Writing Opportunities

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Deadline November 30: Western Writers of America is sponsoring a micro-western contest.  Micro-westerns are original Western fiction, nonfiction, or poetry stories 280 characters in length (the equivalent of two tweets).  Participants have the opportunity to win $500 in cash prizes and have their work recognized and electronically published by WWA.  First prize is $300, second is $125, and third prize is $75.  Interested writers with the gift of brevity can post their Westerns on the Western Writers of America’s Twitter account (@Western_Writers) as a private message between September 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017.  Winners will be announced on December 15, 2017.  For more information about the micro-western contest including the contest rules visit Western Writers of America’s Facebook page, the WWA website www.westernwriters.org, and of course on Twitter @Western_Writers.


Deadline November 5: For our Spring/Summer 2018 issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces that explore or demonstrate the idea of the arts as a gathering place for diverse and unique perspectives. We also invite writing that addresses and confronts the times when the arts have not been as diverse as they could be—including the present. Poetry may be up to 8 pages; fiction/creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words. Manuscripts may be mailed or submitted online: nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. For complete guidelines, email nimrodATutulsaDOTedu or visit our website:www.utulsa.edu/nimrod.

Deadline October 31: 3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 17. The new elements are Blueprint, Fisherman, and Delusion. All three terms must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography must represent at least one element. Our content is almost always 100% unsolicited, and we nominate for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and other awards. We have published new and well-known writers and artists from around the world, and we do not charge a reading fee for regular submissions. Expedited and feedback options are also available. Issue will be released January 1.
More information: http://3elementsreview.com/submit

Deadline December 31: The Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize 
We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Fiction Prize. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press, housed at the University of Illinois Springfield, in Spring of 2019. Winners receive a $500.00 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party. *Manuscripts should be between 120-200 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF formats. https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.com/submit

Deadline October 31: Tahoma Literary Review. TLR publishes everything from the open queue–we never solicit–and we pay, $125 for pieces 1500 words and above and $50 for flash pieces. We also publish longer poetry, 7 pages and above, and the pay rates are the same for those categories. We offer feedback for $2 more per submission in fiction and nonfiction, and we have critique options for your fiction. Our response time is between one and three months. Previous contributors to the Tahoma Literary Review should wait one full reading period after publication of their work before submitting to us again. Please submit only once per reading period. Submit via https://tahomaliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit

Three with November deadlines from Alexandria Quarterly:
AQP is looking for an unpublished chapbook of poems 32 pages in length. The contest is open to both new and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $300 cash award, and twenty copies of the book.
AQP is looking for an unpublished graphic novel up to 40 pages in length. The contest is open to both new and established writers/artists. The winner will receive book publication, a $300 cash award, and twenty copies of the book.
This summer AQP published the first pocket sized book in we’re calling the Small Stories Series. It’s called Deliver Love and it’s by Pal Shazar. (We highly recommend you check it out!) AQP is looking to add our second title to the series. The contest is open to both new and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $100 cash award, and twenty copies of the book.
For more information, please visit alexandriaquarterlymag.com/contests/

Deadline December 31: SLAB is a university-based journal that combines literature and spoken word. Their reading period runs from August to December. They seek poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and text-based art. Work must be submitted online. For more information, visit http://www.slablitmag.org/details_submissionGuidelines.

Deadline December 15: Winter issue of Gyroscope Review. We accept contemporary poetry in a wide variety of formats. For our winter issue, we are particularly interested in wintery themes, the idea of “underground”, and current events. Poets may submit up to four poems in any one reading period. Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting. All submissions must come through our Submittable link: https://gyroscopereview.submittable.com/submit

 November 30: Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet Volume III
Everywhere Stories is an anthology series of short fiction set around the world. We will NOT repeat countries (except the US, where we will not repeat states), so be sure to review the submission guidelines to see what countries we’ve already covered. No maximum or minimum length.


The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions to our weekly online flash feature, miCRo, as well as all other regular submissions. Every week, miCRo will highlight a writer whose work packs in a punch, in under 500 words for fiction/literary nonfiction/hybrids and under 32 lines for poetry. See more about all our submission guidelines at http://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission_guidelines/

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. 

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

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/