Wednesday, July 27, 2022

97 Calls for Submissions in August 2022 - Paying Markets

This August there are more than seven dozen calls for submissions. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays.

I post calls for submissions a few days prior to the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying markets.)

Also see Paying Markets for hundreds of paying markets arranged by form and genre.

Happy submitting!

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Fantasy MagazineGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, poetry. Payment: 8 cents per word; $40 per poem. Deadline: "We plan to stay open to submissions by BIPOC authors for the entirety of 2022."

Tales to Terrify Podcast. Genre: Horror about Haunted Houses. Length: 2,000 - 10,000 words. Payment: $0.01 USD per word. Deadline: This advance submissions period with last for several weeks at the beginning of August 2022 (not more than one month) Reprints accepted

The Forge Literary MagazineGenre: Fiction, flash fiction, micro-fiction. Length: Under 3,000 words preferred. Payment: $75. Deadline: They open to fee-free submissions on the first of each month and close when they reach their quota.

Diabolical PlotsGenre: Science fiction, fantasy and horror up to 3,500 words. See themePayment: 10 cents/word. Deadline: August 1, 2022. See theme.

Wizards in SpaceGenre: Poetry, prose, art. "What does it mean to be empowered, to revel in your own strength? How do you take the abundance of yourself and share it freely with others? When have you felt most like dancing and singing? For our eighth issue, we want your power. Your exhalation. We want to know how your Scorpio heart and your August body take up space in this wind-tossed world." Payment: $40 per original poem or per page of original art; $20 per reprinted poem or per page of reprinted art; $0.04 per word for original prose, based on final published word count; $0.02 per word for reprinted prose, based on final published word count. Deadline: August 1, 2022. Accepts reprints. 

Sims Library of PoetryRestrictions: Open to African-American writers. Genre: Poetry, prose, and visual art submissions that are “an homage to an African-American poet of the past.” Payment: $50. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Last Girls ClubGenre: Feminist horror: short stories and poems - see themes. Payment: Short Story-2,500 words or less. $0.01 USD per word/$25 USD and copy of magazine; Flash Fiction-less than a 1,000 words $0.01 USD per word/$10 USD; Poems-less than 200 words $10 upon acceptance and a PDF of the magazine. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

We'Moon Lunar CalendarRestrictions: Open to women only. Genre: Art, poetry and prose, 350 words maximum. Payment: Small honorarium; art up to $500. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Liquid Imagination: Silver PenGenre: Speculative fiction, poetry. Payment: $3 - $8. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Embers of CorsariGenre: High fantasy set in a new world. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Propertius Press. Genre: Creative Nonfiction, full-length manuscripts. "We are actively seeking submissions from Black, Minority, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color in all categories." Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

The First LineGenres: Fiction, poetry, nonfiction using the first line provided. (See site.) Payment: $25.00 - $50.00 for fiction, $5.00 - $10.00 for poetry, and $25.00 for nonfiction. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Brute: Raunch, Scares, and Rough TradeGenre: Gay sexuality, desire, masculinity, and the aesthetics of "rough trade." Stories must have speculative elements: horror, dark fantasy, weirdness. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Longleaf ReviewGenre: Horror flash fiction, 1000 words max. Payment: $20. (?) Deadline: Opens August 1, 2022. Submit early in the month. Submissions close after they reach 300.

Fear Street: Reader Beware! Genre: Horror. YA horror steeped in late 80s-90s nostalgia. Payment: $0.01 per word for new stories and/or $25 for reprints. Deadline: August 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

TamarindGenre: Fiction and nonfiction about science and scientists. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 2, 2022.

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch ShoresGenre: Speculative stories. Payment: 8 cents/word for original work. 2 cents/word for reprints. Deadline: August 2, 2022.

The Suburban ReviewGenre: Prose, art, poetry on theme: Weeds. Payment: AUD150-275 for prose; AUD125-275 for poetry. Deadline: August 3, 2022.

Yellow ArrowGenre: Poetry chapbooks by women writers. Payment: Royalties? Deadline: August 4, 2022.  

Sci Phi JournalGenre: Hard science fiction, fictional nonfiction, and speculative philosophy. Translations accepted. Payment: €0.03/word; €0.01/word for translations. Deadline: August 4, 2022.  

The Victorian WriterGenre: Poems and articles. Payment: Poems ($70), and articles of 600 words ($100) and 1200 words ($200) in the print edition with particular interest in the craft of writing and the writing life. Deadline: August 5, 2022. Note: Pitches only. See themes.

Tales from Between. Genre: Horror and fantasy. Length: Novelettes: 9000 – 15000 words. Payment: $120 for new, $60 for reprints. Deadline: August 5, 2022.

Lucent DreamingRestrictions: Open to new and emerging writers only. "We consider a new/emerging writer someone who has been published in 15 or fewer publications in the past 5 years, and has not published a book or full collection." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, poetry. Also accepts art. Payment: £100 (£200 for low-income writers in the UK) and a free contributor copy. Deadline: August 6, 2022. 

HavokGenre: Flash fiction on Theme of  RAGE / PEACE. Payment: $10 via PayPal for each story published in an Anthology. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

Penguin/Random House AustraliaRestrictions: Submissions are restricted to Australian and New Zealand residents. Genre: Fiction and nonfiction. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

Fusion FragmentGenre: Science fiction or SF-tinged literary fiction stories and novelettes ranging anywhere from 2,000 to 15,000 words. Payment: Both previously unpublished work and reprints pay 3.5 cents (CAD) per word, up to a maximum of $300 (CAD) per story. Deadline: August 7, 2022. 

MacroMicroCosmGenre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022. See themes.

Cossmass InfinitiesGenre: Science fiction and fantasy short stories. Payment: $0.08/word for original fiction. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

MacroMicroCosmGenre: Speculative fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 7, 2022. See themes.

ScumGenre: Feminist-friendly work of any variety, but as a general rule your piece should be under 2000 words (50 lines for poetry, max. 3 poems) and able to be classified as “fiction”, “culture”, “memoir”, “column”, “poetry”, and/or “review”. Payment: $60 AUD. Deadline: August 7, 2022. Opens to submissions on August 1.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Theme: Grain. Payment: $100 for written work and art, $150 for multi-page comics or suites of art. Deadline: August 7, 2022. Fiction, completed nonfiction and poetry.

CirsovaGenre: Genre fiction short stories. Payment: $0.0125 per word. Deadline: August 7, 2022.

Poetry WalesGenre: Poetry, reviews, articles. "This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Partition of the Indian subcontinent and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation-states. We intend to mark this anniversary with related articles and poems, so for this issue we are especially interested in hearing from writers with links to India and Pakistan, although writing is not limited to the topic of Partition and we welcome submissions on any theme." Payment: Poems £20/page. Reviews £67.50/1500-word review. Articles £200/3000 word, or in that proportion, depending on number of published words. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic: An Anthology of Hysteria Fiction will benefit the Chicago Abortion Fund. Genre: Dark speculative fiction from anyone directly at risk as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade, defined inclusivelyPayment: 6 cents/word. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

GreenPrintsGenre: Personal essays about gardening. Payment: $100 - $150. Deadline: August 9, 2022.

Bright Wall/Dark RoomGenre: Essays on film and TV. Theme: Time Travel. Payment: $50 per essay. Deadline: August 9, 2022.

SAND is a Berlin publication that "looks for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways—work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth." Genre: Fiction, flash fiction, art, poetry, translations. Payment: Semi-professional rates. Deadline: August 10, 2022. 

Bermuda TriangleGenre: Horror. "For decades, boats, ships and more have passed through the Bermuda Triangle never to return. But why? What’s down there, just below the surface? What happens to the loved ones left behind? You decide!" Payment: $10. Deadline: August 13, 2022.

VoiceworksRestrictions: Open to Australians under the age of 25. Genre: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics. Theme: Grain. Payment: $100 for written work and art, $150 for multi-page comics or suites of art. Deadline: August 14, 2022. Art, comics and comic pitches.

Luna Station QuarterlyRestrictions: Open to women writers only. Genre: Speculative fiction.   Payment: $5. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Some reprints accepted.

Delicate FriendRestrictions: Open to trans people only. Genre: Intimate art and literature. "Our current theme — guest-edited by Ale Canales — is “ANTIMATTER,” extending the intimacy of our T4T issue across the ever-expanding universe. Is your erotic imagination haunted by sentient artificial intelligence? Have you dreamed of traversing the blank spaces between stars with your lovers? Is your gender too alien for mere earthlings to comprehend? We want to hear from you!" Payment: $10. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Cricket Media: ASK MagazineGenre: Science articles for children 7–10 years old. Theme: Sky at Play (Clouds/Wind). Payment: Unspecified. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Queries only.

SaseeGenre: First-person, non-fiction material that is for or about women. Essays, humor, satire, personal experience, and features on topics relating to women are their primary editorial focus. Theme: “Renew & Revamp.” 500 to 1000 words. Payment: Varies. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

The Lorelei SignalGenre: Fantasy short stories, flash fiction, and poetry with strong female characters. Payment: $15 for short stories, $5 for poems and flash (<1000 wds) fiction pieces, $5 for reprints. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

The Haunted Train: Creepy Tales from the RailwaysGenre: Stories about trains, tracks and railway stations, especially creepy, spooky tales about haunted trains. Payment: 10 Euro. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Medusa TalesGenre: Speculative stories (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror) of human transformation and immobilization. Payment: 1 cent/word, $10 for reprints. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Accepts reprints.

MartianGenre: Science fiction drabbles (exactly 100 words). Payment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Dark Recesses PressGenre: Horror/dark fiction pieces between 500-5000 words. Payment: 5 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Note: Only pays for print magazine.

Songs of Eretz Poetry Review. Genre: Poetry and art. Payment: $7 per poem, $12 for cover art and $7 for inside art. Deadline: August 15, 2022. See themes.

GuernicaGenre: Poetry. "We’d love to read poems that congregate around (or refuse) questions of desire, language, or form, but most importantly, that speak to the wild capaciousness of your work.
Submit 3-10 poems that shape each other in some way; they could accumulate, thicken, complicate, and make spare — or make inverse — the questions that drive them." Payment: $150. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

The WakingGenre: Fiction and nonfiction, image text/hybrid work. "The Waking is Ruminate Community's online literary magazine that houses high-quality literary writing about what it’s like to be human. We are interested in short-form and flash prose as well as image-text/hybrid work. This art can be beautiful, it can be strange, we just ask that it feels true." 1500 words max. Payment: $10. Deadline: August 15, 2022. Opens August 1.

WesterlyGenre: Short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism. Payment: Poems: $120 for one poem or $150 for two or more poems; Stories: $180; Articles: $180; Visual art/Intro essay: $120; Reviews: $100; Online Publication: $100. "We expect our contributors to be subscribers of the Magazine. While we will accept submissions from non-subscribers, should your work be accepted for publication in this instance, you will be asked to accept a subscription to the Magazine as part payment for your work." Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Cemetery Gates: Campfire Macabre: Volume 2Genre: Flash Horror. See themesPayment: 8 cents/word. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Grumpy Old Gods Flash Fiction: Pesky PestilenceGenre: Flash fiction, 500 - 1500 words. "Halloween flash fiction with a Grumpy TWIST. We’re searching for stories to delight and amuse for the upcoming Halloween season: Does your healing God in training keep accidentally raising zombies? Did a sun God accidentally set off an apocalypse and try to hide it? Is there something giving a divine pantheon the sniffles with hilarious results? Is Death taking a much-needed vacation in the mortal world – but keeps bringing his work along for the ride?" Payment: Profit sharing. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Muse MagazineGenre: Nonfiction articles for children. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: August 16, 2022. See themes.

FunicularGenre: Fiction, poetry, flash fiction. Payment: Short story: $10/printed page (up to a maximum of $100); Flash: $25 per piece; Poetry: $25 per piece. Deadline: August 16, 2022. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: CatsGenre: True stories and poems. "We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your cat does. What have you learned from your cat? How does your cat improve your life? What crazy things does your cat do? Has your cat ever done anything heroic? How does your cat warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your cat." Payment: $200. DeadlineAugust 19, 2022.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: DogsGenre: True stories and poems. "We want your true funny stories, your heartwarming stories, and your mindboggling stories about all the simply amazing things that your dog does. What have you learned from your dog? How does your dog improve your life? What crazy things does your dog do? Has your dog ever done anything heroic? How does your dog warm your heart and make you smile? We want to hear all about the absurd antics, funny habits and insightful behavior of your dog. Stories can be serious or humorous." Payment: $200. DeadlineAugust 19, 2022.

Shakespeare UnleashedGenre: Horror based on Shakespeare’s plays and characters, as well as Shakespearean (horror) sonnets. For fiction, ”We’re looking for dark and scary stories — no parodies or humor pieces. Stories can be set in time periods other than the Elizabethan era, and can be updated or reimagined or merely “based on.”” For poetry, “We’re looking for horror sonnets — no parodies or humor pieces. Sonnets can be based on one of Shakespeare’s sonnets or plays or characters (let us know which one when you submit) or they can be totally original, but they should still evoke Shakespeare in some way.” Payment: $0.06/word for fiction; $35 for poems. Deadline: August 21, 2022.

berlin litGenre: Poetry. Payment: 20 euros per poem. Deadline: August 21, 2022.

PseudopodGenre: Horror (Audio format). Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: August 21, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Metaphysical TimesGenre: Pagan and metaphysical topics, including spirituality, religion, divination, witchcraft, and more. Payment: $0.05 USD per word up to 1200 words after editing. Deadline: August 24, 2022.

Unidentified Funny ObjectsGenre: Funny science fiction and fantasy. Length: 500-5,000 words. Payment: $0.10/word. Deadline: August 25, 2022.

The Storyteller Series (Podcast and Print) Genre: Fiction, non-fiction, memoir up to 10,000 words. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 28, 2022. Reprints accepted.

The Commuter. Genre: Poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. Payment: $100. Deadline: August 28, 2022.

Inked in Gray: Reclaiming JoyGenre:  Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction, up to 8,000 words. "These past few years have brought more fear than hope. It seems as though our world is becoming a scary place, especially for marginalized individuals. As people and as an organization we will keep fighting against the wrongs that permeate our society. We must continue to protest but we also must continue to find joy and happiness in the moments between." Payment: $45. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Flame Tree Fiction: Immigrant Sci-Fi Short StoriesGenre: Speculative fiction. "We are seeking stories from a diverse range of writers who have direct or familial experience of immigration and migration and its complex issues. Writers with origins from all over the world, including but not limited to Latinx, Caribbean, Asian, African, Arabic, North American and East European, are invited to challenge the reader with stories that spill out into space, parallel realms or just hidden in plain sight. The stories will explore the world from the gaze of the incoming, whether forced through slavery, economic choice, necessitated through war or oppression, or hope for a better future, examining the perspectives of displacement in a future or fantastical setting." Length: 2000-4000 words. Payment: 8 cents/6 pence per word for original stories, 6 cents/4 pence for reprints. Deadline: August 30, 2022. Accepts reprints.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Funny StoriesGenre: True stories. "Share your funny stories about something that happened to you in your life – in your relationship with a partner or spouse, a parent or child, a family member or friend, at work or at home – that made you and the people around you laugh out loud. Did you mean for it to be funny? Did the other person mean to make you laugh? Did a situation just get out of control? Did a misunderstanding turn into a comedy of errors?" Payment: $200. Deadline: August 30, 2022. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Impact of a Chicken Soup for the Soul story on meGenre: True stories. "Have you read a Chicken Soup for the Soul story that had an impact on your life? A story that made you think twice about a similar situation in your own life? That changed your outlook? Helped you solve a problem? Encouraged you to try something new and different? Encouraged you to go ahead and make that life-changing decision? Altered how you treat a person or a situation? Revealed to you how just a shift in your attitude could improve things? Showed you that you are not alone? Showed you that others who have gone through similar situations did it, what they did to get through and gave you hope?" Payment: $200. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Les Petites Morts: An Anthology of Erotic Horror Inspired by Fairy Tales, Mythology & FolkloreGenre: Erotic horror stories inspired by fairy tales, mythologies, and folklore from around the world. Payment: 0.06 USD per word (via PayPal) and a paperback contributor’s copy. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Apparition LitGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Opens August 15. See themes. 

Mud Season Review. Genre: Poetry, Fiction, CNF, Art. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Dismember the Coop.” Genre: Horror short stories inspired by the music of Alice Cooper, both the group and solo. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Broken Sleep BooksGenre: Non-fiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The Quiet OnesGenre: Quiet Horror and Dystopian genre works that fit the theme, “Nocturnal Animals.” "We primarily seek creative work from those who identify as LGBTQIAP+, women, and allies. We’re especially fond of (though do not require) stories that center LGBTQIAP+ and female characters. That said, we welcome work from anyone and everyone, and we do not automatically disqualify any submissions based on the author’s identity, nor do we require our contributors to share their sexual or gender identities." Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Longleaf ReviewGenre: Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Theme: Nostalgia. "Don’t be afraid to get a little speculative, a little retro, a little sci-fi. Revise history — new endings most welcome. Tell us about your firsts, your lasts, your just-can’t-get-you-out-of-my-heads. Show us the dark side of nostalgia, all its risks and rewards." Payment: $20 (?) Deadline: August 31, 2022.

MYTHIC: A Science Fiction & Fantasy Magazine. Genre: Science fiction and fantasy. Payment: $0.01 CENTS A WORD for NEW short fiction. $25.00 for REPRINT short fiction. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Accepts reprints.

From the DepthsGenre: Fantasy. "Monsters and mermaids, sea serpents and sailors, the deep dank dark and the glistening coral; if you’ve got a fantasy story that reeks of seaweed and intrigue, we want to see it." Length: 1,000-12,000 words. Payment: £0.01 per word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Dragon Soul Press: Magick and MistletoeGenre: "All Christmas stories. As long as Christmas is involved, the story qualifies. All genres. Happily Ever After not required." Payment:  Royalties.  Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Dragon Soul Press: Life at Its BestGenre: "These women are navigating through the ups and downs of life whether it be relationships, children, health, etc. Note: This is Women’s Contemporary ‘Realistic’ Fiction only." Word Count – 5,000-15,000. Payment:  Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022. (Extended deadline)

Both/AndGenre: Essays focused on personal narrative from trans and gender non-conforming writers of color. "Both/And is an essay series that seeks to elevate the stories of those at the forefront of the fight for racial and transgender equality. We want to hear from, and work with trans writers of color, so we can uplift those most targeted by the larger cultural obsession with transness, but whose voices are rarely centered in it." Payment: $500. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Pitches only.

Quarter PressGenre: Stories, art, poetry, nonfiction on theme: Let’s Get Weird. Payment: $5. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Broken Sleep BooksGenre: Nonfiction pamphlets (up to 70 pages). Payment: Royalties. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Split Lip MagazineGenre: Fiction (flash and short stories), memoirs, and poetry. with a pop-culture twist. Payment: $50 per author (via PayPal) for our web issues. Payment for print is $5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2 contributor copies and a 1-year subscription. Deadline: August 31, 2022. NoteSubmit early in the month.

TypehouseGenre: Prose, poetry, art. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022. No-fee submissions open for all contributors starting July 1.

GwyllionGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: £10 per accepted story or poem. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Strange Sunests: Terrors on Distant PlanetsGenre: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Gore and splatterpunk is welcome, but may not be a first choice. Payment: $30USD. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Haven SpeculativeGenre: Speculative fiction and poetry. Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction and $5 - $10 for poetry. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Alphabet BoxGenre: Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, up to 900 words. Writers can send more than one submission, as long as the total does not exceed 900 words. Payment: $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Hidden Villains: AriseGenre: Fantasy, horror, and sci-fi "sculpted to thrill and entertain readers with the bizarre or delve into the shadows." Length: Up to 7,000 words. Payment: Between $0.05 and $0.08 per word. Deadline: August 31, 2022. 

Eerie RiverGenre: Horror on theme of Water. Word count: 1500 - 7000 firm. Payment: ¢1 per word CAD. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Creature PublishingGenre: Feminist horror. Payment: Royalties (?) Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Timber Ghost Press: Along Harrowed TrailsGenre: Horror set in the Old West. "We are seeking well-crafted stories and poems that are creepy, disturbing, and weird that embrace the Old West aesthetic from around 1800-1900." Payment: Poetry - $10 USD. Flash - $15 USD. Short Fiction - $35 USD. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The McNeese ReviewGenre: Fiction, poetry. Payment: $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Strange Sunsets – Terrors on Distant PlanetsGenre: Science fiction stories that take place on another planet. There must be an element of horror. Payment: $30. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The RumpusGenre: Fiction "We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power." Payment: $300 divided among all contributors. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

2,000-word TerrorsGenre: Horror short stories. Payment: 1 cent/word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Reckoning: Our Beautiful Reward. Genre: Poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. "The fall of Roe V Wade in the U.S. has codified dramatic restrictions on the right of pregnant individuals to make their own reproductive choices. In the U.S. and internationally, we are also witnessing an increase in already significant levels of hostility against trans and genderqueer bodily self-determination. These struggles for basic bodily autonomy are linked, and find common grounding in the pursuit of joy, flourishing, care and safety. Likewise, the pursuit of joy, flourishing, care and safety requires that we fight for a sustainable world within which chosen families of all kinds can exist and tend to one another. With a deep sense of the urgency of the moment, Reckoning invites you to imagine this world, and the roles that bodily autonomy and bodily self-determination play in both creating and inhabiting it." Payment: Professional rates. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

The Theatre Phantasmagoria. Genre: Horrror flash fiction up to 2,000 words. Payment: £10. Deadline: August 31, 2022. This is a monthly call. See themes.

And a few more...

Escape PodGenre: Science fiction (Audio and written format). Payment: USD $0.08 per word for original fiction. USD $100 per story for reprint fiction. Deadline: Opens September 1, 2022. Reprints accepted.

Bleed ErrorGenre: Short stories, flash fiction, and poetry that runs the gamut of everything from absurdist horror to bizarre science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. "We love the uncanny." Payment: 1c per word, and $15 per poem (Canadian dollars.) Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Not a Pipe PublishingRestrictions: Open to LGBTQ writers. Genre: Speculative fiction and poetry, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, or any other works with a speculative element. Payment: A copy of the anthology and an equal portion of profits from the sale of the anthology. Deadline: September 1, 2022.
Madame Gray's Poe Pourri of TerrorGenre: Horror, 3K - 8K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Orion’s BeltGenre: Speculative fiction, art, and poetry. 1,200 words max for prose. Payment: 8 cents/word. $25 for art. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Farmer-ishGenre: Nonfiction, CNF, poetry related to farming (including recipes). Payment: $25 or copy of book (print only). Deadline: September 1, 2022. See themes.

ContraryGenre: Poetry, fiction, CNF. Payment: $20. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Bethlehem Writers RoundtableGenre: Short stories and poetry. See themesPayment: 20.00 USD for featured authors, or $10.00 USD for stories published on their &More page and $5.00 USD for poems. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Blood, Sweat, and SteelGenre: Military Science Fiction. Word Count: 7,000 – 10,000. Payment: A percentage of sales divided equally between the contributing authors. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

ParabolaGenre: Original essays and translations, poetry, reviews. Payment: Not specified. Deadline: September 1, 2022. See themes.

Bang!: An Anthology of Noir FictionGenre: Noir fiction. "Stories must adhere to the noir genre (although we’re not beyond including neo-noir or hard-boiled in that ball park), however we don’t want slavish reproductions or carbon cut-outs of genre classics. We want new spins on old themes. We want nihilism." Payment: £10 per story plus one contributor copy of the paperback. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Hellbound Sci-FiGenre: Science fiction. 4K - 10K word count. Payment: $5. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Eerie River: It Calls from BelowGenre: Horror. "Think subterranean, buried alive, ancient buried treasure, something lost now found, underground, in basements, crawlspaces, caves, under a bed and dark places." Payment: Flat rate payment ¢1 per word CAD after approved edits - up to $70 CAD. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

And the Dead Shall Sleep No MoreGenre: Dark fiction about Vampires. Length: Up to 6,000 words. Payment: $15. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

SadwrnGenre: Poetic prose in English or Spanish. "We want pieces that talk about the most otherwordly and intense settings of virtual universes. We want your beautiful dérives. We want your utter escapism, your childlike stray in the woods." Payment: €40/text and a complimentary copy of the zine. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Paradox Ghost PressGenre; Horror. "We’re looking for predominantly horror short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, but they can run the gamut of everything from absurdism to bizarre (and terrifying) science-fiction to unsettling dark fantasy. We love the uncanny." Payment: 1 cent/word for fiction, $15 CAD per poem. Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Monday, July 25, 2022

56 Writing Contests in August 2022 - No entry fees

This August there over four dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes range from $100,000 to a free writing class. None charge entry fees.

Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.

If you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next year.

Good luck! 

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Awesome Foundation Grants. “Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? We award $1,000 grants every month. It couldn’t be simpler! Your idea is yours alone. We don’t want a stake in it. We just want to help you make it happen!” Grant: $1000. No deadline. Grants are awarded every month.

Otherwise AwardGenre: Work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative. Prize: $500. Deadline: Summer 2022.

Leeway Foundation Art and Change GrantsRestrictions: Open to women and trans artists in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. People living in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties Delaware who are 18 years of age or older and who are not full-time students in a degree-granting arts program are eligible. Genres: Art in traditional or nontraditional modes, mediums or disciplines. Prize: $2500. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Source Writing PrizeRestrictions: Open to writers who have not written for Source before. Genre: Book reviews, exhibition reviews or texts introducing sets of pictures, so these would be good models to follow. "But we are also interested in others forms of writing so if you want to submit something in a different form then please do." Prize: £500 / 570 euro. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist FellowshipsRestrictions: Delaware poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers who have lived in Delaware for at least one year prior to application and who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Genres: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Prize: Established Professional Fellowships of $6,000 each and Emerging Artist Fellowships of $3,000 each. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Epigram Books Fiction PrizeRestrictions: Authors must be Singaporean, Singaporean permanent resident or Singapore-born. Genre: A full-length, original and unpublished novel written in the English language. Prize: $20,000. Deadline: August 1, 2022.

Granum Foundation Prize helps U.S.-based writers complete substantive literary works—such as poetry books, essay or short story collections, novels, and memoirs—or to help launch these works. Additionally, a Granum Foundation Translation Prize will be awarded to support the completion of a work translated by a U.S.-based writer. Prize: One winner will receive $5,000; up to three finalists will be awarded $500 or more; $500 or more will be awarded to one writer working in translation. Deadline: August 2, 2022.

Spectator Comp No. 3261: Watch This Space. You are invited to submit a poem about the James Webb Telescope.’ Please email entries of up to 16 lines to by midday on 3 August. Prize: £30. Deadline: August 3, 2022. (Note: Scroll down)

Oregon Literary Fellowships. Two fellowships (one $10,000 grant and one $3,500 grant) are reserved specifically for writers of color. There are also fellowships for women/gender-nonconforming writers as well as special fellowships for fiction writers who have lived in Oregon over the past 5 years. Deadline: August 5, 2022.

Peter Blazey Fellowship. Restrictions: Applicants must either be an Australian citizen or have Australian residency. Genre: Non-fiction in the fields of autobiography, biography or life writing. Prize: $15 000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at The Australia Centre. Deadline: August 8, 2022.

Stone CanoeRestrictions: Open to people who live or have lived in Upstate New York (not New York City). Genres: Drama, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art. Prize: $500 and publication. Deadline: August 8, 2022 for poetry. (It is difficult to find this information on their website.) 

Deborah Cass Prize for Writing (Australia). Restrictions: Applicants must: (a) be early career writers with fewer than 10 publications (articles, short stories or poetry) and no full-length book published or contracted for publication; (b) have either been born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas (and certify this on the application form); and (c) not be employees or Board members of Writers Victoria at the time of entry. Genre: Fiction or creative nonfiction. Prize: $3,000 plus a three-month mentorship with an established writer, and two runners-up will receive $1,000 each. Deadline: August 10, 2022.

Spectator Comp No. 3262: Initial embarrassment. You are invited to submit a poem on behalf of Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss in which they set out their stall, but in which the first letters of each line inadvertently spell out an inappropriate word or phrase. Please email entries of up to 16 lines to by midday on 10 August. Prize: £30. Deadline: August 10, 2022. (Note: Scroll down)
Scotiabank Giller PrizeRestrictions: Open to books published in Canada in English between  July 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022. Must  be nominated by publisher. Genre: Fiction. Full-length novel or collection of short stories published in English, either originally, or in translation. Prize: $100,000 to the winner and $10,000 to each of the finalists. Deadline: August 12, 2022.

Rebecca Swift Women's Poetry AwardRestrictions: Open to women poets in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Prize: £1,000. Deadline: August 12, 2022.

Waterford Poetry PrizeRestrictions: Open to residents of Ireland. Genre: Poem. Prize: First prize is €400 plus attendance at a designated writing course. Deadline: August 12, 2022.

4thWrite Short Story PrizeRestrictions: Open to Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic writers aged 18+ living in the UK or Ireland. Genre: Short story, 6,000 words maximum. Prize: £1,000, a one-day publishing workshop at 4th Estate and publication of their story on the Guardian website. Deadline: August 14, 2022.

Apparition LitGenre: Flash fiction between 1k words max based on the theme. Prize: $30. Deadline: August 14, 2022.

Wintermute LitRestrictions: Open to emerging writers who have not published a full-length manuscript or chapbook. The work you submit can have been previously published but not awarded large national/international awards. Genre: Speculative fiction, maximum of 4500 words. Prize: Winners receive cash prizes, speculative books of their choice, and publication in Wintermute. Deadline: August 14, 2022. Reprints accepted.

The Yale Drama SeriesGenre: Original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Prize: $10,000. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Society of Classical Poets Haiku CompetitionGenre: Haiku. Prize: $100. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

The Gotham “Manuscript-to-Market” FellowshipRestrictions: Open to people of color who have completed a book manuscript (or nonfiction book proposal) and are ready to go to market with their book. Three fellowships will be offered every year. Prize: Admittance to the Gotham Writers Conference—the panels and presentations as well as a seat at a pitching roundtable with two agents in your genre. The Gotham course How to Get Published or Nonfiction Book Proposal. A one-on-one Agent Evaluation session and a Query Letter Coaching session, both with a literary agent. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Quarterly West.  Genre: Poetry chapbook. Prize: $500. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary ExcellenceRestrictions: Emerging African American writers.  Genres: Short story collection or novel published in the current year. Prize: $10,000.  Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Ligonier Valley WritersGenre: Flash fiction on theme of "mermaids, selkies, and other water dwellers";1000 words max. Prize: The first prize winner will receive $50, second prize $25, and third prize $15. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Lee & Low Books New Voices Award is sponsored by Lee &Low Publishers. Restrictions: The contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a children’s picture book published. Genre: Children's books - fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Prize: $1,000 and publication. Deadline: August 15, 2022.

Literature MattersRestrictions: UK residents. Genre: "Awards will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project. Launched as part of the RSL’s new Literature Matters programme, priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters." Award: £20,000. Deadline: August 24, 2022.

Solarpunk Microfiction ContestGenre; Microfiction, 250 words max. Prize: $25 and publication on the Solarpunk Magazine website. Deadline: August 25, 2022. See themeOpens August 19.

Women's Prize for FictionGenre: Published novel by a woman. Entrants must be writing in English and must be published in the UK between 1 April 2022 and 30 September 2022. All subject matters and women of any age, from any nationality or country of residence are eligible. Prize: £30,000.00. Deadline: August 26, 2022.

Writing Competition: The Story I Needed To Have ReadGenre: Short story - in any genre, fiction or fact - that helped or would have helped you at a pivotal moment in your life. Prize: One winner will receive up to $2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy,and publication on the website. Deadline: August 28, 2022.

Frank O’Connor International Short Story FellowshipRestrictions: Open to writers living within Munster and a commuting distance from Cork City. "The Short Story Fellow must have at least two full-length works of fiction published at the time of deadline, of which at least one must be a short story collection. The ideal candidate will be a writer respected by peers and experienced in the giving of writing workshops." Genre: Short fiction. Fellowship: A stipend of €8000, in four monthly instalments of €2000. Deadline: August 29, 2022.

The Canadian Women Artists’ AwardRestrictions: Open to Canadian women living in New York who are between the ages of 21 and 35 before the application deadline. Genre: Fiction, poetry. Grant: $5,000. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism PrizeGenre: Article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. Articles focused on historical events AND articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome. The work should be published in print or online between August 31, 2021 and August 30, 2022. Prize: $1000. Deadline: August 30, 2022.

Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative NonfictionGenre: Essay, maximum 5,000 words. Prize: $250 top prize. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Arena Fantasy Magazine CompetitionGenre: Fantasy. Theme: Gladiatorial Battle. "Your MC has been captured and put to fight in the Arena. Choose their path. Do they win or do they die? Word Count - up to 2500 (not including title) Prize: First place wins an annual subscription to AFM.  The 2nd & 3rd place will get a free issue. All entries will be considered for publication in an anthology as well as published in the magazine." Deadline: August 31, 2022. (Note: Scroll down)

Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation or Multi-Lingual TextsRestrictions: Translators and authors of multi-lingual texts. Genres: Poetry and prose. Prize: $200. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

StoryhouseGenre: Biographical nonfiction. Stories must be true, not semi-fictional accounts. 1000 - 10,000 words in length. Stories must be suitable for children. Prize: $200. DeadlineAugust 31, 2022.

Poetry Archive NOW! WordView 2022Genre: Poetry. "Make a video/film recording of yourself reading or reciting a single poem which you have written in 2022." Prize: £100. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry PrizeGenre: Poetry collection (in English), at least 48 pages long, published between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the deadline year by an upstate New York author. Prize: $2000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

What’s Your Story? Restrictions: Open to Victorian residents. (Australia) Genre: Poetry, short stories, CNF. Prize: $500. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Kindle Storyteller Award (UK)Restrictions: The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Genre: Book. Prize: £20,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Preservation Foundation Essay Contest for Unpublished WritersRestrictions: The contest is open to writers whose creative writing has never produced revenues of over $750 in any single year. Genre: Biographical Nonfiction. Prize: First prize is $200. Runners-up will receive $100. Finalists will receive $50. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Substack runs a monthly short story competition. Their mission is to "revive the art of the short story, support artists, and produce something wonderful." Genre: Short story. Length: 6000- 10,000 words. Prize: $100 plus 50% of subscription revenue to be sent by Paypal, Zelle, or check. Deadline: August 31, 2022. Reprints are ok so long as you still have the rights to distribute.

Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year AwardRestrictions: Open to authors aged 18-35 as of December 31 of the deadline year. Books must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between June 23 of the preceding year and August 31 of the deadline year. Authors must be UK or Irish citizens, or residents for the three years preceding the award. Genre: Published or self-published book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Prize: £10,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art WritingGenre: Scholarly essay. All work submitted must have been written or published within the last year. Prize: $3,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Val Wood Prize for Creative WritingGenre: Short story with an overall word-count of 2000 on theme: ‘Storytelling" Prize: £100. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

YORKSHIRE PRIZE: The Good Old DaysRestrictions: The Yorkshire Prize  is open to residents of Yorkshire, UK. Genre: Short story set in Yorshire, maximum word count of 2000 per entry. Prize: £100, and two further commendations of £25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

#GWstorieseverywhereGenre: Micro fiction or essay on theme of Dreamy. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag. Prize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Temperatures Rising ContestGenre: Flash fiction on theme of  temperatures rising, figuratively or literally. Your story must be no longer than 99 words. Prize: Free Gotham class. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Surging TideGenre: Poetry, prose, visual art on theme: Synthesis. Prize: The winner of each category will be awarded $100 and each runner-up will also be awarded $25. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Cast of Wonders Flash Fiction PrizeGenre: YA speculative flash fiction. Prize: ? Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Jack Grapes Poetry PrizeGenre: Poetry. Prize: WINNERS will receive $200 each, plus publication. FINALISTS will receive $50 each, plus publication. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Harvill Secker Young Translators' PrizeRestrictions: Open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 34. Genre: Short story translation. This year the focus language is Indonesian and entrants will translate an excerpt from the novel Dua Muka Daun Pintu by Triskaidekaman. Prize: £1,000. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography ContestRestrictions: Open to residents in the Atlantic Provinces. Genre: Flash fiction inspired by a Kit Sora photo, 250 words max. Prize: 10 cents/word. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Anansi Archive writing awardsGenre: Flash fiction, poetry, short stories. Prize: First £50, runner-up £20. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Rattle Ekphrastic ChallengeGenre: Poem inspired by artwork. (See site for image.) Prize: $100. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Kikwetu Flash Fiction ContestRestrictions: Open to writers of African origin. Genre: Flash fiction. Prize: $150. Deadline: August 31, 2022.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

26 Awesome Writing Conferences in August 2022

August is hot, hot, hot! So head for the coast! This August there are more than two dozen writing conferences. Many conferences and workshops will be held online, but some will be held in person or use a hybrid format.

These writing events offer everything a writer might want: intensive workshops, pitch sessions with agents, to how to market yourself and your books, discussions - there is something for everyone.

For a full list of conferences held throughout the year see Writing Conferences. If you miss an application deadline, put it on your calendar for next year. Quite a few conferences offer scholarships, so apply early. Plan ahead!

(Image: Mendocino Coast: Flickr)


Fine Arts Work Center Summer Workshops (poetry, fiction, art, and creative nonfiction). June 5 - August 19, 2022: Provincetown, Massachusetts. Last year's faculty included David Baker, Samiya Bashir, Jill Bialosky, Sophie Cabot Black, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Martha Collins, Kate Daniels, Nick Flynn, Vievee Francis, Gabriel Fried, Jorie Graham, Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Fred Marchant, Gail Mazur, Jane Mead, John Murillo, Eileen Myles, Matthew Olzmann, Gregory Pardlo, Carl Phillips, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Victoria Redel, Martha Rhodes, Brenda Shaughnessy, Nicole Sealey, Alan Shapiro, Carmen Giménez Smith, Craig Morgan Teicher and many more. See individual workshops for dates.

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. August 4 -  August 6, 2022: Mendocino, California. The conference features workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft seminars, panels, one-on-one manuscript consultations, and open mics. The faculty includes poet Claudia Castro Luna, fiction writers Jean Chen Ho and Lydia Kiesling, creative nonfiction writer Faith Adiele, and cross-genre writer Anastacia-Reneé. Fiction writer Karen Tei Yamashita will give the keynote address. Participating publishing professionals include agent Jonah Straus (Straus Literary). The registration fee is $675 and includes morning workshops, all afternoon events, and breakfast and lunch each day. One-on-one manuscript consultations are available for an additional $60. Lodging is available at a wide range of accommodations on the Mendocino Coast, including oceanfront inns, campgrounds, glamping facilities, and motels. The registration deadline is June 30.

Cape Cod Writers Center Conference. August 4 - 6, 2022: Hyannis, Massachusetts. Supporting published and aspiring writers. Featuring distinguished authors, editors and agents in workshops on fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry, mysteries and thrillers, social media, promotion and more! Will be held virtually.

Ocean View Writing Getaway. August 4 - 7, 2022: Atlantic City, NJ. "Our experienced workshop leaders plan their sessions to benefit both beginning and experienced writers. We pride ourselves on building an encouraging community of writers where all feel welcome." This program is presented by Murphy Writing of Stockton University in collaboration with AC Residential Life.

Kansas City Writing Workshop. August 5 - 6, 2022: Kansas City. This is an online “How to Get Published” writing event on August 5-6, 2022. (Writers are welcome to attend virtually from everywhere and anywhere.) This writing event is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that there are limited online “seats” at the event (200 total). Will be held virtually.

Into the Springs Writers Workshop. August 5 - 7, 2022: Yellow Springs, OH. Faculty for 2022 are John Kachuba, Raul Ramos, and Juliette Hyland.

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Annual Conference. August 5 - 7, 2022: Via Zoom. More than 100 writers, editors, illustrators, & agents. Workshops, breakout sessions, manuscript and portfolio consultations, panels, discussions. Will be held online.

Willamette Writers Conference. August  5 -7, 2022: Portland, Oregon. Three full days of classes, workshops, keynotes, critiques, and events. There are also Master Classes with industry professionals in which you can learn from top instructors in a small group setting and many options for one on one critique, including On the Spot Critiques and Advance Manuscript Critique. As always, they will have a roster of agents, editors and film executives ready to hear about your project. Will be held online and in person.

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, August 5 - 7, 2022: West Coast Writers Conferences presents a full weekend of panels, workshops and presentations by educators, noted speakers, and industry professionals focused on the craft and business of writing.

Mystery Writers Conference. August 5 - 7, 2022: Corte Madera, CA. In this conference, mystery writers learn the clues to a successful writing career. Editors, agents, and publishers tell participants what they need to know to get published. Authors offer classes on setting, dialogue, suspense, point of view, and openings. They tell how to write about private eyes, amateur sleuths, and police protagonists, and how to create thrillers and historical mysteries. Panels of detectives, forensic experts, police, and other crime-fighting professionals provide information that allows crime fiction writers to put realism in their work. 

Colrain Classic. August 5 - 8, 2022. "The Colrain Manuscript Classic is a highly focused, 3-day conference designed for poets with manuscripts in progress. The Classic features in-depth pre-conference work and candid, realistic evaluation and feedback from nationally-known poets, editors and publishers. In preparation, participants work at home on pre-conference assignments and then, in the workshop, review, arrange, and winnow their work based on the pre-conference work. In addition to the manuscript preparation workshop, manuscript workshop and editorial sessions, there will be an editorial Q&A, and an after-conference strategy session."

The Writer's Hotel Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop. August 6 - 28, 2022. All fiction genres. "TWH Virtual Summer Fiction Workshop program centers on weekend writing workshops and lectures over four weeks, plus two full manuscript readings by TWH Editors, one-on-one agent pitching sessions and attendee readings. Space is extremely limited. There will be two cohorts of just 14 people each." App deadline: May 16, 2022

EPIC: Elena Hartwell Taylor Writing Workshop. August 6, 2022. Fiction, narrative nonfiction, and memoir manuscripts that lack a solid foundation are a common problem for writers, and an issue that developmental editors see over and over again. Flawed stucture can impact even a "well-written" manuscript, as beautiful sentences can't cover flaws in foundation. Join author and developmental editor Elena Hartwell Taylor for a two-hour virtual writers' workshop to analyze issues in structure, such as scenes unrelated to the plot, or starting too soon in your story, no clear inciting incident; discover the difference between plot and story; and develop strategies to complete a first draft or for approaching rewrites.

PJ Library Retreat: Picture Book Summer Camp for Emerging Writers. August 7 - 11, 2022: Honesdale, PA. "If you’re a pre-published author with a Jewish picture book in progress (or no more than one published book) we invite you to apply for five-days of inspiration, mentorship, fun, and creativity on the beautiful campus of the Highlights Foundation." Application Deadline: on or before April 28, 2022.

Elk River Writers Workshop. August 7 - 12, 2022: Chico Hot Springs, MT. The Elk River Writers Workshop embodies the idea that deep, communal experiences with the wild open the door to creativity. We bring together some of the most celebrated nature writers in the United States with students who are serious about fostering a connection with the environment in their writing. It all happens at Chico Hot Springs, a historic retreat just north of Yellowstone National Park. Faculty members Camille Dungy, Sean Hill, J. Drew Lanham, Beth Piatote, and Laura Pritchett.

Writing on the Door: "August Master Class Series," August 8-12, 2022: Fish Creek, WI. With Lan Samantha Chang (Fiction), Nan Cohen (Poetry), & Kyoko Mori (Nonfiction)  The Writing On The Door Week-Long Master Class Series offers intensive sessions in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for intermediate to advanced writers.

Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers’ Conference. August 8 - 14, 2022: Montpelier, Vermont. The conference is designed for writers with graduate degrees or equivalent experience. Workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as readings, craft classes, and individual consultations with faculty members. "At the heart of the Postgraduate Writers' Conference's unique model is the small workshop size, with groups led by acclaimed faculty limited to five or six writers. The intimate format allows for an extraordinarily in-depth, far-reaching discussion of participants’ work. Beyond the daily group sessions, each member has an individual consultation with the workshop instructor. The schedule also features a rich menu of readings by faculty and participants, craft talks, generative writing sessions and social events that galvanize our vibrant, inclusive community." \

So You Want to be an Author/Illustrator? Online Course. August 11 - September 15, 2022. Explore the possibilities of moving from Illustrator to Author/Illustrator, or becoming an Author/Illustrator. Learn how to find ideas and move from sketch to story ideas. Explore narrative drawing, pagination, thumbnail sketches and dummy (mock-up) creation. Will be held online

HippoCamp Creative Nonfiction Conference. August 12 - 14, 2022: Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This three-day creative writing conference in PA features 50+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops. 

The Whole Novel Workshop. August 12 - 16, 2022: Honesdale, PA. This intensive Whole Novel Workshop offers writers the rare opportunity to have the entire draft (up to 80,000 words) of a novel read by faculty, with detailed written feedback and two private consultations provided. Attention in an intimate setting makes this program one that guarantees significant progress in preparation for submission. This Whole Novel Workshop is specifically designed for writers of novels for children and teens. Application Deadline: May 20, 2022. 

Horror Bites. August 13, 2022. "Horror Bites serves up a series of short horror writing workshops, covering some of the most essentials elements of the genre, including atmosphere, characterisation, pacing, writing violence and more. Led by horror writer, workshopper and Creative Writing Lecturer Alex Davis, HORROR BITES gives you the chance to take a big bite of horror or select some light bites from the workshop buffet…" Tickets £28 for full day or £7 per workshop session. Virtual.

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. August 17 - 27, 2022: Ripton, VT. Workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are at the core of the conference. Each faculty member conducts a workshop that meets for five two-hour sessions over the course of the 10 days. Groups are kept small to facilitate discussion, and all participants meet individually with their faculty leaders to elaborate on workshop comments. Faculty members also offer lectures on issues around literary writing and one-hour classes on specific aspects of the craft. Readings by the faculty, conference participants, and guests take place throughout the day and into the night. Participants meet with visiting editors, literary agents, and publishers who provide information and answer questions, individually or in small groups. 

Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. August 18 - 21, 2022: Nashville, TN. The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference was created in 2006 by author/filmmaker Clay Stafford in an effort to bring together forensic experts, writers, and fans of crime and thriller literature. "At the conference, we try diligently to ensure that the weekend has something for every writer and lover of literature, and our sessions are structured to assist writers on multiple career levels. Our learning tracks tackle the craft of writing, business of writing, marketing, and forensics. Killer Nashville features nine breakout sessions for intense smaller group interaction, an authors’ bar (free for hotel guests), a moonshine and wine tasting, free agent/editor roundtable pitch sessions, a mock crime scene designed by special agents and other law enforcement professionals, cocktail receptions, the Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet, film previews, live music performances and—of course—all the great activities one can enjoy in downtown Nashville."

Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. August 18– 21, 2022: Corte Madera, Calif. Writing and photography workshops in the morning, a full afternoon of panels and discussions, and evening faculty presentations. There are optional, working field trips to explore the resources of the Bay Area. The faculty includes publishers, magazine editors, photographers, travel essayists, food writers, restaurateurs, guidebook writers, and more. 

Poetry at the Frost Farm. August 19 - 21, 2022:  Derry, New Hampshire. The retreat offers workshops, readings, and one-on-one consultations for formalist poets. "Join a small community of people at the historic Robert Frost Farm learning, reading and writing formal poetry with contemporary award-winning poets. Choose your focus from a series of offerings designed to provide tools for beginning poets as well as perfect the mastery of published poets." 

The Alabama Writers' Conclave. August 26 - 28, 2022: Mountain Brook, Alabama. The Conclave is today one of the oldest continuing writers' organization in the United States. Writers, aspiring writers and supporters of the writing arts may join. Sharing information, developing ideas, honing skills, and receiving practical advice are hallmarks of the annual meeting. 

Applications due in August

Orion Online Poetry Workshop. September 5 - October 10, 2022. Online. The Course: Unbearable Beauty and the Romanticization of Place" After all, beauty has only three possible endings, and only one of them is bearable,” said the poet Larry Levis. A poet very much associated with place, Levis mythologized the beauty of the California Central Valley while also acknowledging the unbearable violence in the landscape. How can the beauty of landscape simultaneously exist with what is unbearable about it? This workshop will explore how poets have used place, landscape, and the environment to create the tenuous emotional textures, and nuanced complexities of the spaces they inhabit. Beyond the thematic discussions of place, this course will engage in critical discussions of craft, aesthetics, poetic traditions, and contemporary modes of writing in order to encourage experimentation and innovation in people’s work to extend their modes of expression into new territories. Through generative exercises, participants will have the opportunity to write and share new work for workshopping." The Instructor: Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. Duration: This class meets once a week over six consecutive Monday evenings from 6-9 pm ET. Apply by August 5th.

Kaz Conference Keep Writing Virtual Nonfiction Cohort. Sept - Oct, 2022. Workshops include developmental workshops as well as talks on the practical training of writers with input from editors, publicists, agents, social media experts and productivity coaches. Because reading and reviewing other work helps to strengthen ones own writing, peer review is a requirement of all sessions. Just 10 to 16 writers are accepted for each cohort. Will be held online. Apply by August 15, 2022.
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