Sunday, December 26, 2021

Contests and markets for short fiction, poetry, and reviews ~ for both adults and teens

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Paper Lanterns is a literary journal for all things to do with Teen and Young Adult literature. They’re seeking submissions from both teens and adults.

They’re looking for short stories (maximum 2,000 words) pays €75; flash fiction (maximum 400 words) pays €50; and poetry (maximum 40 lines) pays €50.

Next deadline: January 15, 2022 for issue #8. Guidelines here.

Paper Lanterns is also looking for articles discussing themes in teen and YA literature, interviews with authors and organizations, reviews of literary events, etc. They’re also open to essays on film, theatre and art. They are particularly interested in essays from teen writers.

Proposals and submissions accepted year-round. Guidelines here.

Paper Lanterns is also seeking teens who want to be book reviewers, but you have to live in Ireland. Guidelines here.

Finally, Paper Lanterns seeks art and photography submissions on an ongoing basis. Guidelines here.


Writing Competition from

Brenda Short’s is sponsoring a short story contest.

Submit an original short story of up to 1,500 words. 

Entry fee $5. Prizes of $50, $25 and $15, with certificate. 

Winning stories will be published in February 2022 and may be part of an anthology later in the year. 

Deadline January 15, 2022. See submission details here.

Brenda is part of Wordsmiths, which was established in 2014 with the South Simcoe Arts council and, in recent years, partnered with the New Tecumseth Public Library. Members encourage one another and critique one another’s writing. At the moment, the Wordsmiths are meeting on Zoom, but meeting normally take place in person. New members are welcome. Just send them a message through their contact page here.


The Rattle Foundation is a non-profit organization that publishes poetry online, in a print   journal, and in chapbooks. Rattle has two annual contests and accepts regular submissions at any time: 

The Rattle Chapbook Contest: “We’ve always loved chapbooks for their brevity and intensity. At a few dozen pages, a great chapbook is the perfect reading experience for the 21st century – not too long, not too short: They’re the Goldilocks zone of the poetry world. So we wanted to do for chapbooks what we’ve done for poems with the Rattle Poetry Prize – provide a fair, fun, and friendly way to make the most of what they offer.

“While most chapbook contests offer maybe $500 and 25 copies of your chapbook, we’re going to give a few poets something special. Every year, three winners will receive:


500 copies

Distribution to Rattle’s 8,000+ subscribers

“In a world where a bestselling full-length poetry book means 1,000 copies sold, the winners will reach an audience more than seven times as large on the first day alone – an audience that includes hundreds of other literary magazines, presses, and well-known poets. This will be a chapbook to launch a career.

“And maybe the best part is this: Every Rattle subscriber will receive a copy of each winning chapbook. Beginning in 2018, each quarterly issue of Rattle includes a bonus chapbook delivered to every subscriber, most of which being selected through this annual competition. Visit the Rattle Chapbook Series page for a full list of selections.”

Entry fee: $25 U.S., includes a subscription to Rattle.

Deadline: January 15, 2022 Guidelines here

The Rattle Poetry Prize. This annual prize offers $15,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $500 each and publication, and be eligible for the $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.

Entry fee: $25 U.S., includes a subscription to Rattle.

Deadline July 15, 2022. Guidelines here.

Regular submissions are open year-round, always welcomed, and always free. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. If the work is accepted elsewhere, just let them know. Contributors in print receive $200/poem and a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Online contributors receive $100/poem. All submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, a $2,000 prize judged by the editors.

Regular submission guidelines here.

Quick Brown Fox welcomes your book reviews and your short stories, poems, and essays about reading, writing, favourite books, and libraries. Read a few essays on the blog to get a taste of what other writers have done (see here and scroll down).

Quick Brown Fox also welcomes reviews of any kind and of anything, anywhere or anybody. If you want to review your favourite coffee shops or libraries, babysitters or lovers (no real names please), go for it. See examples of book reviews here (and scroll down); other reviews here  (and scroll down).

Submit to:

Include a short bio at the end of your piece and attach a photo of yourself if you have one that’s okay.

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