Archive for September, 2008

Coal Hill Review Chapbook Competition

13 September 2008

Coal Hill Review and Autumn House Press are pleased to announce the Coal Hill Review Chapbook Competition: your chance to have your work featured as a special electronic chapbook in a stand-alone issue of Coal Hill Review.

Terrance Hayes will select the winner who will receive $250 and publication of his or her work as an online chapbook.

Review our guidelines below. We begin accepting submissions September 1st, and will continue to do so until the end of the year.


Lumina Poetry Contest

13 September 2008

Our 2009 poetry contest will be judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Ilya is the author of Dancing in Odessa, which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, and 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.

First prize: $500, plus publication in LUMINA
Second prize: $100
Third prize: $50

(All contest entries will automatically be considered for publication.)

Deadline: November 15, 2008

Entry fee: $10. Make check or money order payable to LUMINA, and mail it to:

Sarah Lawrence College
Slonim House
One Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708-5999

You must also email your entry to (replace (at) with @). Write your email address on your check so that your entry can be matched to your payment. All other contest guidelines are identical to the guidelines for regular poetry submissions. For that information, see our submissions page at

New Literary Journal: Emprise Review Call for Submissions

13 September 2008

Emprise Review is a new literary journal in search of stimulating original art. The staff is composed of an international group of writers who are looking to create an outlet for the best works without consideration for past accomplishments or genre. We want high-quality, compelling work.

Emprise Review publishes monthly online issues and will soon be moving into quarterly print anthologies. Deadline for submission is the 20th of each month.

All submissions should be sent as attachments with Emprise and the submission category in the subject line. For example: Emprise-Fiction, Emprise-Poetry, etc. Send poetry to Send everything else to

Send editor queries to

Fiction submissions, one submission of one story per month, should be sent as attachments and can’t be flash fiction.

Poetry submissions, one submission of up to 3 poems per month, should be sent as attachments and can’t require performance to achieve the work’s intended effect.

Non-fiction submissions (editorials, reviews, essays, extended reporting, etc.), one submission of one piece per month, must be sent as attachments and must be original.

Photography, one submission of up to five photos per month, must be sent as attachments and should be the highest resolution possible.

Please send clean copy. All works must be original. No anonymous submissions. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted but we ask that you let us know. Emprise Review will hold the rights to all submissions for two uses.

The editors will contact you regarding our decision between the 20th and 25th.

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest

9 September 2008

Short stories challenge any writer. Hugely challenging is a fictional 100 word story, with scarce room for elaboration, plot development, or character development. Yet such stories have dazzled us, tickled us, moved us to tears, given us wisdom, and taken our breaths away. We challenge you to create short fiction that will make us shiver. Look at #10 in the Contest Guidelines for decisive factors.

We welcome whimsy, allegory, mystery, romance, fable, humor, love, fantasy, even horror. And it doesn’t matter whether the story is in past or present tense, in first person, third person, or even second person.

Three writers will receive cash prizes:
First Prize $500, Second Prize $200, Third Prize $100

The three authors and their stories will be presented on the website, accompanied by explanations regarding these choices. Twenty authors will receive Honorable Mention designations. All entrants will receive free checkmark evaluations of their submitted stories.


Prizes will be awarded to three stories as selected by Dr. Linda Clifton. Prizes are $500 to number one, $200 to number two, and $100 to number three. Each of the three winning stories will be posted on our website with one time publication rights. The three authors will retain all successive rights to their original stories. To be clear, we are not offering a publishing deal or contract.

Each of the three winning stories will be accompanied by an explanation, by Dr. Clifton, as to why it was chosen.

Honorable Mention will be awarded to 20 entrants, by author, name, and title of entry.


Dr. Linda Clifton has been an instructor in literature and writing for over 34 years. In the 1980s, she founded the literary magazine Crab Creek Review, publishing, among others, work by Raymond Carver, William Stafford and Rebecca Wells.

Dr. Clifton received her Ph.D. in medieval literature from the University of Washington. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in a number of little magazines including Calyx, It’s About Time, Drash, and in Shadowmarks from award-winning Blue Begonia Press. She has served as a guest editor for Hedgebrook Journal. Some of her work appears on the Clifton Consulting website at She currently works as a freelance editor and offers workshops on the teaching of writing. We are honored to have Dr. Clifton serve as final judge for this contest.


The contest is open to any individual not associated with employees or staff of this company.

Please read the following guidelines carefully. It would be a shame to be disqualified on technical grounds.
1. What is the format for entries?

Enter your story inside the text of an email message. Attachments will not be considered. Present your name, mailing address, repeated email address, and your story’s word count at the top of your entry. We require good grammar and spelling. Use a plain 12 point font. We suggest Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman, or Courier.

Each entry must be accompanied by a $15.00 payment through Paypal, as explained under SUBMISSIONS on the next page.
2. What are the locations of entrants?

Entrants may be located anywhere in the world.
3. Must the entries be original?

Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. 100 words or Fewer Writing Contest retains one-time publication rights to the First, Second, and Third winning entries, to be published once on the 100 words or Fewer Writing Contest web site.
4. Is there a given topic?

The topic is entirely up to you. However, anything lewd or libelous will be discarded immediately. The payment will not be returned.
5. Is the word count limitation firm?

Yes! Entries exceeding the word limit will not be considered. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title and contact information) at the top of your entry.
6. Will the payment be secure?

Yes. Please use Paypal, as explained below.
7. What is the deadline?

The deadline is Nov. 16, 2008. Any manuscript received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries may be sent immediately.
8. How will I know if I have won?

Winners will be determined by Dec. 10, 2008 and will be notified by mail before Dec. 15, 2008. Prizes will be issued by registered mail within 8 days of the Final Judge’s decisions.
9. May I send more than one entry?

Certainly. We welcome each entry. We must, though, charge $15.00 for each.
10. What is the basis for your decisions regarding each entry?

Judges will look for the following:

* immediate pull of the story’s fictional world,
* intensity and drive of focus,
* power of images,
* sentence flow,
* overall structural integrity,
* telling details that may include beauty of language,
* suspense, plot twist and humor,
* power of ending, and
* overall emotional impact.

Judges will first segregate stories into higher and lower groups. Stories with higher rankings will be read again and narrowed down for further segregation. This process will be repeated until our final judge determines first, second, and third places. At each point, judges’ decisions are final.

The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry

8 September 2008

The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging Canadian writer (a writer who has published two books or less). Each year the winning manuscript will be selected by an established poet in co-operation with Snare Books. This year’s judge is Rachel Zolf. The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Snare Books which will include the publication of the manuscript and a $500 honorarium.

The next deadline is January 31, 2009.

Each entry must be accompanied with a business size SASE and an entry fee for $30.00 Canadian. Please make all cheques and money orders payable to “Livres Snare”. No cash please. Full award guidelines are available at

Submissions can be sent to:
Snare Books
The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry
c/o Matrix
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W., LB 658
Montreal QC
H3G 1M8

Snare Books reserves the right to withhold the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. For more information about Snare Books and The Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry please go to

For more information email:

Summer Literary Seminars Kenya

8 September 2008

Summer Literary Seminars Kenya is now accepting applications for the 2008 program, December 13-28 in Nairobi and Lamu. SLS is the only writing seminar of its kind in the world, with programs in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Kenya. SLS produces a blended program of workshops, lectures and unique cultural experiences, and has hosted faculty such as Dave Eggers, George Saunders, Padgett Powell, Denis Johnson, Jayne Anne Phillips, and Binyavanga Wainaina. Academic credit is available through Concordia University Information can be found at or by contacting Programs Coordinator Mike Spry at 514.848.2424 ext. 4632, or by email at:


6 September 2008

Bent Pin Quarterly, an online journal, is currently seeking work for its October 2008 and January 2009 editions. Poetry, flash fiction, essay, and a form called Story within Story are needed.

After reading our submission guidelines at, please send an email with five works in the body of the text to

Different genres may be mixed in a single email. NOTE: Bent Pin does not open attachments. Please include your legal name and address on your submissions as well as any pen name under which you’d like to publish. Also include a short bio. No cover letter is required, but if you send one, it will be read.

Tammy Call for Submissions

6 September 2008

A new print journal, Tammy, arising from the Midwest, has begun its construction period and is currently taking open submissions up until October 1st, 2008.

A little about Tammy: Tammy is a print journal of poetry and prose published biannually. Tammy’s editors write and work out of Chicago, Minneapolis, and Saint Louis. Stemming from the urgency to create a physical home, Tammy features writing from the esteemed fringes and unguarded egresses of American letters.

Although not exclusively, Tammy especially looks forward to reading the work of writers who have continued honing their craft within MFA programs throughout the states.

Tammy submissions can be mailed to the following addresses: or

Lunch Hour Stories 2008 VERY Short Story and Narrative Prose Poem Contest

6 September 2008

Lunch Hour Stories magazine announces its annual VERY Short Story and Narrative Prose Poem Contest, deadline December 31, 2008. THREE winners will receive cash prizes, free copies, and publication in a print anthology. Up to NINE additional winners will receive publication.

Stories and poems should be narrative in nature and written in paragraph form only. They should be previously unpublished and 500 words or less each. Send as many as you wish. All stories/poems, regardless of genre or theme (except children’s, religious, nonfiction, and erotica) will be considered. We’re open to anything, so send us your most creative work! Visually beautiful, moving or humorous, we want it all. Simultaneous submissions are okay, too.

Send one copy and a $5 non-refundable reading fee per entry (SASE optional) to: VSS/PP CONTEST, Lunch Hour Stories, PMB 1117, 22833 Bothell Everett Hwy, Ste 110, Bothell, WA, 98021, USA. Or, submit via email to and pay online at

Complete submission guidelines and contest entry details can be found at Thank you for supporting Lunch Hour Stories magazine, and Good luck!

Kartika Review Call for Submissions

6 September 2008

Kartika Review is accepting submissions for upcoming issues of our online Asian American literary magazine at

We accept: fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry and visual art by Asian American artists.

We are a quarterly journal We read submissions all year. Simultaneous submission are okay, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

Full submission guidelines, including the email addresses for submitting work, are available at our website:

Kartika Review serves the Asian American community and those involved with Diasporic Asian-inspired literature. We scout for compelling Asian American creative writing and artwork to present to the public at large. Our editors actively solicit contributions from established virtuosos in our community in hopes their works here will inspire the next generation of virtuosos. We also want to promote emerging writers and artists we foresee to be the future powerhouses of their craft. Ultimately, Kartika strives to create a literary forum that caters to and celebrates the wordsmiths of the Asian Diaspora.

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


1 September 2008

The University of Wisconsin Press awards the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Each winning poet will receive $2,500 ($1,000 cash prize and $1,500 honorarium to cover expenses of reading in Madison). Prizes are awarded annually to the two best book-length manuscripts of original poetry submitted in an open competition. Each manuscript submitted will be considered for both prizes. There are no restrictions on the kind of poetry or subject matter, although translations are not acceptable. The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded in February of each calendar year, with publishing contracts to follow soon thereafter.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts received September 1 through October 1 each calendar year will be considered. Manuscripts postmarked before September 1 or after September 30 will be returned unread.


All submissions must be unbound (no binders, clamps, etc., please), typed on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, and should be 50–80 manuscript pages in length.

Manuscripts may be typed single-spaced with a double space in between stanzas, or may be double-spaced.

Clean photocopies are acceptable.

Poet’s name, address, and telephone number should appear on the title page.

The manuscript must be previously unpublished in book form. Poems published in journals, chapbooks, and anthologies may be included but must be acknowledged.

No changes in the manuscript will be considered between submission and acceptance.


A $25.00 non-refundable reading fee must accompany each manuscript, and covers entry to both prizes. Please make check or money order payable to “The University of Wisconsin Press.” Do not send cash or stamps. Foreign entries: please remit reading fee in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank.

Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose return packaging.

For contest results, enclose a stamped, self-addressed business envelope (no postcards, please).

First Class or Priority Mail is preferred. It is not necessary to send your manuscript via a Federal Express service.

Simultaneous submissions to other contests are permitted provided the poet agrees to inform the Press of the manuscript’s acceptance for publication elsewhere.


Qualified readers appointed by the Press will screen all manuscripts. The final selections will be made by a distinguished poet who will remain anonymous until the winner is announced in mid-February.


Brittingham and Pollak Poetry Prizes
c/o Ronald Wallace, UW Press Poetry Series Editor
Department of English
600 N. Park Street
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706


Texas Review Press George Garrett Fiction Prize Competition

1 September 2008

Rules and Guidelines

Mail to: Texas Review Press

Department of English
Sam Houston State University
Box 2146
Huntsville, TX 77341-2146

1. Submitted manuscripts must be postmarked by September 15.
2. Manuscripts may be up to 250 pages in length.
3. Manuscripts are handled as blind submissions at all levels of the judging process.
4. Manuscripts must be submitted to the address above with two title pages—one with the author’s name, address, and telephone number, and one without.
5. The author’s name must not appear on any other page of the manuscript.
6. The envelope label should be clearly labeled “George Garrett Fiction Prize Competition.”
7. SASE must be included for the purpose of a reply only; manuscripts will not be returned.
8. A reading fee of $20 must accompany each manuscript. Checks should be made out to “Friends of the Texas Review Press.”
9. Each person who enters the contest will receive a one-year subscription to The Texas Review, and will also receive discounts on winning books.
10. The winning manuscript will receive a cash prize of $200 and publication.
11. The manuscripts are first judged by a network of published writers. The final ranking is concluded by major American writers.
12. All judges have pledged to return to TRP immediately any manuscript whose author they have identified. Any manuscripts so returned will be sent to another initial judge. In the case of a finalist manuscript being returned, it will be an automatic finalist in the following year’s competition.

NOTE: Some years we publish the best book of short fiction and the best novel.

2008 PRINCEMERE Poetry Contest

1 September 2008

Princemere Poetry Journal announces its 2008 poetry prize of $250 for the single best
poem submitted to the competition.

$250 and publication for the best unpublished poem in any style
September 30, 2008 postmark deadline (hard copies only)
Entry fee: $5 for three poems
All submissions considered for publication (author will be contacted for permission)
Princemere staff and their family members are not eligible to participate
Entry Format:

We prefer that the poet’s name not appear on the poems.
We prefer that entries be single-spaced.
Please include a cover letter or title page with the poet’s name, contact information, and the titles of poems.

Send a check or money order (payable to PRINCEMERE/ Gordon College) to:

Princemere Poetry Journal
2008 Poetry Prize
Gordon College
Wenham, MA 01984

Poems will be judged anonymously.

Winner and runners-up will be announced in January.

Include SASE for notification and return of manuscript.

Direct inquiries to

The University of Arkansas Press Poetry Series

1 September 2008

Enid Shomer, Series Editor

The University of Arkansas Press’s Inaugural
$5000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize
For submissions in September and October of 2008
One finalist and three semi-finalists will be awarded in 2010

In addition to the Prize the finalist will give a featured reading at the Arkansas Festival of Writers sponsored by the University’s Programs in Creative Writing and Translation.

The poetry prize is named in honor of Miller Williams, one of America’s finest poets and cofounder and first director of the University of Arkansas Press. Williams was also a codirector of the University of Arkansas’s nationally recognized creative writing program. As the director of the UA Press, Williams published the work of many outstanding poets and writers, including that of Billy Collins, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Mezey, R. S. Thomas, Frank Stanford, and John Ciardi. He is known to many as the poet who read a poem at Bill Clinton’s 1997 presidential inauguration.

Submission Requirements (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

The University of Arkansas Press invites submissions of manuscripts each fall for its poetry series. We are committed to publishing diverse kinds of poetry by a diversity of poets. The only criterion is excellence.

1. The series is open to all book-length manuscripts of 60 to 90 pages, except translations. Individual poems may have been published in journals and anthologies.
2. The series editor requests that no former or present students, friends, or family members submit manuscripts for consideration.
3. We request that anyone whose manuscript has been selected for publication in our poetry series wait three years before submitting another poetry manuscript for consideration.
4. No more than one manuscript per author, please.
5. Submissions will be accepted annually during the months of September and October. The postmark deadline for entries is October 31. (Please do not send revisions once you have sent a manuscript.) Four manuscripts will be chosen by the following July 1.
6. Manuscripts should be typed or machine-printed, single-spaced, with no more than one poem per page. Please include an acknowledgments page detailing the publication history of individual poems in the manuscript. No electronic submissions.
7. There is a reading fee of $25 payable by check or money order to the University of Arkansas Press. (Please do not send cash.)
8. We accept simultaneously submitted manuscripts provided we are notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere.
9. All entries will be judged anonymously. Please enclose two title pages with your submission: one page should include only the title of the manuscript and the other should list the title of the manuscript and the poet’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and a brief, biographical statement. The poet’s name must not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
10. If you wish to be notified that your ma
nuscript was received, please include an SAS postcard.
11. If you submit a #10 SASE along with your manuscript, you will be notified of our decisions by July 1. The four selections will be announced on our Web site ( by mid-July.
12. Manuscripts will be recycled rather than returned.
13. Send your manuscript, reading fee, and other information to:

Poetry Series
University of Arkansas Press
105 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Tilt Press Chapbook

1 September 2008

Tilt Press is proud to announce its first open reading period for poetry chapbook manuscripts
for emerging poets only – poets who have not yet published a chapbook or full length collection
of work.

If you are an emerging poet looking to publish your first chapbook manuscript, please read our

Open Reading Period: July 1, 2008—September 30, 2008

Submission Guidelines:

¨ We only take electronic submissions. Please email your manuscript as a .doc attachment to

Include your full name in the subject line followed by the title of your manuscript, e.g. – Jill Smith—Bridges Under Water

¨ Send between 15-22 pages of poetry, numbered.

¨ Include two title pages: One with the title of your manuscript, full name, and contact information.
One with only the title of your manuscript.

¨ Include a table of contents and an acknowledgements page. We do accept individual poems within the manuscript
that have been previously published in journals, but please acknowledge those publications.

¨ In the body of your email, please include a cover letter and biography.

¨ Simultaneous submissions are welcome, as long as we are notified immediately if your manuscript
has been selected for publication elsewhere.

¨ Response time will vary. We intend to inform our shortlist of 10 that their manuscripts are under consider for the three spots. We estimate a final decision by mid-November of 2008.

¨ At this time, we do not have a reading fee.

Thank You,
Tilt Editors