Weekly Round-up of Calls & Contests :: February 4, 2022

Happy February. Blizzards and freezing temperatures are great reasons to stay inside with a hot drink and work on writing and editing. Let’s keep your submissions goals for 2022 going strong! Time to look back at the submission opportunities featured on NewPages this past week. Don’t forget newsletter subscribers get a first look first. Subscribe today!

Calls for Submissions

You can view all active calls for submissions by visiting our website. Plus, if you have a young writer in your house, don’t forget you can find publications for them to submit to in our Young Writers Guide.

They Call Us. Matrons Issue. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, cross-genre, interviews. No fee. Deadline: February 19, 2022.

Santa Clara Review. Spring 2022 Issue. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, drama, screenplays, translations. No fee. Deadline: February 28, 2022.

The Twin Bill. Baseball fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art. No fee. Payment: $5 for poems, $10 for essays, $20 for short stories. Deadline: March 15, 2022.

Mistake House Magazine Seeks Submissions from Graduate & Undergraduate Writers. Mistake House Magazine publishes fiction and poetry by students in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. We seek inventive work that speaks to the heart in a complex global context, including work expressive of documentary poetics. Submissions open through March 15, 2022. Submission fee $5. Guidelines at www.mistakehouse.org/submit/.

Rockvale Review. Issue 8. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. $2.50 fee. Deadline: March 31, 2022.

Kings River Review Call for 2-Year College Student Submissions. The Kings River Review publishes artwork, creative nonfiction, short fiction, and poetry of current 2-year community college students. Submission Deadlines: April 1 for the spring issue and October 15 for the fall issue. Submission Rrequirements: up to 5 pieces of artwork and photography sent as .JPEG files; creative nonfiction and fiction of up to 3,000 words; and up to 5 poems. Go to kingsriverreview.com for full submission guidelines.

Allium. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. $3 fee. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Clinch. Issue 1. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. No fee. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Syncopation Literary Journal. Volume 1 Issue 2. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. No fee. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Oyster River Pages Seeks Submissions for Annual Issue. Oyster River Pages is a literary and artistic collective seeking submissions for our annual issue that stretch creative and social boundaries. In addition to submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts, we also seek to promote new voices in our Emerging Voices Poetry and Emerging Voices Fiction sections. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity, something we see as especially important during these tumultuous times. Because of this, we seek to feature artists whose voices have been historically de-centered or marginalized. Please see www.oysterriverpages.com for submission details. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

Able Muse (Poetry, Prose, & Art) – Submission Now Open. Able Muse is now accepting submissions for our forthcoming issue, Winter 2022/2023. Submit poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, art, and photography. Submission opens yearly January 1 and closes July 15. Read our guidelines and submit at www.ablemuse.com/submit/.

Atmosphere Press Reading Book Manuscripts in All Genres. 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 WeeklyKirkus, and Booklist, and have even appeared on a giant billboard in Times Square. Submit your book manuscript at atmospherepress.com. Deadline: Year-round.

Call for Submissions: Storm Cellar. Storm Cellar seeks new and amazing writing and art for its spring issue! We are a journal of safety and danger, in many senses, in print and ebook formats since 2011. Send secrets, codes, adventures, mad experiments, and wild things. Black, Indigenous, POC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, fat, border-straddling, poor, and other marginalized authors encouraged; bonus points for a Midwest connection. Now paying; limited no-fee submissions available each month. Full guidelines and f.a.q. at stormcellar.org/submit and submit at Submittable. Deadline: Rolling.

Chestnut Review Invites Submissions Year Round. Chestnut Review, a journal 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 $120. 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! chestnutreview.com

Daily Stories of Fifty Words or Less Straight into Your Inbox. If a reader signs up to 50 Give or Take, they will receive daily microfiction of fifty words or less straight into their inbox. Despite popular opinion, the name 50 Give or Take doesn’t refer to the number of words in the story. It is a metaphor for what we, as readers and writers, give and take emotionally from the written word. Do you write flash fiction? Then submit! We publish all accepted stories in a print collection every November 6. All you have to do is submit your story, one-line bio, and vertical photo of yourself. Info here: vineleavespress.com/50-give-or-take.html. Deadline: Rolling.

The Blue Mountain Review. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, music, visual art. $5 fee. Deadline: Year-round.

Free Radicals. Speculative fiction, nonfiction, art, photography, games. No fee. Deadline: Rolling.

Jewish Fiction .net. Fall 2022 Issue. Fiction. No fee. Deadline: Year-round.

Palooka. Chapbooks, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, graphic narratives, comics. $3 – $8 fee. Deadline: Rolling.

Works Progress. Fiction. No fee. Deadline: Year-round.


New Issues

Check out the full roundup of the latest issues of literary magazines at our weekly updated Magazine Stand.

Read Volume 1, Issue 1 for Free! Syncopation Literary Journal amalgamates the realms of literature and music. Volume 1, Issue 1 is now available to read on the website for FREE! The first issue contains book excerpts, poetry, creative nonfiction, short stories, and flash fiction penned by writers and musicians from around the world. Titles of pieces in issue include: “The First Time I Heard Leonard Cohen,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” and “I’ve Got the Blues.” To read Volume 1, Issue 1, visit our website: syncopationliteraryjournal.wordpress.com.


Writing Contests

You can find all active contest ads on our website. Like to plan your submissions calendar in advance? The Big List of Writing Contests lists a variety of book, magazine, and chapbook contests by their deadline date. Plus, if you have elementary to undergraduate aged writers in your life, don’t forget to go through our contests for young writers. The majority of those contests are free to enter.

2022 New American Poetry Prize Extended Deadline February 14. Submissions are now open for the 2022 New American Poetry Prize. The winning author will receive a publication contract including $1,500, 25 copies, and promotional support. All forms and styles of poetry are welcome. Final judge this year is Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning (2012), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize, and Guillotine (2020). Please use Submittable to send your work. Extended Deadline: February 14, 2022.

Writer Advice. Flash Memoir Contest. Nonfiction. $5 fee. Prize: $150. Deadline: March 2, 2022.

2022 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction. $2,500 honorarium and publication in the Fall/Winter issue of Colorado Review: Submit an unpublished story between 2,500 and 12,500 words by March 14, 2022 (we will observe a 5-day grace period). $15 reading fee (add $2 to submit online). Final judge is Ramona Ausubel; 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 nelliganprize.colostate.edu or Nelligan Prize, Colorado Review, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

2022 Able Muse Contests Now Open for Submissions. 2022 Able Muse Contests :: Submit now! Write Prize (poetry & fiction): $500 each + publication. Final Judges: Aaron Poochigian (poetry), Dennis Must (fiction); $15 entry; deadline: March 15, 2022. Enter now—go to www.ablemusepress.com for full details.

Announcing the Second Annual Perkoff Prize from the Missouri Review. The 2022 Perkoff Prize is a tri-genre contest from the Missouri Review that awards $1,000 and publication each to writers of the best story, set of poems, or essay that engages in evocative ways with health and medicine as judged by the editors. Deadline: March 15. Regular entries ($15) will receive a free year-long digital subscription to TMR, while All Access entries ($30) will receive a year-long digital subscription plus access to the last 10 years of digital issues, complete with audio recordings of all features. All entries considered for publication. Learn more at our website

2022 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction. $1,000 first prize in each category plus a Pushcart Prize nomination. Winners and two Runners-up in each category published in Prime Number Magazine. Reading fee $15. Poetry judged by Faith Shearin, author of Lost Language and others. Short Fiction judged by Jubal Tiner, author of The Waterhouse and founding editor of Pisgah Review. Open January 1 to March 31. Submit online through Submittable. Details at www.Press53.com/prime-number-magazine-awards.

2022 Able Muse Contests Now Open for Submissions. 2022 Able Muse Contests :: Submit now! Book Award (poetry): $1,000 + book publication. Final Judge: Rachel Hadas; $25 entry; deadline: March 31, 2022. Enter now—go to www.ablemusepress.com for full details.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee). Submit one humor poem up to 250 lines to win $2,000. Second prize: $500. 10 Honorable Mentions: $100 each. Top 12 poems published online. 21st annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by Duotrope. No fee to enter. Accepts published and unpublished work. Judge: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer. This contest is recommended by Reedsy. Learn more and submit at winningwriters.com/werglenp22. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

The Nimrod Literary Awards: $6,000 in Prizes. Submissions are open for the Nimrod Literary Awards, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 and publication, as well as readings at our Awards Ceremony. Finalists and selected semi-finalists will be published and paid at a rate of $10/page. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages; for fiction, one story, 7,500 words maximum. Manuscripts may be mailed or submitted online: nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription. Open internationally. Email or visit our website for complete rules. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Orison Books. 2022 Orison Prizes. Fiction, poetry. $25 fee. Prize: $1,500 and publication. Judges: Rajiv Mohabir, Tania James. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Syncopation Literary Journal. Short Story Contest. No fee. Deadline: April 4, 2022.

First Pages Prize – Submissions Open March 1, 2022. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the FIRST PAGES PRIZE invites you to enter your First Five Pages (1,250 words) of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Five winners receive cash awards, a tailored edit and an agent consultation. Our 2022 prize judge is author Justin Torres. Entry fee is $20 ($35 Extended). Visit our website for more information: www.firstpagesprize.com. Deadline: April 10 (April 24 Extended).

Brilliant Flash Fiction’s Welcome 2022 Writing Contest with Pamela Painter. No prompt or theme. No Entry Fee. Word limit: 500 words, excluding title. Submit entries via email. Prizes: $200 first prize, $100 second prize, $50 third prize. Shortlisted stories receive $20 and publication. Judge: Pamela PainterContest Rules: One entry per author. Send your entry pasted into the body of an email and also as a Word attachment with the story title in the subject line. Double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman. No name on entries. Submit an author bio in a separate attachment. Results announced June 30, 2022. View full guidelines here. Deadline: April 15, 2022.

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