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NewPages Winter 2018 LitPak

The NewPages LitPak is 9x12 envelopes filled with fliers from literary magazines, creative writing programs, writing conferences and events, indepedent publishers, and more advertising calls for submissions, writing and book contests, application deadlines, upcoming events, new releases and issue announcements, and more. Please feel free to print, post, and share the digital versions of our current LitPak fliers. If you are interested in being added to the list of people who receive LitPaks in the mail, please contact us.

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Calls for Submissions

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Gival Press Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Gival Press Celebrates Its 20th Year in 2018-Contests and Call for Submissions

Gival Press celebrates its 20th year in 2018. Join our family of published artists, authors, and poets. Sponsored Contests: LGBTQ poem, Oscar Wilde Award, Prize $100/online publication; Short Story Award, Prize $1000/online publication; Biennial Novel Award, Prize $3000/book publication; Biennial Poetry Award, Prize $1000/book publication. Guidelines, visit: Our eJournal ArLiJo’s next reading period is January 15 to March 15, 2018. Looking for art, short fiction, and poetry. Visit:

Cherry Tree Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Issue 5 Open Reading Period at Cherry Tree

Deadline: October 1, 2018
Cherry Tree opens for submissions for its fifth issue from August 1 to October 1. We are writers who value and publish well-crafted short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction essays that are not afraid to make us care. We want work that braves to be, that dares to be. We encourage well-informed work where the form understands its relationship with the content. We want pieces that seem wise, that are unafraid to confront topics that matter, and that speak with urgency, that beg for an ear to listen. We want to read vividly-drawn characters who challenge and enlarge our sympathy.

Swamp Ape Review 2018 LitPak Flier

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Submissions for Swamp Ape Review Reopen 4/6: No Submission Fee!

The legend of the Swamp Ape reflects Florida’s mythology and weirdness, as well as the human desire to create a narrative around the unexplainable. Swamp Ape Review explores this narrative in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and “swamp”— works that defy form to the extent that the piece’s creator might be unsure of where it belongs. Edited by the MFA students of Florida Atlantic University, Swamp Ape encourages pieces of hybrid or non-traditional nature that subvert our expectations of what is possible. Swamp Ape will be accepting submissions for both online and print editions beginning April 6, 2018 at For more information, visit

upstreet Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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upstreet number 14 invites submissions!

Deadline: March 1, 2018
upstreet invites you to submit your fiction and creative nonfiction for our fourteenth issue. We are not considering unsolicited poetry at this time. Fiction and nonfiction must be 5,000 words or less and no more than two fiction or nonfiction pieces may be submitted per issue. Please do not send any work that has been previously published. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.


Writing Contests

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Tiferet Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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$1500 in Prizes

Deadline: June 1, 2018
Submit your best work to Tiferet Journal's 2018 Writing Contest. Our Judges are Melissa Studdard for Poetry, Sabeeha Ramen for nonfiction, and Sophfronia Scott for Fiction. Contest runs March 1–June 8, 2018. Winners announced in September.

december Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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2018 Curt Johnson Prose Awards

december Magazine seeks submissions for our 2018 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in fiction and nonfiction. Judges: Anne Tyler (fiction) and Dinty Moore (nonfiction). Prizes: $1,500 & publication (winners); $500 & publication (honorable mentions) in both genres. All finalists will be listed in the 2018 Fall/Winter awards issue. Maximum of 8,000 words for fiction and nonfiction entries. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit March 1 to May 15. For complete guidelines please visit our website:

RATTLE Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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2018 Rattle Poetry Prize

Deadline: July 15, 2018
The 13th annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists also receive $200 and publication, and are eligible for the $2,000 Readers' Choice Award. With an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and a runner-up Readers' Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—the Rattle Poetry Prize aims to be one of the most writer-friendly and popular poetry contests around. Visit for the complete guidelines and to read all of the past winners.

The Masters Review Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Anthology Prize - The Masters Review

Deadline: March 31, 2018
$5000 awarded! The Masters Review Anthology Prize is hosting its seventh annual call for submissions, hoping to showcase today's best new emerging writers in their printed book. The finalists are distributed nationally to editors and agents as a showcase of today's best upcoming talent. Please send fiction and narrative nonfiction less than 8000 words by our deadline, March 31. Emerging writers only.

EVENT Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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EVENT Annual Non-Fiction Contest and Reading Service

Deadline: October 15, 2018
Now in its 46th 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. $3,000 in prizes, plus publication. Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by October 15, 2018. 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.

Fourth Genre Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest

Deadline: March 20, 2018
Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest is accepting submissions from January 1 to March 20 at The 2018 contest judge is Robin Hemley. Winning author receives $1,000 and publication in the issue that's featured at AWP. $20 per entry, up to 6,000 words. Detailed submission guidelines:

Colorado Review Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Deadline: March 14, 2018
Colorado Review is now accepting entries to the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. $2,000 will be awarded for the winning short story, plus publication in the Fall 2018 issue of Colorado Review. Deadline: postmark of March 14, 2018. Entry fee: $15. Final judge is Richard Bausch. Stories must be previously unpublished and between 10 and 50 pages. Please see complete guidelines at

Nimrod Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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The Nimrod Literary Awards Are Open: $6,000 in Prizes

Deadline: April 30, 2018
Submissions are now open for 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:

North American Review Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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North American Review 2018 Torch Prize

Deadline: April 1, 2018
The annual North American Review Torch Prize has arrived. You may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages in a Word document. All contact information should be entered in your cover letter. No names or addresses should appear on manuscripts, please. Your piece will be assigned a log number so it can be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed. Payment will be required as part of the sign up procedure which will provide you with a one-year subscription of North American Review. The judge for 2018 is Michael Martone.

The Pinch Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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The Pinch Literary Awards (Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation)

Deadline: March 15, 2018
First place winners in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry each receive $1,000 and publication in a future Pinch issue. Second and third place winners in each category will be given high-priority consideration for publication, but because of space, cannot be guaranteed. All submissions are taken through Submittable. Open from December 15, 2017 - March 15, 2018. This year’s judges include: Carmen Maria Machado (Fiction), Kiese Laymon (Nonfiction), Maggie Smith (Poetry). For more details and submission guidelines visit us at

Solstice Annual Literayr Contests Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices Annual Literary Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2018
Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, recipient of a Best of the Net Award, three citations in The Best American Essays, and a Pushcart Finalist in poetry, will accept submissions to our Annual Literary Contest March 1-April 30. $2000 in prizes. Judges include Terrance Hayes for the Stephen Dunn Prize in poetry, Phillip Lopate in nonfiction, and Ann Hood in fiction. More info: Submit here:

Tartt First Fiction Award

Deadline: December 31 (annual)
The annual Tartt First Fiction Award is now open for submissions. Twenty-dollar entry fee, stories may have been previously published in magazines. Author not to have had a previous story collection published. Novels, nonfiction, or poetry collections do not disqualify.

Carolina Quarterly Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Wake, and Dream Again

Deadline: May 1, 2018
The Carolina Quarterly solicits stories that reimagine what it means to be ourselves and live in our world. We’re connected to our pasts—through stories, histories, and traditions—but we can also imagine other ways of being. These reimaginings may appear as fantastic before they’re realized. But that’s OK. What is unlikely or strange may spark our creativity and reveal new opportunities. For this contest, The CQ is interested in stories that, like Wallace’s novels, bring together the intimate—love and loss, redemption and revenge—and the cosmic—collective burdens of history, planetary concerns, and needs for human meaning.


Conferences, Workshops, & Writing Programs

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Cedar Crest College MFA Winter 2018 LitPak

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Cedar Crest College Low-Residency Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing

Join us on a creative journey and work toward the completion of your master’s degree and a publishable work of literature. Study fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or travel writing with award-winning faculty-authors in inspiring locations across Europe. The program unites gifted student-authors from around the world for three 15-day intensive workshops, held during the first two weeks of July in locations that are rich in culture and literary significance: Dublin, Ireland; Barcelona, Spain; and Vienna, Austria. The remainder of your studies take place on your time and in your home. Visit to learn more and apply.

Martha's Vineyard Institute Winter 2018 LitPak

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Fellowships for Writers: Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Deadline: March 2018;
June 10-16, 17-23 2018; Martha's Vineyard, MA
The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing offers writers the opportunity to develop their craft among established authors on the idyllic island of Martha’s Vineyard. Each summer, The MVICW Writers Conference invites award-winning authors, poets, and editors from around the country to lead writing workshops, work one-on-one with individuals, and provide the necessary tools for editing and publishing their work. MVICW offer financial aid, and a variety of full-tuition fellowships for writers of color and parent-writers, as well as our annual writing contest. Upcoming deadline for fellowship and contest applications: March 2018. For full program details see our website:

University of Kentucky MFA Winter 2018 LitPak

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Get Away From the Noise; Come to Kentucky

Deadline: March 1 (annual)
Situated in historic Lexington and surrounded by the awesomeness of thoroughbred horse farms and bourbon distilleries, the University enjoys a rich literary heritage dating back to 1947, when Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist A.B. Guthrie first offered courses in fiction. Graduates of the English Department include Bobbie Ann Mason, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Wendell Berry, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Patrick O’Keefe, Holly Goddard Jones, and James Baker Hall. The MFA Program in Creative Writing builds upon that rich history by offering students access to a diverse faculty in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Winter 2018 LitPak

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Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Presents Writers Week 2018

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program presents Writers Week 2018, July 2-6, featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction workshops plus daily readings and craft talks. Faculty: Victoria Chang, Samantha Dunn, Dana Levin, Ben Loory, Gregory Pardlo, Ed Skoog, and David Ulin. Guest Writers: Brendan Constantine, Matthew Dickman, Tod Goldberg, Terrance Hayes, Bruce Wagner, and more. Fellowships available. Workshops for youth offered in July & August. Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern California. (951) 468-7265, ,

Lesley University MFA Winter 2018 LitPak

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Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program

Find Your Audience. Cultivate inspiring relationships with fellow-writers at Lesley’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. You’ll stay in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a capital of creative culture—during your 9-day residencies designed to move your writing forward. You’ll pursue interdisciplinary study, in the form of internships, study abroad, or independent study, as a spur for new ideas. And you’ll put your pieces before prominent publishers, agencies, and literary figures who, as masters of their craft and passionate mentors, will give you the tough love you need to bring your writing to the world. Learn more:

Augsburg University MFA Winter 2018 LitPak

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Low-Residency MFA at Augsburg University

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019
Designed for people who need to stay close to home for most of the year, the low-residency MFA program at Augsburg revolves around an annual ten day summer residency. Designed like a literary festival, it includes workshops, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings from morning to night. During the fall and spring semesters, our students work remotely with a mentor in their chosen field: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting or playwriting. In addition to offering courses of study in these genres, we offer career-enhancing concentrations in teaching and translation, and operate a student-run publishing house that publishes one book per year.

Manhattanville Summer Writers Week Winter 2018 LitPak

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Manhattanville Summer Writers' Week: Summer Near the City!

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2018
June 18 - 22, 2018; Manhattanville College, Purchase New York
Come to the 33rd Summer Writers’ Week at Manhattanville College! Dani Shapiro will lead the fiction workshop and give our keynote reading. New this year: A weeklong workshop in Graphic Narrative. Returning guests include Split This Rock co-founder Melissa Tuckey teaching poetry, Michael N. McGregor teaching nonfiction, and Sharbari Ahmed teaching dramatic writing. Writers spend the morning in their genre workshop, afternoons in a variety of craft seminars, and evenings at readings/celebrations. June 18-22, come, stay, write on our beautiful campus in Puchase, NY! sponsored by the MFA program; college credit available for participants. More information at or .

Prague Summer Writing Program Winter 2018 LitPak

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The Prague Summer Program for Writers 25th Anniversary!

Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
June 30th to July 23rd; Prague, Czech Republic
The Prague Summer Program for Writers is the oldest and most venerable of the study-abroad opportunities for aspiring writers at all levels—undergraduate, graduate, and “nontraditional”—and is the best deal on the planet. Check out our exciting new way to earn credit from your home institution and for a favorite professor to earn $500! Prague is where the 60s Countercultures of the East and West converged in the famous Prague Spring. It remains a place where beauty is the currency of happiness and art is a vessel for hope.

Southeast Missouri State University MA Winter 2018 LitPak

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Southeast Missouri State University MA in Professional Writing

Deadline: Rolling, February 15 for assistantships
Situated in the quiet river town Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Masters in Professional Writing at Southeast Missouri State University helps students hone their craft while preparing them to work in writing and editing-related careers. Graduate Students work with our award-winning writing faculty, and Graduate Assistants teach, tutor in our Center for Writing Excellence, and work in our Center for Faulkner Studies and our University Press, home to nationally distributed literary journals Big Muddy and The Cape Rock, as well as the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel and The Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Apply now:

Hofstra University Winter 2018 LitPak

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Take Your Writing to the Next Level

Hofstra University offers the MFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and creative nonfiction, and now the MFA in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish. Located just 25 miles east of New York City, Hofstra allows students to pursue a curriculum that is guided by a diverse and distinguished faculty, and mixes workshops with literature and craft courses. Hofstra also offers two literary journals for your work: AMP (co-sponsored by the MFA program and the Department of English) and Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art (a joint project of Hofstra University’s MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English/Publishing Studies).

University of Arizona Poetry Center Winter 2018 LitPak

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University of Arizona’s Summer Residency Program

Deadline: March 12, 2018
Apply today to the University of Arizona’s Summer Residency Program. Founded in 1994, the Summer Residency Program offers poets the opportunity to focus on their writing during a two-week stay in Tucson, Arizona. Residents are housed in the Poetry Center’s studio apartment, located just steps away the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. Residents also receive a $500 stipend and give a public reading in the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series, ongoing since 1962. This year’s contest judge is Ocean Vuong, and the deadline to apply is March 12, 2018.

University of San Francisco MFA Winter 2018 LitPak Flier

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Univeristy of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program

Our 2 1/2-year program offers students a personalized learning experience with access to San Francisco’s vital literary community. Students focus on fiction (including the novel), poetry, or nonfiction and may cross genres. In small workshops and seminars, students work closely with award-winning writers. Thesis instruction provides one-on-one mentoring with faculty for two semesters. The Reading Series brings acclaimed writers to campus. Students have the opportunity to gain professional development and to work on our journal Switchback. Merit fellowships, including a fully-funded biannual poetry fellowship, teaching assistantships, and post-graduate teaching fellowships are offered.

Mount Saint Mary's University Winter 2018 LitPak

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Weekend Residency MFA in the Heart of Los Angeles

Deadline: Rolling
The MFA in Creative Writing program at Mount Saint Mary’s University is an artist-training program for students seeking to write professionally across multiple genres and wish to integrate different areas of academia in their work. We believe that a foundation in intellectual history and the humanities are essential qualities of any artist of the word. Our MFA offers students and working professionals the flexibility to enroll in either online or on-campus courses, or both! Likewise, our program offers bilingual Spanish/English courses. Faculty also place a premium on helping students into their professional careers through continued mentoring.

UNO Study Abroad Winter 2018 LitPak

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Write in Ireland & Italy

Application Deadline: Rolling
Write yourself the adventure of a lifetime! Our workshops are designed to help you evolve as a writer with individual attention from a faculty of prize-winning authors. Each summer you will interact with classmates and a diverse group of renowned writers in Ireland and Italy in our four-week study abroad programs. Intensive classes are combined with planned excursions, free-time for independent travel, weekly literary readings, performances, guest writers, and manuscript consultations with a literary agent. Applications for the summer residencies are open to undergraduate, graduate students and post-graduates from all writing backgrounds nationwide. Applications are accepted October through May. Your adventure awaits!


New & Forthcoming Releases

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University of Regina Press House of Charlemagne Winter 2018 LitPak

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The House of Charlemagne by Tim Lilburn due out March 2018

The Métis leader Louis Riel prophesied that a polyglot Métis nation—The House of Charlemagne—would rise on the prairies five hundred years after his 1885 death. Built on Riel’s philosophical principles, this nation would privilege justice and the blurring of separations dividing women and men, the earth and human beings. The House of Charlemagne tracks the birth of this ideal polity in the burning imagination of Riel’s former secretary, Honoré Jackson. Commissioned as a text for dancers, Lilburn’s poem gives voice and body to Riel’s vision.

Resolute Bear Press Winter 2018 LitPak

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New Book Releases from Resolute Bear Press

3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers, edited by Valerie Lawson, explores what divides, the bridges in between, and the intense love the people of the rugged region in the northeast US and Atlantic Canada hold in common. ISBN: 978-0-9988195-1-8. The Martin Bormann Dog Care Book, by Michael R. Brown, author of Falling Wallendas and The Confidence Man. Written over the course of twenty years, this book of political poems bears witness to history and the present turmoil in the United States and the world today. ISBN: 978-0-9988195-2-5. Books available from Ingram, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and

Irene Skyriver Winter 2018 LitPak

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Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey

Nonfiction by Irene Skyriver
Green Writers Press, October 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0-9987012-4-0
Paperback: 290pp; $21.95
This is the telling of a woman's epic solo kayak adventure from Alaska, back to her home in Washington's San Juan Islands, with fictionalized generational stories of her coastal ancestors woven throughout the story. By blending the tales of her Native and white ancestors through her solo endeavor, the reader experiences a spiritual dimension beyond that of an ordinary adventure story. Through her encounters with waves, wolves and whales, we also learn how the generations of her forebears brought her to this time and place.

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