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Call for Submissions: Short Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

TALKING STICK VOLUME 30

***CELEBRATING THE SHORT FORM ***

(but slightly longer fiction and creative nonfiction this year) 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Wanted:  SHORT Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction.

THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication. 

1.  Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE VERY SHORT. Focus on short forms, cutting all unnecessary words. Create an elegant moment that hints of a longer, more complex story. Think of these as compressed creations.

2.  DEADLINE:  March 1, 2021. This year they will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Their Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS30. A published Minnesota author will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September 2021 if they are able to hold a book release party. PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3.  Prizes are $200 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. They want new writings, unseen by the public. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submit manuscripts with name, address, email address, and phone number in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION, or FICTION. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc. They accept no political or religious rants and no children’s writings.

4. This year, they will have a special separate $50 prize for first place for humor and $25 for second place. They will choose this from any of the 3 genres. Do not label them as Humor. Let them decide. Just send in one of the three following genres.  

  • POETRY – Limit TWO poems per writer, either a Prose Poem no longer than ½ page or a poem with line breaks but either one no longer than 35 LINES total (and this must include counting the blank lines), typed singlespaced. They have 35 lines available on each book page, whether you use them as blank lines or lines of words. Note also that our books are small. Long lines will wrap and take up an extra line. No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Limit TWO entries of 650 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.  
  • FICTION – Limit TWO short stories of 900 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above. 

5.  Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio (50 word limit). If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want in the book (on the submission page, in the table of contents, and back of book). PERHAPS PUT BOTH NAMES ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. If you do not make this clear, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME. 

6.  Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2021, submissions cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS30, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.  

7.  Send hard copy to:  Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on their website: www.jackpinewriters.com. They are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year. Check the website for details at www.thetalkingstick.com. They will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—they cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated.

8.  Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS30 will receive ONE free copy of TS30. Your copy may be picked up at the Book Release Party in September 2021 if they are able to hold the party. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only.

WATCH FOR WRITING WORKSHOPS IN OR NEAR PARK RAPIDS THIS YEAR

SPONSORED BY JACKPINE WRITERS’ BLOC, INC.

Call to Writers: Missouri Review Annual Editors’ Prize is Open

The Missouri Review has opened their 30th annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, which awards $5,000 each to winners in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. This is open for submissions until October 1st, and welcomes writers of all levels to submit.

In addition to $5,000, winners in each genre will have their winning piece published in the spring issue, and will be honored with a reading in spring of 2021. All submissions are considered for publication and runners-up and finalists for the prize are often published in the Missouri Review or, in the case of poetry, as part of their Poem of the Week online feature.

They are focused on the quality of the writing first and foremost— they are searching for and would like to support strong work. Past winners have ranged from emerging writers to ones with established writing careers.

Submissions are accepted online or by mail — postmark deadline is October 1 — and the winners will be announced in January of 2021.

There are two options offered for entry fees. $25 is the standard entry fee, which includes a 1-year digital subscription to TMR and Strange Encounters: Stories from the Missouri Review. $30 is the All Access option, which includes the same goodies as the standard option, plus full access to the ten-year archive, complete with print and audio versions of TMR.

Find out more about the contest here: https://www.missourireview.com/contests/jeffrey-e-smith-editors-prize/.

Email contest_question@moreview.com with any questions you might have.

Bailey Boyd, Contest Editor
The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

The Editors

The Missouri Review
357 McReynolds Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Calling All Poets, Memoirists, Fiction, Nonfiction & Young Adult Writers

Cirenaica — Your Northwoods Writer’s Paradise Awaits

CALLING ALL POETS, MEMOIRISTS, FICTION, NONFICTION AND YOUNG ADULT WRITERS
YOUR SUMMER PLANS AWAIT
Writers Of All Genres, Skill Levels, & Locations Are Invited To Apply

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is inviting applications along with a writing sample for consideration. Their mission is to support and inspire writers of all levels.

The residencies are located in the small town of Fall Creek, Wisconsin and writers from all over the country are encouraged to apply. Last summer writers traveled from all over the country to attend. This summer they will be offering five, three-day residencies at Cirenaica.

For more information or to apply or visit their website at http://www.cvwritersguild.org/residency/ or email wichippewavalleywriters guild@gmail.com.