Monday, April 22, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 22, 2013

Song of the Day: Go Get It by Mary Mary

   Hello all! Hope you had an awesome and productive weekend! Sometimes, we have to remember that just because we go through something bad or a bad period, doesn't mean that we have completely failed. You may be experiencing rejection after rejection on a particular piece of writing. It's easier said than done, but remember that those rejections are helping you grow as a writer. What can you learn from them? Are there any changes you can make to your work to make it better for the next submission? Those rejections will make it that much sweeter when you finally do receive that acceptance. Here are the opportunities for this week. Keep writing and keep taking risks. 


1. Notting Hill Editions' William Hazlitt Essay Prize

Notting Hill Editions is delighted to announce an annual literary prize for the best essay in the English language between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. The award is named in honor of William Hazlitt (1778-1830), great master of the miscellaneous essay. Award value: £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000. Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English. There is an entry fee of £10. Contest deadline is August 1, 2013

Calls for Submissions: 

1. Ostrich Review

Issue 3 of Ostrich Review is under construction, so send them your best pieces. They are looking for original poetry, prose, and visual art.

2. The Quotable

The Quotable is a quarterly print and online publication that is now accepting submissions of flash fiction, short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art for Issue 10. The theme is space. Submission period deadline is May 1, 2013.

3. Able Muse

Able Muse, a review of poetry, prose and art, will be releasing a special Translation Issue, guest edited by Charles Martin, and forthcoming Summer, 2014. This is an open call for submission for this issue which will feature several of today's eminent english-language translators. Submit 1 to 5 previously unpublished and publishable translations. Submission deadline is March 31, 2014

4. The Meadowland Review

The Meadowland Review will be considering submissions of poetry, fiction, photography and art pieces for the summer issue until June 1, 2013

5. Such Sweet Thunder 

Such Sweet Thunder is a web journal that publishes essays/memoirs centered around albums, and how they affected writers. They accept submissions on a rolling basis and are currently seeking pieces for the May issue.


1. Opening for Non-fiction Editor at Prime Number Magazine

Prime Number Magazine is looking for a Non-fiction Editor! As Prime Number enters its 4th year of publication, they have an opening for a Non-fiction Editor to join their team. The Non-fiction Editor is responsible for reviewing and responding to unsolicited non-fiction submissions (other than book reviews, which are the purview of the Books Editor), soliciting work where necessary, and editing pieces accepted for online publication. The Non-fiction Editor also works with the entire editorial team (including the Editor-in-chief, Poetry Editor, and Books Editor) to shape the direction of the magazine through periodic conference calls, helps to produce the annual print edition and maintains social media presence. They are looking for someone with significant publication credits. Ideally, candidates will also have editorial experience.This is an unpaid position. Editors are scattered across the country; location is not a factor. Please visit their website to get a feel for the magazine. Send expressions of interest along with writing samples and a resume to the Editor-in-Chief:

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Be on the lookout for the Spring (#8) Issue! Happy Writing! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 15, 2013

Song of the Day: Dream About Flying by Alexi Murdoch

   Hello all! How was the weekend? Mine was busy, which was something I wasn't anticipating. Things that I need to do or places I needed to be kept popping up. April, by far, has been the busiest month for me. Anyway, I'm praying to find some time this week to edit, write and submit my work. I hope you will take the time to get your work out there. I haven't been the best role model in the submission department lately, but do as I say, not as I do! The beauty about submitting is that you can always begin again. You can stop and start however many times you want and at any given time. Go ahead, get in gear. 


1. Winged City Poetry Chapbook Contest

One author will receive $100 and 25 copies in lieu of royalties for the best poetry chapbook. Manuscripts need not be anonymous. Page limit is 24 pages max (single or 1.5 spaced) not including acknowledgments, title page, etc. Final book subject to editing. There is a reading fee of $10 and the contest deadline is July 1, 2013.

2. First Novel Contest: Emerging Writers Getaway Contest of the Whidbey Writers MFA Alumni Association

Grand prize: a seven-day retreat at a cabin in the North Carolina Smokies (valued at $2,000), plus a cash award of $300. Second and third place receive cash prizes. Entry fee is $25. Submissions (synopsis, first 25 pages) will be accepted through May 24, 2013.

Calls for Submissions

1. Revolution House Magazine

The editors of Revolution House Magazine are currently reading submissions of poetry, non-fiction, short stories, flash fiction, and graphic stories for issue 3.1, due to be released late spring/early summer 2013. They are particularly in the market for short fiction, long fiction, fiction of all stripes, weirder fiction, realistic fiction, and fiction that moves the reader in some way.

2. Mantis

Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Translation is looking for original poetry, translations, and criticism for its twelfth issue. An annual publication, Mantis is housed at the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. In poetry, they’re interested in work from across a range of aesthetics, subject matters, and locales. They value evocative imagery, a well-tuned ear, and an engagement with a poem’s shape or form. In translation they’re keen to expose readers to compelling and unfamiliar work. They tend to choose translations by contemporary poets.

3. Balaustine Anthology

Balaustine is a forthcoming anthology of writing about wanting family. They are looking for poems, short stories, and essays around the topics of wanting children, being unable to have children, miscarriage and loss, infertility, adoption, and other "alternative" families. Above all they are looking for honesty, beautiful writing, and great stories. Send no more than 3-5 poems, one story or essay in the body of an email along with your name and e-mail address to with the subject header: Submission. (Note: submissions with attachments will not be read.) You may include a short author's bio along with your submission. Deadline for submission is July 1, 2013.


The MFA program at UCR is seeking submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and dramatic works for CRATE.

5. Zest Literary Journal 

Zest is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, flash fiction, micro fiction, art and photography.

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

Monday, April 8, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- April 8, 2013

Song of the Day: Ready to Rise and Shine by Michael Holborn

   Hello all! Well, the move was a success! I'm still sort of running around like crazy trying to get things squared away. Who knew it would be so much work? I thought I'd be done "doing things" by now. I'm not even done unpacking. [Insert straight face here.] I'm having a hard time balancing writing life with personal life right now. I'm giving myself another week or two to get back to a regular schedule. I'm looking forward to stepping it up this week. I hope that you all have been taking advantage of the opportunities! Whatever you do, keep writing. 


1. Reed Magazine Fiction and Poetry Contests 

John Steinbeck Award (Fiction)

Writers may submit original, unpublished stories up to  6,000 words. Finalists will be selected by the Reed Magazine Editorial Team and then will be sent to the judge. First place winners will receive $1000 and have a chance to have their story published in the upcoming issue. Runner-ups will also be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 and contest deadline is November 1, 2013

Edwin Markham Prize in Poetry (Poetry)

Writers may submit 3-5 original, unpublished poems. Finalists will be selected by the Reed Magazine Editorial Team and then will be sent to the judge. Winners will receive $1000 and have a chance to have their story published in the upcoming issue. Runner-ups will also be considered for publication. Entry fee is $15 and contest deadline is November 1, 2013

Calls for Submissions

1. Mixed Fruit 

Mixed Fruit is now accepting submissions for their summer issue. They're looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations, hybrid pieces, and they also consider multimedia submissions.

2. Souvenir: A Journal 

Souvenir: A Journal is currently open for submissions of prose, poetry, and art.

3. escarp

escarp, a selective, Twitter-based review of brief poetry and prose, is seeking submissions of brief (under 140 character) fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They accept submissions through direct messages on Twitter.

4. Slash Pine Press Call for Chapbook Submissions

Every academic year, Slash Pine Press publishes two chapbooks, each in a limited run of 125 copies. This year, the press will publish one in the fall of 2013 and one in the Spring of 2013. This submission is for the chapbook to be published in the fall. There is a $3 reading fee that will go to printing and administrative fees. The author of the accepted manuscript will receive 15 copies as well as the option to buy additional copies at a reduced cost. Deadline for consideration is May 15, 2013.

5. Emerald Coast Review Anthology

The literary anthology, Emerald Coast Review, is now accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photography, graphic design and art for its 2013 publications. All artists, photographers, writers and poets are invited to submit entries celebrating Viva Florida 500, but entries are not limited to Florida themes. ECR is a regional publication containing works about the Emerald Coast or by authors living along the Emerald Coast. The book has been published biannually by West Florida Literary Federation since 1989. Reading and submission fees are: $10 for four poems, up to six photos/illustrations or up to 2000 words of fiction. Student entry fee is $5. Submission deadline is May 1, 2013

6. Tule Review

Call for Poetry Submissions. Sacramento Poetry Center's journal, Tule Review, showcases new writers to national award winners from the region and across the nation. Deadline is April 30, 2013.

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