On the Radar – October Edition

Here’s a list of opportunities I’m paying attention to this month.


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“During the month of October, we’re welcoming unsolicited submissions. We’d love to read and consider for publication book-length, unpublished manuscripts from writers. We are interested in short story and essay collections, novels, memoirs, narrative journalistic accounts, and graphic novels/memoir.” Deadline: October 31

Virginia Quarterly Review

“VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers.

For poetry, we pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, we usually pay $1,000. For prose, we generally pay approximately 25 cents per word, depending on length. For investigative reporting, we pay at a higher rate, sometimes including pre-approved travel expenses. Book reviews are generally 2,000-2,400 words and are paid at a flat rate of $500.” Reading period closes: November 1

100 West Corsicana

“100 West grants artists and writers residencies to create work in this historic building repurposed for studio space. Large scale, light filled rooms are provided alongside complete living accommodations and wood shop access to produce work in two or three dimension, installation, or writing. Two fully-funded, 6-week residencies are available to one selected artist and one selected writer for a time of their choosing between January 1 – May 31, 2016.” Deadline: November 1

AROHO (A Room of Her Own Foundation)

“Awarding the $50,000 Gift of Freedom for an imagined yet unrealized poetry, fiction, or nonfiction project is AROHO’s most unique form of arts patronage.  The 7th $50,000 Gift of Freedom application cycle is now open.” Deadline: November 2

The 2016 APS Emerging Writer Fellowships

“Under this project, three emerging writers will be selected for six-month fellowships, which will include:

– A mentorship from an established author who has previously contributed to A Public Space;
– Publication in the magazine;
– A contributor’s payment of $1,000;
– Free workspace in our Brooklyn offices (optional).” Deadline: November 15

Robert C. Jones Short Prose Book Contest

“Every fall Pleiades Press holds a short prose contest. We’re interested in reading collections short stories, flash fiction, essays, lyric essays, and prose. The winning manuscript will be awarded $2000 and published by Pleiades Press. It will be nationally distributed through LSU Press and made widely available through all major booksellers. John D’Agata, author of numerous books including About a Mountain and editor of The Next American Essay anthology will judge.” Deadline: November 15

Writers at Work Fellowship

“Once again W@W is pleased to continue its long tradition of its Annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Awarded in each category: First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2016 conference, and a featured reading during the conference.” Deadline November 15

The Iowa Review

“The Iowa Review is published three times a year: in April, August, and December. We look for the best writing available and are often pleased to introduce new writers.” Reading period closes end of November


“Every issue is a vibrant mix of established talents and new voices, providing an elegantly curated overview of contemporary arts and letters with a distinctly San Francisco perspective.” Reading period closes November 30

The Time and Place Prize

The winner of The Time & Place Prize receives a month-long stay in an idyllic cottage nestled among the menhirs, myths and mists of Bretagne, France. The Prize includes
round-trip airfare to and from Paris, France plus ground transport to and from the cottage. Deadline November 30

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