The Tidal Basin Review is calling for submissions regarding the Prison Industrial Complex and the Death Penalty. Deadline is December 31, 2011. Details here.

Silver Boomer Books seeks submissions for an anthology on the widowhood experience. They are interested in all aspects of widowhood-grief, memories, glitches, triumphs. Either prose or poetry is acceptable. You can even send a 6-word memoir if you like. Submissions will be read between December 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012. Submission guidelines can be found here. (You have to scroll to the very bottom of the page).

The Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its inaugural issue slated for publication in late spring 2012. The theme for this issue is “Time and Place.” The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews. Submission guidelines here.

CavanKerry Press will be having an open submission period from January 1-31, 2012 for its Laurel Books imprint. Details here.

Selected Shorts is having a writing contest. The 2012 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize with guest judge Maile Meloy. Story requirements: Submit a single short story that centers around a single object or addresses the theme "Objects of Desire." If objects could talk, what stories would they tell? Every object tells a story. Deadline is March 2, 2012. Details here.