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 Faultline welcomes previously unpublished submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, translations, and art.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! 


  1. Congratulations Racquel on your successful submission. Did you edit it between subs?
    Thanks for all the contest/submission links.

  2. Denise, I sometimes edit. If the piece has been rejected a certain amount of times, then I put it away and go back to it to edit.