Jan 252015
 

The New Quarterly invites entries to the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. Submit poems written in response to an occasion (personal or public), poems of gratitude or grief, poems that celebrate or berate, poems that make an occasion of something or simply mark one. Prize: $1000. Entry fee: $40 for up to 2 unpublished poems; $5 each for additional poems. Entrants must be Canadian or reside in Canada. Deadline: February 28, 2015. Guidelines.
 

Jan 252015
 

Phafours Press (Ottawa, Canada) seeks poems about cocoa that rhapsodize the holy bean for a chapbook anthology. No couplet rhymes svp unless satire. Payment in copies and/or small honorarium. Send 2 poems max. Deadline: February 10, 2015. Guidelines.
 

Jan 192015
 

Between The Lines (Holy Names University, US) accepts poems and essays on social injustice. Poetry: 3–5 poems; Non-fiction: 3000 words max. Pieces selected for publication will be considered for the Celestine Prize in Poetry and our Anthony Prize in Prose. Sample themes: human trafficking during the Super Bowl, workers who are full-time, but don’t make a living wage, the causes and impact of global warming on localities or farmers in poor communities. Deadline: February 1, 2015. Guidelines.
 

Jan 182015
 

Two queer magazines (his + her) under the same publishing umbrella are seeking written and visual submissions for their inaugural issues. Open to illustrations, photo-essays, non-academic essays, personal reflections, poetry, and interviews/features. Writing should be light-hearted and of general interest, yet still carry some gravitas. Deadline: January 20, 2015. Guidelines.
 

Jan 182015
 

Ricky’s Back Yard is an online magazine with four print specials per year. Open to graphic short stories and verbal text entries, flash fiction to longer short stories (12k words). Looking for work that says “Jesus, that gave me a nightmare.” Prefers writing that is strong, punk, dark, humorous, and just strange enough to be true. Theme: Cult. Deadline: May 4, 2015.
 

Jan 152015
 

Entries are invites for “Passages: Transitions Between Worlds” a writing contest hosted by the Creative Writing Concentration at Carleton University. Two age categories: under 18 and 18+. Categories: Poetry and Short Story. International entries welcome. Prize: $300 and publication in an anthology (Spring 2015). Submit three poems (max. 100 lines each) or one short story (3000 words max.). Deadline: February 15, 2015. Guidelines.
 

Jan 152015
 

The Malahat Review (Victoria, BC) invites entries from Canadian, American, and overseas authors for the 2015 Long Poem Prize. Two awards of $1,000 (plus publication, interview). Length: a single poem or cycle of poems 10-20 pages long. Multiple entries welcome. Entry fee: $35-45 (includes subscription). Deadline: February 1, 2015. Guidelines.