Writing Opportunities

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Deadline June 1 (postmarked): The Missouri Humanities Council, the Warrior Arts Alliance, and Southeast Missouri State University Press seek entries for their “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” series of anthologies, which preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. No entry fee, 5 categories for the contest, $250 prize in each: Short Fiction; Poetry; Interview with a Warrior; Essay; Photography. Writing must be by veterans, military-service personnel, or their families. Include the connection in your short bio. Two types of entries: 1) anthology only; 2) contest and anthology. Details at http://www.semopress.com/events/proud-to-be-writing-by-american-warriors/ http://www.semopress.com/events/proud-to-be-writing-by-american-warriors/.

Deadline June 5: In honor of Father’s Day, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “When I Think of My Dad,” an essay contest, with a $200 prize for the winning essay. Word limit 250 (excluding a, an, the). No entry fee. Details http://www.drugrehab.org/fathers-day-essay-contest/.

Deadline June 8: Fur Trade Deays Poetry Contest seeks submissions. Poems can address any aspect of “The Life of a Fur Trader” theme — historic, modern, professional, personal, family life, culture/society. 1st Prize $150; 2nd Prize $75.00, 3rd Prize $25. Entry fee is $5.00/poem. Questions? wayne.anson@gmail.com.

Deadline June 15: Vallum seeks submissions for our upcoming “Lies and Duplicity” issue.  Submission Guidelines: Poetry : 4-7 poems (Please submit by snail mail only.); Essay : 4-6 pages; Interview : 3-5 pages; Review : 1-3 pages; Letter to the editor : up to 1 page; Audio and video poems: 1-3 files (Audio: Mp3, 15mb [max]. Video: MP4, H.264 encoding, AAC LC audio format, 30mb [max].) Free to submit, and we pay our contributors! Details at http://vallummag.com/upcoming_issues.html.

Deadline July 15: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote. $20 entry fee includes one-year subscription. Details at http://www.rattle.com/prize/about/.

Deadline August 15: Living Springs Publishers LLP are publishing a series of books called Stories Through The Ages. and are now accepting submissions for the Baby Boomers Plus edition (anyone born 1964 or earlier) and the Generations XYZ edition (anyone born 1996 – 1965). First, second and third place finalists receive cash prizes of $500, $200 and $100 respectively. Entry fee $25.00. Details at www.LivingSpringsPublishers.com.

Deadline September 30: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Fee: $12 per poem. Details at https://winningwriters.submittable.com/submit/58274/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest.



Resist: Women’s Voices Speaking Truth to Power (tentative titleseeks essays from women activists for the collection to be published by McFarland Publishers. Contact Dr. Paula Dail and Dr Betty Wells at womenresisting@gmail.com  for further details.  They will work with essayists on the deadline.

Looking for Wyoming Storytellers! Wyoming now has a storytelling guild. We are only 6 members strong but a mighty group. We would love to add to our membership but need to find other storytellers in our state, since we know they are out there. Note: Storytellers don’t have to be a member of the guild to receive information but can choose to on our email list. For more information, contact Michelle (Shelly) King, Wyoming State Liaison to the National Storytelling Network: telleroftales402@gmail.com.

Review Opportunity: The Wyoming State Library reviews two books per month on its blog and in its monthly newsletter. These reviews go to hundreds of librarians. Books MUST either be by a Wyoming-based author or be Wyoming-related (about Wyoming or a Wyoming setting). Books must be available in print and readily available for purchase (new, not used). Priority is given to books published more recently. No books without a strong Wyoming connection will be considered. Contact Susan Mark at the State Library at susan.mark@wyo.gov or 307-777-5915 (Cheyenne) if you would like your book considered. Please do not send review copies without contacting Susan first to make sure your book meets the criteria to be considered. Submission of a review copy to the State Library does not guarantee a published review. 

Hoot is a mini literary magazine that publishes fiction, poetry, and book reviews small enough to fit on a postcard. They charge $2.00 to submit up to two pieces online, or you can send work by mail. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. All work will be considered for their print postcard and online issues unless you specify otherwise. For more information, visit http://www.hootreview.com/submissions/.

Main Street Rag is a publishing company that produces a literary magazine, anthologies, and other books. They also have contests. For more information, go to  http://03c9c48.netsolhost.com/WordPress/submission-guidelines.

The Sun publishes interviews, essays, fiction and poetry. They would also like provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. They pay up to $2,000.00 for interviews and essays, $1,500.00 for fiction, and $200.00 for poetry. Work must be sent by mail. Guidelines at thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing.

Cawing Crow Press is a unique, author-centered service that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They work with the author to be sure the book is the best it can be when it’s released. They charge nothing for their services and pay 70% royalties. For more information, visit http://www.cawingcrowpress.com/aboutus.html.

High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West. They accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. They accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West. They publish biannually (in November and May) and review submissions year round. Check out their website for more information: https://highdesertjournal.submittable.com/Submit. 

Orion Magazine accepts short essays of up to 350 words for their online The Place Where Where You Live department. Some essays will be selected for publication in the print magazine. Find more information at https://orionmagazine.org/place-where-you-live/.