Archive for January, 2009

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 We only consider previously unpublished work.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 Contest open to both published and previously unpublished authors.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

Dead of Winter Nonfiction Contest

18 January 2009

It’s the dead of winter. Your hands are cold. Your feet are cold. Your earlobes are cold. Everything is cold. Outside, the landscape is a frozen whitish-blue. Dreary, if you think about it. But inside you beats a writer’s heart, warm with thoughts of stories, old and new. Fond reminisces, important ideas, strong opinions. Send them our way. We’re waiting for a good read over a steaming cup of hot chocolate!


NOTE: Open theme. Dead of Winter is the name of the contest, NOT the theme.

Every entry receives a free critique!

(Optional: To receive a thorough line edit, enclose an additional $5 per story, plus 9 X 12 SASE with enough postage for returning your story.)

DEADLINE: Postmarked by February 10, 2009.

ENTRY FEE: $5 per entry, maximum of three entries. Submissions without entry fee or inadequate fee will be returned to contestant if SASE is provided.

PRIZES: 1st Place $70
2nd Place $35
3rd Place $20


1. Open subject, open genre. (Nonfiction only—memoir, essay, articles, opinion piece, prose, etc.)Facts must be verifiable. (If you feel the need to make things up to “enhance” the story, then this contest is not for you.)
2. Unpublished at time of submission, original work of contestant.
3. Standard manuscript form: 81/2 x 11 paper, typed and double-spaced, pages numbered, 12 point Times New Roman.
4. No more than 2,000 words, excluding title.
5. Attach paper clip to your story, no staples.
6. Cover sheet for each story, with contestant’s name, address, phone number, email (if you have one), and title of entry. (Name may only appear on cover sheet, not manuscript.)
7. Postmarked no later than February 10, 2009. DO NOT SEND BY CERTIFIED MAIL!
8. Mail flat, not folded, with sufficient postage to:
Dead of Winter Nonfiction Contest
c/o Amy Harke-Moore
104 Harke Lane
Old Monroe, MO 63369
9. Checks payable to: The Write Helper.
10. For free critique, provide either an email address or business-sized SASE so we can get your critique to you. For optional $5 line edit, enclose 9 X 12 SASE with enough postage to return your story.
11. For online entry, click on the PayPal button below for the number of stories you are entering and then send your stories to Don’t forget contact information!

For a list of winners, check our website: after March 1, 2009.

Decision of the judges is final. Not responsible for lost or misdirected entries. Winning entry has the opportunity to be published on our website, along with a profile of the author. Manuscripts will not be returned.

To enter contest online, visit

The Lakeview Review’s Spring 2009 Short Story Competition

18 January 2009

* All manuscripts for the competition must be submitted online.
* Manuscripts are due June 30, 2009 for the Spring 2009 Writing Competition. Make sure you register for an account to make the submission.
* Manuscripts must be double spaced and include your name on each page.
* Due to security only word, text and PDF documents will be accepted.
* We limit manuscripts to 5,000 words maximum.
* We buy First North American Publication rights.
* There will be a $20 reading fee for each manuscript submitted to the competition.
* The First Place Winner will receive $500, publication, and three (3) copies of the journal.
* The Second Place Winner will receive $250, publication, and three (3) copies of the journal.
* Four honorable mentions will be chosen to receive publication and a leather bound journal.
* No mysteries, children’s stories, or romances.
* Additional copies of the journal are at a 25% discount for winners.
* A sample Author Contract is available here to view.

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.

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.