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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Unusual Calls for Submissions

100 Word Fiction Contest: Stymie
Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011. Submissions must be 100 words or less. There is a $5 entry fee. Stymie Magazinewill publish the winning short story along with a selection of otherfinalists as part of a limited edition Trading Card Fiction setavailable in mid-2011. The winning story will receive a cash prize of$150 and a complimentary Trading Card Fiction set (as will the other finalists). Submission Guidelines: * Stories must be no more than 100 words in length. * No submissions maximum per entrant, though each entry must be made separately. * Please do not simultaneously submit contest entries to another magazine or contest. *The submissions link will be active December 1, 2010 to March 15, 2011.All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannotaccept paper submissions. * Winners will be announced in the latespring. Entrants will receive an e-mail notifying them of any decisions regarding their work.We are currently accepting entries via our Submissions Manager.

Press 53 . PO Box 30314, Winston-Salem, NC 27130-0314. Link to submit work for this anthology can be found here. “The man who cannot visualize a horse galloping on a tomato is anidiot.”—Andre Breton. Our definition of the surreal includes dream stories, horror stories,monster stories, insanity, magical realism, the distorted, the peculiar, the impossible, and the irrational. We have as part of our mandate some small reconciliation between so-called "genre" fiction and so-called "literary" fiction. The southern part? The writer needs to be associated with the geographical American south (born, living, spent time in prison or otherwise dallied somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon) or the material needs to be plainly set in or derived from the South.

Eat and Drink
Ruminate: Faith in Literature in Art is currently seeking fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and reviews for Summer Issue 20 on the theme "Eat and Drink". The deadline is February 15. Artists interested may submit online at And for more information,please email us at editor(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail).

A Bird in the Hand: Risk and Flight
TallGrass Writers Guild Literary Anthology/Contest GuidelinesSponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild. Our 15th year of acclaimed annual anthologies! Postmark Deadline is 2-27-2011; Email outriderpress(at) or tallgrassguild(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2011. Working title: A Bird in the Hand: Risk and Flight. We interpretbroadly, and welcome work on the natural world with literal birds, but also seek work on any kind of risk and/or flight, metaphoric or otherwise. Could mean a plane or helicopter flight (terrorists? Huey helicopters in Viet Nam?) or risking the savings account at the roulette tables in Atlantic City. Don’t overlook emotional risk or fleeing from difficult/toxic situations (family holidays?). Consider flight from the law or, perhaps, a vengeful ex with a gun and poorimpulse control. Especially interested in poetry.

Perspectives on Barry Hannah
VOX PRESS, in conjuction with the well known online journal, Drunken Boat, is compiling a collection of perspectives on Barry Hannah. If you have any perspectives on Hannah's work or personal accounts or both(a merging of the two would be ideal), send them as attachments to louis-bourgeois(at) (replace (at) with @ in sendinge-mail).The essays can be any length. Initially the essays will appear at Drunken Boat but eventually they will be collected and published in a book via VOX PRESS. There may be money involved when VOX takes over the project in earnest. All rights revert back to VOX and the authors.

Announcing A PenTales Short Story Contest.
PenTales and Dan Rasmussen, New York Times best-selling author of American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt, are looking for inspiring stories from around the world on the theme Revolt.Submission Guidelines: Write us a short story (500 words or less) on the theme of Revolt. This contest is open to anyone, from published writers to budding storytellers. All submissions must be original, unpublished work. If your short story is in a different language, please provide a valid English translation. Writers are invited to send in only one submission to this contest. Please note that we will not consider stories longer than 500 words and stories that clearly do not relate to the topic. More here.

Sex in 100 words anthology seeks submissions
THE DEADLINE for the 100 Words Anthology has been extended until March 1, 2011. Here's the original call: It's notoriously difficult to write about sex. As even the most inventive writers struggle to capture its utter fabulousness, this most visceral and energized experience keeps looping around to its own staid, repetitive language. There are varying levels of heat (hot, sizzling, torrid); a running X-rated soundtrack (moan, scream, grunt) and the inevitable parade of pounded, perspiring and manipulated body parts (breasts, butts, rods). If you've read one (jerk, cum, rigid), you've pretty much read them all (suck, damp, spurt). The poems range from the dryly clinical (vagina, testicles, areola) to the unintentionally comedic (dripping honey pot, throbbing member). So how do we re-energize and reinvent the sex poem? We identify the 100words that are the most blatant offenders, and we declare them off limits. That forces us to examine the act without the customary escape routes, those words that say "I don't know how to say this, so I'm saying this." Here's a chance to muse upon the loss (or rediscovery) of yourvirginity, the best or worst you've ever had, illicit sex, purchased sex, sex toys, illegal sex, teenage sex, geezer sex, sex in the news, dangerous liaisons and fumbling first attempts. Use your imagination, but don't use THOSE WORDS--and be sure to look for unexpected entrypoints (oops) into your work. Utilize persona, shifting perspective, nonce forms, etc. No scratch-and-sniff, please.For a list of the forbidden words, please email 100Wrds(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail). Submissions will be accepted at the same address. Please, no more than three poems per submission, and no previously published poems. No publisher has yet been wooed for this project, but the search is on.

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