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Call for Submissions Round-up
You can view all active calls for submissions by visiting our website. Plus, if you have a young writer in your house, don’t forget you can find publications for them to submit to in our Young Writers Guide.
HWP Seeks Fiction/Poetry/Flash for Paid Print Publication/Awards
Extended Deadline: September 14, 2021
Haunted Waters Press seeks submissions for consideration in the 19th issue of the literary journal From the Depths, the 2nd edition of our fiction anthology Tin Can Literary Review, and online publication in SPLASH! Works selected for print publication receive payment plus online interview. Recipients of 2021 HWP Awards receive cash awards, print publication in From the Depths, and featured author interview. Works appearing in SPLASH! enter the HWP Print Pool for future offers of paid publication. Visit us at www.hauntedwaterspress.com. Be sure to stop by the HWP Contributor Showcase to meet our authors and read their work.
Sky Island Journal: Issue 18 (Fall 2021) Call for Submissions
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Sky Island Journal is an independent, international, free-access literary journal dedicated to publishing the finest poetry, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction. We publish accomplished, well-established authors—side by side—with fresh, emerging voices. We provide over 90,000 readers in 145 countries with a powerful, focused, advertising-free literary experience that transports them: one that challenges them intellectually and moves them emotionally. We publish quarterly, and our average response time is 9 days. Every submission receives a prompt, respectful response detailing what we appreciated. Enjoy our previous issues, and submit to our stunning Issue 18 before midnight on September 30th, at www.skyislandjournal.com.
Seeking 20 Word Quotations, Inclusion in Outdoor Exhibit, Cash Award
Deadline: October 6, 2021
Embracing Our Differences is seeking submissions for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images paired with a quotation created by local, national, and international artists and writers. Entries can be no longer than 20 words and should be centered by our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota and will be displayed from January 15 – April 10, 2022. A cash award of $1,000 is given for “Best Quotation.” www.embracingourdifferences.org/submit-a-quotation-2022-exhibit/
Blink Ink. Moon Light issue. Fiction. No fee. Deadline: October 15, 2021.
Tiger Moth Review. Issue 7, January 2022. Eco-themed fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography. No fee. Deadline: October 31, 2021.
Parhelion. Winter 2022 Issue. Fiction nonfiction, poetry, reviews, interviews. $3 fee. Deadline: November 30, 2021.
Open for Submissions: Woodcrest Magazine is Reading
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Woodcrest is pleased to announce an open submission period beginning July 2021. We welcome submissions from everyone. The literary journal of Cabrini University, Woodcrest aims to publish work that is surprising, challenging, and grounded in the human experience. We want to read your submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid genres, and graphic arts. Please use our Submittable page for more information about submissions: woodcrestmagazine.submittable.com/submit.
Cumberland River Review. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. No fee. Deadline: April 30, 2022.
CHESTNUT REVIEW (“for stubborn artists”) Invites Submissions Year Round
Submissions accepted year-round.
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 $120. 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
Storm Cellar Call for Submissions
Storm Cellar, a print-and-ebook journal of safety and danger since 2011, seeks amazing new work for volume 10! Send emotionally, aesthetically, technically, and linguistically ambitious writing, photos, and art. We’re especially listening for Indigenous, Black, POC, LGBTQIA+, enby, fat, disabled, neuroatypical, poor, border-straddling, and other marginalized voices. Our roots are in the American Midwest. Surprise us! Full guidelines at stormcellar.org/submit and submission portal at stormcellar.submittable.com.
Atmosphere Press Reading Book Manuscripts in All Genres
Atmosphere Press currently seeks book manuscripts from diverse voices. There’s no submission fee, and if your manuscript is selected, we’ll be the publisher you’ve always wanted: attentive, organized, on schedule, and professional. We use a model in which the author funds the publication of the book, but retains 100% rights, royalties, and artistic autonomy. This year Atmosphere authors have received featured reviews with Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. Submit your book manuscript at atmospherepress.com.
The New Verse News. Current event poetry. No fee. Deadline: Year-round.
Literary Events & Writing Programs Round-up
Looking not just to submit your writing, but perfect it? Check out this great literary event. Want to see upcoming events by state? Don’t forget to visit our Guide to Writing Conferences & Events which includes festivals, writing centers, and more.
You Had Me at Room Service!
Application Deadline: September 28, 2021
Applications for A Hotel Room of One’s Own: The Erma Bombeck | Anna Lefler Humorist-in-Residence Program will be accepted Sept. 7-28. Fee: $25. Two emerging humor writers will receive registration, travel and hotel expenses for the March 24-26 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, where they will spend two weeks at the University of Dayton Marriott to work on their writing projects. It’s the gift of time to write and free room service. Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart Simpson, and Mike Reiss, veteran Simpsons writer, will choose two winners. Package value: approximately $5,000. Experience: priceless. Cash prizes for finalists and honorable mentions.
Free Writing Classes Through September 30
Have fun with your writing practice with our free classes: Free Your Writing Flow and Start with Sparks! Play on the Page is teaching writers how to tweak their writing attitudes and strategies to create joyful, ongoing, productive writing lives. Thanks to an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, our summer classes are free to all through September 30, 2021! Learn more and register at www.playonthepage.com. Let’s play!
Emerald City Writers’ Conference is Almost Here!
Final Registration Date: October 14, 2021
Event Dates: October 15-17, 2021
Event Location: Virtual
Join us for the 32nd Annual Emerald City Writers’ Conference: October 15-17, 2021. Online master classes, workshops on both the craft and business of writing, and pitch appointments with agents and editors are available! www.gsrwa.org/emerald-city-writers-conference
Writing Contests Round-up
Don’t forget to check out all active contests on our website! Like to plan your submissions calendar in advance? The Big List of Writing Contests lists a variety of book, magazine, and chapbook contests by their deadline date. Plus don’t forget to go through our contests for young writers. The majority of those contests are free to enter.
2021 Hal Prize Open for Submissions
Deadline: September 15, 2021
Submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography are now being accepted for the 2021 Hal Prize. Judges for the 2021 contest include Lan Samantha Chang (fiction), Faith Adiele (nonfiction), Mark Wunderlich (poetry), and Coburn and Tad Dukehart (photography). First place winners will receive $250 and a Hal Prize mug made by local potter, Clay Bay Pottery; second place receives $100 and third $50. All winners will be printed in the new literary journal, 8142 Review, coming out in November. Submissions are due by Sept. 15. For more information and to submit, visit thehalprize.com.
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Deadline: September 30, 2021
19th year, sponsored by Winning Writers. Win $3,000 for a poem in any style and $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Total prizes: $8,000. The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value). Both published and unpublished work accepted. Winning entries published online. Submit two poems for one $15 entry fee. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. Judged by S. Mei Sheng Frazier. This contest is recommended by Reedsy. See past winners, advice from the judge, and submit online at winningwriters.com/tompoetrynp21.
Missouri Review’s 31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize
Deadline: October 1, 2021
The Missouri Review is pleased to announce that the 31st annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize is now open. Winners in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction receive $5000 and publication, promotion, and an event to be determined later. All entries are considered for publication in TMR, or in our web-exclusive features, BLAST and/or Poem of the Week. Visit our website to learn more: www.missourireview.com/contests/jeffrey-e-smith-editors-prize/.
Minds on Fire Open Book Prize—$1,500
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Conduit Books & Ephemera is pleased to announce our fourth annual Open Book Prize is accepting submissions. Awarded annually and open to any poet writing in English, regardless of previous publication record, the prize seeks to represent the best contemporary writing in high quality editions of enduring value. Prospective entrants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Conduit, which champions originality, intelligence, irreverence, and humanity. All manuscripts welcome, be they first books or last books. Previously unpublished manuscripts of 48-90 pages should be submitted through our Submittable page. The winning poet will receive $1,500 and 30 author copies. $25.00 Entry Fee.
The 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize
Deadline: October 31, 2021
The 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize: Enter Now Via Submittable. Deadline: October 31, 2021. Winners announced by November 30, 2021. 8,000 word max, no minimum. All genres welcome. Entry Fee: $25. CASH PRIZES: 1st – $2,000; 2nd – $1,000; 3rd – $500; Honorable Mentions – $50. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in the print anthology, and will receive one free contributor copy. All other entries will be considered for publication in a TDR Issue/TDR Daily. All TDR publications are considered at the end of the year for our Best of the Best print anthology. Writer may refuse offer to publish.
2022 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2021
Press 53 Award for Short Fiction: First Prize $1,000, publication, and 50 copies (ten hardcover and 40 softcover) awarded to an unpublished collection of short stories. Press 53 Short Fiction Editor, Claire V. Foxx, will judge. Enter online through Submittable. Deadline: midnight, December 31, Eastern Time. Winner and finalists announced before May 1, 2022. Reading fee: $30. Complete information, plus a list of past winners at www.press53.com/award-for-short-fiction. Questions should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief at email@example.com or 336-770-5353