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  • Writer's pictureJ. R. Erickson

Writing Contests/Submissions To Get the Creative Juices Flowing

Despite the latest havoc that Mother Nature has wreaked on us here in northern Michigan, the writing (for most of us) still must go on. Look below for some new writing contests and calls for submissions for fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.


Rhino (Annual Journal and Poetry Forum): Seek submissions of poetry, poetry translations and flash fiction.

The Single Hound (online literary journal): Accepts submissions for literary works, recipes, food stories, politics, book reviews, creative nonfiction and more.

Cliterature (online literary journal for women): Accepts poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and art work.

Timber (a journal of new writing): Looks for innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and digital lit.

Mason’s Road (literary journal): Accepting submissions for the next issue with the theme “arc.” The reading period ends May 1st.


Biscuit Publishing Short Story Prize: Short stories of 1,000-5,000 words. Entry Fee: $10. Deadline: May 9th.

sub Terrain 2011 Lush Awards: Poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Entry Fee: $25. Deadline: May 15th.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition: Short stories under 3,500 words. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: May 15th.

The New Letters Literary Awards: Prizes for poetry, essay and short fiction. Entry Fee: $15. Deadline: May 18th.

Frome Festival Short Story Competition: Stories between 1,000 and 2,200 words. Entry Fee: 5 Euros. Deadline: May 31st.

Marguerite McGlinn Prize for Fiction: Fiction stories up to 8,000 words. Entry Fee: $10. Deadline: June 11th.

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

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