Archive for January 4th, 2009

2009 Old Seventy Creek Press Poetry Series

4 January 2009

Old Seventy Creek Press would like to announce our first annual Poetry Prize.

Submissions should be between 48-80 pages, with a font size of 12 in Verdana or Ariel.

Each page of the manuscript should be formatted 6 X 9 inches.

There is a $20.00 reading fee for each manuscript.

Checks should be made out to Old Seventy Creek Press and sent to: Old Seventy Creek Press
P. O. Box 204
Albany, KY 42602-0204.

Post-mark deadline is April 3, 2009.

1st prize will be $250.00 and publication by Old Seventy Creek Press.

Contest open to poets who have not published a first book of poetry.

What we are looking for…

The collection must have a theme that defines the book.

Travis Blair’s book Train to Chihuahus is an excellent example of poetry that is held together by a common thread.

Frank X Walker in The Journey of York conjures the voice of York.

Rudy Thomas conjures the voices of Frank and Jesse James in Stealing Women & Robbing Trains.


A Garden in Kentucky by Jane Gentry Vance, Kentucky Poet Laureate is also illustrative of a theme the runs through a work.

Rearranging Memory by Rudy Thomas is another example.

Flower & Hand by W. S. Merwin is also illustrative of themes in the reprint of out of print books of poetry in one collection.

Copperhead Cane by Jim Wayne Miller is an excellent book of poetry with a theme.

Collected Poems 1957-1982 by Wendell Berry is a collection of great clarity and sureness.

Raphael Rudnik, a New York poet, said that poets have to design books with a central theme.

Edgar Allen Poe said that the death of a beautiful woman was the best theme for poetry.

You should have your own favorite poets, but you must own a voice.

Let us hear yours.

Word of Caution:

Do not allow the suggested poets listed above to cause you to stilt your work. Voice and the art and craft of poetry must be evident in your manuscript.

For additional information contact the press at:

Outrider Press’ Literary Anthology/Contest Guidelines

4 January 2009

Sponsored by Outrider Press in affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild

Working title: Fearsome Fascinations. We interpret broadly; can mean fascination with the paranormal as well as snakes and spiders, and dangerous/extreme sports, addictions and the allure of Forbidden Fruit: Bad Boys, Vamps, flirty married bosses, vices, etc. Especially interested in poetry. Previously published material and simultaneous submissions OK. $1000 in cash prizes for First ($500 each for poetry and prose) as determined by the judge, tentatively scheduled to be Diane Williams. Also: 2nd and 3rd places, and Hon. Mention. All winners receive Featured Reader status at the Kick-Off Reading at Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair, the nation’s third largest book fair of its kind (depending on CTPRBF scheduling). Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology. Entry fees for each category are $16, reduced to $12 each for TWG members. Required entry form for the 2009 Anthology/Contest is part of COMPLETE GUIDELINES available from or

Poetry: Single-page poems to 28 lines – single spacing OK for poetry. Prose poems may be treated as prose at judge’s discretion. Reading fee for 1-4 poems: $16US/$12US-TWG member. For 5-8 poems per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member. For 9-12 poems: $48US/$36US, etc.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; sections from longer works accepted. Reading fee for each entry: $16 US/$12US-TWG member. For 2 prose entries per person: $32US/$24US-TWG member; for 3: $48/$36, etc.


DEADLINE: Postmarked no later than 2-27-09. Mail submissions to: TallGrass Writers c/o Outrider Press, 2036 North Winds Drive , Dyer, IN 46311. FOR COMPLETE GUIDELINES: or replacing (at) with @ or 219-322-7270 or toll-free 866-510-6735.

Carteret Writing Contest

4 January 2009

Carteret Writers 18th annual writing contest is open to submissions from January 1 through March 10, 2009. Categories include flash fiction, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s. Cash prizes are awarded in each category: $100 for first place, $50 second, $25 third. You do not have to be a member of Carteret Writers to enter.

For members, the fee is $5.00 per entry, two poems for $5.00. For
non-members, the fee is $10.00 per entry, two poems for $10.00. Winning entries will be published in the 2009 edition of our literary journal, “Shoal.”

If fewer than five entries from five different participants are received
for a category, the entry fee and manuscript will be returned. Winners
will be announced at an awards dinner on May 12, and later on our web site,

For complete contest guidelines, either send an e-mail to with “CW contest guidelines” in the subject heading, or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Carteret Writers, PO Box 2284, Morehead City, NC 28557.

Rattle Call for Submissions (Africian American Only)

4 January 2009

Tribute to African American Poets

RATTLE seeks submissions of poetry and essays by African American poets for a special issue, releasing in June 2009. Poems may be written in any style or on any subject–as always, we want to represent the entire scope of what African American poets are writing today.

Send no more than 5 poems per submission. Essays may be up to 5,000 words, serving either as an introduction to contemporary African American poetry, or focusing on a specific aspect within it.

Payment is two copies of the issue. All rights revert to the authors upon publication. Submissions accepted via hardcopy or email. To submit, just follow our regular guidelines, and include a note that you are of African-American descent.

Postmark Deadline: February 1st, 2009.

Awards and Contests from New Millennium Writings

4 January 2009

In keeping with tradition we’ve extended our deadline in the New Millennium Writings Fall-Winter Contest, once only, to Jan. 31, 2009

$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 famous 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 Jan. 31, 2009.

4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome.

5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more20than 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, if feasible.

7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page or page 1.

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.

Nerve Cowboy Chapbook Contest

4 January 2009

Deadline: January 31, 2009

Entry Fee: $10.00 (please make checks payable to Nerve Cowboy)

Submit between 24-40 pages of poetry and/or short fiction and SASE with adequate postage for return.

1st Prize: $200 and 50 copies of published chapbook

2nd Prize: $100 and 30 copies of published chapbook

All entrants receive a copy of the winning chapbook and a discounted price on the second prize chapbook.

Send your manuscript, SASE, and payment by the deadline to:

Nerve Cowboy Chapbook Contest
PO Box 4973
Austin, TX 78765

The 2009 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

4 January 2009
With guest judge Ann Patchett

The winning submission selected by Ann Patchett will be read as part of the Selected Shorts performance at Symphony Space on May 20, 2009. The story will be recorded for possible later broadcast as part of the public radio series. The winner will receive $1000.

Story requirements

Submit a single short story that contains a surprise.

Your story must have a title.

Your story must be no more than three double-spaced typed pages in length (we recommend 12pt., Times New Roman font.)

Your name and contact information must appear on the first page. Include page numbers.

One entry per person.

All submissions must be received by March 6, 2009. Online submissions must be received by 5 pm EST. Mailed submissions must arrive at the address below no later than March 6.

Entrance Fee
A fee of $10 should be included with your manuscript. If submitted online, fees must be paid with a credit card. Postal mail submissions should include a check made out to “Symphony Space.”

Where to submit your story
Online entries can be submitted at

Mail to:
CONTEST, Selected Shorts
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Please do not send duplicate copies (email or postal mail is sufficient). We cannot allow revisions to your story once we have received it. Due to the high volume of submissions and our small staff, we will not be able to notify you when we receive your story. The winner will be selected by Ann Patchett and notified by the end of April. As soon as the winner is selected, his or her name will be posted to this page.

Contestants who submit by email or provide their email address will be added to the Selected Shorts email list. Contestants who submit entries by postal mail will be added to the Selected Shorts mailing list.

The Prize
$1000 and two tickets to the May 20th closing night of Selected Shorts series at Symphony Space, when the prizewinning story will be read.

About this year’s guest judge
Ann Patchett’s most recent novel is Run and her newest book is What Now? She is the author of The Patron Saint of Liars, which was named a New York Times Notable Book for 1992. She is also the author of Taft, which received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best work of fiction in 1994; The Magicians Assistant, which earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship; and Bel Canto, winner of both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002. She was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2004, Patchett published Truth & Beauty, a memoir of her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize.

Julia Peterkin Award

4 January 2009


The 2009 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all writers of fiction writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.

Manuscript Format Guidelines

Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. Each entry must include one short story or chapter from a novel–a maximum of 15-18 pages. In addition, include a cover page with the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and title of submission. Also include a one-page biography. Author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Entry Requirements

An entry fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department.
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2009.

Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like direct notification of contest results. Results will be mailed in May of 2009. No manuscripts can be returned.

Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.

The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner must be willing to read in the Fall 2009 Visiting Writers Series.

Send entries to:

The Julia Peterkin Award
Converse College
Department of English
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

For more information, contact Prof. Rick Mulkey at (864) 596-9000 or email at

CALL FOR POETRY: And You Think That’s Funny??

4 January 2009

February 8, 2009 / 2-4 p.m / Co-Curators: Nina Corwin and Pamela Miller

Who says poetry has to be serious all the time–or even any of the time? Or that poetry can’t be serious and hilarious at the same time? Woman Made Gallery is looking for writing by women that explores the many ways humor can be used in poetry–e.g., humorous imagery, funny subject matter, political and social satire, parodies of well-known poems/poets, and poems that use humor to make serious statements (or vice versa). All styles and themes will be considered, from the subtly wry to the sidesplitting, that’s rich, this woman is funny!

Please submit up to three original works by emailing Entry deadline is January 10, 2009. Selected readers must be able to read in person at Woman Made Gallery on February 8, 2009.