Submissions Roundup: August

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McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest

McSweeney’s has recently opened up their first-ever contest just for students (both undergraduates and graduates in the US). Although the contest comes with a steep fee—we are students after all—it is McSweeney’s, a rather prestigious publication based in San Francisco. Getting published here would be more than impressive on a resume or CV.

What you need to know:

  • Winner receives $500 and publication in McSweeney’s 51 (August 2015).
  • Stories must be 7,500 words or fewer.
  • Deadline is August 31st.
  • Entry fee is $55 (but includes a full year’s subscription).
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence

The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is given out to a writer each year in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. This year’s poetry prize will be judged by Margaret Atwood (yes, you read that right) and the fiction prize will be judged by Zsuzsi Gartner.

What you need to know:

  • Winner receives $1,000, a prize pack of books, and publication in Issue 27: Fall 2014.
  • Stories must be 8,000 words or fewer; four poems or four pages (whichever comes first).
  • Deadline is September 30th.
  • Entry fee is $15.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
The Puritan

The Puritan hosts The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence, but has general submissions open year-round. It’s a Canadian-based journal that was founded in 2007, and, guess what, they even pay their contributors.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $50 per interview, $50 per essay or review, $40 per work of fiction, and $15 per poem.
  • Stories must be 12,000 words or fewer (way fewer); poems can be any length but send no more than four.
  • Deadline for fall is September 25th.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.

SIXPENNY

SIXPENNY looks for literary fiction in pocket-sized stories—stories that take roughly six minutes to read. Each of the six stories selected for publication are illustrated before publication (so they also look for illustrators, if that’s your thing too).

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $100 and publication in SIXPENNY.
  • Stories must be 1,000 words or fewer (but not that much fewer).
  • Deadline is October 31st
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
Golden Fleece Press: Halloween Tales

Golden Fleece Press is looking for submissions of scary stories for children—wee tales. They seek new novel, novella, non-fiction, or serial projects.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $35 for poetry and $50 for short stories.
  • Stories can be anywhere from 600–2,000 words.
  • Deadline is TBD.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
LUMINA

LUMINA is the literary journal of the graduate writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. Their general submissions just opened, but, for the first time ever, they are now accepting submissions for online as well, which will be posted year-round.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive publication in the journal and a free copy of the 2014 issue.
  • Stories must be 5,000 words or fewer; poems must be sixty lines or fewer and send no more than three.
  • Deadline is October 1st.
  • There is a $3 entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
Brain, Child

Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers is an award-winning literary magazine dedicated to motherhood. Their goal is to give writers from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences a voice and to help provide others with insight to real issues.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive competitive rates (whatever that means) and publication in the magazine.
  • Stories can be anywhere from 200–5,000 words (check the website for details).
  • Deadline is September 1st.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
Broad River Review and the Rash Awards

The Broad River Review is Gardner-Webb University’s literary magazine. Submissions don’t open for another two weeks, on August 15th, so be sure to keep it bookmarked. All submissions will be considered for publication, but only submissions to the Rash Awards will be considered for the award prize.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive publication in Volume 47 and award winners receive $500.
  • Stories must be 5,000 words or fewer; send no more than five poems and cannot exceed ten pages.
  • Deadline is November 15th.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
Broad Street

Broad Street is a semi-annual magazine of true stories, and they love discovering new talent. Each issue has a different theme—the theme for the upcoming issue being Maps & Legends. As in, “Go as far across the globe or into the popular imagination as you dare. Ask how we map humanity, emotion, and the fantasies and fads that seize the world or even a small part of it; explore legends and popular ideas associated with people or places.”

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive publication in summer/fall 2015 issue and a contributor copy.
  • Stories must be 5,000 words or fewer.
  • Deadline is September 30th.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.
Cactus Heart

Cactus Heart is both an e-magazine and, twice a year, a print magazine. Their title is a metaphor for the kind of stories they seek to publish—ones that are sharp, but tender. For a full list of the types of the stories they do and do not want, check out their editor’s thoughts.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors to the print submissions receive a contributor copy.
  • Story length requirements vary (see website for details).
  • Deadline is December 31st.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be submitted online.

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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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