Submissions Roundup: February

Submissions Roundup

As an aspiring writer, I spend a lot of time putting words down on paper (that’s a lie—I use my laptop, but words are being put down), but after all that writing, I often forget what is arguably the next step: submitting to publications. What’s more, where do you start your search? It can be overwhelming. There are many places to look, but, hopefully, our monthly Submissions Roundup will serve as a “one-stop shop,” listing upcoming contests for all writers.

2014 Julia Peterkin Award at Converse College

The Julia Peterkin award was created in 1997 by the English and Creative Writing Department at Converse College; the award is named after alumni Julia Peterkin, an author who won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Scarlet Sister Mary. The award is open to all poets writing original pieces in English. Each entry must include no more than 10 poems or a maximum of 15 pages.

  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College.

Arcadia Short Story Contest

Arcadia seeks exceptionally well-crafted short stories between 4,000 and 7,000 words. There is no criteria beyond the word limit. Arcadia does not ascribe to a certain aesthetic, nor do they expect that you do.

  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Deadline: February 15, 2014
  • The winner will receive $1,000 and publication

Wag’s Revue Winter Contest 2014

Wag’s Revue is an online-only literary quarterly founded in 2009. They hold two annual contests each year and accept submissions for fiction, poetry, and essays. All pieces are considered for publication.

  • Entry Fee: $22.09
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014
  • First prize is $1000 and publication; second prize is $500; and third $100.

Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize

Fish Publishing is an independent publishing company based in the West of Ireland. It has been running writing contests since 1994. It is the aim of Fish Publishing to encourage and promote new writers. This is an opportunity to attempt what is one of the most difficult and rewarding tasks—to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in three hundred words or less. You can enter as many times as you wish. The flash fiction contest is open to writers of any nationality writing in English. There is no restriction on theme or style. Glenn Patterson, author of eight novels, several plays and two works of non-fiction, will judge.

  • Entry Fee: $14
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014
  • First prize: $1000 and publication
  • Ten published authors will each receive five copies of the Anthology and will be invited to read at the launch during the West Cork Literary Festival in July.

Ledge Magazine 2014 Fiction Award

Founded in 1988 by its editor-in-chief and publisher Timothy Monaghan, The Ledge Poetry & Fiction Magazine is published annually and features new and exciting work by both established and emerging poets and writers. The Ledge is open to all styles and schools of writing. They seek compelling stories that employ innovative language and complex characterization, and they especially enjoy ironic stories with a sense of purpose. All stories must be previously unpublished and not exceed 7,500 words. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but they must be notified if your story is accepted elsewhere.

  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Deadline: February 28, 2014
  • First prize: $1,000 and publication; Second prize: $250 and publication; and Third prize: $100 and publication.

The Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition

The Atlantic Review was founded in 1994 and is one of few completely independent poetry journals. Poems must be original and not published in a national publication (online or local publications are acceptable as long as the author maintains the copyright). The contest will be judged by the Editor of The Atlanta Review.

  • Entry Fee: $5
  • Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • Grand prize of $1000; 20 applicants will receive publication; 30 applicants will receive National Merit Awards

The Pinch Literary Award

The Pinch is a journal of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art committed to presenting its readers with exciting works from both new and established writers. Founded in 1980, The Pinch is one of the longest-running literary journals in the country. All submissions must be previously unpublished. Adam Clay will judge the poetry contest; George Singleton will judge the fiction contest; and Lee Martin will judge the creative nonfiction contest.

  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • Poetry First Prize: $1,000.00
  • Fiction First Prize: $1,000.00
  • Creative Nonfiction First Prize: $1,000.00

2014 St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest

St. Petersburg Review is an annual independent international review of contemporary literature that seeks to support global connections and affinities through publishing quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from writers of all countries. An entry may consist of up to three unpublished poems.  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but let them know immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Deadline: March 1, 2014
  • $1000 and publication

<citeColorado Review Nelligan Prize

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction was established in 2004 in memory of Liza Nelligan, a writer, editor, and friend of many in Colorado State University’s English Department, where she received her master’s degree in literature in 1992. By giving an award to the author of an outstanding short story each year, the review hopes to honor Nelligan’s life, her passion for writing, and her love of fiction. The Nelligan Prize is offered annually. This year’s final judge is Kent Haruf. Stories must be previously unpublished. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be under 50 pages.

  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Deadline: March 14, 2014
  • The winner will receive $2,000 and publication.

About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.
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