Literary Arts

Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates engaging storytelling. All genres considered and authors retain all script rights. The script should be your original work/story. Adaptations of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification. Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Uno Publishing Lab Prize

The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fifth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Raymond Carver Contest

The contest offers $2,500 across five prizes, highlighting new fiction from writers all over the world. Max word count: 10,000. We accept entries from anywhere in the world, but the story must be in English. No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction only. Story must be previously unpublished (including online). Prizewinners will appear in the fall issue of Carve in October alongside in-depth interviews of the authors. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Orca Call for Submissions

Orca, a journal of short stories and flash fiction, has reopened for free submissions. We now pay our contributors $25. We are open to any topic or genre, as long as it’s written in a literary style. We prefer work that is high concept: imaginative, thoughtful, even speculative, open to possibilities. Give us deep, diverse characters. Blend genres. Connect seemingly disparate ideas. Keep it entertaining, but make us think. We accept submissions up to 8000 words. For anything longer, you’re welcome to query.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Art Writers Grant Program

The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs. We also support art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Stella Maris Journal

We are looking for previously unpublished pieces in all styles and genres of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, photography, and art—works centered around queer themes. Give us your coming out story, your love wins. Flash fiction, lyric prose, and hybrid forms are welcome. We are especially interested in publishing authors based in the NC Triad area, or authors who have called the Triad their home. Submit works of fiction or nonfiction of up to 1,000 words or up to two pages of poetry.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Bechdel Group Fall 2019 Workshop Series

New York, NY

We accept new plays and screenplays, scripts in development, partial scripts, drafts—anything in progress. Our readings are designed to provide an opportunity to further script development, so we're excited about work that is not yet "complete." We typically feature 20-35 pages (roughly a half hour) of a script. Our aim is provide an informal, festive, safe space to hear your work and get feedback from actors, directors, dramaturgs, and theater lovers. Your submission must: Be in progress. Pass the Bechdel Test. (You must have at least two female-identifying characters, with names, who have a full scene/conversation that is not about their romantic relationships.) Support our mission of fostering strong, complex, dynamic roles for women.

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Tens Festival

The Parish Players in Thetford, Vermont, seeks 10-minute plays. Comedies or Dramas must be no more than 10 minutes in length. Setting: Interior Living Room. We prefer new, unproduced plays; however previously produced and already published original plays will be considered. We will also give preference to "local" (New England) playwrights. We will have only one set this year: the living room. Make sure your play works in this setting.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


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