Archive for January 28th, 2009

The Cathy Washington Prize

28 January 2009

—Submit a manuscript of 48-70 numbered pages of original poetry in any style in English. The manuscript must not have been published previously in book form, although individual poems appearing in print or on the web are permitted. Simultaneous submissions OK, but please let us know ASAP if your manuscript has been placed with another publisher.
—Entries will be judged blind. Submitted manuscript must contain 2 title pages: Name and contact information (including email address, if possible) 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 clip.
—The Sacramento Poetry Center will also consider publishing additional manuscripts from this competition.
—Check for $20.00 US per entry (multiple entries OK) should be made out to The Sacramento Poetry Center. Paid-up members of the Sacramento Poetry Center may enter the contest for a reduced fee of $15. Please note that members of SPC will not receive preferential treatment in the judging process.
—Include a table of contents page and an acknowledgements page for magazine or anthology publications.
—Will read entries postmarked between January 1, 2009 and March 31, 2009.
—Enclose an SASE for announcement of the winner.
—Winning manuscript will be published by The
Sacramento Poetry Center. Winner will receive a prize of $1000.00 and 50 free copies of the winning book.
—Staff, volunteers, or executive board members of the Sacramento Poetry Center (or their relations) may not submit manuscripts for consideration in this contest.
—Manuscripts cannot be returned.
—Entries should be mailed to The Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Book Contest, P.O. Box 160406, Sacramento CA 95816.
—SPC supports the CLMP Code of Ethics and will adhere to its precepts regarding contests.

U. Buffalo High School Writing Contest

28 January 2009

The University at Buffalo invites current high school students to showcase their writing talents in a FREE poetry contest. All are invited to attend, particularly aspiring poetry students and their teachers.

Winning poets will be invited to UB’s Center For The Arts for a celebration of their abilities at the Poetry Awards Ceremony and Poetry Workshop that will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008, when winning poems will be read and prizes will be awarded.

Michael Basinski will award the prizes and lead the Poetry Workshop. Dr. Basinski is the Curator of the Poetry Collection of the University at Buffalo Libraries. He has published 33 books of poetry and numerous related publications. He also performs his sound poems and poetric scores with BuffFluxus, his performance ensemble.


First Place Winner $200
Second Place Winner $100
Third Place Winner $50
4 – Fourth Place Winners $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble or Chapters
Honorable Mentions will also be awarded

All winners will receive a book of poetry selected by Dr. Basinski


Saturday, March 29, 2008
University at Buffalo North Campus
Center For The Arts
Program Begins: 1:00pm
Program Ends: 2:30pm

Entries must be postmarked by the close of business Tuesday, February, 5, 2008

All contestants must be current high school students

Entry must be in English, twenty-five lines or fewer, and typed in a 10 or 12 point font on a single sheet

Only one poem per contestant may be submitted

Completed entry form (in PDF or MSWord format) must accompany poem

download entry form at

No email or fax submissions accepted

Winners will be notified by mail

Judges regret that they cannot return poems or offer comments on individual entries

UB Poetry Contest
University at Buffalo
CAS Dean’s Office
810 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260


Entries must be postmarked by the close of business Tuesday, February, 5, 2008

Winners will be notified by mail no later than Friday, March 7, 2008.

Awards and Contests from New Millennium Writings

28 January 2009

Final deadline in our Winter Contest is midnight Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 (postmark OK) or enter online (see below).

$4,000 in Prizes, plus publication in NMW and on the Web at

$1,000 for best Fiction; $1,000 for best Poem; $1,000 best Nonfiction; $1,000 best Short-short Story

(Nonfiction includes humor, memoir, creative nonfiction, travel, opinion, essay, interview, features, investigative reporting, etc.)

Winners of NMW Awards are showcased along with interviews, profiles and tributes to writers such as J. D. Salinger, Julia Glass, Kurt Vonnegut, Shel Silverstein, Khaled Hosseini (The Kite-Runner), George Garrett, Ken Kesey, John Updike, Lee Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Lucille Clifton, Shelby Foote, Paul West, Norman Mailer, Sharyn McCrumb, William Kennedy, Walker Percy, Robert Penn Warren, Faulkner, Hemingway, Dickinson, Keats and many others. Also, prize-winning stories, poems & articles, humor, graphic arts & more.

To Enter, follow these Guidelines, or enter on-line at

1. No restrictions as to style, content or number of submissions. Enter as often as you like.
2. Winners and selected finalists—including all poetry finalists—will be published in our 2009-10 issue and/or on-line at
3. Send between now and midnight of Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009.
4. Simultaneous & multiple submissions welcome.
5. Each fiction or nonfiction piece is counted as a separate entry, and should total no more than 6,000 words except Short-short Fiction (no more than 1,000 words).
6. Each poetry entry may include up to three poems, not to exceed five pages total per entry. All 20 poetry finalists will be published.
7. Include name, phone, address, email & category on cover page only.
8. Manuscripts not returned. Include email address or SASE for list of winners.
9. Include $17 check payable to NMW with each submission.
10. Enter online at or send by U.S. Mail or other carrier to: “NMW” Room EM, PO Box 2463, Knoxville, TN, 37901. To order a sample issue, add $10.

Writer’s In the Heartland Residency

28 January 2009

UPDATE: The finalized dates for the 2009 residencies will be September 4-11 and October 2-9. Lodging and food are covered by the residency.

A New Writers’ Residency

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 4-11 and October 2-9. All lodging and food is included. For the inaugural year, we are only accepting applications from writers living in the Midwest region of the United States.

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

Seacoast Writers’ Association 19th Writing Competition

28 January 2009

– short story, personal essay, poetry.

No geographic restrictions for entry. Awards: $100, $75, $50 in each categoy. Entry fee: $5-$10.Deadline: February 15, 2009.

Info: (go to website to download entry forms) or send SASE to Pam Gjettum, 6 South St., Exeter NH 03833.

Longleaf Press 2008 Poetry Chapbook Contest

28 January 2009

The contest is open to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, and Florida who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry.


18-23 pages of poetry
$15 entry fee
Cover sheet (with name, address, phone, e-mail)



Robin Greene, Editor
Longleaf Press
Methodist University
5400 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28311


PRIZE: $100 and 50 Chapbooks

2009 Gulf Coast Prizes in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction

28 January 2009

The 2009 Gulf Coast Contests, awarding publication and $1,000 each in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction, will open December 22.

This year’s contests will be judged by Brigit Pegeen Kelly (poetry), Antonya Nelson (fiction), and Dinty W. Moore (nonfiction).

Guidelines: Submit one previously unpublished story or essay (25 double-spaced pages max) or up to five previously unpublished poems (10 pages max). Indicate your genre on the outer envelope. Your name and address should appear on the cover letter only. Include a SASE for results. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Your $20 reading fee, payable to “Gulf Coast,” will include a one-year subscription.

Postmark deadline: March 31, 2009.

Send Entries to:
Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

Anti- Call for Submissions

28 January 2009

Anti- ( is seeking cover art and reviews of poetry books in addition to our usual poetry submissions. Please see for details on how to submit work. For art, send 3-6 image files, preferably in JPG format. For reviews, please query about the book you want to review. We are also open to an eclectic array of poetry submissions, as always.

Anti- wants to provide a single arena for a wide range of styles and ideas, so these different kinds of poets and poems can either fight it out or learn to coexist. We already have poems published or forthcoming by Bob Hicok, Denise Duhamel, C. Dale Young, Michael Basinski, Ada Limon, and many more.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Memoirs, Ink. Half-Yearly Personal Essay Contest

28 January 2009

We are looking for previously unpublished, first person essays, memoirs, or creative non-fiction. Essays can be on any topic. Open to any writer, any age, anywhere.

First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $250

Entry fee: $17 (save $2 by becoming a fan on Facebook – (look up Memoirs Ink)

Max 1500 words.

Deadline: Postmark by February 16, 2009. Late deadline February 28, 2008 (extra $5).

Winners announced and published April 30, 2009 at

Please visit our website for full guidelines:

Kenyon Review 2009 Short Fiction Contest

28 January 2009

The submission period for the 2009 Short Fiction Contest will be open from February 1st to February 28th, 2009.

We are pleased and excited to announce the second annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, for writers under the age of thirty. Richard Ford will be the final judge. Submissions will be accepted February 1st-February 28th, with the winner announced in late spring. Submissions must be 1200 words or less. There is no entry fee.

The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story in the Winter 2010 issue, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2009 Writers Workshop, June 14th to the 21st, in beautiful Gambier, Ohio.

Submission Guidelines
Writers must 30 years of age or younger at the time of submission.
Stories must be no more 1200 words in length.
Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.
The submissions link will be active February 1st to February 28th. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions.
Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.
For submissions, we accept the following file formats only:

.PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
.DOC (Microsoft Word)
.RTF (Rich Text Format)
.TXT (Microsoft Wordpad and Notepad, Apple TextEdit

The final judge will be Richard Ford, acclaimed20author of the Frank Bascombe trilogy, including the novels The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land. He is also the author of numerous short story collections, including the seminal collection Rock Springs, and editor of The Granta Book of the American Short Story.

The First Annual Spectra Pulse Short Fiction Contest

28 January 2009

Presenting a new short fiction contest for unpublished writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

Deadline: 1/31/09

For its third edition of Spectra Pulse, Bantam Spectra is allowing unpublished writers to get their work featured alongside some of the most well-respected names in science fiction and fantasy.

One lucky winner will receive $100 and have his/her story published in the Summer 2009 issue of Spectra Pulse, Bantam Spectra’s exclusive magazine distributed at Comic-Con San Diego and select conventions and bookstores (available July 2009)

For guidelines and specific entry information, visit

Writer’s Relief Contests

28 January 2009

Writer’s Relief announces a NO-FEE contest to celebrate its 15th anniversary as an author’s submission service.

The grand prize is 25+ submissions of your work professionally targeted to agents, editors, or literary magazines (monetary value: $106). In other words, Writer’s Relief will do the market research for you to make sure your work gets into the right hands. More information about this prize at:

To win our 15th anniversary contest, submit a poem, short story, or essay of exactly 15 words.

Current clients can enter to win a $106 discount.

Honorable mentions will receive one of our T-shirts. You can see what they look like here:

The information you need to know:

Deadline: 02/28/09.

Submit to: Writer’s Relief’s 15th Anniversary. E-mail via RTF or DOC attachment to:

Please put “Contest Submission” in the subject line. Or mail to:

“Contest Submission,” 409 South River Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
NOTE: Your entry must be postmarked by 2/28/09.

Entry fee: NONE!

Type: Poems, short shorts, and short essays (15 words EXACTLY).

1. We will read entries anonymously, but YOU MUST include ALL of your contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address) with your submission.

2. Do NOT post your entry as a comment on our blog (; it will be disqualified.

3. If your piece is under OR over 15 words, the submission will also be disqualified.

4. Do NOT include a title. We want the work to be strong enough to stand on its own.

5. Only ONE (1) entry per person.

6. Winning entries will be posted on our blog; we will acquire one-time rights.

7. Winners will be announced for our anniversary, which is March 15.

More information about Writer’s Relief at

36th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest

28 January 2009

Poems should be typed with no identifying information on the page. Include a separate cover sheet with author’s name, address, email address, and poem titles. Poems may be more than one page, but only one poem per page. Include a SASE for results if you do not wish to receive notification via email. No previously published poems.

Email submissions or questions about the contest should be sent to

Email submissions should include all poems in one (.doc or .rtf) document and one document for the cover page.

Submissions must be postmarked January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009.

Prizes will be given in two categories: “National” and “Regional” (for poets residing in the Northern Mississippi Valley Region states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin). Please note on your cover letter which category you would like to be considered for. First, second, and third prize in each category are as follows: $200, $150 and $75; winner of the regional contest will also receive an award in honor of Max J. Molleston, long-time coordinator of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest.

Entry fee is $7 for up to three poems; $2 for each poem over three. Make checks payable to the Midwest Writing Center. Send a book-sized SASE ($2.50) for a copy of our anthology, which will include poems from the top 25 finalists and the contest winners.

Credit card payment for email submissions only; please note in your email that you are paying by credit card, and you will be contacted with further instructions. Or, you may send a check to the address listed below.

Submissions and entry fees should be mailed to:

Midwest Writing Center
Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest
225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303
Davenport, IA 52801

This year’s national judge is F. Daniel Rzicznek, author of Neck of the World, winner of the May Swenson Award.

This year’s regional judge is Rebecca Wee, author of Uncertain Grace, and Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities from 2003-2005.

Friends, relatives, and/or past or current students of judges may not enter. Employees and board members of the Midwest Writing Center are also ineligible.