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Arroyo Literary Review is looking for a wide range of submissions: "Arroyo Literary Review seeks poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, personal essays and memoir, and translations. We will consider short plays and drama. We do not publish book reviews. We only consider previously unpublished work. We accept multiple prose pieces at a time, up to 4,000 words each, and multiple poems of no limit. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, though notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere. (Any submissions received before or after this reading period will not be read and we will recycle them immediately.)Payment: "Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears." [PBW notes: so no money, but a decent publishing credit.] No reprints or electronic submissions, see guidelines for more details. Reading period ends May 31, 2012.
Hayden's Ferry Review has an open call for their upcoming darkness-themed issue: "We do a lot of things in the dark: feel fear, make love, tell stories. We spend at least a third of our lives with the lights off, dreaming. In the dark, we imagine shadows and movement where there may be none, we picture stormy nights and power outages. We see amorphous shapes that we cannot identify, and the whole world goes colorless. Sometimes, we feel left out or lost, and though it may be the middle of the day, high noon, we say we are in the dark. Sometimes we don't even know the things we don't know, don't know that someone, somewhere, is thinking about how in the dark we are--unaware of unfaithful love, of eyes trained on us from a distance, of surprise parties being plotted. Darkness is also used to make things seem brighter. In painting, for instance, a brushstroke here brings out the color there, illuminating the illumination. Our theme for issue #51 of Hayden's Ferry Review is In the Dark. We want your stories and poems about darkness, about being and doing and feeling in the dark. Turn the lights off. Make shadow puppets on the wall. Leave something out. Tell us what happens when the screen goes black. Blindfold us and take us by the hand. Lock us in the trunks of cars. Take us to attics, basements, graveyards. Find a darkness that hasn't been found." Payment: "Contributors receive two copies of the magazine and a one-year gift subscription to HFR." [PBW notes: another gratis op but I liked the theme.] No mention on reprints, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details. Deadline: June 1, 2012.
The Imagination & Place Press has an open call for their upcoming cartography-themed anthology: "The Imagination & Place Press seeks poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays for a fifth book in a series of anthologies, to be titled Imagination & Place: Cartography. We are interested in maps and mapmakers of all kinds. Interpreting imaginatively, your submission should focus on a particular bioregion (e.g., desert, wetlands, mountain, plains, grassland, etc.) that you clearly identify and discuss in your piece." Length: up to 7K; no mention of payment [PBW notes: this may be for the credit or a gratis-copy thing, but again I thought the theme was interesting.] No electronic submissions, see guidelines for more details. Deadline: August 31, 2012.
Graywolf Press has an open call for submissions for their annual nonfiction prize: "A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf will be awarded to the most promising and innovative literary nonfiction project by a writer not yet established in the genre. The 2012 prize will be awarded to a manuscript in progress. The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize emphasizes innovation in form, and we want to see projects that test the boundaries of literary nonfiction. We are less interested in straightforward memoirs, and we turn down a large number of them every year. Before submitting your manuscript for the prize, please look at the books previously published as winners of the prize for examples of the type of work that we are seeking." Eligible: "Any writer who has published at least one previous book (in any genre) and resides in the United States is eligible." Lenth: minimum 100 pages (25K) from a manuscript in progress, no reprints, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details. Deadline: August 31, 2012, and they are open to submissions only during the month of August 2012.
Prime Mincer Press Bromance has an open call for their buddy anthology: "Prime Mincer Press, publisher of Prime Mincer literary magazine, is seeking submissions of short fiction for an anthology titled The Man Date: 15 Bromances, to be published in early 2013. The editors are looking for original, unpublished short stories ranging from 1,500-6,000 words concerning bromances—work that in some way comments on or deals with male friendships and relationships, and/or plays on the idea of the buddy story. The final selection will be a mix of emerging and established writers including Rick Bass, Pinckney Benedict and Alan Heathcock, among others." Payment: "Payment will be in the form of contributor copies an d a percentage of royalties." [PBW notes: another interesting -- and pretty rare -- theme, and I think this one would be a decent publishing credit as well.] No reprints, electronic submissions only, see guidelines for more details. Deadline: June 1, 2012.