Archive for June 23rd, 2007


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 Entries must be: unpublished; 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 1, 2007; clearly marked “Short Fiction Contest” on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a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Submit 3 unpublished poems along with a $15 entry fee payable to MARGIE, Inc. (60 line limit per poem)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