Archive for September 5th, 2008

The Iowa Short Fiction Award & the John Simmons Short Fiction Award

5 September 2008


Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition. Previously entered manuscripts that have been revised may be resubmitted. Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. Current University of Iowa students are not eligible.


The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages. We do not accept e-mail submissions. The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author’s name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is no reading fee; please do not send cash, checks, or money orders. Reasonable care is taken, but we are not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail or for the return of those not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We assume the author retains a copy of the manuscript.


Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press’s standard contract.


Manuscripts should be mailed to:

Iowa Sh
ort Fiction Award
Iowa Writers’ Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000

No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year.

Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award

5 September 2008

Award: $1000

Deadline: September 30, 2008 postmark

Type: Single Poem Award

Line limit: 120 lines

Fee: $20.00 per entry

Established in 2003, the Red Hen Press Poetry Award is for an unpublished poem. Awarded poem is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all poets. Award is $1000 and publication of the awarded poem in the Los Angeles Review published by Red Hen Press. Submit up to three poems of no more than 120 lines with $20.00 entry fee. Entry fee includes a one year subscription to The Los Angeles Review. Include cover sheet with your name and title of each poem entered. No names on poems. Send SASE for notification. Entries must be postmarked by September 30.

Final judge: Elena Karina Byrne

Send to:

Red Hen Press
Attn: Poetry Editor
P.O. Box 3537
Granada Hills, CA 91394


5 September 2008






1. Up to 3 previously unpublished stories, 5,000-word limit
2. Text must be typed, 12pt. font, double-spaced, one-sided
3. Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and word counts
4. No name or address anywhere on manuscripts
5. SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
6. Entry fee: $15 per story
7. Checks (USD ONLY) made out to Manhattanville – INKWELL





1. Up to 5 previously unpublished poems, 40-line limit per poem
2. Only typed entries will be considered; 12pt. font
3. Cover sheet with name, address, phone, e-mail, titles and line counts
4. No name or address anywhere on manuscript(s)
5. SASE for contest notification only – manuscripts will be recycled
6. $10 for first poem, $5 per each additional poem
7. Checks (USD ONLY) payable to Manhattanville – INKWELL

NOTE: Indicate Poetry or Fiction Competition on envelope.

If submitting to both Poetry and Fiction Competitions, please use separate envelopes.

Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines will not be considered.

Mail to:

INKWELL – Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY 10577


Postmarked between August 1 and October 30, 2008

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

5 September 2008

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to everyone! This competition welcomes anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling. And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: December 31, 2008

All winners will be announced on January 31, 2009


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.

Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.

Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details or to enter!

Call for Submissions First Leaves: The Santa Rosa Junior College Literary Journal

5 September 2008

First Leaves: The Santa Rosa Junior College Literary Journal seeks quality poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photographs and drawings for its Spring 2009 issue. Open to students, staff and faculty of SRJC and all residents of the North Bay (Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Lake counties), First Leaves accepts postal and email submissions.

You may send any of the following:
Poetry: up to 5 poems.
Fiction: 1 short story (up to 4,000 words), or up to 3 short-shorts.
Plays: 1 dramatic piece up to 4,000 words. ?
Creative Nonfiction: 1 piece up to 4,000 words.
Photographs/Drawings: up to 5 prints or digital files. Do not send originals. We require B&W work for the inside of the magazine, but color may be considered for the cover.
Comics: 1 brief graphic story.

Postal submissions should include an SASE (self addressed, stamped envelope) or an email address for reply. Submissions will not be returned. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if so noted. Please do not include your name on your manuscript. All work (including work submitted by First Leaves staff members) will be judged anonymously. ?Include a 3 X 5 index card with the titles of each piece, along with your name/address/phone/email. Please also include a 30-word autobiographical statement.

Due Date: February 2, 2009 for the Spring 2009 issue. Final decisions will be made in March. The magazine will be constructed in March and April ‘09 and it will be published in May ’09. Mail submissions to

First Leaves c/o Abby Bogomolny
English Department
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

You may also submit via email to

The Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize

5 September 2008

The Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize was established in 1983 to honor the Northeastern University career of Samuel French Morse as poet, teacher, and scholar by publishing the work of emerging artists. The prize is awarded annually to the manuscript of a first or second book of poems by a U.S. poet and consists of a $1000 cash award and publication of the winning manuscript by Northeastern University Press/UPNE.

Rodney Jones has selected In the Truth Room, by Dana Roeser, as winner of the 2008 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. Ms. Roeser teaches at Butler University and lives in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her first book, Beautiful Motion, won the Morse Prize in 2004.


Morse Prize submissions are evaluated by an English Department committee, which selects finalist manuscripts. The final judging is done by a distinguished poet, who also writes an introduction to the winning volume. Guy Rotella is the series editor. The twenty-fifth book was selected in January of 2008.

Previous judges have been Anthony Hecht, Maxine Kumin, X.J. Kennedy, Donald Hall, Mary Oliver, Peter Davison, Charles Simic, Rachel Hadas, Philip Booth, A.R. Ammons, David Ferry, Sonia Sanchez, Molly Peacock, Edward Hirsch, Carolyn Kizer, Alfred Corn, Carl Phillips, Marilyn Hacker, Rosanna Warren, Robert Cording, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Eric Pankey, Lucia Perillo, Charles Harper Webb, and Rodney Jones, all of them widely published poets and winners of prestigious national literary awards.


The Morse Prize series has received awards for design and content; for instance, the 1989 volume, Dangerous Life, by Lucia Perillo, won the Norma Farber First Book Award, and the 1997 volume, Reading the Water, by Charles Harper Webb, won a Tufts Award. Other winners include Susan Donnelly, William Carpenter, Yvonne Sapia, Sue Ellen Thompson, Carl Phillips, David Moolten, Don Boes, James Haug, Jeffrey Greene, Michelle Boisseau, Frank Gaspar, J. Allyn Rosser, Allison Funk, George Mills, Jennifer Atkinson, Ted Genoways, Catherine Sasanov, Chris Forhan, Dana Roeser, Annie Boutelle, Roy Jacobstein, and Virginia Chase Sutton.


The competition is open to manuscripts of first or second books of poems by U.S. poets. (Chapbooks and “vanity” publications are not considered previously published books.) Members of the Northeastern community are not eligible. Previous winners of the Morse Prize for first books are eligible to submit manuscripts of second books.

The prize consists of publication of the winning manuscript by Northeastern University Press/UPNE and an award of $1,000.

Manuscripts must contain approximately 50 to 70 pages of poetry, exclusive of front matter, section dividers, and other material.

Manuscripts must be typed or word processed. Clear Xeroxed copies are acceptable.

One copy of the entry should be submitted. It should be held together by a binder clip in order to permit handling without scattering or loss (paper clips are insufficient). The manuscript should be accompanied by a list of acknowledgments (if appropriate) and by a brief biography of the entrant. Those materials should not be attached to the manuscript. The poet’s name should not appear on the title or table of contents pages, or on any of the poems themselves. Include your address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the accompanying materials.

A reading fee of $20.00 must accompany each entry submitted. Please make check or money orders payable to the English Department, Northeastern University.

MANUSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Be sure to retain a copy.

Enclose a stamped, self-addressed business envelope for notification of contest results. For acknowledgment of receipt of your manuscript, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. After an initial screening by a faculty panel, the manuscripts of the finalists will be sent to a distinguished poet for judging. Final selection is anticipated in mid-January 2009.

Contest correspondence must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2008 for inquiries and September 15, 2008 for manuscript submission.

Manuscripts and requests for further information should be addressed to:

Guy Rotella, Editor
Morse Poetry Prize
Northeastern University
Department of English
406 Holmes Hall
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000


5 September 2008

Can you write a 10 minute play before 18th Oct. 2008?
Please think of “IRAQ” as a metaphor for the Middle East, USA, Iraq,
muslims,jews,christians,Torah,Koran,Bible,Peace,War,9/11 Etc.,Etc.
This is a nonpartisan contest. Good writing is what counts. If you feel
strongly about the subject, this is your chance to let the world know.
Can you do it?
Submission Rules:
1. Original,any genre,unproduced,unpublished, not optioned, and not have won other contests.
2. English language.
3. Time limit. Up to 10 minutes. No longer.
4. Please include a one page biography.
5. Contact info on one page,address,phones,emails,web site.
6. Stage play format,sets,prop list, numbered pages and “The End.”
7. No email script submissions.
8. List brief character Bios,religion,sex,age,birth place,education,goals, relationship to other characters.
9. Please mail 3 copies of each script. Scripts will Not be returned.
10. We request a donation ( not mandatory but it would help with expenses) of $1 or 3 first class usa stamps or the equivalent of $1.(pound, Riyal, Afghani, Dinar, Baht, Rupee, Punt, Rouble, Shekel, Taka, Etc. Etc).
11. Writer allows script to be published. Writers will share equal proceeds.
12.Writer agrees to allow scripts to be filmed for all media.
(Writer will be paid Writers Guild of America West scale).
13. Contest open to citizens of earth, including Canadians, and Mathematicians.
14. Deadline: 18th October 2008.

Please mail script(s) to

P. O. Box 291 460
Los Angeles, Ca. 90029 USA.
18th OCTOBER 2008.

1st prize $100
2nd prize $25
3rd prize $25
4th tru 9th prizes $10
Check website 12th November 2008
for list of semi-finalists.
The 10 best plays will have a staged reading
in Los Angele in November 2008. Independent
judges will vote on the order of the winning plays.
We are seeking sponsors for this and other contests.
If you or your company would like to support us,
we would greatly appreciate it.( Actors like to be paid).
Please make check, money order out to:
Hollywood Science Theatre.
Any questions? Please contact us at

Hollywood Science Theatre……………………….Los Angeles.

Elizabeth R. Curry Prize in Poetry

5 September 2008

Contest Guidelines

Judge: Kimberly Johnson

NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and author of Leviathan with a Hook.
Her newest collection is forthcoming from Perseus books.

Rules: All winners/finalists will be published in SLAB.
All poems considered for publication.
All manuscripts are submitted to the readers and judge anonymously.
Current and former students of the judge are ineligible to enter.

Deadline is December 8, 2008.

Submit: Submit up to three (3) unpublished poems with $10.00 reading fee (which includes a two-year subscription).

To submit online: pay $10 reading fee through PayPal button and then use the online submission form.

Online Submission form currently unavailable, check back very soon at

To submit through surface mail: send your Name, Address, and Poem title(s) on separate cover letter plus a $10.00 check or money order payable to:

Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest
Dept. of English, 314 SWC
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16057

SASE for return.

Central Coast Poetry and Short Story Contest

5 September 2008

Central Coast Poetry and Short Story Contest

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 entry. Poetry: $5 per entry.

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 for20short 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