Monday, October 10, 2011

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- October 10, 2011

Song of the Day: Reach by Gloria Estefan

   Hello all! How was the weekend? Shamefully, I have to admit that I didn't get all the things on my to-do list done. After I came home from community service, the cold that I have had for over two weeks, caught up with me. I stayed in bed for the rest of the weekend. I hate when things happen that are beyond my control. I had so much to do, I still have so much to do. I'm trying to play catch up today before I head into work tomorrow.

   Don't forget about my Banned Books Giveaway. Last day to enter is this Wednesday October 13, 2011!

   We started a new month, have any of you taken the time to sit down and plan out where you'll submit your work? I hope you're still keeping up! Here are a few options to choose from.


1. Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest

Glimmer Train Stories is looking for stories about family. Stories are usually 1,500-6,000 words but can go up to 12,000 words. First place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories and 20 copies of the issue. Second place wins $500 and third place wins $300. Reading fee is $15 and the contest closes on October 31, 2011.

2. Gemini Magazine Poetry Contest

The contest is open to all forms of poetry. First prize wins $1,000. Second place wins $100 and third place wins $50. Three honorable mentions will also be announced. All six finalists will be published in the March 2012 issue of Gemini Magazine. Entry fee is $5 and the contest closes on January 3, 2012.

3. The Danahy Fiction Prize- Tampa Review

One previously unpublished work of short fiction will be given an award of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Tampa Review. Manuscripts should be between 500 and 5,000 words. Entry fee is $15 and the contest deadline is November 1, 2011.

4. Straylight Fiction Contest

Straylight Literary Magazine is hosting their first short-fiction contest. Submissions should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words. First place wins $125, print publication, 1-year subscription, 3 copies; Second place wins $50, print publication, 1-year subscription, 3 copies; Third place wins $25, print publication, 1-year subscription, 3 copies. There is a $10 reading fee and the contest closes on October 21, 2011. For more information visit the link below.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Steampunk Anthology

Entangled Publishing is seeking submissions for a summer 2012 steampunk anthology. Submissions should be 20,000 to 30,000 words in length, contain strong romantic elements and heavily feature steampunk technology and the alternate world it exists in. From what I can see, there is no reading fee. Submissions will remain open until December 1, 2011.

2. The Coffin Factory

The Coffin Factory publishes phenomenal fiction, essays and art three times a year. Send your original fiction or essays under 6,000 words.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. We are also looking for guest bloggers and regular contributors. If you're interested in blogging for us, send an email to Be on the lookout for our second issue, set to be released October 31, 2011! Happy Writing!

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