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Opportunities for Writers: July and August 2016

Opportunities for Writers July and August 2016

Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Two Cities Review
is seeking fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the theme ‘Dystopia’ for its fall issue. General submissions are also being considered and there are no reading fees throughout the (norther hemisphere) summer.

is an online literary magazine founded by husband and wife team Loran Smith and Leesa Cross-Smith. WhiskeyPaper had nine mentions on the 2014 Wigleaf Top 50 & Longlist which highlights the best short fiction online. The magazine publishes short fiction up to 1000 words and submissions reopen in late June.

Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script. The award winner receives $2500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November. Closes 1 July.

Post Road
publishes twice yearly and accepts unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues and visual art submissions. Submissions for the Summer issue open on 1 July.

NANO Prize
is open to previously unpublished works of fiction of 300 words or fewer. The contest will be judged by Kellie Wells and the winner will receive publication and $1000. Entries close 1 July.

Blueshift Journal
is tri-annual, international publication, with two online issues and one print issue published each year. Submissions of poetry, prose and art are open until 1 July.

Creative Truth
is accepting submissions for its first volume. The editors are looking for creative non-fiction including short stories, personal essays and memoirs up to 2000 words. 

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
founded in 1949, was the original publisher of classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. It features short fiction, reviews and humour pieces by writers and cartoonists. Submissions reopen 4 July.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
offers a first prize of £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. There are also prizes on offer for children and entries are invited for local and international poets. Closes 7 July.

is a New Zealand-based international literary journal of short fiction & creative non-fiction. The journal is accepting submissions until 8 July for its sevneth issue and the editors are encouraging writers from all over the world to submit their work.

Mark Twain House & Museum’s Humor Writing Contest
open to writers of all ages from all corners of the globe. Entries may be up to 7000 words and previously published worked is accepted. Entries close 10 July.

Lit POP 2016
is presented music festival POP Montreal and Matrix Magazine and offers prizes for both fiction and poetry. Winners will get their work published in Matrix with full honorarium, and receives a free round-trip ticket to POP Montreal. This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States only and the deadline is 10 July.

Masters Review’s Short Story Award For New Writers
offers a first prize of $2000. It is only open to writers who have not published a book and submissions may be up to 6000 words. Closes 15 July.

Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction Contest
is open to pieces up to 1000 words in length. The winner receives $100 and publication. You may submit up to three pieces per $5.00 entry. Closes 15 July.

Rattle’s Poetry Prize
will award one winner $10,000 for a single poem. The competition is open to writers worldwide and all entries must be previously unpublished. Closes 15 July.

Fairy Tale Review Awards in Poetry and Prose
are running for the third time in 2016.  The winners will receive $1000 and all submissions will also be considered for publication. Closes 15 July.

Blueshift Journal
is a new publication launched in 2014 by a group of young writers. Submissions of poetry, prose and art for the journal’s fifth issue are open until 15 July.

Wasafiri New Writing Prize
is open to writers worldwide and accepts entries in three categories: poetry, fiction and life writing. A prize of £300 and publication is offered for each category. Entries close 15 July.

Seattle Review’s Chapbook Contest
is for work of between 20 and 30 pages. The winner receives $1000, publication and 20 copies of their chapbook. All entries will be considered for publication and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Seattle Review. Entries close 15 July.

A3 Review
is seeking contributions under 150 words on the theme ‘Attics and Basements’. The editors prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations. Closes 23 July.

HG Well Short Story Competition
is for stories between 1500 and 5000 words. The 2016 competition theme is space. The shortlisted stories will be published in an anthology. There are prizes in three different categories including £1000 (US$1500) for the best story by a writer aged 21 or under. Entries close 17 July.

visible ink
is a yearly anthology of new writing and art based in Melbourne. It aims to showcase emerging writers and artists from all over Australia, featuring poetry, short stories, non-fiction, art, photography, comics and more. This year’s theme is Pushing Boundaries. The word limit is 2000 words. Submissions close 25 July.

National Parks Arts Foundation
is offering two artists residencies is Big Bend National Park in Texas. Each resident receives $1000 towards their expenses. The residency takes place in remote location without internet access and with only intermittent cell phone reception. Applications close 25 July.

Portable Story Series
is a new writing initiative “with an audio twist”. It aims to bring stories to life through high quality recordings while supporting social causes that deserve greater visibility. The theme for the next contest is Time Travel. Entries close on 29 July.

William Faulkner Writing Competition
is accepting submissions in the categories of novel, short story, one-act play and poetry with prizes of up to US$2000 on offer. Deadline for novels is 15 and for other categories the deadline is 31 July.

Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
is accepting original screenplays for its 2017 competition. There are 18 categories including categories for short films and young screenwriters. The early bird deadline is 31 July.

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition
is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world. First prize is €2000 (US$2100), publication in the literary journal Southword, and a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. Entries close 31 July.

Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition
is accepting original screenplays for its 2017 competition. There are 18 categories including categories for short films and young screenwriters. The early bird deadline is 31 July.

Stoneboat Literary Journal
is an independent biannual publication that seeks to publish quality fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, artwork, and graphic literature. It aims to showcase outstanding and diverse work from both emerging and established artists. Submissions for the Fall 2016 issue close on 1 August.

PEN USA Emerging Voices
is a seven-month literary mentorship program that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. The program includes a $1000 stipend and events take place in Los Angeles. Applications close 1 August.

Can’t Lit Without It CanLit Short Story Contest
asks writers to visit its website to generate an automatic premise. This should then be used as the basis for the story in any genre up to 500 words. The winner receives $500 and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to literary magazine Geist. Entries close 1 August.

Can Serrat Residency 
near Barcelona is offering one writer a two-month residency including accommodation, workshop space and food. The residency is open to all writers regardless of nationality or age. Applications close 1 August.

Critical Flame
publishes literary essays, critical reviews, and interviews. Pieces should be between 1200 and 1500 words. The next submissions deadline is 10 August.

Berkeley Poetry Review
has a particular interested in work that complicates prevailing conceptions of race, gender, sexuality, ecology, and poetic form itself. Submissions for the 47th issue open in mid-August.

Gigantic Sequins
is a black & white print journal based in Philadelphia. It publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics and book reviews. The current reading period closes on 15 August.

Indiana Review’s Half-K Prize
offers a first prize of US$1000 and publication. Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing up to 500 words each and there are no genre or form restrictions. Entries open on 1 July and close on 15 August.

Scotland Writing Residency
is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during summer or fall, in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. The residency does not come with a cash prize. Applications close 15 August.

Fifth Wednesday Journal
accepts fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays and black-and-white photography. Submissions for Issue 20, Spring 2017 open on 15 August.

Southampton Review
is dedicated to “discovering new voices and visions while savoring long-standing favorites”. Some of the established writers it has published include Billy Collins, Meg Wolitzer, Frank McCourt and David Rakoff. Submissions reopen on 15 August.

Blue Mesa Review Annual Contest
is open to prose up to 6000 words and poetry (up to 3 poems). The 2016 judges are: Ocean Vuong for Poetry, Jensen Beach for Fiction, and Debra Monroe for Nonfiction.and each winner receives US$500 and publication. Entries close 31 August.

Creative Nonfiction’s How We Teach Contest
is looking for original essays about teaching – whether in a traditional classroom or online; in summer camp or college; in preschool or in a prison; in the woods or in a workshop. The writer of the best essay will receive $1000 and there is $500 for runner-up; all essays submitted will be considered for publication. Entries close 29 August.

Ilanot Review and Israel Story Flash Story Contest
is open to stories of approx 600 words in either English or Hebrew on the theme ‘Theft’. The winning story will be published by The Ilanot Review and adapted for radio by Israel Story for radio. There is no entry fee and the competition closes on 31 August.

Aesthetica Magazine
is inviting writers to submit their work to their 2016 creative writing competition. First prize is £500 and the winner and finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology. Entries closes 31 August.

Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction
is open to pieces up to 5000 words in length. Winners will receive US$250 and their work will be featured in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. All submissions will be considered for publication. Entries close 31 August.

Cold Mountain Review 
publishes fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, art and interviews with creative writers. Submissions reopen in August.

is weekly online magazine of short, darkly comic, ironic, and experimental fiction, essay, poetry, and graphic narrative. All contributors are paid $100. The next open call for submissions will be in August.

is accepting unsolicted submissions throughout July and August. Writers are asked to include a short cover letter citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.

Chattahoochee Review
is seeking submissions for an issue on the theme ‘Off the Record’. Submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America. Closes in September or when the issue fills.

is a Nigerian-based quarterly literary magazine that aims to publish the finest emerging writers. Saraba publishes fiction, poetry and non-fiction and has also published poetry collections in chapbook forms.

Empty Mirror
is accepting essays, reviews, articles, and interviews. EM’s original focus was the Beats and poetry, but it has also expanded the conversation to other types of literature, film, music, and art.

Michigan Quarterly Review
is an interdisciplinary journal of arts and culture that seeks to combine the best of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction with outstanding critical essays on literary, cultural, social, and political matters. Submissions for are accepted year round and the editors try to include at least one story, essay or poem by a previously unpublished writer in every issue.

was founded in 1940 in Brisbane by Clem Christesen. Currently based in Melbourne, Meanjin is committed to publishing the best new writing from Australia and the world. The journal is currently accepting submissions of fiction, essays, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry.

Hippocampus Magazine
accepts unsolicited submissions of memoir excerpts (a self-contained portion of a larger, book-length work), personal essays and  flash creative nonfiction or a work of creative nonfiction in an experimental format. Hippocampus Magazine prefers previously unpublished work, but will entertain submissions that have appeared elsewhere.

American Reader
is a bimonthly magazine publishing fiction, poetry and criticism. It was named by Library Journal as one of the best new magazines of 2012. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.




  1. 10 June 2016 / 1:58 am

    Wow, what a list! Thanks SO much for such a valuable roundup. 🙂

  2. Angela
    10 June 2016 / 8:49 am

    Thank u, thank u….I saw this in Facebook and had to come check it out myself. I’m impressed

  3. Angela
    10 June 2016 / 8:56 am

    on Facebook rather ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  4. Shekhar
    10 June 2016 / 1:39 pm

    I have a story i want to publish this story but how? I don’t know.

  5. successfuljo
    10 June 2016 / 1:40 pm

    I am really excited about this new information thank you

  6. Phoenix Rainez
    17 June 2016 / 9:15 am

    Thanks a million for this information.

  7. Duncan Richardson
    3 July 2016 / 9:26 am

    Meanjin’s website says they’re currently open only for cartoons.

    • Aerogramme Writers' Studio
      4 July 2016 / 11:00 am

      Thanks for the update Duncan. They must have recently changed their submissions window.

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