Archive for January 10th, 2008

“Discovery” / Boston Review 2008 Poetry Contest

10 January 2008

Deadline: January 18, 2008

Four Prizes: $500
Complete guidelines:
Four winning authors will be awarded a reading at the 92nd Street Y in New York City (set for Monday, May 5, 8:15 PM), publication in the Boston Review and $500.

1. The contest is open to poets who have not published a book of poems (chapbooks and self-published books included). Those who have a book contract at the time of submission or who are subsequently awarded a book contract are not eligible for the contest if their book is scheduled for publication before Fall 2008. Individual poems that have been or will be published in periodicals or anthologies may be submitted; however, at least two of the submitted poems must be unpublished and under two pages in length.

2. Submit four identical sets of a typed ten-page manuscript. Each set is to contain the same ten pages in the same order. Include no more than one poem per page. NO personal identification should appear on any of the poems; no copyright attributions for previously published poems should appear on the poems.

3. Photocopied manuscripts are acceptable. However, in the case of previously published poems, do not send photocopied pages of the periodical or book in which the poem(s) originally appeared.

4. Please staple each manuscript; do not use paper clips.

5. Enclose ONE cover letter including your name, address and day and evening telephone numbers, as well as a list of the submitted poems in the order in which they appear, with copyright attributions for published poems. Do not attach this cover letter to the manuscripts.

6. An entry fee of US$10.00 must accompany the submission. Please make checks (drawn on U.S. banks only) or money orders (in U.S. currency only) payable to the 92nd Street Y, and attach them to your cover letter. DO NOT SEND CASH.

7. All poems must be original and in English (no translations).

8. No contestant may submit more than one entry. No corrections can be accepted after receipt of the contest submission.

9. Entries must be received by Friday, January 18, 2008. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt of your manuscript, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard (not envelope) and allow several weeks for its return. Due to the large number of submission received, manuscripts cannot be returned. Winners will be contacted by telephone in March 2008; all contest entrants will be mailed the names of the winners and of the judges shortly thereafter.

10. No phone queries can be taken. If you wish to hear a recording of the guidelines, or to receive another set of these guidelines in the mail, call 212.415.5759. Mail contest submissions to:

“Discovery”/ Boston Review 2008 Poetry Contest
Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128


Montana Prizes, Goedicke Prize

10 January 2008

CutBank is pleased to announce the Montana Prize in Fiction, the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, and the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry.

We are honored to have three talented judges participating in the inaugural year of these contests. The Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry will be judged by Michele Glazer. Aimee Bender will select the winner of the Montana Prize in Fiction. The winner of the Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction will be selected by Suzanne Paola. See bios for each of our judges at

Submissions are accepted December 1 through February 29. Winners receive $500 and publication in CutBank 69. All submissions will be considered for publication in CutBank.

The contests’ $13 entry fee includes a one-year, two-issue subscription to CutBank, beginning with the prize issue, CutBank 69.

Please send only your best work. With all three of these awards, we are seeking to highlight work that showcases an authentic voice, a boldness of form, and a rejection of functional fixedness.

Full guidelines available at


By the by, I apologize if any of you are receiving this email for the second time. I sent a similar one a couple weeks ago, but it appears quirks in the email software prevented it from reaching a good number of its intended recipients. Thanks again and happy holidays!

Brian Kevin

Managing Editor
CutBank Literary Magazine
University of Montana

Sawtooth Poetry Prize: Ahsahta Press

10 January 2008

Call for Manuscripts
January 1, 2008 through March 1, 2008
$1,500 for a book of poems
Final Judge: C.D. Wright
The winning volume will be published in January 2009 by Ahsahta Press.

Ahsahta Press, a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, conforms to the CLMP Code of Ethics and participated in its drafting.

The Sawtooth Poetry Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by a single author; translations are not eligible for this award. The winning poet receives a $1,500 honorarium upon publication plus 25 copies of the published book. In addition to announcements in national publications, the winning book and author will be featured on the Ahsahta website, as will lists of finalists and semi-finalists.

The final judge for the competition is C.D. Wright. Entries must be postmarked between January 1 and March 1, 2008. Entries sent by e-mail or fax are not permitted and will be disqualified. A self-addressed stamped postcard is necessary if you’d like notification of
our receipt of your manuscript. Manuscripts should be 48 to 100 pages of poetry, single-spaced, printed on one side of an 8-1/2″ x 11″ or A4 page only. Include two title pages, one with and one without the author’s name, address, phone, and, if available, e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript. Only the anonymous title page will be sent to the readers and judge. More about our judging process. Please number your pages consecutively. Include acknowledgments page and
biographical note, which will be removed before judging. Contain pages in a plain manila folder or bind manuscript with a secure clip. Please do not bind manuscript in a notebook.
Handwritten manuscripts are not accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned, so please do not send your only copy. Manuscript revisions are not permitted during the contest. Include $25.00 reading fee per manuscript (payable to Ahsahta Press). Entrants will receive a copy of the winning book when it is printed if they include a 7″ x 10″ self-addressed mailer with $4.60 postage. Because media mail packages are routinely opened by the U.S. Postal Service, we send the books by priority mail. Our books measure 6″ x 8″ and will not fit in
smaller-sized mailers. A self-addressed stamped #10 envelope must be included for notification of winners. Please note: About 10% of entries come to us without SASEs for notification. Until recently we have attempted to notify these entrants by e-mail or other means, but the time involved has become too burdensome. If you wish notification of the winners of the contest, you must include a standard, stamped, business-sized SASE with your entry.

Winner is expected to be announced in May 2008. All entries are eligible for publication by Ahsahta Press; separate submission of a Sawtooth entry during our open reading period is unnecessary.

Eligibility: Poets writing in English are eligible. Previous book publication is not a consideration. Students and former students of Boise State University and of this year’s judge may not enter; close friends of the judge are also not considered eligible. Simultaneous submissions are permissable, but entrants are asked to notify Ahsahta Press immediately if a manuscript becomes committed elsewhere.

The CLMP Code of Ethics: CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest
guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Send Entries to:
Sawtooth Poetry Prize
1910 University Drive
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1525

2008 Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize

10 January 2008

LEXINGTON, KYArts Across Kentucky magazine announces call for entrries to the third annual Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize. The winning story will be published in Arts Across Kentucky and the author will receive a $500 prize and an invitation to read at the annual literary festival held each August at the homestead of Janice Holt Giles at Knifley, Kentucky.

Arts Across Kentucky magazine offers the only fiction prize in honor of one of Kentucky’s most prolific and beloved authors. For information on Janice Holt Giles, see Arts Across Kentucky, Fall, 2005 or visit to read the article.

The 2008 Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize contest judge is Lee Smith. Smith has written a number of highly acclaimed novels and short story collections including the New York Times best-seller, The Last Girls and her most recent novel, On Agate Hill. Winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award and two O. Henry Awards, Smith recently retired from teaching creative writing at North Carolina State University.

The winner of the Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize will receive $500, publication in Arts Across Kentucky and an invitation to read at the annual literary festival on the grounds of the Janice Holt Giles Home in August 2008.

The Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize is open to all fiction writers. Only an original unpublished short story in English may be submitted. Any subject matter or writing style is welcome. The winning story must be suitable for a general audience. If a submitted story is published elsewhere during the judging process, the author is asked to contact Arts Across Kentucky so their story can be withdrawn from consideration.

Manuscripts must be postmarked by January 1, 2008. The winner will be announced on the magazine’s website by the end of April. The winning story will run
in the summer issue of Arts Across Kentucky. The winner will be announced at No phone calls please.

Manuscript Format
Send two copies, typed, double-spaced on white, 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Photocopies are acceptable. Do not send an original copy as manuscripts will not be returned. One entry should not exceed 3,000 words. One entry per writer. Entry should include a cover page with the story name, writer’s name, address, and other contact information. Each page of the manuscript should have a header with the story title and page number. Writer’s name or other identifying information should appear only on the cover sheet, not on the manuscript to ensure blind reading. The winning author will be asked to submit an electronic copy for publication in Arts Across Kentucky.

Submission Information
Entry deadline: January 1, 2008
Send two copies of manuscript and cover page along with a $10 entry fee payable to Arts Across Kentucky to:

Arts Across Kentucky
Attn: Fiction Prize
385 Codell Drive
Lexington, KY 40509

For more information contact Nancy Bronner at

Affiliates or employees of the Janice Holt Giles Society and Arts Across Kentucky are not eligible. The magazine reserves the right not to choose a winner should no suitable manuscript be found.