One Extended Deadline and Two New Calls for Submissions

The deadline for the Old Dominion University Norton Girault Literary Prize 2012 has been extended to March 9th, 2012!  Complete details and guidelines can be found here:, but the main facts are:

  • This year’s competition is in fiction
  • Send your best story of up to 25 pages
  • Cost is $25 per entry
  • Entries will be judged by author Cristina Garcia
  • Winning entry gets $1000 and will be published in the ODU M.F.A. Creative Writing program literary journal Barely South Review

See guidelines at the link above to submit online or through the mail, or come see ODU and the Barely South Review at AWP in Chicago this year, drop off your entry in person, and chat with staff about the journal and your possible future appearance in it!  You can find them at M19 at the bookfair.


The next round of Glimmer Train‘s SHORT STORY AWARD for NEW WRITERS is accepting submissions now, and the deadline is February 29th, 2012.

Prizes include:

  • 1st place prize has been increased to $1,500 and, of course, includes publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies
  • 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
  • 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.

Other considerations: Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.

Reading fee is $15 per story.

Results post on April 30th. Winning story will be published in Issue 87. Visit for details.


Chicago Theatre Off Book is looking for short submissions from budding playwrights and screenwriters. Off Book is a weekly radio podcast; the show’s format features a review roundup, an interview with a small theatre company and an interview with a large theatre company.  Off Book breaks up the three segments with two one-minute audio plays serving as commercials. This “Got A Minute?” feature is an opportunity for local playwrights to get their work produced. You can listen to a special edition that featured back to back “Got A Minute?” features on their website.

Currently, Off Book is not able to offer financial compensation but they do provide a writer’s credit, and hope that this opportunity to have work produced will entice students to submit potential one minute plays to their show.


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