The Offing, an online literary magazine, is open for submissions in several categories, including fiction, science writing, humor, culture essays, and more. Fiction closes July 16, 2020. There is currently no fee to submit. The magazine “actively seeks out and supports work by and about those often marginalized in literary spaces, including Black and Indigenous people, and people of color; trans people, cis women, agender, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, two-spirit, and non-binary people; intersex people; LGBQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, asexual/aromantic) people; people with disabilities; and especially people living at the intersections of these identities.”
Bestselling author Esmé Weijun Wang (The Collected Schizophrenias, The Border of Paradise) is offering a self-paced online course on restorative journaling. The course includes 30 accessible lessons with text, audio, and visuals; a free copy of Light Gets In: Living Well With Mental Illness; and lifetime access to the course material.
The course is $99 (regular price $147) through the end of June with the code JUNEJOURNAL. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Okra Project, a collective that provides home-cooked meals to Black trans people, trains Black trans chefs, distributes emergency grocery funds to Black people in need, and pays for therapy sessions for Black trans people.
You may have seen many anti-racist reading lists being shared in the past few weeks. We’ve compiled a list of Black-owned bookstores from across the country, most of which offer online orders, so that you can support Black-owned businesses while educating yourself. This list is by no means exhaustive—please comment and tell us which bookstores we should add!
An award-winning bookstore that sells books for, by, and about people of the African Diaspora.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Owners: Derrick & Ramunda Young
Online orders: Yes
Recommended reading: Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington
Book club: MahoganyBooks & Very Smart Brothas
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020.
WHAT TO ENTER: Any type of creative nonfiction essay up to 5,000 words.
HOW TO ENTER: Via Submittable.
FEE: $20; includes a copy of the Spring 2021 issue.
PRIZE: $500 and publication in the Spring 2021 issue.
JUDGE: Sarah M. Broom, 2019 National Book Award Winner for her memoir The Yellow House.
Read more details here.
R.O. Kwon, author of the bestselling novel The Incendiaries, is offering an online seminar on revision. She states:
“This seminar will delve into revision strategies, possibilities, options, and leaps of faith. What does it mean to revise, and how can you figure out what works best for you? Pretty much every writer revises, and often heavily: Kerouac famously bragged that he’d written On the Road in one three-week dash, but, in time, they found the drafts.”
WHEN: June 20, 2020, 4–7PM ET
SIGN UP: here
WHAT TO BRING: the first five pages of a work in progress
DEADLINE: May 15, 2020
ELIGIBILITY: Writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book may enter.
WHAT TO ENTER: Fiction and nonfiction: up to 6,000 words. Poetry: 3–5 pages.
FEE: $24. The fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2020 issue and ending with the Winter 2020-2021 issue) and free submissions to the 2020 regular reading period.
PRIZE: Publication, $2,000, review from Aevitas Creative Management, and a 1-year subscription for one winner in each of the three genres.
HOW TO ENTER: Submissions must be made via Ploughshares’ online submission manager. You must create an account before submitting.
The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, the end of the year (and the decade) is fast approaching, and it seems like everywhere you turn, another publisher or media outlet is releasing their list of the best books of last year. Overwhelmed by choices? We’ve compiled the best lists of the best books, highlighting some titles that are especially popular below. Enjoy!
Girl, Woman, Other
Each chapter in this Booker Prize–winning novel follows the life of a different character living in the UK.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
Vuong’s debut novel chronicles the struggles of a refugee family in epistolary form.
Washington’s debut short fiction collection tracks a young, gay, black narrator across Houston, intertwining his stories with those of the city.
by Susan Choi
The winner of the National Book Award, this coming-of-age novel examines trust between characters as well as between author and reader.
Midnight in Chernobyl
A detailed and chilling history of the infamous nuclear accident and the circumstances that made it nearly inevitable.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Tolentino, a staff writer for the New Yorker, examines internet culture, modern feminism, millenial lifestyles and more with a critical and curious eye.
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
A thoughtful and thorough examination of American expansionism and exploitation.
Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language
A guide to online English by a self-described internet linguist.
In the Dream House
Machado combines memoir and criticism in this genre-bending account of domestic abuse.
How We Fight for Our Lives
by Saeed Jones
In his first book of prose, Jones tells his story of growing up black and gay with powerful and poetic language.
Know My Name
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The New Yorker
NPR wants to read how sports has touched your life — in poetry form.
You can use sport as a metaphor for our lives — or simply write about the game or team you love. And don’t feel constrained by poetry type. It can be a haiku, a sonnet, a rhyming couplet — even free verse.
The Young Romantics Writing Prize, sponsored by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, is aimed at poets and essayists aged between 16 and 18. Entrants are encouraged to respond to the work of the Romantics by writing their own original poem or essay. Essayists are asked to respond to a particular question inspired by the life or work of the Romantic writers. The poets respond to a theme which changes from one year to the next.
This year, poems must address the theme “Songbird”; essays must respond to the question, “How can the poetry of PB Shelley and/or John Keats help us in our current climate crisis?”
Deadline: January 14, 2020
Eligibility: writers aged 16–18, writing in English, from anywhere in the world
Entry: free; online (open in December 2019)
Prizes: over £5000 total; distributed among winners
The Drinking Gourd is a new literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by Black Muslim writers. Queer and trans writers are especially encouraged to submit. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All contributors are paid a $50 flat rate. Support the magazine, which is run entirely by volunteers and hosted on Medium, by donating here.
Bennington College has a unique literary legacy, including ten Pulitzer Prize winners, three U.S. poet laureates, four MacArthur Geniuses, the youngest Man Booker Prize winner, countless New York Times bestsellers, and two of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Eligibility: 10th-12th graders
Awards: 1st place $500; 2nd place $250; 3rd place $125
What to Submit: Submit to only one of the following categories: poetry (three poems), fiction (a short story or one-act play under 1,500 words), or nonfiction (a personal or academic essay under 1,500 words). All entries must be original and sponsored by a high school teacher.
Get more information and read past winners’ work here.
Submissions are now being accepted for Brevity’s upcoming special issue, “Experiences of Disability,” to be published in September 2020.
For this issue, we invite brief nonfiction submissions (750 words or fewer) that consider all aspects of illness and disability: what it is, what it means, how our understanding of disability is changing. We want essays that explore how disability is learned during childhood, lived over the entire course of a life, and how our changing understanding of disability shapes the way we experience ourselves and others. We are looking for flash essays that explore the lived experience of illness and disability, as well as encounters with ableism, and that show readers a new way to understand the familiar or give voice to underrepresented experiences.
Deadline: March 1, 2020
Entry: via Submittable*; $3 entry fee
*Those for whom Submittable is not accessible or for whom the reading fee of $3 would be prohibitive can email their submissions to email@example.com with the subject formatted as SUBMISSION: (Title) by (Name).
- Previously unpublished works of fiction up to 8,000 words. Please note, “published” includes any work published in print or online, including online magazines, blogs, public social media sites, etc.
- Multiple submissions will be accepted for the contest only. Simultaneous submissions are also accepted; however, you must notify immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Only authors currently residing in the United States are eligible.
- Submissions will only be accepted via Submittable. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having any trouble with your submission.
Reading Period: June 1 – January 15, 2019
Entry: via online submission manager or by mail; $3 fee
Simultaneous vs. Multiple Submissions
- Ploughshares does not consider multiple submissions. Do not send a second submission until you have heard about the first. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as they are identified as such and they are withdrawn immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
- If you are working on submissions with an agent, or are an agent submitting work on behalf of an author, please read the note on simultaneous submissions with an agent.
- You are encouraged to include a short cover letter with your submission. It should reference:
- Major publications and awards
- Any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor
- Past publication in Ploughshares
- Please note that cover letters are to be included as the first page of your submission document. There are no additional comment boxes for adding a cover letter.
- Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
- Numbered pages.
- If in hard copy, submit with text on one side of the page.
- Fiction and nonfiction: Less than 6,000 words. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Significantly longer work (7,500–20,000 words) can be submitted to the Ploughshares Solos series.
- Poetry: Submit 1-5 pages at a time with each poem beginning on a new page.
- Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.
- Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.
- Queries to the Look2 Critical Essay series are welcome (see guidelines here).
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Entry: online or mail; $20 fee (includes one-year subscription)
Prize: $1000 and publication
- Submit 3-5 poems, 10 pages maximum.
- For online submissions, include contact information only with entry form, not on any poem submitted.
- For hard-copy submissions, include contact information on separate cover sheet, not on any poem submitted.
Deadline: June 3, 2019
Entry: online; $15 fee (includes one-year subscription)
Prize: $1,000 and publication (1st), $500 and publication (2nd)
Judge: Wayétu Moore
- All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously.
- Send no more than one story per entry. Each story must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in 12 point font. Multiple entries are acceptable, provided that a separate reading fee is included with each entry.
- Please submit a two page cover sheet document with each entry, page one with the title of the story ONLY, and page 2 with the title of the story and your name, address, phone number, and email. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the story itself.
- Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
- Previously published works and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Salamander’s definition of publishing includes electronic publication.
- No handwritten, faxed, emailed, or poorly copied/printed manuscripts will be considered.
- Salamander will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 4 years) affiliated with Suffolk University or the prize judge.
Deadline: June 1, 2019
Entry: via Submittable; $3 fee
- No more than five unpublished poems (7 pages max) per submission, each poem on its own page, contained in a single .doc or .docx file.
- No identifying information on any poem or file name. The Atlanta Review reads work anonymously: we publish poems, not poets.
- Only one submission per submission period.
- Please Note: We will try to accommodate poems with special formatting needs (specific margins, long lines, etc.), but we can’t guarantee that your poems will appear on our pages exactly as you submitted them. We encourage poets to follow standard formatting guidelines: Times New Roman 12, with 1″ margins. This will help minimize appearance shifts as we import your poems into our publishing software.
- Also, please use the withdraw function only if you need to withdraw the ENTIRE submission. Otherwise, just send us a note on the “Activity and Messages” tab and let us know which one/s is/are no longer available. Thanks!
Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or prose between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Entry: via Submittable; $15 fee
Prize: $500 and publication
- All entries are read blind by a panel of judges and editors. All manuscripts should include a title page (listing only the title of the work), table of contents, and when appropriate, an acknowledgments page. Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in an easy-to-read font such as Garamond or Times New Roman. Manuscripts should be 16-36 pages in length (double-spaced for fiction and creative non-fiction), not including front and back matter (table of contents, title page, etc.). Identifying information for the author should not be included anywhere on the manuscript itself, including in the name of the file or in the “title” field in Submittable. The author is welcome to include a brief bio in the cover note on Submittable, which will only be made accessible to the editorial panel after the group of Semi-Finalist and Finalist manuscripts has been chosen.
- Chapbooks containing individual stories or poems that have been previously published online or in print are eligible for the BRCC. Please simply note previously published work on an acknowledgments page. On the other hand, if a chapbook has been previously published as a collection (including publication with a press, self-publication, online/digital publication, and publication in a small, limited-edition print run), then the manuscript is not eligible for the BRCC.
- Simultaneous submissions are acceptable and encouraged, but please withdraw the manuscript on Submittable immediately if it is accepted for publication elsewhere.
- Multiple submissions (the submission of more than one manuscript to the contest) are permitted.
- Collaborative collections are welcome.
- Hybrid/multi-genre submissions are also welcome; please enter under the submission category that best fits your work.
- Prose category: Beginning with the Spring 2019 contest, our category previously titled “fiction” has been re-categorized as “prose” to accommodate fiction, creative non-fiction, lyric essay, and prose hybrid manuscripts. (Chapbooks of prose poems and poetry/prose hybrid projects can be submitted under either poetry or prose, per your preference.)
- Translations are not accepted for the BRCC.