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1. Publisher seeks literary fiction manuscripts

Moby BooksIndependent ebook publisher Moby Books (Canada) is looking for novels, novellas, and short story collections by emerging and established authors. Authors can submit full length manuscripts or partial queries for consideration. Payment and contract based on a print publishing model. Deadline: ongoing.

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2. This journal doesn’t care who you are (in a good way)

Hypertronic LiteraryHypertrophic Literary (AL) is open to submissions for upcoming issues. Looking for pieces that evoke a physical reaction, make readers feel something: joy, nausea, shock, desperation. Open to submissions of poetry, fiction, excerpts, and nonfiction. Hypertrophic accepts work in all genres and “[doesn’t] care who you are, if you’ve been published before, if it’s your first book or seventy-fourth.”

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3. Wanted: Work by writers who ‘like to watch the world burn’

SlashnBurn is “an anti-art arts journal seeking to publish and bring attention to work outside the conveyor belt work coming out of most workshop-based MFA programs.” Currently accepting submissions in fiction, flash fiction, comics, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, reviews, and blended-genre. No hard genre work. High-concept is fine, but grounded in real human conflict and action. Deadline: Rolling.

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4. Contest for full-length poetry collections

Rescue PressRescue Press invites entries for the Black Box Poetry Prize, a contest for full-length collections of poetry. Open to poets at any stage in their writing careers. Judge: Douglas Kearney. No reading fee; however donations are appreciated and go toward publishing the winning manuscript(s). Authors who donate $15 or more receive a Rescue Press book of their choice. Deadline: June 30, 2016.
Twitter: @rescuepress.co

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5. Seeking speculative writing about social justice issues, the marginalized

The SpectatorialThe University of Toronto’s speculative fiction journal, The Spectatorial, is currently looking for fiction, poetry, articles, essays, graphic fiction, novel excerpts, book/movie reviews, etc. Particularly interested in topics that touch upon other cultures and marginalized groups, whether it’s discussing literature no one has heard of from another country, or addressing social justice issue in a speculative work. Articles 500-1200 words, or pitched proposals for topics of interest. Deadline: ongoing.

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6. Contest for dialogue-only short stories

Bartleby SnopesEntries are open for the Bartleby Snopes 8th annual Dialogue Only Contest. First prize: $300 minimum (higher if 50+ entries received). Compose a short story entirely of dialogue — no narration — that delivers a powerful and engaging story. Length: 2000 words max. Entry fee: $10 for unlimited entries. Deadline: September 15, 2016.

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7. Seeking manuscripts from poets with a connection to India

The (Great) Indian Poetry CollectiveMentorship model literary press The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective invites entries for the Emerging Poets Prize & Editor’s Choice Award. The prize aims to help nurture and bring out new poetic voices from India and the Indian diaspora and those that have a meaningful connection to India. Up to three manuscripts chosen for publication. Winners receive Rs. 15,000 (or equivalent in local currency), publication (minimum press run of 250), and 20 author copies, plus membership. Manuscripts must be in English. No translations. Deadline: May 30, 2016.

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8. Writers’ festival poetry & prose contest

The Eden Mills Literary Contest is open for entries from new, aspiring and modestly published writers 16+. Categories: short story (2500 words max.), poetry (five poems max.). and creative nonfiction (2500 words max.) First prize in each category: $250. Winners invited to read a short selection from their work at the festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

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9. Poetry contest with $1500 first prize

PRISM InternationalPRISM International invites entries for the inaugural Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize. First prize: $1500 grand prize ($600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Up to three poems per entry (100 lines max per poem). Entry fees: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: October 15, 2016.

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10. Looking for bravest moments (YA anthology)

Annick PressChildren’s publisher Annick Press (Canada) is seeking true stories of bravest moments for a YA non-fiction anthology. The format of the testimonial can be in one of many different mediums (prose, poetry, photography, illustration, etc.). Contact Robbie Patterson at robbiep@annickpress.com for full details.

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11. Wanted: Fiction about India & the global south

Litro MagazinePrint & digital journal Litro Magazine (UK) is accepting submissions for its October issue. Theme: India and the Global South. Accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction (memoir, literary journalism, travel narratives). Length: 4000 words max. Deadline: August 18, 2016.

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12. Creative nonfiction contest with $1500 prize

PRISMPRISM (BC) invites submissions for their Creative Nonfiction Contest. $1500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up. Length: 6000 words max. Judged By Rachel Rose. Entry fee: $35-$45 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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13. Print & online journal seeks poetry & prose

The Cossack ReviewThe Cossack Review is looking for submissions of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, flash fiction and works in translation for their next print and online issues. Send 3-6 poems, one story, or one essay. Especially interested in thoughtful, diverse work.

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14. Wanted: Writing on the sonnet

Forage PoetryNew online publication Forage Poetry seeks to bridge the gap between industry and amateur poetry. Looking for work that focuses on craft, and the particularities of poets’ encounters with the world. Theme: the sonnet. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

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15. Poetry contest with $750 prize

vallumVallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2016. First prize: $750 plus publication. Entry fee: $25 (includes subscription). Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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16. Creative nonfiction contest with $1000 prize

The Malahat ReviewThe Malahat Review seeks submissions of creative nonfiction to its annual Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Contest. Prize: $1000. Entries can include: personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, social commentary, travel writing, historical accounts, and biography. Looking for work that is enhanced by description, dramatic scenes, dialogue, and characterization. Length: 2000-3000 words. Entry fee: $35 and $45 (includes subscription). Deadline: August 1, 2016.

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17. $1500 prize for fiction and nonfiction

december magEntries are open for the 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Awards. First prizes: $1500 and publication in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of december (fiction and nonfiction). Length: 8000 words. Entry fee: $20 (includes copy of awards issue). Deadline: June 15, 2016.

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18. Hey, things look a bit different around here …

catconfusedHello, dear writers! We’ve done some tidying up around here.

Not a whole lot has changed — mostly back-end stuff to make things work better. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for, try search. And if you have any questions or comments, please use the feedback form to let us know. Of course, we’re happy for suggestions, too.

Happy writing!

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19. Seeking texts about ‘The End’

KAPSULA is looking for pieces that speak to the concept of finality in art. More specifically, writers are asked to highlight a topic specific to the period that KAPSULA has been produced: 2013–2016. What, in the broad sense, has led us to THE END? Open to abstracts, proposals, and finished papers. Deadline: June 30, 2016.

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20. Wanted: Your ‘happy endings that hurt a little bit’ (pays)

Syntax and Salt, which publishes 13 magical realism pieces a season, seeks submissions for Issue 2. Length: 3500 words max. Likes old stories told in a new way and new stories told in an old way, plus well executed sad endings. Pays $10/story. Deadline: June 15, 2016.

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21. Seeking female dating stories

It’s Not Personal is a new project inspired by the female dating experience. Looking for art and writing submissions that are related to the topic of dating. The final project will be a magazine or book with a likely publication date of Fall 2016. Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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22. Looking for stories you’re afraid to tell

The Chaos is a new journal of personal narrative, publishing true stories of personal growth, lessons learned, life-changing events, and milestones from emerging and established writers. From the editor: “We’re looking for the stories you are afraid to tell, but know you must” — unique perspectives on familiar experiences, writing that ventures into the mind of the writer or the scene of the story. Deadline: Rolling.

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23. $1000 prize each for poetry and fiction

Room Magazine is accepting entries for their annual Poetry and Fiction Contest. Prize in each genre: $1000 plus publication. Judged by Marilyn Dumont (poetry) and Doretta Lau (fiction). Room’s contests are open to women, trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people. Deadline: July 15, 2016.

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24. Poetry & prose wanted for biannual journal

Online journal Compose: A Journal of Simply Good Writing is accepting submissions of poetry, literary fiction, creative nonfiction, features, and artwork for the Fall 2016 issue. Deadline: August 15, 2016.

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25. Wanted: Secrets and stories of unconventional lives

SAD Mag, a Vancouver based arts & culture publication, is seeking poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction pieces. Theme: Secrets (personal and political secrets, unconventional ideas and lives — writers are encouraged to interpret creatively and broadly). Length: 1,000 words max. Accepted pieces published online alongside an illustration; some published in the print issue. Particularly interested in works by queer and emerging writers. Deadline: May 15, 2016.

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