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Calls for Submissions

YEAR-ROUND SUBMISSIONS

Nebo: A Literary Journal is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, comics, art, etc. Nebo: A Literary Journal is Arkansas Tech University's literary journal and has been publishing quality work for forty-five years, publishing writers from all over the world. Please include a brief, third person author bio of no more than 100 words. Submissions should include no more than 5,000 words of prose, five poems, or twenty pages of comics. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are fine. Please notify if work gets accepted for publication elsewhere. Nebo is also happy to accept reprints from print journals (let them know where the piece was published previously) Submissions must be sent as an attachment to nebo@atu.edu. For further guidelines, visit (blogs.atu.edu/nebo/submissions)

Orison Books is open to submissions in the following categories: nonfiction, poetry in translation, and anthology proposals. All types of nonfiction work are considered, including essays, memoir, literary criticism, etc. Minimum word count for fiction and nonfiction is 30,000. Submissions from both agents and authors are accepted. Send a complete manuscript and include an author biography in the cover letter when submitting online. For poetry in translation, minimum length is sixty pages in English. The translator must have permission to publish the translations, or the original work must be in the public domain per U.S. and international copyright law. For anthology proposal submissions, single or multiple-genre anthology proposals are accepted. Send one-page description of the anthology, biographical information for the editor(s), and upload thirty pages of sample content. All submissions must be sent through Submittable. For more guidelines and to submit, please visit (orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit)

Valparaiso Fiction Review, an semi-annual journal of short fiction, is now considering submissions for their Summer 2018 issue (Volume 6, Issue 2). Submissions to VFR should be original, unpublished fiction, and they should range from 1,000 to 9,000 words with possible exceptions. Use a twelve-point font, double-space, and .doc, .docx, or .rtf formats. Include name and email on the first page of each submission. No novels can be submitted. Excerpts from novels are acceptable only if selected piece operates as a stand-alone story. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but the author should notify VFR immediately should a submitted piece be accepted elsewhere. For any additional questions, contact one of the editors, at vfr@valpo.edu. For complete guidelines and submissions link, please visit (scholar.valpo.edu/vfr/guidelines.html)

Sinkhole Magazine is seeking submissions for micro fiction & nonfiction (1,000 words or fewer), as well as thoughtful essays about politics, economics, culture, and society. For detailed submission guidelines, check out (sinkholemag.com)

Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry, is accepting submissions for its spring submissions. Previously published work, the rights to which are owned by the poet, are welcomed. Work that seeks to proselytize or to promote a particular spirituality or approach over another won't be considered. Four poems per submissions are accepted. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Submit poems along with a short bio (four lines, max) of the poet as a Word document in twelve-point, Times New Roman font. Include name, email, and bio in the attachment with poems. Submit work to peacechaplain@aol.com or samlibby@me.com Feature poets by invitation only. For more information, please visit (www.soul-lit.com/guidelines.html)

Opossum, a journal that seeks to explore the intersection between literature and music, is now accepting submissions on a rolling basis. Opossum publishes three times a year online and once a year in print. Submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, essays and interviews are accepted. Opossum only accepts submissions via Submittable. No email submissions will be read. Flash fiction/nonfiction: under 1,000 words in length. Submit an accompanying artist's statement explaining how your work engages the world of music. Poetry: Poems can be of any length, as long as they're animated by music. Submit an accompanying artist's statement explaining your work relationship to music. Nonfiction and Fiction: up to 9,000 words in length and submit accompanying artist's statement explaining how your work engages the world of music. For more information, visit (opossumlit.com/submissions) To submit, visit (opossumaliterarymarsupial.submittable.com/submit)

Tiny Text is a Twitter journal that publishes compelling concision in the form of Twitter-length fiction and memoir on all topics. Follow us on Twitter (@Tiny_Text) (twitter.com/tiny_text?lang=en) and email all submissions/inquiries to teeny.tiny.text@gmail.com. Send up to three stories or micro-memoirs and include Twitter handle. We only publish prose of 140 characters or less (and spaces count). Serial stories, as long as all sections are Twitter-length and can stand alone while also building a larger plot, are accepted. Please allow four weeks before sending more work or inquiring. For more information, visit (teenytinytext.wordpress.com)

30 North is currently seeking submissions for their journal of undergraduate art and writing. 30 North is looking for work by college students in all genres, including short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photography, and art. Please submit at (northcentralreview.submittable.com/submit) For more information, visit (30northblog.wordpress.com)

Helen: A Literary Magazine is open for submissions: Poetry (four poems with a twelve-page limit), Flash Fiction (50-1,000), Short Stories (1,500-4,000), Essays & Personal Narratives (1,500-4,000), art, and photography. Helen also features video exclusives from our print issues as well as an ongoing blog series called Friday Night Specials. No theme or genre restrictions. Helen offers token payment. To submit, please visit (helenliterarymagazine.submittable.com/submit)

The Los Angeles Review is now open for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and translation submissions year-round. Unsolicited submissions are only accepted online via Submittable. Online submissions are subject to a $3.00 reading fee. Current subscribers and former contributors may submit online free of charge by emailing their pieces directly to the appropriate editor. To submit online, visit (losangelesreview.submittable.com/submit) For more information, visit (losangelesreview.org/submission)

The New Verse News seeks current event poetry. The New Verse News covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors update the website every day or two with the best work received. What's best?: a genuinely poetic take on a very current and specific news story or event. See the website at (www.newversenews.com) for guidelines and for examples of the kinds of poems The New Verse News publishes. Then paste your non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to nveditor@gmail.com. Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

Moonglasses Magazine seeks submissions. Founded in 2015, Moonglasses Magazine is a monthly online publication devoted to providing a unique home for literary humor. Accepting submissions for our first issue in several categories: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and two specialty categories: "Between the Couch Cushions," which features writing that doesn't fit in traditional categories, and "Things We Wrote When We Had Acne," which accepts middle and high school writing so bad it's funny. Visit (www.moonglassesmag.com/submission-guidelines) for more information. There are no submission fees. Moonglasses Magazine accepts work on a rolling basis via email.

California Quarterly is the poetry journal produced by the California State Poetry Society, with 50 pages of poetry per issue. This journal seeks submissions both monthly and annually. To submit, visit their website and register on the homepage. One-page poems are best, but an 80-line (two-page) maximum in any case. Poems must be original and unpublished. There is no submission fee. For more information and detailed guidelines, visit (californiastatepoetrysociety.org/publishing-with-us)

MARCH DEADLINES

Colorado Review presents the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. The prize is given annually for the best short story. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2018 issue of Colorado Review. This year's final judge is Margot Livesey. Friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni. Entry fee: $15 to submit online; there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. Stories must be previously unpublished. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be at least ten pages (2500 words), but under fifty pages (12,500 words). Postmark deadline: March 14, 2017. The winner will be announced by July 2018. All submissions will be considered for publication. For more information, please visit (coloradoreview.colostate.edu/nelligan-prize/submission-guidelines)

Rappahannock Review, a literary magazine based at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for a special summer theme issue, "Cosmos." All things space, matter, time, physics, particles, protons personal cosmos and cosmologies, atmospheres, rules of attraction, properties of light, etc. Previously published work, including work that has appeared online in blogs or other forums, will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, though if your work is accepted elsewhere, please notify them by email at rappahannockreview@gmail.com. For further guidelines and to submit, visit (rappahannockreview.submittable.com/submit)

Ponder Review is accepting submissions of fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, new media, and art for Volume 2, Issue 1. Deadline: March 15, 2018. Format of submissions: Times Roman 12pt, all prose should be double-spaced, poetry single-spaced, and include a brief (100 word) bio with your submission. Ponder Review will not accept previously published material or multiple submissions per issue. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but contact Ponder Review if work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (ponderreview.submittable.com/submit)

Gyroscope Review calls for submissions for its spring issue. Gyroscope Review is open to all genres of contemporary poetry including science-fiction, fantasy and horror. Please do not submit if you are not open to being edited. Emerging and established poets welcome. Send no more than four poems. Entry deadline: March 15, 2018. No entry fee. For more information, please visit (www.gyroscopereview.com/home/guidelines)

Prairie Schooner presents its "2018 Prairie Schooner Book Prize Contest" The Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Prairie Schooner prefers that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least fifty pages long. Novels are not considered; manuscripts comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (please do not send a single novella or a collection of novellas). Both unpublished and published writers are welcome to submit manuscripts. Manuscripts that have been previously published, which includes self-publication, are not considered. Prairie Schooner accepts electronic submissions as well as hard copy submissions. A $25 processing fee must accompany each submission, payable to Prairie Schooner. Address for hard copy submissions: Prairie Schooner, 110 Andrews Hall, Lincoln, NE 68588-0334. Deadline: March 15, 2018. For further guidelines and the link to submit electronically, (prairieschoonerbookprizeseries.submittable.com/submit) For more information, please visit (prairieschooner.unl.edu/book-prize?q=submit)

Marin Poetry Center is currently seeking submissions of free verse, formal poems, and prose poems for their 2018 anthology. You must be a current member of Marin Poetry Center to submit. All poetry must be written in English; no poems in translation will be accepted. Only one submission of one to three poems of any style, mood, tone, and technique for each poet. Deadline: March 15, 2018. For submission information and guidelines, please visit (www.marinpoetrycenter.org/docs/MPC_Anthology_Guidelines.pdf)

Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the Eighth Annual Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2018 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm. The reading opens the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, which is devoted to metrical poetry. The winner also receives a scholarship to attend the conference. This year's judge is Melissa Balmain. Entry deadline: March 30, 2018. Entry fee: $6 per poem. For more information and guidelines, please visit (www.frostfarmpoetry.org/prize)

Bethlehem Writers Roundtable is looking for unpublished stories of 2000 words or fewer on the theme of "Tales of the Unexplained." Send in your stories about wizards, clairvoyants, other-worldly creatures,vampires, werewolves, ghosts, goblins, witches, mediums, poltergeists, the supernatural, and other unexplainable experiences. Deadline: March 31, 2018. For more information visit (sites.google.com/site/bethlehemwritersroundtable/short-story-contesta)

Gemini Magazine is accepting submissions for their ninth annual Short Story Contest. First prize is $1000, second prize is $100, and there will also be three honorary mentions ($25 each). The entry fee is $7 per story. There are no restrictions on subject, style, or length for creative work. All entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance. All five finalists will be published online in the June 2018 issue of Gemini. Deadline: March 31, 2018. Check out previous winners and finalists, and submit at (www.gemini-magazine.com/contest.html)

Concrete Wolf is accepting submissions for their 2018 Concrete Wolf Louis Poetry Book Award. The poetry book award is for poets age fifty and over who have not yet published a full-length poetry collection. The winner will receive seventy-five copies of a full-length, perfect-bound book. Submissions must be forty-eight to sixty pages of poetry, plus a table of contents and acknowledgements (if applicable). Number the pages. Include two cover sheets, one with title, author information (including email and phone), and one cover sheet just with the title. There is a reading fee of $30, payable online or by checks written out to Concrete Wolf. Postmark deadline: March 31, 2018. Winner will be announced in Fall 2018 and published Summer 2019. For more information and payment links, please visit (www.concretewolf.com/current/LouisAward.htm)

Tall Grass Writers Guild and Outrider Press is seeking submissions in poetry and prose for its Literary Anthology Contest. Prizes included $500 cash prize for poetry and $500 for prose, previous published material and simultaneous submissions are okay, just indicate it on entry form. The non-refundable entry fee is $18, reduced to $14 each for TWG members for each category. Judges to be announced. For poetry, each group and/or partial group of one to four poems (thirty-two line maximum w/spaces). Title of each poem will need to be entered and please provide a separate file for each poem. Include name and email address on each page. For prose fiction and nonfiction: 2,500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works are okay. Include author's name and email on title page. Deadline: March 31, 2018. For the complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (tallgrasswritersguild.submittable.com/submit)

APRIL DEADLINES

Killer Nashville is accepting submissions of manuscripts for their Annual Claymore Award. The contest is limited to only the first fifty pages of unpublished English-language manuscripts containing elements of thriller, mystery, crime, or suspense NOT currently under contract. Submissions can include action, adventure, alternate history, fantasy, horror, mystery, sci-fi, speculative, suspense, thriller, and western manuscripts, and any of their derivatives (Self-published manuscripts are considered already published and are not eligible.) Entry fee: $40. There is an additional $100 if entrant wants submission to be critiqued by industry peers. Authors are welcomed to submit new drafts of altered entries up until the deadline of April 1, 2018. Authors may submit more than one entry. Charge will be assessed for each entry. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (killernashville.com/claymore)

Barely South Review is seeking original, unpublished works of nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and art for their Fall issue. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2018. Accepted works receive a free print copy of the journal as payment. For more guidelines and submission link, visit (barelysouthreview.com/submit)

Orison Books is accepting submissions of book-length manuscripts for the 2018 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction. The judges this year are Vandana Khanna and Lan Samantha Chang. The winner in each genre receives $1,500 and publication. Entry fee is $30. Deadline to submit online: April 1, 2018. For complete guidelines and to submit, please visit (orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit)

Gulf Stream Literary Magazine is now open for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for inclusion in its Spring Issue. Submissions must be previously unpublished. You may submit work in multiple genres, but use separate submissions for each genre and limit your submissions to one per genre. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify them immediately if the work is published elsewhere. Deadline: April 1, 2018. For more information and to submit, visit (gulfstreamlitmag.com/submissions)

Tahoma Literary Review is now open for submissions of fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction and nonfiction, and poetry. They pay $50 for flash prose and short poems; $125 for longer prose and poems. Feedback options are available for fiction and nonfiction submissions. Deadline: April 1, 2018. For more information and to submit, visit (tahomaliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit)

Sink Hollow, the national undergraduate literary journal at Utah State University, is seeking polished pieces of undergraduate work for its Spring 2018 issue. Accepting all original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. All students currently enrolled as undergraduates at two and four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit. Entry deadline: April 9, 2018. No submission fee. For more information and to submit visit (sinkhollow.submittable.com/submit)

Press 53 is now accepting submissions for their 2018 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction. First prize is $1,000 plus publication in Prime Number Magazine (a Press 53 publication). A list of nine finalists will be listed in Prime Number Magazine. Final judge for the poetry category is Terri Kirby Erickson and the final judge for the short fiction category is Clint McCown. Submissions are one unpublished poem or story. The poem should be no more than three pages in length (no word count needed) with numbered pages and spaced according to the poet's intended style. The short story should be 53 to 5,300 words, double-spaced in twelve-point type with numbered pages. Writers may enter either or both categories. Multiple entries require separate reading fees. Reading fee: $15 per entry and is nonrefundable. Competition is open to any writer anywhere in the world whose entry is unpublished and written in English. Entries will only be accepted through Submittable. Deadline: April 15, 2018. For more information and to submit, visit (press53.submittable.com/submit)

Gunpowder Press is accepting submissions for their annual Barry Sacks Poetry Prize. Submit unpublished book-length manuscripts of 48-100 pages. Winner will receive $500 and publication by Gunpowder Press with fifty author copies. The final judge this year will be Lee Herrick. Entry deadline: April 30, 2018 via Submittable. Entry fee: $25 (includes a copy of the winning manuscript). More details at (gunpowderpress.com/barry-spacks-poetry-prize)

Trio House Press presents two awards, the Trio Award for First or Second Book for emerging poets, and the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence for a book of poems contributing in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry. The Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence is open to all poets, regardless of publication history. Each award winner receives $1,000 and twenty copies of his or her book. Additionally, each winner must serve as a collective member of Trio House Press for twenty-four months after publication in order to assist with the press and bringing more Trio books into print. Entry deadline: April 30, 2018. Entry fee: $25 per manuscript for all award-reading periods. Manuscripts accepted online only. To submit, visit the Trio House Press website at (www.triohousepress.org)

Omnidawn is currently seeking submissions for their 2018 Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winner will receive $1000 and their chapbook will be published in October 2019. This is a blind contest open to all writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. Submissions should be 20–40 pages of poetry. Reading fee is $18. The 2018 judge is Carl Philips; students, colleagues, and close friends of the judge are not eligible. Submit online or by post. Deadline: April 23, 2018. For guidelines and submission information, visit (omnidawn.com/contest/poetry-contests.htm)

MAY DEADLINES

Razor Literary Magazine and the Fiction School podcast are now accepting entries for the 2018 Fiction Open contest. This unique collaboration between a lit mag and podcast brings broad exposure to the contest winner. Winning works will be published in the Fall 2018 issue of Razor Literary Magazine and the author will be a special guest on an upcoming episode of Fiction School. Winners will be chosen in three categories: Flash Fiction ($1 entry fee), Short Story ($2 entry fee), and Novella ($10 entry fee). Deadline: May 15, 2018. For further guidelines and to submit, visit (razorlitmag.com/submissions-contest)

The American Poetry Review is accepting submissions for the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, which honors the late Stanley Kunitz's dedication to mentoring poets. The winning poem will appear on the feature page of the September/October issue of The American Poetry Review, and the poet will receive a $1,000 prize. All entrants will receive a copy of the magazine. Poets may submit one to three poems per entry (totaling no more than three pages). There is no limit on number of entries per poet. Poets must be under the age of forty. There is a $15 entry fee. Deadline: May 15, 2018. For more information and to submit, visit (americanpoetryreview.submittable.com/submit/11755/stanley-kunitz-memorial-prize)

New Letters, a magazine of writing and art, is now accepting submissions for three writing awards: $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction, $1,500 Prize for Fiction, and $1,500 Prize for Poetry. Entries in fiction and essays are not to exceed 8,000 words. One poetry entry may contain up to six poems. Entry fee: $24. Deadline: May 18, 2018. May submit online or through postal mail. For further guidelines and submission information, visit (www.newletters.org/writers-wanted/writing-contests)

JUNE DEADLINES

The Great River Shakespeare Festival is accepting entries for the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. Over $2000 in prizes are offered, with a $5 entry fee for up to three sonnets. No fee for entrants in the seventeen and under category. Submissions should be made through the online process, with payment option by PayPal or check. Deadline: June 1, 2018. If this process presents a hardship, please email entries@sonnetcontest.org for instructions for entering by mail. For more information and entry form, visit (sonnetcontest.org/sonnet-contest)

Leapfrog Press is accepting submissions of literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction for The 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest. Adult, young adult (YA) and middle grade (MG) novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Books that have been self-published will be considered "unpublished" if fewer than about 200 copies were printed. Online submissions through Submittable accepted only. Use the title as it appears on the manuscript as the file name when submitting online. Be sure there is no identifying information anywhere in the file (author name or address), including on the title page and in page headers. There is a reading fee of $33. If you prefer to pay the reading fee by physical check, please contact through email at leapfrog@leapfrogpress.com. First prize is a publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards. Deadline: June 15, 2018. For more information and to submit, please visit (www.leapfrogpress.com/contest.htm)

Milk Journal is now open for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual artwork. To familiarize yourself with the journal, read Milk Journal's first issue, now available on their website. Poetry: Send up to five poems in a single document. Prose: Send a single story of up to 5,000 words. Flash pieces should not exceed 250 words. Nonfiction: Send a single piece of up to 5,000 words. Any type of visual art (photography, drawing, painting, graphic design) will also be considered. Please send up to five pieces. Entry deadline is June 30, 2018. No entry fee. Please visit (www.milkjournal.net/guidelines) for further submission guidelines and information.

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