Literary Arts

Bellevue Literary Review

In Fall 2020, the Bellevue Literary Review will publish an issue on the theme of "Reading the Body." We are seeking writing that explores various ideas of "the body"—through metaphor and language ("heartsick," "lily-livered"); as first responders (to illness, stress, culture, religion, freedom); and as agents of change. When we change emotionally or spiritually, our bodies alter; when our bodies alter, our attitudes and spirit do too. Our bodies tell us our truths, reveal our truths, and sometimes blindside us with truths we may not have known. They sing an eloquent, often unconscious song. We welcome submissions of fiction (2-4K words), creative nonfiction (max: 5K words), and poetry.

Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020

At Length poetry and music submissions

At Length will consider submissions in two categories–Poetry and Music. We’re interested in poems and sequences that are at least 7 single-spaced pages long. At Length is open to essays, Q&A’s, and memoirs that touch on music, criticism, or even reported stories. We’re looking for pieces that writers are passionate about, on topics that speak to their individual tastes and quirks. The perfect At Length music piece is that story you needed to write that you never thought you’d ever realistically be able to find a home for. Minimum length: 3,000 words.

Deadline: 
Friday, November 22, 2019

The Frost Place Chapbook Competition

The Frost Place, a nonprofit center for poetry and the arts at Robert Frost’s old homestead in Franconia, NH, in partnership with Bull City Press, has established a poetry chapbook fellowship. We invite submissions to the Eighth Annual Frost Place Chapbook Competition sponsored by Bull City Press. The 2020 Bull City Chapbook Fellowship at The Frost Place is open to any poet writing in English.

Deadline: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ruth Moose Flash Fiction

Short fiction up to 500 words. Entries must be original and unpublished. This includes blogs, Facebook, websites, and any other digital media. Open to all Charlotte Writers' Club members and to non-member residents of the North and South Carolina. Ruth Moose will be the judge for her namesake contest!  

Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The 2019 Previously Published Poem Prize

Our landscape has exploded with presses and magazines over the last few decades with the advent of digital publications—so many good poems have been found, celebrated, and, unfortunately, forgotten. We want to bring light to those lost pieces of poetry—the work that you love but no longer receives the attention it deserves. The poems must have been previously published online or in print to be eligible. Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English.

Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Labute New Theatre Festival

St. Louis, MO

Successful entries will have no more than four characters and be crafted specifically to exploit our intimate performance space. (18′ x 18′ stage) Changes in scenery or setting should be achievable quickly and with few major set moves. Our focus is on fundamental dramaturgy: plot, character and theme.

Professional, new and previously unproduced one-act play submissions should include a letter of inquiry, a synopsis and a 10-page sample from the script. Running time for each performance should not exceed 45 minutes. Up to Eight plays will be chosen. In addition, a new piece from Mr. LaBute will be performed every night for the run of the festival.

Submissions should be sent to:

LaBute New Theater Festival
St. Louis Actors’ Studio
360 N Boyle Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Contact Email: 
help@stlas.org
Phone Number: 
(314) 458-2978

Italo Calvino Fiction Contest

Submit up to 25 industry standard (double-spaced, 12-point font, pages numbered) pages of a novel, novella, short story, or short collection. Work previously published is eligible and simultaneous submissions are accepted. An excerpt from a larger work is allowed; however, remember that the selection will be judged on its own merit and so should be able to stand on its own. Kim Chinquee is the Final Judge for this year's Calvino Prize.

Deadline: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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