Archive for September 23rd, 2007

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