Dirtcakes Journal

dirtcakes welcomes writing and art of all genres—the surreal, the 21st century, the conventional. 

  • we do not necessarily believe the polemic, strident, or didactic makes the best art. While an implicitly activist publication, we prefer works that say some thing before they say Something.
  • we are always looking for artistic crackheads—creators capable of inducing a metaphorical skull fissure, letting new light reach the dark recesses of the brain. And the heart, of course.
  • our limited budget seeks to lighten the hunger of the starving artist: Payment of $25 and 2 contributor copies will accompany all accepted artists.
  • we love work in any language. Please include author-approved English translation. All text will appear in English, original language, and any other author-provided translations.
  • previously published work, including publication in an online venue which provides edited image or word content, is not accepted.
  • simultaneous submissions are encouraged. Please notify us upon acceptance elsewhere.
  • submitting in multiple categories and themes is okay, too.
  • dirtcakes acquires First Serial Rights to publish on our website, to print, and the right to keep credited work in our archives.
  • dirtcakes is a homegrown and operated. Continue reading

Arc, Futures & Fiction

Arc is a digital quarterly of futures and fiction from the makers of New Scientist, with a belief that we can shape the future through fiction.

They also run a quarterly short story competition with partners the Tomorrow Project, to generate ideas and conversations about the future.

To find out more about Arc, visit arcfinity.org

Fiction submissions

It is strongly recommended that you read the publication before submitting. You can read all Tomorrow Project/Arc stories, beginning with their inaugural competition winners, here.

Arc publishes short stories over 5000 words.

On acceptance, it pays a flat fee of £1500 (c. US$2370) for first world serial rights.

http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/arc/

Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award – Deadline March 22nd

 P.A.C.E (Canada) is now accepting submissions to the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award. This award is a cash grant of $1,000 and is intended to encourage the development of literature for young children.
Helen Isobel Sissons was committed to human rights and equity. She contributed a great deal to the initiatives taken by the Toronto school system to make the city a welcoming environment for immigrant and refugee children and their parents during the challenging seventies and eighties.
Awards Criteria and Submission Guidelines
– Unpublished up to the time of application
– Written by a resident of Canada or the Caribbean
– Have special appeal for children up to seven years of age
– Reflect the diversity of the world’s population and values desirable in global citizens
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
– Length should be appropriate to the genre of the story and the age of the children for whom the story is written.
– If illustrations are central to the storyline, a brief description of these should be included with the manuscript. Please do not include original artwork.
Deadline: Friday March 22, 2013.
Full submission guidelines here.

Island Review

The Island Review welcomes unsolicited submissions, but before contacting us please take the time to browse our current content and read the following information.

What do we want?

The editors of The Island Review are seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, photography and visual art from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is influenced by islands or which explores ideas of islandness.

We’re looking for work that stands out from the crowd: work that is original, daring, witty, wise, radical, intelligent, illuminating or just plain excellent. If you think you fit into any (or all) of those categories, we want to hear from you.

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Zoetrope: All-Story

http://www.all-story.com/submissions.cgi

We are a staff of two, assisted by a small team of brilliant and generous volunteers, who are collectively dedicated to reading and responding to the 12,000 submissions All-Story receives annually. To aid us in this commitment, writers should submit only one story at a time and no more than two stories a year.


Before submitting, non-subscribers should read several issues of the magazine to determine if their works fit with All-Story. Electronic versions of the magazine are available to read, in part, at the website; and print versions are available for purchase by single-issue order and subscription.

We consider unsolicited submissions of short stories and one-act plays no longer than 7,000 words. Excerpts from larger works, screenplays, treatments, and poetry will be returned unread. We do not accept artwork or design submissions. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and first serial rights and a one-year film option are required. We do not accept unsolicited revisions nor respond to writers who don’t include an SASE.