Archive for August, 2007

The 2008 (14th Annual) Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival & Contests

29 August 2007

The 2008 (14th Annual) Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival & Contests will be held April 9 – 13th, 2008. The festival, set in the Heritage House Garden, Robert Frost Cottage, and other select venues in Key West, again will feature poetry and haiku workshops, poetry and haiku readings, impromptu jazz and open mike, an art & film event, poetry on the water, a poetry slam, visual poetry exhibit, and international and Florida Key’s schools poetry and haiku contests. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with readings and contest award ceremonies.

Featured are Dr. Michael Wyndham Thomas, England, Playwright, Author and Poet, Rosalind Brackenbury, Key West, Author and Poet, Dr. Lee Gurga, Editor of Modern Haiku Press, Dr. Charles Trumbull, Editor of Modern Haiku, Cricket Desmarais, Key West, Author, Dancer, and Poet, Catherine Doty, New York, Author and Poet, Barry George, Philadelphia, Haijin and Poet, Richard Grusin, Key West, Actor and Poet, Bob Muens, Bookbinder.

I. KWRFPF Poetry Contest: 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50, and Honorable Mentions. Postmarked Deadline: March 24, 2008. Unpublished, open to style and theme, 30 lines maximum, typed copy. Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or email on one copy only.

II. KWRFPF Haiku Contest: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25, and Honorable Mentions. Postmarked Deadline: March 24, 2008. Entry fees are $10 for each three haiku; 3-line format of up to 17 or fewer syllables. All haiku must contain a seasonal or nature image. Two copies of each entry typed or neatly written, with your name, address, phone and/or email on one copy only.

Mail entries to KWRFPF Poetry & Haiku Contests, Heritage House, 410 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040. Make checks payable to KWRFPF. SASE for results only. Chapbooks of winning poems and haiku from 1999-2005 and from 2006-2007 are available for $5.00 each, including S&H.

Poem and haiku copyright is retained by the authors with the exception: Heritage House retains one-time rights to publish winning contest entries in KWRFPF announcements or in a chapbook of winning poems. Since rights revert to the authors, a poem may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement is made to the KWRFPF. For further information, please visit or write to the Heritage House.


Two Hawks Quarterly Call for Submissions

15 August 2007

About Two Hawks:

Two Hawks Quarterly is a literary publication brought to you by the Undergraduate Creative Writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA. We are dedicated to sparking debate and discussion through exposing the world to the most challenging, edgy and lyrical prose, poetry, memoir, and artwork available.

Submission Guidelines:

Currently we are accepting submissions for the Fall 2007 issue. We are looking for well written and compelling works in the following genres.

Creative Non-Fiction
Cross Genre

E-mail submissions as follows:

Do not send file attachments. Instead, send your story in the body of your e-mail.
Send all submissions to:

In the subject line of your e-mail, include the genre to which you are submitting.
Example: Attention Editor: Fiction Submission

It is important to thoroughly review our Submission Guidelines prior to sending in your work. You can access our guidelines and preview our current issue at

Mimi Heitzmann Writers’ Contest

6 August 2007

Gulf Coast Writers Association announces the Mimi Heitzmann Writers’ Contest
Fiction with a strong female character!

Open: July 9, 2007
Deadline: October 1, 2007
Entry Fee: $10 per submission
Maximum word count: 2500 words
Genre: Fiction (mystery, romance, humor, etc.) Must have a strong heroine!
$500 in cash prizes
will be awarded at the October 25th GCWA General Meeting

Submission Preparation:
Must include your:
E-mail address
Title of submission
Word count

Put Title and page number in the upper right hand corner on each page of your submission
DO NOT include your name on any page except the Cover Page

Mail submissions
and entry fees to:

Mimi Heitzmann Writers’ Contest
PO Box 6445
Gulfport MS 39506

How to enter On-line
go to
for online entry instructions.

Contributions to GCWA should be made out to GCWA,
Heitzmann Memorial Fund
PO Box 6445, Gulfport MS 39506

Ventura County Writers Club 8th Annual Short Story Contest

6 August 2007
Deadline for entries: September 1, 2007

Grand Prize: $500.00
Publication in the Arts & Living section of the Ventura County Star on Sunday, November 11, 2007.
Second prize: $250.00
Third Prize: $125.00

Contest Rules
Previous first-place winners are not eligible. No person may win more than one prize. Submissions may be in any genre, but must be a short story with all of the elements defined below. All stories must be original and may not have been previously published in
any newspaper, magazine, or book, whether for pay or not. Each entry must be typed (typewriter or word processor) and double-spaced, using 12-point font. Use standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. Do not use legal size. Use standard formatting for pages: 1 ?-inch margins on both sides, 1-inch margins top and bottom. All stories must be 10 pages or less. (Allows approximately 3,500 words.) Indent the first line of each paragraph, and number all pages, top or bottom. Put the story title at the top of each page.
On a separate cover page, include the title of the story along with the writer’s name, address, and telephone number. Do not put the writer’s name on any other pages. Submit three copies of the story. Entries will be judged on the basis of plot (25 pts.), character development (25 pts.), intent/focus (15 pts.), reader interest (15 pts.), style/voice (10 pts), grammar/punctuation (5 pts), and title (5 pts). You may enter as many stories as you like, as long as each story is accompanied by a separate entry fee.
For members of VCWC, the entry fee is $15.00. For non-members, the entry fee is $25.00. Please make checks payable to VCWC. Please do not send cash. Entries must be postmarked no later than September 1, 2007 to be eligible. All decisions of the judges are final. Entries not following contest rules will be disqualified. No entries will be returned. Winners will be notified by telephone prior to November 11, 2007. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the general meeting of the Ventura County Writers Club on November 13, 2007 Mail all entries to:

Gerry Schiller
P.O. Box 246
Newbury Park, CA 91319-0246

For information call: William Vietinghoff, Short Story Contest Chairperson,
(805) 358-7762,

Indiana Review’s 2007 Fiction Prize Guidelines

6 August 2007

$1000 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Lan Samantha Chang

Go to:
to get entry form (scroll down)

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of Hunger: A Novella and Stories (1998) and Inheritance: A Novel (2004). Her work has been published in Ploughshares, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Best American Short Stories. She has taught creative writing at Stanford University, Harvard University, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and The University of Iowa, where she is professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. POSTMARK DEADLINE: OCT. 14, 2007
Reading Fee: $15 Includes a one-year subscription All entries considered for publication. All entries considered anonymously.

Send only one story per entry, 35 double-spaced pages maximum, 12 pt. font. Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions okay, but fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. Multiple entries okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Further, IR cannot consider work from anyone currently or
recently affiliated with Indiana University or the prize judge. Entry form must include name, address, phone number, and title.
Entrant’s name should appear ONLY on the entry form. If desired, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification. Manuscripts will not be returned. Make checks payable to Indiana Review. Each fee entitles entrant to a one-year subscription, an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Please indicate your choice and enclose complete address information for subscriptions. Overseas addresses, please add $12 for postage ($7 for addresses in Canada). Please note that we cannot
accept checks or money orders from foreign banks. For our printable entry form, go to

Fiction Prize
Indiana Review
Ballantine Hall 465
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN

The Earth Vision nature writing contest 2007

4 August 2007

short fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetic prose

First Prize $600 and elegibility to co-write a future EV work.

Entries are now invited for the EV nature writing contest. Only winners will be notified and entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, 2007.

The EV nature writing contest is held for three reasons:

1. to support the cause of writing on the subject of nature and deep ecology.
2. to find a co-author for a future volume of the Earth Vision project.
3. any outstanding proceeds support the EV project.

First prize: $600 and eligibility to co-write a future work* with EV author Josef Graf.
Second prize: $100 and eligibility to co-write a future work* with the EV author.
Three honorable mentions.

This contest is open to any writer in English producing an original short piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetic prose (no lined or rhymed poetry) on a theme of nature, deep ecology, or spiritual ecology. Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry. One title per entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee to accompany each entry. Winners will retain all rights, and will be invited to post their entries on the Earth Vision website.

Entry fee: $12 (U.S.)
You can either donate $12, or purchase two or more E-books from the Earth Vision site (at $6 each).

– there is no form for this contest.
– peruse the Earth Vision material – either by reading the excerpts on the site, or buying any two of the E-books. Winners will comprise the best potential co-authors for future EV material, as judged by EV author, Josef Graf.
– either donate $12 through the link below – or purchase two or more E-books from the five available on the site – then email your entry through the address below, as either a Word, or PDF document.
– enter “EV contest” on the subject line of your email – and remember to attach your entry.
– include a cover page with title, contact, and author information, plus a short biography.

The deadline is Oct 15th, 2007. No late entries will be considered.

Only winning entries will be notified.
Winners will be posted on this site by November 15th, 2007.

* Neither winners, nor the EV author, are bound in any way to enter into a co-writing agreement. That option would only proceed under full mutual agreement between both parties.

The Arabesques Print Review — Call for Submissions

4 August 2007

The Arabesques Print Review is currently seeking submissions from international writers for upcoming issues. Arabesques publishes original poetry, literary criticism, interviews, fiction, non-fiction, stories, essays, translations, social and political commentary, art works and photographs.

Please use the following guidelines when submitting manuscripts for consideration.

Do not send more than five poems, two stories or essays at a time. Submissions should be made by post or emailed to:

Upcoming Issues

Vol 03, Issue 03 Globalization, Peace & Cultures Dialogue

>>> Submissions Deadline: July 30, 2007

Vol 03, Issue 04 Dreams

>>> Submissions Deadline: August 30, 2007

Vol 04, Issue 01 Rumi in Love: A tribute to Contemporary Love Poetry

>>> Submissions Deadline: September 30, 2007

All submissions must be in English and previously unpublished. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Simultaneous submissions are also acceptable, so long as we are notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. Be sure to include email contact information.

Important Note: To all authors who submitted texts to the Globalization and Rumi in Love issues, please resend us your texts including them both in Word file attachment or past in the body of the email including a short bio note no longer than 400 words.

Senior’s Writing Contest

4 August 2007


1. Author of winning article must be 65 years of age or older to win. Anyone else can participate for fun.
2. The article must be original and 500 words or more.
3. Article must be submitted between July 9, 2007 00:01am to September 30, 2007 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time to be eligible. First Chapters Writing Competition

4 August 2007

Aspiring romance writers can enter their manuscripts in the First Chapters Writing Competition, in order to win a guaranteed publishing contract with the Pocket Books imprint of Simon & Schuster!

Detailed information is pasted below, or you can go directly to

The submission period is from tomorrow through 8/22/07.

How to Enter: Before 11:59PM (EST) August 22, 2007, you must complete the following in order to enter this Competition:

1) Be a registered member of To register, please visit and click on the “Join today – it’s FREE” button. You must create a user profile that contains your full name, your hometown, and a valid e-mail address. You must also join the First Chapters Romance group by going to and clicking “Join This Group.”

2) If any excerpt from your Submission has been previously published on, remove it from the site.

3) Click on “Publish” at the top of any page, select “Article” and enter the title of your book in the article title space, in the following format: “Book Title – First Chapter.” You may type your first chapter only directly into the body of the submission page or copy and paste in your entry if you have written it elsewhere. The chapter should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. In the “Tags” field, you must insert the tag “romance” and under “Who can view my article,” you must select “Everyone” and the “First Chapters Romance” Group. Note: do not publish your chapter to any other Gather group or you will be disqualified. Click “Publish.” Please note that while your chapter will be “live” on the website, it will not appear in the First Chapters Romance group until the reading and voting period begins on August 27. Any votes cast before 12:00 AM EST will not be considered. Any chapters edited on or after August 27 will be disqualified.

For help posting your chapter, see our publishing FAQs.

4) Email your completed romance manuscript as an MS Word file attachment or equivalent to: The length of the completed manuscript must not exceed 100,000 words, and chapters 1 and 2 should each be between 2,000 and 5,000 words. The manuscript must be delivered in complete form, drafted in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins throughout, paginated and double-spaced and must include numbered chapter breaks. You must also attach the first two (2) chapters, sequentially, in a separate document.The subject of your email should read First Chapters Romance Competition Entry. In the email body you must include:

1. Your full, legal name (first, last)
2. Email address
3. Phone number
4. Manuscript title
5. Manuscript word count
6. username
7. A hyperlink to your article URL on the Gather website

We will email all entrants to confirm receipt of their Submissions. If you have entered the Competition and have not received a confirmation notice of your Submission within five business days, please email Submissions will not be returned.

Eligibility: (a) Unpublished writers are eligible to compete in the Competition. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of Gather (“Sponsor”), American Public Media Group, Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, Simon & Schuster and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion, advertising, design, web design, web hosting, publicity, production and print production agencies and anyone connected with the production, hosting and distribution of this Competition (collectively, “Competition Entities”), their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings, spouse and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) and members of any of their households are not eligible to enter or be awarded a prize.

(b) Entries must be original, previously unpublished (excluding self-published and vanity press), completed book-length manuscripts in the Romance genre from authors who have not previously published a full-length book. Note: for this competition, romance as a genre is defined as follows: “A story, focusing on the relationship between a man and a woman, which captures the joy of falling in love. The setting can be anywhere from the distant past to the present day, or in a paranormal realm. Erotica is not permitted. Erotica as a genre is defined as follows: “Any work of fiction that is sexually explicit in nature. The sexual language is expressed in candid, adult terms, and the graphic love scenes are high in volume per the overall word count.”

All entries must be in English. Submissions must not violate copyright laws; must contain properly cited material, if applicable; and must be previously unpublished (except on or as previously noted), original material. You must be 18 or at least the age of majority in your state of residence as of August 22, 2007 and must be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia to be eligible to enter. Entries may not be submitted elsewhere unless and until the entrant has been eliminated from the Competition. By submitting your entry in the Competition, you hereby give Pocket Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) first publication rights to your manuscript until such time as you are eliminated from the Competition. Writers cannot submit more than one entry in the Competition. This Competition is run only on the Internet. Participants in previous First Chapters Writing Competitions are eligible to submit a romance manuscript. By entering this Competition, you agree that if you are selected as the Grand Prize Winner, you will sign Simon & Schuster’s standard publishing agreement within five days of receipt of the agreement.

Liz Bradley
PR for

Dzanc Prize

4 August 2007

Dzanc Books announces the inaugural Dzanc Prize – a monetary award to a writer with both a work in progress, and an interest in performing some form of literary community service.

The award itself will be a total of $5,000 to be distributed in two payments over the course of a twelve month period. The purpose of this prize is to give monetary aid to a writer of literary promise, in order to provide a budgetary cushion for them, allowing the author to concentrate his/her efforts on the completion of their work in progress.

Eligibility: Any author with a Work in Progress, and a project in mind that can be deemed Literary Community Service. The author must be working on literary fiction, and the community service must occur within the United States of America.

Timing: The Inaugural Dzanc Prize will be issued for the 2008 calendar year. We will accept submissions from authors from now through
November 1, 2007. The announcement of the winning author will be made during the month of December 2007. The announcement will be made via email to the author, here on the website, as well as sent to trade journals (P&W, Publisher’s Weekly, etc.).

Submissions: Authors please send your current cv, a description of your Work in Progress, along with a ten page excerpt, and your planned
Literary Community Service. These should be sent as MS Word Attachments in an email to

Dzanc Books will be selecting the author who will receive this $5,000 Prize based on a combination of the Work in Progress, and the intended
Literary Community Service. It would probably benefit authors who are submitting to become familiar with Dzanc Books and the types of
authors we will be publishing, as well as the Educational Programs Dzanc Books sets up and runs.

Some examples of Literary Community Service:

– Running a series of writing workshops in a school
– Volunteering to do a storytime session or series at your local library
– Volunteering to work at a local book festival (if the festival is run as a non-profit)

The winner of the Dzanc Prize will receive a check for $2500 in the month of January 2008. The remaining $2500 will be paid once the Literary
Community Service has been completed.

Dzanc Books will make no claims towards the winner and their Work in Progress. If at the time the author has completed the work, they wish to submit it to Dzanc Books, we will be delighted to have a look. Their manuscript will go through the same reading process every other submission goes through.

The submissions for the Dzanc Prize will be reviewed by, and the prize will be awarded by a panel of Steve Gillis, Dan Wickett and Keith
Taylor. All writers, including friends and associates of the panel, are eligible for the prize. The integrity and objectivity of Dzanc Books will not be compromised and, given our vast connections to so many great writers, exclusion of any kind would be impossible.

Any questions can be submitted to

The Iowa Short Fiction Award &the John Simmons Short Fiction Award

4 August 2007


Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that
have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens
writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.


The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word- processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept
e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author’s name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is no reading fee; please do not
send cash, checks, or money orders. Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or for the return of
those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript.


Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press’s standard contract.


Manuscripts should be mailed to:

Iowa Short Fiction Award
Iowa Writer’s Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000

No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year.

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry

4 August 2007
(go to site to enter contest–only online entries accepted)

$1000 Magliocco Prize for Poetry
$1000 Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
$1000 Kaplan Prize for Nonfiction*

Judge, Marie Howe
Judge, Rick Moody
Judge, Richard Selzer

*sponsored by the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation

BLR Prize Guidelines:

1. BLR Prize awards outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. First prize is $1000 (in each genre) and publication in the Spring 2008 issue of the BLR.

2. Prose limited to 5000 words. Up to 3 poems (max 5 pages). We regret that simultaneous submissions cannot be considered for the BLR Prize (but can be submitted for regular publication).

3. Deadline August 1, 2007. Winners will be announced by December 31, 2007.

4. Entry fee is $15 per submission. For an additional $5, you will receive a 1 year subscription to the BLR. (There is a limit of two submissions per person).

5. Manuscripts are submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. (Please combine all poems into one document and use first poem as title. )

6. Do not put your name on the manuscript document or cover letter. (This will be entered separately on our website.)

7. When entering the title in the website, please prefix with “Contest.” (e.g. Contest : The Iliad.) This is extremely important and we appreciate your cooperation!

8. Work previously published (including on the Internet) will not be considered.

9. BLR acquires first-time North American rights. After publication, all rights revert to the author and may be reprinted as long as appropriate acknowledgement to BLR is made.

10. Due to administrative costs, if no entry fee is received, manuscript will be placed with general submissions. Submit entry fee at

11. After you submit entry fee, you will be guided through the online submission process. When your manuscript is successfully uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email.

Questions: E-mail

The St. Lawrence Book Award

4 August 2007

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of poems or short stories. Entrants must not have had a full-length book published before Chapbooks do not count as full-length books, so writers who have published or will have published chapbooks of poems or short stories are not disqualified. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, ten copies of the book, and an interview in The Adirondack Review. Prizes awarded on publication.

To enter, submit complete manuscript of poems or short stories using the guidelines to the right, along with a $25.00 entry fee. Checks should be made payable to Black Lawrence Press. Money orders are also acceptable.

Contest deadline: August 31.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

Black Lawrence Press
Attn: Diane Goettel/Colleen Ryor
521 56th Street, 2F
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Please make sure that your submission packet includes the following:

PLEASE CLIP TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING: cover letter with brief bio and contact information including e-mail; acknowledgments page for publications in which the poems/stories first appeared (if applicable); a contest entry fee of $25.00. Include two cover pages, the first as described above, and the second with title of the manuscript only. All entries will be judged anonymously.

No electronic submissions, please. No exceptions. Please include a table of contents page and make sure that each page of your manuscript is numbered. Make checks payable to Black Lawrence Press. Please do not include a manuscript-sized SASE; all manuscripts will be recycled. Include a valid e-mail address so that we may contact you with a decision, or send a business-sized SASE for decision only.

Finalists will be notified and asked to submit another copy of the manuscript for final judging. A list of finalists will be posted on
the Black Lawrence Press website as soon as it is available.

Finalists and semi-finalists will receive a copy of the winning book.

All finalists will be considered for standard publication. In addition to this year’s winner, Black Lawrence Press may offer standard publication to one or more other finalists.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must notify Black Lawrence Press immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication.

Send manuscript materials and contest entry fee to:

Attn: Diane Goettel/Colleen Ryor
521 56th Street, 2F
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Thank you for your interest in Black Lawrence Press.

2007 Gerald Cable Book Award

4 August 2007

Silverfish Review Press sponsors the Gerald Cable Book Award. This prize is awarded annually to a book length manuscript of original poetry by an author who has not yet published a full-length collection. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or
subject matter; translations are not acceptable.

Winners will receive one thousand dollars, publication, and one hundred copies of the book. The winner will be announced in February, 2008.

Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2007

Entries may be submitted by e-mail

Submission Guidelines:

Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2007 A $20.00 reading fee must accompany the manuscript. Please make checks payable to Silverfish Review Press Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages in length. Clean photo copies are acceptable. The poet’s name should not appear on the manuscript. Include a separate title page with author’s name, address and phone number Poems may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks or anthologies, but should be acknowledged. No changes in the manuscript will be considered after submission. Manuscripts will not be returned. Be sure to keep a copy of your work. Each entry must include an SASE for notification of the contest results. For acknowledgement of receipt of manuscript, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Notify SRP immediately if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere. All entrants who include a 7″ by 10″ envelope and $1.59 in postage will receive a free copy of a recent winner of the book award We will accept e-mail submissions. Files in Word, plain text, or Rich Text should be sent to: Reading fee and SASE for notification of the winner should be sent by snail mail. This is a chance for poets to save on paper and mailing costs.

CLMP Contest Code of Ethics

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe 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) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to 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.

Submit manuscripts to:

Silverfish Review Press
Gerald Cable Book Award
P.O. Box 3541
Eugene, OR 97403

Pavement Saw Press Transcontinental Poetry Award

4 August 2007

All contributors receive books, chapbooks and journals equal to, or more than, the entry fee. Please mention this to your friends,
students and others who might be interested!

Each year Pavement Saw Press will seek to publish at least one book of poetry and/or prose poems from manuscripts received during this competition. Selection is made anonymously through a competition that is open to anyone who has not previously published a volume of poetry or prose. The author receives $1000 and a percentage of the press run. Previous judges have included Judith Vollmer, David Bromige, Bin Ramke and Howard McCord. All poems must be original, all prose must be original, fiction or translations are not acceptable. Writers who have had volumes of poetry and/or prose under 40 pages printed or printed in limited editions of no more than 500 copies are eligible.

Submissions are accepted during the months of June, July, and until August 15th. All submissions must have an August 15th, or earlier, postmark. This is an award for first books only.

Entries must meet these requirements:

1. The manuscript should be at least 48 pages of poetry and no more than 70 pages of poetry in length. Separations between sections are not a part of the page count.

2. A one page cover letter which includes a brief biography, the book’s title, your name, address, and telephone number, your
signature, and, if you have e-mail, your e-mail address. This should be followed by a page which lists publication acknowledgments for the book. For each acknowledgement mention the publisher (journal, anthology, chapbook etc.) and the poem published.

3. The manuscript should be bound with a single clip and begin with a title page including the book’s title, your name, address, and
telephone number, and, if you have e-mail, your e-mail address.

4. The second page should have only the title of the manuscript. There are to be no acknowledgments or mention of the author’s name from this page forward. Submissions to the contest are judged anonymously.

5. The manuscript should be paginated, beginning with the first page of poetry.

6. There should be no more than one poem on each page. The manuscript can contain pieces that are longer than one page.

Your manuscript should be accompanied by a check in the amount of $18.00 made payable to Pavement Saw Press. All US contributors to the contest will receive books, chapbooks and journals equal to, or more than, the entry fee. Add $3 (US) for other countries to cover the extra postal charge. Do not include an SASE for notification of results, this information will be sent with the free book. While the judge will choose the prize winner, sometimes another anonymous manuscript is chosen by the editor, if enough entries arrive. This “editors choice” manuscript will be published under a standard royalty contract. A decision will be reached in November. Do not send the only copy of your work. All manuscripts will be recycled and individual comments on the manuscripts cannot be made.

Entries should be sent to:

Pavement Saw Press Transcontinental Award Entry
P.O. Box 6291
Columbus, OH 43206

All submissions must have an August 15th, or earlier, postmark. Submissions are accepted during the months of June, July, and August only.

Tea Party Magazine’s 2008 Poetry Prize

4 August 2007

Tea Party Magazine’s 2008 Poetry Prize Guidelines

$500 Honorarium and Publication
Final Judge: Tyehimba Jess

Postmark Deadline: Friday, Nov. 30th, 2007
Entry Fee: $15

Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. He won a
2000–2001 Illinois Artts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. Jess is an Assistant Professor of English at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Cave Canem fellow.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send up to 3 poems per entry by mail (no email submissions). All entries are considered for publication and considered anonymously. In your cover letter please include your name, address, phone number, email, titles, and where you heard about our poetry contest. Your name should appear ONLY in the cover letter (not on the poems). Manuscripts will not be returned. Make checks or money orders payable to Tea Party Magazine.

Previously published works and works forthcoming elsewhere cannot be considered. Simultaneous submissions are okay, but fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. Multiple entries are okay, as long as a separate reading fee is included with each entry. Tea Party Magazine cannot consider work from anyone currently or recently affiliated with Tea Party. In addition, Tea Party
cannot consider work from anyone who is a current/former student or personal friend of the prize judge. Contest results will also be announced on our website

Attn: Poetry Contest
Tea Party Magazine
4240 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry

4 August 2007

National Writing Contest in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry
$10 Entry Fee
$500 First Place Prize
Postmark Deadline: October 1, 2007

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

Submission Guidelines

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

Send to: Alligator Juniper, Prescott College, 220 Grove Avenue, Prescott AZ, 86301

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


4 August 2007

The theme for this writing contest is peacemaking. We’re looking for personal stories that involve a non-violent way of resolving a
conflict. While an act of peacemaking may begin with two people, we’re interested in acts of conflict resolution that directly affect a larger circle of people as well—in a family, a community, a region, even internationally. We’re looking for previously unpublished creative non-fiction up to 2500 words in length. And we’re looking for a piece of writing that is experiential, reflective, and tells a good story.

Two double-spaced copies of essay should be submitted with a cover sheet that includes name, address, e-mail and/or telephone contact, and the title of the essay. The writer’s name should not appear on the entered manuscript. The $15 reading fee will include the Fall 2007 issue of Pilgrimage in which the winning essay will appear. Deadline for entries: August 1, 2007 postmark. Please send entries to: Pilgrimage Writing Award, Box 696, Crestone, CO 81131.

Announcement of the winner will appear here on the Pilgrimage website on Sept 15, 2007. Please include an SASE if you would like us to mail you the contest results. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will receive $1000 (or $500 if judges choose two
winners). Other essays may also be selected for publication in Pilgrimage. Essays will be judged by David Barstow, the former editor of Pilgrimage, and Peter Anderson, the current editor.

for more information about the press, including subscription information, please contact

Short Fiction Contest: Baltimore Review

4 August 2007

Deadline: December 1, 2007
Submissions accepted between August 1st -December 1st, 2007.


First Place: $500 + publication
in The Baltimore Review
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100


The Editors of The Baltimore Review


Submit one short story per entry fee. Stories must be original and unpublished elsewhere. All styles and forms are accepted. Maximum word count: 6,000 words. All short stories submitted to the contest will also be considered for publication in The Baltimore Review. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must alert us if your story has been accepted elsewhere; entry fees are not refundable. Send SASE for a list of winners. Submissions must be postmarked by deadline. We are unable to return submissions.


Stories must be double-spaced, with name, address, phone number and email appearing on the first page. Please number all pages and staple together.

Entry Fee:

$20 entry fee for each short story – OR – pay $25 for contest entry fee as well as a one-year subscription to The Baltimore Review. Make checks payable to The Baltimore Review.

Mail entries to:

The Baltimore Review/Short Fiction Competition
PO Box 36418
Towson MD 21286

NOTE: Please be sure to address envelope as noted above.
Do not send via special or overnight delivery; use first-class mail only.

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry 2007

4 August 2007

Deadline: September 30, 2007.
Winner receives $1500 prize and book publication by Anhinga Press.


1. Manuscript should be original poetry, not previously published in book form, and should be 48-80 pages.

2. Include two manuscript title pages: one with name and contact information and one with the name of the manuscript ONLY. Manuscripts will be screened and judged anonymously.

3. All poets are eligible except current or former faculty or students of California State University, Fresno. This year’s final judge will be C. G. Hanzlicek.

4. The entry fee is $25. Checks should be made out to “CSU-Fresno Levine Prize.”

5. Please bind your manuscript with a binder clip only and mail by 9/30/07 (postmark deadline), to:

Philip Levine Prize in Poetry
Department of English, Mail Stop PB98
5245 North Backer Avenue,
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740
E-mail: connieh(at)

Three Candles Press First Book Award

4 August 2007

three candles press is pleased to announce the second Three Candles Press First Book Award for a best first book of poems. This contest will be judged by Peter Pereira, whose books include The Lost Twin, Saying the World, and What’s Written on the Body

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. The book will be available on the three candles website, through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers nationwide. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 – 95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.

How the Contest Works: Three Candles Journal editor-in-chief Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge. The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge or from family members or friends of the judge; those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in some business capacity prior to the opening of the competition.

Those poets whose work has been published in three candles journal are eligible.

Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Include an SASE for contest results. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to “three candles press.”

Send materials to:

three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337

Fourth Annual Gival Press Short Story Award

4 August 2007

August 8, 2007 (postmarked)
Our dates never change, if the date falls on a Sunday, then Monday becomes the default postmarked date.


Submissions of a previously unpublished original (not a translation) short story in English must be approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words of high literary quality, typed, double-spaced on one side of the paper only, with word count in the upper left hand side of the first page, along with the title. The author’s name should not appear on the numbered pages of the ms which should be clipped together. Author should keep a copy of the submission as it will not be returned.

Author Identification:

Submit name, address, telephone number, email address on a separate page, along with the title of the short story submitted.

A short bio should also be included.

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

Reading fee:

$25.00 (USD) by check or money order drawn on an American bank for each short story submitted. Payable to: Gival Press, LLC.

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

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

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

Notification of the Winner:

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

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


Author will receive $1,000.00 and the winning story will be published on the Gival Press website and in a future anthology of short stories.


Short stories will be judged anonymously and the decision of the judge will be final. The winner for the previous award will be the
judge for the following year.

Discount Offered to Entrants:

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

First Annual Tonka Fiction Contest — Minnetonka Review

4 August 2007

The winning entry will be published and its author will receive $1,000 and a personalized, engraved plaque featuring a print of the cover art from the award issue!
2nd Place Prize: $100
3rd Place Prize: $50
10 Honorable Mentions will be named
All entries judged anonomously and considered for publication.


1. The entry fee of $10 includes a copy of the award issue (Winter 2008). This fee is waived for all subscribers who have paid for at least a two-issue subscription and whose subscription would include the award issue.
2. Entries must be less than 6,000 words in length and have a typewritten title page that includes the author’s Name, Address, Email (if available), Phone, and Title of the story. THE AUTHOR’S NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ELSE IN OR ON THE MANUSCRIPT.
3. Simultaneous Submissions are acceptable, but you must notify us if the work is accepted elsewhere.
4. Winning entries must not have been previously accepted for publication.
5. Friends and family of Minnetonka Review editors and staff are not eligible.
6. Entries must be postmarked between August 15th and November 30, 2007. Winners will be announced on the website in February 2008 and the award issue will be printed around the same time.
7. Send your entry to the address below, along with a check or money order payable to “Minnetonka Review” (or if you are a subscriber, indicate such on your title page). If you wish, you may include a self-addressed stamped postcard to verify that we received your entry.

Minnetonka Review
Tonka Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 386
Spring Park, MN 55384

Sarah Lawrence College

4 August 2007

Sarah Lawrence College seeks established nonfiction writers to fill two half-time tenure-track positions beginning in the fall of 2008. Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate nonfiction-writing workshops, regular individual tutorials with students, and supervision of M.F.A. theses. We are looking for candidates with an M.F.A. or equivalent, at least one published
book, teaching experience at the undergraduate or graduate level, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and a willingness to participate actively in the nonfiction-writing program and the academic life of the college.

Please send a letter of application, a C.V., samples of writing, and three letters of recommendation to Nonfiction Search, c/o Rosemary Weeks, Faculty Assistant, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708. Applications should be postmarked by November 15, 2007.

Sarah Lawrence College is a small liberal-arts college with a unique pedagogy based on small classes and individual tutorials. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our Web site at Sarah Lawrence has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity. In that spirit, we especially welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Application Information
Nonfiction Writing Search, c/o Rosemary Weeks
Faculty Assistant – Bates 07
Sarah Lawrence College
One Meadway
Bronxville, NY 10708

2007 Wabash Prize for Poetry

4 August 2007

2007 Final Judge: Eavan Boland

First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in Winter / Spring 2008 issue. Entries of honorable mention may be considered for
publication as well.

Complete Guidelines for Contest Submissions

Deadline: Entries must be received by October 15, 2007. This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries received after October 15, 2007 will be returned unread. For each submission, send up to three poems accompanied by a $10 reading fee. More poems may be included; the reading fee increases $3 per additional peom. Please send check or money orders only.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Work accepted by another journal (even if the publication date is after the Wabash Prize deadline) will be withdrawn from the contest.

All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author’s name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the title(s) of the entry submitted. Identifying information must NOT be on the manuscript itself.

If you wish to be notified upon receipt of your manuscript, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with submission. Winners will be announced by December 30, 2007. For information on winners, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with entry. Winners will be announced at

Current students and faculty of Purdue University are barred from entering the 2007 Wabash Prize for Poetry.

All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the Sycamore Review. Questions may be directed to Mehdi Okasi,
Editor-in-Chief, at

Send 2007 Wabash Prize for Poetry submissions and reading fee to:

2007 Wabash Prize for Poetry
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette , IN 47907