Archive for December 5th, 2007

2008 Julia Peterkin Award

5 December 2007

The winner of the 2007 Julia Mood Peterkin award is Sharon May of Paradise, California.


The 2008 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all poets. Works previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion in the submission. Only original works in English may be submitted.

Manuscript Format Guidelines

Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. Each entry should include up to 10 pages of poetry (blind submissions ), along with a cover page including the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and titles of submission. Also include a one- paragraph biography.

Entry Requirements

A handling fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department. Deadline: February 15, 2008. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like direct notification of contest results. Results will be mailed in May of 2008. No manuscripts can be returned.

Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines. The winner will receive $1,000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner should be willing to read at Converse during Fall 2008.

Send entries to:

The Julia Peterkin Award
Converse College
Department of English
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

For more information, call (864) 596-9011.

Andres Montoya Poetry Prize

5 December 2007

To Apply

Only submissions following these guidelines will be considered


Latino/a poets who have not had a book professionally published. Authors of chapbooks and self-published works are eligible, but the manuscript submitted should not have been published as a whole in any form. Manuscripts may be submitted elsewhere simultaneously, but authors must notify the Institute for Latino Studies immediately if a manuscript becomes committed to another press. It is understood that, in the absence of such notification, the winning author is committed to publishing his/her manuscript with the University of Notre Dame Press. A manuscript committed to another press is not eligible for the Andres Montoya Poetry
Prize. There is no entrance fee. Employees and students of the University of Notre Dame are not eligible.

TWO copies of your manuscript must be submitted. Manuscripts must be of original poetry, in English, by one poet who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. There are no restrictions on the style of poetry or subject matter. Translations are not eligible.

The manuscript must be a minimum of 50 numbered pages and a maximum of 100 numbered pages in length. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start a new page.

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

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.

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

A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript. This information is not required and, if submitted, need not be included in the page count. Each manuscript should be fastened with a binder clip; staples, report covers, and other bindings should not be used.

Authors who wish the ILS to acknowledge receipt of their manuscripts must enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard. A self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope must also be enclosed in order to receive notification of the winner.

Manuscripts submitted to the contest will not be returned. Please keep a copy of the manuscript.

The winner will receive $1000 and publication at the University of Notre Dame Press under a standard contract, as well as an invitation from the Institute for Latino Studies to read from his/her work, along with the judge, upon publication of the book, with all expenses paid.

The Institute for Latino Studies reserves the right to withhold the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize in any given year.

Please send TWO copies of your manuscript, via US Mail, postmarked no later than January 15, 2008, to:

Francisco Aragón, Coordinator
Andres Montoya Poetry Prize
Institute for Latino Studies
230 McKenna Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, 2008 Contests in Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction

5 December 2007

$500.00 will be awarded to the best entry in each category.

Amy Hempel, fiction
Jo Ann Beard, nonfiction
Major Jackson, poetry

Winning entries will be published in Columbia; runners-up will also be considered for publication. All entrants will receive a copy of Columbia.

Deadline: January 15, 2008
Entry fee: $12.00
Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit up to 20 double-spaced pages. Poetry entrants may submit up to five poems.

Electronic entry only at


5 December 2007

The fifth annual Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry will be judged by Nance Van Winckel, author of Beside Ourselves, with a deadline of December 10, 2007. One $1,000.00 prizewinner and two honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2008 Issue of HUNGER MOUNTAIN, The Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters.


postmarked by DECEMBER 10, 2007


$15.00, includes a copy of the spring 2008 issue of HUNGER MOUNTAIN


Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry
Hunger Mountain
Vermont College
36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Winners announced spring 2008


$15 entry fee, payable to “Hunger Mountain” — includes a copy of the spring 2008 issue of HUNGER MOUNTAIN.

Each entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed six pages. Poems must be original, written in English, and previously unpublished. Entries must be postmarked by December 10, 2007 — late entries will be returned unread.

Entries must be typed, one-side-only.
Once submitted, entries cannot be altered.
Name or address should not appear anywhere on poems.
Enclose one standard index card with poem titles, name, address, phone number, and email address.
Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of winners.
Use a paper clip or send unbound — no staples or binding.
No simultaneous submissions, artwork, or translations.
Multiple entries allowed — each entry must be sent separately and include a separate entry fee.
Enclose a postage-paid postcard for acknowledgment of receipt (optional).
No entries will be returned.
Electronic or faxed entries will not be accepted.

The G. S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and The John Ciardi Prize for Poetry

5 December 2007

Next Postmark deadline: January 15, 2008
For the best book-length collections of poetry and of short fiction in English by a living author
Prize: $1,000 and publication of winning book for each prize

Manuscripts must be typed on standard-sized paper, in English. Poetry manuscripts should be approximately 50 pages minimum, 110 pages maximum, single spaced. Short fiction collections should be approximately 150 pages minimum, 300 pages maximum, double spaced. Entries must include two title pages: one with author name, address and phone number; and one with no author information. Any acknowledgments should appear on a separate piece of paper. Entries must include a table of contents.

Author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please submit your manuscript in loose pages, bound only with a clip or rubber band. We prefer that you do not staple or permanently bind your manuscript. Do not submit your manuscript by fax or e-mail. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are acceptable. Please notify us of acceptance elsewhere. A SASE should be included, for notification only. Note: No manuscripts will be returned. A non-refundable reading fee of $25 in US funds (check made payable to BkMk Press) must accompany each manuscript. Entrants will receive a copy of the winning book in their genre when it is published. Manuscripts must be postmarked no later than January 16, 2008.

Manuscripts will not be returned. No refunds will be issued. Judging will be blind at all levels. Initial judging will be done by a network of published writers and editors. The final judging will be done by a poet and a fiction writer of national reputation. Winners will be announced in July 2008 and the winning entries will be published in 2009. These competitions are held annually.

Address To:

John Ciardi Prize for Poetry or Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction
BkMk Press
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

(816) 235-2558
Fax (816) 235-2611

TallGrass Writers Guild Literary Anthology

5 December 2007

Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild

Deadline: 2-28-08 (may be extended to 3-31)
Email or

Planned publication date: late summer/early fall 2008. Working title: Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise.. Broadly interpreted, this can be anything from unwanted bats in the attic to grandchildren running amok. Especially interested in poetry.

All poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff; submission does not guarantee acceptance; those entries that make the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $500 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) as determined by the judges. Also: 2nd and 3rd places, and Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair (pending CTPRBF event scheduling), the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members

Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines single spacing OK. Prose poems may be treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for 1-4 poems: $16US/$12US-TWG member. For 5-8 poems: $32US/$24US-TWG member. 9-12 poems: $48US/$36US, etc.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted.
Reading fee for each entry: $16 US/$12US-TWG member. For 2 prose entries per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member; for 3: $48/$36, etc. No limit on number of submissions in either category.

Judge: Award-winning poet, essayist and novelist Judith Kitchen, Pushcart Prize recipient and judge.

Writers should send two copies of each manuscript (ms.) Plus disk as follows: HARD COPY Double-spaced manuscript on one side, on 8.5”x111” unlined white paper. Single-spacing okay for poetry. Plus: ELECTRONIC Provide mms. and 4-sentence bio (separate files, please) on 3.5” IBM disk or CD, or small capacity flash (pin) drive our preference — using Windows Rich-Text-Formaat (RTF
our preference), or Microsoft Word (not Works).¦nbsp; NO ASCII; no centering, bold, italics codes; only Tabs for paragraph indents. Specify word processing program on label + author’s name, phone # and e-mail address. No MAC. If sending a 3.5” floppy, be sure to package securely in bubble wrap or padded envelope to guard against damage in transit. INCLUDE name, address, phone/FAX numbers (w/area code) and e-mail addresses on first sheet of fiction; each sheet of poetry. Your phone number and e-mail address are required on every item. INCLUDE a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for response. Mss. shredded/recycled.


Mail to: TallGrass Writers c/o Outrider Press, 2036 North Winds Drive, Dyer, IN 46311.
Info: or
or 219-322-7270
or toll-free 866-510-6735.

2008 St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest

5 December 2007

Prize: $1,000.00 and publication in St. Petersburg Review, White Nights 2008 All writers not associated with the editors of St. Petersburg Review may enter. Contests alternate years between poetry and fiction; this year (2008) is poetry. Postmark deadline: January 15, 2008 for publication in late spring 2008.

Entry/reading fee: $15.00 (U.S. checks or money orders made payable to St. Petersburg Review).
Each entrant will get a copy of the issue carrying the winning poem if a complete address is enclosed. An entry may consist of up to three unpublished poems that are consistent with the themes of the journal.

There will be one winner, although all entrants will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are o.k.; please let us know immediately if they have been accepted somewhere else. Fees will not be refunded and submissions will not be returned. If you would like the results, please send an SASE. Please type all entries (plain text) and submit individual entries separately. Include a page with your name, address, phone number, email address and the title(s) of your poems. Your name must not appear on the manuscript. Send entries to St. Petersburg Review, Attention: Contest, Box 2888, Concord, NH 03302.

The Annual Del Sol Press Poetry Prize

5 December 2007

NOTE: The winner of our 2006 competition, selected by Thomas Lux, is David Blair.

Deadline for the next (2007) contest is: January 15, 2008. We invite contest submissions from both emerging and established poets, published or unpublished. In keeping with the philosophy of Web del Sol, we are only interested in the very best poetry, regardless of source or type.

The top ten finalist manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Winner Receives
A $1,200 Honorarium, paid in March 2008, book publication by Del Sol Press in fall, 2008, in “The Annual Del Sol Press Poetry Series”; and 20 copies of the winning book.

Poets who are at least 18 years of age and who live inside or outside the United States. Translations are eligible. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable (as long as you let us know immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere). Individual poems from the manuscript may have been published previously in magazines, journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or self-published books, but must be submitted in manuscript form. Published books in poetry or other genres do not disqualify contestants from entering this contest. Employees, volunteers and board members of Web del Sol, or their partners or spouses, or their immediate families; or immediate family, friends or former students of the judge are not eligible.

Competition Guidelines
Deadline (postmark): January 15, 2008. 50 to 100 typed manuscript pages, each poem starts on a new page. $24.00 contest fee (includes a copy of the winning book when it is published if you send a 8×10″ SASE–Note: Include sufficient postage for a paperback book of 100 pages or copy will not be sent); please make checks out to Web Del Sol. Include two cover pages: one with your contact information (phone, email, address), and one with the title of your collection (minus your name). Your name should not appear on the manuscript itself. Type or word-process on standard white paper, on one side of the page only. Paginate consecutively with a table of contents. Bind with a binder clip (no paperclips, please). Attach publications acknowledgments if any. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript. Please keep a copy of your entry. Manuscripts not selected for publication will be recycled. Multiple submissions are fine; include a separate reading fee with each.

Postmark no later than 1/15/08 and include $24.00 reading fee to:
Del Sol Press Poetry Contest
Web del Sol Association
2020 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Suite 443
Washington, DC 20006


5 December 2007


Submit poems: Oct. 1 – Dec. 31 (postmark)

Prizes of $400, $200, and $100.

Send up to 3 unpublished poems, any form, 80 line limit each. Include two copies of each poem: one with complete contact info and one with NO contact info. Both copies should be marked Wallace Winchell. Include SASE for results only (no poems will be returned). Winning poems must be submitted by disc or electronically following notification. Send fee of $15 for up to three poems; make check out to Connecticut Poetry Society. Prize winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review.

Send submissions to Wallace W. Winchell Poetry Contest, CPS, PO Box 270554, West Hartford, CT 06127.