Archive for November, 2008

Scribophile December Poetry Contest

30 November 2008

Flex your poetic muscle with the Scribophile December Poetry Contest! This month’s challenge is to write a Rondeau: a short, 15-line rhyming poem. Read more about rondeaus at our contest page. Any theme will be accepted. 1st prize is a $50 gift card. Entry is free and submissions will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2008.

The URL is here:
Note that the December contest will only be visible on Dec. 1.

Additionally, we’re extending the deadline of our November Writing Contest to Dec 31, 2008. The November contest is accepting up to the first 4000 words of a longer work of prose (think NaNoWriMo). 1st prize is a $50 gift card and entry is free.


Folded Word Press Contest

30 November 2008

Entries taken from January 2nd to February 2nd

Folded Word Press is pleased to announce their first contest. “The Paper Plane Prize” is for the best piece of writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, comics etc all genres all forms of writing considered) received during our contest submission period. Since all submissions will also be considered for publication in Shape of a Box we are asking for previously unpublished work.

To enter the contest you will send your entry fee, via paypal, to user Once we have received your entry fee we will send you an email confirmation and ask that your entry be sent in the body of the email , by .doc or .rtf file or by google shared document.

The entry fees will be $5 for each 500 words. Each entry can contain more than one piece but the group can not exceed 500 words. You can submit multiple entiries of 500 words. If you have a piece that is over 500 words but under 750, I will consider it for a $10 fee.

I will update this site with the links to make your official entries. Entries will be taken from January 2nd through February 2nd with an announcement of the winners by March 2nd.


1st – $50, publication in Shape of a Box and production of an “item” depending on the length of the winning entry it might be a T-shirt, a broadside? We s
hall see!

2nd- $25 and publication in Shape of a Box

3rd – Publication in Shape of a Box and return of entry fee.

Freshwater Call for Submissions

29 November 2008

Freshwater, Asnuntuck Community College’s poetry journal, is accepting submissions for our landmark tenth anniversary issue to be published in May 2009.

Deadline: December 15, 2008
To celebrate ten years of Freshwater, we are offering a $200 Editors’ Prize for Outstanding Poem.

Submit no more than 5 poems, with name, address, and e-mail address on each poem, together with a brief biographical note, and a stamped self-addressed envelope for notification only to:

Asnuntuck Community College
170 Elm Street
Enfield Ct 06082

Or submit by e-mail to

Call for submissions: NEW PLAINS REVIEW theme issue

29 November 2008

The NEW PLAINS REVIEW seeks writing on the theme of “Service” for its spring 2009 issue. We invite you to interpret “service” broadly: military and community service, school service requirements, jury duty, all forms of volunteering, religious services, food service, customer service, serving a subpoena or tennis ball, etc. We’re interested in poetry, fiction, essays and creative nonfiction that is thoughtful and compelling, and we’ll reprint previously published work (provided the author owns the copyright).

NEW PLAINS will also run a “letters” column of short, informal pieces relating experiences of “service.” The editors are looking for detail, honesty and brevity in these letters.

Deadline is February 16, 2009. Submit by email (as a Word attachment) to Executive Editor Douglas Goetsch at or send hard copies to NEW PLAINS REVIEW, Submissions, Box 184, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 73034. Please put email, phone and postal contact on the first page of your submission.

TheNextBigWriter Contest

21 November 2008

Dear Sir or Madam,

Below is information on TheNextBigWriter’s Times Are Tough Droubble/Drabble writing competition. Thank you in advance for providing a link:

Take a look at the picture below:

It is of a homeless man leaning against a storefront during the Great Depression. Write about this man and the picture. What is he doing there? Where is he? Who is he? Why is he there? Why is he homeless? These are some of the questions open to exploration.

We’ll be awarding two $100 prizes. One for the best Droubble and the other for the best Drabble.

Per Wikipedia: “A drabble is an extremely short work of fiction exactly one hundred words in length, although the term is often misused to indicate a short story of less than 1000 words. The purpose of the drabble is brevity and to test the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space. Richard N. Hill recently coined the phrase “dribble” to describe a story that is only 50 words. Michael Kent of The Next Big Writer added “droubble” for a double drabble, a story in exactly 200 words.”

To enter: Posting your writing story anytime during the Contest period. The Drabble submission must include the tags Tough Drabble (entered as tough_drabble) while the Droubble must include the tags Tough Droubble (entered as tough_droubble).

Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on January 15, 2009


* $100 to the best Droubble.
* $100 to the best Drabble.

Submit Your Story

Toronto Quarterly Call for Submissions

20 November 2008


3-5 poems sent as an attachment or in the body of the e-mail.

1 short story/column with between 200-1500 words maximum.

send us your drawings/paintings/photographs.

let us know if you would like your music or books reviewed.

please send us previously unpublished work and be sure it is your own.

attach a brief biography of yourself for us.

send your submissions to

Please note that The Toronto Quarterly does not compensate contributors to the magazine monetarily. We do not issue free copies at this time.

The first issue of The Toronto Quarterly is now available through Please click on the link to order:

There is a great interview with Hollace Metzger in our first issue. She is a talented poet/photographer and painter who left the United States, moving to Paris to find her true self. Also in this issue are poets such as John Dorsey, A.D. Winans, Penn Kemp, Geraldine Green, Desi Dinardo, R.D. Armstrong, Melanie Pierluigi, Jim Johnstone and many more!! There are also music and book reviews along with samplings of photography from Tammy Hanlon and Kelly Hayner and more!!!! Enjoy our first issue everyone!!!

Call for Submissions to Postal Poetry

20 November 2008

Submit to Postal Poetry! We are accepting submissions of poetry postcards as well as extending our second contest until Dec. 15. For details, see our about page ( and our
contest page (

Submissions have been light, but we don’t want to give up on this concept. We need you to make the project a success. So submit, and spread the word!

In case you think you can’t create a poetry postcard, think again! The online image editor Picnik is free and easy to use. You can upload one of your images and add a caption in a matter of minutes. Check it out:


20 November 2008

Deadline: Extended to December 30, 2008

First Prize: $500, Second Prize: $200, Third Prize: $100

Prizes will be awarded to three stories as selected by Dr. Linda Clifton. Dr. Clifton has been an instructor in literature and writing for over 34 years. The three authors and their stories will be presented on the website, accompanied by explanations regarding these choices. Twenty authors will receive Honorable Mention designations. All entrants will receive free checkmark evaluations of their submitted stories.

We are now able to add the following: Pending agreement by each author, the three top stories will be showcased in Volume Three of the literary journal Drash, Northwest Mosaic. Also, each entrant will receive a one or two paragraph comment concerning her or his story.

Each entry must be accompanied by a $15.00 payment.

Winners will be determined by Jan. 30, 2009 and will be notified by mail before Feb. 8, 2009. Prizes will be issued by registered mail within 8 days of the Final Judge’s decisions.

Details are at:

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

20 November 2008

The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves to arrange words into beautiful art or to write a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream… Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes. All works must be original.


Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed.

And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting). Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.

Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

Deadline: December 31, 2008
All winners will be announced on January 31, 2009


Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.

Entry fees:

Writing Contest entry fee: $10 per short story.
Poetry Contest entry fee: $5 per poem.

To send entries: Include title(s) with your story (ies) or poem(s), along with your name, address, phone#, email, brief biographical info. (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Add a self-addressed stamped envelope for entry confirmation. Fees payable to: “DREAMQUESTONE.COM”

Mail to:

Dream Quest One
Poetry & Writing Contest
P.O. Box 3141
Chicago, IL 60654

Visit for further details or to enter!

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers (High Schoolers Only)

20 November 2008

High school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to compete for the sixth-annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers presented by the Kenyon Review. Entries in the competition may be submitted through the month of November. The Kenyon Review will publish the poetry of the winner and two runners-up. The winner will receive a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop in Gambier in the summer of 2009. The runners-up will each receive a partial scholarship to the workshop.

Visit for information on the poetry prize and to enter the contest. One unpublished poem may be submitted by each student.

The 2007 contest attracted 1,255 entries from around the world. The contest is judged=2 0by David Baker, the Kenyon Review poetry editor. The prize is named in honor of Patricia Grodd, whose support makes the prize possible.

Founded at Kenyon in 1939 by poet and critic John Crowe Ransom, the Kenyon Review is edited by David Lynn, professor of English. The Kenyon Review is an independent literary magazine with a mission to discover and publish exciting new voices alongside the most distinguished authors of our time. Writers appearing in the journal over the years have included Kenyon alumnus E.L. Doctorow ’52, T.S. Eliot, Louise Erdrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Alice Hoffman, Robert Lowell, Flannery O’Connor, and Thomas Pynchon.

Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown, MA

20 November 2008

For the last forty years, the Fine Arts Work Center has run the largest and longest residency Fellowship in the United States for emerging writers. Writers from any country who have not yet published a book with significant distribution are welcome to apply. Fellows receive a 7-month stay at the Work Center and a monthly stipend of $650. Fellows do not pay or work in exchange for their fellowships in any way. Fellows are chosen based on the strength and promise of their application manuscripts. Former Fellows have won every major national award in writing and include Denis Johnson, Louise Glück, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yusef Komunyakaa, and 800 others.

No degree is required for a Fellowship, but we have found that students who are about to finish or have recently finished graduate writing programs are often in search of opportunities like the Work Center Fellowship.

The application is straightforward. For details, please visit

The postmark deadline for next year¹s Fellowships is Monday, December 1, 2008.

Longleaf Press 2009 Poetry Chapbook Contest

20 November 2008

The contest is open to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry.


16-23 pages of poetry, title page, and table of contents
$15 entry fee
Cover sheet (with name, address, phone, e-mail) and acknowledgments

No name or other identifying information on the manuscript’s pages.

Send to:

Robin Greene, Editor
Longleaf Press
Methodist University
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311

$100 honorarium plus publication.


Fulton Prize for Short Fiction

17 November 2008

The Adirondack Review and Black Lawrence Press are pleased to announce the third annual Fulton Prize for Short Fiction.

The winner will receive $400 and publication in The Adirondack Review. Entrants whose stories receive honorable mention will also have their stories published in The Adirondack Review. In addition, they will be awarded an honorarium of $30.

Guidelines: Entrants may submit up to three original, unpublished stories. Stories must not have been previously published in either print or on-line publications. There is no limit on word length. Stories must be pasted into the body of an e-mail. Entry fee is $10.00 for one story, $15.00 for two stories, and $20.00 for three stories. Simultaneous submissions are accepted if we are notified immediately should they be accepted for publication elsewhere.

Contest deadline: January 31, 2009. Winners will be announced during the summer. Prizes will be awarded in conjunction with the publication of Volume X, No. 3 of The Adirondack Review (Fall, 2009).

For complete entry instructions, visit

(Online entry only for this contest)

Any questions should be directed to:

Call for Submissions –

17 November 2008

Protest Poems Org is inviting submissions of political poetry.

We are looking for excellent poetry that just happens to shout about current political and humanitarian concerns.

Please be aware that our interest in bipartisan and US- or Euro-centered politics is limited. For example, we think it’s much more interesting to contemplate the affect that the oil industry has on the human rights of Nigerians living along the pipelines, than the affect it has on our wallets. Nuanced issues are interesting. Partisan campaigning is not.

Our journal is updated often in order to keep a steady flow of relevant protests, but this does not mean that we are less selective or compromise in regard to the quality of work we publish. Please send your best.

Paste your poems (max 3 one-page poems) in the body of an email and send to If necessary, you can send a single .doc or .rtf file containing all the poems you are submitting poems.

All Nations Chapbook Contest

11 November 2008

First Prize: $1000 plus publication

$15 dollar entry fee, payable ONLINE or by mail


40 pages of poems max

any format is fine

email entry to

or mail them to

Chapbook Contest
PO BOX 689
White Marsh, VA 23183

To pay entry fee online, visit

(scroll down to “Pay Now” button)

When paying for your entry fee online, tell us in the “note” section the title and your name. If by mail, make checks payable to ALL NATIONS PRESS

3rd Annual Burnside Review Fiction Chapbook Competition

11 November 2008

Judge: Charles D’Ambrosio

We are sponsoring our second annual fiction chapbook competition. Winner will receive twenty-five copies and a two hundred dollar cash prize. Competition runs September 15th to December 31st. Winner will be announced approximately March 1st, with publication date set for summer. The same dedication and care will go into the production of the chapbook as with our journal—quality cardstock cover with photography, linen paper, excellent layout. We will make the publication process as cooperative as possible.


Contest runs September 15th-December 31st.

–Up to 10,000 words of fiction. This can be one longer story or multiple shorter pieces. The writer’s name should appear nowhere on the manuscript.
–2 cover sheets, one with the title of the manuscript, your name, telephone number, and address. The second cover sheet should list only the title of the manuscript.
–A page acknowledging previously published work.

IF BY POST: Include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order for $15.00 made out to Burnside Review. Entry must be postmarked by December 31st to: Burnside Review Fiction Contest, P.O. Box 1782, Portland OR 97207.
IF BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION: E-mail all of above as a single Word file to Send $16.00 by Paypal to Fee and entry must be submitted within 24 hours of each other. Receipt of entry will be sent after both arrive. (This method will save money and trees.)

The initial readers of the manuscripts will be Burnside Review staff members. They will choose between five and ten manuscripts as finalists to be passed on to the judge for selection of the winning collection.

We ask that former students or colleagues of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest’s judge—as well as any writer whose relationship with the judge constitutes an unfair conflict of interest—refrain from entering the contest. The Burnside Review staff reserves the right to disqualify entries deemed conflicts of interest and will return those entry fees.

At no time will the judge have the names of the finalists.

Winner will receive 25 copies of the chapbook printed by Burnside Review
Press and a cash prize of $200.

All questions happily answered by e-mail: (editor),
or (fiction editor).

Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space.

Complete guidelines available at

Short Fiction Competition: The Baltimore Review

11 November 2008

Submissions accepted between August 1st –December 1st, 2008.
Prizes: First Place: $500 + publication in The Baltimore Review
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
Judges:The Editors of The Baltimore Review
Rules:Submit one short story per entry fee. Stories must be original and unpublished elsewhere. All styles and forms are accepted.

Maximum word count: 6,000 words. All short stories submitted to the contest will also be considered for publication in The Baltimore Review.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but you must alert us if your story has been accepted elsewhere; entry fees are not refundable. Send SASE for a list of winners. Submissions must be postmarked by deadline. We are unable to return submissions.

Format: Stories must be double-spaced, with name, address, phone number and email appearing on the first page. Please number all pages and staple together. SUBMISSIONS TO THIS AND ANY CONTEST SHOULD BE SENT VIA POSTAL MAIL AND NOT VIA OUR ONLINE SUBMISSIONS SYSTEM, WHICH IS FOR REGULAR SUBMISSIONS ONLY.

Entry Fee: $20 entry fee for each short story or pay $25 for contest entry fee as well as a one-year subscription to The Baltimore Review. Make checks payable to The Baltimore Review.

Mail entries to: The Baltimore Review/Short Fiction Competition
PO Box 36418
Towson MD 21286

NOTE: Please be sure to address envelope as noted above. Do not send via special or overnight delivery; use first-class mail only.

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award

11 November 2008

$1,000 PRIZE

Final Judge: Timothy Steele

Deadline: November 15, 2008

Sponsored by The Formalist

Competition Rules for the 15th annual Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award:

Sonnets must be original and unpublished. No translations. Writers may enter as many sonnets as they wish. Sonnet sequences are acceptable, but each sonnet will be considered individually. Entry fee: $3 per sonnet made payable to The Formalist. Author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available) should be typed on the back of each entry.

Final Judge for the 2008 competition will be Timothy Steele. The winning poem and the poems of eleven finalists will be published in the 2009 issue of Measure.

Entries must be sent to the address below and postmarked no later than November 15, 2008. Enclose an SASE if you would like to be notified of the contest results. Entries cannot be returned. For another copy of these rules, send an SASE to:

Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
The Formalist
320 Hunter Drive
Evansville, IN 47711

Make all checks payable to The Formalist. Entry fees from outside the U.S. must be paid in cash (U.S. dollars) or by a check drawn on a U.S. bank.

If Poetry Journal Call for Submissions

11 November 2008

If Poetry Journal now has an online component to its print journal. ( It is seeking poems to publish, 2 or 3 a week, along with reviews of poetry collections and interviews with writers. To submit, please send 3-5 poems (in the e-mail no attachments) to the editor Don Illich at

Please say in the e-mail that this work is for the online journal. What we like: poetry influenced and inspired by writers such as Thomas Lux, Tony Hoagland, Jennifer Knox, Frank O’Hara, Denise Duhammel, Ron Padgett, Sandra Beasley, and Billy Collins. Obviously, no payment but the esteem of eyeballs everywhere.

Amsterdam Press Poetry Chapbook Competition

11 November 2008

Submission Guidelines

First Prize: $100 Honorarium and Chapbook publication with Amsterdam Press’ Gob Pile Chapbook Series
Two Runners Up: $50 Honorarium and Chapbook publication with Amsterdam Press’ Gob Pile Chapbook Series

Final Judge: Bob King

POSTMARK DEADLINE: December 31, 2008
EMAIL Submissions: December 31, 2008, 11:59 PM
Reading Fee: $15 check, money order, or paypal
Includes a one-year subscription to Plain Spoke (a $9 savings!)

All entries considered for publication. Contest will be judged blindly. Send only one chapbook manuscript per entry, but enter as often as you like. We do not have a page requirement, so use your own judgment.

Works may be previously published; however it is your responsibility to give credit to these publications and provide that information with your submission. We accept simultaneous submissions; however our entry fee is non-refundable if accepted elsewhere. We encourage multiple submissions, but each manuscript requires an additional reading fee.

We cannot consider work from anyone affiliated with Amsterdam Press or Plain Spoke.

Poet’s name should only be typed on the entry form / cover letter. Include SASE for notification (optional). Electronic submissions will receive notification via email. Mailed Manuscripts will be recycled. Send one entry form per chapbook manuscript, please. Electronic submissions should include the information from the entry form in the body of the email. Poems should be typed in a clear, legible, 12 point font. Poems should appear on separate pages. Poems that continue onto a second page should indicate whether the stanza continues with a “(stanza continues)” at the top of the second page. Do not staple pages together. Entrants should also include a brief biographical statement, under 200 words, written in third person.

Make Checks payable to Amsterdam Press. We will only accept checks and money orders drawn on US banks. We will also accept PayPal payments. Send $15.00 to .

Entry Form:
You must include the following information in the body of an email or in a cover letter:
Email Address
Manuscript Title

Your Entry Should Include:

Envelope with address & return address printed legibly.
A cover letter.
An entry form.
Payment of $15 entry fee
A brief biographical statement (around 200 words)

A copy of the manuscript printed on white paper in black ink
An electronic copy of the manuscript (may be emailed to

All entrants receive a one-year subscription to Plain Spoke

Flip Kelly Poetry Prize
Amsterdam Press
6199 Steubenville Road SE
Amsterdam, Ohio 43903

Yale Younger Poets

11 November 2008

Submissions for the 2009 Competition must be postmarked no earlier than October 1, 2008 and no later than November 15, 2008. See Guidelines for Submission below for precise information regarding your entry.

Rules Governing the Competition

Each year, Yale University Press seeks one book-length poetry manuscript to be published in the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The competition is open to any American citizen under forty years of age who has not published a book of poetry (contestants must be under the age of forty at the time they submit the manuscript to the competition). The winner receives royalties when the book is published.

All poems must be original – translations are not accepted. Writers who have had chapbooks of poetry printed in editions of no more than 300 copies are eligible. Only one manuscript may be submitted each year. Manuscripts submitted in previous years may be resubmitted.

There is no application form. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. The manuscript must be a minimum of 48 numbered pages and a maximum of 64 numbered pages in length. All manuscripts must be paginated. Each new poem must start a new page. Manuscripts must be printed single-sided.

2. The manuscript must begin with unnumbered frontmatter: a title page that shows the book’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count; a second title page which lists the title of the collection only; a table of contents; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.

3. Begin paginating the manuscript after the frontmatter. If your book is divided into parts or has an epigraph, Page 1 will be the first part title or the epigraph. Otherwise, Page 1 will be the first poem.

4. In formatting the manuscript, please make legibility your first concern. If you use a word processor, select a standard typeface (such as Bodoni, Garamond, or Times New Roman) in at least 10-point type. Manuscripts may be single-spaced, double-spaced, or 1.5 spaced. Manuscripts may be prepared on a typewriter instead of a word processor. Handwritten manuscripts will not be accepted.

5. A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript. The information is not required and, if submitted, need not be included in the page count.

6. Do not bind or staple the manuscript. Place the loose sheets in a plain envelope of appropriate size.

Send the manuscript to Yale Series of Younger Poets, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040. Include a check or money order for $15.00 made out to Yale University Press. Please do not send cash.

Submissions for the 2009 competition must be postmarked no earlier than October 1, and no later than November 15, 2008.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to be informed, by July 2009, of the contest results, also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.


For more information regarding the Yale Series of Younger Poets please write to us at:

Yale Series of Younger Poets
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT 06520-9040

Keyhole’s 2008 Fiction Chapbook Contest

11 November 2008

Judged by Michael Martone

Judge: Michael Martone

Prize: $250 and 25 copies of the chapbook.

Deadline: December 1, 2008.

Michael Martone’s most recent books are Racing in Place, a book of essays, Double-wide, his collected early fictions, and Michael Martone, a memoir done in contributor’s notes. With Lex Williford he recently edited The Scribner’s Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction and The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he teaches at the University of Alabama.


Manuscripts must be between 30 and 50 pages–not including the title page, table of contents, etc. Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Entries cannot have been previously published as a collection/chapbook. If any part of your entry has been previously published, please include acknowledgements. The reading fee is $15. Payment accepted through PayPal. After payment you will receive further instructions by email. You may also pay by check. Make checks payable to Keyhole Press and send to Keyhole, 1307-B 15th Avenue South, Nashville, Tn 37212.

Cervena Barva Poetry and Fiction Chapbooks Contests

11 November 2008

Accepting manuscripts November 1, 2008-January 31, 2009
Manuscripts postmarked after January 31st, will be returned.
No manuscripts will be returned.

For Poetry:

24 pages of poetry.
8 pages will be added automatically to the winning chapbook which will make the total 32 pages.
Include the following:
Title page with contact info
Title page with just the title
SASE for the announcement of the winning chapbook. Size 10 envelope only.
Send no cover letter or bio
Ok if poems have been published in literary journals. Don’t include acknowledgments.
e-mail address for receipt of manuscript

Winner announced March 15. 2009
Winner receives 25 copies and $100.00
$11.00 entry fee/check or money order to:
Cervena Barva Press
P.O. Box 440357
W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222

For Fiction:

24 pages of fiction double-spaced.
8 pages will be added automatically to the winning chapbook.
Title page with contact info
Title page with just the title
Ok if fiction has been published before
Can be one story or more as long as it doesn’t go over the 24 page total.
Don’t include acknowledgements

Winner announced March 15, 2009
Winner receives 25 copies and $100.00
SASE for the announcement of the winning chapbook. Size 10 envelope only.
Send no cover letter or bio
e-mail address for receipt of manuscript
$12.00 entry fee/check or money order to
Cervena Barva Press
P.O. Box 440357
W. Somerville, MA 02144-3222

Deadline Jan. 31st. Manuscripts past deadline will be returned. All entrees receive a winning chapbook in the category they entered.

Judge for both: Gloria Mindock
All manuscripts will be judged blind.
My Webmaster will take all contact info out of the envelopes before giving them to me. I believe in fairness.

Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability Call for Submissions

11 November 2008

Like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the contributors to Hawk & Handsaw know which way the wind blows. They know that a sustainable lifestyle can be messy and meaningful-that it requires reflection, deep philosophical commitment and, more often than not, a good sense of humor. To this end, Hawk and Handsaw celebrates the thinking and reflection that ground sustainable practices and practitioners. Each issue, we offer works from established and emerging artists; this plurality of voices reveals a range of perspectives and practices as well as the richness that a sustainable life affords.

Hawk & Handsaw is published annually. The reading period for the Spring 2009 issue is 15 August- 15 November. The editors welcome text and images from every genre and are particularly interested in those works that challenge conventional notions both of artistic form and environmental sustainability. Please send submissions (Word, .jpeg, or .pdf files preferred) to For more information about the journal, including full submission guidelines and samples of previous issues, you may
visit our website: Queries may be sent to the journal’s editor, Kathryn Miles

Babel Fruit Call for Submissions / Under the Influence Theme

11 November 2008

Babel Fruit is currently inviting submissions of poems specifically written *under the influence of other poems*. Have you got two roads diverging in a yellow wood? Do you do “you do not do, you do not do / Any more, black shoe” polished or tap-dancing? Do you think of breakfast cereal when you hear “O Captain! my Captain!”

Satire especially welcome. (Please let us know which poem you are under the influence of. Sometimes we miss the obvious).

We are also accepting general submissions for the January issue until December 7th.

Send submissions to