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Friday, July 31, 2020

When Robots Dream - call for art and stories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyrights and Ownership

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

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

If Selected For Publication

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

How to Submit

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

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


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

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

Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

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Deadline: August 31, 2020

3 WINNERS will receive $200 each, plus publication. 

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

The Rules

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

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

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Blue Light Special seeks LGBTQ submissions

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


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

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

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

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

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

Correct grammar, syntax and punctuation.

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

Electronic submissions only, via the form on this website.

No multiple submissions and no simultaneous submissions.

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

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

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

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

Use the form on this website to submit your stories.

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

The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature seeks submissions

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

-The Mule Staff

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

FU Review seeks submissions

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Poetry Nation Poetry Contest

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Deadline: December 31, 2020

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

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

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

  • Poet information must pass Google API and address verification.
  • Poetry can be written in any poetic style and on any subject.
  • A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.
  • Plagiarism is a serious offense with serious consequences.
  • Only one poem per person, per household is allowed.
  • Poet must be at least thirteen years of age.
  • Any entry containing cliché, overused phrases will not be accepted. Examples:
  • Roses are red
  • I love you
  • All work and no play
  • Time after time
  • All poems must be written in English.
  • Contest entries must be at least 3 but cannot exceed 26 lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 55 characters per line (including spaces between words). Any submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified. The poem title does not count as a line.
  • Do not double-space.
  • Poem must adhere to basic rules of capitalization:
  • Do not type poem in all capital letters.
  • Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.
  • Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).
  • The first word of each line may be capitalized if it is done consistently throughout.
  • Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words and numbers.
  • Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.
  • To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.
  • Do not include your name or any other information at the end of your poem.

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


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


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


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


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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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

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

What we want:

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

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

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

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

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

What we don’t want:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to submit:

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

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

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

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



HA&L Review seeks new work about science

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Deadline: November 2020

Working Title: Science


Guest Editor: Sima Rabinowitz

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send submissions or queries to

Monday, July 27, 2020

Reedsy prompts: In Reverse

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Deadline: July 31, 2020 EST

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

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

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

Please keep your submission between 1,000 - 3,000 words.
This week's prompts:

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

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

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

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

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

“A Voice For Cats”: Essay Contest Scholarship 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Penumbric submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Questions? Contact us at

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

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Deadline: August 3, 2020

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

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

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

Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo 2020 Anthology

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

PoArtMo stands for Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves.

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

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

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

Submission deadline: August 23, 2020.

Available featured slots in the anthology: 25/50.

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

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

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

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

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

Clean art only. No dirty or swear words allowed!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Lack of positivity.

4. Your work is not suitable for younger readers.

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

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

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

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

9. You are rude to us.

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

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

Club Plum submission guidelines

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

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

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

Rights: We ask for first North American Serial Rights.

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

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

Issues are available online only.

We accept simultaneous submissions.

We do not accept reprints.

We do not pay for accepted submissions.

Yay for wondrous words. Yay for you.

Friday, July 24, 2020

level:deepsouth for Generation X

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No deadline given

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, July 23, 2020

13th Annual Transitions Abroad Expatriate and Work Abroad Writing Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleet seeks submissions for Winter 2020

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Deadline: August 15, 2020

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

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

Our Submission Policies

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

Simultaneous Submissions and Previously Published Works

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


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

Please send submissions to

All work is the property of the artist.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Kahini Quarterly: Submissions guidelines

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

Kahini Quarterly considers only original, previously unpublished creative work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fleas on the Dog Open 4 Submissions

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

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

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

There is no submission fee.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited.

Submit to only one category per issue. 

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

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Idle Ink submission guidelines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

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Deadline: August 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Other Side: A Horror Anthology

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Deadline: August 30, 2020

Death. What would horror be without a little sprinkle of death?

Yet it’s not the act of dying that creates the evergreen mystery surrounding the finality that comes with loss of life, it’s the enigma that follows the question: what comes next?

The Other Side is a horror anthology which explores the great beyond. We’re looking for stories that tackle the world beyond the living. Ghosts, ghouls, possession, ritual, cultural beliefs, the paranormal, monsters, the occult, this anthology will collect the greatest stories that answer the age-old question:
When we breathe our last breath, where do we go?

Submission deadlines: Sunday 30th August, 2020

Word count: 5,000–10,000 words.

Payment: $20

Submission Guidelines

A submission Word template is available for download HERE.

Stories slightly over or under the word count will be considered

Stories must be saved as a Word document, PDFs will not be accepted

Times New Roman

Size 12 font

1.5 paragraph spacing

Place your name, the title of the anthology for which you are submitting, and your preferred contact email address in the header of the document
  • Sex, violence, and coarse language are accepted as long as they serve the story
  • No hate speech or fan fiction
  • Multiple submissions welcome
  • Reprints will be considered
Payment for accepted stories will be made within 7 working days of confirmation of entry
Accepted stories will be held in a 2-year non-exclusive agreement.

Failure to adhere to submission guidelines will result in immediate rejection from the anthology.

Windfall seeks poetry

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Deadline (for fall issue): August 1, 2020

Windfall is looking for poems of place, specifically places in the Pacific Northwest (defined as a broad bioregion extending from the North Slope of Alaska to the Bay Area of California, and from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast). Place can be named or unnamed, but if unnamed, then location should be clearly implied or suggested by observed detail. The poet does not have to be living in the Pacific Northwest, but the poem does.

Place, whether background or foreground, should be essential to the meaning of the poem. Place should be vital in the development of the poem, or the speaker’s perspective, or the texture of image and detail. Simply attaching a place name to a generic poem of place will not do. Windfall favors poetry of observed detail that is informed and accurate, even when it is conflicted about what constitutes informed and accurate detail. Place to us is not a general metaphor (“where you are at”), but first of all, actual. As Ezra Pound once said, “The natural object is always the adequate symbol.”

Windfall regards the term “place” as inclusive of both urban and natural locales, peopled or unpeopled. If many of the poems we publish reflect more of nature than the city, this reflects the poetry we receive, rather than any bias of our own. Most places have been affected in many ways by human presence, and poems can reflect this. Within the broad parameters described above, we tend to let the poems submitted teach us what place is or may mean in poetry.

Since we look for informed and accurate detail, it follows that we favor poetry based on imagery derived from sensory observation of surfaces, which, as one writer said, is the only way we have to come to know the depths. While language as the medium of poetry is an important consideration, Windfall favors poetry that is about something other than itself or its language. A poetry of place is another way of expressing love of the world and of being in the world, perhaps the fundamental motive and experience of art.

Windfall also favors poetry that occurs in lines and stanzas, mainly because they tend to be more interesting. Lines and stanzas generate energy and opportunities for parallelism and complexity that may often be missing in columns of lines and prose poems. “Lines and stanzas” does not here mean “meter and rhyme.” We have nothing against meter and rhyme, and have in fact published several sonnets. Rather, we advocate a different dispensation, as old as orality, wherein poetry was organized by the content of its themes, figures, imagery, and perspective, rather than by formalized rhythm and sound (with which, as Robert Bringhurst says, poets began to “farm” language in neat rows). We have published the occasional column of lines and the occasional prose poem, when these reflect place well, which is our first consideration. But lines and stanzas mean the poet is inviting us to use our inferential powers, to be active readers, and this is what we look for.

More about poetry of place can be found in the Afterwords written by the editors for every issue. These short essays attempt to indicate past traditions, further readings, and a variety of perspectives on what might constitute poetry of place. They are not prescriptive of any approach, but are meant to suggest and inspire the writing of poems. All Afterwords may be downloaded from the Windfall web site: <>.

Windfall accepts only work that has not been previously published. If a poem has appeared in another periodical or book, then it has already found readers, and we would rather provide opportunity for new work to be read. Though you may have already published a poem of place that would be perfect for Windfall, keep in mind Jack Spicer’s admonition: “There are always plenty of poems.” Place, fully conceived, is an inexhaustible source.

Submissions of up to five short poems (not exceeding fifty lines each) may be submitted online by sending them as a single MS Word attachment to Poems should be separated by an inserted page break (not a series of returns), and name, postal address, and e-mail address should appear on every page.

Submissions sent by US Mail should include a self-addressed return envelope with first-class postage and an e-mail address. As with e-mail submissions, poems should be separated by an inserted page break, and name, postal address, and e-mail address should appear on every page. Send hard-copy submissions to Editors, Windfall Press, PO Box 19751, Portland, OR 97280.

Deadline for submissions to the fall issue: August 1.
Submission period for the fall issue: May, June, July
Deadline for submissions to the spring issue: February 1
Submission period for the spring issue: November, December, January

It’s best to send poems close to the deadline for the particular issue of Windfall you are submitting for since we make no editorial decisions until after the deadline. Better the poems should stay with you for further revision till close to the deadline, for, as Paul Valery said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned.”

Payment in copies only.

Questions? Write to <>.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Writing Contest

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Deadline: September 15, 2020

Apply Here

Can you write a blurb for a hypothetical book?

This writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books. Get creative!

Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.

Let your imagination go wild—and who knows? You may be inspired to turn your blurb into a novel of your own one day.

The award

We will award one prize of $500 to the best blurb.
The submitted blurbs will be judged by our team of query letter writers based on how effectively they hook readers, taking into account the writing style and the overall impression.

  • Your blurb must be original. Any submissions found to contain plagiarism will be disqualified.
  • Submissions must be 100 words or fewer. Please run a spellcheck and proofread carefully.
  • You may submit multiple entries provided each entry is a completely unique blurb.
  • You can apply from anywhere in the world. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest.
In applying, you grant us permission to publish your blurb entry on the blog.

Please apply by noon (US Eastern time) on September 15, 2020.

Arc Poetry Magazine seeks submissions

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Deadline: July 31, 2020

Arc accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of pre­vi­ously unpub­lished poetry in English, or translations of poetry into English, on any sub­ject and in any form. Submissions received from April 1 to July 31 will be read for the Winter 2020 issue.

Please note: This submission platform does not accept poems in batches. Each poem must be submitted separately with the poet's biography. Please DO NOT submit several poems grouped in a single document. To save retyping the same bio and cover notes for each poem, we recommend you create them in an offline text document, and paste them in when called for by the uploader. Your individually submitted poems will be treated as a grouped manuscript once they have been submitted.

Submissions must not exceed 3 poems, and will be accepted only once per poet per calendar year. Poetry must be typed and single spaced (double spaces will be interpreted as blank lines). Include your name and address on each page of your submission.

Arc publishes reviews, interviews, and articles on poetry and poetry-related subjects. Please query first as Arc seldom considers unsolicited prose manuscripts; submit pitches or ideas, including a brief description and an estimate of anticipated length, along with samples of previously published work.

Arc does not publish fiction or drama.

Arc publishes a limited amount of artwork in black and white and in colour by a single artist or photographer in each issue, including on the front and back covers, and on up to eight inside pages. Please see for artwork submission guidelines.

Arc tries respond to unsolicited submissions of poetry, artwork, and article queries within four to six months. Arc can’t promise to respond to inquiries regarding the status of submissions before the completion of this editorial cycle.

Arc’s Writers’ Fees are as follows:

$50 per page for poetry or prose published in the magazine.

$50 per webpage for online reprints on the website.

$50 per column for How Poems Work (see guidelines for How Poems Work).

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review open for submissions

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Deadline: July 20, 2020


Please submit outwardly directed poetry that exhibits social, political, geographical, historical or spiritual awareness to Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

We are open to traditional and experimental forms from people of all backgrounds but aim to highlight historically unrepresented voices including people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, nonbinary or trans individuals, and people with disabilities.

Contributors to our journal are nominated for national contests including the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets.

Previous contributors to our journal have included: Cyrus Cassells, sam sax, Oliver de la Paz, Naomi Shihab-Nye, Jeffrey Bahr, Shara Lessley, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Kelle Groom, Khaled Mattawa, Siaraa Freeman, Alex Lemon and more.

Submitters can receive an annual subscription to Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review at the discounted rate of $15.

The theme for Issue 53 is: PROMISE 

From Faylita Hicks, Editor of BTPR: "I want poems that will speak to current issues including immigration, climate change, queer intersectionality, social justice, modern love, redefining joy, and international travel. I want the poems that excite you and challenge you; the poems that make you want to get up and change something about the world around you."

From Saúl Hernández, Managing Editor of BTPR: “I’m looking for poems that risk everything, in every word, line, and image. I want poems that speak about present issues: identity, borders, queerness, love, injustice, trauma, and hope. I want poems that are written with heart; the poems that move you and haunt you. Above all, I want poems that reinvent this world with words.”

Above all, we are interested in great poetry that moves us!

  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us if your poem(s) is accepted elsewhere.
  • We do not accept previously published work. 
  • Poetry submissions should be typed in Times Roman or Times New Roman 12pt font, single-spaced. (Note that bold-faced type cannot be reproduced. With rare exceptions, we do not double-space poems.)
  • Submit a maximum of three poems (3) that total no more than five (5) pages. 
  • All poems should be submitted in a single .pdf or .docx document of no more than five pages (5) and should NOT include the submitter's name/address/phone number.
  • Please only submit once per submission period. All submitters, whether chosen for the current issue or not, may apply again to the next issue. 

Please include a cover letter in the Submittable form with your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, and a brief (one-paragraph) bio. Please do not include your cover letter in the uploaded document.

Payment for having a poem(s) accepted is one contributor's copy of the issue in which your work will appear.

Storm Cellar submission guidelines

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Storm Cellar is a nationally distributed literary arts magazine rooted in the Midwest, appearing in print and ebook editions. This is a journal of safety and danger. We want your prose, poems, chimeras, and ideas penned on envelopes in buses and train cars. The magazine aims to publish amazing work by new and established writers and artists, present a range of styles and approaches, and be as un-boring as it can. If you write one thing to be read while waiting for the all-clear to sound, send it here.


Translations: We may print translations of very short works; translators are responsible for obtaining reprint rights as well as English-language rights, as we want to print the original side-by-side with your translation.

Creative Nonfiction:

Reviews: We will read reviews of pretty much anything(s) — and we mean anything(s) — if they are funny, or are (secretly?) essays.
Essays: We like lyric(-al) and narrative(-ish) essays, and wilder forms too. (See “The ‘F-Word’” in Gulf Coast 25.1.) We don’t think essays must be “personal”; we’re not opposed to items like this. On the other hand, footnoted academic studies and lit crit are right out.
Experimental and genre-bending works: Cool beans! (When mixing fiction with non-, mention that in a cover letter.)

What is creative nonfiction?

(1) What it says on the tin: please craft your work; please do not D’Agata your facts. (2) Narrative wants story-coherence, but we have a thing for formal play, collage effects, lists, hermit crabs, and other nonlinear methods. (3) Eula Biss, Sarah Manguso, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Audrey Petty, Zadie Smith; Monica Berlin, Judith Butler, Edwidge Danticat, Stephanie Dickinson, Joan Didion, Roxane Gay, Stephen J. Gould, José Angel Araguz, B.J. Hollars, Pico Iyer, Ben Langston, Amy Leach, Michael Martone, Ander Monson, Daniel Nester, Susan Orlean, George Orwell, Natania Rosenfeld, Sheryl St. Germain, Nicole Walker, David Foster Wallace, Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Flash: We’d love to find out what this is when you submit it.


(1) Stories that matter, stories you would make time to read even if you didn’t write them, even if Game of Thrones is on, even if you’re in the truck on the way to the hospital to deliver your second baby. (2) Something unique, something weird (whatever that means); narratives that tap deep human experience, or absolutely refuse universalization. (3) A great idea demands great execution, exposition is not action, stories need plot, the reader can think for herself. We prefer you cut to the chase and sink our battleship with beautiful sentences. We write too, and want to die a little of jealousy over your short pants stories.

Yes to stories with genre or fantastic elements — that is, even more fantastic than “magic realism.” We’ve published fables and a story with a dragon in it. We are not interested in merely genre work. Think Isaac Asimov’s “The Last Question,” Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box,” N.K. Jemisin, and Kelly Link. (We agree that “literary” names a genre, but you know what we mean.)

(1) Read a past issue. (2) We want to see invention. We get tired of pocket-size epiphanies and diary entries. Send us what surprised you when you wrote it. Something larger than itself. We want you to save our lives and blow our minds and eat us alive and keep us up at night, except without clichés. (3) Any form; we care about prosody, but we think rhyme and meter are hard. Narrative, lyric, post-whatever, partyknife — it’s all good. (Even anti-affect “conceptual poetry.”) We lurv, e.g., Cummings, C.D. Wright, Tranströmer, Bishop, Claudia Rankine, D.A. Powell, Jericho Brown, Jane Hirschfield, and Rae Armantrout. Recently, Sawako Nakayasu, Lo Kwa Mei-en, and Saeed Jones have blasted our socks off.
Art and Images: What have you got? We have standards, but no filters. Please remember: the print magazine is half-letter size, and the interior prints in black and white.

Stylistic fit: We don’t put a lot of stock in consistency for consistency’s sake, yet we have developed some tendencies over the years. You can order back issues from us (downloads are cheap). You’ll find samples, and some things to avoid, in our archive.

Submittable Submission Form

Send art/photos/images/graphic narrative anytime — any medium & style: upload up to 20 pages here, or email a gallery link. [See what we’ve printed.]

We’re actively seeking under-represented voices — especially people of color with a Midwest connection. We’d like to hear from more authors who are indigenous, gender-nonconforming, living off-grid, disabled, lgbq+, neuroatypical, border-straddling, poor, of trans* experience, algorithms, or women writing beyond patriarchy. (We are not particularly interested in the performance of suffering.)

We have been thinking about — global warming, Antifa + Black Bloc slashfic, rupture vs. rapture, Frankfurt’s type of bulls–t, Unhhhh, “weird fiction,” the boundaries of “Indian Country,” research poetry, Chicago public housing, Tangerine, N.K. Jemisin, The Obscene Bird of Night, giant burning heaps of cell phones in Guiyu, Link Wray’s ideal sound, Deep Dream, gardening under late capitalism, Her Body and Other Parties.

Incarcerated authors may mail submissions to 1901 St. Anthony Ave. St. Paul MN 55104. Include SASE or postcard for response.


Contact: correspondence to stormcellar { d o t } editor { a t } gmail; unsolicited submissions to the online submission manager.

Subscriptions: via Submittable (accepts PayPal & cards): print &/or ebook (US). Single issues here. Subscribers may always submit for free by email (within the guidelines below).

Physical artists & photographers: Hook it up! Or email thumbs. Pics of sculpture & performance are cool too.

The Midwest connection: We’re from here. Given two pieces of equal worthiness, one connected (however tenuously) to the Midwest & one not, choose the one with the connection. The area includes at least Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Winnipeg. We’re trying to be inclusive, not create a regional competitor to Southern Writing or Bed-Stuy Writing or whatever.

Submission size and number: Submit no more than four times per year, one submission at a time. Writing must be unpublished and not posted online; art may have been posted online by you, sold as prints, or covered journalistically, but not otherwise published/used commercially.

1 nonfiction or fiction up to 5000 words
4 flashes up to 1000 words each
5 poems up to 400 lines / 15 pages total
art/images/graphics: up to 20 pp.
hybrid works up to 15 pp.; pick a home genre & include some kind of explanation

Double-space prose.
Begin each poem or flash on a new page.
Cover letters are optional; keep them short and to the point, and include a bio of 50 words or fewer. We generally omit nomination/runner-up/finalist credits. Say something about where you’re from/at.
Evidence that you’ve read an issue or at least browsed the archive is always appreciated.
Contributors: please wait one year past publication before submitting again.

Further genre info below (mainly about what we think we want).

Simultaneous submissions: Yes, please. But if you don’t notify us upon acceptance elsewhere we will put a darck majyk hex on you. To withdraw part of a submission, add a note under the Activity tab within Submittable.

Fees: None for the first few hundred submissions each month, after which paid submissions are always open. Subscribers may always submit for free by emailing the editors, subject to the length guidelines above.

Reading period: Year-round. We will respond within 12 weeks, often more quickly. After three months, feel free to ask what’s up.

Payment: Big heart emojis forever, first of all! We now send a $10 honorarium to all contributors, beginning with issue 8.1, by PayPal/Venmo or money order.

We know it’s not much, but it is a token of our esteem and, we hope, something we can build on into the future. Flash contest winners receive their cash prizes by PayPal/Venmo or money order.

Copyright stuff: When an author or artist agrees to our offer of publication of a work, Storm Cellar thereby acquires worldwide first serial rights and limited, perpetual, nonexclusive, online rights. Submitters represent to us that they hold transferrable copyright for submitted works, and that those works meets our criteria above regarding previous publication status. We don’t use a formal contract, but rather make a “handshake agreement” regarding your work. Here are the terms:

Serial rights: until we publish your accepted work in our print and electronic editions, no one else may publish or republish it anywhere. We will publish both editions of each issue at the same time. We will construe this agreement to exclude, for works of art, rights over pre-existing re-publication agreements, and, for writing, to exclude agreements to publish as part of an omnibus of your work.
Online rights: we may include your accepted work in a message, or put it on our website as a freely readable/downloadable archive/feature/sample/promo/news-post/etc., whole or in part, now or in the future. We will construe this to allow use of images in such “messages” as social media avatars, profile header photos, or call-for-submissions posters. We will do our best to embed attribution in image exif data for art, and attribute written works visibly.
Serial rights revert to the author immediately upon publication, or when 18 months have passed, whichever is soonest.

We do not hold copyright for future anthologies/best-ofs, but we do consider ebook editions to be continuously “in print.”

Contributors kindly will acknowledge Storm Cellar as first publisher in all subsequent republication. Contributors grant us permission to send their accepted works to republication venues (such as Poetry Daily, Electric Literature, Best American …, etc.), and to awards (O. Henry, Pushcart, etc.).

Our privacy policy: (a) We won’t sell or give out your contact or personal information, in general. (b) But all communications are subject to publication. So don’t be a jerk.

Publication schedule: About every 5 months at the moment. We try not to accept work more than 12 months ahead; most acceptances go in the next-published issue.

“Constructive criticism”: We have a tiny, volunteer staff and many submissions. We simply will not respond to every submission with comment, let alone critique.

Do you tell everyone to submit again? Nope. If we tell you this, we mean it.

I don’t computer, can I mail stuff? Only if it’s bearer bonds.

Where have press/folks talked to/about you? Read reviews of SC 4.3, SC 4.1, SC 3.1 (superpowers), SC 2.2 (includes an interview), and SC 2.1. A Duotrope self-interview with the editors is here. The Managing Editor bluffed his way through “Six Questions For…” here. If you subscribe to the Sapling newsletter, we’re interviewed in #355. Another brief interview appears below the call here.

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