Last updated July 24, 2014
Creative Writing Programs, Conferences, and Festivals
The Creativity Workshop
Creativity Workshops in New York, Florence, Dubai, Crete, Barcelona,
Prague, Singapore. "I wrote my first published memoir because of this class.
The instructors are magicians! They gently pushed us into discovering our
unique creativity." Carroll Blue, author of the memoir The Dawn at my
Back and Professor, SDSU, CA. In The Creativity Workshop we use many
different techniques to help you find your way through the novel, essay,
poem, memoir, or script you are writing or hope to write. You will do free
writing, guided visualizations, collaborative writing, journaling, memoir
and even some rudimentary drawing, collage and photography.
The Geist Tobacco Lit Writing Contest
Online/Postmark deadline: September 1, 2014
Geist is introducing an entirely new literary genre with the Tobacco Lit Writing Contest. Tobacco lit can be any collection of words that are (in some way) directly or tangentially about tobacco—whether it’s about those who smoke it, roll it or grow it, or poetry written from an ashtray’s point of view, it’s tobacco lit. $1000 in prizes to be won, as well as publication in Geist and on geist.com. Entry fee is $20 (additional entries $5) and includes a one-year subscription to Geist. Submit or get more details at www.geist.com/contests/tobacco-lit/.
Barthelme Prize for Short Prose
Postmark, Submission Deadline: August 31, 2014
Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, judged by Amy Hempel. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. The contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as online exclusives. All entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast with their $17 entry fee. Please visit gulfcoastmag.org for details.
The Coniston Prize from Radar Poetry
Online deadline: September 1, 2014
The first annual Coniston Prize will be open to submissions from July 1 to September 1, 2014! Radar Poetry's annual, endowed prize recognizes an outstanding group of poems by a woman writing in English. This year's judge is the poet Mary Biddinger. The winner will be awarded $1,000, and her work will be featured in the October issue of Radar. Up to ten finalists will also be awarded publication. The entry fee is $15. For details or to submit a manuscript, please visit www.radarpoetry.com/contest. We look forward to reading your work!
Creative Nonfiction contest: $1,000 for Best Essay on "Waiting"
Online/Postmark submission deadline: September 22, 2014
Creative Nonfiction magazine is seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to "Waiting." We want well-crafted true stories of delays, postponements, and pauses that explore and examine our relationship with time. Whether you're waiting patiently or not, on tables of for Godot, we can't wait to read your work. $1,000 for best essay and $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.
Flash Fiction Contest
Email submission deadline: November 15, 2014
Now accepting submissions for our Flash Fiction Contest for issue 5
of The Lindenwood Review. No entry fee. Winner receives $50,
publication, and three contributor copies. Please read full submission
Visit our TLR website here: www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview.
Calls for Submissions
Mud Season Review seeks fiction,
poetry, nonfiction, and art
Mud Season Review, a community-run literary journal based in Vermont, is now open for submissions. We seek to publish strong, deeply human work in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art—and to celebrate the writers and artists behind this work. Each month, we will publish online one piece or portfolio from each genre along with writer/artist interviews. Submit before August 1 to be considered for our inaugural issue, or year-round for future issues. For guidelines, visit: mudseasonreview.com.
Sediments Literary-Arts Journal:
Seeking Submissions For
Online submission deadline: Rolling
Sediments Literary-Arts Journal is looking for submissions for its inaugural issue. We seek to feature new and emerging writers and artists as well as the established ones who inspire them. Sediments wants to provide the perfect foundation for you to deposit your artistic style, whether it’s witty, political, controversial, faith-based or redefining reality. We are aiming for an August 31st debut, after which accepted work will be published every other Sunday. So reference our submission guidelines and submit your poems, short stories, flash fiction, or art to email@example.com. sedimentslit.com
bioStories Call for Submissions
bioStories, a nonfiction, people-focused literary magazine is seeking new essays that pursue our mission of "sharing the extraordinary in ordinary lives." See our website for complete submission guidelines and to sample past work: www.biostories.com.
BLACKBERRY: a magazine open for submissions
Online submission deadline: Rolling
BLACKBERRY: a magazine is an online literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. We're currently looking for poetry, (a lot of) fiction, nonfiction, spoken word, and flash. Please check out our previous issues and take a peak at our site to get a feel for what we like. www.blackberryamagazine.com
Call for Poetry or Short Prose Submissions—The Voices Project
Submission deadline: Year-round
The Voices Project, an online literary venue for women to promote social change, is taking submissions of poetry or prose. Women and girls of any age or education level are encouraged to submit. We take submissions year-round and accept poetry no longer than 2 typed double-spaced pages. Prose, no longer than 250 words. Please include a short bio (200 words or less) with your submission. Anonymous submissions and multiple submissions welcome, no more than 3. Submit through our website: www.thevoicesproject.org/submit.html OR email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read our detailed submission guidelines (download) on the "Submit" page of our site.
Call for Submissions on "Slow" Theme
Email submission Deadline: October 1, 2014
North Dakota Quarterly, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed
journal, seeks contributions for a special issue on the theme of “Slow.”
We invite nonfiction essays, short fiction pieces, poems, and artistic
images that address or are inspired by this concept of “slow.” We are
interested in perspectives from art, cultural studies, history,
literature, philosophy, religious studies, and sciences, among others.
Nonfiction submissions should be written for a broad audience. Length:
no longer than 6,000 words, inclusive of notes. Deadline: October 1,
2014. Send electronic submissions and all inquiries to Rebecca Rozelle-Stone
email@example.com, with subject heading: “Slow Issue
Compose Journal—Submit to Our Fall 2014 Issue
Online submission deadline: August 15, 2014
Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing publishes work by both established and emerging writers. Submit poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or artwork to be considered for our Fall 2014 issue. Guidelines can be found here: composejournal.com/submissions/
The Drunken Odyssey Needs Personal Essays on Beloved Books
The Drunken Odyssey, an amazing writing podcast, needs personal essays for its “Book that Changed my Life” segments. Send pitches for essay ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. For approved pitches, essays should be between 500 and 800 words. The format is to discuss what was going on in your life when you encountered the book, what about the book affected you so much, and close retrospectively with your life now, after having had the book become a part of you. Accepted essays will be read by the authors (when possible) and paired with music. For examples, check out the podcast at thedrunkenodyssey.com.
FLARE: The Flagler Review now accepting submissions for Fall issue
Online submission deadline: August 15, 2014
Fall is right around the corner. FLARE: The Flagler Review is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2014 issue. We are looking for compelling fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. FLARE, a literary journal at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, publishes a print edition each fall, and an online edition in the spring. We seek new, up-and-coming, and established writers and artists. See our submissions page at theflaglerreview.com/submit/.
Loud Zoo is open for submissions!
They used to put us away into institutions. When they tired of us or we spoke up. They didn't view us as equals. We are not so far removed from the lunatics of our namesake. Loud Zoo is a socially conscious magazine from Bedlam Publishing—oft-muted outsiders offering another perspective in a sea of similarities. Send visual art, social commentary/civil unrest, fiction, non. Tell us a story we've never heard. Introduce us to new histories, experiences and ideas. We don't fit archetypes and we're not interested in furthering them. Rattle the chains of patriarchy, corporatocracy, classism, and other social disease. www.bedlampublishing.com/submissions.html
Pithead Chapel Seeks Gutsy Narratives
Submission deadline: Rolling
Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of short fiction and nonfiction. We’re currently seeking gutsy narratives up to 4,000 words, and are particularly interested in essays (personal, memoir, lyric, travel, experimental, hybrid, etc.). Please visit us at pitheadchapel.com to learn more about our submission guidelines.
Turn:Turn:Turn: A Season of Short Short Stories
Turn:Turn:Turn is new annual series promoting flash fiction one season at a time in both print and e-book format. This series will be presented in four volumes containing 13 authors with a mini flash fiction collection of seven stories each for a total of 91 days of fiction. We want quality fiction that grabs us and doesn’t let go. Stories we wish we had written. We’re looking for stories with momentum. We want voice, experimental, you name it. Take our breath away! Send us no less than seven stories not to exceed 750 words a story. Reprints, multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome. We will read all year. www.eljpublications.com
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