Archive for March 31st, 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