Monday, December 31, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 31, 2012

Song of the Day: 1999 by Prince

   Hello All! Last Blog post of the year! Woot Woot! How are you ending the year? Are you getting any writing done today? Now is the time to tie up any loose threads. To you I say, you can still submit! End the year with a bang by knowing you did something good for your writing. I will be submitting today and I will be writing. I would like to end the year right and bring in a new year by doing what I love. You should too. Even if you don't submit anything today, you can always start tomorrow. It's the perfect day for a fresh start. The list is a little short today, because I have much to do. There is, however, something on the list for everyone. Happy New Year dear readers and see you again in the New Year!

Calls for Submissions:

1. Love Story Anthology

Love on the Road 2013 will be an anthology of stories about making connections, from heartfelt ones ending in weddings, to less high-minded ones ending in beds (or wherever). Half the stories will be about travelers meeting someone far from home, and the other half about people meeting travelers passing through. Judges will pick the stories that will win the cash prizes of $200, $100 and $50. Submit your 5,000-word story by March 31, 2013. Reading fee is $10

2. Arroyo Literary Review

Arroyo is seeking fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and translation for their sixth issue. Open reading period is from December 1 to May 31.

3. Unstuck

Unstuck will accept fiction stories of up to 15,000 words until January 4, 2012

4. Newtown Literary

Newtown Literary is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry for their second issue. Submission deadline is February 28, 2013

5. Little Fiction's Listerature Call for Submissions

Little Fiction is looking for short stories in the form of a list. It can be a grocery list, a guest list, a list of lists--as long as it tells a story. There must be a beginning, a middle an end, and some conflict. Send submissions in by January 1, 2012

  As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The Fall Issue (#6) is out! Happy Writing! 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 17, 2012

Song of the Day: Merry Christmas Baby by Hanson

   Hello all! How was the weekend? So, how many of you have finished all your Christmas shopping? I definitely have not! In fact, I just started yesterday! I've always been a last minute shopper though. I love the holidays and I love all the preparation that goes into Christmas. I enjoy writing Christmas cards, wrapping presents, listening to holiday music and drinking egg nog! Since next Monday is Christmas Eve, I will not be posting any opportunities because I'll be with my family. We will have one last hoorah for the year the following Monday. That will be my final post for the year! There is still time to submit. Go ahead, get your work out there now! I'm off to do some Christmas shopping. 


1.  Third Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival Literary Contest

The year 2013 marks the third annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival at the University of Minnesota Morris, and with it, the third annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival Contest. The Prize is  a staged reading of the winning entry by the University of Minnesota Morris’s Meiningens Student Theater Group at the third annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival (February 21-23, 2013) and free registration for the festival workshops. Entry fee is $10 and the contest deadline is January 11, 2012.

2. The 2012 Omnidawn Poetry Open Book Contest 

Accepting both electronic and postal poetry submissions. Open to any poet writing in English (regardless of how many or how few publication credits.) Prize includes $3,000, Spring 2014 publication & 100 complimentary copies of book. Cole Swensen will judge. The entry fee is $25 and the contest will close on January 15, 2012

3. Pavement Saw Chapbook Contest

The winner will receive $500 and 50 copies of the winning chapbook. In addition to the prize winner, at least one other manuscript will be published under a standard royalty contract (author paid 10% of press run.) Everyone is allowed to submit regardless of previous publication history. Every entrant will receive the equivalent cost of the entry fee in Pavement Saw Press titles. Entry fee is $15 and the contest ends on December 31, 2012

*Unlike many publishers whose collections are printed one copy at a time and therefore lack a large circulation, Pavement Saw chapbooks are published in a first edition of 400 copies plus overage. While chapbooks rarely receive exposure, theirs have been reviewed in Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, The Georgia Review, Small Press Review and many others.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Valparaiso Fiction Review 

Valparaiso Fiction Review, which has just released its Winter 2012 issue, is now seeking works of short fiction for its upcoming Summer 2013 issue. VFR publishes two editions a year, in December and in May, and it features fiction from established or emerging writers.

2. Call for Poetry Reading Series

The theme for The Woman Made Gallery's Poetry Reading Series is Public/Private:

“From the exploding popularity of reality television and celebrity culture to the U.S. government’s ever-growing presence in our homes, schools, and community spaces through Patriot Act-sanctioned surveillance, the twenty-first century has seen enormous shifts in cultural and political conceptions of what is considered private and what is considered public, both in the United States and world-wide. We as individuals are losing control over what is seen and what is unseen; known and unknown; public and private. How do these shifts manifest in our daily lives? Who is most affected and why? How do artists address these changes, whether through illuminating, embracing or actively working against them?”

All takes on this theme are fair game for this reading. Send your best.

Selected poets must be available to read in person. Please send 4 – 6 poems on the theme to: by December 22, 2012.

3. The Kiss: An Anthology

Bushwick Media seeks your original submissions for an anthology on kisses--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Submissions should be 1,000 words (4 pages, double-spaced) or more on the topic of that certain kiss, which changed your world for better or worse. All inquiries and submissions should be sent to Ms. Fiona Pemberton at Deadline is unclear.

4. Catamaran 

Catamaran is a new quarterly print magazine based in Santa Cruz, CA. Their themes are the environment, artistic spirit, innovation, and freedom. They accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art.

5. Bourbon for Blood: An Anthology of Bourbon Poetry

Winged City Press and Two of Cups Press announce a call for submissions for the forthcoming anthology tentatively titled Bourbon For Blood, due out in July 2013. They are looking for well-crafted, full-bodied poems that mention bourbon. A passing reference or a traditional ode to your favorite distillery is fine and they have no stylistic preferences other than to demand that your work is top shelf. Deadline is January 1, 2012.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The Fall Issue (#6) is out! Happy Writing! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

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

Song of the Day: Can't Stop Me by Afrojack & Shermanology

   Hello all! Well, after a LONG hiatus I'm finally back. National Novel Writing Month was a success. This was probably the hardest NaNoWriMo I've ever done. I had so many road blocks. I finished, but I honestly don't know how. I will write a separate post on my experience later this week. 
   I have to pinch myself every time I don't want to believe it's December. For me, it's a time to examine goals I made that did or didn't get fulfilled. I already know there are some goals that I didn't make but I hope to correct it in the future. It also means that there is limited time to submit work. You may not get a response this year, but wouldn't it be nice to end the year right by knowing you did something good for your writing? Hurry and submit your work!


1. CutBank 

CutBank would like to announce the opening of its annual contests for the 2013 Montana Prize in Fiction, Montana Prize in Creative Non-fiction, and Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 79. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank. The $17 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 79. Contest deadline is March 1, 2013.

2. Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest

The first ever Origami Zoo Chapbook Contest is open for submissions. Winner receives $250, publication by Origami Zoo Press in 2013, 25 copies of the chapbook, and plenty of love and affection. One honorable mention will also be published by Origami Zoo Press in 2013, receive 25 copies of the chapbook, and an equal amount of love and affection. There is a reading fee of $15 and the contest closes on January 5, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. unbound CONTENT

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, unbound CONTENT is publishing an anthology (title TBD) celebrating the Jersey Shore. The book, edited by poet Joanie DiMartino, is expected to release in late 2013, and proceeds from the sale will be donated to ongoing restoration charities.

They are looking for: your prose, poetry, and artwork inspired by your recollections and reimaginings of the Jersey Shore. The focus should be more on love than loss, but send your best work for consideration. No restrictions or length limit on submissions, within reason. Send submissions to <> and INCLUDE JERSEY in the subject line. Writers and artists do not need to be residents of New Jersey to submit work for consideration. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

2. Versal

Amsterdam's acclaimed literary & arts journal, Versal, is now reading for its 11th edition. Its editors are looking for excellent prose, poetry, art and the in between. Submission period closes January 15, 2013.

3. Greensilk Journal 

Greensilk Journal is looking for stories, essays, poetry and book reviews for their spring issue. Submission period deadline is February 10, 2013.

4. The Museum of Americana

The Museum of Americana is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, art, reviews, and interviews for Issue Two, set to go live in mid January. They seek work that showcases and/or re-purposes historical American culture. Submissions will only be read during the month of December

5. The Hamilton Stone Review

The Hamilton Stone Review is currently accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction and poetry until January 15, 2012

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The Fall Issue (#6) is out! Happy Writing!