Archive for November 2nd, 2007

14th Annual Juried Reading and Awards, Poetry Center of Chicago

2 November 2007

E. Ethelbert Miller , Final Judge
Postmark deadline: Friday, January 25, 2008
First prize: $1,500; Second prize: $500; third prize, $250; five finalists receive $50

The Poetry Center invites regional poets to submit their unpublished work for consideration in the 14th Annual Juried Reading. Eight finalists will have their poetry published in a chapbook by Dancing Girl Press as well as on the Poetry Center website, and all eight poets will be invited to read at an award ceremony in the spring.

The Juried Reading is open to all poets residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Poets may be unpublished or have published no more than one full-length book of poetry. All submissions are blind; the jury and the judge will have no access to identifying information about the submitting poets.

To submit, mail:

1. A cover sheet including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and titles of poems submitted.
2. Four copies of a packet, independently stapled, of no more than five single-sided, typed pages of unpublished poetry. There is no restriction on the number of poems per page, but the packet should not exceed five pages. Your name should not appear on any of the pages containing poems.
3. $15 jury fee, check or money order made payable to “The Poetry Center.” The contest is free for Poetry Center members. Poems will be accepted by US mail only. Send poems to: 14th Annual Juried Reading, The Poetry Center of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603. E-mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. No phone calls please.

The William Richey Short Story Contest

2 November 2007

$1,000 Prize

Postmark deadline November 15 annually
Entry Fee – $10
1 previously unpublished story of up to 10,000 words
(please double-space pages)

No previously published works
Simultaneous submissions accepted with notice
Multiple submissions accepted ($10 and SASE per entry)

(include author’s name, contact information, and work/s title on a separate cover letter. Include work’s title on every page of
manuscript. Name or any other personal information must not appear on the manuscript.) Manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a SASE for response (NO MANUSCRIPTS WILL BE RETURNED)

Please make all checks payable to:
Educational Foundation/English Literary Magazine Fund

English Department
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29201

2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest

2 November 2007

Oregon Quarterly invites entries to the 2008 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest in both student and open categories. Entries should address ideas that affect the Northwest. The Oregon Quarterly staff will select finalists and the contest judge will choose the top three winners in each category. Past judges have been Kim Stafford, Barry Lopez, John Daniel, Karen Karbo, Brian Doyle, Lauren Kessler, and Craig Lesley.

Open Category
First place: $750
Second place: $300
Third place: $100

Student Category
First place: $500
Second place: $200
Third place: $75

In addition
First place essays will appear in Oregon Quarterly. A selection of top essays will be featured in a springtime public reading on the UO campus. Fifteen finalists (ten in the open category and five students) will be announced in the summer 2008 issue of Oregon Quarterly.

All finalists will be invited to participate in a writing workshop with the contest judge. The contest is open to all nonfiction writers, except: (1) first-place winners from previous years’ contests, (2) authors who have written a feature for Oregon Quarterly in the past calendar year, and (3) staff of Oregon Quarterly, University Advancement, or their family members.
The student contest is open to any student currently enrolled and pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree at a college or university. Previously published essays will not be considered.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines Submit two copies of your manuscript. Paperclip a cover sheet to the two copies that includes only the essay’s title; a word count; and the entrant’s name, address, and phone number must be provided. Indicate whether the essay is for the student or open category. Entrant’s name must not appear on any pages of the manuscript other than the cover
sheet. One entry per person. Manuscripts should be printed double-spaced on 8.5-by-11-inch white paper with minimum 1-inch margins. Word length is 2,500 words maximum for the open category, 2,000 words for the student contest. Faxed or e-mail entries are not accepted. Postmark deadline is January 31, 2008.

Entries will not be returned. Those that do not meet these submission guidelines are automatically disqualified. There is no entry fee.

Send entries to:

Oregon Quarterly Essay Contest
5228 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5228
Sponsored by Oregon Quarterly magazine and the University of Oregon Bookstore

2008 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

2 November 2007

Open Competition Awards

$3500 and publication – first prize
$2000 and publication – second prize

Crab Orchard Review and Southern Illinois University Press are pleased to announce the selections for the 2007 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards. Our final judge, Cathy Song, selected Ciaran Berry’s THE SPHERE OF BIRDS as the first-prize winner and Jake Adam York’s A MURMURATION OF STARLINGS as the second-prize winner. Both collections will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in March 2008.

Below are the guidelines for this year’s Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open


All unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible*
(individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible for the Open Competition. For questions about judging, please visit Two volumes of poems will be selected from an open competition of manuscripts postmarked October 1 through November 16, 2007. The first-prize and second-prize winners will each receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press. In addition, the first-prize winner will be awarded a $2000 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; the second-prize winner will be awarded a $500 prize and $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Both readings will follow the publication of the poets’ collections by Southern Illinois University Press.

Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced, and between 50 and 80 pages long. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Dot-matrix printing that is not letter-quality is not acceptable. A clean photocopy is recommended. P lease do not send
your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. Crab Orchard
Review and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts. All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Please make your check out to “Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.” All entrants will receive a one-year subscription to CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. Submit two title pages for the collection. The author’s name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page.

2007. (Since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.)

Please address entries to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor
Crab Orchard Series in Poetry
(Open Competition Awards)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript
has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

Sudden Story Fiction Award

2 November 2007


A short-short story competition open to writers anywhere in the world.

No. of words: 1500 or less
No. of entries: limit 3

Reading fee: $10 per story
Make check or money order payable to University of Hawai’i

Sudden Story Award
Hawai’i Review
c/o Board of Publications
PO Box 11674
Honolulu, HI 96828

Deadline: December 1, 2007.


Winner, $1500
Two finalists, $250 each

Judge: Robert Shapard, co-editor of the W.W.Norton anthologies New Sudden Fiction (2007) and Flash Fiction Forward (2006).

The Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

2 November 2007

17th Annual Award 2008

Eligibility: Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2007-2008 are eligible for the prize. This Prize has always encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we want to make it clear that we encourage students of all races and backgrounds to enter.

Submissions of no more than 7500 words should be typed on paper 8½ by 11 and be accompanied by proof of the participant’s current undergraduate enrollment and a permanent address, phone number and email address. No electronic submissions accepted. No other entry form is required. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full-time status for either fall ’07 or spring ’08 semesters will do. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.

The 2008 winner will receive $1,000.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Submission to this Prize assumes the right of Stony Brook to publish the winning story on its Web site. Stony Brook reserves the right not to award the Prize.
DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked by
March 1, 2008.

The winner and runners-up will be contacted in June 2008, at which time the contest results will be posted and the winning story published on the Fiction Prize Web site:

Submissions should be sent to:
STONY BROOK, NY 11794-5350

Flyway’s Hazel Lipa “Environmental” Poetry Chapbook Contest

2 November 2007

Seeking poetry manuscripts of 20 to 30 pages with particular investment in human/place relationships

Prize: Publication of chapbook in a separate section of an upcoming issue of Flyway, plus a $500 cash prize

Judge: Debra Marquart, author of From Sweetness, Everything’s a Verb, and The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere.

Entry Fee: $10 or $24 for entry and one-year subscription

Deadline: January 31, 2008

Hazel Lipa “Environmental” Poetry Chapbook Contest
Flyway: a Literary Review
206 Ross Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011 Questions:

Colgate University: Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing

2 November 2007

Colgate University invites applications for the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing. Writers of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year to complete their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writer will spend the academic year (late August 2008 to early May 2009) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellow will teach one creative writing course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $33, 250 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided.

Complete applications, which should arrive by January 1, 2008, consist of a resume; three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the candidate’s abilities as a teacher; an either a maximum of 30 double-spaced manuscript pages of prose or 20 single-space pages of poetry. Writing sample may be a completed work or an excerpt from something larger. Send complete applications to Creative Writing Fellowship c/o Department of English, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398.