Submissions Roundup: May

The Acrostic Poetry Contest

Here’s an example of an acrostic poem:

Elizabeth it is in vain you say
“Love not” – thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
Breath it less gently forth – and veil thine eyes.
Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
To cure his love – was cured of all beside –
His follie – pride – and passion – for he died.

– “An Acrostic” by Edgar Allan Poe

In acrostic poems, the first letter of each line spells out a word. FanStory.com is hosting an acrostic poetry contest, which can be based on anything and contain one or more words. This one’s fun and comes with a cash prize, plus the winner even receives feedback on their poem.

What you need to know:

  • The winner receives a $100 cash prize.
  • Submit your work online.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • The deadline is May 28.

Literal Latte Short Story Contest

Literal Latte started out in New York City as a literary journal offering over 30,000 free copies to the city’s residents. Today, the journal its entirely online, but still just as committed to finding and nurturing great talent. Submissions can be written in any style, but, as always, it’s a good idea to review past winner’s stories, like this one, to get an idea of that kind of pieces the journal has accepted before.

What you need to know:

  • The winner receives $500.
  • Submit your work via mail.
  • There is a $10 entry fee.
  • The deadline is June 30.

Hidden River 2015 Arts Award

Hidden River Arts is hosting their annual awards contest, seeking the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt and the best unproduced full-length play. Hidden River Arts is an independent literary and performing arts organization based in Philadelphia dedicated to the service, support, and celebration of all artists (in all genres) because art, as Nietzsche said, is the proper task of life.

What you need to know:

  • The winner receives $1,000.
  • Submit your work online.
  • There is a $17 entry fee.
  • The deadline is June 30.

2015 Boston Review Poetry Contest

The Boston Review is both independent and nonprofit. While the review is available both in print and on the web, it’s subject matter ranges from politics and religion to philosophy and science. Each year, the publication hosts a variety of contests. The poetry contest is nearing a close (see below), but, don’t worry, if you don’t have poems quite ready, the short story contest is coming up in October.

What you need to know:

  • The winner receives $1,500.
  • Submit your work online.
  • There is a $20 entry fee.
  • The deadline is June 1.

The New Guard Fiction & Poetry Contests

The New Guard is an independent, print literary review. They also have BANG!, an online feature that publishes three short works by a single writer for a full month at a time. The review diligently supports emerging writers next to more established and appreciates juxtaposing more traditional works next to the experimental. The publication is currently accepting submissions for its fiction and poetry contests.

What you need to know:

  • The winner receives $1,500.
  • Submit your work online.
  • There is a $20 entry fee.
  • The deadline is August 20.

Guy Owen Award

Southern Poetry Review is the second oldest poetry journal in the South that still has a strong, worldwide readership. While the publication reviews submissions year-round, they will only be taking submissions to the Guy Owen poetry contest for a little longer. Here’s a poem from a previous winner.

What you need to know:

  • The winner receives $1,000.
  • Submit your work online.
  • There is a $20 entry fee.
  • The deadline is June 15.

The 2015 Stoneslide Story Contest

The Stoneslide Corrective is a weekly e-magazine and annual print magazine that publishes fiction, humor, satire, and other unnamed forms of sublimity. The publication is currently seeking stories that “exemplify the power of narrative to make one think and feel” (clearly, the purpose of most narratives, but more on that another time). The best part? Stoneslide recognizes stories that didn’t win too for categories like “striking use of wit” and “beguiling characters.”

What you need to know:

  • The first prize winner receives $3,000, second prize receives $500, and third prize receives $250. .
  • Submit your work online.
  • There is a $10 entry fee.
  • The deadline is June 21.
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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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