Archive for June 25th, 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.