Fall 2012 

Writers @ Work 2013 Fellowship Competition

W@W is pleased to announce our annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Prizes (Awarded in each category):
First Prize: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2012 conference and a manuscript consultation during the conference with one of the visiting editors or agents.
Two Honorable Mentions: $250.
Complete submission guidelines and eligibility requirements

Smoking Glue Gun Chapbook Contest

Invites you to submit your face-rocking chapbook.
They welcome submissions containing any type of art; that is, writing, visual art, photography, hybrid, etc. we also welcome co-authored chapbooks.
Full submission guidelines here!

Foothill: a journal of poetry

Is seeking submissions for its 2013 print and online issues.  They welcome up to five poems in any form or genre form from poets enrolled in a graduate program. 
For complete submission guidelines visit their website

WC&C Scholarship Competition

AWP offers two annual scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and four finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.
For full details go to: https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/wcc_scholarships_overview

Cork Writers' School scholarship alert!

This new and exciting academic program, The Cork Writers' School, was developed to run in conjunction with the Elizabeth Bowen/William Trevor Literary Festival based in Mitchelstown, Ireland.
The goal of this two-week program is to celebrate the concentration in Cork of a rich literary and cultural history, and to offer participants a unique educational opportunity in this historic part of Ireland.  Please visit our website www.corkwritersschool.com.

Be sure to check out the William Trevor Scholarship to the Cork Writers' School.

Upcoming Deadline for Glimmer Train!

The Fiction Open (1st place wins $2,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories) welcomes your entries through January 2.

This category is open to all subjects, all themes, and to all writers.Submissions to the Fiction Open usually run from 2,000 to 8,000 words, but stories of any length from 2,000 to 20,000 words are fine. Writing Guidelines

The 1st-place winner will receive $2,500, be published inGlimmer Train Stories Issue 90 and will receive twenty copies of that issue. Second- and third-place winners will be awarded, respectively, $1,000 and $600 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).

Stolen Island Review call for submissions!

Suggested format:
File name: LastnameGenreTitle
.doc or .docx
Suggested length limit:
Review - 2 pages
Poem - 3 pages
Other - 8 pages
black & white
.JPEG file format

The Indie Writers' Deathmatch Short Story Contest is back!

New Prize.  New Challenge.  Same Bloodthristy Prose.
The most taxing short story contest on Earth returns for its sixth year, and Broken Pencil Magazine has upped the ante in more ways than one.  Canada's Magazine of Zine Culture and the Independent Arts is raising the pressure on writers with new rules and a new prize that means the stakes are higher than ever!  Eight stories will go head-to-head in our Online Arena, but only one will triumph.
Whoever emerges victorious will be awarded The Complete Indie Writers Makeover: a consultation with literary agent Sam Hiyate of the Right Factory; a consultation with novelist and Globe & Mail columnist Russel Smith; and a meeting and feedback session with Coach House Press, plus publication in the Spring 2013 issue of Broken Pencil.
Enter Your Story Now!
The Deathmatch is now taking short story entries.  Stories must be 3,000 words or less.  Entries are accepted until December 31st, 2012.  The first round of Deathmatch begins January 20th, 2013.
For full details visit 


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FACT International Journal of Literary Nonfiction
Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary
1000-5000 words
Literary nonfiction narrative poetry
Black & white art and photography
Submission Deadline Decemeber 31, 2012

Omnidawn's OPEN POETRY BOOK CONTEST has been extended to January 15th!

Open to all writers: no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published.
Winner receives $3,000, publication, and 100 copies.
For full details about all three of Omnidawn's Poetry Contests (current & future) go to 

The Coachella Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and films for our Winter 2013 Issue. 

We welcome submission from both new and established writers, but we are especially excited to consider the work of new and current MFA students.
Visit our website, thecoachellareview.com, to read the current issue, peruse our archives and to get the feel of our journal.


Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing

The Jerry Bradley Award (Bradley Award) is presented to the graduate student who writes the best creative writing prepared for a SW/TX PCA meeting. The award includes a prize of $300. Students should submit either one short story or two poems that will be read at the conference.

Before you submit your paper to Nathan Brown for this award, you must have been accepted into Jerry Bradley’s Creative Writing Area (Poetry & Fiction) for the 2013 SW/TX PCA meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 13-16, 2013 and be accepted. The database can be accessed at http://www.swtxpca.org/documents/106.html The deadline for submission is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012!

The deadline for receipt of your SW/TX PCA poetry or fiction is January 1, 2013.

To submit work for the Bradley Award, send materials as email attachments in Word to:

Nathan Brown

[email protected]

If you have any questions before submitting to this conference and the award, please contact Dr. Julie Chappell [email protected]

LiterBug is now accepting poetry submissions online! 

LiterBug is a social innovation in contemporary poetry, which aims to bridge the gap between literary journals and social networks by offering writers an interactive alternative for publishing their work.

LiterBug publishes exciting new work by established and emerging writers alike. We are currently seeking contributions from dedicated writers.

Those interested can visit LiterBug at http://www.LiterBug.com or submit their work directly to http://www.literbug.com/submit/.

87th Annual Poets' Dinner/Contest

No entry fee, open to all ages, presence required to claim awards
Contest deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
8 Categories: Beginnings & Endings, Humorous, Love, Nature, People, Poet's Choice, Spaces & Places, Theme ("Edges")
Poems must be original, unpublished in any "juried" way, in English, not previous cash prizewinners (Honorable Mentions OK).
Grand Prize and other winning poems may be included in a future anthology.
For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/poetsdinner/

Phoebe Journal of Literature and Art Writing Contest

Accepting submissions for its annual fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests.
All winners receive a cash prize ($500-$1,000) and both winners and runners-up will be published next year in the fall issue.
Deadline: December 15, 2012
Entrance fee: $15 for poetry and fiction, $12 for nonfiction
Multiple entries accepted
More information: phoebejournal.com


It's a writing contest, it's a collaborative grab-bag, it's a panoply of voices and visions.... it's the annual Haiku Year-In-Review (henceforth referred to as HYIR). To celebrate, examine, and honor the coming of 2013, Broadsided Press is running a contest. Four artists are creating work in response to an event that, for them, dominated a season of 2012. We now ask for submissions of haiku that address the same topics (get the guidelines). The art and the poems selected as finalists will be posted online, and YOU will vote on the winning combinations. The whole shebang will be published as January's Broadsided collaboration. This is now our third year running the HYIR. You can see the 2010 HYIR haiku entries and votes here and the 2011 HYIR haiku entries and votes here


At Broadsided, we believe that art and literature belong in our daily lives. They inspire and demonstrate the vitality and depth of our connection with the world. Moved by the plight of people affected by Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn-based Broadsided artist Ira Joel Haber sent an image, we now ask you to respond with words. We will select the best responses and publish the resulting collaboration(s) with our December Broadsided feature. This is Broadsided's second "Responses" feature. The first was to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Poems & Plays announces the 20th annual Tennessee Chapbook Prize!

All poets and playwrights are invited to submit.  Mauscripts of 20-24 pages (any combination) are eligible.  The winning entry will be included as an interior chapbook in Poem & Plays #20, to be published in March 2013.  Author receives 50 copies.
20-24 page manuscript with acknowledgments, s.a.s.e., and $15.00 (includes copy of issue) by November 30, 2012, to:
Poem & Plays
Gaylrod Brewer, Editor
English Department
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

The current submission period is now OPEN for BANG OUT Volume XIX: “Inauguration” on Saturday, January 19th at the Make Out Room in San Francisco.

We will be accepting submissions until January 3rd. Please bang out no more than 1,000 words of fiction, poetry or essay inspired by our theme, “Inauguration.”
“Inauguration” might evoke thoughts of new beginnings, regeneration, second chances, starting over, even, renewed hope. As always, we welcome any and all interpretations of the theme, especially those that surprise us by not being necessarily presidential.
Please be sure you are available to read on Saturday, January 19th before submitting.
Send submissions, attached as a Word document, to: [email protected]
We will contact you by email to let you know if your work has been accepted.
By submitting to BANG OUT, you are implying your availability to read on the specified date. We always prefer that you submit new or previously unpublished work, as reading in our series provides the opportunity for publication on our website and in our upcoming print journal.
BANG OUT Reading Series provides writing prompts to inspire new work that is “banged out” for its readings. Hosting bi-monthly readings since 2008, our aim is to encourage interpretations of our prompts that are fresh and spontaneous and to invite writers to share both the generative process and the rough, uncut end result.
BANG OUT: A Quick and Dirty Reading Series

Introducing Arcadia Magazine's Short Story Contest (because it's about time we paid one of you)!

If it wasn't for you, our readers, we never would've been able to build Arcadia into what it is today.  To say thank you, we'd like to start giving back by awarding an exceptional author a $1,000 cash prize.  We're seeking well-crafted short stories between 4,000 and 7,000 words.  There is no criteria beyond the word limit; send us your best, as always, whether it's a nurse romance or a piercing exploration of American malaise.  You'd be surprised how often we might prefer the former to the latter.
Submissions can be made through our Submittable Page.  Multiple submissions are fine, but please submit them separately.  Submissions are read blind, so make sure the manuscript does not have your name or contact information on it.
The entry fee is $15.00.
The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Volume 6.  All entries will be considered for publication.

The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows (ten writers each year). 

For Fellowships beginning October 2013,
submit an application by the December 1,
2012 postmark deadline.  http://www.fawc.org/fellowships/index.php

Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers

1st place prize: $1,500
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000.
Accepting submissions of any length up to 12,000 words.
Click here for guidelines

2012 Dorset Prize now open for submissions!

September 1 - December 31, 2012 
(postmark or online submission-date) 
     Final Judge: Kimiko Hahn 

       Prize: $3,000

     Read the full guidelines and submit your manuscript by clicking here .

The deadline for the James Dickey Poetry Contest is approaching!

 Remember to submit your poetry to the contest!  Online submissions are welcome through our new submission database.  The winner will recieve $1,000 and publication in volume 16, number 2.
Include no more than three unpublished poems per submission.Poems must be typed and may be up to 50 lines each.Include your name and address on each poem.$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Five Points.Make checks or money orders payable to GSU/Five Points.Enclose two sufficiently stamped SASEs to receive receipt of manuscript and notification of contest results.All entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2012.Winner will be announced in the spring of 2013.
For More Information Visit Us On The Web At: www.fivepoints.gsu.edu

The third annual Dzanc Books DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon Portugal is now accepting applications!

ABOUT: The DISQUIET program takes place June 30 – July 12, 2013. We bring together Portuguese and North American writers for two weeks in one of the most exciting European capitols. Lisbon, the city of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and his many heteronyms, has a rich cultural history, a thriving young literary scene, awe-inspiring sights (castles beloved by Lord Byron, centuries-old labyrinthine neighborhoods, world-class beaches, to name a few).
PROGRAMMING: DISQUIET offers workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and a special workshop for North American writers of Luso descent. In addition there are craft talks and readings and literary walks and excursions in the company of the most interesting contemporary North American and Portuguese writers working today.
SCHOLARSHIPS: A full scholarship (airfare, tuition and lodging) is available for the winner of the Dzanc Books / Guernica International Literature Award. This multi-genre contest seeks poetry, fiction, or non-fiction that broadens the landscape of North American literature beyond the boundaries of North America. The winning work will also be published in Guernica, one of the best literary and cultural magazines on the web. Finalists and other select entrants will be offered partial scholarships.
LUSO-AMERICAN WRITERS: Full and partial scholarships are also available through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation for North American writers of Portuguese or Luso descent.
SMALL PRINT: The deadline for contest and scholarships is January 31, 2013. Please feel free to post the attached fliers and to share them with anyone who might be interested.
MORE INFO: Details available at our website, http://disquietinternational.org. Please direct any questions to [email protected]

Spry Literary Journal is currently looking for submissions for its inaugural issue, which will be published in December 2012. 

We envision Spry as a literary journal that features undiscovered and established writers' concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just-plain-vulnerable writing. We see this as a place for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure - for people whose words and rhythms are spry.
We accept all short forms of writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and we also challenge you to write sparsely (under 750 words) through our Flash category. Submissions requested in all genres, and simultaneous submissions welcome. We have a strict blind submissions policy, and only accept writing through our submissions manager.
Please visit our submissions manager http://sprylit.submittable.com/submit for guidelines and to submit your work to us. We are receptive to any questions via email at [email protected] and will respond as quickly as possible.

The UNDO IT Script Contest

Is that creative side of you looking for something to create?  The UNDO IT Script Contest is open to all SMC students, and awards $800 every year to the winning play!
Guidelines: Students may adapt any seminar text into a modern context - taking the text and "undoing it" into their own creative vision.
Awards: $800 First Prize! and The Quixotic Players produce your play the following year at SMC.  Second and third place prizes too.
Deadline: March 2013
January Term UNDO IT Playwriting Courses:
JAN TERM is offering two courses to help you on your playwriting: A full course with Visiting Playwright and Director Krista Knight, or a FREE quarter credit workshop with SMC faculty Steve Tillis.
JAN 040 Krista Knight | [email protected]
Undoing, Re-imagining, and Re-mixing the Classics: An Interactive Playwriting Course
JAN 009 Steve Tillis | [email protected] (quarter-unit free course)
Playwriting Stage Adaptations 
For more information about the contest, please visit: Quixoticplayers.wetpaint.com

Third Coast Magazine is currently accepting submissions for our 2013 ThirdCoast Fiction & Poetry Contests.

Winners in each genre receive $1000 & publication.  All entrants receive a
one year subscription to Third Coast.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

We are very pleased to have the following judges: Antonya Nelson (Fiction)
and Jane Hirshfield (Poetry).

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven collections of poetry, including
the new Come, Thief, After (shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize and
named a “best book of 2006” by the Washington Post, the San Francisco
Chronicle, and the London Financial Times), Given Sugar, Given Salt,
(finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award), The Lives of
the Heart, and The October Palace, as well as a book of essays, Nine
Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Her work has appeared in The New
Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, Orion,
The American Poetry Review, Poetry, six editions of The Best American
Poetry, and many other publications. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor
of the Academy of American Poets.

Antonya Nelson is the author of eight books of fiction, including Female
Trouble and the novels Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, and Living to Tell.
Nelson’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, Redbook,
and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories:
The O. Henry Awards, and Best American Short Stories. Her books have been
New York Times Notable Books of 1992, 1996, 1998, and 2000. The New Yorker
called her one of the “twenty young fiction writers for the new
millennium.” She is also a recent recipient of the Rea Award for Short
Fiction and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA
Grant.Guidelines: Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000
words or three previously unpublished poems.

Submit online at: https://thirdcoastmagazine.submittable.com/submit

Or submit your story or 3 poems and a $16 contest entry fee payable to
Third Coast to:

Third Coast 2013 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

Include an SASE for results only.

For more information visit: http://thirdcoastmagazine.com/contests/

Pacifica Literary Review

Now accepting online submissions of prose, poetry, and black-and-white photography for inaugural print issue.
Full submission guidelines

Glimmer Train's Family Matters Contest

Stories about families of all configurations are welcome. Stories may draw heavily on real life experiences, but they must read as fiction; all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction.
1st Prize: $1500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.
Max. word count: 12,000 words
Deadline: October 31, 2012

Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to one emerging writer of any genre to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 14-17, 2013. The scholarship will cover the cost of registration; it does not include transportation lodging, food, or speed dating with agents.
The winner will also receive a one-year Sunshine membership to the San Francisco Writers University online community, in addition to a BookBaby Standard Ebook Publishing package ($149 value!).
Submission period: September 1-December 1, 2012
See this pdf for details.


WHAT: The General Counsel for the local Special Olympics program is looking for an intern! This is an inaugural internship in grant writing for Special Olympics Northern California.  Intern’s primary responsibility would be grant proposal drafting of submissions to corporate and private foundations.  
WHENApply now!  This opportunity will remain exclusive to Saint Mary's students through the end of October 2012.  The internship will begin in January 2013 and go through the end of the spring semester.
HOW:  Email Candace Eros Diaz & Sara Mumolo for an application form to complete.  This form, a resume, and a short (five pages or less) writing sample (optional) will complete the application. Because of the client base, a criminal background check (conducted for the Special Olympics by a third party at no cost to the applicant), and confidentiality agreement will also be required.  

Playboy College Fiction Contest

First prize included $3000 and publication in Playboy Magazine.  
Deadline is February 15, 2013. 
For complete details visit playboymagazine.submittable.com

Summer Residency at the Poetry Center

 Since 1994, the Poetry Center’s Summer Residency Program has offered poets and prose writers an opportunity to develop their work and to discover all that Tucson has to offer. Two residencies are awarded each summer—one in poetry and one in prose—to writers at any stage of their careers. The residency includes a $150 weekly stipend and a two-to-four-week stay in a private guest house, located within steps of the Center’s renowned library. The residency is offered between June 1 and August 31. To enter, applicants must submit a resume or CV, a project proposal, and a work sample. For complete guidelines, visitpoetry.arizona.edu. The deadline for application is December 17th, 2012.

Call for Entries:

The Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship will award a registration scholarship to one emerging writer of any genre to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 14-17, 2013. http://www.sfwriters.org/ Scholarship covers registration fee only, does not include transportation, lodging, food (except what is included with registration) or speed dating with agents. The winner and runner ups (if any) will also receive a one year Sunshine membership to the San Francisco Writers University online community. http://www.sfwritersu.com/
Emerging writer is defined as: Does not have an agent or book contract, and writing is not your primary occupation/supporting you. You know if you are emerging. This is for the many still struggling and dreaming.
Submission period is 1 September - 1 December, 2012.
Send three pages representative of your writing, plus a short essay not to exceed 500 words on the topic “I write because...” No identifying information should be on the writing sample or the short essay. In a sealed envelope place your cover letter with your name, mailing address, email, and a short Bio. Write only the title of your work and the genre on the outside of the envelope. Work will not be returned. Writers may enter more than one genre but should send separate entries. Any identifying information outside of the sealed envelope will disqualify your entry. This is a blind judged competition. If you'd like confirmation of receipt, include a self addressed stamped post card.
Mail your entry to: SFWC Scholarships C/O Hudson, PO box 387, Hayward, CA 94543 postmarked NLT 1 December 2012.
[ ] Essay 500 words or less, not in envelope.
[ ] Writing sample with title, no more than 3 pages, not in envelope.
[ ] Cover letter with name, mailing address, email, and short bio INSIDE sealed envelope
[ ] Sealed envelope has genre and title of your work written on outside, nothing else.
[ ] No identifying information outside of the sealed envelope (SASPostcard only exception). [ ] Optional self addressed, stamped postcard for receipt of entry. 

2012 Brookie and D.K. Brown Fiction Contest

The Sunstone Education Foundation invites writers to enter its annual fiction contest. All entries must relate to adult Latter-day Saint experience, theology, or worldview. All varieties of form are welcome.
Prizes will be awarded in two categories: short-short story—fewer than 1,500 words; and short story—fewer than 6,000 words. Prize money varies (up to $400 each) depending on the number of winners announced.
Up to three entries may be submitted by any one author. Send manuscript in PDF or Word format to [email protected] by 31 October 2012.
Each story must be double-spaced. The author’s name must not appear on any page of the manuscript.

Wichita State University's mojo

Wichita State University's graduate student-run literary journal mojo is accepting submissions for their Fall issue. Each issue features work from emerging writers and poets. 
They currently pay $25 for poetry and short shorts, $50 for short stories and creative nonfiction.
No submission fees!
Deadline: November 15, 2012

RT Literary Nonfiction Book Prize

Deadline November 1, 2012

The editors of River Teeth invite nonfiction writers to submit their book-length manuscript for the annual River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize!  The deadline isNovember 1. Submissions can be entered online viaSubmittable or through the mail. Visit the website forcomplete guidelines.

An interview with the editors of River Teeth about the Nonfiction Book Prize is available now at LitBridge.

The 2013 Chapbook Contest

National Chapbook Fellowships
Judged by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Nick Flynn

Each year four renowned poets select and introduce a winning manuscript for publication.

Each winner receives $1000.

Open to any U.S. Resident who has not published a full-length poetry collection.

New York Chapbook Fellowships
Judged by Mary Ruefle and John Yau

Open to any New York City resident who is 30 or under and has not published a full-length poetry collection.

For more information and guidelines please visit our website.


Harpur Palate, a nationally acclaimed biannual literary journal published by graduate students at Binghamton University, is actively seeking quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers.  We will accept submissions for issue 12.2 through November 15th, 2012.

Previous contributors include David Lehman, Nin Andrews, Lee Upton, and Sherman Alexie.   Harpur Palate regularly nominates contributors for the Pushcart Prize.

In addition, we are now accepting submissions for our two annual contests:
the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize For Poetry, and the Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Prize.

The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Harpur Palate, and all pieces are considered for publication in the magazine.

Postmark Deadline: November 15

Visit our website for details on our poetry and creative nonfiction prizes and information on how to submit electronically or through the mail:  http://harpurpalate.binghamton.edu/

Issue I of The Pubscriber is now available! 

Check out our very talented authors and photographers atwww.pubscriber.com. While you’re there, check out our submission guidelines. We are currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, essays, poetry and photography submissions.
We are seeking fresh, developed, and polished talent to be featured in our upcoming issue. We look forward to reading your work.

Headlands Center for the Arts - Algorithmy Administration/Curatorial Internship

Algorithmy is the art of using the body as a tool for geometric thinking and calculation, and will be the subject of a two-week symposium in the Fall of 2013 at Headlands Center for the Arts.
Looking for someone who is organized, reliable, energetic, and creative. Should have good to excellent writing talents, can draft templates for letters, and be familiar with grant applications and general paperwork.
Located in various sites around San Francisco, as well as on Headlands' campus.
To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. In the subject line write "Administration/Curatorial Internship Application" along with your name.
More information here.

Mid-American Review sponsors three annual contests, one with a deadline in June, and two with an October deadline (just extended to November 1). Guidelines and further information follow.

The Fineline Competition for Prose Poems, Short Shorts, and Everything in Between

The Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award

The James Wright Poetry Award

Creative Nonfiction Magazine

For a special “Sustainability” issue, the quarterly literary magazine Creative Nonfiction is looking for essays that illuminate environmental, economic, ethical and/or social challenges related to the state of the planet and our future
Deadline: January 15, 2013

 Kore's 2013 Short Fiction Chapbook Award

The 2013 Short Fiction Award contest is OPEN!
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Judge: TBA
Winner receives a $1000 cash prize and publication by Kore Press.
For complete guidelines: http://korepress.org/KorePressShortFictionAward.htm

The Danahy Fiction Prize

Postmark Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012
$1,000 and Publication in Tampa Review
Full submission guidelines: ut.edu/tampareview

The Malahat Review

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2012
Open Season Awards
$3,000 in prizes
Three categories: poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction

The Iowa Review

"Submit during our open reading period, Sep. 1 through Dec. 1, 2012"

First Annual Saranac Review Writing Contest

Deadline: Dec. 15, 2012
Entry fee: $15
$500 prize each for best story and best poem, plus publication.
Submit 1 story or up to 3 poems
Guidelines: http://research.plattsburgh.edu/saranacreview

The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

Postmark Deadline: Dec. 31, 2012
$2,000 and Book Publication
Full submission guidelines: ut.edu/tampareview

West Trade Review is currently seeking submissions of fiction and poetry for its spring 2013 issue.                                                                                       

We recognize that your MFA program is one that pushes and transforms the boundaries of the field of creative writing, and we’d like to invite your faculty and students to submit their work for consideration in our journal.  We are seeking original and unpublished works of fiction and poetry by both new and established writers.  Short plays may also be considered.  Our reading period is September through December 2012.  More specific submission details can be found on our call for submissions which you will find attached to this email and our website (www.westtradereview.com).

Fordham University's national literary magazine, CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action is now accepting submissions.

Featuring creative writing, visual art, new media and video in response to current news, we seek to enable an artistic process that is rigorously engaged with the world at the present moment.  Our aim is to seek to integrate literary art publishing with social justice. You can find us here.

Glimmer Train

Upcoming deadline:
The Family Matters (1st place wins $1,500 and publication) deadline is October 31.Submissions typically run 1,500 - 6,000 words; stories up to 12,000 words are fine.Stories about families of all configurations are welcome! Writing Guidelines
The 1st-place winner will be published in Issue 90, and the author will receive 20 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-places win, respectively, $500 and $300 or, if accepted for publication, $700.

-ality fiction journal is accepting fiction submissions for our third issue.

As we move into the new year, we're looking forward to new impressions of life; the very things that make up how we define ourselves.  As before, we're interested in all of the -ality words: reality, musicality, equality, spirituality, personality, and so forth.  We're looking for unpublished works of 8500 words or less, or up to three pieces of flash fiction, 1000 words or less. More detailed submission information can be found atwww.dashality.com/about.  

2012-13 Omnidawn Contests: Poetry & Fabulist Fiction 

-Fabulist Fiction 
Chapbook Contest Judged by Jeff VanderMeer
Open: Aug 1- Oct 15, 2012
Details: www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction
-Poetry Open Book Contest Judged by Cole Swensen
Open: Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2012
Details: www.omnidawn.com/contest
-Poetry Chapbook Contest Judged by Gillian Conoley
Open: Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2013
Details: www.omnidawn.com/contest
-Poetry 1st/2nd Book Contest Judged by Donald Revell
Open: May 1 - Jun 30, 2013
Details: www.omnidawn.com/contest

The Sandy Brimmins National Prize for Poetry

The first-place winning poet will receive a $1000 cash award and an invitation to an awards dinner in Philadelphia in Spring 2013 and publication in the Spring 2013 issue.
The second place winning poet will reeive a $250 cash award and publication in the Spring 2013 issue.
Honorable-mentions will be published in the Spring 2013 issue.
The Prize is made possible by the generous support of Joseph Sullivan.
For guidelines and more information, visit: www.philadelphiastories.com

The Grotto & LitQuake Present the Bay Area's First Juried Writers Conference

Conference dates: Thursday, April 4 through Sunday, April 7, 2013
Submissions open until December 31, 2013

Join Adam Johnson (The Orphan Masters Son), Ethan Nosowsky (Editorial Director at
McSweeney's), Amy Williams (Literary Agent at McCormick & Williams), Andi Mudd (Managing Editor of The Believer and Fiction Editor at McSweeney's), T.J. Stiles (Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner for The First Tycoon), Nicole Dewey (Director of Publicity at Little, Brown & Company), Isaac Fitzgerald (Managing Editor at The Rumpus), Oscar Villalon (Managing Editor, ZYZZYVA), and more at Lit Camp. 

What makes Lit Camp different from other writers conferences?
- Its size. Only 40 writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir will be accepted. 
- Its location. Mayacamas Ranch, 5 minutes from Calistoga, CA, is located atop rolling hills, and features a salt-water pool, spring-fed pond, hiking trails, organic garden, and rustic cottages outfitted with organic linens. There's even a yoga room where we'll be holding Mark Morford's Yoga 4 Writers workshop.
Fees for Lit Camp begin at $495, meals included. 
For more info and to apply visit www.litcampwriters.org 
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The Fish Short Story Prize has become an established event on the 
literary calendar.

Short Story writer, Philip O'Ceallaigh, an author touched by greatness (Joseph O'Connor), will 
be selecting 10 stories from those entered into this competition to be published in the 2013 
Fish Anthology.
Pervious judges of this contest, Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy and Frank McCourt are 
honorary patrons of the Fish Short Story Prize.
The Fish Short Short Story Prize welcomes stories written in English, with a maximum of 
5,000 words.
Publication in the Fish Anthology has been a stepping stone for many writers into 
successful writing careers. For a sample of these authors click Alumni.To view our catalogue of anthologies click Fish Books.FOR COMPLETE DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.

Dear Friends, Readers, and Writers,

As many of you know, on Aug 29, 2011, Tarpaulin Sky Press was nearly wiped out by a certain Hurricane Irene. A year later we are pleased to report that we have not only recovered but have grown, with a heck of a lot in store for 2013 as well as the rest of 2012.
And yes, we are, for the first time since 2010, open for submissions of book-length manuscripts. Please see the website for details: www.tarpaulinsky.comChristian & Co.
Editors, Tarpaulin Sky Press


$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2012
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-100 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize)”. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at the link below. Please note, online entry fee is $25 plus an additional $3.38 service charge. The Vendini system resembles an event ticketing system, but is simply a method of accepting online credit and debit card payments.
Mail Entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001
or email  [email protected]
Sponsored by:   MFA Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press

 Submissions are now open for LUMINA's 2013 Issue, and for our Fiction Contest!

LUMINA is accepting Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Art submissions for Volume XII. This year’s Fiction Contest will be judged by acclaimed essayist George Saunders. First place award is $500.
Deadline for all submissions is November 1, 2012.
Visit http://lumina.submittable.com/submit for submission guidelines, and to submit your work. 
LUMINA, established in 2000, is the annual print publication of the Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Writing Program, and has featured such authors as Rick Moody, Mark Doty, Phillip Lopate, Dorothy Alison, Stephen Dobyns, Amy Hempel, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, and Jenny Boully.
 If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch. We look forward to reading your work!
Brittany Baker
LUMINA, the Literary Journal of Sarah Lawrence College
[email protected]


  • Glimmer Train's Fiction Open
  • Deadline: September 30, 2012
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  • Prizes:
  • 1st place now wins $2,500 and, of course, publication in Glimmer Train Stories.
  • 2nd place wins $1,000 and possible publication.
  • 3rd place wins $600 or, if published, $700.
  • Make a Submission
  • Other considerations:
  • Winners and finalists will be contacted by November 30, and results will be officially announced in the December 1 bulletin.
  • Most submissions to the Fiction Open run 2,000 to 8,000 words, but from 2,000 to 20,000-word stories are welcome.
  • Reading fee is $19 per story. Please, no more than 3 submissions per category.
  • Simultaneous submissions are okay. Please notify immediately if your submission is accepted elsewhere.
  • We look forward to reading your work!
    • LITERNATIONAL's 1st Annual Santa CLAWS Contest.

    • Contest Details: http://www.liternational.com/contest-2/ (highlights include CA$H prizes and NO ENTRY FEE)!!
    • Submission Guidelines: http://www.liternational.com/submissions/
    • Thanks in advance,
    • Tim
    • Administrator
    • www.liternational.com
    • Literary Review International
    • So to Speak a feminist journal of language and art: is now accepting submissions for our Spring 2013 Issue! This issue will feature our poetry and nonfiction contest winners, as well as fiction and visual art.

    • Submissions will be accepted from August 15-October 15 through our online submissions manager at http://sotospeak.submishmash.com/submit. Full submission guidelines are available at http://sotospeakjournal.org/ 

      We are excited to announce that the contest judge for the Spring 2013 Poetry Contest will be Danielle Pafunda, and the judge for the Spring 2013 Nonfiction Contest will be Julie Marie Wade. Winners will receive prize money and publication, and finalists will also be published. The contest entry fee of $15 will include a free copy of the Spring 2013 issue for all entrants.

      So to Speak, founded in 1993 by an editorial collective of women MFA candidates at George Mason University, has served as a space for feminist writing and art for nearly 20 years. So to Speak publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that live up to a high standard of language, form, and meaning. We look for work that addresses issues of significance to women’s lives and movements for women’s equality and are especially interested in pieces that explore issues of race, class, and sexuality in relation to gender.

      We look forward to reading your work!

    • -The So to Speak Staff
    • So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art
      George Mason University
      4400 University Drive MSN 2C5
      Fairfax, VA 22030
      [email protected]

    •  580 Split, the graduate literary journal housed at Mills College in Oakland, California, is seeking submissions for its 15th issue. Submissions will be accepted through October 28, 2012.  We welcome exemplary works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art.  Experimental work, international writers, and marginalized perspectives are highly encouraged. Please share this info with your students and staff.

    • To view the current issue, click here.  

      Call for submissions
      The theme for the next issue is Obsession. As writers and artists, we may best understand the moment when an initial interest teeters and tips over to a full-blown obsession. In many cases it is not something we see coming, much less something we can control. Standing outside of reason, obsession seems to be one of the main forces that drives artistic creation. We are looking for work that inquires into, is inspired by, or speaks directly to the idea of obsession.

      Submission guidelines
      We use 
      Submittable to manage all submissions. Sign up for free online. Please do not send any submissions via mail or email: they will not be considered. View the complete submission guidelines or submit your work to us here.

      Submission deadline: October 28, 2012 

    • January Term Lecturers at Saint Mary's College

    • Saint Mary’s College invites applications for part-time lecturers to teach courses during the one month intensive January Term Program. January Term is a unique program that showcases intensive courses of study: since students enroll in only one course per January, faculty members expect more and tend to increase the pace of instruction, as well as require broader reading, more reflection and careful writing, more thorough class participation and greater individual initiative. We look for innovative course proposals from qualified faculty to provide our students with opportunities that are not available during regular semesters.

    • Timeline:
    • March 9: call for proposals
    • March 30: proposal due date
    • Link for submissions available after March 1:
    •  http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/courses/course-proposals
    • A complete application includes a letter of interest and how you are prepared to support the Mission of the College, a resume, on-line application and the name and contact information for three (3) professional references. 

    • Candidates who submit names of references should expect that references will be contacted, in confidence, by the College and that credentials will be confirmed prior to hire. 

    • Candidates who become finalists will be expected to sign a consent authorizing a broader inquiry.

    • Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

    • The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is looking for nonfiction narratives that challenge conventional tourism. Our summary line goes as such:

    • From West Africa to Vietnam, Tokyo to Paris, the book’s focus is to show the distinctive niche of travel experiences that defines our wide peer group, and how we've learned to engage the global community of an increasingly small world.
    • Information on the project is linked here:
    • Full Submissions Call      -       Project Homepage and Long Summary      -       Video       -       In the News           
    • “This is all very intriguing,” you may by now be thinking (we hope!). “But who are you?”
    • Operating since 2012, The Places We’ve Been, LLC, is an independent publisher, dedicated to literary portrayals of the diverse experiences of human existence. The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports from Travelers Under 35 is our inaugural project—and namesake.
    • The purpose of The Places We’ve Been is to work with varied and ambitious new writers to develop and then publish, promote, and distribute unique work. Specific areas of interest are literary fiction and nonfiction, with four books set for release in 2013.
    • GRE • GMAT • LSAT • SAT • ACT 
      Test Preparation Instructor Positions

    • We are seeking test preparation instructors for our GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT and ACT classes.  These are part-time positions with classes once per week on weekends.  We seek intelligent, charismatic instructors who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills.  Our company has a social mission to provide top caliber test preparation courses at a value price.  Team Sherwood is committed to the social responsibility of accessible test preparation courses: Everyone deserves to put their best score out there.
    • $40 per hour for GRE, GMAT and LSAT classroom instruction;
    • $30 per hour for SAT and ACT classroom instruction.
    • Qualifications 
       Current graduate or professional student (Ph.D. (or equivalent), Master’s, J.D.); or Completed Ph.D. (or equivalent), J.D., or Master’s degree.
    • Test Scores: Top-tier test scores on one of the following: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT, or ACT.
    • Teaching Experience: Have taught at least one university semester/quarter class.  Prior university teaching experience is required.
    • Quantitative and Verbal Skills: Must have BOTH excellent math and verbal/writing skills.  Sherwood Test Prep Instructors teach the entire course.
    • Consistent Weekend Commitment: We seek team players who are flexible and can teach on consecutive weekends throughout the entire year.  We only take off four weekends per year (those corresponding to): Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.  Instructors can teach from 3 to 14 hours per weekend.
    • Summary
    • If interested, please send your (1) Cover Letter, (2) Resume/Vita, and (3) Test Scores to:  [email protected]  Interviews and hiring are to commence immediately.
    • Teaching test preparation is a fun and rewarding experience.  As an instructor you will have the opportunity to help bright, high-achieving students achieve their goals and dreams of entering their first choice Universities and programs.  We hire good people who are intelligent, compassionate, honorable, and dependable.  All test prep instructors are respectfully treated as faculty members and are afforded autonomy and latitude in the courses they teach.
    • At Sherwood Test Prep, our work is to help others.
    • Sherwood Test Prep, Inc.
    • www.sherwoodtest.com
    • [email protected]
    •  Superstition Review is now accepting submissions  
    • of art, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction for Issue 10 to be launched November 30, 2012. 
      Please visit www.superstitionreview.com to read guidelines.
    •  Prairie Schooner Regular Submission Period Open:  

    • The frightened freshmen are back on campus, the drought-stricken leaves are about to fall, and we're ready to read another season's worth of fantastic writing. As usual, we're looking for the best of the genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and reviews. Submit online or in hard copy; find out our complete guidelines . Looking forward to reading your work! here
    •  Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest

    • The Fiction Open (1st place wins $2,500) deadline is September 30.
    • Most entries to the Fiction Open run from 2,000 - 8000 words, but up to 20,000-word stories are welcome. Writing Guidelines
    • The 1st-place winner will be published in Issue 89 and the author will receive 20 copies of that issue. Second- and 3rd-places win, respectively, $1,000 and $600 (or, if accepted for publication, $700).
    • Note: Some writers affected by Hurricane Isaac have asked if we will extend the deadline of the August Short Story Award for New Writers because of power outages and worse. Of course: The deadline for submissions has been moved from August 31 to September 12.
    •  New Writing Contest from the C.G. Jung Society of St. Louis

    • In preparation for our upcoming Jung in the Heartland conference (Sept 2013), we are inviting submissions of essays or creative non-fiction on the theme of the conference:
    • Healing through the Numinous
    • First Place - $1000
    • Second Place - $500
    • Third Place - $250
    • Complete details can be found in the attached flyer or at our website: http://cgjungstl.org/contest
    • Best Regards, 
    • The C.G. Jung Society of Saint Louis
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