Calls and Contests 2021

Call :: Deadline Extended for Religious Abuse Anthology

Take The Fruit, Flood The Desert Anthology GuidelinesExtended Deadline: December 31, 2021
Take The Fruit, Flood The Desert: A Religious Trauma Anthology 
is accepting submissions. Did you question church doctrine and the way leaders/family members used it to lead you? How did the threat of eternal damnation affect you? Did you experience self-loathing or an inability to make decisions? What messages did the church give you about your relationship to your body, sex, and boundaries? How have you healed and reclaimed your identity? Send up to 3 pieces of any genre (Google or Word docs) up to 2,500 words total to, with the subject “submission, Take The Fruit.” Don’t forget the deadline to submit has been extended to December 31!

Contest :: December 1 Deadline for 2022 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize

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Deadline: December 1, 2021
december magazine seeks entries for our 2022 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Grace Cavalieri is judging. Prize: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be published in the 2022 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

Call :: Under 1 Month Left to Submit Work to RCC MUSE

RCC MUSE Journal coverDeadline: December 15, 2021
MUSE is especially looking to publish work from under- or misrepresented groups, such as people of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+, present/formerly incarcerated people, and others from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. 
Through Dec. 15: submit one short story or CNF 1500 words max; up to three poems. Mail to RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92506 or email If email, send as attachment with “Last Name – Genre – Title of Submission” in the subject line (e.g., Smith – Prose – “In Summer”). Please include contact information. See full submission guidelines at

Call :: Still “Time” to Submit to Abandon Journal Issue 3

Abandon Journal logoDeadline: November 30, 2021
Issue #3 of Abandon Journal is open for submissions until 11/30/21. The theme is “Abandon Time” (interpret that as you wish). No fees for general subs. Accepting just about anything, as long as it is created with abandon, and we pay our contributors. See for full guidelines.

Call :: November 30 Deadline to Submit to Tint Journal

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Deadline: November 30, 2021
Tint Journal, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by writers who compose their work in English as their second or foreign language. We are also open for visual art submissions. See our homepage for our submission guidelines at, and submit by November 30, 2021 to be considered for publication in our upcoming Spring ’22 issue. No fee! For year-round book review and interview submissions contact #showyourtint

Calls :: Attentive Publisher Atmosphere Press Reading Book Manuscripts in All Genres

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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

Contest :: Amsterdam Open Book Prize | Versal Editions

banner for Versal 2021 Amsterdam Open Book PrizeDeadline: December 31, 2021
Versal is currently accepting submissions for the biennial Amsterdam Open Book Prize. Chapbook-length to full book manuscripts between 25 and 80 pages of different genres and forms, including poetry, fiction and nonfiction prose, and especially experimental, hybrid and collaborative pieces are welcome. Inventive works that create new landscapes visually, sonically or cognitively excite us. Writing that resists and rebels. Work that is humanizing and radical and necessary in the world. Literary expressions that push boundaries. Linguistic gatherings and reckonings. Judge: Raina León. Deadline: December 31, 2021. For full guidelines, please visit:

Call :: Sky Island Journal: Issue 19 (Winter 2022) Call for Submissions

Deadline: December 31, 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 19 before midnight on December 31st, at

Contest :: The Society of Classical Poets 2022 Poetry Competition

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Deadline: December 31, 2021
The Society of Classical Poets is accepting entries to the 2022 Poetry Competition with a first prize of $2,000. Submit one to three poems. Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables). See website for tutorials. Rhyme and other traditional techniques are encouraged as well, but not required. Submission fee: $20. High School Prize: $200. Submission fee $5. Translation Prize: $100. No submission fee. visit for full details.

Contest :: Test Site Poetry Prize Call for Manuscripts Engaging the Perilous Conditions of Life in the 21st Century

Interim 2021 Test Site Poetry Prize bannerDeadline: November 15, 2021
We’re looking for manuscripts of at least 48 pages that engage the perilous conditions of life in the 21st century, as they pertain to issues of social justice and the earth. Because we believe the truth is always experimental, we’ll especially appreciate books with innovative approaches. Beginning in 2021 and going forward, Interim will be publishing two books in their Test Site Poetry series—one title publicized as the winner of the Test Site Poetry Series and the other as the Betsy Joiner Flanagan Award in Poetry. Both winners will receive $1,000 and publication by the University of Nevada Press.