Calls for Submissions – 3/20/16

Calls for Submissions

Call for submissionsPloughshares

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is currently accepting submissions until May 15, 2016 at noon EST.  Submit via our online submission manager.  You must be logged in to access this page.

The Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. Read past winners of the contest here.


The winning story, essay, and poems from the 2016 contest will be published in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1,000.Eligibility You are eligible if you:

  • Have yet to publish a book (including chapbooks, eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, and self-published works).
  • Have no book forthcoming before April 15, 2017.
  • Are not affiliated with Ploughshares or Emerson College as a contributing author, volunteer screener, blogger, intern, student, staff member, or faculty member.
  • Will not have a relationship with Emerson before April 15, 2017 (example: if there is a chance you will attend the Emerson MFA program in the coming year or if your work has been accepted for publication for an upcoming issue).


The contest opens March 1, 2016 at noon EST and closes May 15, 2016 at noon EST.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words Poetry: 3-5 pages

Leapfrog Fiction Contest

The 2016 Leapfrog Fiction Contest is open for entries through May 1, 2016.

What to Enter

Adult, young adult and middle grade novels, novellas, and short story collections are accepted. Minimum word count: 22,000. Individual stories in a collection may have been published in journals. Books that have been self-published will be considered “unpublished” if fewer than about 200 copies were printed. We look for literary fiction and mainstream fiction, including science fiction. Generally we are less interested in strict genre fiction, but if a manuscript is good and grabs our attention, we don’t care what the genre is.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted by email to Subject line: “Contest Entry Book Title–Adult novel.” Use your actual manuscript title and indicate whether it is a novel, story collection, novella, YA novel, or MG novel. In the body of your email message, please include your name, complete manuscript title, mailing address, and email address. Please do not include any biographical information. There is an entry fee of $30. Indicate whether your entry fee will be coming by check or via PayPal/credit card. This helps us match PayPal payments to manuscripts. Attach your complete manuscript to your message as a Word or PDF file. Please REMOVE any identifying information from the file before sending: no author name or address should be included. This includes information in page headers/footers, title pages, and so forth. We ask that you do not attach a file greater than bout 1.5 MB. If this is a problem, please contact us. You may send larger files by Hightail or some other file-sharing system, but we need to know in advance if you are doing so.


First Prize: publication contract offer from Leapfrog Press, with an advance payment, plus the finalist awards (see below).

Finalists: $150 and one or two critiques of the manuscript from contest judges; permanent listing on the Leapfrog Press contest page as a contest finalist, along with short author bio and description of the book.

Semi-Finalist: Choice of a free Leapfrog book; permanent listing on the website.

Honorable Mention: listing on the Leapfrog Press website.

For more information please visit:

The Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry

Accepting submissions for a book-length collection of poetry for a first book.

January 1 – March 31, 2016

Vievee Francis, judge

To read the guidelines, visit

OUTSpoken Looking for Poetry, Nonfiction and More from LGBTQ Writers

OUTSpoken is an exciting new program from the Sundress Academy for the Arts that aims to amplify the experiences of the LGBTQ community of Knoxville, TN. By creating a platform for sex- and gender-diverse individuals in the South where they can share and perform their experiences, the program is able bring understanding into the entire community and unite them with art.

LGBTQ writers from all over the country can submit a wide range of work to OUTSpoken, including poetry, nonfiction, spoken word, and video submissions of a monologue, dramatic piece, or film. Writers can submit up to three poems, 1,200 words of prose, or five minutes worth of performance or film clips. Winners will receive publication in Stirring: A Literary Collection and free admission to the June, 2016 OUTSpoken performance in Knoxville. All submissions should be sent with third-person bio to outspokenATsundresspublicationsDOTcom by March 31, 2016.

The OUTSpoken performance will also include creative work developed as part of our three-month workshop series, which began in January and continues through March. These workshop participants have the opportunity to participate in the staged reading in June, showcasing their work personal work.

As LGBTQ issues gain greater visibility, it is crucial that we explore the complexities of sex and gender diversity respectfully. In order to create a meaningful dialogue, we must acknowledge and listen to the stories, experiences, grievances, arguments, and counterarguments of all sex- and gender-diverse persons.It is our sincerest hope that this project will illuminate the struggles of Southern LGBTQ persons and celebrate sex and gender diversity in East Tennessee and beyond.

Find out more at

Iron Horse Literary Review

Iron Horse Literary Review is now accepting submissions for our next Open Issue, 18.6. We’re seeking poetry that transforms the ordinary into amazing insight, stories that reveal the writer’s control over language and narrative, and essays that honor personal experiences by conveying them in such detail that the personal blossoms into the universal.
Learn more about our guidelines and preferences at, then send 3-5 poems or up to 5,500 words of prose. Generally, we pay $50 per poem, $100 per long prose piece, and $40 per flash prose.
The gates open for this one on March 9, 2016, and close on April 10th. Please send us your best!

SRPR Editors’ Prize Contest

 First Place Prize: $1,000, publication, and introduction written by prominent outside judge
Entry Fee: $20, includes one-year subscription to SRPR (two issues)
Deadline: April 15, annually (postmark)
Submission: Online, or via postal mail
SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) is pleased to announce our annual Editors’ Prize Contest! One winning poem will be awarded $1,000, two runners up will be awarded $100 each, and three-five honorable mentions will be selected. All winning poems, honorable mentions, and several finalists are published in the winter issue of SRPR.
Recent judges include Rachel Zucker, Joshua Corey, Juliana Spahr, David Baker and C.S. Giscombe. Judges are announced after winners are selected. Please check our website in August for announcement of winners.

For full guidelines please visit:

Los Angeles Writers Group has no relationship or affiliation with, nor control of, the poster nor is LAWG responsible for the accuracy of the information presented or for any outcome resulting from contact between our members and the poster. LAWG posts this call/information as a courtesy to our members only. 

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