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!


  1. That sucks! But I am sure that's something I would've done, too. I'm sure another mag will love the story :)

  2. Hilary Wagner posted a link to your blog on facebook. :D Thanks for all the links and tips! Good luck with your submissions. :)