Calls for Submissions: April 2017
If you have a call for submissions or a contest of interest to Sonoma County writers, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls for submissions are listed in chronological order (earliest deadlines first).
USA and Canada:
For a current list of calls for submission from around the country, as well as deadlines for writers’ contests and awards, conferences and residencies, and literary magazine and small press databases, visit the Poets & Writers website.
Duotrope is a searchable database of over 2100 current markets for short fiction, poetry, and novels/collections in all genres. Available to paid subscribers only ($5/month or $50/year).
The New Pages Big List of Literary Magazines focuses on literary print and online magazines, listed A to Z, with google search engine (not as easy to use as Duotrope but free).
Creative Writers Opportunities List. This Yahoo group posts calls for submissions and contest information for writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
If you’d like to explore more options to get your writing out of the drawer and into print, check out the information at the companion website: http://wordsintoprint.wordpress.com.
The Sitting Room Essay Contest—The Need to Read: My BLF, Best Literary Friend
Are there times in your life when you have turned to a literary character for comfort and company – an imagined friend who sticks with you through thick and thin? Or indeed, an adversary, someone who gets under yr skin, reminds you of some of the shapes of evil. For this year’s one page essay, revisit this literary relationship, mining it for meaning and showing readers how this fictional character helped you in trying times. Firmly base it in the book using quotes, points of view, philosophies of life, actions, etc. so that we can all experience the gift of this friendship and feel the need to read. Send us your tributes, preferably from your adult years of reading, be they on Morrison’s Sethe, Lily Briscoe in Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Demian in Hesse’s eponymous book, Adichie’s Efemelu or indeed, Lady MacBeth…. We look forward to reading them and to publishing all who follow the guidelines, which are the usual:
The pieces are to be no longer than a page, 400 words, with 1-inch margins on both right and left sides, single or double space, with an original title please, and your name at the bottom; on a separate cover page, your name, mailing address, phone, emails, and the title of your contribution. Please send your piece electronically as a Word attachment to email@example.com. If you prefer hard copy, mail material unfolded to Editor, 2016 publication, c/o The Sitting Room, P.O. Box 838, Penngrove, CA, 94951.
All contributions will be accepted, if they address the theme and follow the format and arrive by April 15, 2017. You do not have to be a “member” of the Sitting Room to contribute or indeed any one gender or age.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: The History of Sonoma County
A Poetry Contest for Adults and Youth
Deadline for entry May 1, 2017
SCA announces a poetry contest, entitled “The History of Sonoma County” which invites local writers to submit poems about the history of Sonoma County. Poems selected from this contest will be displayed at Sebastopol Center for the Arts and winners will be invited to attend and read their winning poem at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts on June 10. The contest juror is Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Iris Jamahl Dunkle. Dunkle is the author of two poetry collections, Gold Passage (2013) and There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air (2015). More details are on Poet Laureate’s page. For complete contest guidelines visit History of Sonoma County Poetry Contest or visit the Center’s website at www.sebarts.org or email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonoma Festival of Light and Rhymed Poetry
Sonoma County poets are invited to participate in the Sonoma Festival of Light and Rhymed Poetry scheduled for Sunday, May 21, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at Sonoma’s Trinity Episcopal Church, 275 East Spain St., Sonoma.
Deadline for submissions is May 6.
Participants are invited to submit light or rhymed poetry in one or all of three categories: 4 lines; 12-16 lines; 16-24 lines.
Submissions or questions should be emailed to Patricia Bradley, director, at email@example.com.
Sixteen Rivers Press Poetry Anthology
Fora new anthology, Sixteen Rivers Press is seeking unpublished poems that respond to the cultural, moral, and political rifts that now divide our country: poems of resistance and resilience, witness and vision, that embody what it means to be a citizen in a time when our democracy is threatened. Poets are encouraged to interpret this call broadly. We welcome voices raised in passion and in praise, whether lyrical, philosophical, visionary, or personal.
Submission period: February 15–May 15, 2017. There is a $3 reading fee for online submissions. For guidelines, please visit Sixteen Rivers at www.sixteenrivers.org/call-for-submissions-our-new-anthology
13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest
The 13th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month, with five new categories: “Love Is All Around Us,” “Dreams Do Come True,” “On The Street Where I Live,” “Gone But Not Forgotten,” and “A Second Chance.” Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 60 lines.
Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest. Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category.
Entry Forms and Contest Rules are available at the Front Desk at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges and can be downloaded from the following website: www.libraryatlincoln.org from the banner at the top of the website when the contest announcement appears.
Entry Forms must be received no later than Saturday, July 22, 2017. Early submissions are appreciated. If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
100 Years in the Life Series—Call for Submissions
Suzanne Sherman is accepting submissions for the next book in the 100 Years in the Life Series, “Teenage Girls! Coming of Age Through a Century.”
The story length limit is 2,000 words. The topic is yours to choose, on the time period you were a teenager and ideally a topic that reflects the era in which you had the experience (e.g., the experiences of a teenage girl in the 1970s are so different from those twenty years earlier and later, in the 1950s and the 1990s).
Here is the link to the submit page on the website: www.100yearsinthelife.com/book-series/share-your-own-story/. You can fill in the form there with your story idea and I will be in touch promptly. Thank you!
Deadline: August 1, 2017
The first book in the series is GIRLHOOD IN AMERICA: PERSONAL STORIES 1910-2010, available in print and ebook on Amazon, Kindle, and bookstores. Enjoy a copy and get a sense of the series!
Carbon Culture Review—Call for Books
Carbon Culture Review is excited to announce the creation of our new book imprint, CARBON. We are seeking poetry, novels, short fiction, memoir and full length, quality books on any subject, in any genre. Submit during our open reading period (up until December 31, 2017) here: https://carbonculturereview.submittable.com/submit.
Carbon Culture is an international newsstand magazine. Books selected for publication by CARBON will receive a standard contract and advertising in the magazine.
400 and Falling Press
The 400 and Falling Review is calling for submissions of unpublished poetry, fiction, visual art, and criticism for publication in the first issue of it’s bi-annual for-print journal. Founded this year by two students and Sonoma County residents, the 400 and Falling Review will consist of a balanced selection of arts and literature, with a preference towards the work of emerging writers. For the sake of clarity, we’ve loosely defined emerging as writers that are still not, “widely read.” This classification is open for your interpretation. We will not reject any work on the basis of the author’s publication history.
400 and Falling Press will publish a bi-annual journal of literature and the arts. We ask for submissions of unpublished work from emerging writers and artists in the following genres: poetry, fiction, visual art, creative non-fiction, literary criticism and art criticism. Please follow the submission guidelines carefully for each specific genre.
Our reading period is year round. If your work is accepted it may be featured on the website in the months leading up to publication. Not all work featured online will appear in print.
We cannot offer financial compensation at this time. All contributors will receive a copy of the issue in which they are published. We welcome simultaneous submissions, however please inform us if your work is published elsewhere. All literary submissions should be in a .pdf, .docx, or .doc file in 12 pt. Times New Roman type. Please include a cover letter in the body of the email with your contact information and a brief third person bio.
We urge all writers interested in submitting to spend time with the work that is featured on our website. On the homepage you can find selections from the first issue. Please take the time to sign up for newsletter or like us on Facebook. Regardless of acceptance, all writers who submit will be eligible for a discounted subscription to the 400 and Falling Review. You will be sent a link to the writers discount page when we respond to your work.
All work should be submitted to email@example.com with “Submission Genre: Name: Title” as the subject (for example “Poetry: Frank Stanford: Singing Knives”).
The Bakery Is Looking for Poems
The Bakery is a new online journal featuring a new poem every Monday through Friday, at www.thebakerypoetry.com. The Journal launched in July and is looking for poems.
Send 3-10 of your best poems in a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file. Put Poetry Submission in the subject title of your email and send to bakerymagazine (at) gmail.com. No need to send a cover letter. Just make sure your contact information appears either in your email or in the attachment.
Simultaneous Submissions are accepted, but please let us know as soon as any of your poems have been accepted elsewhere. No previously published poems. However, poems published on your personal website, blog or social network page are acceptable. If your poem is accepted, The Bakery asks that you remove your poem from your site for at least one month after publication.
The Bakery is also interested in poetry book reviews, both full collections and chapbooks. If you would like to submit a review, please send a query email with the title “Book Review Query.” Include in the body of the email the title of the book, a sample of any written reviews or critical work, and your contact information.
The Bakery also features art work each month. If you are interested in having your art featured, please send up to 5 JPGs attached an email with your contact information and the subject title: Art Submission.
#Blink! TBL’s Twitter Contest
Tethered by Letters (TBL) is excited to announce a new Twitter contest!
If you think you can tell a story in 140 characters or fewer, we want to hear from you!
Every two weeks an acclaimed judge will choose the winning story. The winner will receive a free digital copy of F(r)iction, and potential publication of the Tweet in a future issue of F(r)iction.
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it! Tweet your tiny narratives using the hashtag #BlinkTBL, and be sure to check the @TethrdByLettrs and @FrictionSeries Twitter pages for start dates, deadlines, and judging info! Also see: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/
Blue Mountain Press Accepting Book Manuscripts
Blue Mountain Press, the book division of Blue Mountain Arts, is accepting manuscripts in the following categories: gift books, personal growth, teens/tweens, family, relationships, motivational, and inspirational. Mail manuscripts to: Blue Mountain Press, P.O. Box 4219, Boulder, CO 80306. Request proposal guidelines or e-mail queries to BMPbooks@sps.com. Please add Sonoma somewhere in the subject line so we know you found this posting on the Sonoma County Literary Update website.
Please note: We are not accepting works of fiction, rhyming poetry, children’s books, chapbooks, memoirs, or books that promote a specific religion.
There is no deadline for submissions.
California Quarterly: Call for Poetry Submissions
California Quarterly is the poetry journal produced by the California State Poetry Society, with 50 pages of poetry per issue. The publication features a rich variety of work from poets nationwide as well as from other countries. Published four times a year, submissions are accepted year round. Guidelines are as follows: Submit up to 6 poems at one time, include name and address on all pages of poems (with 2-page maximum), SASE for response, unpublished poems only, and foreign poems with translations encouraged. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Send poetry submissions to:
P.O. Box 7126
Orange, California 92863
You may also submit poetry through the website, though be sure to register first on the homepage. For more information on membership, contests and publishing opportunities with California State Poetry Society (CSPS), please visit our website at: www.californiastatepoetrysociety.org/
Carbon Culture Review
Carbon Culture Review is a journal at the intersection of new literature, art, technology and contemporary culture. We define culture broadly as the values, attitudes, actions and inventions of our global society and its subcultures in our modern age. Carbon Culture Review is distributed in bookstores throughout the United States annually by Media Solutions. CCR will also showcase a digital online issue with original monthly content updates on the web. See: http://carbonculturereview.com
WHAT DO WE PUBLISH?
We publish quality poetry, short stories, other literature and artwork that connect in some way with modern technology. We prefer work that is edgy, offers new perspectives, challenges traditional genres and modes of expression and moves or excites us.
More details at: https://carbonculturereview.submittable.com/submit
Cup of Tea Books: Women’s Fiction
Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of independent publisher PageSpring Publishing, is accepting submissions of novel-length titles in the category of Women’s Fiction. See our imprint site for submission details: www.cupofteabooks.com.
Elephantine Publishing: Call for Novels to be Published as E-books
Elephantine is a collaborative publisher. Our goal is to partner with you to turn your love of writing into a successful career for years to come. We work side by side with our authors through every step of the publishing process to create a unique and professional title to share with the world. Using strategic marketing, we provide our authors with industry tools and resources to build readership and grow sales. Our aim is simple. We seek to provide access to all stories worth telling, whether or not the words fit into a neatly labeled box. Words that resonate in your bones. Stories you’ll never forget. We are interested in fiction by independent authors waiting to break out. As authors ourselves, we understand how tedious the query process is. Elephantine Publishing is ready for creative, entrepreneurial-minded authors and unforgettable stories. Let’s cut to the chase. You can forget about traditional query letters. No one enjoys writing or reading them. That’s why we’ve created a query process unique to the Elephantine Publishing culture.
Here are the query guidelines:
- Please wait until your book is finished and polished before submitting, and limit your submissions to one project at a time. Put your best work forward.
- Your query letter should be written to the specified publisher from your story’s narrator. Show us your talent and let the narrator tell us about your book and why it’s ready for publishing.
- Be sure to include the title, author name, word count, genre, and contact information in the letter.
- If your query is selected, we will ask for the first fifty pages or your complete manuscript.
Here are the manuscript formatting specifications:
- Title page, including your name, address, and telephone number
- 1-inch margins
- 12-point Times New Roman font.
- On the header of each page include your name, title of the manuscript, and page number
More info at: www.elephantinepublishing.com
Fertile Source Literary ezine Call for Submissions
The Fertile Source (www.fertilesource.com) accepts photos, artwork, literary essays, poetry, and fiction on fertility-related themes (including fertility, abortion, miscarriage, adoption, pregnancy, birth control, sex, PPD, etc.) on an ongoing basis. We also accept book and magazine reviews on fertility-related publications, and will consider interviews with fertility, infertility, and adoption specialists. We publish approximately 26 issues a year. For more details: http://fertilesource.com/submissions/
Ginosko Literary Journal’s Call for Submissions
Accepting short fiction & poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews, social justice concerns, spiritual insights for GINOSKO LITERARY JOURNAL.
Editorial lead time 1-2 months; accept simultaneous submissions & reprints; length flexible, accept excerpts. Receives postal submissions & email—prefer email submissions as attachments in Microsoft Works Word Processor or Rich Text Format. Copyright reverts to author. Read year around.
Publishing as semiannual ezine. Check downloadable issues on website for style & tone: www.ginoskoliteraryjournal.com
Use latest version of Adobe Reader.
ezine circulation 6000+. Website traffic 500-750 hits/month.
Also looking for books to post on website, spoken word recordings, and links to exchange.
Ginosko (ghin-océ-koe) To perceive, understand, realize, come to know; knowledge that has an inception, a progress, an attainment. The recognition of truth by experience.
Ginosko Literary Journal
Robert Paul Cesaretti, Editor
PO Box 246
Fairfax, CA 94978
Glimmertrain Fiction Submissions
Glimmertrain Stories accepts fiction in five categories: Standard (no fee), Fiction Open, Very Short Fiction Award, Family Matters, and Short Story Award for New Writers
Every category is open for one full calendar month, from the first day through midnight of the last day. (Exception: The December Fiction Open closes on January 2nd each year.) Updated January 2014. For complete guidelines: www.glimmertrain.com/writguid1.html.
- January: Very Short Fiction Award (up to 3,000 words) and Standard
- February: Short Story Award for New Writers
- March: Family Matters
- April: Very Short Fiction Award (up to 3,000 words) and Standard
- May: Short Story Award for New Writers and Standard
- June: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 words)
- July: Very Short Fiction Award (up to 3,000 words)
- August: Short Story Award for New Writers
- September: Family Matters and Standard
- October: Very Short Fiction Award (up to 3,000 words)
- November: Short Story Award for New Writers
- December: Fiction Open (2,000 to 20,000 words)
To make a submission, you must log in to the site and establish an account: www.glimmertrainpress.com/writer/html/index2.asp
Reading fee: $15 to $19 per story.
STANDARD SUBMISSIONS require no reading fee. You may submit stories in the Standard category, not to exceed 12,000 words, in January, May and September. Publication payment is $700 (no prizes).
Harvard Square Editions Accepting Novel Manuscripts
Harvard Square Editions, an alumni run independent press, is accepting manuscripts. There is no deadline for submissions. Guidelines: http://harvardsquareeditions.org/contact-page-2. Email queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
HeartWood Literary Magazine Call for Submissions
Brand new online literary magazine, in association with the Low-Res MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College, publishes twice yearly in April and October.
We accept submissions year round through Submittable, and welcome previously unpublished poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from both established and emerging writers.
Please note: We do love Appalachian voices, but we enthusiastically encourage writers from all backgrounds to submit.
We are interested in writing that pushes into, dares to reveal, its own truth, that takes emotional risks, that gets to the heart of the matter. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided you notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.
Complete Submission Details can be found on our website: http://www.heartwoodlitmag.com/
Lucky Marble Books
Lucky Marble Books, an imprint of independent publisher PageSpring Publishing, is accepting submissions of novel-length Young Adult and Middle Grade titles. See our imprint site for submission details: www.luckymarblebooks.com.
Occidental Center for the Arts (OCA) Book Launch Series Guidelines: Call to All Writers
1) All genres considered: Fiction (Novel, Novella or Short Stories), Non-Fiction, Poetry
2) Preference given to local Sonoma County writers or material about Sonoma County.
3) Books should be published within past twelve months. Author may read from and sell other previously published pieces.
4) Preference given to authors with hard copy, rather than e-book.
5) Application Procedure: Send sample of 2-3 chapters of prose; 5-10 pages of poetry. Include brief bio and any writing credits. Send to Occidental Center for the Arts website: occidentalcenterforthearts.com, and/or hard copy to OCA, 3850 Doris Murphy Way, Occidental, 95465, with “Attention: Book Launch Committee”.
6) This is an on-going series: Submitted work will be reviewed by Book Launch Committee. Writers are notified as soon as possible.
7) One or two writers are featured at each reading. Short reading along with book sale and signing. Each author is encouraged to create his/her launch with its own unique signature.
8) If self-published, author provides books for the Book Launch/signing event. Authors with major publishers will arrange with OCA on how books (those sold at launch) will be obtained.
9) Authors agree to donate a percentage of book sales (at least 10%) to Occidental Center for the Arts.
10) OCA will publicize the event but writers are expected to publicize through their social networks and e-mail lists.
Pithead Chapel: A Monthly Online Journal of Short Fiction
Pithead Chapel is a small, independent journal out of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, run by people who love to read and write fiction.
At Pithead Chapel, we’re looking for engaging stories told in honest voices. Most of all, we want to feel something. We want to reach the last word and immediately crave more. We want your story to leave a brilliant bruise. Send us your best work and we’ll do our best to get your voice heard. Sorry, we’re not into genre pieces (e.g., science fiction, horror, fantasy, and romance).
If you write short fiction, please consider visiting us and submitting some of your work: http://pitheadchapel.com
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society is a workshop-based online literary publication that strives to give representation to new ideas and thoughts, to challenge the reader and to question commonly accepted opinions, values, etiquette and ideas. Within our pages, you may find: works that tackle hot-button issues, works presented in a style that is out of the ordinary, works that present the reader with a question or debate, and works that break mainstream rules within their genre. All of the pieces you find on this site have been through our workshop process, during which the RP&D editorial staff works closely with contributors to hone their voice and help them to produce the best possible work for you, the reader, to experience.
We currently accept works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry every month between the 1st and the 15th. Please view our guidelines page for more information on submission requirements.
Straylight: Call for Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction
Straylight, the literary journal of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, is calling for submissions of fiction and poetry for both our print magazine and for publication on our website. Our online edition (The Villa) is also calling for novellette and novella-length fiction submissions for serialization. We will consider any genre, but are looking for high-quality work. Submissions may be made electronically at https://straylight.submittable.com/submit. Find us on the web at www.straylightmag.com.
The Sunflower Collective: Call for submissions (Rolling -all round the year)
The Sunflower Collective is looking for submissions. We celebrate the personal and the political — which we believe to be one and the same thing — in art. We would like to mention at the outset that we are not interested in art that does not take risks. We do not mind if you have a degree but we are unlikely to be impressed by it. Nor do we care which journals have published your work before. All we are interested in is something that sings for itself without any props, something that grabs us by our throat and refuses to let go, something that shakes us out of our complacent stupor. Give us something hungry, not bellyful; something beat, if you get our drift. We express our inability to publish anything that propagates either left-wing or right-wing fascism.
Please send us your poems, prose, artwork and photographs in the body of the mail at email@example.com with the subject line mentioning your genre of Submissions. Do read the submission guidelines before sending your work.
1) Poetry: 1-5 poems (Around 5 pages of poetry in total)
2) Prose: 2000-3000 words ( Fiction/ Non Fiction/ Experimental/Memoirs)
3) Art work and Photographs/ Photo Essays (5-10 in JPEG format and must not exceed 250K in size )
4) Format: Poetry and Prose submissions to be sent in the body of the mail, unless there are specific formatting requirements from the author (Needs to be mentioned in the mail). Photos and scanned Artwork in zipped folders. Photo essays in MS Word with zipped folders of JPEG images separately attached.
Please send us your work in a single mail only.
Trainless Magazine is now accepting unsolicited fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction articles should stay relevant to our magazine’s theme of travel, athleticism, and culture. Fiction is much more open, as every world created through fiction presents a new “culture.” Stories ranging from 500-3,000 words are accepted. It would have to be an incredible, really unstoppable story to keep our readers reading after 3,000 words. More details at: http://trainlessmagazine.com/article/submit.html
whimperbang, an online journal of artistic commentary, published three times a year, invites the submission of serious, directed artistic expressions that reflect or comment upon today’s world. All literary and visual genres will be considered. See our “Submission Guidelines” at http://whimperbang.com/submissions.
WILDNESS wants work that evokes the unknown. Now seeking poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Submissions on a rolling basis.
W.I.S.H. Publishing (or Walking Is Still Honest Press) publishes accessible and honest poems. Pretensions are not welcome here. Poetry that can be read by anyone is sought after, poetry that is cut-throat honest.
We value beautiful imagery and seeing the writer insert themselves in their pieces. We want you leaked into poetry.
W.I.S.H. publishes Journeys (chapbooks), Jogs (micro-chapbooks), and a monthly ezine. We are currently seeking Jog and ezine poetry submissions.
Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no entry fee. Please follow the submission guidelines. Our spam filter is hungry for those who don’t, and we want to read your writing.
If you want a better idea of our ideal concepts of a poem, read the W.I.S.H.’s 2013 Runners Awards and 2013 Pushcart Nominations.