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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Unusual Calls for Submissions

We want to see the Los Angeles breastfeeding landscape represented. We encourage diverse participation from all across the spectrum - nursing mothers, partners and families of nursing mothers, health professionals, lactivists, anyone who can remember and verbalize their experience being breastfed! Your experience can be past, current or future. The more voices, the more experiences, the more truths, the more stories - the better! Pieces to be shared at an open mic night (Thursday, August 4, 2011 at celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2011 (

We are pleased to announce Trust & Treachery: Tales of Power, Intrigue, and Violence. Power struggles, politics, posturing: whether it's parliament, the royal family, a coven, or your homeowner's association, power breeds distrust, intrigue, and violence... We want your awesomest stories! The Trust & Treachery anthology, is now open for submissions. Check out the details and the kick-ass cover design at:

PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is looking for voices of color from the thirteen states touched by the Appalachian Region (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and work with a strong sense of place that addresses the writer's unique experience in this brook of the African Diaspora. Please submit work (Poetry: Up to five previously unpublished poems, Photography: Up to five attached photos at 300 dpi or better, Essays: Creative non-fiction or academic essay of up to 1500 words) in an attachment of .doc or .rtf format (.jpg for images) and a bio of no more than fifty words to Multiple submissions accepted. Please advise if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Submissions accepted until August 29, 2011.

We are currently accepting submissions for the eighth annual print issue of Fairy Tale Review, The Grey Issue, to be Guest Edited by Alissa Nutting. This is a themed issue, dedicated to Lost Girls & Boys. We're interested in writing that visits and turns on tropes of children and young adults, girls and boys, becoming lost (whether figuratively or literally) in fairy tales and in the contemporary literature that reinterprets or is informed by fairy tales. This includes characters who are separated from parents, who are stuck inside an animal's stomach, who are faced with bewildering choices, who are running away to or from who-knows-where, who are confused in the forest-lost in any sense, and in any form of writing. Please send poetry, fiction, essays, drama, creative nonfiction, comics, illustration, etc. The submission period is open until we announce it is closed, likely around July 31st. We will consider only previously unpublished work and new translations. Please submit work to as word, .doc, .rtf, or .pdf files.

For an upcoming issue, Creative Nonfiction ( is seeking new essays about true crime--detailed reports of premeditation, follow-through and aftermath, whether gleaned from police blotters or the news, passed down as small-town legend or family lore, or committed in cold blood. We want true stories of petty theft, identity theft, embezzlement or first-degree murder; of jaywalking, selling (or maybe buying) drugs or assault; of crimes and punishments and unsolved mysteries. Think "The Devil in the White City" (Larson), "In Cold Blood" (Capote) and "Iphigenia in Forest Hills" (Malcolm); or "Half a Life" (Strauss), "Lucky (Sebold) and "The Night of the Gun" (Carr). If it's against the law and someone--maybe even you!--did it anyway, we want to know all about it. We're looking for well-written prose, rich with detail and a distinctive voice. Essays can be serious, humorous or somewhere in between. Creative Nonfiction editors will award $1000 for Best Essay. Essays must be unpublished, 4,000 words maximum, and postmarked by September 30, 2011.

Themed heroic fiction contest: CHALLENGE! STEALTH. Rogue Blade Entertainment's 2nd annual writing competition fundraiser ( Stories should be based upon the cover art and title of the anthology, should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words, should be submitted via email as RTF files to, will cost $10.00 per submission and paid via PayPal invoice, and will be judged upon 2 criteria: how well each delivers quality heroic adventure, and how well each uses the cover art and book title for inspiration. The Top 12 winners will be published in the CHALLENGE! STEALTH anthology, and the Top 3 winners will receive cash prizes of $75/50/25. Additional information found:

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