Last updated September 18, 2014
Creative Writing Programs, Conferences, and Festivals
2014 Other Words Literary Conference
November 6-8, 2014, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Theme: Writing and Protest: Civil Rights, and the Rights for All
The city of St. Augustine will be holding events throughout the year, remembering its role in the Voting Rights Act signed 50 years ago. Our conference theme is about politics and writing broadly defined. However we entertain all ideas. The conference will feature panels, readings, a book fair, and a special exhibit created by Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes. For details on registration and other matters, please see www.floridarts.org.
LUMINA Literary Journal Poetry Contest
Now Accepting Submissions
Deadline: October 15, 2014
LUMINA's 2014 Poetry Writing Contest Judged by Patricia Lockwood. Submission Fee: $12 100 word bio (max) at the bottom of your cover letter. Submit up to three poems, 60 lines maximum per poem. You must submit all poem(s) in a single document. DO NOT INCLUDE any personal information in the body of your submission. Previously published works will not be considered. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw your submission immediately if work is accepted elsewhere. First Place: $500, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIV, Second Place: $250, publication in LUMINA Vol. XIV, Third Place: $100, publication in LUMINA Online Literary Journal. lumina.submittable.com/submit
The Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize
Deadline: September 30, 2014
DEADLINE QUICKLY APPROACHING: The Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize, sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press, is looking for book-length manuscripts of original poetry not previously published in book form. Winner will receive $2,000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. This year’s final judge is poet Peter Everwine. For full guidelines as well as the link for online submissions and payments, go to: www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Rose Metal Press Ninth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest
Online submission deadline: December 1, 2014
Rose Metal Press, an independent nonprofit publisher of works in hybrid genres, seeks submissions to its Ninth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. Please submit your 25-40 page, double-spaced manuscript of flash fiction or flash nonfiction (each story under 1,000 words) from November 1 to December 1. The winner will have his/her chapbook published in Summer 2015, with an introduction by the contest judge. $10 fee. Judge: Pamela Painter. More details at www.rosemetalpress.com/Submit/Submit.html.
2014 In Cahoots Contest - $50 Cash Prize
Submission deadline: October 1, 2014
There is no entrance fee. Simultaneous submissions are okay (but if
your submission is published elsewhere first, it will be disqualified
for First Prize, so please notify us immediately if it is picked up
elsewhere). Submissions must be new collaborative work only. This means
all submissions must be created by 2+ people. Submit 1-3 pieces in a
single email. Each piece may have a different collaborative team. All
submissions must include a literary component but may include or be
paired with a visual or audio component. All submissions will also be
considered for normal publication. Read more here:
Calls for Submissions
BLACKBERRY: a magazine open for submissions
Online submission deadline: Rolling
BLACKBERRY: a magazine is an online literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. We're currently looking for poetry, (a lot of) fiction, nonfiction, spoken word, and flash. Please check out our previous issues and take a peak at our site to get a feel for what we like. www.blackberryamagazine.com
Cactus Heart Seeks Your Prickly Little Hearts
Submission deadline: Rolling
Cactus Heart seeks new and original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography & art for Issue #10 (e-Issue) and Issue #10.5 (print), both due out in December. We want spiny writing & art—sharp, relentless, coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, all while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior. Send us your prickly little hearts; make us swoon. More info: cactusheartpress.com/about. Full guidelines: cactusheartpress.submittable.com. Questions: email@example.com.
cahoodaloodaling - The Animal Becomes Us
Submission deadline: September 30, 2014
Issue #14 of cahoodaloodaling—The Animal Becomes Us—is open for submissions. We’re leaving this wide open to interpretation. Consider this your open invitation to send anything from light verse about your animal companion to speculative were-animal stories. Submissions due 9/30/14. Guest editor TBA. Issue live 10/31/14. See more information on submitting and read past issues here: cahoodaloodaling.com.
Citron Review Open for Submissions
At The Citron Review we are delighted by the economy of the super short form. We crave smart, tight words with emotional impact. Spare us sloppy or cute. Give us the brave shimmer. We are now accepting online submissions for our Winter 2014 Issue. To read our Fall 2014 Issue, review our submissions guidelines or to submit, visit us at: www.citronreview.com.
Clockhouse opens submissions for its 2015 issue
Online submission deadline: December 1, 2014
Clockhouse, a literary journal published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2015 issue. Clockhouse is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic work. Our 2014 issue showcases work by Elisabeth Frost, David Greenspan, Rinne Groff, Beth Kephart, Nancy Kricorian, Naomi Shihab Nye, Purvi Shah, Michelle Yasmine Valladares, and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s interview of M. T. Anderson, among other terrific voices. Deadline is December 1, 2014. For submission guidelines, mission statement, and to submit your work, visit www.clockhouse.net.
Coe Review wants to fight for your poetry's publication.
Deadline: October 25, 2014
Coe Review, established in 1971, is a magazine that unleashes refreshing perspectives and unheard voices. We are run by an entirely undergraduate editorial staff who wants to read your poetry and fiction. We accept all forms of poetry for our fall issue, and, from our hundreds of submissions, we choose those with original forms, styles, messages, and origins. The best issues are created from a passionate staff and writers to be passionate about, and we love being able to fight for your work. More details at coereview.org/about-us/submissions/.
Gambling the Aisle is Open for Submissions
Deadline: See Website
Gambling the Aisle invites the submission of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and indefinable things for our next issue. We are attracted to the experimental and the strange, but more importantly we’re attracted to thoughtful, well-crafted work. We accept simultaneous submissions and encourage work from writers/artists of all backgrounds. For submission guidelines and to submit visit gamblingtheaisle.submittable.com/submit. To view our latest issue visit www.gamblingtheaisle.com.
General Submissions Open Now
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Prairie Schooner, aims to publish the best writing available, both from beginning and established writers. In print since 1926, our quarterly issues feature short stories, poems, imaginative essays of general interest, and reviews of current books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Read the full guidelines on our website: prairieschooner.unl.edu/?q=submit. Then send us your best.
Gravel Is Looking for Your Absolute Best Writing and Art
Online submissions accepted year-round.
We are accepting submissions of comics, graphics, art, photography, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We want work that will shake us up a bit. Work that will make us question our personal beliefs. Work that three days later will make us laugh once again. Submit here: gravel.submittable.com/submit.
Hey Fictioners! District Lit Wants Your Short Stories!
District Lit seeking quality short stories from emerging and established writers. Read our archives to get a feel for the journal: districtlit.com/fiction and then send us your very best!
McNeese Review is Open for Submissions
Deadline: December 1, 2014
McNeese Review, the literary journal of McNeese State University in Louisiana, is reading submissions for Issue 52, to be released February 2015. Send in your best short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and original black and white art and photos. We value clarity of image, complex worldviews, genuine emotion, character, coherency, compression, and all the right words put in interesting combinations. Deadline is December 1, 2014. For more information, visit our submissions page at: www.mcneesereview.com/submissions/.
Neon Literary Magazine Seeks Chapbook Proposals
Submissions accepted year-round.
Neon is seeking proposals for short chapbooks and pamphlets to be published over the next few years. Neon chapbooks will be booklets of up to forty pages in length, each containing the work of a single author or poet. Pamphlets will be much shorter booklets, containing just a few poems or a short piece of prose by a single author. They will be distributed for free along with chapbooks and issues of Neon. To find out more, or to propose a chapbook or pamphlet, please fill in the webform at www.neonmagazine.co.uk/?page_id=4180.
Palaver welcomes interdisciplinary submissions for its Fall 2014 issue
Deadline: October 14, 2014
Palaver is the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s online interdisciplinary journal. We publish creative and academic work. Palaver is a venue for innovative work, promoting the visionary talents of contributors across an array of interests, while merging diverse academic endeavors into a forum, giving rise to a new dialogue. To learn more about Palaver, please visit our website: palaverjournal.com.
Petrichor Review is open for submissions through December 31st, 2014.
Submission deadline: December 31, 2014
Now accepting short and long fiction, poetry, comics, artwork, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. We like weird things, but not weird for weird's sake. Send us stuff like that. Please visit out Submittable page for details: petrichorreview.submittable.com/submit.
Posit, a journal of literature and art
Online submissions accepted year-round.
Posit publishes finely crafted contemporary poetry, very short fiction, hybrid literary forms, and visual art. We are looking for innovation, aesthetic vision, and accomplished craftsmanship. Our tastes are non-sectarian, with an interest in the experimental. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. posit.submittable.com/submit.
Scapegoat Review looking 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 Muench, Osip Mandelstam, Yusef Komunyakaa, Wilsawa Symborksa; work that captures our brain and heart. Check www.scapegoatreview.com for guidelines.
Submit Now to Dark Matter Journal for Issue #6
Deadline December 1, 2014
Dark Matter publishes literary speculative poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, essays, and musings. We are interested in all things speculative in literature. We are not interested in anything dogmatic or mystical. Use natural metaphor to explore meaning and challenge traditional wisdom. We especially want to encourage new writers, particularly those who may not have training in writing but want to express creative explorations. Selected work will first appear on the Dark Matter blog. The best pieces will then be compiled into the first Dark Matter online journal. Visit www.darkmatterjournal.org for more information.
Vallum: Contemporary Poetry – 12:1 Surrender
Deadline: November 1, 2014
What does it mean to bend, to yield? Surrender manifests in different
ways: joy, despair, a willingness to give up one’s “totality” for
someone or something other than him or her self. We surrender to vices,
to glory, to the divine, or to the void. How do you “surrender?” Send us
your best poems! Deadline: November 1, 2014. For more information and
guidelines, please visit us online:
Wild Horses: Women on Fire Series
ELJ Publications is publishing an annual collection exclusively written by women. We are looking for 20 writers each contributing creative works of all types, including poetry, prose, CNF, memoir, essay and/or reviews of the books written by awesome women. We are looking to share women’s stories of empowerment and triumph, everything and anything woman. Please tell us your story. We are currently accepting 1-3 longer pieces or 5-10 shorter pieces. Feel free to submit a mix of genres in each submission. We strongly encourage reprints, multiple and simultaneous submissions. All proceeds will be donated to RAINN: Rape Abuse Incest National Network. www.eljpublications.com
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