PRISM (BC) invites submissions for their Creative Nonfiction Contest. $1500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Length: 6000 words max. Judged By Rachel Rose. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2016.
The Cossack Review is looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and works in translation for their next print and online issues. Send 3-6 poems, one story, or one essay. Especially interested in thoughtful, diverse work.
New online publication Forage Poetry seeks to bridge the gap between industry and amateur poetry. Looking for work that focuses on craft, and the particularities of poets’ encounters with the world. Theme: the sonnet. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2016. First prize: $750 plus publication. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2016.
The Malahat Review seeks submissions of creative nonfiction to its annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Entries can include: personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography. Looking for work that is enhanced by description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. Length: 2000-3000 words. Entry fee: $35 and $45 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 1, 2016.
Entries are open for the 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. First prizes: $1500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of december (fiction and nonfiction). Length: 8000 words. Entry fee: $20 (includes copy of awards issue). Deadline: June 15, 2016.
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Entries are open for the annual Rattle Poetry Prize: $10,000 for a single poem plus publication in the winter issue. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each. Entry fee: $20 (includes subscription) for up to 4 poems. Open to writers worldwide. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
Crab Fat Magazine seeks experimental/hybrid poetry and prose submissions for a special atheist issue. Open to work by women and non-binary, queer, trans, and disabled people, and other marginalized identities. The collection will explore how atheism goes beyond political, social, and racial barriers. Also accepting submissions for the regular publication schedule. Deadline: June 15, 2016.
Quarterly online magazine The Mackinac (Canada/US) seeks poetry that “bridges the strait between nostalgia and the immediate, the wilds seen and unseen, the best of emerging and established voices.” Submit up to 5 poems. Deadline: Ongoing.
3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 12 (released October 1). The following three words must be incorporated into poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions: Relic, Passageway, and Kiss. Art and photography submissions must represent at least one of those elements. No reading fee. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Calypso Editions (US), a nonprofit press publishing poetry and fiction with a global perspective, seeks submissions of translated manuscripts. Looking for translated poetry (between 45-75 pages) and prose (short-stories/novellas/novels, up to 52,000 words). No reading fee. Deadline: May 31, 2016
Room Magazine is looking for short stories, poems, essays, and art for issue 40.1. Theme: Food. Possible angles: eating for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. Could relate to cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. No submission fee. Payment: $50+. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Into The Void Magazine is accepting fiction (4000 words), non-fiction (2000 words) and poetry (120 lines) for Issue One. Accepts all genres and styles. Prizes heartfelt and genuine writing above perfect grammar and technique. Pays minimum of €5 per accepted piece. Reading fee. Deadline: June 25, 2016.
For their second collaboration, Words and Brushes invites stories based on a piece of artwork (from gallery provided). First prize: $150. Length: 2000-5000 words. No entry fee. Deadline: June 15, 2016.
Zoetic Press seeks full-length manuscripts of fiction, short story collections, hybrid work, poetry and creative nonfiction. Less concerned about genre, subject or style, and more concerned about beauty of language, innovation of idea, and skill at execution. Length: at least 50,000 words. Deadline: Rolling.
The Chaos is a new journal of personal narrative, publishing true stories of personal growth, lessons learned, life-changing events, and milestones from emerging and established writers. From the editor: “We’re looking for the stories you are afraid to tell, but know you must” — unique perspectives on familiar experiences, writing that ventures into the mind of the writer or the scene of the story. Deadline: Rolling.
Room Magazine is accepting entries for their annual Poetry and Fiction Contest. Prize in each genre: $1000 plus publication. Judged by Marilyn Dumont (poetry) and Doretta Lau (fiction). Room’s contests are open to women, trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
Online journal Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is accepting submissions of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, features, and artwork for the Fall 2016 issue. Deadline: August 15, 2016.
KAPSULA is looking for pieces that speak to the concept of finality in art. More specifically, writers are asked to highlight a topic specific to the period that KAPSULA has been produced: 2013–2016. What, in the broad sense, has led us to THE END? Open to abstracts, proposals, and finished papers. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
Syntax and Salt, which publishes 13 magical realism pieces a season, seeks submissions for Issue 2. Length: 3500 words max. Likes old stories told in a new way and new stories told in an old way, plus well executed sad endings. Pays $10/story. Deadline: June 15, 2016.
It’s Not Personal is a new project inspired by the female dating experience. Looking for art and writing submissions that are related to the topic of dating. The final project will be a magazine or book with a likely publication date of Fall 2016. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
WILDNESS (UK) wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their fourth, fifth and sixth issues. Deadline: Rolling.
Smoky Blue Literary and Arts Magazine (NC), which explores the wide spectrum of the senior citizen’s life, seeks pieces for the next issue. Open to poetry, short fiction, creative essay, memoir and book reviews from anyone, anywhere. Welcomes any topic, and in any voice or style. Main criteria: the work needs to be good: it should engage the reader/viewer, enrich our experience. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Black Napkin Press is currently seeking submissions of art and poetry for their inaugural digital publication and future issues. From the editor: “We want your weird, we want your provocative, we want the poems that you need in the world. We like poetry that forces a reader to feel, poetry that punches you in the heart and leaves you with the taste of blood on your teeth.” Deadline: Rolling.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.
Entries are now being accepted for the Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest. Open to humorous essays and cartoons about writing/publishing from international writers. Prizes in two categories, free (£50) and paid (£100 – with £5 entry fee). Deadline: August 31, 2016.
Submissions are open for the debut issue of November Bees, a quarterly online art and literature journal. Currently seeking previously unpublished nonfiction and fiction (including blurred genre hybrid) under 1,000 words, plus poetry and visual art. Deadline: July 15, 2016.
University of Regina Press and poet Sue Goyette are asking poets to submit to a collection that addresses the issue of sexual assault, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, rape culture and the ongoing quest for justice. Open to international submissions. Pieces can be sent by mail (University of Regina Press, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2) or emailed to email@example.com. Deadline: September 15, 2016.
New quarterly Flytrap Uprising is accepting submissions for their second issue. Looking for noir–noir fiction, noir poetry, and articles about noir topics. Editor’s note: Noir is more than detective stories. Seeking “your dark, your discouraged, your hopeless, but also your light at the end of the tunnel.” Deadline: August 31, 2016.
The Lake Winnipeg Writers’ Group invites entries from adults and youth for the 2016 Write on the Lake Contest. First prize: $100. Categories: Poetry (3 pages or 1500 words max), fiction (2500 words max.), and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) Entry fees: Adult – $20 and youth (under 18 years) – $10. Deadline: July 31, 2016.