Submissions Roundup: March

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Rio Grande Review

The Rio Grande Review is a non-profit bilingual publication run by students of the MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at El Paso. The review is currently accepting submissions for the Spring 2014 edition of the journal, which will be dedicated to children’s and YA fiction and will feature stories and poems with a single vowel.

Works can be in English or Spanish, and the review accepts a wide array of material, including fiction, poetry, essays, nonfiction, translations, flash-fiction, memoir, and unedited interviews. Visual art is also accepted, including photography, drawings, paintings, experimental texts, and visual poetry.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: March 15, 2014
  • All materials should be submitted by email at rgreditors@gmail.com
  • Length: No more than six pages

For more information, visit the review’s website.


Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Willow Springs publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews twice a year, looking for both fresh and established voices. Some notable writers who have been featured in the journal are William Stafford, Tobias Wolff, and Charles Bukowski, as well as many others. General submissions are accepted from September 1 to May 31, but the deadline for the 2014 fiction prize is only a few weeks away.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: March 15, 2014
  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Prize: $2000 plus publication
  • All materials should be submitted via Submittable
  • Length: There is no word limit

For more information, visit the journal’s website.


Black Warrior Review

The Black Warrior Review is ran by graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. The review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art from both established and upcoming writers. While the review’s tenth annual contest will not be accepting submissions for another month, general submissions are currently open. The review seeks out poetry “that engages with the unfamiliar and jarring; that articulates and provokes our starkest emotions; that offers the reader unexpected modes of interaction. Above all, we want your words to make us shiver” and nonfiction “that challenges us with their form and content, that offers a new perspective, an unvoiced thought, an overlooked association. We prize the lyric and the language driven, both the sparsely stated and the indulgently ruminative.”

What to Know:

  • All materials should be submitted via Submittable
  • Length: Up to five poems of no more than ten pages; up to 7000 words for nonfiction and fiction submissions

For more information, visit the review’s website.


The Florida Review Editor’s Award

The Florida Review publishes a journal twice a year, featuring some of the best poetry and prose from new and established writers. The review accepts general submissions from August to May, but the deadline for the Editor’s Award is coming up quickly.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: March 17, 2014
  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Prize: $1000 and publication
  • All materials should be submitted via Submittable
  • Length: Up to twenty-five pages for prose submissions; and up to five poems for poetry submissions

For more information, visit the review’s website.


Arts & Letters Journal Annual Prize Contest

The Arts & Letters Journal publishes poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction. Although general submissions are currently closed, the journal is accepting submissions to their annual contest.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: March 24, 2014
  • Entry Fee: $17
  • Prize: $1000 and publication
  • Materials can be submitted by mail or via Submittable
  • Length: Up to twenty-five pages for fiction and creative nonfiction submissions; and up to six pages for poetry submissions

For more information, visit the journal’s website.


Pomona Valley Review

The Pomona Valley Review is a literary journal that primarily focuses on finding new talent from the plethora of universities along the West Coast. However, anyone can submit to the review. The journal is currently accepting submissions of short fiction, poetry, and art for the Spring edition.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: March 31, 2014
  • All materials should be submitted via Submittable
  • Length: Up to 6000 words for short fiction (or novel excerpt) submissions; up to three to five poetry submissions; and up to three to five artwork submissions

For more information, visit the review’s website.


Glimmer Train Press Family Matters Contest

Glimmer Train Press publishes works that are emotionally significant, adding depth to real life, and the journal favors emerging writers. The journal has several contests and general submissions are always welcome. The Family Matters Contest seeks stories of families from all configurations. While the stories may draw on real-life experiences, they must read as fiction.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: March 31, 2014
  • Entry Fee: $15
  • Prize: $1500, publication, and twenty copies
  • Length: Up to 12,000 words

For more information, visit the press’s website.


Portland Review

The Portland Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art both online and in print. The spring issue will mainly focus on short fiction, but is open to other genres as well.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: April 1, 2014
  • All materials should be submitted via Submittable
  • Length: Up to 500 words for flash fiction submissions; up to three poetry submissions of no more than ten pages; and up to 5000 words for fiction and nonfiction submissions

For more information, visit the review’s website.


The Indiana Review Poetry Prize

The Indiana Review is a non-profit dedicated to publishing the high-quality work of new and established writers. The review publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. Although general submissions are currently closed, submissions are being accepted for the annual poetry prize.

What to Know:

  • Deadline: April 1, 2014
  • Entry Fee: $20
  • Prize: $1000 and publication
  • All materials should be submitted via the online submissions manager
  • Length: Up to three poems of no more than eight pages

For more information, visit the review’s website.

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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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