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.

  • Memorious: A Journal of New Verse & Fiction – through April 1, 2017

Memorious: A Journal of New Verse & Fiction has been publishing online for thirteen years, and work from our magazine has been reprinted in The New York Times MagazineBest American PoetryBest New PoetsBest of the Web, and Best of the Net.

Previous contributors include Steve Almond, Rick Barot, Jericho Brown, Alex Dimitrov, Ishion Hutchinson, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, Norman Dubie, Tarfia Faizullah, Amit Majmudar, Sally Wen Mao, Peter Orner, Nina McGonigley, Caitlin Horrocks, Benjamin Percy, Sharma Shields, Anne Valente, Jean Valentine, Xu Xi, Paul Yoon, and many more!

Please read the specific guidelines for each genre. We hope you have already visited our magazine at www.memorious.org and maybe even read through our archives to get a sense of what we publish.

General Tips:

Please note that we do not publish previously published work, collaborative poetry or prose, creative nonfiction, or reviews in the magazine.

We do allow simultaneous submissions. Please withdraw submissions, or add a note if only part of the submission becomes unavailable, as soon as you receive notice of acceptance elsewhere.

Please do not query us about your submission unless there is need to, such as a deadline for a forthcoming collection. If  your submission says “in-progress,” this means you have been assigned to readers or editors and you will hear from us when a decision has been made.

Submissions are free, and we will be reading for the summer issue until April 1st.

We look forward to reading your work!

  • Sundress 2017 Chapbook Competition – through April 15, 2017

Sundress Publications is pleased to announce its fourth annual chapbook contest.  Authors of all genres are invited to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period of February 1 to April 15, 2017.

What We’re Looking For
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 appear in any full-length collection, including self-published collections.  Both single-author and collaborative dual-author manuscripts will be considered.  A unifying element is encouraged but not required.  Manuscripts must be primarily in English; translations are not eligible.

Enter Now

Entry Fee & Prize
The entry fee is $10 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title from 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.

  • Sequestrum’s 2017 Editor’s Reprint Award – through April 30, 2017

Every year we run an an experiment that – with the exception of the occasional heavyweight anthology – is generally left untouched by publishers. Among traditional journals, it’s strictly taboo. An editor’s no-no. An unspoken gentlemen’s agreement sealed with a handshake in the backrooms of literary Geneva Conventions everywhere.

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to republish some unsolicited literature.

Our Editor’s Reprint Awards will award over $500 to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Prose and poetry will be judged separately, with a first-prize winner and a minimum of two runners-up per genre.

Please select a genre for complete guidelines.

Genre Submission Guidelines

Fiction & Nonfiction


Submissions are only open to previously-published material. All submissions are read blind by the Sequestrum staff and processed through our online submission manager.

  • The Rush – through April 1, 2017

The Rush is a literary magazine edited by the graduate students at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.  We’re looking for high-energy pieces that reflect the rush of life. We’re delighted to be able to pay writers.

We respond to all submissions and aim to respond within ninety days. Please feel free to query us if, after that time, you have not received a response.

We encourage and welcome simultaneous submissions; please let us know by adding a note to your submission if your work has been accepted elsewhere. If you have sent multiple pieces in one submission, there is no need to withdraw your work if pieces remain for our consideration.

No submissions depicting graphic, gratuitous sex or violence, please.

Categories include visual art & photography, poetry fiction and nonfiction.  https://therushmag.submittable.com/submit

  • Profane – through July 31, 2017

Profane is a print journal that publishes poems, essays, and stories. Our reading period runs through July 31st.
In addition to being in print, all of our past issues are available on our website to read for free (you can also listen to most of the authors read their pieces, as well).  To find out more about what our journal’s all about, check us out at profanejournal.com
We’re also running both a nonfiction and fiction contest this year:
The Profane Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses (out now from Sarabande Books).
The Profane Fiction Prize ($1,000) is being judged by Devin Murphy, author of the forthcoming novel The Boat Runner (due out in August from Harper Perennial).
Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words. For more details and guidelines, you can check out our contest page at http://www.profanejournal.com/2017.html

  • New South – through March 15, 2017

    New South’s contest awards $1,000 to one winner in poetry and one winner in prose, and a $250 runner’s up prize in each category. Your $15 entry fee also includes a subscription to New South, and all entries are considered for publication. The contest is open to writers who have not yet published a book of prose or poetry (chapbooks are okay).

    Send up to 3 poems or 9,000 words of prose via Submittable. The deadline for contest submissions is c

  • The Southeast Review – multiple contests, through March 15, 2017

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest

In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and renowned author of Making Shapely Fiction among other books, founded this contest to celebrate what he called “micro fiction” (submissions at that time were required to be under 250 words, and the winner received a crate of oranges as well as a check). Stern passed away from cancer in 1996 and though the guidelines and prize have changed since then, we are grateful to have a modern master of the short-short story judge the entries annually, and continue to hold the contest in memory of Stern.

Send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2017 and will appear in Volume 36.1 (Winter 2018).  For mailed submissions, label envelope: WBSSSC. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

The Southeast Review Gearhart Poetry Contest

This contest was developed in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at FSU who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues to support the production of SER (known by the name Sundog: The Southeast Review during Michael’s tenure) in his memory.

Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves. Erin Belieu will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2017 and will appear in Volume 36.1 (Winter 2018). For mailed submissions label envelope: Gearhart Poetry Contest. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

Send one piece of nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of your submission, and the total word count of your piece in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification or information, except word count, on the submission itself. Matthew Gavin Frank will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to two finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2017 and will appear in Volume 36.1 (Winter 2018). For mailed submissions, label envelope: SER Nonfiction Contest. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

General Contest Guidelines

There are two ways to submit! You may either send your typed entry via snail mail to the address listed below, OR take advantage of our online contest submission option (please note all submissions are subject to an entry fee of $16). For mailed submissions, make checks or money orders out to: The Southeast Review. Electronic and postmark deadline: March 15, 2017. 

Friends and current or former students of the judge and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.

For mailed submissions, please do not send an SASE. Winners will be announced on the website in June. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.

Only previously unpublished work will be considered. If you want to withdraw any individual pieces from consideration (in the case of our poetry or short-short story contests), please log in to Submittable and add a note to your submission telling us which pieces you wish to withdraw.  If your narrative nonfiction piece is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw the accepted submission from us but feel free to resubmit another.  In the case of mailed submissions, please contact the appropriate genre editor.

  • First Annual Two Sisters Writing and Publishing Anthology of Fresh Writers

Two Sisters Writing and Publishing has monthly contests and feature contest winners on their website: https://www.twosisterswriting.com/winners-1/

Four winners per contest will win $75 in prize money; their story will be featured on the website; and they will be published in the First Annual Two Sisters Writing and Publishing Anthology of Fresh Writers. Target publication date: December, 2017.

  • EVENT 2017 Non-Fiction Contest – through April 15

EVENT, now in its 46th year of publication, is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary journals, and a strong supporter of creative non-fiction. Non-fiction stories first published in EVENT have won numerous National and Western Magazine Awards, and have been featured in the Best Canadian Essays and Best American Essays anthologies.

Contest winners feature in every winter issue since 1989, and many have gone on to greatness. Winners also win a pretty nice cheque. How do you feel about $1500 in prize money? To get a feel for what we like to publish, pick up a previous copy of EVENT.

Join our mailing list (on your right), check our blog and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for regular contest updates.  

  • Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize – through August 15

Eligibility: Open to all English-language authors (of any age, ethnicity, gender or orientation) for a book of poetry. Suggested length of manuscript is 64 to 84 pages, single-spaced; Word document ONLY. By submitting, all authors attest that the work is their own.

Submission: https://exophidiapress.submittable.com/submit/52356/second-annual-ex-ophidia- press-poetry- book-contest.

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. As proprietor of the Plain Wrapper Press in Verona, Italy, Mr. Rummonds worked with Nobel and Pulitzer Prize writers, serving as their editor and designer, as well as printing their texts in fine limited editions. These authors include Jorge Luis Borges, John Cheever, Anthony Burgess, Italo Calvino, Dana Gioia, Jack Spicer, Manuel Mujica Láinez, and Paul Zweig, among others.

Publication date: Fall 2017.  The winning entry will be published by Ex Ophidia Press and distributed through Amazon. Five finalists will also be announced along with the winner.

For more information, visit the website:  http://exophidiapress.org

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Entry Fee: $25.00 USD for each manuscript

The Prize:  $1,000 cash prize and 15 author copies of the book

  • Friends of Falun Gong: Poetry Contest for Human Rights – through April 30

    We are excited to announce our new poetry contest and are currently taking submissions (with no entry fee) through April 30, 2017. Cash prizes are to be awarded.

    We are a U.S.–based non-profit organization interested in advancing human rights through the form of poetry.

    Please view contest guidelines on our website here: http://fofg.org/act-now/poetry-contest/

    Learn about Falun Gong and speak out, with the powerful voice of poetry, for the most severely persecuted group in modern China. Note that the contest is intended for people who begin with little to no knowledge about Falun Gong.

    Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide you with more information.  www.fofg.org

    Kind regards,

    Diana Molovinsky

    Friends of Falun Gong

  • Insomniac Press and Matrix Magazine – through March 15

    Insomniac Press and Matrix Magazine are pleased to announce that the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is now accepting submissions.This year’s judge is the brilliant Wayde Compton.

    The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Insomniac Press, which will include the publication of their manuscript, advance on royalties, and representation and distribution throughout North America.

    The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging North American writer (a writer who has published two or fewer books). Each year, the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in cooperation with Insomniac Press and Matrix magazine.


    Enter via Submittable now!

    You may also enter via regular mail:

    The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
    Insomniac Press c/o Matrix
    1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. LB 658
    Montreal QC
    H3G 1M8

    (Each entry must be accompanied with a business-size SASE and an entry fee of $25. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Matrix Publications.” Please do not send cash.)

  • Narrative’s 30 Below Contest

NARRATIVE INVITES all writers, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old to send us their best work. 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 working today.
Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, Third Prize is $300, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. The prizewinners and finalists will be announced in Narrative.
All N30B entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2017 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week or Poem of the Week.


  • Corazón Land Review, Somnadrome Press

Corazón Land Review is a literary journal that celebrates the writing and voices of Latino writers in the mid West. Founded in 2012, Somnadrome Press has printed three issues of the journal and is excited to add new voices to a fourth.

Please send inquiries and submissions of up to six (6) poems; up to 4000 words of fiction; or up to 4000 words of non-fiction to the magazine editor: C.A. Chablé at the email, somnadrome@gmail.com.

We accept submissions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese (or a mixture of those language).

For more information and complete submission guidelines, please visit the Somnadrome Press webpage: Somnadrome.wordpress.com

  • The Artifice

Do you want to write about Movies, TV, Anime, Arts, Comics, Games, Literature or other art forms? Do you want to get your foot in the door and enter the big-wide world of the online media and have your work read and shared by millions of readers? We invite you to The Artifice: http://www.the-artifice.com The Artifice is an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms. We do not run The Artifice, you do. The Artifice is collaboratively built and maintained by your fellow writers. It is structured to let you focus on the quality of the content while it deals with the exposure of it to an audience of millions.Instead of recycling the same entertainment news stories or publishing commonplace editorials, The Artifice focus on unique topics that are intellectually stimulating and meaningful.You can write about a whole host of things for pleasure, passion and/or to boost your CV with vital experience in this ever competitive media environment. Our current writers range from undergraduates, to graduates, to emeritus professors and a bit of everyone in-between.

Grab the opportunity and join our team of writers. Join now: http://the-artifice.com/write/

  • Good Men Project

The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com) gets over 2.5 million visitors each month from every country in the world, has 500 million total pageviews since we launched six years ago, and has published over 40,000 stories and articles about men, manhood, masculinity.


The Good Men Project (goodmenproject.com) is looking for original nonfiction, personal narratives, poetry, blog posts, interviews, previously published blog posts (that you have the rights to), previously published online articles or essays (that you have rights to), photo essays, podcasts, videos, book reviews, and book excerpts. We do not publish fiction. Only on-brand submissions will be considered. A piece must always must be about, by, or focused on men and the changing roles in society—even if (or especially if) the contributor is a woman. We are very invested in creating long-term relationships with our writers. Simultaneous submissions are welcome as long as you let us know as soon as a piece has been accepted elsewhere. To review our complete submissions guidelines or send us your work, please visit our Submittable portal at https://goodmenproject.submittable.com/submit.