Monday, December 31, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 31, 2012

Song of the Day: 1999 by Prince

   Hello All! Last Blog post of the year! Woot Woot! How are you ending the year? Are you getting any writing done today? Now is the time to tie up any loose threads. To you I say, you can still submit! End the year with a bang by knowing you did something good for your writing. I will be submitting today and I will be writing. I would like to end the year right and bring in a new year by doing what I love. You should too. Even if you don't submit anything today, you can always start tomorrow. It's the perfect day for a fresh start. The list is a little short today, because I have much to do. There is, however, something on the list for everyone. Happy New Year dear readers and see you again in the New Year!

Calls for Submissions:

1. Love Story Anthology

Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about making connections, from heartfelt ones ending in weddings, to less high-minded ones ending in beds (or wherever). Half the stories will be about travelers meeting someone far from home, and the other half about people meeting travelers passing through. Judges will pick the stories that will win the cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50. Submit your 5,000-word story by March 31, 2013. Reading fee is $10

2. Arroyo Literary Review

Arroyo is seeking fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and translation for their sixth issue. Open reading period is from December 1 to May 31.

3. Unstuck

Unstuck will accept fiction stories of up to 15,000 words until January 4, 2012

4. Newtown Literary

Newtown Literary is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry for their second issue. Submission deadline is February 28, 2013

5. Little Fiction's Listerature Call for Submissions

Little Fiction is looking for short stories in the form of a list. It can be a grocery list, a guest list, a list of lists--as long as it tells a story. There must be a beginning, a middle an end, and some conflict. Send submissions in by January 1, 2012

  As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The Fall Issue (#6) is out! Happy Writing! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 17, 2012

Song of the Day: Merry Christmas Baby by Hanson

   Hello all! How was the weekend? So, how many of you have finished all your Christmas shopping? I definitely have not! In fact, I just started yesterday! I've always been a last minute shopper though. I love the holidays and I love all the preparation that goes into Christmas. I enjoy writing Christmas cards, wrapping presents, listening to holiday music and drinking egg nog! Since next Monday is Christmas Eve, I will not be posting any opportunities because I'll be with my family. We will have one last hoorah for the year the following Monday. That will be my final post for the year! There is still time to submit. Go ahead, get your work out there now! I'm off to do some Christmas shopping. 


1.  Third Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival Literary Contest

The year 2013 marks the third annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival at the University of Minnesota Morris, and with it, the third annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival Contest. The Prize is  a staged reading of the winning entry by the University of Minnesota Morris’s Meiningens Student Theater Group at the third annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival (February 21-23, 2013) and free registration for the festival workshops. Entry fee is $10 and the contest deadline is January 11, 2012.

2. The 2012 Omnidawn Poetry Open Book Contest 

Accepting both electronic and postal poetry submissions. Open to any poet writing in English (regardless of how many or how few publication credits.) Prize includes $3,000, Spring 2014 publication & 100 complimentary copies of book. Cole Swensen will judge. The entry fee is $25 and the contest will close on January 15, 2012

3. Pavement Saw Chapbook Contest

The winner will receive $500 and 50 copies of the winning chapbook. In addition to the prize winner, at least one other manuscript will be published under a standard royalty contract (author paid 10% of press run.) Everyone is allowed to submit regardless of previous publication history. Every entrant will receive the equivalent cost of the entry fee in Pavement Saw Press titles. Entry fee is $15 and the contest ends on December 31, 2012

*Unlike many publishers whose collections are printed one copy at a time and therefore lack a large circulation, Pavement Saw chapbooks are published in a first edition of 400 copies plus overage. While chapbooks rarely receive exposure, theirs have been reviewed in Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Georgia Review, Small Press Review and many others.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Valparaiso Fiction Review 

Valparaiso Fiction Review, which has just released its Winter 2012 issue, is now seeking works of short fiction for its upcoming Summer 2013 issue. VFR publishes two editions a year, in December and in May, and it features fiction from established or emerging writers.

2. Call for Poetry Reading Series

The theme for The Woman Made Gallery's Poetry Reading Series is Public/Private:

“From the exploding popularity of reality television and celebrity culture to the U.S. government’s ever-growing presence in our homes, schools, and community spaces through Patriot Act-sanctioned surveillance, the twenty-first century has seen enormous shifts in cultural and political conceptions of what is considered private and what is considered public, both in the United States and world-wide. We as individuals are losing control over what is seen and what is unseen; known and unknown; public and private. How do these shifts manifest in our daily lives? Who is most affected and why? How do artists address these changes, whether through illuminating, embracing or actively working against them?”

All takes on this theme are fair game for this reading. Send your best.

Selected poets must be available to read in person. Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme to: by December 22, 2012.

3. The Kiss: An Anthology

Bushwick Media seeks your original submissions for an anthology on kisses--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Submissions should be 1,000 words (4 pages, double-spaced) or more on the topic of that certain kiss, which changed your world for better or worse. All inquiries and submissions should be sent to Ms. Fiona Pemberton at Deadline is unclear.

4. Catamaran 

Catamaran is a new quarterly print magazine based in Santa Cruz, CA. Their themes are the environment, artistic spirit, innovation, and freedom. They accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art.

5. Bourbon for Blood: An Anthology of Bourbon Poetry

Winged City Press and Two of Cups Press announce a call for submissions for the forthcoming anthology tentatively titled Bourbon For Blood, due out in July 2013. They are looking for well-crafted, full-bodied poems that mention bourbon. A passing reference or a traditional ode to your favorite distillery is fine and they have no stylistic preferences other than to demand that your work is top shelf. Deadline is January 1, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The Fall Issue (#6) is out! Happy Writing! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 10, 2012

Song of the Day: Can't Stop Me by Afrojack & Shermanology

   Hello all! Well, after a LONG hiatus I'm finally back. National Novel Writing Month was a success. This was probably the hardest NaNoWriMo I've ever done. I had so many road blocks. I finished, but I honestly don't know how. I will write a separate post on my experience later this week. 
   I have to pinch myself every time I don't want to believe it's December. For me, it's a time to examine goals I made that did or didn't get fulfilled. I already know there are some goals that I didn't make but I hope to correct it in the future. It also means that there is limited time to submit work. You may not get a response this year, but wouldn't it be nice to end the year right by knowing you did something good for your writing? Hurry and submit your work!


1. CutBank 

CutBank would like to announce the opening of its annual contests for the 2013 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Non-fiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 79. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 79. Contest deadline is March 1, 2013.

2. Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest

The first ever Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest is open for submissions. Winner receives $250, publication by Origami Zoo Press in 2013, 25 copies of the chapbook, and plenty of love and affection. One honorable mention will also be published by Origami Zoo Press in 2013, receive 25 copies of the chapbook, and an equal amount of love and affection. There is a reading fee of $15 and the contest closes on January 5, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. unbound CONTENT

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, unbound CONTENT is publishing an anthology (title TBD) celebrating the Jersey Shore. The book, edited by poet Joanie DiMartino, is expected to release in late 2013, and proceeds from the sale will be donated to ongoing restoration charities.

They are looking for: your prose, poetry, and artwork inspired by your recollections and reimaginings of the Jersey Shore. The focus should be more on love than loss, but send your best work for consideration. No restrictions or length limit on submissions, within reason. Send submissions to <> and INCLUDE JERSEY in the subject line. Writers and artists do not need to be residents of New Jersey to submit work for consideration. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

2. Versal

Amsterdam's acclaimed literary & arts journal, Versal, is now reading for its 11th edition. Its editors are looking for excellent prose, poetry, art and the in between. Submission period closes January 15, 2013.

3. Greensilk Journal 

Greensilk Journal is looking for stories, essays, poetry and book reviews for their spring issue. Submission period deadline is February 10, 2013.

4. The Museum of Americana

The Museum of Americana is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, and interviews for Issue Two, set to go live in mid January. They seek work that showcases and/or re-purposes historical American culture. Submissions will only be read during the month of December

5. The Hamilton Stone Review

The Hamilton Stone Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry until January 15, 2012

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The Fall Issue (#6) is out! Happy Writing! 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

National Novel Writing Month: Tips & Essentials

Song of the Day: Let's Get it Started by the Black Eyed Peas

   Hello all! It's that time again! NanoWriMo is upon us! As a rule of thumb, I'm very selfish during the month of November. It's all about my writing and my characters. Please be gentle on me if you don't see me around the blog world. I'll try to still post the opportunities, but more than likely I'll be too busy writing. In the past, I've written some posts on what you need in order to be prepared for NanoWriMo and also what I've learned from NanoWriMo. I will recap with a brief list today, but if you would like to read a more detailed post, click the links above. Good luck to all those participating!

The Essentials:

1. Coffee (LOTS of it)

2. Flash Drive

3. Microwavable Food

4. Ice Cream (Okay, maybe not, but it helps me when I'm stuck, seriously.)

5. Music ( I like to make playlists of songs that remind me of my story/novel.)



2. Exceed your word count when you can (Remember Thanksgiving is during November!)

3. DO NOT edit.

4. Reach out to other writers that are also doing NanoWriMo.

5. If You do get behind, remain calm. You can always catch up if you really want to.

See you all at the finish line!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- October 29, 2012

Song of the Day: Superwoman by Alicia Keyes

   Hello all! This is the last Monday in October--which leads me to my next point. Are you getting ready for National Writing Month? I feel as though I've been caught up in the whirlwind of life lately. I haven't had as much time for writing and editing. I feel like NanoWriMo is designed especially for me. No matter what, I'm always selfish during the month of November. It's my time to focus on my writing. Hopefully, I'll elaborate on this more in my annual Nano Prep post. I'm praying I have time to write it this year. While you're getting ready for NanoWriMo, maybe you could test the waters with a short story. Write it, then submit it. Two more days of freedom!


1. Short Story Contest: Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

Submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) on the theme of “Winter's Tale” or “Spring Story” are now being accepted for the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award. In addition to a $200 prize, the first place winner's story will be considered for print publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group's upcoming anthology. Second place will receive $100 and publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable on-line literary magazine. Third place will receive $50 and publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable on-line literary magazine. Honorable Mentions may also be published in the BWG Writers Roundtable on-line literary magazine during a month selected by the editors. Contest deadline is January 15, 2013.

2. Third Coast Magazine Fiction & Poetry Contests

Third Coast Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests. Winners in each genre receive $1000 and publication. All entrants receive a one year subscription to Third Coast. Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three previously unpublished poems and a $16 entry fee. Contest deadline is January 15, 2013.

3. Broad River Review

Broad River Review invites submissions to the 2012 Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry. They will award $500 to the winner of each contest, as well as publication in the next volume of Broad River Review, which will appear in Spring 2013. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 and the contest closes on November 15, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1.  South Loop Review

South Loop Review publishes essays and memoir, lyric and experimental forms, non-linear narratives, blended genre, photography and art. They're looking for personal essays and memoir with fresh voices and new takes on presentation and form. Established and emerging authors are welcomed. Submission period closes January 1, 2013.

2. Bodega

Bodega, a new online magazine of literary work, is open for submissions. They publish monthly, and are looking to feature a selection of emerging and established writers. They're enthusiastic about reading work from within the MFA community. They are currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

 3. Emprise Review 

Emprise Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction and poetry.

4. Orange Quarterly

Orange Quarterly is pleased to announce that they're now accepting submissions for the next theme issue: Time. Volume III, No. 1, will be published Winter 2013. They're looking to publish creative work (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art and photography) inspired by, informed by, or otherwise relating to timeDeadline is December 1, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Fall Issue! Happy Writing!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Song of the Day: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I spent most of the weekend celebrating my father's birthday. It was a pretty low-key weekend. I don't have much time today for chatting. However, I do hope that as we're nearing the end of the month (and year), that you're all keeping up with your writing and publishing goals. Enjoy the opportunities and I hope you'll take advantage of some of them.


1. The Baltimore Review

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s winter contest is Destination. Where are your characters going? Why? How will they get there? And what awaits them at the end of their journey? Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative non-fiction. One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Prizes are $300, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. Deadline is November 30, 2012.

2. Poetry Society of New Hampshire: National Contest

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors four National Contests open to all poets, members or not. Judges for the contests are not members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded to four places, First place receives $100, Second receives $50, Third and Fourth places receive $25 each. Winning poems will be published in the quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear. Entry fee is $3 for the first poem, and $2 each for others. Entries limited to 5 poems per poet per contest. Deadlines are: February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15.

3. Yale Series of Younger Poets

Each year, Yale University Press seeks one book-length poetry manuscript to be published in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to any American citizen under forty years of age who has not published a book of poetry (contestants must be under the age of forty at the time they submit the manuscript to the competition). The winner receives royalties when the book is published. Entry fee is $20 and the contest deadline is November 15, 2012.

4. The 2012 Boston Review Essay Contest

With all the derision cast upon flip-floppers and etch-a-sketches, it is easy to forget that changing one's mind can be a noble and decent act. Sometimes a conversion is unavoidable. It can come fast or slow, deliberately or unexpectedly. There is no formula, and that's why the story of a changed mind can be a great one.

Boston Review wants you to tell us how you came to see things differently. We are looking for personal essays of up to 3,000 words that describe experiences or encounters that forced you to recognize dissonances in your worldviews, struggle with those dissonances, and ultimately affirm new moral, intellectual, spiritual, or political commitments. Essays will be judged on the strength of the writing and critical analysis. The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, March 2013. Entry fee is $20 and the contest ends on December 1, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Red Earth Review

Red Earth Review, a new literary magazine published by the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University, is now accepting submissions for our inaugural edition. Target release date is summer 2013. Submit up to five previously unpublished poems, one short story or one essay of fewer than 7500 words.

2. Sixth Finch

Sixth Finch is reading chapbook submissions through the end of October. There is a $10 reading fee.

3. New Purlieu Review

New Purlieu Review, an online journal that explores contemporary issues, is accepting poems, short fiction, non-fiction and images that address the concept of Family.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Fall Issue! Happy Writing! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Song of the Day: You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile from Annie

   Hello all! So, I've sort of been sucking at life lately. Mondays have become incessantly busy. The opps are a little late but you know the saying, "Better late than never." Right? Right? I do have some good news. A few months ago my story Start to Stop was published online by The Rusty Nail. Well, I'm pleased to say that the story was finally published in print this month! Find the copy of the October Issue here. I'm super excited to see my work in print for the second time. Now, if only I could get that pesky novel published! By the way, you could have your story published if you commit to submitting your work on a regular basis. Why not start with the opportunities this week? 


1. The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

In addition, beginning this year, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy. There is an entry fee of $25 and the contest ends on October 31, 2012.

2. Revolution House Magazine

Revolution House invites all to submit previously unpublished short-short stories to the inaugural flash fiction contest: 750 for $7.50. Prizes are based on entry fees collected, with a guaranteed first prize of $100 that will increase as they receive more entries.Writers may submit entries of up to 750 words for a fee of $7.50 (or two stories for $12). Contest deadline is November 30, 2012.

3. Wordrunner Memoir eChapbook Contest

Wordrunner eChapbooks publishes four online collections annually of fiction, poetry or memoir (each featuring one author) and the occasional anthology. Submissions are open for the winter 2012 memoir e-chapbook. At least 1/4 of the collection should be previously unpublished. Prose narratives based on personal experience may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 3,500 words each, totaling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 16,000 words for the collection. These narratives should belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or people. They can be funny, serious, or both, but something should have changed for the narrator or have been learned in the process of reshaping that experience. There is no entry fee ( I repeat THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE) and the contest closes on November 25, 2012.

 Calls for Submissions:

1. Lunch Ticket

Antioch University Los Angeles' creative writing MFA program's biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its second issue. Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, art/image submissions are welcome. Lunch Ticket welcomes diverse and quality work, regardless of theme. The submission period closes November 1, 2012.

2. Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women (Anthology)

Editors William Wright and Michelle Wright are now considering submissions for Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women. Submissions are open to any woman writing southern gothic fiction. Gifted writers in any stage of their writing careers are invited to submit.

The term "southern gothic," does not refer to genre fiction, but textured literary works with southern gothic aspects, e.g. Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, Nordan, Porter, early McCarthy, William Gay, etc. They do not consider "southern gothic" a static sub-genre  but an amorphous, inclusive one—the only "rules" being that submitted fiction has to deal with the American South in some sense and that the writing be "gothic," that it orbits or involve (whether on a small or large level) something disruptive, transgressive, taboo, derelict, corrupt, tragic, and/or disturbing. Dark humor may also figure into the equation.

Flash fiction, short stories, or self-contained short-story-length (up to 30 pp.) and excerpts from novels are welcome. Please send submissions to the editors at: Submission deadline is January 15, 2013.

3. Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone is a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established writers. They're looking for fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, art and photography. The Submission period will end on January 15, 2013.

4. Interrobang?! Magazine

Interrobang?! Magazine is a web and print magazine for the arts based in Providence, RI, New Orleans, LA and Portland, OR. They accept fiction, non-fiction, creative essays, and polemical ramblings no longer than 3000 words. The deadline for Volume 7 is October 31 2012, but submissions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

5. Second Voice Anthology

German-American writer Ursula Hegi, author of the novel, Stones from the River, is editing an anthology of fiction by immigrant writers. Second Voice Anthology offers three literary prizes, $1,000, $500, and $250, for fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language and culture. They are interested in short stories and novel excerpts of 7,000 words or less from established and new writers. No contest deadline or entry fee was listed.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Fall Issue! Happy Writing!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Song of the Day: A Change Would Do You Good by Cheryl Crow

   Hello all! Hope you all enjoyed the weekend! My goodness, it's October! That means we only have three months left of 2012! I keep trying to calmly tell myself not to panic. My apologies for not getting to the writing prompt this week. Will do my best to make that happen starting this Friday. While you're waiting, take some time to look at the opportunities this week. We're running out of time for 2012. Let's make these last three months count! Keep writing and keep submitting!


1. Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition

Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, (founded 1992) an open, annual, contest is currently accepting entries for all thirteen categories: Short Story; Poetry; Flash Fiction; Prose Poetry; Memoir Vignette; Novel Excerpt; Intercultural Essay; Shakespearean/Petrachan Sonnet; Humor; Religious Essay; Literary Nonfiction; Young Adult Poetry; Young Adult Prose.  There will be the following prizes in each category: First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $50; Third Prize: $25. An entry fee of $5 must accompany each entry and the contest closes on November 30, 2012.

2. Folio

Folio is proud to announce its 2013 Poetry Contest, which will be judged by the acclaimed poet and translator, Martha Collins.  The winner of the contest will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2013 issue of Folio. A first runner-up and an honorable mention, will each receive $150.  Entry fee is $15 and the contest will close on February 15, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1.  So to Speak

So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art is now accepting submissions for their Spring 2013 Issue. This issue will feature poetry and non-fiction contest winners, as well as fiction and visual art. Submission period closes October 15, 2012.

2. The Normal School

The Normal School, the literary magazine of the MFA program at Fresno State, is open for submissions. They accept poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Submissions will be accepted through December 1, 2012.

3. Conclave

Conclave: A Journal of Character is open for submissions for Spring 2013. Conclave is a bi-annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, prose poems and photographs.

4. Barely South Review

Barely South Review is looking for literary fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art that moves. The fall reading period will end on November 30, 2012.

5. Heron Tree

Heron Tree, an online journal of poetry, is now accepting submissions until December 1, 2012. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. Weekly publication will begin in January 2013.

6. Quickly

Quickly, a new electronic quarterly literary journal, is reading for its October issue and beyond. Quickly is dedicated to publishing exciting work not limited by genre, and selected regardless of status or hierarchy. The only criteria is that the work be 703 words or less and be astonishingly well written.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Be on the lookout for our fall issue out at the end of the month! Happy writing!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 24, 2012

Song of the Day: Read All About It by Emeli Sande

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I have been having such a time. As my co-worker would say, "I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger!"  My introductions for the next few months will most likely be on the shorter side. I'm trying to keep up with everything so bear with me. 

   I've decided to add another weekly post to my blog. Every Friday I'll also post writing prompts. It may be a phrase, a picture or a list of words you should use in a story. I've been getting a lot of feedback on my opportunities post. Apparently, people have actually been published by magazines I've included. I cannot even begin to tell you how AWESOME that makes me feel! I'd also like to help the ones that need a little push to write. So Fridays, we write!


1. Wild Violet Fiction and Poetry Contests

Wild Violet is accepting submissions for its annual Fiction and Poetry Contests. First place winners in each contest receive $100 and publication; second and third place winners receive publication. Submission fee is $5 per poem or story and the contest deadline is November 16, 2012.

2. America's Next Author

America's Next Author, the first social writing contest, is now open for contest entries. America's Next Author is a huge writing contest with a $5000 grand prize. In addition to the cash, the winning author will receive support in publication. Two other prizes of $500 each will be given to two other entries. The contest is built around a very unique concept: all contest entries will be visible to the public and the winner will be chosen by voters and a panel of judges.  Nomination rounds begin October 9, 2012. Finalists will be announced December 4, 2012. Winners will be announced December 18, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Inch Magazine

Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction. They believe that good things come in small packages, and focus on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or fewer. The Fall 2012 issue will be dedicated to short memoir. Submit by November 1, 2012.

2. The Helix

The Helix, Central Connecticut State University's acclaimed literary journal, is looking for new work for its Fall 2012 issue.  Submit poems, prose or artwork.

3. The Atlas Review

The Atlas Review is a new literary magazine comprising poetry, fiction, essays, and art, slated to print twice a year. Thy are currently accepting work for Issue #1 until November 15th.

4. Lunch Ticket

Antioch University Los Angeles creative writing MFA program's biannual publication, Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for its second issue. They are currently accepting fiction and poetry, and are especially looking for creative non-fiction, writing for young people and visual arts submissions.

5. 580 Split

580 Split, the graduate literary journal housed at Mills College in Oakland, California, is seeking submissions for its 15th issue. The theme is Obsession. They welcome exemplary works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art. Experimental work, international writers, and marginalized perspectives are highly encouraged. Submissions will be accepted through October 28, 2012.

6. The Nassau Review

The Nassau Review, Nassau Community College's international literary journal, is now accepting submissions. The theme for the submission period of 2012-2013 is Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis means any work about, influenced by, or containing allusions to any other type of art or literature. The subject or allusions can be about anything in the artistic and creative world: dance, drama, literature, music, painting, photography, sculpture. All writing submissions during this period are automatically considered for the Writer Awards: $250 for poetry and $250 for prose. The submission period will end on December 20, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry creative non-fiction, art and photography. Happy Writing! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 10, 2012

Song of the Day: Live Like a Warrior by Matisyahu

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I got some reading done and I admit my reading game has been slipping. It feels like I haven't finished a book in weeks! If you're a writer, you know that can seem like an eternity. I have been in a bit of a frenzy lately as I've imposed my own deadline for editing my novel. I'm not going to chat much today as I'll need to get back to work. If you get a chance, listen to the song of the day. It's such a great motivational song. Don't forget to challenge yourself and your writing everyday. Submit your work and get it out in the world.


1. The Fourth Annual Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest

A minimum of $290 will be awarded, with at least $250 going to first place and at least $10 to the four honorable mentions. The five finalists will also appear in Issue 9 of the magazine due out in January 2013. For every entry over 25, an additional $5 will be awarded to the first place story. Stories should be composed entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Submissions must be under 2000 words. Entry fee is $10 and the contest closes on September 15, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Blue Lyra Review

New literary journal called Blue Lyra Review is currently open for Fall & Spring submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and translations. They are an online journal but will print an annual "Best-Of" issue beginning Dec 2013.

2. Josephine Quarterly

Josephine Quarterly is now accepting poems on a rolling basis. The inaugural issue is slated for publication in December.

3. Western Press Books

Western Press Books is now accepting poems, stories, and creative non-fiction for the next anthology in their series, Manifest West. This year they're calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme of the contemporary cowboy (or cowpoke, if one wishes to use the gender-neutral term). This includes but is not limited to the following cowboy/cowpoke variations, breeds, and assorted stereotypes:

  • the modern day working cowboy
  • the rodeo cowboy
  • the urban cowboy
  • the weekend warrior cowboy
  • the arena riding cowboy
  • the investing-in-ranch-land cowboy
  • the wheeler-and-dealer-at-every-auction-sale cowboy
  • the country music star cowboy
  • the I-played-cowboys-and-Indians-as-a-kid cowboy

In addition to focusing on the cowpoke in all their glory, remember that the anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor. Submission deadline is February 20, 2013.

4. The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central in the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective. Submit poems, short stories, personal essays, and one-act plays. Submissions for volume 27 will be accepted through November 30, 2012.

5. Five Quarterly

Five Quarterly accepts submissions of fiction and poetry on a rolling basis and welcomes work year-round.

6. Scatterplot

Scatterplot is currently accepting short stories.

7. Spry Literary Journal

Spry is looking for previously unpublished fiction (including flash), creative non-fiction and poetry. Issue #1 will be released in December. The reading period ends on November 15, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 5, 2012

Song of the Day: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keyes

   Hello all! How was the long weekend? I'm off to a bit of a slow start this week. I keep pinching myself to make sure it's actually September. In the blink of an eye it will be Christmas. Actually writing that down makes it more real and reminds me that I need to light the fire under my butt with my editing. I want to pitch my novel to an agent at the end of October and there is much work to be done. In order to achieve one of my goals this year, I need to get one more piece published. We've got roughly four months until the year is over. There is still ample time to get your work out there in any way you can. Take a look at the opportunities this week. I challenge you to pick at least one opportunity and take advantage. Submit, submit, submit!


1. Memoir Contest- Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s Anthology

Seeking women with tell-tale stories of that extraordinary era for a unique anthology: Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, though all entries are eligible for publication: First place receives $300, publication, and 5 copies of the anthology; Second place receives $150, publication, and 3 copies of the anthology; Third place receives $75, publication, and 2 copies of the anthology. Entry fees are $20 for prose and $15 for poetry. Deadline is January 15, 2013.

2. The Missouri Review Editor's Prize Competition

First place prizes of $5,000 each are awarded in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Winners will be published in The Missouri Review and will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to the Editor's Prize gala. Runners-up also receive cash prizes and will have their work published in TMR. The contest closes on October 1st, 2012.

3. Gold Line Press's 2012 Poetry & Fiction Chapbook Competition

Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out an additional 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. There is a reading fee of $15 and the contest will end on September 30, 2012.

4. Mixed Fruit's Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose

Mixed Fruit is pleased to announce the Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose, a writing contest that will present one winning writer with a $100 award and publication in the first print issue, to be published in early 2013. The Carson Prize is open to all writers in all genres. There is no entry fee (I repeat there is NO entry fee) and the contest deadline is November 15, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. OVS Magazine

OVS is looking for well crafted poetry, and black and white art.

2. Ayris

Ayris (pronunced "iris") is a literary magazine edited by undergraduate students at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. They are looking for high quality poetry, prose, and visual art from everywhere. Submissions to Ayris are read between August 1, 2012 and December 1, 2012.

3. Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is a community-based publication focused on writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region, but all excellent work originating in the United States will be considered. Little Patuxent Review is seeking submissions for the Winter 2013 issue. The theme is Doubt. Submit one piece of fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction up to a maximum of 3500 words in length or one to three poems. The submission period ends November 1, 2012.

4. The Boiler Journal

The Boiler Journal seeks poetry, short fiction, and short memoirs on a quarterly basis.

5. The Jet Fuel Review

The Jet Fuel Review is a online literary journal that is a student-run publication of Lewis University. They are currently accepting fiction (short stories, flash fiction, micro shorts), non-fiction (lyrical essays, memoirs, hybrid works, etc), poems, and artwork. Submission period ends October 15th, 2012.

6. Unmanned Press

Each month Unmanned Press publishes an original short work of literary fiction by an emerging and/or underserved writer that exhibits literary skill, sharpness, and originality. Selected writers are awarded $250, electronic publication, and an author interview.!shortsubmissions/c12gv

7. Airlie Press

Airlie Press seeks poets who live in Northwest Oregon to submit full-length poetry manuscripts (65-80 pages) during the month of September 2012. Airlie will publish the accepted manuscripts in 2014.

8. Sundog Lit

Sundog Lit seeks to publish active, vibrant, earth-scorching literature. They accept literary fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- August 20, 2012

Song of the Day: Zoom Zoom by Lionel Ritchie & The Commodores

   Hello all! We've made it to another week. I have been so tired lately. It's like my body can't seem to get enough sleep. Have you ever had times like that? It always leaves me wondering if I'm doing too much. I didn't get a chance to say this earlier but my flash story was a week four winner in the Sizzling Summer Flash Fiction Contest over at Writer Unboxed. If you're interested in reading the story you can find it here. The win qualified me as a finalist for the Grand Prize. Unfortunately, I didn't win overall, but it was fun participating and I enjoyed the weekly prompts. There's always next year!


1. The 2012 Open City Magazine No-Fee RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest at Anderbo

The contest is for an unpublished short story (Minimum word count: 3,500; maximum to 5,000 words). Winner Receives: $500 cash, trophy, announcement & publication on There is no reading fee (I repeat, there is NO reading fee) and the contest deadline is December 31, 2012.

2. Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize 2012

A prize of $2000 and publication by Anhinga Press will be given to a manuscript of original poetry. There is an entry fee of $25 and the contest closes on September 30, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley Review will be reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for its Fall 2012 issue (Vol. 7, No. 2). Reading period ends September 15, 2012.

2. Heron Tree

Heron Tree, an online journal of poetry, will accept submissions from September 1, 2012 through December 1, 2012.

3. Split Lip Magazine

Split Lip is looking for fiction, memoir, poetry, music and interviews. Make sure you follow the submission guidelines.!submit/con8

4. Free Flash Fiction

Free Flash Fiction accepts flash fiction stories that are 200-1000 words. They're looking for stories in the following genres: Action & Adventure, Literary & Contemporary, Horror & Thrillers, Romance & Erotica, Satire & Humor, Science Fiction & Fantasy.

5. Prism Review

Prism Review is now open for submissions of contemporary literary fiction and poetry.

6. Dagan Books

Dagan Books is currently open for submissions of speculative fiction novellas–stories between 17,500 and 40,000 words in length.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!