Monday, August 12, 2013

A wealth of writing contests (some free) and literary magazines (some paying) looking for your prose and poetry

Louise Grace Publishing (US) seeks true nature stories of insight, inspiration, and exploration for an anthology, Women in Nature. Story length: 750-2000 words. From wilderness living to urban gardening, stories should reflect a transforming or transcending connection to nature. Looking for narratives “about living with the earth, not on her.” Open to women 18-plus.
Deadline: September 1, 2013. Guidelines here.

In My Bed, a sexy and sensual literary arts magazine  based in Toronto is seeking submissions for an upcoming print issue. Looking for poetry, fiction, novel excerpts, painting, photography, and art. Theme: Sex and Magic. Prefers work that transcends traditional erotica and uses art and writing to explore, observe, and exhibit themes in an experimental and abstract manner.
Deadline: September 1, 2013. Guidelines here.

Online journal Tendril Literary Magazine is published with the seasons. Now accepting submissions for Issue 2|Fall. Looking for poetry, prose poetry, short fiction, and “anything in between.” Length: 1500 words max. Artwork also welcome. Prefers experimental and unusual pieces.
Deadline: September 1, 2013. Guidelines here

Carousel a literary & arts print magazine based out of Guelph University is looking for poetry, fiction, comics, pageworks, visual poems, and hybrid literary works. Payment ranges from $15-80 plus a 2-issue subscription. “Interested in representing both new and established artists, with a specific focus on positioning Canadian talent within an international context.”
Deadline: September 4, 2013. Guidelines here. 

Cordite Poetry Review, magazine of Australian poetry and poetics, invites submissions for Issue 44. Theme: Gondwanaland. Send up to three poems. Also accept scholarly essays. Open to international writers (see comment on FAQ page); payment for Australian contributors.
Deadline: September 13, 2013. Guidelines here. 

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (UK and China) is accepting entries for the Cha “Void” Poetry Contest. First prize: £50; additional prizes available. Winning poems published in a special section in the 6th anniversary issue (November 2013). Submit up to two poems (80 lines max). Theme: Void. No entry fee. Free contest.
Deadline: September 15, 2013. Guidelines here

The Puritan | Frontiers of New English an on-line quarterly based in Toronto seeks fiction, poetry, essays, reviews, and interviews for Issue XXIII: Fall 2013. “Submissions may push toward the symbolic frontier, challenging limitations and forging into previously unexplored aesthetic territory.” Pays $50 for prose and $20 poetry
Deadline:September 15, 2013. Guidelines here

Hi, Brian.
Seven times a year I publish Gam on Yachting, North America's longest continually published sailing focused magazine.
We publish two or three subscriber written articles or short stories each issue and for fifty-plus years we have never had a problem finding editorial.
There now seems to be a drought. I suspect that many of our traditional authors are aging. Stories are not being written as they once were, which is a shame.
So I ask, do you know of any budding short story writers who would like to be published?
If so how do I get into contact with them? Any ideas?
John F. Grainger 

Hi, John.
Yes, I have an idea. I’ll post your letter in Quick Brown Fox. I’m sure there are writers out there who also sail, and I'll suggest they check out Gam on Yachting, then send their pieces to you at:
- Brian 

Just a couple copies left
The Canadian Writers' Contest Calendar on sale now. 
If you’re looking for places to send your work, you should put contests on your list. The Canadian Writers’ Contest Calendar is a book that provides gives a full listing of annual contests in Canada arranged by deadline date. Since these contests recur each year, your Contest Calendar lasts a long time. It lists contests for short stories, poetry, children’s writing, novels, and nonfiction – contests for just about everyone.
Regularly, the Calendar costs $20 at one of Brian Henry's workshops or classes or $23.50 by mail. It is now on sale for just $17 at a class or workshop or $20 by mail. (all taxes and shipping included). 
To order, email

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Bracebridge, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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