Monday, September 24, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 24, 2012

Song of the Day: Read All About It by Emeli Sande

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I have been having such a time. As my co-worker would say, "I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger!"  My introductions for the next few months will most likely be on the shorter side. I'm trying to keep up with everything so bear with me. 

   I've decided to add another weekly post to my blog. Every Friday I'll also post writing prompts. It may be a phrase, a picture or a list of words you should use in a story. I've been getting a lot of feedback on my opportunities post. Apparently, people have actually been published by magazines I've included. I cannot even begin to tell you how AWESOME that makes me feel! I'd also like to help the ones that need a little push to write. So Fridays, we write!


1. Wild Violet Fiction and Poetry Contests

Wild Violet is accepting submissions for its annual Fiction and Poetry Contests. First place winners in each contest receive $100 and publication; second and third place winners receive publication. Submission fee is $5 per poem or story and the contest deadline is November 16, 2012.

2. America's Next Author

America's Next Author, the first social writing contest, is now open for contest entries. America's Next Author is a huge writing contest with a $5000 grand prize. In addition to the cash, the winning author will receive support in publication. Two other prizes of $500 each will be given to two other entries. The contest is built around a very unique concept: all contest entries will be visible to the public and the winner will be chosen by voters and a panel of judges.  Nomination rounds begin October 9, 2012. Finalists will be announced December 4, 2012. Winners will be announced December 18, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Inch Magazine

Inch is a quarterly magazine devoted to tiny poems and tiny fiction. They believe that good things come in small packages, and focus on poems of one to nine lines, or fiction of 750 words or fewer. The Fall 2012 issue will be dedicated to short memoir. Submit by November 1, 2012.

2. The Helix

The Helix, Central Connecticut State University's acclaimed literary journal, is looking for new work for its Fall 2012 issue.  Submit poems, prose or artwork.

3. The Atlas Review

The Atlas Review is a new literary magazine comprising poetry, fiction, essays, and art, slated to print twice a year. Thy are currently accepting work for Issue #1 until November 15th.

4. Lunch Ticket

Antioch University Los Angeles creative writing MFA program's biannual publication, Lunch Ticket is accepting submissions for its second issue. They are currently accepting fiction and poetry, and are especially looking for creative non-fiction, writing for young people and visual arts submissions.

5. 580 Split

580 Split, the graduate literary journal housed at Mills College in Oakland, California, is seeking submissions for its 15th issue. The theme is Obsession. They welcome exemplary works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art. Experimental work, international writers, and marginalized perspectives are highly encouraged. Submissions will be accepted through October 28, 2012.

6. The Nassau Review

The Nassau Review, Nassau Community College's international literary journal, is now accepting submissions. The theme for the submission period of 2012-2013 is Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis means any work about, influenced by, or containing allusions to any other type of art or literature. The subject or allusions can be about anything in the artistic and creative world: dance, drama, literature, music, painting, photography, sculpture. All writing submissions during this period are automatically considered for the Writer Awards: $250 for poetry and $250 for prose. The submission period will end on December 20, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, poetry creative non-fiction, art and photography. Happy Writing! 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 10, 2012

Song of the Day: Live Like a Warrior by Matisyahu

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I got some reading done and I admit my reading game has been slipping. It feels like I haven't finished a book in weeks! If you're a writer, you know that can seem like an eternity. I have been in a bit of a frenzy lately as I've imposed my own deadline for editing my novel. I'm not going to chat much today as I'll need to get back to work. If you get a chance, listen to the song of the day. It's such a great motivational song. Don't forget to challenge yourself and your writing everyday. Submit your work and get it out in the world.


1. The Fourth Annual Bartleby Snopes Dialogue Only Writing Contest

A minimum of $290 will be awarded, with at least $250 going to first place and at least $10 to the four honorable mentions. The five finalists will also appear in Issue 9 of the magazine due out in January 2013. For every entry over 25, an additional $5 will be awarded to the first place story. Stories should be composed entirely of dialogue. You may use as many characters as you want. Submissions must be under 2000 words. Entry fee is $10 and the contest closes on September 15, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Blue Lyra Review

New literary journal called Blue Lyra Review is currently open for Fall & Spring submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and translations. They are an online journal but will print an annual "Best-Of" issue beginning Dec 2013.

2. Josephine Quarterly

Josephine Quarterly is now accepting poems on a rolling basis. The inaugural issue is slated for publication in December.

3. Western Press Books

Western Press Books is now accepting poems, stories, and creative non-fiction for the next anthology in their series, Manifest West. This year they're calling for submissions of literary work based on the theme of the contemporary cowboy (or cowpoke, if one wishes to use the gender-neutral term). This includes but is not limited to the following cowboy/cowpoke variations, breeds, and assorted stereotypes:

  • the modern day working cowboy
  • the rodeo cowboy
  • the urban cowboy
  • the weekend warrior cowboy
  • the arena riding cowboy
  • the investing-in-ranch-land cowboy
  • the wheeler-and-dealer-at-every-auction-sale cowboy
  • the country music star cowboy
  • the I-played-cowboys-and-Indians-as-a-kid cowboy

In addition to focusing on the cowpoke in all their glory, remember that the anthology series features literary writing with a distinct Western regional flavor. Submission deadline is February 20, 2013.

4. The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer is an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central in the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective. Submit poems, short stories, personal essays, and one-act plays. Submissions for volume 27 will be accepted through November 30, 2012.

5. Five Quarterly

Five Quarterly accepts submissions of fiction and poetry on a rolling basis and welcomes work year-round.

6. Scatterplot

Scatterplot is currently accepting short stories.

7. Spry Literary Journal

Spry is looking for previously unpublished fiction (including flash), creative non-fiction and poetry. Issue #1 will be released in December. The reading period ends on November 15, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- September 5, 2012

Song of the Day: Girl on Fire by Alicia Keyes

   Hello all! How was the long weekend? I'm off to a bit of a slow start this week. I keep pinching myself to make sure it's actually September. In the blink of an eye it will be Christmas. Actually writing that down makes it more real and reminds me that I need to light the fire under my butt with my editing. I want to pitch my novel to an agent at the end of October and there is much work to be done. In order to achieve one of my goals this year, I need to get one more piece published. We've got roughly four months until the year is over. There is still ample time to get your work out there in any way you can. Take a look at the opportunities this week. I challenge you to pick at least one opportunity and take advantage. Submit, submit, submit!


1. Memoir Contest- Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s Anthology

Seeking women with tell-tale stories of that extraordinary era for a unique anthology: Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s and 70s. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries, though all entries are eligible for publication: First place receives $300, publication, and 5 copies of the anthology; Second place receives $150, publication, and 3 copies of the anthology; Third place receives $75, publication, and 2 copies of the anthology. Entry fees are $20 for prose and $15 for poetry. Deadline is January 15, 2013.

2. The Missouri Review Editor's Prize Competition

First place prizes of $5,000 each are awarded in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Winners will be published in The Missouri Review and will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to the Editor's Prize gala. Runners-up also receive cash prizes and will have their work published in TMR. The contest closes on October 1st, 2012.

3. Gold Line Press's 2012 Poetry & Fiction Chapbook Competition

Each winner receives $500, publication of her/his perfect-bound chapbook with ISBN, and 10 contributor copies. Gold Line Press sends out an additional 30 copies on behalf of winners to respected literary venues for review. There is a reading fee of $15 and the contest will end on September 30, 2012.

4. Mixed Fruit's Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose

Mixed Fruit is pleased to announce the Carson Prize in Poetry or Prose, a writing contest that will present one winning writer with a $100 award and publication in the first print issue, to be published in early 2013. The Carson Prize is open to all writers in all genres. There is no entry fee (I repeat there is NO entry fee) and the contest deadline is November 15, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. OVS Magazine

OVS is looking for well crafted poetry, and black and white art.

2. Ayris

Ayris (pronunced "iris") is a literary magazine edited by undergraduate students at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. They are looking for high quality poetry, prose, and visual art from everywhere. Submissions to Ayris are read between August 1, 2012 and December 1, 2012.

3. Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is a community-based publication focused on writers and artists from the Mid-Atlantic region, but all excellent work originating in the United States will be considered. Little Patuxent Review is seeking submissions for the Winter 2013 issue. The theme is Doubt. Submit one piece of fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction up to a maximum of 3500 words in length or one to three poems. The submission period ends November 1, 2012.

4. The Boiler Journal

The Boiler Journal seeks poetry, short fiction, and short memoirs on a quarterly basis.

5. The Jet Fuel Review

The Jet Fuel Review is a online literary journal that is a student-run publication of Lewis University. They are currently accepting fiction (short stories, flash fiction, micro shorts), non-fiction (lyrical essays, memoirs, hybrid works, etc), poems, and artwork. Submission period ends October 15th, 2012.

6. Unmanned Press

Each month Unmanned Press publishes an original short work of literary fiction by an emerging and/or underserved writer that exhibits literary skill, sharpness, and originality. Selected writers are awarded $250, electronic publication, and an author interview.!shortsubmissions/c12gv

7. Airlie Press

Airlie Press seeks poets who live in Northwest Oregon to submit full-length poetry manuscripts (65-80 pages) during the month of September 2012. Airlie will publish the accepted manuscripts in 2014.

8. Sundog Lit

Sundog Lit seeks to publish active, vibrant, earth-scorching literature. They accept literary fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!