Last updated June 19, 2013
The Book Stand
Poetry by Benjamin Myers
NYQ Books, March 2013
Paperback: 120pp; $14.95
The twin ravens, Thought and Memory, of Norse myth are reborn as American crows to fly an interweaving pattern or remembering and forgetting through the pages of Lapse Americana. Born out of the poet's childhood during the Pax Americana and situated within the war and economic lapse of the new century, these poems explore memory and amnesia, faith and doubt, presence and absence. They are rooted in rural, working class experience as well as in the poetic traditions of America, Europe, and China. By turns formal and jazzy, confessional and coy, these poems speak of the universal by focusing on the particular, insisting with simultaneous emphasis upon the value of remembering and of embracing forgetfulness.
Nora Roberts Writing Institute
August 2-3, 2013
Registration deadline: July 31, 2013
Join other beginning and aspiring writers on Aug. 2 and 3, 2013 for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) at Hagerstown Community College, in Maryland. Learn techniques of fiction writing. Named after local resident and bestselling author Nora Roberts, this two-day retreat features breakout sessions on screenwriting, plot development, and publishing. Keynote speakers are renowned authors Sylvia Day and Erica Bauermeister. The NRWI also features a Young Writers Institute, for tenth through twelfth grade students who write fiction. Bring the family and make a weekend of it in historic Western Maryland. Register or learn more at nrwi.hagerstowncc.edu.
The Creativity Workshop
New York, Prague, Dubai, Crete, Barcelona, Provence, Florence
"I produced as much poetry in the 5 day Crete Workshop as I
did in a month in a conventional poetry workshop."
—Sally Naylor, Poet, Chattanooga, TN
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. Read more about The Creativity Workshop.
The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference
The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2013. Join a community of writers on Maryland’s beautiful Western Shore for a week of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, all led by accomplished faculty. In your free time, you can explore southern Maryland’s beaches, bays, wineries and restaurants. June 23-29, 2013. Rolling admission. www.smcm.edu/summer/writing
The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction
Registration deadline: Until filled
June 23-27, 2013, New Hampshire
We all have true stories to tell: about worlds we know well and new worlds
we discover daily. This workshop shows how to capture both, using the power
of voice, storytelling, memory and grace of language to make nonfiction
writing come alive. Using in-class exercises as springboards, participants
explore strategies for turning fragments of memory and observation into
memoir, personal essay, profiles and narrative journalism. Led by Mimi
Schwartz and limited to just 10 participants. Join us in New Hampshire
for this supportive writing workshop with uninterrupted writing time,
workshops and homemade meals.
Learn more and register online.
First Annual Bone Bouquet Experimental Prose Award—
Online submission deadline: July 15, 2013
Final Judge: Barbara Henning
Bone Bouquet is now open to submissions for our first annual contest for experimental prose by women-identified writers, which includes transgender and genderqueer writers who identify as female. The winning writer is awarded with $50 and publication in issue 5.1 of Bone Bouquet. Previous issues have featured work by Rachel Levitsky, Carmen Giménez Smith, Becca Klaver, Khadijah Queen and more. Submit your work(s) of experimental prose, up to 5,000 words per entry. Multiple submissions are allowed along with multiple entry fees. Online submissions via Submittable only. Contest fee: $5.00 per entry or $14.00 per entry with a 1-year subscription.
New Millennium Writings Extends Contest Deadline!
Online/Postmark deadline: July 31, 2013
Best poem–$1,000; Fiction–$1,000; Nonfiction–$1,000; Short-Short fiction–$1,000. Guidelines: Simultaneous submissions welcome. Previously published pieces welcome if under 5,000circulation or online only. Include $20 check NMW for fiction, or nonfiction piece, or each set of 3 poems. Include name, phone, address, email, and category on cover letter. "I found this to be one of the most powerful literary experiences I've ever had. For anyone who gives a whit about writing or the human condition, New Millennium Writings should be required reading." —Kane S. LaTranz, Alibi. Address: "NMW", 4021 Garden Drive, Knoxville, TN 37901. www.newmillenniumwritings.com
Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Prize 2013
Postmark deadline: November 15, 2013
Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Prize 2013 on the Jewish experience. Please submit 1-2 one-page poems, single space, submit in quadruplicate hard copy, cover page with contact information and list of poems. No email submissions. Deadline: November 15, 2013. NO FEE. For more information, visit www.poeticamagazine.com.
Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize
Online submission deadline: August 15, 2013
Arcadia seeks any and all sorts of poetry. If you've got a chapbook ready and it's between 15 and 30 pages, send it our way. The contest will be open between May 1 and August 15th. Submit as often as you like, but make each submission separate. Submissions are read blind, so please make sure the manuscript does not have your name or contact information on it. The entry fee is $20.00. The winner receives $1,000, publication, and 25 author copies. All entries will be considered for publication in Arcadia. www.arcadiamagazine.org/contests
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest
Online/Postmark submission deadline: August 15, 2013
A single entry is 2-4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines. Prize: $1,000, public reading, VIP Festival pass ($500 value) at 28th annual Festival (March 19-23, 2014), and publication. Judge: Robert Pinsky. Deadline: August 15. $20 entry fee. Poetry Contest, 938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113. Guidelines and online submission: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests.
The Texas Observer Short Story Contest
Online/Email deadline: August 4, 2013
The 2013 Texas Observer Short Story Contest is open for submissions. The winning writer receives $1,000 and publication in the 2013 Books Issue. This year's guest judge is Dagoberto Gilb (Before the End, After the Beginning). The contest is open to any and all participants regardless of location. There are no restrictions on genre or theme. (i.e., you need not be a Texan or write about Texas.) Four finalists will be eligible for online publication. Word count max: 2,500. Entry fee: $25.00. For full guidelines, contact info, and to enter, please visit: texasobserver.org/short-story-contest.
May Sarton Poetry Prize
Online/Postmark deadline: June 30, 2013
DEADLINE ALERT! Bauhan Publishing wants to remind people that the deadline for the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize is June 30th, 2013. This contest, created for the 100th birthday of May Sarton, is in its third year featuring new judge Jeff Friedman. The winning poet is awarded with $1,000, the publication of their manuscript, and 100 copies of their newly-published book. We are now accepting both online and paper submissions. All manuscripts must be postmarked or submitted by June 30th, 2013. Visit www.bauhanpublishing.com/poetry-contest-guidelines/ for complete guidelines and more information.
Gulf Coast's Barthelme Prize for Short Prose Now Accepting Entries
Online/Postmark submission deadline: August 31, 2013
Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2013 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Robert Coover. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 26.2, due out in April 2014, and all entries will be considered for paid publication. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their contest fee. Entries accepted both online and via postal mail. Visit gulfcoastmag.org/contests for more information.
The Second Annual Thomas Morton
Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence
Online submission deadline: September 30, 2013
The Puritan is proud to announce the return of the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence! Two winners in the fields of poetry and fiction will receive a generous prize package, including cash ($900/fiction and $600/poetry) and a collection of books (approx. $600 for each winner) from Canada’s most celebrated publishers (including Coach House Books, House of Anansi, ECW Press, and many more). The winning entries will also appear in The Puritan Issue XXIII: Fall 2013 and be honoured at a launch party. See our website, www.puritan-magazine.com for submission details! Deadline: Sept. 30, 2013. Brave the frontier today!
Calls for Submissions
Book Lovers anthology: Call for Submissions
Online/Email submission deadline: July 1, 2013
Smart is sexy—and we know it. Book Lovers answers the demand for intelligent erotica, offering readers toe-curling tales written by real wordsmiths. Book Lovers is due out on Seal Press in 2014. Send me your well-crafted fiction, creative nonfiction and illustrated stories connecting literature to libido. Dazzle me with your literary prowess. Turn me on enough to make me turn the page. Wow me with words. Seeking smart, sensual storytelling at its finest. More info here: www.shawnakenney.com/book-lovers-a-call-for-submissions/. Send stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lumina Seeks Submissions for Media Chapbook
Online submission deadline: August 1, 2013
LUMINA is pleased to announce the opening of submissions for our first ever Media Chapbook! We’re looking for unique fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and visual art. All genres are welcome; slam poetry and script-work is encouraged. Here’s the twist: With every visual and written work submitted, we would like to have an audio component paired with it. The art and writing will be printed in the physical chapbook and will be twinned with the audio accompaniment on our website. To learn more, visit our website at www.luminajournal.com/media-chapbook.
Queer literary magazine seeking submissions
Online/Email submission deadline: July 5, 2013
Plenitude Magazine promotes the growth and development of LGBTTQI literature through a biannual electronic (e-pub & pdf) publication of literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic narrative and short film by both emerging and established LGBTTQI writers. We define queer literature and arts as works created by LGBTTQI people, rather than works which feature queer content alone. Past issues have included some of Canada's most exciting writers like Lydia Kwa, Betsy Warland, Trevor Corkum and Alex Leslie. Canadian and International submissions welcome. Submit online, and read our full submission guidelines at plenitudemagazine.submittable.com/submit.
The Drunken Odyssey Needs Personal Essays on Beloved Books
The Drunken Odyssey with John King, a writing podcast, needs personal essays about a beloved book for its “Book that Changed my Life” segment towards the end of each show. These essays should be between 500 and 700 words. The format is to discuss what was going on in your life when you encountered the book (1-2 paragraphs), what about the book affected you so much (2-3 paragraphs), and close retrospectively with your life now, after having had the book become a part of you. For examples, check out the podcast at thedrunkenodyssey.com. Send pitches for essay ideas to email@example.com.
NANO Fiction is currently accepting submissions
NANO Fiction is currently accepting previously unpublished works of fiction 300 words or fewer. Please visit nanofiction.org for details.
The New Verse News seeks submissions
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 www.newversenews.com for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems The New Verse News publishes. Then paste your submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com. Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.
Weber—The Contemporary West Call for Submissions
Submission deadline: year-round
Weber—The Contemporary West has been in circulation since 1983. We seek work that speaks to the preservation of and access to the wilderness, to environmental cooperation, and to the insights derived from an enlarged understanding of both the new and old West. Please visit the site, read some of the work we publish and view our submission guidelines for a sense of what we are looking for at www.weber.edu/weberjournal.
damselfly press seeks to promote exceptional writing by women.
Email submission deadline: September 15, 2013
We welcome work from female writers of all experiences. We accept fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We are now accepting submissions for our twenty-fifth issue due out in October 2013. The deadline to submit is September 15, 2013. Please visit our website at www.damselflypress.net for more information and complete guidelines.
Meat for Tea seeks submissions for the "Bone" issue.
Online/Email submission deadline: July 28, 2013
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review seeks submissions of art, poetry, and prose for the "Bone" issue of the magazine. We like essays, paintings, prints, collage, photographs, illustrations, cartoons, rants, raves, micro and flash fiction, short stories, poems, and recipes. Our prior contributors include David Yow, Jad Fair, John Lurie, Anne Serling, Dorian Sagan, John Mandel and many other notables. See more here: www.meatfortea.com
Rattle Seeks Love Poems
Online/Postmark submission deadline: October 15, 2013
RATTLE magazine is seeking submissions of Love Poems for our Spring 2014 issue. Poems may be traditional or experimental: the more unusual the better. Deadline: October 15. Send up to 5 poems and/or a relevant essay by email or hard copy. Guidelines: www.rattle.com/poetry/submissions/.
Steel Toe Review Seeks Submissions
Online submission deadline: Rolling
Steel Toe Review publishes fiction and poetry. We tend to focus on Southern writers and Southern themes, but we are open to any writing of quality. We are particularly interested in work that uses conventions of traditional genres in new and interesting ways. In addition, we sometimes publish creative non-fiction and essays, as long as the subject matter fits our overall aesthetic. Please see the submission guidelines on our website for more information: steeltoereview.com/submissions/.
Call for Submissions
Submission deadline: July 15, 2013
shufPoetry desires poetry which challenges the very definition of poetry, through experimentation, mixed media, genre bending, video, animation, sound, visual text, music. We highly desire poems that incorporate audio, visual and mixed media elements, so please go wild! For full guidelines please visit us at www.shufPoetry.com.
The Chattahoochee Review's Call for Submissions: The Animal
Online submission deadline: October 1, 2013 (or until filled)
Call for submissions: The Animal. Inventive or classic variations of the “animal” theme welcome. Send relevant fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by October 1, 2013, though the issue may fill sooner. Online submissions now available: thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu. Please note call for submissions in cover letter.
The Labletter: Call for submissions
Email submission deadline: July 15, 2013
The Labletter, an annual magazine of art and literature, is currently accepting submissions to its fiction, essay, and poetry sections. Fiction (as well as creative nonfiction) and essay (narrative nonfiction) submissions can be up to 10,000 words in length. Interested poets should submit four to eight poems. For complete submission guidelines as well as information about contributor compensation, please visit www.labletter.com/submit.
Poems wanted for issue No. 2 of Cruel Garters.
Submission deadline: August 13, 2013
Poems wanted for issue No. 2 of Cruel Garters (cruelgarters.cruelgarters.com). Reviewing immediately and through August 13. Mission/Vision: To publish in print both well-established & newer voices in a small, stripped-down publication that minimizes literary trappings and focuses on the work itself. We prefer the short, lyrical, and odd, but are most interested in work with its own voice and aesthetic. Submissions to cruelgarters.submittable.com/submit.
Scapegoat Review Seeks Submissions for Fall Issue
Scapegoat Review is a quarterly review which is comprised of poetry, flash fiction, and flash nonfiction. We also publish book reviews. The best way to see what we publish is by checking out our website: www.scapegoatreview.com. We are currently looking for submissions for our Fall Issue.
Call for Submissions: Glass Seed Annual
Submission deadline: September 30, 2013
The Glass Seed Annual seeks poems which emphasize the music of language through alliteration, anaphora, refrain, repetition, and other formal metrical devices. The theme for the next issue is superstition and reason. The Glass Seed Annual would like to see contemporary poems on superstition, reason, and their interaction. Please see our guidelines for more details: www.pantoum.org/gsa/offerings.shtml. The Glass Seed Annual pays 20 USD per poem by check or Paypal. The Glass Seed Annual will pay 30 USD for pantoums which fit the theme.
Per Contra Welcomes Fiction Submissions.
Submission deadline: October 15, 2013
Per Contra is open for submissions of short fiction until October 15, 2013. We publish only literary fiction—no genre fiction. We accept stories up to 3000 words, including flash to 1000 words. Please check our full guidelines online at www.percontra.net.
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