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October 2021 Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The October 2021 edition of "Writing Life Essentials" is a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards. We try to prioritize opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities. We do the research, so you have more time for what matters: the writing. Or, beating your friends in a pumpkin carving contest. That’s important, too.

 

Contests & Awards

 

The Blue Mountain Review | Asian American Chapbook Contest

Fee: $25; Award: $200 & 100 book copies; Deadline: October 30

The Southern Collective Experience announces its Asian American chapbook contest. Lee Herrick is this year’s judge. Entrants must be Asian American or  Pacific Islander. Former students and close  friends of the judge are not eligible. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Pangyrus | Nonfiction Contest

Fee: $20; Award: $1000 and publication; Deadline: October 30

Visions Towards a Less Divided America” will be a Pangyrus book publication, due to come out in 2022.  We’re looking for your best essays taking on the problems of today, and the potential of tomorrow. Whether lyric, braided, journalistic or flash, the strongest essays will find their way into publication, and the contest winner earns both publication and a prize of $1,000. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Dillydoun Review | 2021 Dillydoun International Fiction Prize

Fee: $25; Award: $2,000; Deadline: October 31

Open to all works of fiction and all genres whether categorized as a short story, flash fiction, or self-contained excerpts. You may enter the competition as many times as you wish prior to the closing date. All entries must be accompanied by the $25 entry fee. 1st Place – $2,000. 2nd Place – $1,000. 3rd Place – $500. Honorable Mentions – $50. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Conduit | Minds on Fire Open Book Prize

Fee: $25; Award: $1,500; Deadline: October 31

Awarded annually and open to any poet writing in English, regardless of previous publication record, the prize seeks to represent the best contemporary writing in high quality editions of enduring value. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Raleigh Review | Multi-Genre Geri Digiorno Prize

Fee: $5; Award: $300; Deadline: October 31

The contents of each submission can be either: 2 poems and a work of visual art (Possible Cover Inclusion), 2 poems and a work of flash nonfiction (1000 word max on the flash nonfiction), 1 poem and 1 work of visual art and 1 work of flash nonfiction. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Epiphany Magazine | 2021 Breakout! Prize

Fee: $10; Award: $1000, publication, year-long mentorship; Deadline: November 1

The Fourth Annual Breakout! Writers Prize brings visibility to the creators of our future by honoring and supporting outstanding college and graduate student writers. Winners have gone on to get agents, publish books, and discover new careers in publishing. Submissions close on November 1st. All applicants will receive a complimentary digital subscription to Epiphany. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Foglifter | Start a Riot! Chapbook Prize

Fee: $0; Award: $1000; Deadline: November 1

In response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history, Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco joined forces to create a chapbook prize for local emerging queer and trans black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. Each year, one chapbook author is awarded publication, a $1,000 prize, and promotion, as well as a spot on RADAR’s Sister Spit tour. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Perugia Press | Perugian Press Prize

Fee: $0-$30; Award: $1000 and publication; Deadline: November 15

Perugia Press seeks to highlight marginalized and underrepresented voices in our publications, and to that end we encourage submissions written by poets of all abilities, ages, and sexual orientations, and from across all cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

The Hudson Review | Short Fiction Contest

Fee: $0; Award: $500; Deadline: November 30

Submit your original short fiction to The Hudson Review between 9/1/21 and 11/30/21. All genres of fiction welcome, but work must be previously unpublished and under 10,000 words. No submission fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Rollick Magazine | 2021 Fiction Prize

Fee: $10; Award: $1,000; Deadline: December 31

Rollick Magazine is an independent literary magazine for contemporary fiction, thought, and opinion about popular culture, society, and everything on the periphery. Our mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality stories that inspire real engagement. We will consider work that express unique and original thought. Ideally, we want you to share stories that let us explore the world through your eyes. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Fellowships & Grants

 

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s (DDFIA) Building Bridges Program | Muslim Storytellers Fellowship

Fee: $0; Award: Mentorship; Deadline: December 31st

The fellowship is funded by a grant with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s (DDFIA) Building Bridges Program. The mission of the Building Bridges Program is to support national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding and well-being among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, inclusive communities. The fellowship aims to further that bridge-building mission by creating space for more diverse, authentic Muslim narratives for children and young adults, and by addressing common misperceptions of those narratives in the children’s publishing industry. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Work Experience

 

Several Positions, Oxford Press

Conway, Arkansas/ Remote

Oxford Press is seeking a Digital Editor, Development Coordinator, and Junior Account Executive, in addition to Editorial and Podcast interns. These positions have the option to report to the magazine’s main offices in Conway, Arkansas or work remotely. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Social Media Manager, BreakBread Press

Remote

BreakBread Literacy Project is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides free creative writing workshops, pre-professional publishing apprenticeships, literary readings, and curates BreakBread Magazine. The Social Media Manager helps us fulfill our mission by sharing BreakBread Literacy Project events, ideas, opportunities and vision across social media platforms, engaging young creatives who are interested in arts and letters through dynamic, 21st century storytelling. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Zoetic Press, Editor

Remote

Want to get some experience in the world of independent publishing? Do you want to learn more about how producing a literary publication works? Do you want to get the inside scoop on what we're doing next, and have a hand in making it happen? Would you like the mentorship of an entire group of editors? You can get all of that at Zoetic Press! Even if you have ZERO experience, we want you—after all, how do you GET experience if no one is willing to let you get a foot in the door? Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Academy of American Poets, Membership and Development Associate

New York City, NY

The Membership & Development Associate is a full-time position that reports to the Director of Donor Relations and assists in work to grow the base of supporters of the organization to meet fundraising goals. This position assists with foundations, major donors, and special events as needed. This position helps maintain the donor database and our membership program. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Green Linden Press, Development Agent

Remote

Green Linden Press is seeking a Development Agent with experience fundraising for the arts to advance its missions to foster excellence in poetry publishing and to support reforestation. The Development Agent will coordinate donations, create and maintain relationships with donors, create fundraising campaigns, and execute the grants program. This position is remote, and the Development Agent will be paid on commission. Interested candidates may email a cover letter and resume to Christopher Nelson, publisher, at [email protected]. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Marketing Associate, Academic Studies Press

Brookline, MA

Academic Studies Press in Brookline, Massachusetts, is seeking applicants to the position of Marketing Associate. The Marketing Associate will work in collaboration with authors, series editors, acquisitions editors, and sales and marketing team to develop and execute marketing plans for individual titles, book series, and journals; manage social media platforms; develop and update company website and book-specific websites; and more. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Several Staff Positions, 826 Boston

Roxbury, MA

826 Boston is currently seeking candidates to fulfill their full- and part-time positions: Writers’ Room Coordinator at the Boston Teachers Union School and Writers’ Room Coordinator at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. They also have one student position open: Youth Literary Advisory Board Member. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Development Manager, Kweli

New York City, NY (Remote)

Kweli Journal, the premier literary online journal and community for writers of color, seeks a part-time Development Manager. The Development Manager will play a key role in generating contributed income, overseeing individual giving and an active foundation, corporate, and government grants program. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

 

Submissions

 

Submissions to Ruminate Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 15th

Ruminate Magazine is our quarterly print journal that invites slowing down and paying attention. We delight in laughter, deep reading, contemplative activism, telling stories, asking questions, and doing small things with great love, as Mother Teresa said. We are particularly excited about sharing stories, poems, and art from voices that aren't often heard. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Pangyrus

Fee: $3; Deadline: October 15th

Pangyrus publishes well-crafted, thought-provoking writing, comics and visual art in every genre online and in one to two print editions per year. They’ll be keeping an extra sharp eye out for pieces that reimagine our relationship to place and history and ecosystem, that challenge our ideas, that offer both warnings–and solutions. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Gasher Fall 2021 Issue

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 17th

Gasher seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers or artists. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Redivider

Fee: $3 - $10; Deadline: October 17th

Redivider seeks previously unpublished works from emerging and established writers. They welcome general submissions year-round. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Nowruz Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 24th

We seek the full panoply of arts and letters created by all those who identify as Persian around the world, though the final product will be in the English language. We’re especially interested in work that focuses on lesser-explored aspects of the Persian experience globally. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Kitchen Table Quarterly

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 31st

We are a journal preoccupied with history- cultural, political, geographical, personal- and how each interacts with the other to mold our experience. Adolescent blunders, dental records, the archaic origins of long-held or long-lost traditions- we want to know all of it. We are looking for work that spills secrets and wipes the dust off of old memories. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to NonBinary Review

Fee: $0; Deadline: October 31st

In French, it’s called “Cadavre Exquis,” but you might know it as “exquisite corpse.” It’s a game where each participant contributes to a piece until an entire story emerges. In a new experiment, we are starting with this story (http://www.zoeticpress.com/palindromes). The NonBinary Review is looking to you to tell them more about this person. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Foglifter Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: November 1st

Foglifter is a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer and trans writing today. It’s a space where LGBTQ+ writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace. Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and they are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Hippocampus Magazine 

Fee: $3; Award: $40; Deadline: November 30

Looking for a literary magazine that accepts personal essays? Hippocampus Magazine enthusiastically considers unsolicited, previously unpublished creative nonfiction submissions in the following categories: memoir excerpt, personal essay, flash creative nonfiction, and more. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Buttered Toast

Fee: $0; Deadline: November 30

Toad Hall Editions is looking for writers 18 and younger for their submissions of poetry, essays, short stories, creative nonfiction, and experimental works for our journal Buttered Toast. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Obsidian

Fee: $0; December 1st

Gender Queer/ Genre Queer Playground Special Issue. For all submissions, include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor. Also include a fifty-word bio. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Ploughshares

Fee: $3; Deadline: January 15th

Ploughshares welcomes unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction during our regular reading period, which runs from June 1st to January 15th. The literary journal is published four times a year: mixed issues of poetry and prose in the Spring and Winter, a prose issue in the summer, and a longform prose issue in the Fall, with two of the four issues per year guest-edited by a different writer of prominence. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Los Angeles Review

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

The Los Angeles Review is open for submissions year-round. All submissions will be considered for LAR Online and for the new best-of print edition to be released yearly in the Spring. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Natalie Sheree Publishing

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Natalie Sheree Publishing is seeking pieces for their 2022-2023 publishing catalog. Please submit the first chapter of your completed, unpublished novella or novel manuscript.  View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Hare’s Paw

Fee: $3; Deadline: Rolling

Hare's Paw Literary Journal is limitless - representing the ability to walk between our own stillness and the world around us, identifying what matters and what intrigues us, regardless of societal demands. Hare's Paw publishes authentic, strange, soulful, and even joyful work that allows all voices to be heard. If you've ever had a hard time placing your work, consider Hare's Paw Literary Journal your home. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Share Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Contributors can submit fiction, non-fiction, poetry or visual artwork that portrays experiences from their lives, or activities and happenings in the world around them. We encourage you to share your work in any form as long as each mode represents a topical theme relatable to life, human nature, human condition, human concerns, human growth and achievements, etc. Whatever your story is, you are welcome to share it with us. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Capsule Stories

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Capsule Stories is a print literary magazine published once every season. Our first issue was published on March 1, 2019, and we accept submissions year-round. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to BreakBread Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives under the age of 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories and visual arts—fine art, photography, comics, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work that explores new directions in arts and letters.   View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Rollick Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Rollick’s mandate is to attract cutting-edge, quality content that inspires real engagement. We will consider any pitch that expresses unique and original thought. You can send in short stories, essays, poetry, memoirs, confessionals, experimental fiction, and anything else in between. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Puritan

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The Puritan seeks submissions all year round, from anywhere in the world. Regular submissions to the magazine are free of charge and should fall under one of four categories: fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews. Unless we are soliciting your work, all submissions must be previously unpublished (this includes self-publishing, publishing on blogs, and in chapbook format). View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Mukana

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Mukana Press is currently accepting submissions for our freshman cohort of titles. We will review submissions on a rolling basis. Please allow for up to 8 weeks for a response. Writers may submit more than one manuscript.View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The 365 Collection | Lucky Jefferson

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Lucky Jefferson happily accepts unso­licited sub­mis­sions of poetry year-round into its 365 Collection, a 100% digital collection of poetry and other literature. Upon acceptance, submissions will be included on our website and social media account(s).

 View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Embark Literary Journal

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Embark accepts submissions from all over the world and have no geographical constraints. However, all submissions must be written in English (or translated into English from another language, in which case both the author and the translator must be credited). They do NOT accept submissions of memoirs or other nonfiction works. Only the openings of novels (works of fiction 50,000 words or longer) will be considered. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Frontier Poetry

Fee: $0; Award: $50 per poem, up to $150; Deadline: Rolling

Submissions for Frontier Poetry’s New Voices poetry category are open year round to any new and emerging poet who has not published more than one full-length collection of poetry. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Voyage YA

Fee: $0; Award: $200 per accepted story; Deadline: Rolling

Voyage YA simply aims to publish good work and provide a space for new and established voices. To get an idea of what they publish, please read their archives. General submissions are open year-round and there is no fee to submit to their general categories. New work is published weekly. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to So to Speak Blog

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

The So to Speak Blog is unique in that it opens itself up to multiple forms of storytelling. Hybrid works, reviews, interviews, and visual art are welcomed submissions. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to The Sun 

Fee: $0; Award: $100-$2,000; Deadline: Rolling

The Sun publishes personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. They encourage submissions from writers of color. View more submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Boston Accent Lit

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Submissions to Boston Accent Lit are always open on a rolling basis. They accept works in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Issues are published six times per year online. View complete submission guidelines here.

 

Submissions to Boston Poetry Magazine

Fee: $0; Deadline: Rolling

Boston Poetry Magazine accepts submissions year-round. They accept both previously published material and simultaneous submissions. View complete submission guidelines here.

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