Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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

Song of the Day: Shake it Up by Selena Gomez

   Hello all! How was your long weekend? Any writing or reading done? It's true what they say about distance between writer and story/novel. I spent some time this past weekend going through some old short stories that I either didn't finish, or stepped away from. A lot of them weren't half bad. In others, I saw some of the flaws and I found myself getting excited to fix them. If I didn't know that putting writing projects away for a little while helps, well, I sure know it now. I'll be looking forward to polishing my rediscovered stories and submitting them over the next couple of weeks. Hope you've been submitting your work, or at least thinking about submitting your work. Here are this week's fresh batch of opportunities.


1. 2012 Nano Prize

The Fourth Annual NANO Prize, awarding publication and $500 to a previously unpublished work of fiction 300 words or fewer, is now open. All entrants receive a one year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in September. All entries will be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 for up to three stories. Contest closes on August 31, 2012.


2. Room Magazine

Room Magazine will host their annual contest and they're calling all women writers to submit their best fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. First prize in each category receives $500, second prize receives $250. Winners will be published in a 2013 issue of Room. Other manuscripts may be published. Entry fee is $30 for Canadian residents and $42 for writers outside of Canada. The contest ends on June 15, 2012.


3. Red Hen Short Story Award

The Los Angeles Review will award one short story a prize of $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press in the Los Angeles Review. Entry fee is $20 for two stories. The contest will end on June 30, 2012.


Calls for Submissions:

1. Gloom Cupboard

Gloom Cupboard accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and book reviews on a rolling basis.


2. Trans Lit Mag

Trans Lit Mag is open for submissions of literary fiction, poems, short shorts, comics, sketches, scenes, ten-minute plays, novel excerpts, serialized novels, photography, drawings, original translations, open letters, reviews and criticism. Each issue of Trans Lit Mag has its own title that should be thought of as a guiding principle, but not a limitation.


3. Holy Cow! Press' Home Anthology

For a forthcoming anthology, Holy Cow! Press would like to consider poetry and personal essays on the idea of HOME-- where it's located in one's life, how it may have changed over time. They are looking for a wide variety of perspectives and interpretations. Topics might include leaving home, myths of return, politics of home, displacement, and yearning for home. New work and previously published writings are welcome. There is a reading fee of $10 and the deadline is June 30, 2012.


4. Quiddity

Quiddity is looking for submissions of prose and poetry.


5. Tule Review

Tule Review, a publication of Sacramento Poetry Center, is seeking submissions of poetry. Deadline for the Fall 2012 issue is July 1, 2012.


   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. For those of you reading my blog for the first time, I usually post a fresh batch of opportunities for writers every Monday. Happy Writing!

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