Archive for October 17th, 2006

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 www.rsbd.net.)

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 DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2006.

GUIDELINES

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 The author submitting the best piece of original, unpublished nonfiction will be awarded $1,000, publication of the work in Rosebud, and three copies of the contest issue.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 jrodclark@smallbytes.net

NOTE CAREFULLY THAT ENTRIES MAY NOT BE READ OR RETURNED IF:

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.

Guidelines

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
submission).

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.

GUIDELINES

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 percontramail@yahoo.com.

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

PRIZES:
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.

ENTRY FORM

PER CONTRA FICTION CONTEST ENTRY – (COPY THE FORM BELOW AND PASTE IT INTO A
NEW DOCUMENT):

NAME OF AUTHOR:

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

E-mail address:

TITLE OF STORY:

NUMBER OF WORDS:

I CERTIFY THAT THE ENCLOSED STORY IS MY ORIGINAL WORK, AND THAT IT HAS NEITHER APPEARED IN PRINT OR ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION NOR HAS IT BEEN ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION IN PRINT OR ELECTRONIC PUBLICATION, AND THAT I AM 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. (When the story is the product of a collaboration by two authors, both
signatures are required).

SIGNATURE(S)

CHECKLIST FOR EACH ENTRY:
COMPLETED ENTRY Must include a separate cover sheet for each submmission.

COVER SHEET:
NAME of AUTHOR,
TITLE OF STORY
NUMBER OF WORDS

MANUSCRIPT:
TYPED (GOOD PHOTOCOPIES ARE ACCEPTABLE)
DOUBLE SPACED
TITLE ON TOP OF EACH PAGE
PAGES NUMBERED
NAME OF AUTHOR ONLY ON COVER SHEET, NOT ELSEHWERE IN MANUSCRIPT

POSTCARD TO BE NOTIFIED THAT MANUSCRIPT ARRIVED (OPTIONAL)

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

SEND ENTRIES TO:

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