Archive for May, 2007

Call for Submissions (Poetry)

23 May 2007

Robert Johnson, Founder of Media Press in Minneapolis, seeks submissions for a book of poems in honor of James Wright. The book will be a standard trade edition of about 70 pages. Each contributor will receive two copies of the book, and a small number of poems in the book will also be printed in broadside format suitable for framing. Submissions should be no more than two pages of poetry in any form. Your name and contact information should appear in an upper corner. Poems may refer directly or indirectly to Wright’s work, to his themes, and to the regions he wrote about. It is not desirable that more than a few of the poems in the book mention Wright by name. No handwritten submissions please. Limit your cover letter to one page. Identify yourself and describe your publishing background, if any. Say something about your relation to Wright’s work, and explain how your poem honors that work. Please include an SASE.

Submissions should be sent to:

Bruce Hendricksen
P.O. Box 3054
Duluth, MN 55803

E-mail submissions will not be read.

The deadline is October 1, 2007

These guidelines are available at Please type James Wright on the subject line.


19 May 2007

Alligator Juniper National Writing Contests in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction

$10 Entry Fee
$500 First Place Prize
Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2007

Alligator Juniper, a publication of Prescott College in Arizona, awards $500 plus publication for the first place winners in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Additional winners selected for publication will be paid in copies (4). $10 entry fee, checks payable to Alligator Juniper. Every entrant receives one copy of the 2008 issue, a $10 value. The issue will come out in summer 2008. There is no theme for the 2008 issue. Work is selected upon artistic merit. By entering our contest you agree to allow us to select your work for publication even if it does not place first. We encourage submissions from writers of all levels, especially emerging or early-career writers. We accept simultaneous submissions; inform us in your cover letter and contact us immediately if your work is selected elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines

* Submissions accepted May 1st through October 1st, 2007 (postmark deadline).
* Include a brief cover letter, including the statement below.
* Include S.A.S.E for response only; manuscripts are recycled, not returned.
* Include a $10 entry fee payable to Alligator Juniper for each story or essay (30 page limit per entry), or up to five poems.
* Additional entries require additional fee.
* Indicate category with a large F, NF, or P on cover letter and mailing envelope.
* Manuscripts must be typed with numbered pages. Prose double-spaced.
* Double-sided copies encouraged. No email submissions.
* Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott AZ, 86301

IMPORTANT: Unfortunately, due to recent problems with misinformed entrants and withdrawals, we ask that you include the following statement in your signed cover letter: “I have read and understand the guidelines for Alligator Juniper’s national writing contest.”

Back issues are available for all but 1995 (the premier issue) and 2001. Send $8 to above address and request a copy from any year, 1996-2006.

Selection Process

All entries are read and discussed by Prescott College students in the Alligator Juniper practicum class. This class is overseen each fall by two faculty members, each of whom is a working writer in the genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

All entrants receive a personal letter from one of our staff regarding the status of their submission. We usually inform in late January. The individual attention we devote to each manuscript takes time. We appreciate your patience.

Revolting Sofa’s Call for Submissions

16 May 2007

Call for Submissions

Revolting Sofas needs you, fiction and poetry writers! Send up to 5 pages of poetry or prose to in a Microsoft Word Document or PDF file *only*, and risk being commissioned to create a very short piece to go along with a photograph of a horrible couch:

Contributors have included: Cathy Park Hong, James Urbaniak, Lysley Tenorio, Ernest Hilbert, Jonathan Lethem, Susan Steinberg, Jeff Whitty, and
_________________(insert your name?).

The Edwin Markham Prize in Poetry 2008

16 May 2007

Sponsored by Reed Magazine and San Jose State University. Reed Magazine announces the Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry. Writers are invited to submit poetry manuscripts of 3-5 original unpublished poems. The first place winner will be selected by the 2008 final judge, [To Be Announced] . The first-place winner will receive a $500 cash prize. The winning manuscript will appear in the 2008 issue of Reed Magazine, and runners-up also will be
considered for publication. All entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2008 issue of Reed Magazine. You can read about Edwin Markham here. All submissions must abide by the following competition rules and guidelines:

1. Address submissions to:

Edwin Markham Prize
REED Magazine
SJSU English Department
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0090.

2. All submissions must be postmarked by November 1, 2007.

3. DO NOT include the entrant’s name or address on the manuscript itself. Do not send originals, as entries cannot be returned. Each poem must be typewritten, double-spaced and formatted with dark type, proper margins and numbered pages. The pages may be stapled.

4. Please include a cover letter with your name, the title of the poems, and contact information.

5. A reading fee of $10 is required for each manuscript submission of 3-5 poems. Checks should be payable to Reed Magazine.

6. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by a separate entry fee.

7. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notice.

8. The ten finalists will be sent to the judge. During that time, typically two weeks, the finalists will be required to withdraw their entries from other magazines.

9. A SASE should be sent with entry if entrant would like a copy of the contest results.

10. Employees and board members of REED Magazine are not eligible to participate in the competition.

11. The work submitted must be your own – no translations allowed.

We will begin accepting Edwin Markham Prize submissions for the 2008 edition of Reed Magazine August 1st, 2007.

Send Submissions to:
Edwin Markham Prize
Reed Magazine
SJSU English Department
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0090

If you have any questions please contact us at:
(Please note that at this time we do not accept submissions via email)

The MacGuffin 12th National Poet Hunt Contest

15 May 2007

Judged by Thomas Lux
First Place Prize: $500
Two Honorable Mentions*

Contest Rules

1. Each entrant will receive one FREE issue of The MacGuffin including the Contest winners.
2. Staff members and their families are not eligible.
3. An entry consists of five poems.
4. Poems must be typed on sheets of 8.5×11 paper. Clean photocopies are acceptable DO NOT place name and address on submissions. Entries can also be made electronically on a 3” floppy or on a CD in Microsoft Word format. PC format recommended.
5. Each entrant must include a 3×5 index card with poem titles and the contestant’s name, address, and daytime telephone number.
6. There is a $15.00 entry fee/submission. Please send check or money order payable to Schoolcraft College. Please do not send cash.
7. Poems must not be previously published and must be the original work of the contestant. Poems may be under consideration elsewhere. The MacGuffin reserves the right to disqualify a work that is accepted elsewhere.
8. No entries will be returned.
9. Entrants wishing to receive a list of winners should send a S.A.S.E.
10. Entries must be postmarked between April 3, 2007 and June 5, 2007.

Mail entries to: The MacGuffin/Poet Hunt Contest
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Road
Livonia, MI 48152

Winners will be announced in September 2007. The First Place and the two honorable mentions will be published in a future issue of The MacGuffin
*The MacGuffin reserves the right not to award any Honorable Mentions.

The 2007 Midwest Chapbook Series Award

14 May 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.

1· 20-30 pages (typed, single-sided, one poem per page).
2· Individual poems may have been previously published. You may include an acknowledgements page if you wish, though one is not required.
3· 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.
4· Your name should ONLY appear on the cover page, which the staff will keep on file. Manuscripts will be read blind.
5· Reading period opens March 1 and ends May 15, 2007. Late entries will be returned unread.
6· $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.
7. Entries will be judged by the editors of The Laurel Review along with the outside judge.
8· 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.
9· 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.
10· All entries will be considered for publication in The Laurel Review.
11· Winner will be notified by email or telephone, and will be announced on our website
( in July, 2007.
12· If you’d like an acknowledgement of receipt send a SASP; please do not send a SASE.

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:

The Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award for 2007

14 May 2007

Coming up in 2007 will be our 11th annual competition for which there is a $1,000 cash award, publication in the Fall-2007 award issue and 5 complimentary copies of that issue.

There is a reading fee of $10.00 for up to five (5) poems each of which should be no more than two (2) pages in length. Any additional poems are $2.00
each. All work should be typed or computer generated and legible. Include a short biography with your submission. Put your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address on each poem.

Deadline for submissions must bear a postmark of no later than June 15th, 2007. No e-mail submissions will be allowed.

Include a SASE for notification of winning poem. Without the SASE, you can expect no response on our part, unless you live outside the United States and are eligible to be contacted by an e-mail response. No poems can be returned. Please do not send originals.

Do send us your most imaginative work. Serious work that allows the language of your imagination to reveal for you a new perception of your life. This life will be based on your own individual perception and never one that’s been conditioned into your sense of reality by conventional sentimentality.

Those familiar with The Bitter Oleander already know the poetry we publish. If you are unfamiliar and want to be a more certain and informed
participant in our annual competition, please consider purchasing a recent issue for $8.00 (U.S. Funds).

Any other related questions concerning this Award may be forwarded to us by

Send entries to:
Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award – 2007
The Bitter Oleander Press
4983 Tall Oaks Drive
Fayetteville, New York 13066-9776

Saint Vincent College

14 May 2007

Saint Vincent College. Latrobe, Pennsylvania, seeks applications for a full-time, one-year appointment as an Assistant Professor or Instructor beginning
August 2007. Ph.D. in English (A.B.D. considered for Instructor rank) with substantial training in creative writing or an M.F.A. in creative writing with preparation in literature sufficient to teach introductory courses. Course assignments include creative fiction and non-fiction writing, and introductory
literature and composition. Position includes supervision of student literary magazine and work with student writers. Candidates must be able to support and contribute to the mission and identity of the College as a Catholic, Benedictine, and Liberal Arts institution. For a full description and application procedures, see

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University

14 May 2007

The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University seeks a visiting instructor to teach courses in introductory composition, upper-division writing, and creative writing and/or introductory literature. The teaching assignment will be 3/4. Opened in August 1999, the Wilkes Honors College is a
selective liberal arts college within a large state university. It offers a four-year curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, with emphasis on writing,
critical thinking, independent study, community-based internships, and cross-disciplinary programs in areas such as environmental and international studies. Areas of specialization may include Composition/Rhetoric, English, and Creative Writing. Ph.D. (or terminal degree in creative writing) is
preferred, but ABDs are welcome to apply. Some experience teaching introductory composition is essential.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by May 31st will be given priority. Send a letter of application, CV, and a
list of three references (with phone numbers and email addresses) to the Chair, Writing Search Committee (Position# 991755), Harriet L. Wilkes Honors
College, Florida Atlantic University, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL, 33458. Florida Atlantic University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access Institution.

The John Steinbeck Award for The Short Story 2008

14 May 2007

Sponsored by Reed Magazine, Center for Steinbeck Studies, San Jose State University and the National Steinbeck Center Reed Magazine announces The John Steinbeck Award for The Short Story. Writers are invited to submit original unpublished stories of up to 6,000 words. The first place winner will be
selected by the 2008 final judge, [To Be Announced]. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winning story will appear in the 2008 issue of Reed Magazine, and an excerpt may be published in the Salinas-based newspaper, The Californian. Runners-up will also be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a complimentary copy of the 2008 issue of Reed Magazine. All submissions must abide by the following competition rules and guidelines:

1. Address submissions to:
John Steinbeck Short Story Award
REED Magazine
SJSU English Department
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0090.

2. All submissions must be postmarked by November 1, 2007.

3. DO NOT include the entrant’s name or address on the manuscript itself. Do not send originals, as entries cannot be returned. Each story must be typewritten, double-spaced and formatted with dark type, proper margins and numbered pages. The pages may be stapled.

4. Please include a cover letter with your name, the title of the short story, and contact information.

5. A reading fee of $15 is required for each submission. Checks should be payable to Reed Magazine.

6. Writers may submit multiple entries, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by a separate entry fee.

7. Simultaneous submissions are accepted with notice.

8. The ten finalists will be sent to the judge. During that time, typically two weeks, the finalists will be required to withdraw their entries from other magazines.

9. A SASE should be sent with entry if entrant would like a copy of the contest results.

10. Employees and board members of the National Steinbeck Center, REED Magazine, or the Center for Steinbeck Studies are not eligible to participate in the competition.

11. We will begin accepting Steinbeck submissions for the 2007 edition of REED Magazine August 1st, 2007.

Send Submissions to:
Reed Magazine
SJSU English Department
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0090

If you have any questions please contact us at:
(Please note that at this time we do not accept submissions via email)

Arabesques Review Call for Submissions

14 May 2007

New Calls for Submissions

Celebrating UNESCO’s Rumi’s 800th Anniversary year, the Arabesques Review is now accepting submissions for two special issues on themes:

Vol 03, Issue 04 Peace & Humanity

>>> Submissions Deadline: August 15, 2007

Vol 04, Issue 01 Rumi in Love (a special issue dedicated to love in poetry and english literature)

>>> Submissions Deadline: September 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:
or email us at:

Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Book Contest

11 May 2007

The Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Book Contest deadline is being extended till June 16, 2007.

Final Judge: Yusef Komunyakaa.
Prize: publication by MMM Press in 2008 & $500.

Deadline: June 16, 2007 (postmark).

Entry fee: $20

{Fee entitles entrants to a free back issue and the opportunity to buy a new MM Subscription for $10.00, and any of the MMM Press Books, They Sing at Midnight, invisible sister, Feeding the Fear of the Earth, or Silkie, also for $10. Please use the online entrant’s order form if you want a free back issue or anything else.}

Full guidelines are updated at

If you are interested, I posted a link (at the contest page) to some candid notes from last year’s book contest. We try hard we try to do this the right

One of the greatest examples of how this work has paid off is the new poetry book that we published in February 2007. Please visit the MMM Press pages online for samples, reviews, responses, audio, interviews, events etc.

MMM Press is unusually open to a diversity of styles, themes, forms etc. Browse the books at the “MMM Press” link. Many Mountains Moving: a literary
journal of diverse voices published some works from all six of the finalists from last year’s poetry book contest.

At MMM Press, we also work hard with our authors to make the books as great and as attractive as they can be, and we make many efforts on behalf of our authors, including running ads in American Poetry Review, Poets & Writers, the AWP Chronicle and elsewhere.

People with questions about the book contest not answered by the info on the site can send them straight to me at

Black Warrior Review’s Third-Ever Fiction and Poetry Contest

11 May 2007

Open May 1, 2007- October 1, 2007

The THIRD time’s a charm and this year’s contest is no exception. The First Place Winner in each category will receive $1,000 and Publication in Spring 2007!

Guest Judges this year are Dean Young (poetry) and Josh Russell (fiction).

Send your entry to:
Fiction Contest OR Poetry Contest
Black Warrior Review
Box 862936
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486

The Black Warrior Review will only consider previously unpublished work.

Finalists in each category will receive notation in the Spring 2007 issue and are also considered for publication. Each entry must include name, phone number, and email on cover sheet only, as well as SASE and reading fee.

The Reading Fee is $15 per short story (up to 7500 words) and $15 per group of up to 3 poems. Make checks payable to The University of Alabama.

All contestants will also receive a complimentary one-year subscription. That’s a whole dollar cheaper than ordering by conventional means. It’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the sale of the century!

All entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2007. Thanks for your interest and good luck. We look forward to your submission!


Josh Russell is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel. He is the author of the novel Yellow Jack, the novella Dakota, the limited edition Winter on Fifth Avenue, New York, and forty stories that have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including Black Warrior Review and New Stories from the South. He teaches in the Georgia State University creative writing programthe New South’s Writing Workshop ( and lives in a small town outside of Atlanta.

Dean Young has published eight collections of poetry, most recently embryoyo and Elegy on Toy Piano which was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a 2007 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Third Annual Gival Press Novel Award

8 May 2007

May 30, 2007 (postmarked)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.

Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) novel in English must be approximately 30,000 to 100,000 words of high literary
quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author’s name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned.

Author Identification:
Submit name, address, telephone number, email address on a separate page, along with the title of the novel submitted.

A short bio should also be included.

If the manuscript wins, the author must make the manuscript available to Gival Press on an IBM-compatible disk or CD in Rich Text Format (RTF) this refers to how one saves the document on one’s computer disk.

Reading fee:
$50.00 (USD) by check or money order drawn on an American bank for each novel submitted. Payable to: Gival Press, LLC.

International entrants must send a check drawn on a USA bank routed through a USA address, such as Bank of America; no international money orders are acceptable.

Please note that Gival Press can also accept the entry free by major credit card; however, we only take credit card information by phone (703.351.0079).

Mail to:
Robert L. Giron
Novel Award
Gival Press, LLC
PO Box 3812
Arlington, VA 22203.

Notification of the Winner:
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) for notification of the winner or visit our website (, where the winner and finalists will be announced.

We try our best to announce the winner in the fall of the same year. Unfortunately it takes time to read and judge the entries and to contact the
individuals involved.

Author will receive $3,000.00 and his/her novel will be published by Gival Press. He/she will receive 20 copies of the publication. A standard contract is

Novels will be judged anonymously and the decision of the judges will be final.

Discount Offered to Entrants:
Anyone who has entered a Gival Press contest may purchase any books published or distributed by Gival Press at a 20% discount off the retail price, with free shipment. Credit cards are preferred. Kindly either call us (703.351.0079 – leave a message if we can’t answer when you call and we will call you back) or send us an email with your phone number and we will call you, as we only accept the credit card information by phone.

Metropolitan State Faculty Opening

8 May 2007

Metropolitan State invites applications for a half-time, tenure-track assistant professor faculty position in creative writing in the College of Arts and
Sciences. We offer a creative writing track within the writing major as well as a minor in creative writing. This half-time position will be eligible for
partial benefits.

We seek candidates who have extensive experience with a diverse group of students, which may include under-prepared students, ESL and first generation college students. Creative, adaptable individuals who would enjoy being an integral part of Metropolitan State’s diverse community, promoting the arts, cultural diversity and cultural understanding are encouraged to apply.

Job Title and Description: Creative Writing Professor, teaching poetry, fiction and memoir with an emphasis on the experiences of people of color in the
United States. Responsibilities include teaching and advising within our excellent creative writing program in a shared leadership model that includes
responsibility for curriculum, budget, faculty and staff. For details on the creative writing track of the writing degree program see

Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

Required Qualifications:
* Master’s degree or equivalent;
* Demonstrated commitment to serving culturally and ethnically diverse communities;
* Published book in one of the following genres: poetry, literary fiction or creative nonfiction published by an established publishing company, or small
trade or university press;
* Teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
* Master of Fine Arts degree;
* Teaching experience in higher education;
* Experience coordinating creative writing-oriented programs and events; and
* Additional substantial publications.
Application and Appointment: For full consideration applications must be received by May 21, 2007 for a Fall 2007 appointment. All applicants must submit: a letter of application addressing job description and requirements; résumé; transcripts (official transcripts are required for hire); a one-page statement of teaching philosophy; supporting documents demonstrating teaching effectiveness (e.g., student and/or participant evaluations, sample syllabi, program brochures, or performance evaluations); and, the names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of five references to:

Creative Writing Search Committee
c/o Barbara Yonekawa
Metropolitan State University,
1380 Energy Park Lane, Suite 205,
St. Paul, MN 55108.

For additional information call Ms. Yonekawa, administrative support person at (651) 999-5958. TTY users (651) 772-7687 or email

Application Information
Postal Address:
Barbara Yonekawa
Communication, Writing and the Arts
Metropolitan State University
1380 Energy Park Lane, Suite 205
St. Paul, MN 55108

651 793-999-5958

651 772-7687

2008 Georgetown Review Contest

8 May 2007

$1,000 and publication to the winning short story, poem, or essay on the subject of redemption. We’re very flexible about what satisfies our theme requirement. We’d be equally interested in stories, poems, and essays about folks who find redemption and those who don’t. If the situation where redemption is pursued is obviously spiritual in nature, that’s fine, but if it’s secular or legal or something else, we’re equally interested. The work can be about families or individuals or criminals or saints or those of us who are probably somewhere in between. It can be about dogs or cats or cows or fish, for that matteras long as it involves some situation in which redemption orr the pursuit or avoidance of it plays a part.

Submissions must be postmarked by on or before November 15, 2007.
Entry fee is $10 for the first entry, $5 for each entry thereafter.
If you want your work returned or want to receive a notice about the winner and runners-up, you must send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope. However, we will post a list of the work we choose on our website after the contest is judged, and we will do our best to have this list up by February 2008. The magazine’s editors will judge. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are okay. Your name can appear on your work as well, and in fact, we prefer that. We have a small editorial staff and would not award the prize to any colleagues, students, or friends. All entries are considered for publication. In the 2007 contest, 22 runner-up works were selected for publication. If your work is published, Georgetown Review acquires first North American rights, which means that after we publish the piece the rights to it revert back to you.

Send entries to:

2008 Contest
Georgetown Review
400 East College Street
Box 227
Georgetown, KY 40324

Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award, 2007

8 May 2007

($1000 Stipend, Book Publication, & 50 Author Copies)


MANUSCRIPTS should include a brief cover letter that includes author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, book title, and brief biography; an
acknowledgments page listing previously published poems; table of contents; 4896 pages of original poetry; and an SASE for reply or return of manuscript (as requested). Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, & page numbered. Clear photocopies are acceptable. We will consider simultaneous submissions, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all poets, with or without previous book publication. New and emerging writers are especially invited to submit. No restrictions on content, style or subject matter. We are simply looking for the best poetry we can find.

PRIZE: Winner receives $1000 and 50 books. $20 READING FEE / $25 TO RECEIVE WINNING BOOK: Make checks payable to “MJC (QR).”
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked on or before October 19, 2007.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO Quercus Review Press, MJC English Dept., 435 College Ave. Modesto, CA 95350

2007 Cooper Prize

8 May 2007

Guidelines for the 2007 Cooper Prize: $1,000 plus publication

Submissions accepted from May 1 to September 1, 2007. Submissions limited to one story of not more than twenty-five double-spaced typewritten pages.
Mail submissions to:

The Cooper Fiction Prize
Ontario Review
9 Honey Brook Drive
Princeton, NJ 08540.

Include self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of manuscript or notification. An entry fee of $15, which includes a 1-year subscription to Ontario Review, is also required. Please make out a check or money order (U.S. funds only) to Ontario Review.

The Marlboro Prize in Poetry

8 May 2007
(go to site above for entry form)

Judge: Richard Jackson

Mail entries to:
the Marlboro Review, Inc.
P.O. Box 243
Marlboro, Vermont 05344

The postmark deadline has been extended to May 30, 2007

Submit up to five poems (any length) and a $15.00 reading fee by May 30, 2007 (postmark date). Make checks payable to the Marlboro Review, Inc. No
electronic submissions. No simultaneous submissions accepted for the contest. Since the poems will be judged anonymously, the poems should not have the poet’s name or address on them. Please list the title of the poems, name and address on the entry form below. If you do not have an entry form, a separate cover sheet with your name, address and titles of your poems will be acceptable. Winner will be awarded a $1,000.00 honorarium and the winning poem(s) published in the Summer/Fall 2007 issue. Winners will be notified by fall 2007, and the announcement will be posted on the Marlboro Review website. The judge’s decision is final. All submissions will be considered for publication. Include SASE for contest results. Contest entries will
not be returned. Contest is open to U.S. citizens only.

Good News Daily.Com

7 May 2007

Good News Daily.Com Creative Writing Contest

Win 7 nights on the Big Island of Hawaii Free

All Expense Paid Vacation for two!

Simply write a Good News story about your community, your school, your family or anything positive that you have access to around the world and publish it at It’s as simple as that. Do something good for the world while taking a chance that you might be the “Gerstenberger Prize” winner for 2008!

Good News Daily.Com is looking for the very best positive news story of the year! The winner and a guest will receive a 7 day all expense paid vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii and dinner with the Founders. They will also receive a trophy called the “Gerstenberger Prize.” The first one ever will be unveiled for the winner of the 2007-2008 year. This contest is open to all writers, young and old, beginner and professional. The top ten other writers will receive a smaller version of the trophy as well as year long recognition for their contributions on the site.

The contest will be judged for originality, content, creative writing skill and on the timeliness of the news story. There will also be weight given to the number of contributions by any one author during the year. News stories will need to contain a minimum of 500 words. Stories will be accepted all year and authors may publish more than one story. Stories will also be accepted under any of the categories listed at the top of the Good News Daily.Com website. The closing date will be May 31st, 2008 and all stories posted until midnight on that date time will be considered. The winner, and their story, will be announced as a headline news story on June 30th.

Good News Daily.Com is a daily online newspaper recognizing good news from around the world. Our motto has always been “Tired of bad news? Good News”

The world’s press inundates and drowns us everyday with negative, grotesque, violent and horrific stories while totally ignoring tens of millions of positive stories everyday. The nightmare pill fed to the world each day by the mainstream press is eroding our confidence as human beings that the world is primarily good and that there is a reason for each of us to try to help. Good News Daily attempts to combat that with positive news contributions each day from around the world. It is important to us to print stories that make the reader feel good.

Please register online at and start publishing! It’s free and fun and you will be helping the world to realize that “it’s not all bad out there” and “that there are countless unnamed people doing very good things everyday!”

The New Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

3 May 2007

Deadline: July 31, 2007

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone whether experienced or not. This competition welcomes anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write your best short story or poem for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. (

(1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style or form, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.
(2) Write a short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, creative writing, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Must also be neatly hand printed or typed. Multiple poem and story entries are accepted.
Deadline: July 31, 2007.
Winners will be announced on August 31, 2007.

Writing Contest First Prize: $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize: $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
Writing Contest entry fee is: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee is: $5 per poem.
To send entries by mail: Include title and story or poem, your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet, add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to:

Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

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3 May 2007

Thanks to Marilyn Klepak of Dallas, the Southwest Review gives an annual award of $1000 to a poem by a writer who has not yet published a first book of poetry. Owing to a generous supplemental donation by Mr. and Mrs. David T. Searls, Jr., we offer a second prize of $500. Contestants may submit no more than six poems in a “traditional” form (e.g., sonnet, sestina, villanelle, rhymed stanzas, blank verse, et al.). A cover letter with name, address, and other relevant information may accompany the pieces, which must be printed without any identifying information. Submissions will not be returned. Entry fee is $5.00 per poem. Postmarked entry deadline is September 30, 2007. The poems will be published in the Southwest Review.

Southwest Review
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750374
Dallas TX 75275-0374

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes for 2007

3 May 2007

These prizes have been established by Marvin Rosenberg in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg. The intent is to encourage the work of new, young poets. Several prizes varying from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 will be awarded for the finest lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life.

The competition is open to any writer under the age of 40 on November 6, 2007. All poets, published or unpublished, are welcome to enter, but only previously unpublished poems are eligible for the competition.

Each entrant may submit one to three separate poems. Submissions must be in English, the original work of the entrant, and previously unpublished. Poems should express the personal experience of the entrant, so please no translations! Brevity will be appreciated: if more than one poem is submitted, only one of the submitted poems may be more than thirty lines in length.

Entries must be received no later than November 6, 2007. Entries should be submitted by mail to:

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes
PO Box 2306
Orinda, California 94563

Each poem must be printed on a separate sheet. Please submit two copies of each poem, with your name and address clearly marked on each page of one copy only. Please include an index card with your name and address, phone number, e-mail address and the title(s) of your poem(s). Poems submitted will not be returned. An entry fee of 10 dollars is required for submissions mailed in the United States: Checks should please be made out to Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund. Foreign entries are exempted from the entry fee because of the hassles of international payments. has been prepared to share information about the Competition. Dorothy’s poems inspired the competition’s emphasis on lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life. Further information concerning the Prizes may be posted here as the deadline approaches. Results will be announced on the website February 5th, 2008, and winners will be contacted shortly before that time.

Visit the 2007 Entrants’ Checklist for a summary of contest details.

Prizewinners may reenter in subsequent years until their cumulative prizes have reached $25,000.

Entrants’ Checklist for 2007

Prizes ranging from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 will be awarded for the finest lyric poems celebrating the human spirit.

Entrants must be under the age of 40 on November 6, 2007. The contest is open to all writers, published or unpublished. Winners may continue to enter until their prizes total in excess of $25,000. Submissions must be in English: no translations, please. Each entrant may submit one to three separate poems. Only one of the poems may be more than thirty lines in length. All poems must be original and previously unpublished. Each poem must be printed on a separate sheet.

Submit two copies of each poem. Write your name, address, phone number and email address clearly marked on each page of one copy only.

Include two identical index cards with your name, address, phone number, email address and the titles of your submitted poems.

Include a $10 entry fee payable to the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund. (This fee is not required for entries mailed from abroad.)

In summary, send two sets of copies of your poems, with your name on one set only; plus two identical index cards with your contact information; plus a $10.00 fee if you reside in the U.S.

Mail entries to:
Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes
PO Box 2306
Orinda, CA 94563

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before November 6, 2007. Poems will not be returned. Include a stamped addressed envelope if you wish us to acknowledge the receipt of your entry.

Notice of prize winners will be published on our website on February 5, 2008 together with a selection of the winning poems.

Winners will be contacted shortly before that time.

Visit our website for further information.

Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Contest & The Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery

3 May 2007

Sponsored by WORDHARVEST and Cowboys & Indians Magazine
Deadline: September 15, 2007
Prize: $1500 and publication in the March issue of the magazine

Visit the website: for rules and a submission form.

Also check out The Hillerman Prize for best first mystery.
Sponsored by WORDHARVEST and St.Martin’s Press
Deadline: July 1, 2007

Prize: $10,000 and publication by the Thomas Dunne imprint of St. Martin’s Press.

Donald Justice Poetry Award

3 May 2007

The distinguished American poet Donald Justice is recognized as one of the finest poets of the late twentieth century. The recipient of the
Pulitzer Prize, Bolingen Award, and numerous honors for his verse, Justice was a masterful and exacting craftsman, traits that define the award named in his honor. The award is made possible through the generosity of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards.

The Justice Award welcomes unpublished, original book-length collections of poems that pay attention to form for consideration in the competition. Two winners from the competition will each receive $1,000, and have her/his manuscript published. The judge for this year’s competition is R.S. Gwynn. We ask that applicants adhere to the following guidelines. The biennial competition is open to all American poets regardless of whether they have previously published a book-length collection. The manuscript should be between 50-100 typed pages in unbound, bound, or clipped form. No more than one-third of the manuscript may consist of permission-secured or public domain translations. The manuscript should contain two title pages: one with the collection’s title, author’s name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number; and the other with only the title. There is a $25 entry fee for each manuscript submitted. Make payment to:
Donald Justice Poetry Award-West Chester University.

2008 Competition: All submissions for the 2008 competition must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2007. NB: Submissions may be sent for the 2008 competition after August 1, 2007.

Manuscripts should be sent to:
Donald Justice Poetry Award
Department of English
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

Submitted manuscripts will not be returned. For notification of contest results, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. One winner from the competition will be designated for 2008, and one for 2009. Each winner will receive her/his award, and give a public reading at the annual West Chester University Poetry Conference in early June, 2008/2009.