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Writing Opportunities for Students

We’ve been asked by the following publications to share their calls for submissions.  Please contact the publications directly if you have questions or submissions.

Note that the most recent additions are posted at the top.

  • Punctuate Creative Nonfiction – closes April 30, 2018

Punctuate is a nonfiction magazine of the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Published year round online, beginning in October of 2015, Punctuate will also publish a print edition once a year. We are looking for creative nonfiction in a broad array of forms, including essays, memoir, craft essays, graphic essays, and hybrid works. We will reply in eight to twelve weeks. Multiple submissions are accepted. Submissions every month during the academic year September – May.


  • five80split Prose Contest – closes December 17, 2017

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), but even if you don’t hit the 50,000 word goal this year, you can still submit your prose to five80split for a chance to win a cash prize.

Our theme this year is “Art and the Machine.” How are you affected by the global machinery of industry, technology, and the political “machine” of government? What do you think are the consequences of these types of global machinery? How do machines such as guns influence how we navigate spaces? In what ways have technological forms of communication, such as Facebook and Twitter, altered or reshaped everyday relationships? What role does machinery play in our lives as artists?

Alternatively, you can view this prompt in light of the machine-like consistency and efficiency that we, as artists, must adopt in order to achieve our vision or even just approach our work. What processes (artistic or otherwise) borrow, shape, mold, and command you?

You may explore this theme via any medium (essay, creative fiction, journalism, etc.) so long as it is in prose (we will running a poetry contest in February 2018).

Simultaneous submissions are fine and dandy, just let us know if your work gets accepted elsewhere as soon as possible.

Please pay attention and follow the submission guidelines below.

Prose (Fiction and Non-fiction) Submissions:

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through Submittable. NO hardcopies or emailed copies of work will be considered. Successful submissions in prose and fiction typically do not exceed 3,500 words, with a maximum of 5,000 words accepted. Please submit as PDF, doc, docx files. Unreadable formats will not be accepted. SUBMISSIONS ARE BLIND!  If you include your name anywhere on the submission you will be disqualified. We will have your name and contact information from your Submittable account.

Entries are $3 each.

Winners will be contacted directly via the contact information in your Submittable account by  January 20, 2018.

If you have any questions or need more information, email us at


Fame and fortune! Well, we can’t promise that, but we will promise that your piece will be featured as a winner when we will launch our brand new fancy on-line journal that we will be launching in the Spring of 2018. Also, a little bit of cash is always nice.

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @five80split #five80split  You can also check out our website (a new one is being designed, we promise) at:

  • Oxford American – closes December 1, 2017



The Oxford American welcomes fiction submissions from new writers. We are eager to feature a writer in our 100th issue who has not yet published fiction in a print publication with a circulation over 5,000 copies. Stories under 10,000 words will be considered, and the selected writer will be paid $1000. The 100th issue will be on newsstands starting March 2018.

Our primary consideration is quality, though we would be especially pleased to include the work of an author with ties to the South and/or a story that furthers our mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though we ask that stories are immediately withdrawn from consideration following acceptance elsewhere. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is a $2 processing fee.)


The Oxford American welcomes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions, as well as proposals for articles. We accept submissions via Submittable. (There is $2 processing fee.) The Oxford American does not accept submissions on paper and cannot return manuscripts sent to the office.

Please familiarize yourself with recent issues of the magazine before you submit. The Oxford American can be purchased at discerning bookstores and newsstands everywhere. Single-copy issues and back issues may be purchased here.

Issues appear in March, June, September, and December. Our annual Southern Music Issue appears in December. To learn more about our upcoming music issue, click here.

Submit to the Oxford American.

  • New Limestone Review – closes November 15, 2017

New Limestone Review, formerly Limestone, is seeking submissions for our December issue by November 15For a sense of what we’re looking for, please check out our November issue, which features short fiction by Michael Poore (Reincarnation Blues, Up Jumps the Devil) and debut author Casey McConahay, nonfiction by Becky Mendelbaum (Bad Kansas), new poetry by Caki Wilkinson (Circles Where the Head Should Be, The Wynona Stone Poems), and interviews with Carl Phillips and Marie-Helene Bertino.

New Limestone Review is published by the University of Kentucky’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, Department of English. We offer monthly online issues and one annual print publication. All accepted submissions will be for the web first and will be eligible for publication in the print issue. We accept submissions on a monthly basis throughout the year and hope very much to hear from you. Submit here!


  • Literary Death Match – closes November 20, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the second-ever Literary Death Match 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by the thrillingly brilliant Roxane Gay (LDM Chicago, Ep. 7 champion). The winner will receive $1,000. The two runners-up (runner-ups?) will receive $100. (It’s runners-up, by the way.) All finalists will be invited to read at LDM events near where they live.

We’ve continued this contest for three reasons:

1. The first was a smash hit. We had a stunning display of stories. The winner — Karen Harryman’s “The World Is Never So Kind” — was a stunner, as were the other 14 finalists. We were able to distribute thousands of bookmarks to guests at our live events all over the world, and the feedback was extraordinary.

2. Our live events average 10,000 attendees annually. We want these people leaving our around-the-globe shows with award-winning stories they’re certain to read. (Everyone can spare 250 words worth of reading.)

3. LDM continues to expand. We remain hell bent on creating brilliant content beyond our live shows (are you a LDM Book Report subscriber?), and any left over funds from this contest will help us continue to do big literary things in spaces all around the world. Live and on the web.

The rules are simple: write a story that is no longer than 250 words. You’re thinking: but my story is 263 words long! That’s okay, right? Nope. It won’t fit on the bookmark. 250, please! (Though if your story is perfect and it’s 255, we’ll see what we can do with the kerning.)

The Deadline: November 20, 2017
Publication: January, 2018
The Cost: $15 for a single entry; $20 for a double entry

  • WNBA Writing Contest 2018 – closes March 1, 2018

$250 cash prizes for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman.

Categories and Judges


Carol Smallwood will judge the poetry submissions. One of Carol Smallwood’s over five dozen anthologies, Women on Poetry: Tips on writing, revising, publishing and teaching, is on Poets & Writers Magazine’s List of Best Books for writers. Her latest is Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Interviews and case studies of cooperation (McFarland, 2017). A multiple Pushcart nominee, she has served as reader, reviewer, interviewer, and judge and has received various recognitions such as a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award.


Regina Marler will judge the fiction submissions. After Editing Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, Ms. Marler wrote Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom, and edited Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America on to Sex. Her fiction has appeared in North American Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her story, She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer,, and the Advocate and currently contributes to the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, and the Signet Classics series. Recent essays include the Cambridge Companion to Bloomsbury, Queer Bloomsbury, and forthcoming: Oxford Guide to Virginia Woolf.


Katie Hafner will judge the nonfiction submissions. She has been writing for The New York Times since 1991. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her books include Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the computer frontier (with John Markoff), Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The origins of the internet (with Matthew Lyon), and others. Her most recent book Mother Daughter Me, a memoir about multigenerational living, was published in 2013 by Random House.

YA Fiction

Tanya Egan Gibson will judge the Young Adult fiction submissions. Her debut novel, How to Buy A Love of Reading, was published by Dutton in May 2009. An alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is mother to a four-year-old who produces countless construction paper “books” that she insists Mommy “get published” and an infant whose favorite teether is HTBALOR, and wife to the most patient man in the universe.

For contest requirements, fees, and submission information, please go to:

  • 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction – closes December 10, 2017

The University of Iowa Press is delighted to announce that the submission period for the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction is open now through December 10, 2017. Open to both new and established writers, the prize is awarded for a book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction originally written in English. The winning manuscript will be published by the University of Iowa Press.
  • Submissions postmarked between now and December 10, 2017 will be considered.
  • Contestants should submit a hard copy of their manuscript along with a check for a $10 administrative fee, payable to the University of Iowa Press.
  • Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
  • Simultaneous submissions will be considered, but we ask that you notify UI Press immediately should your manuscript be accepted elsewhere.
  • Only the contest winner will be notified.
 See for more information.

  • Santa Ana River Review – closes December 15, 2017

The Santa Ana River Review, literary journal of UC Riverside, is now accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, non-nonfiction, drama, and visual arts. Submissions are free of charge and will remain open until December 15. You can submit via the link below. We look forward to reading your work!

  • The Gordian Review – closes November 15, 2017

Since its inception, The Gordian Review (TGR) has made a commitment to publishing the voices of
today’s graduate students and giving them a unique publishing opportunity just for them. The original
idea came from Texas Review Press’ founder and late director, Dr. Paul Ruffin, who wanted to present
the world a sneak peek of the next generation of writers.
TGR is an annual online publication operated by SHSU graduate students who collect, select, and edit
submissions. These graduates also design, produce, and publish the journal. TGR publishes works across
genres and forms, accepting submissions in three areas: fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
We are currently accepting poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction. We accept traditional and experimental forms.
We are very eager to showcase new voices. Our call for submissions will last until November 15, 2017. For more
information please visit our website at!​

All submissions must include a cover letter with the author’s full name, their student ID number, your
school and program they are enrolled in, and their school email address. We ask for all of this
information to verify that the submission we’ve received is an up and coming voice from a graduate

For more information about us and for submission guidelines, please visit The Gordian Review’s website;

  • The Rush – closes November 15, 2017

We are officially open for submissions in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and visual art & photography. We seek high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life, and we are delighted in our ability to pay writers.

All submissions must be submitted through Submittable by November 15, 2017.



  • RipRap Literary Journal – closes December 3, 2017

RipRap Literary Journal Volume 40 would like to offer our humble invitation to talented writers and artists of all genres for our CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! We are currently accepting submissions for Artwork, Poetry, Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. There is no fee to submit. 
We will be accepting submissions until December 3, 2017
RipRap is a literary journal designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). RipRap highlights new and emerging writers from across the country as well as enlightening interviews of award winning, published writers who are featured in the CSULB English Department’s Visiting Writers Series or from the known writing community. New editions of the journal are published each May. Being the 40th anniversary edition, we would like to encourage submissions that illuminates the current unique social and political climate. As always with all our submissions, we seek out work that is innovative, forward-thinking, and as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. 

*All submissions are blind-read by our editing staff and editorial panels. Your manuscript may not include any identifying information. Any pieces submitted containing personal information that reveals the identity of the author will not be considered for publication.*

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Riprapjournal for updates and more information. In addition, visit our RipRap CSULB site to check out last year’s issue Riprap 39. We look forward to receiving your work!

  • First Person – closes November 30, 2017

First Person is a space where thinkers, artists and friends can share their lives, stories, and different perspectives on topics ranging from the personal to the political. Our mission is to truly create a space where opposing ideas can exist together. So to create genuine dialogue, we are looking for submissions from everyone: Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives, Liberals, Socialists, etc. Whether it’s in the form of fiction or op-ed, poetry or photography, we want your point of view in our publication. By presenting a diversity of art forms and ideas, we aim to foster a community in which conversation flows freely, and every voice is respected and heard. We want you to leave First Person having seen a new perspective and taken it to heart.

Our magazine publishes prose, poetry, essays, photography, interviews, and much more, while striving to give a platform to those who do not always have one. We want your best work! If you’ve never submitted anywhere before, now’s your chance. We excitedly welcome new and seasoned submitters alike. Please follow our guidelines below and email submissions to No cover letter necessary, but feel free to drop us a quick note if you want!

Be a part of the inaugural online issue of First Person. Our website is currently under construction. That being said, we can’t construct it without your submissions. We value your choice to submit to First Person—we’re pretty flattered, actually—and we promise to get back to you within four weeks. We seek to publish refreshing, stimulating work in First Person; as such, we’re excited to work with you to make your piece shine.

Any questions? Email

Poetry & Prose—Please submit as a Word Document
Fiction, Nonfiction, Essays, etc.—no more than 2,000 words.
Poetry—up to five poems.
Visual Art
Photography—up to 10 photographs. Feel free to include a couple paragraphs or a short essay explaining photographs, if you’d like. (Acceptable formats: jpeg, gif, png, tiff, or pdf)
Drawings/Cartoons—up to 20 images. (Acceptable formats: jpeg, gif, png, tiff, or pdf)

Short films—up to 12 minutes. (You can attach the video, or send a Youtube or Vimeo link)

Anything else? Do you have an idea for a piece that doesn’t meet any of the guidelines? Drop us a line and we’ll see if we can make it work. We’re open to the unimaginable.

You’ve got rights!
By submitting to First Person, you grant us first serial rights. Once your work is published, rights revert back to you. After your work appears in First Person, you may republish it, or allow others to republish it. If you do, we just ask that you credit your work as first appearing in First Person.

We accept simultaneous and unsolicited submissions. Just let us know as soon as possible if you’ve been accepted anywhere else. (Congrats, by the way!)

How to submit:
• Send to:
• In the email: Anything you’d like us to know about you, your work, etc.
• Attaching your work: Please save your work as GENRE: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME
• On each page of your submission: please include GENRE: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME on the upper right hand corner.

Deadline: November 30, 2017

  • Narrative Magazine – closes November 19, 2017

The 30 Below Contest is open to all young writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old.

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

Please visit for the full guidelines.

We’re looking for the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary—we’re looking to encourage and promote the best young authors and artists we can find. All entries will be considered for publication.

Winning works from Narrative often appear in collections such as the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize series, and many others.

We look forward to reading your work.

  •  Glassworks’s calls for prose, poetry, new media, art, craft – closes December 15, 2017

Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program, publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. We are currently reading until December 15, 2017 for our spring and fall 2018 print issues.

We also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays monthly in our online edition Flash Glass. Submissions for Flash Glass are accepted on a year-round, rolling basis.

More information about our magazine, sample issues, and our submission manager can be found at .

  • Tammy Journal: Call for Submissions – closes November 30, 2017

Tammy is reading submissions for its ninth issue. ​Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook publisher from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. Our issues have featured writers such as Ashley M. Jones, Lydia Davis, Ottessa Moshfegh, Sarah Gerard, Ander Monson, Kamen Hilliard, and Abraham Smith. JoAnna Novak, Tyler Flynn Dorholt, and Thomas Cook are the Editors and Publishers. Please submit at our Submittable page through December 1.We look forward to reading your work!

  • Sundress Publications Poetry Broadside Contest – closes November 30, 2017

    Sundress Publications is pleased to announce that we are now open for submissions for our new poetry broadside contest.

    The winner’s poem will be letterpress-printed and made available for sale on our online store. The winner will receive $200 and 20 copies of their broadside.

    The reading fee is $10 per batch of three poems, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title. We will also accept nominations for entrants, provided the nominating person either pays the reading fee or makes a qualifying purchase. Authors may submit and/or nominate as many manuscripts as they would like, so long as each is accompanied by a separate reading fee or purchase/pre-order. Entrants and nominators can place book orders or pay submission fees at our store,

    To submit, send up to three poems, no longer than 35 lines each, in one Word or PDF document to Be sure to include a copy of your payment receipt or purchase order number along with a brief author bio by November 30, 2017.  Please make sure that no identifying information is included in the submitted poems.

    Multiple submissions are acceptable so long as you pay an entry fee for each submission. Previously published material is welcome so long as you maintain the rights to the work. Let us know in your cover letter if any of your submitted poems have been previous published.

    Poems translated from another language will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that authors notify us immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere.

    A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is entirely volunteer-run, publishes chapbooks and full-length works in both print and digital formats, and hosts a variety of online journals. Our mission is to champion great work—especially by persons under-represented in literary publishing—and we welcome writers and artists regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, religion, class, veteran status, and educational background.

    Facebook: sundresspublications

  • V  International Flash Fiction Competition – closes November 23, 2017

Keeping in mind the Foundation´s ethos, which is that the word is the tool of coexistence between different cultures, religions and ideologies, the V Edition of competition is open, under the motto:The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions”. The rules of the competition are as follows:

The 5th Edition of the International Prize for Micro-Stories is organized by the César Egido Serrano Foundation.

Writers from anywhere in the world may participate.

Originals whose theme will be free (two per author, maximum) will be written in any of the following languages: Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew.

An overall first prize of 20,000 dollars is awarded for the best story in any of the languages authorized in the contest.

Three prizes of $ 1,000 each will be awarded for the best stories in each of the other remaining languages admitted in the contest, that are not winners of the main prize.

The stories cannot exceed 100 words. They will be sent exclusively by completing the online form that will be found on the website of the Foundation: The texts will be original, unpublished in all media (paper, blogs, electronic publications, etc…) and must not been awarded prizes in any other contest. Those who do not meet this condition will be disqualified.

The deadline for submission of originals will end at 24h (Spanish peninsular time) of the International Day of the Word as a Bond of Humankind (motto of the Foundation), on November 23rd, 2017.

The jury will make a selection of the finalists it deems appropriate. The list of finalist titles will be published on the website of the César Egido Serrano Foundation.

The César Egido Serrano Foundation reserves the right to publish the finalist stories.

The decision of the jury will be final.

The registration in this contest is an agreement in the total acceptance of its rules.

Texts that do not comply with any of the rules will be disqualified.Keeping in mind the Foundation´s ethos, which is that the word is the tool of coexistence between different cultures, religions and ideologies, the V Edition of competition is open, under the motto:The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions”.

Click here for more information and the participation form: