October 21, 2014
San Francisco Browning Society Award Open for Submissions

The San Francisco Browning Society Award is open for submissions.

Open to all San Francisco State University Creative Writing students, both undergraduate majors and Master’s and Master’s of Fine Arts students.

Prizes include a reading at a meeting of the Browning Society and a cash award.

First Place: $300.00
Second Place: $200.00
Third Place: $100.00
Three Honorable Mentions: $50.00 each

Fee: no fee.

Deadline: December 10, 2014



The dramatic monologue as evolved by Robert Browning is a poem written in the first person singular in which the speaker expresses his or her own character (as well as the character of a person spoken about in the poem) through a discourse with a silent listener, who may or may not be the subject of the poem. The reader often perceives a gap between what the speaker says and what he or she actually reveals about him or herself.

Other interesting features of a dramatic monologue include:

1)   The reader takes the part of the silent listener.

2)   The speaker uses a case-making, argumentative tone.

3)   We complete the dramatic scene from within, by means of inference and imagination.

**See the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics for a description of the dramatic monologue.  Students are encouraged to read “My Last Duchess,” “Porphyria’s Lover,” or “The Laboratory” to become familiar with the form. While the heart of the form relies on a first-person speaker, note that previous winners have taken some artistic liberties.

·      Any SFSU student may submit up to 2 poems of not more than 5 pages each.

·      Attach a cover letter to your entry stating the title of your poem, your name, student ID#, telephone, and email. The poems will be judged anonymously, so please do not put your name on the poems! If you submit a second entry, attach a second cover letter to that entry.

·      Submit an original and 2 copies of each entry (that’s 3 copies total + 1 cover) to:
       THE POETRY CENTER HUM 511 by 5pm, Tuesday, December 10th, 2014.

·      All winners will be invited to attend the Spring meeting of the Browning Society, usually the second Friday in March. Winners will be announced by mid-February.

First Place $300.00

Second Place $200.00

Third Place $100.00

Three Honorable Mentions $50.00 each

All entries must be original, unpublished DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES

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October 21, 2014
The Albion Review: Call for Submissions

The Albion Review, a literary journal produced by Albion College in Michigan, is currently seeking submissions by undergraduates of short fiction, poetry, essays and visual art for its tenth annual journal. 

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in any college or university, who have not yet obtained an undergraduate degree are invited to submit previously unpublished work.  See complete guidelines here.

All submissions are entered to win a $200 prize.

Prose: up to 15 pages.

Poetry: 1-5 poems.

Art: 1-3 works.

Prize: $200

Fee: no fee

Deadline: November 14, 2014

Published annually, The Albion Review features works of short fiction, poetry, essays, and visual art.  We strive to showcase the work of emerging undergraduate talents. We accept undergraduate, unpublishedwork.

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October 20, 2014
Broadsided Press Response: Call for Submissions

Broadsided Press is seeking submissions for a response series to the Ebola outbreak.

Writers are invited to submit submissions of poetry and short prose that respond to the artworks on this page and thoughts on the ongoing outbreak.

The winning submission will be combined with the artwork as a broadside, available for people all over the world to print out and post in their communities.  See more about the mission of Broadsided Press here.

Poems: 25 lines or less.

Prose: 300 words or less.

Fee: no fee

Deadline: November 20, 2014


The impact of the Ebola virus  is devastating. People around the world are mustering to offer aid. In addition to physical and monetary assistance, we can offer solidarity, hope, and art. These things matter, too.

At Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org), we believe art and literature are as necessary as the news to understanding the world. They demonstrate the vitality of our interconnectedness.

Broadsided Press artists Maura Cunningham, Ira Joel Haber, and Amy Meissner have offered artwork in response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

We now invite you to respond with words.

Send us stories or poems inspired by the images we’ve posted (along with guidelines) at http://broadsidedpress.org/responses/2014ebola/

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October 19, 2014
39th Comparative Drama Conference: Call for Papers

The 39th Comparative Drama Conference is accepting paper proposals the next CDC conference hosted by Stevenson University Baltimore, MD, March 26–28, 2015.

Papers may report on new research and development in any aspect of drama. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods and disciplines; and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production.

Presenters are required to pre-register. Those whose papers are accepted are expected to attend the conference; papers are not read in absentia. Presenters have a discounted registration fee schedule (see more here).

The Anthony Ellis Prize for Best Paper by a Graduate Student will allow for the conference fees and one night in a hotel to be paid for by the conference. See more here.

Fee: no fee

Deadline: December 3rd, 2014

39th Comparative Drama Conference

Abstract Submission Deadline: 3 December 2014

Papers reporting on new research and development in any aspect of drama are invited for the 39th Comparative Drama Conference hosted by Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD, March 26–28, 2015. Papers may be comparative across nationalities, periods and disciplines; and may deal with any issue in dramatic literature, criticism, theory, and performance, or any method of historiography, translation, or production. Papers should be 15 minutes in length and should be accessible to a multi-disciplinary audience. Scholars and artists in all languages and literatures are invited to email a 250 word abstract in English by 3 December 2014.

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October 18, 2014
The Rag Semi-Annual Fiction Contest

The Rag magazine is still accepting submissions for its semi-annual fiction contest.  The Rag is accepting submissions for its regular publication.  Published stories are paid $0.05 a word.  See guidelines for more.

Writers are invited to submit fiction, either one short story (1,500-10,000 words) or flash fiction (5 pieces per submission or 2,000 words total, whichever comes first. Flash fiction is defined as short fiction under 1,500 words).  See guidelines for more.

Prize: $500 + publication in The Rag

Fee: $15 (contest; includes issue of The Rag)/$3 (regular submissions)

Deadline: November 17, 2014 (contest)/rolling (submissions)

Our mission is to seek out powerful new literary voices and bring them to light. We see electronic publishing as an opportunity to turn back time to an era of affordable distribution and open competition, and it allows us to reach a broader audience and inject new life into the literary market.

We think literature is and always will be important to our culture, and a vibrant literary community requires writers who can afford to write. Bylines don’t pay the bills. So, we always pay our writers. This helps draw in the talent, and that’s the ultimate goal, discovering and publishing talented new writers, and creating a magazine worth reading.

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October 17, 2014
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize Open for Submissions

The Moth magazine is calling for entries for the 2014 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. This year’s judge is Michael Symmons Roberts.

Writers everywhere are invited to submit one unpublished poem per entry on any subject, no line limit, in English to the contest. See guidelines here.

First Prize: €10,000

Runner-up (three): €1,000

Fee: €12

Deadline: December 31, 2014


Founded in June 2010, The Moth is a quarterly arts & literature magazine featuring poetry, short fiction and art by established and up-and-coming writers and artists from Ireland and abroad.

Each issue also features interviews with the likes of Paul Muldoon, Eimear McBride, Kevin Barry, DBC Pierre, Dan Rhodes, Emily Berry and Billy Collins.

The Moth appears in March, June, September and December.

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October 16, 2014
Harpur Palate Milton Kessler Poetry Contest & Creative Nonfiction Contest Close Soon

Harpur Palate, the magazine of the Binghamton University Department of English, is still accepting submissions for the Milton Kessler Poetry Contest and Harpur Palate Creative Nonfiction Contest.

Regular submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews are also accepted at this time.  See the guidelines here.

Milton Kessler Poetry Contest: submit no more than 5 previously unpublished poems in any style, form, or genre.  See guidelines here.

Creative Nonfiction Contest: submit previously unpublished creative nonfiction short story submissions no more than 8,000 words long. See guidelines here.

First prize: $500 first prize Milton Kessler Poetry Contest; $500 first prize Creative Nonfiction Contest

Fee: $15 (contest entry; includes one-year subscription)/no fee (regular submissions)

Deadline: November 15, 2014

Harpur Palate is an acclaimed literary journal published bi-annually by the Department of English at Binghamton University that prints poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from all over the world. Our journal is run by the generous graduate and undergraduate volunteers of Binghamton University. We focus on publishing the best work we can get our hands on and have received pieces from several well-known authors, including Sherman Alexie, Gary Fincke, Peter Sears, Alex Lemon, Maura Stanton, and Rebecca Morgan Frank.

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October 15, 2014
First Annual Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction

Permafrost Magazine, the graduate student run journal associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is accepting submissions for the First Annual Permafrost Book Prize in Fiction. The judge for the contest will be Benjamin Percy.

Manuscripts must be unpublished and a minimum of 150 pages long.

Prize: $1,000 + publication of manuscript by University of Alaska Press

Fee: $20

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Permafrost Magazine is the farthest north literary journal for writing and the arts. We’re proud of Permafrost’s thirty-five years as interior Alaska’s foremost literary magazine.  Founded in 1977, Permafrost is housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks MFA program, and run by dedicated creative writing graduate students. We publish a winter print issue as well as a spring online issue, both of which features compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike. In Alaska, our unique environment shapes our perspective, but Permafrost seeks original voices from all over the world.

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October 14, 2014
2015 National Playwrights Conference Submissions Close Soon

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is still accepting scripts for its 2015 National Playwrights Conference, but the application period closes very soon.

Playwrights over the age of 18 who have the right to work in the United States are invited to submit plays that have not been professionally produced.  See the guidelines here.

Prize: selected plays will be workshopped at the 2015 National Playwrights Conference (up to 8 will be selected)

Fee: $35

Deadline: October 17, 2014

In the years since its inception the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 plays.  During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O’Neill for a full month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings.  Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer.  Conference playwrights represent a wide range of experience from those working on a first play to Broadway veterans; directors and actors have also worked on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters, and represent emerging artists and seasoned professionals.  Virtually every major American playwright has been part of the Conference, including Julia Cho, Rebecca Gilman, Regina Taylor, John Guare, Israel Horovitz, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein and August Wilson.

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October 14, 2014
Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation IV Edition of the International Flash Fiction Competition

The César Egido Serrano Foundation invites submissions for the IV Edition of the International Flash Fiction Competition.  The slogan for this contest is MANDELA: WORDS AND CONCORD.

Writers are invited to submit unpublished short fiction (no longer than 100 words) in Spanish, English, Hebrew or Arabic to the contest.  See more here.

First prize: $20,000

Runners up (3): $2,000

Fee: no fee (?)

Deadline: November 23, 2014

The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation Announces the IV Edition of the International Flash Fiction Competition “César Egido Serrano Foundation.”

This competition helps carry out part of the foundations activities. One of the goals of the Foundation is to unite people with words and dialogue. This is why the motto of the Museum of Words is, “Words are the bond of humankind.” Words being used by their double  condition  of communicative  elements  and  language  as  cultural  heritage  of  all human beings.

In  this  competition  (like  in  the  previous),  short  stories  may  be  submitted  in  Spanish, English, Arabic  and Hebrew. This lists the languages in which the three monotheistic religions of the world express their religious feelings. The fourth edition is expected to exceed the level of participation of the third edition where over 20,000 writers from 119 countries entered.

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