2020 Calls for Themed Submissions: Poetry and Prose

All categories without themes are always open as well.

 

Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Narrative Poetry, all forms and styles.
2020 Theme: “A Long Obedience”

50 lines maximum, not including title and by-line.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 10 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Narrative Poetry, all forms and styles.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open January 1.                    Submissions close March 31.

Deadline extended: Submissions close June 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Haiku/Senryu/Tanka.
2020 theme: “Sacredness of Common things.”

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. All styles/formulas of haiku, senryu, and tanka are welcome. Submit a maximum of 100 lines contained in one document. Number the individual poems. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Haiku/Senryu/Tanka.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open April 1.                    Submissions close June 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Haibun/Tanka Prose.
2020 theme: “Sacredness of Common things.”

35 prose lines maximum for each individual work.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Haibun/Tanka Prose.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open April 1.                    Submissions close June 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Elegy.
2020 Theme: “Public Servant”/Alternate theme: “Cultural Icon”

100 lines maximum, not including title and by-line.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Personal, impersonal, and pastoral elegies in all forms and styles are welcome. Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Elegy.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open July 1.                    Submissions close September 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Dramatic Monologue in blank verse.
2020 Theme: “Poor Excuses.”

75 lines maximum, not including title and by-line.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Dramatic Monologue.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open January 1.                    Submissions close June 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Prose Poetry.
2020 Theme: “A Lover’s Complaint”

1000 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Interpret the theme in its broadest sense. Submit up to 3 separate pieces in one document file. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Submissions in this category must be in the .docx file format. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and includes a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Prose Poetry.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open October 1.                    Submissions close December 31.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Fiction/Micro-Flash.
2020 theme: “Aubade”

50 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 10 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Micro Flash.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open January 1.                    Submissions close March 31.

Deadline extended: Submissions close June 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Fiction/Super-Flash.  
2020 Theme: “Nocturne”

100 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 5 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction/Super-Flash.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open April 1.                    Submissions close June 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Fiction/Half Flash.  
2020 Theme: “Epiphany”

400 words minimum, 500 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 4 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction/Half Flash.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open July 1.                    Submissions close September 30.

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Annual Call for Themed Submissions: Flash Fiction/Double Flash (Short-short Story)
2020 Theme: “Naturalism: Tranche de Vie.”

2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 2 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Flash Fiction/Double Flash/Naturalism.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open October 1.                    Submissions close December 31.

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Annual Call for Submissions: Experimental Discourse to 2000 words
2020 Theme: “Tranche de Vie.”

2000 words minimum, 2100 words maximum, not including title and by-line.

Submit up to 2 separate pieces in one document. Start each piece on a new page. Follow other general guidelines that may apply. Use a cover letter that contains all contact information and include a professional biography in third person of up to 50 words. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with the understanding that notice to O:JA&L will be prompt if a piece is accepted elsewhere. To ensure processing by the correct editors, the subject line or cover letter should include the words “Annual Call for Submissions: Experimental Fiction to 2000 words.”

No reading fees apply. “Expedited” consideration is available for a fee.

Submissions open October 1.                    Submissions close December 31.

SUBMIT

 

Image: Achelous and Hercules by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975). Tempera and oil on canvas mounted on plywood. 62.8 x 264.1 inches. 1947. Public domain.