Calls and Contests 2020

Call :: River Heron Review – Poems, For Now

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River Heron Review online poetry journal offers readers a supplemental issue, Poems, For Now, highlighting poems responding to the current socio-political climate. Writers are invited to submit up to three poems that respond to the questions: What are the issues that concern you? Prompt you to action? The next submission period is July 15 – September 15 with publication on October 15, 2022. River Heron Review will donate $1 from each submission fee to Philabundance, the Philadelphia area’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America.

Call :: We Want the Best Stories in All Genres

The Blue Mountain Review flierSubmissions accepted year-round.

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.

Call :: Blue Mountain Review Seeks Homespun Feel with International Appeal

The Blue Mountain Review flierDeadline: Submissions accepted year-round.
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. The November 2020 issue features interviews with writers Lee Herrick, Lee Matthew Goldberg, and Jendi Reiter.

Call :: NOMADartx Review Seeks Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Art, Interviews, & Reviews

NOMADartx logoDeadline: Rolling
NOMADartx is an emerging global creative network dedicated to sharing and amplifying creative potential, regardless of genre. Our new NOMADartx Review curates fresh voices that address creativity and creative process via fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews, critiques, and reviews. Our “Industry Specials” column also provides a place for contemporary creatives to share wisdom (individual or collective) toward building success in their fields of practice. We currently consider work that addresses these themes in any way. More information is here: nomadartx.submittable.com/submit.

Call :: Essential Voices Anthology Extends Submissions Deadline to January 15

Extended 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. To accommodate those who do not have computer and/or internet access, we accept both electronic and mail-in submissions either typed or handwritten. However, we only accept visual art electronically. There is no submission fee. Please see the full guidelines at www.essentialvoicesanthology.wordpress.com before submitting to essentialanthology@gmail.com.

Call :: Chestnut Review Invites Submissions from Stubborn Artists Year-round

Deadline: 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 $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! Don’t forget to check out our recent issues at chestnutreview.com.

Contest :: River Styx 2021 Microfiction Contest: $1000 Prize and Publication

River Styx 2021 Microfiction Contest BannerDeadline: December 31, 2020
River Styx offers a prize of $1,000 for a single microfiction story of 500 words or fewer. The top three stories will be published, and all stories will be considered for publication. Your choice of entry fee: $20 to receive a one-year (two issue) subscription or $15 to receive just the issue with the winning stories. Submit up to three stories per entry, maximum 500 words per story. Additional stories may be submitted with additional fees. Submissions may not be previously published either in print or online. Submit via mail or Submittable. Complete guidelines are posted at www.riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest/.

Call :: Don’t Forget Sky Island Journal Issue 15 Submission Deadline is December 31

Sky Island Journal Issue 14 coverDeadline: Midnight (CST) December 31, 2020
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 75,000 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, and individualized response detailing what we appreciated. Enjoy our previous issues, and submit for Issue 15 before midnight (CST) on December 31st at www.skyislandjournal.com.

Call :: We Pay Contributors: Driftwood Press Submissions Open

Driftwood Press website screenshotDeadline: Year-round
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

Contest :: Last Month to Submit to Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

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Deadline: December 31, 2020
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.