Submission Calls for Writers 6/13/2017


Here are 13 opportunities for writers ranging from open reading periods to conference calls to writing workshop scholarship opportunities.  Please feel free to share these with your writing friends.  And if you find these lists helpful, please let me know.

Sundress Reading Series Call for Readers

The Sundress Reading Series is an award-winning literary reading series in the heart of Knoxville, Tennessee, just miles from the Great Smoky Mountains. An extension of Sundress Publications and the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Sundress Reading Series features nationally recognized writers in all genres from around the US while also supporting local and regional nonprofits. We are currently curating our fall reading series schedule. Our readings take place monthly on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the nonprofit restaurant and bar, Bar Marley. To apply to read for the fall, please send 6-8 pages of poetry or 8-15 pages of prose, a 100-word bio, and CV to erinATsundresspublicationsDOTcom in the body of an email. We will make every effort possible to contact those chosen by July 31, 2017. While we are currently unable to pay our readers, authors are given a discount on future SAFTA residencies and are encouraged to sell their own books and merchandise at the event.


True Story

True Story is a new home for longform nonfiction narratives. Published monthly by the editors of Creative Nonfiction magazine, each pocket-size issue of True Story showcases one exceptional essay by one exceptional writer. From issue to issue, this new mini-magazine features the widest possible variety of voices and styles and subjects. Offering a vivid report from real life, each issue of True Story is a small immersion in a larger-than-life story or experience that makes us think differently about what it means to be human.  Submissions should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject, in any style.* Surprise us! The only rules are that all work submitted must be nonfiction and original to the author, and we will not consider previously published work. We’ll pay $300 on publication and give you 10 free copies of “your” issue.


Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine –

Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine is adding short fiction as a regular feature.  We are currently accepting fiction submissions up to 1,000 words.  Beginning June 21st we will publish one story every week in addition to our short poetry and art.


Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a monthly online journal of fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry. While many magazines and journals close during the spring and summer, we’re open year-round. We only accept one flash story per submission, and please make sure the word count is 1,000 words or less. We only accept one short story per submission, and please make sure the word count doesn’t exceed 4,000 words. We’re interested in personal, memoir, lyric, flash (short-shorts), and experimental essays; we aren’t interested in critical essays. Please make sure the word count doesn’t exceed 4,000 words. We only accept prose poem submissions (1-3 prose poems on a single Word document); no traditional forms (sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, limericks, elegies, etc.). If you send us a traditional, lineated poem, we will reject it.


HeartWood Literary Magazine

Heartwood Literary Magazine is open year-round for submissions in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art. We are interested in writing that pushes into, dares to reveal its own truth, that takes emotional risks, that gets to the heart of the matter. Fiction submissions may include short stories, flash fiction, or novel excerpts if the excerpt can stand alone. You may submit more than one piece of flash fiction, as long as the total word count does not exceed 3000 words. We’re open to a wide range of nonfiction, with the exception of academic articles, or that which would be considered more traditionally journalistic. Personal essay, memoir, lyric, literary journalism, or some blurring in between, are all acceptable. Poets should submit no more than 3-5 single-spaced poems at a time. Include all poems in a single document for upload. Lyric, narrative, experimental, prose poems—we’re open to all variations of the poetic voice.


Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks true stories of starting over

Deadline for submissions: June 19, 2017.  We’re looking for true stories about starting over. Tell us about a time when you or someone else took a do-over, snuck a mulligan, or hit the reset button, whether by choice or not. We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. Above all, we are looking for narratives—true stories, rich with scene, character, detail, and a distinctive voice—that offer a fresh interpretation or unique insight into the theme. All essays submitted will be considered for publication. This is a paying market.


Split This Rock

Send your ideas for workshops, panel/roundtable discussions, and readings at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018! The Call for Session Proposals is OPEN until June 30, 2017. The festival celebrates Split This Rock’s 10th anniversary – amazing, right?! Given the current climate in our country, we’re particularly interested in proposals that help us combat despair (or ride through it), learn from one another across generations, celebrate cultures targeted by hate, figure out what it means to live in this time, and equip us all as creative and effective citizens and activists. We look forward to reading your submissions!


Key West Literary Seminar – Three Emerging Writer Awards

The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress).  Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program*, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. Runners-up for each award will also be offered financial assistance packages. *Winners will be able to attend the Workshop of their choice, even if it is currently full. Poets and writers of any age who live in the United States and have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. If you have published a book with a small press that has a print run of 500 or so copies, you are still eligible. We reserve the right to make final decisions regarding eligibility. We will accept only one Emerging Writer Award application per person. Applications must be received by June 30, 2017.


museum of americana

The museum of americana is open to submissions of prose and poetry from until July 5, 2017. We seek work that engages with or repurposes the complex cultural history of America. All submissions should contain a brief cover letter in the email. Poetry and prose submissions should be pasted into the text of the email. No attachments, please. We will read one longer prose piece (up to 3,000 words) or three to five poems or flashes per submission.


Key West Literary Seminar Scholarships

Key West Literary Seminar offers Workshop Financial Assistance scholarships to writers who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program. We hope to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend. Scholarship recipients will receive partial or full fee waivers to our Writers’ Workshop Program (up to $550). Financial assistance to offset lodging costs is also available. See available writers’ workshops here: Priority deadline is July 14.


James Agee Conference for Literature and Arts – Call for Papers

The James Agee Conference is announcing its official call for papers for its second annual conference, to be held October 6-7, 2017 at the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. The gathering will feature writing workshops with several notable writers from the region. Paper submissions should be of conference length and treat any aspect of Appalachian culture, to include writing, film, art, photography, music, or linguistics. Both affiliated and independent scholars are encouraged to apply. There is no cost for attendance or participation. Please send all proposals to Charles Dodd White at cdwhite2 (AT) no later than July 30, 2017.


The Adroit Journal

The Adroit Journal is open to free submissions through August 15th! We’re ready for your best work—pass it along via our online submission manager, and we’ll get back to you soon. Since inception, the journal has been listed for extended periods among’s 25 Fastest & Most Challenging Poetry and Fiction Markets, and has been the #1 Poetry Market with the Most Submission Responses Reported for the past year. Send us your prose (up to 3 pieces at a time, 3,000 words maximum) and poetry (up to 8 poems at a time, no length limits).


WTAW Press Seeks Full-Length Books of Prose

WTAWPress seeks full-length books of prose (novels, memoirs, CNF, collections of stories or essays, etc.) for 2018 publication. The open reading period begins June 15 and extends to Sept. 15, 2017. Additionally, the WTAW Press Features Chapbook Series will publish chapbooks of selected book excerpts in time for the 2018 AWP Conference for signings and readings. We welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. We privilege no one aesthetic over another. Send your best literary fiction and non-fiction.


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