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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Memoirist submission guidelines

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Submission Guidelines:
- Not previously published
- Autobiographical non-fiction
- Literary, i.e. stylistically polished
- Publication ready (grammar and spell checked)
​- Include a jpeg of a quality, original and relevant photo
- Verdana font, 12 point, 1.5 spaced, block paragraphs
- Put author name and title of the piece on file name
- Add a short author bio at the end, mentioning any publications which we will link to Amazon, etc.
- Include your email address
- Up to 3,000 words in ODT

NB- By sending us your material, you consent to it being published on this site. Minor edits may be made by the editors. Don't use full names of other people and feel free to change names to protect privacy. We will notify you only if we are going to post your work, i.e. if you don't hear from us within one month of submitting, we won't be using it as it isn't right for our site, (look at our submissions and read the About page to get an idea of the kind of writing we're looking for).
No payments will be made for submissions, although we will award $100 twice yearly (in March & October) to our favourite posts, taking into account the numbers of likes.

ONLINE SUBMISSION

Friday, February 28, 2020

Red Tree Review seeks poetry for debut issue

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No deadline given

Red Tree Review is currently seeking submissions for its debut issue. Send poems that surprise, harrow, and awe.

Yes: charged, inventive, sound-driven, surreal, image-rich, dark, humorous, playful, biting, devastating, bigger on the inside

No: boring, predictable, reductive or offensive in treatment of race/gender/sexual orientation/class/age/ability

Please submit only once every six months. Include 3-5 poems in a single document (.doc, .docx, or .pdf). Previously published work will not be considered. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

At this time, Red Tree Review cannot offer monetary compensation. Upon publication, all rights revert back to the author. Authors are asked to acknowledge Red Tree Review in any future publications in which the work appears.

Our online submission form can be found here. (Note: Due to the submission form’s security requirements, you will need to create or log into a Google account in order to upload a file.)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Unreal Magazine seeks short stories

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We want stories that are well written, intelligent, and enjoyable to read. We are looking for stories with metaphors and emotional ambiance and imaginative descriptive writing. Most importantly, we want original ideas.

Unfit Magazine is about science fiction…unfitmag.com

Unreal Magazine is about fantasy…unrealmag.com

After you finish the submission form, we will contact you if we’re interested in publishing your material.

For best results, send your story to as many publications as possible. Just remember, “Simultaneous submissions are your friend.”

Submission Guidelines

Fiction:

500 to 10,000 words

Pay:

500-4000 words at 14 cents each
4000-10000 words at 1 additional cent each

Example:

7,600 words
4000 at .14 = $560
3,600 at .1 = $36
Total = $596

Other:

For nonfiction, we pay $.01/word.
Reprints are paid at $.01/word.

Payments are only made to your PayPal account!

Terms:

Reprints are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are most certainly welcome. Multiple submissions are not welcome. (If you don’t hear anything, wait 30 days before trying again. Thanks!)

Rights:

We are looking for one time non-exclusive rights for reprints. For originals, we need 1 year exclusivity.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Squawkback submission guidelines

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No deadline given

Send any materials that you wish to have considered for publication in (the) Squawk Back—as attachments in .doc (but preferably not .docx because we use the horrible Apache OpenOffice suite which doesn't like it) or .rtf or .txt or .odt format—but under no circumstances as .wps files or PDFs and preferably not pasted in the body of an email—to.....

editor@thesquawkback.com

We read year round. All first-time submitters will hear back from us within three weeks. Those previously published in Squawk Back will wait a bit longer, as their submissions do, unfortunately, go to the bottom of a pile, owing to that we try very hard to feature new contributors in every issue.

We primarily publish fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We do not publish plays or screenplays, but we may consider monologues. We will consider excerpts from unpublished novels, poetry collections &c, but please do not submit entire books.

No individual prose submission should exceed ten-thousand words in length. For submitters of poems, we'd prefer it if you kept it under ten pieces per submission. Multiple-poem submissions go in one document or are pasted into the body of one email.

Upon acceptance for publication, submitted pieces which appear in their entirety on personal blogs or other websites either Must Be Removed from those pages or replaced with excerpts and/or links to their new home in Squawk Back.

Upon submitting your work, you hereby grant (the) Squawk Back a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, distribute, modify and display your content for any purpose, including without limitation promoting and redistributing part or all of the site. Works submitted to Squawk Back, whether officially or unofficially copyrighted, will remain the full intellectual property of their authors. We are far less interested in exploiting emergent literary voices than providing them with a louder box with which to squawk.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The SLF $1000 Working Class Writers Grant

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Deadline:  February 29, 2020

The SLF Working Class Writers grants are awarded annually, since 2013, to assist writers of speculative literature to working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to the financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world. Such lack of access might include an inability to attend conventions, to purchase a computer, to buy books, to attend college or high school, to have the time to write (if, for example, you must work two jobs simply to pay rent and feed a family, or if you must spend all your waking hours job-hunting for months on end). The SLF would like to assist in finding more of these marginalized voices and bringing them into speculative fiction.

You are eligible for this $1000 grant if you come from a background such as described above, if you grew up (or are growing up) in homelessness, poverty, or a blue collar / working-class household, or if you have lived for a significant portion of your life in such conditions, especially if you had limited access to relatives/friends who could assist you financially. We will give preference to members of that larger pool who are currently in financial need (given our limited funds). Please note that while we are based in America, and some of our language below reflects that perspective, this grant is available to international writers; please assess your own situation as appropriate for your home country.

Please note that, unlike our other grants, you may receive this grant anonymously or pseudonymously. Application materials will be kept confidential to the grant committee and SLF staff.

What Do We Mean By Working-Class?

Here are some examples; they are not meant to be comprehensive, but rather to offer some guidelines to help you determine if you might be eligible. We mean to cast a wide net for this grant, so if you think you might be eligible, you probably are. If you have specific questions about your financial situation’s applicability, please don’t hesitate to write to us and ask.

You would potentially be eligible for this grant if any of the following apply:

  • you’re American, and qualify for the earned income credit
  • you’ve qualified for food stamps and/or Medicaid for a significant period of time
  • you live paycheck to paycheck
  • your parents did not go to college
  • you rely on payday loans
  • your children qualified for free school lunch
  • you’re currently being raised in a single parent household
  • you’re supporting yourself and paying your own way through college
  • you’ve lived at or below 200% of the poverty line for your state for at least one year
  • you’ve experienced stretches of time when food was not readily and easily available

Application Materials:


  • personal statement: a short statement (up to 750 words) which addresses both your relevant financial background (why you qualify for this grant), and your future writing goals (what you hope to accomplish, with the help of this grant)
  • writing sample (your best work, published or unpublished — up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction — if sending a segment of a novel, novella, or novelette, please include a one-page synopsis as well)
  • a bibliography of previously-published work by the author (no more than one page, typed); applicants need not have previous publications to apply
  • If awarded the grant, the recipient will be invited to provide a brief excerpt from their work, and an autobiographical statement describing themselves and their writing (500-1000 words) for our files, and for possible public dissemination on our website. This is entirely optional on the grant recipient’s part.


PLEASE NOTE: This grant, as with all SLF grants, is intended to help writers working within speculative literature. If you’re not sure what areas that term encompasses, we recommend referencing our FAQ (question #2).

Working-Class Grant Application Procedures

Send the three items listed above to our class grant administrator as attached .doc files, to workingclass@speclit.org. Include a brief cover letter with your name and contact info (e-mail, phone in case of emergency). If you have questions, direct them to that same address.

Class grant applications will be considered from December 1st, 2019 to February 29th, 2020. Applications received outside that period will be discarded unread.

The grant recipient will be announced by April 15th, annually. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by that date.

The Wire's Dream Magazine

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Deadline: March 2, 2020

TWD Magazine accepts original, unseen creative work in the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Combined Work

Work must be original and unseen. Please do not send work that has already been published or is pending publication. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. There is no creative limitation on the style of work submitted. There are no fees for submission.

NEW: Accepted Contributors will receive a $5 payment for their work. A max of 2 Contributors per category will be featured.

GENERAL GUIDELINES
Submissions are accepted through Submittable.

Submission Period:
January 1st to March 1st (Summer Issue)
Reading Period: March 2nd to April 30th
Tentative Digital Magazine Release: June 30th**

July 1st to September 1st (Winter Issue)
Reading Period: September 2nd to October 30th
Tentative Digital Magazine Release: December 31st**

**Dates are subject to change due to volume of submissions received; may be delayed by a week or two.

Cover Letter
Subject: Name of Category, Your Full Name (Or Pen Name)

Body: Brief introduction, short bio (300 words max) with publication links (if applicable). No bio picture. Please indicate if your submission is simultaneous and at what date it was first submitted elsewhere.

Address to Accept $5 Payment: If work is accepted, please be prepared to provide a full valid address where you would like to receive your payment. PO Box addresses are acceptable.

Complimentary Close: Your full name declares that your submission adheres to TWD Magazine submission guidelines.
Attachments: Please read specific category guidelines.

SPECIFIC CATEGORY GUIDELINES
Fiction
1 – 2 pieces per submission
300 – 1500 words each
Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only

Creative Nonfiction
1 piece per submission
500 – 2500 words
Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only

Poetry
1 – 3 poems per submission
Each poem must be no longer than 2 pages
Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF only

Art
1 – 3 high quality images per submission
Please provide a 300 word project intent
Resolution 150 or higher
PNG only

Photography
1 – 3 high quality images per submission
Please provide a 300 word project intent
Resolution 150 or higher
JPG or PNG only

Combined Works
Works that are primarily visual, follow guidelines for Art or Photography
Works that are primarily text based, follow guidelines for Fiction

ELECTRONIC AGREEMENT
All submissions are considered and read in the order in which they are received. By submitting, you authenticate that your work is your own. You also give the editor permission to use your work for future print purposes. NOTE: TWD Magazine works to promote YOU, the creator. Your voice and perspective are valued here.

RESPECT & VALUE
Please consider that all published work must adhere to The Black Lion Journal’s Credo. With this in mind, pieces that are explicitly construed as openly offensive, violent, sexist, racist, hateful, and/or hurtful to any person(s) or group(s) will not be considered and will be deleted.

NOTE: The editor reserves the right to amend and/or modify this page with any updates

Monday, February 24, 2020

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 GothamWriters.com
  • The winner will be notified by March 17, 2020.

ENTRY VIA FORM

Sunday, February 23, 2020

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


SUBMIT VIA SUBMITTABLE

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 MRPlymouth400@gmail.com.

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.

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)leahbrowning.net.

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
(https://www.applevalleyreview.com/) 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: dragonsoulpress@gmail.com

More submission information here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

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!

ENTRY RULES:
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.

WRITING RULES:
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.

HOW TO WIN:
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 (bessstreeteraldrich.org).

The judges’ critiques are available if they are requested via separate email to aldrichfoundation@gmail.com 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 bessstreeteraldrich.org. Questions about the contest or an alternative paper submission can be directed to Kurk Shrader, Executive Director (email aldrichfoundation@gmail.com 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. http://chicagotribune.com/algren

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

Official Contest Rules:  http://chicagotribune.com/algren/rules

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

• 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!

Poetry

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.

Prose

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.

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 dechant@usf.edu Deadline March 6, 2020. 

Winning submissions notified upon selection. www.ecologyflorida.org

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: Yahoo.com 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 asimovs@dellmagazines.com. 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.

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.

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?

Prizes
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 educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk 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 educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk.

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 https://forms.gle/pQj93gNvZiDGd4GaA.
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 longshotbooksllc@gmail.com 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 longshotbooksllc@gmail.com 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

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!

APPLICATION FORM ONLINE

CLASH Books submission guidelines

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We are looking for strong, fresh voices & POV's in any genre. Fiction, nonfiction, & poetry. Especially looking for unique voices of female identifying, LGBTQ & POC from all over the world. CLASH Books is about global perspectives, contrasts, & juxtapositions. If you are unsure about whether what you have is for us, I recommend you check out our catalogue & our IG & Twitter @clashbooks

WE PUT THE LIT IN LITERARY

Send submissions to clashmediabooks@gmail.com

Include bio & synopsis in body of email. Submit full MS as a word doc.

Allow 3 months for reply. Simultaneous subs are allowed. We cannot respond to all rejections.

We read every submission & the schedule is filling up fast.

We are already scheduling books for 2022.

Excited to see what 2020 brings!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Daily Science Fiction story submissions

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Story Submission Guidelines

ALERT: Please don't submit stories longer than 1,500 words. Daily Science Fiction (DSF) is a market accepting speculative fiction stories from 100 to 1,500 words in length. By this we mean science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, etc. We will consider flash series--three or more flash tales built around a common theme. If you are submitting a flash series, please note that it is a series in your cover letter and at the top of the submitted text in the submission box. Each story does need to stand on its own.

We do not accept reprints. Unfortunately, if you have placed a story on your website, where it is open and available to the multiple billion people who have access to the internet, that constitutes publication. We're sorry. No, we don't accept self-published works.

Please don't submit the same story to us and any other venue at the same time. Please don't send us more than one story. Don't send us another until we send you a response.

We pay 8 cents per word for first worldwide rights and for nonexclusive reprint rights. Additionally, we reserve the right to pay you more money for additional reprinting in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies.

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We need short short fiction, especially flash fiction. Among our featured stories, a shorter tale will get an extra nudge on the scale when weighed against a longer one. This is both for financial reasons and because it matches the preferences of a plurality of our readership. Not fair? Perhaps. Consider yourself forewarned.

Of course, we want your stories to ooze originality, but a well-written story is a must. We are fond of character-driven fiction, though readers point out that not every story we publish fits that rubric. Our goal is to publish the best stories we can that will be interesting, worthwhile reads. Some stories, especially in the short short fiction, will succeed despite lack of plot, character, punctuation, what-have-you.

We may purchase dark fantasy, but try not to publish pure horror. We don't mind feeling the flush of arousal, but will not publish erotica. Guns a-blazing might make our day, but we don't suspect most military SF will win us over. Humor? We take it, It often works especially for short short fiction, but do keep in mind that one alien's funny bone is located near another species' sac of indifference. We're likely not your best market for longer funny tales.

We don't accept multiple or simultaneous submissions, but we promise to be as prompt as possible with our responses. Query if you haven't heard back in four weeks. Or better yet, check your story's status on this website. There is now a "check status" option on the sidebar.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

About Place Journal: Practices of Hope

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All submissions are due by February 15, 2020

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT


Work can include:

Poetry/Lyric: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 50 lines each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.

Fiction, essays, creative nonfiction and other prose: up to 3 pieces which do not exceed 4000 words each. Acceptable file types include doc, docx, txt & rtf.

Audio/Visual artwork: up to 5 photos, paintings, prints or other forms of art. Acceptable file types include jpg & tiff for art/photography, mp3 for audio and mp4 & mov for video.
Each submission must be accompanied by a bio in doc, docx, txt or rtf format. Bios should be in the third person and not exceed 150 words. Please include your website and twitter handle, if desired.

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

Practices of Hope
About Place Journal seeks poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, art, and hybrid forms (including video, digital storytelling, sound, performance documentation, etc.) for our themed issue, PRACTICES OF HOPE. We want to showcase creative practices as activist tools, ways of making change, as well as forms that can bring people together. How can creative practice allow us to feel and act differently? How can we invent new appreciation of and new embodiment practices for humans and other fellow creatures? What can ‘speculative’ or ‘non-realist’ forms mean, and how can we make them resonant for eco-arts?

Many of us cannot afford purely apocalyptic and dystopic fantasies. What else can activate new relationships to climate crisis, species extinction, and environmentally-located social pressures in racist, abelist, classist, ageist, and sexist times? How can we imagine a different future with more of us in it? What hope can we afford? What hope do we need?

This call casts a wide net for creative work. We also specifically invite engagement with emergent genres like solarpunk and cli-fi (climate fiction), or with the histories of Afrofuturism and related genres.

Inspirations for this call include publications like Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation, eds. Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Christopher Wieland (2017) and Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements (2015). For Octavia’s Brood, the two editors, Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown, worked with activists in multiple fields to explore the use of genre narrative to communicate the need for change. They write: “Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in speculative fiction. All organizing is science fiction.” Likewise, we seek art forms that imagine a better future as speculative creative acts.

Let’s create as activists, as artists, as organizers. World-change and art practice hand-in-hand, breath, word.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

#WorldReadAloudDay February 5, 2020


For 11 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in over 173 countries and counting! 

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Shinhaiku Contest

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There is no theme. Just express your own feelings and thoughts in a 3-line poem in English.

English Haiku (All ages and nationalities)


Prizes

GRAND AWARD
One winner
 from the English division
  • ¥200,000 in prize money
  • A framed copy of the winning poem
  • A set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on thpackage
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
9 winners
 from the English division
  • ¥50,000 in prize money
  • A set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
JUDGES' AWARD
2 winners
 from the English division
  • ¥30,000 in prize money
  • A set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
SPONSORS' AWARD
One winner
 from the English division
  • ¥20,000 in prize money
  • A set of Oi Ocha products with the winning poem on the package
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate
MERIT AWARD
5,000 winners
 regardless of division
  • Inclusion in an anthology of the winning poems
  • Award certificate

Application Procedures

One contestant may submit up to six poems by postcard, A4-sized fax, or the Internet.

Application must include the poems and the name of the entry division. Applicants also must include their name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, age, and any Haiku group or club of which they are a member. Students are also asked to include their school names.

When applying with standard postcards, write the poems and entry division on the rear and the other information on the front.

Entry form

Application period
All applications must be arrived
from November 3, 2019 to February 29, 2020
Group Apprication : to February 12, 2020
Personal information submitted with the entry will be used for the purposes of the Shinhaiku Contest. The information will be handled carefully in accordance with our company’s privacy policy and appropriate safety and management measures will be taken.

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Application Conditions
Only those poems written by the applicant and not published anywhere else shall be accepted. The poems are to be written by the applicants themselves.

An applicant can submit a total of maximum 6 poems, both English and Japanese combined.
Please be advised that the Haiku entries will not be returned.

ITO EN shall hold the copyrights, including secondary use, for the announcement and publication of prize winning entries.

Awards will be revoked for any poems found to be plagiarized, to have been submitted for other contests or publications, or to closely resemble other poems.

Applicants must apply using their real name. (No pen names allowed)
After making your application, please do not release your submitted poems until the results are announced in July.

Announcement
Winning entries will be announced on ITO EN's website, etc. (Scheduled date: July 7,2020)
The results of the judging will be notified by mail or e-mail.(Scheduled for July 2020)
2,000 winning entries will be published on the packages of Oi Ocha products.
The collection of prize-winning poems "Free narrative" is expected to be issued in August 2020.

Please direct all inquiries to
“ITO EN Shinhaiku Contest” Office
3-23 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8553 Japan

TEL : +81(3)3264-4050
Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Japan time
(except holidays and year-end / New Year holidays)

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