May 27, 2015 § 4 Comments
Two, yes two, announcements in one blog post — a new paying market for essays, and a book contest. Two separate announcements! What will these amazing blog people think of next?
Qu: a literary magazine is now open for submissions! Payment upon publications: $100 per prose piece, $50 per poem. Qu is produced by the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte (www.qulitmag.com) and publishes fiction, poetry, essays and script excerpts of outstanding quality. We will be accepting submissions through August 31st.
Stillhouse Press Nonfiction Book Contest
Prize: $1,000 + publication, 20 copies of book, and paid transport to a Fall for the Book event announcing publication.
We are requesting complete mss. of narrative non-fiction, either a collection of linked essays or memoir, between 60,000-90,000 words. Mss. should include a query letter and a synopsis with an overview of the work. For complete guidelines please visit: www.stillhousepress.org/contest
Finalists will be guest judged by W. Ralph Eubanks. Reading Fee: $25/submission
May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment
Sonora Review is seeking submissions for its Miniature Nonfiction Contest through May 15th (and they allow 50 more words than those stingy editors at Brevity).
If we can agree that the truth cannot be told head on, how then will you evoke the truth in less than 800 words? How much history can you squeeze into one seemingly small scene? How far can you send a simple exchange rippling? Petite and potent. That’s what Sonora Review’s flash nonfiction contest is all about.
$1000 and publication in Issue 68 of Sonora Review will be awarded for our annual essay contest judged by Amy Leach, author of the essay collection Things that Are.
Hybrid work is welcome, but each entry must be a complete story/essay unto itself. All finalists will also be considered for publication in Issue 68. Entry fee is $15. Include a cover letter with full name, title of work, mailing and email address, and phone number. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Submissions must be previously unpublished. http://sonorareview.submishmash.com/Submit
April 27, 2015 § 2 Comments
Isthmus, a biannual print journal based in Seattle, is seeking more submissions in creative nonfiction.
From the editors:
We read year-round and are looking for memoir, personal essay, hybrid essay, experimental or traditional in form. We seek engaging writing and thought-provoking work. Please visit our website for more information or to submit through our submission manager: www.isthmusreview.com/submit.
April 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
So we are keeping submissions open for our special gender issue until April 30th.
Here’s the link to submit: http://brevitymag.com/submissions/
And we are still in need of KICKSTARTER DONATIONS to push us over the top for the special issue focusing on Experiences of Gender and featuring new work by Kate Bornstein, the original gender outlaw. Ms. Bornstein’s books include Gender Outlaw, My (New) Gender Workbook, and Queer and Present Danger, as well as work from Jennifer Finney Boylan.
A Special Issue on Race, Racism, and Racialization guest-edited by Ira Sukrungruang and featuring new work by Claudia Rankine. Rankine (as if you didn’t know) is the author of five collections of poetry, including most recently Citizen: An American Lyric, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry
April 1, 2015 § 1 Comment
Sharing some good news out of University of Georgia:
The University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction. Edited by John Griswold, the series aims to publish two to four new titles annually.
Named for intersections, and for the heart of the matter, this series will publish literary nonfiction by diverse writers working in a variety of modes, including personal and lyric essay, memoir, cultural meditation, and literary journalism. Books are intended for general readers, including writers, teachers of writing, and students, and will be both intelligent and accessible. Engagement with the world, dedication to craft, precision, and playfulness with form and language are valued. As the series develops, it will include non-American writers and experiences.
Griswold is an assistant professor in the MFA program at McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is the author of A Democracy of Ghosts; Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City; and Pirates You Don’t Know, and Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays (Georgia, 2014). He has written extensively (as Oronte Churm) at Inside Higher Ed and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.
The inaugural book in the series will be published in October 2015. My Unsentimental Education, a memoir by Debra Monroe (On the Outskirts of Normal), offers a smart and lyrical take on the isolation that occurs when crossing class barriers in pursuit of the life of the mind.
Press director Lisa Bayer adds, “Creative nonfiction as a genre is experiencing an unprecedented period of growth and interest—a bit of a golden age. Georgia’s strong literary legacy, combined with the richness of the field, positions us perfectly to make a visible mark.”
The series advisory board includes Dan Gunn, Pam Houston, Phillip Lopate, [Brevity founding editor] Dinty W. Moore, Lia Purpura, Patricia Smith, and Ned Stuckey-French.For more information: