Archive for June, 2008

SEE THE VOICE: Visible Verse 2008 call for videopoems

30 June 2008

Pacific Cinémathèque and curator Heather Haley are seeking videopoem submissions from around the world for the annual Visible Verse screening and performance poetry celebration, Nov. 6, 2008 Visible Verse is North America’s sustaining venue for the presentation of new and artistically significant videopoetry.

Official guidelines:

* Visible Verse seeks videopoems, with a 15 minutes maximum duration.
* Either official language of Canada is acceptable, though if the video is in French, an English-dubbed or-subtitled version is required for consideration. Videos may originate in any part of the world, however.
* Pieces will be judged on true literary merit. The ideal videopoem is a wedding of word and image, the voice seen as well as heard.
* Please, do not send documentaries, as they are outside the featured genre.
* Videopoem producers should provide a brief bio, full name, and contact information in a cover letter. There is no official application form nor entry fee.
* Submission deadline is 1 September, 2008.

Send, at your own risk, videopoems and poetry films/preview copies (which cannot be returned) in DVD format to: VISIBLE VERSE c/o Pacific Cinémathèque, 200–1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2L7, Canada. Selected artists will be notified by 1 October, 2008 and receive a screening fee. For more information contact Heather Haley at: or by email:

Three Candles Press Open Book Award

30 June 2008

three candles press is pleased to announce the second Three Candles Press Open Book Award for the best book of poems by a poet in any stage of his or her career. The contest will be judged by Deborah Keenan, whose most recent book is Willow Room, Green Door (New and Selected Poems), winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. Runners up and two alternates will be posted on the website by January 15th, 2009. The book will be available on the three candles website, through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers in America and Europe. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 – 95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.

How the Contest Works: Three Candles Journal editor-in-chief Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge (around 12 manuscripts). The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge or from family members or friends of the judge; those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in some business capacity prior to the opening of the competition.

Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to “three candles press”.

Send materials to:

three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337

Bakeless Literary Prizes

30 June 2008

Overview and Current Guidelines

Judges for the year 2009 Prizes

Percival Everett, fiction; Sue Halpern, creative nonfiction; Linda Gregerson, poetry.

Rules of Eligibility

The Bakeless Prizes require that poetry manuscripts contain at least 50 pages of text; fiction, which includes novels and short-fiction collections, 150-450; creative nonfiction, 150-300.

The competition welcomes manuscripts from all authors, including non-US citizens, writing in English who have not yet published a book in their entry’s genre. Scholarly, critical, and historical works will not be considered in the creative nonfiction category. Manuscripts may contain stories, poems, chapters, and essays that have already been published individually in magazines, anthologies, and periodicals, but the manuscript itself cannot have been published previously as a whole, commercially or privately. Multiple submissions of manuscripts are allowed but contestants are asked to notify the contest coordinator immediately if a manuscript has been accepted for publication elsewhere.
Guidelines for Manuscripts

Please observe the following standards when submitting manuscripts:
# Typed and double-spaced pages on letter-size (8 1/2 x 11) paper
# Poetry manuscripts may be single-spaced
# Good-quality photocopied or letter-quality printed manuscripts are acceptable.
# Include 2 cover pages: one containing the author’s name, address, Phone number, manuscript title, and genre, the other containing only title and genre.
# The author’s name must not appear on any page of the manuscript, except for memoir.
# Do not include an author’s note or biographical information.
# Do not include a publication acknowledgments page.
# Revisions and additions will not be accepted once manuscripts have been received.

The above guidelines will help to insure efficient handling of the manuscripts as well as the process of judging them anonymously. In the case of a manuscript not conforming with the above guidelines, the manuscript becomes ineligible for consideration and the entry fee will be returned.
Requirements for Submission
# Send one copy of each submission.
# Include: a $10 processing fee for each submission, payable to Middlebury College;
# a self-addressed postage-paid postcard for confirmation of manuscript receipt;
# An SASE for receiving announcement of the judges’ decisions (optional).
# Manuscripts, even if accompanied by an SASE, cannot be returned.

Dates for Submission and Notification

Manuscript submissions accepted September 15 to November 1, 2008.
Manuscripts received with postmarks after November 1 cannot be considered.
Winners announced in May, 2009.

Please send manuscripts to

Ms. Jennifer Bates, contest coordinator
The Bakeless Contest
c/o Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
Middlebury College
Middlebury VT 05753
Phone: 802 443-2018

FINISHING LINE PRESS Chapbook Competition

30 June 2008




A prize of $1,000 and publication will be awarded by Finishing Line Press for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Open to all. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee by Deadline: JULY 15 , 2008 (POSTMARK).

Thomas Brush will final judge.

Open Chapbook Competition

Finishing Line Press
P.O. Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

The New Anonymous Call for Submissions

30 June 2008

Announcing The New Anonymous, a print journal whose contributors and editors will remain forever nameless. Indeed, The New Anonymous will publish all work anonymously. And all submissions will be blindly screened and edited, i.e., the submission, editorial, and publishing process will be anonymous from beginning to end. Our goal is to serve as a safehouse where writers—both up-and-coming and well established—can not only question the creative process but also, in the words of Freud, “play.”

We are now reading submissions in all genres for our upcoming debut issue and hope you’ll join us in this unique endeavor. For submission guidelines and more information, visit our website at:

2008 Juked Fiction and Poetry Prizes

23 June 2008

We are now accepting entries for our 2008 Fiction and Poetry Prizes.

Submission Guidelines:

First prize for each genre: $500 and publication in our upcoming print issue, Juked #6.
Final judges: Mark Winegardner (fiction) and Angela Ball (poetry).
Current and former students of the final judges are not eligible to compete.

Fiction: send one story per entry. There is no length requirement.

Poetry: send up to five poems (no more than ten pages total) per entry.

Entries must be unpublished.

Simultaneous submissions are just fine, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Fee is $10 per entry, by cash or check or money order, payable to Juked; there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.

Include a cover sheet with your name, address, e-mail, telephone number and the title(s) of your story or poems. Please do not put your name anywhere else on the manuscript. Every entry will be read blind.

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification.

Manuscripts will not be returned; instead they will be gently placed in the recycling bin.

Postmark deadline is August 1st, 2008.

Indicate “Fiction” or “Poetry” on the front of the envelope.

Results will be announced in October 2008.

Please send all submissions to:
110 Westridge Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32304

Questions? Write us at


23 June 2008


3 AWARDS: Novel, Short Fiction, Poetry // $3,000 in awards


by e-mail if you include e-mail address, or by snail-mail if you include a SASE


Questions only. No e-mail submissions.



MAY SIMULTANEOUSLY SUBMIT since we publish only in very rare years when we have an agreement with a literary journal. If your work is accepted elsewhere meantime, you can still win our monetary awards.

IMPORTANT: FOR ALL AWARDS, THE TERM MANUSCRIPT DOES NOT MEAN A FULL BOOK.: We mean first 50 pages for a Novel ms., 1 short story for a Short Fiction ms., and 5 poems for a Poetry ms.


for the first 50 pages ONLY of a novel either completed or in progress (in-progress submissions should be as polished as possible). All types of novels accepted (NO MEMOIRS). No novels for or by persons under 16. Typed, double-spaced only.

for the best short fiction (NO MEMOIRS). No stories for or by persons under 16. Typed, double-spaced only.

for the best group of 5 poems, judged on the overall excellence of all 5. 5 poems per entry. No light verse or verse for or by persons under 16. Poems may be thematically related but need not be. Poems longer than 100 lines are discouraged. Typed, single-spaced preferred.

$15 per 5 poems
$15 per short story
$25 per novel entry


From outside U.S., send INTERNATIONAL money orders, traveler’s checks, or bank checks (all must be formally stamped by the issuing bank as “U.S. funds” AND must be drawn on U.S. banks only).

COVER SHEET: Include SEPARATE COVER SHEET with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title(s) of work(s) submitted. NO AUTHOR’S NAME ON MANUSCRIPT.




The Ledge 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition

23 June 2008

PRIZE: Winning poet will receive a $1,000 cash award and 25 copies of the published chapbook.

SUBMIT: 16-28 pages of original poetry with title page, biographical note and acknowledgements, if any. Please include your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number (optional). Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but we ask that you notify us if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Poets may enter more than one manuscript.

ENTRY FEE: $18. All entrants will receive a copy of the winning chapbook upon its publication in the fall of 2009.

NO RESTRICTIONS on form or content. The Ledge Press is open to all styles and forms of poetry. Excellence is the only criterion.

PLEASE include a SASE for the competition results or manuscript return. The winner will be announced in March 2009.

POSTMARK DEADLINE: October 31, 2008.

The Ledge 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition,
40 Maple Ave.,
Bellport, NY 11713

The Paumanok Poetry Award

23 June 2008

One First Prize $1000 and expenses for a reading in our 2009 – 2010 series
Two Second Prizes $500 and expenses for a reading in our series

Interested writers should send the following items to Margery L. Brown, English Department, Knapp Hall, Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735:

a cover letter
a one-paragraph bio
3-5 of their best poems (no more than 10 pages, total)
the required $25 entry fee
Poems may be published or unpublished, and there are no restrictions on style, subject matter, or length of poems submitted: quality is the single criterion. Please note that the writer’s name, address, and phone number should be clearly indicated on the cover page. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Entries from previous winners will not be considered.

Make checks payable to Farmingdale State College, VWP.

Poems will not be returned, but writers who want to know the results of the competition via snail mail should enclose a business-size SASE for results (notification by late December). Results are also published on this website.

Deadline: Postmark no later than September 15, 2008.

Please direct any questions or requests for clarification via email to Margery Brown.

The Cathy Washington Prize

23 June 2008

The Sacramento Poetry Center (established 1979) presents The Cathy Washington Prize, its annual poetry book contest.
—Submit a manuscript of 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published previously in book form, although individual poems appearing in print or on the web are permitted. Simultaneous submissions OK, but please let us know ASAP if your manuscript has been placed with another publisher.
—Entries will be judged blind. Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information (including email address, if possible) should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
—Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound wiith a clip.
—The Sacramento Poetry Center will also consider publishing additional manuscripts from this competition.
—Check for $20.00 US per entry (multiple entries OK) should be madee out to The Sacramento Poetry Center. Paid-up members of the Sacramento Poetry Center may enter the contest for a reduced fee of $15. Please note that members of SPC will not receive preferential treatment in the judging process.
—Include a table of contents page and an acknowledgments page for mmagazine or anthology publications.
—Will read entries postmarked between January 1, 2009 and March 31,, 2009.
—Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.
—Winning manuscript will be published by The Sacramento Poetry Centter. Winner will receive a prize of $1000.00 and 50 free copies of the winning book.
—Staff, volunteers, or executive board members of the Sacramento Poetry Center (or their relations) may not submit manuscripts for consideration in this contest.
—Manuscripts cannot be returned.
—Entries should be mailed to The Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Book Contest, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento CA 95816.
—SPC supports the CLMP Code of Ethics and will adhere to its precepts regarding contests.
—For updated information on SPC, or on the book contest, please vissit our website at

2008 Holland Prize Guidelines

23 June 2008

Logan House announces the fourth annual Holland Prize for unpublished poetry manuscripts (48-80 pages). The winning manuscript will be published in 2009, and the winner will receive $500. Submit manuscript, $25 reading fee, and SASE to Logan House, Rte. 1, Box 154, Winside, NE 68790, before August 1.

Everyone who submits to the Holland Prize will receive a copy of Disciples of an Uncertain Season by Larry Holland and will also receive the winning book.

Friends and close associates of the press are not eligible for the contest. We are interested in publishing the best manuscript that comes across our desks. We are looking for anything specifically regional, Great Plains, Midwest or Western related. We will award the Holland Prize to the best manuscript we read no matter what region you write from. Manuscripts will be recycled. Thanks for submitting to the Holland Prize and helping support Logan House Press.

For additional questions email us at

The Gatewood Prize (women only)

23 June 2008

The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books’ annual competition for a first full-length (48-80 pp.) collection of poems by a woman writing in English between the ages of 18 and 39. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.

2008 Judge:
Denise Duhamel

2008 Reading Period:
July 1st – October 1st

$500 and a standard publication contract with a print run of 1000.

General Terms:

Poet must be a woman between the ages of 18 and 39. Our definition of “woman” is broad and includes transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and female-identified individuals.
Entry fee of $15 must accompany each submission; make check payable to Switchback Books. We do not accept cash or money orders.

Multiple submissions are acceptable, but each manuscript must be entered under separate cover and fee.

Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.

No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication.

Translations ineligible.

Manuscripts by close friends and former students of the judge are ineligible.

Poets who have previously published a co-written collection of poems are eligible for the Gatewood Prize if the submitted manuscript is a single-author collection.

Submissions will be read by Switchback editors and staff members. We will select ten manuscripts to send on to the judge, who will choose the final winner.

Manuscripts remain anonymous until a winner is selected. Please remove any identifying references from your manuscript (including those in the body of the manuscipt).

Manuscript Requirements:

between 48 and 80 pages, paginated
bound with a removable clip and nothing more

two cover pages: top cover page should include manuscript title, author’s name, and author’s contact information, second cover page should only include the title of the manuscript

no acknowledgements page

The entry fee entitles you to a free copy of the winning book. To receive your free copy of the winning book, please include a 7×10 envelope with a USA address and $2.15 in USA postage.
If you want to be notified of the contest results by snail mail (as opposed to e-mail), enclose a SASE.

Do not enclose an SASE for return of manuscripts; all manuscripts will be recycled at end of contest term

International submissions must include U.S. postage; IRCs will not be honored. Go to to purchase US postage.

TELL US IF YOU MOVE. Send new address to:

Envelope must be postmarked on or between July 1st of 2008 and October 1st of 2008. No Federal Express or UPS.

Mail Manuscripts To:
Switchback Books
PO Box 478868
Chicago, IL 60647

Guidelines for the 2008 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

23 June 2008

A first book of poems will be selected for publication from an open competition of manuscripts POSTMARKED MAY 15, 2008 through JULY 1, 2008. (Since this is a postmark deadline, there is no need to send Express Mail, Fedex, or UPS. First Class or Priority Mail are preferred.) Manuscripts should be 50-75 pages of original poetry, in English, by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who has neither published, nor committed to publish, a volume of poetry 48 pages or more in length in an edition of over 500 copies* (individual poems may have been previously published). (*Current students and employees of Southern Illinois University and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.) For questions about judging, please visit

The winner will receive a publication contract with Southern Illinois University Press, and will be awarded a $1000 prize. The winner will also receive $1500 as an honorarium for a reading at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Manuscripts should be typewritten, single-spaced. No more than one poem should appear on a page. Dot-matrix printing that is not letter-quality is not acceptable. A clean photocopy is recommended. Please do not send your only copy of the manuscript since manuscripts will not be returned, and please do not include illustrations. CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW and Southern Illinois University Press assume no responsibility for damaged or lost manuscripts. All submissions must be accompanied by a $25 entry fee. Please make your check out to “Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.” All entrants will receive the 2009 Winter/Spring CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW.

Submit two title pages for the collection. The author’s name, address, and daytime phone number should appear on the first title page only. The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the manuscript. An acknowledgments page listing poems previously published in magazines, journals, or anthologies should be placed after the second title page.

Please address entries to:

Jon Tribble, Series Editor

Crab Orchard Series in Poetry

(First Book Award)

Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

1000 Faner Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for notification of contest results. If you would like confirmation that the manuscript has been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard as well. Manuscripts may be under consideration elsewhere, but the series editor must be informed immediately if a collection is accepted for publication.

“Connecting Online: Hookups, Reunions and Chance Encounters”

23 June 2008

DEADLINE: August 1, 2008

Writer and editor April Thompson is seeking first-person stories for an upcoming anthology of stories about connections made online.

“Connecting Online: Hookups, Reunions and Chance Encounters” will feature essays of NO MORE than 2,500 words about interpersonal connections made through the Internet. Submissions can be comical or irreverent, tear-jerking or thought-provoking: the caliber of writing is more important than the mood of the piece. Please note that essays should center on a particular encounter or relationship cultivated online, rather than expounding on the topic in general.

Stories accepted into the anthology will receive compensation upon publication of up to $150 depending on the length of the piece.

Please send your piece in .doc format, include your contact information, and put “Connecting Online Submission” in the subject of your email, to be sent to

Previously published material considered as long as you own the reprint rights.

See The Voice: Visible Verse 2008 call for videopoems

23 June 2008

Pacific Cinémathèque and curator Heather Haley are seeking videopoem submissions from around the world for the annual Visible Verse screening and performance poetry celebration. Visible Verse is North America’s sustaining venue for the presentation of new and artistically significant videopoetry.

Official guidelines:
* Visible Verse seeks videopoems, with a 15 minutes maximum duration.
* Either official language of Canada is acceptable, though if the video is in French, an English-dubbed or-subtitled version is required for consideration. Videos may originate in any part of the world, however.
* Pieces will be judged on true literary merit. The ideal videopoem is a wedding of word and image, the voice seen as well as heard.
* Please, do not send documentaries, as they are outside the featured genre.
* Videopoem producers should provide a brief bio, full name, and contact information in a cover letter. There is no official application form nor entry fee.
* Submission deadline is 1 September, 2008.

Send, at your own risk, videopoems and poetry films/preview copies (which cannot be returned) in DVD format to: VISIBLE VERSE c/o Pacific Cinémathèque, 200–1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 2L7, Canada. Selected artists will be notified by 1 October, 2008 and receive a screening fee. For more information contact Heather Haley at: or by e-mail.

Vancouver’s Pacific Cinémathèque Pacifique, a not-for-profit society dedicated to the understanding of film and moving images.

“Heather Haley is a well-established presenter of poetry video in Vancouver. An instigator of poetry video production and appreciation in Canada, Haley and the Edgewise ElectroLit Centre convened the original Vancouver Videopoem Festival in 1999. That festival became critically regarded owing to the its progressive regard for spoken word in cinema. The 2000 festival, for example, presented many poets both in performance and on the big screen. The audience could see for themselves the merits and distinctions of poetry rendered in time in these two forms, stage versus screen. The festival then built upon that critical base, with widened explorations into poetry cinema across national frontiers. They presented significant new works from Europe and the Americas, and continued to offer Canadian audiences a remarkably broad selection of new videopoems from their own country. And owing to Vancouver’s strength in the film and television production industries, Haley has been able to cultivate critical interest between filmmakers and poets, with positive consequences for both.”-Kurt Heintz, Director, e-poets

“Adventures in Hostelling” Writing Contest

20 June 2008

Prizes include round-trip international airfare and Flip Video cameras
Deadline to enter: July 15, 2008

The “Adventures in Hostelling” Writing Contest seeks very short (150-250 words) stories recounting a personal experience that either took place at a hostel or was made possible through a hostel stay.

Organized in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA, the contest seeks real-life anecdotes that help to illustrate the range of broadening experiences made possible through hostelling. Travelers are invited to share tales of meeting memorable people, encountering new cultures or fresh perspectives, embarking on unforeseen adventures, making a life-altering decision, or any other hostel experience that had an impact on their lives.

Winners will be chosen by a jury including professional travel writers, other travel industry professionals, and Council staff and alumni. All winning stories will be printed in a special 50th anniversary commemorative publication, and prizes will be awarded as follows:

One Grand Prize winner will receive a voucher for round-trip, international travel on American Airlines. Three Jury Prize winners will each receive a Flip Video camera. Honorable Mention winners will each receive a one-year Hostelling International membership.

Enter online at:

Entries may also be mailed, along with name, mailing address, phone number, and email address, to:

Adventures in Hostelling Writing Contest
HI-USA Golden Gate Council
425 Divisadero Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94117

Entries must be 150-250 words, and must be received no later than July 15, 2008. One entry per person. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter. For more information and full contest rules, visit:

Founded in 1958, the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA is a nonprofit network of 10 hostels in Northern California, providing quality, affordable accommodations at historic properties in both urban centers and in State and National Parks. In addition to offering accommodations for people of all ages, the Council runs outdoor and intercultural educational programs for underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. An affiliate of Hostelling International USA and the International Youth Hostel Federation, the Council’s mission is “to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.”

Episodes of the Norm Call for Submissions

19 June 2008

William Joseph K Publications is currently seeking writing submissions for Volume 1 Issue 1 plans for release date this fall – no current deadline for submissions

Parlor Journal: Call for Submissions

19 June 2008

Parlor Submission Guidelines

We are currently reading for Issue 5 – Summer 2008. The reading period will be open until August 15, 2008.

All submissions must be previously unpublished works of poetry, prose, and drama. Please review the appropriate section below for specific submission requirements.

Author may submit a maximum of five (5) works per submission period in any combination of the following:
– up to five (5) works of poetry
– up to three (3) works of prose and drama

Please email your submission to In the subject line, please list your genre and full name. (Example: POETRY – John Doe)

Send a single Word document attachment with all your submissions in the file. All submissions must include one cover sheet with author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, title list of all submissions within the package, and which genre (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or drama) the author wishes each piece to be considered. Aside from the cover letter, author may not include his/her name on any page of the submission. This is to ensure that each submission is blind-edited by our staff.


Poetry submissions must be visually formatted as intended for publication. Please use 12-point Times New Roman unless absolutely necessary.


(includes fiction, creative non-fiction, short-shorts, and novel excerpts)
Prose submissions must be double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman. Each piece should be a maximum of 5,000 words.


(includes one-act plays, scenes from full-length plays, and screenplay excerpts)
Drama submissions should have appropriate formatting. We prefer 12-point Courier. Each piece should be a maximum of fifteen (15) pages.

To view the journal’s Web site, visit

New Southerner Literary Contest

14 June 2008

$200 prizes for poetry, fiction and nonfiction

Three prizes of $200 each and publication in New Southerner will be awarded for works of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

* 5,000 word limit for prose
* 50 line limit for poetry
* Entry Fee: $10 per entry
* Multiple entries accepted
* Postmark deadline: October 1, 2008

Final judges will include:
Nonfiction — Kathryn Eastburn (author of A Sacred Feast and Simon Says)
Poetry — Erin Keane (author of The Gravity Soundtrack and The One-Hit Wonders)
and Cecilia Woloch (author of Tsigan and Late)
Fiction — Silas House (author of Clay’s Quilt and The Coal Tatoo)

All work must be typed on standard-sized paper. No manuscript will be returned; for acknowledgement of receipt, include self-addressed, stamped postcard with submission.

Send two copies—one with the author’s name, address, phone number and optional e-mail address in the upper right-hand corrner, the other with no author information. Include separate title page for each entry indicating title of work, category, author’s name, address and phone number.

Entries must be the author’s original, unpublished work and should be appropriate for publication in New Southerner. The magazine’s mission is to promote self-sufficient living, environmental stewardship and support for local economies. For more information, see our submission guidelines online at

Entries should be mailed to:

New Southerner Literary Contest
375 Wood Valley Lane
Louisville, KY 40299

Questions regarding entries should be directed to

Minnesota Writers Fiction Contest

5 June 2008 seeks new short-short fiction for the summer round of this literary competition and publication series for Minnesota writers. Submission deadline is June 30, 2008.

The deadline for submissions for the second round in this short fiction contest is JUNE 30, 2008. is launching miniStories, a quarterly short-short fiction competition coordinated by Electric Arc Radio’s Geoff Herbach (author of The Miracle Letters of T. Rimburg,Three Rivers Press). This new literary series showcases previously unpublished short stories by Minnesota writers which are selected by authors, editors, and publishing industry veterans from across the country. Winning stories are then published on and in the e-magazine access+ENGAGE. One grand-prize winning author will be selected from each quarter’s miniStories winners by series coordinator Geoff Herbach to receive a paid commission for a longer-form short story which will be published on

There are readings at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis at the end of each quarter’s contest cycle, at which miniStories winners and judges will read their fiction. An anthology collecting the inaugural year’s miniStories winning fiction will be published in April 2009 and available for sale at area bookstores.

June 2008 scribophile Contest

5 June 2008

Our June contest is about mysteries. We want authors to submit the first chapter to an original mystery novel (the whole thing doesn’t have to be written yet, we just want the first chapter!). We’re looking for a first chapter that’ll set up some colorful characters, present an intriguing case, maybe include a little action, and in the end leave us wanting to read more! Minimum length is 2000 words, maximum is 5000 words. Entry is free to everybody. First prize is a $50 gift card to, 2nd prize is a $25 gift card. The contest runs from June 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008, and winners will be announced by July 7, 2008.

You can find more details on the contest at . Our main site is at .