Prairie Schooner Call for Blog Posts

January 2, 2015 § 1 Comment

Alicia OstrikerOur venerable and well-regarded colleague Prairie Schooner‘s Winter 2014 issue features a poetry portfolio of world writers on Women and the Global Imagination, guest-edited by Alicia Ostriker. They’d love to give this idea an even bigger and more multifaceted conversation, and they’re seeking guest bloggers to write on that theme.

What are we looking for? Here’s a few ideas to get you started: What would a year of reading only women writers look like? Female characters in literature and cinema: which ones are likable and which ones aren’t, and why? Which journals are publishing female voices? How do gender binaries exclude certain voices? Is promoting “women writers” enough, or, how can greater inclusivity be achieved? Who are some great female editors working today? What is the “Global Imagination,” and how does femininity relate? How can we use advances in technology to hear voices from all over the world? In what ways can the Global Imagination be transformed?

Whether you call it an essay, an article, or something in between, we’d love to read your thoughts and ideas. Wrap them up in 500 to 2,000 words of well-considered wit, pith, and syntax, and submit by January 15.

Does one of these questions (or another idea entirely) spark your pen? Head on over to Submittable for the full details.

Call for CNF: Booth

December 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

boothBooth, the literary magazine at Butler University, is seeking creative nonfiction submissions. They write:
Send us your morsels of memoir, your meditations that meander, your rants that rage and roam, your heart-wrenching reveries, your playful portraits. Send us daddylong-legged work that straddles genre. Send us pieces that fiddle with form. We want essays of midnight-blue mosaic, braided essays brilliant with bedazzling, stretches of the lawn-green lyric, and personal essays that glow like orange persimmon.

 

Indiana Review 2015 Nonfiction Prize

December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Kiese Laymon

Indiana Review is currently accepting submissions for their inaugural 2015 Nonfiction Prize, final judge Kiese Laymon.

Submissions close on January 15 at midnight EST.

The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Indiana Review. All entries are read anonymously and considered for publication.  Full contest entry guidelines are available here.

 

Creative Nonfiction Calls

December 9, 2014 § 1 Comment

So many opportunities!!

So many opportunities!!

Our good friends at Creative Nonfiction magazine and In Fact books have a few new calls out, and there may be a few you’ll want to answer.  Here are the details and deadlines from their e-mail call, and a link to the submission website:

We’re seeking submissions for two new anthologies from In Fact Books, a special issue of CNF, and the Exploring the Boundaries section of the magazine. 

Jan 20

Exploring the Boundaries (section of the magazine)

What to send: Ambitious writing that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.

Feb 9

Beyond Crazy (a book!)

What to send: Original stories that address–either directly or obliquely–the trials of living with mental illness.

 Mar 9

Becoming a Teacher (another book!)
What to send: Stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.

 Apr 13

The Weather (a special issue of CNF)

What’s on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF.

What to send: True stories–personal, historical, reported–about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us.

More Information on all of these and more can be found here.

Smile, Please

November 18, 2014 § 12 Comments

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Brevity’s Fundraising Team

The next weeks are rich with holidays – Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve – and the Brevity blog would like to mark these occasions by publishing your brief essays centering on holiday smiles. The smiles can be joyous, wry, crooked, melancholy, sentimental, or dripping with sarcasm, as long as you are smiling and the essay centers on a late November to early January holiday, including any we’ve forgotten to mention above.  The best works will be printed here on the blog. The best of the best, determined by the readers themselves, will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

We hope also to encourage readers to use Amazon Smile to help Brevity pay authors and grow stronger. Yes, Amazon’s relationship to book sales and authors remains controversial, but we also know that many of our loyal readers use Amazon to make non-book related purchases. So we ask that you continue to purchase books from your local independent bookseller, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby, and to channel other Amazon holiday shopping through the Amazon Smile Brevity Link. It’s easy: you simply use this link (it doesn’t cost you a cent) and we get a few pennies on every purchase. You can bookmark the link and make it your permanent Amazon entryway, which would really make us smile.

Meanwhile, send your Holiday Smile flash essay (300-words or fewer), along with a brief bio, to brevitymag+smile@gmail.com no later than midnight December 21st, 2014.  Entries are free if you promise scout’s honor to use Brevity Smile for your holiday shopping this year and help us grow stronger and more smiley.

 

 

What Time Is It? Quarter After Eight.

October 31, 2014 § 1 Comment

qaedwmQuarter After Eight, a hip and timely literary magazine out of Ohio University, is looking for flash fiction and nonfiction, and offering a generous holiday shopping fund to the happy winner of the 2014 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest.

This year’s prize is a whopping $1,008.15  (Get it?  $1000 plus an extra 8:15?)

The QAE editors invite you to submit up to three pieces of prose with a $15 entry fee by November 30. A subscription comes with each fee.  Brevity Editor Dinty W. Moore will be the judge. They also welcome general submissions.

Full information on the contest and general submissions can be found at quarteraftereight.org

 

 

CNF Wants Weather, Boundaries, Teachers, & Crazy You!!

October 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

bbc weatherSpend a second and review the CURRENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS at Creative Nonfiction magazine.  They are reading for two new anthologies from In Fact Books, a special issue of CNF, and the Exploring the Boundaries section of the magazine.

Jan 20

Exploring the Boundaries (section of the magazine)

What to send: Ambitious writing that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the genre, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.

 Feb 9

Beyond Crazy (a book!)

What to send: Original stories that address–either directly or obliquely–the trials of living with mental illness. 

Mar 9

Becoming a Teacher (another book!)

What to send: Stories by and/or about elementary and secondary school teachers, recalling and reflecting on the most salient moments of their careers.

Apr 13

The Weather (a special issue of CNF)

What’s on the line: $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up; publication in CNF.

What to send: True stories–personal, historical, reported–about fog, drought, flooding, tornado-chasing, blizzards, hurricanes, hail the size of golfballs, or whatever’s happening where you are. We’re looking for well-crafted essays that will change the way we see the world around us.

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