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October Submission Deadlines

October Submission Deadlines

 

Alright, fellow MFAers, while you’re wrapping up those final tweaks to your final revisions on your best pieces, be sure to add these dates to your submission calendar:

 

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS:

Poets & Writers database
Search here for a list of literary journals and their ongoing submission deadlines. I love you all, but I’m not going to search through the 1,112 literary journals listed for deadlines each month.

 

The Inner Loop
A monthly literary reading series in the DC area that selects writers (both established and emerging) by submission. Accepts poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Next reading: October 18th (submit now!)

 

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Accepting submissions on topics including the craft of writing, career advice, and appreciations of important movements in the literary world during the past fifty years.
Deadline: open year-round

 

CONTESTS:

Boston Review: Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
Prize of $1,500! Submit a short story of up to 5,000 words. $20 entry fee.
Deadline: October 3 (Submit today!)

 

Zoetrope: All-Story – Short Fiction Contest
Prize of $1,000! Submit a short story of up to 5,000 words. $20 entry fee.
Deadline: October 3 (Submit today!)

 

University of Louisville: Calvino Prize
Prize of $1,500! Submit a short story or an excerpt from a story collection, novel, or novella, written in the style of Italo Calvino. $25 entry fee.
Deadline: October 14

 

Cutthroat: Writing Awards
Prizes of $1,250! Submit 3 poems of up to 100 lines each, or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words. $18 entry fee.
Deadline: October 15

 

Omnidawn Publishing: Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize
Prize of $1,000! Submit a poem between 8-24 lines. $10 entry fee.
Deadline: October 17

 

Sixfold: Short Story and Poetry Awards
Prizes of $1,000! Submit up to 5 poems or a short story up to 20 pages. $5 entry fee.
Deadline: October 24

 

Glimmer Train Press: Short Story Award for New Writers
Prize of $2,500! Submit a story of up to 12,000 words. $18 entry fee.
Deadline: October 31

 

Indiana Review: Fiction Prize
Prize of $1,000! Submit a story of up to 8,000 words. $20 entry fee.
Deadline: October 31

 

North American Review: James Hearst Poetry Prize
Prize of $1,000! Submit up to 5 poems. $20 entry fee.
Deadline: October 31           

 

Briar Cliff Review: Writing Contests
Prize of $1,000! Submit 3 poems totaling no more than 6 pages, or a short story or essay of up to 5,000 words. $20 entry fee.
Deadline: November 1

 

Split This Rock’s Tenth Annual Poetry Contest
Prize of up to $500! Submit up to 3 poems. $20 entry fee. See AU Student Lit Newsletter for more details.
Deadline: November 1

 

Madison Review: Poetry and Fiction Prizes
Prize of $1,000! Submit a group of 3 poems or a story of up to 30 pages. $10 entry fee.
Deadline: November 1

 

Malahat Review: Open Season Awards
Prize of $1,500! Submit up to 3 poems of no more than 100 lines each, or a short story or essay of up to 2,500 words. $40 entry fee.
Deadline: November 1

 

Mid-American Review: Poetry and Fiction Contests
Prizes of $1,000! Submit up to 3 poems or a short story of up to 6,000 words. $10 entry fee.
Deadline: November 1

 

Reed Magazine: Contests for Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Fiction
Prizes of up to $1,333! Submit an essay, poem or group of poems, or short story of up to 5,000 words. $15 entry fee.
Deadline: November 1

 

 

Karen Keating is a staff editor at Café Américain and a second-year candidate in American University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

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