Call for Submissions: UCWbL Flash Fiction Contest

In honor of National Day on Writing, the University Center for Writing-based Learning welcomes DePaul students, alumni, faculty, and staff to submit their best flash fiction!

The National Day on Writing (October 20), an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, is built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration. – NCTE,

Contest Rules:
-Writers must be a DePaul student, alumni, faculty or staff
-Must be an original, unpublished story
-Maximum word count of 350 (Less can be more!)
-Due by Oct. 21 at 11:59 PM CST

Top 3 stories will be published on UCWbL blog, UCWbLing, & 1st place will win a $25 gift card to the DePaul bookstore!

They invite you to submit your work at

Call for Submissions: Oakland Arts Review

Oakland Arts Review is now seeking undergraduate voices to submit to their Spring 2020 issue.

OAR is an international undergraduate literary journal based out of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA. The mission of the journal is to showcase undergraduate voices, and OAR believes it is important to hear from as many students as they can. They accept poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, & art by undergraduates.

Submissions are free and the deadline is December 1. Submit here.

Call for Submissions: Spokane Prize for Short Fiction

Deadline: June 30, 2019
Entry Fee: $28
Cash Prize: $2,000
E-mail address:
A prize of $2,000 and publication by Willow Springs Books is given annually for a short story collection. Submit a manuscript of three or more stories totaling at least 98 pages with a $27.50 entry fee by June 30. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Willow Springs Books, Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, c/o Inland Northwest Center for Writers, 668 North Riverpoint Boulevard, 2 RPT #259, Spokane, WA 99202.

Spring English Conference CFP Deadline This Sunday!

The DePaul English Department invites you to participate in our tenth annual student-run conference. The Spring English Conference will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019, in Arts & Letters Hall. The Spring English Conference is an annual daylong event in which DePaul English undergraduate and graduate students present academic and creative work. The presentations may be in (but are not limited to) the following areas:
Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Dramatic Literature, Literary Analysis, Pedagogical and Literary Theory, Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their work in front of a positive, supportive community of DePaul faculty and peers. If you have never publicly read your work before, consider this student-run conference. We look forward to making it a rewarding experience for everyone involved!

1. Submit complete papers OR creative projects (poetry collections, short fiction, novel excerpts, etc.). 300- to 500-word abstracts OR partial projects will also be considered, but are not preferred. Students may submit up to two works total: ONE creative piece and ONE work of literary study.
2. All submitted work, both creative and academic, should be 15–20 minutes when read aloud (approximately eight to ten double-spaced pages).
3. Please attach submissions as separate Word or .pdf files within the same email and send to with the subject heading “Spring English Conference Submission.”
4. Do NOT put your name or any identifying information anywhere on the submission(s). Instead, enclose a cover sheet with your submissions. The cover sheet should include the following information:
Academic program: Phone Number:

5. If your submission is selected for the Spring English Conference, you must be available to present it between 10-5pm on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Arts & Letters Hall, 2315 N. Kenmore Ave.

6. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 14th, 2019.
Works accepted for the conference will be grouped into panels according to genre and/or theme, and a 15-minute Q&A 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 participants to stay for the duration of the conference and attend the mid-day keynote. NOTE: Please be available for the duration of the conference. Organizers will not be able to accommodate all students’ individual schedule conflicts!
Send submissions or any questions to We look forward to reading your work!