Call for Submissions–North Carolina Writers’ Network


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 “Members Only” tab, and select “Opportunities.”

NEW! NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
Deadline: May 15
There are four panels of five judges each in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature, each including a Chairperson, chosen by the National Book Foundation. The following are eligible: full-length books of fiction and nonfiction; collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author; collected and selected poems by one author; books by authors who are living at the commencement of the eligibility year (December 1, 2013); self-published books, provided that the author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors (Note: the Foundation may request the publisher’s catalog to verify this.)

NEW! HARD TIMES WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: May 31
Award: Choice of package
Fee: $25
Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop.

NEW! URBAN WALKING NARRATIVES
Deadline: June 12
StepAway Magazine is holding its 13th call for submissions. Our magazine is hungry for literature that evokes the sensory experience of walking in specific neighborhoods, districts, or zones within a city. We accept poetry and prose under 1,000 words. This is flânerie for the twenty-first century.

NEW! NELSON MANDELA POETRY ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Songs for a Passbook Torch, edited by Truth Thomas and Melanie Henderson, will celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in poetry. Submit up to five previously unpublished poems. All work submitted should have some relationship to Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the Mandela family, and/or the fight for racial justice in South Africa. Payment will be in the form of one contributor’s copy.

NEW! SCAPEGOAT REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Scapegoat Review is a quarterly journal looking for work for its next issue. Poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction are welcome. We strive for work that is rare and exceptional. Both established and unpublished poets welcome. Work we like—Paul Celan, Simone Meunch, Osip Mandelstam, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wilsawa Symborksa; work that captures our brain and heart.

JACAR PRESS FULL-LENGTH AND CHAPBOOK POETRY CONTESTS
Deadline: May 15
Fee: $15 (full-length) / $10 (chapbook)
Full-Length and chapbook poetry contests now open. Full length manuscripts must be 45–80 pages of poems,not including table of contents, acknowledgments page, biography, etc. Chapbook manuscripts must be between 25-32 pages of poems, not including table of contents, an acknowledgment page, and a page for your biography. Winning manuscripts will receive publication and a contract that pays royalties.

MASON’S ROAD CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: May 15
As a literary journal with an educational twist, Mason’s Road aims to focus each issue on a particular element of the writing craft. We are looking for creative and unique interpretations of our theme: TRUTH. We have a blind submissions policy and accept work in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama (stage or screen), art, and craft essays from both emerging and established writers and artists.

NORTH CAROLINA AWARD
Deadline: May 15
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state and awarded by the governor. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, and administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the award recognizes “notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens” in the fields of literature, science, fine arts, and public service. Award nominations may be submitted by anyone and must include a completed nomination form, cover letter, and the nominee’s biography or resume. Letters of support and examples of the nominee’s work will also be accepted. Past recipients in Literature include Gary Carden and John M. H. Hart, Jr.

VETERANS’ WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: May 15
Award: $1,000 / $750 / $500 and publication
The Iowa Review invites submissions to the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans writing contest, featuring guest judge Anthony Swofford. His creative writing contest is made possible by a gift from the family of Jeff Sharlet (1942–69), a Vietnam veteran and antiwar writer and activist. It is open to U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel writing in any genre and about any subject matter.

WRITERHOUSE AND C-VILLE WEEKLY ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: May 15
Award: $500 and 1-yr. WriterHouse membership
Fee: $10
WriterHouse and C-VILLE Weekly invite you to submit a short work of creative nonfiction to Charlottesville’s annual writing contest. The final judge will be author Jane Alison. Creative Nonfiction: True stories with a narrative, told in a literary style. Entrants must be Virginia residents. 1,500 words maximum.

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.

PRESSGANG PRIZE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: May 31
Award: $1,500, publication, reading
Fee: $25
Pressgang, the small press at Butler University, is looking for the following: novels, memoirs, or book-length collections of stories or essays. We comply with the CLMP contest code of ethics. Winner will be selected by Editor and editorial board, and announced in August. All other entries will be considered for standard publication.

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.

AMERICAN SHORT FICTION CONTEST
Deadline: June 1
Award: $1,000 / $500 and publication
Fee: $20
This year we are honored to have Amy Hempel as our guest judge. All entries must be single, self-contained works of fiction, between 2,000-6,500 words.

ESSAY CONTEST
Deadline: June 1
Award: $1,000
“Is Secession Legitimate?” Wielding Power is a new online magazine that’s reviving the political essay, that classic mix of rigorous argument and vigorous prose. Each issue poses a single question and offers a $1,000 reward for the best answer received. Entry is free and open to any resident of the U.S. or Canada (ex. Quebec), 18 and older. Each entry should be between 500 and 2,000 words.

PROUD TO BE: WRITING BY AMERICAN WARRIORS
Deadline: June 1
Award: $250 (each genre)
Fee: None
All Military Personnel, Veterans, and their Families: Call for Submissions and Contest for Volume 3, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Poetry, Short Fiction, Essay, Photography, Interview with a Warrior. Created by the Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press, this series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. It is not only an outlet for artistic expression but also a document of the unique aspects of wartime in our nation’s history.

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.

10 MINUTE PLAY WRITING CONTEST
Deadline: June 9
Open call for scripts from residents of North and South Carolina. The play can be any genre but must incorporate into the overall theme of “Thrift Shop.” Please keep ratings of work ‘G’ or ‘PG.’  Play must be easy to stage on a small black box stage with limited sets and props. Limited to no more than four characters. Play should be no more than 10 pages, 11 with title page. Sponsored by the Old Courthouse Theatre in Concord, NC.

GUY OWEN PRIZE FOR POETRY
Deadline: June 15
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $20 (includes 1-yr subscription)
Submit 3-5 poems, ten pages maximum. Sponsored by the Southern Poetry Review.

THE HAL PRIZE
Deadline: June 27
Award: $150, publication, and more (each genre)
Calling writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photographers. Originally called The Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Expose and Photography Jubilee, the Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, by offering commentary and encouragement to promising writers and photographers. The Hal Prize is presented by the Peninsula Pulse, an independent, locally-owned newspaper covering news, arts, and entertainment in Door County, WI, in collaboration with Write On, Door County a non-profit organization promoting writing and reading to year-round and seasonal residents in the county.

COZY-NOIR FICTION ANTHOLOGY CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: June 30
For this anthology, we’re seeking stories in the 2,500 to 7,500 word range, though if it’s knockout material, we’ll consider any length. eBook versions for every major platform will be released with POD paperback copies available through a distributor. Each author will receive royalty payments in an equal share between the other authors and the editor. Sponsored by Dark House Books.

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.

GOLDEN QUILL AWARDS
Deadline: June 30
Award: $750 / $400 / Honorable Mentions (each category)
Fee: $15
SLO NightWriters, in association with the Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference, presents the 25th Annual Writing Contest, The 2014 Golden Quill Awards. This year’s theme: Deja Vu. All writers welcome in categories of Short Story/Memoir and Poetry. 1,000 word limit for prose; 40-line limit for poetry. First-place winners also will be given free entries into the conference ($140 value).

LUCILLE CLIFTON POETRY PRIZE
Deadline: June 30
Award: $250 and publication
Fee: $10
The Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize is held annually by Backbone Press to honor the prolific work of the poet great. We are now accepting submissions. Please submit no more than three unpublished poems, no more than five pages in length. Final Judge: Nikki Giovanni.

NEW WORKS OF MERIT PLAYWRITING CONTEST
Deadline: June 30
Award: $300 and reading / Q&A
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts. As writers, we have been given a precious gift. Let us use that gift to create powerful new works that not only entertain, but also educate, enlighten, and uplift humanity.

THE NEW GUARD FICTION AND POETRY CONTESTS
Deadline: July 14
Award: $1,000 (each genre) and publication
Fee: $15
Submit your original work. For fiction, submit up to 5,000 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the excerpt functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. For poetry, three poems per entry. Up to 150 lines per poem. We accept previously unpublished work only. Contest winners and all finalists get one free copy of The New Guard, and each submission will be carefully considered for publication. Final judging is blind.

VOICES OF LINCOLN 10TH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
Deadline: July 26
The 10th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Once Upon A Time,” “Ten Years From Now,” “It’s A Miracle,” “A Journey Worth Taking” and “People Are Funny.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

LOVE ON THE ROAD ANTHOLOGY
Deadline: July 31
Award: $200 / $100 / $50
Fee: $10
We are pleased to announce our second annual international Love on the Road Writing Contest, which will lead to the second edition of our Love on the Road anthology. Submissions should be 4,000 to 6,000 words and can be fiction or nonfiction. They must be original and cannot have been previously published.

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY
Deadline: July 31
Award: $1,000, travel expenses, launch party, and publication
Fee: $30
The Press 53 Award for Poetry is awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished collection of poems. The winner of this contest will receive publication by Press 53 as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection, a $1,000 cash advance, travel expenses and lodging for a special launch party weekend in Winston-Salem, NC, attendance to the 2015 Press 53/Jacar Press Gathering of Poets, and ten copies of the book; all prizes will be awarded upon publication.

NOVEL MANUSCRIPTS BY WOMEN OF COLOR
Deadline: August 1
Shade Mountain Press seeks novel manuscripts by women of color: any topic, any style (as long as it’s literary rather than genre). Shade Mountain Press is looking for literary fiction that’s politically engaged, that challenges the status quo and gender/class/race privilege. We look for work that’s wise, raucous, joyful, angry, alive. Both realism and its various alternatives (magic realism / fabulism / slipstream / the fantastic/ dystopianism) are welcome, as long as the work is literary rather than genre fiction.

BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW ANNUAL CONTESTS
Deadlne: September 1
Award: $1,000 / $100 / Honorable Mentions and publication (each genre)
Fee: $20
This year we are honored to have Richard Siken (Poetry), Lily Hoang (Fiction/Prose), and Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction) as our guest judges. The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems.

COUNTY LINES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline: September 15
The Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is issuing a call to writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for submissions to be considered in their 2015 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal. They are also calling for black and white art and photography for the book interior and color art for the cover. A cash prize of $25 will be awarded to the artist whose work is chosen for the book cover. The current issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal is available for purchase at the FCAC headquarters in Leslie Martin Pottery Studio in downtown Franklinton and online from Amazon.com.

BOOK TRAILERS
Lady Banks’ Trailer Park YouTube channel seeks Book Trailers: videos about a southern book and/or author, posted within the last year, but preferably in 2014, less than four minutes long, DOES NOT say “available at Amazon” in the video or include an Amazon link in the description, and is not published by CreateSpace. The criteria is really more about being indie-bookstore friendly than anything else.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS OR PUBLISHERS
Lumberton will host a Christian Writers Conference and Book Fair on Saturday, November 8, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Any Christian, faith-based writer or publisher is invited to exhibit or submit to give a presentation.

CONCLAVE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Conclave: A Journal of Character is open for submissions for Issue 8, Autumn, 2014. We are particularly seeking HALLOWEEN photography, short stories, poetry, and short works of all creative forms. Death, candy, costumes, leaves, pumpkins, ghosts–whatever Halloween means to you. Conclave is a bi-annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing.

ELEPHANTINE PUBLISHING
Wouldn’t it be great if there was a publishing house that offered all the resources of traditional publishing, while still allowing the creative freedom of independent publishing? Elephantine is a collaborative publisher. Their goal is to partner with authors to turn a love of writing into a successful career for years to come. They work side by side with authors through every step of the publishing process to create a unique and professional title to share with the world. Using strategic marketing, Elephantine provides their authors with industry tools and resources to build readership and grow sales. Elephantine’s aim is simple: To provide access to all stories worth telling, whether or not the words fit into a neatly labeled box. Words that resonate in your bones. Stories you’ll never forget. Become a part of the herd!

FRONT PORCH JOURNAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Front Porch, the online literary journal of Texas State University’s MFA, invites all writers to submit works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our Summer 2014 issue. Front Porch is dedicated to publishing the most celebrated talents in contemporary writing published alongside exceptional new voices. Our editors seek out both innovative and traditional literature. In short, we’re looking for insightful and relevant writing that excels, regardless of form, theme, or style.

GERM MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Germ is a magazine for girls—high school and beyond—that celebrates beginnings, futures, and all the amazing and agonizing moments in-between. Germ invites members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network to submit their work to their literary department editors, Sheryl Monks and Briana Bailey. They are currently searching for short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. They are also looking for original song recordings, short plays, short films, visual art, and stories and poems for their Lit Teen section (open to ages 12-22). All other categories are open to writers of any age.

KINFOLKS: A JOURNAL OF BLACK EXPRESSION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression is dedicated to thinking about blackness in its infinite permutations by publishing the work of established and emerging black artists. We are interested in publishing poetry, photography, essays (personal, video, narrative, lyric, etc.), literary criticism, art criticism, reviews, extended meditations, flash fiction, and visual art that are a part of the continuing conversation about and around blackness.

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT
Location: Raleigh
Large upstairs office available in downtown Raleigh. Could be shared. Furnished or unfurnished, your choice. Rent includes security, WiFi, all utilities and access to small kitchen and backyard garden. Perfect space to write and create. Two other writers have offices in the building. $400 per month. One-year lease required.

PIECE MEAL REVIEW SEEKS REVIEWS
Piece Meal is an internet journal that reviews single pieces of writing featured in literary magazines. There aren’t enough spaces in the writing world where one-good-thing is thought about. In Piece Meal we look at a single story, a poem or two, or some other piece of writing/media and provide an attentive review. We especially like the idea of giving writers without printed books a chance to be taken seriously. Each review should be a minimum of 500 words. There is no maximum length.

QUARTERLY WEST CALL FOR NEW MEDIA SUBMISSIONS
Quarterly West is now accepting submissions that fall within or near to the un-pin-downable category of New Media, including but not limited to video, audio, visual/collage, and interactive multimedia pieces. Excite us. Enthrall us. Make us swoon.

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Tahoma Literary Review is a new, print quarterly (with digital reader options available) that is dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry and fiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process.

WESTPHALIA PRESS CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) offers publishing opportunities through its imprint and book program, Westphalia Press. We are looking for original manuscript and hope to be able to assist anyone with their publication goals. Manuscripts from all disciplines are welcome for consideration. As a non-profit academic association, Westphalia Press is a growing part of the PSO’s longtime mission of accessible scholarship dissemination, and aims to provide quality  volumes at affordable prices. We believe there is much valuable scholarship out there that  deserves to be shared more widely and effectively. Westphalia Press is multidisciplinary in scope, and publishes titles on a diversity of topics including history, art, and literature, as well as politics and government.

 

 

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