Writing Opportunities

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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. 

No Deadline: 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.

No 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.

Deadline June 5th, 2017: 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 1, 2017 (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 May 31, 2017: Since its founding in 2010, the BOA Short Fiction Prize has been awarded to six of the most exciting and unique voices in American fiction. Winner Receives: Book publication by BOA Editions in spring 2019, $1,000 honorarium. Contest Period: April 1 – May 31, 2017. Submission fee: $25. Please know that 100% of your fee will go toward supporting the publication of an excellent short story collection and to supporting BOA’s mission to bring the highest quality literature into the world. All submissions will be personally read, reviewed, and considered by BOA Publisher Peter Conners, founder and sole editor of BOA’s short fiction series. Manuscripts that do not win the contest are still eligible for publication by BOA. For complete submission information: https://boaeditions.submittable.com/submit/80470/2017-boa-short-fiction-prize https://boaeditions.submittable.com/submit/80470/2017-boa-short-fiction-prize.

Deadline May 1, 2017: This year for Mother’s Day, in honor of the strength and commitment mothers provide for their children and families, Swift River and Shame Kills are proud to sponsor the “My Mother, My Hero” essay contest, with a $200 prize for the winning essay. Word limit 250 (excluding a, an, the). No entry fee. Details at http://www.swiftriver.com/my-mother-my-hero/.

Deadline April 30, 2017: Winning Writers’ 25th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest welcomes your entries through. $4,000 in prizes, including two top awards of $1,500 each. Winners are published on our website. This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Each entry may have up to 6,000 words. You may enter as often as you like. The reading fee is $18 per entry. Details at https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-john-h-reid-fiction-essay-contest.

Deadline April 30, 2017: The South 85 Journal staff is ready to read again!  We’d love to see what you’ve been working on.  If you have something ready, you can submit now. Our next issue is the Fall / Winter 2016 issue, and we will release it on December 15, 2016.

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/.