Monday, June 20, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- June 20, 2011

Song of the Day: It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World) by The Ramones

   Hello all! How was Father's Day weekend? We shouldn't celebrate our fathers only one day out of the year (and trust me, I don't) but I can't help but love Father's Day. I have the most AMAZING father ever. Like my picture? Growing up, he did everything for me and made sure that our family had all that we needed. I watched him go from sweeping floors at Walmart to owning his own construction and investment company. It is his heart and his spirit that inspires me everyday to work hard to get where I want to be in my career. That's why I continue to submit my work, (despite the rejections) continue to attend conferences, continue to write, and continue to edit. Which leads me to my next question. Have you been keeping up with your submissions? Even submitting once a month is better than nothing. If you're having trouble keeping up, I wrote a post on how you can balance submitting your writing and life.

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Here are this week's opportunities. Have at it.


1. NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge

This is an interesting contest with four writing challenges and every entrant is guaranteed to participate in at least two challenges. In each challenge writers have two days to complete a 1,000 word story based on an assigned genre, location and object. Writers will be able to get feedback on their writing. For more details on how the contest is structured visit the website. First place wins $1500, second wins $500, third wins $250, and fourth wins $100. Early entry deadline is July 14, 2011 (fee is $39) but writers may enter up until August 17, 2011 (fee is $49.)

2. Dream Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Prize

Submit up to 20-28 pages of paginated poetry in readable font, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, and email for results. The prize is $500 and 25 copies of the printed chapbook. The entry fee is $15 and the deadline is June 30, 2011.

3. 2011 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest

Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley is searching for the best short short story of any theme. Stories should not exceed 500 words. The winner will receive $300 and publication in Big Muddy. Entry fee is $10 and the deadline is October 1, 2011.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Prick of the Spindle

A quarterly literary magazine currently accepting fiction (flash to novella length), poetry, creative and academic non-fiction, drama, and literary reviews.

2. Women of Color Anthology

The Women of Color Writer's Community is seeking quality submissions of flash fiction, poetry, short stories, Essays, One Act Plays, non-fiction, and original freestanding art work for the anthology, Boundaries and Borders. Deadline is September 1, 2011.

As always Black Fox Literary Magazine is open for submissions of fiction and poetry. We love getting submissions from under-represented genres. Also, look out for our first issue, set to be released next month! Happy Writing!


  1. What a cute pic of you and your dad! It's awesome that he has inspired you so much. It's getting me a lil' choked up actually:( Thanks for the opps as always!

  2. Aww, how cute are you and your dad! Your dad's climb to the top is very inspiring. :)

  3. Super cute picture! Father's day is awesome, and I love your father's story. Very inspiring!

  4. What I love about this picture is the look of adoration on your face as you look at your Dad, very sweet. :)

  5. What a lovely picture and a wonderful tribute to your father. Very inspirational!

  6. That's a great picture and I love how your dad inspires you!

  7. Awww what a great picture! Your dad sounds like a great role model.