Submission Calls for Writers 12/22/2016


Jellyfish Review

Jellyfish Review is accepting flash fiction submissions, so if you can flip us handle over teapot then we want to hear from you. There are no hard-and-fast rules about what does and doesn’t work, but the following certainly go down well. In the past we said we liked beautiful things with stings, but maybe now it’s possible for us to refine that. We like fun, we like sad, we like ugly, we like beautiful. But above all else, we like stories that feel insightful. Please send your submissions to Feel free to include a short bio or covering letter with your submission. We probably won’t open attachments, so make sure your piece is pasted into the body of the email. Maximum word length: 1000 words. And by the way, simsubs are ok, previously pubbed pieces are not, we don’t take poetry, but do take prose written by poets.


Grace Writers Anthology for Inspirational Writing

Grace Writers of Grace Lutheran Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is putting together an anthology to be published in spring 2017. Submit by midnight, December 31, 2016. Please use a readable 11/12-point font such as Times New Roman or Arial and submit up to three poems or one essay or piece of short fiction. Any subject matter will be considered but the working title is “In God’s Hand.” While there is no theme, entries should be inspirational but need not be religious. You will be notified if your piece is selected and will need to provide a photo and a short bio before publication. The anthology committee reserves the right to do minor edits, if needed. In addition: 1) Poems should not exceed 50 lines each; Limit three poems per person (poems need not be related)    2) Non-fiction should not exceed 1,000 words (article or essay)     3) Short fiction should not exceed 1,500 words (any genre) (short story or part of a novel).      All selected contributors will receive one copy of the book and be able to buy additional copies at a discounted retail price. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to further the advancement of literary arts in our community through applied-for scholarships to area events. There are no fees. Please submit all entries by email to: For more information, contact Anthology Chairperson, Pat Hope, at the same address.



Crazyhorse welcomes general submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry through December 31, 2016. We ask that submissions of fiction and nonfiction be between 2,500 and 8,500 words in length. For poetry, please submit a set of 3-5 poems.


Fogged Clarity Inauguration Day Poetry Contest

As we brace for an inept and obdurate authoritarian regime to assume control of our country, Fogged Clarity is holding an inauguration day poetry contest. Fogged Clarity invites the submission of original, previously unpublished inauguration day poems of any length or form to submissions (at) foggedclarity (dot) com. Three poems will be selected to appear in our Inauguration issue, which will be published on January 20th, 2017. The author of the winning poem will receive $100 and publication, with two runners-up being selected to receive $25 and publication. The deadline for contest submissions is Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


Bellevue Literary Review

In Fall 2017, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish a special theme issue, seeking high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that explore the concept of family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. Family can be defined in many ways, depending on the perspective. From a literary standpoint, it might be considered as the unbalanced and unruly interplay of nature and nurture that gives rise to unique character and voice. This is why most protagonists in literature—and most of us, in the “nonfiction” of our lives—are defined within complex family structures. Illness can rattle the struts of a family unit, often irrevocably. Most families, of course, do not break completely apart because of illness, but there is no doubt that illness in one member can have profound, often permanent, effects on the nature of the family structure. By turning a creative lens to these dynamics, we hope to produce a collection of works that paints a picture—however complicated—of the frustrations, hopes, and connections that define a family.  Deadline: January 1, 2017.


Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award (no fee)

Fourteen Hills is pleased to announce we are now accepting submissions for the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award. The winning poet will receive $500 and publication in the Spring 2017 issue of Fourteen Hills. There is no submission fee. Poems not chosen for the award will be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills. Submission deadline: January 15, 2017. Maximum 1 poem per author; Minimum 3 pages; maximum 10 pages. Students currently enrolled at San Francisco State University are ineligible. Poems submitted for the award will also be considered for publication in Fourteen Hills


The Arctic Circle Residency

In 2017, The Arctic Circle program embarks on two 18-day high Arctic expeditions aboard an ice-class expedition sailing vessel. The Arctic Circle accepts applications from international working contemporary artists of all disciplines, architects, innovators, scientists and educators alike. Please download The Arctic Circle 2017 Application Guidelines (PDF). Or email us at to receive the application guidelines PDF by email. The application submission deadline for The Arctic Circle 2017 program is January 15, 2017.


Masters Review Winter Short Story Award + Agency Review

Because of the popularity of our Short Story Award this summer and because the agents we work with were eager to see more, we are hosting a winter award. The winning story will be awarded $2000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $200 and $100 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Amy Williams of The Williams Agency, Victoria Marini from Irene Goodman, and Laura Biagi from Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc.  Stories should be under 7000 words. Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed. Emerging writers only (we are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.) $20 entry fee.  Deadline: January 15, 2017.  Please no identifying information on your story.  All stories are considered for publication.


Disquiet 2017 Literary Prize & Luso/Lusa-American Fellowship program

Disquiet is currently accepting contest submissions for The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre. The top winners in each genre will be published: the fiction winner in Guernica, the nonfiction winner in, and the poetry winner in The Common. The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2017. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid. Deadline: JANUARY 31, 2017.


Updated Appalachian Anthology of Nature Writing

Deadline: March 31, 2017. Submissions are currently being accepted for an anthology of Appalachian nature writing, tentatively titled Appalachian Nature. While there are locale-specific nature writing anthologies, this will be the first to focus on the entire Appalachian region. Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and one-act plays are welcomed and demographics traditionally underrepresented in Appalachian literature are encouraged to submit. While all contributions should engage with the Appalachian environment specifically, possible topics or themes include, but are certainly not limited to, the following: Travel narratives; Bucolic nature; Disability and the environment; Animal studies; Mountaintop removal; Water quality; Fracking; Biodiversity; Fossil fuel and alternative energy industries; Environmental disasters (either natural or manmade); Plant life/ Plant studies; Natural history; Air quality; Activism; The Anthropocene; Posthumanism; “Sense of Place”; Post-nature; Appalachian ecologies; The idea of wilderness. All submissions must be original work and previously unpublished with a maximum of 6,000 words per work. While proposals are acceptable, the final work must be completed no later than March 31, 2017. Documents should be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format and emailed to The book is already under contract with a university press.

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