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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Unusual Calls for Submissions

REBIRTH ISSUE Last issue’s themed was The Apocalypse. Our purpose was to examine the meaning of the word in relation to what is happening in the world today. We received many magnificent submissions. For the Spring 2012 issue we are extending that idea to include the aftermath that occurs after this great change. Entitled the Rebirth Issue, it will explore the rebuilding of the material, mental and literary landscape. The DEADLINE for submissions for the Spring 2012 Rio Grande Review issue is Friday February 10th 2012. Submission Guidelines: Rio Grande Review is a Bilingual Journal and accepts submissions in both English and Spanish. Only 3 submissions per person. We accept POETRY, SHORT STORIES, NONFICTION, and ORIGINAL ARTWORK. SHORT STORIES, NONFICTION should be no longer than 4,000 words. Please include a brief biography with your submission (1-4 sentences maximum). We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Please attach a Word document and send to rgreditors(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

CALLING ALL AMERICAN AND SWEDISH WRITERS! Rufous Press will publish an anthology of contemporary writers from the United States and Sweden. The book will be available worldwide as a paperback. It will be called Over Yonder.We editors believe that there are many interesting parallels and differences between these countries. Americans do not need to have Swedish ancestry to participate in the project, of course. We are looking for poetry, short stories and flash fiction. There is no particular theme, despite the Swedish/American focus. Yet, we are looking for work that is chiselled, concise and vibrant. All texts should be written in English. The deadline is 30 January 2012. How to Submit: Poetry: 1-3 pieces in the body of an email. Visual poetry or images with integrated poems should be in black and white and in the jpg. format. Short short stories or short stories: 1 piece as a Word/Works attachment. Include your full name and a short bio (10-60 words) in the third person. Mark the email as “American/Swedish” and indicate whether you are submitting poetry or fiction. We do not consider previously published material or simultaneous submissions. All rights remain with the creators. However, Rufous Salon and Rufous Press will claim the rights to archive links to the publication. We will not read submissions that do not follow these guidelines! Please send your submission to: journal(at) (replace (at) with @ in sending e-mail)

FLASH CONTEST: Each month Switchback provides a prompt and we want you to send us your best work inspired by that prompt. The winning entry as decided by our editors will be featured on Switchback. Contest submissions can be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or even art but must be 500 words or under. Please send us only one submission per prompt and only previously unpublished works. We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere. Make sure your name DOES NOT appear on the submission itself. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on the last day of the month. The January prompt is: "No, that's not funny." LITERARY REVIEWS: Switchback publishes reviews of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We greatly prefer reviews of lesser reviewed books or works from small presses published within the last two years. Reviews should be unpublished and run between 500-1500 words. In your cover letter please specify to which genre editor the review should be directed.Switchback is a publication of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program of the University of San Francisco. For more information visit Switchback online at

Silver Boomer Books has extended their reading period for submissions to On Our Own, an anthology about the widowhood experience, to March 31, 2012. Either prose or poetry is welcome. All aspects of widowhood are acceptable; we’d be especially interested in essays or poetry about how widows/widowers have become “survivors” and learned to live “on their own.” Please visit our website at and click on Call for Submissions for more information.

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