a unique title, not “The Family Tree.”
      • Stories MUST be based on the theme provided.
      • Stories MUST be set in winter.
      • Stories MUST fall in the horror genre
      • The word count range for DOW2019 is 2500–5000 words.
        HOW TO ENTER:
        • The contest opens October 1, 2019 and the deadline for submission is 11:59 PM ET December 21, 2019.
        • Email entries to dow2019[at] with the subject line: Dead of Winter Contest Entry


        Entries are blind-judged by Baker & Billiard. Decisions are final. Winners are announced January 31.

        Winning stories are published in the March issue of Toasted Cheese. If an honorable mention is awarded, there is no prize or publication for that entry, only the recognition.

        If 50 or fewer eligible entries are received, first place receives a $20 Amazon gift card, second a $15 Amazon gift card, and third a $10 Amazon gift card**.

        If 51 or more eligible entries are received, first place receives a $25 Amazon gift card, second a $20 Amazon gift card, and third a $15 Amazon gift card**.

        Sunday, December 15, 2019

        Ink Pantry Publishing’s Krampus Poetry Competition 2019

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        Send your poems, on the theme of Krampus, to

        Deadline: 16th December 2019 at midnight

        Poems can be any style or length

        Poems must be unpublished

        One entry per person

        Copyright will remain with the author

        Poems will be judged anonymously

        Poems must be original work

        Free to enter

        Please send your poem, a biography of no more than 100 words, author website/social media links, your address, in one email

        There will be prizes!

        Good luck!

        Saturday, December 14, 2019

        The Hunger seeks submissions

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        What we hunger for:
        The Hunger publishes visceral writing. The theme of “hunger” is not confined only to food, but hungers and thirsts of all kinds: the craving for connection, the human need to be filled or emptied, the devastating desires that define our most alive moments. Hungers can be sexual, romantic, familial, individualistic, spiritual, creative, sorrowful, conflicted, humanistic, and/or existential.

        We are excited by the lyrical, the experimental, the strange, the uncomfortable, the vulnerable, and just plain, motherfucking honesty. Send us work that bleeds. We want to be devoured.

        We nominate for Best of the Net and aim to widely promote our contributors’ work. We strive to create a writing community that is founded on principles of inclusion and diversity, and gives a platform to a wide range of voices. We encourage all people, regardless of race, gender identity, faith, sexual orientation, or political affiliation to submit.

        Feed us:
        • Fiction (1 to 4,000 words)
        • Poetry (3-5 poems, in one document)
        • Nonfiction (1 to 5,000 words)
        • Hybrid/Experimental (no specified word count)
        • Art/Photography (send up to 5 images in .jpg format)
        We also accept submissions for “The Glutton’s Digest,” a column within each issue of The Hunger, dedicated to filling the emptiness. “The Glutton’s Digest” features one piece of writing that sets the table for the work that follows. It can take the form of a traditional restaurant/food review, a recipe, an experience of eating (or not eating), or any wild experiment in food writing. We encourage weirdness; we are starving for your strange.

        Open Reading Periods:
        Winter Issue: October 1-December 15
        Spring Issue: February 1-April 15
        Fall Issue: June 1-August 15

        Send all submissions to In the subject line, state the genre and title of the work (ex: Fiction: An Experiment in Emptiness). If sending poetry, list the title of the first poem in the packet. In your email, please include a cover letter and third-person bio (under 100 words), listing previous publications, fun facts, or any other information you’d like us to swallow. Please attach your submission as a word document or PDF. Because we want the quality of work to speak for itself, PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION ON THE DOCUMENT ITSELF, INCLUDING YOUR NAME OR CONTACT INFORMATION. We do not accept submissions pasted into the body of your email. Please only send two submissions per genre per reading period.

        All submissions received outside of the open reading periods listed above will go unread and unresponded to. If simultaneously submitting, promptly send us an email to the address above letting us know the work has been accepted elsewhere, so that we can withdraw it from our system. Only unpublished work will be considered (unpublished for us means it has not previously appeared in its entirety online or in print, including blogs and social media). The Hunger claims First North American Serial Rights, with rights reverting back to the author upon publication. We kindly ask that if the work is reprinted in a full collection or anthology it is credited as first appearing in The Hunger. We cannot currently offer payment to contributors, aside from our ravenous gratitude (but we hope to change this soon!). 

        53-Word Story Contest

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        It's free, it's fun, and the winner gets published in Prime Number Magazine and receives a free book from Press 53.

        Open for entries the first day of each month.

        Deadline for entries is the 21st day of each month.

        Winner will be announced on the first day of each month along with our new prompt.

        Email your 53-word story to

        Your 53-Word Story Prompt for November

        Every four years in the U.S., the first Tuesday in November is Election Day. Citizens weigh their options, form their opinions, and cast their votes: Right or Left? For or against? The decision is never unanimous. But that’s the name of the game: the will of (most of) the people. Survey says...

        Write a 53-word story about a majority

        Our judges for the 53-Word Story Contest are the editors of Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine. Our winner for November will receive a copy of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories by Wendy J. Fox, winner of the 2014 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Entries are open now for entries for the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

        The winning story for November will be published, along with the author’s photo and 53-word bio, in Issue 167 of Prime Number Magazine on January 1, 2020.

        Please note: the deadline is the 21st day of each month.

        Guidelines and Information:
        –53 words—no more, no less—titles are not included in the word count. Stories not meeting this rule will be disqualified. Send only stories; poetry with line breaks will not be considered.

        –1 submission per person.

        –Email your submission directly to by midnight Eastern Standard Time the 21st day of the month. The winning story will be announced the first day of the following month along with a new prompt for the next contest.

        –No attachments, please. Paste your story into the body of your email so we can more easily copy and paste. Stories sent as attachments, or images embedded in the email, will not be considered.

        –Titles are not included in the word count. Please title your story as follows: Title of Your Story by Your Name. If your story is Untitled, please use Untitled as your title.

        –By entering this contest, the author grants Press 53 First Serial Rights to publish the story in Prime Number Magazine. All rights revert to the author upon publication.

        –Note: Be careful of word count. Hyphenated words count as one word. If you are using Microsoft Word's word-count feature, do not use spaces before ellipses or em-dashes, but do include a space after.

        Friday, December 13, 2019

        The Meadow submission guidelines

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

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

        Submission Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

        Thursday, December 12, 2019


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        This anthology is a project for global peace embarked by The league of POETS, an international organization committed to promoting world peace through poetry. The competition will see over one thousand poets worldwide have their poems published in the biggest ever anthology of contempoary poetry ever published. The book will be out in the year 2020 and titled Songs of Peace. There will be honorary certificate of life-time achievement for each of the one thousand selected poets who emerge winners of this historical contest. There will be free distribution of copies of this book.

        The contest shall run from 30th of November 2019 to December 30th, 2019.

        The aim of this competition which will be happening in various poetry platforms around the world is to bring peaceful coexistence, unity, equity, harmony, cooperation, oneness, growth and peace.
        The League of POETS have their administrative headquarters in Nigeria, USA, UK, Kenya, Philippines, India and Hong Kong.


        1. Poetry can be written in any poetic style but must center on PEACE.
        2. Poem must be an original work of the contest participator.
        3. Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.
        4. Only one poem per person.
        5. Poet must be at least sixteen years of age before contest deadline.
        6. All poems must be written in English.
        7. Poem must not exceed (14) lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 50 characters per line (including spaces between words). Any submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified. The poem title does not count as a line.
        8. Poem must adhere to basic rules of capitalization:
        -Do not type poem in all capital letters.
        -Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.
        -Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).
        -The first word of each line may be capitalized if it is done consistently throughout.
        -Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words and numbers.
        9. Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.
        10. To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.
        11. Include your name and copyright at the end of the poem.

        Peace, poem must center on the theme of peace.

        Winning poets will get their poems published in the world’s biggest anthology of contemporary in year 2020.

        Each winning poets will receive an honorary certificate of participation on the basis of life time achievement in year 2020.

        The contest is open to anyone age sixteen and up who writes poetry any where in the world.

        Contest entries are judged based on passion, universality, poetic technique, effectiveness, style, and creativity. More on how we judge here

        Each of the 1000 poets will get their poems published in the world’s biggest anthology of contemporary poetry 2020 book tiltled “Songs of Peace”.

        All publications are copyrighted with the Copyright Act Chapter C28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 (Copyright Act). All individual poetry remains a life-time property of the author.

        Wednesday, December 11, 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, December 10, 2019

        Bomb Cyclone submission guidelines

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        We accept submissions in the categories of Poetry, Prose, Translation, and Mixed Media. These categories are not intended as prescriptive, and will not be used to organize published works; rather, they are intended to facilitate submission and evaluation processes. We encourage submissions by artists working at the intersection of multiple genres and welcome intergenre or anti-genre submissions.

        We do not charge a submission fee.

        We will accept submissions for our summer issue (published in July) from February 15 – June 15. We will accept submissions for our winter issue (published in January) from August 15 – December 15. Submissions received outside these reading periods will not be considered.

        Please read submission guidelines thoroughly before submitting!

        Email all submissions to bombcycloneliterary at gmail dot com with “Your Name, Genre Submission” in the subject line. If your work doesn’t fit easily into any of the aforementioned categories, or if your submission includes work in multiple genres, feel free to omit the genre category in your email or list multiple genres. Please limit mixed-genre submissions to 5 works. Include a brief cover letter and artist bio (no more than 50 words) in the body of your email.

        We only consider previously unpublished work. With the exception of mixed media submissions, works exhibited on personal blogs or social media are considered previously published, and therefore not eligible for consideration.

        We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if you need to withdraw any pieces that have been accepted elsewhere. To withdraw your work, simply reply to your original submission email stating which pieces are to be withdrawn.

        Due to the volume of submissions we receive in our open reading period and time constraints on our volunteer staff, only those accepted for publication will receive email notification of the status of their submission. Please wait at least two weeks after the submission deadline before sending inquiries.


        We invite you to send us high-risk poems that disrupt and disturb generic or political borders. Poems that challenge us to move beyond sustainability politics in decolonizing our relationships to land, water, and bodies. Cornered and crowded poems, unapologetic in their vulnerability and strength. Poems that challenge performed authenticity. Poems that thrive at language’s margins, sustaining an arc beyond the traditional limits of syntax and imagery.

        Please submit 3-5 poems not exceeding 10 total pages. Include your name and contact information in the header on every page. Acceptable file types are .docx and .pdf.


        For prose, we seek concise, evocative narratives. In addition to short fiction and nonfiction, experimental and intergenre forms such as lyric essays, collaborative or epistolary writing, and creative criticism are also welcome. We prioritize reflexive storytelling; send us narratives that center marginalized communities while reckoning with the storyteller’s gaze, narratives that engage rather than examine.

        Please submit no more than 6,000 words, double-spaced. Include your name and contact information as well as a page number in the header on every page. Acceptable file types are .docx and .pdf.


        Bomb Cyclone welcomes works in translation that extend our understanding of ecopoetics beyond the scope of pieces originally composed in English. Translations from source languages that are seldom translated into English are especially welcome.

        Poetry:  Please submit 3-5 poems not exceeding 10 pages.

        Prose:  Please submit a piece (or pieces of) no more than 6,000 words total, double-spaced.

        For all translations, please include the: title, author’s name, and translator’s name in the header on every page. Along with your translation, please include a copy of the original text. Acceptable file types are .docx and .pdf.

        In your cover letter, we encourage you to contextualize your translation in relation to its source text, including where it was published in its original language, as well as any additional information that may be relevant to its audience.

        Please note that for all works in translation, acceptance is contingent upon proof of the original author’s granted permission unless the work submitted is your own. (If you are unsure how to request translation permissions, PEN America’s Translation FAQs is a fantastic resource.)

        Audio/Visual and Mixed-Media

        We invite you to submit works reflecting upon connections between individual experience and changes in our sociopolitical climate. We are especially interested in: illustration and comics; textile, collage, and craft arts; digital media and glitch aesthetics; audio and video art; projects composing between or across disciplines and mediums.

        For visual art, please submit color images of your work (up to 6 per submission cycle). These should be in .png format and at least 300 DPI. If your work includes motion graphics, please submit either a .mp4 or .mov file (under 50MB) via Google Drive; you may also choose to send an embeddable link to work hosted on Vimeo.

        For audio submissions, please submit work in .mp3 format (up to 6 per submission cycle). Your composition’s runtime should be longer than 1 minute and no longer than 10 minutes.

        For all mixed media submissions, title attachments “Your Name_Work Title.” In your cover letter, please include the title, medium/instrument, and year made for each submitted work.

        We cannot consider work previously featured in online publications; however, artworks showcased on personal websites and/or social media will not be considered previously published for mixed media submissions only.


        We ask for first American publication rights including electronic rights; this means that Bomb Cyclone will have exclusive rights to exhibit accepted work online. Upon publication, all rights revert to the creator. Any future online or print publications should acknowledge that the work was previously published in Bomb Cyclone.

        Monday, December 9, 2019

        Reedsy prompt: Talking Shop

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        To enter this contest, pick a prompt and submit your story online
        $50 Prize money

        Closes at 23:59 - Dec 13, 2019 EST

        This week's prompts:

        • Write a short story about someone in the middle of a very long and busy retail shift.
        • Write a short story about someone searching for the perfect gift for their partner.
        • Write a short story about someone watching a convincing infomercial. 
        • Write a short story about a shop that takes place over a span of years.
        • Write a short story about someone based on their shopping list.

        Sunday, December 8, 2019

        Love Story Writing Contest

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        Prize will be $ 100 for the best 3 
        The story with the most comments will receive an additional $150

        Hello! Acutbelow is looking for writers to be apart of our short story writing contest.
        Please check out our Instagram page @acutbelowofficial
        The contest will be based on our existing Post/ Photos and the story behind it.


        Follow us on our IG page @acutbelowofficial
        Tag 5 people DM us your story

        We have posted our story and have seen great responses and reactions. We’d like to hear your version and see your imagination

        Saturday, December 7, 2019

        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:

        Thursday, December 5, 2019

        Flash Fiction Magazine submission guidelines

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

        —Robert McKee

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

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

        What do we accept?

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


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

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

        Free Submissions

        1 Per Calendar Month.

        Priority Submissions

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

        $30 - Per Story. No Monthly Limit.

        Flash Fiction Masters

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

        Learn more about Flash Fiction Masters

        What do you pay?

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

        Do I retain my rights?

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

        What else?

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

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