Archive for October 6th, 2008

Atlantic Monthly, Student Writing Contest

6 October 2008

The Atlantic Monthly invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays for its 2008 Student Writing Contest.

Poetry, fiction, and personal or journalistic essays.

First $1,000 | Second: $500 | Third: $250
and one-year subscriptions to The Atlantic Monthly for seven runners-up in each category.

ENTRANTS must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited degree-granting U.S. institution. Submissions should be original, unpublished work (they may have appeared in student periodicals) demonstrating superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.

SUBMISSIONS should not exceed three poems or 7,500 words of prose. No entrant may send more than one submission per category, and entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2008.

MANUSCRIPTS should be typewritten (one side only, please) double-spaced, and accompanied by a cover sheet with the following information: title, category, word count, author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address (if available), and academic institution. Of this information, only the title should appear on the manuscript itself.

PLEASE PROVIDE a stamped, self-addressed postcard for acknowledgement of receipt. We cannot provide information on the status of a manuscript until winners are announced, in the May 2009 issue. Winners will receive notification in March 2009.

Student Writing Contest
The Atlantic Monthly
The Watergate
600 New Hampshire Ave,
Washington, D.C. 20037
Submissions will not be accepted via e-mail or fax.

2009 Chautauqua Poetry Contest

6 October 2008

Prize: $1,000 and publication in Chautauqua, the literary journal of the Chautauqua Institution. Winner and finalists receive a copy of the journal.

Theme: Story and Storytelling
Entry fee: $20
Judge: Robin Becker
Deadline: November 15, 2008

Send 1 to 3 poems (6 pages maximum), cover sheet, and entry fee to:

Chautauqua Writers’ Center, Poetry Contest
Chautauqua Institution
PO Box 28
Chautauqua, NY 14722

Robin Becker has written seven collections of poetry, including Domain of Perfect Affection (2006), Venetian Blue(2002), The Horse Fair (2000) and All-American Girl (1996). Nominated for a Pushcart Prize four times, Becker has been honored with a Prairie Schooner’s Strousse Award and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. She received the Lamden Literary Award, and her poems and book reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, the Boston Globe, The Gettysburg Review, and Ploughshares. She serves as poetry editor for The Women’s Review of Books and writes a column on poetry and the poetry scene called “Field Notes.” She teaches English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

MUSE Literary Competition

6 October 2008

Sponsored by The LIT

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: extended to October 15, 2008. Visit

for more details and entry form.

In keeping with the annual tradition of The Best of Ohio Writer, MUSE announces its first annual literary competition. Winning entries will be published in the January 2009 issue of MUSE: A Quarterly Journal of The LIT.

We are asking for submissions in the following categories:
-Short Fiction: Submissions may not exceed 5,000 words
-Poetry: Maximum of three (3) poems per submission
-Creative Nonfiction*: Submissions may not exceed 3,000 words

Award: A first place only cash prize of $500 will be awarded in each category, along with publication in the January 2009 issue of MUSE and a complimentary one-year subscription.

Entry Fee: $25 per category; each additional entry within a category, add $5. Please do not submit more than three entries per category. For Poetry only, 3 poems = 1 entry.

Guidelines: Attach an Entry Form with each submission. Do not include author’s name on manuscripts. Submit entries on 8.5 x 11 paper only, include title of the piece on each page, and please number each page. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please include SASE for the list of winners.

Questions? Call 216.694.0000 or email

*Factually accurate prose about real people and events, written in a compelling, vivid manner, and may include essay, memoir, or articles.

The Karen Fredericks and Frances Willitts Poetry Prize & The 2nd Annual Hotmetalpress Chapbook Contest

6 October 2008

Our prize is $350 and 20 free copies. We want to send every entrant a copy of the winning collection. We also will consider unpublished poems within the manuscript for our magazine. Page Limit: 32 pages. Fee: $20.00. Deadline: end of November 2008. Please make ut a check for $20 to Hotmetalpress. Judged by Martin Willitts Jr (author of a full length book “The Secret Language of the Universe” and editor of a poetry anthology about cancer “Alternatives to Surrender”, and published many chapbooks). Send one hardcopy of the manuscript to: Martin Willitts Jr., P.O. Box 4322, Rome, NY 13244

The entry rules:
Single spaced poems in 12 pt Ariel or Times New Roman. Attach a separate page for the title page with your name, address, telephone, and email. Do not put your name anywhere else on the pages.32 page maximum limit including title, content page, acknowledgments, and pages. Anything with more pages will be eliminated. Include the check, the manuscript following the entry directions, and a SASE if you want the manuscript returned with a comment from Martin (he writes interesting comments) or the manuscript will be destroyed. Attach all items together with a swing clip only. No staples, paper clips, etc. The winner will be requested to submit a finished, edited version of the manuscript in a Word Document file upon winning. We are not responsible20for any errors. For complete rules:

Stone’s Throw Call for Submissions

6 October 2008

Stone’s Throw Magazine seeks fiction, poetry, and brief accounts of daily life from around the world for its inaugural issue.

This is an online magazine; issues will be archived and remain available through the website:

Paste submissions into an email message addressed to

No attachments, please. Multiple submissions okay.

No payment available.

Submissions will be accepted year round.