Friday, May 31, 2013

Writing Prompt #1

Song of the Day: Summertime by Will Smith‎

   Hello all! Who's ready for summer? As I stated in an earlier post, I wanted to add more content driven material to my blog. I'm aiming to help writers in any way I can. In an effort to do so, I will be posting prompts on Fridays. So here is the first of the Writer's Atelier Prompt Series! I don't know about you, but summertime always puts me in the mood for writing and reading. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- May 20, 2013

Song of the Day: Alright by Shiloh

   Hello all! I have fantastic news today. I received an email yesterday from a literary magazine wanting to publish another one of my short stories. I am beyond ecstatic since this story was rejected eight to ten times (hate to admit it, but it's the truth). I would have to go back and count to remember the exact number of times, but that's the ballpark. I had been feeling low about the rejections but this just proves, that when you think you can't go any further, something amazing will happen. In the coming weeks I will be posting more content driven material. I hope it helps you as much as my opportunities series has helped. Don't give up. Keep going!


1. The American Fiction Prize: The Best Unpublished Short Stories by American Writers

New Rivers Press will publish approximately twenty short stories in each American Fiction volume, subtitled, The Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. They seek well crafted, character driven literary fiction in any genre with a maximum of 10,000 words per story. Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and two complimentary copies. Prizes totaling $1,750 will be awarded. ($1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place.) The finalist judge for Volume 13 is Michael White. There is a reading fee of $16 for each online submission and the contest ends June 15, 2013.

2. Sixteenth Annual Poetry Contest: Boston Review

The winning poet will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the November/December 2013 issue of Boston Review. Submit up to five unpublished poems, no more than 10 pages total. Any poet writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. A non-refundable $20 entry fee must accompany all submissions. Deadline is June 3, 2013.

3. Colony Collapse Press 2013 Novella Prize

Colony Collapse Press will award a prize of $300, publication, and 20 complimentary copies for the best novella, as judged by their editorial board. Entry fee is $10 and the deadline is July 31, 2013.

4. Gazing Grain Press: Inclusive Feminist Chapbook Contest

Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist press sponsored by the Fall for the Book Literary Festival, seeks submissions for its annual chapbook contest. Writers of any gender or sexuality are welcome to submit. The winner of the contest receives chapbook publication, contributor copies, and an invitation to read at the Fall for the Book Literary Festival (including accommodation and travel within the continental U.S.). Reading fee is $16 and the contest closes on June 1, 2013.

5. The Backwaters Prize

The Backwaters Press seeks full-length (65–80 pp.) manuscripts of original poems by a single author in English. Prize: $1,000 and book publication. Final judge: Lola Haskins. Entry fee is $25 and the contest ends on May 30, 2013.

Calls for Submissions:

1. The Journal of Kentucky Studies

The Journal of Kentucky Studies welcomes creative work and critical articles on any theme. Art, commentary, critical essays, history, literary criticism, short fiction, flash fiction (1,000 words or less), creative non-fiction, poetry and Black-and-white photography will be accepted. Subject matter and contributors are not restricted to Kentucky. Essays and short fiction should not exceed 6,000 words. All manuscripts must be double-spaced and include contact information on the first page. Critical articles should follow the University of Chicago Manual of Style or MLA Style for literary essays. Poetry submissions should be limited to 3-5 lyric poems or 1-2 longer forms.

Submissions will be accepted via snail mail or e-mail. Include a cover letter and 50 word bio in the body of your e-mail and submit your work as one attachment in MS Word. Submit e-mail submissions to: Reading period ends June 30, 2013.

2. The Marie Alexander Series

The Marie Alexander Series is seeking submissions for an anthology of flash sequences. Send up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt. type, 1-inch margins) of prose sequences, of which each segment contains fewer than 500 words. Deadline is June 1, 2013.

3. Augury Books

Augury Books is happy to announce that our 2013 open reading period. They are looking for both full-length poetry manuscripts and for short story collections, and anticipate publishing at least one new title in each genre. There is a reading fee of $10 and the reading period ends June 30, 2013.

4. On the Commons Magazine

This call for submissions for On the Commons Magazine’s Uncommon/Word: A collection of commons-inspired poetry is now open. They will review work twice yearly, often on a theme or specific subject. The current theme is “All That We Share.” Six poets will be selected and featured in the magazine during each submission round. They accept previously published work. Poets will receive a flat rate of $50 for work published in the Poet of Month column; payment is made upon publication. Email work to Please note there is a limit of THREE (3) poems per person, per submission round. Deadline is June 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!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- May 16, 2013

Song of the Day: Don't Worry Be Happy by Bob Marley‎

   Hello all! I've been thinking a lot lately about writers and how I can further assist them in their writing endeavors. I am also quite the observer and I have been taking notes on some things concerning writers. I have noticed that beginning writers often don't know where to start. If you know me well, then you know that I have an incessant need to help writers in any way I can. I have the need to share my knowledge (though I am still learning myself) and also any information I come across that may be useful. My observations have inspired me to write a blog post for new writers. I've also been inspired to move forward with some other projects that I've had on the back burner. Stay tuned. And in the meantime, check out the opportunities. Keep writing, keep learning about your craft and keep believing in your writing dreams. 


1. The Baltimore Review

The theme for The Baltimore Review’s summer contest is Threes. Three—what? That’s entirely up to you. Tercets. Three stanzas. Three characters. Three rooms. Three wishes. Three sisters. Three apples. A three-fingered man. Triplets. A trio. A three on the roll of the dice. Three of swords. The rule of three. Third time's the charm. So many possibilities. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. All entries considered for publication. Prizes are: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. Deadline is May 31, 2013

2. The Puritan's Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize 

The Second Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence recognizes the best in fiction and poetry received in 2013. The winners in the fields of fiction and poetry will each receive a generous prize package: 

Fiction: $900 / Poetry: $600
Publication in The Puritan (Issue XXIII: Fall 2013)
Prize Pack of titles from 12 Canadian publishers, each worth approximately $600.

Entry fee is $10 and the contest ends on September 30, 2013.

Calls for Submissions

1. Thornapple Books

Thornapple Books, the literary fiction imprint of Levellers Press in Amherst Massachusetts, is currently accepting submissions of literary fiction, both novels and short story collections.

2. Valparaiso Fiction Review

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

3. Off the Coast

Off the Coast, is now accepting poetry, artwork/photos and books for review for the summer issue. Submission period deadline is June 15, 2013

4. HEArt

HEArt — Human Equity through Art — seeks artistically crafted, powerful poems, stories, essays, photos, visual art and music that challenges the status quo, fights discrimination and promotes social justice by tackling hard issues such as gender, race, class, sex, etc. for the launch of HEArt Journal Online. Deadline is August 15, 2013. There is an entry fee of $2.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- May 6, 2013

Song of the Day: Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Hello all! No time for a long intro today. As my co-worker would say, "I'm busier than a one-armed paper-hanger!" Here are the opportunities for the week, enjoy! 


1. Mid- American Review Fineline Competition 

Mid-American Review presents the annual Fineline competition for prose, poetry, short shorts, and everything in between! The prize is $1000 and publication in MAR's fall issue, 34.1. All entrants will receive a copy of the fall issue. There is an entry fee of $10 per entry of up to 3 pieces and the contest ends on June 1, 2013.

2. PhoneFiction Competition

PhoneFiction is now accepting previously published short fiction and short non-fiction for its competition. There is no entry fee, no transfer of publication rights, and $1000 in the pot for authors. Submit as many previously published stories as you like. They will also pay out a $1000 to the literary journal that initially published the winning story or stories. Contest deadline is May 31, 2013

3. Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers

Open to any writer whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. First place has been increased to $1500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. Second/Third Prizes: $500/$300, consideration for publication. Results announced August 1. Word count generally ranges 1000-5000, though up to 12,000 words is fine. Deadline is May 31, 2013

Calls for Submissions: 

1. Paper Tape

Paper Tape, an online literary magazine, is currently reading unsolicited submissions. They accept fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, reviews, and interviews. The theme for this reading period is "myth." Reading period deadline is May 31, 2013

2. Willow Books

Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, is now reading unsolicited manuscripts. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Their mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers from diverse cultural backgrounds. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/non-fiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the Humanities (up to 250 pages) are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, APA, etc.). Genre/subject is open, but no "street lit" or erotica. Reading fee is $25 and the open reading period ends September 1, 2013.

3. The Boiler

The Boiler seeks work that makes readers' blood boil for its eighth issue. They publish poetry, short fiction, and short memoirs on a quarterly basis. Deadline for the summer issue is May 15, 2013

4. Blast Furnace Volume 3, Issue 2

For the tenth issue, they are entertaining the theme of travels, and are particularly interested in poems that dwell in places of travel outside of one's comfort zone. Travel could be physical travel/world travels, travels of the mind, travels outside of the box. As always, they are happy to consider poetry outside of the theme.

Submit no more than three of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration. Deadline for Volume 3, Issue 2 is June 15, 2013.

As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. Happy Writing!