Archive for September 16th, 2008

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