Poetry contest with $5000 prize

Entries are open for Arc’s 2017 Poem of the Year Contest. First prize: $5000. Length: 100 lines max.Shortlist of 10 to 12 poems will be eligible for the Readers’ Choice Award. Shortlisted poems receive paid publication. Open to international entrants. Entry fee: $35 (includes subscription). Deadline: February 1, 2017.

Seeking poetry book manuscripts from Canadians

Brick Books (Canada) publishes poetry books by new and established Canadian writers (citizens and landed immigrants.) Submit full manuscript. Interested in work from a broad a range of aesthetics and experiences, and encourages submissions from indigenous, racialized, and LGBTQ+ poets. Deadline: April 30, 2017.

Seeking writing with an Ottawa connection

Bywords.ca invites poetry submissions from current and former Ottawa, Ontario residents, students, and workers for their monthly online magazine. Pays $40 per published poem. Poems published between September 2016 and August 2017 are considered for the John Newlove Poetry Award. Length: 45 lines and 250 words max. Deadline: 15th of each month.

Wanted: Full-length books that ‘scream’

PANK will begin publishing full length books in 2017. Looking for poetry, fiction, short fiction, multi genre work, experimental, traditional, nonfiction and collaborative work. Send them “something that screams.” Reading fee: $25. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Wanted: Writing that breathes life back into the world

Small, independent press, The Lost Sparrow (US), is accepting submissions of new, original, and unpublished works. Looking for poetry and prose that “breathe life back into the world.” Submit poetry (under 50 lines preferred) and short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, essays, thoughts, and dreams (3500 words max.). Deadline: January 31, 2017.

Wanted: Slightly-left-of-reality prose

New online journal Skewed Lit seeks writing about things that are skewed, that live somewhere slightly left of reality. All prose under 1,500 words will be considered for publication. The 1,500 words could comprise one story, three, seven, etc. Formal experimentation welcome. Publishes every other week. Deadline: Rolling.

Arts journal seeks submissions

ArtAscent invites submissions for their next digital/print publication. Theme: Bliss. Accepts fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Fee: $10. Deadline: February 28, 2017.

Wanted: IRL queer stories, but also trans space captains, gay witches

Queerlit accepts original short stories, comics, and literary or personal essays by LGBTQ+ creators. Interested in pieces by LGBTQ+ creators, about LGBTQ+ themes or characters or settings. Looks for realistic explorations of LGBTQ+ life, but also “your trans space captains, your lesbian detectives, your non-binary superheroes, your gay witches, your bisexual knights or pansexual vampire slayers or queer werewolves.” Deadline: Ongoing.

New writers wanted for new journal

The Quill Magazine (Canada) invites entries for their debut issue (launching end of January). Accepts all forms of prose, poetry, and script from new writers only. Length: 20,000 words max — prefers work under 10,000 words. No blood, sex, violence, gore, or drug use that doesn’t directly drive the story. Deadline: Ongoing.

BC journal seeks poetry, prose & comics

Beside the Point, an online and print creative writing journal published at Camosun, a community college in Victoria, BC, invites submissions for the next issue. Theme: What does “community” mean to you? Accepts prose, poetry, images (work may be reproduced in b&w) or a combination of these. Length: 2500 words max. Also publishes comics 8 pages max.). Deadline: January 28, 2017.

Literary prose contest for young women writers in Nova Scotia

Attention female-identifying writers in Nova Scotia aged 12-18. Entries are invited for the New Horizons, New Challenges: Girls Making a Difference Girls 2017 Literary Competition (sponsored by the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice at Mount Saint Vincent University). First prize: $100 plus publication in Understorey Magazine. Theme: Power – Who has it? Who needs it? What do we do to get it? Submissions must tell a story using the techniques of literary poetry or prose. Length: 1500 words max. Deadline: February 15, 2017.

$3500 prize for essay on ‘adaptation’

New deadline. creative nonfictionCreative Nonfiction magazine seeks submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of “adaptation.” Looking for nonfiction narratives by and/or about professionals (scientists, designers, farmers, soldiers, teachers, others) whose work helps other humans (prisoners, refugees, students, others) adapt to a changing world. $3,500 awarded for best essay; all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: February 6, 2017.

Book review journal pays for personal essays

hamilton review of booksHamilton Review of Books seeks essay submissions for their second issue (Spring 2017). Looking for personal essays (1500-5000 words) on literary subjects. Example: Using a particular book’s subject matter as a jumping-off point for an essay incorporating original thinking and experience. Pays $75 per essay. Deadline: January 30, 2017.

Magazine pays for science fantasy fiction

SciFan Magazine is a digital magazine that focuses on showcasing exceptional works of fiction in the science fantasy genre. Length: 2500-10000 words. Must fit within one of the ten sub-genres within science fantasy. Payment: $2 per 1000 words, up to a max. of $20 per short story. Deadline: Rolling.

Two $1000 prizes for poetry

the malahat review coverThe Malahat Review invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1000 each. Submit a single poem or cycle of poems 10-20 pages long. Entry fee: $40 US. Deadline: February 1, 2017.

New hungry publisher wants your SciFi novel

Fire & AshFire & Ash Publishers (Toronto) is building their list for 2017 and 2018. Looking for novel length science fiction “with living characters and smart, fresh ideas at heart.” Nalo Hopkinson, Ann Leckie, Robert J. Sawyer, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Octavia Butler… etc. Open to taking chances. Deadline: Ongoing.

Literary journal open to poetry, fiction, nonfiction (pays)

grainPrint literary journal Grain is accepting submissions for upcoming issue. Open to poetry (individual poems, sequences, or suites) and fiction and literary nonfiction (3500 words max). Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus three copies of the issue. Submission window open until May 31, 2017.

UK magazine seeks poetry and prose

Popshot MagazinePopshot (UK) seeks short fiction and poetry submissions for its forthcoming 17th issue. Theme: ‘Future.’ Looking for poems of up to 25 lines and short stories of up to 3,000 words. Deadline: January 26, 2017.

Wanted: Plays & poetry for a new Long Island festival

The East End Fringe Festival, is a new theater and poetry festival on the east end of Long Island, NY, are looking for new plays and poetry for Summer 2017. “Dedicated to connecting adventurous emerging and established artists with appreciative audiences to foster the growth of creative arts on Long Island.” Plays: 6 characters, up to 90 minutes. Poetry: 2 poems/pages. Deadline: March 16, 2017

Seeking work from first generation college writers

Writers who identify as “first-generation college,” as well as those who support the first-generation community, are encouraged to submit to First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience. This is a peer-reviewed journal of creative writing, visual and recorded art, and scholarly work from the first-generation college community. Accepting creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, spoken word, drama, literary analysis, research, and multimedia works. Deadline: March 15, 2016.

Channel your inner Frankenstein for a chance at $10,000

creative nonfictionWhat’s your interpretation of monstrosity? In conjunction with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project, Creative Nonfiction magazine seeks nonfiction stories in the spirit of Frankenstein. Looking for true stories that explore humans’ efforts to control and redirect nature and the evolving relationships between humanity and science/technology. Length: 4000 words max. Publication name: Dangerous Creations: Real Life Frankenstein Stories. $10,000 + publication for Best Essay and two $2,500 prizes and publication. Entry fee: $20. Deadline: March 20, 2017.