Monday, October 29, 2012

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

Song of the Day: Superwoman by Alicia Keyes

   Hello all! This is the last Monday in October--which leads me to my next point. Are you getting ready for National Writing Month? I feel as though I've been caught up in the whirlwind of life lately. I haven't had as much time for writing and editing. I feel like NanoWriMo is designed especially for me. No matter what, I'm always selfish during the month of November. It's my time to focus on my writing. Hopefully, I'll elaborate on this more in my annual Nano Prep post. I'm praying I have time to write it this year. While you're getting ready for NanoWriMo, maybe you could test the waters with a short story. Write it, then submit it. Two more days of freedom!


1. Short Story Contest: Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

Submissions of short fiction or memoir (2000 words or fewer) on the theme of “Winter's Tale” or “Spring Story” are now being accepted for the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award. In addition to a $200 prize, the first place winner's story will be considered for print publication in the Bethlehem Writers Group's upcoming anthology. Second place will receive $100 and publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable on-line literary magazine. Third place will receive $50 and publication in the BWG Writers Roundtable on-line literary magazine. Honorable Mentions may also be published in the BWG Writers Roundtable on-line literary magazine during a month selected by the editors. Contest deadline is January 15, 2013.

2. Third Coast Magazine Fiction & Poetry Contests

Third Coast Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the 2013 Third Coast Fiction & Poetry Contests. Winners in each genre receive $1000 and publication. All entrants receive a one year subscription to Third Coast. Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words or three previously unpublished poems and a $16 entry fee. Contest deadline is January 15, 2013.

3. Broad River Review

Broad River Review invites submissions to the 2012 Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry. They will award $500 to the winner of each contest, as well as publication in the next volume of Broad River Review, which will appear in Spring 2013. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 and the contest closes on November 15, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1.  South Loop Review

South Loop Review publishes essays and memoir, lyric and experimental forms, non-linear narratives, blended genre, photography and art. They're looking for personal essays and memoir with fresh voices and new takes on presentation and form. Established and emerging authors are welcomed. Submission period closes January 1, 2013.

2. Bodega

Bodega, a new online magazine of literary work, is open for submissions. They publish monthly, and are looking to feature a selection of emerging and established writers. They're enthusiastic about reading work from within the MFA community. They are currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

 3. Emprise Review 

Emprise Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction and poetry.

4. Orange Quarterly

Orange Quarterly is pleased to announce that they're now accepting submissions for the next theme issue: Time. Volume III, No. 1, will be published Winter 2013. They're looking to publish creative work (fiction, poetry, non-fiction, art and photography) inspired by, informed by, or otherwise relating to timeDeadline is December 1, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Fall Issue! Happy Writing!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Song of the Day: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears

   Hello all! How was the weekend? I spent most of the weekend celebrating my father's birthday. It was a pretty low-key weekend. I don't have much time today for chatting. However, I do hope that as we're nearing the end of the month (and year), that you're all keeping up with your writing and publishing goals. Enjoy the opportunities and I hope you'll take advantage of some of them.


1. The Baltimore Review

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s winter contest is Destination. Where are your characters going? Why? How will they get there? And what awaits them at the end of their journey? Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 3,000-word limit for fiction and creative non-fiction. One to three poems in an entry. All entries considered for publication. Prizes are $300, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. Deadline is November 30, 2012.

2. Poetry Society of New Hampshire: National Contest

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors four National Contests open to all poets, members or not. Judges for the contests are not members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded to four places, First place receives $100, Second receives $50, Third and Fourth places receive $25 each. Winning poems will be published in the quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear. Entry fee is $3 for the first poem, and $2 each for others. Entries limited to 5 poems per poet per contest. Deadlines are: February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15.

3. Yale Series of Younger Poets

Each year, Yale University Press seeks one book-length poetry manuscript to be published in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to any American citizen under forty years of age who has not published a book of poetry (contestants must be under the age of forty at the time they submit the manuscript to the competition). The winner receives royalties when the book is published. Entry fee is $20 and the contest deadline is November 15, 2012.

4. The 2012 Boston Review Essay Contest

With all the derision cast upon flip-floppers and etch-a-sketches, it is easy to forget that changing one's mind can be a noble and decent act. Sometimes a conversion is unavoidable. It can come fast or slow, deliberately or unexpectedly. There is no formula, and that's why the story of a changed mind can be a great one.

Boston Review wants you to tell us how you came to see things differently. We are looking for personal essays of up to 3,000 words that describe experiences or encounters that forced you to recognize dissonances in your worldviews, struggle with those dissonances, and ultimately affirm new moral, intellectual, spiritual, or political commitments. Essays will be judged on the strength of the writing and critical analysis. The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in Boston Review, March 2013. Entry fee is $20 and the contest ends on December 1, 2012.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Red Earth Review

Red Earth Review, a new literary magazine published by the Red Earth MFA program at Oklahoma City University, is now accepting submissions for our inaugural edition. Target release date is summer 2013. Submit up to five previously unpublished poems, one short story or one essay of fewer than 7500 words.

2. Sixth Finch

Sixth Finch is reading chapbook submissions through the end of October. There is a $10 reading fee.

3. New Purlieu Review

New Purlieu Review, an online journal that explores contemporary issues, is accepting poems, short fiction, non-fiction and images that address the concept of Family.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Fall Issue! Happy Writing! 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Song of the Day: You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile from Annie

   Hello all! So, I've sort of been sucking at life lately. Mondays have become incessantly busy. The opps are a little late but you know the saying, "Better late than never." Right? Right? I do have some good news. A few months ago my story Start to Stop was published online by The Rusty Nail. Well, I'm pleased to say that the story was finally published in print this month! Find the copy of the October Issue here. I'm super excited to see my work in print for the second time. Now, if only I could get that pesky novel published! By the way, you could have your story published if you commit to submitting your work on a regular basis. Why not start with the opportunities this week? 


1. The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize

The Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize (formerly the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize) is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a full-length book of poems. The winner receives an advance of $1,000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

In addition, beginning this year, the winner receives the option of an all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center, a renowned artists retreat housed in a fifteenth-century castle in Umbertide, Italy. There is an entry fee of $25 and the contest ends on October 31, 2012.

2. Revolution House Magazine

Revolution House invites all to submit previously unpublished short-short stories to the inaugural flash fiction contest: 750 for $7.50. Prizes are based on entry fees collected, with a guaranteed first prize of $100 that will increase as they receive more entries.Writers may submit entries of up to 750 words for a fee of $7.50 (or two stories for $12). Contest deadline is November 30, 2012.

3. Wordrunner Memoir eChapbook Contest

Wordrunner eChapbooks publishes four online collections annually of fiction, poetry or memoir (each featuring one author) and the occasional anthology. Submissions are open for the winter 2012 memoir e-chapbook. At least 1/4 of the collection should be previously unpublished. Prose narratives based on personal experience may be flash or longer, from 500 up to 3,500 words each, totaling a minimum of approximately 8,000 and a maximum of 16,000 words for the collection. These narratives should belong together for some reason, be it theme, location or people. They can be funny, serious, or both, but something should have changed for the narrator or have been learned in the process of reshaping that experience. There is no entry fee ( I repeat THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE) and the contest closes on November 25, 2012.

 Calls for Submissions:

1. Lunch Ticket

Antioch University Los Angeles' creative writing MFA program's biannual publication, Lunch Ticket, is accepting submissions for its second issue. Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, YA fiction, art/image submissions are welcome. Lunch Ticket welcomes diverse and quality work, regardless of theme. The submission period closes November 1, 2012.

2. Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women (Anthology)

Editors William Wright and Michelle Wright are now considering submissions for Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women. Submissions are open to any woman writing southern gothic fiction. Gifted writers in any stage of their writing careers are invited to submit.

The term "southern gothic," does not refer to genre fiction, but textured literary works with southern gothic aspects, e.g. Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, Nordan, Porter, early McCarthy, William Gay, etc. They do not consider "southern gothic" a static sub-genre  but an amorphous, inclusive one—the only "rules" being that submitted fiction has to deal with the American South in some sense and that the writing be "gothic," that it orbits or involve (whether on a small or large level) something disruptive, transgressive, taboo, derelict, corrupt, tragic, and/or disturbing. Dark humor may also figure into the equation.

Flash fiction, short stories, or self-contained short-story-length (up to 30 pp.) and excerpts from novels are welcome. Please send submissions to the editors at: Submission deadline is January 15, 2013.

3. Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone is a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to the publication of work from both emerging and established writers. They're looking for fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, art and photography. The Submission period will end on January 15, 2013.

4. Interrobang?! Magazine

Interrobang?! Magazine is a web and print magazine for the arts based in Providence, RI, New Orleans, LA and Portland, OR. They accept fiction, non-fiction, creative essays, and polemical ramblings no longer than 3000 words. The deadline for Volume 7 is October 31 2012, but submissions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

5. Second Voice Anthology

German-American writer Ursula Hegi, author of the novel, Stones from the River, is editing an anthology of fiction by immigrant writers. Second Voice Anthology offers three literary prizes, $1,000, $500, and $250, for fiction by immigrants who write in English but grew up within another language and culture. They are interested in short stories and novel excerpts of 7,000 words or less from established and new writers. No contest deadline or entry fee was listed.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Fall Issue! Happy Writing!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Song of the Day: A Change Would Do You Good by Cheryl Crow

   Hello all! Hope you all enjoyed the weekend! My goodness, it's October! That means we only have three months left of 2012! I keep trying to calmly tell myself not to panic. My apologies for not getting to the writing prompt this week. Will do my best to make that happen starting this Friday. While you're waiting, take some time to look at the opportunities this week. We're running out of time for 2012. Let's make these last three months count! Keep writing and keep submitting!


1. Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition

Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition, (founded 1992) an open, annual, contest is currently accepting entries for all thirteen categories: Short Story; Poetry; Flash Fiction; Prose Poetry; Memoir Vignette; Novel Excerpt; Intercultural Essay; Shakespearean/Petrachan Sonnet; Humor; Religious Essay; Literary Nonfiction; Young Adult Poetry; Young Adult Prose.  There will be the following prizes in each category: First Prize: $100; Second Prize: $50; Third Prize: $25. An entry fee of $5 must accompany each entry and the contest closes on November 30, 2012.

2. Folio

Folio is proud to announce its 2013 Poetry Contest, which will be judged by the acclaimed poet and translator, Martha Collins.  The winner of the contest will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2013 issue of Folio. A first runner-up and an honorable mention, will each receive $150.  Entry fee is $15 and the contest will close on February 15, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1.  So to Speak

So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art is now accepting submissions for their Spring 2013 Issue. This issue will feature poetry and non-fiction contest winners, as well as fiction and visual art. Submission period closes October 15, 2012.

2. The Normal School

The Normal School, the literary magazine of the MFA program at Fresno State, is open for submissions. They accept poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Submissions will be accepted through December 1, 2012.

3. Conclave

Conclave: A Journal of Character is open for submissions for Spring 2013. Conclave is a bi-annual print journal that focuses on character-driven writing in short stories, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, prose poems and photographs.

4. Barely South Review

Barely South Review is looking for literary fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and art that moves. The fall reading period will end on November 30, 2012.

5. Heron Tree

Heron Tree, an online journal of poetry, is now accepting submissions until December 1, 2012. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. Weekly publication will begin in January 2013.

6. Quickly

Quickly, a new electronic quarterly literary journal, is reading for its October issue and beyond. Quickly is dedicated to publishing exciting work not limited by genre, and selected regardless of status or hierarchy. The only criteria is that the work be 703 words or less and be astonishingly well written.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Be on the lookout for our fall issue out at the end of the month! Happy writing!