NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 7 Blanketed


Today’s prompt:

(optional!) prompt: keeping to the theme of poetry’s value, Wallace Stevens famously wrote that “money is a kind of poetry.” So today, I challenge you to write about money! It could be about not having enough, having too much (a nice kind of problem to have), the smell, or feel, or sensory aspects of money. It could also just be a poem about how we decide what has value or worth.


My poem is an ekphrastic poem, based on a satirical cartoon by Pawel Kuczynski. You can view it here: Dollar – Pawel Kuczynski – Canvas. In March, a Canadian soldier was killed in Iraq by friendly fire. They held a ceremony on the tarmac at Erbil before takeoff to bring his body home.



Behold the desert, blanketed with dollars.
No sound of drums: instead the muffled thwack
of metal as it beats against the fabric of money.
A treasure of weapons rains down upon sand.

Which gun will kill our own in friendly fire
out of the dark? Whose casket will travel
on the shoulders of eight comrades, blanketed
in the red and white flag, in ceremony
at Erbil in Iraq on a Sunday in March?

Carol A. Stephen

Erbil International Airport

Erbil International Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Feb. 23 to Mar. 8 2015



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Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks: FEB. 23 to March 8, 2015


NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


ITEM 1: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE    If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details

CAA-NCR Byline Submission Guidelines

Writing-related articles that include information about the process, profession or business of writing, or insights into the writer’s world.

Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication (minimum, $10); poetry $10 each; photos $5 each. Contact Editor ( prior to submitting

Deadlines: For non-solicited material, two months prior to publication. Issues published January, March, May, Summer, September, November.

Submission guidelines: English with Canadian spelling. In MS Word or OpenOffice as an attachment. Photos in jpeg, largest available resolution.

Font: Times New Roman 12 point, single space. No formatting, no indents; one extra return between paragraphs. Length: Preferably between 600 – 1200 words.



 ITEM 2: CAA-NCR MONTHLY MEETING FOR MARCH                                   NEW!

DATE: TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.

PRESENTER: Lynn Jatania, Turtlehead Blog

TOPIC: Blogging Pros & Cons – maintaining privacy

The presentation will examine how to set up a blog, and the pros and cons of blogging. As well, Lynn will discuss how to balance revealing parts of your life while maintaining a level of privacy.





Professional writer available for editing, manuscript critique, and contracts for smaller assignments. I have a diploma in Journalism-Print and I am expecting my Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing this summer. I have been published since 1997. Please send enquiries to and put the word writer somewhere in the subject line.

ITEM 4: CAA-NCR MEMBER EMILY-JANE HILLS ORFORD GUEST SPEAKER AT A WOMAN’S AURA                                                                                                      NEW!


DATE: MARCH 08, 2015    11:00AM — MARCH 08, 2015    02:00 PM
LOCATION: City Hall – Jean Pigott Room, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, CA




RSVP by: March 08, 2015    11:00AM


Join Sigma Beta Phi Sorority at their special luncheon to recognize International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th 2015 at the Ottawa City Hall room Jean Pigott! (110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1) The event will commence at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. This delightful event will include a delicious brunch, a guest speaker and performances.




Great programs for creative young minds. Especially the creative writing programs – fiction writing and novel writing, with Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Check out ABC Saturday Take-off’s Spring programs:


 ABC Ottawa Take-off Saturday Morning Enrichment Workshops for Kids Ages 6-14


 The ABC Take-off program, hosted by the ABC Ottawa, provides challenging extracurricular educational opportunities for bright and gifted students, ranging in age from 6 – 14 years on. The next session is…


Spring 2015 ABC Ottawa Take-off
March 28 – May 9, 2015, no classes on April 4 St. Paul’s High School


Registration will begin on Registration Night March 5, 7:30pm, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre


The 90 minute workshops take place in the morning from 9 AM – 10:30 AM or from 11 AM 12:30 PM. Some exceptions to this time apply, if so, it is noted in the course description. All courses take place at St. Paul’s High School, 2675 Draper Ave., Ottawa


 Early Registration: The first opportunity to register for ABC Take-off will be at the ABC Adult Meeting at 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 5 at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, 102 Greenview Ave., off Pinecrest and Carling Ave.


 Continuing Registration: After March 5, registrations are accepted by mail, provided that they are accompanied by cheque or money order payment in full. Where to Mail Registrations: ABC Take-off Program Manager, 869 Acadian Garden, Orleans, Ontario K1C 2V7


Registrations are first-come, first-served.Register Early to Avoid Disappointment! Many courses are filled quickly. If a course has not reached its minimum enrolment 10 days before Take-off, the course may not be offered. Registering after March 5 -check for available courses


Please note, there is no on-line or phone registration/reservation, and spaces are not reserved. After registration night, registrations are received by mail. Registrations are only accepted when received with payment in full – by cash or cheque only.





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English: Niagara Falls, the American Falls, taken from the Canadian side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association is holding its 30th Annual Poetry Anthology contest for residents of Ontario. Entries must be in English, previously unpublished and not submitted for consideration elsewhere. Number of entries is unlimited, but no more than six poems from one poet will be included in the anthology.

Deadline: May 31, 2015

Entry fee: $15 for up to three poems and $4 for each additional poem

Prize: 1st prize: $200; 2nd prize: $100; 3rd prize $50 


ITEM 5: CAA MEMBER DEBORAH RANCHUK ANNOUNCES CONTEST CALENDAR                                                                                                                                     NEW!
The Canadian Writers Contest Calendar 2015 has been released in both print and ebook formats. This edition includes Canadian writing contests and book awards from Jan 1, 2015 through Dec 31, 2015. Full information, link to this year’s index and ordering information at:

Thank you for your support. Please note our new address.
Deborah Ranchuk

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada

Cobalt, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

White Mountain Publications home to the annual The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar
New home of E-Book versions of many of our titles.
Box 620, 50 Silver Street
Cobalt, ON P0J 1C0
Canada-wide Toll-free 1-800-258-5451 Phone: (705) 679-5555 Fax: (705) 679-5777



ITEM 6: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE!                                 


English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada

English: Waterfront of Orillia, Ontario, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


CanWrite! 2015 writers’ conference is scheduled for June 11 to 14, 2015, once again at Lakehead University’s Orillia campus. (Registration opens early March.) We have a stellar program lined up, with the following guests confirmed:




  • Agent Panel: Carly Watters (P.S. Literary Agency); Martha Magor Webb (Anne McDermid & Associates).
  • Publisher Panel: Craig Pyette (Senior Editor, Penguin Random House Canada); Patricia Ocampo (Managing Editor, Simon & Shuster); Hazel Millar (Managing Editor, Book Thug)
  • Master Class: Anthony De Sa
  • Pitch Sessions: All the agents and publishers listed in the Agent and Publisher Panels above
  • Interactive Workshops: Anthony De Sa (Marketing and Self-Promotion); Robert Sawyer (Science Fiction); Craig Pyette (Getting Published); Renée Sarojini Saklikar – winner of 2014 CAA Poetry Award (Poetry); Ashley Dunn – Publicity Manager at Random House (Publicity with Purpose); Sue Reynolds (Memoir Writing)
  • Writing Circles: Esther Griffin, Sue Reynolds, Ruth Walker, James Dewer





with Don McKay    Don-McKay-300x225

Application fee: $50

Cost for meals, accommodation, and instruction: $1495


This is a facilitated retreat for eight poets who have a publication record of at least one book of poetry or the equivalent in periodicals and are working towards manuscript completion. The colloquium offers a small group context. Focus will be on individual manuscript consultations and on seminar discussions dealing with technical, philosophical, or conceptual issues in contemporary poetry. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion over a relaxed 14 days with an emphasis on individual writing and manuscript revision. Application is limited to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad. Application Deadline March 6th, 2015

Information on tuition, scholarships, and bursaries.

McKay is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault (1975), Lependu (1978), Apparatus (1997), and Paradoxies (2012). He has twice won the Governor General’s Award, for Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000). In June 2007, he won the Griffin Poetry Prize for Strike/Slip (2006).

Born in 1942 in Owen Sound, Ontario, McKay has spent the majority of his adult life as an editor, poet, and educator (teaching creative writing and English for over 27 years). As an avid birdwatcher, McKay is attune to finding beauty through patience.



DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to


Applications for the prestigious and lucrative Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are now open for 2015.

This international screenwriting competition awards up to five fellowships of US$35,000 each year. Since 1986, 137 fellowships totaling $3,740,000 have been awarded.

Who Can Enter
The competition is open to writers based anywhere in the world, regardless of citizenship. All entrants must be aged over 18. Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Translated scripts are not eligible.

The fellowships are intended for new and/or amateur screenwriters. In order to be eligible, an entrant’s total earnings for motion picture and television writing may not exceed US$25,000 before the end of the competition.

It is a requirement that all fellowship winners complete at least one new feature screenplay in the year of their fellowship (the Academy acquires no rights to the work and will not participate in its marketing or in any other aspects of its commercial future).

The Prizes
Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters.

In addition to the cash prize, winners of the Nicholl Fellowships will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November. The successful applications are also expected to receive many networking opportunities to help complete their next script.

How to Enter
Applicants must submit an original feature film screenplay. This screenplay may be no shorter than 70 pages and no longer than 160 pages. The shortest script to earn its writer an Academy Nicholl Fellowship was 80 pages long; the longest was 153 pages.

Screenwriters may enter the 2015 competition up to three times; an entry fee is payable for each separate screenplay. If the script is based on a true story/events, historical or contemporary, the ‘based on true story’ button should be selected within the online application form. Adaptations of any work (other than your own) are not eligible.

Early Deadline – March 2 – $40 entry fee
Regular Deadline – April 10 – $55 entry fee
Late and Final Deadline – May 1 – $75 entry fee




CARLA HARTSFIELD                                                                                               NEW!

treereadingserieslogo DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015






6:45 p.m. WORKSHOP: Poetry as Storyteling: from Sexton, to Suknaski to Clarke to You, Anita Dolman will take us through a brief overview of poetry as a storytelling device. The workshop will highlight some of the techniques and approaches used in narrative poetry throughout its evolution, with a particular focus on 20th-century and contemporary poetry. Participants are invited to bring an example or excerpt of a narrative poem, either their own or another poet’s, for discussion.



amanda-jernigan-276-276Amanda Jernigan is the author of two books of poems, Groundwork (Biblioasis, 2011) and All the Daylight Hours (Cormorant, 2013), as well as of the prose work Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger (Frog Hollow, 2014). Her first book was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and named to National Public Radio’s list of ‘Best Books’ of the year; her second was named to Michael Lista’s ‘best poetry’ list for 2013 (National Post). Amanda edited The Essential Richard Outram for Porcupine’s Quill in 2011; she is currently at work on a scholarly edition of Outram’s collected poems. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family.


carla-hartsfield.JPG-276-276 Carla Hartsfield is a classically trained pianist, singer-songwriter, guitar player and poet. She has published three major poetry collections, the most recent being YOUR LAST DAY ON EARTH (Brick Books), which was long-listed for the BC ReLit award. Current projects include completion of a fourth poetry collection with working title HEART BRAKE. Carla has published two chapbooks with LyricalMyrical Press and Rubicon Press, respectively. Her original drawings and watercolours have graced the last three collections. Carla is in the process of recording a full-length CD called BY THE TIME under her new label COURT THE CLOUDS™. She is also the recipient of a grant from the Writers’ Trust of Canada in May 2014 to complete HEART BRAKE.

More info at:



DATE: Thursday February 26, 6:30 P.M.

LOCATION: Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St., OTTAWA

General Meeting and Speaker Event: The Art of Writing

Trevor Ferguson, one of Canada’s outstanding writers and the author of nine novels and four plays, will discuss The Art of Writing. Ferguson has been called Canada’s best novelist both in Books in Canada and the Toronto Star. He is a past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada. Born in Seaforth, Ontario in 1947, he was raised in Montreal from the age of three. In his mid-teens, he gravitated towards Canada’s northwest where he worked on railway gangs, and also began to write, working at night in the bunkhouses. Socializing begins at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Guest Fee: $10

NOTE: to accommodate Ferguson’s schedule, OIW’s Annual General Meeting and Reading Night will be held on March 26, a month later than usual.

Contact: tel: 613-425-3873 email: web:


 Ain’t Misbehavin’?

DATE: Thursday, February 26, 2015 Show starts at 7:30 PM


Great stories and fantastic music will be on display when storytellers Anne Nagy and Phil Nagy jazz up the 4th Stage of the National Arts Centre with musicians Marylise Chauvette, Kate Greenland, Flavio Jorge, Mary Moore and Pat Moore Click here to purchase tickets. $22 Adults & $18 Seniors through Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the NAC Box Office with no online purchase fees.


DATE: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

LOCATION: RAW SUGAR CAFÉ, 692 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

BRECKEN HANCOCK’s poetry, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in Lemon Hound, The Globe & Mail, Hazlitt, Studies in Canadian Literature, and on the site Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Her first book of poems, Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014), was named by The Globe & Mail’s Jared Bland as a debut of the year in 2014. She lives in Ottawa.

FRED WAH was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1939, but he grew up in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia. He studied music and English literature at the University of British Columbia in the early 1960’s where he was one of the founding editors of the poetry newsletter TISH. After graduate work in literature and linguistics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the State University of New York at Buffalo, he returned to the Kootenays in the late 1960’s where he taught at Selkirk College and was the founding coordinator of the writing program at David Thompson University Centre. He retired from the University of Calgary in 2003 and now lives in Vancouver. He has been editorially involved with a number of literary magazines over the years, such as Open Letter and West Coast Line. His work has been awarded the Governor General’s Award, Alberta’s Stephanson Award for Poetry and Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Writing on Canadian Literature, and B.C.’s Dorothy Livesay Prize for Poetry. He was Parliamentary Poet Laureate 2011-2013 and he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013. He has published over 20 books of poetry and prose. Recent books include Sentenced to Light, his collaborations with visual artists, is a door, a series of poem about hybridity, and a selected, The False Laws of Narrative, edited by Louis Cabri. A recent collaboration, High Muck a Muck: Playing Chinese, An Interactive Poem, is available online ( His current project involves the Columbia River. Scree: The Collected Earlier Poems, 1962-1991 will be published by Talonbooks in the fall of 2015.

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ITEM 14: OTTAWA MEMBERS SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS SCHMOOZE                                                                                                             

Date: Friday February 27 Time: 10:45 for an 11am start

Where: UPDATE: The location for the SCBWI Canada East get-together has been decided. We’ll be meeting for lunch at Vietnam Palace, 819 Somerset W. Please feel free to join us (you do not need to be a writer or illustrator for children).

If you do plan to attend, please register so that we can give the restaurant an accurate headcount. The event is free, but everyone pays their own way. Just visit, scroll down to the calendar, click on Feb. 27, and follow the prompts.

Ottawa members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators are organizing another Schmooze–i.e., an opportunity for writers and illustrators to get together over lunch to socialize and talk shop. Whether or not you write or illustrate for children, you are welcome to join us. The venue hasn’t been chosen yet, but if you’d like to reserve the date, here are the details thus far, from our new Schmooze organizer, Katherine Battersby.

Seeing as it’s the start of a new year, our general theme for the meeting will be ‘goals’. I’ll start by letting you know what’s happening within SCBWI (e.g. any conference updates). Then we’ll discuss our goals for our Schmooze events – I’d love to start getting to know you all (what you write and illustrate, your interests) so we can make sure the events cater to our members’ needs. And finally we’ll have a go at setting some personal writing and illustrating goals – I find putting it down on paper really motivates me (and keeps me accountable!). Finally there’ll be lots of free time to talk and meet other creators, and we can all order some lunch too.

Just to note, the meetings will vary between weekdays and weekends (to give everyone a chance to attend) and will run around every three months.  Feel free to get in touch (at the email address below) if you have any questions.

Katherine (and the SCBWI team)  Children’s Author / Illustrator



DATE: Saturday February 28, 2015 Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

LOCATION: Algonquin College

Topic: The New Reporter: Digital Skills for Traditional Media

Featuring the journalists who broke the robo calls story in 2012 –

Stephen Maher, author, journalist and columnist, Post Media News

and Glen McGregor, journalist, Ottawa Citizen plus

Andrew Pinsent, producer/reporter 1310 radio

more info contact:


ITEM 16:  FREEDOM TO READ WEEK MARKS 31ST YEAR                          

The Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee are pleased to announce the 31st annual Freedom to Read Week in Canada. A national celebration of freedom of expression that takes place in libraries, schools and arts venues across Canada, this year’s program runs from February 22 to 28, 2015.

“Every week we read of challenges to free expression. Some command international headlines, others involve quiet requests to remove material from local library shelves, and all demand our attention,” said Marg Anne Morrison, chair of the Freedom of Expression Committee. “During Freedom to Read Week, we invite Canadians to celebrate free expression, place challenges to it under scrutiny and join together to debate how censorship in many forms affects us all.”

Freedom to Read Week incorporates public readings and panel discussions, challenged book and magazine displays and a kit for librarians and teachers. Public events take place in locations across the country; speakers include poets, investigative journalists, librarians and readers. Events this year include:

– discussions about investigative journalism in a transformed media landscape

– debates about libel law, self-censorship, defamation and intellectual freedom

– readings from challenged books and magazines

– the presentation of three awards for work in the field of free expression

A complete list of events in locations across Canada is available at; it will be updated as new events are added. Event organizers are encouraged to share their plans with Freedom to Read Week organizers through the same web address.

ITEM 17: COMING IN MARCH: VERSEFEST 2015!                                                     NEW!

MARCH 24 TO 29, 2015, OTTAWA

logoThe schedule for our fourth annual poetry festival, VERSeFest, is now online!

Readers to this year’s festival include Alessandra Naccarato, Amanda Earl, Anne Compton,
Anthony Bansfield, Arleen Paré, Armand Ruffo, Artemysia Fragiskapof, bill bissett, Claire Caldwell, dalton derkson, Daphne Marlatt, Deanna Young, Dennis Cooley, Eric Charlebois, El Jones, Emily McRae, Emma Blue, Forrest Gander, Frances Itani, Frederic Lanouette, Gail Scott,
Gary Geddes, Geneviève Bouchard, Gilles Latour, Gillian Wigmore, Herménégilde Chiasson,
Ikenna Onyegbula a.k.a OpenSecret, JC Bouchard, Rational Rebel, Jeramy Dodds, John Akpata,
Kande Mbeu, Kathleen Goulet, King Kimbit, Komi Olaf, Lillian Allen, Lisa Jarnot, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Lorna Crozier, Margaret Michèle Cook, Marilyn Dumont, Marshall Hryciuk, Mehdi Hamdad, Michel Therien, Nick Laird, Nicole Brossard, Patrick Friesen, Patrick Lane,  Paul Vermeersch, Pearl Pirie, Raúl Zurita Canessa, Roland Prevost, Sacha Vachon, Sandra Ridley,
Sheri-D Wilson, Stan Dragland, Stephen Brockwell, Steven Artelle, Stevie Howell and Titilope Sonuga.

See the entire schedule, including author bios, information on tickets (as well as a number of free events) (and even how to volunteer) here


NEW! Necessary Fiction publishes a new book review each Monday, a featured short story each Wednesday, a contribution to its Research Notes series each Friday, and occasional interviews, essays, and other surprises. Fiction submissions should be under 3000 words.

NEW! Wigleaf is an award-winning online journal of very short fiction (under 1000 words). Submissions are open during the final week (7 days) of each academic month, with the exception of December.  New quarterly online literary magazine

NEW! Momentum is Australia’s first major digital imprint. Momentum accepts submissions weekly on Mondays between 12.00 midnight and 11.59 pm Australian Eastern Standard Time via email only. Momentum is open to publishing fiction and non-fiction in most traditional and non-traditional genres. This includes new and previously published shorter length stories, essays and journalism between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels and non-fiction between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. Writers can be based anywhere in the world.

From the Well House, Indiana University Kokomo’s Art and Literary Journal, seek work for the next online publication. Accepting poetry, prose, and academic papers, plus art work and multimedia. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines

NEW! Michigan Quarterly Review is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors  try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

NEW! American Reader is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

NEW! One Teen Story is a literary magazine for young adult readers of every age. They are currently accepting submissions from writers of all ages. Contributors are paid US$500 and 25 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

NEW! Text Publishing is an independent literary publisher based in Melbourne. It is currently accepting unsolicited manuscript submissions of fiction and non-fiction, including upper primary and young adult.

NEW! Salt Publishing is open to submissions for a new ‘Modern Dreams’ series – a digital-only development of the Salt Modern Fiction list. The series will be for 20,000–30,000 word novellas that deal explicitly with the lives of young people in modern Britain and the USA.

NEW! Indiana Voice Journal was founded in July 2014. Each issue contains at least one new or previously unpublished author and submissions are invited from writers around the world. The journal publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, visual art, interviews and reviews.

NEW! Curbed is actively seeking story pitches from writers and photographers who are interested in contributing longform and narrative journalism that focus on architecture,design and real estate. This can include reported stories, profiles, essays, think pieces, oral histories, photo essays, and comic strips and other illustrated stories. Features average 3000 to 5000 words in length and all contributors are competitively paid.

NEW! Blue Monday Review is a review for prose, poetry and art which embody the literary spirit of the late Kurt Vonnegut. Submissions in a range of genres up to 8000 words will be considered.

NEW! Terraform is a new online publication from Vice Magazine. It is seeking submissions up to 2000 words of speculative fiction ‘honing in on the tech, science, and future culture topics driving the zeitgeist.’ Terraform pays a baseline rate of US$0.20 per word.

NEW! Guernica Daily is a daily publication of short original features. The editors are looking for thoughtful, argument-driven pieces that respond to timely issues. Reviews and interviews are welcome, as are personal essays if they show that the author’s experience has broader implications. Submissions should be between 400 and 1800 words.

NEW! The Quaker is an American undergraduate journal of literary art published by the Student Writers Guild and the Program in Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio. It is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. Publication occurs on a rolling basis, and each semester one author is chosen to be honoured with a US$100 Editor’s Prize for an outstanding contribution to the journal.

NEW! Apex Magazine is an online prose and poetry magazine of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mash-ups of all three. Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word and submissions must be less than 7500 words

NEW! Georgia Review features essays, fiction, poetry, graphics and book reviews. The GR website states ‘Pulitzer Prize winners and never-before-published writers are equals during our manuscript evaluation process.’ All work must be previously unpublished and simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

NEW! Tishman Review is a new literary journal with its first issue being published in January 2015. It welcomes submissions of short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and book reviews year-round and is currently reading for its April issue.

NEW! Cleaver Magazine publishes cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, flash prose, and visual art are open year round.

NEW! Blunderbuss Magazine is a web magazine of arts, culture, and politics. It welcomes unsolicited submissions and describes itself as ‘genre flexible’.

NEW! Mosaic Magazine is based in New York and explores the literary arts by writers of African descent. It features interviews, essays, book reviews and literature  lesson plans. Before submitting full articles send a brief summary via email. If you are interested in reviewing books forward a writing sample and bio.

NEW! Canary Press is a story magazine based in Australia but that accepts submissions from writers worldwide. According to the submission guidelines ‘if you have a story that’s too funny; too outrageous; too moving, soulful, exciting or ridiculous for our more prestigious journals, we’d love to hear from you.’



NEW! Stockholm Review of Literature is an online publication that seeks to publish superlative literary fiction, poetry, essays and art, and undertakes to promote the writers and artists that produce it. Submissions received by 8 March will be considered for its seventh issue.

NEW! Papercuts is a a bi-annual literary magazine published by Desi Writers Lounge, – an online workshop for writers of South Asian origin and writing on South Asia. The theme for volume 15 is Fables and Folklore. The editors are looking for poems, stories, artwork and essays that draw on local tales, histories and characters for inspiration. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Tin House is accepting submissions for its Fall 2015 issue. It is looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction and interviews on the theme ‘Theft’. Submissions close 15 March.

NEW! Kill Your Darlings is an Australian-based literary journal that publishes essays, commentary, interviews, fiction, reviews, opinion pieces and columns.  Submissions open on 1 March and close on 31 March.

NEW! Masters Review is accepting submissions for its printed anthology. The guest editor is Kevin Brockmeier. The anthology is open to fiction and narrative nonfiction from emerging writers worldwide who have not yet published a novel-length work. Submissions close 31 March.

NEW! Cheat River Review reads original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry. Submissions for Issue 4 close in late March.


NEW! Becoming a Teacher is a new anthology by In Fact Books. The editors are  looking for stories that, collectively, represent a wide variety of teachers and teaching experiences–in public or private or religious or charter schools, in cities or suburbs or rural areas, with typically-developing students or those with special needs, at home or internationally. Stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning. Closes 6 APRIL.

NEW! Cold Mountain Review  publishes poetry, creative non-fiction, interviews with creative writers, fiction and art. Submissions are read between August and May each year.

NEW! Harvard Review publishes short fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and book reviews. Writers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit their work; however, the editors warn they can only publish a very small fraction of the material the receive. The reading period runs until 31 May.







Toronto Star Short Story Contest Judges will select the three winners from a first round of finalists selected by Humber School for Writers faculty. Winners will be celebrated and their stories published in the Sunday Star. See website for full contest rules.   Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: 1st Prize: $5000 plus the tuition fee for The Humber School for Writers Correspondence Program in Creative Writing (approx. value $3000) Details: 

Spring Pulse Poetry Festival northern Ontario’s largest poetry/arts event is sponsoring the 2015 Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest. Deadline: Friday February 27, 2015. All entrants must be Canadian residents or landed immigrants. In 1970 the first contest began in Cobalt during the Miners festival on French-Canadian Day. It is the oldest non-governmental national poetry contest in Canada. The contest honours Canada’s most popular 19th century poet. Dr. Drummond was the town’s first doctor, a silver mine manager, and world famous poet who died in Cobalt in 1907. Deadline: Friday February 27 2015 Entry fee: $10 Prizes: $1200: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $50 8 judge’s choice of $25 Complimentary anthology of winners, trophy, and award ceremony at Cobalt Public Library on Friday May 29 during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Blind Judging will be done by a League of Canadian Poets member. Details: Enquires: Send to David Brydges


The Annual Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. 2015 Call for Submissions. In late 2011, Jessica Bell and Dawn Ius founded Vine Leaves Literary Journal to offer the vignette, a forgotten literary form, the exposure and credit it deserves. The vignette is a snapshot in words, and differs from flash fiction or a short story in that its aim doesn’t lie within the traditional realms of structure or plot, instead it focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. The journal, published quarterly online, is a lush synergy of atmospheric prose, poetry, photography and illustrations, put together with an eye for aesthetics as well as literary merit. The annual print anthology showcases the very best pieces from across the year. We are pleased to announce the second Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award and would like to invite writers to submit their best manuscript of vignettes.  Submissions open: June 1, 2014 – February 28, 2015  Prize: $500 + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies Guest Judge: Dan Holloway. For submission guidelines, please go to:

TWO CONTESTS: Now through 11:59 p.m. EST on February 28th, Fence is accepting submissions for both the Fence Modern Prize in Prose, and the Fence Modern Poets Series. You can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at fenceportal.orgYou can submit your work here, or you can read on for details about each prize. Full guidelines are available at


The New Quarterly invites entries to the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Submit poems written in response to an occasion (personal or public), poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. Prize: $1000. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 each for additional poems. Entrants must be Canadian or reside in Canada. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Guidelines

2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 1200 words or fewer. Ann Patchett, celebrated author of six novels, including Bel Canto and State of Wonder, will be the final judge. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2015 Writers Workshop, June 13th-20th, in Gambier, Ohio. Additional info on the Writers Workshop is available here.



CBC Creative Nonfiction Competition This is it! One of your first writing assignments of the New Year! Send us your original, unpublished work of creative nonfiction for a chance to win $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, a writing residency at the Banff Centre and publication in Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine.  Deadline: March 1, 2015. Details: 

ON THE PREMISES Short Story Contest #25. This contest’s premise is as follows: LEARNING One or more characters try to learn something. The key word is “try,” so (1) they must expend at least some effort, and (2) they can succeed, fail, or anything in-between–that’s up to you. Your challenge: Write a creative, compelling, well-crafted story between 1,000 and 5,000 words long that clearly uses this contest premise. One entry per author. No fee for entering. Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Like “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each part of the hyphenated word counts separately. Prizes: $220 for first (not $180 anymore), $160 for second (not $140 anymore), $120 for third (not $100 anymore), and $60 for up to three honorable mentions (not $40 anymore). To submit an entry, use this link and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one. Keep reading and writing,

Room Magazine (Vancouver, BC) invites entries from writers, who identify as women or genderqueer, for their annual creative non-fiction writing contest. First prize: $500 + publication. Entry fee: $35 (includes one-year subscription), and $7 for each additional entry. Deadline: March 8, 2015. Guidelines.

Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is offered each year by Colorado State University’s Center for Literary Publishing. The winner receives a US$2000 honorarium and the story is published in the fall/winter issue of Colorado Review. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages. Entries close 14 March.

NEW! THE MISSOURI REVIEW Contest Guidelines Entry Fee: In an effort to expand our contest, entry fees (previously $20) are now payable by donation. We ask only that you contribute what you feel is fair, keeping in mind that literary journals, and contests, cost money to run and that your contribution includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review. All of your donation money goes directly to support the continued production of The Missouri Review and its programs. Previous first-place winners are not eligible to win again. Postmark Deadline: March 15th, 2015 Multiple entries are welcome, accompanied by a separate donation for each title you wish to have considered. We are happy to accept previously published or aired pieces as submissions, so long as you, the entrant, hold the rights. Online Submission System You can now submit your entries online, as well as pay your donation through our secure server. To do so, click here to go to our online submission form. Please note that we only accept entries in mp3 format. Mailed Submissions Technical Requirements: Mailed entries should be sent on CD only. CDs should not contain any audio other than entry material. Include a brief program synopsis and bio of the writer/producer. For poetry submissions, please record each poem as a separate track. a completed entry form for each entry (download the entry form) a copy of the entry on a CD, labeled with writer/ producer, title and length a brief program synopsis and short writer/producer bio a donation as entry fee (make checks out to The Missouri Review) Send Entries To The Missouri Review Audio Competition 357 McReynolds Hall University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211 Questions? Please visit our FAQ. If your questions isn’t answered there, email us:

NEW! Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens, writing in English. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.The editors prefer that fiction manuscripts be at least 150 pages long and poetry manuscripts at least 50 pages long. Novels are not considered; manuscripts should be comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is awarded by Selected Shorts with partner Electric Literature. The judge of the prize in 2015 is Karen Russell. The winning entry will receive US$1000 and the work will be performed and recorded live at the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space, and will be published on The winning writer will also earn free admission to a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop. Closes 15 March.

NEW! James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 24th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2015. Two runners-up will each receive $1000. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Annie Dillard Award For Creative Nonfiction offers a prize of US$1000 and the winner and many runners-up will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of Bellingham Review. Entries close 15 March.

NEW! Willow Springs Fiction Prize awards a first prize of $2000 and publication. There is a $15 entry fee for which every entrants receives a subscription to Willow Springs. Closes 15 March.

NEW! Crime Writers’ Association (UK) Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to all writers around the world. They encourage entries from both published and unpublished writers. Stories must be no longer than 3500 words and the winner will receive £1,000. Entries close 16 March.

NEW! Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction is named in honour of Lip Magazine’s founding editor. Lip is a feminist magazine and  the theme of the 2015 competition is ‘privilege’, with a focus on women’s stories. Anyone is eligible to enter and the organisers are looking for creative, insightful fiction that addresses the theme in any kind of way. Closes 23 March.

NEW! SA Writers’ College Annual Short Story Award is open to emerging writers in South Africa who have had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). First prize is R 10 000.00 and entries may be up to 2000 words in length. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Narrative Magazine Winter Story Contest is open to short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished and no longer than 15,000 words. First prize is US$2500. The contest closes on 31 March.

NEW! Bath Novel Award is an international competition for unpublished or self-published novels with a £1000 prize. Submissions should include up to the first five thousand words of a novel plus a one page synopsis. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition offers a first prize of £800. The competition is open to all writers over 16 the chairman of the judging panel is Alexander McCall Smith. Stories should be under 1500 words and can be on any topic. Closes 31 March.

NEW! Caterpillar’s Inaugural Poetry Competition is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The competition is open to all and there is no line limit. The winner receives €1000 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

NEW! Short Fiction is a UK-based visual literary journal. It’s annual Short Fiction Prize is open to stories in any genre up to 6000 words. The winner receives £500 and publication. Entries close 31 March.

MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015  CLOSING MAR. 16, 2015 For stories of up to 2,200 words in length on any subject. 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor* 2nd prize £500   3rd prize £250 Three other finalists each receive £100 All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine. Judge: Alison MacLeod Closing date: 16 March 2015. Please read the competition rules before entering. *The Tŷ Newydd retreat is accommodation only; dates should be agreed between Tŷ Newydd and the competition winner. The date of the Virago mentoring session should be agreed between Virago and the competition winner. The winner is responsible for any other expenses involved with attending the Tŷ Newydd retreat and the day with a Virago editor, i.e. travel, food, etc. The prizes must be taken by 31 May 2016. FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015

Second Story Press Aboriginal Writing Contest. Second Story Press has announced a new writing contest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The press is looking to build on the diversity of its list – already strongly populated by books and series on social justice for both adults and children – by announcing a call for contemporary writing for a young reader audience that reflects the modern experience of Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) people. Canadian writers aged 18 and older who identify as Aboriginal are invited to share the stories that reflect their unique lives, experiences, successes, and perspectives. Both fiction and nonfiction will be accepted.  Deadline: March 31, 2015

Entry fee: none Prize: Publishing contract with Second Story Press Details: 

MONTREAL POETRY PRIZE 2015 $20,000 PRIZE:  The not-for-profit Montreal International Poetry Prize has launched its 2015 competition. The prize is $20,000. The 2015 judge is Eavan Boland. And the 10 international jurors for this year are Gabeba Baderoon of South Africa, Kate Clanchy of Scotland, Carolyn Forche of the United States, Amanda Jernigan of Canada, Anthony Lawrence of Australia, Niyi Osundare of Nigeria, Jennifer Rahim of Trinidad, K. Satchidanandan of India, Michael Schmidt of the United Kingdom and Bruce Taylor of Canada. The final deadline is May 15, but we encourage entries before March 31st. Online entries only. Visit There’s also a poster available for download under News/Downloads for your convenience. Good luck to all participants! 


Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 23rd annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Early-Bird Deadline: April 1, 2015. What’s in it for you? $8,000 in cash. National exposure for your work. The attention of prospective editors and publishers. A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! How to enter: Register and pay online or download a printable entry form. ( Early-bird entry fees are $99 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.)

Enter your book into one or more of these categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Nonfiction, Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age), Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs), Children’s Picture books, Middle-Grade/Young Adult books, Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books) More info:

NEW!North American Review’s Torch Prize for Creative Nonfiction offers a first prize of $500. Writers may submit only one piece of creative nonfiction, no longer than 30 pages. Entries close 1 April.

NEW! Grain Magazine’s Annual Short Grain Writing Contest offers prizes for both fiction and poetry and is open to writers worldwide. A total of CA$4500 in prize money is on offer. Entries close 1 April.

NEW!Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is for unpublished manuscripts by writers from Australia and New Zealand. The winner receives AUD$10,000 and a publishing contract with Text Publishing. Entries close 2 April.

NEW! Waterman Fund Essay Contest invites emerging writers to explore the question of who the stewards of wilderness are. Statistically, more men than women explore professional careers in the stewardship of wilderness and public land management. What, if any, bearing does the gender of stewards have on our shared and individual perceptions of, and relationship to, wilderness? The winning essayist will be awarded $1500 and published in Appalachia Journal. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! New South Writing Contest will be judged by Roger Reeves in the genre of poetry and Rebecca Makkai in the genre of prose. The contest awards $1000 the winners in each category as well as two $250 runner’s up prizes. Entries close 15 April. 

NEW! Event Magazine’s Non-Fiction Contest is open to creative non-fiction up to 5000 words in length. There is US$1500 prize money available in addition to the regular publication payment. The $34.95 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Entries close 15 April.

NEW! Eyelands International Short Story Contest has the theme ‘on the verge. The contest is open to unpublished stories of any genre up to 2500 words. The winner receives a one week holiday on the island of Crete and the top three entrants will be published in anthologies in both Greek and English. Closes 20 April.

NEW! Passages North is running two writing competitions: the Thomas J. Hrushka Memorial Nonfiction Prize is for writing up to 10,000 words and the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize for poems up to 1000 words. Both competitions have a US$1000 first prize. Entries close 20 April.

NEW! Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest is open to original short stories and essays on any theme. The winner in each category receives US$1500 and there are a total of 10 minor prizes of $100. Entries should be a maximum of 6000 words. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Exeter Story Prize is accepting entries up to 10,000 words and stories may be on any theme. The winner receives £500 and a trophy, and there is an additional prize on offer for best humorous story. Closes 30 April.

NEW! Redivider’s Beacon Street Prize is open to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The winner in each category will receive $500 and publication in the winter 2015 issue of Redivider. The winning pieces will be selected by guest judges: James Scott (fiction), Laura Kasischke (poetry), and Susannah Cahalan (nonfiction). Closes 30 April. 

Sequestrum (US) is accepting entries for the 2015 Editor’s Reprint Award. Open theme and length. Submit previously-published fiction and nonfiction only. One winner receives $200 and publication, and one runner-up receives publication and payment at our usual rates. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.

Bristol Short Story Prize is open to  stories up to 4000 words. Entries can be on any theme or subject and are welcome in any style including graphic, verse or genre-based (crime, science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, children’s etc). Twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8. Entries close 30 April.


NEW! Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

is one of Australia’s most lucrative prizes for an original short story. Open to writers worldwide, the prize is worth a total of AUD $8000 with a first prize of $5000 and supplementary prizes of $2000 and $1000. Entries close 1 May.

The Cottage Life Al Purdy Potty Poetry Contest. “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” Cottagers love potty poems! Potty poems tell guests how not to gum up the septic system. Almost every cottage has a potty poem hanging in the bathroom. Write a new classic potty poem for a chance to win! Prizes include cash, signed Purdy first editions, and the winning poem will be posted in the A-frame and published in Cottage Life. Enter as many poems as you like. Poems must be no more than 20 lines in length. Sponsored by Cottage Life and the Al Purdy A-frame Association, which is restoring Al’s iconic cottage as a writers’ retreat. The Purdy cabin is a national literary treasure, where Al wrote and entertained such CanLit giants as Margaret Laurence, Milton Acorn, and Michael Ondaatje. All-star judges: Margaret Atwood (poet, novelist, activist) George Bowering (Canada’s first poet laureate) Jason Collett (singer-songwriter, Broken Social Scene) Prize information:First Prize (1): $250 + published in Cottage Life + posted in Al Purdy A-frame cottage + a signed Al Purdy first edition Second Prize (1): $150 Third Prize (1): $100 Early Bird Draw: Enter by April 1, 2015, for a chance to win a signed Al Purdy first edition and a Cottage Life sweatshirt. Contest closes May 1, 2015   Enter Now   Rules and regulations »

David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction is only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction, either a novel or collection of stories. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in Southwest Review. Stories can be up to 8000 words in length and all entries will be considered for publication. The deadline for entries is 1 May.

Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest is for new writing that takes risks. Submission may include any combination of flash fiction or short stories up to 7500 total words.The winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries open 1 February and close 1 May.

Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition: Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 84th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! The winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: May 4, 2015. More info:    

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition is dedicated to recognising and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981; entries close 15 May.

NEW! We Need Diverse Books Short Story Contest
is open to emerging diverse writers from all diverse backgrounds (including, but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of colour, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural and religious minorities) who have not been published in a traditional print fiction book format, including self-published, independents, small and medium publishing houses, in all genres whether for the children’s or adult market. The winner receives US$1000 and publication in the “Stories For All Of Us” anthology. Entries open on 27 April and close on 8 May.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. Fiction entries must be under 6000 words. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$1000 and publication. Entries close 15 May.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Entry Period, The 2015 prize is open from 1 October 2014 – 29 May 2015. How to enter * 2014 winners and shortlist. About the prize: The University of Canberra has established an international poetry prize. On behalf of the university, this is administered by the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), part of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design. The prize celebrates the enduring significance of poetry to cultures everywhere in the world, and its ongoing and often seminal importance to world literatures. It marks the University of Canberra’s commitment to creativity and imagination in all that it does, and builds on the work of the International Poetry Studies Institute in identifying poetry as a highly resilient and sophisticated human activity. It also builds on the activities of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, which conducts wide-ranging research into human creativity and culture. The University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize was offered for the first time in 2014. Entries for the 2015 prize may be submitted from 1 October 2014 until 29 May 2015 for this prize. The prize will be announced on or before 30 September 2015 and prize winners will be notified prior to that. Important details are: The winner will receive AUD$15,000 The runner-up (second-placed poem) will receive AUD$5,000 Four additional poems will be short-listed All poems entered for the prize will be single poems that have a maximum length of  50 lines (see the Conditions of Entry for further details) Each entry of a poem will cost AUD$15 if submitted by 31 January 2015 and AUD$20 if submitted between 1 February and 29 May 2015. There are discounts for students.

A Midsummer Tale Narrative Writing Contest is open to both fiction and creative non-fiction. Stories must be between 1000 and 5000 words and there are no entry fees. Entries are accepted between 1 April and 21 June each year.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Deadline for The Picture Perfect Poetry Chapbook Anthology Contest _June 30, 2015

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: July contests: Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards Contest – July 1, 2015 and The Golden Grassroots Chapbook Contest July 31 2015

The Sunday Times Short Story Prize is the world’s richest short story competition with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$47,000). In 2014 the prize was won by Adam Johnson for his story ‘Nirvana’. The longlist for the 2015 Sunday Times Short Story Prize will be announced in February and the winner in April. Entries for the 2016 prize are expected to open in July 2015.

Manchester Fiction Prize is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000 (US$15,500). Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. Entries open in April and are expected to close in August.

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: The Ted Plantos Memorial Award – Aug 31 each year

The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: Food for Thought Contest Sept. 30, 2015

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries open on 1 July and are expected to close on 1 October.

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by Boston Review.The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of the magazine. First runner-up will be published in a following issue and second runner-up will be published on the Boston Review website. Entries close 1 October.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 (US$8200) and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize are expected to open in October 2015.







Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Sept. 8 to 21, 2014


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English: Photograph of Parliament Hill, Ottawa. Taken from Ottawa/Ontario end of Alexandra Bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at
#Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website


There is an immediate need to secure a new Branch President following the recent retirement of Phyllis Bohonis from the position.

There will be an election at this September 9th meeting, in which we strongly encourage you to participate. Filling this position is of utmost importance to the ongoing operations of the Branch. (PLEASE NOTE ITEM BELOW REGARDING THE MEETING LOCATION)

To make a nomination for the position, or if you are interested in taking on responsibility for the position yourself, kindly (as soon as possible) contact Sharyn Heagle ( Past-President of the branch.

In the interim, Dr. Qais Ghanem, currently VP of Communications, has graciously agreed to take on the position of Acting President pending the outcome of the September election.

Also, please note that we have several vacant positions in the Branch. If you have even a limited amount of time to spare, we can find a place for you in the operation of the branch. CAA is an organization run by volunteers.
We need you!

Please attend the September 9th meeting, register your vote, and speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.


NOTE: Beginning in September 2014, CAA-NCR will hold its regular monthly meetings in the McNabb Recreation Centre, at 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.
Close to the Queensway in a safe neighbourhood next to lovely McNabb Park, the Centre has plenty of free on-site parking and wheelchair accessibility.

TOPIC: Creating a community of writers

PRESENTERS: Kevin T. Johns and Catherine Brunelle
#OttawaWrites and
DATE: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. off Bronson Ave.

Join us for a fun evening with Kevin and Catherine as they tell us about the community they are creating through #OttawaWrites and Their facebook and Twitter pages connect Ottawa writers of every style and genre and celebrate their talents and successes. Their Ottawa Writes Podcast features insights into publishing, writing, festivals, PR, printing, and more.

If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle, at Byline pays 2-1/2 cents per word to a maximum of $25 on publication. Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details


Event: Library & Archives – A Resource for Writers Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Description: Reference Librarian, Megan Butcher, will guide us in making the most of Canada’s documentary heritage resource. She will show us the research steps, including protocols, and tips to make your research easier. Website:

Event: Make Your Book an E-Book Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm Description: Details to follow Website:


DATE: Saturday, September 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: North Gower Farmer’s Market, (Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower)

Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be launching Duke’s story:

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After experiencing an unhappy first year of his life, Duke believes that he has found his forever home.
This is Duke’s story of adjusting to life in a new home, a family that he quickly grows to love. Duke thrives and learns some tricks. He quickly discovers that his ability to howl is rewarded as a talent. Where he was once beaten for howling, his new musical family encourages it.

Duke has boundless energy and his new family introduces him to agility where he excels. Duke discovers that he has a dignified name, something that he has to live up to. All Duke can do is try his best. When he excels in obedience classes and agility events, Duke realizes that he has found his niche. Life is good, especially when he learns how to be a Duke.

The true meaning of the word.



Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, O...

Manitoba Street, high street of Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


CAA Muskoka is also excited to announce North Words Literary Festival taking place in Bracebridge, October 3-5, 2014. Over twelve acclaimed Canadian authors are scheduled to attend including Anthony De Sa, Terry Fallis, Richard Scrimger, M.G. Vassanji, Michelle Berry, and Anne Lazurko. A highlight of the festival will be a full day writers’ workshop on Friday, October 3. For information please contact Festival Organizer, Cindy Watson, at 705-645-5595 or



Event: The Word On The Street Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Queens Park Circle, Toronto Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Event: Culture Days Date: September 26 – 28, 2014
Location: Across Canada

Event: INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair Date: November 13 – 16, 2014
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (N. Building), Toronto
Time: Friday & Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


University of the Fraser Valley

Apply to UFV’s Writer in Residence Program
The Writer in Residence term lasts for ten weeks, from January to April of each year. The yearly application deadline is September 1. Candidates should have a substantial publishing record, including two books or the equivalent with a recognized publisher. A generous stipend is attached to the position.
Our program has been careful to balance the writer’s public engagement with his or her own writing practice. While the primary function of a writing residency is to provide the writer with an extended period of time to concentrate on his or her own writing, the program consistently contributes to the wider audience’s appreciation and understanding of both the writer’s work and, more generally, contemporary Canadian writing.
Candidates interested in applying for the position of Writer in Residence should forward a cover letter and CV to: Andrea MacPherson, Creative Writing Committee Chair, English Department, University of the Fraser Valley


Saturday, September 20 – It’s Not What You Earn; It’s What You Keep: Tax Tips for Writers and Artists One day workshop with Gwynn Scheltema. Unique tax breaks available to writers and artists – even if you’re not earning money yet. Location: Trent University – Oshawa Campus

An 8-week writing workshop that encourages you to write what you know (fiction and non-fiction), give and receive valuable feedback within a small group, and learn to take risks with your writing. A guest speaker (published author) will join us for a session.

Mondays, September 22 to November 17, 7-9 pm
Dymon Storage boardroom, 323 Coventry Rd. $174 Spaces are limited

For more information about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman Contact Susan at for more information and/or to register

I am running a 4-week intensive workshop to help writers kickstart a piece of writing they have been working on, or want to start. It’s an opportunity to polish off that little gem, start Something completely new and/or exercise your creativity.

Four end-of-summer evenings, Mondays AUGUST 25 to September 15, 7-9 p.m. Same location, $99. I’m also offering the option to take both courses, 12 weeks straight through, for only $250. Susan Hickman 613-290-7646

Artsmith is delighted to announce the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship for our Fall 2014 Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. The Doug and Ann Johnson Scholarship covers the recipient’s workshop fees for “Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing” October 24-26, 2014 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, plus two nights’ lodging at the historic Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast during the workshop and retreat.
To apply, submit a five-page writing sample along with a reading fee of $20 by September 1, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be announced on the Artsmith website by September 30, 2014. Those who register for the workshop by September 30, 2014 can upload a writing sample with their registration form to be entered for the scholarship for no additional fee. Learn more about Artsmith’s Writer Island and the scholarship here:
Apply for the Doug & Ann Johnson Scholarship here:

Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington

Friday Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writer Island with Peggy Shumaker. October 24-26, 2014, Orcas Island, WA
Geographies of the Mind and Heart: A Weekend of Writing on Orcas Island
You’re welcome to come spend three days immersed in words–writing, talking, laughing–on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. We’ll concentrate on generating new work, creating prompts to use on the spot and others to take home. We’ll also discuss topics of particular interest to the participants. The workshop is open to writers in all genres. Please bring writing materials, a sense of adventure, and a sense of humor.

Peggy Shumaker: As well as being the Artsmith Artist of the Year, Peggy Shumaker has been chosen as the Rasmuson Foundation’s Distinguished Artist for 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Peggy Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.


Each year Artsmith grants up to five Artist Residency Fellowships for artists, scholars, and writers to have one week of focused time to create new works. The 2015 residency takes place January 4-11 on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Fellows stay in individual rooms with private baths as guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast, and have access to the inn’s amenities, including wireless Internet and garden hot tub. Five dinners are provided during the residency. Fellows are responsible for all other meals. Being within walking distance of the beach, library, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and Darvill’s Bookstore, and only a few miles from Moran State Park and Turtleback Preserve, residents have no shortage of inspirational sustenance.
Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios, much as we wish we did. As a result, the residency is best suited for artists who do not require use of a studio. If in doubt, please email us at info @ to inquire.
The Selection Process
The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, selects Fellows based primarily on two main criteria:
1. How well the proposed work will benefit from the residency setting
2. Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of pushing the boundaries of craft
The makeup of the Peer Review Panel changes each year, but is always selected to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the residency.
To Apply: For the January 4 to 11, 2015 Artsmith Artist Residency, applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014. Please submit the following online via Submittable (
1. Cover letter, including residency statement of intent, contact info for two recommenders, and commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency (maximum 250 words to be pasted in online form).
2. Artists: Up to three digital work samples; Writers: Up to 10 pages writing sample in one file
3. $35 application fee
Previous Fellows, please wait two years after your last residency to reapply. 2013 Fellows may apply for the 2015 residency.


This year we will be welcoming 38 literary agents and 9 NYC major book editors, not to mention some incredible guest speakers. We are known for our 1-1 manuscript review sessions – 40 pages reviewed for $55- 30 minute meeting with an agent and/or book editor. Unicorn also offers a Query letter workshop for $40 with an agent for 1 hour. This workshop is limited to 10 writers per 1 hour session, with four Query Letter Workshops with four different agents. Book Summary/Flap Copy Workshop returns this year for $40 for 1 hour, limited to 10 writers per session with four book summary workshops at various times during the day. This year we have five different workshops every hour to select from on the day of the conference, three (3) agent panels, and one editor panel. The price is $300 for all the workshops and three gourmet meals (excluding query letter workshop ($40) and 1-1 manuscript review sessions- $55). You may also sign up for one-to-one 30 minute meeting with all the guest speakers to discuss your book, marketing, and other areas of the speaker’s expertise (excluding our best selling author this year.) More info here:


DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue considers previously unpublished poetry from emerging and established poets for our online monthly magazine. We consider work by current and former residents, students and workers of Ottawa. We also publish poems by contributors to our predecessor, the Bywords Monthly Magazine. FOR SUBMISSION INFORMATION VISIT and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out’s literary events calendar here: with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to



• SATURDAY SEPT. 13, 7 P.M. AT PRESSED, 750 GLADSTONE AVE. OTTAWA, The Artistic Showcase Ft. Rommel Ribeiro, Falana, Jacqui Du Toit And Special Guests. Cover $10.00

• THE SAWDUST READING SERIES LAUNCH WED. SEPT. 18 7 PM AT POUR BOY, 495 SOMERSET WEST, OTTAWA FEATURING KEVIN MATTHEWS & THE CONTEST WINNER PLUS OPEN MIC. Pour Boy features affordable drinks and food, and has on-street parking. The number 2 bus also passes directly in front of it. We’ll be upstairs!


treereadingserieslogoDATE: TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014
6:45 pm Workshop – Round-tabling poems with Peter Richardson
8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

April Bulmer

April Bulmer’s seven books of poetry include The Weight of Wings (Trout Lily Press, 1997), Mustard Seeds (Leaf Press, 2005), The Goddess Psalms (Serengeti Press, 2008) and Women of the Cloth (Black Moss Press, 2013). In 1998 she was a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She holds Master’s degrees in creative writing, religious studies and theological studies, and her work often explores the sensual realm of women and spirituality. Born in Toronto, she now lives near Kitchener, Ontario, where she writes a column on spirituality for The Cambridge Citizen.

Helen Guri

Helen Guri is the author of Match, published by Coach House Books in 2011 and shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of journals and magazines, including The Walrus, This magazine, Lemon Hound, Hazlitt, Hobo, and Canadian Literature. Additionally, Guri has taught college and university courses, narrated audiobooks at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and edited the literary magazine Echolocation. She currently works as a freelance editor for HarperCollins, Oxford University Press, and other publishers, and assists in poetry acquisitions for Brick Books.



The Thirsty Moose Pub & EateryWe are starting things off with a night full of fun & entertainment. A “No Rules” SLAM with the spoken word sensation: Sean O’Gorman as feature performer for the night.

DATE: Friday, September 12, 2014
TIME: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Thirsty Moose restaurant – UPSTAIRS (20 Bridge St., Carleton Place)
COST: $5.00 per person

For more information, please contact LiPS at:


NEW! Toad is looking for outstanding works of poetry, flash fiction, and art for our upcoming issue due out in October. Please read the submission guidelines and send us your best. Guidelines:

Lime Hawk seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for its third issue, to release this fall. Check out our previous issues at Submit:

ROMCOMPOM: A JOURNAL OF ROMANTIC COMEDY POETRY ( seeks submissions for its inaugural issue. What is RomComPom poetry? It’s a poetry that inhabits the same emotional space as romantic comedy. Its symptoms include, but are not limited to, laughter, delight, crying (or at the minimum, a lump in the throat), self-doubt replaced by selfless confidence, the realization of love in an unexpected person, and the overwhelming urge to want to fall in love or eat chocolate. There’s more to it, but we’re not quite sure what that is. It might even include the snarky. So send us poems to help give shape to this new sub-genre. Make us laugh and/or cry. Make our hearts turn to chocolate. Email submissions of 1-5 poems to RomComPomATgmailDOTcom. Either paste the poems into the body of the email or attach all the poems in ONE document. The latter method is heavily preferred. Also, please include a short bio and be sure to include your favorite romantic comedies. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately by email if your poem or poems have been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published poems. Complete submission guidelines are here:

Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing will resume publication after a one-year hiatus. The next issue, #30, will appear in May/June 2015. First appearance in Columbia, South Carolina in 1982, featured poems by Seamus Heaney, Stephen Spender, and newcomer Sam Boone. Subsequently edited from England, Japan, and Tanzania, the magazine returned to South Carolina in 1996 until 2011. Illuminations has remained consistently true to its mission statement to publish new writers alongside some of the world’s finest. A number of new poets whose early work appeared in Illuminations have gone on to win prizes and accolades, and we at Illuminations sincerely value the chance to promote the work of emerging writers. Beginning August 1st, 2014, Illuminations is again accepting submissions of poetry. Please send no more than six poems at a time. Devoted primarily to poetry we publish only one or two pieces of short fiction and/or non-fiction in any given year, and sometimes none at all. Please make sure that anything you send us has not been published elsewhere already and is not currently under consideration elsewhere. In the case of a piece translated from a language other than English, please send us the original along with your translation (this is for review purposes only; we generally publish the translation only). Mailed submissions, with an accompanying SASE for response, to Simon Lewis, Editor, Illuminations, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424-0001. We also accept e-mailed submissions via–there is a $2:20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to For further information, please contact the editor Simon Lewis at lewissATcofcDOTedu.

NEW! Passages North Passages North is open for submissions! We want to read your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, hybrid essays, short-shorts, spoken-word poetry, and brief essays on the writing life for our online Writers on Writing column. PN, a project of Northern Michigan University, has been publishing poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction since 1979. Read and submit at

NEW! Blotterature Literary Magazine is now open for submissions. Blotterature Literary Magazine accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. We seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent. • Submissions will be ongoing until 10 writers/artists in each genre are selected. At that time we will notify accepted submitters of the publication date. • Please read all guidelines carefully and submit your best work at:


NEW! Subject: Last Call for Submissions: Grist Journal. The reading period for Grist: The Journal for Writers Issue 8 ends in two weeks! We seek quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as essays devoted to discussions of craft. We welcome all styles and aesthetic approaches. We welcome submissions from writers in every stage of their career and are especially interested in considering work from emerging writers. More than 90% of the content of our most recent issues has come from our general (unsolicited) submissions. We love discovering new voices. Grist is currently published once a year, in the spring. Each issue also includes an Online Companion in which we feature some of the best work we’ve received during our reading period. Please visit for submissions guidelines and to learn more about us! Back issues are also available for $6 (shipping included).
We look forward to reading your work. Deadline for submissions is September 15.

Pentimento is available in print and in the future — online. The reading period for the Winter 2014/2015 issue is under way, with submissions accepted through September 15, 2014. We are seeking disability-related true stories on “Romance” for The Readers’ Pen submission category.

BLAST FURNACE Call for Submissions: Volume 4, Issue 3, SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE. DEADLINE: SEPT. 15, 2014. We accept a SEVERAL submission formats: portable document format (.pdf), rich text format (.rft) and .doc/docx (Microsoft Word) files, OR .mp3/.wav audio files. Please submit no more than three (3) of your BEST poems, or, if you prefer to create an audio recording of yourself reciting your poetry, send ONLY ONE (1) file attachment of NOT MORE THAN 2 MINUTES/120 seconds in total duration to We are entertaining poems with the theme of love of country, as well as fine original poetry outside of this/these theme(s). We simply ask that individual submissions do NOT exceed more than three (3) poems per poet, and that each individual poem NOT exceed more than three (3) pages. Please read our Mission/Values, Submission Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) posted near the top of our web page, before Submitting to review what resonates with us. We love a variety of poetic styles, but we are also picky.

Eye to the Telescope (ETTT) is a guest-edited online publication of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. ETTT 14 will be edited by John C. Mannone, who is looking for ekphrastic submissions for the October 2014 issue. Deadline September 15, 2014. There is no particular theme for this issue, but the speculative poems (sci-fi, fantasy, surrealism, etc.) must be exactly 100 words(excluding titles and epigraphs/postscripts that cite other sources) and be connected to the visual art linked below (see website). They may contain tones of humor or horror, but most importantly, I am looking for literary quality writing with literary depth. All forms/styles are accepted. Either write a poem directly inspired by one of the images shown on the site or pair up a poem influenced by a current science event (include an online reference) that also complements one of the pictures. Identify which image elicited each poem. See for the links to the pictures and for more submission details.

NEW! Submission Deadline Extended to September 30: Tahoma Literary Review. Deadline for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and flash has been extended to September 30. Tahoma Literary Review is a print and digital publication released four times a year. We are committed to producing a literary journal that offers fair compensation for the weeks or months it takes to compose a publishable poem or story. In return for their submission fees, submitters also receive access to Endnotes, a protected area of our site with links to craft articles and interviews. Please Visit for details.

NEW! Saw Palm: florida literature & art. Saw Palm: florida literature & art is seeking submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for Issue 9. We are as interested in lyric and experimental work as we are to more traditional forms. Saw Palm is an annual print magazine out of the University of South Florida. Our mission is to be the premier cultural barometer of Florida – to collect, publish, and review the best cultural works of one of the most populous and diverse states in the U.S. We welcome writers and artists from across the globe, as long as the work is somehow connected to Florida (via images, people, themes, etc.). We also welcome creative works from Floridians and former Floridians that are not obviously about someplace else. Our contributors include national and international award-winners, as well as emerging artists and writers, many of whom are published for the first time here.
Submission period: July 1st – October 1st Guidelines:

If and Only If: A Journal of Body Image and Eating Disorders seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art work for our inaugural issue to be published in Fall 2014. We are seeking works related to body image, the body, and eating disorders in all of their various definitions. Send up to five (5) poems, 6000 words of fiction/nonfiction, or three (3) images to the editors at iffjournalATgmailDOTcom by October 1, 2014. Please include a brief bio and your contact information along with your submission. All work should be submitted as an attachment. Written work should be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. Visual submissions should be in .jpeg or .gif format. More information and full submission guidelines at:

Welter has been the University of Baltimore’s student-run literary journal for more than 40 years, publishing works from across the country. We are currently accepting submission for the 2014-2015 edition of Welter. We are accepting the following: fiction, memoir, essay: 3,000 words max as a Microsoft Word document. Poetry: up to five poems of any length in a single Microsoft Word document. Comics, photos, artwork: Upload a single digital file in either PDF or JPG format. Submissions can be up to three 5″x8″ pages in length, or must be able to be reduced to this size later. Work must be publishable in black and white. Things to note: Please do not put your name or contact info anywhere on the manuscript or document that you submit. Your identifying information should appear only in your cover letter. Submissions that do not adhere to the stated requirements will not be read. Deadline: October 1, 2014

Holy Cow! Press is seeking poems about Lake Superior that are environmental, ecological, historical, spiritual, geographical, etc–in particular from Minnesota, Ontario, upper Michigan, Wisconsin. New work, previously published poems are welcome–three poems limit. $10 reading fee requested. Please include a SASE (no electronic submissions) and send to: The Editors, Lake Superior Anthology, Holy Cow! Press, Post Office Box 3170, Duluth, Minnesota 55803. Deadline: October 1st, 2014.

Upstairs at Duroc Submission Guidelines: Upstairs at Duroc is interested in English language poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations. We welcome innovative or cross-genre forms, prose poems and flash fiction. Standalone excerpts from longer works will also be considered. Submit no more than 5 poems, or two prose pieces not exceeding 2000 words each. Include cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address, word count for prose, and a short Bio. Work is read anonymously by our Editorial Board. Submission dates: We accept submissions from October 1 to February 28. Please submit only previously unpublished material! Poetry submission: Submit up to five poems. Attach them in a single Word document, one poem per page. Prose submissions: For short stories, send one or two pieces of no more than 2000 words each. Send up to five flash fiction pieces, attaching them in a single Word document, one piece per page. Visual Art submissions: We seek drawings, etchings and photographs with good contrast. Mostly black/white, plus one color piece per issue (for the cover). Send artwork in jpeg format. Send submissions to: For any queries regarding submissions, please write to The Editors at
Snail mail submissions should be sent to: WICE c/o Upstairs at Duroc 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris

Rattle Magazine: We’re currently seeking submissions Japanese forms for our Spring 2015 issue. The poems may be any style or length, but must be written in a traditional or adapted Japanese form: haiku, tanks, renga, haibun, etc. Since some of these forms are very short, please feel free to submit up to four pages of poems rather than the usual four poems. We might also be interested in essays on the contemporary use of Japanese forms. For more information, see our call for submissions page at
To submit poems or essays, just follow the regular guidelines and note which (or all) should be considered for the tribute. It’s fine to send poems and essays at the same time. We’re not picky. The deadline for this issue is October 15th, 2014.

Lunch Ticket is now accepting submissions for its Summer/Fall 214 issue. Starting August 1, 2014, the following genres are encouraged to apply: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Writing for Young People, & Visual Art. The deadline is set for October 31, 2014. Send us your best work! For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website:

Raleigh Review is Now Accepting Submissions! We believe that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors, whether across the street or across the globe. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. We are looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction that is emotionally and intellectually complex without being unnecessarily “difficult.” Find our submission guidelines at Please submit by October 31, 2014 for our Spring 2015 issue. We look forward to reading your work!

Ontologica aims to present an eclectic mix of prose and art. Ours is a journal of differing perspectives. We want to offer material that is illuminating, challenging, and, if need be, antagonizing. Above all it must accessible. Accessibility here doesn’t just mean a lack of specialized language, but a writing style that invites the reader in. Work with a philosophical slant is preferred, but not required. What is required is contemporary relevance and, more or less, general appeal. (An essay on the difference between Transcendentalist and Romantic poetry, no matter how well written, will most likely not find a home in Ontologica. See the Contact Us Page for submission email addresses. At present we accept electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We will only review and respond to submissions sent during the open reading periods. Our next Open reading period will be for the Winter 2014 Issue, and will run from September 1st through October 31, 2014. More info here: Anything outside of our published reading periods will sit in a void until a new period opens. Upon acceptance, Ontologica reserves First North American Rights of the work, and the published work will remain online for as long as Ontologica maintains a web presence. After initial publication, all rights revert to the author. Ontologica does not compensate authors for publication.

NEW & VARIOUS DEADLINES: NonBinary Review, the quarterly literary publication of Zoetic Press, wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then. Art that makes us see our literary offerings in new ways. We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature. Each issue will focus on a single theme. Issue #1 (June 2014): Grimm’s Fairy Tales is available for free download from the Apple store, Upcoming themes: Issue #3 (reading period closes Oct. 31, publication December 2014): L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz Issue #4 (reading period closes Jan. 31, 2015; publication March 2015): Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable. We are a paying market–1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art. Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad only, with future updates to include iPhone and Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.

Open Submissions: HFR is currently accepting submissions for Issue 4.1. Submit your fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, hybrid, comics, art, etc. by Nov. 1st.Please read our guidelines before submitting.

Little Patuxent Review is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and artwork for the Winter 2015 Food issue. How many tongues can you access through the language of food? How many minutes could you commune with a family at a foreign table, supported with the language of food? LPR seeks a variety of takes on the theme, from the broad issues, places, and people that “feed” you, to the ground level stories and poems that mark your daily interactions with food. Send LPR your most full bellied work because, as Virginia Woolf suggests, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Submissions will be open until November 1, 2014. Please note: Our new editor is Steven Leyva. Laura Shovan has moved into the role of Poetry Editor. Address fiction submissions to Jen Grow and non-fiction to Emily Rich. Full submission guidelines are available at:

Call for Submissions – Mason’s Road: A Literary & Arts Journal. We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is“Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.There are two ways to submit toMason’s Road. You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication.Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for ourMason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here: for submission guidelines. Visit to check out all of the current issue’s works. Submit here:

NEW! I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN is a yearlong curated art project consisting of twenty-seven pieces about the age of twenty-seven. All pieces will be posted and archived on the project’s site. This project is curated by Rachel Ann Brickner, writer and Managing Editor of Weave Magazine. Deadline: December 1st, 2014. Guidelines: Submit anything. Really! Anything. A story (one sentence or many pages long), video, song, comic, photo essay, painting, collage, memoir, poem, riddle, infographic, et cetera. As long as it somehow incorporates the experience of being twenty-seven (explicitly or not). You can be of any age to submit. The more diverse, the better. Send your submissions to : twentysevenzineATgmailDOTcom. Questions and ideas for the project can be found here: More about I AM: TWENTY-SEVEN:

Deadline 30 July and 30 December: The French Literary Review: twice-yearly international magazine of poetry and prose. We are looking for contemporary poems; short stories and articles (1000-3000 words); extracts from novels which stand on their own; paintings/drawings, all of which must have a French connection. Submissions: Barbara Dordi, Editor, chemin de Cambieure 11240 CAILHAU, Aude, France.

Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry is now accepting submissions for our next issue, Volume VII, The Disobedient Issue. We are leaving the interpretation of the concept of disobedience open, but know that this issue was inspired by reading Poetics of Disobedience by Alice Notley and by necessary acts of civil disobedience everywhere. Please send only your best work, any length, any style. Deadline for this issue: January 31, 2015. More info, details and link for submissions here:

NEW! South85 Journal Call for Submissions, Page for submissions: South85 Journal, an online literary journal published semi-annually by the Converse College Low-Residency MFA program, is currently accepting submissions for its 2014-2015 issues. Submissions are open September 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. visit for submission guidelines.



• Poems Please Me Prize 2014, third international competition Judge: Anthony Watts. Closing date: 11.59 pm BST Sunday 14th September 2014. Results will be published by Poems Please Me and mailed individually to winners before 31 October. 2. Subject: this is an Open competition this year. The choice of subject is yours. 3. Language: English 4. Length: 12 to 40 lines (excluding title). 5. Prizes. First: £600 Second: £300 Third: £150 Highly Commended (number at discretion of judge and organiser): £30 each. Also: illustrations will be created of each winning and commended poem. The Artists’ Quarter (TAQ) will create a selection of digital art to illustrate the winning and commended poems. (A poem’s potential for illustration will not be a factor in the judging.) TAQ is a worldwide online community of digital and traditional artists led by the UK’s Tim Shelbourne. TAQ on Facebook. Winners of the top three prizes will receive a mounted print of the illustration of their choice. Winning and commended poems and TAQ illustrations will be published on Poems Please Me (in featured Poems, a Gallery & an e-Book) and by TAQ. Browse 2013 e-Book of winning poems and illustrations. 6. Copyright in all poems remains with the poet, and in TAQ artwork with the artist. 7. Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to 1st November 2014.
8. Entry fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three. 9. How to enter (online or post) SEE INFO AT:

• NEW! The 2014 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry will award $1000.00 and publication of a full-length book of poetry. The most important criterion is that the manuscript manifests significant themes in beautiful, strong and evocative language. The winner will receive publication with our standard contract and a $1000 award. All entries may be considered for future publication. SUBMIT here by September 15, 2014 through the electronic submission manager. GUIDELINES HERE:
• The Golden Key announces our first-ever flash fiction contest, judged by Karin Tidbeck. Winner receives $200 and publication in our 6th issue (Spring/Summer 2015). As each of our issues are themed to be inspired by an “object” that might come out of the little iron chest, the subject of the winning story will also determine the theme for Issue 6. We will be accepting submissions of flash fiction (up to 500 words) between July 15 and September 15. The fee for entry is $5 for one piece, or $7 for two. Entry fee donations go directly into the fund we are raising to pay writers. The winner will be announced November 1. Deadline: September 15, 2014. Contest Details:

• Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry CHAPBOOK Prize $15.00 USD ENTRY FEE. SEPT. 15 DEADLINE. GUIDELINES:

• Submissions to the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry now open! Any poet with an original, full-length collection is eligible. Each manuscript, accompanied by a $25 reading fee, will be considered for both prizes. Each prize offers $1,000, plus publication by the University of Wisconsin Press. The submission deadline is September 15. Before visiting our online submissions manager, put together a single pdf including a title page, a table of contents, the manuscript poems, and an acknowledgments page listing any magazines or journals where the submitted poems may have first appeared. Your name and contact info should not appear anywhere on the document. Manuscripts should be fifty to ninety pages in length on 8.5″ x 11″ pdf pages. Once your manuscript is ready, visit and complete the form in the center of the page. After you’ve successfully submitted, you will be redirected to our secure pay portal, where you can pay the $25 submission fee. Postal submissions are discouraged but will be accepted. Postal details can be found at Simultaneous submissions are permitted, provided the poet agrees to withdraw the manuscript via the submissions manager if it is accepted elsewhere. If you have any questions, please first consult our FAQ. If you don’t find your answer, query Series Editor Ron Wallace at

• Consequence Magazine is currently accepting submissions for the 2014 Consequence Prize in Fiction. As always, submissions must address the culture and consequences of war, and the deadline is September 15th. The winning story will be published in our 2015 issue and the author will receive a $250 prize. Contest entry guidelines are posted on the Submissions page of our website at

• The brand new Mslexia Women’s Memoir Competition is now open for entries. The only competition of its type in the UK, this year we’re looking for memoirs of at least 50,000 words of prose that narrate actual events in the writer’s own life. Said writer must not have had a memoir published, but can be previously published in other genres. It’s a crime to let wonderful life stories go untold, so if your writing fits the bill get those fingers typing, you only have until 22 September to submit your entry. The first prize is a massive £5,000Please visit our website for full details of how to enter and specially-commissioned memoir writing workshops.

• NEW! ALABAMA STATE POETRY SOCIETY: ASPS Fall 2014 Contest. Deadline: 2014-09-22 (Postmarked) Rules and Details Contest entry deadline postmarked by Sept 22

• The Ontario Poetry Society Food for Thought Contest. Deadline Sept. 30, 2014. Food-themed poems. Fees: 1 poem for $5.00 or 3 poems for $10.00. See website for full details:

• The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The prize is open for submissions each year from January 1st to September 30th through our online submissions manager. The judges for this year’s prize are Margaret Atwood (for poetry) and Zsuzsi Gartner (for fiction). In addition to publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014, each winning author receives $1000 as well as a prize pack of books drawn from 17 donating publishers, each valued at approximately $750. DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2014 DETAILS:

• PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014. $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, 48-80 pages, no more than one poem per page. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts are screened and judged anonymously. Multiple submissions are fine as long as the manuscript is withdrawn immediately upon its acceptance elsewhere. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “Fresno State (Levine Prize)”. Poets can submit more than one manuscript, but each will be considered a separate entry and must be accompanied by the $25 fee. Online payments can be made via credit or debit card at the link below. Submit entries online at the link below OR mail hard copy entries to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry Department of English, Mail Stop PB 98 5245 N. Backer Ave. California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 93740-8001 Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found on our website: contact email:

• Devil’s Lake 2014 Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry now accepting online entries for its first annual Driftless Prize in Fiction and Poetry. Submit here: Submissions: Entries to include two poems totaling five pages or fewer. One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both. All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions not permitted. Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind. Only accepting online entries through Submittable. Ensure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it’s the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions. Deadline September 30, 2014, at 11:59 pm CST. Winners announced in November 2014, and will receive $100 and publication in the Spring 2015 issue. Entry fee: $10. All contest entries will be considered for publication in Devil’s Lake.

• Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest All styles and themes Submission period: April 15-September 30 Total prizes: $3,000 Accepts published and unpublished work Special award for verse that rhymes or has a traditional style

• *CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST – Deadline: September 30, 2014.Prizes of $400, $100, and $50 are offered. To enter, send up to 3 unpublished poems, 80-line limit each. Include 2 copies of each poem, one with complete contact info on it and one with NO contact info on it. Include SASE for results only. A $15 reading fee is required. Make the check out to CPS. Send submissions to CRR Poetry Contest, PO Box 270554, W. Hartford, CT 06127. The judge for this year’s contest is Charles Rafferty, author of 10 books of poetry and currently the director of the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.

• NEW! 2014 Annual Chapbook Contest. Our 2014 annual chapbook contest is open for submissions. We have extended the deadline to September 30. This year’s judge is Laura LeHew, award-winning poet and owner of Uttered Chaos Press. Winner receives $100 and 25 copies. Send 20-25 pages of poetry, a title page, table of contents, and an acknowledgements page, all with no identifying information. Send a second title page with your name and contact information.
Submit entire manuscript, e-mail address or SASE, a 2-3 line bio, and a $15 reading fee. Tiger’s Eye Press, P.O. Box 9723, Denver, CO. 80209

• NEW! The Iowa Short Fiction Award & John Simmons Short Fiction Award Eligibility Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible. No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. See link above for more details on submitting. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

• NEW! The 2015 Green Rose Prize $2,000 and publication for a book of poems by an established poet Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have already published one or more full-length collections of poetry. We will consider individual collections and volumes of new and selected poems. Besides the winner, New Issues may publish as many as three additional manuscripts from this competition. Please include a $25 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in January 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.


• The Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book, sponsored by Bowker and Blurb. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $40 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine. “Independently Published” books include self-published books and e-books (such as those published through, CreateSpace,, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books and e-books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry. The competition is open to authors worldwide; books must be in English. Any length book is eligible. This year the competition will also introduce the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter. The official rules for the competition can be found at here. The deadline for entry is midnight on October 1, 2014. The winners will be notified by November 2, 2014. Additional information and rules can be found on our contest rules page at
• TALKING WRITING 2014 Contests. Submit flash nonfiction (500 words) or great writing advice articles. Winners receive $250 plus publication in Talking Writing. Judges: Dinty W. Moore, editor of Brevity (flash nonfiction); Emily Toth, “Ms. Mentor” of Chronicle of Higher Education (writing advice). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1. Details:

• New Delta Review second annual Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Short Fiction. New Delta Review is looking for short fiction (1500 words or less)that stuns, a full narrative in a small package, where every sentence contributes something necessary and integral to the whole. The winner will receive a $500 prize and be published in the winter edition of New Delta Review. All entries will be considered for publication in the magazine, and will be eligible for our Matt Clark Editor’s Prize of $250. Deadline for entry is October 4, 2014. All submissions require a $10 entry fee and must be sent to NDR through Submittable. About Us: New Delta Review is a literary journal published graduate students in the MFA program at Louisiana State University. For more information, and to take a look at what we’ve published in the past, visit our online journal at

• The Writer’s Block Festival/Memorious Poetry Contest. Judge: Rebecca Morgan Frank, editor-in-chief of Memorious. Award: $500, plus publication in Memorious. Entry: $10 submission fee, which goes to support Louisville Literary Arts and the Writer’s Block Festival. Manuscripts are being accepted now at through the October 15, 2014 deadline. Send 1 – 3 previously unpublished poems in ONE WORD DOC (no more than 1 poem per page, and no more than 6 pages, collectively). Email writers14blockATgmailDOTcom with further questions.

• The Ontario Poetry Society Ultra Short Poem Competition. Deadline Oct. 30, 2014. Poems no longer than 8 lines, 8 words per line. Fees: 1 poem for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.


• NEW! 2015 CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW Special Issue Feature Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry $2,000 prize in each genre More info here:

Heavy Feather Review is happy to announce that the Featured Poetry Chapbook Contest is back featuring judge Kristina Marie Darling. $10 entry. $250 prize and publication to the winner. Other prizes will be given to five finalists. Blind reads. 40 pages max. All submissions receive a 1-year digital subscription to HFR. DEADLINE NOV 1st.

• Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest is now accepting poems with socially engaged themes. Submit up to 3 poems for a chance to win the following prizes: First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250. Winning poems published on Split This Rock website and winners receive 2016 festival registration. First-place winner reads winning poem on the festival main stage! Entry instructions at:

• UVic’s The Malahat Review has several contests: “With a contest for every taste and stage of career, it’s easy to find one that matches your ambition and abilities.” The deadline for their 2015 Open Season Awards (poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction) is November 1st ($35). You can submit three poems, maximum 100 lines each, and a story of up to 2,500 words. Winners in each category receive $1,000 each.

• First Annual Poets@Work Book Prize Submission Deadlines are November 15, 2014 Postmark (mail) December 1, 2014. To be Judged by Stephen Dunn Poets@Work is happy to announce an open call for manuscripts of a full-length collection of poems in English from all over the world. Final judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will receive $1000 and 25 copies of the winning collection. Standard publishing contract and royalties will also be issued. Manuscripts will be judged anonymously Details and submission guidelines:

• UBC’s Prism holds three contests. Their creative non-fiction contest deadline is November 21 ($35). Each entry must be a maximum of 6,000 words. First prize is $1,500, runner up is $300 and second runner up is $200. Prism also has a short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015).
• Prairie Fire accepts longer pieces for their contest, deadline November 30 ($32). They are looking for short stories up to 10,000 words, poems up to 150 lines, and creative non-fiction up to 5,000 words. First place $1,250, second place $500, third place $250.

• NEW! The William Dickey Memorial Broadside Contest. First Prize: $1,000, plus the publication of a limited edition of letterpress broadsides. Entry Fee: $10. One entry per poet (may be previously published). Format: Poems must be between 12-30 lines. Include a separate cover sheet with your contact information. Do not put your name on the poem. Deadline: Nov. 30, 2014. Judge: Tony Hoagland. Submission: Mail to hit & run press, 1563 Solano Ave. #379, Berkeley, CA 94707. Winner will be announced on on March 1, 2015. A ceremonial reading will be held at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC on April 13, 2015. Atlantic Canada’s The Fiddlehead contest deadline is December 1 ($30). That’s 150 days from today! They accept short stories up to 6,000 words and up to three poems, 100 lines each They are published in the issue and interviewed on their blog site as well. Winners receive $2,000 (one in poetry one in fiction) and runners up each receive $250 (two in each of those categories).

• NEW! The 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize. $2,000 and publication for a first book of poems
Judge: to be determined Guidelines: Eligibility: Poets writing in English who have not previously published or self-published a full-length collection (48+ pages) of poems. Please include a $20 reading fee. Checks should be made payable to New Issues Press. Postmark Deadline: November 30, 2014. The winning manuscript will be named in May 2015 and published in the spring of 2016. General Guidelines: Submit a manuscript at least 48 pages in length, typed on one side, single-spaced preferred. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not bind manuscript. Include a brief bio, relevant publication information, cover page with name, address, phone number, and title of the manuscript, and a page with only the title. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification that the manuscript has been received. For notification of title and author of the winning manuscript enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Manuscripts will be recycled. A manuscript may be submitted that is being considered elsewhere but New Issues should be notified upon the manuscript’s acceptance elsewhere. Send manuscripts and queries to: The New Issues Poetry Prize, (or) The Green Rose Prize,New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 1903 West Michigan Ave.

• Freefall’s annual poetry and prose contest deadline is December 31st ($25). If you don’t celebrate Christmas, for reasons of religion or reluctance, then this deadline will keep you busy the last two weeks of December. Who am I kidding — it’ll keep you busy the last few days of that month! Prose entries must be a maximum of 3,000 words, and they accept up to five poems per entry. For each category, first prize is $500, second is $250 and third prize is $75.

• The 2015 Mississippi Review Contest is now open for submissions. Our annual contest awards prizes of $1,000 in fiction and in poetry. Winners and finalists will make up the 2015 print issue of Mississippi Review. For more details and to submit, visit key dates: Contest opens: August 1, 2014 Postmark deadline: January 1st, 2015 Winners and finalists announced: March 2015 Issue publication: June 2015 Entry: $16 submission fee, each entrant will receive a copy of the prize issue. View complete contest guidelines at . If you have questions please e-mail msreviewATusmDOTedu, call 601-266-4321, or check our Facebook page at

NEW! Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. Writers who have not yet published a book are eligible for our annual Emerging Writer Awards and receive a prize of $100. For details and to submit, please visit: