Archive for November 11th, 2008

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

The Crazyhorse Fiction Prize / The Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize

11 November 2008

$2000 each and publication in Crazyhorse

Online entry & postmark deadline: December 15, 2008

Enter your manuscript online at or mail in

How to enter prizes: enter your manuscript online at (click “Fiction and Poetry Prize” link for full instructions), or enter by mailing in your paper manuscript of up to twenty-five pages fiction or up to three poems (10 pp. poetry max). More than one manuscript may be entered. Each fiction and/or poetry manuscript entered must include a reading fee of $16 per manuscript for new entrants, $14 if you have entered before.

A one-year/two-issue subscription to Crazyhorse is included with each entry; your subscription will extend by one year per each additional entry. If mailing, include a cover page with your name, address, e-mail, and telephone number with your manuscript. Do not include identifying information on the manuscript, as entries are read anonymously by judges.

Mail entries and payment to Fiction Prize/Poetry Prize, Crazyhorse, Department of English, College of Charleston, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC 29424. Entries accepted Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, 2008. Payment options: U.S. check or money order to “Crazyhorse.” Visa, Mastercard, Amex: supply card number, name as it appears on card, expiration date, and the phone number and the ZIP code associated with your card billing. Charge on card statement will be “College of Charleston.” All manuscripts must be original and previously unpublished; all are considered for publication. Winners announced by April 30, 2009. Entry manuscripts can not be returned by SASE. Include e-mail address or letter-sized SASE for notification of winners.

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Writing Contest

11 November 2008

Judge: Richard Ford

Grand Prize

• $1,500
• VIP Festival Pass ($500 value), March 25-29, 2009
• Publication in the New Orleans Review
• Domestic Airfare and Accommodations to attend the Festival in New Orleans
• Public Reading

Second Prize: $200, a Public Reading, and Festival Pass

Third Prize: $100, a Public Reading, and Festival Pass

Eligibility: Short stories, written in English, up to 7,000 words

Deadline: November 15, 2008 (postmark)

Entry Fee: $20

• Make checks or money orders payable to Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

• Unlimited entries per person

• Only open to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Stories must be previously unpublished.

• Please include a cover page with only your TITLE, NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, and E-MAIL ADDRESS. Do not include your name on any other pages.

• No manuscripts will be returned.

• Winner and finalists will be announced on this website by March 1, 2009


Or Send To:

Writing Contest
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113