Archive for June, 2007


25 June 2007

First Book Award

$2500 and publication

Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press are pleased to announce the selection for the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Our final judge, James Harms, selected Mary Jo Firth Gillett’s SOLUBLE FISH as the winner. SOLUBLE FISH will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in September 2007.

Below are the guidelines for next year’s Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award:

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts POSTMARKED MAY 15, 2007 through JULY 1, 2007. (Since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.) Manuscripts should be 50-75 pages of original poetry, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.) The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Dot-matrix printing that is not letter-quality is not acceptable. A clean photocopy is recommended. Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts. All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Please make your check out to “Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.” All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

Submit two title pages for the collection. The author’s name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page.

Please address entries to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
(First Book Award)
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.


Thornton Writer Residency at Lynchburg College

25 June 2007

Thornton Writer Residency at Lynchburg College, Spring 2008 semester. 8-week residency with $8,000 stipend, housing, meals, and roundtrip travel expenses for a poet. Writers gives a weekly creative writing workshop and a public reading. Submit: copy of a previously published poetry collection, curriculum vitae, cover letter outlining successful teaching experience. No entry fee. Deadline: July 1.

Lynchburg College
Thornton Writer Residency
English Dept.
1501 Lakeside Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24501.

2008 Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency

25 June 2007

Intensive Learning Term poet-in-residence program, April 29-May 16, 2008

From the early 1930s to the mid 1940s, Olivet College hosted some of the best-known writers of the time: Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, Katherine Ann Porter, Carl Sandburg, Ford Madox Ford, W.H. Auden, and Gertrude Stein. In that tradition, Olivet has established an annual residency program for poets who are establishing a name for themselves in this new millennium.

During the 2008 Intensive Learning Term, the Olivet College Humanities Department will offer its second poet-in-residence position. The Sandburg-Auden-Stein poet will live on campus from April 29 – May 16, 2008, and teach ENG 247: Poetry Writing. The Sandburg-Auden-Stein poet will also host two public events: a public reading of his or her work and a stand-alone talk/discussion on a subject of his or her choice (publishing poetry, beat poets, def poetry, etc.).

An award of $3,100 (plus room and board) will be given to the 2008 resident poet. The Humanities Department faculty will evaluate the submissions and choose the winner. Poets who have published at least one book of poetry are eligible. Submit four copies of the following postmarked by Sept. 10, 2007: five poems from your most recent book, a single page personal statement regarding your poetics and teaching, a current resume and two references. There is no entry fee. Please contact Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., Humanities Department chair, with your questions at (269) 749-7621 or

Application materials should be sent by regular mail to:

Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency Humanities
Department Olivet College 320 S. Main St.
Olivet, MI 49076

New Millennium Writings

25 June 2007

Awards & Contests: New Millennium Writings

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at

$1,000 for best Story; $1,000 for best Poem; $1,000 best Nonfiction (Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)

Plus, $1,000 for best Short Short Fiction (1,000-word limit)

Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles and tributes to famous writers such as Julia Glass, Shel Silverstein, Khaled Hosseini ( The Kite-Runner), George Garrett, Ken Kesey, John Updike, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Lucille Clifton, Shelby Foote, Paul West, Norman Mailer, Sharyn McCrumb, William Kennedy, Faulkner, Hemingway, Dickinson, Keats, Percy, Warren and many others. Also, prize-winning stories, poems & articles, humor, graphic arts & writing advice.

To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at

1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Previously published pieces OK if online or under 5,000 print circulation. Enter as often as you like.

2. Winners and selected finalists published in our 2008 issue and/or on-line at

3. Send between now and midnight of July 31, 2007 (postmark OK).

4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome. Previously published material welcome if under 5,000-circulation or online only in previous dissemination.

5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).

6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry.

7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page or letter only.

8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.

9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.

10. Send to: “NMW” Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901.

The Third Annual Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award

25 June 2007

Camber Press is pleased to announce the return of our poetry chapbook award. Our ethos is to publish contemporary poetry exhibiting lucid delivery while not sacrificing emotional depth, mastery of craft,or originality.

First Prize:
$1,000 and publication of chapbook

Submission guidelines:
The winning poet will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. Only typed manuscripts no greater than 24 pages of original English-language poems will be considered. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and manuscript title. Names should not appear anywhere else. A title page with no biographical information and a table of contents should follow. Simultaneous submissions are allowed of Camber Press is immediately notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgment of receipt. A $15
entry fee payable to Camber Press must accompany all submissions. International submissions are $15 provided they are in US funds on a US bank. Submissions must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2007. The winner will be announced no later than October 1, 2007, on the Camber Press Web site. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to receive a print announcement of the winner.

E-mail us at for more information

Send entries to:
Poetry Competition
Camber Press
1160 Midland Avenue
Suite 1M
Bronxville, NY 10708

Other details:
If some poems in your manuscript have been previously published in literary journals or reviews, please include this information in an acknowledgments page. Any manuscript previously published as a whole in book form is not eligible. Multiple manuscripts by the same writer will be accepted if submitted with a corresponding entry
fee for each work. If the poet’s name is present anywhere on the manuscript aside from the cover page, the entry will be disqualified. If the poet needs to refer to his/herself during a poem, a pseudonym must be used. Please do not send corrections or additions. The winner will be allowed to make revisions before publication.

Judge:Stephen Dobyns
Deadline:July 15, 2007

Submissions postmarked after July 15, 2007, will not be considered for the competition.
Total manuscript pages do not translate to an equal number of book pages. Line length, stanza breaks, book sections, type size, margins, and other factors affect the number of pages a finished book will be. If unsure how many pages your book will be or if your manuscript is too long, visit your local library. Look at Camber Press titles and poetry chapbooks from other publishers. By comparing these with your own poems, you can estimate the approximate book length of your manuscript. Covers, tables of contents, dedication pages, acknowledgements pages, etc., do not count toward the total of 24 pages. “No greater than 24 pages” does not mean your manuscript need be 24 pages.
To date, no poet submitting 24 pages has won the Camber Press Poetry Chapbook Award. Please think of your best poems first, manuscript flow second, and “24 pages,” if ever, last. If you wish to bind your manuscript(s), please use a paperclip. Folders, binders, “bullnose” clips, and staples are not encouraged. Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Do not send a return envelope or return postage. Do not send your only copy of your manuscript. To be advised of future Camber Press news, please join our e-mail newsletter list at Camber Press will not sell, trade, or distribute your e-mail address to any other company,
organization, or individual. We don’t like spam, either. An e-mail to the same address will remove you from our future mailings. Stephen Dobyns, final judge

Stephen Dobyns has published twelve poetry collections (including Velocities: New and Selected Poems, 1966-1992 and Mystery, So Long), ten novels (including The Church of Dead Girls and Boy in the Water), one collection of short stories (Eating Naked), ten mysteries in his Charlie Bradshaw detective series, and the highly recommended nonfiction book Best Words, Best Order: Essays on Poetry. His poetic works count among them a Lamont Poetry Selection (Concurring Beasts), a National Poetry Series award winner (Black Dog, Red Dog,) and a Melville Cane Award winner (Cemetery Nights). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Camber Press is thoroughly devoted to maintaining the integrity of our competitions. Judges are directed to discard any manuscript where the writer of the work can be identified, where they have had a personal relationship with the poet, or if they have contributed in the making of the manuscript. Camber Press does not choose writers or judges based on race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, physical ability/handicap, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location.
Manuscripts are chosen for publication based solely upon quality of work. Judges are chosen because we like their writings and because they are willing to support small presses and independent bookstores. We thank you for your interest in submitting your work. Camber Press looks forward to publishing new, talented writers for the rest of the world to discover along with us. At this time we have several other manuscripts in production for publication, and we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts outside
this competition. Watch our Web site for announcements on the winning manuscript and forthcoming awards in both poetry and fiction.


23 June 2007

Judged by: Joyce Carol Oates
First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The winner and seven finalists will be considered for representation by the William Morris Agency, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

The winning story will be published at this website as a special online supplement to All-Story’s Spring 2008 issue.

The deadline is October 1, 2007. The winners and finalists will be announced at the website December 1, 2007, and in the Spring 2008 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story.

Complete Contest Guidelines:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 1, 2007; clearly marked “Short Fiction Contest” on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story (make checks payable to AZX Publications). Please include name and address on first page or cover letter only.

We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S.; please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to entrants who include an SASE. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

Mail entries to:
Zoetrope: All-Story
Attn: Short Fiction Contest
916 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Please e-mail us at with further questions. Thank you for your interest.

“The Editor’s Prize” Best Poem Contest

23 June 2007

Postmark Deadline: August 31, 2007
Grand Prize: $1,000
for Best Poem & Publication in MARGIE Vol. 6

(Publication of all 12 finalist poems!)

Finalist Judge:



Submit 3 unpublished poems along with a $15 entry fee payable to MARGIE, Inc. (60 line limit per poem)

Additional poems may be submitted for $5 each

Enclose a single cover sheet with your name, address, phone, email (if possible) & poem titles

No names should appear on the poems themselves

Simultaneous submissions accepted

Entries must be POSTMARKED by August 31, 2007

Only submit copies as poems will not be returned

All entries will be considered for publication in Margie / The American Journal of Poetry

Include a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope to receive notification of contest results

Send contest submissions & entry fee to:

MARGIE, POB 250, Chesterfield, MO. 63006

Questions? Please email us at:

2nd Annual EWN Short Fiction Contest

23 June 2007

I am excited to announce the second annual Emerging Writers Network Short Fiction Contest. The winning story will be posted on this blog during the month of December 2007. I have not yet found a journal that will guarantee publishing the story as well, but that still remains a strong possibility. The author will also receive $1000, a doubling of prize money from last year. Update: The incredible literary journal, Storyglossia, has offered to publish the winning story in an issue following the announcement of the winner. This is very exciting to me as Steven McDermott has been publishing absolutely excellent fiction for some time now!

While the stories will all initially be read and evaluated by myself, 20 finalists will be passed along to this year’s Guest Judge: Alyson Hagy!! She will select a winner out of these 20 finalists and write a brief introduction as to what it was that jumped out at her, and elevated it to the top of her pile. Alyson Hagy has published a trio of story collections, as well as the novel, Keeneland. Her second novel, Snow, Ashes, will be published by Graywolf Press next month.

Now for the W’s:

Entry Fee: $15 (an increase from last year, yet not the doubling that you see in the prize money!)

Deadline: All stories must be physically mailed and arrive with a postmark of July 1, 2007 or earlier (and feel free to start sending as early as today)

Length: Stories must be between 3000 and 8000 words in length

Other: As the stories will be judged blind, please send a cover letter that includes the story name as well as your own name and contact information, including an email address. Please also send two copies of the story, pages numbered, story title on the first page, and NO OTHER information beyond the story itself.


No former classmates of either Alyson Hagy or Dan Wickett are eligible to win.

No students, former students, or former instructors of either Alyson Hagy or Dan Wickett are eligible to win. This includes students of any seminars Alyson may have taught, as well as creative writing classes.

No family members of either Alyson Hagy or Dan Wickett are eligible to win.

Of the 20 stories selected by Dan Wickett as finalists, at least half will come from non-EWN members (to ensure no pro-EWN member bias on my part, unintentional or not). This caveat relies on having received at least 10 submissions from non-EWN members. (In the inaugural EWN Short Fiction Contest, 11 of the 20 stories selected as finalists were from non-EWN members).

The 20 finalists will be sent to Alyson Hagy with no author names – she will be selecting her winner blindly. Once she’s made a choice – we will verify that Hagy has never been a student of, the author; nor a former professor of the author; nor a former classmate of the author; nor a family member of the author. At that point, we will announce the winner.

The 20 finalist titles and authors will be listed on this blog in the winner announcement post, again, in December 2007.

As this is an EMERGING WRITERS network – only authors who have (or will have) published three books or less as of December 31, 2007 will be eligible to win.

2 copies (as detailed above) of the manuscripts, and checks for $15 (made out to Dan Wickett) per entry, should be mailed to:

Dan Wickett
EWN 2007 Short Fiction Contest
1334 Woodbourne Street
Westland, MI 48186

Perugia Press Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry by a Woman

23 June 2007

Prize: $1000 and publication
Manuscript Requirements
Send between 48 and 72 pages, on white, 8.5 x 11-inch paper, with legible typeface, pagination, and fastened with a removable clip. No more than one poem per page. Include two cover pages: one with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address, and one with just title of manuscript. Cover letter and bio not required. Include contents and publications acknowledgments pages.

Poet must be a living US resident. Poet must have no more than one previously published book of poems. Chapbooks and books in other genres do not count. If the submission is for a second book, please indicate on acknowledgments page the title of your first book. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible, nor are revisions; the winning manuscript may undergo revisions before publication.

An entry fee of $22 must accompany each submission, made payable to Perugia Press. You may submit more than one manuscript; each is considered a separate submission and must include a separate entry fee. Individual poems may have been published previously in magazines, journals, chapbooks of fewer than 48 pages, or anthologies, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions permitted. Notify Perugia Press if accepted elsewhere.

Judging Process
To be certain that manuscripts receive the fairest consideration, all manuscripts are submitted to the judging panel anonymously. Identifying material, acknowledgment pages, and bios are removed and filed for reference at the conclusion of the competition. All readers are trusted and respected by Perugia Press.

Winner is announced via e-mail or enclose SASE. Notification will be by April 1. Do not enclose SASE for return of manuscript; all
manuscripts will be recycled at the conclusion of the competition. Please do not send your only copy.

Entry must be postmarked between August 1 and November 15. Early submissions strongly encouraged.

Mail Manuscript and Entry Fee to: (No FedEx or UPS)

Perugia Press Prize
P.O. Box 60364
Florence, MA 01062

Dogwood Poetry and Fiction Awards

18 June 2007

Poetry Award: $1000 First Prize and Publication
Fiction Award: $1000 First Prize and Publication

Finalist Judge Poetry: Micheal O’Siadhail
Finalist Judge Fiction: Abby Frucht

Submission Guidelines:

Submit fiction up to 7500 words or three poems (max ten pages). Include a $10 reading fee per story or group of three poems; make check payable to Fairfield University. Include an SASE for notification; mss. not returned. Include a brief bio, but no name should appear on the mss. Simultaneous submissions allowed if Dogwood is notified of acceptance elsewhere. All entries will be considered for publication. Previously published work is not eligible. Announcement of winning entries will be made in Spring 2008. Submit by October 15, 2007

Kim Bridgford, Editor
English Dept.
Fairfield University
North Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195

Contest Deadline: Postmarked by October 15, 2007

Winners and Finalists to be published in Spring 2008 Issue of Dogwood

The American Poet Prize for Poetry

18 June 2007

The American Poetry Journal announces The American Poet Prize for Poetry

The winner will receive $500 plus publication in The American Poetry Journal. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up
to three original and unpublished poems (10 pages maximum total), cover letter with bio and contact information including email address, & SASE for results with a $15.00 reading fee to:

J. P. Dancing Bear, Editor
The American Poetry Journal
P. O. Box 2080
Aptos, CA 95001-2080.
IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to:
Dancing Bear.

Deadline: June 30, 2007.

Simultaneous submissions acceptable with notice. Multiple submissions acceptable with separate reading fee for each group of three poems.

All entries will receive a year’s subscription to The American Poetry Journal.

All selections and winners are made by the editor. Personal Friends, Relatives, and/ or Students of the editor are NOT eligible for the
contest and their entry fees will be refunded.

Temporary Instructor Truman State University

18 June 2007

Truman State University
Division of Language and Literature
English/Creative Writing – Temporary Instructor or Temporary Assistant Professor

TWO POSITIONS (posted 6/12/07)

ENGLISH/CREATIVE WRITING: Truman State University, Missouri’s highly selective liberal arts and sciences institution, announces two temporary creative writing/generalist positions in English beginning August 20, 2007: Temporary Instructor in or Temporary Assistant Professor of English (two one-year positions, renewable).

Teaching Responsibilities: Teaching 12 credit hours (four courses) per semester in English, including creative writing

Required Qualifications for Instructor Rank: Master’s degree in English or Creative Writing; evidence of teaching effectiveness at college level; evidence of excellent communication skills

Required Qualifications for Assistant Professor Rank: Doctorate in English or Creative Writing in hand before start of Fall 2007 semester; evidence of teaching effectiveness at college level; evidence of excellent communication skills

Truman State University has vital major and minor programs in English, including writing tracks, as well as a thriving Master of Arts in English program. Truman has been ranked for the past ten years as the No. 1 Public University in the Midwest Region (Master’s level) by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1867, Truman has the distinction of being Missouri’s only statewide public liberal arts and sciences university and the only public university in Missouri with highly selective admission standards. This year’s incoming class had an average ACT of 27.4 and high school GPA of 3.77. Truman is a residential university focused on providing its nearly 5,800 students with broad liberal arts experiences and offers in-depth study in 45 undergraduate majors (as well as six
graduate programs). Located in Kirksville, Missouri (pop. 17,000), Truman plays a central role in the life of the community. See for more information.

Send letter of application, vita, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies acceptable for now), a statement of teaching philosophy and commitment to the liberal arts and student development, three recent letters of recommendation, names / phone numbers / e-mail addresses of three references, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to:

Dr. Heinz Woehlk, Dean
Division of Language and Literature, MC 310
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501

Reviews will begin April 19, 2007, and continue until the positions are filled.
Application Information

Postal Address:
Dr. Heinz Woehlk
Language & Literature
Truman State University
100 E. Normal St.
McClain Hall 310
Kirksville, MO 63501-4221


Email Address:

New Mellennium Awards & Contests

18 June 2007

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at
$1,000 for best Story; $1,000 for best Poem; $1,000 best Nonfiction
(Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion,essay,interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)
Plus, $1,000 for best Short Short Fiction (1,000-word limit)

Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles and tributes to famous writers such as Julia Glass,
Shel Silverstein, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite-Runner), George Garrett, Ken Kesey, John Updike, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Lucille Clifton, Shelby Foote, Paul West, Norman Mailer, Sharyn McCrumb, William Kennedy, Faulkner, Hemingway, Dickinson, Keats, Percy, Warren and many others. Also, prize-winning stories, poems & articles, humor, graphic arts & writing advice.

To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at

1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Previously published pieces OK if online or under 5,000 print circulation. Enter as often as you like.

2. Winners and selected finalists published in our 2008 issue and/or on-line at

3. Send between now and midnight of� June 17, 2007.

4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome.

5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-Short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).

6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry.

7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page or letter only.

8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.

9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.

10. Send to: “NMW” Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901.

The Rhea and Seymour Gorsline Poetry Competition

18 June 2007

2007 is the fourth year of our competition. The winning poet receives a $500 prize and publication of her or his book-length manuscript. The scheduled date to announce the winner is December 15, 2007.

You may submit as early as April 15, 2007. The deadline for submission is a postmark on or before August 16, 2007. No late entry will be read or returned. This is a first-book contest. A published book of over 40 pages of poetry makes the poet ineligible.

Send submissions to: Poetry Contest, Bedbug Press, Inc., P.O. Box 39, Brownsville, OR, 97327


The poet must be a resident for at least two years of either the United States or Canada. The manuscript is to be in English. The reading fee is $20, and includes a free copy of any one of our poetry books. Make check for reading fee to Bedbug Press, and clip to front of manuscript. The poet’s name is not to appear on the manuscript, nor is any personal information. Two title pages are required, the first with the poet’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and the title of the manuscript. The second title page is to include only the title. The manuscript is to be submitted in the form of hard copy—no discs. Please use a one-and-a-quarter inch spring clip to hold manuscript pages together. The manuscript may not have been published before as a whole; however, it may certainly contain published poems. Credit for the publication of each published poem should appear on the Acknowledgments Page (publication first, title of poem second). The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers; however, if it is accepted for publication and the poet wishes to accept the publication, the poet must notify Bedbug
Press. The manuscript will not be returned. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard, which will be mailed to you upon
receiving your manuscript. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of results. Manuscript should be
typed with one poem per page on one side of the page. Manuscripts are to be a minimum of 60 pages, and a maximum of 71 pages. This count includes contents pages, pages that number a section, or present a quotation. Please also tell us why you chose to submit your ms to our contest; will you be submitting to other contests? What criteria do you look for in a contest and/or publisher? Address any questions about the contest to:

Tony Gorsline, publisher
Bedbug Press, Inc.
P.O. Box 39
Brownsville, OR, 97327

NOTE: A manuscript from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska, and from Alberta or British Columbia in Canada, will also be considered for the Northwest Poetry Series. There is no prize for acceptance in the Northwest Poetry Series.

Memoirs, Ink. Fourth Annual Personal Essay Contest

18 June 2007

Contest Guidelines
We are looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person, other that that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. It is open to any writer writing in English–that means Candians, Brits, Australians, Ugandans and anyone else anywhere can enter.
Entry must be previously unpublished (this includes websites and blogs).
Entry fee: $15. (Please make check or money order to Memoirs, Ink.)
Prize: $1000. Second Prize: $500. Third Prize: $250.
Please limit entries to less than 3000 words.
Contest Deadline: August 1, 2007 (postmark). Late Deadline: August 15, 2007 (Requires additional $5 entry fee per entry)
Winners will be announced September 30, 2007. We will announce them by e-mail. If you do not have email, please include a SASE to receive a list of winners. Winners will be published at Send entries to:
Memoirs Ink Writing Contest
10866 Washington Blvd, Suite 518,
Culver City, CA 90232

Please submit entries as follows: Typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font.
Your name should appear only on the contest submission form.
Go to
to download entry form
The title of the manuscript should appear in the top half of the first page. The pages should be numbered, with the title of the story appearing somewhere in the header or footer of each subsequent page.
We used to prefer paperclips, but are now partial to staples.
Multiple submissions are accepted, however, an additional $10 entry fee is required for each additional story.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, however, if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere, you need to let us know immediately that you are withdrawing your submission.
E-mail questions to Jill at
Other Info
Manuscripts will not be returned. Memoirs, Ink., is not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail, etc. Memoirs, Ink cannot confirm receipt of your entry unless you provide a self-addressed stamped postcard.
Winners must sign a contest winner agreement form that certifies your writing is original and assigns temporary electronic rights and electronic archiving rights to us. If you win, we will publish your story. If you do not want your story published (for personal reasons, etc), please do not submit it. We reserve the right to mention or not mention anyone honorably. Winners will be contacted between September 15-September 29, 2007.

The judge for this contest will be E.B. Harper.


18 June 2007

Editor: Vincent Kovar
Publisher: Gay City Health Project
Disciplines: Comic Art, Fiction, Poetry, & Photography
Submission Deadline: Postmarked Sept. 29th, 2007

The queer anthology GAY CITY: VOLUME ONE is seeking submissions of comic art, fiction, poetry, and photography that serve to promote the Gay City mission of preventing HIV transmission through building community, fostering communications and nurturing self-esteem among gay men. While the content of submissions should be focused on gay men, contributing artists may be of any orientation and gender.

We are looking for fresh takes on the gay aesthetic beyond the usual clichés. Is there such a thing as a gay landscape or homo-surrealism or queer futurism? Do you have an entirely unique take on the homoerotic (note: we are not seeking erotica) or the closet or coming out that we haven’t seen before? We’re creating a cross between the New Yorker and Christopher Street that pushes “gay” upward into a new territory beyond the confines of mere sexual behavior.

1. Hardcopy, disposable submissions are requested, sent to the address below. If accepted, an electronic copy will be requested.
2. Send two (2) copies of all work.
3. Include one $5 submission fee per 3,000 words of fiction, or up to four poems, or up to six photographs, or up to eight pages of comic art (formatted for a 6×9 book).
4. Your name and contact information should not appear on the work itself, only on your coversheet, along with the title of your work. The title should appear on each page of the work.
5. All submissions should be in black and white and professionally presented.
6. Include a brief cover letter with a short bio of up to 150 words.
7. Include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) for reply.
8. Please do not call to request the status of your submission.

We pay if and when funds are available, at $10/page, with a maximum payment of $50; contributing artist/authors receive a complimentary copy. One piece from each discipline will receive the “Editor’s Choice Award” of an additional $50.

Entries must be postmarked by September 29th.

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2007 Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award

13 June 2007

Southern Indiana Review will award three prizes ($1000*, $250 & $100) for poetry submitted under the following guidelines.

Each submission must:
• Be available for exclusive publication in Vol. 15, No. 1 of the Southern Indiana Review. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if the entry is published/accepted by another publication while under consideration, the author must promptly notify SIR in writing to withdraw the entry.
• Include an entry fee of $15. This non-refundable fee includes a copy of the prize issue. Make check or money order payable to Southern Indiana Review.
• List the author’s name, street address, phone number, email address (if applicable), and title(s) of poems submitted on a cover page.
• List only the title of poem(s) on each page thereafter.
• Consist of no more than three poems (with an additional limit of ten pages in 12-point font) per each individual submission.
• Be addressed to Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award, Southern Indiana Review, College of Liberal Arts, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN, 47712.
• Be postmarked by October 1, 2007.
• Include a SASE for contest results. All manuscripts will be recycled. Finalists will be notified by email and posted on the SIR website. All submissions will be considered for
publication. SIR’s editorial preference for Midwestern themes or writers does not apply to
poems submitted for the contest. All themes and/or subject matters are eligible. All
rights revert to the writer upon publication.
*$500 is awarded for the prize-winning poem, and $500 is awarded as an honorarium towards travel for an on-campus reading.

Florence Poets Society Annual Contest

13 June 2007



Poetry Contest Submission Guidelines
I. OPEN TO ALL POETS OF ALL AGES, FROM ANY COUNTRY (but poems must be submitted in English) published or not; regardless of experience.
II. Prize of $1,000.00 is guaranteed to be awarded :
III. Winner will be published in the Florence Poets Society Annual Review the SILKWORM – 2007. Winner will receive a copy of the SILKWORM 2007. The winner will be the featured reader at the FLORENCE FALL POETRY FESTIVAL, and will be interviewed on the Twilite Poetry Pub radio program.

IV. Noteworthy works will earn the poet a designation “Poet of Distinction” and with it consideration for publication in Silkworm 2007 as well as a commemorative printed award of said designation.

DETAILS [please read carefully]
1. All poems submitted must be the ORIGINAL and PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED* (see note above) work (in any medium) of the entrant.
2. Each poet may submit up to three (3) poems with their entry.
3. Poem length is limited to 60 lines for each poem. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. Poems that exceed 60 lines will be disqualified and entry fee WILL NOT be returned.
3. All entries must be in English (a translation from another language is allowed).
4. Poems may be of any theme, style, form, etc. No Preference is given to any one form.
5. Simultaneous submissions are permitted and encouraged. If they are accepted elsewhere please inform us immediately, no entry fees will be returned.
A. Three typed copies of each poem must be submitted.
C. The other two copies MUST BE POEM TEXT ONLY. Place title on each page of poem and number pages.
D. All judging is done without knowledge of the author, each entry recieves a code for identification purposes. Names are revealed AFTER final judging is completed and prize is determined by the code designation.
7. All winners will be notified by mail on or about July 30, 2007
8. No entries will be returned under any circumstances please retain copies of your work.
9. All poems remain the property of the poet at all times. By submitting your entry you automatically give the FPS the right to publish the work for any purpose FPS shall choose. However that publication shall be limited to only one time. You may decline to be published by opting out in your entry form or by informing us in writing at the address of the Society listed below. The FPS is under no obligation to publish any entry at any time and may disqualify any entry at any time.
10. All judges are members of Florence Poets Society. They, their family, friends and students are disqualified participation.
11. This contest may be terminated and all entries and reading fees returned to the entrants at the discretion of the Directors of the Florence Poets Society.
Winners will be selected on or about: July 30, 2007
Go to for online entry instructions.


Mail your entries to:
Florence Poets Society
P.O. Box 60355
Florence, Massachusetts 01062

“what is publication”
The key criteria is: Someone independently decided to publish your poem and that person was not influenced or controlled by you, the author. Self-publication is not considered publication for purposes of this contest. If you have printed your work into a self produced chapbook or given a poem to friends and family for a holiday or your work has been posted on your own website then that is not the publication envisioned by the directors.

Also note that members of the Florence Poets Society are eligible to enter this contest but will not be given any preference by the Directors (NB in 2006 several members of FPS entered the contest and none were selected to win a prize).

2007 Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest

13 June 2007

We will award $2450 in total prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize.

Submission Period
Entries accepted May 1-Dec 31 (postmark dates), 2007.

What to Submit
Original, unpublished poem of any theme. Limit of 3 entries per contestant. Entries should not exceed 100 lines each.

First Prize, $1,000 cash and publication on Five Merit Award Winners, each to receive a $290 1901 Fountain Pen, or alternate FC product of their choice of equal or less value, and publication on

Entry is Free
There will be no fee or other obligation for entering this contest.

December 31, 2007. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date.

Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poems online or by mail. Provide your contact information within your email, or on a separate cover sheet if submitting by mail. If your poem contains complex formatting, such as centered text or italic type, we recommend submitting by mail. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations, fancy fonts or decorative borders.

How To Submit Email to by either pasting within message or attachment.

or mail to:

Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest
7511 Mourning Dove Rd. Ste. 104
Raleigh, NC 27615

Please include a cover letter (or email) with your name and contact number. The poem itself should not contain your name or any contact information. We will hold original copies at our headquarters, and submit anonymous copies to our panel of judges.

Announcement of Winners
The winners will be announced in our Client List Email and on on January 15, 2008.

Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished
Your entries must be original, written by you, unpublished (either in print or in an
online journal), and not have received a monetary award from any other contest. Self-published work is not eligible. Exceptions: Poems posted to the web outside of online journals, such as to a bulletin board, email list, personal web page, critique site or public forums are eligible for entry. Please email us if you’re unsure of eligibility. Our staff will research all submissions for prior publication.

Simultaneous Submission Allowed
You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. Please notify us if one of your entries wins an award in another contest or is published elsewhere.

English Language
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible.

We respect your privacy. Franklin-Christoph does not sell or rent customer or contestant information to third parties.

You retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as finalist or better, Franklin-Christoph only requests permission to publish your work on, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other potential use will be negotiated with you.

Franklin-Christoph will utilize a panel of independent judges from a staff at a local
college. Members of the FC Staff, or other economically affiliated persons are not eligible to enter.

We are open to poetry in all forms, on all subjects, short or tall, large or small.

Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award

11 June 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 e-mail:

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

The Patricia Bibby First Book Award

11 June 2007

Tebot Bach announces The Patricia Bibby First Book Award
$1,000 and Book Publication

Patricia Bibby was a beginning poet whose poems expressed her love of life while living with cancer. Her kindness, humor, and optimism inspired the love of many new friends in the poetry community. She died in 2004, at 43, without having been published. In naming the First Book Award after Patricia Bibby, Tebot Bach honors the aspirations and spirit of all beginning poets. David St. John served as judge for this competition that looks for a fresh, new voice in poetry.

Competition Guidelines:

Winner will receive $1,000 and book publication
Judge: David St. John

The competition is open to all poets writing in English who have not committed to publishing collections of poetry of 36 poems or more in editions of over 400 copies.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

Entries of 50-84 pages of original poetry in English must be postmarked by October 31, 2007. Entries postmarked after October 31, 2007 will not be read. Manuscripts will not be returned. Manuscripts must be bound with a binder clip. No staples, folders, or printer-bound copies. No photographs, images, or illustrations. Submit two title pages. The first, not fastened with the manuscript, should include the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address in upper right corner. The second, fastened with the manuscript, should include only the title in upper right corner. Entries should be fastened in this order:

1. Title page
2. Table of contents
3. Collection of poems

Items 1 and 2 are not included in the 50-84 page count.

Manuscripts should be letter-quality, typewritten, and single-spaced. Photocopies are acceptable. Please do not submit your only copy, as manuscripts will not be returned. Tebot Bach assumes no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts.

Translations and multi-authored collections are not eligible.

Past and current students and employees of the University of Southern California are not eligible. Past and current volunteers and employees of Tebot Bach are not eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but Tebot Bach must be notified immediately if a collection is accepted for publication via email:

The winning collection will be announced April 15, 2008 on the Tebot Bach website and published in 2008.

Please include a non-refundable reading fee of $25, check or money order, made out to Tebot Bach. Include a business-size SASE (self-addressed envelope) for notification. Include a SAPC (self-addressed postcard) for notification of receipt of manuscript. Postcard should include title of manuscript.

Mail manuscript, check or money order payable to Tebot Bach, SASE, SAPC in one envelope to:

Patricia Bibby Award
Tebot Bach
Post Office Box 7887
Huntington Beach CA 92615

Tebot Bach is Welsh for “little teapot.”

The Charles B. Wheeler Prize 2008

11 June 2007

The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry

The Ohio State University Press and The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, invite submissions for the 2007 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award. Each year, a readers’ committee of OSU poets and a final judge select one full-length poetry manuscript for publication by The Ohio State University Press. The winner also receives The Charles B. Wheeler Prize, a $3,000 cash prize made possible by the generosity of the family of the late Professor Emeritus of the English Department.

Entries of at least 48 typed pages of original poetry must be postmarked during the month of September. Entries postmarked later than September 30 will not be accepted. Clear photocopies are acceptable. All identifying material is removed before manuscripts are passed to the Readers. Please supply two title pages: your name or other identification should only appear on one.

Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified on an acknowledgements page.

Include a nonrefundable handling fee of $25.00 (U.S. dollars) with each manuscript (check or money order payable to The Ohio State University). If you wish, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to confirm receipt of your manuscript, and a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope so we can notify you of the results. OSU Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Manuscripts will not be returned.

All entrants will receive a one-year subscription (two issues) to The Journal. The winning entry will be announced by January 15, 2008. For further information about the Contest and rules for submission, please visit The Ohio State University Press website –

2007 Winner: Mark Svenvold for Empire Burlesque

Mail to:
Poetry Editor
The Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus OH 43210-1002

The Gatewood Prize

11 June 2007

2007 Judge: Patty Seyburn
2007 Deadline: October 1

The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books’ annual competition for a first full-length collection of poems by a woman writing in English between the ages of 18 and 39. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. Guidelines for the Gatewood Prize Switchback Books editors will select at least 10 finalists and a judge will select the prizewinner, who will be recognized with a cash prize of $1000 and publication by Switchback Books. Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected.

General Terms:
Poet must be a woman between the ages of 18 and 39 Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible. Students and former students of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge are also not considered eligible. Entry fee of $25 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Switchback Books. Fee entitles entrant to a copy of the winning book. Please enclose a self-addressed 8 x 10 envelope with $1.42 postage to receive a copy. Multiple manuscript submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under a separate cover, with a separate entry fee. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration. No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication. Translations ineligible.

Manuscript Requirements:
Between 48 and 80 pages of poetry, paginated
Bound with a removable clip and nothing more
Include two cover pages: one with title of the manuscript only, the other with title of manuscript, name, address, telephone number, and email address
No other cover letter necessary
No acknowledgments page
Anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript itself)
Enclose an SAS-postcard for confirmation of receipt of manuscript
Enclose an SASE for notification of winner
Do not enclose an SASE for return of manuscript; all manuscripts will be recycled at end of contest term
International submissions must include US postage; IRCs will not be honored.
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Envelope must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2007
Mail manuscript and entry fee to:

The Gatewood Prize
Switchback Books
PO Box 478868
Chicago, IL 60647


11 June 2007

Judge: Harryette Mullen
A prize of $1,000 plus book publication by Kore Press will be given for a book-length poetry manuscript.

Deadline: July 31st, 2007
Ethics Statement
We endorse and agree to comply with the following statement released by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses: CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to:
1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors;
2) provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and
3) make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.


This competition is open to any female writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry. Writers who have had chapbooks of less than 42 pages printed in editions of no more than 400 copies are eligible. Please submit one copy of the manuscript, a cover sheet, a $20 reading fee payable to Kore Press, a self-addressed stamped postcard to
acknowledge receipt of the manuscript, and include an email address for award notification. Please note that manuscripts cannot be returned.

Send submissions to:

Kore Press, First Book Award
P.O. Box 3044
Tucson, AZ 85702-3044

Cover sheet should include:
daytime and evening telephone numbers
email address
title of manuscript
where you heard about the contest

Manuscripts must be:
a minimum of 48 pages and a maximum of 70 pages typed on standard white paper paginated bound with a clip (do not permanently bind in any way) anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript) original poetry written by applicant (translations are not eligible)

For more information email or call 520-629-9752.

The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize

11 June 2007

The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize is a collaboration between Persea Books and The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project. It sponsors the annual publication of a poetry collection by an American woman poet who has yet to publish a book of poems. The winner receives $1000.00 and publication of her collection by Persea.

Submitted manuscripts should include a title page, containing the author’s name, the author’s contact information, and the title of the collection; and a second title page, only the title of the collection. To help ensure impartiality among judges, the author’s name should not appear on any other page of the submission other than the first of those two title pages. Manuscripts should be 50-80 pages and should be paginated, with the title of the collection included on each page as a header or footer, and fastened with a clip. Please do not staple or permanently bind submissions. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned. Submissions must be written in English to be considered. Translations
are not accepted.

Entries must be postmarked between September 1 and October 31. They should be sent to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize, c/o Persea Books, 853 Broadway, suite 601, New York, NY 10003, and should include a check (in U.S. funds) in the amount of $20.00, made payable to the order of The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project.

The winner is chosen by an anonymous selection committee and announced on Persea’s web site in January.

About Lexi Rudnitsky:
Lexi Rudnitsky (1972-2005) grew up outside of Boston. She studied at Brown University and Columbia University, where she wrote poetry and cultivated a profound relationship with a lineage of women poets that extends from Muriel Rukeyser to Heather McHugh. Her own poems exhibit both a playful love of language and a fierce conscience. Her writing appeared in The Antioch Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Pequod, and The Western Humanities Review. In 2004, she won the Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry from Harpur Palate. She is the author of a book of poems, A Doorless Knocking into Night (Mid-List Press, 2005). Contributions to The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project can be mailed to

The Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Project
c/o Wainwright Bank & Trust Co.
One Church Street
Watertown, MA 02472