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Opportunities for Writers: September and October 2016

Opportunities for Writers in September and October 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.

Soho Press
is accepting unsolicited submissions for its literary list. In general, the editors are interested in bold voices and original ways of seeing the world. Writers are asked to send three chapters (or fifty pages) and a cover letter.

subTerrain Magazine
is based in Vancouver and is published three times a year. Submissions for its winter issue with the theme ‘Nostalgia’ close on 1 September.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
is offering up to five awards of US$6000 each for writers and artists with families. The money can be for things like child care, workspace, new equipment, research and travel. Applications close 2 September.

Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
remembers Tasmania’s most acclaimed poet. First prize is AUD$2000, publication in Island magazine and a magazine subscription package. Entires must consist of a single poem or linked suite of poems of no longer than 80 lines. Poets worldwide are eligible to participate and entries close on 2 September.

Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft
is a new Skillshare class taught by Daniel José Older that explores the fundamentals of storytelling, providing participants with tools to use and questions to ask while developing their own stories. The class is for intended for both aspiring and established writers. Enrol using the link above to access this course, and hundreds of others, for three months for just 99 cents.

One Story
is a literary magazine that contains, simply, one story. Approximately every three-four weeks, subscribers are sent One Story in the mail, or on their digital devices. Stories must be between 3000 and 8000 words and can be in any style on any subject. Submissions reopen on 1 September.

Gettysburg Review
is published quarterly and considers unsolicited submissions of poetry, fiction and essays. The editors strongly encourage all potential contributors to read several issues before submitting. The submissions period reopens on 1 September.

Harpur Palate
is literary journal published bi-annually by the Department of English at Binghamton University. It publishes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from all over the world, including work by well-known authors including Sherman Alexie, Gary Fincke, Peter Sears, Alex Lemon, Maura Stanton, and Rebecca Morgan Frank. Submissions for the winter issue open on 1 September.

New England Review
welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama and translation, as well as creative writing for its website (NER Digital). Payment for printed work is $20 per page. Submissions reopen on 1 September.

Ursula Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship
is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, and the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. It aims to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction. Applications are open until 2 September.

Penguin Random House UK
has launched a campaign to find. mentor and publish new writers from under-represented communities. Applications for the London program are open until 2 September (details for Birmingham and Manchester to follow later in the year).

Young Lions Fiction Award
is a $10,000 prize run by New York Public Library. This prestigious prize goes to a writer age 35 or younger for a published novel or a collection of short stories. Nominations close on 2 September.

International 3-Day Novel Contest
takes place over the North American Labor Day long weekend, 3 – 5 September. The competition has been running since 1977. Participants pre-register and then commit to writing a complete novel is three days. The winning novel will be published.

Bellevue Literary Review
seeks high-caliber, unpublished work, broadly and creatively related to the themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. Submissions reopen in September.

the journal of eclectic writing, is a literary quarterly that publishes engaging, diverse, and challenging writing and art by Canadian and international writers and artists. Grain is published four times per year and the next reading period opens in September.

Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition
is now in its 20th year. The winner receives AUD$1500 and there are a number of runner-up prizes. Poems can be on any theme and must be less than 50 lines. Entries close on 4 September.

SmokeLong Quarterly
is inviting applications from new and emerging flash fiction writers for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship. This fellowship is open to writers based anywhere in the world. Applications close 15 September.

Künstlerdorf Schöppingen Foundation Artist in Residence Program
supports writers, visual artists, artists in the field of new media and interdisciplinary projects. Accommodation is provided in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and a stipend is also provided. The next application round closes 15 September.

Chattahoochee Review
is seeking submissions for an issue on the theme ‘Off the Record’. Submissions should be works previously unpublished in North America. Closes 15 September or when the issue fills.

Bartleby Snopes’ Dialogue Only Writing Contest
is running for the eight year. Entrants are asked to compose a short story entirely of dialogue (read tips from the editors on writing dialogue). You may use as many characters as you want but your entry must be under 2000 words. Entries close 15 September.

Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize
is an international competition open to writers around the world regardless of age, genre or career stage. The winner receives AUD$1000 and publication in Mascara Literary Review. Stories should be 2500 words or less. Closes 15 September.

MacDowell Colony Fellowships
support residences of up to eight weeks for writers and other artists. Located in New Hampshire, studios, room and board are provided. Applications for Winter/Spring 2017 residences (1 February to 31 May) close on 15 September.

was established in 1972 and aims to bring the experimental to a broader audience, and to bring new voices to the forefront, publishing emerging authors alongside well-known and established writers. Submissions under 5000 words are encouraged, but we the editors will read fiction manuscripts of any length. The reading period reopens on 15 September.

is a literary magazine founded in 1973 by the creative writing program at the University of Montana. It publishes two issues per year featuring  fiction, poetry and literary non-fiction by established writers and new voices alike. Submissions reopen on 15 September.

Kenyon Review
considers short fiction and essays (up to 7,500 words), poetry (up to 6 poems; please format and submit as a single document), plays (up to 30 pages), excerpts (up to 30 pages) from larger works, and translations of poetry and short prose. The next reading period opens on 15 September.

is a quarterly magazine of dark fiction. Lamplight’s reading period opens on 15 September and contributors receive up to US$150 for short stories and flash fiction.

Jentel Artist Residency Program
is located on a 1000 acre plus working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. It offers individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Application for residencies in winter and spring 2017 close on 15 September.

Ampersand Prize
is open to unpublished debut novels by YA and middle-grade writers from Australia and New Zealand. Entries close on 16 September.

Passages North
the annual literary journal sponsored by Northern Michigan University, has published short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction since 1979. Submissions reopen in September.

Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition
is open to unpublished women novelists. The competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – “in every genre imaginable”. The winner receives £5000 and five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents. Entries close 19 September.

Manchester Fiction Prize
is a major international literary competition open to anyone aged 16 or over. The winner receives a cash prize of £10,000. Stories can be up to 2500 words in length. The organisers also offer a Manchester Poetry Prize. Entries for both competitions close on 23 September.

Sunday Times Short Story Award
is the richest short story prize in the world. It is open to writers regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland. Entries close 29 September.

Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize
was run for the first time in 2015. Writers are asked to submit stories up to 6000 words and the winner will receive £1000 or year-long editorial support from the directors of Galley Beggar Press. In addition, all longlisted entries will be anthologised in an eBook to be sent out to subscribers to the Galley Beggar Singles Club. Entries close on 30 September.

Wallace Stegner House
is located in Eastend, Saskachewan. Its residency program accepts writers for stays from one week to up to eleven months. A rental fee of $250 is payable and includes all utilities. Applications should be submitted by 30 September, and writers and other artists from around the world are invited to apply.

Sarabande Books
publishes essay collections of between 150 & 250 pages. Unsolicited submissions are open from 1 September to 30 September.

Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence
is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction. The winners receive CA$1000 together with a book pack valued at over $1000. The judges for this year’s prize are Rawi Hage (fiction) and Jan Zwicky (poetry). Entries close 30 September.

Cold Mountain Review
is seeking poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, interviews, photography and other visual art for a special issue on forests. Although CMR is not a scholarly journal, it does welcome critically informed work and hybrid genres. Closes 30 September.

Caterpillar Story Prize for Children
is open to unpublished stories up to 1500 words for children aged between 7 and 11. The winner receives €500 plus a 2-week stay at The Moth’s Artists’ Residence. Entries close 30 September.

Columbia Journal
is an annual publication produced by students in the Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Writing program. The journal is dedicated to publishing not only established authors but also fresh, never before published voices. Submissions for Issue 55 close on 30 September.

City Quill
is a new literary magazine exclusively for previously unpublished writers (they won’t hold school newspapers or personal blogs against you but you shouldn’t submit your work to The City Quill if you ever had a journal, anthology or magazine). The current reading period closes on 30 September.

is a science fiction and fantasy magazine based in Oregon. Metaphorosis is seeking submissions for a special gun control themed issue. Stories can be for or against gun control, so long as it makes the reader think. Submissions close on 30 September.

Willow Springs
is produced within the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. It publishes work by unknown and up and coming writers, and by U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Willow Springs accepts poetry submissions between 1 September and 31 May, fiction between 1 September and 30 April, and nonfiction all year-round.

Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries close on 1 October.

Missouri Review Editors’ Prize
is now open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. The three winners receive US$5000 each, publication in the magazine and a reception in their honour. Prose submissions may be up to 8500 words and poets may submit any number of poems up to 10 pages. Closes 1 October.

Guernica Fellowship Program
aims to provide deep training in magazine editing and production, coupled with opportunities to work on a dedicated writing or multimedia project with an editor-mentor. Up to five emerging writers, editors and multimedia journalists will be selected for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close by 1 October

Seattle Review
is a print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas, and lyric essays. Submissions are considered year round but the $3 reading fee will be waived from 1 October onwards.

Marfield Prize
also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, is given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. The winner receives $10,000 and is invited to a short residency in Washington (expenses paid). Books must be non-fiction titles written in English by a single, living author, originally published in the United States in 2016. Entries close on 1 October.

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by the literary magazine.The winner of the contest will receive US$1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2017 issue of Boston Review. The runners-up stories may also be published. Entries close 3 October.

Litro Magazine
is seeking submissions for its November 2016 print issue with the theme ‘Nightmares’. It accepts short fiction, flash/micro fiction and non-fiction. Submissions close 3 October.

Berton House Writers’ Retreat
is located in Dawson City, Yukon. Professional Canadian writers who have published at least one book and are established in any creative literary discipline (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play/screenwriting, journalism) may apply for a three-month residency. Closes 3 October.

Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award
will award a prize of US$2000 and publication for a poem or poems up to 10 pages long. All themes and subject matters are eligible and all submissions will be considered for publication. Entries close 3 October.

Man Booker International Prize
was established in 2005, biennially rewarding an author for a body of work originally written in any language as long as it was widely available in English. Now an annual award, it carries a prize of £50,000 prize is divided equally between the author and the translator. Completed entry forms must be received by 7 October.

Cheat River Review
is produced by the MFA program at West Virginia University. It welcomes submissions of original, previously unpublished nonfiction, fiction, flash, and poetry from both emerging and established writers. Submissions for the upcoming issue close on 9 October.

Calvino Prize
is an annual fiction competition sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the English Department of the University of Louisville. The prize will be awarded to outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist experimentalist style of Italo Calvino. With winner receives US$1500 and publication. Entries close 14 October.

Miami University Press’s Novella Contest
has been given annually since 2005 to a novella length manuscript of original fiction. The winning manuscript will receive a US$750 advance and publication. Submissions close 15 October.

River Teeth’s Literary Non-fiction Book Contest
is open to manuscripts between 150 and 400 pages long. The winner will receive US$1000 and publication by the University of New Mexico Press. The judge of this year’s contest is Andre Dubus III. Entries close 15 October.

Writers Omi at Ledig House
is located in Ghent, New York, two and a half hours from New York City.  Since it was founded in 1992 it has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries, including Gary Shteyngart, Kiran Desai and Colum McCann. Guests may select a residency of one week to two months. Applications close 20 October.

Lunch Ticket
is a biannual journal published by the MFA community of Antioch University of Los Angeles. It publishes fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people and visual art. Submissions for the Winter/Spring 2017 issue close 31 October.

Puerto del Sol
now in its 51st year of publication, is the journal of the English Department at New Mexico State University. It welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translations, artwork and criticism, as well as any interesting combinations thereof. Puerto del Sol’s current reading period closes on 31 October.

Burt Award for Caribbean Literature
is an annual award given to three English-language literary works for young adults written by Caribbean authors. A first prize of CAD$10,000, a second prize of $7000 and a third prize of $5000 will be awarded to the winning authors. Published books and self-published books published between 1 November 2015 and 31 October 2016, as well as unpublished manuscripts, are eligible for the award. Entries close 31 October.

Bare Fiction Prize
offers international awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500. All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine. Entries close 31 October.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize
is an annual award for unpublished short fiction open to citizens of the 53 Commonwealth countries. The prize covers the five Commonwealth regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, Caribbean and Pacific. One winner will be selected from each region, with one regional winner to be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5000 and the remaining four regional winners receive £2500. Entries open on 1 September and close 1 November.

Fiction Desk
publishes a quarterly anthology of new short fiction by new and upcoming writers. Submissions can be up to 20,000 words (though most stories published are between 2000 and 7000 words). The Fiction Desk is based in the United Kingdom but submissions are accepted from authors around the world.

is currently accepting unsolicited submissions. Fiction and nonfiction may be up to 6000 words and excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.

is currently accepting pitches for original stories (1500 words or more) and blog posts (500 to 1000 words). In the past they’ve published “in-depth interviews with people doing interesting things, deeply researched nonfiction narratives examining a specific moment or person in history, thoughtful reporting about a public interest issue, and personal essays investigating a universal human experience.” Contributors are paid competitive rates.

Wrong Quarterly
is a London-based literary magazine showcasing prose from both British and international writers. Its aim is to provide an inclusive platform for emerging writers worldwide. The Wrong Quarterly accepts fiction up to 6000 words and non-fiction up to 5000 words.




  1. 31 August 2016 / 6:32 am

    Excellent post; I found it by accident & almost didn’t open it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. aburami
    8 September 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Terrific list. Hope you’ll continue this feature.

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