NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION BRANCH (NCR)
Bi-Weekly Notices for the two week of Jan. 26 – FEB. 7, 2015
18 ITEMS, 12 NEW 11 NEW SUBMISSION CALLS, 9 NEW CONTESTS
NOTICE TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices to Carol Stephen at email@example.com #Find writing-related services offered by our members at our CAA-NCR website http://www.canauthors-ottawa.org/hire-a-member.shtml
IMPORTANT NOTE: CAA-NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (OTTAWA) PROGRAM INFORMATION
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 speak to us about taking on some role in the organization. Your participation is vitally important to the branch.
ITEM 1: CAA NCR FEBRUARY MEETING NEW!
TOPIC: Getting Published without Getting Burned
PRESENTER: Tudor Robins
DATE: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.
Many writers are well-versed in traditional view of publishing, but not many have seen the opposing viewpoint firsthand. Prior to attending this meeting, Tudor suggests that you read the post: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/01/2015/top-3-reasons-why-fiction-manuscripts-get-rejected /#comments.
This will give you some background/knowledge on how some indie (self) publishers view the traditional publishing world, and will better prepare you for the information she will share with you. And it may help inform your participation in discussions at the meeting.
BIO: Tudor Robins is the author of horse-themed young adult novels set in Eastern Ontario. She has been published both traditionally, and independently, and enjoys sharing her experience and love of writing with others through workshops, school visits, and writing presentations. Tudor lives in Ottawa with her husband and two sons.
ITEM 2: 2015 NATIONAL CAPITAL WRITING CONTEST (NCWC) CLOSES THIS WEEK
Enter the 28th National Capital Writing Contest. The deadline is February 6, 2015 (the first Friday in February each year).
28th Annual NCWC Categories
The 28th Annual National Capital Writing Contest (NCWC) is accepting entries in the following categories:
- Short Story (max. 2500 words)
- Poetry (not Haiku; max. 60 lines including title & blank lines)
Prizes (in each category)
- 1st Prize: $300; 2nd Prize: $200; and 3rd Prize: $100.
See the Literary Awards page for full contest details and the winners from the previous year’s NCWC.
Tuesday, May 12 — National Capital Writing Contest Awards Evening
This is an evening to celebrate the writing talent residing within the National Capital Region, congratulate the winners of the 2015 (28th annual) contest and support our fellow writers.
It is anticipated that all finalists will attend CAA–NCR’s 28th Annual NCWC Awards Night. First place winners will be asked to read their entries. To be held at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Metcalfe & Laurier in the Auditorium.
ITEM 3: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO CAA-NCR’s BYLINE MAGAZINE
If you have an article of interest to writers contact the Editor, Sharyn Heage, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Member promotional material is included in Byline at no cost. Contact the Editor, Sharyn Heagle for details Sharyn_40@yahoo.com
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 (email@example.com) 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 4: CAA-NCR WRITING CIRCLES CALL FOR WRITERS
Interested in working on specific pieces of your writing and getting valuable feedback from other writers? If this sounds good to you, join a CAA Writing Circle! Participation is FREE to CAA members. For more information, please contact Catina via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CAA-NCR MEMBERS NEWS
ITEM 5: CAA-NCR MEMBER CATINA NOBLE
CAA-NCR member, Catina Noble has an online site for submissions, ongoing. Check it out at https://fiddlesandscribbles.wordpress.com/
CAA NEWS FROM NATIONAL
ITEM 6: CANWRITE 2015 UPDATE – SAVE THE DATE! NEW!
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
ITEM 7: SUSAN HICKMAN 8-WEEK WORKSHOP STARTS THIS WEEK! NEW!
DATES: Tuesdays, Jan 27-Mar 17, 7-9 p.m.
LOCATION: The Boardroom at Dymon Storage, 323 Coventry Road COST: $185.
Susan will be running an 8-week winter writing workshop beginning January 27. This course 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 the group for a session. Spaces are limited. Each writer gets plenty of attention. More info about veteran writer/journalist Susan Hickman:
www.linkedin.com/in/hickmansusan To register or query: email@example.com
SUBMISSION CALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
ITEM 8: BYWORDS.CA SUBMISSION CALL
DEADLINE: The 15th of every month for the following month’s issue
Bywords.ca 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 www.bywords.ca and click on Guidelines. Amanda Earl, Managing Editor. Check out Bywords.ca’s literary events calendar here: http://www.bywords.ca/calendar/index.php with up-to-date info on NCR readings, book signings, writers’ circles, literary festivals, spoken word showcases & slams. Event submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEM 9: 2015 TREE PRESS ANNUAL CHAPBOOK CONTEST CLOSES JAN. 31 THIS WEEK
Open to Tree Reading Series readers and listeners. If you’ve participated in the open mic lately, this is for you. Tree’s annual chapbook contest is held between October 31st 2014 and January 31st, 2015, with publication in the spring, 2015. Full details here: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/awards/chapbook-competition
ITEM 10: BROWN FOUNDATION FELLOWS PROGRAM IN FRANCE: APPLICATIONS CLOSE 15 FEBRUARY NEW!
The Brown Foundation Fellows Program is offered by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It offers residencies to mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities, including writers. The residencies last between one and three months and take place at The Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France.
Who Can Apply: The Brown Foundation Fellows Program is open to writers, scholars and other artists. Candidates are expected to have an established career in their field, with the fellowship providing them with time to concentrate on their area of expertise. Candidates can be from around the world. Recent writers who have been accepted into the program include Colombian novelist and short story writer James Cañón, Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku and American playwright Greg Pierotti.
The Fellowship: The program offers residential fellowships lasting for between one and three months. The successful candidates receive:
- travel expenses to and from Dora Maar House
- reimbursement for reasonable shipping costs for materials such as books and research files
- a stipend of approximately US$50 per day for basic living expenses
- a private bedroom, bathroom and studio
- use of all communal facilities
- a cell phone and €30 worth of credit (provided upon request).
Fellows who are not French citizens are required to have their own medical and liability insurance or they must purchase insurance arranged by the program (US$150).
How to Apply: Applications are managed via the Museum of Fine Arts’ Slideroom Portal.
MORE INFORMATION: For further information about the Brown Foundation Fellows Program please visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston website.
ITEM 11: “PASSAGES” A WRITING CONTEST HOSTED BY THE CREATIVE WRITING CONCENTRATION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AT CARLETON UNIVERSITY NEW!
This year’s theme: Passages: Transitions Between Worlds DEADLINE FEB. 15, 2015
Two age categories: 18 years and under; 18 years and above
Two writing categories: Poetry and Short Story
Canadian and International Entries Welcome
Winning entries will be featured in a peer-reviewed anthology of prose and poetry published in spring 2015 by In/words Magazine and Press. They will also receive a $300 cash prize. Second-prize winners will receive $100. First and second-place winners will receive books donated by House of Anansi Press.
Winners will be announced March 15th, 2015
Entries must be previously unpublished and original. One poetry or story entry per person.
Include a cover page with your name, contact information, title of your entry, and your age category. Your name should not appear on your manuscript (as judging is blind).
Poetry: 3 poems (maximum 100 lines per poem) Short Story: 1 story (maximum 3000 words)
Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2015
Send postmarked, hard-copy entries to: “Passages” Creative Writing Contest, c/o Department of English, Carleton University, 1812 Dunton Tower, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
Judges: Nadia Bozak, novelist, short-story writer, film theorist, and assistant professor of English
Amatoritsero Ede, poet, scholar, publisher and managing editor, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, MTLS, at <www.mtls.ca>
Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Creative Writing at Carleton: www.carletoncreativewriting.wordpress.com or http://www.carleton.ca/english/undergraduate-program/creative-writing-concentration/
ITEM 12: MSLEXIA WOMEN’S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015 NEW!
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:
IN THE INTEREST OF WRITERS HELPING WRITERS
ITEM 13: TREE READING SERIES PRESENTS DILYS LEMAN + ROB MCLENNAN NEW!
DATE: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
LOCATION: BLACK SQUIRREL BOOKS, 1073 BANK ST. OTTAWA
6:45 pm Workshop – Poetry Born of the Holocaust with Murray Citron
Looking at a range of published translations of Hebrew, German, Italian and Polish poetry that resulted from the Shoah experience.
Murray Citron’s translations from Yiddish have been published in periodicals in Canada, the USA and the United Kingdom. His bilingual chapbook There is a Tree/ shteyt a boim, was published by Tree Press, Ottawa.
8:00 p.m. OPEN MIC & FEATURED READERS
Dilys Leman’s first full-length collection of poetry, The Winter Count, is forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press (August 2014). Cactus Press published her chapbook, The Lunacy Commission, in 2012. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Arc, Grain, Prairie Fire and CV2. She is a former winner of Arc’s Diana Brebner Prize (Honorable Mention) and the Prairie Fire Prize for Fiction (First Place), and has written and co-produced plays for the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Originally from Ottawa, Dilys has worked as a teacher, performing arts manager and freelance writer/editor. She lives in Toronto and works in educational research.
The author of nearly thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, rob mclennan won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2010, the Council for the Arts in Ottawa Mid-Career Award in 2014, and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2012. His most recent titles include notes and dispatches: essays (Insomniac press, 2014) and The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014), as well as the poetry collection If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 2014). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press and Chaudiere Books, and spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com
More info at: http://www.treereadingseries.ca/
ITEM 14: THE A B SERIES PRESENTS IAN FERRIER & ROMAN FEUILLETON! NEW!
DATE: Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:00pm
LOCATION: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ont.
ROMAN FEUILLETON (“Serial Novel”) was an acclaimed mixed media visual art installation created by well-known conceptual artist Michèle Provost and exhibited last summer at Gatineau’s Centre d’exposition l’Imagier. Composed of visual, textual and aural art, Provost’s exhibition was based around a surrealist text that she herself created out of a series of four landmark Québec novels.
Always interested in how others interpret her work, her ideas and the sources which inspire her, Provost challenged a group of writers and poets from the local literary community to use her ROMAN FEUILLETON text as the basis from which to create literary art of their own.
The first reading of this literary response took place at the opening of the exhibition in Gatineau, in front of an enthusiastic audience. This second reading has allowed the poets a chance to expand and refine their responses to Provost’s art, while giving Ottawa audiences to a chance to see what all the fuss was about. The writers participating in this reading include: Cameron Anstee, Monique Desnoyers, Pearl Pirie, Carmel Purkis, Sandra Ridley and Grant Wilkins.
More information on Michèle Provost’s ROMAN FEUILLETON exhibition can be found here: http://www.micheleprovost.ca/roman-feuilleton.
Ian Ferrier is a founder of the online Canadian Review of Literature in Performance. He resides in Montreal, where he hosts the city’s monthly Words & Music literature series and curates the annual Mile End Poets’ Festival. For the past two years he has created and performed poetry and music with three contemporary dancers in a project called For Body and Light. The company tours North America, performing close to fifty literature & dance shows a year.
Info at http://abseries.org/#/ianferrier-and-romanfeuilleton/
ITEM 15: POETRY READINGS AROUND TOWN NEW!
Monday, February 2 at 5:30pm – 7:45pm OYPS February Edition. MAIN BRANCH OTTAWA PUBLIC LIBRARY Get ready for another wonderful show from the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam. Workshopping and Open Mic. https://www.facebook.com/events/637543699702257/?ref=51&source=1
Friday, February 6 at 7:00 pm Upstairs at The Thirsty Moose Pub & Eatery, 20 Bridge St. Carleton Place Defrost the Deep Freeze Slam. Doors 6:30 Event starts at 7. $5.00. Poets get in free. https://www.facebook.com/events/1576714695906842/?source=1
ITEM 16: A CELEBRATION OF W.B. YEATS NEW!
DATE: SUNDAY FEB. 1, 2015 2 PM TO 4 PM
LOCATION: Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts 310 St Patrick St, Ottawa
Organized by the St.Brigids Centre for the Arts and sponsored by The Embassy of Ireland and VERSeFest. A celebration of the Life and Works of W. B. Yeats with readings of his poems and music inspired by them. $10: All proceeds to the St. Joe’s Women’s Centre
ITEM 17: THE FACTORY READING SERIES PRESENTS READINGS VIVIAN VAVASSIS, AMANDA EARL, WAUBGESHIG RICE AND SHALAN JOUDRY NEW!
DATE: Saturday, February 7, 2015; doors 7pm; reading 7:30pm
LOCATION: The Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street (at Parkdale; upstairs)
Vivian Vavassis is a Montréal ex-pat who currently lives in Ottawa and calls both cities home. Her poems and essays have appeared in several issues of Arc, ottawater, Peter F. Yacht Club, Montage, A Crystal Through Which Love Passes: Glosas for P.K. Page, and Studies in Canadian Literature, among others. She was shortlisted for the Diana Brebner Prize (runner-up) and in November 2014, her work was featured as part of the Parliamentary Poet Laureate’s Poem of the Month Program (Canada). Once upon a time, she also co-founded and ran a little ‘zine called incunabula.
Amanda Earl is the author of Kiki, just published with Chaudiere Books in 2014. Also in 2014, her smut collection “Coming Together Presents Amanda Earl” was published. Her chapbooks have been published in Canada, the UK and the USA. Her poems appear in journals on line & in print in Australia, Canada, England, France, Ireland and the USA. Amanda is the managing editor of Bywords.ca and also runs AngelHousePress with its transgressive imprint DevilHouse. For more information, please visit AmandaEarl.com
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. He developed a strong passion for storytelling as a child while learning about being Anishinaabe. The stories his elders shared and his unique experiences growing up in his community inspired him to write creatively. Some of the stories he wrote as a teenager eventually ecame Midnight Sweatlodge, his first collection of fiction published by Theytus Books in 2011. His debut novel, Legacy, was also published by Theytus in the summer of 2014. His journalism career began when he was a 17-year-old exchange student in northern Germany, writing about being Anishinaabe in a European country for newspapers back in Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and has worked in a variety of media across Canada since. He started working for CBC in Winnipeg in 2006. Along with reporting the news, he has produced television and radio documentaries and features for the public broadcaster. He currently works as a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa.
Shalan Joudry is a Mi’kmaw writer, storyteller, musician and ecologist. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and the Mi’kmaq Anthology II. Her first poetry collection, Generations Re-merging, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2014. Shalan also works as a cultural interpreter and community ecologist at Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia, where she lives with her two daughters. http://www.abovegroundpress.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-factory-reading-series-vavassis.html
ITEM 18: FREEDOM TO READ WEEK MARKS 31ST YEAR NEW!
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 freedomtoread.ca; 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.
MAGAZINE SUBMISSION CALLS:
DEADLINE EVERY SUNDAY: UK MAG Kingston University Creative Writing MA blog Words, Pauses, Noises is looking for submissions of short fiction (up to 1,500 words), poetry (up to three poems), flash fiction, non-fiction, interviews with prominent literary figures, book reviews, and original artwork. New work is published every Sunday. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines.
NO DEADLINES SPECIFIED:
NEW! Collaborative publisher Elephantine Publishing (US) is accepting manuscript submissions for the following genres: YA and NA paranormal urban fantasy, and contemporary. Likes commercial women’s fiction, ecolit, sci-fi, romance, erotica, and particularly, coming of age stories. Query first, following guidelines.
NEW! This Dark Matter (US) accepts submissions of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. Publishes work in all genres for adults or young adults “as long as there is an inherent darkness at the heart of it.” Weird is good, and so is horrifying and heart-pounding and creepy. Deadline: ongoing. Guidelines.
NEW! Kingston University Creative Writing MA blog Words, Pauses, Noises (UK) is looking for submissions of short fiction (up to 1,500 words), poetry (up to three poems), flash fiction, non-fiction, interviews with prominent literary figures, book reviews, and original artwork. Deadline: rolling. Guidelines.
NEW! Dumas de Demain, The French Literary Magazine is seeking original prose, short fiction, poetry and spoken word submissions from young people up through age 25. All submissions must be in French. Deadline: Open. Guidelines.
NEW! Online poetry magazine The Mackinac seeks original work “where the stakes are always high.” Submit up to 5 poems. Prefers work that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen.” Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Digital short fiction magazine Nonlocal Science Fiction seeks work for its debut issue (2015). Pays via profitsharing.
New quarterly online literary magazine One Throne (Yukon) is accepting poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
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
Pith Journal: We are currently reading submissions for our first issue. we dig…..Up to five poems attached in one file (.doc, .docx or .pdf) to pithjournal(at)gmail(dot)com. We’re open to different styles, but have an eye for writing that refuses to hold our hands and allows us to get lost in the woods for a while. We’re not the biggest fans of narrative poems. One article of fiction, creative nonfiction or essay up to 2,500 words (.doc, .docx, .pdf) to pithjournal(at)gmail(dot)com. We will publish one prose piece per issue and like with poetry, we’re more inclined toward the unusual. We take our visual art the way we take our writing (see above). If you’re interested in having us showcase your work, please send an email inquiry to pithjournal(at)gmail(dot)com with a link to your website/blog/tumblr, etc. More info here: http://www.pithjournal.com/?page_id=9
Ryga: A Journal of Provocations showcases the work that explores social issues. Seeking short stories, poem suites (of 3-6 poems), and plays. Pays $100. Guidelines.
Mud Season Review, a community-led literary journal in Vermont, invites fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art for upcoming issues. Appreciates work that teaches something about life, and explores new ways of perceiving the world or about the craft of writing or visual art. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
Dark Dragon Publishing Is Taking Submissions If you are wondering what types of novels spark our enjoyment, check out our list of published works. You should also check out our blog post Submissions: How to Submit. We publish horror, dark fantasy, paranormal and some science fiction novels between 75,000 – 150,000 words. Please send your queries to email@example.com Details: http://darkdragonpublishing.com/submissions.html
Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen We want to see any and all permutations of the superhero genre. Any genre-mashing goes: alternate history, crime, horror, romance, SF, fantasy, surrealism; we want a variety of tones, approaches, subgenres, cultural perspectives, etc. We’re interested in submissions where Canadian setting (a specific city, region, or province) plays a role, but we’re open to other types of stories, too, set anywhere in the world, the universe, or the multiverse!
Journal Wants You to Knock Their Socks Off Shiny new Canadian quarterly The Impressment Gang (Canada) pays $25 for accepted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and writing in general. Prints four times a year: May, August, November, and February. No word limit for fiction, nonfiction or other writing, but submissions really should knock our socks off. https://theimpressmentgang.squarespace.com/submit/
FJORDS CALL FOR SPRING EDITION: Submissions are open for our spring edition—The issue will be in over 300 bookstores across the U.S. and available for digital download on every e-reader, tablet and in every app store. We’re looking for fiction, poetry, non-fiction, translations and art, so hit us up with your best. http://ow.ly/CLHWV
Smashed Cake Review is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and dramatic script submissions from emerging and established writers. Wants work that surprises with a focus on consumerism and consumption. No words limits. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.
The Sacrificial seeks concise, original, dark, humorous, twisted, and insensitively-sensitive works. Accepts short stories, poetic prose, dialogues, commentaries, etc. Length: 500 words. Deadline: Ongoing. Guidelines.
Shadowgraph Magazine, We are currently open for poetry, fiction, essays, and image portfolios. Shadowgraph Magazine is a bi-annual print journal and an Online Quarterly. We feature interviews with scholars of all kinds: scientists, artists, writers, and others. We seek to publish the highest quality work we can find and have a special interest in unusual or unique stances towards writing. You can submit online here (via submittable): http://www.shadowgraf.com/submissions/. Or you can send your submissions to (please specify genre) P.O. Box 31339, Santa Fe, NM 87594 Thanks!
Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine is looking for essays, stories, art, and poems that capture the essence and immediacy of the beast. Animal is a subject-specific lit mag, however loosely we define “animal.” In some form, we want a literal beast as a central character or motif. Render on the page what is both alien and familiar about an animal, animals, or being “animal.” Nonfiction: needs book excerpts, personal essays, experimental, memoir, humor. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Fiction: needs literary, adventure, confession, experimental, ethnic, fantasy, horror, humor, mainstream, science fiction. Does not want anything overtly religious, pornographic, or sentimental. Length: 5,000 words. Poetry: needs avant-garde, free verse, traditional. Send up to five poems. Total not to exceed five pages. Art: needs the essence of the beast as you see it–we prefer images that feature other species, filtered through human perception. Photos or other work that can be digitally represented online and in print; any kind of visual art that translates to e-space well, including photographs of installations and sculptures. Please send works that are at least 300 dpi, preferably in .jpg form. To Submit: Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. Please send questions for the literary magazine at the same address to Sarah Cedeno, fiction editor; Danita Berg, non-fiction editor; Stephen Mills, poetry editor, and Marley Andretti, Art Editor. Animal will consider simultaneous submissions, but asks that you notify us immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. We do not reprint work published elsewhere, in any form. Please send submissions pasted into the body of an e-mail, as well as attached to the e-mail as a MS Word-compatible document, to animalliterarymagazineATgmailDOTcom. Put the title and genre of work in your subject line. In the cover-letter portion of your email, include the title and word count. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted unread.
Blue Heron Book Works, an e-pub company, is looking for outstanding memoirs–unusual personal tales well told, or awesomely well told ordinary stories to publish as ebook, with an eye to print-on-demand later. We would also like to work with fiction writers who have ideas for series fiction of any sort. All costs are born by BHBW. Check us out on http://www.blueheronbookworks.com/ to see what we like. And query us at infoATblueheronbookworksDOTcom.
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: http://toadthejournal.com/submit/
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 www.limehawk.org. Submit: www.limehawk.submittable.com/submit
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 Submittable.com–there is a $2.20 fee for e-mail submissions. To submit via e-mail, go to https://illuminations.submittable.com/submit For further information, please contact the editor Simon Lewis at lewissATcofcDOTedu.
Passages North http://passagesnorth.com/submissions/ 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 passagesnorth.com.
CLOSING THIS WEEK:
Polish Diaspora Anthology. Guernica Editions is looking for stories, previously unpublished in a book form, for an anthology centered around Poland and Polish Diaspora. Open to Canadian writers of Polish origin and Canadian writers whose work connects with Poland or Polish diaspora in some way. Stories are to be no longer than 2500 – 3000 words. Royalties are in the form of two copies of the anthology. Please send electronic submissions as a word doc file to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Saturday, January 31, 2015 Details: http://polishdiasporaanthology.wordpress.com/
Eldredge Books is accepting submissions for Fashionably Late, a collection of personal narratives by gay, bisexual, and transgender men who came out well into adulthood. Submissions are open to all gay, bi, and trans men who identify as late bloomers (this typically refers to men who came out after their mid-twenties). Tentative pub date: September 2015. Length: 7,500 words max. Payment: small stipend, two copies each of the print/ebook anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines.
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, http://ow.ly/xj6fa Upcoming themes: 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. https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit
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: http://www.poemeleon.org/guidelines/
Guernica Editions is looking for stories, previously unpublished in a book form, for an anthology centred around Poland and Polish Diaspora. Open to Canadian writers of Polish origin and Canadian writers whose work connects with Poland or Polish diaspora in some way. Length: 2500–3000 words. Payment: two copies of the anthology. Deadline: January 31, 2015. Guidelines: polishdiasporaanthology.wordpress.com
FEBRUARY AND LATER:
NEW! Stories of LGBTTQI battering wanted for anthology Never Say I Didn’t Bring You Flowers. Looking for works of creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, cross-genre work and fiction. Send 3-5 poems; 1000-5000 words max. prose. Deadline: February 1, 2015. Guidelines.
NEW! Cargo literary magazine seeks writing that focuses on passage and transformation for their debut issue. Looking for travel essays, creative nonfiction, poetry and visual art (photography and more) that explores episodes of travel and personal growth. Wants your honesty and bravery. Deadline: February 1, 2015.
In Fact Books (US) seeks original stories that address — either directly or obliquely — the trials of living with mental illness for an upcoming anthology tentatively titled Beyond Crazy: True Stories of Surviving Mental Illness. 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. Length: 4500 words max. Deadline: February, 9, 2015. Guidelines
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: email@example.com For any queries regarding submissions, please write to The Editors at firstname.lastname@example.org Snail mail submissions should be sent to: WICE c/o Upstairs at Duroc 10 rue Tiphaine 75015 Paris France http://upstairsatduroc.org/submission/
NEW! Writing wanted for an international print collection and mix tape dedicated to our universe: Art / Poetry / Sounds From the Milky Way. Seeking sound pieces (4-5 minutes max.), poetry (4 max.) and art (comics/zines/doodles welcome). “Looking for things that are kinda weird; kinda remixed; definitely underground. Collaborations encouraged. Deadline: March 31, 2015. Guidelines.
GRANTA is accepting unsolicited submissions (from Aerogramme studio.com) http://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/10/23/granta-accepting-unsolicited-submissions/ After a long hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions. Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. There are no strict word limits, though most prose submissions are between 3000 and 6000 words and the editors advise they are unlikely to read more than 10,000 words of any submission. Alongside the print edition, the online New Writing program publishes stories, poems, essays, interviews, animations and more from established Granta alumni as well as new voices. All submissions will be considered for both the print and online editions (unless otherwise stipulated in the cover letter). Selection is extremely competitive and only a very small fraction of submissions will be chosen for publication. Reading recent editions of Granta will help you assess whether your work is likely to be a good match. Writers must submit their work via Submittable and there are no reading fees. For further information visit the Granta website. Submissions are scheduled to remain open until 1 April 2015. http://www.granta.com/
South85 Journal Call for Submissions, http://south85journal.com/ Page for submissions:
https://south85.submittable.com/submit 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 http://south85journal.com/submission-guidelines/ for submission guidelines.
NEW! Speculative fiction submissions (steampunk stories) wanted for anthology Clockwork Canada. Published by Exile Editions (Canada) in Spring 2016. Stories must be set in Canada, written by Canadian authors. Length: 2,000-8,000 words. Payment; $0.05/word. Deadline: April 30, 2015. Guidelines.
NEW! Puddles of Sky Press is looking for concrete/visual poems, comic strips, narrativeless comics, speech bubbles, BANGs, WHAMs, KLONKs, squares filled with text, squares filled with punctuation, squares filled with squares, typewriter poems, letraset poems etc. Theme: “illiterature. issue v. the graphic novel.” Deadline: May 1, 2015. Guidelines
NEW! Ricky’s Back Yard is an online magazine with four print specials per year. Open to graphic short stories and verbal text entries, flash fiction to longer short stories (12k words). Looking for work that says “Jesus, that gave me a nightmare.” Prefers writing that is strong, punk, dark, humorous, and just strange enough to be true. Theme: Cult. Deadline: May 4, 2015.
Weave Magazine is now open for submissions through May 31, 2015. We are a print publication dedicated to promoting cultural diversity, accepting the best works of literary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, and visual art that transfix, transport, and inspire. Currently, we are seeking more submissions for the genres listed below. More information about how to submit can be found here: http://www.weavemagazine.net/p/submit.html Deadline: May 31, 2015 Poetry: 3-5 poems
Flash Fiction: 1-3 stories, each 1000 words or less Fiction: 3,000 words or less Nonfiction: 3,000 words or less Drama: less than 4,000 words Reviews: 500-800 words Comics/Illustrations/Visual Essays/Stories/Poems: Black and white only. More about Weave: http://www.weavemagazine.net/p/about.html
Willow Springs is published twice a year, in spring and fall. We accept manuscript submissions between September 1 and May 31. We are happy to announce that we are now paying writers! Starting with Issue 75, Willow Springs will pay contributors $100 per published prose piece and $20 per published poem. There is a $3 reading fee for prose, but no fee for poetry. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of literary merit. Though Willow Springs has a broad aesthetic, we recommend familiarizing yourself with the magazine before you submit. In most cases, we respond within eight weeks, though we ask that you do not follow up on a submission unless it has been longer than four months since you sent it. We offer two complimentary copies for work we publish. Accepted works will appear in Willow Springs. They may also appear on the Willow Springs website or in promotional material, and, at a later date, in a Willow Springs anthology. Submitted work must be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions. Translations are welcome if you have acquired publication permission from the author of the original work. However, we don’t accept unsolicited interviews at this time. Willow Springs now accepts all genres online. Unfortunately, we no longer accept hard-copy manuscripts via snail mail. To submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, you can submit via our Submittable page.
UPCOMING WRITING CONTESTS
CLOSING THIS WEEK:
UBC’s Prism has a short fiction and poetry contest (deadlines are January 23, 2015). http://prismmagazine.ca/contests/
Invisible Publishing and Matrix Magazine are pleased to bring you the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. NOTE: THIS COMPETITION IS OPEN TO CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or fewer). Each year the winning manuscript is selected by an established poet in co-operation with Matrix Magazine and Invisible Publishing’s Snare Imprint. JUDGE: Karen Solie. The deadline is January 31, 2015. Entries can be submitted through Matrix Magazine’s Submittable site. MORE INFO HERE: http://www.matrixmagazine.org/rkaward/
Orlando Prize for Short Fiction is for stories up to 1500 words and is open to women writers worldwide. First prize is US$1000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review. Prizes are also offered for creative non-fiction, poetry and flash fiction. There are two entry deadlines each year: 31 January and 31 July.
NEW! 6th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest. Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2015. First Prize: $200 Second Prize: $150 Third Prize: $100. Spirit First is pleased to announce its 6th annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (we are referring to peaceful solitude – not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished. Complete guidelines: http://www.spiritfirst.org/poetry_contest2015entry.html
NEW! The Malahat Review (Victoria, BC) invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the 2015 Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 (plus publication, interview). Length: a single poem or cycle of poems 10-20 pages long. Multiple entries welcome. Entry fee: $35-45 (includes subscription). Deadline: February 1, 2015. Guidelines.
Homestart Bridgwater Short Story Prize is being run in aid of an independent registered charity offering support to families facing difficulties The prize is open to stories up to 2200 words and will be judged by Tracy Chevalier, best known for the international best-seller Girl with a Pearl Earring. Entries close 1 February.
NEW! Summer Literary Seminars invites entires for their 2015 Literary Contest. Prize: Full fellowship (tuition, airfare, accommodations) to the 2015 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Categories: fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Deadline: February 10, 2015. Guidelines.
Griffith University’s Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize is one of Australia’s richest short stories prizes. First prize is AUD$10,000 and second prize is $5000. Stories must be under 2000 words. Griffith University also offers a poetry prize with equal prize money. Entrants must be Australian citizens or residents and entries close 13 February.
NEW! The Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature: Eligible manuscripts and books published between February 15, 2013 and February 14, 2015 must be submitted by publishers no later than February 15, 2015. Established by CODE in collaboration with the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Burt Awards for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature is given annually to English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Metis, or Inuit authors. Deadline: February 15, 2015. Entry fee: none. Prize: First: $12,000; Second: $8,000; Third: $5,000 Details: www.codecan.org/burt-award-canada
NEW! 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: http://thestar.com/contests.html
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. 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: www.springpulsepoetryfestival.com Enquires: Send to David Brydges email@example.com
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: http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/contests.html
NEW! 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: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/nonfiction/
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, www.OnThePremises.com
NEW! 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.
The Ontario Poetry Society contests for 2015 are up on their site now. Full information here: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html First up is the Clean as a Whistle Contest, March 31, 2015
NEW! 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: www.secondstorypress.ca/aboriginal-writing-contest
NEW! 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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize offers a total of AUD$8000 (US$7000) in prize money and is open to writers worldwide. Entries must be between 2000 and 5000 words and written in English. The winner will be announced at a special event at the Melbourne Writers Festival in August. Entries open in December 2014 and are expected to close in 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. http://www.canberra.edu.au/vcpoetryprize
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: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html 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: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html 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: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html 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: http://www.theontariopoetrysociety.ca/Contests.html 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.