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NewPages Winter 2016 LitPak

Browse fliers for calls for submissions, conferences and MFA programs, writing contests, new issue and title announcements, special subscription offers, and more! Please feel free to print, post, and share the fliers.

Calls for Submissions


Chintamani Books - Lalitamba LitPak flier

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Chintamani Books Seeks Manuscripts

Deadline: See website
Chintamani Books, the publisher of Lalitamba magazine, is seeking book-length poetry manuscripts. Founded in New York City in 2010, we published our first book at the request of several recovering addicts who had experienced inpatient meditation workshops and wished to continue studying. Since then, we have grown to offer good reads in fiction, translation, and poetry. Books are regularly donated to hospitals, shelters, and prisons throughout the United States, and also distributed internationally. Poetry manuscripts should be mailed to Chintamani Books; PO Box 131; Planetarium Station; New York, NY 10024.

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Explore Global Voices and South Asia with us in 2016!

Submissions accepted year-round.
publishes original essays, poetry, fiction, and interviews with notable authors, from the region and around the globe, and emphasizes work relevant to current local, national, and global concerns regarding the humanities, culture, and the environment. Weber's 2016 issues highlight the artwork of Pala Pothupitiye; the fiction of Tsitsi Dangarembga, Siddhartha Deb, Meira Chand, and Sunetra Gupta; the poetry of Meena Alexander; an interview with actress and activist Shabana Azmi; and interviews with writers Michael Ondaatje, Ana Castillo, and Terry Tempest Williams. Single issues are $10. Subscribe at

Gival Press Winter 2016LitPak flier

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Gival Press is Seeking Authors/Poets

Deadline: Varies
Gival Press, an award-winning independent literary press, is looking for authors/poets who have a message in their work. If you have something to say and feel that others would be interested in reading your work, consider sending your work for consideration. We have four annual contests: the novel, the short story, a single poem, a collection of poetry. In addition, we consider work for our online journal, ArLiJo, from January 15- April 15, 2016. Visit us: Submission Portal:

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Join Epiphany's Thriving Community of Writers and Readers!

Deadline: July 15, 2016
“Everything in the world was in precarious balance, pure risk, and those who didn’t agree to take the risk wasted away in a corner, without getting to know life.”—Elena Ferrante, Epiphany contributor since 2007. Submit now. Join our thriving community of writers and readers. Submit here:

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Meat for Tea seeks new submissions and new subscribers.

Deadline: Rolling
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review
seeks submissions in a variety of genres for publication in our award-winning arts & literary journal. We also hope to increase our subscriber base.

Main Street Rag LitPak flier

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Publishing Opportunities at Main Street Rag

Submission Deadline: Rolling
If you’re a writer looking for opportunities, Main Street Rag Publishing Company is the place. It starts with The Main Street Rag, our quarterly independent literary magazine which features poetry, fiction, reviews, interviews, and more and has been publishing uninterrupted since 1996. We also publish themed anthologies, poetry books and chapbooks, short story collections, novellas, and novels. Visit our website and take a tour of our publishing options. Visit the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore and sample some of the books we’ve already published. Main Street Rag Publishing Company, PO BOX 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001,, , 704-573-2516.

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Submit & Subscribe to Raleigh Review

Deadline: April 30, 2016
Raleigh Review
is a national non-profit magazine of poetry, short fiction, and art, offering accessible works of experience that are emotionally and intellectually complex. At Raleigh Review we believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature.

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upstreet number thirteen: call for submissions

Deadline: March 1
Award-winning annual’s thirteenth issue seeks quality submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. We have published authors such as Lydia Davis, Ted Kooser, Michael Martone, Tamas Dobozy, Randall Brown, Jonathan Evison, Douglas Glover, Marilyn Hacker, Mark Halliday, Tony Hoagland, David Jauss, David Kirby, Courtney Maum, Scott Nadelson, D. Nurkse, Jean Valentine, and Connie Wanek, among others. Interview subjects have included Robert Olen Butler, Robin Hemley, Wally Lamb, Dani Shapiro, Jim Shepard, Sue William Silverman, and Joan Wickersham. Reading period: September 1, 2016, to March 1, 2017. For new submission guidelines, including payment, and to submit:


Conferences, Workshops, & Writing Programs

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Slice Literary Conference LitPak flier

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Acclaimed Conference on the Business and the Craft of Writing

Application Deadline: August 5, 2016
September 10 - 11, 2016; St Francis College, Downtown Brooklyn
130+ agents, editors, authors, and publishing pros will take part in panels, workshops, and 1-on-1 meetings at the upcoming Slice Literary Writers' Conference. This two-day event covers the business and the craft of writing. We aim to spark groundbreaking conversations about fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Our panelists hail from renowned literary institutions, such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Henry Holt & Co., Little Brown & Co., HarperCollins, ICM, Janklow & Nesbit, Folio Literary Management, Writers' House, Curtis Brown, William Morris Endeavor, The National Book Foundation, Tin House, One Story, A Public Space, and many more.

University of Arizona MFA in Creative Writing LitPak flier

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Arizona MFA

Annual Application Deadline: January 1
The University of Arizona is a fully funded program in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with active encouragement to work across genres. The UA MFA features a world-class faculty, the Poetry Center, Sonora Review, Fairy Tale Review and multiple reading series and professional opportunities. A program at once supportive and demanding, the UA MFA produces graduates who publish in top venues. The UA MFA is located in Tucson, a progressive, inexpensive and vibrant border town with great food, music, visual culture and near-by world-class hiking in the Sonoran Desert and Sky Island mountains. January 1st application deadline for following fall semester.

Chesapeake Writers Conference LitPak flier

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Come Practice Your Craft on the Shores of the St. Mary's River

Application Deadline: Rolling
June 19-25, 2016; St. Mary's College of Maryland
The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is now accepting applications for summer 2016. Join a community of writers on Maryland’s beautiful Western Shore for a week of lectures, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, all led by accomplished faculty. In your free time, explore southern Maryland’s beaches, bays, and restaurants, or just write on the banks of the St. Mary’s River. June 19-25, 2016. College credit available. Rolling admissions.

Elk River Writers Workshop LitPak flier

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Elk River Writers Workshop in Paradise Valley, Montana

Application Deadline: June 1, 2016
August 8-11, 2016; Chico Hot Springs, Pray, Montana
The Elk River Writer’s Workshop brings together prominent writers and students for four days of seminars, workshops, lectures, and readings in a small group environment. The 2016 workshop takes place August 8–11, at the historic Chico Hot Springs Resort in Montana’s spectacular Paradise Valley. Faculty: This year, we welcome 2016 Henry David Thoreau award winner and Chicksaw poet Linda Hogan; bestselling novelist Jamie Ford; PEN Award winning author Nina McConigley and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lesley.

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HippoCamp: A Creative Nonfiction Writing Conference - keynote Mary Karr

Registration Deadline: July 31, 2016
August 12-14, 2016; Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA
This three-day event, scheduled for Aug. 12-14 in Lancaster, Pa., features dozens of engaging sessions in three tracks: create, share, live—topics range from publishing, marketing and craft to balancing writing with a family full-time career. A number of interactive all-conference panels, keynotes/readings, and plenty of socializing and networking opportunities round out the schedule. Registration includes an opening reception, many meals, and snack and beverage breaks. Pre- and post-conference craft workshops and pitch sessions are optional add-on offerings. Among our 40+ speakers are two keynotes: best-selling memoirist Mary Karr and prolific essayist Ashley C. Ford. Early-bird rate ends March 31.

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference LitPak flier

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Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference - June 20-26, 2016

Application Deadline: May 10, 2016
Write by the Lake! Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference presents weeklong writing workshops with Natalie Diaz, Jericho Brown, Lorraine Lopez, LeAnne Howe, Rebecca Brown, and Distinguished Visiting Writer Joy Harjo in an intimate lakeside setting in Northern Minnesota, June 20-26. Earlybird rate $550 until April 5. Affordable housing and recreational activities by Lake Bemidji. Join us!

The Frost Place LitPak flier

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Study Poetry at the Home of Robert Frost

Application Deadlines: May 20, June 5, June 29
Conference on Poetry and Teaching: 6/25 - 6/29, Writing Intensive: 6/29 - 6/30, Conference on Poetry: 7/10 - 7/16, Poetry Seminar: 7/31 - 8/5
Study poetry at the home of Robert Frost in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Spend a week at “intensive poetry camp” with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. Our programs offer daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment. Join a select community of poets to refresh your artistic inspiration in a setting of great natural beauty. Apply for the Latin@ scholarship to the Conference on Poetry, designed to encourage the Latin@ voice in poetry and the literary arts.

University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency LitPak flier

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University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency

Application Deadline: April 3, 2016
The University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program offers one residency each summer for a poet to spend two weeks developing their work in Tucson, Arizona. Writers at any stage of their careers may apply. The residency includes a $500 stipend and a two-week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31. The 2016 Summer Residency is judged by Natalie Diaz.

NYU Writers in New York LitPak flier

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Writers in New York: NYU's Summer Writing Program

Application Deadline: Rolling
May 23-June 16; New York, NY
Writers in New York offers students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction an opportunity to develop their craft while living the writer's life in Greenwich Village. Daily workshops and craft seminars are supplemented by readings and lectures by New York-based writers and publishing professionals. Field trips, cultural activities, readings, and guest lectures constitute an integral component of the program. Faculty include John Murillo, Elissa Schappell, Helen Schulman, Darin Strauss, Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, and Rachel Zucker. Recent visiting writers include Lydia Davis, Geoff Dyer, Matthea Harvey, A. M. Homes, Etgar Keret, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Eileen Myles.


New & Forthcoming Releases

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Chelsea Editions LitPak flier

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Explore Italian Poetry in Traslation with Chelsea Editions

Chelsea Editions has been created with a single purpose—to present the work of important modern and contemporary Italian poets in handsomely produced volumes with facing English versions by award-winning translators (check out recent titles by Antonio Sagredo, Lorenzo Calogero, Giorgio Linguaglossa, and Stefano Guglielmin). This project fulfills the decades-long dream of the publisher to provide an outlet for Italian poetry, neglected by the large presses and by most of the small ones as well. Chelsea Editions is an imprint of Chelsea Associates, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Nauset Press LitPak flier

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Idiosyncratic Poetry and Art at Nauset Press

Nauset Press is proud to launch a new poetry book, Under the World by Carolyn Steinhoff. See more books and fine art prints at Queries can be addressed to .

Hudson Whitman Excelsior College Press LitPak flier

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Veteran Students Write to Their Civilian Peers

See Me for Who I Am aims to undermine the one-dimensional stereotypes popular media often uses to portray veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. With honesty, pride, and humor, twenty young student veterans work to help bridge the media-created gap that divides them from the American people they fought to protect. They relive and relate their worst memories, illustrate shared experiences, explain to us the fulfillment of combat, and show us what military service really entails. For veterans, these voices will ring familiar. For civilians, the stories open a view into a world few ever see. An excellent tool for facilitating new conversations. Print + e-book.


Witness LitPak flier

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Witness Magazine: The Spectacle Issue

The Witness Magazine “Spectacle” issue is now available. And yes, it is spectacular. If you’re at AWP, come check it out at booth 1106. A publication of Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, Witness highlights the role of the modern writer as witness to his or her times. If you’re interested in free back issues for your class, drop us a line at .



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The Fiddlehead LitPak flier

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Creative Writing Students & Faculty: Save 25% on The Fiddlehead!

Creative writing student or faculty member? Subscribe to Canada’s longest-running literary magazine, The Fiddlehead, and save 25% off the regular subscription price! Recent issues have included poetry by Rae Armantrout, John Barton, Kayla Geitzler, A. F. Moritz, and Jan Zwicky, and fiction by Charlie Fiset, Kevin Hardcastle, Margaret Sweatman, and Daniel Woodrell. This special subscription rate is good until July 1st, so download the flier and get a great subscription to a great lit mag at a great price! And don’t forget The Fiddlehead is always open to good writing in English from all over the world. So submit today.

The Georgia Review LitPak flier

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Subscribe Now to The Georgia Review

Encounter brand-new writers alongside Pulitzer Prize winners in our finely produced, made-to-last quarterly issues—each one balanced with memorable short stories and poems, authoritative essays on enduring subjects, smart reviews, and striking visual art. As we enter this—our 70th—volume year, you can expect big things from us. There's never been a better time to subscribe.


Writing Contests

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Nimrod LitPak flier

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The 38th Annual Nimrod Literary Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2016
Submissions are now open for the The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with first prizes of $2,000 and publication, second prizes of $1,000 and publication, as well as readings at our Awards Ceremony. All finalists will be considered for publication. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short poems); for fiction, one short story, 7,500 words maximum. Manuscripts may be mailed or submitted online: Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription. Email or visit our website for complete rules:

EVENT LitPak flier

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2016 EVENT Non-Fiction Contest and Reading Service

Deadline: April 15, 2016
Now in its 45th year of publication, EVENT is an award-winning, internationally recognized literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, notes on writing, and book reviews three times a year. We are now accepting submissions of 5,000 words or less to the annual EVENT Non-Fiction Contest. This year’s judge is international author Ayelet Tsabari. $1,500 in prizes, plus publication. Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15, 2016. Our unique Reading Service for Writers provides affordable, high-quality editorial feedback. For a small fee, eligible manuscripts will be edited and receive an assessment focusing on aspects of craft such as voice, structure, rhythm and point of view. Visit for exclusive online content.

St. Petersburg Review LitPak flier

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2016 SPR Poetry Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2016
Prize: $1000 and publication in St. Petersburg Review. All writers not associated with the editors of SPR may submit up to three unpublished poems per entry. Postmark deadline: March 31, 2016 for publication in spring 2017. Entry fee: $20.00 (U.S. checks or money orders made payable to St. Petersburg Review). There will be one winner. All entrants will be considered for publication in SPR. See for complete rules. Send entries to St. Petersburg Review, Attention: Contest, Box 2888, Concord, NH 03302.

Masters Review LitPak flier

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$5000 Awarded: Seeking Submissions from Today's Best Emerging Writers

Deadline: March 31, 2016
The Masters Review seeks fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers for its fifth volume. With stories selected by Amy Hempel, The Masters Review's printed anthology is a showcase of today's best emerging writers. Distributed nationally and mailed to agents and publishers, this collection serves as a major endorsement for new writers. Previous collections won an INDIE FAB award for Best Short Story Collection. "If these are the voices we’ll be hearing from, American literature has an awful lot to look forward to."—Ramona Ausubel, author

University of Arkansas Press LitPak flier

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$5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Annual deadline: September 30
Every year, the University of Arkansas Press accepts submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Series and from the books selected awards the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize in the following summer. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30th. The series and prize are named for and operated to honor the cofounder and longtime director of the press, Miller Williams. The series is edited by Billy Collins. For more information visit

Rattle LitPak flier

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$10,000 Rattle Poetry Prize

Submission Deadline: July 15, 2016
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists also receive $200 each plus publication, and are eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, selected by subscriber/entrant vote. With all poems judged in a blind review by the editors to ensure a fair and consistent selection, an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine, and a large Readers’ Choice Award chosen by the writers themselves, we’ve designed the Rattle Poetry Prize to be one of the most writer-friendly contests around.

Ploughshares LitPak flier

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Be Discovered: Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest

Deadline: May 15, 2016
Since 1971, Ploughshares has been committed to promoting the work of new writers. In the spirit of our founding mission, our Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes a winner in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submit today for a chance to win $1,000 and publication in Ploughshares! Visit for more information.

Fourth Genre flier

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Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize Judged By Ned Stuckey-French

Deadline: March 15, 2016
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
accepts entries to the Steinberg Essay Prize through March 15. This year’s judge is essayist and scholar Ned Stuckey-French (author of The American Essay in the American Century; co-editor of Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time). Winning essay receives $1,000 and publication. Entry fee is $22. The general submission period runs from August 15 through November 30. Full guidelines can be found at Submit at

The MacGuffin flier

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The MacGuffin's 21st National Poet Hunt begins April 1!

Deadline: June 3, 2016
The MacGuffin is on the hunt for a winning poem for our 21st National Poet Hunt Contest! One first place winner will get $500 and their work published in a future issue. We’re happy to bring in poet Li-Young Lee to serve as guest judge this time around. Please submit no more than 3 poems, an index card with your name, poem titles, and contact info, and a $15 check/cash entry fee (make checks payable to Schoolcraft College). Mail all this to: The MacGuffin • Poet Hunt Contest • Schoolcraft College • 18600 Haggerty Road • Livonia, MI 48152. For full info, visit

SRPR LitPak flier

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SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) 2016 Editors’ Prize

Deadline: April 15, 2016
Winner awarded $1000. Two runners up awarded $100 each. Three-five honorable mentions. All winning poems plus several finalists are published. 2015 judge: Rachel Zucker. 2016 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to three poems by 4/15/2016. Entry fee of $20 includes one-year subscription (two issues). See website for guidelines and recent winners:

Livingston Press LitPak flier

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Tartt First Fiction Award

Deadline: December 31, 2016
Open to writers who have yet to publish a book of fiction. One thousand dollar prize, plus royalty contract. Twenty dollar entry fee. Closes December 31 of every year.

North American Review LitPak flier

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Torch Memorial Prize for Creative Nonfiction Judge: Patricia Hampl

Deadline: April 1,2016
First prize: $500 (and publication in NAR) Judge: Patricia Hampl. Enter online at Rafael Torch died in 2011, at the age of 36, after a courageous four-year attempt to overcome sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Rafael, whose award-winning work and vivid essays have appeared in many journals including Crab Orchard Review, Antioch Review, and North American Review, wrote with honesty, insight, and wit. At the time of his death, Rafael’s immediate family included his beloved wife, Emily Olson-Torch and 4-month-old son, Rocco James.


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