Archive for October, 2008

Shape of a Box Call for Submissions

30 October 2008

Shape of a Box, a YouTube literary magazine, is seeking submissions in all genres.

We are seeking work that is around 500 words, but we are flexible and desire work that is under 5 minutes if read out loud.

Your submission should be pasted into the body of the email and sent to

Please check out additional details at or Three issues of the magazine are already live and available for viewing.

We look forward to reading your work!



30 October 2008


Contest open to residents of the United States and Canada.

DEADLINE: December 29, 2008. Accepting submissions now.
RULES: Poems must be unpublished.
LENGTH: 5 pages of poetry
STYLE: Open: free or formal verse
JUDGES: Poems are judged by an independent group of writers and poets. Final judge: Patricia Fargnoli, New Hampshire Poet Laureate.
AWARDS: First, second, and artistic merit awards.

First Place: $200. Second Place: $150. First and second place winners receive cash awards, staged readings, and are published in the RI Writers’ Circle Anthology. A number of other poems will be recognized for artistic merit and may become eligible for staged readings.

HOW TO ENTER: You may submit no more than 5 pages of poetry. Name, address, phone, and e-mail should appear on the title page of each poem. Include business-size SASE and separate cover sheet listing poems submitted and author’s contact information. No online submissions. Poetry must be typed or word processed.

ENTRY FEE: $10.00 administrative fee. Check or money order should be payable to The Writers’ Circle, Inc. Do not send cash.

RETURNS: If desired, send SASE for return of poems. Submissions sent without proper envelope and postage will not be returned.


SEND MATERIALS TO: The Writers’ Circle, Inc., 1087 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888. For more information:, or 401.461.6691

2008 Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest

30 October 2008

We will award $2500 in total prizes, including the $1000 cash grand prize. 10 Merit Award Winners will receive $150 writing instruments.

Submission Period
Entries accepted June 1-Nov 30 (postmark dates), 2008.

What to Submit
Original, unpublished poem of any theme. Limit of 2 entries per contestant. Entries should not exceed 100 lines each.

First Prize, $1,000 cash and publication on
Ten Merit Award Winners, each to receive a $150 Franklin-Christoph writing instruments, and publication on Winners announced by February 14th, 2009.

Entry is Free
There will be no fee or other obligation for entering this contest.

November 30, 2008. Your entry must be postmarked or submitted online by this date.

Preparing Your Entry
Submit one copy of your poems online or by mail. Provide your contact information within your email, or on a separate cover sheet if submitting by mail. Be sure to include your actual name and address, as we will not be able to send prizes to alternate names and addresses after winners have been announced. It is okay to use a pen name with the poem as well, and we will review with you how you would like your specifics to read before publication. If your poem contains complex formatting, such as centered text or italic type, we recommend submitting by mail. Please make your entry easy to read — no illustrations, fancy fonts or decorative borders.

How To Submit
Email to

by either pasting within message or attachment.

or mail to:

Franklin-Christoph Poetry Contest
7511 Mourning Dove Rd. Ste. 104
Raleigh, NC 27615

Please include a cover letter (or email) with your name and contact number. The poem itself should not contain your name or any contact information. We will hold original copies at our headquarters, and submit anonymous copies to our panel of judges.

Entries Must Be Original and Unpublished
Your entries must be original, written by you, unpublished (either in print or in an online journal), and not have received a monetary award from any other contest. Self-published work is not eligible. Exceptions: Poems posted to the web outside of online journals, such as to a bulletin board, email list, personal web page, critique site or public forums are eligible for entry. Please email us if you’re unsure of eligibility. Our staff will research all submissions for prior publication.

Simultaneous Submission Allowed
You may submit your poems simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. Please notify us if one of your entries wins an award in another contest or is published elsewhere.

English Language
Poems should be in English. Poems translated from other languages are not eligible.

We respect your privacy. Franklin-Christoph does not sell or rent customer or contestant information to third parties.

You retain the copyright to your submission. If you place as finalist or better, Franklin-Christoph only requests permission to publish your work on, in our email publications and in our press releases. Any other potential use will be negotiated with you.

Franklin-Christoph will utilize a panel of independent judges from a staff at a local college. Members of the FC Staff, or other economically affiliated persons are not eligible to enter.

We are open to poetry in all forms, on all subjects, short or tall, large or small.

Thank you for you participation, and we look forward to receiving your entry.

Columbia Contests

30 October 2008

Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art is now accepting submissions for our 2009 Contests in Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction. Winning entries in each category will be awarded $500 and will be published in Issue 47, due out in the spring of 2009. All entrants will receive a copy of Columbia.

Diane Williams, fiction
Philip Lopate, nonfiction
Henri Cole, poetry

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2008
Entry fee: $12.00

Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit up to 20 double-spaced pages. Poetry entrants may submit up to five poems.

As we are currently experiencing problems with our online payment system, please mail your submission, along with a $12 check (made out to Columbia: A Journal), to:

Attn: Contest
Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature
415 Dodge Hall
2960 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

(b) All submissions will be considered for publication in Columbia. Multiple submissions are acceptable, although each entrant will only receive one copy of the journal.

(c) Entrants will be emailed notification of contest results. Results also will be announced on the Columbia website.

(d) The Contest is not open to current Columbia University students, or to those who have graduated within the last five years.

(e) The Judges’ decisions are final. The Judges reserve the right to commend runners-up and to decide to award no winner.

River Poets Journal Call for Submissions

30 October 2008

Call for submissions:

We accept year-round exceptional quality poetry, short prose, art and photography submissions to our River Poets Quarterly Journal, (4 issues yearly), posted on the website in PDF format, and available as a bound cover magazine. Review the Journal on the website for type of work published, and the submission requirements also listed on the site.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Submit to the email address below or mail a paper copy to:
Judith Lawrence, Editor/Publisher
River Poets Journal
1848 Finch Dr
Bensalem, PA 19020

Enclose SASE for return of materials.

Harvard Lecturship

28 October 2008

Harvard University. The Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for an appointment, to begin July 1, 2009, as Briggs-Copeland Lecturer on Fiction. The appointee to this five-year untenured position will have responsibility for teaching two undergraduate writing workshops per term. At least one book (or the equivalent) plus significant teaching experience is expected. Send a letter of application, resume, & writing sample, plus two letters of recommendation regarding teaching, postmarked no later than January 5, 2009, to: “Creative Writing Search” c/o James Engell, Chair, Department of English, Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Interviews will be held in late February. Complete applications will be acknowledged by postcard once all materials have been received. AA/EOE.

UNC-Greensboro Professorship

28 October 2008

University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Assistant Professor, Fiction. Tenure-track appointment in creative writing (fiction) effective August 1, 2009. Applicants must have published a minimum of one book & have appropriate teaching & professional credentials. MFA is the preferred degree. Candidates should possess the ability to teach creative writing & literature at both the undergraduate & graduate levels. Send letter of application & c.v. to: Michael Parker, Chair, Fiction Search Committee, 3302 MHRA, UNCG, Greensboro, N.C. 27402. Dossiers will be requested after initial screening. Include SASE for acknowledgment. Postmark deadline is November 15.

Montclair University Professorship

28 October 2008

Montclair State University. Assistant Professor in Creative Writing. Full-time, tenure-track position in creative writing with primary expertise in the writing of poetry. The candidate should have significant publications, including a book of poems, as well as a record of successful teaching in a diverse, multi-ethnic environment. Candidates should be prepared to teach creative writing courses ranging from Intro to Creative Writing to Advanced Poetry, as well as first year writing courses & courses in literary study (such as Contemporary Poetry). Candidates should be willing to participate in a review of our existing creative writing concentration & to play a vital role in the development of our curriculum. Our search committee will be attending the MLA convention (Dec 2008) in San Francisco. Candidates are required to have an MFA or a PhD. Willingness to provide service within the department, university, & larger professional community expected. Send only a letter, c,v., & 3 poems (or no more than 10 pages). Applications postmarked no later than November 3. Send to: English Department, Attn. Poetry search, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ 07043.


27 October 2008

Lynne Birdsall
PO Box 1615
Concord, NH 03302-1615

Please note limit is forty lines. Name and address must appear in the upper right hand corner of the copy on which they appear. NO identification is to appear anywhere on the second copy.

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors four National Contests open to all poets, members or not. Judges for the contests are not members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded to four places, 1st place, $100, 2nd place, $50, 3rd and 4th places $25 each. Winning poems will be published in our quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear. Rights revert to the author after publication.


Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered or returned.

Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Subject and form are open.

Length limited to 40 lines.

One poem per page.

Poems must be typed.

Two copies of each poem, one with NO identification (no name, no address), the other with the name and address in the upper right corner.

#10 SASE for winners list only. Poems will not be returned.

Entry fee is $3 for the first poem, and $2 each for others. Entries limited to 5 poems per poet per contest.

Poems must not be previously published, have won a prize, nor be currently entered in another contest.

Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date. Deadlines are: August 15th, November 15th and February 15th, May 15th.

Mail poems and check payable to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire to the address above.

The Ledge 2008 Poetry Chapbook Competition

27 October 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

Use These Words Call for Submissions

26 October 2008

Submissions for use these words issue two: By January 1, 2009, send a brief contributor’s note and 1—5 poems, each using all of the following words, in the body of an e-mail to

pillow, tantrum, silver, roof, vacant, atlas, break

Willow Books Poetry Awary (African Americans only)

26 October 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 Aquarius Press.

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: Call for Submissions

26 October 2008

Storyscape, an online literary journal that is story-centered, asks for your submission.

We want your:

Invented story, true story, overheard story, visual story, poetic story, audio story, found story, given story.

Just captivate us with the strength of the story. The premise of the journal is to expand the notion of what stories are while shaking up the labels we use to define them. To this end, we’ve come up with 3
sections of the journal: Truth, Untruth, and We Don’t Know and They Won’t Tell Us. You label your own piece, which means you decide what “the truth” means to you. We are actively looking for unique modes of storytelling that fall outside conventional boundaries while still maintaining the core essence of “story.”

We will publish the next issue in the Spring of 2009.

To check out the site:
Our mission statement:
Our submission guidelines:

Reverie: Midwest African American Literature Call for Submissions

26 October 2008

Submission Deadline: November 30th—Winter

Currently we are accepting submissions up until November 30th for the Winter Issue. There is no particular theme for this issue. We simply want good work.

Reverie is a journal devoted to featuring the best literature and is open to African Americans with “ties” to the Midwest. The Review Board consists of a distinguished group of professional writers and instructors. Reverie appears in print and online. We are a literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. We will also accept book reviews as well.

Reverie is published quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). We currently pay in two contributor copies of the journal.

Writer’s Guidelines for Reverie:

Submit in standard manuscript format, with a word count not to exceed 50 lines (poetry) and/or 3,000 words (Fiction/Essay). No more than three poems, please. No urban crime fiction or erotica, please. Publisher reserves the right to make light edits as necessary. Email and type “Reverie” in the subject line and attach submission in Microsoft Word or Rich-text format (rtf) or mail manuscripts to: Aquarius Press, PO Box 23096, Detroit, MI 48223. Attn: Journal. No phone calls. Include an SASE if you want your manuscript returned.

*Also, we are interested in original art for the cover–payment will be 2 copies and a mini gallery on the site.


26 October 2008

New deadline. 10th Nov. 2008.

PLAYWRIGHTS WANTED URGENT 10th Nov. 2008 deadline.

Can you write a 10 minute play before 10th Nov. 2008? Think of “IRAQ” as a metaphor for Afghanistan, Middle East, Israel, USA, UK, Iraq, muslims, jews, christians, w, saddam, osama, barney, Torah, Koran, Bible, Hijab, rights of women, Peace, War, 9-11, Etc., Etc.

If you are for or against the war, this is your chance to express yourself. How do you feel about soldiers and innocent civilians dying on both sides? Can you write about a solution? Nonpartisan. Non-sectarian. Based on real people or fascinating characters you create. A ten minute play should have a great ending, be about 7 pages and is about 1200 words, assuming you don’t use words like hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Original, any genre, unproduced, unpublished, not optioned, and not have won other contests. No monologues.
2. English language. 12 font.
3. Up to but no longer than 10 minutes.
4. Contact info and biography on one page.
5. List of characters with brief Bios.
6. Limit, 3 scripts per writer. 1 drama, 1 comedy and 1 work of pure genius.
7. No email script submissions.
8. Include 3 copies of each script. Scripts will Not be returned.
9. Donation (Not mandatory)of $1 cash or 3,1st class usa stamps
or the equivalent of $1.(pound,Riyal,Afghani,Euro,Dinar,Etc).
Those who donate or do not are treated equally.
10. Contest open to earth citizens,including Canadians and Mathematicians.
11. Deadline: 10th Nov. 2008.
12. Writers will be contacted for permission to perform your play.
13. Author owns rights.
Please, no registered mail.

P. O. Box 291 460. Los Angeles, Ca. 90029 USA.

1st prize $100. 2nd prize $25. 3rd prize $25. 4th thru 9th prizes $10
Check 30th Nov 2008 on website.

The 10 best plays will have a staged reading in Los Angeles in December 2008. We are seeking sponsors so we can perform the plays on the same day in New York, Paris, Dubai, Washington, Dublin, and London. If you or your company wish to sponsor us, we would love to hear from you. Any suggestions? Or if you just wish to support us you could make a check out to:

Hollywood Science Theatre. Thank you.

John O’Donnell. Artistic Director.

The Zimbo Books Fiction Competition 2008

26 October 2008

Zimbo Books is pleased to announce the Zimbo Books Fiction Competition 2008 commemorating the launch of Zimbo Books. This exciting competition as described in the competition rules has 2 major benefits:

* A prize pool of USD $100,000 with a first prize of USD $80,000.

The next four runners up get USD $5,000 each.

* One year’s subscription for all Authors to sell their books online via Zimbo Books (value USD $45).
The closing date of Registrations for the Competition is 21 April 2009. Registration fee is USD $85 per entry. Authors can enter more than one book.

Books must be the copyright of the author, 50,000 – 300,0000 words in English. Competition is open to anyone in the world. If the author is under the age of eighteen years as at the Commencement Date, then the consent of a parent or guardian is required.

Books will be judged on originality, opening, plot, characters, writing style, and dialogue. Zimbo Books reserves the right to reject any Entries that it deems, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate, for any reason whatsoever. A special panel of qualified judges selected by Zimbo Books in its sole discretion shall determine the first prize winner.

Competition details at

About Zimbo

Zimbo is a great site where products and members interact. Zimbo aims to fill gaps in the marktplace in a fun and unique way. Zimbo is an evolution from all the transaction processing Zimbo’s parents have been doing for many international businesses. They asked for Zimbo, now you can get involved too.

Zimbo is a division of Technocash Pty Ltd which is a licensed financial institution providing payment solutions since 2000. Businesses can get paid with Zimbo either online or from over 4,000 Australia Post outlets. Technocash presently provides Australian collection services for hundreds of non-Australian eBay sellers. Technocash provides one account to hold different currencies including USD & Euro with efficient and cheaper international payments.

Zimbo Books Fiction Competition compared to other competitions

Compared to some other writing competitions:

Zimbo Books does provide cash prizes
Zimbo Books does not acquire copyright in the book entries
Zimbo Books does not require the author to enter into an exclusive publishing or agency agreement
Zimbo Books does not require any additional fees such as reading fees, minimum order costs etc

The Warren Adler Short Story Contest

21 October 2008

Fall 2008 Contest Theme: Short Fiction in Varied Genres

Submit Your Stories Now!

Following the success of the Summer 2008 Warren Adler Short Story Contest, Mr. Adler is sponsoring another international competition. The theme is simply short fiction in all of its varied genres. We are looking for original, imaginative pieces featuring compelling characters and creative plots. Whether you specialize in mainstream fiction, romance, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, satire, mystery, or any of their subcategories, we want to read your work.

Entries must not exceed 2,500 words. Stories from all the points of the globe will be considered provided that they are written in English. Mr. Adler will select which story will be awarded the Grand Prize of $1,000.

Although Mr. Adler will have already chosen the winner, the five finalists’ stories will be posted on the Warren Adler website on January 19, 2009. The People’s Choice winner will be determined by public voting. Warren Adler’s top choice, along with the People’s Choice winner, will be announced on February 2, 2009.

Submissions will be accepted from October 1, 2008 to January 16, 2009. The entry fee is $15. Five cash prizes will be awarded.

* 1st Prize: $1000
* People’s Choice Prize $500
* Remaining finalists receive $150 each

Authors retain worldwide publishing rights.
Contest Rules:

* Contest is open for worldwide entries from October 1, 2008 until January 16, 2009
* A $15 fee in advance is required for each story submission.
* When you are ready to submit your story, make your payment below to proceed to the story submission form.
* Each story can be no longer than 2,500 words and must be written in English and previously unpublished

Call for Submissions Peace Anthology

21 October 2008

Do you believe it possible to love a country with all your heart although you hate its government’s actions?

Are you frustrated because the news media promote the notion that all Jewish Americans do support Israel’s government unconditionally, that we all believe the occupation and escalations in violence are necessary, that we do not care about the fate of the Palestinian people?

Do you wish that an alternative voice, your voice, was being heard, both here and in Israel? In the October 2008 issue of The Sun Magazine, Israeli author David Grossman says:

“For Jews in the United States, Israel is not just another country. It is a country that extends itself toward them…they have some expectations of Israel; they have some wishes. If they are silent, if they do not make their opinions heard here, Israel will believe that all Jewish Americans support Israel’s occupation of Palestine. If U.S. Jews…allow only the right-wingers in American Jewry to express their opinions, they actually support the deterioration of Israel….It is important that Jewish Americans who oppose the occupation communicate their point of view here, because we mainly here from the right-wingers, who are much more vocal and sure of themselves.”

This anthology is our opportunity to communicate our point of view, and to do so with beautiful prose, not ugly rhetoric, with stories of love, not hate. We are seeking creative nonfiction, personal essays, literary true stories that together provide a pro-peace Jewish-American perspective on Israel. The stories themselves can be as unique as each of our voices: from essays directly related to experiences in Israel or elsewhere with Israelis and Palestinians, to tales of peace work here in the U.S., or narratives about personal insight or transformation regarding the occupation and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Although we welcome the widest variety of submissions, each must be pro-peace and/or in opposition to the Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people. It must be free of prejudice or hateful language. Our goal is to engage, inform, and provide a forum for Jewish-American voices on peace.

Please read the guidelines to the right and send submissions to:

Memoir (and) Prizes

21 October 2008

The Memoir (and) Prize for Creative Nonfiction is awarded to the most outstanding prose or poetry memoirs drawn from the reading period.

Grand Prize for Creative Nonfiction
$500 cash award
Publication in print and online
Six copies of the journal.

Second Prize for Creative Nonfiction
$250 cash award
Publication in print and online
Six copies of the journal.

Third Prize for Creative Nonfiction
$100 cash award
Publication in print and online
Three copies of the journal.

The Memoir (and) Prize for Graphic Memoir is awarded to the most outstanding graphic memoir drawn from the reading period.

Prize for Graphic Memoir
$100 cash award
Publication in print and online
Six copies of the journal.

Queered Fiction Contest

21 October 2008

Queer Wolf
A gay moon rising …

An anthology of queer werewolf tales for publication early 2009. We’re looking for contemporary, urban fantasy set within a fictional city (unnamed and not location specific) centering on a community of gay werewolves. Your submission should be a short story between 4,000 and 10,000 words. We are seeking sensual fiction with positive images of queer characters. We’re not looking for clichés. We do not want horror or science fiction. We do not want reprints. We are seeking first world rights for this anthology which will be published as an ebook and/or potentially as a print softcover.

Your submission (or query) should be via email to with Queer Wolf submission in the subject line. Please embed your short story within the body of the email and provide a brief author bio. Payment will be through a royalty split between contributors. Submission period closes 30th November 2008.

This small press publisher focuses on Science Fantasy GLB Fiction releasing a number of Paberback and eBook projects each year.

Student Artists Call for Submissions

16 October 2008

Sonoma State University’s award-winning literary magazine, ZAUM, is looking for student artists to submit their work for our upcoming thirteenth issue. ZAUM is a very unique magazine in that it is produced solely by SSU students. Not only is ZAUM a vehicle for Sonoma State students’ artistic expression, the magazine publishes work from students around the world! By combining the creative dynamic of students in the community with that of national and international students, ZAUM consistently presents diverse and unique work in an accessible medium.

ZAUM is named for the symbolic language created by Russian Futurist poets. Its meaning—that which exists above and beyond rational thought—represents the standard of excellence to which we aspire. Therefore, we seek to publish the works of student artists who are eager to push the limits of their art, and take a few risks with us!

Please urge any Undergraduate or Graduate students who are interested to send copies of their prose, poetry, or visual art (to include black & white photography) to be considered for our publication. Feel free to check out our website at for further details. All selections to be considered for publication in ZAUM 13 must be received no later that November 15, 2008.

Limnisa Writing Competition 2009

16 October 2008

This international contest is open worldwide and is for short stories on any subject up to 3,000 words.

Closing: 1.3.09 [Please note, this date is British. -Admin.].

Prize: 1st – One week holiday in self catering Seaview Apartment in Greece OR One week place at the Creative Writing Conference held at Limnisa, a seaside location in Greece. 2nd – 50% discount on one week place at the Creative Writing Conference held at Limnisa PLUS two months on-line coaching with weekly exercises. 3rd – Fiver runners up get 25% discount at the Writing Conference at Limnisa. The winners will be published on the Limnisa Website and on a new Creative Writers’ Website for ‘serious’ writers, to be opened at the end of 2008.

Entry Fee: £5

Comp Page:

Santa Clara Review Call for Submissions

16 October 2008

Santa Clara University’s literary magazine is now accepting submissions for its Winter and Spring issues.

This bi-annual publication was established in 1869 and features creative writing, art, photography, and interviews.

The submission deadline for the next issue is Wednesday, October 26th. Multiple pieces may be submitted. There is no word count limit. Pieces submitted after this date will be considered for the spring issue.

Submit online at

Or mail to:

The Santa Clara Review
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Box #3212
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Amoskeag Call for Submissions

16 October 2008

Amoskeag: The Journal of SNHU is published annually in late April.

Spring 2009 Issue Guidelines

In a recent interview with Deidre Wengen, Jorie Graham identifies a task for writers concerned about the environment: to make readers “feel (and thus physically believe) what we have and what we are losing” (“Imagining the Unimaginable” In this issue of Amoskeag, we are not looking for scientific reports of extinctions, glacial loss, and journalistic prose necessarily, but rather for reflections on past, present, and future lives in relation to nature; meditations on the language of “global warming,” “climate change,” “green ____,” and related discourse; (self-reflective) jeremiads regarding population, consumption, etc; or visionary victory gardens and carbon negative utopias. Lighter, tangentially related pieces are also welcome: odes to Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, or tank tops in winter; epitaphs for the “open road”; epistles to whomever inherits the earth

Since many submissions may inevitably be heavily apocalyptic, any perspective that leavens the brew is welcome.

Genres accepted:

short stories and creative non-fiction (essays) up to 2,500 words (6-10 pages preferred)

poetry (up to 4 poems per submission)

black-and-white photographs and drawings. Photographers should submit photos on a CD, titled by their name, and format titled photos in .jpeg (at least 300 dpi, 6.25” x 9.25”).

Reading Period:

September 1 to December 1 each year.

What to send:

All submissions must include a cover letter with the writer’s email address and a SASE with sufficient postage for the return of manuscripts or a reply. If writers provide an email address with no SASE, we will send an email reply. Sorry, we aren’t yet able to accept submissions through email.

Sample/ Back Issues:

Past or present sample issues are available for $5 (to cover printing and mailing costs), and subscriptions are available for $10 for two years. Please send a request or an email to the address below.

Where to Send:

[Poetry /Fiction/ Non-fiction/ Artwork: please specify on the envelope]

Allison Cummings, Editor
Amoskeag: The Journal of SNHU
School of Liberal Arts
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 North River Rd.
Manchester, NH, 03106-1045

Please email with questions, but note that we are not able to accept submissions through email.


16 October 2008

Judge: The Member-Guest and The Weatherman author and two-time American Fiction Prize winner Clint McCown

First Prize: $1,000

Second Prize: $500

Third Prize: $250

Entry fee: $12

American Fiction will revive this year with its American Fiction Prize contest, a competition whose past judges include Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie, Raymond Carver, Anne Tyler, Louise Erdrich, Tim O’Brien, and Tobias Wolff.

This year’s judge, Clint McCown, teaches in the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is a recipient of the Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime and corruption in Alabama politics, and the Society of Midland Authors Award. His novel, War Memorials, was designated for Outstanding Achievement in Literature by the Wisconsin Library Association. McCown’s short stories and poems have appeared widely, and he has published two books of verse. He has worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. and as an actor with the National Shakespeare Company. He has edited several literary journals, including the Beloit Fiction Journal, which he founded in 1984.

Contest winners and finalists will be published by New Rivers Press in Fall 2010 and distributed nationally by The Consortium.

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2009. Winners and finalists will be announced by September 2009.

Contest Guidelines:

We accept all genres of unpublished literary fiction. Entries must be:20unpublished; strictly 7500 words or less; postmarked by March 15, 2009; clearly marked “American Fiction Prize” on both the story and the outside of the envelope; accompanied by a $12 entry fee per story (make checks payable to American Fiction). Please include a cover page with your name, story title, mailing address, and email address. Do not include your name on the pages of the story. Please ensure all stories are typed, double-spaced, and that the title and page number appear on each page. In lieu of an email address, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

We welcome multiple entries ($12/story). For entries outside the U.S.: please send entry fee in U.S. currency or money order. While we cannot return manuscripts, we will forward a list of the winning stories to any entrant who includes an SASE; as well, we will e-mail contest updates to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories.

Mail entries to:

American Fiction Prize / 5712 Briarwick Court / Hermitage, TN 37076

Please e-mail any questions to Thank you for your interest, and good luck!