Calls for Submissions

18 Sep

Just finished that manuscript or poem and can’t wait to send it off? Then we’ve got some great news. Below are some of the latest open submission calls for Fall 2015. Get ready!

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Highland Press Publishing

In addition to our historical novels, we’ve published numerous award winning anthologies, awesome contemporary and mystery novels, heart-inspiring Christian novels, young adult fantasies, our first ‘must have’ non-fiction writer’s reference book, our first young adult inspirational, and even a children’s illustrated book. Our newest venture is ‘boxed sets’ that are so well-received online. The area we’re really hard to build up right now is our Christian/Inspirational/family line. Think Hallmark Hall of Fame, Karen Kingsbury, Janette Oke, Little House on the Prairie, Touched By An Angel, etc. Accepting full manuscripts for adults or young adult lines. Please go to our open submissions page for more info on word count, guidelines and deadlines.

Cookbook Love – A Place for Vintage Cookbook and Recipe Lovers

Cookbook Love Family Memories Writing Contest and Anthology. In honor of all of you who love to share your memories about kitchens and cooking past, we are putting together a book. Written by YOU!

100 entries will be included in the book. Winners will be based on how well you pull us into the scene as you describe it. So be as descriptive as you can, incorporate your emotions, involve the senses, and generally offer us some good writing.

Gorgeous, full color books will be available shortly after Thanksgiving. Write about a loved one and you just might be able to give them a copy of their story for Christmas! The contest ends at 11:59pm September 30, 2015. So please head over to Cookbook Love now for more info.

Backwoods Home Magazine – Practical Ideas for Self-Reliant Living

Backwoods Home Magazine is a country and self-reliance-oriented “how to” magazine that specializes in showing people how to build their own home, produce independent energy, grow their own food, and how to make a living without being tied to a city. We also cover related subjects such as health, raising animals, food preservation, country skills, home schooling, arts and crafts, recipes, and book reviews.

Our readers value their independence above all else. They want to do things for themselves, without help or interference from big government or big business. They are not looking for opinion or entertainment, but for hard facts on how to do things better. We print articles by people who are doing things. We rarely print articles by professional writers about what other people are doing. Your subject must be something you have actually done, not just researched. For more information on guidelines, submission rules and payment, go to Backwoods Home for more information. Deadline for entry is Sept. 30, 2015.

All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood

All We Can Hold is looking for a range of voices about what it means to be mother: witching-hour poems of sleeplessness, first smiles, miscarriage. The poems of broken windows and broken hearts, of first school and college days. The poems of lament and poems of fulfillment.  We hope to serve as a forum for all voices, for we all have a mother.

We are seeking poems by mothers, poems about mothers, and poems from a range of styles and voices.

All We Can Hold seeks to publish high quality poetry that embraces and wrestles with the themes of mothering. Submit up to 5 unpublished poems. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2015. Please visit the All We Can Hold submission site for more information.

Pelican Book Group Easter Lilies Special – 2015 Defining Scripture for Easter Lilies is: Song of Solomon/Songs 4:10 “How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your perfumes than any spice!” For historical or contemporary romance writers.15K to 25K word. Sept. 30, 2015 deadline.

SouthWest Writers Bimonthly Writing Contest: Blog Posts – Have a blog post that’s rec’d excellent feedback and reviews or a great post on something you’re passionate about? Any subject. 400 words max. Sept. 30, 2015 deadline.

Tiger’s Eye Press Drought Anthology – Drought Anthology Call for Submissions

Poetry anthology themed around Drought

Four small presses have joined to publish an anthology of poetry with drought as its theme. Drought is not just a lack of water, and we would like to read your idea of what drought means to you.

Theme: Drought

Working Title: The Absence of Something Specified

Submission period is brief, so send soon. 7/1/15–9/30/15

Send up to 3 poems, no restriction on length, simultaneous submissions allowed, no multiple submissions, and previously published poems allowed if you hold the rights. Send your poems in a continuous Word document, a short bio (up to 59 words), and a cover letter to

The Editors of
Fern Rock Falls, Noah’s Shoes, Uttered Chaos, & Tiger’s Eye Presses

Tethered by Letters’ Fall 2015 Literary Contest

We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner.

Winners will be announced publicly in December 2015.

Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors!

Deadline: December 1, 2015
Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry
Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems

Contact Info: Joe Reinis,

Kara writes supernatural suspense thrillers and is an ACFW Genesis 2013 Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category. BlogPhoto Resized

She’ll also keep you updated on upcoming writing contests and some of the best reads in Christian suspense.

To contact Kara, email her at or by clicking the below link:

@KaraHunt2015 on Twitter


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