New Submission Calls from NC Writers’ Network

NEW! STORY CUBES FICTION CONTEST: ECCENTRIC CHAI
Deadline: August 4
Eccentric Chai, the blog of all trades, is hosting a “Story Cubes” fiction contest! Piece may be a flash fiction story (no more than 700 words) or a short story (no more than 2500 words). You must incorporate EVERY PICTURE from the cubes into your work. There is no rule for genre (sci-fi, literary, romance, etc.), do whatever genre you like. ONE entry per person.

NEW! NEWFOUND ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

Deadline: August 15
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $17
Newfound: An Inquiry of Place seeks submissions for its annual poetry contest. Ten finalists will be announced, and all poems will be considered as a general submission. Submit three to five unpublished poems. Judge: Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

NEW! E-CHAPBOOK ANTHOLOGY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 31
Wordrunner eChapbooks publishes four online collections annually of fiction, poetry, or memoir, each featuring one author, and the occasional multi-authored, themed anthology. Submissions are open for the fall 2013e-chapbook anthology. The theme is WORK (or the lack of it). Submit one to three poems, or up to three flash fictions or personal narratives (500 to 1,500 words each), or one short story, novel or memoir excerpt (to 5,000 words). Please no résumés or detailed job descriptions. An exploration of how work works on lives and relationships should be the unifying feature of the story, narrative, or poem. There is no fee to submit. Token payment (varies).

NEW! DOUG FIR FICTION AWARD

Deadline: September 3
Award: $1,000, residency, publication, manuscript review
Fee: $15
Bear Deluxe Magazine Presents: The Doug Fir Fiction Award, Every Story Begins Somewhere. The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines. Award Judge (2012-13): Lidia Yuknavitch.

NEW! BEST OF THE NET ANTHOLOGY OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: September 30
SundressPublications is excited to announce that submissions are open for the eighth volume of the Best of the Net Anthology! The internet continues to be a rapidly evolving medium for the distribution of new and innovative literature, and the Best of the Net Anthology aims to nurture the relationship between writers and the web. In our first seven years of existence, the anthology has published distinguished writers such as Claudia Emerson, B.H.Fairchild, Ron Carlson, Dorianne Laux, and Jill McCorkle alongside numerous new and emerging writers from around the world.

NEW! PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Prime Number Magazine is open for submissions! We are looking for work in ALL GENRES: creative nonfiction (up to 5,000 words); flash nonfiction (up to 750 words); fiction (up to 5,000 words); flash fiction (750 words); poetry of any length or style; book reviews and interviews (query Books editor first). A Press 53 publication.

NEW! REVOLUTION HOUSE MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The editors of Revolution House Magazine are currently reading submissions of poetry, nonfiction, short stories, flash fiction, and graphic stories for issue 3.1, due late summer/early fall 2013. This issue’s creative nonfiction is also guest edited by Silas Hansen, formerly of The Journal, whose work is forthcoming or has appeared in such publications as The Normal School, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Slate. Hansen welcomes “essays that wrestle with complexity and ask questions without answers.” Revolution House doesn’t care if you have a hundred publication credits or if this is your first attempt. Send us your poems, your stories, your moments of shining truth, and we will treat them as we want our own to be treated: with respect and compassion. Send us the work that moves you, for better or worse.

SIXFOLD POETRY AND PROSE AWARDS
Deadline: July 24
Award: $1,000 / $200 / $100 and publication
Fee: $6
For three short stories and three sets of poems. Sixfold is a completely writer-voted journal: all participating writers’ equally weighted votes act as the editor, instead of a judge or board. Voting selects winners and all short stories and poems published.

ANTHOLOGY SEEKS POEMS/ESSAYS ABOUT LGBTIQ LIFE IN SOUTH
Deadline: July 31
Sibling Rivalry Press seeks poetry and creative nonfiction submissions for The Queer South, an anthology scheduled for publication in September, 2014. The anthology, edited by Douglas Ray, will be the first-ever to explore and celebrate Dixie’s queer culture in essays and poetry. Whether your roots are in the South, you spent some time there, you had an unforgettable encounter at a Mardi Gras ball in the Reagan Era, or you staged an impromptu drag show in Talladega after a NASCAR race, your submissions are welcome. This anthology will build on the shoulders of Capote, McCullers, and Williams (among others) and show that queer culture has, does, and will flourish in the red states south of the Mason-Dixon. Submit up to four previously unpublished poems or one essay of no more than 5,000 words.

THE BLUE LIGHT POETRY PRIZE AND CHAPBOOK CONTEST
Deadline: July 31
Award: $100 and 50 contributor copies
Fee: $10
The editors of Blue Light Press warmly invite you to submit a manuscript to our Blue Light Poetry Prize Competition. Manuscripts should be 10 to 24 pages. The winner will be published by Blue Light Press.

COLONY COLLAPSE PRESS 2013 NOVELLA PRIZE
Deadline: July 31
Award: $300, publication, and 20 complimentary copies
Fee: $10
Colony Collapse Press will award a prize for the best novella, as judged by our editorial
board. 15,000 words minimum and 50,000 words maximum per each individual submission. These pages must comprise a single work of fiction or novella-length narrative nonfiction. Portions of the manuscript may have been previously published, but the manuscript, as a whole must be unpublished and must be available for exclusive book-length publication by Colony Collapse Press. Previously self-published works are not eligible.

NARRATIVE MAGAZINE SPRING 2013 STORY CONTEST
Deadline: July 31
Award: $2,500 / $1,000 / $500 / $100
Fee: $22
Our spring contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

POEMS BY RUNNERS ANTHOLOGY
Deadline: July 31
Bearers of Distance, an anthology published by Eastern Point Press and edited by Jenn Monroe and Martin Elwell, will feature work written by poets who run. All contributors must current or former runners. Please (briefly) describe your running history in your cover note. Poems should be inspired by running but do not need to be “about” running. For example, use running as a metaphor, or describe something seen while out on a run. Please submit no more than five (5) poems. While we are most interested in new work, previously published work will be considered if the author holds the rights. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain all information needed to credit the original publisher. After covering the cost of publication, 50 percent of all sales will go to The One Fund to support victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  Because this project is founded with charitable intentions, contributors will not receive free copies. Instead, all contributors will be encouraged to buy a copy of the book–most likely at a discount during a pre-sale–to help support the cause.

TOURING THEATRE OF NORTH CAROLINA SEEKS POETRY/PROSE
Deadline: July 31
The Touring Theatre of North Carolina is seeking poetry or prose written by veterans, their family members, and anyone now in service. Joseph Bathanti, the Poet Laureate of North Carolina in conjunction with the North Carolina Arts Council, and in collaboration with Brenda Schleunes, the Producing Artistic Director of the Touring Theatre of North Carolina, are creating a production featuring the writings of veterans and those considered family of veterans.  Ms. Schleunes is developing a compilation of these writings that will be presented in a Reader’s Theatre format entitled DEPLOYED.  Professional actors will read the poetry and prose in a Touring Theatre of North Carolina production in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November  8, 9, 15 and 16, 2013. After the November premier, TTNC will have the production available for bookings to tour the state of North Carolina. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the written work of those in service, veterans and their families, and to shine a spotlight on veterans and their writing initiatives around the state.

TRIO HOUSE PRESS OPEN READING PERIOD
Deadline: July 31
Fee: $20
Trio House Press proudly announces its 2013 Open Reading Period. We are calling for full-length manuscripts (48-70 pages) from both new and experienced poets. We are an environmentally conscious press and only accept manuscripts through our online submissions manager on our web page.

CONSTANCE ROOKE CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE
Deadline: August 1
Award: $1,000 CAD
Fee: $40 (US residents–includes 1-yr subscription to The Malahat Review)
Enter a work of creative nonfiction (personal essay, memoir, cultural criticism, nature writing, or literary journalism) between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length. Judge: John Vaillant.

FAIRY TALE REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 1
The tenth anniversary issue of Fairy Tale Review, now housed at Wayne State University Press but still edited by founder Kate Bernheimer, is open to submissions for The Emerald Issue. Contributors to past issues of Fairy Tale Review include Aimee Bender, Lydia Millet, Donna Tartt, Jack Zipes, and many others. Work from Fairy Tale Review has been selected for inclusion in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, Best New American Voices, Best American Fantasy, and listed as “Notable” in Best American Short Stories. Seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, scholarship, research, artwork that imaginatively explores Oz ephemera; from creative retellings/revisions of the Oz tales (whether the literary series or the classic film, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014) to work inspired/influenced by all the many things that make up the Wizard’s Oz and Dorothy’s Kansas. We have a particular interest in a green interpretation: work that references the environment and the role of nature (from cyclones to gemstones). In keeping with Fairy Tale Review’s open aesthetic, your work may be in any style and form, and the path it takes down that famed Emerald Road may be literal or enigmatic. Translations welcome. The Emerald Issue will be co-edited by Kate Bernheimer, Founder and Editor of Fairy Tale Review, and Timothy Schaffert, who Guest Edited 2011’s The Brown Issue, from which work was selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.

THE QUOTABLE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 1
The Quotable is currently open for submissions. The theme for Issue 11 is “Memory.” “Memory…is the diary that we all carry about with us”(Oscar Wilde). Flash fiction (under 1,000 words);  short fiction (under 3,000 words); creative nonfiction (under 3,000 words); poetry – 3 submissions per reading period. We accept only original unpublished work.

LOVE + LUST JURIED WRITING COMPETITION
Deadline: August 6
Award: $500 and publication
Fee: $15 (first submission) / $10 (each additional)
Open to Interpretation is now calling on writers to submit work for consideration in a juried book competition. Open to Interpretation is a collaborative book project bringing together photographers, poets and writers. 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. The unique collaboration adds new dimensions to both the photos and the written word. The photographers sent us their images and interpretations of Love + Lust. Now it’s your turn to use the images to inspire your words. Your poems and stories may include the literal description of the work, personal memories, metaphorical associations, or your mood inspired by the image.  Poetry, flash fiction, narrative, ekphrastic poetry, short story, memoir, non-fiction, song lyrics, myth, tall tale or fairy tale – all genres are acceptable. The final judge is Dorianne Laux.

FLASH FICTION ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 15
International flash anthology: We’re looking for stories under 750 words for Flash Fiction International, due from distinguished publisher W.W. Norton in 2014. We generally prefer recent, previously published work (recent=within the last ten years or so), but we will also consider unpublished submissions. The stories must be in English, originally or in translation. Limit of 3 stories. Editors for the Norton Sudden and Flash Fiction book series, James Thomas and Robert Shapard, are joined by Chris Merrill, director of the U of Iowa International Writing Program.

2013 LINDA FLOWERS AWARD
Deadline: August 15
Award: $500, publication, support toward residency
Fee: None
The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2013 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories. The Council will award the author of the winning entry a cash prize of $500, publication in the Humanities Council’s biannual magazine North Carolina Conversations, and support towards a weeklong writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

MINERVA RISING CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 15
Award: Small stipend, contributor copy
Fee: $15
Minerva Rising Literary Journal seeks short stories, essays, poetry, creative nonfiction, original prints, graphics arts, and photographs for their next issued themed “Mothers”.

TUPELO QUARTERLY INAUGURAL POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: August 15
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $20
Tupelo Press has launched a new online literary magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and with it an inaugural poetry contest: the winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the first issue of Tupelo Quarterly. The prize is currently open for submissions of one to five stunning, unpublished poems of any style or sensibility. Ilya Kaminsky will judge. All finalists will be considered for publication.

MID-SOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL CONTEST
Deadline: August 26
Award: Publication
Fee: $10
Submit to 34 different poetry award categories in anticipation of the Mid-South Festival, October 5, 2013, in Memphis, TN. All poems must be original and unpublished (except those entered in contest #2). Unless otherwise specified, a poem may be on any subject, in any form, and no longer than 40 lines. Please count lines carefully as rules are strictly applied. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee.

SEVEN HILLS AND PUNUMBRA WRITING CONTESTS
Deadline: August 30
Award: $100/$75/$50 (prose and poetry) / $50 /$35 / $20 (haiku) and publication
Fee: $6 (members) / $8 (non-members)
The Seven Hills Literary Contest is in its nineteenth year. Penumbra is in its twenty-seventh year. Winners are published in the Seven Hills Review the following year, usually by the end of January. We regularly nominate outstanding pieces for the Pushcart Prize consideration. All judging is blind by professional, published authors. Short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and children’s picture books (text only) are the categories for prose competition. There are also poetry and haiku categories.

BACKBONE PRESS CALL FOR CHAPBOOKS
Deadline: August 31
Fee: $5
Backbone Press is now accepting chapbook submissions, no more than 18-24 pages in length. Broad, cultural, forward: we welcome submissions from emerging and established writers.

NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 31
Call for submissions for the 2014 issue special feature section on North Carolina Literature and War. Although we will consider Civil War literature, we are particuarly interested in NC literature that deals with other wars, from the Revolutionary War to the current conflicts in the Middle East.

STEMS JOURNAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 31
Stems Journal is now accepting submissions for our debut issue. Stems is looking for writing and visual art inspired and challenged by science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.

TECHNOCULTURE CALL FOR “RETRO” SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: August 31
Award: $650 scholarship to Wildacres Writers Workshop
Technoculture is an independent annual peer-reviewed journal publishing both critical and creative works that explore the ways in which technology impacts this (or any) society, with a broad definition of technology. We seek creative works that use new media and/or are on the subject of technology, and essays from a broad a range of academic disciplines that focus on cultural studies of technology. Essays we publish examine the topic “technology and society,” or, perhaps,“technologies and societies.” For Volume 3 (2013), The Retro Issue, we are particularly seeking essays and creative works that focus on lost, ancient, old, or dead technologies, technologies that no one uses, or very few people still employ. Topics could include depictions of technologies that treat a wide range of subjects related to the social sciences and humanities.

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW NINTH ANNUAL CONTEST
Deadline: September 1
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $15 (includes 1-year subscription)
For Fiction/Prose and Nonfiction, the entry fee covers one 7,500 word story or essay. For Poetry, the entry fee covers one packet of up to three poems. You may submit multiple entries.  We accept only previously unpublished work.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ESSAYS ABOUT EASTERN PARKS
Deadline: September 1
Bona Fide Books seeks literary essays for a collection about life and work in our national parks. In Volume 1, we read tales of grizzly encounters and streaking through Denali, personal relationships with temperamental elk and the dirty truth behind housekeeping in Yellowstone. Now, we seek stories from parks east of the Mississippi, from Acadia to the Everglades, from the Smokies to Shenandoah. Whether you spent your time on the trail or alligator-proofing your cabin, we would love to read your experiences, cerebral and corporeal alike. Please note, contributors have lived or worked in the parks. We welcome tree-hugging epiphanies and reflections on the daily grind. We want to hear the societal, environmental, and existential implications of living in the park. What happened there, and how did it influence your life? Each writer will receive $100 for their essay and one copy of the collection.

NARRATIVE POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: September 1
Award: $1,000 / $250 / $100 and publication
Fee: $20
All winners, finalists, and semi-finalists will be offered publication in the Winter 2014 issue of Naugatuck River Review. Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing great narrative poetry. We are open to many styles of poetry, looking for narrative that sings, which means the poem has a strong emotional core and the narrative is compressed. There is a 50-line limit.

PRAIRIE WOLF PRESS REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: September 1
The editors of Prairie Wolf Press Review, an online literary journal,  announce our open reading period. We are looking for short stories, flash fiction, essays, and poetry. All prose submissions to Prairie Wolf Press Review must be fewer than 1,000 words. You may send up to three poems.

SONNET CONTEST: POETS AND PATRONS
Deadline: September 1
Award: $50 / $35 / $15 / Honorable Mentions / Special Recognitions
Announcing the Helen Schaible International Shakespearean/Petrarchan Sonnet Contest. Open to all.  Submit only one entry of either a Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnet.  The entry must be original and unpublished.

THE WRITER’S BLOCK FICTION AWARD
Deadline: September 1
Award: Special reading and publication
Fee: $5
Louisville Literary Arts is pleased to announce the inaugural Writer’s Block Fiction Award will be presented to one outstanding writer on October 11, 2013, at the InKY Reading Series! We encourage authors to submit their original work of 5,000 words or fewer — short stories and novel excerpts will both be considered — to be judged by a notable fiction author. The winner of the Writer’s Block Fiction Award will receive a 10-minute spotlight reading at the October edition of the InKY Reading Series, and publication in a noted regional magazine.

DOGFISH HEAD POETRY PRIZE
Deadline: September 2
Award: $500, two cases of Dogfish Head beer, publication, and 10 contributor copies
The Eleventh Annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize for the winning book-length manuscript by a poet residing in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WVA, and NC). The manuscript must be book-length (between 48 and seventy eight pages of original work – no translations) and no more than roughly  thirty lines to a page, including the poem’s title and two line-spaces between the title and the body of the poem.  A poem may be more than one page. he book’s dimensions will be 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches, with a minimum of half-inch side margins, and printed in 12 point type, so avoid very long lines. Judging is blind and double-tiered.

SLIPPERY ELM POETRY AND PROSE CONTESTS
Deadline: September 13
Awrd: $1,000 (poetry) / $1,000 (prose)
Fee: $15
The University of Findlay’s newest literary journal, Slippery Elm, is live and open for submissions! Poetry judge: Mary Biddinger. Prose judge: Robert James Russell. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning issue, and all submissions will be considered for publication.

RED MOUNTAIN PRIZE FOR POETRY
Deadline: September 15
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $27
The 2013 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1,000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. Send a manuscript of 48-75 pages in a single document.

CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAYS BY GEORGIA RESIDENTS
Deadline: September 16
Award: $500 / $200 / $100 / $50 Honorable Mentions (4)
The Gallery at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton, in conjunction with Georgia Backroads Magazine and the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council, announce a contest for nonfiction essays concurrent with a photography contest and exhibit on the same theme. Essays should be no longer than 4,000 words and should address the “Back Roads of Georgia” theme in some way, whether directly or obliquely, literally or figuratively. We’re looking for Creative Nonfiction/Literary Nonfiction submissions.

MELINDA COCHRANE INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR POETRY
Deadline: September 30
Melinda Cochrane International will be accepting poetry manuscripts for the Fall /Winter 2013-2014 season. Manuscript submissions can vary in theme and poetic style. We are looking for quality writing only and will do our best to support all emerging writers.

NATURE POETRY COMPETITION 2013
Deadline: September 30
Award: £1,000 / £500 / admission to writing workshop
Fee: £6
As a BirdLife International Partner, RSPB works for birds and nature on an international scale. As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries. Please do note the term “Nature Poetry” will be given a wide interpretation by the judge.

TALLGRASS LITERARY REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: September 30
The Tallgrass Literary Review seeks short fiction about Oklahoma but will publish stories about any state or country. Likewise, we request literary fiction but will accept short stories of any genre. More than any other factors, we judge works based on quality and innovativeness. Submissions should be no longer than 6,000 words. We accept multiple submissions as well as simultaneous submissions to other journals. To celebrate our first issue, we are awarding the best submission a $250 prize.

ANTHOLOGY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS FROM MILITARY
Deadline: October 1
LGBT military, veterans, family, and allies: what are your stories and experiences from repeal of DADT through its first year? All submissions considered for anthology Repeal Day: When DADT Became History edited by Victoria Hudson.

JEFFREY E. SMITH EDITOR’S PRIZE IN FICTION, ESSAY, AND POETRY
Deadline: October 1
Award: $5,000 (fiction) / $5,000 (poetry) / $5,000 (essay)
Fee: $20
Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best American series. Please include no more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages for fiction and nonfiction. Poetry entries can include any number of poems up to 10 pages in total. Each story, essay, or group of poems constitutes one entry. Sponsored by the Missouri Review.

WHITE MICE POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: October 1
Award: $100 / $50 and publication
Fee: $10 / $15 with subscription
The International Lawrence Durrell Society announces the White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1-3 poems focusing on “Islands.” Prize includes publication in Deus Loci.

ARTE LATINO NOW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: October 12
Sponsored by The Center for Latino Studies at Queens University of Charlotte in partnership with Gil Projects, Inc., Art Sí and Queens’ Departments of Art and Foreign Languages, ARTE LATINO NOW seeks to highlight the exciting cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in the United States. 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. Winners will be exhibited at Queens University of Charlotte in Spring 2014.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MERMAID POETRY
Deadline: November 1
Mermaids in the Basement is an anthology seeking original poems of mermaid poetry. This project is interested in poems that push the mermaid myth and figure into a new light. Submissions should not simply retell the mermaid and her classic story but establish new facets in which to read, question, admire, interrogate, and fear this fantastical siren. Poems need not mention mermaids directly but must suggest, at the very least, a mermaid theme. This project is not interested in genre, fantasy, or overtly-campy writing, so please consider if your work would fit the aims of this anthology. Please send 3-5 poems in a word document. Previously published work will be considered.

“MISTAKES” ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: November 1
Award: $1,000 / $500
Fee: $20
For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays about mistakes—major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful. We’re looking for stories about poor decisions, missteps, or miscalculations; we want to read about embarrassing boo-boos, dangerous misjudgments, or fortuitous faux pas in well-crafted stories that explore the nature and outcomes of human fallibility.  Essays must be vivid and dramatic; they should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, and reach beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.

SPLIT THIS ROCK POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: November 1
Award: $500 / $250 / $250
Fee: $20
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. Split This Rock subscribes to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics. Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, no more than 6 pages total, in any style, in the spirit of Split This Rock. Judged by: Tim Seibles.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL
Deadline: November 15
Award: $1,500 (fiction) / $1,000 (poetry) plus acess to 2014 New Orleans Literary Festival and publication
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions. For poetry, Robert Pinsky will serve as the contest’s judge. We’re also offering a $1,000 grand prize, a VIP All Access Pass ($500 value) for the 2013 Festival and publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. We are also accepting submissions for our annual Fiction Contest. Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau are the judges. This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction.

ANTHOLOGY SEEKS STORIES ABOUT ANIMALS
Deadline: December 1
The After Coetzee Project, an anthology of fiction, seeks short stories that bring forth a new kind of writing about animals, one that disengages from speciesist fictional strategies (animals as metaphors and allegories) and reimagines animals as subjects.

FOURTH RIVER CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ISSUE ON WOMEN AND NATURE
Deadline: December 15
In honor of the 35th year since the publication of Susan Griffin’s  eco-feminist classic Woman and Nature:  the Roaring Inside Her, The Fourth River announces a 2014 themed issue on Women and Nature.  We are looking for poetry and creative nonfiction, written by women, inspired by the natural world or addressing environmental concerns.  Although we will accept lined poems and traditional essays, we are most interested in seeing prose poetry or lyric essays. In the words of Adrienne Rich, who reviewed Griffin’s book, we are looking for any work that “demands of us activity, not passivity; which enlarges our sense of female presence in the world; . . . which uses language and sensual imagery to impart a new vision of reality, from a woman-centered location; . . . which expands our sense of the connections among us in the bonds of history; . . . which drives us wild, that is, helps us break out from tameness and repetition into new trajectories of our own.”

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: THE SOUTHERN POETRY ANTHOLOGY, VOLUME VII: NORTH CAROLINA
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Editors William Wright, Jesse Graves, and Paul Ruffin now seek submissions for  the seventh in our series, The Southern Poetry Anthology, featuring North  Carolina poets. The anthology will be published by Texas Review Press in 2014. If you are a North Carolina native, or if you have lived in North Carolina for  more than one year, please feel free to send up to five poems for consideration. This anthology is not limited to those who have published before; we invite  first-time submitters as well as those who have had full-length works of poetry published with national presses. The only rules: Poems must be original and of  high quality. We consider formal poems and free verse. Poems about North Carolina are not  necessarily championed over other motifs and themes, as we wish for the “sense  of place” to manifest in different ways, with different voices. Please note that the success of this anthology depends a great deal on word of mouth. Notify your poetry students, poetry-writing friends, and gifted nemeses of this opportunity.

THE INDIAN RIVER REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: January 15, 2014
The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its third issue scheduled for publication in late spring/summer 2014. The theme for this issue is “Technology,” and we plan to take a very broad view of this theme. As man moved from an oral to a literate culture, technology has affected the way we communicate and live. At one time, even the simple number 2 pencil was a technological advancement. From quills to computers, from knitting needles to the Mars Rover, technology comes in many forms, and we would like to explore this concept in our third issue. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews.

ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POEMS INSPIRED BY PUBLIC RADIO
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Seeking submissions of poetry and artwork for an anthology of work inspired by NPR and PBS to be published on Nine Toes Press, an offshoot of Lummox Press  and tentatively entitled The Liberal Media Made Me Do It!.  The poems may have been inspired by stories, quotations, or lines heard/seen  on NPR or PBS, and should, if possible, name their original source (the show and subject matter of the story). These can include poems with subject matter and/or lines taken from interviews and news stories, recipes, even book reviews or documentaries. Contributors will receive an e-copy of the book or reduced cost on the hard copy.  Previously published poems or poems printed on blogs are permissible, if the author  owns the rights, though the place of first publication should be named.

1966 CALL FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
An online journal of creative nonfiction seeks pieces of literary nonfiction with a research component–anything from immersion memoir to nature writing to reportage to travel writing to ?.

BLOOMSBURY SPARK OPEN SUBMISSION PERIOD
Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA and new adult readers. Launching in Autumn 2013 our outstanding list will feature multiple genres: romance, contemporary, dystopian, paranormal, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, and more. If you’re an author, Bloomsbury Spark is the premiere place to publish your work. Why? Because we are a hands-on, full-service publishing house We will publish you globally  but market you locally. We are not just interested in publishing your book; we want to help craft your career. If you have a manuscript between 25 and 60k words long, then send it to us. An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing.

BROAD STREET CALL FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
Broad Street, a new, annual magazine of true stories, seeks beautifully written narratives that have the benefit of being nonfiction. Memoir, essay, and experimental, from five words to five thousand. Based at Virginia Commonwealth University, Broad Street will present the best of literary journalism, creative nonfiction, photography, and illustration. No academic studies or pomposity please.

CALL FOR YOUNG ADULT SUBMISSIONS
Forever Onward! Review is currently accepting submissions for weekly internet publication and to be featured in our 2014 Ebook edition.What are we looking for? Strong sense of imagery, language, and characters. We want to feel like we understand the characters, and if we don’t, we want to know why. We want language and dialogue that moves us. We want a story that is worth being told. We want you to evoke an emotion from us–whether that be joy, disbelief, sadness, giddiness. We believe in the craft of writing and the joy of reading. We want to publish pieces from established and new writers. We don’t need to see a long list of credentials. If you can move us with words, then we want you.

GINOSKO LITERARY JOURNAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Accepting short fiction and poetry, creative nonfiction, spiritual insights for Ginosko Literary Journal. Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions and reprints; length flexible; accept excerpts.

PEAK CITY BOOK FESTIVAL SEEKS AUTHORS TO EXHIBIT
The Peak City Book Festival will be held November 9 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, NC. The organizer is looking for authors to exhibit. If you are a mystery, thriller, romance, young adult, or children’s author or illustrator and you would like to be kept informed of progress or would like to be an exhibitor, contact the festival.

ROSE RED REVIEW CALL FOR HALLOWEEN SUBMISSIONS
Rose Red Review is now accepting submissions for its Autumn 2013  Halloween-themed issue! Submit fiction, poetry, art, and photography  that concerns the dark origin of fairy tales. Send in your ghosts. Your goblins. Your beasts. Rattle those chains!

SEEKING WRITING GROUP NEAR MOORE COUNTY
Location: Moore County area
NCWN member Linda M. Mizell would like to be involved with a writers group in the Whispering Pines/Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen area. Her e-mail address is lmizell@embarqmail.com and her phone number is 910-949-5565.

SNAKE-OIL CURE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
To help combat the tedious ills of the world, submit to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure. Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure is looking for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and prose.

STORYSCAPE JOURNAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Storyscape Journal accepts submissions all year long. We welcome your poems, prose, audio, visual art, and are proud to publish all these genre under the following truth categories: Truth, Untruth, and We Don’t Know And They Won’t Tell Us. We love to publish work that interrogates these truth and genre categories. We like weird hybrid stuff. We like found poems, lists, erasures, overheard conversations, etc. We like things we haven’t thought of yet. And we like just regular old brilliant writing in any form it comes.

VOICE OVER VIDEO ESSAYS AND CINNEPOEMS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Voice Over is an emerging online literary magazine publishing video essays and cinnepoems. We are currently accepting submissions for our first edition launching later this summer.
Send us your poem, nonfiction essay, or piece of literary journalism spoken over a video or slideshow.  Please keep videos under 8 minutes. We do not accept news packages or short films set to music.

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