Salamander – Fiction Contest

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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

Guidelines:

  • 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  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn.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.

Atlanta Review – General Poetry Submissions

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Deadline: June 1, 2019

Entry: via Submittable; $3 fee

Guidelines:

  • No more than five unpublished poems (7 pages max) per submission, each poem on its own page, contained in a single .doc or .docx file.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!


Black Lawrence Press – Black River Chapbook Competition

Black River Chapbook Competition

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

Guidelines:

  • 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.

Foyle Young Poets Award

Deadline: July 31, 2019

Prizes:

  • All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London.
  • The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, over 20,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online.
  • The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology.
  • The top 15 Winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent).
  • All 100 winners receive a year’s Youth Membership of The Poetry Society.
  • All 100 winners will receive a goody bag full of books and other treats donated by our generous supporters.

Entry: Register here to enter. Entry is free.

Eligibility: Any young poet, writing in English, aged 11-17 as of the deadline.

Guidelines:

  • You must be aged 11-17 on the closing date of the 31st July 2019 (inclusive) in order to enter.
  • Individuals may enter more than one poem, however we strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a selection of your very best. Remember, quality is more important than quantity.
  • The competition is free to enter and poems can be of any length and on any theme.
  • Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world. This includes:
    • anthologies, magazines, solo collections, school prints;
    • online, including blogs and online magazines;
    • social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram;
    • any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform.
  • Poems cannot have won any other competition.
  • Poems must be the original work of the author (we do run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems).
  • Poems must be in English.
  • You cannot enter a poem written by more than one author.
  • Entries will be accepted from anywhere in the world.
  • If you are 11-12 your parent or guardian will need to give permission for you to enter. Permission can be given online or by sending in the parent or guardian permission form.

Rattle – Call for Submissions – African Poets

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Deadline: April 15, 2019

Enter: via Submittable; no fee

Guidelines:

The Fall 2019 issue of Rattle will be dedicated to African poets. The poems may be written on any subject, in any style or length, but the poet must have been born in, or be a permanent resident of, an African country. The poems must be written in (or translated into) English. We’ve been receiving an increasing number of submissions from African poets over the last few years, and we’d like to honor the poetry that’s being written on the continent. Please include a brief note about your personal background and why you write poetry.

Feel free to submit up to four previously unpublished poems (or four pages of very short poems), but these must be sent as a single submission in ONE document, or pasted into the single field provided. Do not submit more work to this category until we’ve replied.

Indiana Review – Fiction & Poetry Prizes

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Entry: online submissions manager; $20 fee

Prize: $1000 & publication

Judges: R.O. Kwon (fiction), Nuar Alsadir (poetry)

Fiction Guidelines:

  • Remember to send one short story, up to 8k words.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.
  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). If the fee provides a hardship, please submit during the discounted rate period: February 1-15, 2019.
  • Be sure to select the genre “2019 Fiction Prize” on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.
  • Hit “Submit Entry” below to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact inreview@indiana.edu and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.

Poetry Guidelines:

  • Remember to send up to three poems in a single word document.
  • Entrant’s name must not appear on the submission.
  • A cover letter is not required but can be included in the comments box if you like.
  • Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal. International addressees, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). If the fee provides a hardship, please submit during the discounted rate period: February 1-15, 2019.
  • Be sure to select the genre “2019 Poetry Prize” on the submission form. Submissions with incorrectly designated genres will not be read.
  • Hit “Submit Entry” below to get started. You will be redirected to the Submissions Manager to upload your submission after making the PayPal payment. If you are not automatically redirected, please contact inreview@indiana.edu and we will ensure you are able to complete your submission.

Fish Publishing: Flash Fiction Prize

Fish Publishing

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Entry: online or by post; €14 fee

Eligibility: writers of any nationality writing in English

Prize: €1,000 (1st), €300 (2nd), online writing course (3rd), publication (top 10

Judge: Pamela Painter

Guidelines:

  • You can enter as many times as you wish.
  • There is no restriction on theme or style.
  • Maximum number of words is 300.
  • The winning stories must be available for the anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously.
  • Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not appear on the stories.

Black Warrior Review: General Submissions

Black Warrior Review

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Entry: via Submittable; $3 fee

Submission Guidelines:

Fiction:

  • 5,000-7,000 words
  • One piece at a time

Flash Fiction:

  • <1,000 words
  • Up to three pieces in a single document

Nonfiction:

  • <7,000 words
  • No academic articles

Poetry:

  • Up to five poems in a single document
  • No more than 10 pages total
  • Write the title or abbreviated title of each poem, separated by commas, in the “Submissions Title” field

Graphic Writing:

  • Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format
  • Published in grayscale

Translation:

  • Completed, self-sufficient works only
  • Max 10 pages
  • Work that has already been published in its original language is highly preferred

Selected Shorts Short Story Prize

Selected Shorts 2019 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Entry: via Gotham Writers; $25 fee

Prize: $1000, publication on Electric Lit, and a 10-week course with Gotham Writers. The winning story will also be performed and recorded live at Symphony Space.

Guidelines:

  • Entries should be 750 words or less.
  • Stories can be on any theme.
  • There is a fee of $25 to enter.
  • Submissions must be entered by 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2019.
  • Writers of all ages and nationalities are eligible.
  • The story must have a title.
  • We do not accept work that has been previously published in print, online, or any other medium.
  • We do not accept works in translation.
  • Once entered, we do not accept revisions for any stories. Your $25 is nonrefundable.
  • You may enter as many stories as you like, but a $25 fee is required for each story.
  • We no longer accept mailed, paper submissions. Stories received in the mail will be returned unread with your uncashed check. If you have problems with the online form or are unable to submit online for some extenuating circumstance, please contact Selected Shorts directly at shorts@symphonyspace.org and we will make sure your work reaches us.
  • The winner will be announced in May 2019.

New Book Recommendations from The New York Times

Notes From A Black Woman’s Diary: Selected Works of Kathleen Collins edited by Nina Lorez Collins

Notes From A Black Woman's Diary

“The writer and filmmaker Kathleen Collins died in 1988, at the age of 46 — young, brilliant and, for the most part, unknown. Her work — including Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, a collection of short stories published for the first time in 2016 — has been rediscovered and embraced in recent years. Now a new book has arrived, Notes From a Black Woman’s Diary, a grab bag of letters, diary entries, short stories, plays and screenplays. ‘Her voice and vision are idiosyncratic and pitiless, combining mischief and crisp authority, formal experimentation and deep feeling,’ our critic Parul Sehgal writes.”

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Interlochen Review Call for Submissions

The Interlochen Review

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Entry: via Submittable

Eligibility: High school students and recent graduates (<1 year).

Guidelines:

Submit up to 6 pieces total. All submissions must be accompanied by a brief author bio. Please DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR NAME anywhere on the submission EXCEPT for in the bio statement. We do accept work recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and YoungARTS. We DO NOT accept previously published work from other journals, online or in print.

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Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Entry: via Submittable; $24 fee includes year’s subscription to the Kenyon Review

Eligibility: Open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction.

Prize: The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2019 Writers Workshop in Gambier, Ohio.

Guidelines:

  • Stories must be no more than 1,200 words in length.
  • One submission per entrant.
  • Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
  • Please do not submit work that has been previously published.
  • All entries will be read blind. Before you submit, please remove your name and any other identifying information from your manuscript.

The final judge will be Mia Alvar.

New York Times TEEN ESSAY CONTEST

New York Times Teen Essay ContestThis teen essay contest invites high school students to connect a topic studied in the classroom with a New York Times article, video or podcast. Explore connections, draw parallels or explain the topic’s relevance for today.

Eligibility: Ages 13 – 19

Prize: Publication in The New York Times

Read Previous Winners:  See New York Times article by Katherine Schulten:  “Making Connections: 50 Teenagers Suggest Creative Ways to Link Classic Texts to the World Today”

How to Enter: Find link in above article.

Full New York Times Contest Calendar: Found HERE via the Learning Network.

Guidelines:

  1. Choose some piece of academic content: something you’ve been reading, discussing or learning about in school. It may be a work of literature, an event in history, a concept in civics, a phenomenon in science or something else entirely. It can be as small as a single haiku or as large as a world-changing event like the Industrial Revolution.
  2. Find something published in The New York Times in 2018 or 2019 (article, Op-Ed, image, video, graphic or podcast, etc.) that you think connects to your chosen subject in some interesting, meaningful way, and explain how.
  • What relevance does your academic content have to our world today?
  • What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you?
  • What parallels do you see between it and something happening in our culture or the news?
  • What lessons does it offer for us today?
  1. Tell us in 450 words or fewer, how and why the two things connect.

Deadline: January 21, 2019

Sonora Review Nonfiction Contest: “Desire”

Deadline: November 5, 2018

Prize: $1000 and publication in Sonora Review

Entry: via Submittable; $15 fee

Guidelines:

The theme for the contest is DESIRE. For a sense of what we’re looking for, please see our issue preview page.

You may submit an essay of up to 5000 words for consideration. Include a cover letter with a brief biography, your contact information and any other pertinent information about your submission. Please remove your name or any other identifying marks from your manuscript before uploading.

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition

by Eugenia Loli: eugenialoli.tictail.com

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Prizes: £5000 (first place), £2000 (second place), £1000 (third place), £200 (commendations)

Entry: via The Poetry Society website; £7 for the first poem, £4 per additional poem

Eligibility: Previously unpublished poems up to 40 lines by any poet older than 17.

Judges: Kei Miller, Kim Moore, Mark Waldron

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Colorlines Race and Culture Summer Reading List

Summer reading suggestions in poetry and fiction from Colorlines. To see more recommendations in history, children’s literature, activism, art, and memoir, read the full article.

If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar

If They Come for Us by Fatimah AsgharMuslim-American poet Fatimah Asghar navigates intergenerational violence, vulnerability and love in her collection If They Come for Us (Penguin Random House).

Don’t Let Them See Me Like This by Jasmine Gibson

Don't Let Them See Me Like This by Jasmine GibsonIn her debut poetry collection, Don’t Let Them See Me Like This, Jasmine Gibson unearths the brutality of capitalism, biopolitics and White supremacy and explores desire and the idea of political insurgency (Nightboat).

SWOLE by Jerika Marchan

SWOLE by Jerika MarchanJerika Marchan’s SWOLE is a lyric response to environmental racism and the irreversible impact of Hurricane Katrina (Future Poem).

Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez

Love War Stories by Ivelisse RodriguezLove War Stories is a collection of short stories about Puerto Rican women and girls and their understanding of love and its myths (The Feminist Press).

New Poets of Native Nations

New Poets of Native NationsNew Poets of Native Nations topples racist and essentialist assumptions about poetry written by Native American writers in an anthology filled with diverse styles and lyricism (Graywolf Press).

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

What We Lose by Zinzi ClemmonsZinzi Clemmons’ novel What We Lose, loosely based on the author’s experience of caring for her dying mother, is a fragmented story of grief and diasporic identity (Penguin Random House).