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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.

  • 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;

  • Every Pigeon – closes November 1, 2017

Every Pigeon publishes works which magnify the mundane. Our first issue, launched in June 2017, featured thirty emerging and established writers and artists from around America. We want to stretch our wings to all corners of the earth in our upcoming second issue. We are accepting nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art until November 1st.

Though we love all things pigeon, this magazine is not bird-themed. Instead, the quotidian pigeon is our symbol for all things lowly but lovely. Visit our website to read Issue 1 and learn more:

We are seeking work in all genres:

Poetry (1-3 poems)

Nonfiction (500-2500 words)

Fiction (500-2500 words)

Art and Photography (single pieces or collections)

Please only send in previously unpublished work. We accept simultaneous submissions, but request that you notify us immediately if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

By submitting to Every Pigeon, you verify that the work is yours alone. We ask for first serial rights and the right to keep your work archived online indefinitely. All other rights revert to you upon publication.

  • 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

  • Into the Black: speculative fiction contest – closes November 1, 2017

    The Economic Security Project is a two-year fund to support exploration and experimentation with unconditional cash stipends. We are funding projects like academic research, state and local basic income campaigns, and cultural projects around economic security. The Economic Security Project is co-chaired by future of work instigator Natalie Foster, Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes, and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren.

  • JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, 2017 Fiction Prize – closes October 31, 2017

$500 and publication in JuxtaProse Literary Magazine will be awarded to the winning short story. Up to three additional stories, each by a different author, may be awarded “Honorable Mention” status, for which they will receive $50 and publication. All finalists will be considered for publication, regardless of whether they receive honorable mention status. Stories must be previously unpublished in any form in order to be eligible.

An entry fee of $15 applies. Entries should consist of a single story, of between 500 and 7,000 words. Any entry which contains more than one story, or that contains a story which falls outside of these word limits may be subject to disqualification. Authors may enter multiple times but will be charged a separate entry fee each time.

Winners, including the first prize winner and any honorable mentions, will be announced on or before 5:00 pm Mountain Time on November 25, 2017.

Entries which do not abide by these submission guidelines may be subject to disqualification. All entry fees are non-refundable.

Click here to submit:

  • Milkweed Editions, Poetry – closes October 31, 2017

Milkweed Editions will be open to single-author collections of poetry beginning October 1, 2017. Submissions will close once we have received 800 manuscripts, or on October 31, 2017 (whichever comes first). Manuscripts must be at least 60 pages long. Please submit a query letter along with the complete collection.  View their submission guidelines for more information:

  • 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 .

  • F(r)iction‘s Fall 2017 Literary Contests – closes November 1, 2017

Guest Judges Celeste Ng, Tommy Pico, and Megan Giddings
$1600 in Prizes

F(r)iction is now accepting submissions for our Fall 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. We strongly recommend checking out F(r)iction to get an idea of our aesthetic. You can also buy an issue 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.

  • PEN America and Catapult seeking 12 best debut short stories of 2017 – closes November 10, 2017

Each year, in partnership with PEN America, we publish an anthology of the twelve best short story debuts of the previous year––those honored with the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. I know you have brilliant writers in your program, and we’re hoping to spread the word both about the award and the anthology. While there is no submission fee, authors may not submit their own work; rather, they should encourage their editors to submit their stories.

The prize is $2,000 and publication in the 2018 anthology.

Click here to download a flyer with more details about the anthology and prize for emerging writers––please post it around your department and share with your students and listservs. 

MFA students, faculty, and alumni are invited to pick up a copy of the anthology (which includes an index of all publications and literary magazines that participate in the contest) for 20% off using the discount code BESTDEBUT from our website:

Find more information about the prize here:

  • 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:

  • Alice James Award – closes November 1, 2017

Alice James Books will be accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the Alice James Award postmarked or submitted online via Submittable by November 1, 2017. The Alice James Award welcomes submissions from emerging as well as established poets. Entrants must reside in the United States.

The winner receives $2,000, book publication, and national distribution via Consortium. The winner will also receive a $1000 honorarium to travel and give a reading at the University of Maine at Farmington. In addition to the winning manuscript, one or more additional manuscripts may be chosen for publication.

For more information and complete award guidelines, please visit:

Alice James Books titles are distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. Individuals may order from the press directly. AJB was named for Alice James, sister of novelist Henry and philosopher William, whose fine journal and gift for writing went unrecognized during her lifetime. Alice James Books is affiliated with the University of Maine at Farmington.