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The Bridport Prize 2016

14 May 2016

Deadline: Midnight (BST) on Sunday 31st May 2016

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure. The Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £50.

In 2014 the Peggy Chapman-Andrews first novel award, named after the Prize’s founder, was launched (open to UK residents only).

The Dorset Award is a prize specifically for Dorset writers. Thanks to the sponsorship ofThe Book Shop of Bridport, £100 is awarded to the highest placed Dorset writer in the Bridport Prize each year.

Fay Weldon CBE, patron of the Bridport Prize, says “Mention the Bridport Prize and the eyes of writers everywhere light up. It’s not just the money – though that’s not to be sneezed at – it’s a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment”

Entry Categories

All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.  However, organisers do not recommend poems or stories written for children.

Poems (entry fee £9.00)

Judge: Patience Agbabi

Line limit: 42 lines (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee:  £8 for each poem submitted.

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 + Highly Commended 10 x £100

The top 4 poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for best single poem

 

Short Stories (entry fee £10.00)

Judge: Tessa Hadley

Word limit: 5,000 words (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee:  £9 for each short story submitted.

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 + Highly Commended 10 x £100

The top winning stories, poems and flash fiction will be published in the Bridport Prize 2016 anthology

The winning stories and shortlist will be read by leading London literary agents with a view to representing writers

The top thirteen eligible stories are submitted to the BBC National Short Story Award(£15,000) and The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award (£30,000)

 

Flash Fiction (entry fee £8.00)

Judge: Tim Stevenson

Word limit: 250 words (no minimum). Title not included.

Entry fee:  £7 for each flash fiction submitted.

Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250 + Highly Commended 3 x £100

What is flash fiction?

Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category. Some are as low as 250 words (such as ours), while others consider stories as long as a thousand words to be flash fiction.

Other names for flash fiction include sudden fiction, micro fiction, micro-story, short short, postcard fiction and short short story, though distinctions are sometimes drawn between some of these terms; for example, sometimes one-thousand words is considered the cut-off between “flash fiction” and the slightly longer short story “sudden fiction”. The terms “micro fiction” and “micro narrative” are sometimes defined as below 300 words.

Flash-fiction often contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten – that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.

Visit the website for details:  https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

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The Central Coast Writers Contest

14 May 2016

The Central Coast (CA) Writers Contest call for entries ends July 15, 2016.  Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting must depict the theme of The Final Word.

Prizes up to $1,000.

Entries will be judged by an array of best-selling and award-winning authors, editors, and publishers.

For further details, submission guidelines, contest rules, judges profiles and to submit your entry electronically please visit: http://www.CCWritersContest.com.

Confrontation is open to submissions from any writer.

11 April 2016

How to send your work:

U.S.-based writers: Along with your manuscript of previously unpublished work, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with standard letter-rate 1st-class postage so that we can reply to your submission. If you want us to return your manuscript along with our reply, be sure to include enough postage on your SASE to allow us to do so. If your work is a simultaneous submission, please let us know in your cover letter.

International writers: E-mail submissions (confrontationmag@gmail.com) are accepted only from writers living outside the U.S. Please do not include prose and poetry submissions in the same e-mail. Please do include your postal mailing address with your submission. E-mail submissions from U.S. writers will be deleted.

If your work under simultaneous submission is accepted elsewhere, please inform us as soon as possible: confrontationmag@gmail.com. In addition to the title of the work, be sure to specify whether it’s poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, and whether it was sent via regular mail or e-mail.

We usually respond to submissions within three to four months; we are quite a small staff, so we appreciate in advance your patience if we stray beyond this window. Reading period for all submissions: August 16 – April 15. Unless specifically commissioned or solicited, all manuscripts and e-mail submissions received during the non-reading period will be returned unread.

Please note: we do not respond to queries.

For all submissions, please be sure not to put two spaces after a period.

Mail your submissions to:

Confrontation Magazine
English Department
LIU Post

Brookville, NY 11548

 

Stories

We judge on quality of writing and thought or imagination, so we will accept genre fiction. However, it must have literary merit or it must transcend or challenge genre.

Send complete manuscript.

Length: Up to 7,200 words, one piece per submission; six pieces per submission for flash fiction (up to 500 words per piece).

Payment: $175-$250; more for commissioned work.

 

Poetry

Length of a poem should be kept to two pages.

Send up to six poems per submission.

Payment: $75-$100; more for commissioned work.

 

Nonfiction

We publish personal as well as cultural, political and other kinds of essays, and (self-contained) sections of memoirs.

Send complete manuscript.

Length: 1,500-5,000 words, one piece per submission.

Payment: $100-$150; more for commissioned work.

Visit the website:  http://confrontationmagazine.org/submit/

Yellow Chair Review – call for submissions

11 April 2016

Yellow Chair Review is a literary journal accepting submissions of poetry, prose and art.  Issues release quarterly.   We seek to act as a safe space for both readers and writers from marginalized groups. We are particularly interested to see submissions from POC and the LGBTQ community.

These same standards and practices extend into our Press.

Submission Guidelines:

WE ARE NOW USING SUBMITTABLE.  PLEASE NO MORE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS. (LINK BELOW)

Please see our publication schedule for details on what we’re looking for.

Deadlines:  Submittable will always have our current deadlines posted. 

Written Work:

  • Include a brief (50 words or so) 3rd person Bio.  Include a link to your website!
  • Please do not send a long explanation of your work.  Let your work speak for itself.
  • Poetry – 5 poems maximum and no longer than 10 pages
  • Send all work in ONE FILE.  Do not send multiple submissions in the same category or multiple files.
  • Prose – Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction only.  1000 words or less and up to 2 pieces
  • We will also consider Found Poems, Ekphrasis Poems (so long as you have permission to include the art with it) and Erasure Poems.
  • No previously published work.
  • Simultaneous Submissions accepted.  Please notify ASAP if your work is accepted elsewhere
  • If submitting to an Issue expect a response within 48 hours.

Art:

  • Please submit your stick figures, paintings, illustrations, drawings, digital media, photography, or anything not listed here that could be considered art.
  • You may submit up to 5 pieces.
  • Submit a bio and the medium the work is in.
  • Artwork should be high-resolution digital copies.
  • Images of your artwork must be attached in jpeg, png, or tiff format.
  • All submitted artwork will automatically be considered for the cover art of that issue.
  • If submitting to an Issue expect a response within 48 hours.

By submitting the writer/artist acknowledges:

  • Work must be final and checked for grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Minor grammatical and spelling edits may be needed.  If they are you will be notified.
  • Yellow Chair is currently a non-paying market.
  • Publication is currently online only via issuu.com or wordpress.com.  Your work may also appear as a feature on Twitter and on Facebook.
  • Yellow Chair requires first North American serial publishing rights, after publication all rights revert back to author.  All accepted work will remain archived online.
  • Accepted work may appear in an annual print anthology.  If your work is chosen for this anthology you’ll be notified.  We cannot provide contributor copies at this time but hope to change that in the future.
  • Yellow Chair asks that any reprints give first publication credit.

Visit website for submission details:  http://www.yellowchairreview.com/#!ycr-submission-guidelines/c1lzv

Calls for submissions: NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE

9 January 2016

HOW TO SEND WORK FOR PUBLICATION

Before sending your work for possible publication… please read the magazine! Doing so is the only way to understand what I want to publish, and doesn’t cost much. In fact, digital issues are free and print issues cost less than a sandwich and a coffee. By subscribing, purchasing a sample copy, or making a donation you’ll be helping to keep the magazine alive, and allowing me to pay the authors I publish.

You can find a wealth of good reasons to subscribe to Neon in this article. I hope that you’ll consider doing so; if just one in ten people who submitted work also subscribed to the magazine, Neon would never be short of funds. If you do support the magazine with a purchase, subscription or donation, please mention this in your cover letter. As a thankyou for your support, I’ll try and provide some personal feedback on your submission.

 

1. What I’m Looking For

There is no set word limit, but please send enough work to cover approximately three pages of the magazine. This could be one story, a couple of flash fictions, or several poems. I prefer darker pieces, especially those with an element of the surreal or speculative. I am open to reading anything, however, and am often surprised by pieces that don’t fall into these categories.

Images, comics and graphic poems are also welcome, as are self-contained extracts. If you have any doubts about whether something is suitable, please send it anyway and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

2. Terms

Reprints and simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let me know if a piece is published elsewhere. On acceptance Neon takes one-time non-exclusive rights to your work, as well as the right to archive it. Accepted authors receive one contributor copy, as well as a royalty derived from sales, subscriptions and donations – usually about £8.

 

3. How To Submit

Include a covering letter and a 50-word biography in the body of the email. The subject line should include the word “Submission”. The editor is Krishan Coupland. Send work by email to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk. Paste work into the body of the email if possible.

Please add Neon to your “Safe Senders” list, and query if you have received no response after two months. You may also wish to follow Neon on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, or join the mailing list, to be kept informed of any submissions-related news.

If you are new to sending your work out for publication, you might find this guide useful.

 

4. Feedback

If you are a current subscriber to the magazine, or if you have recently made a donation orpurchased a sample copy, please mention this in your covering letter. I’ll try and give some personalised feedback in my response. All submissions are given equal consideration, regardless of whether or not the author supports the magazine.

Visit the website: http://neonmagazine.co.uk/

Call for submissions: LUNARIS REVIEW Journal

9 January 2016

GUIDELINES FOR FICTION, CREATIVE NON-FICTION AND ESSAYS SUBMISSION

We publish literary fiction (flash fiction, short story and creative nonfiction). Lunaris Review accepts submission of flash fiction up to 1,000 words; short story, creative non-fiction up to 4,000 words and essay not longer than 7,500 words. We do not accept sci-fi and erotic compositions.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment should include your name, email address, the title of the story and the word count. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: FICTION/ESSAY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Poetry

Lunaris Review accepts poems of diverse thematic pre-occupations, forms and styles. Please do not send more than four poems per submission period and the length of individual poems should not exceed 40 lines. Although, longer poems would not be declined, but shorter poems would be given first consideration.

Submission should be sent as attachment in .doc or .pdf format using double line spacing. The attachment must include your name, email address, the title of the poem(s) and the number of lines. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: POETRY SUBMISSION.

Guidelines for Artwork and Photography

Visual Artwork (photographs inclusive) will be considered for the cover and/or interior of each issue. Please do not send more than seven pieces per submission period. Any format is acceptable

Attach your works as high-resolution files. In the subject line write in caps: YOUR NAME: ARTWORKS/PHOTOGRAPHY SUBMISSION.

General Guidelines and Policy

In the body of the email, include; your name, your email, and a brief biography. We publish only works that have not been previously published, either online or in print. Multiple submissions are not accepted. We accept simultaneous submissions; however let us know right away when/if such work has been accepted elsewhere, in the case of which you would need to withdraw your submission through an email notification. All submissions should be sent to africa@lunarisreview.com.

By sending us your work you are stating that the work is your own, and do not infringe on any copyright. You are also stating that we acquire first rights (that is, we do not accept previously published works) to publish your work in the event that it is accepted. The rights of any published work in this journal remain with the contributor, and we ask that you acknowledge Lunaris Review if you republish such work.

We reserve the right to copyedit your work before publishing it. Any significant changes to content will be approved by the author prior publication. We also reserve the right to use your work in all promotional material for the journal. We do not charge submission fees and do not pay contributors for now but would put up necessary information should/whenever that change.

Entrust us with your best work and let us share your creativity.

JOURNAL SUBMISSION WINDOWS

    • January issue: October 1st – November 30th
    • April Issue: January 1st – February 28th
    • July issue: April 1st – May 31st
    • October Issue: July 1st – August 31st

Any work received after the deadline would be automatically considered for the following issue.

How to submit, visit: http://lunarisreview.com/submit-journal

BARTHELME PRIZE FOR SHORT PROSE 2014

6 July 2014

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. To view last year’s winner and honorable mentions, you can purchase issue 26.2 here.

This year’s contest will be judged by Amy Hempel. A recipient of awards from the Guggenheim and United States Artists Foundations, and the Academy of Arts and Letters, Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of stories. Published in Harper’s, Vanity Fair, Tin House, GQ, and many more, her Collected Stories was named by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of 2007. It won the Ambassador Book Award for best fiction of the year. In 2008 and 2009, the REA Award and PEN/Malamud Award for the Short Story followed. She teaches at Harvard and Bennington.

We will accept submissions both via our online submissions manager (http://www.gulfcoastmag.org/submissions/) and via postal mail.

Contest Guidelines: Online Submissions

  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Submit up to three pieces of short prose in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.

Contest Guidelines: Postal Mail Submissions

  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:
    Gulf Coast
    ATTN: Barthelme Prize in Short Prose
    Department of English
    University of Houston
    Houston, TX 77204-3013
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $17 reading fee, payable in U.S. dollars to “Gulf Coast.”

Visit the website:  http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthleme-prize/

Call for submissions: NOVELLE – Magazine for Experimentalism #3 (June 2014):

4 March 2014

The enthusiastic response and the amount of submissions for the first and second issue of our new magazine NOVELLE were quite overwhelming. Now it’s time to gather some great material for issue #3 to be released in June 2014.

Submission guidelines:

•          The submitted work may be unpublished or published – in the latter case please make sure there is no third-party infringement involved.

•          We are interested in all sorts of fictional and non-fictional texts, regardless of genre and form (poems, essays, flash fiction, reviews, comics, drawings, paintings, interviews, ads, investigative reports, etc.). We are especially looking forward to receiving submissions that transcend the purely textual …

•          The submissions should be experimental in nature.

•          Topic for #3: Dead Places

•          Max. 5 pages per submission, 1 submission per author

•          File formats: doc / docx / odt / rtf / tiff / jpeg / bmp / png (graphics: b/w, minimum resolution: 300 dpi)

•          All published authors will receive one free copy of the NOVELLE (unfortunately, we are not able to offer payment yet, but this may change in the future …)

•          Please send us your work until May 31th, 2014, with the reference subject “NOVELLE #3” via email to autorenbonn@gmail.com, and don’t forget to add a short CV, including name, address, email, and a list of publications (if available)

http://dienovelle.blogspot.de/2014/03/call-for-submissions-novelle-magazine.html

We are looking forward to your creative/eccentric/idiosyncratic awesomeness!

Experimentally yours,

NOVELLE

WRITER ADVICE 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST

3 February 2013

WRITER ADVICE 8TH FLASH PROSE CONTEST
http://www.writeradvice.com/

$13 ENTRY FEE

WriterAdvice seeks flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction running 750 words or less.

Enlighten, dazzle, and delight us.

Finalists receive responses from all judges.

Deadline: April 18, 2013

First Place earns $200; Second Place earns $100; Third
Place earns $50; Honorable Mentions will also be published.

Visit the website: http://www.writeradvice.com/

Free Flash Fiction Writing Contests

2 February 2013

Free Flash Fiction is hosting a new flash fiction writing contest every month. Each month’s contest will have its own unique theme. There will be one First Prize winner and a number of stories chosen for a shortlist.

Entry Fee: Free

First Prize: $10, publication at freeflashfiction.com, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, a badge for your website, and the right to claim that you’re an award-winning author.

Shortlist Prizes: Publication at freeflashfiction.com, inclusion in an upcoming anthology, a badge for your website, and the right to brag about how your story was shortlisted in a Free Flash Fiction writing contest.

Contest Rules

One entry per person.
Prize money will be awarded via PayPal. You may also choose to donate your winnings back to Free Flash Fiction.
Stories must be 200-1000 words.
No poetry accepted.
Stories must be written in English.
Stories must not be previously published online.
No fan fiction or stories based in another author’s universe.
The publication rights outlined in the regular contract apply to contest entries.

See this month’s theme and enter at:
http://www.freeflashfiction.com/index.php/contests/current-contest/

Call for submissions: Indian Ink – bi-monthly magazine

24 November 2012

Indian Ink, a bi-monthly magazine, is a locus for creative expressions in English, and aspires to address the lacunae in the little magazine circuit. The sober realization that Kerala has not been able to sustain the sporadic attempts at establishing a literary space for creative writing in English, explains the rationale for launching Indian Ink. Accommodating established and new voices in a happy mix, Indian Ink aims for a pan Indian reach, and will have room for artistic innovations, mixed genres and dialogues among languages and regions.

Indian Ink, a well-received and beautifully illustrated little magazine in print,

published from Kerala, India, is open to  flash fiction, poems, creative non-fiction,

translations, art work, jokes, reviews, sms poems and irregulars.

Submissions (of less than 120 words), with a short bio, may be mailed to: indian.ink.mag@gmail.com.

Check out our blog at indianinkmag.blogspot.in