Monday, April 23, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 23, 2012

Song of the Day: Strength, Courage and Wisdom

   Hello all! Last week I said I would committ to submitting at least one piece of writing for publication to a literary magazine. Let me tell you all about my embarrassing moment. I wanted to submit to an anthology which would feature stories told in the second person. I had written a story where a woman was addressing her ex-boyfriend. There I was thinking how brilliant my story was and how much the editor would love it. I submitted the piece and it was promptly followed by a letter from the editor thanking me but my story and informing me that my story didn't fit the anthology because it was in the first person. "No it's not!" I exclaimed to absolutely no one. Then I went back and read it. "Yes it is," I said, quietly to myself. I felt so stupid! I did hold up my end of the bargain, but I made a careless mistake in the process. My next goal is to get this story out to another magazine. And so the cycle begins again!


1. Backwaters Prize

Backwaters Press announces the Backwaters Prize for a book length manuscript of poems. The prize is a $1,000 cash prize, publication of the winning manuscript, plus a beautiful object commemorating the poet's achievement. Entry fee is $25 and the contest ends on May 31, 2012.

2. The Cupboard's Second-Ever Contest

The Cupboard is pleased to announce its second annual pamphlet contest. One winning manuscript will be published as an upcoming volume of The Cupboard in 2012. In addition, the winning author will receive $500 and contributor copies. There is an entry fee of $10 and the contest deadline has been extended to April 30, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. The New Verse News

The New Verse News seeks current events poetry. The online magazine covers the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local.

2. damselfly press

damselfly press, an online literary journal for women, is pleased to announce the publication of their nineteenth issue.  They are seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers only. The twentieth issue (due out July 15, 2012) will be dedicated to MFA graduates and students.

3. C4: The Chamber Four Literary Magazine

C4: The Chamber Four is accepting submissions for their third issue. They're accepting fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and visual art. Any genre and subject matter will be considered. Deadline is June 30, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. Lookout for issue #4 next Monday! Happy Writing!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 16, 2012

Song of the Day: Can't Take That Away by Mariah Carey

   Hello all! How was the weekend? Yet another busy one for me. I had a reunion banquet for my sorority and then a baby shower for one of me best friends. It seems like things such as these wouldn't take all day, but somehow they always end up doing just that. Between that and all the errands I had no time to write or read. My reading schedule has been almost non-existent lately. Did I plan out a schedule like I said I was going to do? Nope! I am hoping this week isn't as busy as last week and I'll have more time to tackle my to-do list. I may also look at all my projects and possibly cut out a few things. And maybe I need to cut TV even more. GASP! I'm telling the world that I am going to submit  one piece of writing this week. I'll report back next week. I hope you'll join me and submit something yourself. Take a look at what I found.


1. Palettes & Quills 3rd Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition

The winner will receive a $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Entry fee is $20 and the contests closes on September 1, 2012.

2. American Short(er) Fiction Prize

American Short Fiction invites you to submit your fiction of 1,000 words or less. First prize in the contest receives $500 and publication; second prize receives $250 and publication. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 and the contest closes on May 1, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Horse Less Press

Horse Less Press is now reading chapbook and full length manuscripts. For chapbooks, they're interested in fiction, poetry, and hybrid-genre work. For full length manuscripts, they're interested in poetry and hybrid-genre. There is no reading fee.

2. Palooka Journal 

Palooka is now open to diverse forms, seeking fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, plays, graphic short stories, graphic essays, comic strips, artwork, photography, and multimedia for Issue #4.

3. Spark Wheel Press

Spark Wheel Press is now open to unsolicited submissions. They are currently accepting submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts only (48 pg minimum). There is a $3 reading fee.


1. The Los Angeles Review

The Los Angeles Review literary journal is looking for three to five book reviewers. These reviewers will primarily be responsible for their new online review section, which includes reviews of self-published books. Some reviews may also be published in the print journal. Fiction, poetry and nonfiction reviewers are all welcome to apply. Online reviews are 200 to 500 words in length. Print reviews are 200 to 300 words.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is currently accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. We are also looking for a regular blogger. Email if interested. Happy Writing! 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 9, 2012

Song of the Day: Little Dreamer by Van Halen

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I had another busy one. And I think I'll have packed weekends for the next couple of weeks! Everyone is getting married! Two other good friends got married this weekend and my sister and I helped with the wedding. It turned out to be really beautiful.

   I also bought my domain! Look up top--yup, that says! It was a huge hurdle getting everything squared away. I had so many technical issues with Google/Blogger. I'm glad it worked out because I spent A LOT of time trying to sort things out.

   Needless to say, this weekend I barely got any reading or writing done. I was just too tired. I think I'm going to have to manage my time a little better. I believe it is possible to do everything you want, as long as you know how to manage your time. I've obviously been failing in that department. That's probably something common for most writers. This week, I'm GOING to get some writing/editing done and I'm GOING to submit my work to at least one magazine. I've already started planning for the week. I hope you'll take the time to look at the opportunities and get some of your work out there also.


1. Tony Hillerman Prize

The Tony Hillerman Prize is awarded annually for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The contest is open to any professional or non-professional writer who has never been the author of a published mystery. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story, with the emphasis on the solution rather than the details of the crime. St. Martin's Press will publish the winning manuscript by offering to enter into its standard form author's agreement with the contestant. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. There is no mention of an entry fee and the contest closes June 1, 2012.

2. Seven Hills Literary Contest

The Seven Hills Literary Contest is in its seventeenth year. The contest is sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association. The contest is open to all, and over the years they have had winners from nearly every state and even some international entries. First place will receive $100, second place will receive $75 and third place will receive $50. All winning entries will be published in Seven Hills Review. The contest categories are: short story, creative non-fiction, children's chapter books and flash fiction. Entry fee depends on the category. Deadline is August 31, 2012.

3. 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. There is a $25 reading fee and the contest ends on May 1, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. The Meadowland Review

The Meadowland Review is considering submissions of poetry, fiction, photography and art pieces until June 1, 2012.

2. Empirical Magazine

Empirical Magazine accepts non-fiction, fiction, poetry, art and photography. Contributors will receive payment and two copies of the issue in which the author's work appears.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. We are also looking for a regular blog contributor. Email if interested. Be on the lookout for issue #4, out later this month! Happy Writing!

***Today is also the 22 anniversary of my sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Happy Anniversary to all of my sisters!***

Monday, April 2, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 2, 2012

Song of the Day: Dream Life by Colbie Caillat

   Hello all! Just like that, it's April. Anyone else feel like this year is zooming by? I'm sure I was saying last month that I couldn't believe it was March. Now, I can't believe it's April. I have so many things I still want to accomplish this year and I feel like time is slipping away. My To-Do lists lately have been a little out of control. I'm remembering how hard it is to balance writing, editing, reading, projects and family/friend time. I love being busy, but I'm feeling the pressure of trying to make all of my goals for the year.

   On a brighter note, I've done something that I've been meaning to do for a long time. I finally bought my domain name for this blog! I did it last night. According to Blogger it could take up to three days for the change to show up. My new web address is I've made some very big decisions. I'll be teaching my own private creative writing class in May (given that I get enough students) and I'll be doing some freelance manuscript consulting. I wanted to have my website/blog be a little more professional so I got rid of the "blogspot" part of my web address. I'll be adding pages to my site with the details very soon.

   Now that it's April, it would be a great time to get started on submitting some work to literary magazines and contests. Why not try to submit at least one thing? If you're pressed for time you don't need to submit twenty pieces. Start small. Pick a contest or a call for submissions, put it on your calendar and work towards that goal.


1. The 2012 Tidal Basin Review's Editorial Prize

Tidal Basin Review invites prose and poetry submissions for the third annual TBR Editorial Review Prize. One poem and one prose entry (fiction or creative nonfiction) will be chosen for this prize. A prize of $200 will be awarded to the winner in each category. The entry fee is $12 and the contest closes on June 1, 2012.

2. E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

This is an annual award for unpublished fiction in any style, any theme. The winning short story and editors' choices will be published on and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. The First Place Award is for $1,100. The Editors' Choices will receive $100 each. Entry fee is $15 and the contest deadline is April 30, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Sliver of Stone Magazine

Sliver of Stone is now open for submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry and visual art for issue five. The deadline for the current submission period is July 15, 2012. Artwork and photography is considered on a rolling basis.

2. The Pubscriber

The Pubscriber is a new literary journal hosted by the passionate and creative minds of PUBSLUSH Press. They will be accepting submissions for their debut issue until June 15, 2012. They're accepting fiction, non-fiction, flash fiction, and photography.

3. The Los Angeles Review

LA Review is accepting Queries for Reviews of Self-Published Books. They're also open for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and translation.

4. Pank

Pank is currently open for submissions of fiction.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. We're also looking for a new blogger to join our staff. Contact if you're interested. Happy Writing!