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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Lackington's seeks work on a theme

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Deadline: August 14, 2020
We’re currently seeking tales on the following theme until August 14, 2020:

“Archives” are more than sacred hoards in various states of array. They are under our feet in the very rock and in the trunks of trees. Scars can also be archives, and so can storage lockers and our personal digital wakes. Fate finds creative ways to preserve our memories, and the relics of vanished cultures, and the shades of people themselves. Send us your tales of memory, museums, loss, or preservation, but make sure they’re speculative. (Issue 22)

Lackington’s publishes speculative fiction between 1,500 – 5,000 words in length. The “spec” element can be overt or subtle (so blow us away with realism if it possesses the merest twinge of strangeness). Fantasy, SF, slipstream, post-apocalyptic, magic realism, mythopoeia, folktale, grimdark, weird, or any flavour of ‘punk, it’s all good, BUT WAIT! Read this before submitting — meeting our style preference is our foremost demand. We prefer stories with experimental prose and structures, but second-person POV narratives have become a hard sell at Lackington’s simply because we see so many.

Fiction submissions: Email submissions to submitlackingtons at gmail dot com. Your email must include the word count for your story, byline, publication history, the country you live in, and the theme/issue you’re submitting to (see above). We don’t accept attachments. Copy and paste your story into the body of your email, below your cover letter, and be sure the font isn’t too small or creative (clear, readable text is the way to our hearts). It should go without saying that paragraph breaks must be obvious, and work must be polished. Type SUBMISSION: [THEME] [YOUR TITLE] in the subject line of your message. If we accept your story, we’ll ask for a Word doc in standard manuscript format. We love getting work from authors we’ve published before, but to keep things varied we ask those authors to target every third issue or more. We have a very small staff and a very large number of submissions, so alas we can’t offer feedback on stories.

Payment: We pay 1 cent CAD per word for stories ($25 CAD minimum), $25 CAD for interior illustrations, and $40 CAD for cover art. We do so using PayPal, and payment will be made before your story goes to print. Be sure to read our legalese, below, about what “first rights” entails.

Rattle: Poets Respond

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Deadline: Every Friday midnight PST

Because of the nature of the traditional publication apparatus, poetry doesn't often respond in a timely way to current events—but we think it could. To test this hypothesis, we'd like to try publishing a poem online each Sunday (if we receive any that we like) that responds to a news story or public event from the previous week, and has been written in the time since.

Selected poems will appear as the Sunday poem at, with occasional extra poems Tuesday or Thursday, which are fed to over 10,000 people via our RSS feed and daily email service. Poets will receive $100 and a complimentary subscription to the print magazine.

The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight PST. The poems must respond to news that occurred in the previous week, and have been written in the time since.

Include a brief explanation as to what the poem is about. Feel free to submit to this category as often as you'd like, even within the same week, and even if you have other general, tribute, or contest submissions pending.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Shooter Literary Magazine seeks work

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Deadline: October 18, 2020

Shooter publishes themed issues each January and July, and runs competitions for short fiction during winter/spring and poetry during summer/autumn. General submission guidelines are as follows:


Please submit work appropriate to the theme in Word format, 1.5 or double spaced, with word count indicated at the end of the piece. Literary fiction, creative non-fiction and narrative journalism should fall between 2,000 and 7,500 words. Any non-fiction or journalistic work selected for publication will be fact-checked. Please submit only one story and/or up to three poems per issue. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. All work must be previously unpublished either in print or online.

Submissions are now open for issue #12 (winter 2021) with the theme of Animal Love. We’re open to short fiction, non-fiction and poetry to do with all creatures great and small, wonderful and wild, exotic and beloved. Meaningful, offbeat and/or humorous writing on pets, exotic species, encounters in the wild, veterinarians, equestrian sports, animal shelters, or anything that revolves around a human relationship to another species is welcome.

We’d especially like to see work that concerns animals other than dogs and cats, as those are likely to figure prominently. However, the quality of the writing and storytelling is, as always, the paramount consideration, and the theme is open to wide interpretation.

Please include a brief 2-3 sentence biography in your email, noting any prior publishing experience, and send work to by October 18th, 2020. Successful writers will hear from us within a few weeks of the deadline, if not before. If you do not hear from us after that time, please assume that we will not be publishing your work. Due to the volume of submissions we no longer send rejection emails.
Upon publication, writers will be paid £25 per story and £5 per poem. Stories that fall below the requested minimum of 2,000 words will be paid at poetry rates. Artists will be paid £25 for use of their work as magazine illustration. UK contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which their work appears; non-UK contributors may choose to receive either cash payment or a copy of the issue in which their work appears.

Palaver seeks poetry & prose

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Deadline: September 14, 2020


Palaver is extremely interested in exploring interdisciplinarity, not only in content, but also in form. We accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, multimedia submissions, and multimedia-text hybrids.

Prose: Please submit only one story or creative essay. Due to the volume of submissions Palaver receives, please limit your prose to thirty pages.

Poetry: You may submit up to five poems.

Multimedia: We allow up to ten file uploads of visual art/multimedia. Our Submittable account accepts jpg, tiff, gif, png, MP4, and mov files for art submissions.

No multiple submissions. Please wait until you have heard back from the first submission before submitting a second time.

No self-identifying information should be present in the body of your work, due to our blind review process. The file name should only include the title of your submission. Only fill out identifying information on the form provided by Submittable. If your submission includes your name in the content and cannot be removed (e.g. the credits of a video), don't sweat it.

Palaver does not accept previously published work, be it print or online. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the submission is accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately and withdraw it from Palaver. If a portion of your submission is accepted elsewhere--for example: one or more poems from a submission of multiple poems, or a portion from a longer work of  prose--please make a note on your submission.

If any part of your submission contains images or other elements for which you do not own the copyright, it is your responsibility to obtain formal permission to reproduce those works. If this pertains to your work, please note this in your cover letter.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources, Palaver cannot pay for accepted submissions at this time.

Submissions to Palaver are open February 15 until September 14. We publish on an  annual basis in May. Palaver contacts submitters about their submission status within six months.

Questions can be addressed to 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Superstition Review open for submissions

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Deadline: August 31, 2020

Superstition Review is the online literary magazine published by Arizona State University twice yearly in May and December.

We welcome submissions of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry during our two reading periods in January and August.

We are proud to announce that the theme of Issue 26 is Social Justice.

On behalf of Arizona State University and the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Superstition Review is dedicating Issue 26 to work that promotes inclusion and explores new ways to dismantle racial and social inequality.

We have chosen this theme in order to magnify voices that have been traditionally undermined by our histories, institutions, policies, laws, and habits of daily life.

We hear you and are here for you on your journey to inspire change through art.

Our submissions will be open August 1st-31st. We accept art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

To read more about our commitment to structural change, read our college’s Response to Structural Racism and Violence.

Do not send previously published work (either online or print). Upon submission to Superstition Review you agree that your work is original, unpublished, and that you are the author. If accepted, Superstition Review acquires First North American Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights. All rights revert to the writer after publication. Contributors agree to credit Superstition Review (with no "The" in the title) if the work is subsequently reproduced online or in print. We require a high quality, professional headshot.

Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please alert Superstition Review to a piece's potential publication elsewhere. To withdraw one part of a submission please add a note in Submittable so that the information is instantly available to all editors. We will not process emailed withdrawal requests. We will not accept withdrawn and revised work during any given reading period.

We do not accept submissions from ASU undergrads.

Thema submission guidelines & upcoming themes

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Upcoming premises (target themes) and deadlines for submission [postmarked]:

The Other Virginia (November 1, 2020)
A Postcard from the Past (March 1, 2021)

To download a PDF file of the guidelines, click here .


NOTE: Previously published pieces are welcome, provided that the submission fits the theme and that the author owns the copyright.

The premise (target theme) must be an integral part of the plot, not necessarily the central theme but not merely incidental. Fewer than 20 double-spaced typewritten pages preferred. Indicate premise (target theme) on title page.

Be sure to Indicate target theme in cover letter or on first page of manuscript. Include self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with each submission. Rejected manuscripts unaccompanied by an SASE will not be returned.

Response time: 3 months after premise deadline. NO READER'S FEE.

Mail to: THEMA, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747.

Outside the US: email

On acceptance for publication, we will pay the following amount: short story, $25; short-short piece (up to 1000 words), $10; poem, $10; artwork, $25 for cover, $10 for interior page display.

Copyright reverts to author after publication.

THEMA isn't for everyone. To find out why, click here.

New to submitting manuscripts to journals?
Click here to download a PDF file of a few basic guidelines.

Unlike many publishers, we prefer works submitted by the authors themselves, without the involvement of an agent.

Be sure to indicate premise and include SASE for each submission. BE SURE to include a separate SASE for each premise.

No handwritten manuscripts will be considered.


We do not accept e-mailed submissions EXCEPT from authors who live outside the U.S.

For those living outside the U.S., submit manuscript as an email attachment (readable by MSWord ― either as a DOC file or an RTF file), and include the following information on the title page: target theme, title of work, name of author, email address and physical address.

Short Stories: All types welcome―both traditional and experimental

Send to: Virginia Howard, editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Virginia Howard at

What we like: a carefully constructed plot; good character delineation; clever plot twists

What we don't like: bedroom/bathroom profanity. Why?
It's boring! Writers should be more creative than to depend on the same tired and dubious language crutches to express surprise, disdain, shock, bemusement, anger, sadness, and other emotions.
Such profanity, used in excess, often serves as a camouflage for a weak plot. If the plot is good, the story can be told much more effectively in nonscatologic language even though a character in the story may be sleazy.

Stories of lasting quality rarely need it.

Poetry: All types of poetic form welcome. Submit no more than threepoems per theme, please. If more than three poems are submitted, we will read only the first three poems in the stack.

Send to: Gail Howard, poetry editor, Box 8747, Metairie, LA 70011-8747

Outside the US: email to Gail Howard at

What we like: poems that are thoughtfully constructed and carefully distilled.

What we don't like: sexually explicit wording. Subtlety is more creative.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

About Place Journal seeks work of resistance and resilience

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Deadline: August 2, 2020

About Place Journal is published twice a year, on May 1 and October 1. A new Call for Submissions is posted twice a year.

Work can include:
  • Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf. (If your poetry submission contains special formatting, we suggest submitting a PDF in addition to your Word doc).
  • Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.
  • Audio/Visual artwork: up to 5 photos, paintings, prints or other forms of art. Acceptable file types include jpg & tiff for art/photography, mp3 for audio and mp4 & mov for video.
Each submission must be accompanied by a bio in doc, docx, txt or rtf format. Bios should not exceed 150 words. We also provide the opportunity to list your website, Twitter and Instagram links, if desired.

By submitting, you guarantee you hold the rights to the work, and you grant About Place Journal the rights to publish the submitted work. After publication, rights revert to the author. Original, previously unpublished work only. All pieces must be submitted through Submittable.

Okay Donkey submission period open

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Deadline: August 15, 2020
Our open submissions period for debut, full-length poetry collections begins August 1, 2020 and ends August 15, 2020. Manuscripts received outside of the open submission period will not be considered. Submit your manuscript to

Debut, full-length collection (previously published chapbooks are okay)
We consider a full-length to be 60 – 110 pages
Formatted in single space (except form poems), 12-pt, Times New Roman font
MS must include a table of contents and an acknowledgements page listing where individual poems have previously appeared

Subject: Poetry MS: [TITLE] by [YOUR NAME]
Include a cover letter with a brief description of your collection, including page count (max. 100 words)
Include a brief third-person bio (max. 100 words)
Attach your manuscript, preferably as .docx (.pdf and .doc are also okay)
Send your manuscript to between August 1 – August 15, 2020

We strongly encourage BIPOC and LGBTQ poets to send us their work
Read our poetry archives
Follow us on twitter for up-to-date info.

Red Rover seeks submissions for premiere issue

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Deadline: October 31, 2020

We are currently accepting unsolicited submissions for our premiere issue, scheduled for a January 2021 release (in print and online!)

Ready to burst through that barricade of arms and come out smiling? Please send up to 6 poems, 2-5 pages of fiction, or up to 6 pieces of original artwork/photography to

Submit your work as an email attachment in .doc or .docx format. Please title your attachment with your full name and type of submission. To help us with our mission of inclusiveness, we do not copy and paste response letters, so please give us extra time to respond.

Just because we are a mental health focused magazine doesn’t mean we only accept artwork that focuses upon well-being as a product. We’re more interested in artwork that inspired well-being as a process. We ask you to submit the artwork that made you feel proud, satisfied, joyous, happy, or invoked any other state of well-being in you as you created it. That’s how we reach our goal of inspiring improvement of mental health.

We are not interested in telling you what the best artwork looks, sounds, or tastes like. You tell us what you think should be accepted into a literary magazine.

Red Rover Magazine acquires First North American Serial Rights, First Electronic Rights, and Non-exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Please do not send us work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us if your submitted work is accepted elsewhere. We are a non-paying market.

Friday, July 31, 2020

When Robots Dream - call for art and stories

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Deadline: August 14, 2020, at 11:59 PM (Pacific)
What To Submit

Illustration, Drawings, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Digital, etc. - if it can be captured and displayed on a 2d surface. You are welcome to bring it in front of the Jury for consideration.

Flash Prose, Poetry, Short Fiction, etc. - If you can keep it under 10,000 words, we want to read it!

Whatever the medium, make sure you own it. Don’t be derivative. Don’t emulate. Bring your voice forward and make it resound!

NOTE: If you do not own the copyright for the material - DO NOT submit it unless you can produce a written agreement from the copyright owner giving us permissions to use the image in our products and promotions.
About the Book

The When Robots Dream book will be a full-color, 9 x 12 inch book. The final page count will depend on the number of images and stories accepted, but we are estimating 200-250 pages.
Submission Fees

ArtOrder LLC believes that the money should flow towards the creative and that even the most modest of submission fees can be a financial hardship for some creatives. For that reason, we will not charge any submission fees. For creatives that have the means, we ask you to consider a small donation to the Honorarium Fund that gifts our Jury for their time and energy given in the cause of furthering the arts.

Copyrights and Ownership

ArtOrder LLC believes and celebrates creatives. To that, we do not require forfeiture of any rights to your works. You retain all copyrights and ownership of your works. If selected, you will be required to complete a licensing agreement with ArtOrder that grants us the right to publish your work(s) in the publication and use them in the book’s promotion.

NOTE: If you do not own the copyright for the material - DO NOT submit it unless you can produce a written agreement from the copyright owner giving us permissions to use the image in our products and promotions.

If Selected For Publication

All creatives that are selected for publication will receive the following:
Licensing agreement to grant ArtOrder LLC the rights to publish your work(s)
A free copy of the book after publication
Opportunity to purchase additional books at the wholesale rate
Participation in the ArtOrder profit-sharing program which offers creatives a portion of the profits to compensate for the right to publish their work(s)

How to Submit

There are two submission processes:
Art Submissions - Submit your work through the ArtOrder Art Submission page.
Story Submissions - Submit your work through the ArtOrder Story Submission Page.

The process for both is pretty straightforward.
Create an account (where applicable)
Complete your information
Upload your submission
You can submit up to 5 works


The deadline to complete your submission is August 14, 2020, at 11:59 PM (Pacific).

NOTE: There will be no submissions accepted after the deadline for any reason. DO NOT wait until the last minute to submit!!

Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

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Deadline: August 31, 2020

3 WINNERS will receive $200 each, plus publication. 

6 FINALISTS will receive $50 each, plus publication. Scroll down for Submission Form. Please follow the rules.

The Rules

You may submit up to 2, previously unpublished poems. If it has appeared in any book, magazine or edited website, then it is published.

  • All submissions must be made through our submission portal. We will publish the submission URL on June 25th. THIS CONTEST IS FREE TO ENTER. You may submit only once. Choose your best work!
  • You must follow the formatting rules. Submissions that do not follow these rules may not be considered.
  • Submissions must be in .pages, .doc or .docx format. (No “txt” “pdf” or other formats).
  • Your submissions must all be in a single document. In other words, if you submit 2 poems, they should both be in 1 document, not in 2 separate documents.
  • Make the name of the file the title of your first poem.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • No unusual spacing or fonts. 12 point, Times New Roman preferred.
  • The judges will read all submissions blind. List the titles of your poems on the cover page. Remember: your name, address, phone number and email address must appear on the cover page only! All other pages of your submission must contain NO identifying information.
  • No poems will be accepted after August 31st, 2020, Midnight, Pacific Time. No entries will be considered after that date.
  • By entering this contest you guarantee that the work you are submitting is your own original poetry, that it has never been published electronically or in print, and that it has not been submitted nor accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Cultural Weekly’s poetry editor will contact all those who submitted with the results soon after the contest ends. Your patience is appreciated. The decision of the judges is final.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Blue Light Special seeks LGBTQ submissions

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Deadline: September 15, 2020
Correct manuscript format. 12 pt Times New Roman, Calibri, or Courier New font, double-spaced, First page has name, address and email address in the upper left corner and word count in the upper right corner. Reference the Shunn format at


1000 to 5000 words ONLY. Shorter or longer pieces will result in immediate rejection.

Document types: doc, docx, pdf, or rtf documents only.

Include an author bio in your cover letter, including any social media links.

All stories must contain some LGBTQ element. We prefer LGBTQ authors, however all stories that fit the submission criteria will be considered.

Include the title and a 100-word description of the underlying folktale you are using for your story. A link to the story in addition to the requirements is acceptable, though not necessary.

Correct grammar, syntax and punctuation.

English language stories only. Stories translated into English by a professional translator are also allowed.

Electronic submissions only, via the form on this website.

No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions.

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT extreme horror, fan fiction, erotica, graphic sex, manga-type stories, standard romance except in the context of the original folktale, overtly political pieces, or morals that are degrading to any person or persons of any type.

Submissions will be read within three months from the date submitted. You will receive an acceptance or rejection email within that time. QUERIES ABOUT YOUR STORY WILL NOT BE ANSWERED.

Due to volume of submissions, we won’t be able to explain to you why a story won’t work for our anthology other than basic issues such as wrong manuscript format or grammar problems.

Payment will be 1 cent/word. Payment will be rendered before publication.

Use the form on this website to submit your stories.

Submissions open on July 20, 2020 and close on September 15, 2020.

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature seeks submissions

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Deadline for fiction/flash fiction: September 30, 2020
Deadline for Memoirs / Essays, Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry: October 31, 2020

Guess what, ya'll!? We start accepting submissions on July 4, 2020. YUP! Opening up the Mule to your finest contributions.

The submission you send us will be for writing to grace our 24th Anniversary Year, 2020 and our 25th Anniversary year, which obviously would be 2021. Give us a week or three to get back to you but don't be surprised if we're quick like a bunny.

There's just one thing to know and it's very important:

Your Cover Letter MUST contain your Southern Legitimacy Statement. If you don't know what that is, then you need to read The Dead Mule. Each bit of writing on the Mule (fiction, poetry, essay, creative non-fiction) begins with a few words about the author's Southern Legitimacy Statement. Everyone is south of somewhere, read the Dead Mule for examples. It's fun and simple. Write as little or as much as you'd like. Some people write multiple paragraphs. We've got no word limit on your SLS.

Attach your work as a .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf or .pages, whatever in the area provided. If it's really short, it'll fit in the submission "box" so that's ok too. We love short shorts, yes we do and they fit just swell in the submission box. Just copy/paste.


There will be no fees. Nope. Not gonna' do it.

We are nothing if not for our writers! Thank you for submitting to the South's oldest online literary journal.

-The Mule Staff

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

FU Review seeks submissions

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Deadline: August 16, 2020
Submissions for Volume 9, INTERRUPT, are now open!

When the internet cuts off, when the light goes out as you sit down to read, when the heart doesn't beat, when a heart doesn't beat for you, when the visa is rejected, when the binary breaks, when you fall in love, when two worlds collide, when — we pause this program for an important announcement — a dog barks (the autoplay ad starts) when the lightning strikes the picnic the stranger asks for directions the rain starts the statue of the slave trader hits the water when the the rain ends when a missile —

Submissions to FU Review Issue 9 are open until August 16.


All published authors will be paid €20 and receive a print copy of Issue 9.

The FU Review publishes prose, poetry, nonfiction, and English-language translations. There is no word-count limit, but please submit no more than 5 poems or 2 prose pieces.

Want to be considered for our featured artist spot? Send your art submissions to

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Curious about our previous issues? You can buy previous issues in our shop.

Poetry Nation Poetry Contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

This is a free contest. No entry fee is required. The main contest is held twice a year. Contest dates are January 1 – June 30 and July 1 – December 31. For each contest, we receive between 20,000 – 25,000 poems. Only 65% of these poems will advance to the semi-final round.

At the conclusion of each contest, our editorial staff convenes and begins the monumental task of the final round of judging. Please understand, the judging of this contest is just as important to us as it is to you. We read every single semi-finalist poem, sometimes even two or three times. With roughly 15,000 poems to go through, our editors certainly have their work cut out for them! It takes approximately 8–10 weeks to produce the final results.

All winners will receive a letter and their prize via regular mail. The first place winner will be contacted by phone or emailed and asked to call our office to verify their identity before their prize is mailed. As soon as the complete list of winners is drawn up, it will be posted on the home page. The poetry contest is held twice per year. Contest dates are January 1 – June 30, July 1 – December 31.

  • Poet information must pass Google API and address verification.
  • Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject.
  • A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.
  • Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.
  • Only one poem per person, per household is allowed.
  • Poet must be at least thirteen years of age.
  • Any entry containing clichĂ©, overused phrases will not be accepted. Examples:
  • Roses are red
  • I love you
  • All work and no play
  • Time after time
  • All poems must be written in English.
  • Contest entries must be at least 3 but cannot exceed 26 lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 55 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.
  • Do not double-space.
  • 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.
  • Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.
  • To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.
  • Do not include your name or any other information at the end of your poem.

Both contests award one first place prize of $2,000.00 and a first prize wall plaque ($100.00 value); twenty second place prizes of $100.00 each and a second place wall plaque ($75.00 value); one hundred third place winners of a third place wall plaque and $25 gift certificate redeemable towards any Poetry Nation or Eber & Wein Publishing product ($75.00 value). Sixty to seventy percent of all entries become semi-finalists and receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing.


The contest is open to anyone age thirteen and up who writes poetry.


Contest entries are judged based on poetic technique, effectiveness, style, and creativity. See our rating system guidelines under Ratings.


Contestants who reach the semi-finalist stage of the contest will be given the opportunity to be featured in a poetry anthology. Even poems disqualified from the contest may still be eligible for publication. There is no purchase required to be included in this anthology. There will be no royalties paid to contributors of anthologies. There is a contributor’s discount of $20.00 for pre-publication orders. We only publish one poem per household per anthology. By submitting a poem to our contest, you accept that your poem will appear online and in print. We reserve the right to not publish a poem for any reason.


All publications are copyrighted with the U.S. Library of Congress as compilations. All individual poetry remains the property of the author.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

This Is Not a Punk Rock Anthology, It's a New Wave Anthology: an anthology inspired by new wave music

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Deadline: July 31, 2020
Bone & Ink Press is now accepting submissions for our second anthology—This Is Not A Punk Rock Anthology, It's A New Wave Anthology. This will be a cross-genre anthology, including poetry, flash fiction, and flash non-fiction.

What we want:

-We want poetry, flash fiction, and flash CNF inspired by new wave music.

-There's a lot of things that can look like. Our definition of "new wave music" is really broad–there's a lot of overlap with new romance, punk, post-punk, second wave ska, power pop, goth, and straight-up '80s pop music. If you define it as new wave, there's probably a place for it in the anthology. You can write about one band or song, or multiple bands and songs. You can write about your favorite one-hit wonder '80s band, or your favorite new wave band that played in your neighbor's garage and never recorded anything. You can write stuff that's more inspired by the era / the sound / the mood of this music than it is about any specific song or artist. We want your pop music paeans, your '80s nostalgia (or anti-nostalgia). We want cassette tapes and jelly bracelets, side ponytails and hairspray, neon eyeshadow and black lipstick. We want Madonna and The Cars, The Bangles and The Cure, Adam Ant and Depeche Mode, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Idol, The Specials and Madness.

-We're all for "weird" submissions, i.e., hybrid forms like prose poems and lyric essays. We're also all for genre submissions. Have a horror, sci-fi, fabulist, or spec-fic flash or poem inspired by new wave music? We just wanna read it (and have fun)!

-We will give consideration to all submissions. However, we are especially interested in including work by/that centers the experiences of writers of color/BIPOC, writers who are immigrants to the U.S. or whose parents immigrated here before they were born*, Indigenous/Native American/First Nations writers, disabled writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and women.

*We are, of course, open to writers from/living in any country, not just the U.S/North America.

What we don’t want:

-Gratuitous violence, gore, or sex. We’re not interested in censorship, and if any of those things are integral to your piece, that’s fine! But if it reads like erotica, or splatterporn, we won’t publish it.

-Racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, xenophobia, or any other kind of bigotry. Again, we’re not interested in censorship—if you or your character experiences bigotry in the course of a piece, that’s much different than if your piece is bigoted.

-Straight-up reviews! This is a creative writing anthology inspired by new wave music, not a collection of music criticism about new wave.

-Please format everything in standard 12pt font, single-spaced. We will accept both .docx and .pdf files.

-Maximum page count per poem/essay/story is three pages. Limit three pieces per person. You may submit in as many genres as you want, but you cannot send more than three pieces, total. You only need to fill out the submission form once, but please attach each genre as a separate file. (For example: if you are submitting one poem, one CNF piece, and one fiction piece, that would be three separate files.)

-Collaborative efforts are super cool! Just make sure you include the names of all authors in the submission form, and use the email address of the person who will be responsible for responding to emails, etc.

-We will consider "after" poems, but in light of several cases of plagiarism in the poetry community in recent years, we need you to cite your sources so we can make sure everything's on the up-and-up. Same with found poems–we love 'em! Just tell us where you found 'em! (There is a space in the submission form to do so, but we encourage you to make a note in the document as well.)

-Previously published pieces are fine, as long as you retain the copyright and/or have permission to reprint. (And please let us know where the pieces previously appeared.)

-Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

-We don't charge submission fees, but running a press and putting together an anthology are expensive, so we're doing tip jar submissions this time. Your ability to tip us or not will in no way effect the level of consideration your work is given. However, tip jar submitters can expect a faster response time. If you'd like to, just throw a few bucks in our ko-fi account, and then let us know in the submission form that yours is a tip jar submission.

How to submit:

-Read the above, then read it again. Then CLICK HERE and fill out the form / upload your files.

-The deadline for all submissions is July 31, 2020, at midnight PDT. Final decisions will be made by the end of August. You should receive a response by the end of August (or early August, if you are doing a tip jar submission). If you have not received a response by the first week of September, feel free to query @

-Rights: For any work that is ultimately chosen for the anthology, we ask for first printing rights, meaning that you won’t publish the work elsewhere until the anthology is released. (Obviously, if your piece has been previously published elsewhere, that point is moot.) After publication, the copyright will revert to you, and you will be able to publish it anywhere else you choose, though we ask that you acknowledge it previously appeared in this anthology. We also ask to retain the rights to publish or excerpt your work in promotional materials connected to the anthology and press, or in further print runs or digital editions of the anthology, in perpetuity.

-Compensation: each contributor will receive one digital copy of the anthology, and a $5 honorarium to be paid upon publication.



HA&L Review seeks new work about science

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Deadline: November 2020

Working Title: Science


Guest Editor: Sima Rabinowitz

Science is among the most creative of human endeavours. From ancient depictions of scientists and scientific phenomena to contemporary graphic novel formats, from Frankenstein to recent best-selling novels dealing with such themes as pharmacology and climate change, and from memoirs on scientific discovery to essays on “life in the lab,” the people and ideas of science continue to capture our imaginations. Our science themed issue of Hamilton Arts & Letters will include poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, hybrid forms, and artwork on STEM themes (Science, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) broadly defined.

We seek work that incorporates ideas, language, characters, main or sub-themes, images, and artwork related to STEM expansively imagined and rendered. Artwork may include a broad range of formats and images across the issue’s themes, including drawing, painting, illustration, appropriate medical imagery (for example, “brain art”), photographs, collage, among other forms.

STEM themes may be drawn from, but will not be limited to, a multitude of diverse disciplines in the natural and physical sciences, medicine, mathematics and statistics, computer science and informatics, cybernetics and artificial intelligence, and any branch of engineering. Submissions may incorporate, but are not limited to, themes and/or language related to theory, experimentation, practical application, STEM-related work, the stories of people engaged in STEM subjects or activity, STEM-related objects, instrumentation, and methods, or experimental/inventive exploration of scientific language, concepts, and images. We welcome work from writers, artists, and “sciartists” in all genres, as well as from members of the scientific community.

Co-produced or collaborative work is welcomed and encouraged. The issue will include diverse styles, approaches, themes, and forms, and, we hope, contributions from across North America and around the world. We will consider work in translation, provided the original and the translation are both provided and available for publication.

A small honorarium is offered for online publication with rights returning to creators upon launch of the magazine in the Fall of 2021.

Submissions close November 15, 2020. Notification of acceptance by February 15, 2021.

Send submissions or queries to

Monday, July 27, 2020

Reedsy prompts: In Reverse

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Deadline: July 31, 2020 EST

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

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.
This week's prompts:

Twenty minutes before you are about to get married, you find your mother and your fiancé kissing passionately.

Every year, one person is sent to the moon. This year, though you hid in terror, it is your turn to enter the rocket.

You thought he was dead, but there he is, right in front of you on the street, smiling at you.

"Come with us,” two burly men in gray suits say, grabbing you by the arm and handcuffing you. “You know what you did.” But you have no idea.

You are the only one in the supermarket during a blizzard. Feeling creeped out, you decide to leave, when suddenly you find a baby abandoned on the floor.

“A Voice For Cats”: Essay Contest Scholarship 2020

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December 31, 2020
We at We’re All About Cats are pleased to announce that we’re currently accepting applications for the annual “A Voice for Cats” scholarship contest. The winning essay writer will receive a prize of $1,000. An additional $1,000 will be donated to a rescue organization of the winner’s choosing.
A Voice for Cats

Our online cat community strongly believes in the importance of higher education. By sharing knowledge and information with our followers, we hope to help mitigate animal suffering and improve our pets’ lives. Every article, blog entry, social media post, research project, or essay is a small step towards our goal of better lives for cats.

We invite students to submit their essays on feline welfare and the humane treatment of cats. One outstanding essayist will be selected as the scholarship winner. The winning essay will be published on our blog and accredited to the author.

  • All essays must be submitted by Dec. 31st, 2020.
  • The student must have a background volunteering or working at an animal rescue organization for at least 20 hours.
  • Essay must be 300-500 words.
  • The student must be currently enrolled in or enrolled to begin higher education studies in the fall semester 2020.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.
  • We’re All About Cats will retain all rights to the submitted content and may publish it at its own discretion.
  • This is an on-going scholarship. The above deadline refers to the current cycle only.
  • How To Submit Your Essay
  • Please save your essay as a Word document and send it to
  • Please title your e-mail “2020 Scholarship Submission – Last Name, First Name.”
  • Please include a brief (50-100 words) personal bio. This bio will be published on our blog along with the submitted essay.
  • Please note that before receiving any scholarship, selected essay writers must provide proof of identification and current residence.
  • 2020 Scholarship Winner Announcement

We are accepting submissions for the “A Voice for Cats” scholarship contest through December 2020. The winner will be notified by the end of January 2021 and announced on the site at a later date.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Penumbric submission guidelines

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I would love to see submissions representing not only multiple cultures but subcultures, exploring issues of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and many things I haven't thought of. Does this mean you have to represent everybody and everything in 1000 words? Of course not. But be aware that we are creating a magazine that overall reaches and represents the true diversity of the world we live in.

In terms of genre, I am looking for work that constitutes the ever-moving edge of its kind, as a place between light and dark, consciousness and un, today and tomorrow; work exhibiting the strange, the bizarre, that which is not of the world we know, but more of a twilight realm or even altogether alien place. Not necessarily science fiction, not necessarily fantasy, not necessarily horror, and not necessarily not these things. In short, ideally edgy. Maybe even idealistically edgy. I am NOT looking for porn.

Penumbric generally accepts submissions in the following categories: fiction, poetry, illustration, graphic narrative, animation, music, or combinations of these (e.g., a spoken-word version of a poem). If you have something that fits some other category that can be displayed to advantage on the web, try me; I'll take a look.

All works must be the creation of the author(s) submitting them, and must not infringe upon any right of any other person or entity. I prefer to buy worldwide first periodical rights (for one year from publication), but will buy reprint rights on a case-by-case basis. We are also buying the right to continue to display your work on our website for an indefinite period of time, and to publish your work in the annual print-available anthology (if it is selected). We also reserve the right to use your work when advertising the magazine (such as displaying the cover in an ad or on social media). All remaining rights stay with the author. See Payments, below, for more information.

There is no fee for submissions. Payment to the author is on publication.
All submissions should be e-mailed (if less than 10 MB in size) to

Alternatively, we can make arrangements for submission via DropBox or Box for larger submissions, or if security is an issue. Penumbric is not responsible for submissions lost in the mail, electronically speaking.

Specific content
Fiction or poetry must be less than 10,000 words, double-spaced, typed (but can be arranged on the page as desired; eventual layout can also be indicated, if part of the art of the piece). Cover page must include author's name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address. Each page thereafter must include a page number and the author's name. Format: PDF, Word document, plain text, rich text format.

Illustrations are stand-alone art, color or black & white. Format: JPG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. Art must be accompanied by a cover page including author's name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address.

Graphic narratives may be color or black & white. Format: JPEG, GIF, PNG, or PDF. They must be accompanied by a cover page including the author's name, address, and phone and/or e-mail address. It is possible an ongoing narrative could continue over multiple issues, in which case the author will be paid for each issue in which the work appears.

Animation submissions must include the completed work and (separately) the author's name, address, and phone and/or email address. Format: Anything web-playable as animation.

Music or other audio submissions must be accompanied by lyrics/text (if applicable), along with any other authorial notes on the piece. Format: Any sound file playable on multiple platforms (PCs, Macs, Android, iPhone, etc.).

Any combination submissions should follow the above guidelines as applicable to your combo.


Payment for first-time contributors is US$10 for non-exclusive worldwide periodical rights and the right to publish the work in the annual anthology (online and possibly in a "print" version to be available on Amazon through CreateSpace, and possibly other online venues). We are also buying the right to continue to display your work on our website for an indefinite period of time. If you are published in the anthology, you will be paid royalties amounting to a percentage of sales (that percentage determined at the time the anthology is created and based on the number of works in the anthology, but at least 2%). Note that this might not amount to much ... but who knows?

Questions? Contact us at

Frontier Poetry - Types of Burns — New Series for Black Voices

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Deadline: August 3, 2020

Black Lives Matter. We must all do what we can, one individual choice at a time, to dismantle white supremacy—in our selves, our relationships, our communities, and our institutions. Frontier stands in unrelenting support of the protestors demanding change—we send you every prayer, every bit of energy we have. Stay safe and stay healthy and stay bold.

We have recently published the moving poem by Prince Bush, and he has generously allowed it to be an inspiration for a new series called Types of Burns, for Black voices who have something to say about this moment. This will be a temporary series, as we know that it can be counter-productive to apply separate lanes for necessary voices. Though we are very proud of our track record of publishing and lifting up BIPOC voices, we vow to do even better in the future.

  • The work may be in any genre, under 1500 words. This includes photography and performance.
  • Same rate as New Voices, $50.
  • The Series will run for 8 weeks beginning today, every Wednesday.
  • Black voices only.
We are also asking for folks to make direct donations to the protestors and organizations supporting them. Please donate and use the proof of that donation in order to get editorial feedback from our team. Learn more about that here. If you'd like to help process those editorial requests, please contact us.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo 2020 Anthology

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Deadline: August 23, 2020.
Please note that we will automatically reject:
– Images that were taken from a smartphone or tablet, as resolution is too low. We require a resolution of 300 ppi and 1,500 pixels on the longest side.
– Work that was created before 2020.

PoArtMo stands for Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves.

We created PoArtMo as an invitation to artists in every discipline to create positive art every June (Positive Art Month) and throughout the year (Positive Art Moves). Through this movement, we also want to give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and strike valuable and inspirational partnerships. Partnerships that lead to growth, more unity between artists, and greater visibility for indie art in general.

For more information about PoArtMo and how to participate, visit this page.

We invite you to submit your best work created in 2020 for potential inclusion in a digital anthology that will be published later this year.

Submission deadline: August 23, 2020.

Available featured slots in the anthology: 25/50.

NB: Should the submission count be too low for the anthology, we will still feature selected pieces in future issues of our quarterly published digital magazines.
Our Submission Guidelines

Please, read our guidelines carefully before submitting your work. Failure to meet our criteria will result in a rejection.

In addition, we invite you to purchase a copy of a past issue of our magazine and check out our weekly series on our blog to better understand the type of artwork we tend to feature.

Type of art: Any, with the exception of audio and video work.

Topics / Themes: Anything that is positive, uplifting and inspirational in nature, with the exception of erotica and politics. Also, coronavirus-related pieces that do not contain strongly positive / uplifting / inspirational elements will be automatically rejected.

Clean art only. No dirty or swear words allowed!

Poetry: Free for one poem. $2.99 for 2 to 3 poems.
Short stories, flash fiction, essays, etc.: Free up to 1,500 words. $3.99 for 1,501+ words (1 piece).
Six-word stories: Free for two stories. $2.99 for 3-6 stories.

Maximum length per submission (written work):
Poetry: 1,500 words.
Short stories: 5,000 words.
Other types of writing: 5,000 words.

Image quality (visual work / photography): JPEG – 1,500px on the longest side, 300 ppi, 5MP maximum per image. This means: NO photo taken from a smartphone or tablet, as the resolution is 72 dpi and your image(s) will look pixelated in an ebook.

Notes regarding poetry-graphy:
Limit the number of words to 250.
Your poem must fit in one image.
Ensure that the font is large enough for small screens.
We are a family-friendly magazine

Please send us poetry that can be read by all age groups. So:

1. NO dirty words.
2. Simplicity both in language and message.
What we are looking for

Positive content. Positive as in stimulating, optimistic, confident, uplifting, inspirational.

No matter what topic you choose to tackle (e.g., death, disease, mental illness, suicide, depression…), the poem(s) or content you send us should answer three basic questions:

– “How does it help others?”
– “How does it open their minds?”
– “Does it bring a better understanding of the situation or story I am describing?”

If you can’t answer those questions, your submission is unlikely to make it into the anthology. So, please don’t send it to us, as we will not respond favourably to your submission.
Reasons why your submission will be rejected

1. You didn’t follow or read our guidelines.

2. Your work was created before 2020. (However, we welcome older pieces for our regular issues.)

3. Lack of positivity.

4. Your work is not suitable for younger readers.

5. Your submission is longer than the maximum length authorized.

6. Your work has too many typographical and grammatical errors.

7. You sent us the same message repeatedly within a couple of days.

8. You spam our social media accounts to get our attention.

9. You are rude to us.

Please note that we are very fair people. We know mistakes happen. As such, we always try to give you an opportunity to re-submit to us. However, we are also very busy, so please be patient with us.
Submissions: Frequently Asked Questions

Step 1: Pay the fee only if you submit more than 1 piece. Donations are also greatly appreciated to help support publication of future anthology issues and our magazines.

Club Plum submission guidelines

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Flash Fiction: Please send one piece of flash fiction of no more than 800 words to Include a short bio, and do not send previously published work. Do send lyrical prose, wondrous prose, fierce prose. Do send words that successfully skate on the edge of realities. Arresting prose lodged in one reality is also well received.

Prose Poetry: Please send one-to-three prose poems to Include a short bio, and do not send previously published work. Do send lyrical poems and surprising poems. Do not send poems with line breaks. Poetry with line breaks will not be read, and you will not receive a response.

Art: Please send one JPG image to The editor appreciates pen-and-ink line art, pencil drawings, collage, watercolor, experimental, impressionistic and abstract pieces, both black-and-white and color. The editor will pass on photography. Please send a brief description of the medium of the piece.Artists are encouraged to send a website link where more works are showcased.

Rights: We ask for first North American Serial Rights.

Responses to writers will be quick because the editor is busy and utilizes every minute of her day. Note: Respect will be given when respect is received; submissions shot to the editor without an accompanying few words will not be read. Multiple submissions will not be read.

Only send your best work. Proofread. Work with sloppy errors makes the editor think you don’t care or don’t know any better.

Issues are available online only.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept reprints.

We do not pay for accepted submissions.

Yay for wondrous words. Yay for you.

Friday, July 24, 2020

level:deepsouth for Generation X

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No deadline given

level:deepsouth is an online anthology created with the goal of documenting Generation X in the Deep South during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s by collecting works of creative nonfiction (personal essays, memoirs, and reviews) about our lives back then and since then.
general submissions

Works should be concrete in sharing descriptions and stories from a particular time and place, whether the work employs a traditional or experimental style, and should succeed in showing the humanity in that time and place. To do that, writers should describe the scenes, name the places, use at least first names of people, and be as vivid as possible.

If you have questions about whether your work or subject matter falls within the parameters of the project, read “A note on the parameters for submissions and writers” on the about page.
the sections

long form is for contemplative and narrative works of creative nonfiction from 1,000 to 7,500 words, or for longer interviews. These works should dive deep into complexities and nuances, rather than simply rambling out a succession of episodes.

golden days is for shorter works of creative nonfiction up to 1,000 words, or for brief interviews. These works should capture a moment in time or provide a sketch of a single person, place, or experience.

road trips is for works of creative nonfiction about that very thing.

watch & listen is for reminiscing about an album, song, movie, TV show, or concert and telling why it was meaningful to the writer as a Generation Xer in the Deep South.

in print is for reminiscing about a book, magazine, ‘zine, bookstore, library, or family bookshelf and telling why it was meaningful to the writer as a Generation Xer in the Deep South.
more info

(If you are unfamiliar with the term “creative nonfiction,” editor Lee Gutkind describes it as “true stories well told” or “factually accurate prose about real people and events.” You can learn more by clicking here and reading a full description.)

Use the contact form on the about page to query the editor before submitting. Please include information about 1.) the submission’s subject matter, 2.) its relevance to the project, 3.) its length in words, and 4.) whether there are images available to accompany the text.

While all submissions will receive a response, there is no guaranteed response time.

Previously published works are OK to submit, as long as the author has the rights to grant. If the work has already been published, please share that fact in your initial query.

The editor has tremendous respect for academic nonfiction and the people who write it, but this project is not the right place for it.

Regarding rights and permissions, authors of accepted works will be asked to sign a general publishing agreement, giving permission to publish the work on the site. The author will retain all rights to the work, with the understanding that, if the work were to be published elsewhere later, the work’s inclusion in level:deepsouth should be acknowledged.

Right now, there can be no payment to contributors, but if the project achieves sufficient funding to do that, all contributors will be factored into the equation.

To submit images, use the contact form on the about page to query the editor first.

To submit items for the lists, use the contact form on the about page to send the information and a link to the item.

The editor is also seeking reviews of books, albums, or movies whose subject matter focuses on or includes the Deep South in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Use the contact form on the about page to query the editor before sending the review.

For those seeking to have a book, album, or movie reviewed, use the contact form on the about page to query the editor. If the work is right for the project, you will be asked to provide two complimentary copies: one for the reviewer and a reference copy for the editor.

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists is offered annually to an author of children’s or young adult fiction for a novel-in-progress. Previously called the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the award was developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and assist a writer at a crucial moment in their career to complete their novel. The author of the winning manuscript, selected blindly by judges unaware of nominees’ names, will receive an award of $5,000.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020. 

Who Is Eligible:
The candidate is a writer of children's or young adult fiction.
Candidates must have published one or more novels for children or young adults that have been warmly received by literary critics, but have not generated significant sales.
The writer’s previously published book(s) must be published by a U.S. trade publisher. Self-published works are ineligible.
The submitted work must be a novel-in-progress.
Judges will be looking for candidates whose work has not yet attracted a broad readership.
Please note: At this time, graphic novels and picture books are not eligible for the fellowship.

How to Apply or Nominate:
Writers may apply themselves or nominate a fellow writer. To apply, please submit the following materials:

Cover letter: A 1-2 page letter including a brief (1-3 sentence) summary of the project, a description of how the candidate meets the criteria for the fellowship, and a list of the candidate's published novel(s) for children and/or young adults.
One professional review: Copies of or links to 1-3 reviews of the candidate's novel(s) from professional publications.
Letter of recommendation: A 1-2 page letter of support from an editor or fellow writer.
Project outline: A brief (2-4 page) outline of the novel-in-progress being submitted. The candidate's name should not appear anywhere on the outline to ensure anonymity, as only the outline, letter of utility, and manuscript will be given to the judges for consideration.
Letter of Utility: A brief description (1-2 pages) of how the funds will be used to complete the project. What will the candidate be able to accomplish with this funding that they could not do otherwise? Book sales, earnings, or other relevant information may be included here. The candidate’s name should not appear anywhere on the letter of utility to ensure anonymity, as only the outline, letter of utility, and manuscript will be given to the judges for consideration.
Manuscript sample: 50–75 pages of the text. The candidate's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript sample, in order to ensure anonymity for the judging process. The outline and manuscript sample (and only the outline and manuscript sample) will be given to the judges for consideration. Please note that graphic novels and picture books are not eligible for this fellowship.
Please upload the Project Outline, Letter of Utility, and Manuscript sample as one anonymous PDF file. Please upload the Cover Letter, Professional Review(s), and Letter of Recommendation as a separate PDF file.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

13th Annual Transitions Abroad Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest

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Deadline: September 15, 2020
Please read the following editorial guidelines carefully, as well as past contest-winning articles to see what interests and motivates our well-educated audience.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Browse the Living Abroad section of our site for some examples of the types of articles we are seeking, as well as reading past winners of the contest, check that you are not duplicating older articles unless you have another or more thorough angle, and see our writers' guidelines for a sense of our editorial preferences. will publish the winners' entries and will provide links to the authors' website or blog, and a head-shot, if so desired, as part of your bio.

Please contact should you have any questions. We except one entry per participant.

Sharing your participation or interest in the contest via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or your other preferred social networking sites would be very much appreciated.
Contest Prizes
Cash prizes are as follows:
  • $500 cash prize for the first place winner
  • $150 for the second place winner
  • $100 for the third place winner
  • $50 for all finalists
Who is Eligible

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

Submit an original and unpublished essay or mini-guide of between 1,200 and 5,000 words relating to your experience living, moving, or working abroad. (Quality is obviously more important than quantity when it comes to word usage, though some subjects require elaboration should you aim to create a "mini-guide.") Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings, as the descriptions and perceptions of the author should imply the personal impact. Supporting photos as attachments, or ideally links to shared "cloud" locations, are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission. Please read the writers’ guidelines for, the entries of previous winners, as well as sample articles on this site for a sense of our editorial focus and preference.

To enter the 2020 Contest, attach your essay in Word format. Another option is to point to a shared "cloud" location for the document. Please include your full name and your bio (including head-shot, should you so desire) you wish to display in the body of the email and on the document. Please type "2020 Expatriate Writing Essay Entry" in the subject description of the email and send the email to

The 2020 Contest begins January 1, 2020, and all entries must be received by September 15, 2020. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication.

Editors of will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Sensitive to the people and culture being described
Engage and inspire the reader
Provide practical information others can use
Follow the thematic guidelines
Enhance with rich photographic and/or video illustrations

Winners will be chosen and notified by email by the close of September 30, 2020 (Pacific Standard Time).
Contest Terms

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

Sleet seeks submissions for Winter 2020

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Deadline: August 15, 2020

Sleet seeks the unexpected. Make us think. Our crew possesses a wide variety of tastes and styles, from classic to center to edge, but it is craft and passion that drive us.

Sleet is now open for submissions for our Winter 2020 edition. We are looking for pieces written since the pandemic, since the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This edition will launch just before the American presidential election. Please give us writing that reflects our current landscape, physically, socially, mentally. How is life changing, affecting you? This is a time of threats to our democracy on many fronts, including the very real and possible loss of our United States Postal Service. This is a time of change; can the country begin to seriously address its brutal history? Speak up!

Our Submission Policies

We will accept up to 5 poems, 3 flash, 1 short story or CNF piece, or a small handful of irregulars*.
• We aim for quick turn around time; we do our best!
• Please include page numbers in works of fiction.
• We do not accept novel excerpts.
• Send work as a single Microsoft Word (.doc,.docx) or Open Document Text (.odt) attachment.
• Include a short bio written in 3rd person.
• Please send us work only once per submission period.
• Sleet does not pay. We are all volunteers.

Simultaneous Submissions and Previously Published Works

Sleet, wholeheartedly and without reservation, encourages simultaneous submissions. If a piece appears with us first, we do ask that Sleet be credited as its primary place of publication. In addition, we will consider showing previously published work as long as it is identified as such. We do not regard work on a blog or personal website as previously published.


An irregular is a genre-crossing bit of writing — something that overflows borders or maybe never had any. It could be an impression, a vignette, a 1-line flash. A general rule of thumb: If you don't know where to send it, send it here. An irregular should not stray over 500 words. It may be comprised of a single piece or a constellation of work.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Kahini Quarterly: Submissions guidelines

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Each January, April, July, and October, we publish three new works of literary art and a new interview with a vital, contemporary writer. Submissions are open year-round and available both to subscribers and non-subscribers.

Kahini Quarterly considers only original, previously unpublished creative work.

We publish all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cross-genre or un-genre work.

We have no word-count guidelines: we have published a poem of sixteen words, and regularly consider novella-length work of up to 40,000 words or more: and everything in-between.

Please email with your work attached in whatever form you choose. If we can’t open the attachment, we’ll let you know. In the “Subject” line, please simply write, “Submission.” In the email itself, please include a short bio/cover letter.

Please make sure your name and email address also appear on the attached document itself.
If you send multiple pieces, please include them all in one single document attached to a single email. Most writers have around four to five works under consideration with us at any given time.
Please feel free to send work under consideration elsewhere (colloquially known as simultaneous submissions). We value your time: our decision time is twenty-eight days.

We do not send rejection letters: if you do not receive a response within twenty-eight days of a particular submission, Kahini Quarterly is not moving forward with that particular work of art.
Please only send us work if you’re writing in your truest artistic voice. If you’re not sure what that means for yourself, please consider browsing these notes. We also have some selected archives if you’re interested in seeing the kinds of work we look for, but your true art will be entirely different than what you see there.

We seek work that thrives through an alchemy of sensory detail; setting; character and point of view; plot, structure, and pacing; voice(s), style, and tone; visual presentation; title; authorial identity; and thematic elements. We seek work that both ignites from these elements but also transcends them–creating, defining, and achieving the condition of art.

Kahini Quarterly’s acceptance rate is currently under 0.0007%, or around one acceptance for every 1,500 submissions. We’re in constant search for great artistic work, and you might be the one writing it.

From 2014-2019 (as Kahini Magazine) we paid $25, then $50, then $100 per work of art. Thanks to a multi-year gift, we now pay $5,000 usd for each work of art. This payment is designed to support working artists.
Payment comes during the quarter of publication: writers in our January-March edition are paid that quarter, writers in our April-June edition are paid that quarter, writers in our July-September edition are paid that quarter, and writers in our October-December edition are paid that quarter.

Fleas on the Dog Open 4 Submissions

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

We’re the site your teacher warned you about! The no frills brown bag in your face thumb your nose online psychotropolis for the literarily insane. Get committed today! The infamous dude sextet is bustlin’, hustlin’, itchin’ and twitchin’ for QUALITY short fiction, nonfiction , poetry, plays and screenplays that smell ripe and kick ass for our cage-rattling upcoming Issue 7.

If we like what you submit we’ll be all over you; if we don’t we promise to be gentle, especially if it’s your first time.

There is no submission fee.

 There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! 

We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

Fiction/Nonfiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) 

Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any.

Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to (or type in the link in the email address).

 Include the genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. 

Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited.

Submit to only one category per issue. 

If you have been published by us please do not resubmit for six months unless solicited. 

We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Idle Ink submission guidelines

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We’re interested in seeing all types of work from all types of creatives. If you have something that you think we would enjoy that doesn’t fit into the categories below, send it over to us anyway (but please respect the maximum word count!).

  • Word limit: up to 5,000 words.
  • Please only send one story at a time (simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if it’s accepted elsewhere).
  • Any genre is acceptable. Surprise us!
  • Please submit your story in proper manuscript format (there’s a great template here).
  • Should your work be accepted, all rights are retained by you.

Articles/Reviews/Personal essays
  • Word limit: up to 5,000 words
  • Please only send one article at a time (simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if it’s accepted elsewhere).
  • We’re open to articles on any subject: serious, analytical, humorous – if it’s intriguing and well-written, we want to read it.
  • Should your work be accepted, all rights are retained by you.

  • No word limit
  • Please only send up to three poems at a time (simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if it’s accepted elsewhere).
  • Should your work be accepted, all rights are retained by you.

How to submit
Email your submission to with the subject line “Submission: [Title] by [your name]”

Cover letters can be brief, but must include the following information:
Your name (or pen name, if you use one).
The title of your work
Approximate word count
Accepted file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf (please do not past your work into the body of the email).

To read an interview with Idle Ink editor J.L. Corbett about the type of work we’re looking for and what separates the good submissions from the bad, click here.

We endeavour to respond to all submissions within one month. If you don’t receive a response within this time frame, feel free to send us an email.

Sadly, we are no longer able to offer feedback to pieces that we pass on, and we are currently unable to offer payment. Hopefully this will change in the future.

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. The winner will receive a $10,000 grant to help maintain or complete their ongoing project.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from April 1, 2020 through August 1, 2020.

Who Is Eligible:
  • The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, writing in English. 
  • The project must be an unpublished work-in-progress.
  • The project must be a work of literary nonfiction (scholarly/academic writing is not eligible).
  • Oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.
How to apply:

Please note that the application will require the following, submitted as one PDF file, using a standard 12-point font and 1 inch margins:
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to undertake this project. This space can additionally be used to discuss any permissions, rights, contracts, publication timelines, or other aspects of your project. 
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement explaining why and how oral history was used in the project. 
  • A 300-500 word statement explaining how this grant would aid in the completion of the project. 
  • A CV for the author of the project, which should include information on any previous publications.
  • An outline that includes the work completed thus far and the work remaining. The outline should include the names of all participants.
  • Transcripts of the project interviews (6-10 double-spaced pages).
  • A writing sample from the project (20-40 double-spaced pages).

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