Submissions Roundup: October

Rattle

Rattle is an online journal that promotes the practice of poetry. The journal believes that poetry holds something for everyone. Poetry doesn’t have to be stuffy and esoteric, something that’s replaced easily in today’s world by movies, music, and books. And just as Rattle believes that poetry is for everyone, the journal believes that poetry can be written by anyone with the passion for it. From their mission: “At Rattle, every poem we publish starts in our ‘slush pile,’ and has to rise through the same process of careful consideration. We don’t ask for or publish the standard credit-listing bios; we don’t even read them. If we like your poem better than the Poet Laureate’s, we’ll publish yours. That’s what makes Rattle so readable.”

Rattle‘s Spring 2015 issue is dedicated to Japanese forms—traditional or adapted. The haiku, renga, tanka, haibun, and so on. Translations are also welcome. The journal also accepts regular submissions to be published online year-round, including a new “Poets Respond” section, which features one poem every Sunday about a poet’s reaction to a current event that took place the previous week. These submissions are due by midnight each Friday.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $50 and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine.
  • Deadline for the Spring 2015 issue is October 15, 2014.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via Submittable.

STORY

STORY magazine, which was published from 1930 to 2000, was recently relaunched as a double-sided, semi-annual print publication dedicated to narrative storytelling. The team is currently searching for stories for the third issue with the theme “Migration.” STORY is interested in narrative that is both traditional and experimental. The magazine is searching for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. While STORY does accept submissions year-round, there are deadlines to be considered for themed-print issues. Other pieces may be published online, but online submissions are unpaid.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $30 per poem and $20 per page of prose (up to $200).
  • Deadline for Issue 3 is November 15, 2014.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via Submittable.


Chicken Soup for the Soul

Yes, I don’t think I need to tell you who and what Chicken Soup for the Soul is. The books, for me, are reminiscent of childhood. The series has been published for over twenty years and allows people to share personal and extraordinary stories that impact the readers’ lives. The publication now does more than just publish books. They have a line of comfort food, videos, and apps, but currently, Chicken Soup for the Soul is searching for stories on a wide range of topics (all of which you can view here). However, upcoming deadlines for October involve stories on the topic of “Hope and Miracles” and “Thanks to My Mom.” In November, Chicken Soup will be searching for stories on the topic of “Inspiration for Nurses.”

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $200 per story or $100 per devotionals and ten free copies of the book.
  • Deadline for “Thanks to My Mom” is October 20, 2014, and “Hopes and Miracles” is October, 30, 2014.
  • Stories must be no more than 1200 words and nonfiction.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via an online form.

Scribe Publishing’s 2nd Annual Short Fiction Contest

Scribe Publishing Company publishes fiction and nonfiction from fresh, new authors. This year is the second time they will be hosting an annual short fiction contest. This year, entries are capped at 500. Stories can be written in any genre, and the judges of this year’s contest will be six of Scribe’s authors: Jody Lamb, Molleen Zwiker, Paul Flower, Barbara Pietron, S.J. Lomas, and Greg Hickey.

What you need to know:

  • First prize receives $500 and publication on Scribe’s blog. Two honorable mentions will receive $50 each.
  • Deadline for the 2nd Annual Short Fiction Contest is October 27, 2014.
  • Stories must be no more than 500 words.
  • There is a $10 entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via email.

Minerva Rising Second Annual “Dare to Be” Poetry Chapbook Contest

Minerva Rising literary journal is an independent publication that celebrates the creativity and wisdom of women. They publish thought-provoking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays by women, and for the chapbook contest, the journal wants to be wowed with your own interpretation of what “Dare to Be” means. This year’s contest will be judged by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and winner of multiple Pushcart Prizes in Poetry, Heather McHugh.

What you need to know:

  • Winner receives $250 and ten copies of the chapbook.
  • Deadline for the Second Annual “Dare to Be” Poetry Chapbook Contest is November 15, 2014.
  • Send 14–28 pages of poetry.
  • There is a $20 entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via Submittable.

The Atlas Review

The Atlas Review is a new independent literary magazine that publishes poetry, short stories, and essays. The magazine isn’t interested in publishing the same names, same images, and same aesthetics. Instead, The Atlas Review is interested in untapped talent and merit. The magazine uses an anonymous submission system in order to ensure fairness. They’re not publishing your work for your name, but because it’s a truly astounding piece. The magazine publishes biannually and is currently seeking submissions for Issue 5.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive copies of the issue they’re published in.
  • Deadline for Issue 5 is November 15, 2014.
  • Stories should be no more than 5000 words (up to three pieces). Poetry should be no more than ten pages (up to five poems).
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via Submittable.

Raleigh Review

The Raleigh Review is a national nonprofit magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, and art. The magazine believes that great literature inspires empathy by providing us with a new perspective. Their mission is to foster the creation and availability of provocative contemporary literature. Currently, the magazine is looking for poetry, flash fiction, and short fiction. Raleigh Review publishes both emerging writers and well-established, award-winners.

What you need to know:

  • Contributors receive $10 and a copy of the journal.
  • Deadline for the Spring Issue is October 31, 2014.
  • Short fiction should be no more than 7500 words; flash fiction should be no more than 1200 words; and up to five poems may be submitted.
  • There is a small entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via TellItSlant.

Narrative 30 Below Contest

Narrative magazine is calling all writers, poets, and artists for submissions to their annual 30 Below Contest. The magazine is looking for “the traditional and the innovative” and “the true and imaginary.” But as the name suggests, Narrative is, particularly, looking for thirty authors below the age of thirty—the best, young authors and artists that they can find. While the contest has its own specific prizes (see below) every entry is also eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2015 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week.

What you need to know:

  • First prize wins $1,500, second prize wins $750, third prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each.
  • Deadline for the 30 Below Contest is November 15, 2014.
  • Prose should be no more than 15,000 words, and up to five poems may be submitted.
  • There is a $22 entry fee, which includes three months access to Narrative Backstage.
  • Submissions can be sent in via Narrative‘s website.

The Rag Semi-Annual Fiction Contest

The Rag‘s mission is to find powerful new voices and bring them to light. Rather than seeing electronic publishing as “less than,” the journal sees it as an avenue towards affordable distribution, open competition—in other words, a larger audience. The Rag, befitting its name, likes gritty stories and always pay their writers, because as they say “F. Scott Fitzgerald [was] able to make a living from writing short stories alone.” The journal is currently accepting submissions for their 7th issue and Semi-Annual Fiction Contest.

What you need to know:

  • Winner will receive $500; regular submissions earn $0.05 per word.
  • Deadline for the Semi-Annual Fiction Contest is November 17, 2014.
  • Fiction should be no more than 10,000 words.
  • There is a $15 entry fee, which includes a free copy of the current issue; regular submissions have a $3 entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via Submittable.

The Fountain 100th Issue Essay Contest

The Fountain is published bimonthly and distributed throughout the world. The publication covers themes on life, belief, knowledge, and the universe. In order to celebrate their 100th issue, The Fountain is asking for writers to pen an essay to their 100-year-old self. Pretend it’s your 100th birthday. What would you tell yourself?

What you need to know:

  • First prize wins $1,500, second prize wins $750, third prize is $300, and two honorable mentions will receive $200 each.
  • Deadline for the 100th Issue Essay Contest is November 30, 2014.
  • Essay should be no more than 2,500 words.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via The Fountain‘s website.

Sixth Annual “Saints and Sinners” LGBT Short Fiction Contest

Since 2003, the annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival has been held in New Orleans in order to reach out to the community with information about HIV/AIDS. This information is primarily conveyed by the writers and thinkers of the LGBT community, and is a way for that community to celebrate literary arts. Submissions are currently being accepted for the festival’s Sixth Annual “Saints and Sinners” LGBT Short Fiction Contest.

What you need to know:

  • First prize wins $500 and two second prize winners will receive $100 each; top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books.
  • Deadline for the “Saints and Sinners” LGBT Short Fiction Contest is November 15, 2014.
  • Fiction should be no more than 7,000 words.
  • There is a $15 entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via the festival’s website.

Write to Publish’s 2015 Gertrude Press Short Story Contest

Write to Publish is an annual writing and publishing conference put on by the graduate students who run Ooligan Press, Portland State University’s very own trade book publisher. This year, they have partnered with Gertrude Press, a nonprofit press showcasing the talent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer-identified, and allied individuals, in order to host a short story contest with the theme of “self-discovery.” In addition to a prize (see below) the winner of the contest also receives free admission to the conference (if you happen to be in the Portland-area) and the chance to read from their piece on the day-of.

What you need to know:

  • First prize wins $100, free entry to the conference, publication in Gertrude Press, and a chance to read; second place wins free entry to the conference.
  • Deadline for the Write to Publish 2015 Short Story Contest is December 31, 2014.
  • Fiction should be no more than 2,500 words.
  • There is a $10 entry fee.
  • Submissions can be sent in via email.

Submissions Roundups are posted every month. Starting this month, the post will be updated every other Sunday (because writerly people, there are SO many places out there looking for your work!).

This post was originally published on October 5th and was updated on October 26th.

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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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