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Friday, January 31, 2020

Fewer than 500 submission guidelines

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E-mail your creative submission to for consideration.  Send us your written work (short fiction, creative non-fiction, or prose poetry) in Microsoft Word, or Word compatible format (.txt or .rtf are accepted, not PDF). Photo submissions should be sent in JPG format and should be formatted for web publishing. FewerThan500 accepts submissions of unpublished, original fiction, creative non-fiction, or photography. We reserve the right to reject any submission we determine is not suitable for publication. We request that authors submit no more than one story for consideration per month.

Please include a short bio (50 words or less) with any submission.

We are open to simultaneous submissions, but request that you let us know if your work has been sent and/or accepted elsewhere.

Please e-mail us at with any suggestions or comments you have about We welcome your feedback! Please put the word “feedback” in the subject line.

MUSE magazine submission guidelines

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Deadline: February 17, 2020

MUSE is a discovery magazine for children and teens. It takes intellectual curiosity seriously, while never taking itself too seriously. The editors seek fresh and entertaining articles from the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Timeliness and trustworthiness is essential, but humor, irreverence, and atypical angles are also hallmarks of MUSE.

MUSE magazine
Each edition of MUSE focuses on a central theme and open-ended organizing questions about the theme. Although articles will provide different angles and perspectives on a theme, we aim for every article in an issue to help a reader begin to form at least an initial answer to the organizing questions.

Ideal MUSE articles build on and extend the existing knowledge most young people in grades 4–8 have. We value articles that feature innovators, scientists, and engineers who can explain what they’ve done in a clear and understandable way. Articles that explore new developments related to the organizing questions are especially welcome.

We seek articles that describe how things and processes work, and we look for claims or assertions to be backed up with evidence.

Interested writers should familiarize themselves with MUSE’s style and content, particularly in recent issues. (Sample copies are available for viewing at the Cricket Media Store where you can also purchase a current issue.) Issues are also available at many local libraries. Authors are expected to ensure accuracy in both conception and detail. MUSE purchases all rights to materials.

Feature Articles (800–2,000 words, including sidebars)
Profiles and Interviews, particularly of underrepresented STEM professionals (500–800 words)
Activities and Experiments (500–800 words)
Photo Essays (100–300 words)
Science Fiction or Science-Focused Fiction (800–1,200 words )

Articles are commissioned. We invite detailed queries for articles related to upcoming themes (see below). Detailed queries include a cover letter, an outline of the proposed article, including scope and treatment, and proposed resources. Writers new to MUSE should also provide a resume and writing sample. Authors wishing to write an article that belongs in MUSE but doesn’t fit posted themes may submit an abbreviated pitch that conveys the idea in a paragraph or less. No unsolicited manuscripts please.

Pitch here on this Submittable page (the editors’ preference) or via email to If emailing, include the word “QUERY” and the issue’s month/theme in the subject line.

Art Submissions
See our submission guidelines for artists.

October 2020: SUPER POWERS

Organizing question: Where do fictional super powers intersect with real fields of science?

Possible topics: The magic and science of psychic abilities; Animals’ special senses and amazing abilities; Real inspirations behind fictional comic book characters; Super heroes and genetics; Mutations and startling or unique genetic variations; Technology that gives us “super powers”

Queries by: February 17, 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Greywolf Press Non-fiction Prize

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Deadline: February 1, 2020  

A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre.

The 2020 prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. We request that authors send a long sample from their manuscript, as well as a description of the work, as detailed below. We expect that we will work with the winner of the prize and provide editorial guidance toward the completion of the project.

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking.

The 2020 Prize will be judged by the Graywolf Press editors. The editors reserve the right to invite submissions to the prize.

 Required materials: All required materials should be included as the initial pages of your manuscript file. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Please submit the following items:

• A one-page cover letter containing a one-paragraph biographical statement and brief (2-4 sentence)  description of the project. Please include any previous publications in  the biographical statement.

• A two to ten-page overview of the project, including a description of what is already complete and what work remains to be finished.

• A minimum of 100 pages (25,000 words) from the manuscript.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cha Journal seeks "Writing Malaysia"

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Deadline: February 14, 2020

We are happy to announce that in June 2020 Cha will be publishing a special “Writing Malaysia” issue. Submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and art are accepted between 15 October 2019 and 14 February 2020. If you have something original, bizarre, daring or thought-provoking to say about Malaysia, we would like to hear from you.

Please note that we can only accept submissions in English or translated into English.

GUIDELINES: If you would like to have your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and photography & art considered for Cha’s “Writing Malaysia” issue, please submit your work by email to Please include “Writing Malaysia” in the subject line.

Submissions to the issue must conform to our guidelines:

Literary genres
// Poetry: 1 to 4 poems; no more than 60 lines each
// Fiction and creative non-fiction: 1 to 2 pieces; 100 to 5000 words each
// Photography & art: 1 to 10 pieces
// "Lost Teas": Works from any of the above genres which have been previously published in journals/magazines that have now folded. If submitting for "Lost Teas", please include the periodical and issue/date the work appeared. Please note that this is the only place we accept reprints.

// Send submissions via email to
// Please consult these page(s) for the appropriate email subject line(s): Issue 45 (June 2019), Feature on Tiananmen (June 2019) and the "Auditory Cortex" Special Issue (April 2019)
// If you are sending us work in different genres, please send them in seperate emails
// All writings should be included in the body of the email (i.e. no attachments)
// Include a brief biography (no more than 100 words)
// If you are sending us a piece of travel writing, please also consider inserting images to the piece. Here is an example
// Submit all visual work in jpeg format
// Simultaneous submissions are welcomed, but notify us as soon as possible if a piece is accepted for publication elsewhere
// Apart from "Lost Teas" submissions (see above), all work must be original and previously unpublished

NOTE: Submissions that do not comply to our guidelines will not be read. We only notify writers/artists whose work has been accepted for publication in the journal.

Although we are very willing to comment on published works (see A Cup of Fine Tea), please note that we are unable to provide feedback on all submitted pieces.

Authors retain all rights. We would appreciate it, however, if you indicate that your work was first published in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in any subsequent publication.

We regret we are unable to pay our contributors at this time.

Response time
4-6 months. Please consider your submissions unsuccessful if you do not hear from us after 6 months.

Cha commits to nominating contributors' work for awards and recognition. Nominations are announced on the Cha blog.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize 2020

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Deadline: February 3, 2020

Since 2012, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize has been awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. “Place” may be interpreted as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.

We are on the lookout for that rare combination of brilliance and clarity, excellence, and accessibility. Please take a look at our winning entries from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The winning poet in 2020, as judged by the Zócalo staff, will receive $500, and have their poem published on Zócalo Public Square, which will also feature an interview with the author.

The poetry prize competition is hosted in conjunction with our book prize, awarded to the nonfiction book that most enhances our understanding of community. Zócalo is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit with the mission of connecting people to ideas and to each other.

Submission Guidelines


Poems must be original and previously unpublished work. Entries will be accepted until February 3, 2020.


For consideration, please send up to three poems to

Please attach poem(s) as a single Word document to your email. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address on each poem. Personal identification will be removed prior to review by the judges. We will accept online submissions only, and receipt will be acknowledged at the time of submission.


Entries will be judged based on originality of ideas, how well the poem fits the theme, and style. Judging is at the sole discretion of Zócalo Public Square. The winner will be announced in March 2020, and the winning poet will receive $500 and a published interview. The winning poem will be published on


The winning poem becomes the property of Zócalo Public Square, and the writer may republish the poem at a later date with Zócalo’s permission. By entering the contest, the entrant grants Zócalo the right to publish and distribute their poem for media and publicity purposes, along with the poet’s name and photograph. Poets will be contacted by Zócalo before we publish any submission, either for the contest or on our site.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Reedsey prompt: Musical Genius

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Deadline January 31, 2020

Prize: $50

January 27th marks 264 years since the birth of one of western music’s greatest composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
To celebrate Mozart’s birthday, this week we’re inviting you to explore different facets of both his life and his legacy. From little-known biographical details to the things he’s most remembered for, let the tune of his life inspire you to create your own entirely unique masterpiece.

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.
  • Write about a character who was considered a prodigy when they were young.
  • Write about a character who goes by many different names throughout their life.
  • Write about a character who was raised in a musical family.
  • Write a story about a musician struggling to find work during wartime.
  • Write a story about a character obsessed with one of the long-dead “greats” in their profession.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Shanghai Literary Review submissions wanted

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Deadline: February 1, 2020

The Shanghai Literary Review accepts submissions for web and print on a rolling basis. Our deadline to submit for Issue 6 is February 1, 2020.

We only accept submissions via our online submission manager. 

There is no fee for submitting your work to TSLR.

We are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. We'll publish a good story about cats in Africa if it floors us. Selected works will be published in print, and with a delay, also online. We strongly urge submitters to check out our TSLR Online section on this site or view back issues of the magazine to get a sense of what we are looking for.

We publish:

Fiction - less than 5,000 words

Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person

Nonfiction & Essay - less than 5,000 words

Flash Fiction or Nonfiction - less than 500 words

Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.

Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction from any language, along with the original text

Book Review - pitch book review ideas to us, on fiction or non-fiction from or about Asia

Submission Guidelines
To submit online, please visit our online submissions manager. 

We will only publish previously unpublished pieces. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please just let us know promptly if your submission has been accepted elsewhere by logging into your Submittable account, going to your Submissions, and adding a message to us. All published authors of the print edition will be mailed a hard copy of their magazine at no cost.

Translators, please provide documentation of authorization to translate and publish from the writer whom you are translating.

If you have already contributed to a print issue of TSLR, we ask that you please wait to send in your next submission after 2 further issues have been published. We ask this only because our genre sections are small, our magazine’s periodicity infrequent, and we must be vigilant about showcasing new work as well as making sure we stay as objective as possible in our selection process.

We are an English-language magazine. All original work submissions must be in English. Sorry, we cannot print your story that’s been written in Chinese, French, Korean, Arabic...

We will not publish self-translations of original work from another language. Translations must be submitted by the separate translator of the work. We emphasize again that all translations must submit proof (written documentation) of approval from the author to translate and publish the work in English. 

National Poetry Contest for Social Workers

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Deadline: January 31st, 2020

Accepting poem submissions between October 1, 2019, and January 31, 2020.

The University of Iowa School of Social Work conducts an annual, nationwide poetry contest to acknowledge the creative talent of social workers and to draw attention to social work as a profession. “Hosting the national poetry contest here in Iowa City is a natural extension of what the School of Social Work has been doing for decades," says faculty member Mercedes Bern-Klug, one of the contest's founders. "We have a 28-year track record of offering a Creative Writing Seminar for social workers--and the University of Iowa is known as "The Writing University." In Iowa City--recognized internationally as a UNESCO City of Literature--writing is the air we breathe."

Rules for submission

Only students, faculty, or alumni from United States CSWE-accredited social work programs may participate in the contest.

There is no cost to enter.

Only one submission is allowed per person.

A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.

All entries will be judged by a panel consisting of social workers, writers, and poets based on poetic technique, effectiveness, style, and creativity, as well as accessibility and suitability for public display before a general audience.

The deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2020, by 11:59 pm CST.

The poem must be no more than 15 lines (the title does NOT count as one of the 15) and can be either an existing work or new.

An excerpt from a longer poem will be considered if it can stand alone.

If reprint permissions are required, please get permission prior to submitting your work.

Poems must be submitted online. No paper or email submissions will be accepted.


The top three submissions will be awarded cash prizes and will be published in The New Social Worker magazine. Submissions that meet the contest criteria may be published on the University of Iowa School of Social Work website and/or social media.

First Prize: $100 and FREE tuition to attend the annual Creative Writing Seminar at the University of Iowa School of Social Work in Iowa City
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

Questions? Write to or call 319-335-3750.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Overcast seeks speculative fiction

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Overcast is currently open to submissions three times a year, during the months of January, April, and October. (Note we are no longer reading during July.  Our summers have just gotten too hectic.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Thank you for understanding.

What We Want

We are interested in speculative fiction, whatever that means to you, be it Science Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk, Magical Realism, Slipstream, or an as-yet-unnamed genre.  Anything that looks at the world and life from an unexpected angle.  We want the original vision of William Gibson.  The magic and beauty of Erin Morgenstern.  The uncompromising voice of Margaret Atwood.  The technical brilliance of Ted Chiang.  We want to read stories that transport us to places that we've never imagined.  We want to still be thinking about a story days after reading it.  Be original.  Be amazing.

We are based in Portland, OR, and shine a spotlight on writers hailing from, living in, or connected in some way to the Pacific Northwest, as loosely defined by the bioregion of Cascadia.  We feel there is an exceptionally strong talent pool of speculative writers in Cascadia, and we want to celebrate and promote them to a larger audience.  Roughly half the stories we publish are by PNW writers.  That said, we are not exclusive, and the other half of our stories come from authors all over the globe.  So no matter where you live, send us your stories.  If they make us laugh, cry, or turn cartwheels of astonishment, preferably all at once, we will find a place for them on The Overcast.

This is an audio format publication.  We feel that stories of around 20-30 minutes in length are the best fit for our podcast.  While we will consider submission between 1,000-5,000 words, we read at around 100 words per minute, so the sweet spot for submissions is 2,000-3,000 words.  If it comes to a choice between two stories of equal merit, we will generally choose the one that is closer to the sweet spot.

Reprints are welcome, so long as they have not been previously produced in an audio format.

What We Don't Want

Fan Fiction

Generic settings or characters we've seen a million times before (lithe elves, dour dwarves, charming vampires, etc)

Horror.  Dark, gritty fiction is fine, but straight horror really isn't our thing.

What We Pay

Our authors are the soul of our podcast. We strongly believe that creators should get paid for their work.  Period.  We would love to pay pro rates, but alas that is beyond our current financial reach.  At the moment, we pay a semi-pro rate of $0.01 per word.  Because we think it's insulting to pay less than $20 for any story, we pay a flat rate of $20 for all stories less than 2,000 words.  We hope, however, that our podcast will soon bring us fame, fortune, and success beyond our wildest dreams, as well as the ability to pay pro rates.  We'd also like a pony.  A genetically modified pony with six legs that runs 100mph and urinates a rich, tasty stout.

All payments made via Paypal.

(Our rates are directly tied to our Patreon funding goals. As we reach our goals, our rates will go up.  Simple!  If you want our authors to get paid more, please help spread the word!)

How To Submit

Please attach your story in standard manuscript format to a brief email containing the following information:  Story Title, Word Count, and what, if any, connection you have to Cascadia.  Please DO NOT include a bio or list of credits.  We do not care how many degrees, awards, or publications you have.  We want your fiction to speak for itself.  If we love your story, we will ask for a bio upon acceptance.

Send your stories to:

Please make the Subject line: "Submission: (Story Title)"

We do not accept multiple or simultaneous submissions.

If you have not heard back from us by the beginning of the submissions period following the one in which you submitted your story, please query.

For some reason, we have had numerous problems responding to submissions from AOL users.  Most of our responses get bounced back as undeliverable.  To prevent future frustration on all sides, please do not send submissions from AOL mailboxes.  Thank you.


We purchase first worldwide exclusive audio rights, as well as the right to keep the episode in which your story is produced available in our archives for as long as The Overcast remains in operation.  We do not own your story, nor do we wish to.  You are free to publish and sell it elsewhere in any other format.  

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Murder Park seeks short scary fiction

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Deadline: January 30, 2020

For the first time, Murder Park is open to submissions from the world at large. While we started as a small zine showcasing the work of L.A.-area authors, we have decided to expand the scope to consider work from anywhere, so long as it’s spooky! Submissions will be open through January 30, 2020, or until we have enough acceptances to fill the volume. 

What we want: Original horror or dark fantasy stories of no more than 2000 words. Sci-fi is also welcome so long as it’s scary. We don’t have a strong preference for any particular style or subgenre, but we do prefer writing that is more literary than pulp, that achieves its scares from impacts to fully realized characters as opposed to splatter, gore, or shock value.  We would rather be unsettled than grossed out. 

We will happily consider formats outside of traditional prose. Comics, email chains, tweet threads, and other methods of spooky storytelling are welcome. Don’t be afraid to surprise us. But please, no poetry. 

We are open to authors of all backgrounds and publication histories. Preference will be given to authors based in Southern California (we are an L.A. zine, after all) and to authors of underrepresented backgrounds. However, the strength of the writing and impact of the story is by far the biggest consideration.

Hard sells: Parody/horror-comedy. Zombies. Clowns. Serial killer protagonists. Stories featuring gratuitous violence and gore at the expense of plot or character arcs. Anything with an explicit or implicit message of racism, sexism, queerphobia, or other bigotries is a definite no.  

Compensation: 2 cents a word, up to 1500 words ($30 max) for prose stories, and $30 flat for comics or other visual stories. Payment will be through Venmo or PayPal.

Submission guidelines: Submit your stories in an email to Please use the format “SUBMISSION: [Story Title] by [Author Name]” for the subject line.  Include a cover letter with your author name, story title, genre, word count, and a brief topical bio (i.e., we're more interested in your greatest fear than your prior publications).  Attach your manuscript as a Word document in Shunn or a similar format, with author info and word count up top. If submitting something visual, feel free to attach an image file or Drive link or whatever works best; just don’t paste manuscripts into the body of your email. 

Please allow up to six weeks for a response before sending a follow-up.  No simultaneous, multiple, or previously published submissions, please. 

Stay spooky!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Little Tokyo Historical Society seeks short stories

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The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) seeks fictional short stories for its seventh annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest in the categories of English language, Japanese language and youth (18 and younger). 

The deadline is January 31, 2020. 
  • The story must be original, fictional, written in either Japanese or English by the submitting author and never been published (even online).
  • The same story submitted in a previous year cannot be resubmitted.
  • The setting of the story should be in Little Tokyo – either past, present or future.
  • Submitted manuscript should be 2,500 words or less for English or 5,000 ji or less for Japanese and have a title.
  • File should be a Microsoft Word doc, docx or rtf.
  • For English-language entries, please use 12 point font, preferably Times Roman or Courier type and double space.
  • Please remove any mention of your name from your short story, including headers.
  • The short story manuscript must be submitted digitally as an e-mail attachment to (include SHORT STORY in the subject line). In the e-mail message, please include your name, phone number and age if 18 or under.
  • The submissions should include a signed agreement, which can be found on this page. The agreement can be either e-mailed or sent via post.
  • Submissions need to be e-mailed by January 31, 2020, 12 midnight PST. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Immediate family members of judges (first-round or final) are ineligible.

リトル東京歴史協会 (Little Tokyo Historical Society)は第7回Imagine Little Tokyo ショート・ストーリー・コンテストの作品を募集しています。


応募締め切りは 2020年1月31日です。




各部門の最優秀受賞者には、それぞれ500ドルが授与されます。最優秀作品は、新聞・羅府新報とウェッブサイトDiscover Nikkeiに掲載されます。


2020 Imagine Little Tokyo コンテストは、ミヤ・イワタキさんと平原直美さんが、共同委員長を務めます。イワタキさんは「最優勝作品は、演劇の脚本に採用されたり、出版された例があります。このコンテストによって日系アメリカ人の体験が記録され、次の世代に引き継がれるでしょう」と語っています。

ショート・ストーリー・コンテストの英文告知は に掲載されています。

また、リトル東京歴史協会では、このショート・ストーリー・コンテストのスポンサーと寄付をしていただける方も募集しています。個人、企業、団体いずれでも、可能です。問い合わせは へ連絡ください。

Imagine Little Tokyo ショート・ストーリー・コンテスト2020年ガイドライン(日本語テキスト)

Imagine Little Tokyo ショート・ストーリー・コンテスト202年契約書(日本語テキスト)


Tuesday, January 21, 2020


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Dear writers,

All of the satire and comedy we publish on this website comes from complete strangers such as yourselves. While we remain small and irresponsible and afflicted with mold-borne allergies, we do our best to respond to all submissions quickly and professionally. That said, there are a number of things you can do to further enhance and streamline the experience for yourselves and for your friendly McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editorial staff, which since 2007 has been by run one person out of a living room in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts.

General website submissions should be sent to

Timely submissions should be sent to This inbox is for super topical pieces riffing on big news stories of the last 24-48 hours. All types of submissions (lists, open letters, monologues, etc.) are allowed. Be sure to mark the subject field in your email as “TIMELY.” Also, let us know why you feel your piece is super timely, and feel free to include a link to a reputable news site for proof. Note: Submissions sent on Friday afternoons (EST) or over the weekend will be replied to sometime the following Monday (on Tuesday after three-day weekends).

Lists submissions should be sent to

Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond submissions should be sent to (Note: We generally publish nonfiction letters that are written and signed by the submitter. Also, we are all set for letters about noisy neighbors, small animals/insects that have invaded your living space, and breaking up with inanimate objects, like Facebook and iPhones.)

Reviews of New Food submissions should be sent to Please note that we cannot pay for New Food Reviews at this time. Further explanation about this can be found below.

This is unnecessary. It all goes to the same editor anyway, so if you’re unsure which submissions email to send to, just pick one and we’ll figure out the rest later.

Submissions should be shortish. By shortish we mean an absolute maximum of 1,200 words, but in truth we veer toward pieces that are under 1,000 words, and snuggle closest to ones that are even shorter than that. Submissions of exactly 742 used to automatically appear on the site, as if by magic, but like so many good things, those days are gone.

Should be on your submission. Put it under the title of your piece. Absolutely all submissions must look like this:

My Funny Experience [story title]*
By William Williams [author’s name] [email address]
@wilywill [twitter handle, if you have one]

The email address listed should be the one you would like to appear linked to your byline should we choose to publish your submission. Same goes for your Twitter handle. If you do not want your email address or Twitter handle linked to your byline, please tell us so.

*- Please do not make a joke by titling your piece “My Funny Experience” because that joke has been told to us a thousand times before.

Should contain some indicator of what is contained in your submission. A version of the title is recommended. Under no circumstances should you include something like YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE THIS, or INCREASE INCHES AND ENERGY TODAY, or INVITATION TO LINKEDIN in your subject line.

Are unnecessary, but not forbidden by any means. If they are longer than three and a half sentences there’s a fair chance they won’t be read. Just being honest here.

The entire document into the email message. Please don’t share Google docs or links to your private blogs. Also, very important: do not send us attachments. We are afraid of what these attachments may be carrying.

Used to be highly encouraged; now it is strictly enforced. When you receive a response about your current submission, feel free to send another one our way immediately. This rule now also includes list submissions. You used to be allowed to send up to three lists submissions at a time, but that proved to be too much list action for our weary and unfashionably attired editor to handle.

Please do not format your piece in an unusual way. Do not use colors or fun fonts. Don’t even bother describing how your piece would be best if formatted in a particular way because we probably cannot achieve this formatting on the site. We’re just not that smart.

We fear it sounds superficial to say this, but the title of your submission is important. In this age of internet articles titled, “THE 17 FUNNIEST THINGS THIS CAT DID AT BURNING MAN THAT CURED ITS ECZEMA WITH ONE WEIRD TRICK,” your humor pieces should have titles that will quickly lure readers in and have them think to themselves, This is funny and seems worthy of the five minutes of free time I have here at my cubicle/dorm room/airport gate/halftime of child’s soccer game/supermarket checkout line/therapist’s waiting room. Also, we get hundreds of submissions a week and, like we have mentioned, there’s just one editor reading them all. So, it’s only natural that this editor will be drawn to submissions with funny, eye-catching titles that cleverly reveal the premises of pieces. Thus, articles titled “A Phone Call” or “Rabbits” won’t fare well against articles with titles like “I Regret to Inform You That My Wedding to Captain Von Trapp Has Been Canceled” or “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.”

Cannot be considered. This includes content that has appeared on blogs, tumblrs, or sandwich boards. Also, please don’t send links to funny things on your blog, tumblrs, or sandwich boards. Please believe us when we tell you this: We don’t consider work that has previously appeared on your blogs, tumblrs, or sandwich boards.

We are thrilled to report that there will be payment for all accepted general, open letter, and lists submissions submitted on or after October 1, 2018. The payment will be modest, and for some perhaps even low enough to disappoint, but it will be better than the amount we used to pay for accepted work, which was nothing. Our site has never been monetized and has accrued a grand total of zero dollars from advertising revenue in its 20+ years. In 2017 we launched a Patreon campaign to help provide some sustainability without resorting to ads and paywalls, as well as to eventually create a fund to pay contributors. So, as long as our campaign’s total remains above Goal #2 (enough $ to pay contributors) we will be able to pay for the content listed above. If our campaign continues to grow, we eventually hope be able to pay for New Food Reviews and other sorts of articles, but currently we cannot.

You retain rights to your work after publication. Your published work will be housed in our internet archives in perpetuity, and we may re-post a link to your piece on social media sites from time-to-time.

Average response time is 7.39 days. Longer wait times have been known for lists, open letters, and new food submissions. The length and detail of the response will often be shorter and vaguer than you would probably like, but again, our editorial staff is small, weary, and unfashionably attired.


Our spam-blocking software thought you were concerned about the size of our genitals.
Being occasionally forgetful, we think that we have responded, but we really haven’t, and we (accidentally) deleted your submission without responding.
You have an overaggressive spam-blocking program that rejects our reply.

Rail to your friends about the callous insensitivity of free, Web-based content outlets to the needs and feelings of writers. Vow the most thorough and satisfying of revenges.
Resend your submission. It takes less time to respond to a resend than to answer a query. We really do mean to respond to every submission in a timely manner and if you haven’t heard from us within the above-mentioned time frame, it’s just an oversight.

Are happily answered if you send them to

Jerry Jazz Short Fiction Contest

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Deadline January 31, 2020

No entry fee is required. One story entry only.

A prize of $100 will be awarded for the winning story.

In addition to the story being published on Jerry Jazz Musician, the author’s acceptance of the prize money gives Jerry Jazz Musician the right to include the story in an anthology that could appear in book or magazine form. All other ownership rights are retained by the author. If story appears subsequently in other publications, we ask authors to note that the story was originally published on Jerry Jazz Musician.

Submission deadline for the next contest — our 53rd — is January 31, 2020. Publishing date will be on or about March 10, 2020. Ideally, stories will not exceed 3,000 words but stories of up to 4,000 words are considered. There are no age limitations.

Please submit your story by January 31, 2020 via Word (preferred) or PDF attachment to, and be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your submission. Please include “Short Fiction Contest Submission” in the subject heading of the email.

Good luck!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Reedsy prompt: Resolutions

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Deadline: January 24, 2020
Did you know that the ancient Babylonians are reported to have been the first people to make New Year's resolutions? In March, when the crops were planted, a 12-day festival known as Akitu took place. During the festival, the Babylonians made promises to their gods, and believed that if they kept to their word, they would be bestowed good favor in the coming year.

This would have been about 4,000 years ago, and while the format may be different, New Year's resolutions are still going strong!

This week's prompts all revolve around resolutions. Oh, and for that last prompt, here is a blog post listing some of the most popular self-help books to inspire you.
Write a short story about someone writing New Year's resolutions.
Write a short story about someone reflecting on their previous year's resolutions.
Write a short story about someone who refuses to write New Year's resolutions.
Write a short story about someone accomplishing one of their resolutions.
Write a short story about someone in the self-help aisle of a bookstore. What book do they pick up?

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward
Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.

LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology

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Like its successful predecessors Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4 will be released in June of 2020 to once again celebrate LGBTQ Pride season.

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at and we will be happy to answer.
Theme: By and/or about LGBTQ+.
  • Fiction (including flash non-fiction of 1 page or less).
  • Creative non-fiction & memoir.
  • Poetry.
  • Scripts (including plays and screenplays). 
For this book, we are NOT considering Erotica or work written for children.

Length (all word/page counts are loose)
  • Prose: up to 7,500 words
  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages
  • Scripts: Up to 10 pages
These maximums are recommended but flexible. Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.
All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.
Multiple Submissions
Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!
Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at to withdraw it from consideration for Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol 4.
Reprints will NOT be considered.
We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).
Contributors will receive $5 per printed page.
What to Submit
Your submission
A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.

IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.
Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. 

If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.
Submissions may be emailed to us at:
or mailed to us at:
201 Lancelot Lane
Becket, MA 01223

Submission Deadline January 31, 2020
Response Time
We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The “AHA” Haiku/Senryu Contest (the Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards)

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

General Submission Guidelines for all Contests

RESULTS: The names of winners (only) will be notified by email, shortly after the deadline, and the winning poems will be published with the Judge’s commentary in an upcoming issue of Seedpods, our email newsletter. To receive a copy of Seedpods, please join UHTS by contacting our Secretary, Iliyana Stoyanova at, with the subject heading “UHTS MEMBERSHIP”.

SPONSOR: United Haiku and Tanka Society.

COORDINATOR: Marianna Monaco, USA.

ADJUDICATION: Names of the judges will be announced concurrently with the winners.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to the public and all UHTS members, but not to UHTS Officers, Team Members, the contest coordinator, or judges.


Specific Guidelines for: The “AHA” Haiku/Senryu Contest (the Annual Hortensia Anderson Memorial Awards)

GENERAL: Please email your submissions in English in the body of an email (only) directly to, with the words “UHTS “aha” contest” in the subject header, and include your name, country, and email address.

Do “not” use the cattails Submissions guidelines for contests.

Submission Period and Deadline: January 1-January 31 of each year.

SUBMISSIONS: There is a 10 poem limit on the number of submissions. If more than 10 poems are submitted, only the first 10 poems will be entered. Entries must be the original work of the author, be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time period it takes to complete the judging. If a submitter discovers after the fact that a poem has already been published, let us know and we will pull the poem from the contest. No revisions or replacements will be accepted. This contest is not themed and is open to all age groups worldwide.

FORMATTING: If a poem is submitted in more than one language, we will be delighted. Please put the poem in English first, and then below that, put the poem in the other language. (Do not put the poems side by side). This will greatly facilitate the recording of your poems by the contest coordinator.If you have any problems sending your submissions by email, please let our contest coordinator know.

NOTIFICATION: The winners (only) will be notified. If you do not hear anything back from us by April 1, your entries are automatically free for you to submit elsewhere.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Timeworn Literary Journal seeks unpublished historical fiction

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Timeworn Literary Journal welcomes unpublished historical fiction submissions in English under 5,000 words. They should be set before 1996, rooted in history and voice-driven.

We're looking for "Historical Fiction from the fringe." Work with a bend toward the surreal, the dream-like, the strange. The offbeat kind of story that settles into your heart long after reading. That said, we also value beauty and warmth and a generally well-written story with soul. Romance, Mystery, Crime and the Gothic are all acceptable. Speculative elements strongly encouraged.

Think, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill.
Think, The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt.
Think, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.
Think, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

While we love a tasteful sex scene, no erotica. No gratuitous violence or rape.

History can vary a great deal based on the perspective it's written from. We aim to publish stories from all walks of life and encourage submissions from those in marginalized groups.

PLEASE NOTE we do not accept novel excerpts, flash fiction or poetry. For Book reviews and Essays for our blog, please see Guidelines.

Guidelines (updated for 1/2020 call)

Story should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
Send via e-mail to
Include a short cover letter in the body of the e-mail.
Attach submission in .docx format.
Use Standard Manuscript Format in Times New Roman, 12-point font, double spaced.
Subject line should read: SUBMISSION: [story title] [word count].
Simultaneous submissions ok, but let us know as soon as the story is accepted elsewhere.
One submission per person per cycle.

Stories will be published in a limited quantity of hand-bound, saddle stitch publications twice a year, available for purchase in October and April for $10. Stories will also be available on our website for all to enjoy.

Payment of $25 will be sent to authors upon acceptance + print contributor copy upon publication.

Timeworn asks for non-exclusive first serial print rights to publish in print, e-book and online formats. We also ask for archival rights for as long as is in existence. Once work is published, rights revert back to the author. We do not ask for exclusivity for any length of time.

Global City Review seeks submissions

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Deadline: January 31, 2020

Global City Review is a biannual online and print publication. Each issue is organized around a broad theme and includes stories, poems, memoirs, interviews, essays, and artwork.

The designated theme for forthcoming Issue 24 is: Setting The Record Straight.

The open submission period for Setting The Record Straight is now open and will close on January 31, 2020.

We publish:

  • short fiction and memoir (up to 15 pages)
  • poetry (up to 5 poems; please format and submit as a single document)
  • interviews and essays (up to 15 pages)
  • artwork in various mediums
  • We accept simultaneous submission. If your work is accepted elsewhere, we ask you inform us immediately.
  • No multiple submissions. Please only send one submission per reading period.
  • We publish original, previously unpublished work.


  • All manuscripts must be double spaced and numbered.
  • To be included on the first page of your submission: 
  • your name;
  • contact information;
  • genre;
  • word count; and
  • one to three sentences about how the work speaks to the designated theme of the forthcoming issue.
  • We accept .doc and .docx formats.

Email your file to

Upon acceptance of submissions, GCR acquires the standard first serial publication rights. Each issue will be archived online indefinitely, but both print and online rights revert to authors upon publication.

We strive to respond to your work in a timely manner. If you have not received notification within three months of submitting, please contact us.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award

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Since its early days, science fiction has played a unique role in human civilization. It removes the limits of what "is" and shows us a boundless vista of what "might be." Its fearless heroes, spectacular technologies and wondrous futures have inspired many people to make science, technology and space flight a real part of their lives and in doing so, have often transformed these fictions into reality. The National Space Society and Baen Books applaud the role that science fiction plays in advancing real science and have teamed up to sponsor this short fiction contest in memory of Jim Baen.

Write a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

No entry fee. But please only submit one story... your best one!

No reprints.

Entries can be from any country.

All entries must be original works in English. Plagiarism, poetry, song lyrics, or stories that utilize characters or settings from another person’s works will not be considered.

E-mail submissions only. Send entries as .RTF attachments to:

Please put the word SUBMISSION in the subject line when sending a contest entry and QUESTION in the subject line for questions to the contest administrator.

Please include the following in the body of your email:

The title of the work
The author's name, address and telephone number
An approximate word-count
The manuscript should be a RTF attachment, in standard manuscript format and should be titled and numbered on every page, but the author's name MUST BE DELETED to facilitate fair judging.

Employees of Baen Books, NSS and previous Grand Prize Winners are not eligible. Previous Second and Third place winners are eligible.

Contest opens for submissions on October 1, 2019 at 12:01am EDT. (Entries sent before that date will be deleted unread.)

Deadline - 12:01am, U.S. Pacific Time, February 1, 2020.

The ten finalists will be announced no later than March 8, 2020.

What we want to see
Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.

What We Don’t Want to See
Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions, zombie stories, thinly veiled copies of previous winners, non-standalone novel excerpts, screenplays.

Judging will be by Baen Books editors Hank Davis, Jim Minz, Tony Daniel, David Afsharirad, and best selling Baen author David Drake.

The GRAND PRIZE winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional story submittals, currently .07/word. The author will also receive an engraved award, free entry into the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

SECOND and THIRD place winners will receive free entry into the 2020 International Space Development Conference, a year's membership in the National Space Society and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

The three winners will be announced and notified no later than March 22, 2020. The winners will be honored at the 2020 International Space Development Conference in Dallas, TX, May 28-31 2020. (We would prefer the winner attend the conference, but it is not required.)

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Wild Plum Haiku Contest

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Deadline: January 21st 2020

Theme: Free

Style: senryu is also accepted, no kigo is necessary, no strict syllables count

One haiku per person – multiple submissions will not be considered

Results: no later than April 1st 2020

Judges: Maria Tomczak & Gabriel Sawicki

Prizes: Diplomas for winners

Submissions will be accepted only by the form online.

blink-ink Ghost Bus

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Edward Gory, Gahan Wilson, and Charles Adams are standing on a street corner when the Ghost Bus goes by. They all saw it, but each saw it differently. What did you see when it went by, or were you a passenger? Just who rides the Ghost Bus anyway, and where the heck is it going? Wait… is that Miyazaki’s Cat Bus coming the other way?

Tell us your best story in approximately 50 words about what you saw.

Submissions in the body of an email to

No attachments, poetry, or bios please. Submissions through January 15th, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The 5th Annual Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Contest

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$500 for first place, $400 second, $300 third, $200 fourth and honorable mention cash awards.

January 15, 2020 deadline. Results by email to you in March 2020. Finalists will be invited to a reading near Albany NY in May 2020.

No entry fees. However, we encourage entrants to attend a reading or poetry open mic in their community that they would not normally attend.

One poem limit. Otherwise, no limitations. All ages. All countries. For poems in English.

Submission gives your consent for us to print or read your poem for our May program.

Send a poem you wrote to by Word or PDF attachment. Do not put your name on the poem. Put your name, your full mailing or residence address, your email address, and a ten-word bio in the email body or in a separate attachment.

If your poem is over two pages long and you can snail mail it, please do so to
Bob Sharkey, 19 Hunter Ave., Latham NY 12110 USA.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

BYLINES success story

BYLINES reader Mark Rosati writes:
thanks to Bylines, I learned about Fleas on the Dog, and my short story Last Stand and short play Restoration are in Issue #5 online now (
Congratulations Mark! Glad if BYLINES could help.

Vassar Review submissions guidelines

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Deadline: January 26, 2020


Thank you for your interest in Vassar Review. We will be accepting submissions relating to the theme of “Protest, Prophecy, Play” from November 12, 2019 until January 26, 2020 for a May release. We aim to respond to submissions within two months of the deadline.

General Guidelines
We accept poetry, prose, text, artworks, and images. Excerpts from longer works including dramatic works, screenplays, and graphic novels will also be accepted. Artists working in forms such as video, digital narrative (e.g. hypertext), and other multimedia should feel free to submit. We accept reviews on books, exhibitions, films, etc.

We will not accept previously published works, but previously exhibited visual work is acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please contact us if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

All contributors retain copyright over their individual works.

With each submission, we ask that you please include your name, contact information (mailing and email addresses), and a short cover letter. Submissions to the Arts and Digital Media sections should include the title of the piece, year created, and medium(s). Feel free to add a short description of the work if you think it is necessary.

Furthermore, please indicate the section in which you would like your work to be considered: Art, Digital Media, Prose, Poetry, or Reviews. Should you find that your work does not fit one particular section heading, do not worry. These titles are just a means of sorting.

Please send submissions in the highest quality format possible. Tiffs are strongly preferred for visual submissions; due to their large size, you can provide a link to download the files.

Submissions are limited to:

Art: 15 works
Fiction/ Literary nonfiction: 30 pages
Poetry: 6 poems, or 10 pages
Reviews: 2 works
Digital Media: up to 5 digital works by providing a single URL where the combined submission may be found and reviewed. If a work is accepted for publication, you will be asked to upload all associated files to be hosted in the digital edition.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Poetry Northwest seeks poems on anxiety

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Poetry Northwest is published semi-annually in June and December. We also publish new work (poetry, reviews, interviews, features and essays on poetics or the intersections of poetry and civic life, arts, and sciences) on our website, to supplement and extend our print edition. We make no distinction between the work selected for print edition or website publication. All work submitted to us during our reading period will be considered for the print edition, the website, or both, as befits our available space and need.

Please send only unpublished work. We cannot consider anything that has been previously published or accepted for publication in any form, including work that has appeared online, in blogs, on Facebook, etc. Due to the large volume of submissions we receive, we cannot offer individual criticism.

Please submit in only one category, and wait until you have received a response before submitting a second time.

From October 15 - January 15, Poetry Northwest is considering work to be included in The Anxiety Folio, to be published in the Summer & Fall of 2020.

This folio will include work that explores the public and personal anxieties of our time with compassion, formal invention and wit. Please select the appropriate category if you wish your work to be read in relation to this theme.

Poetry, visual or hybrid work, and essays will be considered.

We welcome unsolicited submissions of poetry, original or in translation, during our regular reading period, September 15 – January 15.

Please submit no more than five poems at a time. Combine all poems into a single document and upload as a Word file. If you wish to submit a PDF, please include it as a second file.
We accept submissions online only; work sent via mail will be recycled.
When submitting translations, please submit both English and originals, and be sure you hold the rights to print the originals.
Prose & visual art
We also welcome submissions of unsolicited book reviews or essays on poetics, etc., and queries for visual art. Please submit using the appropriate category button.

In all cases, simultaneous submissions are accepted with advance indication and prompt notification upon acceptance elsewhere. You can do so by logging into Submittable and making note of the withdrawal of all or part of your submission. An email to us is not sufficient notice.

You may submit as often as you like during our regular reading period. Please wait for a response before submitting again.

For subscribers, submissions will always be free.

For non-subscribers, we accept one free submission per reading period. Thereafter, each submission during a given reading period will be charged a small reading fee of $3. This small fee for multiple submissions helps support our mission to produce the highest quality literary journal possible. Multiple submissions without this reading fee (waived for subscribers) will be withdrawn unread.

Response time
Our goal is to respond to unsolicited submissions within 10 – 12 weeks, but we may take longer during our busiest months. Please be patient. We want to make sure your poetry gets the attention it deserves, and we read everything carefully. Please send only one submission at a time.

Submit online

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hektoen International Writing Contest

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Hektoen International invites you to send an essay of under 1600 words on the subject of Blood. The contest honors the achievements of the Red Cross, locally, nationally, and globally.

Two prizes will be awarded: $3000 for the winner and $800 for the runner up.  

The deadline is January 15, 2020. 

We will consider essays on pioneers in hematology (such as Herrick, Minot, Murphy, Whipple, or Landsteiner), the history of venesection, barber surgeons, the use of leeches, and vampires; as well as historical aspects of blood transfusion, artificial blood, blood groups, blood preservation and blood banks, blood in surgery, blood diseases (such as pernicious anemia, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, leukemias, and hemophilia), and the history and work of the Red Cross.

Contest rules and guidelines
Submission of an article implies consent to publish in Hektoen International. If accepted for publication, an article may be published at any time regardless of the outcome of the competition. If major edits are made, proofs will be sent to the authors before publication.

Essays that are accepted for publication in the journal may also be available to readers before the winners are announced.

The contest is open to participants 18 years or older.

For multiple author articles, only one person should submit the entry and communicate with the editors.

Entries should be no longer than 1,600 words and must also include at least one image, following our article and image guidelines, including a cover page and proper formatting of both text and images. Incomplete submissions will be deemed ineligible for competition.

  • Contest submissions must be sent to by Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 12pm Central Time. Submissions sent after the specified time will be deemed ineligible for competition.
  • Submissions will be read by the editors and contest judges for Hektoen International. The editors of the journal will recommend submissions and edits for publication and contest judges will read the original submission presented by the author.
  • All applicants will be notified of the winning articles, which will be published on the front page of the Winter 2019 issue of Hektoen International.
  • Participants should certify that their work is original and that they have copyright ownership and permission to use any images submitted.
  • Please send inquiries to

Article guidelines

Articles must be unpublished, original work that relates medicine to the humanities and no more than 1,600 words in length. Each submission should include:

A cover page with:

  • Author(s) names, titles/degrees, professional affiliation, and location (as you would like it listed in the journal)
  • A biography no longer than 100 words
  • The author’s contact information

Article text with:

  • The title and page numbers in the document header
  • The full text of the article inTimes New Roman, size 12, and double-spaced. Please format in Chicago style ( or AMA style (
  • References for quoted and cited material formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style or AMA Manual of Style, with the endnotes in numerical order.
  • Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document by the author’s last name followed by the title (or abbreviated title).

For example, the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith, would be saved as: Smith_BigHugh.doc

Image guidelines
Please include at least one image that complements the article being submitted. Final image choice will be determined by journal staff. Rights to images must be acquired by the author prior to submission.

Images must be:

  • High quality and saved as a .JPG
  • Titled by author’s surname and short article name. For example, an image to accompany the article “Big Hugh” by Dr. Smith would be saved as follows: Smith_Big Hugh.jpg
  • Accompanied by a caption. Provide a Word document with the following information:
  • Caption and source (including address of website where you found the image)
  • For artwork, please provide the title and date of work, the artist’s name, and the location of the artwork (museum or private collection)
  • The caption should be sent as a Word document by author last name. In the example of Dr. Smith, the illustration would be captioned as follows: Smith_Caption.doc

Patient Consent/Confidentiality
Our confidentiality policy is based on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Please refer to this document if you have any questions: Authors/artists should protect the confidentiality of all persons and not reveal personal details without their consent.

Review process
The editorial board and the journal editors review contributions for appropriateness of originality, style, and content. All editors advise the Editor-in-Chief, who makes the final decision on publication to the journal.

Authors retain the copyright to their submissions to Hektoen International. We request, however, that authors refrain from submitting their work for publication for four months after the piece has been published. Authors are requested to notify us and reference the Hektoen International website as the original publisher in subsequent publications of the article.

All submissions are presumed to be the stated author/artist’s original work. Authors are responsible for procuring the right to accompanying images.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

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Deadline: January 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST)
The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is a $7,000 unrestricted cash grant available to artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. This grant is awarded in 15 different disciplines over a three-year period (five categories a year) and the application is free to complete. The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is not a project grant, but is intended to fund an artist's vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development.

  • 25 years or older
  • Current residents of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State
  • Must have maintained New York State residency, and/or residency in one of the Indian Nations located therein, for at least the last two consecutive years (2018 & 2019)
  • Cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind
  • Are the originators of the work, i.e. choreographers or playwrights, not interpretive artists such as dancers or actors
  • Did not receive a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in any discipline in the past five consecutive years: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Cannot submit any work samples that have been previously awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship
  • While collaborating artists are eligible to apply, the total number of collaborators cannot exceed three
  • Are not a current NYFA employee or have been in the last 12 months, a member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, immediate family member of any of the aforementioned, or an immediate family member of a 2019-2020 panelist
  • Artists that have been awarded five NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships receive Emeritus status and are no longer eligible for the award


2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Categories

The 2019-20 award cycle is open now through January 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST). The following categories will be reviewed:
  • Craft/Sculpture
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts

Friday, January 3, 2020

Puchi Award 2020

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Deadline: 23 January 2020

La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel are pleased to present the fourth Puchi award.
The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, picture books, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable. We’re looking for one-of-a-kind book, or even a whole new kind of book.

The Puchi award will be governed by the following rules:

This competition is open to literary and graphic projects of any kind that stand out by virtue of their premise, literary and graphic quality, originality, unconventionality or mould-shattering conception. A book can contain everything and anything, and that is precisely what this contest wants: fiction and non-fiction, essays, informative literature, poetry, illustration, comics, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type of work.

The aim of this award is to shine a spotlight on works of the highest quality and originality.


All authors of legal age from Spain or any other country are eligible to submit one or more original, unpublished works.


Projects may be submitted between 20th November 2019 and 23rd January 2020 at 12:00 noon (GTM+1), both dates included. Submissions sent before or after this period will not be accepted.


The winner will receive a cash prize of €8,000 (VAT and all other taxes included, as an advance on the rights of the published work) and have his/her work published and distributed by Fulgencio Pimentel.

Exceptionally, a Special Jury Award may be awarded. This excepcional award would imply the project publication.

Contestants may submit only finished works that have never been published, at least not with an ISBN and/or for commercial distribution.

La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel will have the final say regarding design and production aspects of the book.

Projects must be accompanied by either the pseudonym or real name of the author (or authors, in the case of collaborative works).

Each author or co-author of the project must submit:

  • A completed entry form
  • A curriculum vitae (one for each author)
  • National ID, foreign resident ID or passport
  • Brief summary of the work and statement of motivation (max. 2,000 characters with spaces)
  • List of production requirements, if any (max. 1,000 characters with spaces)
  • Finished work in original language (PDF or Word document).
  • Provisional translation into English of at least two pages of the work.
  • Works may be written in any language, although a provisional translation into English of at least two pages must also be submitted. The entry form, curriculum vitae, summary and statement of motivation, and production requirements must all be submitted in English.

Volney Road Review seeks submissions

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Deadline: February 1, 2020

We’re ready to read your best work. Email your submissions as attachments to

We are open for submissions twice per year: May 1st through August 1st and October 1st through February 1st.

We will publish issues on September 1st and March 1st.

Any submissions received outside of the open submission periods will be discarded without being read.

Our response times vary widely. However, we promise to respond to all submissions within twenty days after the submission period ends. Please only submit once per submission period.

3-5 poems, no more than 3 pages per poem in a single document

1 piece of fiction or creative non-fiction up to 3,500 words

5-8 pieces of artwork

• All writing should be in Times New Roman. Poetry should be single spaced; prose should be double spaced. Writing pieces must be submitted as MS Word/Open Office documents. Documents submitted as .PDFs will be immediately rejected.

• Please remove all identifying information from your submitted documents, but include your full name in the body of the email.

• In the subject of your email please write SUBMISSION: [Your Last Name, Genre] (ex: SUBMISSION: Jones, Poetry).

• Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. However, please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. We will not accept previously published work.

• We pay a flat rate of $10 per accepted piece through Paypal. Because we have limited funds, we are very choosy.

• Please make sure all visual art is at least 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches in size and 300 dpi. Lossless files (like TIFFs and PNGs) work best, but we will also accept high quality JPEG/JPG images. All accepted pieces of art will be considered for cover art as well.

• VRR asks for First Serial Rights, Non-exclusive “Print-on-Demand” Rights, Internet Archival Rights (including the right for your work to be archived by EBSCO Publishing, Inc.), and other Non-exclusive Rights including the right to use your name (or pseudonym), likeness, and excerpts from the accepted piece(s) in promoting, marketing, and advertising. We reserve the right to modify the accepted work in terms of phrasing, punctuation, word usage, spelling, and capitalization.

You, the author, artist, or photographer, confirm that your work is wholly original, does not violate or infringe upon the copyright or privacy of any other person, company, or organization whatsoever, and that you, the author, are the sole owner and creator of the work to be published.

After your work has been published in our magazine, the rights are then reverted back to you. If your work is reprinted elsewhere, credit Volney Road Review as the original publisher.

If you have any questions, please email us at with the subject line reading “QUERY.”

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