Can you believe next week is already the end of October? Me neither. Grab a blanket, a hot drink, and settle in to keep your submission goals going strong as we approach the final stretch of 2020. Below are the submission opportunities posted or featured on NewPages this week. Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom for some virtual events to help improve your craft!
Calls for Submissions
November Submission Deadlines
The Pinch Literary Journal seeks poetry written in or regarding Variety Englishes for a featured highlight in its Spring 2021 Issue (41.1). Poems in Singlish, Konglish, Spanglish, AAVE, and other English-derived emerging linguistic forms will be considered for publication. No submission fee, accepted pieces will be awarded $150 for publication. Deadline November 15th, 2020. For inquiries, visit www.pinchjournal.com/glish or contact email@example.com.
Sou’wester is now reading fiction and creative nonfiction for our annual print issue, forthcoming in spring 2021. We are committed to investing in and encouraging the words/stories/voices of all writers, prioritizing those belonging to marginalized communities. We want to read stories from writers belonging to the black diaspora, indigenous communities, Asian communities, Latin(x) communities, neurodivergent communities, those with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+. We seek fiction that allows us to transcend the everyday, haunts our dreams, and feels fresh. We’re looking for work that will move, stun, and awe our readers. Submission is free through Submittable. Deadline: November 15.
Waymark Literary Magazine is an online and physical literary magazine dedicated to publishing the works of an individual’s waymark; their footpath in life. Anyone can submit as long as they have a story to tell. We are looking for nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art submissions to be published in our biannual publication. Deadline: November 20.
Blueline: A literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks. 2020 Reading Period. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. No fee. Deadline: November 30.
Gateway Literary Press. Short Story Collections. Fiction. No fee. Deadline: November 1-30.
December Submission Deadlines
While the pandemic has ravaged our world, certain populations have been impacted more deeply than others. Essential Voices strives to give voice to those who have been silenced. Send us your poems, stories, recipes, or works of art that reflect upon the experience of COVID and COVID related issues in your life. This anthology will be published by West Virginia University Press. Visit us at our website for guidelines before submitting to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: December 31.
Girls Right the World is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fifth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to email@example.com by December 31, 2020. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.
January Submission Deadlines
great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and the experimental. Please visit our website for guidelines. Deadline: January 15, 2021. No fee. Tip Jar submission options available.
Rolling & Year-round Submission Deadlines
The American Journal of Poetry. Volume 10. Poetry. $5 fee. Deadline: Rolling.
The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture the BMR strives to represent life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. Songs save the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. Our editors read year-round with an eye out for work with homespun and international appeal. We’ve published work by and interviews with Jericho Brown, Kelli Russell Agodon, Robert Pinsky, Rising Appalachia, Nahko, Michel Stone, Genesis Greykid, Cassandra King, Melissa Studdard, and A.E. Stallings. www.southerncollectiveexperience.com/submission-guidelines/
Chestnut Review (“for stubborn artists”) invites submissions year round of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography. We offer free submissions for poetry (3 poems), flash fiction (<1000 words), and art/photography (20 images); $5 submissions for fiction/nonfiction (<5k words), or 4-6 poems. Published artists receive $100 and a copy of the annual anthology of four issues (released each summer). Notification in <30 days or submission fee refunded. We appreciate stories in every genre we publish. All issues free online which illustrates what we have liked, but we are always ready to be surprised by the new! chestnutreview.com
John Updike once said, “Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity. Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.” At Driftwood Press, we are actively searching for artists who care about doing it right, or better. We are excited to receive your submissions and will diligently work to bring you the best in full poetry collections, novellas, graphic novels, short fiction, poetry, graphic narrative, photography, art, interviews, and contests. We also offer our submitters a premium option to receive an acceptance or rejection letter within one week of submission; many authors are offered editorships and interviews. To polish your fiction, note our editing services and seminars, too. www.driftwoodpress.net
Leaping Clear, www.leapingclear.org, is looking for an editor to join the volunteer editorial team. We’re all practicing artists with dedicated meditative/contemplative practices and welcome someone who shares these activities. Social media experience and good communication skills are essential. For details on stipend and work specifics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, with Editor, NewPages in subject line.
Palooka. Journal & Chapbook Submissions. Fiction, poetry, nonfiction, art, photography, graphic narratives, comic strips. $3 fee (journal); $8 fee (chapbooks). Deadline: Year-round.
Storm Cellar is a literary journal of safety and danger, in print and ebook formats since 2011. We seek the voices of Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQIA+, gender nonbinary, neurodivergent, fat, disabled, border-straddling, poor, and more marginalized authors. We encourage connections, in work or by creator, to the Midwest, broadly construed. Now paying. Send ambitious, surprising new art and writing through stormcellar.submittable.com; learn more at stormcellar.org.
Writing & Book Contests
You can view all current contest ads in our online Classifieds, plus don’t forget to check out our Big List of Contests to finish filling out your submissions calendar for the rest of the year. If you have a young writer, we do curate a list of contests for them as well, the majority without fees.
October Contest Deadlines
Deadline: October 30, 2020. F(r)iction’s Fall 2020 Writing Contests are now open! We are accepting short stories, flash fiction, and poetry and will be awarding $1,600 in prizes. Entries will be judged by our amazing guest judges Lev Grossman, Benjamin Woodard, and Rachel Mennies. The winner in each category will receive free edits from one of our stellar senior editors as well as publication of their piece either online or in our print journal. For more information and to submit your work, please go to frictionlit.org/contests.
Raleigh Review is currently offering two contests. The RR Flash Fiction Prize is being judged by our esteemed Fiction team ($300 Grand Prize, $13 entry fee). Raleigh Review is also offering the Geri DiGiorno Multi-Genre Prize with Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar as the judges of the finalists. Think of our DiGiorno Prize as a collage prize that includes at least two of the genres among poetry and/or visual art and/or flash nonfiction ($300 Grand Prize, $13 entry fee). Submissions close by midnight on Halloween. All entrants shall receive the prize print issue for free.
November Contest Deadlines
Carve Magazine‘s Prose & Poetry Contest is open October 1 – November 15. Accepting submissions from all over the world, but work must be in English. Max 10,000 words for fiction and nonfiction; 2,000 words for poetry. Prizes: $1,000 each for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. All 3 winners published online in Spring 2021. Entry fee $17 online only. Guest judges are Shruti Swamy for fiction; Kendra Allen for nonfiction; and Roy G. Guzmán for poetry. www.carvezine.com/prose-poetry-contest/
At IvyZen, our greatest joy is helping realize the potential of top students looking to get into Ivy League Schools. The scholarship program provides the following services and totals more than $8,000 worth of our premium mentoring services: How to craft a unique and compelling theme to make your application stand out; Overall application strategy and plan; How to write Ivy League admissions essays; Brainstorming Essays; College List Consultation; Free access to our project management platform to keep all your essays and materials organized; and 24/7 online access to the IvyZen Mentorship Team. Application deadline: November 15, 2020.
The Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry is an annual national poetry prize featuring a $1,000 cash award for first place. Three runners up will each receive a $250 cash award. The winning and runner up poems are published in the Spring issue of Philadelphia Stories with these poems and honorable mentions also appearing online. The Crimmins Prize celebrates risk, innovation, and emotional engagement. We especially encourage poets from underrepresented groups and backgrounds to send their work. Deadline: November 15, 2020.
No theme for Baltimore Review‘s winter contest. Subject matter is entirely up to you. Surprise us! But keep it short. Two categories: flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction. We want to be amazed at how you abracadabra 1,000 or less into magic. And maybe be a little jealous of how you do that. One writer in each category will be awarded a $300 prize and published in the winter issue. All entries considered for publication and payment. Final judge: Diana Spechler. See www.baltimorereview.org for complete details. Deadline: November 30, 2020. Fee: $5.
THE BOILER challenges you to submit flash/hybrid pieces under 800 words for this year’s prize. We welcome fragments, experiments, prose poems, flash essays/fiction. The only thing that matters is whether you can sustain our attention and craft a well-written, sleek, beautiful little thing. The deadline for submission is November 30. One winner will be published in our winter issue. A runner-up will be awarded $250 and also be offered publication. Additional finalists will be considered for our winter issue. Submission fee is $7. Close friends and colleagues should not submit.
December Contest Deadlines
Submit your manuscript to Interim’s 3rd annual Test Site Poetry Contest! As our series title suggests, we’re looking for manuscripts that engage the perilous conditions of life in the 21st century, as they pertain to issues of social justice and the earth. The winning book will demonstrate an ethos that considers the human condition in inclusive love and sympathy, while offering the same in consideration of the earth. Because we believe the truth is always experimental, we’ll especially appreciate books with innovative approaches. The winner will receive $1,000 and their book will be published by University of Nevada Press in 2021. Deadline: December 15, 2020.
The Acacia Fiction Prize winner is awarded $1,200, twenty author copies, plus publication and promotion by Kallisto Gaia Press for a collection of Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Novellas, or any combination of fiction totaling between 40K and 75K words. Richard Z. Santos (Trust Me, 2020) will judge. Runner up receives $100. Entry fee is $25. All entrants receive a copy of the winning collection! Deadline: December 31, 2020. Sponsored by Duotrope. More info at our Submittable.
The Saguaro Poetry Prize winner is awarded $1,200, twenty author copies, plus publication and promotion by Kallisto Gaia Press for 28–48 pages of contemporary poetry. Ire’ne Lara Silva (Cuicacalli / House of Song, 2019) will judge. Runner up receives $100. Entry fee is $25. All entrants receive a copy of the winning collection! Deadline: December 31, 2020. Sponsored by Duotrope. More info at Submittable.
The Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading Fee: $30. Award: $1,000 cash advance, publication, and fifty copies. Enter: Submit online with Submittable or by mail from September 1–December 31, 2020. Press 53 publisher and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the only judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2021; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2021. Complete details at our website.
January Contest Deadlines
Take the Reading Works challenge and write a short short story using 100 words. Topics: ants, bowling, 1940s, water. 7 cash prizes: Best of Contest ($100), Best of Category ($50), Best Youth Story (authors 14 and younger, $50), People’s Choice ($50). Submission fee: $10. Reading Works is a 501(c)(3) community based literacy program that provides free reading, writing and English acquisition tutoring to teens and adults. Proceeds from the contest support literacy programs. To learn more go to our website. Deadline: January 15, 2021.
Waxing & Waning. The (TN) Tempest Edition Contest. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, photography, art. $10 fee. Prize: $50/category + publication.
March Contest Deadlines
The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) are open to all English language printed books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors. NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishing and small independent presses going the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. All entries for the 15th Annual NIEA contest must be postmarked by March 31st, 2021. www.indieexcellence.com
Rolling & Year-round Contest Deadlines
University of Arkansas Press. Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Poetry. $28 fee. Prize: $5,000 and book publication. Deadline: Rolling.
Events & Writing Programs
Extended Deadline: October 30, 2020. Limited to 10 people. Summer Literary Seminars International Retreats, an offshoot of SLS, in conjunction with St. Petersburg Review/Springhouse Journal invites you to a unique two-week master’s class in fiction taught by internationally acclaimed authors, Dawn Raffel and Laurie Stone. In this online course, you will receive one-to-one feedback; meet the editors of the New Yorker, Graywolf Press, Guernica, and St. Petersburg Review; attend events with Mona Awad, Polina Barskova, and Kadija Sesay; receive discounts for future programs including residencies in Georgia and Kenya; read your work in a publicly advertised event; and more. November 8 to November 22. To learn more and submit, visit stpetersburgreview.com/master-class.
Fall: Wednesdays, Nov 4 – Nov 25; Winter: Feb 3 – 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm EST. Low on inspiration? Let this gentle, four-week poetry intensive by one of NYC’s top writing schools according to TimeOut NY spark your creativity. Through two highly generative hours of weekly class time, plus limited homework assignments, guided journaling, and a supplemental workbook of readings, you’ll consider different ways to push the boundaries of your language and gain greater control over the poetic side of your voice. You’ll end the month having produced several short works. Join accomplished poet, educator, and visual artist Catie Hannigan for a month of recovering your creativity. $300, Wednesdays in November and February. Learn more at our website.
Event Date: Saturday November 7, 2020; Location: Online. Deadline: Saturday November 7, 2020. Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated Free public online event features literary readings, art slideshows, and a live Q&A! Presenters include contributors and their chosen readers (friends, family, teachers) from Arizona and across the nation. RSVP via Eventbrite. Issue 5 can be pre-ordered with your online registration or at www.ironcitymagazine.org. Merchandise can be purchased at Redbubble.com. Iron City Magazine is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. This publication is made possible by generous grant awards from the Ibis Foundation of Arizona and AZ Humanities.
17th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, January 18-23, 2021. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. One-on-one conference Faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, Jessica Jacobs, and Angela Narciso-Torres. Special Guest: Gregory Orr and the Parkington Sisters. Poet At Large: Brian Turner. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Apply to attend a workshop!
The Poetry Lab. Reversed Thunder with Brendan Constantine. November 5 – December 3, 2020. Location: Virtual.