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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Contests & Calls for Submissions

Below is a list of contests & calls for submissions for CNF. This is culled from the free e-mail list CRWROPPS-B for the last week. Some of these deadlines are right upon us—not my fault, kids. Keep in mind some of these are annual contests; that means the deadline will be around the same time next year, so you can put it on your “long-range” goals list. 

I don't endorse any of these or know anything more than what's here. (Also, I don't edit the postings, regardless of how tempting it is to insert serial commas.)

Keep writing,


Diana Woods Memorial Award in CNF
Do you have a piece of creative nonfiction that is just waiting for an award? CNF writers, send us your best work. The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction is currently accepting submissions until Feb. 28. The winner receives $250 plus publication in Lunch Ticket, a literary magazine published by the Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing MFA Program. 

For guidelines and submission manager, visit our website: 


Subject: HEArt — Human Equity through Art — Call for Submissions

HEArt Online seeks outstanding writing and art that speaks to our mission: promoting the role of artists as human rights activists through public recognition of art as a vehicle for social reform. We read and post year-round.

Artists published in HEArt's 1997-2002 print journal run include Kim Addonizio, Martin Amis, Amiri Baraka, Jan Beatty, Dennis Brutus, Martín Espada, Nikki Giovanni, Marilyn Hacker, Terrance Hayes, Allison Joseph, Linda McCarriston, Timothy Liu, Karl Mullen, Sonia Sanchez, Sapphire, Tim Seibles, Sekou Sundiata and Stacey Waite.

Our legacy set the bar high. Today we seek unpublished, artistically crafted, powerful poems, stories, essays, photos, visual art and music that challenge the status quo, fight discrimination and promote social justice by tackling hard issues of gender, race, class, sex, etc.

Please submit online at 

Art. Justice. Community.


Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art is now accepting submissions for our annual writing contest!!!


We are accepting submissions in ORIGINAL poetry, nonfiction, and fiction until February 15. Writers must pay a $15 fee to enter. First place winners in each category will receive a $500 prize as well as publication in Issue 52 of the Journal, to be published this spring.

Winners will be selected by judges Francisco Goldman (fiction), Cheryl Strayed (nonfiction), and Alan Michael Parker (poetry). All entrants will be notified of their decisions by the end of March.

For more information and guidelines, please read our contest FAQs at 

Contest submissions link: 


Annual Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Humor and human interest essays sought http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp (online entry information)

The winner earns $500 and a registration at the Bombeck Writers Workshop. The contest closes on February 17th.

For specifics, please visit 


Mental Health Anthology

Deadline: March 1, 2014

For an upcoming anthology, In Fact Books seeks essays by writers with insight into the nature and experience of profound psychiatric challenges—as patients, mental health professionals, or both.

We want well-written, true narratives about the enigmatic, creative, frustrating, and triumphant moments of the recovery process and the therapeutic journey. Scientific information should be balanced by the writer’s unique perspective, and the stories should combine a strong and compelling narrative with an informative or reflective element, reaching beyond a strictly personal experience for some universal or deeper meaning.

Essays must be evocative, vivid, and dramatic. We’re looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice; all essays must tell true stories and be factually accurate. Guidelines: Essays must be previously unpublished and no longer than 4,500 words. Multiple entries are welcome, as are entries from outside the United States.

You may submit essays online or by regular mail: By regular mail Postmark deadline March 1, 2014. Please send your manuscript; a cover letter with complete contact information, including the title of the essay and word count; and an SASE or email for response to:

In Fact Books
c/o Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Attn: Mental Health
5501 Walnut Street, Suite 202
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Online Deadline to upload files: 11:59 pm EST March 1, 2014
To submit online, visit https://creativenonfiction.submittable.com/submit/25481
(Note: There is a $3 convenience fee to submit online.)


Subject: Submissions are Open for Prime Number Magazine/Contests

Prime Number Magazine is accepting submissions for Issue #53 and beyond, in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We are also looking for book reviews and interviews.

For more information and to get a sense of what we like, take a look at our latest issue: http://www.primenumbermagazine.com/

ALSO, enter our inaugural Prime Number Magazine Awards. Cash prizes and publication awarded in short story, poem, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and flash nonfcition. Learn more about the contest and judges:

AND don't forget our monthly FREE 53-word story contest. A different prompt each month and the winner gets a book from Press 53 plus publication. Learn more: 



Free online lit mag at www.ghosttownlitmag.com / New Issue 5.1! Submit through our submission manager at 

Ghost Town, the national literary magazine of the MFA program at Cal State University San Bernardino, is looking for fearless and inventive fiction, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We publish two online issues per year, deadline is April 1 for the spring issue.

Recent contributors to Ghost Town include Susan Straight, Bob Hicok, Noelle Kocot, Michael Martone, Peter Orner, Brynn Saito, Matthew Vollmer, George Kalamaras, Elena Karina Byrne, Anthony McCann, Jane Springer, L.S. Klatt, Matt Hart and Nate Pritts. Our faculty editor is Chad Sweeney.



The Brighthorse Prize is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction, poetry collections, and works of creative nonfiction. Four prizes will be given in 2014. Authors writing in English—regardless of nationality, residence, or publication history—may submit to the competition. Winning manuscripts will be published by Brighthorse Books under the press’s standard (50/50) contract. The editors reserve the right to offer to publish any manuscripts submitted to the competition. The reading period for the 2014 competition is February 15 to June 15, 2014. All entries must be submitted through Submittable

Online link: https://brighthorsebooks.submittable.com/submit

The Brighthorse Prize in the Novel offers an award of $1000 and publication as a paperback and e-book by Brighthorse Books under its standard (50/50) contract.

The Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction offers an award of $1000 and publication as a paperback and e-book by Brighthorse Books under its standard (50/50) contract.

The Brighthorse Prize in Poetry offers an award of $1000 and publication as a paperback and e-book by Brighthorse Books under its standard (50/50) contract.

Winners will be contacted directly and will be announced on our web site by September 1, 2014. Writers who have submitted to the contest will receive emailed notifications of the winners. We are unable to report on the status of individual submissions and cannot provide feedback on individual submissions.

Member: CLMP, IBPA

For more information, contact Brent Spencer at bspencerATcreightonDOTedu


Apple Valley Review - Call for Submissions

Submission deadline: March 15, 2014

Apple Valley Review is currently reading submissions of short fiction, personal essays, and poetry for the Spring 2014 issue (Vol. 9, No. 1).

All work must beoriginal, previously unpublished, and in English. Please note that we do not acceptsimultaneous submissions.

All published work is automatically considered for our annual editor's prize.

Several pieces from the journal have later appeared as selections, finalists, and/or notable stories in Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, and storySouth Million Writers Award.

To submit, please send 1-6 poems or 1-3 essays/short stories, allpasted into the body of a single e-mail message, to our editor at editorATleahbrowningDOTnet

The current issue, previous issues,subscription information, and complete submission guidelines are availableat http://www.applevalleyreview.com/ 


Subject: Essay Contest: Wielding Power

Body: Essay Contest: Should Nations Restrict Immigration?

Wielding Power is a new online magazine that's reviving the political essay, that classic mix of rigorous argument and vigorous prose.

Each issue poses a single question and offers a $1000 reward for the best answer received. Entry is free and open to any resident of the U.S. or Canada (ex. Quebec), 18 and older. Each entry should be between 500 and 2000 words.

The last day to submit an answer to 'Should Nations Restrict Immigration?' is March 2, 2014.

For more information on how to submit and to read the Official Rules, please visit: http://www.wieldingpowerpublishing.com/submit/


Barely South Review, the online literary journal out of Old Dominion University's MFA program, is open for submissions until March 31 for our Fall 2014 Issue, and we encourage submissions from students and faculty in your program. We accept submissions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. More information can be found on our submission manager (https://barelysouth. submittable.com/submit). 

We are also open for submissions for the 2014 Norton Girault Prize in Creative Nonfiction judged by Claire Dederer. The entry fee is $15 and prizes total $850. The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2014. A flyer attached to this email includes more information.

Barely South Review is in the process of moving our website from its current location (www.barelysouth.com) back to our original website (http://barelysouthreview. digitalodu.com/) in order to embrace a fully interactive web layout. We encourage submitters to look through our archives, and to know that future issues will be published on http://barelysouthreview. digitalodu.com/, which we think is much more user friendly in accessing all of the great content that Barely South has to offer.



Ruminate is excited to announce our fourth annual VanderMey Nonfiction Prize! The Nonfiction Prize has gained national recognition, with our 2013 recipient receiving a Pushcart Prize and appearing in the 2013 Pushcart Prize anthology. The winner of the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize will receive $1500 and publication in the Summer 2014 issue. The runner up will receive $200 and publication.

We are pleased to announce that our finalist judge for the 2014 Prize is John Wilson. John Wilson is editor of Books and Culture, and his reviews and essays appear in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, First Things, National Review, and other publications. We invite you to enter.

The submission deadline for the prize is midnight February 15th, 2014.
The entry fee is $20 (includes a free copy of the Summer 2014 Issue, which will include the winning piece).
You may submit one nonfiction piece per entry and it must be 5500 words or less.
There is no limit on the number of entries per person.

$1500 and publication in the Summer 2014 Issue will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $200 and publication in the Spring 2014 Issue.

A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by a panel of RUMINATE readers, who will select 10 nonfiction finalists. Those 10 finalists will then be read for our final judge, John Wilson, who will select a winner.

Close friends and students (current & former) of the final judge, John Wilson, are not eligible to compete, nor are close friends of the RUMINATE staff. All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. We will not accept mail or email submissions. We do not accept previously published entries. All submissions must be previously unpublished. You may enter simultaneously submitted work. You may submit any type of creative nonfiction–personal essay, short memoir, literary journalism, etc.

Winners will be announced in the Summer Issue, June 2014. We will be notifying all entrants of submission status in mid April 2014. Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit.


Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration is seeking submissions in prose, poetry, art, and mixed genres for our spring/summer 2014 issue.Online submissions link:https://mixitinimatrix.submittable.com/submit

To learn more, visit 

Deadline is February 28. The issue will appear in late May.


Call-out for Submissions: Blotterature Literary Magazine is now open for submissions through June 1, 2014.
Blotterature accepts a wide variety of prose, poetry, and artwork. We seek the nontraditional mixed with craft, detail, and process. Well-developed with an edge. Experimental but not aimless. Something with political intentions or just there to entertain. Thought-out. Thrilling. Intelligent.
Blotterature released its inaugural issue on January 25, 2014 and is ready to read your best work for the second issue due out July 25, 2014.

Please go to Blotterature.com/submissions for submission details.



Submission information:

The Provo Canyon Review is now seeking short fiction and personal essay manuscripts of up to 5,000 words. We also accept shorter poems (limit three per submission). We are drawn to work that is deeply moving without being overly sentimental; tender, in the sense of a mixture of grace and vulnerability and compassion; and displays a great deal of focused attention to the English language and how it is used. From the first sentence, the work should raise compelling questions in the readers’ minds, with complexly motivated drama balanced with introspection. We are not looking for gratuitous sex or violence in the work.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. If you have the good fortune to find placement in another magazine, just let us know.


Subject: Linden Avenue Literary Journal-Call for Submissions

Linden Avenue Literary Journal (www.lindenavelit.com), founded in June 2012, is now accepting poetry, non-fiction, and short fiction on a rolling basis for its May 2014 issues and beyond.

Linden Avenue publishes poetry and short fiction that highlights the intersection between art and everyday life. Bring us your words, colored and sketched, and if we love them? There will be a place for them here.

What you should expect from Linden Avenue:

1.) A monthly literary journal that highlights the best work submitted regardless of any affiliation or prior publication.

2.) Poetry and fiction that is as beautiful in construction as it is in content.

Detailed submission guidelines for each genre can be found on our Submittable page:


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