Archive for January 10th, 2009


10 January 2009

Judge: Mary Jo Bang
Submission Dates: January 1 – March 31, 2009 by email or regular mail

Awarding publication of a book-length collection and $1000.00

Open to any poet writing in English, regardless of publication history.

Submissions accepted on-line (preferred) and by mail.

Please read the following instructions carefully.

Online submission:
Submitting to us online is easy, saves you money, and saves trees.
• Fill out our online entry form and follow the directions for online credit card payment on our secure site.
• You will be assigned an online entry number. You will then submit your manuscript through our online submissions program.

By mail:

• Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript by regular mail (USPS only).
• Please include a completed Entry Form. Click here to download the Entry Form (PDF format). (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the Entry Form.)
• Include one cover page with the title of your work and all of your contact information, including your email address if you have one. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.
• You must include a second cover page with just the title of your work, no other contact info.
• No more than one poem per page, please. More than one section of a poem can appear on a page, of course.
No page limit, but we recommend a length of between 48 and 80 pages of poetry. This page limit does not include your title page, notes, etc.
• Do not include art work.
• Please use a legible font of at least 11 point.
• Include an entry fee of $25 with your submission, by check, made payable to Four Way Books. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included to confirm receipt of manuscript. Multiple submissions may be mailed together. If you submit more than one manuscript, please supply contact info for both and an increased fee ($25 per submission).
• Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
• Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.
• Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.

* Please do not submit to this contest if you are close enough to Mary Jo Bang that her integrity, your integrity, and the integrity of Four Way Books would be called into question should you be selected as the winner. You may query us if you have questions regarding this matter. We will allow you to submit to us outside of the contest if you feel that you are treading deep water in this regard. Please query by email to

• Mail submission and entry fee to:
Four Way Books
POB 535 Village Station
New York NY 10014

Our Reading Policy

Each manuscript is delivered to our readers as a blind submission. That is, it is stripped of identifying material. Only the manuscript, inclusive of any text notes, is sent to the readers and, if chosen as a finalist, to the judge. We do not give a list of submitters to the judge.

Our preliminary readers for the contest are selected by the director of the press and are published poets, experienced editors, and/or poets who have received a graduate degree in creative writing or literature. Each manuscript is read by at least two readers. We regularly rotate our readers. We do not use interns to read manuscripts.

Our readers select an average of 20-40 manuscripts as finalist selections. They look for work that is beautifully crafted—manuscripts that feel whole and well shaped. They do not try to second guess a judge’s preference. Rather, they look to present a wide range of excellent work to the judge.

Finalists are notified in May that their work will be sent on to the judge. On occasion, a judge may ask to see more work – the judge is not allowed to ask for specific work by a specific writer, but may ask to see a wider sampling of strong work. If that is the case, the press reviews the submissions again and more manuscripts are sent to the judge as finalists. Therefore, we do not inform the public of finalist selections since that list may grow after May.

The judge is instructed to notify the press of any indiscretions. If a submitter contacts the judge regarding the contest, that person will be disqualified. If the judge does not select a winner, the press’s director and senior editor will select a finalist’s manuscript to publish.

Her Mark Call for Submissions (women only)

10 January 2009

Entry form available at

WMG is looking to showcase a variety of compelling, sensitive, and provocative poetry by women for the annual HER MARK publication. All themes and styles are welcome. Selected poems will be featured together with visual art in a bound publication. The publication is 5” x 7”; poems submitted should be able to fit on one page of this size.

Poetry Juror: Maureen Seaton
Maureen Seaton has won numerous prizes for her poetry, including an NEA fellowship, the Lambda Literary Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Audre Lorde Award, and the Pushcart Prize. She has facilitated poetry workshops at Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute, and at Woman Made Gallery. In 1995/1996, she curated a reading series entitled “Woman As Culture” for the Gallery. Maureen Seaton teaches poetry and literary collage at the University of Miami, Florida.

March 6, 2009 – Final Entry Due Date
March 25, 2009 – Notifications Sent
July 31, 2009 – Her Mark Available
July 31 – August 27 – Exhibition
Sunday, August 2, 2009 Release Party & Reading 2-4pm
Entry fee: $10 for up to three poems

Emailed Entries Submit up to three poems with your complete contact information by email to You’ll receive acknowledgment and an invoice for the $10 entry fee.

Mailed Entries Mail your completed entry form with up to three poems and a $10 entry fee to Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642.

Abroad Writers’ Conference Contests

10 January 2009

Abroad Writers’ Conference ( is announcing its annual 2009 literary contest.

Contest winners in the categories of fiction/non-fiction and poetry will have their work published inthe journal Driftwood.

Contest Deadline: February 15, 2009
Winners will be announced on: March 15, 2009

Poetry Judge: PATRICIA SMITH, National Book Award Finalist in Poetry.
Fiction/Non-Fiction Judge: JOAN SILBER, National Book Award Finalist in fiction and PEN/HEMINGWAY Award winner.

First-place will receive full tuition to our conference (value, $2,750 shared room); Second-place winners $250.00; and, third-place $50.00.


Poems in English up to 60 lines, not previously published, on any subject may be submitted. Each poem (judged separately) typed on an 8½ x 11-inch sheet. Fee: $25.00, for a group of 5 poems are allowed per submission. A list of winners will be posted on our Web site.

Short Story:

Stories must be: unpublished, in English, 5,000 words or less, double spaced, numbered and your name on the front page. Please secure stories. Fee: $25.00 per submission.

Mailing Instructions:

1. Please indicate on your envelope which contest you’re entering: Poetry or Short-Story.
2. Enclose an index card with your name, address, phone number and email address.
3. Enclose a $25.00 check, money order, cash or Paypal. If you’re interested in paying by Paypal, I’ll need to send you a Paypal bill because I removed my button on my website because of security reasons.

Mail to:

Abroad Writer’s Conference
P.O. Box 368
Westfield, MA 01085

Third-Person Story Contest

10 January 2009

Narrative’s Third-Person Story Contest is open to all writers. For this contest we will be accepting short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 10,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

We are looking for works written either from a limited third-person or from an omniscient perspective. In either case, we are particularly interested in the distinction and tension that exist between the narrator’s perspective and that of the characters.

The term perspective connotes an awareness of the true relationship that one thing bears to another; as a facet of point of view, perspective indicates a recognition of the cause-and-effect basis of human interactions and of the ways in which character influences fate. An accurate and nuanced use of point of view creates the illumination and drama that readers experience as pleasure, without the reader necessarily observing and thinking at all about the writer’s use of point of view. To use Virginia Woolf’s phrase, a central transparency is created.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Visit for entry instructions (online entry only).

Brown Fellowship for International Writers

10 January 2009

Writing/Fellowship: The Brown Graduate Program in Literary Arts and Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies seek applications and nominations for the 2009-2010 International Writers Project Fellowship.

The fellowship provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger, oppression, and/or threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world. Each academic year, the fellowship is granted to one writer who is unable to practice free expression in his or her homeland. The academic-year fellowship covers the costs of relocation and the writer’s living expenses in the U.S., and also provides an office at Brown University for ten months.

The IWP Fellowship is open to established creative writers (fiction writers, poets, or playwrights) who are persecuted in their home countries or who are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art. Writers interested in applying for the fellowship should send a case history, providing publishing history and explaining need, a writing sample, and a resume, to the Graduate Program in Literary Arts, Box 1923, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, or they may e-mail materials to

Persons wishing to make the IWP aware of a writer in need, or wishing to nominate a candidate, should also contact the program as noted above. The IWP will be accepting applications until February 15, 2009. More information about the IWP is available on the Literary Arts Program Web site, (click on IWP).

Scribophile Flash Fiction Contest

10 January 2009

We love flash fiction: it’s fast, it’s fun, and it forces you to get really creative. So guess what? This month’s contest is all about flash fiction, and the theme is “the forest.” Easy as that! Submit a piece of fiction under 1000 words featuring a nice green and foresty theme and show us what you’ve got!

1st prize is a $50 gift card, 2nd prize is a $25 gift card, and entry is free for all Scribophile members.

The deadline is February 15, 2009.