Archive for September, 2007

Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Competition

24 September 2007

Manuscripts accepted between August 1 and September 30, 2007

Winner receives $1,000
and 50 copies of chapbook
Contest 2007 Final Judge: Kathleen Bryce Niles
All chapbooks are screened
by the editors of The Comstock Review

Entry Fee is $15 per Chapbook
Deadline: Postmark September 30th
Submit Manuscripts only between August 1 & September 30 to:

Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Drive, Syracuse, NY 13215.
1. Submit between 25-34 pages of poetry. (One page = maximum 38 lines, including spacing between lines). (Manuscripts either too short or too long will be disqualified.)
* Some words of explanation: See below. *
2. All contestants receive copy of winning chapbook.
3. No names are to appear on poems.
4. Send two cover pages:
A. One cover page should contain title of manuscript, name, address, phone and e-mail.
B. Second cover page should list TITLE ONLY.
5. Manuscripts should be paginated and secured with a binder clip.
6. Poems may have been previously published in journals. List acknowledgements on a separate, removable page with identifying information as above.
7. Manuscript, as a whole, must be previously UNpublished.
8. #10 SASE for results only
9. No manuscripts will be returned.


*Words of Explanation have been added due to numerous e-mail requests. We don’t mean to be confusing!

* PAGE LENGTH: Poems may be more than one page but each page should not contain more than 38 lines & spaces. Title of poem is not counted in poem’s length on a page. Poems should not be double spaced. Total amount of pages of poetry should be between 25 and 34 pages. (Do not count title page, acknowledgements, dedication or bio in the page length. Do not send illustrations, photos or any other graphics attached to the poems.)

Initial and final judging will be “blind.” The manuscript is judged on its own merits, not publication credits or name of author.
Identifying cover sheet and acknowledgement page will be removed before submission to any of the judges. However, it is important that previously published poems are credited on the removable acknowledgement sheet. (*None of these pages will be counted in manuscript length) Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as the poet notifies us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere so his or her manuscript does not keep another from the finalists sent to the judge. You may choose to list the TITLE ONLY of the chapbook on all pages of your submission. (*This does not count in 38 lines of “poetry.”) You may submit a Table of Contents, which can list the manuscript name only — not the poet’s name. (*Again, not counted in length of anuscript.)
We request a binder clip for ease of separation. No staples or plastic covers please.

Be sure to keep your address current until after publication so you can be notified or receive a copy of the winning chapbook.
Winner notified by December 15, 2007. Results including winner and top ten finalists listed on web site by December 15th.
We will consult with winner before publication about details of publication. Chapbook will be 5 1/2 x 8 inches, professionally printed and saddled-stitched. Publication in Spring of 2008 will meet standards of The Comstock Review and Editor Emerita, Kathleen Bryce Niles


The Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest Guidelines

23 September 2007

Judge: Peter Orner
Phoebe is sponsoring its annual Fiction Contest. The author of the winning story for the winter contest will receive $1,000 and publication in the upcoming Fall issue of Phoebe. Contest entries should include one story, not to exceed 7,500 words. Novel excerpts and non-fiction will not knowingly be considered. All entries should include a cover letter with your name, address, the title of the story to be considered, and a brief biography. Your name and address should not appear anywhere on the story. Please enclose the $15 entry fee (check or money order payable to Phoebe/GMU), and a SASE for contest results. Manuscripts will not be returned. All writers submitting to the contest will receive a copy of the Fall 2008 issue. All contest entries must be postmarked by December 1. Mail Entries to:

Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest
Phoebe MSN 2D6
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

The Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest affords Phoebe the opportunity to read a diverse selection of stories from which the journal has each year selected pieces for publication. The editors of Phoebe thank you for your interest and look forward to reading your work.

The Ledge 2007 Poetry Chapbook Competition

23 September 2007

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1000 cash award and 50 copies of the published chapbook.
SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript. ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2008. NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion. PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in March 2008.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2007.
The Ledge 2007 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
40 Maple Ave.,
Bellport, NY 11713

Pat Parnell Poetry Contest

23 September 2007

The Department of Writing and Literature at Chester College of New England is pleased to host the Pat Parnell Poetry Contest. Named after the founder of Compass Rose, Professor Patricia Parnell, the contest is designed to bring work of the finest quality to the pages of our magazine.

Each year, the winner of the contest receives $400 and publication in Compass Rose. All other entries will be considered for publication. The contest fee is $3 per poem with a limit of 5 poems per entry.

Patricia Smith will judge the 2007 contest. Her most recent book of poetry, Teahouse of the Almighty, was a 2005 National Poetry Series winner, selected by Edward Sanders (Coffee House Press). A record-setting, four-time national poetry slam champion, Smith has been featured in the film Slamnation and on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam.

Interested poets should mail their work to:

Professor Jenn Monroe
Parnell Prize in Poetry
Chester College of New England
40 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036

Contest entrants are asked not to include their names on poems; instead, please enclose a cover letter listing titles and contact information, as well as SASE for notification of the results. All entries must be postmarked by November 1 of each year. No email submissions or previously published work will be accepted.

Relatives, friends, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

23 September 2007

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone whether experienced or not. This competition welcomes anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write your best short story or poem for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original. (

(1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject or style or form, single or double line spacing, neatly hand printed or typed.


(2) Write a short story five pages maximum, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, creative writing, fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Must also be neatly hand printed or typed.

Multiple poem and story entries are accepted.
Deadline: December 31, 2007.
Winners will be announced on January 31, 2008.

Writing Contest First Prize: $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize: $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
Entry fees:
Writing Contest entry fee is: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee is: $5 per poem.
To send entries by mail: Include title and story or poem, your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself) on the coversheet, add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Mail entries/fees payable to:

Dream Quest One

Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details, to print out an entry form or to enter online.

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
“And remember, in whatever you do. It’s okay to dream, for dreams do come true.”
– Dream Quest One

Chautauqua Literary Journal Annual Contests

23 September 2007

Chautauqua Literary Journal sponsors an annual literary competition, for both poetry and prose. The two winners each receive $1,500 and publication in Chautauqua Literary Journal. The postmark deadline is September 30.

Only original, previously unpublished work is eligible. All manuscripts must be typed with standard margins. Prose should be double-spaced; poetry, single-spaced. Include a separate cover sheet with title(s), name, address, e-mail, and telephone number. The writer’s name should not appear on the manuscript itself since the editor judges each entry anonymously. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Winners will be announced on this website by mid-January. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your entry if you wish a separate notification of the winners.

Prose: Submit only one work of fiction or creative nonfiction per entry. The manuscript should not exceed 7000 words. The editor welcomes both traditional and experimental works.

Poetry: Submit up to six poems or a maximum of 500 lines. Each entry will be judged for overall artistic excellence; the poems do not have to be related by theme.

Entry Fees: Each submission must be accompanied by an entry fee of US $15. Writers may enter both competitions or submit
additional manuscripts to the same competition as long as each manuscript includes the appropriate fee. Make checks payable to Chautauqua Literary Journal. Each entrant will receive a copy of Chautauqua Literary Journal that contains the prize-winning entries. Postmark Deadline is September 30.

Mail contest entries only to:

Chautauqua Literary Journal Annual Contests
P.O. Box 2039
York Beach, ME 03910

The Open Door Project

21 September 2007

A five-day publishing introduction intensive in New York City–including a series of lunches with literary agents, book editors, and other publishing figures, a public reading, and a private cocktail reception with New York’s writing community will be awarded to the winner of the first Open Door Project fiction competition. The contest is open to gay men writing fiction with queer content who have not yet
published a book of fiction. Accommodations and transportation will be provided to an out of town winner. Judges include Christopher Bram, Alexander Chee, Samuel R. Delany, Dennis Cooper, Robert Gluck, E. Lynn Harris, Scott Heim, Andrew Holleran, David Leavitt, Stephen McCauley, Dale Peck, and John Weir. Submit stories or stand-alone novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words by March 1, 2008. The winner will be announced June 08. There is no entry fee. Submissions should be mailed to:

Don Weise, Open Door Project
c/o Oscar Wilde Bookshop
15 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

Please do not contact the bookstore for information about the Open Door Project. Queries can be sent to No queries confirming receipt or status of submissions please.

Contrary Magazine Call for Submissions

21 September 2007

Contrary accepts submissions of commentary, fiction, poetry, and especially work that combines the virtues of those categories through our online submission form only.

We pay upon publication. Please familiarize yourself with the work we have published and review the submission guidelines before deciding whether to submit.

Contrary is a quarterly literary journal founded at the University of Chicago and operated independently on the South Side of Chicago.

Pudding House Chapbook Competition

7 September 2007

Deadline: September 30 annually
10-36pp ms. Prefer around 24-28pp.
$15 entry fee payable to Pudding House.

Send to
Pudding House Chapbook Competition
81 Shadymere Lane
Columbus Ohio 43213
(614) 986-1881

$2000.00 First Place divided between author ($1,000.00) & a shelter program for the homeless ($1,000.00) plus publication 20 free copies; deep discounts on optional additionals

Identify author/address on cover page. Some poems may be previously published but not the collection as a whole. Include credits for those poems and assure that you own copyright or have obtained permission to reprint. Pudding House does not buy permissions. Include About the Author statement with publications bio. B&W cover images optional; cover is always up to the publisher but we like to see author suggestions/input (not ideas, but the actual art) if you’d
like. This will have no impact on competition results.

We often publish additional manuscripts among those entered. Judged by editor, Jennifer Bosveld, sometimes with editorial staff for finals.

Shippensburg University Job

7 September 2007

Tenure-track assistant professor in Creative Writing (Poetry), full-time appointment beginning August 2008. MFA or PhD required by time of appointment. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to teaching, service, and professional activity including published poetry (preferably a book). Twelve-hour course load each semester will include creative writing, other courses in the English major, and general education courses, with course reduction available for advising the student literary magazine. Additional teaching expertise in creative nonfiction and/or literary study desirable. The committee will request writing samples from selected candidates and may meet with these candidates at MLA. On-campus interviews will include a demonstration of teaching effectiveness and a brief poetry reading.

Submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to:

Michael Bibby, Chair
Creative Writing Search Committee
Department of English
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Review of applications begins November 2, 2007, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of English and Shippensburg University, see

All candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. upon appointment. Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check. Evidence of a commitment to understanding diverse populations will be required as part of the
on-campus interview. Women, persons of color, veterans, and the disabled are encouraged to apply. Shippensburg University is committed to equal employment opportunity.

Application Information
Postal Address:

Michael Bibby, Chair of English
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

The Danahy Fiction Prize

7 September 2007

The Danahy Fiction Prize is an award of $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review given annually for a previously unpublished work of short fiction. Submissions between 500 and 5,000 words are preferred; manuscripts falling slightly outside this range will also be considered. Tampa
Review editors will judge, and all entries will be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and include a cover page with author’s name, mailing address, and other contact information, plus a total word count for the manuscript. Enclose a $15 entry fee payable to Tampa Review. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Tampa Review. Entries must be
postmarked by November 1 and mailed to:

Tampa Review
Danahy Fiction Prize
The University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606-1490

The SFWP Literary Awards Program

7 September 2007

The SFWP Literary Awards Program is back and better than ever with Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler on board as judge!

Featuring the largest cash prizes in the history of our program, the winner and two runners-up will receive:
1st prize: $2,500
2nd prize: $1,500
3rd prize: $1,000


The SFWP Literary Awards Program

This year’s judge, Robert Olen Butler, will select authors who represent excellence in writing. Mr. Butler will judge prose fiction and non-fiction of any genre. We will not be accepting poetry, plays or screenplays.

All entrants will receive consideration for publication through SFWP press. Read more about our publishing department at

The Program has already begun and will run through December 31st, 2007. Any entries post-marked later than December 31st will not be accepted. Review and judging will begin on January 15th 2008.

The program is open to all authors except for those previously published by a major house (Random House, Viking, etc. See our FAQ page for further details.). Your entry will be reviewed by our staff for eligibility, and you will be contacted and refunded if you are not eligible. Due to the length of the awards
program, we do allow authors to shop their work around.

Please take a moment to review the guidelines below. If you have questions or comments, visit our site at or contact us at

Each entry should be no more than 25 pages in length. This can include any number of related short stories or essays, the first 25 pages of a longer work, or relevant excerpts or chapters from a work — however you feel your writing is best represented. All entries should be 12-point font and single sided. There is no minimum word or page count. Please number your pages. Multiple entries will be accepted.

Entries must include a copy of the Entry Form.

A $30 reading fee must accompany each submission. We can accept a check or money order in US funds, made payable to “Santa Fe Writers Project.” This fee is non-refundable after the awards have been granted. All decisions made by the judge are final.

Credit card payment for the reading fee will be accepted via PayPal (access through our entry form on the website).

If you are a student, the reading fee is $25. To receive this discount, please include a photocopy of a current student ID or similar proof of enrollment. Please include two self-addressed stamped envelopes so we can notify you of receipt and of the results.

SFWP will not keep submissions on file or use them for any purpose without the permission of the respective authors. We do not share personal contact information with any individual, organization or marketing agency. SFWP claims no control over your work. There are no stipulations if you are selected for the 2007 Awards. Participation in any SFWP-related activity is voluntary.

We will not be able to return manuscripts. Please keep a copy of your work. The contest is open to international submissions. The reading fee can be sent as an international mail order, a check drawn from a US account or via

Entries may include a synopsis, outline or introductory letter. These will not be counted towards your overall page limit. Entries will be blinded. Do not send personal correspondence to the Judge.

You may participate in other contests and programs as well as pursue publication during the SFWP 2007 Awards Cycle. There will be no penalties if your work wins another award or is published before the judging begins. The SFWP Publishing division will review all entries for possible publication. They are not obligated to select any of the winners for publication, nor are any applicants obligated to work with the Publishing division. Winners will also be featured on our online literary journal at

Remember: All entries must be accompanied by a $30 reading fee ($25 for students). Send your entry, your entry form and the fee to:

Santa Fe Writers Project
369 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501

SFWP’s program began in 2000 and has been judged by National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Jayne Anne Phillips, two-time NEA fellow and Hemingway Award finalist Richard Currey, Granta “best novelist under 40” and Guggenheim fellow Chris Offutt, and popular essayist Ayun Halliday. For more on the history of SFWP’s Literary Awards
Program, please visit “Winning the Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program launched the best year of my professional life. SFWP is a first class organization, one that actually uses its program to promote writers.” K.L. Cook, author of Last Call and The Girl from Charnelle

The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry The Charles B. Wheeler Prize 2008

7 September 2007

The Ohio State University Press and The Journal, the literary magazine of The Ohio State University, invite submissions for the 2008 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

Twelfth Annual Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest

7 September 2007

$1000 First Place for each category
Plus Publication in Spring 2008
Entries will be judged by the Editors of The Briar Cliff Review.
$15.00 entry fee per story/creative nonfiction piece or three poems.
Omit author’s name on manuscript.

Deadline: November 1, 2007

Short story/creative nonfiction word limit up to 6,000.
Short stories and creative nonfiction should be typed, double-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11.
Poetry should be single-spaced, 8 1/2 x 11.
No more than one poem per page.
Send cover sheet with title/s, author’s name, address, phone and email. Title but no name on manuscript.
Winning pieces are accepted on the basis of first-time rights.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
Previous year’s winner and former students of editors ineligible.
All entrants receive a copy of the magazine with winning entries.

Send Entries to:
Tricia Currans-Sheehan, Editor
The Briar Cliff Review
Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction Contest
3303 Rebecca St.
Sioux City, IA 51104-2100

Please include SASE for notification of winners. Manuscripts will not be returned. We welcome submissions separate from the contest.

Codhill Press Chapbook Award

7 September 2007

$500 cash prize and fifty copies

Judge: Pauline Uchmanowicz

Manuscripts are judged anonymously. Codhill Press will consider all finalists for publication.


The competition is open to any poet who writes in English. Previously published poems with proper acknowledgement are acceptable. Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.

Poets should submit twenty to thirty pages (no more than one poem per page) plus SASE for contest results and $20 reading fee. Manuscripts should be on good quality white paper, paginated consecutively, with a table of contents and acknowledgements and bound with a clip. Include two cover pages, one with the title of the manuscript alone, and a second with your name, address, phone number, and email address, together with the title. Your name must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.

Entries must be postmarked before November 14, 2007.

No UPS or FedEx. You may include a SASE postcard for confirmation. Manuscripts will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but Codhill Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

Mail manuscript and entry fee to:

Pauline Uchmanowicz
Codhill Poetry Chapbook Prize
P.O. Box 280
Bloomington, NY 12411-0280

Contest Procedures and Ethical Concerns.

Codhill Press is committed to safeguarding the integrity of its contest. You should not enter if you have studied with the judge or received her help in shaping a manuscript. Similarly, in order to avoid any impropriety, the judge is instructed to set aside any manuscript she has had a hand in creating. Codhill subscribes to the CLMP contest code of ethics, and agrees to

1. conduct our contest 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 the selection process available to the public.

Additional considerations.

Before you submit a manuscript to the Codhill competition, please read the work of the poets we publish. We publish a diversity of approaches, from the formal to the openly experimental. Codhill has published books by poets in academe and by poets having no connection to academics. We have published books that are accessible and ones that are abstract and demanding–and the range between. All publications rely on vivid language use, a musicality, technique, importance of content, and a willingness to take risks.