Calls for Submissions from Chicago Writer’s Association & Emanations Anthology

The next quarterly edition of the Chicago Writers Association‘s online magazine, The Write City, is due out next month and all are invited to submit short stories, poetry, features, journal entries, interviews, bios, or anything else, even if you are not a member of the CWA.

The Write City Magazine is available via the CWA website for everyone to read (not limited to members), so your work will get a wide readership.

Deadline: Saturday, February 14th. Please submit your work via email to Juli Schatz at


Editorial Board of International Authors has announced a call for submissions for Emanations: Second Sight. Emanations is an anthology series featuring fiction, poetry, essays, manifestos and reviews. The emphasis is on alternative narrative structures, new epistemologies, peculiar settings, esoteric themes, sharp breaks from reality, ecstatic revelations, and vivid and abundant hallucinations.

The editors are interested in recognizable genres—science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, local color, romance, realism, surrealism, postmodernism–but the idea is to make something new, and along these lines the illusion of something new can be just as important. If a story or poem makes someone say, “Yes, but what is it?” then it’s right for Emanations. Essays should be exuberant, daring, and free of pedantry. Length is a consideration in making publication decisions, but in keeping with the spirit of the project contributors should consider length to be “open.”

The editorial vision is evolving; contributors should see themselves as actively shaping the “vision” of Emanations.

Send files with brief cover note to Carter Kaplan: at

Deadline: April 2nd, 2012

Emanations is a not-for-profit literary project and contributors cannot be compensated at this time. All proceeds from the sale of Emanations will support the efforts of International Authors to publish new voices from around the world.

Please post questions, suggestions and ideas. The project is a collaborative effort, and as we share ideas the “vision” transforms, evolves, and grows. When we write stories and poems we hope to bring to bear the entire battery of modern and postmodern literary devices. More simply: we like good, strong writing. Our essays are incisive, precise, keen, challenging, and driven by the writer’s desire to advance an intelligent audience’s understanding of important subjects.

The Fine Print:

  1. Submit files as follows: double space, Microsoft Word, Times New Roman 12 pt. The book will be formatted by the editors before publication.
  2. No simultaneous submissions (contributors should get fairly quick feedback anyway, especially if their submission meets our needs). Material that is obviously pulled from a file and has nothing to do with the goals of the anthology won’t get any feedback beyond the initial acknowledgement.
  3. Word count/line count? See details above. We’re flexible, but contributors should be sensible when considering what they send in. A novella? Well, maybe, and so on…. Rules of thumb: a) Stories: very short to 20-30 pages. b) Poems: send in 5-10 pages. c) Essays: 5-10-30 pages.
  4. Published as hard copy only—Emanations will be available on Amazon. Participants who make a substantial contribution of material, editorial work, or art will get a copy. It can take some time to get copies to contributors outside of North America. In the case of our first anthology, for example, it took forty-five days to get a copy to a contributor in to Nepal.
  5. In the past, International Authors has made it possible for contributors to purchases copies “at cost” using coupon codes, and so on. International Authors is a consortium, and as such every contributor is a “member” or our community, and contributors are encouraged to help promote the anthology by sending review copies to newspapers, journals and relevant Web sites.
  6. Copyright “reverts” to contributors upon publication. That is, after a piece appears in Emanations, the contributor can seek to publish their piece elsewhere. Contributors should understand that Emanations will remain for sale on Amazon indefinitely.


Emanations is published by International Authors. More information on the call for submissions can be found at


EGSA Spring Conference Call for Submissions & More

Today we are happy to announce the 3rd Annual English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Spring Conference and its call for papers. This isn’t your ordinary conference announcement and call for papers; the EGSA Spring Conference is held each year at DePaul, organized by DePaul English graduate students involved in EGSA, and features DePaul students as panelists and presenters. Read the following announcement from EGSA to get all the details:

EGSA is pleased to announce its third spring student conference, to be held in the late afternoon and early evening of April 13th at the Arts and Letters Hall on the Lincoln Park Campus. All students in the graduate English program are invited to submit academic papers and creative work for presentation to fellow graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty. This event is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to showcase their work, prepare for PhD programs and publication, and promote fellowship and intellectual exchange.

We invite submissions for panel sessions in the following categories:

  • Poetry
  • Short Story or Excerpt from Long Fiction
  • Literary Nonfiction (magazine writing, memoir, literary essay, humor/satire, travel writing, science writing, etc.)
  • Literary Analysis/Critical Approaches
  • Pedagogical and Literary Theory
  • Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices

Poetry submissions should be a selection of poems that can be introduced and presented in no more than 12 minutes. All other submissions will be presented, in full or in abbreviated form, in 15-minute time slots (a 15-minute paper is about eight double-spaced typed pages). Works accepted for the conference will be grouped into panels according to genre and/or theme, and a 15-minute question and answer session will conclude each panel. All works submitted must be original, and we encourage writers to submit recent work.

In the spirit of academic fellowship, we encourage all attendees to stay for the duration of the conference and to celebrate at the reception following.

Please email your submissions to The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 19th. All of those who submit will be notified of acceptance decisions no later than Monday, April 2nd.

Guidelines for Paper Submissions

  • Each writer must include an official submission form, which you can access in the email that will be sent out shortly.  Download and fill out the form, and save as a MS Word document. When submitting your work, attach both the submission form and the work(s) as discrete documents in an email to, using the subject line “EGSA Conference 2012 Submission”.
  • DO NOT include your name or any other identifying information on the work you plan to submit. Insert your 7-digit DePaul student ID in a header that appears in the upper-left corner of every page. Include a page number in the upper-right corner of every page.
  • You may submit up to 2 works, and these may be in the same category. And although both submissions may be accepted, this is not guaranteed.
  • For poetry submissions, put each poem on a separate page.

All current English graduate students will receive an email shortly containing these instructions as well as the submission form. If you do not receive this email or have trouble opening the attachments, please contact Maria at Questions about the conference itself and/or submission procedure should be directed to


And, if you need a little break from all the work you’ll be doing on your conference submissions, EGSA has that covered, too.

“On February 17th, EGSA will be hosting a movie night in Room 203 in Arts and Letters Hall. They will be showing Midnight in Paris. In case you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an extremely charming movie, directed by Woody Allen, about an American writer whose midnight strolls around Paris take some unexpected turns. If you’ve seen it before, it’s definitely worth a second viewing. The movie will start at 7pm, and some refreshments will be served. All are invited, and should feel free to bring friends along!

Here are the details one more time:

Midnight in Paris
Friday, February 17 at 7pm
Arts and Letters Hall, room 203

Hope to see you there!”


Students who are considering applying to an MFA program now have another school to add to their list of places to research. The University of Central Arkansas will be launching its brand new studio MFA program this fall. Here are the details:

“We are starting a brand new studio MFA program in creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Fall 2012, so for any BA, BFA or MA students in creative writing looking for a progressive and intensive graduate program, this information might be of interest. Our application period is open until March 15, so there is still plenty of time to apply. Assistantships are available and class sizes will be small. The program will train students in publishing and pedagogy and poise them for an increasingly global job market where creative imaginations are in demand. We are located just outside of Little Rock, we’re near two beautiful mountain ranges (the Ozarks and the Ouachitas), and we have a growing and exciting literary arts culture. For more information, please go to or write our program director Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice at”

“Absurdity and the Everyday”

Absurdity and the Everyday
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
May 17-18, 2011

The University of Washington’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference invites papers for its 2011 session: “Absurdity and the Everyday.” Given Jonathan Lee’s recent documentary on Paul Goodman and his nearly forgotten work Growing Up Absurd, we might consider the relevance of absurdity today. “Growing up absurd” serves well as an alternative way to think of this year’s theme (a phrase Arthur Danto borrowed to describe the late sculptor Eva Hesse): Does the age of reproducibility and the technology revolution leave room for the absurd, or is absurdity merely the measure of our daily existence?

This year’s conference hopes to expand the conversation on how the absurd operates in the everyday world—or perhaps how the everyday operates in the absurd world. The recent Marina Abramović retrospective at Museum of Modern Art allowed viewers to participate in the artwork by sitting and looking. Do these perfunctory gestures transform artworks into everyday experiences, or do artworks transform everyday experiences into absurdity, spectacle, or the ridiculous? How have advances in technology, urban environments, and new media (re)constructed the absurd in our everyday lives? How has the absurd changed from modernism to postmodernism? If the absurdist plays of Gao Xingjian show how the posthumanist “self” opens new possibilities for action, does the absurd offer positive outcomes for life in the twenty-first century? We look forward to answers and more questions through presentations from the arts, humanities, and sciences. Papers are welcome; other media are encouraged.

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Bean (UW, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies)

Conference Dates: May 17th-18th

Abstract Deadline (500 words): March 7th

Send Abstracts to:

Topics of exploration may include but are not limited to:

Absurd mediations/mediating the absurd
Absurd Cinema
(De)constructing the Everyday
Digital absurdities
End of Modernity, The
Everyday cyborgs/mindware/props
Everyday Inversions
Everyday Spaces, Everyday Times
Genres of the absurd
Growing Up Absurd
Intellectual history of absurdity
Laughter and Jokes
Ontology and the everyday
Performing the Absurd/Absurd Performances Psychedelic, the Questions Concerning Technology and the Everyday Romance and Absurdity Surrealism, Dadaism, Futurism Substitutability Textual Absurdities Theater of the Absurd Theater of Cruelty Things Absurd and Everyday

Call for Papers: Graduate Renaissance Conference

The Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce:

Call for Papers for the 2011 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2010

Conference dates: January 27-29, 2011

PDF flyer printable in color or black-and-white. Please distribute and post.

We invite abstracts for 15-minute papers from master’s or Ph.D. students on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe or the Mediterranean or Atlantic worlds. We encourage submissions from disciplines as varied as the literature of any language, history, classics, art history, music, comparative literature, theater arts, philosophy, religious studies, transatlantic studies, disability studies, and manuscript studies. We also hope to include at least one panel of papers dealing with the digital humanities.

Priority is given to students from member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium.


Faculty and graduate students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium schools are eligible to apply for travel funding to attend Center for Renaissance Studies programs or to do research at the Newberry Library. Contact your school’s faculty representative for details: The Center’s main web page is:

Call for Submissions: 2010 Prose Awards for Non-Fiction and Short Fiction

The Guild Literary Complex is proud to announce a call for non-fiction and short fiction submissions for its annual Prose Awards. Every Fall the Guild showcases emerging and established short fiction and non-fiction writers with a judged competition, recognition event and two cash prizes of $500. This year’s guest judges will be Susan Messer (non-fiction) and Bayo Ojikutu (fiction). The winner from each category will read his/her work and receive the prize at the Prose Awards recognition event on November 10th, 2010 at the California Clipper, 1002 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL, 8:30 pm (21 and over venue). Writers of any experience – from published authors to MFA students to self-taught – are invited to submit. We’ll even offer coaching if you want to practice your reading (see FAQs below).

Poets must be 21 years of age or older and a resident of Illinois by November 10th. A submission fee of $5 is required. See below for full submission guidelines and FAQs. (Following these instructions are the only way to make sure your submission receives the best possible consideration.) Good luck!

Submission Guidelines

One piece submitted per person, for EITHER the non-fiction OR the short fiction category (No exceptions please – if you send us more than one piece, we won’t be able to consider any.) Non-fiction submissions may not exceed 5,000 words; Short Fiction submissions may not exceed 1,000 words (please include a word count on the upper right corner of the first page). Other requirements:

• Must be previously unpublished
• Must be original work from the writer.
• Must be typed in legible 12-pt font
• Must include the $5 submission fee. Submissions without the submission fee will not be considered. Click the “DONATE NOW!” button on the left to pay your entrance fee through PayPal.
• Must be able to be read by you, the evening of November 10th
• You must be at least 21 years old and a resident of Illinois by November 10th, 2010 (to be eligible to receive the cash prize and to attend the recognition event at the 21-and-over venue)

Where to submit it

EITHER by mail OR by email…


Guild Complex
P.O. Box 478880
Chicago, IL 60647-9998
Attn: Prose Awards

For mailed submissions: please put your full name, street address, email address, telephone number, category (fiction or non-fiction) and name of submitted piece on a separate cover sheet. No identifying info should appear on the pages of the piece itself. Please DO NOT send any materials directly to the California Clipper. The Clipper is only our home for that night; any submissions delivered there will not be considered.


For email submissions: please include your full name, street address, email address, telephone number, category (fiction or non-fiction) and name of the piece in the body of the email, and attach your piece as a simple Word document or pdf. No identifying info should appear on the pages of the piece itself.

Whether sending your submission by mail or email, don’t forget to send your $5 submission fee via the “DONATE NOW!” button at

3. When to submit

EITHER postmarked OR in our email inbox no later than Friday, October 22, 2010. Submissions may not be made in person. We’ll send you an acknowledgement email the following week to let you know your submission arrived and has met the guidelines. Then we’ll announce the winner of each category by Wednesday, November 3, 2010. And again, the two winners will read their pieces and receive their prize at the recognition event Wednesday November 10th.

Again those key dates are:

•Friday, October 22: last chance to EITHER postmark OR email your submission, along with $5 fee through
•Wednesday, November 3: Winners are announced and notified.
•Wednesday, November 10: Recognition event at the California Clipper, 1002 N. California Ave, Chicago, IL, 8:30 p.m. (21 and over venue)


What if I don’t like reading my own work in public? Can someone else do it?

We’re sorry, no. Like a lot of events with the Guild Complex, we want this to feature great writers, not just great writing. So we want to hear your voice. However, winners who would like to practice or get feedback on their reading style before the recognition event will have the opportunity to get coaching from a performer in the Guild Complex’s Poetry Performance Incubator. Just indicate your interest in coaching when you submit.

I have a (wedding/job/date/etc.) on November 10th. Can I leave the recognition event early/come late?

We ask you to be available for the full event, to enjoy the recognition and hear great work by one of your writing peers.

Why does the Guild require a submission fee? I’m not a rich writer.

We understand. However, the $5 submission fee helps offset part of the Guild’s costs for this event and its two cash awards. That allows us to keep doing events like this in the future.

Do I have to pay my submission fee by PayPal?

Sorry, yes. At this time our limited staff support makes this the best way to process entries quickly and accurately.

Should my work focus on a particular theme or style besides fiction/non-fiction?

No, just send us an example of your best work. We look forward to reading it.

More questions? Email

Thanks and good luck!

The Guild Complex