Archive for October 26th, 2008

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 The contest is open to published and unpublished poets.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

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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