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Writing Opportunities for Augsburg MFA 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.

  • 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F(r)iction is accepting previously unpublished works of short fiction, flash fiction, and poetry.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.

  • Sequestrum Literature & Art – closes October 15, 2017

We’re holding a contest through October 15th for new writers and poets (anyone yet to publish a book-length manuscript), and one of our aims is to showcase work by candidates in some of the top creative writing programs. Our library contains NEA & Guggenheim Fellows, Pulitzer Prize nominees, and other award-winning poets and novelists; we hope to put some of today’s emerging talents alongside them.
The contest is open to short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, with winners for both prose and poetry. If there are any students in your graduate program who 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:

  • 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:

  • Lascaux Prize in Poetry – closes September 30, 2017

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry closes at the end of the month. Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2018 Lascaux Prize Anthology.

Two copies of the anthology will be supplied to every poet appearing in it. Entry fee is $10. Poets may enter more than once, and as many as five poems may be submitted per entry. There are no length restrictions. All styles are welcome.

All contest participants receive free downloads of the Lascaux Prize anthologies to date.

Submissions close 30 September.

Other Contests Presently Open

Short fictioncloses 30 November

Novelscloses 31 December

Collected Poetrycloses 31 January

  • 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.

  • Missouri Review’s 27th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize – closes October 2, 2017

The Missouri Review’s 27th Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction is now open for submissions. First-place winners in each category receive a prize of $5,000, plus a feature in our spring issue and paid travel to a gala reading and reception in Columbia, Missouri. Contest finalists will have their work considered for publication at our usual contributor rate of $40 per printed page.

This opportunity is open to both emerging and established writers—we are most of all concerned with finding strong work, which is why I particularly wanted to pass on the word to writers involved with your MFA Program. I would very much appreciate it if you could let folks there know about our contest by posting the attached fliers somewhere where they’ll get attention—such as your group’s Facebook group or page—or by forwarding this information to any email lists or newsletters that might have an interest. All writers submitting to our contest receive a one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review (normal price $24) and a paperback copy of the first title of our new imprint, Missouri Review Books, The Trail of the Demon by Jane Gillette (normal price $14.95).

We accept submissions online or by mail. The postmark deadline is October 2, and winners will be announced in January of 2018.

You can find more information about the contest through our website:

  • Arkana – closes October 2, 2017

Arkana, the journal of marginalized voices and mysteries published by the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is now reading for its third issue! Pretty, pretty please send us your fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, illustrated narrative, scriptwriting, translation, artwork or whatever other mixed-genre strikes your fancy and you think will strike our fancy too.

We want work that reflects our mission: to seek and foster a sense of shared wonder by privileging art that asks questions, explores mystery, and works to discover and uncover the overlooked, the misunderstood, and the silent.

So if you feel like we just described your work, we want to hear from you! We are super groovy with literary diversity. We accept work from writers of all shapes and sizes, no matter their background, place of origin, or education/career level—we have published writers with fancy MFA degrees and writers still in high school, writers from our home base in Arkansas to writers from across the world. Plus, we nominate our writers’ work yearly for the Pushcart Prize and for other prizes, such as Best of the Net. We also include an audio feature on our website, so if you’re published, you’ll get a chance to literally have your voice heard.

If you’re interested in sending polished, mysterious, and wonderful work our way, then check out our submission guidelines:

And it doesn’t hurt to read through the journal for yourself, just to get a feel for what kind of stuff we’re into:

Still have questions? Shoot us an email at or look us up on Facebook or Twitter, @ArkanaMag.

We can’t wait to read your work!