Monday, September 12, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 12, 2011

Song of the Day: Perfect Strangers Theme- Nothin's Gonna Stop Me Now

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I spent much of the weekend reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I made a nice dent in it and I'm hoping to finish it today! The book has been an emotional journey. I'm sure my twitter and blogger pals are tired of hearing me rave about it, but it really is a good book. There's a lot of controversy around it (which is one of the reasons I picked it up) and there will be a blog post soon.

    So, how has everyone been doing with submissions? I must admit I haven't been submitting as much. I got about five rejections in the space of a month. Sigh. I'm kind of in a writing slump. I'm at that point where I'm doubting my work and I missed two deadlines for contests because of it. As I was reading The Help this weekend, I remembered how many times it was rejected before publication. Sounds cliched but it made me realize that I need to keep going. We all need to keep going. To make up for the opportunities being absent the past couple of weeks, I've listed TONS. Surely you can find somewhere to submit to. Let's go!


1. Boston Review's Aura Estrada Short Story Contest

The winning author will receive a prize of $1500 and have their work published in the Boston Review in the summer of 2012. Stories should be 5,000 words or less. Then entry fee is $20 and the deadline is October 1, 2011. For more details visit the link below.

2. Writer's Digest 12th Annual Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest hosts its annual short short story contest. The prizes are as follows: First Place: $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference; Second Place: $1,500; Third Place: $500 Fourth Through Tenth Place: $100; Eleventh Through Twenty-Fifth Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer’s Digest Books. Stories should be 1500 words or less. Entry fee is $20 and the contest closes on November 15, 2011. For official guidelines please visit the website below.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Matchbook Literary Magazine

An online literary magazine seeking short fiction of 1,000 words or less.

2. Cobalt Review

An online literary magazine seeking  fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

3. Big Wonderful Press

A small press looking for short fiction collections, full length poetry collections, poetry chapbooks, poetry/art collaborative chapbooks, literary novels, and book length creative non-fiction. They are also looking for serious literary stories written by women from the point-of-view of a male for the Voice Project. Those stories should be 5,000 words or less.

4. Big Lucks 

A literary magazine open to submissions of fiction, poetry and art.

5. The Rag Literary Magazine

The Rag accepts submissions of short fiction, poetry, manuscripts (first three chapters initially), and art.

6. Specter

An online literary magazine currently accepting works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and flash. All genres, styles and forms accepted.

7. Memorious

Memorious is an online literary magazine looking for submissions of fiction and poetry.

8. SteamPunk Magazine

SteamPunk Magazine is "a publication that is dedicated to promoting steampunk as a culture, as more than a sub-category of fiction." They are currently accepting submissions of fiction for issue #8. Deadline is October 15, 2011.

9. Crazyhorse

Crazyhorse is a literary magazine accepting fiction, poetry, and non-fiction/essay between September 1 and May 31. Payment for accepted work is $20-35 per page of layout.

10. Independent Ink Magazine

A quarterly digital publication seeking fiction and adventuresome non-fiction.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine accepts fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. We're also looking for blog posts and consistent blog contributors. Visit our website for more details. Happy Writing!


  1. Thanks for the opps :) It's so nice to have an easy spot to see the mags actively seeking submissions!

    I know what you mean about hitting that writing slump after constantly being rejected. I'm in that space right now, too. I keep trying to persevere, but every rejection just brings along more doubt.

    Also, I HAVE to read The Help :D

  2. I love the fonts on your blog! LOL...

    And thanks for these opportunities, I'm now your 200th follower, congrats. :)

  3. The Perfect Strangers video brought back memories.

    I haven't opened my copy of The Help yet. I've heard many great things about it.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  4. Doubting ourselves, receiving rejections, becoming overwhelmed . . . this is just part and parcel of the writer's life. If it helps you to know, I have a thick folder of rejections but now have a folder starting to fill nicely with contract. Just accept that its OK to have those doubts, as long as you don't let it stop you. The surest way to fail is to give up. And BTW, I loved, loved, LOVED The Help!