Calls for Submissions – Week of 2/29/16

Calls for Submissions

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts. Prizes include: • £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner) • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual • One year subscription to Granta • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner) • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner) Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016. To enter, visit

IFP Screen Forward Labs | Call now open

IFP is currently seeking web based episodic projects for this year’s Screen Forward Labs. We’re selecting ten bold, distinctive story-driven, serialized projects (including, but not limited to, web series, VR, or app-based work – Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.). The Screen Forward Labs provide mentorship and support content creators throughout the completion, marketing, and distribution of their work. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 4th. Please visit our Labs website for more information. We look forward to receiving your application:

Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition now open!

For over two decades, Austin Film Festival has been catapulting writers into life-changing careers. With one of the most noteworthy competitions among Hollywood tastemakers, AFF consistently yanks newcomers from the isolation of their desks and ushers them into the bustling world of film and television. Whether your dream is to sign a contract, land an agent, learn from an industry icon, or take home the coveted Bronze Typewriter Award, it’s simple: you can’t win if you don’t enter. Early Deadline: April 20; Late Deadline: May 20. Though AFF is one of the largest and most respected screenplay competitions, every entrant receives personalized attention and multiple reads throughout the process. All entrants receive FREE “Reader Comments” which are a brief, overall summary of their notes.

Submission Guidelines: Asian Pacific American Issue

Link for submissions:
Guest Edited by Angela Ina Penaredondo and Kenji Liu
Winners of the Inlandia Institute’s 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Prize
From #blacklivesmatter to #modelminoritymutiny to #actualasianpoets, recent times have been ripe with reasons for Asian Pacific American (APA) poets to make sure their voices are not just heard but felt—enough to cause significant ripples in the spheres of citizenship and consciousness. At the same time, Asians have been in North America since the 16th century—living, writing, experimenting, (re)inventing for and of themselves—drawing from a myriad of histories, languages, and aesthetics that both divide and unite.
For this special issue of Poemeleon with guest editors Kenji C. Liu and Angela Penaredondo, we are seeking poetry (text and visual) from APA poets that comes from a variety of styles, modes, structures, dreams, and spaces. Send us your best work. We want to celebrate and make it visible, allow it to reverberate across borders as it should!
Deadline for this issue: May 31, 2016
Expect a response within 1 – 3 months after close of submissions. If you have not heard from us after this time period please feel free to inquire. 
(Editor’s note: We seem to be running longer and longer on response times; please don’t take this as a sign that we don’t like your work – take it as a sign that the editor is overworked. This journal is a labor of love, and as such, sometimes has to make way for other things. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.)
The details:
Please submit 1 to 5 poems, 1 craft essay,  and/or 1 book review, using the forms below.
Please include a brief third-person bio in your cover letter.
Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as we are notified promptly when work is accepted elsewhere, but please no multiple submissions. The only exceptions to this rule is if you are submitting both poems and an essay, or both an essay and a book review, or both poems and a book review.
Previously published is also fine, as long as it was in print, not online, and as long as you as the author retain all copyright. Because we strive to be the first online publisher of your work, if it has appeared anywhere that is publicly accessible on the web (including on your blog) then it is considered previously published. Please feel free to contact us and we will provide clarification on a case-by-case basis.
We acquire one-time, non-exclusive rights to publish your work, at which time all rights revert back to you as the author. If we should ever decide to create a print anthology and would like to include your work, we will contact you.
If accepted for inclusion you may be asked to provide a brief contributor’s statement. (See past issues for examples of what we mean.)
– Please note that we are a non-paying market.
No snail mail submissions. All submissions must come through our online submissions manager.

Upload your submission: Submit to Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry

$5000 Masters Review Volume 5 Anthology with Amy Hempel: Publication + National Distribution

The Masters Review presents our Annual Anthology, Volume V. We are proud to announce this year’s judge is PEN/Faulkner Nominee Amy Hempel. The Masters Review Annual Anthology has come to represent the very best in emerging talent, and is widely read by enthusiasts, literary agents, and industry insiders alike. Ten Writers are awarded a total of $5000, plus print in our nationally distributed anthology. Deadline March 31, submissions now open. You may read more here:

The Masters Review is a platform for new and emerging writers, and has worked in conjunction with A.M. Holmes, Lauren Groff, Lev Grossman, and Kevin Brockmeier, among others, to link emerging talent with established authors. The Masters Review pays out over $20,000 annually to new and emerging writers. We hope to see your submission this spring!


The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) seeks new poetry. TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form. A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.
The point of The Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your Skinnys for publishing consideration, email: theskinnypoetryjournalATgmailDOTcom with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.
To see examples of this new poetry form, go to:
The Skinny Poetry Journal

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