Review of What I Carry with Me from The Ontario Poetry Society

Review by Elana Wolff. Thank you so much, Elana, for a lovely review of my book! This piece is now in print in the June issue of Verse Afire, from the Ontario Poetry Society, and the poem, Shirt-and-Shoeless, which appears in What I Carry with Me, is also published in that edition on the page overleaf from the review.

What I Carry With Me                                                                    Review by Elana Wolff

by Carol A. Stephen

Friesen Press, 2022, 82 pages                                                        ISBN: 978-1-03-915025-6

   Carol A. Stephen’s What I Carry With Me, is a spacious collection of sixty-seven poems presented in seven sections

that speak to the poet’s diverse concerns. Among them: Disturbances in the Field, Voices in the Forest, Dark Shadows,

music, travel, language itself, art, homage, and metaphysics.

   The title poem, also the title of the final section, is an homage to American poet Gerald Stern (1925-2022)—whose poems are as ecumenical and international in scope as Stephen’s, and as deeply personal. Both poets stake a claim for their own stories, memories, and legacy. Both address life’s beauties as well as failures, quotidian things as well as oddities and curiosities, in unsentimental, often comical language. And so, in Stephen’s title poem, one of the finest in the collection, and one indeed to learn from, we have:

“Here in this handbag, I carry a portable particle collider. [Aha!]

Here, in this handbag, I carry a Toronto neighbourhood. [It’s a magical bag!]

I carry the stigma of left-handedness [Stigmas, all kinds, die hard.]

I carry four lost poems of unknown poets. [Most poets are unknown, thank goodness for finders.] The index from the anthology

that swallowed them whole. [Thank goodness for keepers.] 

In a side pocket, / three recordings of Leonard Cohen. [Allusion to the poet-priest.]

In a back pocket, / the pods of last year’s caterpillars. [Nod to the animal kingdom.]

I carry the wings of two dead flies. [Nod to delicate relics.]

In the folds of the lining, I carry / dust balls from the toes of Bastet. [An ancient feline goddess, both violent and nurturing.]

Four dimes, a nickel and one extinct penny.” [46 cents, which reduces to 1: visually also ‘I’.]

   There’s much subtly and wonder in this fourteen-line poem—a sly sonnet, if you will. It’s deceptively simple, alluring, as are many of Stephen’s pieces. Throughout the collection, she plays with line length and form, rhythm and diction; explores human behaviour and interaction in dramatic terms, then turns contemplative, speculative. A subject can be as ‘ordinary’ as air, or as extraordinary as snow in Togo and “odd-toed ungulates.” It all depends on how one meets what one sees. With Stephen, the reader is cued to the quotidian:

  1. “Barn Cat, Lap Cat,”
  2. “Mother’s Milk,”
  3. “Town Gossip,”
  4. “Traffic on Highway 7”;

and to what emerges from it:

  1. “Her mouth opens in a perfect “O” as she chatters / to announce her well-timed pounce.”
  2. “Pigs can smile. / And she does.”
  3. “Town Council, / they all hate me because I know / what they’re up to.”
  4. “You see blood smears from tires—drivers / no longer swerve.”

Stephen moves easily between the personal, the political, and the metaphysical; between commonplace and arcane diction. She can be plainspoken and unembellished, and just as readily send you to Google and Bing: She uses the uncommon word “roric,” meaning “pertaining to dew,” in the sensuous eating-piece, “Savouring Minneolas.” In “Hungarian Holiday,” she brings “azimuth circles”—an astronomical term that refers to the direction of a celestial object from the perspective of the observer. The word “bearing” can be used interchangeably with “azimuth,” but “bearing” doesn’t have the same exotic, syllabic ring. Stephen also freely incorporates other languages into her pieces. “Line Excavations, Archeologies,” “Ten-Hut, Alligators, Ten-Hut,” and “To Move as One Oiseau,” feature French; “How Much for a Photo” and “A Café in Venice” feature Italian; and in the poem, “Melach,” “the Hebrew word for salt,” she riffs personally on “the sin of gazing backward.”

   In her closing poem, “What Is Still Beautiful,” Stephen presents the reader with an elegant and unabashed ‘instructional’ on ageing: “Look past surface layers, below the blue-veined skin / of age, see what is still beautiful, still nourished / by richness of memory in the bones, / like the spangled wings of a great fritillary / patterned in intricate traceries, delicate layers of chitin and scale, a muted diffraction of light. / Make no pale comparisons to youth. / Woman and caterpillar have shed their shallow surfaces, stepped free of their first skin, /  in metamorphoses to steal away all breath.”

   The assonance in the first stanza —“skin / still / still / nourished / richness”—resonates with a gentle knell in the second stanza—on “wings / fritillary / intricate / chitin.” Chitin is the building material that strengthens the exoskeleton of crustaceans and insects; fritillary (fritillaria) is any genus of perennial plants of the lily family with nodding, bell-shaped flowers; also a tribe of butterflies, usually having brownish wings with silver spots on the undersides. From the third stanza, semantically-speaking, it seems that Stephen is referring to the butterfly-meaning of fritillary. Yet the bell-shaped flower-meaning of the word resonates sonically as well. The third stanza stands as a call, particularly to women—to “shed the shallowness of comparing youth to age, to “step free of their first skin,” and “in metamorphoses [of ageing] steal away all breath.” This exultant final line shines with all the revelatory self-confidence of another American poet Stephen pays tribute to: C.D. Wright (1949-2016), whose title of her 2002 collection, Steal Away, is embedded before “all breath.” With delicateness, Stephen’s closing poem, and others in What I Carry With Me, touch on the esoteric without ever tipping into abstruseness. Carol Stephen gives her reader a panoply of fruitful, intelligent, accessibly nuanced offerings. To order your signed copy, send $25 ($20 + $5 p&h) payable to Carol A. Stephen, 85 Crampton Dr., Carleton Place, Ontario K7C 4P8.

CAA-NCR Literary Notices for Feb. 29 through March 13, 2016


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 TO ALL READERS: Please send all submissions & event notices in the body of an email; (the text needs to permit copy and paste. Exceptions: Accompanying images such as photos and book cover) to Carol Stephen at



PRESENTER: Dr. Michael Geist
DATE: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION:  McNabb Recreation Centre, 180 Percy St. east of Bronson Ave.



 Canadian Authors 2016 Literary Awards – Part 2

Entries are now being accepted for two additional 2016 award categories:

The CAA Emerging Writer Award is for a body of work by a Canadian author under 30 deemed to show exceptional promise. Nominees need not be published. The postmark deadline for this award is April 30, 2016.

The Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Book Award is a brand new award given exclusively to members. Any genre is eligible. The postmark deadline for this award is April 15, 2016.

For details and submission forms, go to our website at

Now in its 41st year, the CAA Literary Awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. For more information about past winners, shortlisted authors, awards events, and sponsorship opportunities, visit our awards pages at



 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.’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



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·        Arc Magazine Contests: see links for details on each contest/Archibald Lampman Award deadline March 31, 2016/Diana Brebner Prize deadline March 15, 2016

·        The Masters Review Anthology – Judge Amy Hempel $5000 awarded. $20.00 USD Ends on 3/31/2016. Submissions are open from January 15, 2016 to March 31, 2016. This year stories will be selected by author Amy Hempel who will select ten winners from a shortlist of forty. This category is open to ALL EMERGING WRITERS. Anyone who has not yet published a novel at the time of submission. We are looking for today’s top emerging writers. Send us your best! Details and to submit:

  •  Dr. William Henry Drummond Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday April 4 2016 Entry fee: $10 per poem Prizes: $1600: $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place, 8 honourable mentions of $75, 8 judge’s choice of $50 complimentary anthology, trophy, and award ceremony during the Spring Pulse Poetry Festival. Details: Enquiries: Send to David Brydges


  • Ink Bottle Press & The Ontario Poetry Society Present: Memory and Loss ~ a Canadian Anthology of Poetry, Dedicated to the victims of Alzheimer’s. Editor & Compiler is I.B. Iskov. Open to all poets living in Canada. Poems wanted on the themes of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This is not blind judging and this is not a contest. Submission fee $15. to help cover the cost of printing & postage. All profits from this project will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of Canada. Submission Deadline is June 15, 2016, postmark date. Send your submission, complete with cheque or money order payable to Mark Clement, & mail to Attn: I.B. Iskov, Anthology Editor, #710 – 65 Spring Garden Ave., Toronto, Ont. M2N 6H9. Full details and guidelines at:
  •  The Antigonish Review Announces Two Writing Contests! GREAT BLUE HERON POETRY CONTEST & SHELDON CURRIE FICTION PRIZE $2,400 in Prizes! Deadlines: Fiction entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2016, Poetry must be postmarked by June 30, 2016 Guidelines: Previously published works, works accepted for publication or simultaneous submissions are ineligible. No electronic submissions, please. Fiction entries must be typed, double-spaced, one side of page only – poetry must be single-spaced. Please include a separate cover sheet containing your identifying information as well as the titles of all entries. Past winners may not enter. MORE INFO:
  •  The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)/Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing/Annual One year subscription to Granta/Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage/Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)/Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner). Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit



Downtown Ottawa Byward Market



 Saturday, March 5 6:30 PM – 10 PM Final CapSlam of the Season feat. Rafay Ansari!Café Alternatif,

60 University Private, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5   To all great things, an ending, The 12th season of Capital Slam winds up and the poets have one last chance to impress the judges enough to earn an invite to the Capital Slam post-season and a chance to represent Ottawa and Capital Slam at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Winnipeg!

Tuesday, March 8 Tree Reading Series, Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St. Ottawa, Sarah De Leeuw + Extended Open Mic 6:45p Workshop – James Merrill’s Inventions with Andrew Wallace 8:00p Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers More info:



 VERSeFest, Ottawa’s International Poetry Festival returns for its sixth annual edition March 15-20, 2016. Celebrating written poetry and spoken word in English and French, VF ’16 brings you 60 of the most exciting poets on the planet — from across Canada, Iceland, Ireland, and Norway. All events take place at Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar St.).

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Tuesday, March 15
7:00 pm: Opening – Amal eh Mohtar, Gerdur Kristny, Gerald Hill, Sonia Lamontagne
9:00 pm: VERSeFest Showcase – Jane Munro, Elise Turcotte, Yusef Komunyakaa

Wednesday, March 16
7:00 pm: Tree – Caroline Pignat, Pamela Mordecai, Gabriel Robichaud, Thierry Dimanche
9:00 pm: Blue Mondays & In/Words – Liz Howard, Mia Morgan, Paul Savoie

Thursday, March 17
7:00 pm: Arc – Marilyn Dumont, Doyali Islam, Hector Ruiz, Katherine Leyton
9:00 pm: Urban Legends – Local slam featuring Erin Dingle

Friday, March 18
7:00 pm: Book Thug – Phil Hall, François Turcott, Shannon Maguire
9:00 pm: Capital Slam – David Dufour (D-Track), Cathy Petch, Guy Perrault, Kevin Matthews

Saturday, March 19
1:00 pm: Factory – Ben Ladouceur, Anne Boyer
3:00 pm: Student Showcase – Genevieve Bouchard, Kathryn Sweet, Sanita Fezjic, Frédéric   Lanouette
4:30 pm: Fire and Ice – Amy Iliza, Vanessa Rotondo (V), Annie St-Jean, Rebecca Lea Thomas
7:00 pm: Sawdust – Natalie Hannah, Sébastien Bérubé, David McGimpsey, Marc LeMyre
9:00 pm: Railroad – M. Travis Lane, Leontia Flynn, Maurice Riordan

Sunday, March 20
1:00 pm: Ottawa Showcase – Sneha Madhavan-Reese, Colin Morton, Tina Charlebois, Frances Boyle
3:00 pm: Kado – Terry Ann Carter, Andre Duhaime

7:00 pm: Hall of Honour – Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and Robyn Sarah
9:00 pm: OIWF Showcase – Groleau-Landry, Christian Bök, Caroline Bergvall
See for tickets and info.

CAA NCR Literary Notices for Sept. 22 to Oct. 5, 2014



Bi-Weekly Notices for the two weeks of Sept. 22 to Oct. 5, 2014

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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




DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. (Room number to follow.)
Parking: available adjacent to Building P, and is free on weekends.
Cost: $45 for members; $75 for non-members. Spaces are limited, so register early.
Registration: Contact Arlene Smith.
Please respect our fragrance-free environment. (Note that lunch is not included.)

Presenter: Jennifer Mulligan The Screenwriter’s Toolbox: Mastering The Basics 
This is a beginner to intermediate level offering, or a refresher for those with some screenwriting experience. The topics cover the following areas: dramatic structure and script elements, writing dynamic action and strong dialogue, developing characters, the importance of rewrites and how to receive notes on your work, and how to craft a logline and pitch your idea. We will also do up to two “sprint” writing exercises, to use the skills acquired in the workshop.

Photo of Jennifer MulliganBio: Jennifer Mulligan is a screenwriter and film professional working in Ottawa/Gatineau. Her body of work includes the short films Mary Mae, Algebra, and Full Stop. In 2013, she was the story editor on the Treepot Cliffhanger Series with Treepot Media. She was also selected as a participant in The Academy of Film Writing 5150 workshop, an international online pro-screenwriters workshop, founded and managed by Max Adams.
Since 2011, Jennifer has also worked as a Research Assistant for Alex Epstein (Bon Cop, Bad Cop). The same year, she started The Writers Room Ottawa, a screenwriting meet up group. She’s actively working on a new feature script, and this fall, she will be in pre-production for The Dart League Diaries, a female-centric web series set to launch in 2015.
Her website is:


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:
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.

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



Member Catina Noble is featuring a poetry contest on her WordPress blog

Poetry Contest -Free to Enter!
• must be a resident of Ontario and 18 years and up
• submit up to three poems via email on any theme
• max is 36 lines and breaks between the stanzas count as lines
• please send in a brief bio (max 100 words) with submission
• deadline for submission is November 15th 2014
• winners will be announced on December 1st 2014 on website
• 1st Prize $25 and publication on the web
• 2nd Prize $15 and publication on the web
• 3rd Place $10 and publication on the web
• 2 honourable mentions
• Please send submissions to


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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


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



• Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Words To Live By Presents: Freedom Writer, Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa

• Thursday, Oct. 2, 7 – 10 p.m. When Frenemies Collide, 10Fourteen, 1014 Wellington ST. W. Ottawa,

• Monday, Sept. 22, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. blUe mOndays presents Gavin Russell, Café Nostalgica, 601 Cumberland, Ottawa

• Sunday Sept. 28 7 p.m. CapSlam 2014 Last Chance Fundraiser Showcase, Pressed, 750 Gladstone Ave. Ottawa


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6:45 pm Workshop Rhythm Methods with Pearl Pirie Pearl Pirie
Talking tempo. Rhythm is motion, a potion, a pause and a pace in the space. Looking at the speed of sound. Pearl Pirie is a well-known Ottawa poet and has a poem included in Best Canadian Poetry 2014.

8:00 pm Readings – Open Mic and Featured Readers

 David Groulx was raised in Northern Ontario. He is proud of his Aboriginal roots – his mother is Ojibwe Indian and his father French Canadian. He has published nine poetry books: Night in the Exude (Tyro Publications, 1997); and The Long Dance (Kegedonce Press, 2000). Under God’s Pale Bones (Kegedonce Press, 2010), A Difficult Beauty (Wolsak & Wynn, 2011), Rising With a Distant Dawn (BookLand Press, 2011) Imagine Mercy (BookLand Press, 2013), These Threads Become A Thinner Light (Theytus Books, 2014), In The Silhouette Of Your Silences. (N.O.N Publishing, 2014) and Wabigoon River Poems (Kegedonce Press, 2015).

 Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer residing in Vancouver. His first book, The Place of Scraps, was published by Talonbooks in 2013. Abel’s conceptual writing engages with the representation of Indigenous peoples in Anthropology through the technique of erasure. He has been described as “a master carver of the page” who passes the work of sculpture along to the reader “who reads, and rereads, in three dimensions.” Abel’s chapbooks have been published by JackPine Press and Above/Ground Press, and his work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Grain, ARC, and Canadian Literature. Abel is an editor for Poetry Is Dead magazine. His book, The Place of Scraps, won the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.



Dear members and friends of the Media Club of Ottawa,

Our beloved president of many years, June Coxon, suffered an unfortunate accident almost three weeks ago and is in hospital and rehabilitation until the middle of November. Her injury is a crushed knee from a fall while walking home from the bus stop. It is difficult for her to communicate without access to her computer and files, and while undergoing treatments and
rehabilitation. That is why I am writing to you at her request.

Before I tell you any more, let me report that the meetings we had last season were a great success, with motivating speakers. The round table format of our new meeting venue at Ottawa City Hall added a new element of energy and inter-relationship to lively conversations and discussions. If we can get over this hump of June’s illness, and use it as an occasion to renew interest and participation in the Club, we will have a very good year ahead of us indeed.

While June has her problems, what with being in a cast and wheelchair, her main concern is how the Media Club, already shorthanded, can operate without her in the meantime.

If you think you can help June, would you please contact me at and also at I will pass on messages to June so she can manage replies from her cell phone at a time that doesn’t interrupt hospital routines.

The basic format of the three fall meetings is (1) a Meet and Greet on September 22, (2) a speaker on how community newspapers are thriving in October and (3) presentation of the
Margaret Graham journalism student awards in November.

However, follow up calls have to be made, details looked after, promotion added to the announcements I send out for each meeting, etc. Please reply at your earliest convenience.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope you had an enjoyable summer,

Iris ten Holder, Treasurer and Webmaster

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 – 6 P.M. To 8 P.M.
Location: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, On K1p 1J1

Journalism students with ID free
Media Club members and CAJ members $15
Non-members $25

Assorted sandwiches, fresh fruit provided

RSVP 613 828-6292 by September 20
Media Contact:Iris ten Holder
Website:- Media Club of Ottawa –
Phone: 1-613-828-6292


DATE: Thursday September 25 – 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Good Companions Centre, 670 Albert St.

At OIW’s first meeting of the 2014-15 season, local author and publishing consultant Barbara Florio Graham will make a presentation entitled “Creating a Platform: Establishing a Brand for You and Your Book.” She will explain how having a brand will improve your visibility and help you sell yourself and your books. Please join OIW members and others for refreshments and networking beginning at 6:30 p.m. and to review what you have been up to during the summer. Feel free to bring a friend. There is a $10 fee for guests.

More info is at



First-ever open mic reading at Railroad, 3 minutes per reader, and rob mclennan will be launching his new collection “If If suppose we are a fragment (BuschekBooks, 14) and his book of essays “notes and dispatches: essays” (Insomniac press, 14). Joining rob is Ricardo Sternberg launching Some Dance (McGill-Queens University Press, 14)



DATE: Sunday October 5, 2014 2 P.M.
LOCATION: Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario

Featuring The Amber and Gold Raffle
Sponsored By:
Random House, Guernica Editions, Brick Books,
HMS Press, Creative Vocalization Studio,
Hidden Brook Press, Canada Cuba Literary Alliance,
Dundurn Press, The Azrieli Foundation, Snowapple Press
& Serengeti Press
Many Exciting Prize Packages of Brand New Books & c.d.’s to win! Members Readings & Open Mic FREE Admission. for directions Call Jeff at 613-680-9294



NEW! The Inflectionist Review,, considers poetry submissions on an ongoing basis. We are currently reading for issue 3. TIR has a strong preference for non-linear work that carefully constructs ambiguity so that the reader can play an active role in the poem. In general, we commend the experimental, the worldly and universal, and eschew the inane, trendy, and overly personal. Work that reveals multiple layers with further readings. Work that speaks to people across borders, across literary and cultural boundaries, across time periods, is more likely to fascinate us (and the reader). Submissions are accepted online via Submittable at

NEW! 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): Or you can send your submissions to (please specify genre) P.O. Box 31339, Santa Fe, NM 87594 Thanks!

NEW! Masque & Spectacle just published its first issue and is now accepting submissions for issue two to be published on December 1. We publish all forms of creative writing plus visual art, video, and sound recordings. See the submission guidelines here:

NEW! 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.

NEW! The Citron Review is now accepting submissions for our Winter 2014 Issue. The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing Program. We seek submissions of resonant beauty in the form of micro-fiction, flash fiction, poetry, and flash creative non-fiction. We accept submissions on a rolling basis. We encourage you to review our full guidelines on our website at The Citron Review before submitting via our submissions manager. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors notify us immdieately if their work is accepted elsewhere. Submissions link:

NEW! Call for Writers! wodahS Press is dedicated to Introducing the Most Eclectic and Innovative (short) Writings from Around the World.For Consideration please send your pieces along with a short bio in the body of an email only. Please note that attachments will not be opened. Chosen writers will be featured for one month on their own page.wodashS Press can be found at No Deadline. Please email:
I n D e A r T s… – InDeArts

NEW! 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
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:

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:

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.
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! Watershed Review, Call for Submissions, Watershed Review has a fall (August 1st through September 30th) and spring (January 15th through March 15th) submission period . We welcome submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and art. One poem or prose excerpt will be chosen from each issue to be made into a broadside print by the Quoin Letterpress Collective. No previously published works are accepted. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but please alert Watershed Review to a piece’s potential publication elsewhere. Watershed Review acquires one-time rights. All rights subsequently revert to author. Submit here:

NEW! September 30th, deadline. Spry Literary Journal features undiscovered and established writers’ concise, experimental, hybrid, modern, vintage or just-plain-vulnerable writing. It’s a journal for people who excel at taking risks, who thrive under pressure–for people whose words and rhythms are spry. We are currently open for submissions for our fifth issue. We accept all short forms of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We also challenge you to write sparsely (under 750 words) and submit to our Flash category. Submissions are requested in all genres, and simultaneous submissions are welcome—though we ask that you make mention of any simultaneous submissions in your cover letter. We have a strict blind submissions policy, and only accept writing through our submissions manager. Our fourth issue is live at Please head over to see what we’ve published, check out our archives and Briefs sections, and to start conversations with our authors, poets, and staff members. We’re proud to feature interviews from renowned writers such as Erica Dawson, Porochista Khakpour, and Michelle Disler. Please visit our submissions manager for complete guidelines and to submit:

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! Rappahannock Review Call For Submissions Page for submissions: The Rappahannock Review, an online literary journal published three times a year (with an occasional bonus issue) by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is currently accepting submissions for its next general issue. Submissions are open until early October, 2014.
NEW! MOJAVE RIVER SUBMISSIONS CALLS FEB. JUNE AND OCTOBER, Here’s the info about the general submissions: In February, June, and October we publish poetry, fiction, non-fiction, hybrid works, chap/book reviews, plus articles or interviews relevant to arts and letters in the southwestern USofA. Please reference below the specific parameters for each category (max length, etcetera). And remember: if you wish to submit quality creative work that doesn’t fit guidelines, we’re always open to conversation about innovative goodness; please do contact us at mojaveriverpress at gmail dot com. We’re genuinely eclectic, open to all styles and topics, but are especially interested in poets, writers, and works related to southwest/desert culture(s). Read issues of Mojave River Review and dig for yourself. They’re online and free. Works deemed by MRR as hateful and/or mean-spirited (misogynistic, racist, etc.) will be rejected without further consideration. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Previously published work is not. Here’s the submissions website:

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:

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.

NEW! Palaver welcomes interdisciplinary submissions of all forms for its Fall 2014 issue. Our call for submissions is open until Tuesday, October 14, 2014. If you should have any queries or need clarifications on what we’re looking for, please e-mail combsmATpalaverjournalDOTcom. Please see our submissions guidelines here <;.

NEW! JABBERWOCK REVIEW DEADLINE: October 15, 2014. Send us your best fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submissions will be accepted only from August 15 to October 15 and January 15 to March 15. DETAILS HERE: Please submit electronically using Submittable. Our website is • Due to publication costs, we do charge a small $2.50 submission fee. If you need to withdraw a submission, please do that using Submittable as well. Please contact us at with any questions.

NEW! So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art is now open for submissions. Additionally, our nonfiction contest judged by Jennifer Percy and our poetry contest are open for submissions. Winners will receive $500, publication in the journal, and two copies of the journal.
Submissions should be sent electronically through Submittable and will be accepted until October 15.
Check out our guidelines here:
So to Speak welcomes both new and established writers of all genders, writing about all topics. We are looking for strong, artistic work that is asks questions, inspires, takes risks, and promotes reflection.

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, tanka, 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.

NEW! Up the Staircase Quarterly is seeking submissions for its November 2014 issue. Deadline: October 15, 2014. Quick response times. No fees. UTSQ is looking for reviews of books, submissions of poetry, and artwork (photography, painting, drawing, comics, etc.)

NEW! Eleven Eleven, a journals of writing and art published by the MFA Writing program at California College of the Arts welcomes daring and insightful submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art and literary criticism and drama. We love translations and writing from outside the US. We love fabulist, interstitial or otherwise weird fiction. We also love recovery projects /archival work that draws attention to writers who may have fallen off the map – query us beforehand!). Visit us at to see what we do. We are currently reading submissions for our winter online issue #18 from September 15 through October 15, or until we hit 200 submissions, whichever comes first. More info at:

NEW! Travel by the Books is open for submissions through October 18th for our end-of-the-year issue. We are a semiannual online journal dedicated to making literature irresistible . . . through travel. Take us to the settings of books, authors’ hometowns, or hotels and bars known for literary history. Follow in a character’s footsteps. Create your own literary tour or review one that exists. For more information and writers’ guidelines, please see Submissions link: submissionsATtravelbythebooksDOTcom. Deadline: October 18th, 2014 Poetry, Essays, Flash fiction, Reviews, Roundups. Send an email proposing your idea and a brief bio. We love attitude and style, and we expect great craftmanship. We look forward to reading your work.

NEW! THE FOUR QUARTERS MAGAZINE, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS : December, 2014. Theme : NO MAN’S LAND Deadline: 20th October, 2014 Guest Editor for the Issue : Dave Besseling

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

NEW! Room is currently accepting fiction, poetry, CNF, and art on any theme for our summer 2015 issue, edited by Meghan Bell. Issue 38.2 will feature new fiction by Eliza Robertson (winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Short Story Prize), as well as the winners from our 2014 literary contest. All of our usual submission guidelines apply. Deadline: October 31, 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! SLASH PINE PRESS Call for Prose Chapbook Manuscripts. Each academic year, Slash Pine Press publishes two chapbooks in limited runs of 125 copies. This year, the press will publish one in the Fall of 2014 and one in the Spring of 2015. The reading period is now open for our Spring chapbook. We are in search of prose manuscripts of any prose genre, no longer than 25 pages and made up of at least five separate pieces. DEADLINE: October 31, 2014. To submit:

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:

NEW! Special Edition of Fjords Review,. Geffrey Davis Guest Edits Black American Edition of Fjords. Fjords Review announces guest editor Geffrey Davis will edit a Black American edition of Fjords to premiere on Fjords new app editions in January 2015. Submissions close on November 1, 2014. Davis, a Cave Canem Fellow and A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize Winner will select poetry, short stories, art and other other items for the magazine through the submission portal at Fjords plans to release a newsstand print supplement of the edition in 2015 alongside the regular publication schedule. The special edition of Fjords will feature authors and artists who identify themselves as black Americans. Black American writers and artists may submit 3-5 poems, short stories, essays and other literary work. Up to 5 pieces of artwork and single videos of spoken word or other performance arts are accepted for inclusion in Fjords new app editions in January 2015. Please include all work in one document with a cover letter as the first page and include cover letter in the provided space for art and video. Guidelines are available at

NEW! CFP the “Unpublishable” at Festival Writer, Call for the “Unpublishable”. Closes November 15, 2014. If you have been told your work is too difficult, too wildly formatted, your poetry too prosey, your prose too poetic, your art unpublishable, or if you write without regard to genre and limitations, this call is for you. Work written exclusively for shock value will not be accepted. Longer works should be amazing and engaging from the start. Please send up to three unpublished 500-word or shorter pieces or one that is over 500 words. Please send work as a doc, docx, rtf, or pdf file. Work that has complicated formatting should be sent as a pdf file. All pdf files should be accompanies by a doc, docx, or rft file, even if formatting is a problem on the second file. When receiving two files of a single document, we always use the pdf as a guide for formatting. All submissions should include a 100-word bio in third person and an author image for consideration. A single document is preferable. With no particlar aesthetic, we are looking for interesting, engaging, challenging work, work that will make us laugh, cry, dance, discuss, or cuss. We are looking to move into the realm of a press and will consider soliciting manuscripts from the best works submitted for this special issue. All authors are responsible for editing their own work before submitting. Unedited or sloppy work will not be considered. We acquire first rights or one-time rights. Copyright reverts back to the author/artist after publication. We ask that whenever an author or artist republishes work that first appeared here at Festival Writer that we be given acknowledgement for that specific work or version of that work. If your work appears on your own website or blog, it is considered published. Please check out previous issues at before submitting your work. Email submissions to festivaloflanguageATgmailDOTcom
festivaloflanguageATgmailDOTcom with “Unpublishable, Yourlastname” as the subject line. Authors will be notified by the end of December. Selected works will be published in a special issue.

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! FAMILY BLESSINGS: Prayers, Poems, and Traditions by June Cotner & Nancy Tupper Ling. Note: All submissions for this book only should be emailed to: submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom.
Viva Editions is publishing Family Blessings in Spring 2016. Family Blessings consists of prayers, poems, toasts, traditions, rituals, and blessings for family gatherings. Your submissions should be inspiring, uplifting, and fitting for most faith traditions. The selections in Family Blessings will cultivate gratefulness for family life while nurturing and enriching the family bond. Each one should be universal (applicable to other families) and suitable to be read aloud at family gatherings. Preliminary chapters include: 1) All-Occasion Toasts; 2) Graces & Mealtimes; 3) Birthdays; 4) Weddings; 5) Babies & Christenings; 6) Anniversaries; 7) Graduations; 8) Housewarmings; 9) Family Reunions; 10) Memorial Services; 11) Prayers & Blessings; 12) Holidays; 13) Appreciating Siblings; 14) Family Traditions; 15) Everyday Joys; 16) Special (misc. category to include Retirement, Bon Voyage, New Job, Move, and other family-related topics); 17) Legacies; and 18) Benedictions.Please email no more than three submissions, each as a separate Word document and within one email message. Please use “FAMILY BLESSINGS” + your last name as your subject line and suggest a chapter from the headings above for each of your submissions. If your submissions are exactly what we are seeking, you will be invited to submit more. All submissions must be single-spaced in Times New Roman 12 with all of your contact info in the upper left corner. For desired spiritual tone, refer to my book,Baby Blessings, or you may request guidelines and samples as a Word document by emailing submitATfinelinepoetsDOTcom. Payment is one copy of the book for each published selection for non-exclusive rights. Submissions close: November 30, 2014.

NEW! Sugar Mule Issue 47. Sugar Mule, an online literary magazine open to all genres, invites submissions for Issue 47, guest edited by Alyse Knorr. Please send poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, book reviews, and hybrid works of all forms, themes, and subjects–we look forward to reading your work.
Please e-mail your submission of no more than 5 unpublished poems or no more than 7,000 words of unpublished prose, as one MSWord or RTF document, to, between September 1 and December 1. NOTE: do not send submissions after this date. Art and book reviews will also be considered. Please include a short bio and introductory note. Friends and former students of the editor should please refrain from submitting. Sugar Mule does not pay for accepted work(s) at this time. You retain all rights to your work; we retain none. About Sugar Mule:
Sugar Mule is a long-standing online literary magazine with more than 40 issues and extras like online books and anthology-sized special issues. Sugar Mule is published about three times a year and is open to all forms of poetry and prose. Visit for more.

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:

NEW! NASSAU REVIEW Please visit for all questions and queries regarding this call for work. You can also email nassaureviewATnccDOTedu if you can’t find the answer to your question or you can tweet at us @nassaureview. Submit your work between September 1 and December 10. All literary work submitted during this period will be under consideration for the Writer Awards. You do not have to send any separate submissions for the contest. Submission is FREE.
The THEME for the submission period of 2014-2015 is The Post-Human: Our Other Selves. With rapid advances in electronics and technology, and our willingness to accept and follow, human beings have changed in mind and body. Please submit works inspired by your observation or experience with the changing concept of what is self—or how many selves do we have—and what is human in our new realm of hyper-connectivity and convenience. Visit our website for all submission guidelines and to submit through our online system. We do not accept work outside of our online system.

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.

NEW! carte blanche open for submissions for 2015. You have until January 1, 2015 to submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, comics, audio stories, and translations.

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! Heron Tree will be open for submissions from September 1 through December 1, 2014. Any submissions received outside this period will not be read. More information, including archives of previously published poems, can be found on our website:
Submit 2 – 5 poems with a cover letter via email to submitDOTherontreeATgmailDOTcom. Include your cover letter in the body of the email and attach poems in a single doc, docx, or rtf file. All submissions will be read blind; please do not include your name on the poems themselves, but provide a list of titles in your cover letter. Please do not use headers or footers in your file. Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere. Work previously published online, electronically, or in print should not be submitted. Heron Tree does not publish translations, fiction, essays, or artwork at this time. Accepted work will be published on the Heron Tree website and will be included in a yearly bound edition available as a print-on-demand volume. We are not currently able to provide contributing authors with a gratis copy of the volume, but we plan to make it available to them at minimal cost. Purchase of the print volume is not required for publication.


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.

NEW! 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: 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:




• NEW! Arizona State Poetry Society Contest 2014, theme: “Poets: Telling a Story Through the Ages”, deadline: September 28, 2014 Extensive guidelines and entry procedures at and

• NEW! CONSEQUENCE magazine’s FIRST ANNUAL FICTION CONTEST.Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2014. The winning story will be published in the next issue of CONSEQUENCE and the author will receive a cash award of $250. Our judge isAnne Germanacos, author of Tribute and In the Time of the Girls. Visit our website at for complete entry guidelines.

• NEW! The OSU Press/ The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry. The winner will be awarded $2,500 and publication by The Ohio State University Press. Judged by: Kathy Fagan $28 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to The Journal. Submissions are accepted electronically September 1st-September 30th. For more details, Visit To submit, visit
• NEW! Tethered by Letters Spring Literary Contests. September 30th deadline. FIRST PRIZES: $50-$250.00. ENTRY FEE(S): $4-$10. DEADLINE: 09-30-2014. WEBSITE Tethered by Letters is accepting submissions for the second annual Spring Literary Competition. The three submission categories include: Short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words Flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words Poetry no longer than three pages The judges are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles. Prizes: $250 (USDA) for the short story winner $50 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner $100 (USDA) for the poetry winner All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. All finalists will also be published the Tethered by Letters, Spring 2015 Edition, as well as receive one free contributor’s copy. Winners will be announced publicly in November. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome.

• NEW! Palettes & Quills 4th Biennial Poetry Chapbook Competition with Judge Kelly Cherry. Prize: A $200 cash award plus 50 copies of the published book. Additional copies will be available at an author’s discount. All finalists will receive one free copy of the published book. All contest entrants will be offered a special discount on the purchase price of the published book. Deadline: September 30, 2014. Manuscripts postmarked after September 30 will not be read. For complete submission guidelines go here: or here:

• NEW! GLIMMER TRAIN’S FICTION OPEN: Deadline September 30. 1st place has been increased to $2500 and includes publication in Glimmer Train. 2nd/3rd: $1000/$600, consideration for publication. Results announced on December 1. Word count generally ranges 1500-6000, though up to 20,000 is fine. There are no theme restrictions. One of the most respected short-story journals in print, Glimmer Train is represented in recent editions of the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry, New Stories from the South, New Stories from the Midwest, and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Submit online:

• 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.

• 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

• 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.

• 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.


• NEW! Submissions are now open for The Feminist Wire’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Evie Shockley. The winner will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $200. The 1st runner up will receive publication in The Feminist Wire and $100. All submissions will be judged anonymously and considered for publication. no later than October 1, 2014 in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format GUIDELINES AND TO ENTER:

• NEW! Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award for 2014. Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $2000 for a poem submitted under the following guidelines. Marie Howe will judge. Each submission must: Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 22, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry. Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a year’s subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review. List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title(s) of poems submitted on a cover page. List only the title of poem(s) on each page thereafter. Consist of no more than four poems (with an additional limit of ten total pages in 12-point font, no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission. Be addressed to Southern Indiana Review, Mary C. Mohr Award, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712. Be postmarked or uploaded by October 1, 2014. Digital entries can be uploaded here: Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site. Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award. All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.

• NEW! The Missouri Review. There’s one month left to submit to our Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize Competition–for which we offer over $15,000 in prizes. We accept submissions in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our Spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well. While the contest has a postmark deadline of October 1stof this year, we encourage early submissions. We accept submissions online or by mail. Winners will be announced in January of 2015. Don’t forget that your $20 entry fee gets you a one-year subscription to The Missouri Review. Subscriptions are available in print or digital versions. Our downloadable digital subscription includes a full-length audio version of the journal. You can find more information about the contest through our website:

• NEW! Aura Estrada Short Story Contest Online submissions: Deadline: October 1, 2014 Judge: Ruth Ozeki Prize: $1,500 Complete guidelines: The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2015 issue of Boston Review. Runners up may also be published. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted, submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany each story entered. All submitters receive a complimentary half-year subscription (3 issues) to Boston Review. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2014. The winner will be notified in the spring of 2015 and publicly announced by July on the Boston Review Web site. Please enter online using our contest entry manager. This requires payment using a credit card. Or mail submissions to: Short Story Contest, Boston Review PO Box 425786 Cambridge, MA 02142

• NEW! The Consequence Prize in Poetry. This year Afaa Michael Weaver, winner of the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award will select the winner of the Consequence Prize in Poetry. The prize recognizes exceptional work addressing the culture and consequences of war. It includes a cash prize of $250 for the best poem. The winning poet and three finalists will have their work published in the Spring 2015 issue of CONSEQUENCE, and online at The deadline for submissions is October 1st. To enter, please go to our website’s “Poetry Contest” page.

• NEW! EIGHTEENTH ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST, GUIDELINES HERE: First prize: $1,000 Second prize: $500 Third prize: $250. The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor; ICM; Regal Literary; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency; Markson Thoma Literary Agency; Inkwell Management; Sterling Lord Literistic; Aitken Alexander Associates; Barer Literary; the Gernert Company; and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency. Entries must be complete by October 1, 2014, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. elcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted. Please e-mail us at with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!

• NEW! Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest. Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by October 1, annually. Fee: $15 check/money order/cash, made payable to Southeast Missouri State University Press, must accompany each entry. Fee includes a copy of Big Muddy in which the winning story appears. Award, contest deadline of October 1, 2014: $500 and publication in an issue of Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. DETAILS:
• NEW! The 2015 Moon City Short Fiction Award. FULL DETAILS AT • The Moon City Short Fiction Award is for an original collection of short fiction written originally in English by a single or collaborative author.• Individual pieces in the collection may be published in periodicals, but not yet collected and published in full-length manuscript form. • Entries may include short shorts, short fiction, and/or up to one novella. Please include a table of contents and acknowledgements page. • Open to all writers not associated with Moon City Press or its judges, past or present. Students, employees, and alumni of Missouri State University are ineligible. Deadline: October 1, 2014. Winners will be notified in Spring 2015 and the winner will be published in Spring 2016. • First prize: $1000, publication by Moon City Press (including international distribution through the University of Arkansas Press), and a standard royalty contract. Ten additional finalists will be named and considered for publication. • For questions, please visit or contact Moon City Editor Michael Czyzniejewski at mczyzniejewskiATmissouristateDOTedu.

• NEW! MOJAVE RIVER CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Our fall 2014 issue features our very first chapbook contest! MRR will publish four small chaps (20-25 pages each) within the fall issue of MRR; categories are poetry, flash fiction, hybrid, and flash non-fiction. Our issues are typically 220+ pages, so the plan is to publish four winning chaps within the issue, along with 100+ pages of general submissions, art, and interviews. All entries will be read by MRR staff, and final determination of contest winning submissions will be made by our panel of judges: Allie Marini Batts, Matthew Burnside, Susan Tepper, and Michael Dwayne Smith. The chapbook guidelines and contest entry fee for each genre are on the Submissions page. Contest entries close 10/1. FOR GUIDELINES SEE SUBMISSIONS LINK ABOVE.

NEW! 14th Annual, Erskine J. Poetry Prize! Details:
Three Winners and all Finalists (usually around 10) published in Smartish Pace. First Prize: $200. Fee: $5 for 3 poems/$1 each additional poem, payable to “Smartish Pace.” Deadline: October 1, 2014. Submit on-line,, or send (w/SASE) to: Smartish Pace, P.O. Box 22161, Baltimore, MD 21203.

• 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

• NEW! NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE POETRY SOCIETIES, INC, 2014 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION. awarding $1000 + publication + 50 books. GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION HERE: Except for previous Stevens winners, open to all poets writing in English. 48-70 page poetry manuscript by a single author. Submission Period: August 1-October 15, 2014 (postmark deadline) Entry Fee: $20 for NFSPS members, $25 for nonmembers, (Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members.)

• NEW! LUMINA POETRY CONTEST Poetry Contest Judge: Patricia Lockwood Guidelines Deadline: October 15, 2014. Please read the guidelines carefully HERE:

• 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.

• NEW! Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014. -Sponsored by Cegin Productions judged by amy wack & neil astley with both judges reading all poems prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with amy wack & neil astley on mon 1st dec 2014 …for all prize-winning poets submissions, via e-mail or post, by mon 20th oct 2014

• 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! Tebot Bach announces The Patricia Bibby First Book Award, $1,000 and Book Publication. Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication. Judge: Mark Irwin. The competition is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies. Entries of 50–84 pages of original poetry in English must be postmarked by October 31, 2014. Entries postmarked after October 31, 2014 will not be read. More info and full details here:


• NEW! COAL HILL REVIEW POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST is now open for submissions. The deadline is November 1, 2014. Please send us your MS of 12-20 pages with a cover letter, TOC, and acknowledgments. Winners receive publication and $1,000. We charge a $20 reading fee and accept both paper and electronic submissions. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. All finalists will be considered for publication in our online issue of The Review.

• 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.

• NEW! 2014 Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry, The Broad River Review invites submissions to the 2014 Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry. Daniel Wallace will judge the fiction contest, while David Bottoms will judge the poetry contest. In their fifth year, the contests are named in honor of poet and fiction writer Ron Rash. Rash is the author of 14 books, including the 2008 novel Serena, which will be released as a feature film starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in late 2014. We will award $500 to the winner of each contest, as well as publication in the next volume of the Broad River Review, which will appear in Spring 2015. Finalists will also be considered for publication. Submit one story or up to five poems per entry for $15. Writers may enter multiple times or in both genres. Postmark deadline for entries is November 15, 2014. For more information and complete guidelines about how to enter the Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry, please visit

• NEW! Perugia Press Prize: for a First or Second Book by a Woman, Prize: $1000 and publication. Eligibility: Poet must have no more than one previously published book. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. If you have hired Perugia Press editor Susan Kan for a personal manuscript review of any of your work, you are not eligible to enter. Individual poems may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, and chapbooks of fewer than 48 pages, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine. Notify Perugia Press if accepted elsewhere. DEADLINE NOV. 15, 2014. GUIDELINES HERE:

• 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:

• NEW! QuillsEdge Press: Indispensable Poetry by Women Over 50 2014 Chapbook Competition. Theme: On The Edge. Judge: Barbara Crooker Dates: 9/1/2014 – 11/30/2014Our 2014 theme is On the Edge – the edge of an era, a breakdown, a break up, a break-through. Share your edge, and make us feel it. We are looking for poetic voices that challenge us, stun us, give us pause and palpitations. We are open to any style: lyrical, narrative, form, prose poem or experimental innovations and new mixes. We want to read, hear and be moved to wonder, laugh and cry as we discover your individual threshold. We applaud both the sensitive and the strident. So surprise us with something original, unique and On the Edge! find out more at:

• 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.

• 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.

• 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. 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! Winter in Variations: Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest – December 15, 2014 $150.00 Prize •Submission of six poems accepted up to December 15, 2014 •Write poems about witnessing some every-day occurrence in winter Must be original unpublished work •Winner or winners to be published online at •Prize- $150.00 (May be split if more than one winner.) •Writer owns all rights •Writers Rising Up reserves the right to declare no winner.

• 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.

• NEW! The Center for Women Writers is excited about the opportunity to discover and encourage writers through our International Literary Awards. For the 2015 contest, the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words will be judged by award-winning author Kris Saknussemm, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction (including personal essay and memoir) up to 5,000 words will be judged by our 2014 winner, Brandel France de Bravo, and the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style (3 poems per entry) will be judged by National Poetry Series winner, Lee Ann Roripaugh. The awards are open to any person who writes in English, excluding current Salem employees and students. The Postmark deadline for mailed submissions is 15 November 2014; and the postmarked deadline for our online submissions (via Submittable) will be 31 December 2014. The winner in each genre will receive $1,000, and an Honorable Mention in each category will receive $150. The contest entry fee is $15. Announcements will be made on our website on 1 May 2015. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me by email: cwwATsalemDOTedu. You can also visit our website at

• NEW! River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. GUIDELINES HERE : online entry: $1500 First Prize plus one case of micro-brewed Schlafly Beer Judged by the editors of River Styx Submissions open August 1, 2014 500 words maximum per story, up to three stories per entry.


• 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

Sou’wester is now accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for its upcoming Fall and Spring issues. We close submissions in late winter/early spring.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:

• 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).

• NEW! 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:

• NEW! 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: