Opportunities: August 2019

A curated roundup for August 2019 of submission opportunities for short stories, poetry, and non-fiction writing.

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August is upon us and brings with it the start of shorter days, the cooler temperatures and the onset of Autumn. August also holds something that resonates with many a Thanet-linked writer: Broadstairs Folk Week—a local week-long festival of art, culture, and diversity, right on our doorstop and definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been before. I’ll be handing the Roundup this month, and I’ve found a selection of interesting and different opportunities for you to look at.

Before we dive in, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Thanet Writers are open for submissions of Poetry, Short Stories, Essays and Book Reviews. Previously published material is accepted and £10 is paid for each accepted submission. The only criteria is that the writer has a connection to Thanet. You can submit here. If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, register and apply for verification first, then get submitting.

I’ve not done a significant amount of submitting in my writing career so far, but I have recently started taking that part of writing more seriously. I’ve begun creating content for the purpose of submitting rather than using what I have already and hoping it fits the criteria. That’s largely because of the inspiration that these Roundups have provided me. When looking for this month’s Roundup, as well as picking different or interesting opportunities I chose things that would be good to put on your writing CV.

Short Stories

The first one I’ve picked is Negative Capability Press. They’re an American Not-For-Profit indie press that has managed to put together an impressive catalogue of publications. They are currently open for submissions for their short story competition. What drew me to this competition is that it’s a 100-word maximum. This is a great opportunity to practice and refine minimalist craft, something which is incredibly beneficial to the honing of writing. If you’re new to submitting work for publication, that in and of itself is a good reason to submit, but the top three stories will receive $100, $30 and $20 prizes for first, second and third respectively, plus publication on their website. Five honourable mentions will also be published. There is a $3 submission fee but if you place third, you’re getting paid 17 cents per word, which isn’t a bad rate of pay. The competition is open until the end of the month. All in all, I think this one’s definitely worth a look.

Chaleur Magazine are currently accepting submissions for their Summer 2019 print edition. Writers have until September 5th 2019 to write a 2000-word story on the theme of ‘Bedtime Stories for the Future’s Children.’ According to Chaleur Magazine, the theme “is inspired by children’s bedtime stories, the comfort and wonder a journey to fantastical realms can bring.” There are multiple ways that you can go with the theme and really explore your creativity, but bear in mind they are specifically looking for stories that “speak warmth and protection.” It has a $5 submission fee but if you are selected for publication you will be printed in their quarterly magazine as well as paid at least $25. Not only is this a paid opportunity, but being printed in a physical, high quality magazine can be a great boost to any writer’s career.

Poetry

The first poetry opportunity I have selected is Sijo—an international journal of poetry and song who are currently open for submissions for their January 2020 issue. While their journal is formed around the sijo form of poetry, they’re also publishing poetry that departs away from this traditional form and into more experimental work. It’s a good skill for writers to have to be able to take something traditional and create something unique and personal from that, I feel. It’s free to enter, open until November 30th 2019, and they accept work that is previously published as well. If your poetry is accepted for publication you will receive a complimentary copy of the journal.

Claw and Blossom are looking for poetry submissions for their September Equinox issue, with the theme being ‘Fierce.’ Their publications have a focus on the natural world and submissions must contain an element of this. They are also more leaning towards free verse over the more traditional forms of poetry. It’s a really interesting set of guidelines to test your poetic skills, with submissions open until September 9th 2019. It is an online-only magazine, but it is free to submit and they pay $25 for accepted submissions.

Non-Fiction

For the non-fiction selection this month I’ve chosen True Crime Magazine, one of the biggest publications for True Crime in the business. If the darker side of reality is your forte, then this is definitely a fantastic opportunity. Like the majority of non-fiction, you don’t submit a finished product to the publication. Instead, you pitch them an idea. True Crime Magazine are looking for articles about your research that maybe sheds new light on the subject or provides a new interpretation of the evidence. Few writers get the chance to be published in a magazine of such calibre and readership, so it would be a great accolade to have a byline within its pages.

Highlight

For August’s highlight I’ve chosen the Paris Review. A well-established and prestigious literary magazine, the Paris Review has published numerous authors who have gone on to have successful and awarded careers, such as Philip Roth, T.C. Boyle, and Jack Kerouac. As with most publications, look through editions that they have previously published to see the kind of material that they are interested in. This is important generally but with a publication of this magnitude there is no point even thinking about submitting until you’ve read what they are currently and have been publishing.

Unlike most places, the Paris Review does not accept electronic submissions at all. You have to send your work through the mail. Also, you can’t send in more than one short story, one non-fiction piece, or six poems at a time. Full details and submission guidelines can be found here.

Submissions are free, if you ignore the postage to New York, and the Paris Review pay if you’re accepted. While they don’t say how much on their website, I’ve found sources that suggest it’s up to $1,000. With something like this, however, the money is almost the consolation prize. Being able to add publication by something like the Paris Review to your writing CV will open doors and avenues for you and could be a great way to start off a very successful career.

David Chitty was born and raised in Thanet in the 90s. He devotes most of his energies to writing fantasy fiction novels.

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