Last updated August 21, 2014
Creative Writing Programs, Conferences, and Festivals
2014 Other Words Literary Conference
November 6-8, 2014, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Theme: Writing and Protest: Civil Rights, and the Rights for All
The city of St. Augustine will be holding events throughout the year, remembering its role in the Voting Rights Act signed 50 years ago. Our conference theme is about politics and writing broadly defined. However we entertain all ideas. The conference will feature panels, readings, a book fair, and a special exhibit created by Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes. For details on registration and other matters, please see www.floridarts.org.
Margaret Atwood, Zsuszi Gartner Judge The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize!
Online submission deadline: September 30, 2014
The Puritan is still accepting entries to The Third Annual Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence. The prize is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions until September 30th through our online manager (www.puritan-magazine.com/submissions). The judges for this year’s prize are celebrated writers Margaret Atwood (poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 18 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $800+. Entry fee is $15.
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 Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers is now open!
Online submission deadline: November 30, 2014
Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal announces its first annual Jane Lumley Prize for Emerging Writers. The contest seeks to recognize the works of writers who have yet not published a full length book. The prize alternates each year between poetry and prose, and this year we seek to recognize an exceptional piece of poetry. There is no entry fee for the contest. The winner will receive a prize of $300 and publication in our January 2015 issue. Publication will also be awarded to the first two semi-finalists. In order to submit, please visit www.hermeneuticchaosjournal.com/contest.html. We can’t wait to read your poems!
Calls for Submissions
Gone Lawn, a literary webjournal, seeking submissions
Submission deadline: Rolling
Imaginative, unusual and/or innovative artistic literary works are sought: fiction, prose, prose poetry and alternative narrative media (image, sound, motion). Send us your doubtful animals, your mischievous miscreants and your genuine, heartfelt meditations! We especially love mooncalves and want to see more and more of them. We're also looking for 'cover' art, and are open to proposals for novel or novella excerpts, if you have a new book you're promoting and think we might like to feature it. View our guidelines on our submission page (journal.gonelawn.net/glj_submit.php). No fee. Any formatting acceptable.
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
Call for submissions: ON BLUE
Submission Deadline: September 26, 2014
The Filid Chapbook is looking for BLUE content. (The color, the music, the range of feeling—we're looking for explorations of the theme). We accept poetry, nonfiction, short fiction, visual art, and pretty well anything else that interests us. We are dedicated to intensive, collaborative editing. All accepted pieces will be workshopped with peers and Chapbook staff. Please feel free to browse our website for samples of work we're into. thefilidchapbook.com.
Clockhouse opens submissions for its 2015 issue
Online submission deadline: December 1, 2014
Clockhouse, a literary journal published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2015 issue. Clockhouse is devoted to a variety of genres, publishing fiction, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, and dramatic work. Our 2014 issue showcases work by Elisabeth Frost, David Greenspan, Rinne Groff, Beth Kephart, Nancy Kricorian, Naomi Shihab Nye, Purvi Shah, Michelle Yasmine Valladares, and Rahna Reiko Rizzuto’s interview of M. T. Anderson, among other terrific voices. Deadline is December 1, 2014. For submission guidelines, mission statement, and to submit your work, visit www.clockhouse.net.
Crab Fat Literary Magazine Call for Submissions!
Crab Fat Literary Magazine is reading for its 2nd and 3rd issues! Literary prose, poetry, and visual art are currently needed. Crab Fat is interested in experimental, awkward, LGBTQ, and nonlinear work. A good plot means something, but doesn’t always mean everything. Writing that evokes feeling is most important. For an extra challenge, Crab Fat loves second person POV in short fiction. Crab Fat Literary Magazine is an online quarterly. Visit www.crabfatmagazine.com for more information.
DIALOGIST is seeking original and previously unpublished work.
Online submission deadline: Rolling
DIALOGIST, a quarterly journal of poetry and art, is seeking original and previously unpublished poetry, as well as art/photography/illustration. We are a new online publication dedicated to diversity through discourse—i.e. we ask our writers to be clear, be dynamic, and start a conversation. Submissions are free.
Dirty Chai Seeks Submissions for Issue Four: Love Child
Deadline: October 5, 2014
Dirty Chai Magazine is now accepting submissions through October 5th, 2014 for our fourth issue: Love Child. Send us your best fiction, creative nonfiction/essay, poetry, and visual art that represents something beautiful from unexpected sources, remnants of the past, going against the status quo—we want to see how you have used your creative freedom to make and learn from your memories and mistakes. To read our latest issue, and to view submission guidelines, please visit www.dirtychaimag.com.
Fiction Southeast Now Accepting Submissions
Submission deadline: Year-round
The editors of Fiction Southeast are interested in flash fiction (fiction of approximately 1000 words or less). While we are interested in fiction that depicts a variety of southern traditions and landscapes, we DO NOT wish to limit the journal to only southern writers. Writers from other parts of the country are encouraged to submit their work. Though we hope for creative and innovative writing, we don’t prefer one particular style or genre of writing. The only criterion we look for is quality. www.fictionsoutheast.com
Flyover Country Review call for submissions
Submission deadline: Rolling
Flyover Country Review, an online magazine of Midwestern literature, seeks submissions of short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual art, and photography for publication online and in print. Visit us at www.flyovercountryreview.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/fcreview, and on Twitter @flyoverreview. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as per our submissions guidelines: www.flyovercountryreview.com/submissions-2/.
Green Briar Review Open for Submissions
Online submission deadline: Year-round
Green Briar Review accepts nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and photography/art. Please submit only one piece of fiction and/or nonfiction at a time, and no more than three poems. Once you've heard back, feel free to submit again. We use Submittable. Our response time can run from a few weeks to a few months. Feel free to query (email@example.com) after four months. We do not accept previously published material. We do accept, however, unsolicited simultaneous submissions, but please inform us immediately if the work has been accepted elsewhere. www.greenbriarreview.com
Hamilton Stone Review # 31 Now Open for Submissions
Email submission deadline: September 20, 2014
The Hamilton Stone Review, an online literary magazine, publishes two issues a year, in March and October. The submissions period for the October issue is 8-15-14 through 9-20-14. Nonfiction submissions should be emailed only to Reamy Jansen at firstname.lastname@example.org with "HSR" in the subject line. Poetry submissions should be emailed only to Roger Mitchell at email@example.com with "HSR" in the subject line. Fiction submissions should be emailed only (12 pages or fewer double-spaced) to Lynda Schor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fiction submissions must have " HSR" in the subject line. No snail mail submissions, please. www.hamiltonstone.org/hsr.html
Hawaii Pacific Review is open for submissions
Submissions accepted year-round.
Hawaii Pacific Review seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The online literary journal of Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region, but is interested in great writing from any region and on any subject. Submissions are accepted all year long, though responses may take longer during summer months. More details can be found at hawaiipacificreview.org. Submissions are accepted exclusively through our online submissions manager: hawaiipacificreview.submittable.com/submit.
The Horror of Everyday Life
Submission deadline: October 31, 2014
The Flexible Persona invites you to submit your nonfiction and fiction pieces of terror, anxiety, and horror. We invite you to face that which truly shakes you to the core, armed with the alchemy of the written word. Our themed issue is free to enter. The deadline is October 31st, and the selected works will be published online in audio format as well as in a special e-reader issue in February 2015. www.theflexiblepersona.com
ISO quality queer literary writing HMU
Submissions accepted year-round.
EDUCE Literary Journal is committed to showcasing visual artists and publishing innovative literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers from the queer community. We are a full-color, magazine-sized, biannual publication that operates primarily on an e-platform, but utilizes print on demand. Queer = Other. www.educejournal.com
Lackington's is open to submissions
Lackington’s publishes speculative fiction between 1,500 – 5,000 words. Our writers and artists have collectively been nominated for or won Hugo, Nebula, Aurora, and British Fantasy awards. We buy fantasy, SF, slipstream, post-apocalyptic, magic realism, mythopoeia, folktale, and any flavour of punk. We’re excited by stories by, or representative of, members of traditionally marginalized communities. We're never excited by fanfic, so please don’t send us any. We’re not a horror market, either, though we enjoy dark elements. Visit www.lackingtons.com to see what themes we're reading for at the moment and learn more about the kind of prose we're seeking.
Neon Literary Magazine Seeks Submissions
Submission deadline: Rolling
Neon seeks literary and slipstream short-form writing. We err towards the dark, and like to experiment with language and form. We have a particular taste for the apocalyptic. Neon is based in the UK, and is published online and in print every quarter. We publish writers from anywhere in the world, and everything we publish is available for free online. Please read the guidelines page (www.neonmagazine.co.uk/?page_id=116) and then send work in the body of an email for consideration.
Seeking Submissions for Winter 2015: "Close Weather"
Submission deadline: October 15, 2014
Is talking about the weather still a refuge for polite conversation? If we are almost continually reminded by news reports (of droughts and flash floods, wildfires and thunder-snow, ice storms and hurricanes) that weather is not a backdrop to the dramatic actions of our era, but its central player, how will the literature we make reflect this? The New Madrid editors seek submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that let the weather into the work of art and thinking. The reading period begins August 15, 2014. Guidelines: newmadridjournal.org.
Up the Staircase Quarterly Seeking Submissions
Online submission deadline: October 15, 2014
Up the Staircase Quarterly is seeking unique, groundbreaking, and vivid poetry for its 27th issue, due out in November 2014. Entering its 7th year, UTSQ searches for difference-makers, writers going in new directions, originals. We also publish artwork: paintings, drawings, photography, comics, etc. Up the Staircase Quarterly recently appeared in the Masters of English "100 Inspiring Sites for Poetry and Poetry Lovers." Visit www.upthestaircase.org for more info.
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