Archive for January, 2009

Six Word Memoir Contest

31 January 2009

Can you sum up your love life in six words? Send us your submissions, and we’ll pass them on to six-word experts Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, who are creating Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak by Writers Famous & Obscure, who’ll select their three favorites, and award free copies of the book to those three. But wait! There’s more! They’ve also agreed to include their favorite in the next published installment of Six-Word Memoirs. So, here’s your chance to vent all of that frustration over failed relationships, or shout from the hilltops about how totally awesome your beloved is.

For more info on this contest, visit:


The Camber Press Fiction Chapbook Award

31 January 2009

Camber Press is pleased to announce our Fiction Chapbook Award. Our ethos is to publish contemporary
fiction exhibiting lucid delivery while not sacrificing emotional depth, mastery of craft, or originality.

First Prize: $1,000 and publication of chapbook

Judge: Ron Carlson

Deadline: April 30, 2009

Submission guidelines:
The winning fiction writer will receive $1,000 and have his or her manuscript published by Camber Press, Inc. The winner will also receive ten copies of the book. Only typed manuscripts no greater than 10,000 words of original English-language fiction will be considered. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing the author’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. Names should not appear anywhere else. A title page with no biographical information should follow. Simultaneous submissions are allowed if Camber Press is immediately notified of acceptance elsewhere. Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish acknowledgment of receipt. A $15 entry fee payable to Camber Press must accompany all submissions. International submissions are $15 provided they are in US funds. Submissions must be postmarked no later than April 30, 2009. The winner will be announced on or before July 1, 2009. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to receive a print announcement of the winner. E-mail us at for more information. Send entries to:

Fiction Award
Camber Press
1160 Midland Avenue
Suite 3F
Bronxville, NY 10708

Other details:
• If your story has been previously published in a literary journal or review, please include this
information in an acknowledgments page. Any manuscript previously published as a whole in book
form is not eligible.
• Multiple manuscripts by the same writer will be accepted if submitted with a corresponding entry
fee for each work.
• If the writer’s name is present anywhere on the manuscript aside from the cover page, the entry will
be disqualified.
• If the writer needs to refer to his/herself in the story, a pseudonym must be used.
• Please do not send corrections or additions. The winner will be allowed to make revisions before
• Submissions postmarked after April 30, 2009, will not be considered for the competition.
• At 10,000 words maximum, this award could qualify for that much-neglected fiction form of a “long story” or “novelette.” This award isn’t limited to that genre. Word counts for short stories (generally considered up to 7500) will also be accepted.
• Using the industry standard of approximately 250 words per page, your manuscript should not be over 40 pages. Line length, chapter sections, type size, margins, and other factors affect the number of pages both a manuscript and a finished book will be. Please rely on the word count feature of your word processing application.
• Covers, tables of contents, dedication pages, acknowledgments pages, etc., do not count toward the total number of pages.
• “No greater than 40 pages” does not mean your manuscript need be 40 pages. Please think of the quality of your writing first, and “40 pages,” if ever, last. An excellent story of 7400 words will beat a padded 10,000 word story every time.
• If you wish to bind your manuscript(s), please use a paperclip. Folders, binders, “bullnose” clips, and staples are not encouraged.
• Submissions will be recycled, not returned. Do not send a return envelope or return postage. Do not send your only copy of your manuscript.
• To be advised of future Camber Press news, please join our e-mail newsletter list at Camber Press will not sell, trade, or distribute your e-mail address to any other company, organization, or individual. We don’t like spam, either. An e-mail to the same address will remove you from our future mailings. About Ron Carlson, final judge Ron Carlson currently serves as the director of the MFA program in fiction at UC Irvine. He has published four short story collections, three novels, including the recently praised Five Skies (Viking). Carlson’s stories have been featured in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Esquire, DoubleTake, North American Review, among other journals. His short stories have been anthologized in dozens of collections, including The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. He has been awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award. Camber Press is thoroughly devoted to maintaining the integrity of our competitions. Judges are directed to discard any manuscript where the writer of the work can be identified, where they have had a personal relationship with the writer, or if they have contributed in the making of the manuscript. Camber Press does not choose writers or judges based on race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, physical ability/handicap, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or geographic location. Manuscripts are chosen for publication based solely upon quality of work submitted. Judges are chosen because we feel given their style and reputation, they will choose a manuscript accurately reflecting the ethos of Camber Press.

We thank you for your interest in submitting your work. Camber Press looks forward to publishing new,
talented writers for the rest of the world to discover along with us. At this time we have several other
manuscripts in production for publication, and we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts outside
this competition. Watch our Web site for announcements on the winning manuscript and forthcoming
awards in both poetry and fiction.

The Cathy Washington Prize

28 January 2009

—Submit a manuscript of 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published previously in book form, although individual poems appearing in print or on the web are permitted. Simultaneous submissions OK, but please let us know ASAP if your manuscript has been placed with another publisher.
—Entries will be judged blind. Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information (including email address, if possible) should appear on first title page only. Name should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
—Manuscript should be typed, single-spaced, paginated, and bound with a clip.
—The Sacramento Poetry Center will also consider publishing additional manuscripts from this competition.
—Check for $20.00 US per entry (multiple entries OK) should be made out to The Sacramento Poetry Center. Paid-up members of the Sacramento Poetry Center may enter the contest for a reduced fee of $15. Please note that members of SPC will not receive preferential treatment in the judging process.
—Include a table of contents page and an acknowledgements page for magazine or anthology publications.
—Will read entries postmarked between January 1, 2009 and March 31, 2009.
—Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.
—Winning manuscript will be published by The
Sacramento Poetry Center. Winner will receive a prize of $1000.00 and 50 free copies of the winning book.
—Staff, volunteers, or executive board members of the Sacramento Poetry Center (or their relations) may not submit manuscripts for consideration in this contest.
—Manuscripts cannot be returned.
—Entries should be mailed to The Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Book Contest, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento CA 95816.
—SPC supports the CLMP Code of Ethics and will adhere to its precepts regarding contests.

U. Buffalo High School Writing Contest

28 January 2009

The University at Buffalo invites current high school students to showcase their writing talents in a FREE poetry contest. All are invited to attend, particularly aspiring poetry students and their teachers.

Winning poets will be invited to UB’s Center For The Arts for a celebration of their abilities at the Poetry Awards Ceremony and Poetry Workshop that will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008, when winning poems will be read and prizes will be awarded.

Michael Basinski will award the prizes and lead the Poetry Workshop. Dr. Basinski is the Curator of the Poetry Collection of the University at Buffalo Libraries. He has published 33 books of poetry and numerous related publications. He also performs his sound poems and poetric scores with BuffFluxus, his performance ensemble.


First Place Winner $200
Second Place Winner $100
Third Place Winner $50
4 – Fourth Place Winners $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Chapters
Honorable Mentions will also be awarded

All winners will receive a book of poetry selected by Dr. Basinski


Saturday, March 29, 2008
University at Buffalo North Campus
Center For The Arts
Program Begins: 1:00pm
Program Ends: 2:30pm

Entries must be postmarked by the close of business Tuesday, February, 5, 2008

All contestants must be current high school students

Entry must be in English, twenty-five lines or fewer, and typed in a 10 or 12 point font on a single sheet

Only one poem per contestant may be submitted

Completed entry form (in PDF or MSWord format) must accompany poem

download entry form at

No email or fax submissions accepted

Winners will be notified by mail

Judges regret that they cannot return poems or offer comments on individual entries

UB Poetry Contest
University at Buffalo
CAS Dean’s Office
810 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260


Entries must be postmarked by the close of business Tuesday, February, 5, 2008

Winners will be notified by mail no later than Friday, March 7, 2008.

Awards and Contests from New Millennium Writings

28 January 2009

Final deadline in our Winter Contest is midnight Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 (postmark OK) or enter online (see below).

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at

$1,000 for best Fiction; $1,000 for best Poem; $1,000 best Nonfiction; $1,000 best Short-short Story

(Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)

Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles and tributes to writers such as J. D. Salinger, Julia Glass, Kurt Vonnegut, Shel Silverstein, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite-Runner), George Garrett, Ken Kesey, John Updike, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Lucille Clifton, Shelby Foote, Paul West, Norman Mailer, Sharyn McCrumb, William Kennedy, Walker Percy, Robert Penn Warren, Faulkner, Hemingway, Dickinson, Keats and many others. Also, prize-winning stories, poems & articles, humor, graphic arts & more.

To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at

1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Enter as often as you like.
2. Winners and selected finalists—including all poetry finalists—will be published in our 2009-10 issue and/or on-line at
3. Send between now and midnight of Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009.
4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome.
5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).
6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. All 20 poetry finalists will be published.
7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page only.
8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.
9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.
10. Enter online at or send by U.S. Mail or other carrier to: “NMW” Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901. To order a sample issue, add $10.

Writer’s In the Heartland Residency

28 January 2009

UPDATE: The finalized dates for the 2009 residencies will be September 4-11 and October 2-9. Lodging and food are covered by the residency.

A New Writers’ Residency

Writers in The Heartland is now taking applications for its inaugural season. Writers in the Heartland is a writing colony for creative writers in all genres. The colony is located in Gilman, Illinois, approximately 2 hours south of Chicago. It is located on a beautiful 30-acre wooded site with lakes and walking paths. A limited number of one-week residencies are available for September 4-11 and October 2-9. All lodging and food is included. For the inaugural year, we are only accepting applications from writers living in the Midwest region of the United States.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2009, to be considered. Decisions will be announced by July 1st. For further information about applying to Writers in the Heartland, see our website or contact us at

Seacoast Writers’ Association 19th Writing Competition

28 January 2009

– short story, personal essay, poetry.

No geographic restrictions for entry. Awards: $100, $75, $50 in each categoy. Entry fee: $5-$10.Deadline: February 15, 2009.

Info: (go to website to download entry forms) or send SASE to Pam Gjettum, 6 South St., Exeter NH 03833.

Longleaf Press 2008 Poetry Chapbook Contest

28 January 2009

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.


18-23 pages of poetry
$15 entry fee
Cover sheet (with name, address, phone, e-mail)



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


PRIZE: $100 and 50 Chapbooks

2009 Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction

28 January 2009

The 2009 Gulf Coast Contests, awarding publication and $1,000 each in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, will open December 22.

This year’s contests will be judged by Brigit Pegeen Kelly (poetry), Antonya Nelson (fiction), and Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction).

Guidelines: Submit one previously unpublished story or essay (25 double-spaced pages max) or up to five previously unpublished poems (10 pages max). Indicate your genre on the outer envelope. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. Include a SASE for results. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Your $20 reading fee, payable to “Gulf Coast,” will include a one-year subscription.

Postmark deadline: March 31, 2009.

Send Entries to:
Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

Anti- Call for Submissions

28 January 2009

Anti- ( is seeking cover art and reviews of poetry books in addition to our usual poetry submissions. Please see for details on how to submit work. For art, send 3-6 image files, preferably in JPG format. For reviews, please query about the book you want to review. We are also open to an eclectic array of poetry submissions, as always.

Anti- wants to provide a single arena for a wide range of styles and ideas, so these different kinds of poets and poems can either fight it out or learn to coexist. We already have poems published or forthcoming by Bob Hicok, Denise Duhamel, C. Dale Young, Michael Basinski, Ada Limon, and many more.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Memoirs, Ink. Half-Yearly Personal Essay Contest

28 January 2009

We are looking for previously unpublished, first person essays, memoirs, or creative non-fiction. Essays can be on any topic. Open to any writer, any age, anywhere.

First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Entry fee: $17 (save $2 by becoming a fan on Facebook – (look up Memoirs Ink)

Max 1500 words.

Deadline: Postmark by February 16, 2009. Late deadline February 28, 2008 (extra $5).

Winners announced and published April 30, 2009 at

Please visit our website for full guidelines:

Kenyon Review 2009 Short Fiction Contest

28 January 2009

The submission period for the 2009 Short Fiction Contest will be open from February 1st to February 28th, 2009.

We are pleased and excited to announce the second annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, for writers under the age of thirty. Richard Ford will be the final judge. Submissions will be accepted February 1st-February 28th, with the winner announced in late spring. Submissions must be 1200 words or less. There is no entry fee.

The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2010 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2009 Writers Workshop, June 14th to the 21st, in beautiful Gambier, Ohio.

Submission Guidelines
Writers must 30 years of age or younger at the time of submission.
Stories must be no more 1200 words in length.
Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
The submissions link will be active February 1st to February 28th. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.
For submissions, we accept the following file formats only:

.PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
.DOC (Microsoft Word)
.RTF (Rich Text Format)
.TXT (Microsoft Wordpad and Notepad, Apple TextEdit

The final judge will be Richard Ford, acclaimed20author of the Frank Bascombe trilogy, including the novels The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land. He is also the author of numerous short story collections, including the seminal collection Rock Springs, and editor of The Granta Book of the American Short Story.

The First Annual Spectra Pulse Short Fiction Contest

28 January 2009

Presenting a new short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Deadline: 1/31/09

For its third edition of Spectra Pulse, Bantam Spectra is allowing unpublished writers to get their work featured alongside some of the most well-respected names in science fiction and fantasy.

One lucky winner will receive $100 and have his/her story published in the Summer 2009 issue of Spectra Pulse, Bantam Spectra’s exclusive magazine distributed at Comic-Con San Diego and select conventions and bookstores (available July 2009)

For guidelines and specific entry information, visit

Writer’s Relief Contests

28 January 2009

Writer’s Relief announces a NO-FEE contest to celebrate its 15th anniversary as an author’s submission service.

The grand prize is 25+ submissions of your work professionally targeted to agents, editors, or literary magazines (monetary value: $106). In other words, Writer’s Relief will do the market research for you to make sure your work gets into the right hands. More information about this prize at:

To win our 15th anniversary contest, submit a poem, short story, or essay of exactly 15 words.

Current clients can enter to win a $106 discount.

Honorable mentions will receive one of our T-shirts. You can see what they look like here:

The information you need to know:

Deadline: 02/28/09.

Submit to: Writer’s Relief’s 15th Anniversary. E-mail via RTF or DOC attachment to:

Please put “Contest Submission” in the subject line. Or mail to:

“Contest Submission,” 409 South River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
NOTE: Your entry must be postmarked by 2/28/09.

Entry fee: NONE!

Type: Poems, short shorts, and short essays (15 words EXACTLY).

1. We will read entries anonymously, but YOU MUST include ALL of your contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address) with your submission.

2. Do NOT post your entry as a comment on our blog (; it will be disqualified.

3. If your piece is under OR over 15 words, the submission will also be disqualified.

4. Do NOT include a title. We want the work to be strong enough to stand on its own.

5. Only ONE (1) entry per person.

6. Winning entries will be posted on our blog; we will acquire one-time rights.

7. Winners will be announced for our anniversary, which is March 15.

More information about Writer’s Relief at

36th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest

28 January 2009

Poems should be typed with no identifying information on the page. Include a separate cover sheet with author’s name, address, email address, and poem titles. Poems may be more than one page, but only one poem per page. Include a SASE for results if you do not wish to receive notification via email. No previously published poems.

Email submissions or questions about the contest should be sent to

Email submissions should include all poems in one (.doc or .rtf) document and one document for the cover page.

Submissions must be postmarked January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009.

Prizes will be given in two categories: “National” and “Regional” (for poets residing in the Northern Mississippi Valley Region states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin). Please note on your cover letter which category you would like to be considered for. First, second, and third prize in each category are as follows: $200, $150 and $75; winner of the regional contest will also receive an award in honor of Max J. Molleston, long-time coordinator of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.

Entry fee is $7 for up to three poems; $2 for each poem over three. Make checks payable to the Midwest Writing Center. Send a book-sized SASE ($2.50) for a copy of our anthology, which will include poems from the top 25 finalists and the contest winners.

Credit card payment for email submissions only; please note in your email that you are paying by credit card, and you will be contacted with further instructions. Or, you may send a check to the address listed below.

Submissions and entry fees should be mailed to:

Midwest Writing Center
Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest
225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303
Davenport, IA 52801

This year’s national judge is F. Daniel Rzicznek, author of Neck of the World, winner of the May Swenson Award.

This year’s regional judge is Rebecca Wee, author of Uncertain Grace, and Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities from 2003-2005.

Friends, relatives, and/or past or current students of judges may not enter. Employees and board members of the Midwest Writing Center are also ineligible.

Poetry Scholarship (High School Only)

24 January 2009

If you’re an American high school student, take advantage of this unusual scholarship chance to win a poetry scholarship contest and be the high school poet of the year! Take your place among the members of the unique society known as the Live Poets Society (a slightly oddball takeoff on the well-known movie “Dead Poet Society”), and win a merit scholarship for college.

The National High School Poetry Contest, also known as the Easterday Poetry Scholarships Contest, awards $1,000 to the poet of the year. In addition to this poet, first, second and third place winners will be chosen, and many poets will receive an honorable mention as well. Winners, however, must consent to have their poems published; so if you don’t want your poem published, don’t enter this poetry competition!

You can enter one poem during each poetry scholarship contest period while you remain a high school student. Your poem must be written in English, and you may only use a foreign word or phrase if you also include the translation in your poem. Winning poems will be less than 20 lines in length.

One of the most unusual aspects of this poetry for scholarships contest is that there is no topic or theme about which the poets are expected to write. You’re free to choose the subject of your poetry, no matter how ordinary or how weird that subject might be. Creativity, originality, and quality of artistic and poetic expression are the only other criteria on which the judging is based.

This scholarships foundation allows students entering the scholarships for poetry competition to enter online, or to submit their poem by mail. No entry fee is required, but the entry must be POSTMARKED by the deadline date. Entries received after the deadline date will be accepted only if they were postmarked on or before this date.

The Live Poets Society will hold two poetry scholarships contests this year. The October 31, 2008 deadline for the fall contest has already passed; any poems submitted from now until March 31, 2009 will be entered into the spring poem contest. One Poet of the Year will be selected, and the name of this person will be announced on July 4, 2009.

While winning poems will be published by the society in a poetry anthology, or collection of poems, the persons who entered their work will retain rights to their poetry. The Society believes firmly that artists and writers should retain full rights to their works, so you can submit your poem to other publications at any time.

If you’re looking for an unusual scholarship way to earn money for college, you may find success in entering this unique poetry scholarship contest. You may just be the next T.S. Eliot or Robert Frost for which the committee is looking, so don’t miss out on this exceptional source of college tuition money just because you were too shy to apply. Your oddball humor, sharply witty comments, or your slightly weird perspective may be exactly what the judges are looking for!

Shakespeare’s Monkey Call for Submissions

24 January 2009

The deadline for submissions for the next issue of Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue is approaching. The theme for the issue is “Body” and the deadline is Sunday, January 25th.

Even if you’re not planning to submit to this issue, please consider spreading the word where ever you hang with writing folk. We pay $10 and 2 copies upon acceptance, and we’d love to publish you or one of your friends.

For more information, you can find our guidelines here:

2009 No-contest Contest

24 January 2009

Sheila Bender is reading entries for Writing It Real’s ( first quarter 2009 No-contest Contest. Submissions of poetry (up to three poems) and creative non-fiction (up to six pages double spaced) until March 31st.

Every entry receives detailed response from Sheila Bender via email. First, second and third place winning pieces will be published in Writing It Real with the authors’ permission and each winning author will receive a half-hour phone or email consultation with Sheila Bender about writing and/or publishing.

The entry fee entitles the entrant to a year’s subscription to Writing It Real ($30 dollar value, in-depth instructional weekly articles on writing and publishing) as well as the detailed emailed response.

Contest entry deadline is March 31 (postmarked or uploaded).

Complete guidelines and entry information at: or email

Folded Word Press – Call for Chapbooks

24 January 2009

Folded Word Press is pleased to announce that they are now open to reading chapbooks.

Complete details are on our website at

But basic details are

1-Under 45 pages

2-Any genre

3-$15 reading fee, $10 if your work has been accepted for publication in Shape of a Box

4-Once you have paid your entry fee you will receive instructions on how to email your manuscript.

5-We will read year round

6-No contests at this time

7-Each project will be handled individually but at the very least you will receive 10 free copies and deep discounts on additional copies.

Look forward to reading more fine work by the growing family of readers/writers at Shape of a Box and Folded Word Press!

Poetry Market Call for Reviews

24 January 2009

The Poetry Market Ezine is currently seeking submissions of Poetry Reviews for publication in our free monthly ezine.

The Poetry Market Ezine only accepts poetry book, chapbook or poetry magazine or ezine reviews. We do not publish poems. We only publish reviews somehow related to poetry. Reviews must be unpublished in any form.
Reviews must be written by person submitting review. Reviews may not be a review of the reviewer’s own poetry book or chapbook. Reviews may be up to 800 words or 1 to 1 1/2 pages. Shorter reviews are preferred.
Reviews must include the name of the item reviewed, where to purchase, ISBN if applicable, and author contact info (of both the author of the item if applicable and the author of the review).

Submit reviews in body of email. No attachments. Put “Poetry Review Submission” in the subject line. Include brief bio of 2-4 lines and cover letter. Submit 1-3 reviews at a time. Will consider reprints, but there is no payment for reprints. Responds in 1-2 months.

Email reviews to:

On Angels Magazine Art & Literary Contest, Winter/Spring 2009

24 January 2009

Awards & Grants for Artists, Writers & Poets!

Artistic Modern Interpretations, Stories & Poetry Celebrating Angels & the Angelic World

Entries Close May 31, 2009

On Angels Magazine Art & Literary Contest 2009 is open to several mediums of art and literature. There are six categories of art; Painting (oils, acrylics, watercolors), Computer Graphic Art, Sculpting, Drawing (pencil, charcoal, pen & ink), Mixed Media and Photography. There are three categories of literature; Fictional Short Stories, Non-Fictional Short Stories and Poetry. All categories are welcome, as are entrants from all countries. All entries MUST have an ANGEL theme. Religion will not play a part in any of the judging.

Winners will receive great prize money, as well as a certificate to commemorate your win! The winning entries and artist’s / writer’s profiles will be published in our premier magazine and online.

First Prize (US) $3000 in each category
Second Prize (US) $1500 in each category
Third Prize (US) $500 in each category
Honorable Mention (US) $200 in each category

Deadline for Entries: May 31, 2009
Winners Announced: June 30, 2009

Robert Frost International Poetry Contest

23 January 2009

Adult Poetry Contest

Postmarked Deadline: March 23rd, 2009

1st Prize – $150 * 2nd Prize – $75 * 3rd Prize – $50
plus 2 honorable mentions

Entry fee: $10 per poem

Previously unpublished work

Open to style and theme

40 lines maximum, each poem

typed copy.

Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or e-mail on one copy only.

Mail to:
Robert Frost Poetry Contest,
Heritage House Museum,
410 Caroline Street,
Key West, FL 33040.

Make checks payable to Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival

Adult Haiku Contest

Postmarked Deadline: March 23rd, 2009

1st Prize – $100 * 2nd Prize – $50 * 3rd Prize – $25
plus 2 honorable mentions

Entry fee: $10 for 3 haiku

3-line format of up to 17 or fewer syllables.

All haiku must contain a seasonal or nature image.

Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or e-mail on one copy only.

Mail to:
Robert Frost Haiku Contest,
Heritage House Museum,
410 Caroline Street,
Key West, FL 33040.

Make checks payable to Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival

U. New Orleans fifth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2009

23 January 2009

The University of New Orleans, the pioneer in writing programs abroad, is pleased to announce the fifth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2009. This year the contest is co-sponsored by The Normal School, who will judge the entries and publish the winners. Full fee waivers, including housing allowance, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Partial awards and honorable mentions may also be granted. Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2009 study-abroad writing programs:

Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Writing Workshops in Montpellier
The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy


(Please note that these are the complete guidelines. Queries are not necessary.)

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009.

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $25 must be paid for each submission. Fees should be paid online at the Metro College payment module.

Submission Format: Beginning this year, the submission process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts will be accepted. To submit your entry, go to the submission module on the UNO Press site (

Note: The payment modules and submission modules are separate, so yo
u must enter all your information on each site, separately.

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres, however each application must be complete with entry fee. Payment for multiple submissions may be made in aggregate at the payment and registration module, but each submission must be uploaded separately at the submission site.

Submission Limits: Prose submissions should not exceed 4500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. The author’s name may not appear anywhere in the work.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments by email query only. Each applicant will be emailed a list of winners when the contest has been decided, around the end of March.

Questions and comments may be emailed to

2009 SER Contests General Guidelines

23 January 2009

Any previously unpublished short-short story, poem, or narrative nonfiction piece is eligible for our contests. All manuscripts must be typed (fiction & nonfiction entries should be double-spaced) and accompanied by a cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Reading fees vary according to category. Make checks or money orders out to The Southeast Review. Postmark deadline: March 20, 2009.

Friends and current or former students of the judge and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.

It is not necessary to send an SASE. Winners will be announced on the website in late spring. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.
Send submissions, marked “WBSSSC”, “SER Poetry Contest”, or “SER Nonfiction Contest” to:

The Southeast Review
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306
World’s Best Short Short Story Contest

Send up to three short-short stories, no more than 500 words each, per $15 submission fee. Include no more than one short short per page. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the stories. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning short short and nine finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: WBSSSC.

The Southeast Review Poetry Contest

Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, per $15 submission fee. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the poems. Julianna Baggott will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning poem and nine finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: SER Poetry Contest.

The (2nd ever!) Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

Send one essay, no more than 5,000 words, per $10 submission fee. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the essay. David Vann will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $250. The winning nonfiction piece and two finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: SER Nonfiction Contest.

“Moms Gone Mad” Poetry, Prose, and Visual Art Wanted

23 January 2009

For Mama-zine (Mamapalooza Magazine) Deadline Extended to 2/10!

Call for submissions, on “Moms Gone Mad,” of poetry, prose and visual art, for new Mamapalooza Magazine, official arts publication of the Mamapalooza Festival, to be published May 2009. Additionally, one Outstanding Prose piece, Outstanding Poem, and Outstanding Visual Art piece will each win a prize package of Mamapalooza merchandise and goodies. Editors Marjorie Tesser and Alana Ruben Free. Reading fee $10. Deadline 2/10.

How to Submit:
Register at, then submit by email to

Poetry – 1 to 5 poems

Prose – (creative nonfiction or fiction) – 500 word max.

Visual art-(photographs, drawings, paintings) 1-5 works-send an email with your code and bio, and upload a 300dpi image (gif or jpeg) to

Include your entry code, genre, and a three-line bio (bio will not be considered when reviewing the manuscripts, which will be judged on content only, but must be included because we are on a tight timeframe). Multiple submissions require additional entry fees. Judges are the editors.

**Important: Writers, please paste your work into the body of the email (no attachments).

Mamapalooza Magazine will be distributed at Mamapalooza Festivals worldwide, and will be part of a media kit distributed to major media. Mamapalooza has been covered by Good Morning America, Fox News, USA Today, PEOPLE magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Ladies Home Journal, NPR Radio, XM, Radio, E-Woman’s News and more. A portion of the profits from Mamapalooza Magazine will be contributed to The Motherhood Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to establishing a Museum of Motherhood.