MTC Publications seeks needs humorous stories and poems for an anthology of ingenuity and resourcefulness: Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails. Writers are invited to share true stories about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items available as alternative tools when in a bind. Length: Prose – 1200 words max; poetry – open. Payment: one digital contributor’s copy and a coupon for printed copies at a discount. Deadline: January 25, 2016. Guidelines.
Altaire Productions and Publications (Australia) seeks submissions for an anthology: No Man’s Land: The Crime Edition. Traditional and non-traditional crime fiction. Length: 7000 words max. Payment: $200. Submission fee: $10 (includes entry to the Altaire Short Fiction award with a prize of $1000). Deadline: July 31, 2015. Guidelines.
The Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition is now open for submissions to writers worldwide. Prize: €2000, Southword publication, invitation to read at the Cork International Short Story Festival, and a writer’s retreat at Anam Cara. Length: 3000 words max. Entry fee; €15. Deadline: July 31, 2015. Guidelines.
Entries are invited for Lit POP 2015 award. Looking for stories (3000 words max) and poems (up to five) “that really pop.” Prize: Publication in Matrix Magazine, and travel and accommodation to POP Montreal (September 16-20). Deadline: July 10, 2015, extended. Entry fee: $25 for one story or five poems. Guidelines.
New Toronto-based short story publication, Tracer, is looking for stories with heat. No deadline.
Buttontapper Press is seeking short erotica submissions for a 2015 anthology of sexy shorts. Pieces should be 2,000 words or less, “with emphasis on hot sex, unique characters and an overall distinction of intelligent smut.” Authors whose works are accepted for inclusion will receive quarterly royalties, based on sales, plus digital copies of the book. Deadline: July 31, 2014.
- Guidelines: buttontapper.com/submissions
New literary press Brighthorse Books (Nebraska) invites submissions of book-length manuscripts for the Brighthorse Prize is an annual awards series honoring unpublished novels, collections of short fiction, and poetry collections. Award (per genre): $1000 and publication under its standard (50/50) contract. Deadline: June 15, 2014.
The Writing Menopause Anthology wants to make “women of a certain age” visible in all their grey-haired glory. Looking for short fiction, creative non-fiction, flash fiction and poetry. Writers can be living through it, writing through or about it, or witnessing it. The editors invite submissions to “be funny, be furious, be the eye of the storm. Be courageous and outrageous.” No how-tos or medical/quasi-medical advice. Length: 2500 words max. and up to three poems. Email submissions as Word attachments to: email@example.com. Deadline: June 30, 2014