Archive for February, 2007

BOMB Magazine 2007 Fiction Contest

9 February 2007

BOMB Magazine 2007 Fiction Contest

BOMB Magazine announces its 3rd Fiction Contest! Our 2007 judge is esteemed short story writer Amy Hempel, author of The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, one of the New York Times’s “Top 10 Best Books of 2006.”

The winner receives a $500 honorarium and publication in BOMB Magazine, a not-for-profit quarterly, now in its 26th year of publishing interviews between artists, writers, architects, directors and musicians.

BOMB has championed and encouraged the literary efforts of both established and emerging writers for more than a quarter-century, with a contributing
editorial board that boasts contemporary giants such as A.M. Homes, Patrick McGrath and Jonathan Lethem. The winner of this contest will join other recently published writers in BOMB, including Lynne Tillman, Jaime Manrique, Sheila Bosworth and Dennis Cooper.

Fiction Contest Submission Guidelines:

– Winner receives $500 and publication in BOMB Magazine
– 2007 Judge: Amy Hempel (author of The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel)
– Deadline: April 15, 2007
– Reading Fee: $20 – includes free one-year subscription to BOMB (overseas addresses add $6); make all checks and money orders payable to BOMB Magazine

Mail entries to:
BOMB Magazine
2007 Fiction Contest
80 Hanson Place, #703
Brooklyn, NY 11217

– Manuscripts must be no longer than 25 pages, double-spaced.
– No more than one story per entry.
– Include cover letter with name, address, phone number and titles of story; do not write a name on the actual manuscript, as all entries are considered
– Include SASE for response; manuscript will not be returned.
– Simultaneous submissions OK, but reading fee is not refundable.

Visit the Events page at for more information.


2007 Wabash Prize for Fiction

9 February 2007

2007 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Final Judge: Dan Chaon

First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in Fall 2007 issue. Entries of honorable mention also published in Fall 2007 issue.

Complete Guidelines for Contest Submissions

Deadline: Entries must be received by March 15, 2007. This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries received after March 15, 2007 will be returned unread.
For each submission, send one piece of fiction (or a series of related short-shorts) totalling no more than 10,000 words, accompanied by a $10 reading
fee. Please send check or money orders only.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Work accepted by another journal (even if the publication date is after the Wabash Prize deadline) will be withdrawn from the contest.

All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author’s name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the title of the entry submitted. Identifying information must NOT be on the manuscript itself. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.

If you wish to be notified upon receipt of your manuscript, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with submission. Winners will be announced by April 30, 2007. For information on winners, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with entry. Winners will be announced at

Current students and faculty of Purdue University are barred from entering the 2007 Wabash Prize for Fiction.

All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the Sycamore Review. Questions may be directed to Rebekah Silverman, Editor-in-Chief,
Send 2007 Wabash Prize for Fiction submissions and reading fee to:

2007 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Tiny Lights Essay Contest Guidelines

9 February 2007

Essay Contest Guidelines

13th Annual Contest Deadline: February 17, 2007

Tiny Lights invites entries that feature a distinctive voice, discernable conflict and an eventual shift in the narrator’s perspective. We are looking for
writers who weave the struggle to understand into the fabric of their essays.

This year, we are introducing a special prize of $300 for short essays (no more than 1,000 words).

We can only consider unpublished work, or previously published material for which the author holds rights. Rights revert to author after publication in
Tiny Lights. Each essay must be accompanied by an entry fee. $15 for first essay, $10 each additional essay. Make checks payable to:

Tiny Lights Publications. Mail to: P.O. Box 928, Petaluma, CA 94953.

SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) with sufficient postage required for contest notification and/or manuscript return. Multiple submissions OK.
Essays may be submitted in one of two categories:
STANDARD (no longer than 2,000 words) or
FLASH (no more than 1,000 words)
Please indicate preferred category on ms.
Entries should be typed and double-spaced.
Cover letters are optional, but the first page of the manuscript should include author’s name, complete address, e-mail, phone number, and essay
word count.
Personal essay requires writers to communicate the truth of their experiences to the best of their abilities. While no theme restrictions apply to this contest, we will not consider essays that celebrate brutalitiy or the explicitly pornographic. Tiny Lights does not accept poetry, short stories, or material written for children. Entry fees for inappropriate submissions may not be returned.
Entries must be postmarked by Feburary 17, 2007.
Prizes will be awarded as follows: First Place: $400, Second Place: $250, Third Place: $150, Two Honorable Mention Prizes: $100. One FLASH prize of $300 also offered. Awards will be determined by a panel of judges. Final authority rests with the Editor-in-Chief, Susan Bono.
Winners will be posted at by April 4th, 2007
Winning essays may be edited before publication. Final copy must be approved by writer. No essays published without author’s permission.
All contestants will receive Tiny Lights’ contest publication featuring the winning entries.

Inquiries may be addressed to

Nelson Algren Awards

9 February 2007

Nelson Algren Awards

The Nelson Algren Awards are for short fiction. Submissions must be written by an American and must be unpublished. One $5,000 prize and three runner-up prizes of $1,500 are awarded. The award is given in memory of Chicago author Nelson Algren.

Stories must be typed and double-spaced, between 2,500 and 10,000 words. Manuscripts and e-mailed submissions will not be returned. Author’s
names should not appear on the manuscript. Authors are allowed to submit two entries. Authors should enclose a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and title of entry. Authors should secure the pages of their manuscripts with a staple or paper clip. There is no entry fee.

The competition will begin accepting entries November 1, 2006. Entries must be postmarked by February 15, 2007.

Please send all submissions to:

Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren Awards
435 N. Michigan Avenue, TT200
Chicago, IL 60611

The Chicago Tribune cannot discuss this competition by phone. Employees and agents of the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Company, as well as their families and members of their households are not eligible. Should an entry be published by another publication while it is still under consideration in the Nelson Algren Awards competition, the author must notify the Chicago Tribune in writing.

Winners of the Nelson Algren Awards are notified in September. The four winning Nelson Algren Awards stories may, at the Chicago Tribune’s
sole discretion, be published in the Chicago Tribune (and it archival derivatives) and/or posted on the Chicago Tribune’s website. After the expiration of the initial thirty days from the date on which the Tribune first publishes the material, the Tribune and its affiliates will retain the rights to republish these
stories in their newspapers and on their websites, as well as their archival products, on a non-exclusive basis.

Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use winner’s names, addresses and/or likeness, and the submitted essay in any form, for advertising purpose or editorial purposes with further compensation or payment for use of essay.