Monday, January 21, 2013

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

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   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! 

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