Archive for September 7th, 2007

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.