Call for Submissions & Grants


Louder Than a Bomb University

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Young Chicago Authors (YCA) puts on the largest poetry slam festival in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB), during February and March. Based on the success of LTAB, another level was created in 2009 called LTAB University. Unlike the high school LTAB festival, poets do not need to be enrolled in school, just 18-25 years of age at the time of the slam. Registration is only $20, and the winner receives a $200 cash prize. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON MARCH 15TH. LTABU registration link


Colorism Healing Writing Contest

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Dr. Sarah Webb is seeking pieces that directly address the topic of colorism—defined as bias or discrimination against people based on how dark or light their skin tone, based on their hair texture, eye color, etc. in comparison to other people of their same race.  While other topics, including racism, are equally important, this contest is meant to provide a platform for specifically addressing colorism. Winners receive cash prizes and publication both online and in print. Learn more at


Memoryhouse Magazine: Winter 20 Issue

Deadline: March 20, 2020

Memoryhouse Magazine is accepting submissions for our Winter 20 issue, with the theme "Albeit". We are a publication focused on the memoir form, and we accept creative non-fiction prose, poetry, photos, and visual art related to the theme until March 20, 2020. Although; even though; used to supplement information that reduces the importance of what was just said. For our next issue, we are looking for creative nonfiction prose, poetry, photos, and art that interpret the theme ALBEIT, across any and all of its definitions. When has something meaningful to you been altered? Something integral undergone attenuation? How do we react when what we took for granted is made conditional? Submissions are no fee, and while we are unable to pay our contributors, we do promise care and attention with the submitted work. The link for submission is below: 



Deadline: March 21, 2020

Asterism is an international journal accepting English-written submissions and our team of editors would like to reach out to find engaging and promising works from a wide variety of undergraduate students. Asterism is currently accepting submissions for two different categories: poetry and short fiction stories. Students may submit their work at and view our current issue at  Questions? Contact Doug Sutton-Ramspeck at


2020 Kurt Brown Prizes

Deadline: March 30, 2020

Win $500 to attend the writers’ conference of your choice! AWP offers three annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. For fiction and creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages will be considered. For poetry, up to 10 pages will be considered. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual AWP membership. Deadline: March 30, 2020 https://awp.submittable