Monday, January 28, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- January 28, 2013

Song of the Day: Catch my Breath by Kelly Clarkson

   Hello all! Hope you had a productive weekend. I just got news that another magazine has accepted one of my short stories for publication. This was another story that had been rejected a few times. Persistence pays off. I don't have much today as I'll be apartment hunting. Take a risk with your writing. Submit you work. Press on. And like the picture to the left says, write something. 


1. Folio Poetry Contest

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

2. The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest

The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest is now accepting entries  of fiction, non-fiction/lyric essay, and poetry. The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on the website as online exclusives. Reading fee is $23 and the contest closes March 15, 2013

Calls for Submissions

1. Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters

Faultline: Journal of Arts and Letters at UC Irvine is accepting submissions for its spring 2013 issue. Faultline welcomes previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, translations, and art. Submission period deadline is February 15, 2013.

2. Diverse Voices Quarterly

Diverse Voices Quarterly is celebrating its fourth year of publishing online. Submit poetry, short stories, and personal essays/creative non-fiction for their spring issue by February 1, 2013

3. Surreal South `13 Anthology

Surreal South `13 seeks submissions of prose fiction of 1000 to around 7000 words. The theme: A Surreal Lost and Found. For this edition in particular, they're looking for stories of impossible finds, or of unthinkable losses.

They welcome stories that are horrific, speculative, mysterious, dreamlike, or that draw from any of the various fiction genres, but please note that they aren't necessarily looking for pieces that are loyal examples of a genre, whether literary, fantasy, crime, horror, or others. What they want is to be disturbed and delighted by good narrative through good prose.

While they're strict about needing stories that go "beyond the real"—stories that involve the impossible or the supernatural—they're a little more flexible on the "southern" part of Surreal South. Either the story's content needs to involve the south, or it can be that the writer is associated with the geographical American south (born, living, spent time in prison or otherwise dallied somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon).

Submission deadline is May 1, 2013 and authors will be notified by July 1, 2013. Publication date (e-book and print) will be October 31, 2013.

4. Timber Journal

Timber Journal is seeking the best innovative fiction and poetry. Submission deadline for the next issue is February 28, 2013.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Be on the lookout for Issue #7! Happy Writing! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World-January 21, 2013

Song of the Day: It's a Beautiful Day by U2

   Hello all! Hope you all have been having a very happy and productive 2013. Today's introduction will be very short as it is a busy day for me. It turns out that I will be very busy for the next few months. I will be moving and I'm sure you all can attest to how stressful that is. I am spending my weekends hunting for a place to live, and man, is it exhausting! I also have a couple of very important things on my agenda. One of them happens to be submitting. I hope that you're making time despite your busy life in the same way that I am. Take a look at what I found for this week.


1. Able Muse Write Prize (Poetry & Flash Fiction)

There is a $500 prize, plus publication in Able Muse, print edition for both one poem and one short story. Entry fee is $15 and the contest ends on February 15, 2013.

2. Able Muse Book Award (Poetry manuscript) 

A $1000 prize, plus book publication by Able Muse Press will be awarded to the best poetry manuscript. Entry fee is $25 and the contest deadline is March 31, 2013.

3. Ruminate's 3rd Annual VanderMey Creaive Non-fiction Prize

Ruminate Magazine invites you to enter the 3rd annual VanderMey Creative Non-fiction Prize. A prize of $1000 and publication will be awarded to the winner; $100 and publication will be awarded to the runner-up. Entry fee is $15 and deadline is February 15, 2013.

Calls for Submissions: 

1. The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is looking for, as you might guess, "compressed creative arts." They accept fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, mixed media, and visual arts. Work is published weekly. They pay writers $50 per accepted piece and signed contract. Submission period deadline is April 15, 2013

2. She Writes Her Life: Women Explore How Writing Has Informed Their Identity Development 

The anthology, She Writes Her Life: Women Explore How Writing Has Informed Their Identity Development (to be published at She Writes Press in 2013), will feature essays and slice of life creative non-fiction stories of women writers from a variety of backgrounds who feel their writing has made them who they are. We are seeking prose contributions from women of all faiths, races, ages and sexual preferences. This book explores the questions of why women write and how their writing influences how they think of themselves and who they are in the world.

If you are a woman writer who feels her writing significantly informs her identity, please submit your story or essay. The book may be divided into the following topic sections: Healing, Protest, Creating Reality, Empowerment, and Finding Peace. Submissions should be no more than 3500 words in length. There is a submission fee of $25. Deadline is March 4, 2013.

3. The Quotable 

The Quotable is accepting submissions of flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art for issue #9. The theme is Day & Night. Submission period deadline is February 1, 2013.

4. Conclave: A Journal of Character

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. Submissions are currently being accepted for the Spring Issue.

5. Cairn Press, LLC

Cairn Press LLC will have a submission period from February 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013. They seek remarkable, completed, fine-tuned fiction manuscripts. They look for prose that rises off the page, characters that infect dreams, stories that alter. If you have a novel that can only be identified as literature, has taken years to write and is quite good, then please send an email to with "submission" in the subject line. They will also need a one-page query and the opening 20 pages attached as .doc/.docx/.pdf/.rtf files in order to consider the work.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Look out for the Spring Issue (#7)! Happy Writing! 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- January 9, 2013

Song of the Day: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

   Hello all! And Happy New Year! How was your New Years and your holiday? Opportunities are posted every Monday but due to a recent trip, I was unable to post Monday. I am a little late this week, but our regular schedule will resume next week!

   I hope that all of my writer followers are ready to start the year off right by submitting work. If you didn't get around to submitting your work much in 2012, then 2013 is the perfect opportunity to start. Wouldn't you love to see your byline in a literary magazine? It keeps you constantly practicing the craft of writing and it helps you to perfect it. Here is a fresh batch of opportunities to take advantage of. It's the first set for the year. Here's to a wonderful year of writing and publishing!


1. Narrative Magazine

The Winter Contest is now open to fiction and non-fiction writers. Narrative is looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary non-fiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. 

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. 
There is a $22 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage. The contest deadline is March 31, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Superstition Review

Superstition Review welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. Submission period deadline is February 28, 2013.

2. Cleaver Magazine

Cleaver reads submissions year-round on a rolling basis. They are looking for poetry and prose (fiction, flash fiction and non-fiction.)

3. Salamander

Salamander, which is published biannually, features poetry, fiction, and memoirs. The open reading period is September 1–April 30.

4. Sundog Lit

Sundog Lit seeks to publish active, vibrant, earth-scorching literature. They want literary fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid stuff (they love hybrid stuff.)


1. Fiction Editor for Sundog 

Sundog Lit is now hiring a fiction editor to join their staff. As the magazine grows, they’re looking for someone who will actively keep up on submissions and editing, accepting/declining work, soliciting authors for work, promoting the magazine, and helping to generate content.

This is an unpaid position (as they’re a non-profit and don’t pay themselves). 

If interested, send a letter of interest, a c.v., and any relevant work or samples to with “Fiction Editor” in the subject line. 

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is looking for submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Be on the look out for the Winter Issue out later this month! Happy writing!