10 Places to Send Writing

Bellingham Review is now accepting general submissions! Our general submission period lasts until December 15. During this time we will be accepting mailed, as well as electronic, submissions.Electronic manuscripts should be sent through Submishmash. http://bhreview.submishmash.com/submit/Mailed submissions should be addressed to:
Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry Editor
Bellingham Review
Mail Stop 9053
Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225
We accept poetry and prose under 6,000 words. For longer works, please submit a query to
<Bellingham.Review(at)wwu.edu> (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). Our editors prefer poetry submissions of up to 3 poems.
Please visit our website for our full submission guidelines. http://www.wwu.edu/bhreview/submissions.shtml
We look forward to reading your manuscripts!


Grassic Short Novel Prize from Evening Street Press
Our idea is to emphasize the power, skill and enduring value of the short
novel form: limit 90-150 pages.
For example: (pages given vary with edition)
Conrad, Heart of Darkness (90)
O’Connor, Wise Blood (140)
Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground (96)
West, Miss Lonelyhearts (95)
Chopin, The Awakening (150)
Camus, The Stranger (150)
Hesse, Siddartha (145)
Twain, The Mysterious Stranger (100)
James, The Aspern Papers (100)
$500 and publication by the Evening Street Press will be awarded for the
best short novel manuscript. The contest is open to writers who have
already published books as well as those for whom this is a first book.
The winning writer will receive 25 copies from a press run of 250.
Submissions accepted May 1, 2011 to December 1, 2011.
Manuscript Requirements
ms. must contain between 90 and 150 pages (45,000-75,000 words)
ms. must be typed (single spaced)
ms. pages must be numbered and a table of contents included
include an acknowledgements page
include one cover page that contains the title, your name, address, phone
number, and e-mail address
include a second cover page that contains the title only
your name must not appear anywhere else on the ms.
SASE for results–manuscripts will not be returned
Reading Fee
The $25 reading fee includes a one-issue subscription to the Evening
Street Review. Make check or money order payable to Evening Street Press.
We reserve the right not to name a winner.
Multiple & Simultaneous Submissions
You may submit more than one manuscript. Send multiple submissions in
the same envelope, marked “Multiple.” Each manuscript must include a $25
reading fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we must be
informed immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
Mail entries (no email submissions, please) to Evening Street Press, 7652
Sawmill Road #352, Dublin, OH 43016-9296.

Call for submissions: Artichoke Haircut
Artichoke Haircut is currently accepting submissions for its Winter 2012 issue.
We accept fiction, poetry, memoir (though very little, so make it good), and artwork.
Submissions will remain open thru Dec.19th.
Guidelines for submission to our magazine are fairly open. Send up to three poems of any length, or one prose piece not to exceed 3,000 words. We do not have style guidelines per say, but keep in mind we are a magazine with tendencies more toward newer and experimental modes of seeing. That being said, we only really have one rule of thumb: If it’s good it goes in, if it is not it doesn’t.
Send all submissions to <submit(at)artichokehaircut.com> (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail), making sure to include contact info in the body of the email (please no cover letters, bios will be requested upon acceptance), and the type of submission (e.g. fiction, poetry, art, nonfiction) in the subject.

Valparaiso Fiction Review (VFR) is now accepting submissions of original short fiction for the Spring 2012 issue, scheduled for
publication in May. The editors of VFR seek unpublished work from new, emerging, and established writers of fiction.
Authors are encouraged to visit VFR and follow the guidelines for submission:

The James Dickey Poetry Contest call for submissions is open! Once again we will offer online submission for the contest. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Volume 15, number one.
Include no more than three unpublished poems per submission.
Poems must be typed and may be up to 50 lines each.
Include your name and address on each poem.
$20 reading fee includes a one-year subscription to Five Points.
Make checks or money orders payable to GSU/Five Points.
Enclose two sufficiently stamped SASEs to receive receipt of manuscript and notification of contest results.
All entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2011.
Winner will be announced in the spring of 2012.
Mail your entry to:
Five Points
James Dickey Prize for Poetry
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3999
Atlanta, GA 30302-3999

Contest: The Winter Anthology
Please send up to 50 pages in any genre (a book or book-length manuscript somewhat over 50 pages is acceptable). Send writings of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999. Published and unpublished writings are equally welcome. Two or three poems or a single story or essay are as welcome as entire books. To get a sense of our aesthetics, see our inaugural volume at
All work will be read by the editors, with finalists judged by Lisa Russ Spaar. We accept entries all year. Multiple entries are welcome, as are entries including a mix of genres. The postmark deadline for submissions is November 15th. The final decision will be announced here in late autumn. In the event that none of the entries meet our standards, no winner will be declared. The winner will be published in Volume 2 of The Winter Anthology and receive a $1000 honorarium. Finalists will also be considered for publication.
To enter by mail, send your writing and a ten dollar check made out to The Winter Anthology to:
The Winter Anthology
2335 Lucerne Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
To enter electronically, go to

cream city review, a non-profit literary magazine devoted to publishing
memorable and energetic fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and comics that
push and undermine the boundaries of stable definitions of literature, announces
its annual contests in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction.
Past judges include Gordon Weaver, Susan Firer, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ron Rindo,
Caroline Knox, Allison Joseph, A. Manette Ansay, Josh Bell, Michael Martone, and
David Treuer.
Deadline for current year’s contest: December 31.
Fee: $15/story (no longer than 30 pages) or 3-5 poems, payable to cream city
review. The entrant’s fee includes the issue in which prize winners are
Prize: $1,000.00 plus publication.
Address your submission to one of the following:
The A. David Schwartz Fiction Prize
The Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize
or The David B. Saunders Award for Creative Nonfiction
and send your entry to:
cream city review
Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Prize submissions must be typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced),
and include the author’s name and address. There is no need to include an SASE,
as winners will be announced on this site before publication of the Spring
issue. All entrants receive a copy of the issue containing the winners.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as cream city review is notified
in the event the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. The reading fee, however, is
non-refundable. See creamcityreview.org for details.

Best Midwest Writing 2012
The postmark deadline for our new writing contest has been extended to Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The 2012 Bright Harvest Prize is open to all writers in the Midwest (or with ties to the Midwest). Award consists of cash prizes and publication in an anthology distributed nationally, including to select agents. One grand prize for Poetry ($250) and one grand prize for Prose ($250). Honorable mentions and notables published along with grand prize winners in anthology; all selected entrants will receive one copy of anthology. Anthology publication date in early 2012.
Theme is open, but no erotica or urban.
Entry requirements:
· Cover sheet with name, address, phone, email, category entered and brief bio with statement on entrant’s Midwest connection
· Poetry–up to 3 poems per entry, 40-line limit per poem
· Prose–up to 3,000 words; excerpts from longer works accepted, but indicate on cover sheet
· Manuscript double-spaced (single-spaced for poetry is allowed) with single space between punctuation and .3″ tabs/indents.
· Entry fee(s) enclosed with manuscript or paid online
Entry fees are $20 per entry for Poetry, $20 per entry for Prose. Entry fees are nonrefundable. No previously published or simultaneous submissions, no email submissions. No limit on submissions, but each entry must have a cover sheet and fee enclosed (or transmitted online via PayPal or Aquarius Press Storefront). Methods of payment accepted: PayPal (to Aquarius Press), our Storefront, www.aquariuspressbookseller.net or check/money order payable to Aquarius Press ($25 fee on returned checks). No entries will be returned, so do not send originals. Enclose SASE postcard for confirmation of receipt of manuscript; enclose a #10 SASE for notification of winners.
All judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to not select a winner in either or both categories. Works selected for the anthology must be provided in Word or RTF formats via email before publication. Entrants authorize Aquarius Press to use his/her entry in promotional content as needed and to make light edits as necessary for publication. Entrants may withdraw entries from consideration at any point before the contest end date but request must be made in writing.
Winners will be announced in late November 2011.
Postmark deadline is November 1, 2011. Send four (4) copies of entry, along with $20 fee to:
Aquarius Press
PO Box 23096
Detroit, MI 48223
Attn: Bright Harvest Prize

Missouri Warrior Writers Project
Holding Each Elephant’s Tail: Voices from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
2011 Prose & Poetry Contest and Call for Submissions
Genres: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
Prizes: $250 awarded as top prize in each genre
Word Limits: 5,000 words for Prose (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction); up to 3 poems (5 pages) for Poetry.
Submissions exceeding these limits will be automatically disqualified.
Limit one submission per person per genre.
Entry Fee: None
Deadline: December 30, 2011 Winners announced by April 1, 2012
To Submit: <submissions(at)mowarriorwriters.com>
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)
The Missouri Writers’ Guild and Missouri Humanities Council have partnered in the Missouri Warrior Writers Project to produce an anthology of writing by veterans and active military service personnel of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars about their wartime experience. The first volume will be published by Southeast Missouri State University, with an expected release date of Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012. All branches of the military who have had multiple deployments, who have been deployed once, or who
have never been deployed, are invited to participate. Family members of these warriors are also encouraged to submit.
– Manuscripts must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document.
(Save with a *.doc extension). Please combine all poems into one document and use
first poem as title.
– Put your name and contact information on the first page of your submission
document and nowhere else within the manuscript.
– Please include a brief (75 words or less) bio with your submission.
– Send to:
(replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)
Work previously published will be considered, but new work is preferred. All entries will be considered for publication in the anthology.

The submission period for Mason’s Road literary journal issue 4 is now
open. We’re seeking engaging fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama
(stage or screen), art, craft essays, and audio drama. Each issue is
devoted to an element of craft, and the theme for issue 4 is Image.
Mason’s Road’s first issue was launched in July 2010 as an e-publication
with a strong reach into the literary community. It’s a collaborative
effort among all graduate students at Fairfield University’s low-residency
Creative Writing program, founded in 2008 on inspirational Enders Island
off the coast of Mystic, Connecticut. Renowned poet Ravi Shankar is this
semester’s faculty advisor. Our submission manager will close on November
15th. Please see our complete submission guidelines at:
In the meantime, enjoy our Arc-themed issue 3. We’re excited about it.
Please share this invitation with your creative writing program, both
students and faculty. We look forward to reading enthusiastic submissions.


12 thoughts on “10 Places to Send Writing

  1. What a wonderful resource you are! I was just about to update my list of upcoming deadlines and here you’ve done it for me!

  2. John–While I don’t really have writer’s block very often, I always suffer from “finder’s” and “sender’s” block, so thanks for compiling these nudges. I may actually send some poems off today–or enter another kind of contest. Thanks for this service. Gay

  3. Thanks John! This is great, I belong to a writer’s group in Kenosha, WI, and this will be a wonderful resource for everyone. Our new website will be available soon; we will be called Kenosha Writer’s Guild, formerly Kenosha wrtier’s Group.

    You are motivation!
    Suzanne :))

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