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This is an annual award for unpublished fiction in any style, any theme.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!

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