September 1, 2014
Memorious Literary Journal & Writer’s Block Festival Poetry Contest

Memorious literary journal and the Writer’s Block Festival invite submissions for their combined poetry contest. Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor-in-chief of Memorious is the judge for this contest.

Poets are invited to send 1 - 3 previously unpublished poems (no more than 1 poem per page, and no more than 6 pages, collectively). See complete guidelines here.

Prize: $500 and publication in Memorious

Fee: $10

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Writer’s Block Festival is sponsored by Louisville Literary Arts as part of its mission is to engage readers and writers in order to enrich the literary arts. Writer’s Block takes place in Louisville, KY, and is an annual celebration of literature and writing. The Festival is free and open to the public (craft workshops are available for a small fee). This events occur on November 14-15, 2014, and will feature Nick Flynn, David Baker, Ada Limón, Jacinda Townsend, and many others.

Memorious has published such engaging and powerful poets as Jericho Brown, Jake Adam York, Sidney Wade, Jean Valentine, Major Jackson, Bob Hicok, Kara Candito, Timothy Donnelly, Dana Levin, and G.C. Waldrep. Founded in 2004, Memorious biannually publishes new verse and fiction online, and work from it has been selected for publication in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Best of the Web, and Best of the Net.

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August 30, 2014
Second Annual Wild Light Contest Open for Poetry Submissions

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review invite poetry submissions for the second annual Wild Light contestBrendan Constantine is the final judge.

Submit up to three poems of up to 200 lines each. See guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $25

Deadline: October 15, 2014

Red Hen Press and The Los Angeles Review are pleased to announce the second annual Wild Light contest. A prize of $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review are given annually for an exceptional poem.  Brendan Constantine is the final judge.

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August 28, 2014
Zharmae Publishing Press Seeking Genre Book Submissions

The Zharmae Publishing Press is looking for submissions of genre fiction, including works from new authors.

The average length of the novels Zharmae publishes varies but ranges between 70,000 - 125,000 words; Zharmae does not consider work that is less than 65,000 words unless it is a non-fiction work or intended for a very young audience.

To submit, include a ONE page synopsis of your story and be sure to clarify the genre in the body of your email. The submission should also include 25-45 pages or the first three to five chapters.  See complete submissions instructions here.

See also the many imprints of Zharame for their specific genre focuses.

Fee: no fee

Deadline: none

The Zharmae Publishing Press is a Pacific Northwest based Independent Publisher, dedicated to producing the best genre fiction from around the universe. Zharmae is a living, breathing idea of what the future of book publishing can and should be. TZPP is devoted to literary works of depth and detail as well as the broader knowledge and exchange of ideals that can be conveyed from the reading and analysis of fiction. Created with the notion that publishing can and should be hip, youthful, and accessible; as well as focused on author development with regards to both the art and science of writing, Zharmae is the result of this ongoing effort.

Our focus is on category fiction with a heavy emphasis on artistry through prose, while staying true to the formulaic, sensationalistic, melodramatic, and sentimental nature normally exhibited in such types of fiction. We are committed to producing work featuring elevated, poetic, and idiosyncratic prose that defy reader expectations.

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August 26, 2014
The New Guard: BANG! Call for Submissions

The New Guard is now accepting short work submissions for its online component, BANG! BANG! is a page on The New Guard literary review, comprised of work by a single author. Work is live on our site for a 30 day stretch. Each BANG! author is showcased individually for 30 days.

The submission should be three separate pieces, any combination of flash fiction, flash nonfiction, and short poetry. The total pieces should not exceed:

Flash fiction: 500 words

Nonfiction flash: 500 words

Poetry short: 20 lines

See complete guidelines here.

Fee: $20

Deadline: rolling

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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August 24, 2014
Creative Nonfiction Magazine Call for Submissions

Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks previously unpublished pieces of nonfiction (literary essay/memoir) for its magazine.

Writers are invited to submit previously unpublished pieces of creative nonfiction up to 4,000 words.  See guidelines here.

Writers may also pitch column ideas or submit visual art.

Fee: $3 (fee is for online submission; free by mail)

Deadline: rolling

Creative Nonfiction is always on the lookout for true stories, well told, about any subject. We read general submissions year-round and are open to all subjects and forms. Whatever your story is, we want to hear it. That said, we tend to be attracted to pieces that display the following qualitites:

-strong reportage
-well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice
-an informational quality or instructive element that offers the reader something to learn (an idea, concept, or collection of facts, strengthened with insight, reflection, and interpretation)
-a compelling, focused, sustained narrative that is well-structured, makes sense, and conveys meaning

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August 22, 2014
Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature—Submissions Close Soon

Submissions for Issue 8 of Nerve Lantern: Axon of Performance Literature close soon. 

Writers are invited to submit experimental plays and performance poetry as well as critical texts about performance literature and poetics, interviews with performance writers, and reviews of innovative language-centered performances.

Maximum page count: 10 pages.

Fee: no fee

Deadline: September 1, 2014


Nerve Lantern is a journal of experimental performance texts and texts about performance, supporting a range of forms including poets’ theatre and page-as-stage, published by Pyriform Press and edited by Ellen Redbird. Past contributors include: Anne Waldman, Carla Harryman, Kevin Killian, kari edwards, Michelle Ellsworth, Michael Basinski, Camille Roy, Akilah Oliver, Bhanu Kapil, Rodrigo Toscano, Jena Osman, and Sawako Nakayasu.

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August 20, 2014
2014 Red Hen Press Poetry Award

The Red Hen Press 2014 Poetry Award is accepting submissions of an unpublished poems. The final judge is William Trowbridge.

Poets are invited to submit up to 3 poems, maximum 120 lines each.

Award: $1000, publication in The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $20

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Established in 2003, the Red Hen Press Poetry Award is for an unpublished poem. Awarded poem is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all poets. This year’s final judge is William Trowbridge.

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August 18, 2014
Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize Closes Soon

Hunger Mountain’s Creative Nonfiction Prize closes soon. This year’s judge is Dinty W. Moore.  All entries will be considered for publication.

Writers are invited to submit an essay (a work of creative nonfiction) of up to 10,000 words.  See complete guidelines here.

First prize: $1,000 and publication

Second prize (2): $100

Fee: $20

Deadline: September 10, 2014

Hunger Mountain: the VCFA Journal of the Arts is both a print publication and an online destination for readers, writers, artists, and art lovers. Our mission is to cultivate engagement with and conversation about the arts by publishing high-quality, innovative literary and visual art by both established and emerging artists, and by offering opportunities for interactivity and discourse.

Past contributors to Hunger Mountain include Pinckney Benedict, Ron Carlson, Hayden Carruth, Matthew Dickman, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Terrance Hayes, Alice Hoffman, Maxine Kumin, Dorianne Laux, Bret Lott, Michael Martone, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tomaž Šalamun, Charles Simic, James Tate, and Jean Valentine.

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August 16, 2014
phren-Z’s 3rd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest Closes Soon

The phren-Z magazine 3nd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest closes soon. This year’s contest judge is Christopher Buckley.

Poets are invited to submit up to three unpublished poems, each poem no longer than five pages.  See full guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000 and publication

Fee: $15

Deadline: September 1, 2014

The 3nd Annual Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Contest is dedicated to the memory of Santa Cruz Poet Morton Marcus, whose life and work inspired the writing of many students, friends, and emerging poets. All poets nationally and internationally over 18 are eligible to submit their poetry.

A $1,000 Prize will be awarded to the selected winner. The winning poem will be published in phren-Z’s Fall 2014 issue and read at the Fifth Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading in November at Cabrillo College.

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August 14, 2014
Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award

The Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award is given annually for a short story relating to the natural world or sense of place. Winners receive a cash prize and a residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Writers are invited to submit a story of up to 5,000 words.  All entries are considered for publication.  See complete guidelines here.

Prize: $1,000, publication in Bear Deluxe Magazine,& residency up to 14 weeks at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon

Fee: $15 entry fee (include copy of Bear Deluxe Magazine)

Deadline: September 2, 2014

The Bear Deluxe Magazine is the flagship project of Orlo and is published semi-annually from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The magazine aims to enrich the cultural dialogue about the environment through creative nonfiction, interviews, reportage, essays, reviews, poetry, fiction and visual art published in the soy-based inky, recycled pages of the magazine and online.

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