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Calls for Submissions — January 2014

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Here comes a fresh round of calls for submissions, on the second Wednesday this month as we all recoup from the New Year and get on with our New Year's Writing Resolutions.   Here are some new and old calls which may help you in your writing.  We're listing new calls at the beginning of the list, and you'll see some fast approaching deadlines toward the end.

On the first Wednesday of each month, Literary Mama shares a list of current calls for submissions.  Throughout the month we share new calls for submissions via Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to be kept in the loop, make sure to find us one place and/or the other!

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First up, a new Canadian magazine:  "Understorey Magazine seeks fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry about motherhood. We define motherhood broadly and welcome diverse voices and perspectives. Published writers receive a small honorarium. Open to writers who live in (or have a close connection with) Nova Scotia, Canada. Please see our guidelines: http://understoreymagazine.ca/submissions/"

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Also now reading submissions is Border Crossing, a journal out of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. They seek creative work that crosses boundaries from a geographic or writerly perspective.  This year, for the first time, they are publishing a special feature by writers in Ontario or Michigan.  To learn more about their blind submissions guidelines, please visit here.

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Appalachian Heritage has begun their reading year as well.   This literary journal focuses on creative work from/about the Southern Appalachian region.  You can find more about the magazine on their Facebook page.  Their NEW submissions guidelines are listed here.

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From Bricolage Magazine:  we are "open for submissions for 2014. Guidelines: http://www.bricolagemagazine.com/p/submissions.html. We are particularly keen on fiction, non-fiction, photography and art that is deeply linked to the part of the world you are from, bringing to the fore non-traditional stories and narrative techniques. " Bricolage usually responds within four weeks and began reading new submissions on January 1st.

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Submit now to Ruminate's annual nonfiction prize: " The Nonfiction Prize has gained ational recognition, with winning pieces later awarded a Pushcart prize and selected for inclusion in an anthology. The winner of the VanderMey Nonfiction Prize will receive $1500 and publication in the Summer 2014 issue. The runner up will receive $200 and publication. We invite you to enter. The submission fee is $20, and the deadline is February 14, 2014."  You can find further guidelines at at http://www.ruminatemagazine.com/submit/contests/nonfiction/

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Channel your inner Erma Bombeck and enter the annual Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.  The winner earns $500 and a registration at the Bombeck Writers Workshop.   Submissions begin January 6th, 2014.  For specifics, please visit http://www.wclibrary.info/erma/index.asp.

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There's a call for chapters for a new scholarly book forthcoming from the University of Southern Illinois Press.   The book, "Food, Feminisms, and Rhetoric," will be edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite and Jennifer Cognard-Black.   Essay proposals (500 words maximum) are due by January 15th.   Email either editor at mgoldthw(at)sju(dot)edu or jcognard(at)smcm(dot)edu to get more information on the book's prospectus.

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Bellevue Literary Review seeks submissions of previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for an upcoming special issue on illness, health, and healing in the context of environmental issues. Guidelines for "Our Fragile Environment" are at: http://blr.med.nyu.edu/news/2013/upcoming-theme-issue-our-fragile-environment. Deadline: February 1, 2014.

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Brain, Child is seeking personal essays for their second special issue for parents of t(w)eens, Brian, Teen. They're looking for essays that capture the unique experience of living with and raising t(w)eens. Examples of past published essays include a father coming out to his daughter, a mother letting her son take a gap year between high school and college, and a mother's foray into heavy metal music with her teen daughter. Read the submission guidelines here. Deadline: February 15, 2014.

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Full Grown People publishes personal essays that explore what it means to be an adult. Essays should be between 800 and 4,000 words long and have a literary quality: engaging and smart without being academic or schmaltzy. To submit work, please paste your essay into the body of an email and send it to submissions (at) fullgrownpeople (dot) com. No attachments, please.

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Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment  is open for submissions of unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comics and visual art.  Reading period is September 1 – May 1.

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Western New Mexico University's literary arts journal Twisted Vine welcomes submissions:

"Twisted Vine is an innovative journal that supports emerging and established writers and artists who awaken and inspire us with their creative works. We encourage the integration of genres and mediums from the vast forests of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and art to help create new dimensions within the literary and visual arts."

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If you have information on calls for submissions not listed here that you think Literary Mama readers would appreciate knowing about, please e-mail us at LMblogcontact (at) literarymama (dot) com.


The Literary Mama Blog Editor searches for mama-centric news you can use — including information about publishing opportunities and literacy efforts; essays and writing prompts that motivate and inspire; and announcements about events, classes, and workshops. The current blog editors are Laura Roberts and Rudri Patel; read their bios here and here.


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