Archive for June 11th, 2007

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


11 June 2007

Hunger Mountain, The Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters, is pleased to announce the establishment of a new literary prize:


Judged by Sue William Silverman, author of Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey Through Sexual Addiction and editor of the journal Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction.

DEADLINE: September 10, 2007 – entries accepted beginning June 1, 22007

One $1,000.00 prize winner receives publication in the Spring 2008 Issue; two honorable mentions receive $100.00 each.

$15 entry fee, payable to “Hunger Mountain” — includes a copy of the Spring 2008 Issue of HUNGER MOUNTAIN. Submit one work of creative nonfiction, not to exceed 10,000 words. Name or address should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Story must be original, written in English, and previously unpublished. Entries must be typed, one-side-only. Use a paper clip or send unbound—no staples or binding. Enclose a standard index card with title, name, address, phone number, and email address. Enclose a SASE for notification of winners. Enclose a postage-paid postcard for acknowledgement of entry (optional). Entries must be postmarked by September 10, 2007. Multiple entries allowed—each entry must be sent separately and incclude a separate entry fee. No simultaneous submissions, artwork, or translations. Once submitted, entries cannot be altered. Electronic or faxed entries will not be accepted. Late entries will be returned unread. No entries will be returned.
All entries will be considered for publication. Email if questions arise.

CNF Prize
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College/UI&U
36 College Street
Montpelier VT , 05602


2007 Holland Prize Guidelines

11 June 2007

Logan House announces the third annual Holland Prize for unpublished poetry manuscripts (48-80 pages). The winning manuscript will be published in 2008, and the winner will receive $500. Submit manuscript, $25 reading fee, and SASE to Logan House, Rte. 1, Box 154, Winside, NE 68790, before August 1. Everyone that submits to the Holland Prize will receive a copy of Disciples of an Uncertain Season by Larry Holland and will also receive the winning manuscript. Friends and close associates of the press are not eligible for the contest. We are interested in publishing the best manuscript that comes across our desks. We are not looking for anything regional, Midwest, Great Plains or Western related. We will award the Holland Prize to the best manuscript we read no matter what region you write from. Manuscripts will be recycled unless otherwise noted and proper return postage is supplied. Thanks for submitting to the Holland Prize and helping support Logan House Press. For additional questions email us at

Best New Poets 2007 Anthology

11 June 2007

Best New Poets 2007 is now accepting nominations. See to submit work to our Open Competition until our final deadline: midnight, June 15, 2007.

Best New Poets is an annual anthology of 50 poems by emerging writers, where we define “emerging” as a poet who has yet to publish a book-length collection. You can view our full eligibility rules at

Please note: There is a reading fee of $8 for all Open Competition entries; the fee includes a reading of your work and a copy of the 2007 anthology mailed to the address you supply at time of entry.

If you submit work to Best New Poets, your poetry goes into an online database along with other Open Competition entrants and nominations from writing programs and literary magazines across North America. A pool of readers ranks the submissions blindly. We expect to send the top 175 picks to this year’s editor, Natasha Trethewey, by July 15. She selects her final 50 poems by July 30 … and we notify you soon after. Meanwhile, because we use an online database, you can track the status of your submission, making sure it has arrived and checking to see if we’ve evaluated it. We try to keep the selection process
as transparent as we reasonably can.

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Virginia Press, Best New Poets 2007 will be available in retail bookstores near you, as well as through online sites like,,, and others.

Sales of Best New Poets 2006 have been brisk and exceeded our projections, but you can still order remaining copies at the website. Upcoming Best New Poets readings are listed on our main web page, and there is also a blog and an FAQ page for many of the questions you might have.