Creative Writing at The New School

Calling all writers! There's something for everyone on this list. Check out this winter's upcoming writing opportunities:


Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2017

Breakwater is excited to announce the Fall 2016 Breakwater Review Fiction Contest, to be judged by ZZ Packer! Submissions of stories up to 5,000 words will be accepted. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in Breakwater Review. All finalists will be considered for publication. Winners will be announced in Spring 2017. For more information, please click here

Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2016

Best New Writing is an annual anthology of fiction and creative nonfiction. The Gover prizewinners and honored stories form the centerpiece of Best New Writing. Edited by award-winning authors, editors, and masters of the writing craft, Best New Writing accepts unpublished fiction and creative nonfiction under 10,000 words for publication and consideration for The Gover Story Prize ($250). The story must be new and unpublished, including on-line publication. For more details, click here.

Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2016

Crosswinds Poetry Journal is accepting submissions of poetry for their annual poetry contest. A maximum of 6 poems per poet can be submitted. The First Place winner will receive $1,000, the Second Place winner will score $250 and Third Place will win $100. First, Second, and Third Place winners will all be published in the journal. This year’s judge is Lisa Starr, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island Emerita. For more details, click here.

Deadline to Submit: January 2, 2017

Glimmer Train is looking for stories about families of all configurations. It's fine to draw heavily on real-life experiences, but the work must read like fiction and all stories accepted for publication will be presented as fiction. Sticking too tightly to "fact" can limit the larger truth that fiction is able to reveal. Give your story the leeway it needs in order to find its own life. Most entries run from 1000 to 5000 words but any lengths up to 12,000 are welcome. Any story that has not appeared in a print publication is welcome. (Previous online publication is okay.) 1st place wins $2500, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 10 copies. 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive prize money and publishing. More details here.

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2017

Submissions are now open for the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Winners will receive an award of $100 and will be invited to read their poems at the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival (NHPF), which will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. Winners and honorable mentions will be included in the annual anthology as well as published on the Festival website. For more information, please click here.

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2017

Submissions are now open for the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. Winners will receive an award of $100 and will be invited to read their poems at the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival (NHPF), which will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Page-Walker Arts & History Center in Cary, North Carolina. Winners and honorable mentions will be included in the annual anthology as well as published on the Festival website. Submission fee is $10 for three poems. See full submission guidelines by clicking here.

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2017

Permafrost Magazine , interior Alaska’s foremost literary magazine, is accepting submissions for the Permafrost Book Prize in Poetry. The contest will be judged by Jericho Brown, author of Please and The New Testament. Winner will receive $1,000 and publication and distribution through the University of Alaska Press. Permafrost is also accepting submissions for their winter issue. Send them your best in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and artwork, as well as pieces that defy genre boundaries. For more information on both opportunities, head to their website.

Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2017

The WNBA is accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for their annual writing contest. Fiction submissions may be a maximum of 3,000 words in length, creative nonfiction can be 2,500 words max, and poets may submit 3-5 double-spaced poems for consideration. There will be four awards in each category: 1, 2, 3, and Honorable Mention. First place winners in each genre will receive $250.00. All four winners will be published in a special Contest Edition of the WNBA’s National Newsletter, The Bookman. Click here for more details.

Deadline to Submit: January 17, 2016 

The Vera List New School Art Collection Writing Awards are bestowed annually to New School students for the best responses inspired by works in the university's art collection. The awards were established in 1996 by the late Vera List, a life trustee of The New School, to celebrate the creative and critical thinking of New School students, and the impact of contemporary art in The New School's academic life. A rotating panel of judges selects the winning entries—two $400 first-place awards and two $200 second-place awards. Winners are announced in The New School News and various New School blogs and social media platforms. More details here

Deadline to Submit: January 20, 2017

Joyland Magazine is honored to announce that submissions for their inaugural Open Border Fiction Prize are open. The award will be judged by Amelia Gray, the PEN/Faulkner nominated author of Gutshot and Threats. The contest is open to any author writing in English, regardless of residence. As well, translators are welcome to submit translated works. The first place prize is $750. An additional two runner-ups will be chosen and all three winners will be published on Joyland. The full submission guidelines can be found here:

Deadline to Submit: January 2, 201

The Center for Fiction and Audible, Inc. are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the fourth annual Christopher Doheny Award. The award recognizes excellence in fiction or creative nonfiction on the topic of serious physical illness. The winner of the award must demonstrate both high literary standards and a broad audience appeal while exploring the impact of illness on the patient, family and friends, and others. With generous support from Audible, Inc. and the Doheny family and friends, the award includes a $10,000 prize and production and promotion of the book in an audio edition, with the option to pursue print publication with the assistance of Audible, Inc. Writers must have previously published in literary journals or magazines, or have published a book with an independent or traditional publisher. Self-publication does not meet this guideline. More here.

Deadline to Submit: January 31, 2016  

Disquiet is currently accepting contest submissions for The Disquiet Literary Prize for writing in any genre. The top winners in each genre will be published: the fiction winner in Guernica, the nonfiction winner in, and the poetry winner in The Common. The grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship including tuition, lodging, and a $1,000 travel stipend to Lisbon in 2017. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will receive financial aid. Read the contest guidelines and enter here.



Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2017

In order to help mentor the next generation of Asian American writers, Kundiman sponsors an annual Retreat in partnership with Fordham University. During the Retreat, nationally renowned Asian American poets and writers conduct Master Classes and manuscript consultations with fellows. Readings, writing circles and informal social gatherings are also scheduled. Through this Retreat, Kundiman hopes to provide a safe and instructive environment that identifies and addresses the unique challenges faced by emerging Asian American writers. This five-day Retreat takes place from Wednesday to Sunday. Workshops will not exceed six students. To apply, submit a cover letter and brief writing sample 5–7 pages of poetry or 5 pages of prose (1250 words max)]. Notification on application status will be given by February 1st. More information here

Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2017

The Baltic Writing Residency is currently accepting applications for the a month-long residency in Stockholm, Sweden. Applications can be sent via submittable ( The BWR provides $1,000, and a cottage in Stockholm for one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction working in English. Though, neither the writer nor their project need be connected with Sweden.




Deadline to Submit: Rolling

Waddle, is a new online publication that curates real, personal stories about awesome places. Send them a story about the neighborhood coffee shop that serves as a refuge in the craziness of NYC, the park where you met your life partner, the bar where you might have had a crazy date but amazing drinks.  If selected for publication, the Waddle team edits, adds pictures, gifs and works hard to distribute the content so their writers get views. Waddle is also launching a contest for coffee shop stories that will award the best 5 inspiring, humorous, interesting coffee shop stories with $20 gift credits that can be used in 50+ NYC coffee shops. The deadline for the contest is December 23rd. Find more information here.

Deadline to Submit: January 14, 2017

Online political and literary journal, BLYNKT, is calling for non-fiction and creative non-fiction submissions on the subject of Individual/Society. Articles and essays between 3000 and 5000 words will be considered. The second issue of BLYNKT will be dedicated to the pondering of the relationship between individual and society. They welcome articles, essays, creative nonfiction, critiques, fiction and poetry on the theme of individual and society, or the interplay between the two concepts. Find out more about the submission process by clicking here.

Deadline to Submit: Dec 31, 2016

CALYX is calling for submissions of poetry and prose from women-identified writers. Poets can submit up to 6 poems per submission, while fiction and nonfiction writers can submit pieces with a 5,000 word maximum. CALYX accepts both online submissions and hard copies. The general submission fee is $5, with a $3 fee for students. There are absolutely no restrictions on subject, voice, tone, or perspective. Any submissions that are held for final discussion receive feedback from CALYX’s editorial collective. More here.

Deadline to Submit: January 1, 2017 

The new, online journal of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, Arkana, is excited to begin accepting submissions in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Illustrated Narrative. They are particularly interested in the voices of emerging writers and artists. For this inaugural issue, Arkana encourages writers to submit work that reflects their mission: “to seek and foster a sense of shared wonder by privileging art that asks questions, explores mystery, and works to discover and uncover the overlooked, the misunderstood, and the silent.” Additional guidelines and instructions can be found at

Deadline to Submit: January 22, 2016

BIAS is seeking academic and journalistic writing, interviews, non-fiction narratives, artwork, photography and projects based on design practice for their fifth issue to be published in Spring 2017. This issue’s theme is “Fashion & Celebration,” it will explore the idea of fashion as a form of celebration of culture, ethnicity, gender, race and any other aspects of the individual or a group. Can fashion be used as a means of celebrating individuality and uniqueness or is it too embedded in structures of power to do so? Contributors are invited to answer the following questions: Is fashion a space for celebration? How do fashion and the celebration of individuality intersect? How can fashion be used to celebrate identities within power structures which sublimate them? Send your submissions to to be considered.

Deadline to Submit: January 31, 2017

Palm Beach Dramaworks is accepting submissions of full-length, non-musical works that have not yet been published or produced. They are seeking new plays that are issue-driven and thought-provoking in their approach to understanding the human condition. Click here for more information.



Deadline to Apply: January 15, 2017

Ugly Duckling Presse is seeking applications for internships beginning March 4th and ending in mid-September.  This is a substantive, challenging internship that allows participants to become fully involved in the life of the Presse. Interns start by assisting with daily office operations and move on to more specialized tasks as we get to know them and their strengths and interests. UDP interns have gone on to have successful publishing careers and to start presses and journals of their own. It is an excellent way to become part of a poetry and publishing community and to deepen one's understanding of small press practices. Interested applicants can email me directly ( with their cover letter and CV. More information here.

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