Archive for January 16th, 2009

Discovery Institute Academic Freedom Day Video and Essay Contest

16 January 2009

Discovery Institute is sponsoring a student video and essay contest to commemorate Academic Freedom Day, February 12, 2009, on Charles Darwin’s bicentennial. Deadline: January 23, 2009

Visit to download entry form

Darwin once wrote, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” That famous quote will be the touchstone for students to communicate support for academic freedom to explore the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution.

“The next generation values open dialogue in a way that is aptly expressed in their creativity and imagination,” Discovery Institute Director of Communications Robert Crowther said. “This is a fun way to honor that expression and encourage critical thinking on the issue.”

The video and essay contest is open to high school and college students and will be judged based on creativity, accuracy, and persuasiveness. One grand-prize winner will be announced and have his or her entry officially unveiled at on Academic Freedom Day, Feb. 12th 2009.

The grand-prize winner will be awarded $500 and selected by an illustrious panel of leaders in the ID movement. Entrants in the video category will be able to share their videos online and at social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube.

For more information on Academic Freedom Day, visit

Reconnecting The Circle High School Essay Contest

16 January 2009

Up to 10 winning students. $2,500 each in cash prizes. Reconnecting The Circle® announces its third National High School Essay Contest. Deadline is January 23, 2009.

This year’s essay question asks, “Why is it important to understand patriotism in Indian Country?” and prompts students to research Native American patriots, as well as explore their own American communities.

All high-school aged students (grades 9-12) from tribal, BIE, public, private and parochial schools from all 50 states are invited to participate. Up to 10 winners will each receive $2,500 in cash prizes.

The contest deadline is January 23, 2009. Contest details are posted on the Reconnecting The Circle (“RTC”) website:

RTC is in partnership with National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Education Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Boys and Girls Clubs in Indian Country, and Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to promote the contest.

ADR Call for submissions

16 January 2009

American Diversity Report is accepting poetry/essays/short stories for its online magazine which receives more than 20,000 unique visitors from 40 countries. Submissions should be inspiring for Black History Month (February) and/or Women’s History Month (March). Accepted works will appear under Inspirations at Accepted writers bios will appear in our ongoing list of contributors.

General guidelines:
* Articles: 600-1,200 words, Poems: Any length
* Send as word.doc attachment
* Use Arial font, 10 point, 1 1/2 line spacing – (Articles: do not indent paragraphs)
* Send by 3rd week in month for the following month’s issue
* Include a 2-3 sentence bio. You may include one website URL – Attach a head-shot photo (do not embed in e-mail)
* Articles should be text only – do not include charts, graphs, footnotes or photos
* Use Arial font, 10 point, 1 1/2 line spacing

Send submissions to


16 January 2009

$3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press for one book of short fiction and one book of poetry. One runner-up in each category will receive a $1000 prize.

Dates: Submissions will be accepted between January 15 and March 16, 2009 (postmark)

What to send:
Full manuscript (the author’s name should not appear on the manuscript)
Two cover pages: one listing only the title of the manuscript, and the other listing the title, author’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
$25 entry fee payable to Prairie Schooner
SASE for notification of results; all manuscripts will be recycled.
Optional: A self-addressed postage-page postcard for confirmation of manuscript receipt.

Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series
Attn: Fiction or Poetry
201 Andrews Hall, PO Box 880334
Lincoln, NE 68588-0334

2009 De Novo Poetry Contest

16 January 2009

C&R Press is looking for the best manuscript from a previously unpublished American poet (a U.S. citizen who has not published a full-length collection of poetry before). In this annual contest, we are looking for manuscripts that exhibit striking language, memorable imagery, intellectual depth, and a respect for diversity in all areas of life. Ultimately we are interested in supporting the best, most exciting work we can find.

Please include:
55-85 page-manuscript (single-spaced)
two title sheets (one with contact information, one without)
one-paragraph biography
$25 entry fee payable to C&R Press (with shipping postage of $2.23 entrants receive a copy of winning book) (payment can be made electronically or by mailing a check). $20 entry fee to contest entrants who have previously submitted to the DeNovo contest.


Submission of more than one manuscript is acceptable; each manuscript must be submitted separately, each with entry fee.

ALL manuscripts must be sent electronically to If you absolutely must mail a hard copy, let us know about it first.

Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted by another publisher while under our consideration.

No revisions to submitted manuscripts will be considered; the winning manuscript may be revised before publication.

Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been published, but the manuscript as a whole must not have been previously published.

Close friends, former students, and current or former colleagues of the judge are ineligible.

Translations are ineligible.

Winner receives $500 and 20 copies.

All entries will be considered for publication. We published three manuscripts from the 2008 contest alone.

2009 Contest Submission Period: February 15 – May 15. (Entries received after May 15 will NOT be considered for the De Novo Contest.)

2009 Judge: Jeff Knorr

Doris Betts Fiction Prize

16 January 2009

Postmark deadline: February 1, 2009

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first- prize winner $250; the 10 finalists will be considered for publication in the North Carolina Literary Review.

These finalists will be almost the only fiction that NCLR considers.

This year’s final judge will be Kat Meads, a native of eastern North Carolina now living in California, Meads’s books include the short story collections Not Waving and Little Pockets of Alarmand the novels Sleep and The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan Benedict Roberts.

For more information about the Betts competition, including the new submission guidelines, see

The 2008 Betts Prize and second place stories will appear in NCLR’s 2009 issue, forthcoming this summer. For subscription information, go to

Eligibility & Guidelines
· The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of NCWN.
· Entrants should submit two copies of a typed, original, and unpublished story, not to exceed 6,000 words.
· Names should not appear on manuscripts, but on a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, address, telephone numbers, email address, and ms. title.
· One entry per writer.
· Entries will not be returned; enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winners. An entry fee must accompany manuscript. You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission: $10/NCWN members, $20/non-members.

Send submissions, indicating name of competition to:

Margaret Bauer
NC Literary Review, Department of English, East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Fugue 8th Annual Poetry and Prose Contest

16 January 2009

The editors at Fugue, the literary journal from the University of Idaho, are pleased to announce our 8th Annual Poetry and Prose Contest, which awards its first-place winners with $1000 in prize money and publication in Fugue, with publication for 2nd and 3rd place finishers. This year, we will be reading for nonfiction and poetry. We’re excited about our two accomplished judges: Patricia Hampl (nonfiction) and BH Fairchild (poetry). See below for details about how to participate–it couldn’t be easier!

Submissions for nonfiction may be up to 10,000 words, and poetry submissions may include up to three poems or five pages. Send your submission, along with a $20 reading fee, which includes a 1 year subscription to the journal, to Fugue: 200 Brink Hall, University of Idaho, PO Box 441102, Moscow Idaho 83844-1102. Clearly mark your entry Poetry Contest or Nonfiction Contest, and be sure to include a SASE if you’d like to receive the contest results. The postmark deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009.

If you’d like a sample copy of our newest issue (with contest winners from 2008), we’re happy to send you one for $8. You can also visit our website at Thank you for your attention, and we hope to have the pleasure of reading your work in the spring.

Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award

16 January 2009

NEXT DEADLINE: January 31, 2009
Reading Fee: $20/entry, $25 for those who want to receive a copy of the winning book.

****Notification in April for Winter 2009/2010 publication. ****

Winner receives 50 books and $1000. Runners up also considered for publication.

Send between 48 and 80 pages of poetry, no more than one poem per page, 12 point type in an easily readable font like Arial or Times New Roman. Do not include Table of Contents in page count and print/submit on a letter size sheet of paper.

Include a separate cover letter with manuscript title, author’s name, and all pertinent contact information. Author’s name should not appear anywhere in manuscript.

Our goal is “blind” judging. Do Not Include Dedication and/or Credits/Acknowledgements Pages in entry. For the purpose of fairness, it is important that judges know as little about the author as possible and these pages are not relevant to the judging process. In the past, if these items accidentally slipped through registration, readers were instructed to disqualify manuscripts that arrive with credits, acknowledgements, or author’s name on them anywhere. This year we have changed that rule. Since our primary goal for the MSR Poetry Book Award is to select manuscripts for publication, we will no longer disqualify those who blatantly disregard the rules. They can’t win, but they will still be considered for publication.

For notification of receipt, entries can include a post card, but if they include an email address, we will send a verification of receipt via email the day it arrives. Entries should include a #10 SASE ( This is a standard business size: 4 X 10) for winner notification if they do not choose to be notified by email. Please not not waste postage on a 9 X 12 since no manuscripts will be returned regardless of what size envelope is provided.

No restriction on content style or subject–we’re looking for the best manuscript.

*Although MSR frowns on simultaneous submissions for our magazine, it is acceptable for our book contests. Upon notification, however, winner must immediately withdraw his/her mss from consideration elsewhere.

Mailing Instructions:

All checks should be made payable to Main Street Rag, PO BOX 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001.

We recommend using US Postal Service Media Mail (within the US), but that takes longer to arrive, so DO NOT send it Media Mail if you are mailing it on or near the deadline. Why? because we distribute the LAST manuscripts to first round readers on February 8. Anything that has not arrived by the day before (February 7) will be excluded and the check returned in the SASE (if one has been provided–otherwise, it will be shredded).

DO NOT use clips or binding of any kind. We have THOUSANDS of clips here from years of submissions and we remove anything that comes in a binder and throw away the binder. If you want to pay for a binder
and the shipping to get it here only to have it thrown away, that’s your choice. It will not go to any readers in a binder of any kind.

DO NOT send anything that must be signed for (Signature Receipt or Express Mail) since it means having to stand in line to receive it (and we won’t).

The American Poetry Journal book prize

16 January 2009

Guidelines & Information for 2009

The postmark deadline for entries to the 2009 The American Poetry Journal book prize is February 29, 2009. To enter, submit 50-65 paginated pages of poetry, table of contents, acknowledgments, bio, email address for results, No SASE (manuscripts will be recycled), and a $25.00 reading fee for each manuscript entered. The winner will receive $1000 and 20 copies. All entries will be considered for publication. Both free and formal verse styles are welcome. Multiple submissions are acceptable. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere you must notify The American Poetry Journal and/or Dream Horse Press immediately. Fees are non-refundable. Judging will be anonymous; writers’ names should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Please include your name and biographical information in a separate cover letter.Please be sure to include your email address. The winner is chosen by the editor of The American Poetry Journal, J.P. Dancing Bear, Close Friends, Students (former or present), and Relatives of the the editor are NOT eligible for the contest and their entry fee will be refunded.

The American Poetry Journal book prize entries may be sent, following the guidelines above, to:

The American Poetry Journal book prize
P. O. Box 2080
Aptos, CA 95001-2080.

IMPORTANT: Please make checks payable to “Dream Horse Press LLC”.

For online entry instructions, i.e., to email your manuscript and pay entry fee online, visit

Writers in the Heartland Residency

16 January 2009

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 18-25 and October 3-10. Lodging and food are included.

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

2009 Pinewood Haiku Contest

16 January 2009

1ST PLACE– $ 100.00
2ND PLACE– $ 50.00
3RD PLACE– $ 25.00

Winners will be published in the April 2009 issue of Wisteria.

ENTRY FEE: $ 2.00– PER POEM / OR 3 POEMS FOR $5.00


Money Orders should be made payable to: T.A. Thompson


FORM: Contemporary English-language haiku with no rules as to syllable or line count.

DEADLINE: February 14th, 2009— received. Accepting entries from November 1st to February 14th

JUDGE: The judges will remain anonymous until the results are posted. A contest coordinator (non-judge) has been assigned to receive and log entries. All Judge(s) decisions are final.

Submit two (2) copies of each haiku on a 3×5 index card. Entries should be typed or Word software. One copy must have the entrant’s name, address, and email for contact purposes. The other card with only the haiku. Only (1) one haiku per card.

Entries must be mailed to the address below. NO E-Mail Entries.

Winners only will be notified by e-mail and postal mail. No SASE needed.


Attn: 2009 Pinewood Haiku Contest
P.O. Box 150932
Lufkin, Texas 75915

Artist’s Residency @ Vermont Studio Center

16 January 2009

The Vermont Studio Center is an international residency program open to all artists and writers. Year-round, VSC hosts 50 artists and writers per month, each of whom receives an individual studio, private room, and all meals. Residencies last from 2-12 weeks and provide uninterrupted time to work, a community of creative peers, and a beautiful village setting in northern Vermont. In addition, VSC’s program includes a roster of Visiting Artists and Writers (2 painters, 2 sculptors and 2 writers per month) who offer slide talks/readings and individual studio visits/conferences. Applications and information available at


16 January 2009

A prize of $1,000 and publication will be awarded by Finishing Line Press for a chapbook-length poetry collection. Open to women who have never before published a full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publication does not disqualify. All entries will be considered for publication. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. Submit up to 26 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $15 entry fee by

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2009 (POSTMARK).

Carol Hamilton will final judge.

Winner will be announced on our website:

Send to:

Finishing Line Press
P O Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

Saltgrass Journal Call for Submissions

16 January 2009

Call for Submissions: BREAK THE SILENCE

16 January 2009

Break the Silence is looking for submissions that address the themes of the silence around sexual abuse, reasons people stay silent, and experiences of breaking that silence. All visual and literary arts as well as other forms of creative expression are welcomed. Submissions will be showcased on the website, with the possibility of later being part of a printed publication and/or traveling exhibition.

There are NO entry fees.

Deadline is March 15, 2009.

Please visit for more information.

Writer’s League of Texas’ Book Awards

16 January 2009

Guidelines (pdf).

Deadline: April 30, 2009.

The 2009 contest is open to American authors of books published in 2008.
Authors are not required to be members of the Writers’ League of Texas.
Collected works must be written by a single author.
Anthologies that include works of several authors are not eligible.