Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Calls for Submissions - October 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter. Listed below are this month's calls for submissions.

Contests


Atlantis Award for Poetry – great opportunity for graduate students

The Poet’s Billow, an organization dedicated to increasing the exposure of poetry, is extending their deadline for the Atlantis Award to November 1st.
Submission guidelines: http://thepoetsbillow.org/poetry-awards/the-atlantis-award/

Fiction Writing Contest

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival's Fiction Contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. The deadline is: November 16th.  Molly Antopol, author of the acclaimed short story collection, The UnAmericans, will judge.  (Their one-act play contest deadline is November 1.)
http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net/fiction-contest/

Chapbook Award for Short Fiction or Poems 

The Black River Chapbook Competition is a semi-annual prize from Black Lawrence Press for a chapbook of short fiction or poems. Entries should be between 16 and 36 pages in length. The winner will receive $500 and publication. Submissions are accepted via submittable now through October 31st.
Complete submission guidelines.

Ekphrastic Poetry Competition sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. 

Writers are invited to submit original poems inspired by five works of art shown on ARTlines2 web site, on the MFAH's web site and on view at the Museum. The deadline for entries is midnight November 30, 2014. A total of 45 poems by winners and finalist will be published with the accompanying artworks in an ekphrastic poetry anthology for ARTlines2. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
http://artlines2.net/guidelines/

Alice James Books Poetry Award 

Alice James Books is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Inaugural Alice James Award (formerly the Beatrice Hawley Award) postmarked through November 1, 2014. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established U.S. poets. The winner receives $2,000, book publication, and distribution through Consortium. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. http://www.alicejamesbooks.org

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Sponsored by Ballymaloe Cookery School and The Moth magazine, this contest offers huge prizes. Closing date is December 31.
More details at themothmagazine.com

2015 William Matthews Poetry Prize 

Sponsored by the Asheville Poetry Review and judged by Garrett Hongo, this contest offers cash prizes for first, second place. Deadline is January 15, 2015.
http://www.ashevillepoetryreview.com/

Poetry Society of America Annual Poetry Awards 

Each year from October to December the Poetry Society holds a variety of contests for poets at all stages of their careers. Contests center on specific themes, age groups, and other parameters. Accepting Submissions October 1st—December 22nd.
See award descriptions at http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/individual/

Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award 

Briefly. Deadline 10/31. Max 3,000 words. Cash prizes.
http://www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp


Submissions


Share Your MFA Experience 

The MFA Years posts content related to creative writing programs located in the United States and internationally. All of the content is generated by current creative writing students and alumni. They are looking for students and alumni interested in contributing a guest post about some aspect of creative writing and graduate school and/or being interviewed about their program.
Visit their submissions page for details http://themfayears.com/submissions/

Embodied Effigies Needs Flash Nonfiction for Print Issue 

Embodied Effigies literary magazine is open for submissions for its fifth issue. They are doing a special print issue with a flash nonfiction theme. Deadline 11/30 for Issue 5. Features always accepted.
http://effigiesmag.com/submissions/

Fearless Writers Sought for Ghost Town MFA Journal

Ghost Town, the national literary journal of the MFA program at California State University San Bernardino, is looking for fearless and inventive fiction, poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. We publish two online issues per year. Deadline is November 10 for Issue 7!
http://ghosttownlitmag.com/submit/

Accepting Short Stories and Poems about Relationships 

Literature Today, an International Journal of contemporary literature, is inviting poems and short stories for its second issue. The theme of our January 2015 issue is 'Relationships'.
http://literaturetodayjournal.webs.com/


All Genres Welcome at Rowan University Literary Magazine 

Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program is seeking nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2014. 
www.rowanglassworks.org.

Thin Air Looking for Original Work, Reviews or Interviews for Print and On-line 

Thin Air is an annual print publication with a web magazine. The publication is managed by the graduate students of Northern Arizona University’s MA and MFA programs. Submissions for the 21st issue of Thin Air will be accepted until December 15, 2014. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual arts are printed, as well as book reviews and interviews for the on-line magazine.
http://thinairmagazine.org/

Heavy Metal Inspired Fiction 

Despumation is a literary journal of short fiction based on/inspired by extreme heavy metal music. Also open to poetry and non-fiction. Rolling submissions.
http://despumationpress.com/

Barking Sycamores “Doors of Perception” theme 

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. They are seeking poetry, short fiction, and art for Issue 4, Winter/Spring 2015. Theme: “The Doors of Perception.” Pieces about doors, perception, and vision are welcome as well as ekphrastic work based on the works of William Blake, Aldous Huxley, or the American rock band The Doors. However, in the end, artists may submit poetry, short fiction, and visual art that interpret the theme as broadly or as narrowly as desired. They also seek essays on neurodivergence and how it impacts the creation of literary works. Submission period: October 1 – November 30, 2014.
http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives 

A professional pay journal, Tahoma Literary Review is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6,000 words. or flash submissions (up to 2,000 words).
Guidelines are available at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

Mason's Road is now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic. Submissions period ends November 15, 2014.
Submission guidelines at http://www.masonsroad.com/submission-guidelines/.

3Elements for Winter: Wring, Respite, Smudge 

3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element.  You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper). Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1. See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details.
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Regular Submissions

Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.  
Submissions details.



Other


Online Writing Class Discounts for MFA Students and Alumni 

To celebrate their third year of offering online writing classes, 24PearlStreet: The Fine Arts Work Center Online is offering a 50% discount on classes to all current and former MFA students. Students can study one-on-one with renowned poets and writers like Carolyn Forche, Mary Gaitskill, and Pulitzer Prize Winner Paul Harding.
For a full list of offerings, please visit www.fawc.org/24PearlStreet.

Join the Crew of Drunken Boat  

Drunken Boat, one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web Award, is adding to our staff. Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be involved in an independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually worldwide. Positions available include Non-fiction Reader, Publicity and Marketing director, and AWP/Readings Coordinator.
Read more at www.drunkenboat.com.

Writing Fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Massachusetts 

Since 1968, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging writers. Writers who have not yet published a full-length book of creative work are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a seven-month stay (October 1 - April 30) at the Work Center and a $750 monthly stipend. The deadline for the 2015-16 Writing Fellowships is December 1, 2014.
Details: fawc.org/writers

Baltic Writing Residency Opportunities in Kentucky or Latvia 

The Baltic Writing Residency has extended its submission period for the 2 - 8 week long residency at Bernheim Forest (in KY) to February 1st. The residency can be spent any time of year. The deadline for applications to the month-long residency in Riga, Latvia is December 15th. 
http://balticresidency.com/

Best Poems Submissions

The Muse is seeking poetry submissions for CONTEMPORARY POETRY-AN ANTHOLOGY OF PRESENT DAY BEST POEMS (VOLUME-2)’.
For submission guidelines please visit: http://themuse.webs.com/newsandevents.htm


Friday, September 12, 2014

Calls for Submissions - September 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter.  Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 

Red Wolf Journal seeking poetry on theme "celebration and ritual"

Red Wolf Journal is an online international poetry journal that is published quarterly. They are inviting emerging and established poets to submit their work for publication in the Fall 2014 issue, which has the general theme of "celebration and ritual." Feel free to follow this theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2014.
Submission guidelines are at http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/fall-2014-issue-3/.

The Puritan's annual literary contest for poetry and fiction

The deadline to enter poetry and fiction submissions to The Puritan's annual literary contest, The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is September 30. This year’s contest features $2000 in cash prizes, publication, and prize pack of books valued at over $750 each! This year’s winning entries will be chosen by celebrated Canadian authors Margaret Atwood and Zsuzsie Gartner.
http://puritan-magazine.com/submissions/

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference October 31 - November 1, 2014

You’ve just finished your first publishable work and you’re wondering where to turn next. Come to the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (directed by our own Heather Gemmen Wilson)—a two-day event at Anderson University (Indiana) that focuses on helping writers get published. You’ll be able to attend seminars on how to write proposals, why and how to work with agents, and other useful information. Most importantly, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your work to editors and agents. Additionally, all conferees may enter the IFWC writing contest for cash prizes, which is judged by publishing professionals.
http://www.faithandwriting.com

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives

Tahoma Literary Review, a professional pay journal, is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6000 words.  We're also open to flash submissions (up to 2,000 words). We are dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process. Guidelines are available at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, this contest awards one winner with a $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.  Deadline is September 30, 2014. Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html

2014 American Literary Review Awards Open for Submissions

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2015 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.  Deadline is October 1, 2014. 
http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest.html


Missouri Review prizes in Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction

The Missouri Review’s 24th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to our gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will receive cash prizes and have their work considered for publication as well.  This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers. October 1, 2014 deadline.
http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/.

2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize for Women

The 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry is open for submission until October 31, 2014. This contest is open to American women who have yet to publish a full-length book. The winner receives publication with Persea, $1,000.00, and the option of an expenses paid six-week residency in Italy.
www.perseabooks.com

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

Mason's Road is now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and they are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

Submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.  You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry. Please look here for submission guidelines.


Fogged Clarity Chicago Arts Review accepting submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Winter 2014 edition. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

Essaying the Body Electric New Essay Contest

Welcome Table Press is pleased to announce its first essay contest, Essaying the Body Electric. The winning submissions will be selected by judge Robert Atwan, series editor of Best American Essays. Five cash prizes will be awarded. The winning submissions will be published as part of a new online series and eventually, in a print anthology. October 1 deadline.
Complete guidelines at https://welcometablepress.submittable.com/submit.

So to Speak Contests and Journal Submissions

So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art is now open for submissions. Additionally, our nonfiction contest judged by Jennifer Percy and our poetry contest are open for submissions. So to Speak welcomes both new and established writers of all genders, writing about all topics. We are looking for strong, artistic work that is asks questions, inspires, takes risks, and promotes reflection.  Submissions will be accepted until October 15. Check out our guidelines here: http://sotospeakjournal.org/submit/

Tiferet Journal submission open now through December

Tiferet Journal is now accepting submissions in poetry, prose, and art.  They look for high-quality creative work that expresses spiritual experiences and/or promotes tolerance.
http://tiferetjournal.com/submit/

Arizona State University's Canyon Voices Open for Submissions

Canyon Voices is looking for writers and artists to submit to the Fall 2014 edition! We are in need of your blooming talent. The deadline for submission is October 21, 2014. Please consider sharing your pieces with us. We look forward to hearing from you all! 
canyonvoices.asu.edu/submission

Black River Chapbook Competition

The Fall 2014 Black River Chapbook Competition is now open to submissions of poetry and short fiction through October 31, 2014. Full guidelines

3Elements Literary Review Reveals Winter Themes and Annual Contests

3Elements is currently accepting stories, poems, nonfiction, art, and photography for our sixth issue, due January 1st. Stories and poems must include the following elements: Wring, Respite, and Smudge. Art and photography need only represent one element. 

You can also enter one of their contests--for poetry (judged by Ravi Shankar) and for fiction (judged by Susan Tepper).  Submission fee is $10, deadline is March 1.  See their website for a list of themes to incorporate and more submission details. 
http://3elementsreview.com/

Gulf Coast Journal Accepting Regular Submissions

Gulf Coast Journal is accepting poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions for their print issue until March 1st. They have a $2.00 reading fee. GCOnline accepts submissions for Exclusives year-round. Online publication exposes your work to an audience of 10,000 unique page views, and 11,000 twitter followers.  
Submissions details.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ashland MFA Recognized in BAE Notables List

Congratulations are in order for MFA nonfiction faculty members whose essays have been recognized as Notable Essays in the 2014 Best American Essays anthology.

Sarah M. Wells, the MFA program administrative director and current nonfiction MFA student, also appears in the notables list for her Brevity essay, "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation."

Congratulations!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Call for Submissions - August 2014

Each month, the Ashland MFA Program receives calls for submissions and contest deadlines, which it publicizes in its monthly newsletter.  We've been busy with our 2014 Summer Residency program, but now we're back in action! Listed below are this month's calls for submissions. 

Red Wolf Journal seeking poetry on theme "celebration and ritual"

Red Wolf Journal is an online international poetry journal that is published quarterly. They are inviting emerging and established poets to submit their work for publication in the Fall 2014 issue, which has the general theme of "celebration and ritual." Feel free to follow this theme as broadly or specifically as you wish. Our intention is to spread poetry as far as it can travel. Please join us on the journey. Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2014.  More information and a link to our submission guidelines can be found here: http://redwolfjournal.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/fall-2014-issue-3/

Tahoma Literary Review Interested in Nonfiction Narratives

Tahoma Literary Review, a professional pay journal, is looking for narrative nonfiction up to 6000 words.  We're also open to flash submissions (up to 2,000 words). We are dedicated not only to publishing the best new poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, but also to paying our writers professional rates, promoting our contributors and helping their work find an audience. We publish a diverse selection of writers. All selections for publication come through the submission portal; we do not solicit writing from individual authors. We believe this ensures a fair and transparent selection process. Guidelines are available at http://tahomaliteraryreview.com/guidelines/#nonfiction.

Barking Sycamores accepting poetry short fiction and art

Barking Sycamores is a literary journal publishing poetry, short fiction (1000 words or less), and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers. We seek poetry, short fiction, and art for our unthemed Issue 3, Fall/Winter 2014, which will publish October 1 – December 31, 2014. Works on nearly any subject will be considered, as well as essays on neurodivergence and the creation of literary works. Artwork submitted may be considered for use as cover art. The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested writers consult our submission guidelines (http://barkingsycamores.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/) before sending any work to us.  Submission period: July 1 – September 15, 2014.

Gulf Coast Journal Contests in Short Prose and Translation

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2014 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. For more details: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/barthleme-prize/.

Gulf Coast is also accepting entries for the inaugural Gulf Coast Translation Prize. In 2014, the contest is open to poetry in translation. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions will also appear in issue 27.2, due out in April 2015. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as Online Exclusives. For more information: http://gulfcoastmag.org/contests/prize-in-translation/.

Deadline for both contests is August 31, 2014.

Fogged Clarity Chicago Arts Review accepting submissions

Fogged Clarity is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, visual art and music for their Winter 2014 edition. Submission guidelines are not stringent—we consider only the caliber of the work. Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. Please note that we do not accept genre fiction or poetry. For comprehensive submissions guidelines please visit: http://foggedclarity.com/about/submissions/

Indiana Faith and Writing Conference October 31 - November 1, 2014

You’ve just finished your first publishable work and you’re wondering where to turn next. Come to the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (directed by our own Heather Gemmen Wilson)—a two-day event at Anderson University (Indiana) that focuses on helping writers get published. You’ll be able to attend seminars on how to write proposals, why and how to work with agents, and other useful information. Most importantly, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your work to editors and agents. Additionally, all conferees may enter the IFWC writing contest for cash prizes, which is judged by publishing professionals.
http://www.faithandwriting.com

Mslexia Memoir Competition

We're looking for memoirs written by previously unpublished women memoirists. Submissions need to be the first 5,000 words of a full-length memoir, written in prose, and narrate actual events in your life. Deadline is September 22.  For complete details: https://www.mslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/ncomp_active.php.

2014 American Literary Review Awards Open for Submissions

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Spring 2015 online issue of the American Literary Review will be given for a poem, a short story, and an essay.  Deadline is October 1, 2014.  There is a $15 reading fee per entry (poetry entry is one to three poems). 
http://www.americanliteraryreview.com/contest.html


Off the Grid Press Award for Poets over 60

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Off the Grid Press is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet over the age of 60. Tam Lin Neville and Bert Stern will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 70 pages with a $25 entry fee by August 31. For details, call (617.629.2541), e-mail offthegridepress@gmail.com, or visit the website for complete guidelines.
offthegridpress@gmail.com

Portland Review Seeking Fall Submissions

Portland Review is now open for a new batch of submissions. Our submission period for our upcoming Fall 2014 issue spans from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. We are looking for well-crafted fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and blends of these to publish in our print issue and on the web. All submissions must be sent through Submittable ( http://portlandreview.submittable.com ). General and genre specific guidelines can be found on our Submittable page. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Mason's Road seeks submissions on the theme "Memory"

We are pleased to announce the opening of our next submissions period! We are now accepting your best Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama, and Craft Essays. The theme for Issue #10 is “Memory,” and we are looking for unique and arresting takes on this topic.

Our submissions period runs for three months: August 15 – November 15, 2014.  You can submit for free any time during our submissions period, and your work will be given thorough consideration for publication. Or, you can submit with a $10 fee, and your work will also be considered for our Mason’s Road Literary Prize, which includes publication and a $500 prize to the best entry we receive. Please look here for submission guidelines.



Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize

Sponsored by the MFA Program at California State University, this contest awards one winner with a $2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press.  Deadline is September 30, 2014. Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html








Videos from 2014 Summer Residency

If you missed your chance to be on campus for the MFA summer residency, you can still experience a small bit of Ashland by watching videos from this year's residency. Here are links to the videos that are available from this summer (not all sessions were recorded):

Kristen Iversen 

  • Reading (July 20, 2014)
  • Craft Seminar: "The Art of Weaving Memoir and Journalism" (July 21, 2014) 

Rosanna Warren

Angie Estes, Leila Philip, and Joe Mackall

Stephen Haven

  • Poetry Craft Seminar "Contrapuntal Movements in the Personal Poem: Lowell & Levis" (July 23, 2014)

Steven Harvey and Robert Root

Judith Kitchen

Kate Hopper and Thomas Larson

Thomas Larson

  • Craft Seminar "Reaching Across the Aisle: What Do We Mean When We Say ‘Cross-Genre’?" (July 25, 2014)

Deborah Fleming, Steven Harvey, and Norman MacAfee 

Anna Knutson Memorial and Alumni Reading

Sarah Freligh

  • Craft Seminar "I, You, He, She. . . : In My Point of View" (July 28, 2014)

David St. John

Jill Christman, Robert Root, and Kathryn Winograd

Sarah M. Wells

  • Craft Seminar "Getting Connected: Literary Citizenship" (July 30, 2014)

Stephen Haven, Mark Irwin, and Tom Montgomery Fate

For more videos from past summer residencies, visit the MFA website. Faculty video archives are listed with each faculty member bio.