Archive for October 9th, 2008

Snakeskin Theme Issue

9 October 2008

Jessy Randall is guest-editing the February 2009 issue of the online poetry magazine Snakeskin

The theme of this issue is …


Please send up to six poems on the topic of toys, games, and puzzles. No previously-published poems. No simultaneous submissions.

The deadline is December 15.

Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested.

Jessy Randall

Nightboat Books Poetry Prize

9 October 2008

Nightboat Books invites submissions to the 2008 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, judged by Franz Wright. The winning poet receives $1,000 and a standard royalty contract, including 10 complimentary copies of the book. Previous winners include Lytton Smith (author of The All-Purpose Magical Tent, chosen by Terrance Hayes; Jonathan Weinert (author of In the Mode of Disappearance, chosen by Brenda Hillman); Joshua Kryah (author of Glean, chosen by Donald Revell), and Juliet Patterson (author of The Truant Lover, chosen by Jean Valentine). Finalists receive personal responses and will be considered for future publication.

JUDGE: Franz Wright

DEADLINE: Postmark date between September 1 and November 15, 2008.

Please carefully follow the submission instructions. Thanks!

Complete Guidelines:

ELIGIBILITY: Any poet writing in English is eligible who: 1. does not have a close personal or professional relationship to the judge; 2. is not a current or recent (within the past two years) student of the judge; and 3. is not affiliated with Nightboat Books. Previous book publication is not a consideration for eligibility. Poems published in print or on-line periodicals, anthologies, or chapbooks may be included, but the manuscript itself must be unpublished. Original work only; translations are ineligible.

FORMAT: 48 to 70 pages (suggested length), single-spaced, paginated, no more than one poem per page, one side of the page only. The manuscript must be typed (clear photocopies are acceptable) and bound only by a spring clip. Include two title pages (one with book title, name, address, telephone and email; one with book title only), table of contents, and acknowledgments page. The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript except on the first title page.

NOTIFICATION: Enclose a standard business-size SASE for winner notification. We will not return manuscripts. Please do not send your only copy. Send a self-addressed, stamped postcard for notification of manuscript receipt (optional). Nightboat Books cannot answer questions regarding submissions during the reading period.

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify Nightboat Books immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable. Each
manuscript must be submitted separately, each with a separate entry fee and SASE.

INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSIONS: International submissions only may be sent via FedEx, DHL, or UPS. (Please remember to include your email address and entry fee payable in US dollars.)

REVISIONS: The winner will have the opportunity to revise the manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.

ENTRY FEE: A $20 entry fee in the form of a check or money order payable to Nightboat Books must accompany all submissions. In the event that the judge does not find an entry suitable for publication, reading fees will be returned to all entrants. Entrants may receive a complimentary copy of the winning book. Please enclose a 9×12 self-addressed, stamped envelope with $3.00 in postage if you would like to receive the book.

DEADLINE: November 15, 2008 Postmark. Winner will be announced by April 1, 2008. Winning collection to be published Spring 2010.


Nightboat Poetry Prize
303 East 8th Street, #B1
New York, NY 10009

Fed Ex, UPS, or other overnight mail services are not necessary. No online or fax submissions.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS: Write to, but please do not send your manuscript to this email address.

Crab Orchard Color Wheel Issue

9 October 2008

A Call for Submissions for CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW


Special Issue: Color Wheel ~ Cultural Heritages in the Twenty-First Century

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is seeking work for our Summer/Fall 2009 issue focusing on writing inspired or informed by the experiences, observations, and/or cultural and historical possibilities of the following topic: “Color Wheel ~ Cultural Heritages in the Twenty-First Century.” We are open to work that covers any of the multitude of ways our ideas of identity, tradition, family, and place are challenged by an ever-changing world.

All submissions should be original, unpublished poetry, fiction, or literary nonfiction in English or unpublished translations in English (we do run bilingual, facing-page translations whenever possible). Please query before submitting any interview.

For our general submission guidelines, check our Web site at

Mail submissions to:

Cultural Heritages issue
Faner 2380, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901

United States of America

The submission period for this issue is August 1, 2008 through October 31, 2008. We will be reading submissions throughout this period and hope to complete the editorial work on the issue by mid-February. Writers whose work is selected will receive $20 (US) per magazine page ($50 minimum for poetry; $100 minimum for prose), two copies of the issue, and a year’s subscription. Include SASE for manuscript return or our reply.


9 October 2008

Distributing $1,000 to some creative soul (and 500 bucks to the soul placing second)

Prize winner and runners-up will be published in the Spring 2009 issue.

Send stories (maximum of 5,000 words) to:

Roanoke Review Contest
221 College Lane
Salem, VA 24153

Please include a $15 check for each story, made out to Roanoke College

Submissions will be accepted from 1 Sept. 2008 until 7 Nov. 2008

The Roanoke Review reads non-contest submissions in poetry and fiction from September through January.

Three Candles Press Open Book Award

9 October 2008

Three candles press is pleased to announce the second Three Candles Press Open Book Award for the best book of poems by a poet in any stage of his or her career. The contest will be judged by Deborah Keenan, whose most recent book is Willow Room, Green Door (New and Selected Poems), winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. Runners up and two alternates will be posted on the website by January 15th, 2009. The book will be available on the three candles website, through online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers in America and Europe. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.

Guidelines: Manuscripts of 60 – 95 pages should have one cover page containing the poet’s name, address, phone number, email address and title of manuscript, and another with only the name of the manuscript. Please include only one acknowledgements page.

How the Contest Works: Three Candles Journal editor-in-chief Steve Mueske will read all submitted manuscripts and forward the finalists to the judge (around 12 manuscripts). The final round of materials will be judged anonymously (without coversheet or acknowledgements page). To avoid conflicts of interest, the following manuscripts will be ineligible: those from former students of the judge or from family members or friends of the judge;20those who have workshopped with Steve Mueske or received comments from any poems contained in the manuscript; and those who have worked with the editor in a business capacity (an exchange of money for goods or services) prior to the opening of the competition.

Manuscripts should be printed on one side only and bound with a sturdy clip. Contest entry fee is $22.00. Make checks payable to “three candles press”.

Send materials to:

three candles press
open book award
PO Box 1817
Burnsville MN 55337

Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest & Mozelle Memoir Contest

9 October 2008

Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest

Deadline: March 6, 2009

Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children’s Categories

Entry Fee: $50 per submission

Prize: The winner in each category meets individually with an agent or editor during the annual Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference.

Details: Submit four copies of the first ten pages of your manuscript with a cover letter, entry form, and four copies of an one paged double-spaced synopsis.



Writers’ League of Texas
611 S. Congress Ave, Suite 130
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-499-8914

Mozelle Memoir Contest

Deadline: March 20, 2009

Entry Fee: $10 per submission

Prize: $500 and publication

Details: Submit a maximum of 3000 words. The piece cannot have been previously published. Each entry includes an entry form, four copies of the manuscript, and a title page.


Writers’ League of Texas
611 S. Congress Ave, Suite 130
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-499-8914

Call for Submissions on a variety of sites

9 October 2008

Michael Lee Johnson, editor, publisher, author, has been published in more than 240 different publications worldwide. He is also publisher and editor of four poetry, flash fiction sites–all presently open for submission:

Author website:
No payment.
All submission should be directed to:
Art is also appreciated.

Tatto Highway Call for Submissions

9 October 2008

Tattoo Highway, an online journal of prose, poetry and art, is now reading for TH/18: “Diners, Dives & Michelin Stars” ~ the food issue. Deadline January 15, 2009.

GENERAL GUIDELINES: Our tastes are eclectic. We like fresh, vivid language, and we like stories and poems that are actually about something — that acknowledge a world beyond the writer’s own psyche. If they have an edge, if they provoke us to think or make us laugh, so much the better. We strongly suggest reading a previous issue or two before submitting.

While we particularly welcome poetry and short “screen-reader-friendly” prose or cross-genre pieces (< 1000 words), we do on occasion publish longer work. We encourage hypertext and new media (Flash .swf) submissions, also photographs and original graphics.

All readings are “blind” (authors’ names and other identifiers are removed). Writers may submit up to 5 poems, prose poems or flash fictions (500 words max), or 2 longer prose pieces. While we prefer to see work that has not been previously published, we do consider work that has appeared in small-circulation print journals. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know promptly if you place a piece elsewhere.

As always, we’re featuring our contest: “A Picture Worth 500 Words.” Details on website.

HOW TO SUBMIT: Email submissions to, as Rich Text Format (RTF) attachments or as plain text in the body of your message, and with TH18 in the20subject line. For hypertext and Flash submissions, provide us with an URL where we may view the work online. Send graphics in .jpg format.