Archive for March 1st, 2009

shaking like a mountain Call for Submissions

1 March 2009

shaking like a mountain, THE online literary magazine about contemporary music continues to seek poetry, fiction,creative nonfiction and music-related visual art for upcoming issues. We’re happy with every issue, of course, but the current number (Winter 2009)just might be our favorite. Check it out at Tell us what you think in a
nicely written email. We publish the best ones. At this time too, we’d like to announce a new feature: shaking
approved music. Here’s the idea: you have a band, you have an act, you release a CD, you make your stuff available in various formats here, there and everywhere___ tell us about it in your own words (of 250 in number, more or less). Talk about your current or newly released projects and/or what makes your music tick. Yes! This is DIY music promotion in the form of creative nonfiction for the new millennium. Oh daddy!

Submission details can be found at by clicking on the button that
says submit, on our home page

LA Review Call for Submissions

1 March 2009

The Los Angeles Review, established in 2003, is the voice of Los Angeles, and the voice of the nation. With its multitude of cultures, Los Angeles roils at the center of the cauldron of divergent literature emerging from the West Coast. Perhaps from this place something can emerge that speaks to the writer or singer or dancer or wild person in all of us, something disturbing, something alive, something of the possibility of what it could be to be human in the 21st century.

We dedicate the sixth issue of The Los Angeles Review to Wanda Coleman. We invite both published and emerging writers to submit their work to the editors listed below, and we thank you for being part of The Los Angeles Review. Issue No. 6 is scheduled to be released in 2009.

Submissions of poetry and prose accepted from March 1 to June 1 via email only. Please include a cover letter and bio in the body of the email and attach your piece as a single .doc or .rtf attachment. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if noted in the cover letter. No multiple submissions, please. Response time is 2-3 months. Writers published in the 2009 Los Angeles Review will receive one contributor copy in exchange for first North American serial rights.


Fiction and nonfiction: We seek essay, memoir, and commentary told as compelling, focused, sustained narrative in a distinctive voice, rich with detail. Send 1,000-4,000 words or delight us with flash nonfiction that cat-burgles our expectations. In fiction we’re looking for to hard-to-put-down shorties under 500 words and lengthier shorts up to 4000 words–lively, vivid, excellent literary fiction.

Poetry: Please submit 3-5 poems that will surprise us, wow us, and make us wish we’d written them ourselves. We’re open to form, free verse, prose poems, and experimental styles. Our only criterion is quality.

Reviews: We welcome reviews of new and recent books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We are particularly interested in books that have not received the critical attention they deserve. Send reviews of three to six pages. There is no need to query the editor beforehand.

Translations: Please submit 3-5 translated poems that open the poet’s original vision to an English-speaking audience.


NOR Prize in Fiction and Poetry

1 March 2009

New Ohio Review is asking for new work to be considered for the NOR Prize in Fiction and Poetry to be judged by Peter Ho Davies and Philip Levine. In May 2009 we will announce the two winners on our website, one in each of the two genres. They will each receive $2,000, and their work will be published in NOR6, our Fall 2009 issue.

The entry fee of $20 (check or money order payable to New Ohio Review) includes a one-year subscription to New Ohio Review. Please be sure to submit two title pages: your name, address, phone number and email address must only appear on one title page and nowhere else in the manuscript; the second should bear only the title of the work submitted. The postmark deadline is March 10, 2009. Enclose a self-addressed and stamped postcard if you would like confirmation of receipt.

Fiction: submit one story of between 1,000 and 6,000 words (double-spaced)
Poetry: submit up to three poems, not more than ten pages (single-spaced).

General Guidelines

We accept literary submissions in any genre. Translations are welcome if permission has been granted. Please do not send more than six poems in a single submission. We do not reprint previously published work.

Our reading period is September-May, but we will consider work year-round from subscribers. Please do not submit more than once every six months. Mail submissions to:

New Ohio Review
English Dept.
360 Ellis Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

We currently do not accept electronic submissions.

Format: Please include a brief cover letter with your submission. Poems should be individually typed, either single- or double-spaced, on one side of the page. Prose should be typed double-spaced on one side and be no longer than thirty pages. Cross-genre work or any work that is unusually formatted is welcome, but please be aware that our page width and font size are restricted. We have no preferences regarding placement of author name, staples, or paper clips. Please do not include submissions in more than one genre in the same envelope.

Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions to other journals are fine as long as you indicate so in your cover letter and inform us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Submissions by mail: All manuscripts and correspondence regarding submissions should be accompanied by a S.A.S.E. For international submissions, please include a stamped International Reply Coupon (I.R.C.) with your S.A.S.E. or provide a valid e-mail address. Manuscripts can only be returned if sufficient postage is included.

Scribophile Epic Poem Contest

1 March 2009

Follow in the footsteps of Homer, Virgil, Longfellow, and others by crafting an Epic poem! Epics are long narrative poems conforming to a certain style (see the Scribophile contest page for full details). Any subject or theme is OK with us–let your imagination run wild! Entries will be accepted through April 30, 2009; 1st prize is an epic $100 gift card, 2nd is a $50 gift card, and entry is free!
Details are available at