Showing posts with label Essays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essays. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Global Graffiti seeks pieces about Music

“Without music life would be a mistake.” ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Global Graffiti is an online journal dedicated to world literature, arts, and culture. Our first four issues have featured creative pieces and interviews with both well-known and up-and-coming local and international authors, along with cutting-edge scholarly work.
We are excited to announce the theme of our fifth issue: MUSIC. We are interested in receiving submissions that explore the cultural impact of music (of all kinds--popular, experimental, classical, contemporary). We seek scholarly work (academic articles, reviews), creative pieces (poetry, stories, essays, creative nonfiction), music journalism (interviews, essays), and artwork, that creatively explore music’s indelible influence on life and culture throughout history. Some motifs to be considered are lyrical poetry, ancient and modern drama, music as political activism, global music trends, musical genres, and the influence of contemporary technologies on musical distribution and influence.
Please send English-language submissions (foreign language works translated into English also gladly accepted) and your bio/c.v. to by September 15, 2011. We do not have word count limits because of the digital format, but we do request that you send your work as an attached .doc or .rtf file; otherwise, it is also acceptable to cut and paste your work within your e-mail.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Twelve Places Looking for your Fiction & Poetry

Creative Nonfiction is currently seeking experimental nonfiction for their "Pushing the Boundaries" section
Postmark deadline: June 13, 2011

Insolent Aardvark is reading poetry, fiction, non-fiction submissions for their inaugural issue.
Deadline: June 24th

Deadline: July 15th, 2011

Deadline July 31, 2011

Yeast of Eden, an anthology of stories inspired by beer, is looking for fiction and nonfiction submissions
Deadline: September 1, 2011

for their Fall 2011 issue
Deadline: August 1, 2011

Reading period ends August 1

Valparaiso Fiction Review is seeking submissions of original short fiction for its inaugural issue.

Year-round submissions accepted.

Go forth and submit.

The LA Writers Group blog doesn't publish contests or calls for submissions that charge writers a fee to read their work.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando Valley Writers: Writing Workshop Starts May 5th

Hey all you Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando Valley Writers!  Our longest-running writers group starts on Thursday May 5th!

This writers group a combination of writing workshop and critique group.  Our groups focus on getting words on the page and creating new stories / poetry and story ideas through creative writing exercises and also provide the opportunity to bring your current stories, chapters, poetry, memoir, or essay in for critique from your fellow group members and from a qualified moderator.  This writers group is run by Sanora Bartels, co-founder.

Meet Sanora

Attending a writing workshop with Sanora is a fantastic opportunity.  She only runs four groups per year.  Sanora is known for her supportive and exceptionally astute insights into writing, voice, stories, and prose.  She can jump from giving critique on poetry to fiction to screenplay to memoir with ease and often does in her groups, which attract and welcome writers of all genres and levels.   She is about far more than just story structure, she is about helping you elevate your writing in ways you didn't even know you were capable of accomplishing.  Her writing exercises have actually turned people into poets who never thought of themselves that way.   She will point out things you didn't even know you were doing, and give you solid direction and focus for your work in a way that leaves you excited about the possibilities of your stories.  If you don't live near her, she is worth the drive.

Sanora has been running writers groups for nearly 8 years and in 2006 graduated with a Master of Professional Writing degree from University of Southern California.  She has studied with various poetry mentors, including Cathy Colman (Borrowed Dress), Ron Koertge (Making Love to Roget’s Wife), and Holly Prado (from one to the next).  At USC, she studied screenplay writing with Syd Field (Screenplay) and has since completed a full-length screenplay titled “Straying Home” which made it to the Semi Finals of NexTv’s 2010 Writing and Pitch Competition.  Her poetry has been published in Wordwrights! magazine and New Millennium Writings. Her full-length poetry manuscript is titled The Order of Things. Sanora is a teacher of Vedic Meditation and has written several pieces on Vedic philosophy and has had over 20 articles published.  You can find her meditation schedule on Sanora is a co-editor on the Meditation page of Writers Groups
Meets on Thursday, May 5th for 8 Weeks
7:30pm - 10:00pm

This creative writing workshop is convenient and easy driving distance from to Glassell Park, Glendale, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley, and Hollywood, and parking is abundant.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Call for Submissions: Global Graffiti

Call for Submissions - Global Graffiti Magazine, an online journal

Before we get to the call, you've got to love their description of graffiti:

Graffiti is…

Why Graffiti? Because it’s public, brash, offensive, suspect, state-run propaganda, boring, art, fucked, defacement, all surface, a style, compelling, loud, ubiquitous, co-opted, selling out, beautiful, illegal, annoying, etc.

How can you not want to submit to a mag who defines their content with such all-encompassing edginess?

... back to our regularly scheduled programming....:
Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives are deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”–Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

Global Graffiti is an online journal dedicated to world literature, arts, and culture. Our first three issues have featured creative pieces and interviews with exciting local and international authors, along with edgy scholarly work.

We are currently seeking creative work (poetry, stories, essays), critical essays (book reviews, academic articles), literary translations, and artwork centered on the theme of our fourth issue: CITIES. We conceive of this theme broadly, encompassing various perspectives of both urban and suburban spaces, lifestyles and experiences.

Please send English-language submissions (foreign language works translated into English also gladly accepted) and your bio/c.v. to by May 15, 2011.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Collection about Barry Hannah seeks Essay, Poetry, Stories

VOX PRESS, in conjuction with the well known online journal, Drunken Boat, is compiling a collection of perspectives on Barry Hannah. If you have any perspectives on Hannah's work or personal accounts or both (a merging of the two would be ideal), send them as attachments to


The essays can be any length. Initially the essays will appear at Drunken Boat but eventually they will be collected and published in a book via VOX PRESS. There may be money involved when VOX takes over the project in earnest. All rights revert back to VOX and the authors. Also, we are seeking poems or stories about Barry Hannah.

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone: Fiction, Poetry, Essay, Creative Non-Fiction

Call for Submissions: Sliver of Stone

Sliver of Stone is proud to announce that its second issue is now available online. Featured authors include Dan Wakefield, Allison Joseph, and Matthew Sharpe. Interviews with Susan Orlean, Les Standiford, Mark Vonnegut, and artist Kristin Meyers. Check out our past contributors, such as Kim Barnes, John Dufresne, Denise Duhamel, and many talented others.

We're now looking for submissions for our third issue!

DEADLINE: June 15, 2o11

Sliver of Stone is a bi-annual, online literary magazine dedicated to
the publication of work from both emerging and established poets,
writers, and visual artists from all parts of the globe. We publish
work that is surprising and inventive.

We're interested in the following:

Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Essays (3,500 words or less).
Poetry, any form or genre (No more than 5 poems)
Visual art

Multi-authored works are not eligible.
No previously published works.
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must be notified
immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere for publication.

For complete submission guidelines, please visit

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Call for Submissions About Women: ADANNA

Call for creative writing submissions about women: ADANNA poetry, short stories, essays, and reviews of books and visual arts:
Adanna: A Journal for Women, about Women will be an annual perfect bound print book publication, first issue Summer 2011.

Editor: Christine Redman-Waldeyer

Guest Editor: Diane Lockward

  • The reading period for this first issue begins on January 31 and closes April 30.
  • Please send your submissions to
  • Adanna accepts poetry, short stories, essays, and reviews of books and visual arts.
  • We welcome both National and International submissions in English.
  • Please submit only unpublished pieces, 3-6 at a time.
  • Please limit prose pieces to a maximum of 2000 words.
  • Submissions should be one file in one attachment.
  • Include your name in the header of each page along with current contact information including e-mail and phone number.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted.Please notify us as soon as possible of any accepted work.
  • For works accepted, the author will receive a free complimentary copy.
Visit the Adanna Website for additional information:

Call for Creative Writing Submissions: Sunsets and Silencers

Call for Submissions for innovative short fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays, paintings, photography, and comic strip:
Sunsets and Silencers," an online magazine, is now accepting submissions for our new issue.

"Sunsets and Silencers" is open to a wide variety of styles and wants to publish only the most innovative and creative work. We are careful about the work we publish, and we read and consider every submission, carefully. S&S publishes short fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, essays, paintings, photography, and comic strips as a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their work. On promising work, we may offer feedback, even if the piece didn't work for us. Please, keep in mind, however, that we do not respond to every piece, mostly because of the volume of submissions received. We want to provide exposure to artists and writers who create
out of a restless fever, and who are fearless in their choice to submit. So, send what you have, but please pay attention to our submission guidelines.

More detailed submission guidelines can be found at:

The current issue of Sunsets and Silencers can be found at:

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Call for Submissions: Diverse Voices Quarterly

Diverse Voices Quarterly is celebrating its third year of publishing online! Issue Eight is now available for download on our website.

For Issue 9, we are now accepting online submissions for poetry, short stories and personal essays/creative nonfiction. Please use the form on our website to submit your work:
  • For poetry: You may submit 3-5 poems. Please send in one file, separated by a page break between poems.
  • For short stories: Submissions must be 3,000 words or less. You may submit up to two short shorts that add up to 1,000 words.
  • For personal essays/creative nonfiction: Submissions must be 3,000 words or less. Send only one essay at a time.
Artwork, which is especially requested, must still be sent directly to submissions[at]

For full submission guidelines, please visit our website:

Friday, January 21, 2011

Call for Submissions: Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley Review will be reading submissions of short fiction, essays and poetry for its Spring 2011 issue (Vol. 6, No. 1) until Tuesday, March 15, 2011.

We prefer writing that has both mainstream and literary appeal. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit genre fiction, explicit work, or anything particularly violent or depressing. Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor's prize.

To submit, please send 2-6 poems or an essay/short story pasted into the body of an e-mail to our editor at editor[at]

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information and complete submission guidelines for the Apple Valley Review are available at

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Call for Submissions: The Bellingham Review

The Bellingham Review, a literary journal published in affiliation with the graduate program at Western Washington University, welcomes electronic submissions of flash fiction, prose poetry, and brief essays via Submishmash for online publication.

Submissions Guidelines:

This is an open (free) submission period and runs from January 1st, 2011 through April 15th, 2011. Pieces can be up to 1000 words in length and can be on any subject. Submissions must be submitted via Submishmash at

Please, no more than three pieces per submission, only one submission per author during this period. Please include a cover letter with your contact information, submission genre(s), and publication history (if applicable) on the first page of your submission. Please submit all pieces in a single file, preferably a Microsoft Word Document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged so long as you are prompt in informing us of any acceptances by other publications.

All work must be previously unpublished. We look forward to reading your work. Payment is dependent on availability of funds. Any questions can be sent to (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Real Simple Magazine Creative Nonfiction Memoir Essay Contest

From Real Simple Magazine:

Deadline: 9/24/2010
Creative Nonfiction / Memoir / Essay
Enter the Third Annual Real Simple Life Lessons Contest And You Could Win $3000

Finish this sentence: “I NEVER THOUGHT I’D...”

THEN TELL US WHY! Whether the experience was difficult, funny, easy, or bittersweet, share your lesson and you could win.

• $3,000
• Round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors
• Publication in Real Simple Magazine

Contest entries should be typed, double-spaced, and a maximum of 1,500 words. No purchase necessary. Contest begins at 12:01 A.M. on June 1, 2010, and ends at 11:59 P.M. on September 24, 2010. Open to legal residents of the United States 19 or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law. (All entries will not be returned.)

TO ENTER Send your typed, double-spaced submission (1,500 words maximum, preferably in a Microsoft Word attachment) by e-mail to lifelessons[at]
For contest rules, visit

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Writers Group Starts April 1st - No Joke

Hey all you wonderful writing peeps, this is just a reminder that Sanora has a new writers group starting on Thursday, April 1st.

So if you live in Glendale, Los Feliz, anywhere on the Eastside of Hollywood or LA, or out the Alta Dena/Pasadena/La Canada way, this group is for you!

In fact, Sanora's groups are fabulous and creatively inspirational so even if you don't live in those areas, her group is truly worth the drive. It's a Thursday, man, so you can do the drive, because driving home is no problem traffic-wise after group and then you just have to make it through Friday and voila! the weekend is there, ready for you to channel all that creative inspiration you got from Sanora's group and finish up those stories or poems or essays or scenes you wrote on Thursday....

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Special Submission Request

We'll get back to our weekly round-up tomorrow but in the meantime wanted to post this special submission request:

DRT Press is seeking personal essays written by parents of children with ADD, ADHD and/or other mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders for a book about the experience of parenting children with such conditions, for publication (expected) in January 2011.

Essays in this collection will be ones in which parents who care for challenging children can see themselves. Parents/readers will laugh, cry, and find comfort in these stories. Focus should be on the feelings and experiences of the writer/parent, rather than simply a description of the child and the child’s condition, behavior, and treatment. We are looking for honest feelings, lessons learned, epiphanies, commonplace and extraordinary experiences. Although we are not looking for how-tos on the best way to parent a behaviorally challenged child, we would like to see essays that give parents glimpses of what has worked for individual parents.

We are interested in submissions from parents of toddlers, young children, teens, and adult children; those who are in the parenting trenches now, and those looking back on their parenting experiences. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: how your child came to be diagnosed, the experience of dealing with problem behaviors in various contexts and settings, experiences with/feelings about treatment (therapies, medications, alternative treatments), school (and other advocacy) experiences, your child’s social interactions/friends, and the effect of parenting your child on your emotional and physical health, marriage, and other relationships.

Essays chosen will focus on children with mild to moderate conditions, rather than children who are disabled by their conditions. We are not seeking stories about children with autism, unless another emotional or behavior disorder, such as ADD or ADHD, is the primary diagnosis, and “a little something on the autism spectrum” is also present. We are not seeking stories about physical disabilities or severe developmental delays. On the other hand, a child need not have a formal diagnosis. The common denominator in the stories will be kids with behavior problems that present a parenting challenge.

Pieces may be previously unpublished, or if previously published, the author must hold reprint rights. Non-fiction essays only please; no poetry or fiction. Photos may be submitted, but are not required. Authors may choose to use their own first and last names and the names of their minor children, fictional names, or first names only. Likewise, you may indicate your city and state, state only, or provide no information. Please specify such choices in your cover document. Names, photos, or identifying information of adult children will not be used without the individual’s written consent.

Compensation includes 10 copies of the completed book and unlimited discounted copies. Payment may be offered. Contributors will be expected to participate actively marketing and promotions of the book, with strategies and printed materials to be provided and/or approved by DRT Press. Authors of essays selected for publication will be required to sign a release agreement.

The book will be co-edited by author/editor/publisher Adrienne Ehlert Bashista, Publisher, of DRT Press and Kay Marner, a freelance writer who contributes regularly to ADDitude magazine, and blogs for For further information about the editors please visit their websites.

Please email submissions to: kay(at) (replace (at) with @)
Your submission should include:
--a cover letter in the form of a word processing document attachment. In the cover letter please introduce yourself and summarize your essay. Describe your writing and publishing experience. State whether your essay includes real or fictional names and places. State the current age of the child/subject of the essay and your relationship to that individual.
--your author bio of 75 words or less in a separate word processing document attachment
--your essay as a separate word processing document.

Please format both documents using Arial or Times New Roman font size 12, double spaced, page numbers and author/title noted on each page, all 1 inch margins. No word count is specified, but essays will be 1 ½ -4 pages in finished format, and may be edited for length and content.

If you choose to submit one or more photos, we encourage “action” shots or shots that bring the child’s personality to life, that help readers identify with the piece, or that further the story. Photos must be high resolution. Interior photos will be printed in black and white. If attaching a photo, please describe it in your cover letter.

Soft deadline for submissions is March 1, 2010, but deadline may be extended at the editors’ discretion. Check this web page for updates. You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your submission. Writers may submit more than one essay. Questions are welcome. Please direct questions to kay(at) Anthology updates can be found at the editor's personal blog:

Monday, August 31, 2009

InkSpotter Publishing seeks submissions for breast anthology

Deadline: October 31, 2009


Type: Call for Submissions

Reading Fee: n/a

Prize: n/a

Accepts: Email submissions in body of email only NO ATTACHMENTS.

Looking for:

InkSpotter Publishing is looking for submissions for an anthology celebrating the most female of body parts, the breasts. From light-hearted memories of the first buds of puberty to heart wrenching accounts of breast cancer, these stories will run the gamut of experiences and emotions. Send to submissions[at] We are NOT looking for salacious material. Please keep your submissions tasteful. Think in terms of what you would want your young
daughter (or niece) to be able to read.

Unpublished submissions are welcome from both women and men. Maximum 3,000 words for both fiction and non-fiction. Poems are also welcome, though a limited number will be used (no specific length requirements, but please, no epics).

Send your submissions in the body of an email (absolutely no attachments) to submissions(at)inkspotter(dot)com with "Submission for Wait a Minute" in the subject line. You may also submit via postal mail to:

InkSpotter Publishing

163 Main Avenue

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Canada B3M 1B3

If you require confirmation of receipt, include either a stamped postcard or
your email address (preferred).

Manuscripts will not be returned. Do not send your only copy.

Writers chosen for the anthology will be entitled to a share of profits.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to a breast cancer charity in Canada.
Finding the right words

Ms. Betty Dobson

InkSpotter Publishing

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Motes Books Seeks Submisions for Anthology


Type: Call for Submissions

Reading Fee: None!

Deadline: September 1, 2009

Prize: N/A

Looking for: Poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays,
letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms

Accepts: Electronic submissions, see submission instructions on their website.

From their site:
MOTIF is an anthology series published annually by MotesBooks of Louisville, Ky.
Volume 1: Writing By Ear featured 116 writers, including Patty Griffin, Silas
House, Buddy & Julie Miller, Maurice Manning, Evie Shockley, Neela Vaswani,
Frank X Walker and Pamela Duncan.

Each volume in the MOTIF series focuses on a theme – for Volume 2 the theme is

Submissions may be poems, short stories, song lyrics, short memoirs, essays,
letters, creative nonfiction, or other forms. Combinations of forms are
acceptable up to the limits described: Prose must be under 3,000 words. Send no
more than three poems/lyrics. All genres will be considered as long as “chance”
is referenced or illuminated in the works. Submissions may address the theme
either directly or indirectly, but “chance” should figure significantly and
artfully in the piece. The definition or concept of “chance” can be interpreted
in any way the writer sees fit, but could include ideas related to chaos,
serendipity, mistake, the occasion for wonder, kismet, accident, fate, destiny,
cause and effect, encounters, and/or predestination.

Each contributor whose work is accepted will receive one (1) complimentary copy
of the book upon publication as payment. Contributors will also receive an
ongoing contributor's discount for unlimited purchases of additional copies to
use or resell. Marketing outlets include,, and the
publisher's website, Special marketing strategies will also be
utilized, including one or more public readings with selected contributors by
invitation of the editor or publisher.

Monday, July 06, 2009 Call for Poetry and Creative Non Fiction Submissions


Type: Call for Submissions

Reading Fee: None!

Deadline: Accepts submissions all year

Prize: N/A

Looking for: Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays

Accepts: Electronic submissions

From their site:
The editors at Sweet understand that there are good works that get overlooked, and that often our decisions are based not just on quality but also on taste. That said: Sweet publishes emerging and established writers three times a year--September, January, and May.

Sweet seeks only poetry and creative nonfiction and anything in between. (Sorry fiction writers!) We read submissions all-year. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been taken by another literary journal. (We would like to be the first to congratulate you!)

Friday, June 19, 2009

LifeBytes Call for Paid Submissions for Online Dating Anthology

This just in to
Mariann O'Connor and her writing partner, Sharon Sommerhalter, are working on an anthology. It is a series book called, LifeBytes(TM), Real Stories ...The first book is about on line dating experiences. We are looking for a diverse group of stories from every segment of society.

If a story is chosen, the writer will be paid a standard anthology fee.

We are accepting submissions for "LifeBytes...Real Stories of Online Dating" (est. publication date Fall 2010). Who doesn't love sitting around with friends and family over coffee or a cocktail sharing stories about life, work and love? LifeBytes is interested in YOUR Online dating story. Make a cup of coffee or stir up a cocktail and tell us your cyber dating adventures - the good, the bad and the ugly! "LifeBytes...Real Stories" will be a compilation of the true stories that singles love to share with one another about the ups and downs of searching for Prince (or Princess) Charming.We are looking for evocative stories that can be funny, poignant, provocative, scary, weird, sexy, edgy or happy. We're looking for the full range of experiences that make online dating such an adventure.

Writers whose work is chosen for publication will receive payment for their story in the market range of $50-$100 (word count dependent).Our extended deadline is September 15, 2009.For complete submission guidelines please visit our website.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Real Simple's Second-Annual Life Lessons Writing Contest

Real Simple's seeks 1,500 word essays about first realizing you were a grown-up.

Contest description (from the Real Simple website):
When did you realize that you had become a grown-up? Perhaps it was when you first paid taxes or met your son’s first girlfriend. Whether the experience was difficult, funny, easy, or bittersweet, share your lesson and you could win.

Enter Real Simple’s second-annual Life Lessons essay contest and you could have your essay published in Real Simple; win round-trip tickets for two to New York City, hotel accommodations for two nights, tickets to a Broadway play, and a lunch with Real Simple editors; and receive a prize of $3,000.

First Person America Seeks Sumissions

Stories, Videos, and Photographs Reflective of Our National Economic Crisis

Competition information as listed on website:
Artists: We are looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. We are especially interested in stories that are unique to your family, your community, your town, your region – that capture the idiosyncratic things that are happening where you live - the slices of life that, taken together, will give us a First Person picture of America in 2009 – the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Submission Guidelines:
Writing submissions – up to 2,500 words.
Film and video submissions – up to five minutes, excluding credits.
Photography submissions - may include up to five photographs, with or without accompanying text of up to 100 words per image.

Submission deadline: June 30, 2009

For more information: