For Writers–Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions from the North Carolina Writer’s Network

Deadline: November 15
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $25
The Perugia Press Prize is for a First or Second Book by a Woman. Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. If you have hired Perugia Press editor Susan Kan for a personal manuscript review of any of your work, you are not eligible to enter. Individual poems many have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, and chapbooks of fewer than 48 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts are generally between 45 and 80 pages. To be certain that manuscripts receive the fairest consideration, all manuscripts are submitted to the judging panel anonymously.

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Deadline: December 1
Bellingham Review is a nonprofit literary arts magazine affiliated with Western Washington
University. Our yearly print edition is published in the spring. The editors welcome submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, author interviews, and black-and-white photography. There are no limitations on form or subject matter. Prose must be under 6,000 words.
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Deadline: December 1
The Blue Pen, the electronic literary magazine of the University of Alabama-Huntsville’s Charger Creative Writing group, is open to submissions of poetry, short fiction, art, and photography for its debut issue in spring 2013. We welcome any style or theme. Payment will be an electronic copy of your work as it appears in the publication.
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Deadline: December 1
The editors of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing founded in 2005, announce an open
submissions call for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our eighteenth issue, slated for publication in Winter 2012-2013. Recent contributors include Norman Dubie, Erika Meitner, Bruce Weigl, Robert Wrigley, Sandy Longhorn, Jim Daniels, Nin Andrews, Thorpe Moeckel, and E. Ethelbert Miller, among others.
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Deadline: December 15
Reverie: Midwest African American Literature is extending the submissions deadline for the 2013 annual issue until December 15, 2012. The special section for this issue is a dedication to Parneshia Jones and Samiya Bashir, co-winners of the 2012 Aquarius Press Legacy Award. For the deadline extension, we are only seeking work that pertains to Samiya Bashir and Parneshia Jones, particularly critical essays, personal accounts, and/or testimonies as well as book reviews of Samiya Bashir’s work. Established in 2007, Reverie is a journal devoted to featuring literature by African Americans with “ties” to the Midwest. Appearing in print and online editions, Reverie publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews.
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Deadline: January 15, 2013
Award: Publication
Editors William Wright and Michelle Wright are now considering submissions for Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women. Submissions are open to any woman writing southern gothic fiction. We invite work from gifted writers in any stage of their writing careers. When we use the term “southern gothic,” we do not refer to genre fiction, but textured literary works with southern gothic aspects, e.g. Faulkner, O’Connor, Welty, Nordan, Porter, early McCarthy, William Gay, etc. We do not consider “southern gothic” a static subgenre, but an amorphous, inclusive one—the only “rules” being that submitted fiction has to deal with the American South in some sense andthat the writing be “gothic,” that it orbits or involves—whether on a small or large level—something disruptive, transgressive, taboo, derelict, corrupt, tragic, and/or disturbing. Dark humor may also figure into the equation. Flash fiction, short stories, or self-contained short-story-length (up to 30 pp.) excerpts from novels are welcome.
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Deadline: January 31, 2013
Award: $1,200, publication, and 50 copies of book
Fee: $25 ($27 online)
Send between 48 and 84 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, 12 point type in an easily readable font like Arial or Times New Roman. Do not include Table of Contents in page count and print/submit on a letter size sheet of paper. No restriction on content style or subject—we’re looking for the best manuscript. Our goal is “blind” judging. Runners up also considered for publication.
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Deadline: October 12
Award: Exhibition at Queens University of Charlotte
Sponsored by The Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte in partnership with Gil Projects, Inc. and Queens’ Departments of Art and Foreign Languages and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Arte Latino Now seeks to highlight the exciting cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States. Theme: What does Latinidad mean to you? We invite artists who self-define as Latino and live and work in the United States to submit an original creative work in their medium of choice that illustrates their concept of the theme. Categories for consideration include: New Media, Visual Arts, Performing Arts (including dance, theater, music), and Creative Writing.
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Deadline: October 13
For the October issue, we will only be receiving submissions of poetry. There are no restrictions regarding theme, length, or style.
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Deadline: October 15
Award: $500 and excerpt published on website
Fee: $20
Any currently-available self-published fiction or nonfiction book or e-book is eligible. Final judge is Rick Rofihe, author of Father Must.
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Deadline: October 15
Call for submission: The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is looking for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism. From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show exactly where on the map our wide peer group has gone so far, and the distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines us. The book, which is an anthology of literary nonfiction, aims to draw readers through its vivid and transportive stories, told by the most adventurous and insightful of our group’s literary and raconteur peers. Examples of the types of stories we’re looking to include, are a Chicago native’s true story of four days spent stuck on a boat on the Amazon River, after the annual folkloric festival in Parintins; an American school teacher’s reportage from Cameroon, of a day spent dodging machete blades and hiding from the angry mob that overtook her campus after a controversial election; a Japanese New Yorker’s tale of one year spent tending bar at her aunt’s Tokyo nightclub and learning about the private lives and secrets of her mother’s extended family; and an asthmatic hedge fund analyst’s strident portrayal of his month-long trek through Central Asia from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp. The book will be released in January 2013, available in e-book and paperback.
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Deadline: October 15 / March 17, 2013
Award: Publication
The Santa Claws Contest is for aspiring fiction and creative non-fiction writers who have not professionally published. This contest covers two issues: the October Issue (horror / suspense) and the December Issue (holiday / fantasy). Submissions for the October Issue (horror / suspense) are now open. Please wait to submit holiday / fantasy material until after October 15. Liternational Editor’s will select the semi-finalists for publication and judging begins after the December Issue’s release. Winners will be announced on or before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17).
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Deadline: October 19
Award: Tuition, North Carolina Writers’ Network 2012 Fall Conference
Fee: None
The Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship will send a woman over fifty years-old to this year’s North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference. Blonnie Bunn Wyche, who passed away last spring, was a longtime, full-time elementary-school teacher who always had limited time to write. The recipient of The Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship will be a woman over 50, writing prose fiction, who has not yet published a book-length volume of fiction (although any number of published stories/excerpts are okay—and so are no publications at all).
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Deadline: October 19
Award: Tuition, North Carolina Writers’ Network 2012 Fall Conference
Fee: None
The Mary Belle Campbell Scholarships allow poets who teach to attend the annual North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference. These scholarships will honor the memory of the late Mary Belle Campbell and the legacy of her many contributions to North Carolina’s literary traditions. The application process will be open to those who teach full-time at the K-12, undergraduate, or postgraduate levels, and who have produced a significant amount of poetry. Teaching poets who live in North Carolina and adjacent states (VA, TN, GA, SC) will be eligible, but special consideration will be given to applicants from the Triangle area, as well as to Network members.
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Deadline: October 31
Award: Publication
The contest is open to any NCWN member residing in Chatham or Lee counties, and to any member of Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out. Any genre, any style on the theme “Halloween”. Length not to exceed 40 lines, single-spaced. This will be a blind judging.  The judges are all members of Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out, and are noted for their integrity, their scholarship, and their appreciation of the nuances of modern poetry. Besides that, they are very difficult to bribe. The winning entry will be published on our blog. Note:  The usual warning about publishing on a blog does apply.

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Deadline: October 31
The University of Nebraska Press is assembling a new military anthology of creative nonfiction. The goal is to tell the true military story from WWII to present, and from the points of view of veterans, active duty, military spouses, even children of vets who have been deeply affected by a parent’s service. Word count max for memoirs/essays is 4,000. Submit your best work as early as possible. This collection will include new writers with emerging and established ones. As the editor, I’ll be particularly swayed by work with a strong voice, deep self-reflection, and solid scene development.
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Deadline: October 31
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $25
The competition is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies. Entries of 50–84 pages of original poetry will be accepted. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Translations and multi-authored collections are not eligible.
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Deadline: October 31
Award: $50, publication, 25 contributor copies
Fee: $9 (all entrants receive copy of winning chapbook)
Standing Rock Cultural Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural arts and education organization in Kent, Ohio is holding its third annual SRCA Poetry Chapbook Competition. Guest judges will be Lynne Albert, John Dorsey , and Allen Hines. Editor Tina Puckett may judge in the finalist round. Entries are blind and the guest judges will be blind judging entries.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: $250 and publication
Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
The Women’s National Book Association is a dynamic organization of women and men across the broad spectrum of writing and publishing. Membership includes Editors, Publishers, Literary Agents, Professors, Academics, Librarians, Authors, Book Sellers, and many others involved in the world of books. After years of celebrating published authors, extraordinary book women and others in the field, we have decided it is time to celebrate emerging writers. Please send only your highest caliber work. Fiction: 2,500 word limit–may be a short story, or a stand-alone excerpt from a novel in progress. Poetry: 35 line limit–or one page double spaced. Previously unpublished work only.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: $50 / $25 / $15
Fee: $10
Calling all fans of fantasy!  The Center for Writing Excellence is seeking short story submissions for its Fall Genre-Writing Contest.  Our current genre is “Fantasy Fiction,” and in order to increase the odds of winning and getting your story published in C4WE’s anthology, we are accepting only the first 50 entries!  The competition is open to all writers, new and experienced. Each story must have a minimum of 1,500 words and a maximum of 2,000 words. Any story that falls outside these word limits will be eliminated from the competition.
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Deadline: November 1
Durham-based Inch Magazine seeks micro-memoir. Our theory is, if life is too short, as most agree it is, you shouldn’t need more than 700 words. Pays three copies.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $20
Coal Hill Review publishes fine poetry online and as chapbooks. Submission should consist of 10-15 pages, either as a long poem or a group of poems. Previously published poems ok. Final Judge: Michael Simms, founder and editor-in-chief.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $20 (includes 1-year subscription)
Sponsored by the Tampa Review for a previously unpublished work of short fiction, 500-5,000 words. All entries considered for publication.
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Deadline: November 1
The Helix, Central Connecticut State University’s acclaimed literary journal, is looking for new work for its Fall 2012 issue. Please submit any poems, prose or artwork via the Submissions Manager at their redesigned website.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: The winning entry will be performed at special reception
Fee: $11
The Fountainhead Bookstore is pleased to announce the second annual Fiction Contest. This year, the assigned theme is “Family Gatherings.” The contest is open for submissions up to 2,500 words in length until November 1 and a winner will be announced on December 1. Last year’s contest winner, Noelle Mckay, had the honor of having her story “Ungrateful Child” performed by actress Stephanie Orr during a special reception at the bookstore. For 2012, the winning entry will be performed at a reception that will take place in January 2013.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: $1000, publication (each genre)
Fee: $15
We award $1,000 each in fiction and poetry for winning submissions. Our annual contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of the University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction entries should be short stories of 8,000 words or less; poetry entries should be three poems totaling 10 pages or less. There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
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Deadline: November 1
Award: $1000, publication, reading at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014
Fee: $20
The deadline has been extended for the 2013 Annual Split This Rock Poetry Contest: Poems of Provocation & Witness, now in its 6th year. Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. This theme can be interpreted broadly and may include but is not limited to work addressing politics, economics, government, war, leadership; issues of identity (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, disability, body image, immigration, heritage, etc.); community, civic engagement, education, activism; and poems about history, Americana, cultural icons. This year’s contest will be judged by Mark Doty.
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Deadline: November 7
Award: $500 /$50, publication, contributor copies, and Flyway hat
Notes from the Field is a nonfiction contest celebrating writing about experience—whether that be abroad, on a familiar sidewalk, in one’s line of work, in a field of interest, or in the most unexpected of times and settings. We are open to writing about many kinds of experience, and while we are not strictly looking for essays about solely about place or with an environmental focus, as always, we look for work that keeps the tension of surroundings in mind. Submit one (1) essay of non-fiction of up to five thousand words. Essay must be author’s own work and previously unpublished. Featuring guest judge, travel and nonfiction writer Rolf Potts.
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Deadline: November 10
Label Me Latina/o is an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The journal invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. Interviews of Latino authors will also be considered. The Co-Directors will publish creative works and interviews in English, Spanish, or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish. Scholarly submissions should be between 12-30 pages in length and should follow the MLA Style Manual. Creative poetry, essays, and short fiction should not exceed 30 pages, 12-point font, double-spaced.
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Deadline: November 13
Award: $100 / $50/ $25 / Honorable Mentions
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Includes articles and essays on any subject, and any informational piece that is not a fictional
story, novel, play or poem. Open to North Carolina and South Carolina residents. Line/Word Count: 750-2,000 words.
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Deadline: November 13
Award: $500 Judge’s Selection Award
Open to Interpretation brings together photographers and writers in an exciting and innovative book project that has never been done before. Each book begins with a themed call for photos. The chosen photos become the literary inspiration for the writers’ submissions. A book is created that matches each winning photo with two stories or poems that offer different interpretations of the image.
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Deadline: November 15
The Atlas Review is a new literary magazine comprising poetry, fiction, essay, and art, slated to print twice a year. We are currently accepting work for Issue #1. We look for work that astounds us, that resists category and clique, and represents diversity, range, and new kinds of intelligence. To ensure that we give your work is due time and attention, we use an anonymous submission system as our main source for gathering work; otherwise, we’ll solicit writers we feel communicate a desired aesthetic for a given issue. Our idea is to create a kinetic energy between the well-known and the lesser known in one space.
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Deadline: November 15
Award: $100 and publication
Fee: None
Mixed Fruit is pleased to announce the Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose, a writing contest that will present one winning writer with a $100 award and publication in our first print issue, to be published in early 2013. The Carson Prize is open to all writers in all genres. We’ll read work from established or emerging authors. We welcome submissions from writers of any nationality. As with our general submissions, we will judge entries on merit alone–all submissions should exclude names or any other identifying information. This contest is free to enter–there is no reading fee whatsoever. We welcome entrants to submit up to five poems of any length or up to two prose pieces (8,000 words or less per piece). If you feel that your submission blurs the line between prose and poetry, select one of the categories and we assure you it will be passed on to the appropriate editors.
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Deadline: November 15
Award: $500 / workshop production / DVD, playbill, and reviews
Selected script(s) will receive a workshop production by the 3rd Stage Theatre Company. Plays or musicals will be considered by North Carolina residents and students and members of the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum. Plays under 60 pages will not be considered. Connected one-acts from the same author are accepted and should be submitted as one script. Manuscripts should be an original play (no adaptations) and unpublished. Submissions that have received an AEA production are not eligible. If previously produced, please include a past production history.
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Deadline: November 15
Award: $1,500, travel accommodations, VIP festival access, public reading, publication
Fee: $25
This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include self-published books with ISBN numbers. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible. Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
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Deadline: November 29
Award: Varies
Fee: Varies
The Poetry Council of North Carolina has opened submissions for its 60th year of poetry contests. Contest categories for adults include the Oscar Arnold Young Poetry Book Award, the Charles Shull Traditional Poetry Award, the James Larkin Pearson Award for Free Verse, the Gladys Owings Hughes Family Heritage Award, and the Ellen T. Johnston-Hale Light Verse Award. Award categories for elementary, middle, and high school students in NC are also open for submission. Youth categories have no submission fee, and awards range from $10 to $25.
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Deadline: November 30
Award: See below
Fee: $20 (members) / $25 (non-members)
Submit a memoir of 4,000 words or less. Multiple entries are accepted. All work must be unpublished. Awards for all contest: First Place—your choice of a 3 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B, 3 free workshops, or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff; Second Place—2 night stay at our B&B or 2 free workshops or 50 pages line-edited; Third Place—1 free workshop or 25 pages line-edited; 10 Honorable Mentions. Sponsored by the Writers’ Workshop of Asheville.
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Deadline: November 30
Barely South Review is looking for literary fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art that moves us. We keep an eye out for works which reinterpret and energize perspectives on or notions of space and borders—be they rigid, precarious, liminal, transcendent, transgressive, provocative, or porous.
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Deadline: December 1
We seek personal stories about trauma for an anthology. Trauma is defined widely, including witnessing and/or experiencing a traumatic event or events during genocide, war, sexual violence, domestic violence, race/gender/religious/sexual orientation-based violence, childhood abuse, natural catastrophes and more. The focus of the stories can be on describing traumatic events, exploring the impacts of trauma, coping, comparing life before the trauma with life after traumatic events, healing, and living with the after-effects of trauma. Submissions must tell a compelling personal story. Theoretical, literary, psychological and political analyses are appropriate for this anthology if they supplement a well-written personal experience. By sharing a diversity of stories, the editors expect to illuminate similarities among trauma survivors despite obvious differences of geography, culture, age, gender, and type of trauma. At an art workshop for survivors of violence and genocide, we noticed that survivors of genocides in Europe, Africa and Asia as well as sexual violence in the U.S. discovered profound connections with each other across boundaries. This anthology is inspired by the post-trauma commonalities experienced by survivors. We are looking for personal stories which examine impacts of traumatic experiences with significant literary merit. Previously published work is permissible but new work is much preferred. Word Limit: 3,500 word limit preferred. Longer pieces will be considered but are less likely to be accepted.
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Deadline: December 1
Award:  $500, publication, and 25 contributor copies
Fee: $25
The contest is open to writers who have already published books as well as those for whom this is a first book. The winning writer will receive 25 copies from a press run of 250. Submissions accepted May 1, 2012 to December 1, 2012. Manuscript must contain between 30,000-70,000 words. Publisher: Evening Street Press.
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Deadline:  November 15
Spry Literary Journal is currently looking for submissions for its inaugural issue, which will be published in December 2012. We envision Spry as a literary journal that features undiscovered and established writers’ concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just-plain-vulnerable writing. We see this as a place for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure – for people whose words and rhythms are spry. We accept all short forms of writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and we also challenge you to write sparsely (under 750 words) through our Flash category. Submissions requested in all genres, and simultaneous submissions welcome. We have a strict blind submissions policy, and only accept writing through our submissions manager.
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Deadline: December 3
The editors of Tapestry, the annual literary magazine of Delta State University, welcome poetry submissions that focus on the Mississippi Delta or small-town southern life.
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Deadline: December 10
Award: $1,000, publication, 50 contributor copies
Fee: $25
Manuscripts read anonymously. Distribution by SUNY Press. Submit 20-30 pages of poetry, acknowledgments, table of contents, and additional cover page.
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Deadline: December 15
We are looking for well-crafted poetry, and black and white art. Send us your art, your poetry, and even your art that goes with your poetry, and all you have poured into it! We want to hear from everyone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t published before, or if you are an old pro. It doesn’t matter to us how many galleries you have hung in. We just want great work that makes us feel what you are expressing. We will be reading for our Winter 2012 issue until Dec.15, however we read year-round. Our Winter featured poet is Liz Ahl!
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Deadline: December 15
Award: $200 and publication
Fee: $15
Now accepting online submissions of 1-3 poems or 1 story 1,500-8,000 words. All contest entries will be considered for honorable mention prizes (includes publication) as well.
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Deadline: December 21
Award: Between $5 and $50 plus publication
Calling all Road Warriors: Issue nine of Workers Write!, tentatively titled “Tales from the Concrete Highway,” will contain stories and poems from the driver’s point of view. We’re looking for fiction from taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs, truck drivers, delivery drivers, and couriers, forklift operators…anyone who uses a wheeled vehicle for work (even pit crews and stunt drivers).
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Deadline: December 31
Award: $500, trophy, and publication on Anderbo.com
For an unpublished short story (minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words). Judged by Rick Rofihe. Ninth year!
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Deadline: December 31
Award: Publication and several multimedia prizes
Marco Polo seeks creative nonfiction and will publish the best 100 entries. Your nonfiction must be no longer or shorter than 500 words, title excluded. Break out of the mold and surprise us and yourself. Top prize winner will receive a hardcover edition of Under The Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981: a journal; and a DVD, probably an awesome French film. Deadline: December 31 with selected entries published before and after the deadline. Winning work and all published and remaining selected work to be announced January 2013.
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Deadline: December 31
Award: Publication
Vishnu Temple Press, in collaboration with editor Rick Kempa, is seeking well-crafted essays for an anthology that captures the experience of hiking in the Grand Canyon. We are interested in writing that conveys the sights and sounds, the texture and spirit of that place, and the richness of your immersion. We are open to all kinds of approaches, including writing that depicts the sensory experience of a Canyon hike ; close encounters with flora and fauna, rock and water ; the specifics of particular places ; interactions with other humans, present or past ; adventures and discoveries ; physical and psychological challenges, and their surmounting ; and  new or renewed perspectives that arise from a Canyon immersion. No poetry or fiction please.
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Deadline: December 31
Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature, seeks works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by women from around the globe, exploring themes of social, civic, and political life and responsibility.
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Deadline: December 31
Award: $25 / $15 / Honorable Mentions (each genre)
Fee: $6 (fiction or nonfiction) / $4 (per poem) or $10 (for 3 poems)
Categories are short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Each entry must be an original work previously unpublished in a paid publication. Poetry may be in any form, on any subject, not longer than 40 lines. Short fiction and creative nonfiction word limit is 3,000 words. Material of explicit sexual nature is discouraged. Entries that have placed first or second in last two years are not eligible.
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Deadline: January 1, 2013
South Loop Review publishes essays and memoir, lyric and experimental forms, non-linear narratives, blended genre, photography, and art. We look for personal essays and memoir with fresh voices and new takes on presentation and form. We publish established and emerging authors. Please note that we do not publish work longer than fifteen manuscript pages or work that has been previously published.
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Deadline: January 1, 2013
Award: $1,000
Fee: $10
Please submit poems written in the “spirit of Robert Frost” (whatever you feel that may be). Prior published work may be submitted; for all work submitted to the Robert Frost Foundation, you retain copyright and the Robert Frost Foundation will request your permission if we choose to publish your work on our web site or in other foundation publications.
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Deadline: January 7, 2013
Award: $300 / $200 and invitation to Symposium
Fee: $15
Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year categories will feature fiction and poetry. The contest is open to writers who meet at least two of the following criteria: currently live in the South; are natives of the South; write about the South. Additionally, writers must have not yet published a full-length volume in the genre that they are entering. For example, writers are still eligible for the emerging fiction writers contest if published in volume form in nonfiction or poetry. Manuscripts of fiction considered: up to 5,000 words, typed and double-spaced. Poetry considered: a single poem, or up to five to be counted as a group, typed. Entry must not have been previously published in any form. Entry must not have previously won recognition in any other contest. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.
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Deadline: January 15, 2013
Award: $1,000 / $250 and publication
Fee: $20
Send 1-3 poems any style, any theme, any length. First Prize includes publication by Asheville Poetry Review and a featured reading at the nationally acclaimed Malaprop’s Bookstore. Second and third receive publication and reading at Malaprop’s. All submissions will be considered for publication. Final judging will be “blind.”
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Deadline: January 21, 2013
Award: $2,000 / Runner Up / Honorable Mentions
Fee: $50
The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in publishing. Awards are open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.) Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Categories include Art, Poetry, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction.
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Deadline: February 1, 2013
Hub City Writers Project is returning to the holiday theme for a second volume, tentatively titled Hub City Christmas Volume 2, and we’re seeking essay submissions from Spartanburg writers. Essays can be on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, snow, events, people, traditions, or nostalgia. They can be funny or touching. Any way you can tell a story that preserves a holiday memory in Spartanburg. The book will be edited by John Cribb and Kari Jackson. Essays need to be in the first person and set in Spartanburg during the holidays. They must be 1,000 words or less.
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Deadline: February 15, 2013
Award: $1,000 / $500 and publication consideration
Fee: $10
The Boiler Journal invites you to put yourself and the audience under pressure and submit to our First Annual 500 Flash Fiction Challenge! This year’s genre will be Fiction. Write a good piece in 500 words or less. and you’ll be able to pat yourself on the back, knowing you did something worthwhile and get paid for your sweet effort. We have published flash fiction from Jillian Grant Lavoie, T Kira Madden, Marina Rubin, Caru Cadoc, Justine Haus, and others.
Deadline: February 15, 2013
Born to be wild? Seeking women with telltale stories of that extraordinary era for: Times They Were A-Changing: Women’s Memoirs of the 60s and 70s. Contest prizes and publication opportunities (2,500 words max).
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Deadline: February 20, 2013
Western Press Books is now accepting poems, stories, and creative nonfiction for the next anthology in our series, Manifest West.  This year we’re calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme of the contemporary cowboy (or cowpoke, if one wishes to use the gender-neutral term). In addition to focusing on the cowpoke in all her/his glory, remember that our anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor, so that element should be present in your ubmission. Please send one submission per author at a time. We will accept up to five poems, as well as essays or stories up to 7,000 words. We will also consider previously published works, but prefer unpublished pieces.
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Deadline: Last day of every month
Award: Publication
Fee: $8
Darker Times Fiction is host to a monthly short story competition open to UK and international writers. We accept stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of “darker times.” While we focus on horror stories, we also accept entries linked to the theme of “darker times” in other ways; we encourage writers to be as creative as they like! The competition closes on the last day of each month at midnight GMT and winners and runners up will be announced on the 5th of the next month. Any entries received after midnight on the last day of the month will be put into the next month’s competition. The winner will receive a percentage of the money raised by entry fees, a minimum of $24, plus they will get their short story published in one of our Darker Times Horror Anthologies, released as an e-book and paperback through Amazon. Runners up and honorable mentions will not receive a cash prize but they will get their story published in an anthology, and all anthologies will include a short bio of all the writers featured. All stories will also be published on the Darker Times Fiction website with their author bio and a link to their website/blog; we want to promote new writers as much as we can!
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Durham-based Backbone Poetry Journal seeks submissions of poetry (any style, any length) written by ethnic writers. We are a new but gutsy press and our goal is to provide a publishing venue for underrepresented authors whose work my not otherwise find recognition. We are also a progressive press, interested in political, gritty, and invocative poetry.
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Chocorua Review now accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
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Community Works Journal online magazine is looking for stories, essays, and reflections on learning experiences grounded in the local community and we need your help. Appropriate articles may be K-16 or community based.

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At LiteraryLink we are dedicated to finding new talented authors and to providing audiences for their work. This is not an idle promise. We actively search out new authors and constantly seek new audiences from areas all over the country to read their work. We encourage our readers to experience these authors via download and to savor their work. We want our authors to develop a real connection to their readers and we hope this connection becomes a following. Seeking fiction, poems, creative nonfiction.
Please submit poems to Bill Griffin (of the North Carolina Poetry Society and other poetic fame), who is looking for poems in a new-but-quite-familiar Southern form: The Southern Sentence Poem. He is also requesting additional suggestions for descriptions, rules, and names for the form, and he hopes to receive enough qualifying poems to create a new online page, blog, or site. Together, we can make this happen.
This new anthology will be a collection of personal non-fiction stories written by individuals 18 years and older. We are looking for humorous and inspiring stories and if they have an edge and are different, even better. No death/dying or sad stories here. The Not Your Mother’s Book (NYMB) series will be targeted at adults and, as such, language and situations can be PG-13 or TV-14; anything that is broadcast on network television is fair game for this series.
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Prime Mincer Literary Journal began in Fall of 2010, releasing its first issue in the Spring of 2011. In 2013 Prime Mincer Press will begin publishing fiction and poetry titles. We are actively seeking submissions of book-length manuscripts for the press. Our tastes our the same as for the journal-we’re open to most anything except straight genre and we love good, straight-forward literary fiction.

The Eva Perry Regional Library in Apex has approached the Apex Arts Council to collaborate on monthly author presentations at the library. Previous quarterly events have had great success, and now we’re looking to expand! Not only would you have the opportunity to do a reading, presentation, and/or Q&A, the library will also permit us to do back-of-room sales of our books. (This is unprecedented, by the way.) The AAC will happily provide staff for that so don’t let not having a minion stop you from participating! In the past these events have been held on Saturdays, but there may be weeknights scheduled to accommodate folks as well. There will probably be some themes involved (for example, horror/ghost stories during October), and we’ll make the announcements about themes and schedules as more info comes available. You do not have to be a Wake County or Apex resident to participate.
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Award: $250 and publication
Fee: $3
Each month Unmanned Press publishes an original short work of literary fiction by an emerging and/or underserved writer that exhibits literary skill, sharpness, and originality. Selected writers are awarded $250, electronic publication, and an author interview.  If you think your storytelling is up to snuff, please follow our guidelines with care.
Our company is testing a product in which a person tells their life’s story and can have it bound. We are engaging writers to meet in person with the “storyteller” and gather the information for their life story. For the pilot, you will meet the storyteller at an independent living facility in the Winston-Salem/Triad area. We envision it taking 2-3 visits during which you chat and record the sessions. Then bring the stories to life through your writing skills. We expect the book to be 6-20 pages, including photos.  The project must be completed by September 20. While we have a series of formats and prompting questions, we want the writer to engage with the storyteller and use their narrative skills to reflect the character and spirit of the storyteller.
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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by reinventingerin on October 16, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing about Spry’s current reading period. I did want to indicate that our reading period actually closes 11/15/2012, not Dec 1. But thank you again for sharing. We appreciate it!

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