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The Creativity Workshop

Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Dubai, Crete, Barcelona, Prague, Singapore, and Dublin. "I wrote my first published memoir because of this class. The instructors are magicians! They gently pushed us into discovering our unique creativity." Carroll Blue, author of the memoir The Dawn at my Back and Professor, SDSU, CA. In The Creativity Workshop we use many different techniques to help you find your way through the novel, essay, poem, memoir, or script you are writing or hope to write. You will do free writing, guided visualizations, collaborative writing, journaling, memoir and even some rudimentary drawing, collage and photography.


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Writing Contests
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Creative Nonfiction contest: $1,000 for Best Essay on "Waiting"

Online/Postmark submission deadline: September 22, 2014

Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to "Waiting." We want well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. Whether you're waiting patiently or not, on tables of for Godot, we can't wait to read your work. $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at


Green Rose Prize

Online/Postmark deadline: September 30, 2014

$2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet. Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. To submit online visit: For complete guidelines, visit:


Flash Fiction Contest

Email submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions for our Flash Fiction Contest for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review. No entry fee. Winner receives $50, publication, and three contributor copies. Please read full submission guidelines here:
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Calls for Submissions
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American Tanka Invites Submissions of Tanka Poetry

Online submissions accepted year-round

American Tanka, publishing fine English-language tanka since 1996, seeks submissions of well-crafted, original, unpublished five-line tanka. Please view our most recent issue online and use our online submission form.


Big Muddy Literary Journal Seeks Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

Big Muddy literary journal seeks new poetry, fiction, articles, photos (reproduced in b&w; high contrast is preferred) for its upcoming issue. Any topic, any style. Send unpublished work, cover letter, and SASE to Susan Swartwout, Big Muddy, One University Plaza, MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.


Blinders Journal Seeking Submissions For Issue Two

Online submissions accepted year-round.

Have you ever, as a new writer, felt intimidated by the contributor bios you read in the back of your favorite magazines? Have you ever, as a well-established writer, wondered how well your manuscripts would fare if they were separated from your name and list of previous publications? We here at Blinders Literary Journal hope that we have found a solution for writers and poets, new and advanced. We are currently reading blind submissions only for our second issue. We never want to see your cover letter, only your fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Once we accept your work, we will display it professionally in a digital environment.


Brickplight Issue 5 Call for Submissions

Online submission deadline: October 25, 2014

Brickplight exists to promote the exploration of unique identities through daring poetry. We will be accepting submissions for Issue 5 from September 1st, 2014 through October 25th, 2014. Please visit our site for submission guidelines:


Call for Submissions: Short Stories, Poetry, and Artwork

Submissions accepted year-round.

Digital Papercut is an online literary journal that publishes new work every day. We are seeking short story, poetry, and artwork of any theme for our second issue. We welcome fresh new writers with engaging voices, and we enjoy dark and quirky artwork. All Artists and Authors retain rights to their work. Submission is free. By submitting to DP, Artists and Authors can be published quickly, reach a larger audience online, share their published work with family and friends for free, and link their work in their online portfolios. Submission guidelines can be found at


The Cape Rock Seeks Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

The Cape Rock is one of the oldest ongoing journals in the nation: 50 years strong! We publish established and emerging poets. Send 3–5 previously unpublished poems, any style, with cover letter and SASE to Susan Swartwout, The Cape Rock, One University Plaza MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.


Fourth Genre Accepting Submissions

Postmark deadline: November 30, 2014

Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is now accepting submissions for the open reading period. Submissions must be postmarked between August 15 and November 30. Send Submissions to: Laura Julier, Editor, Fourth Genre, 434 Farm Lane, Rm. 234, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1033. Detailed submission guidelines available at Please read submission guidelines prior to submitting.


Glassworks Magazine Call for Submissions

Submission deadline: December 15, 2014

Glassworks Magazine, a journal of literature and art publishing digitally and in print, seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, craft essays, art/photography, and new media (video, audio, multi-modal, etc.) for upcoming issues. Reading period open until December 15. Contributor copies provided. Read guidelines at


The Healing Muse Submission Period Starts September 1, 2014

Postmark/Email submission deadline: May 1, 2015

The Healing Muse, annual journal of literary and visual art published by SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, is looking for artists and writers for our 2015 fall publication. We welcome fiction, poetry, narratives, essays, memoirs, drawings, photography, and graphic art, particularly but not exclusively focusing on themes of medicine and healing. Submission period: September 1, 2014 through May 1, 2015. Original and unpublished works only. Detailed guidelines can be found on our website:


J Journal Call for Submissions

J Journal: New Writing on Justice seeks submissions for spring and fall 2015 issues. While J's writers sometimes meet justice head on, our most resonant pieces often approach justice tangentially. J Journal has received strong notices and won a Pushcart Prize for fiction. Send previously unpublished literary fiction, poetry, or personal narratives to: Editors, J Journal, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th St., 7th Floor, New York NY 10019. Three poems or 6000 words of prose, max. Please include email address for reply only. See for more information. Queries:


Literal Latte's Twentieth Anniversary. We Brew Great Words.

Submissions accepted year-round.

Send us stories, poems and personal essays. We believe great writing comes in all styles and subjects. Have a taste at Stories and essays up to 10,000 words. Poems up to 2,000 words each. Complete guidelines on site. Send to: Literal Latte / WordSci Inc., 200 East 10th Street, Suite 240, New York, NY 10003.


LPR Accepting Submissions for Winter 2015 Food Issue

Submission deadline: November 1, 2014

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Winter 2015 Food issue. How many tongues can you access through the language of food? How many minutes could you commune with a family at a foreign table, supported with the language of food? LPR seeks a variety of takes on the theme, from the broad issues, places, and people that “feed” you, to the ground level stories and poems that mark your daily interactions with food. Submissions will be open until November 1, 2014. Guidelines at


The New Verse News is Accepting Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.

The New Verse News covers the news with poems on issues large and small (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors seek to post each day a genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story. See the website at for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems The New Verse News publishes. Then paste your previously-unpublished, non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.


Per Contra: Submissions Open for Short Fiction

Email deadline: October 15, 2014

Per Contra publishes literary fiction. We accept both flash fiction and short stories up to 4500 words. Although we publish translations, at this time we can accept only original fiction in English as submissions. Simultaneous submissions welcome. For full guidelines, please see our current issue at


PLUME: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry

Online submission deadline: Rolling

PLUME: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry is open for submissions. We publish some of the best poetry in the world, from writers both well-known and emerging: Rae Armantrout, Major Jackson, Amy Gerstler, Lisa Russ Spar, Mary Ruefle, Jim Daniels, Stuart Dybek, Andre du Bouchet tr. by Paul Auster, Mary Jo Salter, Yves Bonnefoy, Bob Hicok, and more. Please send 3-5 poems—but take a look at our guidelines first, perhaps, such as they are, or stroll through the Archives.


Slipstream Seeks Poems Exploring the Theme of "Elements."

Online/Postmark submission deadline: May 1, 2015

Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #35, which will be published in 2015. We seek poetry that explores the theme "elements." Creative interpretations are welcome. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file only. We also are seeking artwork for the issue. Please do not submit again until you have received a response on the status of your current submission. We also accept mail submissions with a SASE: Slipstream, PO Box 2071, Niagara Falls NY 14301. Deadline for submissions for this issue is May 1, 2015. Submit only unpublished work. Please refer to our submission guidelines on our web site (


Submit to BatCat Press!

Email submission deadline: September 30, 2014

We have extended our summer reading period till the end of September! BatCat Press publishes handbound limited editions of awesome poetry and prose. We seek to publish books, chapbooks, and broadsides that are the perfect combination of excellent writing and interesting design. Go to for more information on our process.


Under the Sun is reading for its 3rd online issue

Postmark/Email deadline: January 2, 2015

Beginning August 15 through January 2 Under the Sun will be taking creative nonfiction and single submissions only. 2013 website: New website beginning September 2014: E-mail: Address: Heidemarie Weidner, English 5053, TTU, Cookeville, TN 38505.



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