North Carolina Writers’ Network–Call for Submissions

Submission details are available to current members. Click on the links below, or log in to the NCWN website at www.ncwriters.org, go to the “Resources for Writers” tab, and select “Opportunities: Submit It!”

NEW! SIDNEY LANIER POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: March 1
Award: $500 / $250 / $100
Fee: $15
The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina, South Carolina, or Georgia. Only poems that have not been previously published in any form are eligible for consideration. Poems are to be typed in 12-point font (single spaced) and may not exceed 40 lines. The final competition judge will be Dr. Joseph Bathanti, current Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

NEW! THE PATTERSON PRIZE FOR BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Deadline: March 15
Award: $500 (each category)
Categories: Pre-K to Grade 3; Grades 4-6; Grades 7-12. In each category one book will be selected, which in the opinion of our judges, is the most outstanding book for young people published in 2013. Publisher may submit more than one book for prize consideration.

NEW! WILLOW SPRINGS FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: March 15
Award: $2,000 and publication
Fee: $15
Every entrant receives a one-year subscription to Willow Springs. There is no word limit for submissions.

NEW! HURSTON WRIGHT AWARD FOR COLLEGE WRITERS
Deadline: March 21
Fee: $15
The Hurston Wright Award for College Writers was established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent. Winners are selected annually in April for the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt. Submit a novel excerpt, (up to but no more than 15 pages), or a short story (up to but no more than 25 pages); or three poems (no more than five pages)  for consideration for the Hurston Wright Award for College Writers.  Novel excerpts and short stories MUST BE 12 font and double spaced. At the time of submission applicants must be enrolled as a full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student in a  a U.S. College or university. Writers who have published a book in any genre are ineligible. The work submitted should be unpublished.

NEW! RUTH MOOSE FLASH FICTION PRIZE
Deadline: April 15
Award: $100 / $50 / $25 / Honorable Mentions
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Entries must be oirginal and unpublished. For short fiction up to 500 words. Open to North Carolina and South Carolina residents. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

NEW! WRITERADVICE FLASH PROSE CONTEST
Deadline: April 18
Award: $200 / $100 / $50
Fee: $15
WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative nonfiction running 750 words or less. Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us. Finalists receive responses from all judges.

RANDALL JARRELL POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: March 1
Award: $200 and publication in storySouth
Fee: $10 (members) / $15 (non-members)
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit).

CAROLINA WOMAN WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: February 28
Award: Publication
Entries of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction essays under 2,000 words. This contest is open to any Carolina Woman reader.

INTERNATIONAL LITERARY AWARDS
Deadline: February 28
Award: $1,000 (each genre)
Fee: $15
For fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Competitions are open to anyone living in the U.S. and writing in English, except current Salem Academy and College employees and students. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Each prose manuscript submission can be up to 5,000 words; each poetry manuscript submission can be up to 3 poems and each poem can have up to 100 lines. This year’s judges are Zelda Lockhart (Fiction), Veronica Galos (Poetry), and Samuel Autman (Creative Nonfiction). Sponsored by the Center for Women Writers at Salem College.

NPR/PBS ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 28
Lummox Press in association with Nine Toes Press will publish a new anthology and is seeking submissions of poems and artwork inspired by shows and stories on NPR and PBS. There are so many quirky stories on these shows one could hear nowhere else, interviews, recipes, as well as unique personal takes on news stories. The anthology is called Liberal Media Made Me Do It! We are not looking for purely political commentary (although we will not exclude such commentary out of hand), but reflections on the wealth of stories one hears and sees on these programs, whether they concern culture and the arts, social issues, the natural world, or whatever. Please send your submission of 2-3 poems no longer than 60 lines (including spaces between stanzas and title).

 

MAIN STREET RAG ANTHOLOGIES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: February 28
Main Street Rag is now accepting submissions to three new themed anthologies, Cars, Crossing Lines, Homes and Houses.

THE WRITERS’ WORKSHOP 25TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: February 28
Award: Varies
Fee:$25
The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 25th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. All work must be unpublished. First prize includes your choice of a three-night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or three free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff. 2nd, 3rd, and 10 honorable mentions also awarded. Sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop.

THE HEKTOEN ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: March 1
Award: $1,500 / $1,000
Suggested topics include medicine and art or literature, history of medicine, ethics, music, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, etc. Clinical studies or case reports are not eligible. Essays should be 1,500 to 2,000 words.

UPSTREET MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 1
upstreet, an award-winning literary annual, is seeking quality submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, for its tenth-anniversary issue. The Editor/Publisher is NCWN member Vivian Dorsel, a part-time resident of Charlotte. The first nine issues of upstreet featured interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, and Emily Fragos. The upstreet number ten interview will be with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

WOMEN AND LOST FRIENDSHIPS ANTHOLOGY SEEKS SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 1
Have you ever lost a friend? Was that loss in some ways more painful than the end of a love affair? We want to hear your stories of broken friendships during any time in your life:  Friends who left you or others that you abandoned. The friendship that ended suddenly or the one that faded gradually. We are happy to announce a call for submissions for our next anthology. This collection — tentatively titled, My Other Ex: Women Write About Female Friendship Burnouts, Breakups, and Betrayals — will include essays from female writers about fractured friendships. Maybe there was a reconciliation later in time, maybe there wasn’t. Maybe the ending of that bond brought enormous pain or maybe its conclusion brought great relief. Submissions should be previously unpublished — or previously published material that has been reworked substantially — and between 1,000 and 4,000 words.

SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: March 3
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $35
The South Carolina First Novel Prize recognizes one of South Carolina’s exceptional writers by providing a book contract with Hub City Press. The competition is a highly competitive, anonymous process. Publication by Hub City of at least 1,500 copies of the book will bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and opportunities. The book will be nationally distributed. Six to eight novels will be judged by nationally recognized novelist Ben Fountain.

BURLINGTON WRITERS CLUB ADULT CONTESTS
Deadline: March 8
Award: $25 / $15 / $10, certificate of merit, reading
Adult writers living in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Randolph, and Rockingham counties are eligible. Manuscripts, including poetry, must be the original, unpublished work of the contestant, not pending publication, and must not have received a first place award in any competition. Categories include Stories for Children; Nonfiction; Fiction; Poetry; Light Verse; and Poetry for Children.

CARTERET  WRITERS 23rd ANNUAL CONTEST
Deadline: March 11, at 1:00 pm (received by)
Award: $100 / $50 / $25
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Five categories: fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s.

CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION
Deadline: March 14
Award: £5,000 / £500 / £250 / £50
Fee: £7
All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines long, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work. Literature Wales is delighted to announce that the 2014 competition will be judged by Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards with Samantha Wynne Rhydderch acting as Filter Judge.

GULF COAST PRIZES
Deadline: March 15
Award: $1,500 (each genre)
Fee: $23
The annual Gulf Coast Prizes award $6,000 in total prize money to poets, essayists, and fiction writers. This year’s judges are Andrea Barrett (Fiction), John D’Agata (Nonfiction), and Rachel Zucker (Poetry)! The contest awards publication and $1,500 each to the best poem, essay, and short story, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 27.1, due out in Fall 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives.

HEYDAY MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 15
Heyday Magazine is a quarterly digital and print magazine of poetry and artwork. Featuring: articles, advice, interviews, and reviews from reputable columnists in all aspects of Art. Call for submissions to: poets, artists, and writers. Send us your music, videos, artwork, photography, poetry, art that goes along with your poetry, short fiction, comics, cartoons, ideas, suggestions, SEND US ANYTHING! We want to hear from you. Even if you haven’t been previously published or showcased, this is your chance to get an honest reading, hearing or viewing of your creative expression.

JABBERWOCK REVIEW EDITORS’ PRIZE FOR FICTION AND POETRY
Deadline: March 15
Award: $500 and publication (each genre)
Fee: $15 (includes 1-yr subscription)
Each winner (one for fiction and one for poetry) receives $500 and publication in Jabberwock Review, the literary journal published by Mississippi State University since 1972. All finalists are considered for publication. All entrants receive a one-year (two-issue) subscription beginning with the prize-winning issue. Each fiction entry should consist of one short story of any length. Novel excerpts may be submitted only if they are self-contained. Each poetry entry should consist of 1-3 poems. The winning entry may be for a single poem or group of poems.

NEIL SIMON FESTIVAL NEW PLAY CONTEST
Deadline: March 15
Award: Staged reading, production consideration
Fee: $25 ($55 with critique)
The Neil Simon Festival announces its fourth annual New Play Contest. The winning script will receive a staged reading during the 2014 Neil Simon Festival in Cedar City, Utah, July 9 – August 9. The selected script may also be considered for full production in a future season. The winning playwright will be invited to be a part of the staged reading process and will be offered a stipend to help them attend. Script must be full-length (80-120 minutes) and be a character-driven American comedy.

PENTIMENTO MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 15
We accept essays, short stories, poetry, and interviews by individuals with a disability or a community member. If you are an individual with a disability or part of the disability community as a family member, caregiver, special educator, or in any way connected to disability, we want to see your disability-related writing. We do not have any specific aesthetic criteria, except to say that we seek pieces of quality that demonstrate the writer’s attention to the piece. Word limit is 6,000, but we will consider a longer piece. Poems longer than two (2) pages will not be considered. We are committed to publishing new writers as well as experienced ones.

WRITER’S CENTER FIRST NOVEL PRIZE
Deadline: March 15
Award: $500 and invitation to read
Each year, The Writer’s Center awards $500 to the author of the best first novel published in the previous calendar year. All first novels published in print in 2013 are eligible, including those published by major, independent, and self-publishing presses. Only American authors publishing in English are eligible. Non-eligible books include short story collections, flash fiction, memoirs, biographies, and books published solely in electronic format.

DEANE RITCH LOMAX POETRY PRIZE
Deadline: March 18
Award: $100 / $50 / $25 / Honorable Mentions
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
Contest is for poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded. Entries must be original and unpublished. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club.

WABASH PRIZE FOR FICTION
Deadline: March 21
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $15 (includes 1-yr subscription)
The 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction is now open! Sycamore Review is accepting previously unpublished stories for consideration in the annual contest. This year’s prizewinning piece will be selected by acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai. All entries are considered for publication.

BARELY SOUTH CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 31
Barely South Review, the online literary journal out of Old Dominion University’s MFA program, is open for submissions. We accept submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

DORIS BAKWIN AWARD FOR WRITING BY A WOMAN
Deadline: March 31
Award: $1,000 and publication
Carolina Wren Press will choose one unpublished full-length work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by a woman to receive the 2014 Doris Bakwin Award. The final judge will be Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and A Visitation of Spirits. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work, written by one person, in English.

GLINT CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: March 31
Glint Literary Journal is a creative endeavor produced by the student body of Fayetteville State University to provide an outlet for the literary and artistic. The literary, journalistic, and artistic works contained within Glint are that of the highest quality, created by a diverse group for a diverse audience. Accepting fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, reviews, and more.

JOAQUIN MILLER POETRY SERIES SEEKS POETS
Deadline: March 31
The Joaquin Miller Cabin Poetry Series (in 2011 the name changed to the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series) is the oldest summer reading series in Washington. The Word Works has a new venue and plan for the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series which takes place once a week during June and July. Two poets are usually featured, reading their original poetry. Well-established authors and first-time readers; local, out-of-town, and poets from around the globe share the podium. Kathi Morrison-Taylor, Rosemary Winslow and Deborah Ager are the co-directors for 2011. IF SELECTED, you will read your work at the cabin and receive a small honorarium.

PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARDS
Deadline: March 31
Award: Over $2,000 in prizes
Fee: $13
Enter to win money and publication in five categories: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, and Poetry. Prime Number is a Press 53 publication.

STONETHREAD SPECFIC SHORT STORY CONTEST III
Deadline: March 31
Awards: $60 / $50 / $40 / $30 / $20 / honorable mentions plus contributor copy
Fee: Donations accepted
For this contest we’re seeking speculative fiction short stories set in a post-apocalyptic world. It can be Earth or some other world. For our contests, speculative fiction is defined as any story in any genre that responds to the question “What if?” in a way that depends on science or on any fantastic elements. The genres include science fiction (hard or sociological), science fantasy, fantasy, magic realism, psychological horror (no slash and gash please), ghost stories, urban fantasy, paranormal romance (no erotica please), etc. With that in mind, send us your best effort.

WINSTON-SALEM WRITERS ANTHOLOGY CONTEST
Deadline: March 31
Award: Publication, contributor copy (each genre)
Fee: $5 (members) / $10 (non-members)
This Anthology edition offers twelve chances to win: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in four writing categories: Poetry (submit up to 3 poems, 10 pages maximum); Flash Fiction (fiction up to 750 words); Short Story (fiction up to 2,500 words); and Memoir/Essay/Creative Nonfiction (up to 2,500 words). Each entry must be original work and previously unpublished. The anthology will be launched at the 2014 Bookmarks Festival, and will be available at area bookstores.

AFRICAN LGBTI ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: April 15
Thanks to the high interest in the new African LGBTI Anthology and the engaging poems we received in our original call for submissions in poetry, we’ve decided to expand the focus of the anthology to include prose–more specifically short fiction and short (creative) lyric essays-–and some photography. As before, we encourage writers who identify as gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, or transgender,living in Africa, and first or second-generation Africans living in the Diaspora (i.e. if you are African or one of your parents is African) to send their best work for consideration. Works will be chosen solely on merit. We prefer works that are unpublished. All prose should be no more than 600 words (exceptions can be made in rare circumstances) and in English or English translations.

ACCENTS PUBLISHING POETRY BOOK CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
Award: $300, publication, 30 author copies
Fee: $15
Accents Publishing is happy to announce its 2014 Poetry Book Contest. Two winners will be selected – one by an independent judge, Patty Paine, and one by the Senior Editor and founder of Accents Publishing, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer. All contest entries will be considered for regular publication with Accents Publishing, as well.

TEN MINUTE PLAY CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
Award: $50 and staged reading
Fee: $5
The Ten Minute Play Contest is now open! A panel of judges will read all submissions and select their top five to receive a staged reading this summer. Play should average 10 minutes in length when read or performed (estimate 10 pages).

TOM HOWARD / JOHN H. REID FICTION AND ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
Award: $1,000 and five $100 honorable mentions (each genre)
Submit published or unpublished work. All themes accepted. Word limit: 6,000 words. Final Judge: Arthur Powers.

ULTRA FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Deadline: April 30
This contest is open to any NCWN member in Chatham and Lee Counties, or to any member of Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out. Any subject, any style not to exceed 300 words, including the title. Only words of one syllable allowed. (Contractions pronounced as one syllable are OK. Exp:  I’m, I’d, I’ve, can’t, won’t, don’t. Also, possessives pronounced as one syllable:  Joe’s, Ann’s, Kate’s etc.). Yes, it can be done. You can write a story in 300 words, but you must make every word count. This requires some craftsmanship. Give it a try! Sponsored by Pittsboro Writers’ Morning Out.

BROCKMAN-CAMPBELL BOOK AWARD
Deadline: May 1
Award: $200
Fee: $10 (members) / $20 (non-members)
The Brockman-Campbell Book Award is open for a book-length (20 or more pages of poetry) volume of poetry published in 2013. Entrants must be native-born North Carolinians or current residents who have lived in the state for at least three years at the time of the book’s publication. Sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society.

CREATIVE NONFICTION CALL FOR “THE MEMOIR ISSUE”
Deadline: May 31
Award: $1,000 / $500 and publication
Fee: $20
Creative Nonfiction is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to memoir. We’re looking for stories that are honest, accurate, informative, intimate, and—most important—true. Whether your story is revelatory or painful, hilarious or tragic, if it’s about you and your life, we want to read it. Submissions 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. Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,000 words.

UNICORN PRESS FIRST BOOK CONTEST
Deadline: May 31
Award: $250 and publication
Unicorn Press will accept submissions of book-length poetry manuscripts by authors who have not previously published a book of poetry. The winner will receive $250 and the winning manuscript will be published by Unicorn Press. We will announce our decision on 1 December. Please submit 56-72 pages of poetry previously uncollected in book form. (For the purpose of this contest, we consider publications with more than 32 poems printed in a run of over 1,000 copies to be previous publication in book form.) Only one poem should appear per page. Manuscripts may contain previously published poetry.

TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN WRITERS EXCALIBUR AWARD
Deadline: June 1
Award: $500 and publication
Fee: $20
Tennessee Mountain Writers announces the Excalibur Award for a first-time novelist of a full-length juvenile (for middle school level readers) or young adult novel manuscript of publishable quality. Only first-time novelists who have never published or self-published a novel are eligible.

CROOK’S CORNER BOOK PRIZE
Deadline: June 30
Award: $1,000, one glass of wine a day for a year
Fee: $45
Submissions are now being accepted for the second annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize: $1,000 for the best debut novel set in the South (author may live anywhere). Inspired by the famous literary cafés of Paris, which have long given significant literary prizes, the award also entitles the winner to a free glass of wine per day for a year at the iconic Crook’s Corner Café & Bar in Chapel Hill, NC.  Books must be published between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, and may be submitted by authors or publishers. Self-published books are eligible, but works available only as e-books are not. Young adult books are not eligible.

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW CALL FOR NONFICTION AND POETRY
We are excited to announce that our poetry and nonfiction genres are now open for submission. We are seeking poetry that engages with the unfamiliar and jarring; that articulates and provokes our starkest emotions; and nonfiction  that challenge us with their form and content, that offer a new perspective, an unvoiced thought, an overlooked association. We prize the lyric and the language driven, both the sparsely stated and the indulgently ruminative. So send us your best work! We can’t wait to see it!

EXHIBIT FOR CHRISTIAN AUTHORS
“Gospel and Gumbo” will take place Thursday, March 6, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Delta Fine Arts Center in Winston-Salem. Special celebrity gospel artist and St. Paul’s Men’s Choir and New Orleans style gumbo. Fun! Food! Great Music! There will be an opportunity for  Christian authors to set up a display to sell their books. The fee is a $35 donation. This will include a bowl of gumbo!! Your book cover will listed on our flyer also. Space is limited!

SANKOFA SPIRIT MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The publication is a quarterly, online Black history resource. Seeking writers/contributors of the first edition and welcome anyone looking for an opportunity to add to their portfolio and be a part of this project.

WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER ANTHOLOGIES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Western Trail Blazer plans to release several series of anthologies, each one 25-30,000 words, and then release each individual story from those anthologies as an e-book single. If you would like to submit a new story, or a previously published one to which you’ve retained the rights, send ’em on! Visit website for a list of forthcoming titles.

WOMEN, GENDER, AND FAMILIES OF COLOR
Women, Gender, and Families of Color (WGFC) invites submissions for upcoming issues. WGFC is a new multidisciplinary journal that centers on the study of Black, Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. Within this framework, the journal encourages theoretical and empirical research from history, the social and behavioral sciences, and humanities including comparative and transnational research, and analyses of domestic social, cultural, political, and economic policies and practices. The journal has a rolling submission policy and welcomes manuscripts, proposals for guest-edited special issues, and book reviews at any time. Manuscripts accepted for review receive an editorial decision within an average of 45-60 days.

 

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