Archive for April, 2007

University of Akron Poetry Prize

30 April 2007

www3.uakron.edu/uapress/poetryprize.html

Information

The Akron Series in Poetry has been founded to bring to the public writers who speak in original and compelling voices. Each year, The University of Akron Press will offer the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet will receive $1,000 and publication of his or her book. The final selection will be made by a nationally prominent poet. The final judge for 2007 is Stephen Dunn. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series.

Guidelines for Submission

1. Manuscripts must be typed, preferably double-spaced, and consecutively numbered, for a total length between 60 and 100 pages. Clear photocopies are acceptable. Please, do not send manuscripts bound or enclosed in covers.

2. Manuscripts must include a cover page (with author’s name, address, phone number, and manuscript title), a title page (with no biographical information), and an acknowledgements page listing poems previously published in periodicals. Please do not submit manuscripts that have the author’s name on each page. Manuscripts go to the final judge blind.

3. Manuscripts must be postmarked between May 15 and June 30 of each year. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but The University of Akron Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

4. An entry fee of $25 is required for each manuscript submission. Make check or money order payable to The University of Akron Press. The cancelled check will serve as notification of receipt.

5. Include with each submission a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for notification of contest results in September. No manuscripts can be returned.

6. Books accepted for the Akron Series in Poetry must exhibit three essential qualities: mastery of language, maturity of feeling, and complexity of thought. The University of Akron Press is committed to publishing poetry that, as Robert Frost said, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom.”

Send manuscripts to:
The Akron Poetry Prize
The University of Akron Press
Akron, OH 44325-1703

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Philip Levine Prize in Poetry

30 April 2007

The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry is an annual book contest sponsored jointly by the M.F.A. Program at California State University, Fresno and Anhinga Press. The final judge for the 2006 competition was Corrine Clegg Hales. The Judge for the 2007 competition will be Charles Hanzlicek.

Submission Period: August and September 2007
Postmark Deadline: 9/30/07
Prize: $1500 and publication by Anhinga Press
Entry fee $25: Checks should be made out to CSU Fresno Levine Prize.

Guidelines:
Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, and should be 48-80 pages. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information (include email address) and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts will be screened and judged anonymously.

All poets are eligible except current or former faculty or students of California State University, Fresno.

Please bind your manuscript with a binder clip only and mail by 9/30/07 (postmark deadline) to: Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, CSUF English Department, 5425 N. Backer Ave. MS PB98, Fresno, CA 93740-8001.

For more information email: mfafresno@cvip.net, or call 559-278-1569;
website: www.csufresno.edu/crwr

Fairy Tale Review, Call for Submissons

28 April 2007

FAIRY TALE REVIEW is now accepting submissions, and we look forward to your work. We will be reading for our fourth issue, The White Issue, from April 15, 2007 to September 15, 2007 (postmark dates). Please note that if you submit to The White Issue, you will be notified about the status of your submission no later than November 15, 2007.

As always, we only read manuscripts submitted via regular mail, along with a brief cover letter and SASE (or let us know if you prefer to hear back electronically). Send your work to:

Editor
Fairy Tale Review
Department of English
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Please visit http://www.fairytalereview.com for more information about our submission policies (though the dates are wrong on the website right now). We still have no word limit. And of course, you can simultaneously submit. Just let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please forward this email to anyone you think might have writing for The White Issue of Fairy Tale Review, and thank you, as always, for your support.

If you have questions please contact fairytalereview@gmail.com

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The Violet Issue of Fairy Tale Review is forthcoming in Fall 2007, and features new writing by Kim Addonizio, Lucy Corin, Sarah Hannah, Jeffrey Levine, and many others. Back issues of The Blue Issue and The Green Issue are available too, and can now be ordered with a credit card on our website.

Fairy Tale Review is housed in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, and receives generous support from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of English. Thanks to all for your cherished assistance.

p.s. The Violet Issue will come with a limited edition hand-made broadside and The White Issue will be accompanied by a CD of original music produced especially for Fairy Tale Review by a number of bands. To contact us if you need the usual bookstore/academic/librarydiscount of course.

Kate Bernheimer
Assistant Professor
Program in Creative Writing
Department of English
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Cupboard

25 April 2007

The Cupboard, an online and in-print literary pamphlet, is currently seeking submissions for our upcoming Love Letter volume. This special, double volume will consist entirely of literary missives, and we are seeking high-quality and creative interpretations of less than 400 words. We define ‘Love Letter’ broadly, and are open to reading real or fictional letters to a beloved person, thing, or idea. To see what The Cupboard is about, please see the latest volume at: www.thecupboardpamphlet.org.

All submissions should be emailed to: cupboard@thecupboardpamphlet.org. Please submit by June 1st.

The Cupboard is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, and seeks to publish innovative prose in a format that is broadly distributed by its editors, writers, and readers. All work published in The Cupboard is done so anonymously, but we can tell you that previous contributors have published work in Fence, Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Indiana Review, Jubilat, LIT, Cutbank, Cream City Review, and many, many others.

Best of the Midwest Anathology

23 April 2007

Dear Potential Contributors,

I am editing a book anthology titled Best of the Midwest: Fresh Writing from Twelve States that will showcase the best previously unpublished prose and poetry from writers with strong connections to the Midwest. If you would like to submit work to this anthology, please see the attached (and pasted below) call for submissions.

Contributors already include Dave Eggers, Stuart Dybek, Thomas Fox Averill, Bich Minh Nguyen, Lee Martin, Bob Hicok, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Foster, Donald Platt, Kevin Stein, Jacinda Townsend, Ray Gonzalez, Amy Knox Brown, Robert Wrigley, John McNally, Amy Fleury, Philip F. Deaver, Michael Madonick, and more.

I want to champion the Midwest and the writers who grew up there or now live there, and I intend for this anthology to prove that Midwest writing does rival all other regions when given the opportunity. The responses I have gotten back so far have been great! Stuart Dybek wrote, “There’s such a mix of writers and sensibilities that inhabit the literary Midwest as to make the term unpredictable.” I want this anthology to represent that same sentiment.

Feel free to send this call for submission to anyone interested: students, colleagues, friends, group-list servers, English and Creative Writing Departments, etc.

Sincerely,
Jason Lee Brown

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Best of the Midwest: Fresh Writing From Twelve States, an anthology featuring the best previously unpublished prose and poetry from Midwestern writers, is accepting submissions until August 4 (postmarked).

General Guidelines

We are open to work from new as well as established writers who live or have lived in the Midwestern United States, specifically Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Contributors already include Dave Eggers, Stuart Dybek, Bich Minh Nguyen, Lee Martin, Bob Hicok, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Scott Russell Sanders, Patricia Foster, Donald Platt, Kevin Stein, Jacinda Townsend, Ray Gonzalez, Amy Knox Brown, Robert Wrigley, John McNally, Amy Fleury, Philip F. Deaver, Michael Madonick, and more.

Please include your name, email, address, phone number, titles of work, and bio stating connection to the Midwest on a typewritten cover letter. Manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with proper postage. Simultaneous submissions are considered, as long as we are notified immediately if the work is accepted elsewhere. Please indicate genre on outside of envelope; please do not mix genres in the same envelope.

Poetry

Submit no more than four unpublished poems. We are open to traditional and experimental work and have no length limit. Poetry must be typewritten. Author’s name, address, and phone number should appear on the first page of each poem.

Fiction

Please send only one unpublished story (or up to three shorts). We have no set maximum for length, but stories with less than 8,000 words have the best chance of publication. Novel excerpts must stand alone as self-contained stories. All fiction must be typewritten, double spaced, and paginated. Author’s name, address, and phone number should appear on the first page.

Creative Nonfiction

We welcome submissions in personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, and experimental nonfiction. Submit one unpublished manuscript of less than 6,000 words. Nonfiction must be typewritten, double spaced, and paginated. The author’s name, address, and phone number should appear on the first page.

Submissions and queries should be addressed to:
Jason Lee Brown, Editor
Midwest Anthology
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Dept. of English
1000 Faner Drive
Faner Hall Room 2380
Mail code 4503
Carbondale, IL 62901

Five Fingers Review’s Poetry and Fiction Awards

23 April 2007

www.fivefingersreview.org/contest.htm

$500 prize in both categories.
Theme: Camouflage
Fiction: 5,000 word limit. Poetry: 3 poems, 10 page maximum.
Deadline postmark June 1, 2007.

$12 contest reading fee. Make check or money order payable to Five Fingers Review. Entries must have two cover sheets: one with your name and one without. Your name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Entries should be typewritten or laser printed on 81/2″ x 11″ white bond paper. Fiction should be double-spaced; poetry single- or double-spaced.

Mail entries to:
Five Fingers Review Awards,
P.O. Box 4
San Leandro, CA 94577-0100

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish to receive notification of the contest results. Each contestant’s work will be considered for publication whether or not it wins a prize.

The Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry 2008

23 April 2007

web3.unt.edu/untpress/potential_authors.cfm#subvassar

The winner of this annual award receives $1000 and publication by the University of North Texas Press.

This year’s judge has asked to remain anonymous until the conclusion of the competition.

Postmark deadline: November 15, 2007
Submit 50- to 80-page, typed manuscript, including an additional title page that does not bear the name of the poet. All pages indicating the poet’s identity will be removed from the manuscript prior to its being forwarded to the final judge. Manuscripts cannot be returned, but must be accompanied by:

$20 fee, payable to UNT Press letter-sized SASE for notification

Previously published portions of the manuscript should be identified on a separate acknowledgment page.

Winning manuscript will be announced by March 15, 2008. Send manuscripts to:

John Poch
Department of English
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091

The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction

23 April 2007

www.ugapress.uga.edu/info_aup_submitfoc.html

Each year the University of Georgia Press selects two winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Authors of winning manuscripts receive a cash award of $1,000, and their collections are subsequently published by The Press under a standard book contract. The Press may occasionally select more than two winners. How winning manuscripts are selected: In the first round of the competition, each manuscript is read by one judge. Each judge then selects two manuscripts to be finalists. Each judge reads all the finalist manuscripts and ranks them accordingly. These rankings determine the two winners of the award. The judging process is a blind review process, meaning that judges are
not informed of the identity of the author of each manuscript. Judges of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction are Melissa Pritchard, Gina Ochsner, and Gary Fincke.
ELIGIBILITY
1. The competition is open to writers in English, whether published or unpublished.
2. Stories that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.
3. Stories previously published in a book-length collection of the author’s own work may not be included.
4. Collections that include long stories or novellas are acceptable. Estimated length of a novella is between 50 and 150 pages. Novels or single novellas will not be considered.

SUBMISSION FORMAT
1. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and must fall within the range of 50,000 to 75,000 words (this is roughly 200 to 275 pages). Pages must be numbered consecutively (hand-numbering is acceptable).
2. This is a blind review process. Please include the author’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the manuscript on the top cover sheet. On a second cover sheet, include only the title of the manuscript.
3. The author’s name should not appear anywhere except on the top cover sheet. Any manuscript including the author’s name elsewhere (for example, at the top of each page) will be returned, and the entrant will be asked to submit a new copy of the manuscript without the name included. Do not include biographical information or a list of previous publications.
4. All manuscripts must be accompanied by a $20 submission fee. Please make checks payable to the University of Georgia Press. Only checks drawn on a U.S. bank or international money orders in U.S. funds are acceptable.
5. Photocopies are acceptable if they are legible and printed on good quality white paper. Please check photocopies carefully to avoid having to send replacement pages or stories.
6. Do not send manuscripts in binder notebooks or bulky containers. Use two rubber bands and mail in a padded envelope.
7. Retain one copy of the manuscript for your files. Manuscripts submitted to the contest will not be returned.

DATES FOR SUBMISSION
1. Manuscripts must be submitted between April 1 and May 31. (Postmark should be no later than May 31.)
2. Send manuscripts to:
The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction
The University of Georgia Press
330 Research Drive
Athens GA 30602-4901

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS
1. Manuscripts under consideration for this competition may be submitted elsewhere at the same time. Please notify us immediately, however, if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while it is under review with our press.
2. Authors may submit more than one manuscript to the competition as long as each submission is accompanied by a $20 check, meets all eligibility requirements, and does not duplicate material submitted to us in another manuscript.

CHECKLIST
In order to be considered in the competition, each submission must include the following items:
1. $20 submission fee.
2. One self-addressed stamped postcard for acknowledgment of receipt of materials.
3. One self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of contest results.

WINNING MANUSCRIPTS
1. Winners are usually notified before the end of November.
2. Entrants who have enclosed an SASE will receive a letter announcing the winning manuscripts.
3. Authors of winning manuscripts will be expected to submit the manuscript on disk.

STATEMENT OF INTEGRITY
The University of Georgia is thoroughly committed to academic integrity in all of its endeavors. The University of Georgia Press adheres to all University of Georgia policies and procedures. To help ensure the integrity of the competition, manuscripts are judged through a blind review process. Judges in the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction competition are instructed to avoid conflicts of interest of all kinds.
PLEASE NOTE: THE PRESS WILL ACCEPT NO PHONE CALLS REGARDING THE FLANNERY O’CONNOR AWARD.

The Writer’s Travel Scholarship

23 April 2007

www.equivocality.net/writers-travel-scholarship

The Writer’s Travel Scholarship is an annual writing contest, now in its third year. The winner receives a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world. Really.

This time around the event has special significance for me, because I am myself travelling again. I write these words from the remote village of Ghourma-Rharous, a town of 3000 on the Niger river in northern Mali. Despite the river, this place is well and truly the Sahara, and the daytime temperature exceeds 40 degrees celsius. It is also the most remote place I’ve ever been to; the nearest paved road is hundreds of kilometers away, and there is no
running water or electricity here. Except, of course, at the offices of the local aid agency which has a generator, and also a microwave-relay internet connection. In a place where most of the population is illiterate and starving, I’ve found a solid 128kps line. The world is a very strange place.

I’m learning, rapidly. And I’m writing about it.

Are you writing too? Not about the remote places in the world, perhaps, but about something that matters to you? If so, please enter the 2007 Writer’s Travel Scholarship. As usual, the prize is a round-trip ticket anywhere in the world. As usual, the basic rationale for the contest remains:

I think travel is good. I think writing is good. I think it is important that writers travel.

The Writer’s Travel Scholarship is my attempt to like to support the entwined causes of understanding and communication. Oh, I’ve written paragraphs before trying to explain why I think this is so important, but I’ve given all that up now. If you have to ask, I probably can’t explain it to you in the space of a contest announcement. Besides, I have better things to write today.

As before, I would like to make it clear that I am not specifically calling for travel writing. Write about your pet dog, if you can do it in an interesting an enlightening way. This contest is not about travel writing but writers travelling.

Now Acccepting Poetry! This is a change from prior years. How one can judge poetry against prose is something of a mystery to me, but then, I can’t really explain in any formal way how I (and my literary friends) judge one piece of prose against another either. Some writing is simply better than others. So this is something of an experiment, and hopefully we’ll see some interesting poems in with the prose pieces. Just make it good, okay?

On to the details:

Applicants must submit a short piece, 10,000 words maximum. Fiction, non-fiction, whatever, poetry or prose, on any topic.

Also tell me a little about yourself, where you would go with your free ticket, for how long, and why. You can’t ever have been to that country before I impose this restriction to encourage people to go somewhere new, rather than using the ticket to visit their overseas girlfriend. You don’t have to write about your destination. I just want to know what about it inspires you to go through the considerable effort required to actually travel there.

Email entries as an attached document in text or Word format to wts@equivocality.net by May 31st 2007. They will be judged by myself and my writer friends, the winner to be announced on June 15th 2007. There is no entry fee.

All entries will by anonymized by a third party before review. (Yes, this means people I know may apply.) To make it easy on us, please do NOT include your name in the submitted document file.

Entries must be previously unpublished, there is a limit of one entry per author, and the ticket is limited to $2000 US. I will book the cheapest available round-trip ticket, based on departure and return dates given to me by the winner. I will try to accomdate these dates and other preferences as much as possible, but I reserve the right to shift each date plus or minus up to a week, and to make other choices such as routing and airline, in order to find the best fare. Other travel requirements, such as additional destinations or an open return date, may be accommodated if the winner wishes to make up the difference in cost.

By submitting a piece, you grant me (Jonathan Stray) limited web-publishing rights, specifically the right to display it on equivocality.net and any other sites of I may have some degree of editorial control over. I reserve no other rights. If someone sees your work here and wants to publish it, fantastic.

All decisions are final, and by submitting a piece you agree that I am under no obligation to award any prize at all. The idea is also to fund a developing writer who might not otherwise be able to afford to travel, so please keep this in mind when considering whether to apply. I have no funding, no committees, no mandate. I’m doing this just because I think it’s a good idea, so let’s keep it simple.

Good Luck!

IR’s 2007 ‘1/2 K’ Prize Guidelines

20 April 2007

$1000 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Stuart Dybek
www.indiana.edu/~inreview/general/prizes/microprizeguidelines07.html

POSTMARK DEADLINE: June 8, 2007
Reading Fee: $15
Includes a year’s subscription.
All entries considered for publication.
All entries considered anonymously.
Send no more than 3 pieces, 500 words maximum per piece. (That’s 3 short-shorts or prose-poems max per entry fee.)
Each piece must be either a prose-poem or short-short. Prose-poems should not have any deliberate line breaks (ie no lineated poems). You may send a
combination of short-shorts and prose poem pieces, as long as you have no more than 3 pieces per submission.
No previously published works, or works forthcoming elsewhere.
Cover letter must include name, address,phone number, and titles.
Simultaneous submissions acceptable, but fee is non-refundable.Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Indiana University. In addition, IR cannot consider work from anyone who is a current or former student of the prize judge. We also will not consider work from anyone who is a personal friend of the judge.

Entrant’s name should appear ONLY in the cover letter.
Entries must be accompanied by SASE for notification.
Manuscripts will not be returned.
Make checks payable to Indiana Review.
Entry entitles entrant to one-year subscription,
an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription.
Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions.

Send entries to:

‘1/2 K’ Prize/Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN
47405-7103

The 2007 Midwest Chapbook Series Award

18 April 2007

The Laurel Review / GreenTower Press

The 2007 Midwest Chapbook Series Award
Final Judge: Ray Gonzalez

The contest is open to anyone who is living in, from, or closely associated with the Midwest, excluding close friends and former students of the editors, as well as employees and students of Northwest Missouri State University.

Guidelines:
· 20-30 pages (typed, single-sided, one poem per page).
· Individual poems may have been previously published. You may include an acknowledgements page if you wish, though one is not required.
· Include two cover pages: one with title only, the other with name, address, email address, manuscript title, and a short note establishing your connection to the Midwest.
· Your name should ONLY appear on the cover page, which the staff will keep on file. Manuscripts will be read blind.
· Reading period opens March 1 and ends June 1st, 2007 (DEADLINE EXTENDED). Late entries will be returned unread.
· $10.00 reading fee. Please make checks payable to GreenTower Press. Reading fee gets you a one year subscription to The Laurel Review, starting with the summer 2007 issue.
· Entries will be judged by the editors of The Laurel Review along with the outside judge.
· The winning chapbook will be published in an edition of 300 copies. Winner will receive one hundred copies. Additional copies offered at 40% off the list price.
· Winner also will also be invited to give a reading as part of Northwest Missouri State University’s Visiting Writers series, which includes an honorarium of $500.00.
· All entries will be considered for publication in The Laurel Review.
· Winner will be notified by email or telephone, and will be announced on our website in July, 2007.
· If you’d like an acknowledgement of receipt send a SASP; please do not send a SASE.

Announcing
The 2006 Midwest Chapbook Series Award winner, chosen by Reginald Shepherd
Instructions for a Painting, by Molly Brodak
Coming in April 2007

Runners-up were Erin Malone’s, What Sound Does It Make, Chad Parmenter’s, Weston’s Unsent Letters to Modotti, and Gretchen E. Henderson’s, Wreckage: By Land & By Sea

Please send your entry to:

GreenTower Press / Midwest Chapbook Series Award
Department of English
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO 64468

Questions may be addressed to the editors of The Laurel Review at: TLR@mail.nwmissouri.edu

Red Mountain Review Poetry Chapbook Contest

17 April 2007

www.redmountainreview.net/rmrwebsite_002.htm

Red Mountain Review | 1800 8th Avenue North | Birmingham, Alabama 35203

RMR solicits submissions for its third-annual poetry chapbook contest. There is no entry fee.

The winner will receive $500; ten copies of RMR3, in which the manuscript will appear; ten copies of a limited-edition stand-alone chapbook; and an all-expense paid trip to Birmingham for a joint reading with this year’s judge, Katie Ford.

The winning manuscript will consist of no more than 24 pages of poetry. Your name should appear on the title page only. Individual poems may have been published previously; please provide acknowledgments with your submission.

Submit up to two separate manuscripts per reading period. All manuscripts will be recycled. Entries must be postmarked between Jan. 1, 2007 and Apr. 30, 2007. The winner will be announced no later than Aug. 1, 2007.

The Tennessee Writers Alliance 2007 Literary Awards Competition

17 April 2007

www.tn-writers.org/contest07g2.htm

The Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Fiction Award
The Tennessee Writers Alliance Poetry Award

July 1, 2007 Postmark Deadline

Submission Guidelines
1. The contest is open to all writers with the exception of first place winners from the previous year. First place winners may not enter in the same category in the year immediately following their awards.
2. All submissions must be original and unpublished. All entries must be typed, double-spaced (except poetry), on one side of white 8 1/2 X 11 paper. No simultaneous submissions. Secure pages with staples. No paper clips. It is a good practice to indicate the title (or abbreviated form of title) and page number in the upper or lower right hand corner of each page.
3. Short fiction entries should not exceed 5,000 words in length.
4. Poetry should not exceed forty lines.
5. Each story or poem submitted will be considered as a separate entry.
6. Submit two copies of entry, plus one separate cover sheet with the title of the short story or poem, author’s name, address, e-mail, and phone number. The author’s name MUST NOT appear anywhere except the cover sheet.
7. An entry fee must accompany each entry: $10 TWA members/ $15 non-members per short story or individual poem. Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified, and the entry fee will NOT be refunded. We regret that we cannot acknowledge
the receipt of entries without a self-addressed, stamped postcard sent with entry, nor can we return manuscripts. However, we will be happy to send results of the competition, which will be determined in mid-September, to those who include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with submission.

All entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2007

Mail to:
TWA Literary Competition
P.O. Box 120396
Nashville, TN 37212
Questions? Email : inquiries@tn-writers.org

First Prize $500
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $100
in each category. The first, second, and third prizewinner in each category will be selected from a short list of finalists. Honorable mentions will be named at judges’ discretion. Cash awards and certificates will be presented at a special session at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville in October 2007.

Judges
Judges are being confirmed and will be announced as soon as possible. Past judges have included Connie May Fowler, Lee Smith, Michael McFee, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Silas House, Sharyn McCrumb, Lynn York, Ron Rash, Beth Ann Fennelly and others.

THE 2007 WASHINGTON SQUARE COMPETITION

17 April 2007

THE 2007 WASHINGTON SQUARE COMPETITION

Washington Square invites you to enter the 2008 Washington Square competition. Winners (one in Fiction and one in Poetry) receive $500 and publication in a forthcoming issue of Washington Square. Selected runners-up will also receive publication. The 2007 judges are TBD.
• Submit up to 3 poems (6 pages total) or one short story (up to 20 pages).
• Include cover sheet with name and title of work(s) submitted, address, email, and phone. Do not put your name on individual pages of the manuscript.
• Multiple entries require separate reading fees.
• Include SASE (not required) for list of winners. Wiinners will be notified by phone or e-mail.
• Reading fee is $10 payable to “New York University.”
• DEADLINE (postmark date): October 15, 2007
• Winners will be announced in Winter 2008.

Send entries to:

Washington Square Contest
Creative Writing Program
New York University
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th St.
New York, NY 10011

*please indicate on envelope if the submission is poetry or fiction

Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook Contest

17 April 2007

sows-ear.kitenet.net/competition.html

March-April: CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

Award – Publication, $1000, 25 copies, and distribution to subscribers

Chapbook Competition Guidelines: Open to adults. Send 22-26 pages of poetry plus a title page and a table of contents, all without your name. On a separate sheet list chapbook title, your name, address, phone number, e-mail address if available, and publication credits for submitted poems, if any. No length limit on poems, but no more than one poem on a page. Send in March or April, 2007. Postmark deadline May 1st. Simultaneous submission is allowed, but if your chapbook is accepted elsewhere, you must withdraw promptly from our competition. Poems previously published are acceptable if you hold
publication rights. Reading fee is $20. Send SASE or e-mail address for notification. Entries will not be returned. NEW: THE READING FEE INCLUDES A SUBSCRIPTION.

Send all submissions to:

Errol Hess, Managing Editor
355 Mt. Lebanon Rd.
Donalds, SC 29638-9115

Make checks payable to Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.

2007 RRofihe Trophy

17 April 2007

www.opencity.org/rrofihe

For an unpublished short story (up to 5,000 words)
Winner Receives:
$500 cash
Trophy
Publication in Open City
Judged by Rick Rofihe

Guidelines
–Stories should be typed, double-spaced, on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the author’s name and contact information on the first page and name and story title on the upper right corner of remaining pages.
–Submissions must be postmarked by September 15, 2007
–Limit one submission per author
–Author must not have been previously published in Open City
–Mail submissions to RRofihe, 341 Lafayette Street, #974, New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All manuscripts are non-returnable and will be recycled.
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Rick Rofihe is the author of Father Must, a collection of short stories published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, Open City, and on epiphanyzine.com. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Spy, and The East Hampton Star, and on mrbellersneighborhood.com. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, he has taught writing at Columbia University and the Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y. He currently teaches privately and at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York. He is the editor of the new online literary journal, anderbo.com.

Guidelines for the 2008 Narrative Travel Writing Contest

17 April 2007

TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its 2008 Narrative Travel Writing Contest with a new $500 first-place prize.

“Tourists are those who bring their homes with them wherever they go, and apply them to whatever they see… Travelers leave home at home, bringing only themselves and a desire to see and hear and feel and take in and grow and learn.” Gary Langer, Transitions Abroad, Vol. 1, #1 (1977) Professionals, freelancers and other talented travel writers are invited to write a travel narrative relating to the intrinsic educational aspects of meaningful travel. We are looking for evocative and engaging writing in which sensitive immersion in the country, the people, the food, the land, the art, the rituals, and the culture in general play the leading role in the writer’s self-discovery and enlightenment. We are absolutely not looking for self-involved travelogues or diaries, but rather for a well-crafted and inspirational story which should appeal to those who have traveled independently overseas with open minds, sensitive souls, and empathetic imaginations. The aesthetic and intellectual pleasures of discovery are of more interest to us in this year’s travel writing contest than the sense of personal or cultural guilt over the many horrific situations to be found worldwide and covered in-depth in other areas of TransitionsAbroad.com. Accompanying photos which enhance the narrative are a plus, and we are open to photojournalistic approaches to the subject outlined above for this year’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest. TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the top three winners’ entries as well as those of the selected runner-ups. Contest Prizes In this year’s Narrative Travel Writing Contest, the first-place winner’s entry will receive $500 (USD), the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100. Any other articles selected as runner-ups will receive a $50 payment.

Who is Eligible
The Contest is open to professional, freelance and aspiring travel writers from any location around the globe.

How to Enter
Submit an original essay from 1,000 to 3,000 words. Supporting photos in .jpg or .gif format are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission.

To enter the Contest, attach your essay in Word format or copy and paste it into an e-mail. Please include your full name, complete postal address and phone number. Please type “Narrative Travel Writing Essay Entry” in the subject description of the e-mail and send the e-mail to narrativewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com

The Contest begins March 15, 2007, and all entries must be received by October 15, 2007. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication. The writer may republish the unedited submission as desired after initial publication on TransitionsAbroad.com. Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:
Literary quality
Sensitivity to the people and culture being described
Ability to engage the reader
Winners will be chosen on or about November 15, 2007 and notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by December 1, 2007 for publication on January 5, 2008.

Contest Terms
There is no entry fee required for submissions.
Decisions of the judges are final.
Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible e-mail or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process.
Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft.
Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.
The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners along with any others accepted for publication will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. either by check or Paypal as preferred by the author.
All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.

FINISHING LINE PRESS PRIZE IN POETRY OPEN CHAPBOOK COMPETITION

17 April 2007

http://finishinglinepress.com/submissionguidelines.htm

A prize of $1,000 and publication will be awarded by Finishing Line Press for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Open to all. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee by

Deadline: June 30, 2007 (POSTMARK).
Leah Maines will final judge.

Finishing Line Press
Post Office Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

Best of Ohio Writer 2007 Contest Guidelines

17 April 2007

Download Entry Forms

Best of Ohio Writer 2007 Contest Guidelines

Deadline: July 31, 2007

Sponsored by Ohio Writer Magazine and Poets’ & Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland
$150 First Prize and $50 Second Prize

Prizes awarded in each category. First-place winners published in a special edition of Ohio Writer. Announcement of winners and honorable mentions in the November/December issue of Ohio Writer.

Categories: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, and Writers on Writing (any genre).

Contest Rules: Competitors must reside in the state of Ohio. Unpublished manuscripts only. Entries will be judged anonymously. Do not put name on manuscript pages. Attach entry form (or facsimile) to submission.

Length of Submissions: Fiction not to exceed 2,000 words. Poetry limited to 3 poems per entry / maximum 2 typewritten pages per poem. Creative Non-Fiction limited to 2,000 words. Writers on Writing entry should conform to appropriate genre length (Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction limited to 2,000 words; Poetry limited to 3 poems per entry.)

Entry Fees: $15 per category; each additional entry within a category, add $2 (limit 3 entries per category). Do Not submit more than three entries per category (3 poems = one entry). Please attach Entry Form to manuscript. Submit entries on 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper only. Do Not staple pages; Do Not put author’s name on manuscript. Do Put title of piece and page number on every page. Copy entry form for additional entries.

Please make check payable to Ohio Writer and mail to Best of Ohio Writers Writing Contest, 12200 Fairhill Road, Townhouse #3A, Cleveland, OH 44120.

Entrants will receive a 1-year subscription or renewal to Ohio Writer. (Subscriptions start in September 2007) Manuscripts will not be returned. Include SASE for list of winners. Questions? Call 216.421.0403 or e-mail pwlgc@yahoo.com.

BARD FICTION PRIZE

17 April 2007

www.bard.edu/bfp/

Bard College invites submissions for its annual Fiction Prize for young writers.

The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to the monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College for one semester without the expectation that he or she teach traditional courses. The recipient will give at least one public lecture and will meet informally with students.

The creation of the Bard Fiction Prize, presented each October to a promising young fiction writer, can be viewed as a continuation of Bard’s long-standing position as a center for creative, groundbreaking literary work by both faculty and students. From Saul Bellow, William Gaddis, Mary McCarthy, and Ralph Ellison to John Ashbery, Philip Roth, William Weaver, and Chinua Achebe, Bard’s literature faculty, past and present, represent some of the most important American writers of our time. The prize is intended to encourage and support young writers of fiction to pursue their creative goals and to provide an opportunity to work in a fertile and intellectual environment.

2007 Bard Fiction Prize Recipient: Peter Orner

To apply, candidates should write a cover letter explaining the project they plan to work on while at Bard and submit a C.V., along with three copies of the published book they feel best represents their work. No manuscripts will be accepted. Applications must be received by July 15, 2007. Please send applications to the address given below.

For further information about the Bard Fiction Prize,
call 845-758-7087 or send an e-mail to bfp@bard.edu.

Applicants may also request information by writing to the Bard Fiction Prize at the address below:

Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

2008 Expatriate Writing Contest

17 April 2007

www.transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/expatriate_writing_contest.shtml

TransitionsAbroad.com invites you to enter its 2008 Expatriate Travel Writing Contest.

Professionals, freelancers and aspiring writers are invited to write articles which describe their experience living abroad. Making the move to live abroad is for many the ultimate transition often the fulfillment of a liifelong dream, in other cases the result of chance and circumstance. We are seeking inspiring articles which also provide in-depth practical descriptions of your experience moving and living abroad, including discussions of immigration, personal and family life abroad, housing, work, social interactions with the natives, food, culture, and potential prejudices encountered.

Apart from practical considerations what were the most important physical, psychological, and social adjustments necessary to integrate into the local communities? Feel free to include anecdotes about locals who may have aided in your adjustment to the physical conditions and social mores of the host community, as well as the role of expats in providing information and support. While we welcome a good narrative, a listing, sidebar, and/or reference to the most important websites, publications, and other practical resources which have aided you in the cultural adjustment process or enhanced your life abroad is encouraged to help others who may find themselves in similar situations or even similar locations.

In sum, we do not seek diaries or personal blogs, but your own perspective in which the host country remains the primary focus, such that the color and taste of the people and land remain in the foreground.

Please see the Living Abroad section of our site for some examples of the types of articles we are seeking and see our writers’ guidelines for a sense of our editorial preferences.

TransitionsAbroad.com will publish the winners’ entries and will provide links to the authors’ website or blog if so desired. Contest Prizes

The first-place winner’s entry will receive $500, the second-place winning entry $150, and the third-place winner $100.

Any other articles selected as runners-up for publication on TransitionsAbroad.com will receive a $50 payment.

Who is Eligible

The Contest is open to professional, freelance and aspiring writers from any location around the globe.

How to Enter

Submit an original essay of up to 1,500 words relating to your experience living or moving abroad. Focus should be placed on a description of the experience abroad and not primarily on personal feelings, as the descriptions and perceptions of the author should imply the personal impact. Supporting photos in .jpg or .gif format are welcome to illustrate the experience and are considered part of the essay submission. Please read the writers’ guidelines for Transitions Abroad Magazine as well as sample articles on this site for a sense of our editorial focus.

To enter the Contest, attach your essay in Word format or copy and paste it into an e-mail. Please include your full name, complete postal address and phone number. Please type “Expatriate Writing Essay Entry” in the subject description of the e-mail and send the e-mail to expatriatewritingcontest@transitionsabroad.com

The Contest begins March 1, 2007, and all entries must be received by November 15, 2007. Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will require first-time North American rights for all submissions which are accepted as contest winners and for publication. In addition, Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. will reserve the right to reprint the story in a future publication. The writer may republish the unedited submission as desired after initial publication on TransitionsAbroad.com.

Editors of TransitionsAbroad.com will judge entries based upon the following criteria:

* Sensitivity to the people and culture being described
* Ability to engage and inspire the reader

Practical information Winners will be chosen on or about January 15, 2008 and notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by January 31, 2008 for publication by February 15th, 2008 to allow time for international payment. Contest Terms There is no entry fee required for submissions.

Decisions of the judges are final.

Transitions Abroad Publishing, Inc. is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible e-mail or for any computer-related, online, or technical malfunctions that may occur in the submission process. Submissions are considered void if illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, or obtained through fraud or theft. Submissions will be considered made by an authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners along with any other runners-up accepted for publication will be paid by Transitions Abroad Publishing, Innc. either by check or Paypal as preferred by the author.

All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Contest winners.

Caketrain Chapbook Competition

15 April 2007

www.caketrain.org/competition07.html

Each year, we bring a special guest into the selection process, a writer whose work we hold in very high regard, and this year is no exception: for 2007, we are honored and humbled to announce that Claudia Rankine will serve as our final judge. Claudia is the author of four collections of poetry: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf Press, 2004), Plot (Grove Press, 2001), The End of the Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998), and Nothing in Nature Is Private (Cleveland State University Press, 1994). She is coeditor, with Juliana Spahr, of American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language. She has taught at Barnard College, University of Georgia, and in the writing program at the University of Houston. Her accolades include an Academy of American Poets fellowship and the praises of Robert Creeley, Barbara Guest, Charles Bernstein, Lyn Hejinian, David Lehman, and many, many others.

The winner of the competition receives a $250 cash prize and 25 copies of their chapbook. The chapbook will be published in a 200-copy run on sixty-pound, acid-free text stock bound with a full-color cover. We hear we’ve put together some gorgeous books so far; to see how they’ve turned out, please check out our previous winners, Elizabeth Skurnick’s Check-In (2005) and Tom Whalen’s Dolls (2007).

Eligibility (Print and Electronic):

This competition is open to poetry* manuscripts written in the English language. While previously-published poems may be included in the manuscript, the manuscript as a whole must be an unpublished work. Translations and previously self-published works are ineligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please note, however, that reading fees are non-refundable, and notify Caketrain as soon as possible if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Manuscript revisions will not be considered during reading period. Please do not include cover artwork or photographs with your submission. Author must not have a close personal or professional relationship with Claudia Rankine or any Caketrain Journal and Press staff member; if an author is unsure whether this policy applies to him or her, Caketrain will gladly address inquiries.

Print Format:

Print entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2007. Please submit 20 to 35 pages of typed poetry. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if necessary, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Please do not send original manuscripts; print manuscripts will be recycled at competition conclusion. Please submit manuscripts through the United States Postal Service. A reading fee of $20 must accompany each submission, made payable to Caketrain Journal and Press. Submissions may include an SASE for notification of competition results. If an SASE is not included, notification will be sent via e-mail. A list of winner and finalists will also be announced at www.caketrain.org. Submit print entries to Caketrain Journal and Press, Box 82588, Pittsburgh, PA 15218.

Electronic Format:

Electronic entries must be received no later than October 1, 2007. Please submit 20 to 35 pages of poetry as an e-mail attachment in either DOC, PDF, or RTF format. Include page numbers, table of contents, and, if necessary, an acknowledgments page. Submissions should include two cover pages as the first two pages of the attached document: one with the manuscript’s title, the other with the title, author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript. Once the manuscript has been received, downloaded and verified as readable and functioning, a reply e-mail will be sent with a link enclosed to make payment of the $20 reading fee via Paypal. Notification of contest results will sent via e-mail, and a list of winner and finalists will be announced at http://www.caketrain.org. Submit electronic entries to caketrainjournal@hotmail.com.

*A Quick Note on “Poetry”: As you probably know, we’re quite comfortable with pp/ff and other hybrid-genre/form-mutants, so imagine this word as a large and welcoming umbrella with a gathering of people and animals and things underneath, milling about, mixing drinks, etc.

Don Russ Poetry Prize 2007

13 April 2007

Kennesaw Review proudly announces its 2007 Don Russ Poetry Prize of $500 for the single best poem submitted to the competition.

www.kennesawreview.org/artman2/publish/contests/Don_Russ_Poetry_Prize_2007.php

$500 prize for one winning poem, to be published in KR April 23, 2007 deadline for receipt (hard copies only) Initial round of judging by KR editorial staff; final round by distinguished outside judges $15 entry fee for 3-5 previously unpublished poems Kennesaw Review staff and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate

Entries will be judged anonymously

Entry Format:

Poet’s name should NOT be included on poems. Please include poet’s name, titles of submitted poems, address, e-mail, and telephone number in cover letter.

Send entries and payment to:

Kennesaw Review
Don Russ Poetry Prize
Department of English, Building 27
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Make checks payable to Kennesaw Review.

HOWARD FRANK MOSHER SHORT FICTION PRIZE

13 April 2007

Judged by Wally Lamb, author of She’s Come Undone and Oprah Book Club selection I Know This Much Is True, and editor of the best-selling Couldn’t Keep It to Myself, an anthology of stories written by female inmates at Connecticut’s only maximum-security prison for women.

NEW DEADLINE: June 1, 2007

One $1,000.00 prize winner receives publication in the Fall 2007 Issue; two honorable mentions receive $100.00 each.

GUIDELINES
$15 entry fee, payable to “Hunger Mountain” — includes a copy of thhe Fall 2007 Issue of HUNGER MOUNTAIN. Submit one short story, not to exceed 10,000 words. Name or address should not appear anywhere on the story. Story must be original, written in English, and previously unpublished. Entries must be typed, one-side-only. Use a paper clip or send unbound—no staples or binding. Enclose a standard index card with short story title, name, address, phone number, and email address. Enclose a SASE for notification of winners. Enclose a postage-paid postcard for acknowledgement of entry (optional). Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2007. Multiple entries allowed—each entry must be sent separately and incclude a separate entry fee. No simultaneous submissions, artwork, or translations. Once submitted, entries cannot be altered. Electronic or faxed entries will not be accepted. Late entries will be returned unread. No entries will be returned.
All entries will be considered for publication.

Email hungermtn@tui.edu if questions arise.

MAIL TO:
HFMSFP
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College/UI&U
36 College Street
Montpelier VT , 05602

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: October 2007

RUNES REVIEW 2007

13 April 2007

Each issue of RUNES has a different theme. The theme for 2007 is CONNECTION, which may be loosely interpreted.

Guidelines:

We are seeking poems that have passion, originality and conviction. We are looking for narrative and lyric poetry that is well-crafted and has something surprising to say. We prefer poems under 100 lines.

To Submit:

Send up to five poems with an SASE to
RUNES, A Review of Poetry
c/o Arctos Press
PO Box 401
Sausalito, CA 94966

Include your name, address and email on each page of each poem.

We will consider simultaneous submissions, but please notify us promptly if a poem is accepted elsewhere. We do NOT accept previously published poems. Our reading period is April and May ONLY of each year (postmark 4/1 – 5/31). Reports in four months. Acquires first time rights only. Please send SASE for competition results. Editors sometimes comment on submissions. Do not send your only copies as poems will not be returned, but recycled. Please send your poems only by regular mail; the email address is only for correspondence. Please do not send mail requiring a signature. We look forward to your poems!

Announcing: The RUNES Award 2007

RUNES, A Review of Poetry will be sponsoring its sixth poetry competition in the spring of 2007.

The Runes Award 2007 will again offer a $1000 prize, plus publication in RUNES, A Review of Poetry for an original, unpublished poem on the
theme of “CONNECTION.” Up to three runners up will receive $100. The final judges will be Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman.

Entries

There is an entry fee of $15 for three poems, additional poems $3 each. The entry fee covers a one-year subscription to RUNES.
Deadline: Submit only in April & May of 2007 (postmark 4/1 -­ 5/31). Do not put your name on the contest poems.

Please submit a separate sheet with name, address, email and titles of poems entered.

All poems entered in the competition will be considered for publication in the 2006 issue of the magazine.

It is NOT necessary to enter the competition in order to have your poems appear in RUNES, nor does entering the competition give any poet a better chance to have a poem accepted for publication (except the winner).

Those of you who wish to submit poems without entering the competition, are encouraged to do so.

Each poem will be read and assessed for its own merit.

The theme for the 2007 issue will be “CONNECTION,” the same theme as the competition.

Any queries, contact us at
RunesRev@aol.com
Send only by regular mail. Please do not send entries requiring a signature.

Send all competition entries and all submissions to:

RUNES, A Review of Poetry
Arctos Press
P.O. Box 401,
Sausalito, CA 94966-0401