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Friday, November 13, 2009

OK. I've tried three times to deal with the copy below, listing calls for submissions. Something gets screwed up every time. In this case, some e-mail addresses disappeared. Just go to the website and get the details. If I don't post this today, I'm afraid I'll never get it out!


Deadline: Jan. 15

Versal wants your poetry, prose, and art for its eighth issue due out in May 2010. Internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam, bringing together the world's urgent, involved & unexpected. See Web site for guidelines and to submit: http://versal.wordsinhere.com. Inquiries (only) can be directed to: . Deadline: January 15, 2010.


Deadline for first issue: Dec. 15


Crash is an online literary journal celebrating the spontaneous, amorphous, and surreal. Embracing spontaneity, we consider a variety of genres from across the literary spectrum. Honoring amorphism, we support liberation of literature from boundaries imposed by traditional forms. Finally, Crash brings a diversity of enjoyable styles together, creating a surrealistic effect unique to each issue.

Each submission may include 1-10 works, but the total word count of the works included must not exceed 3,000 words. For example, you could send one short story that is within 3,000 words, or three flash fiction stories that are within 1,000 words each. You could also send up to ten poems or prose pieces if their combined total falls within the 3,000 word range.

Gulf Stream

Deadline: Dec. 15 for No. 2


Gulf Stream is now accepting submissions for Issue No. 2 of Gulf Stream Online. This is a special issue for us--it's our twentieth anniversary! Come be a part of South Florida's premier literary journal. We are currently reading submissions until December 15. Submit online only at http://fs8.formsite.com/gulfstream/form385843734/index.html.

We publish poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Past contributors include Sherman Alexie, David Kirby, Richard Blanco, Dennis Lehane, Ha Jin, Ann Hood, Susan Neville, Naomi Shihab Nye, Virgil Suarez, Catherine Bowman, Maureen Seaton, Jim Daniels, Stuart Dybek, Len Roberts, Peter Meinke and Jill Bialosky. For further information and submission guidelines, please visit our Web site at http://w3.fiu.edu/gulfstream/guidelines.asp.

damselfly press

Deadline: Dec. 15 for No. 10

damselfly press, an online literary journal for women selected as Best of the Web 2009 by Dzanc Books, is pleased to announce the publication of our ninth issue and call for submissions for the tenth issue. We are seeking electronic submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers slated for online publication in January 2010. As always, we welcome a myriad of women's voices from new and experienced writers.The deadline to submit for the tenth issue is December 15th, 2009.

Nonfiction editor: nonfiction@damselflypress.net. Visit the damselfly press Web site: http://damselflypress.net to read the latest issue and learn more about the journal.

Connotation Press (food writing)


The online arts and literary magazine Connotation Press is seeking food writing from the creative writer's perspective. If you're a creative writer in any genre who is also interested in food writing or who is currently involved in food writing, please submit your tasty morsels to Amanda McGuire, the Food and Wine feature editor at Connotation Press . Bon Appetit!

Permanent Vacation: Living And Working In Our National Parks - Anthology

Deadline: Jan. 5


Bona Fide Books seeks literary essays for a collection about life and work in our national parks. Diverse park experiences desired. Although we enjoy tree-hugging epiphanies, we also want to read about day-to-day life, and the societal, environmental, and existential implications of living in the park. What happened there, and how did it influence your life? Writers will receive $100 for their essay and one copy of the collection. Deadline: January 5, 2010. See www.bonafidebooks.com for guidelines.

Fifth Wednesday Journal

Deadline: Dec. 31


Fifth Wednesday Journal is accepting submissions for the Spring 2010 issue. Submissions for this issue will close on December 31, 2009. We publish poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and black and white photography. All work must be submitted with our online submissions manager. Please visit the Web site for complete guidelines and instructions.

The Breakwater Review

http://www.breakwaterreview.com/ (submit online at Web site)

The Breakwater Review, the online literary journal run by students in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is seeking high-quality submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis (currently reading for the June issue). We are considering fiction under 5,000 words, nonfiction under 3,000 words, or 3 to 5 poems. We look forward to reading your best work. The Breakwater Review is particularly interested in discovering new and interesting voices and welcomes submissions from previously unpublished writers. For more information, visit the Web site www.breakwaterreview.com.

PARENTHOOD?! - Anthology

Deadline: Jan. 4


City Works Press seeks poetry, fiction, prose and art on motherhood and/or fatherhood for our upcoming anthology. Give us your moments of sublime joy as well your dark nights of the soul. Talk about birth, nursing, relationships, adoption, same-sex parenting, high tech conception, loss, etc. Tell us what it means NOT to have children. Limit 2,500 words for fiction/prose or 4 poems. Attach short bio. Send e-mail or hard copy submissions by JANUARY 4, 2010, to: City Works Press, ATTN: Mamas and Papas, San Diego City College, 1313 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101. ; www.cityworkspress.org.

Daughter/Father Stories - Anthology

Deadline: Dec. 15

Seeking Female Writers to to share how your father's character, personality, and/or actions (in-actions) influenced your development, for the opportunity to be included in an anthology to be published in June 2010. Details for submission can be found at www.daughterstory.blogspot.com. Deadline is December 15, 2009. No longer than 1,200 words, your narrative should be emotionally moving and tangible with descriptive imagery readers can relate to via sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.

E-mail your full name, address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. Your story MUST be submitted as a .doc attachment, or in the body of the e-mail, double-spaced in 12pt. font, Times New Roman. Any other format will not be read. In the subject line include your year of birth and a one-word theme for your narrative. Also include a bio-a short paragraph (of about 50 words or less) about you, promoting your latest book, project, etc.

What Doesn't Kill You... - Anthology

Deadline: Dec. 31


What Doesn't Kill You... a new anthology coming from Press 53 in Spring 2010 is looking for stories of struggle-real or imagined, physical or mental. We're looking for eight stories to run alongside the seven we have already requested from some of today's top award-winning writers. Stories can be fiction or nonfiction, from 100-10,000 words.

Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology plus the opportunity to buy unlimited copies at a discount. Contributors will also have one page in the back of the anthology for his or her bio, photo, and story comments. There is NO reading fee. Please limit your submission to one story. Previously published works are acceptable, so long as the author holds all rights and no previous publication agreement is violated. DEADLINE: Submissions will be accepted until the New Year rings in at midnight December 31, 2009. Send your submission via e-mail attachment to co-editor Murray Dunlap--see Web site.

Hot Metal Bridge

The University of Pittsburgh's creative writing journal, Hot Metal Bridge, is seeking submissions in all genres, but particularly poetry! See our submission guidelines here: http://hotmetalbridge.org/?page_id=915.

Stone's Throw Magazine

Stone's Throw Magazine (www.stonesthrowmagazine.com) welcomes submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews and art. Prose should be submitted one story or essay at a time, limited to 5,000 words. Reviews of current fiction, nonfiction and poetry (1500 words or less) will be considered. We're also interested in receiving brief accounts of daily life from around the world. Working on issue 5.

Please paste your submission into the body of your e-mail rather than sending an attachment and include a bio of no more than 100 words. The subject line of your e-mail should read: Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, or Review and it should include the title of the piece and your last name.

Authors retain copyright and there is no compensation for publication. However issues will be archived and available online.

Kartika Review

Kartika Review is accepting submissions for upcoming issues of our online Asian American literary magazine.

We accept: fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction (memoir, reportage, essays, letters), poetry and visual art by Asian American artists. We are a quarterly journal We read submissions all year. Simultaneous submission are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. Full submission guidelines, including the e-mail addresses for submitting work, are available at our Web site: http://www.kartikareview.com/submit.html.

Kartika Review serves the Asian American community and those involved with Diasporic Asian-inspired literature. We scout for compelling Asian American creative writing and artwork to present to the public at large. Our editors actively solicit contributions from established virtuosos in our community in hopes their works here will inspire the next generation of virtuosos. We also want to promote emerging writers and artists we foresee to be the future powerhouses of their craft. Ultimately, Kartika strives to create a literary forum that caters to and celebrates the wordsmiths of the Asian Diaspora.

shady side review

Call for Submissions: shady side review is seeking prose under 1,000 words and poetry of any length for Volume 2. shady side review seeks work that exhibits the gritty side of life: cigarette butts that litter sidewalks, a half-drunken bottle of whiskey left on the porch, the empty corridors of a dead mall - work that encompasses the underbelly of society, whether it be rural or urban. shady side review publishes both upcoming and previously published writers. Please visit the Web site for more details: http://www.shadysidereview.com.

The New Anonymous

Deadline: Feb. 1 for issue No. 2


The New Anonymous is now accepting submissions for its second issue. The New Anonymous is a print journal whose contributors and editors will remain forever nameless. Not only is all work published anonymously, but The New Anonymous blindly screens and edits its submissions, i.e., the submission, editorial, and publishing process is anonymous from beginning to end. Our goal is to serve as a safehouse where writers-both up-and-coming and well established-can not only question the creative process but also, in the words of Freud, "play." We are now reading submissions in all genres for our upcoming second issue and hope you'll join us in continuing this unique endeavor. For submission guidelines, orders, and more information, visit our Web site at: www.thenewanonymous.com. Deadline for this issue: February 1, 2010. Questions? E-mail us: thenewanon@gmail.com.

What Makes You Stronger: Real Talk About Breast Cancer


We want your true stories about your journey, the journey of a loved one or your secondhand experience as caregiver or medical professional. We want the anger, the despair, the "Why me, Lord?" and the moment you realized, that despite the ravages to your body, the body of the loved one or the person in your professional care... you gained strength from the experience. Tell us about it, keep it real, nothing is taboo. The aim is to strengthen those who've just begun the journey, form a support community by mentorship, for those desiring it, prayer and daily inspirational thoughts, coping strategies for the pain, recipes that tempt the appetite and anything else that you wish to share.

Guidelines: All essays/stories should be nonfiction narratives, written in the first-person. Focus on one or a few selected moments; do not send rants or political speeches. Essays/Stories should be titled. Essays/Stories should be between 100 - 650 words and poems restricted to 40 lines. No funky fonts, please. Please include a brief bio (1-3 sentences) at the end of your submission and forward a headshot (neck and shoulders) to or .

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. Feel free to repost and forward!

Puerto del Sol Issue 45.1 (Summer 2010) and 45.2 (Winter 2010)

Deadline: March 31

Puerto del Sol, now in its 45th year of publication, is a nationally distributed journal dedicated to providing a forum for innovative poetry, prose, drama, critical and theoretical work as well as artwork from emerging and established writers and artists. Puerto del Sol is reading submissions through March 31, 2010.

In our latest issue, you'll find work by Helen DeWitt, Jenny Boully, Blake Butler, and many others.

Puerto del Sol is especially interested in reading submissions of reviews and short plays or excerpts from longer plays for our upcoming Summer 2010 issue.

The Winter 2010 issue will be film and popular culture themed-if you wish to submit work that fits this theme, please mark your submission clearly in the notes field.

Writers can submit their work exclusively through our online submission manager. Submit one story, book review, play, essay, set of (or link to) artwork, set of 3-5 poems, or set of 2-4 short short stories at a time, all in a single document, and please wait for our response before submitting again.

For more information about Puerto del Sol, visit: www.puertodelsol.org. To submit work, visit: www.puertodelsol.org/submissions.

DRT Press - Anthology

Deadline: March 1

Is your child easy to love, but hard to parent? DRT Press is seeking personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD and/or other mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders for a book about the experience of parenting children with such conditions, for publication (expected) in January 2011. Compensation includes 10 copies of the completed book and unlimited discounted copies. Payment may be offered. The book will be co-edited by author/editor/publisher Adrienne Ehlert Bashista, Publisher, DRT Press and Kay Marner, a freelance writer who contributes regularly to ADDitude magazine, and blogs for ADDitudeMag..com. Soft deadline for submissions is March 1, 2010. For more information visit http://www.drtpress.com/anthology.html. Questions may be directed to .

Emerging Edge Publishing


Stories, poems, and articles about relationships with individuals who have made an impact on your life. Must be non-fiction. Based on honest and introspective stories of life-lessons learned and sometimes humorous reflections on life and relationships. Stories about an unique individual whose relationship with that person has changed your life forever. Examples: personal relationships with everyday people like mother, father, sibling, teacher, mentor, etc. * We especially like humorous and introspective stories.

No payment. Author will get one copy of the book. Please write: "TRUE RELATIONSHIPS STORIES" in the title of the e-mail. Submit your story, poem or article to . Stories must be between 500 to 2,000 words or more. Poems should reflect on the topic of relationships and be more than 10 lines long. Articles can be a personal reflection or opinion on relationships from a male perspective. Must be between 500 to 1,500 words or more. Please address questions to .



The editors of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing founded in 2005, announce an open submissions call for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Recent contributors include Jim Daniels, William Hathaway, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Kenneth Womack. Visit for specific submission guidelines and past issues.

The New Plains Review

Deadline: Jan. 15 for Spring issue

The New Plains Review, the recent literary home of such authors as Stephen Dunn, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell, and Julianna Baggott, seeks quality fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.


We are interested in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that is thoughtful and compelling, but otherwise we do not have any specific guidelines for style or subject matter. We no longer arrange issues with thematic topics. On occasion, we do publish issues with special sections; always look at our Special Section announcements on our Web site before submitting. We do accept simultaneous submissions. We do not accept previously published work. Your submission gives us permission to publish your work online. At this time, we do not pay upon publication. Each submission is, however, automatically eligible for the editors' prize.* Submit your poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction by January 15 for our Spring Issue to >. Allow 6-8 weeks for response. Attach submissions in either Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please include type of submission (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) in the subject line.

Back issues of New Plains Review are $10, when available. E-mail

newplainsreview@yahoo.com or call our office at 405-974-5613 to place an order.

*On occasion, an editors' prize is awarded. Student writing prizes are also awarded periodically. These prizes will be announced on our homepage.

Mom Egg

Deadline: Dec. 31 for Spring issue

The Mom Egg, an annual journal, seeks flash fiction, prose, poetry and art for its Spring 2010 issue, which will be a print issue on the theme of "Lessons". The Mom Egg publishes work by mothers about everything, and by everyone about mothers and motherhood. Details on the site ("Submit"); you can also download a special online issue free ("Current Issue") and see samples from back issues. Deadline Dec. 31, 2009.http://themomegg.com.


Deadline: Dec. 20

Now Accepting:

  • Short Stories of 1,500 Words or Less
  • One Act, One Scene Plays
  • Photography
  • Sketches
  • Paintings
  • Essays
  • Poetry

Submit all work to: . Include your full name, e-mail address and a bio of 100 words or less.

Silk Road Review

Silk Road Review, a Literary Crossroads, invites submissions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for upcoming issues. The magazine will celebrate its fifth year of production and expand to two print issues per year in 2010. This is a great time to submit your work to the magazine.

We are interested in publishing compelling and finely crafted writing from locations around the world. We are also producing a special issue on "secret places" and welcome writing that would fit the topic.

Silk Road takes submissions through our online submissions system.

Visit Silk Road's Web site for more information on the magazine and how to submit.



Deadline: Jan. 1

bayonet, a print DIY art and literature magazine, is looking for submissions for its first issue. poetry, flash fiction, and short non-fiction attached in .doc format will be considered, as well as any type of visual art in a jpg or pdf format. Please e-mail the co-editor, Charlotte at

2 anthologies

I have several publishers interested in the two projects listed below. It's enormously difficult and time-consuming to process e-mail submissions, so unless you live outside the U.S, please send all submissions via USPS along with an SASE to June Cotner, PO Box 2765, Poulsbo, WA 98370

WISDOM OF WOMEN: THOUGHTS AND POEMS FOR EVERY STAGE OF YOUR LIFE (Previously titled Girls Night Out and A Woman's Book of Poetry for the Soul) Over the past decade I've received wonderful submissions from female writers that never quite fit the particular theme of my general "inspirational books." These are poems and prose about womanhood, stages of life, memories, and everything in between. I would love to add a few more high-quality selections--poetry or prose. Unlike most of my other anthologies, there are no prayers in the book, but there is a chapter on Spirituality. The content of WISDOM OF WOMEN is much "edgier" than my other books. Chapters include: 1) The Strength of Us; 2) Relationships; 3) Motherhood; 4) Ordinary Life; 5) Self-Image and Beauty; 6) Aging Gracefully; 7) Heartache and Healing; 8) Joy and Gratitude; 9) Friendships; 10) Shared Experiences; 11) Spirituality; 12) Reflections; and 13) Inspiration. I particularly need submissions for chapters printed in bold. The submissions should not have an "I am woman, hear me roar" tone, but more "this is my experience as a woman." The collection will be for women to turn to when they need encouragement, understanding, inspiration, and to reflect upon the great blessings of being a woman. This book easily spans two generations and is geared to women in their late 20s to early 60s and possibly beyond. Submission date closes March 31, 2010.

GOOD DOG! BAD DOG! FUNNY DOG! A compilation of "funny dog" stories. Two publishers have expressed interest in this project. The word limit ranges from 180 to 600 words. My goal is to create a book as humorous as Marley and Me by John Grogan. Please put "FUNNY DOG STORY" on the lower left-hand corner of your envelope. Submission date is open.

I have several publishers interested in the three projects. It's enormously difficult and time-consuming to process e-mail submissions, so unless you live outside the U.S, please send all submissions via USPS along with an SASE to June Cotner, PO Box 2765, Poulsbo, WA 98370

Please feel free to forward this call to other writer friends and groups. Also, please visit www.junecotner.com for additional calls for submissions.

Silver Boomer Books - Anthology


A Pinch and a Dash -- recipes from home and long ago

Silver Boomer Books seeks submissions for an anthology tentatively identified as A Pinch and a Dash - recipes from home and long ago. Submissions of prose and poetry should be submitted pursuant to these guidelines by January 15, 2010. The focus of the anthology is family or friendship memories associated with a particular meal or food. We're asking for the recipe as well as the poem or prose about it.

You will be asserting you have the right to publish the recipe in your name. If it is copied from a cookbook, it doesn't work. If you use the same ingredients and describe the process differently, you have written an original work. The combination of ingredients cannot be copyrighted; the text somebody else wrote is. Send poetry or prose and recipe, and consider our earlier anthologies, Silver Boomers, Freckles to Wrinkles, and This Path for examples of style. Follow the guidelines set out later on this page.

Flashlight Memories

Silver Boomer Books seeks submissions for an anthology tentatively identified as Flashlight Memories. Submissions of prose and poetry should be submitted pursuant to these guidelines by March 15, 2010. The focus of the anthology is childhood reading. What events in your childhood led you to become a reader for life? Did you crawl between the sheets with a book and a flashlight? Did a friend or family member influence you? What books drew you into the world of literature? Send poetry or prose, and consider our earlier anthologies, Silver Boomers, Freckles to Wrinkles, and This Path for examples of style. Follow the guidelines set out later on this page.

How We Want It:

Electronic submission is preferred, with the manuscript or poem pasted into the body of the e-mail. We are giving first preference to poetry of less than 50 lines, and prose not exceeding 1500 words. Poetry shorter than 12 lines tickles the editor in charge of formatting and stands a good chance of being used if the quality's there. We ask for one-time rights. If the submission has been previously published, cite each prior publication. If prior publication history is not included (including "This piece has not been published") the piece will not be considered. We require that a 50-100 word biographical sketch, written in third person, be included with the submission. See the SilverBoomers.com authors page for sample bios. Entries not meeting this requirement will not be considered.

Silver Boomer Books reserves the right to edit text for grammar, spelling, punctuation and minor syntax errors -- that's what editors do. We consult with the author before making major changes.

Please don't submit material you sent previously for a Silver Boomer Book as we have that and will be contacting authors if we feel the work would fit in future anthologies.

Electronic submissions: E-mail us at .

Identify the anthology, either as "A Pinch" or "Flashlight" in the subject line.

Still on the subject line type "Submission -- Prose: Name of Entry" Substitute your title for "name of entry" and for poetry substitute "poetry" for "prose."

Do not put more than one poem or piece in one e-mail.

In the body of the e-mail type this information:

Your name

Your pen name if you desire to use a different name

Your mailing address

Your e-mail address

Your telephone number

Previous publication history of your submission

Word count for prose, line count for poetry. In counting lines for poetry, start with the first line and count each line to the last including blank lines.

A 50- to 100-word biographical sketch of yourself written in 3rd person. See the Silver Boomers authors' page for style.

Cut and paste your entry into the body of the e-mail.

Multiple submissions are welcome but must be in separate e-mails with all information listed above in the e-mail with each entry.

In submitting your entry, you represent:

The work you are submitting is your work.

You have the rights to the work and have not previously conveyed exclusive rights to any other publisher.

You agree to the terms and conditions set out on this page.

Postal Mail Submissions:

Postal Mail Submissions require prior permission from Silver Boomer Books, 3301 S 14th Suite 16 - PMB 134, Abilene, TX 79605.

What You Get:

Payment is $5 for poetry and $10 for prose plus a contributor's copy. If you label it prose but we think it's poetry, we'll pay the poetry rate. In addition, contributors will be allowed to purchase copies of the work at an author's price for two years following the initial release. All payments are upon publication. Your name and story/poem title will be listed on the Web site for two years. You will be allowed to post to the authors' blog on the Silver Boomers Web site so you can publicize signings and speaking engagements as well as comment on the experience.


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