Archive for January 17th, 2009

Call for Submissions – Otter Tall Review

17 January 2009

Otter Tail Review, a literary anthology of regional writing, is now accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction prose and poetry for its third volume. All authors and poets, but particularly those from Minnesota and the Dakotas, are encouraged to submit their work. This volume’s theme is “Landmarks,” which can include those of a physical
or non-physical nature.

Electronic submissions are preferred, and should be sent to or

Hard-copy submissions may be mailed to:
Tim Rundquist, Editor
Otter Tail Review
1220 N. Tower Rd., Suite 203,
Fergus Falls, MN 56537.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2009.

Call for Submissions – Anthology on Motherhood and Domestic Violence

17 January 2009

Call for submission of personal accounts from mothers who have survived domestic violence.

Our upcoming anthology, Motherhood and Domestic Violence (working title), will explore the complexities of mothering in a violent home through stories, essays, and poems written by survivors.

Women with children experience domestic violence on two levels ~

Besides the cruelties inflicted upon themselves, mothers suffer the violence again as they witness the effects on their children.

They endure the torment of being unable to create a safe and loving home for their children and at the same time experience verbal and psychological abuse as their abusive partner convinces them they are a bad mother.

As many women say, “You can’t do your job as a mom if you are living in domestic violence. All your energy is taken up with mothering him or just getting through the day.”

Possible Topics:

The stories we receive from survivors will in large part dictate the structure of our book. We will focus on the survivor’s experience being a mother while living in violence, rather than on the impact of domestic violence on children. We are interested in thoughts, feelings, and recollections of events – whatever the survivor is willing to share about her experience.

Possible topics might include:

Your reactions to your children witnessing your abuse.
Losing or giving up custody of your children.
Making decisions about the abusive relationship based on what you thought was best for your children.
What do you wish you had done differently?
What do you think you did well?

Things to consider:

Writing can be wonderfully therapeutic and a lot of distressing feelings can come up in the process. We recommend that the writers be out of their domestic violence relationship and have successfully moved through the trauma stage. They should have a strong support system.


· Good writing skills are helpful, but not necessary – we will work closely with contributors to polish their writings. Or, if writing your story seems too daunting, send us a tape. Mostly we are looking for the heart
and wisdom of our story-tellers.
· We prefer submissions to be typed and double-spaced, but if you don’t type, please print clearly.
· Be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address. Remember to notify us at once if you move, change your phone number or email. (If you wish to remain anonymous, let us know and we won’t include
your name in the book.)
· Send your submission by either mail or email.
· Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope so we can return submissions we are unable to use. Submissions without this cannot be returned.
· Each contributor chosen for the anthology will receive a copy of the book when it is published.
· It may take time for you to write your story. We’d like to know you are considering making a submission, however, so send us a letter by March 1, 2009 with your contact information so we can offer our assistance.
· Final drafts of stories, essays or poems must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2009. The final selection process will begin then.
· Address your submissions to: Mary Zelinka, PO Box 3047, Albany, Oregon 97321-0700; or email to

Questions or concerns?

Contact Mary Zelinka at PO Box 3047, Albany, OR 97321-0700 or

The Robinson Jeffers Tor House 2009 Prize for Poetry

17 January 2009

The annual Tor House Prize for Poetry is a living memorial to American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).

The prize is $1,000 for an original, unpublished poem not to exceed three pages in length, $200 for Honorable Mention.

The final judge for 2009 is Diane Thiel.

This contest is open to well-crafted poetry in all styles, ranging from experimental work to traditional forms, including short narrative poems. Each poem should be typed on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper, and should be no longer than three pages. On a cover sheet only, include: name, mailing address, telephone number and email; titles of poems; bio optional. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are welcome. There is a reading fee of $10 for the first three poems; $15 for up to six poems; and $2.50 for each additional poem. Checks and money orders should be made out to Tor House Foundation.

Postmark deadline for submissions: March 14, 2009.

The Prize winner will be announced by May 15. Include an SASE for announcement of the Prize winner. Poems will not be returned. For more information, contact us by email.

Mail poems, check or money order, and SASE to:

Poetry Prize Coordinator
Tor House Foundation
Box 223240
Carmel, CA 93922

Potomac Review Fiction Contest

17 January 2009

Calling fiction writers! The Potomac Review’s annual fiction contest is now accepting submissions. First prize is $1,000 and publication in the Potomac Review literary journal. Two runners-up will receive $250 and mention on our website.

*Send 1 story (up to 15 pgs), along with reading fee payable to Potomac Review. The entry fee is $20 per submission. All entrants will receive a one-year (2 issues) subscription. There are no restrictions on subject matter.

*All stories must be unpublished and less than 3,000 words.

*Submissions will not be returned, so please do not include SASE

*Entries that do not follow contest guidelines will be disqualified, so please consult complete contest guidelines before submitting (see below for link)

*Stories must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2009.

*The winning story will appear in issue #46 of Potomac Review. Only the 1st prize entry will be published in the journal.

*Only winners will be notified in late spring of 2009.

For complete contest guidelines, please visit:

Marley & Me Writing Contest (7th, 8th, and 9th Grade Only)

17 January 2009

Write any story from the point of view of a dog or a different animal for the opportunity to win great prizes.

• Stories must be 300 words or less.
• The contest is open to students in grades 7, 8, and 9.

ENTER Now! at

You could win a Best Buy gift card ranging from $50 to $2,000!

Contest is open from 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 1, 2008, through 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 30, 2009.


17 January 2009

Deadline: April 30, 2009 (postmark).
Prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50; 4th: $25 and up to 4 Honorable Mentions.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED on the last day of the AWC Conference at the Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park Hotel, Birmingham, Alabama on JULY 19, 2009.

Contest Rules: Entries must be original, unpublished, and may not have won a money prize in any contest. (Sitting AWC voting Board Members are not eligible.) Multiple entries are accepted, but only one prize is awarded for each category.

Send one copy of each entry on standard white paper in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12pt. Courier or Times Roman font).

On first page include: Title, Category and Word Count (DO NOT show author name on the manuscript).

Please number the pages.

Enclose a separate cover sheet with: Category; Title; Author name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number; and whether an AWC Member or non-member.

Please provide a separate cover sheet for each entry.

Entry Fees

For all categories (EXCEPT Poem and First Chapter Novel): $5.00 per entry if AWC member, $8.00 per entry if non-member.

For First Chapter Novel: $10.00 if member, $12.00 if non-member.

For Poem: $3.00 per poem if member, $5.00 if non-member.

Make checks to: Alabama Writers’ Conclave. (Note: Membership and conference fees must be submitted separately to the AWC Treasurer)

Send contest entry manuscripts and checks to: Marian Lewis, AWC Contest Chair, 250 Hartside Rd., Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763.

NOTE: Please include a #10 SASE if you would like to receive a Winners’ List after the AWC conference in July. If you would like confirmation that your entry has been received, also include a self-addressed stamped postcard (SASP)

Writing Competition Categories

Fiction – maximum 2500 words.

Short Fiction – maximum 1000 words.

Juvenile Fiction (stories for ages 4-12) – maximum 2500 words. MUST LIST GENRE AND TARGETED AGE GROUP (i.e. picture book, 3 & up).

Nonfiction – maximum 2500 words (PLEASE SPECIFY IF WRITTEN FOR ADULT OR CHILDREN).

Humor (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry) – maximum 2000 words or 50 lines (for poems).

Traditional Poem (any “form” poem, i.e. villanelle, sonnet, sestina) – maximum 40 lines.

Free Verse Poem – maximum 60 lines.

First Chapter of Novel – up to 10 double-spaced pages, first chapter ONLY.

17 January 2009

The deadline for The Fulton Prize for Short Fiction is January 31st. We look forward to reading your stories.

More about The Fulton Prize: The winner will receive $400 and publication in The Adirondack Review. Entrants whose stories receive honorable mention will also have their stories published in The Adirondack Review. In addition, they will be awarded an honorarium of $30.

To read entry guidelines, visit:

Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest

17 January 2009

Guidelines for the FAMILY MATTERS category:

We are interested in reading your original, unpublished short stories about family!

We don’t publish stories for children, I’m sorry.

It’s fine to submit more than one story or to submit the same story to different categories.

When we accept a story for publication, we are purchasing first-publication rights. (After we’ve published it, you can include it in your own collection.)

To make a submission: Visit online submissions site (online submissions only)

The category will be open to submissions for one full month, from the first day through
midnight (Pacific time) of the last day of the month. Results will be posted at

January. Results will be posted on March 31.

April. Results will be posted on June 30.

July. Results will be posted on September 30.

October. Results will be posted on December 31.

Reading fee:
$15 per story.

1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies of that issue.
2nd-place: $500

Other considerations:
Open to all writers.
Stories–about family–not to exceed 12,000 words.(No minimum, though it’s rare for a piece under 500 words to read as a full story.)
This category has stimulated lots of questions about fiction/non-fiction/creative nonfiction, since many people have significant real-life stories they want to write. It seems to us that a substantial proportion of fiction submissions are heavily rooted in actual experience, which is entirely fine with us, but we do want stories to READ like fiction and anything we publish is presented as fiction. (Also, sticking too tightly to “truth” can limit the larger truth that fiction is able to reveal.) I would certainly recommend changing details that would allow the real-life people to say, Hey, that character is–without a doubt–me. I hope that makes sense.