POETRY - OCTOBER 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSION

Yale Younger Poets

 INFO: The Yale Series of Younger Poets is seeking submissions for its 2017 competition. This contest champions the most promising new American poets. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the series’ current judge, critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, to be published by Yale University Press in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to emerging poets who have not previously published a book of poetry and who reside in the United States.

APPLICATION FEE: $25

SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 1 – November 15, 2017

www.youngerpoets.org

 

2017 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award

 Red Hen Press

INFO: Established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999), this award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. Awarded collection is selected through an annual competition, which is open to all poets.

AWARD: $3000, publication of the awarded collection by Red Hen Press, and a four-week PLAYA Residency.

SUBMISSION FEE: $25
DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

redhen.org/awards-2/bsa/

 

2017 QUEER SOUTHEAST ASIA BOOK AWARD

INFO: The award is open to all emerging Southeast Asian writers. It comes with SGD 1,000 (tax-free) and book publication. The winning manuscript will be critically introduced by one of the editors of Queer Southeast Asia: a literary journal of transgressive art.

WHAT TO SUBMIT:

1. Full-length manuscript without the author’s identifying information and acknowledgments. Submitted manuscripts should not be under consideration in another competition or for publication by another press. PDF copy only.

  • For poetry submissions -- Submissions must be in Times New Roman (font size 12) and single-spaced with 1 inch margin on all sides. Page number must appear consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page.
  • For prose submissions -- Submissions must be in Times New Roman (font size 12) and double-spaced with 1 inch margin on all sides. Page number must appear consecutively at the center of the bottom margin of each page.
  • Note: prose genres except novel.

2. The author must provide an essay (2-4 pages; single-spaced) answering the questions below. The essay must appear in the manuscript after the title page and before the contents.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The essay will not be judged. Submitting writers should take this requirement as a way to introduce the context/s within which they write and the things they do in order to create or be creative. In addition, the questions below are supposed to be just guide questions. If submitting writers feel they should avoid these questions and respond to others not stated here, they may freely do so.

  • Question 1 -- As an artist, what of (queer) Southeast Asia are you concerned the most?
  • Question 2 -- How is your submitted manuscript relevant to (queer) Southeast Asia?
  • Question 3 -- What politics, frameworks, or conditions shaped your manuscript and the writing of your manuscript?
  • Question 4 -- What kind of impact do you wish your manuscript to incite?

3. The author’s curriculum vitae. No prescribed length. PDF copy only.

Note: The author's CV will not be judged. The author should submit only one manuscript.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2017.

queersoutheastasia.com/book-prize

 

WALT WHITMAN AWARD

Academy of American Poets

INFO: The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published byGraywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.

The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets.

The 2017 judge for the Walt Whitman Award is Joy Harjo

DEADLINE: November 1, 2017

poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/walt-whitman-award

 

SILLERMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETS

African Poetry Book Fund

INFO: The African Poetry Book Fund is accepting submissions for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  

The contest is open to African writers who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection. (An African writer is taken as someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.) 

PRIZE: $1,000 US and publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: December 1, 2017

africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=2058#sillerman

POETRY -- SEPTEMBER 2017

ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS

INFO: The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to the understanding of racism and the appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. 

To submit a book for consideration, send five copies with a completed copy of the Entry Form to:

Karen R. Long
c/o Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216.685.2018
Email: Submit@Anisfield-Wolf.org

Upon receipt, the books will be forwarded to the jury. All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned. The winners will be announced in the spring.  

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 1 – December 31, 2017

anisfield-wolf.org/submissions/submission-guidelines/  

 

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

 INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, Nonfiction/Current Issues, Playwriting or Screenwriting, and other topics). 

To be considered for a fellowship in fiction or nonfiction, applicants must have any of the following: one or more published books, contract for the publication of a book-length manuscript, or at least three shorter works (longer than newspaper articles) published. Evidence of publication in print format within the last five years is highly desirable; Web site publications are not acceptable as the only form of previously published work. Applicants should note that reviewers take into account evidence of a distinctive, original voice, richness or dimensionality of text, and coherence in the project plan. Professionals interested in writing about their work experiences should apply in the category of nonfiction. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

STIPEND: Up to $77,500 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. They work with fellows with families who have particular issues connected to relocating to smooth the transition. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Please note that they can only pay stipends to home institutions if they are US based. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2018 through May 31, 2019.

Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, they expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail in March of the results.

DEADLINE: September 14, 2017

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply 

 

CHA INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE

INFO: To celebrate the tenth anniversary issue of Cha and to mark the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong's handover, they are hosting Cha International Poetry Prize 2017, in collaboration with PEN Hong Kong.

The competition is open to ALL poets.

PRIZES:

  •  First Prize US$1501
  • Second Prize US$800
  • Third Prize US$400
  • And five Commended Prizes, each US$100
  • All eight winning poems will be published in the tenth anniversary issue of Cha, due out in late December 2017.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: September 15, 2017

asiancha.submittable.com/submit

 

SILLERMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETS

African Poetry Book Fund

INFO: The African Poetry Book Fund is accepting submissions for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  

The contest is open to African writers who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection. (An African writer is taken as someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.) 

PRIZE: $1,000 US and publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 15 – December 1, 2017

africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=2058#sillerman

 

NEW VOICES AWARD 

Lee & Low Books

INFO: Lee & Low Books, award-winning publisher of children’s books, announces its annual New Voices Award, which will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States, 18 years or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.   

Submissions may be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for children ages 5 to 12. 

PRIZE: The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including L&L’s basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500. 

DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award

TOI DERRICOTTE & CORNELIUS EADY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

Cave Canem

INFO: Launched in 2015, the annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by black poets, and is presented in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival and The Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Final Judge: Major Jackson.

First Readers: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Tameka Cage Conley, P. Scott Cunningham

Cave Canem uses a blind judging system to arrive at the contest winner and honorable mention(s).

AWARD: Winner receives $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2018, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency from April 2-6, 2018 at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel in Miami and a featured reading on April 4, 2018 at the O, Miami Poetry Festival.

ENTRY FEE: $12

DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

cavecanempoets.org/prizes/toi-derricotte-cornelius-eady-chapbook-prize/

 

POETRY - AUGUST 2017

THE WINTER TANGERINE AWARDS

Winter Tangerine Review 

INFO: The aim of the award is to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Entries will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.  

SUBMISSION FEE: $0  

PRIZES:  

  • All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue
  • The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250
  • All finalists receive our kudos & $20.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2017

wintertangerine.com/wta-rules

 

WINTER RESIDENCY 2017

The Watering Hole

INFO:The residency occurs as the same time as the Winter Retreat (December 26-30, 2017 in Santee, SC) and is intended to provide time for poets to make significant headway on collections that are already in progress. 

TWH residents are invited (but not required) to attend 3 craft talks, 2 readings, 1 keynote speech, and any after-hours community activities in conjunction with the Winter Retreat. However, residents may not attend classes/workshop, since they will be working on their collection.
 

PAYMENT INFO:

  • The first ten people (retreat or residency) to pay in full get a one-on-one with a facilitator.
  • $299 TWH Graduate Fellows (includes housing, facilitator fees, administrative expenses and activities listed above)
  • $399 Newbies (includes housing, facilitator fees, administrative expenses and activities listed above)
  • Upon acceptance, a nonrefundable down payment of $100 must be made by August 15, 2017. This reserves your place in the retreat.
  • The remaining nonrefundable balance must be paid in full by October 1, 2017.

SUBMISSION FEE: $25

DEADLINE: August 1, 2017

twhpoetry.submittable.com/submit

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: GLITTERBRAIN

Anomalous Press

INFO: Anomaly’s GLITTERBRAIN folio seeks to create a home for expression by queer and trans indigenous people and people of color who identify as mentally ill, neurodivergent, or as having mental illness.

Poems, hybrid pieces, and intermedia/multimedia work will be considered, and are not required to address mental illness directly. Essays about mental illness and poetics will also be considered. Please send up to 5 pieces, as well as a brief bio to sarah@anomalouspress.org 

DEADLINE: August 15, 2017

medium.com/anomalyblog/call-for-work-glitterbrain-fdc7bb2cbf0c

 

FALL 2017 AWARDS

Sustainable Arts Foundation

INFO: Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Picture Books
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Graphic Novel

AWARDS:

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

DEADLINE: August 31, 2017

apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  LINEAGE OF MIRRORS

Winter Tangerine

INFO: Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, they will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. They strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. They’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions.

AWARD: There is an honorarium for each profiled poet.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be open throughout the year.

wintertangerine.com/lineage-of-mirrors

POETRY - JULY 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POETRY

The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism

INFO: The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism is seeking poetry prose with a maximum 500 word count.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2017

journallcf.submittable.com/submit

 

NINTH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

Narrative Magazine

INFO: The contest is open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but they encourage you to be selective and to send your best work.

AWARD:

  • First Prize is $1,500
  • Second Prize is $750
  • Third Prize is $300
  • Up to ten finalists will receive $75 each

SUBMISSION FEE: There is a $25 fee for each entry. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

 DEADLINE: July 16, 2017

narrativemagazine.com/node/367342

 

THE WINTER TANGERINE AWARDS

Winter Tangerine Review 

INFO: The aim of the award is to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Entries will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.  

SUBMISSION FEE: $0  

PRIZES:  

  • All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue
  • The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250
  • All finalists receive our kudos & $20.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2017

wintertangerine.com/wta-rules

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  LINEAGE OF MIRRORS

Winter Tangerine

INFO: Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, they will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. They strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. They’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions.

AWARD: There is an honorarium for each profiled poet.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be open throughout the year.

wintertangerine.com/lineage-of-mirrors

 

POETRY - JUNE 2017

2017 SUMMER WRITERS WEEK

Hurston / Wright Foundation

INFO: For 20 years, the Hurston/Wright Summer Writers Workshop has offered a safe space for writers in intensive workshop sessions and master classes.Workshops are led by award-winning writers who are influencing today’s literature. The program features critiques, craft talks, writing time and public readings.

Hurston/Wright workshops serve emerging and experienced writers who are starting projects, developing projects or seeking to polish projects. More than a thousand writers have participated in workshops since the first session in 1996. Hosted in the nation’s capital, the program allows writers to explore storytelling in one of the world’s most intriguing and inspiring cities. Hurston/Wright is a community that supports you and your writing life.

  • Fiction Workshop led by Tiphanie Yanique
  • Nonfiction Workshop led by Sheri Booker
  • Poetry Workshop will be led by Kyle Dargan

WORKSHOP DATES: Saturday, August 5 – Friday, August 11, 2017

 LOCATION: Howard University in Washington, D.C.

APPLICATION FEE: $30

TUITION: $700 (apply to one workshop only)

DEADLINE: June 1, 2017

hurstonwright.org/portfolio_page/2017-writers-week/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

TRACK//FOUR 

INFO: TRACK//FOUR is open for submissions from writers and artists of color. They accept work from people of color only, as it is a safe space and a place to showcase underrepresented and often repressed voices in the literary and artistic world-- and elsewhere. Although in the future they strive to provide our lovely contributors a monetary sum for their work, they are currently unable to pay contributors. However, as of 2017, they will be nominating written work for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize.

  • Poetry: Send up to five of your best poems. Poems should not share pages and should be single-spaced. Poems of of all forms and subject matter are welcome.
  • Prose: Send up to two pieces (e.g. fiction, nonfiction, lyric essay) up to 3000 words each, double spaced.

DEADLINE: June 5, 2017

trackfourjournal.com/submissions.html

 

CALL FOR SCHOLARLY ESSAYS AND CREATIVE WORKS

Label Me Latina/o

INFOLabel Me Latina/o, an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. 

Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces (poetry and short fiction) whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. Interviews of Latino or Latina authors will also be considered. The Co-Directors will publish creative works and interviews in English, Spanish or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish.

DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

labelmelatin.com/?page_id=2

 

NARRATIVE PRIZE

Narrative Magazine 

INFO: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative

PRIZE: $4,000

DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/narrative-prize

 

THEMED AUDIO-VISUAL SUBMISSIONS -- POETRY

Up The Stairs Quarterly 

INFO: They are seeking themed poetry submissions for their Summer 2017 issue. Submissions for this issue can be previously published. Please note in your cover letter where the work previously appeared. 

Submit up to 3 poems in video or audio formats. They are especially seeking poetry from persons with disabilities, writers of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other marginalized voices. For this issue we are looking for protest/resist poems, poems on immigration, race, gender, and responses to current events.

If you would like to submit via a YouTube video, place up to three links to your work in the cover letter box. If your work is accepted, you will also be asked to provide text of your work.   

DEADLINE: June 15th, 2017

 upthestaircasequarterly.submittable.com/submit

 

2018 EMERGING WRITER AWARDS: SCOTTI MERRILL AWARD (FOR POETRY)

Key West Literary Seminar

INFO: The Scotti Merrill Award recognizes and supports a poet who possesses exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for a lasting career.

AWARD: Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. The runner-up for will also be offered financial assistance packages.

SUBMISSION FEE: $10

DEADINE: June 30, 2017 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT) 

kwls.org/awards/emerging-writer-awards/

 

THE WINTER TANGERINE AWARDS

Winter Tangerine Review 

INFO: The aim of the award is to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Entries will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.  

SUBMISSION FEE: $0  

PRIZES:  

  • All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue
  • The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250
  • All finalists receive our kudos & $20.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2017

wintertangerine.com/wta-rules

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  LINEAGE OF MIRRORS

Winter Tangerine

INFO: Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, they will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. They strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. They’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions.

AWARD: There is an honorarium for each profiled poet.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be open throughout the year.

wintertangerine.com/lineage-of-mirrors

POETRY - MAY 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Spectacle

 INFO: The Spectacle is currently open to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions from traditionally underrepresented voices, including but not limited to LGBTQ+ writers, writers of color, indigenous writers, people with disabilities, and women. 

DEADLINE: May 15, 2017

thespectacle.submittable.com/submit

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Sixteen Rivers Press

INFO: For a new anthology, Sixteen Rivers Press is seeking unpublished poems that respond to the cultural, moral, and political rifts that now divide our country: poems of resistance and resilience, witness and vision, that embody what it means to be a citizen in a time when our democracy is threatened.

Poets are encouraged to interpret this call broadly. They welcome voices raised in passion and in praise, whether lyrical, philosophical, visionary, or personal. Because they hope to create a wide-ranging conversation among the poems, this anthology will combine submitted contemporary work with previously published poems from other periods of unrest and upheaval.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2017

sixteenrivers.org/call-for-submissions-our-new-anthology/

 

EMERGING WRITER’S CONTEST

Ploughshares

INFO: The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

The 2017 contest judges are Garth Greenwell (fiction), Meghan Daum (nonfiction), and Natalie Diaz (poetry).

Fiction and Nonfiction: Under 6,000 words
Poetry: 3-5 pages

AWARD: The winner in each genre will be awarded $2,000 and will be published in the Winter 2017-18 issue of Ploughshares.

SUBMISSION FEE: $24, which is waived if the submitter is a current subscriber. 

DEADLINE: May 15, 2017 at noon EST. The winners will be announced in mid-September, 2017. 

pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest/guidelines

 

POETRY OPEN COMPETITION

Prick of the Spindle

INFO: Prick of the Spindle announces its 4th Poetry Open Competition.

Judging the competition is Mg Roberts. Born in Subic Bay, Philippines, Mg is the author of the poetry collections Anemal Uter Meck (Black Radish Books, 2017) and not so, sea (Durga Press, 2014). She is a Kundiman Fellow, Kelsey Street Press member, VONA/Voices Alum, and sits on the Board of Small Press Traffic. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Cream City Review, the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies, Dusie, Bombay Gin, Web Conjunctions, Elderly, and elsewhere. She co-edited the anthology, Nests and Strangers: On Asian Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press), along with Timothy Yu, and is currently co-editing Responses, New Writing, Flesh with Ronaldo Wilson and Bhanu Kapil, an anthology on the urgency of avant-garde writing written for and by writers of color. She lives in Oakland with her three daughters, two hens, one puppy, and geologist husband.

AWARD: The Grand Prize winner; first, second, and third prize recipients; and honorable mentions will be published in an e-Book edition.

SUBMISSION FEE: $5 per submission. Up to two poems per submission.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2017. Winners will be announced by June 1, 2017.

posprint.submittable.com/submit/79821/poetry-open-competition-no-4

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  LINEAGE OF MIRRORS

Winter Tangerine

INFO: Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, they will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. They strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. They’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions.

AWARD: There is an honorarium for each profiled poet.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be open throughout the year.

wintertangerine.com/lineage-of-mirrors

POETRY - APRIL 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Felt

INFO: The Felt is a project that endeavors to shelter those feelings that were, in Audre Lorde's words, "never meant to survive." In terms of poetics, we're talking about those feelings that are tenderly susceptible and diabolically risk-taking. That cross boundaries of linguistics and genre and as a result might have difficulty being published in other literary journals. That surge in concert with every Black body shot in the street, every trans body under constant threat of violence, every friend's heart and body that weakens and gives up. And in doing so become utterly vital, gain energy and action, find new strength and meaning in community with others.

The Felt seeks submissions of language-based poetics, image-based poetics, and the limitless ether of "etc." Please feel free to read previous issues for an idea of what we are interested in.

DEADLINE: April 7, 2017

thefelt.org/pages/submit.htm

 

LUCIEN STRYK ASIAN TRANSLATION PRIZE

The American Literary Translators Association 

INFO: The prize recognizes the importance of Asian translation for international literature and promotes the translation of Asian works into English. Submission will be judged on the literary significance of the translation in recreating the literary artistry of the original. 

To be eligible, works must be:

  • Book-length translations into English of Asian poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism
  • Book-length translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean into English
  • Published in the previous year (though re-translations or first-time translations of important older works will also be considered)

DEADLINE: April 7, 2017

literarytranslators.org/awards/lucien-stryk-prize

 

KUNDIMAN MENTORSHIP 2017

Kundiman

INFO: Kundiman is partnering with the Asian American Literary Review and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center to offer a mentorship program to emerging Asian American writers! 

Mentees receive a two month long mentorship, $1000 honorarium, plus travel, lodging, and being a featured reader at the first-ever Asian American Literature Festival. They will also have their exchange published in the Asian American Literary Review.

During a two month long letter writing exchange, mentors and mentees will share work, exchange ideas about writing process, craft and practice, the writing life, Asian American history, and personal reflections about the world around them. The exchange will begin and end with a Skype conversation with mentors. The mentorship will culminate in a reading at the Asian American Literature Festival, July 27–July 29th in Washington, D.C., where mentees will meet with their mentor for lunch and participate in a featured reading.

Any writer who self-identifies as Asian American who has not published a full length book by the date of the festival. Writers must be in the United States at the time of the literary festival.

DEADLINE: April 15, 2017

kundiman.submittable.com/submit

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SUNDOWN TOWNS ISSUE

FIYAH 

INFO: FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about people of the African Diaspora. They are currently accepting submissions for their SUNDOWN TOWNS issue. Their editors expound on what they’re seeking for the theme in this post.

What they want in speculative poetry is verse that struggles, reveals, instructs, comforts, and fights back. They are looking for weird, complex, honest and challenging work with a clear speculative element from black authors. You can check out this post from our Poetry Editor for more on what we’d like to see in your poetry.  

FIYAH will publish accepted stories in a quarterly ebook magazine format, as well as archiving them on their website. Thus, FIYAH will claim first world electronic rights, nonexclusive archival rights, and nonexclusive anthology rights to your story. This means that they are buying the rights to publish your story on FIYAH’s website and in electronic issues of our magazine. This also means that you can only publish your story as a reprint after it appears in FIYAH, and it cannot appear anywhere else online or in print prior to submission, or for 180 days after they publish it. After that it can be reprinted online, in a magazine, or in an anthology.

PAYMENT: $50

DEADLINE: April 30, 2017

fiyahlitmag.com/submissions/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  LINEAGE OF MIRRORS

Winter Tangerine

INFO: Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, they will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. They strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. They’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions.

AWARD: There is an honorarium for each profiled poet.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be open throughout the year.

wintertangerine.com/lineage-of-mirrors

 

POETRY - MARCH 2017

NAOMI LONG MADGETT POETRY AWARD

Broadside Lotus Press

INFO: This competition is open to African American poets only. Serious African American poets, whether previously published or not, may submit a book-length manuscript for consideration. Do not include essays, short fiction, or other material that is not poetry. 

AWARD: $500 in cash and publication by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2018 as well as free copies and discounts.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

broadsidelotuspress.org/2016/01/3490.html

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Shanghai Literary Review

INFO: The Shanghai Literary Review features quality creative work from or about Asia and introduces new voices to the critical conversation on world literature.

They are interested in art and criticism about urbanism, globalism, identity, and transnationalism, though by no means should submissions be limited to those topics. Selected works will be published online and/or in print and be automatically entered into their annual end-of-year contest where cash prizes will be awarded in each genre.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Fiction - less than 5,000 words
  • Poetry - 2 poems submission limit per person
  • Non-Fiction & Essay - less than 5,000 words
  • Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction - less than 500 words
  • Visual Art - photography, video, photo essay, collage, painting, sketch, etc.
  • Translation - translation into English of any poetry, essay or short fiction from Asia, or vice versa, along with the original text
  • Book Review - pitch book review ideas to us, on fiction or non-fiction from or about Asia

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: March 11, 2017

shanghailiterary.com/submissions/

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SUMMER WORKSHOPS

VONA / Voices

INFO: Applications for the summer workshop are currently being accepted. VONA/Voices is open to all adult writers-of-color at any level of experience. There are no degree, publication or documentation requirements to apply.

The application has a series of questions about your commitment to your writing and your enthusiasm for a community of writers-of-color. These responses are weighed heavily in your application.

The application asks you to choose one workshop. They encourage you to have a second choice.

Please know that they keep the workshops to ten participants; therefore, providing a second choice of workshop increases your possibilities of attendance.

WRITING SAMPLES:

  • Poetry submissions: 5 - 10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)
  • Prose Submissions: sample of one piece or combination of pieces to equal no more than 4000 words in genre
  • Playwriting: up to 20 pages of script written for stage performance
  • Residency: up to 4000 words in a non-fiction, novel or short fiction or 5-10 poems (not to exceed 20 pages)

FEES:

  • Application: $25
  • Tuition: $900
  • Room & Board: (optional, but recommended) $750
  • Limited number of partial tuition scholarships available

DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

vonacommunity.org/community/index.php/apply.html

 

THE KUNDIMAN POETRY PRIZE

Tupelo Press

INFO: Tupelo Press, an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers, is seeking submissions for The Kundiman Poetry Prize, which is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets at any stage of their career.

SUBMISSION FEE: $28

AWARD: $1,000 and book publication in Tupelo Press.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

kundiman.org/prize/

 

 SPECIAL FEATURE ON LITERATURE FROM BANNED COUNTRIES

Asymptote
INFO: Asymptote seeks unpublished literary fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry from the seven countries on Trump's banned list (i.e. from authors who identify as being from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) that have been created in response to Trump's travel ban, or can be interpreted as such.

If selected for publication, the work will run either in their Translation Tuesday showcase at The Guardian or in their April 2017 quarterly edition (or both). Submissions of original English-language work will only be considered for publication in their April 2017 edition. For works in English translation, the decision as to where the work will be placed rests entirely at the discretion of our editor-in-chief, who curates Translation Tuesdays at The Guardian and who will be assembling this Special Feature. 

COMPENSATION: $200 per article.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

asymptotejournal.com/submit/

 

CAVE CANEM POETRY PRIZE

Cave Canem

INFO: The first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. 

AWARD: $1,000, publication by University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2018, 15 copies of the book and a feature reading.

ENTRY FEE: $20.

DEADLINE: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm EST

cavecanempoets.org/prizes/cave-canem-poetry-prize/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:  LINEAGE OF MIRRORS

Winter Tangerine

INFO: Lineage of Mirrors seeks to profile poets of color and their influences. Twice a month, they will publish a suite of poems from a writer of color, alongside a statement from the writer on a poem by a poet of color that has influenced their craft. They strive to create a space for poets of color to discuss, analyze, and celebrate the work that changed everything for them. They’re invested in documenting the lines of influence that run through poetry from writers of color. This column will serve as an online archive of contemporary poetry that centers discussions of lineage, craft and the necessary resilience of POC poetic traditions.

AWARD: There is an honorarium for each profiled poet.

DEADLINE: Submissions will be open throughout the year.

wintertangerine.com/lineage-of-mirrors

POETRY - FEBRUARY 2017

HURSTON / WRIGHT COLLEGE WRITERS AWARD

The Zora Neale Hurston / Richard Wright Foundation

INFO: The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is proud to host the annual Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, which is the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award is the foundation’s first program. It was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States.   

Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs at any university in the United States are eligible to submit a work of fiction or poetry for consideration. They must be enrolled at the time of submission. Full-time student includes low-residency MFA programs. At this time, students in online-only courses of university programs are not considered eligible for the award. 

Writers are ineligible if they have published books, including poetry chapbooks or fiction narratives, through any publishing platform.

 All work submitted must be original and unpublished at the time of submission. Author name and contact details should be on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the work because judges will not know who submitted or what school the student attends.

Hurston/Wright does not accept work that is submitted simultaneously to multiple competitions. Therefore, we make every effort to notify writers by the end of April whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted.

 Awards will be announced in May. Award winners and honorable mentions will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC.

SUBMISSION FEE: $25

DEADLINE: February 1, 2017

hurstonwrightfoundation.submittable.com/submit/47974

 

SELF-PUBLISHING LITERARY AWARDS

Black Caucus of the American Library Association

INFO: The Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in the following genres: Fiction and Poetry.

 Entries must have been written by an African American author born in the U.S. The competition is open to all English-language self-published ebooks for which the author is the copyright holder of the Work, and holds the rights to digital distribution. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance; and must be an original work.

These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. The purpose is to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African Americans.

PRIZES:

  • Two (2) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for adult poetry;
  • Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards;
  • BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing. 

DEADLINE: February 17, 2017

www.bcala.org

 

DONALD HALL PRIZE FOR POETRY

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

INFO: AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and it is open to published and unpublished authors alike.

48 pages minimum text

Poems previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion in submissions, but manuscripts previously published in their entirety, including self-published manuscripts, are not eligible. As the series is judged anonymously, no list of acknowledgements should accompany your manuscript.

The AWP Award Series is open to all authors writing original works in English for adult readers.  

AWARD: $5,500

DEADLINE: February 28, 2017

awpwriter.org/contests/awp_award_series_overview

 

NAOMI LONG MADGETT POETRY AWARD

Broadside Lotus Press

INFO: This competition is open to African American poets only. Serious African American poets, whether previously published or not, may submit a book-length manuscript for consideration. Do not include essays, short fiction, or other material that is not poetry. 

AWARD: $500 in cash and publication by Broadside Lotus Press within the first three months of 2018 as well as free copies and discounts.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

broadsidelotuspress.org/2016/01/3490.html

 

POETRY - JANUARY 2017

DONALD HALL PRIZE FOR POETRY

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

INFO: AWP’s Award Series is an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and it is open to published and unpublished authors alike.

48 pages minimum text

Poems previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion in submissions, but manuscripts previously published in their entirety, including self-published manuscripts, are not eligible. As the series is judged anonymously, no list of acknowledgements should accompany your manuscript.

The AWP Award Series is open to all authors writing original works in English for adult readers.  

AWARD: $5,500

APPLICATION PERIOD: January 1 – February 28, 2017

awpwriter.org/contests/awp_award_series_overview

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: THE ISLANDS ARTS WRITING RESIDENCY

Fogo Island Arts

INFO: Art Metropole and Fogo Island Arts are seeking applications for The Islands, a two-part residency that aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art. Open to Canadian and international applicants, The Islands will take place on Fogo Island and at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, Canada, from May 1 to June 15, 2017.

The Islands invites emerging and established arts writers and artists with a writing practice to think about writing, remoteness, isolation and time across two unique locations. The successful candidate will spend a month on Fogo Island as part of Fogo Island Arts’ residency program, followed by two weeks on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point. The project will culminate in a small publication funded, published, and distributed by Art Metropole.

Arts writing practices may range in structure, content, and medium, addressing various forms and disciplines that may include poetry, art criticism, and experimental writing; periodical production (journals, art books, magazines), or edition production (art multiples, prints, posters). Applications should directly consider the role of writing in the arts, and take into consideration the unique circumstances of the residencies.

DEADLINE: January 6, 2017

artmetropole.com/events/the-islands

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: “OUR MISS BROOKS: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION" 

2017 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium

INFO: The year 2017 marks the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks, who through her powerful, passionate, social and politically conscious poetry and prose, used a range of modern literary aesthetics to provide a window into the life of Blacks in 20th century urban America. Brooks was the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize and was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. The author of the poetry collections Annie Allen and The Bean Eaters, and the novel Maud Martha, Gwendolyn Brooks claims an irrefutable place in our literary canon. In partnership with “Our Miss Brooks 100,” the Center for Black Literature is proud to take part in the yearlong “Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration.” 

For the 2017 NBWC Biennial Symposium, the Center for Black Literature invites poets, writers, independent researchers, interested faculty and students to submit proposals that examine the life of Gwendolyn Brooks and the themes in her works. Proposals may include but are not limited to the following subjects:

Brooks was a socially conscious African-American poet whose most recognized works in the 1950s and 1960s were created from the challenging times Blacks faced in America and also represented a portrait of the people that surrounded her. More than 65 year later, with the establishment of the Black Lives Matter movement, in what ways does Brooks’s poems, prose, and community activism resonate in today’s society

In his book Honoring Genius, Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice, Haki R. Madhubuti writes: “Ms. Brooks was a woman who could not live without her art, but who had never put her art above or before the people she wrote about.” With this reflection in mind, examine the ways in which Brooks’s prose and poetry reflect the human experience as well as the experiences of Blacks in America.

DEADLINE: January 9, 2017

centerforblackliterature.org/call_for_papers_miss_brooks/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: “CONVERSATIONS IN AMERICA: UNDER THE GUN”

Women in the Arts and Media Coalition

INFO: The Women In the Arts and Media Coalition is sending out a call for submissions for our new series: Conversations In America. This first artistic conversation is called "Under the Gun."  

The series will be a creative evening of works that attempt to reach beyond emotions and find ways to discuss critical issues in America. This first conversation is about the gun violence problem in the United States. Yelling and screaming have not changed a thing, so what might?

They are asking their members, to write, paint, sculpt, photograph, film, make music, and/or dance to a better understanding of this volatile subject where entrenched and automatic responses have become knee jerk reactions on both sides of the conversation.  

They will host a gala evening to display, discuss, enlighten and begin to mutually develop a way to dialogue the many sides of this issue that affects all of us daily.  They are seeking to construct an understanding and develop movement on this issue through our art.  How can we talk away the fear - on both sides of the discussion - and find a place of understanding that supports all of our rights? We all acknowledge that this is an uncomfortable talk to have.  How do we start the conversation without shutting each other down?  

They are looking for: Short plays and Monologues, Short Films, Music, Poetry, Dance Pieces, Paintings, Photographs, Performance Art, and written and performed pieces with a running time of 10 minutes or less. A female-identified member of one of our their or affiliate member organizations must submit and be the primary engine of the project submitted, but it may have any additional collaborators, female or male, members and non-members.

 DEADLINE: January 22, 2017 at 11:59pm

campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101390916306&ca=6e48eb9f-2200-4408-8f93-2bec8163d5c6

 

2017 NYSCA/NYFA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

INFO: For the past 31 years, NYFA has awarded fellowships to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State. NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers.

2017 Fellowship Categories:

  • Crafts/Sculpture
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Digital/Electronic Arts

AWARD: NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

(Includes the Joanne Chen Fellowship awarded annually to a Taiwanese American artist resident in New York. The winner of this award will receive an unrestricted grant of $7,000.)

DEADLINE: January 25, 2017 at 11:59pm

nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'%20Fellowships

 

HURSTON / WRIGHT COLLEGE WRITERS AWARD

The Zora Neale Hurston / Richard Wright Foundation

INFO: The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is proud to host the annual Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, which is the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award is the foundation’s first program. It was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States.   

Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs at any university in the United States are eligible to submit a work of fiction or poetry for consideration. They must be enrolled at the time of submission. Full-time student includes low-residency MFA programs. At this time, students in online-only courses of university programs are not considered eligible for the award. 

Writers are ineligible if they have published books, including poetry chapbooks or fiction narratives, through any publishing platform.

 All work submitted must be original and unpublished at the time of submission. Author name and contact details should be on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the work because judges will not know who submitted or what school the student attends.

Hurston/Wright does not accept work that is submitted simultaneously to multiple competitions. Therefore, we make every effort to notify writers by the end of April whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted.

 Awards will be announced in May. Award winners and honorable mentions will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC.

SUBMISSION FEE: $25

DEADLINE: February 1, 2017

hurstonwrightfoundation.submittable.com/submit/47974

POETRY - DECEMBER 2016

2017-18 WRITING FELLOWSHIP

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

INFOThe Fine Arts Work Center awards seven-month Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year from October 1 through April 30.  

Applications will either be sent to our Fiction Jury or our Poetry Jury.  Those whose works fall between those two categories or employ both may also apply; however, all applicants must either choose "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the application form.  Writers applying in more than one genre must submit separate applications, including a non-refundable processing fee for each genre.  

 The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.  

AWARD: Writing Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750.  Fellows are required to remain in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, during the seven-month Fellowship.

SUBMISSION FEE: $50

DEADLINE: December 1, 2016

web.fawc.org/writers

 

BCALA LITERARY AWARDS

Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. 

INFO: The Literary Awards Committee of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) is now accepting submissions for the annual BCALA Literary Awards. The Committee will present four prizes of $500.00 each for adult books written by African American authors: a First Novelist Award, a Fiction Award, a Nonfiction Award, and a Poetry Award. The First Novelist Award is given to recognize an outstanding work by a first time African American fiction writer. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration. Additionally, an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing citation is provided to an author and/or publishing company for unique books that offer a positive depiction of African Americans.

First presented at the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors. Recipients of these awards offer outstanding depictions of the cultural, historical or sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora and embody the highest quality of writing style and research methodology, if applicable.

Books from small, large and specialty publishers are welcome for review consideration. Titles forwarded for review must be published between January 2016 and December 2016. Sets or multi-volume works are eligible. New editions of previously published works are eligible only if more than 30% of the total content is new or revised material. Inspirational, self-help, and adult graphic novels are ineligible. Only finished, published books should be submitted; galleys (bound or unbound) and chapbooks are unacceptable.

Please send one copy of each title submitted to each member of the Literary Awards Committee. A Committee roster with their addresses can be found at here.

Supply all available information regarding the submission, including promotional material, author biography and available news articles and reviews.

BCALA Literary Awards Criteria
BCALA presents four (4) $500.00 awards: one for adult fiction, one for nonfiction, one for a first novelist and one for poetry. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora.

  • The Fiction Award recognizes depictions of sensitive and authentic personal experience either within the framework of contemporary literary standards and themes or which explore innovative literary formats.
  • The Nonfiction Award honors cultural, historical, political, or social criticism or academic and/or professional research which significantly advances the body of knowledge currently associated with the people and the legacy of the Black Diaspora. (Categories could include the humanities, science and technology, social and behavioral sciences and reference).
  • The First Novelist Award acknowledges outstanding achievement in writing and storytelling by a first time fiction writer.
  • The Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation recognizes the author and/or the publishing company (for their support and publication of) special and unique books that recognize the outstanding achievements and positive depiction of contributions of the people and legacy of the Black Diaspora.
  • The Poetry Award strives to recognize and promote emerging and established poets that introduce and foster the joys of poetry writing.

Additionally, honor books may be selected in each category.
Purpose: To encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical and social history treatments by African Americans.

Criteria:

  • Must portray some aspect of the African American experience past, present or future.
  • All authors, editors and contributors must be African American(s) born in the United States.
  • Must be published in the United States in the year preceding presentation of the award.
  • Must be an original work.

DEADLINE: December 16, 2016

bcala.org/book-award/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: THE AFRICAN LITERARY HUSTLE ISSUE

New Orleans Review

INFO: When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard. 

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer; poetry submissions five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. 

  • FictionSubmit fiction pieces up to 2,500 words. Flash fiction welcome. No previously published work (online or in print). Simultaneous submissions are okay.
  • NonfictionSubmit nonfiction pieces up to 2,500 words. Flash nonfiction welcome. No previously published work (online or in print). Simultaneous submissions are okay.
  • PoetrySubmit up to five pages of poems. No previously published work (online or in print). Simultaneous submissions are okay.

SUBMISSION FEE: $3

DEADLINE: December 31, 2016 

neworleansreview.org/submit/

POETRY - NOVEMBER 2016

INDIAN LANGUAGE LITERATURE FEATURE
Asymptote Journal

INFO: Asymptote is seeking submissions for its first Special Feature on Indian language literature. They seek previously unpublished English translations of Indian language work by contemporary writers who are disenfranchised and underrepresented by the hegemonies within Indian society.

The goal for this Special Feature is to honor the social and political agency of Indian language literature, and create a space for the ideas and literary talent of those writers that have been historically marginalized by India’s patriarchal, caste-based narrative. They are looking for works translated into English from any Indian language, on any topic, by any writer who resists or is excluded from this narrative due to caste, gender, sexuality, religion, or geography.  

They welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Although it is impossible for one special feature to fully represent the astonishing breadth of Indian languages, cultures, politics, and landscapes, they hope in this small way to celebrate the diversity and dissent within Indian writing. 

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016  

asymptotejournal.com/submit/

 

WALT WHITMAN AWARD

Academy of American Poets

INFO: The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.

The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets.

The 2017 judge for the Walt Whitman Award is U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/walt-whitman-award

 

THE JAMES BALDWIN LITERATURE PRIZE

The New Engagement

INFO: The New Engagement is pleased to announce its first literary contest, The James Baldwin Literature Prize.

They seek original, unpublished short stories or self-contained novel excerpts, not exceeding 5,000 words, OR original, unpublished poems or poetry collections, not exceeding three poems. Though they acknowledge that fiction and poetry are different literary animals, they will be evaluated in the same competition. 

In addition to entry into the contest, ALL submissions will also be considered for general entry into the monthly on-line journal and annual print journal.  

PRIZE: $1,000 

SUBMISSION FEE: $5 

DEADLINE: Extended to November 1, 2016

thenewengagement.com/submit-your-work

 

NYFA ARTISTS’ FELLOWSHIP

New York Foundation for the Arts

INFO: NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers.

Fellowship Categories:

  • Crafts/Sculpture
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Digital/Electronic Arts

AWARD: NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

IMPORTANT DATE: Applications open the first week of November

nyfa.org/Content/Show/Artists'%20Fellowships

 

30 BELOW CONTEST

Narrative Magazine

INFO: Narrative invites all writers and poets between eighteen and thirty years old to send their best work. Works of prose and of poetry, including short stories, all poetic forms, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Prose submissions must not exceed 15,000 words. Each poetry submission may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file.

AWARDS:

  • First Prize: $21,500
  • Second Prize: $750
  • Third Prize: $300
  • Up to ten finalists will receive $100 each

SUBMISSION FEE: $24 fee for each entry (includes three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage). 

DEADLINE: November 9, 2016

narrativemagazine.com/30-below-2016

  

TFW POETRY CONTEST

Tennessee Williams Festival 

INFO: The contest is open to writers who have not yet published a book of poetry with an ISBN number. Authors who have published in other genres are eligible. Please submit work that has not won other prizes or contests (even if poems were unpublished). 

Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines.

PRIZE:

  • $1,000
  • VIP All-Access Pass ($500 value) for the Festival
  • Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine
  • Public reading at the next Festival

ENTRY FEE: $15

 DEADLINE: November 15, 2016

tennesseewilliams.net/2015-16-poetry-contest

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSION

Yale Younger Poets

 INFO: The Yale Series of Younger Poets is seeking submissions for its 2017 competition. This contest champions the most promising new American poets. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the series’ current judge, critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, to be published by Yale University Press in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to emerging poets who have not previously published a book of poetry and who reside in the United States.

APPLICATION FEE: $25

DEADLINE: November 15, 2016 

www.youngerpoets.org 

 

2017-18 WRITING FELLOWSHIP

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

INFO: The Fine Arts Work Center awards seven-month Writing Fellowships to five poets and five fiction writers each year from October 1 through April 30.  

Applications will either be sent to our Fiction Jury or our Poetry Jury.  Those whose works fall between those two categories or employ both may also apply; however, all applicants must either choose "Fiction" or "Poetry" on the application form.  Writers applying in more than one genre must submit separate applications, including a non-refundable processing fee for each genre.  

 The Fine Arts Work Center actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.  

AWARD: Writing Fellows are provided with a private, furnished apartment and a monthly stipend of $750.  Fellows are required to remain in residence at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, during the seven-month Fellowship.

SUBMISSION FEE: $50

DEADLINE: December 1, 2016

web.fawc.org/writers

POETRY - OCTOBER 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POETRY

Claudius Speaks

INFO: Claudius Speaks, a journal of bold art and writing that celebrates emerging talent, seeks in all forms. Poems cannot exceed 20 lines. Each submission may have a maximum of 3 poems. The poems should be contained in a single file and the submission should showcase your best work. The theme for issue two is "Song." Feel free to interpret this theme however you see fit.  

COMPENSATION: $15 

DEADLINE: October 1, 2016

claudiusspeaks.submittable.com/submit

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSION

Yale Younger Poets

 INFO: The Yale Series of Younger Poets is seeking submissions for its 2017 competition. This contest champions the most promising new American poets. The winning poetry manuscript will be selected by the series’ current judge, critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, to be published by Yale University Press in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to emerging poets who have not previously published a book of poetry and who reside in the United States.

APPLICATION FEE: $25

SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 1 – November 15, 2016 

www.youngerpoets.org

 

AMY LOWELL POETRY TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP 

INFO: The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately $54,000 annually to poets to spend one year outside North America, in whatsoever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.  

The scholarship is open to all American poets, whether their work has been published or not (though recent recipients have been published poets). There are no age restrictions and poets do not need to be enrolled at university or college. 

ENTRY FEE: $0

DEADLINE: October 15, 2016

amylowell.org/applicationInstruct.html

 

THE JAMES BALDWIN LITERATURE PRIZE

The New Engagement

 INFO: The New Engagement is pleased to announce its first literary contest, The James Baldwin Literature Prize.

They seek original, unpublished short stories or self-contained novel excerpts, not exceeding 5,000 words, OR original, unpublished poems or poetry collections, not exceeding three poems. Though they acknowledge that fiction and poetry are different literary animals, they will be evaluated in the same competition.
 

In addition to entry into the contest, ALL submissions will also be considered for general entry into the monthly on-line journal and annual print journal.  

PRIZE: $1,000

SUBMISSION FEE: $5

 DEADLINE: October 15, 2016

thenewengagement.com/submit-your-work

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Puerto Del Sol 

INFO: Puerto Del Sol is seeking your stories, poems, essays, and everything in between. They want words that interrupt / intersect / interrogate, words that self-reflect and re-direct, words to curate, to cultivate, into this, their 2016 print issue: a messy symphony of the literary.

They’re looking for innovative pieces that enter into, interpret, and are by no means limited by this proposed conversation: What is worth publishing? What does it mean to publish, to be published, to write to a world or read in a world where publishing happens as it happens now?

They accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, translations, reviews, artwork, criticism, and whatever else you can dream up.

APPLICATION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: October 31, 2016

puertodelsol.org/submit/

 

INDIAN LANGUAGE LITERATURE FEATURE
Asymptote Journal
 

INFO: Asymptote is seeking submissions for its first Special Feature on Indian language literature. They seek previously unpublished English translations of Indian language work by contemporary writers who are disenfranchised and underrepresented by the hegemonies within Indian society.

The goal for this Special Feature is to honor the social and political agency of Indian language literature, and create a space for the ideas and literary talent of those writers that have been historically marginalized by India’s patriarchal, caste-based narrative. They are looking for works translated into English from any Indian language, on any topic, by any writer who resists or is excluded from this narrative due to caste, gender, sexuality, religion, or geography.  

They welcome up to 15 pages of single-spaced poetry and double-spaced prose (fiction and nonfiction), and up to 20 pages of drama (one-act or excerpted). Although it is impossible for one special feature to fully represent the astonishing breadth of Indian languages, cultures, politics, and landscapes, they hope in this small way to celebrate the diversity and dissent within Indian writing. 

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016  

asymptotejournal.com/submit/

 

WALT WHITMAN AWARD

Academy of American Poets

INFO: The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.

The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets.

The 2017 judge for the Walt Whitman Award is U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

DEADLINE: November 1, 2016

poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/walt-whitman-award

POETRY - SEPTEMBER 2016

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: THE BOP: A WORKSHOP WITH AFAA M. WEAVER

Cave Canem

INFO: Applications are open for Cave Canem’s fall Workshop “The Bop.” The 10-session workshop will explore the Bop, a poetic form invented by Afaa Weaver at an early Cave Canem retreat. Not unlike the Shakespearean sonnet in trajectory, the Bop is a form of poetic argument comprising three stanzas, each stanza followed by a repeated line, or refrain, and each undertaking a different purpose in the overall argument of the poem. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into a deep study of this poetic form with its originator.

Adult black poets of African descent living in New York City’s five boroughs. Instructor selects participants on the basis of work submitted. Preference is given to applicants who have enrolled in fewer than three Cave Canem workshops.

TUITION: Free

DEADLINE: September 1, 2016, 11:59 EST

DATES / TIMES:

  • Workshops: Wednesdays - September 21 and 28; October 5, 12 and 26; November 2, 9 and 16; and December 7, 6-9pm
  • Final Reading: Wednesday, December 14, 6:30 pm

cavecanem.submittable.com/submit/62089 

 

ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS 

INFO: The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes outstanding works that contribute to the understanding of racism and the appreciation of cultural diversity. Awards are given for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. 

 To submit a book for consideration, send five copies with a completed copy of the Entry Form to:

Karen R. Long
c/o Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: 216.685.2018
Email: 
Submit@Anisfield-Wolf.org

Upon receipt, the books will be forwarded to the jury. All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned. The winners will be announced in the spring.  

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 1 – December 31, 2016

anisfield-wolf.org/submissions/submission-guidelines/  

 

FALL 2016 AWARDS

Sustainable Arts Foundation

INFO: Starting with their Fall 2016 Awards, Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Picture Books
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Graphic Novel

 AWARDS:

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

DEADLINE: September 2, 2016, 8pm EST 

apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

30 BELOW CONTEST

Narrative Magazine

INFO: Narrative invites all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send their best work. They’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary. They’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists working today.

 AWARDS:

  • First Prize is $1,500
  • Second Prize is $750
  • Third Prize is $300
  • Ten finalists will receive $100 each

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 9 – November 9, 2016

narrativemagazine.com/node/345528

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BLACK LIVES MATTER SPECIAL ISSUE

Wild Age Press 

INFO: Wild Age Press seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry written by African American and Black authors for a special Black Lives Matter issue. This issue will be guest edited by Katrina Otuonye and will run this winter. 

The theme can be interpreted broadly, but we are specifically looking to publish work by African American and Black authors. Send up to five poems totaling no more than ten pages. If sending multiple pieces, please include them all in one document.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016 

wildagepress.submittable.com/submit

 

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIPS

Harvard University

 INFO: The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts (including Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction/Biography/ Autobiography/Memoir, and Nonfiction/Current Issues and other topics).

To be considered for a fellowship in poetry, applicants must have had at least 20 poems published in the last five years or a published book of poetry and must be in the process of completing a manuscript. Reviewers examine the submissions for evidence of originality, vision, and maturity. Recommendations from editors and/or agents are not acceptable.

STIPEND: Up to $75,000 for one year with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided where relevant. They work with fellows with families who have particular issues connected to relocating to smooth the transition. If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow’s home institution. Please note that they can only pay stipends to home institutions if they are US based. Fellows receive office or studio space and access to libraries and other resources of Harvard University during the fellowship year, which extends from early September 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Fellows are expected to be free of their regular commitments so they may devote themselves full time to the work outlined in their proposal. Since this is a residential fellowship, they expect fellows to reside in the Boston area during that period and to have their primary office at the Institute so that they can participate fully in the life of the community.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail in March of the results.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2016 

radcliffe.harvard.edu/fellowship-program/how-apply

 

SILLERMAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE FOR AFRICAN POETS

African Poetry Book Fund

INFO: The African Poetry Book Fund is accepting submissions for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.  

The contest is open to African writers who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection. (An African writer is taken as someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.) 

PRIZE: $1,000 US and publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal.

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 15 – December 1, 2016

africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/?page_id=2058#sillerman

 

OPEN SUBMISSION CONTEST

Timeless, Infinite Light

INFO: Timeless, Infinite Light, an Oakland-based small press that publishes contemporary writing, is looking for poetry, essays, poetic-essays, or multi-tiered works. Their vision for the contest is to create a home for hybrid and cross-genre work that is embodied or deeply experimental in form, as well as site-specific or urgent critical writing.

For this contest, they are accepting new, completed full-length manuscripts (70-120 pages in book form). They are unable to consider previously published work.

The submissions will be read by our three celebrity guest judges, Melissa Buzzeo, Mg Roberts, and Divya Victor. The three judges will read, collaborate, and select one manuscript as the official contest winner.

The winning author will have their manuscript designed and published by Timeless, Infinite Light, and will receive royalties and 10 free copies of their book.

They are looking for new works by both emerging and established writers, and encourage people of color, immigrants, queer, trans, disabled, and undocumented people, and other people whose identities are underrepresented in the literary mainstream to apply.

DEADLINE: September 22, 2016

timelessinfinitelight.com/pages/open-submission-contest-2016

 

SEVENTEENTH ANNUAL NEW VOICES AWARD 

Lee & Low Books

 INFO: Lee & Low Books, award-winning publisher of children’s books, announces the seventeenth annual New Voices Award, which will be given for a children’s picture book manuscript by a writer of color.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States, 18 years or older at the time of entry, and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published.   

Submissions may be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for children ages 5 to 12. 

PRIZE: The Award winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract, including L&L’s basic advance and royalties for a first time author. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500. 

DEADLINE: September 30, 2016

leeandlow.com/writers-illustrators/new-voices-award

 

TOI DERRICOTTE & CORNELIUS EADY CHAPBOOK PRIZE

Cave Canem

INFO: The Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by black poets, and is presented in collaboration with the O, Miami Poetry Festival. It is open to black poets whether or not they've published a book,

PRIZE: $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2017, 10 copies of the chapbook, an April 1-7, 2017 residency at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel, and a feature reading on April 5, 2017 at the O, Miami Poetry Festival.  

ENTRY FEE: $12

DEADLINE: September 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

cavecanem.submittable.com/submit/63102

  

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POETRY

Claudius Speaks

INFO: Claudius Speaks, a journal of bold art and writing that celebrates emerging talent, seeks in all forms. Poems cannot exceed 20 lines. Each submission may have a maximum of 3 poems. The poems should be contained in a single file and the submission should showcase your best work. The theme for issue two is "Song." Feel free to interpret this theme however you see fit.  

COMPENSATION: $15 

DEADLINE: October 1, 2016

claudiusspeaks.submittable.com/submit

POETRY - AUGUST 2016

2016 WINTER RETREAT

The Watering Hole

INFO: The Watering Hole is accepting application for its 2016 Winter Retreat, which features living room style daily classes/workshops, daily craft talks, two readings, one holistic and interactive workshop, one surprise lecture, group writing challenges, and a genuine community.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Cover Letter (with aesthetics statement) + 3 poems (written in 2016)

APPLICATION FEE: $15

DEADLINE: August 1, 2016

twhpoetry.submittable.com/submit/56795

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ASIAN AMERICAN LITERARY AWARDS

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Asian American Literary Awards is presented by the Asian American Writers' Workshop and honors works by Asian American writers for excellence in three categories: (1) fiction, (2) poetry, and (3) nonfiction. Past winners of the award include Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Susan Choi, Amitav Ghosh, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, and Arthur Sze, among many others.

To enter a fiction, nonfiction, or poetry book that was published in the year 2015, please click on the link below.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2016, 11:59PM

aaww.org/aala/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Elastic Magazine

INFO: Elastic Magazine is accepting submissions for poetry. The theme of the issue is doubles. From doppelgängers to couplets to double-vision, interpret/unravel/resist this theme however you please. All submissions must relate to the theme in some identifiable way. Up to five poems can be submitted.

DEADLINE: August 7, 2016, at 11:59pm EST

elastic-mag.com/

  

LOVE LETTERS TO SPOOKS

Winter Tangerine Review

INFO: Love Letters to Spooks, a WT Flash Spotlight feature, seeks to trouble and interrogate the mortal liminality that Black people in the United States experience. They seek poetry and micro essay submissions that grapple with the absurdity of existence in a body not deemed worthy of life; submissions that interrogate death involving social demise: slander for people such as Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and erasure for people like Goddess Diamond and Mercedes Successful.

This is a literary space for Black people, curated by Black people. If you are a Black writer, please feel free to send us your work. Please submit up to five poems, and up to two pieces of prose in one file.

DEADLINE: August 14, 2016

 wintertangerine.submittable.com/submit/62432

 

2016 WEEKEND RESIDENCY APPLICATION

Sula’s Room

INFO: Sula’s Room weekend residencies are open to New York based women writers of color. Their mission is to nurture emerging and established women writers working in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction with quiet space and community. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $15

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

sulasroom.org/

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

the Shade Journal

INFO: the Shade Journal, an online poetry journal focused on the empowerment of queer people of color (QPOC), is accepting submissions of poetry. 

DEADLINE: August 15, 2016

theshadejournal.submittable.com/submit

  

CULTURESTRIKE CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE LITERARY FELLOWSHIP

CultureStrike Magazine

INFO: CultureStrike, a migrant-led organization that works with a national network of artists to change public sentiment around migration including climate change and forced displacement, announces its first Climate Justice Literary Fellowship in the Summer/Fall of 2016 for creative literary works based on the theme of climate change and migration.

 They are seeking journalists, nonfiction writers, and poets to develop stories and reporting projects related to climate change, environmental justice, and the social and cultural questions surrounding migration and human movement. They seek writers from across the country, in every region, representing diverse communities, with an eye toward exploring regional and local experiences of global warming - including its root causes, environmental consequences on the social and cultural landscape, resilience of indigenous communities and communities of color and potential solutions.

They are offering fellowships to two individuals in either of these two genres:

  • Creative fiction or poetry: to produce works of fiction and poetry, or creative works in related genres, that deal with timely migration and environment-related topics in a creative way.
  • Journalism or narrative nonfiction: to produce longform narrative journalism in the form of a series of investigative articles, a long investigative narrative, or a related form of storytelling. Priority given to stories with a compelling narrative and news value, as well as stories that make creative use of multimedia or technology components. 

AWARDS: Two fellowships of $1000 - $2000 each for a literary project. Additionally, each fellow will receive up to $1500 towards related project expenses, including domestic travel.

They will also provide editorial support and publish both on CultureStrike’s Online Magazine and whenever possible, help place the story in other publications.

 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application Deadline – August 15, 2016
  • Awards Announced – October 1, 2016
  • Project Deadline– December 28, 2016

culturestrike.org/release/request-applications-culturestrike-climate-and-environmental-justice-literary-fellowship

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Torch Journal

INFO: TORCH, a biannual online journal published by Torch Literary Arts, is seeking submissions of original unpublished poetry by black women writers.. Must submit between three to five poems.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

torchliteraryarts.org/#!submit/c1k7l

  

POETRY OPEN READING PERIOD

Graywolf Press

INFO: Graywolf invites poets and translators of poetry—established, emerging, or somewhere in between—to submit their manuscripts. Works must be poetry, but they welcome work that exists in the boundaries of what we think poetry is or could be. Works in translation are encouraged.

Manuscripts must be at least 50 pages long and include a cover letter and a short biographical statement with all relevant publishing history.

ENTRY FEE: $0

DEADLINE: August 31, 2016

graywolfpress.submittable.com/submit

 

MITCHELL S. JACKSON SCHOLARSHIP FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

NW Injury Law Center

INFO: The NW Injury Law Center is pleased to announce the Mitchell S. Jackson Scholarship for Writers of Color. To apply, applicants are asked to respond to the following prompt as well as submit the necessary information outlined below.

ESSAY QUESTION: In his essay “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me What is” author James Baldwin argues language “is the most vivid and crucial key to identity.”  Write a 2-3 page essay answering the following question: How has language helped to shape your identity?

The scholarship is for the Fall semester or quarter of 2016.  Only emailed applications will be considered. All of the submissions will be reviewed and the scholarship winner – chosen by Mitchell Jackson – will be announced and paid before the start of the school year.

AWARD: $1,500 scholarship to an incoming college freshman student of color who wishes to pursue a degree in writing.

DEADLINE: September 1, 2016

nwinjurylawcenter.com/mitchell-s-jackson-scholarship

 

FALL 2016 AWARDS

Sustainable Arts Foundation

INFO: Starting with their Fall 2016 Awards, Sustainable Arts Foundation – a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families – is committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Playwriting
  • Picture Books
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Graphic Novel

 AWARDS:

  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Award: $6,000
  • Sustainable Arts Foundation Promise Award: $2,000

DEADLINE: September 2, 2016, 8pm EST 

apply.sustainableartsfoundation.org/

 

POETRY - JULY 2016

THE WINTER TANGERINE AWARDS

Winter Tangerine Review 

INFO: The aim of the award is to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Entries will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.  

SUBMISSION FEE: $0  

PRIZES:  

  • All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue
  • The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250
  • All finalists receive our kudos & $20.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

wintertangerine.com/wta-rules

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LITERARY REVIEWS

Sirius Dust Review

INFO: The Sirius Dust Review is soliciting literary reviews of recently published fiction and poetry works (2014-2016) primarily focused on books by writers who identify as women, writers of color, LGBT, queer, and people across the ability spectrum.

The first issue of Sirius Dust Review is set to be released on July 31, 2016. Some of the books that will be reviewed for the first issue include Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night by Morgan Parker and Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique.

Send book reviews to info@siriusdustreview.com

DEADLINE: July 13, 2016 at 11:59 p.m

siriusdustreview.com/blog/2016/6/10/sirius-dust-review-is-soliciting-literary-book-reviews-of-fiction-and-poetry  

 

FALL 2016 WORKSHOP: “THE BOP” WITH AFAA M. WEAVER

Cave Canem

INFO: This workshop will explore the recent invention of the Bop, created during a Cave Canem retreat. Participants will delve into a deep study of this poetic form with its inventor. Not unlike the Shakespearean sonnet in trajectory, the Bop is a form of poetic argument comprising three stanzas, each stanza followed by a repeated line, or refrain, and each undertaking a different purpose in the overall argument of the poem.

Open to adult black poets of African descent living in New York City’s five boroughs. Instructor selects participants on the basis of work submitted.  

TUITION: $0 

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: July 15, 2016

cavecanempoets.org/workshops/

 

EIGHTH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

Narrative Magazine

INFO: In a continuing effort to encourage and support talented poets, Narrative is offering prizes and widespread publicity to all winners and finalists. Narrative is always looking for new voices, so all entries will be considered for publication in the magazine.

The contest is open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file.

AWARDS:

  • First Prize: $1,500
  • Second Prize: $750
  • Third Prize: $300
  • Up to ten finalists will receive $75 each

ENTRY FEE: $24

DEADLINE: July 20, 2016

narrativemagazine.com/eighth-annual-poetry-contest

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: POETRY

Mud Hole 

INFO: Mud City is an online literary journal promoting the ideals and vision of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Low Residency MFA Program. While the journal is rooted in an Indigenous centered program, they look to publish writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, styles, and aesthetics. 

They are seeking submissions of 3-5 poems, not to exceed 5 pages total.

DEADLINE: July 23, 2016 

mudcity.submittable.com/submit

 

TIP JAR MAGAZINE POETRY SUBMISSIONS

Split Lip Magazine 

INFO: Split Lip is looking for  up to 5 unpublished poems of “face-melting material.” Avoid any peppy and rhyming works. They want new, innovative works by fresh voices.

SUBMISSION FEE: $3

DEADLINE: July 31, 2016

splitlip.submittable.com/submit/30669

 

2016 WINTER RETREAT

The Watering Hole

INFO: The Watering Hole is accepting application for its 2016 Winter Retreat, which features living room style daily classes/workshops, daily craft talks, two readings, one holistic and interactive workshop, one surprise lecture, group writing challenges, and a genuine community.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Cover Letter (with aesthetics statement) + 3 poems (written in 201

APPLICATION FEE: $15

DEADLINE: August 1, 2016

twhpoetry.submittable.com/submit/56795

POETRY - JUNE 2016

GHASSAN KANFANI WRITING SCHOLARSHIP

INFO: Named after Ghassan Kanafani, a Palestinian novelist and iconic national hero, the scholarship aims to provide a space to re-engage the Palestinian narrative and explore the complexity of identity by those living outside of Palestine. 

The scholarship is open to Palestinian-American youth (at least one parent must be from historic Palestine, though they might not necessarily have been born there), must be a US resident (this includes those who are studying here in the US), and must be between the ages of 18-25 years old.

The writing submission should describe your experience around identity, the shataat, or anything regarding your relationship to Palestine and being Palestinian. They accept any form of writing--poetry, short story, fiction/non-fiction. Word limit of 3,000 words; no minimum word limit. Feel free to include photos, art, or other multimedia to supplement your writing piece.

Do not include your name on your submission piece.  

PRIZE:

  • Top 3 submissions win scholarship prizes of $500, $250, and $250
  •  Top 20 pieces to be published in online anthology

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

bit.ly/1SoFMfp

 

POETRY CONTEST FOR EMERGING POETS

Boulevard

INFO: Boulevard will award $1,000 and publication to the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a national distributed press.

The winning poems will be first announced on the website and then published in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue of Boulevard

SUBMISSION GUIDELINE / DETAILS:

  • Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the titles of the three poems, should appear on the first page.
  • Cover sheets are not necessary.
  • No manuscripts will be returned.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
  • The poems may be a sequence or unrelated.
  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at their regular rates. 
  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
  • Send typed manuscript(s) to Boulevard Emerging Poets Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 or submit online. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $15 per group of three poems and $15 for each additional group. Fee includes a one-year subscription. 

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

boulevardmagazine.org/poetry-contest/

 

2016 MY TIME FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS WITH CHILDREN

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow

INFO: A two-week residency is being offered by The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow writers with children under 18 living with them. This Fellowship is designed to support parents who are also writers.

The Fellowship entitles the recipient to a two-week stay at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, in beautiful and charming Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Each resident has a private suite with writing space, private bath, and wireless Internet. The residency provides uninterrupted writing time, with a European gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community dining room. Residents also share the camaraderie of other writers and artists when they want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch. My Time includes the two-week residency and provides a stipend of $1,500 to help pay for child care or travel expenses or to make up for time lost at work.

My Time is not limited to a specific genre. Writers can work in poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction or young adult. Please include in the application package information about your family and how this fellowship will help you progress as a writer. No more than one page, please.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

writerscolony.org/fellowships-1/

 

CALL FOR SCHOLARLY ESSAYS AND CREATIVE WORKS

Label Me Latina/o 

INFO: Label Me Latina/o, an online, refereed international e-journal that focuses on Latino Literary Production in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, invites scholarly essays focusing on these writers for its biannual publication. 

Label Me Latina/o also publishes creative literary pieces (poetry and short fiction) whose authors self-define as Latina or Latino regardless of thematic content. Interviews of Latino or Latina authors will also be considered. The Co-Directors will publish creative works and interviews in English, Spanish or Spanglish whereas analytical essays should be written in English or Spanish. 

DEADLINE: June 15, 2016.

 labelmelatin.com/?page_id=2

 

JUAN FELIPE HERRERA SPECIAL ISSUE

Green Mountains Review

INFO: Green Mountains Review is seeking submissions from Latina/o, Lusa/o, and Indigenous poets and writers who have been moved, motivated, and otherwise inspired by the works and influences of the first Latino Poet Laureate of the United States (PLOTUS), also known as The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the exemplary literary-activist poet and writer, Juan Felipe Herrera, for a special issue.  

For more information contact Liz Powell at elizabeth.powell@jsc.edu  

DEADLINE: June 15, 2016

greenmountainsreview.submittable.com/submit/55635

 

NARRATIVE PRIZE

Narrative Magazine 

INFO: The Narrative Prize is awarded annually for the best short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction published by a new or emerging writer in Narrative.

PRIZE: $4,000

DEADLINE: June 15, 2016

narrativemagazine.com/great-stories/narrative-prize  

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Drunken Boat

 INFO: Drunken Boat – an international journal of literature and the arts committed to actively seeking out and promoting the work of marginalized and underrepresented artists, including especially people of color, women, queer, differently abled, and gender nonconforming artists – is looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and translation.  

SUBMISSION FEE: $3 

DEADLINE: June 30, 2016

drunkenboat.submittable.com/submit/26866

 

THE WINTER TANGERINE AWARDS

Winter Tangerine Review 

INFO: The aim of the award is to honor new and emerging poets and prose writers who are creating electric work. Entries will only be accepted from writers who have not yet published a novel or collection of any type.  

SUBMISSION FEE: $0  

PRIZES:  

  • All award winners and finalists will be published in the following Winter Tangerine Issue
  • The two award winners will receive a box of (gently used) books, (never used) strawberry jam, and a check for $250
  • All finalists receive our kudos & $20.

DEADLINE: July 1, 2016

wintertangerine.com/wta-rules

POETRY - MAY 2016

OPEN CALL: GO HOME! - AN ASIAN AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY AND PROSE

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop seeks poetry submissions for Go Home! an anthology to be published by the Feminist Press. The anthology will showcase the incredible variety of responses to the word home – physical homes, mental homes, the longing for homes, the flights from them, the homes one makes in words, in the hearts of others, and in the air.

They request contributors send no more than five poems in one single file.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

aaww.submittable.com/submit/55785

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

AMPLIFY(HER)

INFO: AMPLIFY(HER) is looking for art, prose, poetry, short stories, photography and/or mixed medium submissions from undocumented Asian women (including trans and gender non-conforming folks) on how they understand and navigate their intersecting identities in today's societ

AWARD: $100 honorarium (for each selected submission). Two artists selected for the cover or spread will each receive $175 honorarium.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

amplifyher.submittable.com/submit

 

WRITING CONTEST: FICTION, NONFICTION, OR POETRY

Solstice

INFO: Solstice is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for its annual writing contests.

PRIZE: Winners as well as finalists will be published in our Summer Awards Issue due out in early August. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $18.00

DEADLINE: May 7, 2016

 

EMERGING WRITER’S CONTEST

Ploughshares

INFO: The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book.

PRIZE: The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000 and publication in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Ploughshares.

SUBMISSION FEE: $24 fee, which is waived if the submitter is a current subscriber. Fee includes a 1-year subscription to Ploughshares (beginning with the Spring 2016 issue and ending with the Winter 2016-17 issue).

DEADLINE: May 15, 2016

pshares.org/submit/emerging-writers-contest/guidelines

 

2016 NOEMI BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

Noemi Press

INFO: Poets at any stage in their career may submit a manuscript of no more than 90 pages for consideration. Contest winners will be announced in summer 2016.

ENTRY FEE: $25

 PRIZE: $1,000, plus publication by Noemi Press, and 10 author’s copies. 

DEADLINE: Extended to May 15, 2016

noemipress.org/contest/

 

2016 GREGORY PARDLO SCHOLARSHIP

The Frost Place

INFO: The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, invites submissions to the first annual Gregory Pardlo Scholarship for Emerging African American Poets. The scholarship is open to poets writing in English who have published up to one book of poetry. 

PRIZE: One winner will receive a full scholarship to attend the Poetry Seminar at The Frost Place, July 31 – August 5, 2016, including room and board (valued at approximately $1,550), and will give a featured reading at the Seminar. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $0

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016

thefrostplace.submittable.com/submit/57280

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN ISSUE

Poemeleon

INFO:  Poemeleon is seeking submissions for a special guest-edited Asian Pacific American (APA) issue. Guest editors Kenji C. Liu and Angela Penaredondo are looking for poetry (text and visual) from APA poets that come from a variety of styles, modes, structures, dreams, and spaces.

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016

poemeleon.org/guidelines/

 

OUT OF THE BINDERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Bindercon

INFO: Bindercon, a conference and community for women and gender non‑conforming writers, seeks to increase diversity by offering free admission to up to 25 promising writers who might not otherwise be able to attend due to financial hardship. Diversity includes but is not limited to: age; racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; sexual orientation; gender identity; marital and parental status; disability.

The scholarships include free attendance to all the events on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30, networking opportunities to meet agents and editors, and a ticket to the VIP party, but do not include airfare and/or accommodations, or food (Some meals may be provided as part of the conference programming.). Additionally, they are thrilled to offer stipends to select applicants: parents who require financial assistance with childcare and out of town attendees in need of travel assistance. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for any of these stipends.

All your answers are confidential and will only be seen by Out of the Binders scholarship committee members. Anonymous demographic information may be shared with funders for future conferences. 

DEADLINE:  May 31, 2016

nyc.bindercon.com/apply-scholarship/

 

SMALL AXE LITERARY COMPETITION

INFO: The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry. The competition focuses on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project's ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. 

The competition consists of two categories: poetry and short fiction. Two winners are chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges.

PRIZES:

  • First Prize: $750
  • Second Prize: $500 

DEADLINE: May 31, 2016  

storage.smallaxe.net/literary-competition/

 

GHASSAN KANFANI WRITING SCHOLARSHIP

INFO: Named after Ghassan Kanafani, a Palestinian novelist and iconic national hero, the scholarship aims to provide a space to re-engage the Palestinian narrative and explore the complexity of identity by those living outside of Palestine. 

The scholarship is open to Palestinian-American youth (at least one parent must be from historic Palestine, though they might not necessarily have been born there), must be a US resident (this includes those who are studying here in the US), and must be between the ages of 18-25 years old.

The writing submission should describe your experience around identity, the shataat, or anything regarding your relationship to Palestine and being Palestinian. They accept any form of writing--poetry, short story, fiction/non-fiction. Word limit of 3,000 words; no minimum word limit. Feel free to include photos, art, or other multimedia to supplement your writing piece.

Do not include your name on your submission piece.  

PRIZE:

  • Top 3 submissions win scholarship prizes of $500, $250, and $250
  •  Top 20 pieces to be published in online anthology

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

bit.ly/1SoFMfp

 

POETRY CONTEST FOR EMERGING POETS

Boulevard

INFO: Boulevard will award $1,000 and publication to the winning group of three poems by a poet who has not yet published a book of poetry with a national distributed press.

The winning poems will be first announced on the website and then published in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue of Boulevard

SUBMISSION GUIDELINE / DETAILS:

  • Author's name, address, and telephone number, in addition to the titles of the three poems, should appear on the first page.
  • Cover sheets are not necessary.
  • No manuscripts will be returned.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but previously accepted or published work is ineligible.
  • The poems may be a sequence or unrelated.
  • All entries will be considered for publication and for payment at their regular rates. 
  • Entries will be judged by the editors of Boulevard magazine.
  • No one editorially or financially affiliated with Boulevard can enter the contest.
  • Send typed manuscript(s) to Boulevard Emerging Poets Contest, PMB 325, 6614 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, MO 63117 or submit online. 

SUBMISSION FEE: $15 per group of three poems and $15 for each additional group. Fee includes a one-year subscription. 

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

boulevardmagazine.org/poetry-contest/

 

2016 MY TIME FELLOWSHIP FOR WRITERS WITH CHILDREN

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow

INFO: A two-week residency is being offered by The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow writers with children under 18 living with them. This Fellowship is designed to support parents who are also writers.

The Fellowship entitles the recipient to a two-week stay at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, in beautiful and charming Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Each resident has a private suite with writing space, private bath, and wireless Internet. The residency provides uninterrupted writing time, with a European gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week and served in our community dining room. Residents also share the camaraderie of other writers and artists when they want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch. My Time includes the two-week residency and provides a stipend of $1,500 to help pay for child care or travel expenses or to make up for time lost at work.

My Time is not limited to a specific genre. Writers can work in poetry, memoir, fiction, nonfiction or young adult. Please include in the application package information about your family and how this fellowship will help you progress as a writer. No more than one page, please.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

writerscolony.org/fellowships-1/

POETRY - APRIL 2016

EMERGING WRITER IN RESIDENCE

Penn State Altoona

INFO: The Penn State Altoona English Program is accepting applications for a one-semester teaching residency in both poetry and playwriting/screenwriting. Candidates should have credentials in both genres – publications in poetry and staged readings/performances (and/or publications) in playwriting or screenwriting.

They are seeking early-career writers, preferably without a published book. The program offers substantial time to write and a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2016 semester (August 22 – December 16).

In addition, the resident will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses, and work informally with English majors.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016

psu.jobs/job/60384

 

LUCIEN STRYK ASIAN TRANSLATION PRIZE

The American Literary Translators Association 

INFO: The prize recognizes the importance of Asian translation for international literature and promotes the translation of Asian works into English. Submission will be judged on the literary significance of the translation in recreating the literary artistry of the original. 

To be eligible, works must be:

  • Book-length translations into English of Asian poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism
  • Book-length translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean into English
  • Published in the previous year (though re-translations or first-time translations of important older works will also be considered)

DEADLINE: April 8, 2016 

literarytranslators.org/awards/lucien-stryk-prize

 

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY PRESS POETRY PRIZE

Cave Canem

INFO: The Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize is a second-book award for Black poets of African descent. This award celebrates and publishes works of lasting cultural value and literary excellence.  

AWARD: $1,000, publication by Northwestern University Press, plus 15 copies of the book and a feature reading

DEADINE: April 15, 2016 

cavecanempoets.org/northwestern-prize

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IMMIGRANT WRITERS

Ninth Letter

INFO: Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from immigrant writers (those who consider themselves to be 1st, 1.5, or 2nd generation immigrants in their current country of residence) for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2016. Submissions are not required to focus on the "immigrant experience" and can be on any and all topics. 

 DEADLINE: April 15, 2016

ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

 

THE DRP 3rd ANNUAL WRITERS’ RETREAT: CONVERSATIONS IN THE HEART OF ST. ANDREW

The Drawing Room Project

INFO: The DRP Writers’ Retreat (in St. Andrew, Jamaica from May 27 – 29) supports writers in the genre of poetry. A series of workshops will be led by Jamaican master writer Edward Baugh (author of Black Sand, winner of the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Awards Best Book of Poetry 2016 and Gold Musgrave Medalist, 2014). During this intense 3-day program, groups are kept small to encourage conversations, and the environment is relaxed enough that participants may approach the mentor to elaborate on workshop comments during social time.

The program culminates in a poetry reading, where participants and the mentor present their work to the local community. The local community in turn will exhibit craft and art of significant cultural worth.

Objectives:

  • Support writers in the creative process with time to develop their skills and create new work.
  • Create mentoring opportunities in which persons are encouraged by established Jamaican writers to pursue a career in the literary arts.
  • Expose persons to traditional and indigenous practices that will be documented and / or re-imaged as personal histories.
  • Explore the themes and motifs of the Caribbean.
  • Share quality literature using new and traditional mediums.
  • Produce a high quality literary event that reaches Jamaicans in rural communities

Writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The DRP does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status. They encourage internationalism and welcome writers from around the world.

No previous publication is required; however, writers must demonstrate exceptional skill. The program is in English, and, therefore, writers are expected to be fluent in the language.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Writers are asked to submit a sample of their work, a brief bio and a personal statement to drawingroomproject@gmail.com

FEES: A fee is required to cover housing, program, meals and transfer. For more information, please contact the email address provided above.

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FILIGREE

Peepal Tree Press 

INFO: Peepal Tree Press seeks unpublished work for a new collection of contemporary Black British poetry. Edited by internationally renowned and award winning poet, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, the theme for the anthology is ‘Filigree.’

The anthology will include work from established Black British poets residing inside and outside the UK, Black poets who have made Britain their home, as well as exciting new and emerging poets around the country who respond in compelling ways to the idea of ‘Filigree’. 

The anthology will be published by Peepal Tree Press in Spring 2018, under their ‘Inscribe’, imprint, which focuses on publishing new collections by writers of African and Asian descent and anthologies of groundbreaking new work from Black writers nationally. 

DEADLINE: April 30, 2016

peepaltreepress.submittable.com/submit/47692

 

2016 NOEMI BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

Noemi Press

INFO: Poets at any stage in their career may submit a manuscript of no more than 90 pages for consideration. Contest winners will be announced in summer 2016.

ENTRY FEE: $25

 PRIZE: $1,000, plus publication by Noemi Press, and 10 author’s copies. 

noemipress.org/contest/

 

OPEN CALL: GO HOME! - AN ASIAN AMERICAN ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY AND PROSE

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop seeks poetry submissions for Go Home! an anthology to be published by the Feminist Press. The anthology will showcase the incredible variety of responses to the word home – physical homes, mental homes, the longing for homes, the flights from them, the homes one makes in words, in the hearts of others, and in the air.

They request contributors send no more than five poems in one single file.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2016

aaww.submittable.com/submit/55785

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

AMPLIFY(HER)

INFO: AMPLIFY(HER) is looking for art, prose, poetry, short stories, photography and/or mixed medium submissions from undocumented Asian women (including trans and gender non-conforming folks) on how they understand and navigate their intersecting identities in today's societ

AWARD: $100 honorarium (for each selected submission). Two artists selected for the cover or spread will each receive $175 honorarium.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2016

amplifyher.submittable.com/submit

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – ISSUE 8 (JUNE 2016)

Masque & Spectacle

INFO: Masque & Spectacle’s June issue is a special PICTURES + WORDS ISSUE. They are seeking work that combines pictures and words (graphic stories, essays, and poems; comics; video poems and essays; & collaborations between visual artists and writers. 

masqueandspectacle.com/submission-guidelines/

POETRY - MARCH 2016

MACONDO WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

INFO: Founded by Sandra Cisneros in 1995, the Macondo Writers’ Workshop focuses on bringing together a community of poets, novelists, journalists, performance artists, and creative writers of all genres whose work is socially engaged,

The Workshop will take place from July 13-17, 2016 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, TX. They are seeking generous and compassionate professional writers who view their work and talents as part of a larger task of community-building and non-violent social change. This year, they will hold four workshops led by Allison Hedge Coke (poetry), Alex Espinoza (fiction), Gregg Barrios (playwriting), and Joe Jimenez (multi-genre young writers’ workshop).

To be eligible, applicants must have a strong record of publications (books, chapbooks, major literary magazines) and/or public readings/performances of original work, and a history of community involvement, consciousness raising via literary work and/or activism/outreach.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2016, at midnight

guadalupeculturalarts.org/macondo-workshop/

 

TULSA ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

INFO: The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, which seeks talented and diverse voices to support Tulsa’s expanding arts scene, has expanded its program this year to include writing (creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novel, young-adult fiction, poetry, and play/screenwriting). Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, and include a two-year term for writers. The program will begin on January 9, 2017.

AWARD: $20,000 stipend, and in most cases, free housing and studio work space.

DEADLINE: March 4, 2016

tulsaartistfellowship.org/index.html

 

CHAMPION OF CHANGE FOR AAPI ARTS & STORYTELLING

White House Initiative on AAPIs

INFO: As a part of AAPI Heritage Month (May 2016), the White House Initiative on AAPIs is seeking nominations for Champions of Change for AAPI art and storytelling – individuals who have raised the visibility of diverse AAPI experiences and created dialogue around issues the community faces. The Champions of Change program honors individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities

Nominees may include:

  • Storytellers who have included and continue to include AAPI characters in their films, television shows, and literature to address pressing issues, including immigration, civil rights, economic opportunity, health, diversity and inclusion, and more.
  • Poets and spoken word artists who highlight AAPI experiences in their work in order to advance pressing issues, including immigration, civil rights, economic opportunity, health, diversity and inclusion, and more;

DEADLINE: March 9, 2016

1.usa.gov/1ROpsTu

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ISSUE 07

Apogee Journal 

INFO: Apogee Journal is currently accepting poetry submissions for Issue 07. The goal of the publication is to publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color. All work must be previously unpublished.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2016

apogeejournal.submittable.com/submit

 

CAVE CANEM POETRY PRIZE

Cave Canem

INFO: Established in 1999, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent.

AWARD: $1,000, publication by University of Georgia Press in fall 2017, and 15 copies of the book and a feature reading.

SUBMISSION FEE: $20 (non-refundable.)

DEADLINE: March 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST

cavecanempoets.org/cave-canem-prize

 

THE KUNDIMAN POETRY PRIZE

Tupelo Press

INFO: Tupelo Press, an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction by emerging and established writers, is seeking submissions for The Kundiman Poetry Prize, which is dedicated to publishing exceptional work by Asian American poets at any stage of their career.

AWARD: $1,000 and book publication in Tupelo Press.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2016

kundiman.org/prize/

 

EMERGING WRITER IN RESIDENCE

Penn State Altoona

INFO: The Penn State Altoona English Program is accepting applications for a one-semester teaching residency in both poetry and playwriting/screenwriting. Candidates should have credentials in both genres – publications in poetry and staged readings/performances (and/or publications) in playwriting or screenwriting.

They are seeking early-career writers, preferably without a published book. The program offers substantial time to write and a salary of $10,000 in return for teaching one general education level introduction to creative writing workshop during the Fall 2016 semester (August 22 – December 16).

In addition, the resident will also give a public reading, visit other creative writing courses, and work informally with English majors.

DEADLINE: April 1, 2016

psu.jobs/job/60384

 

LUCIEN STRYK ASIAN TRANSLATION PRIZE

The American Literary Translators Association 

INFO: The prize recognizes the importance of Asian translation for international literature and promotes the translation of Asian works into English. Submission will be judged on the literary significance of the translation in recreating the literary artistry of the original. 

To be eligible, works must be:

  • Book-length translations into English of Asian poetry or source texts from Zen Buddhism
  • Book-length translations from Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean into English
  • Published in the previous year (though re-translations or first-time translations of important older works will also be considered)

DEADLINE: April 8, 2016 

literarytranslators.org/awards/lucien-stryk-prize

 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: IMMIGRANT WRITERS

Ninth Letter

INFO: Ninth Letter is accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from immigrant writers (those who consider themselves to be 1st, 1.5, or 2nd generation immigrants in their current country of residence) for a special online edition to be published at ninthletter.com in Summer 2016. Submissions are not required to focus on the "immigrant experience" and can be on any and all topics. 

 DEADLINE: April 15, 2016

ninthletteronline.submittable.com/submit

 


THE MARGINS

Asian American Writers Workshop

INFO: The Margins, which publishes the work of emerging and established Asian American poets, is accepting submissions for its ongoing Poetry Tuesday feature. Submissions should be no longer than six pages total and multiple poems may be submitted in the same document. Expect at least five weeks for a response.

aaww.submittable.com/submit/44797