Call for Submissions: The London Reader

Open Call: Stories of Inequality and Struggle
Deadline February 5, 2020

The ‘20s have arrived with a roar. Another global recession looms before many have even recovered from the last. Millionaires flaunt their wealth on Instagram while delivery drivers work from apps on multiple smartphones to afford the increasing rent on their shared room. Housing, education, and everything except technology has grown more expensive while wages have flatlined. Austerity has led to more urban rough-sleepers as billionaires leave luxury flats empty for their investment portfolios. The gap between the rich and the poor has grown the widest it’s ever been since the 1920s, and everywhere there’s the feeling: this cannot last.

The London Reader is looking for short stories, minifiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art that reveals the human stories behind inequality (in all its forms: between classes in cities, between generations in communities, between rural and urban regions, and between countries), poverty, end-of-an-era (fin de siècle) decadence, billionaire indifference, millennial survival, any form of wealth gap, and other experiences of living poor on the growing bottom rung.

Submissions to this issue can include:
• A sleepless gig-economy employee stretches themselves thin to pay for their second degree.
• Two women suffer as their flatmate turns her room into a holiday destination rental.
• A street musician has mastered urban survival strategies for the under-employed.
• A narrator contrasts the characters of a stock-broker and a rough-sleeper on the same street corner.
• An unpaid internship requires applicants to jump through absurd hoops.
• Poor doors in posh buildings divide characters who hear but never see their neighbours at the same address.
• Rioters loot a luxury home and are aghast at what they find.
• A migrant from a low-income area moves to a megacity looking for work while a migrant from a megacity working online moves to a low-income area to afford living expenses.
• A retiree struggles returning to minimum wage work but finds commonality with their teenage coworkers.
• A delivery driver living in their van tries to balance their dating life and work life.
• A posh couple at a roaring-twenties-themed party in the California hills flees an encroaching wildfire but ends up stuck in traffic.
• An online influencer hides their fake wealth with their front-facing camera.
• An indebted millennial’s only retirement plan is an apocalyptic feeling the economy will collapse.
• Any other personal or human stories that explore low-income struggles or the gaps of inequality.

What to submit: Creative works can be stand-alone pieces or collections, but should be fewer than 5,000 words. Multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, and reprints are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or a single page.

How to submit: The London Reader Submission Portal for this issue at http://bit.ly/LRinequality
If you have any questions or difficulty submitting, email coordinator@LondonReader.uk.

The deadline for submission on this theme is February 5, 2020.

Call for Submissions: Furrow

Furrow is now accepting submissions for their 2020 issue! Top submissions in each category can win $100.

The magazine accepts submissions from Dec. 1, 2019 to Feb. 20, 2020. Selection is highly competitive, so they request submissions of your best, most polished work.
Furrow accepts unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and comics by undergraduate students. Each student may submit up to one story (5,000 words), one essay (5,000 words), 5 poems, 5 artworks, or up to ten pages of comics. Details about file types and sizes are at the links below.

To be eligible for publication in their next issue (May 2020), you must be enrolled as an undergraduate at any U.S. college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year. Furrow will notify you by mid-April with their decisions.

To submit your work for free via Submittable.com, visit their submissions page or go to https://furrowmagazine.submittable.com.

Call for Submissions: Sonora Review

Sonora Review is still open to contest and non-contest submissions for Issue 77 until November 15th!

Sonora Review is run entirely by graduate students in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. They are among the oldest student-run literary journals in the country, and SR has been devoted since its founding in 1980 to offering a venue for exciting new and emerging authors, as well as prominent writers and artists.

Guidelines:

The call for submissions is two-fold (see their call page for more info).
1. Nonfiction and flash contest submissions on the theme of ENCOUNTER ($15 entry fee)
2. Non-contest submissions in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and flash prose ($4-$5 entry fee)
SUBMIT HERE.
[Please remember to follow general submission guidelines.]

Contest Prizes:
$1000 and publication in Issue 77 of Sonora Review will be awarded for each winner of the Nonfiction and Flash Prose contests.

Contest Judges:
Lucy Corin – Flash Prose Contest
Rae Paris – Nonfiction Contest

For further information:
editors@sonorareview.com

Call for Submissions: Boulevard Magazine

Boulevard magazine is now open for general submissions and their fiction contest!

The deadline for the fiction contest, which includes a $1500 + publication, is December 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST, but don’t wait until Christmas to start writing.

General submissions are open through May 1, 2020. 

View Boulevard’s website for information on submission guidelines and more.

Call for Submissions: Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

The Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium is now open for submissions!

This will be a new annual two-day event at Johns Hopkins main campus in Baltimore, Maryland and it will offer students across the country the chance to disseminate their humanities research on a national scale. The event will be this spring, April 3rd and 4th, 2020 and the application portal is now open.

This symposium is open to undergraduate students from any two-year or four-year college or university who would like to present their original scholarship in the humanities. The university hopes to have 400 participants this year and will also be offering a select number of travel grants to help students afford participation. In addition to the multiple panels of student papers and presentations (including original creative works), they will also have a wonderful keynote delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anthony Doerr and multiple professional development panels featuring graduate students and faculty in Johns Hopkins’ humanities departments and centers. Students studying all areas of the humanities are welcome to attend.

Those interested can learn more at the conference site.

Call for Submissions: Thin Air Magzine

Thin Air, a MFA run literary journal at Northern Arizona University, is now accepting work for their online and printed publications through Submittable. Their print issue– published annually each spring– will accept submissions until December 1, 2019. Their website, Thin Air Online, accepts and publishes work year round.

The submission guidelines and portal are here.