Opium7: The Shya Scanlon 7-Line Contest
Opium's wacky contests have led to loads of sensational work, from the 500-Word Memoir contest judged by Daniel Handler (for Opium5) to the 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by Aimee Bender that will debut along with Opium6. Now it's time to reignite Opium4's contest--The Shya Scanlon 7-Line Story Contest--this time judged by Brian Evenson.
The rules? Easy. Write a story that is seven lines or less within margins that are 8.5" or less. Fiction, non-fiction, prose poetry or any other excellence is allowed. The winning story, along with a handful of finalists, will appear in Opium7 which will debut on Oct. 6. For more info, go here. (Although it says deadline is July 23, it was extended to Aug 1 due to some misprints in advertising.)
"A collection of expressions from people with emotional wounds."
The Battered Suitcase is currently working with UK writer and artist Lucie Barat on a very special anthology in support of the charity 'MIND'. The project's working title is "An Expression of Depression" with all proceeds going to the charity. The aim is to de-stigmatise depression, being very careful not to glamorize it in any way. The book is to be a collection of photo's, drawings, poems, lyrics or short prose. Please send submissions to email@example.com. Your work will be handled with discretion and respect.
Women's Body Image Anthology Seeks Submissions
Phat Girls in Search of a Pretty World: Hot Lil’ Fat Chicks Speakin’ Out! Phat Girls will explore plus size women’s private and public journeys with weight. In this original collection, we will express our diverse experiences and memories of how our weight and self/body image have shaped us as women—from childhood to adulthood. Phat Girls will illuminate the successes achieved and the challenges met by women negotiating a desire for self-love and acceptance of our selves/bodies within an often “thin obsessed” and “thin accessible” society.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 1, 2008. Please send by mail only. Late submissions will NOT be considered. MAIL TO: Phat Girls Anthology/c/o Jill Andrew/2620 Eglinton Ave East/PO Box 42503/Toronto, ON Canada M1K 2S0. Contributors 18 years and over are welcome. Submission maximums should be no more than 3,000 words (12 page max.), DOUBLE-SPACED, single-sided, 12 point font. Include a contributor’s bio of 100 words or less.
About the editor: Jill Andrew CYW, BA (Hons.), BEd, MA (Sept ’08) is an award-winning national columnist with the Metro Toronto Daily Newspaper and still enjoys livening things up as a teacher, women’s/youth advocate, performer, entrepreneur, events host and public speaker throughout the city. Jill is the founder and producer of Curvy Catwalk— Canada ’s first and only annual “plus size” fashion fundraiser increasing body image/eating problems awareness and funds for Sheena’s Place & NEDIC (National Eating Disorder Information Centre).
The Science Fiction Poetry Association is pleased to announce its third annual web poetry contest.
Entries are free and must be submitted between August 1st and August 31st. Poems may be of any form, no more than 20 lines, and must be on the theme of ENERGY. Poems must have a science fiction, fantasy, or horror element.
First prize is $100 cash, SFPA website publication, Waterman pen and journal, a signed hardcopy copy of The Journey to Kailash by Mike Allen, a copy of In the Yaddith Time by Ann K. Schwader, and a one year SFPA membership. Please check here for more information.
Special Issue: Color Wheel ~ Cultural Heritages in the Twenty-First Century
A Call for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW: seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2009 issue focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences, observations, and/or cultural and historical possibilities of the following topic: “Color Wheel ~ Cultural Heritages in the Twenty-First Century.” We are open to work that covers any of the multitude of ways our ideas of identity, tradition, family, and place are challenged by an ever-changing world.
All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible). Please query before submitting any interview. For our general submission guidelines, check our website.
The submission period for this issue is August 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by mid-February. Writers whose work is selected will receive $20 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose), two copies of the issue, and a year’s subscription.