Archive for January 21st, 2015

The CutBank Chapbook Contest

21 January 2015

Submissions Open
: January 1 – March 31, 2015

: Publication, $1000 cash prize, and 25 contributor copies. 

: This competition is open to original English language manuscripts in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. While previously published stand-alone pieces or excerpts may be included in a manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published collections are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note that reading fees are non-refundable, and you must withdraw the manuscript immediately via Submittable if it is accepted elsewhere. Please do not include cover artwork with your submission; black and white illustrations are acceptable so long as you’ve obtained the rights. The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members. Reading Fee: 
$20; includes consideration and a copy of CutBank 83 upon its release in summer 2015. International applicants must send a SASE to receive a copy of the issue, or email editor.cutbank[at]gmail[dot]com to coordinate shipping as we are no longer able to ship internationally.

What We’re Looking For:
 Startling, compelling, and beautiful original work. We’re looking for a fresh, powerful manuscript. Maybe it will overtake us quietly; gracefully defy genres; satisfyingly subvert our expectations; punch us in the mouth page in and page out. We’re interested in both prose and poetry – and particularly work that straddles the lines between genres. Manuscripts should be cohesive and coherent; in other words, your manuscript should resonate and make sense as a book.

Guidelines for Electronic Submissions: We only accept submissions electronically. Entries must be received no later than midnight MST on March 31, 2015. Please submit 25 to 40 pages of typed poetry or prose in either DOC/DOCX/RTF/PDF format. For poetry and short prose, please include no more than one piece per page. Images are acceptable, but only in black and white; you must obtain reprint rights for any included images. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if applicable, an acknowledgments page addressing where sections have been previous published. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Results will be announced via e-mail and posted at in late May 2015. 

The Long and Short of It
: The CutBank Chapbook Contest honors a book of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning author receives a $1000 honorarium plus 25 copies of the published book. The winner will be announced by CutBank, the winning book will be featured on the CutBank website, and we’ll do our best to distribute it to regional independent bookstores. The contest will be judged by the CutBank editorial staff. Entries must be submitted between January 1 and March 31, 2015. All entries must be made through our submission manager. Manuscripts should be 25-40 pages in length of poetry (a cohesive poetry manuscript), fiction (either a short fiction collection or novella), or creative nonfiction (one long essay or a short collection of essays). Please indicate in the acknowledgements if any sections of the manuscript have been previously published, and where; the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the contest. Multiple entries are fine as long as each is accompanied by a submission fee (in which case you will receive an additional copy of CutBank). The author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with any current or previous CutBank staff members.

The CLMP Code of Ethics: 
CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

 It is truly an honor to read your work. We wish you the best of luck!

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21 January 2015
The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion.
Deadline February 28, 2015.
The Snowbound Chapbook Award is open to anyone writing in the English language, whether living in the United States or abroad.
Submit a previously unpublished, chapbook-length poetry manuscript (20-36 pages)with a table of contents.


21 January 2015
$28 ENTRY FEE.The winner will receive $1,000,
publication, and a standard royalty contract.
Deadline March 31, 2015.
All essay collections are welcome, regardless of author’s previous publications;
manuscripts should be approximately 100-300 pages in length.
The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all entrants for publication;
a listing of all winters and finalists will be posted on the Poetry Center website.

Creative Competitor Writing Contests & Poetry Contest

21 January 2015
PRIZES: 1st Prize: £150. 2nd Prize: £100. 3rd Prize: £75.
Deadline February 2, 2015.
Craft a beautiful poem that captures the spirit of a winter landscape. Whether it’s snow-capped mountains, misty rivers or frost-laden fields…we don’t mind, just paint the scene with your words. You can use the online photo for inspiration or, be inspired by a wintry landscape close to you. It’s your choice.
PRIZES: 1st Prize: £260. 2nd Prize: £195.
Deadline February 10, 2015.
You have just 65 words or less including the title to write a complete story. It’s a tough one, but you can do it,and we look forward to receiving your submissions. You must use the photo published online.
PRIZES: 1st Prize: £195. 2nd Prize: £150. 3rd Prize: £100.
Deadline February 28, 2015.
Using the photo for inspiration, you have just 1,000 words (including the title) to write a complete story that captures the imagination of the reader. To be in with a chance of winning this writing competition, you must include the park bench in your story.



21 January 2015

Dzanc is currently holding its fifth annual contest for all authors wishing to submit a short story collection to Dzanc Books.
The winning author will be published by Dzanc in late 2016, and will receive a $1,000 advance.
Entry to the Dzanc Short Story Collection Contest requires a $25 reading fee and the submission of a full manuscript.
The contest deadline is January 31, 2014.

Narrative Magazine’s: Winter 2015 Story Contest

21 January 2015

Our winter contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors.
As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.
We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.
Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $22 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2015, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2015. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

Zoetic Press Calls for Submissions

21 January 2015

Zoetic Press wants art and literature that tiptoes the tightrope between now and then—we are actively reading submissions for both NonBinary Review & Unbound Octavo.

We want language that makes us reach for a dictionary, a tissue, or both. Words in combinations and patterns that leave the faint of heart a little dizzy. We want insight, deep diving, broad connections, literary conspiracies, personal revelations, or anything you want to tell us about the themes we’ve chosen. Literary forms are changing as we use technology and typography to find new ways to tell stories—for work that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre, we’ve created a separate category to properly evaluate submissions of a hybrid or experimental nature.

Each issue of NonBinary Review is focused on a single theme:


Issue #5 (reading period closes April 1, publication June 2015): Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow

Issue #6 (reading period closes June 1; publication August 2015): 1001 Arabian Nights



We are a paying market–1 cent per word for prose/hybrid work, $10 flat fee per poem, and $25 flat fee for art.


Please note that at present, the Zoetic app is accessible through iPad & iPhone only, with future updates to include Android versions. When submitting your work, please note that if selected for publication, your work will appear in electronic form only. Please download our free app to familiarize yourself with our content and unique publishing model!



For more detailed guidelines, please expand the guidelines box of the genre you’re submitting to on our Submittable page.



Unbound Octavo is a collaborative publication, with each issue featuring a set of “interlocking” stories created by authors who may never have otherwise “met”—we are reading stories which interlock into the current story published on the website—every six weeks, a new story will post online and we’ll be reading stories related to the new posted story. UO’s word limit is 1,000 words for interlocking stories.


To read the current story we’re looking for which we’re seeking interlocking stories, please visit


To submit a story (up to 1000 words) to Unbound Octavo, visit:


Unbound Octavo is a paying market, $25 flat fee per piece of art or flash fiction!




Zoetic Press is always looking to publish reviews—though this is the only category for which we do not pay authors, we definitely work hard to promote authors through our social media networks. Unlike our imprints NonBinary Review & Unbound Octavo, book reviews are published online.  To submit a review, visit:




Zoetic Press is seeking associate editors! This position is a volunteer position & will require no more than a 4-hour weekly time commitment. We are looking for associate editors with a background in the arts, who can give articulate feedback on fiction, poetry & visual art. The duties for this position are light, and include reading submissions, voting on submissions, and basic copy editing duties. To join our team & gain experience working for a publisher on the cutting edge of technology, send a cover letter and resume to:

FormSwift $1,000 Scholarship Contest

21 January 2015

Either Write a One-Page Business Plan, Make a Brief PowerPoint, or Make a Two-Minute Video about one of the following topics for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:

  • How Student Organizations Could Use FormSwift
  • The Benefit of FormSwift to Schools & Colleges
  • Registration Documents That Should Be Online
  • How Volunteer Groups Could Use FormSwift
  • The Environmental Benefits of E-Signature/Paperless Documents                                                                                  

To be eligible:
1. You must be a graduating senior in high school or either a freshmen, sophomore or junior in college.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. You must be graduating high school or in college between the ages of 16 and 35.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.

Here is how you enter:
1. As mentioned above, either write a one-page business plan, make a brief PowerPoint, or make a two-minute video about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at] by February 28, 2015 with the email subject line “FormSwift Scholarship Entry”
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and date of birth within your submission.

We will notify and announce the winner on March 30, 2015.   

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“FIVES” New Play Festival seeking submissions

21 January 2015

BLACK BOX Playwriting Competition: FIVES

Five plays. Five actors. Five winners. $500 in prize money!

BLACK BOX is pleased to announce our second annual new theatre festival, FIVES. We are seeking submissions of unpublished, original work (works that have received previous staged readings or productions will also be considered), between 10-20 minutes in length. Contest is open to playwrights ages 16 and up.

Plays should be of a strong ensemble nature with emphasis on character rather than spectacle. Successful entries will have a five-member cast, and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space (30′ x 15′ stage). Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme. All types of work will be reviewed – comedy, drama, fantasy, etc; however, musicals and children’s scripts are not being solicited at this time.

All work must be compatible with the BLACK BOX mission to produce “theatre with integrity.”

*Entries must be submitted as hard copies (3 copies) by MARCH 5, 2015. (We are not accepting electronic submissions at this time.)

Up to two entries may be submitted by an author. Each entry must be submitted separately, and include a different pseudonym. A $10.00 entry fee (check or money order) must accompany each script. 

Visit the website for details:!fives-play-festival/cpyv

EVENT Magazine’s Annual Non-Fiction Contest is now open for entries!

21 January 2015

EVENT, an award-winning literary journal showcasing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, reviews and notes on writing by new and established writers from Canada and around the world, is currently in its 43rd year of publication. Our Annual Non-Fiction Contest deadline is coming up (April 15, 2015) and we’d like to advertise the contest as widely as possible. We would greatly appreciate your help in listing the information where it would get the most exposure and/or pass it along to individuals who may find it of interest.

EVENT is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary journals, and a strong supporter of literary non-fiction. Stories first published in EVENT have won numerous National and Western Magazine Awards, and have been featured in The Journey Prize, Pushcart Prize and Best Canadian Stories anthologies.

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form.

Deadline: April 15, 2015 (postmarked/online)

Entry Fee: $34.95 (includes 1 year of EVENT)

Multiple entries are allowed; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate fee. No simultaneous submissions.

Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced.
Prizes:  $1500 in prize monies available, plus payment for publication!
This year’s judge is Andrew Westoll ( )

VISIT for complete contest guidelines.