Archive for September 28th, 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.