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CAVE MOON PRESS is currently seeking submissions of 3–5 poems relating to education and social justice. We anticipate the 2021 print publication of a new anthology of poetry that responds in a meaningful way to the theme of empowerment through education, recognizing that recent developments have posed serious challenges for students and educators. Proceeds from the anthology will benefit the Malala Fund. All styles of poetry are welcome. Simultaneous submissions will be considered, but please notify us promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere. Editors will try to respond to all submissions within 3 months or sooner. Contributors receive 2 copies of the anthology. Please send your work in a Word file, along with a brief bio of up to 75 words, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: December 31.
GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA seeks poetry, short stories, flash fiction, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our next anthology. Focus is on experimental and risk-taking themes and styles. Deadline: January 15, 2021. Submission guidelines: www.greatweatherformedia.com.
TELLING OUR STORIES PRESS is seeking visual and literary memoir submissions for ongoing anthology projects including “Show & Tell,” “COVID-19 Diaries” and “Nam.” Learn about newly forming virtual salons centering literature, arts and journaling for artists, writers, scholars and diarists. Visit tellingourstoriespress.com.
ATMOSPHERE PRESS is currently seeking submissions of full-length book manuscripts in all genres—from poetry to fiction to memoir and beyond—with no reading fee. Atmosphere Press is an independent publisher dedicated to honesty, transparency, professionalism, kindness, and making your book awesome. Learn more at atmospherepress.com .
SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern CA poets. Submission period: November 1, 2020 to February 1, 2021. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to www.sixteenrivers.org.
WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. Dates: November 1–December 31 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Judith Brice, Rhina Espaillat, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, George Keithley, Lehua Taitano. Publication in 2022. Guidelines: www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm.
JEANNE LEIBY ANNUAL CHAPBOOK AWARD by The Florida Review. Winner receives chapbook publication plus $1,000. Accepts fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative (flash collections or long-form). Submit up to 45 pages with $25 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. For guidelines, see http://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu.
THE 2020 SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER THEME at Sequestrum is for reprints! We’re accepting previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Standard pay rates and publication applies. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: December 15. E-mail: email@example.com. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org.
AJI MAGAZINE is calling for poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction, reviews, photography, and graphic art from emerging and established writers and artists. Submissions open on May 1 and November 1 and close once the upcoming issue is filled. Back issues are available at www.ajimagazine.com; e-mail queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLE IN THE DARK is a new online publication focusing on works of fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 1,500 words apiece. They’re taking submissions for their Winter/Spring 2021 issue until February 15. More info: http://appleinthedark.com.Free submissions; donations through the “Tip Jar” appreciated.
THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW, a leading lit mag for writers and poets with a relationship to mental illnesses, either self, family member, or friend, is now accepting e-mail submissions to its 2021 issue. Send your work with a cover letter to email@example.com or by mail to: The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. See new submission guidelines at www.awakeningsproject.org.
A BRAND NEW LITERARY JOURNAL literary journal from small press Blydyn Square Books is seeking submissions for our very first issue. No query letters; just send the work. There’s only one requirement: Make us think. For more details, visit blydynsquarebooks.com
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Creosote: a journal of poetry and prose. Please submit hard copies of 3–5 poems, or prose up to 5,000 words. Submission deadline: March 1, 2021. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, Editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ 85552.
CHANGES IN LIFE monthly online newsletter is seeking personal essays from women of all ages. New writers are encouraged to submit their work. For further details and submission guidelines, please visit the website at: www.changesinlife.com.
COMSTOCK REVIEW is in its 35th year of independent publication in 2021. Our open reading period (no fee) runs January 1 through March 31. Also consider our contests. Single poem contest runs April 1 to July 15 (total prizes $1,350); chapbook contest runs August 1 through October 31. (Prize is $1,000 plus 50 copies of chapbook to winner.) See website for details on all submissions. Rules must be followed for contests! Our editors choose poems solely on the basis of artistic merit. We appreciate well-crafted work, consistency of metaphor, refreshing, distinctive imagery, effective use of poetic devices, and themes that cast new perspectives. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: www.comstockreview.org.
CUTBANK is Montana's oldest literary magazine, led by the students of the University of Montana MFA program in Creative Writing. We publish 2 issues per year of compelling fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. $5 submission fee. Contributor copy and cash payment for featured writers. Guidelines: http://www.cutbankonline.org/submissions-calendar.
CUTTHROAT: A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS Journal of the Arts invites submissions for The Corona Chronicles, an online anthology of long stories from 5,000 to 15,000 words focusing on the COVID-19 Pandemic; any style or genre. Submit November 1–December 31 only. $3 reading fee. For guidelines and to submit: www.cutthroatmag.com.
DARK MOON LILITH: DEDICATED TO THE WONDROUS STRANGE. Seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art that lifts veils to expose the unseeable, unspeakable, unbelievable—that which has been hidden, silenced, marginalized by the “reality” of mainstream status quo. Spring submissions-—November 1 to February 1. Summer contest submissions—January 1 to April 1. Guidelines: darkmoonlilithpress.com.
DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is looking for previously unpublished short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 2,000 words), and artwork. The reading period opens in mid-October, 2020, and closes March 1, 2021, with all decisions made by April 2021. Submissions accepted through Submittable: dash.submittable.com/submit.
DEEP WILD: WRITING FROM THE BACKCOUNTRY, the home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, wants your wild words, all genres. Deadline: December 31. Also seeking submissions for our Undergraduate Student Poetry Contest, open January 1–March 1. No fees! For guidelines, visit deepwildjournal.com.
EVENING STREET REVIEW seeks previously unpublished work. Submit 3–6 poems or 1–2 prose pieces. Payment is 1 contributor’s copy. E-mail submissions are preferred as a single .docx or .rtf file. Mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Evening Street Press, 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website: www.eveningstreetpress.com.
FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 21st annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit www.frontrange.edu/frontrangereview.
GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fifth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to girlsrighttheworld @gmail.com by December 31. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.
GLIMPSE SEEKS POEMS. For guidelines, send SASE to George J. Searles, Editor, Box 51, Clinton, NY 13323 or see website: www.glimpsepoetrymagazine.com.
GOT PROEM? Send 3-5 proems, 1 essay, 1 interview, and/or 5-10 visual artworks to PROEM, an international print journal with issues released in April and October. No submission fee; simultaneous submissions allowed; previous publication not allowed. August 14–February 14 deadline. Guidelines here: https://proemjournal.wixsite.com/proem/submissions. Have a good day!
THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY Literary Quarterly wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Submit at https://thehalcyone.submittable.com. Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New Her Words literary magazine for women.
HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR charges no fees and reads submissions August through April. Our work has been featured in the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Details and links to our submission manager can be found at hawaiipacificreview.org.
THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER seeks thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Online submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis. Visit us at https://med-lit.vcu.edu for more information. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @medlitmessenger.
MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE seeks fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. We seek honest, inventive work that speaks to the heart in a complex and difficult global context. Submission window: October 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021. Submission fee: $5. See guidelines at www.mistakehouse.org/submit/.
MONTHS TO YEARS seeks submissions of creative nonfiction (up to 2,500 words), poetry, photography, and art related to death and dying. Submission guidelines:www.monthstoyears.org/ submission-guidelines.
PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will accept submissions of poetry for its December 2020 issue. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Open for submissions: November 2–November 29. Please visit the website for details and to view current/archived work. www.thepedestalmagazine.com.
PEN + BRUSH IN PRINT, the publishing arm of a nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career artists and writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and nonbinary authors. No submission fee! We also accept novels and short story collections. See our website for more information: www.penandbrush.org/explore/literary.
PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS. New online publication from the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston. November 15 deadline for unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. Submit work that deepens the inward life; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; and advances dialogue. Seeking pieces for feature section on spiritual/humanist responses to Black Lives Matter and movements to dismantle oppression. International and underrepresented groups especially welcome. Submit 3-5 pieces; simultaneous submissions OK. Send in a single doc, 12-point TNR with bio in third person, via Submittable or to email@example.com. Currently non-paying; no fee. Questions? Email Alexander Levering Kern, co-editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit pensivejournal.com.
RED PLANET MAGAZINE is an independent literary magazine seeking submissions for the 2020 Winter issue. Red Planet Magazine publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that emphasize a theme of speculative fiction. There is no fee to submit. Deadline is November 30. See submissions page for guidelines: www.redplanetmagazine.com/submissions.
SAPIENS––a digital magazine that illuminates anthropology for a general audience—invites submissions of literary anthropological poems. Submit up to 3 poems. Must have an anthropology background. For guidelines and to submit: sapiens.submittable.com/submit. Queries: email@example.com.
SEEKING SUBMISSIONS for a literary magazine, that includes an artist of the issue and their work. Poetry, short stories, essays, comics, art, photography etc are welcome at any time for possible publication. Magazines pays in copies. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out bohemianrenaissance.com for questions.
SLAB is seeking CNF, fiction, poetry, and text-based graphic art documenting the state of American unrest for its upcoming issue. Send us your work limning injustice, resistance, violence, change, representation, et al. More info at slablitmag.org.
SUBMIT WHATEVER POEMS whenever in the body of an e-mail or in just 1 attachment. The Great American Poetry Show. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. Website: www.tgaps.com. E-mail: email@example.com.
TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW will open January 1 through February 28, 2021 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $55 for poetry & flash prose, $135 for longer work. Everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines: tahomaliteraryreview.com.
TINT JOURNAL, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by non-native English or ESL writers. See our homepage for our current open call and our guidelines, and submit via www.tintjournal.com/submit; #showyourtint and follow us @tintjournal.
TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is an online journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’s BA program in Creative Writing and is setting the bar for contemporary literature with bold and illuminating poetry, fiction, CNF, and quality experimental work. Read us. Write for us. Submissions accepted year-round. For guidelines, see www.twohawksquarterly.com.
UPSTREET: AWARD-WINNING ANNUAL’S 17TH ISSUE seeks quality submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction. Past issues feature interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, Robert Olen Butler, Joan Wickersham, Andre Dubus III, Robin Black, Ann Hood, and David Jauss. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1, 2021. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit: www.upstreet-mag.org.
THE 15TH NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE (NBWC2020): “Activism, Identity and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads” will be held November 11–November 14. Originally scheduled to take place on the campus of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY, this national gathering will now be virtual and presented as a series of online webinars. NBWC2020 Conference Honorees are Carl Clay, Dominique Morisseau, Stanley Nelson, Voza Rivers, and Richard Wesley. Highlights include a keynote summit, a town hall, roundtable discussions, author readings, films, workshops, and more! For more information, visit www.centerforblackliterature.org.
17TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL, Delray Beach, FL, January 18–23, 2021. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes, and Tim Seibles. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Special guests: Gregory Orr and the Parkington Sisters. Poet at Large: Brian Turner. Apply to attend this year’s virtual workshops! To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
27TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 14–18, 2021, online. Featured reader: Ross Gay. Choose from challenging and supportive online workshops in novel writing, memoir, nonfiction, poetry, and more. Join us for readings, yoga, and a virtual dance party. Scholarships available. Learn more and register: www.stockton.edu/wintergetaway.
LONGLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE BIPOC & VETERAN SCHOLARSHIPS opened for applications August 15! Join Kiese Laymon, Jennifer Haigh, Ravi Howard & many more for a week (May 10–17) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, consultations, & events. This working/writing vacation happens every year in the beachside town of Seaside, FL. See what you missed at: www.longleafwritersconference.com.
$1,000 IN PRIZES AND PUBLICATION. The Poetry Society of Vermont Carol Lee Vail Prize for Emerging Writers in The Mountain Troubadour 2021. Submit 3 poems with $15 entry fee by January 15, 2021. Complete guidelines at www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org.
$1,000 PRIZE! River Styx Microfiction Contest. 500 words maximum per story, 3 stories per entry. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription; $10 fee includes 1 issue with the winning stories. Enter via mail or Submittable by December 31. River Styx, 3301 Washington Ave., Suite 2C, St. Louis, MO 63103. Website: www.riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest.
$1,200 AND PUBLICATION! Deadline: December 31. The Saguaro Poetry Prize seeks 28–48 pages of contemporary poetry. Ire’ne Lara Silva will judge. The Acacia Fiction Prize seeks 40K to 75K words: short stories, flash, novella, mixed. Richard Z. Santos will judge. $25 entry includes copy of winner. More info at: kallistogaiapress.org.
$4,000 IN AWARDS. November 30 deadline: Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Flash Fiction $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. No restrictions on style or subject matter. All writers welcome. “This feels like a safe place for artists. Every communication I get from you has the same encouraging tone: Never give up. Keep writing. Your gift is important.” —Jessica M., recent submitter. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
THE 2020 WATERSEDGE POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST: $500; publication of poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print chapbooks; and 25 free print copies. Page count: 24–48 pages. Contest ends: November 30. Entry fee: $20. Sponsored by Writer’s Relief, Inc. (established 1994). See complete submission guidelines: www.writersrelief.com/watersedge-poetry-chapbook-contest.
2021 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Quan Barry. Deadline: January 15, 2021. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $20. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: http://newamericanpress.com/contests/poetry2021.php.
2021 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION. $1,000 advance, publication and 50 copies awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading fee: $30. Enter September 1–December 31. Press 53 Publisher Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2021. Complete details at www.press53.com/award-for-short-fiction.
2021 WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE will accept submissions January 1 through April 1, 2021. The prize honors nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, with the desert as subject and setting. It recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Emerging, mid-career, or established nonfiction writers are welcome to apply. The prize will recognize 1 writer with a $2,500 award; a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR; and a residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, OR. Submission guidelines: www.waterstondesertwritingprize.org.
15TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to present poem. Judge: Erika Meitner. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form available at our website: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/outreach/hs-poetry-prize.
AFTER 25 YEARS OF BREWING, Literal Latte is taking a coffee break. All submissions are frozen until we catch up on reading and publish the treats we have in house. Stay tuned for a feast, and to hear what the next 25 years have in store. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.literal-latte.com.
THE ANNUAL RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers $5,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 6,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15, 2021. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/chapbooks.
BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MONADNOCK ESSAY COLLECTION PRIZE open for submissions. Prize: book-length collection of essays, $1,000, book publication with our Fall 2021 titles. Entry fee: $30. Postmark/submission deadline: December 15. Judge is essayist Steven Harvey. Submit to https://bauhanpublishing.submittable.com/submit or www.bauhanpublishing.com/contests.
BE PART OF A 150-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine. Each of our 4 contests awards $1,000 or more, and applicants receive a complimentary copy. Submissions June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard. Website: www.reedmag.org/submit.
CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY seeks unpublished poems for its California Quarterly (year-round, via Submittable.com) and its Annual Contest (accepted March 1–June 30). Poems are invited for CSPS Poetry Letter and Monthly Contests. See californiastatepoetrysociety.com for publications, membership, submission requirements, and details. Write to CSPS, P.O. Box 4288, Sunland, CA 91041-4288.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Teachers & Writers Collaborative seeks submissions for the Bechtel Prize, to be awarded to a classroom teacher or teaching artist for an innovative classroom project that supports student development as creative writers. Deadline: January 15, 2021. For submission guidelines, go to www.twc.org/programs/bechtel-prize.
CALLING ALL GIFTED FICTION WRITERS! Lilith Magazine—Independent, Jewish & frankly feminist—seeks quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. First prize $250 + publication. We especially like work with both feminist and Jewish content, and are eager to read submissions from BIJOC writers. Please submit to email@example.com with “Fiction Contest” and your name in subject line and full contact info on manuscript. Deadline: December 31.
CARVE MAGAZINE’S 2020 PROSE & POETRY CONTESTS open October 1–November 15. $1,000 prize each for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. All 3 winners published in Spring 2021 issue. Entry fee $17 online only. No limit to number of entries. Max 10,000 words. Open internationally. 3 guest judges TBA. Website: https://www.carvezine.com/prose-poetry-contest.
CIDER PRESS REVIEW BOOK AWARD. Prize: $1,500 and publication of full-length poetry collection. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading Period: September 1–November 30. Reading fee: $26. Judge: TBD. Submit 48–80-page manuscript at www.ciderpressreview.com or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.
CODHILL PRESS PAULINE UCHMANOWICZ POETRY AWARD: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 30. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgments, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) to: http://codhillpoetryaward.submittable.com/submit. $30 entry fee. For complete guidelines: www.codhill.com.
COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY. $2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2021. Final judge is Sherwin Bitsui. $25 entry fee includes subscription to Colorado Review. Complete guidelines listed at https://coloradoprize.colostate.edu or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.
CROSSWINDS SIXTH ANNUAL CONTEST begins November 1. Deadline is December 31. Awards $1,750 in prizes. Winner receives $1,000, with $500, and $250 for the second and third place. $20 for up to 3 poems. We publish 100 poems in our annual contest issue. Judge will be Margaret Gibson, poet laureate of CT. Pays 1 contributor copy. The 10 finalists will receive 2 contributor copies. Guidelines at crosswindspoetry.com.
DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2021 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge: Carl Phillips is the author of 14 books of poetry. His poetry collection, Double Shadow, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for poetry and won the 2011 Los Angeles Book Prize for Poetry. $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention) all finalists will be published in the 2021 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 http://decembermag.org/2021-jeff-marks-memorial-poetry-prize.
ENTER THE FIRST PAGES PRIZE in January 2021 with your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide. Prize packages include generous cash awards, developmental editing, and agent feedback session. Co-sponsored with the de Groot Foundation. Visit www.firstpagesprize.com.
GRAYSON BOOKS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. 16–32 pages poetry, $20 reading fee. January 31 deadline. Electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Cortney Davis to judge. For complete guidelines, see www.graysonbooks.com.
NEIL POSTMAN AWARD FOR METAPHOR: All submissions to Rattle Magazine are automatically considered for the award, which offers $1,000 for the best use of metaphor in Rattle each year. Send up to 4 unpublished poems that use original metaphors in interesting ways. Online submissions accepted. Website: www.rattle.com.
NEW RIVERS PRESS MANY VOICES PROJECT AWARD. Two prizes of publication and $1,000 each for book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, 1 in poetry and 1 in prose. Submit full-length, unpublished manuscripts of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry September 1–December 31, with $25 entry fee. Submit online at https://newriverspress.submittable.com/submit.
NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL. Winner receives $2,000, publication, and distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at: www.semopress.com/events/nilsen-prize.
PRISM REVIEW POETRY/STORY CONTESTS! $250 prizes! Award-winning judges! Poetry: Lynne Thompson (Best American Poetry, Start With a Small Guitar, Beg No Pardon). Fiction: Vanessa Hua (Deceit & Other Possibilities, A River of Stars). Your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Deadline: midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at prismreview.submittable.com/submit.
PROSE POEMS. Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Deadline: November 30. Send us your best work. Two hundred words or fewer per prose poem. Three prose poems per entry. $5 per entry. Cash prizes. See submission details at soulmakingcontest.us. Twelve other categories including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and youth.
PUBLIC POETRY: VIDEO PROMPT POETRY CONTEST. Submit poems that respond to videos we provide for you. Judges will select 15 poems to use for videopoems that premiere at REEL poetry/HoustonTX, an annual curated, international poetry film festival online February 24–28, 2021. Complete details & guidelines at publicpoetry.submittable.com through December 1.
THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD accepts books by self-published authors and independent presses. Prize pot approx $2,800 for Book of the Year and category winners. Winners also receive write-ups on Goodreads and a glass plaque. Reputable judges. Entry fee: $60. Closing date: March 31, 2021. Website: www.ruberybookaward.com.
SELECTED SHORTS’ STELL KUPFERBERG MEMORIAL SHORT STORY CONTEST judged by author Joshua Ferris. Prize includes $1,000; publication on electricliterature.com; 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop; and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 5, 2021. For complete guidelines, visit www.selectedshorts.org.
SLAB’S 2021 BOGGS FICTION PRIZE seeks flash, medium, and traditional-length stories for its upcoming issue. First place: $650, publication, & a hand-bound artist chapbook; second: $400 and publication. All submissions considered for publication. Judge: Anjali Sachdeva, author of All the Names They Used for God, winner of the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, named a Best Book by NPR, and NEA Creative Writing fellowship recipient. Reading September 1, 2020–February 1, 2021; $10 reading fee. Details: slablitmag.org.
STORY MAGAZINE AWARDS $1,500 and publication in our summer 2021 issue for a single short story. $25 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription (3 issues). Deadline is December 15. Winners will be announced in March 2021. For complete guidelines, visit storymagazine.org.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 TOMAŽ ŠALAMUN PRIZE are being accepted until March 15, 2021. The winner receives $500, chapbook publication by Factory Hollow Press, and a 1-month residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The prize is open to poets at any stage of their career. To submit, go to: https://verse.submittable.com.
THE WICKED WOMAN POETRY PRIZE seeks submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts on the topic of women and female-identified individuals who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.” Submissions accepted September 1, 2020–January 1, 2021. Contest judge: Nancy Naomi Carlson. Winner receives $250 and publication by Brickhouse Books. For contest guidelines, see www.brickhousebooks.com.
ZIZZLE LITERARY FLASH FICTION CONTEST judged by David Galef & Karen Heuler. First Prize: $1,000. Entry Fee: $5 only! Do you write stories that appeal to both kids and grown-ups? Write a story that includes one of our dialogue prompts on social media. Guidelines: https://zizzlelit.com/contest/. Subscribe to newsletter for free audiobooks: https://zizzlelit.com/sign-up/.
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