Archive for April, 2008

Open Submissions for The Versus Anthology

26 April 2008

Versus is a collection of works based on the theme of pitting iconic characters or forces against one another (for example, “Jesus VS Thor” or “Adolph Hitler VS Grendel”); this anthology is edited by Josh Woods and is set for release in the spring of 2009 by Press 53 (please visit at ). Versus already includes a great host of writers, such as Pinckney Benedict, Michael Kimball, Margaret McMullan, Kyle Minor, Andrew Scott, Curtis Smith, Susan Woodring, and many others, but we have also
held a few spots open in order to give everyone interested the opportunity to join this anthology, so here is that opportunity.

We’re looking mostly for short fiction of around 1,000-1,500 words, but Versus is open to longer works as well as poetry, creative non-fiction, short screenplays, flash fiction, graphic novel pages, and even hybrid genres. Submissions can be previously published elsewhere as long as the writer has, or can
obtain, (re)publication rights. Simultaneous and multiple submissions are allowed, but due to the volume of submissions we will be unable to communicate about individual manuscripts other than to indicate that they are accepted or rejected. We will not respond prior to the submission deadline.

The deadline for all submissions is June 1, 2008.

Please send submissions by email attachment in Microsoft Word compatible format or as Adobe PDF to , or submit by mail with SASE to:

Versus Anthology
Faner Hall 2390, MC 4503
SIU Carbondale
1000 Faner Hall
Carbondale, IL 62901

Cover letter is optional, but please include your name and email address on each page of the manuscript. For these few remaining spots in Versus, we are setting our focus on new, emerging, and innovative writers. For further details on what a Versus piece is, or even for the option of getting assigned a set of characters for your Versus piece, please visit


TENNESSEE Writers Alliance Poetry and Short Fiction Contest

24 April 2008

Prizes of $600 awarded for first place winners in each category. Deadline: July 1. For complete guidelines, please send SASE to Tennessee Writers Alliance, P.O. Box 257, Linden, TN 37096 or visit

5th Annual Open City / Rrofihe Trophy Short Story Contest

21 April 2008

damsefly press Call for Submissions (Women Only)

20 April 2008

damselfly press, an innovative online literary journal for women, is seeking electronic

submissions of original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by female writers slated for online publication in July 2008.

Visit the damselfly press website at

to learn more about the journal and submission guidelines, and check out Issue Three!

They welcome a myriad of women’s voices from new and experienced writers. The deadline to submit for the fourth issue is June 15th, 2008.

2008 Anderbo Poetry Prize

18 April 2008

For up to six unpublished poems.
Winner receives:
$500 cash
Publication on
Judged by Kim Waller

–Poems should be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper with the poet’s name and contact information on the upper right corner of each poem
–Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2008
–Limit six poems per poet
–Poet must not have been previously published on
–Mail submissions to 270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1412, New York, NY 10012
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to RRofihe

Kim Waller 2007 Poetry Prize Judge
At Wellesley College, Kim Waller was a student of Richard Wilbur and Philip Booth. One summer she had the luck of holding the Robert Frost Poetry Scholarship at the Breadloaf School of English in Ripton, Vermont. Her first published poems appeared in anthologies edited by Chad Walsh and John Ciardi. Her poetry has subsequently appeared in The Hudson Review, The Minnesota Review, New World Writing # 10, Best Poems of 1975, The Penny Paper, Visiting Frost, and the Cider Mill Press, among others. Her privately-printed collection of poems is titled Winter Parsley. She has taught at two New York private schools, The Packer Collegiate Institute and The Brearley School, as well as the summertime College Readiness Program for college-bound inner-city students. Her early experience as a magazine editor was gained at Mademoiselle and The Atlantic Monthly. This led to a long career as a features editor at Town & Country and, later, Victoria magazine. She is now a free-lance magazine writer specializing in architecture and interior design. Her articles have appeared in such magazines as Coastal Living, House Beautiful, Connecticut, Real Simple, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times, Decorating, and Home. She is the author of two books on tea, three decorating books, and her personal essays have been in magazines and two anthologies: Thoughts of Home, and The Quiet Center. She and her husband, a documentary filmmaker, live in New York City and have two sons.

John Gardener Writing Award

11 April 2008

What we’re looking for: best character description, fiction or nonfiction, published or unpublished, up to 150 words

Prizes: 15 winners with a first prize of $500

Fee: $10 per entry

Deadline: postmarked by May 15, 2008

Sponsored by: Writing for Money; full details are at

The Internet Review of Books – Lasting Impressions Book Review Contest

7 April 2008

announces its Spring “Lasting Impressions” Book Review Contest.

What we’re looking for:

Is there a book that has remained front and center on your bookshelf—or in your mind—even though you read it ages ago? A book that made a lasting impression on you? It might be fiction or non-fiction, something you read as a child or an adult, but it somehow made you think, changed you, taught you something, or otherwise has remained important to you through the years.

Write a 600 to 900-word book review that includes the reason this book made a lasting impression on you. Send it as plain text in your e-mail message form to irbcon at Include a bio of 50 words or less.

For examples of previous Lasting Impression reviews, see in our archives:
Heaven’s Coast
Something about a Soldier
The Haven-Finding Art


First place – $100 with publication in the May issue of IRB
Second place – $50 and possible publication
Third place – $25 and possible publication

How to enter:

Send us your review as above, and then mail a check for $5.00 to:
Associate Editor Ruth Douillette
Internet Review of Books
548 Vernon Street, Bridgewater, MA 02324

Or you may enter using the convenient PayPal link on our site.

Entries and payment must be received by April 20, 2008.

Judges: The editors of The Internet Review of Books.

For more information, contact Associate Editor Ruth Douillette @