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Monday, February 24, 2020

My Writing Journey Competition

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Deadline: May 31, 2020

This writing competition is free to enter and open to writers from around the world.

Write and submit a 600-word piece on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received.

We’ll publish the best piece in our newsletter and on our blog – plus the winner receives $200 (R2 000 or £100).

 Read the competition rules far below.

  • Send your story to
  • Only e-mail submissions are accepted, with stories attached as Word Documents.
  • Mark your entry clearly with the subject line: My Writing Journey Competition.
  • Each story must have a unique title. Do not use the theme as your title.
  • Use a font such as Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 or more. Use 1.5 or double spacing between lines. We prefer a clear break (i.e. open line) between paragraphs, rather than indenting.

Mistakes were made - 20 word fiction

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The year 2020 reminds us of the phrase: Hindsight is 20/20. So we invite you to look back on your life and tell us about something that, in hindsight, you would have done differently.

Your story may involve something tragic or trivial, serious or silly. Any kind of mistake is welcome. (These things aren’t always “mistakes,” per se, so we’re using the word broadly.)

The phrase “mistakes were made” is a devious use of the passive voice to deflect blame off the person making the statement, who is probably the maker of the mistakes. President Ulysses S. Grant used the phrase in 1876 in an address to Congress, and it’s been a classic fallback for politicians ever since.

But you too have made mistakes and we want to hear about one of them—in 20 words or fewer.

The person who most impresses us with their mistake will win a Gotham class of their choosing.

As inspiration, here are a few examples:

Tight dress pants at Prom: if only I hadn’t tried to do a split with the principal.
Mason Rowlee

A whirl of things seemed more important, so I didn’t listen that day when my daughter most needed me.
Alvin Sarnoff

At 15, I killed a thing—the bunny I’d begged for that stunk up my room. Couldn’t find the food.
Natalie Bevilacqua

The Details:

  • Submit a story about a mistake you made.
  • Entry must consist of no more than 20 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • Entries must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Eastern Time, March 1, 2020.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at
  • The winner will be notified by March 17, 2020.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Rockvale Review seeks poetry

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

 We Publish Only Poetry. Please read the following guidelines carefully and in their entirety. Disregarding our guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified.

The reading period for Issue Six goes from January 1 through March 31, 2020. Work submitted outside this window will not be read. The issue is unthemed and will be published in May 2020.
 IMPORTANT – We read blind, so don’t put your name anywhere on your work or on the title of the file you attach. If we see a name, the submission will be disqualified and we won’t read it.

ALSO IMPORTANT – Send 1-3 poems, no longer than 50 lines each, in a single document. Begin each poem on a new page.

Submit only once per reading period. If your work is accepted, we ask that you wait a year before submitting again.

  •  You can add a cover letter and a 100-word, 3rd-person bio in the appropriate section on the form if you wish, but we are more interested in the quality of the work you send now than in your past achievements. If your work is accepted, we will contact you for your author’s bio.
  • Don’t send song lyrics or greeting card verse, poems with explicit language, or poems that are overtly political, sexual, or discriminatory. It is unlikely that we will publish rhyming verse. It is unlikely that we will publish translations. 
  • Please take a peek at our past issues before you submit. They are available for free under the Issues tab, so there’s no reason not to! We hope this will aid you as you select the poems you send us. Plus, we think the poems in our issues are fantastic. Prepare to be inspired!
  • We like Times New Roman and 12-point font best, so if you want to make us happy, you’ll like that too. Also, we accept only .doc, .docx or PDF files.
  • Occasionally, we may ask for a minor edit in a poem we really believe in.
  • While we’d love to compensate you for your beautiful words, we can’t do that yet.
  • We only accept work via Submittable at the link below. Simultaneous submissions are perfectly OK, but please let us know if your work is accepted somewhere else by making a note in Submittable. Previously published work is not accepted.
  • We acquire first North American serial rights for poems we publish. All rights revert to the author upon publication. Should your work be subsequently published in a chapbook or full collection, please mention that it appeared first in Rockvale Review.
  • Thank you for sending us your work. We appreciate the chance to read it. We generally respond within 12 weeks. 

 The featured artist for Issue Six is writer/photographer/beachcomber Shelley Thomas from San Rafael, CA . Shelley will pair every accepted poem with a piece of of art.

The featured composer for Issue Six is professional flute player, Michael Morton. Michael will respond to five poems with an original piece of music.

We look forward to reading your work. Surprise us, amaze us, make us gasp! Show us the power of your words!


Glintmoon seeks short poems

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Deadline: February 29, 2020

Glintmoon exclusively publishes poems of ten (10) lines or fewer. We will consider any and all poetry that follows this one rule. However, it must be said that we are not partial to traditional forms, such as the haiku or the tanka, nor do we particularly enjoy rhymed or metred work. This doesn't mean that we're not looking for poems of three or five lines. In fact, we absolutely do want to read three and five line poems. We simply aren't interested in many of the structures and intentions behind traditional forms.

We are a diversity-oriented publication and encourage submissions from underrepresented voices. In particular, we're looking for work that considers race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, identity, and disability in original and meaningful ways. We want to see fervent, unorthodox poetry that stretches and reimagines what the short form is and what it can do. Give us life and depth, the human and the now.

It should go without saying but do not send us work appropriating experiences and/or identities not your own. We do not tolerate bigotry of any kind. This means no racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, fatphobia, exoticizing/fetishizing of cultures, communities, and peoples, Islamophobia, etc. Should you send us work blatantly containing any of the above, your submission will be deleted without response, as will all subsequent queries. It is a waste of our time to respond to submissions that do not respect basic human decency.

Some poets whom we are fond of include (in no notable order): Amy Clampitt, Chen Chen, Louise Glück, Eileen Myles, Lucie Brock-Broido, Gertrude Stein, Danez Smith, Timothy Liu, H.D., Richie Hofmann, John Ashbery, Maggie Smith, Audre Lorde, sam sax, Rita Dove, Maggie Nelson, Rickey Laurentiis, Mary Szybist, Seamus Heaney, Mark Doty, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and many, many others.

We accept submissions year-round on a rolling basis. Issues are published in February, May, August, and November.

We only accept electronic submissions. Please use our editorial address: editor at glintmoon dot com.

We do accept simultaneous submissions. We do not accept unsolicited reprints.

Send up to five poems per submission and a bio. All poems must be unpublished. This includes personal websites, blogs, etc. Please wait for a response before supplying us with new work.

Please use "SUBMISSION: Poet's Name" as the subject line of your submission. If you do not follow this simple request, your submission will not be read.

We strongly prefer that you paste your poems in the body of the email in plain text. However, if your work has special formatting, you may attach it as a Word, Pages, PDF, or RTF file.

We endeavor to respond to every submission within three months. However, if you have not heard from us after two months, please feel free to send us a query with "QUERY: Poet's Name" in the subject line.

We currently pay $5 USD per unpublished poem via PayPal. We purchase First North American Serial Rights and First World Electronic Rights, as well as Non-Exclusive Anthology and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights. All rights revert to the poet upon publication.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Green Linden Press seeks Iranian and Iranian-American poetry

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No deadline given

The Essential Voices anthology series intends to bridge English-language readers to cultures misunderstood and under- or misrepresented. It has at its heart the ancient idea that poetry can help unite us by revealing our shared humanity. The inaugural anthology will feature contemporary Iranian and Iranian-American poetry.

•   Please send up to ten pages of poetry either written in English or translated into English.

•   If poems have been previously published, include acknowledgments in your cover letter.

•   Include a brief biographical statement in the space provided. If poetry is translated, please provide biographical information for the poet and translator.

•   The projected publication date is March 2021.

•   Questions or comments: contact Christopher Nelson at greenlindenpress at gmail dot com


The Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans

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Deadline:  May 31, 2020

This creative writing contest for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel is hosted by The Iowa Review and made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. The contest is open to veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

Prizes: First place: $1,000 plus publication in an issue of The Iowa Review. Second place: $750. Three runners-up: $500 each.

2020 Contest Rules

  • Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.
  • The judge will select winners from a group of finalists chosen by Iowa Review editors. All manuscripts, whether selected as finalists or not, are considered for publication.
  • Proof of military service is not required when submitting. (We request documentation only when a writer's work makes it to the final round of judging.)
  • To submit online, please visit between May 1 and 31, 2020, and follow the instructions.
  • To submit via mail, please follow these guidelines:
  • Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.
  • Label your envelope as a contest entry and note its genre. For example: “Veterans’ Contest: Fiction.” One entry per envelope. (Note: multiple poems or prose pieces can comprise a single entry if the total number of pages does not exceed 20. For instance, you may submit two short stories of ten pages each in a single envelope, with a single entry fee.)
  • Enclose a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) for final word on your work. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Postmark submissions by May 31, 2020, and mail to the address below:
The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Massachusetts Review seeking Native-authored work

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

With the '20s rolling thunderously into place, we at the Massachusetts Review are seeking unpublished work for our first special issue of the new decade. MR's editors and guest editors—Tacey Atsitty, Laura Furlan, and Toni Jensen—are looking for new Native-authored work of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and hybrid texts for a special issue responding to the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth landing.

Submissions can be sent (as Word or PDF files) to

Please put the genre and title in the subject line ("FICTION: Title").

Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction

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23:59 GMT, 29 February 2020

Calling all writers! We are delighted to announce a new call for entries to the Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition. We want stories of up to 1000 words long that take inspiration from the mind-blowing world of quantum physics. The Quantum Shorts competition is free to enter, offering prizes of up to US$1500.

As before, this year’s writers will have a constraint to work with. Their stories must include the phrase “things used to be so simple”. This phrase was taken from the winning story of the 2017 edition of the competition, “Acceptable Loss” by Przemysław Zańko.

The Quantum Shorts competition started in 2012, alternating between annual calls for flash fiction and short films. It is organised by the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore, and encourages writers to imagine how quantum physics might impact future lives – or to explore the hidden effects it might already be having on the world around us.

Artur Ekert, CQT Director and one of the judges, says, “In these days of quantum computers and quantum satellites, even the news can read like sci-fi. We invite writers to explore behind the headlines and tell stories with emotion and imagination.”

Every year, Quantum Shorts is supported by a hard-working group of elite partners. Scientific American, the longest continuously published magazine in the U.S., and Nature, the international weekly journal of science, are media partners for the competition. The competition is also supported by its scientific partners, leading quantum research centres around the world. They are the Dodd-Walls Centre, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems, the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM), QuTech, and the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

From all the entries submitted, a panel of experts will shortlist 10 outstanding flash fictions before the competition’s distinguished judges select the winner and runner-up for the top prizes. The People’s Choice Prize from the shortlisted entries will be decided by public vote.

Enter your submissions to Quantum Shorts here. Don't miss our resources on quantum physics and be sure to check the rules, too. The deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT, 29 February 2020.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Helix seeks work

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

THE HELIX welcomes submissions of artwork and literature on both a national and global scale. Please review our guidelines carefully, as any piece submitted incorrectly will be rejected.

Submissions are read by our editorial team in chronological order as we make our way through the queue. The wait time for an answer will vary from a few days to one month. If you have still not received a response from a submission submitted to a previous issue, please inquire on the status of your piece.

General Guidelines

The Helix accepts simultaneous submissions, with immediate notification if work is accepted elsewhere. Previously published work is not accepted, but we will consider work previously shared on personal blogs/websites.

  • Prose submissions should be double spaced.
  • Poetry should be single spaced.
  • All literary submissions should be in 12pt font Times New Roman.
  • Prose submissions are currently restricted to a maximum of 3,000 words each.
  • If you are submitting multiple works for one category, please send them as one file.

The Helix editors respect the integrity of all author’s work but may make slight changes as necessary. The Helix staff reserves the right to make copy editing changes, and light line editing changes.

We follow the Chicago Manual guidelines when editing submissions.

The Helix reserves first North American serial rights. All rights revert to the author after publication. If you republish your work in a print or other journal, please credit The Helix for the first publication.


Memoir Mixtape seeks fiction

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Deadline: March 31, 2020

Vol. 12: Just My Imagination

Since we put out our first call for Volume 1 in 2017, we have prided ourselves on being an always-open-for-submissions venue. But the truth is, we simply weren’t aware of how crazy life could (and would) really get in the upcoming years. 2019 was a really trying time for our editorial staff, and it was 100% necessary to press pause on our incoming submissions if we had any chance of catching up on our 10th and 11th volumes.

While we hope 2020 brings smoother sailing, and we hope to avoid any more hiatuses, we’re not going to make any promises. But the good news is that our current hiatus is now over, and we are officially reopening submissions for our 12th volume! And what makes this announcement even more exciting is this:

For the first time ever, Memoir Mixtapes is stepping out of our primary genre to publish a fiction issue!

This prompt has been on our roadmap from the very beginning, but we’ve held off until now because we wanted to establish MM as a platform primarily for CNF. Now that we’ve got 11 volumes under our belts, we’re finally in a good place to throw all of our typical rules to the wind, just for a bit. We’re really excited to see just how weird things can get.

Music will still be a driving force behind the stories and poems we ultimately select for Vol.12, but other than that, the rules are pretty lax. We’re happy to read flash, poems, and longer short stories, but our typical guidelines still apply (3,500 words maximum). We can’t wait to read your work!

*Just to clarify: Pieces must be inspired by existing/published songs rather than fictional songs/musicians.

Submission Requirements:


– Send in your submission using our brand new SUBMISSION FORM.

You should receive a confirmation of receipt from: SUBMISSIONS@MEMOIRMIXTAPES.COM

-Attach your submission as a .doc or .docx file (do not send PDFs or enclose your submission as text in the body of your email—your submission will not be logged)

-Please include a third-person bio with your submission

-One submission, based on one song, per writer. For prose submissions, 3500 words maximum (12 point font, single spaced). For poetry submissions we will only read one poem—please do not send multiple poems, as we will only read your first and make our decision based on that.

Submission Guidelines:

-The sweet spot for prose submissions is between 2–6 pages, single spaced. (If your submission runs a little shorter or longer, it’s not the end of the world.)

-Poetry submissions can be any length, but please bear in mind that over 5 pages is going to be a tougher sell.

-Proofreading is the best friend you have. We have other responsibilities / cats / dogs / spouses that eat up a lot of our time and we can’t dedicate as much effort as we’d like to on extensive edits to your work. Please, make sure your piece has that extra polish and shine before you send it in.

-We try to retain original formatting where applicable (particularly where poems are concerned), but your piece may be formatted/edited to fit our desired A E S T H E T I C.

Other Items:

As much as we’d love to pay contributors (or even ourselves), we’re broke as hell and can’t do any of that; as such, Memoir Mixtapes is free. This project is a labor of love and volunteer work, and will likely remain that way until we find ourselves a rich-ass patron who wants to throw cash at us to do what we love. (We’re still crossing our fingers for sponsorship from Taco Bell, so if anyone has the connect, hook us up.)

We’re not picky about whether your work has been previously published elsewhere, but we’d like to ensure that we’re not going to get sued to hell over copyright infringement, so make sure you’re okay to do so before sending it our way. In the same vein, we don’t mind if you want to submit your pieces to other publications after they have showed up in Memoir Mixtapes first—the work is yours, after all. Just please ensure that you credit us for being the first to publish it.

We make our decisions for inclusion once we’ve closed submissions for the current call; however, we will always respond to you to let you know we received your submission. These response times can vary from a day to a week, depending on our inbox / available time, so please be patient with your editors. That said, our spam folder has been known to eat potential contributor submissions, so PLEASE check in with us if you haven’t received a confirmation email within a week of sending your submission, preferably from a different email account (because Google is likely to throw you in spam again if you use the same address) or by Twitter/Instagram/Facebook message.

FOR TEACHERS WANTING TO GET STUDENTS INVOLVED: We’ve had it happen a few times now where teachers want to use our prompts as a basis for their classroom assignments. We think this is an excellent idea—we love the idea of helping to inspire burgeoning writing talent! And if your students want to submit to us, that’s even cooler! We’d be happy to read and consider their submissions for publication.

HOWEVER. We want all of our submissions to come from a place of passion and enthusiasm, not dread or annoyance. As such, we would ask that you please refrain from making submitting their work to us mandatory in order to pass your assignment. Nothing breaks our hearts quite like seeing “I’m sending you this story because I have to if I want a good grade for my English class” in a cover letter. It makes the students unhappy, and it makes us unhappy. If they want to submit, please encourage them, just don’t turn us into a chore for the students that don’t want to. Cool?

Are you a former contributor with exciting news to share? Use this form to keep us in the loop re: your recent publications and other accomplishments!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Apple Valley Review submission guidelines

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No deadline given

The Apple Valley Review is an online literary journal.  It is published twice each year, once in spring and once in fall.  Each issue features a collection of beautifully crafted poetry, short fiction, and essays.

We welcome submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays.
—Submissions are accepted year-round.
—We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal.  In other
words, please send us work that is both accessible and finely written.
—All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English.
Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.
—Prose submissions may range from approximately 100 to 4,000 words.
Shorter pieces stand a better chance of being published, but we are not strict
about word counts and will read and consider slightly longer work.        
—Novel excerpts must be self-contained.
—Preference is given to short (under two pages), non-rhyming poetry.
—This is not currently a paying market.  However, all work published in
the Apple Valley Review during a given calendar year will be considered
for the annual Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize.  From 2006 to 2019,
the prize was $100 and a gift of a book of poetry, fiction, or essays.  

We are very picky here.  Please do not send us
—true genre fiction (though literary pieces with genre elements are welcome);
—work that is scholarly or critical, inspirational, or intended for children;
—erotica or work containing explicit language; or
—anything that is particularly violent or disturbing.

Please note that these are purely editorial preferences.  Work that is not a fit here may be perfect for another market.    

Send submissions via e-mail to Leah Browning, Editor.
—Send up to three prose pieces or up to six poems at a time.
—Include the word “fiction,” “poetry,” or “essay” in your subject line.
—Type or paste your submission into the body of a single e-mail message.
(Please disregard any difficulties with font or formatting that arise after
pasting the text.)  We will not open any unsolicited attachments.
—Include a cover letter with your name, mailing address, e-mail address,
and a short biography.

Please expect to wait up to two months for a reply.  Occasionally with e-mail, there are technical difficulties.  We cannot be responsible for delay or loss of submissions.

To submit, or to check on the status of your submission after two months have passed, please send a message to our editor at editor(at)

If your work is accepted for publication, we may ask you to send it to us as a Word attachment.  This is more likely with prose than with poetry.

By submitting your work to the Apple Valley Review, you grant us first serial
rights and the right to archive your work online for an indefinite period of
time.  As appropriate, we may also choose to nominate published work for
awards or recognition.  You retain all other rights.  

Once the issue featuring your work has been published, you are free to republish your work as you wish, online and/or in print.  Any subsequent publication should note that your work was first published in the Apple Valley Review.

You are also welcome to create a link to the Apple Valley Review
( from your personal website.  

Dragon Soul Press seeks work for anthologies

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Deadline – February 29th, 2020

Reign of Queens (ROQ) (Rated R)1 reign

Publication – May 2020
Word Count – 5,000-15,000
Theme – In these stories, women rule and worlds governed by men are a thing of the past. Whether righteous or downright sadistic, these authoritative female figures shape their worlds for better or worse despite the trials thrown their way.
Note: No limitation on genre, setting, etc

Manuscript Submission Email:

More submission information here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tiger Moth seeks work for July 2020 issue

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

Submissions for Issue 4 (July 2020) are now open till May 2020.

We are looking for work that emphasises the connections between “human activity and the environment that produces it”, work that displays an “awareness of ecology and concerns over environmental disaster” (“Ecopoetics”, Poetry Foundation). We also want work that is hopeful, in spite of the ecological horrors that exist today. Send us work that is eco-conscious and critical, work that celebrates the beauty/ bounty of nature, work that is cognisant, curious and contemplative of the relationships between humanity, modernity, cultures and the environments in which we live in or imagine ourselves to inhabit.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit all work to thetigermothreview [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Title your email subject as follows: Full name_Genre_Title of work. Anything labelled otherwise will not be read.
  • Depending on your genre, please limit each submission to:
  • 3-5 unpublished poems (a non-English work & its English translation count as one poem submission)
  • 1 unpublished short fiction piece (up to 5,000 words) or
  • 3-5 unpublished photographs/ art in web format (72 ppi) + a short write-up contextualising the work [high res formats should be available on request]
  • All work submitted should be accompanied by a short author bio between 50 and 100 words, and a recent author photo in jpg.
  • Do not re-submit until you hear from us. We aim to respond within 8 weeks, usually sooner.
  • While we accept simultaneous submissions, do indicate in your email that this is a simultaneous submission, and write in to us immediately to withdraw your work once it has been accepted elsewhere.
  • Works submitted should engage with the themes of nature, culture, the environment and/ or ecology.
  • While the journal was founded to encourage the publication of and provide a platform for eco-conscious work from Singapore and the region, we will respond to the reality of the submissions we receive. We are proud to say that our contributors hail from all over the world, contributing to the diversity of voices about our earth.
  • The Tiger Moth Review is committed to create a space for minority, marginalised, underrepresented voices in society. 

Publication Rights

  • The Tiger Moth Review publishes only unpublished work, unless we ourselves request for them.
  • By submitting your work, you affirm that you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work.
  • By submitting your work, you authorise The Tiger Moth Review to publish your work in both its e-journal and online platforms.
  • For republishing, please first acknowledge The Tiger Moth Review.

Reading Fee and Payment

We currently do not charge a reading fee, and our plan is to keep it this way as we believe in making art and literature submissions accessible to all. Issues will also be free for all to download and read in the spirit of community and accessibility.
At present, we are unable to pay for published work as this is a self-funded project. That said, we are committed to continue exploring ways in which contributors may receive an honorarium in future.

Parsec Short Story Contest

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Deadline on February 29, 2020  

Triangulation  is open for submissions. We are Parsec Ink’s speculative fiction  anthology, now in our 16th year. We’re looking for outstanding fantasy,  science fiction, weird fiction, and speculative horror–from new and  established writers. Take the theme and run with it. Tell us a story we  won’t forget.

Theme: Triangulation: Extinction.

Every  day, another species creeps closer to extinction, often brought on by  things out of their control. The world changes every time an insect, a  rhino, a macaw ceases to exist. These changes are tangible. Tell us  about them. Bring us stories of imposing threats, extraordinary  creatures brought low, stories of those warriors who fight tooth and  nail for their survival. What does extinction mean to you? We like our  stories to be profound, relatable, poignant yet familiar. Tell a tale  for the ages.

While we appreciate and value creative freedom, please note that this issue of Triangulation  has a strict theme. We don’t want to read a hundred stories about  dinosaurs and asteroids; we want gritty commentaries and hopeful  ruminations. Last year’s issue, Dark Skies, wrestled with light pollution, and similarly, this issue addresses an equally as challenging—and real—topic. Let’s do it justice.

Submission Requirements:

Submissions Open: December 1, 2019

Submissions Close: February 29, 2020

Word  Count: We consider fiction up to 5,000 words, but the sweet spot is  3,000. There is no minimum word count. Stories over 5000 words will be  rejected unread.

Genre:  We accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror–and enjoy intelligent  blends of the three. Stories without a speculative element will not be  considered.

We  do not accept reprints, multiple submissions, or simultaneous  submissions. If we reject a story before the end of the reading period,  feel free to send another.

We love creative interpretations of our themes, but we do require the stories to be a solid fit.

We run mature content only if we like the story and find the mature content to be integral to it.

We do not accept fanfic, even if it’s based in a fictional universe that has passed into the public domain.

Manuscript  Format: Please use industry standard manuscript format. We’re not  testing you or trying to make you jump through hoops, but we do want a  manuscript that is easy for us to read. We reserve the right to reject a  story because it did not adhere to our formatting guidelines.

We accept manuscripts in the following formats:

    .doc or .docx (MS Word)

    .rtf (Rich Text Format — generic document format that most word processors can create)

How We Choose:

We  are a meritocracy. New authors are as welcome as those with a laundry  list of accomplishments. But it’s going to be the story that wins us  over. Grab us by the lapels, drag us onto that plane, take us for the  ride of our lives… but get us back on the ground safely and home in time  for dinner.

 We  aim to read submissions as they are received. If a story doesn’t work  for us, we reject it. If we think the story has great potential but  isn’t quite there yet, we request a rewrite. The ones we love the most,  we hold on to for further consideration, but we won’t keep you guessing:  you’ll get an email. Next, the stories fight it out among themselves  until we have our final lineup. At which time, final acceptances are  sent out. It’s sort of like Enter the Dragon, but without the nunchucks. When a story is accepted, the changes we suggest will typically be minor and/or cosmetic.

Response: Final decisions are made by March 31st.

Eligibility: All writers, including those who are known or related to the editorial staff, can submit to Triangulation. That doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily get in, but we are happy to consider their work.

If Your Story Is Accepted:

Compensation: We will pay 3 cents per word for original fiction, via PayPal or check.   

Rights:  We purchase North American serial rights, audio and electronic rights  for the downloadable version(s). All subsidiary rights released upon publication. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Reedsy prompts: #29: Bildungsroman

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Deadline: February 21, 2020

$50 prize

Often, the stories we read in our youth end up sticking with us well beyond adolescence. We vividly remember our first encounter with imaginative Anne Shirley, the nail-biting rumble between the greasers and Socs in The Outsiders, the fierce camaraderie shared by the Harry, Ron, and Hermione trio, among many other memorable moments from the young adult books we read in our formative years.

This week, all five prompts feature popular elements that are frequently at play in coming-of-age novels. While you are certainly free to write a short young adult story, you can also choose to incorporate these prompts into any other type of fiction.

If you want to revisit some classic YA fiction to get your creative wheels spinning, check out our freshly published list of some of our favorite young adult books!
This week's prompts:

  • Write a story about someone dealing with family conflict.
  • Write a story about someone discovering something new about themselves.
  • Write a story about two best friends.
  • Write a story about someone falling in love for the first time.
  • Write a story about a character struggling to decide how to handle a problem that is morally gray.

Oyster River Pages seeks work for the fourth annual issue

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Deadline May 31, 2020

Oyster River Pages publishes fine fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and visual art online.

Submissions for the fourth annual issue will be accepted January 1–May 31, 2020.

Please see the general guidelines below for each genre. (Work that is unfinished, unproofed, or noncompliant with the guidelines gives our editors existential angst.)

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please contact us immediately if your work is picked up elsewhere. We request first serial rights, after which all rights revert to the author or artist. We do not reprint previously published work. Please include a 60-word bio with your submission. To stay in touch with the latest happenings at ORP, subscribe to our mailing list below.

Fiction: Please submit one story up to 6,000 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced.

Emerging Voices Fiction: Please submit one story up to 6,000 words in .docx format. Only one story per submitter will be read and reviewed. All work should be double-spaced. Please include your full name and preferred email on the first page of the document.

Creative Non-Fiction: Please submit creative non-fiction pieces that are no longer than 2,500 words in .docx format. All work should be double-spaced. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document.

Poetry: Please submit up to three poems in .docx format. Each poem should start on its own page. Otherwise, the spacing of the submission will remain as is in publication to preserve the integrity of the poem. Your name should not appear anywhere in the document.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Speckled Trout Review seeks poetry for Spring 2020 issue

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

*We will begin reading submissions on February 1 for the second issue of Speckled Trout Review (Spring 2020), which will be published in early May. The deadline for submissions is April 15.

Editors of Speckled Trout Review welcome submissions of unpublished poetry (nothing previously published in an electronic publication of any kind or print) for its Spring 2020 issue.

Poets can paste up to 3 poems, followed by a 50-75 word writer’s biography at the end, in the body of an e-mail to

Please note: attachments will go unread. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please share the good news when a poem finds a home elsewhere. For any questions about submissions or Speckled Trout Review, reach out to us at the above e-mail address.

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

Getting Sexy with food seeks short fiction

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Welcome to the funnest (yes, I know that funnest is technically not a word, but when is eating a cinnamon roll sexy?) creatively naughty contest on the web.
Submission dates:

Winter: December, January, February - December 1 to February 20th

Early submissions will not be accepted. Well, they will be accepted, just not eligible for that season's competition.

The winner receives $25, a page of fame on the website and Twitter shout-outs!

1. One (1) entry per person, per month. You can have up to 3 entries for each season.
2. You must post the contest to two (2) social media sites. You must provide links to postings. Liking and Retweeting on Twitter counts!!
3. You must have a valid email.
4. It would be nice if you had a Twitter account, but it isn't required.
5. You may post via a pen name, but must provide a real name for payment purposes. Names will only be posted by first name and last initial or pen name.
6. If your entry didn't make it one month, don't resubmit it, rework it. Try it from a different angle.
7. There is no cost, except your time and creatively naughty thoughts, to participate in this contest.

1. Entries must be 500 words or less.
2. No profanity.
3. No vulgar terms for body parts.
4. No actual sex in the scene. See the wonderfully creatively naughty Winners page.
5. All submissions remain the property of those who submitted them. If we ever compile them and create a book, we will contact you to see if you would like to be included. I'm thinking Getting "Sexy With Food" Nightstand Edition: Creatively Naughty Bedtime Stories.

1. Contests runs from through the 1st-20th of each 3 month season. New entries will be accepted beginning the 1st of every season. Entries will not be accepted from the 21st to the end of the last season month.
2. The top entries (5 Max) will be listed on the 20th of the last month of the season. Voting will take place from the 21st-23rd of each season.
3. The entry with the most votes will win $25, payable via PAYPAL. You must be able to accept the award via PAYPAL.
4. Only one vote per VALID email will count. Friends and family may all vote for your entry!
5. Winners will be announced and featured on the front page of the website and my Twitter feed. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story Contest, 2020

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Deadline midnight February 17, 2020.

Objective/Theme: To generate a fictional short story that is written in the wholesome spirit displayed by Bess Streeter Aldrich in her works while incorporating a theme that focuses on Nebraska’s family life, economy, history, cultural diversity, and/or geography (past, present, and/or future). Writers are encouraged to focus on historical and/or realistic topics.

This year the Aldrich Foundation is paying tribute to Mrs. Aldrich’s book Spring Came on Forever and believe it would be an excellent resource.

Resources: Other books by the author that writers can read to generate ideas about content and style are: Short Works 1907-1919; Short Works 1920-1954; Mother Mason; The Rim of the Prairie; The Cutters; A Lantern in Her Hand; A White Bird Flying; Miss Bishop; Song of Years; The Lieutenant's Lady; Journey into Christmas; The Drum Goes Dead; and The Man Who Caught the Weather.

Eligibility (Four divisions):

  • Adult: 1st Prize $100; 2nd Prize $50; 3rd Prize $25
  • High School (Grades 9-12): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15 Middle School (Grades 6-8): 1st Prize $50; 2nd Prize $25; 3rd Prize $15 Intermediate School (Grades 3-5): 1st Prize $25; 2nd Prize $15; 3rd Prize $10
*Schools are limited to 15 submissions per teacher. Family members of the Aldrich Foundation Board are not eligible.

Length: 1,000 to 2,000 words (there is no minimum word requirement for the Intermediate Category)

Scoring: Stories will be based upon the writer’s effective use of theme and the use of the six-traits of writing.

Results: Winners will be notified in late March and invited to the Aldrich Foundation's spring banquet in April. A winners’ list will be posted on the Bess Streeter Aldrich website (

The judges’ critiques are available if they are requested via separate email to by the submission date. Winners grant the BSA Foundation the right to reprint the stories.

 Submission Process: Stories should be submitted here by midnight February 17, 2020.

A submission link is also found at Questions about the contest or an alternative paper submission can be directed to Kurk Shrader, Executive Director (email or call 402-867-4233).

2020 Nelson Algren Literary Award

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Deadline: February 17, 2020

Online submission via Submittable

Submissions for the 2020 Nelson Algren Literary Award are open from Dec. 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to Feb. 17, 2020 at 1:00p.m. Central Time

The 2020 Nelson Algren Literary Awards (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Chicago Tribune Company, LLC (“Chicago Tribune”). Contest is offered only in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“Contest Area”). Void outside Contest Area and where prohibited.

The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Awards is a nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren. The  Tribune is partnering with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to present the 2020 contest.  The contest has been annually since 1981. The award has been presented to a number of distinguished authors, including Louise Erdrich and Stuart Dybek.

There will be one grand prize winner ($3,500) and five finalists ($750).

Official Contest Rules:


• Stories must be fiction and must not have been previously published.

• Stories must be written in English, double-spaced, and no longer than 8,000 words.

• Entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on or in the submitted Story, including but not limited to identification of the Story author on the pages of the submitted Story. 

• Stories must be original to entrant (not copied, adapted, or reproduced from any other source and not a collaboration with any other person).

• All characters in your Story must be entirely fictional and not based on any actual person, whether or not living.

• Stories must not infringe any trademark or trade name.

• Stories must be appropriate for publication in a commercially distributed general-audience publication.

• Stories must not violate the rights of any other person or company (including but not limited to privacy rights, rights of publicity, copyrights and trade secrets).

• Stories must not defame, libel, or slander anyone or any entity.

• Stories must not contain or describe any obscene, vulgar, offensive, profane, provocative or otherwise inappropriate content.

• Any Entry or Story that is determined by Chicago Tribune in its sole discretion at any time to violate the Submission Requirements or these Official Rules, or to otherwise be unsuitable, offensive or in poor taste, may be rejected and the accompanying Entry disqualified even if the Entry has previously been submitted for Judging (defined below). Chicago Tribune retains sole discretion as to whether any Story satisfies the Submission Requirements and its decisions are final.

Vox Viola seeks poetry from women

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We are seeking submissions for Issue Two!

Vox Viola Literary Magazine only accepts submissions from people who identify as women, as this publication seeks to amplify the voices and stories of those who have too often been silenced or unheard. Pieces do not have to directly relate to feminism. In fact, we aim to represent a broad range of experiences.

We look for work that demonstrates a distinctive voice, emotional authenticity, and an attentive eye towards craft and language.  Send us work that is daring and full of truth; send us work that looks beyond the surface and brims with life.

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions must be previously unpublished.

  • If your work is republished elsewhere, please do acknowledge Vox Viola Literary Magazine as where it initially appeared.  
  • Submissions should be written in Times New Roman or Garamond, using 12pt font. 
  • Submissions should be primarily in English.
  • Please make sure there are no unintentional errors, such as typos.
  • All submissions should be on the same document; if submitting multiple works, each should be on a separate page and clearly titled.
  • Please submit as a Word or PDF document. 
  • Please only put identifying information in your cover letter and not in your submission document. 
  • We do nominate for Pushcart Prizes. 
  • For unsolicited submissions, please fill out the form online to submit

Thank you for your interest in Vox Viola— we can’t wait to see your work!


Submit up to 5 poems at a time before hearing back from us.
Poetry should be single-spaced, unless other formatting decisions play a role in the piece’s meaning.
Generally, each poem should be under 1000 words.


Submit up to 3 pieces at a time before hearing back from us.
Prose should be double-spaced.
Each piece should be 3000 words or less.

Visual Art

Submit up to 8 pieces at a time before hearing back from us.
We accept paintings, drawings, photography, etc.

Reader's Digest 100 Word Stories Submissions

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Everybody has a story to share. What's yours? Send us a true story about you, in 100 words or fewer - if it's chosen by our editors for publication in our print magazine, you'll be paid $100 unless we specify otherwise in writing. We also may pick selected favorites to appear on our site at For complete details, see submission guidelines below. Need inspiration? Enjoy our contest winners and our favorites from the column.

By submitting your story, you agree to the following:

Your story may be used by Reader's Digest and its licensees worldwide in all print and electronic media, now or hereafter existing, in any language, without time limitation. If published in the print edition of Reader's Digest magazine, you will be paid $100 unless we specify otherwise in writing. Your story may be edited for clarity. Following receipt of payment, you agree not to submit your story to other publications. You warrant that you are the sole owner of all the rights to the story and have the authority to grant the rights herein without restriction, that the story is your original work, and that the story does not infringe or violate any copyright, right of privacy or publicity, or any other right of any third party, or contain any matter that is libelous or otherwise in contravention of the law.

Contributions cannot be acknowledged or returned. It may also take some time for your submission to be considered; please don't inquire about the status of your submission - we'll be in touch if we select your material. Even selected items may not be published for six months or more.

We may run your item in any section of our magazine, or elsewhere. Our website Terms of Use also apply to your submission; in the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and the above terms, the latter shall govern.


Friday, February 14, 2020

The Poetry Super Highway welcomes all submissions of poetry for Poet of the Week consideration

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Please use the form below to submit your work. (Please note, as of January 2019, we are no longer accepting submissions via email.)

Your poems:

  • Besides the info requested in the form below, your poems should be in a single document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt file format only. Sorry, no PDFs.)
  • Include a single long poem or a few shorter poems. (Yes, that’s purposefully vague.)
  • Poetry in your document should be single spaced. (except for intentional stanza breaks)
  • No cover letter in document is necessary.
  • Please do not include any images in the document, just the poems.

Other Info:

  • Any poet is eligible to be featured once during any calendar year.
  • All poems are copyright and owned by the author.
  • Previous publications / simultaneous submissions are fine, but please not if published elsewhere on the internet (except for your personal website.)
  • All submissions are saved for six months, and reviewed anew each week for POTW consideration.
  • We don’t send rejection letters. If you haven’t heard from us within 6 months from your submission date, it means we weren’t able to use anything from that submission. With this long period of time in mind, we’re okay with simultaneous submissions (as long as you notify us if a piece is published elsewhere) and we welcome additional submissions (as long as you haven’t already been a Poet of the Week on Poetry Super Highway during the same calendar year.)
  • There are no content, style, form, or length restrictions.
  • Once selected for publication, your work will appear online as Poet of the Week for one week and then be moved into the Past Poet’s Archive permanently. We consider the archive an historical record of our publication and outside of updating typos or contact information we will not alter past issues in any manner including removing published poems. (For example, you decide down the road you don’t like a piece you had previously published for any reason or you have revised a piece etc.) With this in mind, please submit carefully.

Submission Form

Florida Loquat Festival 2020

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Deadline: March 6, 2020

Florida Loquat Festival: One-page (300 Words) Submissions on Loquats
Event dates: March 21, 2020; Frances Ave Park, New Port Richey, FL

Florida Loquat Festival seeks one-page (300 word) poetry or prose submissions on loquats for reading at festival, March 21, 2020. 

Prize packages are first ($200), second ($100), third place ($50), and publication. Other small favors for presenters. All styles and forms as long as loquats are the subject or central image. Submissions open to all writers—not restricted to professionals. Writers can submit two texts. 

If making two submissions, send both in a single document. 

Include brief bio with writing experience/publications, if any, to Deadline March 6, 2020. 

Winning submissions notified upon selection.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Pretty Owl Poetry POPcraft: Tarot for Poets

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What we’re looking for: The disruption and surprise of Tarot combined with the mysterious logic of a poem’s creation. Elements of both should be present in your submission (which is to say: we’re not looking for any old prompt or any old Tarot spread). The way they come together is up to you.

We know that a large intersection of Tarot and writing is ritual—be specific and precise with the procedure of your prompt. Please send us photos of your spread as described in the prompt, and we will recreate it and photograph it with our deck. Don’t forget to add a title to your submission!

Check out what we have here, but don’t hesitate to send something that puts your own spin on the witchcraft of the poetry prompt. If you'd like to send us poems you've written in response to the prompts on our website, we encourage you to send them in a regular submission of 3-5 poems to be considered for publication in the journal. Right now we are only accepting submissions of original prompts and accompanying Tarot spreads.


Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition

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Deadline: 27 April 2020

The Task
We invite you to write a poem about a member or members of royal families from countries around the world.

This is the theme but first and foremost we are looking for outstanding poems, literary and subject wise, we don’t need to agree with your views, but we want to feel your poem comes from the heart and adds something new to our poetic legacy.

You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?). You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as, we are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem.

Some countries have created the role of poet laureate to provide a poetic comment on current events. This often presents quite a challenge for the poet in question, so take inspiration from these two noteworthy examples:
The last lines of ‘The Younger Sister’, a poem by former poet laureate Andrew Motion after the death of Princess Margaret:

  • A daughter gone before her mother goes;
  • A younger sister heading on before;
  • A woman in possession of the fact
  • That love and duty speak two languages.

The last lines of ‘In the Land of Kings’, a poem by former Dutch poet laureate Ramsey Nasr following an attack on the royal family during the (then) Dutch Queen official birthday celebrations:

a new order naturally starts
along festively cordoned-off lanes
a last queen will see her last subjects’ remains
run over like animals’ parts

Translated by Paul Vincent. You can read the entire poem in 100 Dutch-Language Poems.

What is the Prize?
The author of the winning poem will receive £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine

The Judges
Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar, will judge this competition and read all the poems.

Who can take part?
We accept poems from authors of all nationalities and based anywhere in the world provided you comply with these guidelines:

  • Your poem must be written in English
  • Translations are not accepted
  • Poems should not exceed 50 lines
  • The poem must be the original work of the entrant
  • The poems must not have been previously awarded or published
  • You can only send in one poem per entrant
  • You must be eighteen or over
  • You can be based in any country, but your poem needs to be in English
  • You can be of any nationality, but your poem needs to be in English
  • We only accept email submissions

The good thing about this competition that you do not need to pay a fee to enter your poem. So it doesn’t cost you any money but we do look for outstanding, literary poems.

When is the closing date?
You can send in your entries from 14 October and the competition closes on 27 April 2020 at midnight GMT. In the spirit of this competition, 27 April is King’s Day in the Netherlands.

How to submit your entry
In order to enter the competition, you must email us at: We regret that we cannot process entries that do not follow the submission guidelines set out below, so please read these instructions carefully.
The poem must be attached as a single Microsoft Word, Text or PDF file
Please use your name and the title of the poem when you save your poem
Royalty must appear in the subject line of the email
The body of the email should contain your contact details
Please do not add your name or contact details to the attachment that contains the poem
Please do not add your poem to the body of the email
Good luck! We look forward to receiving and reading your poem.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine submission guidelines

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Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine is an established market for science fiction stories.

Asimov’s pays 8-10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words, and 8 cents for each word over 7,500. We seldom buy stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words, and we don’t serialize novels. We pay $1 a line for poetry, which should not exceed 40 lines.

We buy First English Language serial rights plus certain non-exclusive rights explained in our contract. We do not publish reprints, and we do not accept “simultaneous submissions” (stories sent at the same time to a publication other than Asimov’s). Asimov’s will consider material submitted by any writer, previously published or not. We’ve bought some of our best stories from people who have never sold a story before.

Story Content

In general, we’re looking for “character oriented” stories, those in which the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will constitute the majority of our purchases, but there’s always room for the humorous as well. SF dominates the fiction published in the magazine, but we also publish borderline fantasy, slipstream, and surreal fiction. No sword & Sorcery, please. Neither are we interested in explicit sex or violence. A good overview would be to consider that all fiction is written to examine or illuminate some aspect of human existence, but that in science fiction the backdrop you work against is the size of the Universe.

Electronic Submission and Manuscript Format

Asimov’s now uses an Online Submissions System that has been designed to streamline our process and improve communication with authors. We do not accept email submissions. Please see Manual Submission Guidelines for information about paper submissions.

Our online submissions form for fiction asks for your name, email address, cover letter, story title, and story. Cover letter is optional. If you choose to include it, it should contain the length of your story and your publishing history. Story word count can, and should, also be indicated in the upper right corner of the first page of the manuscript. We ask for the same information for poetry. Please fill out a separate form for each poem submitted for consideration. All stories and poems should be in standard manuscript format and can be submitted in .RTF or .DOC format. For information about standard formatting, see William Shunn’s guide to Proper Manuscript Format. After you have submitted your work, a tracking number will be displayed and an automated email confirmation containing this information will be sent to you. If you have not received this email within twenty-four hours, please notify us by email. Your tracking number will allow you to monitor the status of your submission through our website, so please don’t lose it.

NOTE: occasionally treats our email as spam, please keep an eye on your spam folder.

Reply Process

Our average response time runs about five weeks. If you have not heard from us in 45 days, you can query us about the submission at Thanks for your interest in Asimov’s and good luck!

Manual Submission and Manuscript Format

Manuscripts submitted to Asimov's must be neatly typed, double-spaced on one side of the sheet only, on bond paper (no erasable paper, please). Any manuscript longer than 5 pages should be mailed to us flat. Dot matrix printouts are acceptable only if they are easily readable. Please do NOT send us submissions on disk. When using a word processor, please do not justify the right margin. If sending a printout, separate the sheets first. The manuscript should include the title, your name and address, and the number of words in your story. Enclose a cover letter if you like. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (if manuscript is over 5 pages, use a 9” x 12” envelope) carrying enough postage to return the manuscript If you wish to save on postage, you may submit a clear copy of your story along with a standard (#10) envelope, also self-addressed and stamped. Mark your manuscript “DISPOSABLE,” and you will receive our reply only. We do not suggest that you have us dispose of your original typescript. If you live overseas or in Canada, use International Reply Coupons for postage, along with a self-addressed envelope.

erbacce-prize for poetry 2020

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Deadline: May 1, 2020

'erbacce' it rhymes with 'apache' and is Italian for 'weed'


Entry is FREE to everyone. World-Wide.

1) Send us five pages of poetry in a single MS Word document preferably as a Rich Text Format and with type set at 12 points in TNR. Name this document with your full name please.
2) You are welcome to send previously published BUT we must also see some unpublished work.
3) In the body of the email we need your full name and snail-mail (postal) address.
4) In the 'subject' line of the email write 'erbacce-prize 2019'.
5) PLEASE do not include 'frames'.

And THAT IS IT. BUT; if you add anything else; an index, a commentary 'about you', or if you put your name and address in the MS Word document, then your submission will fail and we will not consider it. You see we judge every entry 'blind' and want nothing in the MS Word submission that can identify the author. However you MUST include a full name and address in the email itself.

Please send submissions to erbacce-press by clicking HERE to email us. You will receive a brief acknowledgement from us, if you don't, you have not followed submission guidelines.

The Prizes

The outright winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce press who will publish a perfect-bound collection of the winner's book labelled 'Winner of the erbacce-prize for poetry 2020'. We will pay all costs including the legal registering of the book and supplying copies to the major libraries and of course to the author. The book will be sold through our sales/shop pages and the poet will be paid 20% royalties (which is twice as much as Random House or Penguin)

Two runners-up will also be considered and they will win either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book under similar terms as the winner.

Four other poets will be chosen to be the 'Featured Poet' in each of the quarterly copies of our in-house journal 'erbacce' which means that one half of the journal will be devoted to interviewing them and displaying/publishing their work.

A word to the wise

We get thousands of entries because people know we are a free and high-quality poetry publishing co-operative and if you happen to win then we'll be looking for your email address in our email-address book; we hope it will be recognisable. BUT it has happened in the past that someone has won a prize but their name is not found in our address book. Why? because while we are looking for Tom Smith the name doesn't exist because the individual has used an email address which wittily calls himself 'Pluto Seminides'...

PLEASE use an email address that contains your correct name. It would be tragic and a waste of your time were you to win and we couldn't find your email address to notify you.

That's all there is to it, there is no catch, entry really is free and the prizes really are substantial; if you need to check out the quality of the books we produce then buy one at our 'Shop' using the button top-right of this page. Previous winners have gone on to be invited to read in the USA, the UK, Italy, Venice, Germany etc. The erbacce-prize for poetry is recognised world-wide as an important and  prestigious addition to any poets CV and a stepping stone to world-wide recognition.

Finally: GOOD LUCK to all of you. You may use the red link button below to email your submission and if all else fails email to alancorkish (at)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium: Forgiveness and Retribution.

The winner receives a £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside. A £3,000 cash prize will go to the second place, and £2,000 to the third place runner up. The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjällnäs symposium.

Rules: Open to all nationalities, aged 18 and above. All genres permitted. A maximum of 2500 words per entry. Limited to one entry per person. Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time (including the AF Academic Writing Prize). All entries are judged anonymously and no correspondence can be entered into.

Applications open: 1st January 2020
Applications close: 1st April 2020
Longlist (top 100 entries) announced: 15th May 2020*
Shortlist (top 30 entries) announced: 1st June 2020*
Winners announced: 15th June 2020*

Please follow us on Instagram to stay up to date with latest news.


The MacGuffin Special Formal Poetry Issue

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Deadline: April 1, 2020

Formal poetry will be featured in Volume 36, No. 3.

You may submit up to five poems per submission. Please indicate the form of each poem being submitted in parenthesis next to its title, e.g. "My Submission" (Ghazal).

No blank or free verse will be accepted for this feature.

Work will be considered until April 1, 2020.

Please send your work via email, post, or Submittable.

For All Submissions
  • We do not accept previously published work (either in print or online).
  • Use Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • List work titles in the order they appear in your cover letter.
  • Include your name and page number in the header of each page. If you are using Microsoft Word 2007 or later, you can use the "Insert" tab on the ribbon to edit the header area and insert page numbers.
  • Do not include extraneous or blank pages with your submission.
  • Do not send revisions unless our editors have requested them.
  • Allow 8 to 16 weeks for a response (sometimes longer in May-July and December-January). We thank you in advance for your patience.
Postal Submissions
  • Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) or sufficient International Reply Coupons for reply only. No work will be returned.
Email Submissions
  • Submissions should be sent to
  • Submissions made in the body of an email will not be considered. Please submit work as an attached .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Links to a Google Docs (or similar) file will be rejected.
  • Please include the genre you are submitting in the subject line.
  • In the body of the email, please list the title(s) of the poem(s) or story that you are submitting.
Submittable Submissions

Additional Information
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions if informed. We expect prompt notification if the work is accepted elsewhere. Manuscripts may be withdrawn until we send an acceptance notification to you.
  • We are not reviewing translations at this time.
  • Authors and artists receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.
  • The MacGuffin is copyrighted. Upon publication, all rights revert to authors. We appreciate acknowledgement as first place of publication.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Reedsey Prompt: Narratively Takeover

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Deadline: February 14, 2020

Prize: $50

This week is a special edition of the Reedsy Prompts contest because our friends at Narratively are taking it over with their own theme and prompts! We'll let them take it from here...

Narratively is a media platform that celebrates the diversity of humanity through authentic storytelling. At Narratively, we know that truth is sometimes stranger (and more interesting!) than fiction, so we’re switching things up this week and asking for your TRUE stories. For this week’s prompts, we’re looking for your very best creative nonfiction — the fascinating true story that only you can tell, the one incredible tale you just have to share with the world.

We like stories that surprise and delight us, and that are full of dramatic, active scenes with lots of colorful moments.

To that end, each of our prompts for this week takes on an issue that never goes out of style… love.

The winning story will be considered for publication on Narratively.
This week's prompts:

  • Write about someone (or something) you loved that you shouldn’t have.
  • Write about a date that was so terrible you’ll never forget it.
  • Write about your most unique experience at, or in, a wedding.
  • Write about a time when a broken heart led to something you’d never have expected.
  • Write about a secret that you’ve never told to the person you love.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Deadline: April 1, 2020  

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

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

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

Please submit only one poem to this contest.


Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Re-Re-Re-Drafting Challenge: Bloodaxe Archive Challenge #3

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Deadline: 1 March 2020

In our third Bloodaxe Archive challenge, we’re inviting you to radically re-draft someone else’s poem from the Bloodaxe Archive…

The challenge: pick a poem from the Bloodaxe Archive and re-draft it beyond recognition!

Inspired by the tweaks and changes we can see unfurling in poets’ manuscripts and proofs in the Bloodaxe Archive, we’d like to challenge your drafting skills. Flex your editing muscles by applying some processes and techniques to existing pieces of writing. They will help you take one step away from the personal, intense, creative activity of writing a poem to encourage a more subjective viewpoint and deliver a more successful poem. Once you’ve gone through all these processes, you can step back in and marvel at the mysterious new piece you have created.

Step 1
Pick a poem, any poem, from the Bloodaxe Archive. Remember, there are many ways to dip into this vast collection of digitised poetry – you can search by data, shape, word, gallery, research and books – click here for a reminder of how to search the archive for poems.

Step 2
Now you’re going to change this poem beyond all recognition, by applying a selection of these processes. Pick between four and six, and apply them in any order, one after the other:

Change the tense of the poem. If it’s set in the past, what happens when you change it to the present – or the future?
Mess with the pronouns. Is it written in the ‘I’ voice? What happens if you change it to ‘we’ or ‘you’, ‘he/she/it’ or ‘they’?
Translate it into another language – either because you’re multi-lingual, or you’re good at Google Translate. Translate that translation into a second language. Keep going a few more times, and then bring it back to English.
Add some characters. What if the heroes or villains of your favourite film or book show up in the poem? How will they react to its setting or mood?
Find all the nouns in the poem. Replace them with the nouns which come seven places after the original noun in the dictionary (e.g. the seventh noun after ‘geranium’ in our office dictionary is ‘germ’).

Move the action of the poem to outer space. Or underwater. Or the North Pole. Or some other challenging location.

  • Reverse the order of the stanzas.
  • Rewrite the poem as a prose poem. Or if it’s already a prose poem, rewrite it as a lineated poem.
  • Rewrite the poem so its rhythm matches that of your favourite song.
  • Cut up the poem into individual lines. Find another piece of non-poetic text of a similar length (a recipe, something from an instruction manual, a football review etc). Cut that up into lines as well. Shuffle all the lines together – what new combination works best?
  • Change the mood of the poem. If it’s comic, turn it tragic – or vice versa.
  • Rewrite the poem so you don’t use the letter E.
  • Choose a poetic form. Force your poem into it. Suggestions: sonnet, villanelle, pantoum, concrete poem…
  • If it rhymes, take out the rhyme. If it doesn’t rhyme, add in a rhyme scheme. Try AABB.
  • Change the perspective. Make the speaker a chair. Or a pepper pot. Or a coat rack. Or any other inanimate object.

Step 3
Is there an editorial process you can invent yourself to apply to the poem? Leave your suggestion in the comments below! And if you describe the process in your entry, we’ll share the ones we like with other Young Poets Network members who are looking for ways to edit their poems.

Step 4
Any last changes that you want to make? Any neatenings or tidyings? Any scruffings up?

Step 5
Give your poem a title, making sure you credit the original poet. For example, your poem could be called ‘The Glow in the Dark Lightbulb, after [poem] by [Bloodaxe poet]’. If you’re writing a new poem inspired by an existing poem, it’s always good practice to credit the original poet like this. That way, you demonstrate the fact that you’re paying tribute to or are in conversation with a poem, rather than accidentally committing plagiarism.

Step 6
Enter your poem or (even better) poems in the challenge by 1 March 2020! Follow the guidelines in the How to Enter section below.

Step 7
Birmingham Jazz Incarnation cover photo
If you like this approach and want to read some more, try the pamphlet Birmingham Jazz Incarnation by Simon Turner – it’s one poem, remixed and remixed many times.

And if you like writing within constraints, find out about the Oulipo movement here. You can also check out our previous univocal Oulipo challenge by Ross Sutherland.

Now you’re immersed in the Bloodaxe Archive, why not try your hand at the other writing challenges in this series here?

Selected poets will be published on Young Poets Network and sent an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook, Bloodaxe poetry books and other goodies, and invited to perform at the prestigious Newcastle Poetry Festival in May 2020.

How to enter
This challenge is for writers aged up to 25 based anywhere in the world (though we can’t pay international expenses to attend the poetry festival). The deadline is midnight, Sunday 1 March 2020. You can send a poem written down, or a recording as a video or as an audio file. If you are sending a written version of your poem, please type it into the body of your email. If you are sending a video or audio file, please attach it to the email (making sure it’s no bigger than 4MB or it won’t come through) or send us a link to where we can see/hear it. You can enter as many poems as you like.

Include a short explanation of the processes you used to create your poem, and remember to credit the original poem.

Send your poem(s) to with the subject line ‘Bloodaxe Archive challenge #3’, along with your name, date of birth/age, gender, the county (or, if you’re not from the UK, the country) you live in, and how you found out about this challenge (e.g. YPN email/Twitter/Instagram/through a teacher/through a friend etc.). This data is used for statistical purposes and help us reach as wide an audience as possible. These anonymised statistics will be shared with our partner Newcastle University.

If you are aged 12 or younger on Sunday 1 March 2020, you will need to ask a parent/guardian to complete this permission form; otherwise, unfortunately we cannot consider your entry due to data protection laws.

We welcome entries from schools and youth groups. Use this class entry form to enter students from your class or group.

If you would like us to add you to the Young Poets Network mailing list, include ‘add me to the mailing list’ in the subject line of the email. If you would like us to confirm that we’ve received your entry, include ‘confirm receipt’ in the subject line. You may refuse to provide information about yourself.

By entering, you give permission for Young Poets Network, The Poetry Society and Newcastle University to reproduce your poem in print and online in perpetuity, though copyright remains with you. Please do be sure to check through the general Terms and Conditions for YPN challenges as well.

If you require this information in an alternative format (such as Easy Read, Braille, Large Print or screenreader friendly formats), or need any assistance with your entry, please contact us at

Published January 2020

Fountain Essay Contest

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We at The Fountain believe that every voice should be heard, and that every challenge should be respected and can offer insight into our own lives.

We all face new challenges in our lives. They can be massive undertakings, such as moving across a country and beginning a new school. Or sometimes the more routine tasks, such as getting out of the bed in the morning while undergoing depression, can themselves be massive challenges.

We want to hear about your challenges and how you mentally, physically, and/or spiritually prepare for them.

How do you find strength when you feel it does not exist? And what have you learned, or are learning, from your challenges?

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2020
Contest open to all writers worldwide
Ideal word count to be between 1,500 and 2,500
Submit yours at
The winners and the essays of the previous contests can be found at The Fountain Essay Contests

Deadline for submissions:
March 1, 2020

Winners announced:
May 31, 2020

Cash prizes:
1st Place - $1,000
2nd Place - $500
3rd Place - $300
Two Honorable Mentions - $150 each

An essay that you feel your heart rests more comfortably on. The more concise an essay, the more acceptable it is. Its authenticity and uniqueness, and how elaborately you put your theme into words so that others are inspired from it.

The Fountain is not a journal. Thus, we do not expect a full scale reference list for all the information you provide. But, we encourage contributors to provide at least a reasonable number of references (not more than four or five) especially for the arguments borrowed from other sources, as it would make your work more reliable. If the kind of information you provide needs citation, please provide it; but essays with lengthy references are not preferred. Some reference and recommendations for further reading may help readers who are interested in the essay. Accuracy of data is expected in essays in which information provided needs sourcing. An essay based on personal experience does not require citation, and it is equally acceptable.

The Fountain is not a full-scale academic journal, so we expect authors to keep references to a maximum of four or five. Notes can be more. References and notes do not make a big change in word count which is advised to be between 1,500 and 2,500. A range is always necessary to be able to have an objective measure in terms of size.

In writing style, we mainly seek consistency. We prefer the Chicago Manual of Style, but if you are more familiar with another style, that is also acceptable. Some informal usage can be OK in a certain essay, but not in another. It is basically the author’s call.

As long as your theme is skillfully woven through its structure, and if it upholds The Fountain’s values and principles, yes.

We might publish submissions in The Fountain, both the print and web editions, even if the essays did not win any prize. By submitting your essay to this contest, you agree that you give permission to The Fountain to publish it in any medium.

No. One entry per person.

Offensive and devotional essays—particularly essays that emphasize superiority of a specific worldview or derogating a specific worldview—will not be considered for the Grand Prize. Essays that "propagate" a certain spiritual order, a religious denomination, a spiritual leader, or a political activist, etc. in a way that subordinates all other faiths and traditions are considered devotional and will be disqualified.

Title is missing – Do not forget to put a title. Title tells a lot about the essay and important for readers and reviewers to see what lies in the center of your message. Missing title will disqualify your submission.

The winners will be determined by our board who will decide according to the literary effectiveness of the essay in reflecting the philosophy behind the motto, richness in content, and authenticity.

All submitted essays will be evaluated using the following criteria.

Relevance to the contest theme (40 points)
Innovation & creativity (30 points)
Writing style and structure (30 points)

There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill for entry. The contest is open to all who want to share his or her ideas with us.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Atomic Flyswatter submission guidelines

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Atomic Flyswatter Online
This is an informal and unpaid gig. (We're not charging you for this either). We're featuring stories, poems, and the like to this page as a way of getting your name out there--this isn't a formal Long Shot Books publication. The rights to the work shown here will still remain yours, so consider this more of a display. If something you send to us gets legit published, be cool and let us know.

Currently accepting:
- Previously unpublished submissions
- 1 nonfiction or fiction piece up to 5000 words
- 1 excerpt up to 9000 words
- 3 flashes up to 1000 words each
- 4 poems
- 2 clips with context

Deadline is rolling.

Email entries to with "Online Edition" in the subject line.

Long Shot Books Presents: Atomic Flyswatter Vol. 1
We're currently accepting poetry and short fiction for our Atomic Flyswatter anthology. Email entries to with "Print Version" in the subject line. Deadline is rolling.

Please review below guidelines before submitting:
1.) Don't plagiarize. This should be obvious enough.
2.1) For short stories, we are looking for submissions between 200-30,000 words.
2.2) For poems, there is no word count. We'd like it to be at least up into the double digits but aside from that, we're looking for quality over quantity.
3.) Please stick with only two submissions. We can't have half the book written by a single author.
4.) The submission cannot be previously published. We don't want content that legally belongs to another company.
5.) Use a reasonable font, such as Times New Roman, Courier, Arial, something readable. Also, please make the submission in English.
6.) Please submit in a file that we will be able to open in a Word or OpenOffice program.
7.) Please give us at least two weeks before following up. We will try to get through everyone's submissions ASAP but we also have lives (Don't laugh at that!) with full-time jobs and other responsibilities.

Thank you and good luck,

Long Shot Books

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Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

***Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2020 for George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, and Two River Theater. Submissions for Premiere Stages will be accepted through January 23, 2020.***

Thank you for submitting your writing to Healing Voices: Caregivers' Stories. This project is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Premiere Stages, and Two River Theater. Selected Caregiver Stories will be woven together as part of an original professional theatre experience about the caregiver experience. The project will culminate with three presentations of selected works read by professional actors as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival in different venues across the state.

This program is open to both professional caregivers and family caregivers. Short works of prose, poetry, and theatre will be considered. All entries must be original works and must not have previously been published. All pieces should reflect the theme of caregiving. Pieces that explore the personal healing experience will also be considered.

All writers have the opportunity to attend a workshop to further develop their piece. We anticipate that writers will attend the workshop at the same venue where they want their piece performed. If your schedule makes it so that you are unable to attend a workshop and performance at the same location, special arrangements may be made on a case by case basis.

You may submit up to three entries, but we request that you fill out a separate application form for each. Thank you for sharing your work with us!


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