Monday, March 7, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- March 7, 2011

Song of the Day: Make it Mine by Jason Mraz

    Hello all! Hope everyone is feeling rested and refreshed from the weekend! I finally got to eat sushi this weekend, which I'd been craving for weeks! It sounds strange, but I haven't even had time to sit down in a restaurant and have a meal (sad, I know.) Hopefully I'll be able to change that soon.
    I'm taking this moment to ask you all a question. Tell me, have you been submitting your work? How many places have you submitted to this year? I read somewhere that you should be submitting your work every month. I haven't been sticking to that philosophy. I do think it is a good one though. Time to light some fire under my behind! And yours too! I provide the opportunities list and all you have to do is the writing. Okay, maybe that's a little harder, but it's what we all love, right? So, Here they are. I urge you to take advantage of one of them.


1. The Pinch Literary Awards

 A prize of $1,000 and publication in the Pinch will be given for one poem and a prize of $1,500 and publication will be given for one short story. Jeffrey McDaniel and Rick Bass will judge. The entry fee is $20, which includes a subscription to the Pinch. Contest closes March 15, 2011. Click the link below for official contest rules.

2. Tusculum Review Fiction Contest

Tusculum Review awards a biannual prize of $1,000 and publication to one short story. Aimee Bender will judge. Short stories should be no more than 30 pages and should be accompanied by an entry fee of $15. Contest deadline is March 15, 2011. Visit the website for guidelines.

3. University of Nebraska Press Prairie Schooner Book Prizes

Two prizes of $3,000 each and Publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for collections of poetry and short fiction. Poetry submissions can be up to 50 pages and fiction submissions can be up to 150 pages. Entry fee is $15 and the contest deadline is March 15, 2011. View the link below for more information.

4. Ploughshares Emerging Fiction Writer's Contest

Ploughshares will award a prize of $500 and publication for one short story. Two runner-ups will also be announced. Submissions should be 5,000 words or less. Entry fee is $20 and a one year subscription to Ploughshares is included. Contest closes on March 15, 2011. Visit the websites for official rules and guidelines.

Folks, don't forget about the Black Fox Fiction Contest. First place winner will be awarded a prize of $100. We are also looking for poetry and flash fiction for weekly web segments. Good luck everyone and Happy Writing!


  1. You are so right--I def. need a fire lit under my butt. I think the plan of submitting once a month sounds like a good idea. If you commit to it, me and Pam will, too. Especially b/c your flash fiction is AWESOME! You need to start submitting those. I'm going to look into the opp. you provided this week and see if any of them fits with my short stories--you have inspired me :) The last time I submitted to lit mags was in early 2010...

  2. I love that you do this.

  3. Thanks again for sharing! I haven't submitted anything since last year, but I think I'll take another stab at it. :) And I agree with Quita--you BETTER submit your flash fiction pieces!