A guest post by Ashley Moore
A round of fiction submissions really is a beautiful beast: dense, overwhelming, intoxicating, and at its very best, delightful. At SAND journal, Fiction Editor Florian Duijsens and I make our way through at least 600 unsolicited stories each submissions period and are only able to publish around 8–12 of those. That means passionate pleas for our favorites and tough decisions once we’ve narrowed our selection down. But how does a writer get their work into the final rounds of editing? And how can a piece stand out among hundreds – or even thousands – of other stories?
Applications have opened for the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop for 2018-2019. The ten writers selected for the program will participate in a three-part training program, all aimed at preparing them for a successful career in television writing.
Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop describes itself as the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. Graduates of the program include Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food).
PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers – emerging or established – to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.
The fellowship aims to “harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system.”
Deadlines and details do sometimes change. Please don’t forget to check the relevant websites for all the latest details.
Alaska Quarterly Review
was established in 1980 by Ronald Spatz and James Liszka at the University of Alaska Anchorage. AQR is accepting unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, drama and prose until 15 May. The magazine only accepts hard copy submissions via post.
The A3 Review
is seeking contributions under 150 words on the theme ‘Moon.’ The editors welcome submissions of prose, poetry, graphic stories, photography, paintings, drawings, and other visual and word-based creations. Submissions are due by 26 May.
The Ilanot Review
is an international journal based in Israel, publishing a variety of poetry, fiction, nonfiction and genres in between. The editors particularly welcome translations and hybrid work. Submissions for The Ilanot Review’s fiction-only Summer issue close on 31 May. View Post
The Moth Magazine is currently inviting entries from writers around the world to its annual short story prize. The winner will receive €3000.
This prize is open to previously unpublished works of fiction up to 5000 words. In addition to the €3000 (approximately US$3700) first prize, a second prize will be awarded with the winner to receive a writing retreat at Circle of Misse, located in the south of France’s Loire Valley plus €250. The third prize winner receives €1000 and all three winners will have their stories published in the autumn issue of The Moth.