Archive for March, 2007

Cranky Chapbook Contest

31 March 2007

Cranky announces its first-ever chapbook contest. The details?

You: Poet with 20-45 pages of poetry waiting to be let out to play. Maybe a few of these poems have been published in literary journals, but the set has not been previously published anywhere, though your poems are deliciously crisp and black (like ants). You live in a cold-water flat and could use the $500 first prize. Unlike the runners-up at a beauty pageant, you know how competitive chapbook contests can be; you’d be ecstatic just to be named a finalist.

Us: The Cranky editors. If you’ve read the journal (and you should have), you know we admire wit and word play and quirky intelligence. We share a fanatic commitment to truth, justice and the American (left wing) wayat leeast when it comes to judging. We’ll read all entries blindly (like the three mice), which means anything that shouts out your name will disqualify you; please do not include in your manuscript any poems previously published by Cranky. Once semi-finalists have been identified, we will narrow the field to finalists and then choose a winner, to be announced August 1, 2007. We will work with the winner regarding design and cover art.

The Prize: We will pay $500 and 25 copies of the chapbook (nicely printed).

How, What and Where to Send:

Two cover pages, one with only the title of the manuscript, and one that lists your name, address, telephone number and email address. You may include a bio as well, but these will not be read until contest conclusion.

Your poetry manuscript of 20-45 pages, with no more than one poem per page. Pagination is encouraged, a table of contents appreciated, and an acknowledgments page required.

$15 entry fee, payable to Cranky Literary Journal (mailed or sent via the PayPal button at send a notte with your manuscript if you pay this way.)

Simultaneous submissions don’t twist our knickers, but we want to know if another press calls first dibs. If you’re prolific enough to enter multiple submissions, do so by all means, but send a $15 entry fee for each one. We won’t publish translations or books you’ve already published yourself. If you send us your only copy, you need more help than we can provide. Don’t send an SASE; instead, include your email address for notification. Get your precious tome in the mail by April 15, otherwise fuggedaboutit. All work submitted (unless
previously published) is considered for possible publication in Cranky or as a chapbook.

Send through regular U.S. mail, without return receipts or anything we might have to sign for, to: Chapbook Contest, Cranky Literary Journal, PO Box 70632, Seattle, WA 98127. Only those sending from outside the U.S. may send via UPS, FedEx or DHL.


Spire Spring Poetry Chapbook Contest

31 March 2007

Spire Spring Poetry Chapbook Contest

The winning entry will be published with a full-color cover and receive $500 cash, plus 20 copies and a royalty contract

* All finalists will be considered for publication *

Contest Guidelines:

1) Each submitted manuscript should be 18-30 numbered pages of poetry;

2) No author names should appear on any manuscript, but the chapbook title should appear on each page;

3) Two cover letters: one with title, name, e-mail, and mailing address; another with just the title;

4) Acknowledgements are optional, but will be excluded from the judging packet;

5) Write “Chapbook Contest” on envelope;

6) Include SASE and $15 fee.

Mail to: Spire Press, 532 LaGuardia Pl, Ste 298, New York, NY 10012.

Deadline May 1st. All Manuscripts recycled.

The Bechtel Prize

31 March 2007

The Bechtel Prize is awarded annually in recognition of an exemplary
article or essay related to:

Creative writing education, Literary studies, and/or The profession of writing. The winning essay appears in Teachers & Writers magazine, and the author receives a $3,500 honorarium. Entries selected as finalists for the Bechtel Prize may also be published in Teachers & Writers. The authors of finalist essays selected for publication in the magazine receive a small honorarium.

Possible topics for Bechtel Prize submissions include contemporary issues in classroom teaching, innovative approaches to teaching literary forms and genres, and the intersection between literature and imaginative writing. The previous winners of the Bechtel Prize can be found at here.

Prospective entrants for the Bechtel Prize are encouraged to review a sample issue of Teachers & Writers to familiarize themselves with the magazine’s style. A sample issue may be ordered for $4.00 at

The submission deadline for the 2007 Bechtel Prize is 5:00 PM (Eastern), Friday, June 29, 2007. Please refer to the submission guidelines below for additional information.

2007 Bechtel Prize Submission Guidelines

1. Submissions should relate to creative writing education, literary studies, and/or the profession of writing.

2. Submissions must be previously unpublished and under 5,000 words in length.

3. Submissions must be typed, paginated, and double-spaced.

4. Submissions will be judged anonymously. The author’s name and address must not appear anywhere on the essay/article.

5. Two copies of the entry must be submitted. One copy should include a cover page with the following information: the author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and the title of the submission. The other copy should include a cover page with only the title.

6. Authors of the Bechtel Prize winner and finalists must permit Teachers & Writers Collaborative to publish their submissions in Teachers & Writers. Teachers & Writers Collaborative reserves the right to edit the submissions for publication.

7. Please mail entries to: The Bechtel Prize, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 520 Eighth Ave., Ste. 2020, New York, NY 10018.

8. There is no entry fee.

9. Submissions must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern), Friday, June 29, 2007.

10. Submissions that do not conform to the above guidelines will not be reviewed for the Bechtel Prize. Submissions cannot be returned to the authors.

If you have questions, please contact:

For a sample issue ($4): Call 1-888-BOOKS-TW

Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Contest

31 March 2007

Many Mountains Moving Press
2007 Poetry Book Contest Guidelines

Prize: The winner receives $500 and publication by MMM Press in 2008.

Deadline: May 1, 2007 (postmark).

Entry fee: $20
{Entitles entrants to a free back issue and the opportunity to buy a new MMM Subscription for $10.00, and any one of the MMM Press Books, They Sing at Midnight, invisible sister, & Feeding the Fear of the Earth, also for $10 (shipping included).

Final Judge: Yusef Komunyakaa

Open to all poets and writers whose work is in English.
Staff and their family members are not eligible to enter.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed if the poet agrees to notify MMM Press of acceptance elsewhere.
Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives permission to reprint. (More than half of the ms. may not have been published as a collection.)

Submission Checklist:
A typed ms. of 50­100 pages of original poetry, single- or double-sspaced. (The author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the ms.) A cover letter with the title of the collection, a brief bio, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address(es).

Acknowledgments may be included in the ms. but are not required. A $20 check or money order payable to Many Mountains Moving Press. An SASE for the winner announcement. Mss. will not be returned.

Send to:

Many Mountains Moving Poetry Book Contest
Many Mountains Moving Press
549 Rider Ridge Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

Lyon College Creative Writing Residency (CNF)

27 March 2007

Lyon College Creative Writing Residency 2008 Visiting Fellowship in Creative Writing of Creative Nonfiction

Complete Application Guidelines

Lyon College, Batesville, Arkansas, a highly selective four-year liberal arts college, seeks a distinguished writer of creative nonfiction for its 3rd biennial Visiting Fellowship in Creative Writing, a six-week residency scheduled during the spring 2008 semester (exact dates negotiable). While the fellowship is considered mainly an opportunity for the writer to spend time on his or her own work, he or she will also give a public reading and lecture, conduct a one-day writing workshop (community oriented), and teach an advanced creative nonfiction-writing workshop (6 weekly 3-hour sessions). An honorarium of $5,000 plus campus housing and meals are provided, as well as a travel stipend of up to $350 for round-trip transportation to and from Batesville.

To qualify for the appointment, the ideal candidate should have (1) an MFA or MA degree (not necessarily in creative writing), (2) significant publication in prestigious literary journals or magazines, (3) at least one book of creative nonfiction published (by the time of the fellowship), and (4) appropriate teaching experience. Candidates without all of these credentials who believe they are nevertheless qualified should also apply.

Send a letter of application stating specific interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, supporting materials (book(s) and/or photocopies of published creative nonfiction), a self-addressed-stamped envelope large enough for the return of supporting materials (if return is desired), and two letters of recommendation to Visiting Fellowship in Creative Writing, Lyon College, P. O. Box 2317, Batesville, AR 72503. Application postmark deadline: May 15, 2007. The appointment will be announced on the college’s website, on or before September 15, 2007.

Prose for Papa short story contest

27 March 2007

The third Annual Prose for Papa short story contest is held in conjunction with the 2007 Ernest Hemingway Festival, Sun Valley, Idaho Sept. 20-Sept. 23rd, 2007.

Details for the Ernest Hemingway Festival short story contest 2007, Prose For Papa:

Non-refundable $10 entry fee must be sent with the entry. Checks should be made out to SVKCVB. Cash prize of $500.

First place winner will be published in the Hemingway Festival magazine and on this website. Stories will be judged by Daniel Orozco, featured writer on NPR. Entries must be previously unpublished, original work, typed double spaced, and no longer than 2600 words or 10 pages. One entry per person. May re-submit a non-winning entry from 2006. Deadline for submission: June 1, 2007 The festival reserves one-time rights to print the winner in the
festival magazine. Mail entries to Prose for Papa ATTN: Sue Bailey PO BOX 2420 Sun Valley, ID 83353 or email to

Big Muddy Contests

25 March 2007

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2007.

$500 and publication in Big Muddy. Best short story relating to Mississippi River, River Valley, or sister River.$15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. MRSS Contest, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650 One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Guidelines:

The Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: August 1, 2007.

$200 and publication in Big Muddy. Best short-short story, 500 words or less (any theme). $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650 One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Guidelines:

Outrider Press/TallGrass Writer’s Guild Contest

25 March 2007

Outrider Press in affiliation w/TallGrass Writers Guild announces deadline extension to 3/31.

Postmark deadline: 3/31.

Cash prizes: $2000; $1000 in poetry/$1000 in prose. Each published contributor receives one free copy of the anthology; perfect-bound, trade paper original of approximately 230 pages. We nominate for Pushcart Prizes.

Theme: “A Walk Through My Garden”; in the tradition of writers who garden (or appreciate gardens, parks, forests, window boxes, greenhouses, etc.) and gardeners who write. We interpret the theme broadly. This is our 13th annual anthology in our acclaimed series which welcomes submissions as follows: Poetry to 28 lines and essays and fiction to 2500 words. Previously published material okay.

Judge: World renowned poet/essayist Marvin Bell.

Entry Fee: $12 for up to 4 poems; each essay or short fiction for TallGrass Writers Guild members/$16 for nonmembers. Can send poetry + prose. No limit on number of entries: up to 8 poems $24/$32; 2 essays $24/$32, etc. Payable to TallGrass Writers Guild.

Kickoff Reading: Prize winners + selected contributors will participate in our Kickoff Reading, a featured program of the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, the nation’s third largest event of its kind. Date: Sunday morning, June 10, 2007.

For COMPLETE Guidelines that include required Entry Form (or questions): Email or download from (publishing link).

Send: Two copies of each entry in hard copy + entries on floppy or CD + brief bio (separate files, please) with all contact information including your email address (required) + entry fees to:

TallGrass Anthology c/o
Outrider Press,
2036 Northwinds Drive
Dyer, IN 46311

Fugue Writing Contests

25 March 2007

Announcing Fugue’s Sixth Annual Prose & Poetry Contest!

Judge: Jo Ann Beard
First place winner receives $1000 and publication. Second and Third prize winners receive publication.

To enter:
1. Essay submissions should not exceed 10,000 words in length.
2. Enclose a cover letter that contains a short biographical sketch and a current email address, mailing address, phone number, and the title of your essay.
3. Send an SASE for acceptance notification.
4. Enclose a $20 reading fee, payable to Fugue, that guarantees consideration and a copy of the journal that includes the contest winners.

Submissions must be postmarked by May 1, 2007 to this address:

Fugue NonFiction Contest
200 Brink Hall
English Department
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

Judge: TBA
First place winner receives $1000 and publication. Second and Third prize winners receive publication.

To enter:
1. Poetry submissions should not exceed 3 poems or 5 pages.
2. Enclose a cover letter that contains a short biographical sketch and a current email address, mailing address, phone number, and the titles of your poems.
3. Send an SASE for acceptance notification.
4. Enclose a $20 reading fee, payable to Fugue, that guarantees consideration and a copy of the journal that includes the contest winners.

Submissions must be postmarked by May 1, 2007 to this address:

Fugue Poetry Contest
200 Brink Hall
English Department
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID 83844-1102

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

25 March 2007

$2,000 Awaits Winners of Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are encouraged to enter the 2007 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition to vie for $2,000 in cash prizes. The literary competition is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more.

The first-place winner will receive $1,000 in cash, while the second- and third- place winners will receive $500 apiece. Judges will also award honorable mentions to other entrants whose work demonstrates promise.

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition was created in 1981 to support and encourage the efforts of writers who have not yet achieved major-market success. Lorian Hemingway, the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel “Walking into the River,” the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee “Walk on Water,” and the powerfully evocative “A World Turned Over.”

To be eligible for the 2007 competition, stories must be original, unpublished, typed and double-spaced, and 3,000 words or less. There are no theme restrictions, but only works of fiction will be considered. Writers’ names should not appear on the stories, and manuscripts will not be returned. Copyright remains the property of the author. (We do not accept e-mailed submissions.)

Each story should be accompanied by a cover sheet with the writer’s name, complete address, e-mail address, phone number, and title of the piece. The entry fee is $10 for each story postmarked by May 1, 2007, and $15 for each story postmarked between May 1 and May 15, 2007. Entries postmarked after May 15 will not be accepted.

Winners will be announced at the end of July 2007 in Key West, Florida. All entrants will receive a letter from Lorian Hemingway and a list of winners-either via mail or e-mail-by October 1, 2007.

The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition has a twenty-six-year history of literary excellence, and its organizers are dedicated to supporting the efforts of emerging writers of short fiction.

All manuscripts and their accompanying entry fees should be sent to the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
P.O. Box 993, Key West, FL 33041

The 2007 Virginia Brendemuehl Prize for Poetry

25 March 2007

The 2007 Virginia Brendemuehl Prize for Poetry

Virginia Merle Brendemuehl (1921-1999) dreamed of being a concert pianist in an era where
girlsespecially unmarried redheaded daughters off small town judgeswere expected to teach, accompany the local soloist, or playy organ in church. All of which she did, but with panache and a madcap zest for making music fun and culturally relevant. An ardent world traveler, patriot, and lifelong supporter of artists, she invested her passionate faith and talents in others, whether they be the children of foreign diplomats or heartland dairy farmers. She had perfect pitch. Loved bikinis and gaudy earrings. Eagerly anticipated familial pranks on her April Fool’s birthday. Mercurial, yet extravagantly generous, her persona may best be expressed by the family’s Yuletide slogan: “Yes, Santa, there
really is a Virginia.” To the end of life, she doted on guava juice, prayer, flamboyant clothing, and her two nieces and nephew, who joyfully endow this contest in her name.


First Place: $1,000 plus publication in Rock & Sling

Finalists: Publication in Fall 2007 Rock & Sling

Contest Deadline: July 31, 2007 postmark

Entry fee is $10.00 for three poems. You may enter as many groups of three as you like. Payment (check or money order please) must accompany submission.

Name, address, and phone number must appear in the upper right hand corner of each poem.

Poems will be judged based on literary quality and in consideration of our vision statement. We encourage entrants to visit our website to gain a sense of the kinds of poems we seek.

Poems that have been previously published or have received monetary awards are not eligible. Though Rock & Sling generally accepts simultaneous submissions with notification, we request no simultaneous submissions for the contest.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

Winners will be notified by September 1, 2007 and will be posted on our website thereafter. For notification of receipt of your manuscript, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard.
Return envelopes will be discarded; all manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.

Rock & Sling is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected manuscripts. Submit poetry and
check or money order (U.S. funds) to:

The Virginia Brendemuehl Contest
Rock & Sling
P. O. Box 30865
Spokane, WA¦nbsp; 99223

Contrary Magazine Call for Submissions

24 March 2007

The deadline for summer is June 1. Payment upon publication. Please submit using the online form on the submissions page:

Arabesques Review Call for Submissions

22 March 2007

Celebrating the International Poetry Day, the Arabesques Review is now accepting submissions for two upcoming special issues:

Vol 03, Issue 02 Contemporary Women Literature

>>> Submissions Deadline: April 30, 2007

Vol 03, Issue 03 Globalization

>>> Submissions Deadline: June 30, 2007

We would be very honored to read and consider your contribution for these upcoming anthologies


Click here to check out our submission guidelines.

For more details, see our web site at:

The Ontario Prize

22 March 2007

The Ontario Prize

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Ontario Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, ten copies of the book, and an interview in The Adirondack Review. Prizes awarded on publication.

To enter, submit complete manuscript of poems or short stories using the guidelines to the right, along with a $25.00 entry fee. Checks should be made payable to Black Lawrence Press. Money orders are acceptable.

Contest entries must be postmarked by February 28.

Deadline: February 28 of each year.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

The Ontario Prize
P.O. Box 9
Watertown, New York 13601


Please make sure that your submission packet includes the following:

PLEASE CLIP TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING: cover letter with brief bio and contact information including e-mail; acknowledgments page for publications in which the poems/stories first appeared (if applicable); a contest entry fee of $25.00. Include two cover pages, the first as described above, and the second with title of the manuscript only. All entries will be judged anonymously.

No electronic submissions, please. No exceptions. Please include a table of contents page and make sure that each page of your manuscript is numbered. Make checks payable to Black Lawrence Press. Please do not include a manuscript-sized SASE; all manuscripts will be recycled. Include a valid e-mail address so that we may contact you with a decision, or send a business-sized SASE for decision only.

Finalists will be notified and asked to submit another copy of the manuscript for final judging. A list of finalists will be posted on the Black Lawrence Press website as soon as it is available.

Finalists and semi-finalists will receive a copy of the winning book.

All finalists will be considered for standard publication. In addition to this year’s winner, Black Lawrence Press may offer standard publication to one or more other finalists.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must notify Black Lawrence Press immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

The Ontario Prize
P.O. Box 9
Watertown, NY 13601

James Jones First Novel Fellowship

22 March 2007

The 15th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship will be awarded to an American author of a first novel-in-progress, in 2007, by the James Jones Literary Society. Novellas and collections of closely linked short stories may also be considered for the competition.

The award is intended to honor the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by the late James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity and other prose narratives of distinction. Jones himself was the recipient of aid from many supporters as a young writer and his family, friends, and admirers have established this award of $10,000 to continue the tradition in his name.

Judges: Kaylie Jones, his daughter and a novelist; J. Michael Lennon, one of his biographers; and Bonnie Culver, Director of Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Eligibility: The competition is open to United States citizens who have not previously published a novel. Manuscripts may be submitted for publication simultaneously, but the Society must be notified of acceptance elsewhere. Officers of the James Jones Society are not eligible for the award.

Entry Fee: A $20 check/money order, payable to Wilkes University, not to James Jones First Novel Fellowship, must accompany each entry.

Manuscript Guidelines: A two-page (maximum) outline of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted.

The manuscript must be typed and double-spaced; outline may be single-spaced. Name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) should be on the title page, but nowhere else on the manuscript. Pages should be numbered.

If a manuscript is selected for the final round, the author will be asked to send another copy of the originally submitted first 50 pages plus pages 51-100. Submissions will be acknowledged only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped postcard. No manuscripts will be returned. Failure to comply with manuscript guidelines may disqualify entries.

For a copy of the press release on the winners, please submit a SASE (to the address listed in the next paragraph) marked “Winners 2007 Contest.” The press release will be available in late Fall 2007.

Timetable: Entries are to be sent to the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, c/o Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766, and postmarked no later than March 1, 2007.

The winner will be notified on or about September 1, 2007. The first-prize winner must accept the award at the James Jones Literary Society Conference held each fall, usually in early November. Transportation funding will be provided. An excerpt from the winning manuscript will be published in Provincetown Arts (July 2008.)

Entries for the 2007 contest will be accepted after September 30, 2006. For more information, please contact us via e-mail.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I submitted a manuscript for the 2006 contest. Can I resubmit it for the 2007 contest?
A: Yes, resubmitted manuscripts are accepted.

Q: How many manuscripts are received every year?
A:We usually receive close to 600 manuscripts. Five hundred ninety four manuscripts were submitted to the 2006 contest.

Q: May I enter more than one manuscript?
A: Yes, multiple entries from the same author are allowed, but each submission must be mailed separately along with a $20.00 entry fee for each entry.

Q: I plan on making several revisions to my novel-in-progress. If I am selected as a finalist and have to provide pages 1-100, can I submit my revised version?
A: No. Please keep a copy of the original version you submited to the contest (as well as pages 51-100). All of the judges have to read the same version.

The River City Writing Awards & Patrick W. Ryan Undergraduate Writing Awards

22 March 2007

The River City Writing Awards in FICTION and POETRY

Sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation


First Prize: $1,500 Second and Third Prizes: Publication and one year subscription CONTEST RULES

1. Any previously unpublished short story of up to 7,500 words is eligible. Simultaneous submissions are NOT permitted.

2. All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and be accompanied by a cover letter. If applicable, please provide an email address on the cover letter.

3. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

4. NEW DEADLINE: All submissions should be postmarked no earlier than January 15th and no later than March 15th.

5. All manuscripts should be accompanied by a $20.00 entry fee. This fee initiates a one year subscription to The Pinch.

6. The Pinch will publish the first place story.

7. Winners will be notified in June 2008.

8. Contest results will be published in the Spring 2008 issue of The Pinch.


First Prize: $1,000 Second and Third Prizes: Publication and one year subscription


1. Any previously unpublished poem of up to two pages is eligible. Simultaneous submissions are NOT permitted.

2. All manuscripts should be typed and be accompanied by a cover letter. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

3. NEW DEADLINE: All submissions should be postmarked no earlier than January 15th and no later than March 15th.

4. All manuscripts should be accompanied by a $15.00 entry fee. Up to three poems may be submitted. This fee initiates a one year subscription to The Pinch.

5. The Pinch will publish the prize-winning poems.

6. Winners will be notified in June 2008.

7. Contest results will be published in the Spring 2008 issue of The Pinch.

NO manuscripts will be returned.

    The Patrick W. Ryan Undergraduate Writing Awards Fiction ~ Poetry ~ Creative Nonfiction

First Prize: $250 & Publication in The Pinch


Entries must be postmarked between August 15th and November 1st. Entries should be typed, include a $10 entry fee (check or money order), a cover letter, and a letter from a professor on university letterhead certifying author’s undergraduate status. All entries
should be unpublished work by undergraduate writers. The author’s name should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. No simultaneous submissions. No manuscripts will be returned. Winners will be notified in January 2008 and published in the Fall 2008 issue of The Pinch.

All persons entering will receive one copy of the issue in which the winning selections are published.

The Pinch is generously supported by a grant from the Hohenberg Foundation and is distributed nationally by Ingram Periodicals.

Mail all submissions to:

Fiction/Poetry/Undergraduate Contest, The Pinch Department of English The University of Memphis Memphis, TN 38152-6176

Please make checks payable to: The University of Memphis

Campbell Corner Poetry Contest

22 March 2007

Campbell Corner at the Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange announces its Ninth Annual Poetry Contest. Entries that treat larger themes with lyric intensity are especially welcomed by contest director Phillis Levin and the judges.

The Contest offers a prize of $3,000. Winners are invited to give a public reading at Sarah Lawrence College. Audio and video tapes of the reading will become part of the Sarah Lawrence Archives, and the poems will be published in the Poetry Contest Section of the Sarah Lawrence Language Exchange. For a list of additional distinguished entries, please go to our homepage.

To enter the poetry competition, submit one to three poems to:

The Language Exchange
Campbell Corner Poetry Contest
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

All entries for Campbell Corner’s 9th Poetry Contest must be postmarked by March 15, 2007. Omit author’s name on manuscript and include a cover sheet with name, address, phone, and e-mail. Maximum length for submissions is 20 pages.

Entrants must submit their poems in three printed copies. The entry fee is $25; checks should be made payable to Sarah Lawrence College. Previously published work is accepted, but when and where published should be noted on the cover sheet.

The Foley Poetry Contest

19 March 2007

The Foley Poetry Contest

America sponsors annually the Foley Poetry Award, given in honor of William T. Foley, M.D. The contest runs from January 1 to March 31. The winning poem for 2006 is “Covetous” by Erin Murphy.

Each entrant is asked to submit only one poem of 30 lines or fewer for consideration. No poems will be returned. Only typed, unpublished poems not under consideration elsewhere will be considered. The winning poem will be announced on in early June and published in America. The cash prize will be $1,000.

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked between January 1 and March 31, 2007. The envelope containing the poem for consideration of this award must have “The Foley Poetry Contest” clearly indicated. E-mailed submissions are not accepted. Each year about 1,000 poems are submitted.

Our poetry editor and judge for the contest is James Torrens, S.J..

The winning poet will be required to sign a letter of agreement with America Press Inc., publisher of America. Under this agreement, the poet will have the right to sell or republish his/her poem after it is published in America. It also gives to America Press Inc. the right to republish or allow others to republish the poem in any form, for example, on the Web.

Send poems to:
Foley Poetry Contest
106 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019-3803

Avery Call for Submissions

13 March 2007

Avery: An Anthology of New Fiction is seeking submission from talented folks like yourself.

Event Creative Non-Fiction Contest

13 March 2007

Event Creative Non-Fiction Contest

Three winners will each receive $500 plus payment for publication in Event 36/3. Other manuscripts may be published.
Final Judge: TBA.

Myrna Kostash, Andreas Schroeder, Sharon Butala, Tom Wayman, Di Brandt, Terry Glavin, Karen Connelly and Charles Montgomery are just some of our past judges.

Writers are invited to submit manuscripts exploring the creative non-fiction form. Check your library for back issues of Event with previous winning entries and judges’ comments. Contest back issues are available from Event for $7.42 (includes GST and postage; US$7 for American residents; CAN$12 for overseas residents).

Note: Previously published material, or material accepted elsewhere for publication, cannot be considered. Maximum entry length is 5000 words, typed, double-spaced. The writer should not be identified on the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with the writer’s name, address, phone number / email, and the title(s) of the story (stories) enclosed. Include a SASE (Canadian postage / IRCs / US$1). Douglas College employees are not eligible to enter.

Entry fee: Multiple entries are allowed, however, each entry must be accompanied by a $29.95 entry fee (includes GST and a one-year subscription; make cheque or international money order payable to Event). Those already subscribing will receive a one-year extension. American and overseas entrants please pay in US dollars.

Deadline for entries: Postmarked by April 16, 2007.

Send entries to:
The Douglas College Review
PO Box 2503, New Westminster, BC
Canada V3L 5B2

Phone: 604-527-5293
Fax: 604-527-5095


13 March 2007


Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series

The 2007 Prairie Schooner Book Prize competition will award $3,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press to one book of poetry and one book of short fiction. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to a runner-up in each category. Postmark deadline is March 15th, 2007.

Manuscripts and $25 entry fee should be mailed to:

Prairie Schooner Book Prize Competition
201 Andrews Hall
PO Box 880334
University of Nebraska
Lincoln NE 68588-0334

for further information, visit:

New Letters Writing Awards

13 March 2007

New Letters Writing Awards

Send writing to the 22nd-annual New Letters Awards in fiction, poetry, and essay. $4,500 in prizes–$1,500 and publication for winners in each category. For guidelines, visit or send an S.A.S.E. to New Letters Awards for Writers, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110. Deadline May 18.


13 March 2007


A prize of $2,500, publication in SHENANDOAH and a reading at Washington and Lee University is given in 2007 to a writer who has published only one book of poetry. Send vita, copy of the submitted book, five unpublished poems, an sase and a submission fee of $22 (for a year’s subscription). Submissions must be postmarked between March 15 and March 31, 2007. Send to The Glasgow Prize, Shenandoah, Mattingly House, 2 Lee Avenue, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450-0303.

Poetry Center of Chicago & School of the Art Institute of Chicago Residencies

13 March 2007

The Poetry Center of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are pleased to announce that they will award two poetry residencies in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant downtown. Two poets will be awarded month-long poetry residencies with housing. These residencies are open to poets who have published no more than one book of poetry, not including self-published work.

In addition to housing, each poet will receive a $1,000 stipend. Poets are responsible for their own travel and meal expenses.

Accommodations will be provided at The School of the Art Institute’s residency tower, located in the Loop at 162 North State Street, which is walking distance from Lake Michigan, museums, including the Art Institute where poets will receive free admission, and other attractions. The spacious studio apartments feature kitchens and private baths.

Visit the following URL for more information and a virtual tour of the studio apartments:

Founded in 1974, the award-winning Poetry Center of Chicago is an independent not-for-profit arts organization that is committed to building Chicago’s access to poetry through workshops, residencies, and arts education. The Poetry Center is currently in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Recognized as an innovator in the arts since its inception more than 100 years ago, and internationally esteemed as a school of art and design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago offers a comprehensive college education centered in the visual and related arts. The SAIC Master of Fine Arts in Writing program is for writers in all genres, as well as
for artists who work with image and text.

(go to to download application form)

Submission deadline Friday, May 11, 2007. Applications and supporting materials must be received in office by 6 pm on Friday, May 11, 2007.

Please submit:
1. A cover sheet including your name, address, phone number, email address and titles of poems submitted
2. A resume and a one hundred-word bio
3. A personal statement of no more than 250 words explaining why this residency will be important to you as a poet, and what you hope to accomplish.
4. Four copies of a packet of no more than five single-sided pages of poetry (the packet may include five pages comprised of several poems, or a five-page poem, but must not exceed five pages)
5. A signed and dated application
6. A copy of a current passport, driver’s license or state ID
7. $20 application fee, check or money order made payable to The Poetry Center of Chicago.

Send applications to:
The Poetry Center Summer Residencies
at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
37 S Wabash Avenue, Suite 704
Chicago IL 60603

Applications sent via fax or e-mail will not be accepted
Illegible or incomplete applications will not be considered
Applications received after 6 pm Central Time on May 11, 2007 will not be
considered, no exceptions

E.M. Koeppel Short Fiction Award

13 March 2007

E.M. Koeppel $1,100 Short Fiction Award

Annual Awards for Unpublished Fiction in Any Style, Any Theme

First Place Award: $1,100.
Editors’ Choices: $100 each.
Maximum Length: 3,000 WORDS. Stories must be unpublished.
Annual Submission Period: Between Oct. 1 and April 30. (Postmark Deadline, April 30)
Award winning fiction writers are the judges.
No limit on number of stories entered by any one writer.
The winning short story and editors’ choices will be published on and are eligible for inclusion in the permanent website anthology. (By submitting work to this contest, authors give permission to Writecorner Press to publish the award winning stories and editors’ choices on the website. Authors retain all other rights to their works.)

How to Submit:
1. Send one (1) typed copy of the story with two (2) typed title pages. Only the title may appear on the first title page. No other kinds of identification may appear on this title page or on the manuscript which will used in judging. (Keep a copy. No manuscripts will be returned.)
2. On the second title page, list:
1. Title of the Story
2. Author’s name, address, phone number
3. E-mail address optional
4. Short bio – about 4 lines
3. Entry Fee: $15 for a single story and $10 for each additional story.
4. No e-mail entries accepted.
5. Mail submission with check (no cash). If outside the USA, send a money order in US funds (no cash or foreign funds) to:
Koeppel Contest
P.O. Box 140310
Gainesville, FL 32614

P.L. Titus Scholarship:
If the winning story is by anyone attending college, university, or school when the story is submitted, the winner will receive, in addition to the $1,100 award, the $500 P.L. Titus Scholarship. (Proof of attendance is required.)