Archive for the ‘Calls for Submission’ Category


UNM’s MFA Poets Well Represented at Superhero Fest

October 20, 2011

516 ARTS and The Local Poets Guild present an evening of poems on the theme of Superheroes.

Hosted by Hakim Bellamy the event will feature poet Gary Jackson (MFA 2008) with current MFA candidates Bonnie Altamirano, Nick DePascal and Nora Hickey for a reading and celebration in the gallery.

Friday, October 28 at 7pm

Also featured, winners of the 516 Arts Superheroes Poetry Contest, among them current MFA candidate Tanaya Winder and MFA Alum Richard Vargas

Details :


Call for Submissions for Licking River Review

December 1, 2010

The Licking River Review is a student-run literary/arts journal at Northern Kentucky University and has featured authors and artists worldwide, spanning from the Licking Valley Region to South Africa.  Currently, LRR is staffed with Graduate students enrolled in the Master’s of English program and guided by Dr. Donelle Dreese.

Keeping in mind the January 31, 2011 deadline, the Licking River Review is seeking submissions of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction and art/photography.  We welcome both traditional and experimental styles.

Poets may submit up to 5 poems, with a maximum of 75 lines each.  Fiction and Non-Fiction may submit up to 5000 words.  All submission should be typed; art should be submitted on a CD.  Please, no simultaneous submissions.

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and forward submissions with cover letters to:

The Licking River Review

English Department

c/o Donelle Dreese

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights KY 41099


Submissions are also accepted electronically through:

Please visit our website:

Authors and Artists who are selected will be notified by May 1, 2011.  If it is necessary to withdraw your work from consideration, please email prior to May 1, 2011.  Thos epublished in the Review will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and will be invited to read their work at the annual release party.


*By submitting work to Licking River Review, the author gives permission to publish the works in hard or electronic copy, at the discretion of Licking River Review. Additional copies of the Licking River Review are available for $5 per copy.



Third Coast Seeks Fiction and Poetry entries for contest

November 23, 2010

Emily Stinson, Editor of Third Coast Magazine, writes:

Last chance to enter Third Coast’s 2011 Fiction & Poetry Contests!
Winners in each genre receive $1000 & publication. All entrants receive a
one year subscription to Third Coast. (Postmark Deadline: Dec. 1st)

We are very pleased to have the following judges: Brad Watson (Fiction)
and Natasha Trethewey (Poetry).

Brad Watson won the Sue Kauffman Award for First Fiction from the American
Academy of Arts & Letters for his first collection, Last Days of the
Dog-Men. His first novel, The Heaven of Mercury, was a finalist for the
2002 National Book Award. Watson’s most recent collection of stories is
Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives (2010).

Natasha Trethewey is the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for
her book Native Guard. Her first poetry collection, Domestic Work, won the
Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and her second collection, Bellocq’s Ophelia, was
named a Notable Book for 2003. Trethewey’s most recent work is a book of
creative non-fiction, titled Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the
Mississippi Gulf (2010).

Guidelines: Submit one previously unpublished story of up to 9,000 words
or three previously unpublished poems with a $15 reading fee payable to
Third Coast. Include an SASE for results only. Postmark deadline: Dec. 1,

Please send each entry separately to:

Third Coast 2011 Fiction or Poetry Contest
Department of English
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5331

Each $15 reading fee entitles entrant to a one year subscription to Third
Coast, an extension of an existing subscription, or a gift subscription.
Please indicate your choice and enclose a complete address for

For more information visit:


Conceptions Southwest

November 22, 2010

Hey you creative types,
Your art needs a home. That’s right, All those projects you turn in for class, get an “A” on, and then forget about deserve better. This year, why not submit those projects to Conceptions Southwest where they can live forever and be admired by generations of students to come.
We take fiction, non-fiction, poetry, paintings, photography, screenplays, sculptures, architectural drafts, sheet music, and everything and anything in between. There are no limits on genres. All we care about is good work, and if you got it, we’re more than happy to take a look at it.
Really, all you have to do is fill out a submission form for the work you would have done anyway, and isn’t it about time your artistic voice earned the recognition it deserves?
If you think so, check out the attached document. There, you’ll find the complete guidelines for submitting to Conceptions Southwest. Or, you can swing by room 107 in Marron Hall and pick up an application in person. Either way, get your art to us, and it’ll be worth your time. Also, the sooner the better. Deadline is on December 10 at 5 p.m..
Thanks for your time, and if you have any questions or concerns send us an email at

—Chris Quintana
Vittoria Totaro
Editor, Conceptions Southwest 2011
Marron Hall 225


Phoebe call for nonfiction submissions

November 22, 2010

My name is Kate, and I’m a graduate student at George Mason University. I help run the nonfiction section at Phoebe Arts and Literature magazine. As such, I wanted to pass along an announcement about our first-ever nonfiction writing contest to your program. If you have a MFA student listserv or newsletter or other way of communicating with your MFA students, we’d appreciate your passing this along to them!

Our contest is being judged by screenwriter Shauna Cross and offers a $250 prize + publication. Entries are due in a month, postmarked by Dec. 15. Submissions can mention “email code” in the cover letter to bring the readership cost down to $8.

We’re very excited to offer nonfiction at Phoebe, a respected publication since 1971. We look forward to reading your submissions.


Kate O’Leary


Quarter After Eight

November 18, 2010

Quarter After Eight is pleased to announce the
Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest

PRIZE: $1,000 + Publication

Submit your prose-poem, short-short fiction, essay-in-brief, etc. of 500 words of fewer. Include a title page with your name, address, phone number, and the title of your submission(s). The reading fee is $15 for three pieces and includes a complimentary one-year subscription to the journal. Please make checks payable to Quarter After Eight.

Mail entries to: Quarter After Eight / Ohio University / 360 Ellis Hall / Athens, OH 45701

Complete guidelines available at


Leslie Marmon Silko and Benjamin Friedlander to read this week

November 15, 2010

This week we have two exciting readings on campus that we hope you can attend.

Benjamin Friedlander: Wednesday, November 17 at 5 p.m. in the Ortega Hall third floor reading room

Dr. Friedlander is author of five volumes of poetry, Citizen Cane (forthcoming, Salt), The Missing Occasion of Saying Yes (Subpress), A Knot Is Not a Tangle (Kruspkaya), Algebraic Melody (Zasterle), and Time Rations (O Books), two volumes of criticism, What Words Share: Essays on Poetry and Experience (forthcoming, Chax) and Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism (Alabama), and several chapbooks. He has edited the work of Robert Creeley, Larry Eigner, Charles Olson, and is currently editing that of David Melnick, and Ezra Pound. He has published critical essays in PMLA, The Emily Dickinson Journal, Poetics Today, Qui Parle, Postmodern Culture, Arizona Quarterly, and many other venues. He is Associate Professor of English at the University of Maine, Orono.

Leslie Marmon Silko: Thursday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in Woodward Hall

Leslie Marmon Silko discusses and signs her first full-length work of nonfiction, the memoir The Turquoise Ledge. For her first book in nearly ten years, Silko weaves personal history with mythology to create a unique narrative. This memoir is a beautiful series of observations from her daily walks through the Sonoran desert outside of Tucson, her personal revelations, and the compelling stories of the creatures that share the landscape with her.

Both events are free and open to the public. Please tell your students and your colleagues.

Melanie Unruh
Creative Writing GA and Reading Series Coordinator


Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People–writing wanted

November 15, 2010

Hilde Weisert, Poet, is searching for Stories, Essays and Poems To Celebrate the Animals in Our Lives
To mark its 150th anniversary in 2012, the Ontario Veterinary College is producing a book-length collection of poems, stories, and essays about the myriad ways companion animals enrich our lives and our imaginations, as well as about the veterinary professionals who sustain and are part of our life-long relationship with our animals. The book will be distributed annually to graduating veterinary students in Ontario and be available to veterinarians, animal lovers, universities, and bookstores across North America at cost.
Postmark Deadline: 12/15/10

For information and submission guidelines, see the attached call for submissions or visit the website
Sponsored and administered by:
Ontario Veterinary College and the Society for Veterinary Medicine and Literature


ShimmyHoots seeks submissions

October 26, 2010

Students at University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University write that they are currently in the process of producing a professional online literary journal. The name of the journal is ShimmyHoots Review, and its focus is to feature humorous, consistently-updated web literature. Right now we are seeking submissions of humorous prose, poetry, artwork, video, and multimedia content. We are looking for a diverse range of quality material from both published and previously unpublished authors, and are aware that the MFA program at the University of New Mexico holds prestige and attracts many talented writers. Since ShimmyHoots Review is a brand new publication, we would greatly appreciate any and all assistance that you would be willing to provide by notifying students of this project and encouraging them to submit their own original work to be published. If it makes it any easier, attached is a flyer we created which you are more than welcome to distribute to anyone that may be interested in our website.

Though it is a work in progress, please feel free to check out our website at:

Submissions can be sent to

Thank you so much for your time, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at this email address, or our staff email address at: Thank you again for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you.


Neil Thorne
co-editor of ShimmyHoots Review


Mentorship opportunities from Dzanc Books

October 21, 2010

As many directors of creative writing programs across the country are on the Dzanc email list, we believe you’re aware of our Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions. For those that are not, the DCWS are an extremely inexpensive, one-to-one, online creative writing workshop. The list of mentoring authors that writers can choose from is over 100 and includes George Singleton, Kevin Wilson, Laura van den Berg, Rebecca Barry and many more. The DCWS is a little over a year old now, and while we have thought about MFA students being a perfect audience for this service, we didn’t target your programs as there seemed to be at least a modicum of competition element to what we are doing.

However, we’ve recently noticed other online programs, programs that cost much more than the DCWS, and to be honest, without the name of Dzanc Books, or the authors we bring to the table, behind them, targeting MFA students in online promotions. With this in mind, and the belief that we are not at all trying to compete with your programs, but instead are trying to perhaps increase a level of efficiency for some students and their writing, we are writing to you today.

It is our hope that you would consider posting the attached flyer where MFA students would see it regularly. The idea that some students might want a set of eyes reading and critiquing their work before they make 20 copies and hand them out at workshop is one that makes great sense to us. To be clear, these sessions do not have published writers taking over and doing the work for the students, the critiques they give are comparable to the critiques one receives in a standard workshop experience, though from an individual that has seen their own work published. And again, with starting prices of $20 per session, and the ability to work with a published author (and with these students being in MFA programs, we believe they’ll be familiar with many of the mentoring authors they can choose to work with), we think the DCWS would be a great tool for students to utilize. Ideally it would also lead to students coming into workshop with one more revision done and turning in tighter stories, poems, or essays.

The photo below has some details about the program as well as the url that students would use to investigate further and sign up. We hope you will put a copy up where students can see it and possibly share it with your creative writing staff. If so, please email me and I’ll be happy to send the full sized file.

Thank you,

Steve Gillis
Dan Wickett
Dzanc Books
The Flyer


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