Archive for October, 2006

ginosko Call for Submissions

26 October 2006

ginosko (ghin-oce-koe)
To perceive, understand, realize, come to know; knowledge that has an inception, a progress, and an attainment. The recognition of truth by personal experience.

Accepting short fiction & poetry for the 4th issue of the literary journal ginosko.


26 October 2006

Fordham University at Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street
Room 924 I
New York, NY 10023


Open to poets with our without previous book-length publication
Winner will receive $1000
Publication by Fordham University Press
2005-2006 Prize Judge: Alberto Ríos


– Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, original and in English (no translation)
– Manuscript must be typed; stapled, clipped or bound; pages numbered
– Length: 50-80 pages
– Submit ONE copy of the manuscript
– The manuscript must have a title page that includes the poet’s name and address (no blind submissions) and the poet’s name should appear ONLY on this page
– Table of contents and list of acknowledgements should follow the title page
– Manuscripts must be postmarked between September 1 and November 15, 2005.
– No fax or email submissions. MSS will not be returned or commented upon; no changes can be made after submission
– Please notify us if another publisher accepts your manuscript after it is submitted POL Prize Poets Out Loud Prize is not open to students or employees of Fordham University

– One copy of the manuscript, formatted as described above
– Non-refundable application fee: U.S. check or money order for $25 payable to Poets Out Loud
– Completed application form (available on our website)

– SAS postcard for confirmation that the manuscript has been received
– #10-size SASE for notification of contest results (winner announced the following April) Multiple entries allowed provided each submission complies with the above guidelines
Questions? Send with SASE in writing or email us at
Visit our website at

ROOM 924 I
NEW YORK, NY 10023

(Include this form with your MSS submission)

Please write neatly or type the following:

Street Address:
State, Zip Code:
Phone (home):
Email address: Phone (work/cell):
Title of manuscript submitted and number of pages:
Please list any previous book publications, including titles, dates
published, and press:
How did you hear about the Poets Out Loud Prize?
_____ Previous Entrant _____ Website _____ Postcard
_____ Ad (where? _________________________________)
_____ Other
_____ One copy of manuscript, formatted as described in Guidelines
_____ Non-refundable application fee: $25 U.S. check payable to Poets Out Loud
_____ SAS postcard for confirmation that manuscript has been received
_____ #10-sized SASE for notification of contest results announced next April


Assistant Professor in Non-Fiction

26 October 2006

Wesleyan University
Department of English
294 High Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06459-0100
860-685-2360 FAX: 860-685-2361

Position in Nonfiction

The English Department at Wesleyan University seeks a published nonfiction writer for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor Level, beginning July 1, 2007. MFA, Ph.D., or the equivalent in publications (at least one book or a substantial body of other published work) as well as teaching experience expected. The successful candidate will be engaged fully in writing and publishing and prepared to teach undergraduates at all levels. The teaching load is two courses per semester; three of the four classes taught annually will be writing courses, including at least two creative nonfiction, along with one literature course. Interest in teaching fiction writing is welcome but not required.

Send letter of application, cv, three confidential letters of recommendation, writing sample (25 pages maximum), and a self-addressed postcard to Professor Gayle Pemberton, Department of English, Attn: Nonfiction Search, Wesleyan University, 294 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459. Applications postmarked by November 22, 2006 will receive full consideration. Wesleyan University values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

John C. Gardner Prize for 2-minute Play

26 October 2006

John C. Gardner Prize for the Two-Minute Play
John Gardner Contest


26 October 2006


Spring Garden Press and The Greensboro Review invite submissions for the inaugural Robert Watson Poetry Award. Submission must be received between October 1st & April 2nd. The winning manuscript will be chosen in July 2007 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook. The edition is limited to 500 copies, fifty of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through Spring Garden Press. The winning poet will also receive a cash award of $500 as well as an invitation from the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to read in their 2007-2008 Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.


Please submit a collection, sequence of poems, or single long poem not to exceed 500 lines or 24 pages. The cover page should contain, on a single detachable page, the manuscript title, author’s name, address, phone number, and email. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else. A second title page should be provided without the author’s name or other identification. Please provide a table of contents and a separate acknowledgements page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems. Manuscripts should be bound with a simple spring clip.

NOTE: Poems may have appeared in journals or anthologies but not as part of a book-length collection.

Reading Fee: Please send a $10 check payable to Spring Garden Press. All entrants will receive a 1-year subscription to The Greensboro Review.

Please Include: A #10 SASE for notification of the winner; manuscripts will not be returned.

Deadline: Manuscripts must be postmarked between October 1, 2006 & April 2, 2007. Manuscripts postmarked before or after will be discarded.

For the 2007 competition, several groups of writers may NOT enter. These include former editors and staff of The Greensboro Review; friends, former professors, and family of current Greensboro Review editors and staff; former and current students of the MFA Writing Program at Greensboro.

Contest manuscripts are screened by qualified readers appointed by the Press. The final selection is made by a poet of distinguished achievement, who remains anonymous until the winner is announced in August.

Spring Garden Press subscribes to the principles laid out in the Contest Code of Ethics adopted by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP):

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:

1. conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
2. to provide clear and specific contest guidelines defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
3. to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Please send manuscripts to: Spring Garden Press, 5603B West Friendly Avenue, Suite 283, Greensboro, NC 27410

To submit electronically through our website,


26 October 2006

16th ANNUAL AWARD 2006

Eligibility: Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2006-2007 are eligible for the prize. This Prize has always encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we want to make it clear that we encourage students of all races and backgrounds to enter.

Submissions of no more than 7500 words should be typed on paper 8½ by 11 and be accompanied by proof of the participant’s current undergraduate enrollment and a permanent address, phone number and email address. No electronic submissions accepted. No other entry form is required. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full-time status for either fall ’05 or spring ’06 semesters will do. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.

The 2007 winner will receive $1,000.

Inquiries may be directed to: .

Submission to this Prize assumes the right of Stony Brook to publish the winning story on its Web site. Stony Brook reserves the right not to award the Prize.
DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2007.

The winner and runners-up will be contacted in June 2006, at which time the contest results will be posted and the winning story published on the Fiction Prize Web site.

Submissions should be sent to:
STONY BROOK, NY 11794-5350

The PSA Chapbook Fellowships

25 October 2006

The PSA Chapbook Fellowships

Four renowned poets will each choose a winning chapbook manuscript for publication and distribution by the Poetry Society of America. Winners will receive $1000. Winners will also have the option of teaching a single class at Purchase College for $1,000 under the sponsorship of the Royal and Shirley Durst Chair in Literature.

The Two Categories

–The PSA National Chapbook Fellowships
Judged by Harryette Mullen and Mark Strand

This contest is open to any United States resident who has not published a full-length poetry collection.

–The PSA New York Chapbook Fellowships
Judged by Rae Armantrout and Kevin Young

This contest is open to any New York City resident (in the five boroughs) who is 30 or under and has not published a full-length poetry collection.

*Note: Poets may apply to one contest only.

Additional guidelines for both categories:

To download a copy of these guidelines click here. Or, to have a copy sent to you, provide your email address and press the ’email me’ button:

1. Manuscript page length: between 20-30 pages. Poems must be typed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper and bound with a spring clip. No illustrations may be included. Do not include photocopies of poems from magazines or journals. Please submit only one copy of your manuscript. Manuscripts should include no more than one poem per page.

2. A complete submission should include:

a. Title page with contest name (The National Chapbook Fellowship or The New York Chapbook Fellowship), your name, address, telephone, email, and any other relevant contact information. Your name should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript.

b. A title page with just the title of the manuscript.

c. An acknowledgements page. Poems included in your manuscript may be previously published, but please include an acknowledgements page listing specific publications. Note: previous publications and/or the inclusion of published poems will not serve as a determining factor in the screening or judging of manuscripts.

d. A complete Table of Contents.

e. Payment of a $12.00 non-refundable entry fee (check or money order payable in U.S. dollars to Poetry Society of America). This fee is not waived for PSA members. Please do not send cash. While you may not submit to both The National Chapbook Fellowship and The New York Chapbook Fellowship, multiple submissions to one contest are accepted. Please note: we require separate entry fees for each manuscript you submit.

f. Self-addressed stamped post card for confirmation of receipt and a self-addressed stamped envelope for announcement of the winners.

3. Manuscripts by more than one author will not be accepted.

4. Translations will not be accepted.

Entries will be accepted between October 1st and December 23rd, of 2006. Entries postmarked later than December 23rd, 2006 will not be accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned. Electronic and faxed submissions will not be accepted. If your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, you must notify the PSA. Submission to the Chapbook Fellowship Program does not prohibit you from applying to the PSA Annual Awards.

Mail all entries to:
Poetry Society of America
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

25 October 2006

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named after the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems, this competition invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems. The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

Submission Period
Manuscripts must be postmarked by October 31. Those postmarked later will be returned unread. Format Manuscripts of 60 to 95 pages should be typed on standard sized paper or be a clean photocopy. Do not send your only copy. Name, address, and phone number should appear on the title page. Acknowledgments should appear on a separate page. Individual collections must be the work of a single author. Translations are not accepted. Manuscripts should be submitted in final form; revisions or emendations to acknowledgments will not be considered during the contest. Multiple submissions to other publishers are acceptable provided we are informed if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere. The manuscript should be submitted in a plain 9 x 11 1/2 manila folder. Please do not submit manuscripts bound in ring binders or plastic holders.

Return of Manuscripts
Because we cannot guarantee the return of the manuscripts, all entries become the property of Ohio University Press and those not chosen will be recycled. Do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope. All contestants will be notified following the final selection. Include a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgment of receipt.

Entry Fee
Submissions should include a check for $20 made out to Ohio University Press to help defray administrative costs.

The final judge for the competition will be named when the winner is announced in April. Individual criticism of manuscripts cannot be given.

The winning manuscript will be published by Ohio University Press the following year and will be awarded a cash prize of $1000.

Send all materials to:
Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
Ohio University Press
19 Circle Drive
The Ridges
Athens, OH 45701

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill–Visiting Writer

25 October 2006

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kenan Visiting Writer. The Department of English & the Creative Writing Program seek to bring an emerging talent to campus for a one-year teaching appointment as the Kenan Visiting Writer, a position that alternates between poetry & prose.

For the 2007-2008 academic year, beginning August 2007, the Program requests applicants in PROSE, fiction and/or literary non-fiction. Requirements: significant publication in major
literary magazines; applicants should have published one recent book or have one book under contract, no more; previous college teaching experience; willingness to relocate to Chapel Hill for one year; MFA degree preferred but not required.

Conditions of appointment: one-year non-renewable appointment; salary, $28,000; will teach one undergraduate creative writing course per semester, probably on an introductory level; must give one major public reading & otherwise participate fully in the life of the Creative Writing Program.

Materials needed: c.v.; three letters of reference, two of which should be written by
people familiar with the applicant’s teaching abilities & who ccan evaluate applicant’s suitability; up to ten pages of published work; one-page personal statement indicating how an appointment of this sort would serve the applicant’s needs & endeavors.

Deadline, February 1, 2007. Mail applications & all supporting materials to:
Bland Simpson,
Director, Creative Writing Program / Visiting Writer Search Committee
Greenlaw Hall CB# 3520
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520.

Lantern Books Essay Competition

25 October 2006

Lantern Books Essay Competition

The aim of our essay competition is to allow new thinking to emerge on the key subjects of Lantern’s publishing program and to encourage new voices to step forward to shape the debate of the future.

This year, we’re giving participants 3 topics to choose from:

We’ve just been through five years of focus on terrorism and September 11th. What are the most pressing issues for the U.S. or the world in the next five years?

Given today’s political climate, what are the best/most effective forms of activism?

Describe a turning point in your consciousness. Why do you believe what you believe?

We encourage those wishing to enter to familiarize themselves with Lantern’s core subject areas by exploring the Lantern website and reading the 2005 Winning & Runner-Up Essays. Past winners and runner-ups may not participate.

Judges will be looking for originality of vision, knowledge of the subject, skill in presenting an argument, and literary merit.

Essays should be 1500 words or less, and submitted to by December 31, 2006. Please include your name, email address, snail mail address, phone number and essay title in the body of the email.

$1000 first prize
$500 second prize
$250 third prize
Winners will be announced in March 2007.
Prize money will be paid by check in US dollars.
Winning essays may be published in the next Lantern catalogue, on the Lantern website, and in other venues (information will be forthcoming).

The panel of judges is to be announced. Go write, we’ll find great judges to read.


25 October 2006



Two poetry books will be selected. Both winners receive publication with Southern Illinois University Press plus $1500 for a reading at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. First prize: $2000. Second prize: $500. $25 entry fee. Postmark deadline: November 16, 2006.

Mail to:

Crab Orchard Series Open Competition
Faner 2380 – Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

For guidelines, visit:


25 October 2006


The Waywiser Press is now accepting submissions of manuscripts for the second annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, which is open to poets who have published no more than one previous collection.

Prize: $3,000 or £1,750 and publication by Waywiser in USA & UK
Deadline: December 1st 2006
Entry Fee: $25 or £15

For guidelines & entry form please go to:

or send SASE to:
The Waywiser Press,
P.O. Box 6205, Baltimore, MD 21206


9 Woodstock Road, London N4 3ET, UK

Inquiries may be emailed to:


25 October 2006


First prize: round-trip ticket anywhere in the continental U.S.

The paragraph of the day (tpotd) is sponsoring CONTEXT, a writing competition in which contestants are asked to write and submit a single paragraph. The paragraph should be written as it would appear in the context of a longer work — a novel, short story, memoir, essay, newspaper article, work of history, or analytical writing : any piece of prose. But the longer work need not actually exist.

The submission should include two or three sentences describing the work from which the paragraph is derived (even if the longer work is entirely imaginary). Paragraphs must come from a work that has not been published.

Paragraphs that win first, second, and third place will be posted on the tpotd website and will be sent to readers of the paragraph of the day. In addition, the top three submissions will win these awards:

First place: a round-trip airline ticket anywhere in the continental United States (subject to some restrictions on available dates);

Second place: a one-year subscription to Granta magazine;

Third place: a copy of The Best American Essays of the Century, Robert Atwan and Joyce Carol Oates, eds.

Submissions to the CONTEXT writing competition should be made using the “Contact Us” button on the paragraph of the day website, Entries are due December 31, 2006. Winners will be announced on or before March 1, 2007.

Include with your submission your name, address, and e-mail address. And don’t forget to include a short description of the underlying work, real or imaginary. Please, only one submission per person.


The paragraph of the day (tpotd) delivers an example of good prose by e-mail on most weekday afternoons. It is free and comes without advertising or commentary. Paragraphs sent in the past are in the archives section of the website,

To receive the paragraph of the day, use the subscribe tab on the website. There is no fee. We welcome new subscribers.

The X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction

17 October 2006

The X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction

4th biennial XJ Kennedy Award for Creative NonFiction sponsored by ROSEBUD magazine

Some key points:

1) This distinguished competition, sanctioned by XJ kennedy has been in existence for eight years. It offers a $1000 prize to the winner and $100 each to four runnerups. All five winners will be published in ROSEBUD MAGAZINE, now 13 years old as an independent, self-supporting nationally distributed literary journal. Previous issues featuring the winners have been widely praised. (Back issues are available at

2) The Competition is sponsored by ROSEBUD, MAGAZINE, published by non-profit 501 (c) (3) ROSEBUD, Inc., a non-profit corp. run mostly by volunteers and a few severely underpaid independent contractors. All competition fees go to Rosebud, Inc. operations in publishing and promoting reading and writing in the U.S., Canada, and beyond. Not one red cent goes into anyone’s pocket.

Mr. Kennedy is one of America’s most admired editors, poets and essayists. He was the judge of the first competition and remains a valued supporter of and advisor to the award. The current contest will be judged by Rosebud editor and VOICE OVER columnist Roderick Clark and by Robert Wake, Editor of Cambridge Book Review Press. As Judge Clark observes: “Paper is flat and the world is round. Telling the truth about the world requires both discipline and imagination. The winner must display both.”



The contest begins now and ends December 31, 2006 (as per entry postmark). The author submitting the best piece of original, unpublished nonfiction will be awarded $1,000, publication of the work in Rosebud, and three copies of the contest issue. Ideal length is 3500 words or less, although longer pieces will be considered. Entries may be any kind of nonfiction, including essays of all kinds, nature and travel writing, and memoir. Each entry should have a cover letter with a brief biography included. There is a $10 entry fee per piece submitted. If you send a $15 fee for at least one piece we will mail the prize-winning issue to you as well. Make checks payable to Rosebud/X.J. Kennedy Award.
Send entries to:

X.J. Kennedy Award
c/o Roderick Clark
N3310 Asje Road
Cambridge, WI 53523

Entries will not be accepted via e-mail.

Questions may be directed to


the required $10 entry fee is omitted.
the required SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) is omitted.
there is insufficient postage or insufficient return postage.
entries are postmarked after the deadline.
Note that email entries are not allowed.

23nd Annual NWU Poetry Contest

17 October 2006

23nd Annual NWU Poetry Contest
2006 Contest Guidelines

Adrienne Rich is the judge in this year’s NWU Local 7 Poetry Contest. Prizes:

First: $1,000
Second, Third and Honorable Mention will also be chosen

The First Prize winner will be published in Poetry Flash and the union’s newsletter. Second and Third Prize winners will be sent to Poetry Flash for consideration.


Submit any number of poems (single copies) on any subject matter. Ineligible submission categories include translations, published poems (including self-published) and unpublished award winners. Note that the NWU celebrates multi-cultural creativity. Entry deadline is November 30, 2006. Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in March 2007. Please follow these steps (any step not followed may disqualify your

1. Type poems double-spaced on 8.5 x 11″ white paper, no more than three pages per poem. Please put title and page number on each page. Please do NOT put your name on the poetry pages and do NOT staple pages together.

2. Put your name, address (plus phone and e-mail if you wish) on a separate cover sheet. Type the title(s) of the poems you submit. This page is kept by the Logger for later identification.

3. Enclose a check for $5.00 for EACH poem, payable to the National Writers Union.

4. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE), if you wish to be notified of winners and finalists.

5. Mail entries to: Poetry Competition NWU-G P.O. Box 2409 Aptos, CA 95001-2409.

The Per Contra Prize for Short Fiction

17 October 2006

The Per Contra Prize for Short Fiction
$1,000 Grand Prize plus Publication in Per Contra for the Top Ten Entries.


The story must be the original work of the author; however, collaborative work of two authors is acceptable when so noted. All entries must be written in English. Translations of other author’s works may not be submitted.

No previously published work or works forthcoming elsewhere may be submitted.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately, but the reading fee is non-refundable.

Stories must be at least 1,000 words and may not exceed 3,000 words.

Authors may send as many entries as they wish, but a $10 fee must accompany each submission.

Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, minimum 12 point type.

Author’s names, together with an accurate word count, and the title must appear on the cover sheet only. DO NOT PLACE AUTHOR’S NAME ON THE MANUSCRIPT.

Title and page number should appear on each page of the story.

Include a self-addressed postcard or envelope with postage if you want to be notified that your manuscript as been received.

Entries will be judged (identities will be concealed) by the editorial staff of Per Contra.

No current/former student or colleague of Miriam Kotzin’s or Bill Turner’s is eligible to be considered for the contest. Former students may use this as a period of open submission to Per Contra. Students may submit their work at

No one editorially or financially affiliated with Per Contra may enter the contest. Authors previously published in Per Contra may not enter the contest.

The winning stories will be published in Per Contra. Must be 18 or older to enter.

Checks payable to: William Turner

Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than January 8, 2007. Entries cannot be returned.

Miriam Kotzin
Suite 10B
250 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19l07-5615

FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 U.S. dollars.

Top ten stories will be published in Per Contra in our 2007 editorial calendar year, with the authors paid our regular professional publication rates. Per Contra purchases first rights, right to archive and right to broadcast spoken word versions and right to reprint in an
anthology. Copyright to work remains with the author.

All entries will be considered for publication. (Currently we are not accepting unsolicited submissions in poetry or fiction.)

Winners will be announced on March 1st in Per Contra. Additionally, winners will be notified by email.

PRIVACY POLICY: Per Contra collects information for the sole purpose of communication with the party providing the information. No information collected will be sold, shared with or distributed to any third party.




ADDRESS OF AUTHOR: (Street address, City, Country, Mailing Code)

E-mail address:



signatures are required).


COMPLETED ENTRY Must include a separate cover sheet for each submmission.




The Ledge 2006 Poetry Chapbook Competition

17 October 2006

The Ledge 2006 Poetry Chapbook Competition

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1000 cash award and 50 copies of the published chapbook.

SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.

ENTRY FEE: $15.All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2007.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in March 2007.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2006


The Ledge 2006 Poetry Chapbook Competition
40 Maple Ave.
Bellport, NY 11713

Eighth Annual Gival Press Poetry Award

14 October 2006

The Eighth Annual Gival Press Poetry Award

December 15, 2006 (postmarked).
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.


Completely open.

Eligible Poets:
Open to all, national and international poets.


Forms or Style of Poetry:

Original work, not a translation of someone else’s poetry. Open to any form or style; simply good poetry.

Length of Manuscript:

At least 45 typed pages of poetry, on one side only.

Status of the Winning Manuscript:

The manuscript as a whole shall not have been published before. However, include an acknowledgment sheet to indicate any previously published poems in the collection (poem/journal/date). It is the responsibility of the poet to secure the right to publish previously published poems.

Format for Submittal:

Include a separate cover sheet with name, title of manuscript, address (street, city, state, electronic mail), and phone number. The poet’s name should not appear on the pages of the ms. The numbered pages should be clipped together.

If the manuscript wins, the poet must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible disk or CD in Rich Text Format (RTF) this refers to how one saves the document on one’s computer disk.

A short bio should be included.

Always keep a copy of your manuscript; materials will not be returned and will be recycled after the judging.

Reading Fee:

$20.00 (USD) by personal check or USA money order payable to: Gival Press, LLC.

International entrants must send a check drawn on a USA bank routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America; no international money orders are acceptable.

Please note that Gival Press can also accept the entry free by major credit card; however, we only take credit card information by phone (703.351.0079).

Mail to:
Robert L. Giron
Poetry Award
Gival Press, LLC
P.O. Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203.

Notification of the Winner:

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

We try our best to announce the winner by mid spring. Unfortunately, it takes time to read and judge the entries and to contact the individuals involved.


The winner will receive $1,000.00 (USD) and his/her book of poetry will be published by Gival Press. The winning poet will receive 20 copies of the publication.

A standard publication contract is offered.


The manuscripts are judged anonymously. The winner for the previous award will be the judge for the following year. The decision of the judge will be final.

2006 Gerald Cable Book Award

12 October 2006

Announcing the 2006 Gerald Cable Book Award

Silverfish Review Press sponsors the Gerald Cable Book Award. This prize is awarded annually to a book length manuscript of original poetry by an author who has not yet published a full-length collection. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter; translations are not acceptable.

Winners will receive one thousand dollars, publication, and one hundred copies of the book. The winner will be announced in February, 2007.

Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2006

Entries may be submitted by e-mail

Submission Guidelines:

Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2006

A $20.00 reading fee must accompany the manuscript. Please make checks payable to Silverfish Review Press

Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages in length. Clean photo copies are acceptable. The poet’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Include a separate title page with author’s name, address and phone number

Poems may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks or anthologies, but should be acknowledged. No changes in the manuscript will be considered after submission

Manuscripts will not be returned. Be sure to keep a copy of your work. Each entry must include an SASE for notification of the contest results. For acknowledgement of receipt of manuscript, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Notify SRP immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere

All entrants who include a 7″ by 10″ envelope and $1.59 in postage will receive a free copy of a recent winner of the book award

We will accept e-mail submissions. Files in Word, plain text, or Rich Text should be sent to: sfrpress(at) (replace (at) with @). Reading fee and SASE for notification of the winner should be sent by snail mail. This is a chance for poets to save on paper and mailing costs.

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest.

To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Submit manuscripts to:

Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award
P.O. Box 3541
Eugene, OR 97403

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

5 October 2006

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone whether experienced or not. This competition is open to all and anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or write a short story that is worth telling everyone. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write your best short story or poem for a chance to win cash prizes. All entries must be original.

(1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject or style, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.


(2) Write a short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, creative writing, fiction and non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary and journal entries), neatly hand printed or typed.

Deadline: January 15, 2007

Winners will be announced on February 15, 2007.

Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize is $250. Third Prize $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize is $125. Third Prize is $50.

Entry fees:
Writing Contest entry fee is: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee is: $5 per poem.
To send entries by mail: Include title of story or poem, your name, address, phone#, e-mail, brief biographical info. (tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet, add a self-addressed stamped enveloped for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to:
Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

3rd Annual Cider Press Review Book Award

5 October 2006

3rd Annual Cider Press Review Book Award

The Cider Press Review Book Award offers the winning author $1000 and publication for a full-length book of poetry. The final deadline for submissions is November 30. The judge for this year’s award is Dorianne Laux.

Manuscripts can be submitted online or by regular mail. Entry fee payments can also be submitted online. Submit 48-80 pages of original poetry in English not previously published in book form. Please see our complete guidelines and submission form on the Cider Press website,

The winner of the 2005 Cider Press Review Book Award was
As if Gravity Were a Theory by Don Colburn. As if Gravity Were a Theory is now available from Cider Press or from For information regarding readings by Mr. Colburn for your program, please contact the editors.

Salem College Center for Women Writers Contests

3 October 2006

Salem College Center for Women Writers

Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a single short story up to 5000 words
Judge: Pinckney Benedict

Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem up to 100 lines (up to 2 poems per submission, any style)
Judge: Beth Ann Fennelly

Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a single piece of creative nonfiction, including personal essay and memoir, up to 5000 words
Judge: Emily Herring Wilson

The winner in each genre will receive $1,000 plus round trip travel and lodging for a reading of his/her work at Salem College. The two honorable mentions named in each genre will receive $100.

Competitions are open to anyone living in the U.S. and writing in English except Salem Academy & College employees and students.

All submissions must be unpublished. Postmark deadline: February 1, 2007. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2007.

The author’s name and address must not appear on the manuscript. Entrants must satisfy all of the following requirements when entering the competition: three clean typed copies of your manuscript, a SASE for notification of winners, one cover sheet with your name, address, telephone, e-mail, the genre you are submitting (fiction, nonfiction or poetry), word count (for nonfiction and fiction) / line count (for poetry), and the title of the work (s), and a check for the $15 reading fee, per submission, made out to the Salem College CWW National Literary Awards.

Please send submission(s) to

Center for Women Writers
Salem College
PO Box 10548
Winston-Salem, NC 27108-0548

James Hearst Poetry Prize: North American Review

3 October 2006

First Prize $1000
Second $100
Third $50

All winners and finalists will be published in the March­April NAR.

Judge: Ted Kooser
Deadline: October 31, 2006 (postmark)

Entry fee: $18.00 (includes a one-year subscription). Make your check or money order out to North American Review. If you are outside the US, please make sure the entry fee is in US currency and routed through a US bank.

Rules: Two copies of up to five previously unpublished poems. No names on manuscripts. please.

Your poems will be assigned log numbers so they can be “read blind.”

Include required cover sheet: (go to this site to download cover sheet)

Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed. Poems will not be returned, so please do not send an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope).

To receive acknowledgement of receipt, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. If you wish to receive the list of winners, please include a business-size SASE. If you would prefer to receive acknowledgement of receipt and the list of winners by e-mail, please let us know on the cover sheet. Winners will also be announced in the writers’ trade magazines and on our website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well—too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages. Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter—both open and closed forms.

Submit to:
James Hearst Poetry Prize
North American Review (WS)
University of Northern Iowa
1222 W. 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0516

or call (319) 273-6455 or send a fax to (319) 273-4326.

Tartt First Fiction Award

3 October 2006

Tartt First Fiction Award

Tartts: Incisive Fiction by Emerging Writers
Look for it this coming Fall!
This will be a compilation of stories from all fourteen finalists in our first Tartt Fiction Award Contest.

The winner of the contest will be announced in early May.

Tartt First Fiction Award, rules 2006
1. Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 100 copies of the book.

2. Author must not have book of short fiction published at time of entry, though novels are okay. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection.

3. Stories may have been previously published by magazines or in anthologies, though the author should have all rights. Magazines will be acknowledged. Include a list of publications, if so desired.

4. Manuscripts must be typewritten, and we will ask for a computer file in Windows/Mac Word from the winning author and from the finalists for our anthology.

5. Manuscript length: 160-275 pages.

6. Deadline for postmark: December 31, 2006.

7. Entry fee: fifteen dollars. Our apology for the fee, but handling makes it necessary.

8. No manuscripts will be returned. Please send only a copy. You may include an SASE for acknowledgement of receipt, or simply use your cancelled check to indicate such. We notify contestants of receipt as soon as the contest entry date has passed. We also notify all entrants of the winner and those picked for the anthology.

9. Winner announced in late spring, with publication in next spring.

10. Winner must be an American citizen; work must be in English.

11. Style and content of manuscripts are completely open.

12. Finalists will be considered for our regular publication schedule and for our Tartt Anthology.

13. Send manuscripts and check to :
Livingston Press
The University of West Alabama
Station 22
Livingston, Alabama 35470

Tricinium Poetry Contest on the Subject of Community

3 October 2006

Tricinium Poetry Contest on the Subject of Community

Complete guidelines at

Deadline: January 31, 2007

First Prize: $1,000 and performance as a musical composition as part of The MacDowell Colony’s Centennial Celebration

Guidelines: First prize winner will receive $1,000; second prize $250; third prize $100. Top three poems will be set to music and premiered at a concert in October, 2007. The concert event, honoring David F. Putnam, a philanthropist dedicated to community-building, will take place at the Peterborough Players Theater as part of The MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration. Poetry celebrating community and how individuals can inspire community is sought. Poets are encouraged to write about their experience of community, their sense of place, and/or the special places and people they have known who represent community. The top 20+/- poems will be published in a booklet commemorating community to be distributed at the event. Composer Lawrence Siegel of Tricinium, an organization harnessing the arts to nurture civic engagement, will create three musical compositions; the three winning poets will be honored guests at the premiere. Works should not exceed one-page to be considered. Two copies of each work are required (one without author’s name and contact information). Poems published elsewhere are eligible (with written permission from the publisher) and poetry can be in any language, provided a translation is included. Reading fee $15 (US), $25 (international) payable to Tricinium. Entries will not be returned. Submissions must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2007. Winners will be announced by March 15, 2007. To receive list of winners, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). No telephone calls please. Tricinium reserves the right to make no award.

Send entries to:
Poetry Contest
Tricinium Limited
191 Washington Street
Keene, NH 03431