The Missouri Review invites audio submissions of 15 minutes or less in the categories of poetry, prose, humor, and audio documentary. Winners in each category receive $1000, publication on our website, and promotion on our social media platforms. This year’s guest judge is Alex Sujong Laughlin. All entrants receive a free digital subscription, and the first 100 entrants will also get a free e-book of their choice from Missouri Review Books. New deadline: May 1. www.missourireview.com/contests/audio-contest/
Calls & Contests
Cloudbank has extended the deadline for its Issue 14 writing contest to March 15. The extension is for poetry submissions only. $15 fee includes a two issue subscription. Learn more…
We’re the site your teacher warned you about! The no frills brown bag in your face thumb your nose online psychotropolis for the literarily insane. Get committed today! The infamous dude sextet is bustlin’, hustlin’, itchin’, and twitchin’ for QUALITY short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and screenplays that smell ripe and kick ass for our hopefully offensive upcoming Issue 6. If we like what you submit we’ll be all over you; if we don’t we promise to be gentle, especially if it’s your first time. See our Guidelines for details: fleasonthedog.com. Submissions open March 1-April 30.
7 Writers to Rediscover This March. Powell’s City of Books Blog.
Women authors, particularly queer authors and authors of color, have frequently been relegated to the dustbin of history while their male contemporaries have been added to the Western canon and taught in classrooms ad infinitum. Some women are successful in their lifetimes, but, overshadowed by their male contemporaries, fall out of print and the collective consciousness after their deaths. Others languish in obscurity during their most prolific years and find recognition only at the end of their lives; or, they are recognized posthumously, when the mores of society catch up with them.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, here are seven authors who were underappreciated in their lifetimes, or who were forgotten and deserve to be better known.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
This anthology seeks to offer a channel for people under 22 to talk to older people about their experiences and concerns. We are looking for short stories, poetry, essay, memoir, from people under 22 discussing what worries you? What angers you, or delights you? In other words: what’s on your mind? Submit up to three poems, or one short story, essay, or memoir up to 5000-words. Art and graphic stories are more than welcome, but the book will in black and white. Everyone under 22 is welcome. We are especially interested in voices from undeserved communities too often left out of the discussion. www.flexiblepub.com/22_under_22
Advice for the AWP Newbie from an AWP Oldie. By Suzanne Roberts, Brevity Blog.
Pace Yourself. Put together a schedule of things you want to attend, but don’t try to go to a panel in every time slot. Shoot for no more than two panels a day, and try to hit the keynote readings. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I got to see people like W.S. Merwin, Seamus Heaney, Grace Paley, and Dereck Walcott read now that they are gone. Seeing these luminaries was more memorable than those times I went to a 26-person marathon reading in a crowded bar with bad free beer…
When students ask me for advice with regard to how to “make it as a writer”, I tell them to get a job that also gives them time and space somehow to write; I tell them find a job that, if they still have it 10 years from now, it wouldn’t make them sad. I worry often that they think this means I don’t think their work is worthy; that I don’t believe they’ll make it in the way that they imagine making it, but this advice is me trying help them sustain themselves enough to make the work I know they can.
The end of February is officially here…but there is still today and tomorrow to make your February submission goals happen! Check out these calls for submissions and writing and book contests with upcoming deadlines.
Calls for Submissions
February Submission Deadlines
Closes February 28: Chicken Soup for the Soul seeks true stories and poems on the theme of dreams for its Listen to Your Dreams anthology. There is no fee to submit. They are a paying market.
Closes February 29: Wordrunner eChapbooks is open to submissions for its 10th anniversary issue through tomorrow. They want your best works of fiction, personal narratives, novel excerpts, memoirs, and poetry. They are a paying market. $3 fee.
March Submission Deadlines
Anomaly. Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Comics, Translations, Audio, Video, Art. $3 Fee. Deadline: March 1.
Jenny Magazine. Issue 18: Revitalizing the Small Town. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry. No fee. Deadline: March 1. [Read more…] about Weekly Roundup for Calls & Contests :: February 28, 2020
Jacar Press, A Community Active Press, publishes poetry chapbooks, full-length collections, anthologies, and an award-winning online magazine, One which features Pulitzer Prize winners and new poets from 6 continents. Book sales support progressive organizations, including groups that address racism, gender discrimination, immigration issues, women’s initiatives, violence and abuse, prisoner reintegration programs, and others. Jacar Press offers low-cost workshops featuring writers like Lynn Emanuel, Patricia Spears Jones, Dorianne Laux, Li-Young Lee, Marilyn Nelson, Ilya Kaminsky, etc. Chapbook and full-length contests open through April 30. Past judges have included Chana Bloch, Toi Derricotte, Hélène Cardona, Lola Haskins, Rickey Laurentiis, Dorianne Laux, Jamaal May, and others. jacarpress.com/submissions/#contests
The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is accepting submissions through March 14, 2020. Winner receives $2,000 and publication in the Fall issue of literary magazine Colorado Review. $15 fee to submit by mail or $17 via Submittable. Learn more…
June 1 is the deadline to submit essays to literary magazine The Fiddlehead‘s 2020 Creative Nonfiction Contest. The reading fee entitles entrants to a one-year subscription. This also includes the 75th anniversary issue. Winner receives $2,000 CAD and publication in the Autumn 2020 issue. Learn more..