calls for submissions

Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Translation is looking for original poetry, translations, and criticism for itstwelfth issue. An annual publication, Mantis is housed at the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University. It seeks out the work oftalented poets, translators, and critics from around the world. Recent contributorshave included Ben Doller, Yoko Tawada, Megad Levad, John Felstiner, G.C.Waldrep, and Nonna Slepakova.

Inpoetry, we’re interested in work from across a range of aesthetics, subjectmatters, and locales that is currently being written. We value evocativeimagery, a well-tuned ear, and an engagement with a poem’s shape or form. Intranslation we’re keen to expose our readers to compelling and unfamiliar work.We tend to choose translations by contemporary poets. 

Forfull submission guidelines (newly revised) and to propose a feature or bookreview, please see our website:


Specific questions can be addressed to mantispoetryATgmailDOTcom (Derek Mong), mantistranslationsATgmailDOTcom (Mark Bajus), mantisreviewsATgmailDOTcom (Chiyuma Elliott),or to our Managing Edtior (Virginia Ramos) via the website above.


Call for Submissions: Revolution House

The editors of Revolution House Magazine are currently reading submissions of poetry, nonfiction, short stories, flash fiction, and graphic stories for issue 3.1, due late spring/early summer 2013.

We are particularly in the market for short fiction, long fiction, fiction of all stripes, weirder fiction, realistic fiction, fiction that moves the reader in some way. Got fiction? Please send to us, with our thanks.
Peruse previous issues and submissions guidelines here http://revolutionhousemag.com/.

Revolution House doesn’t care if you have a hundred publication credits or if this is your first attempt. Send us your poems, your stories, your moments of shining truth, and we will treat them as we want our own to be treated: with respect and compassion. Send us the work that moves you, for better or worse.


The Georgia Review is excited to announce the inaugural Loraine Williams Poetry Prize---$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The submission period is 1 April 2013–15 May 2013, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2013 and published in the Spring 2014 issue. Poems may be submitted online or by post.

For more information, visit our (brand new!) website:


The MFA program at UCR is seeking submissions for CRATE.


Online submissions only at:


Clay Bird Review is Swarthmore College's one and only international literary magazine. We are committed to publishing works that we consider insightful, skilled, and in short, genius.
To submit to Clay Bird Review, please email your submission as an attachment in an email to claybirdreviewATgmailDOTcom with your last name and the type of submission in the subject line. Please submit your attachment in some standard format (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf). No bios are required at this time.

Poetry submissions should consist of five poems in a single attachment. Fiction submissions should be one short story. There are no length restrictions on poetry and fiction submissions, but please keep in mind that the number of pages in our print issue is not unlimited, and we will only be able to accept as much as will fit. Artwork submissions should consist of no more than five pieces attached as image files. We are unable to accept postal submissions at this time.

Our first call is Enter Ghost. We want anything uncanny, anything that makes us feel possessed. We want to borrow another person's memories. We want to see the holes in our shadows.

Please send us your submissions by June 1, 2013 to be considered for our fall 2013 issue.



The Citron Review is now accepting submissions for our Summer 2013
Issue. The Citron Review is an online literary journal edited by
alumni of the esteemed Antioch University Los Angeles Creative Writing
Program, listed as a top five low residency program in Poets and
Writers and Atlantic Monthly.

We seek submissions of resonant beauty in the form of
micro-fiction, flash fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art and
photography. We are reading for our Summer 2013 Issue, but we
accept submissions on a rolling basis.

Send electronic submissions only via our submissions manager.
. We encourage you to review our full guidelines on our website
at The Citron Review.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but it is expected authors
notify us immdieately if their work is accepted elsewhere.




Deadline May 15, 2013
Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded

All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for
framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2013, and be invited
to read their prize winning poem at the 2013 Dancing Poetry Festival,
time and location to be announced.
Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus the poems will be
danced, and videotaped for you.
Each Grand Prize Winner will be invited onstage for photo ops with the
dancers and a bow in the lime light.

Six First Prizes will receive $50 each
Twelve Second Prizes will receive $25 each
Thirty Third Prizes will receive $10 each

Line Limit: 40 lines maximum each poem. No limit on number of entries
Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us
on ONE copy only
(The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)
Poems must be in English or include English translation
Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10
Make checks out to Artists Embassy International
Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order
in US dollars or US currency
No poems will be returned.

Send all entries and fees postmarked by May 15, 2013, to
AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
704 Brigham Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Winning a grand prize includes your permission for Artists Embassy
International to publish your poem in print or on-line
with your credits for publicity involving the Dancing Poetry Festival.
All other rights remain with the author.
Judges are members of AEI and represent poets, dancers, artists, and
musicians with international credits.
Winners will be announced by August 1, 2013.
Early submissions are appreciated by the staff. Thank you. We look
forward to seeing your work.

Please look at photos of our 2006-2012 Dancing Poetry Festivals to see
the vast diversity of poetry and dance we present each year. We always
look for something new and different including new twists to old
themes, different looks at common situations, inovative concepts for
dynamic, thought provoking entertainment. We look forward to reading
your submissions. Thank you.


It's awesome that people, especially in the Tumblrverse, love this poem. But I'm posting it here publicly so that I can direct folks here to see that (a) it wasn't actually written by Frida Kahlo (though um, how amazing would THAT be,) and (b) it is a poem which has linebreaks. Also to note that it was published in issue 23 of Salt Hill Journal, so anybody who wants a print copy can order the issue from them and support literary magazines in the process!

Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell
Marty McConnell

leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses,
you make him call before
he visits, you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.


Fourth River


The Fourth River Call for Submissions through March 15th, 2013

The Fourth River is the literary journal of Chatham University’s MFA
Programs, published annually in print and monthly online. We welcome
submissions of creative writing that explore the relationship between
humans and their environments, both natural and built, urban, rural or
wild. We are looking for writing that is richly situated at the
confluence of place, space and identity–or that reflects upon or makes
use of landscape and place in new ways.

The Fourth River accepts unpublished poetry, literary short fiction, and
creative nonfiction. Please send up to seven poems or 7,000 words of
prose at a time. We prefer to receive submissions through Submittable
com,) and all submissions will be considered for print or online publication.

Postal mail submissions are accepted with no charge. If sending a paper
submission, please include SASE for response only. Manuscripts will be
recycled. Include a cover letter with contact info along with the title
and genre of the submission. We accept simultaneous submissions if
indicated on the cover letter; please let us know immediately if a piece
is accepted elsewhere.

Submission Address for postal mail:

(Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction) Editor

The Fourth River

Chatham University

Woodland Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15232

For more information, feel free to contact Managing Editor Dakota Garilli at 4thriver[at]gmail[dot]com. Please note that we do not accept submissions via email. Accepted authors receive two copies of the journal.


Dakota Garilli

Managing Editor

The Fourth River


My friend Stevie Edwards tagged me in this The Next Big Thing meme where folks interview themselves about their recently published or upcoming books, and tag others to do the same.

Mine is here -- full of ramblings and sarcasms, of course.

I want to start a new version of this that asks more bizarre questions. I just might do that.

Argos Prize

The second annual poetry contest for The Argos Prize is now open.

The winner receives $500 and publication in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue ofThe Country Dog Review.

Judge: Dorianne Laux

Entry fee is $10 for 3 poems. Multiple entries are acceptable, with corresponding fees.

Send to:
Attn: Danielle Sellers
The Argos Prize
The Country Dog Review
215 Karen Dr.
Oxford, MS 38655

Postmark deadline is April 15. 2013.

Please include a cover letter with your entry, and remove all
identifying information from your manuscript. Include your name,
address, phone number, email address, and bio in the letter.

Make checks payable to The Country Dog Review.

Submissions must be unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but
if a submitted poem is accepted elsewhere for publication, you must let
us know immediately. Entry fees cannot be refunded. Include an SASE for

All entries will be considered for publication.

Winner will be announced in May.

Web site:

call for submissions


The Missouri Review’s 6th Annual Audio Contest

Winners selected in collaboration with guest judge

Laura Starecheski

$1,000 first prize in each category

Now–you decide your entry fee!

Winners and select runners up will be
featured on our website and on our iTunes podcast. Select runners up
also receive cash prizes. All entrants receive a one-year, digital
subscription to The Missouri Review.

Listen to the winners of our 2012 Audio Competition here.

Postmark/Email Deadline: March 15th, 2013



Poets are encouraged to enter an original poem or collection of poems for this category.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: literary merit,
technical proficiency, and how the author uses audio media to further
the literary strength of his or her piece.

Time: 15 minutes or less.

First Prize: $1,000


Writers may enter a short story, narrative essay, or other form of literary
prose. For this category we are not interested in academic essays or
purely journalistic writing/reportage. Entries may be solely author-read
or contain other voices, tracks of sound, or music.

Judging will be based on the following criteria: literary merit,
technical proficiency, and how the author uses audio media to further
the literary strength of his or her piece.

Time: 15 minutes or less.

First Prize: $1,000

Audio Documentary

Entries should be audio only (no video). We are interested in short
documentaries on any subject. Documentaries can be presented in a
variety of forms, including narrative, interview, or documentary play.
Entries will be judged on strength of the script and subject, ability to
meet their objective (stated or unstated, i.e. a comedic short that’s
funny, or an artist interview that is informative, fresh and
insightful), and technical facility (including sound, reporting,
presenting and/or acting).

Time: 15 minutes or less.

First Prize: $1,000



Submissions are now open for LUMINA's 2013 Issue, and for our Fiction Contest!

LUMINA is accepting Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Visual Art submissions
for Volume XII. This year's Fiction Contest will be judged by acclaimed essayist George Saunders. First place award is $500.

Deadline for all submissions is November 1, 2012.

Visit http://lumina.submittable.com/submit

for submission guidelines, and to submit your work.

LUMINA, established in 2000, is the annual print publication of the Sarah
Lawrence College Graduate Writing Program, and has featured such authors as Rick Moody, Mark Doty, Phillip Lopate, Dorothy Alison, Stephen Dobyns, Amy Hempel, Kimiko Hahn, Cathy Park Hong, and Jenny Boully.


Please do not backchannel. Any questions should be addressed to
<nassaureview(at)ncc.edu> (replace (at) with @) .

The Nassau Review, Nassau Community College's international literary journal, is now accepting submissions.

The THEME for the submission period of 2012-2013 is Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis here means any work about, influenced by, or containing allusions to any other type of art or literature. The subject or allusions can be about anything in the artistic and creative world: dance, drama, literature, music, painting, photography, sculpture.

ALL writing submissions during this period are automatically considered for the Writer Awards: $250 for poetry and $250 for prose.

Please visit http://www.ncc.edu/programsandcourses/academic_departments/english/nassau_review/submission_guidelines.shtml for information about the journal, specific guidelines for submitting, and the link to our submission system:


Deadline: December 20, 2012.

The Nassau Review offers one contributor's copy as payment for publication.

Email <nassaureview(at)ncc.edu> (replace (at) with @) with any questions about submitting that the site does not answer.



calls for submission

Call for submissions: Adanna Literary Journal, WOMEN AND WAR: A TRIBUTE TO ADRIENNE RICH Special Issue

Adanna Literary Journal seeks submissions for its Winter 2013 issue, Women and War: A Tribute to Adrienne Rich, taking as its central premise Rich's assertion that "war is an absolute failure of imagination." Send us your poems, essays, and fictions on embattlement, embodiment, the functions of invention, and the paradigm of imagination.

Artists and writers are invited to submit works that respond to this theme. Selected art will appear as front or back cover art for this special edition. Submission period runs now through December 1, 2012. This special issue will be guest-edited by Rae Gouirand.

For more information and to submit, visit the website: http://adannajournal.blogspot.com


Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award for 2012
Submission Guidelines
Southern Indiana Review will award a prize of $1500 for poetry submitted under the following guidelines.
Download Printable Guidelines >>
for online submissions:
Each submission must:

Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 20, No. 1 of SIR. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.

Include an entry fee of $20 ($5 for each additional entry submitted). This non-refundable fee includes a year's subscription to SIR. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review.

List the author’s name, street address, email address (if applicable), phone number, and title(s) of poems submitted on a cover page.

List only the title of poem(s) on each page thereafter.

Consist of no more than four poems (with an additional limit of ten total pages in 12-point font, no more than one poem per page) per each individual submission.

Be addressed to Southern Indiana Review, Mary C. Mohr Award, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.

Be postmarked by October 1, 2012.

Include SAS postcard for receipt acknowledgement and/or SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Results will be posted on the SIR web site.

Current and former students and employees of the University of Southern Indiana are not eligible for the Award.

All submissions will be considered for publication. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All rights revert to the writer upon publication.