Archive for December, 2008

Glasses Glasses Call for Submissions

29 December 2008

January 1st commences the launch of, a new online magazine featuring stories, essays, short films, and handmade goods. Published on a monthly basis, each issue contains an overarching theme (e.g. January’s “Shirts & Skins”), which serves as a loose prompt for the content. The glasses glasses team is now accepting submissions for its February edition, “Cops & Robbers.”

For guidelines and/or general inquiries, please contact


NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge

29 December 2008

NYC Midnight (, an LLC that has made waves with its’ short-term creative contests and competitions, is offering one final day, today, for the early registration rate in it’s third annual Short Story Challenge, a competition that adds a competitive edge to an unlikely sport: writing. On January 16th, 2009, registrants will sharpen their brains – and their pencils – after being revealed the mystery genres and subjects for their anticipated 2,500 word-count original short stories. Seven days later, they will submit their creative chronicles to a panel of esteemed judges, hailing from literary and publishing backgrounds, who will select up to 100 writers to advance on to the final heat, where they will compete with clauses and compounds for a chance to win thousands in cash and prizes by writing a short story in just 24 hours.

“We aim to challenge and reward creative types for thinking outside of their comfort zones and boxes, which is the draw for our Short Story Challenge,” explained Charlie Weisman, co-founder of NYC Midnight. “Not only are participants benefiting from the challenge, they are also guaranteed in-depth feedback from both judges and their peers, as all participants have the option of sizing up the competition through our online Special Review Forum.” he said.

December 18th was the final day to pay the $35 early registration fee. Open to residents of all countries, interested authors will have until January 14th, 2009 to register and can learn more about the contest at

The X.J. Kennedy Award for Nonfiction

25 December 2008

THE DEADLINE IS extended to January 15, 2009

Rosebud is honored to announce the 5th biennial X.J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction. Mr. Kennedy is one of America’s most admired editors, poets and essayists. He was the judge of the first competition and remains a valued supporter and adviser. The current contest will be judged by Roderick Clark, Rosebud editor and VOICE OVER columnist, and Robert Wake, author and editor of Cambridge Book Review Press.

As Judge Clark observes: “Paper is flat and the world is round. Telling the truth about the world requires both discipline and imagination. The winner must display both.”

The contest begins now and ends January 15, 2009 (as per entry postmark). The author submitting the best piece of original, unpublished nonfiction will be awarded $1000, publication of the work in Rosebud, and three copies of the contest issue. Four runners-up will receive $100 and publication. Ideal length is 3500 words or less. Longer pieces, up to 4500 words, will be considered, but are not encouraged. Entries may be any kind of nonfiction, including essays of all kinds, nature and travel writing, and memoir. Every entry should have a cover letter with a brief biography included. There is a $10 entry fee per piece submitted.
For another $5 we will mail you the awards issue. Make checks payable to Rosebud/X..J. Kennedy Award.

Send entries to: X.J. Kennedy Award c/o Roderick Clark N3310 Asje Road
Cambridge, WI 53523

Entries will not be accepted via e-mail.
Questions may be directed to

The $10 entry fee is omitted.
The required SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope) is omitted..
There is insufficient postage or return postage.
Entries are postmarked AFTER the deadline.

Fifth Wesnesday Call for Submission

25 December 2008

Fifth Wednesday Journal announces a revised schedule for submissions to the Spring 2009 issue.

Poetry, Photography, and Creative Nonfiction will accept submissions through Jan. 1st.

Fiction has closed submissions as of Dec. 15th.

All submissions received after these dates will be considered for our Fall 2009 issue.

These adjustments are made necessary by an increased volume of submissions in all categories, which pleases the editors, all of whom assume the increasing recognition of the quality and value of FWJ among writers will be followed by a growing readership.

Fifth Wednesday Journal is a biannual print literary magazine which celebrates the finest in contemporary literature. Complete guidelines and information on the use of our online submission form will be found on our website:

Rougarou Call for Submissions

25 December 2008

Rougarou is the new online literary magazine edited by graduate students of the Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. We seek submissions of fiction, poetry, nonfiction and book reviews for our third issue due to launch Spring 2009.

We are interested in well-crafted, innovative work that gets us excited about the possibilities of language.

We accept submissions year-round.

Simultaneous submissions are fine, assuming you will notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. We do not accept previously published work. For our full guidelines and to read our first two issues, please visit our website at:

E-mail all work as a Word document or RTF attachment, with the appropriate genre as the subject line of the e-mail.

Send fiction to:

Send poetry to:
Please send all poems in one file attachment.

Send nonfiction to:

Send book reviews and all other queries to:

Department of English
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Web Site:

The Altruist Call for Submissions

25 December 2008

THE ALTRUIST is a new, online literary magazine seeking submissions for its inaugural issue. We accept fresh and innovative works of fiction, poetry, interviews, and more. For further information on what we accept, along with submission guidelines, visit


25 December 2008

BALTIMORE STORY FEST believes that everyone has a story & we want yours!
We are seeking amazing stories and their amazing authors [it might be helpful if you live in Maryland, but it’s not totally necessary] to participate in the first ever BALTIMORE STORY FEST celebrating the short story art form.
*Authors of the top 3 stories will have the opportunity to read their work on stage [or have it read by a professional actor] in front of friends, family, and newly acquired fans.
*Up to 10 honorable mentions will also read.
*First/Second/Third Place cash awards.

Contact for fest info & rules.
—the honor is ours and every care will be taken to review your work with respect—

RAF First Bi-annual Poetry, Short Fiction & Personal Recollection Prize

25 December 2008

First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $50

All winners will be published on the RAF Website and/or Newsletter and Printed Materials

• RAF is looking for original literary works that are based on the
healing power of nature, including, but not limited to: gardens, nature,
flowers, and aromatherapy. The contest is open to any genre and is
open to any writer of any age, writing in English.

• Entry fee: $15. Please make your check or money order payable to
Redlands Aromatherapy Foundation, Inc., {RAF}.

• All entries must be typed and previously unpublished.

• Entries should be limited to less than 3000 words.

• Contest deadline: December 31, 2008 (postmark). Late deadline: January 10, 2009 (postmark). Late entries require an additional $10 fee per entry.

• Multiple submissions are permitted, but a separate check or money
order should be included with each entry.

• Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please note this in your
cover letter and notify us immediately of acceptance elsewhere.

• Manuscripts will not be returned and the Redlands Aromatherapy
Foundation Inc. is not responsible for manuscripts lost in the mail, etc.
RAF also cannot confirm receipt of your entry unless you provide a
self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard.

• Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winners.

• Winners must sign a contest winner agreement form that certifies that
your writing is original and assigns RAF temporary rights and
electronic archiving rights.

• The title of the manuscript should appear on every page. The pages
should be numbered and stapled together.

• Complete the cover sheet or type your name, address, email address, and day and evening phone numbers with the title of the story.

• Winners will be announced January 25, 2009. We will announce them by email and on the RAF Website.

• Winners will be contacted January 15-20, 2009.

• The Executive Board of RAF will judge the contest.

• RAF reserves the right to cancel this contest prior to contests close
date for any reason including should there not be sufficient number of
contest entries upon which time contest entry fees would be returned
to those contestants who participated.

The Redlands Aromatherapy Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 charitable educational organization [Tax-Id: 20-8778550] formed for the purpose of providing education, training and programs regarding uses of aromatherapy in education and health service settings, including aromatic multi-sensory gardens that establish and demonstrate the relationship between plants and human well-being.

Contact Information:

Mail : 466 North Orange Street. Suite 324. Redlands, CA.92374


Qarrtsiluni Call for Collaborative Submissions

25 December 2008

Qarrtsiluni is accepting submissions of collaborative work for its first issue of 2009, “Mutating the Signature,” with guest editors Dana Guthrie Martin and Nathan Moore. The deadline is Jan. 15, and the issue will run from January through March.

For submission details, see:


25 December 2008

A prize of $1,000 plus chapbook publication by Kore Press will be given for a short story written in English.

Tayari Jones will be judging.

Deadline has been extended to January 15, 2009

Online Submissions Now Accepted

Special Deal for Contest Entrants

Get free shipping (a $3.50 value) when you enter the contest and purchase the 2008 winning chapbook. Click the button below to pay the fee for your entry and order a copy of Nick Trail’s Thumb by Rena Mosteirin.


This competition is open to any woman writing in English, regardless of nationality.

How to Submit

Submit your manuscript and the $15 entry fee here.

Comment box should include:
* daytime and evening telephone numbers
* where you heard about the contest

All entrants will be notified of results via email.

Manuscripts must be:
• a minimum of 4,000 words and a maximum of 12,000 words
• doublespaced
• paginated
• anonymous (do not include your name anywhere on the manuscript).
• original fiction written by the applicant (translations are not eligible)

• unpublished at the time of submission (if the story is accepted elsewhere during our deliberation process, please notify us immediately)

The Process

Manuscripts are delivered to 6 to 9 preliminary readers of diverse backgrounds and literary perspectives. Manuscripts selected by these preliminary readers are reviewed by a second reader. A group of approximately 20 semifinalists are then forwarded to our judge, who chooses 2 or 3 finalists and a winner.

For more information email
or call 520.882.7542

Kathy Fish Flash Fiction Fellowship

25 December 2008

Sixth Annual Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

25 December 2008

Do you write short stories? Would you like to win $1000 and be published in a literary magazine? Well, start polishing up your short fiction or turn that peculiar yet oddly compelling story idea into a skillful and eminently readable piece of writing and enter it into the Sixth Annual Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction contest, sponsored by Colorado Review, a nationally acclaimed literary magazine published three times a year at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO. The winner will receive a $1000 honorarium and have his or her piece published in the 2009 Fall/Winter issue of Colorado Review.

Established in memory of Liza Nelligan, who received her master’s degree in literature from CSU’s Department of English in 1992, the Nelligan Prize seeks to honor Liza’s life, her passion for writing, and her love of fiction.

The length and theme are up to you, but the story must be previously unpublished.

Further guidelines are available by going to, calling 970-491-5449, or e-mailing creview There is a $10 entry fee and the contest runs from January 15 – March 13, 2009. The winner will be announced in July 2009.


2 December 2008

AKRON ART MUSEUM’S NEW WORDS CONTEST Open to adult (over 18) poets residing in Ohio. Entries of up to three poems must be postmarked (no email) between Jan. 2 and Feb. 27, 2009. Competition winners receive cash prizes of $125, $100 and $75. The top eight finalists will have the opportunity to read their poems (or have them read) at an awards ceremony during the New Words 2009 Poetry Reading on Sunday, April 19. Northeast Ohio poet Lynn Powell, author of The Zones of Paradise and Old & New Testaments, will judge. For more information on the New Words 2009 Poetry Contest and Reading, visit or call 330-376-9186 x241.


2 December 2008

The Maltz Museum STOP THE HATE! YOUTH SPEAK OUT! ESSAY CONTEST will award a tuition SCHOLARSHIP to an Ohio college/university of up to $25,000 per year (renewable for four years) to one 11th or 12th grade winner. Other prizes for students in grades 6-12 as originally announced will remain in place. Entry deadline for 500 word essays has been extended to Jan. 2, 2009

Contact or visit

Ohiana Book Festival Call for Submissions

2 December 2008

THE OHIANA BOOK FESTIVAL seeks authors to participate in the 2009 festival, to be held May 9 in Columbus. Authors must have an Ohio connection and have published a book between January 2008 and March 2009. For entry information go to


2 December 2008

One-year appointment, beginning August 2009, for a creative writer who plans a career that involves college-level teaching, to teach three courses per semester, including Introduction to Creative Writing and an advanced course in the writer’s genre, as well as to assist with departmental writing activities. Mentorship for teaching and assistance in professional development provided. M.A., with a concentration in creative writing, M.F.A., or Ph.D. with creative dissertation, required. Teaching experience and literary magazine publications are essential. Competitive salary.

To apply, send letter of application, c.v., the names of three references, and a 5-10 page writing sample to Emerging Writer Lectureship, Department of English, Box 397, Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington St., Gettysburg, PA 17325, postmarked by January 30, 2009. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective liberal arts college located within 90 minutes of the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Established in 1832, the College has a rich history and is situated on a 220-acre campus with an enrollment of over 2,600 students. Gettysburg College celebrates diversity and welcomes applications from members of any group that has been historically underrepresented in the American academy. The College assures equal employment opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

Application Information

Postal Address:
Emerging Writer Lectureship
Department of English
Gettysburg College
300 North Washington Street
Box 397
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: (717) 337-6750
Fax: (717) 337-8551
TDD: (717) 337-6833