April Opportunities for Artists and Writers 

Beestung Special issueTRANS IS THE FUTURE. THE FUTURE IS TRANS.: “For this special issue of beestung, we’re seeking works by nonbinary and two-spirit writers that cross not only gender but also genre and form. We want your barely-legible; your not-fiction, not-poetry, and definitely-not-binary words. We want speculative work that can only do what it does outside and against the bounds of traditional “poetry” and “fiction,” informed and delivered by people outside the bounds of binary gender.” $20 honorarium. Deadline: July 5. No fee. 

Brew & Forge Witches & Warriors Retreat: “Our inaugural retreat is a space for BIPOC poets and movement workers. Six poets and six activists will be invited to rest, dream, scheme, share skills, and build relationships on a 73-acre farm in upstate New York. Bringing together the radical creativity of poets with the audacity and expertise of activists, Witches & Warriors will create space for participants to envision together a more liberated future. Activities will include workshops, discussions, writing sessions with faculty mentors, rest and play time, and a public reading/celebration. The retreat will take place at the Watershed Center in Millerton, New York (Munsee Lenape and Mohican Land). This year, we are pleased to welcome Cynthia Dewi Oka and Alexis Pauline Gumbs as faculty.” Deadline: April 30. No fee. 

FIYAH Literary Magazine Grant Series: “intended to assist Black writers of speculative fiction in defraying costs associated with honing their craft … The series includes three $1,000 grants to be distributed annually based on a set of submission requirements. All grants with the exception of the Emergency Grant will be issued and awarded as part of Juneteenth every year. The emergency grant will be awarded twice a year in $500 amounts … The grants are limited to prose only for now.” Deadline: May 15. No fee. 

Ghost Proposal 2022 Ultraslant Prize: “We are excited to announce the inaugural Ultraslant Prize. Each year or so, the Ultraslant Prize will be awarded to one work of visual poetry. This year, the winning piece will be a risograph printed on 11×17-inch paper in an edition of 100, which will be sold on Ghost Proposal’s website. The winning poet will receive 15 copies of the pamphlet and $250.” Deadline: May 15. No fee. 

Vagabond City Literary Journal

Founded in 2013, we are a literary journal dedicated to publishing outsider literature. We publish art, poetry, and creative nonfiction from marginalized creators.