Archive for October 4th, 2008

Sandra Caron Young Adult Poetry Prize and Rita Williams Young Adult Prose Prize (High School Only)

4 October 2008

Call for entries from young adult writers, grades 9-12 or equivalent age thereof.

Cash prizes. Winners read at Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library.

Complete rules available:


An arts outreach program of the National League of American Pen Women, Nob Hill-San Francisco Branch.

For more information please email

Steel Toe Call for Manuscripts

4 October 2008

Steel Toe Books selects manuscripts through open reading periods. Our next open reading period will be October 1-31, 2008, at which time we will be specifically seeking quality manuscripts containing predominately formal poetry (sonnet sequences, blank verse, ghazals, terza rima, sestinas, haiku, haiban, renga, etc.).


Whiskey Island Magazine call for submissions: the blue issue

4 October 2008

Send us your blues – music, mood, color. Whiskey Island seeks poetry, fiction, non-fiction and art for issue #56.

Deadline 1 November, 2008.

For submission guidelines visit our website, Friend us on Facebook.

Whiskey Island issue #54/55 now available. Contributors include Eric Anderson, B.J. Best, Megan Bohigian, Jason Bredle, Jericho Brown, Simmons B. Buntin, Nick Carbo, Kathy Davis, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Denise Duhamel, Thomas Dukes, Blas Falconer, Elton Glaser, Benjamin S. Grossberg, James Allen Hall, H.L. Hix, Jay Hopler, Nigel Jenkins, Wayne Miller, Carl Peterson, Deborah Poe, Michael Salinger, Jeffrey Skinner, Jonathan Wells, Joshua Marie Wilkinson.

Scribophile October Writing Contest

4 October 2008

Scribophile has just announced its October writing contest. First prize is a $50 gift card, second prize a $25 gift card. Entry is free. We’re accepting horror/Halloween themed short stories (up to 4000 words) through October 31.

Chickenpinata Call for Submissions

4 October 2008

Chickenpinata, a journal of poetry wants your poems!

We are a new, online poetry journal that will feature accessible poetry from emerging writers. We want what’s fresh, new, and fun. We are especially interested in work by women.

Generally, we appreciate shorter pieces, but if you wow us with a longer poem (say, up to two pages), we won’t turn you away. Of course we love lush language, sound, and metaphor, but please, skip heavy allusions and other overly “poetical” styling. (One word about accessibility: we like clarity and crisp, sensory language, but we don’t want to read “empty” or vapid writing.) We have no limits on form or content–it just has to be quality.

Please send a submission of one to four unpublished poems as an .rtf or .doc file (or within the body of your e-mail) to Please include full contact information (name, address, phone number, etc.) within your e-mail. Simultaneous submissions is fine, just please let us know immediately if your work is taken somewhere else.

For Issue One, please expect a submission response by December 15, 2008. Chickenpinata will launch its first issue in January-February, 2009.

Apple Valley Review Call for Submissions

4 October 2008

The Apple Valley Review, a semiannual online literary journal, will be accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction, and essays for its Spring 2009 issue until February 15, 2009.

Submissions are accepted year-round via e-mail. We prefer work that has both mainstream and literary appeal. All work must be original, previously unpublished, and in English. Please do not submit genre fiction, explicit work, or anything particularly violent or depressing. Also, please note that we do not accept simultaneous submissions. All published work is considered for our annual editor’s prize.

The Fall 2008 issue of the journal featured fiction by Alex Myers and Rachel Ephraim; memoir by Panteha Sanati; prose poetry by Julie Babcock; poetry by Vince Corvaia, Keetje Kuipers, Philip Matthews, M.J. Iuppa, Miranda Steffens, Andrew Slattery, Richard Stolorow, Margaret Rozga, Naira Kuzmich, Jim Murdoch, Susan Culver, and Heather Mercer; and artwork by Rob Evans.

The Apple Valley Review would also like to congratulate Kathy Anderson–the recipient of the Apple Valley Review Editor’s Prize for 2008, whose short story, “You Are the Bad Smell,” was published in our Spring 2008 issue–and two of the writers whose work appeared in the Spring 2007 issue. “Pageant Queen,” an essay by J. W. Young, and “Island Fever,” a poem by Edward Byrne, were selected for Best of the Web 2008, a print anthology available from Dzanc Books.

The current issue, previous issues, subscription information, and complete submission guidelines for the Apple Valley Review are available at

Call for Manuscript Submissions

4 October 2008

During the month of October, Tarpaulin Sky Press ( will be reading full-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, and cross-genre work. There is no need to query first; simply mail the manuscript according to the directions below.

Manuscripts should be postmarked between October 1 and October 31, 2008. Writers who have not been published in our literary journal should include a $20 reading fee in the form of a check or a money order made payable to Tarpaulin Sky Press. Past contributors to Tarpaulin Sky Literary Journal may submit their manuscript with a $10 reading fee.

Manuscripts should be at least 48 pages in length. Send one copy of your manuscript along with two copies of the title page (note: the reading process is not “blind”–we ask for two title pages only so that we may keep one with the manuscript, and the other for reference/notes, etc). Be sure that your title pages include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Cover letters are read with interest. We like to know who your are, what you’re up to, and where we can read more of your work. We do accept simultaneous submissions but ask that you let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere. Individual pieces from the manuscript may have been previously published in magazines, anthologies, and short-run chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must be unpublished. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send us your only copy.

Mail your submission to

Tarpaulin Sky
PO Box 189
Grafton, VT 05146

For notification of decisions, include a business-size SASE. If you would like to receive acknowledgment of the receipt of your manuscript, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Notification of decisions will be made in February 2008. Publication of accepted manuscripts will be in 2009 & 2010.

Tarpaulin Sky Press publishes innovative poetry, prose, and hybrid forms, producing full-length books, chapbooks, trade paperbacks, and hand-bound books, as well as a literary journal that appears in online and paper editions. Their trade paperbacks are available though major retailers and independent booksellers alike, and are distributed by Small Press Distribution–where 60% of their full-length titles appeared on the distributor’s “Best Sellers” lists, sometimes for several months. In addition to being included in “Ten Great Titles from Underground Presses” in Time Out New York, Tarpaulin Sky Press and its titles are featured and reviewed in places such as Poets & Writers, American Book Review, Rain Taxi, Bloomsbury Review, and Bookslut, among others.


4 October 2008

– accepting submissions NOW!

for a First or Second Book of Poetry by a Woman

Prize: $1000 and publication

A prize of $1000 and publication by Perugia Press is given annually for a

first or second unpublished poetry collection by a woman. Submit 48 to 72

pages with a $22 entry fee between August 1 and November 15. Send an

e-mail, SASE, or visit the Web site for complete guidelines.

Perugia Press – Celebrating Poetry by Women since 1997
P.O. Box 60364
Florence, MA 01062

Bookhabit Poetry Competition

4 October 2008


· Written

· Audio and Video

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· 1st US$500, 2nd $200, 3rd $100 – each section

· Overall Winner $500

· All prizes in US Dollars.

Judged by the New Zealand Poetry Society

· People’s Performance Choice $500 (Audio and Video section only– awarded to the person delivering poem)

Judged by registered Bookhabit users

Round 1
Dates: 22 September – 2 November

· Entries may be submitted in any of the 6 weeks of Round 1

· Each week Monday GMT 00:00 – Sunday GMT 23:59 is a new week

· At the end of the week will judge the 50 poems from each section that will advance to Round 2

· The poems advancing to Round 2 will be announced as soon as the judging is completed for each week

· Registered users can let everyone know which poems they like by using the ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ mechanism available

· The aggregation of the ‘thumbs up and down’ determines only the sort order of the poems and has no bearing on which poems advance to Round 2.

Round 2
Dates: 10 November – 23 November

· No new entries will be received

· 50 poems through from each section, in each week from Round 1 (300 in total)

· The top 50 poems as determined by registered users will advance to Round 3

· Users will have an allocation of points that they can award to their favorite poems in each section.

· Detailed instructions will be posted at the start of Round 2.

Round 3
The People’s Performance Choice Award of $500 (in the Audio and Video section) will be awarded to the person delivering the poem (not necessarily the person who ‘penned’ the poem). The decision will be made by the registered users of Bookhabit. Voting will be open for 2 weeks until 7 December.

Poems will be judged by our panel to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd poems in each section, and an overall winner.

Conditions of Entry

· Only one username per person may be created

· A maximum of five entries in each section, per week per entrant

· Each poem may only be entered once (and not in multiple weeks)

· A poem can be entered in more than one section e.g. video and written

· The poem must be the original work of the entrant

· A poem may be read or performed by someone other than the poet

· The poem must be original content and must not be previously published. The poem can appear in audio or video section if the author still has rights to the poem and the poem has been published previously as a written poem

· No props, costumes, or music are allowed in the audio or video formats

· Written entries are to be submitted in plain text with no formatting other than line breaks and paragraph breaks

· Entries must be in English

· Entry is open to all poets, regardless of age or residency

· Audio and video 10 minute maximum length

· Written 2,500 word maximum

· If entering the haiku or tanka categories then a single entry should consist of 5 haiku or 5 tanka

· must be used in the video section

· The poem is not allowed to be entered in any other competition during the life of the poem in the competition. A poem is considered live until the results of the week or round have been released on the Bookhabit website

· Bookhabit accepts no responsibility for the poems entered on Bookhabit

· Bookhabit accepts no responsibility for the poems uploaded to

· Content must not be of a sexually explicit or offensive nature

· Bookhabit have the right to publish or broadcast the prize winning poems for 12 months after the announcement of the prize winners. The poet will be notified if a poem is being published or broadcast anywhere other than the Bookhabit or Youtube websites, however Bookhabit cannot control other parties linking to or using the poems

· By submitting an entry the author also agrees to receive emails from and New Zealand Poetry Society. These addresses will not be spammed, nor will any personal details be passed on without the permission of the user

· Bookhabit reserves the right to remove any poem, user or preferences from the competition at any time

· When an entrant submits a poem onto or enters it in the competition the entrant is agreeing to the terms and conditions as agreed to when joining as a registered user

· The Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

· The organiser of this competition is Bookhabit Online Limited, PO Box 11198, Wellington 6142, New Zealand.

Call for submissions: grain short/grain long

4 October 2008

The inaugural issue of grain short/grain long ( is now available, featuring excellent work by Suzanne Grazyna, Virginia Reeves, Elizabeth Kate Switaj, & C. R. E. Wells in response to the theme “grain short/grain long.”

Our next issue will center around the theme “Collaboration / Stimulus / Response.” We are looking for works that collaborate with, are stimulated by, &/or respond to other writers & artists. The vehicle —
be it ekphrasis, tag-team writing, plain ol’ inspiration, etc. — is immaterial. We want to see what you come up with. This is a broad topic, so we hope to get a variety of interpretations.

grain short/grain long is open to all types of poetry, prose, visual, & hybrid works. We are especially interested in submissions from women; Southerners; unknown, unpublished, & under-represented artists; or anyone whose projects have been described as “innovative,” “experimental,” “avant-garde,” “post-avant,” “eccentric,” or just plain “odd.”

Potential contributors may submit up to four (4) poems, four thousand (4,000) words of prose, or images up to 2 MB in response to the current call to

Accepted file formats include JPG, TIFF, BMP, ODT, DOC, & RTF. Other formats will be considered on an individual basis — query first. Projects that stretch the limits of print are welcome, so long as
their execution is feasible within our (alas, oh so limited) resources. Hint: Make it great. The more we love it, the more likely we are to finesse something for you.

Submissions in response to “Collaboration / Stimulus / Response” will be accepted until December 31, 2008.

Poppyseed Kolache call for submissions

4 October 2008

Poppyseed Kolache, a small-press poetry journal, seeks non-rhyming poetry for a 2nd issue. The editor will consider any well-written poem, including prose poetry, but prefers visual poetry (about 60 lines or less) about or from everyday life. Wants to see poems that move both the heart and the mind and connect a reader’s life to the lives of others. Open to most subjects, but does not want to see rhyming poetry, first drafts, erotica, didactic works, esoteric think pieces, experimental, or greeting card verse. Editor accepts and considers submissions year ’round, but the best time to submit is from October through April.

(Poems may also be considered for a possible 4th issue of Angel Face, a rosary based poetry publication. If you do not wish to have your submission considered for Angel Face, please let the editor know in your cover letter.)

To submit, send up to 5 typed poems to:

MaryAnka Press,
P.O. Box 102,
Huffman, Texas 77336.

Please do not submit via e-mail. Poets retain all rights to their work. Sample copies available for $7.00, postpaid, but please be sure to make checks payable to the editor, Mary Agnes Dalrymple. Otherwise the bank will not accept your check.

River and Sound Call for Submissions

4 October 2008

A River & Sound Review, a live literary entertainment program, is expanding to include an online literary journal! We’ve featured writers from around the nation with our free podcasts and live shows. Now, we want to showcase the best writing we can find on our upcoming online magazine. We invite quality submissions in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and humor. There are no limitations on form or subject matter.

General Guidelines (applies to all genres)

Our reading period is from October 1 to December 31, 2008. Send submissions via email within the body of the text. In the Subject Line, place your full name followed by genre (i.e. Raymond Carver – Fiction Submission). Attachments will not be opened or read! Please include full contact information (name, address, phone number, email) within your message and a precise word count in all genres (except poetry). We accept only previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but notify the appropriate editor immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Poetry: send up to three poems to

Fiction: send one story up to 6,000 words to

Nonfiction: send us one of your creative nonfiction manuscripts—including memoirs, essays, and reviews—up to 4,000 words to

Humor: send us one of your humor manuscripts of indeterminate genre up to 2,000 words to

Response time will range from one to four months, but we will do our best to offer a prompt reply. We pay upon publication as funds permit. For more information, visit our website at

Gertrude Press Poetry and Fiction Chapbook Contests

4 October 2008

Each year Gertrude Press publishes two chapbooks; one fiction and one poetry. These attractive collections will include a unique cover in a limited press run.

Writer Compensation:
$50 cash award
50 complimentary copies of the chapbook

Chapbooks will be distributed to subscribers, libraries, and bookstores carrying Gertrude, the Press’ annual literary journal.

Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

Submit 16-20 pages of poetry via surface mail only.

Indicate which poems have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished poems are welcome.

Poetry may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. For manuscript returns, please include exact postage.

Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.

Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press.

Submission fee includes copy of the winning chapbook.

Submissions accepted beginning September 1, 2008 until February 15, 2009 (postmark deadline).

Fiction Chapbook Guidelines:

Submit 16-20 pages of short fiction or a self-contained novel excerpt via surface mail only.

Indicate which selections have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished pieces are welcome.

Fiction may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

Include a cover letter and SASE for notification. For manuscript returns, please include exact postage.

Indicate how you learned of the contest
in your cover letter.

Include a $15 submission fee payable to Gertrude Press.

Submission fee includes a copy of the winning chapbook.

Submissions accepted beginning September 1, 2008 until February 15, 2009 (postmark deadline).

Please send all submissions to:
Gertrude Press
PO Box 83948
Portland OR 97283

Winners will be announced by May 1, 2009.