Calling all writers! From internships to contests to calls for submission, there's something for everyone on this list. Check out this month's upcoming writing opportunities:

CONTESTS

CONTEST: JANET B. MCCABE POETRY PRIZE
Deadline to Submit: May 15, 2017
The first-place winner of the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize will receive $1500 and publication. You may submit a maximum of two poems. Submit here.

CONTEST: DOROTHEA LANGE-PAUL TAYLOR PRIZE
Deadline to Submit: May 15, 2017
The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize accepts extended projects that rely on combining words and images. The winner will receive $10,000, a feature story, and their work will be placed in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. More details here.

CONTEST: BOA SHORT FICTION PRIZE
Deadline to Submit: May 31, 2017
Since its founding in 2010, the BOA Short Fiction Prize has been awarded to six of the most exciting and unique voices in American fiction. As with all BOA fiction titles, our prize-winning short story collections are more concerned with the artfulness of writing than the twists and turns of plot. The winner will receive book publication by BOA Editions in spring 2019 and a $1,000 honorarium. Submit here.

CONTEST: SEXTON PRIZE FOR POETRY
Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2017
Eyewear Publishing in London is accepting submissions for their 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry, an annual publication award for an outstanding new collection of poetry by an American poet. The Sexton Prize offers an American poet an opportunity to build an international reputation.The Sexton Prize is open to poets at all career stages, from emerging to established; poets of every age and level of publication experience are encouraged to submit. The winner will receive publication by Eyewear Publishing LTD and an honorarium of $1,000. More information here.

CONTEST: 2017 SPOKANE PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION
Deadline to Submit: June 5, 2017
Willow Springs Books invites submissions of book-length manuscripts for the 2017 Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. The winner receives $2,000 plus publication. Manuscripts should be no less than 98 pages (with no maximum page count) and include at least 3 short stories. Submission details here.

CONTEST: MARGUERITE MCGLINN PRIZE FOR FICTION
Deadline to Submit: June 15, 2017
The Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction awards one first prize winner $2,000, publication in Philadelphia Stories’ Fall print issue, and an invitation to the awards dinner at Rosemont College. More information here: http://www.philadelphiastories.org/fiction-contest/.

CONTEST: MARGUERITE MCGLINN PRIZE FOR FICTION
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2017
This is an annual national short fiction contest that features a first place $2,000 cash award and invitation to an awards dinner on the campus of Rosemont College; a second place cash prize of $500; and third place cash prize of $250. The winner stories will be published in the print issue of Fall of Philadelphia Stories. The Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction is made possible by the generous support of the McGlinn and Hansma families. For more information on submitting, please click here.

CONTEST: 16th ANNUAL LOIS CRANSTON MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE
Deadline to apply: June 30
This spring, Alicia Ostriker will judge the 16th annual Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize. The winner will receive $300 cash and publication in CALYX Journal Vol. 30:2, Winter 2018. Three runners-up will receive a one-issue subscription and publication on the CALYX website. The contest is open to any theme or subject. Please submit up to 3 poems (6 pages maximum) of unpublished poetry (both online and hard copy submissions are accepted). There is a $15 reading fee. Full guidelines can be found here.

CONTEST: GLIMMER TRAIN NEW WRITER AWARD
Deadline to Submit: June 30, 2017
This competition is exclusively open to writers whose fiction has not appeared, nor is scheduled to appear, in any print publication with a circulation over 5000. Most entries run from 1000 - 5000 words, but any lengths up to 12,000 words are welcome. 1st place wins $2500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies. 2nd place wins $500, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies. 3rd place wins $300, or, if chosen for publication, $700 and 10 copies. Submit here.

CONTEST: NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE
Deadline to submit June 30, 2017
North Street is accepting self-published books in the categories of General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction & Memoir. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry. Length limit: 150,000 words. All contestants receive a free PDF download of How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally & Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. For more information, please click here.

CONTEST: THE FRANCINE RINGOLD AWARDS FOR NEW WRITERS
Deadline to Submit: July 15, 2017
The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication. Submit here.

CONTEST: LOUISE MERIWETHER FIRST BOOK PRIZE
Deadline to submit: July 31, 2017
The Feminist Press is currently seeking manuscripts from debut authors. The prize was founded in 2016 to honor the legacy of author Louise Meriwether by publishing a debut work by a woman or nonbinary author of color. The prize is granted to a manuscript that follows in the tradition of Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner, one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young black girl as the protagonist. The prize continues this legacy of telling much-needed stories that shift culture and inspire new writers. We are calling on eligible first-time authors (including students and recent grads) to submit complete manuscripts to our panel of judges. One winner will be awarded a $5,000 advance and a contract to publish their book with the Feminist Press in spring 2019. For more information, click here.

CONTEST: POP MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL/MATRIX MAGAZINE
Deadline to submit: July 31, 2017
The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have teamed up or the tenth consecutive year to bring you the most innovative and exciting literary competition on Earth. They are celebrating our tenth anniversary by opening submission eligibility to Europe, offering an early bird entry fee, and featuring both one of fiction's rising stars and an iconic poetry legend as our judges. They are looking for the best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor. For more information and to submit, please click here.

CONTEST: THE DEBORAH TALL LYRIC ESSAY BOOK PRIZE
Accepting submissions: June 1 to August 15, 2017
Sponsored by Seneca Review & the TRIAS writer-in-residence program at Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Winners receive a $2,000 prize, book publication and guest reading at HWS. John D’Agata will be the judge. Lyric essay, for us, encompasses cross-genre work and hybrid forms. Page range: 48-120. Detailed information at: http://www.hws.edu/senecareview/bookcontest/

CONTEST: OPHELIA PRESS POETRY BOOK PRIZE
Deadline to Submit: August 15, 2017
The winner of the Second Annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize will receive $1,000 in cash. The winning volume will also be published by Ex Ophidia Press in Fall 2017 and distributed through Amazon. Five finalists will also be announced along with the winner. Details here.

CONTEST: DZANC BOOKS
Deadline to Submit: September 15, 2017
Dzanc Books is pleased to announce the 2017 season of contests now open for submissions. This includes the Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction, the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, and the inaugural Dzanc Books/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize. Prizes ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Details here.

 

CALLS FOR SUBMISSION

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MORTAR MAGAZINE
Deadline to Submit: Rolling
Mortar Magazine is seeking of-the-moment poetry, prose and experimental forms, from new voices. They are particularly interested in submissions from women, gender-nonconforming, and non-heteronormative writers, speaking from the experience of living and writing in 2017. More details here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MEGACITY FICTIONS
Deadline to Submit: Rolling
Megacity Fictions invites submissions that explore megacities; bustling metropolises like Bombay and Bangkok. Prose, criticism and images are welcome. Megacity is also looking for emerging translators to read, source and translate submissions. Details on both opportunities here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ALIBI
Deadline to Submit: Rolling
Alibi is seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. Please send poetry (up to five poems) or fiction (no longer than 5,000 words) as an attachment (docx, doc, or pdf only) to anyalibi@gmail.com.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SEED POD REVIEWS
Deadline to Submit: Rolling
Seed Pod Reviews is seeking reviews of recent episodes of either new or established podcasts. Reviews should be focused on a single episode (include any necessary context for the podcast as a whole, but keep the writing centered around the most recent episode), conversational in tone, light on criticism, and 400 words or less. Submission details here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SYNECDOCHE
Deadline to Submit: Rolling
Synecdoche is looking to publish a book-length work by a single writer: a novel, a novella, a collection of short stories, or a work of poetry. Cross-genre pieces are also encouraged, and exceptional work of any genre will be strongly considered. Please send all submissions to synecdoche.smallpress@gmail.com.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ENIGMA LIFE
Deadline to Submit: Rolling
Lifestyle website, Enigma Life, is accepting submissions on love and relationships, friendships, parenting, marriage and divorce, professional matters—preferably by those with expertise in their given field—and spirituality. Submit here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/CONTEST: I COME FROM THE WORLD
Deadline to Submit: May 15, 2017
I Come From The World is a new online magazine and literary journal that seeks to inspire, inform, and connect people around the world through truth- and storytelling. For their first issue, they seek submissions on what it means to "come from the world." Submitters may also enter their $500 writing contest. Guidelines for both opportunities here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BEAR REVIEW
Deadline: Rolling
Rolling Bear Review is seeking poems or micro prose (500 words or fewer) for their online literary journal. They welcome submissions from a wide spectrum of aesthetics. They want to read work that is both aware of literary tradition and unafraid to take risks and want to read poems that will tear our mouths to shreds--or soothe our tired ears--and short fiction that will first lose us in a daydream and then swipe our picnic baskets, and finally leave them wondering why and how. Please see their website www.bearreview.com for submission guidelines and to view the current issue. There is no submission fee.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CICADA YA/TEEN
Deadline to Submit: May 27, 2017
Cicada YA/teen lit magazine seeks fiction, poetry, comics, and essays on the theme of Puppets & Dolls. Around the world, puppets and dolls serve many purposes—children’s toys, storytelling props, decoration, conduits for the supernatural. How do we pull one another’s strings to get what we want? How do we project our feelings onto one another? How can this harm a relationship? More information here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TAMMY JOURNAL
Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2017
Founded in 2009, Tammy is a print journal and chapbook press publishing work from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters. They are reading chapbooks year-round and journal submissions through June 1; submit through Submittable, at: https://tammy.submittable.com/submit.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION
Deadline: June 1, 2017
Writer Advice seeks flash fiction (750 words or less). Draw readers in. Open our eyes. Dazzle, delight, and entice us. Winners receive cash prizes and are published. Low fee for solid feedback. Fee and details: www.writeradvice.com.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: RABBIT CATASTROPHE
Deadline: June 1st
Rabbit Catastrophe Review publishes original poetry, prose, and art. For poetry, send up to three poems at a time. They like pieces written in both traditional and experimental forms. For fiction, send one story at a time. They want stories that challenge the writer as much as the reader.  Content and genre do not factor into our decision to publish as much as craftsmanship. For creative nonfiction, please send one piece at a time. All genres of CNF are accepted. For more information and to submit, please click here.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NARRATIVE NONFICTION
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Spider (for ages 6-9) is looking for narrative nonfiction no longer than 800 words. They publish stories about kids making a difference in the world, beloved pets, and odd animals. If it’s a story that revolves around gross science or weird facts, they want to see it. Stories that take them to unfamiliar territories are especially interesting—ghost towns, lost cities, ancient worlds and civilizations, little-known historical landmarks. Take them underground, to the rainforest, under the sea, or to a farm. Please provide a source list with your submission. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ANIMAL KINGDOM
Deadline: June 30, 2017
Ladybug (for ages 3-6), is looking for fiction, retellings of folktales, creative nonfiction, poems, action rhymes, and proposals for short comics about our scaly, feathered, and furry friends. Send your lively writing about wild creatures, pets, and animals seen only in your imagination. Their readers like simple yet strong plots, memorable characters, and humor. They prefer short work for young children (stories may be up to 800 words, poetry up to 20 lines). If submitting a retelling of a folktale or nonfiction, please include a list of sources and your credentials with your manuscript. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS/CONTEST: PROFANE
Deadline to Submit: July 31, 2017
Profane is seeking submissions of poems, essays, and stories for their print issue. They are also running a nonfiction and fiction prize which will award winners $1,000. Entrants are permitted to submit up to 2 pieces in each contest, up to 7,500 cumulative words. Find guidelines for general submissions, and for the contests, on their website.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ANIMALS BEHAVING BADLY
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Cricket (ages 9 to 14) is looking for contemporary or historical fiction, retellings of folktales and legends, and nonfiction on the theme of problematic encounters between humans and animals. They welcome humorous stories about troublesome pets, dramatic dealings with wild animals, domestic adventures with backyard pests, warm-hearted friendships with skittish horses—even tales of imaginary animals that exist only in fantasy and legend. Whether you are inspired by stampeding buffalo, beasts from the deep, raccoons in the attic, or foxy tricksters, Cricket wants to see your best story for middle-grade readers (preferably of 1500 to 1800 words). Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: OUR WORLD
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Ladybug (for ages 3-6) seeks simple explorations of a young child’s world. Tell their readers about a cultural tradition you know well or take them to a new place, such as a train station, theater, orange grove, or dam. Investigate an everyday mystery (Where does our food come from?) or open their senses to the natural world. They’re looking for writing attuned to a young child’s interests and capacity for joy and wonder. They accept narrative nonfiction (to 800 words), nonfiction (to 400 words), poetry (to 20 lines), and proposals for short comics. Please include a source list. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FANTASTIC FANTASY BEASTS
Deadline: July 31, 2017
Spider (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Fantastic Fantasy Beasts. They are looking for submissions that feature knights, castles, dragons, pixies, sprites, unicorns, and all manner of epic quests. If it’s otherworldly, they want it—wizards casting spells, winged fairy spirits wandering the woods, and dreamy landscapes where both flora and fauna aren’t what they appear to be. Especially welcome: twists on classic fairytales like Alice in Wonderland or Thumbelina, respectful and authentic treatment of different cultures, and strong female protagonists. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SPACESHIPS AND SUPERHEROES
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Spider (for ages 6-9) is looking for fiction, poetry, activities, crafts, and recipes for the theme Spaceships and Superheroes. They’re interested in science-fiction and superhero stories about protagonists that save the day with help from super suits, super powers, or self-made gadgets. They’re especially interested in future technology like flying cars, interplanetary travel, holograms, robots, and teleporters. Take them on a time traveling mission or to the heart of a city that could use some saving. Especially welcome: twists on familiar comic book or sci-fi tropes, and female, people of color, and kid protagonists. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: A WILLINGNESS TO ACT
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Cricket (ages 9 to 14) is looking for contemporary or historical fiction, true adventure, and fantasy focusing on characters who summon their courage to face a social or physical challenge. Stories may highlight heroic feats of outstanding physical courage, but equally welcome are domestic dramas of ordinary kids who stand up for what they believe when facing challenges of family, friends, and school. Whether you write about taking the side of an unpopular kid at school or vanquishing a hydra, or set your story in contemporary America, ancient Egypt, or on Mars, it may find a home in Cricket. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: I DID IT MYSELF
Deadline: August 31, 2017
Babybug, a look-and-listen magazine for babies and toddlers, seeks poems, stories, action rhymes, and fingerplays about the very youngest children’s triumphs. These joyful moments in a baby’s life—rolling over or feeding oneself, learning to clap or making up a song—are cause for celebration. They’re looking for playful writing that begs to be read aloud again and again. Most of their readers live in the United States and work set in different countries is welcome. Please keep manuscripts short—Babybug poems are generally no longer than eight lines, and stories can be up to six sentences. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Spider (for ages 6-9) and Ladybug (for ages 3-6) are looking for children’s activities. This includes clearly worded, playful step-by-step directions for crafts, activities, games, science experiments, and recipes for children ages 3 to 9. The strongest activities will engage a child’s imagination and creativity, can be done at home, and require little adult supervision. They also seek word games, tongue twisters, jokes, riddles, picture-based crossword puzzles, and foreign language activities.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: QUILLSEDGE PRESS
Deadline to Submit: September 22, 2017
QuillsEdge Press is expanding their mission of bringing to the page more of the vital poetry of women over fifty with their new and vibrant anthology of women’s voices in poetry. Submit up to six unpublished poems to be considered for publishing. Details here.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

JOB OPPORTUNITY: NATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATION’S BOOKUP
Deadline to Apply: ASAP
The National Book Foundation is seeking professional writers who have experience working with young people to serve as a contractual Teaching Artist for BookUp: Summer Storytellers.To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to jobs@nationalbook.org with the subject line: BookUp Instructor. Please indicate general Monday-Friday availability in your cover letter, as well as any specific conflicts in July or August.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: EDITORIAL COORDINATOR FOR THE MET
Deadline to Apply: ASAP
The Editorial Coordinator provides support to staff members of the Publications and Editorial Department. This is a full-time permanent position and duties include working closely with Assistant Manager Editor, production managers, and editors to traffic materials for publication and maintaining departmental spreadsheets for all publications and label projects. Full listing here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: TEACH AT SUN YAT-SEN UNIVERSITY
Deadline: ASAP
This is a job teaching English and creative writing at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China -- the only undergraduate English program in the PRC with a specific focus on teaching creative writing in English. This is one of the very few university teaching jobs that you can actually get right after graduating from an MFA program. If any New School MFA students who are about to graduate are eager for a full-time teaching job, starting this fall, and are interested in teaching in China, email a cover letter and resume ASAP to Professor Dai at: fdai9001@hotmail.com. More information about the position here.

 

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP: CALLIOPE WORKSHOP FOR FICTION AND NONFICTION AUTHORS 
Deadline: ASAP
Calling the next great American author! If that’s you, then this summer get ready to have us fly you out to Los Angeles, put you up in a hotel, and spend an entire weekend developing your work at the Calliope Authors Workshop. You will have the opportunity to get thorough notes on your in-progress work as well as career advice from successful novelists, nonfiction authors, publishers, and literary agents. Click here for more information.

 

About The Author

Founded in Greenwich Village in 1931, Creative Writing at The New School continues to promote, engender, and shape innovative literature.