Archive for August 26th, 2008

The Private Press Call for Poems

26 August 2008

‘I can’t figure out if you’re a detective or a pervert.’
Seeking poems that explore the twisted world of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet for The Private Press’s next chapbook anthology. Visit zoo.f2s.com/privatepress for more details and send your poems via the online contribution form.

Deadline 31 December 2008.

Visible Verse Call for Videopoems

26 August 2008

SEE THE VOICE: Visible Verse 2008 call for videopoems

Pacific Cinémathèque and curator Heather Haley are seeking videopoem submissions from around the world for the annual Visible Verse screening and performance poetry celebration. Visible Verse is North America’s sustaining venue for the presentation of new and artistically significant videopoetry.

Official guidelines:

* Visible Verse seeks videopoems, with a 15 minutes maximum duration.
* Either official language of Canada is acceptable, though if the video is in French, an English-dubbed or-subtitled version is required for consideration. Videos may originate in any part of the world, however.
* Pieces will be judged on true literary merit. The ideal videopoem is a wedding of word and image, the voice seen as well as heard.
* Please, do not send documentaries, as they are outside the featured genre.
* Videopoem producers should provide a brief bio, full name, and contact information in a cover letter. There is no official application form nor entry fee.
* Submission deadline is 1 September, 2008.

Send, at your own risk, videopoems and poetry films/preview copies (which cannot be returned) in DVD format to: VISIBLE VERSE c/o Pacific Cinémathèque, 200–1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2L7, Canada. Selected artists will be notified by 1 October, 2008 and receive a screening fee. For more information contact Heather Haley at: heatherhaley.com or by e-mail:hshaley@emspace.com

Vancouver’s Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique, a not-for-profit society dedicated to the understanding of film and moving images. www.cinematheque.bc.ca

“Heather Haley is a well-established presenter of poetry video in Vancouver. An instigator of poetry video production and appreciation in Canada, Haley and the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre convened the original Vancouver Videopoem Festival in 1999. That festival became critically regarded owing to the its progressive regard for spoken word in cinema. The 2000 festival, for example, presented many poets both in performance and on the big screen. The audience could see for themselves the merits and distinctions of poetry rendered in time in these two forms, stage versus screen. The festival then built upon that critical base, with widened explorations into poetry cinema across national frontiers. They presented significant new works from Europe and the Americas, and continued to offer Canadian audiences a remarkably broad selection of new videopoems from their own country. And owing to Vancouver’s strength in the film and television production industries, Haley has been able to cultivate critical interest between filmmakers and poets, with positive consequences for both.”-Kurt Heintz, Director, e-poets

26 August 2008

Textnovel.com (www.textnovel.com) is running a contest through December 31, 2008 for the best online serial novel. The prize is $1,000 and there is a possible publishing contract for the winner. This is the first U.S. cell phone novel website – a website that allows authors and readers to write, share and read work online or with their cellphone. The concept has been a huge hit in Japan and China and is based on publishing the novel in serial form (such as a new chapter every few days) with readers subscribing to updates by text message or email. Contest details are at www.textnovel.com/contestrules.php. There is no entry fee.

See www.textnovelblog.com for the Textnovel blog and more information on this exciting new publishing technology!

Call for Submissions – Prism Review

26 August 2008

* The fiction, poetry, and non-fiction we look for is varied but always literary; what matters most is that your work is good, thoughtful, and complex.

*We accept submissions year-round unless otherwise noted on the home page. While length is open, we rarely publish prose pieces over 5000 words. If submitting poetry, feel free to submit up to three poems.

*Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must notify us immediately if the piece has been accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published pieces.

*We’re working on getting the fantastic online submissions manager, but in the meantime, Email submissions are accepted as .doc or .rtf attachments. Be sure to include the name of the piece and the genre (fiction, poetry, non-fiction) in the subject line and email the submissions to

PRISMREVIEW@ULV.EDU

* Snail-mail submissions must be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Send snail-mail submissions to

Prism Review
Miller Hall
1950 Third Street
University of La Verne
La Verne, CA 91750

PRISM REVIEW POETRY PRIZE

26 August 2008

PRISM REVIEW invites submissions for its inaugural poetry prize.

Prize: $250 plus publication.
Fee: $10 (includes 1-year subscription to PRISM REVIEW).

Judge: Neil Aitken, author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize (Anhinga Press 2008).

Submissions must be postmarked between October 1 to December 15. Submissions are limited to three poems (five pages maximum). Include SASE for return of manuscript or notification. Make check payable to PRISM REVIEW. ( More information at http://prismreview.blogspot.com )

Mail submissions to

Prism Review-Poetry Prize
Miller Hall
1950 Third Street
University of La Verne
La Verne, CA 91750

Winner will be notified in February.

Sci Fi Short Story Contests

26 August 2008

Scribophile is running a writing contest for the month of August. The August contest is accepting sci-fi short stories between 1000 and 4000 words. 1st place wins a $50 Amazon.com gift card, and 2nd place wins a $25 Amazon.com gift card. Entry is free. The contest deadline is August 31, 2008. For more details, you can visit the contest page at www.scribophile.com/contests or the main site, www.scribophile.com.

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