Monday, December 23, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 23, 2013

Song of the Day: Merry Christmas Baby by Hanson

   Hello all! It's been a LONG time since I posted the opportunities. It's the end of the year, but why give up now? Shouldn't we aim to finish strong? Just because it's the end of the year doesn't mean that we should stop focusing on our goals. Sure, you might not finish that short story or novel, but if you keep working, won't you still be that much closer to your goal? You'll still be making progress and you won't be in the same place that you were when you first started. So, writers, in these last few days of December, I urge you to keep striving and keep working towards your goals. Don't wait until next year. Get your butt in the chair and work.


1. Gemini Magazine's Fourth Annual Poetry Contest

The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100; four honorable mentions each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2013 issue of Gemini. No restrictions on subject, length or type of poetry. Submission fee is $5 and the contest ends on January 2, 2013

2. River Styx 2014 Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest

First Prize is $1500 plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer. All stories should be 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry. Include name and address on cover letter only. Include S.A.S.E. for notification of contest results (to be mailed out in March).Winner will be published in the Spring issue. Reading fee is $20 and includes a one-year subscription (3 issues). 

*OR you may submit contest entries online via Submittable. Please note, they also offer an online-only option to enter this contest for $10, which entitles you to the issue in which the winning stories will appear, rather than a 3-issue subscription. If you wish to choose that option, please submit via the "2014 Microfiction Contest $10" form on Submittable.* Deadline is December 31, 2013

3. Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award Prize 

The Main Street Rag Poetry Award is an annual full-length poetry book contest sponsored by Main Street Rag. Send between 48 and 84 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page. No restriction on content, style or subject. Winner receives 50 books and $1200. Runners up also considered for publication. Entry fee is $25 and the deadline is January 31, 2014.

4. StoneThread Publishing Short Fiction Contest

StoneThread Publishing is seeking unpublished, original, speculative fiction short stories of 1,000-10,000 words set in a post-apocalyptic world. The world can be Earth or some other world. First place will receive $60 and a copy of the publication in all formats. See the website for prize list. There is no entry fee and the contest will close on March 31, 2014.

Calls for Submissions

1. Carnival Literary Magazine 

Carnival is an online literary magazine featuring poetry, flash fiction, and artwork. They are currently reading for a themed-issue, due to launch in Summer 2014. The theme for the next issue is Magic tricks, Gambling, and Las Vegas. Submission deadline is unclear, but double check their website. 

2. THE BOILER Journal

THE BOILER is accepting submissions in poetry, short stories, and short memoir/essays (prose under 3,500 words) for its spring 2014 issue. Submissions close February 20, 2013

3. Little Patuxent Review

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and artwork for the Summer 2014 Open Issue, co-edited by Laura Shovan and Steven Leyva. The Open Issue is LPR’s first un-themed issue, so write with abandon, occupy your imagination, and send LPR your best writing. Submit one fiction piece of up to 5000 words, one non-fiction piece of up to 3500 words, or a maximum of three poems. Deadline is March 1, 2014.

4. CREDO (The Cambridge Writers' Workshop)

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop invites writers of all stripes (Poets! Fictioneers! Memoirists! Journalists! Essayists! Dramatists! Genre-benders!) to submit to CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing. Writers are invited to submit their personal aesthetic philosophies and manifestos for the anthology, writing exercises and prompts that have helped to kick-start their imagination, and short essays on the art of writing, reading, and being creative. Please send us a brief (7 pages max) submission in one of the following categories:

I. Credos

Writing manifestos, rules to live by, artist creeds, hand-written notes to self, aphorisms earned, and personal philosophies on what makes good writing work and why. If you have ever typed or scrawled out a manifesto, we would like to see it. Feel free to send us manifestos for creative writing that you have drawn up for yourself or for your writing group. They accept typed written credos, hand-written lists, and even collages that demonstrate your aesthetic philosophy.

II. Writing Exercises:  

Send writing exercises, prompts, or any practices that have helped energize and motivate your creative writing practice. Is there a daily ritual you do to kick-start your imagination? Are there writing exercises and prompts that you keep on going back to or to use in class with your students? They are interested in your favorite writing exercises. Please send us original writing exercises or prompts, or please write to us about how your favorite published writing exercises.

III. Essays on Writing Advice:  

They are looking for essays that describe the writing process, essays on creative arts communities, salon culture, and advice on creative writing. What has helped you sustain and catalyze your writing career? What has inspired you, from reading the works of your favorite authors, experimenting with new forms, finding communities of writers, experience with social media and writing, etc.? They welcome any essays on creative writing between 5-7 pages.

Please also include: A brief biography of 200 words or less. There is a $5 reading fee and the submission deadline is January 15, 2014.

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


  1. Happy holidays. You've done such a wonderful job posting these opportunities. I'm writing during my time off, so I'm still goals-oriented.

  2. Happy New Year, Medeia! Glad to hear it. Good luck with the writing in 2014!