Archive for August, 2007


4 August 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 Entries must be: unpublished; 5,000 words or less; postmarked by October 1, 2007; clearly marked “Short Fiction Contest” on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a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 — Margie Review

4 August 2007

“The Editor’s Prize” Best Poem Contest

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Submit 3 unpublished poems along with a $15 entry fee payable to MARGIE, Inc. (60 line limit per poem)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

The Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry

4 August 2007

Milton Kessler–poet and teacher–was a great friend and mentor to students in Binghamton University’s creative writing program. In honor of his dedication to the development of writers, Harpur Palate is pleased to announce: The Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry

The annual winner receives a $500 prize and publication in the winter issue of Harpur Palate

Contest Submissions Timeline

Opens: July 1
Deadline: October 1

Contest Guidelines

Harpur Palate accepts poems in any style, form, or genre, as long as they are 1) no more than 3 pages and 2) previously unpublished. The entry fee is $15/5 poems and includes a 1-year subscription to Harpur Palate. You may send as many poems as
you wish, but no more than 5 poems per envelope/check. Please send checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders made out to Harpur Palate. IMPORTANT: Check MUST BE made out to HARPUR PALATE, or we will not be able to process it (or accept your

All poems entered will be considered for publication in Harpur Palate, and all entrants will receive a copy of the issue in which the winning poem appears. Please include a cover letter with your name, address, phone number, your preferred e-mail address and poem titles. Entrant’s name should ONLY appear on the cover letter and should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please only send disposable copies.

Send entries along with a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) for contest results to:

Milton Kessler Poetry Contest
Harpur Palate
English Dept.
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, NY13902-6000

Miami University Novella Contest

4 August 2007

The novella form has had a long and distinguished place in American literature, and has triumphed in the hands of Herman Melville, Henry James, Katherine Anne Porter, Stanley Elkin, Cynthia Ozick, Jane Smiley, Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, William Gass, John Gardner, Andrea Barrett and Tobias Wolff, to name just a few.

As commercial publishers are driven more and more by marketplace concerns, novellas, by nature of their length, often fall between the cracks of short story collections and novels and wind up being published—if at alll—not as individual
volumes but as part of a collection of stories. Because the form is such a pleasure for readers and writers alike—short enough to be read at aa single sustained sitting, but long enough to allow the writer greater freedom in character and plot development than does the short story—we are happpy to present a rare venue for publishing individual novellas as stand-alone volumes.
Manuscripts submitted for the award will be read and evaluated by our creative writing faculty, all of whom are active publishing writers. The manuscripts will be read blind; in other words, all identifiers will be stripped from the pages before the manuscripts are read, and the author’s history of previous publication will not be available to readers. Each year a different member of our faculty will serve as the final judge and will decide from among the list of finalists submitted by the other readers. This year’s final judge is fiction writer Brian Ascalon Roley.

Students, former students, faculty, former faculty, or anyone connected to Miami University will not be considered for the award. Though we believe strongly in the talent of those we have worked with and taught, we will do everything we can to assure that this prize is administered impartially, fairly, and without regard to association.

Miami University Press is a non-profit organization. Though we are requiring an entrance fee, we wish to make it clear that this money will be used to pay for the administrative costs of the contest, to help with the costs of publishing a book of high quality, and to allow each entrant to receive a copy of the winning volume. We want that book to be a pleasure to hold in the hands and to read. The winning volume will be distributed nationwide.

Submission Rules and Guidelines:

Winning entry receives $1,000 and book publication.
Postmark by November 1, 2007.
Reading fee $25, payable to MU Press.
All entrants receive copy of winning book.

Submit manuscripts, 40,000 words or less, two title pages, one with author’s name, address and phone number, one without. Author’s name must not appear elsewhere.

The minimum word count is 60 pages times 300 words or 18,000 words.

Mail to:

MU Press Novella Prize
English Department
356 Bachelor Hall
Miami University,
Oxford, OH 45056

BR Fifteenth Annual Short-Story Contest

4 August 2007

Deadline: October 1, 2007
Judge: Chris Abani
First Prize: $1,500

Complete guidelines: The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published in the May/June 2008 issue of Boston
Review. Stories should not exceed 4,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Manuscripts should be submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number; names should not appear on the stories themselves. Note that simultaneous submissions are not eligible. A $20 entry fee ($30 for international submissions), payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order, must accompany each story entered. Entrants will receive a one-year print subscription to the Review beginning with the May/June 2008 issue. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2007. Manuscripts will not be returned. The winner will be announced no later than May 1, 2008, on the Boston Review Web site. Send submissions to:

Short-Story Contest, Boston Review, 35 Medford St., Suite 302,
Somerville, MA 02143

Yale Series of Younger Poets

4 August 2007


IMPORTANT NOTE: New submission dates below.

Submissions for the 2008 Competition must be postmarked no earlier than October 1, 2007 and no later than November 15, 2007. See Guidelines for Submission below for precise information regarding your entry.

Rules Governing the Competition

Each year, Yale University Press seeks one book-length poetry manuscript to be published in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to any American citizen under forty years of age who has not published a book of poetry (contestants must be under the age of forty at the time they submit the manuscript to the competition). The winner receives royalties when the book is published.

All poems must be original – translations are not accepted. Writers who have had chapbooks of poetry printed in editions of no more than 300 copies are eligible. Only one manuscript may be submitted each year. Manuscripts submitted in previous years may be resubmitted.

There is no application form. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. The manuscript must be a minimum of 48 numbered pages and a maximum of 64 numbered pages in length. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start a new page. Manuscripts must be printed single-sided.

2. The manuscript must begin with unnumbered frontmatter: a title page that shows the book’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; a second title page which lists the title of the collection only; a table of contents; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.

3. Begin paginating the manuscript after the frontmatter. If your book is divided into parts or has an epigraph, Page 1 will be the first part title or the epigraph. Otherwise, Page 1 will be the first poem.

4. In formatting the manuscript, please make legibility your first concern. If you use a word processor, select a standard typeface (such as Bodoni, Garamond, or Times New Roman) in at least 10-point type. Manuscripts may be single-spaced, double-spaced, or 1.5 spaced. Manuscripts may be prepared on a typewriter instead of a word processor. Handwritten manuscripts will not be accepted.

5. A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript. The information is not required and, if submitted, need not be included in the page count.

6. Do not bind or staple the manuscript. Place the loose sheets in a plain envelope of appropriate size.

Send the manuscript to Yale Series of Younger Poets, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040. Include a check or money order for $15.00 made out to Yale University Press. Please do not send cash.

Submissions for the 2008 competition must be postmarked no earlier than October 1, and no later than November 15, 2007.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to be informed, by July 2008, of the contest results, also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

For more information regarding the Yale Series of Younger Poets please write to us at:

Yale Series of Younger Poets
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT