Wanted: Writing that says ‘slow down’

Online literary magazine Cargo focuses on narrative and growth through travel and exploration. Seeks creative nonfiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry, book reviews, visual art, and photography. Prefers work that evokes a strong sense of character, setting, movement, and the internal journey — writing that asks us to slow down and consider our past for a moment. Deadline: Rolling. Guidelines.

Wanted: Writing that ‘cat-burgles’ expectations

The Los Angeles Review invites submissions for Vol. 20. Theme: Ekphrasis. Publishes fiction (“hard-to-put-down shorts”) under 1000 words as well as sequences of such shorts and/or stand-alone lengthier stories up to 4,000 words; nonfiction (1000-4000 words); flash nonfiction (“that cat-burgles expectations”), poetry and book reviews. Reading fee: $3. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.

Poetry contest with $1500 prize

PRISM international is accepting submissions for their 2016 Poetry Contest, judged by Kayla Czaga. First prize: $1500 + publication. More prizes available. Maximum of three poems per entry. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: January 20, 2016. Guidelines.

Eerie experiences wanted for arts magazine

ArtAscent seeks submissions on the theme of “Haunting.” Write about spooky creatures, frightening places, eerie experiences. Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Open to international artists. Deadline: October 31, 2015. Guidelines.

Wanted: Engaging stories, vivid characters

Tethered By Letters is accepting submissions for the TBL Fall Literary Contest. Categories: Short story (1000-7500 words; $500 prize); flash fiction (55, 250, or 500 words; $150 prize); and poetry ($150 prize). Looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. Winners published in F(r)iction. Entry fees: $7-$15. Deadline: December 1, 2015. Guidelines.

Small press seeks short-form submissions

Another New Calligraphy publishes limited-edition, handmade books in Chicago. Seeks work that balances originality and sincerity, and writing that “exists within its own space, rather than making concessions to genre or attempts at mass accessibility.” Prefers shorter written material (poetry and short-form nonfiction writing). Deadline: Open.