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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.

  • Belt Publishing – Hey Minneapolis! – closes April 15

Belt Publishing will be compiling an anthology of essays, stories, and poems about Minneapolis in 2019 as part of our City Anthology Series.

Minneapolis and the surrounding area has emerged as one of the literary centers of the country, and this anthology will mark the advent of the post-Wobegon era. We are looking for stories, scenes and memories from the city that evoke the place in compelling ways. Submissions can be related to a specific place, event (personal or historical) or personage, and must take place in or around the city. St. Paul will also be considered, as will most suburbs.


We are not looking for news-related pieces unless there is a personal/emotional connection to news events (such as the I-35 bridge collapse) and submissions should retain their relevance for years to come. We are actively looking for stories from Twin Cities’ African-American, Lakota, Anishinaabe, Somali, Hmong, Latino, and other communities, so please circulate. Stories that involve humor, heartbreak, redemption and discovery will be given priority. Stories that ramble will be frowned upon.

Authors can submit multiple pieces. We will accept previously published pieces, but the author must include the original publication information and have the rights to the piece. Accepted submissions will likely be edited in coordination with the author.

  • IO Literary Journal – closes May 1

IO, a bi-annually published literary journal set to launch later this year, is now accepting submissions, and we invite you to submit your writing and artwork for its inaugural volume.

Who we are: IO was founded this year by six women of color with the mission to showcase a myriad of experiences of all people, especially those in underrepresented groups whose voices are silenced or unheard in mainstream culture.

We offer an opportunity to submit pieces such as (but not limited to!) fiction and non-fiction, poetry, screenplays, book reviews, literary criticism, flash fiction/non-fiction, micro-fiction/non-fiction, and personal/narrative essays, as well as 2-D art, comics, and photography.

In our effort to embrace all forms of creative writing and artistic expression, IO accepts experimental works, which include pieces that do not adhere to traditional labels or genres but have a story to share. We are open to your interpretations of what you deem to be “experimental.”

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and authors may submit to any and all categories at once. There is no submission fee for IO Volume 1.

For a detailed outline of our submission guidelines, as well as our submission page, please visit:

  • Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing – closes March 31

Calling all First-Time, First-Generation Fiction Writers:

Apply by March 31 to the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Winner Receives $10,000 and Publication
Dear writers, educators, agents, editors, and literary citizens: The deadline for the 2018 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing has been extended by one month, until March 31, 2018. Please spread the word to any first-generation, first-time writers in your circles! For this year’s Prize, Restless is offering $10,000 and publication to a debut book-length work of fiction by a first-generation immigrant of any country. We’re looking for groundbreaking, extraordinary fiction that grapples with the realities of immigration, migration, and the complexities of our ever-changing world.

Visit the prize page for more details and to apply.

  • Taliesin Nexus – closes April 30

We are launching a new creative writing magazine—it will be like Netflix, but for new authors. Get ready to binge read.

Stay tuned for details about print and online subscription, but if you’d like to submit your short story, narrative nonfiction piece, or illustration/graphic design skills for publication, click for more details.

There is still time to submit to the Smash Cut Screenplay competition under the regular deadline.

Regular Deadline fees (Until April 30):
Feature Film – $55
Short Film / Series Pilot – $35


• One-on-one script analysis with screenwriter Paul Guay (LIAR, LIAR)
• A $2500 Writing Fellowship with an industry screenwriting mentor
• Acceptance into the SmashCut Film Lab and a $10,000 film grant
• Cash Prize and much more…

Submit now.

  • F(r)iction‘s Spring 2018 Literary Contests – closes March 15

Guest Judges Sarah Gerard, Mercedes M. Yardley, Jeremy Radin, and Kirsty Logan$2100 in Prizes
F(r)iction is now accepting submissions for our Spring Literary Contests!

F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry. In addition to prizes, winners in each category will be published in the Summer issue of F(r)iction, and discussed in our Untethered Podcast.

Our editorial staff favors stories that celebrate the weird, take risks, and are driven by a strong, unique voice. To best understand our style, we strongly recommend buying an issue of F(r)iction at the TBL Store.

Please visit our  formatting guidelines page to properly format your work for submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify TBL immediately if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. We encourage writers to submit as many pieces as they wish. All stories will be considered for publication in F(r)iction, our triannual print journal.

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  • Sequestrum 2018 Editor’s Reprint Award – closes April 30

Sequestrum, a literary journal of new prose and poetry, is holding a reprint contest through April 30th and is hoping to showcase the past accomplishments of faculty and students from some of the top creative writing programs. Finalists from the Editor’s Reprint Awards have ranged from works first published in Tin House and The Atlantic to small presses, defunct markets, and single-run anthologies. We’re hoping this year will feature a similar mix of established and upcoming voices.

If any of your colleagues or students from your graduate program would be interested in sending their writing, I’d appreciate if you could pass this note along. The attached file is a flyer with contest details and a little information about Sequestrum. Full details are here:

Ralph Cooper
Managing Editor, Sequestrum

  • The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship – closes March 24

The Oxford American is currently accepting applications for the 2018-19 Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship. Will you share the following information with your students?

 The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship
To support a debut book of creative nonfiction. $10,000 stipend, housing, and an editorial fellowship with the Oxford American toward a nine-month residency in Central Arkansas. The OA, a quarterly magazine dedicated to documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South, has helped launch and sustain the careers of many significant writers of literary journalism, memoir, reportage, criticism, and the lyric essay. Along with its contributors, the OA has received numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award in General Excellence. Alex Mar, Zandria F. Robinson, and Timothy B. Tyson to judge. $30 application fee.

Deadline March 24th. For guidelines, visit:

  • Manzano Mountain Review – closes April 1

Manzano Mountain Review is an online literary journal based in New Mexico seeking submissions for its second issue.

We like writing that is honest, gritty, vulnerable. Give us plot, but not too much. We want characters like us—complicated, flawed, human. Discomfort us. Provoke awe. Melt our brains.

The theme for Issue No. 2 is “Summer Haunts/ Hauntings.” 

Aesthetically, the two editors, Justin Bendell and Kristian Macaron, value writing that crosses boundaries, treads unfamiliar ground, but also work that is rooted in place. Readers will find examples of this in our issues.

Justin likes terse, lyrical fiction with well-conceived plots. He is not afraid of genre writing (especially mysteries and westerns), though he thinks the best writing transcends genre.

Kristian likes writing that is exploratory, narrative, and unexpected. Words that teach and connect the reader/writer through image/metaphor/place.

Submissions are open to all writers.

We seek prose (< 3,000 words), flash fiction, poetry, visual art, and photography. We do not pay.

The deadline for Issue No. 2 is April 1st, 2018.

  • The Rush – closes April 15

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 April 15, 2018.



  • Sundress Publications – closes April 15

Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fifth annual chapbook contest. Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of January 15th to April 15th, 2018.

We are looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any combination thereof. Manuscripts must be between twelve to twenty-six (12-26) pages in length, with a page break between individual pieces. Individual pieces may have been previously published in anthologies, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered. Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.

The entry fee is $10 per manuscript, 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 chapbook 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,

The winner will receive a $200 prize, plus publication as a beautiful full-color PDF available exclusively online for free. Runners-up will also be considered for publication. 

This year’s judge will be Wren Hanks. Hanks is a trans writer from Texas and the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, his recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Jellyfish Magazine, The Wanderer, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books in 2018. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

All manuscripts should include a cover page (with only the title of the manuscript), table of contents, dedication (if applicable), and acknowledgments for previous publications. These pages will not be included in the total page count. Identifying information should not appear in any part of the manuscript. Authors with a significant relationship to the judge (friends, relatives, colleagues, past or present students, etc.) are discouraged from entering.

To submit, attach your manuscript as a DOCX or PDF file along with your order number for either a Sundress title of the entry fee to

Simultaneous submission to other presses is acceptable, but please notify Sundress immediately if the manuscript has been accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are allowed, but a separate entry fee must accompany each entry. No revisions will be allowed during the contest judging period. Winners will be announced in Summer 2018.

  • Catamaran Poetry Prize – closes March 15, 2018

The 2018 Catamaran Poetry Prize is now open for submissions.
The contest is open to West Coast poets living in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Submissions will be accepted from Nov 1, 2017 until the deadline: March 15, 2018.
Manuscripts must be between 60-100 pages in length. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but inform us immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
For complete submission guidelines, visit our website link here: Catamaran Poetry Prize Guidelines

Submissions will be accepted from Nov 1, 2017 until the deadline: March 15, 2018.

 The winning poetry manuscript will be published in book form and awarded a prize of $1,000
The winning poetry collection will be judged and selected by Zack Rogow. 500 copies of the winning book will be published.

  • 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.