Monday, March 19, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- March 19, 2012

Song of the Day: I Have a Dream by Abba

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I had a pretty productive one. Saturday I spent the day working for a floral arrangement company. Random right? The company often has to set up centerpieces for weddings over the weekend. Sometimes, they have three to four weddings in one day and not enough help. That's where I come in. It's an interesting job. I get to see beautiful weddings being put together and well, it sure beats being trapped behind a desk!

Who is ready for The Hunger Games movie? I hope it's just as good as the book! I'm dying to see it! I'm thinking about going to the midnight screening since I don't work on Fridays. While I was at Wal-Mart the other night, I noticed a girl buying the book. I commented on how good it was. She hadn't read the book yet, but said that she read a previous series by Suzanne Collins and loved it. I didn't even know that Suzanne Collins had written something else. It just goes to show that you can't give up. Your first book may not be successful, but who's to say your second or third won't be the next The Hunger Games or The Help? In the meantime, here are some opportunities to take advantage of.


1. 2012 RopeWalk Press Editor’s Fiction Chapbook Prize

RopeWalk Press will award a prize of $1000, publication, and 25 complimentary copies for the best fiction chapbook. Page limit: 45 manuscript pages (double-spaced) per each individual submission. These pages may be comprised of a single short story, multiple short stories, novellas, or stand-alone novel excerpts. Entry fee is $20 and the contest closes June 15, 2012.  

2. Passages North Fiction Contests

Passages North will host two fiction contests:

Waasamode Short Fiction Contest
Judge: Caitlin Horrocks
Prize: $1000 first place
Entry fee: $15 per story

Just Desserts Short Short Fiction Prize
Judge:Roxane Gay
Prize: $1000 first place
Entry fee: $15 for up 1-3 short-shorts (up to 1000 words each) 

Calls for Submissions:

1. Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb is currently accepting poetry and queries for book reviews. They are also looking for permanent staff reviewers for each issue. If interested in reviewing, send a writing sample (a sample review is preferable) and a CV/resume to Evan Chen, Interviews & Reviews Editor, at

2. New Mirage Journal

New Mirage Journal is now open to short story submissions. They are interested in high quality work that dares to speak of race, the human condition, the "struggle," in fresh new ways. Stories should be inspired by reality, mythology, folklore, or fairytales.

3. Cave Wall

Cave Wall is currently accepting submissions of poetry and art. Reading period ends March 31, 2012.

4. MARY Magazine

MARY: A Journal of New Writing, is in search of new work to publish. They're calling for poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for the 2012 issue. Writers selected for standard publication are awarded $50.

   As always Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. We also have new staff members! Stop by our website and meet them. Happy Writing! 


  1. Love this! So helpful to see all the upcoming contests and calls for submission in one place. I'll definitely be back to haunt your blog. :)