Archive for September, 2008

Woodrow Hall Award

28 September 2008

Announcing the first Woodrow Hall Award, an offshoot of the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program.

This award will be given to a Wisconsin poet who has actively contributed to Wisconsin’s literary landscape, and will include five-hundred ($500.00) dollars to implement an idea for a new poetry program or project. The winner must execute their idea in 2009. No entry fee. Multiple entries from same poet welcome. Download application from and send with a SASE to:

Woodrow Hall Editions
PO Box 260026
Madison, WI 53726

Entry deadline: December 15th, 2008

Winner announced in January.



Keyhole Fiction Chapbook Contest

28 September 2008

Online entry fee payment at the above website

Judge: Michael Martone
Prize: $250 and 25 copies of the chapbook.
Deadline: December 1, 2008.

Michael Martone’s most recent books are Racing in Place, a book of essays, Double-wide, his collected early fictions, and Michael Martone, a memoir done in contributor’s notes. With Lex Williford he recently edited The Scribner’s Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he teaches at the University of Alabama.


Manuscripts must be between 30 and 50 pages–not including the title page, table of contents, etc. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Entries cannot have been previously published as a collection/chapbook. If any part of your entry has been previously published, please include acknowledgements. The reading fee is $15. Payment accepted through PayPal


After payment you will receive further instructions by email.

30 Below Story Contest

28 September 2008

Narrative is calling on writers, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers, ages eighteen to thirty, to tell us a story. We are interested in narrative in the many forms it takes: the word and the image, the traditional and the innovative, the true and the imaginary.
Awards: First Prize is $1,500, Second Prize is $750, and Third Prize is $300. The prize winners will be announced in Narrative. Additionally, ten finalists will be chosen and announced in the magazine. All entries will be considered for publication. (Limit of two entries per individual.)

We accept submissions in the following media:
Written: Works of fiction and nonfiction, including short stories, novel excerpts, essays, memoirs, and excerpts from book-length nonfiction. Submissions must not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced, with 12-point type, at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address at the top of the first page. Submit your document as a .doc, .pdf, or .rtf file.

Drawn: Graphic novel excerpts and comics of no more than thirty pages, in .pdf format. Please include your full name in the title of the filename.

Photographed: Photo essays of between five and twenty images, each photo with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Captions or text must be included within the file that contains the images. Files must be .doc or .pdf. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and email address on the first page of the essay.

Spoken: Original works of fiction and nonfiction in audio theater, including performance, radio journalism, and stories read aloud. Submissions may run up to ten minutes, in .mp3 format, with a bitrate of at least 128 kbit/s. Please include your full name in the file name.

Filmed: Short films and documentaries of up to fifteen minutes. Submissions must be in .mp4 format. Please include your full name in the file name.

Timing: Entries will be accepted between September 20 and October 27, 2008. (The contest will close to entries at midnight Pacific Standard Time on October 27.) There is no entry fee.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by December 1, 2008. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions.

Entries must be previously unpublished, though we do accept works that have appeared in college publications. Entries cannot have been the winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest. We accept online entries only. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but if your entry is accepted elsewhere, please let us know as soon as possible (and accept our congratulations!).

To Submit go to

CCW 2009 Spring Writing Contest

28 September 2008

Poetry and Short Story winners will each receive $500

Their winning work will be published in the Spring 2009 Homestead Review produced by Hartnell College. Note: All contest entries will be considered for publication in Hartnell College’s Spring 2009 Homestead Review.

Contest Rules

Eligibility: Open to all work not previously published. Simultaneous submissions allowed, but you must notify us if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Entry Fee: Short stories: $15 per story. Poetry: $5 per poem.

Multiple Entries: You may enter as many times as you wish.

Maximum Length: Short story: 4000 words. Poetry: no restriction.

Submission Period: August 15, 2008 through November 15, 2008 (by postmark)

Submit to: CCW Contest, c/o Michael Thomas, P.O. Box 51805, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Make your check payable to Central Coast Writers. Please note: entries will not be returned.

Format: Typed, white 8½ x11 paper, unstapled, single-sided, numbered pages, with title only (not your name) on upper left corner of all pages. Short stories must be double-spaced. Poetry should be formatted as you want it to appear. Include a single cover sheet for short stories and a single cover sheet for poetry. The cover sheet(s) must include the title(s) of your entry, your name, address, email address, phone number, and word count for short stories.

Notification: Winners will be notified by March 31, 2009 and announced in Scribbles, the Central Coast Writers branch monthly newsletter.

Questions?: E-mail to

Finalist judges will be Homestead Review editors Maria Garcia Teutsch and Dr. Jessica Breheny, published authors in their respective genres of poetry and fiction.

Many Mountains Moving Poetry & Flash Fiction Contests

28 September 2008

* Open to all poets and writers whose work is in English.
* Entries may not be previously or simultaneously published.
* Staff members and family of staff members are ineligible.

* $200 cash prize for the best poem & $200 cash prize for the best flash fiction.
* Publication in the 2009 MMM print annual.
* Finalists in each genre will also be considered for publication.

Postmark deadline— Nov. 1, 2008.
* Winners announced by January 2009.
* Do not put your name on your work(s). All entries will be read anonymously.
* Include in your cover letter: (i) your name, (ii) e-mail address and phone number(s), (iii) mailing address, & (iv) the title(s) and genre of your submission.
* If you enter in both categories, please send them in separate envelopes.
* Mark “poetry contest” or “fiction contest” on the envelope.
* Mss. cannot be returned; do not send your only copies.
* Include an SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) to receive the announcement of the winners.

Entry Fees:
$15 for as many as 5 poems per entry (total submission cannot exceed 10 pages).
$15 for as many as 2 flash fictions (or short-short story under 1,000 words, typed double-
Entrants get a free subscription!
Make checks payable to: Many Mountains Moving.
Final Flash Fiction Judge: Thaddeus Rutkowski
Final Poetry Judge: Anne-Marie Cusac

Send to:
Many Mountains Moving
(Poetry or Flash Fiction) Contest
1705 Lombard St.
Phila. PA 19146

Or via e-mail, send an attachment (RTF, Word, WordPerfect or PDF) to without any identification in the ms. itself. Then send a paper cover letter along with a check for $15 exactly as you would with a regular paper submission. (See above). Ms. will be acknowledged as received as soon as the check arrives.

Pat Parnell Poetry Contest

28 September 2008

The Department of Writing and Literature at Chester College of New England is pleased to offer the sixth Pat Parnell Poetry Prize. Named after the founder of COMPASS ROSE, Professor Patricia Parnell, the contest is designed to bring work of the finest quality to the pages of our magazine.

Each year, the winner of the contest receives $400 and publication in COMPASS ROSE. All other entries will be considered for publication. The contest fee is $5 per poem with a limit of 5 poems per entry. We can accept only U.S. currency.

COMPASS ROSE is pleased to announce poet Ilya Kaminsky will judge the 2008-2009 Pat Parnell Poetry Contest. Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former Soviet Union in 1977, and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. Ilya is the author of Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004), which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year 2004 by ForeWord Magazine.

To learn more about Kaminsky, please visit his website at

Please submit no more than five (5) poems between August 1 and November 15, 2008. The contest fee is $5 for each poem ($10 for two poems, $15 for three poems and so on). Please do not put any personal information on the poems themselves; instead enclose a cover letter with your name, titles of your work, and contact information. All entries are read blind. Poems that include personal information will not be read and fees will not be refunded. No email submissions or previously published work will be accepted. Please send all submissions via postal mail to:

Pat Parnell Poetry Contest
c/o Prof. Jenn Monroe
Chester College of New England
40 Chester Street
Chester, NH 03036

We will not accept email submissions, but are happy to answer questions that way. Contact
us at
Relatives, friends, and colleagues of the judge are not eligible.

StoryMash Contest #5

28 September 2008

This is a 10 round contest. There is one winning author per round. Each round lasts a total of ten days. There are no designated subjects, topics or genres.

There will be a panel of designated judges, initially selected by StoryMash.

All registered StoryMash users are encouraged to rate and comment on competing chapters. All registered StoryMash users are eligible to win, except for designated judges and StoryMash staff.

Contest #5 rules are explained and discussed in one of Katrina’s creative writing blog posts.

The contest start date is June 21st, 2008, and ends on October 10th, 2008. Discuss the current writing contest in our blog.

Call for Submissions of Experimental Short Stories

21 September 2008

Mirage Books, a Pune-based publishing house, that has recently released the novel titled ‘Square Circles’ has announced another project – a book of experimental short stories. The stories will be selected from open entries submitted by both, amateur and established writers. There is no entry fee nor any formality.
A publishing house set up to combat the monopoly that exists in today’s publishing world where only known writers get published, Mirage Books has announced a contest for short story writers wherein anyone can submit a story of 1000-1500 words. The stories can be as innovatively written as possible. “We want writers to let their imagination soar free and break the rules of short story writing. For instance, there need not be a typical beginning, middle and end kind of a story. It could jump between time and geographical frames or it can be told from a different perspective altogether. We are looking for stories that will reflect contemporary thinking that will connect with the realities of today’s world,” said Nikhil Khanna, Managing Director, Mirage Books.

Out of the entries received from across the globe, 50 stories will be chosen to be published in a book form. Each story will be accompanied with the writer’s short bio and photograph. “The basic idea behind this venture is to tap into the creativity of writers who are unable to find a publishing platform for their work. We want closet writers to come out and become a part of the new-age publishing movement,” Khanna said.

The last date for sending entries through email is October 15th. The story can be emailed to Further information can be downloaded from the company’s website at

Call for Submissions: Umbrella

20 September 2008

Umbrella, the supremely rereadable electronic journal, is now reading for our winter issue, online December 1st.

In addition to reading works of a general nature, our theme for the Winter edition will be popular culture. Movies, TV shows, music, fashions, trends, pop icons and iconography: intrigue us with poems that recognize the depths beneath the shallows.

Deadline: November 10, 2008.

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes for 2008

20 September 2008

These prizes have been established by Marvin Rosenberg in memory of his late wife, Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg. The intent is to encourage the work of new, young poets. Several prizes varying from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 will be awarded for the finest lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life.

The competition is open to any writer under the age of 40 on November 6, 2008. All poets, published or unpublished, are welcome to enter, but only previously unpublished poems are eligible for the competition.

Each entrant may submit one to three separate poems. Submissions must be in English, the original work of the entrant, and previously unpublished. Poems should express the personal experience of the entrant, so please no translations! Brevity will be appreciated: if more than one poem is submitted, only one of the submitted poems may be more than thirty lines in length.

Entries must be received no later than October 18, the third Saturday in October, 2008. Entries should be submitted by mail to:

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes
PO Box 2306
Orinda, California 94563

Each poem must be printed on a separate sheet. Please submit two copies of each poem, with your name and address clearly marked on each page of one copy only. Please include an index card with your name and address, phone number, e-mail address and the title(s) of your poem(s). Poems submitted will not be returned. An entry fee of 10 dollars is required
for submissions mailed in the United States: Checks should please be made out to Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund. Foreign entries are exempted from the entry fee because of the hassles of international payments.

This website ( ) has been prepared to share information about the Competition.Dorothy’s poems inspired the competition’s emphasis on lyric poems celebrating the spirit of life. Further information concerning the Prizes may be posted here as the deadline approaches. Results will be announced on the website February 5th, 2009, and winners will be contacted shortly before that time.

Visit the 2008 Entrants’ Checklist for a summary of contest details.

Prizewinners may reenter in subsequent years until their cumulative prizes have reached $25,000.

Entrants’ Checklist for 2008

Prizes ranging from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 will be awarded for the finest lyric poems celebrating the human spirit.

Entrants must be under the age of 40 on November 6, 2008.

The contest is open to all writers, published or unpublished.

Winners may continue to enter until their prizes total in excess of $25,000.

Submissions must be in English: no translations, please.

Each entrant may submit one to three separate poems.

Only one of the poems may be more than thirty lines in length.

All poems must be original and previously unpublished.

Each poem must be printed on a separate sheet.

Submit two copies of each poem. Write your name, address, phone number and email address clearly marked on each page of one copy only.

Include an index card with your name, address, phone number, email address and the titles of your submitted poems.

Include a $10 entry fee payable to the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund. (This fee is not required for entries mailed from abroad.)

In summary, send two sets of copies of your poems, with your name on one set only; plus an index card with your contact information; plus a $10.00 fee if you reside in the U.S.

Mail entries to:

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes
PO Box 2306
Orinda, CA 94563

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked on or before October 18, the third Saturday in October, 2008.

Poems will not be returned. Include a stamped addressed envelope if you wish us to acknowledge the receipt of your entry.

Notice of prize winners will be published on our website on February 5, 2009 together with a selection of the winning poems.

Winners will be contacted shortly before that time.

Visit our website for further information.

Seven Kitchens Chapbook Call for Submissions

20 September 2008

SEVEN KITCHENS PRESS is excited to announce a new chapbook series: the ReBound Series will further expand our mission to bring new and/or underappreciated writers to a broader audience by reprinting out-of-print chapbooks in select new editions. Each title in the series will feature an introductory foreword by a nominating writer (who will be given the opportunity to edit the introduction); all works submitted for entry must be nominated by a second party; self-nominations will not be accepted). As with all our titles, the authors (if available) will work closely with the editor in the production process; each chapbook will feature a full-color cover and ISBN, and will be printed in an
initial set of 125 copies. (Subsequent printings will follow if the initial print run sells out.) Complete guidelines are below:

The ReBound Series from Seven Kitchens Press will select one to two out-of-print chapbooks each fall to publish in new editions the following calendar year. Each chapbook submitted for consideration must be accompanied by a one- to five-paragraph nomination, completed by a writer other than the author. This nomination will be edited to serve as the introductory foreword to the winning chapbook(s).

The annual reading period will extend from September 21 – December 21, and the selected title(s) will be announced the following February.

Each winning author will receive fifty (50) copies of his or her chapbook. Additionally, the publisher will distribute ten review copies to reviewers, libraries, and organizations at the author’s recommendation.

Nominated chapbooks may not exceed 27 pages in length (excluding front matter). Chapbooks published within larger bound works (i.e., as a section in a literary journal or as part of an omnibus volume) are eligible. Chapbooks published online are not eligible: we are looking to revive out-of-print work.

Submit an original copy of the chapbook, along with a cover letter of nomination by a second writer. Chapbooks may be submitted by either the author or nominator, but must be accompanied by a $12 reading fee, payable by check to Ron Mohring or via PayPal to

Do not include SASE or SAS postcard for acknowledgment; work received will be publicly logged by title and manuscript number on the Seven Kitchens blog.

Manuscripts will not be returned. If you do not wish to send a rare copy of the chapbook, please send a clean, legible photocopy of all pages, including the front and back cover.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a signed statement from the author, nominator or literary executor, attesting that the work is out of print. Winners will be responsible for securing reprint permission from the original publisher within three months of 7KP’s winning announcement.

Each entrant will receive one copy of the winning chapbook (if more than one winning title is selected, entrants may choose which title they would like to receive). Entrants are responsible for keeping the press apprised of changes in address or contact e-mail.

The judge for this series is Ron Mohring. Because of the nature of this contest, it is impossible to exclude work that may be previously familiar to the judge; however, every effort shall be made to select the finest representative titles from a wide aesthetic range. The goal of the ReBound Series is not to reward friends and acquaintances, but to bring deserving poetry titles back into print,
where they will gain an extended readership.

Send all materials, in one package, to:

Ron Mohring; Seven Kitchens Press; PO Box 668; Lewisburg PA 17837.

Emory Creative Writing Fellowship

18 September 2008

Emory University. Two-year Creative Writing Fellowship in fiction in lively undergraduate English/Creative Writing Program, beginning fall 2009. Load 2-1, all workshops; $26,000 salary, and health benefits. Required: MFA or PhD in last five years, with Creative Writing teaching experience. Desirable: record of publication, with a first book underway; interest in secondary genre, especially creative nonfiction and screenwriting. Send dossier, including cover letter discussing teaching experience and philosophy, c.v., two letters of recommendation and a 25-page writing sample to: Creative Writing Program, Emory University, 537 Kilgo Road, Room N209, Atlanta, GA 30322, by November 14, 2008 deadline. We actively seek applications from women and minority candidates. AA/EOE.

Special Prose Chapbook Contest

18 September 2008

$200 + 20 copies and standard publishing contract

This contest is new and offered for the first time. We are looking for a memoir, long short story, a small collection of flash fiction, or other innovative prose for a prose chapbook.

The Prose chapbook, if a collection, should have an original theme binding the pieces together.

Please send manuscripts of 18-28 pages, double-spaced, and a $10 entry fee.

Include your name only on a cover sheet and not on the manuscript. Include the title of the entire collection on the cover sheet and each page of the manuscript.

Deadline is September 30th, 2008.

The editors reserve the right to return all manuscripts and fees if we do not find a manuscript we fall in love with.

This contest will be judged blindly.

Spire Press, Inc.
532 LaGuardia Place, Suite 298,
New York, NY 10012

tel: 646.736.7701


The Ledge 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition

18 September 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


18 September 2008

Entries Due: November 1, 2008
Winners Announced: December 2008

1st Prize – $125 + Publication
2nd Prize – $75 + Publication
3rd Prize – Honorable Mention + Publication

Contest Judge:
Ever Saskya, Author of “The Porch is a Journey Different From the House”

Entry Fee: $7 (USD)

What We’re Looking For:
This contest seeks work that speaks to the mission of Dante’s Heart: A Journal of Myth, Fairytale, Folklore, and Fantasy. Dante’s Heart ( is an online venue looking for creative work that explores how myth and fairy tale define and are defined by the human experience(s). We want to celebrate the shock, wonder, bewilderment, suffering, and enchantment of myth, of the fantastic; we want to hear about rivers running with wine and ghosts jumping the Mississippi on motorcycles. We’re concerned with the neglect of myth, with the blindness of a culture determined by myths it hasn’t thought about; we demand (beg, entreat, scream) that myths be thought about, made and remade, handled with a delicate & angry/sad/ desperate/joyous exuberance.

Contest Rules:

Submit poems by e-mail to

Submit entry fees using the “Giving” page on our website (, and e-mail us to specify that the funds are for the contest entry fee.

Entries & entry fees must be received by November 1 in order to be considered for the contest.

Submit one entry only. An entry may consist of any of these:
1 poem of up to 7 pages
A series of 2-3 inter-related poems up to 10 pages
A series of 4 or more inter-related poems up to 15 pages

Send your best work. Please peruse our journal prior to submitting.

Versal Call for Submissions

16 September 2008

Versal wants your poetry, prose, and art for its seventh issue due out in May, 2009. Internationally acclaimed literary annual published in Amsterdam; perfect bound, 100 pages of the urgent, involved, &
unexpected. See website for guidelines and to submit: We only accept submissions through our (easy-to-use) online submission manager. Inquiries (only) can be directed to:

Deadline: January 15, 2009.

Junctures Call for Submissions – Theme Issue

16 September 2008

Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue is calling for submissions for its special issue on the theme of ” Island .” Junctures is a peer-reviewed, international journal which is indexed by Thomson Gale and EBSCO, and provides full, free direct access on line.

Please take a look at our web site to see samples of previous issues. We are looking for creative work (visual and written, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) and scholarly material from any discipline on this theme.

Poets should submit up to three poems. Fiction or nonfiction should be marked accordingly. Response time is 30 days after submissions close, so please don’t simultaneously submit. Include a short bio.

Further instructions for submissions can be found on-line at

/Inscape/ Call for Submissions

16 September 2008

/Inscape/, the literary journal of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, seeks strong fiction, nonfiction and poetry for its 2009 issue. Best-of-genre prizes will be awarded; consideration for publication or the contest is free. Submissions are due *October 22, 2008*. Formatting and submission guidelines are available at For more information, call 785-670-1735.

Obama – McCain Political Haiku Contest

16 September 2008

As the political season continues to heat up, we are forced to take in more and more political advertising and media coverage. Here’s your chance for a creative release of pent up political tension.
We’re looking for the best series of four haikus about Barack Obama/Joe Biden , John McCain/Sara Palin or a reflection therof. Three winners will receive $10, with one winner for each category: *Pro Obama/Biden, *Pro McCain/Palin and *Independent or Third Party candidate. The winners will also be featured on the front page. Haikus must be written in the traditional format: three lines each, 17 syllables total in a 5-7-5 syllable format. Remember to include at least four haikus in your submission.

All haikus need to be 100% original work. This contest has a deadline of Friday, September 19th, 11 P.M. EST.

Willow Books Poetry Award

16 September 2008

Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press, announces its first annual Willow Books Poetry Award. The contest is open to all African American poets or poets of African descent. The contest is open to published and unpublished poets. Willow Books is open to a variety of aesthetics and seek to publish excellent manuscripts. Runner-ups will also be considered for publication.

Willow Books reserves the right not to pick a manuscript, in which case all monies will be returned.

Prize: The selected manuscript receives $500.00 and publication by Willow Books in the fall of 2009. The selected manuscript also receives 25 copies. The book will be available on the Willow Books website, through online retailers such as and through national and international book distributors. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

JUDGING: The selection of manuscripts for final judging will be made by the editors of Willow Books and designated readers. All entries are read anonymously.

Deadline: December 1st (postmark).
Entry fee: $25.00
Final Judge: Haki R. Madhubuti

Judge’s Bio: Haki R. Madhubuti is the author of more than twenty books including Don’t Cry, Scream, Groundwork Selected Poems of Haki R. Madhubuti/Don L. Lee, Directionscore: Selected and New Poems, and most recently Run Towards Fear. Among his honors and awards are an American Book Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently Distinguished University Professor of English and Director Emeritus of the Brooks Center.


Open to all African American poets or poets of African descent whose work is in English.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed if the poet agrees to notify Willow Books of acceptance elsewhere.

Entries may not be previously published, but individual poems and chapbook-length sections may have been if the previous publisher gives permission to reprint. (More than half of the ms. may not have been published as a collection.)

Submission Checklist & submission guidelines:

A typed ms. of 50–80 pages of original poetry, single- or double-spaced.
(The author’s name must NOT appear anywhere on the ms.)

Manuscripts should be unbound, typed, pages numbered

A cover letter with the title of the collection, a brief bio, your name, address, phone number, and email address(es).

Acknowledgments may be included in the ms. but are not required.

A $25 check or money order payable to Willow Books.

An SASE for the selected manuscript announcement. Mss. will not be returned.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: September 1st – December 1st postmark. The selected manuscript will be announced on or before June 1st. Book will be published in the Fall of 2009.

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO: Willow Books Poetry Prize, PO Box 23096, Detroit, MI 48223; checks made payable to Willow Books.

Please email Willow Books for further information:

New Southerner Literary Contest

16 September 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; checks should be made payable to Swallowtail Press

* Multiple entries accepted

* Postmark deadline: October 1, 2008

Final judges:

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 andLate)
Fiction — Silas House (author of The Coal Tattoo and Clay’s Quilt)

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, an independent journal dedicated to promoting self-sufficient living, environmental stewardship and support for local economies. For more information, see our submission guidelines online at

Winners will be contacted by telephone and/or e-mail by the end of November. Winning entries will be published in the winter issue of New Southerner, scheduled for release Dec. 10. Judges may choose to award honorable mentions in each category.

Entries and entry fees made payable to SWALLOWTAIL PRESS should be mailed to:

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

Questions regarding entries should be directed to

The Whitebird Chapbook Series

13 September 2008

This chapbook series is named in honor of Joanie Whitebird, a co-founder of Wings Press. As the Texas Observer described her, Joanie was “an old-fashioned fence hater, a wire-cutter, a woman in love with the open road, with open relationships, with open futures fraught with possibilities.” We honor her spirit by using this series to introduce new and innovative poetic voices.

Contest Rules

Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, submit 30 pages of poetry to:

“Whitebird Chapbook Series”
Wings Press
627 E. Guenther
San Antonio, TX 78210

Include a separate biographical note, a title page with name and address, SASE for notification (mss will not be returned), and $15 reading fee. Announcement of the winner is made in December, with publication to follow in April.

PRIZE: 100 copies.

Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry

13 September 2008

50-75 page manuscript

$1,000 prize and publication

An entry fee of $25 must accompany the manuscript

Pay entry fee online only at

Previously published eligible

Deadline: November 30, 2008

Call for submissions: Cave Wall

13 September 2008

The poetry journal Cave Wall is accepting open submissions from August 1-September 30, 2008 (postmark dates). Please send 3-6 previously unpublished poems to the following address:

Cave Wall Press, LLC
P.O. Box 29546
Greensboro, NC 27429-9546

We read submissions blind, so your name should NOT appear on any poems. Include a cover letter listing the titles of poems you’re submitting.

Be sure to include an SASE for response.

Some of our recent contributors: Julianna Baggott, Fred Chappell, Claudia Emerson, Jeffrey Harrison, A. Van Jordan, Rebecca McClanahan, Carl Phillips, Robert Wrigley.

You can find more information on our website:

Foliate Oak Call for Submissions

13 September 2008

The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine is Seeking Submissions of Prose, Poetry, Art, and Photography.

Please read our guidelines before submitting:

We love previously unpublished quirky writing that makes sense, preferably flash fiction (less than 1000 words). We are eager to read short creative nonfiction also. We rarely accept submissions that have over 2700 words. We enjoy poems that we understand, preferably not rhyming poems, unless you make the rhyme so fascinating we’ll wonder why we ever said anything about avoiding rhymes. Give us something fresh, unexpected, and will make us say, “Wow!” We’re not interested in homophobic, religious rants, or pornographic, violent stories. Please avoid using offensive language.

We are always interested in publishing intriguing photography and artwork. Please send all artwork as jpg or gif attachments. We like to have at least three images. Remember to include your brief third person bio.