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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.

  • CALYX Press – closes June 30

Now in its 42nd year, CALYX is looking to diversify our canon with new and emerging poets from different demographics. If the students in your program are looking for an opportunity to have their work read and considered for publication (and a $300 cash prize!), please consider passing this information along to them.
This spring, we’re running our 17th annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, with Jennifer Richter as the judge. The winner will receive $300 cash and publication in CALYX Journal Vol. 31:2, Winter 2019. Three runners-up will receive a one-issue subscription and publication on the CALYX website.
The contest runs from now through June 30, 2018 and is open to any theme or subject. Please submit up to 3 poems (6 pages maximum) of unpublished poetry (both online and hard copy submissions are accepted). There is a $15 reading fee. Further details are attached, and full guidelines can be found on our website at
All women-identified poets are encouraged to enter.

  • Nowhere Magazine – closes July 1

Nowhere Magazine is a literary travel-writing publication that awards two authors per year $1,000 for their winning entry into our spring and fall writing contests. We are in the midst of our spring version and I was hoping you might pass word on to your MFA candidates and graduates.

Nowhere, founded in 2008, publishes the kind of travel content that delivers long-form, resonant stories—no service pieces or listicles here. We feature a good deal of first-time writers as well as seasoned and well-known authors, and we welcome entries from Augsburg’s students. Our general guidelines can be found here, and details about the contests are available here. We are primarily a digital platform, but also put out a print annual each spring.

  • Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Prize – closes August 31

Third Annual Poetry Prize

Opening date for submissions: May 1, 2018

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Fee: $25.00 USD for each manuscript

The prize: The winning author shall receive a $1,000 cash prize and 15 author copies of the book.

The finalists: In addition to the winner, there will be five finalists.

Eligibility: Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry.

Specifications: Suggested length of the manuscript is between 64 and 84 numbered pages including the title page and Table of Contents. Single-spaced Word documents ONLY will be accepted. Do not include any illustrations or graphics. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.

Submission: The author’s name should not appear in the manuscript, just the title. Be sure to include your name and the title of the work in your cover letter when using Submittable.

The judge: Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, an internationally acclaimed author of 14 books and a former handpress printer, will be the final judge of the prize-winning manuscript.

Publication date: Early 2019.  The winning volume will be published by Ex Ophidia Press and distributed by the Press and through

Link to the submission page

  • Mom Egg Review – closes August 1

Mom Egg Review will open for submissions on April 23, 2018 for the 17th annual print issue. We seek literary work that is about mothering or motherhood. We publish poetry, flash and short fiction, creative prose, and hybrid works (up to 850 words). We also seek mother-themed art.

Regular submissions ($3 fee) May 1 to August 1.


We publish works that reflect diverse experiences of mothering and motherhood, and are interested in your perspective on any aspect or phase of mothering, from pre-inception to later life. Many of our contributors are themselves mothers, but you need not be one to submit if the subject matter of your submission focuses on mothers or motherhood

Please read our website and journal to get an idea of the kind of work we publish before submitting. You can get a PDF copy of our last issue, MER 16, for only $5 at this link:


We use Submittable for online submissions, and do not accept paper or email submissions. Submissions are free of charge during our “Early Bird” period of April 23-10. For regular submissions, May 1-Aug. 1,there is a $3 fee for each poetry submission (of up to 4 poems), or creative prose, fiction, or cross-genre submission (up to 850 words). Or, you can submit and subscribe to the upcoming issue for a special price of $14. When in Submittable, select the option you prefer. No fee is required for art, or video submissions.

Submit work that has not been published previously online or in print. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but please let us know promptly if your submission is accepted elsewhere, by using your account to add a note to your submission telling us which titles are no longer available for consideration. Submissions will be considered for the print issue and for our VOX MER feature on our website (unless you specify that you are only submitting for one or the other). If you have previously submitted to Mom Egg Review, we request that you submit work other than that previously submitted.

Cover letter: Please include the title(s) of each individual work in the submission and a brief (50-75 word) third-person bio.

All genres: Submit your work in one document with the file name Last name, First name, Genre. (prefer .doc, docx, .txt, or .rtf, but if your work has unusual spacing, you may submit in pdf form).

Poetry: Please submit up to 4 poems in a single word or text document of no more than 6 pages with the file name Last name, First name, Poetry. Do not put your name on the pages themselves. Please number your pages and start each poem on a separate page. Important: Please left justify your poem without indenting and single space your poem (unless indenting or extra spacing is and integral part of the poem).

Creative Prose, Fiction, Cross-genre: Please submit one piece of 850 words or fewer, or several short-short pieces that total fewer than 850 words in all, in a single word or text document with the file name Last name, First name, Genre. Please double space, number your pages, and put title of the submission (but not your name) on top of each page.

Visual Art: Please submit up to four works of art (drawings, paintings, photos, etc.) that relate to mothers or motherhood, in a .jpg file at 300 dpi. (MER cover is color; interior art is black and white. If your art is selected, we will request a larger file.

Video or Audio: (for website) 3 min. max. Please send brief description and link only, along with cover letter and bio.

Scholarship Submissions: We have a limited number of submissions scholarships available. If the submissions fee is a hardship, you may email us at with your submission, cover letter and bio. Please put “Scholarship Application” as subject line.

Contact: (Please be sure to add this address to your email program so that you can receive correspondence from us). We will add all submitters to our mailing list (we send a bimonthly newsletter) but you may unsubscribe if you wish.


You represent that you own the rights to the piece, and allow us to publish it. Mom Egg Review acquires first-time publication rights to the piece. We also reserve the right to republish it in a future electronic and/or print collections. Back issues are archived indefinitely. Rights return to the authors after publication; after the contributions have appeared in Mom Egg Review, the authors may republish their pieces in any manner they wish but it is requested they acknowledge prior publication in Mom Egg Review. We are a volunteer organization, and are unable to pay for pieces at this time. A complimentary PDF contributor copy of the complete issue will be emailed to you prior to the launch date. You will also have the opportunity to purchase hard copies at reduced contributor rates if you wish.

Thanks for submitting to Mom Egg Review.

  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – closes August 31

Celebrating excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, supports and nurtures new writing talent, providing a platform for writers to showcase their work to international audiences. The renowned literary prize also presents students with an opportunity to further their involvement in the literary world in preparation for their graduate careers.

The Prize awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from both the Poetry and Short Fiction categories, in addition to a £1,000 cash prize, consultations with literary agency Redhammer Management, a Full Membership to The Poetry Society, subscriptions to Granta and books courtesy of Vintage and Bloodaxe Books.

Share This Exciting Opportunity at Augsburg College

Students are a huge part of what makes the Creative Writing Award so enriching and successful, with opportunities to develop critical thinking, creative practice and generate academic discussion.

Showcase your writing to new international audiences with the @AestheticaMag Creative Writing Award! Submit your Short Fiction & Poetry works before 31 August

*Please note entries should be written in the English language. Submissions close 31 August.

  • The Carolina Quarterly – closes June 1

The Carolina Quarterly solicits stories that reimagine what it means to be ourselves and live in our world. We’re connected to our pasts—through stories, histories, and traditions—but we can also imagine other ways of being. These reimaginings may appear as fantastic before they’re realized. But that’s OK. What is unlikely or strange may spark our creativity and reveal new opportunities. For this contest, The CQ is interested in stories that, like Wallace’s novels, bring together the intimate—love and loss, redemption and revenge—and the cosmic—collective burdens of history, planetary concerns, and needs for human meaning.

Please submit stories beginning December 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018 (extended deadline). Winners will be announced by August 1st and published in CQ’s Fall/Winter 2018 issue–released on November 1, 2018.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd, ($1,000/ $500/ $250) with honorable mentions for 4th and 5th places. All stories will be printed in the Fall 2018 issue of The Carolina Quarterly, 68.1. Each winner will also receive four free copies of the issue. First prize winner will also have an interview posted on our website.

Daniel Wallace’s work has been published in over two dozen languages, and his stories, novels and non-fiction essays are taught in high schools and colleges throughout the U.S. His illustrations have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Italian Vanity Fair, and many other magazines and books, including Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds: Indispensible Wisdom and Cautionary Advice for Writers, by George Singleton, and Adventures in Pen Land: One Writer’s Journey from Inklings to Ink, by Marianne Gingher. Big Fish was made into a motion picture of the same name by Tim Burton in 2003.

We do not publish work written by employees or students at UNC Chapel Hill. We will read all contest submissions.

All submissions will be held until the winners are announced August, 2018. There is a $3.50 for submitting to this contest. Electronic submissions, through our online submission system are preferable however, submitters may mail submissions, along with $3.50 submission fee to:

The Carolina Quarterly
510 Greenlaw Hall
CB# 3520
UNC – Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520

Click here to submit