Archive for January 23rd, 2009

Robert Frost International Poetry Contest

23 January 2009

Adult Poetry Contest

Postmarked Deadline: March 23rd, 2009

1st Prize – $150 * 2nd Prize – $75 * 3rd Prize – $50
plus 2 honorable mentions

Entry fee: $10 per poem

Previously unpublished work

Open to style and theme

40 lines maximum, each poem

typed copy.

Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or e-mail on one copy only.

Mail to:
Robert Frost Poetry Contest,
Heritage House Museum,
410 Caroline Street,
Key West, FL 33040.

Make checks payable to Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival

Adult Haiku Contest

Postmarked Deadline: March 23rd, 2009

1st Prize – $100 * 2nd Prize – $50 * 3rd Prize – $25
plus 2 honorable mentions

Entry fee: $10 for 3 haiku

3-line format of up to 17 or fewer syllables.

All haiku must contain a seasonal or nature image.

Two copies of each poem, with your name, address, phone and/or e-mail on one copy only.

Mail to:
Robert Frost Haiku Contest,
Heritage House Museum,
410 Caroline Street,
Key West, FL 33040.

Make checks payable to Key West Robert Frost Poetry Festival

U. New Orleans fifth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2009

23 January 2009

The University of New Orleans, the pioneer in writing programs abroad, is pleased to announce the fifth annual writing contest for study-abroad, Summer, 2009. This year the contest is co-sponsored by The Normal School, who will judge the entries and publish the winners. Full fee waivers, including housing allowance, will be granted to one writer each in the genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Partial awards and honorable mentions may also be granted. Winners may attend any of UNO’s 2009 study-abroad writing programs:

Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Writing Workshops in Montpellier
The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy


(Please note that these are the complete guidelines. Queries are not necessary.)

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009.

Eligibility: Anyone writing in English who has not yet published a book of 45 pages or more in the genre of application, except faculty and administrators employed by the University of New Orleans.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $25 must be paid for each submission. Fees should be paid online at the Metro College payment module.

Submission Format: Beginning this year, the submission process is entirely electronic. No paper manuscripts will be accepted. To submit your entry, go to the submission module on the UNO Press site (

Note: The payment modules and submission modules are separate, so yo
u must enter all your information on each site, separately.

Multiple Submissions: Applicants may submit multiple applications in one or more genres, however each application must be complete with entry fee. Payment for multiple submissions may be made in aggregate at the payment and registration module, but each submission must be uploaded separately at the submission site.

Submission Limits: Prose submissions should not exceed 4500 words (about 15 pages double spaced). Poetry submissions should not exceed 5 pages and may include a maximum of 3 poems. The submitted work must be unpublished at the time of submission, though it may be under consideration. The author’s name may not appear anywhere in the work.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments by email query only. Each applicant will be emailed a list of winners when the contest has been decided, around the end of March.

Questions and comments may be emailed to

2009 SER Contests General Guidelines

23 January 2009

Any previously unpublished short-short story, poem, or narrative nonfiction piece is eligible for our contests. All manuscripts must be typed (fiction & nonfiction entries should be double-spaced) and accompanied by a cover letter. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Reading fees vary according to category. Make checks or money orders out to The Southeast Review. Postmark deadline: March 20, 2009.

Friends and current or former students of the judge and those who have been affiliated with Florida State University within the last five years are ineligible.

It is not necessary to send an SASE. Winners will be announced on the website in late spring. All contestants will receive the issue in which the winning submissions appear.
Send submissions, marked “WBSSSC”, “SER Poetry Contest”, or “SER Nonfiction Contest” to:

The Southeast Review
Department of English
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306
World’s Best Short Short Story Contest

Send up to three short-short stories, no more than 500 words each, per $15 submission fee. Include no more than one short short per page. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the stories. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning short short and nine finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: WBSSSC.

The Southeast Review Poetry Contest

Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, per $15 submission fee. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the poems. Julianna Baggott will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $500. The winning poem and nine finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: SER Poetry Contest.

The (2nd ever!) Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

Send one essay, no more than 5,000 words, per $10 submission fee. Include your name and contact information on a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information anywhere on the essay. David Vann will judge. One winner will be chosen and awarded $250. The winning nonfiction piece and two finalists will be published in spring 2010. Label envelope: SER Nonfiction Contest.

“Moms Gone Mad” Poetry, Prose, and Visual Art Wanted

23 January 2009

For Mama-zine (Mamapalooza Magazine) Deadline Extended to 2/10!

Call for submissions, on “Moms Gone Mad,” of poetry, prose and visual art, for new Mamapalooza Magazine, official arts publication of the Mamapalooza Festival, to be published May 2009. Additionally, one Outstanding Prose piece, Outstanding Poem, and Outstanding Visual Art piece will each win a prize package of Mamapalooza merchandise and goodies. Editors Marjorie Tesser and Alana Ruben Free. Reading fee $10. Deadline 2/10.

How to Submit:
Register at, then submit by email to

Poetry – 1 to 5 poems

Prose – (creative nonfiction or fiction) – 500 word max.

Visual art-(photographs, drawings, paintings) 1-5 works-send an email with your code and bio, and upload a 300dpi image (gif or jpeg) to

Include your entry code, genre, and a three-line bio (bio will not be considered when reviewing the manuscripts, which will be judged on content only, but must be included because we are on a tight timeframe). Multiple submissions require additional entry fees. Judges are the editors.

**Important: Writers, please paste your work into the body of the email (no attachments).

Mamapalooza Magazine will be distributed at Mamapalooza Festivals worldwide, and will be part of a media kit distributed to major media. Mamapalooza has been covered by Good Morning America, Fox News, USA Today, PEOPLE magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Ladies Home Journal, NPR Radio, XM, Radio, E-Woman’s News and more. A portion of the profits from Mamapalooza Magazine will be contributed to The Motherhood Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to establishing a Museum of Motherhood.

Call for Submissions – Arroyo Literary Review

23 January 2009

Arroyo Literary Review seeks poetry and fiction for our second issue. We welcome submissions between January 15, 2009 and April 15, 2009.

Arroyo Literary Review is published annually by the Department of English at California State University, East Bay. Arroyo is edited, designed, and managed by graduate students in the English program, and advised by faculty members. The editorial staff is dedicated to showcasing both new and established writers from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. In addition to quality contemporary fiction and poetry, each issue of Arroyo features an interview with a distinguished writer. The premier issue, set to appear Spring 2009, will include an interview with novelist and critic Eric Miles Williamson, author of East Bay Grease, Two-Up, Oakland, Jack London, and Me, and Out of Oakland.

Submissions should be sent by mail to:

Arroyo Literary Review
Department of English – MB 2579
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94542

Please include SASE. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, though notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere. We only consider previously unpublished work. Contributors will receive two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

Further questions may be directed to:

2009 Quick Lit Challenges

23 January 2009

Abbey Hill Literary invites entries for its quarterly 2009 Quick Lit Challenges. Please visit for details, review the three writing challenges and story requirements posted there, and write a story incorporating those challenges. Prize List ($US): 1st-$500, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100, and Evolving Writer-$50. Entry fee: $12. Electronic entries encouraged, snail mail accepted, entries due end of second month of each quarter. Most genres accepted, international entries written in English accepted with entry fee via PayPal. Contest open to both published and previously unpublished authors. Winning entries, including author’s name and a brief bio, will be posted for up to 180 days. Questions? Contact Will your story be the next winner?

English, Full-Time, One-Year Temporary, Non-Tenure-Track, Poet-in-Residence

23 January 2009

Institution: University of Central Oklahoma
Location: Edmond, OK
Category: Faculty – Liberal Arts – English and Literature

Posted: 01/20/2009

Application Due: 03/01/2009

Type: Full Time

Salary: $30,000 USD Per Year

Effective Date: 08/10/2009

Position Number: 999766

Requisition Number: A000452

Position Summary: Teach two courses per semester, including advanced poetry writing courses and introductory creative writing courses for students in M.F.A., M.A., and B.A. programs; serve on M.F.A. and M.A. thesis committees in creative writing; participate in co-curricular activities in support of the creative writing program.

This is a one year temporary position. On-Campus housing provided.

Minimum Qualifications: M.A. in creative writing required; M.F.A. or Ph.D. in creative writing preferred.

Preferred/Required Documents: On-Line Faculty Application with Cover Letter, Resume, List of Three Professional References and Degree Transcripts attached is required. Samples of writing should be attached as one Word document to “Other Doc” port.

For Technical Assistance, Call: 405-974-2663.

The department is part of the University’s College of Liberal Arts, which currently has 105 full-time and 136 part-time faculty in 7 academic departments. The College serves the University’s Core Curriculum programs and enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate majors and more than 200 graduate students in 32 undergra
duate and 12 graduate degree programs. For further information see the College website at:

Application Information

Contact: University of Central Oklahoma

Online App. Form:

Writer’s Exchange Project

23 January 2009

Call for Applications—Deadline February 20, 2009

In 2009, the International Writing Program (IWP), in cooperation with the Chinese Writers’ Association, is commencing a pilot exchange project, the Life of Discovery (LOD), between writers and artists from the United States and from the minority ethnic communities in the western regions of the People’s Republic of China. Five American and five Chinese writers and artists, all aged 25-40, will be invited to join two senior artists, one from each country, in a series of collaborative, bilingual projects, conducted first in Western China (over the course of sixteen days in mid-May, 2009) and continued and elaborated upon in the US (five to seven days at the end of September, 2009).

Knowledge of Chinese is not required for American participants, nor English for Chinese participants.

LOD is sponsored through grant funds provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department. These will cover all relevant expenses for the US participants: round-trip international travel to China and travel within China, domestic travel in the US, lodging, per diem for meals, work materials, visa costs, health insurance, translation and interpreting.

For more details on the exchange, the dates and proposed locations, go to

The IWP invites applications from
· Early-career writers of fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, literary translation, and/or non-fiction, who have at least one published (or contracted) volume.
· Artists from other disciplines, including time-based media, music, dance, or the visual arts.

Applications will be judged on a number of criteria, including creative merit, interest in cross-cultural activity, and the ability to contribute to a diverse and long-term exchange with Chinese counterparts of minority status.

Applications may be hardcopy or electronic and should include:

A1. Writing sample (no more than 15 pages; may be a photocopy or scan of published work); or

A2. Portfolio of artwork. Digital portfolios should be readable on a PC.

Limit time-based or web-based work to a total of 10 minutes. Provide concise instructions for viewing/listening to time-based or web-based work. These instructions are especially important for reviewing web-based material that the reviewers might otherwise browse randomly. No more than 10 minutes of material will be reviewed. Include a typed, numbered list that identifies each image or time-based piece by title, date, medium, size, and other appropriate information.

Provide a self-addressed mailer and sufficient postage for return of all materials.

B. Resumé

C. Project proposal (300-600 words)

D. Statement confirming ability to travel in remote and rural areas.

The resumé should include any experience relevant to LOD (such as international travel or grants, volunteer work, other exchanges, etc.), in addition to artistic credentials and professional accomplishments.

The project proposal should describe, in concrete terms, a proposed collaboration between some or all of the participants in the 2009 LOD project. It should take into consideration all of the following:

· Twelve writers and artists of different genres and disciplines will be present.

· There will be a heavy reliance on interpreting and translation.

· The periods spent face-to-face (10-12 days in China, 5-7 days in the US) will occur four months apart. That interval may also be included in your proposal.

If you have participated in a similar collaborative effort in the past, we recommend including this in your proposal for illustrative purposes. While the IWP has experience in creative collaboration, we welcome new ideas.

Please send applications, by post or email, to

Tammy Petro
International Writing Program
Shambaugh House
430 N. Clinton
Iowa City, IA 52245


The MAG Poetry Prize 2009

23 January 2009

An Open Online Poetry Contest judged by the entrants themselves. The Judging is in three rounds. In each round the entrants read 12 poems. It’s a knockout system. In the final round everyone reads the last 12. The judging will take place in the 2 months following closure of the competition.

All profits will be donated to MAG (Mines Advisory Group). MAG is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation that clears the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.

Prize fund accumulates @£2.00 per entry (up to £10,000 maximum)

Any subject. Style: Poetry or Prose Poetry. Maximum 42 lines. £6 per entry.

Closing Date: 30th April 2009


2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction

23 January 2009
Final Judge: Tobias Wolff

First Prize: $1000 and winning entry published in Summer/Fall 2009 issue
Entries of honorable mention also published in Summer/Fall 2009 issue

Complete Guidelines for Contest Submissions

Deadline: Entries must be received by March 19, 2009. This is NOT a postmark deadline. Entries received after March 19, 2009 will be returned unread.

1. Submit one piece of fiction (or a series of related short-shorts) totaling no more than 10,000 words.

2. A $10 reading fee payable to Sycamore Review must accompany each entry. Do not send cash. When sending more than one entry, additional reading fees must also be included ($10 per additional story).

3. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable only if Sycamore Review is notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

4. All entries must be typed and must include a cover letter with author’s name and contact information (address, telephone, and email address) as well as the titles and word counts of all entries submitted. The author’s name or any identifying information should not appear on the manuscript itself.

5. Stories should be unpublished. We do not accept previously published work.

6. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.

7. Please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you wish to be notified upon receipt of your manuscript.

8. Manuscripts will not be returned. Winners will be announced by May 1, 2009. For information on winners and runners-up, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with entry.

9. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in the Sycamore Review.

10. Questions may be directed to Mehdi Okasi, Editor-in-Chief, at

Send 2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction submissions and reading fee to:

2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction
Sycamore Review
Department of English
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Juried Reading: Poetry Center of Chicago

23 January 2009

Judge: Brenda Hillman
Postmark deadline: Friday, January 30, 2009

First prize: $1,500; Second prize: $500; third prize, $250; five finalists receive $50

The Poetry Center invites regional poets to submit their unpublished work for consideration in the 15th Annual Juried Reading. Eight finalists will have their poetry published in a chapbook by Dancing Girl Press as well as on the Poetry Center website, and all eight poets will be invited to read at an award ceremony at the Harold Washington Library Center in the spring.

The Juried Reading is open to all poets residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Poets may be unpublished or have published no more than one full-length book of poetry. All submissions are blind; the jury and the judge will have no access to identifying information about the submitting poets.

To submit, mail:

1. A cover sheet including your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and titles of poems submitted.

2. Four copies of a packet, independently stapled, of no more than five single-sided, typed pages of unpublished poetry. There is no restriction on the number of poems per page, but the packet should not exceed five pages. Your name should not appear on any of the pages containing poems.

3. $15 jury fee, check or money order made payable to “The Poetry Center.” The contest is f
ree for Poetry Center members. Poems will be accepted by US mail only.

Send poems to: 15th Annual Juried Reading, The Poetry Center of Chicago, 37 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603.

E-mail and fax submissions will not be accepted. No phone calls please.

Call for Submissions – Glass

23 January 2009

Glass: A Journal of Poetry (ISSN 1941-4137) seeks poems for its second year of publication. Full information about Glass, including submission guidelines, can be found at our website:

Glass is an online poetry journal that appears three times a year (March, June and December). We want to see poetry that enacts the artistic and creative purity of glass. We seek to promote new and established poets by publishing their work. We are not bound by any specific aesthetic; our only mission is to present high quality writing. All styles, forms and schools of poetry are welcome, though easy rhymes and “light” verse are less likely to inspire us. All will be judged on the quality of the content of the poem. We like poems that show a careful understanding of language, music, passion and creativity and poems that surprise us.

Previous contributors include Rane Arroyo, Susan Deer Cloud, Dan Nowak, Lisa Fay Coutley, Joseph Hutchison, Adam Houle, Kyi May Kaung, Katie Hartsock and Maw Shein Win, among others.

We accept submissions between September 1 and May 31. Full submission guidelines can be found at; Please read our submission guidelines carefully.


23 January 2009

FAWLT magazine ( is an online, quarterly journal seeking short stories, poems, essays, and artwork that deal with human flaws.

Each issue of the magazine focuses on a single, undesirable characteristic, exploring such issues as: who is affected by it, its impact on individuals, in which circumstance it can be especially bad (or actually good), and any other aspect of the flaw that that may be worth investigating.

We seek previously unpublished prose, poetry, art, and photograph that incorporate these characteristics in funny or sobering ways. Ultimately Fawlt hopes to offer an entertaining look at human frailty and a serious consideration of some of our more unpleasant traits. Please do not send more than three prose pieces or five poems at a time.

We have extended the deadline for submissions to our next issue, ARROGANCE to January 31, 2009

We’re also considering submissions for APATHY.

While we have no problem with simultaneous submissions, please notify us immediately if your submitted work is published elsewhere.


DEADLINE: For ARROGANCE: January 31, 2009. For all other faults: rolling submissions.
EMAIL: Please send to submissions to
ATTACH: A cover letter.
IMAGES: May be sent via email as JPG or TIF files.

PAYMENT: While we’re working on acquiring the funds necessary to pay our contributors, as of now, we can’t offer any of that precious, precious lucre. Sorry.

We look forward to reading and viewing your work. Thank you for submitting to Fawlt Magazine.

Poets Contest Corner Competition

23 January 2009

Poets Contest Corner announces the 1st round of submissions for its Poetry Competition. 1st place receives $200 cash prize. Runners up will receive $50 cash prize. Please visit for complete details. Deadline for submissions: February 28, 2009.


23 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.

The 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry and Prose

23 January 2009

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS, SIUC’s undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry and one book of prose (novel, short fiction, or literary nonfiction) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2008, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2009 festival are yet to be determined, but usually takes place in late October/early November. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the two winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $15.00 entry fee made out to “SIUC – Dept. of English.” Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2008 – February 1, 2009. Materials postmarked after February 1 will be returned unopened. Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2009. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2009.

The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2008 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2009 Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

Send all materials to:

Devil’s Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Carbondale, IL 62901
(please indicate “Poetry” or “Prose” on envelope)

For further information, e-mail or call 618-453-6833.

2009 Pinch Literary Awards

23 January 2009

The Pinch and The University of Memphis present the 2009 Pinch Literary Awards

deadline: March 15

Fiction: $1500 and publication in The Pinch, judge, Brian Evenson
Poetry: $1000 and publication in The Pinch, judge: Robin Becker


Submit a story of no more than 5,000 words
entry fee: $20.00

Submit up to three poems
entry fee: $20.00

All entries include a one-year subscription to The Pinch, the biannual, nationally distributed literary journal of The University of Memphis.

Contest submissions must be postmarked between January 15, 2009 and March 15, 2009.

Make checks payable to The University of Memphis. Please write “Fiction Contest” or “Poetry Contest” on your envelope and include a cover sheet with all contact information. Name shouldnot appear on the entry itself. Please visit The Pinch’s website for complete guidelines.

The Pinch Literary Awards, Department of English
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152