Sunday, December 16, 2007


Two weeks until the end of the year – that calendar deadline. I've already peeked into 2008 and begun. The new year is taking its usual shape: appointments; obligations; milestones; plans, big and small. What is left are those unknowns, those unprecedented occurrences and hoped-for events that will define the year.

Consider these upcoming deadlines, some noted previously, others new. Perhaps include them in your plans.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REVIEW, (formerly known as the Southern California Anthology) now published biannually by USC’s Master of Professional Writing program, invites submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, stageplays, and screenplays from new, emerging, and established authors.

The deadline for their annual fiction and poetry prizes is December 31; entry fee is $10. For guidelines and entry forms, visit

The deadline for BURNSIDE REVIEW's fiction contest, judged by Aimee Bender and noted last month on this blog, approaches. Manuscripts should be received by December 31st. Complete guidelines available at

THE ORANGE COAST REVIEW is currently seeking fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry for its Spring 2008 issue. Hailed by the OC Weekly as an "extremely well-edited, handsome little volume" featuring "refreshingly diverse" stories and "uncommonly expressive" art, the Orange Coast Review is a portable salon, a celebration of creative diversity.

Please send submissions as Microsoft Word attachments to

Deadline: January 1, 2008.

What does place mean to you? you are here, the journal of creative geography, is published by graduate students in the Department of Geography & Regional Development at the University of Arizona. The journal is an independent, annual publication that seeks to explore the concept of place through articles, fiction, poetry, essays, maps, photographs, and artwork.

Deadline: January 20, 2008.

For guidelines and more information: check out their website:

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