Archive for October 30th, 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RULES: Poems must be unpublished.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Original, unpublished poem of any theme.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.