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!


  1. Hi Racquel! Thanks so much for the mention. We really like what you've done for new writers here at this blog as well as at Black Fox Literary Magazine. We're putting together a writers' resource page--mind if we link to your site?

  2. I'd be honored to have a link on your site! Thanks for stopping by! :)