Monday, December 30, 2013

Opportunities in the Great Big Literary World- December 30, 2013

Song of the Day: Chasing the Sun by Sara Bareilles

   Hello all! It's the last Monday of 2013! Is it me or do the years seem to be getting shorter? It's almost as though I don't have enough time to get everything done. That's why it's so important to make the most of everyday. Furthermore, you don't have to wait until the clock strikes midnight tomorrow to start your goals. Write them down today, and get started immediately. If there's one thing I've learned this year, it's that time is of the essence. Make the most of these last couple of days of 2013 and let's strive for a better 2014. Good luck to all my fellow writers. I wish you much success in the coming year!


1. Arcadia Magazine Short Story Contest

Arcadia has opened submissions for the 2014 Arcadia Short Story Contest. Stories should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words. The contest winner receives $1,000 and publication in Arcadia 8. Submissions are open until February 15, 2014.

2. Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction

The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review is accepting submissions for the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction. Eckleburg is a print and online literary and arts journal housed in Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in Writing Program. Their aesthetic is eclectic—anything from literary mainstream to experimental. They’re in love with fusion forms such as magical realist, surrealist, meta-realist, and anything with an offbeat spin.

Stories should be 8,000 words. Contest fee is $10 and the deadline is December 31, 2013 at midnight.

Calls for Submissions:

1. Bellows American Review

Bellows American Review is currently seeking submissions of fiction. They publish on a rolling basis year-round. Their one guideline is this: it’s got to be good.

2. Motes Books- Motif Anthology Series

Motes Books is now accepting submissions for Volume 4 of the Motif Anthology Series. Volume 4 will center on the theme of WATER. Denton Loving will serve as volume editor. Prose (fiction or non-fiction) submissions should be 3,000 words or less. Poetry submissions may include up to 3 poems. WATER must be referenced or illuminated in the works, directly or indirectly, in significant and artful ways. Deadline is February 1, 2014.

3. Commons Magazine

Commons Magazine is now accepting submissions for their poetry column, UNCOMMON/WORD. Deadline is December 31, 2013 (11:59pm).

4. Composite Arts Magazine

Composite Arts Magazine is now accepting flash fiction and prose poem submissions of no more than 500 words for its Special Issue, No. 15 Still Life. They are looking for snippets of the everyday and all its complexity. Moments that extend far beyond the physical words on the page. They want characters who live between the lines. Language that enchants. Show them how far you can push the idea of a Still Life. Submit up to THREE pieces in a single submission. Each individual piece MUST be 500 words or less. Deadline is February 17, 2013.

5. Stoneboat Literary Journal

Stoneboat Literary Journal seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, photo essays, and black and white art for its Spring 2014 issue.

   As always, Black Fox Literary Magazine is accepting submissions of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art and photography. The last day to be considered for the Winter Issue is tomorrow! Happy Writing! 

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