Archive for February, 2008

Saturday Writers 6th annual poetry contest

17 February 2008

In honor of April being poetry month,

Saturday Writers is announcing our 6th annual poetry contest!

Submission Guidelines:

1) Any style, any subject, any form allowed. Wow us in one page. (One poem per single-spaced page.)

2) No identification should appear on the entry. Attach a separate coversheet with title, name, address, e-mail, and phone number.

3) Two copies of each entry, please! (Each judge need a copy.)

4) Entry fee: $5 per poem, maximum of three entries.

5) Poems must be unpublished at the time of submission, original work of the contestant.

6) Deadline: March 15, 2008 postmark.

7) Prizes: 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, 3rd place – $25. Top 10 entries receive a certificate.

8) Winners will be posted on the website by April 30, 2008. Certificates and cash prizes will be mailed the following week.

9) Mail entries flat, not folded, to: Saturday Writers One-page Poem Contest, Tricia Sanders, 90 Westwood Trails, Foristell, MO 63348. Do NOT send by certified mail!

10) Checks payable to: Saturday Writers.

Contest is open to members of Saturday Writers and non-members. Prize winners and honorable mention recipients (top ten only) may be given the opportunity to have their stories included (one-time rights) in the Saturday Writers literary collection, published the following year.

For a list of winners, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Or check out our website after April 30:

Decision of judges is final. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Poems will not be returned.


Dazzling Dogs writing contest

17 February 2008

In honor of Freelance Writers week this week), we are running a “Dazzling Dogs” writing contest.

Here is a link to the press release with more information:

If you love dogs and love to write, this is your chance to tell us your best dog story. The winning essays will be published in a book and get a license for Logical Expressions’ IdeaWeaver writing and creativity software ($50 value). The Grand Prize winner also receives $50 and the opportunity to be featured in a case study (great PR for freelance writers!).

The contest rules and entry form for the Dazzling Dogs writing contest is available here:

OXFORD MAGAZINE Call for Submissions

7 February 2008

Oxford Magazine is an online literary magazine edited and published by graduate students at the Department of English at Miami University of Ohio. Since our premiere in 1984, our journal has received Pushcart Prizes for both fiction and poetry, and has published authors such as William Stafford, Robert Pinsky, Stephen Dixon, Andre Dubus, and Stuart Dybek. In May we will be publishing our 22nd edition.

We are currently accepting submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction/essays, and new media. Our deadline for issue 22 is March 15, 2008. To submit to the magazine via e-mail, please direct your work to the appropriate editor.

Poetry Editor–Talcott Starr

Fiction Editor–Justin Edwards

Essays Editor–Bre Garrett

*For new media works, please send e-mail to the editor who you feel is most appropriate for your submission.


3 February 2008

In each category, $1,000 and publication in the CSU Poetry Series is offered for the best full-length volume of original poetry submitted between November 1, 2007 and February 15, 2008 (postmark deadline).
The 2008 First Book Competition will be judged by Robert Hill Long (please see Eligibility below).
The 2008 Open Book Competition Winner will be selected by a committe, headed by Michael Dumanis, with Kazim Ali, Mary Biddinger, and Sarah Gridley.
ms. should contain a minimum of 48 pages of poetry
ms. pages should be numbered and a table of contents included
include one cover page with title, your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address
your name should not appear anywhere else on the ms.
include a second cover page containing only title
clearly indicate on the outside of the mailing envelope and on each cover page “First Book” or “Open Competition” (see Eligibility)
do not include a cover letter or biographical information
include an acknowledgements page, listing any previously published books or poems, if applicable

send multiple submissions in the same envelope, marked “Multiple,” $25.00 per ms.
simultaneous submissions acceptable, please inform us if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere

mss. are eligible for the First Book competition if the author has not published or commited to publish a collection of his or her poetry in a book of 48 or more pages with a press run of at least 500 copies
entry to the Open Competition is limited to authors who have published a full-length poetry collection
intimate friends, relatives, current and former students of the First
Book judge (students in an academic degreeconferring program or its equivalent) are not eligible to enter the 2008 First Book contest
manuscripts that have been previously published in their entirety, including self-published, are not eligible
translations are not eligible
there are no restrictions on style or content


Cleveland State University
Poetry Center Prizes
please specify: First Book or Open Competition
Department of English
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

check or money order payable to Cleveland State University

for notification of ms. receipt, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard (optional)
manuscripts are not returned
once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered; winners will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication
notification mailed to all entrants summer of 2008
The CSU Poetry Center reserves the right to consider all finalists for publication

The CSU Poetry Center also publishes a Cleveland Poets Series, open to poets who reside in the state at the time the manuscript is submitted.
There is no reading fee for manuscripts submitted to this series, but these submissions are not eligible for the Poetry Center Prize.
If Ohio poets wish to have a manuscript considered for the Poetry Center Prizes, they must send the $25.00 reading fee and indicate if they are entering the First Book or Open Competition.
Manuscripts by Ohio poets that are submitted for the Poetry Center
Prizes will be considered automatically for the Cleveland Poets Series if they are not selected for the CSU Poetry Series.

Philip Roth Residence: Application Guidelines

3 February 2008

Stadler Center for Poetry

To be eligible, an applicant must be more than 21 years of age, must reside in the United States, and must not be enrolled as a student in a college or university. (Persons enrolled in a college or university at the time of application are eligible). Some record of publication is desirable. Please note that the 2008-09 Roth Residence will be awarded to a poet. Prose writers may apply in spring 2009 for the 2009-10 Residence.

To apply, submit the following items by postal mail to the address shown below:
1. A letter of application.
2. A curriculum vitae.
3. Three letters of recommendation.
4. A writing sample of no more than 12 typed pages of poetry.
No materials will be returned; please do not send originals. We strongly recommend that you include letters of recommendation with your other application materials. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation are sent by the postmark deadline. Application deadline (for 2008-09 residence, open to a poet): postmarked by Saturday, February 23, 2008.
Notification: late spring 2008.
Send application materials to:

Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing
The Stadler Center for Poetry
Bucknell Hall
Bucknell University
Lewisburg PA 17837

2008 Wabash Prize for Fiction

3 February 2008

Final Judge: Richard Bausch

First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in Summer/Fall 2008 issue
Entries of honorable mention also published in Summer/Fall 2008 issue

Complete Guidelines for Contest Submissions
Deadline: Entries must be received by March 15, 2008. This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries received after March 15, 2008 will be returned unread.

1. Submit one story or collection of related short shorts per standard entry. Please do not send excerpts or chapters of novels. Entries may be no more than 10,000 words.

2. A $10 reading fee payable to Sycamore Review must accompany each entry. Do not send cash. When sending more than one entry, additional reading fees must also be included.

3. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

4. All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author’s name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the titles and word counts of all entries submitted. The author’s name may not be on the manuscript itself.

5. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece. Work should be double spaced.

6. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish to be notified upon receipt of your manuscript.

7. Manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2008. For information on winners and runners-up, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with entry.

8. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the Sycamore Review.

9. Questions may be directed to Mehdi Okasi, Editor-in-Chief, at

Send 2008 Wabash Prize for Fiction submissions and reading fee to:

2008 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907