Archive for January 11th, 2008

Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry & Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction

11 January 2008

The Madison Review hosts the Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry and the Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction annually. The best unpublished short story and best group of three unpublished poems will each be awarded $1,000.00 and publication in the spring issue of The Madison Review. The Madison Review accepts short-fiction and poetry of all creative forms and content.

* All submissions must be received by February 1st, 2008. To be considered, submissions must include the following:
o an entry fee of $10.00 in the form of a check or money order payable to The Madison Review
o a business-size self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE)
o a cover letter

Submissions are limited to one previously unpublished short story (30 pg. max.) or three previously unpublished poems (4 pg. each max.). All entries will be considered as submissions to The Madison Review for publication. Contest results will be announced March 15, 2008.

* Send manuscript entries and queries to:
o Phyllis Smart Young Prize in Poetry or Chris O’Malley Prize in Fiction
o C/O The Madison Review
o University of Wisconsin-Madison
o Department of English
o 600 N. Park Street
o 6193 Helen C. White Hall
o Madison, WI. 53706



11 January 2008


All winning stories will be published in the 2008 PRISM Summer Fiction Contest Issue and receive an additional payment of $20 per printed page (in Canadian dollars or the U.S. equivalent). Entry deadline: January 31, 2008.

Go to for required entry form and contest guidelines

2008 Noemi Press Poetry Chapbook Award

11 January 2008

The 2008 Noemi Press Poetry Chapbook Award will be judged by Mary Jo Bang author of Elegy, The Eye Like a Strange Balloon, and Louise in Love

The 2008 Noemi Press Fiction Chapbook Award will be judged by Brian Evenson author of The Open Curtain , The Wavering Knife, and Altmann’s Tongue

Winners will receive $150 and 25 author’s copies. All manuscripts will be considered for publication.

Guidelines for Submissions

Send 20-40 pp. of poetry or fiction, along with a $10 entry fee (check or money order) made out to Noemi Press, via U.S. Postal Service, to the following address:

[Fiction or Poetry] Contest
Noemi Press
P.O. Box 1330
Mesilla Park, NM 88047

Include two title pages: one with title, acknowledgments (if applicable), name, and contact information; one with title alone. Your name must not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Current and former students, friends, and relatives of the judges or Noemi Press editors are not eligible to enter.

Please use a binder clip to fasten your manuscript. Enclose an SASE for notification of winners and finalists. Manuscripts will not be returned. Revisions of entries cannot be accepted.

If you would like a copy of the winning poetry/fiction chapbook, include a 6″x9″ self-addressed envelope with $1.50 postage affixed.

Stories/poems that have been previously published individually are eligible, but manuscripts must not have been previously published as a whole. Do not submit poems/stories that appear in a chapbook or full-length book already published or under contract for publication. If applicable, include a list of acknowledgments on the title page.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable under the condition that you notify us in the event your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

All entries must be postmarked on or before January 15, 2008.

The Second Annual Per Contra Prize

11 January 2008
Awarded March 2008
$1,000 First Prize and Publication in Per Contra for the Top Ten Entries

Winner will appear in Per Contra Spring 2008, also featuring the work of Daniel Hoffman, new and unpublished work by John Updike, Maxine Kumin, William Jay Smith, Rhina P. Espaillat and Stephen Dixon. Coming March 1st.


FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 U.S. dollars.

Top ten stories will be published in Per Contra in our 2008 editorial calendar year, with the authors paid our regular professional publication rates. Per Contra purchases first rights, right to archive and right to broadcast spoken word versions and right to reprint in an anthology. Copyright to work remains with the author.

All entries will be considered for publication. (Currently we are not accepting unsolicited submissions in poetry or fiction.)

Winners will be announced on March 1st in Per Contra. Additionally, winners will be notified by email.

PRIVACY POLICY: Per Contra collects information for the sole purpose of communication with the party providing the information. No information collected will be sold, shared with or distributed to any third party.


The story must be the original work of the author; however, collaborative work of two authors is acceptable when so noted. All entries must be written in English. Translations of other author’s works may not be submitted.

No previously published work or works forthcoming elsewhere may be submitted.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; if accepted elsewhere, we ask that they be withdrawn from the contest immediately, but the reading fee is non-refundable.

Stories must be at least 1,000 words and may not exceed 3,000 words.

Authors may send as many entries as they wish, but a $10 fee must accompany each submission.

Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, minimum 12 point type.

Author’s names, together with an accurate word count, and the title must appear on the cover sheet only. DO NOT PLACE AUTHOR’S NAME ON THE MANUSCRIPT.

Title and page number should appear on each page of the story.


Entries will be judged (identities will be concealed) by the editorial staff of Per Contra.

No current/former student or colleague of Miriam Kotzin’s or Bill Turner’s is eligible to be considered for the contest. Former students may use this as a period of open submission to Per Contra. Students may submit their work at

No one editorially or financially affiliated with Per Contra may enter the contest. Authors previously published in Per Contra may not enter the contest.

The winning stories will be published in Per Contra. Must be 18 or older to enter.

*****NEW PLEASE READ:***** We will only accept Personal Checks, Cashier’s Checks or Money Orders for Entries. Please make personal checks, money orders or cashier’s checks payable to William Turner.

Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than January 31, 2008. Entries cannot be returned.

Miriam Kotzin
Suite 10B
250 South 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19l07-5615