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Calls for Submissions
upstreet seeks fiction & creative nonfiction
Deadline: March 1 (annual)
We invite you to submit your fiction and creative nonfiction to upstreet, an award-winning literary journal based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We do not consider unsolicted poetry submissions at this time. Fiction and nonfiction pieces must be 5,000 words or less. Payment upon publication. Decision notifications will be made via email by mid-May. www.upstreet-mag.org
A Literary Giant Returns!
Story is a triannual print publication devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative with a focus on fiction and nonfiction. Recent contributors include Anne Valente, Michael Martone, Carolyn Ferrell, Jordan Jacks, Yohanca Delgado, and Phong Nguyen. Since 1931, work that originally appeared in Story has been reprinted dozens of times in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The Prize Stories. www.storymagazine.org
Publishing Prominent and Promising Poets & Authors for over 75 Years
The Antioch Review is a small independent magazine founded in 1941 by Antioch College faculty and staff. We have an international cast of writers, readers, and supporters and high standards; selecting the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, delivering “The BEST words in the BEST order.” The Review has published independent writers, exceptional poets, and brilliant thinkers throughout its 75 years and played an important role in literary history via publishing the promising alongside the prominent. Antioch Review, P.O. Box 148, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Submission information: review.antiochcollege.edu/guidelines.
Fourth Genre Now Accepting General Submissions
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction is now accepting submissions for the open reading period. Go to fourthgenre.submittable.com between August 30 and November 30. Detailed submission guidelines available at fourthgenre.msu.edu.
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review Wants Your Submissions
Deadline: November 30, 2019
Submit your work to be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Meat for Tea. Happy contributors say: “MfT is the best kept secret in the world of literary journals. It jump started my publishing life and the editor/s are responsive and produce a magazine of high quality” (Stefan Lovasik). “I am consistently surprised and astonished at the work appearing in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. The $4.50 submission fee helps an independent print journal, and indispensable element of our literary culture, survive and thrive (Michael Washburn). We invite you to also become a happy contributor. meatfortea.com/submit.htm
Main Street Rag Poetry Book Contest
Deadline: February 1, 2020
Submissions open December 1 for poetry manuscripts between 52-88 pages (including section breaks) but not including Contents and Notes pages. DO NOT include acknowledgments or author personal information anywhere in the submission aside from the cover letter, where title and all contact information are required. Reading fee: $27 (online), $25 for printed submissions. Prize: $1200, 50 copies of book, and a one-year subscription to The Main Street Rag. All entries considered for publication. www.mainstreetrag.com
2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry
Deadline: January 14, 2020
$2,000 honorarium and book publication: Submit book-length collection of poems to the Colorado Prize for Poetry by January 14, 2020. $25 reading fee (add $3 to submit online) includes subscription to Colorado Review. Final judge is Kiki Petrosino; friends and students (current or former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni. Complete guidelines at coloradoprize.colostate.edu or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.
Submit to The Fiddlehead’s 29th Annual Poetry Contest!
Deadline: December 2, 2019
Submit now to The Fiddlehead’s 29th annual poetry contest. Our judges this year are Ali Blythe, Kayla Geitzler, and Souvankham Thammavongsa. The entry fee is $30 CAD for Canadian addresses and $36 USD for non-Canadian addresses. Entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Additional entries are only $10 each. One entry consists of 1-3 poems (max. 100 lines each poem). One prize of $2,000 CAD (+ publication at $60 CAD per page) will be awarded and the winner will be published in the Spring 2020 issue, as well as online at our website. For more information visit our website: thefiddlehead.ca
Tartt First Fiction Award: No Fee!
Deadline: December 31 (annual)
Livingston Press annually awards $1,000 and publication for a collection of short stories by writers who have not previously published a story collection. There is no entry fee. For complete rules, visit livingstonpress.uwa.edu.
Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry
Deadline: November 15, 2019
This is an annual national poetry prize that features a first place of $1,000 cash award and invitation to the awards event in Philadelphia. Three runners up will each receive a $250 cash award. The winning and runner up poems are published in the Spring issue. www.philadelphiastories.org
2020 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize—Open
Deadline: December 1, 2019
December Magazine seeks submissions for our 2020 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge: Aimee Nezhukumatathil. $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention); all finalists will be published in the 2020 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website: decembermag.org/2020-jeff-marks-memorial-poetry-prize.
$2,000 Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story
Deadline: December 10, 2019
$2,000 and publication in Beloit Fiction Journal for the best unpublished story on any theme. Jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Building Fiction and Underground Women, will judge. 7,000 words max. $20 reading fee. www.beloit.edu/fiction-journal/
New & Featured Titles
Titles from Wolsak & Wynn
In Adjacentland, a disquieting new work from award-winning novelist Rabindranath Maharaj, a man awakens in a strange institution called the Compound with no memory of his past. In dreamlike prose Maharaj weaves a story of fragments, where our narrator comes to believe that he was once a comic book writer who warned that the reliance on artificial intelligence would make the imagination obsolete and subversive. The Death Scene Artist is the debut novel from award-nominated author Andrew Wilmot who skillfully interweaves film scripts, blog posts, letters and obituaries to tell the story of two people struggling to find their identities. www.wolsakandwynn.ca
Birds & Muses Literary Mentorship and Editorial Consulting
Realize your vision for your book with the guidance of Kate Moses, internationally acclaimed novelist, bestselling essayist, Salon founding editor & staff writer, senior editor North Point Press. Wintering, Cakewalk, Mothers Who Think: translated into 18 languages, Kafka Award, American Book Award, Lannan Fellowship. Specializing in literary fiction & nonfiction. BOOKGARDAN Year-Long Book Mentorship Program: practical sustenance, professional discernment, unwavering commitment to bring your book to fruition. Two week-long residencies at Craigardan with a small cohort, 11 months of individual mentorship, online curriculum, group conferences. Next Session: October 2020—October 2021. www.birdsandmuses.com
Subscriptions, Classroom Adoptions, & Special Offers
Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes four issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world. Read. Submit. Volunteer. www.sinisterwisdom.org
Reimagine Place with Ecotone
Read the best place-based work by emerging and established writers and artists: poetry, fiction, comics, maps, dance, and art. Subscribe at our special student rate of $14/year and receive our next two issues in print and online! Visit ecotonemagazine.org, choose One-Year Individual Subscription or One-Year Individual Subscription Renewal, and use code reimagine14 at checkout. Reimagine place with us!
Inspiration for Writing & Teaching
WordFarm books are perfect for supplementing traditional texts or for using as student exercises and personal writing prompts. Enjoy fun and quirky themes plus a variety of genres, styles, and regional perspectives—all from contemporary poets, novelists, and essayists. And check out our collection of essays by poets and teachers of poetry responding to the later work of W. S. Merwin (includes an interview)! Order WordFarm books from Small Press Distribution (spdbooks.org), from Amazon (amazon.com), or direct from WordFarm (wordfarm.net).
Conferences, Workshops, & Writing Programs
The MFA at FAU
Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program offers concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. All accepted students are offered a complete funding package including a teaching assistantship, stipend, and tuition waiver. Core faculty include Ayşe Papatya Bucak, Andrew Furman, Becka Mara McKay, Susan Mitchell, Kate Schmitt, and Jason Schwartz. Students have the opportunity to work on national literary magazine Swamp Ape Review which is open to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, visual art, and “Swamp” through November 1. No submission fee. www.fau.edu/artsandletters/english/mfa/
16th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Application Deadline: November 10, 2019
The 16th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival will be held January 20-25, 2020 at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach, Florida. Six days and evenings of workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript consultations, panel discussions, and social events. Workshop faculty includes poets: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown, Reginald Gibbons, Jessica Jacobs, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. Special Guest is U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and Poet At Large is Patricia Smith. Workshop admission is by application online with Submittable including three poems with a $25 application fee and tuition deposit by November 10, 2019. www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org
Odyssey Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Writers
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020
Event Dates: June 1-July 10, 2020 in Manchester, NH
Write fantasy, science fiction, or horror? Odyssey is one of the most highly regarded workshops in the world for writers of the fantastic. Guest lecturers include top writers, editors, and agents. Fifty-nine percent of graduates are professionally published, and among graduates are New York Times bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers, and award winners. Director Jeanne Cavelos is a bestselling author, former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and winner of the World Fantasy Award. Held in New Hampshire each summer, Odyssey combines advanced lectures, in-depth feedback, and individual guidance. Application deadline 4/1. Odyssey also offers online classes, application deadlines early December. odysseyworkshop.org
Arcadia Low Residency MFA
Arcadia University’s low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, the only one of its kind in the Philadelphia area, is distinctive in that it incorporates both a dynamic online environment and a study abroad experience. The course emphasizes online workshops; personal attention from faculty; studying abroad, with a residency in Edinburgh, Scotland; and the preparation of both a book-length manuscript and a plan to publish it. Arcadia’s experienced and award-winning faculty help to prepare each student for a career in writing and in teaching the craft at the college level. www.arcadia.edu/mfacw
Writers in Paradise 2020
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
Event Dates: January 18-25, 2020; St. Petersburg, Florida
Focused, intimate, and rigorous workshops in novel, short story, crime & suspense, memoir, creative nonfiction, structure, screenwriting, flash fiction, poetry, and narrative suspense, plus craft sessions, panels, Q&As, readings, signings, and receptions with our award-winning faculty and lecturers. 2020 Lineup: Billy Collins, Andre Dubus III, John Dufresne, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Ann Hood, Ashley M. Jones, Michael Koryta, Laura Lippman, Peter Meinke, Stewart O’Nan, Gregory Pardlo, Dani Shapiro, Les Standiford, Helen Pruitt Wallace, Sterling Watson, editor George Gibson and agent Ann Rittenberg.
Apply by November 1: www.writersinparadise.com.
University of South Alabama
Earn your MA with an emphasis in Creative Writing in the vibrant city of Mobile, near some of our country’s best beaches. Tuition waivers and assistantships are available as are additional scholarships for excellence and summer creative writing projects. Home of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing. For more information, visit our website: www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/english/.
MFA in Creative Writing at UNCG: Find Your Story Here
Application Deadline: January 1, 2020
One of the oldest creative writing programs in the country, UNC Greensboro’s MFA Writing Program offers fully funded graduate assistantships with stipends, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance. The MFA is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on studio time for the writing of poetry or fiction. Students work closely with acclaimed faculty in one-on-one tutorials and small classes, including courses in contemporary publishing and creative nonfiction. Our campus features a Distinguished Visiting Writers Series of authors and editors; other professionalization opportunities include college teaching and hands-on editorial work for The Greensboro Review. More at mfagreensboro.org.
MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University
We offer concentrations in poetry and fiction; small classes and intimate workshops; one-on-one mentoring; fully funded teaching assistantships, summer funding opportunities; positions with literary magazine Hayden’s Ferry Review; and Virginia G. Piper Center Research Fellowships. Our program’s faculty includes Matt Bell, Sally Ball, Natalie Diaz, Norman Dubie, Jenny Irish, Tara Ison, T.M. McNally, Alberto Ríos, and Solmaz Sharif. Learn more at english.clas.asu.edu/creativewriting.
Accepting Applications for Fall 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Minnesota State University Mankato is accepting applications for Fall 2020. Deadline for admission and assistantship consideration is February 1.