Sunday, April 19, 2015

Approaching Deadlines for Writers!

There are some important deadlines coming up. Don’t miss them.

April 30 | Brevity Magazine Special Issue on Gender

Brevity has extended the deadline for submissions for its special Gender Issue to April 30. From Sarah Einstein:

Writing Friends: I’ve been hawking the Brevity Kickstarter, but we also need more submissions for the Gender issue. Things we are particularly looking for: pieces that engage gender from an adult perspective (we have lots of pieces about the way in which childhood is gendered, I’d love to have at least one about gender in actual old age), pieces by writers of color, pieces that explore gender from a transitional perspective, [and] pieces that explore how disability does/not impact the experience of gender….

Submission details at

May 1 | Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

The submission period for Writer’s Digest 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards ends May 1. Grand prize winner gets, among other benefits, $8,000, a feature article in March/April 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest, a press release sent (along with a copy of
your book) to ten different major publishing review houses. First prize winners in each category get $1,000 and several promotional assists.

For details, rules and other information:

May 15 | Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest

The submission period for the Emerging Writer’s Contest sponsored by Ploughshares Literary Magazine ends on May 15. The contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winning story, essay and poem will each be published in the Winter 2015-16 issue and the author of each will receive $1,000. Fiction and nonfiction submissions limited to 6,000 words. Poetry 3-5 pages. Details at

May 15 | Third Annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

Sponsored by The Georgia Review, this prize is given for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published in print or online. Submission period ends May 15 and winner will be announced on August 15. The winning poem will be published in the Spring 2016 issue. Details at

May 31 | Reading Period for Winter and Spring Issues of Tin House Literary Magazine Ending

Editors are now reading for the Winter 2015 and Spring 2016 issues. Deadline for submissions for both is May 31.

The Winter 2015 issue is non-themed. “Faith” is the theme for the Spring 2016 issue: “We are looking for fiction, poems, essays, and interviews dealing with the faith in not only religions, but faith in knowledge, math, science, people, animals, places, institutions, food, color – anything that could possibly be a receptacle for one’s faith, questioned or unquestioned. Only previously unpublished works considered. Ten thousand word limit for stories/essays. No more than five poems per submission. For details:

May 31 | Submission Period for One Story Literary Journal Ending

ONE STORY (“one great short story in the mail every three weeks”) is seeking literary fiction between 3,000 ad 8,000 words. Material must be previously unpublished although a story published in print outside the U.S. will be considered. Stories previously published online will not be considered. Deadline for submission is May 31. For details:

July 31 | Press 53 Award for Poetry

Reading period for “Outstanding Poetry Collection” opened April 1 and will end July 31.

The contest is open to anyone living in the U.S. and writing in English, regardless of publication history. Manuscripts must be at least 60 and no more than 120 pages. Prizes include $1000 and publication. Details at

1 comment:

  1. While I would love to win some sort of literary award, I refuse to pay to enter a contest where the sponsors make more money than I do. I've spent thousands of dollars with substantial editors, line editors, yada, yada, yada. I can't even think about putting out one more cent to be "known". Why do authors need to buy success?