Call for Submissions & Grants


Porter House Review

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Porter House Review, Texas State University's graduate literary journal, is currently accepting submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and visual art for its second annual Editor's Prize contests. This year's judges and prize amounts include:

$1000 prize in Fiction, Judged by Carmen Maria Machado

$750 prize in Nonfiction, Judged by Leslie Jamison

$500 prize in Poetry, Judged by Ada Limón

$200 prize in Visual Art, Judged by Meg Lionel Murphy

In particular, we are interested in promoting underrepresented and international voices, but we welcome all submissions. Our advisory board includes Jamel Brinkley, Charles D'Ambrosio, Erica Dawson, Ben Fountain, Cristina García, Carmen Maria Machado, Tomás Q. Morín, Naomi Shihab Nye, Tim O'Brien, Luis Javier Rodriguez, Karen Russell, and Evie Shockley. Attached you will find the contest flyer. The contest will be open through December 1st and entries can be submitted via our Submittable portal. All entries will be considered for publication at acompetitive rate, regardless of whether they are selected as prize winners. Last year, the journal selected over 30 pieces for publication from the contest.


Euphony Journal: Pumpkin-Spiced Stories

Deadline: December 6, 2019

It’s pumpkin season! Show us your best fall-flavored works and submit to our contest. Limit one entry per author. Please address any questions to More information here


The Lamp

Deadline: December 20, 2019

Call for Submissions! The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2020 issue (Volume 10). The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at The deadline is Friday, December 20, 2019! Submission Guidelines: Contributors must be in a graduate or professional program. Include your name, email address, and degree in your email cover letter, but do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Only the Editors-in-Chief will have access to this information prior to finalizing accepted submissions.Documents should be attached in .doc/.docx formats to facilitate reading. Pieces submitted in pdf format or in hardcopy will not be accepted. Submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins.  Please single-space. Pieces can be a maximum of 18 pages. There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. Please edit your work carefully before submitting. Please inform us if your work is a simultaneous submission. To learn more about The Lamp, visit 


2020 Chapbook Fellowships

Deadline: December 23, 2019

THE PSA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP 30 AND UNDER: Open to any U. S. citizen or anyone currently living within the U. S. who is 30 or under and has not published a full-length poetry collection.

THE PSA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP: Open to any U.S. citizen or anyone currently living within the U. S. who has not published a full-length poetry collection.

Please submit only one copy of your manuscript. Manuscript page length: between 20-30 pages of poetry (front matter not included in count). Poems must be typed. A complete submission should include: A title page with contest name (The PSA Chapbook Fellowship or The PSA Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under), your name, address, telephone, email, and any other relevant contact information. Your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript. A title page with just the title of the manuscript. An acknowledgments page. Poems included in your manuscript may be previously published, but please include an acknowledgments page listing specific publications. A complete Table of Contents. Your manuscript. More information here. THE PSA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP 30 AND UNDER Judged by Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Oliver de la Paz. THE PSA CHAPBOOK FELLOWSHIP Kim Addonizio and Jericho Brown.  $1,000 prize, publication, and a residency at the T. S. Eliot House. 


Sundress Publications 

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Sundress Publications is opening for submissions of full-length short story manuscripts. All authors are welcome to submit qualifying manuscripts during our reading period, which runs from October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

We are looking for manuscripts of 125-165 double-spaced pages of fiction; front matter is not included toward the page count. Individual stories may have been previously published in anthologies, chapbooks, print journals, online journals, etc., but cannot have appeared in any full-length collection, including self-published collections. Manuscripts translated from another language will not be accepted. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but we ask that authors notify us immediately if their work has been accepted elsewhere.

The reading fee is $15 per manuscript, though the fee will be waived for entrants who purchase or pre-order any Sundress title or broadside. We will also accept nominations for entrants, provided the nominating person either pays the reading fee or makes a qualifying purchase. Authors may submit and/or nominate as many manuscripts as they would like, provided that each is accompanied by a separate reading fee or purchase/pre-order. Entrants and nominators can place book orders or pay submission fees in our store. All manuscripts will be read by members of our editorial board, and we will choose one manuscript for publication in late 2020. We strive to further our commitment to diversity and seek to encounter as many unique and important voices as possible. We are actively seeking collections from writers of color, trans and nonbinary writers, writers with disabilities, and others whose voices are underrepresented in literary publishing. Selected manuscripts will be offered a standard publication contract, which includes 25 copies of the published book, as well as any additional copies at cost.  To submit, forward the qualifying Sundress store receipt for submission fee or book purchase to to, and attach a 20-35 page sample of the manuscript (DOC, DOCX, or PDF). The sample should include the author’s name and an acknowledgements page. The sample may include one story or a number of shorter stories. After our initial selection process, semi-finalists will be asked to send the full collection. Be sure to note both the author’s name and the title of the manuscript in the email header. For those nominating others, please include the name of nominee as well as an email address where we can reach the nominee and we will solicit the manuscript directly


The Cagibi Macaron Prize 2020

Deadline: January 20, 2019

CAGIBI’s annual Macaron Prize in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—and this year introducing a cartoon category. Featuring 2020 guest judges (in typical Cagibi style alpha order) Andre Dubus III in Fiction, Emily Flake in Cartoon, Jill Bialosky in Nonfiction, and Nick Flynn in Poetry. Prize winners receive $1000, plus publication. Winners and finalists will be published in a Macaron Prize 2020 CAGIBI print issue, with the launch of this issue celebrated at an event in New York City. To enter the contest, read the submission guidelines. Read more about the judges below.


Disquiet Prize

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The 2020 DISQUIET Prize is now open for submissions. Contest winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction will have their winning work published in North America’s leading publications. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a full fellowship (airfare stipend, tuition, and housing included) to the 2020 DISQUIET International Program in Lisbon, Portugal. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will be considered for financial aid. The complete guidelines for the 2020 contest are listed here.


Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers

Deadline: January 31, 2020

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is accepting submissions for the annual Hurston/Wright Awards for College Writers, the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States. Submissions for the award open October 1, 2019 and close January 31, 2020. Submissions will be judged by distinguished published authors in fiction and poetry. Writers will be notified in March whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted. Awards, which include a cash prize, will be announced in May. Award winners will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC. More information here.


The Graduate School at WKU

Deadline: February 1, 2019 

The program is fully funded, offering generous assistantships, which will allow our MFA students to gain valuable experience tutoring and teaching. Our MFA faculty publishes widely, and they’re dedicated to their teaching. And all of this takes place on a beautiful campus in a town that is frequently cited as one of the most livable in the country. All application materials should be submitted electronically to The Graduate School at WKU byFebruary 1, 2019. After completing The Graduate School’s online application, applicants will be directed to submit letters of application/statements of purpose and writing samples via email. For more information about the program, contact Dr. David Bell at


Omnidawn: 2020 First/Second Poetry Book Contest     

Deadline: Feb 18, 2020         

Judge: Jericho Brown. This contest is open to writers worldwide who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet's first or second published full-length book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full-length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count and non-poetry books do not count.) We recommend submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-70 pages long.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, Jericho Brown, are not eligible. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between Nov 1, 2019 and Feb 18, 2020 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Reading fee is $27. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest's winning book or any current Omnidawn book. A complete list of all current Omnidawn poetry books is available at (Established in 2008, this contest was Omnidawn's first book contest.) The 2020 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in August 2020, and we expect to publish the winning book in October 2021. To view details below about previous winners of the First/Second Book Contest click here. Winner gets $3,000 & Publication.



Deadline: March 21, 2019

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