Archive for January 7th, 2009

Press 53 Writing Contests

7 January 2009

The Second Annual Press 53 Open Awards Accepting Entries Until March 31

8 Categories: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Short-Short Story, Short Story, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Novella, and Young Writers.

8 Industry-Professional Judges

8 Beautiful Etched-Glass Awards

17 Opportunities for Publication in the Second Annual Press 53 Open Awards Anthology

Guidelines available at

The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction 2009

7 January 2009

The Ohio State University Press and the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at OSU invite submissions for the 2009 Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction. Each year, a readers’ committee of OSU fiction writers and a final judge select one manuscript for publication by The Ohio State University Press. The winning author receives publication under a standard book contract, which includes a cash prize of $1,500 as an advance against royalties.

~ Entries must be between 150 and 300 typed pages (approx. 40,000 to 80,000 words) and may include short stories, novellas, or a combination of both.
~ Novellas must not exceed 125 pages (approx. 35,000 words); a single novella is not an eligible submission.
~ Previously published stories may be included, with appropriate acknowledgments.
~ The competition is open to all writers in English, published or unpublished. No translations unless done entirely by the author.
~ Current students and employees of The Ohio State University are not eligible.
~ Entries must be postmarked during the month of January 2009. Entries postmarked after January 31, 2009 will not be accepted.
~ Manuscripts must be typed. Clear photocopies of typed manuscripts are acceptable.
~ Please do NOT send your only copy, illustrations or other irreplaceable material, as MANUSCRIPTS CANNOT BE RETURNED.
~ Judging is anonymous, so your name or other identification should only20appear on the cover page, and nowhere else in the manuscript. Your submission should include a cover sheet with name, street and email address, and phone numbers and a title page which lists title and approx. word count only (NO name, no other identifying information)

Please include a nonrefundable handling fee of $20.00 (U.S. dollars) with each manuscript (US check or money order payable to The Ohio State University). If you wish, include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to confirm receipt of your manuscript, and a stamped, self-addressed business-sized envelope so we can notify you of the results. OSU Press assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Further details about the prize, eligibility, submission formats and previous winners can be found on the Ohio State University Press website

The winning entry will be announced during May, 2009.

2008 Winner: Paul Eggers’ The Departure Lounge.

Mail to:
Fiction Editor
The Ohio State University Press
180 Pressey Hall
1070 Carmack Road
Columbus OH 43210-1002

Naugatuck River Review Call for Submissions

7 January 2009

Submissions Open January 1 – March 1, 2009. The open submission period for the Summer issue is January 1st through March 1st. The submission period for the Winter issue is July 1st through September 1st.

This is a literary journal founded in order to publish and in doing so to honor good narrative poetry. Naugatuck River Review is dedicated to publishing narrative poetry in the tradition of great narrative poets such as Gerald Stern, Philip Levine or James Wright. We are open to many styles of poetry, looking for narrative that sings, which means the poem has a strong emotional core and the narrative is compressed. So, make us laugh and cry, make chills run down our spines. Knock us off our feet! We will publish twice a year, beginning with Winter 2009. We cannot pay our contributors, but will send one issue of the journal.

Please send previously unpublished work. We do occasionally accept previously published poetry, but prefer unpublished. Publication rights will revert to the author of the poem. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if your work is accepted elsewhere. We will have two reading periods, Summer and Winter. Send submissions of NO MORE THAN THREE POEMS in the body of an email to Make sure you include a short cover letter with your contact information and a 20-30 word bio. We will publish twice a year, Winter and Summer.

For complete information go to the website at
Lori Desrosiers
Managing Editor/Publisher

2009 New South Writing Contest

7 January 2009

New South is now reading for its fiction and poetry contest.
First-place winners will receive $1000. Second-place winners will
receive $250. All winners will have their work published in our Summer
2009 issue. John Weir (fiction) and Chelsea Rathburn (poetry) will
judge the final rounds, which will be anonymous. For more information,
please email James May at or visit our contest’s website:

The 2009 New South Writing Contest Guidelines

Poetry Prize
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250

Fiction Prize
First Place: $1000
Second Place: $250

Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by March 4, 2009

Reading Fee: $15.00 per entry

Each entry must include the following:

• A check or money order (NO CASH) made payable to GSU (or Georgia State University) for fifteen dollars ($15). Entry fee includes a copy of the
Spring / Summer 2009 issue, which will contain the winning entries.


7 January 2009

Lynne Birdsall
PO Box 1615
Concord, NH 03302-1615

Please note limit is forty lines. Name and address must appear in the upper right hand corner of the copy on which they appear. NO identification is to appear anywhere on the second copy.

The Poetry Society of New Hampshire sponsors four National Contests open to all poets, members or not. Judges for the contests are not members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire. Prizes are awarded to four places, 1st place, $100, 2nd place, $50, 3rd and 4th places $25 each. Winning poems will be published in our quarterly magazine, The Poets Touchstone, and winning poets will receive one copy of the issue in which their poems appear. Rights revert to the author after publication.


Entries that do not meet the guidelines will not be considered or returned.
Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date.
Subject and form are open.
Length limited to 40 lines.
One poem per page.
Poems must be typed.
Two copies of each poem, one with NO identification (no name, no address), the other with the name and address in the upper right corner.
#10 SASE for winners list only. Poems will not be returned.
Entry fee is $3 for the first poem, and $2 each for others. Entries limited to 5 poems per poet per contest.
Poems must not be previously published, have won a prize, nor be currently entered in another contest.
Poems must be postmarked by the deadline date. Deadlines are: August 15th, November 15th and February 15th, May 15th.

Mail poems and check payable to the Poetry Society of New Hampshire at the address above.


7 January 2009


Submission Deadline: March 16, 2009


Linda Gregerson is the author of four poetry collections: Magnetic North (2007), Waterborne (2002), The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996), and Fire in the Conservatory (1982). She teaches creative writing and Renaissance literature at the University of Michigan. Linda has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America, and the Modern Poetry Association, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Magnetic North was a finalist for the National Book Award, and she won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award forWaterborne. She is also the author of two volumes of literary criticism and her essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear in many journals and anthologies.

Bellday Books will publish the winning book and award $2,000 and 25 copies of the book to the winning author.

Contest Rules:

–Submit a manuscript of 60-90 pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published in book or chapbook, but may contain poems that have appeared in print or on the Internet. Entries may consist of individual poems, a book-length poem or any combination of long or short poems.

–Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pag
es: Name and contact information 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 spring clip.

–Include a table of contents page, but do not send an acknowledgments page.

–Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.

–Manuscript cannot be returned.

–Postmark deadline: March 16, 2009.

–Include a check or money order for $25 reading fee, payable to BELLDAY BOOKS.

–Bellday Books reserves the right not to select an award winner, in which case all reading fees will be refunded.


Bellday Books, Inc.
P.O. Box 3687
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

Questions may be directed to:


7 January 2009

Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction
Li-Young Lee, Ann Patchett, and John D’Agata, judges

$1000 to each winner
$500 to runners-up
plus publication in our December 2009 issue

1. Submit up to 20 pages of prose (double-spaced) or 10 pages of poetry (single or double; one poem or several). Work must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are fine assuming you inform us of acceptance elsewhere.

2. Manuscripts must include a cover page listing your name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number, and the title of each work, but your name should not appear on the manuscript itself.

3. Enclose a $20 entry fee (checks payable to The Iowa Review). All entrants will receive a yearlong subscription (or gift subscription) to the magazine.

4. Label your envelope as a contest entry. For example: “Contest: Fiction.”

5. Postmark submission between January 1 and January 31, 2009. Mail to:

The Iowa Review
308 EPB
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

6. Enclose a #10 SASE for final word on your work. Entries themselves will not be returned. Enclose a SAS postcard if you wish confirmation of our receipt of your entry.

7. No electronic submissions.

Spillway Call for Submissions

7 January 2009

General Guidelines

poetry: 5 unpublished poems max and a bio / previously published accepted on rare occasions

reviews: poetry collections, poetry related volumes, poetry cd’s

artwork and photography: high resolution jpeg black and white for interior / color or black and white for cover

see for sample cover art

interviews: contact for specific guidelines

Email submissions to

The Eric Hoffer Award

7 January 2009

The Eric Hoffer Award (formerly the Writers’ Notes Award) for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing. The winning stories and essays are awarded prizes and published annually in the anthology, Best New Writing, along with the results of the book awards.

The Prizes
Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $500 award for short prose and a $1,500 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st.

If you are ready to register for an Eric Hoffer Award, please use one of the easy procedures or forms below:

Prose Submission Page
Book Nomination Form