July 22, 2014
2014 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest Closes Soon

Arcadia Magazine is still accepting submissions for its 2014 Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Contest. The winning chapbook will be published by Arcadia and distributed as an issue of the magazine to Arcadia subscribers. All poems submitted will be considered for publication in Arcadia

Submit a poetry manuscript of fifteen to thirty pages.  See guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000, publication, and twenty-five author copies  

Fee: $20

Deadline: August 15, 2014

Information about last year’s winner, Nicole Santalucia, and our short list can be found on this page, and a sample from Nicole’s chapbook can be found here. As always, familiarity with Arcadia and the sort of poetry we like is the most immediate way to find out what we’re looking for. That said, we always strive toward an eclectic editorial focus, so if you think you have something we’d like, send it our way. 

Submit your chapbook here.

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July 20, 2014
Glimmer Train Very Short Story Award Closes Soon

The Glimmer Train Very Short Story Award closes soon. Open to all writers, this category welcomes stories that have not appeared in any print publication.

Maximum length: 3,000 words.

First place wins $1,500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.

Second place wins $500 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).

Third place wins $300 (or, if accepted for publication, $700 and 10 copies).

Fee: $15 per story.

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Glimmer Train has been discovering, publishing, and paying emerging writers since 1990.

One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, New Stories from the Midwest, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the South, Best of the West, and Best American Short Stories.

Every story published in Glimmer Train is unsolicited. And every year, we pay out over $50,000 to fiction writers.

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July 18, 2014
A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prizes Close Soon

A Room of Her Own Foundation invites women writers to submit to the biannual Orlando PrizesFAQ about submissions are here.

The general gudielines for submissions are:

Poetry (36 lines)
Flash Fiction (500 words)
Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (1500 words)

Prize (in each genre): $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $15

Deadline: July 31, 2014

Our answer to the rigors of the Gift of Freedom grant, AROHO’s Orlando Prizes celebrate Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from conventional constraints.  AROHO’s multi-genre competition is an invitation and opportunity for women writers to bring their shorter works to publication via a brief online application process.  We accept multiple submissions, and are on the lookout for diverse topics and styles.  Simultaneous submissions are also welcome; please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.  

Winning submissions in all four genres receive a $1,000 prize and are published in The Los Angeles Review. 

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July 16, 2014
Journal of Experimental Fiction 2015 Kenneth Patchen Award Closes Soon

The Journal of Experimental Fiction invites submissions for the Kenneth Patchen Award for the Innovative Novel.  James Chapman will judge.

Entries may be of any length. See guidelines here.

Prize: $1000 and publication by the Journal of Experimental Fiction/Depth Charge Publishing

Fee: $25

Deadline: July 31, 2014

The Journal of Experimental Fiction was founded in 1986 by novelist Eckhard Gerdes in order to gain wider attention for the incredible innovative fiction writing being done at that time.  JEF has been proud to be able to introduce the reading public to many fresh, original voices in the world of literature, and it continues its ongoing quest to find and introduce such material. JEF also acknowledges the great voices of innovative writing of years past and publishes essays about those voices of innovation. We publish a general fiction issue annually, or thereabouts, as well as introducing new novels to the reading public, novels that most likely would find themselves locked out by the larger presses, who have no time or interest in innovation anymore and only care about their bottom lines.

Kenneth Patchen is celebrated for being among the greatest innovators of American fiction, incorporating strategies of concretism, asemic writing, digression, and verbal juxtaposition into his writing long before such strategies were popularized during the height of American postmodernist experimentation in the 1970s.  His three great innovative novels, Sleepers Awake, The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer and The Journal of Albion Moonlight, have long been a benchmark for beats, postmodernists, and innovators of all ilks, inspiring younger writers on to greater significance and innovation in their own work.

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July 14, 2014
A Room of Her Own Foundation To the Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes Extended

A Room of Her Own Foundation has extended the deadline for the To the Lighthouse & Clarissa Dalloway Book Prizes.

Women writers are invited to submit unpublished manuscripts of poetry (48 to 96 pages) and prose (50,000 to 150,000 words), respectively. For the Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize, accepted genres include but are not limited to memoir, biography, novel or novella, young adult literature, and graphic novels. See FAQ here.

Prize: $1000 and publication by Red Hen Press

Fee: $20

Deadline: July 31, 2014

AROHO’sTo the Lighthouse Poetry and Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prizes are awarded annually to one woman’s excellent unpublished collection of poetry (48 to 96 pages) and prose (50,000 to 150,000 words), respectively. We encourage and enjoy a diverse range of topics and styles for both competitions. For the Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize, accepted genres include but are not limited to memoir, biography, novel or novella, young adult literature, and graphic novels. Winners receive $1000 and publication of their submitted collection by Red Hen Press. In addition, AROHO will provide promotional efforts and coverage of some related travel expenses, constituting an additional $1000 in value.

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July 12, 2014
White Stag Submissions Still Open

White Stag is still accepting submissions for its next issue.  The theme for the call is BEYOND THE TABOO.  See the call for for definition, guidelines and specifications.

Writers are invited to submit up to 8 pages of poetry or 3 pages of prose.

Fee: no fee

Deadline: August 1, 2014

White Stag is a biannual journal containing unparalleled poetry and prose from well-known and new writers. We offer the literary community a uniquely distinct taste for dark comedy, phantasmagoric imagery, complete dishonesty, and love poems that are to die for (and yes, pun is intended and strongly encouraged). White Stag strives to publish only the deepest emotion, the rawest of images, and the most unique language and syntax.

​Although the submission process is strictly online, the editors at White Stag plan to remain true to the quality of printed literature as well. All of our issues are bound paperback books.

The white stag is a symbol that resonates throughout many cultures and mythologies. Each volume of White Stag will be themed around one short phrase/prompt that we find particularly compelling about the symbol. How you choose to interpret the prompt is entirely up to you.

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July 10, 2014
Sixfold Short Story and Poetry Awards End Soon

Sixfold magazine, completely writer-voted, invites submissions of poetry and short story and new reviewers to its community.  All entrants to the contest will also blindly review other entrants to the contest. Read about the reviewing process here.

Submit up to five poems totaling no more than 10 pages or up to 20 pages of prose. Review 18 other manuscripts during 3 rounds of voting.

Prizes (awarded in each category, Poetry and Short Story):

First Prize: $1000

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: $100

Fee: $3

Deadline: July 24, 2014

Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short story and poetry journal. Every writer who uploads a manuscript votes to choose the prize-winning manuscripts and all the short stories and poetry published in each issue. Everyone’s equally weighted vote selects what’s published, instead of one judge, or one or a few editors. With a fair, transparent, rule-based voting process, all writers find the best writing together.

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July 8, 2014
Narrative’s Sixth Annual Poetry Contest Closes Soon

Narrative’s sixth annual poetry contest closes soon. All forms of poetry are considered for this contest, but the entries must be unpublished and may not have be finalists in any other contest.

Submissions may contain up to five poems.  See formatting guidelines here. See complete contest guidelines here.


First Prize : $1,500

Second Prize: $750

Third Prize: $300

Ten finalists: $75 each

All entries will be considered for publication.

Fee: $22 (includes 3 months access to Narrative Backstage)

Deadline: July 20, 2014

About Narrative

Mission: to advance literary art in the digital age.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003, Narrative is dedicated to advancing literary arts in the digital age by supporting the finest writing talent and encouraging readership across generations, in schools, and around the globe. Our online library of new literature by celebrated authors and by the best new and emerging writers is available for free.

Vision: to connect writers and readers around the globe.

From its inception, Narrative has seen the digital age as an opportunity to create renewed, vital audiences for literary excellence.

Sometimes referred to as the PBS of literature, Narrative is free for all readers, but we pay our contributors well. Narrative serves as a virtual bridge to connect more readers and writers than ever before, publishing more work each year than any other literary periodical, and reaching readers young and old in schools and homes around the globe.


July 7, 2014
Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd Book Poetry Prize Ends Soon

Omnidawn's First/Second Book Poetry Prize ends soon.  The final judge this year is Timothy Donnelly.

The contest is open to any poet writing in English who has not yet published a second book of poems. (Chapbooks are not counted as books for this contest.)

The manuscript page limit is 120 pages for this poetry book contest. (Most manuscripts entered are 40-70 pages long.)

Prize: $3,000, publication, and 100 copies of the winning book.

Fee: $27

Deadline: July 15, 2014

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July 6, 2014
The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest Closes Soon

The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest closes soon.  The final judge for this year’s fiction contest is Joe Wenderoth.

Submit short, exceptional fiction pieces in any genre.  Flash fiction, short story, self-contained novel excerpts are all welcome. Submit up to 5,000 words.

Prize: $1,000 first prize

Fee: $15.00 per entry (includes issue of The New Guard)

Deadline: July 14, 2014

THE NEW GUARD is an independent literary review based in Maine. We proudly publish in print, with the exception of our online feature, BANG!, a page on this site that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time.

The New Guard is here to showcase newcomers alongside established writers, and to juxtapose tradition with experiment to create a new dialogue. The Writer’s Hotel is the editorial arm of The New Guard literary review. Via The Writer’s Hotel, we work with writers to develop their writing, online and in person at our Master Class Workshops. We are writers for writers’ sake.

Here at TNG and The Writer’s Hotel, we work diligently to support writers. We will stand up and put on the gloves for those good stories and poems. We do all we can to help our fellow writers.

Give us your ire, your lore, your guarded passage. 

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