Calls and Contests 2021

Contest :: 2022 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction Open to Entries

Deadline: December 31, 2021
Don’t forget the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is currently open to submissions! First Prize $1,000, publication, and 50 copies (ten hardcover and 40 softcover) awarded to an unpublished collection of short stories. Press 53 Short Fiction Editor, Claire V. Foxx, will judge. Enter online through Submittable. Deadline: midnight, December 31, Eastern Time. Winner and finalists announced before May 1, 2022. Reading fee: $30. Complete information, plus a list of past winners at Questions should be directed to Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Editor in Chief at or 336-770-5353.

Call :: Heron Tree 2022

Deadline: January 15, 2022
Heron Tree
is open for submissions through January 15, 2022. We will read submissions and make decisions on a rolling basis. Accepted poems will be published individually online (one poem a week beginning in February 2022) and then collected in Heron Tree volume 9, which will be available as a free downloadable ebook. This special issue will be devoted to found poetry. See our detailed submission guidelines at

Call :: Abandon Journal Issue #3 (Abandon Time) Open For Submissions

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.

Contest :: 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 :: Take The Fruit Religion Abuse Anthology Seeks Subs

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.”

Call :: RCC MUSE Journal – Poetry and Prose Submissions Open

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

October 2021 eLitPak :: 31st Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize: Deadline Extended

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Deadline: October 18, 2021
Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize has extended its deadline to October 18. Winners in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction receive $5,000 and publication. All entrants receive a 1-year digital subscription and a free copy of the digital anthology Private Lives. All-access entrants receive an additional decade of TMR digital issues, complete with audio recordings. All entries considered for publication.

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October 2021 eLitPak :: Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry

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The Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry features a first place prize of $1,000 and three Runners Up prizes of $250 each. We especially encourage poets from underrepresented groups and backgrounds to send their work. Find more information at our website.

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October 2021 eLitPak :: Tartt First Fiction Award

Screenshot of Livingston Press September, October, November, December 2021 flier for the NewPages eLitPakThis year’s co-winners were Judy Juanita of Oakland, CA. and Schuyler Dickson of Houlka, MS. Their respective books will come out in June. The deadline for the new contest is December 31. Please see our website for details. And see our forthcoming books, also. Credit cards accepted.

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Call :: Calling ESL (Non-Native English) Writers for Prose and Poetry

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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