Wednesday, December 11, 2013

a few calls for submissions

Bellevue Literary Review is planning a special theme on "our fragile environment." Deadline to submit 2/1/14.

Cactus Heart is seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Deadline 1/9/14.

Bohemian Pupil Press seeks poetry and micro-essays. (Note: BPP is also seeking guest editors.)

pacificREVIEW is seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, photography, artwork and graphic narrative for our STRANGELY EVER AFTER issue.  Deadline is 1/1/14.

Poydras Review seeks outstanding fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and art.

ROAR Magazine, a print journal dedicated to providing a space to showcase women’s fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, is seeking work. "If you’re a gal, we just want your point of view."

Tell Us a Story wants true stories and flash [non]fiction, experimental stories, poems, and plays.

upstreet is looking for quality work—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction—for the tenth anniversary issue.

Vine Leaves Literary Journal is calling for Issue #09 vignette submissions. They accept prose, poetry, script, and artwork/photography for the cover and/or interior of the issue.

Word Soup wants to end hunger one poem at a time. Send three to five of your best poems.

Zymbol seeks submissions of art and writing for 2014 issue. Themes for this issue: Exploration of radicalism, deviancy and surrealism. Outsider thinking and artistic expression.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

literary magazine summer internship

Company: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Summer internships in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Job Status:  Temporary
Salary:  Negotiable
Ad Expires: 
December 23, 2013
Job ID: 1470504

Nevada's leading news organization has openings for several interns in Metro, Business and Features for summer 2014.
These 10- to 12-week temporary jobs pay $12 per hour and are open to students and recent graduates nationwide, with preference for those with roots in the region.
We also like to hire interns who show they can perform well in a unique, fast-paced and frequently bizarre news town.
Interested? Send a resume, cover letter and three great clips to James G. Wright, deputy editor, at Please put "summer internships" in your subject line.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

call for submissions: Greenville College's new journal, Scrib

We would like to invite you, your students, and your colleagues to participate in an exciting new artistic venture. Scrib, GC’s first online literary journal, is accepting submissions for its debut issue in spring 2014. The journal accepts work from students and faculty in all schools within the CCCU network and beyond. We want to see writing, art, music, and videos that explore the human experience with authenticity, connect with the reader on a personal level, and linger in the viewer’s mind long after reaching the end. 

The journal kicks off this month with a special contest for high school and college students. The Live Arts contest encourages students to produce creative work that celebrates the interaction of art and life. Grand prize winners will be published in two of GC’s multimedia publications, Scrib and The Vista.

See the Live Arts tab at to learn more or submit work to the contest.
We look forward to working with you. For more information about the journal and how to get involved, please contact Scrib Rachel Heston-Davis ( or Alexandria LaFaye ( 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

paid book reviewing!

this website pays $15 per book/lit magazine review. Might be a good way to pick up some extra cash.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Lyric College Poetry Contest

The Lyric Magazine Poetry Contest Directed toward undergraduate enrolled full time in an American or Canadian college or university

$500 First Prize
$100 Second Prize

Poems must be original and unpublished, 39 lines or less, written in English in traditional forms, preferably with regular scansion and rhyme. Please send up to 6 poems per student.

Winners will be announced and published in the Winter issue of The Lyric.

Entries may be sent by email to tanyacim at aol dot com or by postal service to:
    The Lyric College Contest
    c/o Tanya Cimonetti
    1393 Spear Street
    South Burlington, VT 05403
Submissions must be postmarked or emailed by December 1, 2013.

Monday, October 28, 2013

call for submissions: josephine quarterly

Josephine Quarterly Wants to Read Your Poems

Online submission deadline: Rolling
Josephine Quarterly is accepting poems on a rolling basis. Founded and edited by Komal Mathew and Jenny Sadre-Orafai, the online literary journal is interested in work from both established and new voices. Please submit up to five poems of any length via Submittable. Acceptable file formats for poetry submissions include .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. We will only consider one submission at a time. Our response time is 7-10 weeks.

Monday, October 21, 2013

on editing a poetry manuscript

helpful articles:

On Making the Poetry Manuscript | Jeffrey Levine

Thinking Like an Editor |

Notes from the Slushpile | Traci Brimhall

Rome Area Writers student membership

Rome Area Writers is now offering a student membership for $10. Although anyone may attend their meetings, being a member has certain benefits, including discounted event tickets and automatic publication in the Lavender Mountain Anthology, the RAW publication. For more information, check out

Friday, October 11, 2013

Loose Change Magazine Writing Contest

Loose Change magazine invites emerging and established writers from Atlanta and beyond to submit their work to our first writing contest series, sponsored by Power2Give and The City of Atlanta. Please read below for contest details before submitting.

- All submissions will be judged by two guest editors per genre, as well as Loose Change staff.
- Poetry contest entries must be submitted by August 15 (which is also the Fall issue submission deadline).
- Prose contest entries must be submitted by November 15 (Winter issue deadline).
- All entries must be submitted online via our website submission form.
- All applicable works submitted during the contest period will be considered contest entries. Loose Change magazine will continue its rolling submissions policy during this time (for instance, any poetry submitted during the prose contest cycle will be considered for a subsequent issue of the magazine).
- All submission guidelines apply.
- No previously published or simultaneous submissions will be eligible to win.
- Contest winners will be notified by email prior to the publication of the contest issues.
- All prize money will be awarded by check by December 31, 2013.

- Three prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be awarded across each of the genres of Poetry, Fiction and Non-Fiction.
- Contest winners will be awarded cash prizes of $125 (1st Place), $75 (2nd Place), and $50 (3rd Place).
- All winners will be featured in Loose Change magazine’s Best Of anthology, to be printed in Spring 2014.
- The winners of the Poetry contest will be published and featured in Loose Change magazine’s Fall 2013 Poetry Issue.
- Fiction and Non-Fiction contest winners will be published and featured in the Winter Prose Issue (publishing mid-December 2013).
Please contact our managing editor at with any contest-related questions.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Free Poetry Contest!

5th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2014
First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75
Complete guidelines:
Spirit First is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, Stillness, or Solitude (but only peaceful solitude, not loneliness). Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.
Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.
Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2014.
Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Please be sure to include the author's name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest.
Winners will be announced no later than April 30, 2014, on the Spirit First website: Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and the Spirit First blog, and in the Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).
How to submit:
By email:
By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access):
Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787
We look forward to reading your poems!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Agnes Scott Writers Festival

The English Department at Agnes Scott College invites you to participate in the 43rd annual Writers' Festival.

$500 first prize in each genre:

fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama

Submission deadline: Dec. 4, 2013

Judges: Nick Flynn, Terrance Hayes and Louisa Hill ’09

The Writers’ Festival competition is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in a college or university in the state of Georgia. Finalists will appear in the festival magazine and will be invited to campus to participate in workshops by the visiting writers on March 28, 2014.

Each entrant may submit up to five poems (up to 100 lines each), two stories (up to 5,000 words each), two essays (up to 5,000 words each) and two plays (up to 30 pages).

Submit entries electronically as Microsoft Word-compatible documents to Nicole Stamant. Documents should be in standard format 12-point Times New Roman font. Author’s name should not appear in attachments. In the email, include the author’s name, address, phone number, school, categories entered and titles of all works in each category. Finalists will be notified by email in January.

For more information and full contest rules, click here.

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Anthology Call for Fiction Submissions

The After Coetzee Project Call for Submissions

Email submission deadline: December 1, 2013
The After Coetzee Project, a print anthology, seeks short fiction (of up to twenty-five pages) that centers the nonhuman animal subject(s). The submission period is open and ends December 1, 2013. For guidelines, please see

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Call for Submissions: Stone Voices

Stone Voices Seeks Writing About Art and Spirituality

Submission deadline: Year-round
Stone Voices seeks articles, essays, fiction, and poetry that relate to its focus on the connections between art and spirituality. Submissions may be about particular artists, art genres, the idea of art, the making of art, being an artist, creativity, inspiration, etc. Next review periods are November 2013 and February 2014. Visit website for submission guidelines:

Monday, September 30, 2013

Call for Submissions: Prairie Schooner

Prairie Schooner is now open for submissions!

Postmark/Online submission deadline: May 1, 2014
Looking for a home for a terrific short story, poem, essay, or book review? Send your work to Prairie Schooner, an international literary quarterly based out of the University of Nebraska. Prairie Schooner, now in its 87th year of continuous publication, delivers the best fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews being published today by beginning, mid-career, and established writers. Accepting submissions during the months of September through April only. To learn how to submit electronically or by hard mail, visit

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thin Air Magazine

From the Editor-in-Cheif of Thin Air Magazine:

"Thin Air is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and we have taken great strides to expand our magazine’s outreach for submissions and generate a wider presence for our 20th volume. For full submission guidelines and to see excerpts from last year’s magazine, please visit our website at"

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FREE online course on Modern Poetry

from newpages:

ModPo Free Online Class

The Kelly Writers House is hosting a free, open, non-credit online course (via Coursera) Modern & Contemporary American Poetry taught by Al Filreis, University of Pennsylvania. "ModPo is a fast-paced introduction to modern and contemporary U.S. poetry, from Dickinson and Whitman to the present. Participants (who need no prior experience with poetry) will learn how to read poems that are supposedly 'difficult.'" It begins on September 7, 2013.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Summer Fellowship Opportunity for Undergraduates!

 from the Image website:

The purpose of the Luci Shaw Fellowship is to expose a promising undergraduate student to the world of literary publishing and the nonprofit arts organization, and to introduce fellows to the contemporary dialogue about art and faith that surrounds Image, its programs, its contributors, and its peer organizations.
In short, we're looking for summer fellows who share our vision for the place art has in the life of faith, and who are also diligent, meticulous, and responsible about the daily details.
The fellowship works on the principle of learning-by-osmosis; we think that by hanging around our offices and observing what we do all day, you can begin to understand the field of literary publishing. To wit: in order to make the Image enterprise go, we all need to do a certain amount of non-glorious, non-intellectual detail work, editors included. Your first lesson about publishing: there's a lot of grunt work. Just like the editors, fellows have a balance of grunt work (daily processing) and glory work (more interesting on-going projects).
The workweek is 30 hours, with flexible scheduling. We are willing to accommodate more hours for class credit if needed. Ideally we'd like you to begin in mid-June and work through the end of August—this works best because at Seattle Pacific University we are on the quarter system. We understand that students at semester schools may need to return to school a little earlier. We do ask for a minimum commitment of 10 weeks.
Fellows stay in a one-bedroom apartment less than a mile from the Seattle Pacific University campus, where the Image offices are located. Rent, water, and electricity are covered. The position is unpaid.
Fellows also join us for the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the first week of August. Travel, room, board, and tuition to audit a class are covered. While the fellow is “on call” all week to help with errands and tasks, you'll also be able to sit in on a writing or art class from a nationally known teacher and attend all the readings and presentations. We'll work you pretty hard that week, but it will also be a great crowning adventure for your summer.
Fellows will also receive complimentary copies of books by Luci Shaw as well as back issues of Image.

To Apply

Eligibility: Any person currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate institution, or graduating within six months of 
Applications are due February 1, and applicants will be notified by the end of February. Download an application. Note: Your application will be more likely to stand out if you send fiction or creative nonfiction instead of an academic term paper. We are looking for good creative prose writers, although we will accept academic papers as well.
Questions: Anna Johnson


If you are interested in learning more about applying for this fellowship, please stop by my office in Rome Hall 110 or email me at

Monday, August 19, 2013

Lee University's Literary Symposium: Call for Submissions

Lee University’s
Eleventh Annual
Call for Submissions


Submit any upper division academic
or creative writing
 Critical essays
 Literary analyses
 Poetry
 Fiction
 Short Plays or Screenplays
 Creative non-fiction

Maximum of 10 pages in length

deadline for submissions is September 27, 2013.

Please send all submissions in a Word .doc or .docx file to

The conference will be held in Lee’s Humanities Center on October 5, 2013.

Lunchtime plenary session with Anna Silver of Mercer University.

Registration fee (includes breakfast and lunch): $7.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

FREE one day poem workshop at Sundress Academy of the Arts

a great opportunity for those who are in the Knoxville, TN, area. here are details from the website:

"Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
11AM - 4PM

This free workshop is an opportunity for new writers in the Knoxville area to come out to the Sundress Academy for the Arts for a FREE trial workshop!

Participants should be sure to bring adequate copies (15 or so) of your poem for a roundtable workshop with other local writers and workshop leader Erin Elizabeth Smith. Lunch and drinks will be provided for free courtesy of SAFTA and Firefly Farms.

Come see this new artists' colony here in Knoxville for free and get in on the ground floor with what we are all about!

Tours of the property will run from 11AM to noon, and workshop will start promptly at 1PM.

Please bring writing utensils and camp chairs if you have them.

Registration is unnecessary, but you can help us determine how many writers to anticipate by RSVPing through our Facebook event."

Saturday, May 18, 2013

beauty (pt. 2)

"One of the good effects of artistic beauty is that by being essentially nonutilitarian it draws a boundary  around the compulsion to make money. It clears a ground in which people can recover and celebrate human values for their own sake. It thus serves as an invaluable antidote to the materialism and acquisitiveness that are always threatening to overwhelm the human race and are especially prominent in our own technological society." -Leland Ryken, The Liberated Imagination

Thursday, May 16, 2013


"The biblical attitude toward beauty stands opposed to a movement within contemporary art and aesthetics....that disparages beauty and form in arts [and] produces art that deliberately attempts to destroy form in art....these artists are "making a statement." But what kind of statement is it? That the universe is ugly and meaningless and chaotic. This is not the christian view of the universe. In a christian world view, the universe has meaning. That the world is fallen and frequently ugly is something that Christians know even better than others. But at the heart of Christianity is the redemptive principle that it is not enough to leave the fallen world where it is."

-Leland Ryken, The Liberated Imagination

Friday, April 26, 2013

Poem in your Pocket Day!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you on Poem In Your Pocket Day, sharing it with co-workers, family, and friends. Celebrate on April 26, 2012. Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002, and nationwide since 2008. Each year, parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets.

For some free print-outs of poems to carry in your pocket, check out This Link. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Call for Submissions: Crux Literary Journal

 Crux Literary Journal is a new online literary magazine seeking to publish writing with Christian themes. 

from their call for submissions:

What we DON'T want: sappy, cheesy, watered-down, "greeting-card" Christian writing

What we DO want: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction that is raw, real, gritty, bold, daring, excellent, and beautiful-- with Christian themes that are either subtle or blatant.

you can read more about the magazine and their submission guidelines here:


* note to students-- be aware that this is a Start-Up literary journal--they have not yet published their first issue--so it is hard to be certain what their style will be like or if the caliber of work is what you would want your work associated with. That to say, submit with caution!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

  1. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.
  2. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.
  3. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.     { read the rest HERE }

Friday, April 12, 2013

call for submissions: switcheroo 3013

 from the newpages website:
Broadsided has posted two images online. Writers respond to the visual pieces in poetry or prose in a way that creates a relationship between art and literature and that fits with the Broadsided format. There are plenty of past years' selections to see as well. The editors will read all submissions, and the winning entries (one for each piece of art) will be published on May 1, 2013 as a Broadsided collaboration.

Deadline: April 15, 2013.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Poetry Reading: Todd Davis

On Thursday, April 18, Shorter University's Livingston Library will host an open mic time for students, faculty and staff, followed by an announcement of the university's creative writing contest winners. The evening will culminate with a poetry reading by poet Todd Davis.

Earlier that day, a master class with Todd Davis will be held from 11:00  - 12:00 in the Hardeman Room of the Livingston Library.

These events are free and open to the public; for more information, please contact Renee Emerson (remerson AT shorter DOT edu)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Big Poetry Giveaway { free books! }

To celebrate national poetry month, Susan Rich is hosting The Big Poetry Giveaway on her blog The Alchemist's Kitchen.

On the left hand side of the blog, you can find links to other bloggers who will be giving away two (or more) books of poetry  - completely for free! - on their blogs in April.

All that you have to do to be entered into these drawings is leave a comment on these blogs.

Read more about The Big Poetry Giveaway . here .

Monday, April 1, 2013

National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! Here are 30 ways you can celebrate poetry this month, courtesy of

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day
The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with co-workers, family, and friends.
Read a book of poetry
"Poetry is a response to the daily necessity of getting the world right."
Memorize a poem
"Getting a poem or prose passage truly 'by heart' implies getting it by mind and memory and understanding and delight."
Revisit a poem
"America is a country of second acts, so today, why not brush the dust off these classics and give them a fresh read?"
Put poetry in an unexpected place
"Books should be brought to the doorstep like electricity, or like milk in England: they should be considered utilities."
Bring a poem to your place of worship
"We define poetry as the unofficial view of being, and bringing the art of language in contact with your spiritual practices can deepen both."
Attend a poetry reading
"Readings have been occurring for decades around the world in universities, bookstores, cafes, corner pubs, and coffeehouses."
Play Exquisite Corpse
"Each participant is unaware of what the others have written, thus producing a surprising—sometimes absurd—yet often beautiful poem."
Read a poem at an open mic
"It's a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community."
Support literary organizations
"Many national and local literary organizations offer programs that reach out to the general public to broaden the recognition of poets and their work."
Listen on your commute
"Often, hearing an author read their own work can clarify questions surrounding their work's tone."
Subscribe to a literary magazine
"Full of surprising and challenging poetry, short fiction, interviews, and reviews, literary journals are at the forefront of contemporary poetry."
Start a notebook on
" lets users build their own personal portable online commonplace book out of the materials on our site."
Put a poem in a letter"It's always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special."
Watch a poetry movie"What better time than National Poetry Month to gather some friends, watch a poetry-related movie, and perhaps discuss some of the poet's work after the film?"

Take a poem out to lunch
"Adding a poem to lunch puts some poetry in your day and gives you something great to read while you eat."
Put a poem on the pavement
"Go one step beyond hopscotch squares and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk."
Recite a poem to family and friends
"You can use holidays or birthdays as an opportunity to celebrate with a poem that is dear to you, or one that reminds you of the season."
Organize a poetry reading
"When looking for a venue, consider your local library, coffee shop, bookstore, art gallery, bar or performance space."
Promote public support for poetry"Every year, Congress decides how much money will be given to the National Endowment for the Arts to be distributed all across America."
Start a poetry reading group
"Select books that would engage discussion and not intimidate the reader new to poetry."
Read interviews and literary criticism
"Reading reviews can also be a helpful exercise and lend direction to your future reading."
Buy a book of poems for your library
"Many libraries have undergone or are facing severe cuts in funding. These cuts are often made manifest on library shelves."
Start a commonplace book
"Since the Renaissance, devoted readers have been copying their favorite poems and quotations into notebooks to form their own personal anthologies called commonplace books."
Integrate poetry with technology
"Many email programs allow you to create personalized signatures that are automatically added to the end of every email you send."
Ask the Post Office for more poet stamps
"To be eligible, suggested poets must have been deceased for at least ten years and must be American or of American descent."
Sign up for a poetry class or workshop
"Colleges and arts centers often make individual courses in literature and writing available to the general public."
Subscribe to our free newsletter
"Short and to the point, the Update, our electronic newsletter, will keep you informed on Academy news and events."
Write a letter to a poet
"Let the poets who you are reading know that you appreciate their work by sending them a letter."
Visit a poetry landmark
"Visiting physical spaces associated with a favorite writer is a memorable way to pay homage to their life and work."
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