KORE Press Fiction Prize and Open Submissions (Kate Bernheimer, editor of the Fairy Tale Review, is judging the prize!) — Open to female-identified writers

Kore Press: Publishing Women Since 1993

Kore Press stands with Boston. 
Kore Press is accepting manuscripts for the 2013 Short Fiction Award & Open Submissions, through April 30, 2013!

2013 Kore Press Short Fiction Judge: 

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer, American fairy-tale writer, scholar, and editor, teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” by Tin House, and is the author of four books of fiction, most recently the final novel in a trilogy, The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold. A new story collection, How a Mother Weaned a Girl from Fairy Tales, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2014. She also edits fabulist anthologies including the World Fantasy Award-winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, with her fourth anthology, xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths, forthcoming from Penguin this year. 

2013 Open Submissions Deadline: April 30
We want your manuscripts! We want to read them, and when we say read, we mean it. At Kore Press, we’ve established a long tradition of close-reading the manuscripts we receive during our Open Submissions period in order to provide honest, thoughtful, useful feedback to you, their creators. As a press dedicated to literary excellence and contemporary writing by women, we know that providing the opportunity for publication is only the first step. Writers need-and deserve-careful consideration of their work.


This is why you owe it to yourself to spend the next couple of weekend revising the words into which you’ve already poured so much of yourself. Don’t worry, we’ve extended the deadline til the end of April. This gives you plenty of time to write, revise, and write some more! The last day we can accept submissions is April 30th and our editorial panel (newly committed to responding to all submissions by end of June) anxiously awaits your work. 


“THANK YOU so much for these
carefulwise and
spot-on comments.”
open submissions writer

Great Deals for Short Fiction Writers

 The reading fee for Kore’s Short Fiction Award is  $15, but for $20, $35, or $45 through April 30, your reading fee will be covered AND you will receive 1, 3, or all 5 previous Short Fiction winners, respectively. Place your order here  

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2011 Winner:

The Death of Carrie Bradshaw 
selected by Antonya Nelson




2010 Winner:
All Sorts of Hunger by 
selected by Leslie Marmon Silko


See all Short Fiction Award winners here

Na Po Mo Deal!
 Buy Carolyn Hembree’s Skinny, Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent, Jennifer Barber’s Given Away or Reading Emily Dickinson in Icelandic by Eva Heisler, and shipping is on the house.

New Fiction Deadline: April 30, 2013 
 4,000 to 12,000 words, $15 fee

Open to female-identified writers writing in English, the 2013 Kore Press Short Fiction Award is a fantastic opportunity for new & emerging writers to have their manuscripts read by a panel of six diverse editors dedicated to contemporary writing by women. 


The winner, selected by Kate Bernheimer, receives publication by Kore Press and a $1000 prize. Full guidelines here.

Kore Press’ Open Submissions Editorial Team
We are super grateful to have such talented and generous writers, dedicated to helping other women writers, on the Kore editorial team.
Shout out to the 2012 reader-editors!

Victoria Chang

Kara Waite

Stephanie Balzer

Erin Wilcox

Aisha Sloan

TaraShea Nesbit

Meagan Lehr

Patricia Grace King

Frankie Rollins

Lisa O’Neil

Emily Jeanes

Ann Dernier

Andi Werblin

Deborah Fries

Ashaki Jackson

Maria Eliades

Raha Namy 

Joni Wallace

Natalie Diaz 

Rebecca Seiferle 




Recent Works Published from Open Submissions 

and a deal for open subs writers

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Reading Emily   

Reading Emily Dickinson in Icelandic poems by Eva Heisler 


“Heisler seems to ask whether the act of translation is, in fact, the ultimate act of the poet.” –Sam Ace


Get Reading Emily for $13 + $2 off shipping ($5 savings) when you send a ms to Open Submissions!  

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Dead Meander

 essays by Adria Bernardi


“Bernardi’s is an astonishing, excruciating awareness capable of brilliantly evoking what consciousness endures when the body–whether one’s own, a child’s, or the body politic–is under assault.”– Eleanor Wilner


Get Dead Meander for $15 + $2 off shipping ($5 savings) when you send a ms to Open Submissions!


Writing Fellowship for New Parents — Deadline April 17

Pen Parentis
Writing Fellowship for New Parents

Deadline: April 17, 2013
Entry Fee: $25
Website: http://www.penparentis.org
A prize of $1,000 is given annually to a fiction writer who is the parent of a child under the age of 10. The winner also receives an invitation to give a reading in New York City. Submit a story of up to 1,400 words with a $25 entry fee between March 1 and April 17. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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Fairy Tale Review Call for Submissions: The Wizard of Oz!

Fairy Tale Review is now accepting entries for the Emerald Issue, featuring work inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!

The tenth anniversary issue of Fairy Tale Review, now housed at Wayne State University Press but still edited by founder Kate Bernheimer, is open to submissions for The Emerald Issue. Contributors to past issues of Fairy Tale Review include Aimee Bender, Lydia Millet, Donna Tartt, Jack Zipes, and many others. Work from Fairy Tale Review has been selected for inclusion in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, Best New American Voices, Best American Fantasy, and listed as “Notable” in Best American Short Stories.
Seeking:Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, scholarship, research, artwork that imaginatively explores Oz ephemera; from creative retellings/revisions of the Oz tales (whether the literary series or the classic film, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014) to work inspired/influenced by all the many things that make up the Wizard’s Oz and Dorothy’s Kansas. We have a particular interest in a green interpretation: work that references the environment and the role of nature (from cyclones to gemstones). In keeping with Fairy Tale Review’s open aesthetic, your work may be in any style and form, and the path it takes down that famed Emerald Road may be literal or enigmatic. Translations welcome. The Emerald Issue will be co-edited by Kate Bernheimer, Founder and Editor of Fairy Tale Review, and Timothy Schaffert, who Guest Edited 2011’s The Brown Issue, from which work was selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.Submission period: March 1, 2013–August 1, 2013

All submissions will be responded to by September 1, 2013. The Emerald Issue will appear in 2014.

We will consider only previously unpublished material. In cases of translation to English please provide proof of permission to translate and/or indicate public domain material.
Submission Guidelines:Please submit Word .doc, .rtf, or .pdf files and include a cover letter.
Please direct queries only (no submissions) to ftreditorial@gmail.com.
Editorial correspondence may be directed to:
Kate Bernheimer
Department of English
Modern Languages Building
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Fiction Award and Scholarship for Students

Fiction Award and Scholarship for Students

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award

Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme

First Place Award: $1,100.
Editors’ Choices: $100 each.
Maximum Length: 3,000 WORDS. Stories must be unpublished.
Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Postmark Deadline, April 30)

If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required.)

Week One

What distinguishes GLBT literature from other kinds of literature? Why does it matter? To whom should it matter? Watch as we answer these questions and more on my new student blog, GLBTliterature.wordpress.com.