We’ve had a good bit of positive feedback from authors who have really enjoyed our blog posts that outline some of the writing opportunities out there floating in cyberspace. This is the third article in the series, and we hope you all find it as useful as the previous ones. The writing opportunities are in order by deadline and separated by free and fee-based opportunities.


Ongoing 2014 (free)

Durham Editing and E-books

Of course, we again had to make the top of our own list. We are a small editing and e-books site that offers writers of all experience levels various opportunities throughout the year to publish poetry, short stories, memoirs, or songs. Publishing opportunities vary throughout the year, but there are five planned anthologies for 2014.  The number of pieces allowed for submission also varies per collection. Deadlines and collection details will be updated as publishing approaches. Submission is always free. Durham Editing and E-books asks only one-time rights to publish in the specified anthology, and writers retain rights to any pieces accepted to the collection. We also offer coupon codes for free e-book editions via Smashwords.com for all contributors and their followers and friends. We greatly enjoyed our first anthology of 2014, Aspiring to Inspire. This was our first women writers’ anthology, and it turned out wonderfully. It even made it to #2 in Literary Collections on Smashwords. We also had great fun with our collections this past year, including Whispers, Shouts, and Songs: Exploring Poetry Through the Independent Voice; Summer Shorts: Airing Out Secrets; Leaves of Change: Lessons on Love, Laughter, and Living; and Wrapped Up In Ribbon: Stories and Tales of the Christmas Season. More information on past collections and future opportunities can be found at http://editingandebooks.com.


Midlife Collage

Again, Midlife Collage holds weekly nonfiction contests for writers over age 40. Pieces are short, ranging from 500-800 words, and the $50 first prize seemed like a good enticement to give the website a try. We would love to hear from anyone who has entered or won this contest in the past. More information can be found at http://midlifecollage.com.


Poor Yorick Journal

Poor Yorick’s Journal, a journal of Rediscovered Objects, is a free online journal that takes submissions year round from any and every genre. Topics should be about lost objects and images of material culture. It seems like an interesting concept, but since the first edition will not launch until fall 2014, we don’t have any familiarity with the journal itself. You can find more information at http://www.pooryorickjournal.com/.


Songs for a Passbook Torch

Cherry Castle Press is a new publishing company that is taking submissions of poetry for their upcoming anthology, Songs for a Passbook Torch, an anthology dedicated to Nelson Mandela. Publication is scheduled for June 2015, and submissions are open-ended at this time. Pieces should celebrate Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, the Mandela family, and/or the past and present fight for racial justice in South Africa. Find out more information at: http://www.cherrycastlepublishing.com/.


Conclave: A Journal of Character Autumn 2014 Issue

Conclave is accepting Halloween poetry, short stories, photography, and short works of all creative forms. Anything Halloween is acceptable. Conclave chooses six of its best pieces each year as nominees for the Pushcart Prize. Find out more information at: http://www.conclavejournal.com/submissions/submissions.html.



Sequestrum accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and artwork on a rolling basis. Prose should be under 5,000 words. Poetry should be under 35 lines. Possible payment for accepted pieces. Visit the website for more details: http://www.sequestrum.org/submissions



Dialogual is a new magazine seeking submissions year-round of dialogue-only prose. All genres except erotica. Pieces under 300 words.  Find out more at http://dialogual.wix.com/dialogual#!sub/cqh1.



April 2014 Free

River & South Review

Deadline: April 7, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: River & South is now accepting short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for pieces not previously published. Prose should be less than 1500 words. Poets can submit up to 5 poems. Each piece must have a 50-word author bio. One-time rights to publish. Writers can only submit one genre at a time.

Website: http://riverandsouth.blogspot.com/p/guidelines.html



The Human Journal

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: Publication of poems about living or traveling to another country or about created countries. Preferably poetry about lesser written about countries such as Bosnia Herzegovina and Ireland.

Website: http://humanjournal.org/index.php/submission/guidelines



Mountain West Poetry Series

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Special Requirements: This contest is only open for residents of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, & Wyoming.

Contest: Submit your poetry manuscript of 60-100 pages long. Individual poems may have been published before, but the collection should not have been published or self-published.

Website: http://mountainwestpoetryseries.submittable.com


No Tokens Journal

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication and two contributor’s copies

Contest: Accepting fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art.

Website: http://notokensjournal.com/submit/



Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE

Prize: Publication

Contest: Accepting submissions in the form of essays or other storytelling about the theme STUFF.

Website: http://proximitymagazine.org/submissions/



April 2014 (Fee-based)

Sundress Publications

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: $200 plus publication as a full-color PDF available online.

Contest: Sundress Press is looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be 12-20 pages long (one piece per page). Individual pieces may have appeared in anthologies, print journals, or online journals. Translations are not eligible. Include cover letter, Table of Contents, and acknowledgements and dedication.

Website: https://sundresspublications.submittable.com/submit/27713


Lime Hawk’s Mental Health Anthology

Deadline: April 15, 2014

Entry Fee: $10

Prize: Publication

Contest: Lime Hawk accepting creative nonfiction essays on mental health and mental illness. Word limit 5,000 words. Anthology seeks to promote awareness and help end the stigma of mental illness.

Website: http://www.limehawk.org/projects


Writer Advice 9th Flash Prose Contest

Deadline: April 18, 2014

Entry Fee: $15

Prize: $200 (1st); $100 (2nd); $50 (3rd); Publication for honorable mention

Contest: Writer Advice accepting flash fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction 750 words or less.

Website: http://www.writeradvice.com/


Ninth Letter Literary Awards

Deadline: April 25, 2014

Entry Fee: $17

Prize: $1000 and publication in Fall/Winter 2014-15 issue.

Contest: Accepting entries for four categories: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Literature in Translation. All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to Ninth Letter.

Website: http://www.ninthletter.com/contest



Center of the World Festival Playwright Contest

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $10 minimum donation required by check

Prize: $500 grant

Contest: Contest is for 10-minute manuscripts that are complete and appropriate for reader’s theater. No mature audience material. Theme is social issue topics, such as ecology, justice, peace, equality, crime prevention, freedom of speech, and so on. No collaborations allowed.

Website: http://www.cowfest.org/playwright-contest



2014 Bristol Short Story Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: 8 pound

Prize: $1600 (1st); $1100 (2nd); $640 (3rd); 17 more $169 prizes

Contest: Writers in the UK and abroad over age 16 may submit short stories on any theme or subject. The 20 finalists will also be invited to awards ceremony in Bristol in October 2014. Graphic, verse, and genre-based stories accepted

Website: http://www.bristolprize.co.uk/rules.html



2014 Trio Award for First or Second Book for Poets

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication, and twenty books (1st); $1100 (2nd)

Contest: Looking for 1st or 2nd book of poetry by emerging poets.Must not have more than 2 books published.

Website: http://www.triohousepress.org/



2014 Louise Bogan Award for Poets

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication, and twenty books (1st)

Contest: Awarded for artistic merit and excellence in any poet, no matter publication status. Book of poems should contribute in an innovative and distinct way to American poetry.

Website: http://www.triohousepress.org/


The Ledge 2014 Poetry Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: $1000, publication in The Ledge Magazine (1st); $250, publication in The Ledge Magazine (2nd)

Contest: All poems must be previously unpublished. No criteria for theme, subject, style, or form.

Website: http://www.theledgemagazine.com/print%202009%20Poetry%20Awards%20guidelines.html


Snyder Memorial Poetry Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2014

Entry Fee: $25 ($27 for online)

Prize: $1000, publication, and 50 copies in lieu of royalties

Contest: Poetry books 50-80 pages, no more than one poem per page, single-spaced.

Website: http://www.ashlandpoetrypress.com/guidelines/snyder-prize

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