Submission Opportunities

March 6, 2009

Just when I think I’m going to settle into a long stretch of just me and my novel, another submission opportunity comes my way, reminding me of my New Year’s Resolution. So, while I don’t have ideas for either of these, I’m hoping I might be able to shake something loose anyway.

  • Woman’s Day/ALA essay contest – has the library helped you save money? Interestingly enough, I have no idea what the “prize” for this contest is, although there must be money involved based on the language in the contest terms.
  • Stories from “lesbian” Catholics about their spiritualities. Lesbian gets quotation marks because I’ve contacted the editor asking whether stories from bi women are welcome, and she said they are. This particular call isn’t posted online anywhere, so I’m going to link to where I posted it in the bisexual LJ community I belong to. Added bonus: a little bit of drama in the comments, oh yeah!
  • And although I’m not going to enter it, I’ll post this poetry contest here in case any of my readers would like to exploit it.
  • And while I was digging through my e mail for that contest, I came across this contest that I had no idea I had. It looks like I can really  milk the queer experience for all it’s worth! (You can, too, even if you’re straight–this particular call welcomes that, too).

And if you had any interest in yesterday’s post regarding entry-level freelance writing, make sure you check the comments, too, where Jenny left some more great insight. I’m amazed at her ability to churn-out article-level stuff on demand. But I guess that’s a skill content writing will leave you. 🙂


Weekend Writing Opportunity

December 12, 2008

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend (ha! does anyone have free time at this time of year?), these two poetry contests should keep you busy–they both have deadlines next week, but if you have a pretty collection ready to go, they could definitely be worthwhile.

#1: Gival Press Poetry Award

Deadline is December 15th, 2008

fee: $20

prize $1000

Theme: Completely open.

Eligible Poets: Open to all, national and international poets.

Language: English.

Forms or Style of Poetry
: Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript: At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

Status of the Winning Manuscript: The manuscript as a whole shall not have been published before. However, include an acknowledgment sheet to indicate any previously published poems in the collection (poem/journal/date). It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems.

Format for Submission: Include a separate cover sheet with name, title of manuscript, address (street, city, state, electronic mail), and phone number. The poet’s name should not appear on the pages of the ms. The numbered pages should be clipped together.

If the manuscript wins, the poet must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible disk or CD in Rich Text Format (RTF)—this refers to how one saves the document on one’s computer disk. A short bio should be included.

Always keep a copy of your manuscript; materials will not be returned and will be recycled after the judging.
#2: Crazy Horse Lynda Hull Memorial Prize

Deadline is December 16th, 2008

fee: $16

size: 3-5 poems

prize: $2000

Crazyhorse publishes the entire spectrum of today’s fiction, essays, and poetry—from the mainstream to the avant-garde, from the established to the undiscovered writer. Each year Crazyhorse offers the Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize for a single poem. The competition is open, the prize awards are currently $2000 and the winning piece of poetry is published in Crazyhorse.

More than one manuscript may be entered. For each poetry manuscript entered, please include the following reading fee, which includes a one-year/two-issue subscription to Crazyhorse: $16 per manuscript for new entrants, $14 per manuscript if you have entered the Crazyhorse prizes before. For each additional poem entered and entry fee paid, your subscription to Crazyhorse will extend by one year/two issues.

Please mail manuscripts and entry fee payment by Dec. 16, 2008. Each entry should have a cover page placed on the top of the manuscript with the entrant’s name, address, e-mail, and telephone number; please do not include identifying information on the manuscript itself, as all manuscript entries are made anonymous for review.

Include reading fee payment with each entry: a check written out to “Crazyhorse.”

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of winners; entry manuscripts can not be returned; receipt of entry can only be confirmed by including a self-addressed stamped postcard with your entry or by USPS delivery confirmation.

(I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that these opportunities were brought to my attention via Wordhustler, one of the best resources for writers on the web.)

Weekend Writing Opportunity – Queer Science Fiction

December 5, 2008

Now this week’s writing opportunity is a niche market if I ever saw one: Queered Fiction is looking for science fiction short stories with a queer twist (or queer short stories with a science fiction twist). I’d like to submit something here because I write queer stories, and I write science fiction stories; the problem is I don’t write short stories. But, there’s no time like the present to start! And I have a six hour drive to Madison today, so hopefully by the time I arrive, I’ll have at least a starting point. So, without further ado:

Queer Dimensions
Open call for submissions for a Science Fiction Anthology to be published by QueeredFiction where genre is queered. Deadline is 28 February 2009.

Exotic queer futures unfolding before alien eyes, queer cyborgs and androids in love and at war, augmented queer humans seeding the far flung stars … hard science fiction or realms of lighter pseudo-sciences where queer flowers bloom on strange new worlds; even if that world is our own. Your submission should be a short story between 4,000 and 10,000 words. We are seeking fiction with positive images of queer characters. We’re not looking for clichĂ©s. We do not want reprints.
We are seeking first world rights for this anthology which will be published as an eBook and possibly in Paperback format.

Your submission should be via email to with Queer SF Anthology submission in the subject line. Please embed your short story within the body of the email and provide a brief author bio. Payment will be a 50% royalty split of eBook sales between contributors.
Queries welcome at or

Submissions open: 1st December 2008 to 28th February 2009
Reading period begins: 15th February 2009

Weekend Writing Opportunity

November 21, 2008

This weekend’s writing opportunity is from GirlChild Press and goes out to all the female writers out there. Michelle Sewell, founder and editor of Girlchild Press, is passionate about bringing diverse, authentic girls’ and women’s voices to the public, AND she’s incredibly interested in fresh, new voices. Girlchild Press whetted my appetite for publication when it published my poem, “Angry Catholic Woman,” in its most recent anthology, Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta!

This next anthology will be an exploration of women and the short story. I may submit to it myself if my NaNo decides it ultimately wants to be a short story after all. So, without further ado, here is the call for submissions.

Woman’s Work: The Short Stories

Part of the problem is that I treat writing like a privilege not an obligation. It comes after everything, after all my other responsibilities.
Maegan “la Mala” Ortiz
My Writing Life

Woman’s Work: The Short Stories is a celebration of what happens when women finally get to the page. About the extraordinary stories that spill out of these extraordinary, and often ignored, storytellers during those stolen moments when she surrenders to her burning desire to write, to create.

GirlChild Press seeks the fresh and exciting voices of writers that can entice the reader with intricate tales of shapeshifters and evil doppelgangers, rock and roll princesses in twisted fairy tales, broken gunslingers in deserted western towns, and political murder mysteries that lead to sex in illicit places.

We will follow her through rabbit holes and pop up as mermaids dressed in camouflage, all while reveling in a romance that bloomed on a long-forgotten battlefield in outer space. Surprises will await us at every corner. We will discover what is passionate, and pure, and complicated and be glad for it.

Ultimately, Woman’s Work is about women as master storytellers.

Submission Requirements
• Deadline: March 1, 2009
• No more than 2 previously unpublished short stories per submission
• Simultaneous submissions okay, but notify if your work is accepted elsewhere
• 4,000 words or less
• Double spaced

All contributors will receive a copy of the anthology and will be invited to read at the book launch in 2009.

Electronic Submissions
Title of submission should be placed in the subject line.
Please include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and short bio with your submission.

Snail Mail
GirlChild Press
PO Box 93
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Please include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and short bio with your submission.