We’re looking for enthralling, upbeat stories set in futures we might want to live in. In contrast to growing dystopian stories and darker themes that seem so abundant in today’s literature. We invite you instead to share in our vision of a better tomorrow. Of a future filled with wonder and hope. We publish stories that transport us to another world, a bright future, one we want to believe in, one we’ll fight to see realized. The theme of our next issue is ‘underrepresented protagonists.’ www.utopiasciencefiction.com
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Application Deadline: January 1. One of the first creative writing programs in the country, UNC Greensboro’s MFA is a two-year residency program offering fully funded assistantships with stipends and health insurance. Students work closely with faculty in one-on-one tutorials, take courses in poetry, fiction, publishing, and creative nonfiction, and pursue opportunities in college teaching or editorial work for The Greensboro Review. More at mfagreensboro.org.
Fall Dates: Wednesdays, Nov 4–25; Winter Dates: 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.
There’s still time to enter the 30th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize from the Missouri Review. Winners in each category receive $5000, publication, promotion, and a virtual event to be determined. Submit one piece of fiction or nonfiction up to 8,500 words or up to 10 pages of poems. Enter online or by mail. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: October 15.
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.
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.
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.
Established in 2000, The Awakenings Review is an annual lit mag committed to publishing poetry, short story, nonfiction, photography, and art by writers, poets and artists who have a relationship with mental illness: either self, family member, or friend. Our striking hardcopy publication is one of the nation’s leading journals of this genre. Creative endeavors and mental illness have long had a close association. The Awakenings Review publishes works derived from artists’, writers’, and poets’ experiences with mental illness, though mental illness need not be the subject of your work. Visit www.AwakeningsProject.org for submission guidelines.
Deadline: January 15, 2021
Take the 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 www.reading-works.org.
Deadline: November 15, 2020
Light and Dark is an online literary magazine seeking works of short fiction by both new and established authors. We are looking for stories that grapple boldly with the dichotomous nature of existence: the light and the dark; the pain, pleasure; the joy and sorrow. We pay $15 per story. For our complete submission guidelines, head over to either our website or our Submission Manager at Submittable. We look forward to reading your work!
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.